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Saturday February 18

18:32
The best Warhammer 40,000 games for the iPhone and...




There are dozens of Warhammer 40,000 games available for iOS, but which are the must-plays? AppleInsider examines them, and purges the heretical ones.

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18:00
Batmobile toy uses augmented reality to show the...

Batman's got plenty of wonderful toys bearing his name, from his trusty Batarangs to his super Batcomputer. However, none are more famous than the Batmobile. And, while diehard fans might be a little down on the design of the latest version as seen i...

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16:32
TAG Heuer's next smartwatch may include a...

TAG Heuer has dropped a few hints about its plans for a successor to the Connected, but the biggest news may be what it isn't mentioning. Android Central sources claim that TAG is working on the Connected Modular, a "fully customizable" Android Wear...

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15:12
Would you buy a new Apple TV if the only upgrade was...

Earlier this week, a report emerged claiming that Apple is developing a new version of its Apple TV with support for 4K. The report noted that the refreshed model could launch as soon as this year. It’s unclear at this point if Apple has plans for any other feature additions to the Apple TV alongside 4K support, though several other things have been rumored.

Would you upgrade your Apple TV if 4K was the only change?

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14:59
Robot probe no. 2 dies while exploring a Fukushima...

The second robot Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) sent into Fukushima's unit 2 reactor also failed to finish its mission. Earlier this month, the cameras of the first "scorpion" robot that ventured into the reactor malfunctioned after two hours d...

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13:28
FBI has three probes looking into Russia's...

It's no secret that the FBI has been investigating Russia's alleged bid to influence US elections through hacking, but it's now clear just how deep that investigation goes. Reuters tipsters understand that there are "at least" three FBI probes into t...

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12:09
A week with BeatsX: How Apple’s latest W1 earbuds...

Six weeks after the launch of the iPhone 7 I wrote that life without a headphone jack was a confusing mess of adapters and a lack of cohesion between Apple products. That piece, however, was written before W1 earbuds hit the market.

Now, Apple has three pairs of W1 earbuds available and my opinions have done a total 180…

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12:01
JJ Abrams and Stephen King are creating another Hulu...

The first collaboration between JJ Abrams and Stephen King on an original Hulu series (11.22.63) clearly went well, as the two are coming back for another round. Abrams' Bad Robot studio has teased Castle Rock, another Hulu show based on King's writ...

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11:41
Review: Nintendo's Fire Emblem Heroes for...




The 27-year-old "Fire Emblem" series' latest entry was released earlier in February on iOS -- AppleInsider fights the forces of evil in "Fire Emblem Heroes."

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11:00
The Travel Series: Apps to Load Before You Leave

Apple World Today editor Steve Sande is on a fun vacation trip, so he’ll be providing readers with a lot of helpful tips over the next few weeks that can help them use their tech gear confidently and safely anywhere. 

TripAdvisor

In my last post I described different types of hardware and accessories that travelers might want to pack before going on a trip. Today, I'll talk about apps that are good to either install or familiarize yourself with prior to your departure.

General Travel Apps

There are a lot of travel-oriented apps in the App Store, but I'll only mention a few. "General" travel apps are those that provide a broad range of information about restaurants, attractions, and lodging in a specific area. My personal favorite, as it uses the usually unbiased reviews of people like you and me to provide guidance, is...

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10:29
Google tests LTE phone calls on Project Fi

As nice as Google's Project Fi service is for the data-hungry crowd, it's not so hot for voice -- switching to Fi frequently means giving up pristine-sounding LTE voice calls with some of your friends. You might not have to make that sacrifice for m...

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09:02
Twitter and Showtime stream a boxing match at 9PM...

Twitter is no stranger to livestreaming sports, but it still has opportunities to break new ground. The social network is teaming up with Showtime to stream its first-ever boxing match. Tune in to Twitter on desktop or mobile tonight (February 18th...

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08:20
Apple-backed trade association pledges support for...

Apple has long been a supporter of renewable energy, pushing towards using alternative energy to power its worldwide operations. Now, an energy trade associate that includes Apple has expressed its support for a proposal from the U.S. energy regulator that would make it easer to participate in wholesale markets for energy storage and distributed energy resources…

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07:42
Latest Canalys data highlights Apple’s struggle in...

Earlier this week, data showed Apple narrowly edge out Samsung in market share during the fourth quarter of 2016. Now, new data from Canalys offers up a closer look at the smartphone market and China. The data shows Apple struggle to keep up with younger manufacturers such as Xiaomi…

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07:31
Airbnb sued by major US apartment landlord

Here's a huge one for the ever-growing pile of lawsuits filed by and against Airbnb. Apartment Investment & Management Co. (AIMCO) has sued the rental service for "helping tenants breach their leases," according to The Wall Street Journal. Denver...

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07:14
This week’s top stories: WWDC17, iPhone 8, how...

In this week’s top stories: Apple announces WWDC 2017, iPhone 8 reports, the first trailers for Apple Music’s upcoming original TV shows, how expensive is a HomeKit house?, and hands-on with BeatsX and new CarPlay features.

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07:10
Become Tech Savvy: How to save your data manually...

First time checking out this series? You’ll get the most value by starting at the beginning and checking out the series overview.

Note for regular readers, the already tech savvy, and IT professionals: this series is designed as a resource you can share with those you are helping or for those looking to become tech savvy on their own.

How to back up and save your information manually
Background, Expectations, & Best Practices |

Up until now we’ve addressed the foundation of becoming tech savvy with how to get in the right state of mind and transforming limiting beliefs. For strategy we’ve...

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06:03
SpaceX reschedules its unmanned Red Dragon mission...

SpaceX is still relentlessly gunning for Mars, but the company has admitted that the current plans for its first unmanned flight might be a tad too ambitious. SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell has revealed that its robotic Martian lander called Red Dr...

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05:00
The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Letter from the Editor

We live in a time when what previously would have been surreal is now reality. And I'm not even referring to the fact that our president fails to see the need to secure his smartphone, nor that the new head of the Environmenta...

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05:00
SUGARfx Subtitles lets you easily adds subtitles

By Aaron Lee

If you need to add subtitles to your finished movies in Final Cut Pro X, Motion, Adobe Premiere Pro or Adobe After Effect, you need the SUGARfx Subtitles plug-ins ($49) from Noise Industries.

SUGARfx Subtitles supports a variety of fonts and can handle hundreds of languages. It can also import in several subtitle formats. With the plug-ins you easily import text and adjust font, style and color to fit your project's style. Highlights of SUGARfx Subtitles include:

  • SubRip (SRT) format support with timecode accuracy for synchronized placement of subtitles;
  • The ability to use your own subtitle data format (with or without a timecode);
  • Final Cut Pro X and 7 marker support creation and timecode accurate placement;
  • Auto wrapping of text and margin control;

Use of presets for multi-user environments .

Apple World Today Rating (out...

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04:30
‘Thubber’ hints at iOS devices that could fold into...

Carmel Majidi and Jonathan Malen of Carnegie Mellon University have developed a thermally conductive rubber material that represents a breakthrough for creating soft, stretchable machines and electronics. The findings were published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this week.

The new material, nicknamed "thubber," is an electrically insulating composite that exhibits a combination of metal-like thermal conductivity, elasticity similar to soft, biological tissue, and can stretch over six times its initial length.

"Our combination of high thermal conductivity and elasticity is especially critical for rapid heat dissipation in applications such as wearable computing and soft robotics, which require mechanical compliance and stretchable functionality," says Majidi, an associate professor of mechanical engineering.

Applications could extend to industries like athletic wear and sports medicine—think of lighted clothing for runners and...

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04:00
Some implications of Apple joining the Wireless...

While this week's news of Apple joining the Wireless Power Consortium doesn’t offer absolute clarity of Apple’s future plans (besides hinting that the next iPhone will support wireless charging), it does reveal some things to the wireless power industry as a whole. 

NuCurrent, a company that is integrating wireless power into everything from wearables to phones to IoT to furniture and even automobiles, and CEO Jacob Babcock has outlined just a few of the revelations from the news and how it will create ripple effects in many other industries:

  •  Apple adding wireless power in its phones seems highly likely now. The technology is proven, available and in demand by customers, and their competitors have done it for two-plus years.
  • Apple including wireless power in its phone and,...
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03:00
The Week in Apple News: WWDC dates announced, Apple’...

Apple headlines for the week ending Feb. 17, 2017

Image by Apple

Apple announced the dates for its Worldwide Developers Conference and the company also revealed a change in venue. If you’re not a developer, that’s OK, there are plenty of Apple-related headlines in this week’s roundup; check them out in this slideshow. Just click on the link to get more information.

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02:58
The State of iBooks in Early 2017

The capability of storing your iBooks library on iCloud Drive caused problems when Apple introduced it last year. Michael Cohen takes a look to see if the company has resolved those issues.

 

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02:03
Now Amazon Echo can access your Outlook.com calendar

As a part of Amazon's ongoing quest to make Alexa and its Echo devices deeply embedded within our lives, this week it added support for Microsoft Calendar accounts. If your account ends in Outlock.com, Live.com or Hotmail.com, then it should be acces...

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00:47
Apple Answers Tweets in 4 New iPad Pro Ads

Apple launched four new iPad commercials that respond to real tweets from real folks. The first (included below) is in response to a tweet about iPad not being a real computer. The second spot addresses a tweet about poor Wi-Fi. The third answers whether Microsoft Word is on the iPad (it is), and the fourth notes that iPads aren’t subject to PC viruses. The Twitter accounts are real (Tweet 1 account, Tweet 2, Tweet 3 account, Tweet 4), and The Verge reported that Apple contacted at least one of the tweeters before using their...

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Friday February 17

22:01
AirPods vs. Powerbeats3: Which Apple W1 headphones...




Apple now has four pairs of headphones on the market with its proprietary W1 wireless chip, allowing for simpler Bluetooth pairing and better connectivity. But only two of those headphones are really well suited for workouts: Apple's AirPods and the Powerbeats3. AppleInsider helps you decide which pair is right for you.

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21:46
This week on AI: WWDC 2017, virtual buttons on...




Apple announced the dates for this year's Worldwide Developers Conference, set to return to San Jose for the first time in well over a decade. Meanwhile, yet more hints about Apple's iPhone plans emerged, including a claim that the OLED iPhone will replace the home button with a virtual "function area."

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20:57
Watch a SpaceX Falcon 9 take off from NASA's...

At 10:01 AM EST on February 18th, a SpaceX flight will take off from Launch Complex 39A for the first time since the company signed a 20-year lease for its use. The company will also attempt another first stage landing around 9 minutes after take off...

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20:45
GM and Lyft could deliver a self-driving fleet next...

GM and Lyft announced their self-driving joint venture over a year ago, and now Reuters is hearing 2018 could be a big year for the effort. While a clear set of nationwide rules on autonomous cars could probably help solidify any plans, the outlet cl...

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19:24
WWDC in San Jose Is Closer and Other Apple Insights

We had a good discussion about Apple moving WWDC back to San Jose on Thursday’s Daily Observations. In that discussion, we talked about how much easier it would be for Apple engineers to attend an event in San Jose because it wouldn’t necessarily suck up a whole day and hours of travel. We also talked about proximity to Apple Campus 2.0, and the reality San Jose is less expensive. Daring Fireball‘s John Gruber discussed the move with Apple senior vice president Phil Schiller, who confirmed most of what we thought. Mr. Gruber also pointed out that Apple’s WWDC is a much bigger deal to San Jose than it ever was to San Francisco. He said Apple was working with San Jose’s mayor and others to stage...

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18:04
Now Microsoft's Twitch competitor has an Xbox...

Microsoft bought livestreaming service Beam last August to fold its advanced viewer interactions with its gaming services on Windows 10 and Xbox. They finally opened testing up to select users at the end of January, but today, they're taking the next...

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16:54
Germany bans creepy doll over privacy concerns

My Friend Cayla is a smiling, blonde doll that can answer questions and play games by pairing with a smart device. She might also be spying on you.

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16:48
Apple partnering with Broadcom on custom wireless...




Apple is thought to be working with chipmaker Broadcom on a custom designed wireless charging system destined for the company's iPhone product line, though the silicon might not be ripe for inclusion in this year's "iPhone 8" model.

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16:09
A photographer used an iPhone 7 Plus to take this...

I don’t know that I’d call the cover shot “stunning” (it seems fairly mundane to me) but the article is interesting for the discussion with the photographer about the additional challenges shooting with the iPhone creates.

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15:58
AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Unlimited...

After spending years pressuring customers to give up their unlimited data plans, the cell carriers have come full circle and are offering unlimited data plans. Sorting out which carrier offers the best deal—AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, or Verizon—isn’t exactly straight forward, so we ranked each based on their features. Read on to see which comes out on top.


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15:30
When vending machines attack (a university)

We are marching toward certain doom at the hands of an angry Skynet of our own invention. Need proof? This week a school was attacked by its own soft drink vending machines.

You read that right.

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15:25
Get Free Bitcoins from 11 Faucets That (Still) Pay

We’ve upgraded our Bitcoin Faucet Guide with 10 (updated to 11) faucets that still pay out. Bryan Chaffin explains how they work and shows you which faucets you can trust to pay when they say they will.


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15:23
Free kindle edition of “100 Books You Must Read...

There are some great, classic novels in these volumes. You can find volume 2 at the linked URL.

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15:23
Apple said to be working on wireless charging...

A lot has been made about what sort of wireless charging system the iPhone 8 will feature, but according to JPMorgan analyst Harlan Sur, Apple has been working with Broadcom on a new customized solution.

As noted by CNBC, Sur says that Apple has been working on the solution with Broadcom for some two years.

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15:16
iPhone Prototypes Must Be Carried In A Special Case

Whenever Apple tests new iPhone prototypes, they must be used in real world conditions. But how do you test a prototype in public and still keep it secret? By using a special stealth case. MacRumors got its hands on photos of a special case that Apple uses.


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15:11
AWT News Update: February 17, 2017

A light news day for Apple...so we bring up the latest Samsung scandal!

  • Apple has four new iPad Pro ads touting how the device is much better than those virus-ridden slow PCs with no cellular modems
  • The acting head of the Samsung Group is arrested on charges of embezzlement, bribery, perjury and hiding assets overseas. Guy sounds like a politician, doesn't he?
  • A bomb scare briefly clears the flagship Apple Store in Sydney, Australia today

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15:06
Notable apps and app updates for Feb. 17, 2017

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.

iOS Apps/Updates

Ultralab Apps has introduced Stickers for Business 1.0. The $1.99 app lets users create an advertising message for their audience on Instagram, Facebook or other social platforms. Stickers for Business boasts a collection of stickers highlighting promotion sales, discounts and other special offers, flexible editing features, and a store with a supply of additional stickers.

Boomdash Digital and AdoreStudio have teamed up for Petal Pop Adventures 1.0. It’s a free bubble popping puzzle game in which you...

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15:03
A supercomputer in coal country is analyzing climate...

In Wyoming, where the state produces about 40 percent of America's coal, a new supercomputer named Cheyenne has just come online to join in the fight against climate change. According to the Associated Press, the $30 million Cheyenne is 20th fastest...

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14:37
Here's our first look at HBO's '...

Richard Hendricks, the hapless-yet-brilliant lead of HBO's Silicon Valley, is back. And once again, he has some big ideas percolating, judging from the show's first teaser trailer. But his path to glory will likely be littered with plenty of setbacks...

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14:12
Who is Scott Pruitt, the new EPA head?

On Friday, the US Senate voted 52–48 to confirm Scott Pruitt as the 14th administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. His nomination and subsequent confirmation surprised many political pundits, given that the former Oklahoma attorney...

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13:59
Apple, Let Us Tune into Those FM Radio Channels

Your iPhone has an FM radio chip that you’ve never been able to use. FCC chairman Ajit Pai thinks that’s a shame, and so does Jeff Butts. While the FCC chairman isn’t going to try forcing Cupertino to turn on the chip, he’s certainly turning up the heat about it. Let’s see what the good chairman has to say, and what impact that might have on streaming music services.


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13:59
After showing out for President Trump, Masayoshi Son...

A new Reuters report today shares that SoftBank is willing to hand over control of Sprint to Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile to make a merger happen, according to unnamed sources close to the matter. Discussions haven’t begun yet, but are expected to start in April after the FCC auction of airwaves and anti-collusion ban is over.

With Verizon and AT&T both fighting to keep customers with new unlimited plans this week and 5G networks on the horizon, a merger could be mutually beneficial for Sprint and T-Mobile.

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13:48
iPhone 8: Goodbye Home Button, Hello Function Area

The latest in the steady stream of iPhone 8 reports says the familiar Home button with Touch ID is going away and in its place we’ll get the Function Area. That’s fancy talk for a space at the bottom of the iPhone screen for a row of virtual buttons.


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13:38
Amazon is Just Getting Started With Alexa/Echo

The Amazon Echo family of devices shouldn’t be underestimated. We talk about how it appears to be a device for casual questions, weather, music and shopping. But the underlying technology is going after something much bigger. Moreover, Amazon’s lead over Apple in AI and home automation may be unstoppable. John looks at two articles that provide insight into what Amazon is after in the long run.


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13:37
Watch Apple's new commercials for the iPad Pro...

For its new advertising campaign, Apple is answering Twitter questions about the iPad Pro.

On Friday, Apple released a new series of iPad Pro commercials that use real tweets to showcase the iPad Pro’s LTE capabilities, as well as tout the device’s virus-free experience. “It’s better than a computer,” reads one of the ads. 

Each of the 15-second ads uses a real tweet to address a feature of the iPad Pro. One tweet expresses fear over a “nasty” PC virus, while another questions whether Microsoft Word can be used on an iPad Pro.

But while the tweets and corresponding Twitter usernames appear to be real, Apple has replaced the real people behind the tweets with actors. According to The Verge, Apple reached out to the real Twitter users before their tweets were used in the campaign.

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13:31
GM & Lyft to deploy 'thousands' of...




Forging ahead of other self-driving tech makers like Apple and Waymo, General Motors is reportedly planning to test "thousands" of self-driving Chevy Bolts in partnership with Lyft, starting in 2018.

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13:27
All opinions are equal in BuzzFeed's new...

President Donald Trump's election win was shocking to many, which seems to say that Americans understand each other less than ever. Part of this disconnect may be a lack of exposure to opposing viewpoints. That's what Buzzfeed seems to think, and it'...

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13:20
Mac: SmallCubed SigPro

If you like getting fancy when signing off on your e-mails in Apple Mail, you’ll appreciate what SmallCubed’s SigPro ($25) has to offer. Recently given a major update for macOS Sierra, SigPro carries on where Apple Mail’s built-in signature options end off, allowing you to not only specify individual signatures for each of your mail accounts, but also distinct signatures to be used for each of your mail aliases on a single account. It goes far beyond this, however, with advanced dynamic signature features ranging from including account-specific info like your e-mail address while using the same signature block across multiple accounts, to including random quotations, the song you’re listening to in iTunes, your latest blog posts, and even a Skype button for your contacts to quickly reach out to you with a click.
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13:12
Sprint, T-Mobile merger under consideration again,...




After laying fallow for two and a half years, the proposed merger between T-Mobile and Sprint may be lurching back to life, given the change in the U.S. government, and a new willingness by SoftBank to cede control of Sprint to the combined company's master.

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13:02
Civic-planning sim 'Cities: Skylines' is...

The civic-planning simulator Cities: Skylines is making the jump to consoles soon, long after Microsoft teased a port back in August 2015. At an undisclosed date this Spring, Xbox One owners will get their own edition of the game, which comes bundled...

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13:00
The Week in iOS Apps: This dating app is for Haters

Hater-ation

Image by Rob Schultz/Macworld

This week’s roundup includes a new dating app that matches potential mates on their mutual hatreds. Read on!

Hater

Image by Hater Inc.

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12:55
Friday 5: Stagehand, a reverse platformer plus four...

In this week’s edition of Friday 5 we showcase a couple of new games to try this weekend, including Stagehand, a title that places a new twist on the traditional platformer. We also look at Spiraloid, a stomach-turning 3D title that starts off slow, but delivers big fun in later stages.

If games aren’t your thing, then you might consider Parallels Access, a subscription-based app that lets you easily access your Mac from your iPhone or iPad while away from home. There’s also TwIM, a new messaging app based on Twitter DMs.

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12:46
Tip of the Day: Showing a Smart Folder in the iOS 10...

The addition of 3D Touch to the iPhone 6s has been a productivity boon for a lot of users, with information now more quickly accessible from the home screen and within key apps, and iOS 10 improved upon this by putting widgets directly behind key icons on the home screen, and expanding the menus. While most of these popup menus remain static, there are some minor things that can be customized in certain apps. In the iOS 10 Mail app, for example, if…

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12:36
Tesla owners now have an even more obsessive...

As the most technologically advanced production cars on the road, Tesla's vehicles collect a lot of potentially useful data. Unfortunately for Tesla's diehard fanclub of early adopters, the company's in-house app doesn't offer a simple way to get at...

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12:30
SoundSource 3 Simplifies Mac Audio Management

SoundSource 3 is Rogue Amoeba’s replacement for the macOS volume menu bar icon, and if you already own one of the company’s other apps, you can get it for free.

 

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12:28
AT&T and Sprint Expand Unlimited Data Offerings

Following on the heels of Verizon’s new unlimited data plan, AT&T, Sprint, and even T-Mobile are improving their unlimited offerings.

 

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12:25
Snark guitar tuner

I’ve used a lot of tuners over the years, but this is one of my favorites. I have one of these that I use with my electric and acoustic guitars.

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12:24
Hands-on with D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD, the first...

D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD is the first home security camera with HomeKit support to hit the market since Apple added video support with iOS 10. Read on for our quick hands-on to see how Omna 180 HD works with HomeKit and Apple’s Home app for iPhone and iPad.

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12:18
What’s next for tvOS & Apple TV? How Apple’s set...

The once ‘hobby’ Apple TV has been gaining quite a bit of attention from Apple over the last year. tvOS 10 brought in a new Dark mode option for users system wide, while version 10.1 brought in the new TV app.

With rumors of Apple integrating its own TV bundle service to the system coming and going, here are a few things that could be in the pipeline for Apple TV and tvOS.
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12:11
Nintendo Switch eShop purchases will be tied to your...

Rejoice, Nintendo fans! Your eShop purchases on the Switch will be tied to your account and not the hardware, according to a new unboxing video.

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11:45
Climate change skeptic Scott Pruitt confirmed as EPA...

Immediately after his inauguration, President Trump got to work on his long-anticipated plan to gut the Environmental Protection Agency. His administration wants to review all research coming out of it on a "case by case" basis and placed a gag order...

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11:31
Moto Z Mod puts a walkie-talkie on your phone 

Motorola has been encouraging enterprising hardware hackers to create Mods at contests around the globe for the Moto Z smartphone, though so far results have been somewhat limited. The latest Mod to make its way to an Indiegogo project is the Linc ra...

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11:04
Revamped SoundSource 3.0.0 brings quick audio source...




A pair of old OS X audio routing applications have regenerated, and have merged to form the new SoundSource 3.0.0 by Rogue Amoeba -- and AppleInsider takes a look at the offering.

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10:49
iPhone 8 Biometric Sensors, FCC and Smartphone Radio...

New reports say Apple won’t include a Home button on the iPhone 8 this fall. Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet to look at what that means for Touch ID and biometric authentication on the new phone, plus they offer up their thoughts on an FCC request for smartphone makers to enable the FM radio chips in smartphones.


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10:44
Congressman requests investigation on Trump's...

With reports that President Donald Trump is still relying on his old, unsecured Galaxy S3, even as he's one of the most visible hacking targets in the world, Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA) has proposed a House investigation into the new administration's...

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10:41
Facebook Gets More In-Your-Face


Facebook this week announced new features for News Feeds videos, along with an app for TV. News Feed videos now have sound turned on by default in mobile devices. This can be disabled in the Settings menu. A larger format to present vertical videos now is standard on iOS and Android devices. The feature became available as a preview last year. A Watch and Scroll feature lets users minimize the video they're watching and drag it to any corner of the screen so they can continue browsing their News Feed while the video is playing.

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10:27
9to5Rewards: ExoLens Pro with Optics by ZEISS Wide-...

This week’s 9to5Rewards partner is ExoLens, creators of the professional grade lens kits for iPhones.

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10:27
Apple launches new series of iPad Pro ads as...




Apple on Friday released four new commercials for the iPad Pro, coming amidst several rumors that the company is planning to update the iPad lineup within a matter of months.

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10:22
Visitors with e-visas will get activated SIM cards...

In a push to make travel easier, tourists on e-visas will now be greeted with SIM cards in India. The move will allow visitors to connect with locals on arrival without having to wait for hours to get their phones activated. They will also be able to...

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10:08
∞ iPad Pro ad: “No PC viruses”

Is Apple resurrecting, at least in tone, the old “Mac vs PC” ads?

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10:00
The NBA made an original show for Google's...

As part of its 2017 All-Star Weekend festivities, the NBA is launching a virtual reality app for Google's Daydream platform. The main piece of NBA VR is a new series called House of Legends, which the league created in partnership with Digital Domain...

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09:42
Humanity is on the cusp of de-extincting the Wooly...

After successfully extracting sequenceable DNA from a pair of Woolly Mammoth carcasses pulled from Siberia's permafrost in 2014, a team of Harvard researchers announced on Thursday that they are tantalizing close to cloning the (currently) extinct pa...

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09:41
Hands on: D-Link Omna 180, the first Apple HomeKit...




This week, accessory maker D-Link began shipping the Omna 180, the first security camera on the market boasting compatibility with Apple's HomeKit line of smart home accessories. AppleInsider offers a closer look at the new hardware that can keep your home safe.

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09:38
Apple launches whimsical iPad Pro ad campaign based...

Apple has kicked off a new ad campaign for the iPad Pro that targets PC users skeptical of the tablet as a real computer. The new videos are quite different from recent advertisements from Apple and have a similar tone to Apple’s famous ‘I’m a Mac and I’m a PC’ ad era.

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09:36
How Planet Earth II filmed its thrilling “Snake...

We all saw the amazing clip of the baby iguana being hunted by a terrifying army of snakes. Here’s how they shot it. I can’t wait for the DVD of Planet Earth II. There will be lots of behind the scenes stuff I find so fascinating.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: BeatsX Wireless Earphones $125...

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09:30
Inateck BK2002 Keyboard Case for iPad mini 1/2/3

The iPad mini is one of my favorite devices. It's compact, it's lightweight, and it has a lot of the speed and features of its larger siblings. I like to use keyboards on my iPads, so when Inateck asked if I wanted to try out their new BK2002 Keyboard Case for iPad mini 1/2/3 (US$29.99, affiliate link), I jumped at the chance.

Design

Most keyboard cases follow a similar design meme: they have a polycarbonate shell that holds onto the iPad in landscape mode, and a Bluetooth keyboard to type on. There are openings for all of the various switches, ports and camera, and everything closes clamshell-like to protect the keyboard and iPad when not in use.

Inateck BK2002 Keyboard Case. Photo © 2017, Steven Sande

The Inateck BK2002 uses magnets to hold the iPad mini into two different positions, each with a slightly different angle. Once the mini has been propped up...

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09:17
You’re about to see a big change to the sell-by...

Great to hear there will be more clarity on what the “sell by” dates mean. I’ll throw out less food now.

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09:16
Xbox One bundle offers 10 indie games for $20

Xbox One owners who don't have many indie games can now fill that hole on the cheap. For the next few weeks, video game developer Curve Digital has partnered with Microsoft to offer the Instant Indie Hits bundle for $20.

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09:06
Amazon Echo on the web

I’ve been playing around this morning with Reverb, seeing how it compares to Siri on the macOS desktop. If you don’t have an Amazon Echo-type product but want to see what all the hype is about, this will give you a taste.

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09:05
Happy Hour Podcast 107 | iPhone 8 ‘function area’...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss the first HomeKit video camera, iPhone 8’s rumored function area and other details, WWDC 2017 in San Jose, and Eddy Cue’s appearance at Code Media. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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09:05
ExoMount Touch Air Vent Car Mount: $16.99

We have a deal for you on the ExoMount Touch Air Vent Car Mount. The mount rotates and swivels, and the grip is rubber. You can get it through our deal for $16.99, 31% off retail.


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09:01
Analyst: Apple to see slight drop in iPhones sales...

In a note to clients — as noted by AppleInsider — Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri says Apple will see a slight drop in iPhone sales from 2016 for the next two quarters, but profits will be relatively unaffected because of the continued consumer interest in the iPhone 7 Plus.

He thinks Apple sold 48.5 million iPhones in the second fiscal quarter from 2017. That’s down from 51.2 million in the second quarter of 2016, partially because the last fiscal quarter had an extra week of sales.

Arcuri predicts that 38.5 million iPhones will be sold in the third fiscal quarter. The third quarter of 2016 saw 40.4 million Apple smartphone sold.

"A feature-rich launch" of “iPhone 8s” is expected by Arcuri in the fall of 2017 with panel sizes of 4.7-, 5.5-, and 5.8-inches expected. The analyst also expects a...

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09:00
The best bluetooth headsets

By Marianne Schultz and Nick Guy

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

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08:43
Confide app used by White House staff not as secure...




Confide -- a messaging app being used by some White House staff and reporters, and available for Apple's iPhone and Mac among other platforms -- may not be sufficiently secure, according to a new report.

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08:43
YouTube will do away with unskippable 30-second ads...

If you're not paying for YouTube Red, you're likely used to the many different types of advertising the video service features. But next year, one of the more irritating formats will be going away. YouTube says that it'll stop supporting "unskippable...

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08:20
We tried McDonald's super-engineered shake straw

As part of this year's St. Patrick's Day promotions, McDonald's is debuting a highly engineered, hyper-exclusive straw dubbed the "Suction Tube for Reverse Axial Withdrawal," or STRAW for short. It's only available on two days, February 24th and Marc...

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08:03
Supply chain expects 49.5M iPhone sales in Q2,...




A recent analyst report suggests that Apple will see a slight drop in iPhone sales from 2016 for the next two quarters, but profits will be relatively unaffected because of the continued consumer interest in the iPhone 7 Plus.

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08:00
The Female Governors' Summit aims to get more...

Jobs in computer science and engineering aren't just highly lucrative -- they're also crucial for national innovation. With that in mind, Oklahoma's Governor Mary Fallin, Rhode Island's Governor Gina Raimondo and Iowa's Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynol...

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08:00
ZTE cancels ill-fated Kickstarter to focus on a...

ZTE's plans to crowdsource ideas for its next mobile device has been a mostly smooth-sailing journey. But the company's efforts to make the eye-detecting phone a reality has been far less successful. After feedback from its underwhelming Kickstarter...

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07:40
Fig's new fund helps indie games get to Steam

Crowdfunding and investment site Fig is offering successful indie developers a little extra cash to finish games and get them on Steam. With the $500,000 Fig Finishing Fund, developers that hit their funding goals and attract at least 1,000 backers w...

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07:36
Samsung chief Jay Y. Lee arrested for part in South...




The acting head of the Samsung Group, Jay Y. Lee, was arrested on Friday by police in South Korea, taken into custody hours after a warrant for his arrest was approved by the country's Central District Court.

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07:09
How to free up space on your Mac by deleting old...

Did you know that Time Machine stores a backup on your local hard drive if it can’t connect to your laptop’s backup drive? Those backups can consume a fair amount of space (say, 100GB or so) over time.

If you use Time Machine, take a few minutes to read this post from Lory Gil. You’ll learn how to disable and re-enable those locally stored Time Machine backups.

And if you are wondering where on your machine those backups are stored, start here. That article is a few years old but, as far as I know, still accurate.

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07:00
Samsung chief Lee arrested as South Korean...

Reuters:

Samsung Group chief Jay Y. Lee was arrested on Friday over his alleged role in a corruption scandal rocking the highest levels of power in South Korea, dealing a fresh blow to the technology giant and standard-bearer for Asia’s fourth-largest economy.

The special prosecutor’s office accuses Lee of bribing a close friend of President Park Geun-hye to gain government favors related to leadership succession at the conglomerate. It said on Friday it will indict him on charges including bribery, embezzlement, hiding assets overseas and perjury.

Thanking the stars above Apple has Tim.

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