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Wednesday December 6

Apple releases macOS High Sierra 10.13.2

Apple has released macOS High Sierra 10.13.2. Available at the Mac App Store via the Updates tab, it:

  • Improves compatibility with third party USB audio devices;
  • Improves VoiceOver navigation when viewing PDF documents in Preview;
  • Improves compatibility of Braille displays with Mail.
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Apple's new Machine Learning Journal entry...

Apple on Wednesday published another paper through its Machine Learning Journal, this time covering the topic of differential privacy -- the technology it employs to collect big data from customers while obscuring their identities.

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Oracle’s cloak-and-dagger war with Google

The story that appeared in Quartz this November seemed shocking enough on its own: Google had quietly tracked the location of its Android users, even those who had turned off such monitoring on their smartphones.

But missing from the news site’s report was another eyebrow-raising detail: Some of its evidence, while accurate, appears to have been furnished by one of Google’s fiercest foes: Oracle.

Oh my.

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Right there on the corner of Brannan and Fourth Streets, there is a billboard advertising some marijuana brand, saying “Hello marijuana, goodbye stress.” It got me thinking about stress and what is that is making people stressed out? Also, what does it say about people living in this tech town — are we so stressed, because of work?

I really enjoyed this article.

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Apple updates macOS High Sierra to 10.13.2 with...

Apple has released the latest version of macOS High Sierra through the Mac App Store. macOS 10.13.2 “improves the stability, compatibility and security” of Macs, and specifically includes improvements to third party USB audio devices, VoiceOver and Preview, and Braille displays and Mail.


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Apple’s latest machine learning journal entry...

Apple has shared its latest white paper via its machine learning journal. Today’s entry is “Learning with Privacy at Scale” and covers specific algorithms Apple is using with differential privacy to improve product features with some specific use cases like discovering popular emoji.


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Apple: Learning with Privacy at Scale

Gaining insight into the overall user population is crucial to improving the user experience. The data needed to derive such insights is personal and sensitive, and must be kept private. In addition to privacy concerns, practical deployments of learning systems using this data must also consider resource overhead, computation costs, and communication costs. In this article, we give an overview of a system architecture that combines differential privacy and privacy best practices to learn from a user population.

A new article from Apple’s Machine Learning Journal, which includes a link to a PDF with in-depth equations and other details.

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macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 now available after a...

Apple is continuing the OS upgrade march it began on Saturday with a release of High Sierra 10.13.2, with improvements to compatibility for "certain" USB audio devices, and VoiceOver navigation while viewing PDFs.

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Apple transforms iTunes Movies Twitter account into...

Apple has rebranded its iTunes Movies account on Twitter as @AppleTV -- which, despite its name, is so far concentrated on the TV app for iPhones, iPads, and the Apple TV.

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ProtonMail Bridge brings the encrypted email service...

After months of beta testing, ProtonMail has unveiled official support for their encrypted mail service within email clients Apple Mail, Microsoft Outlook, and Mozilla Thunderbird. The support comes by way of a custom application that connects mail clients securely with a user’s ProtonMail account. Paying users can download ProtonMail Bridge today to get started.


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macOS 10.13.2 Fixes Obscure Bugs and Security...

After last week’s emergency software updates, Apple has released macOS 10.13.2, which we hope will be unremarkable. But you still might want to hold off for a few days, since the fixes are minor.


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Amazon Prime Video on Apple TV limited to 2.1 stereo...

Though owners of an ultra-high definition 4K TV set with high-dynamic range will get full visual fidelity from Amazon's newly released Prime Video app for Apple TV, the sound quality won't match that best-in-class experience, as it is apparently limited to 2.1 channels at launch.

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Mac: Epson Expression Photo HD Wide-format Printer

While most people have taken to social media to display their photos these days, there’s still something to be said for quality prints to hang on the wall or mail to loved ones, and Epson is betting there are still people out there who have a fondness for paper and ink. The company’s new Expression Photo HD XP-15000 Wide-format Printer is billed as a top-notch photo producer, able to print borderless photos as large as 13” x 19”. The device requires six different Claria Photo HD ink cartridges — including new red and gray inks — to produce its wide color gamut, and features a 200-sheet front tray and a 50-sheet rear specialty tray for media like cardstock. Like most newer printers the Expression Photo HD can be used wirelessly, and for more routine document printing the printer offers automatic two-sided printing in a fairly small footprint.

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9to5Toys Last Call: SteelSeries Controller +...

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

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Apple Pay recruits new card issuers in US, Canada,...

Apple has updated its roster of Apple Pay card issuers with dozens of new entries, mostly in the U.S., but also some in Canada, Russia, and Japan.

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AWT TV Episode 30: December 5, 2017

Welcome to AWT TV, a weekly show featuring Steve Sande, Dennis Sellers and Marty Edwards of Apple World Today. Each week we'll discuss what's happened in the world of Apple, talk about new apps and accessories, maybe even have a demonstration or two of the latest software.  

It's December, the month in which the wonderful holiday of Christmas takes place. Since gift-giving has become a part of the holiday tradition, tonight Marty and Steve talk about some gift ideas for the tech-oriented people in your life.

Steve starts out with a totally non-tech rant about the ineptitude of the American healthcare system with two stories...but we quickly get down to business.

Marty mentions the upgrade to tvOS 11.2, which helps with a problem that the Apple TV 4K had with wanting to "upscale" everything to 4K...which didn't always work out for the best. The update helps a lot.

Steve brings up WatchAir as his first gift idea. It's a digital TV antenna with smarts -- it...

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Valve’s ‘Bridge Constructor Portal’ arrives on iOS...

Portal is a beloved gaming franchise for many, and while fans still want a proper sequel to the game’s last release, it’s probably not happening anytime soon. Luckily, Portal is making a return, but by means of Bridge Constructor.


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News: Apple stands to be biggest beneficiary of GOP...

Apple could see as much as $47 billion shaved off its US tax bill under current Republican proposals, making it the largest beneficiary of the tax plan, Fortune reports. The Senate and House still have to reconcile their different versions of the tax bill to send it to President Donald Trump for signing, but the two chambers seem mostly in agreement that the $1.3 trillion that American companies are keeping offshore should be taxed at no more than…

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'Portal' edition of 'Bridge...

Headup Games, the developer of popular construction-based puzzle game 'Bridge Constructor,' will be using the universe of Valve Software's 'Portal' as the basis for an upcoming release, with 'Bridge Constructor Portal' bringing element from both games together into a title destined for macOS and iOS on Dec. 20.

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Apple posts new job positions for ‘Path Forward’...

Apple has posted new job positions in conjunction with Path Forward’s Spring 2018 San Francisco return to work program.


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Apogee & Sennheiser's Ambeo headset...

Apogee and Sennheiser's Ambeo Smart Headset features both a "high fidelity" listening experience, but also the ability to capture directional audio while recording a video -- and it is now available through Apple Retail in an exclusive black version.

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Apple rebrands iTunes Movies with new @AppleTV...

Following the launch of Amazon Prime Video on Apple TV, Apple has increased its Twitter presence with a new account dedicated to all things Apple TV. The shift sees the old @iTunesMovies account rebrand with a new @AppleTV handle, and the first new tweet from the account promotes the Apple TV app and Amazon Prime Video support. You can still find tweets from the original account deep in the timeline while the old handle is now protected so it can’t be reused outside of Apple.


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News: Apple releases watchOS 4.2 with support for...

After turning on Apple Pay Cash support in iOS 11.2 yesterday, Apple released the watchOS 4.2 update that also supports the new payment method. Users can now send up to $3,000 from their wrist or use proceeds they’ve collected from other users to buy things wherever Apple Pay is supported. As on iOS, Apple Pay Cash is available to users in the United States who are 18 years of age or older....

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iPhone X makes ‘Most Innovative Tech,’ Digital...

Apple’s iPhone X has been honored in the first annual Innovation Awards by Tom's Guide, as well as Digital TrendsBest Products of 2017 list. 

The former honors products “that truly pushed technology forward in 2017, making life easier and more fun for consumers." The iPhone X was named the best overall product. 

Other items on the list are the LG Signature OLED TV W, Star Wars: Jedi Challenges, Lego Boost, Nvidia Max-Q, Samsung Galaxy S8, DJI Spark drone, Nvidia Shield, AMD’s Threadripper CPU, reMarkable Tablet, Razer Kiyo, Amazon Echo & Alexa, and the Nintendo Switch.

Tom’s Guide is a site that “helps consumers make better buying decisions on everything from smartphones and TVs to antivirus software and smart...

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Apple places second on Best Managed Companies in...

Apple places second on Drucker Institute’s Best Managed Companies in America, a model that ranks Fortune 500, S&P 500 and other large-cap companies according to their overall effectiveness.

The list ranks corporate performance on five dimensions: customer satisfaction, employee engagement and development, innovation, social responsibility, and financial strength. On a 100-point scale, Apple scored 64.2, 61.8, 90.9, 61.5, and 99.5, respectively, for a “effectiveness” score of 89.4. It was topped only by Amazon, which had an effectiveness score of 89.

The Drucker Institute is a social enterprise based at Claremont [California] Graduate University whose mission is “strengthening organizations to strengthen society.”

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Facebook named Glassdoor’s ‘best place to work’ as...

Glassdoor has announced that this year’s best place to work – based on anonymous employee reviews – is Facebook. Apple fared rather less well, dropping 48 places from last year’s #36 to this year’s #84 …


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Rumor: work at Catcher hints at upcoming Apple AR...

Adding fuel to the rumors (which are almost certainly true) that Apple is working on an augmented reality (AR) headset, the company’s chassis supplier Catcher Technology has revealed it's working on a product line outside of its usual categories.

Catcher chairman Allen Horng tells DigiTimes that the company will start supplying chassis for a brand new product line outside of its existing work in making casings for smartphones and laptops. Since Apple has been showing interest in developing an AR head-mounted display (HMD), market watchers are speculating that this new product line could be connected with the US-based vendor.

Chances this rumor is true, according to the Sellers Research Group (that’s me). 90%. It’s not...

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Amazon Prime Video arrives on Apple TV in over 100...

From Apple’s press release:

Starting today, customers around the world can access the Amazon Prime Video app on Apple TV to stream award-winning and critically acclaimed titles including Prime Original Series and Movies. Also starting this week, the Apple TV app — a unified place for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV users to discover and start watching the best shows and movies — supports live sports, giving fans in the US a simple and seamless way to keep track of their favorite teams and games in real time. Participating sports apps in the Apple TV app include ESPN and the NBA, developed in partnership between the NBA and Turner Sports, with more to be added soon. Starting tomorrow, Prime members in the US can enjoy Thursday Night Football on the Apple TV app for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV.

It’s a big day for Apple TV. They’ve added the Amazon Prime Video app (here’s a...

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Apple dives to 84th place on Glassdoor’s Best Places...

Apple came in at 84th place on Glassdoor's 2018 Best Places to Work in the U.S. It’s the tech giant’s lowest finish ever.

The workplace review and ratings site lists 100 best places to work in the U.S. with 1,000 or more employees, and 50 small and medium companies to work for with less than 1,000 employees.

I’m not sure why Apple plummeted in the rankings. It’s placement on the previous 10 Glassdoor lists were 36, 25, 22, 35, 34, 10, 20, 22, and 19.

Glassdoor’s annual awards are based on anonymous, voluntary employee input about their workplace over the past year. Ratings are based on a five-point scale, 1.0 being very dissatisfied and 5.0 being very satisfied.

Apple earned a 4.3-star rating out of five during that period, compared to Facebook's leading 4.6-star rating. Glassdoor — which described itself as “the world's most transparent jobs and recruiting...

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Data of 31 million users of iPhone add-on keyboard...

Conflicting accounts have emerged about a security breach involving the ai.type add-on keyboard for iOS and Android, with researchers claiming that 31 million people's data has been compromised -- with a user's contacts also potentially included in the leak.

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Amazon Prime Video finally arrives on Apple TV: Here...

Almost exactly six months to the day after Apple promised Amazon Prime Video would be coming to Apple TV, the app has arrived in the App Store. And Prime members everywhere can rejoice.


Do my eyes deceive me?

To install the new app, head over to the App Store and type “Amazon” (or really just “AM”) and click on the icon. Once it installs, select “Sign in and start watching” if you have a Prime account or “No thanks, start browsing” to see what movies and TV shows are available.

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News: Amazon Prime Video app rolling out on Apple TV...

The much-hyped Amazon Prime Video app is rolling out to Apple TV for users in the US, Canada, UK and several other European countries. The app lets Prime subscribers watch Amazon’s original programming and other available content, features a watchlist for queuing up shows and movies, and supports the Siri Remote’s ability to search for content while in the app. News of the app’s pending release leaked out a day early after a Reddit…

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∞ 100th anniversary of “The Halifax Explosion”

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the largest man-made, non-nuclear explosion in history.

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Apple Pay Cash hits Apple Watches with watchOS 4.2...

Enlarge / A 38mm Apple Watch Series 2 (left) next to a 42mm Apple Watch Series 3 (right). (credit: Valentina Palladino)

The latest software update for Apple Watch is now available, just a few days after Apple released iOS 11.2 earlier than expected. The biggest link between the iDevice and Watch software updates is Apple Pay Cash, which is now available for Apple's wearable in watchOS 4.2

Apple Pay Cash lets US-based users send and receive money through iMessage, with funds drawn from a linked credit or debit card. Those who receive money get it in the form of an Apple Pay Cash Card, which they can then use to pay for things through the Apple Wallet app...

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Pokémon GO adding Ruby and Sapphire characters, new...

Niantic has unveiled the latest additions to Pokémon GO including new characters from Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire as well as new dynamic weather gameplay.


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Sonos and Ikea tease collaboration, possibly Sonos...

Ikea is teasing a collaboration with Sonos, but without giving any details …


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∞ First look at Apple TV’s Amazon Prime Video app

I’ve been looking forward to an Amazon Prime Video app on my Apple TV for quite some time.

The good news is, the app is here and available for download. The better news? The app works quite well. One caveat, which I’ll get to in a minute, but the overall experience is excellent, just what you’d expect from a well-written Apple TV app.

Click through to the main Loop post for all the details. […]

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Apple Pay adds 35+ more supported banks & credit...

Apple today updated its list of officially supported banks and credit unions for Apple Pay, adding over 35 new institutions across the US, Canada, Russia and Japan.


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Apple partner Catcher at work on new product...

Apple chassis supplier Catcher has revealed it's working on a product line outside of its usual categories, which could hint at involvement in ambitious Apple hardware -- such as a rumored augmented reality headset.

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Analyst report endorses Apple’s approach of in-store...

A recent IHS Markit analyst note says that lack of awareness of the benefits of smart home technology is holding back growth.


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Amazon Prime Video finally arrives on Apple TV,...

Enlarge / The Apple TV 4K and remote. (credit: Samuel Axon)

Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the forthcoming appearance of Amazon Prime Video to the Apple TV earlier this year, but the launch kept getting pushed back for unknown reasons. Now, Amazon's Prime Video app is finally rolling out on the tvOS app store. The Prime Video iOS app was recently updated to version 5.0 and the release notes state that subscribers can download a separate tvOS app on their Apple TV to watch Prime Video content on that device.

Although we were able to download it this morning, according to a report by 9to5Mac, the Amazon Prime Video app...

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Republican tax reform bill could shave up to $47...

Apple may see up to $47 billion removed from its tax bill if Republicans continue with their current (and very controversial) tax reform plan, according to Fortune. This would make the tech giant the biggest beneficiary of the legislation that’s currently before Congress.

According to the Financial Times this is the result of the reduced tax rate that would be applied to foreign earnings under the Republicans’ proposed reform. The Republican proposals for reform calls for taxing past accumulated earnings at rates of no more than 14.5%, regardless of whether or not the money is returned home. Apple calculates it would be liable for $78.6 billion in taxes if its earnings were brought back under the current regime, according to the...

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Amazon Prime Video comes to the Apple TV

As promised this summer, an Amazon Prime app is now available for the Apple TV and requires a third generation (or later) Apple TV. It's a free download available on the tvOS App Store.

The app allows Amazon Prime Video subscribers to easily watch TV shows and movies from the service using Apple's set-top box. This is a bit of an about-face for Amazon. In June 2016, CEO Jeff Bezos said he only wants Amazon to sell devices that support Prime Video.

Amazon Prime is a membership program that gives customers access to streaming video, music, e-books, free shipping and a variety of other Amazon-specific services and deals. It costs $99 per year or you can go for a monthly $10.99 charge. You can try the service for free for 30 days.

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Amazon Prime Video App Launches on Apple TV

Six months after Apple chief executive Tim Cook said Amazon's Prime Video service would be coming to Apple TV, the much anticipated on-demand video streaming service has arrived on tvOS. Similar to other versions of Amazon Prime Video, the Apple TV app allows Prime subscribers to sign into their accounts and watch Amazon Prime exclusive TV series, as well as browse a collection of movies.


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News: Daily Deal: Wireless Power Bank + Wireless...

In our iLounge Deal for today, you can pick up the Wireless Power Bank + Wireless Charger Adapter for only $58 with the coupon code GIFTSHOP15. The JS Wireless Power Bank is compatible with any Qi-enabled device, including the new iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X, allowing you to take wireless charging with you on the go. You also get USB and micro-USB ports in addition to the wireless charging capabilities, allowing you to charge up your non-wireless…

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Tim Cook thinks apps removed from the China Apple...

CEO Tim Cook says he expects the apps removed from the China App Store earlier this year will be reinstated. The tech giant was criticised for pulling virtual private network and messaging apps from the Chinese store due to pressure from the country’s regulators.

Cook made his comments while peaking at the Fortune Forum in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou. He also says he believes strongly in freedom, apparently replying to comments after U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) said on Tuesday that Apple had a moral obligation to...

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Republican tax reform plans could see Apple saving $...

Republican plans for corporate tax reform would see Apple as the biggest beneficiary if the company chooses to repatriate its overseas cash hoard. It has been estimated that in that eventuality, Apple would save a cool $47B in taxes …


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First look: Amazon Prime Video for Apple TV launches...

Six months after being announced, Amazon Prime Video for Apple TV has debuted on the tvOS App Store, meaning subscribers will be able to view hits like "The Man in the High Castle," "The Big Sick," "Catastrophe," and "The Grand Tour" on Apple's latest set-top boxes.

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  • Encrypts your browser traffic to safeguard your data
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Patent shows Apple would love for you to use two...

Forget one Apple Watch. Apple wants you to use multiple versions of its smartwatch. The tech giant has been granted a patent (number 9,838,526) for switching between watches or other accessories. 

The invention involves systems and methods for allowing a user to switch between watches that have been paired with a device such as an iPhone. In one embodiment, the watches automatically detect a removal of a first watch from a user's wrist and an attachment of a second watch to the user's wrist. 

Messages from the watches are transmitted to the device to allow the device to switch the active watch from the first watch to the second watch. The switch can occur while the device is in a locked state, and the device can synchronize the second watch with data received from the first watch.

In the patent info, Apple notes that watches and fitness trackers can be paired, typically though Bluetooth wireless communication, with a companion device to provide health tracking...

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PSA: Here’s a really quick and easy way to search...

If you’ve ever been in the situation of knowing that you have the info you need in one of your gazzilion open Safari tabs, or you know that you saw it on a webpage recently but can’t remember which, there’s a couple of really easy shortcuts for searching …


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MekaMon is a fun combination of ‘real-life,’ AR...

Like gaming? Like robots? Like Battlebots?Then you’ll love the spider-like MekaMon from Reach Robotics — IF you’re willing to tackle a somewhat long learning curve.

Described as the world’s first real-life gaming robot,” it’s available at and for $299.95 (in white and black models), as well as in Apple stores throughout the U.S. and UK. You control it via a free downloadable app for your iPhone (or Android phone).

Each robot weighs approximately 2.2 pounds, measures 11.8 x 11.8 x 5.9 inches, and has a removable, rechargeable battery. The...

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Amazon Prime Video arrives on Apple TV, updated for...

An Amazon Prime Video app that provides full iPhone X support also brings along a tvOS version to finally provide Apple TV owners video playback from the service without relying on AirPlay.

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Cook responds to China criticisms, says he believes...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has hit back at suggestions that Apple is failing to fulfil a moral obligation to fight for freedom of expression in China.

The company had come under repeated fire from local customers and human rights groups for bowing to pressure from the Chinese government to remove or restrict App Store content in the country.

U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy said in an interview that ‘Apple […] must continue to push back on Chinese suppression of free expression’ …


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How to take sharper close-ups with the iPhone X

The iPhone X takes great close-ups with its advanced cameras. But you can make ‘em even sharper.

Tap 2x while in the Camera app for optical zoom. You can then swipe right from the 2x button to zoom further with digital zoom, which reaches up to 10x for photos and 6x for video.

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Amazon Prime Video app rolling out to Apple TV App...

As announced in the Amazon Prime Video iOS app release notes, the Apple TV Amazon Prime Video app is now rolling out. The release notes say users have to download a separate tvOS app, which apparently will work on the third-generation Apple TV as well.

At long last, Amazon’s Prime Video application will be available today for the tvOS-powered Apple TV, as expected based on hints from the App Store. Apple originally teased the release back at WWDC, but both companies had gone quiet on a specific launch date until now. Search ‘Amazon Prime Video’ in the Apple TV App Store to find it.


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Notable apps and app updates for Dec. 6, 2017

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

iOS Apps/Updates

Cinemark Holdings has launched Movie Club, a $8.99 monthly movie membership program. It offers ticket and concession discounts and other benefits. Moviegoers can join and begin taking advantage of their benefits through the Cinemark app, which is available for free at the Apple App Store.

macOS Apps/Updates

Xojo has announced Xojo 2017 Release 3, a new version of the...

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Apple releases watchOS 4.2, includes Apple Pay Cash...

You can now use your Apple Watch to send and receive money via the new Apple Pay Cash service.

Apple on Tuesday launched watchOS 4.2 for the Apple Watch, allowing for this feature.

The final release comes after four beta builds were issued to developers and public testers. Apple Pay Cash began rolling out on iOS devices on Monday.

The Apple Pay Cash service can be found via a button within Messages. Here, users can quickly authorize and send payments from their Apple Watch without needing to use an iPhone.

The release is identified as Build 15S102. The update also adds support for HomeKit sprinklers and faucets, adds enhanced downhill snow sports tracking for third-party apps, and resolves a variety of bugs, including one that would crash Siri when asking about the weather.

watchOS 4.2 requires a connected iPhone running iOS 11.2 to install and run.

watchOS 4.2 can be installed from the Apple Watch app for iPhone.

If you’ve...

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Amazon Prime Video Comes to Apple TV

Yes, it’s finally here! The Amazon Prime Video app has finally appeared on the Apple TV!


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Tuesday December 5

Apple CEO Tim Cook talks Chinese supply chain,...

Apple CEO Tim Cook continued his China tour on Tuesday with an appearance at the Fortune Global Forum, where he discussed a range of topics from supply chain strategy to burgeoning markets to censorship.

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Google Wants Progressive Web Apps To Replace Chrome...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Android Police: The Chrome Web Store originally launched in 2010, and serves a hub for installing apps, extensions, and themes packaged for Chrome. Over a year ago, Google announced that it would phase out Chrome apps on Windows, Mac, and Linux in 2018. Today, the company sent out an email to developers with additional information, as well as news about future Progressive Web App support. The existing schedule is mostly still in place -- Chrome apps on the Web Store will no longer be discoverable for Mac, Windows, and Linux users. In fact, if you visit the store right now on anything but a Chromebook, the Apps page is gone. Google originally planned to remove app support on all platforms (except Chrome OS) entirely by Q1 2018, but Google has decided to transition to Progressive Web Apps:

"The Chrome team is now working to enable Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) to be installed on the desktop. Once this functionality ships (roughly...

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Deals: 2017 15" MacBook Pros for $2,199, high...

Prices are falling fast as we round out the first week in December. Save $200 to $250 on Mid 2017 15" MacBook Pros. Samsung's curved 55" 4K TV is also on sale for $899 today only, while 9.7" iPads are $299. All with free expedited shipping and no tax collected outside NY and NJ.

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Apple has 'moral obligation' to promote...

Commenting on Apple CEO Tim Cook's recent appearance at the World Internet Conference in China, U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) said the tech giant has a "moral obligation" to push back against the Asian nation's surveillance and censorship policies.

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App Store mixup hints at imminent release of Amazon...

Apple appears to have tipped the release of Amazon's long-awaited Amazon Prime Video app in an App Store listing this week, which suggests the title is not only coming to iOS, but Apple TV as well.

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Apple mistakenly starts promoting Amazon Prime Video...

As we approach the new year, Apple has two promises left to fulfill: the iMac Pro and Amazon Prime Video for Apple TV. While all has gone quiet about the former, it appears that we’re finally nearing a launch for Amazon Prime Video for Apple TV…


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Netgear recalls Arlo outdoor camera power adapters...

If you bought one of Netgear's Arlo outdoor cameras and then snapped up an extra power adapter just in case, you may want to sit up and take notice. Neetgear and the Consumer Product Safety Commission are recalling Arlo's aftermarket power adapter a...

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How to set up and use Apple Pay Cash in iOS 11.2

Apple on Tuesday officially launched Apple Pay Cash -- a long-awaited peer-to-peer payments feature in iOS 11.2 that allows users to send and receive money from family and friends through Messages. We show you how to set up and use the new functionality in this video.

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Google blocks YouTube from Amazon devices as...

In an escalating tit-for-tat spat between Google and Amazon, the internet search giant on Tuesday began blocking certain Amazon devices from accessing YouTube, and announced the list will grow starting next month.

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Researchers 3D-print WiFi-connected objects that don...

Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a way for 3D-printed plastic objects to transmit information via WiFi without the help of batteries or electronics. And they show that it can be done with commercially available plastics and...

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NBA 2K eSports league qualifiers start January 1st

If you've been itching for an opportunity to participate in the officially sanctioned NBA 2K League when things get started in earnest this May, you now know what it'll take to pass muster: the eSports competition's Brendan Donahue has confirmed deta...

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Honor's new View 10 phone brings iPhone X-style...

Huawei's Honor brand on Tuesday revealed the Android-based View 10, a new flagship phone that features a direct imitation of the Animoji feature available on Apple's iPhone X.

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Apple Daily Report for December 5, 2017

The AWT News Update is on hiatus while my compadre, Steve, deals with some family issues. In its place, I’ll offer a text-only (no podcast) summary of breaking stories with a tip o’ my hat to my former website, Apple Daily Report.

Apple has activated public transit directions in Apple Maps for users in Tampa, Florida, granting access to timetables and routes covering local bus, train, and streetcar operations.

iOS 11 is now installed on 59% of iOS devices, according to new statistics on Apple’s App Store support page for developers. That's up from 52% on Nov. 6.

Two local residents have applied to the Supreme...

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According to fresh iOS 11 adoption statistics issued by Apple on Tuesday, the company's latest mobile operating system has made its way onto more than half of all supported devices since its release some two and a half months ago.

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Marvel is taking Logan to the internet. The comics publisher has entered a partnership with Stitcher to produce a premium podcast starring the razor-clawed mutant called Wolverine: The Long Night. Weapon X will be voiced by Richard Armitage, who has...

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This has been a remarkable series I have enjoyed immensely. Anyone who is a fan of movies and wants to understand how what occurs on screen is painstakingly created should watch these videos.

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If you're a Car2Go member living in New York City, you can show up to your next destination in style. Starting today, members of the car-sharing service in Brooklyn and Queens can rent 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA four-dour sedans for 47 cents per minute (...

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How to set up and use Apple Pay Cash

While Apple Pay Cash started rolling out yesterday, the new feature has just gone live for many users today. Follow along for a look at how to set up Apple Pay Cash and the various ways to use it.


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Consumer Reports’ final iPhone X test results: top-...

Many of us are justifiably skeptical about Consumer Reports and their tests of Apple products in general but many others rely on them for help in making purchase decisions.

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Today's deal is iMazing, too! Manage iOS data...

Did we say iMazing, too? We meant iMazing 2! Our deal is for a universal license for Mac and Windows for this all-purpose iOS management software package. iMazing lets you manage the data on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch the way YOU want to, not the way Apple wants you to. For just $24.99, our deal takes 68% off the usual $79.98 package price.

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U.S. Senator Leahy says Apple has ‘moral...

Over the weekend, Tim Cook made a surprise appearance at the World Internet Conference in China. During a keynote address at the event, Tim Cook reportedly said that Apple and China share a vision for an open digital economy. Now, U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, who previously questioned Apple’s relationship with the Chinese government, has responded to the news of Cook’s remarks…


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NASA's James Webb telescope is one step closer...

NASA's $8.8 billion James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has just left the thermal vacuum chamber where it's spent more than three months being put through its paces in a series of hardcore cryogenic tests. Scientists wanted to make sure the telescope's...

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Nissan will test its self-driving taxi service in...

Nissan wants to have its fully-automated ride service on the road in Japan by the early 2020s. The plan is to start with a "public field test" for the Easy Ride service in Yokohama. Nissan has partnered with technology company DeNa for the venture, a...

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Apple buys podcast search engine company

Apple is said to have bought Oakland’s audio tool developer Pop Up Archive, known for the podcast search engine, in a move that could bolster the company’s own podcast service.

It will be interesting to see what Apple does with this technology to help its service.

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Lyft expands its non-emergency medical...

Lyft has teamed up with Circulation to provide on-demand non-emergency medical transportation to over 1,000 healthcare facilities across the country. Circulation launched last year and it allows hospitals and other medical facilities to schedule one-...

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MarsEdit 4 now available with refreshed look,...

MarsEdit 4 initially launched in public beta back in June, and today the Mac blog publishing app is officially available on the Mac App Store. The latest version of MarsEdit for macOS touts a refreshed look, numerous improvements to WordPress publishing, a Safari app extension, and plenty more.


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Apple introduces install-based Search Ads Basic tier...

Apple on Tuesday launched a new advertising option to the App Store, Search Ads Basic, which both changes how developers pay and simplifies the sign-up process.

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Cinemark launches a monthly movie program to rival...

MoviePass, the $10-per-month movie theater subscription service, was so unexpectedly popular when it launched last August that the company struggled to meet demand. Its success hasn't gone unnoticed, especially by the competition. Theater chain Cinem...

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Consumer Reports ranks iPhone X behind Galaxy S8 and...

Consumer Reports has performed a bevy of tests on the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X in conjunction with an assortment of other smartphones, and found the iPhone 8 series very slightly lagging behind the Samsung Galaxy S8 -- with the iPhone X close behind the iPhone 8.

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Apple launches Search Ads Basic

Apple has launched Search Ads Basic, an App Store ad program designed to simplify the process to eliminate keywords and bids. According to the tech giant, advertisers can tell them your app and monthly budget. 

The company’s intelligent automation creates the ad and matches it to interested users. Search Ads Basic pricing is a cost-per-install model (CPI), so you only pay up to your maximum CPI. Apple recommends a maximum CPI based on what the company knows about your app and what similar apps are willing to pay to reach the same users.

Search Ads Basic uses the app name, subtitle, description, preview videos, and screenshots approved for your App Store product page to create your ad. If you change your App Store metadata, it can take up to 24 hours to be reflected in the ad preview within your account, and up to two hours for it to be reflected in...

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iPhone X charging speeds compared

With the addition of both fast charging and wireless charging to Apple’s 2017 iPhone lineup, there are more ways than ever to charge your iPhone. Every method is different — some are faster and more expensive, while others are slower but more convenient.

Juli Clover did a good job with these tests.

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Google's expanded search snippets display even...

There are many times where you're not just searching the web for one thing -- you may want to learn everything there is to know about a movie, or look for other players on a sports team. Google wants to address that. It's trotting out a slew of sea...

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Changes to Apple’s ‘Search Ads’ bring more options...

Last year’s search ads changed the way Apple’s App Store functioned in a fundamental way by surfacing promoted (and sometimes irrelevant) apps into search results. With the latest update to the program, developers have a new way to pay for app promotion, the ability to pay for installs.


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Hyperloop One co-founder steps down amid sexual...

Silicon Valley's sexual harassment problem just keeps going. Forbes reports that Shervin Pishevar, founder of Sherpa Capital and Hyperloop (and an early Uber investor), is taking a leave of absence from both companies, just a few days after allegatio...

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MarsEdit 4

Browser-based interfaces are slow, clumsy, and require you to be online just to use them. Browsers are perfect for reading web content, but not ideal for creating it. If you’re serious about writing for the web, you need a desktop blog editor. If you’re lucky enough to have a Mac, nothing is more powerful, or more elegant than MarsEdit.

I absolutely love MarsEdit. Every post I write on The Loop goes through this app and has for many years.

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Apple Pay Cash leverages Discover Network for new...

In order to bring the Apple Pay Cash debit card to life, Apple has partnered with credit card provider Discover, whose Discover Debit service powers the virtual tap-to-pay card for money transfers and in-store purchases.

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Emoji authorities get rid of the sad poop face

It's been a while since the Unicode Emoji Consortium released its sixth set of proposed emojis last June, with a follow up in August (which offered up a drunken face and unhappy poo, oddly enough). Now the consortium has given developers the first Em...

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Android 8.1 starts rolling out to Nexus and Pixel...

As promised, Android 8.1 is ready to reach the masses. Google has started pushing the new mobile operating system to Nexus and Pixel devices, and expects to complete the rollout over the next week. Naturally, it's also posting the source code. The...

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Consumer Reports ranks iPhone 8/8 Plus over iPhone X...

Consumer Reports has published its 2017 iPhone comparison and in it the publication has somehow rated the iPhone X below the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, but there’s certainly no need to trade down if you’re an iPhone X owner. While there’s nothing wrong with either iPhone 8 model, CR points to differences in battery life and durability testing for its ranking that may not apply to real world usage.


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Dish CEO steps down to focus on wireless network...

Dish hasn't been shy about pursuing its wireless dreams over the years, and now that's leading to a shakeup of its core leadership. Longstanding CEO Charlie Ergen is stepping down from the top spot (though not as chairman) to "devote more attention"...

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MindNode 5 for Mac is a compelling new update to the...

The latest update to MindNode 5 for Mac and iOS brings small refinements, large features, and a redesign to the mind mapping stalwart. AppleInsider offers a closer look.

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