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Tuesday December 5

09:31
After a day of availability to users, Apple Pay Cash...




Apple has officially launched Apple Pay Cash -- a feature in iOS 11.2 that allows users to send and receive money from family and friends from within Messages.

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09:30
iPhone X review – a week in Italy

I’m not a huge fan of the actual photos taken – I’ve been to the places shot and the photos seem washed out, colour-wise, but that may be the photographer’s editing – but the detail in the shots is remarkable.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:29
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Bose QC25 NC Headphones $175,...

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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09:19
Spotify's latest playlist collects your top 100...

Spotify's data-driven and editorialized playlists are some of the biggest features that set it apart from its competitors. It being December means the streaming service is taking a look back at the year that was. Specifically, it's offering a look at...

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09:14
News: Apple wins trademark court battle against...

Apple has successfully prevented Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi from getting an EU trademark on the name “Mi Pad,” arguing that’s too similar to Apple’s own iPad moniker, Reuters reports. In its decision, the EU’s General Court ruled, “The dissimilarity between the signs at issue, resulting from the presence of the additional letter ‘m’ at the beginning of “Mi Pad”, is not sufficient to offset the…

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09:11
Consumer anticipation ahead of iPhone X dinged Apple...




New data suggests that Apple marketshare took a very slight hit in a three month period ending in October in the U.S., because users put off purchasing phones while waiting for the iPhone X.

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09:02
Gift Guide: Premium speakers and headphones for the...

If you’re buying a gift for someone who loves music, and listens to it all the time, there are few things that will bring more pleasure than a really high-quality speaker or pair of headphones.

Not only will they allow your lucky recipient to experience their music at a whole new level, but premium audio is also a gift that will last them a very long time.

Granted wireless standards can change, so we may no longer be living in a time when we can say a great speaker or pair of headphones will last a lifetime, but they remain something which will be appreciated for at least many years to come …

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08:55
Here are the new emoji likely coming to iOS next...

The Unicode Consortium has outlined all of the new emoji that are on the docket for 2018. This time around, new emoji include figures such as a teddy bear, mango, party face, and at long last, support for redheads…

more…

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08:52
News: Anki’s Cozmo Code Lab update enhances...

Anki has expanded the capabilities of its Cozmo robot again in a new update to its Code Lab, adding a Constructor mode that includes six all-new minigames. The update gives Cozmo users acess to using ‘if’ statements, math operators, variables, function calls and more in their programs. Anki has increased the number and types of visual programming blocks available for use with Cosmo alongside the roll out of the vertically-oriented Constructor…

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08:51
Apple ranked second best-managed U.S. company in new...

Apple has ranked #2 among the top 250 best-managed U.S. companies as scored by the Drucker Institute. The result puts the iPhone maker just below Amazon and a few points above Google in the newly released ranking. The Wall Street Journal notes that this is the first ranking of U.S. companies based on the ideas of late business guru Peter Drucker:

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08:35
Deals: 13" MacBook Pro (256GB) for $1,299; 15...




With the holiday shopping season in full swing, Apple authorized resellers are launching cash discounts on popular MacBook Pro and iMac configurations. Save $200 on a 2016 13" MacBook Pro with 256GB of storage, or opt for the robust 15" Pro for as low as $2,179 (up to $200 off). Apple's current line of iMac desktops is also on sale with prices starting at just $999.

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08:08
Fitbit begins rolling out more apps & watchfaces...




In tandem with a software update, Fitbit on Tuesday announced the addition of over 60 apps and 100 watchfaces for the Ionic, its competitor to the Apple Watch.

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08:00
News: Daily Deal: SKEYE Nano 2 FPV Drone

Today in iLounge Deals, we’re offering the SKEYE Nano 2 FPV Drone for only $54.40 with the coupon code GIFTSHOP15. This shockingly agile and tiny flying machine allows you to perform cool airborne stunts like figure eights, banking turns, flips, and more, both indoors and out, and the HD, Wi-Fi controlled camera lets you record incredible real-time first-person video. Further, the on-board Wi-Fi means you can use your iPhone or iPad instead…

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07:59
News: Apple starts providing gift cards for Apple...

While Apple technically started accepting Apple Watch trade-ins last year, the company was just taking them for recycling without providing anything in return. Now the company has changed its recycling program to offer $50 to $175 on a gift card for the trades through a company named Brightstar, based on how functional it is and what model you have (size doesn’t seem to affect the payout at this point). Apple has also added new color options…

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07:56
Instagram updating profiles with new Stories...

Instagram today announced two new features and both of them have to do with the Stories. Stories are small video clips that stick around for 24 hours and then disappear to the aether. With the latest update though, you can store those memories forever.

more…

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07:25
Apple acquires Pop Up Archive for its podcast tech

Apple has acquired Pop Up Archive, a startup that with tech that makes podcasts even searchable, reports NiemanLab. Its online platform is focused on building tools to transcribe, organize, and search audio files.

Writing for NiemanLab, Nicholas Quah says this means Apple has acquired a technology dedicated to increasing the knowability and sortability of the hundreds of thousands of shows distributed through its Apple Podcast platform. This has widespread implications for the ecosystem. 

“Apple is believed to still drive somewhere between 50 to 70 percent of all available podcasts downloads, depending on who’s measuring — it’s near impossible to quantify this with any precision — and it’s further worth noting that this news comes months after Apple’s original announcement of in-episode analytics...

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07:20
News: Report: Apple manufacturer Quanta lands deal...

Apple manufacturing partner Quanta Computer has landed a $45 million deal to produce augmented reality displays that project information into the user’s field of vision, Bloomberg reports. Lumus designed the displays, but has granted Quanta the option to produce the product for other technology companies, Lumus Chief Executive Officer Ari Grobman said. “This means that the most expensive key enabling technology in the AR glasses teardown…

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07:15
This epic 4k film captures the beauty of lightning...

This footage is so amazing, I’m tempted to call it fake. But it’s not and it’s spectacular.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:07
TunesKit releases Audio Capture for '...

TunesKit Studio has introduced TunesKit Audio Capture for macOS and Windows. The tool allows you to capture any music files from your computer or the Internet automatically and losslessly. 

With TunesKit Audio Capture, you can record multiple audio tracks at the same time, edit and customize audio parameters such as the size, quality, and more. By default, it connects to many common apps like iTunes, QuickTime, Windows media player, and more. If an app you want to grab music from isn’t on the list, you can add them with a click.

TunesKit Audio Capture is on sale for a limited time for $19.95, or 60% off the regular price. A demo is available for download.

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07:07
Use Apple Pay Cash with a debit card to avoid a 3%...




If you're sending Apple Pay Cash to a friend through iMessage, Apple gives you the option to choose from all of your Apple Pay cards as a source of funds. To avoid unnecessary fees, you'll need to make sure you have a debit card authorized to send money.

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06:57
Lifeprint launches Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connected...

Lifeprint has launched its new and larger 3x4.5-inch Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connected photo printer exclusively on Apple.com and Apple retail stores across the world.

The printer and accompanying free app allows you to edit, print, and share photos and videos with family, friends, and fans all over the world. The app even allows you to “bring those experiences to life with augmented reality and watch as your videos come to life in your hands,” according to the folks at Lifeprint.

Additionally, the new Wifi capability allows users to print to their Lifeprint from anywhere in the world. Watch the video here to see how it works.

Lifeprint’s social network for real photos allows uses to share augmented reality images through a printer network to any Lifeprint printer in the world. Making sharing physical photographs across the globe with loved ones...

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06:52
Report: Apple acquired Pop Up Archive which makes...

9to5Mac Happy Hour on Apple Podcasts

Apple has reportedly acquired Pop Up Archive, a small Oakland-based company that builds tools for searching spoken audio including podcasts, according to Hot Pod (via Peter Kafka). Pop Up Archive, which makes a tool called Audiosear.ch, shut its services down last month without an explanation.

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06:46
Apple reportedly buys podcast search engine creator...




Apple is said to have bought Oakland's audio tool developer Pop Up Archive, known for the audiosear.ch podcast search engine, in a move that could bolster the company's own podcast service.

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06:38
Apple Pay available on Vindicia subscription billing...

Vindicia, which specializes in business-to-consumer digital services monetization, has announced that Vindicia CashBox now supports Apple Pay. CashBox is designed to streamline subscription and recurring payment services.

“Companies are adopting subscription models, and by supporting Apple Pay, we’re making it easier and more seamless for consumers to purchase their favorite subscription services,” says Vindicia CEO Kris Nagel. “Vindicia is committed to introducing new ways to leverage innovative solutions to deliver ever-more convenient and secure mobile payment options for our customers. With already millions using Apple Pay everyday, this integration enables us to offer next-generation payment solutions that meet their expectations and gives them an easier and safer way to pay.”

Apple Pay is currently available in 20 countries: Australia, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Russia,...

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06:33
Apple begins selling unlocked & SIM-free iPhone...

SIM-free means, in part, that you won’t get a carrier SIM card. You’ll still need to get one. Keep that (to me, a tiny bit of a hassle) in mind.

UPDATE: From the comments:

You can get a SIM card for free from T-Mobile, and it takes seconds to install.

Meanwhile, that SIM-free iPhone—unlike the GSM models— is fully compatible with all networks including CDMA. More importantly, it has the Qualcomm chip, which means it will provide about 30% better wireless performance than Intel-equipped models in terms of data speeds, signal reception, voice quality, and battery life. And due to all of the above advantages, the SIM-free model will also provide a significantly higher resale value.

This is the iPhone variant everyone should buy.

Duly noted.

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06:30
News: Apple Pay Cash now operational in iOS 11.2

After this weekend’s release of iOS 11.2, users were left wondering why Apple Pay Cash was mentioned in the release notes but not actually operational. The release was the first ever to be sent during the weekend — seemingly in response to a December 2 date bug that was causing iPhones to crash — leading to speculation that Apple rushed it out the door to fix the bug before Apple Pay Cash was ready. Now non-beta users are finding the feature…

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06:28
iMac Pro launching December 18th, according to Google
  1. Take this with a grain of salt. Could simply be a parsing error on Google’s web crawling bot. But still.
  2. If you want the official word on the iMac Pro launch, here’s a link to Apple’s official iMac Pro notification page. Sign up and Apple will let you know when the iMac Pro launch is officially announced.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:20
Apple’s HomePod isn’t about Siri, but rather the...

Daniel Eran Dilger, AppleInsider:

Rather than being the phenomenal, exciting new product category launch that pundits love to praise, the Alexa-powered Echo is Amazon’s salvaged booby prize for failing in smartphones: a few million units sold at low margin, versus the tens of millions of smartphones other Android licensees have been able to sell (or the hundreds of millions of high-margin iPhones Apple has been selling each year).

Ouch. But I agree with the premise. The Echo is a highly successful pivot. If Amazon’s 2014 Fire phone had caught on, it’s not clear that they would have gone down the Echo path.

Echo and related Alexa-based smart speakers are really “smart mics” for listening to commands. Amazon’s retail background works to leverage this to take online orders from Alexa users, but its original goal in hardware was a mobile phone with a camera, display and mic all working together to identify potential products to sell, not just a simple voice...

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06:17
Apple wins block against European trademark for...




Apple on Tuesday won a years-long bid to stop Xiaomi from trademarking the name of its Mi Pad tablet in the European Union, which Apple argued was too similar to iPad.

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06:10
Apple magnetic stand invention would allow two iPads...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,839,147) for a magnetic stand with a removable tripod for the iPad. The stand is configured to rigidly hold a portion of the tablet in place, to shield the magnetic field from adversely affecting nearby devices susceptible to strong magnetic fields, and to allow two iPads to work together. 

In the patent filing, Apple notes that tablets are increasing used in a wide variety of applications. The tech giant says “a number of manufacturers” have tried unsuccessfully to produce a way for conveniently mounting such a device. Not surprisingly, Apple thinks it can.

Apple’s invention would allow an iPad to be used by a photographer or videographer for reviewing photos or video as they’re taken. A wireless transmitter can send data between the camera and the tablet device via a Wi-Fi signal, Bluetooth protocol, or even through an alternative signal received by a wireless receiver attached to the tablet device. 

In this way a...

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06:07
Apple now offers unlocked iPhone X models in the US

Enlarge / The iPhone X's display, with rounded edges and the sensor housing—also called the notch. (credit: Samuel Axon)

Just over a month after the iPhone X debuted, Apple is now selling carrier-agnostic models of the iPhone X. US customers can place orders on Apple's website for SIM-free iPhone Xs, rather than ordering a device that's already married to a specific carrier.

Previously, the iPhone X could only be purchased on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, or Verizon networks, but the unlocked option allows users to insert any SIM card they want. The iPhone X supports GSM and CDMA networks, so users can get on nearly any network they want with a SIM card.

The high price...

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06:02
Apple intros Apple Watch recycling program, offering...

One more reason to upgrade your older Apple Watch.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:01
Can apps prevent teen depression? A large-scale...

Small-scale studies of smartphone apps that claim to improve mental health have yielded some positive results in teenagers, but these are only indicative. Only a large-scale clinical trial can provide the data needed by mental health professionals to determine the true value of such apps, and a $1.6M study aims to provide the answer …

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06:00
Fitbit expands Ionic OS with Hue, Flipboard apps,...

Fitbit’s Ionic smartwatch ($299 on Amazon) is getting some new friends for the holidays. A software update available Tuesday will deliver more than 80 new clock faces and a variety of apps so you can control your lights and check stocks while you work out.

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05:58
Android Oreo: An iOS user’s review

Matt Birchler, in the introduction to a week long review of the Pixel 2 running Android Oreo:

I have been using the Google Pixel 2, which is the latest and greatest Android phone out there. I chose this phone for my experiment because I wanted to leave no room for my conclusions to be colored by a bad OEM skin on top of Android or by a lower quality phone as my comparisons to iOS should be as fair as possible. Since I wanted to review Oreo, a Pixel was my only option in October, and thankfully that Pixel has top of the like specs and the best Android camera out there. This is Android how Google intended it.

And, then, this TL;DR conclusion:

Android has grown up considerably over the last decade. It’s no longer a complete disaster of a user experience, and some elements have actually surpassed what Apple is doing with iOS. Notifications are much better than they are on iOS and Google Assistant is more accurate and more helpful than Siri. that said, there are a...

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05:54
Kantar: later iPhone X release hurts Apple’s...

The latest smartphone operating system data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech says that in the three months ending in October, iOS share fell in key markets, “making clear the impact of the flagship iPhone X not being available to buy in the month of October.”

As Windows continued to drop in share, Android was able to gain 4.3 percentage points in the big five European markets, 8.2% in the U.S. and 7.5% in Japan, adds the research group. Urban China remained a bright spot for Apple, with its share edging up 0.5% in the latest three months to reach 17.4%.

“It was somewhat inevitable that Apple would see volume share fall once we had a full comparative month of sales taking into account the non-flagship iPhone 8 vs. the flagship iPhone 7 from 2016,” says Dominic Sunnebo, Global Business Unit Director for Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. “This decrease is significant and puts pressure on the iPhone X to perform....

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05:51
Amazon public relations: Yes, Prime Video app still...

Josh Centers, TidBITS:

At this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple and Amazon finally announced that we would be able to watch Amazon video natively on the Apple TV by the end of the year.

And:

But it’s December, and Amazon Prime Video for the Apple TV remains vaporware. Is it still due in 2017? Surprisingly, yes. Amazon public relations told me, “Thanks for checking in. Yes, you can expect the launch this year.”

This report jibes with last week’s report that the Apple TV app was being beta tested by Amazon employees.

[Via DF]

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05:48
Apple Watch now included in Apple’s Renew and...

Apple has updated its Renew and Recycling program for the Apple Watch. For qualifying devices, you can receive a gift card online or credit toward a purchase in the store. 

Apple will either refurbish the device for resale or recycle its materials. The tech giant has handled recycling of smart watches before, but this is the first time it’s offered gift cards. Gift cards are available for original Apple Watch models, Apple Watch Series 1 models, and Apple Watch Series 2 models, with Apple offering between $50 and $175 depending on device.

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05:41
Apple Watch Sports Bands, iPhone X silicon cases...

As noted by AppleInsider, Apple’s online store is offering Apple Watch Sport Bands and iPhone X silicone cases in new colors.

The former ($49) are now available in electric pink, midnight blue, black, seashell, dark olive, dark teal, spicy orange, pink sand and “Flash” yellow. The iPhone X silicon cases ($39) are now available in blue cobalt, rose red, ultra violet, spicy orange, cosmos blue, dark olive, white, pink sand, midnight blue, red, and Flash.

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05:33
Apple’s US smartphone market share dropped 8 points...

Market intelligence company Kantar said that iOS market share in the U.S. fell from 40.6% in the three months ending in October 2016 to 32.9% in the same quarter this year. Apple saw similar significant drops in other key markets, says the firm, as customers waited for the iPhone X to go on sale.

Kantar says that the drop was inevitable, but still puts pressure on Apple …

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05:32
Apple now selling SIM-free iPhone X units

Apple is now selling SIM-free models of the iPhone X, so you can buy the smartphone and add a carrier at your convenience.

The SIM-free models come unlocked and without an installed SIM card. They’re available for both GSM and CDMA networks. Pricing for SIM-free iPhone X’s are the SIM version: 64GB for $999 and 256GB units for $1,149.

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05:27
Apple wins its ‘iPad vs Mi Pad’ trademark case...

The European Union General Court has ruled that Xiaomi, privately owned Chinese electronics and software company headquartered in Beijing, can’t trademark the name of its “Mi Pad” tablet (pictured) because the name is too similar to Apple’s iPad.

“The dissimilarity between the signs at issue, resulting from the presence of the additional letter ‘m’ at the beginning of ”Mi Pad“, is not sufficient to offset the high degree of visual and phonetic similarity between the two signs,” the Court said in a statement.

Xiaomi, world's fifth largest smartphone maker, filed its trademark application in 2014 and Apple filed a complaint that the Intellectual Property Office sided with last year. Now the EU’s second-highest court agrees. Xiaomi can still appeal the decision at the Court of Justice, the EU’s highest court.

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05:08
Innit app controls more than 100 connected ovens...

If you’ve been impatiently waiting for a real-life version of Star Trek’s replicators – where all we have to do is tell the unit what meal to make – we’re at least taking one small step in that direction.

‘Eating technology company’ Innit has announced an iOS app that can send cooking instructions direct from an iPhone app to more than 100 different models of Wi-Fi-enabled ovens from GE Appliances and Bosch …

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04:32
Apple wins partial court victory against Xiaomi’s...

Chinese brand Xiaomi created an entire business out of copying Apple, seen in everything from an iOS-like skin for Android through websites and product launches – but perhaps the most blatant example was an iPad mini clone it named the Mi Pad.

Xiaomi even applied for a trademark on the name, prompting legal action by Apple, and the Cupertino company has now scored a partial victory …

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04:30
LandingZone docking station makes life more...

If you’re a 12-inch MacBook owner like me, you realize that the lack of ports (as in only USB Type-C one) can be an inconvenience. LandingZone’s $229 docking station makes life more convenient, and can turn the tiny laptop into a moderately powered “desktop.”

It packs a plethora of ports: three USB 3.1 Type-C Ports (Data Only / No Video); two USB 3.1 Type-A Ports (Data Only); one USB 3.1 Type-A Port (Data and 1.5A High Speed Charging); one USB Type-C Passthrough Port; one HDMI port; and one Ethernet, facilitating connection of a large range of devices to the Mac laptop. There’s also a Micro SD Card Slot and a two-way audio port. Plus, an included Kensington Security Slot allows the use of a laptop lock to secure both the docking station and the MacBook.

The docking station allows you to connect a monitor, hard drives, printer, smart phone, headphones, speakers,...

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04:00
Taking selfies in Portrait Mode with the iPhone X

With the iPhone X you can shoot selfies in Portrait Mode. Portrait Mode is a software feature that uses the two lenses of the Apple smartphone to create the look and feel of an image shot with portrait settings on a camera with a telephoto lens.

With the iPhone X you can shoot selfies with a cool depth‑of‑field effect that keeps your face in sharp focus against an artfully blurred background. To do so, switch to the front-facing camera in the Camera app, then swipe to Portrait.

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Dec. 5, 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

DM Apps has released Jewel Block Puzzle King. In the free game, the player drops blocks to create and destroy lines of jewels both vertically and horizontally within the game matrix. The overall object of the game is to not have the screen fill up with blocks by strategically dropping blocks on the matrix.

watchOS Apps/Updates

Smoky Cat Software has announced Heart Graph 5.0. The app plots high resolution graphs of heart rate against time and allows comparison of those graphs and other workout statistics between...

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03:15
Apple releases tvOS 11.2 update, adds live sports,...

Only a few days after the release of iOS 11.2, Apple has released tvOS 11.2 for the fourth-gen Apple TV and the Apple TV 4K.

The most notable change is the addition of the Sports section to TV. The “Sports” tab joins the previous options of “Watch Now,” “Library,” “Store” and “Search.” It features quick links to live games and the ability to rewatch games that already occurred.

The new TV app feature list includes alerts for when a team is about to play, allowing users to begin streaming a game as soon as it starts. Supported leagues include Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Basketball League, college football, men’s college basketball and more.

Other changes include video display mode switching to match the frame rate and dynamic range of played content, and some user interface refinements.

The tvOS 11.2 update can be snagged either via automatic updates, or manually via the Settings app.

If you’ve tried the...

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03:00
Apple adds mid-2011 Mac mini to obsolete products...

As much of a workhorse the mid-2011 Mac mini is, Apple has just added it to its obsolete products list.

Mid-2011 models have officially been classified as vintage or obsolete as of November 30, 2017, according to an internal memo distributed to Apple Authorized Service Providers.

As such, neither Apple nor Apple Authorized Service Providers will repair or service the 2011 Mac mini, which has now exceeded the five year limits since it was last manufactured, except where required by law. There is an exception for California and Turkey, where mid-2011 Mac mini owners can still obtain service and repairs for up to two additional years.

2011 Mac mini models were the first with a Thunderbolt port, and the first without an optical disc drive for CDs/DVDs.

Even though it’s been more than 1,100 days since Apple last refreshed the Mac mini, Apple CEO Tim Cook likewise said the Mac mini will be an “important part” of Apple’s product lineup going forward in a...

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Monday December 4

21:33
Comparison: iPhone X vs. iPhone 8 Plus camera quality




In this video, we take a closer look at the differences, and similarities, between the rear- and front-facing cameras included in Apple's iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus.

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21:02
Apple Maps adds public transit directions for Tampa...




Apple has activated public transit directions in Apple Maps for users in Tampa, Fla, granting access to timetables and routes covering local bus, train, and streetcar operations.

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19:48
Apple debuts new Apple Watch Sport Band and iPhone X...




Apple updated its online store on Monday with new color choices for popular accessories including Apple Watch Sport Bands and iPhone X silicone cases, offering users a more diverse selection of products ahead of the holiday shopping season.

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19:21
Apple agrees to pay over $15 billion to Ireland in...

This seems to be such an odd story. Ireland doesn’t want the money. Apple doesn’t want to pay the money. But the rules of the EU dictate the settlement.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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19:15
Apple releases new color choices for Apple Watch...

Apple today has released a few new color options for its ever-growing accessory lineup. The company quietly made the Apple Watch Sport band available in new color choices, while the color lineup for the iPhone X’s Silicone Case was also slightly expanded.

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18:29
Gmail updated to take advantage of iPhone X display...




As part of continued efforts to update its stable of iOS apps with support for Apple's iPhone X, Google on Monday released a refreshed version of Gmail with graphical assets that take advantage of the handset's full-face display.

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18:26
[Sponsor] Doxie: Scan Anywhere, 30% Off For DF...

Doxie mobile scanners produce reliable and high-quality scans of all your paper. Whether you’re trying to go (or stay) paperless, Doxie connects your physical paper to your digital world.

Truth be told, going paperless is a lot easier than you might think.

But we get it, maybe you’re scared that having a scanner’s going to suck (because those antiquated computer-driven scanners of the past sure did!). Or that the software’s going to be crappy (ours isn’t, we made it awesome instead). Or that you’ll be tied into yet another ecosystem (not with us, it’s your paper — do whatever the hell you want with it).

Doxie’s included memory and rechargeable battery, Doxie lets you scan anywhere — no computer required — and then save, share, and send your paper to the cloud with Doxie’s intuitive Mac and iOS apps.

This week only, Doxie’s giving all Daring Fireball readers a...

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17:57
Gmail for iOS is now optimized for the iPhone X’s...

Following updates for the Google Docs suite of apps last week, Google today has pushed an update to Gmail for iOS that brings support for the iPhone X. The update comes after nearly a month of iPhone X availability…

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17:28
Apple starts sales of SIM-free iPhone X models in U....




One month after iPhone X hit store shelves in November, Apple on Monday began sales of factory unlocked, SIM-free models to U.S. customers, offering customers the ability to buy the handset now and activate on any carrier later.

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17:04
Apple begins selling unlocked & SIM-free iPhone...

The iPhone X has been available for just over a month now, and as supply and demand start to balance out, Apple is expanding the lineup. Starting today, the iPhone X is available SIM-free and unlocked directly from Apple.

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17:03
Target launches 'Wallet' mobile payments...




Target on Monday introduced Wallet, a new mobile payments platform that allows customers to pay for items at brick-and-mortar Target stores, and reap savings, using the Target app on iOS and Android.

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16:40
Apple agrees to pay over $15 billion to Ireland in...

Enlarge / Apple CEO Tim Cook looks on as the new iPhone X goes on sale at an Apple Store on November 3, 2017 in Palo Alto, California. (credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

According to a top Irish official, Apple has agreed to to pay Ireland around $15.4 billion in back taxes.

“We have now reached agreement with Apple in relation to the principles and operation of the escrow fund,” Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe told reporters before a meeting with European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, per Reuters.

"We expect the money will begin to be transmitted into the account from Apple...

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16:40
MyFitnessPal's founders leave Under Armour

Under Armour's $475 million buyout of MyFitnessPal in 2015 may have put a major health app under its wing, but it didn't secure the undying loyalty of the smaller company's founders. Albert Lee and Mike Lee are leaving Under Armour in January to "pu...

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16:20
Apple adds gift card compensation to Apple Watch...

Apple first started accepting Apple Watch trade-ins last year, but only in the form of free recycling. Unlike other products, Apple didn’t offer users a gift card in exchange for their device. That changes today, however, as Apple is now offering a gift card to users who recycle an Apple Watch in working condition.

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16:08
Apple shifts Apple Watch recycling option to gift...




As part of efforts to promote device recycling, Apple on Monday updated its Renew recycling program with a new option that provides Apple Store gift cards to users who turn in older Apple Watch models.

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15:47
Facebook may spend a 'few billion dollars...

Facebook has certainly dabbled in live sports streams before, but it appears ready to jump in with both feet. Sources for Sports Business Journal claim that Facebook is hiring an executive to negotiate sports deals, and that the eventual recruit wil...

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15:33
Target launches new in-store ‘Wallet’ payment...

Target today has announced a new Wallet feature for its iOS app. This feature comes as the retail giant continues to resist Apple Pay, instead opting for its own Red Card-based platform for payments.

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15:20
Apple To Start Paying Ireland the Billions It Owes...

Last year, Apple was ordered to pay a record sum of 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) plus interest after the European Commission said Ireland illegally slashed the iPhone maker's tax bill. "But Ireland was rather slow to start collecting that cash, which led the Commission to refer the Irish government to the European Court of Justice in October due to Ireland's non-compliance with the 2016 ruling," reports Engadget. "However, the Wall Street Journal reports today that the country will finally start collecting those billions of dollars owed by Apple and it may start doing so early next year." From the report:
Both Apple and Ireland have fought back against the ruling -- Ireland has said that the European Union overstepped its authority and got some of the country's laws wrong while Apple has maintained that the amount it's being told to repay was miscalculated. Both are continuing to appeal the decision and the money will sit in an escrow fund while they do so. Ireland has...

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15:01
An electric cargo ship is delivering coal in China

An all-electric cargo ship is now in use in China and it boasts an impressive 2.4 MWh energy storage capacity, Electrek reports. The ship is over 230 feet long, 45 feet wide and 14 feet deep and can carry a maximum of 2,000 tons. Supercapacitors and...

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14:42
Microsoft extends NFL deal for Surface on the...

About five years ago, Microsoft scored a $400 million deal to supply the NFL with Surface tablets. With the deal about to expire, the football league just renewed its partnership for the sideline tech with Microsoft for another year, according to a r...

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14:40
AWT News Update: December 4, 2017

Tax protestors, OS updates, Target apps, and survey results are all in the headlines today's episode of the Apple World Today News Update.

  • French anti-globalization protestors occupy a Paris Apple store today demanding that the company pay EU back taxes
  • iOS 11.2 and tvOS 11.2 have arrived!
  • Target introduces an in-house mobile payment system in its iOS app
  • A Barclays survey sounds bullish on Apple

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This is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and you’re listening to the AWT News Update podcast for December 4, 2017.  

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14:23
Apple TV update brings smarter HDR and sports alerts

The Apple TV just received a major update that could make it far more appealing if you have an HDR-capable set or crave constant sports action. The newly released tvOS 11.2 update adds an optional setting that matches the dynamic color range of a vi...

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14:06
Apple, Google CEOs bring star power as China...

Apple and Cook are walking a fine line between their corporate culture of user privacy and the Chinese government’s desire for control over those same users.

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14:04
Sony begins 14-day in-home PSVR trial program

Sony's grip on the indie market is slipping, though that may be part of the plan for the future of Playstation. More and more, we're seeing the company support virtual reality and its flagship PSVR system with various games, accessories and bundles h...

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14:00
Review: Sennheiser HD1 Wireless In-Ear Headphones

In late 2012, Sennheiser — one of the most well-regarded companies in the headphone industry — released a series of retro-inspired headphones that were a departure from almost everything it had done before. These headphones ditched the utilitarian look of their other over-headphones for a retro look, and ditched the alphanumeric designations (like "HD600") for a name that told you everything you needed to know about its sound — the "Momentum." In late 2014, the Momentum In-Ears were introduced, with a unique look and similar sound signature. The entire line was more recently refreshed under the name "M2," with refinements all around. Today we're taking a look at the latest evolution of Sennheiser's Momentum line. Though it may have fallen back in line with traditional Sennheiser naming conventions, the HD1 M2 IEBT (or, "HD1 Wireless") still has the DNA of its predecessors, and will always be a Momentum to us.{/exp:char_limit}
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13:59
Bigger Apple Crabtree store to open in Raleigh on...




Apple is set to open a relocated store within Raleigh, N.C.'s Crabtree Valley Mall this Saturday, taking advantage of the move to almost double in size.

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13:43
Instagram warns you if posts show harm to animals or...

Protecting wildlife and sensitive natural areas is hard enough as it is, and it's not helping that every brain-dead tourist wants to post a selfie with a koala bear or dolphin. Starting today, Instagram is making it harder to find such content. If yo...

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13:31
Fuse Chicken takes on Amazon over counterfeit...

Here at Apple World Today, and at TUAW before that, I've been a fan of Fuse Chicken. The company is a fast-growing design house / accessory manufacturer out of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio that first came to my notice when it set up a Kickstarter campaign for the Bobine -- an iPhone Charging dock that used a unique metal-clad flexible sheath around a USB - Lightning cable to support the phone and charge it. That design is what's behind a lawsuit filed by Fuse Chicken against Amazon as the result of the online retailer mixing counterfeit cables in with real product.

Fuse Chicken started selling products on Amazon in 2013, then noticed the alleged fakes being sold as "genuine Fuse Chicken" in November 2016. When Amazon.com received product for sale and distribution, the genuine products from Fuse Chicken were co-mingled with fakes from other sources. 

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13:26
As fans await update for 3-year-old Mac mini, Apple...




Apple on Monday updated its official list of "obsolete" products to add the mid-2011 Mac mini lineup, once again raising questions about what the company has planned, if anything, for its cheapest Mac.

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13:22
Long-awaited indie ‘Gorogoa’ arrives on iOS and PC...

Suffice to say that fans have been eagerly awaiting Jason Roberts' gorgeous indie game Gorogoa for awhile. It's racked up years of awards, from Best Visual Design at Indiecade 2012 where the title debuted, to being the top pick at Good Game Club 2013...

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13:04
Gear: X-Doria Defense Lux + Defense Shield for...

X-Doria was one of the first manufacturers to have its cases updated for the new iPhone X — in fact we received samples before anybody was even sure what the new iPhone would be called. The company’s new Defense Lux and Defense Shield for the iPhone X include all of the style and features that made their prior iPhone cases popular choices, including ten-foot drop protection, a raised front lip to protect the iPhone’s screen, and the…

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13:02
Apple Pay Cash money transfers are available in the...

Apple had to rush-release iOS 11.2 to tackle a nasty date-sensitive bug, leaving hopeful Apple Pay Cash users twiddling their thumbs. Thankfully, you haven't had to wait too long -- Apple's money transfer service is rolling out in the US. As promised...

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12:53
Target's app pairs coupons with its credit card...

Target has been expanding its digital offerings lately with a host of new tech. For example, you can use Google Assistant to get same-day delivery from the retailer and grab groceries from its Prime Pantry competitor called Restock. Now Target shoppe...

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12:51
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 4...

Notable software releases this week include Keyboard Maestro 8.0.4, BBEdit 12.0.2, BusyCal 3.2.5 and BusyContacts 1.2.6, LaunchBar 6.9.3, and Default Folder X 5.1.9.

 

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12:51
ExtraBITS for 4 December 2017

In ExtraBITS this week, developer Marco Arment offers some suggestions for how Apple could improve the MacBook Pro, and Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reveals the messy development history of Apple’s forthcoming HomePod.

 

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12:32
'Mega Man 11' will arrive on consoles and...

This month marks the 30th anniversary of the original Mega Man, which came out for NES on December 17th, 1987. In a stream celebrating the milestone, Capcom had a couple announcements -- most importantly, that Mega Man 11 will be coming to PS4, Xbox...

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12:30
iOS 12 wishlist imagines what top requested features...

While features that were announced for iOS 11 back at WWDC this past June are still rolling out to users, the latest iOS version has been out long enough for users, developers, and designers to put thought into what iOS 12 should bring to the table. Now, an iOS 12 wishlist based on highly requested features shows us what Apple could have in store for the next major iOS update.

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12:17
Apple's recent software problems are bad, but...




By any account, Apple had a rough end of November and start of December from a software perspective -- but there are lessons to be learned and corrective measures to execute that can only be fully undertaken with the Apple leadership staying in place.

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12:13
tvOS 11.2 is now available, adding a Sports section...

Hot on the heels of the iOS 11.2 release, Apple has flipped the switch on tvOS 11.2. You can download it now on the Apple TV 4th gen and Apple TV 4K. Go to the Settings app and navigate to System > Software Update.

This update adds two significant features. First, the TV app now has a Sports tab. You can pick your favorite teams and see schedules, live games, and (optionally) scores. Go to Settings > Apps > TV to turn off sports scores in order to prevent spoilers.

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12:11
FCC will help New York investigate fake net...

To say the FCC has been reluctant to look into the millions of fake comments supporting its decision to kill net neutrality would be an understatement. The Commission did nothing to tackle the issue for months, and repeatedly stonewalled New York sta...

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11:46
Apple manufacturer, Quanta Computer, makes licensing...

Quanta Computer, one of Apple’s main manufacturing partners, has made a licensing agreement with Lumuns, an augmented-reality component maker, for manufacturing lenses for smart glasses. This doesn’t necessarily mean Apple AR (augmented reality) glasses are coming, but it does add fuel to the rumors.

Lumus designs displays for AR glasses that will project information into the wearer’s field of view. As part of the deal, Quanta will manufacture the lenses for Lumus and then have the option to produce the component for leading consumer technology companies, Lumus Chief Executive Officer Ari Grobman told Bloomberg.

Apple is believed to be working on an AR headset. In a June blog post, venture capitalist Gene Munster said...

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11:42
Quanta & Lumus sign deal potentially paving way...




A new licensing agreement between Apple manufacturer Quanta and augmented reality parts maker Lumus could potentially lay the framework for Apple's rumored AR headset.

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11:41
Import your Instagram contacts to Facebook Messenger

Facebook started testing a way to cross-post Instagram Stories to your Facebook timeline this past September, and finally released the feature to everyone in early October. You can also launch Instagram directly from the Facebook app, making for an e...

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11:36
Apple releases tvOS 11.2 with new Sports tab, new...

Apple has released tvOS 11.2 for the fourth generation Apple TV and Apple TV with 4K. It adds a Sports section to the interface, joining the “Watch Now,” Library,” “Store” and “Search” options.

The Sports tab provides links to live games and the ability to rewatch games that already occurred. You can also select your favorite teams for a range of sports and leagues.

tvOS 11.2 also adds includes new video settings for changing high dynamic range and frame rate dynamically based on content if you hav an Apple TV 4K. If you own one, you can find the new Match Content options in the Settings app under Video and Audio after updating to video 11.2. According to Apple, “We’ll use your selected display format to play content without alteration. We can also switch formats automatically to match the content’s dynamic range and frame rate.”

Match Content offers two options. Match Dynamic Range lets you “play content in its original dynamic range.” In other words, HDR...

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11:34
∞ A Supermoon trilogy

A “super blue blood moon”? Come on. They’re just making stuff up now.

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11:21
Fisker unveils self-driving shuttle built for smart...

Believe it or not, Fisker isn't just focused on upscale electric cars. The automaker has teamed up with China's Hakim Unique Group on the Orbit, a self-driving electric shuttle tailor-made for smart cities. There aren't many details, but it's clear...

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11:17
AI and the randomness of a human mind

Om Malik talking about how a simple sound brought back powerful memories of his grandfather:

But to me, AI as we know it is nowhere close to having the intelligence of the human mind. I suspect my brain took random bits of metadata stored in my mind and constructed a good enough memory to bring a tear and a smile to my face.

That’s an interesting point. I can’t imagine that AI would be able to bring such an emotional response to something as simple as a sound that takes us back in time.

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11:13
iOS 11 encrypted backup change reduces security,...

After some friendly nudging by Dave Mark and I (and others), Rich Mogull comes up with his usual great explanation and cuts through the FUD.

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11:00
iPhone X - OtterBox Symmetry Case Review

When I decided to review a few cases, I wanted to start with an OtterBox case. I have been using OtterBox cases since the PocketPC days and I know the company puts out some really well-built cases. I'm pretty sure that iPhone made OtterBox a household name, for good reason. Why not give the OtterBox Symmetry a shot at protecting my iPhone X, right?

I had my friends at Cases.com send me over a few cases and one of the cases I chose to review was the OtterBox Symmetry case. This case has the form factor that I was after. It's not super bulky and has a good deal of protection. Obviously the Symmetry line isn't as rugged as the Defender line but the Symmetry line offers "Slim Protection". 

Symmetry Series is the slim protective iPhone X case that turns the ordinary into the extraordinary. It features a one-piece design that's...

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10:58
‘Altered Carbon,’ Netflix’s answer to ‘Blade Runner...

Looking for something to sate your Blade Runner appetite until this year's 2049 hits Blu-ray? Then take a look at the first trailer for Netflix's upcoming sci-fi serial Altered Carbon. The quick look has it all: grimy retro-futuristic flying cars, lo...

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10:56
Apple manufacturer moves forward to build lenses for...

A new report from Bloomberg today shares that Apple manufacturer Quanta has closed a deal to start producing lenses for augmented reality smart glasses. While this deal isn’t specifically with Apple, it could pave the way for Apple to bring its next wearable to market.

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