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Friday November 10

Review: Fitbit Ionic aims at Apple Watch, but needs...

Fitbit's first attempt at a smartwatch proves better as a high-end fitness tracker than a full-on competitor to the Apple Watch.

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This week on AI: Apple AR glasses in 2020, iPad Pro...

With the iPhone X barely on shelves, rumors have already begun to turn to future Apple hardware, including the company's predicted augmented reality headset.

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Disney CEO says their streaming service will be...

Back in August during an earnings call, Disney stated that it would start pulling its content off Netflix in order to start a streaming service of its own. The company currently plans to launch it sometime in 2019 and include its expansive film libra...

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Get Free Bitcoins from 54 Faucets That Pay

Bryan Chaffin explains how Bitcoin faucets work and which faucets you can trust to pay. [Update: Added a new faucet to the confirmed list, removed some faucets that disappeared, and updated the BTC faucet payout amounts. – Bryan]

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Tinderbox 7.3

Adds a number of new ways to capture notes easily from other computers and devices. ($249 new, free update, 31.9 MB)


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UPS is converting diesel trucks to electric for NYC...

UPS is investing more seriously in electric vehicles, testing out new EV delivery vans in California and snagging some of Mitsubishi Fuso's urban trucks coming to NYC. But what about its existing fleet? The shipping company is partnering with New Yor...

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Shepard Fairey documentary ‘Obey Giant’ hits Hulu...

You may know Shepard Fairey from his "Andre the Giant Has a Posse" street art campaign, his Obey clothing line or his, what came to be, iconic Barack Obama "Hope" portrait. Well now you can check out a documentary about his life, his art and what dri...

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Some iPhone X Displays Plagued By Mysterious '...

Some iPhone X owners are reporting a random green line appearing on their displays. According to The Next Web, "the defect has already started to take on the endearing 'Green Line of Death' moniker." From the report: Several users across Apple forums and social media have reported the error -- I've counted over a dozen accounts, and MacRumors mentions it's read "at least 25" such reports. Oddly, the issue doesn't appear to affect users immediately, only showing up after some time with regular usage. In some cases it alternates with a purple line, for variety. It generally appears towards the right or left sides of the display, and sometimes it simply disappears altogether. Weird. Either way, it appears to be a hardware defect affecting a small number of users, and Apple appears to be replacing affected units. Mac Rumors first reported the issue.


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ChronoSync 4.8.3

Maintenance release fixes a number bugs in the synchronization and backup app. ($49.99 new, free update, 48.5 MB)


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Contemplate life in 'Far From Noise' on...

Next week sees the arrival of Far From Noise, a narrative game for PS4. The game takes place over a single day and night and during that time, your character is trapped in a car balancing on the edge of a cliff. As you rock back and forth over the ed...

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This Wallpaper Hides the iPhone X Notch

Worry over the iPhone X Notch is much ado about nothing—IMNHO—but Kelly Guimont just pointed me to some wallpaper that hides it. Any wallpaper can made with some black in the right place, but heck, that’s work. Amiright? Here you can just download it with the work already done. The image below is just the demo—use the Denotchify link to directly download the actual wallpaper.

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Right On Cue, DOJ Says Encryption ‘Surely Costs...

Bryan Chaffin called this on Tuesday, and right on cue, the Trump Department of Justice is claiming that strong encryption “surely costs lives.”

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Connected sex toys recorded intimate sessions...

Days ago, a Redditor discovered that their Lovense remote control app was unknowingly recording audio of a six-minute intimate session between the user and their significant other. It happened while they used the app to control the Lovense vibrator i...

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Nintendo reportedly plans to ramp up Switch...

The Switch, Nintendo's latest hybrid console is doing pretty well for the company, which expects it to outdo the Wii U's lifetime sales within a year. The company obviously thinks so, too, according to a new report at The Wall Street Journal, which s...

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How to Use Clips 2.0 and iPhone X for Cool Selfie...

Apple’s Clips 2.0 lets you make selfie videos with cool backgrounds, including the Millennium Falcon. Read on to learn how.

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Video: Apple's Clips 2.0 puts you in the...

Apple's updated Clips 2.0 on Thursday, and it now supports augmented reality 360-degree selfie scenes using iPhone X's TrueDepth camera system. Other additions include Disney content including a panorama aboard the Millenium Falcon and Mega-Destroyer -- and AppleInsider shows you all the new features.

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Discord makes it easier to jump into your friends...

Gaming chat app Discord is quickly becoming a full-fledged social network. The latest move toward this is the ability to set a status for yourself and let folks know what game you're playing. More than that, Discord is launching an entire SDK (called...

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Review: Apple iPhone X

For the past ten years, Apple has taken a largely iterative approach to the iPhone’s iconic design. While the design aesthetic changed with new models, from the sandwiched glass design of the iPhone 4 era to the very thin rounded edges of the iPhone 6 and beyond, the top and bottom bezels, earpiece slot on the top, and home button on the bottom means that on the face it’s always been clear that you’re looking at an iPhone. {image37}…

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The guy who built his own Iron Man suit now has a...

Remember that guy who built a homemade Iron Man suit? Well, with the help of his arm-strapped, gas-powered turbine engines, he just earned himself a Guinness World Record title. As The Mirror reports, Richard Browning and Daedalus (the name of his su...

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iPhone X jailbreak demoed on iOS 11.1.1, but release...

For many people, using the stock iPhone with regular old iOS 11 is like living in a cage. For those who prefer the iOS platform, but despise the restrictions placed on you, there is a new hope. Our first demo of a jailbreak on a current iOS build has revealed itself.


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Amazon expands influencer program to Twitter and...

A couple of months ago, Amazon opened up its influencer program to more YouTube stars with large followings. It lets people with large followings on the video service set up their own page full of Amazon products, of which the influencer gets a cut w...

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Apple Pay Cash In the Store: It Ain’t Perfect (Yet)

Sure, it’s a first world problem, but Jeff Butts thinks using Apple Pay Cash at retailers could be quite a bit easier.

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Chinese firm nabs social video app for as...

The popular teen lip-syncing app has been purchased by Chinese firm Bytedance -- the company behind China's major news aggregating service Jinri Toutiao. The details of the deal haven't been disclosed but sources told the Wall Street Journ...

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With iPhone X Shipping, the Competition Can Just...

From every quarter, details are emerging about the amazing nature of the iPhone X.

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AWT News Update: November 10, 2017

It's a Slow News Friday™ but we still have news for you about several Apple store renovations that are complete, green lines on the edges of iPhone X displays, and spoofing Face ID

  • Burlingame and Burlington -- two cities on opposite sides of the US -- will see newly renovated Apple retail stores next week
  • A tiny fraction of iPhone X screens are displaying a thin green line on either side
  • Vietnamese security firm Bkav says they can spoof Face ID with a sophisticated 3D mask

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.

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This is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and you’re listening to the AWT News...

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Future Android update will show how apps are...

Android Oreo, announced with great fanfare during the eclipse in August, has gotten some pretty neat features, like more recognizable emojis and notification dots for app icons. Now Android 8.1 will show you which apps are draining your battery in a...

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Roku bought a Sonos-like company focused on multi-...

You've probably never heard of Dynastrom, but Roku has. The streaming player company acquired Dyanstrom last month, a Danish firm building multi-room audio software, Variety reports. The news follows an earlier report from the outlet in September, wh...

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5 Apps to Get Portrait Mode Bokeh on Any iPhone

Do you love bokeh but don’t have an iPhone with a dual lens camera? You can use these apps on any iPhone model.

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Apple Park Architect Credits Jony Ive’s Design Team...

Stefan Behling, a Foster + Partners partner and one of the lead architects on Apple Park, told Wallpaper, a design magazine, that the Steve Jobs Theater was the product of a deep collaboration between Foster + Partners and sir Jony’s team.

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Faraday Future continues to struggle as three more...

Faraday Future is having a tough year. The electric automotive startup began 2017 cutting its planned 7-car line down to 2 vehicles before scaling down the size of -- and then suspending -- a planned $1 billion Nevada production facility. Today bring...

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Samson G Track Pro USB Studio Microphone: A full...

Whether you’re recording music, capturing voice for podcasts, or doing live streaming, you need a microphone that’s going to capture sound accurately. Samson’s new G Track Pro USB Studio Microphone (US$171.67, Amazon Affiliate Link) is a professional USB mic with a second audio interface that can be used for most digital recording needs, and it’s meant to compete with other more established USB microphones like the RODE Podcaster and Blue Microphones Spark Digital. How does it stack up to the competition? Read on…

For more specifications, click here. 


Let’s look at the physical design of the G Track Pro before moving on to the electronics in the device. It’s a nice looking matte black mic with a mesh grill over the important parts — the dual 1-inch...

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The naked truth about Facebook’s revenge porn tool

Facebook has announced it's trialling a tool in Australia to fight revenge porn on its platform, one that requires victims to send the company a copy of the violating images. Amazingly, this is true, and not a Clickhole story. It's the kind of thing...

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[Update] Apple Watch Owners: Get Ready for a...

To earn the badge, you have to complete an 11 minute workout on Veterans Day.

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Sonnet now shipping eGFX Breakaway Box 550 external...

When Apple unveiled its plans to officially support external graphics over Thunderbolt 3, it provided developers with an opportunity to purchase its $599 External Graphics Development Kit. The kit included, among other things, Sonnet Technologies’ eGFX Breakaway Box Developer Edition, providing users with a 350W power supply, one 8-pin (6+2 pin) power connector, support for cards up to 225W, and 60W of power delivery capable of recharging a 13-inch MacBook Pro at full speed.

The $269 consumer version of the same box is similar to the one earmarked for developers, except it provides an 8-pin (6+2 pin) plus one 6-pin power connector, is capable of supporting cards up to 300W, but only supplies 15W of power for laptop charging.

On Tuesday, Sonnet announced the availability of its most powerful eGPU offering yet —...

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Sony will sell a PlayStation 4 for $200 on Black...

It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving is almost upon us, but it also means that one of the biggest retail days of the year, Black Friday, is quickly approaching. With that in mind, Sony has released its Black Friday deals for the PlayStation. This s...

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YouTube channel ‘encore+’ resurrects Canadian TV...

My weekend just might be spent watching “The Littlest Hobo” reruns.

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Disney tried to hide the Millennium Falcon with...

I don’t know why I find this so amusing.

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Facebook rebrands Events app as Facebook Local, adds...

Facebook today has launched its latest app, Local, as a rebranded and updated version of its previous standalone Events app. The new app brings together businesses, restaurants, bars, and more along with events.


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Apple to reopen improved Burlingame & Burlington...

Two Apple outlets -- one in Burlingame, Calif. and the other in Burlington, Mass. -- will both reopen on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 10 a.m. local time, following months of renovation work.

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NordVPN is offering 3 years of VPN service for $99

U.S. Netflix fans outside of the country should take a good look at this particular deal.

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iPhone X display may become unresponsive in very...

Face ID has one important advantage over Touch ID that will become readily apparent this winter: you can quickly unlock your phone with gloves on. That may seem to make the iPhone X a cold weather champ, but there might be a fly in the ointment.

Recently, a small number of iPhone X owners have started to complain on social media that their display stopped registering touches when outside in the cold weather. The most prominent example is this thread on Reddit.

This is definitely not impacting the majority of iPhone X users. There has been plenty of cold weather in Canada over the last week, for example, and the majority of iPhone X users report that their screen works just fine. It's hard to get a handle on exactly how many users are experiencing the issue, but the responses on social media make it seem exceedingly rare.


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9to5Rewards: Win an iPhone X & get 30% off...

This month for 9to5Rewards, we’re giving away an iPhone X for our biggest giveaway to date. Thanks to our sponsor Caseology who is also throwing in a bundle of cases and screen protectors to keep the winner’s new phone protected. Get 30% off Caseology cases with promo code “9TO5MACX“.  more…

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple Watch Bands/Cases from $...

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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Some iPhone X owners report mystery green lines...

Some buyers of Apple's iPhone X are encountering green lines along the left or right side of the OLED display, according to various accounts on social media.

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Deals: 9.7" iPads for $299, 10.5" iPad...

Early Black Friday deals are heating up on Apple iPads with 2017 9.7" models for $299. Or upgrade to a 10.5" iPad Pro for as low as $599 after $50 to $100 cash discounts. The popular 9.7" iPad Pro for $399 deal is back ($200 off), plus Bose QuietComfort 25 Headphones are $179 and a 1TB G-Drive USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive is just $49.95. All with no tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

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Trump DOJ suggests iPhone encryption costs lives...

The debate over privacy and security between tech companies and the government is playing out in public yet again. Without naming Apple specifically, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein suggested this week in comments reported by The Washington Examiner that the company’s position on strong encryption may cost lives. Rosenstein’s comments follow reports that the recent church shooter in Texas used an iPhone that may not be accessible by the government.


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Apple Watch gets special Veterans Day activity...

Apple on Friday announced a new activity challenge for Apple Watch owners, meant to commemorate Veterans Day on Nov. 11.

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12 doomed facts about the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald

“The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” is a beautifully tragic song from Canadian songwriting legend Gordon Lightfoot.

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Extreme test shows OLED iPhone X with 'dark...

After publicizing ways to reduce power consumption on the iPhone X OLED display, AppleInsider has begun to put the methods to the test to get a feel for exactly how much power can be saved. The answer: a lot.

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Limited number of users experiencing green line...

Last weekend, a few iPhone X owners started sharing reports and images of a green line issue appearing on the new OLED display. Now more users are reporting the same problem, although overall, the issue seems very limited.


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Logitech will offer all Harmony Link owners a free...

After announcing that its Harmony Link remote control device will no longer operate as of March of 2018, Logitech has revealed it will upgrade all existing customers to its successor, the Harmony Hub, at no cost.

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Face ID’s Innovation: Continuous Authentication

[VIDEO] Rich Mogull, writing for TidBITS:

Put simply, Face ID is the most compelling advancement in security I have seen in a very long time. It’s game changing not merely due to the technology, but due to Apple’s design and implementation.


I believe Face ID is slower at actual recognition than Touch ID, but it’s nearly impossible to notice due to the implementation. In the time it takes to move your finger to the Touch ID sensor, Face ID could have already unlocked your iPhone.

That’s the real Face ID revolution. Since you’re almost always looking at your phone while you’re using it, Face ID enables what I call “continuous authentication.”

This is a fascinating article, worth the read. But even better, if you’ve not yet seen it, is the video embedded in Rich’s piece, which I’ve embedded in the main Loop post.

In it, Wall Street Journal’s Joanna Stern tries her best to defeat Face ID using siblings, triplets, and a well crafted...

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News: Apple updates Clips app with iPhone X...

Apple has released a major update to its Clips app for the iPhone X, adding a new Scenes feature that takes advantage of the TrueDepth camera to place you in animated, 360-degree scenes with matching selfie filters to transform your appearance. Some of the scenes include the Millennium Falcon with a Star Wars style holo effect filter, a sketchbook scene with a filter that provides a charcoal drawing effect, and a scene that puts you into an 8-bit…

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Vietnamese firm trips up iPhone X's Face ID...

A Vietnamese security firm says it has managed to bypass the iPhone X's Face ID system using a mask, in spite of Apple efforts to specifically prevent that deception, but regular users have no obvious reasons to be concerned about the alleged efforts.

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Opinion: Why the home indicator is an essential part...

With the lack of a physical home button of any kind with iPhone X, Apple has a new interaction metaphor: the home indicator. This is the thin bar that sits at the bottom of the iPhone screen.

At first glance, it might seem like an annoying blemish on the edge-to-edge design. But just like the notch at the top of the phone, the home indicator plays an important role.


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How to make a custom ringtone for your iPhone, with...

Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac:

With the latest version of iTunes, Apple buried the interface for making ringtones on the Mac. It’s still possible but a lot more cumbersome to manage.

A little-known secret is that you can actually make custom alert an ringtones for iOS on your iPhone itself, using GarageBand. Here’s how.

If you like playing with sound, this is a fun, achievable project to take on.

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Wallpaper: A gorgeous piece on Jony Ive and Apple’s...

Gorgeous prose, images, layout. Well worth your time.

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Twitter cranks up display name limit after rolling...

The character limit isn’t the only thing Twitter is increasing this month. Twitter has also cranked up the maximum number of characters you can use in your display name.


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How to use a virtual home button instead of the...

The Verge article is worth a quick read, good to know about. And you might also want to check out Apple’s official AssistiveTouch support page.

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Clips introduces Selfie Scenes for immersive, 360-...


Apple today announced a major update to Clips, the free app for iOS that makes it easy to create and share fun videos using iPhone or iPad. Clips introduces Selfie Scenes and adds artistic style transfer effects and a redesigned interface that makes it easier than ever to create great videos on the go.

Selfie Scenes is an exciting new feature that places users into animated, 360-degree scenes when recording selfies. Using the sophisticated TrueDepth camera system on iPhone X, Selfie Scenes transports users into bustling cities, serene landscapes, abstract paintings and even the Millennium Falcon and Mega-Destroyer from “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”


New artistic effects use advanced machine learning and style transfer technology to turn any photo or video into a moody oil painting, vibrant watercolor or elegant pencil sketch — in real time while recording.

Follow the headline link and watch the video, check out the samples. The fact that...

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Apple passes Samsung for lead in global smartphone...

Follow the headline link, take a look at the chart. Note the market share rankings. Samsung steadily falling, Apple makes a big gain in that last quarter.

From the TrendForce report:

Samsung is expected to slightly scale back the production of its high-end models in the fourth quarter as the brand is seeing the sales of its smartphones being squeezed by the strong demand for Apple’s latest iPhone devices.


As for highly anticipated iPhone X, the yield rates of its key components (e.g. Wi-Fi modules and 3D sensing modules) have been lower than expected, thus delaying production of the device. With the limited support from iPhone X, Apple was not able to significantly raise its total volume.

On the other hand, TrendForce estimates that the iPhone production volume for this fourth quarter will reach 81 million units with iPhone X accounting for 33% of the total. TrendForce expects a surge of iPhone X production that will last through the first...

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External Link: Jony Ive on the iPhone X and Apple’s...

In an interview with Wallpaper, Apple Chief Design Officer Jony Ive discusses some of the design decisions behind Apple’s new campus and how multitouch has fundamentally changed hardware design. Along those lines, he said something interesting about the iPhone X: “What I think is remarkable about the iPhone X is that its functionality is so determined by software. And because of the fluid nature of software, this product is going to change and evolve. In 12 months’ time, this object will be able to do things that it can’t now.” So by next year, what do you think the iPhone X will be able to do that it can’t do now?


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Apple updates Pages, Keynote, and Numbers for macOS

Apple has updated Pages, Keynote, and Numbers for macOS to, respectively versions 6.3.1, 7.3.1, and 4.3.1. All offer stability and performance improvements.

Pages is the word processing app for macOS (and iOS). Keynote (also for iOS) lets you create presentations and slides. Numbers is a spreadsheet app, and, yep, it also has an iOS version. The upgrades are available at the Mac App Store.

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News: Daily Deal: uBar 4 for Mac

For Friday’s iLounge Deal, you can pick up uBar 4 for only $14.99 — that’s 50% off the regular price. This power user toolbar is a great solution for those who have never been fans of the macOS Dock, providing a versatile replacement that can be used as a dock or a taskbar and heavily customized. Powerful tab grouping options, window, previews, and in-dock reminders help you get the most out of your Mac, letting you find the window you’re…

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Some iPhone X users find their smartphones don’t...

iPhone X users on reddit and the MacRumors forums have found that their smartphones immediately refuse to recognize some touch input when exposed to cool outdoor temperatures. There’s a software bug causing the issue, which Apple says will be addressed in an upcoming update. Apple issued this statement to The Loop

“We are aware of instances where the iPhone X screen will become temporarily unresponsive to touch after a rapid change to a cold environment. After several seconds the screen will become fully responsive again. This will be addressed in an upcoming software update."

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You should use a TV antenna, even if you have cable...

TV antennas aren't just for cord-cutters. Even if you have cable or satellite, an antenna will deliver a better picture to your big-screen TV.

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How to make a custom ringtone for your iPhone, with...

With the latest version of iTunes, Apple buried the interface for making ringtones on the Mac. It’s still possible but a lot more cumbersome to manage.

A little-known secret is that you can actually make custom alert an ringtones for iOS on your iPhone itself, using GarageBand. Here’s how.


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AppleInsider podcast goes hands-on with iPhone X,...

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk about the iPhone X, an image sensor acquisition, AR glasses rumors, and iOS updates.

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Deal: Learn over 8 programming languages by example...

Whether you develop Mac or iOS apps, do back-end programming, or design websites, it's always useful to know a new programming language. Having a working knowledge of a variety of coding tools can improve your marketability as a developer and keep your skills honed. That's why you'll love today's deal on The Complete Programming Language Bootcamp, which will teach you a number of programming languages by example for just $36. 

Here's what you'll learn!

  • Learn by Example: Scala
  • From 0 to 1: Learn Java Programming
  • From 0 to 1: Learn Python Programming
  • Learn By Example: C++ Programming - 75 Solved Problems
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How to sign a PDF in macOS High Sierra

Like me, you’re probably get a PDF mailed to you that you need to sign. It’s a pain to print it, sign it, then scan it back into your email for returning. Thankfully, there’s a better way.

You can actually sign it right in Mail. Drag a PDF into the email you're sending, hover over it then at the top right, and you'll see a little button appear. Click the button, and you’ll be offered a range of Markup options, including one for signing documents. 

You can either add your signature by holding a signed piece of paper up to the webcam on your Mac. Or you can drawing on your trackpad.

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UK ISPs will have to pay automatic compensation to...

For as game-changing as high-speed internet access was to the world, it continues to be a frustration for so many as broadband is the most unreliable of utilities. Fighting with the ISP is a nightmare. The UK is now introducing automatic compensation for certain cases of poor customer broadband services.


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PhotoBee can help you find lost photos, videos in...

By Aaron Lee

Did you know that photos and movies received in Messages aren't automatically saved? Your Messages “flow” is most likely full of "lost" photos and movies that someone has shared with you. It is time to reclaim those lost memories.

Until now the only solution has been to manually locate, select and download the photos and movies. However, Brattoo Propaganda Software’s PhotoBee for macOS lets you scan your iMessages for photos and movies, and then download them to keep them along with the rest of your photos.

With PhotoBee, you can select which contacts you wish to scan, as well as choose the destination to save the files. The app will scan through all your messages in Messages and list all found photos and movies so that you can browse them and choose which ones to save. Cool.

PhotoBee requires macOS 10.8 or higher. It costs US$7.95. A demo is available for download...

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Notable apps and app updates for Nov. 10, 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

Feral Interactive says ROME: Total War Collection, a $16.99 bundle containing the historical strategy game ROME: Total War and its expansions Barbarian Invasion and Alexander are out now on iPad. Originally developed by Creative Assembly for Windows PC and brought to iOS by Feral Interactive, this release marks the first anniversary of ROME: Total War’s iPad debut. 

RYDAR has launched their application for iOS devices. The free app provides a number of features for drivers, helping them to plan their work day, optimize driving routes for...

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Forbes posts initial Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals...

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are almost upon us.

That being said, Forbes’ Gordon Kelly has put together a list of shopping tips to help you save this year.

The guide veers away from the Apple Store, which typically doesn’t offer enormous savings, and focuses heavily on Walmart, Best Buy, Target, Kohl’s and Sam’s Club. In the case of Kohl’s, Kelly points out that Kohl’s Cash helps provide additional savings, especially after you’ve spent a given amount of money within the store.

Kelly also points out that there are savings to be had through B&H Photo Video, MacMall, and Newegg.

Within his guide, Kelly notes that Amazon offers free shipping for Prime members for this, even if they just use the trial, Walmart offers free 2-day shipping if you spend $35 or more and both Best Buy and Target offer free shipping on everything. Be wary of smaller merchant shipping costs, especially as some offer Apple products at slightly reduced prices to get a sales...

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Thursday November 9

Apple kickstarts 'This Weekend Only'...

Apple on Thursday introduced a new weekly feature at the iOS App Store, "This Weekend Only," highlighting discounted goods and services available through iPhone and iPad apps.

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Apple’s new ‘This Weekend Only’ promo offers in-app...

As part of its redesigned App Store with a focus on curation and editorial content, this evening has launched a new “This Weekend Only” weekly promotion. This will offer discounts on things such as apparel, travel, food, and other categories. Apple is kicking it off with five stellar offerings from HotelTonight, Chipotle, and more.


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This star refuses to die, even after it explodes

Supernovae are some of the brightest and most energetic events in our galaxy. These occur when stars that have much greater mass than that of our sun explode; they become incredibly bright, and then slowly fade over the course of a few months as they...

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Happy Hour Podcast 146 | Apple Pay Cash, Face ID...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss the Apple Pay Cash beta launching, Face ID and a new design coming to next year’s iPad Pros, and the first few days with iPhone X.

9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, StitcherGoogle Play Music, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.


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Sharp's $77,000 camcorder shows that 8K is...

Sharp has unveiled an 8K camcorder that is undoubtedly aimed at the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but will be equally at home on a film set. Looking like an old-school ENG news camera, the 8C-B60A captures 8K, 10-bit 60fps video onto a large, Super 3...

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Latest iPhone X camera review showcases beautiful...

The iPhone X’s camera has been put to the test in several different scenarios so far. Adding to that list is a new review from photographer Austin Mann, who took the iPhone X on a trip through Guatemala. Tim Cook shared Mann’s review in a tweet this evening, calling the pictures he captured “sunning.”


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Video: Extending the iPhone X's battery life...

Using dark wallpaper, "Smart Invert," and some other iOS features, it's possible to push the iPhone X's battery surprisingly far.

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Microsoft's version of AirDrop is available to...

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New submitter Brentyl writes: Hello Slashdotters, longtime Mac user here faced with a challenge: Our 14-year-old wants a Windows laptop. He will use it for school and life, but the primary reason he wants Windows instead of a MacBook is gaming. I don't need a recommendation on which laptop to buy, but I do need a Windows survival kit. What does a fairly savvy fellow, who is a complete Windows neophyte, need to know? Is the antivirus/firewall in Windows 10 Home sufficient? Are there must-have utilities or programs I need to get? When connecting to my home network, I need to make sure I ____? And so on... Thanks in advance for your insights.


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Amazon Key seems like a crazy idea: You provide select permission to delivery people and service workers to enter your home while you’re away.

We found, however, that the security camera part of that system—the Amazon Cloud Cam—is really good even if you don’t want to let people enter your place. Today, you can get the security camera at its first deal price. Amazon is selling two of the Cloud Cam devices for $200, or a $40 discount on the usual $240 list price.

Anyone who wants to go crazy can even get three of the devices for $290, or about $70 off. To get the deal, you have to enter either coupon code 2CLOUDCAM or 3CLOUDCAM, depending on the offer you prefer. Amazon hasn’t put a specific end date on this deal, just the usual “offer good while supplies last.”...

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Apple solar data center at 3.099¢/kWh helps NV...

From Electrek:

Apple signed a deal this week to power to its Sparks, Nevada data center with possibly the cheapest contracted starting price for solar power in the US. The deal was signed with NV Energy, owned by Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway.

The deal’s start price is 3.099¢/kWh with a 2% a year escalator making it very inexpensive energy.  The size of the solar project is 50MW.


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Apple says software fix will address unresponsive...

Some iPhone X customers have complained in the last week that their phone screen does not work at near-freezing temperatures.

Apple has now said that it has an identified an issue where the iPhone X display becomes unresponsive to touches after a ‘rapid change’ in temperature. The company promised a forthcoming software fix will resolve the problem.


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EA acquires ‘Titanfall’ studio Respawn

Despite Respawn continuing to support its fantastic mech shooter Titanfall 2 with new content nearly every month after releasing it a year ago, the game's playerbase has dwindled. In a recent interview, the studio's CEO noted that the game's lower-th...

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Apple and luxury brand Hermes are preparing to ship two new Apple Watch bands, both under the "Medor" name.

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Yesterday, a Reddit user named Darus 214 started a thread complaining about his iPhone X screen becoming unresponsive in cold weather. Here’s the original thread, some thoughts on it, and Apple’s official response. […]

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After years of rumors of a live-action Star Wars TV series, it's finally happening. The only catch? It'll be exclusive to Disney's upcoming streaming service, Polygon reports. CEO Bob Iger didn't have any details to share about the new series, but th...

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AWT News Update: November 9, 2017

Apple Park HQ Building Café. Photo by Mark Mahaney for Wallpaper•

The road to a $1 trillion company, an interview with Jony Ive, and the opening of the Apple Park Visitor Center all make today's news on the Apple World Today News Update Podcast:

  • Apple closed for the second day at a share price that gives the company a market cap of over $900 billion
  • Jony Ive talks with Wallpaper* about the iPhone X and Apple Park from a designer's viewpoint
  • Cupertino residents get a special preview of Apple Park's Visitor Center next Thursday

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.


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Apple’s big holiday quarter & iPhone X expected...

On the heels of a report earlier this week claiming Apple had surpassed Samsung in unit sales, TrendForce is out today with its latest data and predictions for the remainder of 2017. The research firm reports similar total smartphone production volume of 384 million units for Q3 2017, with that number expected grow to 424 million during Q4 during the peak of holiday shopping…


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Project Loon delivers internet to 100,000 people in...

The FCC granted Alphabet's Project Loon, which delivers internet via balloons, an experimental license last month to help get Puerto Ricans online after Hurricane Maria decimated the island's infrastructure. While the team cautiously tweeted that it...

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Apple's latest diversity figures show static...

Apple on Thursday released its 2017 diversity report, showing steps forward in some areas, but work to do in others.

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Twitter can’t separate verification from validation

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