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Sunday February 19

17:03
Amazon lowers its free shipping threshold to counter...

When Walmart ditched its Amazon Prime-style subscriptions and offered free two-day shipping for all orders over $35, it was a shot across the bow -- we might not compete directly, but we can still undercut you. Well, Amazon is responding in kind. J...

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16:58
Rumor: Apple, Broadcom working on a customized...

In a note to clients — as noted by CNBC — JPMorgan analyst Harlan Sur says an upcoming iPhone will probably sportcustomized wireless charging system jointly designed by Apple and Broadcom. Work on the system has purportely been underway for two years.

"We believe the glass back cover [the “iPhone 8 is rumored to sport a back glass cover] is conducive to wireless charging as it reduces signal interference versus a metal casing," Sur wrote. "It is possible for Apple to add proprietary features such as fast charging or extended charging to differentiate itself from the pack and enhance the value of its own hardware ecosystem."

Sur estimated that iPhone charging upgrade could grow to a $500 million to $600 million opportunity for Broadcom, an American fabless semiconductor company that makes products for the wireless and broadband communication industry....

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16:47
Apple drops to fifth place in China smartphone sales

Apple shipped 43.8 million units of iPhones throughout 2015, a year-on-year decrease of 18.2% as local smartphone makers dominated the market according to Canalys. The research group estimates that for the full year 2016, China reached 476.5 million unit shipments, growing year on year at 11.4%.

This swept away the annual growth rate of 1.9% in 2015. China shipments reached 131.6 million units in Q416, which is the highest single quarter total in history, accounting for nearly a third of worldwide shipments.

Canalys research shows that, in 2016, Huawei took the top spot in the market with 76.2 million shipments, a small lead ahead of runner-up Oppo with 73.2 million units, followed by Vivo in third place at 63.2 million units. 

"China and Hong Kong are still the hardest-hit areas in Apple's global top ten market. This directly led to a 7.0% decline in global shipments compared to 2015.,” says Canalys analyst...

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16:34
Apple reportedly snaps up Israeli facial recognition...




Adding weight to the rumors circulating about a future iPhone boasting facial recognition, reports claim that Apple has purchased RealFace -- a machine learning company specializing in the technology.

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16:10
Use Workflow 1.7 for iPhone to quickly save notes...




The latest update to automation app Workflow 1.7 latest update makes it simpler to get started and better to streamline multi-app user processes. AppleInsider walks you through setting up your first workflow, and tailoring it specifically to what you need.

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15:29
Event Horizon Telescope will soon take the first...

The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) is finally ready to take a picture of Sagittarius A*. From April 5th to 14th this year, the virtual telescope that's been in the making for the past two decades will peer into the supermassive black hole in the cente...

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14:51
Parallels Desktop 12.1.3

Maintenance update for the popular virtualization software resolves several fixes. ($79.99 new for standard edition, $99.99 annual subscription for Pro/Business Edition, free update, 256 MB)

 

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14:14
The new wave of ‘unlimited’ data plans: How Verizon...

Over the last week, all four of the major United States carriers either announced new unlimited data plans or made changes to existing plans in an effort to better compete. With all four carrier offering some form of unlimited data, now be as good of a time as ever to analyze your current plan and think about switching.

Read on for a breakdown of what each plan has to offer…

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14:02
Apple reportedly buys an AI-based face recognition...

Those rumors of Apple exploring facial recognition for sign-ins might just have some merit. Calcalist reports that Apple has acquired RealFace, an Israeli startup that developed deep learning-based face authentication technology. The terms of the dea...

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12:30
Spin Master's BB-8 is still cute and you can...

The cute spherical BB-8 was one of the many highlights of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Spin Master's near life-size replica of him was one of our favorite things about last year's Toy Fair. Unfortunately, 2016 came and went without seeing the ad...

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11:00
Bill Gates wants a robot tax to compensate for job...

How would you deal with the likelihood that robots and automation will likely lead to many people losing their jobs? For Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, the answer is straightforward: tax the robots. In an interview with Quartz, Gates argues that t...

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10:53
EduTech: The best iOS apps for keeping track of...

EduTech is a new 9to5Mac weekly series that will focus on technology’s application in education, lower and higher level, both for productivity and enjoyment. If you have suggestions for topics or specific questions you’d like to see answered, feel free to let me know. Catch up on past installments here

In this week’s installment of EduTech, we’re going to break down the best apps on iOS stay organized, keep track of assignments, and more. Some of these apps are specifically made with education in mind, while others were developed with a broader focus yet still offer benefits to educators and students alike.

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10:51
Things I learned covering the Westminster dog show

I’ve never been behind the scenes at the Westminster show but have been for other much smaller shows and many of the things mentioned here are common throughout. It’s a fascinating world.

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10:45
The story of a biker’s Sunday

Richard Hammond, of “Top Gear” and “The Grand Tour” fame, is not just a car guy. He also loves motorcycles. If you’ve ever wondered why those of us who ride do this incredibly dangerous thing, read this article. The feelings he describes in the beginning of the piece are bang on for many of us, as is the camaraderie you have with random other riders – they may be complete strangers but you have the “brotherhood” that ties you to each other in ways hard to understand or describe.

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10:31
The difficult journey of “Star Trek II: The Wrath of...

Khan is arguably the best Star Trek movie. At least, I think of it as being the most enjoyable out of a long list of pretty mediocre movies in the franchise. I won’t ever watch it again because I’m afraid it’s not as good as I remember it to be.

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10:10
∞ Could you survive a falling elevator?

Sounds like Bugs Bunny lied to us.

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09:30
The best vacuums

By Liam McCabe

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

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08:57
Logic Pros: Using MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar w/...

With Logic Pro X 10.3, Apple introduced support for the new MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar, the small touchscreen panel that debuted on the device last fall. Logic users might have had to wait longer than Final Cut Pro or even GarageBand users as one of Apple’s main apps that didn’t get support right at launch, but what it did end up getting is some of the best Touch Bar support yet. Let’s take a look.

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08:00
After Math: Going on 'walk-a-back'

It was a big week for claiming victories (even if you didn't really win). Just look at Trump's crowing about how his administration is operating like a "well-oiled machine" (it's not). Similarly, McDonald's generated huge public interest in its new s...

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07:18
As rumors of new biometric features continue, Apple...

According to a report from Israeli financial website Calcalist, Apple has acquired facial recognition company RealFace. News of this acquisition comes as rumors regarding face recognition for iOS have increased ahead of the upcoming release of the iPhone 8 later this year.

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07:15
SpaceX successfully blasts off from NASA's...

After a last-moment delay, SpaceX has put NASA's legendary Launch Complex 39A back into action. The company successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket from the historic pad (best known for the Apollo 11 mission) Sunday morning, and topped it off by land...

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07:00
Ben Heck's Portable N64, part 2

When Ben began his Nintendo 64 build, he knew it wasn't going to be easy. In this episode, he shrinks down the size of the controller, embeds the RAM expansion and begins to construct the case with design cues from the Nintendo Switch. To embed t...

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04:00
Barbie Hello Hologram is a tiny virtual friend for...

Smart home speakers like the Echo and Google Home can tell you the weather, play music and look up stuff for you. However, they stop short of attaching a face to those actions, and certainly don't have any sense of sartorial style. Mattel's latest cr...

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Saturday February 18

23:32
Self-driving car race finishes with a crash

Fans attending Formula E's Buenos Aires ePrix got a nice treat: the first 'race' between self-driving cars on a professional track, courtesy of a test from Roborace. Only... it didn't quite go according to plan. Roborace's two test vehicles (known...

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20:57
Shia LaBeouf's anti-Trump livestream is reborn...

Shia LaBeouf's anti-Trump livestreaming art piece in New York City was ignominiously shut down just a few weeks into its planned 4-year run, but it's getting a revival... albeit nowhere near its original home. LaBeouf and his artist partners have re...

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20:49
Apple's iPhone drops to fifth place in Chinese...




Apple continued to struggle for ground in China during the December quarter, ceding fourth place in the country's smartphone market under pressure from local brands like Huawei and Xiaomi, according to new research data.

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19:30
Intel made a drone to help an NBA player in the Slam...

Orlando Magic player Aaron Gordon took things to a whole new level in tonight's NBA Slam Dunk Contest, one of the main events during the league's All-Star Weekend. The 21-year-old worked with Intel on a drone to use an assist prop for his first dunk...

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18:32
The best Warhammer 40,000 games for the iPhone and...




There are dozens of Warhammer 40,000 games available for iOS, but which are the must-plays? AppleInsider examines them, and purges the heretical ones.

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18:00
Batmobile toy uses augmented reality to show the...

Batman's got plenty of wonderful toys bearing his name, from his trusty Batarangs to his super Batcomputer. However, none are more famous than the Batmobile. And, while diehard fans might be a little down on the design of the latest version as seen i...

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16:32
TAG Heuer's next smartwatch may include a...

TAG Heuer has dropped a few hints about its plans for a successor to the Connected, but the biggest news may be what it isn't mentioning. Android Central sources claim that TAG is working on the Connected Modular, a "fully customizable" Android Wear...

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15:12
Would you buy a new Apple TV if the only upgrade was...

Earlier this week, a report emerged claiming that Apple is developing a new version of its Apple TV with support for 4K. The report noted that the refreshed model could launch as soon as this year. It’s unclear at this point if Apple has plans for any other feature additions to the Apple TV alongside 4K support, though several other things have been rumored.

Would you upgrade your Apple TV if 4K was the only change?

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14:59
Robot probe no. 2 dies while exploring a Fukushima...

The second robot Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) sent into Fukushima's unit 2 reactor also failed to finish its mission. Earlier this month, the cameras of the first "scorpion" robot that ventured into the reactor malfunctioned after two hours d...

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13:28
FBI has three probes looking into Russia's...

It's no secret that the FBI has been investigating Russia's alleged bid to influence US elections through hacking, but it's now clear just how deep that investigation goes. Reuters tipsters understand that there are "at least" three FBI probes into t...

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12:09
A week with BeatsX: How Apple’s latest W1 earbuds...

Six weeks after the launch of the iPhone 7 I wrote that life without a headphone jack was a confusing mess of adapters and a lack of cohesion between Apple products. That piece, however, was written before W1 earbuds hit the market.

Now, Apple has three pairs of W1 earbuds available and my opinions have done a total 180…

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12:01
JJ Abrams and Stephen King are creating another Hulu...

The first collaboration between JJ Abrams and Stephen King on an original Hulu series (11.22.63) clearly went well, as the two are coming back for another round. Abrams' Bad Robot studio has teased Castle Rock, another Hulu show based on King's writ...

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11:41
Review: Nintendo's Fire Emblem Heroes for...




The 27-year-old "Fire Emblem" series' latest entry was released earlier in February on iOS -- AppleInsider fights the forces of evil in "Fire Emblem Heroes."

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11:00
The Travel Series: Apps to Load Before You Leave

Apple World Today editor Steve Sande is on a fun vacation trip, so he’ll be providing readers with a lot of helpful tips over the next few weeks that can help them use their tech gear confidently and safely anywhere. 

TripAdvisor

In my last post I described different types of hardware and accessories that travelers might want to pack before going on a trip. Today, I'll talk about apps that are good to either install or familiarize yourself with prior to your departure.

General Travel Apps

There are a lot of travel-oriented apps in the App Store, but I'll only mention a few. "General" travel apps are those that provide a broad range of information about restaurants, attractions, and lodging in a specific area. My personal favorite, as it uses the usually unbiased reviews of people like you and me to provide guidance, is...

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10:29
Google tests LTE phone calls on Project Fi

As nice as Google's Project Fi service is for the data-hungry crowd, it's not so hot for voice -- switching to Fi frequently means giving up pristine-sounding LTE voice calls with some of your friends. You might not have to make that sacrifice for m...

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09:02
Twitter and Showtime stream a boxing match at 9PM...

Twitter is no stranger to livestreaming sports, but it still has opportunities to break new ground. The social network is teaming up with Showtime to stream its first-ever boxing match. Tune in to Twitter on desktop or mobile tonight (February 18th...

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08:20
Apple-backed trade association pledges support for...

Apple has long been a supporter of renewable energy, pushing towards using alternative energy to power its worldwide operations. Now, an energy trade associate that includes Apple has expressed its support for a proposal from the U.S. energy regulator that would make it easer to participate in wholesale markets for energy storage and distributed energy resources…

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07:42
Latest Canalys data highlights Apple’s struggle in...

Earlier this week, data showed Apple narrowly edge out Samsung in market share during the fourth quarter of 2016. Now, new data from Canalys offers up a closer look at the smartphone market and China. The data shows Apple struggle to keep up with younger manufacturers such as Xiaomi…

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07:31
Airbnb sued by major US apartment landlord

Here's a huge one for the ever-growing pile of lawsuits filed by and against Airbnb. Apartment Investment & Management Co. (AIMCO) has sued the rental service for "helping tenants breach their leases," according to The Wall Street Journal. Denver...

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07:14
This week’s top stories: WWDC17, iPhone 8, how...

In this week’s top stories: Apple announces WWDC 2017, iPhone 8 reports, the first trailers for Apple Music’s upcoming original TV shows, how expensive is a HomeKit house?, and hands-on with BeatsX and new CarPlay features.

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07:10
Become Tech Savvy: How to save your data manually...

First time checking out this series? You’ll get the most value by starting at the beginning and checking out the series overview.

Note for regular readers, the already tech savvy, and IT professionals: this series is designed as a resource you can share with those you are helping or for those looking to become tech savvy on their own.

How to back up and save your information manually
Background, Expectations, & Best Practices |

Up until now we’ve addressed the foundation of becoming tech savvy with how to get in the right state of mind and transforming limiting beliefs. For strategy we’ve...

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06:03
SpaceX reschedules its unmanned Red Dragon mission...

SpaceX is still relentlessly gunning for Mars, but the company has admitted that the current plans for its first unmanned flight might be a tad too ambitious. SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell has revealed that its robotic Martian lander called Red Dr...

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05:00
SUGARfx Subtitles lets you easily adds subtitles

By Aaron Lee

If you need to add subtitles to your finished movies in Final Cut Pro X, Motion, Adobe Premiere Pro or Adobe After Effect, you need the SUGARfx Subtitles plug-ins ($49) from Noise Industries.

SUGARfx Subtitles supports a variety of fonts and can handle hundreds of languages. It can also import in several subtitle formats. With the plug-ins you easily import text and adjust font, style and color to fit your project's style. Highlights of SUGARfx Subtitles include:

  • SubRip (SRT) format support with timecode accuracy for synchronized placement of subtitles;
  • The ability to use your own subtitle data format (with or without a timecode);
  • Final Cut Pro X and 7 marker support creation and timecode accurate placement;
  • Auto wrapping of text and margin control;

Use of presets for multi-user environments .

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05:00
The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Letter from the Editor

We live in a time when what previously would have been surreal is now reality. And I'm not even referring to the fact that our president fails to see the need to secure his smartphone, nor that the new head of the Environmenta...

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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

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

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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.
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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.

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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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Ah, here we are again at the close of another busy week. Don't rest too easy, though. We had a lot of great new releases in mobile games this week, and now you're going to have to spend all weekend playing them. That shouldn't be too much of a... | Read more »
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