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Monday January 15

06:20
Apple apparently shifting more MacBook orders to...




In a report from DigiTimes alleging Apple is sending more of its MacBook Pro orders to assembly partner Foxconn, it is also suggests Apple is not planning a major update to the notebook line in 2018 at all, though the claim does not completely discount potential changes to the line altogether.

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06:16
The iPhone 7 Plus gained 2.8% of all smartphone...

The iPhone 7 Plus gained 2.8% of all smartphone sales in China, according to Counterpoint Research — as noted by CNBC. The tech giant was the only foreign brand to have a smartphone model in the top 10 best-selling handsets in China in 2017.

The iPhone 7 did well in the first half of 2017, then benefited in the second half thanks to a price cut in China, Counterpoint analyst James Yan said in a blog post. He added that the iPhone 7 Plus with the 128GB hard drive saw its price slashed around 16%. The smaller-screen iPhone 7 was the fifth best-selling device in China with 2.4 percent market share.

"iPhone 7 Plus performed better than iPhone 7, demonstrating that currently in China market price may not be the only concern among consumers. Apple users may value more on better specs ... than extra budget," Yan...

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06:10
Class action lawsuit in Israel planned against Apple...

A group of Israelis has filed a request with the Haifa District Court of Israel to file a class-action lawsuit against Apple, Intel, and ARM because of the "Spectre" and "Meltdown" processor exploits. The six District Courts in Israel serve both as the appellate courts and also as the court of first instance for some cases (e.g. real estate or IP). 

According to a Hamodia report, the plaintiffs are represented by attorney Rimon Zinati, and include users of computers and smartphones that include processors made by the companies.In the complaint, Zinati writes:

Something new has appeared on the tech landscape. Our worst nightmares have come to pass, and a giant tech bubble has burst. That this is an earthquake is an...

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06:04
Apple CEO Tim Cook, Apple homepage honors Dr. Martin...




Not only does Apple's homepage have a full-page tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., but a Tweet from Apple CEO Tim Cook commemorates the holiday celebrating the civil rights leader.

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06:04
Google freezes addiction center ads after word of...

Google rarely stops advertising for an entire category, but it's making that exception to halt some serious abuses. The search firm has temporarily stopped running addiction center ads worldwide after a report revealed that sketchy referral services...

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06:00
Rumor: MacBook Pro won’t see any major updates this...

Apple has no plans to make any “major upgrades” to its MacBook Pro lineup in 2018, though the company expects to sell lots of laptops, according to DigiTimes

Quoting unnamed “upstream supply chain” sources, the article says the tech giant will shift a major portion of its Mac laptop orders to Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) instead of giving most of the orders to Quanta Computer, as usual.

Despite the fact that Foxconn will see a major increase in MacBook orders in 2018, Quanta is expected to remain the largest MacBook supplier to Apple in the year. Digitimes Research says its figures show that the upstream supply chain has shipped around 15 million MacBooks a year to Apple with the shipment ratio for Quanta and Foxconn at around 8:2 for the past five years. In 2017, Quanta had a 79.5% share and Foxconn 20.5%.

Chances the rumor is true, according to the...

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05:53
Apple honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on its...

Apple is honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a full-page tribute on its website. There’s a black-and-white picture of the civil rights leader. It also lists one of his many famous quotes: “The time is always right to do what’s right.”

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, an American federal holiday marking the birthday of the civil rights giant. It’s observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is close to — or as, today, on — King’s birthday (Jan. 15).

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05:51
Comment: As app-based ‘Open Banking’ hits UK, USA is...

One of the biggest shake-ups to the way that consumers manage their finances launched in the UK this weekend. Known as Open Banking, it means that you’ll no longer be limited to using whatever apps your bank chooses to make available, but can instead manage your accounts from a wide variety of third-party apps.

It’s been possible for some time to use third-party apps to analyse your spending, and even perform some financial transactions, but right now in the USA, anything with access to your accounts relies on partnerships agreed by your bank. You can use the apps your bank wants you to, but not others. For example, Chase partners with Intuit and Wells Fargo with Xero and Finicity, but the choice of app is up to your bank, rather than you.

That’s what Open Banking changes …

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05:38
Quicken 4.6.8

Adds a new message warning when a sync hasn’t completed when trying to quit Quicken. ($74.99 new, free update from Quicken 2017)

 

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05:03
Nearly all new US electricity capacity was renewable...

Renewable energy played an important role in the US last year... although you might not want to cheer too loudly. Data from both the Rhodium Group and the Energy Information Administration shows that solar and wind power represented 94.7 percent of t...

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05:00
WaterField's Bolt Briefcase can fill a variety...

By Aaron Lee

WaterField Designs' Bolt Briefcase is designed to meet the evolving needs of tech professionals and business travelers. Such folks carry a range of gadgets, each requiring different degrees of accessibility and protection. 

The Bolt's organizational design directly addresses those needs. Its classic lines and materials age beautifully and shift easily from work casual to professional business settings, making it an essential accessory for the modern workplace.

Two easy-access pockets hold frequently-needed items like wallet and phone and stay closed with invisible magnets. Above that, a hidden, horizontal pocket secures with a waterproof zipper to hold intermediate-access items like tablets and boarding passes. The main compartment includes a padded laptop slot to keep this key item well-protected; two additional open-topped pockets to organize pens,...

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04:59
A decade without discs: The original MacBook Air...

The first new product Steve Jobs announced after taking the stage for the Macworld 2008 keynote was Time Capsule, a router and wireless backup solution designed to work with Time Machine, Apple’s then new backup software. Jobs would talk about another kind of time machine before the keynote was over: the MacBook Air.

Announced on January 15th, 2008 – 10 years ago today – the original MacBook Air gave us a glimpse into the future of Apple’s plans and ambitions across all of their product lines. A decade later, we’re taking a look at how the MacBook Air set the tempo for today’s modern devices, redefining the Mac and informing the direction of the iPhone and iPad as well.

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04:35
Apple included in planned class action suit against...

After Apple’s confirmation that all Mac and iOS devices are affected by the Spectre & Meltdown vulnerabilities, it was only a matter of time before the company was hit by a class action lawsuit …

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04:10
iOS App Store will be bigger than entire worldwide...

Following Apple’s announcement of record-breaking app sales in the holiday shopping season, Asymco’s Horace Dediu did some number-crunching, and came up with some surprising facts.

Not least among them is the clear pointer that iOS app sales will be worth more than the entire worldwide movie industry at some point this year …

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04:02
Google's museum app finds your fine art...

If you've ever wondered if there's a museum portrait somewhere that looks like you and you're ready to have your ego crushed, there's now an app for that. Google Arts & Culture's latest update now lets you take a selfie, and using image recogniti...

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03:00
Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day from O’Grady’s...

Ladies and gentlemen, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, the staff of O’Grady’s PowerPage will be taking the day off to rest, recuperate and get ready for the rest of the week.

Swing back Tuesday and we’ll have up to the minute Mac and mobile news, features and everything else we can get our mitts on. The news you’re hankering for shall return.

In the meantime, enjoy the holiday, catch up with some friends and family and we’ll see you tomorrow.

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02:56
Digitimes reports no major MacBook Pro update...

Digitimes today reports that Apple is reallocating MacBook Pro orders from Quanta to Foxconn in order to lower costs and reduce risks. The company is willing to shift production this year reportedly because Apple does not have a major hardware update for MacBook Pro in the pipeline for this year.

This means that supply of 2017 MacBook Pro will remain strong even if Foxconn encounters yield and quality control problems whilst it ramps up. Apple first launched the modern MacBook Pro design in 2016.

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02:44
iPhone 7 Plus was 2nd best-selling phone in China in...

A new research note from Counterpoint shows that whilst Apple’s dominance in China is not as high as its peak, it is the only foreign smartphone brand that matters in the region. iPhone 7 Plus was the no.2 best selling handset across all of 2017, and the smaller iPhone 7 took fifth place (via CNBC).

China’s propensity towards larger-screened phones is shown by the Plus’ popularity compared to the regular iPhone 7. Apple was the only foreign brand to feature in the top 10 phone models, with 5.2% total marketshare from both iPhone 7 models.

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01:38
EagleFiler 1.8.2

Allows tag names to contain spaces for improved interoperability with Finder tags. ($40 new, free update, 20.0 MB)

 

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Sunday January 14

20:37
LaunchBar 6.9.4

Fixes scripts that deal with phone numbers not working on macOS 10.13.s High Sierra. ($29 new, free update, 14.6 MB)

 

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20:32
NBC brings two Winter Olympics preview shows to...

You won't have to stay glued to NBC to watch all of its Winter Olympics coverage -- although it won't necessarily be the coverage you want. The network is offering a two-part PyeongChang preview series, Go For the Gold and Meet Team USA, that will b...

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19:25
Mercedes CEO: 'Stay tuned' for an electric...

Mercedes-Benz's G-Class Wagon isn't changing for the future in the ways you might expect. Yet. From a preview event at Detroit's crumbling, historic Michigan Theater for the North American International Auto Show, chairman Dieter Zetche was joined on...

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19:00
Retro-bit brought brand-new Sega accessories to CES

While Nintendo's 'classic' consoles have soaked up much of the retro love lately, Sega fans do have something to look forward to. The last booth I stopped by at CES 2018 was one of my favorites, as Retro-bit showed off new officially-licensed accesso...

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18:05
Drone footage shows Apple Park entering 2018 still...




A new drone video published on Sunday shows that while construction and landscaping is winding down at Apple Park, it remains in progress -- and may continue through the facility's first anniversary.

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18:02
One in six Americans owns a smart speaker, according...

There's no doubt that smart speakers are selling like hotcakes, but how many people own them, exactly? Quite a few, according to NPR and Edison Research. They've published findings of a study which estimates that one in six Americans (16 percent) o...

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17:01
SCOTUS will hear a case on internet sales tax

One of the benefits of internet shopping for many consumers is not having to pay sales tax. But the Supreme Court has just agreed to hear South Dakota v. Wayfair, which may reverse the 1992 ruling that prevents state and local governments from requir...

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16:37
Latest Apple Park drone footage shows landscaping...

As we head into 2018, Apple is continuing final touches on its new Apple Park headquarters. Today, new drone footage from Duncan Sinefield shows the work Apple has completed over recent months, as well as areas where work continues…

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16:00
Fox Innovation Lab showcases Wes Anderson VR and...

During CES, a Fox Innovation Lab event focused on tech it's pushing this year like HDR10+, but the most important parts were a slick VR experience tied to Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs and discussion of the recently-launched Movies Anywhere. While VR e...

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15:01
Hulu is now the exclusive streaming home for '...

If you grew up watching American TV, there's a good chance you've seen at least a little bit of the hospital drama ER. But if you've wanted to watch it online, your legal options have been limited unless you've been willing to buy it from services l...

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14:39
Ford teases 'Mach 1' electric performance...

At its NAIAS 2018 preview event, Ford just dropped a few details about an electric vehicle it plans to release in 2020. The "Mach 1" (cribbing its name from the famous Mustang model) is an all-electric performance SUV under development by Team Edison...

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14:00
Meltdown and Spectre flaws loomed large over CES

The Meltdown and Spectre CPU vulnerabilities hung like a shadow over the festivities of CES. What's typically a celebration of consumer electronics was instead a stark reminder of just how far-reaching these issues are. And that's especially the case...

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13:02
Japan's latest sensation is a cryptocurrency...

If you're starting a pop group in Japan, where giant rosters and virtual superstars are par for the course, how do you stand out? By tying yourself to something trendy -- and in 2018, that means cryptocurrency. Meet Kasotsuka Shojo (Virtual Currenc...

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12:00
Assistive hearing is the next big thing for wireless...

The number of companies that sell true wireless earbuds has exploded in the last year. B&O, Bose, Sony and Samsung all joined the craze Bragi started back in 2014. Thanks to a bill signed into law last year, some hearing aids and assistive audio...

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11:20
Logic Pros: What’s new in iOS & Mac music...

This is the place to catch up on all the biggest product announcements, hardware, apps, synths, Logic/GarageBand instruments and so much more in the world of iOS and Mac music production. Ahead of NAMM 2018, we are starting to see more hardware products announced/come available. Moog’s new semi-modular DFAM, Waldorf’s string/vocoder synth, another clone from Behringer, new iOS/Mac instruments and much more are making news this week. more…

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10:59
FCC investigates Hawaii's false missile alert

It's not just state officials who are investigating Hawaii's false alarm over a (thankfully non-existent) missile attack. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has confirmed that the regulator's investigation into the error is "well underway." While Pai shied away...

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10:00
Nissan shares its vision for our autonomous EV...

Not surprisingly, autonomy and electrification dominated transportation news at CES 2018. Toyota introduced its e-Palette concept mobility solution (which proceeded to dominate Engadget's Best of CES awards), while Silicon Valley startup Robomart unv...

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06:38
As HomePod release looms, new study shows smart...

As Apple fans eagerly await the launch of the HomePod this year, the smart speaker market as a whole is booming. According to new research from NPR and Edison Research, one in six Americans now own some sort of smart speaker – up 128 percent compared to January 2017…

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Saturday January 13

20:31
Ressence made a mechanical watch that pairs with...

Many hybrid watches only resemble classic timepieces on a superficial level. If you want a watch with a true mechanical movement, you have to forego modern conveniences. Ressence wants to fix that with its newly unveiled Type 2 e-Crown Concept. Th...

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19:02
NASA is investigating X-Ray navigation in space

X-rays aren't just for investigating artworks or photographing black holes. NASA scientists just used them to demonstrate a new technique: Navigating the stars. In an experiment, equipment mounted on the International Space Station measured radiation...

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17:38
Apple's new iPad Pro ads tout augmented reality...




Apple on Saturday released a pair of video ads for the iPad Pro, concentrating on some of the possibilities brought with September's iOS 11.

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17:31
Google's Project Fi international data service...

We hope you weren't depending on Project Fi to stay in touch while abroad this weekend. Subscribers to Google's wireless carrier have reported that international data hasn't been working in many places around the world, including Canada, Germany, Hon...

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16:00
The TVs that mattered at CES

As usual, CES 2018 provided a bonanza of big screens, loaded up with every piece of tech you can create a buzzword for. But figuring out which TVs will matter to you next year is about a little more than just pixels and apps. While there could be onl...

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15:10
The new 'Cosmos' returns for second season...

You won't have to wait nearly as long for the second season of the new Cosmos as you did for the first. Fox has announced that Cosmos: Possible Worlds will premiere worldwide in spring 2019, with Fox itself airing the show in the US and National Geog...

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14:39
LA man charged with involuntary manslaughter over...

The man who was arrested last month in conjunction with the Kansas swatting incident that resulted in a fatality has now been charged. Tyler Barriss was arraigned in a Kansas court today and hit with three charges -- giving a false alarm, interferenc...

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14:00
Facebook goes back to basics: People

Over the past couple of years, Facebook has frequently tweaked its News Feed algorithms to deliver stories that are relevant and of interest to you. It was a strategy that, up until now, seemed to be the way forward for the site. But that's all about...

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13:16
Retro tech, accessibility and the latest in the TV...

There's so much news at CES, it can be hard to filter out the noise and find what matters. Thankfully, Engadget is here to help. A collection of your favorite editors got together toward the end of the show to have a conversation about the big trends...

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12:04
George Clooney will star in and direct Hulu's...

Netflix isn't the only streaming service getting some George Clooney-produced goodness. The popular actor/producer is also bringing Joseph Heller's satirical novel Catch-22 to the small screen, this time via Hulu. According to Deadline, the six-episo...

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10:58
PSA: Hawaii officials confirm ‘ballistic missile...

People in Hawaii woke up to a terrifying emergency alert sent to iPhones and other devices that officials now say was sent in error.

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09:10
Apple’s latest iPad Pro ads showcase augmented...

Following the new iPhone X ad yesterday, Apple today has shared two new segments for the iPad Pro. The ads highlight the device’s augmented reality capabilities, as well as note taking with Apple Pencil…

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08:56
iMac Pro sees its biggest discount yet, down to $3,...

After its first discount earlier this week, Apple’s all-new iMac Pro is seeing yet another price cut – this time a much bigger one. Available through MicroCenter retail stores, you can get the entry-level iMac Pro for $3,999. That’s a full $1,000 off the retail price and the best discount we’ve seen on the machine to date.

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08:04
Apple: some iCloud users get erroneous message about...

On Jan. 10, it was reported that Apple will hand its China cloud operations over to a state-owned partner Guizhou-Cloud Big Data Industry Co. (GCBD) on Feb. 28. This was only meant to affect customers in mainland China, some users outside of China also received an email telling them their data was affected and being given to GCBD. 

As reported by TechCrunch,  Apple now says that some customers received that message in error. The tech giant has informed users that these emails were sent in error, reiterating that only users with their Apple ID country set to China will have their iCloud data migrated to GCBD servers.

China law requires companies to store customer data collected in the region locally. With the handover, photos, documents and messages uploaded by Apple users throughout the country will be stored...

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08:00
How to live stream the NFL playoffs on your iPhone...

Following Wild Card Weekend last week, the NFL playoffs continue this weekend with divisional games. Yahoo Sports will be streaming all four of the games this weekend and next, and you can watch directly from your iPhone and iPad…

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07:58
Four U.S. House Republications question Tim Cook...

Four U.S. House Republicans, including the chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, wrote Apple CEO Tim Cook on Thursday, asking him to answer questions about the company’s disclosure that it slowed older iPhones with flagging batteries, reports Reuters.

U.S. Senator John Thune, who chairs the Senate Commerce Committee, sent a similar letter to Apple on Tuesday. Apple has published an apology letter to customers in regards to “Batterygate” for slowing down older phones to compensate for erratic battery performance. 

The tech giant is offering $29 replacement batteries for those with an iPhone 6 or later. The discount, which represents a $50 savings, starts in late January and ends in December 2018. Apple will also...

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07:42
This week’s top stories: CES 2018, HomePod release...

In this week’s top stories: Apple releases more Spectre fixes, CES 2018, iPhone SE 2 rumors, Apple starts selling mesh Wi-Fi systems, and more. Read on for all of this week’s top stories and more… more…

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06:34
More US lawmakers demand Tim Cook answer questions...

Just days after the Senate Commerce Committee chairman demanded additional information from Apple regarding slowing down older iPhones, four additional U.S. House Republicans have also sent a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook concerning the issue…

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06:26
Apple’s Director of Accessibility set to speak at...

As noted on the official schedule website for the 2018 SXSW Conference & Festival held in Austin, TX, Apple’s Director of Global Accessibility Policy and Initiatives will make a public appearance at the annual event.

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05:21
Apple confirms some iCloud users received China data...

Earlier this week, Apple announced that it was handing over operations of iCloud data services for customers in China to GCBD, who will manage the data in mainland China. The change is in an effort to comply with local laws.

While the change was only meant to affect customers in mainland China, select users outside of China also received an email telling them their data was affected and being given to GCBD. Apple now says, however, that some customers received that message in error…

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04:00
The hottest Apple-related news for the week of Jan....

There’s a lot happening in the world of Apple news this week. Following are the hottest articles for the week of Jan. 8-13.

Apple has released macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 and iOS 11.2.2 with, among other things, security fixes for the recently reported Spectre vulnerability. 

A couple of Apple shareholders have issued an open letter asking the company to study the impact of heavy smartphone use by children and teenagers, as well as offer more parental restrictions on iPhones. In response, the tech giant says it plans new features to help parents control how...

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00:35
Get Free Bitcoins from 59 Faucets That Pay

Bryan Chaffin explains how Bitcoin faucets work and which faucets you can trust to pay. [Update: Added new faucet for testing. Updated information on Qoinpro.com. Added a task and offerwall site that pays out whatever cryptocurrency you choose. – Bryan]


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Friday January 12

21:04
This week on AI: CES 2018, Meltdown & Spectre...




CES was taking place in Las Vegas, but much of the news continued to revolve around crises like Meltdown and Spectre, the iPhone slowdown controversy, and taxes.

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20:23
Final Cut Pro X: How to improve slow motion in your...

Slowing down footage is something I tend to do on a regular basis when editing video in Final Cut Pro X. Slow motion footage can be used to lend a dramatic effect, better highlight a particular area of a scene, or to simply smooth out your footage. In this hands-on video walkthrough, I showcase how to improve slow motion video in Final Cut Pro using some of the app’s built-in toolset.  more…

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19:55
Apple clarifies only iCloud users in China will see...




Earlier this week, Apple notified users living in China that their data would be moved to a Chinese company's servers in compliance with local laws. There was some confusion, however, as a number of customers who currently live outside of China received the same message.

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19:04
Mexico's CES 2018 presence is the start of...

For many technology entrepreneurs and startups, CES is where dreams are born. It's the place where their concepts and products are showcased to the masses for the first time ever, all with the hope to make a dent in one of the most thriving industrie...

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17:43
Toyota insists its e-Palette is more than a concept...

There's one thing that keeps Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda up at night. It's not a traditional car company like Honda, Ford or Nissan. Or what he's going to have for breakfast the next day. It's technology juggernauts like Facebook, Google and Apple and wha...

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16:40
New Apple Spot Promotes iPhone X and Portrait...

Apple has a new commercial out called A New Light. It’s part of the company’s iPhone X series of commercials, and it promotes Portrait Lighting and Portrait Mode photography. It’s a 38 second spot that does a good job of demonstrating the kinds of thing you can do with Portrait Lighting on the iPhone X.


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16:29
CES – The Lovebox Lets Lovers Send Messages in a...

CES – The short version is that messages sent to your Lovebox from an app are available only in the Lovebox, which is a physical box.


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16:22
Office Depot, OfficeMax temporarily drop iPhone...




iPhone owners out of range of an Apple retail store can have their iPhone battery replaced at Office Depot or OfficeMax for just $27.99 until Feb. 4, with one important caveat.

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16:07
Schwarzkopf’s smart salon personalizes your hair...

As a woman whose long, thick hair has undergone several chemical treatments, I've always been concerned about the health and quality of my tresses. When I heard about Schwarzkopf Professional's new hair analyzer, I was naturally intrigued by its pote...

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15:30
005: Facebook’s feed, Waze in Ford, FM radio and...

Welcome to 9to5Mac Daily, a new podcast bringing you the latest in Apple news and top 9to5Mac stories every Monday through Friday. Today we’ve got Skype going private, Facebook getting friendly, Waze car integration, FM radio in CarPlay, Mac market share, and a visit from 9to5Toys.

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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15:16
CES – Valt Visual Password Manager Offers Visual...

LAS VEGAS – Valt believes its visually-oriented approach provides better password security.


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15:00
Notable apps and app updates for Jan. 12, 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

Subsplash has launched The Church App. With it, you can access inspirational sermons and other gospel-centered content from thousands of leading ministries around the globe. Users can set their own church as a favorite and engage with their local community by listening to sermons on-the-go, downloading media for offline listening, finding and registering for events, reading blog articles, studying the Bible, donating to their ministry, taking notes in church, receiving push notification updates, and more. Churches can join The Church App at no cost. 

macOS Apps/Updates

Zevrix Solutions has announced Package Central 1.11, a feature...

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14:55
CES – Seek Thermal Debuts First High-Resolution...

John F. Braun checks out Seek Thermal’s thermal imaging system for automotive aftermarket, priced under US$999.


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14:55
U.S. House members question Apple once more over...




Lawmakers have reportedly sent yet another letter to Apple leadership related to the company's announcement of battery-related slowdowns in older iPhones.

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14:50
Apple's China iCloud Data Migration Sweeps Up...

Yesterday, it was reported that Apple's iCloud services in mainland China will be operated by a Chinese company from next month. What wasn't reported was the fact that Apple has included iCloud accounts that were opened in the U.S., are paid for using U.S. dollars and/or are connected to U.S.-based App Store accounts in the data that will be handled by local partner Guizhou-Cloud Big Data (GCBD) from February 28. TechCrunch reports: Apple has given China-based users the option to delete their data, but there is no opt out that allows them to have it stored elsewhere. That has concerned some users who are uneasy that the data migration is a sign of closer ties with the Chinese government, particularly since GCBD is owned by the Guizhou provincial government. When asked for comment, Apple pointed TechCrunch to its terms and conditions site which explains that it is migrating iCloud accounts based on their location: "The operation of iCloud services associated with Apple IDs that have...

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14:40
CES showed us smart displays will be the new normal

Before the start of CES 2018, the only real smart speakers with a display were the Amazon Echo Show and the Echo Spot. But now that Google has partnered with several manufacturers to make a whole line of Echo Show rivals, a bona fide new device categ...

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14:37
Rock Bottom Prices: Apple's 15" MacBook...




While supplies last, save up to $1,000 on Apple's 15" MacBook Pro (Late 2016). Pick up the standard model for $1,799 or upgrade to a high-end config for $1,999 . Apple's loaded 2.9GHz, 1TB, Radeon 460 model is also just $2,499 ($1,000 off). Plus, shipping is free with no sales tax on orders outside NY and NJ.

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14:35
News: iLounge Weekly arriving Monday, sign up now

The latest edition of iLounge Weekly will once again be coming to subscribers’ inboxes early next week. iLounge Weekly is our weekly newsletter covering all things iLounge. It’s a summary of the previous week’s news, reviews, and feature articles, meant to get you caught up on recent events. It also often features giveaways and accessory discount offers from various companies. There’s still plenty of time to sign up and receive…

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14:34
Apple World Today News Update: January 12, 2018

Friday at last! Today we have stories about how "The Last Jedi" director Rian Johnson kept the screenplay safe, why you won't need to sign for Apple Pay purchases after April, and an interesting CarPlay app.

  • Rian Johnson ("The Last Jedi") used a remarkably low-tech method to keep the screenplay for the blockbuster movie safe from leaks
  • Visa joins the other major credit card companies in making signatures for chip card and contactless payments unnecessary after April
  • Gracenote's CarPlay app makes listening to radio stations easier, but it won't be in the App Store anytime soon

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Apple shines 'A New Light' on iPhone X...




"Studio-quality portraits without the studio," Apple again promises in a new camera-focused iPhone X ad pushed to YouTube on Friday.

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‘Pokémon Go’ Community Days bring exclusive captures...

Starting this month, Pokémon Go players will be able to participate in monthly events that will bring out special Pokémon with exclusive moves. Community Days will be worldwide events and to take part, you'll just have to head outside t...

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14:11
CES – Ovie Demonstrates Smarterware, World’s First...

LAS VEGAS – John F. Braun learned about the world’s first smart food storage system, Ovie Smarterware.


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14:10
CES 2018: ShowStoppers Prepares for the Collapse of...

Jeff Porten, who never leaves civilization, finds several products designed to help you survive the wilderness, alongside things useful in cities.

 

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14:08
Tech wants to solve our tech-related sleep problems

Technology is bad for sleep. It keeps us constantly exposed to an endless cycle of bad news, and the blue light emitted by smartphone and tablet displays suppresses our ability to produce melatonin. Combine that with the feelings of inadequacy genera...

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13:57
iPhone battery replacement taking too long?...

Office supply and electronics retailer OfficeMax/Office Depot have just cut their aftermarket battery replacement pricing to $28, just enough to undercut Apple by a buck.

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13:40
∞ Apple posts new iPhone X ad: A New Light

This ad focuses on Portrait Lighting.

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13:34
Video: How Apple's Intelligent Tracking...




Have you ever shopped for something on Amazon, and then noticed that other websites and even apps like Facebook are flooded with ads concerning that product? AppleInsider explains how this happens, and how Apple's implementation of Intelligent Tracking Protection in Safari works.

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13:34
Siri Sport Stats Now Include Tennis and Golf...

These answers come directly from Siri’s Knowledge database, rather than kicking you to Wikipedia or the web.


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13:33
CES – RhinoShield Shows off “Mod” Modular iPhone Case

LAS VEGAS – At CES this week, RhinoShield, makers of thin-yet-strong iPhone cases, was showing off their new “Mod” modular case. The Mod works by letting you put together different parts to create the case that you want. Starting with a bumper you then add a backplate and even a camera lens mount if you like. In each configuration we tested the case was strong and felt cohesive. Holding my phone with the bumper+backplate on it felt like I had one, solid case on my phone. With 11 feet of drop protection, this makes sense! Priced at US$34.99 (or $31.99 plus shipping on Amazon), you can choose different colors and patterns for both pieces of the case. And if you want to change your style, just buy a new backplate and pop it in! RhinoShield mod comes in sizes ranging from iPhone 5 to iPhone X, with everything in between,...

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Apps: App Diary: Dancing Line, Escape Hunt: The Lost...

Dancing Line (free) — Picked as our Game of the Year for 2017, Dancing Line was the one game that on my iPhone that I’ve just kept coming back to almost daily. The premise of the game is very simple — native a zigzagging “dancing” line through a series of mazes and obstacles — yet it manages to hit all the right notes to create a very fun and engaging experience that’s almost addictive. Of course, like most games, the…

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13:22
Apple hypes iPhone X Portrait Lighting photography...

Apple is promoting the iPhone X’s Portrait Lighting photography features in its latest 30+ second ad spot released today. The clip includes examples of each Portrait Mode lighting effect in action with tons of examples of Portrait Mode shots from the iPhone X.

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13:20
‘PUBG’ already has over 3 million players on Xbox One

A preview version of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds launched on Xbox One on December 12th and at the end of 2017, it already had over three million players. The game broke records left and right last year, so this may not be too big of a surprise. But...

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13:10
Humanscale M/Connect 2 updates split-level dock with...




Ergonomic design firm Humanscale has updated one of its compact docks for the workplace, with the M/Connect 2 retaining the split docking station design while introducing USB-C charging and enabling the connection of higher-resolution monitors to the accessory.

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13:05
Weekend Deals: 13" Macs from $899; iMacs as low...




Weekend deals are in effect now with instant rebates and coupon discounts on your favorite Apple products. Enjoy $200 off current 15" MacBook Pros, or pick up a closeout model at up to $1,000 off. Meanwhile, Apple's 13" Touch Bar MacBook Pro starts at $1,299, while iPads are as low as $299. Apple iMacs are also up to $420 off with no tax on orders shipped outside NY & NJ.

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13:03
Review: Garmin Speak adds Alexa to the car with...

In the run-up to the HomePod’s delayed release, I’ve been experimenting heavily with Amazon Alexa in various forms. While Alexa is most present at home where I’ve placed Echo Dots throughout my house for controlling lights, I’ve also tried Alexa in the car using Garmin Speak which is a dash-mounted GPS with Amazon’s voice assistant built-in.

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13:01
CES – Netgear adds Waterproof Orbi Outdoor Satellite...

LAS VEGAS – Netgear’s Orbi is one of our favorite wireless mesh systems available, and they’ve been doing a lot to update it over the past few months (see our “How to Choose Mesh Wireless” article for more details). The most recent update came at CES in the form of new hardware: the weather-resistant, AC3000, RBS50Y Orbi Outdoor Satellite. The only product that can be paired with both the consumer-grade Orbi and pro-grade Orbi Pro, the RBS50Y is a fully sealed, outdoor mesh point that can be added to an existing Orbi system. Just plug in power and go. Netgear wisely chose not to add Ethernet ports to it for security reasons – an outdoor access point gives people easy (and perhaps unwatched) ability to plug in. The Orbi RBS50Y is available immediately and...

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12:59
Alexa Mania at CES Has Observers Questioning Apple’s...

In post-CES analysis, a theme has emerged. Is Apple losing consumer presence of mind in consumer electronics, or is it all just a mirage?


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12:47
Last Jedi Director used his MacBook Air to prevent...

I bet a lot of people in his industry do similar things, especially for blockbusters.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:45
Visa will make signatures optional for chipped...

It's been about a month since American Express and Mastercard decided to stop requiring signatures for EMV chip credit cards. Now Visa is joining their ranks, making signatures optional for chipped transactions in North America.

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12:40
TMO CES 2018 Coverage Sponsor: Other World Computing

Our thanks Other World Computing for helping support us as a sponsor for TMO’s CES 2018 coverage. As usual, at CES this year OWC was showing off a wide variety of their latest and greatest products, all of which are super high-quality and engineered with care. They were highlighting both their USB-C Travel Dock as well as their Thunderbolt 3 Dock. Each of these Docks lets you connect all kinds of peripherals to your Mac, and OWC has made sure that video passes properly from your Mac through to your displays. This isn’t easy to engineer, and isn’t always the case with every Dock manufacturer, which is why we love to get ours from OWC.

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12:38
CES – Polk Intros Command Bar Sound Bar with Alexa,...

LAS VEGAS – Polk is giving Amazon’s Alexa a face lift—er, voice lift—with its Command Bar. The sound bar packs in an array of speakers for sound that nicely filled the large presentation space where we got our fist look, plus it includes a wireless subwoofer and, of course, integrated Alexa support. It also includes Polk Voice Adjust technology that makes it easier to hear dialog. The Command Bar packs in dual 4K HDMI 2.0b HDMI inputs, optical input for TV audio, HDMI (ARC) output, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, a USB port for Fire TV, and a far field microphone array for Alexa voice control. You can pre-order one for US$299.95 starting April 1, 2018, in the United States and Canada, and in other countries later in the year.


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