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Tuesday November 14

iPhone X, meet roller derby

[VIDEO] Serenity Caldwell is, secretly, a member of a top 10 women’s roller derby team. The iPhone X dropped the same day as the WFTDA’s annual international championships.

What better test for the iPhone X that to put it through its paces trying to capture some high speed flat track action?

Serenity’s writeup takes you through the specifics, but for my money, the real nugget of gold in her review is the pulse-pounding video embedded in the main Loop post. Those are some great slo-mo shots.

Be sure to bump the resolution up to 1440 in the YouTube window for best results.


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How to master the iPhone X user interface

Since 2007, iPhone owners have been happily punching away at the Home button to do just about everything. It's what you use to wake up the iPhone, return to the home screen, ask Siri a question, activate Apple Pay, and even reset the phone if it's locked up. Well, that's all changed with the new iPhone X, which doesn't have a Home button. For those of you who have ordered an iPhone X and are waiting for it to show up, or if you're considering one of the sleek new phones, here's a quick look at the new gestures that are used to interact with the iPhone X user interface.

Wake up!

Remember all of those years where you woke up your iPhone by tapping on the screen? Well,  you can still do that with the iPhone X. Since the iPhone 6s, it's also been possible to wake an iPhone by just picking it up -- that's called "raise to wake". You can do that with the iPhone X, too. Another way to wake your iPhone X is to press that sleep/wake button on the side, just...

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Video shows 10-year-old unlocking mother's...

A video uploaded on Tuesday suggests that the Face ID system on Apple's iPhone X could be fooled not just by twins, but by any family member who bears enough resemblance.

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Report: Apple supplier says AR wearable to come to...

Nikkei is out today with a new report that one of Apple’s assemblers expects a “significant AR device” to launch by 2019. Similar to the news last week from another Apple supplier, today’s report doesn’t specifically name Apple, but expectations are starting to build for the company and a future AR device release even though Tim Cook has recently said “but today I can tell you the technology itself doesn’t exist to do that in a quality way.”


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9to5Toys Lunch Break: BeatsX Wireless Headphones $...

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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iOS 11.2: Third beta adds faster wireless charging,...

Updated 11/14/17: The third iOS 11.2 beta is available to the public, and brings a Wi-Fi/Bluetooth toggle explanation and faster wireless charging.

iOS 11 is the biggest change to Apple’s mobile operating system in years. It’s so ambitious in scope that many of it’s promised features still haven’t shipped yet. iOS 11.1 mostly fixed bugs and brought us a bunch of new emoji, but iOS 11.2 is more substantial, with the addition of Apple Pay Cash. Hopefully, it will also introduce iMessage in iCloud.

To read this article in full, please click here

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News: 10-year-old boy unlocks mom’s iPhone X with...

In the latest case of mistaken Face ID verification, a video showing a 10-year-old boy unlocking his mom’s iPhone X underscores previous reports that even non-identical family members may be able to access the devices, WIRED reports. While hackers using sophisticated 3D mapping to create elaborate masks might not be of much concern to the average iPhone X owner, knowing that a child could fool the device and scroll through their texts or order…

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Gamevice MFi controller for iPhone now supports DJI...

Gamevice, an Apple-authorized MFi game controller accessory for iPhone and iPad, has been updated to support a number of other devices, with users able to control the DJI Spark drone and the Sphero SPRK+ robot via the iOS companion apps using the peripheral instead of on-screen controls.

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5 Photo Retouching Apps for iPhone to Remove...

I have personally used all of these photo retouching apps at some point, so I can give my own insight into each one.

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Black Friday Mac Bundle, Featuring PDF Expert and...

We have a new Mac app deal called the Black Friday Mac Bundle. It has eight Mac apps, including: PDF Expert 2.2 for Mac, Roxio Toast 16 Titanium, Default Folder X 5, WALTR 2 for Mac, Flux, Stylizer 7, Art Text 3, and MacReviver. the bundle is $39, but Coupon Code GIFTSHOP15 gets you another 15% off, for a final price of $33.15. Considering that ODF Expert alone is $59, that’s a screaming deal.

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Foxconn profits plummet 39% following iPhone X...

Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn this week posted a 39 percent year-over-year decrease in net profit, losses that industry watchers attribute to the difficult-to-assemble iPhone X, which remains in limited supply.

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News: iOS 11.2 to bring 7.5W wireless charging to...

While the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X are currently limited to 5-watt wireless charging speeds, MacRumors reports the release of iOS 11.2 will boost that speed to 7.5 watts. The speed increase will require a charging pad capable of achieving those speeds, and not all are up to the challenge. A test showed that the Belkin wireless charger currently sold by Apple—which supports 7.5 watt charging—did charge an iPhone X running the iOS 11.2 beta…

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Future iPhones may include a laser-powered, 3D-...

If you’re already growing tired of iPhone X2 rumors, a new report sheds light on a new feature that’s due not for next year’s iPhone but the 2019 model. According to Bloomberg, Apple is working on bringing 3D-sensing to the rear camera to turn the iPhone into an augmented reality powerhouse.

iPhone X already features a snazzy selfie camera that creates a depth map of your face to use with Face ID and animoji. Called TrueDepth, it relies on sensors that project thousands of dots onto your face to learn and adapt to the unique geometry of your face. But Bloomberg reports that Apple is working on something much more advanced for the iPhone’s rear camera.


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News: Analyst predicts two OLED models, one LCD...

Well-connected KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is predicting a larger OLED iPhone and a bezel-less LCD iPhone will join a device similar to the iPhone X to round out Apple’s 2018 three-device offering, AppleInsider reports. Kuo expects Apple to release an updated 5.8” OLED iPhone with the same footprint and general appearance as the iPhone X alongside a 6.5” version that will likely serve as a sort of “iPhone X Plus.” But with…

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Mother shows how her iPhone X can be unlocked by her...

Face ID is undeniably more secure than Touch ID in a random sampling of population. Apple says the chance of a person unlocking your phone with Face ID is 1 in a million.

However, that probability can be considerably lower for siblings, twins and children under the age of 13. A new video from a mother highlights exactly these limitations; she finds her 10-year old son can reliably unlock her phone using his face. Video after the jump …


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Adobe XD update adds design specs, layout grid...

Adobe today updated its new user experience prototyping solution, Adobe XD, adding several helpful new features. XD was first introduced in March 2016 as a beta product, and was formally released last month at Adobe MAX 2017.


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Rear Facing Camera May be Coming in 2019 iPhone

Apple’s 2019 iPhone models may include a rear facing 3D-sensing camera. Instead of facial scanning, however, the rear facing 3D sensing will be used for depth of field in photos and augmented reality.

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iOS 11.2 beta switches on quicker 7.5W wireless...

With iOS 11.2, still in beta, Apple has silently enabled promised 7.5-watt wireless Qi charging for the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X -- faster than the 5 watts the devices supported at launch.

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Apple Watch shipments in Q3 estimated at 3.9M units...

Apple has regained its position as the biggest producer of wearable devices in the world, analytics firm Canalys claims, with the release of the Apple Watch Series 3 and the cellular model said to help overtake Xiaomi in the third quarter, despite a small contraction in the marketplace.

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News: Report: Apple working on 3D sensors for 2019...

Apple is working on bringing a 3D sensor system to the iPhone’s rear camera as early as 2019, Bloomberg reports. People familiar with the plan said the sensors would likely be different than those that power the iPhone X’s TrueDepth sensor system in the front-facing camera, which powers Face ID and other features. Instead of using the structured light technique that projects thousands of laser dots onto the user’s face, the rear-facing…

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∞ Face ID on the Mac

Thoughts on the idea of Apple adding facial mapping and Face ID to your Mac. […]

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Tip for training Face ID

Yoni Heisler, BGR:

One of the great things about Face ID is that the data associated with your initial Face ID photo is always being updated to account for even subtle changes in your appearance. That being the case, there’s an incredibly simple way for iPhone X users to train Face ID to work flawlessly across all situations. So if you’ve been noticing that Face ID works great 99% of the time but seems to slip up if you hold up your phone at an angle or from a new distance, we’ve got a solution for you.


The next time you try to unlock your iPhone X with Face ID and it doesn’t take, don’t try to unlock it with Face ID a second time. Instead, enter in your passcode. Doing so effectively tells Face ID to incorporate facial data from whatever new angle or position you happen to be holding your phone in. That being the case, the next time you attempt to unlock your phone from the same position, your phone will unlock immediately.

This is a terrific tip...

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Five ways Apple could improve iPhone X usability

Rene Ritchie, iMore:

I stand by my claim that iPhone X is the best damn product Apple has ever made but that doesn’t mean it can’t and shouldn’t get better. That includes how new features like Face ID, gesture navigation, Control Center access, and Lock screen buttons are currently implemented.

A solid list of ideas, all of them filed as feature request radars, with the radar numbers if you’d like to dupe them yourself.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Former Apple engineering director launches RAW Power...

With the release of iOS 10, Apple harnessed the growing power and advancing optics of iPhones and iPads by introducing RAW image capture support. Users wishing to edit their RAW photos on iOS have been left with few options, however. Now, a former Apple engineering director is aiming to help professional and amateur iOS photographers alike with the release of a powerful new app for iPhone and iPad.


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∞ [VIDEO] Identical twins, Face ID, and that IR dot...

[VIDEO] Oliver Thomas has identical twins and an iPhone X. As you might expect, he made a video testing to see if one twin could unlock the iPhone X registered to the other twin.

The text went pretty much as you’d expect it to. But what I found really interesting was Oliver’s use of night mode in an old night-vision camcorder to capture the IR dot pattern put out by the iPhone X.

In the video, jump to about 30 seconds in and check out the spread of that pattern. It goes pretty wide, so much so that Oliver had to move one of the twins out of the spread to be sure he didn’t get a false positive.

The wide spread shows how far of a face detection reach the iPhone X has.

In addition, at that same place within the video, check out the pattern of the dots on the wall. They almost look like 5-pointed stars, rather than round dots. Is that just my imagination? Is there a shape to the dots beyond simple circles?

In the meantime, check the video for yourself...

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iPhone X: The Android Central review

Daniel Bader, Android Central:

Apple calls iPhone X the future of the smartphone, but after using it for a week — and coming from months of Android use — I can comfortably say that it’s a really great phone. In fact, it is the best iPhone to date, and I’ve had a tremendous time with it, but it doesn’t drastically change my opinion of the iPhone as a product, nor of iOS as an ecosystem.

That’s not to say Google and its hardware partners can’t stand to learn a few things from the iPhone X.

Let’s cut to the chase.

As you make your way through this review, keep in mind that this is written by the Managing Editor of Android Central. I found it to be objective, but clearly told from the view of an Android user. Keep that in mind, but do read the review.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Apple clarifies what Control Center Wi-Fi, Bluetooth...

Enlarge / The control center has a new interface for adjusting brightness.

Unbeknownst to many, the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi toggles in the Control Center in iOS 11 don't do what you expect. Rather than completely disabling those features, they only partially disable Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. To clear up any confusion, Apple appears to have added explainer pop-up messages when either Bluetooth or Wi-Fi is toggled off, as first detailed in a report by MacRumors. The messages appear in the newest iOS 11.2 beta and they explain that both features will only be temporarily disabled when...

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Star Micronics announces Apple Certified AirPrint...

POS printer manufacturer Star Micronics has officially received certification for the first Apple AirPrint POS printer: the $376 Star TSP654II AirPrint. This company says it’s the first 80 and 58mm receipt and ticket POS printer on the market to be Apple AirPrint certified.

 AirPrint provides mobile printing solutions for Apple’s iPad, iPhone, iPod and MacBook users on any private network with the key objective to be able to wirelessly print via the customer’s network without installing specific printer drivers. With AirPrint support pre-installed on iOS devices, the user is able to connect to and print from the required printer.

 Star’s TSP654II boasts a 300mm/second print speed, 203 dpi print output, and a compact footprint. The printer can be used in vertical or horizontal mode and includes a wall mount bracket in the box as standard. Available in charcoal black or ultra white casing, the printer matches the Star...

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News: Apple releases third betas for iOS 11.2,...

Apple has released the third developer betas for iOS 11.2, watchOS 4.2, and tvOS 11.2. The iOS 11.2 beta is reportedly allowing users to wirelessly charge their iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X devices at 7.5-watt speeds instead of the previous 5-watt limit. The latest iOS 11.2 beta also provides a new explainer for how the Control Center’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth toggles work. Tapping these no longer turns off the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth radios, but instead…

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The Apple Watch can accurately detect hypertension...

Sarah Buhr, TechCrunch:

A new study out from health startup Cardiogram and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) suggests wearables like the Apple Watch, Fitbit and others are able to accurately detect common but serious conditions like hypertension and sleep apnea.


Sleep apnea affects an estimated 22 million adults in the U.S., with another 80 percent of cases of moderate and severe obstructive sleep apnea undiagnosed, according to the American Sleep Apnea Association. This is a serious condition where the person affected stops breathing in their sleep and can lead to death.

The current process for diagnosing sleep apnea typically requires an overnight stay in a sleep center, where they connect an array of sensors to detect and track your sleeping and breathing patterns. Often, a breathing device is prescribed and fitted, with another overnight to verify that it is working correctly. Every element of this process is expensive, and (at...

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Mailspring is a new mail client for macOS High Sierra

Foundry376 has launched Mailspring, a desktop email client designed for macOS High Sierra. 

It sports features such as an unified inbox, snoozing, reminders, templates, offline search, and support for Gmail labels. It comes with six built-in themes. The app offers mail rules and customizable keyboard shortcuts.

Mailspring is free and supports all IMAP providers, including Gmail, Office 365 and iCloud. You can swipe to triage mail, see Quicklook thumbnails for attachments, and reply to emails directly from the Notification Center. Mailspring’s email sync has been built from the ground up to use macOS features like App Nap, ensuring it keeps your mailbox up to date without draining your battery, according to the folks at Foundry376.

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Apple prepping rear-facing 3D sensor for 2019 iPhone

To further its augmented reality plans, Apple is reportedly developing a rear-facing 3D sensor for a 2019 iPhone that would join the front-facing TrueDepth system that premiered with the iPhone X.

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News: Daily Deal: The Black Friday Mac Bundle,...

In today’s iLounge Deal, we’re offering a great package of Mac apps for only $39 in the The Black Friday Mac Bundle. With a almost $500 worth of software, this Black Friday steal is a Mac user’s dream, headlined by renowned apps such as PDF Expert and Roxio’s Toast Titanium — two apps that are $60 and $100 by themselves. For less than the price of either of these apps, you get both of them along with six more great apps,…

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iPhone X: How to Reset Face ID

The iPhone X’s Face ID feature is awesome! Unless it’s not. If you’re having trouble getting yours to work properly and consistently, you can try a reset. We’ll tell you how to do just that in today’s Quick Tip!

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Foxconn quarterly profit falls by 40% due to iPhone...

Foxconn reported its largest year-over-year earnings decline in a decade because of the initial iPhone X production problems. Via Bloomberg, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. (Foxconn) profits fell to $700 million in calendar Q3, a 40% decline compared to the same quarter in the previous year.


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Future Apple Pencils may be able to ‘capture’...

Future iterations of the Apple Pencil may be able to capture and represent the texture of a scanned surface, as evidenced by a new Apple patent (number 9,817,489) for a “texture capture stylus and method.” And, yes, I know that Apple says the Pencil isn’t a stylus, but that’s how the tech giant has described it in more than one patent.

According to the patent, the Pencil includes an image sensing and capture device to permit a surface to be scanned using the stylus. An image may be stored and displayed on an electronic device (just the iPad, so far) to represent the texture of the scanned surface.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that texture is an element of two-dimensional and three-dimensional design and is distinguished by its perceived visual and physical properties. Use of texture, along with other elements of design, can convey a variety of messages and emotions. 

For example, use of rough surfaces can be visually active, while smooth surfaces can be...

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Rumor: the 2019 iPhone will have a rear-facing 3D...

Forget the iPhone X and the iPhone X Plus, I already want the 2019 Apple smartphone. According to Bloomberg, Apple is working on a rear-facing 3D sensor for that year’s model. 

The goal? To make the smartphone into the leading augmented reality (AR) device thanks to both front and rear-facing 3D sensing capabilties. Apple is evaluating a different technology from the one it currently uses in the TrueDepth sensor system on the front of the iPhone X, according to Bloomberg, quoting unnamed “people familiar with the plan.”

The TrueDepth camera for the iPhone X works by using a projector to cast 30,000 dots on your face, which it then reads with an infrared camera. Apple already...

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The Apple Watch retakes the lead in the wearable...

Apple retook the lead in the wearable band market in quarter three of 2017, with shipments of 3.9 million, reports the Canalys research group. It posted its strongest quarter so far in 2017, thanks to the release of the Apple Watch Series 3. 

Xiaomi and Fitbit, which shipped 3.6 million and 3.5 million wearable bands respectively, have also bucked the trend of the traditionally weaker quarter three by posting quarter-on-quarter growth. But despite the increase in smartwatch shipments, waning demand for basic bands meant the overall wearable band market fell 2% to reach 17.3 million units, according to Canalys. 

“Strong demand for the LTE-enabled Apple Watch Series 3 has dispelled service providers’ doubts about the cellular smartwatch not appealing to customers,” says Canalys Analyst Jason Low. 

Despite strong shipments, the Apple Watch Series 3 didn’t reach its full potential in quarter three, he adds. It...

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Capture anything on your Mac screen with our deal on...

Whether you're trying to capture screenshots to illustrate how an app works, wanting to record video calls, or change the aspect ratio of a video, today's deal can help you do just that. Movavi Screen Capture Pro ($19) can do it all, and you'll save 68% off of the normal pricing for this Mac and Windows app when you take advantage of our deal.

Gaining a 9.1 out of 10 score with more than 1,700 reviews on TrustPilot, Movavi Screen Capture Pro can do it all:

  • Capture video at up to 60 fps or as low as 5 fps & save directly to your hard drive
  • Record keyboard & mouse actions
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Apple estimated to have sold 3.9 million Apple Watch...

At its earnings call, Apple said the Apple Watch grew 50% year-over-year in sales but continued its silence on revealing exact numbers for its wearables. Estimates from Canalys suggest that unit sales almost hit 4 million for Apple Watch in the third quarter.

The analyst says the cellular LTE Apple Watch Series 3 has proved popular, with demand outstripping supplier and carriers surprised by the demand for the cellular Watch …


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How to access and customize the Control Center on...

There are some changes in the user interface of the iPhone X from previous versions of the Apple smartphone. However, they’re not hard to adjust, too, if you have a little patience. 

One change is how you open the control center. On the iPhone X, swipe down from the upper-right corner of the screen. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen or tap the screen to close the control center. 

You can customize Control Center so you can change the settings for the things you do most. Here’s how:

  • Go to Settings > Control Center.
  • Tap Customize Controls.
  • To add controls, tap the “plus” sign. To remove controls, tap the “minus” sign, then tap Remove.

Want to rearrange controls in Control Center? Just go to Settings > Control Center, tap Customize Controls, then touch and hold the three-horizontal-line icon next to the controls and drag them in the order that you want them.

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Philo is a sports-free TV bundle for just $16 per...

Philo is the cheapest streaming TV bundle yet with AMC, Discovery, and Viacom channels.

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Help keep your Mac’s drives healthy with DriveDx

By Aaron Lee

BinaryFruit's DriveDx is a useful Mac solution for SSD and HDD health diagnostics and monitoring. It measures the overall health of both SSD and HDD drives. This allows users to take action to avert the failure, and save themselves from resulting data loss and downtime.

Unlike some drive health diagnostics utilities that simply check built-in S.M.A.R.T. status, DriveDx performs overall drive health diagnostics using drive health indicators (like SSD wear out/endurance, reallocated bad sectors, offline bad sectors, pending sectors, I/O errors, and more) that most closely correlate with drive failures according to the statistics reported in the latest researches focused on identifying drive failure trends.

This gives a user a comprehensive picture of a current drive health status and enables foreseeing potential problems with drive failure and loss of sensitive data. What's more, DriveDx shows this information on a user-friendly Mac-...

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Apple developing new 3D sensor system for 2019...

Bloomberg today reports that Apple is developing a new 3D sensor system for the 2019 iPhone. This sensor would work differently to the TrueDepth sensor system used for Face ID and would be used to add depth sensing features to the rear camera.

Adding depth data to the rear camera would allow for more advanced augmented reality applications. iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus simulate depth by using a dual-camera system, and comparing the parallax of the images from the two lenses.


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iOS 11.2 enables 7.5W wireless charging for iPhone 8...

The release of iOS 11.2 will bring faster wireless charging speeds for Apple’s latest iPhones: iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X (via MacRumors).

Right now, all wireless charging on the 2017 iPhones runs at a maximum of 5 watts. The update will unlock 7.5 watt Qi charging for the Belkin BOOST UP Wireless Charging Pad and Mophie Wireless Charging Base.


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Notable apps and app updates for Nov. 14, 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.

macOS Apps/Updates

Wine Reviews has released Putty for Mac 8.7.0, an update of its terminal emulator  for macOS. 

Putty supports different types of network protocols such as SSH, FTP, SCP, Telnet and more. Version 8.7.0 now supports macOS 10.13.1 High Sierra, compiled against the latest stable GTK version 3.22.20, updates the documentation, and minor bug fixes.

Putty for Mac 8.7.0 requires macOS 10.9.5 or higher. It costs $15. Anyone who has purchased Putty in the past three months is entitled to a free upgrade to version 8.7.0.

Zevrix Solutions has announced Output Factory 2.2.2, a maintenance update to company's output automation solution for...

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Rumor: Apple to release 6.5-inch iPhone X, 6.1-inch...

Because next year’s model is always critical, Apple is said to have three new iPhone models in the works for a late 2018 launch. Two of the new handsets are said to cross the six-inch threshold with edge-to-edge OLED and traditional LCD screens.

Assorted guru and analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Industries issued a note to investors on Monday, stating that that Apple has a 6.5-inch OLED iPhone on tap for launch in the second half of 2018. This handset would presumably serve as a sort of “iPhone X Plus,” taking the general size of a Plus-sized iPhone and adding an edge-to-edge OLED display.

Kuo stated that Apple is also working on a new LCD model with a 6.1-inch display. Kuo stated he believes this model will target the low-end and mid-range smartphone markets.

It’s stated that the new model will “differ significantly” from the OLED models and will feature a lower-resolution display as well as be priced between $650 and $750. It’s also thought that this model will...

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Hacker group claims iPhone X Face ID feature can be...

It’s been noted that Apple’s the iPhone X’s Face ID feature can be fooled by an identical twin. Now it looks like a mask might do the trick as well.

On Friday, Vietnamese security firm Bkav released a blog post and video showing that—by all appearances—they’d cracked Face ID with a composite mask of 3-D-printed plastic, silicone, makeup, and simple paper cutouts, which in combination tricked an iPhone X into unlocking. That demonstration, which has yet to be confirmed publicly by other security researchers, could poke a hole in the expensive security of the iPhone X, particularly given that the researchers say their mask cost just $150 to make.

The hack stands as a proof-of-concept for the time being, so the average iPhone owner isn’t at grave risk.

Bkav, offered the following comments:

“Apple has done this not so well. Face ID can be fooled by mask, which means it is not an effective security measure.”

In the following video, one of the Bkav...

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Monday November 13

Apple Could Launch Two New Full-Screen iPhones Next...

Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects to see two new full-screen iPhones next year: one will have a 6.5-inch OLED display, essentially making it a Plus version of the iPhone X; and the other will have a 6.1-inch LCD display, likely making it more like a full-screen version of the current Plus-sized iPhone. Both are said to have the notch. The Verge reports: In his research note, which was reported by MacRumors, Kuo writes that Apple is hoping to "satisfy various needs of the high-end market" by expanding its full-screen product line. At the high end will be the 6.5-inch OLED iPhone; beneath that will be an updated version of the 5.8-inch OLED iPhone X; and finally, the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone will sit below both them. Kuo predicts that the 6.1-inch phone will be priced somewhere between $649 to $749 and be set apart by having a less-dense screen resolution, offering a worse picture. If Apple does introduce a 6.1-inch LCD iPhone, $749 certainly seems too cheap for it to sell at...

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48 hours only: 9.7" iPads for $279 ($50 off)...

For 48 hours only, Adorama is offering shoppers the lowest prices available on Apple's 2017 32GB 9.7-inch iPads (Wi-Fi Only) thanks to a $50 mail-in rebate. Or opt for a 256GB 10.5-inch iPad Pro and save $80. In addition to the markdowns, Adorama will not collect sales tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

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Linksys has a new tri-band range extender to...

If you're not shopping for a new router but still need something to cover far-flung areas of your home (have you tried aluminum foil yet? Seriously.) check out the latest hardware from Linksys. This "Max-Stream Tri-Band AC3000 Wi-Fi Range Extender (R...

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Sonnet ships Thunderbolt 3 eGFX Breakaway Box 550...

Sonnet has added to its line of external GPU enclosures with the new 550W version of the eGFX Breakaway Box, with the heftier power supply able to handle a wider array of PCI-E video cards.

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Video: The fastest way to unlock your iPhone X with...

There is a lot of chatter about people disappointed with the speed of unlocking the iPhone X with Face ID versus just about anything else with Touch ID. AppleInsider talks about it, and how to speed it up.

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Missouri AG wants to know if Google broke consumer...

The attorney general's office of Missouri has announced it's investigating whether Google broke the state's consumer protection and antitrust laws. AG Josh Hawley's statement expressly questioned the search giant's practices regarding collection of u...

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HTC Vive Focus is a standalone VR headset with ‘...

After a couple of teases earlier this year, HTC has finally unveiled its upcoming standalone VR headset at today's Vive Developer Conference in Beijing. Dubbed the Vive Focus, this all-in-one device features inside-out 6-degree-of-freedom (6DoF) "wor...

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Get 8 Top Mac Apps w/ the Black Friday Bundle ft....

Black Friday might be a week away, but the price drops are just starting. With the Black Friday Mac Bundle, you can get PDF Expert, Roxio Toast Titanium and six more great apps for just $30 (Orig. $493) at 9to5Toys Specials using exclusive coupon code BFMAC9. That’s less than the price of any one of these apps, some by...

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Study finds Apple Watch able to be used as...

Researchers from the University of California San Fransisco in conjunction with the developers of the Cardiogram app have proven that using existing sensors, the Apple Watch can detect sleep apnea and hypertension with a high degree of accuracy, potentially opening up the ability for the device to be used as a long-term research tool for the conditions.

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Kitesurfer stranded off the California coast reveals...

Apple Watch saves the day.

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New Emirates First Class suite


Emirates unveiled its new first class suites for its Boeing 777 and the amenities surpass most luxury hotels. Inspired by the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, each zero-gravity seat is enclosed in its own cabin with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors for complete privacy. Everything from the 32-inch TV screen, lights, and temperature are remote controlled. For those not lucky enough to snag a window seat, each interior room is equipped with its own virtual windows that project the view from outside the aircraft using real-time camera technology.

I’ve flown First Class before but I can’t imagine ever being able to afford First Class at this level. That’s a real shame because I’m headed to Australia in a few weeks and the flight is literally 24 hours in total. I’d love this

∞ Read this on The...

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Study: Apple Watch can detect hypertension, sleep...

A new study by health startup Cardiogram and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) suggests wearables like the Apple Watch, Fitbit and others are able to accurately detect common but serious conditions like hypertension and sleep apnea, as noted by TechCrunch.

Cardiogram and UCSF previously demonstrated the ability for the Apple Watch to detect abnormal heart rhythm with a 97% accuracy. This new study shows the Watch can detect sleep apnea with a 90% accuracy and hypertension with an 82% accuracy.

The study of 6,115 participants was implemented to evaluate whether a novel deep neural network (DNN) can predict cardiovascular risk factors from off-the-shelf wearables with a photoplethysmographic (PPG)...

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Tip: Autofill passwords and credit card entry in...

The iPhone X can auto-fill crucial data in Safari, using Face ID to authenticate the user, and securely enter credit card information with Apple's iCloud Keychain and Safari Autofill at the crux of the feature. AppleInsider shows you how to set it up.

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Comment: After using Face ID on the iPhone X, I can’...

Despite initial skepticism, Face ID has turned out to be a widely praised and accepted, even after just a week of iPhone X availability. In a poll we ran over the weekend, 61 percent of readers said they have found Face ID to be an adequate successor to Touch ID and that they see it as the “future” of biometric technology.

We’ve already heard reports of Face ID making its way to the iPad Pro next year, but you also have to think it’s coming to the Mac lineup at some point as well. And that’s what I’m most excited about…


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What's on TV: 'Marvel's The Punisher...

After an extended cameo in the last run of Daredevil, Netflix is releasing The Punisher on its own, while EA is dropping the controversial Star Wars: Battlefront II at the end of this week. Of course, gamers can also opt for a remastered version of L...

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New study shows how Apple Watch can be used to...

The University of California San Francisco and Health startup Cardiogram have partnered together on another study aiming to provide details on just how well the Apple Watch is able to detect common health problems. This time around, the study focusses on sleep apnea and hypertension…


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EA makes ‘Star Wars: Battlefront II’ heroes easier...

Video game studios sometimes tinker with their games until release day, but Electronic Arts is making another last-minute change to soothe legions of irate fans. After the high price to unlock heroes in the upcoming Star Wars: Battlefront II caused f...

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Early Black Friday Deal: Apple's 15"...

In what is the lowest price we've seen with the free gifts, B&H is knocking $600 off the standard Late 2016 15" MacBook Pro and throwing in a free pair of JBL E45BT Bluetooth Headphones and a year of Office 365 Personal (a combined value of $170). Plus, no tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

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What’s new in iOS 11.2 beta 3? Hands-on with changes...

Earlier today Apple released iOS 11.2 beta 3 to developers. Unlike the previous update, which featured new wallpaper and the beta rollout of Apple Pay Cash, there aren’t as many user-facing features and changes this time around. However, there is one new change that is bound to spark conversation — the presence of a new Control Center indicator on the Lock screen.


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Wiped-out Kitesurfer Calls Coastguard with Apple...

John Willes told an interesting tale to The Daily Mail of London. Mr. Willes is a kitesurfer who recently wiped out a mile from the shore. In waters known for Great White Shark sightings. Which, you know, sucks. A half hour into his two-hour swim back to shore, he remembered he was wearing his Apple Watch Series 3, the one with a cellular radio. Being a considerate dad, first he called his family. Then he called back asking for the Coastguard number, just in case. Then, when a kick-in-the-water scared the bejesus out of him, he did call the Coast Guard. And better yet, when he saw the Coast Guard ship, he was able to call them to tell them to hang a left. Pretty cool, right? Personally, I wouldn’t expect to have much of a signal that far from shore, but his carrier apparently had him covered. “‘I’ve seen people put phones in waterproof cases but, didn’t want to risk it,” he said. “So when the Watch came out I thought this is awesome, I should do it. My wife was...

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AWT News Update: November 13, 2017

Kitesurfer and Great White Shark. NOT our guy with the Apple Watch Series 3, though. Photo via LOHESURF.EU

Welcome to another week! We have all of the fun stories to make your afternoon or evening more enjoyable, and it takes less than five minutes to hear 'em all.

  • Inventec's president says that "future smart speakers will have facial and image recognition"
  • A California-based kiteboarder gets rescued after a couple Apple Watch Series 3 calls
  • YouTube's working on fixing a bug in its iOS app
  • iOS 11.2 beta 3 provides explanatory dialogs for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi in Control Center

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


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Call with Apple Watch Series 3 saves kitesurfer from...

After a nasty crash with a landing in a great white shark nursery area, a kite surfer used his Series 3 Apple Watch with LTE to summon rescuers, and direct them to his location.

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Facebook brings support for collaborative Stories to...

As it continues to try to grow its Snapchat competitor, Facebook today announced that it is launching support for Stories in Groups and Events. With this new feature, members of a specific Facebook Group or Event will be able to contribute to a Story that’s visible to the rest of the members…


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Amazon Buys Lord of the Rings TV Series with Pre-...

The show will focus on “new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring,” and includes rights for possible spin-offs.

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Apple Seeds watchOS 4.2 Developer Beta 3

No feature changes have been announced with this release, making it a bug fix and improvement cycle that also keeps up with iOS 11.2 DB3, macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 DB3, and tvOS 11.2 DB3.

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Lyft comes to Canada

Our passports are packed and we’re crossing the border. Before you know it, Lyft will be coming to you live in Toronto. We’ve been looking forward to taking our brand of ridesharing international for some time, and we’re super pumped to share this with our close friends up north.

Lyft is a great service and the one I use all the time. This is a good first step to expand Lyft’s reach.

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YouTube causing battery drain in iOS

YouTube has confirmed it is working to resolve a bug in its mobile app that causes significant battery drain on Apple devices, even when the app is running in the background.

Definitely something to keep on an eye on until it gets fixed.

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Google faces antitrust investigation in Missouri

Josh Hawley, a Republican seeking to unseat Democratic U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill in next year’s elections, announced at a press conference that he issued an investigative subpoena to Google. He expressed concern over the accuracy of the company’s privacy policy, allegations it misappropriated content from rivals and claims it demoted competitors’ websites in search results.

The first thing I wondered is if Reuters put the first line in because they think this is a political move. Regardless, Google will have to answer the charges.

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Review: Advanced Audio GT-R

We've had the pleasure of reviewing a few of Advanced's headphones this year; this company seemed to come out of nowhere just recently, and in the intervening months has quickly turned out a varied product offering of IEMs, portable and Bluetooth DAC/amps, and even a Bluetooth speaker. Though Advanced started with affordable in-ears, this month they unveiled two higher-end offerings aimed at the audio enthusiast: the Alpha and GT-R planar magnetic headphones. Today we're taking a look at the soon-to-be-released Advanced GT-R, a compact over-ear with detachable cables. It's a well-built headphone and, though we think many will like its sound, it's a bit soft for our tastes.{/exp:char_limit}

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Feature Request: Siri could use help learning to...

Siri is steadily getting better with new features and improvements, but one place where the voice assistant could still learn a thing or two is how it pronounces city names. Siri tries its best to pronounce the names of cities based on their spelling, but this often leads to a comically bad mispronunciation that makes Siri sound like a complete out-of-towner.


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Apple Seeds tvOS 11.2 Developer Beta 3

This tvOS release cycle adds a developer API called AVDisplayManager for automatic display mode switching and brings back support for the Unwatched category in Home Sharing.

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Review: Parallels Desktop 13 for Mac

Parallels Desktop 13 for Mac was released a few months ago, and since then I've been using it to run Windows, Linux, Mac and even Android virtual machines on my 27-inch iMac. Parallels has been making great strides in providing a top virtualization tool since the first days of Intel Macs, and this 13th iteration adds a few features and hones performance. 

New Features

A lot of MacBook Pros with Touch Bar have been sold in the past year or so, and it's not surprising that Parallels decided to add Touch Bar support to Parallels Desktop 13. The Touch Bar support is integrated with Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint for Windows, as well as a handful of browsers including Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge. Elements that are pinned in the Windows Task Bar show up in the Touch Bar along with buttons for Cortana, Task View and settings. Other Touch Bar actions can...

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Apple supplier hints at next-gen HomePod with Face ID

Before the first-generation HomePod can even make its way into the wild, rumors are already cropping up about a future update to the premium speaker, as the president of supplier Inventec made comments about future smart speakers with facial recognition capabilities.

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iOS 11.2 Beta 3 Brings Control Center Popup for...

In order to fully turn off Bluetooth and or Wi-Fi, you’ll have to go into Settings > Wi-Fi, and Settings > Bluetooth, and turn the switches on and off.

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Apple modem supplier Qualcomm rejects initial $103B...

Apple cellular chip provider Qualcomm has turned down an unsolicited $103 billion takeover bid made by another Apple supplier, Broadcom, though that may not be the end of acquisition talks.

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5 Photo Art Apps to Spruce Up Your Images

Photo art apps are a cool way to make your images stand out. You can make your photos look like a painting, pencil drawing, and generally quirky.

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Latest iOS 11.2 beta clarifies that Control Center...

A somewhat controversial change in iOS 11 will come with a little more clarity in the forthcoming iOS 11.2 update, with the latest beta adding a prompt informing users that turning off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth via Control Center doesn't fully disable them.

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AccountEdge Pro 2018 adds Item Kits, expands job...

Acclivity has released AccountEdge Pro 2018, an upgrade of the small business accounting native desktop software for macOS and Windows. 

“Since Intuit announced that QuickBooks for Mac will be discontinued, we’ve been more focused than ever on investing in our desktop accounting software,” says Scott Davisson, Acclivity’s co-founder. “Cloud computing is great, and we have AccountEdge Connect, our optional cloud-based add-on, but there are thousands of small businesses who still want the choice of using native desktop accounting software. AccountEdge 2018 is another big step in that direction.”

With AccountEdge 2018, detailed guides are available to help the transfer of key financial data and a $100 rebate is available for previous QuickBooks owners switching to AccountEdge Pro. Resources and more information are available online (  Other new features in AccountEdge...

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Android smartphone vendors reportedly pushing for...

Android smartphone manufacturers are looking towards developing more foldable phones to offer consumers a larger display to compete against bigger handsets like the iPhone 8 Plus, a report claims, with a number of vendors said to be working on mobile devices using multiple screens to create a larger display area.

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Review: Brydge 10.5 Keyboard for the 10.5-inch iPad...

Brydge has been designing keyboards for iPads for quite a while, so it wasn’t surprising to see that they were one of the few accessory manufacturers to release a new keyboard for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro. In this Apple World Today review, I’ll take a detailed look at the US$139.99 Brydge 10.5 Keyboard.


The Brydge 10.5 Keyboard uses the design cues from earlier models made by Brydge. By that, I mean that the keyboard features a pair of padded pivoting grips (see image below) that hold onto the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, turning the iPad into a small clamshell device. Think of it as a small laptop and you’ve got the correct idea. This is one of the few accessory keyboards for the iPad Pro that can be removed in seconds without having to wrestle with removing it from a shell.

Two of these grips keep your iPad Pro securely...

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Better footage of that time Oregon blew up a whale...

This is one of those videos that showed me the power of the internet. I still remember seeing this decades ago in a tiny QuickTime window and marveling at the fact that I could watch it on this “internet thing”.

I also marveled at the fact people could be so stupid as to think they could blow up a whale carcass.

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Hacking Face ID, DOJ Still Hates Encryption – TMO...

Bryan Chaffin and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to look at a report from a security company that hacked the iPhone X Face ID, plus they discuss the DOJ’s new push for encryption back doors.

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Extra $10 on every iPhone, iPad, MacBook, and Apple...

With the iPhone X finally out, it’s time to sell your old phone and our buyback partners are offering an extra $10 on every trade-in through the end of the month. As the demand for the X continues to grow, the value of all older iPhones will begin to depreciate very quickly. If you were lucky enough to receive your phone already or if you will be receiving your new phone in the next few weeks, now is the time to act to maximize the value of your old phone with the coupon “9to5.”


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Apple Seeds macOS High Sierra 10.3.2 Developer Beta 3

macOS High Sierra 10.3.2 Developer Beta 3 is a bug fix and performance-centric update in the Apple Developer Connection.

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Amazon rumored prepping free ad-supported version of...

Raising a potential threat to Apple's TV plans, people wanting to watch Amazon's movies and TV shows may soon be able to stream without paying for a Prime subscription, which normally costs $99 per year.

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TMO Background Mode Interview With Mac Observer’s...

Bryan Chaffin is the Editor-in-Chief of The Mac Observer. He was born and raised in Texas, and it was in Austin where he met Dave Hamilton. In 1997, Bryan was writing for a website named Webintosh. Later, Bryan bought a half-intest in the publication. Soon he realized he needed someone to run the business side of the website, so he sold his half to Dave Hamilton and they rebranded it as The Mac Observer, launching on December 28, 1998. We reminisced about how an invitation from Bryan led to my first article at the Mac Observer in October, 1999. In the second segment, we chatted about two of Bryan’s notable, recent articles, iPhone encryption and Apple’s tax situation. We finished with a discussion of Bryan’s books, both technical and science fiction. Great stuff.

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Hackers say they broke Apple’s Face ID. Here’s why...

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Security researchers say they used a $150 mask to break the Face ID facial recognition system that locks Apple's new iPhone X. The work may be a significant, it may be little more than a stunt with few real-world consequences, or it could possibly be something in the middle. So far, it's impossible to know because the researchers have evaded key questions about how they went about breaking into the device.

The supposed hack was carried out by researchers from Vietnamese security firm Bkav, which in 2009 demonstrated a way to...

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Apple Seeds iOS 11.2 Developer Beta 3

Included in this release cycle is a Now Playing control for Apple TV in Control Center, a bug fix for Calculator, and Apple Pay Cash.

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Kitesurfer uses Apple Watch Series 3 to call Coast...

Apple Watch Series 3 lets you make calls even when your iPhone isn’t nearby, and the new cellular feature is already coming to the rescue out in the wild. A recent Daily Mail report tells the story of kitesurfer John Zilles who crashed into water a mile offshore where sharks have been known to swim. Equipped with just Apple Watch Series 3, Zilles phoned home to let his family know he’d be in late then guided the Coast Guard to his location.


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Apple issues third developer betas of iOS 11.2,...

Apple on Monday supplied developers with a third pre-release beta of its four major platforms, all of which are due to receive point-two releases in the coming weeks.

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iOS 11.2: Apple releases third beta to developers

Updated 11/13/17: The third iOS 11.2 beta is available for developers. The public beta version should follow in a couple days.

iOS 11 is the biggest change to Apple’s mobile operating system in years. It’s so ambitious in scope that many of it’s promised features still haven’t shipped yet. iOS 11.1 mostly fixed bugs and brought us a bunch of new emoji, but iOS 11.2 is more substantial, with the addition of Apple Pay Cash. Hopefully, it will also introduce iMessage in iCloud.

Here’s what we know about 11.2 so far. What’s in it, when it’s coming, and how you can grab the beta right now.

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Review: JBL Link10 Voice-activated Portable Speaker

Recently, we took a look at the Invoke, a home speaker made by JBL's sister company, Harmon Kardon. We liked the Invoke as a speaker, but didn't like its virtual assistant, Cortana. We talked to HR and, this week, we've got a new assistant in a new office — the JBL Link10, powered by the Google Assistant. We find that although the Link10 has a lot going for it, some limitations apparently caused by Google Assistant require us to re-calibrate what "portable" means. {/exp:char_limit}

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