News Scanner
TweetFollow Us on Twitter

News Scanner

Wednesday January 10

04:32
CES – TiVo Demos Alexa, Google, and IFTTT...

LAS VEGAS – TiVo has been making a lot of changes to its user interface lately, and it’s not all just on the surface. Under-the-hood they’ve added some hooks and been hard at work putting all the pieces together for some pretty impressive third-party integrations. Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant integrations are pretty far along, and TiVo is close to getting certifications for both of those, likely being available before the end of February. More than just turning TiVo on and off, these voice assistant integrations allow for fairly granular controls, including channel changing, play/pause, rewind, and even commercial skip. IFTTT integrations take this one step further, allowing bidirectional communications. This means TiVo could tell IFTTT that the “press D to Skip” icon is on the screen, and that could trigger an IFTTT skill to send the “skip” message back to TiVo. Yep, auto-skip is available and I’ve seen it in action! Even better news: IFTTT integration will work all...

| Read more »
04:31
Comment: As ad industry says Apple will cost it ‘...

One of the largest Internet advertising companies yesterday told the Guardian that Apple’s implementation of Intelligent Tracking Prevention (ITP) in Safari would result in a loss of revenue amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars.

ITP doesn’t block ads, but instead blocks cross-site tracking – a method used by advertisers to serve ads based on your interests by gearing them to the types of website you visit. The ad industry argues that this enables ads to be more relevant to consumers, while Apple argues that it represents an intrusion into the browsing privacy of its customers …

more…

| Read more »
04:30
You'll flip for the JBL Flip 2 speaker

By Chris Gannon

I’ve been using the JBL Flip 2 portable wireless speaker for a few weeks now, and the first word that comes to mind is "Wow!" If you're in the market for a powerful Bluetooth speaker at a reasonable price, the JBL Flip 2 is where you should look first — especially since the price has been reduced from $99.95 to $69.99.

First, and most importantly as with any speaker, is how it sounds. It sounds good, really good. (“I like it a lot” to quote Lloyd Christmas.) I'm not an expert when it comes to speakers, but I’m probably like most people reading this and can tell the difference between something that sounds bad, something that sounds good, and something that sounds great. This little speaker sounds great. 

I can hear all my music the way I think it is supposed to be appreciated. The highs and lows are both very crisp. The Flip 2 is...

| Read more »
04:00
Three Tips on Migrating to a New Mac

Got a new Mac? Fun! Well, unless you have trouble moving your files to it, that is. In today’s Quick Tip, Melissa Holt will give us some tricks for making sure migrations go smoothly and some ideas for what to do if all else fails.


| Read more »
04:00
How to delete a disk set using Disk Utility in macOS...

You can use the Disk Utility in macOS High Sierra to delete a disk set that's no longer needed. When you delete a set, the data recorded on the disks isn't deleted. For example, deleting a mirrored RAID set leaves each disk in the set with a copy of all the RAID data. 

When you delete a concatenated set, all the data is copied to the first disk of the set (as long as the first disk has enough disk space to store the data), providing a single volume with all the data. Before deleting anything, back up any important files. Then:

    •    In Disk Utility, select a disk set that you want to delete in the sidebar.

    •    Click the Delete RAID button.

    •    Click Delete.

    •    To erase all the disks in a disk set:

    •    Back up any important files.

    •    In Disk Utility, select a disk set that you want to erase in the sidebar.

    •    Click the Erase button  in the toolbar.

Remove a disk from a disk set...

| Read more »
03:59
Philips announces Hue 3.0 for iOS, Hue Sync for Mac...

Philips Lighting, makers of the popular HomeKit-compatible Hue lights, is announcing several major new initiatives at this year’s CES in Las Vegas. Not only is the company launching an updated version of it’s Hue app for iOS in coming months, an all-new Mac app will be debuting soon in coordination with an over-the-air software update for existing Hue products.

Finally, Philips has promised a line of new Hue products coming this summer…

more…

| Read more »
03:30
News from CES: January 10, 2018

This week the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is in full swing in Las Vegas. There are too many announcements to list each one in a separate article, so here are some of today’s highlights:

Incase has announced the upcoming, $199 IconConnected Power Sleeve for the MacBook. It’s a sleeve that sports both a USB-C port and USB-A port, so you can charge your Mac laptop or any other USB powered device.

Satechi has debuted: the Smart Dual Charging Station, which showcases, stores, and charges the latest generation of iPhones and Apple Watches, as well as the Apple Pencil and Siri Remote; and the Type-C 75W Multiport Travel Charger, which features four charging ports, including USB-C and Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0.

Seagate Technology has unveiled a range of new products, including: the LaCie DJI Copilot, a backup on-set solution enabling drone users to ingest and...

| Read more »
03:15
Zurich Apple Store location evacuated after iPhone...

Not every iPhone battery is going to behave perfectly.

An Apple store in Zurich, Switzerland was temporarily evacuated on Tuesday after an iPhone’s battery at the service desk overheated in the middle of a removal procedure, emitting smoke and burning the worker who was doing the work.

The incident caused the technician to burn his hand and a total of seven people received medical attention. Local police evacuated roughly 50 customers and employees from the Apple Store location.

“The staff responded well and correctly,” police added in a statement. “It sprinkled quartz sand over the overheated battery so that the smoke could be contained and sucked out after switching on the ventilation.”

Forensic specialists who studied the incident stated that the battery was damaged either by the owner prior to the service procedure or during the removal procedure, igniting the electrolyte used in lithium-ion batteries from every manufacturer.

Apple has...

| Read more »
03:00
Apple releases Safari 11.0.2 for macOS El Capitan 10...

As sick as everyone is of hearing about Spectre and Meltdown, Apple has just released an updated version of Safari that could help with the Spectre vulnerability.

On Monday, the company released Safari 11.0.2, the new version of its web browser.

The update, a 75.6 megabyte download, includes security improvements to mitigate the effects of the Spectre issue, which has become a prevalent concern in the security community and affects several years worth of computers and devices.

Safari 11.0.2 can be updated via the App Store and its “Updates” tab and requires macOS El Capitan 10.11.6 or later to install and run.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

| Read more »
03:00
Notable apps and app updates for Jan. 10, 2018

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

iOS Apps/Updates

Faber Acoustical has introduced SignalScope X. It’s a signal analysis, data acquisition, and acoustics app. It’s free, but SignalScope X offers in-app subscriptions to replace and exceed the functionality currently found in other apps from Faber Acoustical, including SignalScope.

Wish Alerts has launched WishAlerts, a free m-commerce app that uses artificial intelligence “to bring communities closer together by geo-alerting users to common interests.” WishAlerts lets users join or create local interest groups, find or host events, get reviews about local...

| Read more »
02:36
Apple will begin storing Chinese customer iCloud...

Apple has today announced a date for its operational move of iCloud customer data for residents of mainland China, from US data centers to a new facility located locally in Guizhou. The change was announced last year; Apple is partnering with CGBD to comply with local laws.

Affected customers are now being notified about the transition which will start on February 28. Apple reassured users that the data will be protected by the same encryption standards as its current US policies and that no special backdoors will be created.

more…

| Read more »

Tuesday January 9

21:14
Senate Commerce Committee chairman demands answers...

Following a report yesterday indicating that a French watchdog was launching a preliminary investigation into Apple’s battery and performance practices, the company now faces even more scrutiny from additional government officials in the U.S…

more…

| Read more »
19:56
U.S. government questions Apple over iPhone slowdown...




Following revelations that the French government opened an investigation into Apple's decision to throttle the performance of older iPhones with deteriorated batteries, a U.S. senator on Tuesday sent a letter to CEO Tim Cook requesting details about the hardware policy.

| Read more »
19:10
Matias' wired, backlit Mac keyboard serves as...




Third-party accessory maker Matias debuted a new version of its wired Mac keyboard at CES on Tuesday, adding a few creature comforts like adjustable RGB backlighting to fill a product category Apple abandoned last year.

| Read more »
18:47
Jimmy Iovine shoots down rumors he’s leaving Apple

Good news for Apple. But – what took him so long? The initial Billboard rumor was five days ago.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
18:32
Jimmy Iovine denies he’s leaving Apple, says he...

Last week, a report emerged claiming that Apple Music’s Jimmy Iovine was planning to depart the company come August. In a new interview with Variety, however, Iovine refutes those claims, saying “we need Donald Trump here to call it fake news.”

more…

| Read more »
18:18
Jimmy Iovine says he's staying at Apple, rumors...




Industry big shot and Apple Music head Jimmy Iovine reiterated his commitment to the company on Monday, saying he's "loyal to the guys at Apple" and has no plans to leave.

| Read more »
18:15
Angela Ahrendts talks working at Apple without being...

Apple’s senior VP of retail Angela Ahrendts recently joined ABC Radio’s “No Limits with Rebecca Jarvis” show to talk about her move from Burberry to Apple, working at a tech company without being a “techie,” and more…

more…

| Read more »
17:51
WPA3 Promises Better Wi-Fi Security with Less Effort

The Wi-Fi Alliance has announced WPA3, a replacement for its current local network encryption options. WPA3 both fixes an exploit and increases security for those using open networks, all while reducing the burden on users. But don’t expect it to take over from WPA2 in the near term.

 

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

| Read more »
16:43
The Invi security bracelet repels assailants with a...

It's a dangerous world out there but walking around armed with knifes or firearms isn't always an option for many people. That's where the Invi self-defense bracelet comes in. Its silver clasp holds a smelly secret that can stop an attacker in their...

| Read more »
16:24
This is what a 50-qubit quantum computer looks like

From afar, it looks like a steampunk chandelier. Or an intricate collection of tubes and wires that culminate in a small steel cylinder at the bottom. It is, in fact, one of the most sophisticated quantum computers ever built. The processor inside ha...

| Read more »
16:23
Apple releases iOS app updates for Heart Study...

After launching to the public back in November, Apple today has released a small update for its Heart Study app on iOS. Furthermore, Apple also pushed a small update for Beddit, the sleep tracking accessory company that it acquired last year

more…

| Read more »
16:12
Watch Intel's CES 2018 keynote in under 10...

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich held a blowout keynote to kick off CES last night, where we saw 100 mini-drones flying in unison, and a bonkers opening act with virtual instruments. The company revealed that it's partnering with Ferrari to have AI drones an...

| Read more »
16:10
Microsoft says security fixes will noticeably slow...

It's been clear for a while that the fixes for the Meltdown and Spectre memory vulnerabilities would slow down PCs, but just how bad is the hit, really? Microsoft has run some benchmarks, and it's unfortunately bad news if your system is less than f...

| Read more »
16:03
Samsung knows exactly how to sell mobile VR to the...

Mobile VR has a reputation as being a sort of cheap and underwhelming experience. Samsung is rolling into CES trying its hardest to discourage that preconception. In the Grand Lobby of the Las Vegas Convention Center (right next to Engadget's gorgeou...

| Read more »
15:44
Apple forced to pay £136 million tax bill in the UK...

Apple’s tax struggles in Europe have been well documented in the past, and now an extensive audit has forced the company to pay an additional tax bill. As reported by The Financial Times, Apple is being forced to pay an extra £136 million tax bill in the U.K…

more…

| Read more »
15:40
Razer's fantastical concept projects inform its...

Razer's Project Linda laptop dock might be grounded in reality, but that doesn't mean the company is out of wild ideas for the future. It's just that for this CES, Razer wanted to merge its lightweight Blade Stealth laptop with its recently released...

| Read more »
15:37
Apple forks over another $184M to UK tax authorities...




The world's most valuable company now has a bit less in the bank after Apple was forced to settle up with Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs to the tune of $184 million in additional taxes.

| Read more »
15:28
Peloton's $4,000 treadmill comes with a 32-inch...

There's just something about spinning classes that inspires a level of cultish devotion in its followers, like the bond shared between the denizens of SoulCycle. Peloton is another such company, which launched a static bike that offered a live stream...

| Read more »
15:15
Taro's camera stabilizer uses infrared for...

If you want to capture any kind of sports on camera, it's incredibly valuable to have a camera stabilizer that can track the subject's movements for you. That's why many sports videographers have sung the praises of the DJI Osmo gimbal stabilizer, wh...

| Read more »
14:56
002: HomeKit ceiling fans, ‘floating’ CarPlay...

Welcome to 9to5Mac Daily, a new podcast bringing you the latest in Apple news and top 9to5Mac stories every Monday through Friday. Today on 9to5Mac Daily we’ve got Apple’s response to a high-profile letter from investors, a giant new CarPlay screen, and tons of news out of CES 2018.

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

https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/9to5mac-daily-002.mp3

more…

| Read more »
14:55
Former Psion designers return with a fresh take on...

Way back when, in the days before smartphones, folks had to use a PDA to get work done when they were out and about on the go. The form factor was typified by Psion, which died off at the turn of the millennium when it was clear other devices would t...

| Read more »
14:45
Apple World Today News Update: January 9, 2018

The tiny SanDisk 1TB USB-C flash drive

In the news today on the podcast -- Apple's ITP is choking online advertising firms, an overheated battery causes an evacuation at a Swiss Apple store, WPA3 is announced and may force Apple AirPort users to go elsewhere for Wi-Fi router equipment, and a tiny USB-C flash drive with a big capacity is displayed at CES:

  • "Hundreds of millions of dollars" are being lost by online advertising firms due to Apple's ITP feature in Safari
  • A Zurich, Switzerland Apple retail store was evacuated after an iPhone battery overheated and started filling the back of the store with smoke
  • WPA3 is announced, and will require hardware certification on new Wi-Fi routers -- most likely meaning that Apple AirPort routers will be left out
  • SanDisk shows off a tiny 1TB USB-C flash drive

The text version of the podcast can be read below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below....

| Read more »
14:45
Huawei's Mate 10 Pro and its Porsche Design...

Huawei's deal to sell its Mate 10 Pro through a US carrier has fallen apart, but you'll still be able to get one around these parts. The company confirmed today that it will sell the Mate 10 Pro for $799 unlocked through Best Buy, Amazon, Microsoft,...

| Read more »
14:45
Huawei's new hybrid routers blend mesh and...

Huawei believes it has found the solution to two of the most common frustrations with WiFi routers -- blind spots and slower speeds at further distances. The company's new WiFi Q2 routers blend a conventional mesh system with power-line communication...

| Read more »
14:40
Twitter missed its Russia election interference...

Over the course of 2017, evidence emerged that Russian actors posted advertisements and content on US-facing sites leading up to the 2016 election to influence public opinion. As part of their investigations, the Senate Intelligence Committee sent Fa...

| Read more »
14:35
FBI director reignites 'not so clean cut'...




More than a year after the last high-profile showdown between the FBI and Silicon Valley over widespread encryption, recently-installed FBI Director Christopher Wray again signaled that his agency will continue to fight for access.

| Read more »
14:34
Apple’s new Federation Square retail store in...

Apple announced last month that it will open a new retail store in Melbourne, Australia at Federation Square. While both Apple and the Victorian Labor Government are confident in the economic boom this new store will bring, some locals are anything but happy at the idea of Apple taking over the Yarra Building at Federation Square…

more…

| Read more »
14:20
Apple Planning New, 'Robust' Parental...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: An open letter to Apple from some investors sparked the tech giant to respond by promising new software tools for parents to restrict and monitor their kids' smartphone use. In a report by The Wall Street Journal, Apple states it has plans to create new software features that will make its current parental controls on iPhone and other devices "even more robust." "We think deeply about how our products are used and the impact they have on users and the people around them," Apple said in its statement to The Wall Street Journal. "We take this responsibility very seriously and we are committed to meeting and exceeding our customers' expectations, especially when it comes to protecting kids."

Apple didn't provide details on its planned, improved parental control features, but it did point back to the controls its software has had in place since 2008. The Settings app on every iPhone has a parental control section that allows...

| Read more »
14:15
GoBreath makes fixing your lung capacity fun

If you have issues with breathing after chest trauma, surgery or anesthesia, then there are breathing exercises designed to help. Normally, your ability to breathe is calculated by using a Spirometer, which isn't that interactive, or accurate. That's...

| Read more »
14:01
Xbox One adds 'do not disturb' mode for...

Just over four years later and Microsoft is still adding features to the Xbox One that existed on its predecessor, the Xbox 360. Next up is a do not disturb mode that will "suppress" notifications and tells your friends list you don't want to be both...

| Read more »
13:59
Hulu is planning new guide & recommendation...

Hulu today revealed that its Live TV service has now crossed 17 million subscribers in the United States. To go along with that announcement, Hulu has unveiled several new features coming soon to its platform…

more…

| Read more »
13:54
Leaked internal Snapchat metrics illustrate why a...

A new report from The Daily Beast takes a look at secrecy at Snapchat and also shares a rare look at some leaked internal metrics from the social media service’s performance. The new data indicates why Snapchat moved so quickly on a redesign and is working on new approaches to lift its ad rates.

more…

| Read more »
13:54
Daylite adds push notifications

Push Notifications alert you right away on your Mac, iPhone, or iPad when a new task has been delegated to you and when you’ve been invited to a meeting. As soon as you delegate someone a task in Daylite or invite someone to a meeting, it triggers a notification on your Mac, iPhone, and iPad. Now you can be confident that you are up to date and can act fast to changes or surprises in your day – even if you don’t have Daylite running.

Marketcircle is one of my favorite companies. They make great products and continue to improve them all the time.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
13:53
Microsoft advises fixes for Spectre and Meltdown...




As tech companies rush to work around the 'Meltdown' and 'Spectre' chip flaws, a blog post from Microsoft suggests that the processor generation and age of the operating system will play a factor in terms of how much of an impact the fixes will have on system performance, at least from a Windows user's perspective.

| Read more »
13:53
B&O will add Google Assistant to its connected...

Earlier today at CES, Google detailed how its Assistant would be available in more cars, headphones, speakers and other devices in 2018. Bang & Olufsen connected speakers are on that list. The Danish audio company already allows voice control thr...

| Read more »
13:49
PTC applauds Apple’s plans for iOS safeguards for...

The Parents Television Council welcomed Apple’s announcement that the company would provide additional safeguards on its mobile devices for children. The news follows a request by Apple investor Jana Partners LLC and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System to find ways to limit or restrict children’s access to mobile phones, in part, because of their concerns about phone usage on children’s mental health.

“We applaud the swift response from Apple that it will add features to help parents control how children use its smartphones. Huge kudos also go to the activist investors who initiated the call on Apple...

| Read more »
13:29
The Huawei VR2 is a stunningly comfortable virtual...

Huawei started off CES by getting a bit of bad news from AT&T. But the company isn't letting the fact that it's phones won't be featured in American stores rain on its parade. It's still showing off its latest wares in a giant shiny booth located...

| Read more »
13:24
Ad firms losing 'hundreds of millions'...




Online advertising businesses are reportedly losing out on "hundreds of millions of dollars" because of Apple's Intelligent Tracking Prevention (ITP), introduced to Safari last year.

| Read more »
13:19
Hands-on with NVIDIA's giant gaming displays...

Nobody expected NVIDIA to get into the big screen TV world, but that's precisely what it's doing with its new Big Format Gaming Displays (BFGD). They're 65-inch 4K screens oriented more at games than movie viewing, with heaps of technology that playe...

| Read more »
13:12
Review: Optoma NuForce BE Free8 True Wireless In-Ear...

The world of "truly wireless" earbuds is very much in flux. What was once an extremely niche product category has, in 2017, seen many manufacturers add their own spin on the form factor. Some offer high-tech AI-driven lifestyle companions, while others go for simplicity with buds that do nothing more than play music. Given the state of battery technology and reliability of wireless connections, we tend to prefer the latter. Optoma's BE Free8 is a new "truly wireless" earbud that shoots for simplicity, but has some technical quirks that soured our experience.{/exp:char_limit}

| Read more »
13:11
Netflix hit 'BoJack Horseman' may be...

Netflix occasionally premieres shows that run alongside conventional TV broadcasts, but it's rare that online-only shows reach TV later -- Comcast's House of Cards offering was an exception to the rule. It's something of a surprise, then, that BoJack...

| Read more »
13:03
Snapchat's app was a mess and this leak...

Wondering why Snapchat felt compelled to redesign its app, besides the need to compete with Facebook? It should be clearer after today. The Daily Beast has obtained Snap data showing that the company has had a difficult time getting users to try feat...

| Read more »
13:00
Mercedes goes all in with in-car natural language...

Infotainment systems are a mixed bag. There are very few truly good ones, but even if an automaker can pull off a solid interface, it's mired by latency thanks to a slow processor. Typically these in-car systems usually aren't up to par with the offe...

| Read more »
12:51
Samsung is teaching Bixby to count the calories in...

Samsung has made it clear that it wants to get its Bixby virtual assistant on nearly every product it makes, but it hasn't forgotten about the AI's smartphone roots. To that end, the company dedicated a corner of its cavernous CES booth to a surprisi...

| Read more »
12:49
FITT360 is a 360-degree camcorder you wear around...

Imagine if you could snap 360 degree photos and videos without holding a camera. That's the promise of the FITT360, a 360-degree camcorder that you can wear around your neck. It's one of the first products from a Samsung spin-off called LinkFlow, and...

| Read more »
12:46
Alpine iLX-F309 equips CarPlay-compatible in-dash...




Alpine has big ambitions for the iLX-F309 in-car infotainment system, as the Apple CarPlay-compatible aftermarket head unit boasts a nine-inch screen that 'hovers' out from the dashboard, allowing it to be installed in vehicles that cannot usually house an oversized screen without customization.

| Read more »
12:39
How to limit adult content and block private...

Apple offers various parental control features for iPhone and iPad with the Restrictions settings. You can block access to some system apps altogether, like making it impossible to launch Safari, but there are also more fine-grained controls to restrict younger users from freely surfing the web.

The iPhone and iPad include a website content filter that can automatically detect explicit and adult content not suitable for younger viewers and prevent access to those pages. You can also block private browsing completely and prevent browsing history from being deleted, disabling the ability to activate the incognito feature. Full how-to instructions after the jump …

more…

| Read more »
12:15
Will.i.am’s tech company bought headphone maker Earin

Will.i.am's tech company i.am+ revealed to TechCrunch at CES today that it had recently purchased headphone maker Earin. The company didn't disclose how much it paid for Earin and Earin's name might not make it through the acquisition, but Earin's pr...

| Read more »
12:10
I learned how to drive in a VR traffic school

Autonomous cars are coming, but there's still going to be folks who need to learn how to drive. That's why VR Motion is building a VR driver's ED system to better prepare newbies for the roads.

| Read more »
12:05
Satechi preps Dual Charging Station for iPhone...




Accessory maker Satechi on Tuesday previewed the Dual Charging Station, a USB-C-powered dock designed to charge an iPhone and Apple Watch simultaneously.

| Read more »
12:04
Toyota is the latest automaker to add Alexa to its...

Using Alexa in your car is getting more ubiquitous. Ford, Hyundai and Volkswagen all have plans for Amazon's voice control tech, and third parties like Anker, Panasonic, Garmin and Logitech have their own strategy to help you use Alexa while you driv...

| Read more »
11:58
Hyper unveils USB-C hub w/ built-in 7.5W Qi wireless...

Hyper today unveiled its latest product during CES 2018 with the introduction of the new HyperDrive 8-in-1 USB-C Hub + 7.5W Qi Wireless Charger and iPhone Stand. As you might have guessed from the name, the accessory combines a USB-C hub for your Mac with a desktop wireless charging stand for your iPhone in a single compact package. Not only that, but it also claims to be the world’s fastest 7.5W wireless charger for iPhone allowing to charge, for example, an Phone X from empty to full in under 3 hours.

We’ve had some hands-on time with a prototype of the product (below) that is today launching as a Kickstarter campaign preview (and officially going up for preorder on January 15). Head below for a closer look: 

more…

| Read more »
11:47
No tracking, no revenue: Apple’s privacy feature...

Anyone shedding a tear for advertising companies, who for years ignored users’ requests for less intrusive advertising, suddenly crying poverty over Apple’s efforts to offer that protection to their users?

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
11:36
Staples is selling a 28-inch 4K monitor for $270

If you've been looking to upgrade to a higher resolution monitor, Staples has a nice deal on a 28-inch 4K model right now: The Dell S2817Q is $270 at the office supplies retailer. That's one of the lowest prices we've seen yet—$12 under the all-time low on Amazon.

The Dell S2817Q is a pretty good 4K monitor for everyday use. Though its design is fairly generic, its 3840x2160 resolution means you can cram a lot of information onto the screen at one time. It also has a fairly wide range of ports—two USB 3.0, two HDMI, one DisplayPort, and one Mini DisplayPort—so both desktop and laptop users will find it easy to connect to.

To...

| Read more »
11:35
Listen to 9to5Mac on the FOX News Rundown podcast

In addition to launching our new 9to5Mac Daily podcast this week, we were also invited by FOX News Radio’s FOX News Rundown podcast to discuss what Apple could do to address investor calls for stronger parental controls on iPhones and iPads.

more…

| Read more »
11:33
Nanoleaf Remote launches as 12-sided HomeKit...




Smart home lighting producer Nanoleaf has launched two products this week, with the dodecahedron-shaped Remote able to control HomeKit scenes by changing orientation, while a square version of its Light Panels will offer motion and touch sensitivity, while also increasing the number of panels usable in a single installation.

| Read more »
11:20
RE:Vision Effects announces RE:Lens for FCP X and...

RE:Vision Effects has announced RE:Lens, a plug-in set for 360 (equirectangular) and fisheye workflow, for Apple’s Final Cut Pro X and Motion.

You can shoot with a superfish lens on a single camera and convert the video to Latitude-Longitude (LatLong) format suitable for use with all major 360 viewers. With the proper lens and camera setup, RE:Lens eliminates stitching from your panorama projects. 

RE:Lens includes spherical stabilization to address the problem of shaky or poor quality camera motion making the video hard to watch. This includes hand-held video or video captured while in movement, whether walking or attaching the camera to a motorcycle on a bumpy road. When working with 360 VR or fisheye footage, traditional in-camera or post-production stabilizers do not work well, or at all, on this type of footage. 

RE:Lens presents a solution that works directly in spherical space, with no...

| Read more »
11:15
Video: Hands on with the Elgato Eve Button &...




At the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show, AppleInsider was given a hands on demonstration of how the new Elgato Eve Button, Degree, and Aqua work with HomeKit.

| Read more »
11:07
Apple's iOS Addiction already has a solution on...




Apple is vexed with the problem of excessive customer satisfaction, particularly in the troublesome demographic of young users. That's the latest hot take reaction to the issue of kids being given permissive parental approval to stay up all night on their iOS devices, leaving them sleep deprived and distracted. Apple's parental controls on iOS are focused on limiting access to content and specific apps, but the company already has tools in place to enforce parents' wishes on the Mac. It just needs to bring these to iOS.

| Read more »
10:59
News: Apple defends its precautions for kids after...

After an open letter from a duo of powerful Apple investors asked the company to form new committees and do research to develop more nuanced controls to shape children’s interactions with the iPhone, Apple is pushing back, defending its development of parental controls starting in 2008, The Wall Street Journal reports. The letter cited multiple studies that show a correlation between increased device use and negative health effects for kids.…

| Read more »
10:42
iPhone battery fire forces brief evacuation of...




An Apple store in Zurich, Switzerland was temporarily evacuated on Tuesday after an iPhone's battery at the service desk overheated in the middle of a removal procedure, emitting smoke.

| Read more »
10:22
Your smartphone is making you stupid, antisocial and...

I don’t by the full doom and gloom of the article but an overreliance on smartphones in any number of ways is definitely something to be watchful of.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
10:18
Apple issues fourth developer betas of iOS 11.2.5,...




One week after the last batch, registered members of Apple's developer program can now access the fourth pre-release beta builds of operating systems for the iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV, and Apple Watch.

| Read more »
10:09
Apple releases fourth iOS 11.2.5, watchOS 4.2.2,...

Apple has released new beta versions of iOS, watchOS, macOS, and tvOS for developers to test. iOS 11.2.5, watchOS 4.2.2, macOS 10.13.3, and tvOS 11.2.5 beta 4 are all available now on the developer center and rolling out over-the-air. We’ll update to the latest versions and note any changes below.

more…

| Read more »
09:57
CES 2018: CES Unveiled Gives a Duck

Jeff Porten starts off CES 2018 with the mini-show they host for the media. Read on for the latest in wireless earbuds, mesh Wi-Fi systems, smart corkscrews, electronic scent mixers, and even a robotic duck designed to help kids with cancer.

 

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

| Read more »
09:50
Deals: Apple's iMac Pro for $4,788 shipped ($...




Those looking for the greatest savings on an iMac Pro can pick up the standard model for $4,788 this week at Abt Electronics, a discount of $211 off retail. Shipping is also free, and Abt will not collect sales tax on orders shipped outside IL, IN, MI and WI. Mid 2017 27-inch iMac 5K models are also up to $130 off, while the 32GB Apple TV 4K is $169.

| Read more »
09:44
Alpine unveils first 9-inch CarPlay head unit with...

Alpine introduced a Jeep-specific CarPlay in-dash system with a 9-inch display back in 2016, and now at CES 2018 the company has unveiled a new version that fits most cars. Aftermarket CarPlay displays are typically limited to 6.1-inches or 7-inches to fit standard dashes, but Alpine’s 9-inch unit called iLX-F309, or HALO9 for short, uses a floating design to bring the bigger screen to more cars.

more…

| Read more »
09:41
After last year’s KRACK vulnerability, WPA3 Wi-Fi...

The Wi-Fi Alliance has today announced the latest Wi-Fi security protocol, WPA3. Arriving this year, the new security standard will bring new capabilities for both personal and enterprise networks.

more…

| Read more »
09:39
News: Hampton debuts Brinks Array smarthome security...

Hampton has added a set of three new smart security lights and a new smart deadbolt to its Brinks Array smarthome security family. The Array Chek lock provides the ability to see whether your doors are shut and locked while at home or on the go through the accompanying app — although it can’t lock or unlock the door remotely. The three Array Smart Lights come in two coachlight styles and a more modern dual flat panel, but all have the same…

| Read more »
09:38
Seagate unveils Fast SSD, LaCie Rugged Secure &...




Seagate on Tuesday introduced several new external storage drives, including ones in partnership with LaCie and drone maker DJI.

| Read more »
09:31
Ford partners with Postmates for self-driving...

Ford Motor Co on Tuesday said it will partner with delivery service Postmates Inc as the automaker starts testing ways to transport people, food and packages using its self-driving cars in a U.S. city during the first quarter.

This is an interesting partnership for Ford. I’ve used Postmates a couple of times and it’s an okay service, if you can get a driver.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
09:30
Editorial: The super exciting failure of CES 2018




After working hard to dismiss iPhone X as too expensive, AirPods as a very minor success and HomePod as far-off vaporware missing the window of opportunity afforded to smart speakers, the low-paid writers hired by the Associated Press, Bloomberg, CNET and Reuters to fill the gaps that regular staff can't get to are again converging on Las Vegas to depict the really big prototype TV concepts of CES as being potentially affordable, commercially significant at some point in the future--and anything but vaporware.

| Read more »
09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 13″ MacBook Pro $1,280,...

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

| Read more »
09:19
∞ Apple’s response to parental controls and iPhone...

The other day, we posted a story about two groups that want Apple to create ways for parents to restrict children’s access to their mobile phones. […]

| Read more »
09:01
News: Belkin rolls out new BoostUp wireless charging...

Belkin has rolled out a full slate of wireless charging options under the BoostUp umbrella, expanding the lineup that began with its Boost Up Wireless Charging Pad last fall. The new products include both single and dual-charging pads, a stand, and a car mount. All of the accessories boast the ability to charge at 10W “through most cases up to 3mm thick.” Both the Bold Wireless Charging Pad and Wireless Charging Stand come in pink, blue,…

| Read more »
08:59
Satechi unveils its USB-C ‘Smart Dual Charging...

Satechi has today announced a new USB-C charging station for iPhone and Apple Watch called the “Smart Dual Charging Station.”

more…

| Read more »
08:59
iDevices and Hubbell introduce Wi-Fi EV charger...

iDevices is launching several new products at this year’s CES in Las Vegas, two of which have been co-developed with manufacturing company Hubbell. A Wi-Fi enabled EV charger and ceiling fan controller will be the first two products iDevices plans to co-develop with portfolio brands of Hubbell.

more…

| Read more »
08:44
ViewSonic shows $5200 8K monitor alongside...




ViewSonic launched a number of new displays at CES, but a notable inclusion to the list are two VP-series professional monitors, with one boasting a high 8K resolution accompanied by a more conventional 4K UHD version with Thunderbolt 3 connectivity.

| Read more »
08:37
Refurbished 10.5-inch iPad Pros now available at...

If you've been wanting to get your hands on a 10.5-inch iPad Pro but didn't want to pay full price, your ship has just come in. Apple is now selling fully refurbished 10.5-inch iPad Pros starting as low as $549 for the Wi-Fi only/64GB model.

The 10.5-inch iPad Pro was first released in June of 2017, and comes in Silver, Gold, Rose Gold and Space Gray. Like the 12.9-inch model, it's compatible with the Apple Pencil, features an A10X Fusion chip and M10 co-processor, and weighs just 1.03 pounds. It also supports split view like the 12.9-inch model, and has a larger screen than the 9.7-inch model it replaced in a form factor that's virtually identical.

The pricing for the refurbished iPad Pros is as follows:

  • Wi-Fi only, 64GB: $549
  • Wi-Fi+Cellular, 64GB: $659
  • Wi-Fi only, 256GB: $679
  • Wi-Fi+Cellular, 256GB: $789
  • Wi-Fi only, 512GB...
| Read more »
08:35
News: Satechi announces Smart Dual Charging Station

Satechi has announced the new Smart Dual Charging Station for the iPhone and Apple Watch. The stand comes with two customizable docks that provide a total of 15W in power. The company says the stand can also charge other Apple accessories — like the Apple Pencil and Siri Remote — but it’s clearly designed to hold an iPhone/Apple Watch combo, with storage below to contain the charging cables. The stand will be available sometime this spring…

| Read more »
08:14
Apple possibly turning to LG Innotek for future...




A series meetings between Apple and LG executives, plus regulatory filings by LG suggest that Apple is looking at a one-time payment to help LG build out 3D sensing component fabrication facilities, to avoid a shortage like it may have faced with the iPhone X.

| Read more »
08:14
Rumor: Apple plans to invest in LG Innotek

Apple plans to invest in LG Innotek in order to secure a steady supply of 3D sensing modules for this year’s iPhones and iPads, according to The Investor. The sensing module, which enables a mobile device to capture 3-D data and recognize a user even in a dark environment, is a key component of iPhone X’s facial recognition solution.

Quoting unnamed sources, The Investor says Apple has decided to offer financial support for LG Innotek in the form of an upfront payment (though the exact amount is unknown). Some market watchers said the move would be in line with a temporary supply shortage of the 3-D sensing modules late last year, which had affected the sales of iPhone X.

Chances that the rumor is true, according to the Sellers Research Group (that’s me): 90%. It makes sense that Apple would take this step considering the problems it had at one point with iPhone X...

| Read more »
08:12
Colgate Smart Electronic Toothbrush E1 available...

Everything is getting smarter, including your toothbrush. Colgate announced today the release of the new $99.95 Colgate Smart Electronic Toothbrush E1, which not only monitors brushing but is integrated with Apple ResearchKit so that the dental hygiene company can "anticipate the future of oral care."

The Colgate Smart Electronic Toothbrush E1 was designed with the help of dentists and features real-time sensors and artificial intelligence algorithms to make sure that 16 different zones of the mouth are being effectively brushed. 

The Colgate Connect app will ask for permission to collect anonymized data through Apple ResearchKit, and it connects through Bluetooth to an iPhone or iPad. The app has a 3D brushing coach, providing a custom oral care routine for the user and encouraging better brushing habits. The toothbrush was designed in collaboration with Kolibree, which on Monday released the Kolibree Magik...

| Read more »
08:01
Hands-on: ESPN MultiCast on Apple TV lets you view...

Shortly before the Apple TV 4K was unveiled last fall, ESPN introduced a video feature called MultiCast that lets you watch up to four sports feeds at the same time on tvOS. Take a look at our hands-on below to see it in action.

more…

| Read more »
07:46
You can now control HomeKit with a big red button...

Apple HomeKit makes smart home automation easier than ever, but sometimes there’s nothing simpler than hitting a big red button to shut everything down. Now you can do exactly that with Fibaro’s latest version of The Button.

more…

| Read more »
07:41
News: Sennheiser rolls out new wireless, over-the-...

Sennheiser is touting the latest additions to its lineup at CES, revealing the closed-back HD 820 headphones, CX 6.00BT wireless earbuds and 3D Soundbar. The HD 820 has a “unique glass transducer cover that minimizes resonance,” which Sennheiser claims “ensures an incredibly realistic and natural sound field.” The Bluetooth 4.2 CX 6.00BT are in-ear earbuds connected by a cable around the neck, complete with volume and audio…

| Read more »
07:37
Juniper Research: Apple and Google are bringing...

A new study from Juniper Research has found that the global number of registered mobile domestic money transfer users is expected to reach 2.5 billion this year, up from an estimated 1.7 billion in 2016.

This will be driven by social media apps such as WeChat, Facebook and others already witnessing a dramatic rise in service usage, alongside new services including Apple Pay Cash, and Zelle Pay; with leading mobile money services driving growth in emerging markets, adds the research group. 

Juniper believes that 2018 will be the year for social payments with key rollouts from Apple, Google and Facebook expected to drive the much delayed social payments market, as a subsector of the wider mobile P2P market.

“It was...

| Read more »
07:32
HomeKit compatible Incipio CommandKit Smart Wall...




Incipio has expanded its CommandKit home automation solutions suite with the HomeKit-compatible Smart Wall Switch and Wireless Smart Power Strip.

| Read more »
07:30
News: Daily Deal: Cresuer Touchwave Bluetooth Earbuds

In our iLounge Deal for today, you can get the Cresuer Touchwave Bluetooth Earbuds for only $39.99. Providing intuitive, practical simplicity, the Cresuer Touchwave Wireless Earbuds give you everything you need like Bluetooth 4.1 and CVC noise cancellation without bogging you down with complex buttons and extra weight. Carbon nanotube diaphragms deliver impressive sound performance in a lightweight and minimalistic design that’s rugged enough…

| Read more »
 

Community Search:
MacTech Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

TunnelBear 3.5.1 - Subscription-based pr...
TunnelBear is a subscription-based virtual private network (VPN) service and companion app, enabling you to browse the internet privately and securely. Features Browse privately - Secure your data... Read more
Typinator 7.4 - Speedy and reliable text...
Typinator turbo-charges your typing productivity. Type a little. Typinator does the rest. We've all faced projects that require repetitive typing tasks. With Typinator, you can store commonly used... Read more
Fantastical 2.4.5 - Create calendar even...
Fantastical 2 is the Mac calendar you'll actually enjoy using. Creating an event with Fantastical is quick, easy, and fun: Open Fantastical with a single click or keystroke Type in your event... Read more
Monosnap 3.4.9 - Versatile screenshot ut...
Monosnap lets you capture screenshots, share files, and record video and .gifs! Features Capture Capture full screen, just part of the screen, or a selected window Make your crop area pixel... Read more
Skim 1.4.32 - PDF reader and note-taker...
Skim is a PDF reader and note-taker for OS X. It is designed to help you read and annotate scientific papers in PDF, but is also great for viewing any PDF file. Skim includes many features and has a... Read more
ForkLift 3.1.1 - Powerful file manager:...
ForkLift is a powerful file manager and ferociously fast FTP client clothed in a clean and versatile UI that offers the combination of absolute simplicity and raw power expected from a well-executed... Read more
Direct Mail 5.2.1 - Create and send grea...
Direct Mail is an easy-to-use, fully-featured email marketing app purpose-built for macOS. Create, send, and track great looking email campaigns that get results. Start your newsletter by selecting... Read more
Direct Mail 5.2.1 - Create and send grea...
Direct Mail is an easy-to-use, fully-featured email marketing app purpose-built for macOS. Create, send, and track great looking email campaigns that get results. Start your newsletter by selecting... Read more
Skim 1.4.32 - PDF reader and note-taker...
Skim is a PDF reader and note-taker for OS X. It is designed to help you read and annotate scientific papers in PDF, but is also great for viewing any PDF file. Skim includes many features and has a... Read more
ForkLift 3.1.1 - Powerful file manager:...
ForkLift is a powerful file manager and ferociously fast FTP client clothed in a clean and versatile UI that offers the combination of absolute simplicity and raw power expected from a well-executed... Read more

Latest Forum Discussions

See All

What mobile gaming can learn from the Ni...
While Nintendo might not have had things all its own way since it began developing for mobile, one thing it has got right is the release of the Switch. After the disappointment of the WiiU, which I still can't really explain, the Switch felt a... | Read more »
Programmer of Sonic The Hedgehog launche...
Japanese programmer Yuji Naka is best known for leading the team that created the original Sonic The Hedgehog. He’s moved on from the speedy blue hero since then, launching his own company based in Tokyo – Prope Games. Legend of Coin is the... | Read more »
Why doesn't mobile gaming have its...
The Overwatch League is a pretty big deal. It's an attempt to really push eSports into the mainstream, by turning them into, well, regular sports. But slightly less sweaty. It's a lavish affair with teams from all around the world, and more... | Read more »
Give Webzen’s new billiard game PoolTime...
Best known for producing hugely popular MMO titles, South Korean publisher Webzen is now taking aim at a different genre altogether. PoolTime is a realistic eight ball pool simulator, allowing you to compete in real-time matches against players... | Read more »
Let Them Come Guide - How to survive aga...
Let Them Come is all about making it as far as possible against overwhelming odds. Check out some of these tips to help you last a little longer in your unwinnable fight: [Read more] | Read more »
All the best games on sale for iPhone an...
Happy last day of the week. I hope you've been having a good one. I have. I saw ten doggos today. So because I'm in a good mood, I thought I'd round up all of the best games that are currently on sale on the App Store. [Read more] | Read more »
The very best games that came out for iP...
We're getting to the end of the first real, full, proper week of 2018. And in that time we've seen some pretty awesome games landing on the App Store. Of course, we've seen some absolute duffers as well. The sort of games that you look at and... | Read more »
Rusty Lake Paradise (Games)
Rusty Lake Paradise 1.4 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.4 (iTunes) Description: Jakob, the oldest son of the Eilander family, is returning to Paradise island after his mother passed away. Since her... | Read more »
Antihero Guide - Sneaky tricks to get ah...
Games of Antihero start out small and streamlined, but they quickly turn into long strategic conquests as you fight for control of the Victorian-era streets. If you find yourself struggling in the skullduggery department, here are a few things you... | Read more »
Here's why Niantic pulling Pokemon...
If there's one thing that Pokemon GO did well, it was bringing people together. I still remember seeing groups of people around the marina near where I live in the weeks after the game came out, all of them trying to grab some water Pokemon. There... | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

10″ iPad Pros on sale for $50-$75 off MSRP, n...
B&H Photo has 10″ and #Apple #iPad Pros on sale for up to $75 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges sales tax in NY & NJ only. Note that some sale prices are restricted to certain... Read more
Apple refurbished Mac minis available startin...
Apple has restocked Certified Refurbished Mac minis starting at $419. Apple’s one-year warranty is included with each mini, and shipping is free: – 1.4GHz Mac mini: $419 $80 off MSRP – 2.6GHz Mac... Read more
Amazon offers Silver 13″ Apple MacBook Pros f...
Amazon has new Silver 2017 13″ #Apple #MacBook Pros on sale today for up to $150 off MSRP, each including free shipping: – 13″ 2.3GHz/128GB Silver MacBook Pro (MPXR2LL/A): $1199.99 $100 off MSRP – 13... Read more
Sale: 12″ 1.3GHz MacBooks on sale for $1499,...
B&H Photo has Space Gray and Rose Gold 12″ 1.3GHz #Apple MacBooks on sale for $100 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges sales tax for NY & NJ residents only: – 12″ 1.3GHz Space... Read more
Apple offers Certified Refurbished 2017 iMacs...
Apple has a full line of Certified Refurbished iMacs available for up to $350 off original MSRP. Apple’s one-year warranty is standard, and shipping is free. The following models are available: – 27... Read more
13″ MacBook Airs on sale for $120-$100 off MS...
B&H Photo has 2017 13″ 128GB MacBook Airs on sale for $120 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges sales tax for NY & NJ residents only: – 13″ 1.8GHz/128GB MacBook Air (MQD32LL/A): $... Read more
15″ Touch Bar MacBook Pros on sale for up to...
Adorama has Space Gray 15″ MacBook Pros on sale for $200 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and Adorama charges sales tax in NJ and NY only: – 15″ 2.8GHz MacBook Pro Space Gray (MPTR2LL/A): $2199, $200 off... Read more
21″ 3.4GHz 4K iMac on sale for $1399, $100 of...
Adorama has the 21″ 3.4GHz 4K #Apple #iMac on sale today for $1399. Their price is $100 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and Adorama charges sales tax in NJ and NY only: – 21″ 3.4GHz 4K iMac (MNE02LL/A... Read more
B&H offering 13″ Apple MacBook Pros for u...
B&H Photo has 13″ MacBook Pros on sale for up to $75-$120 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges sales tax for NY & NJ residents only: – 13-inch 2.3GHz/128GB Space Gray MacBook Pro (... Read more
B&H continues to offer clearance 2016 15″...
B&H Photo has clearance 2016 15″ #MacBook Pros available for up to $800 off original MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY & NJ sales tax only: – 15″ 2.7GHz Touch Bar MacBook Pro... Read more

Jobs Board

Commerce Engineer, *Apple* Media Products -...
# Commerce Engineer, Apple Media Products Job Number: 113161479 Santa Clara Valley, California, United States Posted: 01-Nov-2017 Weekly Hours: 40.00 **Job Summary** Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions - Apple,...
Job Description:SalesSpecialist - Retail Customer Service and SalesTransform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, Read more
Site Reliability Engineer, *Apple* Pay - Ap...
# Site Reliability Engineer, Apple Pay Job Number: 113356036 Santa Clara Valley, California, United States Posted: 12-Jan-2018 Weekly Hours: 40.00 **Job Summary** Read more
UI Tools and Automation Engineer, *Apple* M...
# UI Tools and Automation Engineer, Apple Media Products Job Number: 86351939 Santa Clara Valley, California, United States Posted: 11-Jan-2018 Weekly Hours: 40.00 Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions - Apple,...
Job Description: Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.