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Wednesday February 15

Vertigo now lets Apple Music members share playlists...

A new iOS app has broken down the barrier between Apple Music and Spotify to make music-sharing truly universal again.

On Wednesday, Vertigo announced that it’s now integrated with both Spotify and Apple Music to help people share music regardless of which premium subscription they have. When it launched just last month, Vertigo (iTunes) required a Spotify Premium membership so that users could find music, build playlists, and broadcast live-streaming listening sessions with friends and followers.

Now that Apple Music accounts can be linked as well, Vertigo’s become first iOS app to foster this type of cross-platform music-sharing. You can import your playlists from either Apple Music or Spotify Premium, find new music from the catalogue, and share songs in-app so that your friends can listen using their own subscription.


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Progress on bringing Apple Pay to South Korea '...

Though Apple is working on launching Apple Pay in South Korea, the mobile payments system is still some ways out -- and the company has yet to hold a critical meeting with the government, according to a local report.

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The magic frequencies for EQing

When it comes to EQing, there are certain frequencies that seem predominant for every instrument. Many call them the magic frequencies, because they do tend to work most of the time.

This is a great place to learn what frequencies to use with certain instruments.

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CFO Luca Maestri discusses Apple R&D, potential...

In an interview this week, Apple's Chief Financial Luca Maestri addressed questions regarding Apple's research spending, a possible import tax as part of a larger reform package, and the new Apple Headquarters as tourist attraction.

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News: Shareholders seek more diversity in Apple...

A small group of investors is pushing Apple to increase diversity on its board of directors and at senior management levels, but the company is pushing back against those efforts, The Verge reports. For the second straight year, investor Tony Maldonado has submitted a proposal asking Apple to “adopt an accelerated recruitment policy ... to increase the diversity of senior management and its board of directors.” But in an SEC filing, Apple’s…

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Apple patches malicious exploit found in GarageBand...

The latest patch for GarageBand for the Mac fixes a vulnerability in the music creation software that a security researcher claims could be exploited by an attacker, by using malformed project files to execute malicious code.

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News: Apple to fight Nebraska ‘right to repair’ bill

Photo: Motherboard Apple is gearing up to fight “right to repair” legislation currently making its way through the Nebraska state legislature, Motherboard reports. Nebraska is one of eight states considering legislation that would force Apple and other electronics manufacturers to provide the public with diagnostic and service manuals so they can do their own repairs, but Nebraska is the first state to schedule hearings for the proposed…

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Comcast's Xfinity Stream app will bring live TV...

February is app month for Comcast. After introducing its Roku app earlier in the month, Comcast announced it will replace its Xfinity TV app on February 28. Xfinity Stream, the name of the new app, aims to give Comcast subscribers an Xfinity X1-like experience on Android and iOS.

That means features from your set-top box are coming to mobile, such as favorite channel filtering, a Spanish language guide, more than 50 music channels, rating recommendations from Common Sense Media, and parental controls. The new app offers more than 200 live TV channels for streaming outside the home, including CNN, Fox News, Fox Sports, NBC Sports, Disney Channel, and Nick Jr. The Stream app will also provide access to recorded programs on your DVR and the ability to program it remotely, as well as more than 40,000 video on demand titles.


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Apple's confidence, acquisitions strategy stand...

Apple has been unable to pull off large acquisitions because it often feels it doesn't need to, but also because of its hesitant approach to the process, a report suggested on Wednesday.

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HTML reference

No shortage of these, but check this one out, see if you like it. Be sure to click on a few tags to get a sense of the interior pages.

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New office sensors know when you leave your desk


The Boston Consulting Group has outfitted about 100 volunteer employees in its new Manhattan office with badges that embed a microphone and a location sensor. Made by Humanyze in Boston, the badges track physical and verbal interactions. BCG says it intends to use the data to see how office design affects employee communication. Outside critics have called the plan Orwellian and despotic—“It is a little bit invasive,” says Ross Love, 57, a BCG managing partner who volunteered—but the data collected is anonymized, and the company has pledged not to use it for performance evaluation.

Sure, you say that now. But once those badges are in place, once they become the new normal, all bets are off.


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Rayz earphones offer talk and charge for iOS devices

Pioneer Home Entertainment U.S.A has introduced the Rayz and Rayz Plus earphones, a new line of “appcessories” for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. They iOS app features with Lightning accessories.

Rayz earphones are designed to maximize all of the benefits offered by the Lightning connector. They’re powered by the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, so no additional batteries are required. The Rayz Plus model is also the first Lightning headset with a sleek in-line charging node to simultaneously charge iPhone, iPad or iPod touch while the earphones are connected and in use. 

Rayz and Rayz Plus are based on Avnera's LightX platform that enables the earphones to operate in modes with the lowest power use possible from iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Smart Noise Cancellation is a standard feature for both models. It’s a patented technology that scans your ear and optimizes the noise-cancelling performance...

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News: Apple eyeing another supplier for future OLED...

Apple is currently in discussions with Chinese technology company BOE to begin supplying OLED screens for the iPhone as early as 2018, Bloomberg reports. Apple has currently contracted with Samsung to provide 160 million OLED displays for its 2017 iPhones, but people familiar with the discussions said Apple is considering adding BOE to its list of suppliers moving forward to offset the chances of experiencing an OLED display shortfall. BOE is building…

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Automatically delete your tweets as they age will automatically delete your tweets after a certain amount of time has passed. While this is definitely an interesting idea, not sure I get the use case. Given that all tweets are backed up almost as soon as they are issued, deleting your tweets won’t keep them off the net. And there’s no limit to the number of tweets you can have.

But an interesting idea.

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Say “Hey Computer” to Siri

If you say “Hey Computer” to Siri, she’ll respond as if you are Lego Batman. Is this just humorous content, or a new paid marketing/advertising path for Apple?

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Pokémon Go gen 2 rolling out this week

Play Pokémon Go? Big changes are coming. Rene Ritchie lays out all the details.

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iPad sales fell twice as fast as overall tablet...

Trendforce data shows that iPad sales fell more than twice as fast as the tablet market as a whole last year, sales falling 14.1% against a decline of 6.6% in total tablet shipments. The only major winner last year, reports CNET, was Amazon, which doubled the number of tablets it sold – though Lenovo also saw a 12.3% growth to 10.9M sales.


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Rumored new Foxconn iPhone plant in India lurches...

Foxconn's delayed plans to build a manufacturing plant in Maharashtra, India may finally bear fruit, with Foxconn executives reportedly meating with the region's Chief Minister to hammer out some details.

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Apple reportedly considering China’s BOE to supply...

Apple is reportedly considering Chinese firm BOE as a supplier of screens for upcoming iPhones. The Cupertino, California-based company seems to be looking or ways to shore up its OLED supplies as the iPhone transitions from LCD to OLED displays. 

If Apple and BOE agree to a deal, the Chinese manufacturer will become Apple's first OLED supplier outside of South Korea and Japan. The iPhone maker has purportedly been testing BOE's OLED displays for months, but hasn’t yet decided whether to add the company as a supplier.

So far the only product Apple makers with an OLED is the Apple Watch. LG provides the smartwatch displays. iPhones and iPads use LCD technology, which offers lower manufacturing costs than OLED screens.

LCDs use a backlight behind the screen to emit light, and act as a valve allowing different...

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Apple shareholders demanding more diversity

Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge:

Silicon Valley has a long way to go on diversity, but most tech companies would argue that they’re making progress. Intel beat its initial hiring goals; Microsoft is tying executive compensation to diversity success; and Google says it’s made changes to remove pay inequality, even though the diversity of its workforce has remained flat.

Apple also claims to have removed pay disparities and has made slight gains on hiring women and people of color. It’s even launched an “Inclusion & Diversity” page with visualizations of its hiring data.

But a small group of Apple investors believe the company isn’t making progress fast enough, and they’re trying to force the company to pick up the pace. “Some of the excuses given by Apple and others — there’s not sufficient people in the pipeline, this and that,” says investor Tony Maldonado. “Excuse my language, it’s bullshit.”


Maldonado is leading an effort to mandate that...

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macOS: Printing Specific Calendar Events

This Quick Tip is about printing from the Calendar program on your Mac. If you want, you can print out just a few events, so if you need to send someone an itinerary without doing anything fancy like calendar sharing, you can. Come check it out!

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Apple to fight ‘Right to Repair’ bill in Nebraska

Apple is planning to fight proposed electronics "Right to Repair" legislation being considered by the Nebraska state legislature,  “according to a source within the legislature who is familiar with the bill's path through the statehouse.”

The legislation would enshrine the “Right to Repair” electronics, which means manufacturers such as Apple will have to sell replacement parts to independent repair shops and consumers and will also have to make their diagnostic and service manuals public. Nebraska is one of eight states that are considering right to repair bills; last month, Nebraska, Minnesota, New York, Massachusetts, Kansas, and Wyoming introduced legislation. Last week, lawmakers in Illinois and Tennessee officially introduced similar bills. 

Apple has never authorized an independent company to repair iPhones, though it has for Macs. Still...

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D-Link Omna 180 HomeKit camera launches at Apple...

A day after the D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD showed up on Apple's website in Europe, the HomeKit-connected accessory is now available to purchase in the U.S. and elsewhere, with the first deliveries arriving as soon as next week.

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Hype 3.5 for Mac: $24.99

We have a deal for you today on Hype 3.5 for Mac, software that allows you to add animations to web pages, infographics, presentations, digital mags, ads, e-books, GIFs, videos, and more to webpages. It outputs HTML5, too. You can get this software for $24.99 through us.

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PureSwitch: A review of PureGear's HomeKit-...

Compared to years past, 2017 is shaping up to be a good one for HomeKit-compatible gear. We heard a lot about new HomeKit products at CES 2017, and one of the new additions to the field was PureGear with the PureSwitch Wireless SmartPlug ($39.99). Let's see how this new product (available starting today) works with Apple's home automation framework.


I like the looks of the PureSwitch. Rather than the boring little cube or rounded cube shapes that are common for HomeKit switches, PureGear chose to make the PureSwitch very rounded. There's one controllable power outlet on the device, as well as a standard US grounded plug on the back side. 

One thing I like about the design is that two units can be installed on one standard AC outlet, one above the other. Many of the smart plugs I've tested in the past tend to be so...

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News: Daily Deal: Keezel Online Security &...

Today in iLounge Deals, you can get pre-order the Keezel Online Security & Privacy Solution with a two-year subscription for only $209 — that’s 16% off the regular price. Designed to encrypt your Internet traffic over any public Wi-Fi access point and secure your devices at the same time, this portable hardware VPN/firewall secures your Internet connection with no installation or per-device configuration required. As a hardware-based solution…

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Russian Cyberspies Blamed For US Election Hacks Are...

You may recall "APT28", the Russian hacking group which was tied to last year's interference in the presidential election. It has long been known for its advanced range of tools for penetrating Windows, iOS, Android, and Linux devices. Now, researchers have uncovered an equally sophisticated malware package the group used to compromise Macs. From a report on ComputerWorld: The group -- known in the security industry under different names including Fancy Bear, Pawn Storm, and APT28 -- has been operating for almost a decade. It is believed to be the sole user and likely developer of a Trojan program called Sofacy or X-Agent. X-Agent variants for Windows, Linux, Android, and iOS have been found in the wild in the past, but researchers from Bitdefender have now come across what appears to be the first macOS version of the Trojan. It's not entirely clear how the malware is being distributed because the Bitdefender researchers obtained only the malware sample, not the full attack chain....

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∞ Apple CFO Luca Maestri comments on Apple, growth

Apple CFO Luca Maestri spoke at yesterday’s Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference. Jump to the main Loop post for a link to the audio comments as well as one particular chunk of conversation that makes me bullish on future iPhone growth.

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D-Link Omna 180 HD camera now available at the Apple...

D-Link has just announced that the first smart home security camera with HomeKit integration is now available to buy from Apple Online Store with delivery from next week. The Omna 180 Cam HD features a wide angle 1080p camera with night vision and two way audio, enclosed in a sleek cylindrical body.

It integrates with the latest HomeKit features in iOS 10 displaying a live video feed from the Home app. It can even send a rich notification to your iPhone when motion is detected, including video of the event.



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Apple again resists shareholder call for greater...

Apple is again resisting a shareholder proposal to boost diversity at board and senior management level, reports The Verge.

A small group of Apple investors [led by Tony Maldonado are]  leading an effort to mandate that Apple accelerate its work toward becoming a more diverse company. For the second year in a row, he’s submitted a shareholder proposal asking that Apple “adopt an accelerated recruitment policy … to increase the diversity of senior management and its board of directors.”

This year, Maldonado has backing from Zevin Asset Management, an investment firm specializing in socially responsible investing, but that isn’t cutting any ice with Apple …


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Get a lifetime subscription to iDrive Unlimited...

People who are fanatical about backing up their Macs or PCs sometimes forget the most important devices in their lives -- those mobile devices like the iPhone and iPad. While some people back up their devices to iCloud, there are many others who wish to avoid Apple's cloud service as they don't want to pay the $2.99 or greater monthly fee to store that mobile data. We have a solution: A lifetime subscription to iDrive Unlimited Mobile Backup for just $19.99 -- that's less that the $36 you'd shell out to Apple each year.

This lifetime plan provides unlimited storage for up to 5 mobile devices, and has the following features:

  • 256-bit AES encryption with an optional user defined...
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Rumor: Apple to incorporate stacked logic board...

This is kind of neat.

It’s rumored that the next-gen iPhone will adopt a higher-cost stacked logic board design to support longer battery life.

According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the stacked logic board, also known as a “substrate-like PCB mainboard,” will result in the “iPhone 8” with an OLED display having similar dimensions to a 4.7-inch iPhone, yet comparable battery life to a 5.5-inch iPhone. Kuo stated that he expects the device to have around a 2,700 mAh L-shaped two-cell battery pack.

While battery material technology isn’t expected to see any revolutionary breakthroughs in the next three to five years, it’s thought that the mainboard can be reduced via stacking, allowing for a larger battery and extended usage time.

A stacked SLP could deliver an OLED-equipped iPhone with similar dimensions to a 4.7″ TFT-LCD iPhone with a comparable battery capacity around 2,700 mAH with an L-shaped 2-cell battery pack. The battery life of the...

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Apple to produce its first television series, “...

Apple has begun producing its first ever TV show.

The new series, titled “Planet of the Apps”, is literally celebrities telling app developers why their apps will never be profitable and will never be used by anyone. The apps are judged by a star-studded panel: Jessica Alba, and Gwyneth Paltrow, among others.

Where historically an entrepreneur would make an “elevator pitch”, developers and entrepreneurs make an “escalator pitch”, which literally takes place on an escalator.

“‘Planet of the Apps’ is coming to Apple Music in the next few months,” said Ben Silverman at the Code Media conference at the Ritz-Carlton in Dana Point, Calif. Silverman is the CEO of Propagate, the production company that’s partnering with Apple to create the show.

“Planet of the Apps” also arrives with an app, wherein viewers can swipe left or swipe right to signal whether if the app seems promising.

“And the moment that you swipe and it goes to the screen, you’...

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Apple's Cook Blasts 'Mind Killing'...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has called for a campaign against fake news. Its purveyors -- largely interested only in getting the most clicks -- are defeating the people who are trying to tell the most truth, he said. Fake news is "killing people's minds in a way," Cook remarked. The worldwide epidemic of fake news requires a crackdown by both government and tech, he suggested, but care must be taken not to step on the freedoms of speech and the press. Cook suggested the impact of fake news could be curbed by a massive public service campaign.

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A fun look back at the Apple Cafes that almost...

When Steve Jobs returned to Apple in 1997, it wasn’t long before he decided that transforming the retail experience was key to the company’s future growth. He almost immediately started cutting the Mac authorized retailer network, eliminating those stores he felt weren’t delivering the right kind of purchasing experience, and in 1999 began work on the Apple Store project. The first store opened two years later in 2001.


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Apple’s iPhone seizes the smartphone sales crown...

Apple has overtaken Samsung Electronics in smartphone sales for the first time in two years—but don’t count on it staying ahead for long.

Samsung sold 76.8 million smartphones in the fourth quarter, giving it a market share of 17.8 percent, but it was just beaten by Apple, which sold 77 million iPhones for a 17.9 percent share, according to figures from Gartner.

The fourth quarter is usually a strong one for Apple, boosted by holiday sales of the new generation of iPhones it releases each September, said Anshul Gupta, a research director at Gartner.

For Samsung, though, 2016 ended particularly badly, dominated by the fiasco around the recall of its incendiary Galaxy Note7.

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Pokémon Go adding 80 new Pokémon from Gold &...

Pokémon Go is adding over 80 new Pokémon this week, from the Generation II Gold and Silver games. All of them will be available to catch in the wild whilst playing Pokémon Go, not just from hatching eggs. You will be able to evolve some of the Kanto Pokémon you’ve already caught into their Johto successors.

The expanded Pokédex will be accompanied by a host of new features, coming in an app update later this week …


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You may Rocksteady all night long with this wireless...

By Aaron Lee

Killer Concepts' $79.99 RocksteadyXS portable Bluetooth speaker plays loud and long. It works with iPhones, iPads, iPods, Android devices, tablets, computers, and other players. It boasts 100 dB of sound and provides more than 10 hours of playback. 

Bluetooth allows for easy pairing; there's no PIN to remember. The speaker also supports playback through an included 3.5mm cable, and MP3 files can be played through the speaker’s USB port. That's handy if, like me, you have an iPod Classic -- which doesn't support Bluetooth. The USB port also acts as a charger for phones, tablets and other devices.

The audio RocksteadyXS is solid. It won't replace your Bose speakers (and isn't meant to), but offers a good over-all listening experience for a product this small -- with, as noted, the ability to crank your tunes up. 

The Rocksteady boasts proprietary air channels...

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Apple fighting new ‘right to repair’ legislation...

Apple is fighting ‘right to repair’ legislation which would give consumers and third-party repair shops the legal right to purchase spare parts and access service manuals. The state of Nebraska is holding a hearing on the proposed legislation next month, and Motherboard reports that Apple will be formally opposing the bill.

According to the source, an Apple representative, staffer, or lobbyist will testify against the bill at a hearing in Lincoln on March 9. AT&T will also argue against the bill, the source said. The source told me that at least one of the companies plans to say that consumers who repair their own phones could cause lithium batteries to catch fire … 


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How to use Finder Tags in macOS Sierra

macOS Sierra includes a Tags feature, which offers a way to organize your files. Whether your files are on your Mac or in iCloud, you can find them with a click. To create a Finder Tag:

  • Right-click on a file or document in a Finder window that you want to tag.
  • Click on Tags.
  • Type in the name of the new Finder Tag.
  • Hit Enter.

The new Finder Tag is added to the navigation under Tags in Finder. You can also edit, delete, rename or apply a different color to a Tag.

Open a new Finder window. Under the Tags section in the left navigation panel, right click on the Tag name you want to edit. You’ll see an option to perform the aforementioned tasks.

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TwIM is a new standalone Twitter DM app for iPhone...

TwIM is a new Twitter app for iPhone focused entirely on chatting over Direct Messages. TwIM supports the latest iOS features like SiriKit, 3D Touch, and rich notifications plus other features not supported by Twitter’s official app.


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Tuesday February 14

Apple in talks with Chinese display maker BOE to...

As it looks to bolster its supply of OLED panels, a hot commodity that remains in short supply worldwide, Apple is reportedly considering Chinese firm BOE as a supplier of next-gen iPhone screens.

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Jaguar and Shell partner for in-car fuel payments

Luxury automaker Jaguar Land Rover has partnered with Shell to make fueling up a touch more convenient. That's because everyone who owns a vehicle equipped with the company's InControl Apps will be able to pay for gas without ever leaving the driver'...

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Apple to oppose 'Right to Repair'...

A report on Tuesday claims Apple is planning to send a representative to testify against a proposed "Right to Repair" bill in Nebraska that would require the company provide consumers and third-party repair shops access to service manuals and parts.

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Pioneer announces new Rayz line of ‘smart’ Lightning...

Popular audio accessory company Pioneer today announced a new line of Lightning earbuds that the company says offers an experience not possible with traditional 3.5mm headphones. The “Rayz” series includes two pairs of earbuds, the Rayz and the Rayz Plus and will be available soon.


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Canon expands its mirrorless lineup with the EOS M6

In case the EOS 77D and Rebel T7i weren't enough for you, Canon has also announced the EOS M6. The company's new mirrorless camera is basically an M5 without a built-in electronic viewfinder, since it features the same 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS senso...

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Canon's latest DSLRs are the EOS 77D and Rebel...

Canon is adding two new members to its EOS DSLR lineup, the 77D and Rebel T7i (aka EOS 800D). The former is designed to be a step above the Rebel series but below the 80D, which was introduced nearly a year ago. It features a 24.2-megapixel (APS-C) C...

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Report: Apple in talks with Chinese supplier BOE for...

Ahead of the upcoming iPhone refresh this fall, a new report from Bloomberg details that Apple is considering Chinese company BOE Technology as a potential supplier for displays for the devices. BOE would be the first company outside Japan and South Korea to supply displays for iPhones and is working on a flexible AMOLED screen.


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Pioneer debuts Rayz 'smart' Lightning...

Audio solutions specialist Pioneer on Tuesday announced Rayz, a wired earphone that leverages Lightning to power six onboard microphones, sensor-less ear detection and mapping, a dedicated multifunction button and, on one model, a unique in-line charging node.

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Gates Foundation: Empowering women is key to...

In 2006, Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffet donated $31 billion in company stock to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. As a way of outlining just what the Gates family did with the "single biggest gift anyone ever gave anybody for anything," th...

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Russians Who Hacked DNC Now Targeting Macs

A Russian group that hacked the Democratic National Committee during last year’s presidential election are now targeting Macs, according to security firm Bitedefender Labs. APT28—also known as Sofacy, Sednit APT, and other names—has been developing malware that targets Macs and gives the Russians remote access to those Macs. Bryan Chaffin has the details.

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Facing the horror of in-flight phone calls,...

I really hope the federal Department of Transportation institutes a ban on in-air calls using WiFi. As the article points out, flying is already awful enough without have to listen to one-way conversations at 30,000 feet.

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Climb Mount Everest in VR on your Oculus Rift

You no longer need an HTC Vive to scale Mount Everest in VR on your PC. Sólfar Studios and RVX have released Everest VR for the Oculus Rift, bringing the virtual ascent to Facebook's headset. It'll be familiar if you've tried the Vive versio...

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Apple's Siri gets 'LEGO Batman Movie...

In a rare promotional tie-in, Apple has quietly updated its Siri virtual assistant with a series of comedic phrases that relate to the recently released "LEGO Batman Movie" from Warner Brothers.

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Apple Will Fight 'Right To Repair'...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Apple is planning to fight proposed electronics "Right to Repair" legislation being considered by the Nebraska state legislature, according to a source within the legislature who is familiar with the bill's path through the statehouse. The legislation would require Apple and other electronics manufacturers to sell repair parts to consumers and independent repair shops, and would require manufacturers to make diagnostic and service manuals available to the public. Nebraska is one of eight states that are considering right to repair bills; last month, Nebraska, Minnesota, New York, Massachusetts, Kansas, and Wyoming introduced legislation. Last week, lawmakers in Illinois and Tennessee officially introduced similar bills. According to the source, an Apple representative, staffer, or lobbyist will testify against the bill at a hearing in Lincoln on March 9. ATT will also argue against the bill, the source said. The source told me...

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Starz will let you pay for streaming TV with prepaid...

Conventional TV networks, as a rule, are very fond of subscriptions. Don't tell that to Starz CEO Chris Albrecht, though. He told guests at the Code Media conference that the premium channel will soon offer prepaid cards for its streaming service. It...

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'Xagent' malware arrives on Mac, steals...

A Russian hacking group accused of interfering with last year's presidential election has evolved its Xagent malware package, known for its ability to infiltrate Windows, iOS, Android and Linux devices, to target Macs, according to a report on Tuesday.

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Former employee sues Magic Leap for sex...

Augmented reality startup Magic Leap is being accused of sex discrimination and creating a hostile work environment. Ironically, the company is being sued by Tannen Campbell, who was hired to make the startup's product more female friendly.

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Apple CFO Luca Maestri talks R&D spending,...

As announced yesterday, Apple CFO Luca Maestri today spoke at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Innovation conference. During the interview, Maestri touched on a number of topics, both reiterating and elaborating on what he said during Apple’s first quarter earnings call last month.

The full replay is available on Apple’s Investor Relation’s webpage, but head below for some of the notable tidbits.


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Caavo hopes to be the one box to rule your home...

If you're a home theater geek, chances are your days are spent juggling several different remotes and TV inputs. Caavo, a startup from the folks behind the original Sling box, hopes to make your life a bit easier with its set-top box, which can contr...

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Iconfactory Plans to Rebuild Twitterrific for Mac...

The Iconfactory has launched a Kickstarter for Twitterrific for Mac. The company wants to rebuild the Mac version of this venerable Twitter client for the Mac, and the company is looking to raise US$75,000 to do it.

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Stream live NBA games in VR à la carte starting...

The NBA announced its plan to stream weekly games live in VR last fall and soon there will be a much cheaper à la carte option. Starting February 23rd, basketball fans will be able to watch matchups live in virtual reality without having to pa...

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Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway added over 40M...

As Apple stock continues to perform well, a United States Securities and Exchange Commission filing today revealed that Berkshire Hathaway has more than tripled its stake in Apple over the last three months. Berkshire Hathaway is, of course, the holding company operated by investor Warren Buffet that has been skeptical of AAPL in the past.


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How to add, use and remove passes in Apple's...

For some people, the Wallet app in iOS might be synonymous with Apple Pay -- something you only see briefly after double-tapping the home button. For the experienced though, it's also a way of keeping passes handy without stuffing paper copies in your pocket.

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Toyota's 10 millionth hybrid sale hints at a...

Toyota announced that as of January 31, it has sold over 10 million hybrid cars. Business has been strong in recent months, as one million of those sales have come since the end of April 2016.

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Amazon's delivery drones could drop packages...

Amazon's much-anticipated (and long time coming) drone deliveries might technically finally be happening, but a new patent spotted by CNN suggests your next book or box-set might actually arrive via parachute. There are many practical, legal and tech...

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AWT News Update: February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day! While you're waiting in line at that popular restaurant for your rushed Valentine's Day meal, pop in those AirPods and listen to today's news highlights:

  • Apple shares reach an all-time high, and the company reached a new record market cap of $708.4 billion
  • A HomeKit-enabled security cam from D-Link is beginning to show up in online Apple Stores
  • The existing Nest Cam and Nest Aware services get some new features
  • Facebook announces that a Facebook video app is in the works for the fourth-generation Apple TV

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

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Hands-on with Nomad’s Horween leather wallets with...

I’ve always liked the idea of using a battery case, but with a phone like the iPhone 7 Plus, a lack of battery life isn’t a problem that I encounter regularly enough to warrant the extra bulk. I also like the idea of a wallet case to help keep up with my driver’s license and credit cards, but with a phone as large as the iPhone 7 Plus, I find such a setup to be a tad unwieldy.

The folks over at Nomad have come up with a solution that seems to address both of my issues, and depending on your needs, it might be a worthwhile solution for you as well.

The company’s Bi-fold and Slim Leather Wallet give you a place to keep all of your credit cards, identification, and other necessary items in a standalone form factor. In other words, it’s a traditional wallet setup that’s completely independent of your iPhone. But the kicker here is that the Nomad wallets feature an integrated portable battery with a...

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Facebook's next conquest: Your TV

Facebook's recent push into video is coming for your big screen TV. The social network enabled streaming video to Apple TV and Chromecast last October, but it's about to go native with an app specifically made for set-top boxes from Apple, Amazon and...

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Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway nearly...

Investor Warren Buffet bet big on Apple during the fourth quarter of 2016, as a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday reveals Berkshire Hathaway now owns more than 57 million shares of the tech giant.

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Amazon Intros Chime Video Chat Service

Apple has FaceTime, Microsoft has Skype, Google has Hangouts, and now Amazon has Chime. They’re all video chat services, and now Amazon is in on the game across the Mac, Windows, iOS, and Android. Chime is more business focused with features like 100-people conference call support and corporate directories. It’s free for one-on-one conversations, adds in screen sharing and the corporate directory feature for US$2.50 a month per user, and $15 a month gets you all that plus meeting scheduling along with  video and audio recording. Apple doesn’t have much to worry about since FaceTime targets individual users, but Skype and Hangouts better watch out because Chime is clearly targeting their users.

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With new trailers for Planet of the Apps &...

Apple has big plans for original content this year and this week gave us a first look. It might have gotten its feet wet with the 808 documentary that it picked up for Apple Music, but new upcoming shows will be its first real step into original content with two series that should have much more mainstream appeal.


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Notable apps and app updates for Feb. 14, 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

Conch Pearl Media has launched SpotCayman 7.0, the 2017 Cayman Islands Edition of the $9.99 travel app for iOS and Apple Watch devices. SpotCayman has mapped and listed, over 300 restaurants in Cayman, 80 WiFi hotspots, all hotels, shopping, island attractions, tour operators, dive sites, doctors, churches, car rental agencies and more. It now incorporates Apple Watch and 3D Touch.

Fumb Games has introduced Crossbar Challenge ’17. The free game mixes the shooting mechanics of Paper Toss with the character and item collectible aspects of other...

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Apple stock sets new record at $135.09, market cap...

Apple's shares are continuing to increase in value, with market movements pushing the iPhone producer's stock price beyond yesterday's record-setting value, by hitting a new intra-day record of $135.09, as well as ending the day with an all-time closing high of $135.01.

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4 Possible Roadmaps For macOS and iOS Evolution

From time to time, we’ve seen scenarios related to how the Mac/macoS and the iPad/iOS might evolve as personal computing platforms. We know about the declining sales of the iPad and Apple’s seeming inattention to the Mac line as whole in 2016. In turn, that has created some discussion about their respective future developments. John catalogs the likely and not-so-likely roadmaps for these products.

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Conway is 'unclear' who retweeted a racist...

Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to the President, came under fire Tuesday after someone retweeted a self-proclaimed white nationalist's support for her from her official Twitter account. The user, Lib Hypocrisy, lauded Conway's "strength and resiliency"...

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Eddy Cue Says Video is a Big Part of Apple Music’s...

The future of streaming music is streaming media, according to Apple’s Eddy Cue, which is why the company is behind shows like Carpool Karaoke and Planet of the Apps. The “Apple Music is more than just music” message is one he’s already expressed, and it’s a sign Apple’s competition in the streaming music market is growing beyond Spotify and Tidal to more inclusive services like Amazon Prime.

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Comcast's all-in-one Xfinity Stream app arrives...

Say goodbye to the Xfinity TV app as you knew it... not that you'll necessarily mind. Comcast has unveiled a replacement mobile app, Xfinity Stream, that promises to cover just about everything you can do with your TV subscription. You'll have in-h...

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New Mac malware pinned on same Russian group blamed...

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APT28, the Russian hacking group tied to last year's interference in the 2016 presidential election, has long been known for its advanced arsenal of tools for penetrating Windows, iOS, Android, and Linux devices. Now, researchers have uncovered an equally sophisticated malware package the group used to compromise Macs.

Like its counterparts for other platforms, the Mac version of Xagent is a modular backdoor that can be customized to meet the objectives of a given intrusion, researchers from antivirus...

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Lumina Adds Luster to Linux Desktop

The Lumina Desktop Environment desktop is a standout in the crowded field of Linux graphical user interface choices. Lumina is a compact, lightweight, XDG-compliant graphical desktop environment developed from scratch. Its focus is on giving users a streamlined, efficient work environment with minimal system overhead. Lumina was first developed for the BSD family of operating systems, such as FreeBSD and TrueOS. It is gaining interest among Linux users, having been introduced for a growing number of Linux distros.

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Scenes from Epson's 'Digital Couture...

Since 2015, Epson has been giving up-and-coming designers an opportunity to show clothes made with digital printers at New York Fashion Week. This year was no exception. With the Digital Couture Project, the company is trying to push its line of text...

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Facebook debuts vertical video format and confirms...

Facebook wants be in your TV screen in 2017.

On Tuesday, the network launched new ways to watch videos on your iOS and Android device. You can now watch vertical videos in full-screen, autoplay videos with sound, and watch picture-in-picture while scrolling down your News Feed. In addition, Facebook confirmed the forthcoming launch of TV apps for Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Samsung Smart TV.

Previously, all videos on Facebook’s News Feed autoplayed on silent, and you had to tap on the picture to hear sound. Now, Facebook is giving you the option to autoplay videos with sound that fades in and out as you scroll through the video on your feed.

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Tip of the Day: Filtering your Message List in the...

If you use the built in Mail app on your iPhone or iPad and deal with sifting through a lot of email messages, you’ll likely appreciate a small feature that Apple added in iOS 10, which gives you the ability to quickly and easily filter your message listing. A button in the bottom-left corner of the Mail app will toggle on a filtered view that provides quick filtering of messages in the current mailbox. By default, the filter will show you only…

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T-Mobile's upgraded phone plan ditches the HD...

Until T-Mobile improved its One plan this week, one of its biggest hassles was the HD video day pass. Even if you paid extra for unlimited HD, you had to enable a pass every time you wanted more than 480p streaming. Thankfully, that's now in the pa...

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The Strong Museum will open a 'Women in Games...

"Women have indelibly shaped every aspect of the history of video games, and that story needs to be better documented and told."

That's Jon-Paul Dyson, director of the International Center for the History of Electronic Games at The Strong museum in...

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As Apple hypes original content, Disney & Google...

Disney and Google have drawn back their support of "PewDiePie," a leading YouTube star and the centerpiece of the YouTube Red subscription service, after a recent video featured an anti-Semitic joke. The shakeup comes just as Apple has begun teasing two upcoming exclusive programs for Apple Music.

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Daimler is going all-electric with 'Smart...

Smart, a subsidiary of Daimlerchrysler, announced on Tuesday that starting in 2018 all of its vehicles sold in North America will be of the electric variety. The company plans to stop selling the gas-powered Fortwo and Fortwo Cabrio in the US and Can...

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HomeKit-enabled D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD spotted in...

D-Link has started to ship its HomeKit-compatible Omna 180 Cam HD in Europe, with the network-connected camera now appearing in regional online Apple Stores in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany.

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Facebook videos in your News Feed soon autoplay with...

The age of scrolling through your Facebook News Feed past mercifully silent autoplaying videos is over. The social media giant is showering its users with unasked-for love by automatically triggering sound when hovering over a movie, and will soon be...

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'Rocket League' blasts into 4K with PS4...

With the launch of the PlayStation 4 Pro in November, Sony promised a more powerful console with a boost in framerates and resolution pretty much across the board. Of course, that shiny new hardware doesn't do much good if the games themselves don't...

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News: Facebook announces Apple TV app along with iOS...

Facebook has announced its rumored video-centric app for the Apple TV, alongside several other improvements to viewing videos within the Facebook app for iPhone and iPad. Originally rumored earlier this month to be in development, the new Facebook app is expected to “roll out soon” on the Apple TV App Store, alongside support for several other smart TV platforms and media devices such as Amazon’s Fire TV and Samsung Smart TV. The…

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'Outlast 2' is all about documenting your...

Philippe Morin wants to break your brain. As a creator of the grotesque, critically acclaimed horror series Outlast, he delights in dissecting the psychology of terror and dreaming up new nightmares for video game fans.

Look at Outlast 2. Morin's la...

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Photon Strike is a Fun Arcade Scroller for iOS

You may known of my penchant for tower defense games, but I also have a not-so-secret love for arcade scrollers. The good news for your time-sucking pleasure is that I found a new one called Photon Strike. It’s a solid vertical scroller for iPhone an iPad (I played on iPad) with good graphics and fast action. In fact, it’s very fast. It’s similar to others in the genre. You have to steer your ship (with your fingers), firing as long as your finger is on the screen. Waves of enemies fly around the screen, and you have to shoot/avoid them. Powerups are available throughout each level, and you get credits for each enemy you destroy for buying upgrades. It’s free to download, but for real-world cash, you can get yourself a whole heap of credits. You can also watch videos for free credits. Every five waves there’s a boss at the end. It’s ad-supported, but the ads go away...

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Apple’s stock hits an all-time high as company’s...

Apple’s shares traded above $134.54 today, surpassing a previous all-time intraday high set in April 2015. What’s more, the tech giant has reclaimed its throne as the only $700 billion publicly-traded U.S. company, riding a post-earnings rally and a more favorable outlook on Wall Street.

Goldman Sachs raised its price target on the stock on Monday, citing Apple's 3-D sensing technology, while UBS released a note stating the market is undervaluing the firm's services business. The last time Apple broke above the $700 billion level was in February 2015.  (Hey, check out our stock ticker in the right sidebar.)

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iOS: Easily Print To PDF Emails In Apple Mail

On iOS there is a hidden feature that lets you print to PDF any email you want. It doesn’t require a third-party app or another email client. You can do it inside Apple Mail with a 3D Touch. Andrew Orr shows you how.

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AI is learning to speed read

As clever as machine learning is, there's one common problem: you frequently have to train the AI on thousands or even millions of examples to make it effective. What if you don't have weeks to spare? If Gamalon has its way, you could put AI to wor...

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Alphabet's Nest Cam adds animated camera...

Alphabet's Nest is rolling out updates to its Nest Aware cloud platform and its iOS app, updating notifications with a preview of Nest Cam feeds before entering the app, as well as the ability to automatically detect doors within a camera's view.

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Facebook confirms Apple TV app is coming soon with...

Facebook will soon be available on the Apple TV for the first time, the social network confirmed today. As rumored, the upcoming Apple TV app will focus on video playback with personalization features and launch soon.


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Facebook live video streaming app for Apple TV...

Facebook's rumored video app for the Apple TV has been confirmed, with the company declaring that it will be available to fourth -eneration Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV owners soon.

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DaisyDisk 4.4 - $9.99
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BetterTouchTool adds many new, fully customizable gestures to the Magic Mouse, Multi-Touch MacBook trackpad, and Magic Trackpad. These gestures are customizable: Magic Mouse: Pinch in / out (zoom... Read more
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BetterTouchTool adds many new, fully customizable gestures to the Magic Mouse, Multi-Touch MacBook trackpad, and Magic Trackpad. These gestures are customizable: Magic Mouse: Pinch in / out (zoom... Read more

RPG Djinn Caster (Games)
RPG Djinn Caster 1.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: SPECIAL PRICE 38% OFF(USD 7.99 -> USD 4.99)!!!A Fantasy Action RPG of far foreign lands! Summon the Djinns and rise to... | Read more »
Alto's Odyssey gets its first trail...
There's finally video evidence of Alto's Odyssey, the follow up to the 2015 App Store hit, Alto's Adventure. It looks just as soothing and atmospheric as Alto's last outing, but this time players will be journeying to the desert. Whereas Alto's... | Read more »
Last week on Pocket Gamer
What’s going on in the wider world of portable gaming? Each week we ask that question of our sister website Pocket Gamer. The PG team covers iOS gaming, just like 148Apps, but it also strays into the world of Android games and handheld consoles... | Read more »
Pokémon GO Generation 2 evolution guide
At long last, Niantic Labs finally unleashed the Generation 2 Pokémon into the wild. Pokémon GO trainers are scrambling to grab up this new set of 80 Pokémon. There are some special new tricks required to catch all of these new beasties, though.... | Read more »
The best new games we played this week
It feels as though the New Year got off to a creaking start as far as mobile games go, but that's changed over the past few weeks. The last few days alone have seen the debut of a number of wonderful games, so we thought we'd take the time to... | Read more »
Recruit more scallywags and discover new...
Get ready to show off your sea legs all over again in Oceans & Empires’ new grand update, which aims to make the act of rising to the role of seven seas ruler even more fresh and appealing, thanks to a richness of new content on both iOS and... | Read more »
Mage the Ascension: Refuge (Games)
Mage the Ascension: Refuge 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: The groundbreaking roleplaying game Mage: The Ascension manifests in our turbulent present with Refuge, an... | Read more »
Vampire: Prelude (Games)
Vampire: Prelude 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: The classic roleplaying game Vampire: The Masquerade returns to digital games with a Prelude of things to come. Experience a... | Read more »
Digby Forever Guide: How to dig to the d...
Digby Forever is a sparkling homage to arcade classics, and while you may be tiring of the number of arcade games being thrown at you, this endless digger finds many ways to stand out from the rest of the pack. The game manages to be challenging... | Read more »
The best sales on the App Store this wee...
It's been quite the week in mobile games, but if the latest releases(there were some pretty darn good ones, in case you missed out) aren't really doing the trick, perhaps some of these discounted games will. Many of these premium games had their... | Read more »

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13-inch 2.0GHz Space Gray MacBook Pro on sale...
Adorama has the non-Touch Bar 13″ 2.0GHz Space Gray MacBook Pro in stock today for $100 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and Adorama charges NY & NJ sales tax only: - 13″ 2.0GHz MacBook Pro Space Gray... Read more
13-inch Touch Bar MacBook Pros on sale for $1...
B&H Photo has select 2016 Apple 13″ Touch Bar MacBook Pros in stock today and up to $100 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only: - 13″ 2.9GHz/512GB Touch Bar MacBook... Read more
KSI-1802R SX Disinfect-able Keyboard With Wav...
KSI has unveiled a new, innovative medical keyboard, the KSI-1802R SX, at HIMSS 2017, running February 19-22 in Orlando, Florida. KSI-1802R SX is the only keyboard that combines dual factor... Read more
15-inch Touch Bar MacBook Pros on sale for up...
Amazon has 15″ Touch Bar MacBook Pros in stock today and on sale for up to $150 off MSRP including free shipping: - 15″ 2.7GHz Touch Bar MacBook Pro Space Gray: $2720.38 $79 off MSRP - 15″ 2.7GHz... Read more
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Purchase a new Mac or iPad using Apple’s Education Store and take up to $300 off MSRP. All teachers, students, and staff of any educational institution qualify for the discount. Shipping is free: -... Read more
13-inch 1.6GHz/256GB MacBook Air on sale for...
Newegg has the 13″ 1.6GHz/256GB MacBook Air (MMGG2LL/A) on sale for $1029.99 including free shipping. Their price is $170 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available for this model. Choose Newegg... Read more
Save up to $600 with Apple refurbished Mac Pr...
Apple has Certified Refurbished Mac Pros available for up to $600 off the cost of new models. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each Mac Pro, and shipping is free. The following... Read more
12-inch 1.1GHz Retina MacBooks on sale for $1...
B&H has 12″ 1.1GHz Retina MacBooks on sale for $150 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only: - 12″ 1.1GHz Space Gray Retina MacBook: $1149 $150 off MSRP - 12″ 1.1GHz... Read more
InTouch Health Expands iOS And Windows Produc...
Specialty telehealth enterprise provider InTouch Health has announced an expanded range of FDA Class I listed medical devices and software solutions for ambulatory, non-acute and non-emergent... Read more
iMobie Airs World’s 1st iCloud Manager with M...
iMobie Inc., an Apple-related software company, announced their newly-updated iPhone manager AnyTrans with exclusive feature to sync and manage contents across multiple iCloud accounts. With it,... Read more

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