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Friday April 21

05:44
How to set up Back to my Mac on macOS Sierra

If you have an iCloud account, you can use Back to My Mac to connect to your other Macs over the Internet. You can use Screen Sharing to control the remote computer from anywhere you are connected to the Internet. 

You can also share files between computers, including files that aren’t stored in iCloud Drive (such as files in your Downloads, Movies, and Pictures folders). First you set up Back to My Mac on each computer, and then you can connect from one Mac to the others. Do the following on each computer you want to use with Back to My Mac.

  • Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click iCloud.
  • Select Back to My Mac.
  • If you aren’t signed in to iCloud already, you must set up iCloud before you can select Back to My Mac.
  • Follow any instructions you see to turn on sharing services, select “Wake for network access,” or make any other changes necessary for Back to My Mac.

To connect to your Mac:

  • In a Finder...
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05:17
AppleInsider podcast talks 'iPhone 8,' Mac...




This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor and Dan talk about the uncharacteristic rumors moving Touch ID to the back of the "iPhone 8," Mac Pro hardware rumors, the Mac Gamer, Thunderbolt GPUs and more.

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05:00
Rumor: Intel to unveil Basin Falls platform in May,...

Intel is rumored to be moving the launch of its 13-nanometer Coffee Lake processors from January 2018 to August of 2017 due to “increasing competition from AMD’s Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 processors.”

The rumor has it that Intel will release several K-series Core i3, i5, and i7 processors starting in August, along with its Z370 chipsets. Additional CPUs will come at the end of 2017 or early in 2018.

Intel is also rumored to be unveiling its Basin Falls platform, complete with its Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X processors at Computex 2017, which is set to take place two months earlier than usual and will run from May 30th to June 3rd.

Intel’s Skylake-X series features 140W processors with 6, 8, and 10-core architectures, while Kaby Lake X-series features a 112W quad-core processor. Intel also plans to release a 12-core Skylake-X processor in August. Intel’s Basin Falls platform could potentially be used in future Mac Pro machines and the rumored high-end server-grade...

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05:00
Facebook's Latest Moon Shot: I Think, Therefore...


Facebook on Wednesday told its F8 conference audience about two new cutting-edge projects that could change the way humans engage with devices. Over the next two years, the company will work on a new technology that will allow anyone to type around 100 words per minute -- not with fingers, but using a process that would decode neural activity devoted to speech. What Facebook envisions is a technology that would resemble a neural network, allowing users to share thoughts the way they share photos today.

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05:00
Choose from Alexa or Google Assistant in your new...

In the future, it'd be nice to expect our smart home will just know when we're on our way home and prepare for our arrival. In the meantime, voice assistants from Google and Amazon let us control our devices without all of that fiddly button pressing...

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04:35
UK drops plan to allow online guilty pleas for minor...

A government plan to introduce online convictions, allowing those who've committed petty crimes to plead guilty and pay fines without having to go to court, has been scrapped. The online option was provided in the Prison and Courts Bill, which has be...

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04:04
Review: Koogeek Smart Socket adapts your existing...

There are many ways to add HomeKit-connected lights to your home, allowing you to turn them and off from your phone at a tap or with your voice using Siri. You can buy special Philips Hue bulbs, change wall switches with Lutron or Elgato, or plug in lamps to a smart plug socket.

The Koogeek Smart Socket is a different approach to the same problem. It puts an adaptor between your existing light fitting and bulb. All you have to do is screw it in. Keep reading after the jump for my full hands-on …

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04:01
iMessage add-on service used by White House staff...

Confide, an app which bills itself as a totally confidential messaging service, is being sued for allegedly failing to live up to its security claims. Used by White House staff, the subscription-based service claims that its disappearing messages are proof against both screenshot and even being photographed …

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04:01
Tesla's app now reflects the company's...

By merging Tesla and Solarcity, Elon Musk has sought about creating an "end-to-end clean energy" solution that starts in the home and extends onto the road. The idea is simple: harness solar energy via photovoltaic cell-embedded rooftop panels, store...

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for April 21, 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

Collins Dictionaries together with Paragon Software Group, the leader in the development of dictionaries for mobile devices and personal computers, announce the release of three English-Russian Collins dictionaries for the iOS platform: Collins English-Russian Dictionary, Collins Pocket English-Russian Dictionary and Collins GEM English-Russian...

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02:33
iPhone ASP predicted to rise to $753 in 2018, as...

Analysts are expecting the price people will pay for an iPhone to rise significantly heading into next year. Apple analyst Katy Huberty from Morgan Stanley released a report (via BusinessInsider) predicting iPhone ASP to rise to $753 in 2018, up from $695 in the holiday quarter just gone.

Much of this increase is attributed to demand for the upcoming flagship iPhone model with an all-new design, OLED display and (almost) bezel-less front face. This ‘iPhone 8’ is rumored to cost significantly more than Apple’s current lineup. Huberty also notes that more people are buying the iPhone 7 Plus than ever before, which starts at $769 and is priced at a $120 premium relative to the 4.7-inch iPhones.

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Thursday April 20

22:05
Apple Runs Up Against State Censorship in China,...

Apple is once again running into issues with state censorship in China. Chinese newspaper Xinhua reported Thursday that two different agencies will call Apple into their offices to demand Apple tighten up controls over streaming apps available in the App Store.


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21:21
Data suggests tens of millions of iPhone users ready...




Lending credence to speculation of a coming iPhone "supercycle," market research firm comScore on Thursday released data showing tens of millions of users who own legacy iPhones are primed to upgrade.

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20:53
Plastc goes the way of Coin as Apple Pay takes the...




The digital wallet race just lost another contestant, with Plastc Card entering bankruptcy and announcing to investors that it will shut down without ever delivering the digital payment card. Plastc joins Coin--which threw in the towel in February--in the electronic money pit that Apple has avoided with Apple Pay.

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20:32
Overcast podcast app updated with Apple Watch...

Popular third-party podcast app Overcast this evening has been updated with Apple Watch support. The update bumps the app to version 3.1 and comes as improved Apple Watch support has been one of the most oft-requested features for the app…

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20:30
Apple Offers Animated Look at Yaks, Waste, Breathing...

Apple has put out four videos that take an animated look at yaks, zero-waste initiatives, a breathing building, and making artificial sweat. Each focuses on a different aspect of Apple’s global environmental efforts for Earth Day, which takes place on April 22nd, 2017.


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18:52
After Ice is a new app that uses AR to simulate the...

Just like Apple itself is doing, many app developers are celebrating Earth Day with new apps and promotions. After Ice is a new app that uses augmented reality to simulate the effects of climate change around the world…

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18:25
Apple Forces Recyclers To Shred All iPhones and...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Apple released its Environmental Responsibility Report Wednesday, an annual grandstanding effort that the company uses to position itself as a progressive, environmentally friendly company. Behind the scenes, though, the company undermines attempts to prolong the lifespan of its products. Apple's new moonshot plan is to make iPhones and computers entirely out of recycled materials by putting pressure on the recycling industry to innovate. But documents obtained by Motherboard using Freedom of Information requests show that Apple's current practices prevent recyclers from doing the most environmentally friendly thing they could do: Salvage phones and computers from the scrap heap. Apple rejects current industry best practices by forcing the recyclers it works with to shred iPhones and MacBooks so they cannot be repaired or reused -- instead, they are turned into tiny shards of metal and glass. "Materials are manually and...

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17:33
$1 million flying car ready for pre-orders

A Slovakia-based company unveiled the commercial design for a flying car priced at more than $1 million on Thursday, saying it was ready for pre-orders with first deliveries expected by 2020.

This may surprise some of you, but the flying car concept is not new. The interesting part of the puzzle here will be the regulations that it will have to overcome.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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17:31
Latest data shows iPhone ownership hit all-time high...

According to new data from comScore, iPhone ownership in the United States has hit an all-time high. The data shows that the iPhone 7 has pushed the market towards the device, thought usage of older devices such as the iPhone 6 remains strong…

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16:08
EagleFiler 1.7.6

Adds support for searching EagleFiler libraries from third-party applications like Alfred and LaunchBar. ($40 new, free update, 18.0 MB)

 

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15:52
European mobile carriers team up to build new Siri...

While even the original Siri creators have unveiled their own competitor to the built-in iOS virtual assistant, another new player will soon enter the market. As detailed in a report from Bloomberg, European mobile networks Orange SA and Deutsche Telekom are building their own artificial intelligence platform… The new assistant is called Djingo and responds to […]

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15:50
Apple will return heat generated by data center to...

Apple is building a new data center in Denmark, and it has some interesting ideas on how to power the data center with renewable energy, while also giving back to the community.

Excess heat generated by the data center will be captured and returned to the local district's heating system, which will warm up homes in the community.

The data center in the Jutland region will be partly powered by recycling waste products from farms. Apple is working with Aarhus University on a system that passes agricultural waste through a digester to generate methane, which is then used to power the data center.

The digester reaction turns some of the waste into nutrient-rich fertilizer, which Apple returns to local farmers to use on their fields. It's a "mutually beneficial relationship," Apple said in its environment report for 2016, released this week.

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15:36
Moby, LinuxKit Kick Off New Docker Collaboration...


Docker this week introduced two new projects at DockerCon with an eye to helping operating system vendors, software creators and in-house tinkerers create container-native OSes and container-based systems. The projects are based on a new model for cross-ecosystem collaboration and the advancement of containerized software. Both projects aim to help users adopt container technology for all major technology platforms used in data centers and the cloud, as well as in the Internet of Things.

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14:35
Apple wants to stop mining and start making...

Enlarge / In the future, parts from old iPhones could be used to build new ones. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Today Apple released its Environmental Responsibility Report (PDF) for the 2016 fiscal year, detailing the progress of the company's environmental initiatives and laying out some of its goals for the future. Apple remains committed to reducing its carbon footprint (down 23 percent from 2015), pushing its suppliers to use renewable energy (96 percent of Apple's own global facilities are renewable energy-powered), investing in wind and solar power, and in reducing the energy used to create its products and the energy the products...

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14:30
New JavaScript API Brings Apple Live Photos to the...

Apple has created a new Javascript API so developers can bring Live Photos to the web. Live Photos are Apple’s way to bring your photos to life. A live photo is a cross between a video and a GIF, but on-demand animation for live photos was limited to iOS and Instagram’s Boomerang feature…until now.


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14:23
This Coating is So Black, it Messes With Your Mind [...

Here’s the blurb from Mashable: “In 2014, researchers in the UK created the darkest material in the world known as ‘Vantablack.’ Now, they’ve created a spray-on version. Vantablack is so dark that it distorts the shape and form of the objects on which it’s painted.” Absorbing 99.965 percent of visible light, this coating reflects so little, it creates new optical illusions, disguises shapes, and tricks the human eye. You’ve never seen nothing like this. Wile E. Coyote helps with the demonstration.


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14:23
Apple CEO Tim Cook touts Didi Chuxing's data...




Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote a profile of Didi Chuxing president Jean Liu as part of the "TIME 100 Most Influential People" special, offering insight into Apple's investment in the Chinese ride-hailing service.

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14:16
Apple is up to something in Hollywood

Heartfelt shout-outs to Tim Cook from the Emmys and Oscars stages — how would that sound? Or lest we get too ahead of ourselves, how about a title card that reads “Apple Films” or “An Apple Original Series” in front of your favorite new movie or TV show?

It all has a bit of a ring to it, right?

This is a fascinating read. We all know that Apple is interesting in expanding into video, but they are going to have to do something more than a series featuring Dre or Planet of the Apps if they want to be serious about it.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:16
AWT News Update: April 20, 2017

Let's hope the eye injuries reported at Apple aren't THIS bad...

Leaked eye injuries, influential people, and paying cable bills with Apple Pay are all on today's AWT News Update:

  • A contractor leaked some documents that outline some eye injuries that might be related to testing of AR glasses or other technologies at Apple
  • Tim Cook wrote a nice statement about Didi Chuxing president Jean Liu, who made it to the 2017 TIME "Most Influential People" list
  • Time to pay your overly-expensive Comcast bill? Use Apple Pay!

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

Text Version

This is Steve Sande for Apple...

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13:48
Apple Music launches 'Up Next' monthly...




Apple announced on Thursday that a new feature called "Up Next" has been added to Apple Music, a new video documentary series that promises to feature a new artist every month.

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13:44
Apple promo donates $1 to World Wildlife Fund for...




Apple on Thursday launched an Earth Day-related charity promotion promising to donate $1 to the World Wildlife Fund for each purchase made at its stores using Apple Pay.

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13:42
The Punycode Phishing Attack on Web Browsers Ain’t...

Jeff Butts never thought someone could register a domain name that looked exactly like apple.com, but then he saw the latest vulnerability of several major browsers. Follow along as he dissects the Punycode phishing attack, looking at why it works and how you can avoid it.


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13:40
Tip of the Day: Filtering Explicit Language in Siri

If you’ve got kids at home with their own iPad or iPod touch, it won’t be long before they figure out that they can have a chat with Siri, and unfortunately while Siri’s voice recognition is pretty good, it can’t always keep up with the developing language skills of a young child. So it’s not surprising that sometimes Siri won’t quite be able to accurately transcribe what they’re trying to say, but sometimes…

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13:32
Evade the macOS ‘Too Many Open Files’ Error by...

Here at Mac Observer, we’re penultimate geeks. We push our Macs to the limits, and then find ways to surpass those limits. macOS has limits put in place that result in occasional error messages about “too many open files,” which one of the team ran afoul of. Jeff Butts dove deep into the core of macOS and found out how to increase the limits Apple has imposed upon us.


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13:15
Apple sets a new environmental goal: No more mining

Apple never used to announce what its roadmap looked like. Instead, the company held its cards close and let the rumor mill run amok. But lately, Apple is being much more open about its future. Expect new iMacs later this year, company executives said earlier this month, but that’s not all: Apple plans to make all of its products with recycled materials.

Apple

Apple’s environmental goal illustrated.

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13:11
Leaked safety document may hint at future Apple...




An report from an Apple Environment Health and Safety contractor -- said to have accidentally leaked to hundreds of Apple staff -- may point to rumored augmented reality glasses, or some other new eye-related technology.

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13:11
Gear: X-Doria Defense Lux Wood Line for iPhone 7 and...

X-Doria’s taken its classic Defense Lux case in a stylish new direction with its new Wooden Line, taking the same basic design of the Lux cases and backing them with a real wood finish. It adds a nice touch of old-world class to an already nice case design, and it’s worth mentioning that X-Doria’s done a good thing with the pricing on the entire Defense Lux line of cases since we first reviewed the iPhone 6 and 6s versions; the basic…

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13:00
Lyft's dashboard display helps drivers with...

Accessibility isn't just for those with a disability; inclusion benefits all of us. Adding a visual notification to an auditory one hurts nobody, and it allows people with a hearing impairment to participate in normal activities -- like driving for a...

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12:39
Apple debuts Live Photos API, allows for playback on...




Apple has developed a JavaScript API for its Live Photos, allowing pictures taken with the iOS feature to be shared on the web.

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12:38
Apple offers info on a Live Photos API [application...

Apple’s developer website now offers info on a Live Photos API [application programming interface] dubbed LivePhotosKit building apps for macOS, iOS and tvOS. Developer can also use the LivePhotosKit JS library to play Live Photos on web pages.

The JavaScript API presents the player in the form of a DOM element, much like an image or video tag, which can be configured with photo and video resources and other options, and have its playback controlled either programmatically by the consuming developer, or via pre-provided controls by the browsing end-user. The DOM is the way Javascript sees its containing pages' data.

Live Photos records what happens 1.5 seconds before and after you take a picture. The result is a photo but one with movement and sound. You take a Live Photo just like you do a traditional photo on an iPhone 6s and later.

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12:25
Four Apple videos explain the company’s...

Apple has uploaded four videos to its YouTube channel ahead of Earth Day (April 22) featuring Apple employees and executives explaining the company’s environmental initiatives.

In “Do Farms Feed Yaks?,” Lisa Jackson, Apple’s lead on Environment work, gives a crash course on how the company’s 40-megawatt solar farms in China produce enough electricity for all of Apple’s offices and retail stores in the country—and grass to feed yaks.

In “Can We Produce Zero Waste?”, Jackson explains Apple’s solar policy that allows for dual and use on farms. In “Can A Building Breathe,” John Reynolds, in charge of iPhone Product Operations, looks at Apple’s goal of no waste and how it reuses old iPhone assembly trays. In “Why Does Apple Make Its Own Sweat?,” Apple's Head of Environmental Technologies Rob Guzzo explains how Apple produces artificial sweat to test the Apple Watch and AirPods.

What’s more, as noted by...

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12:06
Apple Store raising money for World Wildlife Fund...

Apple and the World Wildlife Fund are partnering for a special Earth Day promotion at the Apple Store. Starting today, Apple will donate $1 to the World Wildlife Fund for every purchase made in stores with Apple Pay.

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11:58
Mastercard to add fingerprint sensors to cards, won...




Mastercard is reportedly testing cards that integrate a fingerprint sensor, intended to offer a more convenient alternative to entering a PIN. Unlike Apple Pay, however, the cards would lack a series of important security features.

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11:50
Apple unveils Live Photos API

When Apple released the iPhone 6s in 2015, the company also introduced Live Photos, a picture that, when you tap it on your iPhone, becomes a 1.5 second video clip. It’s a fun feature, but it has limitations. It’s not easy to post a Live Photo on the web, for example.

Nearly two years after Live Photos made its debut, Apple has finally revealed the Live Photo API. The API makes it easier for developers to post Live Pictures to the web or to add Live Pictures support in an app.

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11:40
Mastercard is Building Fingerprint Scanners Directly...

Mastercard said on Thursday it's beginning trials of its "next-generation biometric card" in South Africa. In addition to the standard chip and pin, the new cards have a built-in fingerprint reader that the user can use to authenticate every purchase. From a report: Impressively, the new card is no thicker or larger than your current credit and debit cards.


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11:36
Nike will sell an exclusive Apple Watch NikeLab not...

Apple and Nike are launching a new Apple Watch model at the end of the month, but it’s hard to spot any major upgrades in the Apple Watch NikeLab.

The Apple Watch NikeLab is a limited-edition model with a Space Grey aluminum case and a “light bone” and black Nike Sports Band. This model sports the “NikeLab Innovation x Innovators” logo on the back.

Just like the Apple Watch Nike+ models that were first unveiled in 2016, this is a Series 2 model running the latest watchOS 3 with built-in GPS and water-resistance. In addition, the NikeLab model is also integrated with the Nike+ Run Club and has exclusive Siri commands catering to runners.

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11:30
Apple meets with Chinese government over App Store...




More information has emerged about the Chinese government demand that Apple crack down on streaming apps, with a new report circulating claiming that porn streamers are the government's major concern.

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11:18
New report reiterates Apple’s scattered approach to...

Apple has gradually been amping up its focus on original content, but time and time again reports have claimed that the company lacks a clear focus with these efforts. Now, a new report from Mashable reiterates Apple’s scattered approach to content…

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11:15
∞ The “Silence of the Lambs” as a romantic comedy

This is almost as creepy as the original. Really well done editing.

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11:02
News: Nike unveils new Nike-exclusive ‘Apple Watch...

Nike has unveiled Apple Watch NikeLab, a new limited edition version of the Apple Watch Nike+ that debuted last fall. The new neutral-toned Apple Watch is essentially just a design change, pairing up a space grey Apple Watch Series 2 with a black and white sports band, and otherwise continues to include the same features of the other Nike+ models, integrating the Nike+ Run Club app with the standard Apple Watch hardware and watchOS 3. The new model…

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10:58
Apple Watch NikeLab to bring new band option in...




Apple and Nike on Thursday revealed a new edition of the Apple Watch Series 2, the Apple Watch NikeLab, essentially a color variation on the Apple Watch Nike+.

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10:55
Apple’s rumored AR glasses possibly detailed in...

Earlier this year it was reported that Apple is developing augmented reality features that will eventually appear in glasses after coming first to iPhones. Now a newly leaked document may have accidentally acknowledged Apple’s prototype AR glasses for the first time.

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10:44
Artificial Intelligence’s Impact on Society – TMO...

Artificial Intelligence research is racing forward and loads of companies want in on the game. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to discuss the impact artificial intelligence could have on society and how the AI choices we make now could have big repercussions in the future.


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10:40
Sony unveils blazing fast a9: A 24MP sports camera...

On specs alone, this camera will make many sports shooters drool. The price ($4,500) puts it out of reach of most sane beginners and enthusiasts but the feature set will (slowly) make its way down the Sony line. Regardless, Sony has thrown down the gauntlet to Canon and Nikon.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:34
Apple brings Live Photos to the web with new...

Following up on Tumblr’s own implementation of Live Photos for the web, Apple has released an official Live Photos JavaScript API. Developers will now be able to use the API to share Live Photos playback on iOS, macOS, and now the web.

more…

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10:27
Macpaw’s Setapp adds an inbuilt app search and...

Setapp, Macpaw’s app subscription service, has launched a user face enhancement: an inbuilt app search and discovery tool. In response to the top requested feature by current customers, it offers quick access to the collection of all the apps in a single window by introducing an in-built App Discovery tool.

Setapp classifies all the apps in 10 categories: Creativity, Developer Tools, Education & Research, Lifestyle, Mac Hacks, Maintenance, Personal Finance, Productivity, Task Management, Writing & Blogging. New features include:

  • App categories (all apps are neatly organized);
  • Brief summaries (no previews needed:; you see what apps do at a glance);
  • A catalogue (you can flip through categories and apps within them;
  • Apps already installed are grouped separately for easy access).

Setapp is available for a $9.99 monthly fee. It’s an “unstore” alternative to Apple’s Mac App Store. With...

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10:24
Phishing with Unicode domains

Wow. This is really scary. Take a look at his example of making Apple.com’s URL look correct but end up at a potential phishing site.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:22
Comcast intros app-based Apple Pay bill payments...




Expanding on a recent promise, Comcast on Thursday updated its Xfinity My Account app for the iPhone with support for Apple Pay, letting people handle TV and internet bills using their fingerprint.

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10:09
Podcast 555: Imagining the iPhone 8 and a Mac Pro...

Yep, we're still discussing iPhone rumors. And since one of the rumors is that the new OLED iPhone might be delayed...this topic isn't going away anytime soon. So strap in and get comfortable, as we unpack the latest. Elsewhere, Marco Arment wrote a great piece on why the Mac Pro didn't meet the needs of nearly anyone who would want to use it. All eyes turn to the upcoming iMac Pro, since that's the design that seems to make the most sense. (Or they could bring back the cheese grater!)

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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10:04
Apple and Nike team up for the Apple Watch NikeLab...

Last September, Apple and Nike introduced theApple Watch Nike+, exclusive Nike Sport Bands with the Apple Watch Series 2. The partnership continues with NikeLab with the launch of Apple Watch NikeLab. 

The limited edition, neutral-toned Apple Watch NikeLab maintains the features of its predecessor: deep integration with the Nike+ Run Club app, exclusive Siri commands, GPS, a two-times-brighter display and water resistance to 50 meters, all made possible by a powerful dual-core processor and watchOS 3. Apple Watch NikeLab — with a NikeLab Innovation x Innovators logo stamped inside — will be available April 27 on nike.com, at NikeLab doors and at an Apple Tokyo pop-up in Isetan. Pricing hasn't been announced, though the bands will probably cost the same as the current Apple Watch Nike+ bands: $49.

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10:03
Hey Siri, please check on Cher

And definitely unplug the microwave. And maybe consider going to Settings > Siri and turning off the switch for “Allow Hey Siri.”

Best of luck, Cher, we love you!

NO JOKE…SIRI,OUT OF NOWHERE STARTS WRITING DOWN WHAT IM SAYING

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09:50
Nike launching new Apple Watch NikeLab style with...

Apple and Nike are expanding their collaborative Apple Watch collection with a new entry: Apple Watch NikeLab. The limited edition version features a Space Gray Apple Watch Series 2 with a unique Light Bone/Black Nike Sport band with the NikeLab Innovation x Innovators logo stamped inside.

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09:49
Why an all-glass 'iPhone 8' makes sense,...




Not since the discontinuation of the iPhone 4s has Apple sold a handset with an all-glass back, but that's rumored to change this year with the flagship "iPhone 8." In the years between those two models, advances in glass production technology have made it so an all-glass "iPhone 8" could be more robust than you might assume.

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09:43
Apple Music launches Up Next, a documentary series...

Announced today, Apple Music has begun a new mini-documentary series entitled Up Next. The monthly series will focus on up and coming artists.

more…

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09:42
Pandora Premium

Yeah, you can now find and play specific songs. And albums. But, Pandora Premium is so much more than music on-demand. With Premium, you can find the music you love, but maybe more importantly, the music you love finds you. Effortlessly. It adapts to you by using all the signals – thumbs, replays, skips and stations adds – you’ve given us over the years to help curate your Pandora stations. You’ll see it from the moment you open Premium for the first time.

When Pandora Premium launched it was only available for people that directly paid the company. Now you can upgrade to premium if you subscribe through iTunes. I’ve been using it since the day it was released and it does a damn good job of knowing my musical tastes and playing songs that I love.

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09:35
∞ Funny(ish) Apple Earth Day 2017 videos

In honor of Earth Day 2017, Apple has posted some interesting and (mildly) funny videos about their efforts at sustainability.

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09:31
Tim Cook thinks Apple-backed Didi Chuxing could help...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has penned a short piece on Didi Chuxing president Jean Liu for Time’s 100 Most Influential People feature, and in it he shares his vision for the company in which Apple invested $1 billion last year.

Cook first explained Apple’s investment in the Chinese Uber competitor as “a chance to learn more about certain segments of the China market” among other strategic reasons, and in his latest piece Cook describes the potential for Didi Chuxing to help solve every commuter’s nightmare:

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09:31
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple Watch Charging Dock $13...

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09:28
Clive Davis documentary coming exclusively to Apple...

Davis is one of the most influential figures in music and this is just one of many similar exclusives Apple Music will get over the next few months and years.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:24
News: Prince single ‘Deliverance’ disappears from...

Only hours after Prince’s “Deliverance” went live on Apple Music, the track now appears to have been pulled from not only Apple Music, but several other streaming services as well, AppleInsider reports. The single track debuted early yesterday morning as the title track to Prince’s upcoming album, scheduled to be released on Friday, but later disappeared for unknown reasons. Reports speculate that the removal was likely in…

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09:18
Apple publishes new Earth Day videos explaining...




Apple has published a set of new videos commemorating Earth Day that explain clean energy technologies, Apple's own environmental protection efforts, and feature Apple employees and executives narrating and explaining the concepts behind the programs.

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09:12
How to mute those obnoxious Instagram live video...

The previously mentioned niece has discovered the constant fun of Instagram video. I couldn’t turn off notifications fast enough. Sorry Emily.

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09:07
Shots of stunning Newfoundland iceberg shared around...

Icebergs are a fairly regular occurrence off Newfoundland but this one is especially huge.

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09:07
Apple Buys Rights to Tribeca-opening Clive Davis...

Clive Davis: The Soundtrack Of Our Lives opened the Tribeca Film Festival, and now it’s headed to Apple Music. Apple bought the rights to the film based on music industry legend Clive Davis’s autobiography.


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09:04
How to turn your old iPhone into your kid’s dream...

My “baby” sister did this for my niece. It’s a great way to re-purpose an old iPhone and gives the child a cool new toy.

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09:00
The brand spanking new AppStories podcast

Federico Viticci and John Voorhees from MacStories have teamed up to talk about apps on a new weekly podcast called AppStories. AppStories launches today, but has been in the works for more than a year.

I’ve had the chance to listen to the premiere episode and I have to say, I found it fascinating, well worth the listen. The focus is on the app store, the apps we love, and the developers behind those apps.

Listen to the first five minutes. You’ll have a real sense of the show. My two cents? This is a podcast worth your time.

Here’s a link to the first episode. If the link is not yet live, give it a bit of time and try again.

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08:56
Apple original content plans a 'moving target...




Apple's approach to original video programming is reportedly scattershot, to the point that the company hasn't settled on a focus, or even who will be in charge.

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08:45
∞ Kids react to AC/DC

This is so good.

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08:41
Comcast rolling out promised Apple Pay bill payments...

Earlier this year Apple CEO Tim Cook shared that Comcast is introducing bill payments via Apple Pay, and today an update to Comcast’s Xfinity account management app is rolling out with the new feature.

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08:34
iLife and iWork Apps Now Free for Everyone

Apple has made its iLife and iWork apps free for all iOS and macOS users. But why now?

 

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08:20
Apple shares comical new Earth Day explainer video...

Apple has published a new series of videos in celebration of Earth Day that both highlight the company’s green energy efforts and explain some of the science behind clean energy today. The video series includes comical illustrations and narrations from Apple execs including VP Lisa Jackson.

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08:18
Apple Plans to Make iPhones Without Mining for...

Apple has a lofty goal to stop relying on mining for the raw materials needed to make iPhones, iPads, and Macs. There isn’t a plan for how the company will accomplish that, or at least there isn’t one yet.


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08:13
Google may build native ad-blocking into mobile...




Despite the company's own dependence on ads, Google is reportedly planning to build a native ad-blocker into the mobile and desktop versions of its Chrome browser -- presumably including Apple's iOS and macOS.

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08:04
DoubleTwist for Android restores AirPlay audio...

Apple’s recent tvOS 10.2 software update broke AirPlay streaming for third-party utilities like AirFoil and Doubletwist by requiring hardware verification. Now DoubleTwist is out with an update for its Android app that includes a workaround and restores audio streaming over AirPlay to Apple TV.

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08:00
Apple attempts to “stop mining the earth altogether”

That’s a pretty big hiccup but, if anyone can do it, Apple can.

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07:48
OWC to demo speedy storage at the NAB Show

The NAB Show is kicking off on Saturday in Las Vegas, which means that the latest gear for broadcasters, videographers, and podcasters will be showcased. We're starting to hear announcements from vendors, and one -- OWC -- has announced that it will be demoing new products and prototypes on the show floor.

To start, OWC's Thunderbolt 3 Dock (above) will be shown. The device features 13 ports, all connected to a compatible MacBook through an included Thunderbolt 3 cable. 

Mercury Viper SSD

Fast Thunderbolt 3 SSD drives will be demoed; the Mercury Viper (see image above) is a portable unit with write speeds of up to 4040 MB/sec and read speeds of 4678 MB/sec as measured by the AJA System Test. The Envoy Pro EX is another portable Thunderbolt 3 SSD unit that will be on hand at the show.

Those who have been wishing for a Thunderbolt 3 expansion chassis for a MacBook Pro will be thrilled to know...

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07:32
Nvidia releases updated Pascal Web Driver to fix...

An updated version of the Nvidia Pascal Web Driver for macOS has been released. Version 378.05.05.05f02, which supersedes the previous 378.05.05.05f01 release, includes a fix for those experiencing issues with Night Shift on macOS Sierra 10.12.4. more…

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07:13
PSA: This spoof Apple site illustrates the...

Most phishing attacks – links that send you to a fake website in the hope that you’ll login with your real credentials – are usually easy to detect. Emails are often generic, rather than using your registered name. Grammar is poor or the wording is weird. The email will threaten closure of your account if you don’t take urgent action, and so on.

If you did miss all these clues and click on the link, the URL would show that it’s not really the site that it claims to be. But one demonstration site created by a Chinese security researcher shows how it’s possible to visit a fake website that seemingly shows the correct https://www.apple.com URL in a browser window …

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07:06
Prince's 'Deliverance' pulled from...




"Deliverance," the first track from an album generated by a sound engineer who worked with Prince in 2006 has been pulled from Apple Music, the iTunes Music store, and other streaming services after a challenge from the musician's estate.

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06:46
Star Guide astronomy app gains new cinematic tours,...

Star Guide for iOS is out with a new update that includes three new features including cinematic tours of the galaxy. The new version brings an add-on called Supermassive that includes high definition zoom, 50x larger catalogs, and an exclusive audiovisual series.

The new astronomy features will require an annual subscription to access, but users can update and access a free two-week trial of the Supermassive features starting today. Star Guide has also added other new updates including upcoming comets that you can spot from Earth and the Chinese space laboratory Tiangong-2.

Check out the full release notes below:

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06:42
Possible sneak preview of 5th Ave redesign would...

When we learned yesterday that Apple seemingly plans to replace the iconic glass cube of the Apple Store at New York’s 5th Avenue, the reason wasn’t clear. However, some architectural models that have just come to light might explain the reason and give us a sneak preview of the new design of the flagship store.

Apple replaced the glass cube once before, back in 2011, when it was able to reduce the number of glass panes from 90 to just 15, resulting in a much cleaner look. But this time we’ve learned that the replacement cube may not look any different to the existing one …

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06:30
Apple to remove signature Fifth Avenue glass cube at...




In the process of renovating its flagship Fifth Avenue store in New York City, Apple will have to dismantle the famous glass cube that sits over top, according to recently published building permits.

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06:29
Apple’s 5th Avenue Store Glass Cube Dismantling is...

A New York City building permit is making the rounds and raising eyebrows because it’s for removing the iconic glass cube entrance covering the 5th Avenue Apple store. The cube is coming down, but only temporarily, because it’s in the way of Apple’s renovation plans.


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06:29
News: Apple releases 2017 Environmental...

Apple has released its 2017 Environmental Responsibility Report, outlining details throughout fiscal year 2016 on the company’s efforts in making all of its operations more eco-friendly. In addition to Apple’s continued push toward completely renewable energy sources, this year’s report highlights a new ambitious area of environmental focus for the company — to end reliance on the mining of finite resources altogether in favour…

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06:17
Apple invention would facilitate an AR navigation...

Apple has applied for a patent (number 20170109929) for a “method and device for illustrating a virtual object in a real environment” that would allow the representation of a digital object in a real environment. The tech giant says this would be useful for augmented reality (AR) applications such as in vehicles, in interior design planning, factory planning, prototype construction or test construction in product development. 

One possible use of the invention is the change of a real room, for example in order to place virtual furnishings in said room for which free space is required. An advantage of augmented reality technology is the viewing of objects in their real environment — for example, the viewing of a wooden table on an existing wooden floor or in front of an existing cabinet. You could virtually remove spurious real furniture pieces from a scene or to change their position in the room without having to clear them aside physically. 

The invention can not...

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06:04
Rumor: the iPhone will link with AR/VR headsets

A report from the Israeli website The Verifier — as noted by The MacObserver — says the upcoming “iPhone 8” will include an iPad Pro-like smart connector that may be the link up for augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality headsets. The article adds that the smart connector will also be used for charging, sort of like MagSafe for the iPhone. 

The Sellers Research Firm (that’s me) says this isn’t going to happen. I do think the next gen iPhone will have AR features and a smart connector, but I don’t think Apple has any plans for AR/VR headsets at this point in time. Instead, I think the iPhone 8 will have AR features available directly from its display.

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06:00
Kodak HD WiFi Pet Monitor: $72.99

We have a deal on the Kodak HD WiFi Pet Monitor, a webcam that streams video to your smartphone through a companion app. It also features a speaker so you can speak to your pet remotely. It’s $72.99 through us.


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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Kodak HD WiFi Pet Monitor

Today in iLounge Deals, you can pick up the Kodak HD WiFi Pet Monitor for only $72.99 — that’s 18% off the regular price. This security camera lets you be in two places at once, keeping an eye on your fuzzy friends (or anything else at home) in real-time while you’re away. Simply place the camera where you want, download the free iSecurity+ app, and you can instantly start streaming live video to your iPhone. You can store a full day’s…

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06:00
China To Question Apple About Live-Streaming Apps On...

Three Chinese government agencies are planning to tell Apple to "tighten up checks" on live-streaming software offered on its app store, which can be used to violate internet regulation in the country. "Law enforcement officers had already met with Apple representatives over live-streaming services, [state news agency Xinhua reported], but did not provide details of the meetings," reports The Guardian. From the report: The inquiry appears to be focused on third-party apps available for download through Apple's online marketplace. The company did not respond to requests for comment. China operates the world's largest internet censorship regime, blocking a host of foreign websites including Google, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, but the authorities have struggled to control an explosion in popularity of live-streaming video apps. As part of the inquiry into live-streaming, three Chinese websites -- toutiao.com, huoshanzhibo.com and huajiao.com -- were already found to have violated...

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