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Wednesday December 6

06:43
Sonos and Ikea tease collaboration, possibly Sonos...

Ikea is teasing a collaboration with Sonos, but without giving any details …

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06:42
∞ First look at Apple TV’s Amazon Prime Video app

I’ve been looking forward to an Amazon Prime Video app on my Apple TV for quite some time.

The good news is, the app is here and available for download. The better news? The app works quite well. One caveat, which I’ll get to in a minute, but the overall experience is excellent, just what you’d expect from a well-written Apple TV app.

Click through to the main Loop post for all the details. […]

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06:41
Apple Pay adds 35+ more supported banks & credit...

Apple today updated its list of officially supported banks and credit unions for Apple Pay, adding over 35 new institutions across the US, Canada, Russia and Japan.

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06:39
Apple partner Catcher at work on new product...




Apple chassis supplier Catcher has revealed it's working on a product line outside of its usual categories, which could hint at involvement in ambitious Apple hardware -- such as a rumored augmented reality headset.

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06:21
Analyst report endorses Apple’s approach of in-store...

A recent IHS Markit analyst note says that lack of awareness of the benefits of smart home technology is holding back growth.

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06:19
Amazon Prime Video finally arrives on Apple TV,...

Enlarge / The Apple TV 4K and remote. (credit: Samuel Axon)

Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the forthcoming appearance of Amazon Prime Video to the Apple TV earlier this year, but the launch kept getting pushed back for unknown reasons. Now, Amazon's Prime Video app is finally rolling out on the tvOS app store. The Prime Video iOS app was recently updated to version 5.0 and the release notes state that subscribers can download a separate tvOS app on their Apple TV to watch Prime Video content on that device.

Although we were able to download it this morning, according to a report by 9to5Mac, the Amazon Prime Video app...

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06:12
Republican tax reform bill could shave up to $47...

Apple may see up to $47 billion removed from its tax bill if Republicans continue with their current (and very controversial) tax reform plan, according to Fortune. This would make the tech giant the biggest beneficiary of the legislation that’s currently before Congress.

According to the Financial Times this is the result of the reduced tax rate that would be applied to foreign earnings under the Republicans’ proposed reform. The Republican proposals for reform calls for taxing past accumulated earnings at rates of no more than 14.5%, regardless of whether or not the money is returned home. Apple calculates it would be liable for $78.6 billion in taxes if its earnings were brought back under the current regime, according to the...

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06:03
Amazon Prime Video comes to the Apple TV

As promised this summer, an Amazon Prime app is now available for the Apple TV and requires a third generation (or later) Apple TV. It's a free download available on the tvOS App Store.

The app allows Amazon Prime Video subscribers to easily watch TV shows and movies from the service using Apple's set-top box. This is a bit of an about-face for Amazon. In June 2016, CEO Jeff Bezos said he only wants Amazon to sell devices that support Prime Video.

Amazon Prime is a membership program that gives customers access to streaming video, music, e-books, free shipping and a variety of other Amazon-specific services and deals. It costs $99 per year or you can go for a monthly $10.99 charge. You can try the service for free for 30 days.

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06:00
Amazon Prime Video App Launches on Apple TV

Six months after Apple chief executive Tim Cook said Amazon's Prime Video service would be coming to Apple TV, the much anticipated on-demand video streaming service has arrived on tvOS. Similar to other versions of Amazon Prime Video, the Apple TV app allows Prime subscribers to sign into their accounts and watch Amazon Prime exclusive TV series, as well as browse a collection of movies.


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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Wireless Power Bank + Wireless...

In our iLounge Deal for today, you can pick up the Wireless Power Bank + Wireless Charger Adapter for only $58 with the coupon code GIFTSHOP15. The JS Wireless Power Bank is compatible with any Qi-enabled device, including the new iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X, allowing you to take wireless charging with you on the go. You also get USB and micro-USB ports in addition to the wireless charging capabilities, allowing you to charge up your non-wireless…

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05:55
Tim Cook thinks apps removed from the China Apple...

CEO Tim Cook says he expects the apps removed from the China App Store earlier this year will be reinstated. The tech giant was criticised for pulling virtual private network and messaging apps from the Chinese store due to pressure from the country’s regulators.

Cook made his comments while peaking at the Fortune Forum in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou. He also says he believes strongly in freedom, apparently replying to comments after U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) said on Tuesday that Apple had a moral obligation to...

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05:39
Republican tax reform plans could see Apple saving $...

Republican plans for corporate tax reform would see Apple as the biggest beneficiary if the company chooses to repatriate its overseas cash hoard. It has been estimated that in that eventuality, Apple would save a cool $47B in taxes …

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05:36
First look: Amazon Prime Video for Apple TV launches...




Six months after being announced, Amazon Prime Video for Apple TV has debuted on the tvOS App Store, meaning subscribers will be able to view hits like "The Man in the High Castle," "The Big Sick," "Catastrophe," and "The Grand Tour" on Apple's latest set-top boxes.

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05:00
Stay protected online with this lifetime...

Have you signed up for a deal with one of our Virtual Private Network (VPN) vendors yet? VPNs are used to keep your data safe on any network, let you unblock geo-restricted sites, and even unblock geo-restricted YouTube videos. ZenMate is one of the largest and fastest-growing VPNs in the world, used by over 41 million people. Our deal today gives you a lifetime subscription to ZenMate Premium for $59.99.

You'd normally spend $840 for ZenMate Premium for the rest of your life, but this deal gets you the service at 92% off. What does ZenMate Premium do for you?

  • Encrypts your browser traffic to safeguard your data
  • Includes a browser extension to easily...
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05:00
Patent shows Apple would love for you to use two...

Forget one Apple Watch. Apple wants you to use multiple versions of its smartwatch. The tech giant has been granted a patent (number 9,838,526) for switching between watches or other accessories. 

The invention involves systems and methods for allowing a user to switch between watches that have been paired with a device such as an iPhone. In one embodiment, the watches automatically detect a removal of a first watch from a user's wrist and an attachment of a second watch to the user's wrist. 

Messages from the watches are transmitted to the device to allow the device to switch the active watch from the first watch to the second watch. The switch can occur while the device is in a locked state, and the device can synchronize the second watch with data received from the first watch.

In the patent info, Apple notes that watches and fitness trackers can be paired, typically though Bluetooth wireless communication, with a companion device to provide health tracking...

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04:45
PSA: Here’s a really quick and easy way to search...

If you’ve ever been in the situation of knowing that you have the info you need in one of your gazzilion open Safari tabs, or you know that you saw it on a webpage recently but can’t remember which, there’s a couple of really easy shortcuts for searching …

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04:30
MekaMon is a fun combination of ‘real-life,’ AR...

Like gaming? Like robots? Like Battlebots?Then you’ll love the spider-like MekaMon from Reach Robotics — IF you’re willing to tackle a somewhat long learning curve.

Described as the world’s first real-life gaming robot,” it’s available at Apple.com and MekaMon.com for $299.95 (in white and black models), as well as in Apple stores throughout the U.S. and UK. You control it via a free downloadable app for your iPhone (or Android phone).

Each robot weighs approximately 2.2 pounds, measures 11.8 x 11.8 x 5.9 inches, and has a removable, rechargeable battery. The...

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04:19
Amazon Prime Video arrives on Apple TV, updated for...




An Amazon Prime Video app that provides full iPhone X support also brings along a tvOS version to finally provide Apple TV owners video playback from the service without relying on AirPlay.

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04:02
Cook responds to China criticisms, says he believes...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has hit back at suggestions that Apple is failing to fulfil a moral obligation to fight for freedom of expression in China.

The company had come under repeated fire from local customers and human rights groups for bowing to pressure from the Chinese government to remove or restrict App Store content in the country.

U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy said in an interview that ‘Apple […] must continue to push back on Chinese suppression of free expression’ …

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04:00
How to take sharper close-ups with the iPhone X

The iPhone X takes great close-ups with its advanced cameras. But you can make ‘em even sharper.

Tap 2x while in the Camera app for optical zoom. You can then swipe right from the 2x button to zoom further with digital zoom, which reaches up to 10x for photos and 6x for video.

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03:44
Amazon Prime Video app rolling out to Apple TV App...

As announced in the Amazon Prime Video iOS app release notes, the Apple TV Amazon Prime Video app is now rolling out. The release notes say users have to download a separate tvOS app, which apparently will work on the third-generation Apple TV as well.

At long last, Amazon’s Prime Video application will be available today for the tvOS-powered Apple TV, as expected based on hints from the App Store. Apple originally teased the release back at WWDC, but both companies had gone quiet on a specific launch date until now. Search ‘Amazon Prime Video’ in the Apple TV App Store to find it.

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Dec. 6, 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

Cinemark Holdings has launched Movie Club, a $8.99 monthly movie membership program. It offers ticket and concession discounts and other benefits. Moviegoers can join and begin taking advantage of their benefits through the Cinemark app, which is available for free at the Apple App Store.

macOS Apps/Updates

Xojo has announced Xojo 2017 Release 3, a new version of the...

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03:00
Apple releases watchOS 4.2, includes Apple Pay Cash...

You can now use your Apple Watch to send and receive money via the new Apple Pay Cash service.

Apple on Tuesday launched watchOS 4.2 for the Apple Watch, allowing for this feature.

The final release comes after four beta builds were issued to developers and public testers. Apple Pay Cash began rolling out on iOS devices on Monday.

The Apple Pay Cash service can be found via a button within Messages. Here, users can quickly authorize and send payments from their Apple Watch without needing to use an iPhone.

The release is identified as Build 15S102. The update also adds support for HomeKit sprinklers and faucets, adds enhanced downhill snow sports tracking for third-party apps, and resolves a variety of bugs, including one that would crash Siri when asking about the weather.

watchOS 4.2 requires a connected iPhone running iOS 11.2 to install and run.

watchOS 4.2 can be installed from the Apple Watch app for iPhone.

If you’ve...

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02:29
Amazon Prime Video Comes to Apple TV

Yes, it’s finally here! The Amazon Prime Video app has finally appeared on the Apple TV!

 

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Tuesday December 5

23:59
Apple CEO Tim Cook talks Chinese supply chain,...




Apple CEO Tim Cook continued his China tour on Tuesday with an appearance at the Fortune Global Forum, where he discussed a range of topics from supply chain strategy to burgeoning markets to censorship.

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23:00
Google Wants Progressive Web Apps To Replace Chrome...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Android Police: The Chrome Web Store originally launched in 2010, and serves a hub for installing apps, extensions, and themes packaged for Chrome. Over a year ago, Google announced that it would phase out Chrome apps on Windows, Mac, and Linux in 2018. Today, the company sent out an email to developers with additional information, as well as news about future Progressive Web App support. The existing schedule is mostly still in place -- Chrome apps on the Web Store will no longer be discoverable for Mac, Windows, and Linux users. In fact, if you visit the store right now on anything but a Chromebook, the Apps page is gone. Google originally planned to remove app support on all platforms (except Chrome OS) entirely by Q1 2018, but Google has decided to transition to Progressive Web Apps:

"The Chrome team is now working to enable Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) to be installed on the desktop. Once this functionality ships (roughly...

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22:34
Deals: 2017 15" MacBook Pros for $2,199, high...




Prices are falling fast as we round out the first week in December. Save $200 to $250 on Mid 2017 15" MacBook Pros. Samsung's curved 55" 4K TV is also on sale for $899 today only, while 9.7" iPads are $299. All with free expedited shipping and no tax collected outside NY and NJ.

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19:19
Apple has 'moral obligation' to promote...




Commenting on Apple CEO Tim Cook's recent appearance at the World Internet Conference in China, U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) said the tech giant has a "moral obligation" to push back against the Asian nation's surveillance and censorship policies.

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18:52
App Store mixup hints at imminent release of Amazon...




Apple appears to have tipped the release of Amazon's long-awaited Amazon Prime Video app in an App Store listing this week, which suggests the title is not only coming to iOS, but Apple TV as well.

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18:12
Apple mistakenly starts promoting Amazon Prime Video...

As we approach the new year, Apple has two promises left to fulfill: the iMac Pro and Amazon Prime Video for Apple TV. While all has gone quiet about the former, it appears that we’re finally nearing a launch for Amazon Prime Video for Apple TV…

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17:42
Netgear recalls Arlo outdoor camera power adapters...

If you bought one of Netgear's Arlo outdoor cameras and then snapped up an extra power adapter just in case, you may want to sit up and take notice. Neetgear and the Consumer Product Safety Commission are recalling Arlo's aftermarket power adapter a...

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17:01
How to set up and use Apple Pay Cash in iOS 11.2




Apple on Tuesday officially launched Apple Pay Cash -- a long-awaited peer-to-peer payments feature in iOS 11.2 that allows users to send and receive money from family and friends through Messages. We show you how to set up and use the new functionality in this video.

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16:47
Google blocks YouTube from Amazon devices as...




In an escalating tit-for-tat spat between Google and Amazon, the internet search giant on Tuesday began blocking certain Amazon devices from accessing YouTube, and announced the list will grow starting next month.

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16:38
Researchers 3D-print WiFi-connected objects that don...

Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a way for 3D-printed plastic objects to transmit information via WiFi without the help of batteries or electronics. And they show that it can be done with commercially available plastics and...

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15:53
NBA 2K eSports league qualifiers start January 1st

If you've been itching for an opportunity to participate in the officially sanctioned NBA 2K League when things get started in earnest this May, you now know what it'll take to pass muster: the eSports competition's Brendan Donahue has confirmed deta...

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15:43
Honor's new View 10 phone brings iPhone X-style...




Huawei's Honor brand on Tuesday revealed the Android-based View 10, a new flagship phone that features a direct imitation of the Animoji feature available on Apple's iPhone X.

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15:41
Apple Daily Report for December 5, 2017

The AWT News Update is on hiatus while my compadre, Steve, deals with some family issues. 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.

Apple has activated public transit directions in Apple Maps for users in Tampa, Florida, granting access to timetables and routes covering local bus, train, and streetcar operations.

iOS 11 is now installed on 59% of iOS devices, according to new statistics on Apple’s App Store support page for developers. That's up from 52% on Nov. 6.

Two local residents have applied to the Supreme...

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15:33
Apple's iOS 11 installed on 59% of compatible...




According to fresh iOS 11 adoption statistics issued by Apple on Tuesday, the company's latest mobile operating system has made its way onto more than half of all supported devices since its release some two and a half months ago.

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15:03
Marvel is making a scripted 'Wolverine'...

Marvel is taking Logan to the internet. The comics publisher has entered a partnership with Stitcher to produce a premium podcast starring the razor-clawed mutant called Wolverine: The Long Night. Weapon X will be voiced by Richard Armitage, who has...

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14:42
A salute to “Every Frame A Painting”: watch all 28...

This has been a remarkable series I have enjoyed immensely. Anyone who is a fan of movies and wants to understand how what occurs on screen is painstakingly created should watch these videos.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:41
Car2Go's carsharing service now offers Mercedes...

If you're a Car2Go member living in New York City, you can show up to your next destination in style. Starting today, members of the car-sharing service in Brooklyn and Queens can rent 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA four-dour sedans for 47 cents per minute (...

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14:34
How to set up and use Apple Pay Cash

While Apple Pay Cash started rolling out yesterday, the new feature has just gone live for many users today. Follow along for a look at how to set up Apple Pay Cash and the various ways to use it.

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14:31
Consumer Reports’ final iPhone X test results: top-...

Many of us are justifiably skeptical about Consumer Reports and their tests of Apple products in general but many others rely on them for help in making purchase decisions.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:30
Today's deal is iMazing, too! Manage iOS data...

Did we say iMazing, too? We meant iMazing 2! Our deal is for a universal license for Mac and Windows for this all-purpose iOS management software package. iMazing lets you manage the data on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch the way YOU want to, not the way Apple wants you to. For just $24.99, our deal takes 68% off the usual $79.98 package price.

What does iMazing 2 do for you?

  • Transfer files between any Mac or PC & any iOS device wirelessly or w/ USB
  • Work w/ all app documents, data, & media
  • Quickly update a new iPhone w/ your old data by copying everything or selecting the content to transfer
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14:26
U.S. Senator Leahy says Apple has ‘moral...

Over the weekend, Tim Cook made a surprise appearance at the World Internet Conference in China. During a keynote address at the event, Tim Cook reportedly said that Apple and China share a vision for an open digital economy. Now, U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, who previously questioned Apple’s relationship with the Chinese government, has responded to the news of Cook’s remarks…

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14:22
NASA's James Webb telescope is one step closer...

NASA's $8.8 billion James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has just left the thermal vacuum chamber where it's spent more than three months being put through its paces in a series of hardcore cryogenic tests. Scientists wanted to make sure the telescope's...

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14:01
Nissan will test its self-driving taxi service in...

Nissan wants to have its fully-automated ride service on the road in Japan by the early 2020s. The plan is to start with a "public field test" for the Easy Ride service in Yokohama. Nissan has partnered with technology company DeNa for the venture, a...

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13:51
Apple buys podcast search engine company

Apple is said to have bought Oakland’s audio tool developer Pop Up Archive, known for the audiosear.ch podcast search engine, in a move that could bolster the company’s own podcast service.

It will be interesting to see what Apple does with this technology to help its service.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:42
Lyft expands its non-emergency medical...

Lyft has teamed up with Circulation to provide on-demand non-emergency medical transportation to over 1,000 healthcare facilities across the country. Circulation launched last year and it allows hospitals and other medical facilities to schedule one-...

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13:32
MarsEdit 4 now available with refreshed look,...

MarsEdit 4 initially launched in public beta back in June, and today the Mac blog publishing app is officially available on the Mac App Store. The latest version of MarsEdit for macOS touts a refreshed look, numerous improvements to WordPress publishing, a Safari app extension, and plenty more.

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13:25
Apple introduces install-based Search Ads Basic tier...




Apple on Tuesday launched a new advertising option to the App Store, Search Ads Basic, which both changes how developers pay and simplifies the sign-up process.

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13:23
Cinemark launches a monthly movie program to rival...

MoviePass, the $10-per-month movie theater subscription service, was so unexpectedly popular when it launched last August that the company struggled to meet demand. Its success hasn't gone unnoticed, especially by the competition. Theater chain Cinem...

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13:22
Consumer Reports ranks iPhone X behind Galaxy S8 and...




Consumer Reports has performed a bevy of tests on the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X in conjunction with an assortment of other smartphones, and found the iPhone 8 series very slightly lagging behind the Samsung Galaxy S8 -- with the iPhone X close behind the iPhone 8.

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13:18
Apple launches Search Ads Basic

Apple has launched Search Ads Basic, an App Store ad program designed to simplify the process to eliminate keywords and bids. According to the tech giant, advertisers can tell them your app and monthly budget. 

The company’s intelligent automation creates the ad and matches it to interested users. Search Ads Basic pricing is a cost-per-install model (CPI), so you only pay up to your maximum CPI. Apple recommends a maximum CPI based on what the company knows about your app and what similar apps are willing to pay to reach the same users.

Search Ads Basic uses the app name, subtitle, description, preview videos, and screenshots approved for your App Store product page to create your ad. If you change your App Store metadata, it can take up to 24 hours to be reflected in the ad preview within your account, and up to two hours for it to be reflected in...

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13:11
iPhone X charging speeds compared

With the addition of both fast charging and wireless charging to Apple’s 2017 iPhone lineup, there are more ways than ever to charge your iPhone. Every method is different — some are faster and more expensive, while others are slower but more convenient.

Juli Clover did a good job with these tests.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:04
Google's expanded search snippets display even...

There are many times where you're not just searching the web for one thing -- you may want to learn everything there is to know about a movie, or look for other players on a sports team. Google wants to address that. It's trotting out a slew of sea...

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13:02
Changes to Apple’s ‘Search Ads’ bring more options...

Last year’s search ads changed the way Apple’s App Store functioned in a fundamental way by surfacing promoted (and sometimes irrelevant) apps into search results. With the latest update to the program, developers have a new way to pay for app promotion, the ability to pay for installs.

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12:49
Hyperloop One co-founder steps down amid sexual...

Silicon Valley's sexual harassment problem just keeps going. Forbes reports that Shervin Pishevar, founder of Sherpa Capital and Hyperloop (and an early Uber investor), is taking a leave of absence from both companies, just a few days after allegatio...

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12:35
MarsEdit 4

Browser-based interfaces are slow, clumsy, and require you to be online just to use them. Browsers are perfect for reading web content, but not ideal for creating it. If you’re serious about writing for the web, you need a desktop blog editor. If you’re lucky enough to have a Mac, nothing is more powerful, or more elegant than MarsEdit.

I absolutely love MarsEdit. Every post I write on The Loop goes through this app and has for many years.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:35
Apple Pay Cash leverages Discover Network for new...




In order to bring the Apple Pay Cash debit card to life, Apple has partnered with credit card provider Discover, whose Discover Debit service powers the virtual tap-to-pay card for money transfers and in-store purchases.

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12:33
Emoji authorities get rid of the sad poop face

It's been a while since the Unicode Emoji Consortium released its sixth set of proposed emojis last June, with a follow up in August (which offered up a drunken face and unhappy poo, oddly enough). Now the consortium has given developers the first Em...

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12:17
Android 8.1 starts rolling out to Nexus and Pixel...

As promised, Android 8.1 is ready to reach the masses. Google has started pushing the new mobile operating system to Nexus and Pixel devices, and expects to complete the rollout over the next week. Naturally, it's also posting the source code. The...

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12:06
Consumer Reports ranks iPhone 8/8 Plus over iPhone X...

Consumer Reports has published its 2017 iPhone comparison and in it the publication has somehow rated the iPhone X below the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, but there’s certainly no need to trade down if you’re an iPhone X owner. While there’s nothing wrong with either iPhone 8 model, CR points to differences in battery life and durability testing for its ranking that may not apply to real world usage.

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12:03
Dish CEO steps down to focus on wireless network...

Dish hasn't been shy about pursuing its wireless dreams over the years, and now that's leading to a shakeup of its core leadership. Longstanding CEO Charlie Ergen is stepping down from the top spot (though not as chairman) to "devote more attention"...

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11:49
MindNode 5 for Mac is a compelling new update to the...




The latest update to MindNode 5 for Mac and iOS brings small refinements, large features, and a redesign to the mind mapping stalwart. AppleInsider offers a closer look.

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11:40
AMD and Qualcomm join forces to power higher-end...

Qualcomm may have found a worthy ally in its quest to take on the PC market. After unveiling a new stable of Snapdragon 835-powered "Always Connected" PCs from HP and ASUS, the chip-maker revealed a surprise partner: AMD. The two companies are teamin...

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11:30
Rumor: iMac Pro to launch Dec. 18

A “handful” of enthusiasts of have taken to Twitter to report that Google, and now Wikipedia, are claiming Apple will unveil the iMac Pro on Monday, Dec. 18, according to The Apple Post.

Announced in June, the all-new iMac Pro — with its 27-inch Retina 5K display, next generation Intel Xeon processors up to 18 cores, up to 22 Teraflops of graphics computation, up to 16GB of VRAM, up to 128GB of memory, built-in Ethernet, and support for one billion colors — is the most powerful Mac ever made. It comes in a new space gray enclosure.

The iMac Pro with the Vega GPU delivers up to 11 Teraflops of single-precision compute power for real-time 3D rendering and immersive, high frame rate VR. For half-precision computation, ideal for machine learning, the pro all-in-one delivers up to 22 Teraflops of performance.

The iMac Pro also supports up to 4TB of...

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11:30
HP Envy x2 hands-on: A Snapdragon-powered, always-on...

For its first "Always Connected" PC, HP made a pragmatic choice: It stuffed a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor into its latest Surface clone, the Envy x2. The result is compelling: A thin and light laptop with 20 hours of battery life, and built-in...

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11:30
HP and ASUS unveil Snapdragon-powered laptops

Since teasing us with a preview of what Windows on Snapdragon will look like at Computex this year, Qualcomm and its partners are ready to reveal actual devices. Today, at Qualcomm's second annual tech summit, we saw the HP Envy x2 and the ASUS NovaG...

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11:23
‘Consumer Reports’ ranks the iPhone 8/8 Plus higher...

As noted by MacRumors, Consumer Reports has posted its final iPhone X testing results, and, though listing it among the top 10 smartphones, ranks it below the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus.

Consumer Reports says the iPhone X didn’t beat out the iPhone 8 or the iPhone 8 Plus because of its poor performance on a durability test. Both the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus better survived a tumble test for emulating real-world drops and fumbles of about 2.5 feet that can result in device damage, despite the fact that all three devices have glass bodies. 

“If not for the damage in that durability test, the iPhone X would have come in ahead of the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus,” says Richard Fisco, head of smartphone testing at CR. The iPhone X is an innovative device with a fantastic camera and beautiful...

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11:21
GM thinks you'll buy stuff through your car...

As more cars roll off production lines with WiFi and LTE capabilities as standard, brands are falling over themselves to find ways to monetize this connectivity. Jaguar and Shell have partnered for in-car fuel payments, while BMW and Ford are bringin...

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11:15
Google is blocking YouTube on Amazon's Echo...

Google and Amazon have been battling a bit lately around the implementation of YouTube on the Echo Show. As of today, though, Google is putting its foot down and officially pulling support for YouTube on both the Echo Show and Amazon's Fire TV device...

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11:04
tvOS 11.2 Adds Sports to the TV App, Advanced...

tvOS 11.2 introduces some new features for sports watchers and a few welcome tweaks for the Apple TV 4K.

 

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10:46
Boom's supersonic jets get $10 million boost...

Boom's plan to revive supersonic passenger jets just got an important financial boost. The startup has revealed that Japan Airlines is investing $10 million, and that the carrier also has the option of buying up to 20 of the company's faster-than-so...

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10:45
Review: Bragi Dash Pro Wireless Earphones

In February 2016, we reviewed the Bragi Dash, one of the first — if not the first — "true wireless" headphones. It was an extremely ambitious product, though that ambition may have partly been its downfall — despite a long-delayed launch, Bragi seemed to have over-promised on features and, sadly, the Dash's core functionality was lacking. Despite the Dash's extremely thoughtful and sharp design, it was plagued by connection issues that were only partially addressed in future firmware updates. Bragi hasn't given up; instead, they're back with an upgraded version of the Dash — the Dash Pro — that promises better basic functionality and the introduction of many of the features that were part of its original vision for this product. Though the Dash Pro still isn't perfect, it has come a long way. {/exp:char_limit}
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10:33
watchOS 4.2 released with Apple Pay Cash support

Apple has released watchOS 4.2 for the Apple Watch. It adds support for Apple Pay Cash service, as well as other improvements and bug fixes.

You can install watchOS 4.2 via the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General --> Software Update. Your smartwatch needs to have at least 50% battery, be placed on a charger, and it needs to be in range of the iPhone. 

With Apple Pay Cash, Apple Pay users will be able to make and receive payments with friends and family quickly and securely. They can send money and get paid right in Messages, or tell Siri to pay someone, using the credit and debit cards they already have in Wallet. 

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10:30
The iPhone 8 goes up against the Samsung Galaxy S8...

Before you start throwing down cash for new phones like a Grinch post heart-expansion, watch our video to directly compare more factors than just name brand and price on two of the most popular phones. The iPhone 8 and Galaxy S8 Plus are both les...

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10:08
watchOS 4.2 launches with Apple Pay Cash for Apple...




Apple on Tuesday launched watchOS 4.2 for Apple Watch, giving users of the wearable, connected device the ability to send and receive money from the newly online Apple Pay Cash service.

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10:02
watchOS 4.2 for Apple Watch now available with Apple...

Apple has released watchOS 4.2 for Apple Watch. The latest software update is available for all Apple Watch models and includes support for Apple Pay Cash.

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10:02
External Link: iPhone X Reveals the Pros and Cons of...

The most radical interface change on the iPhone X is the disappearance of the familiar Home button, which frees up a lot of space for a larger display. But the loss of the Home button means that Apple had to replace its functions with a variety of new gestures. Raluca Budiu of the Nielsen Norman Group explores the interface challenges that gestures face, including discoverability, memorabilty, and swipe ambiguity. Although Budiu identifies some areas where Apple’s approach with the iPhone X stumbles, she praises the Home line as a reminder of the iPhone X’s new gestural needs. If you have or are getting an iPhone X, it’s worth reading this piece to understand how it changes the iPhone user experience.

 

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10:00
Representatives ask GAO to investigate FCC net...

It's not just senators calling for a review of the FCC's millions of fake anti-net neutrality comments. Representatives Elijah Cummings, Greg Meeks and Frank Pallone have sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office asking it to investigate...

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10:00
Pinterest makes it easy to share pins on Facebook...

Has it been while since you've chatted with a Messenger bot? If you use Pinterest religiously, you might be tempted pick up the habit again. The visual discovery social network has launched a Messenger bot and a chat extension that make it easier to...

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09:44
News: Apple acquires Pop Up Archive startup that...

Apple has acquired Pop Up Archive, a startup that specializes in technology that transcribes and organizes audio files to make them more searchable, Nieman Lab reports. The company is known for producing podcast search engine Audiosear.ch, which shut down on November 28 — possibly after being acquired by Apple. The deal comes on the heels of Apple announcing in-episode analytics for podcasts at some point after the release of iOS 11....

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09:38
George Lucas' student film, 'THX 1138,...

Gunpowder & Sky has announced that its Sci-Fi channel Dust will stream Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB, the short USC film that helped kickstart George Lucas' career. The film is about a man trying to escape an oppressive society constantly mo...

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09:31
After a day of availability to users, Apple Pay Cash...




Apple has officially launched Apple Pay Cash -- a feature in iOS 11.2 that allows users to send and receive money from family and friends from within Messages.

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09:30
iPhone X review – a week in Italy

I’m not a huge fan of the actual photos taken – I’ve been to the places shot and the photos seem washed out, colour-wise, but that may be the photographer’s editing – but the detail in the shots is remarkable.

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09:19
Spotify's latest playlist collects your top 100...

Spotify's data-driven and editorialized playlists are some of the biggest features that set it apart from its competitors. It being December means the streaming service is taking a look back at the year that was. Specifically, it's offering a look at...

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09:14
News: Apple wins trademark court battle against...

Apple has successfully prevented Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi from getting an EU trademark on the name “Mi Pad,” arguing that’s too similar to Apple’s own iPad moniker, Reuters reports. In its decision, the EU’s General Court ruled, “The dissimilarity between the signs at issue, resulting from the presence of the additional letter ‘m’ at the beginning of “Mi Pad”, is not sufficient to offset the…

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09:11
Consumer anticipation ahead of iPhone X dinged Apple...




New data suggests that Apple marketshare took a very slight hit in a three month period ending in October in the U.S., because users put off purchasing phones while waiting for the iPhone X.

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09:02
Gift Guide: Premium speakers and headphones for the...

If you’re buying a gift for someone who loves music, and listens to it all the time, there are few things that will bring more pleasure than a really high-quality speaker or pair of headphones.

Not only will they allow your lucky recipient to experience their music at a whole new level, but premium audio is also a gift that will last them a very long time.

Granted wireless standards can change, so we may no longer be living in a time when we can say a great speaker or pair of headphones will last a lifetime, but they remain something which will be appreciated for at least many years to come …

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08:55
Here are the new emoji likely coming to iOS next...

The Unicode Consortium has outlined all of the new emoji that are on the docket for 2018. This time around, new emoji include figures such as a teddy bear, mango, party face, and at long last, support for redheads…

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News: Anki’s Cozmo Code Lab update enhances...

Anki has expanded the capabilities of its Cozmo robot again in a new update to its Code Lab, adding a Constructor mode that includes six all-new minigames. The update gives Cozmo users acess to using ‘if’ statements, math operators, variables, function calls and more in their programs. Anki has increased the number and types of visual programming blocks available for use with Cosmo alongside the roll out of the vertically-oriented Constructor…

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Apple ranked second best-managed U.S. company in new...

Apple has ranked #2 among the top 250 best-managed U.S. companies as scored by the Drucker Institute. The result puts the iPhone maker just below Amazon and a few points above Google in the newly released ranking. The Wall Street Journal notes that this is the first ranking of U.S. companies based on the ideas of late business guru Peter Drucker:

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08:35
Deals: 13" MacBook Pro (256GB) for $1,299; 15...




With the holiday shopping season in full swing, Apple authorized resellers are launching cash discounts on popular MacBook Pro and iMac configurations. Save $200 on a 2016 13" MacBook Pro with 256GB of storage, or opt for the robust 15" Pro for as low as $2,179 (up to $200 off). Apple's current line of iMac desktops is also on sale with prices starting at just $999.

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08:08
Fitbit begins rolling out more apps & watchfaces...




In tandem with a software update, Fitbit on Tuesday announced the addition of over 60 apps and 100 watchfaces for the Ionic, its competitor to the Apple Watch.

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08:00
News: Daily Deal: SKEYE Nano 2 FPV Drone

Today in iLounge Deals, we’re offering the SKEYE Nano 2 FPV Drone for only $54.40 with the coupon code GIFTSHOP15. This shockingly agile and tiny flying machine allows you to perform cool airborne stunts like figure eights, banking turns, flips, and more, both indoors and out, and the HD, Wi-Fi controlled camera lets you record incredible real-time first-person video. Further, the on-board Wi-Fi means you can use your iPhone or iPad instead…

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07:59
News: Apple starts providing gift cards for Apple...

While Apple technically started accepting Apple Watch trade-ins last year, the company was just taking them for recycling without providing anything in return. Now the company has changed its recycling program to offer $50 to $175 on a gift card for the trades through a company named Brightstar, based on how functional it is and what model you have (size doesn’t seem to affect the payout at this point). Apple has also added new color options…

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07:56
Instagram updating profiles with new Stories...

Instagram today announced two new features and both of them have to do with the Stories. Stories are small video clips that stick around for 24 hours and then disappear to the aether. With the latest update though, you can store those memories forever.

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07:25
Apple acquires Pop Up Archive for its podcast tech

Apple has acquired Pop Up Archive, a startup that with tech that makes podcasts even searchable, reports NiemanLab. Its online platform is focused on building tools to transcribe, organize, and search audio files.

Writing for NiemanLab, Nicholas Quah says this means Apple has acquired a technology dedicated to increasing the knowability and sortability of the hundreds of thousands of shows distributed through its Apple Podcast platform. This has widespread implications for the ecosystem. 

“Apple is believed to still drive somewhere between 50 to 70 percent of all available podcasts downloads, depending on who’s measuring — it’s near impossible to quantify this with any precision — and it’s further worth noting that this news comes months after Apple’s original announcement of in-episode analytics...

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