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Wednesday February 22

07:49
Santander among more than 40 banks, credit unions...




Apple Pay has today gained support from more than 40 new banks and credit unions in the U.S., including Santander Bank, inching the total of participating nationwide card issuers closer to 2,000.

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07:41
News: Facebook’s talks with MLB raise possibility...

Facebook is reportedly in talks with Major League Baseball to live stream one game each week during the 2017 season, Reuters reports. The move raises the possibility that the broadcast could also land on the company’s new Apple TV app, similar to the deal reached by Twitter to stream Thursday night NFL games on the device. While Facebook’s promises about its upcoming Apple TV video app make no mention of using it to stream live sports,…

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07:23
Apple confirms existence of Cambridge Siri R&D...




Apple is no longer keeping its Siri research and development office in Cambridge, U.K. a secret, revealing the facility's existence by constructing a sign bearing the company logo beside the building's front door.

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07:00
The Week in iOS Cases and Accessories: Snapchat...

It's a snap!

Image by Rob Schultz/Macworld

This week’s roundup includes a new accessory from Snapchat that lets you create sharable images directly from your Spectacles. Read on!

Snap Inc.

Image by Snap Inc.

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06:55
IOGEAR launches portable USB-C Dual DisplayPort...

IOGEAR has launched the $99.95 USB-C Dual DisplayPort Monitor Portable Dock, which enables users to connect two DisplayPort monitors to a USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 laptop such as the 2016 MacBook Pros and MacBooks to create a dual-monitor workstation.

The plug-and-play dock connects to the USB-C port on a laptop to extend the desktop to a single 4K monitor or dual HD monitors. It’s bus-powered and features a wrap-around cable organizer for portability.

The USB-C Dual DisplayPort Monitor Portable Dock has two DisplayPort outputs to create a dual-monitor workstation. One is a USB type-A port for connecting additional peripherals such as keyboards, mice, hard drives or printers....

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06:53
Foxconn workers departing company, rather than shift...




Apple partner and device assembler Foxconn is going on a hiring spree at China colleges, but reports from within the company claim that as iPhone 7 manufacturing winds down, assemblers would rather leave than deal with lower pay and fewer safety precautions when building goods from other companies.

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06:45
Keyboard Cases for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro

The iPad Pro is a decent laptop stand-in for productivity on the go, but can’t realize its full potential without a physical keyboard. Julio Ojeda-Zapata tested the latest keyboard accessories for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. They’re all good, though none is perfect.

 

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06:44
Flexihub software lets you share a Mac’s USB port

Flexihub is new macOS compatible software that lets you use any number of USB devices as you wish. It allows you to share a USB port from your old Mac or other computers and access them on — for instance — your laptop.

Flexihub allows accessing USB or serial devices plugged into network computers listed as nodes. It doesn’t matter where they’re located physically.

Once you insert a device, FlexiHub automatically detects its type and displays it — a phone, a storage device, a camera, etc. Serial devices are marked with a special indicator to differentiate them from USB devices.

You can restrict access to devices connected to your computer via USB or serial ports. Such devices won’t be listed as accessible to other computers, and only authorized users will be able to access them.

Flexihub allows you to invite other account owners to connect to devices hosted on your nodes. You may share your devices not...

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06:38
Apple reports iOS 10 adoption up to 79%. Android...

From Apple’s developer site:

Interesting to compare that pie chart to the official Android adoption pie chart:

That little bitty sliver on the right? That’s Nougat, the most recent version of Android. To get to more than half of that pie chart, you have to include Nougat, Marshmallow and Lollipop. Lollipop was released in 2014.

It’s tough when you don’t control all the hardware.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:32
Jumsoft introduces Social Media Lab for macOS Pages

Jumsoft has introduced Social Media Lab 1.0, its new template app for Apple’s Pages app. It offers items in four major categories. 

Each category is a collection of both brand new and time-tested designs, spanning across many different styles and themes. This collection is optimized for the most popular social platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and some of the most popular blogging services.

Social Media Lab requires macOS 10.11 or later. It costs $19.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store.

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06:32
Apple, Foxconn & TSMC consider swooping in on...




Apple, Foxconn, and TSMC are among a group of over 10 companies hoping to win a majority stake in Toshiba's flash memory business, reports say.

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06:32
Apple Pay expands to over 40 more banks and credit...

Apple Pay is now available from over 40 more banks and credit unions around the United States as part of the latest expansion wave. Apple’s mobile payment service launched just over two years ago with hundreds of additional regional banks and credit unions added every few weeks. You can find the latest banks added below.

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06:14
∞ Every New York Times front page since 1852

[VIDEO] Video on the main Loop post. Best viewed on a large screen. Wish there was a timeline on the screen so you could see the year. But that nit aside, fascinating to watch the paper’s design evolve, very subtly. Amazing how late in the game color made its appearance.

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06:10
26 Apple TV tips

Another list, this one all Apple TV tips. As usual, you may know most of these, but give a scan. It’s those few you don’t know that make the read worthwhile. Bookmark and pass along.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:06
Autonomous racing cars also crash

The Verge:

The world’s first self-driving robot racing series took a big step toward reality this weekend. For the first time ever, both of Roborace’s prototype autonomous racecars ran against each other on a track.

And:

The two Roborace prototypes — which the company refers to as DevBots — “battled” each other around the same Puerto Madero street circuit in Buenos Aires that hosted the third race of Formula E’s third season. The cars’ Nvidia-powered brains handled 20 autonomous laps across the race weekend, according to Roborace, and topped out at about 115 miles per hour.

115 mph (185 km/h) is pretty slow for race cars, but fast enough to enjoy. At Monza last year (the Italian Grand Prix), the top speed was 225 mph (360 km/h). Once the bugs are all worked out, I expect we’ll see autonomous cars hit those speeds and, since the AI drivers will not have those pesky human flaws, even pass those speeds.

One of the two DevBots successfully dodged a...

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: iMemStick 3.0 MFi-Certified...

Today in iLounge Deals, we’re offering the iMemStick 3.0 MFi-Certified Lightning Flash Drive for only $74.99 — that’s 42% off the regular price. This portable storage device provides 64GB of extra capacity for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, plus outstanding transfer speeds of 100 MB/s — you can transfer a 4GB HD video from the iMemStick between your PC or iOS devices in just about a minute. The included cable also doubles as a…

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05:58
Apple Park — the ‘spaceship campus’ — to open in...

Apple says that Apple Park, the company’s new 175-acre campus, will be ready for employees to begin occupying in April. The process of moving more than 12,000 people will take over six months, and construction of the buildings and parklands is scheduled to continue through the summer.

Envisioned by Steve Jobs as a center for creativity and collaboration, Apple Park is transforming miles of asphalt sprawl into a haven of green space in the heart of the Santa Clara Valley, according to CEO Tim Cook. The campus’ ring-shaped, 2.8 million-square-foot main building is clad entirely in the world’s largest panels of curved glass.

Jobs would have turned 62 this Friday, Feb. 24. To honor his memory and his enduring influence on Apple and the world, the theater at Apple Park will be named the Steve Jobs Theater. Opening later this year, the entrance to the 1,000-seat auditorium is a 20-foot-tall glass cylinder, 165 feet in diameter, supporting a metallic carbon-fiber roof. The...

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05:57
Facebook in talks to live stream one Major League...

Reuters:

Facebook Inc is in talks with Major League Baseball to live stream one game per week during the upcoming season, which could be a key win as the social media platform works to offer more live sports, according to two people familiar with the situation.

Facebook has pushed to sign deals with owners of sports rights to live stream their games, going after an audience that competitor Twitter Inc is also trying to capture, according to sports media consultants.

For social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, live streaming sports is key to attracting people since sports is one of the few types of content that people still watch live.

Streaming live sports is still an experiment searching for a business model. It’s not clear that Twitter made money on last year’s Thursday Night Football stream. No doubt, their engagement numbers went up, but did they sell enough ads at a high enough price to pay the NFL’s asking price?

If Reuter’s story...

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05:48
Apple shares hit (another) all-time high

Apple’s shares traded above $136.74 in intraday trading on Tuesday before closing at an all-time high of $136.70. The company's market cap stood at $719.19 billion at the end of trading yesterday.

Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty has raised her stock price forecast for Apple from $150 to $154, citing potential strong sales in China when Apple debuts the “iPhone 8” this year. She raised her overall fiscal year 2018 estimates for iPhone sales to 260 million and Apple’s earnings per share to $11.

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05:39
Apple quietly bought iCloud.net domain, shuts down...

Tech Crunch:

It looks like Apple has finally picked up one of the last remaining pieces of internet property linked to one of its key service brands: the iPhone and Mac giant has quietly taken over ownership of iCloud.net, TechCrunch has learned. Subsequent to that, the small-time Asian social network that existed at the site has informed its users that it will be shutting down by the end of this month.

And:

The icloud.net domain — which is now controlled by Apple — was one of the last major iCloud-based web addresses that was not owned by the company. (Perhaps the last major one? not quite, there is also iCloud.co.uk, owned by Dennis Publishing.)

In 2011, just before officially unveiling its own iCloud storage service (but after there had been leaks about its imminent arrival), Apple acquired iCloud.com from Swedish software company Xcerion, which had launched its own cloud-based storage service under that name in 2007, and in 2011 rebranded it to...

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05:36
Apple Park's campus auditorium named '...




As part of the new "spaceship" campus, now called "Apple Park," Apple is commemorating its legendary cofounder, naming the auditorium that overlooks the facility "Steve Jobs Theater."

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05:35
Apple takes over ownership of ‘iCloud.net'...

Apple has “quietly” taken over ownership of iCloud.net, TechCrunch reports. Previously, the Internet domain belonged to a small-time Asian social network site; however, it’s telling its users that it will be shutting down by the end of this month.

The icloud.net domain was one of the last major iCloud-based web addresses that wasn’t owned by the company. However, there’s at least one more — iCloud.co.uk, owned by Dennis Publishing, notes TechCrunch.

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05:28
Apple's 'spaceship' Campus 2 to...




Employees at Apple's corporate headquarters will have a new home -- Apple Park -- starting in April, though the migration of more than 12,000 workers will take over six months to complete.

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05:22
Apple’s spaceship campus officially named Apple Park...

Apple has today announced the official name of its spaceship campus: Apple Park. The new headquarters complex had previously been referred to as Apple Campus 2. The 1,000-seat auditorium will be named the Steve Jobs Theater.

The company also revealed the timeline for employees to move into the campus, as well as sharing a few high-resolution images (below) …

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05:15
Apple finally admits it has an office in Cambridge,...

We first heard two years ago that Apple was opening its first office in Cambridge, England, at a location close to the world-famous university. Back in November, a report said that the offices housed former VocalIQ employees performing R&D work on Siri, but at the time Apple wasn’t even admitting that it had a presence there.

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05:15
Rumor: Next-gen iPhone to feature 3D-sensing front...

The next-gen iPhone may feature a revolutionary new front camera and Infrared module capable of sensing the 3D space in front of it.

Per analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, the new components will be able to merge the depth information with the 2D images from the front camera for applications including face recognition, iris recognition, and 3D selfies.

In a recently released note, Kuo stated that the new 3D front camera system could be used in new games that could accurately replace a character’s head with that of the user. The new camera, along with its 3D sensor, would allow the new iPhone to create a 3D selfie that could be used in augmented reality software.

It’s thought that the hardware will use algorithms developed by PrimeSense, a company Apple acquired back in 2013. The sensor will apparently be able to detect the location and depth of objects it can see. Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus already includes an immature form of depth detection by including...

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05:08
∞ Apple’s news campus, “Apple Park” will open in...

Apple on Wednesday said its new 175-acre campus will open to employees in April. The campus, dubbed “Apple Park” by the company, will take six months to fully occupy with the 12,000 employees that will work there. […]

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05:00
Verizon settles on $4.48 billion purchase price for...

Verizon was able to save even more money following Yahoo’s email hacks.

The telecommunications company announced a deal to buy the core business of Yahoo for $4.48 billion —managing to secure a $350 million discount it was pursuing because of two major security breaches, the last of which affected over 1 billion accounts.

The deal states that both Yahoo and Verizon will share some liabilities following the 2013 and 2014 hacks. The companies will split cash liabilities linked to some lawsuits and government investigations, but Yahoo alone will be saddled with some liabilities from shareholder lawsuits and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigations.

The acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter, pending government approval.

Verizon presently owns AOL, the Yahoo acquisition giving AOL a new user base that can be targeted for advertising. Verizon is also expected to merge Yahoo’s ad tech, email, search, and messenger assets with...

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04:35
Sexism rules in voice assistant genders, show...

Studies cited by the WSJ show that sexist attitudes are alive and well when it comes to preferences for gender in the voices of intelligent assistants.

An Indiana university study found that both men and women prefer a female voice, finding it welcoming, warm and nurturing. Microsoft and Amazon found the same thing in their own research. Even more tellingly, a Stanford University study reveals that preferences for male or female voices depend on the subject matter …

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04:30
SpiShutter might work — if it stayed attached to...

I'm not sure how often this actually happens, but there have been reports that hackers can use your computer's webcam to watch you, including the FaceTime camera on Macs. The simplest solution is to cover the camera with a sticker. However, that's not ideal for aesthetic reasons. Plus, it could leave residue behind. 

SpiShutter has a self-titled solution that lets you physically block the embedded webcam your Mac. It has an opening in the center of the strip that lets you enable your webcam by sliding the strip left or right, and then blocking the camera when not in use. 

SpiShutter is designed to stay on your computer at all times, even when the lid is closed on a MacBook Pro, MacBook or MacBook Air. The low-friction powder coating is designed to prevent any scratches to the screen and leave no residue.

However, I...

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04:01
The average US iPhone user spent $40 on apps last...

The average U.S. iPhone user spent $40 on apps & in-app purchases last year, according to research by Sensor Tower. This was up from $35 the previous year.

Unsurprisingly, games account for by far the biggest chunk of this – some $27 of the $40 total – but it was another category that saw the largest percentage increase …

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04:00
What if you could customize 'your' Apple...

Wouldn't it be nice if you could tweak the interface that appears when you log into your account at the Apple App Store (for iOS) and the Mac App Store (for macOS)?

For example, one huge section on the Mac App Store is "Best New Games." Let's say I'm not a gamer. Yet there it is taking up nearly one-third of the available page space. 

What if I wanted a "Best New Business Apps" or "Best New Utilities" or some other category of my choosing? I'm not sure how hard this would be to implement, but I'd love for Apple to consider it. (Thanks to J. Scott Anderson for help with today's op-ed).

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03:00
The Morning After: Wednesday, February 22 2017

Welcome to your Wednesday. And maybe the future. NASA has a big announcement today, Qualcomm is promising phone chips that'll gulp down data faster than your current fiber connection, and more immediately, your next iPhone might pack a depth-sensing...

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03:00
Wileyfox Swift 2 series review: Affordability...

British smartphone brand Wileyfox came onto the scene in 2015, kicking things off with two distinct devices. Of these, the Swift turned out to be one of the best affordable handsets you could buy -- quite the achievement for a new, unknown company. S...

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03:00
It's not too late for Apple TV

Time hasn’t been kind to the fourth-generation Apple TV. In recent months, Apple’s streaming platform has lost market share to rivals like Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Google Chromecast, and Apple itself has admitted that sales last holiday season decreased from 2015.

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02:20
Scientists hold the first quantum computer face-off

For the first time ever, two quantum computers have faced off against each other in a series of experiments to determine which technology reigns supreme. A team of researchers from the University of Maryland have pitted their own quantum computer aga...

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00:34
Netflix reportedly snags Martin Scorsese's...

Netflix is making another big movie splash, as IndieWire is the first to report that it's acquiring the rights to Martin Scorsese's $100 million+ gangster flick The Irishman. Reportedly in the works since at least 2010, the project is supposed to uni...

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Tuesday February 21

22:23
Crowdfunded 'MST3K' revival hits Netflix...

Tonight, after a "Red Carpet Kickstarter Screening" of the first new Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode, Netflix announced the revived series will launch April 14th. In a message to backers of the biggest crowdfunded video project, creator Joel Hod...

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21:49
Google's mixed reality tech shows faces behind...

YouTube has already perfected the art of mixed reality videos that show the VR world and the real world at the same time. A great example is the video of Conan O'Brien's virtual trip to outer space taken when he visited YouTube's VR Lab. The video pl...

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21:47
What's the status on LG's UltraFine 5K...




After receiving reports of connectivity issues related to LG's new UltraFine 5K monitor, and confirming those problems with LG, Apple temporarily suspended sales of the display earlier this February. With ship times slow to improve, AppleInsider explains what's going on.

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21:04
Apple stock closes at new high of $136.70 as market...




Riding a wave of positive financial news and a rosy outlook for fiscal 2017, Apple stock touched $136.74 in intraday trading on Tuesday before closing at an all-time high of $136.70.

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19:32
What's on TV: 'Ultimate Beastmaster,...

This week we've got the second episode of Planet Earth II, focusing on Mountains this time. It's also time for Netflix to kick off its worldwide reality TV show, Ultimate Beastmaster. Taking more than a few hints from American Ninja Warrior and prede...

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19:13
Boeing plans to build 3D-printed modular satellites

Boeing is known for building huge, high-end satellites that cost roughly $150 million each, but that could change in the future. The aerospace corporation plans to adopt new production practices that involve the use of modular 3D-printed parts and fa...

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18:52
Apple airs regional AirPods ads featuring UK...




As part of a shift toward targeted digital and regional ad campaigns, Apple on Tuesday released three new versions of its "Notes" AirPods commercial in the UK featuring music from The 1975, Craig David and Lianne La Havas.

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18:10
Apple buys iCloud.net domain, shuts down associated...




As part of efforts to bring its online assets under one roof, Apple recently purchased iCloud.net from a small Chinese social network, one of the last product related domains not currently under its control.

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18:01
Apple shares new AirPods ads showcasing British...

As it continues to focus on regional campaigns rather than global ones, Apple today shared four new AirPods comercials to its U.K. YouTube channel. The videos are all under 20 seconds in length and highlight different U.K. artists…

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17:44
Keyboard inconsistencies & oddities plaguing...

After similar issues plagued the 12-inch MacBook, a growing number of MacBook Pro users are reporting issues with the new butterfly keyboard. The butterfly keyboard technology was first introduced with the 12-inch MacBook, but Apple announced a new version of it with the 2016 MacBook Pro models revealed late-last year.

Now, a growing number of users are suffering from issues with the keyboard…

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17:42
MIT researchers built an energy-sipping power...

Researchers from MIT's Microsystems Technologies Laboratories have built a new power supply system designed specifically for powering electronic sensors, wireless radios and other small devices that will eventually connect the Internet of Things. Whi...

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17:20
As Apple fights Qualcomm, Intel reveals modem w/...

Intel today took the wraps off of its new XMM7650 modem, which offers gigabit LTE performance and is the likely front-runner for the iPhone introduces later this year. As detailed by PC Mag, Intel’s new processor is a direct competitor to the Qualcomm Snapdragon X16. Apple, of course, is currently engaged in a legal battle with Qualcomm…

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17:05
Apple releases Logic Pro X 10.3.1 for the Mac

Apple has updated Logic Pro X — its macOS software for professional songwriting, editing, and mixing — to version 10.3.1. According to Apple, the upgrade:

  • Addresses issues that could cause regions to behave unexpectedly while moving them;
  • Resolves an issue where regions on inactive Track Alternatives could get deleted;
  • Global edits that cut or insert time are now also applied to inactive Track Alternatives;
  • Projects using sample rates other than 44.1kHz can now be shared to GarageBand for iOS.

The update for current Logic Pro X users is free and available now through the Mac App Store. For new users the software costs $199.99. It requires macOS 10.11 or later.

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16:59
Apple purchases iCloud.net domain name, shutting...

According to a new report from TechCrunch, Apple recently acquired the domain name iCloud.net, one of the last remaining pieces related to iCloud that the company itself did not own. While it’s unclear when Apple made the purchase, the social network previously linked to that domain will shut down by the end of this month.

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16:54
Notable apps and app updates for Feb. 21, 2017

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.

macOS Apps/Updates

Hyperbolic Software has released DupeZap 4.0, an update of their duplicate finder for macOS. The utility was written specifically to reclaim disk space being taken up by duplicate files and packages. 

DupeZap also offers the capability to scan the databases of popular Apple apps such as Photos and iTunes. Version 4.0.0 is completely rewritten.

DupeZap 4.0 requires macOS 10.11 or higher. For a limited time, it can be purchased for $4.99 instead of the regular price of $19.99. It’s available at the Mac App Store.

Econ Technologies has...

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16:49
Dance moves turn into music with BeatMoovz

There are plenty of gadgets out there for making music on your mobile device, but they're relatively sedentary affairs. BeatMoovz turns things arounds with a music tool that gets you up and dancing: instead of moving with the music, you dance and cre...

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16:42
Verizon cuts $350M from its acquisition price of...

After a pair of massive Yahoo data breaches, Verizon announced today that the two companies have reached new terms for its acquisition. As noted by Reuters, Verizon has lowered its purchase price for Yahoo’s core business by $350 million, down to $4.48 billion.

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16:39
Hands-on: CalDigit’s TS3 Lite Thunderbolt 3 dock...

The $199 CalDigit Thunderbolt Station 3 Lite (TS3 Lite) is a Thunderbolt 3 dock geared towards 2016 MacBook Pro users. Unlike some of the docks released prior to the most recent MacBook Pro refresh, the TS3 Lite works out of the box without needing to employ any hacks or workarounds.

The aluminum-wrapped unit comes with dual Thunderbolt 3 ports and is capable of being daisy-chained. It also comes with two USB-A ports, Gigabit Ethernet, DisplayPort, and audio in/out connections.

Perhaps most-notably, the TS3 Lite works with the LG UltraFine 5K Display, which makes it an option that may warrant the consideration of those with such a setup. But as you’ll see from our hands-on video walkthrough, the TS3 Lite isn’t for everyone;...

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16:36
Apple could ditch Qualcomm for new Gbps Intel XMM...




Earlier today Intel announced a new XMM 7650 Baseband Processor modem today to take on Qualcomm's X16. Unlike previous Intel modems, the new product supports CDMA in addition to LTE, as well as high speed LTE Category 16, enabling gigabit downloads. The new chip could enable global mobile support for Apple's next iPhones.

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16:12
SodaStream recalls 51,000 bottles because they might...

Your greatest SodaStream fears have been realized: tens of thousands of SodaStream's plastic bottles may not be able to withstand quite as much pressure as the company thought, causing the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission to issue a r...

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15:57
AAPL hits record highs again as analyst predicts...

Continuing its week of record-setting performance, AAPL stock hit yet another pair of all-time highs today. The stock closed at a new record high of $136.70, up from the previous all-time close record of $135.27 that was set last week.

Furthermore, AAPL hit a new intraday high of $136.75 today, up from the previous record of $136.27, which was set last week.

AAPL’s continued strong performance comes as Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty raised her target price for the stock and made a handful of predictions for the upcoming iPhone 8…

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15:47
Implants enable richer communication for people with...

John Scalzi's science fiction novel Lock In predicts a near future where people with complete body paralysis can live meaningful, authentic lives thanks to (fictional) advances in brain-computer interfaces. A new study by researchers at Stanford Univ...

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15:37
Review: Jaybird's X3 Bluetooth earbuds are a...




The Jaybird X3s are a high-quality, yet affordable alternative to other fitness-oriented Bluetooth headphones, including Apple's AirPods and Beats products. Whether or not they're right for you, though, can be very subjective.

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15:20
Meitu's new phone uses AI to snap better selfies

Chinese selfie app and smartphone company Meitu has unveiled its newest flagship, and it's all about making you look better. The T8 includes a front-facing camera with optical image stabilization and dual-pixel phase detection autofocus (PDAF) simila...

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15:05
Uber's self-driving vehicles are picking up...

Uber's fleet of self-driving vehicles are now cruising the streets of Tempe, Arizona. After a spat with the California Department of Motor Vehicles in December, Uber moved its line of 16 custom, autonomous Volvo XC90 SUVs to Arizona, where Gov. Doug...

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15:04
Anti-mosquito candles totally don’t work

Just as I’ve always suspected.

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14:53
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14:50
Facebook hopes to stream an MLB game every week

Twitter and Yahoo aren't the only ones interested in streaming live baseball beyond dedicated sports sites. Reuters sources claim that Facebook is in "advanced" talks with Major League Baseball about the possibility of livestreaming one game every w...

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14:35
Uber has a sexism problem, and so does Silicon Valley

On Sunday, a former Uber engineer published details about the sexual harassment and rampant sexism that she claims she and other women experienced at the company. But despite reporting the incidents to HR on several occasions, Susan J. Fowler was rep...

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14:23
The average US iPhone owner spent $40 in App Store...




Over the course of 2016, American iPhone owners forked out an average of $40 on iOS App Store purchases, including in-app transactions -- up from $35 in 2015, according to new analytics data.

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14:20
After confirming upcoming Apple TV app, Facebook...

Just last week, Facebook confirmed that it is in the process of developing an Apple TV app that will carry a focus on video. Now, Reuters reports that Facebook is also in negotiations with Major League Baseball regarding potential streaming rights, something that could make its way to the upcoming Apple TV app.

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14:16
Microsoft Makes VR Drone Fight Simulator Available...


Microsoft has introduced an open source virtual reality toolkit for the training of autonomous drones. Part of Microsoft's Aerial Informatics and Robotics Platform, the beta software became available last week. It is designed to allow developers to "teach" drones how to navigate the real world by recreating conditions such as shadows, reflections and even objects that might confuse a device's on-board sensors. The software allows researchers to write code for aerial robots such as drones, and to test the devices in a highly realistic simulator.

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14:15
Working Samsung Galaxy S8 reportedly surfaces in the...

There have been supposed peeks at Samsung's Galaxy S8 before, but always with the screen off. How is that near bezel-free design going to work, exactly? We might have a better idea. Photos have emerged that appear to show a functioning S8, includi...

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13:57
Intel and Ericsson form an alliance to explore 5G...

Intel is already showing off the building blocks of its 5G hardware at MWC and the big carriers are rushing to upgrade to the new standard, but the chipmaking giant is also launching a new initiative to build more than just faster cellular network. A...

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13:37
Ants run on tiny treadmills to help track their...

It's relatively easy to study animals' movement by plunking them on treadmills, but how do you do that with a creature as small and fragile as ants? Build a tiny custom treadmill, that's how. Scientists have crafted a contraption that let them study...

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13:32
My favorite Sherlock Holmes

A lot of great actors have played Sherlock Holmes over the years, but none did as great a job as Jeremy Brett. There is no doubt in my mind that he is the greatest Sherlock Holmes of all.

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13:20
VTech's new Android tablet has its own kid-...

VTech's tablets and other kids' gadgets have always focused on creating a child-safe walled garden, but it's fallen far short of having an ecosystem like what children can get on an iPad or Amazon Fire Kids Edition. Its new Android tablet for childre...

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13:05
Tip of the Day: Muting Activity Sharing...

Apple expanded the Activity app in watchOS 3 with a new feature that allows you to share the progress of your activity rings with up to 25 of your friends, family, co-workers, and other workout buddies. It’s relatively straightforward to set up — just go to the Activity app on your iPhone, select the Sharing button at the bottom, and follow the instructions — once you’ve added friends and they’ve accepted your sharing requests,…

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13:03
'Complicit' is an undercover look at the...

Even though Apple and Foxconn vowed to improve factory worker conditions back in 2012, life is still pretty rough for the people building the gadgets we use every day. Complicit, a new documentary from Heather White and Lynn Zhang, hopes to shine a l...

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12:55
Feature Request: Logic Pro-like customizable...

For last week’s installment of our Logic Pros series, I wrote about the new Touch Bar support in the recently released latest version of Logic Pro X. It turns out Final Cut Pro users have good reason to be jealous; and other apps could benefit a lot from implementing what Logic has done. It’s some of the best support yet, and one feature specifically, fully customizable banks of buttons for keyboard shortcuts, is something I’d love to see other apps adopt.

Final Cut Pro, GarageBand and other Apple apps got Touch Bar support at launch, but what Logic Pro X ended up getting beats them all.

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12:45
Snail venom provides a new way to treat chronic pain

The Conus regius' venom is bad news for its prey, and it's been proven harmful to humans as well. For instance, a 2009 clinical case describes a diver who had trouble moving his arm for 12 hours after an attack. However, scientists from the Universit...

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12:28
NASA to announce a 'discovery beyond our solar...

Exoplanets, those that orbit stars beyond our own Sun are the most likely places that we'll discover extraterrestrial life. On Wednesday, February 22nd, NASA is planning to announce a "discovery beyond our solar system" at a press conference in Washi...

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12:26
Facebook Puts More Work Into Social Networking


Facebook last week launched new features for advertising job openings on the network. Although many companies already have been using Facebook to find workers, the new functionality formalizes its job search capabilities, the company said. U.S. and Canadian businesses can use the company's new jobs bookmark to list open positions and allow users to apply directly from the site. Page administrators can track applicants and communicate directly with them using messenger. They also can boost job postings to reach a larger audience.

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12:26
Apple updates Logic Pro X with minor improvements,...




Apple on Tuesday released a new version of its digital audio workstation, Logic Pro X, making some minor feature additions while simultaneously solving two glitches with regions.

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12:17
Here’s everything in the $100,000+ swag bag given to...

These stories come out every year and every year, the gift bag gets more and more insane.

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12:15
AWT News Update: February 21, 2017

We're back today with another edition of the Apple World Today News Update podcast. It's all Apple today, since there were no juicy tidbits to spill about Samsung:

  • Apple's expanding its data center footprint in Northern Nevada
  • Three news agencies testify in court to have the US Government force the FBI to admit who hacked the San Bernardino iPhone 5c and how much it cost taxpayers
  • iPhone 8 rumors now point to a device with a larger screen and smaller total footprint, along with lots of RAM and storage

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

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12:09
Milo Yiannopoulos has resigned from Breitbart News

Editor for Breitbart News, Milo Yiannopoulos, announced that he is resigning his position at the news network effective immediately. The move comes amid a firestorm of criticism after a video recently surfaced in which he advocated for adults to be a...

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11:44
Homeland Security staff locked out of their own...

Department of Homeland Security workers in Washington, DC ran into a massive headache when they came to work on Tuesday. Reuters sources say that staff were locked out of multiple networks starting around 5AM Eastern, possibly due to an issue with t...

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11:43
Why astronauts are banned from getting drunk in space

Aside from the obvious reasons (“We don’t allow car drivers or jet pilots to be drunk and in charge of their vehicles”), there are many others you may not have thought about.

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11:24
Samsung reportedly plans to refurbish, resell Note 7...




Samsung is planning to sell refurbished units of the Galaxy Note 7 with smaller batteries in emerging markets, according to a South Korean report, in an attempt to mitigate some of the costs incurred as part of the electronic giant's battery-related smartphone recall.

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11:05
Logic Pro X updated with improved sharing with...

Apple has released Logic Pro X version 10.3.1 on the Mac App Store. The new update includes a few bug fixes as well as improved sharing with GarageBand for iOS. Full release notes below:

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11:00
What it’s like to hold your own heart

This would be incredibly weird, creepy, and emotional.

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10:55
∞ Glassblower makes intricate horse effortlessly

I love watching glassblowers.

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10:49
Third public betas of iOS 10.3, macOS 10.12.4 arrive...




A day after developers were issued fresh pre-release beta builds of all four of Apple's major platforms, new public betas of iOS 10.3 and macOS 10.12.4 are also available to download.

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10:41
Verizon agrees to buy core of Yahoo for reduced $4....




Verizon on Tuesday announced a deal to buy the core business of Yahoo for $4.48 billion -- managing to secure a $350 million discount it was pursuing because of two major security breaches, the last of which affected over 1 billion accounts.

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10:25
Apple rolling out macOS 10.12.4 public beta 3 for Mac

Apple has released the third public beta version of macOS 10.12.4 which includes Night Shift for Mac. macOS 10.12.4 public beta 3 follows the third developer version of the upcoming software update.

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10:22
Apple releases new public betas of iOS 10.3 and...

Apple has released a third public beta of iOS 10.3 and a third public beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.4. If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do so here. The public beta program is free, but remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.

iOS 10.3 updates the file structure on an iOS device to the Apple File System (APFS). AFPS is optimized for Flash/SSD storage and features “strong encryption, copy-on-write metadata, space sharing, cloning for files and directories, snapshots, fast directory sizing, atomic safe-save primitives, and improved file system fundamentals.”

The beta also includes a new "Find My AirPods" ability, additions to Siri, CarPlay improvements, and some changes to Maps. What’s more, Apple says that by the time iOS 10.3 is available to customers, developers will be able to respond to customer reviews on the Apple App Store.

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10:21
Best Buy has cut the MacBook Air's price tag to...

Apple hasn’t updated the MacBook Air since 2015, and many Apple watchers don’t expect to see a refresh of the device. In fact, the 11-inch MacBook Air left the consumer market last October. Nevertheless, Apple still offers the 13-inch Air as the cheapest MacBook option at $999—and today at Best Buy, you can grab one for $200 cheaper than its sticker price.

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10:15
Apple releases iOS 10.3 public beta 3 for iPhone and...

Apple has released the third iOS 10.3 public beta for testing on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. iOS 10.3 public beta 3 follows the third developer version of the upcoming software update.

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10:14
Toontrack releases Alt-Rock drums

Steve Albini’s imprint on the sound of rock is undeniable. Having worked on seminal albums by the Pixies, PJ Harvey and, perhaps most notably, Nirvana’s milestone record “In Utero,” his sonic DNA is in the fabric of productions that have helped create a new branch in rock history. This collection of drums captures the incomparable sonic fingerprint of not only Steve Albini but also the ambience of his very own studio, which he personally built and designed. Welcome to Electrical Audio in Chicago, IL, and a truly unique collection of drums.

I love Toontrack’s drum packs and use them all the time when I’m writing songs.

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10:12
Battle of the buds: How Apple AirPods stack up...

Apple’s AirPods have renewed interest in wireless earbuds so Ars picks a few and tests them against each other.

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10:05
Deals: 13" MacBook Pro in Gray for $1,329; 15...




For one week only, AI readers can pick up a 13" MacBook Pro with function keys for $1,329 ($170 off) at B&H with no tax collected outside NY and NJ. Today is also the last day to snap up a 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar for $1,649. Plus, Apple refurbished 15" MacBook Pros are $1,399.99 with no tax outside NY, and a 2TB G-Drive Pro with Thunderbolt is $160 off.

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09:43
UPS tests drone deliveries

In Monday’s test, a drone launched from the roof of a UPS vehicle flew autonomously toward its destination, dropped a package and then returned to the vehicle as the driver continued on a delivery route.

This is clearly coming.

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