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Monday February 13

07:04
How Apple can make music sound sweeter

Dan Moren, Macworld:

Even as the company continues to push its Apple Music venture, there are a few places where Apple would be better served by re-examining the way it approaches music. From services to software to hardware, Apple’s gotten pretty comfortable about where it stands with music—but not necessarily because it has the best solutions out there.

Dan digs into three specific areas: Fixing iTunes and Music apps, improving AirPlay, and improving the speaker situation.

One particular snippet I found intriguing:

Granted, perhaps it would be more effective to just snap up Sonos—especially if Apple could find a way to integrate Siri.

I can’t imagine this isn’t on an Apple drawing board somewhere.

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07:00
Prince Joins Apple Music, Ends Tidal-only Streaming

The rumors about Prince’s works coming to Apple Music during the Grammys proved to be true. His albums joined Apple’s streaming music service on Sunday, finally letting us party like it’s 1999.


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06:54
Apple joins Qi Wireless Power Consortium. Inductive...

Ben Lovejoy, 9to5Mac:

While early rumors suggested that Apple was holding out for long-range charging, without the need to place the iPhone on a charging pad, those hopes appear to have been dashed by more recent reports. These suggest that Apple will, like other manufacturers, use simple inductive charging.

Apple is now listed as a member of the Qi Wireless Power Consortium. Qi is an inductive wireless charging standard that is already in use in more than a thousand products.

Ben quotes IHS Technology analyst Vicky Yussuff:

The success of wireless charging adoption from Apple’s competitors is something that Apple can no longer ignore. IHS Technology consumer survey data shows over 90% of consumers want wireless charging on their next device.

Note that the Apple uses Qi charging for the...

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06:52
News: Report: Only new high-end iPhone getting...

Citing sources in Taiwan, Macotakara claims only one of the three iPhone models expected to be released this year will have a glass back and be equipped for wireless charging. While it’s possible that the feature will be included to differentiate the “iPhone 8” (or “iPhone X”) from the other models, early reports that Foxconn was having trouble delivering working charging modules could point to a need for Apple to scale…

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06:44
Mystery wireless Apple device goes through FCC...




Apple continues to submit its mystery Bluetooth and NFC product to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission for testing, with a third listing in the regulatory database revealing few new details about the wireless device.

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06:43
Verizon Wireless Brings Back “Unlimited” Data

Thanks to competition from Sprint and T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless has now introduced an “unlimited” data plan at a surprisingly reasonable price.

 

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06:43
Introducing the TidBITS Content Network for Apple...

We’ve just opened the doors on the TidBITS Content Network, a new syndicated content service designed to provide professionally written, edited, and illustrated tips and articles for Apple consultants, resellers, and other businesses to use in their blogs, email newsletters, and social media streams.

 

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06:30
Samsung supposedly makes a deal with Apple for 60-...

Samsung Display, a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics, has made a deal with Apple to supply an additional 60 million units of organic light-emitting diode panels, worth about $4.3 billion, for the next-generation iPhone, according to The Korea Herald.

The new deal comes after the Korean display maker struck a deal last year supplying 100 million OLED display panels for the upcoming “iPhone 8,” which will be the first iPhone to adopt an OLED screen, the article claims. Considering Apple sells 200 million iPhones a year, the combined 160 million units of OLED panels will make up almost 80% of the entire sales. So far the only product Apple makers with an OLED is the Apple Watch. LG provides the smartwatch displays. iPhones and iPads use LCD technology, which offers lower manufacturing costs than OLED screens.

LCDs use a backlight behind the screen to emit light, and act as a valve...

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06:20
Apple becomes a member of the Wireless Power...

Apple has joined the Wireless Power Consortium, hinting that the upcoming “iPhone 8” will indeed support wireless charging, at least on some models. The WPC is a group that includes makers of mobile phones, consumer electronics, batteries, semiconductors, components, wireless power technology and infrastructure such as wireless operators, furniture and automotive parts.

The WPC and its 200-plus members work to make Qi an industry standard. It’s already in 200-plus million products. Qi charges or powers an array of devices, from smartphones to cordless kitchen appliances and combines induction and resonance technologies

“The world market for wireless charging is expected to exceed 350 million enabled receiver units shipped in 2017,” says Vicky Yussuff, analyst at IHS Technology. “To date, this volume has largely been driven through the backing...

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06:09
Apple is a contributing sponsor of BeSides...

BSides -- a two-day, open forum for discussion and debate for security engineers and their affiliates -- has received a public contributing sponsorship from Apple, “underlining the increasing efforts of the company to participate in academic research and publishing related to security, privacy and other research goals,” according to AppleInsider.

The event is sponsored by BSidesLV, a non-profit organization designed “to advance the body of Information Security knowledge, by providing an annual, two day, open forum for discussion and debate for security engineers and their affiliates” The technical and academic presentations at BSidesLV are given in the spirit of peer review and advanced knowledge dissemination. 

The BSides event will be held Feb. 13 and 14 in San Franciso.

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06:04
Apple joins Wireless Power Consortium ahead of...




With this year's flagship iPhone expected to be the first to boast wireless charging, Apple has officially joined the Wireless Power Consortium, the governing body behind the Qi charging standard.

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06:01
Apple and Samsung allegedly forge $4.3 billion deal...




Possibly adding to deal in 2016, a report from South Korea has emerged claiming that Apple has entered into a $4.3 billion contract with Samsung for 60 million 5-inch OLED screens potentially destined for a next-generation iPhone.

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06:00
iDelete Cleaner Pro for iOS 3-Year Subscription: $19

We have a deal for you on a Mac utility for cleaning temp files and caches from your iOS device called iDelete Cleaner Pro. According to the company, its, “search and collection algorithm detects and effectively cleans up useless junk data, caches, log files, and more.” You can get a three year subscription to the software for $19.


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06:00
News: Daily Deal: DEVONthink Pro — The Elite...

Today in iLounge Deals, we’re offering the DEVONthink Pro: The Elite Document Manager for only $39.95 — that’s 50% off the regular price. This handy organizational and document management tool will keep all of your important projects in sync, with data stored in a single easy-to-backup database and the ability to present your data in whatever way is best optimized to your work style. Driven by artificial intelligence, DEVONthink’s…

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05:58
Apple Pay may be coming to Target ‘soon’

According to a customer service tweet from Target — as noted by 9to5Mac — thesecond-largest discount store retailer in the U.S. is investigating Apple Pay and is working on getting the technology in its stores. Specifics are unclear, but the tweet said that it would happen “soon.”

Target’s CEO promised Apple Pay two years ago, saying it would launch “soon,” but nothing ever came to fruition. Instead, Target added Apple Pay support to its mobile app and announced plans to allow users to pay via smartphone with their REDcard debit or credit card through a smartphone.

Target operates 1,803 locations throughout the U.S. Their retail formats include the discount store Target, the hypermarket SuperTarget, and "...

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05:55
Apple joins Wireless Power Consortium/Qi, lending...

Long-running rumors that Apple will add wireless charging to the iPhone 8 have been lent additional weight with the news that the company has joined an industry group devoted to wireless power.

Apple is now listed as one of the 213 members of the Wireless Power Consortium. It was not present in a cached version of the page from a week ago …

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05:42
Google Maps app now allows you to create & share...

If you use Google Maps to find your way around, then an app update today makes it much easier to both plan itineraries and bookmark your favorite places. The company is today adding the ability to create lists of places you want to visit, and to share them with friends …

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05:38
Samsung reportedly signs deal with Apple to make 160...

Samsung has signed a deal with Apple to make 160 million OLED panels for the company’s next-generation iPhone, according to the Korea Herald. The iPhone 8 will likely debut in the fall with an OLED screen and Apple needs all the panels it can get for its new flagship phone.

The iPhone 8 is expected to distance itself from the iPhone 7 with a radical new all-glass design, an OLED screen between 5.2-5.8 inches, wireless charging. Rumors indicate the phone will have almost no bezels with the Touch ID home button somehow integrated into the screen.

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05:15
External Link: Some Apps Making More Outside the Mac...

After Apple removed the code snippet manager Dash from the Mac App Store, its developers found that they actually made more money afterward, but that was likely due to the increased media coverage. In a less biased test, Rogue Amoeba also decided to stop selling its audio recording app Piezo on the Mac App Store due to Apple’s onerous restrictions. Even though the Mac App Store accounted for about half of Piezo’s sales before being removed, Rogue Amoeba found that nearly all customers shifted to direct sales — in other words, the Mac App Store wasn’t contributing much to product discovery. Plus, thanks to direct
sale transaction fees of just a few percent, versus Apple’s 30 percent, Rogue Amoeba made almost $5 more per copy of Piezo and more overall revenues after pulling it from the Mac App Store. Although results would undoubtedly vary from case to case, Rogue Ameoba’s experience shows that the Mac App Store may not be worthwhile for many developers.

 

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05:15
Rumor: Apple to release 5-inch iPhone 8 model, may...

It’s a rumor, but there may be some truth to it.

Japanese web blog Macotakara has a new rumor in that Apple will introduce a 5-inch iPhone model this year.

The site also state that “reliable sources in Taiwan” have stated that only the all-glass model of the iPhone will support wireless charging this year, while Apple will also stop including the headphone jack adapter.

Recently, it was rumored that apple’s 5-inch iPhone would arrive with a vertical dual-camera design. This model is said to be nearly identical in terms of specifications to the “iPhone 7s” and “iPhone 7s Plus.”

Some reports have stated that only the glass model will support the wireless charging feature. This implies that only the top-tier iPhone 8, which is rumored to retail for about $1,000, will support wireless charging.

The current report seems to corroborate that the iPhone 8 will use inductive wireless charging rather than long-range. The technology is said to be supplied...

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05:06
MacBook Pro Diary: Higher power output turned my Mac...

As someone who prefers to travel handbaggage-only, gadgets can often prove a challenge. As I like to keep up with photo editing as I go, I generally travel with my MacBook Pro as well as iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch and a compact camera. Not only do I need space for the gadgets themselves, but also the associated cables and chargers.

But for a trip to Havana last week – a destination I finally managed to check off from my bucket list – I decided that I could get by with two camera batteries and use my MacBook Pro to charge everything else …

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05:00
Prince’s Warner Brothers music catalog released on...

Following Prince’s abrupt retraction of his entire catalog from all music streaming service except for Tidal in 2015, the artist’s catalog has returned.

As rumored last month, Tidal’s exclusivity officially ended on Sunday after Warner Brothers made its collection of Prince tunes available to all streaming platforms, including big players Apple Music and Spotify. The release coincides with tonight’s Grammy Awards, where industry stars are expected to pay tribute to the late musician onstage.

Apple has already begun advertising the catalog’s availability and has sent out promotional emails linking new subscribers too the music.

The Warner Bros. Records catalog contains a number of Prince’s greatest hits, including “Let’s Go Crazy,” “Purple Rain” and “When Doves Cry,” but lacks deeper cuts and rare recordings held in the artist’s Paisley Park vault.

Warner Bros. Records has since been working to return the artist’s catalog to popular streaming...

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04:30
Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day; plan accordingly

Tuesday, Feb. 14, is Valentine’s Day. You knew that, didn’t you? If not, I’ve rounded up some websites that will help you prepare for the romantic day.

First of all, you can impress your special one (or ones) with your impressive knowledge of the history of Valentine’s Day. Well, actually, the saga of the lovers’ day — and the story of its patron saint — is shrouded in mystery. February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. But who was Saint Valentine, and how did he become associated with this ancient rite?

Saint Valentine, according to romantic legend, was a kind-hearted Roman priest who married young couples against the wishes of Emperor Claudius II, and was beheaded for his deeds on the Feb. 14. In truth, the exact origins and identity of St. Valentine are not known. You can learn more about the legendary figure and the theories of the origins...

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04:12
Sonos ad echoes Apple’s ‘1984’ commercial as company...

The latest Sonos ad – shown during last night’s Grammys, alongside one for Apple’s Carpool Karaoke – echoes Apple’s famous ‘1984’ commercial, the hammer thrown through a screen replaced by a speaker thrown through a window. The Verge isn’t a fan.

This is no critique of capitalism, or the American way, or even the dehumanizing effect of technology — she’s only complaining because the people she’s observing haven’t dropped hundreds of dollars on Sonos speakers.

You can judge for yourself below. But if the ad does inspire you to invest in some Sonos tech, Brits might want to buy sooner rather than later as the company has announced that it will shortly be raising its UK prices by up to 25% …

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04:00
I still want an Apple Thunderbolt Display with a...

Writing for 9to5Mac, Chance Miller says the problems with LG UltraFine 5K displays and routers is a strong sign that Apple should return to the display business. He’s right, and I still hope for a Thunderbolt Display with an integrated GPU that has been rumored in the past.

A GPU, or graphics processing unit, is a single-chip processor that creates lighting effects and transforms objects every time a 3D scene is redrawn. These are mathematically-intensive tasks, which otherwise, would put quite a strain on the central processing unit (CPU).  Removing this burden from the CPU on the computer itself frees up cycles that can be used for other tasks.

I’d love to see a next...

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Sunday February 12

23:19
Editorial: Why Apple ignores so much pundit...




Pundits are confounded by how Apple seems to ignore all their great ideas, but the company's strategy appears to be working out rather well on its own. Here's a look at why Apple has done so well while disregarding three major themes of Toxic Innovation Advice, pertaining to acquisition targets, obvious feature requests and commodity hardware.

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21:29
Apple sponsors San Francisco BSides security...




BSides, a two day "open forum for discussion and debate for security engineers and their affiliates" being held today and tomorrow in San Francisco, received a public contributing sponsorship from Apple, underlining the increasing efforts of the company to participate in academic research and publishing related to security, privacy and other research goals.

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19:22
Carpool Karaoke trailer pops up during Grammy awards...




Apple Music's "Carpool Karaoke" series now has a trailer, featuring a first wave of stars including James Corden, Will Smith, Metallica, Chelsea Handler, Blake Shelton, Shaquille O'Neal, John Legend, John Cena, and Ariana Grande, amongst others.

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18:58
Verizon Unlimited plan resurrected with 4G, talk,...




Verizon has re-launched an unlimited data plan for the first time in years, with Verizon Unlimited giving subscribers unlimited data, talk, and text for $80 per month with a single line.

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18:37
Apple shares first teaser for its upcoming Carpool...

During The Grammys this evening, Apple debuted the first advertisement for its Carpool Karaoke spin-off. The ad gives the first look at the premise of Apple’s version of the hit concept, which originally appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden.

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18:28
Australian banks eliminate fee demands, focus legal...




The four Australian banks at the core of the ongoing debate about opening up Apple Pay in the country have narrowed down their demands after being snubbed by the country's competition regulator, and are now solely focusing on opening access to iPhone and Apple Watch NFC technology.

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18:24
Liquid battery could last for over 10 years

Modern batteries aren't hampered so much by their capacity as their long-term lifespan -- a lithium-ion pack can easily become useless after a few years of heavy use. That's bad enough for your phone, but it's worse for energy storage systems that m...

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18:12
Prince's Warner Brothers music catalog lands on...




After Prince abruptly pulled his music from all streaming services save for Tidal in 2015, the Purple One's Warner Brothers catalog, which contains a majority of his biggest hits, has returned.

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17:16
Alfred 3.3

Adds access to clipboard history for inclusion into workflows and snippets. (£17 new, free update, 2.6 MB)

 

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17:15
As battle with Apple drags on, Australian banks to...

Apple’s long-standing battle with banks in Australia continues today. According to a report from Reuters, the Australian banks plan to shift their argument with Apple towards gaining access to the contactless payment function, rather than haggling over the fees Apple charges for each transaction.

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16:55
Car makers ask Trump to revisit fuel efficiency rules

Car companies operating in the US are required to meet stringent fuel efficiency standards (a fleet average of 54.5MPG) through 2025, but they're hoping to loosen things now that President Trump is in town. Leaders from Fiat Chrysler, Ford, GM, Honda...

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16:40
Logic Pros (101): Recording basics, creating tracks...

In our first Logic Pros 101, a new series where we teach you the basics of Apple’s professional audio production suite, we gave you a tour of the interface to get you started. This week, we step into recording basics and get your feet wet with creating tracks, recording, and some simple editing and arranging fundamentals.

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16:39
Hands On: Taskpaper 3.6.2 aims to make your To Do...




A new update to the Mac-specific Taskpaper aims to add power and ease of use to work-list management -- AppleInsider loads it up, and sees if it makes good on its promises.

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15:27
NASA picks three potential drill sites for Mars 2020

When the Mars 2020 rover reaches the red planet, it will quickly begin drilling for samples from its surface. NASA hasn't picked the exact drill site yet, but it has narrowed its choices down to three during a workshop with scientists in Monrovia, Ca...

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15:19
Verizon introduces new unlimited data plan, $80/mo...

Verizon is bringing back its unlimited data plans. With the new Verizon Unlimited plan launching on Monday, customers can use as much 4G LTE data, send as many texts as they like and talk for as long as they please … for $80 per month. An equivalent uncapped family plan charges $45 per line for 4 people, or $180 monthly.

The ‘unlimited’ plans have a few strings attached, namely hotspot tethering is limited at 10 GB for 4G (will fallback to 3G after) and although data is uncapped, high data users will not be prioritized if the network is congested …

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14:23
Verizon revives its unlimited data plan

Here's a nice Sunday surprise: Verizon is bringing back the unlimited data plan. As of February 13th, the carrier is launching a Verizon Unlimited tier that gives you unlimited US data, calls and texting for $80 per month ($45 per line for a family o...

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14:19
Apple a ‘contributing’ sponsor of BSides security...

Apple has been revealed as a sponsor of the BSides security conference currently taking place in San Francisco. Apple is listed as a “contributing” sponsor of the conference, joining companies such as Netflix, Google, and Dropbox.

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13:56
Jolla's latest mobile OS upgrade focuses on the...

Jolla is going some distance to putting its Sailfish OS on more phones you can buy, but it's clear the startup still has a ways to go before you're ditching your existing device. It just released an early access version of Sailfish OS 2.1 (nicknamed...

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13:24
Target calls Apple Pay ‘awesome,’ says it is working...

One of the most notable Apple Pay holdouts has been Target. Despite promising to support the mobile payment platform, Target has instead opted for its own in-app payment solution and store card.

According to a customer service tweet from the company, however, Target is still investigating Apple Pay and is working on getting the technology in its stores. Specifics are unclear, but the tweet said that it would happen “soon.”

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12:30
Ben Heck's portable N64, part 1

Of all the build requests the Ben Heck Show team receives on the element14 Community, there's one that has repeatedly came up: build a portable Nintendo 64, please! The team has finally decided to give it a go, starting with the Nintendo 64 that...

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11:33
Prince now streaming on Apple Music

I know what I’ll be doing for the rest of the day.

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11:00
Pros and cons: Our quick verdict on NVIDIA's...

NVIDIA's new Shield TV is a lot like its old Shield TV -- at least, on the inside. Still, the revamped Android TV set-top box is a lot smaller; it has a vastly improved game controller; and it's a much better deal at $200, since it includes the remot...

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10:00
∞ Tom Cruise falls into other movies

This is funnier than it has any right to be.

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09:57
These are the 20 best US cities to live in

These lists are always wonderfully subjective. Did your city make the top 20?

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09:53
How the Grammy Awards’ ‘In Memoriam’ tributes are...

This is always the saddest part of the show. This year’s segment will be especially poignant for me.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:51
After Tidal exclusivity, Prince’s music is...

Ahead of The Grammys this evening, Warner Brothers has announced that Prince’s music will become available on streaming services this afternoon.

Originally rumored earlier this month, the release of Prince’s catalog to Apple Music and other services comes as a tribute to the late-artist is expected at The Grammys.

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09:29
'Splatoon 2' preview arrives on Nintendo...

The Nintendo Switch doesn't exactly have a massive catalog of launch titles, but that doesn't mean that you'll be waiting months to play all the biggest games. Nintendo is promising a free Splatoon 2 "Global Testfire" preview running from March 24th...

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09:04
EduTech: How to get the most out of your .edu email...

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. 

In the first installment of EduTech, we’re going to focus on something a bit broad and geared primarily towards current and (in some  past college students. If you attend most universities, you’ll be given an email address that ends in .edu. In some cases, you’ll get that email on your acceptance to a university rather than when you fully commit, so you may have .edu email addresses that you don’t even know about.

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08:00
After Math: Baby come back

This was a week of many happy returns. Stanford students brought back 5,000 year old Chinese beer, Prince's catalog has reappeared on streaming services not owned by Jay Z and a pair of classic Hot Wheels cars are coming out of retirement to make the...

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07:00
Panasonic's indoor farm, and more in the week...

Tesla's groundbreaking affordable electric car is nearly here. This week the automaker announced plans to begin production on the Model 3 by the end of the month. Meanwhile, environmental champion Leonardo DiCaprio just signed up as the official amba...

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05:00
Testing out snapshots in Apple’s next-generation...

Enlarge / We’re not saying that APFS snapshots will be used in a future revision of Time Machine, but if you’re a betting person, now might be a good time to place your bets. (credit: Aurich / Thinkstock)

Back in June, Apple announced its new upcoming file system: APFS, or Apple File System. There was no mention of it in the WWDC keynote, but devotees needed no encouragement. They picked over every scintilla of data from the documentation on Apple’s developer site, extrapolating, interpolating, eager for whatever was about to come. In the WWDC session hall, the crowd buzzed with a nervous energy, eager for the grand unveiling of APFS. I myself badge-swapped my way...

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04:25
Spyware targeted proponents of Mexico's soda tax

Surveillance-oriented spyware is dodgy in itself, but it's even worse when it's abused to intimidate political enemies -- just ask Mexican health advocates. The New York Times has learned that someone used commercial spyware from NSO Group to target...

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Saturday February 11

22:38
Google adds iconic African landmarks to Street View

It's not all jungles, mud houses and wild animals in Africa: the continent has cities, art centers, monuments and other landmarks, just like everywhere else in the world. To bust myths going around about African countries and to give more people a ch...

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19:59
Old drug gets an absurd price hike to $89,000 per...

Martin Shkreli doesn't have a monopoly on jacking up drug prices. Marathon Pharmaceuticals has received FDA approval for an old drug used to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy, deflazacort, and in the process has raised the price to ridiculously high...

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19:30
Head to head: Apple's BeatsX vs. AirPods




With BeatsX now in stores, AppleInsider takes a closer look at the new W1 chip-equipped wireless earphones and how they compare with Apple's flagship AirPods.

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18:32
NASA wants to send a life-detecting lander to Europa

Back in June 2016, NASA commissioned 21 scientists to design a lander headed for Europa, conjure up science objectives for it and figure out if the mission is feasible. After around eight months of deliberation, the scientists have finally completed...

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17:59
How to track your sleep using Apple Watch or iPhone...

Sleep tracking has been one the most oft-requested features for Apple Watch, but Apple itself has yet to implement a solution. That hasn’t stopped developers from creating their own watchOS apps for doing it, though.

One of the more popular apps for sleep tracking with Apple Watch is called AutoSleep….

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17:01
Google hints at Assistant coming to existing Android...

It's very likely that you'll see Google Assistant on new Android devices beyond the Pixel line, but when... and what about the device you already have? The AI helper might be coming sooner than you think. Google has inadvertently given beta testers a...

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16:02
Apple shares new Apple Watch Series 2 ad featuring...




Apple on Saturday posted a short commercial spot highlighting the health tracking functions of Apple Watch Series 2, urging users to keep fit by closing their Activity app rings.

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15:59
Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 8' will use...




Only one of this fall's upcoming iPhone models -- the so-called "iPhone 8" or "iPhone X" -- will offer inductive charging and a glass back, but buyers will have to use a separate accessory to juice up wirelessly, a report said on Saturday.

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15:27
Feds delay endangered bumblebee's protection

The rusty patched bumblebee was supposed to be officially added to the endangered species list on February 10th. Unfortunately, the insect's fate is now uncertain: a Federal Register notice filed on January 20th says the Trump administration has put...

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13:59
Tiny airborne probe could help local weather...

To date, it hasn't been easy to get loads of airborne weather data beyond major airports. Airliners have had a sophisticated probe system (TAMDAR Edge) for over a dozen years, but that doesn't help much in those remote areas where you may only see sm...

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13:48
Crossing from right-hand-drive countries to left-...

This is an old article but it talks about something I’ve never thought about. I’ve driven in countries that are right-hand drive but never had to cross a border and make the described transitions.

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13:36
What the AI behind AlphaGo can teach us about being...

Fascinating article about the rise of AI and what it means for humanity.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:30
Pros and cons: Our quick verdict on Dell's XPS...

Convertible laptops aren't anything new these days, but Dell's XPS 13 2-in-1 still stands out from the pack. It brings in most of the premium design elements we loved about the original XPS 13, including that gorgeous 13.3-inch, near bezel-less displ...

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12:19
Latest Apple Watch Series 2 ‘Close Your Rings’ promo...

Apple today has shared a new ad for the Apple Watch Series 2 on YouTube. The ad, like much of Apple’s marketing for the device, focuses on Activity and is called “Close Your Rings.”

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12:18
Apple's 'Planet of the Apps' series...




An anonymous source familiar with the matter claiming to be involved in production of the series reports that Apple has wrapped up documentary series "Planet of the Apps" on an Apple-constructed set near Hollywood.

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11:40
Review: Kanex's GoPower Watch portable battery...




There's a lot to like about the Kanex GoPower Watch charger and battery for Apple Watch, especially the inclusion of an embedded magnetic watch charger and a passthrough USB port for charging your iPhone as well. But with a $100 price tag, we feel it should accept power through Lightning instead of micro USB.

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10:58
Intel's 8th-gen Core processors won't be...

It's clearer than ever that the days of tick-tock Intel chip upgrades (new process one generation, new architecture the next) are long gone. Intel has revealed that its 8th-generation Core processors, due in the second half of 2017 will once again b...

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10:54
If Apple sold inductive wireless charging tech...

One of the long-running rumors for the iPhone 8 is wireless charging. Though there has been some back and forth as to what exact wireless technology the device will use, wireless charging has been one of the most consistent rumors.

Earlier today, however, a report claimed that Apple would sell the wireless charging accessory separately from the iPhone 8 itself.

If Apple does sell wireless charging technology separately, would you pay for it?

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10:40
Capsule8 Launches Linux-Based Container Security...


Cybersecurity startup Capsule8 this week announced that it has raised $2.5 million to launch the industry's first container-aware, real-time threat protection platform designed to protect legacy and next-generation Linux infrastructures from existing and potential attacks. CEO John Viega, CTO Dino Dai Zovi and Chief Scientist Brandon Edwards, all veteran hackers, cofounded the firm. They raised seed funding from Bessemer Venture Partners, as well as individual investors Shandul Shah of Index Ventures and ClearSky's Jay Leek.

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09:30
Recommended Reading: The story of 'Legion,...

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Marvel's latest TV series debuted on FX this week, and if you're a little lost on the backstory or just need a quick refresher, Polygon is here to help. The gaming news outlet posted a primer on Le...

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08:59
Become Tech Savvy: iCloud Keychain and answering...

First time checking out the Tech Savvy 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.

In our previous article we took a look at how to get started with password management using 1Password. Today we’ll look at using Apple’s iCloud Keychain, and answering some of your common password management concerns.

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08:45
This week’s top stories: iPhone 8, BeatsX, Ultra...

In this week’s top stories: iPhone 8 rumors, BeatsX go on sale, an Ultra Accessory Connector for MFi accessories, iOS 10.3 beta 2, what’s next for Apple Watch, and much more.

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08:32
Apple has reportedly concluded filming of its ‘very...

One of Apple’s first original content efforts is its Planet of the Apps reality show. Originally announced last year, the series is an unscripted reality show focused on developers creating apps and receiving mentorship from various celebrities during the process.

According to a report today, Apple has recently concluded filming the show…

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08:02
Tim Cook talks with iPhone user battling cerebral...

As he continues making the rounds in Europe. Tim Cook made an appearance at Apple’s retail location in Glasgow. While Cook has stopped in at multiple Apple Stores over the last week, this visit is especially notable because Cook got the opportunity to talk to Angela Reed, a cerebral palsy sufferer who relies on iPhone for its accessibility features…

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08:00
The Analogue Nt mini wants to be the last NES you...

Trying to play an NES cartridge on Nintendo's original, 30-year-old hardware can be an exercise in frustration. The console's ancient composite cables offer terrible image quality on modern televisions, and getting games to actually run is a ballet o...

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07:52
Rumor: Apple will introduce a new 5-inch iPhone this...

According to a new report from Macotakara — as noted by 9to5Mac -- Apple will introduce a new 5-inch iPhone model this year. The report, citing unnamed “reliable sources in Taiwan,” claims that only the all-glass model of the iPhone will support wireless charging this year.

If the rumor is true — and I suspect it is, as Apple will need a smaller, lower-cost smartphone in its line-up — Apple may have iPhones in all three sizes this year. According to a DigiTimes report, there will be at least model with a 5.8-inch screen. The iPhone line-up will, per these rumors, have 5-inch, 5.5-inch, and 5.8-inch models.

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07:33
Report again claims Apple will add 5-inch iPhone to...

According to a new report from Macotakara, Apple will introduce a new 5-inch iPhone model to the lineup this year. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of a new 5-inch iPhone model, though.

Additionally, today’s report, which cites “reliable sources in Taiwan,” only the all-glass model of the iPhone will support wireless charging this year, while Apple will also stop including the headphone jack adapter.

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06:28
Subaru secures permit to test self-driving car in...

The list of automakers that can test their self-driving cars in California is getting less and less exclusive by the minute. Its latest addition? Subaru. The Japanese company has secured an Autonomous Vehicle Testing Permit from the state's DMV on Fe...

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The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Letter from the Editor

It's been another eventful week in Trump's America. The Ninth Circuit effectively administered a coup de grace to the president's Muslim travel ban after hearing from most of Silicon Valley about said ban's deleterious effects...

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04:30
Apple patent shows continued work on waterproof...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 20170041712) for “evacuation of liquid from acoustic space” that shows the company is working to make iPhones and Apple Watches truly waterproof.

Here’s Apple’s summary of the invention: “An acoustic module, such as a microphone or speaker module, includes an acoustic membrane that vibrates to produce acoustic waves and an acoustic cavity through which acoustic waves produced by the membrane travel. A liquid removal mechanism removes liquid from the acoustic cavity. Such a liquid removal mechanism may include the acoustic membrane, heating elements, hydrophobic and/or hydrophilic surfaces, and so on. In some cases, the liquid removal mechanism may remove liquid from the acoustic cavity upon connection of the acoustic module and/or an associated electronic device to an external power source.”

Of course, Apple files for — and is granted — lots of patents by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Many are for inventions that never...

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04:00
Apple granted patent for a ‘context-aware world...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,563,177) for a “context-aware world clock.” It would allow time information for various locations to be automatically generated for display on a portable electronic device such as an iPhone or Apple Watch. 

According to the patent the time information can include time information for remote locations away from the current location of a user. The time information can be generated without requiring user input specifying the locations. The locations can be determined or identified based on context information of the user or context information of contacts of the user. The locations can be prioritized and the time information can be displayed according to the prioritization.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that ortable electronic devices may have the capability to present time information such as a digital or analog clock on a user interface of the portable electronic device. They may also have the capability to track the...

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03:00
The Week in Apple News: Jimmy Iovine’s plans for...

Apple headlines for the week ending Feb. 10, 2017

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Are you willing to pay $1,000 for a new iPhone? (Maybe you already do.) If the rumors pan out, the iPhone 8 (or whatever the next iPhone is called) will be a pricey one. There are iPhone 8 rumors and more in this week’s headline roundup; check them out in this slideshow. Just click on the link to get more information.

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01:15
Drone Racing League lands a title sponsor for the...

It doesn't quite have the cachet of something like the Winston Cup (yet), but the Drone Racing League says its 2017 campaign will be called the Allianz World Championship Series. In another move cribbed from traditional motorsports, the drone pilots...

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This week on AI: $1,000+ 'iPhone X,' Apple...




A jam-packed news week offered numerous rumors about Apple's "iPhone X" and other future devices, as well as a fair share of politics including Apple opposing President Trump's immigration ban, and CEO Tim Cook meeting with UK Prime Minister Theresa May.

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20:56
Android's instant tethering is now officially...

Instant tethering started making its way to some Android users in late January, allowing them to set up an automatic hotspot connection between devices. Now that the feature is officially available, more people should have access to it -- but it stil...

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20:09
HBO's 'Silicon Valley' returns April...

HBO's tech-industry satire Silicon Valley will return for its fourth season on April 24th. Despite its usual lead-in Game of Thrones likely getting a late start on its seventh season, Pied Piper & Co. are returning in their usual spring window. W...

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19:05
Photo of Magic Leap AR prototype leaks out, backpack...

In December, a report by The Information indicated that well-funded startup Magic Leap wasn't nearly as close to producing its vaunted augmented reality headset as demo reels had suggested. CEO Rony Abovitz responded by claiming it had completed a "P...

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16:59
NBC: Russia 'considers' sending Snowden...

A report by NBC News cites unnamed US intelligence sources claiming that Russian officials are deliberating a handover of Edward Snowden as a "gift" to the Trump administration. Since leaking information on the NSA's "PRISM" surveillance, the former...

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16:23
First look: Apple's BeatsX earphones with...




Apple on Friday released BeatsX, a long-delayed wireless earphone product in the Beats line that incorporates the company's new W1 chip into a tethered headset design. AppleInsider goes hands-on in this first look video.

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16:13
Tim Cook says AR is a 'big idea,' likens...




Apple CEO Tim Cook continues to drop hints about the company's ambitions to enter the augmented reality space, most recently saying the technology is "for everyone," much like the now ubiquitous smartphone.

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15:34
California bill doesn't want Netflix to be...

Proposed legislation in California aims to prohibit video-streaming services, such as Netflix, Hulu and YouTube, from being taxed as utilities by local municipalities. The AB 252 bill, called the Streaming Tax Relief of Entertainment And Movies (STRE...

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15:09
SDPD finds that body cameras reduce misconduct and...

According to an internal report released to the public this week, the San Diego Police Department has seen a significant drop in allegations against officers for both misconduct and overall use-of-force in the three years since the department adopted...

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TextExpander 6.1.5

Adds support for importing settings from TextExpander 5 and for synchronizing some preferences with the new TextExpander for Windows. ($40 annual subscription, $20 upgrade subscription, free update from version 6, 6.4 MB)

 

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