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Monday September 18

06:13
New trailer teases 'Clive Davis: The Soundtrack...




Apple has posted a trailer for "Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives," announcing that the documentary -- long on the company's slate -- will finally make its Apple Music premiere on Oct. 3.

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06:11
SpeedScriber is a new automated transcription tool...

Digital Heaven has launched SpeedScriber, an automated transcription tool for the Mac. According to Digital Heaven founder, Martin Baker, a 60-minute file is typically transcribed in less than 10 minutes. 

Transcripts can be reviewed and edited in the app then printed or exported to multiple formats, including integration with professional video editing apps. Since only the audio from the file is required for the transcription process, all imported media files are converted to a mono audio-only file for upload. Once uploaded, files are processed in parallel on Digital Heaven’s cloud-based servers and the transcript data is downloaded to the Mac app.

Transcripts can be reviewed with the current word highlighted in real-time as the media file is played. Speaker names can be assigned to sections of the transcript with a choice of nine colors for identification. Punctuation changes can be made on the selected words with a single keystroke and every editing command has a...

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06:00
Drive Genius 5 for $39? Yes, Please!

Your Mac is nothing without storage, and keeping your storage at peak efficiency is the best way to keep things running quickly. Drive Genius has been used at Apple's Genius Bars for the past seven years and is a 2017 Excellence and Gold Awards Winner on TopTenReviews. Now you can get this power Mac utility for just $39, a full 60 percent off of the usual price. What does Drive Genius 5 do for your Mac?

  • Scan your system automatically & identify malware while in idle mode using the brand new Drive Pulse feature
  • Create a bootable secondary drive to easily repair your main hard drive w/ the BootWell feature
  • Optimize & speed up your Mac for maximum performance
  • ...
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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Sticky Password Premium Lifetime...

In today’s iLounge Deal we’re offering a Lifetime Subscription to Sticky Password Premium for only $29.99. Store and manage all of your online passwords, safely encrypted and locked away under a single master password known by you and only you. Apps for Mac, Windows, iOS, and Android let you get at your passwords from whatever device you happen to be on, and you can choose between cloud-based or local storage, automatically log-in to recognized…

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05:55
B-Eng introduces Enigma encrypting tool for macOS

B-Eng has introduced Enigma 1.0, a utility to encrypt files on any Mac. According to Christian Schaffner, general manager of B-Eng., it uses military standard and government standard encryption algorithms.

Once a password is set in Eniga, encryption and decryption can tech be done with a single mouse click. It require macOS 10.6 or higher. 

Enigma 1.0 costs $2.99. It’s available worldwide exclusively at the Mac App Store.

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05:41
External Link: Initial High Sierra Release Won’t...

If you converted a Fusion Drive to APFS during the macOS 10.13 High Sierra beta, we have some bad news: the initial release version of High Sierra that Apple plans to ship on 25 September 2017 will not officially support it. This unexpected announcement presumably comes due to problems discovered during the beta that the company hasn’t yet addressed. Apple recommends that you back up the Fusion Drive, reformat it using Mac OS Extended (HFS+), and restore it from backup. The support document implies that Apple will support APFS-formatted Fusion Drives in a later release of High Sierra.

 

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05:39
External Link: New iOS App Store Guidelines Ban “...

Apple’s updated App Store rules now explicitly ban scam apps that claim to remove viruses or malware from your iOS device because there’s no way they could do so due to sandboxing. Another new guideline requires developers to offer an alternative to Face ID authentication for users under the age of 13, and Apple says ARKit-driven augmented reality apps must be “rich experiences,” not just one-trick ponies. Apple’s goal in updating these policies is to keep iOS app quality high — or at least above a reasonable level.

 

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05:37
Apple Watch Series 3 cellular only works in country...

Juli Clover, MacRumors:

With the LTE-enabled Apple Watch Series 3 only available in a handful of countries at the current time, it might be tempting to purchase one in another country, but it won’t work. Series 3 models appear to be limited to connectivity in their original country of purchase.

An Apple support representative who spoke to MacRumors reader Thomas said that an Apple Watch purchased in the U.S. online store will only work with the four carriers in the United States, perhaps due to hardware limitations.

So no buying an Apple Watch in another country, and no using your Apple Watch cell when you travel internationally. Caveat emptor.

UPDATE: Did some reading on the Apple Watch carriers page. Seems to me it’s more country groupings, rather than individual countries. One model would work in US, Canada, Puerto Rico, another model in Australia, France, Germany,...

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05:30
iPhone X starting price will hit equivalent of $1300...

While the $999 starting price of the iPhone X may have raised eyebrows in the U.S., import tariffs and different tax treatments will see it showing a far higher price tag in some countries …

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05:30
Preventing cross-site tracking and web cookie sharing

Last week, a group of ad agencies blasted Apple for Safari’s emerging anti-tracking technology, which would clearly undermine current advertising practices.

Here’s a link to that story, as well as to another post with Apple’s official response to that shot across their bow.

I was doing a bit of reading on the issue and found myself on the WebKit.org post that started the whole kerfuffle, a blog post by John Wilander entitled Intelligent Tracking Prevention.

From the post:

WebKit has long included features to reduce tracking. From the very beginning, we’ve defaulted to blocking third-party cookies. Now...

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05:16
About the new iPhones and T-Mobile’s band 71

Last Thursday, we ran a piece about the new generation of iPhone hardware not supporting T-Mobile’s emerging 600 MHz network, known as Band 71.

There was a lot of discussion about this, both on whether the new network will be out soon enough to even matter, and whether support for this future network should impact someone’s choice of T-Mobile as a network.

Peter Cohen sheds light on the coverage issue here, well worth reading if you are a T-Mobile customer or considering a carrier switch.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:00
T-Mobile CEO announces faster data plan designed...

T-Mobile just came out with a faster data plan for the Apple Watch Series 3 LTE version.

Company CEO John Legere announced that the company had boosted the speed limit of the data plan for the Apple wearable.

Previously, the Apple Watch on T-Mobile had been limited to 512kb/sec data, which equated to 3G speeds.

The previous limit induced customer complaints which ultimately prompted the response from Legere.

T-Mobile, like other carriers, is charging $10 USD a month to include data for Apple Watch on a user’s cellular service plan. The LTE Apple Watch Series 3 models became available for pre-order early Friday morning, with new devices slated to arrive on September 22nd, the official launch date for the device.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

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05:00
Robot School is a fun, easy, learn-to-code app for...

By Aaron Lee

Next is Great wants to help kids learn to code. Enter Robot School, a learn-to-code app available for the Mac, iPhone, and iPad.

Education experts are putting pressure on schools and parents to introduce children to programming concepts. Robot School is aimed at children aged seven and older and offers a child ­friendly way to learn procedures, loops and conditional instructions, while making programming fun and accessible, regardless of prior experience.

In Robot School R-obbie the Robot crashed his spaceship in a far away galaxy. He needs a lot of energy to get back to his planet. Users drag and drop programming instructions to help him reach the fuel he needs to return home safely.

The app has 45 levels for children to work through. They unlock new powers and achievements as they go. The code created in the app can be then previewed in Apple’s Swift programming...

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04:37
Huawei pokes fun at Face ID demo glitch, claims Mate...

A new Facebook video posted by Chinese Android manufacturer Huawei takes a very unsubtle swipe at the glitch in Apple’s demonstration of Face ID on the new iPhone X

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04:30
Research: iPhone users will migrate quickly to iOS 11

The finished version of iOS 11 comes out tomorrow, Sept. 19. iPhone users are likely to quickly adopt the operating system update based on current adoption analysis, according to a new set of StatCounter Global Stats.

StatCounter — which provide companies, agencies, bloggers, self-employed and charities with the data to measure visitor activity on their website, blog or forum — has added a breakdown of the various versions of iOS, Android and Mac operating systems used to access the internet to its Global Stats research tool.

It found that over 70% of Apple’s iPhone Internet usage is currently through its last operating system (iOS 10.3), while just 12.6% of Google’s Android usage is via its most recent version.

The new data finds that 71.4% of iOS Internet usage worldwide is through 10.3 with 8.6% via the previous 10.2 version and 7.7% by 9.3. In the...

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04:06
Analysis suggests Apple makes lower margin on iPhone...

An estimate of component costs for the iPhone X suggests that, despite the high price, Apple may actually make a smaller profit margin on the new flagship device than it does on the rest of the range.

The total cost to Apple of the components in the iPhone X is said to be more than twice that of last year’s iPhone 7 …

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04:00
Apple wants to improve dictation on its various...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 20170263248) for “dictation that allows editing” with the goal of improving the dictation features of its various devices, presumably by using Siri.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that modifying dictated and transcribed text is typically accomplished using keyboard inputs. However, users often choose to use dictation for text entry in cases when it would be awkward or inefficient to use a keyboard. In these scenarios, it may be similarly awkward to use a keyboard to edit the resulting transcribed text to fix errors, apply formatting, or otherwise modify the previously transcribed text. 

Existing text editing techniques, such as those based on keyboard inputs, may require more time than necessary and may be more error-prone, wasting user time and device energy. This latter consideration is particularly important in battery-operated devices. 

Apple says that, accordingly, there is a need for electronic devices with...

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02:10
With iPhone 8, Apple's Silicon Gap widens as...




Official benchmarks posted by Geekbench show that Apple's A11 Bionic delivers a huge jump in performance over last year's A10 Fusion used in iPhone 7, with scores that are not just far beyond other mobile ARM competitors' latest chips, but higher than the base Intel Kaby Lake Core i5 processor Apple uses in its 13 inch MacBook Pro.

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Sunday September 17

23:01
Protective cases you can get for your iPhone 8 or...




The iPhone 8 has a different design than last year's iPhone 7, but the dimensions are very similar. It's possible you have a case that works now -- try it out and see. But, if it doesn't fit, or you just want a new case, AppleInsider has rounded up a few of the best options that are available now.

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17:44
Watch: All the details about the iPhone X that you...




AppleInsider tells you everything you need to know about the iPhone X, in less than seven minutes.

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17:40
iFlicks 2.4.8

Brings a number of fixes and improvements to the video encoding and metadata management app. ($34.99 new, free update, 17.1 MB)

 

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14:34
Linux Foundation President Used MacOS For...

Slashdot reader mschaffer writes:It appears that Jim Zemlin, President of the Linux Foundation, was using MacOS while declaring "2017 is officially the year of the Linux desktop!" at the Open Source Summit 2017. This was observed by several YouTube channels: Switched to Linux and The Lunduke Show. Finally it was reported by It's FOSS.
if, indeed, this is the year of desktop Linux, why oh why cannot people like Zemlin present a simple slide presentation -- let alone actually use a Linux distro for work.
A security developer at Google has now "spotted Jim Zemlin using Apple's macOS twice in last four years," according to the article, which complains the Foundation's admirable efforts on cloud/container technology has them neglecting Linux on the desktop.
Ironically, in March Zemlin told a cloud conference that organizations that "don't harvest the shared innovation" of open source "will fail."

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13:41
BBEdit 11.6.8

Fixes several bug, including an issue related to saving documents on APFS volumes while running macOS 10.13 High Sierra. ($49.99 new, free update, 14.0 MB)

 

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13:07
How to stream the 2017 Emmys live on iPhone, iPad,...

The 69th annual Emmy Awards take place tonight at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The show is sure to be packed full of controversial winners and acceptance speeches, skits, and much more. Read on for a full breakdown of how to stream the 2017 Emmys live on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV…

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12:33
Instagram for iOS makes controversial change to how...

Instagram is making a small but notable change to how it handles autoplaying videos. While the app has always autoplayed videos as you scroll through your feed, sound would be muted until you tap on the video. Now, Instagram is slightly changing up how sound is handled with videos…

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11:40
Fission 2.4.1

Updates capability for saving custom ringtones to iTunes 12.7. ($29 new, free update, 10.6 MB)

 

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11:32
Instagram automatically plays all video sound once...

Instagram's silence when automatically playing videos is meant to avoid any rude surprises (especially for those around you), but that courtesy might extend too far for some. What if you're watching a friend's concert videos and would rather not tap...

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10:31
Tesla envisions mobile EV battery swapping machines

Tesla has filed a patent application for a machine that will enable technicians to swap EV battery packs in as little as 15 minutes. The EV-maker initially toyed with the idea of building rigs that can quickly replace its cars' battery packs back in...

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10:08
Hands On: Mellel 4 targets Mac and iPad Microsoft...




The popular but niche word processor chiefly used by academics and technical authors has just been updated, with 95 new features.

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09:41
ChronoSync 4.8

Improves support for APFS formatted drives and introduces Creation and Modifier Assistants. ($49.99 new, free update, 48.4 MB)

 

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09:41
SuperDuper 2.9.2

Add compatibility with the Mac OS Extended (HFS+) drive format in macOS 10.13 High Sierra. (Free, $27.95 for additional features, free update, 2.9 MB)

 

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09:32
I One The Sandbox – Mac Geek Gab 675

Downloading YouTube Videos, App Stores Woes, Apple Pay Cash, Person-to-Person Payments, iPhone X, iOS 11 Screen Recording, Restoring from a different iPhone and a discussion of whether or not it’s safe to use Facebook to login to other sites are ALL discussed in this week’s show… and more! Press play and enjoy.


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09:15
The best handheld vacuum

By Liam McCabe

This post was done in partnership with The Sweethome, a buyer's guide to the best homewares. When readers choose to buy The Sweethome's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Rea...

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05:30
Ben Heck's mini pinball: All about the control...

So here's where the team is at with the control board for their miniature pinball machine: Felix has put together a prototype board with the Arduino and Teensy microcontrollers, which will control the solenoids and take input from bumpers, button...

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Saturday September 16

23:19
Facebook hands Russia-backed ads to election...

Those Russia-linked Facebook ads are more than just a reason for concern -- they could play an important role in one of the largest investigations in recent memory. CNN sources understand that Facebook has supplied the ads and "related information"...

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20:12
First iPhone 8 and Apple Watch Series 3 orders now ‘...

Apple made the iPhone 8 and Apple Watch Series 3 available for preorder just yesterday, but the first orders are already preparing to ship. Customers have noticed their orders change from processing to “Preparing to ship” ahead of the September 22nd arrival date…

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19:15
Amazon tests one-hour delivery for your fashion show...

Ever seen a style at a fashion show that you wish you could wear out the same night? Amazon might just fulfill your wishes. It's testing an option that delivers highlights from Nicopanda's London Fashion Week lineup to local Prime subscribers withi...

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18:19
Relocated Apple store opens for business in Reno,...




Apple on Saturday opened the doors of a relocated Reno, Nev., retail outlet to a crowd of eager customers, the latest in the company's chain to benefit from an "Apple store 2.0" redesign developed under executive Angela Ahrendts.

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17:42
Electric car prototype is built for Africa's...

With a few exceptions, most electric cars are delicate, expensive creatures designed for paved streets and well-heeled early adopters. And that makes them ill-suited to rural Africa -- many roads away from the cities aren't paved at all, and just ab...

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17:12
Watch: Apple goes all-in on augmented reality




Apple is going all-in on augmented reality with iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iOS 11. From hardware acceleration on the A11 Bionic chip to ARKit in iOS 11, check out all the new AR features consumers coming to Apple's product line starting Sept. 22.

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16:10
Pirate Bay 'borrows' visitor CPUs to mine...

Piracy websites can't really depend on ads, so how do they make money? By using your PC's processor cycles, apparently -- whether you want to or not. Visitors to The Pirate Bay have discovered JavaScript code in the website that 'borrows' your proc...

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14:53
Nike announces ‘NBA Connected’ jerseys w/ NFC,...

Nike recently unveiled an all-new iOS app called NikeConnect, which allows it to interface with physical apparel such as jerseys. Nike recently became the official apparel maker for the NBA and the new jerseys that it is rolling out feature NFC tags for integration with the NikeConnect app…

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14:39
Nikon is making a full-frame mirrorless camera

To say Nikon has been conservative with mirrorless cameras would be an understatement. While most of its rivals have embraced mirrorless (even a cautious company like Canon takes them seriously), Nikon's efforts have been timid at best -- the 1 seri...

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13:06
Wind energy mines digital cash to support climate...

Climate change is frequently described as a vicious cycle that depletes the very resources needed to fight it. In the case of Julian Oliver's latest project, however, it could almost be described as virtuous. His Harvest project uses a 700W wind turb...

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11:38
MIT combines several vaccines in a single injection

Someday, kids might only have to endure a single jab to get the benefits of several vaccines, thanks to a new technology by a team of MIT engineers. They've created a method that allows a single injection to carry enough doses for the first one to tw...

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10:53
reMarkable's Pricey, Paper-Like Tablet Ready to...


reMarkable on Monday will begin shipping what might best be described as an "untablet" -- a device that is, essentially, an electronic piece of paper. The company is proud of its paper tablet's simplicity, boasting that no other tablet has fewer functionalities. reMarkable users cannot install apps, watch videos or take photos. What they can do is read, write and sketch on a paper-like surface. reMarkable is about 7x10 inches and a quarter-inch thick. It weighs in at .77 pounds. It has no glass parts and is virtually unbreakable.

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10:43
What you need to know about APFS and macOS High...

On September 5, 2017, Apple published a technical note titled Prepare for APFS in macOS High Sierra. High Sierra will be available on September 25, and most of the questions we're getting about the new operating system revolve around the new Apple File System (APFS). Probably the most important information in the article from Apple is this quote:

Apple File System (APFS) is the default file system in macOS High Sierra for Mac computers with all-flash storage. APFS features strong encryption, space sharing, snapshots, fast directory sizing, and improved file system fundamentals.

When you install macOS High Sierra on the built-in solid-state drive (SSD) of a Mac, that drive is automatically converted to APFS. Fusion Drives and hard disk drives (HDDs) aren't converted. You can't opt out of the transition to APFS (our emphasis).

If you...

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10:07
A Chinese tech giant tried to buy Spotify

Spotify is known for being fiercely independent, but that go-it-alone attitude might have been put to the test in the past several months. A TechCrunch source understands that Spotify rejected a buyout bid from Tencent, the Chinese internet giant beh...

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10:00
External Link: HDR Movies Now Available for 2017...

With the Apple TV 4K coming, Apple has promised 4K and HDR upgrades to existing iTunes movies at no additional charge. We’re already seeing that on 2017 iPad Pro tablets running iOS 11 — the key is that the latest 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pros have HDR-capable displays. Check Settings > TV > iTunes Videos and make sure the Download HDR Videos switch is enabled. Then, in the TV app, on the Library screen, tap a movie to see its listing; you’ll see 4K and HDR badges if Apple has updated the film. The Verge reports that these files on the iPad are 1080p and not 4K, but they do support HDR. Regardless, they look great.

 

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09:55
This week’s top stories: iPhone 8 / X details, new...

In this week’s top stories: Apple officially unveils the new iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, Apple Watch Series 3, and Apple TV 4K, an onstage gaffe casts a shadow on Face ID’s first demo, iPhone X pricing and availability concerns, and more… more…

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09:17
Apple stops selling Pride Edition Apple Watch band,...

Apple has recently stopped selling the Pride Edition Woven Nylon band for Apple Watch after originally releasing it to the public back in June. Apple said at the time that the Pride Edition band would have limited availability, but there are some solid alternatives on Amazon if you missed out on Apple’s official offering…

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08:39
Advertisers are upset with Safari's new anti-...

One of the lesser talked about announcements from Apple's WWDC event is that High Sierra's Safari will have something called "Intelligent Tracking Prevention," which uses machine learning to identify ad tracking behavior. Specifically, it'll stop you...

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08:31
Hands-on with Apple’s iPhone 8 dock and new gold...

With the iPhone 8, Apple is promoting an all-new gold color option. The new color choice seems to be a sort of mix between Apple’s previous shades of gold and a new hands-on video from DetroitBorg offers a detailed look at the new gold color…

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08:13
Apple defends more stringent ad tracking approach...

Apple yesterday was met with criticism from a group of marketing organizations for its decision to release a new version of Safari that blocks cross-site tracking. Apple, in a statement to 9to5Mac, has defended the move, saying that cross-site tracking has become “so pervasive” that ad tracking companies could easily recreate web browsing history…

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08:00
T-Mobile's John Legere boosts Apple Watch LTE...




T-Mobile's CEO, John Legere, took to Twitter to announce a change to their Apple Watch plans, boosting the speed limit that the company had applied to the Series 3 LTE-equipped model.

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07:39
Craig Federighi says Face ID is the future of...

Apple’s software engineering head Craig Federighi continued his interview tour last night, joining John Gruber’s “The Talk Show.” Much of the interview was spent on Face ID, with Federighi seemingly trying to dispel some of the doubts and concerns people have…

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07:00
Recommended Reading: Why Cassini had to be destroyed

Analysis: Why Nasa's Cassini Probe Had to Be Destroyed
Fedor Kossakovski,
PBS

By now, you've likely read a bit about NASA's Cassini probe plunging into Saturn to end its tour of duty this week. You've also probably wondering why that had to happen...

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05:00
The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Welcome to the weekend. Apple's big hardware event dominated the week's news, but it wasn't the only thing going down. We're still dealing with the aftermath of Equifax's leak, and now NBA jerseys come with NFC...

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04:00
The hottest Apple-related news for the week of Sept...

There’s a lot happening in the world of Apple news this week. Following are the hottest articles for the week of Sept. 11-15.

While we know that iOS 11, tvOS 11 and watchOS 4 are launching on September 19, it took a bit of searching to find out when macOS High Sierra would finally ship. That date? Sept. 25.

Apple has updated iTunes for macOS to version 12.7, removing the App Store items for purchasing iOS apps. It can be downloaded at the Mac App Store for free.

Apple has introduced the iPhone X (yep, that’s the name, not the iPhone Pro or iPhone Edition). CEO Tim Cook said it would set the...

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01:58
Meet Rembrandt in this Samsung Gear VR experience

The best thing about VR experiences is that they can take you to fantastical places -- or meet people you'll never get to meet in real life, like Dutch master Rembrandt. Oculus has teamed up with virtual reality studio Force Field for a Samsung Gear...

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Friday September 15

22:23
Nike's 'NBA Connected' jerseys tap...

Nike is the new apparel maker for the NBA and tonight it officially rolled out updated jerseys for the teams. They're specially constructed to keep players cool and allow for freedom of movement, but there's a new feature for fans too. They'll debut...

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21:18
This week on AI: Apple unveils iPhone X & 8,...




It all came out this week, as Apple finally revealed the OLED-based iPhone X, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, a third-generation Apple Watch with LTE, and the Apple TV 4K. Find all the details you might have missed right here.

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19:56
Now Essential's Android phone will work on...

Despite being a retail exclusive at Sprint, the Essential PH-1 has arrived as an unlocked device. However, as mobile fans are unfortunately familiar with, certification with one particular network is always tricky. Tonight Essential announced that it...

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19:01
Virgin Mobile's US stores get the iPhone 8 and...

Virgin Mobile's US stores will get both the standard iPhone 8 and Plus models on September 29th. That's a full week after every other major American carrier gets the device, which is rough for Virgin Mobile in particular since it now only offers iPho...

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18:32
NBC CEO claims Facebook has 'no respect'...

NBC CEO Steve Burke talked to The Information about the current state of the media industry and seemed very unimpressed by Facebook's video efforts. While the social network just launched the Watch section it's trying to flood with video Burke finds...

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17:49
T-Mobile confirms the new Apple Watch will get LTE...

The Apple Watch Series 3 comes with built-in LTE, but as MacRumors pointed out, T-Mobile's add-on $10 wearable plan limits devices to 512kb/s connections. Tonight T-Mobile CEO John Legere announced its plan for the Watch will include unlimited 4G LTE...

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16:30
Apple addresses ad industry complaints over Safari...




In response to advertising industry objections to Safari's new Intelligent Tracking Prevention feature, Apple on Friday explained how the service is a boon for both consumers and ad services who use it responsibly.

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16:28
Microsoft Pix uses AI to make whiteboard photos...

Microsoft's Pix sets itself apart from other camera apps by using the power of artificial intelligence to correct your photos, learning new tricks over time. It can do things like add artistic flair to your images, turn photos shot in a row into "Liv...

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16:17
Hullo: Stop Flipping, Folding and Fluffing That...

Thanks to Hullo for sponsoring the Loop this week. Your pitiful old squishy pillow needs constant readjustment. It’s invariably too thick, too thin, sometimes just too warm. Flipping, folding and fluffing are getting in the way of your rest. You spend around one-third of your life on that pillow of yours. Try something different: a Hullo buckwheat pillow will conform perfectly to the shape of your body and provide comfortable cool support all night long without fuss. Hullo’s features include:

  • Quality construction & organic materials.
  • Breathable fill that prevents uncomfortable heat build-up.
  • American-made craftsmanship.
  • Free shipping.

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16:13
∞ Apple responds to ad group’s criticism of Safari...

Apple introduced a new technology to intelligently block browser cookies in Safari, which brought criticism from a number of advertising organizations. Apple believes in privacy with every product it makes, and the advertising groups want to track everything we do so they can sell ads. […]

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15:36
Apple airs Apple Watch Series 3 ad showcasing Apple...




Apple on Friday posted to its official YouTube channel a new commercial hyping Apple Watch Series 3 and the device's ability to stream Apple Music over cellular networks.

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15:07
Craig Federighi’s Face ID Q&A on Conan O’Brien

Conan O’Brien has the unaired footage of Craig Federighi’s Face ID Q&A session with audience members at this week’s iPhone X launch event, and by “footage” we mean “opening sketch for the Conan Show.” The questions are absolutely fantastic and exactly what you’d expect from random audience members. It’s also a great example of just how mainstream Apple, the iPhone, and Apple’s media events have become. The video is just over a minute and a half long and worth checking out.


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15:04
AWT News Update: September 15, 2017

By the way, you can wirelessly charge ANY iPhone at a Starbucks with one of these Powermat rings...

Steve's office is a construction zone right now, so we apologize in advance for the sound of front-end loaders and backup horns in the background of the podcast.

  • Starbucks says that its stores worldwide should be able to handle wireless charging of the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus starting next week
  • We have the definitive word on APFS compatibility under macOS High Sierra from Apple
  • Samsung's pricy Galaxy Note 8 went on pre-sale today, the same day as the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

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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15:02
Equifax's chief security and information...

Equifax's Chief Security Officer Susan Mauldin and Chief Information Officer David Webb have both left the company as it deals with the fallout from a months-long hacking campaign that compromised the personal information of 143 million people this y...

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14:49
Apple's 'differential privacy' still...




Apple's use of "differential privacy" -- a method that inserts random noise into data as it's collected en masse -- doesn't go far enough to protect personal information, a study suggested this week.

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14:42
Amazon is building a haunted house to hype its...

Amazon's podcast-turned-series Lore is launching on Friday, October 13th, just in time for pre-Halloween fun. But the online shopping has more up its sleeve to get folks in the right spooky holiday spirit. Amazon is opening an immersive haunted house...

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14:23
‘PUBG’ has banned over 150,000 cheaters since March

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has become incredibly popular in the few months it has been available on Steam Early Access. In August, it overtook Dota 2 as the game with the most simultaneous players and by the start of this month it had sold over 10...

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14:16
The Apple TV 4K is Coming. Here’s an Introduction to...

The new Apple TV 4K ushers in a new era of TV technology for Apple customers, so it’s time to learn some new tech.


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14:12
Apple's Craig Federighi details Face ID in new...




In a brief interview on Friday, Apple SVP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi answered a few questions about the Face ID facial recognition feature that will ship out to customers in November, dispelling some of the more contentious rumors, providing background on its development and touting the system's benefits.

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14:10
iPhone X: Face ID Works with Sunglasses

If you’re worried about Face ID failing when you try to unlock your iPhone X because you’re wearing sunglasses, don’t be.


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14:02
Apple bans misleading apps on iOS

As soon as you get your shiny new iPhone 8, you'll probably want to download some apps. So Apple took the opportunity to update its developer app review guidelines to make sure the App Store is in tip top shape. According to 9to5 Mac, it's now offici...

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13:58
Craig Federighi talks Face ID details ahead of...

Apple showcased its new Face ID biometric technology for the first time earlier this week, and it’s been a hot topic ever since. While we’ve learned a few additional things about Face ID since Tuesday, Apple’s Craig Federighi sat down with TechCrunch to talk more about the technology and confirm some

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13:46
Virgin Mobile USA sets later Sept. 29 launch for...




The U.S. incarnation of Virgin Mobile won't launch the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus until Sept. 29, a full week after the devices arrive from Apple and the country's four major carriers, according to an announcement.

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13:41
Study says Apple data-mining safeguards don't...

During last year's WWDC in June 2016, Apple noted it would be adopting some degree of differential privacy methods to ensure privacy while the company mined user data on iOS and Mac OS. In short, the technique adds noise to data that scrambles it eno...

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13:35
Roundup: Best deals to make the iPhone 8 more...

If you’re looking pick up an iPhone 8 or 8 Plus, odds are good you’ll also appreciate checking out the various options to save some cash while doing so. Follow along after the break for a look at the best deals and trade-in options for upgrading to the latest iPhone.

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13:31
iTunes rolling out 4K HDR content

Ahead of next week’s launch of the new Apple TV 4K with HDR support, Apple has begun releasing 4K HDR content on iTunes in the United States and other countries.

I love Apple’s commitment to getting this content out now, so people who purchase the new Apple TV 4K can start to enjoy it.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:23
Alphabet considers Lyft investment

Alphabet Inc. has held conversations with Lyft Inc. about a potential investment in recent weeks, signalling strong support for Uber Technologies Inc.’s main U.S. competitor, according to people familiar with the matter.

An investment of about $1 billion in Lyft may come from Google or CapitalG, Alphabet’s private-equity arm, said some of the people, who asked not to be identified because the discussions are private.

This makes perfect sense for both companies. Waymo, Alphabet’s self-driving car division, signed a deal with Lyft to test that technology. The strange part is that Alphabet is also an investor in Uber, but Waymo is suing them for allegedly stealing their self-driving car technology.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:23
Twitter also has a problem with ads targeted towards...

ProPublica found that Facebook allows ads to be targeted at users based on antisemitic keywords and BuzzFeed has reported that Google similarly allows ads to be targeted through racist and hateful phrases. So, it probably shouldn't be a surprise at t...

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13:16
BMW says car keys may be replaced by mobile phone...

BMW (BMWG.DE) is reviewing the necessity of car keys, Ian Robertson, the company’s board member responsible for sales told Reuters.

The fact that customers now all carry a smartphone and the availability of a BMW App which allows customers to unlock their vehicle, has made old fashioned keys less relevant.

Yes and no. I get where they’re going, but there are some obvious situations where you may need a key. What if your phone runs out of battery or you lose it—now you can’t even get in your car.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:11
9to5Rewards: Jaybird’s new Run truly wireless...

This week we’re partnering with Jaybird to give away its new Run truly wireless headphones. Retailing at $180 and featuring a water-resistant design, these in-ears could be your next pair of headphones. Head below to find out how you could win.

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13:10
Apple Updates App Store to Remove iPhone Antivirus...

Because Apple sandboxes apps from one another, it’s not even possible to scan for viruses. Apps can’t directly interact with one another or the operating system.


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13:02
New Apple Watch Series 3 ad touts Apple Music on the...

Along with other videos it shared during Tuesday’s event, Apple today has uploaded an Apple Watch Series 3 advertisement to its YouTube channel. The video – which comes in at 1 minute long – highlights the LTE capabilities of Apple Watch Series 3, including support for Apple Music…

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12:59
News: U.S. Apple Watch Series 3 Cellular models will...

Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) models may only work to provide cellular services in the country where they were originally purchased, according to a new report by MacRumors. An Apple support representative told a MacRumors reader that an “Apple Watch purchased in the U.S. online store will only work with the four carriers in the United States.”  While no additional details were provided, it seems that the problem would most…

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12:47
AppleInsider readers are split on the iPhone X notch...




It wasn't quite a landslide vote, but AppleInsider readers came down in favor of Apple's decision to highlight and not hide the so-called "notch" housing the camera, sensors and earpiece atop the iPhone X edge-to-edge display.

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12:38
Apple updates App Store review guidelines for Face ID

Updated App Store Review Guidelines dictate that apps wanting to make use of Face ID on the iPhone X must offer an "alternate authentication method" for children under 13, notes AppleInsider

As the article notes, Apple is likely trying to allay any fears from parents, as well as deal with a fundamental limitation of Face ID. The technology will support only one person per smartphone, so mean parents sharing an iPhone X would always have to unlock apps themselves if they relied too heavily on facial recognition.

Apple says FaceID is “even more convenient than Touch ID.” With Face ID, the iPhone X unlocks only when you’re looking at it. It’s designed to resist spoofing by photos or masks. Your facial map is encrypted and protected by the Secure Enclave. And authentication happens instantly on the device, not...

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12:27
Updating to the High Sierra GM Candidate

Apple has changed the game again, putting us almost back to square one to install the High Sierra GM Candidate; Jeff Butts walks you through the process step-by-step.


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12:09
These stickers cover up the Digital Crown red dot on...




The Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular features a unique aesthetic decision, placing a large and noticeable red dot on the Digital Crown, that may not be appealing to all buyers. Thankfully, there are a few decent options for covering it up with a decal.

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11:51
Google’s Differential Privacy May be Better Than...

Apple, as companies get hacked left and right, it’s time to reassure users as well as security experts that you really do have our backs.


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11:35
Best Apple Watch Series 3 Bands – leather, sport,...

Pre-orders for Apple Watch Series 3 officially went live this morning, and hopefully you were fortunate to get yours placed before shipping times started to slip. Whether this is your first wearable from Apple or you’re simply upgrading, you’ll likely want to buy a few extra bands for different occasions.

Any good 9to5Toys reader knows that Apple’s official first-party bands are way over-priced. While the quality is good, you can often find two or three nice alternatives on Amazon from other manufacturers for the price of one band at Apple. We’ve put together a list of our favorite bands below, covering a wide range of materials from leather and nylon to silicone and stainless steel. Head below for our top picks.

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11:27
Apple hardware lead Johny Srouji to speak at...




Johny Srouji -- Apple's senior VP of Hardware Technologies -- will give a speech at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon on Monday, Sept. 18, the university's Computer Science school has announced.

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