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14:32
AWT News Update: November 15, 2017

Alpine White DJI Mavic Pro Drone, available exclusively at Apple retail stores

On today's Apple World Today News Update podcast, we have news of a couple of deals that you might want to take advantage of before Black Friday next week:

  • DirecTV Now will be offering a free 32GB Apple TV 4K if you prepay for 4 months of the service
  • The iPhone X is now shipping in 2 to 3 weeks...which could be good or bad news
  • Apple retail stores are selling an Alpine White DJI Mavic Pro drone combo for $1049.95, and it's a pretty good deal
  • GymKit is starting to roll out at a group of fitness centers in Australia

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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14:24
LIFX launches new LED light strip w/ HomeKit support...

LIFX today has released two new products that feature HomeKit support. The new LIFX Z Starter Kit with HomeKit is the company’s latest lighting product, while a new HomeKit controller will bring HomeKit support to existing LIFX products.

more…

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14:13
Yup, Google Docs went down, but it's coming back

If you've had trouble loading Google Docs this afternoon, you're not alone. The company said that an outage has been "affecting a significant subset of users" who were unable to access it since about 3:48 PM ET. As of 4:55 PM ET the status had been u...

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14:10
Should you buy AppleCare+ for your iPhone X? It...

Deciding whether or not to buy AppleCare+ with Apple products can be a tough decision, and the $999-$1149 price of the iPhone X doesn’t make the decision any easier. The cost of AppleCare+ increased for pricier iPhones, but so did the repair costs for out-of-warranty damage.

No one wants to get stuck with a huge out-of-pocket fee to repair a busted iPhone X, although it’s worth considering the math before buying or passing on AppleCare+ for iPhone X.

more…

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13:55
Google Docs

 November 15, 2017 1:55:00 PM PST

Google Docs service has already been restored for some users, and we expect a resolution for all users in the near future. Please note this time frame is an estimate and may change.

 November 15, 2017 12:48:00 PM PST

We're aware of a problem with Google Docs affecting a significant subset of users. The affected users are unable to access Google Docs. We will provide an update by November 15, 2017 2:30:00 PM PST detailing when we expect to resolve the problem. Please note that this resolution time is an estimate and may change.

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13:54
Postmates' first food deliveries outside the US...

Lyft isn't the only major American online service dipping its toes in foreign waters this week: Postmates is starting its first food deliveries outside of the US with a launch in Mexico City. Hungry people in several districts of Mexico's capital ca...

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13:40
CSS Insight: Apple will launch a Netflix competitor...

CCS Insight is predicting that Apple will introduce a Netflix competitor next year, according to Investopedia. The UK market research firm thinks the tech giant will enter the market in a big way next year, launching a streaming video service that will be home “to a slew of original content.”

"Everyone is jostling for position and everyone is jumping in on the area of video. When you look at Apple, it has a very strong hardware offering and their services business is on the march," Paolo Pescatore, vice president of multiplay and media at CCS Insight, said. "The real battleground is in the area of original content, but original content would feature prominently and Apple would be very well placed to do that."

According to CCS Insights, launching a video streaming service could be a way for Apple to increase its revenue from services, which was...

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13:31
LinkedIn's Career Advice is ready to find you a...

Finding someone to help you advance your career can be tricky. After a limited trial in August, LinkedIn is rolling out its Career Advice feature to all its members in the US, UK, India and Australia. According to the company, more than 80 percent of...

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13:30
LIFX launches HomeKit-compatible LED light strips,...




Lighting provider LIFX has upgraded its LIFX Z light strip kit, with the new version supporting HomeKit natively.

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13:17
5 best apps for reading Feedly on the Mac

I’m still a big fan of RSS.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:16
∞ Universal Audio plug-ins vs analog hardware

This is exactly why I use Universal Audio in my recording and mixes. What they do is so exacting, it’s difficult to tell the plug-in from the actual hardware unit. Watch this video.

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13:09
Google Home can send third-party apps to your phone

Google Assistant already has its share of third-party apps, but that experience doesn't usually leave the device where it starts. You can't make a request on your Home speaker that needs an answer on your phone. Thankfully, Google is about to fix t...

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12:55
Universal Audio releases new plug-ins

I can tell you that I’m really excited about the latest release from Universal Audio. They have always been the top plug-in maker for me, but this one goes above and beyond. Here’s what’s included:

  • Empirical Labs EL8 Distressor
  • Dytronics Tri-Stereo Chorus
  • Gallien-Krueger® 800RB Bass Amp
  • Ocean Way Microphone Collection
  • Marshall Plexi Classic (FREE for Apollo owners)

Excuse me while I go download and play for the rest of the day.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:47
Amazon Echo and Google Home were vulnerable to...

Back in September, Bluetooth-connected device owners got a little scare when security firm Armis disclosed a new hack exploit known as BlueBorne. In theory, bad actors could target smartphones, tablets and such using specific vectors in Bluetooth con...

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12:33
More Adventures With the macOS High Sierra Install

Continued use and testing has revealed a few oddities in macOS High Sierra.


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12:32
DJI Sells New Mavic Pro Drone Exclusively With Apple

Called the Mavic Pro Alpine White, it’s available today for US$1,049.


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12:25
Kids can build their own Star Wars video game with...

There are a whole host of apps and games that are aimed at teaching kids to code, but not all of them come with stellar IP partnerships. But that's just what Bloxels, Pixel Press's video game building system aimed at teaching kids how to be content c...

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12:15
Belkin releases USB-C Car Charger with fast charging...

The iPhone X, iPad Pro, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus all have a feature that allows them to be charged faster through higher wattage USB-C connections. Today, Belkin released the new US$29.99 USB-C Car Charger to give Apple fans a way to quickly charge up their newer devices with up to 36W of power.

While the USB-C Car Charger works with iOS to enable Fast Charge, it can also be used to charge other devices like the MacBook or MacBook Pro on the go through a straight USB-C connection from the charger. For the iOS devices, Apple's USB-C to Lightning cable is needed to complete the connection between charger and device.

The USB-C Car...

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12:06
Once banned Kinder Eggs are finally coming to the U....

This is one of those things we Canadians have always held up as a reason why Canada is better than the US. We’ll have to find something else now.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:05
Apple Early Black Friday Roundup: Find the best...




With a week left before Black Friday, Apple authorized resellers are already launching steep discounts on Apple products, including MacBook Pros, iMacs, iPads and Apple Watches. From exclusive coupon deals to instant cash rebates, shoppers can save hundreds of dollars with no sales tax collected in 48 states and no interest financing for up to 12 months on many items.

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12:04
How to share Apple Watch Activity progress with...




Some people need a little encouragement -- or friendly rivalry -- to get in shape. Here's how to share Activity stats from your Apple Watch with others.

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12:03
Sports Illustrated TV streams movies, shows and more...

With Disney kicking off its own competitively-priced streaming content service in 2019, many media brands are jumping on the bandwagon. Tomorrow, Time Inc will launch one of its own: Sports Illustrated TV, which will initially be available only on Am...

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11:48
Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 44

This release enables Payment Requests by default, and it includes 38 other improvements and bug fixes, too.


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11:42
Google Maps' new look adapts to how you travel

Google Maps may be a cornerstone of navigation for many people, but its visual presentation can occasionally leave something to be desired. Why would you care about gas stations when you're taking the subway? To that end, Google is giving Maps a fr...

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11:36
5 Video Editing Apps For iPhone Videographers

These video editing apps are for people of all skill levels, whether you need a video for social media or a more professional-looking video.


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11:31
Create simple button fades with CSS

Sometimes I just enjoy knowing that things like this can be done. I love that coders and designers keep pushing things, sometimes in a simple way.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:27
The $85,000 desk

I love some of the things Tina Roth Eisenberg finds on the Web, but I couldn’t afford to buy this one.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:27
Video for iOS & tvOS-exclusive game 'Sky...




More details about "Flower" and "Journey" developer thatgamecompany's next title, "Sky," have been revealed in a brief gameplay video, showing the opening moments of the and collaborative puzzles from the game, which will launch first on iOS and tvOS.

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11:21
[Sponsor] Microsoft App Center

Microsoft just launched App Center, a service for Apple developers that connects to your GitHub repo to automatically build, test, distribute, and monitor iOS and Mac apps. App Center is the next generation of HockeyApp, which was acquired by Microsoft.

The basic HockeyApp features like beta distribution and crash reporting got a revamped user interface, and Microsoft added new features for build, test, analytics, and push notifications. Simply connect your repo, build the app on App Center’s Mac cloud, and run automated UI tests on thousands of real iOS devices in their hosted device lab. You can not only distribute your builds to testers, but also deploy directly to the App Store.
You can use all of these features together, or just the pieces that complement your current workflow. Spend less time on drudgery, and more time on your app....

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11:19
Macworld’s December digital magazine: iPhone 8 and 8...

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld digital magazine.

In the December issue

This month we review Apple’s new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. Are the new phones compelling enough to stay out of the shadow of the iPhone X? We also review the Apple Watch Series 3 and examine the addition of LTE — find out if it's upgrade-worthy. 

Also in this month’s issue:

• MacUser: The changes, new features, and improvements you should know about in Apple Photos 3

To read this article in full, please click here

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11:14
Goodbye Pokémon, Harry Potter Wizards Unite is...

Niantic, the makers of Pokémon Go, and WB Games have pre-announced Harry Potter Wizards Unite, an augmented reality world based on JK Rowling’s enduringly popular books.


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11:09
Google defending access to lawful information

This is specifically for Google Europe, but it’s a very interesting read on how they are trying to follow the law and strike the right balance.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:04
Apple to help India develop anti-spam app

Apple Inc has agreed to give limited help to the Indian government to develop an anti-spam mobile application for its iOS platform, after refusing to do so based on privacy concerns, according to sources and documents seen by Reuters.

Apple didn’t want the government to have its customer’s call and text logs. Apparently the app they are helping to develop will have limited capabilities.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:59
Apple offers its 2017 holiday gift guide

Apple has updated its website with a holiday gift guide. Not surprisingly, it helps you “find great holiday gift ideas” like MacBook Pros, iPhones, iPads, Apple Watch Series 3, and accessories. Buy now at apple.com and you can get fast, free shipping.

Accessories for each product are listed below each item. Apple recommends things like AirPods, iPhone X phone cases, Apple Watch bands, the Apple Pencil, Beats Studio3 headphones, and more. Sorry, but if you were hoping to see the HomePod listed, you’ll have to wait a bit longer.

Lots of third party accessories are also shared on holiday gift guide. Cruise on over to the “More Gifts” link, and you’ll find more goodies ranging from Beats headphones to toys.

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10:54
Suspect report says Apple’s A11X Bionic chip will...

A new report today from a not-so reliable source is sharing some alleged details about Apple’s next mobile processor, the A11X Bionic chip along with when it will arrive with the new iPad Pro.

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10:54
Artemis from Andy Weir is Out and Here’s Where to...

Ready to start reading Andy Weir’s new book Artemis? Here’s where you can get it today, or at least by tomorrow.


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10:53
How Animoji uses iPhone X’s TrueDepth Camera

Apple’s new Animoji feature has proven to be a viral and fun part of the iPhone X, but the $999 starting price is an understandable roadblock for a lot of potential customers. Apple says Animoji requires the TrueDepth camera system to work, but a quick hands-on test appears to show the playful messaging app working even when the IR camera unique to iPhone X is covered…

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10:45
Review of Google’s Pixel Buds: Not good

Chris Davies did a great review of Google’s new wireless headphones, Pixel Buds. He went through all of the main features and compared them to Apple’s AirPods, a product I know much more about.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:41
iPhone X shipments from Apple improve to 2-3 weeks...




In a sign that production of the iPhone X is catching up with overwhelming demand, new orders for the iPhone X are now advertised to ship within two to three weeks, a one-week improvement from their previous estimate.

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10:38
Apple’s Holiday Gift Guide

Apple put out its yearly holiday gift guide to help you choose the perfect present for your family and friends.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:35
Apple’s 2017 gift guide showcases the best iPhone,...

As it does every year, Apple today has shared its 2017 holiday gift guide. This year’s gift guide highlights accessories for products across Apple’s lineup, including the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac…

more…

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10:22
Apple’s Aqua Connect Patent Fight, Firefox Quantum...

John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to look at the latest patent infringement fight for Apple, plus they chat about Web browsers and Mozilla’s new Firefox Quantum.


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10:17
Sphereo X2 Wireless Bluetooth Speakers: $29.99

We have a deal on a pair of Sphero X2 Speakers. These wireless Bluetooth speakers come with a charging dock, but allow you to place the speakers wherever you want. They’re $29.99 through us.


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10:07
AirPlay 2: Everything we know about Apple’s upgraded...

AirPlay 2 is coming soon to iOS after being previewed at WWDC earlier this summer. While we haven’t tested AirPlay 2 yet, the upcoming feature has a lot of promise. AirPlay 2 enables multi-room audio playback, works with Apple TV, and compatible speakers will work with HomeKit and Siri.

more…

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09:47
News: Coach releasing new Apple Watch bands for fall

Coach is releasing limited quantities of new Apple Watch bands for fall, Haute Ecriture reports. Some of the old bands have been renamed and new bands are available in colors like heather grey, melon, beige and a brown with darker patches to mimic a camo look. Many of the bands also feature embroidered embellishments, like stars, a leaping shark and a penguin holding a martini glass. The bands retail for $150-$175, but some are only available for…

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09:36
MacBook refreshes push Apple to 4th in global...




Apple considerably improved its MacBook shipments in Q3 2017 compared to the previous quarter, market research firm TrendForce claims, with Apple said to have overtaken Asus in the global notebook shipment rankings for this quarter and achieving fourth place amongst other notebook brands.

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09:29
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 12-inch MacBook 512GB $1,005,...

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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09:29
Lowest price ever: Apple's high-end 15"...




Exclusively for AppleInsider readers, Apple authorized reseller Adorama is taking $1,000 off the Late 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro with an upgraded 2.9GHz processor and top of the line Radeon 460 graphics. This Space Gray notebook also qualifies for free expedited shipping and no tax outside NY and NJ. Adorama is also offering no interest if paid in full within 12 months using the store card.

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09:13
News: International Trade Commission investigating...

The U.S. International Trade Commission is investigating patent infringement claims against Apple, Reuters reports. This particular inquiry stems from complaints made by Aqua Connect Inc and Strategic Technology Partners over technology used in iPhones, iPads, iPods, Apple TVs and Macs. The USITC is also currently conducting a separate investigation into Qualcomm’s claims that Apple devices violate its patents, on of many fronts in Apple’s ongoing…

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08:55
Rumor: 2018 iPad Pro with Face ID will be powered by...




In a move that would follow Apple's usual strategy, it's expected that new iPad Pros due in 2018 will feature a beefed up version of the A11 Bionic chip found in the iPhone 8 and iPhone X lineups, adding two more processing cores into the mix.

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08:48
Sprint and Hulu partner to give unlimited access to...

Sprint announced today a partnership with Hulu to give customers unlimited access to Hulu’s Limited Commercial plan. This plan allows for both new and existing customers to stream all the movies and television shows straight to their mobile devices. more…

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08:15
News: Apple to help design anti-spam app to end...

After refusing to allow India’s anti-spam app onto the App Store over privacy concerns, Apple is going to provide “limited help” to the Indian government to develop a suitable substitute for iOS, Reuters reports. Apple’s refusal to approve the Telecom Regulatory Authority’s app has drawn the ire of the TRAI at a very inconvenient time for the company, which is trying to expand its presence in India’s massive smartphone…

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08:08
Like Apple, Amazon abandons 'skinny' TV...




For now, Amazon has allegedly jettisoned plans to offer a "skinny" bundle of cable and broadcast TV channels, owing to low expected profit margins and the same problem rumored to have halted Apple's bundle: resistance from networks.

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08:07
∞ Watch these BMW gestures and think about bringing...

[VIDEO] This morning, I dug around and found the video embedded in the main Loop post, which shows off the gestures available on the latest BMWs (they’ve been available for a few years, but the sensors/gestures have evolved each year, getting better and better).

Think about the idea of having a similar set of gestures available on the Mac. The idea of tech on your phone or Mac sensing your presence, attention, or movements, clearly add value to the user experience.

The idea of a touch screen Mac is different than a gesture-aware Mac. I think the gestures on the BMW would work well on a Mac. Not necessarily the same gestures, but similar gestures. Especially if the gestures could be subtle.

Imagine an incoming phone call, while you are typing away at your Mac. You lift your hand from the keyboard, make a quick swiping gesture, and the call is dismissed. Or you make a c’mon gesture, and the call is answered.

I see a lot of possibilities here.

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08:07
DJI offers limited edition Alpine White Mavic Pro...

From Drone DJ:

Right before the start of the holiday season, DJI has introduced an Alpine White Limited Edition Mavic Pro, exclusively available at Apple Stores and Apple’s website in most countries or at the DJI store starting November 16th. The Mavic Pro Alpine White will be offered as a holiday combo which includes a remote controller, two extra Intelligent Flight Batteries, two additional pairs of propellers and an aircraft sleeve, at a US retail price of $1,049. The Mavic...

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07:48
'Alpine White' version of DJI Mavic Pro...




DJI has launched a limited-edition "Alpine White" version of the Mavic Pro, a 4K camera drone which can be viewed and controlled through an iOS app. The special color option will be available exclusively through Apple's retail channels and DJI's own outlets in most countries.

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07:33
Apple takes fourth place in global laptop shipments...

According to TrendForce, Apple managed to secure the fourth spot in global shipments of laptops in the third quarter. Apple notebook sales beat the market in quarterly growth; MacBook sales increased 11% whilst the market rose 7% overall.

The analysts believe Apple shipped 4.43 million Mac laptops in total across July, August, and September. Apple benefited from the launch of the 2017 MacBook Pro refresh ahead of the busy back-to-school season.

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07:31
News: Apple assembly partner hints at AR headset...

Apple assembly partner Quanta Computer’s Vice Chairman C.C. Leung said he sees a “significant” augmented reality device “available in the market no later than the year 2019,” Nikkei Asian Review reports. He said the AR product is a “headset-like gadget with a fully transparent lens that allows users to see through and interact with the environment,” leading analysts to speculate he’s referring to the…

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07:19
You probably don’t need to worry about someone...

Taylor Hatmaker, TechCrunch:

Touted as the iPhone X’s new flagship form of device security, Face ID is a natural target for hackers. Just a week after the device’s release, Vietnamese research team Bkav claims to have cracked Apple’s facial recognition system using a replica face mask that combines printed 2D images with three-dimensional features. The group has published a video demonstrating its proof of concept, but enough questions remain that no one really knows how legitimate this purported hack is.

I believe the term should be spoofed, not hacked. The video in the post shows Bkav using a homemade mask trying to spoof a person’s face registered using Face ID. Hacking would be breaking in and stealing credentials, or installing a back door, that sort of thing.

That said, something doesn’t sit right looking at that video. When I first saw it, my instinctive reaction was that it was fake. But even if the mask was successful in spoofing the user’s face, I...

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07:08
Why you should not rely on iCloud Photo Library as...

Glenn Fleishman, Macworld:

iCloud Photo Library, when it fits your needs, is a great way to avoid having to manage where your images and videos wind up. You capture video on your iPhone or drag an image into Photos in macOS, and it just syncs everywhere while making a central copy at iCloud.

And:

However, there’s one configuration I can’t advise, and Macworld reader Eric writes in with a question that prompts a discussion. He’s wondering if he could rely on iCloud to be his “main backup of images.” The short answer is no, but it’s not about distrust in Apple’s technical abilities. Rather, about the frailty of all material things, and the risk of putting all one’s digital eggs in one basket, no matter how firmly the basket-storing company is holding that basket.

Interesting read, some good insight on iCloud Photo Library.

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07:07
Rumor: 2018 iPad Pros will feature octa-core...

Chinese website MyDrivers — as noted by MacRumors — says Apple’s 2018 iPad Pros will feature octa-core processors. That prediction is based on Taiwanese supplier TSMC's improved 7nm manufacturing process.

The report claims the eight cores in the “A11X Bionic chip” will include three high-performance "Monsoon" cores and five energy-efficient "Mistral" cores.

Like the A11 Bionic chip in the latest iPhone models, which is built on a 10-nanometer process, the A11X chip will reportedly feature TSMC's integrated fan-out wafer level packaging, or InFO WLP for short. The chip will also presumably include a next-generation M11 coprocessor and neural engine for artificial intelligence tasks, notes MacRumors.

Chance the rumor is true, according to the Sellers Research Group: 60%. I expect an A11 Bionic chip to pack two...

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06:58
News: First GymKit-compatible equipment goes online...

A Fitness First gym in Australia is the first to feature GymKit-compatible equipment, 9 News reports. In a demonstration of the new capabilities, reporters saw users tap their Apple Watches to a treadmill to send data back and forth automatically, with the watch pre-loading all of the user’s vital stats and the treadmill sending calories burned and incline information back to the watch during the workout. There’s no word on when the specialized…

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06:54
Director Steven Soderbergh secretly shot new horror...

Neil Hughes, Apple Insider:

Details on “Unsane” have slowly trickled out in recent months, including the fact that the film was shot in secret and entirely on Apple’s iPhone, according to Entertainment Weekly. The film stars Claire Foy, Juno Temple, and Jay Pharoah, with Pharoah describing the picture as “reality-horror type” with some similarities to Jordan Peele-created smash hit “Get Out.”

The movie was filmed this summer, meaning the best iPhone it could have been shot on was the iPhone 7 Plus.

I’m looking forward to seeing this movie in the theater, at the very least to get a sense of the look of an iPhone shot movie on the big screen. It will be interesting to compare the look of this film with future films shot on an iPhone 8 Plus or iPhone X.

Also, I loved Get Out and am a big fan of Claire Foy, Jay Pharoah, Steven Soderbergh.

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06:37
Apple says it will help make limited anti-spam...




Apple has reportedly bowed to pressure from the Indian government and will help it build an iPhone version of its "Do Not Disturb" anti-spam app, albeit with more limited capabilities than the Android version.

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06:35
Those using jailbroken Apple TV 2 devices warned...

The Digital Citizens Alliance Executive Director Tom Galvin has issued a statement after TVAddons reported there is a "'99.99%" chance" that the millions of consumers using jailbroken Apple TV 2 devices to stream content are, "at risk of having their Kodi box used to send spam, DDoS attacks, distribute malware or even something as disgusting as child pornography."

"For years now we have seen cyber criminals using stolen content as the digital bait to infect consumers with malware and take over their devices. What's alarming is that these old dogs are quick to learn new tricks,” Galvin says. “As Digital Citizens warned earlier this year, streaming devices, like the one at risk in this report, are quickly becoming the...

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06:27
Apple places second on the ‘BrandZ Top 100 Most...

Google, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and Facebook topped the first “BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable U.S. Brands” ranking released today by WPP and Kantar Millward Brown. 

Google's value, driven by strong purpose and customer experience, increased 17 percent to $286 billion, compared with the “2017 BrandZ Global Top 100” ranking published in June. At number two, Apple, the “most meaningfully different brand in the ranking,” grew 19% to $279 billion during the same period. 

Amazon, driven by strong brand experience, jumped one spot to number three compared with the “2017 Global report,” growing 19% $165 billion. When compared with the initial BrandZ ranking in 2006, Amazon's growth tops the chart at 2,662%.

The “U.S. Top 100” brand value totaled $3.16 trillion, with the top 10 brands accounting for half of the total. U.S. brands dominate...

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06:22
Early testing shows 7.5W ‘fast’ wireless charging...

The iOS 11.2 betas include support for faster 7.5 watt wireless charging; the current public releases of iOS 11 limit iPhone 8 and iPhone X to 5W Qi wireless charging only. However, what is the practical impact of this change? Early testing shows that the improvements in charging speed using a 7.5 W charger is very slight.

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06:13
Reach Robotics introduces the iOS compatible Mekamon...

Reach Robotics, an augmented reality gaming company, says its flagship product, MekaMon, “the world’s first real-life gaming robot,” is now available on Apple.com and MekaMon.com for $299.95, as well as in Apple stores throughout the U.S. and UK at stores on Nov. 16.

By incorporating augmented reality into a robot, Reach Robotics has created a new branch of gaming – one that totally immerses...

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06:05
Apple’s Mac now has 10.4% of the global laptop market

Market research firm TrendForce reports Apple continued the strong shipments of 12-inch laptops in the second quarter, and focused on the new models of MacBook Pro in the third quarter, recording the third quarter shipments of 4.43 million units and an increase of 11.3%. It exceeded ASUS to rank the fourth in the quarter as the number four global manufacturer of laptops.

TrendForce reports that worldwide notebook shipments for this third quarter registered a quarterly increase of 6.8% and a year-on-year increase of 0.9%, reaching 42.69 million units. Apple now has 10.4% of the global laptop market.

HP is in first place with 25.8% market share, followed by Lenovo with 20.1% and Dell with 15.6%. Trailing Apple in the top five are ASUS (8.9%) and Acer (7.7%).

(Note: TrendForce’s estimates only include “traditional” laptops, not tablets such as the iPad Pro.)

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Sphereo X2 Speakers

For Wednesday’s iLounge Deal, you can get the Sphereo X2 Speakers for only $29.99. Each of these two Bluetooth speakers can fit in your palm, but they pack a powerful audio punch to let you stream your listening experience just about anywhere. They’re ultra-compact for easy transport, usable as a speakerphone, and recharge simply by placing them on the wireless dock.

Get the Sphereo X2 Speakers now for only $29.99....

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05:58
Apple will give limited help to India’s government...

Apple has agreed to give limited help to the Indian government develop an anti-spam mobile application for its iOS platform, after refusing to do so based on privacy concerns, according to “sources and documents” seen by Reuters.

The article says Apple execs flew to New Delhi in Octobr and told officials the company would help develop the app. The execs purportedly said iOS might not allow for some of the government’s requests, such as making call logs available within the app that would allow users to report them as spam, the official said.

Until now — assuming the Reuters article is correct — The Telecom Regulatory Authority of...

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05:40
GymKit launches today in Australia, automatically...

GymKit is a new integration between the Apple Watch and fitness equipment, that allows the two to cooperate and sync workout and activity data between them.

The first gym to feature GymKit-compatible equipment is now up and running in Australia. Users just tap their watches to the treadmill (or other GymKit equipment) using NFC, and they start sending data back and forth automatically …

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05:00
Don't like the Mac Dock? uBar 4 is a solid...

Some people just don't like the Mac Dock. It gets in the way on small screens, so many people choose to hide it when it's not in use. What if you could replace the Dock with something completely different and customizable? uBar 4 ($14.99) does exactly that, and we've got a half-off deal going today that will get this great utility onto your Mac.

uBar is used by engineers at Google, Facebook, HP, LinkedIn, Salesforce, Tumblr, Intuit and more! What can it do for you?

  • Find the window you're looking for at a glance
  • Customize your dock orientation & desktop theme 
  • Expand to up to 5 rows & easily differentiate between hidden & viewable applications
  • See app activity, app badges, app flashes...
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05:00
Apple patent is for fast searching in a music...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,817,894) for “fast search in a music sharing environment.” It apparently involves iTunes Family Sharing and Apple Music with the goal of making searches faster for music data. 

In the patent filing, Apple notes that users may get frustrated with having to enter a query into a search engine every time she wants to search for a specific type of data such as music info. What’s more, the user may become frustrated with an amount of time waiting to receive a response. As a result, users may begin looking for an alternative search engine that delivers a faster search response for the specific type of data. Apple wants to address the issue.

The patent involves a method of a fast-search server includes processing a character of a query of music data, referencing the character with a reverse index of a music database, determining that the character matches a data record of the music database using the reverse index and returning the...

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04:30
Ranger iPhone X case looks great, but is a bit too...

WaterField Designs’ $89 Ranger iPhone X case is another of the company’s cool takes on the traditional holster. With magnetic closing systems that use Neodymium rare-earth magnets, it attaches securely to clothing, belts, work vests, or straps.  

A Fidlock closure keeps the iPhone safeguarded inside the case. The bottom opening allows users to keep ear buds connected and keeps text and call notifications audible when the gadget is inside the case. Side openings provide access to volume and sleep buttons. A front leather pocket can hold earbuds or cash and a key.

The inside front panel is lined with scratch-free Ultrasuede that adds cushioning and helps clean the iPhone X’s screen as you insert and remove it from the case. I really like the holster design of the Ranger. It makes me feel like a cowboy, but, on a more practical level, it allows me to get to my iPhone X to answer a call or...

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04:14
Amazon reportedly cancels plans for ‘skinny bundle’...

Amazon has seemingly cancelled plans to launch an unbundled a la carte internet TV service, featuring top channels. Reuters says Amazon was unable to convince networks to sign on and struggled to find profitable business arrangements. It has been widely reported that Apple wanted to launch a similar skinny bundle of streaming channels, but also faced industry backlash and failed to bring the service to market.

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04:00
How to unlock, then get to the Home screen on the...

Things are a little different when it comes to navigating the iPhone X as compared to previous Apple smartphones. One of those is unlocking and getting to the Home screen. However, it’s easy once you practice a few times.

To unlock, glance at your iPhone X to unlock it with Face ID, then swipe up from the bottom of the Lock screen. To go to the Home screen at any time, swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen.

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Nov. 15, 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

Busivid Corp. has debuted Busivid Send Video. It’s a free person-to-person messaging app. With Busivid Send Video, sent videos and playlists are capable of being viewed on almost any device or connection, without worrying about what apps, software or browser the recipient is using. Real-time notifications give users insight into when their videos are viewed.

Art Authority says their apps for iPad and iPhone now include access to the 1000Museums gift shop, where art lovers can purchase museum-approved reproductions of major works they view through the apps. The...

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03:29
Report: Apple will help create anti-spam app in...

Apple has been fighting the Indian government over approving an iOS app to block spam calls and texts in the region for some time now. A new report from Reuters suggests that Apple has changed its tune slightly, agreeing to provide assistance to help make such an app, but with ‘limited capabilities’.

Apple does not want to give a third-party app access to iPhone call logs on privacy grounds, but it’s not clear what compromise has been reached.

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03:00
Apple thought to have sold 3.9 million Apple Watch...

At its most recent earnings call, Apple stated that its Apple Watch sales had grown 50 percent year-over-over, although the company has never revealed exact sales numbers. Estimates from Canalys suggest that unit sales almost hit 4 million for Apple Watch in the third quarter.

Canalys stated that the cellular version of the Apple Watch Series 3 has proven popular enough for demand to outstrip supply. The company also stated that wireless carriers have been surprised by the demand for the device.

Canalys estimated that roughly 800,000 of the 3.9 million Apple Watch units sold in the third quarter were the LTE model.

The Q3 calendar refers to July, August, and September. The Apple Watch Series 3 has only been available since the middle of September, Canalys estimating that roughly 25 percent of the Apple Watch units sold were Series 3 LTE models.

In China, the Apple Watch LTE access is currently disabled by the government. Canalys expects strong demand...

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Tuesday November 14

22:29
'Warframe' for PS4 gets yet another...

When the PS4 launched on November 15th, 2013, the free-to-play MMO-ish shooter Warframe was available to download. It had debuted on Windows the previous March and came to Xbox in September 2014, yet still sustains a healthy playerbase. The Warframe...

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20:48
Feds reveal technical details of North Korea's...

North Korea has been running a hacking campaign targeting aerospace, telecommunications and financial industries in the US since 2016, according to alerts issued by the government. Homeland Security and the FBI have released the technical details of...

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20:27
Star Micronics announces first AirPrint-certified...




The Star TSP654II AirPrint is the first 58mm and 80mm receipt and ticket printer to get AirPrint certification -- and it will see release very soon.

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19:36
‘Final Fantasy XV’ hero Noctis heads to ‘Tekken 7’...

Given what cross-promotion Square Enix has done to bring other games into Final Fantasy XV, it's no surprise that they're lending out some of its elements, too. The hero of last year's hit RPG, Prince Noctis, will be added to the roster of Tekken 7 s...

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18:33
Twitter's 'premium' tools let more...

Twitter hasn't exactly been known for a developer-friendly attitude, but it's tackling that issue today. The social site has unveiled a "premium" programming framework that bridges the gap between its free-but-limited standard tools and the costly t...

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18:28
You can now control your Sonos speakers directly...

Pandora and Sonos today joined together to announce that you can now control your Sonos speakers directly through the Pandora app on iOS. The feature is available to all Pandora users, including those on the free tier and Pandora Premium.

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18:02
Reviews lean positive on Pixel Buds, Google's...




Some of the first major reviews of Google's Pixel Buds have emerged, mostly espousing a favorable opinion of the AirPods competitors, albeit with some tough criticisms.

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17:35
'Dinner Party' is a VR spin on the most...

It was just a normal dinner party, with music on in the background and guests splintered off in lively conversation. But just as we were about to sit down to eat, our hostess made a startling confession. She and her husband recently went through a tr...

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17:18
Are you interested in either of the rumored...

KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo released a new report yesterday breaking down what we can expect with the iPhone lineup in 2018. Kuo explained that Apple will add a new 6.5-inch OLED iPhone and a 6.1-inch LCD iPhone to its product mix in 2018 – both with the bezel-less iPhone X design.

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17:17
Google Home app features improved interface and...

Google Home is becoming all sorts of useful. You can already use the family of smart speakers along with Chromecast to control your Spotify and Netflix accounts, watch CBS All Access and CW television shows, and manage YouTube's live TV service. Now,...

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16:46
Volvo's parent company now owns a flying car...

Those reports from the summer that Volvo's parent company had snapped up flying car startup Terrafugia? They were true. Geely has officially completed its acquisition of Terrafugia, turning it into a fully-owned subsidiary of the Chinese automotive...

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16:42
ITC looking into patent infringement claims against...

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has launched an investigation into allegations of patent infringement by Apple on various devices, reports Reuters.

The commission said in a statement the probe was based on a complaint by Aqua Connect and its subsidiary, Strategic Technology Partners, of Orange, California. The products at issue are certain Macs, iPhones, iPads, iPods, and Apple TVs.

In October Aqua Connect and Strategic Technology Partners sued Apple for allegedly infringing on two patents relating to their remote desktop and terminal server application. 

Aqua describes itself as a company that has been delivering “...

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16:32
'Untrained Eyes' puts an AI spin on...

What if you stood in front of a mirror and saw someone who barely looked like you? That's exactly what happens in Untrained Eyes, an interactive sculpture debuting today at the Engadget Experience, a one-day event that showcases exhibitions which mix...

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16:27
Video: Apple iPhone X versus Samsung Galaxy Note 8...




The consumer wars between Apple and Samsung will go on as long as both companies are around, as will the debates around which flagship device is more powerful. AppleInsider gets both the iPhone X and the Galaxy Note 8 on our test bench, and put them both through their paces.

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16:05
Apple Is Back To Being the World's Top Wearable...

Apple is once again the biggest selling producer of wearables after its third-generation Apple Watch, released in September, helped it pip China's Xiaomi to the post. TechCrunch reports: The new device, Apple's first that connects to the internet without being tethered to a smartphone, took the U.S. mobile giant to 3.9 million shipments in the recent Q3 2017, according to new data from Canalys. The firm estimates that the gen-three version accounted for just 800,000 shipments, due to supply issues, which bodes well for Apple coming into the lucrative holiday season. That figure was a big jump on 2.8 million shipments one year previous. It also gave Apple 23 percent of the market, putting it fractionally ahead of the 21 percent for Xiaomi, the Chinese firm that was briefly top of the industry for the first time in the previous quarter. Apple's wearable division has enjoyed something of a renaissance this year, grabbing the top spot in Q1 for overall wearables the first time since Q3...

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16:00
‘Your Hands Are Feet’ describes feelings where words...

The interactive experience Your Hands Are Feet is a smorgasbord of feelings. Take the title example. Creators Amelia Winger-Bearskin and Sarah Rothberg wanted to pinpoint the feeling of shoes not fitting quite right. Ill-fitting footwear is not a cat...

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15:37
Pinterest rolls out new Pincodes feature for easily...

Pinterest announced today that it is rolling out a new Pincodes feature to all users. The social network says this feature makes it easier to discover design ideas, recipes, and more.

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15:32
I wore a (virtual) flamingo head while smelling of...

At 9AM, I was invited to inhale a fragrant cocktail of earthworm, soil, sea and, ugh, sulphur. This first part of Dance With flARmingos sets the stage, coaxing participants to imagine themselves in the wetlands that the iconic flamingo calls home. Ic...

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15:22
Apple faces fresh USITC investigation over alleged...




The U.S. International Trade Commission has declared that it has launched an investigation of many of Apple's present and past products that use Screen Sharing and AirPlay Mirroring, after complaints from a company and its licensing subsidiary that develops cross-platform remote access solutions.

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15:01
Razer's latest gaming keyboard can survive...

Razer's keyboards have been many things, but tough generally wasn't one of them -- knock your drink the wrong way and that elaborate input device was toast. That won't be as much of a problem in the future, as Razer has unveiled a new version of its...

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