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Thursday January 11

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

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

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

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

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

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03:00
Notable apps and app updates for Jan. 11, 2018

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

Knbmedia has introduced Find Them All: My Pets, the fourth in their series of "Find Them All" educational apps for kids 2 - 8. Find Them All: My Pets, which is free, is a guided introduction, entirely spoken in eight languages, to 48 different pets.

macOS Apps/Updates

St. Clair Software has updated App Tamer, its Mac utility that manages applications to yield more efficient CPU usage, increased battery life and quieter operation. 

App Tamer's AutoStop capability automatically slows down or pauses applications when you...

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Wednesday January 10

23:10
Apple servers currently signing older iOS updates,...

Apple is currently signing iOS 10 version updates for many devices including iPhone 5, iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 models as shown by IPSW.me. Whilst the upgrade servers remain in this state, users are able to downgrade from iOS 11 by restoring their firmware to iOS 10.2 and 10.3.

It is not clear why Apple is suddenly allowing this to happen and there is a good chance it is a bug. If you want to downgrade your OS, get in quick before Apple reverts back to signing iOS 11.2 and later only.

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21:38
Apple CEO Tim Cook, other business leaders urge...




Apple CEO Tim Cook and more than one hundred business leaders on Wednesday urged Congress to pass legislation that would keep Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program protections in place for immigrants brought into America as children.

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20:39
Tim Cook & over 100 other CEOs pen letter urging...

Tim Cook is once again voicing his support for support for young immigrants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. Cooks is among over 100 CEOs who signed an open letter to House and Senate leaders today, voicing support for a bill to protect Dreamers…

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20:20
Apple holding ‘Today at Apple’ sessions w/ Wu-Tang...

Apple kicked off its Today at Apple program in retail stores last year and continues to expand it. In addition to its normal classes, Apple recently announced that it will be holding a “Music Lab” session in at its Union Square location in San Francisco with Wu-Tang Clan frontman RZA…

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20:04
Hands-on with First Alert’s Safe & Sound HomeKit...

First Alert, known best for its home safety devices, has been a relatively early adopter of support for new Apple protocols. The company previously introduced the Onelink Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detector with support for HomeKit, and this year at CES 2018 is showing off a new product that combines the safety features of a smart smoke detector with the home convenience of an AirPlay 2 speaker.

We stopped at First Alert’s booth to see (and hear) the new accessory in person.

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19:34
ScreenShield — a Third-Party SDK That Somehow Allows...

From the announcement of a new version of Confide, a “confidential messenger” app:

ScreenShield is a patent-pending technology that allows you to
view an app’s content on your screen but prevents you from taking
a screenshot of it. If you try to take a screenshot on Confide,
you will now simply capture a blank screen¹. ScreenShield also
protects against other forms of screen capture, including iOS 11
screen recording, AirPlay screen mirroring, QuickTime screen
recording as well as taking screenshots from the app switcher or
by using Xcode.

We initially developed ScreenShield for Confide, but quickly
realized that it could be used in a large number of apps — far
more than we could build ourselves. That’s why we created
ScreenShieldKit — to...

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17:52
Hip-hop legend RZA set to lead Music Lab session at...




Wu-Tang Clan frontman RZA - one of the most acclaimed artists in hip-hop history - will host a free Music Lab session at Apple's Union Square store in San Francisco later this month.

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17:49
Siri adds tennis and golf data integration ahead of...




Apple continued to build out its Siri virtual assistant this week with new data integrations for golf and tennis, additions seemingly timed to coincide with next Monday's start to the Australian Open.

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17:33
US Senator questions Apple about slowing older...

Senator John Thune, chair of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, has sent Apple CEO Tim Cook a letter with questions about the company's decision to slow older models of iPhones, Reuters reports. In December, Apple admitted to slowing...

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17:29
White House ban on personal devices extends to...

A new policy from Chief of Staff John Kelly aims to strictly crackdown on West Wing use of personal cell phones. While initially the policy was believed to apply primarily to personal smartphones, ABC News today reports that it is actually far broader and will ban use of anything with WiFi, Bluetooth, radio, or cellular capabilities…

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17:12
Deepframe brings augmented reality to a huge screen

It's easy to feel a bit disillusioned with all of the hype around augmented reality. We've seen basic examples of AR take off, with apps like Pokemon Go, but that's not exactly immersive. AR glasses, meanwhile, are still finding their legs. But Realf...

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17:04
The latest Wi-Fi mesh router comes from... First...

Showgoers were doing double takes when they saw the smoke-alarm manufacturer exhibiting routers—and smart speakers—at its booth at CES.

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17:03
The ASUS 'Bezel-free kit' is a messy multi...

A quick trip to Asus' off-site location at CES 2018 revealed routers, gaming PCs, the NVIDIA Big Format Gaming Display and its new bezel-hiding kit. That last one helps gamers (or productivity hounds seeking an edge) to link monitors together, while...

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16:54
This phone's in-display fingerprint sensor is a...

I just picked up a Vivo phone, laid my thumb on its screen and voila: I unlocked it. That might not sound like much, but titans like Apple and Samsung have reportedly struggled to squeeze fingerprint sensors beneath their own displays. And yet here I...

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16:46
Facebook testing new ‘Today In’ feed to better...

As it continues its quest to offer more informative and useful information to users, Facebook appears to be testing a new feature that would offer users city-specific news, events, and more. As reported by TechCrunch, Facebook is calling this feature “Today In” and testing it in select markets…

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16:45
Apple To Transfer Chinese iCloud Operations To...

Apple's iCloud services in mainland China will be operated by a Chinese company from next month, the tech giant has confirmed, though Apple will still have access to all data stored on iCloud. The company said it had made the move to comply with the country's cloud computing regulations. iCloud accounts registered outside of China are not affected. BBC reports: The Chinese cyber security rules, introduced in July last year, include a requirement for companies to store all data within China. The firm, Guizhou on the Cloud Big Data (GCBD), is owned by the Guizhou provincial government in southern China. Guizhou is where Apple opened a $1 billion data center last year to meet the regulations. iCloud data will be transferred from February 28, Apple said. Customers living in mainland China who did not want to use iCloud operated by GCBD were given the option to terminate their account. Apple said the "partnership" with GCBD would allow it to "improve the speed and reliability of our...

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16:33
Mac exploit lets you change App Store preferences...

Apple's Mac password troubles aren't over yet. Users have discovered that it's possible to change Mac App Store preferences in macOS High Sierra using any password. You do need to login as an administrator, which is supposed to unlock preferences, bu...

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16:23
JVC and Kenwood's new head units pack wireless...

After a tease at the end of 2017, JVCKenwood has spilled the beans on its head units (yes, plural) with wireless Android Auto support. Its core JVC brand has unveiled two models, the DVD-equipped KW-V940BW and disc-free KW-M845BW, that let you keep y...

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16:20
How humans will learn to love the robots of tomorrow

For the Perfect Strangedroids discussion panel on Wednesday, Engadget hosted a trio of robotics experts.. Sabri Sansoy, CEO and Chief Roboticist of Orchanic; Nader Hamda, Founder and CEO of Ozobot; and Stu Lipoff, IEEE Life Fellow and President of IP...

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16:06
Targus shows off new Thunderbolt 3 docking station...




Thunderbolt 3 docks may have been slow to roll out but the market is picking up pace now, with Targus throwing their hat in the ring with a new offering aimed at multi-platform users.

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16:03
Vortx blows air at your face while you're...

Vortx is ridiculous. It's a cube that you place on your desk, next to your PC or laptop, and it blows hot or cold air in your face, depending on what's happening on-screen. The air responds dynamically to the action: If you're running through the fie...

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15:59
Senator asks Apple questions about slowing iPhones

Senator John Thune, a Republican who chairs the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, said in a Jan. 9 letter to Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook that “the large volume of consumer criticism leveled against the company in light of its admission suggests that there should have been better transparency.”

It’s going to be a while before this goes away.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:45
A first time CES entrepreneur, age 82

On the first official morning of CES, Carol Staninger stopped and started her motorized wheelchair through the cavernous Sands Expo and Convention Center, trying -- sometimes failing -- not to clip the herd of eager attendees who overlooked the octog...

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15:25
There’s a new sex robot in town: Say hello to Solana

It's been just short of a year since I locked eyes with Harmony, RealDoll's first sex robot, at her home in Southern California. It was an arresting experience that has remained cemented in memory. In that moment, I suddenly understood the Uncanny Va...

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15:23
Apple World Today News Update: January 10, 2018

It's Hump Day™! As we reach the middle of this week, there's not a lot of news that we haven't covered elsewhere, but we still have two kinda creepy stories for you.

  • Remember the "FruitFly" malware that was infecting Macs last year? The hacker behind the attack has been indicted for not only his malware attacks and stealing data, but for child pornography as well
  • A second iPhone fire has occurred, this time in Spain. The uptick in incidents seems to be tied to the increase in iPhone battery replacements taking place due to Apple's discounted replacement plan

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

Text Version

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15:05
Drama series 'See' picked up by Apple as...




Apple is said to have ordered a new television drama series titled See, the latest move by the company's rapidly-expanding content group.

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15:05
Cruising around on the Onewheel+ XR

The Onewheel has always been an exhilarating ride. When you step onto the board and lean down on the nose, there's a rush of adrenaline as you wait for the electric motor to kick into gear. You are, for a split-second, trusting that the board will ca...

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15:01
You can now ask Siri about tennis and golf...

Apple has taught Siri more about sport ahead of the Australian Open starting this weekend. iPhone, iPad , Apple Watch and Mac users can now ask questions to Siri like ‘Hey Siri, how is Roger Federer doing’ or ‘Hey Siri, who is ahead in the Pebble Beach tournament’.

You can also ask for player biographies and more information relating to the sporting events coming up and historical records. Details below on exactly what Siri knows about in golf and tennis …

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14:57
003: Apple’s fake news, AirPort and mesh Wi-Fi,...

Welcome to 9to5Mac Daily, a new podcast bringing you the latest in Apple news and top 9to5Mac stories every Monday through Friday. Today on 9to5Mac Daily we’ve got an Apple exec calling out fake news, yet another macOS High Sierra security flaw, Apple sort of entering the mesh Wi-Fi system market, and a preview of what’s coming from Philips Hue on the smart lighting front.

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

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14:57
Looxid Labs's brain-monitoring VR headset could...

Taking in imaginary worlds or a gripping immersive video via VR can elicit strong reactions, and a startup called Looxid Labs wants to know how your brain reacts to all of it. To that end, it built the unimaginatively-named LooxidVR system, a phone-b...

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14:57
Inside Byton’s experience-driven SUV concept

It's difficult spinning up a car company basically out of thin air. Byton is not only trying to accomplish that, but it's going against over 100 years of automotive history by highlighting the the car's interior over the horsepower and handling. Yes,...

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14:51
Apple Hands Over China iCloud Operations to State-...

Apple also said that it, “has strong data-privacy and security protections in place and no backdoors will be created into any of our systems.”


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14:42
A first look at Panasonic's GH5s mirrorless...

When Panasonic announced the GH5s earlier this week, it was clear that the company created it with one simple goal in mind: to be the best 4K prosumer video camera on the market. The GH5s is being billed as the ultimate low-light shooter and a direct...

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14:38
Apple drops Safari Technology Preview 47 with new...




A new version of Apple's experimental Safari branch was made available to web professionals late Wednesday, bringing a number of API enhancements and folding in patches for the Spectre vulnerability.

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14:32
Reflexion's big-screen concussion tester is...

We met Reflexion and its Edge screen last year, and even then we were pretty taken with the idea: a Whac-A-Mole-style test for athletes that improves coordination and helps spot concussions after a big hit? It's uniquely odd, but valuable nonetheless...

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14:30
Vote for the Best of CES 2018 People's Choice...

We've announced our Best of CES finalists so now it's time for you to cast your vote for your favorite gadget at CES 2018! Just head over here (or below) to pick your three favorite items from our pool of finalists. You have until 6 PM ET tomorrow, J...

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14:30
Presenting the Best of CES 2018 finalists!

Our editors have been on the ground for the better part of this week scouring every nook and cranny in Las Vegas to bring you the latest and greatest from CES 2018. And now we're ready to announce our finalists for the official Best of CES awards. Be...

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14:28
Mercedes-Benz on the global training of AI for cars

As the development of autonomous cars moves forward, there are some hurdles that require researchers to travel to countries other than their own. For example, Mercedes Benz just completed a five-month drive through five continents to encounter situat...

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14:21
Apple reaches deal for futuristic drama ‘See’ from...

Apple is continuing to build up its library of original content. Deadline today reports that Apple has ordered a series called “See” from Steven Knight. The science fiction drama comes from a joint venture between Chernin Entertainment and Endeavor Content…

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14:20
Xfinity's Gigabit router will soon double as a...

Comcast's Xfinity division has made some forays into the smart home world already -- Xfinity Home started out as a home security product, but it now handles a number of common devices like locks, thermostats, light bulbs and so on. However, the milli...

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14:13
Second iPhone battery fire in two days affects...




Apple's Calle Colon store in Valencia, Spain was evacuated on Wednesday after an iPhone's battery exploded during repair, filling one floor of the building with smoke.

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14:11
Apple scoops up ‘See’ world-building drama

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

It comes from the recently launched scripted drama venture between Peter Chernin’s Chernin Entertainment and Endeavor Content. The size of the order is still still to be announced, but likely will consist of eight episodes. 

This is the fourth scripted series order for Apple’s entertainment/ video programming division under Jamie...

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14:05
Into the darkness at CES 2018

Shortly after 11AM, the power went out in the central hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, bringing CES to a near-standstill. The cavernous hall, measuring more than 632,000 square feet -- bigger than some aircraft hangars -- fell into silence, s...

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13:57
Asus aims portable ProArt PQ22UC 4K OLED monitor at...




Asus has added a new high-end display to its range of professional monitors that is made for those who work on the move, with the ProArt PQ22UC consisting of a 21.6-inch 4K OLED panel with USB Type-C connectivity that can be easily transported as a second display for a MacBook Pro.

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13:57
Whatsapp servers can be compromised to add people to...

Messaging service Whatsapp made headlines in 2016 when it introduced end-to-end encryption to every message sent through the service, whether text, photo or video. Clearly security is a priority for the company. That's why it's so surprising that res...

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13:53
CES – Snuggle up with the Somnox Sleep Aid Robot and...

LAS VEGAS – Somnox showed their sleep aid robot to Jeff Gamet at CES 2018. It helps you relax and fall asleep, and you can check it out in this video interview.


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13:37
Microsoft AI is being used to improve CRISPR accuracy

Scientists have already used CRISPR gene editing techniques try and treat or cure diseases, improve birth rates and even alleviate allergic reactions. The problem is that it can be tricky to edit DNA accurately and safely. A new AI project from Micro...

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13:29
Firefighters respond to another Apple Store due to...

A new report of an iPhone battery explosion has surfaced today. This latest incident happened at Apple’s Calle Colón Store in Valencia, Spain and comes after yesterday’s similar occurrence at a Swiss Apple Store.

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13:02
Netflix hid a fake biotech booth in the middle of CES

Venture beyond tech whales like Samsung and Sony, beyond the rows of smart speakers and giant TVs and you'll discover that there are weirder things to be found at CES. That might be why Netflix's trojan horse public relations move, establishing a fic...

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13:00
Why Apple’s HomePod Doesn’t Play by Echo Rules

Some voices suggest the Apple HomePod will fail because it doesn’t go toe-to-toe with other smart speakers, like Amazon’s Echo. This is nonsense.


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12:58
2018 Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show stymied by...




One day after the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show saw some exhibits close because of rain, a blackout has plagued the expo center and has run for an hour, and counting.

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12:58
Arable's Mark crop sensors give farmers a data-...

I've never actually set foot on a farm, but I'm inexplicably still inexplicable drawn to agriculture startups -- after all, farming is one of the world's oldest professions, and nothing is quite as helpful as pure hard data. Fortunately, that's exact...

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12:52
Muzen OTR Wood: A tiny retro Bluetooth speaker/FM...

Being an old-school kind of guy, I love it when modern technology meets history. That’s the reason the upcoming Muzen OTR Wood speaker is so attractive to me. I had the opportunity to test a prototype of this little speaker recently, and I think anyone with a love of history and workmanship will appreciate it. The Muzen OTR Wood will available through a crowdfunding campaign soon... but let's look at the device before I tell you how to get one.

Muzen OTR Wood. Photo ©2018, Steven Sande

The Radio Enthusiast

 The Muzen OTR Wood is a joint venture between a longtime radio enthusiast and Radio Caroline, which I’ll talk about later. The radio enthusiast is Dejun Zeng, who has won five CES Innovation Awards and who designed China’s first commercial tube amplifier. 

As a radio fan, Mr. Zeng wanted to design a retro-style radio that used today’s...

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12:45
Review: Audience The ONE Loudspeaker

We've reviewed plenty of "premium" and "flagship" products over the years. As you venture into the world of really high-end audio, however, you start to encounter a new term: "statement." Usually, a statement product is where manufacturers put their most cutting-edge technology; we see speakers with multiple drivers in wild-looking cabinets and with even wilder price tags. Audience, a small California-based speaker and cable company, makes the opposite kind of statement. Sure, they can build you one of those huge speakers with 16 or 32 drivers that costs into the five figures, but that's not their most interesting product. Audience's statement speaker, it seems, is The ONE. It features just one driver and, yes, it makes a statement.{/exp:char_limit}
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12:45
macOS High Sierra's App Store System...

A bug report submitted on Open Radar this week reveals a security vulnerability in the current version of macOS High Sierra that allows the App Store menu in System Preferences to be unlocked with any password. From a report: MacRumors is able to reproduce the issue on macOS High Sierra version 10.13.2, the latest public release of the operating system, on an administrator-level account by following these steps: 1. Click on System Preferences. 2. Click on App Store. 3. Click on the padlock icon to lock it if necessary. 4. Click on the padlock icon again. 5. Enter your username and any password. 6. Click Unlock. As mentioned in the radar, System Preferences does not accept an incorrect password with a non-administrator account. We also weren't able to unlock any other System Preferences menus with an incorrect password. We're unable to reproduce the issue on the third or fourth betas of macOS High Sierra 10.13.3, suggesting Apple has fixed the security vulnerability in the upcoming...

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12:37
CES – Use Your iPhone With a Bluetooth Metal Detector

It’s not a finished product, but a working prototype.


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12:30
Video: Next generation iPhone SE 2 may have a glass...




According to a recent rumor, the next-generation "iPhone SE 2" may feature a glass back just like the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, suggesting it will feature wireless charging.

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12:30
Razer's Nommo line of PC gaming speakers...

Gaming peripheral maker Razer announced three new speakers for gaming PCs at CES today. Just like other Razer gaming devices, the Nommo speakers are equipped with the company's fancy lighting system, Chroma, to let you visually customize your gaming...

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12:23
Hands-on with Nanoleaf’s new square light panels and...

Nanoleaf, makers of popular HomeKit-compatible ambient lighting panels, made two significant announcements at this year’s CES in Las Vegas. Both a 12-sided, customizable remote control and brand new square lighting panels debuted on the show floor. We stopped by Nanoleaf’s booth for a full hands-on demonstration.

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12:22
CES – Satechi Introduces USB-C Smart Charging Station

Satechi will start selling the charging station sometime this spring for US$64.99.


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12:17
News: Number of lawsuits against Apple grows as US,...

US Senator John Thune has entered the fray around Apple’s admitted slowing down of older iPhones, sending the company a list of questions about how it came to the decision to throttle performance on its devices without informing users, The Wall Street Journal reports. As Senate Commerce Committee chairman, Thune is looking for information on “how Apple has tracked customer complaints of processing performance and if Apple has explored…

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12:14
Apple now selling mesh Wi-Fi system as AirPort line...

Apple has started selling a mesh Wi-Fi system from Linksys both on its website and in stores. The move is notable as Apple hasn’t updated its own Wi-Fi base station hardware since 2013 and doesn’t currently offer its own mesh Wi-Fi system.

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12:03
T-Mobile Offers New iPhone BOGO Deal With Five Models

The iPhone BOGO deal starts this Friday.


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11:59
9to5Mac’s Best of CES 2018 Awards

Each year, the Consumer Electronics Show is filled with brands exhibiting their newest and best products. Even though Apple doesn’t make an official appearance at CES, the company’s presence is made known through the hundreds of accessories on display designed for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.

Last year, we brought you the inaugural 9to5Mac Best of CES Awards to spotlight our favorite products introduced at the show. Once again for 2018, we’ve been pounding the pavement (and hotel carpet) in Las Vegas all week hunting down what’s new. Here are our 2018 picks:

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11:53
T-Mobile offers up to $700 off second iPhone in...




The U.S. branch of T-Mobile is running a new "Buy One Get One" promotion in which people buying an iPhone can get up to $700 off a second, as long as they meet the right criteria.

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11:40
CES – Catalyst Apple Watch Series 3 Waterproof Case

LAS VEGAS – Catalyst has a shock proof and waterproof case for Apple Watch Series 3 that’ll keep your smartwatch dry up to 330 feet underwater. Jeff Gamet gets to check it out at CES 2018 in this video interview.


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11:37
CES – Rocketbook Reusable Notebooks Give You an...

LAS VEGAS – Rocketbook’s reusable notebooks let you write and draw, use your iPhone to upload and organize your work online, then wipe the pages clean and start again. Jeff Gamet checks them out in this video interview.


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11:23
Satechi Type-C 75W Multiport Travel Charger capable...




Accessory producer Satechi revealed its Type-C 75WMultiport Travel Charger, capable of charging up to four devices simultaneously, with it also capable of providing enough power to recharge a MacBook and an MacBook Pro as well as iPhones, iPads, and other devices.

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11:00
External Link: Apple Planning More iOS Parental...

Responding to concerns from two large shareholders (who hold approximately $2 billion in Apple stock) over the effect mobile devices have on the mental health of children, Apple has announced that it’s planning better parental control features in future versions of iOS. Apple already offers better parental controls than most platforms, but the company said in a statement, “Apple has always looked out for kids, and we work hard to create powerful products that inspire, entertain, and educate children while also helping parents protect them online.” That may not be sufficient for the investors, who also want Apple to create an expert advisory committee, partner with outside researchers, help educate parents about Apple’s tools, and assign a high-level executive to monitor the issue and publish annual progress reports.

 

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10:59
External Link: Mickey Mouse’s Debut Film Could...

Before the 1970s, U.S. copyright terms lasted for only 56 years, but over time Congress has extended that to 95 years — the last extension being in 1998. Those extensions have been pushed primarily by Hollywood, with the joke being that Disney will do whatever it takes to keep “Steamboat Willie” — the first film featuring its signature Mickey Mouse character — from falling into the public domain. According to an article in Ars Technica, it appears that Hollywood is now giving up on further extensions due to greater public awareness of copyright issues. So on 1 January 2019, every work of art published in 1923 will fall into the public domain, something that has been delayed for over 40 years. And unless something changes, “Steamboat Willie” will move into the public domain in 2024, though Disney would still own the trademark to Mickey Mouse.

 

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10:36
Apple ships Safari Technology Preview 47 with...

Apple has updated Safari Technology Preview, its developer browser for experimental web features, with mitigations for the Spectre vulnerability disclosed earlier this month. Version 47 can be found in the Mac App Store or online for Safari Technology Preview users.

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10:17
T-Mobile offers BOGO deal on iPhone 8, $700 off for...

T-Mobile has announced its latest promotion, buy one iPhone, get one free. This latest offer is available with the purchase of any two iPhone X, 8, or 7 devices.

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10:16
iPhone Slowdown Controversy Piles Up With Senator...

Senator Thune wants an answer to his letter by January 23. This article will be updated when Apple responds.


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10:15
Apple tops list of most innovative tech companies

When U.S. adults were asked which consumer technology company is the most innovative, Apple was the clear winner among a list of 12 businesses, chosen by 26% of the 2,201 participants in a recent Morning Consult survey. Samsung came in second, at 14%.

The top five were rounded out by Google (11%), Microsoft (9%) and Amazon (8%). The poll, conducted Jan. 4-5, has a margin of error of plus or minus two percentage points.

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10:12
Yet another macOS High Sierra bug: Unlock App Store...

Less than two months ago, Apple users discovered a bug in macOS that allowed anyone to log in with root access. Apple apologized and fixed it quickly, but now users on Open Radar have found a similar (but far less severe) macOS password bug.

If you're running macOS High Sierra, try this: 

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Click on App Store.
  3. If the padlock is unlocked, click to lock it.
  4. Click the padlock to unlock it.
  5. In the prompt, enter your username and any password.

The App Store preferences pane should unlock. We tried it on a new iMac and MacBook Pro, both with macOS 10.13.2, and it worked.

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10:03
macOS High Sierra bug unlocks App Store Systems...

A bug report submitted on Open Radar — and, as noted by MacRumors — reveals a security vulnerability in the current version of macOS High Sierra that allows the App Store menu in System Preferences to be unlocked with any password. 

This only appears to be when logged in as a local admin. The security vulnerability means that anyone with administrator-level access to your Mac could unlock the App Store preferences and enable or disable settings to automatically install macOS updates, app updates, system data files, and even security updates that would fix a bug like this one. However, as noted by 9to5Mac, the security flaw is present in macOS 10.13.2 which is the current public version of macOS High Sierra, but resolved in the latest beta...

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09:56
India makes it easier for Apple to open stores in...

India has made it easier for brands such as Apple to open stores in the country. The Indian government announced Wednesday that global single-brand retailers will no longer need its permission to own and operate stores in the country, reports CNN Money.

Foreign companies previously needed government approval to own more than 49% of an Indian retail operation, leading many to partner with Indian companies or rely on local distributors and franchises. India's retail market presents a compelling opportunity. It is currently worth around $600 billion, according to a 2017 report by consultancy PwC. By 2020, Indian shoppers could be spending $1 trillion year, it added.

Getting a foothold in India has been a challenge for Apple. The company has opened its retail stores in a number of countries around the world, but not there. It looks like that will...

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09:50
Private messaging iPhone app Confide develops...




Secure messaging app Confide has come up with a way to prevent messages appearing in its iOS app from being captured in a screenshot, with the firm also offering its 'ScreenShield' technology in a development kit to help keep messages and other content protected in other apps.

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09:49
CES – Cocoon Cam Demonstrates Second Generation...

John F. Braun learns more about Cocoon Cam Clarity baby monitor which offers a non-invasive way to monitor your baby’s breathing and other activities.


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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 13.3″ Touch Bar MacBook Pro $1...

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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09:18
macOS High Sierra flaw unlocks App Store System...

There’s a newly discovered security hole in the current version of macOS High Sierra that allows anyone with access to your Mac to unlock your App Store System Preferences without your system password. The impact of this vulnerability doesn’t appear to be severe, but the security feature clearly isn’t working as intended.

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09:06
Matias is building the wired Mac keyboards that...

I’ve always been a fan of Matias keyboards.

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09:01
News: Zagg debuts InvisibleShield tempered glass...

For those torn between protecting their glass-backed iPhones and showing them off, Zagg’s InvisibleShield Glass+ Luxe 360 offers something in between. The two-piece protector covers the front and back of the iPhone X, 8 or 8 Plus and is made from “the toughest tempered glass on the market” with reinforced edges to prevent chips and cracks. The cases come in matching black, gold and silver colors for the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus and in…

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09:00
News: Daily Deal: Dashlane Password Manager, Premium...

For Wednesday’s iLounge Deal, we’re offering a premium subscription to Dashlane for only $19.98 — that’s 50% off the regular price. This secure online password manager ensures that you’ll never forget another password, with patented security architecture, accurate autofill, and an instant password generator and changer to help avoid password reuse across multiple sites. Dashlane lets you tighten up your password security…

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08:59
Satechi launches ‘Type-C 75W Multiport Travel...

At CES 2018, Satechi has announced another new USB-C accessory on the heels of unveiling its Smart Dual Charging Station for iPhone and Apple Watch yesterday. The “Type-C 75W Multiport Travel Charger” offers 2 – 2.4A USB-A ports, 1 – QC 3.0 USB-A port, and 1 – USB C port at a fair price.

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08:58
macOS High Sierra App Store settings menu not...




The macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 App Store settings can be unlocked with any password entered by an administrator account -- but Apple appears to have already implemented a fix in the beta releases currently in testing.

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08:50
Apple picked as 'most innovative' company...




Among a list of 12 major corporations, Apple was picked as the most innovative by a wide margin in a poll of U.S. adults.

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08:46
Senator questions Apple over intentional iPhone...

Enlarge / A functional iPhone X, unlike the ones that went through recent stress testing. (credit: Samuel Axon)

After public outrage, a US Senator has posed questions to Apple about its deliberate slowdown of older iPhones due to aging battery issues. Senator John Thune (R-S.D.), who chairs the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, wrote a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook questioning the level of transparency the tech giant should have provided users before slowing down its devices.

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08:43
CES – Promise adds Dropbox and Google Drive Syncing...

This is a device that you plug into your network at home and is then accessible anywhere for both syncing and remote access, creating a true, turnkey private cloud.


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08:41
TMO CES 2018 Coverage Sponsor: Elgato Eve Button

Our thanks to Elgato for joining us this year as a sponsor for TMO’s CES 2018 coverage. The effort, planning, and expense it takes to comb through all the noise at CES and bring you targeted, relevant coverage is quite large, and without our sponsors we wouldn’t be able to do it all for you. Elgato sees the value in this and was very quick to jump on board to ensure that you would get the very best of what we have to offer this year. We’re very thankful for that, and we hope you are, too.

The Elgato Eve Button is a simple-to-use, elegant device that brings you the ability to easily choose a HomeKit scene without saying a word or lifting your phone. Simply tap, double tap, or press-and-hold to choose from one of three scenes, and setup takes...

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08:38
Pokémon Go goes iOS 11-only starting on February 28

Those who love chasing Charizards, Snorlaxes and the rest of the Pokémon Go AR characters will need to upgrade to iOS 11 soon if they haven't already, as Niantic has said that the app will only be able to run on the latest version of iOS beginning February 28.

The game was recently upgraded with support for ARKit on iPhone 6s or better, providing better battery life and allowing Pokémon to sit on real-world surfaces with more natural lighting. When the change to iOS 11-only occurs, gamers who are running on iPhone 5, 5c, iPad 2, 3 and 4, and the original iPad mini will be out of luck. They may not be able to use PokéCoins or other items in the Bag, nor may they even be able to access their accounts. 

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08:26
CES – myFC Debuts JAQ Hybrid Charger with Fuel Cell...

John F. Braun checks out the JAQ Hybrid Charger, a charger that uses both traditional lithium ion and fuel cell technology to help when you’re not near a power source.


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08:25
News: Apple hit with £136 million UK tax bill

Apple has been hit with a £136 million tax bill in the UK after an “extensive audit,” The Financial Times reports. The payment — which covered many years leading up to 2015 — was discovered in the accounts of Apple’s European subsidiary and is thought to have come after an audit found that the subsidiary hadn’t received large enough commissions on sales it secured for its Irish sister company. Apple’s well-documented…

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08:18
SimpliSafe updates the look of its home security...




Smart home security firm SimpliSafe has performed a major refresh of its product line, collaborating with global design firm Ideo to redesign its devices with a modern look and smaller sensors, as well as improving the underlying technology the security system itself.

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08:15
CES – MyCharge Battery Pack With Passthrough Qi...

LAS VEGAS – myCharge, long-time makers of quality battery packs and charging bricks, this week announced at CES the upcoming availability of a new portable battery with two Qi surfaces built-in. The US$79.99 Portable Power Bank Unplugged 10K Dual is about the shape of a smartphone, and features a Qi pad on top so that your phone will charge when the battery pack is simply up against it. Cleverly, myCharge has included a Qi coil on the bottom of the pack, as well, allowing it to charge from a Qi pad (like then $29 myCharge Powerdisc shown in the picture). In a true “passthrough” sense, a phone stacked on top of a charging battery pack will see the phone charge first, then the pack afterwards, making for a very convenient setup to have on your desk or bedside table. Stack ’em at night to charge, grab ’em in the morning and go! The myCharge Portable Power Bank Unplugged 10 Dual will be available in March and has a list price of $79.99.

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08:02
Confide messenger releases new screenshot-prevention...

The team behind Confide has taken their ephemeral-messaging app’s security up a notch. Available starting today, Confide messenger’s screenshot prevention now extends across a variety of use cases. The upgrade will make it significantly more difficult for anyone to use known methods to screengrab any content they see within the app.

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08:00
News: JVC reveals affordable wireless earbud,...

JVC is releasing a new slate of wireless earbud and headphone options this March, appealing to those who want the benefits of wireless listening without the hefty price tag. The JVC Flats Wireless series ($40) are simple on-ear headphones that provide around 11 hours of listening on a full charge and fold away flat for easy storage on the go. The company’s Noise Canceling Bluetooth Folding Headphones ($100) provide the same 11 hours of wireless…

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