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Wednesday June 21

Periscope launching ‘Super Hearts’ as a way to tip...

Periscope is rolling out a new update to the live broadcasting app that lets you tip broadcasters as a way to support their work.

The new tipping feature is included in with new ‘Super Hearts’, which viewers can purchase then send to broadcasters during a live stream. In return, broadcasters can cash out Super Hearts monthly as a new revenue stream.


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9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple Watch Bands $6, Bose...

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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Inside iOS 11: Apple's 'Do Not Disturb...

Beginning this fall, iOS 11 will debut a new safety feature for Apple's iPhone: "Do Not Disturb While Driving." AppleInsider corralled a co-pilot to test it out -- here's how it works.

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How to upgrade RAM in the (Mid 2017) 5K iMac and...

I recently acquired the base model Mid 2017 5K iMac, and I have a post in the works that explains my reasoning for that decision. In a nutshell, I believe that this machine, at $1799, is by far the best bang for your buck as far as Macs go.

That said, it’s not perfect. One of the weakest points of the base model 5K iMac has to do with its stock RAM configuration. With only 8GB of RAM, the system struggles right out of the gate, and will start writing lots of data to disk in fairly short order. Thankfully, it’s ridiculously easy and relatively cheap to upgrade the 5K iMac’s RAM. In this brief video tutorial, we’ll show you how. more…

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Reviewing the first iPhone in a hype typhoon

I was working for one of those four guys at the time – David Pogue. So I got to see a demo of the iPhone in Pogue’s car as we drove him to the airport the week before the iPhone launch date. Apple was pissed when they found out.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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News: Qualcomm claims its technology is ‘at the...

After Apple expanded its lawsuit against the wireless chip maker earlier this week, Qualcomm has responded with claims that its “innovations are at the heart of every iPhone and enable the most important uses and features of those devices,” MacRumors reports. Apple claims Qualcomm is “double-dipping” by forcing manufacturers to pay unreasonable licensing rates and royalties to gain access to its chips. Qualcomm fired back that…

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Moshi Travel Stand for Apple Watch is perfect for...

Planning on a vacation sometime this summer? Chances are good that you'll be taking your Apple gear with you, and if that gear includes an Apple Watch, then you need to get the Moshi Travel Stand (US$34.95, affiliate link). Keeping your Apple Watch charger "puck" and cable under control, the Moshi Travel Stand looks great in the process.


Like most third-party Apple Watch stands, the Moshi Travel Stand uses your stock Apple Watch charger cable. Simply take the round magnetic charging head, pop it into the round hole on the end of the aluminum "arm" that pops up from the Travel Stand's base, then run the cable down to the base. There's a flexible silicone sheath that you can wrap the long USB cable behind, with just a few inches of left over cable sticking out.

When you're ready to go, just take the Apple Watch off of the stand, then fold the...

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Pinterest updates Lens feature with new design,...

Pinterest launched its Lens feature earlier this year first as a beta, then to all users in March. In another update to Lens today, Pinterest is bringing a new design, improved camera tools, and new categories including fashion.


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JOBY GorillaPod & GripTight Smartphone Mounts: $...

The best camera is the one you have with you, and odds are that’s an iPhone. Today we have a great deal on on the JOBY GorillaPod stand and several GorillaPod mounts, too. The GorillaPod stand has flexible legs so you can set it on uneven surfaces or attach it to other things, and the mounts hold your iPhone with or without a case. They’re all available for US$14.99 each, so that’s between 24% and 74%, depending on which you get.

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News: Apple still undecided on fingerprint scanner...

In a new memo, Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri claims Apple’s fingerprint scanner for the iPhone 8 is “still being worked out,” Apple Insider reports. The company is still considering three options: Putting a pinhole in the glass to use an optical or ultrasonic sensor, using a capacitive or infrared “film” sensor embedded in the display, or simply thinning the display’s glass over a sensor area. However…

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Snapchat update introduces new Snap Map location...

Snapchat is rolling out a new feature it calls Snap Map which lets you view Snaps by location and view Stories from around the world.

With the Snap Map, you can view Snaps of sporting events, celebrations, breaking news, and more from all across the world

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Rare footage of Bruce Lee’s only ‘real’ fights ever...

I knew Lee had fought “for real” many times but didn’t know any of it had been filmed. This is obviously an exhibition and Lee is showing off but you can still see how incredibly fast and agile the man was.

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Scott Forstall finally weighs in on the flat versus...

Last night’s Computer History Museum interview with Scott Forstall was loaded with rich storytelling and candid anecdotes, and the whole thing is absolutely worth watching if you haven’t yet. Museum historian John Markoff even asked the question that was on everyone’s mind before the interview started: What does Scott Forstall think about modern iOS design?


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Man vs Apple

Interesting story of one man’s fight against Apple.

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Virgin Mobile USA goes iPhone-exclusive, promises...

Sprint-owned Virgin Mobile USA announced this week that as of June 27, it will only sell the iPhone -- and through the end of July, offer the first year of an "Inner Circle" unlimited plan for $1.

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News: Ex-iOS head Scott Forstal talks about the...

In a rare interview with the Computer History Museum, former iOS head Scott Forstal revealed that the original iPhone would never have existed without Steve Jobs’ dislike of one particular Microsoft employee. The technology that would eventually create the entire smartphone industry as we know it started as a tablet project conceived by Jobs after a particularly irritating encounter, Forstal said. “We had been working on a tablet project…

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iPad Pro Diary: A few issues, but the 10.5-inch iPad...

I said last time that while the difference between a 9.7-inch and 10.5-inch screen didn’t sound like much on paper, it actually makes a surprising difference in real life. It’s not a 12.9-inch model, of course, and you don’t get things like the three-pane email view you do on that, but it really does feel significantly bigger.

I have, though, discovered that the larger size does have one downside: accessory compatibility.

While the difference in external dimensions is much smaller than the boost in screen size, the casing is just that little bit larger, and that’s rendered one of my most-used accessories unusable and a second one rather awkward to use …


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Apple Opens Registration for Apple Camp, Today at...

Apple Camp, which is Apple’s annual summer creative learning series for kids, is open for registration.

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Chris Lattner, Poached From Apple To Become Tesla...

Tesla said last night Chris Lattner, the vice president of Autopilot software, has left the company about six months after the electric car-maker hired him away from Apple. From a report: Lattner had led the software development team in charge of Autopilot. Tesla executive Jim Keller is now in charge of Autopilot hardware and software. The company announced it had also hired OpenAI research scientist Andrej Karpathy, who will serve as Tesla's new director of artificial intelligence and Tesla Vision. "Chris just wasn't the right fit for Tesla, and we've decided to make a change," the company told reporters in a statement. "We wish him the best." Lattner tweeted last night, "Turns out that Tesla isn't a good fit for me after all. I'm interested to hear about interesting roles for a seasoned engineering leader!" Lattner is a widely respected figure in the industry. He is the main author of LLVM as well as Apple's Swift programming language. We interviewed him earlier this year.

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2016’s Game of the Year ‘Hitman’ Now Available for...

2016’s Hitman was a fantastic sleeper hit, eventually rising to “Game of the Year” status. It’s an engaging combination of stealth, action, strategy, and even comedy but, until now, it was only available for PC and consoles. Thanks to the porting efforts of Feral Interactive, Hitman is now available for macOS, and it’s even on sale, too! Head over to Steam to check it out and download the free demo, but be sure to verify the game’s system requirements before you buy, as it currently supports only recent Macs with AMD graphics cards.

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'Sega Forever' brings classics like Sonic...

Publisher Sega is reviving its console glory days with free, ad-supported re-releases of some of its most popular and iconic titles on Apple's iOS, complete with online leaderboards and wireless Made for iPhone controller support.

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PayPal dominates mobile payment brands, but Apple...

PayPal -- followed closely by Amazon brands -- retains its Brand of the Year designation, leading mobile payment brands for the third consecutive year. However, up-and-coming brands Venmo (owned by PayPal), Square, and Apple Pay are making “significant gains,” according to new research from The Harris Poll's 29th annual EquiTrend Study.

The study measures brand health over time. Harris Poll's study reveals the strongest brands across the media, travel, financial, automotive, entertainment, retail, restaurant, technology, household and nonprofit industries based on consumer response.

The EquiTrend Brand Equity Index is comprised of three factors -- familiarity, quality and purchase consideration -- that result in a brand equity rating for each brand. Brands ranking highest in equity receive the Harris Poll EquiTrend "Brand of the Year" award for their respective categories. This year,...

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Chrome OS gains in the classroom; iOS dominates...

Kahoot!, a game-based learning platform, has launched its Kahoot! EdTrends Report, which addresses the latest education tech trends in the U.S. K-12 market. The report says Google is getting a stronghold in U.S. classrooms, with Chrome OS growing quickly on computers, while Apple's iOS dominates on mobile devices and tablets. 

In a survey conducted in May 2017, Kahoot! asked nearly 600 U.S. educators about the devices they and their students use in the classroom. The number device for both was the Google Chromebook.

It had the highest number of users among teachers (44%) and students (46%). A Windows laptop was the second most popular choice among teachers and iPad was second among students. Based on the survey results, Microsoft is still the dominant operating system on computers in U.S. schools among teachers with Chrome OS catching up quickly. 

According to the survey, 42% of teachers said they use...

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Well This is Awkward: Uber Tips Coming to a City...

Riders will have the option to add a tip after they rate their driver, for up to 30 days after the trip.

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News: Apple Camp registration for kids’ summer...

Apple has opened up registration for its summer Apple Camp classes aimed at kids 8 to 12, with sessions set to begin in July. There at three courses available at Apple Stores across the US and in select other locations, all of which utilize Apple products and software. The Creating Characters and Composing Music course will encourage kids to create their own stories by sketching characters with an Apple Pencil on the iPad Pro, then creating a musical…

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macOS Mail: Including Original Attachments in Replies

Need to mark up a PDF email attachment and send it back as a reply in Mail? Melissa Holt shows you how.

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Virgin Mobile USA goes iPhone only

Virgin Mobile USA says it’s going “iPhone only.” A note on the company’s website has this to say:

“There’s iPhone. And then there’s everything else. At Virgin Mobile, we’re teaming with Apple to offer you nothing but the world’s most popular phone. Because life in the Inner Circle is about living big, expanding your horizons and pursuing your passions. And it starts with an iPhone you’ll adore.   Pre-order your iPhone now, or head to an Apple Retail Store on June 27th to be one of the first members of the Virgin Mobile Inner Circle!”

If you sign up to be a member of the “Inner Circle,” you’ll be able to unlock exclusive offers from Virgin Atlantic, Virgin America, and Virgin Hotels. Virgin Mobile offering a year’s “unlimited"talk, text and data for $1. However, your data usage may be “deprioritized” if you go over 23GB a month. Plus, your service could be terminated if your roaming usage exceeds 100MB data...

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'Hitman' arrives on Apple's macOS,...

Feral Interactive has shipped 'Hitman' on macOS, complete with all installments of the episodic assassination-based game playable on Mac for the first time. The launch is accompanied by the release of a demo from developer IO Interactive, providing access to one episode from the series for free.

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IDC: smart watch shipments will see a boost in...

IDC forecasts that watches will account for the majority of all wearable devices shipped from now through 2021. However, the research group says that basic watches (devices that don’t run third party apps) will continue out-shipping smart watches (devices capable of running third party applications such as the Apple Watch.

Numerous traditional watch makers are shifting more resources to building hybrid watches, according to IDC. However, the research group says that smart watches, however, will see a boost in volumes in 2019 as cellular connectivity becomes more prevalent on the market.

Total shipment volumes of wearable devices — which includes wrist bands, earwear, and clothing — are expected to maintain their forward momentum. According to IDC, vendors will ship a total of 125.5 million wearable devices this year, marking a 20.4% increase from the 104.3 million units shipped in 2016. From there, the wearables market...

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Uber founder Travis Kalanick out as CEO following...

Uber founder Travis Kalanick resigned from his role as CEO overnight, The New York Times reports, following shareholder pressure and months of controversies. Despite Kalanick giving up his role as CEO, the Uber founder will remain on the company’s board of directors.


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News: New photos compare size of alleged iPhone 8...

New photos that 9to5Mac received from Israeli tech blogger Shai Mizrachi show an alleged iPhone 8 dummy model next to an iPhone 7 Plus, allowing for the first real idea of its size. Like the purported iPhone 8 in previous photos, the device features a black glass back, silver trim and a vertical dual camera that appears larger than that of the iPhone 7 Plus despite being in a smaller handset. An accompanying video shows the device from all angles…

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Apple still undecided on fingerprint tech for '...

The OLED-embedded fingerprint technology for Apple's "iPhone 8" is "still being worked out," an analyst claimed on Wednesday, with the company only deciding on one of three options by the end of June.

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Virgin Mobile goes iPhone-only, offering a year of ‘...

Virgin Mobile USA has announced that it is going iPhone-only from June 27.

There’s iPhone. And then there’s everything else. At Virgin Mobile, we’re teaming with Apple to offer you nothing but the world’s most popular phone. Because life in the Inner Circle is about living big, expanding your horizons and pursuing your passions. And it starts with an iPhone you’ll adore.

The carrier seems extremely keen to get your business, offering a year’s ‘unlimited’ talk, text and data for a single payment of just one dollar …


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Under fire from major investors, Uber CEO Travis...

Following an indefinite leave of absence, and at the request of five major investors, Uber Chief Executive Travis Kalanick has resigned -- but will remain on the board of directors, and still owns a majority of the company's voting-eligible stock shares.

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Tim Cook gets as 93% approval rating from Apple...

An anonymous poll of Apple employees earns CEO Tim Cook a 93% approval rating, earning him the No. 53 ranking among U.S. companies surveyed for Glassdoor's annual Employees' Choice Awards. Glassdoor is a jobs and recruiting site.

Cook had been steadily climbing in the rankings until this year. In 2013, he placed 18th; in 2014, 18th; and in 2015, 10th. Last year he came in the eighth position. Despite plummeting 45 places, his approval rating was only down 3% from last year.

The top 10 Highest Rated CEOs in 2017 in the U.S. are, per Glassdoor: Benno Dorer of the Clorox Company (99% approval rating), Jim Kavanaugh of World Wide Technology (99% approval rating), Michael Mahoney of Boston Scientific (99% approval rating), Craig Thompson of Memorial Sloan Kettering (99% approval rating), Martin Rankin of Fast Enterprises (99% approval rating), Jen-Hsun Huang of Nvidia (99%...

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Our 8X Telephoto Smartphone Lens brings the world...

iPhone cameras are great for wide angle views, panoramas, and portraits, but even the iPhone 7 Plus with its 2X "telephoto lens" lacks the capabilities of DSLR zoom and telephoto lenses. We've got a deal on a removable 8X telephoto smartphone lens for $12.99 that brings everything up to eight times closer so you can see details that are invisible to your normal iPhone camera lens.

The great thing about this lens? It works on any smartphone, iPhone or not. It uses a novel spring clip that works to hold the lens securely to your iPhone while you compose and take your photo, yet can be removed in seconds. 

It's available in black or white, and priced at $12.99 you can afford to buy two or more lenses and give them to...

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News: Daily Deal: JOBY GorillaPod & GripTight...

In our iLounge Deal for today, we’re offering the JOBY GorillaPod & GripTight Smartphone Mounts for only $14.99 — that’s 74% off the regular price. The universal mounts will help you get the most out of your iPhone camera and take awesome photos and videos, with JOBY’s classic GorillaPod flexible tripod that you can contort into just about any position and even wrap around poles and tree branches to capture fascinating angles.…

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Former Apple exec leaving Tesla after six months

Chris Lattner, the senior director of Apple's Developer Tools Department, departed the company in January to go to work for Tesla. However, he’s bidding adieu to the electric car company.

Heannounced his departure from the company in an impromptu post to Twitter. He said: "Turns out that Tesla isn't a good fit for me after all. I'm interested to hear about interesting roles for a seasoned engineering leader!"

Lattner was the leading figure behind Apple’s Swift programming language. However, when going to Tesla, he said that says he’ll “remain an active member of the Swift Core Team, as well as a contributor to the swift-evolution mailing list. Ted Kremenek will be taking over for me as 'Project Lead' for the Swift project, managing the administrative and leadership responsibility for"

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∞ Watch the interview with Scott Forstall and...

[VIDEO] Last night, the Computer History Museum hosted Pulitzer Prize journalist John Markoff as he interviewed forrmer iPhone engineering team members Hugo Fiennes, Nitin Ganatra and Scott Herz, followed by a second interview with Scott Forstall.

This is a historic interview. This team worked on technology that changed the world. They made the decisions that informed the design you know and love. And they worked with Steve Jobs.

The interview is full of wonderful anecdotes, well worth your time. I’ve embedded a YouTube video in the main Loop post. But if it gets yanked, give this link a try.


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Some teens earning $20k+ fixing iPhones in their...

While some teenagers may enjoy time off over the summer break, others take up summer jobs. These have traditionally been low-paid hourly jobs, but some are making in excess of $20,000 by fixing iPhones


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Tim Cook Falls 45 Spots in Annual Employee Ranking...

The CEOs of Google, Microsoft, and Facebook rank higher, but the vast majority of Apple employees still approve of Cook’s leadership.

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This is pretty interesting.

This week, the Computer History Museum posted a full two hour round table lecture/discussion about the creation and release of the original iPhone in 2007. The panel, moderated by John Markoff includes Hugo Fiennes, Nitin Ganatra and Scott Herz as well as a follow-up conversation with Scott Forstall.

If you’re interested in the full history of the device that changed computing and the world around it, take a gander and please let us know what you think in the comments.

Via Facebook

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Qualcomm hits back at Apple’s latest filing, says...

The legal battle between Apple and Qualcomm drags on. After Apple accused the chipmaker of ‘double-dipping‘ by charging once for a chip and again for a patent license, Qualcomm has hit back.


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Apple CEO Tim Cook pushes for mandatory coding...

This is sort of nifty.

On Monday, at a technology summit with President Donald Trump, Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly suggested making programming a mandatory subject in the country’s schools.

Cook, who was among other tech executives, was among the representatives for the first gathering of the White House’s American Technology Council. Over the course of the meeting, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos suggested making more use of commercial technology, while Palantir CEO Alex Karp pointed to ways “big data” could be used to catch fraudulent federal spending. Palantir specializes in large-scale data analysis.

The American Technology Council, led by Trump advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner, was formed in May with the mission statement to “transform and modernize” government in the use of IT and digital services. Other firms represented at the meeting included the heads of Adobe, Google, Intel, Microsoft, Oracle, and Qualcomm as well as investor Peter Thiel.


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Let’s see some love for iBooks, iBooks Author

In a June 19 article for The MacObserver, Andrew Orr asked Apple to not give up on iBooks in iOS 11. I’ll second that and add iBooks Author to the mix.

iBooks is a free ebook app that allows you to read publications purchased at the iBook Store. iBooks Author lets you create iBooks textbooks (as well as other types of books) for the iPad and Mac.

Orr was a little distressed to see no mention of iBooks at the recent Apple Worldwide Developer Conference. He’d like to see Apple make it easier to self-publish books in iTunes, offer monthly iBooks subscriptions, and more.

iBooks Author hasn’t received an update since January's 2.4.1 security update, and hasn't received a feature update since last September's version 2.4.  And yet, the software is used as much as it ever was, including in Apple's own new coding curriculum for...

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Tim Cook falls from #8 to #53 in employee ratings of...

Tim Cook has dropped 45 places in Glassdoor’s annual ranking of CEOs, falling from 8th place in 2016 to 53rd place this year. Some 93% of employees approved of the job he was doing, compared to 99% for top-ranked Benno Dorer of The Clorox Company.

Rankings are based on anonymized ratings from company employees, with Glassdoor taking into account the ‘quality, quantity and consistency’ of reviews …


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It’s the small things — like the Itsycal utility for...

By Frank Petrie

There are many ways to streamline your workflow on your Mac The most obvious example being automation. But there are other ways, as well.

My preferred method is using the Menu Bar. You can launch apps from there, you can run AppleScripts from there, you can perform a plethora of actions from there. (If anyone knows of how to run Automator scripts from there,  please let me know.)

Some repetitive tasks are mundane, like glancing at your Menu Bar for the time, weather, and such. All you need is the information quickly.  I’ve stumbled across a free Menu Bar app that keeps me from launching my Calendar app about 80% of the time. It’s called Itsycal.

Itsycal resides in you Menu Bar as an icon that displays the current date. It is a “companion” to your Calendar app. It utilizes all of you Calendar app’s information. All you need to do is click on the date icon and...

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iPhone 8 creating worldwide shortage of DRAM &...

Component orders for the iPhone 8 are creating a worldwide shortage of DRAM and NAND chips, with competitors struggling to secure their own supplies, says a report.

Some competitors are placing orders well before they need the chips, others are paying premiums to ensure a supply and – in the worst of cases – may even be forced to reduce the specs of their phones if they are unable to buy the chips they need …


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Apple patent is for AR apps on both iOS and macOS...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,684,440) for “progressive rotational view” that hints that we may see more augmented reality apps such as Apple and IKEA are partnering on, not on just iOS devices, but Macs, as well.

Such apps will certainly be built around the ARKit that Apple introduced this month at its annual Worldwide Developer Conference. It allows developers to tap into the latest computer vision technologies to build detailed virtual content on top of real-world scenes for interactive gaming, immersive shopping experiences, industrial design and more.

Apple’s patent involves systems and methods for receiving and displaying images or sending the images for display include images having multiple key images of an object. Each key image depicts a perspective view of an item from a different angle around the object. 


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Outlook 2016 for Mac Gets Four Highly Requested New...

New features include the ability to schedule email delivery, request read receipts, and easily create calendar events from email messages.

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Notable apps and app updates for June 21, 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 launched Matrix News 1.0 and announced a limited time giveaway of it. It’s a RSS reader and radio player app that reads incoming news. Matrix News allows you to view all of your preferred news sources and play your favorite radio stations from a single place.

macOS Apps/Updates

iMobie has announced PhoneRescue 3.3, an update to their iOS data recovery software for macOS and Windows. 

It’s a recovery tool for iOS users to restore photos, messages, contacts, notes and more. Version 3.3 offers a redesigned user interface and...

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The Secret History of the iPhone Isn’t So Secret...

The highly anticipated and controversial new book about the development of the iPhone, The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone, is now available. Initial reviews reveal that the book isn’t the “complete” history of the iPhone that most were expecting, but that it does provide a number of new stories and insights about the inner workings of Apple and the relationships between the company’s executives and its partners during this crucial time in Apple’s history. Early press excerpts from the book caused some controversy, and its release was timed perfectly with last night’s interview with ex-iOS chief Scott Forstall. Check it out now at...

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Tuesday June 20

First Look: Kensington Thunderbolt 3 dock features...

Kensington has entered the burgeoning Thunderbolt 3 dock market with its own offering, with security options and a mounting kit setting it apart from the others.

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Former Apple executive Chris Lattner leaves Tesla...

Former Swift lead Chris Lattner, who left Apple to head development of Tesla's Autopilot program earlier this year, is leaving the electric car maker after only six months of service.

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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick steps down

The New York Times reports that, under heavy pressure from a large group of company shareholders, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is stepping down. Despite a reputation for scandals that appeared to be accelerating -- sexual assaults by drivers, "greyballin...

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Former Epix exec pleads guilty over $7 million fraud

In 2009, Viacom, Lionsgate and MGM joined forces to launch a premium movie channel called Epix, with Emil Rensing as its Chief Digital Officer. Turns out hiring Rensing was a bad move: according to the Justice Department, he has just pleaded guilty t...

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Apple began "Project Purple" because Steve...

In his first public interview since leaving Apple in 2012, former head of iOS development Scott Forstall provided commentary on his background, the first iPhone and his relationship with company cofounder Steve Jobs.

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IBM supercomputers will power global weather...

IBM's supercomputers might soon power the weather-predicting systems of tomorrow. Through its subsidiary The Weather Company, the computing titan has partnered with the University Corporation for Academic Research (UCAR) and the National Center for A...

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Tesla reshuffles its Autopilot self-driving team

Earlier this year Tesla announced engineer Chris Lattner would leave Apple and lead its Autopilot engineering team, but just five months later he is departing. Lattner, the designer of Apple's Swift programming language, tweeted "Turns out that Tesla...

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[Sponsor] MNML: A macOS Writing App for

Created for discerning writers and publishers, its the first dedicated desktop publishing client on the Mac App Store. Featured Worldwide on release, it’s the last writing, blogging, and note-taking app you’ll need.

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Philips puts HomeKit-compatible Hue White Ambiance...

Adding to an ever expanding list of products compatible with Apple's HomeKit, Philips on Tuesday activated preorders for the Hue White Ambiance 40W-equivalent candle bulb.

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Live stream: Watch Scott Forstall discuss the iPhone...

As we reported last week, Scott Fostall is set to publicly talk about the iPhone’s creation this evening at  Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. The interview marks a change of pace for the former Apple executive, who has generally traveled under the radar since Apple CEO Tim Cook fired him in late 2012 following the shaky Apple Maps rollout.


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ESA’s search for Earth’s ‘twin’ starts in 2026

The European Space Agency (ESA) announced today that it is officially adopting the PLATO mission. PLATO, which stands for PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of stars, is a planet-hunting project that will look for Earth twins -- planets just like ou...

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New Philips Hue E12 ‘candle’ bulb now available for...

Back in March, Philips revealed that it was expanding its Hue lineup of Bulbs with a new E14 candle light offering in Europe. Today, the company announced in an email that it is bringing a new E12 candle light size to the United States and that the bulb is available for pre-order today…


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Tumblr's safe mode keeps racy material out of...

There's a lot of porn on Tumblr. Over a fifth of content on the site (disclaimer: it's a sister brand through Verizon's Yahoo purchase) is adults-only, if you ask the analytics firm SimilarWeb. And that's a problem if you're surfing from work or gi...

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Apple replaces Mac hardware trade-in partner PowerOn...

After working with hardware recycling firm PowerOn for more than five years, Apple this week notified customers that a new partner, Phobio, will handle all Mac trade-ins going forward.

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Twitch and Blizzard partner for broadcasts and...

Twitch and Blizzard are teaming up in a big way this year. First up, if you're a Twitch Prime member you've got some loot boxes coming your way for Overwatch. "Starting June 20th, Twitch Prime members will receive an Overwatch Golden Loot Box contain...

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Intel has less competition against Raspberry Pi

Say goodbye to Intel's Edison, Joule and Galileo compute modules. The company has unceremoniously canceled its developer kit lineup, which were meant to give it a foothold in the burgeoning Internet of Things arena, ZDNet reports. Additionally, Intel...

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Trump Wants Tech Leaders to Help Save $1 Trillion

President Donald Trump aims to save taxpayers $1 trillion over the next 10 years with a little help from America's high-tech industry. "Our goal is to lead a sweeping transformation of the federal government's technology that will deliver dramatically better services for citizens," the president said Monday at a roundtable session of the American Technology Council, composed of the leaders of 18 U.S. tech firms including Apple, Amazon and Microsoft. "We're embracing big change ... and at far less cost," he declared.

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Lenovo laptop concept flexes like a yoga mat

Lenovo isn't done making exotic concept devices... far from it. The PC maker has unveiled a laptop concept whose centerpiece is a flexible screen that runs right up to the keyboard. It's not joined by a hinge, it is the hinge -- you'd fold it up like...

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PayPal launching instant money transfers directly to...

Despite the rising popularity of services like Cash and even some social networks like Facebook and Snapchat, PayPal is still the leading peer-to-peer money service on the market. Nearly every shopping site on the web offers a PayPal option during checkout, with the company handling over $7 million in transfers every hour. Now, the company aims to make it quicker and easier to transfer funds to bank accounts.


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Despite blatantly copying the iPhone 7 Plus design,...

Earlier today, OnePlus officially announced its new OnePlus 5 flagship Android device. As we noted earlier this month, the device seemingly rips off the iPhone 7 in terms of design, but that didn’t stop the company from firing shots at Apple during the device’s unveil…


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AWT News Update: June 20, 2017

We have some fascinating news stories for you from the world of Apple and other tech giants today:

  • Apple security has been successful at keeping new products from being leaked
  • Uber announces the first of many changes that hopefully will help the tarnished brand
  • Are your kids already bored of summer vacation? Send 'em to Apple Camp or the Kids Hour at the local Apple Store

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This is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and you’re listening to the AWT News Update for June 20th, 2017.

Apple has been very concerned about leaks of new devices, with CEO Tim Cook...

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Zepp teams up with New Balance to gamify batting...

In partnership with New Balance, Zepp just gamified its swing sensor and app. As of today, NB HitClub is available on the updated Zepp app and brings along some new features for users taking advantage of its baseball and softball swing assessments.

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Unicode 10.0 arrives with 56 new emoji characters,...

The Unicode Consortium on Tuesday released version 10.0 of the Unicode Standard, offering a preview of new text characters and emoji that will likely arrive on Apple platforms like iOS later this year.

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Analyst: ARKit developer tools may pave the wave for...

In a note to clients — as noted by CNBC — UBS analyst Steven Milunovich says may leverage augmented reality on the iPhone to help pave the way for a future smart glasses product via its ARKit developer tools.

The tech giant introduced ARKit at this month’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference. It allows developers to tap into the latest computer vision technologies to build detailed virtual content on top of real-world scenes for interactive gaming, immersive shopping experiences, industrial design and more.

Here’s Milunovich’s take: “"Advanced sensors and camera capabilities will enhance the iPhone; eventually there could be independent hardware offerings, perhaps iGlass," UBS analyst Steven Milunovich said. "We can imagine a pair of glasses with quintessential Apple design (iGlass), which enable a Hololens-type experience...

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Yes, you can actually beat 'Threes!'

Just when you thought the deceptively complex puzzler Threes! wasn't beatable, the internet comes along and proves you wrong. Three and a third years later (confirmed by the development team) the folks behind the ThreesPorn Twitter account have captu...

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Latest Apple-1 auction fetches surprisingly low $355...

At a June 15 Christie's auction, a customized Apple-1 sold for $355,500 -- skewing toward the low end of house estimates, and below all other auctions for working Apple-1 computers.

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Unicode 10 officially released with 56 new emoji,...

The Unicode Consortium today has officially announced Unicode 10, which includes a host of new emojis for users to take advantage of. The release consists of 56 new emoji characters, a set of Typicon marks and symbols, and a Bitcoin sign. With the additions of Unicode 10, the Unicode standard consists of a total of 136,690 characters.


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New York is reviewing its voting infrastructure to...

Amid the growing investigation into Russia's interference in the US Presidential election, New York is taking the initiative to check whether anybody meddled with its voting machines. Governor Cuomo has tasked the state's Cyber Security Advisory Boar...

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Jibestream says it will support indoor Apple Maps, ...

Two companies have announced plans to adopt new Apple technologies coming this fall with iOS 11. Jibestream says it will work with clients to provide indoor mapping data to Apple Maps which is new to iOS 11, and Branding Brand says it plans to use ARKit to build augmented reality experiences for retail apps.


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Analyst: ARKit will be the basis of ‘iGlass’ smart...

Apple earlier this month unveiled its new ARKit developer platform for building augmented reality applications for iPhone and iPad. Echoing previous reports, UBS analyst Steven Milunovich issued an investor note today in which he claims Apple will release a pair of smart glasses, perhaps called “iGlass.”


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Microsoft improves Office's hands-free typing...

Microsoft has released a new app called Dictate. It's an add-in for Word, Outlook and Powerpoint and uses Cortana's speech-recognition technology to let you speak what you want to type.

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Take a look at some real world examples of iOS 11’s...

Over the past few days a new Twitter account has been showcasing work from the iOS and augmented reality developer community. Made With ARKit is an account dedicated to sharing various videos of iOS developer projects and what they are accomplishing with Apple’s new ARKit available in iOS 11.


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Uber to add option to tip drivers

I always wondered why Uber didn’t have this as an option. I mostly use Lyft now, so it doesn’t really matter, but it’s a good thing for the drivers.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Google has more patents than most automakers on self...

The global automotive industry is at a turning point. The automobile is undergoing a transformation, moving from a means of conveyance to becoming a data center on wheels. For car manufacturers to maintain their leverage, they have to build alliances and concentrate on R&D resources. 

Why? For one reason, Google has more patents than most automakers on connected and self-driving cars. This is according to analytic firm Oliver Wyman’s new Automotive Manager released today.

“This is one of the most exciting times in the auto industry in decades, perhaps for a century. However, the excitement also brings challenges,” said August Joas, head of Oliver...

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Apple shows off Memories feature in new iPhone 7...

Apple is continued "practically magic" advertising campaign for the iPhone 7 on Tuesday with a new ad spot called "The Archives," which emphasizes the Memories feature in Photos.

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Spotify beats iTunes to the Windows Store

Microsoft promised back at Build that that a slew of big-name apps would reach the Windows Store, and it's making good on that vow. Spotify has released a Windows Store version of its app in every country where its streaming music service is availabl...

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Apple partners with Phobio for its Recycle and Renew...

As noted by MacRumors, Apple has updated its Mac recycling program to partner with a new company, replacing longtime partner PowerOn with Phobio.

The company’s Recycle and Renew program allows you to recycle any Apple device online and at any Apple Store. For qualifying devices, you’ll receive a gift card online, and credit toward a purchase in-store. Apple will either refurbish the device for resale or recycle its materials to be reused.

Apple now directs you to Phobio's site from its Recycle and Rent page, and you can find your Mac by entering a serial number. After answering a couple of questions about condition, Phobio offers up a price estimate and lets users choose an Apple Store Gift Card, Paypal, or Virtual Visa Reward as a payment option. 

In 2010, Phobio officially launched Safetrade to deliver a service for retailers: high-value trade-ins on the...

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Made with ARKit

There’s some really fun stuff here.

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Forty more institutions join the Apple Pay train

Another 40 institutions have joined Apple’s list of participating partners since the last refresh. You can find the complete list here.

The mobile payment service works with many of the major credit and debit cards from the top banks.On the Apple Pay page, Apple says that “we’re working with more banks to support Apple Pay” and that “if you don’t see your bank below, check back soon.

Apple Pay is currently available in 15 countries: Australia, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and USA. 

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Apple Pay comes to more US, UK & Chinese banks,...

Apple on Tuesday updated its roster of Apple Pay card issuers with dozens more U.S. institutions, as well as a few international additions. Uber, meanwhile, announced a long-demanded in-app tipping feature, which should be compatible with Apple Pay.

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Tidal’s ‘On Air’ podcast network features five...

Jay Z's forthcoming album isn't the only new content coming to Tidal this month. The streaming music site announced Tuesday that it is following the lead of Google Play, Deezer, and Spotify and now offering podcasts to its subscribers.

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New video + exclusive photos go hands-on with...

The purported iPhone 8 dummy unit that first surfaced in photos back in April is back today with a new close-up video appearance plus exclusive photos shared with 9to5Mac. The iPhone 8 dummy unit shows the rumored vertical camera, edge-to-edge display, and elongated Home button with no rear Touch ID.


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Microsoft Expands Linux Container Support in Windows...

Microsoft has decided to expand its support for Linux containers in the next release of Windows Server. Linux containers and workloads will work natively on Windows Server, said Erin Chapple, general manager for the server operating system. The company also will extend Window Server's Hyper-V isolation capability, which was introduced in the 2016 release of the operating system. "This means customers will no longer have to deploy two separate container infrastructures to support both their Windows and Linux-based applications," Chapple wrote.

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Archeer A110 Ultra-Slim Wireless Speaker is...

Many of the Bluetooth speakers that we review here at Apple World Today are luggable -- you can pick them up and carry them, but you can't just drop 'em into a pocket. Today's review is of  the Archeer A110 Ultra-Slim Wireless Speaker (US$22.98, affiliate link), which is not only slim enough to carry in your pocket, but surprisingly versatile in operation.

Archeer A110 Ultra-Slim Wireless Speaker. Photo ©2017, Steven Sande


At just about 2 cm (.79 inches) thick, the A110 is thin. The front of the device features an all-metal design with a grey grill on one side and a bass radiator on the other side. A silver-colored metal side wraps around the device, and the back is made from a durable polyurethane material. 

The back has three buttons -- one to change modes, one for the LED lighting on the device, and another for pairing or disconnecting Bluetooth....

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PayPal 'instantly' transfers money to your...

PayPal can be frustrating if you want to put funds in your bank account. It can take a day or more for transfers to go through, and that's a problem when rival services like Zelle can promise speedier access to your money without needing a separate a...

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Tim Cook to Trump: You need to improve citizen...

As we reported yesterday, Tim Cook was among the tech executives that sat down with President Donald Trump to discuss modernizing the technology of the United States. While some details of the meeting were known, The White House has since posted a video of the meeting, featuring comments from all tech executives in attendance…


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Mac: Kensington SD5000T Thunderbolt Docking Station

If you’re a Mac user looking to set up a true power user’s workstation, then you’ll want to take a look at Kensington’s new SD5000T Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station, a single relatively unobtrusive expansion dock that takes advantage of all of the bandwidth available in a single Thunderbolt 3 cable to tie all of your high-performance peripherals into your MacBook Pro, and keep it powered up at the same time. With a single Thunderbolt 3 cable connected to your MacBook Pro, the SD5000T can provide 85W of charging power and push through 40Gbps of data — more than enough for a few high-performance external hard drives and a couple of 4K displays.

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Samsung exclusives are the last thing Google Play...

Back in April, Samsung used the launch of its excellent Galaxy S8 smartphone to make a small but important announcement about a partnership with Google. Google Play Music would be the default music player on all Samsung smartphones, and Google would...

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