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Monday September 18

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 18...

Notable software releases this week include iFlicks 2.4.8, BBEdit 11.6.8, Fission 2.4.1, ChronoSync 4.8, and SuperDuper 2.9.2.


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ExtraBITS for 18 September 2017

In ExtraBITS this week, macOS 10.13 High Sierra won’t support APFS on Fusion Drives at first, Apple has banned fraudulent “virus scanners” from the iOS App Store, you can now watch HDR iTunes movies on 2017 iPad Pro models, and, speaking of the iPad Pro, Apple has quietly raised the price of many of its configurations.


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Shure puts its pro-audio chops to work in $100...

Shure, the UK audio company that made its bones early in the middle of the 20th century with its iconic Unidyne grill microphones, got into producing high-end earphones and headsets in the late 1990s. The company is finally joining the rest of the au...

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Here’s why new iPhones are always supply-constrained...

Whether it’s the upcoming iPhone X, Nintendo’s new Switch console or even Google’s Pixel last year, shortages of new electronics have become the norm. While the delay of the iPhone X launch past the iPhone 8 adds even more disappointment for consumers on top of expected constrained supply, you have to wonder, is it really just component shortages causing the issue? A recent piece in The Wall Street Journal takes a closer look at why there are always iPhone shortages and why it’s particularly worse this year.


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Lyft thinks it can fix Los Angeles traffic with...

For the past several decades, cities have designed streets around the assumption that they'll be used for personal cars. If you need a poster child for this, you just have to look at Los Angeles' Wilshire Boulevard -- it has a whopping 10 lanes for v...

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Getting Your iPhone Ready for iOS 11

Even if you think you’ve got your iPhone ready for iOS 11, read over this to make sure you’ve truly covered all of your bases.

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Intel's self-driving tech will make Waymo...

Intel has been so committed to break into the self-driving car market that it bought autonomous tech-maker MobilEye for $15 billion earlier this year. While Intel's tech has powered Waymo's test fleet of autonomous Chrysler minivans for a while, the...

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Bluetooth 5 on iPhone 8, iPhone X improves range and...

One of the new specifications to appear on the new iPhone 8 and iPhone X is Bluetooth 5, an enhancement of the Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy protocol. Its primary benefit enables BLE devices (such as iBeacons, wearable sensors and other low-power fixtures of the "Internet of Things") to work over greater distances or at faster speeds.

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Equifax stock sales prompt DOJ investigation for...

Things are about to get even worse for Equifax, and rightfully so. According to reports from Bloomberg, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) has opened a criminal investigation into Equifax officials' stock sales just before the announcement of the sec...

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HEIF: Here’s What You Need to Know About iOS 11’s...

iOS 11 has some big changes for iPhone and iPad users, one of which involves the photos we take thanks to HEIF—an image format supported by both iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra.

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Federighi on Face ID: What We Need to Know

Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering gives plenty of insight and details about the new technology, which should set many people’s minds at ease.

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Apple’s Venmo-like money transfers will arrive after...

A new payment service from Apple is set to launch sometime this fall through iOS 11 and watchOS 4 updates. Apple Pay Cash will allow Apple device users to transfer money between each other within Messages or through Siri.

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Apple Watch Series 3 with & without cellular vs...

The Apple Watch now has three distinct models at three separate price points, giving consumers more options than ever -- but also making buying decisions more difficult. Should you get a Series 3 with cellular, without cellular, or a Series 1? AppleInsider is here to help.

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PayPal is offering a free one-year ShopRunner...

Successful holiday shopping is all about preparation, and right now you can start getting ready with a free one-year membership for ShopRunner. The only requirement is that you have a PayPal account, and sign-up for your ShopRunner membership using the same email address you use on PayPal.

This is a pretty good deal, as ShopRunner memberships usually costs $79.95 per year, though there are other ways you can get a free account. American Express and select Mastercard cardholders, for example, get complimentary access to ShopRunner as part of their credit card accounts.

If you've never heard of it, ShopRunner is a multi-retailer alternative to Amazon Prime. With ShopRunner you also get free, 2-day shipping, free return shipping, and members-only deals. ShopRunner service works with all kinds of retailers that include technology shops like...

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PS4 and Xbox owners were able to play 'Fortnite...

You know how Sony is adamant about not allowing cross-platform play between PlayStation 4, Switch and Xbox One? Well, something interesting happened in Epic Games' Fortnite over the weekend: Xbox players were found in a handful PlayStation Battle Roy...

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Analyst: Apple Watch Series 3 and the iPhone X are...

In a note to clients — as noted by AppleInsider — KGI Securities analyst says the Apple Watch Series 3 is selling better than expected and the iPhone X is stealing sales from the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. 

He estimates that the LTE-enabled Apple Watch Series 3 has accounted for between 80% and 90% of preorders. Apple began accepting orders last Friday, and the first shipments will arrive on Friday, Sept. 22.

Kuo says the iPhone X has cannibalized some iPhone 8/8 Plus orders. The analyst expects investors to have a conservative outlook for the iPhone 8/8 Plus, while consumers await the debut of the iPhone X, which goes on sale Oct. 23.

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Synology launches collection of new products

Synology has launched a new product lineup featuring: the DS3018xs, the company’s first 6-bay tower NAS with optional 10GbE and NVMe SATA SSD supports; plus-series DS918+, DS718+, and DS218+, and the value-series DS418.

To allow for high performance using SSD cache without occupying internal drive bays, DS3018xs features a PCIe slot, which can be installed with a dual M.2 SATA SSD adapter card (M2D17). DS918+ comes with dedicated dual M.2 NVMe slots at the bottom where you can directly install M.2 NVMe SSDs. DS418 features 10-bit H.265 4K video transcoding, and while supporting the next-generation Btrfs file system in DSM 6.2 official, expected to release in the first quarter of 2018.

DS3018xs, Synology's first 6-bay tower NAS, features the Intel’s advanced Pentium D1508 dual-core 2.2GHz processor with an AES-NI encryption engine; offering scalability of RAM up to 32GB and storage capacity up to 30 drives with two...

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Review: Wicked Audio Endo Bluetooth On-Ear Headphones

Wicked Audio has a surprisingly wide range of headphones on offer — over 30 by our count — all marketed squarely at young people who enjoy extreme sports. The Endo, which we'll review here today, is a Bluetooth on-ear headphone that could be a good choice for the budget-conscious, but its execution holds it back just short of the mark.

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Microsoft is holding a Mixed Reality event on...

In case it wasn't already clear that Microsoft is big on the concept of mixed reality (read: augmented and virtual reality), the company is about to drive the point home. It's inviting the media to a Windows Mixed Reality event in San Francisco on O...

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Sprint offers free 64GB iPhone 8 after trade-in to...

Sprint on Monday launched a promotion offering a free 64-gigabyte iPhone 8 in exchange for trading in an iPhone 7, Samsung Galaxy S8, or Galaxy Note 8.

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Siri Therapy: Coming to an iPhone Near You

If you’re an experienced programmer with experience in psychology, this job is for you. You can submit a resume directly to the page, or send an email.

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'Minecraft' adds 'Oregon Trail'...

If you went to school in the US in the early 1990s, chances are you have fond memories of playing the computer game The Oregon Trail. Now, schoolchildren around the world will be able to replicate that experience thanks to a new Minecraft: Education...

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KGI: iPhone X eating iPhone 8 pre-orders, LTE Apple...

KGI Securities has issued a new report on iPhone 8 and Apple Watch Series 3 pre-order sales after the initial launch weekend. Both new products hit stores this Friday with pre-orders starting three days ago. KGI believes the iPhone X may be impacting iPhone 8 sales while the Apple Watch Series 3 is seeing stronger-than-expected demand.


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Waze and Spotify one-tap integration now rolling out...

Earlier this year, Waze brought Spotify integration to its Android app. Starting today, the popular map service is bringing its Spotify integration to iOS as well.


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The New iPhones: Apple's Strangely Wrongheaded...

It fascinates me that succession from a successful CEO to the chosen successor almost always goes badly. This phenomenon isn't limited to the CEO level -- I've seen highly successful CMOs followed by handpicked successors who also seem to have no clue as to why their predecessor did so well. I think it comes down to a lack of mentoring combined with misconceptions. People with different backgrounds often think their predecessor was lucky rather than smart. With Steve Jobs, it was always known that replacing him would be incredibly difficult.

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Demand for Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular...

With a starting price just $70 more than the non-cellular option, the new Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular accounts for the lion's share of preorders ahead of this Friday's launch.

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Apple's iPhone screen repair prices are now $20...

Some Reddit users reported yesterday that Apple has increased its screen repair prices for certain iPhone models. Fixing a broken iPhone 6s or 7 screen will now cost $149, up from $129. And repairs for iPhone 6s Plus and 7 Plus screens has increased...

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Getting Ready for iOS 11, HEIF Explained – TMO Daily...

Dave Hamilton and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet to share some tips on getting ready to upgrade your iPhone and iPad to iOS 11, plus they explain the new HEIF image format.

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China is clamping down on smaller bitcoin trading...

China's crackdown on bitcoin could extend well past big commercial exchanges. Wall Street Journal sources claim that the country is leaning toward a "comprehensive" ban on bitcoin trading channels, such as over-the-counter platforms that help buyers...

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Apple Pay Cash for iOS 11, watchOS 4 won’t arrive...

iOS 11 is due for release tomorrow. However, one feature, Apple Pay Cash, will arrive in an update to iOS 11 (and watchOS 4) won’t arrive for a while. Apple says it’s coming this fall. 

With iOS 11, Apple Pay users will be able to make and receive payments with friends and family quickly and securely. They can send money and get paid right in Messages, or tell Siri to pay someone, using the credit and debit cards they already have in Wallet. 

When users get paid, they receive the money in their new Apple Pay Cash account. They can use the money instantly to send to someone, make purchases using Apple Pay in stores, apps and on the web, or transfer it from Apple Pay Cash to their bank account.

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Giveaway: Enter to win 1 of 15 Casetify cases for...

Casetify is partnering with AppleInsider this week to offer readers the chance to win a smartphone case valued at up to $45. Fifteen winners will be drawn -- and each winner can select from a variety of Casetify cases, including covers for the new iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X.

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Apple Pay Cash payment feature won’t ship in time...

Apple previewed its new virtual debit card and person-to-person payment feature called Apple Pay Cash back at WWDC in June, but the feature wasn’t present in iOS 11 and watchOS 4 betas over the summer. Apple shared the final version of iOS 11.0 and watchOS 4.0 with testers last week, and Apple Pay Cash was still not enabled. Now Apple has acknowledged the missing feature and shared an update for when we can expect to see it ship.


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iPhone X effect: Several iPhone 8 models still...

A new report from Gene Munster today shows how little the iPhone 8 lead times have changed since pre-orders opened on Friday, highlighting how much the iPhone X is effecting sales of the new entry-level models.


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Not all iOS 11 features coming on Tuesday, Apple Pay...

Apple has detailed a few features in Tuesday's iOS 11, and has noted that the feature that allows for person-to-person money transfers, dubbed Apple Pay Cash, will arrive in an update to iOS 11 and watchOS 4.

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'Half-Life 2' mod puts the sequel inside...

The chances of us getting Half-Life 3 or, hell, even Half-Life 2: Episode 3 seem about as likely as the Detroit Lions winning the Super Bowl at this point. To help take some of that sting off, a group of enterprising fans crafted Half-Life 2: Classic...

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News: Geekbench tests show Apple’s A11 chip is way...

The official Geekbench benchmark tests are out for the A11 Bionic chip powering the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X, and the results show Apple’s latest offering standing head and shoulders above the competition. The A11 Bionic turned out to be 25 percent faster than the previous 10 Fusion in single core tests and a whopping 80 percent faster in multicore tests. The multicore scores astoundingly even top out above the 13” MacBook Pro, although…

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Silk cases for iPhone X: A preview of half-dozen...

You've got to feel sorry for case manufacturers, who were kept in the dark up until a few days before the September 12 iPhone X reveal as to the true name of the product. Fortunately, most of the companies that have already created iPhone X cases have bounced right back by re-labeling the products. Silk, the company that refers to itself tongue-in-cheek as making "smartish products" went the fun route and sent their review iPhone X cases (marked as iPhone 8 cases...) with stickers that said "J/K, we meant for iPhone X". Today we're taking a look at these cases, which as fate would have it are available well in advance of the actual phone.

Base Grip ($11.99) AKA "Kung Fu Grip!"

This is an inexpensive base model case for your future iPhone X, coming...

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A new microscope can quickly generate 3D images of...

A new microscope created by researchers at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid has the ability to take fast 3D images, making it easier to observe cells in living animals over time. For example, Jorge Ripoll, one of the researchers on the project and co...

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPhone SE $129, Jaybird X3...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications. more…

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Apple Music’s Clive Davis documentary premieres...

The documentary film Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives, which opened the Tribeca Film Festival in April and was picked up by Apple, will premiere on Apple Music on October 3rd. The film is based on Davis' autobiography and joins other Apple ex...

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W2 chip in Apple Watch Series 3 boosts wireless...

One of the things Apple briefly touched on in announcing the Apple Watch Series 3 last week was the W2, a new self-designed wireless chip that's nominally the successor to the W1 found in audio accessories like AirPods and the Powerbeats3. But what advantages does it offer, and why is it in a watch instead?

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British Airways will power some of its jets with...

British Airways is taking a cue from Doc Brown for how it'll fuel its next generation of aircraft. No, not by bolting a flux capacitor inside the cockpit, but by turning to garbage for fuel. The airline has announced a partnership with renewable fuel...

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Deals: 13" MacBook Pro (256GB) for $1,199 ($300...

Shoppers this week can save $200 to $300 on popular 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro configurations with no tax outside NY and NJ. Or pick up a Caseology case for the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, or X for $4 to $5 with free shipping after coupon.

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News: Apple defends new stricter Safari ad-tracking...

While Apple has taken heat from marketing groups for blocking cross-site tracking in Safari, the company doubled down on its commitment to user privacy and explained the move in comments to 9to5Mac. Safari has historically been tougher on third-party tracking than other browsers — it was the first to block third-party cookies by default — and the company said its Intelligent Tracking Prevention is the next step to keep user data from being misused.…

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Get a free iPhone 8 with Sprint’s upgraded trade-in...

Last week Sprint announced its first iPhone 8 launch deal with 50% off an 18-month lease for Apple’s entry level flagship. The company also touted its “Best Price Guarantee” with that promotion, and today Sprint has officially upgraded its offer by giving trade-in customers a free iPhone 8.


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Sprint's updated deal gives you a 'free...

Sprint's initial iPhone 8 offer was fine, but nothing special: you could get half off the price of an 18-month device lease. It's ready to sweeten the pot, however. It just launched an updated promo that gives you a 64GB iPhone 8 for free with a trad...

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How high dynamic range support enables richer colors...

Apple has added high dynamic range, or HDR, to the new Apple TV 4K. AppleInsider explains what the term means as it pertains to 4K video, and how it applies to the new set-top box.

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Apple Officially Bans Scammy Antivirus Apps From iOS...

Fake "virus scanning" apps have plagued the iOS App Store for a while, and Apple seems to finally be banning them once and for all in updated developer guidelines it published last week. From a report: The updated developer guidelines, compiled by Paul Hudson over at Hacking With Swift, now includes a ban on apps that claim to "including content or services that it does not actually offer" -- something that includes any iOS virus scanning apps, seeing as it wasn't possible to scan for viruses on iOS with third party apps, since iOS's sandboxing prevents applications from directly interacting with each other or the core of the iOS operating system.


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iOS 11 available tomorrow

Starting Tuesday, iPhone and iPad customers around the world will be able to update their devices to iOS 11, a major update to the world’s most advanced mobile operating system and the biggest software release ever for iPad.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Field Notes “Dime Novel” Edition

I’m a huge fan of Field Notes notebooks. Anyone that’s seen me at an Apple event will know that I take one with me all the time. I love that they went back in time for the latest design.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Kinkoo 3-Outlet Surge Protecting Smart Power Strip...

There never seem to be enough outlets for charging up our tech gear at the office or on the go, so Kinkoo is aiming to fix that with their 3-Outlet Surge Protecting Smart Power Strip. It also sports three USB A ports and a USB-C port for charging up our phones and portable batteries, too. The strip is only 8-inches long so it’s small enough to travel with, yet versatile enough to juice up a wide range of devices. It’s regularly priced at US$35, but you can get yours for $24.99 with TMO’s special deal—that’s a 28% discount.

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News: After on-stage failure, Federighi tries to...

In its first big moment on stage during last week’s Apple Keynote, Face ID failed to unlock SVP Craig Federighi’s iPhone X, leading to all kinds of speculation that the new authentication system will be a disaster. Sitting down with Daring Fireball’s John Gruber, Federighi did his best to assuage those fears, saying the very public failure surprised him because usually the Face ID “just works,” and he’s certain…

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Here’s How to See if Your iPhone 8 or Apple Watch...

Here’s how to use the UPS website to find your iPhone 8 or Apple Watch Series 3 tracking number before Apple gives it to you.

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Clive Davis music documentary coming to Apple Music...

Apple Music subscribers will be able to watch a documentary film about Clive Davis – described by Aretha Franklin as ‘the greatest record man of all time’ – from October 3.

Apple acquired the rights to Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives at the Tribeca Film Festival back in April, and it was assumed then that it would be headed for Apple Music. Apple seems pretty excited about it …


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∞ Apple Music documentary on Clive Davis, dropping...

[VIDEO] Hot on the heels of HBO’s The Defiant Ones, Apple Music is about to release a documentary on Clive Davis, a key figure in the evolution of the music industry since the 1970’s.

His impact is about as big as any other music executive, finding and nurturing artists such as Janis Joplin, Bruce Springsteen, Chicago, Billy Joel, Aerosmith, Aretha Franklin, The Grateful Dead, TLC, Usher, Outkast, P!nk, Toni Braxton, Notorious B.I.G., Puffy Combs, Kelley Clarkson, Whitney Houston, the list goes on and on.

Clive was the man with the golden ear. He envisioned hits. I am looking forward to this. The trailer is embedded in the main Loop post. Seems to me, this is a perfect fit for Apple, a core representative of the sort of original content they should be producing.

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Keep It 1.0 for the Mac combines notebook and...

Reinvented Software has debuted Keep It 1.0 for the Mac. It combines notebook and organizer features. 

With Keep It, you can take notes for that idea you need to save, or list you need to make, save web pages as links, and PDFs for offline viewing. The app can be used to edit its own notes, along with rich and plain text files, and can store any kind of file. Keep It will also show summaries, thumbnails and previews for most file formats.

Keep It for Mac 1.0 requires macOS 10.12 Sierra or later, and is available as a 15-day demo that can be unlocked upon purchase. A license costs $49.99. iOS versions are available at the Apple App Store.

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News: Apple gives developers new guidelines for apps...

Apple has updated its App Store guidelines for developers looking to make use of the company’s new Face ID technology and ARKit framework, aiming to ensure that apps are providing a worthwhile experience rather than a single gimmick. In somewhat vague terms, Apple claims it will only approve ARKit-based apps that “provide rich and integrated augmented reality experiences,” likely meaning apps that feature the ability to place a single object…

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Chinese developers file complaint about Apple’s ‘...

On Aug. 8, Daxiao, a Chinese law firm, lodged a complaint with the Chinese government about Apple removing apps from its App Store without a detailed explanation of its unreasonable 4.3 Review Guideline. There are more than 31 developers complaining about Apple's “unreasonable” 4.3 App Store Review Guideline, says Xu Yun, a lawyer at the Chinese Fair-In law firm.

"We have formally filed this complaint with China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce and hope it can be resolved soon,” he adds.

Yun says Apple’s 4.3 Review Guideline “is vague and subjective depending on how each Apple reviewer feels.” The application of this guideline is also “erratic and random,” he adds.

The Review Guideline can ban apps created from a commercialized template or app generation service. The revised guidelines are supposed to help Apple manage spam apps that are designed with templates to quickly get programs into the App Store that serve ads or perform unnecessary...

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John Gruber talks with Craig Federighi on The Talk...

A nice supplement to Matthew Panzarino’s interview with Craig Federighi. This particular edition of John’s podcast is relatively short (about 20 minutes), but worth every second.

Craig Federighi has really come into his own as an on-stage Apple presenter. He’s both genuine and knowledgable, a terrific combination.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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iPhone 8, iPhone X lack support for T-Mobile's...

The technical specifications for Apple's new iPhone 8 and iPhone X lack a discrete entry for the 600MHz spectrum required to use T-Mobile's new multi-billion dollar LTE network on Band 71 -- but at present, only one other smartphone has support for the frequency.

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Apple taking an ‘immense risk’ with user data thanks...

Researchers at three universities have accused Apple of taking an ‘immense risk’ with the security of user data thanks to what they say is a poor implementation of differential privacy.

Differential privacy is a method of allowing Apple and other companies to analyse user data in a way intended to be completely anonymous. Enough noise is injected into the data that it is supposed to be impossible to match any of that data to a specific individual.

However, security researchers have for the second time questioned how well Apple’s implementation works in practice …


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Apple’s Craig Federighi answers some burning...

Matthew Panzarino, TechCrunch:

Face ID is easily the most hot-button topic to come out of Apple’s iPhone event this week, notch be damned. As people have parsed just how serious Apple is about it, questions have rightly begun to be raised about its effectiveness, security and creation.

To get some answers, I hopped on the phone with Apple’s SVP of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi. We went through a bunch of the common concerns in rapid-fire fashion, and I’ve also been asking around and listening to Apple folks who have been using the feature over long periods. Hopefully we can clear up some of the FUD about it.


“Phil mentioned that we’d gathered a billion images and that we’d done data gathering around the globe to make sure that we had broad geographic and ethnic data sets. Both for testing and validation for great recognition rates,” says Federighi. “That wasn’t just something you could go pull off the internet.”

Especially given that...

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New trailer teases 'Clive Davis: The Soundtrack...

Apple has posted a trailer for "Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives," announcing that the documentary -- long on the company's slate -- will finally make its Apple Music premiere on Oct. 3.

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SpeedScriber is a new automated transcription tool...

Digital Heaven has launched SpeedScriber, an automated transcription tool for the Mac. According to Digital Heaven founder, Martin Baker, a 60-minute file is typically transcribed in less than 10 minutes. 

Transcripts can be reviewed and edited in the app then printed or exported to multiple formats, including integration with professional video editing apps. Since only the audio from the file is required for the transcription process, all imported media files are converted to a mono audio-only file for upload. Once uploaded, files are processed in parallel on Digital Heaven’s cloud-based servers and the transcript data is downloaded to the Mac app.

Transcripts can be reviewed with the current word highlighted in real-time as the media file is played. Speaker names can be assigned to sections of the transcript with a choice of nine colors for identification. Punctuation changes can be made on the selected words with a single keystroke and every editing command has a...

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Drive Genius 5 for $39? Yes, Please!

Your Mac is nothing without storage, and keeping your storage at peak efficiency is the best way to keep things running quickly. Drive Genius has been used at Apple's Genius Bars for the past seven years and is a 2017 Excellence and Gold Awards Winner on TopTenReviews. Now you can get this power Mac utility for just $39, a full 60 percent off of the usual price. What does Drive Genius 5 do for your Mac?

  • Scan your system automatically & identify malware while in idle mode using the brand new Drive Pulse feature
  • Create a bootable secondary drive to easily repair your main hard drive w/ the BootWell feature
  • Optimize & speed up your Mac for maximum performance
  • ...
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News: Daily Deal: Sticky Password Premium Lifetime...

In today’s iLounge Deal we’re offering a Lifetime Subscription to Sticky Password Premium for only $29.99. Store and manage all of your online passwords, safely encrypted and locked away under a single master password known by you and only you. Apps for Mac, Windows, iOS, and Android let you get at your passwords from whatever device you happen to be on, and you can choose between cloud-based or local storage, automatically log-in to recognized…

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B-Eng introduces Enigma encrypting tool for macOS

B-Eng has introduced Enigma 1.0, a utility to encrypt files on any Mac. According to Christian Schaffner, general manager of B-Eng., it uses military standard and government standard encryption algorithms.

Once a password is set in Eniga, encryption and decryption can tech be done with a single mouse click. It require macOS 10.6 or higher. 

Enigma 1.0 costs $2.99. It’s available worldwide exclusively at the Mac App Store.

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External Link: Initial High Sierra Release Won’t...

If you converted a Fusion Drive to APFS during the macOS 10.13 High Sierra beta, we have some bad news: the initial release version of High Sierra that Apple plans to ship on 25 September 2017 will not officially support it. This unexpected announcement presumably comes due to problems discovered during the beta that the company hasn’t yet addressed. Apple recommends that you back up the Fusion Drive, reformat it using Mac OS Extended (HFS+), and restore it from backup. The support document implies that Apple will support APFS-formatted Fusion Drives in a later release of High Sierra.


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External Link: New iOS App Store Guidelines Ban “...

Apple’s updated App Store rules now explicitly ban scam apps that claim to remove viruses or malware from your iOS device because there’s no way they could do so due to sandboxing. Another new guideline requires developers to offer an alternative to Face ID authentication for users under the age of 13, and Apple says ARKit-driven augmented reality apps must be “rich experiences,” not just one-trick ponies. Apple’s goal in updating these policies is to keep iOS app quality high — or at least above a reasonable level.


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Apple Watch Series 3 cellular only works in country...

Juli Clover, MacRumors:

With the LTE-enabled Apple Watch Series 3 only available in a handful of countries at the current time, it might be tempting to purchase one in another country, but it won’t work. Series 3 models appear to be limited to connectivity in their original country of purchase.

An Apple support representative who spoke to MacRumors reader Thomas said that an Apple Watch purchased in the U.S. online store will only work with the four carriers in the United States, perhaps due to hardware limitations.

So no buying an Apple Watch in another country, and no using your Apple Watch cell when you travel internationally. Caveat emptor.

UPDATE: Did some reading on the Apple Watch carriers page. Seems to me it’s more country groupings, rather than individual countries. One model would work in US, Canada, Puerto Rico, another model in Australia, France, Germany,...

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iPhone X starting price will hit equivalent of $1300...

While the $999 starting price of the iPhone X may have raised eyebrows in the U.S., import tariffs and different tax treatments will see it showing a far higher price tag in some countries …


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Preventing cross-site tracking and web cookie sharing

Last week, a group of ad agencies blasted Apple for Safari’s emerging anti-tracking technology, which would clearly undermine current advertising practices.

Here’s a link to that story, as well as to another post with Apple’s official response to that shot across their bow.

I was doing a bit of reading on the issue and found myself on the post that started the whole kerfuffle, a blog post by John Wilander entitled Intelligent Tracking Prevention.

From the post:

WebKit has long included features to reduce tracking. From the very beginning, we’ve defaulted to blocking third-party cookies. Now...

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About the new iPhones and T-Mobile’s band 71

Last Thursday, we ran a piece about the new generation of iPhone hardware not supporting T-Mobile’s emerging 600 MHz network, known as Band 71.

There was a lot of discussion about this, both on whether the new network will be out soon enough to even matter, and whether support for this future network should impact someone’s choice of T-Mobile as a network.

Peter Cohen sheds light on the coverage issue here, well worth reading if you are a T-Mobile customer or considering a carrier switch.

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T-Mobile CEO announces faster data plan designed...

T-Mobile just came out with a faster data plan for the Apple Watch Series 3 LTE version.

Company CEO John Legere announced that the company had boosted the speed limit of the data plan for the Apple wearable.

Previously, the Apple Watch on T-Mobile had been limited to 512kb/sec data, which equated to 3G speeds.

The previous limit induced customer complaints which ultimately prompted the response from Legere.

T-Mobile, like other carriers, is charging $10 USD a month to include data for Apple Watch on a user’s cellular service plan. The LTE Apple Watch Series 3 models became available for pre-order early Friday morning, with new devices slated to arrive on September 22nd, the official launch date for the device.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

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Robot School is a fun, easy, learn-to-code app for...

By Aaron Lee

Next is Great wants to help kids learn to code. Enter Robot School, a learn-to-code app available for the Mac, iPhone, and iPad.

Education experts are putting pressure on schools and parents to introduce children to programming concepts. Robot School is aimed at children aged seven and older and offers a child ­friendly way to learn procedures, loops and conditional instructions, while making programming fun and accessible, regardless of prior experience.

In Robot School R-obbie the Robot crashed his spaceship in a far away galaxy. He needs a lot of energy to get back to his planet. Users drag and drop programming instructions to help him reach the fuel he needs to return home safely.

The app has 45 levels for children to work through. They unlock new powers and achievements as they go. The code created in the app can be then previewed in Apple’s Swift programming...

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Huawei pokes fun at Face ID demo glitch, claims Mate...

A new Facebook video posted by Chinese Android manufacturer Huawei takes a very unsubtle swipe at the glitch in Apple’s demonstration of Face ID on the new iPhone X


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Research: iPhone users will migrate quickly to iOS 11

The finished version of iOS 11 comes out tomorrow, Sept. 19. iPhone users are likely to quickly adopt the operating system update based on current adoption analysis, according to a new set of StatCounter Global Stats.

StatCounter — which provide companies, agencies, bloggers, self-employed and charities with the data to measure visitor activity on their website, blog or forum — has added a breakdown of the various versions of iOS, Android and Mac operating systems used to access the internet to its Global Stats research tool.

It found that over 70% of Apple’s iPhone Internet usage is currently through its last operating system (iOS 10.3), while just 12.6% of Google’s Android usage is via its most recent version.

The new data finds that 71.4% of iOS Internet usage worldwide is through 10.3 with 8.6% via the previous 10.2 version and 7.7% by 9.3. In the...

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Analysis suggests Apple makes lower margin on iPhone...

An estimate of component costs for the iPhone X suggests that, despite the high price, Apple may actually make a smaller profit margin on the new flagship device than it does on the rest of the range.

The total cost to Apple of the components in the iPhone X is said to be more than twice that of last year’s iPhone 7 …


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Apple wants to improve dictation on its various...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 20170263248) for “dictation that allows editing” with the goal of improving the dictation features of its various devices, presumably by using Siri.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that modifying dictated and transcribed text is typically accomplished using keyboard inputs. However, users often choose to use dictation for text entry in cases when it would be awkward or inefficient to use a keyboard. In these scenarios, it may be similarly awkward to use a keyboard to edit the resulting transcribed text to fix errors, apply formatting, or otherwise modify the previously transcribed text. 

Existing text editing techniques, such as those based on keyboard inputs, may require more time than necessary and may be more error-prone, wasting user time and device energy. This latter consideration is particularly important in battery-operated devices. 

Apple says that, accordingly, there is a need for electronic devices with...

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With iPhone 8, Apple's Silicon Gap widens as...

Official benchmarks posted by Geekbench show that Apple's A11 Bionic delivers a huge jump in performance over last year's A10 Fusion used in iPhone 7, with scores that are not just far beyond other mobile ARM competitors' latest chips, but higher than the base Intel Kaby Lake Core i5 processor Apple uses in its 13 inch MacBook Pro.

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Sunday September 17

Protective cases you can get for your iPhone 8 or...

The iPhone 8 has a different design than last year's iPhone 7, but the dimensions are very similar. It's possible you have a case that works now -- try it out and see. But, if it doesn't fit, or you just want a new case, AppleInsider has rounded up a few of the best options that are available now.

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Watch: All the details about the iPhone X that you...

AppleInsider tells you everything you need to know about the iPhone X, in less than seven minutes.

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iFlicks 2.4.8

Brings a number of fixes and improvements to the video encoding and metadata management app. ($34.99 new, free update, 17.1 MB)


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Linux Foundation President Used MacOS For...

Slashdot reader mschaffer writes:It appears that Jim Zemlin, President of the Linux Foundation, was using MacOS while declaring "2017 is officially the year of the Linux desktop!" at the Open Source Summit 2017. This was observed by several YouTube channels: Switched to Linux and The Lunduke Show. Finally it was reported by It's FOSS.
if, indeed, this is the year of desktop Linux, why oh why cannot people like Zemlin present a simple slide presentation -- let alone actually use a Linux distro for work.
A security developer at Google has now "spotted Jim Zemlin using Apple's macOS twice in last four years," according to the article, which complains the Foundation's admirable efforts on cloud/container technology has them neglecting Linux on the desktop.
Ironically, in March Zemlin told a cloud conference that organizations that "don't harvest the shared innovation" of open source "will fail."


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BBEdit 11.6.8

Fixes several bug, including an issue related to saving documents on APFS volumes while running macOS 10.13 High Sierra. ($49.99 new, free update, 14.0 MB)


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How to stream the 2017 Emmys live on iPhone, iPad,...

The 69th annual Emmy Awards take place tonight at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The show is sure to be packed full of controversial winners and acceptance speeches, skits, and much more. Read on for a full breakdown of how to stream the 2017 Emmys live on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV…


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Instagram for iOS makes controversial change to how...

Instagram is making a small but notable change to how it handles autoplaying videos. While the app has always autoplayed videos as you scroll through your feed, sound would be muted until you tap on the video. Now, Instagram is slightly changing up how sound is handled with videos…


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Fission 2.4.1

Updates capability for saving custom ringtones to iTunes 12.7. ($29 new, free update, 10.6 MB)


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Instagram automatically plays all video sound once...

Instagram's silence when automatically playing videos is meant to avoid any rude surprises (especially for those around you), but that courtesy might extend too far for some. What if you're watching a friend's concert videos and would rather not tap...

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Tesla envisions mobile EV battery swapping machines

Tesla has filed a patent application for a machine that will enable technicians to swap EV battery packs in as little as 15 minutes. The EV-maker initially toyed with the idea of building rigs that can quickly replace its cars' battery packs back in...

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Hands On: Mellel 4 targets Mac and iPad Microsoft...

The popular but niche word processor chiefly used by academics and technical authors has just been updated, with 95 new features.

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ChronoSync 4.8

Improves support for APFS formatted drives and introduces Creation and Modifier Assistants. ($49.99 new, free update, 48.4 MB)


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SuperDuper 2.9.2

Add compatibility with the Mac OS Extended (HFS+) drive format in macOS 10.13 High Sierra. (Free, $27.95 for additional features, free update, 2.9 MB)


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I One The Sandbox – Mac Geek Gab 675

Downloading YouTube Videos, App Stores Woes, Apple Pay Cash, Person-to-Person Payments, iPhone X, iOS 11 Screen Recording, Restoring from a different iPhone and a discussion of whether or not it’s safe to use Facebook to login to other sites are ALL discussed in this week’s show… and more! Press play and enjoy.

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The best handheld vacuum

By Liam McCabe

This post was done in partnership with The Sweethome, a buyer's guide to the best homewares. When readers choose to buy The Sweethome's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Rea...

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Ben Heck's mini pinball: All about the control...

So here's where the team is at with the control board for their miniature pinball machine: Felix has put together a prototype board with the Arduino and Teensy microcontrollers, which will control the solenoids and take input from bumpers, button...

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Saturday September 16

Facebook hands Russia-backed ads to election...

Those Russia-linked Facebook ads are more than just a reason for concern -- they could play an important role in one of the largest investigations in recent memory. CNN sources understand that Facebook has supplied the ads and "related information"...

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First iPhone 8 and Apple Watch Series 3 orders now ‘...

Apple made the iPhone 8 and Apple Watch Series 3 available for preorder just yesterday, but the first orders are already preparing to ship. Customers have noticed their orders change from processing to “Preparing to ship” ahead of the September 22nd arrival date…


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Amazon tests one-hour delivery for your fashion show...

Ever seen a style at a fashion show that you wish you could wear out the same night? Amazon might just fulfill your wishes. It's testing an option that delivers highlights from Nicopanda's London Fashion Week lineup to local Prime subscribers withi...

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Relocated Apple store opens for business in Reno,...

Apple on Saturday opened the doors of a relocated Reno, Nev., retail outlet to a crowd of eager customers, the latest in the company's chain to benefit from an "Apple store 2.0" redesign developed under executive Angela Ahrendts.

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TechTool Pro has long been one of the foremost utilities for keeping your Mac running smoothly and efficiently. With the release of version 9, it has become more proficient than ever. TechTool... Read more
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Stormbound: Kingdom Wars guide - how to...
Stormbound: Kingdom Wars is an excellent new RTS turned card battler out now on iOS and Android. Lovers of strategy will get a lot of enjoyment out of Stormbound's chess-like mechanics, and it's cardbased units are perfect for anyone who loves the... | Read more »
The best AR apps and games on iOS right...
iOS 11 has officially launched, and with it comes Apple's ARKit, a helpful framework that makes it easier than ever for developers to create mobile AR experiences. To celebrate the occassion, we're featuring some of the best AR apps and games on... | Read more »
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of...
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Kpressor (Utilities)
Kpressor 1.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Utilities Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: The ultimate ZIP compression application for iPhone and iPad. - Full integration of iOS 11 with support for multitasking.-... | Read more »
Find out how you can save £35 and win a...
Nothing raises excitement like a good competition, and we’re thrilled to announce our latest contest. We’ll be sending one lucky reader and a friend to the Summoners War World Arena Championship at Le Comedia in Paris on October 7th. It’s the... | Read more »
Another Lost Phone: Laura's Story...
Another Lost Phone: Laura's Story 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Another Lost Phone is a game about exploring the social life of a young woman whose phone you have just... | Read more »
The Witness (Games)
The Witness 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $9.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: You wake up, alone, on a strange island full of puzzles that will challenge and surprise you. You don't remember who you are, and... | Read more »
Egg, Inc. guide - how to build your gold...
Egg, Inc.'s been around for some time now, but don't you believe for one second that this quirky clicker game has gone out of style. The game keeps popping up on Reddit and other community forums thanks to the outlandish gameplay (plus, the... | Read more »
The best deals on the App Store this wee...
Good news, everyone! Your favorite day of the week has arrived at last -- it's discount roundup day! This fine Wednesday evening we're gathering up the hottest deals on the App Store. We've got action platformers, we've got puzzle games, we've got... | Read more »
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OWC USB-C Travel Dock with 5 Ports Connectivi...
OWC have announced the new OWC USB-C Travel Dock, the latest addition to their line of connectivity solutions. The USB-C Travel Dock lets you connect its integrated USB-C cable to a Mac or PC laptop... Read more
Pelican Products, Inc. Unveils Cases For All...
Pelican Products, Inc. has announced the launch of its full line of cases including Voyager, Adventurer, Protector, Ambassador, Interceptor (for the Apple iPhone 8 and 8 Plus backwards compatible... Read more
$100 off new 2017 13-inch MacBook Airs
B&H Photo has 2017 13″ MacBook Airs on sale today for $100 off MSRP including free shipping. B&H charges NY & NJ sales tax only: – 13″ 1.8GHz/128GB MacBook Air (MQD32LL/A): $899, $100 off... Read more
Apple restocks Certified Refurbished 13-inch...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 2015 13″ MacBook Airs available starting at $719 and 2016 models available starting at $809. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each MacBook, and shipping is... Read more
Is iPhone X Really The Future Of The Smartpho...
Should iPhone X even be called a telephone? It does of course support telephony and texting, but its main feature set is oriented to other things. It is also debatable whether it makes any rational... Read more
OtterBox Announces Full Case Lineup for iPhon...
Apple revolutionized the smartphone industry 10 years ago with the original iPhone, and OtterBox has set the standard of protection from the very beginning by protecting every generation of iPhone.... Read more
LifeProof Introduces What’s NEXT Cases for iP...
LifeProof built its reputation on sleek, ultra-protective iPhone cases. From 360-degree coverage to the first screenless waterproof case, the protection pioneer has always pushed the limits.... Read more
Apple Refurbished 2016 15-inch MacBook Pros a...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 2016 15″ Touch Bar MacBook Pros available starting at $1949. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each model, and shipping is free: – 15″ 2.7GHz Touch Bar Space... Read more
Wednesday deal: 15-inch MacBook Pros for up t...
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