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Thursday July 20

03:00
The Morning After: Thursday, July 20th 2017

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

How do you do, fellow kids? Our back to school guide is overflowing with laptop and desktop recommendations, there's a smart workout-stick Kickstarter and everyone's talking about 911. Also, keep an eye out late...

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03:00
What happened to Fling, Amazon's Chromecast...

Amazon Fling was supposed to bring Chromecast-like features to Fire TV devices. Two years later, that effort has fizzled.

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02:59
SwiftKey for iOS adds new emoji features &...

SwiftKey is today pushing a notable update to its iOS keyboard app. The update adds a handful of new improvements and features, including emoji enhancements, new themes, and more.

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01:31
Here's the 'Words With Friends' TV...

Zynga's Words With Friends is one of those few smartphone games that has survived for far longer than many early mobile titles -- it still has a huge fan base (55 million active games at any one time) 8 years after its debut. And now, the developer w...

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00:02
Intel reportedly killed its wearables division

When TechCrunch reported last year that Intel is getting out of wearables, the tech titan vehemently denied it. Now a new report by CNBC indicates that the company is indeed leaving the business behind: the publication says Intel has axed the whole d...

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Wednesday July 19

22:33
The OnePlus 5 has an update coming to fix its scary...

If there's one thing your cellphone really needs to do, it's work in an emergency. A couple of days ago, however, one owner of the OnePlus 5 made two attempts to call 911 only to have his phone reboot both times. Other posters on Reddit observed the...

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22:29
Apple sends top executives to lobby Australian...




Apple has sent top privacy executives to Australia twice over the past month to discuss proposed cybersecurity laws that could compel technology companies to provide law enforcement agencies access to encrypted customer messages.

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21:06
Intel reportedly disbands wearables division as it...




Intel has reportedly laid off the few employees working in its health wearables division, which includes fitness trackers and the Basis smartwatch, as the company refocuses on augmented reality.

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21:00
Lenovo reveals AR headset and other ambitious AI...

You might know Lenovo for its laptops and Yogabooks, but the electronics maker is apparently used to conjuring up some pretty far-out concepts much more exciting than a 2-in-1. At its third annual Tech World innovation summit, it has revealed not jus...

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20:34
Former Dreamworks exec's 'New TV'...

Over the years Jeffrey Katzenberg has gotten behind ideas big (Dreamworks 3D animated movies) and small (AwesomenessTV, an online video company backed by Dreamworks and Engadget parent company Verizon), but his next idea combines the two. As profiled...

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20:12
Steve Jobs opera ‘The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs’...

Nearly two years ago to the day, the Santa Fe Opera announced an opera centered around the life of late Apple CEO Steve Jobs entitled “The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs.” After the two years of development, the opera is set to debut this weekend…

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19:17
Hack into a world of cyberpunk horror next month in...

If you think things are unendurably awful in the world today, maybe don't play Observer when it hits PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Mac and Linux on August 15th.

Observer follows one of the darkest paths at humanity's feet, imagining a 2084 where corp...

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19:07
Steve Jobs opera set to premier this week after two...




Almost two years after the Santa Fe Opera commissioned "The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs," the narrative, music and rehearsals are complete and the production is set to open this Saturday as part of a limited six-show run.

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18:16
Christopher Nolan is no fan of Netflix's movie...

Don't expect Christopher Nolan to produce a Netflix-only magnum opus any time soon. In an interview, the Dunkirk director says he chooses not to work with Netflix over what he sees as a "bizarre aversion" to supporting theatrical movies. The stream...

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18:07
Hulu lands nearly 3,000 new TV episodes in deal with...




Hulu has inked a deal with 20th Century Fox that will add nearly 3,000 episodes of the studio's popular shows to the streaming service, the company said on Wednesday.

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17:59
Apple Daily Report for July 19, 2017

The AWT News Update is on a one-day hiatus. 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’s Tim Cook is tech's “most imaginative” CEO says IBM Watson. New data derived from IBM Watson's Personality Insights cites the Apple CEO's speeches, interviews and books as evidence of his great imagination.

Qualcomm has escalated its patent infringement fight against Apple with the filing of two separate German cases in Mannheim and Munich, where it seeks to block the import and sale of all iPhones.

A United States House panel has unanimously approved a proposal that would allow car manufacturers to deploy...

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17:52
Rumor: media exec Jeffrey Katzenberg wants Apple to...

Media exec Jeffrey Katzenberg wants to launch New TV, a mobile-friendly service with original content. He needs$2 billion to launch, and sources tell CNBC he has met with Apple, Google, Snapchat and Verizon, among others for bankrolling. 

NewTV shows will have traditional TV production values, but episodes won't be longer than 10 minutes, and there won't be ad breaks, according to CNBC. Instead of ads, programs would use title sponsors and brand integrations in episodes. However, based on potential partners, there may be a free ad-supported model as well as a paid subscription service, notes CNBC.

Katzenberg sold DreamWorks Animation to NBCUniversal for $3.8 billion in 2016. No launch date is set for NewTV.

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17:38
Would you be interested in a new version of the...

Earlier today, a somewhat sketchy report outlined the possibility of Apple introducing a new iPhone SE next month ahead of the iPhone 8 later this year. While Apple introduced a higher storage tier of the device earlier this year, it has remained essentially untouched since its debut last year.

Would you be interested in a new iPhone SE?

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17:28
See the first ‘Blade Runner 2049’ VR tie-in at Comic...

It's been a good few months for Blade Runner 2049 fans, what with the three amazing trailers already out for the upcoming reboot from director Ridley Scott. Now, we've got a new VR tie-in for the film, as Oculus plans to debut "Blade Runner 2049: Rep...

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17:26
Watch: Apple's new Files app for iOS 11




Wondering how Apple's new Files app for iOS 11 works on iPad? AppleInsider takes an in-depth look at the upcoming file management system in this video.

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16:48
Qualcomm sues Apple in Germany as quarterly profits...




Qualcomm on Wednesday escalated its patent infringement fight against Apple with the filing of two separate German cases in Mannheim and Munich, where it seeks to block the import and sale of all iPhones.

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16:42
Microsoft Rolls Out Linux Support in SQL Server 2017...


Microsoft has announced the availability of its first public release candidate for SQL Server 2017, which includes full support for Linux. SQL Server on Linux improves on earlier previews with several key enhancements, including active directory authentication; transport layer security to encrypt data; and SQL Server Integration Services that add support for Unicode ODBC drivers. SQL Server 2017 has demonstrated faster performance than competitive databases or older SQL Server versions with new benchmarks, Microsoft said.

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16:32
Elon Musk implies SpaceX won't land Dragon...

In February, SpaceX admitted its plan to shoot its Dragon capsule (without people) to Mars by 2018 was a little too ambitious, and bumped up the launch date to 2020. But it seems that approach was too uncertain for NASA's -- and Elon Musk's -- strict...

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16:14
You should not force quit qpps on iOS

John Gruber on forcing quitting apps to save battery:

The iOS system is designed so that none of the above justifications for force quitting are true. Apps in the background are effectively “frozen”, severely limiting what they can do in the background and freeing up the RAM they were using. iOS is really, really good at this. It is so good at this that unfreezing a frozen app takes up way less CPU (and energy) than relaunching an app that had been force quit. Not only does force quitting your apps not help, it actually hurts. Your battery life will be worse and it will take much longer to switch apps if you force quit apps in the background.

I see people doing this all the time, but they never believe me when I tell them it doesn’t do any good.

∞ Read this on The Loop...

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15:52
'Terminator 2' UHD Blu-ray comes with a...

Terminator 2: Judgment Day is one of the best action movies of all time. It's also consistently been a great piece of reference material for home theater geeks who like showing off just what their fancy audio and video gear is capable of. Well, this...

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15:47
Public Service Announcement: You Should Not Force...

The single biggest misconception about iOS is that it’s good digital hygiene to force quit apps that you aren’t using. The idea is that apps in the background are locking up unnecessary RAM and consuming unnecessary CPU cycles, thus hurting performance and wasting battery life.

That’s not how iOS works. The iOS system is designed so that none of the above justifications for force quitting are true. Apps in the background are effectively “frozen”, severely limiting what they can do in the background and freeing up the RAM they were using. iOS is really, really good at this. It is so good at this that unfreezing a frozen app takes up way less CPU (and energy) than relaunching an app that had been force quit. Not only does force quitting your apps not help, it actually hurts. Your battery life will be worse and it will take much longer to switch apps if you force quit apps in the background.

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15:32
Media mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg pitched Apple on new...




DreamWorks founder Jeffrey Katzenberg is shopping around an innovative mobile-first TV service, dubbed "New TV," to a number of technology and telecommunications firms including Apple, Google, AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Snapchat and Spotify.

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15:15
Twitch vs. YouTube Gaming: A ‘Destiny 2’ snapshot

YouTube Gaming hit the net in August 2015, promising to compete with the live-streaming world's dominant force, Twitch. Two years later, both sites have evolved. Twitch offers a raft of nongaming streams -- including anime and '90s-TV marathons, cook...

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15:06
'Doom' 6.66 unloads a host of hellish...

Hell is about to be unleashed for a very affordable price. Bethesda's "ultimate" edition of Doom rolls out to PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 with the new 6.66 update. How's that for a nice, round, hellish number? The update unlocks all the multiplay...

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15:00
Facebook Is Looking Into Allowing Paywall For...

New submitter sarbonn writes: Facebook is testing whether or not it can start charging for stories by placing a paywall that appears after ten stories have been viewed from one of its media sources. An interesting takeaway is that Facebook would like to do this by avoiding the mandatory 30 percent cut that Apple and Google get from their stores by going around their app stores. This is being targeted for around October. The news comes from Campbell Brown, who heads Facebook's new partnerships business. "We are in early talks with several news publishers about how we might better support subscription business models on Facebook. As part of the Facebook Journalism Project, we are taking the time to work closely together with our partners and understand their needs," Brown told TechCrunch in a statement via a spokesperson.

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14:44
Self-driving cars could hit US roads before federal...

A House of Representatives panel just greenlit a measure that, once officially signed into law, would allow thousands of autonomous cars to hit the road while federal legislators draft more comprehensive safety laws. It would be a significant first s...

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14:33
SpaceX aims to reuse rockets within 24 hours by 2018

Elon Musk shared more of SpaceX's plans to get its rockets to full reusability today at the International Space Station R&D conference. Those plans include faster turnaround for recycled Falcon 9 rockets and recovery of the rocket's nose cone.

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14:32
Apple launches special edition Beats with designer...

Apple has launched its latest special edition Beats headphones today together with designer brand Balmain with new versions of its Powerbeats 3 Wireless Earphones and Beats Studio Wireless Over-Ear Headphones.

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14:26
Qualcomm shares slip as legal battle with Apple...

Qualcomm’s ongoing legal battle with Apple continues to take a toll on its earnings. The chipmaker today reported its third quarter earnings, beating estimates but showing a sharp decline compared to this time last year due to its case with Apple.

more…

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14:21
Google's safeguard against rogue Android apps...

Google is acting on its promise to further guard your Android phone against rogue apps. The company tells us that it's rolling out its Play Protect home screen to every Android device running Google Mobile Services 11 or newer. If you see it (it's...

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14:09
Microsoft shows off a Nest-like thermostat based on...

Microsoft isn't content to let Amazon or Alphabet dictate the future of the smart home. The software giant has unveiled a smart thermostat from Johnson Controls, GLAS, that promises to one-up what you see from the likes of Nest. The slick-looking con...

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13:59
Nest’s overpriced IQ camera highlights the faults of...

Nest burst onto the scene with a thermostat that was easy to use, had a slick interface, came with actual smart features and didn't look like someone just taped an off-white box to your wall. It followed that up with a less exciting but possibly more...

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13:55
New Beats headphones are ugly

Apple partnered with Balmain for these new headphones. I’m guessing Jony Ive and the Apple design team must be on vacation.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:54
DreamWorks founder pitching new short-form TV...

According to a pair of new reports from CNBC and Variety, Apple is among companies expressing interest in a new TV service for the mobile generation from DreamWorks Animation founder Jeffery Katzenberg. Katzenberg is seeking some $2 billion in funding to get the effort off the ground, which is tentatively called “New TV.”

more…

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13:50
Apple & Balmain partner on special-edition...




Apple has joined with French fashion house Balmain on special editions of its Beats Studio Wireless and Powerbeats3 headphones, echoing marketing tactics adopted with some other Apple wearables, like the Apple Watch.

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13:30
Reebok’s new foam space boots bring comfy kicks to...

Whether it's using corn to make sustainable sneakers, or 3D printing some pretty out there looking footwear, Reebok isn't afraid of taking bold new steps with its shoes. Now, however, it looks like the brand has decided to take one giant leap for man...

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13:29
Logic Pros: How to grab Apple’s already affordable...

With the new 10.3.2 update dropping for Logic Pro X yesterday, Apple has once again brought even more value to the already way to affordable professional DAW. The $199.99 price of entry is insanely low considering the sheer amount of content and new features Apple continues to add, but we have a way to get it for even less… more…

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13:16
Scientists: Suck CO2 out of atmosphere or face the...

We need to start removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as soon as possible. If we don't, future generations will have to choose between biblical weather events or spending trillions of dollars trying to avoid them. This is the grim prognosis fr...

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13:05
Bug fixes abound in macOS Sierra 10.12.6, iOS 10.3.3...

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Apple released a slew of software updates today for nearly all of its systems; you can now download macOS Sierra 10.12.6, iOS 10.3.3, watchOS 3.2.3, and tvOS 10.2.2 to any of your compatible devices. The updates appear to be minor, as most of them focus on bug fixes.

MacOS Sierra 10.12.6 is the sixth update to this version of Apple's operating system, and it may very well be the last before the introduction of macOS High Sierra. As per Apple's usual refresher schedule, macOS High Sierra should be pushed out to users this fall. According to Apple's information page, macOS Sierra 10.12.6...

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13:02
Gear: Satechi R1 Aluminum Hinge Holder Foldable...

Satechi makes some of the nicest docks and stands we’ve seen, and the company’s updated Satechi R1 is no exception. This updated stand quickly elevates your iPad — or really just about any other mobile device — to provide an optimal viewing experience whether at your desk, living room table, or in your kitchen.

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13:00
Amazon's Treasure Truck of deals is going on...

Who doesn't like a deal? Amazon is pretty sure everyone does, so it's taking its retail presence on the road this summer with its Treasure Truck. "At Treasure Truck, we hand-pick our favorite new, trending, local or delicious items, load them on the...

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12:33
US House panel votes to adopt loose rules on testing...




A panel of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee has tentatively voted to move forward with a proposal that, if turned into law, would establish a relatively loose federal framework for testing self-driving cars, including Apple's "Project Titan."

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12:00
B&H's Back to School Sale: $299 9.7"...




Back to school shopping is in full swing and Apple authorized reseller B&H Photo is dropping prices on MacBook Pros with and without a Touch Bar, as well as discounting 2017 iPads to $299. Shoppers can save hundreds on closeout laptops or take advantage of discounts on Mid 2017 configurations -- all with no tax collected on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

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11:29
Apple releases minor iTunes update with version 12.6...

Alongside macOS 10.12.6, Apple has released a minor update to iTunes for macOS today. iTunes 12.6.2 includes “minor app and performance improvements” according to release notes. The update is available through the Mac App Store now.

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11:28
Hulu picks up nearly 3,000 episodes through 20th...

Hulu announced a new TV deal with 20th Century Fox that brings “nearly 3,000 episodes of hit comedies, popular dramas and iconic series” to the subscription video service. Hulu says the new episodes will appear on the service over the coming weeks and include these shows among others:

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11:26
∞ Samsung’s Bixby digital assistant video

Samsung released this video this morning.

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11:22
Four Apple contractors accuse Qualcomm of antitrust...

The accusations, made in a filing late Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, are counterclaims to a Qualcomm lawsuit filed in May seeking to force the contractors to pay Qualcomm license fees that Apple directed them to stop paying.

I mentioned a while ago that this was going to get very interesting—here you go.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:21
Newegg is offering a four-port USB hub for free...

Periodically Newegg decides to heavily discount its Rosewill cables and connectors. Right now, the retailer has a sale on its in-house products that’ll beat even a $0.99 HDMI cable on eBay: Everything’s free. Kind of.

These products are free after rebate, so you still have to pay up front. (And depending on where you live, you’ll also have to pay sales tax, which won’t get reimbursed.) After the rebate, you’ll get a gift card worth the value of the purchase. Of all the products available today, I’m most interested in the four-port USB 3.0 aluminum hub for $12 (before the $12 rebate).

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11:14
Review: Fugoo Go Portable Waterproof Bluetooth...

It's been a couple of years since we've looked at Fugoo's speakers — the company's Fugoo XL was a runner-up in our Best of the Year Awards for 2015 — however the company continues to expand its speaker lineup, and its latest speaker, Fugoo Go, makes a slight departure from the company's usual desktop style with a portable waterproof Bluetooth speaker that's designed to be taken on all of your outdoor adventures. {/exp:char_limit}

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11:12
Google's Ugly Duckling Glass Becomes Enterprise...


Google's augmented reality goggles were a flop several years ago -- when intrepid explorers wore the devices in restaurants and bars, sparking reactions ranging from disapproval to outright violence -- but they have become very welcome in the workplace. Their success in a host of business settings led The Team at X on Tuesday to announce an expansion of its Glass Enterprise Edition program. The latest version of Glass looks like a pair of safety glasses, but it's really a small, lightweight wearable computer with a transparent display.

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11:01
'iPhone 8' will still ship in Sept., JP...




Straying from the pack a bit, one analyst believes that the "iPhone 8" will ship before the end of September, but in profoundly limited quantities, but the largest measure of Apple's profits from the device will accrue throughout the calendar year.

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11:00
Twelve South providing free Charleston-themed dual-...

Charleston, SC is not only the home of Apple accessory design shop Twelve South, but a city that's often listed in compilations of the most beautiful cities of the world. Twelve South is giving all of us who aren't privileged to live in Charleston to share in its beauty through the release of three dual-screen Mac wallpaper sets.

The images are all by Charleston photographer Kim Graham, and this collection -- titled Charleston at Sea Level -- features matching side by side images that can stretch across almost any size of Mac screen at top resolution...and onto a second screen as well.

I'm not sure which one is my favorite, but Sunrise on Folly Beach (seen at top) and Charleston Harbor (below) are fighting it out for the backgrounds on my 27-inch 5K Retina iMac and 13-inch MacBook. 

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10:48
Apple releases iOS 10.3.3, macOS Sierra 10.12.6, and...

Apple on Wednesday released updates for iOS 10, macOS Sierra, and watchOS 3. Before you install any OS update, back up your device, just in case you have problems with the update and need to revert.

iOS 10.3.3

You can install the iOS 10.3.3 update directly on your iPhone or iPad on a wireless connection. The update is 84.6MB, and Apple says the update includes bug fixes and security improvements. Your iOS device will need to restart. Follow these steps to do the installation:

  1. Tap on the Settings app.
  2. Tap General > Software Update.
  3. Tap Download and Install to install the update.

Apple provides a link that provides information on the security content for iOS 10.3.3.

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10:35
Apple Releases macOS 10.12.6, iOS 10.3.3, watchOS 3....

Apple has released minor updates for all of its operating systems with bug and security fixes.

 

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10:33
macOS 10.12.6, watchOS 3.2.3, and tvOS 10.2.2 now...

As you'd expect from the earlier announcement of iOS 10.3.3 becoming available in Software Update, all other Apple operating systems are also being updated today. macOS 10.12.6, watchOS 3.2.3 and tvOS 10.2.2 can be downloaded and installed immediately.

There are no known feature changes to any of the operating systems; most likely, these are updates for performance and security reasons.  

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10:17
Apple squashes bugs with releases of iOS 10.3.3,...




Apple on Wednesday issued minor updates for all four of its major platforms, addressing bugs and patching potential security holes in iOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS.

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10:16
Goodbye Google Now, hello new feed that obsessively...

Google has officially killed off the Google Now name, replacing it with a smarter, more personalized feed that aims to deliver only the most relevant information to your phone.

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10:14
iOS 10.3.3 update now available for download and...

Apple has finally released iOS 10.3.3 to the public, meaning that AWT contributing editor Marty Edwards was correct in his prediction on AWT TV Episode 15 that it would be released this week! 

The update just "includes bug fixes and improves the security of your iPhone or iPad. Like all other system software updates, 10.3.3 can be installed by launching Settings, tapping on General, and then tapping Software Update. 

For the iPhone 7 Plus, the update weighed in at 137.6 MB. This will most likely be the last update to iOS 10 prior to the release of iOS 11 in September or October. 

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10:05
macOS 10.12.6 update rolling out on the Mac App Store

Apple has released the final version of the latest macOS 10.12.6 software update. Mac users running macOS Sierra can find the update through the Mac App Store.

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10:00
tvOS 10.2.2 update for Apple TV is out now

Apple has released a minor tvOS software update for the latest Apple TV. tvOS 10.2.2 is now available through the Settings app for all users.

more…

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10:00
watchOS 3.2.3 update for Apple Watch is now available

Apple has released a routine bug fix and security update for all Apple Watches. watchOS 3.2.3 is now available as a software update from the Watch app on iPhone for all users.

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10:00
Apple releases iOS 10.3.3 update for iPhone and iPad

Apple has released the iOS 10.3.3 software update for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The update focuses on bug fixes and performance improvements for all devices running iOS 10.

more…

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09:58
Samsung brings Siri-competing Bixby assistant to US...




Samsung on Wednesday announced that Bixby, its equivalent of Apple's Siri, is now available on U.S. versions of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ -- roughly three months after the phones first launched.

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09:46
Ten new US regional TV providers added to single...

Single sign-on can be a time-saver for those who own more than one Apple device that can display video apps, such as the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV. By signing in to a cable or satellite-TV provider once on an iOS device or Apple TV, users then gain instant access to video apps provided with a pay TV subscription. Today Apple added ten more single sign-on providers:

  • Comporium
  • Fidelity Communications
  • Liberty Cablevision of Puerto Rico
  • MCTV
  • Northland Communications
  • Service Electric Cablevision
  • Shentel
  • Vast Broadband
  • Vyve Broadband
  • Wave

These ten providers join 14 others in making it easier for iOS and Apple TV viewers to watch TV anywhere at anytime. Several large national providers, including Comcast, Spectrum, Verizon and Google Fiber are absent from the list, while others -- Dish, DirectTV and Sling TV --...

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09:41
LumaFusion video editing guide part 1: Basic project...

I’ve been wanting to do a series on iPad video editing for some time, and I feel that time is right with the maturation of LumaFusion into a powerful app for editing videos on iOS. LumaFusion, as I’ve stated in the past, is the most comprehensive video editing tool available on the platform, and should be the choice for anyone who’s seriously into editing videos via iPad on a recurring basis.

In this initial walkthrough, I step through many of the basic project settings in LumaFusion. This includes creating a new project, adjusting basic preferences, renaming, duplicating, deleting projects, and so on.

By the end of this tutorial, you should have a firm grasp on how to use projects in LumaFusion, which will adequately prepare you to tackle other...

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09:41
∞ Apple’s Machine Learning Journal

Apple on Wednesday launched a new section of its Website called the Machine Learning Journal. The site allows Apple engineers to write about their work using machines learning to build products. […]

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09:36
External Link: Google Glass Returns… In Factories...

Google Glass, the tech giant’s augmented reality eyewear that flopped in consumer usage due to buggy behavior and privacy concerns, may have found its niche. Companies like agricultural equipment manufacturer AGCO and shipment company DHL have discovered that an upgraded version of Glass radically improves productivity for workers who need product assembly instructions or are picking items in a warehouse. The Wired article’s money quote: “In the enterprise world, Glass is not an outgrowth of the intrusive and distracting smart phone, but a tool for getting work done and nothing else.” We may see more movement toward eyewear from Apple if the company’s new augmented reality ARKit technology takes off because it’s a lot easier to see digital data overlaid on the real world through glasses than on an iPhone.

 

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09:32
News: Apple starts online AI journal to publish...

Apple has started an online journal with artificial intelligence development research papers written by the company’s engineers, making good on its promise to allow employees to publish their findings to the great academic world. Last year Apple announced that it was breaking with its strict privacy rules to allow AI researchers to publish their work, ostensibly because it was becoming increasingly difficult to recruit top talent with such stringent…

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09:29
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Powerbeats3 Wireless Earphones...

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

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09:24
Roundup: The best cases and covers for Apple's...




If you are one of the early adopters of the 10.5-inch iPad Pro and want to keep Apple's flagship tablet as good as new for as long as possible, AppleInsiderrhas rounded up a collection of cases and covers you can get right now for your new portable workplace.

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09:00
World’s first molecular air purifier now available,...

Last year Molekule was announced as the world’s first molecular air purifier and had a sold out pre-order campaign in ten days. Now, with all pre-orders shipped, the smartphone controlled Molekule is available to the public alongside the company announcing a $10M Series A round.

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08:57
Speidel Twist-O-Flex watchbands make it to Apple...

A product that has been around about as long as Dennis Sellers and me is making a reappearance in a new way. Speidel, the maker of the Twist-O-Flex watchband that has been around since 1959, is now selling its classic expandable-bracelet watchband for the Apple Watch at a very affordable $50.

It's available in both 38mm and 42mm sizes for all models of the Apple Watch, and the Twist-O-Flex is not only a piece of nostalgic jewelry, but incredibly comfortable as well. The bracelets feature two sets of links held together with bracket pins that make the bracelet expand (up to 5 inches!) and contract with a light pull. The only negative? If you have hairy arms, you'll occasionally have a strand or two get caught in between the links and get pulled out. 

They're made out of stainless steel and pretty much last forever, so that $50 purchase should see you through a lot of...

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08:46
News: Apple backs four manufacturing partners in...

As part of its ongoing fight with Qualcomm, Apple is backing four of its manufacturing partners in their antitrust fight against the chip maker, Reuters reports. Foxconn, Wistron, Pegatron and Compal Electronics have accused Qualcomm of violating US antitrust law in response to Qualcomm’s attempt to force the companies to pay royalties that Apple told them to stop paying. “Qualcomm has confirmed publicly that this lawsuit against our clients…

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08:41
Apple adds Wave, 9 other TV providers to single sign...




Apple has introduced another 10 U.S. TV providers to the roster supporting single sign-on, a feature which makes it easier to watch movies and TV shows across iPhones, iPads, and Apple TVs.

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08:24
Apple once again selling Nokia health accessories

It's always nice to see couples kiss and make up after a spat, and that's the case with Apple and Nokia. Back in April of 2016, Nokia bought connected-body accessory manufacturer Withings, a company that makes the Body Cardio and Body+ smart scales, Thermo Thermometer, and BPM+ Blood Pressure Monitor. Due to a patent battle with Nokia over intellectual property licensing, Apple pulled the products from sale at Apple retail and online stores. 

The two companies settled their differences in May of 2017, with Apple agreeing to a multi-year license to...

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08:22
Strong summer for Apple seen muting financial effect...




Another analyst is agreeing with the assessment that any potential "iPhone 8" delay won't make much a difference to Apple's bottom line beyond one quarter, if at all.

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07:55
In likely bid to compete with Samsung for Apple...




On the heels of a rumor that Samsung has inked a deal with Apple to supply A-series processors in 2018, rival chipmaker TSMC is stepping up its own efforts to build 7-nanometer chips, in a potential showdown for production of an Apple-designed "A12" processor.

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07:50
News: Nintendo launches companion iOS app for Switch...

Nintendo has launched a companion iOS app for its Switch console, aimed at improving the gaming experience by making it more social. The app provides the ability to check leader boards for some games, invite others to play and even provides a voice chat option to be used while playing a game together. Users will need a Switch console, a Nintendo account and the supported games to make use of the app, which is free for now but will become part of a…

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07:44
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This bundle of 9 courses gives you the training you need to start turning your game ideas into reality. All of the courses purchases separately would cost you $1,477, but through our buddies at Stack Commerce, we've managed to bundle the courses together for $49. Here's what you get:

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07:37
Classic Spiedel Twist-O-Flex band now available for...

If you’re old or into vintage watches, chances are you’ve owned a watch with a Speidel Twist-O-Flex band. Similar in appearance to Apple’s Link Bracelet, there’s no snap-fasten clasp – instead, the whole band stretches. You simply insert your hand, the band stretching to accommodate it, and it then springs back into place on your wrist …

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07:27
Apple puts Nokia health accessories back on sale...




Apple on Wednesday resumed U.S. online sales of Nokia's iPhone- and iPad- connected health accessories, almost two months after the companies reached a settlement that cleared the way.

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07:15
Comment: Clips seems to have missed the mark for now...

The Clips app that Apple announced back in March and launched in April doesn’t exactly seem to have set the world on fire.

Apple’s description made it seem simple and fun to use:

Clips is a new app for making fun videos to share with friends, family, and the world. With a few taps you can create and send a video message or tell a quick story with animated text, graphics and emoji, music, and more.

The reviews, however, disagreed …

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07:01
Nintendo’s Switch Online companion app is now...

As an avid user of the Nintendo Switch, one of its few sore points has been the lack of improved online functionality. Playing games is one thing, but being able to chat with your teammates adds a lot to the experience. Today, Nintendo has finally released its Nintendo Switch Online companion app for iOS devices.

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07:00
iPhones Are Priced 'High in the Extreme'...

An anonymous reader shares a report: Apple's iPhone has been losing ground to domestic competitors in China. That is because Chinese smartphone makers offer sophisticated functions at reasonable prices, according to Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder and one of the pioneers of the personal computer industry. "Here is what I admire about Chinese phones: really good, intelligent decisions about how to lower the cost but keep enough of the functionality in, because I am into products that are good, well designed, nice looking, but at prices that the average person can afford," he said. Still, Wozniak believes the quality of Apple's product makes it worth the high price tag. "In life I don't believe in quantity as much as I do in quality. So you may not have the hugest share in the market or be the No 1, but you should have the best product you can possibly build and Apple qualifies for that," Wozniak, told reporters after he discussed artificial intelligence with Liu Zihong, chairman and...

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06:54
News: Apple back to selling Nokia’s digital health...

Apple has added Nokia’s digital health products back to its online store months after settling a patent dispute with the company. Nokia’s Thermo Thermometer, Body Cardio Scale, Body+ Scale, and BPM+ Blood Pressure Monitor are now all available on Apple’s website and available for pickup at Apple retail stores starting at the end of this week. Apple previously sold the items under the Withings brand, which Nokia officially retired…

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J.P. Morgan: OLED iPhone 8 will arrive on time in...

J.P. Morgan Apple analyst Rod Hall is out today with his latest forecast for the company’s upcoming fiscal Q3 and beyond, and within includes predictions for the iPhone 8 launch this fall. Notably, the firm combats some recent reports that the flagship OLED model would be delayed, claiming that it expects the model to arrive at least in limited quantities in time for the usual September launch… more…

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06:52
Apple allows publicity, transparency for in-house...




Apple has launched a new machine learning sub-site written by Apple engineers discussing techniques in use for better results and to assist burgeoning developers in the field.

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06:44
Single Sign-on for iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV now...

Apple’s recently introduced Single Sign-on feature for easily accessing paid video apps on iOS and tvOS has gained 10 more TV provider partners. While several major partners are still not on board yet, these 10 new additions bring the total number of partners to 24 since the feature arrived last fall.

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06:37
∞ The most popular drum beat in the world

[VIDEO] Dave here. I’ve been playing music since I was a kid. I started with an out-of-tune, broken down, flea-market guitar, then moved on to pretty much any instrument I could get my hands on. Master of none, tryer of all. But the one instrument I could never quite get going with is the drums.

I always felt awkward trying to make my feet do one thing while each hand did something completely different. Part of it was not understanding the rules. Then came the video embedded in the main Loop post. For some reason, watching this video, it all just clicked for me. And so I thought I’d share it with you.

To me, the best part of this video is the look on the drummers face. The thousand yard stare. Enjoy.

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06:26
Apple patents mechanism to secretly call 911 using...

CNBC:

A patent granted on Tuesday depicted technology that would sense the “manner” in which a finger touched the iPhone screen to trigger a 911 call. For example, the phone might look for a particular sequence of fingers, the level of force, a gesture (pinching or swiping), or a certain cadence of taps to the screen, the filing says.

When the “panic command” is activated, the phone would provide the users’ location to responders, and could also livestream audio or video from the iPhone.

Here’s a link to the patent.

The key to this, for me, is the ability to subtly make a call to 911, capturing audio and video, all without a potential attacker being aware the call was placed. Terrific idea.

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06:25
Four Apple manufacturers launch antitrust complaint...




Four of Apple's manufacturing partners -- Hon Hai/Foxconn, Compal, Wistron, and Pegatron -- have filed counterclaims against Qualcomm, accusing the chipmaker of violating two sections of the Sherman Antitrust Act.

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06:21
Apple launches online journal for engineers to share...

Apple has launched the ‘Machine Learning Journal’, a blog for Apple’s software engineers to document their research and innovations in the AI and machine learning space. The first post shares insights into a published research paper about improving picture-based machine learning models without gathering additional training data manually.

Apple will update the site throughout the year with new posts and is inviting questions from outside engineers, students and researchers.

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06:10
Smuggler caught with 102 iPhones stuffed in her...

Brian Ashcraft, Kotaku:

Customs officials in Shenzhen, China have arrested a woman with 102 iPhones stuffed into her clothing.

Shenzhen borders Hong Kong, and, over the years, customs officials have arrested all sorts of smugglers.

According to XMNN, customs officials recently stopped a woman after noticing that the way her body bulged appeared strange. The officials searched her, discovering she was allegedly smuggling 102 iPhones of various models as well as 15 luxury wrist watches. The total weight of her haul was over 44 pounds.

Not sure what drove this particular smuggler. Was it a price disparity between iPhone values in Hong Kong and Shenzhen? More an issue of scarcity? A combination of both?

What I found most fascinating was the picture with the smuggler and the two border agents. The smuggler’s face is pixellated, the agents’ faces are not. And the smuggler is pointing to the iPhones, all laid out in front of her. Was she made to do this...

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06:02
My week at SoundCloud, or finding out you are fired...

Matthew Liam Healy, Medium:

Two weeks ago I moved from Scotland to Germany to start a new job as an iOS engineer at SoundCloud. On Monday of last week I started that job. By Thursday evening I, along with 172 of my new colleagues, was officially being laid off. And then, on Friday, I received somewhere in the region of sixty emails about potential new jobs.

It’s been a wild week.

Follow the link to read the whole thing. That’s some story. I hope Matthew gets a new job right quick.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Last Chance to get the The World’s...

Today is your last change to get the Pay What You Want World’s Biggest Mac App Bundle, with fifteen top apps that help make your Mac faster, smarter, safer, and even more fun. Pay whatever you want for Tembo and Dropzone 3 and if you beat the average price, you’ll receive the full bundle, including Data Rescue 4, CrossOver 16, Sid Meier’s Civilization V, and more. Plus, beat the top price being offered and you’ll get entered into…

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