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Friday June 16

09:06
Happy Hour Podcast 124 | iOS 11 tidbits, new iPad...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss the good and the bad of the first iOS 11 beta, drag and drop on iPad and how it could come to the iPhone 8, 10.5-inch iPad Pro reviews, and Planet of the Apps impressions after episode one. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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08:59
Pad & Quill’s Announces Leather Oxford Case for...

Pad & Quill announced this week the Oxford case for iPad Pro 10.5-inch. I love leather cases, and I’m a big fan of Pad & Quill’s designs, and I think this case looks good. It’s made from American full-grain leather and it’s stitched with parachute-grade stitching. It also includes a built-in Apple Pencil holder, so yay! Lastly, it will serve as a stand and is compatible with Apple’s Smart keyboard. Oh, and it has a 25-year warranty.

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08:56
Charity auction offers lunch with Eddy Cue at Apple...




Apple services chief Eddy Cue has followed CEO Tim Cook in offering a lunch date to the winner of a charity auction, with the latest Charitybuzz lot aiming to raise funds for the National Association of Basketball Coaches Foundation through the sale of a meeting with the executive at the new Apple Park headquarters.

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08:45
Breaking Bad execs move to Apple to lead original...

Enlarge / The fourth-generation Apple TV. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Apple just made its most serious move into original video content we've seen to date. The company announced it hired Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, presidents from Sony Pictures Television, to fill newly created positions that oversee "all aspects of video programming." Erlicht and Van Amburg are credited with elevating Sony's television business by developing shows including Breaking Bad, Rescue Me, and The Blacklist. Erlicht and Van Amburg will report to Apple's Eddy...

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08:10
Amazon devours Whole Foods grocery chain for $13.7B...




A blockbuster deal announced Friday morning will see e-commerce giant Amazon buy organic and all-natural food vendor Whole Foods in an all-cash deal -- and other retailers and grocers are seeing massive stock drops because of it.

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08:00
Credit Card Sized Smartphone and Tablet Stand 3-Pack...

We have a deal on a 3-pack of credit-card sized smartphone and tablet stands. it’s designed to be easily portable and has front flap to adjust for the depth of your device. The 3-pack is $19.99 through us.


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07:21
Eddy Cue auctioning Apple Park lunch meet up for...

Last month it was Tim Cook auctioning lunch at Apple Park for charity (which raised $688,999), and now it’s Eddy Cue’s turn. The SVP of Apple’s Internet Software and Services is working with Charitybuzz to raise money for the National Association of Basketball Coaches Foundation.

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06:56
Apple Hires Sony Pictures Television Executives for...

Apple brings two TV programming big hitters on board for Apple Music’s original content.


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06:33
A Ferrari, some people standing on a carpet, and...

Can’t help but watch this over and over. Here’s hoping no one got hurt.

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06:29
iPad Pro Diary: I thought I could resist the 10.5-...

Ben Lovejoy, 9to5Mac:

Upgrading more often than the average person is an occupational hazard of gadget addicts – and even more so of tech writers. But I do at least try to resist when an update is a relatively minor one.

I’d hoped that would be the case with the 10.5-inch iPad Pro. After all, I already owned the 9.7-inch Pro, so already had some of the more advanced features like True Tone. And 10.5 inches isn’t that much bigger than 9.7 inches, right?

Still, I had to be sure, so I wandered into the Regent Street Apple Store to try one out

There’s something about this so-called goldilocks iPad Pro, something compelling, in the same way as AirPods are compelling, but calling out from an already mature product line.

Ben’s...

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06:23
Jeff Bezos wants ideas ideas for philanthropy, so he...

New York Times:

On Thursday, Mr. Bezos sent a tweet to his more than 222,000 followers asking for suggestions for philanthropic giving. He specifically asked for ideas that could help the world in the near term, a contrast to long-term personal investments he has made in for-profit companies with social impact, like Blue Origin, a space firm, and The Washington Post.

Here’s the Tweet:

Request for ideas… pic.twitter.com/j6D68mhseL

— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) June 15, 2017

Amazing times we live in. Have a world changing cause worth supporting? Send Jeff a reply.

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06:23
News: Apple hires two top executives from Sony...

Apple is continuing its push into original TV programming, announcing today that it has hired two senior television executives from Sony Pictures Television into new positions that will oversee all aspects the company’s video programming efforts. The two new execs, Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg have both served as presidents at Sony Pictures Television since 2005 and have been responsible for a number of hits such as Breaking Bad, Better…

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06:20
‘Next big thing’ coming soon to Pokémon Go, hints...

A two-sentence notice on Niantic’s support website hints at a major update to Pokémon Go.

Heads Up: Gyms will soon be closing temporarily for remodeling. Any Pokémon you’ve assigned to Gyms will be returned to you at that time.

While that might not seem much of a clue, it is when viewed in context …

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06:04
Apple Watch watchOS 4 wishes you a happy birthday

[VIDEO] A cool feature, true, but what really stuck with me watching this video (embedded in main Loop post) was how bright, vibrant, and smoothly animating that screen is. Far, we’ve come.

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06:01
Bob Seger catalog now streaming on Apple Music

Bob Seger's iconic music catalog makes its streaming debut today. The debut includes 12 platinum/multi-platinum albums as well as Seger's debut album, Ramblin' Gamblin' Man. 

The albums are streaming on Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify iHeart Radio, Napster, and Slacker Radio. Seger is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist and pianist.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012. Seger was named Billboard's 2015 Legend of Live honoree at the 12th annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards.

Earlier this month, Seger announced he and his Silver Bullet Band will embark on a North American Runaway Train Tour starting in August.  The tour was announced June 1st on the heels of his highly anticipated Pine Knob Music Theatre show in Detroit selling out in 9 minutes during the fan club pre-sale.  Special guest, Nancy Wilson of Heart, will appear on select dates.

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06:00
Apple beefs up unique video content team with pair...




Apple has hired Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, a pair of former Sony Pictures Televisions executives previously responsible for programming like "Breaking Bad" and "The Goldbergs"

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Mous Limitless Ultra-Slim iPhone...

Today in iLounge Deals you can get the Mous Limitless Ultra-Slim iPhone Case with Airo Shock Protection for only $34.99 — that’s 41% of the normal price. This tech-savvy case will protect your iPhone from drops of up to 45 feet using Airo Shock technology to absorb tremendous amounts of impact without adding any bulk to your iPhone. The raised front lip prevents the screen from hitting the round, and the case only adds 2mm to the thickness…

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06:00
Outstanding Deal: Acesori 5 Piece Smartphone Camera...

Ask most iPhone photographers what changes they'd like made to their favorite camera and they tell you they wish the camera could take macro or wide angle shots. Those capabilities aren't built into the iPhone yet, but fortunately there are accessory lenses. Don't get caught spending $100 or more on expensive lenses for an iPhone you'll only have for a few years -- instead, you can get this Acesori 5-piece Smartphone Camera Lens Kit for $10.

You get five pieces (actually more if you're counting...) -- three lenses (a 180° fish eye lens, a Macro Lens for ultra closeups, and a wide angle lens for taking landscape photos and video. Add to that...

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05:56
Neil Cybart: Detailed thoughts on the HomePod

Neil’s a smart guy and this is a fantastic read. A few tastes:

Apple is not overselling the device’s speaker capabilities. In a somewhat controlled environment resembling a typical living room, HomePod’s sound output clearly stood out from that of Amazon Echo and Sonos Play 3. In fact, it made the Amazon Echo sound like a cheap toy, and the Sonos Play 3 sounded so inferior, I wondered if something was wrong with the Sonos.

And:

HomePod’s value isn’t found in asking Siri for sports scores or controlling the kitchen lights. HomePod’s value is found in an A8 chip controlling a series of microphones and speakers.

HomePod is a computer capable of mapping a room and then adjusting its sound output accordingly. This is another way of saying that HomePod is able to capture its surroundings and then use that information to tailor a specific experience to the listener. It is easy to see how collecting data and then using that data to improve the experience will...

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05:53
Jamie Erlicht, Zack Van Amburg join Apple to lead...

Apple is ramping up its efforts to create original TV programming. Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, two successful TV execs, are joining the company in newly created positions overseeing all aspects of video programming. 

Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg

Erlicht and Van Amburg will lead video programming worldwide, reporting to Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. They join Apple from Sony Pictures Television.

Under their leadership, the studio’s slate of original primetime series more than tripled, growing to include many of TV’s most acclaimed shows. They have extensive expertise producing television for global audiences and creating programming for a wide range of services, including shows for Amazon, Hulu and Netflix. Their roster of programs — which have won 36 Emmys and dozens of Golden Globes, AFI and WGA awards — have included fan favorites such as Better Call Saul, The Blacklist, ...

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05:51
Apple hires two top Sony Television executives to...

Apple has hired two top Sony Television executives Jamie Ehrlicht and Zack Van Amburg, to take up new positions as co-heads of video programming worldwide for Apple. The company announced the hirings in a press release.

The execs oversaw blockbuster TV shows including Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul and The Crown. It seems like Apple is now taking original content production seriously.

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05:39
Survey: 19% of Apple buyers want a HomePod

According to a new survey, 19% of those who already own Apple products want a HomePod as their smart home speaker. The $349 system is just under seven inches tall and looks like a piece of furniture. 

It will be available in both space gray and white. The HomePod also acts as a hub for HomeKit devices to provide remote access to home automation.

The survey had 2,000 participants and across that entire population, Amazon took first and second place with 17% interested in the Echo and 12% for the Dot. HomePod and Google Home tied for third with 11%. Note that these numbers represent what device respondents felt were best for their life, not an intention to buy. 

Forty-one percent of those surveyed expressed interest in buying a HomePod; however, most added that cost was the most important deciding factor. Apple’s smart speaker goes on sale in December.

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05:32
Startup making paper out of stones, not trees

Bloomberg:

To make a ton of regular paper requires 100 tons of water, TBM says, while its Limex paper is made without water. In place of 20 trees, it uses less than a ton of limestone, as well as 200 kilograms of polyolefin. The five-year-old startup recently raised an additional 1 billion yen ($9.1 million) from an existing backer, and aims to list its shares by 2020.

Limestone is plentiful, water, obviously, not. Surprisingly, paper use is growing rapidly, demand said to double by 2030. This is an interesting play.

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05:30
AppleInsider talks 10.5" iPad Pro experience,...




This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk iPad Pro 10.5", which iPad offers the best value, iOS 11, augmented reality, and much more.

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05:15
Apple nixes Target Display Mode support for 2017 4K...

You might be irked about this.

While the 2017 iMacs are getting good reviews, they’re currently unable to support Target Display Mode, a feature that previously allowed some iMac models between 2009 and 2014 to use their built-in display as an external monitor for another Mac connected via Mini Display Port or Thunderbolt.

Target Display Mode, which first debuted on the 2009 27-inch iMac, allowed users to turn an iMacs internal display into an external monitor, a feature some users felt would help prolong the life of the iMac after it went obsolete.

The feature was continued in the Mid-2010 refresh of the iMac, and then extended across the entire iMac lineup etween releases in Mid 2011 and Mid 2014. However, the feature was not supported in the Late 2014 5K iMac, apparently due to the fact that a single Thunderbolt 2 cable could not drive the full resolution of the new ultra high resolution display. No iMacs since have supported Target Display Mode.

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05:01
CIA has been hacking dozens of wifi routers for...

The latest documents posted by WikiLeaks reveal that the CIA has been hacking wireless routers for years. One particular hack, known as CherryBlossom, allowed the agency to monitor all Internet activity of a target, and even redirect their browser to government-created phishing sites …

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05:00
European Commission abolishes roaming charges,...

This’ll come in handy if you’re hitting the road soon.

A new European Union law came into effect on Thursday that abolishes roaming charges for people using mobile phones abroad. The new rules mean that European citizens traveling within the EU that call, text, and browse the internet on their mobile devices will be charged the same price they pay in their home country.

Prior to this, roaming charges were added to the cost of calls, SMS text messages, and web browsing when outside users traveled in the EU and had to connect to another cellular network. This, in turn, led to what amounted to notorious/exorbitant fees for relatively moderate data usage.

The European Commission offered the following statement:

“Each time a European citizen crossed an EU border, be it for holidays, work, studies or just for a day, they had to worry about using their mobile phones and a high phone bill from the roaming charges when they came home. The European Union is...

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05:00
Why I chose the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro over the 10.5...

The new 10.5-inch iPad Pro is the current darling of the Apple tablet line-up and my Apple World Today compadre, Steve Sande, loves it. However, I’ve gone with the revamped 12.9-inch version.

Why? Up to now, I’ve not found the iPad Pro to be a suitable laptop replacement, despite what CEO Tim Cook may think. However, with iOS 11, I feel this may change. If so, I want my new “laptop” to have as much screen real estate as possible.

Most of my work is done on a new 27-inch iMac — which is, BTW, the best Mac ever — but sometimes I do need to conduct my AWT editorial duties when traveling. Not a great deal of the time, but enough that I’ve always needed a Mac laptop. We’ll see if that changes...

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04:30
Slide in AAPL stock price continues into 5th day,...

Apple shares dropped a further 0.6% yesterday, making five straight days of decline. There has also been an increase in the number of investors ‘shorting’ AAPL – effectively betting that the share price will fall.

But while some are pointing to the dramatic scale of the total loss in market capitalization, others say that the numbers need to be viewed in context.

One commentary noted that the total loss in value experienced by the five largest U.S. tech companies in one week was enough to have bought Boeing …

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04:30
Satechi’s Aluminum Monitor Stand works great with...

If you need a sleek stand for Apple’s revamped iMac, Satechi’s $39.99 Aluminum Monitor Stand is a fine choice. This accessory is both functional and good-looking and is also great for using with laptops or monitors. 

The Aluminum Monitor Stand raises iMacs, monitors or laptops for a more comfortable viewing angle. This helps reduce eye and neck strain by promoting good posture. The stand also improves ventilation for your Mac, as well as opening up some desktop real estate by adding an additional platform to organize a tablet, laptop, charging station, smartphone, office supplies, printers or other device. 

It can support up to 31 pounds. The 27-inch iMac weighs 21 pounds, so the Aluminum Monitor Stand can handle pretty much any Mac or...

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04:03
19% of Apple owners ‘very interested’ in buying...

A survey of more than 2,000 people shows that 19% of those who own existing Apple devices are ‘very interested’ in buying the HomePod. This compares to 13% interest across the population as a whole.

Across all intending smart speaker buyers, the HomePod was equal-third in the rankings …

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04:00
The best Mac games of 2017 (so far)

By Ric Molina of MacGamer

At MacGamer HQ, we’ve a detailed post on the best Mac games of 2017. Here at Mac Gamer HQ, we spend a lot of time talking about how great the gaming situation is on the Mac.

But this year, oh boy, it could go down as the best year for Mac gaming since OS X was released. Really.

The release of MacOS 10.12.4 in April seems to have provided the Metal upgrade developers needed to finish some of the top ports. Within weeks of its release, we saw F1 2016, Total War: Warhammer and Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy released, and that promises more exciting releases for the next several months.

Our list of the best Mac games of 2017 (so far) include Mafia 3, Total War: Warhammer, F1 2016, Obduction, Dawn of War 3, Torment: Tides of Numenera, The Witness, Guardians of the Galaxy, Day of Infamy, Yooka-Laylee, Owlboy, Hollow Knight, Night in the Woods,...

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for June 16, 2017

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

iOS Apps/Updates

Matrix News has introduced Matrix News 1.0. It’s a $0.99 “speaking” RSS reader and radio player app. Matrix News allows you to view all of your preferred news sources and play your favorite radio stations from a single place.

Spiny Software has launched its automatic bird song identifier, ChirpOMatic. The $1.99 app is designed to make bird song identification accessible to all.

macOS Apps/Updates

Qoppa Software has announced...

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03:00
For Father’s Day: 14 fabulous movies to stream with...

These films showcase touching relationships between fathers and their sons and daughters.

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Thursday June 15

18:17
Musical.ly debuts original mini-shows from NBC and...

Musical.ly debuts its first original shows today -- the first of a few it will be rolling out over the coming weeks. The company has signed original content deals with entertainment groups Viacom, NBCUniversal and Hearst Magazines.

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17:46
Apple Music for Android updated w/ bug fixes and...

Apple today is rolling out a minor update to its Apple Music app on Android. The update brings the app to version 2.1 and brings under-the-hood improvements. The update is available now on the Play Store.

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17:35
Spotify Continues To Grow Faster Than Apple Music...

Joe Rossignol reports via Mac Rumors: Spotify today announced it now has over 140 million subscribers worldwide, including users that only listen to the free ad-supported tier. Spotify last said it had over 100 million subscribers in June 2016, so it has gained around 40 million listeners in one year to remain the world's largest streaming music service. Spotify didn't update its number of paying subscribers, which stood at over 50 million worldwide as of March 2017. By comparison, Apple at its Worldwide Developers Conference last week announced that Apple Music now has 27 million paying subscribers, just weeks before the streaming music service turns two years old. Apple Music doesn't have a free tier, and Apple doesn't regularly disclose how many users are using the free trial.


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16:32
With power & software improvements, how close is...

Last night, a set of benchmarks emerged showing just how powerful Apple’s iPad Pro lineup has become, even beating the top-tier MacBook Pro in some instances. Apple continues to market the iPad Pro as a PC replacement, and with the improvements in iOS 11, it seems the device is as close to that as ever before.

Could/has the iPad Pro replace your laptop or desktop?

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16:03
Art, History and 3D Printing


The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, California, last month debuted its Reboot Reality exhibit, which includes numerous installations with an interactive component. Visitors can don Occulus VR headsets to appreciate classical works of art in virtual reality -- a completely new museum experience. There long has been a debate on what constitutes "art" -- and opinions have differed as to how music, film, radio and TV fit in. In recent years, there have been compelling arguments both for and against the designation of video games as "art."

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15:52
Apple Airport not on latest 'Vault 7' list...




The latest dump of "leaked" documents from WikiLeaks reportedly from the CIA details the "Cherry Blossom" firmware modification program, which allowed intelligence agencies to change firmware in a networking company's factories -- but Apple Airport hardware appears to be unaffected by the effort.

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15:28
New iPad Pro Models Can Outperform MacBook Pro

New benchmarks of the iPad Pro models shows that the 10.5-inch iPad Pro reigns supreme in GPU performance.


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15:27
What if the Modern iPad Really Isn’t Right for K-12...

Apple started out with the idea that the iPad is the PC of the future and should be the student’s first exposure to computers. Is it working?


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15:26
How to Make Money from Bitcoin Faucets

Bryan Chaffin has been using Bitcoin faucets for years, shares everything he’s learned about making the most out of them.


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15:25
Lowest Price Ever: 32GB Apple TV for $99 ($50 off)...




While supplies last, shoppers can save $50 instantly on Apple's 4th generation 32GB TV, bringing the price down to $99 with free shipping and no tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ. At under $100, this is the lowest price we've seen to date from an Apple authorized reseller.

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14:56
2017 4K, 5K iMacs won't support Target Display...




Apple has definitively stated that new 2017 iMacs will not support Target Display Mode, a feature that previously allowed some iMac models between 2009 and 2014 to use their built-in display as an external monitor for another Mac connected via Mini Display Port or Thunderbolt.

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14:42
Report claims Nest open to HomeKit compatibility,...




A new report claims that Google's smart thermostat and smart home hardware vendor Nest is considering a move to support HomeKit -- but few hard details are available and new information suggests that compatibility isn't coming any time soon.

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14:22
AWT News Update: June 15, 2017

The super-speedy iPad Pro

Already halfway through the month of June? Tell us it's not true! At least we have some good news to keep you from getting too depressed. 

  • Apple World Today has just posted a video "first look" at macOS High Sierra that all Mac owners should watch
  • Those new iPad Pros are not only fast, but they're actually faster in many ways than Apple's top-of-the-line MacBook Pro
  • IBM is setting up "Garages" where developers will create apps for the Apple-IBM MobileFirst initiative.
  • Alphabet's Nest may be looking at supporting Apple HomeKit after an announcement last week at WWDC that software authentication of accessories will now be accepted

AWT is sponsored this week by Letter Opener, powerful macOS and iOS software for opening those winmail.dat, MSG, and XPS files from Windows PC users. Check it out online at winmail.help

The...

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14:03
Vintage Analog Hardware vs Apollo and Unison Plug‑Ins

Jacquire King speaks the same way he produces and mixes records: he’s direct, to-the-point, and avoids unnecessary hype. It’s an approach that has served the 50-year-old Washington, D.C. native well, from his previous perch at Nashville’s legendary Blackbird Studios to his Grammy-winning work with Kings of Leon, Buddy Guy, and Tom Waits.

This video demonstrates perfectly why I love Universal Audio so much for recording and mixing. They care so deeply about matching their plug-ins to the analog counterparts that you can’t tell the difference. I use an older Apollo twin and UA plug-ins in all of my recordings.

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14:03
macOS High Sierra: A First Look

Last week we brought you a video highlighting some of the features of the upcoming iOS 11 release. Today, we're happy to show you a similar video that covers several of the marquee features of macOS 10.13 "High Sierra". 

Like the video? Be sure to give it a "thumbs-up" on YouTube. You can get notified of all of our video releases by subscribing to the Apple World Today YouTube channel

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14:01
Analyst predicts sales of 41.5 million iPhones in...

In a note to clients — as noted by AppleInsider — Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri forecasts shipments of 41.5 million iPhone units in the current June 2017 quarter. This would be an increase from the 40.4 million smartphones the tech giant sold in the June quarter of 2016.

While the "iPhone 8" could be announced in the September quarter, Arcuri doesn't expect it to find its way into the hands of consumers until the December quarter. He thinks the timing of the launch is largely irrelevant, as he sees the handset being a "powder keg" for sales and the company's stock price.

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13:45
Review: AKG N60 On-Ear Headphones

It wasn’t too long ago that Active Noise Cancelling was a magic trick owned by one company, on one type of headphone, with one sound signature. Now it seems like ANC is everywhere, available in over-ear, in-ear, and battery-free in-ear Lightning headphones. AKG’s N60 on-ear headphones with ANC adds even more choice for the consumer. We trusted our ears to the N60 for a few weeks of commuting; the N60 has some minor ergonomic issues and can’t deliver complete silence, but we found it to be a solid choice if you’re a fan of on-ear headphones.
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13:37
Scott Forstall to talk about creating the iPhone

The iPhone 360 explores the story of iPhone, from its prehistory, inception, and launch, to its evolution and impact. Coinciding with the 10th anniversary year of the iPhone launch in 2007, iPhone 360 includes integrated initiatives across the Computer History Museum to create new collections of artifacts and oral histories, scholarly research and insights, dynamic events, and educational content and curriculum.

Scott has been very quiet since leaving Apple a few years ago, so this should be an interesting discussion.

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13:19
News: Canada bans locked cellphones and unlocking...

The Canadian Radio and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has announced that as of Dec. 1, 2017, all cell phones and other mobile devices sold in Canada must be provided unlocked. Further, as of that date, Canadian cellular carriers will also be prohibited from charging any fees for individual and small business wireless service customers to have their mobile devices unlocked....

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12:52
Apple Music rival Spotify tops 140 million free...




Keeping ahead of Apple in on-demand streaming, Spotify on Thursday revealed that it has over 140 million active users worldwide, including both Premium customers and people on its free ad-supported tier.

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12:30
Wi-Fi HD Waterproof Endoscopic Camera: $32.99

We have a cool gadget for today’s deal, a WiFi HD Waterproof Endoscopic Camera. It features an 8-way adjustable LED, it’s waterproof, and has a 2 MP resolution camera designed to fit into tight places. And, it will send what it films via Wi-Fi. It’s $32.99 through our deal.


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12:11
Secret Apple Health Team Wants to Create the iTunes...

If Apple succeeds, all of your medical data—not just fitness data—would be stored in your iPhone.


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12:06
Review: Apple's 21.5" iMac with Retina 4K...




Apple has radically overhauled its iMac lineup for 2017, giving its 21.5 inch Retina 4K models dedicated graphics driven by AMD Radeon Pro 555/560 GPUs; a brighter display with enhanced P3 color; more powerful Intel Kaby Lake CPUs; upgradable RAM sockets; faster SSD drives and modern, ultrafast USB C and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity.

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11:59
What’s Coming in tvOS 11

Despite no mention during the WWDC keynote, tvOS 11 is on the way. Just don’t get your hopes up.

 

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11:49
Nest is considering Apple HomeKit as iOS 11 makes...

Nest has long been a holdout on Apple’s Siri-controlled HomeKit platform, and many have speculated it will never add support due to its ties with Google and its competing offerings. But this week the company told us it’s at least considering adopting HomeKit following some big changes for hardware authentication requirements announced this month.

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11:30
Making Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Scan Automatically...

You won’t have to worry anymore about forgetting to scan your Mac for malware periodically.


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11:18
Apple forecast to sell 41.5M iPhones in solid June...




Investors expect iPhone sales will return to growth in the current June quarter, moving up slightly from the same period a year ago, as the world waits for an anticipated "iPhone 8" this fall.

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11:00
E3 2017: 'Hitman,' 'Ark: Survival...




Three games are preparing to launch on Mac this summer, with 'Hitman' arriving on June 20, 'Ark: Survival Evolved' leaving Early Access after two years with a full release on August 8, and the first part of 'The Pillars of the Earth' game adaptation shipping August 15.

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10:51
IBM opens new 'Garages' to boost...




IBM on Thursday announced an expansion of its "Garage" concept, introducing yet more physical offices meant to speed up the creation of MobileFirst iOS apps for enterprise clients.

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10:46
Tim Cook’s Take on a Siri Smart Home Controller –...

Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to offer up their thoughts on Apple CEO Tim Cook saying we don’t need a Siri smart home controller because we already have the iPhone and Apple Watch.


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10:20
Mous Limitless Ultra-Slim iPhone Cases with Airo...

We have a deal on the Mous Limitless Ultra-Slim iPhone Case, an iPhone case made of Airo Shock. The company claims an iPhone in this case can survive a 45-foot drop, which may well be why it raised more than US$1.7 million Indiegogo. It’s shipping now, and we have it for $34.99.


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10:00
IBM opening ‘Garages’ dedicated to Apple partnership...

After announcing a partnership with Apple back in 2014 to help bring enterprise apps and more to iOS, IBM today announced plans to accelerate the initiative with new ‘Garages’ that will serve as dedicated physical spaces to aid its corporate customers with the development of the MobileFirst iPhone and iPad apps: more…

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09:45
Twitter launches redesigned iOS app with new look,...




Twitter on Tuesday began rolling out a new edition of its app for Apple's iPhone and iPad, giving it a new look and interface, as well as making some functional improvements including more convenient use of Safari for viewing links.

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09:40
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09:00
∞ Flyby tour of Muscle Beach, CA

Even though this was presented in reverse, this is still some pretty good flying. When you finish watching it, check out the Unstabilized version and outtakes as well.

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08:30
How much faster have high-end iMacs gotten in the...

There are some really interesting and geeky stats in this story but the bottom line is, if your three years or older iMac feels “sluggish”, you’ll notice significant speed gains on the newest iMacs.

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08:15
A sociology of the smartphone

How completely the smartphone has taken over so many aspects of our lives is a remarkable story.

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08:14
Former iOS head Scott Forstall to talk iPhone's...




Scott Forstall -- Apple's former head of iOS development -- will appear at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. on June 20 to talk about the origins of the iPhone, according to an announcement.

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08:11
iPad Pro Diary: I thought I could resist the 10.5-...

Upgrading more often than the average person is an occupational hazard of gadget addicts – and even more so of tech writers. But I do at least try to resist when an update is a relatively minor one.

I’d hoped that would be the case with the 10.5-inch iPad Pro. After all, I already owned the 9.7-inch Pro, so already had some of the more advanced features like True Tone. And 10.5 inches isn’t that much bigger than 9.7 inches, right?

Still, I had to be sure, so I wandered into the Regent Street Apple Store to try one out …

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07:56
Ex-Apple exec Scott Forstall to chat about working...

Ex-Apple exec Scott Forstall, the leader of the iPhone software team Scott Forstall, will sit down with Computer History Museum historian John Markoff on June 20 to share his experience working with the late Steve Jobs on the secretive Apple iPhone project, codenamed “Project Purple.”

Preceded by Scott’s fireside chat will be a panel discussion with three engineers from the original iPhone development team: Nitin Ganatra, Scott Herz, and Hugo Fiennes. They’ll talk about their work on the device that transformed the mobile computing industry. You can't more info on the “Putting Your Finder On It: Creating the iPhone,” as well as register for the event, here.

The Computer History Museum is a nonprofit organization with a four-decade history as the world’s leading institution exploring the history of computing and its ongoing impact on society. Located at 1401 N...

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07:33
Scott Forstall set to talk publicly about the iPhone...

Former iPhone software lead Scott Forstall is set to publicly discuss the origin of the iPhone next week (via MacRumors) at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. Forstall has generally traveled under the radar since Apple CEO Tim Cook fired him in late 2012 following the rocky Apple Maps rollout.

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07:25
Report: Secret Apple team is working to make your...

Our iPhones already do a lot to keep us healthy, tracking our activity, sleep, mindfulness, and nutrition in the Health app. But according to a new report, Apple is working with hospitals and medical industry groups to bring your full medical profile to your phone, giving you full access to your digital medical chart.

CNBC is reporting that “a secretive team with Apple’s growing health unit” is working to bring clinical medical data to your iPhone. The goal is to make doctor’s visits, lab results, prescriptions, and even allergy lists available right your phone so you can access them whenever you need them.

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07:00
Apple CEO Tim Cook Shares His Experience Of Working...

In a wide-ranging interview with Bloomberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook talked about his experience of working with Donald Trump. He said: I feel a great responsibility as an American, as a CEO, to try to influence things in areas where we have a level of expertise. I've pushed hard on immigration. We clearly have a very different view on things in that area. I've pushed on climate. We have a different view there. There are clearly areas where we're not nearly on the same page. We're dramatically different. I hope there's some areas where we're not. His focus on jobs is good. So we'll see. Pulling out of the Paris climate accord was very disappointing. I felt a responsibility to do every single thing I could for it not to happen. I think it's the wrong decision. If I see another opening on the Paris thing, I'm going to bring it up again. At the end of the day, I'm not a person who's going to walk away and say, "If you don't do what I want, I leave." I'm not on a council, so I don't have...

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06:57
iOS quarterly market share grows in China as Apple...




Apple is increasing the market share of iPhones and iPads in a number of key markets, according to a report from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, with iOS noted as posting a strong period-on-period gain in urban China after sales of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus outpaced those of local rivals Oppo and Huawei.

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06:41
Apple's Tim Cook talks HomePod, AR, personal...




In an interview excerpt published on Thursday, Apple CEO Tim Cook commented on a variety of topics, including how much time he spends thinking about what people will say about his legacy at Apple.

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06:36
News: Apple looking to expand HealthKit to store...

Apple is undertaking efforts to expand HealthKit to become a portable repository of all of a person’s medical records, CNBC reports. The idea would be to expand the iPhone beyond a place to simply record health and wellness data into a database of a user’s entire medical history — doctor’s visits, lab results, prescriptions, and more — keeping all of this data easily at hand. According to the CNBC report, another secretive team…

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06:35
IBM expands mobile-led, iOS transformation for...

IBM has announced an expansion of its mobile portfolio for enterprises as it continues to create analytics-driven and cognitive enabled enterprise iOS apps that enable organizations to accelerate digital reinvention and transform how businesses engage across industries.

Three years ago, IBM escalated its focus on mobile by partnering with Apple to deliver enterprise iOS apps that change the nature of work. Today, the partnership continues to expand, achieving several billion dollars in signings with more than 3,800 client engagements supported by market-ready and custom iOS apps designed for professions across all industries, including store associates, flight attendants, and field technicians, according to Bridget van Kralingen, senior vice president, IBM Industry Platforms.

In addition, new mobile client initiatives are underway to empower employees at Lufthansa Group, City Furniture, Singapore Airlines, and Japan Airlines that are equipping employees, in multiple...

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06:35
Major update to iOS Twitter app includes real-time...

Twitter has today made a major update to its Twitter app. Version 7.0 not only introduces visual changes designed to put the focus on content, it also includes three new features.

The company says the changes were driven by user feedback …

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06:30
iPads are the dominant tablet in U.S. K-12 schools

Apple iPads are the most widely used tablet computing devices in U.S. K-12 schools and are the educational tablets schools rank highest in terms of future tablet purchasing plans, according to Deployment of Tablets/Mobile Devices in K-12 Schools 2017, a new report from Simba Information, which specializes in market intelligence in the media and publishing industry. 

"Tablets, e-readers and smartphones are being purchased by schools for teacher and student use and are being brought into classrooms as part of bring-your-own-technology initiatives," says Karen Meaney, a senior analyst in Simba Information's Education Group. "However, tablet penetration in schools has slowed because of the growing popularity of Chromebooks."

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06:29
Inside Walt Mossberg’s gadget museum

Nilay Patel, The Verge:

Walt Mossberg is retiring this year — he’s already written his last column, hosted his last Code Conference, and taped the final episode of Ctrl-Walt-Delete in front of a live audience in New York. But Walt’s also assembled an impressive collection of notable gadgets over his two-decade run as a reviewer and columnist, and we asked him to talk us through some of the more notable items as he cleared out of his office.

This isn’t everything — there’s far too much for that. But there’s nothing quite like Walt talking about gadgets and what they mean, and we tried to pick a few that defined their moments in a way few products now seem to do.

It’s been incredible having Walt on The Verge team, and we’re all going to miss his insight, wit, enthusiasm, and charm. I hope you enjoy this look at him doing what he does best: explaining technology to people who love it just as much as he does.

Love this. Lots of history, with Walt sharing...

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06:24
Siri’s iOS 11 evolution

[VIDEO] Nice video (embedded in the main Loop post) from Mac Rumors, showing off Siri’s deep-learning powered iOS 11 voices, as well as advances in contextual awareness. Well done, worth watching.

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06:18
The 30 best Mac games of 2017 (so far)

I’m a fan of Mac gaming, look forward to the updates to the MacGamerHQ top lists. This is not a competitive list (which game is #1, etc.) but more a curated list that you can browse to see which games appeal to you.

Me? I’ve got my eye on Obduction and The Witness.

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06:12
Ikea products are now available on Amazon (False...

Kottke.org:

Ikea products have long been available on Amazon from 3rd-party resellers, but now Ikea is officially selling hundreds of their products on Amazon. Among the items that caught my eye are the iconic blue Frakta bags, the best kids’ drinking glasses ever made (we have dozens of these…love them), a kids’ foot stool, the Swedish meatball sauce packs, and those ubiquitous Glimma tea lights. Also, lots of rugs, picture frames, candles, bedding materials, and many of the other things that are good to stock up on.

Go to amazon.com and do a search for the word Ikea.

This seems like a huge step for Ikea and a win for Amazon.

UPDATE: Jason updated his page, calling into question his original take. But take a look at...

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06:08
iPhone manufacturer Foxconn eyes Wisconsin for new...

Associated Press:

A Taiwanese company that assembles Apple’s iPhones and other electronics is considering building a plant in Wisconsin that could employ thousands of people and give Gov. Scott Walker a huge political boost as he prepares to run for re-election.

A person with direct knowledge of the negotiations who was not authorized to speak publicly confirmed to the Associated Press on Wednesday that the state is in talks with Foxconn. At least one other upper Midwest state, Michigan, is also pursuing the plant.

This could be a rumor, could be Foxconn simply exploring options, could be Foxconn setting up a bidding war between Wisconsin and Michigan. No matter, this has interesting implications in terms of Apple potentially building future product in the US.

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06:02
Apple is quietly working on turning your iPhone into...

Christina Farr, CNBC:

Imagine turning to your iPhone for all your health and medical information — every doctor’s visit, lab test result, prescription and other health information, all available in a snapshot on your phone and shared with your doctor on command. No more logging into hospital web sites or having to call your previous doctor to get them to forward all that information to your new one.

Apple is working on making that scenario a reality.

And:

CNBC has learned that a secretive team within Apple’s growing health unit has been in talks with developers, hospitals and other industry groups about bringing clinical data, such as detailed lab results and allergy lists, to the iPhone, according to a half-dozen people familiar with the team. And from there, users could choose to share it with third parties, like hospitals and health developers.

This day can’t come soon enough. The sharing of medical data, in a safe, secure, and privacy...

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06:00
The Week in iOS Accessories and Cases: Logitech and...

New tablets? New cases.

Image by Rob Schultz/Macworld

This week’s roundup features some new cases for the latest models of iPad Pro. Plus: Cables, air conditioners, earbuds, and more. Read on!

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Ztylus Stabilizer Rig Kit for...

In our iLounge Deal today, you can pick up the Stylus Stabilizer Rig Kit for Smartphones for only $21.95 — 26% off the regular price. This handy kit helps prevent jittery photos with a secure grip and extended ergonomic stability so you can line up your shots perfectly. It can also extend to larger tripods as well for even more flexibility.

Get the Stylus Stabilizer Rig Kit for Smartphones now for only $21.95...

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05:59
Feral Interactive’s stealth HITMAN game coming to...

Feral Interactive has announced that it is bringing its stealth video game HITMAN to macOS for the first time since its launch 17 years ago, going on sale on June 20. The popular game, which inspired two movies, was previously available on Windows and a wide range of consoles.

This follows Total War: Warhammer which was brought over to the Mac back in April …

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05:58
Morning Consult poll on potential HomePod buyers vs...

Apple’s HomePod and Google Home show as a distant second to Amazon Echo. You can see the polling data here. Most of this is due to price.

That said, the HomePod is just an announcement, not yet a product in the wild, something people can actually fully experience. The fact that the HomePod is pretty much tied with Google Home, a product that is currently shipping and in people’s homes, tells me that there is a strong potential market for HomePod.

With price as a strong decision point for buyers, I suspect this data means the market will segregate into strong layers, with Amazon owning the cheap seats, Apple owning the higher tiers, and brand loyalty dividing the areas in between.

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05:39
Apple patent involves an accessory iPhone case for...

A newly granted Apple patent (number 20170170859) for an “accessory case for wireless electronic device” will only add fuel to the speculation that the upcoming “iPhone 8” will have wireless charging. 

The patent is for a removable phone case that can be coupled to an electronic device using both wired and wireless paths. The case may include circuitry that receives wireless power from external equipment. The circuitry that receives the wireless power may receive wireless power at microwave frequencies. Received power may be supplied to the electronic device through wired and wireless paths.

The removable case may also include circuitry that wirelessly communicates with external equipment. An array of antennas may be used to support beam steering. In acoustics, beam steering is used to direct the...

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05:30
Synology introduces DiskStation DS1517 and DS1817

Synology has launched the DiskStation DS1517 and DS1817, a, respectively, scalable 5-bay and 8-bay desktop NAS. DS1817 is the first value series equipped with built-in 10GbE LAN ports and an expandable RAM module, delivering “future-proof, high-speed storage for professionals and growing small/medium-sized businesses,” according to Katarina Shah, product manager.

DS1817 is powered by a quad-core 1.7GHz processor with RAM module expandable up to 8GB. Thanks to the built-in 10GbE interfaces, DS1817 can achieve sequential throughput performance exceeding 1,577 MB/s reading and 739 MB/s writing when using RAID 5. The built-in 10GBASE-T ports and 1GBASE-T LAN ports pave the way for businesses to upgrade to a 10GbE environment, and provide the support of Link Aggregation and failover, says Shah.

DS1517 is powered by a quad-core 1.7GHz...

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05:26
iPhone 7 and 7 Plus remain the top selling...

Samsung phones may have topped the iPhone in the latest smartphone ratings from Consumer Research, but the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus remain the top-selling phones in the U.S.

The latest smartphone operating system data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech reveal that in the three months ending in April, iOS and Android continued to increase their market share in most regions. 

In urban China, Android captured 83.4% of smartphone sales, up 4.3 percentage points from 79.1% a year earlier. However, Android failed to achieve growth in the U.S., falling 5.9 percentage points to 61.7%, compared to 67.6% a year earlier.

“Android partner brands Samsung, LG, and Moto experienced year-on-year declines in the US,” reports Lauren Guenveur, Global Consumer Insight Director for...

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05:17
Apple wants to turn your iPhone into a one-stop shop...

Tired of having to fill out the same-but-different medical/insurance forms every time you visit a new doctor? According to CNBC, Apple feels your pain (pun intended) and is working to turn your iPhone into a “one-stop shop” for all your medical info. 

The article says the tech giant wants its smartphone to become the central bank for health information and is looking to host clinical information, such as labs and allergy lists, and not just wellness data. To that end, Apple is reportedly talking to hospitals, researching potential acquisitions and attending health IT industry meetings.

Apple is looking at startups in the cloud hosting space about potential acquisitions that might fit into this plan, says CNBC, quoting an unnamed “half-dozen people familiar” with the company’s secret team working on the scenario. Essentially, Apple would be trying to...

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05:15
Apple looking to make HealthKit an industry standard...

Apple wants to build a comprehensive database for every iPhone user that can be accessed for doctors visits, lab results, medications, and more.

According to CNBC, Apple is said to have a “secretive team” within its health unit that has been communicating with developers, hospitals, and other industry groups about storing clinical data on the iPhone. With all of their medical data at their fingertips, iPhone users would have a better overall picture of their health, which could also be readily shared with doctors.

The aforementioned team has been hiring developers familiar with the protocols surrounding the transfer of electronic health records as well as negotiating with assorted health IT industry groups. One group that’s apparently been contacted, the “Argonaut Project”, promotes the adoption of open standards for health information, and “The Carin Alliance,” a group aiming to give patients more control over their medical data. It’s been noted that Apple VP of...

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05:00
Wistron CEO hints at improved waterproofing,...

Sometimes an executive blathers and gives something interesting away.

In this case, Winstron CEO Robert Hwang, Apple’s primary iPhone manufacturer in India, confirmed that the upcoming iPhone will be waterproof and feature wireless charging.

Per Nikkei, Hwang’s comment noted that Apple’s next-gen iPhones will feature additional waterproofing as well as wireless features:

“Assembly process for the previous generations of [iPhones] have not changed much, though new features like waterproof and wireless charging now require some different testing, and waterproof function will alter the assembly process a bit.”

Hwang has also noted that Wistron’s India facility is currently making “a small number” of handsets for Apple. He states the growth in manufacturing will hinge on relations between Apple and the Indian government.

He went on to say that Wistron as a whole will ship more smartphones in 2017 than 2016. Through increased used of automation, the...

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04:46
iPhone 7 & 7 Plus remain top-selling phones in U...

The latest Kantar data shows that the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus remained the top-selling phones in the USA for the three-month period ending in April, with a combined market share of 20.1%. Total iPhone share grew 5.8 points year-on-year to hit 36.5%.

Samsung didn’t fare so well, though there was also some mixed news for Apple …

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