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Monday April 24

08:07
Purported internal schematic of 'iPhone 8...




Adding to the cacophony of recent "iPhone 8" rumors, a purported illustration of the layout of the interior of the high-end future iPhone has appeared on Chinese social media showing a conventional Touch ID location, and some other realignments needed for a vertical camera module position.

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08:00
Update to CloudMounter adds encryption locked by a...

Many Mac users find that storing part or all of our data on cloud services is a great way to extend the capabilities of our computers, but sometimes it's a bit difficult to get data in and out of services like Google Drive, Box, Amazon S3, Microsoft OneDrive and even FTP or WebDAV servers. Eltima Software's CloudMounter for macOS (US$29.99) takes care of adding all of these services as mountable "drives" in the macOS Finder, and today the app was updated to provide data encryption as well as a way to ensure that only your instance of CloudMounter can access your data.

With the new update, all data stored "in the cloud" or on remote servers is encrypted with a single master password. Anyone attempting to access the data from a different Mac or through another app sees nothing but encrypted, garbled data. CloudMounter is different from native clients that are available for many cloud services in that it does not...

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08:00
∞ Video of Steve Jobs’ 2006 visit to the Cupertino...

[VIDEO] This is amazing to watch. My imagination, or do they keep calling him “Mr. Job”? Watch the video in the main Loop post, and watch another video, linked in the post, to a return visit 5 years later. Big change in Steve. Sad to see.

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08:00
Running with an AI 'personal trainer' is...

The artificial intelligence that we hope will exist in our lifetimes is a world away from what's available right now. A thinking computer that knows us better than we know ourselves, and can make us better than we are, is still the stuff of fantasy....

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07:42
Apple's iPhone 8 might not ship in September

Apple has practically settled into a routine with its flagship iPhone launches: it announces the new model in early September and ships it later that month. You can practically set your clock by it. Well, you might not want to bank on that schedule...

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07:40
News: Apple works on alternative power sources, new...

Apple’s latest data center in Denmark will be powered by renewable energy, some of which will come from local farm waste, MacWorld reports. Apple is working with Aarhus University to create a system that uses agricultural waste products to generate methane, which can then be used to power its data center operations. The reaction also produces a nutrient-rich fertilizer that can be returned to the farms, a “mutually beneficial relationship”…

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07:30
Watch all the trains in Tokyo moving in real time

This is fascinating, mesmerizing.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:21
Ecobee4 HomeKit thermostat teased ahead of May 3...

Ecobee appears to be planning to show off its new Ecobee4 smart thermostat next week. The company teased out the date today on a new sign-up page that says ‘something big is in the works’ under what is likely a preview of the new smart thermostat hardware.

more…

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07:19
Apple Maps ajoute les itinéraires de transport en...

It's not April 1st, but we thought it would be fun to use a headline in French for this story. Apple Maps has added transit directions for Paris, France. The apps -- for both iOS and macOS -- gained the public transit info this weekend, including both the city's Metro subway and above-ground train lines like the RER and Transilien networks. 

Station entrances are marked clearly, and a tap on any stations shows all connecting lines and information on pending departures. In addition to the train systems, Paris transit directions include buses, Autolib car sharing, and Velib bike sharing. 

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07:08
iPhone 8 Dummy Model Backs Up Embedded Display Touch...

iPhone 8 mockups are popping up nearly daily, and the latest shows a physical model that’s in line with the designs we’ve been seeing over the past couple weeks. The model sports a glass front and back, vertical rear-facing camera lenses, but no Touch ID sensor on the back.


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07:08
News: Training documents reveal safety details about...

Internal Apple documents have provided the first real look at the company’s self-driving car system, Business Insider reports. The documents, obtained from the California DMV, claim that the system is “capable of sending electronic commands for steering, accelerating, and decelerating and may carry out portions of the dynamic driving task.” Images included in the document show that the three Lexus RX450h SUVs approved for California…

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07:00
∞ More on updating your old Mac Pro as a capable VR...

Last week, we linked to a post from Daniel Pasco on updating a 2009 Mac Pro:

I turned a 2009 Mac Pro I picked up off of Ebay for $1300 into a superb professional workstation, gaming, and VR platform, simply by adding an SSD drive and a new video card.

Here’s a follow-on post with all the detail on the build, really well written with lots of pictures. Thanks for this Dan, a real service to the community.

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06:46
Apple Maps gains public transit directions for Paris




Filling in an important gap in its native Maps apps for iOS and macOS, Apple this weekend introduced public transit directions for Paris, including detailed station information.

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06:45
News: Supply shortfalls of upgraded components may...

Well-connected KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has added his voice to growing speculation that Apple’s OLED iPhone 8 will debut later than the usual September launch time frame. Kuo said Apple’s efforts to pack as much cutting-edge technology as possible into the device will push mass production of the iPhone 8 into October or even November, with ‘significant hardware upgrades’ like the OLED screen, 3D camera sensors, integrated fingerprint…

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06:36
Comment: With the iPhone 8, Apple appears to be...

Growing evidence that the iPhone 8 may go on sale significantly later than the usual September timeframe speaks volumes about the very different approach Apple is taking to this year’s flagship model. It is breaking not just one, but two of the cardinal rules in the How To Be Apple manual.

Rule 1 is that the company avoids ‘bleeding edge’ technology. When new tech rolls around, the company watches and waits while other manufacturers do the trial-and-error bit. Apple launches only when it is satisfied that the tech is stable and that it has figured out the optimal way to employ it.

We saw this with the iPod. The first portable media player was invented in 1979, and the first actual mp3 player went on sale in 1998. Apple waited until 2001 to release the iPod. The first...

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06:17
New AI copies anyone’s voice

Lyrebird:

Lyrebird will offer an API to copy the voice of anyone. It will need as little as one minute of audio recording of a speaker to compute a unique key defining her/his voice. This key will then allow to generate anything from its corresponding voice. The API will be robust enough to learn from noisy recordings.

This is fascinating and scary. The technology is far from perfect, but I can definitely see them getting to “close enough to fool you” pretty quickly.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:15
CNC blank of 'iPhone 8' appears on Twitter...




A purported Foxconn CNC model of the "iPhone 8" has surfaced online -- but as with the diagrams leaked over the last two weeks, there is no way to tell how accurate the model is, or if it is even close to what Apple will ship.

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06:07
∞ Tim Cook threatened to kick Uber out of the App...

Lots and lots on the New York Times profile of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and accusations of Uber illicitly fingerprinting users’ iPhones. Be sure to read the very last paragraph in the Loop Post. This make sense?

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06:00
Apple hire of plug-in developer shows AR/VR and Pro...

Amidst persistent stories about Apple developing an augmented reality headset of some sort and recent moves to shore up the company's standing with creative professionals, the company has recently hired a developer well-known for writing Final Cut Pro plug-ins. Tim Dashwood, best known for his 360VR Toolbox plugin, has joined Apple as reported by FCP.co

The 360VR Toolbox assisted creatives in making 3D videos, and sold for almost $1,000. The good news for creatives is that they're now able to download the app and other software from Dashwood's company for free; the bad news is that continued development of 360VR Toolbox will most likely cease.

However, having a developer of Dashwood's stature within a company that is focusing on the AR/VR markets can only be a positive move for the...

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Fuse Chicken Titan Plus MFi...

Today in iLounge Deals, you can pick up the Fuse Chicken Titan Plus MFi Lightning Cable 1.5M Black for only $29.99 — that’s 29% off the regular price. Make frayed and tangled cables a thing of the past with this steel-housed, MFi-certified Lightning cable. These industrial-grade cables are wrapped in two layers of flexible, high-strength steel, with aluminum housings sealing the Lightning and USB connectors on each end, so this may be the…

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06:00
The Pinpoint X-Spring Precision Stylus & Pen is...

Not everybody has an iPad Pro, but everyone can benefit from using stylus-enabled apps on any iPad. Today's Apple World Today Deals Shop special is for a combination stylus and pen that you'll find to be a joy to use. The Pinpoint X-Spring Precision Stylus & Pen from Joy Factory is available for $14.95, 57% off the usual price of $34.95. 

What's the big deal about the Pinpoint X-Spring Precision Stylus & Pen? 

  • Easily adjust up to a 180º ultra-wide writing angle allowing you to fill forms & sign accurately
  • Cap & pen capability let you switch between stylus & pen w/ ease
  • Fine tip design ensures optimized accuracy
  • Non-skip precision technology provides a smooth...
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05:35
External Link: Apple Acknowledges Weird “...

If you subscribe to iCloud storage or Apple Music, you may have received an odd email message from Apple saying that your subscription was discontinued last week. There was speculation at the time that the messages were sent by mistake due to a server hiccup, and that now seems likely. A few days later, Apple apologized to affected users, acknowledged that it had sent the messages in error, and confirmed that no changes to iCloud storage or Apple Music subscriptions were made. Mistakes happen, what matter is that Apple took responsibility for it.

 

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05:33
Apple Maps gets transit mode for Paris

TechCrunch:

Apple is finally adding transit options to its Maps app for the city of Paris. Starting today, you can use Apple Maps to calculate itineraries using public transportation.

You’ll find subway, RER and bus lines, and even Transilien lines. Just like in Google Maps, you can look around the map with a new subway layer or you can calculate an itinerary from A to B. If you tap on a station, you can see all the lines leaving this station as well as real time information about the next departures.

Finally, you’ll also find Autolib car sharing stations as well as Vélib bike sharing stations. Unfortunately, it doesn’t say if there are bikes or spaces available.

Surprised that this took so long, but glad the data is finally available.

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05:15
Recently located documents show Apple places...

A recent discovery from Apple’s Environmental Responsibility Report revealed that Apple, which recently stated that one of its goals was to make its iPhones and computers out of recycled materials, has ordered recyclers to shred iPhones and MacBooks upon receiving them.

This stands in contrast to an environmentally friendly action that could be undertaken, which would be to salvage everything possible from the devices.

After sorting, the materials are sold and used for production stock in new products.

“Materials are manually and mechanically disassembled and shredded into commodity-sized fractions of metals, plastics, and glass,” John Yeider, Apple’s recycling program manager, wrote under a heading called “Takeback Program Report” in a 2013 report to Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. “All hard drives are shredded in confetti-sized pieces. The pieces are then sorted into commodities grade materials. After sorting, the materials are sold and used...

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05:12
'Severe supply shortages' of Apple's...




Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is once again cautioning investors that Apple's anticipated flagship "iPhone 8" could be in extremely limited supply to end 2017, thanks to the expected adoption of a number of new technologies, namely an edge-to-edge OLED display.

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05:11
Drone Diary: Shooting a dance video really...

Unusually for me, there aren’t many words in this drone diary – mostly I’m going to let the video do the talking!

When I reviewed the Litchi app last time – an app that lets the drone fly completely autonomously on a pre-programmed path – I mentioned a plan I had in mind for a future project at that tumbledown castle.

The plan was to take a dancer there and shoot a dance routine from the air in a beautiful setting. This required the cooperation of the weather, but it all came together earlier this month. It was a lot of fun, and I think the result really shows the value of a video camera you’re able to position exactly where you want it – whether up high or down low …

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05:01
External Link: Tim Cook Dressed Down Uber for Spying...

Ride-sharing company Uber has had a rough 2017 so far, getting caught in one sleazy business practice after another. But Mike Isaac’s report in the New York Times may be the last straw for many Apple users. It turns out that Uber was using its popular app to secretly identify and track iPhones, even after the app had been deleted and the phone erased. Uber went so far as to hide that code for anyone inside a geofence surrounding Apple’s headquarters. In early 2015, Apple CEO Tim Cook summoned Uber CEO Travis Kalanick to his office to order him to stop. Uber did, but as you’ll read in this lengthy biography of Uber founder and CEO Travis Kalanick, there have been plenty of other shenanigans since.

 

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05:00
Tim Cook once threatened to remove Uber from the App...

It’s not always the best idea to get on Apple’s bad side.

In 2015, Apple CEO apparently scolded Uber Chief Executive Travis Kalanick during a face-to-face meeting for tweaking coding to track iPhones even after users deleted the Uber app. “So, I’ve heard you’ve been breaking some of our rules,” Cook said, according to the New York Times, as he told Kalanick to knock it off or Uber would be banned from the App Store — a prospect that would have been disastrous for Uber.

Per the report, Kalanick “was shaken” by Cook’s scolding and agreed to stop tracking the phones.

The practice began in 2014 when Uber drivers in China attempted to game the system in order to appear they were getting more riders and thus higher wages. Drivers would buy iPhones on the black market, wipe their memory and create new “customer” accounts., then repeat the process.

As a result, Uber devised a trick to counter the memory wipes, leaving a digital “fingerprint” on the phone that...

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04:47
KGI: iPhone 8 mass production delayed to October/...

We’ve been hearing several reports that the launch of the iPhone 8 could be delayed compared to previous years. Reputable Apple analyst KGI Ming-Chi Kuo has also weighed in today, reporting that mass production of the OLED iPhone will likely be pushed back to October/November, instead of the normal August/September timeframe for new iPhone launches.

KGI says the reason for the production difficulties is that the new iPhone 8 includes several major cutting-edge components that Apple has custom-ordered. The analyst still expects the iterative ‘7S’ models to launch on the normal schedule …

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04:30
Santander Bank adds Apple Pay support

Santander Bank has announced that customers can now add their Santander MasterCard credit and debit cards to Apple Pay. With its corporate offices in Boston, the bank's 9,500 employees, 675 branches, 2,100 ATMs and 2.1 million customers are principally located in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware.

Apple Pay is currently available in 14 countries: Australia, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and USA. Apple Pay works with iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch. When paying within apps, Apple Pay is compatible with the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 4 and iPad Pro.  It also works in macOS Sierra.

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04:17
Here’s a probable explanation of what Uber was...

We learned yesterday that Tim Cook almost pulled Uber from the App Store over the way it was tracking iPhones and tricking Apple engineers. Uber had seemingly found a way to ‘fingerprint’ individual iPhones even after the app was removed, and had taken steps to try to hide this behavior from Apple – one of many questionable business practices the ride hailing firm has made in recent years.

Mr. Kalanick told his engineers to “geofence” Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., a way to digitally identify people reviewing Uber’s software in a specific location. Uber would then obfuscate its code from people within that geofenced area.

The...

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04:00
Tractica: mobile AR markets to reach 1.9 billion...

Apple is almost certainly planning to enter the augmented reality (AR) market, and now is a good time. Between 2008 and 2015, augmented reality (AR) was a technology gimmick looking for a market.  

Innovators struggled with technical limitations, hype for smart glasses, and weak use cases. However, starting in mid-2015, the market began a period of recalibration. For mobile AR, the most significant developments since 2015 have been solid thinking about how to leverage AR to produce meaningful end user benefits, the advancement of computer vision, and the integration of artificial intelligence (AI).

According to a new report from Tractica, the expanding use cases for mobile AR will lead to growth from 342.8 million unique monthly active users (MAUs) globally in 2016 to nearly 1.9 billion MAUs by 2022.  During this period, the market intelligence firm forecasts that worldwide mobile AR revenue will rise from $749.0...

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04:00
Notable apps and app updates for April 24, 2017

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

iOS Apps/Updates

3DTOPO has introduced Oilist 1.0. The $3.99 painting app was designed to automatically generate unique and original works of art based on photos supplied by a user. It analyzes the image using computer vision technology, then paints simulated paint particles that are applied with various brush strokes and techniques. The user may just watch the painting process, or interact with it through various options that allow each style to be customized.

G-Power has unleashed Monster Camp 1.0. It’s a “merged pets block puzzle game” that gameplay and controls, monsters, artwork...

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Sunday April 23

17:54
On Uber’s ‘Identifying and Tagging’ of iPhones

Mike Isaac’s profile of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick for The New York Times contains an accusation that, on its face, sounds outrageous:

For months, Mr. Kalanick had pulled a fast one on Apple by
directing his employees to help camouflage the ride-hailing app
from Apple’s engineers. The reason? So Apple would not find out
that Uber had been secretly identifying and tagging iPhones even
after its app had been deleted and the devices erased — a fraud
detection maneuver that violated Apple’s privacy guidelines.

But Apple was on to the deception, and when Mr. Kalanick arrived
at the midafternoon meeting sporting his favorite pair of bright
red sneakers and hot-pink socks, Mr. Cook was prepared. “So, I’ve
heard you’ve been breaking some of our rules,” Mr. Cook said in
his calm, Southern tone. Stop the...

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17:00
Bowler sets world record by rolling 300 game in 86.9...

I love bowling but wouldn’t this level of skill take a lot of fun out of the game?

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:43
Uber's user tracking almost got its app removed...

This morning, the New York Times published an exposé of Uber, its CEO Travis Kalanick and its propensity for tracking user locations even when users aren't actively using the app. One of the more interesting bits of news served up by the Times was that Uber at one point was nearly removed from the App Store -- the distribution point that made the rideshare service such a success with iPhone users.

The story begins when Uber began to keep App Store employees in Cupertino from realizing that the Uber app was doing "fingerprinting" -- a practice that is forbidden by Apple for any app distributed through the App Store. So Travis Kalanick "told his engineers to “geofence” Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., a way to digitally identify people reviewing Uber’s software in...

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15:02
Pinterest doesn't want you to see it as a...

Believe it or not, Pinterest has never really advertised itself in the US -- remarkable for an internet giant with over 150 million users and enough clout that it can buy well-known services like Instapaper. However, you're about to see a lot more o...

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14:44
Uber Tried To Hide Its Secret IPhone Fingerprinting...

theodp quotes today's New York Times profile of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick:
For months, Mr. Kalanick had pulled a fast one on Apple by directing his employees to help camouflage the ride-hailing app from Apple's engineers. The reason? So Apple would not find out that Uber had secretly been tracking iPhones even after its app had been deleted from the devices, violating Apple's privacy guidelines.
Uber told TechCrunch this afternoon that it still uses a form of this device fingerprinting, saying they need a way to identify those devices which committed fraud in the past -- especially in China, where Uber drivers used stolen iPhones to request dozens of rides from themselves to increase their pay rate. It's been modified to comply with Apple's rules, and "We absolutely do not track individual users or their location if they've deleted the app..." an Uber spokesperson said. "Being able to recognize known bad actors when they try to get back onto our network is an important...

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13:59
Logic Pros: Taking a closer look at Output’s Signal...

Today we will be taking some time out to detail another fantastic software instrument for Logic Pro X and all major DAWs. Signal has become a go-to for me when it comes to rhythmic synth lines and organic poly-rhythms. It uses 40GB of dynamically recorded material and a dual-layer pulse engine amounting to nothing less than a monster arpeggiator/rhythm gate beast… more…

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13:29
First gene therapy drug proves a flop in the market

When UniQure launched the first commercial gene therapy drug, Glybera, it promised a minor revolution in medicine. By using custom viruses to deliver genes, it could reportedly cure a rare disease (lipoprotein lipase deficiency) with just one round o...

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12:59
Apple hires 3D, 360VR Toolbox developer Tim Dashwood...




Apple has hired Tim Dashwood, the author of a series of 3D and 360 VR plugins for video editing software. Dashwood has since made his existing plugins for apps such as Final Cut Pro X free to download.

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12:25
After tricking govt regulators, Uber got caught...




In 2014, Uber was discovered to be blocking authorities from seeing its cars in order to evade regulations or bans in a series of locations including Paris, Las Vegas, China and South Korea. The next year, Apple found out Uber was also flouting its iOS developer rules to identify users' devices by hardware ID--and nearly got kicked out of the App Store over it.

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12:00
Thousands descended on DC to march for truth and...

A balmy Friday evening gave way to a miserable Saturday, with low, gray clouds that blotted out the sun and soaked Washington DC with rain. That wasn't enough to stop thousands of people — from all over the country — from gathering on the...

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11:59
∞ Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man” with 2 girls and 3 harps

It’s just as bad as you would imagine it to be.

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10:33
Apple threatened to drop Uber's app over iPhone...

Uber is no stranger to trouble, but it may have landed in some especially hot water two years ago. New York Times sources claim that Apple CEO Tim Cook held a face-to-face meeting in early 2015 to call out Uber's Travis Kalanick (and threaten to remo...

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10:32
Signs from The March for Science in Silicon Valley

The best part of this photo series is CNET explains some of the wonderfully nerdy science signs. My favorite is number 40.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:08
Tim Dashwood joins Apple – all of his plugin...

Good news in general for pros and specifically for users who want his commercial plugin products.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:57
Apple hires developer who made 3D virtual reality...

Tim Cook and other Apple executives have been chatty about the company’s interest in virtual and augmented reality in past months. There have been several reports that Apple is exploring an AR smart glasses product internally.

To add some fuel to the fire, Apple has recently hired prominent Final Cut Pro plugin developer Tim Dashwood, most well known for making 360VR Toolbox, which helped creatives make virtual reality videos …

more…

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09:35
‘Bosch’ Season 3 preview: For Harry Bosch, closure...

I’m not usually one for recommending TV shows here but this one is so good, I feel compelled to.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:19
∞ “Carl Sagan’s The Pale Blue Dot”

In honor of yesterday’s Earth Day, watch this.

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09:00
Livestream's Mevo camera can broadcast to...

Last year, Livestream's Mevo became the first camera with integrated Facebook Live streaming. Now the video streaming platform is giving its device a few more major upgrades, including support for Android and YouTube Live. The camera can now broadcas...

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08:50
Tim Cook reportedly threatened to remove Uber from...

Uber has long been the suspect of user tracking allegations on iOS, with the company itself addressing the problem as recently as last year. A new wide-raging profile from The New York Times, however, offers more detail on Uber’s location tracking habits, and how they almost got the app banned from the App Store…

more…

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08:39
EduTech: The best cross-platform apps for group...

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

In education, group communication is almost essential. Whether you’re a student working through a dreadful group project, or a teacher communicating with colleagues, group communication is a must.

A variety of applications exist that make group communication incredibly easy. Read on as we highlight one of the best, while also offering some alternatives…

more…

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07:30
The best toaster

By Brendan Nystedt and Michael Sullivan

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...

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06:00
Never Check Your NSA Email Over an Insecure...

Quick Tips, Cool Stuff Found and LOTS of questions. Sleeping Mac? No problem. VIP Mail help? No problem. Building a home? No problem. Want to know about VPNs? Well, now… just kidding. No problem! Mac Geek Gab answers your questions and shares your tips so everyone can learn at least four new things each week!


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06:00
Ben Heck's super glue gun: Gears, Arduinos and...

We're making progress with the Super Glue Gun project, though we've hit a problem and we could use your help. To push the glue sticks into the gun, we need motor control. For this we're prototyping with ATTiny24, Arduino, and TRIACs, all while di...

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05:14
iPhone 8 dummy model surfaces with edge-to-edge...

The rumor mill for the iPhone 8 is seemingly flip-flopping between two distinct designs for Apple’s 2017 flagship iPhone, one made of aluminium and another more drastic look with a curved glass front and back. The latest unverified leaks from today depict the latter device.

These photo show an iPhone made of glass and stainless steel with the front screen seemingly going edge-to-edge with no discernible bezel. There is also no Touch ID visible on the back, implying it will be integrated under the display. More photos after the jump …

more…

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01:28
YouTube will fight fake news by offering workshops...

Google is already flagging fake news, but it knows that isn't always enough. People need to recognize what fake news is, too. To that end, its YouTube wing just launched an Internet Citizens program that will teach UK teens to spot fake news throug...

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Saturday April 22

22:58
Lowest price anywhere! 13" MacBook Pro with...




B&H Photo is taking $200 off Apple's Late 2016 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar in Space Gray exclusively for AI readers. Now $1,599.00, each MacBook Pro also comes with free expedited shipping. Plus, B&H will not collect sales tax outside NY and NJ, making this the lowest price available from an authorized reseller.

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20:57
Europe may harmonize how internet companies fight...

Internet companies are already taking action against hate speech, but it's no secret that they don't always tackle it in the same way. One may delete the hostile material immediately, while the other might spend days reviewing it before taking actio...

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20:53
Four months after release, are you using Apple’s...

Apple’s AirPods first started to arriving to customers just over four months ago and were met with a generally positive response. The highly anticipated completely wireless earbuds were announced alongside the iPhone 7 to make up for the lack of a headphone jack.

Now that AirPods have been on the market for four months, are you using them?

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19:31
Artificially bright clouds might save the Great...

Australia's Great Barrier Reef is dying due to changes in ocean temperature, and conventional attempts to save it (such as improving water quality or limiting fishing) haven't panned out. However, scientists might have an unusual approach that works...

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17:59
China proves its first resupply spacecraft can reach...

China's space program just hit a milestone: according to Reuters, its first cargo probe has successfully proven that it can ferry supplies to orbit. Tianzhou-1 took off from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center in the mainland on April 20th. In the e...

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16:37
Apple's 2017 Earth Day Challenge for Apple...




In recognition of today's Earth Day, Apple created an "Earth Day Challenge" to reward reaching 30 minutes of exercise on the day with a special achievement badge in the Activity app, as well as stickers for use within iMessage.

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16:25
Verizon's Galaxy S8 won't help you shop on...

Samsung already gave a heads-up that Bixby wouldn't be complete when the Galaxy S8 launched, but Verizon customers will have to make do with less than most... for a while, anyway. The American carrier has confirmed to CNET that its version of the S8...

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14:56
Britain has its first day of coal-free power in 135...

Coal power has been a fixture of British culture ever since the country's first plant went live in 1882. It shaped the Industrial Revolution (and the air pollution that followed), was involved in major labor disputes and even led to a famous album c...

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13:57
Apple acknowledges earlier iCloud subscription...

Earlier this week, some iCloud users noticed that the $0.99/mo 50 GB and $2.99/mo 200 GB iCloud plans had seemingly disappeared. Furthermore, some users received emails informing them that their 50GB or 100GB plan had been discontinued. While the issues eventually resolved themselves, Apple today has sent out an email to affected customers offering a bit more insight…

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13:25
YouTube fixes Restricted Mode issue censoring LGBTQ...

YouTube says it has fixed the issue that made Restricted Mode a bit too restrictive. The option was supposed to make the website more suitable for minors when switched on, but its older version also filtered out millions of harmless videos, including...

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12:18
Apple apologizes to users for mistakenly saying...




Days after an error led to false iCloud cancelation emails sent to subscribers, Apple has followed up with another note apologizing for the bug, and reassuring them that their plan remains in good standing.

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12:09
Logic Pros: What’s new in iOS & Mac music...

This is the place to catch up on all the biggest product announcements, hardware, apps, synths, Logic/GarageBand instruments and so much more in the world of iOS/Mac music production. This week was very busy with loads of new hardware/software announcements from Superbooth 17 in Berlin. Most notable, new flagships from Novation, DC-coupled Thunderbolt interfaces, brand new software synths for Mac and much more: more…

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11:57
'Avatar' sequels start arriving on...

James Cameron has spent years drumming up hype for his Avatar sequels with little to show for it (the first sequel was originally due this December). However, his team is finally ready to commit to specific release dates -- for all the new movies. Th...

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10:46
How online shopping makes suckers of us all

This is the part of online shopping that pisses me off the most – the blatant price gouging and fluctuations based on factors not found in brick and mortar stores.

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10:30
Recommended Reading: Juicero and the Silicon Valley...

Silicon Valley's $400
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Ellen Huet and
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We never bought into the hype of a $700 juicer, but the folks at Juicero were able convince some that its WiFi-connected device was worth the investme...

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10:00
Watch this poor guy try to justify a $10,000...

It’s a weird ad but funny because I’ve heard these arguments and more made by dozens of potential motorcycle owners trying to convince themselves or their significant other to “let” them have a bike.

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09:16
∞ Galaxy S8 vs 7 Plus vs LG G6 vs Pixel vs 3T speed...

If speed is all that matters, this video is for you.

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09:04
This week’s top stories: Apple celebrates Earth Day...

In this week’s top stories: Apple celebrates Earth Day with a promise to stop mining completely, iPhone 8 design leaks continue, we go hands-on with NVIDIA’s new Pascal drivers for Mac, and much more. 

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09:00
'The Last Goodbye' is the VR Holocaust...

You've read about the Holocaust in books and seen it portrayed in films. But it's another experience entirely to walk through the site of a concentration camp in virtual reality, led by a survivor who lost his entire family there. The Last Goodbye, w...

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07:30
With the Galaxy S8, Samsung grabs the smartphone...

In the interest of full disclosure, I'll admit my bias right up front: I have never liked Samsung's smartphones. The Galaxy and Note series have both been wildly successful -- so much so that they basically cemented Samsung's status as Apple's equal...

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06:51
Lisa Jackson talks climate change, Apple’s lofty...

In celebration of Earth Day, Apple executive Lisa Jackson this week sat down with John Gruber for an in-depth interview. Airing as part of Gruber’s “The Talk Show” podcast, the interview discussed a variety of environmental topics, especially relating to Apple’s own efforts…

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06:00
The Morning After: Weekend Edition

My name is Christopher Trout, your new editor-in-chief. You may not recognize my name, but chances are you've read something I've written. When I arrived at Engadget nearly seven years ago, I was a freelancer fresh off of unemployment, our rivalry wi...

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03:36
Waymo says Uber hid a LiDAR device based on its...

The legal battle Waymo waged against Uber is getting more and more intense, and the Alphabet-owned division is showing no signs of slowing down. It has just accused the ride-hailing company of covering up a trade secret theft in a new set of court of...

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03:00
The Week in Apple News and Rumors: iPhone 8 rumors,...

Apple headlines for the week ending Apr. 21, 2017

Image by Apple

Plenty of important news and juicy rumors from the past week. Check out the Apple-related headlines in this week’s slideshow. Just click on the link to get more information.

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Friday April 21

22:07
How the technology behind Apple's Touch ID will...




There's a lot of talk about Apple's shift to a new screen technology with the "iPhone 8," but fewer conversations about how it will all work -- AppleInsider explains what changes Apple will likely need to make to implement the technology, while retaining Touch ID on the front of the rumored edge-to-edge screen on the device.

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21:57
This week on AI: Apple goes 100 percent recycled,...




Ahead of Earth Day, Apple went on an environmental publicity blitz, most notably promising to eventually make products entirely out of recycled materials. Rumors about specific projects like the "iPhone 8" continued, meanwhile, and a new version of the Apple Watch appeared: the Apple Watch NikeLab.

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20:48
Pinterest fixes its broken visual search tool for...

Pinterest thought it launched something cool when it added visual search to its Chrome browser in March. It was supposed to be able to pinpoint specific items in an image, say a pair of sunglasses somebody's wearing in a photo, and find pins with sim...

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19:47
Lawsuit takes aim at Google, Huawei over Nexus 6P...

A federal class action complaint has been filed accusing Google and Huawei of fraud, breaching warranty and improperly handling customer complaints after a number of Nexus 6P smartphones unexpectedly shut down and became trapped in "boot loop" cycles...

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19:08
The Moto Z2 Play looks very familiar

You probably picked up the Moto Z Play for its long battery life, mid-range price and compatibility with Motrola's flagship modular backs. If you were worried that those components wouldn't work on the next version of the handset, don't -- leaked ima...

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18:34
Valve is trying to end account smurfing in '...

Valve is changing the way Dota 2 is played, at least on a meta level. Beginning May 4th, players will be required to register a unique phone number to their accounts in order to queue up for ranked matches. That's one account per phone number, ostens...

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18:21
Massive power outage closes busy Union Square Apple...




The year-old flagship Apple Store at Union Square in San Francisco was closed down today due to a massive power outage that affected around 90,000 other customers, shut down some subway stations and turned off traffic lights that snarled many busy intersections.

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17:54
Duolingo has a premium subscription, but lessons are...

The idea that learning another language should be free is the core idea behind Duolingo. Over the past few years, the app has strived to make learning a new tongue convenient, portable and fun. Now the company's trying to turn its free language learn...

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17:10
Apple Hires Top Google Satellite Executives For New...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: The iPhone maker has recruited a pair of top Google satellite executives for a new hardware team, according to people familiar with the matter. John Fenwick, who led Google's spacecraft operations, and Michael Trela, head of satellite engineering, left Alphabet Inc.'s Google for Apple in recent weeks, the people said. They report to Greg Duffy, co-founder of camera maker Dropcam, who joined Apple earlier this year, the people said. With the recruits, Apple is bringing into its ranks two experts in the demanding, expensive field of satellite design and operation. At the moment, these endeavors typically fall into two fields: satellites for collecting images and those for communications. In a regulatory filing last year, Boeing Co. detailed a plan to provide broadband access through more than 1,000 satellites in low-earth orbit. The aerospace company has talked with Apple about the technology company being an investor-partner in the...

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17:04
Adidas will sell more shoes partially made with...

In honor of tomorrow's Earth Day celebrations, Adidas is unveiling yet another collaboration with Parley, an organization that focuses on protecting oceans from being polluted. This includes three new models of its flagship running shoe, the original...

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16:14
The next version of uTorrent will run in your browser

uTorrent is the most popular Bittorrent client in the world, but it's clearly getting a bit long in the tooth. You can expect some big changes soon, though. TorrentFreak reports that the app will eventually run in your web browser, based on comments...

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15:42
Full copy of Apple's self-driving car permit...




On Friday, a report revealed snippets of Apple's California Department of Motor Vehicles self-driving car application, offering insight into the company's autonomous vehicle project. AppleInsider has since obtained a full copy of the document.

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15:29
Volkswagen shows off its vision for a driverless...

Back in March, the Volkswagen Group dropped rendered concept images of its futuristic Sedric, an autonomous vehicle that would take riders to their destination at the touch of a button -- no human driving required. At Auto Shanghai 2017, VW showed of...

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15:07
AWT News Update: April 21, 2017

Photo via Business Insider from California DMV

A few fun Apple-related stories to send you off on your Earth Day weekend:

  • Documents filed with the State of California show details on how Apple will test its autonomous vehicle software and interfaces
  • You can get a heck of a good deal on a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar in Apple's refurbished store

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

Text Version

This is Steve Sande for Apple World Today,...

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14:40
Samsung promises to fix Galaxy S8's 'red...

Quite a few of Samsung's newly-released Galaxy S8 handsets have been showing a noticeable reddish tint on their screens. While the company initially said that the problem was easily fixed with a manual calibration, it's since decided to roll out an u...

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14:23
Arsenal FC delivers match day updates with Alexa

Amazon's virtual assistant can tell you all sorts of info on a range of topics. Sure, Alexa can already give you sports details, but one English Premier League club is going a step further. With a hand from digital agency AKQA, Arsenal Football Club...

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14:01
Dell's first HDR display is aimed squarely at...

HDR10 and Dolby Vision are the two main competing standards for high dynamic range displays. Today, Dell lent its support to the former as it announced its first HDR10-compliant display, the Dell UltraSharp 27 4K HDR Monitor. Dell revealed the new de...

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13:42
Internal documents reveal first look at Apple's...




Documents filed as part of Apple's application to test self-driving cars in California were revealed on Friday and offer a first look at the company's autonomous platform, dubbed the "Automated System."

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