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Friday February 17

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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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.

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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…

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18:31
Alphabet won't need all those internet balloons...

Since it launched nearly four years ago, Alphabet's Project Loon experiment has shifted from an unlikely moonshot to an idea that might actually work. As Alphabet's experimental X division chief and "Captain of Moonshots" Astro Teller wrote today, th...

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18:09
Are you willing to give up Touch ID for new...

Last night, a new report from reliable Apple analyst Ming Chi-Kuo claimed that the upcoming iPhone 8 would drop the Home button and Touch ID capabilities in favor of a new “function area.”

While ditching the Home button is something that has been rumored for a while, the notion that Apple may drop Touch ID is jarring. Kuo’s report, however, claimed that Apple would replace it with some sort of new biometric recognition.

Are you willing to give up Touch ID for new biometric tech and a function area on iPhone 8?

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17:39
'Monopoly' is killing the thimble and it...

Monopoly's venerable thimble is not passing Go and it won't collect $200. The sewing accessory has been part of the board game since 1935, but voters decided to ditch it during a recent contest for a more modern replacement.

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16:58
Fixing (and Explaining) PDFpen 8.3.1’s Crash on...

If you use Smile’s PDFpen or PDFpenPro 8 and it’s crashing on launch, download a new version. Adam Engst explains what happened and warns that other apps could suffer a similar fate.

 

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16:48
Valve may be using a neural net against '...

It sounds like Valve is taking advantage of a neural network to combat the spread of cheats in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Posting on Reddit, someone using the moderator-verified Valve Anti-Cheat account wrote that a fix is in the works for fol...

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16:09
Why modern cars turn off one of their lights when...

I’d noticed this a while ago and thought it was odd and a little annoying. Now that I know the reason, it’s just annoying.

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16:08
Billboard’s iPhone 7 Plus cover photo

The latest issue of Billboard features Camila Cabello on the cover in a stunning photo shot outside a rental home in Beverly Hills — with an iPhone 7 Plus using the new Portrait mode.

That is really remarkable. I love using Portrait Mode on my iPhone 7 Plus—even though I’m not a great photographer, Apple helps give my photos depth and polish that I wouldn’t be able to achieve otherwise.

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16:03
AT&T expands access to unlimited plan

AT&T Inc said on Thursday it would make its unlimited data plan available to all wireless customers who pay a monthly bill, days after rival Verizon Communications Inc announced an unlimited option.

I really dislike the fact that we have to wait for a price war in order to get access to something like an unlimited plan. I don’t trust any wireless company.

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16:02
Microsoft Office for Mac gets Touch Bar support

Owners of the Macbook Pro with Touch Bar will be pleased to hear that Microsoft Office now works with the LCD strip Apple introduced with its latest laptop. Support for Touch Bar was announced alongside the new MacBook Pro at an Apple event last Octo...

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15:34
Some poor soul has a Nintendo Switch, but no games

Today is a bittersweet day for NeoGAF user hiphoptherobot. His Nintendo Switch pre-order arrived on his doorstep two weeks ahead of schedule, but he has absolutely nothing to play on it. "I have no games at all," he told the popular gaming forum. "Al...

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15:14
Zuckerberg's vague new mission for Facebook

Facebook had already run into rocky territory over the past year, stumbling over censoring historically-significant content and wrestling with its own role in the election, before Trump came to office. Amid an 'America First' administration raising u...

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14:58
Google needs your help building better video...

You probably haven't heard of YouTube-8M, but it's a big deal for anyone working in the field of machine learning. In short, it's a large database of labeled video content that programmers can use to test out their algorithms. Today, Google announced...

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14:54
Skype beta on iOS and Android adds in-call and...

Microsoft today announced that it’s bringing a few new features to users enrolled in the Skype Insider program on iOS and Android. In a blog post, Microsoft previewed new features including a built-in camera, in-call reactions, messaging reactions, and more.

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14:44
Notable apps and app updates for Feb. 16, 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

Full Fat has introduced Blocky Snowboarding 1.0. It’s a free snowboarding game in which players carve, grind, jump and grab big air with tricks and stunts. Blocky Snowboarding provides tap controls, collectible snowboards and themed slopes.

Conceptis has launched Conceptis MultiSudoku 1.0 for the iPad. The free game offers four multi-grid Sudoku variations in a single app.

macOS Apps/Updates

Reggie Ashworth has announced AppDelete 4.3.2, an update to his application deletion utility for macOS. Via drag and drop...

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14:30
AWT News Update: February 16, 2017

An AM/FM/Cassette Sony Walkman. Find out what this has to do with today's podcast!

Today we have a wide spectrum of Apple and industry-related news items for your listening pleasure:

  • The chairman of the FCC wants the FM radio receivers in most smartphones enabled
  • Facebook may soon become THE place to look for and apply for jobs
  • Touch ID is passé - here comes 3D laser scanning for facial recognition

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14:29
Skype Mobile tests in-call reactions and retooled...

With the wide variety messaging apps adding video calls, Microsoft has been steadily rolling out improvements to Skype to keep up with the competition. Starting today, Skype users can help test a few new beta features that should make video calling a...

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14:21
AT&T expands unlimited plan to all customers,...




In a bid to stay current amid recently increased competition, AT&T on Thursday said it will make a new AT&T Unlimited Data Plan available to all post-paid customers on Friday, with tiers starting at $100 for single user.

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14:16
Microsoft Office 2016 15.31

Adds support for the Touch Bar on the 2016 MacBook Pro to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. ($149.99 new, free update)

 

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14:03
AT&T is expanding its unlimited data plan to...

Following in the footsteps of Verizon and T-Mobile, AT&T today announced a new unlimited data plan available to all of its customers. While AT&T brought back an unlimited data plan last year, it was limited to DirecTV and U-Verse subscribers. Today’s plan, however, is open to anyone…

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14:02
The Wirecutter's best deals: Save $30 on a UE...

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, they may earn affiliate commissions that support their work. Read their c...

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13:53
News: Rumor: iPhone 8 to eliminate Touch ID in favor...

Apple may be planning to phase out Touch ID in favour of a new facial recognition technology, according to a new research note by JPMorgan analyst Rob Hall, reported by MacRumors. Hall indicates that the rumoured 5.8-inch iPhone with edge-to-edge OLED display would phase out Touch ID due to Apple’s removal of the home button to accommodate the new display, replacing it instead with a front-facing 3D laser scanner. His research note also suggests…

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13:46
Korean court approves arrest warrant for Samsung...




South Korea's Central District Court has approved an arrest warrant for the acting head of the Samsung Group, Jay Y. Lee, a report indicated on Thursday.

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13:27
Samsung's South Korean leader has been arrested...

That took a little longer than expected. Samsung's vice chairman Lee Jae-yong (better known as Jay Y. Lee) has been arrested over charges of bribery, according to Bloomberg. In early January a court had yet to approve the warrant.

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13:23
AT&T will offer unlimited data for all customers...

Well that didn't take long. Just a few days after Verizon announced it would start offering an unlimited data plan after years of selling capped data packages, AT&T will be doing the same. As of tomorrow, AT&T will let any current or potentia...

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13:22
Where Cards Fall: New game trailer from Snowman...

Last August, Snowman (the game house behind the mega-hit Alto's Adventure) and The Game Band teased us with a trailer for a new game called Where Cards Fall. The game was first teased in an email in March of 2016, and the only word we got was that Where Cards Fall would be shipping in 2017. Today, a new trailer arrived, showing some of the actual game play:

We now know that the debut of the new game will be "Fall 2017", but the exciting news is the list of platforms that are supported. For Apple fans, you'll be thrilled to know that the game will be available for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Mac. Oh, and there will be a PC version if you swing that way...

Below, you'll find excerpts from an interview about Where Cards Fall:

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12:54
Head to head: Comparing AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile...




All four of the big U.S. wireless providers once again have unlimited plans available to smartphone users. AppleInsider looks into the four, and gives you the data you need to make the best choice possible if you're in the market.

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12:50
President Trump plans to order a new travel ban next...

President Donald Trump said he will sign an executive order next week that updates his contentious January 27th ban on travelers and refugees from seven majority-Muslim countries. Last week, a federal appeals court ruled to keep a stay on the preside...

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12:50
Office for Mac gets Touch Bar support with Outlook...

MacBook Pro users can now insert a hyperlink in their Word document using the Touch Bar.

On Thursday, Microsoft released Touch Bar support to all Office for Mac users. This gives the Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps new contextual capabilities on the new MacBook Pro. Microsoft first announced Touch Bar support in October, and a preview was released to members of the Office Insider program earlier this month. MacBook Pro users can access these features by going to Help > Check for updates in any of their Office for Mac apps.

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12:40
Casting Oscar: Foundry creates each statuette as...

I didn’t realize there was a nameplate created for each nominee.

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12:30
Apple airs two new ads showcasing Portrait mode on...




Continuing an aggressive campaign, Apple on Thursday released two new iPhone 7 Plus ads through its YouTube channel, once again concentrating on the phone's unique Portrait mode.

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12:29
Google opens massive virtual collection of US...

If you're an American history buff, you're in luck. To celebrate President's Day, Google arts and culture team has just kicked off a monumental historical project focusing on our country's top office with the American Democracy program.

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12:14
Office for Mac gets Touch Bar support

Microsoft has upgraded Office for Mac, adding Touch Bar support for some models of the 2016 MacBook Pros. Word, Excel, and PowerPoint will add “the most relevant commands to what you're working on are at your fingertips” via the Touch Bar.

Microsoft Office 365 subscriptions start at $69.99 per year for a one-user personal license, or $5 per month per user for businesses. Updates are available from Microsoft AutoUpdate (MAU). To use MAU, start an Office application, such as Word, and then choose Help > Check for Updates. If you're an admin and want to update the computers in your organization with your existing software deployment tools, you can download and deploy the update packages for each application.

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12:11
NASA crowdsources better ways to poop in spacesuits

Back in December, NASA and X Prize competition website HeroX announced the Space Poop Challenge to find a hands-free human waste solution that would work for six days in spacesuit. The winning entry was designed by Air Force Colonel Thatcher R. Cardo...

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11:47
Play a piano duet with Google's AI partner

When Google tries to educate public about its AI research, it often releases tools that playfully explain the grittier, technical corners of artificial intelligence. Like, say, neural network software that looks at objects through your device's camer...

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11:31
Apple shares two new ads w/ focus on iPhone 7 Plus...

Apple today shared two new ads on its official YouTube channel, both of which highlight the “Portrait Mode” feature available exclusively on the iPhone 7 Plus.

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11:30
Microsoft rolls out MacBook Pro Touch Bar support to...




Following after a brief beta preview, Microsoft is rolling out support for the MacBook Pro Touch Bar to all users of Office for Mac, with the update providing quick access to functions from the new dynamic display panel.

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11:28
A version of the pre-Trump EPA website is online

Longing for a time when the White House didn't actively deny the effects humans were having on climate change? You aren't alone. Following the sweeping changes made on Inauguration Day this year, at least three Freedom of Information Act requests wer...

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11:06
MacBook Pro Touch Bar support now available for...

Microsoft has released a new update today for Office 2016 for Mac that includes Touch Bar support. These features were originally announced during Apple’s October event last year. We reported last week that members of the Office Insider beta program got a chance to try out the new update first. Now, the update with Touch Bar functionality is available to all users.

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11:06
'Alto's Adventure' studio will launch...

Indie game developer Snowman has built up quite a reputation based mostly on one game: Alto's Adventure. But we now finally know when we'll get to see the studio's next creation. Where Cards Fall, a game the company has been teasing for a few years n...

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