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Sunday November 12

12:33
Sierra Nevada spacecraft completes first test flight...

If Sierra Nevada is going to fulfill supply missions for the International Space Station and the UN, it'll have to prove that its Dream Chaser spacecraft is ready to fly... and it just took a big step in that direction. The company has revealed that...

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12:10
The iPhone X Becomes Unresponsive When It Gets Cold

sqorbit writes: Apple is working on a fix for the newly release iPhone X. It appears that the touch screen can become unresponsive when the iPhone is subjected to cold weather. Users are reporting that locking and unlocking the phone resolves the issue. Apple stated that it is aware of the issue and it will be addressed in a future update.


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11:55
Review: August's Smart Lock Pro + Connect...




August's top-end Smart Lock Pro + Connect bundle probably is probably a costly luxury for most people, but works as advertised, and with HomeKit in tow can be a gateway to some clever automations.

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10:59
Russian Twitter accounts tried to influence the UK...

Russia's attempt to influence Western politics through Twitter certainly wasn't limited to the 2016 American elections. Wired and New Knowledge have combed through the Russia-linked accounts provided to US politicians, and it identified at least 29...

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09:32
Some iPhone X users experiencing distortion &...

As with every iPhone launch, a few issues have popped up affecting early iPhone X customers. The latest issue, according to reports on Twitter, Reddit, and 9to5Mac’s comment section, appears to be related to crackling and buzzing coming from the earpiece speaker…

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09:30
The best probe thermometer

By Michael Sullivan

This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter, reviews for the real world. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read the full a...

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08:52
Bookends 13.0

Major upgrade for the reference management with a number of improvements in handling PDFs. ($59.99 new, $39.99 upgrade, 44.3 MB)

 

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08:21
Have you found Face ID on the iPhone X to be an...

The iPhone X has been available for over a week now, which means users have had the last week to use Face ID, Apple’s new biometric technology that replaces Touch ID.

Over the last week, have you found Face ID to be an adequate successor to Touch ID?

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08:00
After Math: Well that's helpful

While social media continues to be humanity's greatest and most toxic of dumpster fires, the tech industry did manage to do some good this week. Researchers discovered that molten quarks can produce eight times the energy as the hydrogen bomb, Ford b...

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05:30
Ben Heck's mini pinball game: Designing the PCB

In tackling another prototype-to-production design, Ben uses Autodesk Eagle to recreate Felix's printed circuit board layout. Learn with Ben how to create your own parts in Eagle and ensure that the board's components are laid out correctly, bear...

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01:04
Daimler and HPE want to power green data centers...

Hydrogen fuel cells have mainly been used to power vehicles so far, but they could soon find another use: the server farms powering your internet services. Daimler, HPE, Power Innovations and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory are expanding fue...

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Saturday November 11

20:25
Hasbro offers to buy Mattel as tech pressures the...

Toys 'R' Us may not be the only major casualty of technology's influence on the toy industry. Wall Street Journal sources claim that Hasbro recently made an offer to buy Mattel. It's not clear what terms Hasbro offered or how receptive Mattel was,...

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18:40
The Pixel 2 XL has another screen issue:...

It looks like Google still isn't done fielding complaints about the Pixel 2 XL's display. While some users are experiencing premature screen burn-in and seeing a bluish tint, others are apparently having trouble with its responsiveness. Comments post...

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18:07
iPhone X impresses Windows executive, Android fans...




Apple's iPhone X is drawing compliments from some unlikely places, ranging from the official Twitter account of Steven Sinofsky, the former President of Microsoft's Windows Division, to diehard Android fans sharing their unvarnished opinions on Reddit. However, it can't please embittered bloggers who wanted Apple to fail.

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17:02
Internet giant Alibaba crushes one-day online...

If you needed evidence that internet shopping still has room to grow, you just got it. Chinese e-commerce powerhouse Alibaba has confirmed that its annual Singles' Day sales event racked up the equivalent of more than $25.3 billion in sales, easily...

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16:34
iPhone Encryption Hampers Investigation of Texas...

"FBI officials said Tuesday they have been stymied in their efforts to unlock the cellphone of the man who shot and killed at least 26 people at a church here on Sunday," reports the Houston Chronicle. Slashdot reader Anon E. Muss writes:
The police obtained a search warrant for the phone, but so far they've been unable to unlock it. The phone has been sent to the FBI, in the hope that they can break in... If it is secure, and the FBI can't open it, expect all hell to break loose. The usual idiots (e.g. politicians) will soon be ranting hysterically about the evil tech industry, and how they're refusing to help law enforcement.
FBI special agent Christopher Combs complained to the Chronicle that "law enforcement increasingly cannot get in to these phones."
A law professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology argues there's other sources of information besides a phone, and police officers might recognize this with better training.
As just one example, Apple...

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15:31
Google study shows how your account is most likely...

Security threats like phishing, keylogging and third-party breaches are pretty common knowledge. Google wanted to gain a better understanding of how hijackers steal passwords and other sensitive data in the wild, though, so it conducted an analysis o...

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14:03
Security firm claims to thwart iPhone X's Face...

When Apple introduced Face ID security alongside the iPhone X, it boasted that even Hollywood-quality masks couldn't fool the system. It might not be a question of movie-like authenticity, however -- security researchers at Bkav claim to have thwarte...

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12:32
Malware scare forces five-year-old MMO to shut down...

Tera, a Korean MMO that debuted in the US in 2012, has shut down its in-game chat system after some players discovered a potentially serious vulnerability. According to the players' report (Google docs), Tera's chat interface uses HTML, which people...

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11:01
See battle royale brawler 'The Darwin Project...

Scavengers Studio's The Darwin Project garnered a lot of buzz at E3, and for good reason: it combined the trendy battle royale action of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and Fortnite with the crafting elements from survival games like Don't Starve. And...

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09:36
iPhone X: 8 first impressions after a week with...

The iPhone X is entirely new and entirely different. It marks a complete departure from iPhones of previous years. The release of the iPhone X is also the most excited I’ve been about a new iPhone since the iPhone 4.

Since the iPhone 6, iPhone refreshes have been largely iterative. Sure, we’ve added some notable features along the way, but the iPhone X changes just about everything, from how we navigate iOS to the design and so much more.

I’ve been using the iPhone X for a week now, and like others at 9to5Mac, I’m wildly impressed with the device. Read on for 9 initial impressions from my first week with the iPhone X…

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09:30
Recommended Reading: Trust your gut

Is Your Gut Microbiome the Key to Health and Happiness?
Amy Fleming,
The Guardian

You've likely heard the phrase "trust your gut" at some point in your life, but the key to being healthy and happy could actually lie in all of those organisms in yo...

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09:00
Totallee offers the most minimalistic collection of...

If you are looking for a sleek and slender case to wrap your new iPhone X in, look no further than totallee. Totallee has been making super thin iPhone cases since 2013 and now offers a collection of ultra minimalistic cases for the newly released iPhone X. Totallee has made a name for itself in recent years by offering bulk-free cases at fair prices and by doing something a lot of the competition isn’t: offering branding-free products without the company’s logo all over the case.

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08:45
External Link: Past Facebook President Calls Out...

As Facebook’s first president, Sean Parker was instrumental in the company’s eventual success. But now the billionaire tech pioneer has had a change of heart, confessing at an Axios event that “The thought process that went into building these applications, Facebook being the first of them, was all about: ‘How do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible?’” He added, “I don’t know if I really understood the consequences of what I was saying, because [of] the unintended consequences of a network when it grows to a billion or two billion people… God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains.” Quick — tweet this link! Or not.

 

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08:00
I spent a day working in Windows 10 Mixed Reality

By Andrew E. Freedman

When you boot up a Windows 10 Mixed Reality headset, you land in the Cliff House, a serene ranch flanked by a lake on one side and a mountain on the other. Birds chirp. You could stay awhile.

On the walls are a bunch of Window...

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07:46
This week’s top stories: Apple Pay Cash launches in...

In this week’s top stories: Apple releases a fix for the infamous “A and [?]” character iOS bug, first week impressions of the iPhone X, a new iPad with Face ID, and more. Read on for this week’s top stories… more…

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07:10
Retrospect 14.6

Adds cloud support for DigitalOcean Spaces, Aufiero Informatica, and Google Cloud Storage Frankfurt and São Paulo. ($119 new, free update, 178 MB)

 

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07:02
Inside one iOS app developer’s quest to get onstage...

I know developers are of two minds – it is a Darwinian pressure cooker attempting to satisfy all of Apple’s demands and to be better than a dozen other developers, some of them your friends, who are all trying to do the same thing. But, on the other hand, it’s the kind of jumpstart a small company craves.

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06:30
Netflix's comic books are a preview of...

Netflix recently announced its first-ever acquisition: Millarworld. The company was built by successful comics creator Mark Millar, known for works that easily translate to cinema. The movies Wanted, Kick-Ass and Kingsman are all based on his graphic...

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06:08
iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus production accelerating...




Reports from the supply chain suggest that any production problems that may have plagued the iPhone X are long past, and Apple and its manufacturing partners will increase production to ship about 26 million of the OLED model in the holiday quarter.

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05:00
The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Hey, good morning! It's the weekend!

The weekend has landed. If you're already holiday shopping, you're a smarter person than I. Engadget can help, as we kicked off our gift guide this week. We've also showcased some of the experiences that will be...

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04:56
Photographer pits iPhone X Portrait Lighting against...

Alongside the introduction of the iPhone 8 Plus and X this fall, Apple introduced Portrait Lighting, a camera effect designed to simulate specific lighting conditions normally only found in a studio environment. These lighting effects, combined with the background-softening depth effect introduced wth the iPhone 7 Plus, are designed to make shooting professional looking portraits easy.

Putting this claim to the test, photographer Daniel DeArco used an iPhone X to compare the results Portrait Lighting to actual studio lighting in a comparison video.

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04:51
KGI: iPhone X demand & growth strong into 2018,...

KGI this morning is out with a new investor note touching on iPhone X demand through the 2017 holiday quarter. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also notes the negative impact the iPhone X will have on demand for the iPhone 8, which he anticipates will sell worse than originally expected…

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03:09
SuperDuper 3.0

Major new release adds compatibility with macOS 10.13 High Sierra, plus HFS+ and APFS volumes. (Free, $27.95 for additional features, free update, 5.0 MB)

 

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Friday November 10

21:02
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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21:01
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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20:58
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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20:30
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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20:10
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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19:37
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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18:17
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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17:25
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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17:10
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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16:49
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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15:56
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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15:13
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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14:43
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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14:36
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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14:25
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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14:05
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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13:47
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.

more…

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13:39
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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13:18
Chinese firm nabs social video app Musical.ly for as...

The popular teen lip-syncing app Musical.ly 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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13:16
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.

Text Version

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

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12:59
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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12:38
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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12:19
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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12:05
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. 

Design

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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12:00
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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11:54
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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11:44
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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11:03
YouTube channel ‘encore+’ resurrects Canadian TV...

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

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10:40
Disney tried to hide the Millennium Falcon with...

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

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:38
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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10:17
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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10:17
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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10:03
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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10:00
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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09:28
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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09:23
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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09:21
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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09:08
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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08:54
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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08:00
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.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:55
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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07:53
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.

more…

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07:36
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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07:30
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.

And:

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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07:22
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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07:19
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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07:16
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.

more…

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07:14
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.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:10
Wallpaper: A gorgeous piece on Jony Ive and Apple’s...

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

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07:04
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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07:01
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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06:58
Clips introduces Selfie Scenes for immersive, 360-...

Apple:

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.”

And:

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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06:53
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.

And:

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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06:47
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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06:02
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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06:00
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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05:58
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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05:30
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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05:19
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.

more…

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05:06
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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05:00
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!

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04:30
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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04:04
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.

more…

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04:00
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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03:30
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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03:00
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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