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Tuesday February 13

05:45
First look: IOGear USB-C Compact Docking Station...




The IOGear USB-C Compact Docking Station with Power Delivery Pass-Thru is a port-replacement peripheral for USB 3.1 type C gear -- but isn't perfect for 4K.

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05:36
iPhone market share will grow this year while...

Global smartphone sales were weaker than expected in the second half of 2017, says TrendForce. It predicts that growth will slow to 2.8% this year, and says that there are ‘only two international brands with a clear future of growth in 2018’ …

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04:37
‘Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration’...

Feral Interactive has announced that Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration, ‘the definitive edition of the acclaimed action-adventure,’ will be coming to macOS and Linux this spring.

The company says all the downloadable content will be bundled with the game, which includes both action and puzzle-solving …

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

Tomorrow (Wednesday, 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...

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04:00
Tips for using Apple Mail in iOS 11

Apple Mail in iOS 11 has some overlooked nifty features. Among them:

  • Fast Unsubscribe: emails with unsubscribe links will now automatically have them displayed at the top of each message with an easy to hit button.
  • Unread Only: when viewing your mailbox, look for the filter icon (bottom left corner) and change the default setting to “Filtered by: Unread.”
  • Quick Actions: Swipe left on a message in the new threaded view and it will reveal quick actions such as flag, reply and trash.

(This how-to is based on my experiences and info on Apple's support pages — where the images sometimes come from.)

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03:55
Trend line suggests Apple Watch could be on track to...

Comparing recent Canalys data with that of the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry numbers indicates that the Apple Watch achieved a new first in the holiday quarter: shipments of the smartwatch exceeding exports for the entire Swiss watch industry …

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Feb. 13, 2018

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.

macOS Apps/Updates

AKVIS has updated AKVIS Decorator, its smart resurfacing and recoloring tool for macOS (10.7 and higher). Version 6.0 offers new tools, the selection saving feature, full compatibility with Photoshop CC 2018, a number of interface improvements, etc. Also, it’s now possible to apply different textures to the same image.

AKVIS Decorator allows youto alter the surface of any objects such as clothes, furniture, buildings, cars, walls, etc. The built-in library offers more than 1800 textures to suit most needs. 

The product is available as a standalone program and as a plugin filter for AliveColors, Adobe Photoshop and...

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03:15
AppleCare+ for HomePod priced at $39, covers two...

If you’re looking to snag AppleCare+ for your new HomePod, it’ll run you $39.

The extended warranty and accidental damage repair program offers two out-of-warranty repairs like accidental damage from a drop.

Without AppleCare+, the repair will run $279.

The checkout process for a HomePod has said since the pre-order process that AppleCare+ coverage extending the warranty to two years, granting a longer customer support window, and providing for reduced-cost out-of-warranty repairs would cost $39. However, a new support document published on Friday breaks down the HomePod repair process, as well as costs associated with the repair.

While there are no varying costs for repairs associated with the HomePod (as with a screen or battery replacement for a MacBook or an iPhone), out-of-warranty damage for a HomePod, such as a drop or exposure to water, will run the user $279.

The AppleCare+ service also grants users an express replacement service,...

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03:00
iFixit completes teardown of HomePod, posts findings

When in doubt, use a hacksaw.

The cool cats at iFixit have taken it upon themselves to crack into the newly-released HomePod to find out what’s inside.

The outfit, which used an actual hacksaw to crack the smart speaker open, discovered an A8 processor, seven tweeters, six far-field microphones, and a high excursion woofer. The speaker dynamically adapts to its placement in a room to improve audio output and to create a stereo-like sound from a single unit.

After physically destroying the HomePod’s body, iFixit found they had to to slice the fabric mesh outer skin, then cut through the inner body with a saw.

It’s unknown as to what Apple’s technique is to open the HomePod without damaging the outer body.

During the teardown, iFixit found an extra microphone that’s most likely used for tuning the woofer alongside a 14-pin connector that’s thought to be used for diagnostics. The HomePod also features a large magnet to drive its high-excursion...

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02:00
Amazon Is Designing Custom AI Chips For Alexa

According to a report (paywalled) from The Information, Amazon is designing a custom artificial intelligence chip that would power future Echo devices and improve the quality and response time of its Alexa voice assistant. "The move closely followers rivals Apple and Google, both of which have already developed and deployed custom AI hardware at various scales," reports The Verge. From the report: While Amazon is unlikely to physically produce the chips, given its lack of both fabrication experience and a manufacturing presence in China, the news does pose a risk to the businesses of companies like Nvidia and Intel. Both companies have shifted large portions of their chipmaking expertise to AI and the future of the burgeoning field, and both make money by designing and manufacturing chips for companies like Apple, Amazon, and others. Amazon, which seeks to stay competitive in the smart home hardware market and in the realm of consumer-facing AI products, has nearly 450 people with...

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01:53
How to use Shazam with Siri on HomePod to identify...

HomePod’s strand of Siri has its limitations but it’s music features are pretty robust. You can actually use the Shazam song identification features on HomePod, you just need to know the right request phrase for Siri.

The HomePod uses its microphones to listen to the environment and Shazam will try to find a match for the song. You can then get the HomePod to play the song straight from Apple Music. Here’s how to use Shazam on HomePod …

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Monday February 12

18:19
Facebook to launch subscription tool in iOS app...




Facebook has resolved a revenue sharing issue with Apple, it was announced on Monday, allowing the social media giant to launch a subscription tool for publishers looking to enable paywall access on Facebook's iOS app.

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18:14
How to use AirFoil to create a stereo HomePod pair...

The HomePod may have officially launched to consumers on Friday, but there are still some features users are waiting on, including stereo support and multi-room support. However, there are third-party applications that bring those features to HomePod users today…

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17:11
Facebook to roll out subscription tool on iOS...

Facebook will be rolling out a subscription tool soon that will allow publishers to put up paywalls for certain content on the social media platform.

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16:46
Apple Music student membership expands to over 80...

Apple announced today that it is expanding the availability of its Apple Music student membership. The company hasn’t yet confirmed a complete list of new markets, but says the discounted membership is coming to 82 new regions this month…

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16:32
Apple to expand Apple Music student discount to 82...




In an expansion scheduled to roll out over the course of February, Apple will begin offering half-price Apple Music discounts to students in 82 additional countries, according to a report on Monday.

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16:18
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 12...

Notable software releases this week include Carbon Copy Cloner 5.0.8, MarsEdit 4.0.7, VLC Media Player 3.0, BBEdit 12.1, ChronoSync 4.8.4, and DEVONagent 3.10.

 

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16:18
ExtraBITS for 12 February 2018

In ExtraBITS this week, Apple is reportedly scaling back new iOS features to focus on stability, your smart home devices could reveal more about you than you realize, and a malicious cryptominer was accidentally distributed by MacUpdate.

 

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15:20
Apple highlights Portrait selfies, bouncing Live...




Apple on Monday posted a trio of short tutorial videos to its YouTube channel explaining how to take perfect Portrait selfies with iPhone X and bouncing Live Photos with all current iPhone models.

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14:56
026: iOS 12 (and 13) rumors, Alto’s Odyssey, and...

Today we’ve got the latest details on what to expect in iOS 12 (and 13), the release date for Alto’s Odyssey, and loads of new HomePod details following launch weekend.

9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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14:27
See Apple's HomePod take on the competition in...




AppleInsider puts HomePod's sound quality to the test against four smart speaker competitors, Sonos' One, Amazon's second-gen Echo, Google Home and Google's Home Max, in this comprehensive comparison. Find out which comes out on top.

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14:03
Reddit Audiophiles Test HomePod, Say It Sounds...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Apple released its much-hyped HomePod speaker to the masses last week, and the general consensus among early reviews is that it sounds superb for a relatively small device. But most of those reviews seem to have avoided making precise measurements of the HomePod's audio output, instead relying on personal experience to give generalized impressions. That's not a total disaster: a general rule for speaker testing is that while it's good to stamp out any outside factor that may cause a skewed result, making definitive, "objective" claims is difficult. But having some proper measurements is important. Reddit user WinterCharm, whose real name is Fouzan Alam, has made just that in a truly massive review for the site's "r/audiophile" sub. And if his results are to be believed, those early reviews may be underselling the HomePod's sonic abilities. After a series of tests with a calibrated microphone in an untreated room, Alam found the...

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13:48
Apple Maps transit directions come to Tucson, Arizona




Thanks to behind-the-scenes updates, visitors and residents of Tucson, Ariz. can now use Apple Maps to figure out public transit directions across the city.

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13:42
As HomePod hits the market, Amazon is working on...

As eager customers got their hands on Apple’s HomePod starting last Friday, one thing is for sure, the smart speaker competition is heating up. The latest news is that Amazon is working on creating custom chips for future Echo devices to help maintain its market lead.

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13:34
∞ The Dalrymple Report: Music and drummer jokes with...

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I had so much fun with Dave Hamilton this week. Dave is a gigging drummer and really knows his music. We talked about live setups, different bands, recording, and tell a couple of drummer jokes.

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13:30
Review: RHA MA750 Wireless In-Ear Headphones

RHA is back with a new version of its MA750 headphones — the MA750 Wireless. Unlike the RHA T20i we tested last year, the MA750 Wireless comes in a "neckbuds" form factor which, against all odds, seems to be increasingly popular these days. Though we think that RHA has just about nailed the neckbud design, we think the MA750 Wireless's sound falls a bit short of the T20i.{/exp:char_limit}

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13:28
Snapchat redesign causes uproar as users call on...

Users are not happy with the latest Snapchat update. The company has broadly rolled out a major redesign of its application, and now it is seeing a massive uproar on social media, with users begging for Snap to roll back the update.

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13:23
Consumer Reports: HomePod audio quality ‘very good’...

Apple’s HomePod has been well received by most critics so far, with audiophiles and regular people alike. Consumer Reports, however, has done some early testing on the HomePod and found that a few of Apple’s competitors may sound a little bit better…

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13:13
HomePod First Impressions: Let the (Apple) Music Play

We’ve had the HomePod for a weekend, and for the most part, it has been a success when it comes to music, thanks to excellent audio quality and Siri spinning Apple Music tracks with aplomb. Siri on the HomePod has been less useful as a fount of general knowledge, or perhaps we just don’t have the right questions.

 

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13:08
Apple World Today News Update: February 12, 2018

Steve is back to recording the podcast after a week-long hiatus due to a death in the family. Today we have three stories; one highlighting major US carrier Verizon, another the HomePod, and the final focusing on wireless mobile chip vendors Qualcomm and Broadcom:

  • Verizon announced that it will begin locking smartphones for a specified amount of time in order to reduce criminal demand for its unlocked phones
  • A scientific test of Apple's new HomePod smart speaker proves that it has excellent sound quality
  • Apple suppliers Qualcomm and Broadcom are set to restart talks on a possible takeover of Qualcomm by Broadcom; any takeover would have an impact on Apple

The text version of the podcast can be read below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below. Apple News readers need to visit Apple World Today in order to listen to the podcast.

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13:04
Apple's MacBook lineup now world's fourth-...




Apple's share of the global laptop market climbed from 8.3 to 9.6 percent during 2017, allowing the company to rise from fifth to fourth place.

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12:47
Apple shares new ads focused on Portrait Lighting...

Apple today has published three new ads focused on Portrait Lighting on iPhone X, and Live Photos.

Without any narration, the three videos are quick and easy tutorials on how to shoot, and edit Portrait Lighting photos, along with the third demonstrating how to add effects to Live Photos.

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12:33
External Link: Will iOS 12 Be the iPhone’s Snow...

For years, Apple has stuck to a strict schedule of annual iOS releases that sport a sometimes dizzying array of new capabilities. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, whose sources have proven generally reliable, is reporting that Apple will be holding back some of the more ambitious features in iOS 12 to focus instead on polish and reliability. Under the new scheme, major features will be planned over a two-year period, with engineers having more leeway to delay features that need more work. That doesn’t mean iOS 12 will be devoid of new features. One of the most interesting, Gurman says, will enable developers to create apps that work on both macOS and iOS. That will likely have significant implications for Apple users.

 

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12:32
External Link: Your Smart Home Could Be Spying On You

Gizmodo’s Kashmir Hill and Surya Mattu teamed up to learn the extent to which home automation devices report back to their manufacturers and leak personal information. Hill filled her house with smart devices, including an Amazon Echo, lights, coffee maker, TV, and even a bed. Then she had Surya monitor how much data was sent out by the devices. The results may shock you. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the worst offender was the Amazon Echo, which contacted Amazon’s servers every few minutes, even when the “Alexa” wake word and the microphone were turned off.

 

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12:31
External Link: Malicious Cryptominer Distributed by...

The MacUpdate site was hacked on 1 February 2018, and the attackers slipped a malicious code into updates for Firefox, OnyX, and Deeper that would use CPU cycles on infected machines to mine cryptocurrency. Malwarebytes has instructions for removing the malware. Although MacUpdate removed the offending updates quickly, the moral of the story is that it’s always best to update an app from inside the app itself or via the developer’s Web site.

 

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12:26
News: HomePod’s Siri response accuracy lags behind...

While Loup Ventures found the HomePod to be the best-sounding smartspeaker on the market, its inquiry also found the device’s Siri responses to be the worst of the pack for correctly answering questions. Siri on the HomePod only answered 52.3 percent of queries correctly, a sharp drop off from Google Home’s 81 percent success rate and even behind Alexa’s 64 percent and Cortana’s 57 percent. While Siri understood most of the…

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12:18
Alto's Odyssey coming to iPhone, iPad, Apple TV...




The follow-up to "Alto's Adventure," snowboarding endless-runner "Alto's Odyssey" now has a release date, with the new title expected on Feb. 22.

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12:08
HomePod set up failing with a blank white screen?...

Some new HomePod owners are hitting a problem that prevents them from setting up the device. During the initial set up, one of the popup screens is simply blank with seemingly no way out but to cancel the process. It turns out there’s an amusing bug causing this, but luckily there’s a simple fix …

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12:02
New aerial footage of Apple Park from Matthew...

Just when we thought we had seen the last of the Apple Park drone flights, pilot Matthew Roberts is back with another video showing several more completed structures and the latest progress on landscaping at the new Apple headquarters.

One fascinating thing to notice is that Apple will need to keep a close eye on the solar shade "eyebrows" that surround all four floors of the "spaceship" building; several shots taken near areas where sod is being placed show dirt discoloring the bright white finish of those architectural features.

Quite a few employees have made the move to the spaceship recently; a tweet from 

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11:29
The Threat to the Mac: the Growing Popularity of Non...

Peter Ammon, former AppKit engineer at Apple, in a comment in a Hacker News thread regarding a report positing that the ability of Mac apps — even sandboxed ones — to capture screenshots of the entire screen a security problem:

IMO the app sandbox was a grievous strategic mistake for the Mac.
Cocoa-based Mac apps are rapidly being eaten by web apps and
Electron pseudo-desktop apps. For Mac apps to survive, they must
capitalize on their strengths: superior performance, better system
integration, better dev experience, more features, and higher
general quality.

But the app sandbox strikes at all of those. In return it offers
security inferior to a web app, as this post illustrates. The
price is far too high and the benefits too little.

IMO Apple should drop the Mac app...

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11:27
Reminder: Apple includes a tiny AirPlay toggle in...




Apple, in its "infinite wisdom," compacted the Control Center in iOS 11, and gave AirPlay even less of a starring role on it. With HomePod now available and able to have audio streamed via AirPlay AppleInsider shows you where the AirPlay button is, and two slightly different ways to turn it on.

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11:03
Apple News picks up iHeartRadio entertainment news...

iHeartRadio is the latest high-profile publisher to join Apple News. The service announced today that its editorial content can now be found on Apple’s News app on iOS.

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11:02
Alto’s Odyssey launches next week

The wait is almost over. Alto’s Odyssey launches on the App Store next week on Thursday, February 22nd. The game will be available on iOS + tvOS, right at launch.

This is the follow-up to Alto’s Adventure, a great game from Ryan Cash.

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10:50
Verizon to join other carriers in temporarily...




Verizon will soon begin briefly locking all smartphones bought for its network as way of combatting theft and fraud, the wireless carrier announced on Monday.

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10:46
Reddit audiophiles test HomePod, say it sounds...

Enlarge / Apple's new HomePod speaker retails for $350. (credit: Apple)

Apple released its much-hyped HomePod speaker to the masses last week, and the general consensus among early reviews is that it sounds superb for a relatively small device. But most of those reviews seem to have avoided making precise measurements of the HomePod’s audio output, instead relying on personal experience to give generalized impressions.

That’s not a total disaster: a general rule for speaker testing is that while it’s good to stamp out any outside factor that may cause a skewed result, making definitive, “objective” claims is difficult. A speaker’s...

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10:12
Apple invests in AR device OLED component maker...

Apple is making further investments into bringing augmented reality devices to market. The latest news is the company backing a small AR display component maker along side LG and others.

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09:44
Apple suppliers Qualcomm & Broadcom to meet...




Qualcomm and Broadcom will reportedly meet on Wednesday in order to discuss the latter's $121 billion takeover offer, despite Qualcomm's repeated rejections in the past.

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09:35
Snapchat brings Snap Maps to the web in latest push...

Over recent months, Snapchat has been working to expand the reach of its content by making it available across different mediums. Today, the company continues those efforts with support for Snap Maps on the web…

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09:28
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 12-inch MacBook 512GB $1,000,...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications. more…

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09:28
Deals: Apple's 13" MacBook Air for $899;...




As we near Valentine's Day, shoppers can pick up last minute gifts with prices starting at just $299. Apple's current 13" MacBook Air is $100 off with no tax outside NY and NJ, while a premium 27" iMac 5K with Radeon 575 graphics is $130 off. Current iPads are also up to $150 off with $20 off AppleCare as well.

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09:19
News: Alto’s Odyssey, sequel to hit snowboarding...

In the followup to the popular side-scrolling snowboarding game Alto’s Adventure, Snowman is taking Alto and his friends to the desert in Alto’s Odyssey, available for pre-order now and set to be released on February 22. The new game preserves what we loved about the first, with simple, clean graphics and an uncluttered display putting the emphasis on the snowboarding mechanics and various tricks that can be accomplished....

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09:10
Exhaustive acoustical analysis demonstrates HomePod...




The audiophile community now has their hands on the HomePod, and one Reddit user has thoroughly examined the device from an acoustical standpoint, calling it 'witchcraft" plus "100 percent an Audiophile grade Speaker."

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09:00
HomePod Diary: The best party gadget ever, and the...

Friday morning, my HomePod arrived; Friday evening, we had a small party. And the belle of the ball was the HomePod.

We had a group of friends round for drinks and pizza. That seemed a good opportunity to put HomePod to the test – both to see what others thought of it as a speaker, and to allow friends to try Siri control …

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08:25
Alto’s Odyssey for iOS/Apple TV gets a brand new...

Alto’s Adventure is among some of the best and most interesting games on mobile. While it might employ the somewhat tired endless runner format, its incredible art-style and addictive gameplay take the experience to new heights. It follows Alto and his friends as they discover gorgeous alpine hills, villages, ancient forests and mysterious ruins. Around this time last year, the folks at Snowman studios released the first teasers for the sequel to Alto’s Adventure and today we have a brand new trailer with an official release date… more…

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08:12
Verizon will begin locking iPhones to its network...

Verizon is currently the only major carrier that doesn’t lock its iPhones and other smartphones upon purchase, but that is now set to change this spring.

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08:02
iPad 2018 rumors: Animoji and tabbed windows on tap

Updated 2/12/18: Mark Gurman of Bloomberg reports that the next iPad with get tabbed windows and an Animoji-ready camera .

When it comes to the tablet market, there’s the iPad and there’s everybody else. Apple dominates the market, especially in the premium price range. To hold on to its position, Apple has been kept things fresh with new models like the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and new technologies like Apple Pencil and ProMotion.

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07:50
Alto's Odyssey arrives on February 22nd for iOS...

One of the best games to come out over the past few years was Alto's Adventure, a beautiful and ethereal side-scroller in which you guide Alto -- a young snowboarder -- through an increasingly difficult set of jumps over obstacles, catching llamas along the way... It sounds odd, but it is honestly one of the most playable games I've ever downloaded. Developer Ryan Cash let us know today that the long-awaited sequel to Alto's Adventure -- Alto's Odyssey -- will be available on Thursday, February 22nd, 2018. 

According to the developers,

“Alto’s Odyssey is an endless sandboarding journey set against a gorgeous and ever-changing desert landscape.

As a followup to the critically acclaimed endless snowboarder Alto’s Adventure (...

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07:30
Venice’s famous canals run dry, gondolas stranded

This is pretty shocking. Just scroll through the images. Venice is a city that depends on its canals, both for tourism and transportation.

[H/T Eric Vitiello]

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07:29
News: Teardown reveals HomePod isn’t very repairable...

Like almost all Apple products, the new HomePod isn’t very easy to get inside to let users execute repairs, but an iFixit teardown revealed the new smartspeaker is built to last. The mesh that covers the device has a net-like layer on either side of tiny wiry coils between, creating a covering that lets sound escape without letting dust inside. The top display is powered by an LED display that features a diffuser to provide the more cloudy,…

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07:28
Deal: Be the boss of your password with this...

How many online user name/password combinations do you have? A hundred? Five hundred? Most people have problems remembering all of those user names and passwords, then end up doing the thing security experts hate -- using the same password for everything. Be secure and use a different strong password for every online account using Password Boss Premium, on sale this week with a lifetime subscription for $19.99.

You can let Password Boss create passwords made up of randomized character strings for the best security of all, and then:

  • Use one master password to fill in unique usernames & passwords for different websites
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07:24
How Apple plans to root out bugs, revamp iPhone...

Mark Gurman, Bloomberg:

Apple’s annual software upgrade this fall will offer users plenty of new features: enabling a single set of apps to work across iPhones, iPads and Macs, a Digital Health tool to show parents how much time their children have been staring at their screen and improvements to Animojis, those cartoon characters controlled by the iPhone X’s facial recognition sensor.

But just as important this year will be what Apple doesn’t introduce: redesigned home screens for the iPhone, iPad and CarPlay, and a revamped Photos app that can suggest which images to view.

These features were delayed after Apple Inc. concluded it needed its own major upgrade in the way the company develops and introduces new products. Instead of keeping engineers on a relentless annual schedule and cramming features into a single update, Apple will start focusing on the next two years of updates for its iPhone and iPad operating system, according to people familiar with the...

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07:23
Google's next big Android update to support...




The next major iteration of Android, due later this year, will reportedly support devices with "notches" like the one on Apple's iPhone X -- as well as other unusual display designs.

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07:13
Reddit audiophile thread: “The HomePod is 100% an...

This is not frivolous opinion. There is a lot of detail on both the tools used to measure things like “Fletcher-Munson loudness compensation”, and the measurements themselves.

From the conclusion:

The Look and feel is top notch. The glass on top is sort of frosted, but is smooth to the touch. When I first reviewed the home pod, I noted that it was light. I was comparing it with the heft of my KEF speakers. This thing, as small as it is, weighs 5 lbs. Which is quite dense, and heavy for its size. The Fabric that wraps around it is study, reinforced from inside, and feels very good to the touch.

And:

The Frequency response, Directivity, and ability to correct for the room all go to show that the HomePod is a speaker for the masses. While many of you in this subreddit would be very comfortable doing measurements, and room treatment, there is no denying that most users won’t go through that much trouble, and for those users the HomePod is perfect.

And...

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07:12
Apple’s iOS 12 strategy: Take more time to squash...

Enlarge / The new 10.5-inch iPad Pro. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Apple has new features planned for its big, new iOS update—but not as many as you may expect. According to a Bloomberg report, the next sweeping iOS update, codenamed "Peace" and likely to be called iOS 12, will include a number of app redesigns, the expansion of Animoji into FaceTime, and other changes but not some of the biggest rumored changes such as redesigned home screens for iPhone and iPad. Instead of filling iOS 12 with a bevy of new features, Apple is reportedly changing strategies to allow developers more time to perfect the new features to ensure reliability.

The biggest change planned for...

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07:04
Apple passes ASUS in global laptop marketshare

TrendForce reports that the global notebook shipments for 2017 registered 164.7 million units, a year-on-year increase of 2.1%, higher than previous expectation of 0.7%. And Apple has overtaken ASUS in global laptop marketshare.

The updated MacBook Pro helped Apple expand shipments by 18% for the whole year, the highest growth rate among all the notebook brands. The market share of Apple reached 9.6%, 1.3 percentage points up from 2016, which allowed the tech giant to pass ASUS and rank fourth.

The Mac now has 10.4% of global marketshare. It’s preceded by HP (24.4%), Lenovo (20.8%), and Dell (15.6%). TrendForce’s report doesn’t include detachable tablets such as the iPad Pro.

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06:53
How a low-level Apple employee leaked some of the...

Last week we posted about the iPhone 9 source code leak that was headlined to be the biggest leak in history.

Motherboard has followed up with details on the leak itself:

A low-level Apple employee with friends in the jailbreaking community took code from Apple while working at the company’s Cupertino headquarters in 2016, according to two people who originally received the code from the employee. Motherboard has corroborated these accounts with text messages and screenshots from the time of the original leak and has also spoken to a third source familiar with the story.

Motherboard has granted these sources anonymity given the likelihood of Apple going after them for obtaining and distributing proprietary, copyrighted software. The original Apple employee did not respond to our request for comment...

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06:49
HomePod is a GREAT speaker for playing music, but...

My HomePod arrived around noon on Friday, Feb. 9, and I’ve spent much of the weekend test driving it. Here’s my opinion in a nutshell:

The sound quality is incredible, Siri works fine for me (though you may feel differently), but there are some AirPlay shortcomings that I find annoying.

The setup

Setting up the HomePod is the very definition of simplicity. You’ll need an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad with iOS 11.2.5 or later. Before you begin, make sure that your iOS device has Bluetooth turned on, and that it’s connected to the Wi-Fi network that you want HomePod to use.

Plug the wireless speaker in and wait until the light on top is pulsing white. Hold your unlocked iOS device within a few centimeters of the HomePod. When the setup screen appears, tap Set Up and follow the onscreen instructions.

If the setup screen doesn’t appear automatically — and it didn’t for me — open the Home app, tap the “+”, then tap Add Accessory. Tap “...

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06:45
The HomePod power cable can be removed, but you...

[VIDEO] Warning: Don’t try this at home. This is a professional cord puller on a closed course.

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06:35
Apple Park drone footage shows not-quite complete...




The drone flights around Apple Park have not stopped following opening of the campus, with the latest footage showing still-progressing landscaping, and most of the facilities very near 100 percent completion.

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06:29
Apple moves from #5 to #4 in global laptop shipments...

TrendForce reports that Apple has overtaken ASUS in global laptop shipments, moving up from fifth to fourth place.

The firm is also predicting that Apple’s notebooks will achieve double-digit market share this year …

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06:26
At what age do you form the strongest attachment to...

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, New York Times:

When do the strongest adult musical preferences set in?

And:

For this project, the music streaming service Spotify gave me data on how frequently every song is listened to by men and women of each particular age.

And:

Consider, for example, the song “Creep,” by Radiohead. This is the 164th most popular song among men who are now 38 years old. But it is not in the top 300 for the cohort born 10 years earlier or 10 years later.

Note that the men who most like “Creep” now were roughly 14 when the song came out in 1993. In fact, this is a consistent pattern.

I did a similar analysis with every song that topped the Billboard charts from 1960 to 2000. In particular, I measured how old their biggest fans today were when these songs first came out.

I was about 11 when I first really latched on to music, 12 when I got my hands on my first guitar. And by 14, I was deeply immersed in what would...

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06:22
iFixIt: the HomePod is very hard to open, but is so...

The gang at iFixIt, which tears apart tech gadgets and look at their innards so you don’t have to, have offered a teardown of Apple’s HomePod. They find that the wireless speaker is “the world device ever to open,” but is bulletproof, meant to withstand intense vibration and minimize buzzing components.

iFixIt’s HomePod Teardown highlights include:

  • The seamless 3D mesh was designed to be acoustically transparent while protecting the HomePod's insides from dust and debris. Sandwiched between the net-like layers, iFixIt found tiny wiry coils that allow sound waves to travel through the fabric with little to no reflection.
  • This bot was built for bass. To produce deep, dramatic bass notes a speaker needs to move a lot of air. Traditionally, that’s done by increasing the loudspeaker’s diameter, but Apple increased the travel of the voice coil instead. Now, the speaker...
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06:15
Apple, LG, Valve invest $10 million OLED...

Apple, LG, and Valve are making a $10 million investment in eMagin, a small company that makes OLED microdisplays, reports CNET, which found the info in documents filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. 

The Hopewell Junction, New York-based company manufactures active-matrix Organic LED (AM-OLED) microdisplays on silicon. These displays perform at low-power levels, extended temperature ranges and provide image performance not possible with LCD technologies, the company says.

The investment, made in the form of a new stock issuance, was expected to be completed before the end of January, according to the filing. CNET says the investment underscores the tech community's commitment to virtual reality and augmented reality.

In January the...

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06:06
Apple purportedly revamping its operating system...

Apple is revamping its development program to focus more on key features for its operating systems and push others back to 2019, according to Bloomberg.

“Instead of keeping engineers on a relentless annual schedule and cramming features into a single update, Apple will start focusing on the next two years of updates for its iPhone and iPad operating system, according to people familiar with the change,” the article says.

Planned features that we purportedly won’t see this fall: redesigned home screens for the iPhone, iPad and CarPlay, and a revamped Photos app that can suggest which images to view. That said, Bloomberg adds that the tech giant’s annual software upgrade this fall will offer users plenty of new features: enabling a single set of apps to work across iPhones, iPads and Macs, a Digital Health tool to...

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06:04
Apple, LG & Valve pump $10M into OLED '...




Further signaling Apple's augmented reality plans, the company has joined LG and Valve in a $10 million investment into eMagin, a maker of "microdisplays" for both AR and VR technology.

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06:03
Google's Next Android Overhaul Will Embrace...

Google is working on a "dramatic redesign" of its Android operating system, Bloomberg reported on Monday. The company has stuck with a single look for its mobile operating system (OS) for quite some time now, but it's now reportedly looking at Apple for inspiration. The new version of Android -- which Bloomberg says is called "Pistachio Ice Cream" internally -- will apparently be designed with the space for a cutout at the top, much like the iPhone X and its so-called "notch." From the report: The operating system refresh, Android P, will emphasize Google's Assistant, a digital helper that competes with Apple's Siri and Amazon.com's Alexa. Developers will be able to integrate Google's voice-based technology inside of their apps. The company has also weighed integrating the search bar on the Android home screen with its assistant, although neither of these changes are finalized for introduction this year, according to one of the people familiar with the situation.

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06:02
Google reportedly planning to mimic iPhone X notch...

We’ve already seen a couple of Chinese Android phones copy the iPhone X notch, but a report today suggests that Google is planning to do the same thing.

The report says that Google is specifically trying to persuade iPhone users to switch to Android by improving the look of its software and boosting the sensor tech …

more…

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In our iLounge Deal for today, you can pick up a $39 Tello Credit for only $9.99 — that’s 74% off the regular price. Tello offers coast-coast wireless coverage provided on the Nationwide Sprint Network with a range of plans to meet any need. You can get plans for as low as $7/month for a small bucket of data and unlimited texts, or go up to $39/month for 10GB of data with unlimited minutes and texts, and there are no contracts and you change…

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05:55
∞ Apple’s HomePod how-to videos, and what happens...

[VIDEO] Apple posted this series of videos (embedded in the main Loop post) over the weekend. All three are about a minute long and, if you’ve got a HomePod or one in your future, they’re worth watching.

Side note, as part of walking you through the specifics of how to use Siri with HomePod, this first video says “Hey Siri”, followed by a command. Being my inquisitive self, I replayed the video a few times sitting in a room with my HomePod, just to see what would happen.

Sure enough, my HomePod picked up on the commands, though not nearly as cleanly as if I spoke the same words. I know that the Amazon Echo filters out some Alexa occurrences. I wonder if Apple does something similar, or if the voice quality coming out of my MacBook Pro speakers is not nearly as clear as my voice.

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05:44
HomePod teardown needs sawing, cutting to get into...




As it does with every Apple device, iFixit has torn apart the HomePod, finding a device that is a "labyrinth to open." That means, like many other devices, it's probably not a great candidate for user repairs.

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05:25
In software development 'cultural shift',...




Rather than packing everything it can into an anticipated "iOS 12" later this year, Apple will reportedly spread out new features into future software updates, meaning "iOS 12.1" and beyond could bring big improvements to the iPhone and iPad.

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05:23
AT&T offers BOGO Free iPhone X for Next customers

From 9to5Toys:

AT&T is currently offering buy one get one iPhone X. You’ll need to be a new customer on AT&T Next to claim this offer. Your equivalent $1,000 credit will be spread out over the course of your service agreement (up to 30-months). Full terms and conditions can be found below. iPhone X deals have been tough to come by, topping out at $699 off a second device. Learn more about iPhone X in our coverage here.

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05:17
Latest Apple Park drone footage shows completed...

Not long after the city of Cupertino gave Apple permission to move employees into five of the 12 Apple Park sections, the latest drone footage shows that they won’t have any trouble keeping fit.

Among the recently-completed work are the outdoor sports courts, and we can also see bicycles scattered around the campus to provide a convenient and healthy way for staff to move between exterior locations …

more…

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05:00
Apple patent is for input devices with configurable...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 20180039376) for an “input device having a dimensionally configurable input area.” It involves touch interfaces such as those on iOS devices, illuminated keyboards, and perhaps input devices we haven’t seen yet from the tech giant (as shown by the graphic).

Some traditional user input devices include large buttons or keys that are used to receive user input. However, these types of user input devices may lack flexibility or adaptability, according to Apple. Other user input devices may include high-density sensing arrays, which, while adaptable, may be too complex or costly to implement for some implementations. 

Here’s Apple’s summary of the invention: “Embodiments are directed to a user input device and methods for expanding an input area in response to an estimation of the accuracy of touch input or the likelihood that a series of touches will hit an intended touch target area. In one aspect, an embodiment includes a first...

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04:44
New report explains the thinking behind Apple’s new...

We heard last month that Apple was setting a new focus for iOS 12: prioritizing quality and reliability over shiny new features.

Apple had been working on updates to the Home screen, CarPlay experience, updates to the stock Mail app and enhancements to photo editing and sharing. These projects have apparently been shelved to free up engineering resources to focus on addressing performance and quality issues, with an aim to make iPhone more responsive and ‘less prone to cause customer support issues’.

A new report provides more detail on the thinking behind the change, and how it will be implemented …

more…

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04:43
HomePod teardown reveals durable but densely-packed...

iFixit has now posted its teardown of the HomePod, shining light on exactly what is beneath the seamless fabric mesh. The company says that the HomePod is built like a tank, so whilst it only scores 1/10 on the repairability scale it is made to last. It was apparently one of the hardest ever projects, with iFixit even resorting to a hacksaw at one stage.

The teardown reveals how the Siri waveform is formed on the top of the speaker; an LED matrix sits just below the surface with the light blurred by a diffuser. You also get to see Apple’s custom tweeters, including a special mechanism of powering them; the gold screw posts conduct electricity through the unit.

...

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04:03
Qualcomm's flagship Snapdragon 845 is a...

Qualcomm recently let journalists benchmark the upcoming Snapdragon 845 on its own reference smartphone, and the results look promising for the Galaxy S9 and other new devices. On the one hand, CPU improvements were merely incremental, despite a swit...

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04:01
Comment: The three factors that may be behind the...

We saw a lot of confusion last week about the HomePod’s cable. We’d heard conflicting stories about whether or not it would be removable, and the confusion didn’t end once it went on sale.

Once it was available, Apple seemed to confirm the non-removable theory by stating that a damaged cable require returning the speaker to Apple.

But then a Reddit user revealed that the cable can indeed be removed, and we confirmed it in a video demo. So what’s the story here … ?

...

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04:00
How to ‘Find My Car’ with iOS 11

Do you often forget where your parked your car in the mall parking lot? If you’ve got an iPhone running iOS 11, no problem. Here’s how:

  • Turn on Location Services. Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services.
  • Make sure that Significant Locations is on. Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services > Significant Locations > Significant Locations.
  • Turn on Show Parked Location. Go to Settings > Maps > Show Parked Location.
  • Make sure that your iPhone is paired to CarPlay or Bluetooth in your car.

When you leave your vehicle, your iPhone disconnects from Bluetooth, which lets Maps mark the location of your car. To edit your car's location, open Maps and tap the car icon (a blue circle with a white car inside) or add a photo of where you parked.

When you’re ready to go back to your car, follow these steps:

  • Open Maps.
  • Tap the Search field, then choose Parked Car from the suggestions list...
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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Feb. 12, 2018

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

You can now experience FINAL FANTASY  XV anywhere with FINAL FANTASY XV POCKET EDITION. Purpose-built for mobile devices, the title retells the story of crown prince Noctis and his brothers-in-arms, Prompto, Ignis and Gladiolus, across 10 episodes. All 1-episodes are available now, with the first episode at no charge. Episodes 2 - 10 are available for purchase individually or as a bundle.

macOS Apps/Updates

DEVONtechnologies has updated all editions of its smart research tool DEVONagent. The update brings a plug-in for searching Google Scholar for case law...

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03:29
The Morning After: Cryptocurrency's security...

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Welcome back! Over the weekend, you may have missed the cost of Apple HomePod repairs (they're not cheap) and more shaky security around crytocurrencies. We've also got the best coffee equipment you should have...

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03:15
iBoot source code leak traced back to low-level...

Last last week, the source code for iBoot, a core component of iOS, was leaked to GitHub.

Although the code was older, designed for iOS 9, it was quickly yanked from GitHub following Apple’s issuance of a DCMA takedown notice.

Per Motherboard, which contacted unnamed sources involved in the leaks and investigated screenshots, text messages, and more, the source of the leak was discovered.

As it turns out, the code originally came from a low-level Apple employee who took the code from Apple in 2016 to share with friends in the jailbreaking community. This employee wasn’t unhappy with Apple and didn’t steal the code with malicious intent, but instead was encouraged by friends to obtain the code to benefit the jailbreaking community.

The person responsible for the leak of the iBoot source code also leaked additional code...

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03:00
VLC update to 3.0.0

Video Lan Client, the nigh-indispensable open source media player for multiple audio and video formats (MPEG, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, Divx, ogg, etc.), was updated to version 3.0.0. The new version, a 46.8 megabyte download, adds a massive series of changes and fixed documented over on the changelog.

VLC 3.0.0 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.7 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback to offer, let us know in the comments.

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02:36
HomePod impresses audiophiles in technical...

The HomePod launched on Friday and people continue to praise its sound quality. A user on the r/audiophiles subreddit conducted an extensive set of measurements, testing frequency response, distortion and much more.

The review is a very in-depth and dense exploration of how the HomePod sounds, with favourable comparisons to higher-end real speakers. The results are certainly impressing people with the necessary technical understanding. Even Apple’s Phil Schiller liked it.

more…

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01:20
Play giant-sized 'Pong' by shuffling your...

You may have seen attempts at real-world Pong before, but rarely have they been so... athletic. Moment Factory has created GRiD, a Pong variant that uses a LiDAR sensor (the same tech as in self-driving cars) to create an enormous, 40-by-60 foot pla...

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Sunday February 11

23:22
Google Maps may let you share your battery life...

Ever wanted to know if someone made it home safely, but didn't know if they had enough battery life to stay in touch along the way? You might not fret quite so much about it in the future. Android Police has spotted code in a Google Maps beta for And...

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21:00
MIT CSAIL’s drone is never quite sure where it is

The current generation of autonomous drone navigation and flightpath planning systems are almost too precise, demanding hundreds of measurements be taken so that the UAV knows exactly where it is in space at any given moment. And if those readings ar...

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19:52
Carbon Copy Cloner 5.0.8

Fixes a bug introduced in previous version that led to errors mounting a network volume. ($39.99 new, free update, 13.6 MB)

 

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MarsEdit 4.0.7

Maintenance update fixes a number of issues for the blog editor. ($49.95 new, free update, 14.6 MB)

 

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VLC Media Player 3.0

Major update for the open-source media player adds support for HDR and 360-degree video. (Free, 44.6 MB)

 

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