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Thursday November 16

22:26
Two airlines are bringing faster WiFi to their...

Two airlines have made moves to upgrade their WiFi offerings today. Cathay Pacific Group will provide GoGo's 2Ku satellite-based broadband technology starting in 2018 and Emirates has partnered with Thales to bring 50Mpbs connectivity to its Boeing 7...

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21:37
Tesla unveils new Semi with a 500 mile range,...




Elon Musk's Tesla has debuted its semi truck that was previously expected with a 500 mile range between charges, and also unveiled a new roadster capable of going 620 miles -- with the ability to go zero to 60 miles per hour in 1.9 seconds.

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21:04
Tesla reveals a new Roadster, due in 2020

At Tesla's Semi event, the automaker dropped its new Roadster. It'll have a 620-mile range via a 200kWh battery pack."You'll be able to travel from LA to San Francisco and back without recharging," CEO Elon Musk said. The new Tesla Roadster will do z...

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20:44
IK Multimedia ships iRig Keys I/O keyboard MIDI...




K Multimedia has added another device to its audio interface line, introducing the iRig Keys I/O as pair of MFi-certified MIDI controllers that can be used to create music on an iPhone or iPad, using its included keyboard or via another instrument or microphone using the device as a preamp.

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20:33
Tesla unveils its vision of the future of trucking

At an event adjacent to SpaceX, the Tesla Semi (yes, that's its name) electric truck was introduced with the same pomp and circumstance the company uses for all its automobile launches. The tall, slick big rig follows the Tesla minimalist design lang...

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19:51
KeyCue 8.6

Adds the new Tioga theme and updates the Tenaya theme. (€19.99 new, free update, 3.8 MB)

 

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19:34
Apple dominates all electronics, jewelry companies...




A report from a conflict mineral advocacy group puts Apple well ahead of other companies including Google, Microsoft, and Intel in efforts to develop supply chains of metals outside of conflict zones like the Congo.

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19:32
SpaceX's mysterious Zuma mission won't...

We still don't know what Northrop Grumman commissioned SpaceX to launch for the US government, but whatever it is won't get there tonight. In a move that leaves Elon Musk's calendar open for the Tesla electric semi-truck reveal (still scheduled for 1...

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18:29
Time includes iPhone X in its list of '25 Best...




Time Magazine has named the iPhone X as one of the '25 Best Inventions of 2017,' calling Apple's flagship mobile device 'arguably the world's most sophisticated smartphone' over its new display, its augmented reality applications, and the inclusion of Face ID.

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18:07
Apple Design Chief Jonathan Ive on the iPhone X: We...

I haven’t always agreed with Apple’s (and therefore, Ive’s) design decision but I always enjoy hearing from Ive and parsing out how his sometimes veiled explanations of his design philosophy informs Apple’s products.

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17:54
Zagg unveils Slim Book keyboard for 10.5-inch iPad...

Ahead of the holiday shopping season, Zagg today has announced a new Slim Book keyboard case for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro. The new case also includes a dedicated holder for the Apple Pencil and is available now for $119.99

more…

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17:44
EA pulls in-game purchases from 'Star Wars:...

The launch of Star Wars: Battlefront II has been marred by controversy over the game's loot system. While players can earn bonuses like new heroes, equipment and vehicles by playing to earn credits that purchase loot crates, they could also buy more...

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17:25
Google cracks down on linkbaiting through AMP

Google officially launched its Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) in February 2016 to be lightweight versions of source websites that used a lot less bandwidth. But some webmasters have deliberately included less content in their AMP editions with a link...

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17:25
The FCC gives 4K, next-gen TV the green light

The Federal Communications Commission has approved plans for the launch of next-generation TV broadcasting that could include 4K programming, improved interactive services and greater targeted advertising.

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17:10
Apple, Intel engineers reportedly tightly engaged to...




Apple may completely ditch Qualcomm for a 5G modem in the future, with a new report claiming that iPhone engineers are working closely with Intel to deliver gigabit per second wireless speeds.

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16:51
Report: Apple working closely with Intel on 5G...

Apple is reportedly working closely with Intel on a future iPhone with support for 5G wireless broadband. Fast Company reports that Apple engineers have been “engaged” with Intel in talks about early work on 5G, while work with Qualcomm has been “limited.”

more…

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16:37
FCC repeals restrictions on consolidation of media...

Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) repealed a handful of rules that it said were keeping the media industry out of the digital age, the Washington Post reports. The decades-old regulations were implemented in order to keep a diversity...

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16:31
∞ “What’s a Computer?” iPad Pro ad

As Apple says, “With iPad Pro + iOS 11, a post-PC world may be closer than you think.” Brilliant.

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16:01
Amazon Prime's sports streaming expands with...

Like other streaming services, Amazon has been hunting for sporting events to feature on its Prime Video platform. Earlier this year, the company took over NFL Thursday game livestreaming from Twitter. Today, the company announced it's snagged rights...

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15:49
Apple announces that it won't accept app...




Apple has issued guidance to developers, suggesting that it will discontinue support for watchOS 1, with updates for apps limited to that version no longer accepted after April 1, 2018.

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15:21
You can now replenish your Amazon Cash card at 7-...

It can be tricky to shop these days without a credit or debit card, especially online. Amazon Cash is one way to do so, however, with an online account that you can refill with cash via a barcode you take to participating stores. Now 7-Eleven is in o...

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14:59
New Apple video blurs the line between iPad Pro and...




Apple has published a new YouTube video, and with it is repeating the message that "a post-PC world may be closer than you think."

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14:39
FCC paves way for 4K over-the-air TV broadcasting

4K films and TV shows have been relegated to streaming services and on-demand media, but the FCC just paved the way for television broadcasters to show programming in the ultra high resolution. The commission adopted new rules today that allow compan...

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14:23
Apple's Denise Young Smith to leave Inclusion...




Though in the job for just 7 months, Apple's first-ever VP of Inclusion and Diversity, Denise Young Smith, is leaving the company at the end of the year.

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14:22
AWT News Update: November 16, 2017

Image via Intel

5G cell phone modems, keyboard controllers, and questionable "inventions" make it to the Apple World Today News Update podcast:

  • Intel outlines its new modem chip roadmap, including 5G NR modems that could be used in Apple products by 2019-2020
  • IK Multimedia announced two new keyboard controllers for use with iOS, Mac, and Windows
  • We take a jaundiced look at some of the other items on Time's "25 best inventions of 2017" list

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.

Text Version

This is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and you’re listening to the AWT News Update podcast for...

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14:18
Apple challenges the definition of a PC with new ‘...

Apple today has shared a new iPad Pro ad touting how it can act as a PC replacement. This is the same angle Apple has taken in several previous advertisements, but this is the first one to focus on the iPad Pro enhancements included with iOS 11.

more…

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14:18
Apple pushes iOS fix for unresponsive iPhone X...

Last week, reports trickled in that the brand-new iPhone X's screen was unresponsive in cold weather. Apple has rushed out a new iOS update (version 11.1.2) to quick-fix the issue, which is available now to download.

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14:15
Apple releases iOS 11.1.2, fixes iPhone X cold...

Last week, we mentioned reports that the iPhone X touch screen could become unresponsive in very cold weather. Apple said it was aware of the problem, uncommon as it was, and would issue a fix in software.

Today, the company makes good on its promise with iOS 11.1.2. It fixes two bugs. From the release notes:

  • Fixes an issue where the iPhone X screen becomes temporarily unresponsive to touch after a rapid temperature drop.
  • Addresses an issue that could cause distortion in Live Photos and videos captured with iPhone X.

The release comes shortly after the 11.1.1 update that fixes the notorious A [?] bug, and as Apple works on...

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14:13
Denise Young Smith stepping down as Apple’s VP of...

TechCrunch reports that Denise Young Smith (pictured), Apple’s vice president of diversity and inclusion will leave at the end of 2017. No reason was given for her departure; evidently, it’s a career choice change she’s made.

Smith was the first person to hold that title and started in the role this past May. Since joining Apple in 1997, she served in several key human resources (HR) roles. For over 10 years, she sat on the leadership team that built Apple’s retail organization. Before retail, Smith ran HR for Apple’s Worldwide Operations and Corporate Employee Relations teams.

Before working at Apple, Smith offered talent, HR and management consulting expertise to early-stage businesses including Kleiner Perkins Caufield &...

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14:01
Wirecutter's best deals: Jabra Move Bluetooth...

This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter, reviews for the real world. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read their continuously updated list...

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13:53
Apple’s VP of Diversity Denise Young-Smith leaving,...

Denise Young Smith is leaving Apple at the end of the year, TechCrunch has reported. Young Smith currently serves as Apple’s first VP of Inclusion and Diversity, a position created for her after Deidre O’Brien took over general HR duties.

more…

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13:41
Facebook's Creator app will help video '...

Facebook's future is all about TV, and the company has been slowly giving video content creators the tools to participate in (and monetize) that future. Now the social media giant is launching the Facebook Creator App, a "one stop shop" to make origi...

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13:39
WWDC iOS app updated for iOS 11 and iPhone X

Apple has updated its WWDC app for iOS 11 and iPhone X. The new version, 6.0.3, takes full advantage of the larger iPhone X display and is no longer letterboxed. The update also includes a fix for a media bug:

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13:24
iOS 11.1.2 released with fix for iPhone X/cold...

Apple has released iOS 11.1.2, which addresses an issue in which some iPhone X models became unresponsive in cold weather. The update also:

  • Fixes an issue where the iPhone X screen becomes temporarily unresponsive to touch after a rapid temperature drop 
  • Addresses an issue that could cause distortion in Live Photos and videos captured with iPhone X

The iOS 11.1.2 update can be downloaded for free on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. Go to Settings --> General --> Software Update.

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13:23
Apple releases iOS 11.1.2 to fix cold weather &...




Apple on Thursday issued an incremental iOS 11.1.2 update, mainly intended to solve complaints about the iPhone X temporarily failing to respond to touch in cold weather.

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13:22
YouTube TV app arrives for newer Samsung smart TVs

YouTube TV arrived in April of this year, making it Google's de facto live television service. It's available in over half of the homes in the US, and we've been waiting patiently for the rumored big screen TV app so we could stop sending live TV fro...

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13:20
Apple will require new Apple Watch apps to be native...

Apple today shared a news update encouraging developers to update their Apple Watch apps for watchOS 4. The update also shares that watchOS 1 apps will no longer be accepted next year.

more…

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13:12
Apple releases iOS 11.1.2 with fix for unresponsive...

Apple has released the iOS 11.1.2 software update for iPhone and iPad. The update includes a fix for unresponsive iPhone X screen at cold temperatures

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13:03
Judge rules NYPD needed a warrant before using cell-...

A Brooklyn judge has ruled that because the New York Police Department (NYPD) used a cell-site simulator, also known by the brand name Stingray, to track down a murder suspect without a warrant, some evidence against the suspect will be thrown out. A...

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12:49
Vimeo adds support for vivid HDR colors on iPhone X...




Popular streaming video service Vimeo has updated its official iOS and tvOS apps to take advantage of Apple's recent support for high dynamic range video across its platform of devices, including the iPhone X.

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12:47
GE’s huge 3D metal printer makes aircraft parts

GE has unveiled its previously-announced 3D metal printer, suitable for making aircraft parts. At the manufacturing trade show formnext in Germany, the GE Additive team revealed the as-yet-unnamed machine, demonstrating its ability to print parts as...

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12:33
DropStream: Make streaming video, photos or audio to...

Recently, Squirrels (the same folks who bring you such great apps as Reflector 2 and AirParrot 2) announced a new Mac (and Windows) app called DropStream. The $9.99 app has one goal in life: to make streaming of audio to Apple TV and Chromecast as easy as possible. Does it accomplish that goal? Read on for a full review…

The idea behind DropStream is that you just drag and drop a movie, music or picture file to start streaming. You can create playlists, choose or change a destination device (Apple TV, Google Chromecast, AirPlay-enabled speakers or Reflector 2), turn on subtitles, and change tracks from one easy to use Mac app.

Installing DropStream is quick and easy, but you will need to do two things. First, you’ll want to go into System Preferences > Security & Privacy and allow the app make changes to the system. If you don't do this, you may end up rebooting your Mac over and over... Second...

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12:26
Virgin Orbit books its first government launch...

Today, space company Virgin Orbit announced that it's secured its first launch contract from the Department of Defense. According to TechCrunch, the payload is scheduled to fly in January 2019, though it's possible that it could launch earlier, in la...

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12:07
Black Pixel launches Pixelboard, a collaborative...

Black Pixel has built a new collaborative whiteboard app for iPad called Pixelboard.

Pixelboard is the best way to whiteboard collaboratively on iPad. With powerful features and a beautiful design, the app is the perfect tool for remote teams and distributed workers to turn any meeting into a creative meeting.

Black Pixel says it built Pixelboard as a solution to collaborating and whiteboarding with its team remotely.

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12:00
The iRig Keys I/O makes it easy to streamline your...

Whether you're demo-ing a song for your band or recording a masterpiece to share on Soundcloud, you'll likely need a couple of things to connect to your computer. If you're planning on having any real instruments or vocals, you'll need some sort of a...

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11:43
Apple seeds fourth developer beta of macOS High...




Apple on Thursday pushed out a fourth beta of macOS 10.13.2 for developers, available through the company's developer portal or as a Mac App Store update.

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11:41
Tesla's massive Supercharger rest stops come...

While we're all waiting for the reveal of Tesla's electric semi this evening, the company's new charging stations are ready for prime time. Well, two of them are at least. According to a report at Electrek, Tesla has two new stations active in Califo...

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11:33
iOS 11.1.2 Fixes iPhone X Cold and Live Photo...

Apple has released an iOS 11 update to address a couple of small iPhone X issues related to usage in cold climates and distortion in Live Photos and videos.

 

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11:19
Airbnb buys startup to help you find disability-...

Airbnb knows its hosts haven't always been kind to people with disabilities, and it's taking some definitive steps to fix that weakness. The company just bought Accomable, a startup that helps you embark on disability-friendly travel. While Accomable...

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11:16
Review: ecobee4 packs Alexa and Google Home control...

ecobee is the maker of what I consider the best HomeKit thermostat on the market, and the new version called ecobee4 adds built-in Amazon Alexa voice control and works with Google Home. ecobee4 offers the same features as the HomeKit-enabled ecobee3 which we reviewed last year, so should iPhone users spend the extra money on the new version?

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11:14
Jack White's Third Man Records gets special...




Apple's Beats on Thursday revealed a new color option for its Solo3 Wireless headphones, made for rocker Jack White's Third Man Records.

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11:06
Vimeo launches HDR and 10-bit color compatible with...

If you want to watch 4K, HDR video on your shiny new Apple TV 4K, you have limited options. Netflix support is great, and the iTunes selection is growing, but we’re still missing two big 4K HDR sources: Amazon Prime Video and YouTube.

But the situation just got a whole lot better with the latest announcement from Vimeo. The video hosting company now supports three new technologies: resolutions up to 8K, HDR, and 10-bit color. Vimeo users can upload content in HDR and 10-bit color through all the usual means, including the Vimeo integration in Final Cut Pro X, Premiere Pro, and Dropbox. 

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11:00
The best smart home and kitchen gadgets to give as...

For the smart home and kitchen gadget section of our holiday gift guide, we skipped past the WiFi-enabled toaster ovens and what-have-you, and narrowed our list down to the stuff that's actually useful. For starters, yes, we agree that the Instant Po...

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10:43
macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 beta 4 now available

Apple has released the fourth developer beta version of macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 ahead of its general release. The update is available as an OTA upgrade on the Mac App Store while the developer installer is available on Apple’s developer center.

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10:38
Review: ElevationDock 4 lives up to its self claimed...

With so many docks on the market, ElevationLab makes the seemingly bold claim that its new ElevationDock 4 is “the best dock for iPhone.” However, it didn’t take me very long with the product to realize that the company isn’t exaggerating; it is hands down the best iPhone dock I’ve ever used. Here’s why…

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10:30
Black Friday deals: The best discounts on Apple gear...

Apple products on the cheap are hard to come by, even on mega shopping holidays like Black Friday. But in years past, we’ve been able to score some major deals on lots of different Apple goodies—2016’s deals included the iPhone 7, iPad Pro, Apple Watch, and MacBook Pro. (Yes, seriously.) If you’re ok with slightly older stuff, the savings are even better.

We’re not sure what 2017 will have in store just yet, but we’ll keep this page updated as deals are announced—Apple typically doesn’t announce their in-store deals until the week of Thanksgiving. 

In the meantime, take a look at 2016’s deals to give you an idea of the things you might be able to find based on year’s past. 

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10:29
Nokia Threat Intelligence Report: iOS is the most...

In its Threat Intelligence Report for 2017, Nokia has reported the rates of malware infection for mobile devices for the first three quarters of 2017 and found that Apple’s iOS continues to be the most secure operating system. Only 3.54% of devices successfully targeted by malware were iPhones.

Nokia says that, despite the efforts of Google to secure the Android app eco-system with Google Play Protect, Android remains the main target for mobile malware with 68% of the occurrences. Nokia attributes this to the prevalence of side-loading apps from third party app stores and other sources. 

The report says that many people are surprised to find that Windows/PCs are responsible for a large portion of the malware infections detected when analyzing mobile network traffic. These Windows/PCs are connected to the mobile network using USB dongles and mobile Wi-Fi devices or simply tethered through...

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10:17
TIME names the iPhone X among the ’25 Best...

Apple’s iPhone X has been named as one of the “25 Best Inventions of 2017” by TIME magazine. Here’s what TIME had to say about Apple’s next gen iPhone:

To Dan Riccio, Apple’s senior vice president of hardware engineering, the iPhone X is quite literally a dream come true. “I look at the design as something we really wanted to do since day one,”he says. It’s easy to see why: the X is arguably the world’s most sophisticated smartphone, with a screen that stretches from edge to edge, a processor optimized for augmented reality and a camera smart enough to allow users to unlock the phone with their face. (Though some of these features first arrived on devices from Samsung and LG.)

But in order to make it all possible, Apple had to kill the home button, a popular all-purpose navigation tool. Much like the company’s move to nix...

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10:04
GBH Insights: Apple to become the first $1 trillion...

A GBH Insights analyst says Apple will become the first $1 trillion company within the next year as the iPhone X hits its “major upgrade cycle.” Analyst Daniel Ives says Apple shares could reach from $210 to $230 in the coming year.

He thinks the three iPhone models this year will surpass peak iPhone 6 sales for a total of 258 million units in the fiscal year ending in September. Ives foresees Apple’s average sales price rising from $643 in fiscal year 2017 to $746 in fiscal year 2018 due to the higher cost of the iPhone X. 

What’s more, the analyst sees China sales improvements as another growth driver. He estimates about 50 million iPhone users in the country will need an update within about a year. 

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10:02
Apple designer Jony Ive defends ditching home button...




In an interview published on Thursday, Apple chief design officer Jony Ive argued for the company's sometimes controversial decisions to abandon common technologies -- in the case of the iPhone X, foregoing a home button in favor of touchscreen gestures.

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09:45
iPhone X one of the best inventions of 2017

Time put together a list of 25 products that it feels are the best inventions of 2017.

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09:35
Google Maps gets a new look

I use Apple Maps the most, but I like the new look and features of Google Maps.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:31
Prevent click track bleeding when recording

We have all, at some point, recorded the perfect vocal, acoustic guitar or drum track only to discover an audible click has split into the microphone from the performer’s headphones.

This is one of the most annoying things ever when recording. There are a few decent tips here to help solve the problem.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Bose Black Friday deals, APC...

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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09:26
Airbnb acquires Accomable

Airbnb said on Thursday it acquired London startup Accomable to expand home-renting opportunities for people with disabilities, the latest expansion as Airbnb grows its global travel business.

With Airbnb’s money, they should be able to build out the Accomable business.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:21
iHome launches new HomeKit-compatible outdoor plug,...




Smart home accessory maker iHome this week launched a new Apple HomeKit smart plug, intended for outdoor use, just in time for the holiday season and lighted Christmas decorations. The company also debuted a trio of indoor sensors, though none of those offer HomeKit compatibility.

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08:56
Jony Ive talks design challenges & more as...

Following an in-depth interview with Wallpaper* earlier this month, Jony Ive also recently sat down with TIME Magazine. Ive talks more about the iPhone X design in the interview, as well as some of the challenges Apple faced during the development of the device…

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08:50
Apple details how it performs on-device facial...

Apple has published its latest machine learning journal entry with a new article detailing the challenges of implementing facial detection features while maintaining a high level of privacy.

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08:44
Apple explains on-device face detection

Apple started using deep learning for face detection in iOS 10. With the release of the Vision framework, developers can now use this technology and many other computer vision algorithms in their apps. We faced significant challenges in developing the framework so that we could preserve user privacy and run efficiently on-device. This article discusses these challenges and describes the face detection algorithm.

The newest post from Apple’s Machine Learning Journal.

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08:37
iHome launches affordable HomeKit-enabled Outdoor...

iHome today has released several new smart home products including the affordable Outdoor SmartPlug with HomeKit compatibility just in time for the holidays as well as three new Wi-Fi based home security sensors.

more…

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08:25
Review: RHA T20i Lightning Headphones

It's okay to own multiple headphones. Unless you listen to only one type of music, you will probably find that there are very few headphones that pair well with all genres of music — to us, that's enough to justify owning multiple headphones at any given time. When considering the sound of a headphone, we try to keep in mind that there is no "best" sound signature — each headphone is tuned to target users with particular listening preferences. This week, RHA turns that all on its head with the T20i, a high-quality IEM that uniquely allows the user to adjust its sound. We think they're excellent. {/exp:char_limit}
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08:14
Apple's latest Machine Learning Journal entry...




Apple on Thursday published a new entry to its Machine Learning Journal for researchers and developers, discussing face detection and the related Vision framework, which developers can use for apps on iOS, macOS, and tvOS.

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07:59
Vimeo launches HDR video hosting, playable on iPhone...

YouTube competitor Vimeo today announced that it is rolling out support for High Dynamic Range video uploads on its video hosting platform. Usually seen as the slightly more professional video site, Vimeo notes it is the first platform to support playback of HDR content on Apple’s latest devices including the iPhone X and Apple TV 4K.

This is because YouTube favors a VP9 codec that iOS and tvOS do not support, so the YouTube app on the new Apple TV 4K currently maxes out at 1080p.

more…

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07:26
Apple is the clear leader in the 2017 Conflict...

Apple emerged as the clear leader, scoring 114 out of a possible 120 points, plus an additional eight points in extra credit in the 2017 Conflict Minerals Company Rankings by the Enough Project. 

The tech giant's consistent fulfillment of the rankings criteria indicates the company has committed substantial resources to developing processes for sourcing minerals from mines that benefit Congolese communities. The Enough Project’s 2017 conflict minerals company rankings examine 20 of the largest companies, as defined by market capitalization.

Alphabet, Google LLC’s parent company, ranks second overall, even though the company wasn’t included in Enough’s 2012 rankings because, at the time, they weren’t manufacturing consumer products containing 3TG minerals. HP, Microsoft, and and Intel round out the top five companies with scores ranging from 72.5-76...

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07:12
GymKit for Apple Watch makes global debut in...




Apple's director of Fitness and Health technologies, Jay Blahnik, was on hand in Sydney this week to showcase the first gym equipped for GymKit, a technology introduced alongside watchOS 4.1.

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06:35
Comment: A year later, AirPods remain basically...

Even a year on, Apple’s AirPods are largely unrivaled. They may look a bit funny to wear, and only come in one colour, but it’s hard to argue anyone else is close to matching Apple in the truly-wireless headphone space.

AirPods are dead simple to use and intelligent enough to be helpful, without being annoying. They aren’t even expensive compared to the competition.

more…

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06:30
RESCUE.COM: MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is the best...

If you want to buy the best laptop that is out there, go for Apple’s MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, says RESCUECOM President David Milman, whose company repairs tens of thousands of computers annually.

The Touch Bar, available exclusively on the MacBook Pro, offers a revolutionary way to use your laptop, he adds. The MacBook Pro is thinner and lighter as well as faster and more powerful than previous versions. 

“And it is one of the most reliable computers available, backed by Apple's famous technical support,” Milman says. “Of course all that comes with a price – it is one of the costliest laptops on the market.”

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06:28
Racing game Dirt Rally powerslides onto macOS,...




Feral Interactive has shipped its port of the Codemasters off-road racing game 'Dirt Rally' to macOS, bringing the simulation of driving at high speed through forests to the Mac two years after the game was originally released on other platforms.

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06:21
DiRT Rally drives onto the Mac

DiRT Rally is now out for the Mac. It’s available from the Feral Store for $59.99 and will be coming to the Mac App Store soon. DiRT Rally requires macOS 10.13 or higher. 

Here’s how the game is described: “Experience all the thrill of racing on the edge in DiRT Rally, the most authentic rally game ever engineered. Strap yourself in and hurtle down the most dangerous tracks in the world, from the drenched pine forests of Wales to the crumbling hillsides of Greece.”

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06:18
∞ What happens to Animoji when you cover the...

Frederick Riedel used stickers to cover the:

  • Infrared camera
  • Flood Illuminator
  • Dot Projector

on his iPhone X. But Animoji still worked without them. Portrait mode stopped working. Face ID stopped working too. So the stickers were doing their job.

Why do Animoji still work? Pop over to the main Loop post for the detailed explanation. Pretty interesting.

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: BauBax Windbreaker

In our iLounge Deal for today, we’re offering the BauBax Windbreaker for only $109.99 — that’s 56% off the regular price. Billed as The World’s Best Travel Windbreaker for Men, Baubax raised $9 million on Kickstarter and is now available for purchase. This may just be the smartest jacket you’ll ever own, combining an all-weather water-repellant jacket with a built-in neck pillow, eye mask, gloves, and microfibre cloth as…

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05:56
iOS 11.2 accelerated wireless charging speed vs...

Matt Birchler compared the time it took to charge an iOS device using:

  • Stock wired charger
  • Apple 29W charger
  • Wireless charging (available on iPhone 8, 8 Plus, iPhone X)
  • Accelerated wireless charging (New with iOS 11.2)

Follow the link, check out the graph. To really get a sense of the difference, look how many minutes it takes each to get to a 40% charge (the second horizontal gray line).

The 29W charger took just under 30 minutes. Accelerated charging took about an hour and 40 minutes.

I don’t know how rigorous this analysis was, but wow, what a difference. We could be seeing the limitations of inductive charging, or we could see these numbers improve with each new release. But as is, what price convenience?

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05:53
Apple wants to better protect iPhone and iPad...

Apple wants to make iPhones and iPads more resistant to drops and hits, especially the camera components of the devices. The tech giant has filed for a patent (number 20170331993) for an “impact absorber.”

In the patent filing, Apple notes that the advent of small, mobile multipurpose devices such as smartphones and tablet or pad devices has resulted in a need for high-resolution, small form factor cameras for integration in the devices. Some small form factor cameras may incorporate optical image stabilization (OIS) mechanisms.

Some small form factor cameras may incorporate an autofocus (AF) mechanism whereby the object focal distance can be adjusted to focus an object plane in front of the camera at an image plane to be captured by the image sensor. In some such autofocus mechanisms, the optical lens is moved as a single rigid body along the optical axis (referred to as the Z axis) of the camera to refocus the camera. 

In addition, Apple says that high image...

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05:44
∞ Using your AirPods case as an iPhone stand

This is a terrific tip (watch the video embedded in the main Loop post), especially useful if you are on an airplane. No need to travel with any sort of stand, as long as you remembered your AirPods.

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05:41
Rene Ritchie’s Vector podcast

Rene Ritchie is a smart cookie. Vector is a daily podcast (I don’t know how he keeps this up), full of interesting detail on some (usually) Apple-related topic.

Start with the latest one, Face ID FUD. Here’s the link.

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05:35
GymKit launches today, automatically syncs workout...

Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac:

The idea is that the watch and the paired gym machine have better knowledge about different aspects of the workout. GymKit allows that data to be shared back and forth, as appropriate.

At the end of the session, the watch saves all the relevant data to its local database (no iPhone required) and the gym equipment is wiped of any personal data.

Walk up to a GymKit compatible machine, tap your Apple Watch (pairs via NFC, similar to Apple Pay), and the machine automatically loads the appropriate workout data from your watch. When your workout is finished, your results are saved back to your Apple Watch.

This is brilliant.

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05:00
The Learn to Design Course Bundle: 9 Courses for...

Designing a website can be difficult, which is why many folks use template-based sites that lack the creativity of a well-designed and hand-coded website. If you'd like to break away from the ordinary, take advantage of today's Learn to Design Bundle ($29) to get the training you need to create beautiful and different websites.

These 9 courses include 57 hours of training on responsive design, rapid prototyping, HTML 5, CSS 3 and more. Here's the course outline:

  • Mobile App Design in Sketch 3: Learn UX/UI From Scratch
  • Master Web Design in Photoshop
  • Mobile App Design: Learn UX/UI and Start Freelancing Career...
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04:42
VFX artist shows how iPhone X TrueDepth camera could...

A tech demo video by VFX artist Elisha Hung shows how data from the iPhone X’s TrueDepth camera system could be used to animate 3D characters and objects in a CGI movie.

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04:30
Nomad’s leather cases for the iPhone X offer...

Nomad has released five handsome leather cases for the iPhone X, all of which are compatible with Qi wireless charging. The variety means that at least one of the reasonably priced cases will suit everyone — unless he’s looking for a “flavor” rather than rustic brown. 

However, rustic brown is the perfect hue for these cases. The Horween leather is vegetable-tanned, and imbued with natural waxes and oils. The surface isn’t sprayed with a synthetic sealant, so it develops a good-looking patina over time (for best care, use a quality leather conditioner.) The cases are meant to show the scuffs and marks they endure over time, which adds to their authenticity. Of course, if you’re looking for a case without flaws, these aren’t for you.

The Leather Folio is a $49.95 case designed for those who want their iPhone X case to double as a wallet. It holds 3-6 credit cards and folded cash. If your current...

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04:07
iPhone X now ships in 2-3 weeks from Apple Online...

The availability of iPhone X continues to improve. The Apple Online Store is now reporting 2-3 week delivery estimates for new iPhone X orders, across both Space Gray and Silver colors on all carriers. Reports indicated that iPhone X supply would be improving throughout November, after the initial production holdups, and that is certainly corroborated here.

It’s also true that the rush of early adopter demand for the phone has likely waned at this point, although the holiday shopping season is always a busy period for iPhones sales.

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04:00
How to use fast app switching on the iPhone X

The iPhone X doesn’t have a Home button, so there’s a new way to use fast app switching.  

To see the App Switcher on the next gen iPhone, swipe up from the bottom of its screen and pause while still touching the display. When the App Switcher appears, you can lift your finger. Now you can swipe right or left to switch back and forth between apps.

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Nov. 16, 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

CleverBooks has introduced CleverBooks Geometry 1.0. It’s a free augmented reality based geometry that can be used as a supplementary aid to any existing primary math curriculum supporting children ages 7-11 years old. It features 3D models with augmented reality (AR) for main geometric shapes to help students develop cognitive and critical thinking.

Magnin & Associates has launched Mini Golf Challenge 1.0. The $1.99 app simulates nine or 18 holes of miniature golf, complete with a turning windmill, animated alligators, rotating planks, and other...

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03:15
Square Cash App for iOS adds Bitcoin support,...

Square Chief Financial Officer Sarah Friar wants to prove that cryptocurrency, especially Bitcoin, can be a genuine financial tool with the latest version of its Cash App for iOS now supporting the protocol.

“We’re a payment innovator. And therefore I think it behooves us to always know, where are our payments going?” Friar told “Mad Money” host Jim Cramer on Wednesday. “When we develop products at Square, we spend a lot of time listening to what our customers want, and what we heard from individuals – so this isn’t sellers asking to accept bitcoin, this is individuals using Square Cash to make payments… saying, ‘We want an easy way to buy and sell bitcoin.'”

Friar than added that the fastest way to understand a new product is to build products around them.

Bitcoin, in turn, has experienced a surge in both popularity and price over the course of 2017 and briefly gained 11 percent following Friar’s announcement.

“Ultimately, you have to be out there...

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03:00
New study cites Apple Watch as being able to help...

You can add “helping to detect sleep apnea” and “helping to detect hypertension” to the list of nifty things the Apple Watch can do.

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

Cardiogram and UCSF had previously demonstrated the Apple Watch’s ability to detect abnormal heart rhythms with 97 percent accuracy. The new study states that the Apple Watch can detect sleep apnea with a 90 percent accuracy and hypertension with an 82 percent accuracy.

The American Sleep Apnea Association has estimated that 22 million adults in the U.S. suffer from sleep apnea, with another 80 percent of cases of moderate and severe obstructive sleep apnea undiagnosed. This affected person can stop breathing in their sleep and can possibly lead to death.

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03:00
The latest free streaming TV service: Your public...

Hoopla and Kanopy offer free streaming movies, TV shows, and documentaries with just a library card.

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Wednesday November 15

23:58
Nintendo Switch homebrew is possible, but there...

Resourceful hackers have long been rejuvenating Nintendo's consoles past their sell-by dates. Armed with in-game exploits, the homebrew community persistently overcame updates to release unofficial emulators and apps for the Wii, Wii U, and 3DS. But,...

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22:33
'Battlefront II' under investigation in...

EA isn't only getting a lot of flak over Battlefront II's loot crates, it's also under investigation from Belgium's gambling authority. According to VTM Nieuws, the country's gaming commission is in the midst of taking a closer look at both Battlefro...

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21:01
Duolingo adds Mandarin course to its language library

Online language learning company Duolingo has finally added a Mandarin course to its offerings. With more than one billion speakers, Mandarin is the most popular language on the planet, but it's also on one of the hardest to learn, which is why the c...

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20:30
Teenage Engineering’s 'H' and 'R...

Most people still don't know who or what Teenage Engineering is. But, those that do probably think of them as a music company — the iconic OP-1 synthesizer, OD-11 speaker and line of tiny Pocket Operator synths have earned Teenage Engineering t...

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18:24
AT&T iPhone owners suffering from connectivity...




AT&T has confirmed reports of outages across its network in the U.S., and has instructed users to restart their devices to restore connectivity.

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