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Friday April 21

12:39
News: Apple recruits two Google Satellite Executives

Apple has hired two top Google satellite executives for a new hardware team that it is creating, Bloomberg reports. Citing people familiar with the matter, the report notes that Apple has recently hired John Fenwick former lead of Google’s spacecraft operations, and Michael Trela, who headed up satellite engineering at Google. Both now allegedly report to Greg Duffy, the Dropcam cofounder who joined Apple in January. Speculation on Duffy’s…

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12:38
Apple is reportedly looking to put broadband-beaming...

Apple has a new high-flying project in the works.

According to Bloomberg, Apple is getting involved in launching satellites that would beam down broadband Internet access. Recently, Apple poached two Google satellite executives to form a new hardware team within the company. John Fenwick led Google’s spacecraft operations and Michael Trela was head of satellite engineering.

The report adds that Fenwick and Trela will now report to Greg Duffy, the Dropcam founder who joined Apple earlier this year. Presumably, they will be working on a secret project to design and develop Apple’s own satellites. 

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12:30
Patent-holding company uses ex-Nokia patents to sue...

Enlarge / Headquarters of Finnish telecom equipment group Nokia. (credit: Getty Images / RONI REKOMAA / Stringer)

The largest publicly traded patent-assertion company, Acacia Research, has launched a new lawsuit (PDF) against Apple and all the major cell phone carriers.

Cellular Communications Equipment, LLC, a unit of Acacia, has sued Apple, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. The company says that the five...

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12:29
MacTech Pro 2017 Dates and Locations

If you’re an Apple consultant or IT professional, check out the MacTech Pro series of events, which take place throughout the United States during the rest of the year.

 

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12:24
Michael Kors taps your Instagram feed to beautify...

Last month, Michael Kors announced a "My Social" app that lets you tap into your Instagram feed for watch face backgrounds. Today, the company is sharing a video that shows exactly how you'll do that and why you might want the feature. That is, if yo...

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12:15
The Week in iOS Apps: Charge Running makes your runs...

Cool running

Image by Rob Schultz/Macworld

This week’s roundup includes a new running app that pits you against friends and competitors across the country, in real time. Plus: Microsoft releases its new To-Do app. Read on!

Charge Running

Image by Charge Running

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12:12
Apple Releases 10th Annual Environmental...

In its 10th annual Environmental Responsibility Report, Apple shares how well it has executed on its environmental policies and sets bold goals for the future.

 

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12:10
Apple lures top top satellite execs from Google

Apple has hired a pair of top satellite executives from Google for a new team, Bloomberg reports, suggesting that the iPhone maker may be looking at satellite broadband.

John Fenwick, who led Google's spacecraft operations, and Michael Trela, head of satellite engineering, departed for Apple recently, sources told the publication. They report to ex-Dropcam co-founder Greg Duffy. Apple hired Duffy in January, supposedly to lead a special project at Apple that’s operating like a startup within the company.

Apple has talked with Boeing about the latter's plan to offer broadband via more than 1,000 low-earth orbit satellites, Bloomberg adds. Two years ago, Boeing announced that it was interested in making a deal with "top technology companies such as Google, Amazon, Facebook or Apple.And SpaceX has forecast $...

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12:00
From ‘F-Bomb’ to ‘Photobomb,’ how the dictionary...

Adding words to the dictionary sounds mundane but it is actually a fascinating process.

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11:58
Apple fills new hardware team with ex-Google...

Apple has hired two people with intriguing backgrounds in the field of satellite technology: John Fenwick, the former head of Google's spacecraft business, and Michael Trela, the ex-lead of Google's satellite engineering group. Bloomberg reports the...

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11:30
Apple hires two Google satellite execs for 'new...




Apple has reportedly hired two executives from Google's satellite division to head up "a new hardware team," with goals that are still unclear.

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11:30
Twitch kicks off Science Week by streaming Sagan...

Prepare to see all kinds of science-y streams on Twitch next week. The streaming platform is holding a week-long celebration of all things science, starting with a marathon of Carl Sagan's Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. Twitch's Cosmos channel will broad...

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11:30
Apple safety reports hint at augmented reality...

Is Apple really making a Google Glass-esque augmented reality device? We’re still skeptical, but a new report indicates the company is at least testing some sort of head-adjacent wearable.

A safety inspector contracted with Apple accidentally emailed an incident report to hundreds of Apple employees, who then sent the document to Gizmodo. The report details 70-plus health and safety incidents that involved Apple employees, two of which experienced injury or pain to the eye after using a mysterious prototype. What kind of prototype would hurt your eye? Perhaps a pair of augmented reality glasses?

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11:22
Apple Music Launches Up Next Series with 6LACK...

Apple is moving forward with its original content plans for Apple Music with a new artist interview series called Up Next. The monthly interviews start off with Zane Lowe interviewing singer and rapper 6LACK.


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11:19
Photoshop World 2017 Deals: Pre-order the latest...




With Photoshop World 2017 well underway, Adorama and B&H are both accepting pre-orders on Sony's newest mirrorless Alpha a9 camera and GM lens, as well as Nikon's D7500 DSLR camera -- with no tax collected on orders shipped outside NY and NJ. Plus, save 5% on select DJI drones with coupon or pre-order the Phantom 4 Advanced for $1,349 including tax.

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11:16
Apple creates new hardware team led by former Google...

It’s well known that Apple is working hard to bring innovation to augmented reality and self-driving cars (in some capacity). However, new hires recently made by the company are making a satellite constellation project seem likely.

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11:07
'iPhone 8' renders based on shaky diagram...




A new set of images purporting to be of the "iPhone 8" rear case have appeared on Chinese social media, but AppleInsider has learned that they are renders, based on recent, alleged schematic 'leaks.'

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11:07
9to5Rewards: JAM Audio’s JAM Xterior Max outdoor...

This week’s 9to5Rewards partner is JAM Audio, makers of Bluetooth speakers, headphones and other audio products. 

The company has its new JAM Xterior Max bluetooth outdoor speaker (pictured above) to give away to 9to5Mac readers this week. 

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11:01
Hulu eyes Joe Hill's 'Locke & Key...

After a few false starts, Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez's award-winning horror comic Locke & Key is getting another shot at coming to your screen. Hulu is producing an hour-long pilot adaptation with Lost's Carlton Cuse executive producing and D...

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10:56
Apple notifying WWDC 2017 scholarship applicants of...

Apple has started alerting WWDC 2017 scholarship applicants of their award status ahead of the developer conference scheduled for June. WWDC scholarship winners receive free access to the conference which usually has a $1599 ticket cost for entry.

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10:50
Apple’s Unplanned Augmented Reality Leak – TMO Daily...

Apple’s employee injury reports are giving us a clue into the company’s augmented reality plans. Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet to talk about what Apple’s augmented reality plans may be, and how wearable technology may play in.


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10:43
The Guardian pulls out of Apple News after ‘...

After being one of the original Facebook Instant Article pioneers back in 2015, the Guardian has pulled its content from both Apple News and Facebook’s Instant Articles format. According to Digiday, the action may be a result of the large publisher not being content with the deals they’re being provided.

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10:34
The rumors are true: 'Call of Duty' is...

The next Call of Duty returns to the series' roots with a storyline set in World War II. Sledgehammer Games is working on the new title, dubbed Call of Duty: WWII, and the studio is expected to drop details in a livestream on Wednesday, April 26th at...

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10:33
iPhone 8 chassis leak again indicates rear Touch ID...

[Update: This specific alleged chassis leak appears to be a rendering based on schematic leaks.]

The latest alleged iPhone 8 chassis leak appears to further indicate that the Touch ID fingerprint sensor will be relocated to the rear side like some Android phones. Earlier rumors predicted an embedded Touch ID sensor in the display.

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10:32
Snag extra $10 cash on all Apple trade-ins for Earth...

Save the earth and get paid! Fight that e-waste nightmare by trading in your old Apple gear this week for cash, and you can take advantage of our Earth Day bonus: You’ll get an extra $10 on every trade-in — just use the coupon code “earthday” Whether you are upgrading Apple devices, or trying to get rid of an old one that’s just sitting around, participate in the easiest buyback program on the internet.

And from now until April 22, we’ll be throwing that $10 on top of your normal (already high) buyback price. more…

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10:09
Apple funds new program to turn young artists into...

Discovering new artists is hard for everyone – listeners and labels alike. Anything that brings awareness to new voices is probably a good thing.

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10:02
The best HomeKit-enabled products that save energy...

From 9to5Toys: Earth Day 2017 is upon us, so it’s time for our annual look at how you can save money by adding a few simple accessories to your home. Elgato, Philips, Ecobee and many others have released a number of products geared towards saving energy (and your hard-earned cash). Chances are, as an avid 9to5Toys […]

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09:58
Overcast 3.1 update puts podcasts directly on Apple...




Popular iOS podcast app Overcast has updated with the ability to sync episodes directly to an Apple Watch, letting runners and others leave home without an iPhone in tow.

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09:58
Microsoft has a plan to beat Chromebooks at their...

Microsoft is holding an education-focused event on May 2nd, and speculation has indicated that we might see Windows 10 Cloud for the first time. The software is pegged as a low-resource platform that could compete with Google's Chrome OS, which has b...

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09:50
Leaked document details Apple employee injuries,...

There’s a lot more chaff than wheat here but it hasn’t stopped the tech press from losing their minds over what may or may not be hinted at.

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09:48
Friday 5: Awesome paid Mac App Store apps [Video]

On this week’s edition of Friday 5, we explore several additional paid Mac App Store apps that I use on a regular basis. Apps include titles like Bumpr, which lets you choose the browser that links are opened in, along with Affinity Designer, a remarkably deep vector illustration app that can be had for an outstanding price.

more…

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09:45
How making its iWork and iLife apps free could hurt...

While the concerns are valid, I don’t think Apple looks at it the same way Moren does. Features will get added if Apple wants to add them. Not for any profit or loss reasons. That’s not better than what Moren argues though.

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09:37
Lilium's electric personal jet manages a...

The Lilium jet may look like somebody's wacky concept of a futuristic aircraft that will never be able to fly, but that couldn't be further from the truth. It has recently completed a series of flight tests in Munich, Germany, proving that the first...

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09:31
9to5Toys Lunch Break: $350 off 12-inch MacBook, iPad...

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.

TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

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09:17
Sleep Cycle for iOS gains new snore detection feature

Sleep Cycle’s alarm clock app is already one way to do sleep tracking from your iPhone and log the data into Apple’s Health app. Now the latest update adds a new feature to Sleep Cycle that may offer insight into sleep quality: snore detection.

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09:15
Twitch opens the door for more streamers to make...

You don't need to be a member of Twitch's exclusive group of Partnered streamers to start making money broadcasting on the service anymore. "Twitch will invite creators to join the program who fit the criteria, based on time spent streaming, viewersh...

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09:00
The best laser printer

By Ben Keough and Liam McCabe

This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. When readers choose to buy The Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that sup...

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08:38
Happy Hour Podcast 116 | tvOS 11 rumors, iPad multi-...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss new tvOS 11 rumors, the possibility of account switching on iOS, Nike’s newest Apple Watch, Apple’s Earth Day Activity Challenge, and its new lofty goal of making products from 100% recycled materials. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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08:38
Merch booths are coming to a video game near you

Take a look through Etsy or the countless daily T-shirt sites and nerd-focused stores online and you'll find a common theme: merchandise featuring characters and other bits from your favorite video games. Soon, you won't have to go outside the title...

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08:20
In The First Months of Trump Era, Facebook And Apple...

An anonymous reader shares a report: According to federal lobbying disclosures filed Thursday, Facebook and Apple set their all-time record high for spending in a single quarter. Facebook spent $3.2 million lobbying the federal government in the first months of the Trump era. During the same period last year, Facebook spent $2.8 million (about 15% less). The company lobbied both chambers of Congress, the White House, and six federal agencies on issues including high-tech worker visas, network neutrality, internet privacy, encryption, and international taxation. Facebook was the 12th-highest spender out of any company and second-highest in tech. [...] Apple spent $1.4 million, which is just $50,000 more than during the final months of the Obama presidency, when it set its previous record, but the most it has ever spent in a single quarter. Apple lobbied on issues including government requests for data, the regulation of mobile health apps, and self-driving cars. Google, once again,...

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08:18
Leedarson plans HomeKit support & product line w...

Leedarson, one of China’s largest manufacturers and exporters of white labeled lighting products for companies like GE and others, will soon launch HomeKit support for a wide range of home IoT products. It’s also planning an entrance into the HomeKit space as its own brand, with a lineup of lighting, sensors, IP cameras and other home products planned for next year.

The company showed off the new products with HomeKit during IFA’s Global Press Conference in Lisbon this week ahead of the consumer trade show’s main event in September.

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08:14
ARM-powered Windows 10 laptops will arrive this...

Remember Windows RT, the stripped back version of Windows 8 meant for ARM-based hardware? It was a complete failure for Microsoft, recreating the desktop environment but little else for the Surface and Lumia 2520. Undeterred, Microsoft is working wit...

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08:08
Apple's upcoming Danish data center will help...




Once complete, Apple's data center in Viborg, Denmark will actually redirect heat to warm homes in the surrounding Jutland region, Apple noted this week.

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08:02
New Apple data center in Denmark to bring a warm...

This image of a Google data center in Oklahoma demonstrates the scale of these projects.

With Earth Day 2017 coming up tomorrow, the PR department at Apple has been working overtime to tout the company's excellent record on environmental sustainability. One such announcement has to do with a new data center in Denmark. Data centers and all of the servers packed in them generate a huge amount of heat, and Apple has announced that it will capture the waste heat from the new facility and direct it to a district heating system used to warm local homes.

That's not all the data center is doing to help keep Denmark clean. The data center, on the Jutland peninsula, will be partially powered by recycling farm waste products. Together with Aarhus University, Apple's working on a way to take agricultural waste, put it into a...

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08:00
How Gorillaz brought a global listening party to...

Gorillaz are having a house party at 500 locations around the globe. The animated band -- brainchild of musician Damon Albarn (Blur) and artist Jamie Hewlett (Tank Girl) -- is hosting the unusual audio soirée for its upcoming album launch for...

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07:51
Review: Final Draft 10, the Mac app that aims to...

Regular readers will know I’m a big fan of Scrivener, having used the app to write three novels, two novellas and a travel guide. But when I accidentally found myself working on a screenplay for a comedy series, I thought I’d try the industry-standard software for the job: Final Draft.

Final Draft comes highly recommended, used by all the top studios and praised by such screenwriting talents as Aaron Sorkin, James Cameron, JJ Abrams, Sofia Coppola and more. Ben Stiller said that ‘Final Draft is the only screenwriting software I have ever used, and it is the only one I...

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07:43
Galaxy S8 owners can upload 100,000 songs to Google...

Samsung has historically been guilty of loading up its smartphones with apps that duplicate features already found in Android. The company's software game has definitely improved over the years, though, and Samsung appears to be focusing more on what...

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07:30
The Engadget Podcast Ep 37: Modern Things

On this episode senior editor Chris Velazco and social media manager Evan Rodgers join host Terrence O'Brien for the last ever video edition of The Engadget Podcast. From here on out the show is going audio only, which will allow the show to bring yo...

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07:29
Apple Injury Reports Hint at Augmented Reality...

Thanks to a leaked health and safety report we have some clues into what projects Apple is working on, and it looks like augmented reality glasses may be on that list. Two employees suffered from eye injuries from lasers attached to some form of headgear, which sounds a lot like a wearable augmented reality device.


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07:02
Insta360's 'affordable' 8K VR camera...

With the recent VR announcements at Facebook's F8 conference, things are certainly getting a lot more interesting in the 360 content space, especially with the new hardware that can shoot in six degrees of freedom for an unprecedented level of immers...

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07:01
Apple’s new Danish data center will supply heat to...

Apple’s commitment to environmental sustainability is well established, but the company is going one step further in its new Danish data center. In addition to powering the center entirely from renewable energy, the company is capturing the waste heat generated and feeding it into a district heating system, to warm local homes …

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07:00
12 top creative apps + over 25 hours of instruction...

Does springtime have you feeling creative? Get a head start on all of your projects and ideas with The Supersized Mac Creative Bundle (US$29). Buying the dozen creative apps that are included and the 25 hours of instruction added to the bundle would normally cost you $1,287.35. You're getting these apps and training for less than $30!

The apps include:

  • Storyist for Mac: Write Your Manifesto Anywhere with This Mobile Friendly Writing App
  • Silo 2: Perform 3D Modeling for Games, Movies, Architecture, & More with Complete Ease
  • Aurora HDR: Create Incredible HDR from a Single Shot or Multiple Brackets
  • ...
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06:47
News: Apple releases JavaScript API for playing Live...

Apple has unveiled LivePhotosKit JS, a new JavaScript API that will allow web developers to incorporate support for playback of iOS Live Photos into their web pages. The API presents the player as a DOM element in a similar way to an image or video tag, and can be customized with photo and video resources and developers can choose to either control playback programmatically or provide controls to the end user. The new API is also relatively easy for…

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06:41
'The X-Files' is coming back, again

It would be hard not to draw a line between the world's current obsession with daft conspiracy theories and the first broadcast of The X-Files. More than 20 years after the era-defining series began, Fox has announced that it's producing another 10 e...

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06:32
Apple's Tim Cook highlights kid-themed iPhone...




Apple CEO Tim Cook took to Twitter on Friday to mark Turkey's National Sovereignty and Children's Day -- which actually takes place Apr. 23 -- and to showcase a local billboard campaign, using iPhone photos shot by children.

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06:22
Canada strengthens net neutrality with zero-rating...

In a victory for net neutrality, Canada's telecom regulator has ruled against a carrier offering 'free' music streaming as part of a zero-rating scheme. Quebecor's 'Unlimited Music' allows premium Videotron subscribers to use select streaming apps, s...

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06:14
Analyst: average selling price of 2018’s ‘iPhone 9’...

In a note to clients — as noted by Business Insider UK — Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty disagrees with other Apple analysts on what the average selling price of an “iPhone 9” will be in 2018. She thinks the next gen Apple smartphone will sell for $753 in 2018, which is significantly higher than the Street's consensus of $675.

Apple is rumored to be launching a high-end “iPhone 8” (pictured in fanciful mock-ups) this fall that’s rumored to cost as much as $1,000. This year’s model could have a "more power efficient OLED display, wireless charging, 3D sensors, and a new curved form factor," according to Huberty. Apple is also increasingly selling more iPhone 7 Plus models, which have a bigger screen than the iPhone 7 and cost over $100 more. 

Both of these trends point Huberty's models to a more expensive average selling price for iPhones in the...

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06:06
U.S. iPhone ownership reaches an all-time high

Apple currently has more iPhone users in the U.S. than at any point in history, and it’s been the iPhone 7 models driving its most recent growth push, according to comScore, which “measures the digital world.” As reported in the research group’s 2017 U.S. Cross-Platform Future in Focus report, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus accounted for 15% of the 85.8 million U.S. iPhone owners ages 13-and-older in quarter four of 2016.

Before the release of the iPhone 7 models in September, the iPhone 6 device family had continued to rapidly expand its footprint. According to comScore, there are still nearly 50 million iPhone 6 users, in addition to the more than 20 million iPhone owners who have a 5 model or earlier. These 70 million collectively represent a huge base of users who are ripe for an upgrade cycle later this year when the iPhone 8 is expected to...

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06:00
Gamevice for iPhone plus $10 iTunes Gift Card: $99.95

Check out Gamevice for iPhone. It’s a game controller for your iPhone that fits on either end, turning it into a single gaming device. It features built-in ABXY, L1R1, L2R2, and D-pad controllers, plus dual joysticks. It’s US$99.95 through our deal, and that includes a $10 iTunes gift card.


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06:00
News: Daily Deal: FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth...

In today’s iLounge Deal, you can get the FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Earbuds for only $29.95 — that’s 75% off the regular price. Designed to be sweat and water resistant, these earbuds automatically pair to your iPhone when pulled apart so there are no complicated setup procedures, and provide a smooth fit and unrivalled sound quality in their size. The built-in rechargeable battery gives you up to 10 hours of playtime, and you…

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06:00
The ZTE Quartz is an affordable intro to Android...

ZTE has made a name for itself by selling affordable smartphones that are best described as "not bad." Now, the company is extending its "affordable premium" philosophy to Android Wear watches with the Quartz -- a sub-$200 wearable running Google's n...

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06:00
Love You to Bits is a charming tale of reconstructed...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.

Love You to Bits is, as the title suggests, a love story—but it’s not a typical one. This original puzzler showcases the tale of Kosmo, a clumsy space explorer who is head over heels in love… with his robot girlfriend, Nova. But then an ill-fated spaceship explosion separates them. 

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05:59
Apple is powering 96% of its operations with...

Apple has announced that it’s now powering 96% of its operations with renewable energy in the company’s offices, retail stores, and product distribution centers. The company says it’s now 100% renewable in 24 countries, including all of its data centers.

Seven manufacturing suppliers have committed to powering their Apple production with 100% renewable energy by the end of next year, including three new manufacturers — Compal Electronics, Sunwoda Electronics and Biel Crystal Manufactory Ltd.

Customers around the world have been greeted by employees wearing green shirts to mark the occasion, and Apple logos at hundreds of stores feature a green leaf.

Theseupdates can be found in Apple’s 2017 Environmental Responsibility Report. The report also highlights the latest information about the tech giant’s global forestry partnerships. This year, through its partnership with WWF in China, Apple...

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05:48
Don’t get flummoxed with web design problems, get...

By Aaron Lee

Flummoxed with web design problems? Get Fluxed instead. Flux is a web design application for macOS that can work with everything from a modern site using HTML5 and CSS3 to legacy sites built on older technologies.

Recently revved to version 6, Flux now sports a completely reimagined user interface and introduces support for Responsive Design. Responsive websites scale to fit different devices, from desktop Mac to iPhone. Flux 6 also supports both Bootstrap and Skeleton (your choice) CSS frameworks. 

Flux has a handy Master Elements system that works in both CSS and HTML files, and lets you use elements of one page in another page. When the original page is changed, the software can apply those changes to the rest of the pages that use those elements.

Flux also supports crowd sourced code. Users can submit their own code to other Flux users to help each other with their...

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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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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

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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.

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