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Wednesday August 9

05:48
‘Carpool Karaoke: The Series’ now on Apple Music

Carpool Karaoke: The Series is now available to Apple Music subscribers. It will welcome a different group of stars every Tuesday, with new episodes available exclusively to Apple Music subscribers in more than 100 countries. 

Celebrity pairings include Will Smith and James Corden; Miley, Noah, Billy Ray and the entire Cyrus family; Shakira and Trevor Noah; Game of Thrones stars Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams; Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith; John Legend, Alicia Keys and Taraji P. Henson; LeBron James and James Corden; and more.

Based on the popular segment from The Late Late Show with James Corden, Carpool Karaoke: The Series is produced for Apple Music by CBS Television Studios and Fulwell 73. Corden and Ben Winston are the creators and executive producers, along with executive producer Eric Pankowski.

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05:43
iPhone’s share of the U.S. smartphone market up, but...

Kantar says the iPhone’s share of the U.S. smartphone market grew in the three months ending in May, but Apple still lags Samsung. Apple’s market share reached 34%, up 4.7 points from the same quarter in 2016. 

Samsung held 36.2% of the market, up from the 32.9% of the prior quarter but down on the year. Kantar notes that Samsung’s launch of the Galaxy S8 had less impact on the market share growth than expected. 

Meanwhile, Digitimes reports that all three iPhone models for this year have entered volume production. However, the article says that, as most folks expect, the “iPhone 8” will likely have a shortage due to demand and lower initial supplies. 

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05:22
Apple’s R&D spend up 15%, now at similar level...

Apple’s highly-focused approach means that it spends a smaller percentage of its revenue on research & development than almost any other tech company. But it ramped up R&D spending significantly in its most recent fiscal quarter.

The WSJ noted that Apple increased its R&D spend by 15% in the quarter ending in July, hitting a total of $11.2B for the 12-month period. Things get more interesting, argues the paper, when you view it in percentage terms …

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05:16
Apple Park construction workers are posting on-site...

As noted this morning on Reddit, workers on the Apple Park campus site are posting photos and video snaps to Snapchat for the world to see. Whilst this openness surely isn’t endorsed by Apple, it seems to have been going on for a long time unnoticed with snaps going back weeks. There is enough for it to appear on the ‘Snap Map’ as a heat spot at least.

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05:15
Rumor: iPhone 7s, 7s Plus and 8 to enter mass...

In the words of respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, Apple will launch the iPhone 8 on the same day as the “iPhone 7s” and “iPhone 7s Plus”, although in limited quantities and styles.

The research report, published today, emerges from rumors in the supply chain. It also predicts that the iPhone 8 will come in just three colors: black, silver and gold.

Kuo stated that all three iPhone models will be announced simultaneously in September and will share the same launch date. He also indicated that the so-called “iPhone 8” will be in extremely short supply at launch, with the supply chain expected to produce between 2 million and 4 million units this quarter.

Per Kuo, all three iPhone models will support fast charging, although customers may have to procure a Lightning-to-USB-C cable and wall adapter to use this, as has been seen with the iPad Pro.

The report stated that production of the “iPhone 8”, also sometimes referred to as the “iPhone...

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05:00
Apple launches official Instagram account to...

Apple launched its official @apple Instagram account on Monday, wherein the account features a series of photo sets comprised of iPhone photographers’ work. Each album asset is actually a video slideshow of a photographer’s work with an accompanying sound clip of her or him talking about the subject matter. Apple encourages other Instagram users to participate through the hashtag “#ShotoniPhone.”

The company currently maintains multiple verified Instagram accounts, including one for Apple Music, iTunes, Beats 1, iBooks, Carpool Karaoke, and Planet of the Apps. Apple has yet to create an account to highlight iPhone photography, which represents a heavy segment of Apple’s marketing efforts via its “Shot on iPhone” campaign on billboards.

Apple may have waited until now to launch its official account given past tension between the company and Instagram. Phil Schiller, the company’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, deleted his Instagram account in 2012...

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05:00
The BookBook Vol 2 is a great ‘sequel’ to the...

Twelve South’s newest edition of the BookBook (Vol 2) has been tweaked slightly. The leather case now fits the newest 12-inch MacBooks, 13-inch MacBook Pros and 15-inch MacBook Pros. I’m using it with the 12-inch MacBook.

Vol. 2 offers all the protection of the previous BookBook, but has also received a bit of a makeover with a 42% slimmer silhouette and a new spine design. It also debuts a hidden document pocket. This feature allows you to carry up to 20 pages of documents (depending on paper thickness), swatches or fabric samples, contracts to be signed, presentations and reference materials.

The quality is obvious as soon as you touch the case. The hard leather front and back assure you that your precious Mac laptop will be in good hands while you’re on the go. Since I am prone to dropping things the reinforced corners give me a sense of security that I have yet to have with any other case. 

The inside of the...

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04:37
U.S. iPhone market share up on last year, but...

Apple saw its share of the U.S. smartphone market hit 34% in the three months ending in May, reports Kantar – up 4.7 points on the same quarter last year.

However, Apple was knocked out of the #1 slot by Samsung, which saw its own market share rise from 32.9% to 36.2% quarterly, though still down year-on-year …

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04:30
Apple patent hints at iMacs and Thunderbolt displays...

I’ve long hoped for iMacs with even better speakers. Maybe I’ll get my wish as Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,729,992) for a “front loudspeaker directivity for surround sound systems.” The invention could also involve upcoming Apple stand-alone display that are expected in 2018.

The patent involves an audio receiver that receives left, right, and center audio channels for a piece of sound program content. A content processor in the audio receiver generates separate audio signals corresponding to each channel for driving corresponding transducers in left and right loudspeaker arrays.

In the patent filing, Apple says a major hurdle for rear-energized or flat video displays is the lack of space for a front center channel speaker coincident with the center of the video display. To accommodate this lack of space, front center speakers have been placed above and/or below the video display. However, since a speaker placed above or below the display is also not...

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04:03
All three new iPhones now in volume production, says...

A supply-chain report says that all three of this year’s iPhones are now in volume production as Apple gears up for an expected launch in September.

The report additionally says that while iPhone 8 supplies will be constrained, there will be no shortages of the iPhone 7s/Plus …

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Aug. 9, 2017

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.

iOS Apps/Updates

Noble Master Games has debuted Demise of Nations. It’s a turn-based grand strategy war game that covers the rise of Rome till the fall of modern civilization. Demise of Nations is free and comes with two maps. Additional maps can be downloaded for $3.99 a piece or $19.99 for all. 

A new garage sale cash register app, TallySheet, allows anyone with a smartphone to check customers out and tracks sales to an unlimited number of sellers. It’s designed for garage sales, yard sales, tag sales, craft sales, estate sales, school bake sales,...

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03:07
iPhone 8 may automatically silence notification...

The iPhone 8 is widely reported to feature a front-facing 3D sensor which will enable face recognition for automatic unlock (supposedly replacing the need for Touch ID entirely). Moreover, code references suggest that the new OLED iPhone will be able to use that same sensor to enable even more sophisticated features, like automatically silencing notifications if the user is looking at the screen. more…

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02:55
Glass back design corroborated by latest iPhone 7s,...

Following on from our Saturday post, these latest dummy models (which we believe to accurately represent the design of the real devices) give a sense of what the glass back design will look like for the whole lineup, spanning the 7s, 7s Plus and radically-redesigned OLED model (marketing names unknown). Thanks to Sonny Dickson for passing these along.

It also rebuts some of the rumors we’ve seen circulating that the ‘7s’ phones would have a rear Touch ID sensor; these dummies clearly show that the devices largely resemble the existing iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, albeit with some tweaks like the glass material (which means no antenna bands in sight!). More pictures below …

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Tuesday August 8

20:48
'Fallout' is bringing the wasteland to...

Multiplayer in Fallout on PC and consoles probably isn't going to happen. So, if you want friends to join you in the wasteland you're going to have to go old school. The folks from Fantasy Flight Games have devised a tabletop board game that's suitab...

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19:51
'Smash Bros'-style game 'Brawlout...

The indie fighting game Brawlout emerged around EVO 2016 to wow casual fans with Super Smash Bros-like combat while sneaking in more advanced mechanics for competitive players. Fans finally got their hands on it in April when it launched in Early Acc...

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18:59
Valve reveals 'Artifact,' the official...

Tonight, during Valve's "The International" Dota 2 esports tournament the company announced it's making a spinoff card game associated with its popular MOBA. Other than its name, Artifact, a brief teaser trailer and a release window of 2018, we didn'...

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18:43
Apple's "Carpool Karaoke: The Series...




As promised, Apple on Tuesday released the first episode of "Carpool Karaoke: The Series" to Apple Music subscribers, the firm's second attempt at original episodic programming.

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18:40
You can now watch the first episode of Apple’s...

You can now watch the first episode of Apple’s Carpool Karaoke original series on Apple Music. As expected, the company this evening has made the first installment of the series available starring James Corden and Will Smith…

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18:15
Atari taps Jeff Minter to resurrect classic coin-op...

As seen in this 1981 commercial, Tempest was one of Atari's flagship coin-operated arcade games. But unlike Space Command or Centipede, Tempest sent players down geometrically fractal tunnels in an advanced -- and vibrantly psychedelic -- semi-3D adv...

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17:47
Roundup: Here’s everything Apple will release before...

While Apple certainly hasn’t had a quiet first half of 2017, the second half (or even the last 3 months) of the year is shaping up to be even bigger. With launches of several new flagship products on the horizon, the remainder of 2017 is sure to be exciting for Apple customers.

Read on for a full roundup of everything Apple still has up its sleeve for this year…

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17:09
Indie slasher 'Severed' comes to Nintendo...

Drinkbox's critically well-received Severed has been available on a slew of platforms, but the march of time has made it harder to find: the PS Vita and Wii U are clearly on the way out, and not everyone wants to play it on a 3DS or iPhone. You're ge...

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16:45
Google Hangouts

 August 8, 2017 4:45:00 PM PDT

We're investigating reports of an issue with Google Hangouts. We will provide more information shortly.

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16:41
Disney will pull content from Netflix, start its own...

Walt Disney Co. is ending its film distribution agreement with Netflix for new releases in one of the boldest moves a traditional studio has taken against the leading digital platform.

The Burbank company instead will launch a new Disney-branded direct-to-consumer streaming service in 2019. The decision represents a major shift in strategy for Disney, which for years has worked with Netflix to distribute its content — including hit films and original television shows.

No, Disney, I don’t want another streaming service. I get the company has a lot of hits, but damn, the number of streaming services is getting ridiculous.

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16:22
Glen Campbell dead at 81

Glen Campbell, the indelible voice behind 21 Top 40 hits including “Rhinestone Cowboy,” “Wichita Lineman” and “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” died Tuesday. He was 81. A rep for Universal Music Group, Campbell’s record label, confirmed the singer’s death to Rolling Stone. During a career that spanned six decades, Campbell sold over 45 million records. In 1968, one of his biggest years, he outsold the Beatles.

So sad. Much respect, Glen.

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16:22
Google Home plays Deezer tunes at the sound of your...

Google Home doesn't have a huge range of on-demand music services on offer (Google's services and Spotify are your biggest choices), but you can add one to the list today. Deezer has launched Home support for its streaming music service, giving list...

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16:14
Wikipedia for iOS adds dark mode, iMessage stickers...

Wikipedia this week has pushed a notable update to its iOS app. The update brings the app to version 5.6 and includes new features such as a dark mode, a new “On this day” feed, and iMessage stickers…

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15:48
How many streaming services can the market support?

Disney announced during its latest earnings report it intends to pull all its movies from Netflix and launch a direct-to-consumer streaming service in 2019, reports CNBC. It also will launch an ESPN video streaming service in early 2018, including MLB, NHL and MLS content.

Yet another streaming service? How many can the market support? And if every studio/company wants its own streaming service providing its own content, how long it will it be before paying for cable Internet and all the streaming services that have content you wish to view becomes just as expensive as paying a company like Comcast for bundled cable/TV?

Right now we have Netflix (from $8.99 a month), Hulu Plus (from $7.99 a month), Amazon Prime (from $8.99 a month), DirectTV (from $35 a month), Sling (from $20 a month), PlayStation Vue (from $39.99), YouTube...

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15:46
Disney says it will launch its own streaming service...

During its earnings report this afternoon, Disney announced that it will cut ties with Netflix in favor of creating its own streaming service. Come 2019, Disney says that it will launch its own streaming service, while the long-awaited ESPN streaming service will launch in early 2018…

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15:44
‘Overwatch’ summer event adds lifeguard McCree and...

We knew it was coming, but the return of Overwatch's Summer Games is a welcome change. Like all of the game's seasonal events, this one brings the opportunity to earn skins, poses and other character content. But the second round of this Overwatch mi...

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15:18
AWT News Update: August 8, 2017

Not a lot of Apple news today, but we have descriptions of a few app updates that might get you excited!

  • AAPL closes at $160.08, a new record high
  • Developer Steve Troughton-Smith hacks the tvOS Simulator, finds that 4K is easy for developers to enable in a new Apple TV
  • The free iOS Wikipedia app (image at right) gains a number of new usability features 
  • Foursquare's Swarm app also gets a nice update, adding an interactive map of where you've been

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.

Text Version

This is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and you’re listening to the AWT News Update for August 8th, 2017. ...

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15:12
ITC launching investigation into Apple over Qualcomm...

Qualcomm last month officially filed a patent infringement suit against Apple, seeking an import ban on select iPhone models. Now, the chipmaker has announced that the International Trade Commission has commenced an investigation into Apple based on its complaint…

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15:10
ESPN’s standalone streaming service arrives in 2018

Disney bought a majority ownership in consumer streaming company BAMTech for $1.58 billion as part of plans to start its own video services. The first one up under the ESPN name offering coverage of multiple sports and launch in early 2018 -- and the...

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14:53
Roland's revival of the iconic TR-808 makes...

If we know anything about Roland, it's that the company loves to debut new gear on the corresponding date. Today is August 8th, or as the company calls it "808 Day," so naturally it's time for a new piece of kit. As you might've already guessed, ther...

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14:33
Microsoft's Outlook.com beta is a smarter inbox...

Microsoft already lets you preview versions of Windows and the Xbox interface before they're finished, so why not its Outlook.com email service? Sure enough, you're getting that chance. The company has launched an Outlook.com beta program that gives...

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14:27
Twitter is now testing out Night Mode on its desktop...

Last August, Twitter finally released Night Mode for its iOS app, which brings a much darker UI when scrolling through your timeline. The official Twitter app for macOS has had Night Mode since its major redesign in December of 2015, but if you prefer to access Twitter through the official website, it looks like Twitter is now testing out this feature for select users.

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14:22
Disney to end Netflix partnership, launch own...




Disney on Tuesday said it will end its distribution agreement with Netflix effective sometime in 2019, and launch in its place a standalone streaming services for both ESPN and Disney branded content.

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14:10
US trade commission looks into Qualcomm's...

Qualcomm's patent beef with Apple just took an important step forward. The US International Trade Commission has decided to investigate Qualcomm's complaint that some iPhones violate six of its patents. If the chip maker has its way, the ITC would ba...

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13:55
Disney will shun Netflix for its own streaming...

Today during an earnings report, Disney announced that it plans to no longer stream its content on Netflix. Instead, it intends to launch its own streaming service sometime in 2019. This comes just a little over a year after the company made Netflix...

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13:41
FDA hasn't confirmed if meatless Impossible...

The meatless Impossible Burger has been hard to track down since it debuted last August. Its parent company Impossible Foods promised that a massive new factory would put the faux beef patties in 1,000 restaurants by the end of the year, but that rol...

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13:40
The first 15 Apple Watch games you should play

Armed with fun

Image by Andrew Hayward/IDG

The Apple Watch hasn’t become the hugely significant gaming platform that some might have suspected, as the restrictions of the screen size and tech have seemingly scared developers away. On the other hand, some creators have worked within those limitations to design truly compelling wrist-based experiences.

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13:08
US To Review Qualcomm's Complaints About Apple...

U.S. trade officials have agreed to investigate Qualcomm's allegations that Apple Inc infringed on patents with its iPhone7 and other devices, the U.S. International Trade Commission said on Tuesday. From a report: The ITC will make its decision "at the earliest practicable time" and will set a target date for completing its investigation within the next 45 days, the commission said in a statement. Qualcomm filed the complaint in early July, asking U.S. trade regulators to ban certain models of the iPhone that contain so-called broadband modem chips, which help phones connect to wireless data networks, that were not made by Qualcomm. Apple began using broadband modem chips made by Intel Corp in the iPhone 7. Qualcomm has not alleged that Intel chips violate its patents but says the way Apple uses them in the iPhone does.

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13:05
Amazon reportedly plans to add multiroom audio to...

The ideal audio system in your home would allow you to hear whatever you're listening to as you move from room to room. These days, you don't even need an expensive multi-speaker setup. Google Home already has this capability, as does Chromecast and...

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13:03
Shares of Apple close at all-time high of $160.08,...




As hype for the "iPhone 8" continues to build, investors are buying in on Apple stock, sending shares to new record highs on Tuesday. The gains held throughout the day, allowing AAPL stock to close above the $160 mark for the first time ever.

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12:48
Unreal Engine updated with preliminary support for...




The new version of Epic's Unreal Engine provides basic ARKit support for iOS, developed in collaboration with Peter Jackson's Wingnut AR.

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12:47
Uber is reportedly closing down its car-leasing...

Uber's terrible, awful, no-good 2017 isn't over yet. Two years after it started leasing cars to drivers, the ride-hailing company has realized that it should've looked at the economics of such a little better. "The average loss per vehicle was about...

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12:39
Your modern car might be as vulnerable as the first...

Over 10 years ago, the first iPhone burst on the scene and changed mobile computing forever. But it had a flaw: The baseband (the part that manages all the radios) on the installed Infineon chip could be exploited to run the phone on networks other t...

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12:34
US International Trade Commission to investigate...




The U.S. International Trade Commission on Tuesday agreed to look into Qualcomm allegations that the iPhone 7 -- and other Apple devices -- violate its patents, a small part of a wider legal battle between the two companies.

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12:32
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12:22
The iPhone 8 may launch in September after all

Earlier this year it was rumored that the iPhone 8 wouldn't get the what's come to be standard September release date, but instead would launch later in the year. However, KGI Securities has a new set of predictions and it looks like the upcoming mod...

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12:09
Amazon expected to counter Apple's AirPlay 2...




In a potential shot at Apple's AirPlay 2 as well as speaker maker Sonos, Amazon is rumored to be preparing its own multi-speaker, multi-room music technology, which could come to existing Echo devices via a software update.

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12:02
Epic Games gives developers a taste of ARKit ahead...

ARKit on iOS may blow up perhaps sooner than expected. That's because Epic Games have added experimental support for it to the latest version of Unreal Engine. The idea is to give developers an early look at the features before iOS 11 goes live later...

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12:00
Apple seeds new public betas of macOX High Sierra...

Along with the fourth public beta of iOS 11, Apple has seeded the fourth macOS High Sierra and tvOS 11. The finished versions are due in the fall.

If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do so here. The public beta program is free, but remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.

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11:55
U.S. ITC to investigate Qualcomm’s claims against...

The U.S. International Trade Commission will investigate Qualcomm’s patent infringement claims against Apple. The goal is to complete the investigation within 45 days.

In January, Apple filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm, the world’s dominant supplier of baseband processors, alleging the chip supplier demanded unfair terms for its technology. However, Qualcomm denies the allegations.

In a statement regarding Apple’s lawsuit, Qualcomm said: “While we are still in the process of reviewing the complaint in detail, it is quite clear that Apple's claims are baseless. Apple has intentionally mischaracterized our agreements and negotiations, as well as the enormity and value of the technology we have invented, contributed and shared with all mobile device makers through our licensing program. Apple has been actively encouraging regulatory attacks on...

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11:40
Anchor's app turns your podcasts into social...

Podcasts might be enjoying a resurgence, but they're not exactly designed for social networks. Are your friends really going to notice the link to your latest episode when there's a cute cat video beckoning? Anchor might have a way to capture their...

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11:21
Fingernail-sized chip can repair damaged tissue in...

A new device can begin repairing damaged organs in seconds, heralding a major breakthrough for life-saving medicine. Developed at Ohio State University, the technology known as tissue nanotransfection (TNT) uses a small coin-sized silicone chip that...

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11:13
Analyst: the ‘iPhone 8, iPhone 7s, and iPhone 7s...

In a note to clients — as noted by AppleInsider — KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says the “iPhone” 8 will launch on the same day as the “iPhone 7s” and “iPhone 7s Plus,” though — as you could have guessed — quantities may be limited. The key points in his note:

All three smartphones will be announced simultaneously in September, and will share the same launch date (although it’s uncertain exactly when that will be). 

The iPhone 8" will be in extremely short supply at launch, with the supply chain expected to produce between two million and four million units this quarter. The good news: production should ramp up quickly, reaching between 45 million and 50 million units this year.

Apple will produce between 35 million and 38 million 4.7-inch "iPhone 7s" units, and another 18 million to 20 million 5...

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10:54
Apple issues fourth public betas of iOS 11, tvOS 11...




Hot on the heels of a fifth developer release, Apple on Tuesday issued a fourth public beta of iOS 11, available to anyone with a compatible iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Also out are fourth public betas of tvOS 11 for the Apple TV, and macOS High Sierra.

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10:44
KGI: iPhone 8 will launch with iPhone 7s, limited to...

KGI Securities is out with a new report offering fresh predictions for the upcoming iPhone launch expected as soon as next month. KGI expects Apple will announce all three new iPhones (4.7-inch LCD, 5.5-inch LCD, 5.8-inch OLED) in September and launch at the same time after previously believing the OLED iPhone could arrive later. Despite debuting simultaneously, KGI predicts the OLED iPhone will be severely supply constrained at launch…

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10:44
∞ Adam Savage visits Third Man Records!

I would happily do a Kickstarter campaign to fly The Publisher of The Loop to Detroit so he can make a vinyl record of his music that we could all buy!

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10:25
Fourth macOS High Sierra public beta is now available

Apple has released the fourth macOS High Sierra public beta for Mac. This allows users who are not registered developers to test pre-release versions of macOS with new features for free.

Today’s macOS High Sierra public beta follows yesterday’s fifth developer version.

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10:25
David Letterman returning to TV with Netflix talk...

I didn’t watch Letterman for the last few years of his last show but I’ll definitely want to check this out.

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10:21
'iPhone 8' to enter mass production in mid...




Rumors about an "iPhone 8" delay may have been unfounded, as analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities indicated on Tuesday that the flagship handset will launch on the same day as the "iPhone 7s" and "iPhone 7s Plus" -- albeit in limited quantities and styles.

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10:20
AWT TV Episode 18: August 7, 2017

Welcome to AWT TV, a weekly show featuring Steve Sande, Dennis Sellers and Marty Edwards of Apple World Today. Each week we'll discuss what's happened in the world of Apple, talk about new apps and accessories, maybe even have a demonstration or two of the latest software.  Be sure to subscribe to the Apple World Today video channel on YouTube.

This week's show is a slightly different format featuring Marty and Steve. We start with a pair of reviews of some iOS apps. Marty took a look at NextRadio -- Live FM Radio, which allows you to tune into local FM stations and even interact with the staff. It's free, and perfect for checking out your local music and news stations.

https://itunes....

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10:18
Deals: 2017 15" MacBook Pro for $2,249 ($150...




Tuesday deals are heating up with instant and coupon savings on Mid 2017 MacBooks and iMacs. Pick up a 15-inch MacBook Pro for $2,249 or save $200 on two popular 27-inch iMacs with upgraded graphics. Readers can also exclusively save $100 on a 2017 12-inch MacBook, now $1,199 with coupon.

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10:10
Fourth tvOS 11 public beta for Apple TV now available

Apple has released the fourth tvOS 11 public beta for non-developers to test on Apple TV. tvOS 11 public beta includes new features like Home Screen Syncing, light and dark mode automatic switching, and full AirPods support.

more…

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10:09
Apple releases fourth public beta of iOS 11

Apple has released the fourth public beta of iOS 11. or iPhone and iPad users. The finished version is due this fall and will be a free software update. 

iOS 11 has been in developer beta testing since early June. If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do so here. The public beta program is free, but remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.

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10:08
Entry-level DSLRs compared: Canon EOS Rebel SL2 vs....

Not every beginner photographer needs a DSRL but, if you do, you can’t go wrong with either of these cameras.

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10:05
The best livestreams for watching the 2017 total...

A lot of folks will be at work and likely unable to go outside to watch the eclipse.

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10:02
Apple releases fourth iOS 11 public beta for iPhone...

Apple has released the fourth iOS 11 public beta for iPhone and iPad. This allows users who are not registered developers to test pre-release versions of iOS with new features for free.

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09:57
AAPL hits all time high as it passes $160 record

Apple stock has hit an all time high today as shares of AAPL reached above the previous $160 per share record it set earlier this month during after hours trading.

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09:48
News: Coach releases new and updated Apple Watch...

Coach has released a series of new Apple Watch bands and updated the colors of some others for fall, Haute Ecriture reports. Many of the styles incorporate looks that have been seen in other Coach products, like a black leather band with the brand’s tea rose appliqué and a yellow band with its Rexy T-Rex emblazoned under the watch face. New printed leather straps include car, floral and cherry prints, while the woven-looking Snake Strap got…

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09:35
Tile unveils new Pro Series Sport and Style iPhone-...




Tile has added a pair of new Bluetooth trackers to its product line, in the new Tile Sport and Tile Style.

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09:32
WÜD and RÖK: Completely unique iPhone cases feature...

It takes a lot to get this reviewer excited about an iPhone case. To get my attention, a case either has to have a function that is completely unique, or be so distinctive that it stands out in the crowd. The WÜD (US$39.95 - $69.95) and RÖK (US$39.95) cases from Virginia-based WÜD fit the latter criterion in that each case is indeed a one-of-a-kind specimen that will never be duplicated. 

WÜD (left) and RÖK iPhone cases. Photo ©2017, Steven Sande

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Any recent iPhone can be outfitted with a WÜD or RÖK case; they're available for iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone SE, iPhone 5s, and iPhone 5. 

The WÜD and RÖK cases share a common piece; a very thin and well-designed polycarbonate and rubber shell that protects the sides of the iPhone and provides a base...

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 13″ MacBook Air $200 off,...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications. more…

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09:10
Fired Google employee offered job at WikiLeaks

Julian Assange has offered a job to the employee that Google fired for writing the memo on gender differences.

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09:05
News: Top telcom regulator in India angry over Apple...

The head of India’s Telecom Regulatory Authority is taking Apple to task for refusing to approve an official government “do not disturb” app for iOS, The Times of India reports. The app serves to block annoying unsolicited calls and texts, and TRAI chairman R.S. Sharma claimed Apple is engaging in “anti-consumer” actions by not approving it. “So basically you (Apple) are violating the right of the user to willingly…

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09:04
Foursquare’s Swarm 5.0 update brings personal...

Foursquare’s check-in focused app, Swarm, got a major visual and user experience update today. The changes bring a focus to a timeline view of check-ins, new categories, and an overall updated UI.

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09:00
Instagram testing new two-person live stream video...

Live video broadcasting has become a standard feature in apps like Facebook and YouTube since being popularized by Meerkat then Periscope, and now Instagram is looking to take the feature to the next step. Instagram is starting to test two-person live broadcasting for select users with a new split-screen layout.

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08:55
Photos show alleged cover glass, sensor notch for...




As Apple's "iPhone 8" enters the home stretch, new images published on Tuesday are said to depict the device's cover glass, apparently backing leaks about the device's edge-to-edge OLED display.

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08:53
GM’s Cruise launches beta autonomous ride-sharing...

GM’s autonomous driving division, Cruise Automation, announced the launch of the beta version of its autonomous ride-sharing app currently being used by employees in San Francisco, where they operate a fleet of autonomous Chevy Bolt EV test vehicles.
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08:49
Google fires author of memo on gender differences

James Damore, the Google engineer who wrote the note, confirmed his dismissal in an email, saying that he had been fired for “perpetuating gender stereotypes.” He said he’s “currently exploring all possible legal remedies.”

I think he’ll have a really difficult time finding another job in Silicon Valley.

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08:09
News: Purported X-ray of prototype iPhone 8 shows...

Photos of a purported X-ray of an iPhone 8 in testing posted on Chinese social media site Weibo show a large dark area in the center thought to be the new inductive coil to enable wireless charging. Weibo is unpredictable in terms of accuracy, but wireless charging is expected to be a marquee feature in this year’s iPhone models. Problems with the wireless charging system’s development were reported in July, but it’s possible that…

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08:01
Head of Indian telecoms regulator says Apple...




Apple is being "anti-consumer" and engaging in "data colonization" by so far refusing to approve an official government "do not disturb" app for the iPhone, according to the chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.

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07:36
How to automate your home with Apple's HomeKit...




Apple's HomeKit allows users to control compatible hardware with an iPhone -- but expanded control from outside the home requires either an Apple TV of some flavor, or an iPad. AppleInsider explains the use cases, and what you need to get started.

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07:29
A bot can use your Instagram feed to tell whether...

It seems there’s not much AI can’t do these days. Whether it’s drive a car, improve music discovery, retouch photos or narrate the world to blind people. And now machine learning can even look through your Instagram feed to decide whether you are clinically depressed …

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07:19
News: Apple patents way to use FaceTime camera and...

A recent Apple patent describes new ways to use the FaceTime camera and accompanying sensors in current iPhones to take health measurements. The process “uses one or more of the camera and the proximity sensor to emit light into a body part of a user touching a surface of the electronic device and one or more of the camera, the ambient light sensor, and the proximity sensor to receive at least part of the emitted light reflected by the body…

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Bill Wyman ranks all 165 Pink Floyd songs, from...

Bill Wyman really knows his Pink Floyd. If you are a Floyd fan, lock in your favorite tracks, then dig in, see if your faves made the top 10. Some solid commentary here.

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06:53
Feature Request: Give us the option of switching off...

Quite a lot of tech features are designed to protect us from ourselves, and most of the time I’m fully in favor of this. I like it, for example, that my iOS devices ask me if I’m sure I want to delete a photo. I like it that my Macs ask me if I really want to empty the wastebasket. I love that Time Machine performs hourly backups and offers me an easy way to recover an earlier version of documents – and so on.

But there’s one aspect of iOS designed to protect me from myself that I find irritating, and I’d love a way to switch it off. My iOS devices don’t trust me to ensure there’s no-one watching when I type in passwords …

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06:52
What’s new in iOS 11 Beta 5

[VIDEO] Jeff Benjamin walks through the changes introduced with iOS 11 Beta 5 (see the video embedded in the main Loop post). For the most part, these changes are subtle, which is a good thing, shows stability.

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06:47
News: Apple releases fifth round of developer betas...

Apple has released a fifth series of betas for iOS 11, tvOS 11, and watchOS 4, as usual addressing a number of issues in the prior developer previews and moving all three of the operating systems closer to their expected release this fall. The release notes continue to list a large number of known issues that are still pending. Public betas for iOS 11 and tvOS 11 will likely follow within the next day or two....

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06:42
How to password protect a folder on a Mac, and add a...

Henry T. Casey:

Not all of your files are meant to be seen by everyone. Your friends and family may not appreciate this truth, but that’s just the way it is sometimes. Luckily, MacBook owners can protect their sensitive files from prying eyes by password protecting specific folders.

Every Mac owner should know how to do this. I only wish Apple would offer a more direct method of password protecting a folder, one that didn’t require the creation of a separately mountable volume. But this solution works and works well.

That said, if you are trying to protect text, as opposed to a set of files, consider placing that text into a note, then locking the individual note. This has the advantage of giving you access to that protected information on your Mac and all your iOS devices.

Here’s Apple’s support doc on adding a password to your notes.

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06:39
Indian telecom regulator accuses Apple of ‘data...

Trai, an Indian telecom regulator, is accusing Apple of engaging in "data colonization" in India and being "anti-consumer" by not allowing customers to pass on details about pesky calls and unwanted messages to authorities as well as their mobile operators, reports the Times of India

The matter has remained unresolved over the last one year and has now led to an attack on the American electronics giant by R S Sharma, chairman of Trai. 

"While Google's Android supports our Do-Not-Disturb (DND) app, Apple has just been discussing, discussing, and discussing. They have not done anything," RS Sharma, chairman of Trai, tells TOI. 

The DND app, launched in June 2016, has the capability to procure SMS details and call records of an individual from the phone's messages column and...

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06:37
Developer hacks tvOS Simulator to run clean 4K,...




Images published on Tuesday show Apple's tvOS Simulator hacked to run at 4K resolution, suggesting that Apple likely has little interface work to do to support a fifth-generation Apple TV believed to be coming this fall.

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06:31
FileMaker Inc. debuts the Custom App Academy

FileMaker, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple, has launchedits Custom App Academy and FileMaker Developer Conference videos designed to help individuals learn to build custom apps using the FileMaker Platform. It includes video tutorials with step-by-step guidance tailored to the learner's level.

Along with the aforementioned video tutorials in the Custom App Academy, the first videos from the FileMaker Developer Conference with multiple tracks designed for different skill levels and needs are now available. The videos from those sessions—from beginner to advanced—become a secondary learning resource after the event, according to Ann Monroe, vice president of worldwide marketing and customer success, FileMaker, Inc..

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06:25
Apple stuck in TV test pattern

Shira Ovide, Bloomberg:

Since well before Steve Jobs died in 2011, Apple executives have been saying TV entertainment needed a wholesale reinvention and Apple was just the company to do it. Fast forward to 2017, and America’s entertainment is being reinvented. But Apple is barely involved.

And:

More than 1 million U.S. households have ditched cable TV so far in 2017, Morgan Stanley estimates. Tens of millions of people are binge-watching TV shows and movies on Netflix and Hulu without sitting through commercials. Some amateurs on YouTube are making videos that are more popular than many traditional TV series. People in and out of Hollywood are working on letting people screen new movies at home instead of trekking to the multiplex.

This evolution is big. It’s shaking up pop culture. It’s shifting how cars and diapers are marketed. It’s affecting government policy. And Apple is a fringe player in all of this.

And:

Eddy Cue, the Apple...

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06:16
What’s wrong with the Touch Bar

Josh Centers wanted to do a TidBITS piece on innovative uses of the MacBook Touch Bar. Things did not go as planned.

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06:08
The augmented reality car manual

[VIDEO] Augmented reality is slowly entering our reality. Genesis Motors (Hyundai’s luxury brand) has put their car manual into an AR app. The video (embedded in the main Loop post) is just a taste of what’s coming, a nibble of how useful AR can be.

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: MarginNote Pro for Mac

Today in iLounge Deals, we’re offering MarginNote Pro for Mac for only $24.99 — that’s 50% off the regular price. This tool will help you learn something new every day and commit that knowledge to memory, with powerful reading features for students, teachers, researchers, lawyers, or even the naturally curious. You can quickly organize, study, and manage large volumes of PDF and EPUB files, while also taking notes right in the margins,…

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05:50
∞ Apple Services: Misunderstood and locked in

Catching up on my reading list, found these two interesting pieces on Apple Services:

Jean-Louis Gassée, in a Monday Note titled Misunderstanding Apple Services, on the wave of headlines touting Apple Services as a standalone company:

If Apple Services were a standalone company, its $27.8B in revenue would just squeak past Facebook’s $27.6 (although I’m not sure we’re comparing the same four quarters).

And:

Remove “Apple” from “Apple Services”…would this stand-alone “Services” company enjoy the same success were it to service Android phones or Windows PCs?

Apple Services is an important member of the supporting cast that pushes the volume and margins for the main act: Apple Personal Computers. These come in three sizes, small (iPhone), medium (iPad), and large (Mac). If rumors of the addition of a cellular modem true, we may even see the Watch, today...

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05:45
Apple has been granted a patent for ‘content pods...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,729,596) for “content pods for streaming media services.” Per the patent info, a “content pod” would be assembled to contain personal content relevant to an end user (that’s you).

In some embodiments, personal content can consist of traffic updates, voicemail messages, text messages, social media updates, and personal status updates. A content delivery system determines what personal content is available on your Apple devices by connecting to available information sources. 

The delivery system then assembles the content pod from these elements in addition to invitational content from content providers. A bumper message could be included in the content pod to provide a context for the elements that are being assembled in combination with each other. Once the content pod is generated, it’s sent to your various Apple gadgets to be played during content breaks while you’re streaming online content.

In the patent filing,...

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