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Monday May 22

Nike debuts four new Apple Watch bands to coincide...

Nike on Monday introduced four new Nike Sport Band colors for the Apple Watch, designed to match the company's Air VaporMax Flyknit "Day to Night" running shoe collection.

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New Nike "Day to Night" Apple Watch bands...

While my AWT business partner Dennis Sellers is out for his daily run, he's missing out on the news that could make him a color-coordinated fashionista -- Nike has just announced a new collection of "Day to Night" Apple Watch bands that will match the designs of the Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit "Day to Night" running shoes. 

When they arrive on and at select Nike retail stores on June 1 for $49.00, runners will be able to match their watch band and shoes for the first time. According to Nike, "The 'Day to Night' collections celebrates runners whenever they choose to run - at twilight, sunset and everything in between. Each of the colors is inspired by a shade of the sky, from dawn to dusk, and allows runners to - for the first time - make a statement by matching their Apple Watch Nike+ bands to their footwear."

The bands will also be available at, Apple retail outlets, and other retail partners after the June launch. 

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Apple Store in Singapore

As with most Apple retail locations, this is just beautiful.

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Hypnotic coffee table creates sand art with a...

If I had the money, I’d buy one of these coffee tables in a heartbeat.

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Cases for Apple's 2017 iPad Pros hint at tall...

Photos from a pair of sources purportedly show cases for Apple's 2017 iPad Pro models, including an updated 12.9-inch tablet and a new 10.5-inch design.

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Daily Deal: ExoMount Magnet Air Universal Smartphone...

Don't drive and hold that iPhone in your hand at the same time -- in many states, this is illegal, and anywhere it's an unsafe practice. Instead, take advantage of our deal on the ExoMount Magnet Air Universal Smartphone Car Mount for just $22.95.  

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Stay safe and save some money in the process. Order the ExoMount Magnet Air Universal Smartphone Car Mount today.

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New Apple Music subscribers in some countries won...

Even if you hate the design and navigation, one thing has been clear since Apple released its Music streaming service to the world at WWDC 2015: it has the best introductory offer in the business. But like all good things, it looks like that might be coming to an end.

Several outlets have spotted that Apple’s website in Australia, Spain, and Switzerland is now showing that new Apple Music subscriptions will cost a buck rather than nothing. New customers still get the same three months of music, but now their iTunes accounts will be charged 99 cents, euros, and francs, respectively.

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UBS increases Apple price target to $170, sees...

In anticipation of a pricey flagship iPhone later this year, investment firm UBS increased its price target for AAPL stock on Monday, advising investors to buy in before the launch of the highly anticipated "iPhone 8."

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Nike launching colorful new Apple Watch Sport Bands...

Last month Nike expanded its Apple partnership with a special NikeLab version of its collaborative Apple Watch Nike+, and next month Nike is going further by introducing four new shoe-matching Nike Sport Band colors. The “Day to Night” band collection is designed to match Nike’s Air VaporMax Flyknit shoes…


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The Netherlands gain more mass transit details in...

Apple has expanded its mass transit information to the Netherlands, with the full set of data involving stations, tracks, and other stations coming online on early Saturday morning -- but live train and bus data is not yet available.

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MNML: Minimalist desktop client for Medium, and this...

Have you heard about You can think of it as a blogging platform, but it’s much more than that, providing a daily dish of tasty ideas by writers you might not have otherwise discovered. You can be a writer on Medium; just sign up and start typing. Better yet, buy a copy of MNML (US$29.99) as soon as you sign up for Medium and get ready to enjoy writing and publishing your work on Medium.

MNML (pronounced “minimal”) is a minimalist macOS desktop client for Medium from developer John Saddington, the same guy who brought you Desk. That Mac app was voted one of the Mac App Store “Best Apps of the Year” in both 2014 and 2015, and MNML is off to a good start by being featured on the Mac App Store as a...

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RSA Sues Apple Claiming Apple Pay Patent Infringement

RSA filed a lawsuit against Apple and Visa over the weekend claiming the iPhone maker’s Apple Pay feature infringes on patents it owns. The company says it holds 13 patents covering Apple Pay technology, and hasn’t been able to get Apple or Visa to pay for licensing.

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Most Apple Pay terminals in the UK can now accept...

Jennifer Bailey, vice president of Apple pay, told The Telegraph that over half of contactless payment terminals in the UK are now able to take Apple mobile payment transactions of any value. Most card readers had previously been restricted to £30, the default upper limit for contactless card transactions.

The upgrades, which she said applied to hundreds of thousands of terminals, means shoppers in many places can make payments of any value without taking their wallet with them. When Apple Pay was launched in the UK in 2015, only a handful of retailers accepted “limitless” transactions.

The Telegraph notes that higher-value payments are seen as a key advantage for Apple over contactless cards as it seeks to grow its payments business. Contactless card payments are limited to £30 to prevent fraud, since they do not...

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Emerson announces two new HomeKit Sensi thermostats...

Emerson has officially announced HomeKit support for its Sensi Wi-Fi Thermostat lineup, which includes a budget-friendly option and a fancier version with a color shifting touch screen. Apple’s HomeKit feature allows you to control heating and cooling settings with Siri, automation, and Apple’s Home app.


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Leaked 10.5-inch iPad Pro case compared to current 9...

Earlier today we got a brief glimpse at some of the first iPad cases leaking for the new 10.5-inch (as well as that refreshed 12.9-inch model also expected soon). Now we get our best look yet at the new model with the images above and below showing a case for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro next to the current 9.7-inch iPad Pro model. The images come from sources in China and were shared with 9to5Mac by @ShaiMizrachi, a tipster that has shared accurate information for unreleased products on several occasions in the past.


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Apple Pay accused of violating patents after...

Apple has been accused of violating the patents of a Boston-based company through its launch of Apple Pay. Universal Secure Registry CEO Kenneth Weiss says he ‘was the first in the space, and the secure payment technology that he developed goes right to the core of Apple Pay.’

In an interview, Weiss says that the patents cover all three key elements of Apple Pay.

Kenneth P. Weiss, received 13 patents for authentication systems that use a smartphone, biometric identification such as a fingerprint and the generation of secure one-time tokens to conduct financial transactions.

While it’s not unusual for more than one company to be simultaneously working on the same technology, Weiss...

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Apple sued for allegedly infringing electronic...

Another day, another lawsuit. Universal Secure Registry, a Boston area “enabling technology” company, has filed a complaint in United States District Court for the District of Delaware accusing Apple and Visa of infringing patents for electronic payments and identity authentication that paved the way for their mobile payment platforms.

The suit seeks unspecified damages, but details the scope of the infringement, claiming, "since 2014 Apple's backend servers and Visa's payment processing network VisaNet, including Visa Token Service, have supported and processed transactions made using Apple Pay, including billions of Apple Pay transactions made in the United States." 

According to the complaint, "Apple CEO Tim Cook stated at the iPhone 6 launch event in September 2014, '[p]ayments is a huge business. Every day between credit and debit we spend $12 billion. That's over $4 trillion a year and that's just in the United...

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Lawsuit accuses Apple & Visa of stealing ideas...

A lawsuit launched this week accuses Apple and Visa of patent infringement via Apple Pay, in fact suggesting that one or both of the companies stole core ideas behind the platform.

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Emerson announces Apple HomeKit compatible...

Emerson has announced the new Sensi Touch Wi-Fi with a color touchscreen and HomeKit compatibility. HomeKit is a framework that allows control of compatible home automation devices through iOS and Siri.

Emerson’s new Sensi Touch Wi-Fi Thermostat—along with an updated version of the classic Sensi Wi-Fi Thermostat—is now compatible with Apple's smarthome management platform. Customers can use the new geofencing proximity detection feature or flexible scheduling options to achieve energy savings without compromising their comfort, according to Robert Sharp, executive president of Emerson Commercial and Residential Solutions.

Both thermostats use smart alerts to notify customers of extreme temperatures and humidity levels. The Sensi mobile app has also received extensive updates, including a dashboard with individual thermostat cards. In addition to the Apple HomeKit integration, both Sensi thermostats are compatible with smart home platforms Amazon Alexa and Wink.

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Facial recognition helps parents find son 27 years...

Jennings Brown, Vocativ:

When Fu Gui was six, he was abducted on his way home from school in Chongqing, China. He was then trafficked to Quznahou, about 1,000 miles away, where he was sold to foster parents. Now, 27 years after he was taken from his family, he has been reunited with them. And it’s all thanks to the latest cross-age facial recognition technology from Chinese tech giant Baidu.


In 2009, nearly two decades after Gui was kidnapped after school, he uploaded the earliest photo he had of himself, taken when he was 10, adding it to the database of tens of thousands of images. In January of this year, Gui’s father uploaded a photo of Gui when he was 4.

Baidu’s AI was capable of matching the two images, taken six years apart.

This is a breathtaking application of facial recognition technology. And this tech is becoming more sophisticated, and facial data more ubiquitously available every single day.


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Apple and glucose level monitoring – “Stick it in...

Jean-Louis Gassée, Monday Note:

Apple appears to be working on blood glucose monitoring as a way to address Type 2 Diabetes.“Stick it in your ear”. Literally.

This is a detailed, thoughtful piece on Apple’s pursuit of the holy grail of glucose level monitoring, continuous monitoring without drawing blood. Terrific read.

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Knightsbridge Singapore Apple store cover removed,...

The cladding surrounding the new Apple store at Singapore's Knightsbridge shopping center has been removed, and the interior of the location has been seen for the first time.

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Apple sees year-over-year increase in Mac laptop...

Apple’s sold an estimated 3.4 million laptops in the first quarter of the 2017 calendar year, compared to an estimated 2.9 million in the previous quarter, according to TrendForce. This places it fifth among global laptop manufacturers, notes the research group with 9% market share.

Ahead of Apple are HP (22.8% market share), Lenovo (21.2% market share), Dell (14.3% market share), and Asus (9.8% market share). This doesn’t count tablets. According to TrendForce, Apple has 27.9% of this market, making it the top table maker.

Apple’s sales of 3.4 million laptops in the first quarter represents a 15.8% decline compared to the last quarter of 2016. However, it’s a year-over-year increase in overall laptop shipments.

The latest generation of MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, which was released in last year’s fourth quarter, was well-received by consumers and contributed significantly to the...

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Nokia: Apple isn’t a victim of monopoly

Nokia asked a Texas federal judge Thursday to toss antitrust counterclaims by Apple in a patent infringement suit over video compression technology, calling the tech giant’s protestations that it was the victim of a monopoly a meritless attempt to impede Nokia’s infringement claims, reports the Law 360 website.

Nokia is suing Apple in Germany and the U.S. for patent infringement. "Since agreeing (to) a license covering some patents from the Nokia Technologies portfolio in 2011, Apple has declined subsequent offers made by Nokia to license other of its patented inventions which are used by many of Apple's products...

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How the Beatles Wrote ‘A Day in the Life’

[VIDEO] Nicholas Dawidoff:

“A Day in the Life” isn’t a song to sing, as are “Eleanor Rigby” (ideal for both car and karaoke), “Hey Jude” (written to soothe John Lennon’s young son, no lullaby works better at children’s bedtime), or “In My Life” (a perennial at weddings and funerals and, I can’t help mentioning, rock’s analog to Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116). Nor is “A Day in the Life” guided by melody like so many Beatles creations. It’s an elaborate production, filled with sophisticated George Martin and Geoff Emerick musical trickery (distortion, echo, dubbing, reverb). An orchestra plays, and then one singer’s voice gives way to another’s—John’s worldly reflections transitioning to Paul’s sketch of domestic memoir, and then back again—before orchestral cataclysm and a final resting place.


And then, after all the chaos and destruction, what next? George Harrison had suggested a fade to humming. But it didn’t work. Paul thought that the song needed firmer...

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Tipping point for Apple Pay as majority of UK tills...

The Telegraph:

Jennifer Bailey, the head of Apple’s payments business, said over half of contactless payment terminals in the UK are now able to take Apple Pay transactions of any value. Most card readers had previously been restricted to £30, the default upper limit for contactless card transactions.


Contactless card payments are limited to £30 to prevent fraud, since they do not require shoppers to enter a PIN.

Apple Pay transactions, which are made by holding an iPhone or Apple Watch against a card reader, are approved using the iPhone fingerprint scanner or watch’s biometric sensors. The extra security allows Apple Pay to make payments of any value, but retailers have had to embark on a programme of terminal upgrades to support them.

“We think the majority of the contactless terminals [in the UK] are now limitless,” Ms Bailey said.

Slow, but steady, steady growth.


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Comment: Today at Apple could easily backfire unless...

Among the images that Apple proudly featured in officially launching its Today at Apple initiative was one from an event I attended myself: an acoustic concert at London’s Regent Street store.

The official photo of the event, below, shows singer Dua Lipa performing one of the tracks from her upcoming new album, while smiling customers enjoy the show.

That was an accurate reflection of the event. The singer gave an excellent performance to an appreciative audience. But it didn’t provide the complete picture. The top photo, taken with my iPhone from my position close to the stage area, shows another aspect of the event: massive crowding with basically zero attempt at controlling those crowds …


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‘Today at Apple’ events kicked off this weekend

“Today at Apple” kicked off this weekend with new in-store programming around the world, including Photo Walks and Kids Hour at all 495 Apple stores. From Getting Started with Coding to How To: Sketch, Draw and Paint with iPad, stores collectively hosted 4,000 sessions a day, including some with special guests.

Movement artist and star of Apple’s AirPods commercial, Lil Buck, shows off his moves in the Forum at Apple Union Square.

The Today at Apple sessions are led by a new type of retail store employee -- the Creative Pro. These employees are being hired for professional-level knowledge of the subjects they teach at the sessions. In some major cities, the sessions will be taught by world-renowned artists, musicians, videographers and photographers.

The education events are part of a plan to have the Apple stores become a...

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External Link: Apple Spends $200 Million on Lattice...

Apple’s Siri was the first voice-driven assistant of its kind on the market, but in many ways, it is now being overshadowed by Amazon’s Alexa, Google’s Assistant, and Microsoft’s Cortana. To boost Siri's capabilities, Apple has acquired artificial intelligence company Lattice Data for $200 million, largely for the expertise of its 20 engineers. Lattice Data converts so-called “dark data” like free-form text and images into structured data that computers can understand and use in Siri's responses.


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Presentation slide again suggests 'iPhone 8...

A photograph of a PowerPoint presentation suggests that the "iPhone 8" Touch ID sensor module cutout is on the back of the screen -- shedding some doubt on recent mockups and illustrations putting it underneath the display glass.

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Apple wants you to be able to control HomeKit, iOS,...

Apple wants to make it easier to manage HomeKit compatible gadgets and its own iOS and macOS devices from a central interface, perhaps on an iPhone, iPad or Mac. The company has been granted a patent (number 20170139801) for “presenting status received from multiple devices.”

HomeKit is a framework that allows control of compatible home automation devices through iOS and Siri.

In the patent filing,  Apple notes that modern computing devices and wireless connections make gathering and transmitting data easier than ever, but remotely viewing all of this data still faces numerous obstacles. For one, the variety of device types and the volume of data make viewing data from multiple devices unpractical. 

Even if an application or interface is provided, viewing the variety of data requires accessing multiple applications to view the data regarding each application. This is both time consuming and resource intensive and provides the user a disjointed view of the data...

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Apple shuts down Repair Extension Program for 2011...

The bad news: Apple is no longer offering extended support for its 2011 MacBook Pro notebooks via its Repair Extension Program for Video Issues.

A group of updated support documents point out that Apple is still covering 15-inch Retina models of the Pro from 2012 and 2013, as long as they were bought less than four years ago. The program was slated to end on December 31st, 2016, although Apple has kept it in effect for users within a four-year window.

Apple first launched the Repair Extension Program for Video Issues in February of 2015. The program addressed what the company claimed was a “small percentage” of Pros with absent or distorted video, or prone to sudden reboots. Problems came to light as far back as 2013, however.

Come October of 2014, Apple was hit with a class-action lawsuit wherein users sought compensation for faulty GPUs. A later online petition to Apple executives collected over 40,000 signatures.

Customers who qualify for the Repair...

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Majority of UK payment terminals now support ‘...

We noted last summer that many UK payment terminals were allowing Apple Pay transactions above the standard £30 ($39) limit for contactless cards – and Apple says this is now true of the majority of terminals.

The news was revealed by Jennifer Bailey, head of Apple’s payments business …


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Photos show cases for new 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch...

Whilst WWDC is typically focused on software announcements like iOS 11, this year several reports point to new hardware announcements including a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro model.

In line with that expectation, photos are now surfacing showing cases sized for the new 10.5-inch iPad. Similar to rumors for iPhone 8, Apple will shrink the bezels to fit a larger display in approximately the same physical chassis size as the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. A case for the 2017 12.9 inch model is also shown …


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Updated drone footage shows Apple Park campus at...

The new Apple Park headquarters is drawing that much closer to completion.

In his latest drone video, Duncan Sinfield has released flyover footage of the site at sunset.

While we saw some nighttime footage of Apple Park earlier this month, the new video takes the viewer a sunset-only tour of the campus. The video shows just how massive Apple’s new headquarters really are, as the building lights up the darker it gets outside.

The footage also shows work continuing on the site’s landscaping.

Interestingly, a Wired piece also mentions the vision of the late Steve Jobs for the new headquarters:

At one point, Stefan Behling recalls, Jobs discussed the walls he had in mind for the offices: “He knew exactly what timber he wanted, but not just ‘I like oak’ or ‘I like maple.’ He knew it had to be quarter-­cut. It had to be cut in the winter, ideally in January, to have the least amount of sap and sugar content. We were all sitting there, architects...

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Apple unveils Singapore store, with Today at Apple...

Apple has removed the vinyl window coverings from its first retail store in Singapore, revealing the interior for the first time.

Straits Times reports that the ground floor is used to display both main products and accessories, while the focus of the upper floor is on space for the company’s Today at Apple creative sessions …


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How to change the default email client in macOS...

When you click a link for an email address, your Mac opens the app you've set for that kind of link. Mail is the default email app. It works just fine for me. However, if you install other email apps, you might want to set them to open when you click an email link or web link. To set a default email app:

  • Open the Mail app.
  • If you haven't already set up an email account in Mail preferences or Internet preferences, follow the onscreen instructions to set one up now.
  • From the Mail menu, choose Preferences.
  • Click General.
  • Choose your email app from the ”Default email reader” pop-up menu.

(This how-to is based on my experiences and info on Apple's support pages — where the images come from.)

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Apple officially launches ‘Today at Apple’ with...

Apple officially launched its Today at Apple initiative – combining workshops and creative performances – this weekend. The company says that it held special events at all 495 Apple Stores around the world, and showed off photos from many of them (below).

‘Today at Apple’ kicked off this weekend with new in-store programming around the world, including Photo Walks and Kids Hour at all 495 Apple stores. From Getting Started with Coding to How To: Sketch, Draw and Paint with iPad, stores collectively hosted 4,000 sessions a day, including some with very special guests …


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Apple’s new iCloud security requirements: How it...

If you use iCloud for email, calendar events, or contacts with any apps other than those made by Apple, and you haven’t upgraded the security on your account to use two-factor authentication (2FA), syncing and other interaction will fail starting June 15. That’s when Apple imposes a new security requirement that requires unique passwords for all third-party software that works with iCloud accounts. That includes apps like BusyContacts, Fantastical, and Thunderbird, to name a few of hundreds, as well as online services that sync with iCloud or retrieve email.

That sounds a lot more secure, but there’s less there than meets the eye. Apple’s method of allowing third-party access has significant flaws in containing abuse if one of these unique passwords gets discovered. There’s a better way with its own set of problems, but Apple doesn’t appear to be moving in that direction. (Here’s...

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OmniOutliner Essentials and Pro 5.0.4

Brings a number of refinements to the recently upgraded outlining and information organization apps. ($9.99/59.99 new, free update, 26.9 MB)


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iPhone 8 Touch ID location remains unclear as latest...

Although the iPhone 8 is apparently entering production verification testing this month, the rumor mill continues to disagree about several details of Apple’s upcoming radically-redesigned phone.

In this latest alleged schematics photo via Sneakleaks, an iPhone chassis is shown with a Touch ID fingerprint cutout below the Apple logo on the back of the device. This idea was last seen in an April leak. However, the rumors have not come to consensus and there are still many contradictory reports about the fate of the iPhone 8 Touch ID …


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Sunday May 21

Apple Music starts charging for three-month trials...

For reasons unknown, Apple has begun charging a small fee in Australia, Spain, and Switzerland for what would ordinarily be a free three-month trial of Apple Music.

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TextExpander 6.2.1

Maintenance release addresses a smattering of bug fixes. ($40 annual subscription, free update, 6.4 MB)


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Sorry, you can't plant enough trees to offset...

Ever planted a tree to feel better about your environmental footprint? It's a good idea, but it might not have as much of an effect as you'd hope. A simulation-based study has determined that it would be utterly unrealistic to plant enough trees to o...

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Drones and AI help stop poaching in Africa

Several organizations are already using drones to fight poaching, but the Lindbergh Foundation is taking it one step further. The environmental non-profit has joined forces with Neurala in order to use the company's deep learning neural network AI to...

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Things 3.0.2

Major new release for task manager with a redesigned user interface and new features including project headings, checklists, and time-based reminders. ($49.99 new, free update, 12.1 MB)


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LeEco CEO steps down but stays in charge

To put it mildly, LeEco has had its fair share of trouble lately. It ran low on cash due to aggressive growth, backed out of its Vizio takeover and threw its weight behind Faraday Future's electric cars despite some overly ambitious plans. Clearly, t...

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Leak reveals Facebook's rules for controversial...

It's no secret that Facebook's judgment calls on risky content are sometimes more than a little problematic. But just what are the rules guiding those decisions? You'll know after today. The Guardian has obtained leaked copies of over 100 internal...

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Working Apple-1 sold at auction by original owner...

One of the last surviving Apple-1 computers in full working order has sold in Germany for a bid price of $101,325 -- far lower than expected for the collectible.

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Logic Pros Review: The ‘Unique’ virtual analog synth...

In this week’s episode of Logic Pros, we are taking a look at the new Unique iOS synth from Sugar-Bytes. The company has been making some of the most wild audio effects processors and instruments for quite some time now. Turnado, Effectrix, Artillery and the more recent Looperator provide some of the most interesting and crazy beat slicing/glitch effects out there. We got some awesome news last week when Sugar-Bytes released Unique for iPhone and iPad. This isn’t some hacked-up port or a thinned out version either. This is now one of the best dual-oscillator analog synths on the platform. As a long-time user of the company’s products, I couldn’t wait to go hands on...

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SoftBank and Saudi Arabia tout the world's...

It's normally not a big deal if a tech investment fund scores a lot of money (unless you're a startup CEO eager for cash), but the latest windfall is definitely an exception to the rule. After no shortage of hype, Sprint owner SoftBank and the Saudi...

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Doomsday seed vault upgrade protects against a...

When melting permafrost poured into the entrance of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, there was an understandable worry. What good is safeguarding the world's crops in the Arctic if even that area isn't immune to the threat of climate change? Well, you...

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Microsoft Office 2016 15.34 and Office 2011 14.7.4

Adds Dubai font family to Office apps and introduces a new user interface design to the OneNote note-keeping app. ($149.99 new, free update)


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∞ Earth, Wind & Fire and Ozzy Osbourne mashup

The mashup you never thought could happen.

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Apple nixes video glitch repair program for 2011...

Apple is no longer supporting 2011 MacBook Pros as a part of its Repair Extension Program for Video Issues, according to updated support documents.

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The best bike lock

By Duncan Niederlitz

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

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Fixing Album Art, Cracked iPads, and UPnP Dangers – ...

Your geeks start with some tips: dealing with a bad key on your keyboard, restoring the proper album art after iCloud Music Library has done its part, and dealing with a damaged SD card. Then it’s on to some questions, like whether or not UPnP is dangerous for you or what to do when you hear your Mac’s fans running more frequently than you think is necessary. All this and more, just after you press play!

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After Math: Get free

It's been a rockin' week in the free world. Chelsea Manning is free from prison after being pardoned by President Obama in January, Facebook announced it will stream 20 free MLB games across its social network this season and international business t...

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EduTech: Keep your knowledge up during summer break...

EduTech is a 9to5Mac weekly series that focuses on technology’s application in education, lower and higher level, both for productivity and enjoyment. If you have suggestions for topics or specific questions you’d like to see answered, feel free to let me know. Catch up on past installments here

As schools around the country start to head into summer break, there comes the eternal question of how students should spend their spend time and energy. While some may opt for summer classes, it’s important for those who don’t that they put at least a little effort towards keeping their minds sharp.

Read on for a handful of apps that make it fun and engaging to keep your knowledge up right on your iOS device…


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10 fascinating photos that look unbelievably like...

These are shot in a style I couldn’t accomplish but I love the look and feel of them.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Turkey’s brilliant tow trucks put the US to shame

You’ve got to admire the efficiency and speed if nothing else.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Apple seemingly stops offering free three-month...

One of the headlining aspects of Apple Music when it launched in 2015 was its three-month free trial, allowing users a lengthy amount of time to try the service before agreeing to subscribe. This week, however, Apple has seemingly stopped offering the three-month free trial in Australia, Spain, and Switzerland…


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Functioning Apple-1 fetches $130k at auction, far...

Earlier this year, we told you about a functioning Apple-1 computer that would go up for auction in Germany on May 20th. As planned, the auction took place yesterday and brought in $130,000, far less than initial expectations…


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Ben Heck’s Super Glue Gun: Time for some reverse...

When Ben created the Great Glue Gun it was given away as a prize. Thankfully, the winner still watches the show and sent it in to the team so that it could be reverse engineered. Ben discovers the original design has a mix of pros and cons, like...

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UK switches on the world's largest wind turbines

The largest wind turbines in the world have recently started producing energy for the UK. Dong Energy, the Danish company behind the project, has recently switched on the 32 gigantic structures in Liverpool Bay. The turbines are taller than some skys...

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Saturday May 20

Bacteria could lead to cleaner methane power

Methane as a greenhouse gas isn't all that eco-friendly when used for power, but scientists might have a way to keep the damage to a minimum. Penn State researchers have crafted microbial fuel cells that can convert methane into electricity right at...

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NBC and Viacom are making original shows for Musical... might have professionally made original shows to offer along with user-produced content sometime in the future. According to Bloomberg, the music video app is currently talking to Viacom and Comcast's NBCUniversal about creating original p...

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Microsoft's true holographic display fits in...

A lot of the technology billed as holographic, well, isn't. Not even HoloLens. Real holography requires a laser-generated 3D image, and it's no mean feat to stuff that into something you can comfortably wear. Microsoft just made some important pro...

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iOS 11, Android O: What Apple can learn from Google...

"Great artists steal" in the sense of recognizing good existing ideas and building upon them. Now that Google has laid out its hand at IO17, detailing its plans for Android O and the search giant's various apps and services, what great ideas can Apple borrow for its own products? Here's a look.

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Studio Ghibli's Hayao Miyazaki to work on his...

Studio Ghibli fans have something else to look forward to after Ronja, the Robber's Daughter. Hayao Miyazaki, famous Japanese animation filmmaker and the studio's mastermind, will be coming out of his retirement to begin working on his last project t...

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Live look at the 'alien megastructure'...

Astronomers may have ruled out an alien megastructure as the likely cause behind KIC 8462852's strange dimming, but it's still mysterious -- and that's partly due to the lack of live data (as live as you can get for a star 1,277 light years away, at...

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American special forces open a drone hacker lab

Battlefield drones are evolving quickly, and there's only so much militaries can do to keep up -- they're not used to competing with consumer tech that can improve in a matter of months. To that end, US Special Operations Command (aka SOCOM) is taki...

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Nvidia Is Off to the Autonomous Car Races

Nvidia recently announced that Toyota will use its Drive PX AI car computer platform for advanced autonomous vehicles slated for introduction over the next few years. Nvidia is combining breakthroughs in AI and high-performance computing to build Nvidia Drive PX, the brain of the autonomous car, said CEO Jensen Huang. "It's also noteworthy that the [partnership] announcement states that it is to deliver artificial intelligence hardware and software technologies," noted Ian Riches, Strategy Analytics' global automotive practice director.

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Latest drone flyover video shows gorgeous sunset...

Earlier this week, we saw the first set of press images from Apple’s new Apple Park headquarters emerge as work continues on the campus. Now, Duncan Sinfield is back with his latest flyover video of Apple Park, taking us on a gorgeous sunset tour of the new spaceship building…


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Alleged Apple molds show expected 'iPhone 8...

A trio of molds from China claim to show the shape and design of Apple's 2017 iPhone lineup, suggesting that the so-called "iPhone 8" may be slightly taller than the 4.7-inch "iPhone 7s," but could be considerably smaller than the "iPhone 7s Plus."

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At I/O 2017, Google doubled down on a future built...

A few years ago, when a cadre of dudes jumped out of a zeppelin wearing Google Glass, nearly everyone watching had a "holy shit" moment. Company execs had just run through a slew of big, consumer-facing announcements, and then Sergey Brin threw the p...

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Apple among companies meeting at White House next...

Apple is again said to make a visit to the White House in the coming weeks. According to a new report from Recode, Apple is among a handful of companies who will meet with White House officials next week to discuss modernization, big data, and high-skilled immigration…


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Tesla extends free Supercharger use to all existing...

When Tesla put an end to free lifetime Supercharger access for new customers, it left more than a few people crestfallen -- one of the nicer perks of ownership just went out the window. However, Tesla has had a (partial) change of heart. As of now,...

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Recommended Reading: Inside Apple's new...

One More Thing
Steven Levy,

Apple's so-called spaceship campus, or Apple Park, has been in the works for a while now, but this week Wired gave us a big update on the progress. The obsessive attention to detail, tunnel entry, modular "pod" se...

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Olympus Unveils TG-5 ‘Tough’ camera with brand new...

I’ve always been a big fan of Olympus’ “Tough” line and recommend it particularly for those who are hard on their gear, want to shoot in “adverse” conditions or want a good camera to give to a child. I’ve used my old Tough point and shoot mounted to my motorcycle, in the snow, underwater – places I’d never take my DSLR or iPhone.

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We got one of Apple’s patented round pizza boxes

Levy is understandably a little miffed at the attention the box is getting but it’s weirdly interesting and another testament to Apple’s attention to details.

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SteamVR makes its launcher 'more social'...

We've seen attempts at free-flowing virtual worlds from the likes of Second Life and the (dearly departed) PlayStation Home, but with VR we're getting another shot at it. First Facebook Spaces appeared, and now Valve is beta testing SteamVR Home. The...

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New photos show purported iPhone 8, iPhone 7s and...

Apple is expected to launch three new iPhone models this year, two iterative updates with similar industrial designs to  iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and one major radical new phone tentatively dubbed ‘iPhone 8’.

A new set of photos have surfaced on Weibo purporting to show molds for all three of the new phones. They don’t really reveal anything what we haven’t seen rumored before, but it’s interesting to see the new size in context. More photos after the jump …


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This week’s top stories: iOS 10.3.2 & 10.3.3...

In this week’s top stories: iOS 10.3.2 arrives alongside 10.3.3 beta, iPhone 8 renders, Apple Watch news, Apple plans hardware updates for WWDC, and much more.


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Warning: New Apple ID scam will give hackers access...

As always, never click on links you weren’t expecting.

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How to hide tiny artworks in your URLs

We all know the humble URL; it tells the internet where we want to go. But, as digital artist Alexander Reben discovered, it can do so much more. It turns out that entire webpages can live within its character string -- you just need to know how to b...

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The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Welcome to the weekend. We're looking back at all the big Google I/O news, as well as an easy way to fix WannaCry.

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Quarter one of 2017 showed a resilient tablet market...

According to the latest figures published by the IDC research group, the tablet market in Western Europe posted a slight 1.7% year-over-year (YoY) contraction. In total, 7.1 million devices were shipped in the region, a performance above expectations that shows some resilience in the tablet market after many quarters of decline. 

The recovery in Android-based slates in consumer and the continuous progress of tablet in enterprise were the main drivers of the first quarter 2017Q1 results. Detachable tablets (such as the iPad Pro) grew 5.8% year-over-year and continued to positively impact the market. There was particular traction in the commercial segment, with strong 16.6% YoY growth.

Overall, the commercial segment performed positively with 5.4% YoY growth. Android- and iOS-based devices with keyboards, mainly adopted by enterprises to address the specific needs of certain groups of users in various sectors, drove...

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The Week in iOS Apps: Google Assistant debuts on...

Will Google Instant replace Siri?

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This week’s roundup features a new Siri competitor from Google, new apps for kids and several “get things done” offerings for the adults.

Google Assistant

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Apple granted a patent for inviting others to online...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,654,551) for an “apparatus and method for inviting users to online sessions” such as peer-to-peer sessions. Peer-to-peer SIP (P2P-SIP) is an implementation of a distributed voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) or instant messaging communications method in which no central servers are required.

In the patent, Apple notes that lLarge public networks, such as the Internet, frequently have connections to smaller private networks, such as those maintained by a corporation, Internet service provider, or even individual households. By their very nature, public networks must have a commonly agreed upon allocation of network addresses, i.e., public addresses. 

For a variety of reasons, maintainers of private networks often choose to use private network addresses for the private networks that are not part of the commonly agreed upon allocation. For network traffic from the private network to be able to traverse the public network, some...

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Should Apple add a VoIP service?

It might benefit Apple and its customers if Apple were to add a VoIP service. Think of a product akin to Google Voice, but with Apple's flair and deep integration into the Apple ecosystem. 

VoIP stands for voice over Internet protocol. It's a methodology and range of technologies for the delivery of voice communications and multimedia sessions over Internet Protocol (IP) networks such as, well, the Internet. An Apple VoIP service could be important because traditional phone type service is still very important in our world. Not everyone has gone completely smartphone yet.

However, data caps are killing data-only communications. A video call (if the carrier even allows it) would eat up a lot of bandwidth. Being able to kill the video in my FaceTime call would enable me to keep right on talking and keep my data usage much lower. When I get to my destination, I can transfer the call back to video and/or to another device -- say, the iPad, while I'm having coffee and...

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The Week in Apple News and Rumors: OS updates, new...

Apple headlines for the week ending May 19, 2017

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As the June 5 WWDC keynote approaches, the rumors are spinning out like crazy. Check out the Apple-related headlines in this week’s slideshow. Just click on the Read More link to get more information.

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The UK’s new vaping laws explained

From today, vaping gear sold in the UK must adhere to a new set of specific guidelines. That's because last year, the EU updated its regulations covering tobacco products to include e-cigarettes and e-liquids for the first time. When these first came...

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Beddit 3 may offer a sneak peek at sleep tracking on...

Beddit's HealthKit-ready sleep-tracking technology -- recently acquired by Apple -- works well enough and may be useful for problem sleepers, but is probably a luxury for most people, and more a harbinger of what we can expect with the third-generation Apple Watch.

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Friday May 19

Apple doesn't always expunge deleted notes...

The iCloud Notes you delete are supposed to be permanently wiped within 30 days. Gone forever, never to be seen again. Russian security firm ElcomSoft has discovered, however, that Apple has been keeping deleted notes in the cloud for far longer. Its...

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This week on AI: 'Apple Watch 3' features...

In a change of pace, some of the week's biggest news revolved around new MacBooks and a third-generation Apple Watch, rather than the "iPhone 8." There was more of that of course, along with further signs Apple is pushing deep into original movies and TV shows.

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Melted permafrost floods entrance to the doomsday...

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault was designed to be a repository should the worst happen and a disaster decimate crops around the world. But it was recently breached by floodwater from surrounding permafrost that melted after the hottest year on record...

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Uber responds to claims it charges what 'you...

Uber is in the midst of several lawsuits and has a controversial CEO leading the company. It also has to placate its own growing horde of dissatisfied drivers who complain that their revenue potential is dropping, even while Uber exaggerates how much...

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Google has a new way to call out poorly made Android...

Google's plan to improve the Android experience involves more than just tweaking the operating system. It also requires developers to up the quality of their work, and now Google has a new way to warn app creators whose work isn't up to snuff. Long...

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Execs from Apple, other tech firms to talk...

Immigration policies, government services modernization and integration with cutting edge Silicon Valley initiatives like machine learning are on the docket for next month's meeting of President Donald Trump's American Technology Council, according to a report.

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The best new games we played this week
We were quite busy this week. A bunch of big mobile games launched over the past few days, alongside a few teeny surprises. There're lots of quality games to load your phone with. We've gone and picked out five of our favorites for the week. [... | Read more »
Magikarp Jump beginner's guide
Magikarp Jump is a mystifying little game. Part Tamagotchi, part idle clicker, there's not a whole lot of video game there, per se, but for some reason we can't help coming back to it again and again. Your goal is to train up a little Magikarp to... | Read more »
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Goat Simulator PAYDAY 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: ** IMPORTANT - SUPPORTED DEVICES **iPhone 4S, iPad 2, iPod Touch 5 or better Goat Simulator: Payday is the most... | Read more »
GRID Autosport delayed until autumn
Sorry mobile racing fans -- GRID Autosport has been delayed a few months. The game is now expected to launch this fall on iOS. Feral Interactive announced that they wanted more time to work on the game's UI and overall performance before launching... | Read more »
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The much anticipated Zombie Gunship Survival is here. In this latest entry in the Zombie Gunship franchise, you're tasked with supporting ground troops and protecting your base from the zombie horde. There's a lot of rich base building fun, and... | Read more »
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