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Wednesday August 24

11:31
Siri and Apple’s Machine Learning Are About to Get a...

Siri, as we’ve know her (or him), has been both a blessing and a frustration. The technology, when it works is brilliant, but when its limitations are exposed, it can be very frustrating. Our appetite for a stellar chatbot companion has merely been whetted, and we’re about to get it. From Apple. On its terms. With privacy.


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11:31
Hackers target Leslie Jones, post nude photos to her...

Leslie Jones, the Ghostbusters and SNL star who has been the target of vicious online harassment this summer, has fallen victim to a hack that compromised her personal photos and info. According to Variety, Jones' website was hacked and nude photos f...

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11:26
Typinator 6.10

Brings 50 improvements and bug fixes to the text expansion tool (€24.99 new, free update, 7.4 MB)

 

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11:20
People will lie to robots to avoid hurting their...

In the future, it's possible that robots will be able to prey on our emotions. Or at least, behave in a way that makes us sympathetic towards them. Research carried out by the University College London (UCL) and the University of Bristol has discover...

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11:00
Honor's latest dual-camera smartphone comes to...

After Asia, Europe is typically the next destination for new devices from Huawei's Honor brand. Though the new Honor 8 was recently announced for the US market (read our full hands-on here), the smartphone is actually launching first in Europe, where...

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10:58
Microsoft updates Word Flow iOS keyboard with built-...

Microsoft has released a significant 2.0 upgrade of its Word Flow keyboard for the iPhone, mainly adding a wide range of integrated search functions.

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10:57
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10:40
Uber partners with startup Betterment to offer...

Previously, Uber hasn't exactly treated its drivers with the same kind of respect and fairness you'd expect from an employer of its stature. With several lawsuits in the works surrounding the company's avoidance of offering traditional benefits, it s...

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10:34
Music industry analyst: Apple should be investigated...

On Saturday singer/songwriter/rapper Frank Ocean on Saturday debuted his new album, Blonde, on Apple Music and iTunes — as a two-week windowed exclusive on Apple's streaming music service. Some folks are’t happy about it.

Lucian Grange has sent out an email to Universal executives today ending all future exclusives with Universal artists. Those artists include Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Kanye West,The Weekend, and Kendrick Lamar among others.

The news was shared by Bob Lefsetz, a music industry analyst and critic, who penned a letter over the weekend in response to Blonde's deal with Apple. He says that the Cupertino, California-based company should be investigated by the government for antitrust. 

He writes: “Because there’s a conspiracy between Apple Music and the...

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10:20
'Halo 5: Forge' reaches PCs on September...

It won't take much longer before you can get a taste of Halo 5 on your PC. Microsoft and 343 Industries have revealed that Halo 5: Forge, the multiplayer level creation experience, will reach Windows 10 on September 8th. As mentioned earlier, it's al...

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10:02
Twitter Steps Up Counterterrorism Efforts


Twitter last week announced it had suspended 235,000 accounts since February for promoting terrorism, bringing to 360,000 the total number of suspensions since mid-2015.
Daily suspensions have increased more than 80 percent since last year, spiking immediately after terrorist attacks. Twitter's response time for suspending reported accounts, the length of time offending accounts are active on its platform, and the number of followers they draw all have decreased dramatically, the company said.

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10:00
Microsoft's Word Flow keyboard gets a Bing...

Microsoft's Word Flow keyboard for iPhone just got a significant upgrade this week, adding a search engine for emoji, GIFs, and more from Bing.

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09:56
Obduction, Myst’s Spiritual Successor, is now...

Years in the making, today Cyan released Obduction which, as they term it, is the “spiritual successor” to their immensely popular game, Myst. Like its predecessor, Oduction is built to take you on an immersive and non-linear story through worlds of wonder and mystery. From first looks, it seems fantastic. Many of us have been waiting a long time for this and now it’s here for us to play. Kickstarter backers get the Mac version today, and Cyan indicates that a general release of the Mac version is “coming soon.” Related: I’ll be busy for the rest of the day. You might be, too.


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09:43
Seldom-seen photos show what America looked like in...

We’ve all seen these kinds of images in black and white but the color photos are just as interesting. What’s even more interesting to me is the comparisons to small towns I’ve ridden through in the US South. You still see these kinds of buildings and signage.

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09:40
Siri's voice to benefit from machine learning...

When iOS 10 arrives this fall -- most likely in September -- Siri's voice should sound a little more natural thanks to machine learning technology Apple is implementing, an interview revealed on Wednesday.

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09:40
Longest-ever aircraft takes damage in second flight

The future of air travel may have to wait a while. Airlander 10, Hybrid Air Vehicles' cross between an airplane and airship, suffered damage at the end of its second test flight. The longest-ever aircraft wrecked its cockpit when it nosedived on land...

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09:32
World’s largest aircraft crash lands its second...

Hard to describe this giant, ungainly looking aircraft’s end of flight as a crash. More like a bouncy castle coming to earth too rapidly.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: PNY 256GB Flash Drive $48,...

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

PNY’s very highly-rated Turbo 256GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive is down...

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09:19
US Judge absolves Fitbit of corporate espionage...

In the ongoing case between Jawbone and Fitbit, a US International Trade Commission judge ruled Tuesday that Fitbit did not steal trade secrets from its major fitness tracking competitor. Last year, Jawbone accused Fitbit of infringing on multiple pa...

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09:00
Why young-adult video games are thriving

In the recent hit game Inside, you play a child on the run through a mysterious and horrifying surveillance state straight out of 1984. Oxenfree stars a group of teenagers with a complicated history arriving at a spooky island for an ill-advised camp...

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08:59
iOS 10’s new Bedtime feature

This is a feature I’m really looking forward to using. I haven’t slept well in many years, so it will be interesting to me to try to get on a schedule and track my patterns. Using the fitness rings and other health features in Apple Watch and iPhone have worked really good for me, so I’m confident this will help me too.

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08:58
Happy Hour Podcast 081 | GPS Apple Watch 2, iPhone 7...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss the state of Apple Pay and CarPlay displays, the rumored GPS-equipped Apple Watch 2, increasing iPhone 7 hype, and glorious iMessage Sticker Packs coming to iOS 10. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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08:50
The iBrain is here

While other companies do their innovation in public, Apple has always been very good at making things behind the scenes and only releasing them when they are ready for the general public to use.

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08:43
News: Apple reveals some of its upcoming AI...

Photo: Backchannel While Siri is the usual public focus of Apple’s artificial intelligence endeavors, a new Backchannel story points out that much of the behavior iPhone users notice in their device is also powered by the company’s increasing push to improve its AI. When the iPhone guesses which apps you’ll want to use next when you swipe your screen, that’s Apple’s AI at work, but the device also lashes together pieces…

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08:41
French & German interior ministers call on EU to...

In a joint press conference in Paris on Tuesday, the interior ministers of France and Germany called on the European Commission to enact laws that would give countries on-demand access to encrypted communications under some circumstances.

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08:39
Dyson's latest smart fan heats, cools and...

Dyson has expanded its lineup with The Pure Hot+Cool Link, a very expensive WiFi enabled fan that combines all the features of the Dyson Pure Hot+ Cool fan and Pure Cool Link. It can thermostatically cool, heat and purify the air, and connect with yo...

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08:38
Deals: $100 off 2016 12" MacBooks; 12.9"...

Shoppers this week can snap up triple-digit savings on 2016 12" MacBooks. Or pick up a refurbished 12.9" iPad Pro for $589.99 with a 2-year warranty. Accessories are also 30% off at Zagg with free shipping.

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08:22
Moto Z's Hasselblad camera add-on surfaces in...

When Motorola and Lenovo unveiled the Moto Z, they unveiled a host of MotoMods... except for one. Where was that camera add-on we'd seen in leaks? Apparently, it's still coming -- and it might be more than you were expecting. Moto G3 has come across...

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08:01
Microsoft's Word Flow iOS keyboard adds Gboard-...

Microsoft only introduced its iPhone keyboard—Word Flow for iPhone—in April and the company is already moving to version 2.0. The latest update from the Microsoft Garage project, which launched on Tuesday, adds some new search features that appear to be a direct response to Google’s Gboard that rolled out in mid-May.

Word Flow’s new GIF search.

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08:00
TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-24: Interview with...

This week TMO’s Daily Observations turns to the musical side of the Apple community. Today Andrew Tokuda, also known as Digital Droo joins Jeff Gamet to talk about creating his own music, working with MacAddict, and his own musical past, and his most popular song.


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08:00
The bottom line: Our quick verdict on the BlackBerry...

With a review headline that reads "cheap, secure and better than expected," you might expect the device in question to have earned a high score. As it turns out, this is a BlackBerry we're talking about, which is to say, "better than expected" doesn'...

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07:40
A Design Defect Is Plaguing Many iPhone 6 and 6 Plus...

Evan Selleck, writing for iPhoneHacks (edited and condensed): For many iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners out there in the wild, a design defect is apparently causing some huge issues. Gadget repair firm iFixit has reported about a flaw dubbed "Touch Disease", which it claims is cropping up. With it, owners of the phones are experiencing, to start, a gray bar that appears at the very top of their display. And, for many others, the display itself becomes unresponsive to touch, or less responsive overall. In the blog post, iFixit says the problem stems from issues with the touchscreen controller chip, which is soldered onto the logic board. Interestingly enough, iFixit posits that the same internal design decisions that led to "Endgate" might be causing the issue leading to Touch Disease, too: "In both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the Touch IC chips connect to the logic board via an array of itty-bitty solder balls -- "like a plate resting on marbles," Jessa explains. Over time, as the...

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07:39
Steven Levy goes in-depth with Apple execs on...

A more intelligent and connected Siri has been one of the flagship features of recent iOS updates, and Steven Levy at Backchannel has a new interview with Apple execs that features a behind-the-scenes look at what goes in to Apple’s artificially intelligent assistant. The piece begins by detailing Siri’s voice recognition upgrade in 2014 when the system moved “to a neural-net based system” for US users and mentions yet another upgrade coming with iOS 10…

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07:37
China reveals images and details of its first Mars...

NASA's next-gen Mars rover might not be the only space vehicle heading to the red planet in 2020. China is apparently planning to deploy a rover of its own by July or August 2020, and the country has just released some mission details and computer-ge...

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07:29
Mac: Sony DualShock 4 USB Wireless Adaptor

Launching in early Septemper, Sony’s new DualShock 4 USB Wireless Adaptor ($25) will let Mac users connect the DualShock 4 controller from a PlayStation 4 to their computer. While specifically designed to bring a wireless experience to PS4 Remote Play for Mac, the adapter enables all of the controller’s features for any game, including the buttons, analog sticks, touch pad, light bar, motion sensors, vibration and stereo headset jack — provided the game in question supports those functions. A minimum 5Mbps connection is required for those using the controller with PS4 Remote Play, with Sony recommending a wired Internet connection for the optimal experience.
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07:15
Leap Motion wants picking up VR objects to feel...

Virtual reality is more immersive when you can pick up objects with your bare hands, rather than a controller or a pair of wand-style remotes. Leap Motion is one of the frontrunners in this area, having pivoted its candy bar motion-tracking sensor fr...

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07:09
Tim Cook's crucial role at Apple extends well...

Though Wednesday marks the five-year anniversary of Tim Cook officially taking reins at Apple, he actually oversaw the company's day-to-day operations well before he was named CEO, and during some of its most difficult days.

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07:07
This is what folks were saying four years ago when...

Today marks the fifth anniversary since Tim Cook took over as Apple’s CEO asSteve Jobs stepped down and recommended Cook as his replacement. As you might expect, on that date (Aug. 24, 2011) there was lots of predictions that the sky was falling.

There's no denying the importance of Jobs to Apple. He was a true visionary. However, Apple is now in the capable hands of (mostly) Jobs’ hand-picked team, which shares his vision. But let’s look back at some of the articles that appeared four years ago regarding Jobs’ resignation and Cook’s appointment.

"One of the most important things that Steve Jobs did in Apple 2.0 is rebuilding the culture," Mike McGuire, analyst at Gartner, told CNN. "But it's not quite the 'cult of Steve' like many believe. He built incredible teams that didn't quite have free reign, but had plenty of room to innovate. It's going to be hard work, but Apple...

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07:00
The Week in Mac Accessories: Lock it up!

Rock out with your lock out

This week’s roundup includes several new ways to make sure your laptop doesn’t end up in a stranger’s hands. Read on!

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07:00
The highs and lows of Gamescom 2016

Gamescom is over. The publishers have packed away their booths, and the lingering smell of sweaty, Kölsch-fueled gamers (and sweaty, coffee-fueled journalists) has finally started to dissipate. In the closing hours of our trip to Cologne, German...

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06:58
Tim Cook's fundraiser for presidential...

Later on Wednesday, Apple chief Tim Cook will reportedly host a fundraiser for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who so far has more support among Silicon Valley workers and executives than her Republican rival, Donald Trump.

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06:53
Apple becomes a green energy supplier, with itself...

New York Times:

The words are stenciled on the front of the Apple Store, a glass box sandwiched between a nondescript Thai restaurant and a CVS pharmacy in downtown Palo Alto: “This store runs on 100 percent renewable energy.”

If Apple’s plans play out, it will be able to make that claim not only for its operations throughout California but also beyond, as the company aims to meet its growing needs for electricity with green sources like solar, wind and hydroelectric power.

And:

The motives may be economic as much as they are environmental. As a wholesaler, Apple could reduce the cost of its electricity load, which reached 831 million kilowatt-hours in the last fiscal year — enough to power about 76,000 homes for a year. But like a growing number of corporations, Apple is intent on reducing carbon dioxide emissions from electricity production — one of the biggest sources of greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.

If Apple can run all...

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06:47
News: Apple Music’s royalty rates complicate Spotify...

Apple Music’s entry into the streaming music business has major labels asking Spotify for a larger share of its revenue, Music Business Worldwide reports. Spotify’s contracts with Universal, Warner and Sony have all expired, and while the labels want Spotify to up their revenue share from 55 percent to something closer to the 58 percent Apple currently pays, Spotify is trying to push what it pays even further down. Spotify is getting by…

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06:42
Take home free Wi-Fi from the library

CBS Denver:

Jeannine Sedlacek has battled with rheumatoid arthritis since she was an infant. Getting around can take a lot of effort, especially her trips to the library just so she can access the internet.

“The only way I can get around is by bus,” she said.

You can imagine how happy she was to hear about a new pilot program launched by Denver Public Library, which offers free, unlimited high-speed internet to patrons through certain Wi-Fi hotspots.

The hotspots can be checked out like a book for up to three weeks.

I love this idea.

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06:34
Add Siri results to your Mac’s Notifications, pinned...

In a nutshell, ask Siri a question on your Mac, then tap the plus sign (upper right corner of the results) to add those results to Notification Center. They’ll stick around until you delete them (tap the x in the upper right corner).

Great tip.

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06:30
ICYMI: Racecar drivers are being replaced by...

Today on In Case You Missed It: Formula E racing is gearing up for new robo-races with the DevBot, a hybrid vehicle that can be driven by a computer rather than a person. Meanwhile, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania tested injecting a...

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06:16
DualShock 4 USB Wireless Adaptor for the Mac coming...

I’m old school and really need to use a joystick or joypad to play games on my Mac. Soon I’ll be able to use a $59.99 DualShock 4 thanks to a new accessory for Sony. You could connect a DualShock 4 controller to a Mac for some time via USB and some workarounds, but the new adapter is designed to make it all more seamless.

The DualShock 4 USB Wireless Adaptor will arrive early next month for a suggested retail price of $24.99. According to Sony, the adaptor will let you connect a DualShock 4 to a Mac wirelessly, and “will enable every feature of the controller you know and love: buttons, analog sticks, touch pad, light bar, motion sensors, vibration, and stereo headset jack – as long as the gaming application supports these features.”

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06:06
Australian retailers side with the country’s banks...

Australian retailer giant Coles, the Australian Payments Clearing Association (APCA), and the Australian Retailers Association (APA) have expressed their support to allow some of Australia's largest banks to collectively negotiate with third-party mobile providers such as Apple on conditions relating to competition, best practice standards, and efficiency and transparency.

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Westpac Banking Corporation, National Australia Bank, and Bendigo and Adelaide Bank had put in their initial request with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) at the end of July.

According to ZDNet, the banks want: to ensure that there will be non-exclusive access to a mobile near-field communication (NFC) chip, which would open it up to opportunities for other third parties, such as retailer...

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06:06
Wolfpack completes Kickstarter campaign, offers...

It’s a cool idea if it comes true.

The Wolfe Pro Kickstarter campaign which became fully funded after one day is offering a choice of two external GPUs for MacBook Pros that offer up to ten times the performance of the top-end built-in one. Connected via Thunderbolt 2 or 3, the Wolfe Pro gets you an NVIDIA GTX 970 GPU for $599, with estimated delivery in March 2017.

The GTX 970 has 1664 cores operating at 1050MHz, for a peak computing power of 3.49 teraflops, with rendering speeds almost ten times higher than a maxed-out 15-inch MacBook Pro with AMD R9 M370X GPU. Frame rates exceed 70 frames per second, creating a machine suitable for high-end gaming and VR applications.

Wolfpack, Inc., the company behind the effort, has...

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06:05
Unlikely photos of "iPhone 6 SE" packaging...

A series of photos have popped up purporting to show packaging for a new "iPhone 6 SE," but may be photo manipulations, combining the iPhone 6 and iPhone SE boxes.

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06:00
Jackery Jewel: Lightning charging cable and battery...

At Apple World Today, we review tons of external battery packs/chargers for iOS devices, and we review a lot of Lightning cables. But until today, I don't think we ever reviewed an accessory that is both a battery pack and a Lightning charging cable. The new Jackery Jewel (US$19.99) charges, syncs and extends battery life, and looks great in the process: 

The Jewel can extend the battery life of an iOS device up to 20 percent, perfect for providing that little extra bit of power you might need to stay in touch until you can find a computer or outlet to plug into. The cable is 39.4 inches (1 meter) in length, and has received Apple's Made For iPhone/iPad (MFi) certification. 

What I find intriguing about the Jackery Jewel is that when you're using it to charge your iPhone or iPad, it's being charged as well. There's no need to grab a separate cable while heading out the door, then wonder if you...

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Zus Kevlar MFi Certified Lightning...

Today in iLounge Deals, you can get the Zus Kevlar MFi Certified Lightning Cable for only $19.99. This military-grade charging cable will stand the test of time, built with the same aramid finer technology used in aerospace and military applications so normal wear and tear won’t affect it — the ZUS cable can bend over 15,000 times, and is covered by a lifetime warranty. The nylon braiding keeps cables tangle-free, and included velcro ties…

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06:00
YouTube's app for the big screen is being...

YouTube may have originated on the desktop (more than a decade ago!), but now mobile and the living room are two of its most important platforms. The latter is receiving an update today: Game consoles, streaming devices like Roku, smart TVs and of co...

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05:49
Vesper, Adieu

John Gruber:

In December 2012, I started a company with my friends Brent Simmons and Dave Wiskus. We named it Q Branch. In June 2013, we launched our first and only product: an iPhone notes app called Vesper.

Yesterday, we announced that development was ceasing, and we’ll soon be shutting down our sync server. I am terribly sad about this. I love Vesper. I use it every day. I mean that in the present tense. I still use it. When we pull the plug on the sync server, I’ll stop, but until then it’s my go-to notes app. In my career, the only things I’ve done that I’m prouder of are writing Daring Fireball and the creation of Markdown.

What went wrong was very simple. We never made enough money. Why we didn’t make enough money, what we should have done differently to make more money — those are complex questions (which I’ll tackle below).

A transparent look at the business of selling an iOS app in modern times, one that anyone with even the slightest interest...

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05:42
∞ Speed test: Last year’s iPhone 6s vs. Samsung’s...

[VIDEO] Should be no contest, right? The iPhone 6s was released almost exactly a year ago and the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was just released.

Nope. The iPhone 6s absolutely smokes the Note 7. Watch for yourself.

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05:31
Tim Cook just unlocked more than $100 million in...

MacRumors:

Upon reaching the five-year mark, Cook has today unlocked previously awarded stock bonuses currently worth over $100 million. The bonuses are tied to both his tenure and Apple’s performance under his leadership, including its total shareholder return relative to the S&P 500 index.

Cook’s bonus includes 700,000 tenure-based restricted stock units that vested today as part of a larger compensation package of over 4.7 million shares awarded on August 24, 2011, in addition to his first of six annual installments of 280,000 tenure-based restricted stock units that vested today. The combined 980,000 shares are valued at nearly $106.7 million based on AAPL’s closing price of $108.85 on Tuesday.

Helluva day for Mr. Cook. Buy yourself something nice.

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05:30
Daily Deal: Apple Lightning Cables, 3 for just $21.99

As I remind myself every time I go on a trip, you can never have enough Lightning cables. Whether you're charging your iPhone in the car or trying to charge up all of your Apple tech in the hotel room at night, having enough Lightning cables around is key to keeping everything running. We have a deal on Apple Lightning cables that are normally $19 each -- Apple World Today readers can get three 1-meter Apple Lightning cables for just $21.99

These are Apple cables that, of course, carry Apple's Made for iPhone/iPad certification. On one end, you have a standard USB 2.0 plug that goes into either your Mac's USB port or into a USB power adapter (not included). On the other end is the...

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05:30
Comcast's Watchable streaming app adds new...

Even cable giant Comcast has to pay attention to internet viewers, and last year it launched an interesting YouTube-like site called Watchable. Packed with content from creators including Buzzfeed and Vice it took aim directly at the very millennials...

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05:26
How Tim Cook has changed Apple in five years

Terrific piece from The Telegraph, an objective look at Apple then and now, from Tim Cook’s first day as CEO through today, with lots of charts and infographics that really tell the tale.

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05:15
Some iPhone 6, 6 Plus users affected by “Touch of...

This is a bit of a mess.

A growing numb er of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users are reporting that their screens have been showing a gray flickering bar at the top of the screen and a display that’s unresponsive or less responsive to touch.

As such, the extremely cool cats at iFixit have said that this appears to be a manufacturing issue.

According to Jason Villmer of Louisiana-based STS Telecom:

“This issue is widespread enough that I feel like almost every iPhone 6/6+ has a touch of it (no pun intended) and are like ticking bombs just waiting to act up,”

iFixit has labeled the issue “Touch Disease” and has stated that Apple is aware of the issue thanks to dozens of complaints on its support forum. The...

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05:15
Replacing Steve Jobs: How Apple CEO Tim Cook has...

Five years ago today, Steve Jobs officially passed the CEO torch on to Tim Cook. From the Wall Street Journal:

Now Apple is the world’s largest company by market value and remains one of the most influential. Its $53 billion in net income last year was greater than the combined earnings of technology behemoths Facebook Inc., Google’s parent Alphabet Inc., Amazon.com Inc. and Microsoft Corp. Apple recently sold its billionth iPhone.

Let that soak in. These are amazing accomplishments, proud laurels for any CEO, especially when you consider that Apple has, at the same time, fought harder than most large companies for social and environmental change.

At the same time, though, Apple’s growth is slowing, its stock is stagnating and it is facing more concerns than ever about its future. Underscoring all of this is one key question that Mr. Cook will likely never escape: Are Apple’s best days behind it?

That second paragraph is indeed key. Not the question, but...

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05:11
As Tim Cook set to receive $100M+ on 5th anniversary...

With Tim Cook set to receive more than $100M in stock bonuses as he reaches his fifth anniversary as Apple’s CEO today, the Financial Times has assessed the performance of AAPL under his leadership in a series of five charts.

In a ‘good news, bad news’ chart, the FT begins with a Bloomberg chart showing cumulative sales of the iPhone against income from the device as a percentage of total revenue. While analysts have focused on recent year-on-year dips, there’s no arguing with the steady rise in cumulative sales, Apple recently selling its billionth iPhone.

But the overall trend is also for the company to be increasingly dependent on iPhone revenue, making the decline in sales more worrying than it might otherwise be …...

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05:00
Sony announces DualShock 4 USB Wireless Adapter for...

This is pretty nifty.

Sony today announced its DualShock 4 USB Wireless Adapter, which will allow any Mac or PC to use a DualShock 4 controller as well as have full functionality with it, including the buttons, analog sticks, touch pad, light pad, motion sensors, vibration, and stereo headset jack will all be functional for Mac users, assuming the game itself supports the features.

The company offered the following comment:

We’re also introducing a new device, the DualShock 4 USB Wireless Adaptor, which launches in early September for a suggested retail price of $24.99. This adaptor will let you connect a DualShock 4 to PC and Mac wirelessly, and will enable every feature of the controller you know and love: buttons, analog sticks, touch pad, light bar, motion sensors...

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05:00
Checking Your ‘Find My Mac’ Status (And Why You...

Today’s Quick Tip is about Find My Mac. Are you sure your settings are working properly? Have you checked to be certain you can locate your device if it’s stolen or lost? We’ll tell you how!


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05:00
Apple Buys Healthcare 'Magic Machine'


Apple has purchased medical records startup Gliimpse in order to broaden its presence in the personal healthcare information management market. Apple reportedly confirmed that the purchase took place earlier this year. Apple in recent years has delved into healthcare with offerings such as HealthKit, CareKit and ResearchKit. The Gliimpse acquisition is seen as an extension of those efforts. "Apple is highly committed to creating products and services around health," said Tim Bajarin, president of Creative Strategies.

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04:30
This Twelve South product HiRises to the occasion...

If you're an iMac or Apple Thunderbolt Display owner, Twelve South's HiRise offers a cool addition to your workspace. It's a $79.99, height-adjustable stand that's both functional and good-looking.

It's crafted from extruded aluminum and stamped steel. The HiRise elevates an iMac or monitor, allowing the user to adjust the height of his screen to create a more comfortable, ergonomic workspace.

Along with raising the height of iMacs, HiRise creates a handy desktop storage bay for connected gear or personal items. You can store, for example, backup hard drives, cables, your wallet … even a Mac mini. They're hidden behind the magnetically-held front faceplate. What's more, both front and back metal faceplates are perforated to provide pass-through ventilation. The HiRise is compatible with all current iMac and Apple Displays.

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04:30
Can Apple return the 'wow factor' to the...

There are legitimate complaints that Macs have lost their “wow” factor. The MacBook Pro and Mac mini are long-in-the-tooth. And the Mac Pro is practically extinct by computer years.

In a 2015 report, Needham & Company Analyst Charlie Wolf said that the Mac’s "wow factor" is gradually fading and is no longer attracting as many "switcher" customers from Windows machines. Can Apple change this?

Wolf estimated that more than 40 million Windows users had switched to the Mac since 2005. That's a figure twice the size of the Mac installed base at the beginning of that period.

However, the effect may have been greater in the past, Wolf said, when the quality gap between the Windows experience and the Mac experience was greater. What's more, PC designs, have become "satisfactory for the jobs to be done." Still, he noted that the Mac continues to generate the lion's share of computer profits -- more than the top PC makers in the world combined.

"Apple’s...

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04:25
Amazon now offers unlimited cloud storage for £55...

One of the benefits of being an Amazon Prime member is unlimited cloud storage for photos, as well as 5GB of space for other file types. If you own any of the retailer's Fire devices, too, you get unlimited storage for photos taken with that product,...

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04:23
Sketchy product packaging photos suggest ‘iPhone 6...

Very sketchy images have surfaced showing off supposed future iPhone product packaging, raising the potential of Apple calling a new iPhone the iPhone 6 SE. Whether this is meant as a successor to the 4 inch iPhone SE or the ‘real’ name for the iPhone 7, due to be announced early next month, is unclear. An upgrade to the iPhone SE is not expected and has not been rumored, as the device only launched a few months ago.

Update: More photos from Priceraja, including a look at the pamphlet.

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04:19
Kickstarter campaign pitching external GPU for...

A Kickstarter campaign which got fully-funded on day one is offering a choice of two external GPUs for MacBook Pros that offer up to ten times the performance of the top-end built-in one. Connected via Thunderbolt 2 or 3, the Wolfe Pro gets you an NVIDIA GTX 970 GPU for $599, with estimated delivery in March 2017.

The GTX 970 has 1664 cores operating at 1050MHz, for a peak computing power of 3.49 teraflops, with rendering speeds almost ten times higher than a maxed-out 15-inch MacBook Pro with AMD R9 M370X GPU. Frame rates exceed 70 frames per second, creating a machine suitable for high-end gaming and VR applications.

The company also promises that backers will be given the option of upgrading to the even more powerful GTX 1060 when available …

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04:00
DefenderPad is designed to protect tech gadget users...

Approximately 65% of middle school students use a laptop, and more than 36% use a tablet. In addition, nearly 90% of college students own and use laptops on a daily basis.

So what, you ask? Well, there's some scientific evidence suggesting that close exposure to laptop EMR emissions may cause a number of health concerns, particularly to young children who have less dense tissue and bone than adults. EMF radiation can cause fertility problems, cellular damage or DNA mutation, as well as create skin problems.

Enter the DefenderPad, designed as a replacement for lap desks, lap trays and laptop cooling pads. It's also designed to protect users from DNA damage, skin burns and rashes, and future reproductive issues. There are other radiation protection pads out there, but this is apparently only one that blocks both RF and ELF radiation.

The DefenderPad comes in versions ranging from smartphones to laptops up...

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Tuesday August 23

19:42
Vesper, Adieu

What Happened

In December 2012, I started a company with my friends Brent Simmons and Dave Wiskus. We named it Q Branch. In June 2013, we launched our first and only product: an iPhone notes app called Vesper.

Yesterday, we announced that development was ceasing, and we’ll soon be shutting down our sync server. I am terribly sad about this. I love Vesper. I use it every day. I mean that in the present tense. I still use it. When we pull the plug on the sync server, I’ll stop, but until then it’s my go-to notes app. In my career, the only things I’ve done that I’m prouder of are writing Daring Fireball and the creation of Markdown.

What went wrong was very simple. We never made enough money. Why we didn’t make enough money, what we should have done differently to make more money — those are complex questions (which I’ll tackle below). But what actually sunk Vesper was not complicated...

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18:35
Retailers, payments association side with Australian...

Major retailers and payments associations filed letters in support of a regulatory request from Australia's three top banks that would force Apple into collective negotiations over third-party access to iPhone's secure NFC module.

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17:10
ITC judge rules Fitbit did not steal trade secrets...

An International Trade Commission judge on Tuesday cleared fitness tracker maker Fitbit of allegedly stealing corporate secrets from competitor Jawbone, ruling out the potential of a U.S. import ban.

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16:55
Pokémon Go update adds monster ‘Appraisal,’ promise...

A report earlier claimed that Pokémon Go usage is in decline from its fever pitched height two months ago. Direct battling and trading might spark a revival in the game, but so far Niantic is still focused on international expansion and stability. Version 1.5.0 on iOS adds a new Pokémon appraisal feature, minor fixes, and the promise of new features.

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15:43
Spotify looks to squeeze record labels over...

Coming off a year of heavy net losses, Spotify, the world's largest music streaming service, is attempting to negotiate better terms with record labels as it prepares for a potential initial public offering next year.

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15:34
Google Fills Nexus Devices With Rich Nougat Features


Google on Monday began rolling out its long-awaited Android 7.0 Nougat release to Nexus smartphones and tablets. The new operating system became available as a beta release, known only as "Android N," earlier this year. The experiences of developers and other users led to more than 250 new features, including improved multitasking, stronger battery life and tighter security features, noted Sameer Samat, vice president of product development. The new OS provides quick access to settings, so important features are readily available when needed.

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15:33
Report: Spotify struggling to strike long-term deals...

It’s no secret that since the launch of Apple Music, Spotify’s relationship with Apple has become more than strained. The company has publicly accused Apple of anticompetitively favoring its own streaming services, giving third-party offerings like Spotify a disadvantage. Now, it appears that Apple Music is causing Spotify even more trouble, this time when it comes to negotiating with labels.

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14:30
AWT News Update: August 23, 2016

In today's Apple headlines:

  • An apology to listeners for a missing edit...
  • Nike appears to have inadvertently confirmed that the Apple Watch 2 will have built-in GPS
  • Instapaper is sold to Pinterest
  • Remember the story that said Apple had passed on purchasing Lyft? Well, apparently the company is not for sale, and Lyft is blaming Uber's CEO for the rumors
  • We tell you about a quick and ad-free way to check your download speeds for streaming

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Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for August 23, 2016. Here are some of today’s Apple news highlights.

First,...

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14:23
Notable apps and app updates for Aug. 23, 2016

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.

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

SpriTec Software has announced SuperTab 2.2, an upgrade of its utility application for OS X.

The app enhances and extends the Mac's built-in Command-Tab Application Switcher. SuperTab builds upon the Mac's built-in App Switcher by providing users with instant access to more than just their Active Apps. Version 2.2 adds voice control. This let users simply use their voice to launch apps, open files, take screen shots, type commonly-used phrases and more.

According to the folks at SprTech, you don’t have to upgrade to macOS Sierra, due this fall, to get voice control. SuperTab 2.2 brings it to Mac OS X Yosemite (10.10) and El...

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14:10
Pinterest absorbs offline reading service Instapaper

Popular clipping site Pinterest on Tuesday announced the takeover of Instapaper, a mainstay in the offline reading services world.

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13:50
News: iFixit highlights ‘Touch Disease’ affecting...

Photo: iFixit A new report from iFixit highlights a design defect in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus that the company believes is affecting thousands of units. Referring to the problem as “Touch Disease,” iFixit describes a scenario where flickering grey lines appear at the top of the iPhone screen and touch functionality becomes glitchy or unresponsive. Apple Stores have generally refused to reocgnize the problem as an issue — particularly…

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13:40
NASA reestablishes contact with long lost spacecraft...

Why does this feel like the beginning of a sci-fi horror movie?

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13:32
SampleTank 2 for iOS

With SampleTank for iOS, you now have the power of desktop virtual instruments — without compromise — with a massive number of over 1,900 high-quality instruments and the most advanced sound and groove workstation for the mobile platform.

IK Multimedia makes some great stuff for musicians on iOS.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:30
Dot: Physical push notifications, now on Kickstarter

One of the holy grails of the Internet of Things is to have certain things happen in specific places. But there's a problem with that; right now, our devices don't have precise enough location capabilities to trigger notifications when you're passing by the refrigerator or walking to the garage. A group of five Berkeley engineers has teamed up to create Dot, a device that takes the concept of an iBeacon and makes it usable anywhere. Sound confusing? Here's a video:

Dot is more than just a beacon. It has an RGB LED built in that can be set up to glow certain colors under specific conditions, giving you an indication of that condition with just a glance. Powered by Bluetooth 4.0, Dot can automatically provide notifications or launch apps on your smartphone or tablet when you walk within a certain...

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13:28
Review: Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected...

It's becoming more and more apparent that we live in a connected world, with Bluetooth accessories and mobile apps expanding to cover all aspects of life. So it's no surprise to discover that even toothbrushes have joined the club. Philips' Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected Toothbrush ($199) takes Philips' popular premium electric toothbrush, adding Bluetooth connectivity and an iPhone app to improve your dental health with real-time monitoring and coaching to help improve your brushing techniques. {/exp:char_limit}

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13:18
UK supermarket giant Asda tests support for Apple Pay

Major U.K. supermarket chain Asda is currently in real-world testing of Apple Pay, despite its parent company, Walmart, not offering any compatibility whatsoever in North America.

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13:15
Sony announces new wireless adapter bringing full...

Sony today announced a new accessory for Mac and PC users that will bring improved gaming support to the platform. In a blog post, Sony unveiled the DualShock 4 USB Wireless Adapter. This accessory will let users connect a DualShock 4 to any Mac, with all aspects of the controller being fully functional.

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12:55
Sony brings wireless PS4 DualShock 4 controller...

Mac gamers will gain full functionality with Sony's DualShock 4 controller, including touchpad, vibration, and stereo headset jack -- via a new USB wireless adapter priced at $24.99.

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12:47
Tesla unveils new Model S

Tesla Motors Inc. is adding versions of its Model S sedan and Model X sport utility vehicle with a more powerful battery pack that the company said makes the Model S the world’s quickest production car and gives it range of 315 miles on a single charge.

Tesla said it can go from a standstill to 60 miles per hour in 2.5 seconds.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:44
Touch controllers on iPhone 6, 6 Plus failing in...

A handful of users of the Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are reporting manifestation of display aberrations and inconsistent touch functionality -- and a screen replacement doesn't fix the problem.

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12:40
Tesla unveils 100 kWh battery for Model X and S

Tesla's latest innovation is a 100 kWh battery pack for the Model X and Model S that can travel up to 315 miles non-stop, an improvement over its existing 90 kWh model. The new battery module is roughly the same shape and size as the 90 kWh version,...

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12:30
MacPaw's Mac Optimizer Bundle is a Back-To-...

Apple World Today readers love bargains, and this one is perfect for the student in your life. MacPaw has two apps -- CleanMyMac 3 and Gemini 2 -- that are great for keeping Macs at peak performance. Just in time for the start of a new school year, MacPaw is bundling the two apps together in what they call "The Mac Optimizer Bundle" for just $53.95.

Let's start with CleanMyMac 3. It's on my iMac and I use it at least monthly to scan my Mac and get rid of temporary files, mail attachments, iPhoto and iTunes deleted files, and anything else that junks up my Mac. I've found it to be extremely useful and a perfect way to keep the iMac running at top performance.

Gemini 2 goes even further; its specialty is finding duplicates on your Mac. Using an intelligent duplicate search, it finds files that are...

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12:27
New York Times reporters hacked

Hackers thought to be working for Russian intelligence have carried out a series of cyber breaches targeting reporters at the New York Times and other US news organizations, according to US officials briefed on the matter.

I wonder what they were looking for at media organizations.

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12:20
Asking questions in design

Janice Gervais wrote a great article about asking the right questions of your client, and understanding why it’s important to have a clear picture.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:00
Readdle releases PDF Expert 2

When it comes to working with Portable Document Format (PDF) files, there's been no better Mac app than Readdle's PDF Expert. Today, the Ukraine-based developer released PDF Expert 2 to add even more capabilities (free trial, $59.99 license).

With PDF Expert 2, editing text in PDF documents is easy. Making changes in any document, correcting typos, and adding updates is done quickly. If you need to edit other items in the document, like links, images or outlines, PDF Expert 2 has that capability, too. For collaboration with others, there are PDF annotation tools for highlighting, marking up or adding bookmarks. 

Do you often receive PDF forms to sign? Any PDF form can be filled out electronically, then signed using a trackpad. Grabbing multiple documents and converting them into a single PDF, or just adding one page from another document to an existing PDF is easy to do as well.

When a document is finished,...

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11:59
Pinterest acquires Instapaper

For you, the Instapaper end user and customer, nothing changes. The Instapaper team will be moving from betaworks in New York City to Pinterest’s headquarters in San Francisco, and we’ll continue to make Instapaper a great place to save and read articles.

I used to be a huge Instapaper user.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:57
AI-powered Prisma photo editing app now works...

Prisma first launched on iOS back in July, bringing AI-powered artistic photo filters to the iPhone. We were impressed with the quality and variety of filters, noting the server-side machine learning aspect that made these filters possible, but Prisma’s popularity was often too much for those servers and resulted in slow filter previews. Today Prisma seems to have solved that problem by making most of its filters available offline.

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11:49
Pyle launches low-end attack on GoPro with iPhone-...

The newest affordable action camera from electronics maker Pyle Audio captures 4K video at 120 frames per second, along with offering iOS connectivity and an array of mounting accessories.

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11:34
Twitter rolls out night mode in its iOS app

Now it’s easier for iPhone users to tweet past their bedtimes.

On Monday, Twitter added a night mode feature to its iOS app. When night mode is activated, the Twitter interface changes to darker hues so that Tweets are easier to read in low light, when you don’t want to be squinting at a bright white screen. The feature was originally introduced in Twitter’s Android app back in July.

Rolling out today – we’re bringing night mode to iOS!

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