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Friday August 11

08:39
Blizzard preps aging 'Warcraft 3'...

So this is a bit strange: Over 15 years later, Blizzard has added a public test realm to its premier real-time strategy game, Warcraft 3. Overwatch (also made by Blizzard) fans know that the PTR is where experimental features and modes are tested bef...

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08:31
Apple & Ireland 'close to deal' to...




Apple and the Irish government are reportedly nearing a deal that would shield the latter from losses incurred while holding up to $17.7 billion in Apple cash, including interest -- money that may be due in back taxes following a 2016 European Commission ruling.

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08:21
Here's the first look at the 'Papers,...

In 2013, independent game developer Lucas Pope released an indie game called Papers, Please. Set in the 1980s, the game features an immigration inspector based in a communist country who's tasked with sorting through entry documents of those looking...

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08:20
Developers File Antitrust Complaint Against Apple in...

A Chinese law firm has filed a complaint against Apple on behalf of 28 local developers alleging the firm breached antitrust regulations. From a report: The complaint, lodged by Beijing-based Dare & Sure Law Firm, accuses Apple of charging excessive fees and removing apps from its local store without proper explanation, Lin Wei, an attorney at the firm told Reuters on Thursday. "During its localization process Apple has run into several antitrust issues ... after an initial investigation we consulted a number of enterprises and got a very strong response," said Lin. The law firm invited developers to join the complaint in April and on Tuesday filed it to China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce and the National Development and Reform Commission, which oversees antitrust matters in the country.


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08:15
∞ Behind the scenes of Game of Thrones’ “The Loot...

Think of all the planning and logistics that go into a scene like this. Amazing.

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08:02
Amazon’s delivered meals may not require...

Amazon's been elbowing its way into the food and grocery business for awhile now. Its recent acquisition of Whole Foods made it clear just how serious Amazon is about the whole thing. Now, Reuters reports that Amazon is considering using military tec...

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07:56
Inside iOS 11: AirPods controls expand with separate...




Apple's AirPods are currently limited to a trio of controls on both earpieces, but their functionality will be greatly enhanced this fall with the release of iOS 11, giving users the ability to give each wireless pod a separate, customizable function with a double tap.

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07:42
An AI ‘nose’ can remember different scents

Russian researchers are using deep learning neural networks to sniff out potential scent-based threats. The technique is a bit dense (as anything with neural nets tends to be), but the gist is that the electronic "nose" can remember new smells and re...

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07:15
Comment: Is it just me, or would the iPhone 8 look...

The iPhone 8 dummy model industry is hitting its peak production a month or so ahead of the real thing. We’re seeing a rapidly-growing number of photos and videos of these impressively-detailed dummy devices to go along with the renders and mockups of the screen.

Let me start by admitting I’m biased where bezels are concerned …

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07:00
Safari Should Display Favicons in Its Tabs

Favicon -- or its lack thereof, to be precise -- has remained one of the longest running issues Safari users have complained about. For those of you who don't use Safari, just have a look at this mess I had earlier today when I was using Safari on a MacBook. There's no way I can just have a look at the tabs and make any sense of them. John Gruber, writing for DaringFireball: The gist of it is two-fold: (1) there are some people who strongly prefer to see favicons in tabs even when they don't have a ton of tabs open, simply because they prefer identifying tabs graphically rather than by the text of the page title; and (2) for people who do have a ton of tabs open, favicons are the only way to identify tabs. With many tabs open, there's really nothing subjective about it: Chrome's tabs are more usable because they show favicons. [...] Once Safari gets to a dozen or so tabs in a window, the left-most tabs are literally unidentifiable because they don't even show a single character of...

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06:45
AppleInsider podcast talks 'iPhone 8' ship...




This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk conflicting rumors around the "iPhone 8" ship date, the company's rising stock price, and some of the interesting things happening in HomeKit.

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06:31
∞ How to make your iPhone speaker louder

This setting has been around for a while, but it’s subtle enough to have slipped through the cracks for many.

Take a look at this tweet.

To see this setting at work, fire up some relatively loud music on your iPhone.

Now go to Settings, scroll down to Music, make sure EQ is set to off. Get a sense of the volume.

Now scroll down and select the Late Night EQ setting. Notice a difference? To me, the difference is significant, the quiet elements boosted, the overall impression louder.

If you don’t hear a difference, tap to turn EQ off, then go back to Late Night. It’s subtle, but a good tip, worth sharing.

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06:31
Apple assembly partner Foxconn reports disappointing...




Hon Hai -- better known as Foxconn -- reported net income of just $589 million in the June quarter, missing analyst forecasts ahead of Apple's launch of the "iPhone 8" and "iPhone 7s" this fall.

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06:30
Synology introduces DiskStation DS418j, a 4-bay NAS...

Synology has launched the DiskStation DS418j, a budget-friendly (about $325), 4-bay NAS server designed to help home and individual users manage, protect and share data effectively. 

Its 64-bit dual-core processor supports over 40TB raw single volume capacity. The DS418j is equipped with a 1GB DDR4 memory (twice the size of its predecessor) and adjustable front LED indicators, allowing users to control and schedule the brightness in four levels. 

In addition, the model consumes only 21.22 watts in full operation and as little as 8.97 watts in HDD hibernation. DS418j runs on DiskStation Manager (DSM), anoperating systems for network-attached storage devices, and handles storage management Synology Hybrid RAID (SHR) technology. SHR is an automated RAID management system allowing users to create and expand storage volumes and migrate RAID types without requiring details on RAID. SHR provides 1 to 2-...

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06:26
New mockups show ‘double notch’ concept, and how...

Steve Troughton-Smith yesterday helped us learn more about the likely iPhone 8 screen layout, and he’s since shown one possible approach to restoring the symmetry of the screen. He’s produced a mockup (above) showing how the Home button could be presented as a ‘notch,’ matching the physical one at the top of the screen.

He’s quick to point out this is not something he’s found in the code, but rather just an idea he thought it would be fun to play with …

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06:22
John Gruber on Safari and favicons

John Gruber, on the reaction to a piece he wrote comparing Safari vs. Chrome on the Mac:

But really, taken as a whole, the response to my piece was about one thing and one thing only: the fact that Safari does not show favicons on tabs and Chrome does. There are a huge number of Daring Fireball readers who use Chrome because it shows favicons on tabs and would switch to Safari if it did.

The reaction was so overwhelming I almost couldn’t believe it.

And:

The gist of it is two-fold: (1) there are some people who strongly prefer to see favicons in tabs even when they don’t have a ton of tabs open, simply because they prefer identifying tabs graphically rather than by the text of the page title; and (2) for people who do have a ton of tabs open, favicons are the only way to identify tabs.

I use Safari for the most part, but I heartily agree. See for yourself. Here are two pictures, showing a bunch of tabs open,...

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06:14
Internet Archive brings back HyperCard for today’s...

The Internet Archive blog:

On August 11, 1987, Bill Atkinson announced a new product from Apple for the Macintosh; a multimedia, easily programmed system called HyperCard. HyperCard brought into one sharp package the ability for a Macintosh to do interactive documents with calculation, sound, music and graphics. It was a popular package, and thousands of HyperCard “stacks” were created using the software.

And:

Flourishing for the next roughly ten years, HyperCard slowly fell by the wayside to the growing World Wide Web, and was officially discontinued as a product by Apple in 2004. It left behind a massive but quickly disappearing legacy of creative works that became harder and harder to experience.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Hypercard, we’re bringing it back.

Interestingly, today is Woz’s birthday as well. Wonder if that’s a coincidence. Either way, go...

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Sharkk Twins Bluetooth Speaker Set

For Friday’s iLounge Deal, we’re offering the Sharkk Twins Bluetooth Speaker Set for only $37.99 — that’s 36% off the regular price. These two small speakers — each the size of an iPhone 6 — provide an immersive 360º surround sound experience in a stylish, compact, and extremely portable design. The speakers can be used individually or together for stereo audio, and unlike many Bluetooth speakers, they come in a pair. Get…

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06:00
Check out our great deal on The Complete Web...

Developing a fully-functioning modern website isn't as easy as it seems. To create speedy blogs, secure e-commerce sites, or attractive web pages for business, you'll want to master all of the important web technologies: HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, JQuery, MySQL and more. Rob Percival's "The Complete Web Developer Course" is wildly popular, with almost 1,600 five-star reviews in the Deals Shop. Now you can get the course -- normally priced at $199.00 -- for just $14.99!

The Complete Web Developer Course features over 236 lectures and 28 hours of content. You learn how to master web technologies, build responsive websites, and integrate APIs to connect to other sites. During the...

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05:58
‘WSJ’: Foxconn’s Wisconsin plant will make iPhone...

Though previous reports says the Wisconsin display factory of Apple supplier Hon Hai Precision Industry, better known as Foxconn Technology Group, will make large panels for use in TV and monitors, the Wall Street Journal claims it will make LCD displays for iPhones.

The article adds that this would be the first factory of its kind in North America. Foxconn's second most powerful executive, Sharp President Tai Jeng-Wu, talked about making parts in the United States during a public speech last November.

"We are now building a new [OLED] facility in Japan. We can make [OLED] panels, a kind of screen] in the US too," he said. "If our key customer demands us to manufacture in the US, is it possible for us...

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05:53
Former UK security service head says weakening...

While Apple may have given in to demands from the Chinese government to remove VPN apps from its app store there, it does generally take a strong stand on encryption. It uses end-to-end encryption for both iMessage and FaceTime, and resisted pressure from the FBI to create a weakened version of iOS, describing it as too dangerous.

We’ve written a number of pieces explaining why we support Apple’s stance, both before and after the San...

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05:49
Apple reportedly close to reaching an agreement in...

Apple is close to reaching an agreement over Ireland’s sought indemnity from potential losses related to holding up to €15B (about US$18 billion) of the tech giant’s cash, reports Bloomberg.

Last year, the European Commission told Apple to repay about €13B in back taxes to the country, which had given Apple unfair tax breaks. Apple has to put the money into an escrow account while appealing the decision. If Apple wins, it gets the money back. 

The appeal could take up to five years. And Bloomberg says Ireland is concerned it will be held responsible for any drop in value while the money waits in escrow. 

Tim Cook has branded the European Commission ruling “total political crap.” Apple’s CEO also suggested the "retroactive" tax bill was an attempt by the European Union to grab taxes owed to the U.S. treasury and...

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05:48
Need a job? Apple and Disney are looking for people...

Though this sounds like a phishing scheme, this is an article from Inc on some real jobs being filled by Apple and Disney.

Apple describes the “Home Advisor” as a person who responds when people contact Apple for help. The job description describes ideal candidates as friendly, thoughtful, and real. They are “curious investigators, technical problem solvers, and good listeners” and like the way it feels to help others, have the discipline to manage themselves, can focus in a home environment, and are good multitaskers.

The company requires that you have access to a “quiet, distraction-free work space with a door you can shut, an ergonomic chair, a desk … and your own network connection.”

If you have the right personality, working at home is a huge win-win. You get the convenience and cost savings of working at home. No commute and no moving expenses. And Apple gets a happy employee without the overhead expense.

If this particular job sounds attractive to...

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05:40
Consumer Reports changes Microsoft Surface laptops...

Consumer Reports:

Consumer Reports is removing its “recommended” designation from four Microsoft laptops and cannot recommend any other Microsoft laptops or tablets because of poor predicted reliability in comparison with most other brands.

To judge reliability, Consumer Reports surveys its subscribers about the products they own and use. New studies conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center estimate that 25 percent of Microsoft laptops and tablets will present their owners with problems by the end of the second year of ownership.

The decision by Consumer Reports applies to Microsoft devices with detachable keyboards, such as the new Surface Pro released in June and the Surface Book, as well as the company’s Surface Laptops with conventional clamshell designs.

Take this change with a grain of salt, give the experts a chance to dig through the methodology. But no matter the ultimate resolution, this certainly gives a black eye to...

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05:36
External Link: Google Adds Phishing Warnings to...

If you use the Gmail app for iOS, Google has added a new feature that warns you about phishing attempts. If you’re reading an email message and tap a link that Google thinks leads to a phishing site, a dialog pops up to alert you to the danger. You can still open the link if you wish. Google is rolling the feature out over the next 15 days, and you don’t need to update the app to get it.

 

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05:30
What currently stands in the way between us and...

Matt Miesnieks:

I know glasses are being worked on at Apple, and the prototypes are state of the art. I also know what it takes to build a full-stack wearable AR HMD, having built fully functional prototypes from scratch. There are a bunch of elements that need to work before a consumer product can exist. These elements don’t all exist today (even at the state of the art).

Lots and lots of detail in this post. I found it well written, very understandable. Perhaps my favorite little tidbit:

Imagine that virtual hat from a Snap Filter being something you could virtually wear all day, and everyone (or only people you filter) else wearing AR Glasses could see it on you.

I highly recommend this if you have any interested in AR and Apple Glasses.

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05:30
Satechi launches Aluminum Type-C to VGA, Type-C to...

Satechi has introduced two new adapters to its arsenal of USB-C solutions. The new Aluminum Type-C to VGA Adapter and Aluminum Type-C to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter expand connectivity options and add functionality to USB-C devices.

The plug and play $34.99 Aluminum Type-C to VGA Adapter provides users with a solution for projecting a compatible USB-C device to a VGA display. Providing 1080p resolution at a rate of 60Hz, it lets users connect the USB-C device to a VGA-compatible display or projector.

The $29.99 Aluminum Type-C to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter, supporting 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet, provides HD video streaming, uninterrupted gaming and fast web downloads. You connect the Ethernet wire to...

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05:00
Miami Heat becomes the first NBA team to switch to...

Miami Heat has announced that it will only accept etickets on phones for the upcoming season. Even if you buy your ticket from the box office on the night, you still won’t get a paper one …

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05:00
Master the space-time continuum in Causality, a...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.

Most of the puzzle games on the App Store fall into a handful of genres: match-3, hidden object, point-and-tap. Occasionally, you’ll see a unique take on one of those genres (like Spry Fox’s Road Not Taken), but…still in one of those genres.

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05:00
Commander One is a useful Finder enhancer for ‘power...

Eltima describes its Commander One as a "Finder alternative." However, I'd describe it more as a handy Finder "enhancer" that's great for macOS "power users" (a term I don't like, but for which I don't have a better alternative.) Plus, the latest version is 100% written in Apple’s Swift programming language.

A dual-panel file manager for macOS 10.9 or higher, it allows you to use two panels at once, set up your own hotkeys for a variety of actions, and more. Commander One doesn't come with a PDF manual (you download the software, so I wasn't expecting printed instructions), so there's a bit of a learning curve. 

Eltima's introductory "Welcome" screen helps get you started, but other features need an explanation. For example, choosing between the "dynamic" and "bytes" for the "size in apps" under the View preferences will certainly be as clear as mud to novice users.

When you launch Commander One, you can...

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04:30
Apple patent involves a ‘return to sender’ feature...

Apple has filed for a patent (number 20170230318) for a “return to sender” feature for macOS and iOS apps such as Mail and Messages (and perhaps Pages, Numbers, and Keynote).

Per the invention, a return to sender option can be invoked from within a file editing application when you’ve edited a file received as a message attachment. You can select a file attached to a message from within a messaging application. A file editor can be invoked to open and edit the file. 

Then you can select a return to sender option from within the file editor. In response to the selection of the return to sender option, the edited file can be automatically saved, a reply message can be automatically generated and the edited file can be automatically attached to the reply message.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that electronic messaging applications (e.g., email, instant messaging, text messaging applications, etc.) on computing devices often allow a user to receive files as...

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04:29
WSJ claims U.S. Foxconn plant will make iPhone...

While previous reports on Foxconn’s U.S. display factory have described it as making large panels for use in TVs and monitors, a WSJ post today claims that it will be making LCD screens for iPhones.

The facility, which would build liquid-crystal display technology, or LCD, screens used for Apple Inc.’s iPhone, would be the first of its kind in North America.

It’s unclear whether the WSJ has new information, or has made what appears to be a common error of conflating Foxconn with iPhone production.

The wisdom of Wisconsin proving a $3B tax subsidy – amounting to a full 30% of Foxconn’s investment – is again being questioned after a state fiscal analysis...

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04:00
Most mobile app users hesitant to give info when...

Mobile app users are concerned about the security of their information when they register for a new app, a new survey reveals. Nearly 90% say that security of personal information shared during the app onboarding process is somewhat to very important, according to leading B2B research firm Clutch.

The majority of app users (82%) also say understanding why they need to provide personal...

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03:53
Gmail iOS app will now warn you about phishing...

Back in May, Google updated its Gmail app on Android to warn about phishing attempts. It is now rather belatedly bringing that same protection to the iOS app.

The protection kicks in if you click on a sketchy link in an email, with two different levels of warning …

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Aug. 11, 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

Eden Isle is a new sim game that lets you create your own vacation paradise. The app lets players build and manage an island resort. You work towards making a five-star vacation spot, while catering to guests ranging from out-of-touch indie rock stars, to wacky inventors, to reality show producers, each with their own backstory. Eden Isle is free, but does tout in-app purchases.

2551005 ONTARIO has debuted EZLinQ 1.0. The free business app helps to connect truck drivers with companies looking to deliver loads and simplify finding the...

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03:00
Leaked HomePod firmware hints at resizable virtual...

It’s the leaked firmware that keeps on giving.

In a recent discovery, developer Steve Troughton-Smith found code strings within the HomePod firmware that indicated a virtual Home button for the iPhone 8. The Home button can apparently be hidden and resized as needed.

There apparently isn’t a way to change the Home button’s color, and tab bars that display at the bottom of apps will appear below the button.

The iPhone 8 is expected to be introduced around the usual September time frame. The new phone will reportedly be slightly larger than the iPhone 7 and sport an OLED display that runs nearly edge to edge making it as big as the iPhone 7 Plus screen.

The larger screen means that there might not be room for a physical Home button, which Apple looks to be replacing with a virtual on-screen version.

The HomePod isn’t shipping until December, but the firmware for the device leaked online recently and developers have been sifting through it ever...

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00:31
'GLOW' is body slamming its way to Netflix...

The Crown isn't the only Netflix series that's returning to the platform. The gorgeous ladies of wrestling will also be grappling their way back on to your screens. On Thursday, the GLOW Twitter account announced that season 2 is officially on its wa...

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Thursday August 10

23:02
Gmail for iOS will warn you about visiting phishing...

A few months ago, Google introduced an anti-phishing feature for Gmail on Android after a widespread attack affected millions of users. Now, Mountain View is adding the extra security measure to Gmail for iOS. Sometime within the next 15 days, a warn...

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21:34
Nintendo faces lawsuit over the Switch's...

The Nintendo Switch certainly isn't the first gaming tablet, but is it directly riffing on others' ideas? Gamevice thinks so. The accessory maker is suing Nintendo for allegedly violating a patent for concepts used in the Wikipad, its gaming-orient...

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20:24
Microsoft claims Surface reliability isn't...

Consumer Reports said that it would no longer recommend Microsoft's Surface laptops and tablets because of "poor predicted reliability" compared to other brands, based on its surveys. Now Microsoft has responded, with a statement saying that it is "d...

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19:26
'Battlefield 1' joins EA's on-demand...

With EA Access' all-you-can-eat video game service, you can play full versions of the publisher's games, which include big name titles like Titanfall 2, Mass Effect: Andromeda, and FIFA 17. Today, the video game publisher tweeted that its popular sho...

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18:39
LG might finally enable FM radios in US phones

Radio might be so last century, but it's a cheap and effective format for broadcasting media -- and it won't cost you any data to tune into. Many foreign-built smartphones actually come with radio tuners, but they're hard to find in devices meant for...

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18:15
iPhone 8 renders offer a gorgeous take on how Apple...

We’ve certainly seen our fair share of iPhone 8 renders over recent months, but a new set of designs from Quinton Theron offers perhaps the best look yet. The designer shared his renderings earlier today, offering a look at how Apple could market the device…

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17:49
Gaming chat app Discord tests video calls and screen...

Discord, the Slack-like gaming chat app, has been steadily improving since its initial launch a couple of years ago. Last January, it added a $5 paid tier for fans to essentially thank the company — the bonuses simply include GIF avatars, custo...

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17:31
New video offers closer look at 'copper gold...




A video uploaded on Thursday offers a close-up with an alleged "iPhone 8" design dummy in "copper gold," potentially one of just three color options for Apple's upcoming flagship.

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17:02
'Hearthstone’s ‘Knights of the Frozen Throne’...

Blizzard's digital card game Hearthstone's newest full expansion is now live. Knights of the Frozen Throne brings 135 new cards and free solo content to the title and a couple new mechanics, which will shake up the game's competitive meta. Sure, it's...

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17:00
Watch: How to use Apple's native Screen...




One potentially useful feature coming to this fall's iOS 11 is a native Screen Recording option on the iPhone and iPad. Here's how to make use of it, including embedding results into a video.

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16:49
Happy Hour Podcast 132 | LTE coming to Apple Watch,...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss the new LTE Apple Watch rumor and how cellular could change watchOS, the latest iPhone 7s and iPhone 8 rumors including a new copper gold color, the latest changes in the new iOS 11 beta, and much more.

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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16:23
Google cancels all-hands meeting due to safety...

At the same time Google fired the author of a 10-page memo criticizing its diversity efforts due to "biological" differences, CEO Sundar Pichai scheduled a company town meeting for today to discuss the issue. Now, Recode and Business Insider report t...

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16:10
Safari Should Display Favicons in Its Tabs

Back in May I wrote a piece titled “Safari vs. Chrome on the Mac”. From my conclusion:

In short, Safari closely reflects Apple’s institutional priorities
(privacy, energy efficiency, the niceness of the native UI,
support for MacOS and iCloud technologies) and Chrome closely
reflects Google’s priorities (speed, convenience, a web-centric
rather than native-app-centric concept of desktop computing,
integration with Google web properties). Safari is Apple’s browser
for Apple devices. Chrome is Google’s browser for all devices.

I personally prefer Safari, but I can totally see why others —
especially those who work on desktop machines or MacBooks that are
usually plugged into power — prefer Chrome. DF readers agree.
Looking at my web stats, over the last 30 days, 69 percent of Mac
users visiting DF used Safari, but a sizable 28 percent...

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16:04
Overcast developer nixes standalone podcasts on...




Via a Thursday iPhone app update, support for playing podcasts directly on an Apple Watch -- through a feature called "Send to Watch" -- was removed from Overcast, something its developer blamed on changes coming with this fall's watchOS 4.

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15:40
Xbox’s self-published indies have their own space on...

Finding self-published indie games on Xbox is a lot easier as of today. You'll be able to find them on the Xbox Store hidden in their own "Creators Collection" marketplace. Microsoft's Chris Charla (director of its ID @ Xbox indie outreach program) s...

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15:19
New video offers clearest look yet at the iPhone 8’s...

Recent reports have claimed that the upcoming iPhone 8 will be available in three color choices: black, white, and a new copper gold shade. While nearly every leak we’ve seen has been of the black model, a new video today from YouTuber Danny Winget offers a look at all three choices…

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15:16
The Wirecutter's best deals: The UE Roll 2...

This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. When readers choose to buy The Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, they may earn affiliate commissions that support their work. Read their c...

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14:53
Dropbox introduces new ‘mobile prompts’ for two-...

Dropbox today is rolling out an update to its mobile applications that makes the two-factor authentication process a bit easier. As an alternative to SMS verification and code generators, the Dropbox mobile applications can now act as a way of identity verification…

more…

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14:48
Snapchat's 'Phone Swap' show is...

Snapchat is making a television show, folks. Phone Swap, a dating series whose first season net more than 10 million viewers per episode, is breaking out of its Snapchat prison and heading to TV. Snapchat teased the show in June, but executives confi...

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14:43
Intel, Toyota & others create 'big data...




Several major tech and automotive companies -- including Intel, Toyota, and Ericsson -- on Thursday announced a consortium that will build a "big data" ecosystem for use with self-driving cars, as well as related technologies like driver assist and mapping using real-time data.

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14:41
Amazon's US ticket sales talks stall over...

Are you hoping that Amazon will sell event tickets in the US and put an end to the dominance of giants who charge endless hidden fees? You might not want to hold your breath. Reuters sources back previous claims that Amazon is in talks with America...

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14:40
Ulysses Writing App Moves to Subscription Pricing

The latest high-profile app — joining TextExpander and 1Password — to move to subscription pricing is the cross-platform writing app Ulysses.

 

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14:39
Best Buy is selling a 4TB portable drive for $100...

Don't kid yourself. It's 2017 and that 1TB external hard drive for backups and extra storage just doesn't cut it anymore. Right now, Best Buy can solve that problem for a little cheaper than usual: The big box retailer is selling a portable 4TB WD easystore external hard drive for $100.

That's not quite the deal we saw in April when Best Buy had a desktop easystore 4TB drive on sale for $90, but today's deal is still a good buy. Though Easystore is a Best Buy exclusive, its non-Best Buy counterpart--the WD Elements line--is currently about $40 more expensive on Amazon.

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14:29
Researchers are trying to make pig organs more...

We have a huge supply and demand problem when it comes to organ transplantation. Closing that gap with animal-grown organs is an idea that's been on the table for some time, but it comes with a slew of issues that have prevented it from being a viabl...

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14:11
Investment firm sues Uber's Kalanick to oust...

It has been only a couple of days since Uber co-founder Garrett Camp promised that former CEO Travis Kalanick would not be coming back to the company as CEO. Now Benchmark Capital, an early investor with a seat on Uber's board, is suing Kalanick for...

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13:48
Snap is still struggling to add new users

Snap Inc just dropped its second-ever quarterly earnings report, and the picture is as bleak as expected. The young company continues to struggle to grow its pool of users, despite adding new features in the past few months like world lenses, custom...

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13:42
Consumer Reports pulls Microsoft Surface...

Following up on a new survey done with their subscribers, Consumer Reports is pulling the “recommended” rating for four Microsoft laptops they had previously reviewed. A change in recommendation is not uncommon with Consumer Reports as seen in their initial review of the 2016 MacBook Pro and it’s subsequent reversal.

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13:30
AWT News Update: August 10, 2017

Discounts on 13-inch MacBook Pros, new USB-C dongles, and disgruntled Apple employees are all in today's Apple World Today News Update:

  • Apple adds a number of 2017 13-inch MacBook Pro models to the refurbished products store
  • Satechi announces two new USB-C adapters
  • Daring Fireball's John Gruber says he's received numerous emails from Apple employees unhappy with the open floor plans at the Apple Park "spaceship" building

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

Text Version

This is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and you’re listening to the AWT News Update for August 10th, 2017. 

Have you been drooling over a...

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13:20
Unlikely report claims iPhone 8 launch still delayed...

New reporting from The Korea Herald appears to be surfacing what is likely old information about the iPhone 8 launch. Citing industry sources, the report claims the OLED iPhone won’t be unveiled until November due in part to design decisions with Touch ID not yet being finalized.

Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, which often presents reliable information, released a more optimistic forecast earlier this week predicting the OLED iPhone will debut with very limited supply alongside the new LCD iPhones.

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13:20
'Are Aligned' turns VR into a party game...

There's no doubt that VR can be an isolating experience. When you've got a headset and headphones on, you're effectively blocked out from the world. That's something developer Danny Dang wants to fix with Are Aligned, a virtual reality party game he...

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13:17
Writing tool Ulysses for macOS, iOS shifts to...




Effective immediately, writing tool Ulysses is switching to a subscription model after having been a paid app for iOS and macOS since launch.

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13:09
Benchmark Capital sues ex-Uber CEO Travis Kalanick...

The battle between Benchmark Capital and Travis Kalanick just went nuclear, with the venture capital firm suing the former Uber CEO for fraud, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty. The complaint was filed earlier today in Delaware Chancery Court.

Oh boy.

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13:08
Netflix takes on JFK in ‘The Crown’ season two...

Netflix has announced the premiere date for season two of The Crown -- December 8th -- and has released the season's first trailer. The season begins with the British army fighting an illegal war in Egypt and ends with a scandal that takes down Queen...

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12:51
Back to School Roundup: The best tech gear (and...




With back to school shopping in full swing, those waiting for killer deals on Apple devices, as well as accessories, can take advantage of instant cash rebates and exclusive coupon savings on the season's hottest products.

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12:50
Gnarbox turns your phone into a 4K video-editing...

It's an overcast day in San Francisco, and there's a drone buzzing high above the city. I'm with Tim Feess, the young co-founder of Gnarbox, a rugged portable video-editing tool that pairs with an app on your phone and works with multiple cameras and...

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12:43
News: iOS 11 drops ‘beta’ status for Portrait Mode,...

It appears that Apple has decided that the iPhone 7 Plus Portrait Mode feature will be ready for prime time with the release of iOS 11. The latest iOS 11 beta removes the “beta” status of the feature, first introduced in iOS 10.1 last fall, and also adds the ability to remove the effect from existing photos after the fact.

[via AppleInsider]

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12:34
Car ownership could decline thanks to Uber and Lyft

While it may seem logical that people will own fewer cars as ride-hailing services like Lyft and Uber gain more traction, there hasn't been a way to study any potential effect. Then Uber and Lyft left Austin, Texas for about a year. A group of resear...

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12:18
Hands on: Screen sharing tool Screens 4 for macOS...




Screens 4 by Edovia lets you see and control the screen of one Mac from another. Wherever you are in the world, you can get your own files, see your own documents and even run apps you don't have with you.

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12:06
Why NASA’s interstellar mission almost didn’t happen

I remember when these missions launched. What an incredible accomplishment that they are still sending back data.

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11:45
Makeup artist Mimi Choi creates mind-blowing optical...

Check out her work in the article and on Facebook and Instagram. Mindblowing.

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11:45
MacBook Pro: Features, specifications, and prices...

Editor's note: We've updated this guide with a link to the refurbished 13-inch MacBook Pro in Apple's Refurnished and Clearance Store.

The MacBook Pro is Apple’s top-of-the-line laptop. It offers top-notch performance for demanding users who need processing power and are willing to spend top dollar for it.

The current version of the MacBook Pro was released in June 2017 at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference. The new laptops have the same design as the previous version, but the laptops feature new processors that provide a speed boost. Learn more about the MacBook Pro by reading about its main features below.

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11:30
∞ What happens if we throw an elephant from a...

Besides the questions of, “Why would you do that, you sicko!?” and “How did you get the elephant into the elevator?”, this is an amusing (think “Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy” British humour) and interesting explanation.

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11:21
The most beautiful theory of all

A great article about the general theory of relativity and why it is so important even today.

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10:44
Inside iOS 11: Apple's Portrait Mode in iPhone...




In the latest iOS 11 beta, Apple has taken the Portrait Mode camera setting out of beta, and has altered how the camera roll handles the pictures to allow for the effect to be removed from a picture with it at any time.

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10:20
Apple Refuses To Enable iPhone Emergency Settings...

An anonymous reader shares a report: Despite being relatively easy, Apple keeps ignoring requests to enable a feature called Advanced Mobile Location (AML) in iOS. Enabling AML would give emergency services extremely accurate locations of emergency calls made from iPhones, dramatically decreasing response time. As we have covered before, Google's successful implementation of AML for Android is already saving lives. But where Android users have become safer, iPhone owners have been left behind. The European Emergency Number Association (EENA), the organization behind implementing AML for emergency services, released a statement today that pleads Apple to consider the safety of its customers and participate in the program: "As AML is being deployed in more and more countries, iPhone users are put at a disadvantage compared to Android users in the scenario that matters most: An emergency. EENA calls on Apple to integrate Advanced Mobile Location in their smartphones for the safety of...

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10:04
Fitbit’s Apple Watch competitor seen in renders; new...

Following its acquisition of Pebble last December, Fitbit has been rumored to be working on its own smartwatch for a release at some point this year. We saw a couple renders of Fitbit’s latest wearable back in May, but a new batch of images from Wareable shines new light on what to expect from the upcoming Apple Watch competitor.

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09:57
‘Consumer Reports’: just say no to Microsoft Surface...

Oh, that’s gotta hurt: Consumer Reports is removing its “recommended” designation from four Microsoft laptops and cannot recommend any other Microsoft laptops or tablets because of “poor predicted reliability in comparison with most other brands.”

To judge reliability, Consumer Reports surveys its subscribers about the products they own and use. New studies conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center estimate that 25% of Microsoft laptops and tablets will present their owners with problems by the end of the second year of ownership. This applies to Microsoft devices with detachable keyboards, such as the new Surface Pro released in June and the Surface Book, as well as the company’s Surface Laptops with conventional clamshell designs.

The four laptops losing their previous recommended status are the Microsoft Surface Laptop (128GB and 256GB versions) and Microsoft Surface Book (...

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09:57
Popular iOS and Mac writing app Ulysses goes...

The recurring subscription model is a business strategy that a growing list of app developers have decided to adopt, and the latest such move comes from the folks behind the stellar iOS and Mac writing app Ulysses. Users can now enjoy a 14-day Ulysses trial, and thereafter subscribe for $4.99 per month or $39.99 per year.

Subscriptions are beneficial to developers because it provides them with a recurring source of revenue as they work to continually update the app, provide fixes and support, and develop new features. Software products are never “done” and software engineers, designers, and support staff never stop working, so it makes sense from a sustainable business perspective.

That said, it’s also...

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09:57
Blue Apron had a rough quarter, but it’s a big market

Blue Apron posted mixed results for the quarter, but I think the CEO has the right outlook as he deals with pressure from Amazon:

But CEO Matthew Salzberg told CNBC that the grocery market is far from a “winner-take-all” battle between grocers, Blue Apron and Amazon.

“We admire Amazon as a company, and we take them seriously, big or small,” Salzberg said. “That being said, we are competing in a competitive and large market. … We think about ourselves very differently, I think, than Amazon thinks about themselves.”

That’s exactly right and a good way to look at the market. It’s easy to assume that he’s saying that because the quarter wasn’t great, but it is true.

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09:57
Ulysses writing app embraces subscription purchase...

Many bloggers, including me, use the cross-platform writing app Ulysses on a daily basis. Up to this point, the app has required a pair of purchases; one for the Mac app and another for the iOS app. Today, the Ulysses team announced that it will do away with the purchases, instead embracing the subscription model that is becoming popular for so many apps.

The subscription will cost $4.99 per month or $39.99 per year, with a special six-month student subscription available for $10.99. Purchasing the plan provides Ulysses on all devices -- Mac, iPad and iPhone. 

For those who have supported Ulysses in the past, a permanent discount of 50% on the monthly subscription is available. In case you're wondering why Ulysses chose to go to a subscription-based purchase system, here's an explanation from Ulysses co-founder Max Seelemann from today's press release:

“The Benefits of a Subscription...

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09:38
‘iPhone 8’ delayed until November? I don’t think so

Citing the always popular “unnamed sources from the supply chain,” the Korea Herald reports that the “iPhone 8” is being pushed back to November, though the “iPhone 7 Plus” and “iPhone 7s Plus’ will arrive in September.

The article says that the relocation of the fingerprint sensor, among other things, seems to be a sticking point for what will be the first OLED iPhone. What’s more, those anonymous sources say the rear design of the “iPhone 8” still hasn’t been finalized. 

The Sellers Research Firm (that’s me) feels this report is way off base. I think we’ll see the iPhone 8, iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7s Plus all unveiled at a special media event next month with all three going on sale later in September. However, as other pundits have...

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09:34
Apple falls behind Xiaomi and Fitbit in wearable...

Canalys is out with new data on the worldwide wearable band market for Q2 2017 that puts Apple in third place behind Xiaomi and Fitbit. Separate analysis saw Apple beat both brands during the previous quarter.

The figures combine both pricier smart watches and cheaper fitness bands which explains Apple’s third place finish, but Canalys expects LTE connectivity to boost the smartwatch market during the second half of this year.

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09:31
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 13-inch MacBook Air $250 off,...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications. more…

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09:20
'iPhone 8' reveal delayed to November,...




An alleged Apple component supplier from South Korea is claiming that the company is pushing back the launch of the "iPhone 8" to November, but will still launch the "iPhone 7s" family in September.

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09:16
iPhone 8 could make Apple the world's first...

The price of shares of Apple stock has been booming since last week's Q3 2017 earnings call, with the company recovering from a several-month dip since the call and reaching record highs. RBC Capital analyst Amit Daryanani thinks that the recent momentum will continue as Apple launches the iPhone 8 in September, with Apple having a good chance to become the first company to reach and sustain a $1 trillion market capitalization.

Even with the market down slightly this morning, Apple's market cap was hovering around $814 billion. Daryanani thinks that the iPhone 8 launch is destined to create a "super cycle" for Apple, saying "Apple has potential to achieve a $1 trillion dollar market cap and even surpass that over the next 12 to 18 months. We see upside occurring from multiple levers."

The...

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09:07
'Titanfall: Assault' real-time strategy...




Two major titles have arrived on iPhone and iPad as free-to-play titles this week, with Nexon's 'Titanfall: Assault' introducing real time strategy to the battlefield-based franchise, while 'Ristar' has been ported to iOS 22 years after its first release on the Sega Genesis.

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09:06
iOS 11: How to remove Portrait Mode effect after...

When Apple launched the iPhone 7 Plus, one of the biggest features was the dual-camera system’s Portrait Mode. The mode gives images a DSLR-like background blur, albeit with some hiccups occassionally. Sometimes the effect looks unnatural or just blurs key areas of the photo.

On iOS 10, if you didn’t have the option to keep the normal photo enabled under Settings, you might’ve lost a perfectly good moment. It may not have been perfect on day one, but Apple has been making improvements to the effect over various iOS updates.

On iOS 11, photographers will now be able to disable the depth effect even after the photo has already been taken without managing the setting. Let’s take a look how.

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08:48
eGPU vendor demonstrates AMD Vega card working in...




External GPU enclosure developer Mantiz posted a Tweet on Thursday of the new AMD Vega PCI-E video card working in its enclosure, connected to a MacBook Pro -- and that likely means that the card will work on Apple's last PCI-E Mac Pro as well in High Sierra.

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08:28
Respawn brings Titanfall to iOS with a new PvP RTS...

After Vince Zampella and Jason West parted ways with Infinity Ward and the multi-billion dollar Call of Duty franchise they co-created, the two went on to form their own indie studio by the name of Respawn. With high-expectations looming, the company unveiled its first major new IP with Titanfall back in 2014. Fast forward to 2016, Respawn dropped the sequel to favorable reviews effectively cementing Titanfall to full franchise status. And now today, the company is taking it one step further with the release of a brand new mobile game known as Titanfall: Assaultmore…

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08:18
News: Group of Chinese developers launch antitrust...

A group of Chinese developers has filed a complaint against Apple alleging that the company has violated antitrust regulations in that country, Reuters reports. The group consisting of 28 developers is being represented by the Beijing-Based law firm Dare & Sure, and is accusing Apple of charging excessive fees and arbitrarily removing apps from the Chinese App Store without explanation. According to Lin Wei, an attorney at the firm, “During…

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08:12
25% of Microsoft Surface owners report problems...




A new, large survey of Microsoft Surface owners found that a quarter of those using the hybrid devices experience problems by the second year of ownership, raising questions about the reliability of the company's iPad and MacBook competitors.

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07:59
Inexpensive IKEA TRÅDFRI smart lighting gains...

If there's anything that has been keeping many homeowners from embracing smart lighting in their homes, it's the cost. Fortunately, IKEA has a growing line of smart lighting products known as TRÅDFRI that is surprisingly affordable, with individual bulbs starting at US$12 and a residential bridge priced at $30. IKEA has issued a firmware update to TRÅDFRI that adds support for Apple's HomeKit home automation framework.

What's particularly interesting about IKEA's move is that it's the first time that a smart home product has added HomeKit support through a firmware update. Other systems, like Philips Hue and Lutron's Caséta lighting kits, require users to purchase new HomeKit-compatible bridges to gain HomeKit support. Earlier this year, Apple relaxed its HomeKit restrictions and now allows developers to add HomeKit security in products through software instead of requiring...

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07:41
Construction workers post video from inside Apple...

[VIDEO] Tech Crunch:

Snapchat’s powerful but hidden Story Search feature is finally making itself useful by giving us a behind-the-scenes glimpse inside Apple Park, Apple’s new spaceship-like campus that will open soon.

Typing “Apple Park” into Snapchat’s search bar will show you the Apple Park Story, which is a collection of videos taken on the property.

Tech Crunch collected some of these videos, embedding them into the video in the main Loop post. Can’t wait to see Apple Park firsthand.

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