News Scanner
TweetFollow Us on Twitter

News Scanner

Monday November 13

05:35
Forget Pokémon Go – Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is...

There’s never been a mobile gaming sensation quite like Pokémon Go, and in summer 2016, Niantic’s game had millions of people wandering their neighborhoods to catch digital monsters. You could see it on the faces of the people staring down at their phones as they shambled around: the excitement of catching a new Pokémon for the first time or winning a gym battle, or alternately, the frustration of the game’s many early glitches.

But there might be another mobile phenomenon just like it next year or soon after: Niantic and Warner Bros. announced that they’re working on Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, a new location-based, augmented reality game. It will seemingly follow the Pokémon Go mold as it sends you around the real world to learn spells, battle magical creatures, and soak in some of that media universe’s ample...

| Read more »
05:00
Get TREBLAB X11 Wireless Earphones: Colorful and...

Want wireless earbuds but don't like the high price and bland white design of Apple AirPods? We've got the tiny TREBLAB X11 Earphones for you at $36.99, 81% off the original price of $199.99. You get the earbuds, a user manual, carrying case, 3 sizes of silicone eartips, 3 sizes of expandable foam eartips, and a micro-USB charging cable, and choice of black/red, teal, pink or plain old white colors.

  • Built-in mic allows you to accept calls w/ a touch
  • May be used as a single earpiece or as a pair
  • Passive noise cancellation & HD sound deliver rock-solid bass & super-crisp treble
  • Support multi-device connection
  • Secure ear fins give you truly...
| Read more »
04:30
How to change which app opens a file in macOS High...

There are default apps that open certain types of files in macOS High Sierra. However, you can change this. To open a file once with a specific app, do one of the following:

  • Drag the file onto the app icon in the Finder or the Dock.
  • Select the file in the Finder, choose File > Open With, then choose an app.
  • Control-click the file, choose Open With, then choose an app.
  • Open the app, then choose File > Open.

To permanently change the app used to open a file:

  • In the Finder, select the file, then choose File > Get Info.
  • You can also Control-click the file, then choose Get Info.
  • In the Info window, click the disclosure triangle next to “Open with.”
  • Click the pop-up menu, then choose the app.
  •  
  • To open all files of this type with this app, click Change All.
| Read more »
04:23
External Link: Apple Defends Its Tax Practices

Apple is once again in the news for shuffling its cash hoard among various countries to minimize its tax burden. The company has released a sprawling statement defending its practices, stating that it not only follows all applicable laws, but is in fact the largest taxpayer in the world. However, Apple continues to call for international tax reform and simplification to help it repatriate its overseas funds. The reality is that many large businesses play legal shell games to minimize liabilities — fiscal and otherwise — and corporations squirreling away cash in low-tax countries is a side effect of globalism that’s difficult to prevent.

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our...

| Read more »
04:08
Cybersecurity experts ‘beat’ Face ID with carefully...

A cybersecurity firm have apparently successfully tricked Face ID into unlocking with a specially made mask, imitating a real person’s face. The security researchers say they only unlocked the iPhone X with a real person’s face, so the iPhone could not learn false data from the mask.

How much of a security flaw this really represents is up for debate of course. Making the mask only cost $150 in materials, but required access to a detailed scan of the person’s facial features and many hours of work by artists …

more…

| Read more »
04:00
iNotepad for the Mac simplifies managing multiple...

Apimac's iNotepad is an app for macOS that lets you write and manage hundreds (or even thousands) of texts in one single document. With it, you have everything in one place.

Every document in iNotepad may contain hundreds or thousands of texts. For example all the reviews that you wrote for your blog or all the research papers that you wrote for college in the last few years.

iNotepad lets you quickly find that text you wrote last year. When you open a document in the app, you'll find all the texts you wrote about that subject, and not only the last text you wrote as in other applications. iNotepad tools let you find what you are looking for, as well as organize options, tag views, and open every text in a separate window. It offers basic or advanced search via Regular Expressions and quick scrolling through recent texts.

iNotepad is designed to support all the latest Apple text technology. You can write texts and format them as you like, enhance them with...

| Read more »
03:25
Apple launching first redesigned Apple Store in...

Apple has been slowly updating its Apple Stores around the world with the major new redesigns led by Jony Ive, during a redefining of the retail stores as ‘town squares’ by Angela Ahrendts.

The new look will now make its debut in Australia for the first time later this month, with a new Apple Store in Chadstone opening November 24.

more…

| Read more »
03:15
Some users experiencing “crackling earpiece” issue...

There are always going to be some issues with a brand new handset and the iPhone X doesn’t seem to be exempt from this rule.

A number of users have reported what appears to be crackling and buzzing coming from the iPhone X’s earpiece speaker.

One commenter reported that he notices the crackling when playing stuff at “near max volume or when putting people on speakerphone.” Another commenter references the same issue and says he’s experiencing “fidelity issues and cracking when using the speakerphone at high volumes.”

Another user stated that the crackling issue occurs even when the handset is set for 50 percent of its full volume with another tweeting the following:

Yeah, it’s the top speaker for me. It seems to be rattling/clipping when playing anything at high volume, even if it’s just someone talking. I even got my phone replaced yesterday, but the new unit has the same issue.

While the iPhone 8 also suffered from an earpiece crackling...

| Read more »
03:00
Some iPhone X units showing mysterious green lines...

Some users of the new iPhone X have been encountering what could be a hardware-related glitch with the OLED.

A number of users haver reported green lines along the left or right side of the OLED display, according to various accounts on social media.

The lines appear to be developing after use, in at least one case just the space of a day. Complaints have arisen on Reddit, Twitter, Apple’s support forums and elsewhere.

The issue seems to persist even after restarting or restoring the handset and seems to be independent of the iPhone X’s configuration or the region where it was bought.

Apple is reportedly replacing affected units for free and it’s thought that the company is collecting data for engineers with the hope of diagnosing the issue.

A similar glitch had been reported for Samsung’s Galaxy S7 handset. Samsung is thought to be the lone OLED supplier for the iPhone X, as it’s presently the only company with enough manufacturing capacity to...

| Read more »

Sunday November 12

20:05
Google explains the Pixel 2's super-stable...

Google's Pixel 2 phones have a clever trick up their sleeve when recording video: they can use both electronic and optical image stabilization, delivering largely jitter-free clips even if you're walking down the street. But how does it meld those t...

| Read more »
18:33
YouTube bans all videos from an extremist cleric

YouTube's efforts to catch and take down terrorist videos include some far-reaching measures. The New York Times has learned that YouTube recently removed and blocked all videos from Anwar al-Awlaki, a cleric who turned extremist and was killed by a...

| Read more »
17:02
Qualcomm plans to reject Broadcom's takeover bid

Broadcom might have to forget about taking over Qualcomm without a fight -- Reuters sources claim that Qualcomm's board is planning to reject the unsolicited buyout bid. Reportedly, Broadcom's offer of $70 per share, despite setting a record, "unde...

| Read more »
16:38
Video - One week using the iPhone X versus the...




There are benchmarks and specs -- and then there are actual use cases that may differ between the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. AppleInsider has spent over a week with the iPhone X now, and here's what we think about it, versus the iPhone 8 Plus.

| Read more »
15:31
Uber signs an investment deal limiting its former CEO

After plenty of negotiation, Uber is about to get a valuable investment... in return for a few favors. Sources speaking to Bloomberg, Recode and TechCrunch have learned that Uber and SoftBank have finalized a deal that should see SoftBank and an inve...

| Read more »
14:09
Magnificent libraries photographed around Europe

Fubiz:

Reinhard Görner is a German photographer specializing in architecture and the fine arts. For the photographic series “Libraries”, he travels across Europe to capture the solemnity of the libraries of the Old Continent. From Madrid to Stuttgart, passing through Turin, he immortalises modern immaculate white interiors, monumental frescoes and the old woodwork of these places dedicated to knowledge.

Absolutely stunning images. If you want to know where the specific images are, you’ll have to go to Görner’s website to see the captions. My bucket list includes this staircase of the Lello Bookstore in Porto,

∞ Read this...

| Read more »
14:02
VW considers making an electric Beetle

VW's nostalgia-driven EVs might not be limited to the ID Buzz. VW chairman Herbert Diess told Autocar that his company is seriously considering development of an electric Beetle. And it's not just because EVs are considered the future of transporta...

| Read more »
13:52
Carbon Copy Cloner 5.0.4

Maintenance release for the drive-cloning and backup app resolves a variety of bugs. ($39.99 new, free update, 13.6 MB)

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

| Read more »
13:14
The Antipodes map

This is pretty cool but, for the majority of us, our opposite point will be in an ocean.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
12:58
Logic Pros Review: Seaboard Block brings 5D MIDI...

After being unveiled back in the summer, the latest ROLI Seaboard recently showed up at the office much to our delight. The Seaboard Blocks is the first time ROLI has brought its unique 5D MIDI touch technology down to an affordable price tag, so we couldn’t be more excited to get a chance to go hands-on… more…

| Read more »
12:51
Find out how long it is before your camera will die

No, this won’t tell you definitively when your camera’s shutter will fail but it might help to know how many actuations your DSLR has done. It’s also helpful for those who buy used bodies to find out how much wear and tear there may be on the shutter mechanism.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
12:33
Sierra Nevada spacecraft completes first test flight...

If Sierra Nevada is going to fulfill supply missions for the International Space Station and the UN, it'll have to prove that its Dream Chaser spacecraft is ready to fly... and it just took a big step in that direction. The company has revealed that...

| Read more »
12:10
The iPhone X Becomes Unresponsive When It Gets Cold

sqorbit writes: Apple is working on a fix for the newly release iPhone X. It appears that the touch screen can become unresponsive when the iPhone is subjected to cold weather. Users are reporting that locking and unlocking the phone resolves the issue. Apple stated that it is aware of the issue and it will be addressed in a future update.


...

| Read more »
11:55
Review: August's Smart Lock Pro + Connect...




August's top-end Smart Lock Pro + Connect bundle probably is probably a costly luxury for most people, but works as advertised, and with HomeKit in tow can be a gateway to some clever automations.

| Read more »
10:59
Russian Twitter accounts tried to influence the UK...

Russia's attempt to influence Western politics through Twitter certainly wasn't limited to the 2016 American elections. Wired and New Knowledge have combed through the Russia-linked accounts provided to US politicians, and it identified at least 29...

| Read more »
09:32
Some iPhone X users experiencing distortion &...

As with every iPhone launch, a few issues have popped up affecting early iPhone X customers. The latest issue, according to reports on Twitter, Reddit, and 9to5Mac’s comment section, appears to be related to crackling and buzzing coming from the earpiece speaker…

more…

| Read more »
09:30
The best probe thermometer

By Michael Sullivan

This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter, reviews for the real world. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read the full a...

| Read more »
08:52
Bookends 13.0

Major upgrade for the reference management with a number of improvements in handling PDFs. ($59.99 new, $39.99 upgrade, 44.3 MB)

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

| Read more »
08:21
Have you found Face ID on the iPhone X to be an...

The iPhone X has been available for over a week now, which means users have had the last week to use Face ID, Apple’s new biometric technology that replaces Touch ID.

Over the last week, have you found Face ID to be an adequate successor to Touch ID?

Take Our Poll
(function(d,c,j){if(!d.getElementById(j)){var pd=d.createElement(c),s;pd.id=j;pd.src='https://s1.wp.com/wp-content/mu-plugins/shortcodes/js/polldaddy-shortcode.js';s=d.getElementsByTagName(c)[0];s.parentNode.insertBefore(pd,s);} else if(typeof jQuery !=='undefined')jQuery(d.body).trigger('pd-script-load');}(document,'script','pd-polldaddy-loader'));

more…

| Read more »
08:00
After Math: Well that's helpful

While social media continues to be humanity's greatest and most toxic of dumpster fires, the tech industry did manage to do some good this week. Researchers discovered that molten quarks can produce eight times the energy as the hydrogen bomb, Ford b...

| Read more »
05:30
Ben Heck's mini pinball game: Designing the PCB

In tackling another prototype-to-production design, Ben uses Autodesk Eagle to recreate Felix's printed circuit board layout. Learn with Ben how to create your own parts in Eagle and ensure that the board's components are laid out correctly, bear...

| Read more »
01:04
Daimler and HPE want to power green data centers...

Hydrogen fuel cells have mainly been used to power vehicles so far, but they could soon find another use: the server farms powering your internet services. Daimler, HPE, Power Innovations and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory are expanding fue...

| Read more »

Saturday November 11

20:25
Hasbro offers to buy Mattel as tech pressures the...

Toys 'R' Us may not be the only major casualty of technology's influence on the toy industry. Wall Street Journal sources claim that Hasbro recently made an offer to buy Mattel. It's not clear what terms Hasbro offered or how receptive Mattel was,...

| Read more »
18:40
The Pixel 2 XL has another screen issue:...

It looks like Google still isn't done fielding complaints about the Pixel 2 XL's display. While some users are experiencing premature screen burn-in and seeing a bluish tint, others are apparently having trouble with its responsiveness. Comments post...

| Read more »
18:07
iPhone X impresses Windows executive, Android fans...




Apple's iPhone X is drawing compliments from some unlikely places, ranging from the official Twitter account of Steven Sinofsky, the former President of Microsoft's Windows Division, to diehard Android fans sharing their unvarnished opinions on Reddit. However, it can't please embittered bloggers who wanted Apple to fail.

| Read more »
17:02
Internet giant Alibaba crushes one-day online...

If you needed evidence that internet shopping still has room to grow, you just got it. Chinese e-commerce powerhouse Alibaba has confirmed that its annual Singles' Day sales event racked up the equivalent of more than $25.3 billion in sales, easily...

| Read more »
16:34
iPhone Encryption Hampers Investigation of Texas...

"FBI officials said Tuesday they have been stymied in their efforts to unlock the cellphone of the man who shot and killed at least 26 people at a church here on Sunday," reports the Houston Chronicle. Slashdot reader Anon E. Muss writes:
The police obtained a search warrant for the phone, but so far they've been unable to unlock it. The phone has been sent to the FBI, in the hope that they can break in... If it is secure, and the FBI can't open it, expect all hell to break loose. The usual idiots (e.g. politicians) will soon be ranting hysterically about the evil tech industry, and how they're refusing to help law enforcement.
FBI special agent Christopher Combs complained to the Chronicle that "law enforcement increasingly cannot get in to these phones."
A law professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology argues there's other sources of information besides a phone, and police officers might recognize this with better training.
As just one example, Apple...

| Read more »
15:31
Google study shows how your account is most likely...

Security threats like phishing, keylogging and third-party breaches are pretty common knowledge. Google wanted to gain a better understanding of how hijackers steal passwords and other sensitive data in the wild, though, so it conducted an analysis o...

| Read more »
14:03
Security firm claims to thwart iPhone X's Face...

When Apple introduced Face ID security alongside the iPhone X, it boasted that even Hollywood-quality masks couldn't fool the system. It might not be a question of movie-like authenticity, however -- security researchers at Bkav claim to have thwarte...

| Read more »
12:32
Malware scare forces five-year-old MMO to shut down...

Tera, a Korean MMO that debuted in the US in 2012, has shut down its in-game chat system after some players discovered a potentially serious vulnerability. According to the players' report (Google docs), Tera's chat interface uses HTML, which people...

| Read more »
11:01
See battle royale brawler 'The Darwin Project...

Scavengers Studio's The Darwin Project garnered a lot of buzz at E3, and for good reason: it combined the trendy battle royale action of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and Fortnite with the crafting elements from survival games like Don't Starve. And...

| Read more »
09:36
iPhone X: 8 first impressions after a week with...

The iPhone X is entirely new and entirely different. It marks a complete departure from iPhones of previous years. The release of the iPhone X is also the most excited I’ve been about a new iPhone since the iPhone 4.

Since the iPhone 6, iPhone refreshes have been largely iterative. Sure, we’ve added some notable features along the way, but the iPhone X changes just about everything, from how we navigate iOS to the design and so much more.

I’ve been using the iPhone X for a week now, and like others at 9to5Mac, I’m wildly impressed with the device. Read on for 9 initial impressions from my first week with the iPhone X…

more…

| Read more »
09:30
Recommended Reading: Trust your gut

Is Your Gut Microbiome the Key to Health and Happiness?
Amy Fleming,
The Guardian

You've likely heard the phrase "trust your gut" at some point in your life, but the key to being healthy and happy could actually lie in all of those organisms in yo...

| Read more »
09:00
Totallee offers the most minimalistic collection of...

If you are looking for a sleek and slender case to wrap your new iPhone X in, look no further than totallee. Totallee has been making super thin iPhone cases since 2013 and now offers a collection of ultra minimalistic cases for the newly released iPhone X. Totallee has made a name for itself in recent years by offering bulk-free cases at fair prices and by doing something a lot of the competition isn’t: offering branding-free products without the company’s logo all over the case.

more…

| Read more »
08:45
External Link: Past Facebook President Calls Out...

As Facebook’s first president, Sean Parker was instrumental in the company’s eventual success. But now the billionaire tech pioneer has had a change of heart, confessing at an Axios event that “The thought process that went into building these applications, Facebook being the first of them, was all about: ‘How do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible?’” He added, “I don’t know if I really understood the consequences of what I was saying, because [of] the unintended consequences of a network when it grows to a billion or two billion people… God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains.” Quick — tweet this link! Or not.

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad...

| Read more »
08:00
I spent a day working in Windows 10 Mixed Reality

By Andrew E. Freedman

When you boot up a Windows 10 Mixed Reality headset, you land in the Cliff House, a serene ranch flanked by a lake on one side and a mountain on the other. Birds chirp. You could stay awhile.

On the walls are a bunch of Window...

| Read more »
07:46
This week’s top stories: Apple Pay Cash launches in...

In this week’s top stories: Apple releases a fix for the infamous “A and [?]” character iOS bug, first week impressions of the iPhone X, a new iPad with Face ID, and more. Read on for this week’s top stories… more…

| Read more »
07:10
Retrospect 14.6

Adds cloud support for DigitalOcean Spaces, Aufiero Informatica, and Google Cloud Storage Frankfurt and São Paulo. ($119 new, free update, 178 MB)

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

| Read more »
07:02
Inside one iOS app developer’s quest to get onstage...

I know developers are of two minds – it is a Darwinian pressure cooker attempting to satisfy all of Apple’s demands and to be better than a dozen other developers, some of them your friends, who are all trying to do the same thing. But, on the other hand, it’s the kind of jumpstart a small company craves.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
06:30
Netflix's comic books are a preview of...

Netflix recently announced its first-ever acquisition: Millarworld. The company was built by successful comics creator Mark Millar, known for works that easily translate to cinema. The movies Wanted, Kick-Ass and Kingsman are all based on his graphic...

| Read more »
06:08
iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus production accelerating...




Reports from the supply chain suggest that any production problems that may have plagued the iPhone X are long past, and Apple and its manufacturing partners will increase production to ship about 26 million of the OLED model in the holiday quarter.

| Read more »
05:00
The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Hey, good morning! It's the weekend!

The weekend has landed. If you're already holiday shopping, you're a smarter person than I. Engadget can help, as we kicked off our gift guide this week. We've also showcased some of the experiences that will be...

| Read more »
04:56
Photographer pits iPhone X Portrait Lighting against...

Alongside the introduction of the iPhone 8 Plus and X this fall, Apple introduced Portrait Lighting, a camera effect designed to simulate specific lighting conditions normally only found in a studio environment. These lighting effects, combined with the background-softening depth effect introduced wth the iPhone 7 Plus, are designed to make shooting professional looking portraits easy.

Putting this claim to the test, photographer Daniel DeArco used an iPhone X to compare the results Portrait Lighting to actual studio lighting in a comparison video.

...

| Read more »
04:51
KGI: iPhone X demand & growth strong into 2018,...

KGI this morning is out with a new investor note touching on iPhone X demand through the 2017 holiday quarter. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also notes the negative impact the iPhone X will have on demand for the iPhone 8, which he anticipates will sell worse than originally expected…

more…

| Read more »
03:09
SuperDuper 3.0

Major new release adds compatibility with macOS 10.13 High Sierra, plus HFS+ and APFS volumes. (Free, $27.95 for additional features, free update, 5.0 MB)

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

| Read more »

Friday November 10

21:02
Review: Fitbit Ionic aims at Apple Watch, but needs...




Fitbit's first attempt at a smartwatch proves better as a high-end fitness tracker than a full-on competitor to the Apple Watch.

| Read more »
21:01
This week on AI: Apple AR glasses in 2020, iPad Pro...




With the iPhone X barely on shelves, rumors have already begun to turn to future Apple hardware, including the company's predicted augmented reality headset.

| Read more »
20:58
Disney CEO says their streaming service will be...

Back in August during an earnings call, Disney stated that it would start pulling its content off Netflix in order to start a streaming service of its own. The company currently plans to launch it sometime in 2019 and include its expansive film libra...

| Read more »
20:10
Tinderbox 7.3

Adds a number of new ways to capture notes easily from other computers and devices. ($249 new, free update, 31.9 MB)

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

| Read more »
19:37
UPS is converting diesel trucks to electric for NYC...

UPS is investing more seriously in electric vehicles, testing out new EV delivery vans in California and snagging some of Mitsubishi Fuso's urban trucks coming to NYC. But what about its existing fleet? The shipping company is partnering with New Yor...

| Read more »
18:17
Shepard Fairey documentary ‘Obey Giant’ hits Hulu...

You may know Shepard Fairey from his "Andre the Giant Has a Posse" street art campaign, his Obey clothing line or his, what came to be, iconic Barack Obama "Hope" portrait. Well now you can check out a documentary about his life, his art and what dri...

| Read more »
17:25
Some iPhone X Displays Plagued By Mysterious '...

Some iPhone X owners are reporting a random green line appearing on their displays. According to The Next Web, "the defect has already started to take on the endearing 'Green Line of Death' moniker." From the report: Several users across Apple forums and social media have reported the error -- I've counted over a dozen accounts, and MacRumors mentions it's read "at least 25" such reports. Oddly, the issue doesn't appear to affect users immediately, only showing up after some time with regular usage. In some cases it alternates with a purple line, for variety. It generally appears towards the right or left sides of the display, and sometimes it simply disappears altogether. Weird. Either way, it appears to be a hardware defect affecting a small number of users, and Apple appears to be replacing affected units. Mac Rumors first reported the issue.

...

| Read more »
17:10
ChronoSync 4.8.3

Maintenance release fixes a number bugs in the synchronization and backup app. ($49.99 new, free update, 48.5 MB)

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

| Read more »
16:49
Contemplate life in 'Far From Noise' on...

Next week sees the arrival of Far From Noise, a narrative game for PS4. The game takes place over a single day and night and during that time, your character is trapped in a car balancing on the edge of a cliff. As you rock back and forth over the ed...

| Read more »
15:56
Connected sex toys recorded intimate sessions...

Days ago, a Redditor discovered that their Lovense remote control app was unknowingly recording audio of a six-minute intimate session between the user and their significant other. It happened while they used the app to control the Lovense vibrator i...

| Read more »
15:13
Nintendo reportedly plans to ramp up Switch...

The Switch, Nintendo's latest hybrid console is doing pretty well for the company, which expects it to outdo the Wii U's lifetime sales within a year. The company obviously thinks so, too, according to a new report at The Wall Street Journal, which s...

| Read more »
14:43
Video: Apple's Clips 2.0 puts you in the...




Apple's updated Clips 2.0 on Thursday, and it now supports augmented reality 360-degree selfie scenes using iPhone X's TrueDepth camera system. Other additions include Disney content including a panorama aboard the Millenium Falcon and Mega-Destroyer -- and AppleInsider shows you all the new features.

| Read more »
14:36
Discord makes it easier to jump into your friends...

Gaming chat app Discord is quickly becoming a full-fledged social network. The latest move toward this is the ability to set a status for yourself and let folks know what game you're playing. More than that, Discord is launching an entire SDK (called...

| Read more »
14:25
Review: Apple iPhone X

For the past ten years, Apple has taken a largely iterative approach to the iPhone’s iconic design. While the design aesthetic changed with new models, from the sandwiched glass design of the iPhone 4 era to the very thin rounded edges of the iPhone 6 and beyond, the top and bottom bezels, earpiece slot on the top, and home button on the bottom means that on the face it’s always been clear that you’re looking at an iPhone. {image37}…

| Read more »
14:05
The guy who built his own Iron Man suit now has a...

Remember that guy who built a homemade Iron Man suit? Well, with the help of his arm-strapped, gas-powered turbine engines, he just earned himself a Guinness World Record title. As The Mirror reports, Richard Browning and Daedalus (the name of his su...

| Read more »
13:47
iPhone X jailbreak demoed on iOS 11.1.1, but release...

For many people, using the stock iPhone with regular old iOS 11 is like living in a cage. For those who prefer the iOS platform, but despise the restrictions placed on you, there is a new hope. Our first demo of a jailbreak on a current iOS build has revealed itself.

more…

| Read more »
13:39
Amazon expands influencer program to Twitter and...

A couple of months ago, Amazon opened up its influencer program to more YouTube stars with large followings. It lets people with large followings on the video service set up their own page full of Amazon products, of which the influencer gets a cut w...

| Read more »
13:18
Chinese firm nabs social video app Musical.ly for as...

The popular teen lip-syncing app Musical.ly has been purchased by Chinese firm Bytedance -- the company behind China's major news aggregating service Jinri Toutiao. The details of the deal haven't been disclosed but sources told the Wall Street Journ...

| Read more »
13:16
AWT News Update: November 10, 2017

It's a Slow News Friday™ but we still have news for you about several Apple store renovations that are complete, green lines on the edges of iPhone X displays, and spoofing Face ID

  • Burlingame and Burlington -- two cities on opposite sides of the US -- will see newly renovated Apple retail stores next week
  • A tiny fraction of iPhone X screens are displaying a thin green line on either side
  • Vietnamese security firm Bkav says they can spoof Face ID with a sophisticated 3D mask

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.

Text Version

This is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and you’re listening to the AWT News...

| Read more »
12:59
Future Android update will show how apps are...

Android Oreo, announced with great fanfare during the eclipse in August, has gotten some pretty neat features, like more recognizable emojis and notification dots for app icons. Now Android 8.1 will show you which apps are draining your battery in a...

| Read more »
12:38
Roku bought a Sonos-like company focused on multi-...

You've probably never heard of Dynastrom, but Roku has. The streaming player company acquired Dyanstrom last month, a Danish firm building multi-room audio software, Variety reports. The news follows an earlier report from the outlet in September, wh...

| Read more »
12:19
Faraday Future continues to struggle as three more...

Faraday Future is having a tough year. The electric automotive startup began 2017 cutting its planned 7-car line down to 2 vehicles before scaling down the size of -- and then suspending -- a planned $1 billion Nevada production facility. Today bring...

| Read more »
12:05
Samson G Track Pro USB Studio Microphone: A full...

Whether you’re recording music, capturing voice for podcasts, or doing live streaming, you need a microphone that’s going to capture sound accurately. Samson’s new G Track Pro USB Studio Microphone (US$171.67, Amazon Affiliate Link) is a professional USB mic with a second audio interface that can be used for most digital recording needs, and it’s meant to compete with other more established USB microphones like the RODE Podcaster and Blue Microphones Spark Digital. How does it stack up to the competition? Read on…

For more specifications, click here. 

Design

Let’s look at the physical design of the G Track Pro before moving on to the electronics in the device. It’s a nice looking matte black mic with a mesh grill over the important parts — the dual 1-inch...

| Read more »
12:00
The naked truth about Facebook’s revenge porn tool

Facebook has announced it's trialling a tool in Australia to fight revenge porn on its platform, one that requires victims to send the company a copy of the violating images. Amazingly, this is true, and not a Clickhole story. It's the kind of thing...

| Read more »
11:54
Sonnet now shipping eGFX Breakaway Box 550 external...

When Apple unveiled its plans to officially support external graphics over Thunderbolt 3, it provided developers with an opportunity to purchase its $599 External Graphics Development Kit. The kit included, among other things, Sonnet Technologies’ eGFX Breakaway Box Developer Edition, providing users with a 350W power supply, one 8-pin (6+2 pin) power connector, support for cards up to 225W, and 60W of power delivery capable of recharging a 13-inch MacBook Pro at full speed.

The $269 consumer version of the same box is similar to the one earmarked for developers, except it provides an 8-pin (6+2 pin) plus one 6-pin power connector, is capable of supporting cards up to 300W, but only supplies 15W of power for laptop charging.

On Tuesday, Sonnet announced the availability of its most powerful eGPU offering yet —...

| Read more »
11:44
Sony will sell a PlayStation 4 for $200 on Black...

It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving is almost upon us, but it also means that one of the biggest retail days of the year, Black Friday, is quickly approaching. With that in mind, Sony has released its Black Friday deals for the PlayStation. This s...

| Read more »
11:03
YouTube channel ‘encore+’ resurrects Canadian TV...

My weekend just might be spent watching “The Littlest Hobo” reruns.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
10:40
Disney tried to hide the Millennium Falcon with...

I don’t know why I find this so amusing.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
10:38
Facebook rebrands Events app as Facebook Local, adds...

Facebook today has launched its latest app, Local, as a rebranded and updated version of its previous standalone Events app. The new app brings together businesses, restaurants, bars, and more along with events.

more…

| Read more »
10:17
Apple to reopen improved Burlingame & Burlington...




Two Apple outlets -- one in Burlingame, Calif. and the other in Burlington, Mass. -- will both reopen on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 10 a.m. local time, following months of renovation work.

| Read more »
10:17
NordVPN is offering 3 years of VPN service for $99

U.S. Netflix fans outside of the country should take a good look at this particular deal.

| Read more »
10:03
iPhone X display may become unresponsive in very...

Face ID has one important advantage over Touch ID that will become readily apparent this winter: you can quickly unlock your phone with gloves on. That may seem to make the iPhone X a cold weather champ, but there might be a fly in the ointment.

Recently, a small number of iPhone X owners have started to complain on social media that their display stopped registering touches when outside in the cold weather. The most prominent example is this thread on Reddit.

This is definitely not impacting the majority of iPhone X users. There has been plenty of cold weather in Canada over the last week, for example, and the majority of iPhone X users report that their screen works just fine. It's hard to get a handle on exactly how many users are experiencing the issue, but the responses on social media make it seem exceedingly rare.

...

| Read more »
10:00
9to5Rewards: Win an iPhone X & get 30% off...

This month for 9to5Rewards, we’re giving away an iPhone X for our biggest giveaway to date. Thanks to our sponsor Caseology who is also throwing in a bundle of cases and screen protectors to keep the winner’s new phone protected. Get 30% off Caseology cases with promo code “9TO5MACX“.  more…

| Read more »
09:28
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple Watch Bands/Cases from $...

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…

| Read more »
09:23
Some iPhone X owners report mystery green lines...




Some buyers of Apple's iPhone X are encountering green lines along the left or right side of the OLED display, according to various accounts on social media.

| Read more »
09:21
Deals: 9.7" iPads for $299, 10.5" iPad...




Early Black Friday deals are heating up on Apple iPads with 2017 9.7" models for $299. Or upgrade to a 10.5" iPad Pro for as low as $599 after $50 to $100 cash discounts. The popular 9.7" iPad Pro for $399 deal is back ($200 off), plus Bose QuietComfort 25 Headphones are $179 and a 1TB G-Drive USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive is just $49.95. All with no tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

| Read more »
09:08
Trump DOJ suggests iPhone encryption costs lives...

The debate over privacy and security between tech companies and the government is playing out in public yet again. Without naming Apple specifically, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein suggested this week in comments reported by The Washington Examiner that the company’s position on strong encryption may cost lives. Rosenstein’s comments follow reports that the recent church shooter in Texas used an iPhone that may not be accessible by the government.

more…

| Read more »
08:54
Apple Watch gets special Veterans Day activity...




Apple on Friday announced a new activity challenge for Apple Watch owners, meant to commemorate Veterans Day on Nov. 11.

| Read more »
08:00
12 doomed facts about the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald

“The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” is a beautifully tragic song from Canadian songwriting legend Gordon Lightfoot.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
07:55
Extreme test shows OLED iPhone X with 'dark...




After publicizing ways to reduce power consumption on the iPhone X OLED display, AppleInsider has begun to put the methods to the test to get a feel for exactly how much power can be saved. The answer: a lot.

| Read more »
07:53
Limited number of users experiencing green line...

Last weekend, a few iPhone X owners started sharing reports and images of a green line issue appearing on the new OLED display. Now more users are reporting the same problem, although overall, the issue seems very limited.

more…

| Read more »
07:36
Logitech will offer all Harmony Link owners a free...




After announcing that its Harmony Link remote control device will no longer operate as of March of 2018, Logitech has revealed it will upgrade all existing customers to its successor, the Harmony Hub, at no cost.

| Read more »
07:30
Face ID’s Innovation: Continuous Authentication

[VIDEO] Rich Mogull, writing for TidBITS:

Put simply, Face ID is the most compelling advancement in security I have seen in a very long time. It’s game changing not merely due to the technology, but due to Apple’s design and implementation.

And:

I believe Face ID is slower at actual recognition than Touch ID, but it’s nearly impossible to notice due to the implementation. In the time it takes to move your finger to the Touch ID sensor, Face ID could have already unlocked your iPhone.

That’s the real Face ID revolution. Since you’re almost always looking at your phone while you’re using it, Face ID enables what I call “continuous authentication.”

This is a fascinating article, worth the read. But even better, if you’ve not yet seen it, is the video embedded in Rich’s piece, which I’ve embedded in the main Loop post.

In it, Wall Street Journal’s Joanna Stern tries her best to defeat Face ID using siblings, triplets, and a well crafted...

| Read more »
07:22
News: Apple updates Clips app with iPhone X...

Apple has released a major update to its Clips app for the iPhone X, adding a new Scenes feature that takes advantage of the TrueDepth camera to place you in animated, 360-degree scenes with matching selfie filters to transform your appearance. Some of the scenes include the Millennium Falcon with a Star Wars style holo effect filter, a sketchbook scene with a filter that provides a charcoal drawing effect, and a scene that puts you into an 8-bit…

| Read more »
07:19
Vietnamese firm trips up iPhone X's Face ID...




A Vietnamese security firm says it has managed to bypass the iPhone X's Face ID system using a mask, in spite of Apple efforts to specifically prevent that deception, but regular users have no obvious reasons to be concerned about the alleged efforts.

| Read more »
07:16
Opinion: Why the home indicator is an essential part...

With the lack of a physical home button of any kind with iPhone X, Apple has a new interaction metaphor: the home indicator. This is the thin bar that sits at the bottom of the iPhone screen.

At first glance, it might seem like an annoying blemish on the edge-to-edge design. But just like the notch at the top of the phone, the home indicator plays an important role.

more…

| Read more »
 

Community Search:
MacTech Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

jAlbum Pro 15.0 - Organize your digital...
jAlbum Pro has all the features you love in jAlbum, but comes with a commercial license. You can create gorgeous custom photo galleries for the Web without writing a line of code! Beginner-friendly... Read more
jAlbum 15.0 - Create custom photo galler...
With jAlbum, you can create gorgeous custom photo galleries for the Web without writing a line of code! Beginner-friendly, with pro results - Simply drag and drop photos into groups, choose a design... Read more
Duet 1.6.9.3 - Use your iPad as an exter...
Duet is the first app that allows you to use your iDevice as an extra display for your Mac using the Lightning or 30-pin cable. Note: This app requires a $14.99 iOS companion app. Version 1.6.9.3:... Read more
Duet 1.6.9.3 - Use your iPad as an exter...
Duet is the first app that allows you to use your iDevice as an extra display for your Mac using the Lightning or 30-pin cable. Note: This app requires a $14.99 iOS companion app. Version 1.6.9.3:... Read more
iExplorer 4.1.10 - View and transfer fil...
iExplorer is an iPhone browser for Mac lets you view the files on your iOS device. By using a drag and drop interface, you can quickly copy files and folders between your Mac and your iPhone or... Read more
iExplorer 4.1.10 - View and transfer fil...
iExplorer is an iPhone browser for Mac lets you view the files on your iOS device. By using a drag and drop interface, you can quickly copy files and folders between your Mac and your iPhone or... Read more
Adobe InCopy CC 2018 13.0.1.207 - Create...
InCopy CC 2018 is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $19.99/month (or $9.99/month if you're a previous InCopy customer). Adobe InCopy CC 2018, ideal for large team projects... Read more
Microsoft Office 2016 15.40 - Popular pr...
Microsoft Office 2016 - Unmistakably Office, designed for Mac. The new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote provide the best of both worlds for Mac users - the familiar Office... Read more
Adobe InDesign CC 2018 13.0.1.207 - Prof...
InDesign CC 2018 is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $19.99/month (or $9.99/month if you're a previous InDesign customer). Adobe InDesign CC 2018 is part of Creative Cloud.... Read more
Apple iOS 11.1.2 - The latest version of...
iOS 11 sets a new standard for what is already the world’s most advanced mobile operating system. It makes iPhone better than before. It makes iPad more capable than ever. And now it opens up both to... Read more

Latest Forum Discussions

See All

Mighty Battles guide - how to build a so...
Mighty Battles, the latest title from Hothead Games, is set to take the App Store by storm. The game puts a welcome twist on lane battlers, adding FPS elements to spice things up a bit. You'll collect cards to put your own military unit to gether,... | Read more »
Rules of Survival guide - how to be the...
The PUBG craze makes its way to mobile, with more and more battle royale games debuting on iOS and Android. Rules of Survival joins the ranks of mobile PUBG-likes, offering a classic battle royale experiences that doesn't vary too much from its... | Read more »
The best new games we played this week -...
The weekend is upon us friends, and it's time to take a look back and reflect on all of the wonderful games we've played over the past few days. This week was jam packed with new releases. There were some big, long awaited launches, some fun... | Read more »
Lineage II: Revolution guide - tips and...
At long last, Lineage II: Revolution has now come to western shores, bring Netmarble's sweeping MMORPG to mobile devices. It's an addictive, epic experience, but some of the systems in the game can be a bit overwhelming. Here are a few tips to help... | Read more »
A Boy and His Blob (Games)
A Boy and His Blob 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: | Read more »
Fight terrible monsters and collect epic...
Released on Western markets early last month, Dragon Project, created by Japanese developer COLOPL, brings epic monster hunting action to mobile for the very first time. Collect a huge array of weapons and armor, and join up with friends to fight... | Read more »
I Am The Hero (Games)
I Am The Hero 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: I Am The Hero is a pixel art, beat 'em up, fighting game that tells the story of a "Hero" with a glorious but mysterious past.... | Read more »
Kauldron (Music)
Kauldron 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Music Price: $3.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Kauldron is our warmest sounding, punchiest synth yet! A completely new modeling technology, combined with carefully designed... | Read more »
Lineage II: Revolution is mobile’s bigge...
NCSoft’s hit fantasy MMORPG series has just made the leap to mobile with the help of Netmarble in Lineage II: Revolution. With over 1.5 million players having already pre-registered ahead of the game’s launch, Revolution hit the app stores... | Read more »
Swing skilfully in new physics-based pla...
Sometimes it’s the most difficult of obstacles that can be the most rewarding. One game hoping to prove this is OCMO, the new tough but fair platformer from developers Team Ocmo. Primed to set every speedrunner’s pulse racing, as an otherworldly... | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

Black Friday deals on Apple Macs now live at...
Amazon has MacBook Pros, MacBook Airs, MacBooks, and iMacs on sale for up to $200 off MSRP for Black Friday week. Shipping is free. Note that stock of some Macs may come and go during the week, so... Read more
Black Friday pricing on Macs and iPads now av...
B&H Photo has lowered prices on many Macs, iPads, and iPad Pros as part of their Black Friday week sale. Save up to $200 on MacBooks and iMacs and up to $150 on iPads. B&H charges sales tax... Read more
Best Apple iPad deals this weekend, up to $80...
Apple resellers are offering 9.7″ iPads and 10.5″ iPad Pros for up to $80 off MSRP this weekend as part of their early Holiday and Black Friday sales: Adorama is offering new 2017 9.7″ 32GB WiFi... Read more
Early Black Friday sale: Apple iMacs for up t...
B&H Photo has 27-inch iMacs in stock and on sale for up $130-$150 off MSRP including free shipping. B&H charges sales tax in NY & NJ only: – 27″ 3.8GHz iMac (MNED2LL/A): $2149 $150 off... Read more
Apple restocks refurbished Mac minis starting...
Apple has restocked Certified Refurbished Mac minis starting at $419. Apple’s one-year warranty is included with each mini, and shipping is free: – 1.4GHz Mac mini: $419 $80 off MSRP – 2.6GHz Mac... Read more
Save on 12″ MacBooks, Apple refurbished model...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 2017 12″ Retina MacBooks available for $200-$240 off the cost of new models. Apple will include a standard one-year warranty with each MacBook, and shipping is free.... Read more
Early Holiday sale: 12″ iPad Pros for up to $...
B&H Photo has 12″ iPad Pros on sale today for up to $130 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H collects no sales tax outside NY & NJ: – 12″ 64GB WiFi iPad Pro: $749, save $50 – 12″ 256GB... Read more
Holiday sale prices on Apple 13″ MacBook Pros...
B&H Photo has 2017 13″ MacBook Pros in stock today and on sale for $100-$150 off MSRP, each including free shipping plus NY & NJ sales tax only: – 13-inch 2.3GHz/128GB Space Gray MacBook Pro... Read more
Sale: 13″ MacBook Airs starting at $899, $100...
B&H Photo has 2017 13″ MacBook Airs on sale today for $100 off MSRP including free shipping. B&H charges NY & NJ sales tax only: – 13″ 1.8GHz/128GB MacBook Air (MQD32LL/A): $899, $100 off... Read more
Week’s Best Deal on 13″ MacBook Pros: Apple r...
Apple has a full line of Apple Certified Refurbished 2017 13″ MacBook Pros available for $200-$300 off MSRP. A standard Apple one-year warranty is included with each MacBook, and shipping is free.... Read more

Jobs Board

Product Manager - *Apple* Pay on the *Appl...
Job Summary Apple is looking for a talented product manager to drive the expansion of Apple Pay on the Apple Online Store. This position includes a unique Read more
*Apple* Pro/Consumer Apps Support Engineer -...
…exemplify AppleCare's expert technical support paired with exceptional customer service for Apple 's software apps. This person is a problem solver, who understands Read more
Partner Marketing Manager, *Apple* Pay - Ap...
Job Summary The Apple Pay partner marketing team is looking for a Marketing Manager to develop and drive US programs. The right candidate will be passionate about Read more
*Apple* Solution Consultant - Apple (United...
# Apple Solution Consultant - Rochester, MN Job Number: 113037950 Rochester, MN, Minnesota, United States Posted: 19-Sep-2017 Weekly Hours: 40.00 **Job Summary** Are Read more
Sr. Experience Producer, Today at *Apple* -...
# Sr. Experience Producer, Today at Apple Job Number: 56495251 Santa Clara Valley, California, United States Posted: 23-Jun-2017 Weekly Hours: 40.00 **Job Summary** Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.