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Tuesday July 18

05:15
YouTuber demonstrates how to upgrade base-model 5K...

If you’re looking to upgrade your new iMac, this is for you.

YouTuber Quinn Nelson, also known as “SnazzyQ”, upgrades his $1,799 base-model Mid-2017 5K iMac into a machine that performs better in many respects than Apple’s most expensive iMac configuration, which comes to $5,299 before tax.

While this WILL void your warranty, there’s something to be said for it. Granted upgrading the CPU involves removing the display, removing the speakers, logic board, and more. Still, once the computer has been stripped down, CPU installation is literally just a matter of swapping out the old CPU with the new one.

Quinn states that his build took several weeks in all, but most of that time involved waiting on parts and planning out his video,. The actual work that he put in only amounted to an hour or so, but it obviously took a lot of research and planning beforehand.

Per Quinn:

The easiest part of his upgrade was the 64 GB of RAM. Thankfully, Apple threw...

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05:12
CarPlay, iOS devices may soon tell when you exit...

Future implementations of Apple’s CarPlay and/or iOS devices may be able to tell when you’re driving your car and when exit your car and perform appropriate functions once it detects you’re no longer driving. Compatible with the iPhone 5 and later models, CarPlay provides a simplified way to use your iPhone interface on a car’s touch screen, giving users access to Siri voice controls, as well as Apple Maps, Apple Music, Phone, Messages, and a variety of third party apps.

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,712,977) for “determining exit from a vehicle.” In the patent filing, Apple notes that mobile devices today can provide various functionality in response to a user request. For example, a user can request to see a navigation map or provide other user input to switch among user interfaces, or otherwise obtained desired functionality. However, users have to provide input to get the desired functionality. 

Apple says what’s needed are methods and mobile devices...

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05:00
Rumor: Apple’s suppliers may not reach mass-...

Apple may not start mass production of its next-gen iPhone for a bit.

According to the Economic Daily News, the typical production schedule for the iPhone lineup is not happening this year.

The report says that the new 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch phones are expected to ramp up in August, a month behind the normal new iPhone production timelines. Moreover, the OLED 5.8-inch iPhone (with bezel-less screen and all-new chassis design) may not be available until November.

The report states that Foxconn has secured the lion’s share of orders for the upcoming OLED model, which will feature almost no bezel yet pack a 5.8-inch screen into the same physical size as the current 4.7-inch iPhone 7.

Pegatron wil assemble most of the 4.7-inch iPhone 7s devices and a small number of the ‘iPhone 8’ devices (tentative naming), whilst Wistron will mainly focus on making the 5.5-inch 7s model.

Current reports have stated that the output at both Pegatron and Foxconn have...

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05:00
macOS, Mac apps only account for 0.3% of common...

Here’s a good reason to keep on using a Mac — or switch if you’re not currently a Mac user. macOS and macOS apps only account for 0.3% of computer repair issues in 2017, as compiled by the RESCUECOM computer repair company.

The most common computer repair issues in 2017 rank as follows: Windows OS (33.9%) ; Windows application (22.7%); virus/spyware/malware/pop-up ads (10.5%); email trouble (6.6%); running slow (6.2%); printer issues (6.1%); data recovery (4.4%); Internet connectivity (4.3%); computer fails to boot (3.5%); hardware problems (0.6%); user caused (0.6%); phone problems (0.3%); Mac applications (0.2%); and macOS (0.1%).

“Windows apps are the biggest problem this year due to buggy Windows 10 updates,” says RESCUECOM. “While Microsoft fixes the errors, they still cause problems and frustration. Fortunately, Microsoft allows you to easily uninstall any problematic Windows updates on your PC.”

Mac...

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04:59
Apple announces new customer support role in iTunes...

Apple has announced — via its Developer web portal  — a new iTunes Connect feature that allows developer customer support teams to respond to submitted App Store reviews. iTunes Connect is a suite of web-based tools for managing content sold on iTunes, the iBooks Store, and the various app stores. 

Users with the Admin or Customer Support role have the ability to respond to customer reviews. Apple says that developer custom support teams’ admins may choose to assign only this role to users, or assign this role in combination with other roles. 

Users who have been assigned only the Customer Support role can access Resources and Help, Users and Roles, and My apps in iTunes Connect. When they click on an app in My Apps, they’ll go straight to Ratings and Reviews where they can respond to customer reviews.

To ensure a smooth introduction to this new role, all users with the App Manager and...

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04:41
Internet Archive backup of SoundCloud underway as...

Internet Archive, a group of volunteers aiming to preserve websites and services considered at risk of closure, has announced that it is beginning a partial backup copy of SoundCloud as of today …

more…

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04:30
How to create a secure disk image in macOS Sierra

You can use the Disk Utility in macOS Sierra to create a secure disk image for confidential documents that you don’t want others to see without your permission, you can put them in an encrypted disk image. Here’s how:

  • Choose File > New Image > Blank Image.
  • Enter a file name for the disk image, add tags if necessary, then choose where to save it. This is the name that appears in the Finder, where you save the disk image file before opening it.
  • In the Name field, enter the name for the disk image. This is the name that appears on your desktop and in the Finder sidebar, after you open the disk image.
  • In the Size field, enter a size for the disk image.
  • Click the Format pop-up menu, then choose the format for the disk: Mac OS Extended (Journaled) or Mac OS Extended (Case-sensitive, Journaled)
  • Click the Encryption pop-up menu, then choose an encryption option.
  • Enter and re-enter a password to unlock the disk image, then...
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04:11
Samsung to resume making iPhone A-series chips from...

A report out of Korea says that Samsung – dropped by Apple as a supplier for iPhone processor chips last year – will once more share production with TSMC from next year.

Apple used to split its A-series chip production between Samsung and TSMC, until switching exclusively to the Taiwanese company for the iPhone 7. TSMC kept its exclusive contract for the upcoming iPhone 8, but Samsung has reportedly succeeded in winning orders for the 2018 iPhone thanks to two factors …

more…

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04:00
Dribbin' around with Arcade Hoops Basketball on...

By Frank Petrie

Arcade Hoops Basketball from Skyworks Interactive has been bouncing around on iOS devices for awhile. And no wonder: it’s a fine game. 

As the name implies, this iApp mimics the basketball machine that you'll find in any arcade. You have a choice of two games: Classic and Progressive. Both keep lists of high scores.

The Classic is shooting at a stationary hoop. The Progressive is where the hoop moves towards you and away from you.

The graphics are very good. And I really enjoy the game's default soundtrack. It goes right on by the cliched music used in sports games. There's three soundtracks to choose from and sound effects that you turn on or mute.

For the price (free! — but with in-app purchases), Arcade Hoops Basketball is quite impressive. And like all good iApp games, addictive. Well, worth your time and...

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03:30
Court upholds nondisclosure rules and national...

A U.S. federal appeals court has upheld nondisclosure rules that allow the FBI to secretly issue surveillance orders for customer data to communications firms and companies such as Apple, reports Reuters.

On Monday a unanimous three-judge panel on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco sided with a lower court ruling in finding that rules permitting the FBI to send national security letters under gag orders are appropriate and don’t violate the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution's free speech protections. It’s uncertain how this will eventually affect Apple, which prohibits third parties from allowing its user data to be used for surveillance purposes.

Andrew Crocker, an attorney for the...

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01:41
Samsung will mine scrapped Note 7s for parts and...

Samsung will kick off its Galaxy Note 7 recycling efforts this month and expects to recover 157 tons of rare metals from the controversial device. The phone's fiery history is pretty hard to forget, but to refresh your memory, Samsung had to pull it...

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01:00
Tech Hunters: Looking back at Nintendo's failed...

Long before the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, Nintendo was experimenting with a VR headset of it own. At first glance, the black-and-red Virtual Boy looked every bit as capable as the virtual reality headsets that were popular in the 90s, promising acces...

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Monday July 17

23:37
'Wolfenstein 2' and 'Evil Within 2...

You'd be forgiven for thinking that most of the games getting 4K support on Xbox One X will come from either Microsoft itself or Ubisoft, but there will definitely be some high-profile releases in the mix beyond what's been mentioned so far. The offi...

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21:31
MelodyVR's music app will have songs from the...

When MelodyVR finally launches its virtual reality platform for music, it'll have experiences to offer from all three major record labels. After signing up both Warner and Universal Music within the past few months, it has now forged (PDF) a worldwid...

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20:27
‘Windjammers’ brings 16-bit frisbee duelling to PS4...

You'd be excused if all of Sony's tentpole game announcements during the PlayStation Experience show last December blinded you to the best news of all: The 16-bit deep cut Windjammers would get ported to current systems. But the time for excuses has...

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19:38
SoundCloud explores underground music scenes in a...

SoundCloud isn't done exploring new avenues just because it's facing tough times. The streaming audio service is partnering with The Fader on a documentary miniseries, SoundCloud Next Wave, that spotlights underground music scenes in six cities rang...

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18:49
Google Fiber’s CEO steps down after five months

Five months after Google announced it was shaking up Fiber and putting broadband veteran George McCray in charge of the division overseeing it, McCray has stepped down. The company is seeking a replacement but hasn't named anyone.

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18:20
Developer customer support teams can now respond to...




Apple on Monday announced a new iTunes Connect feature that allows developer customer support teams to respond to submitted App Store reviews.

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18:00
Apple details new ‘Customer Support’ role in iTunes...

In a post on its official developer blog, Apple this evening outlined a new Customer Support role that is now available on iTunes Connect. This addition, Apple says, is useful for developers who may want to hire someone dedicated to customer support and responding to questions, comments, and concerns left in App Store reviews…

more…

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17:58
Comcast tells the FCC that net neutrality should be...

Last week, thousands of companies and organizations stood up for net neutrality during the Day of Action and as the first round of comments on the FCC's plan to severely cut back protective regulations wraps up, over 8.4 million comments have been fi...

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17:39
Qualcomm CEO says dispute with Apple about IP...




Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf in an interview on Monday provided additional background on the company's ongoing legal battle with Apple, saying he believes intellectual property pricing and contract obligations are its core. He seemed optimistic, however, that the fight will end in an out of court settlement.

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17:39
YouTuber upgrades base-model 5K iMac with seventh-...

iMacs can’t be upgraded, right? Tell that to YouTuber Quinn Nelson, better known around the Interwebs as SnazzyQ. Nelson performed some intense surgery on his less than-a-few-weeks-old, $1,799 base-model Mid 2017 5K iMac. The result? He came away with a machine that performs better in some respects than the most expensive ($5,299 before tax) iMac you can currently buy. more…

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17:17
What's on TV: 'Rogue One' on Netflix...

This week's big Netflix addition isn't an original, instead it's the first Star Wars flick licensed under its 2012 arrangement with Disney. Tomorrow morning Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be available to subscribers in the US, while Last Chance U...

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17:10
As legal battle drags on, Qualcomm CEO now says he...

Apple and Qualcomm are currently engaged in a high-profile legal battle that’s done nothing but escalate since the beginning. In a new interview with Fortune, however, Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf seems to be changing the company’s tone, saying he now expects an out of court settlement…

more…

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16:52
SharkLinux OS Is Destined for Success


SharkLinux OS is one of those very rare newcomer distributions that has "Future Big Winner" written all over it. Over my many years of reviewing Linux software and distros for Linux Picks and Pans, I have found that the story of what spurred the developer to create the distro often showcases the driving power that enables open source software. That is the case with SharkLinux OS, which has an interesting back story -- a tale of innovation and ingenuity. SharkLinux OS delivers a good performance early in its development cycle.

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16:49
How to backup, wipe and restore your Mac before...




Planning to sell your Mac? AppleInsider covers the step-by-step process of backing up your files, wiping the hard drive and restoring everything on a new machine in this video.

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16:48
Apple’s Risky Balancing Act With the Next iPhone

Jason Snell, in a terrific column for Macworld:

This is one of those areas where Apple may be the victim of its
own success. The iPhone is so popular a product that Apple can’t
include any technology or source any part if it can’t be made more
than 200 million times a year. If the supplier of a cutting-edge
part Apple wants can only provide the company with 50 million per
year, it simply can’t be used in the iPhone. Apple sells too many,
too fast.

Contrast that to Apple’s competition. On the smaller end, former
Android chief Andy Rubin announced the Essential phone, but even
Rubin admitted that he’d only be able to sell in thousands, not
millions. Same for the RED Hydrogen One — groundbreaking phone,
hardly...

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16:45
EFF on Net Neutrality

“ISPs have incentives to shape Internet traffic and the FCC knows full well of instances where consumers have been harmed. AT&T blocked data sent by Apple’s FaceTime software, Comcast has interfered with Internet traffic generated by certain applications, and ISPs have rerouted users’ web searches to websites they didn’t request or expect,” said EFF Senior Staff Attorney Mitch Stoltz. “These are just some examples of ISPs controlling our Internet experience. Users pay them to connect to the Internet, not decide for them what they can see and do there.”

The FCC can’t seriously do this.

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16:20
Poll suggests most Americans don't like how...

Do you think President Trump's penchant for Twitter diatribes is doing more harm than good? You're not alone... in fact, you might be in the majority. ABC News and the Washington Post have conducted a national poll suggesting that 67 of Americans d...

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16:15
1Password version 6.8 for iOS auto-copies one-time...

AgileBits has released the latest version of 1Password for iOS, and it includes a new feature that will serve as a major convenience for anyone who uses the app to manage two-factor one-time passwords. As of version 6.8, which AgileBits has codenamed ‘The Picnic Edition’, one-time passwords will now auto-copy to the clipboard whenever you use auto-fill. more…

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15:44
Google wants to sell quantum computing in the cloud

Whether or not you believe Google has honest-to-goodness quantum computers, the bigger problem is their limited access: they're largely off-limits outside of the company itself. That could change sooner than you think, though. Bloomberg sources under...

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15:17
'It' director Andy Muschietti signs on for...

More than 30 years after the original series debuted on television, the classic Mecha anime Robotech will once again grace the silver screen. Sony announced on Monday that it had tapped Andy Muschietti, who just finished directing the reboot of Steph...

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14:45
Emojipedia founder talks the past, present and...

We've been a little surprised by the outpouring of enthusiasm for World Emoji Day so far: Apple released a sneak peeks of its new emoji designs, Google signaled the end of its blobs, and the Empire State Building will be lit up in yellow to mark the...

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14:40
TMO Background Mode Interview with the CTO of It’s...

Joe Moreno is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, a former U.S. Marine officer, a former Apple software engineer for nine years, and is now the Chief Technical Officer of ItsBorrowed.com. In high school, influenced by his father, Joe decided to join the Marines. He was also very much into computers and became a Marine programmer, working on production systems. Later, after the academy, he became a supply & logistics officer, and his skills caught the attention of Apple in 1998. He was virtually hired on the spot at a career fair for military officers. We spent some time chatting about Apple’s recent history and his work with databases, WebObjects, Unix and Apple’s online store. Listen in to hear us chat about iPhone ordering tricks from the Apple store during the annual September chaos.


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14:22
This little delivery robot is carrying a belly full...

If you thought that food-delivery robots originated in futuristic, 'bot-obsessed Japan, you'd be wrong. In fact, delivery robots showed up in San Francisco, London and Los Angeles first. Now, however, cute little red sushi-delivery 'bots from ZMP are...

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14:19
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 17...

Notable software releases this week include Aeon Timeline 2.2.5, KeyCue 8.5, PopChar X 8.1, and Fantastical 2.4.

 

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14:19
ExtraBITS for 17 July 2017

In ExtraBITS this week, Andy Ihnatko ponders a world overly reliant on technology, the Apple Store introduces interactive HomeKit demos, and a report claims that Siri usage is declining.

 

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14:17
iOS 11: How to easily free up storage space on...

iOS 11 has new recommendations for managing storage that are quick and easy to use. Follow along after the jump to check out this new feature.

more…

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14:01
External Link: Connected Condiments: When Will It...

Andy Ihnatko is letting off steam as only he can, with an extended analogy about how he was just trying to make a ham-and-cheese sandwich but got distracted by an Internet-related error with the mustard. It’s silly, of course, but his larger point is that we’ve created a world built on so many dependencies that it’s amazing that anything works at all. We’ve all been there; the question is how we get back.

 

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14:00
In a fragmented VR market, one company wants to...

Virtual reality is a mainstream phenomenon these days, with major headsets like the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive now increasingly in consumer hands. There's even a flourishing market in the lower-end, with Samsung's Gear VR and Google's DayDream lead...

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14:00
AWT News Update: July 17, 2017

It's Monday, and here are our top stories for this afternoon:

  • Apple is sending mixed messages to developers of iMessage sticker packs
  • Several hospitals in the US are using iPads to give patients insights into their condition
  • olloclip and Incase team up for the new limited-edition Flimer's Kit, which includes lenses and a video grip mount.

Many thanks again to our Apple World Today sponsor, EverWeb.

The text version of the podcast can be viewed 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

This is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and you’re listening to the AWT News Update...

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13:44
DC security robot says everything is fine, throws...

Don't read too much into this, but a security robot face-planted into an indoor fountain inside of a Washington, DC office building today. It's a coincidence, we're sure, but maybe this robot just knows what everyone else in DC does. Robots tasked wi...

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13:30
Netflix blows past the 100 million subscriber mark

A year after subscriber growth slowed due to price hikes, Netflix says (PDF) it added more US customers in the last quarter than it has since 2011. The company is now up to 103.95 million subscribers worldwide, up 5.2 million from last count. The com...

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13:13
Latest analyst predicts delayed super cycle for...

Morgan Stanley’s Katy Huberty is the latest analyst to weigh in on Apple’s 10th anniversary iPhone release(s). Citing the same delays as many others, Huberty believes an iPhone super cycle may still occur, but will just be pushed into 2018.

more…

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13:09
Apple’s Artificial Intelligence Agent, Siri, With...

When our mobile AI agents, knowing a lot about us as individuals, have to depend on remote processing power, our privacy is at stake.


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13:02
Twitter porn bots drew in over 30 million clicks

For the past few months ZeroFOX, a social media-focused digital security company, has been looking into a massive pornography botnet targeting Twitter. Dubbed SIREN, after the mythical Greek creatures said to lure sailors to their deaths with song, t...

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12:41
Here’s a sneak peek at Nokia’s first high-end...

Finnish startup HMD Global resurrected the Nokia name with a new line of Android smartphones unveiled back in February. Undaunted by lack of carrier deals, they've kept expanding it throughout the year, including releasing the Nokia 6 in the US back...

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12:35
US appeals court upholds gag orders on national...




The FBI can indeed serve companies like Apple national security letters that come with a gag order, preventing them from telling customers, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Monday.

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12:19
Listen to tunes in Google Play Music's search...

If you use Google Play Music on the road, we have good news: you can listen to the latest summer jams faster than ever. In a mirror of an update to the web player from several months back, the streaming service revamped search results field in its A...

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12:14
Your Favorite Mac Word Processors

With votes from over 800 TidBITS readers in the past week, we have recommendations for the top word processors on the Mac, including some strong alternatives to Microsoft Word.

 

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11:55
US lifts laptop ban from final Middle Eastern...

If you're a business traveller who wants to use your laptop on a flight originating in the Middle East, things are looking up. The US started to lift restrictions for passengers carrying large electronics like laptops on flights originating in the Mi...

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11:45
Studio Neat’s latest Glif is the one accessory every...

The Studio Neat Glif (circa 2017) with hand grip and wrist strap. Photo ©2017, Steven Sande

Back in 2010, people started taking the camera in the iPhone seriously. A couple of guys, Tom Gerhardt and Dan Provost of Studio Neat, thought that it would be a good idea to make a tripod mount for the iPhone, and they came up with the idea of the Glif. The product was one of the first crowdfunding successes on Kickstarter, and the Glif has since been updated several times to allow it to work with larger smartphones and make it easier to use. Today we’re looking at the latest incarnation of the Glif (US$29, $55 for set including handle and wrist strap), which proves that even the best products can be improved.

Design

The original Glif was designed with one iPhone in mind — the iPhone 4. It...

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11:10
News: Report: Apple cracking down on iMessage...

A new blog post from iOS Developer Melissa Chan of This Century Software indicates that Apple is tightening its policy on the number of iMessage sticker packs that individual developers will be permitted to publish in the App Store. Chan, who develops a large number of popular iMessage sticker packs, many of which have been prominently featured by Apple, began having her sticker packs rejected by Apple back in May under section 4.3 of the App Store…

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10:50
AT&T is currently offering hefty discounts on...

AT&T has some online-only deals today for those who can't get enough fitness tracking into their lives. The carrier has the Fitbit Charge 2 (select colors only) and the Fitbit Surge (tangerine) on sale for $74.50 and $124.50, respectively. Both prices are quite a bit cheaper than the usual prices, though the color options may not appeal to everyone. The Fitbit Charge 2 is selling for about $130 at other retailers, while the Surge normally sells for $200.

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10:44
A History of Graphic Design Production

Up until just over 30 years ago, when the desktop computer debuted, the whole design production process would have been done primarily by hand, and with the aide of analog machines.

This is wonderful.

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10:39
HP Is Back: Should It Rename Itself Compaq?


HP just took over the PC market worldwide. You probably don't get how incredible this is, so here's an analogy: It's as if a crooked referee put a bunch of lead on an overweight racer and shuffled him to the back of the pack, but in the end, the guy finished first. You'd seriously want to look under his T-Shirt to see if you'd find Superman's costume. This isn't Apple coming up with an iPod or iPhone and flanking the market -- this is a firm that simply pushed on the gas pedal at a time when everyone said it was going in the wrong direction.

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10:39
Deals: 2017 15" MacBook Pro for $2,199 ($200...




Shoppers this week can save $100 to $200 instantly on Apple's newest Mid 2017 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros with instant and promo code savings (the largest discounts we've seen to date). Or pick up a pair of Bose QuietComfort 25 headphones for $279 ($20 off) with no tax collected outside NY and NJ.

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10:39
Update on the Department of Labor’s lawsuit against...

But ultimately we reached an impasse when OFCCP demanded even more: employees’ compensation and other job information dating back 15 years, as well as extensive personal employee data and contact information for more than 25,000 employees. We were concerned that these requests went beyond the scope of what was relevant to this specific audit, and posed unnecessary risks to employees’ privacy. Despite our repeated efforts to resolve this impasse informally, OFCCP issued a complaint against us demanding access to the information and asserting we had no right to challenge their requests.

Respect for standing up for what they felt was right.

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10:35
Hands-on: Apple’s Leather Sleeve – a luxury storage...

The iPad Pro Leather Sleeve is an accessory that’s made for iPad Pro owners who use an Apple Pencil. The sleeve, with a price of $129 for the 10.5-inch model and $159 for the 12.9-inch model, is made out of leather and is available in four colors.

Considering its price tag, the Leather Sleeve is what I would call a luxury accessory. There are other options that provide similar protection at a much cheaper price, but for those of you who demand a high-quality Apple-branded product, the Leather Sleeve makes for an interesting option....

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10:26
Get the most out of Apple's Health app with...




Apple's Health app for the iPhone can be a useful way of tracking fitness and medical data -- so long as everything is configured and used just the right way. Here's the essentials to get going.

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10:19
TechTool Pro 9.5 for Mac for only $39.95? Shut up...

Mac consultants and IT pros know that there's one go-to app for troubleshooting and fixing Mac issues: TechTool Pro. It's been a staple in the toolkit of Mac pros for years, and now we're making it affordable to everyone. For just $39.95 (60% off the usual $99.95 price tag), you can get TechTool Pro 9.5 for Mac -- but hurry because the deal won't last long.

TechTool Pro starts with a comprehensive check of your Mac hardware -- something most competing products don't do. Check your motherboard, RAM, sensors, fans... you name it, TechTool Pro makes sure it is in working order. Here's a laundry list of everything else TechTool Pro does:

  • Makes sure your RAM, processor, cache & more are running properly
  • Rebuilds your cache to correct...
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10:10
Setting Up Your Mac to be a Linux Netinstall Server

Grab a couple of Mountain Dews, fill up on Cheetos, and let’s get cracking. There’s a fair bit of work to be done.


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10:10
Get a sneak peek at the new emoji coming to iOS,...

Did you know that Monday is World Emoji Day? To celebrate, Apple released a preview of new emoji coming to its operating systems.

Here’s a look at some of the new characters.

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iTunes movie titles

That’s not all Apple is doing to commemorate World Emoji Day. If you go to the iTunes Store, you’ll find featured movie titles displayed using emoji.

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09:36
Improve Your iPhone Videography With the Olliclip...

Boost your iPhone videography with the limited edition Filmer’s Kit by olloclip. It’s sold in Apple Stores around the world.


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09:29
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple Watch Series 2 $70 off,...

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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09:21
News: Apple showcases new emoji headed to iOS,...

Apple has released a sneak peek at the new emoji coming to iOS, macOS and watchOS later this year. The update includes more mundane changes like adding a sandwich to the food items and a bearded face alongside more socially conscious changes like a woman in a headscarf and a breastfeeding mother. A T-Rex has made his way into the animals section and zombies and elves will make their first appearance. To further celebrate World Emoji Day, the company…

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09:05
Install a macOS High Sierra Public Beta Hackintosh

Take a deep breath, cross your fingers, and take the plunge into the Hackintosh world.


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09:04
The Problem With Abandoned Apps

A growing scrap heap of abandoned iOS apps is creating a troubling environment for developers. Marc Zeedar, publisher of xDev Magazine, explores the situation.

 

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09:01
Honda says Apple CarPlay coming standard on 2018...




Honda has announced that the 2018 Accord, launching this fall, will once again offer Apple's CarPlay, which allows iPhone owners to bridge Siri and select apps with a car's dash interface.

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08:50
News: Australian government holds meeting with Apple...

Australian Attorney General George Brandis will meet with Apple this week to discuss gaining access to encrypted information from “suspected terrorists and criminals,” Sky News reports. Brandis said he hopes companies can be convinced to comply voluntarily, but said the country “will also be legislating so that we do have that coercive power if need be if we don’t get the cooperation we seek.” Facebook and other tech…

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08:39
Subway to use Apple Pay in new self-order kiosks...




Subway is in the middle of testing a new restaurant design that will make Apple Pay an integral option when ordering food, in some cases before people even walk through the door.

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08:30
This is what sound actually looks like

This is a very cool visualization.

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08:28
Apple celebrates World Emoji Day with tease of new...




To commemorate World Emoji Day, Apple has shared some new emoji included in the next versions of its operating systems, and is promoting some movies with titles made of the graphics.

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08:22
Pioneer adds "Hey, Siri" support to Rayz...

Not everybody uses Apple's AirPods or Lightning EarPods. For example, Pioneer's Rayz and Rayz Plus earphones connect to iOS devices through the Lightning port, allow for charging from a Lightning adapter, and offer active noise cancellation, so they're a very popular model of smart earphones. Today, Pioneer announced that the Rayz line received an update that provides support for "Hey, Siri" and more.

With the "Hey, Siri" support, the Rayz earphones now let users initiate calls, send messages, listen to music and more, all without touching an iPhone or the headphone controls. The update also includes new native language support (Chinese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish), improvements to the AutoPause feature, and a SmartMute update.

The AutoPause feature automatically pauses music or. video playback when the earphones are removed, then starts it back up when the buds are back in your ears. With the...

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08:22
News: Apple Music expands $99 annual Apple Music...

Apple has expanded the list of countries where a $99 annual subscription to Apple Music can be purchased. Most countries that have Apple Music also qualify for the reduced price annual subscription, with a few notable exceptions including Saudi Arabia, Norway, the Philippines and Peru. Apple recently included the $99 subscription option for all existing users after previously only selling a year for $99 through gift cards. Apple also expanded the…

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08:19
Pioneer Rayz update brings ‘Hey Siri’ feature, new...

Pioneer has released an update for its Rayz app along with a firmware update for its Rayz Lightning earphones that introduces “Hey Siri” functionality, more language support, and a few other new features.

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08:18
Cedars-Sinai pilot uses Apple's iPad to provide...




A pilot program at Cedars-Sinai hospital is not only using iPads to relay vital information to patients, but is also being used by parents with children in the NICU for interaction when the chance of spreading infection to the vulnerable is high.

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08:15
Apple’s privacy pledge complicates its AI push

I appreciate whatever complications Apple is going through in their stance on privacy. I much prefer their approach to these issues over Google’s and Facebook’s.

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08:00
Interview with Chuck Joiner from MacVoices – TMO...

Jeff Gamet sat down with Chuck Joiner at Macstock 2017 to chat about podcasting, how he got into hosting shows and interviews, and more.


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08:00
iOS: Mass Delete All Reminders in a List

It’s not nearly as hard as it sounds, and a little spring cleaning never hurt anybody.


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07:57
On World Emoji Day, Apple previews new emoji coming...

Via Apple Newsroom

Emoji have become part of the way that humans communicate with each other, often expressing a lot more in one simple image than we could say in a dozen words. Today, in honor of World Emoji Day, Apple previewed a number of new emoji that will be appearing with iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra later this year.

Not only do we get a really tasty looking sandwich, a dinosaur, a Tolkienesque elf, and a guy practicing yoga, but several emoji that are in tune with society today including a woman wearing a hijab and another woman breastfeeding a baby. We also get a wonderful zombie, a zebra, and finally the one emoji we've been waiting for -- I'm calling him "Mr. Barfy". 

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07:48
Apple Pay promotion in China offers users steep...




Apple is making a play to attract Chinese users to Apple Pay, and is offering discounts of up to 50 percent on goods from a wide array of merchants.

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07:46
News: Apple cracks down on ad blockers that affect...

Future Mind, maker of VPN-based ad block programs like AdBlock, Weblock and Admosphere, has been informed by Apple that the company is “no longer allowing VPN/root certificate-based ad blockers on the App Store and will not be accepting updates of existing ad blockers that use those techniques going forward,” MacRumors reports. Tomasz Koperski, CTO of Future Mind, said Apple rejected the latest update for AdBlock for iOS, writing in its…

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07:40
Apple Celebrates World Emoji Day With iTunes Movies...

Celebrate World Emoji Day with Apple by guessing iTunes movie titles in emojis and preview new emojis coming later this year.


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07:40
Apple previews new emoji coming later this year

There are some great new emojis in there.

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07:37
Olloclip and Incase launching limited edition Filmer...

Olloclip and Incase have teamed up to create the limited edition Filmer’s Kit accessory pack for iPhone photographers and videographers. Filmer’s Kit for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus includes a total of five lenses, an articulating mobile video grip, and a special carrying case made for the accessories.

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07:32
Apple shows off new emoji coming to iOS 11, does...

Following an earlier preview and list of new emoji by the Unicode Consortium, Apple has shared some of the emoji coming to Apple devices later this year.

In celebration of World Emoji Day (which is apparently a thing), Apple has also done a playful makeover of iTunes Movies, as well as highlighting emoji-related apps …

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07:23
Subway testing self-serve kiosks that take Apple Pay...

The next time you go to a Subway sandwich shop, you might find yourself using your Apple products to pay for your meal. The company is testing a new "Fresh Forward" store design in 12 locations in the US, Canada and UK that features self-service order and payment kiosks that accept Apple Pay and Samsung Pay for payment.

Photo courtesy of Subway

Customers will also have an option for delivery and pre-orders through the Subway mobile app and a Facebook Messenger bot. In the stores, there will be a separate food prep area (no more watching someone make your sandwich...) and a designated pre-order pickup location for digital orders. While you're eating, Subway wants you to enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi and recharge your gear as well as yourself by offering more comfortable seating with USB charging ports.

You...

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07:13
Australian government to ask for voluntary access to...




Australia's attorney general will reportedly meet with officials from Apple later this week in a bid to gain voluntary sharing of encrypted data with the country's spy and law enforcement agencies.

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07:05
News: Facing delays, Apple is buying its own...

Apple has purchased “tens of millions of dollars” in equipment to produce the rigid flexible printed circuit boards it needs to build the new OLED iPhone 8, The Korea Herald reports. Apple doesn’t have its own production facilities, but has reportedly begun leasing the equipment to manufacturers to ensure its supply of the RFPCB components. The company was supposed to be securing the RFPCBs from Korea’s Interflex and Youngpoong…

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07:00
The Week in iOS Apps: A Microsoft app that sees for...

An app that sees for you

Image by Rob Schultz/Macworld

This week’s roundup is proof were living in the future. Read on!

Microsoft’s Seeing AI: Talking Camera for the Blind

Image by Microsoft’s Seeing AI: Talking Camera for the Blind

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06:39
What was it like to be at Xerox PARC when Steve Jobs...

Alan Kay, responding to this question on Quora:

A good enough answer would be longer than is reasonable for Quora, but I can supply a few comments to highlight just how little attention is paid in the media, histories, and by most people to find out what actually happened. For example, I was present at the visit and demo, and it was the work of my group and myself that Steve saw, yet the Quora question is the first time that anyone has asked me what happened. (Worth pondering that interesting fact!)

Steve Jobs’ famous visit to Xerox PARC to see the Alto system graphical user interface is the stuff of legend. The Mac owes its inspiration and existence to that visit. This is a great story.

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06:34
Disney’s official Star Wars parks announcement (both...

On Friday, we posted a tweet storm of pictures and a video taken during Disney’s rollout of their newly announced Star Wars theme parks. There was some argument as to whether the new parks would be DisneyWorld only or include Disneyland as well. The Disneyland question was due to the space limitations at Disney’s original California park.

And the answer is, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is coming to both parks. From the official announcement:

Just moments ago, Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, revealed the official name of the Star Wars-inspired lands that are currently under construction at the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, and shared details on the immersive experiences guests will be able to enjoy when the lands open in 2019.

And:

The lands, both called Star Wars:...

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06:29
Latest supply chain reports claim 'iPhone 7s...




Supply chain reports suggest that one of Apple's suppliers is having production difficulties in a part associated with the OLED screen which will cause mass production to start later than normal for the "iPhone 8" -- and the "iPhone 7s" has yet hit the assembly lines for reasons unknown.

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06:20
FaceTime for babies used in hospital neonatal ICU as...

iPads have been used by doctors for many years now, but Apple reportedly has ambitions for the tablet to be placed into the hands of every hospital patient.

iPads are already being made available to patients in a number of U.S. hospitals in a program intended to give them direct access to their own medical records …

more…

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06:18
∞ Chris Espinosa, Steve Jobs, and the Gallup poll...

This is short but sweet. Chris Espinosa is a long time Apple employee. And “long time” is really an understatement. Chris is actually Apple employee #8. I’ve actually seen his #8 Apple badge. A cool piece of history.

Chris got a call from a Gallup pollster asking a pretty interesting question. Here’s Chris telling the story. I found it charming.

I just got called on my landline to take a Gallup poll. I hardly ever answer the landline. But I’m glad I picked up.

— Chris Espinosa (@cdespinosa) July 16, 2017

Tap on the tweet and read the thread. Be sure to read all the way to the bottom, as the actual pollster (or someone pretending to be him, but that’s not as good a story) weighs in.

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06:10
Apple Wants to get iPads in More Hospitals

Apple wants iPads in the hands of every doctor, nurse, and patient. There are trial programs already underway in several U.S. hospitals.


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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Ginger Page Premium, Lifetime...

Today in iLounge Deals, you can get a lifetime subscription to Ginger Page Premium for only $69.99 — that’s 90% off the regular price. In a world riddled with typos, autocorrect, slang, shorthand, acronyms, and all manner of grammar confusion, Ginger Page strives to clean up the way we type and digitally communicate across all of your devices. Whether you’re writing on your iPhone on the web, or working on documents on your Mac, Ginger…

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05:59
Subway’s new store design adds digital self-order...

Subway is refreshing its store design with new digital self-order kiosks that will feature Apple Pay (and Samsung Pay) as well a faster experience for delivery and pre-ordering via its mobile app and Facebook Messenger bot.

more…

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05:51
Apple CarPlay included in 2018 Honda Accord 2.0T,...

Honda has announced that the 2018 Honda Accord will offer CarPlay support as part of a new 8-inch infotainment system.

more…

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