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Friday January 12

Schwarzkopf’s smart salon personalizes your hair...

As a woman whose long, thick hair has undergone several chemical treatments, I've always been concerned about the health and quality of my tresses. When I heard about Schwarzkopf Professional's new hair analyzer, I was naturally intrigued by its pote...

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005: Facebook’s feed, Waze in Ford, FM radio and...

Welcome to 9to5Mac Daily, a new podcast bringing you the latest in Apple news and top 9to5Mac stories every Monday through Friday. Today we’ve got Skype going private, Facebook getting friendly, Waze car integration, FM radio in CarPlay, Mac market share, and a visit from 9to5Toys.

9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneInGoogle Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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CES – Valt Visual Password Manager Offers Visual...

LAS VEGAS – Valt believes its visually-oriented approach provides better password security.

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Notable apps and app updates for Jan. 12, 2018

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

Subsplash has launched The Church App. With it, you can access inspirational sermons and other gospel-centered content from thousands of leading ministries around the globe. Users can set their own church as a favorite and engage with their local community by listening to sermons on-the-go, downloading media for offline listening, finding and registering for events, reading blog articles, studying the Bible, donating to their ministry, taking notes in church, receiving push notification updates, and more. Churches can join The Church App at no cost. 

macOS Apps/Updates

Zevrix Solutions has announced Package Central 1.11, a feature...

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CES – Seek Thermal Debuts First High-Resolution...

John F. Braun checks out Seek Thermal’s thermal imaging system for automotive aftermarket, priced under US$999.

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U.S. House members question Apple once more over...

Lawmakers have reportedly sent yet another letter to Apple leadership related to the company's announcement of battery-related slowdowns in older iPhones.

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Apple's China iCloud Data Migration Sweeps Up...

Yesterday, it was reported that Apple's iCloud services in mainland China will be operated by a Chinese company from next month. What wasn't reported was the fact that Apple has included iCloud accounts that were opened in the U.S., are paid for using U.S. dollars and/or are connected to U.S.-based App Store accounts in the data that will be handled by local partner Guizhou-Cloud Big Data (GCBD) from February 28. TechCrunch reports: Apple has given China-based users the option to delete their data, but there is no opt out that allows them to have it stored elsewhere. That has concerned some users who are uneasy that the data migration is a sign of closer ties with the Chinese government, particularly since GCBD is owned by the Guizhou provincial government. When asked for comment, Apple pointed TechCrunch to its terms and conditions site which explains that it is migrating iCloud accounts based on their location: "The operation of iCloud services associated with Apple IDs that have...

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CES showed us smart displays will be the new normal

Before the start of CES 2018, the only real smart speakers with a display were the Amazon Echo Show and the Echo Spot. But now that Google has partnered with several manufacturers to make a whole line of Echo Show rivals, a bona fide new device categ...

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Rock Bottom Prices: Apple's 15" MacBook...

While supplies last, save up to $1,000 on Apple's 15" MacBook Pro (Late 2016). Pick up the standard model for $1,799 or upgrade to a high-end config for $1,999 . Apple's loaded 2.9GHz, 1TB, Radeon 460 model is also just $2,499 ($1,000 off). Plus, shipping is free with no sales tax on orders outside NY and NJ.

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News: iLounge Weekly arriving Monday, sign up now

The latest edition of iLounge Weekly will once again be coming to subscribers’ inboxes early next week. iLounge Weekly is our weekly newsletter covering all things iLounge. It’s a summary of the previous week’s news, reviews, and feature articles, meant to get you caught up on recent events. It also often features giveaways and accessory discount offers from various companies. There’s still plenty of time to sign up and receive…

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Apple World Today News Update: January 12, 2018

Friday at last! Today we have stories about how "The Last Jedi" director Rian Johnson kept the screenplay safe, why you won't need to sign for Apple Pay purchases after April, and an interesting CarPlay app.

  • Rian Johnson ("The Last Jedi") used a remarkably low-tech method to keep the screenplay for the blockbuster movie safe from leaks
  • Visa joins the other major credit card companies in making signatures for chip card and contactless payments unnecessary after April
  • Gracenote's CarPlay app makes listening to radio stations easier, but it won't be in the App Store anytime soon

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


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Apple shines 'A New Light' on iPhone X...

"Studio-quality portraits without the studio," Apple again promises in a new camera-focused iPhone X ad pushed to YouTube on Friday.

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‘Pokémon Go’ Community Days bring exclusive captures...

Starting this month, Pokémon Go players will be able to participate in monthly events that will bring out special Pokémon with exclusive moves. Community Days will be worldwide events and to take part, you'll just have to head outside t...

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CES – Ovie Demonstrates Smarterware, World’s First...

LAS VEGAS – John F. Braun learned about the world’s first smart food storage system, Ovie Smarterware.

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CES 2018: ShowStoppers Prepares for the Collapse of...

Jeff Porten, who never leaves civilization, finds several products designed to help you survive the wilderness, alongside things useful in cities.


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Tech wants to solve our tech-related sleep problems

Technology is bad for sleep. It keeps us constantly exposed to an endless cycle of bad news, and the blue light emitted by smartphone and tablet displays suppresses our ability to produce melatonin. Combine that with the feelings of inadequacy genera...

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iPhone battery replacement taking too long?...

Office supply and electronics retailer OfficeMax/Office Depot have just cut their aftermarket battery replacement pricing to $28, just enough to undercut Apple by a buck.


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∞ Apple posts new iPhone X ad: A New Light

This ad focuses on Portrait Lighting.

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Video: How Apple's Intelligent Tracking...

Have you ever shopped for something on Amazon, and then noticed that other websites and even apps like Facebook are flooded with ads concerning that product? AppleInsider explains how this happens, and how Apple's implementation of Intelligent Tracking Protection in Safari works.

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Siri Sport Stats Now Include Tennis and Golf...

These answers come directly from Siri’s Knowledge database, rather than kicking you to Wikipedia or the web.

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CES – RhinoShield Shows off “Mod” Modular iPhone Case

LAS VEGAS – At CES this week, RhinoShield, makers of thin-yet-strong iPhone cases, was showing off their new “Mod” modular case. The Mod works by letting you put together different parts to create the case that you want. Starting with a bumper you then add a backplate and even a camera lens mount if you like. In each configuration we tested the case was strong and felt cohesive. Holding my phone with the bumper+backplate on it felt like I had one, solid case on my phone. With 11 feet of drop protection, this makes sense! Priced at US$34.99 (or $31.99 plus shipping on Amazon), you can choose different colors and patterns for both pieces of the case. And if you want to change your style, just buy a new backplate and pop it in! RhinoShield mod comes in sizes ranging from iPhone 5 to iPhone X, with everything in between,...

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Apps: App Diary: Dancing Line, Escape Hunt: The Lost...

Dancing Line (free) — Picked as our Game of the Year for 2017, Dancing Line was the one game that on my iPhone that I’ve just kept coming back to almost daily. The premise of the game is very simple — native a zigzagging “dancing” line through a series of mazes and obstacles — yet it manages to hit all the right notes to create a very fun and engaging experience that’s almost addictive. Of course, like most games, the…

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Apple hypes iPhone X Portrait Lighting photography...

Apple is promoting the iPhone X’s Portrait Lighting photography features in its latest 30+ second ad spot released today. The clip includes examples of each Portrait Mode lighting effect in action with tons of examples of Portrait Mode shots from the iPhone X.


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‘PUBG’ already has over 3 million players on Xbox One

A preview version of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds launched on Xbox One on December 12th and at the end of 2017, it already had over three million players. The game broke records left and right last year, so this may not be too big of a surprise. But...

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Humanscale M/Connect 2 updates split-level dock with...

Ergonomic design firm Humanscale has updated one of its compact docks for the workplace, with the M/Connect 2 retaining the split docking station design while introducing USB-C charging and enabling the connection of higher-resolution monitors to the accessory.

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Weekend Deals: 13" Macs from $899; iMacs as low...

Weekend deals are in effect now with instant rebates and coupon discounts on your favorite Apple products. Enjoy $200 off current 15" MacBook Pros, or pick up a closeout model at up to $1,000 off. Meanwhile, Apple's 13" Touch Bar MacBook Pro starts at $1,299, while iPads are as low as $299. Apple iMacs are also up to $420 off with no tax on orders shipped outside NY & NJ.

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Review: Garmin Speak adds Alexa to the car with...

In the run-up to the HomePod’s delayed release, I’ve been experimenting heavily with Amazon Alexa in various forms. While Alexa is most present at home where I’ve placed Echo Dots throughout my house for controlling lights, I’ve also tried Alexa in the car using Garmin Speak which is a dash-mounted GPS with Amazon’s voice assistant built-in.


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CES – Netgear adds Waterproof Orbi Outdoor Satellite...

LAS VEGAS – Netgear’s Orbi is one of our favorite wireless mesh systems available, and they’ve been doing a lot to update it over the past few months (see our “How to Choose Mesh Wireless” article for more details). The most recent update came at CES in the form of new hardware: the weather-resistant, AC3000, RBS50Y Orbi Outdoor Satellite. The only product that can be paired with both the consumer-grade Orbi and pro-grade Orbi Pro, the RBS50Y is a fully sealed, outdoor mesh point that can be added to an existing Orbi system. Just plug in power and go. Netgear wisely chose not to add Ethernet ports to it for security reasons – an outdoor access point gives people easy (and perhaps unwatched) ability to plug in. The Orbi RBS50Y is available immediately and...

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Alexa Mania at CES Has Observers Questioning Apple’s...

In post-CES analysis, a theme has emerged. Is Apple losing consumer presence of mind in consumer electronics, or is it all just a mirage?

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Last Jedi Director used his MacBook Air to prevent...

I bet a lot of people in his industry do similar things, especially for blockbusters.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Visa will make signatures optional for chipped...

It's been about a month since American Express and Mastercard decided to stop requiring signatures for EMV chip credit cards. Now Visa is joining their ranks, making signatures optional for chipped transactions in North America.

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TMO CES 2018 Coverage Sponsor: Other World Computing

Our thanks Other World Computing for helping support us as a sponsor for TMO’s CES 2018 coverage. As usual, at CES this year OWC was showing off a wide variety of their latest and greatest products, all of which are super high-quality and engineered with care. They were highlighting both their USB-C Travel Dock as well as their Thunderbolt 3 Dock. Each of these Docks lets you connect all kinds of peripherals to your Mac, and OWC has made sure that video passes properly from your Mac through to your displays. This isn’t easy to engineer, and isn’t always the case with every Dock manufacturer, which is why we love to get ours from OWC.

Perhaps my favorite product from OWC that I learned about this CES, though, is their...

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CES – Polk Intros Command Bar Sound Bar with Alexa,...

LAS VEGAS – Polk is giving Amazon’s Alexa a face lift—er, voice lift—with its Command Bar. The sound bar packs in an array of speakers for sound that nicely filled the large presentation space where we got our fist look, plus it includes a wireless subwoofer and, of course, integrated Alexa support. It also includes Polk Voice Adjust technology that makes it easier to hear dialog. The Command Bar packs in dual 4K HDMI 2.0b HDMI inputs, optical input for TV audio, HDMI (ARC) output, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, a USB port for Fire TV, and a far field microphone array for Alexa voice control. You can pre-order one for US$299.95 starting April 1, 2018, in the United States and Canada, and in other countries later in the year.

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Review: Fiio K5 Docking Headphone Amplifier

As we discussed when we reviewed Fiio's X3 MkIII, using a digital audio player can be a significant lifestyle choice. In an age of convenient streaming music services and Bluetooth headphones, using a discrete music player that requires you to not only maintain a music library but also manage its files manually requires commitment. If you've jumped into the DAP life with one of Fiio's players, the company has a niche-but-useful accessory for you: the K5 desktop amplifier. For $109, users of Fiio DAPs can instantly integrate their device into a desktop system; it's not for everybody, but it delivers on its promises. {/exp:char_limit}

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Waymo starts testing self-driving minivans in San...

Waymo's self-driving minivans are now ready for the road. The company has confirmed to TechCrunch that it's testing its autonomous Chrysler Pacifica vehicles on San Francisco streets, where the "hilly and foggy" environment should give them "even mo...

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Occipital's Structure depth sensor can scan...

Occipital took to CES to show off its 3D scanning technology and how it can be used with iOS devices, including the Canvas app and Structure accessory that can quickly scan a room using an iPad, and the Bridge headset that turns an iPhone into a mixed reality device.

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PC Market Still Showing Few Signs of Life

An anonymous reader writes: It was another rough quarter for the global PC market, as fourth quarter unit sales dropped 2%, according to preliminary results from Gartner. In the U.S. things were even bleaker, with sales down 8%. HP was the only big name maker to post a sales increase in the U.S. and globally. It also passed Lenovo to grab the top spot globally and increased its lead in the U.S. over Dell. Apple saw Mac sales globally up 1.4%, but in the U.S. sales were down 1.6%. Dell gained less than 1% globally but fell more than 12% in the U.S.
Lenovo sales dipped slightly globally, but its market share increased slightly, to 22% of the worldwide market.


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The Las Vegas strip's first eSports arena opens...

Last year, Allied Esports and Esports Arena announced plans to convert a Luxor Hotel and Casino nightclub into the Las Vegas strip's first dedicated eSports arena. That arena is almost complete and is scheduled to open on March 22nd. To celebrate the...

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Google won the voice assistant popularity contest at...

CES 2018 kicked off with a major Google presence on the show's front doorstep. Nathan's already explained why the company may have decided to appear at the world's biggest tech show with such strength, but halfway through the show, I get the feeling...

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9to5Rewards: Win HyperDrive USB-C hubs for MacBook/...

This week for 9to5Rewards, we’ve partnered with our CES coverage sponsor Hyper to give away two HyperDrive USB-C hubs for MacBook or MacBook Pro. For a limited time, the company is also offering 9to5 readers an exclusive 20% off all of the its current USB-C hubs with promo code 9to5mac. 


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This Public Utility App Collects Spare Change to...

Appolition, a sort of public utility app, collects spare change from people and donates it to National Bail Out.

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Pro-gaming giant Fnatic is introducing eSports to CES

Sam Mathews founded Fnatic about 13 years ago, when he was just 19. Today, Fnatic is a household name for eSports fans: It's one of the most successful and prolific professional gaming franchises in the world, regularly competing at the top tier in g...

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'Galaxy S9' packaging leak hints at single...

Samsung's upcoming 'Galaxy S9' smartphone may include a dual-pixel rear camera with a variable aperture, according to an image allegedly showing part of the mobile device's packaging, which also claims it to have a similar-sized display to its predecessor, last year's Galaxy S8.

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CES 2018 Apple’s Shrinking Presence, Cool Product...

John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet for their last day at CES 2018 in Las Vegas to talk about Apple’s diminishing presence at the event, plus they share some more cool products they found.

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Fifth beta of tvOS 11.2.5 for Apple TV fourth...

A day after a short-cycle in the iOS beta testing period, Apple has made available tvOS 11.2.5 beta 5 to developers for testing.

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Google Duo allows you to call people who don’t have...

Duo is Google's video calling app, and it looks like the tech giant wants to spread the word about it. According to Android Police, Duo users can now call people who don't have the app installed and who haven't registered with the service. It works l...

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Review: Beam Authentic is a fun OLED smart button to...

When Beam announced its app-controlled OLED smart button last month, it struck me as a fun – if relatively pricy – idea.

What you get is a modern-day take on a button which you can wear on clothing or attach to a bag. Instead of a fixed message on metal, you get a 400×400 pixel AMOLED screen on which you can display anything you like …


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Aukey is selling its 12,000mAh power bank for $12...

Today’s a good time for getting a deal on mobile charging gear: Aukey via Amazon has dropped the price of its 12,000mAh portable charger to $12. This is one of the cheapest prices we’ve seen.

To get the deal, you must redeem the coupon in the drop-down menu near the current price of $26. At the time of this writing, three deals were available—the one you want is titled “54% off it item(s).”

This charger offers two USB ports with a combined 4.8A output, with Aukey claiming that you can “simultaneously charge two iPads at max speed.” It also features Aukey’s AiPower feature that provides the safest and fastest recharge rate for anything you connect.

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Shure intros $99 MacBook-compatible USB-C headphone...

Audiophiles connecting high-end headphones to a MacBook now have the option of a $99 USB-C replacement cable, which can also be used with other USB-C equipped devices.

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LXORY releases sharp USB-C/Lightning powered Qi dual...

A new sleek looking Qi dual wireless charger for iPhone X and 8 is now available from LXORY. The new charger not only offers a clean black aesthetic, but also flexibility and convenience at a great price.


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'Detective Pikachu' game's US debut...

Ever since the Detective Pikachu game launched in Japan in early 2016, there's been a lingering question: when would it be available elsewhere, if it ever left Japanese shores? At last, there's a date. The Pokémon Company has announced that...

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Apple met with AR component suppliers during CES

During this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), representatives Apple, Facebook, and Google met with suppliers “that make the nuts and bolts required to power AR glasses,” according to Bloomberg, quoting unnamed sources.

All eyes are on Apple, which considers AR as potentially revolutionary as the smartphone, the article adds. “Put simply, we believe AR is going to change the way we use technology forever,” CEO Tim Cook said in a recent earnings call. Apple aims to have technology ready by the end of 2019, Bloomberg claims.

Apple is more interested in AR than virtual reality (VR), because the former connects people whereas the latter is often an isolating experience involving a headset that renders the user blind to the real world.

Apple has applied for multiple patents regarding AR and scooped up some AR-related...

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: Best Buy 2-Day Tech Sale,...

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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Intel’s Meltdown and Spectre fixes have some bugs of...

Earlier this week, Intel said it would have Meltdown and Spectre fixes available by the end of the month for all recently made chips. But as the Wall Street Journal reports, some of the patches the company has released have caused some problems of th...

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Kopi shows off suite of HomeKit-compatible smart...

Kopi has launched a range of smart home accessories and security devices compatible with HomeKit at CES, including a central security hub, contact sensors, a smoke and carbon monoxide detector, and a motion sensor with a built-in LED for illumination.

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CES – STM Uses AR to Show Off Bags Before You Buy

LAS VEGAS – tech gear bag maker STM GOODS is getting into the augmented reality world with an iPhone and iPad app that lets you virtually check out their products and even see them on your friends. Just point your device’s camera at an STM bag—on your computer screen or in real life—to see a virtual version you can view from different angles, add accessories to, and look at in an x-ray mode. It also lets you see how bags look on people, which is handy for gauging size before your buy. The STM GOODS app is a free download on Apple’s App Store.

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Touring Hyperloop One's ever-evolving test site

Virgin Hyperloop One, a company that's developing a new way of moving people around the world, has precedent when it comes to missing deadlines. The company pledged to test a fully working Hyperloop by the end of 2016, but its first test didn't take...

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CES – DJI Osmo Mobile 2, a Handheld Video...

CES – DJI, best known for drones, announced Osmo Mobile 2 this week at CES. It’s a handheld smartphone gimbal designed to stabilize your videos by keeping it level despite your movements. Or, as DJI put it, Osmo Mobile 2’s, “three-axis gimbal technology cancels out movement in three directions so your video stays steady even if your hands shake or wobble.” It has a built-in rechargeable 2600mAh battery for up to 15 hours of operation, with a charging time of 2 hours. The device is priced at US$129, and will be available exclusively for pre-order at on January 23rd, 2018. It will be available more widely starting in early February.

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Apple's Indirect Presence Fades from CES

Analyst Ben Bajarin writes: We would go to CES and remark at how Apple's dominance loomed over the show. Vendors of all shapes and sizes were rushing to be a part of the Apple ecosystem. Apple's ecosystem was front and center with everything from iOS apps, to accessories galore for iPhone and iPad, and even companies looking to copy Apple in many ways. The last year or so, things have dramatically changed, and that change is further evident at this year's CES. Gone are the days of Apple's presence, or observably "winning" of CES, even though they are not present. It was impossible to walk the show floor and not see a vast array of interesting innovations which touched the Apple ecosystem in some way. Now it is almost impossible to walk the floor and see any products that touch the Apple ecosystem in any way except for an app on the iOS App Store. The Apple ecosystem is no longer the star of CES but instead things like Amazon's Alexa voice platform, and now Google's assistant voice...

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Apple promotes sneaker discounts for GOAT shoppers...

Apple is circulating an email promoting a sale at GOAT, a sneaker trading service, where people can get up to 30 percent off purchases from the "Get Fit" collection if they use Apple Pay.

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Pokémon GO launching monthly Community Day for...

Niantic is still cracking away at its AR-hit game Pokémon GO with a new series of events called Community Day. These events will be scheduled once a month around the world and aim to bring Trainers, or Pokémon GO players, together with special perks.


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Cruising the Las Vegas Strip in the Smart Vision EQ...

Introduced at the Frankfurt auto show in September, the Smart Vision EQ from Mercedes-Benz is the automaker's EV concept that combines mobility, autonomy and connectivity. The result is a car built on the Smart Fortwo platform, can wink at pedestrian...

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CES – DynaFocals Smart Glasses Give Your Progressive...

LAS VEGAS – The idea of moving your head to see through the different focus areas in progressive lens glasses seems pretty crappy to PH Techical Labs, so they invented Dynafocals: glasses frames that adjust the lenses for you. Dynafocals have a proximity sensor to gauge how far away whatever you’re looking at is, and can subtly move the lenses so you’re looking through the right part. They’ll be available this year for US$149 and the company includes instructions for your optometrist on making the lenses.

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This might be the Game Boy's ultimate form

Hyperkin is working on something for retro gamers looking to retire any venerable Game Boys that have seen better days. The aluminum-hewn Project Ultra GB might be the hardware you need to break out your old Game Boy hits. It takes the original cartr...

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Exploring the less-traveled iPhone and iPad gadgets...

CES is known for being the venue for major tech industry announcements, but alongside the usual array of docks, accessories, and televisions at the Las Vegas trade show are more unusual devices that offer something a bit different. AppleInsider spent time with a few of the off-beat products on display.

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Opinion: At CES 2018, third-parties are waiting for...

January’s annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas can be thought of as a technology forecast for the upcoming year. As 2018’s convention comes to a close today, thousands of companies and attendees head home armed with insights that will shape the future of the industry.

As you may know, Apple never attends CES in a public capacity, but has significant influence on the products on display. Touring the show floor and observing the sights and sounds of CES, one theme in particular stood out to me: anticipation. A silent impatience filled the air, an invisible twiddling of thumbs. It feels like everyone is waiting on Apple.


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The PC market recently grew for the first time in...

There's been a discouraging trend in computer shipments recently; year-to-year growth has declined steadily over the last six years. But now, IDC has a bit of good news: It looks as though the PC market actually grew 0.7 percent in the holiday season...

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Apple reportedly met with augmented reality...

Bloomberg reports that representatives from Apple held meetings with suppliers of parts for augmented reality devices at CES 2018. The company is believed to be working on an AR headset of its own, with an approximate 2019 release timeframe.


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CES – Xfinity Bringing Smart Home Automation to the...

LAS VEGAS – Xfinity wants to be at the center of your smart home and is using its xFi platform to that—along with voice control—simple for home automation newbies.

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Apple met with suppliers during CES to talk AR...

During this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, representatives from Apple allegedly met with suppliers that make components used in augmented reality glasses.

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NASA finds easy-to-access water all over Mars

NASA and private companies like SpaceX are busy planning Mars missions, but only have a vague idea of how they're going to find critical water supplies. Now, using the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), researchers have discovered abundant, easy-to-a...

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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' director kept...

Rian Johnson, the writer and director of "Star Wars: the Last Jedi," has explained how he protected the screenplay for the latest film in the blockbuster franchise from being leaked online: by using a MacBook Air that had been kept from accessing the Internet.

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AppleInsider Podcast interviews Dierdre Leid from...

On this week's AppleInsider Podcast, Victor interviews Dierdre Leid of Pioneer about using Lightning for headphones and the advantages it brings, and catches up with Mike about the weird and wonderful things from CES 2018.

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Old school cool: A picture is worth a thousand icons

This is a phenomenal image from our collective history. This is Susan Kare, designer of the original Mac icons (and so much more) in her office, back in the early days of Macintosh.

There’s a lot of detail here. Check the Mac on the shelf with the color Mac logo. What model is that?

And zoom in (tap the image for a higher rez version) on that piece of graph paper taped above the computer. Is that some kind of icon code? An ASCII table?

Check out the toys on the shelf, the books. It’s all such a moment in time.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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CES – Healbe GoBe 2, a Wearable That Tracks Caloric...

CES – Healbe demonstrated GoBe 2, the company’s wearable it claims can track caloric intake, calories burned, and hydration levels, all non-invasively. It uses five activity and stress sensors, with all data sent securely to the GoBe 2 app for iOS or Android. The company is also developing a portal that will allow users to send data to “trusted nutritionists/wellness coaches,” though Healbe didn’t elaborate. GoBe 2 is water resistant in fresh water, but not salt water, and it works up to 48 hours on a charge. GoBe 2 is priced at US$199, with additional strap color options available at $19 each. It’s available now.

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Engadget Today | CES 2018: It's a wrap!

That's it, the show's over! It's been a wild ride, as usual. After landing here a week ago, we're glad to be packing up and heading back to our own homes, but we'll always have a soft spot in our hearts for the LVCC. We can't wait to see all the new...

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Apple health data is being used as evidence in a...

Samantha Cole, Motherboard:

One of the most important witnesses to the rape and homicide of a 19-year-old-woman in Germany might be a stock app on the iPhone of her alleged murderer.

Hussein K., an Afghan refugee in Freiburg, has been on trial since September for allegedly raping and murdering a student in Freiburg, and disposing of her body in a river.


He refused to give authorities the passcode to his iPhone, but investigators hired a Munich company (which one is not publicly known) to gain access his device, according to German news outlet Welt. They searched through Apple’s Health app, which was added to all iPhones with the release of iOS 8 in 2014, and were able to gain more data about what he was doing that day. The app records how many steps he took and what kind of activity he was doing throughout that day.

The app recorded a portion of his activity as “climbing stairs,” which authorities were able to correlate with the time he would...

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AMD is deploying a patch for the second Spectre CPU...

While Intel is at the center of the Spectre/Meltdown fiasco, AMD's chips are also affected by the CPU vulnerabilities. The company previously said that the risk of exploit using variant 2 was near zero due to its chips' architecture. But in its lates...

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News: Roland Announces New App for Creating Split...

Venerable musical instrument maker Roland has released 4XCAMERA, a new video capture app for iOS devices. Although it’s a slight departure from the company’s usual offerings, 4XCAMERA is still targeted at musicians, with the goal of helping to create music videos that can combine up to four performances on a split screen. Users start by capturing a single video using the app, and can then use that initial video to record up to three more…

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Matt Gemmell: I found my suicide note

Obviously, this is some relatively dark reading. But I found it compelling and incredibly well written.

If your head is in the right place, give this a look.

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Apple's Mac shipments grew 7.3 percent year-on-year during the December quarter, pushing marketshare from 7.7 percent to 8.2 percent -- outpacing the PC industry as a whole.

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Dolby knows what you're feeling at the movies

If you thought it was creepy that technology lets networks know what you're watching, you'd better sit down. It turns out that Poppy Crum, chief scientist at Dolby Labs, has been researching how our bodies and emotions react to what we see and hear....

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A roundup of CES home automation and Apple accessory...

If you haven’t already, read this post from Ben Bajarin, Apple’s indirect presence fades from CES, which we linked to yesterday. From the post:

It is easy to say that because Apple was never present at CES that the show didn’t mean something to them or their ecosystem. It is easy, and correct to say that CES was not, or never was, a measure of the health of Apple’s products. It is, however, incorrect and dangerous to miss that CES had been, for some time, a barometer for the health of Apple’s ecosystem.

Now make your way through the linked MacStories roundup of cool CES gadgets and accessories. It does seem like the vast majority of CES announcements I’ve seen are Alexa first, HomeKit second.

Not sure I...

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The Mac has 7.3% (or maybe 7.6%) of the global...

Apple remained in the fourth position for global market share among personal computer makers  and grew its shipments 7.3% in the fourth quarter of 2017, according to IDC The tech giant shipped about 5.8 million Macs during the quarter, per the research group.

Or, according to the Gartner research group, Apple has 7.6% of the global PC market on fourth quarter shipments of about 5.5 million Macs. 

That’s better than the industry average. IDC says worldwide shipments of traditional PCs (desktop, notebook, and workstation) totaled 70.6 million units in the fourth quarter of 2017. 

The results outperformed IDC’s forecast of a 1.7% decline in shipments during the quarter. On the other hand, Gartner says orldwide PC shipments totaled 71.6 million units in the fourth quarter of 2017, a 2% decline from the fourth quarter of 2016

Ahead of Apple in the global PC market according to IDC are: HP (23.5% market share), Lenovo (22.2% market share), and...

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Some international accounts alerted to Apple’s...

Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica:

Apple began notifying Chinese iCloud customers of the forthcoming handoff of its cloud service to the Chinese company Guizhou on the Cloud Big Data (GCBD), which will take over local operations starting February 28. However, TechCrunch reported that some non-Chinese iCloud accounts have been notified of this change. Some users with US-based billing addresses and connections to the US App Store received the notification email stating the physical location of their iCloud data will change come February.

So there are people who do not (or no longer) reside in China, but their iCloud accounts will be force migrated.

According to Apple’s help page on the issue, your iCloud’s country or region setting dictates whether or not your account will be part of the migration.

Interesting. And I’ve read that China is cracking down on people who live in China but change their region code so their data remains outside the country.

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Apple spotlights subscription-based apps at the App...

As noted by AppleInsider Apple has added a new section to the Apple App Store that spotlights iOS subscription-based apps that offer free trials to new users.

Each app is show with a large icon of its subscription service. Apple lists a service's subscription option, like "annual membership" or "ad-free monthly," followed by a hyperlinked app title and button to start a free trial. Tapping on the app name navigates to that title's dedicated App Store page, where users can find more information about available subscription options. 

In the section, Apple is currently highlighting four applications: 1Password, USA Today, Lake: Coloring Books, and Panna: Video Recipes. For each app, Apple touts the available free trial.

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Europe enters race to build world-class...

Supercomputers are a crucial research tool for medicine, aviation, robots and weapons, but there are only three dominant players: The US, Japan and China. Europe has had enough of that situation, however, and announced plans to spend up to $1.2 billi...

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Ascape Audio Ascend-1 Truly Wireless Earbuds: $89.95

We have a deal on a pair of Ascape Audio Ascend-1 Truly Wireless Earbuds. The feature custom drivers built with 2098 graphene-enhance microfilm diaphragms. It comes with three different size tips to fit different ears, and the device runs up to 5 hours on a  charge. The charging case itself holds enough power for 6 charges.

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News: Daily Deal: Drive Genius 5 Standard License

In our iLounge Deal for today, we’re offering Drive Genius 5 for only $39 — that’s 60% off the regular price. This award-winning app will help you keep your Mac running smoothly, optimizing and cleaning up OS X for optimum performance and keeping you up to date on potential hard drive issues before they become catastrophic. With Drive Genius 5 you can create a bootable secondary drive to easily repair your main hard drive, track down…

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Deal! 3-in-1 USB-C / Lightning / micro-USB Cables...

The last time we had a sale on these 3-in-1 cables, they flew off the shelves. They're back in stock and we've got 'em for as little as $9.99 each. The 3-in-1 USB-C / Lightning / micro-USB cables feature a standard USB connector on one end and a "three-headed" connector on the other end with a USB-C connector, Lightning connector and micro-USB connector. 

At 3.3 feet (1 m) in length, these cables come in either grey or gold and in packages of 1, 2 or 3 cables. Buy a 3-pack for $21.99, and you're getting each cable for just $7.33! 

No longer will you need to carry around three different cables for your different devices. With the 3-in-1 cable, you'll be able to charge an iPhone or iPad, an...

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Apple updates its iOS Security Guide White Paper

Apple has published an updated version of its iOS Security Guide White Paper, adding info that covers features introduced in iOS 11.1 and iOS 11.2, like Face ID and Apple Pay Cash. 

The document  [PDF] provides details about how security technology and features are implemented within the iOS platform. It will also help organizations combine iOS platform security technology and features with their own policies and procedures to meet their specific security needs, according to Apple.

The tech giant says that every iOS device combines software, hardware, and services designed to work together for maximum security and a transparent user experience. iOS protects not only the device and its data at rest, but the entire ecosystem, including everything users do locally, on networks, and with key Internet services, according to Apple.

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Apple looks to reverse a ruling in its battle with...

Apple is working to reverse a Patent Trial and Appeal Board ruling upholding the validity of certain patents owned by VoIP-Pal. The tech giant claims that its opponent contacted senior administration officials and the judges presiding over the case, swaying the outcome of an inter partes review proceeding, according to The Recorder

This comes two months after the PTAB upheld multiple claims in two VoIP-Pal patents being leveraged in a patent infringement suit against Apple's iMessage and certain Wi-Fi based voice-calling features.  Apple's lawyers say VoIP-Pal conducted ex-parte discussions with the case's administrative judges, its chief judge and the cabinet secretary in charge of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, reports The Recorder.

In February 2016, VoIP-Pal filed a...

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Samsung faces increased competition from LG Display...

Samsung may soon face increased competition from its display production rivals, with a report claiming LG Display and other manufacturers are stepping up their OLED panel efforts to try and secure future orders from Apple to supply screen components for future iPhones.

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Apple Europe to pay $185 million to settle tax claims

Apple Europe has agreed to pay nearly £137 million ($185 million) to the U.K., settling tax claims covering "prior years up to Sept. 16, 2015," according to a filing with the Companies House, as noted by Law360.

The payment comes after Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) conducted an "extensive audit" of the company's pre-2015 tax filings. The department reports that “this payment of additional tax and interest reflects the company’s increased activity.” The tax bill is specifically targeted at Apple Europe, which provides various support, marketing, financial, and administrative services to “other group companies.”

HRMC says its audit found that Apple Europe wasn’t paid a fair value for services it...

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GM plans to release cars with no steering wheel in...

If the Department of Transportation grants GM's latest Safety Petition, the automaker will be able to deploy its no-steering-wheel, pedal-less autonomous car next year. GM has not only revealed what its level 4 self-driving vehicle will look like --...

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CES – LG Booth OLED TV Video Tour

LAS VEGAS – Every year at CES I make it a point to pass through the Las Vegas Convention Center’s Central Hall at least once just to see the spectacle of new TVs on display. Each year, all the big manufacturers try to out-do one another (including renting booth space under dummy company names and expanding last-minute) just to create the most impressive display. This year, for me, LG’s OLED TV tunnel was a perfect entrance to the mayhem. Thankfully, I got there before the power went out, but that’s another story for another time. For now, just enjoy my tour through the LG tunnel.

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Aluminum Type-C Clamp Hub conveniently brings ports...

One of the common complaints about the iMac is that you have to reach behind the display to get to the connectivity ports. Satechi has launched a handy solution in the Aluminum Type-C Clamp Hub. Designed exclusively for the new 2017 iMac Pro, iMac Retina 4K and 27-inch 5K models, the hub attaches to the all-in-one display and offers front-facing ports. 

The Aluminum Type-C Clamp Hub provides a data-only USB-C port, three USB 3.0 ports (with up to 5Gb/s), and a Micro/SD card reader, all through a single USB-C connection. It’s fairly easy to set up (no tools are necessary), and no software is required. 

Just plug the Aluminum Type-C Clamp Hub into one of the iMac’s Thunderbolt 3 ports and use the adjustable knob to fasten the hub to the bottom of your desktop computer; it fits into the monitor’s grills. It’s a pretty tight fit, and I was worried that the bottom iMac bezel would be scratched, but that didn’t happen.

According to the folks at Satechi, the iMac’s...

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Screenplay for ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ written on...

Rian Johnson, writer and director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, has revealed the steps he took to guard against the risk of the screenplay being leaked online.

To protect against hackers, Johnson said that he wrote the screenplay on a dedicated, air-gapped MacBook Air …


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Mac shipments up 7.3% year-on-year, reports IDC,...

Mac shipments in Q4 2014 were up 7.3% year-on-year, according to IDC data. Apple substantially outperformed the PC market as a whole, which grew by just 0.7%.

The growth saw Apple boost its market share from 7.7% in Q4 2016 to 8.2% in the same quarter last year …


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Apple patent hints at Mac laptops with improved...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 20180014115) for an “electronic device having mechanically out-of-phase speakers” that hints at even better speakers in upcoming Mac laptops.

In the patent, Apple notes that electronic devices sometimes include a pair of loudspeakers to generate sound from electrical audio signals. Typically, the pair of loudspeakers are located in a common enclosure and are both acoustically and mechanically in-phase. 

More particularly, the loudspeakers are acoustically in-phase because they generate sound from a same audio signal, and the loudspeakers are mechanically in-phase because the same audio signal drives respective diaphragms of the loudspeakers simultaneously in the same direction. Apple thinks its idea is a better one.

The invention involves an electronic device (think laptop) having several speaker modules that are acoustically in-phase and mechanically out-of-phase is disclosed. Embodiments include a pair of speaker...

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