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Tuesday March 13

Apple approved a Mac app with a misbehaving crypto-...

You'd think apps with crypto-miners could only be found in various shady venues on the internet. But that's apparently not the case: a popular alternative for the Mac calendar called Calendar 2 recently gave people a way to unlock its Premium feature...

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Apple tumbles from #5 to #29 in huge Harris...

Apple has fallen 24 places in a huge annual survey of corporate reputations. The Harris Poll Reputation Quotient shows that the company fell from 5th to 29th place …


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Developer behind AR Super Mario creates creepy ARKit...

A developer who previously created an augmented reality version of Super Mario for the Hololens has used ARKit and Unity to create a super-creepy AR scene from The Ring


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Mindly is a solid mind mapping app for macOS and iOS

If you need a solid “mind mapping” app, check out Drip Grind’s Mindly 1.6 for Mac is a handy companion to its Mindly app for iOS and Android devices. It help keep your “inner universe” organized by giving a structure to your thoughts, ideas, plans and projects.

You can capture your ideas on-the-go with mobile version of Mindly and development them further with all the conveniences of desktop environment such as multiple windows, full-size keyboard and large screen estate thanks to Mindly for Mac.

Users of the app can organize their ideas by using natural associations between concepts. You can use colors, icons and attach images to convey meaning. 

My biggest beef with Mindly is that the docs I create and save to iCloud don’t always show up on my iPhone — and vice versa. Drip Grind has supposedly addressed the issue, but it still happens sporadically.

Mindly for Mac requires macOS 10.11 or later. It...

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TSA denies ACLU suggestion that it illegally...

A lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) suggests that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) may be conducting illegal searches of electronic devices belonging to passengers on domestic flights …


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London’s best orchestra is putting on a PlayStation...

PlayStation, Classic FM and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra are teaming up to bring new meaning to the term "gaming culture". This May, PlayStation in Concert comes to London's Royal Albert Hall, bringing to life music used in games from Original Pl...

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How to transfer calls from your Apple Watch to your...

You can answer phone calls on an Apple Watch, but I prefer to take calls on my iPhone. However, sometimes when I’m, say, fixing a cup of coffee at the home office, my Apple Watch will start “ringing” and my smartphone is two rooms away. No problem.

If a call comes in on your Apple Watch, swipe up from the bottom of the the screen. You’ll have options to “Send a Message” or “Answer on iPhone.”

Choose the latter and the caller is placed on hold and will hear the message, “Please hold for a moment.” This gives you time to snag your iPhone and answer the call.

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Apple expands MFi licensing program, releases specs...

Apple Made-for-iPhone/iPad/iPod (MFi) licensing program now extends to Lightning to 3.5mm output cable and USB-C ports. The new specs were detailed in Apple’s recently updated materials for manufacturers in the MFi program, according to sources.

Per the new specs, companies in the MFi program can now include USB-C receptacles on their officially certified iOS and Mac accessories for charging. This allows users to charge their devices via either a USB-C cable or power adapter they might already own.

The MFi program, started a few years back, allowed for Apple to license its specs and thus avoid having to bundle additional cables and accessories with certain products. It also allowed for additional peripherals and the expansion of the USB-C protocol, which is found on both Macs and PCs.

Apple’s documentation for the new specs lists battery packs and speakers as products that could benefit from using a USB-C receptacle. Products are also allowed to bundle USB-...

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Rumor: Apple to release more affordable 13-inch...

If you’re hankering for a somewhat more affordable 13-inch Retina Display MacBook, it ships in June.

Per the mighty DigiTimes, Apple will release a new 13.3-inch Retina Display MacBook with the same 2,560 x 1,600 resolution display as the current 13.3-inch MacBook Pro. The panel will come from LG Display.

This sounds similar to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s report that Apple has an update for the aging MacBook Air in the works. He says a refresh is coming along with a lower price point.

The rumor fits in with speculation that Apple will release the updated notebook in time for the annual Worldwide Developer Conference will run from June 4th through June 8th at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose.

Apple used WWDC last year to introduce the HomePod and iMac Pro, as well as announce updates to the Mac laptop and iMac lineups. The company could have plans to unveil a lower priced Retina MacBook that replaces the MacBook...

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Apple Is Letting Companies Make 3.5mm To Lightning...

Apple has updated the specs for its Made-For-iPhone accessories program, letting accessory makers put USB-C ports on licensed devices, as well as create 3.5mm to Lightning cables for the first time. 9to5Mac reports: With the new specs, companies in the MFi program can now include USB-C receptacles on their officially certified iOS and Mac accessories for charging. That allows users to charge MFi accessories with a USB-C cable and or power adapter they might already have, for example, and also draw power from the USB port on a Mac using the same cable. It also has other advantages for manufacturers. Apple's documentation for the new specs lists battery packs and speakers as products that could benefit from using a USB-C receptacle. Products are also allowed to bundle USB-C cables with the MFi accessories, but manufacturers can opt to not include a cable or adapter and reduce their costs and or price in the process. Unlike with Lightning receptacles, Apple does not allow the port to...

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The Morning After: Larry Page's other flying car

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

We have more news from SXSW, including a quick recap of Elon Musk's sold-out talk. Elsewhere, Larry Page showed off an autonomous flying machine that could be the backbone of Uber-in-the-sky and Philips is ready...

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Microsoft faces 238 complaints of gender...

Microsoft has been accused of 238 cases of gender discrimination or sexual harassment by female employees working in US-based technical jobs, according to court filings made available this week. The complaints were made between 2010 and 2016, and inc...

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How to identify status lights on your HomePod

Status lights appear on the top of a HomePod and change colors depending on what you're doing on HomePod. Here's what you might see:

(This how-to is based on my experiences and info on Apple's support pages — where the images sometimes come from.)


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Snapchat will feature creator-made AR Lenses in its...

Snapchat plans to give its AR Lens offerings a boost by feature submissions from its users. In late March, you'll start seeing Lenses with their creators' names underneath their titles mixed with Snapchat's own and sponsored options. According to Mas...

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Monday March 12

Play your FandangoNOW movies on Apple TV and iOS...

All-in-one movie centralization and viewing service Movies Anywhere on Tuesday announced a new partnership with FandangoNOW that will allow customers of the on-demand service to watch purchased shows on variety of platforms, including Apple's iOS and Apple TV.

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MoviePass CEO totally backtracks previous comments...

MoviePass made headlines last week when its CEO, Mitch Lowe, bragged that the subscription-based movie service collects an enormous amount of data from its users. In a new interview with Variety, however, Lowe backtracks and says his original comments were “completely inaccurate.”


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MoviePass CEO now says app never tracked user...

MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe appears to be backpedaling on recent comments that suggested the movie-a-day app continuously tracks users' locations after they visit a theater, saying in a new interview that he was mistaken in what data his company gleans from customers.

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New survey aims to show how many people will upgrade...

A new survey from Loup Ventures aims to offer color on what percentage of Apple’s current iPhone users plan to upgrade to this year’s yet-to-be-announced models. The survey ultimately indicates that the iPhone is “settling into a lower growth, more predictable rhythm.”


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Mac app 'Calendar 2' mined cryptocurrency...

Popular Mac app "Calendar 2" recently added a "payment" option that uses customer computers to mine the cryptocurrency Monero in exchange for free access to premium features, but a bug in the app's code allowed the miner to run indefinitely even when users opt out of the default setting.

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ExtraBITS for 12 March 2018

In ExtraBITS this week, we have a tip that could help if you lose your AirPods case, Spike Jonze has directed a stunning HomePod ad, we look at how PDF became a cornerstone of business, you can let Mario guide you in Google Maps for the rest of the week, we learn why Google Fiber didn’t set the world on fire, and Amazon explains why Alexa is laughing at us.


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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 12...

Notable software releases this week include HoudahGeo 5.2, OmniFocus 2.12, and ChronoSync 4.8.5.


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Apple Daily Report for March 12, 2018

The AWT News Update is on hiatus while my compadre, Steve, takes a road trip. In its place, I’ll offer a text-only (no podcast) summary of breaking stories with a tip o’ my hat to my former website, Apple Daily Report.

A Menlo Park startup dubbed Swarm Technologies illegally launched four prototype satellites in January that the Federal Communications Commission says are unsafe to be put in orbit because they are too small to track. Swarm Technologies is a stealthy company that was founded in 2016 by former Google engineer Sara Spangelo and Benjamin Longmier, who was briefly a manager at Apple after selling a business to the tech giant.

Apple will be reopening its Bluewater retail outlet...

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Snapchat to start featuring user-created AR lenses...

Snapchat is looking to expand the AR lenses it offers via its app by introducing new content from other creators. As reported by Mashable, Snapchat is going to start featuring creator-made lenses directly in the first-party Lens carousel…


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Survey: 22% of iPhone owners plan to upgrade to a...

A new survey by Loup Ventures shows that 22% of iPhone owners plan to upgrade to a new model this year, notes analyst Gene Munster.  The survey shows:

  • 22% of current iPhone users intend to buy the newest model that is yet to be announced. This compares to 23% a year ago (iPhone X) and 15% two years ago (iPhone7).
  • The iPhone business is settling into a lower growth, more predictable rhythm.
  • The mix of iPhones in the next year will remain consistent with the latest model accounting for about half of new unit sales. This is in line with our model.

Munster says this doesn’t rule out a “supercycle” in fiscal year 2019 given this survey was conducted before widespread rumors of a larger iPhone this fall. surveyed 511 people in the US regarding their intent to upgrade to a new iPhone in the next year.

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Trump blocks Broadcom takeover of Qualcomm citing...

President Donald Trump has quashed Singapore-based Broadcom's hostile pursuit of U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm citing national security concerns, the White House said in a statement on Monday.

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Apple shares hit a new high in race toward $1...

Apple hit a new high today as shares bumped $182 intraday before dipping down slightly.

Intraday is another way of saying "within the day." Intraday price movements are particularly important to short-term traders looking to make many trades over the course of a single trading session.

The move put Apple’s market cap over $925 billion ahead of Alphabet and Amazon, in the race towards the $1 trillion mark. Apple shares closed the day up 1% to $181.72.  

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Apple Seems OK With Currency Miners In the Mac App...

Apple has yet to block a popular title in the Mac App Store that has openly embraced coin mining, prompting one to ask the question: does Apple allow apps in the Mac App Store if they clearly disclose that they will be mining cryptocurrency? Ars Technica reports: The app is Calendar 2, a scheduling app that aims to include more features than the Calendar app that Apple bundles with macOS. In recent days, Calendar 2 developer Qbix endowed it with code that mines the digital coin known as Monero. The xmr-stack miner isn't supposed to run unless users specifically approve it in a dialog that says the mining will be in exchange for turning on a set of premium features. If users approve the arrangement, the miner will then run. Users can bypass this default action by selecting an option to keep the premium features turned off or to pay a fee to turn on the premium features. If Calendar 2 isn't the first known app offered in Apple's official and highly exclusive App Store to do currency...

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22 percent of iPhone owners intend to upgrade to new...

A new survey from Loup Ventures finds Apple iPhone users are falling into a predictable upgrade cycle, with 22 percent of current owners planning to purchase a next-generation version of the handset this year.

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Apple Acquires the Digital Magazine Service Texture

It looks like Apple will be getting into digital magazine subscriptions with the acquisition of Texture, which provides its subscribers with access to several hundred magazines for a flat monthly fee. Apple was silent on its plans for the service.


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Apple Music reaches 38M subscribers, gained 2M in...

Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue provided a brief update on the state of Apple Music on Monday, saying the company's streaming music service now boasts some 38 million subscribers.

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9to5Mac Daily 045 | March 12, 2018

Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from 9to5Mac. 9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.


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Calendar 2 tried turning Macs into cryptocurrency...

Cryptocurrency mining has become common across certain apps, but now the trend has infiltrated the Mac App Store. As noted by Ars Technica, the app Calendar 2 briefly, and openly, embraced crypto mining as an alternative to having users pay a subscription fee…


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Apple is acquiring the Netflix of magazines

Enlarge (credit: Texture)

Apple announced today that it signed an agreement to acquire the digital magazine service Texture, which serves articles from more than 200 magazines digitally on iOS, Windows, Amazon, and Android devices for a flat monthly fee.

Apple has acquired the entire company, including staff, and has assured users that the Android version of the app will still be supported. The price of the acquisition was not disclosed.

Texture was founded in 2010 and was formerly called Next Issue until it rebranded in 2015. It was chiefly founded and owned by a...

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How to customize Do Not Disturb While Driving...

Do Not Disturb While Driving is a valuable feature that came along with iOS 11. However, if you haven’t done much with it, you may find it annoying at times, particularly when it activates when you’re a passenger in a car instead of driving. Alternately it may be turned off. Follow along for how to customize this feature for convenience and safety.


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Apple engineers to lead talks on AR, VR, Micro LED...

Several Apple engineers will be hosting talks at this year's Display Week, running from May 20 to May 25 in Los Angeles.

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World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth on Mac (and...

You want to know about Fortnite Battle Royale on iOS. I want to know about Fortnite Battle Royale on iOS. And if you don’t think you do, consider that Fortnite’s popularity is such that Epic Games’ beta sign-up page crashed hard for well over an hour this morning, so crazy was the flood of people wanting to sign up. Make no mistake: If we happen to get a code within the next couple of hours, we’re totally going to devote our show to Fortnite tomorrow.

But if that doesn’t happen, have no fear! We’ve got some other cool stuff in store when we go live tomorrow at 11 a.m. Pacific! We received an invite to the alpha for World of Warcraft’s upcoming Battle for Azeroth expansion last weekend, so co-host Dan Masaoka and I will hop in and showcase its current performance on both a 2017 MacBook Pro and an iMac. We’ll also do a general hands-on with some of the popular MMO’s new features, which includes two...

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Hands on: Apple's 'Netflix of Magazines...

Texture allows access to dozens of magazines for a monthly price of $9.99 -- and it is now in Apple's hands.

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Apple issues watchOS 4.3 beta 5 to developers for...

Less than a week after seeding the fourth watchOS 4.3 beta to developers, Apple on Monday issued a fifth version of the upcoming operating system for evaluation ahead of public release.

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External Link: AirPods Tip: Save Your Serial Number

If you lose one of your AirPods, Apple is happy to replace it for $69. And if you lose your charging case, Apple will replace it (again for $69), but only if you can provide your serial number, something for which Apple reportedly isn’t always helpful. So it’s a good idea to make sure you can find that serial number, which may be on your receipt from the Apple Store. For online orders, you may have to log in, view the order, and then choose Print Invoice to find the serial number. Or, find the number now — on the AirPods packaging, under the case lid in the indentation for the left AirPod, or in Settings > General > About > AirPods in iOS — and save it in a secure vault like 1Password or even just in an entry in the Notes app.


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Apple Music now has 38 million paid subscribers

Apple Music now has 38 million paid subscribers, up from 36 million last month, reports Reuters. This compares to 71 million premium subscribers at the end of 2017 for industry leader Spotify.

Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of internet software and services, disclosed the most recent subscriber number for Apple Music at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. Amazon Music Unlimited has 16 million paying subscribers, and Pandora Media has 5.48 million total subscribers. Reuters notes that Google doesn’t release paid subscriber numbers for its service, Google Play Music.

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Apple makes deal for animated musical 'Central...

Apple has made yet another move for unique video content, this time an animated musical, without an announced service beyond Apple Music to host it.

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Apple Must Explain Why It Doesn't Want You To...

A California state lawmaker says she hopes to make Apple explain specifically why it has opposed and lobbied against legislation that would make it easier for you to repair your iPhone and other electronics. Motherboard reports: Last week, California assemblymember Susan Talamantes-Eggman announced that she plans to introduce right to repair legislation in the state, which would require companies like Apple, Microsoft, John Deere, and Samsung to sell replacement parts and repair tools, make repair guides available to the public, and would require companies to make diagnostic software available to independent shops. Public records show that Apple has lobbied against right to repair legislation in New York, and my previous reporting has shown that Apple has privately asked lawmakers to kill legislation in places like Nebraska. To this point, the company has largely used its membership in trade organizations such as CompTIA and the Consumer Technology Association to publicly oppose...

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watchOS 4.3 beta 5 for Apple Watch developers now...

Apple has released watchOS 4.3 beta 5 for registered developers to test on Apple Watch. We’ll dig in to the new version and detail changes below.


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Review: Koss KPH30i On-Ear Headphones

In our audio reviews, we love to feature new companies with new products packed with new technology. High-resolution music playback, high-tech speaker drivers, and high-power amplifiers are exciting, but they're not everything. There are some companies that have been around as long as there was an audio industry to write about, who are willing to produce audio products that are based on tried-and-true technologies. Koss is one of those companies (around since 1958), and the new KPH30i is one of those products.{/exp:char_limit}

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News: Apple releases fifth iOS 11.3, tvOS 11.3 betas...

Only a week after the fourth betas appeared, Apple has released a fifth set of betas of iOS 11.3 and tvOS 11.3 to registered developers. The more rapid release schedule suggests that Apple is likely getting very close to a release date for iOS 11.3, which is expected to be available by the end of this month, and will add several useful new features, along with the battery health feature. As would be expected this late in the cycle, the latest betas…

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These are the most exciting products coming to Apple...

The HomeKit accessory market has exploded, with a significant number of new accessories already planned to debut by year's end. Here are the most exciting options that we're expecting to see in 2018.

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iMate -- launched on Kickstarter -- is a docking...

Launched today on Kickstarter, Grenoplus has announced iMate, a docking station that can power up a MacBook, MacBook Pro (13-inch and 15-inch models), an iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPad Pro. It’s also the only docking station that comes with an Apple-certified Apple Watch Charger, according to Grenoplus Founder Alex Chan. 

He says iMate features include two Type-C PD faster chargers and dual charging functionality equipped with PD Fast Charge. And it’s not limited to Apple devices. You can charge and sync at high speed with 2X USB ports, HDMI 4K Ultra and SD Card reader, says Chan.

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Apple makes deal for its first animated series with...

Apple had added yet another show to its growing list of to be produced original content. This latest addition will be Apple’s first animated show with an order from the creator of Bob’s Burgers.


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Apple adds its first animated TV show, ‘Central Park’

Apple has added its first animated TV show to its growing list of original programming. The tech giant has given a two-season series order to “Central Park,” a musical comedy from “Bob’s Burgers” creator Loren Bouchard and 20th Century Fox Television, reports Variety

Written by Bouchard, Josh Gad, and Nora Smith, the series is described as telling the story of how a family of caretakers, who live and work in Central Park, end up saving the park, and basically the world.

Produced by 20th Century Fox Television, “Central Park” stars Gad, Leslie Odom Jr., Titus Burgess, Kristen Bell, Stanley Tucci, Daveed Diggs, and Kathryn Hahn. Bouchard and Gad will executive produce, with Smith serving as a consulting producer. The order is for 26 episodes, split into two 13-episode seasons.

This will be Apple’s 11th scripted series....

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News: Apple Maps adds bike sharing locations

Apple has quietly added bike-sharing data to Apple Maps, TechCrunch reports. Through a partnership with Ito World, the data includes locations for bike-sharing points from several different providers in over 175 cities across 36 countries. Users will be able to search for the nearest stations in any supported city simply by typing “bike sharing” or the name of the specific service, such as “BIXI.” While Apple Maps has had limited…

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Apple's Eddy Cue talks content, Texture, free...

Apple hasn't traditionally had a great deal of participation in the annual South by Southwest festival, but Apple's Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue sat for an on-stage interview at the event.

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Apple to talk AR/VR, display technologies at Display...

Several Apple engineers are scheduled to talk augmented and virtual reality, and other display technologies at Display Week coming up in May. More interestingly, there are several sessions focused on microLED.


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Hands on: Agenda 2.0 for Mac is a beautiful new...

Sometimes, a new and fresh look at what a class of app can do is what you need to like an app, but it can also be a turn-off if it lacks something you need.

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Apple Maps adds locations of bike-sharing stations...

Apple Maps has been updated to include the locations of bike sharing services in over 175 cities in 36 countries, allowing tourists and those wanting to cycle around an area to quickly find the nearest bike-sharing station that can provide them the two-wheeled vehicles.

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There’s a currency miner in the Mac App Store, and...

Enlarge / A version of Calendar 2 downloaded on Sunday from the Mac App Store.

Resource-draining currency miners are a regular part of the Google Play market, as scammers pump out apps that covertly harness millions of devices, in some cases with malware so aggressive it can physically damage phones. A popular title in the Mac App Store recently embraced coin mining openly, and so far Apple gatekeepers haven't blocked it.

The app is...

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News: Pair of patents provide look at waterproof...

A pair of patents show Apple’s interest in improving the seals on its devices, starting with a Lightning connector that creates a water-tight seal when inserted. Discovered by Patently Apple, one version of the Lightning connector features a tapered shape made of a “deformable material” that molds itself to the Lightning port to lock moisture out and keep the internal connections free from moisture....

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Apple adds specs for USB-C port on Made-for-iPhone...

Accessory makers in Apple’s Made-for-iPhone/iPad/iPod (MFi) licensing program now have the ability to create new types of products as the company adds specs for a Lightning to 3.5mm output cable and USB-C ports. The new specs were detailed in Apple’s recently updated materials for manufacturers in the MFi program, according to sources.


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External Link: Apple Promotes HomePod with a...

Apple tapped Oscar-winning director Spike Jonze to produce a four-minute short film — it’s an ad, but so far from the usual dreck that passes for advertising that the term barely applies — to promote the HomePod. Adweek provides some additional background on the piece, which features the English musician and dancer FKA twigs and is a tour de force of choreography, set design, and digital effects. Go watch it.


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Siri Co-founder is Surprised By How Much Siri Still...

In an interview with Quartz, Norman Winarsky, a founder of Siri, suggests that Apple may have given Siri an overly ambitious collection of responsibilities and hasn't made the feature reliable enough. From a report: And while vastly improved from its earliest days, Siri still isn't a sparkling conversationalist. "Surprise and delight is kind of missing right now," said Winarsky, now a consultant and venture capitalist. Winarsky acknowledges that some of this disappointment stems from the sheer difficulty of predicting the pace of major technological advancement, which Bill Gates once summed up as the human tendency to "overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next 10." But part of it is also likely because Apple chose to take Siri in a very different direction than the one its founders envisioned. Pre-Apple, Winarsky said, Siri was intended to launch specifically as a travel and entertainment concierge. Were...

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Save $400 on a 2016 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch...

We really liked the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar when it came out in 2016, saying in our review that it had the “best bits of iOS in a really great Mac.” And now, thanks to Amazon’s Deal of the Day, you can have one of your own for $400 off the usual asking price.

Keep in mind that means this deal is only active for today. If you hop on it now, though, you can get the device for just $1,800, down from the normal asking price of $2,200. Even better, the deal applies to both the space gray and silver models.


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The Times tech columnist ‘unplugged’ from the...

Manjoo’s piece was widely shared on social media but I read it with my usual dose of hefty skepticism about everything Manjoo writes and he didn’t disappoint. Or rather, he disappointed in exactly the way I knew he would.

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Apple releases fifth developer betas for iOS 11.3,...

Apple has made the fifth developer beta versions of High Sierra 10.13.4, iOS 11.3, and tvOS 11.3 available for download by testers, just one week after the company shipped the fourth betas of each operating system.

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YouTube TV increasing subscription cost for new users

Google's YouTube will start implementing its pre-announced price increases for YouTube TV on Tuesday, one that will increase the monthly subscription price for the online streaming television service by $5 to $40 for all new subscribers.

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Apple to acquire digital magazine service Texture

I used Texture back when it originally started up (it was called Next then) and liked the service’s potential, even if I didn’t use it after a few months. It will be interesting to see what Apple does with this going forward.

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Apple to acquire digital magazine subscription...

Remember magazines? While the web has certainly caused a downturn in so-called “dead tree media,” there are still hundreds of popular magazines on shelves. Today, Apple announced that it is acquiring Netflix-like monthly magazine subscription service Texture. The sum Apple is paying has not been disclosed.

The “it’s like Netflix for...” descriptor may be played out, but in this case it is apt. Texture offers a one week free trial and then costs $10 a month. Subscribers then have access to read (through the app) digitized versions of over 200 popular magazines, from AARP Magazine to Yoga Journal. There are plenty of popular titles included, including Rolling Stone, People, Forbes, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Entertainment Weekly, and Sports Illustrated.


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Deals: Apple's premium 13" MacBook Pro...

Today only, save $400 on an upgraded Late 2016 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (2.9GHz, 16GB, 512GB) at Woot on Amazon. Apple's 512GB 10.5" iPad Pro with cellular capability is also $130 off, while 2017 iMac HDs are $100 off with no tax in most states.

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Apple releases macOS 10.13.4 beta 5 for developers

[Update: The fifth public beta for macOS 10.13.4 is now available in addition to the developer beta.]

Apple has released macOS 10.13.4 beta 5 for registered developers to test on compatible Macs. We’ll dig in to the new version and detail changes below.


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∞ The Dalrymple Report: Apple Home Automation with...

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tvOS 11.3 beta 5 for Apple TV developers now...

[Update: The fifth public beta for tvOS 11.3 is now available in addition to the developer beta.]

Apple has released tvOS 11.3 beta 5 for registered developers to test on Apple TV (fourth-gen) and Apple TV 4K. We’ll dig in to the new version and detail changes below.


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Apple releases iOS 11.3 beta 5 for iPhone and iPad

[Update: Apple has also released the fifth iOS 11.3 public beta.]

One week after the fourth developer beta, Apple has released iOS 11.3 beta 5 for registered developers to test on iPhone and iPad. We’ll dig in to the new version and detail changes below.


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News: Amazon brings Alexa calling and messaging...

Amazon has expanded access to its Alexa calling and messaging options to the iPad and other tablets, Engadget reports. The feature already allowed Echo owners to communicate with iPhone users with the Alexa app installed, but today’s change opens it up to the iPad as well. The Alexa app can even call out from the iPad to any smartphone or tablet in the device’s contact list, provided it’s running the Alexa app, too — so the update…

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Apple buys Texture, a digital magazine subscription...

Apple has scooped up Texture, a digital mag subscription app, reports TechCrunch. The terms haven’t been disclosed, but Apple is acquiring the full company, including employees.

Apple’s Eddy Cue confirms the in a statement to TechCrunch): “We’re excited Texture will join Apple, along with an impressive catalog of magazines from many of the world’s leading publishers. We are committed to quality journalism from trusted sources and allowing magazines to keep producing beautifully designed and engaging stories for users.” 

Texture, the “Netflix of magazines,” charges $9.99/month for access to 200 magazines. You can try it for seven days for free.

 Magazines offered include Entertainment Weekly, RollingStone, TIME, Reader’s Digest,...

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Apple Maps now includes bike sharing data for more...

Apple has added the ability to find bike sharing stations in its Maps app much more easily as it has integrated new data in over 175 cities. The update comes as Apple has struck a deal with data company Ito World.


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External Link: How PDF Became One of the World’s...

The Adobe-created PDF file format isn’t particularly sexy these days, but Ernie Smith of Tedium suggests that it has become one of the world’s most important file formats thanks to its role in providing digital versions of paper documents. Smith documents how most people didn’t understand the point of PDF until the U.S. Internal Revenue Service adopted it in the early 1990s in an effort to cut down on mailing about 110 million tax forms every year. By 2001, the IRS had gone all-in on PDF for tax forms, saving millions of dollars in printing and distribution costs.


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Amazon may be preparing to build a second headquarters, pitting various cities against each other with the promise of staggering amounts of new jobs -- but that doesn't mean the jobs of its current corporate employees are necessarily safe.

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External Link: Mario Can Guide You in Google Maps...

To celebrate MAR10 Day (on March 10th, natch), Google and Nintendo added a “Mario mode” to the latest version of Google Maps for iOS and Android. To try it out, search for a destination and tap the Directions button, but instead of tapping Start, tap the question mark block in the lower-right corner and then tap Let’s-A-Go! when prompted. Google Maps changes your navigation marker to Mario in a go-kart. Mario mode will be available only through 17 March 2018, so check it out soon.


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Amazon allows iPads to make calls through Alexa app...

Amazon has expanded the usability of its Alexa calling and messaging via the Alexa app to tablets, allowing iPad owners to be able to make and receive free calls to and from friends and family members who own an Echo device from the retailer's growing range.

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Eddy Cue talks Texture acquisition, great...

We’re on the ground at SXSW 2018 in Austin, Texas where Apple’s Eddy Cue is about to take the stage to discuss media curation with CNN’s Dylan Byers. The interview comes just moments after Apple announced plans to acquire digital magazine subscription service Texture, so Apple’s plans for that app will likely be the highlight of the conversation.


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News: Apple acquires digital magazine subscription...

Apple has announced a deal to acquire digital magazine subscription service Texture from Next Issue Media LLC. The service charges users a flat monthly subscription fee and delivers unlimited access to more than 200 magazines, including People, Vanity Fair, Sports Illustrated, National Geographic, and The New Yorker. Financial terms weren’t disclosed, but Apple’s services head Eddy Cue said the company is “committed to quality journalism…

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Apple Buys Texture, a 'Netflix For Magazines...

Apple said on Monday it will acquire Texture, a digital magazine app, as the iPhone maker looks to fill the gap left by Facebook's pullback from news distribution. From a report: The deal is Apple's latest move to build out its content and services platform, coming just three months after it announced plans to acquire Shazam, the music recognition app, for around $400m. First launched in 2010, Texture has been described as "Netflix for magazines," as its $10-per-month subscription service provides unlimited access to more than 220 publications including People, the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, National Geographic and Vogue. Further reading: Recode.


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Apple buys iPhone and iPad digital magazine...

Apple is reinforcing its services for readers with the long-running Texture digital magazine service, for terms as yet unknown.

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Apple buying digital magazine service Texture,...

Apple has today confirmed that it is taking a major step into the digital magazine business. Apple’s Eddy Cue shared in a statement that the company would be purchasing Texture, a digital magazine distributor which could enhance Apple’s News app and more.


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Siri and Alexa are changing how Europeans get health...

Voice assistant programs such as Apple’s Siri and Google’s Alexa, as well as voice search, are poised to transform how patients and physicians find medical information in Europe, research from Manhattan Research.

Data from the research group’s surveys of European patients and physicians shows surprising early use of these technologies by doctors, and strong demand among consumers for their use in health tasks. Among the findings:   

  • Over half of EU5 physicians (56%) use or are interested in using voice assistants in their work
  • Among the 17% of EU5 physicians already using voice assistants, Apple's Siri is used by two in three for clinical practice, while Google Assistant is used by half (Amazon's Alexa comes in third place, used by 27% of these early adopters)
  • Use of voice assistants by physicians was particularly high in southern European markets such as Spain, where 1 in 4 (...
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Speculation has been ramping up around when we’ll see the next generation of AirPods, with some reports claiming we’ll see a new model with an upgraded wireless chip and “Hey Siri” support for calling up Siri without the need to physically tap the headphones as early as this year. But 9to5Mac reports Barclays thinks Apple could wait until 2019 to reveal new AirPods with improved noise-canceling features. The analysts claim we’ll…

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News: Studies verify smartband for the Apple Watch...

A couple of studies have shown it’s possible to use AliveCor’s EKG-monitoring band for the Apple Watch to detect high potassium levels and atrial fibrillation symptoms, MacRumors reports. It’s not surprising that a Cleveland Clinic study found that the FDA-approved band can differentiate between atrial fibrillation and a normal heart rhythm since that’s a part of what it was designed to do, but the Mayo Clinic found that with…

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Apple Watch may soon be able to detect hyperkalemia...

AliveCor already offers the first FDA-approved EKG reader for Apple Watch with its Kardiaband system, and a new study shows how that hardware may be capable of even more medical achievements.

A new Cleveland Clinic Study presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 67th Annual Scientific Session reveals that AliveCor’s EKG system can be used to detect a condition called hyperkalemia.


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Warner Bros. is accepting pre-registrations for its upcoming iOS game based on 'Westworld,' meanwhile Epic Games has started taking requests for invitations to download the iPhone and iPad version of the popular 'Fortnite Battle Royale.'

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If you have family or friends with Amazon Echo devices, you can now contact them using Alexa’s free messaging service from your iPad – no Alexa hardware required …


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Gorgeous virtual, spinning view of Canada’s vertical...

UPDATE: As pointed out in the comments, click/tap the Spin button 20 times for a throwback surprise. AWESOME!!!!

This is incredible. Gorgeous. So very much worth your time.

The design of the bill is top notch. And the web page implementation does it justice.

Funny to see such detail exposed to the public in this way. Contrasts with the river of rules that limit how money is shown in the US.

The woman on the new $10 note is Viola Desmond. From the Bank of Canada press release:

Viola Desmond was selected for the new $10 bank note by Minister Morneau following an open call to Canadians to nominate an iconic Canadian woman for the next redesigned bank note. A successful Black Nova Scotian...

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Dropbox looking to raise over $648 million from IPO...

What Dropbox plans to do with the $648 million it will generate in the initial public offering isn't yet clear.

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How to change where AirDropped files are saved on...

This iDownloadBlog post is doubly useful:

  • As advertised in the headline, use it to change the default location for AirDropped files on your Mac.
  • Go through this reasonably painless process to learn about Automator.

Nice job by Joaquim Barbosa. Clever and well written.

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News: Philips introducing first Hue outdoor lights...

Philips will release its first outdoor additions to the Hue line in July, the company said today. New luminaries — starting at $30 — can be set to be activated by motion sensor or a timer, but only produce white light. The Philips Hue Lily spotlight ($280 for a pack of three) provides the company’s full 16 million-color range for highlighting features on the house or in the garden, while the Philips Hue Calla ($130 for base unit pack)…

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Jean-Louis Gassée: Intel fights for its future

Jean-Louis Gassée, Monday Note:

By declining Steve Jobs’ proposal to make the original iPhone CPU in 2005, Intel missed a huge opportunity. The company’s disbelief in Apple’s ambitious forecast is belied by the numbers: More than 1.8 billion iOS devices have been sold thus far.


One may wonder why then-CEO Paul Otellini didn’t make Apple an offer they couldn’t refuse: Access to Intel’s superior silicon manufacturing technology. At the time, Apple had nothing; Intel held all the cards.


A few years later, after the dramatic rise of ARM-powered smartphones, Intel execs’ faith in Wintel was unshaken: “The temporary advantage these less sophisticated, Windows-less ARM chips are enjoying will be erased by the superior silicon manufacturing process of the x86. It’s nothing…”

Fantastic take on Intel’s Apple hubris. Now Intel is fighting for its very existence.


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Canon Pixma iP110: Printing Without Wires

For anyone who needs to print in situations where there are no power outlets and where cables would be fussy, the battery-powered, Wi-Fi-enabled Canon Pixma iP110 is a reasonably priced, robust solution.


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Feature Request: Make the Calendar app smart enough...

In general, technology gets smarter over time. New features are added that improve the functionality, or changes are made that allow a device or app to do the same thing in smarter ways.

But every now and then, a new feature can effectively end up making an app dumber – and Apple’s Calendar app is guilty of this …


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∞ Steve Jobs at MIT

[VIDEO] Steve Jobs gave a very informal talk (video embedded in the main Loop post) to a class at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, back in 1992. I’ve not seen this one before.

I have to say, seeing Steve so young and vibrant both thrills me and fills me with sadness.

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Alexa, Siri, and a step toward follow-up conversation

When you ask Siri, Alexa, or Google a question, you have to say the trigger phrase, “Hey Siri”, “Alexa”, or “OK Google”. When you want to follow-up, you have to repeat that trigger phrase.

But that is about to change.

Amazon has rolled out a beta of something it calls Follow-up Mode. From this Amazon Help page:

When you turn on Follow-Up Mode, you can make more requests without repeating the wake word. Follow-up mode is available on all hands-free Alexa-enabled devices. The blue indicator light on the Echo device remains on for a few seconds, letting you know that Alexa is active and ready for your next request.

The idea is, after you say “Alexa”, Alexa keeps listening for a follow-up query until it times out. Notably, follow-up mode does not kick in when:

  • Audio is playing. For example, the device is playing music, books, or you...
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PGA Tour adding ARKit golf courses to app, in time...

The latest practical demonstration of Apple's ARKit comes by way of the PGA Tour, which has announced a new augmented reality app to visualize courses and holes within your own home.

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Apple receives an ‘A+’ in latest Computer...

RESCUECOM has released its latest Computer Reliability Report, which compares the brand market share of computer makers with their repair share, based on the number of computer repair calls received per brand, to create an overall reliability score. Apple received an A+ based on 20.7% market share.

20.7% market share? Yep, because RESCUECOM includes desktops, laptops, AND tablets in its tallies. 

"The Samsung – Apple battle continues with Samsung coming in second to Apple but holding a higher rank than others due mostly to superior PCs like the sleek, elegant, and powerful ArtPC PULSE," says RESCUECOM's David Milman.

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