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Saturday February 18

04:30
‘Thubber’ hints at iOS devices that could fold into...

Carmel Majidi and Jonathan Malen of Carnegie Mellon University have developed a thermally conductive rubber material that represents a breakthrough for creating soft, stretchable machines and electronics. The findings were published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this week.

The new material, nicknamed "thubber," is an electrically insulating composite that exhibits a combination of metal-like thermal conductivity, elasticity similar to soft, biological tissue, and can stretch over six times its initial length.

"Our combination of high thermal conductivity and elasticity is especially critical for rapid heat dissipation in applications such as wearable computing and soft robotics, which require mechanical compliance and stretchable functionality," says Majidi, an associate professor of mechanical engineering.

Applications could extend to industries like athletic wear and sports medicine—think of lighted clothing for runners and...

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04:00
Some implications of Apple joining the Wireless...

While this week's news of Apple joining the Wireless Power Consortium doesn’t offer absolute clarity of Apple’s future plans (besides hinting that the next iPhone will support wireless charging), it does reveal some things to the wireless power industry as a whole. 

NuCurrent, a company that is integrating wireless power into everything from wearables to phones to IoT to furniture and even automobiles, and CEO Jacob Babcock has outlined just a few of the revelations from the news and how it will create ripple effects in many other industries:

  •  Apple adding wireless power in its phones seems highly likely now. The technology is proven, available and in demand by customers, and their competitors have done it for two-plus years.
  • Apple including wireless power in its phone and,...
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03:00
The Week in Apple News: WWDC dates announced, Apple’...

Apple headlines for the week ending Feb. 17, 2017

Image by Apple

Apple announced the dates for its Worldwide Developers Conference and the company also revealed a change in venue. If you’re not a developer, that’s OK, there are plenty of Apple-related headlines in this week’s roundup; check them out in this slideshow. Just click on the link to get more information.

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02:58
The State of iBooks in Early 2017

The capability of storing your iBooks library on iCloud Drive caused problems when Apple introduced it last year. Michael Cohen takes a look to see if the company has resolved those issues.

 

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02:03
Now Amazon Echo can access your Outlook.com calendar

As a part of Amazon's ongoing quest to make Alexa and its Echo devices deeply embedded within our lives, this week it added support for Microsoft Calendar accounts. If your account ends in Outlock.com, Live.com or Hotmail.com, then it should be acces...

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Friday February 17

22:01
AirPods vs. Powerbeats3: Which Apple W1 headphones...




Apple now has four pairs of headphones on the market with its proprietary W1 wireless chip, allowing for simpler Bluetooth pairing and better connectivity. But only two of those headphones are really well suited for workouts: Apple's AirPods and the Powerbeats3. AppleInsider helps you decide which pair is right for you.

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21:46
This week on AI: WWDC 2017, virtual buttons on...




Apple announced the dates for this year's Worldwide Developers Conference, set to return to San Jose for the first time in well over a decade. Meanwhile, yet more hints about Apple's iPhone plans emerged, including a claim that the OLED iPhone will replace the home button with a virtual "function area."

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20:57
Watch a SpaceX Falcon 9 take off from NASA's...

At 10:01 AM EST on February 18th, a SpaceX flight will take off from Launch Complex 39A for the first time since the company signed a 20-year lease for its use. The company will also attempt another first stage landing around 9 minutes after take off...

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20:45
GM and Lyft could deliver a self-driving fleet next...

GM and Lyft announced their self-driving joint venture over a year ago, and now Reuters is hearing 2018 could be a big year for the effort. While a clear set of nationwide rules on autonomous cars could probably help solidify any plans, the outlet cl...

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18:04
Now Microsoft's Twitch competitor has an Xbox...

Microsoft bought livestreaming service Beam last August to fold its advanced viewer interactions with its gaming services on Windows 10 and Xbox. They finally opened testing up to select users at the end of January, but today, they're taking the next...

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16:54
Germany bans creepy doll over privacy concerns

My Friend Cayla is a smiling, blonde doll that can answer questions and play games by pairing with a smart device. She might also be spying on you.

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16:48
Apple partnering with Broadcom on custom wireless...




Apple is thought to be working with chipmaker Broadcom on a custom designed wireless charging system destined for the company's iPhone product line, though the silicon might not be ripe for inclusion in this year's "iPhone 8" model.

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16:09
A photographer used an iPhone 7 Plus to take this...

I don’t know that I’d call the cover shot “stunning” (it seems fairly mundane to me) but the article is interesting for the discussion with the photographer about the additional challenges shooting with the iPhone creates.

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15:30
When vending machines attack (a university)

We are marching toward certain doom at the hands of an angry Skynet of our own invention. Need proof? This week a school was attacked by its own soft drink vending machines.

You read that right.

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15:23
Free kindle edition of “100 Books You Must Read...

There are some great, classic novels in these volumes. You can find volume 2 at the linked URL.

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15:23
Apple said to be working on wireless charging...

A lot has been made about what sort of wireless charging system the iPhone 8 will feature, but according to JPMorgan analyst Harlan Sur, Apple has been working with Broadcom on a new customized solution.

As noted by CNBC, Sur says that Apple has been working on the solution with Broadcom for some two years.

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15:11
AWT News Update: February 17, 2017

A light news day for Apple...so we bring up the latest Samsung scandal!

  • Apple has four new iPad Pro ads touting how the device is much better than those virus-ridden slow PCs with no cellular modems
  • The acting head of the Samsung Group is arrested on charges of embezzlement, bribery, perjury and hiding assets overseas. Guy sounds like a politician, doesn't he?
  • A bomb scare briefly clears the flagship Apple Store in Sydney, Australia today

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15:06
Notable apps and app updates for Feb. 17, 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

Ultralab Apps has introduced Stickers for Business 1.0. The $1.99 app lets users create an advertising message for their audience on Instagram, Facebook or other social platforms. Stickers for Business boasts a collection of stickers highlighting promotion sales, discounts and other special offers, flexible editing features, and a store with a supply of additional stickers.

Boomdash Digital and AdoreStudio have teamed up for Petal Pop Adventures 1.0. It’s a free bubble popping puzzle game in which you...

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15:03
A supercomputer in coal country is analyzing climate...

In Wyoming, where the state produces about 40 percent of America's coal, a new supercomputer named Cheyenne has just come online to join in the fight against climate change. According to the Associated Press, the $30 million Cheyenne is 20th fastest...

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14:37
Here's our first look at HBO's '...

Richard Hendricks, the hapless-yet-brilliant lead of HBO's Silicon Valley, is back. And once again, he has some big ideas percolating, judging from the show's first teaser trailer. But his path to glory will likely be littered with plenty of setbacks...

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14:12
Who is Scott Pruitt, the new EPA head?

On Friday, the US Senate voted 52–48 to confirm Scott Pruitt as the 14th administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. His nomination and subsequent confirmation surprised many political pundits, given that the former Oklahoma attorney...

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13:59
After showing out for President Trump, Masayoshi Son...

A new Reuters report today shares that SoftBank is willing to hand over control of Sprint to Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile to make a merger happen, according to unnamed sources close to the matter. Discussions haven’t begun yet, but are expected to start in April after the FCC auction of airwaves and anti-collusion ban is over.

With Verizon and AT&T both fighting to keep customers with new unlimited plans this week and 5G networks on the horizon, a merger could be mutually beneficial for Sprint and T-Mobile.

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13:37
Watch Apple's new commercials for the iPad Pro...

For its new advertising campaign, Apple is answering Twitter questions about the iPad Pro.

On Friday, Apple released a new series of iPad Pro commercials that use real tweets to showcase the iPad Pro’s LTE capabilities, as well as tout the device’s virus-free experience. “It’s better than a computer,” reads one of the ads. 

Each of the 15-second ads uses a real tweet to address a feature of the iPad Pro. One tweet expresses fear over a “nasty” PC virus, while another questions whether Microsoft Word can be used on an iPad Pro.

But while the tweets and corresponding Twitter usernames appear to be real, Apple has replaced the real people behind the tweets with actors. According to The Verge, Apple reached out to the real Twitter users before their tweets were used in the campaign.

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13:31
GM & Lyft to deploy 'thousands' of...




Forging ahead of other self-driving tech makers like Apple and Waymo, General Motors is reportedly planning to test "thousands" of self-driving Chevy Bolts in partnership with Lyft, starting in 2018.

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13:27
All opinions are equal in BuzzFeed's new...

President Donald Trump's election win was shocking to many, which seems to say that Americans understand each other less than ever. Part of this disconnect may be a lack of exposure to opposing viewpoints. That's what Buzzfeed seems to think, and it'...

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13:20
Mac: SmallCubed SigPro

If you like getting fancy when signing off on your e-mails in Apple Mail, you’ll appreciate what SmallCubed’s SigPro ($25) has to offer. Recently given a major update for macOS Sierra, SigPro carries on where Apple Mail’s built-in signature options end off, allowing you to not only specify individual signatures for each of your mail accounts, but also distinct signatures to be used for each of your mail aliases on a single account. It goes far beyond this, however, with advanced dynamic signature features ranging from including account-specific info like your e-mail address while using the same signature block across multiple accounts, to including random quotations, the song you’re listening to in iTunes, your latest blog posts, and even a Skype button for your contacts to quickly reach out to you with a click.
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13:12
Sprint, T-Mobile merger under consideration again,...




After laying fallow for two and a half years, the proposed merger between T-Mobile and Sprint may be lurching back to life, given the change in the U.S. government, and a new willingness by SoftBank to cede control of Sprint to the combined company's master.

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13:02
Civic-planning sim 'Cities: Skylines' is...

The civic-planning simulator Cities: Skylines is making the jump to consoles soon, long after Microsoft teased a port back in August 2015. At an undisclosed date this Spring, Xbox One owners will get their own edition of the game, which comes bundled...

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13:00
The Week in iOS Apps: This dating app is for Haters

Hater-ation

Image by Rob Schultz/Macworld

This week’s roundup includes a new dating app that matches potential mates on their mutual hatreds. Read on!

Hater

Image by Hater Inc.

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12:55
Friday 5: Stagehand, a reverse platformer plus four...

In this week’s edition of Friday 5 we showcase a couple of new games to try this weekend, including Stagehand, a title that places a new twist on the traditional platformer. We also look at Spiraloid, a stomach-turning 3D title that starts off slow, but delivers big fun in later stages.

If games aren’t your thing, then you might consider Parallels Access, a subscription-based app that lets you easily access your Mac from your iPhone or iPad while away from home. There’s also TwIM, a new messaging app based on Twitter DMs.

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12:46
Tip of the Day: Showing a Smart Folder in the iOS 10...

The addition of 3D Touch to the iPhone 6s has been a productivity boon for a lot of users, with information now more quickly accessible from the home screen and within key apps, and iOS 10 improved upon this by putting widgets directly behind key icons on the home screen, and expanding the menus. While most of these popup menus remain static, there are some minor things that can be customized in certain apps. In the iOS 10 Mail app, for example, if…

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12:36
Tesla owners now have an even more obsessive...

As the most technologically advanced production cars on the road, Tesla's vehicles collect a lot of potentially useful data. Unfortunately for Tesla's diehard fanclub of early adopters, the company's in-house app doesn't offer a simple way to get at...

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12:30
SoundSource 3 Simplifies Mac Audio Management

SoundSource 3 is Rogue Amoeba’s replacement for the macOS volume menu bar icon, and if you already own one of the company’s other apps, you can get it for free.

 

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12:28
AT&T and Sprint Expand Unlimited Data Offerings

Following on the heels of Verizon’s new unlimited data plan, AT&T, Sprint, and even T-Mobile are improving their unlimited offerings.

 

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12:25
Snark guitar tuner

I’ve used a lot of tuners over the years, but this is one of my favorites. I have one of these that I use with my electric and acoustic guitars.

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12:24
Hands-on with D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD, the first...

D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD is the first home security camera with HomeKit support to hit the market since Apple added video support with iOS 10. Read on for our quick hands-on to see how Omna 180 HD works with HomeKit and Apple’s Home app for iPhone and iPad.

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12:18
What’s next for tvOS & Apple TV? How Apple’s set...

The once ‘hobby’ Apple TV has been gaining quite a bit of attention from Apple over the last year. tvOS 10 brought in a new Dark mode option for users system wide, while version 10.1 brought in the new TV app.

With rumors of Apple integrating its own TV bundle service to the system coming and going, here are a few things that could be in the pipeline for Apple TV and tvOS.
more…

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12:11
Nintendo Switch eShop purchases will be tied to your...

Rejoice, Nintendo fans! Your eShop purchases on the Switch will be tied to your account and not the hardware, according to a new unboxing video.

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11:45
Climate change skeptic Scott Pruitt confirmed as EPA...

Immediately after his inauguration, President Trump got to work on his long-anticipated plan to gut the Environmental Protection Agency. His administration wants to review all research coming out of it on a "case by case" basis and placed a gag order...

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11:31
Moto Z Mod puts a walkie-talkie on your phone 

Motorola has been encouraging enterprising hardware hackers to create Mods at contests around the globe for the Moto Z smartphone, though so far results have been somewhat limited. The latest Mod to make its way to an Indiegogo project is the Linc ra...

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11:04
Revamped SoundSource 3.0.0 brings quick audio source...




A pair of old OS X audio routing applications have regenerated, and have merged to form the new SoundSource 3.0.0 by Rogue Amoeba -- and AppleInsider takes a look at the offering.

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10:44
Congressman requests investigation on Trump's...

With reports that President Donald Trump is still relying on his old, unsecured Galaxy S3, even as he's one of the most visible hacking targets in the world, Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA) has proposed a House investigation into the new administration's...

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10:41
Facebook Gets More In-Your-Face


Facebook this week announced new features for News Feeds videos, along with an app for TV. News Feed videos now have sound turned on by default in mobile devices. This can be disabled in the Settings menu. A larger format to present vertical videos now is standard on iOS and Android devices. The feature became available as a preview last year. A Watch and Scroll feature lets users minimize the video they're watching and drag it to any corner of the screen so they can continue browsing their News Feed while the video is playing.

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10:27
9to5Rewards: ExoLens Pro with Optics by ZEISS Wide-...

This week’s 9to5Rewards partner is ExoLens, creators of the professional grade lens kits for iPhones.

more…

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10:27
Apple launches new series of iPad Pro ads as...




Apple on Friday released four new commercials for the iPad Pro, coming amidst several rumors that the company is planning to update the iPad lineup within a matter of months.

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10:22
Visitors with e-visas will get activated SIM cards...

In a push to make travel easier, tourists on e-visas will now be greeted with SIM cards in India. The move will allow visitors to connect with locals on arrival without having to wait for hours to get their phones activated. They will also be able to...

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10:08
∞ iPad Pro ad: “No PC viruses”

Is Apple resurrecting, at least in tone, the old “Mac vs PC” ads?

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10:00
The NBA made an original show for Google's...

As part of its 2017 All-Star Weekend festivities, the NBA is launching a virtual reality app for Google's Daydream platform. The main piece of NBA VR is a new series called House of Legends, which the league created in partnership with Digital Domain...

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09:42
Humanity is on the cusp of de-extincting the Wooly...

After successfully extracting sequenceable DNA from a pair of Woolly Mammoth carcasses pulled from Siberia's permafrost in 2014, a team of Harvard researchers announced on Thursday that they are tantalizing close to cloning the (currently) extinct pa...

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09:41
Hands on: D-Link Omna 180, the first Apple HomeKit...




This week, accessory maker D-Link began shipping the Omna 180, the first security camera on the market boasting compatibility with Apple's HomeKit line of smart home accessories. AppleInsider offers a closer look at the new hardware that can keep your home safe.

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09:38
Apple launches whimsical iPad Pro ad campaign based...

Apple has kicked off a new ad campaign for the iPad Pro that targets PC users skeptical of the tablet as a real computer. The new videos are quite different from recent advertisements from Apple and have a similar tone to Apple’s famous ‘I’m a Mac and I’m a PC’ ad era.

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09:36
How Planet Earth II filmed its thrilling “Snake...

We all saw the amazing clip of the baby iguana being hunted by a terrifying army of snakes. Here’s how they shot it. I can’t wait for the DVD of Planet Earth II. There will be lots of behind the scenes stuff I find so fascinating.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: BeatsX Wireless Earphones $125...

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Here’s your first discount on the new BeatsX wireless headphones:...

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09:30
Inateck BK2002 Keyboard Case for iPad mini 1/2/3

The iPad mini is one of my favorite devices. It's compact, it's lightweight, and it has a lot of the speed and features of its larger siblings. I like to use keyboards on my iPads, so when Inateck asked if I wanted to try out their new BK2002 Keyboard Case for iPad mini 1/2/3 (US$29.99, affiliate link), I jumped at the chance.

Design

Most keyboard cases follow a similar design meme: they have a polycarbonate shell that holds onto the iPad in landscape mode, and a Bluetooth keyboard to type on. There are openings for all of the various switches, ports and camera, and everything closes clamshell-like to protect the keyboard and iPad when not in use.

Inateck BK2002 Keyboard Case. Photo © 2017, Steven Sande

The Inateck BK2002 uses magnets to hold the iPad mini into two different positions, each with a slightly different angle. Once the mini has been propped up...

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09:17
You’re about to see a big change to the sell-by...

Great to hear there will be more clarity on what the “sell by” dates mean. I’ll throw out less food now.

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09:16
Xbox One bundle offers 10 indie games for $20

Xbox One owners who don't have many indie games can now fill that hole on the cheap. For the next few weeks, video game developer Curve Digital has partnered with Microsoft to offer the Instant Indie Hits bundle for $20.

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09:06
Amazon Echo on the web

I’ve been playing around this morning with Reverb, seeing how it compares to Siri on the macOS desktop. If you don’t have an Amazon Echo-type product but want to see what all the hype is about, this will give you a taste.

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09:05
Happy Hour Podcast 107 | iPhone 8 ‘function area’...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss the first HomeKit video camera, iPhone 8’s rumored function area and other details, WWDC 2017 in San Jose, and Eddy Cue’s appearance at Code Media. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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09:01
Analyst: Apple to see slight drop in iPhones sales...

In a note to clients — as noted by AppleInsider — Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri says Apple will see a slight drop in iPhone sales from 2016 for the next two quarters, but profits will be relatively unaffected because of the continued consumer interest in the iPhone 7 Plus.

He thinks Apple sold 48.5 million iPhones in the second fiscal quarter from 2017. That’s down from 51.2 million in the second quarter of 2016, partially because the last fiscal quarter had an extra week of sales.

Arcuri predicts that 38.5 million iPhones will be sold in the third fiscal quarter. The third quarter of 2016 saw 40.4 million Apple smartphone sold.

"A feature-rich launch" of “iPhone 8s” is expected by Arcuri in the fall of 2017 with panel sizes of 4.7-, 5.5-, and 5.8-inches expected. The analyst also expects a...

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09:00
The best bluetooth headsets

By Marianne Schultz and Nick Guy

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

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08:43
Confide app used by White House staff not as secure...




Confide -- a messaging app being used by some White House staff and reporters, and available for Apple's iPhone and Mac among other platforms -- may not be sufficiently secure, according to a new report.

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08:43
YouTube will do away with unskippable 30-second ads...

If you're not paying for YouTube Red, you're likely used to the many different types of advertising the video service features. But next year, one of the more irritating formats will be going away. YouTube says that it'll stop supporting "unskippable...

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08:20
We tried McDonald's super-engineered shake straw

As part of this year's St. Patrick's Day promotions, McDonald's is debuting a highly engineered, hyper-exclusive straw dubbed the "Suction Tube for Reverse Axial Withdrawal," or STRAW for short. It's only available on two days, February 24th and Marc...

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08:03
Supply chain expects 49.5M iPhone sales in Q2,...




A recent analyst report suggests that Apple will see a slight drop in iPhone sales from 2016 for the next two quarters, but profits will be relatively unaffected because of the continued consumer interest in the iPhone 7 Plus.

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08:00
The Female Governors' Summit aims to get more...

Jobs in computer science and engineering aren't just highly lucrative -- they're also crucial for national innovation. With that in mind, Oklahoma's Governor Mary Fallin, Rhode Island's Governor Gina Raimondo and Iowa's Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynol...

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08:00
ZTE cancels ill-fated Kickstarter to focus on a...

ZTE's plans to crowdsource ideas for its next mobile device has been a mostly smooth-sailing journey. But the company's efforts to make the eye-detecting phone a reality has been far less successful. After feedback from its underwhelming Kickstarter...

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07:40
Fig's new fund helps indie games get to Steam

Crowdfunding and investment site Fig is offering successful indie developers a little extra cash to finish games and get them on Steam. With the $500,000 Fig Finishing Fund, developers that hit their funding goals and attract at least 1,000 backers w...

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07:36
Samsung chief Jay Y. Lee arrested for part in South...




The acting head of the Samsung Group, Jay Y. Lee, was arrested on Friday by police in South Korea, taken into custody hours after a warrant for his arrest was approved by the country's Central District Court.

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07:09
How to free up space on your Mac by deleting old...

Did you know that Time Machine stores a backup on your local hard drive if it can’t connect to your laptop’s backup drive? Those backups can consume a fair amount of space (say, 100GB or so) over time.

If you use Time Machine, take a few minutes to read this post from Lory Gil. You’ll learn how to disable and re-enable those locally stored Time Machine backups.

And if you are wondering where on your machine those backups are stored, start here. That article is a few years old but, as far as I know, still accurate.

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07:00
Samsung chief Lee arrested as South Korean...

Reuters:

Samsung Group chief Jay Y. Lee was arrested on Friday over his alleged role in a corruption scandal rocking the highest levels of power in South Korea, dealing a fresh blow to the technology giant and standard-bearer for Asia’s fourth-largest economy.

The special prosecutor’s office accuses Lee of bribing a close friend of President Park Geun-hye to gain government favors related to leadership succession at the conglomerate. It said on Friday it will indict him on charges including bribery, embezzlement, hiding assets overseas and perjury.

Thanking the stars above Apple has Tim.

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06:57
Samsung files for “Bixby Reminder” trademark in...

Android Headlines:

Samsung Electronics filed for a “Bixby Reminder” trademark with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). The filing was made on Thursday and seemingly describes one feature of Bixby, the company’s upcoming artificial intelligence (AI) assistant that’s heavily rumored to debut with the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus this spring.

Add Bixby to your list of the major digital assistants you’ll hear people talking with on the street.

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06:56
AT&T jumps on the unlimited data bandwagon with...

AT&T capped off this week’s carrier showdown by releasing its own unlimited data plan following announcements from Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint.

Prior to this announcement, AT&T only offered unlimited data plans to its DirecTV and U-verse subscribers. Before you get too excited, however, this plan is the most expensive of the bunch for a single line, and has a few drawbacks compared to the other plans.

To read...

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06:54
Apple to kickstart Indian dream with the iPhone SE

Economic Times:

Apple will kick off its India manufacturing plans by initially assembling 3-4 lakh units of its iPhone SE model at the Karnataka plant being set up by contract manufacturer Wistron, as the maker of the iconic iPhones looks to take a deeper bite of a key market amid slowing global smartphone growth.

The Cupertino-based tech giant is likely to go ahead with the Bengaluru assembly plan without waiting for the government’s nod for the list of tax concessions that it had sought along with other demands. The company wants to “experience manufacturing in India”, a person familiar with the company’s plans told ET.

And:

The iPhone SE, launched amidst much fanfare in April 2016, was widely anticipated to be aimed at emerging markets, including India, as it was priced lower than all other iPhone models. But even the lower price tag of Rs 39,000 for a basic model of SE was too much for the mass market.

The handset is currently retailing at...

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06:49
Google and fact checking the news

Last October, Google introduced something called the Fact Check tag. The idea is, publishers include the tag in a story for it to be considered for the tag. When the story is posted on Google News, a fact check-approved story will appear with the Fact Check label.

Here’s the original post about the Fact Check tag. And here’s an update from Google on the current state of Fact Check.

This is a great start. But it is far too limited. We need fact checking to spread beyond the Google News bubble. We need a Fact Check standard to spread to every single source of news, across the political spectrum....

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06:42
Opinion: Apple might introduce facial-recognition in...

It seems pretty clear by this stage that Apple is working on a near-bezel-free design for the iPhone 8. Not only have we heard consistent reports supporting this idea – and Jony Ive’s ambitions of a ‘single slab of glass’ design – but it’s also a pretty obvious next step in the evolution of smartphones.

Apple has been headed in this direction since day one. One of the major points of differentiation of the very first iPhone over existing smartphones of the time was that it dispensed with a physical keyboard in order to maximize the screen space. In the latest iPhones, Apple has ditched a mechanical Home button in favor of a touch-sensitive one, and it holds patents for multiple approaches to embedding a fingerprint reader...

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06:37
News: Apple plans to begin iPhone manufacturing in...

Apple is planning to forge ahead with its plans to manufacture iPhone units in India, beginning with the iPhone SE, according to a new report in India’s Economic Times. Citing sources familiar with the company’s plans, the report indicates that Apple will initially assemble 300,000 - 400,000 units of the iPhone SE model at a plant in Karnataka being set up by Wistron, a company that Apple has contracted with for its manufacturing plans…

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06:32
Apple tops Fortune’s updated list of most admired...

Top five?

  • Apple
  • Amazon
  • Starbucks
  • Berkshire Hathaway
  • Disney

Works for me.

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06:30
Bomb threat forces evacuation of Apple's...




Apple's flagship Australian store was briefly evacuated mid-day on Friday, in what appears to have been a response to a bomb threat, according to local media reports.

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06:29
Watch Saturday’s SpaceX launch live online

Just a heads up to rocket fans. SpaceX is launching an International Space Station resupply mission Saturday morning at 10:01 EST. You can watch the launch here.

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06:26
Going beyond exploding batteries

NOVA show about battery technology. David Pogue hosts, very watchable, if a bit corny. Watch online here.

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06:16
AppleInsider podcast talks about 'iPhone 8...




This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Mikey and Victor talk about an 'iPhone 8' with no home button, Malware on the Mac, Apple's effort to fight fake news, and more.

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: IDrive Unlimited Mobile Backup,...

In our iLounge Deal for today, you can pick up a lifetime subscription to IDrive Unlimited Mobile Backup for only $19.99 — that’s 60% off the regular price. The unlimited cloud-based backup solution includes support for up to 5 mobile devices, which can include your iPhone, iPad, and even Android devices. Data is backed up and secured with 256-bit AES encryption, and ensures that you contacts, photos, videos, calendars events, and more are…

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06:00
Poll: 21.6% of 3,000 U.S. respondents want Apple to...

Investment bank Baird asked 3,000 U.S. respondents in an online poll what they would like to see Apple develop over the next five years. The largest percentage (21.6%) said they want Apple to make a car, according to the Investor’s Business Daily.

Coming in second in the poll (19.5%) was for Apple to develop a Netflix-like streaming video service. (A Baird analyst thinks that the tech giant might acquire Netflix.)

The third-largest group (16.1%) want Apple to make a virtual reality headset, followed closely (16%) by a more advanced health care wearable. Further down the list were a smart home device like the Amazon Echo (11.7%) and a live internet video cable TV replacement (9.9%).

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06:00
Fresh powder and frisky pups await in the charming...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.

Video games make it possible for us to experience things that we never could—or would—do in real life. Now, commanding a dog sled is one of those things. Frankly, it’s not something that I’ve ever aspired to do, and the whole enterprise seems exhausting, immensely challenging, and unavoidably cold. But wrap it up in an adorable iPhone game and I’m there with my fuzzy pixel boots on. 

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05:56
Apple to assemble the iPhone SE at new Bengaluru,...

Kicking off manufacturing in India, Apple will soon start assembling the 4-inch iPhone SE at its new Bengaluru plant, a facility that's being set up by contract manufacturer Wistron. 

The company is targeting an initial production of 300K-400K units, according to the Economic Times, and will go ahead with the plan without waiting for the government’s nod on a list of tax concessions. Last July, it was announced that Apple had agreed to lease more than 40,000 square feet of office space in Bengaluru, India, where the company plans to set up a development center 

And in May 2016, the company announced a new initiative to support engineering talent and accelerate growth in India’s iOS developer community. The company said it would establish an iOS App Design and Development Accelerator in Bengaluru...

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05:30
Learn Adobe Lightroom like a pro with this Pro Photo...

Digital photography takes place not only in the field or studio with your camera, but in the digital darkroom as well. Today's Apple World Today deal gives you 5 courses in 13 lectures and 71 lessons that quickly teach you how to use Adobe Lightroom to improve your photography -- all for just $19.99. The Professional Photo Editing Bundle online courses from Houghton Photo provide the knowledge to take your digital photography to the next level.

The bundle uses real photographs taken by the instructor in and around Dublin, Ireland as examples to teach the techniques that can make you a pro. You'll gain valuable hands-on experience in editing night photos, creating an HDR merge, shooting and combining light trail images and...

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05:15
Touch Bar functionality arrives for Office for Mac...

You can now use the 2016 MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar with Office for Mac.

Following a brief beta preview, Microsoft has rolled out Touch Bar functionality for the feature.

Originally announced less than 12 hours after the MacBook Pro launch, Touch Bar support is being added to all of the main Office apps, according to release notes for the productivity suite. Wider availability of the feature began on Thursday, just eight days after users enrolled in Microsoft’s beta testing program were able to try it out for the first time.

Microsoft Word uses will see a “Word Focus” mode, which hides all onscreen ribbons and commands on the main display. Formatting tools can be accessed via the Touch Bar, but aren’t as readily distracting to the user.

Powerpoint gains a graphical map that shows all of the slide layers, to make finding individual elements of a presentation easier, as well as graphic rotation tools. In Slideshow View, the Touch Bar displays slide...

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05:00
Apple announces WWDC dates, changes venue to San...

If you’re a developer, this is a pretty big change.

Apple has announced that it will be holding its Worldwide Developers Conference from June 5th to June 9.

The big news is that the venue has changed from the Moscone Center in San Francisco to the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose.

At WWDC, Apple unveils the next major versions of its software operating systems. This year, expect the announcement of including iOS 11, macOS 10.13 as well as updates to tvOS and watchOS.

Registration for tickets will begin on March 27th.

Apple President of Worldwide Communications has stated that the venue is about the same size as Moscone Center, with capacity for about 5,000 developers and around 1,000 Apple engineers. A reason for the move was not directly given but Schiller says that downtown San Jose is a ‘great environment’ for those attending.

Apple is announcing the change early to allow prospective attendees plenty of time to sort out travel...

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04:30
Perhaps Apple’s AirPort Extreme features will appear...

I’m selfish. Not only do I want Apple to get back into the external computer display business and want the company make its own speakers for the Mac again, I also want the tech giant to stay in the router business. All of these items make staying in the Apple ecosystem a more enjoyable, cohesive experience. 

Apple is apparently abandoning the AirPort Express, the AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Time Capsule. The Cupertino, California-based company has disbanded its division that develops wireless routers, in a move to try to sharpen the company's focus on consumer products that generate the bulk of its revenue,...

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04:19
Apple Store in Sydney, Australia, evacuated by...

Apple’s flagship retail store in Sydney’s central business district was evacuated earlier today in what was described only as a ‘police operation.’

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04:02
Apple will begin iPhone assembly in India with or w/...

India’s Economic Times reports that Apple will begin assembling iPhones in India whether or not the government agrees to the incentives it has requested. The report also supports a recent report that the location of the first plant will be Karnataka in Bengaluru.

Apple will kick off its India manufacturing plans by initially assembling 3-400,000 units of its iPhone SE model at the Karnataka plant being set up by contract manufacturer Wistron, as the maker of the iconic iPhones looks to take a deeper bite of a key market amid slowing global smartphone growth […]

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04:00
QuickerTek wireless antenna upgrades lets you beef...

Apple has reportedly ceased development of new version of its AirPort Base Station and Tim Capsule. However, the routers remain popular, well-designed products, and you can beef ‘em up with QuickerTek's wireless antenna upgrades. They're pricey, but they provide dual-band 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz WiFi and can triple the range of any version of the Base Station Extreme and/or Time Capsule. 

With the addition of six high gain dual-band 5dBi antennas, users can position the upright and articulated antennas to work best for their specific work area. The upgrade also boosts AppleTV and any other wireless networking task. Users can also experience the improved wireless for their broadband WiFi connections to DVD players for streaming media such as Netflix and Hulu.

Users have additional options to connect any other antenna type, including an outdoor directional antenna for long distance wireless. Those users with multi-building installations...

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01:08
Apple to begin iPhone SE production in India this...




Apple's first "made in India" device will be the iPhone SE, with reports on Friday claiming the tech giant plans to start production of the entry-level handset in the coming months through contract manufacturer Wistron.

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Thursday February 16

22:16
'Hearthstone' will release three full...

Blizzard is shaking up its Warcraft-themed digital card game, Hearthstone, with a slew of changes coming this year. Unlike its prior habit of alternating smaller Adventure releases with larger Expansions, 2017 will see three of the latter full-size s...

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21:44
Bloomberg attacks Apple TV as failing to be "a...




Bloomberg is doubling down on its narrative of Apple as an incompetent, poorly managed company with a perpetual strategy of failure that can't quite pull off its iPhone Magic in everything else the company does. However, the site's facts and analysis of the TV opportunity are seriously flawed.

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20:57
Scientists are building an army of tiny cancer-...

Scientists have worked for years to incorporate robotics into delicate medical procedures. They've given us tiny devices that can inject drugs into a person's eye or bend to operate on hard-to-reach areas. Now, they've come up with a way to potential...

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20:01
Twitter kills notifications from threads of people...

Twitter is ramping up its anti-abuse measures lately. After making abusive accounts invisible to anyone who don't follow them, the microblogging website has announced that you'll no longer be notified of replies to conversations started by people you...

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19:54
Trump’s new FCC chairman believes manufacturers...

A lot has been made about Apple and Tim Cook’s relationship with President Donald Trump, but the new FCC Chairman in the Trump Administration could finally give you access to that FM radio chip in your smartphone.

As detailed by Recode, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai believes that access to FM radios in smartphones is a public safety issue.

more…

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19:22
Photographer captures nature through surveillance...

Nature photography usually involves a lot of being outside and walking. That's fine for some, but photographer Marcus DeSieno captures our world's natural majesty from his computer, via online traffic and weather camera feeds.

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19:15
This month’s Billboard Magazine cover was shot with...

As Apple continues to advertise the Portrait Mode feature of the iPhone 7 Plus, the device is continuing to gain adoption for professional purposes. As detailed in a new article from Mashable, the latest cover photo for Billboard Magazine was shot with an iPhone 7 Plus and Portrait Mode…

more…

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