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Monday December 4

04:16
KGI: Apple to ship >25 million AirPods in 2018,...

KGI remains very bullish on the uptake of Apple’s truly-wireless AirPods earbuds ($159: eBay, Best Buy). In a new report published today, Ming-Chi Kuo says that he expects Apple to double shipments of the AirPods in 2018. This would equate to shipments in the range of 26-28 million units.

AirPods have been supply constrained since their introduction in December 2016. Only in the last few weeks has availability improved to the point where the Apple Online Store reports 1-3 day delivery estimates.

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04:06
iPhone X will set all-time record and drive a full...

Analytics company IHS Markit – whose clients include 85% of Fortune 500 companies – says that the iPhone X hit 2% of the active installed iPhone base within three weeks of its first availability.

In the US, iPhone X adoption after three weeks matched the adoption of iPhone 8 Plus and beat early adoption levels for both the iPhone 8 and 7 Plus. Only the iPhone 7 model had greater initial success. In Japan, initial iPhone X adoption was as good as or better than any recent iPhone launch, and matched the level of the iPhone 7.

It is predicting that the new flagship phone will set an all-time this quarter …

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04:00
How to use Portrait Lighting on the iPhone X

Portrait Lighting on the iPhone X allows you to control lighting effects with shadows, spotlights, and more. Although still in beta mode, it works pretty well.

In Portrait mode, just swipe right in the menu to choose an effect. You can also use the Photos app to edit lighting effects on Portrait mode photos shot on an iPhone X.

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03:34
Should Apple Share iPhone X Face Data With App...

The Washington Post ran a technology column asking what happens "when the face-mapping tech that powers the iPhone X's cutesy 'Animoji' starts being used for creepier purposes." It's not just that the iPhone X scans 30,000 points on your face to make a 3D model. Though Apple stores that data securely on the phone, instead of sending it to its servers over the Internet, "Apple just started sharing your face with lots of apps." Although their columnist praises Apple's own commitment to privacy, "I also think Apple rushed into sharing face maps with app makers that may not share its commitment, and it isn't being paranoid enough about the minefield it just entered." "I think we should be quite worried," said Jay Stanley, a senior policy analyst at the American Civil Liberties Union. "The chances we are going to see mischief around facial data is pretty high -- if not today, then soon -- if not on Apple then on Android." Apple's face tech sets some good precedents -- and some bad ones...

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Dec. 4, 2017

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

iOS Apps/Updates

iClassics Collection has introduced iLovecraft 2 Immersive Reading. This the second volume of iLovecraft, the $2.99 interactive collection dedicated to the master of author H.P. Lovecraft. You can read, listen, play and move your iOS device, to dive into the story.

macOS Apps/Updates

LibertyApp has announced Server Ranger 2, the latest version of the website and server monitoring solution for macOS. 

Designed for small to medium businesses, website owners and IT departments alike, Server Ranger monitors the performance and uptime of any number of nodes and can send alerts when things go wrong. Users can monitor...

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03:15
Rumor: Apple to incorporate flexible circuit boards...

Analyst and assorted Mac guru Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has issued a new investor note stating the Apple is working to integrate faster and more versatile circuit boards across its product lineup come 2018.

The iPhone 8 and iPhone X handsets currently use a new flexible circuit board made from liquid crystal polymer. Both phones use it in their antenna designs, while the iPhone X also uses it in its TrueDepth camera. This LCP FPCB technology allows for high-speed and low-latency data transfer.

Kuo has stated that manufacturer Career is presently working on incorporating this technology into the MacBook notebook lineup. Such a practice would allow Apple to save a considerable amount of internal space inside the casing as well as allow for easier adoption of USB 3.2 and other I/O ports.

Kuo offered the following statement:

It order to address future hardware form factor design requirements (e.g. saving more internal space) and to keep abreast of...

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03:00
iOS 11.2 released over the weekend, adds Apple Pay...

It’s pretty unusual for Apple to release a major iOS update over the weekend, but the company did this with iOS 11.2, which, among other changes, offers support for Apple Pay Cash, 7.5-watt charging on compatible devices and a fix for a nasty date bug that can cause devices to enter a soft reset loop.

The update seems to have been released early to handle a recently discovered date bug that can cause springboard to crash, rendering an affected device barely usable.

It’s also been noted that the update, which was released on December 2nd, seems to share the same creation time as the betas, which did not suffer from the date bug.

Since its release, Apple has urged users who are experiencing unexpected restarts to disable notifications and install the latest version of the mobile operating system.

Along with the date bug fix, iOS 11.2 is supposed to activate Apple Pay Cash, the company’s peer-to-peer money transfer solution, but backend support does...

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Sunday December 3

20:59
Keyboard Maestro 8.0.4

Brings a number of improvements to the recently updated automation and clipboard utility. ($36 new, free update, 22.3 MB)

 

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19:19
BBEdit 12.0.2

Rounds up a lengthy list of 90 improvements and bug fixes for the long-standing text editor. ($49.99 new, free update, 13.5 MB)

 

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15:34
Mattress maker Casper faces lawsuit for tracking web...

Unless you're using strict privacy controls in your browser, you generally expect that online stores will track at least a bit of your activity, if just to send you targeted ads when you browse the web. However, a proposed class action lawsuit is cl...

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15:06
Voyager 1 fires up thrusters after 37 years

This is incredible. Voyager 1 is 13 billion miles away, running on ancient computer code and JPL was able to use dormant thrusters to give it a nudge.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:40
Apple's Cook talks privacy, AI & App Store...




Speaking on Sunday at the World Internet Conference -- organized by the Cybersecurity Administration of China -- Apple CEO Tim Cook addressed a variety of topics, including sensitive ones that risked offending the pro-censorship Chinese government.

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14:15
∞ The Michelangelo of Microsoft Excel

Mind. Blown. I can barely add 2+2 in Excel and this guy is creating art with it.

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14:02
Google's Allo messaging may link to your email...

Google has been going out of its way to keep Allo relevant, but there's been one glaring issue: you need a phone number to sign up. How's it going to compete with iMessage or Facebook Messenger if there needs to be a phone involved at some point? Y...

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14:01
Review: Brydge Bluetooth keyboard for iPad Pro




The Brydge keyboard for Apple's 10.5-inch iPad Pro is a good way to make your beloved tablet look and feel closer to a MacBook, but a few curious design choices, like lack of support for Apple's Smart Connector, makes it less than perfect.

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12:31
The first text message was sent 25 years ago

Be prepared to feel ancient -- the first text message is 25 years old. Engineer Neil Papworth sent the first SMS on December 3rd, 1992, when he wrote "merry Christmas" on a computer and sent it to the cellphone of Vodafone director Richard Jarvis. It...

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11:00
The best Chromecast speaker

By Brent Butterworth

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

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10:48
Johnny Cash & Joe Strummer sing Bob Marley’s “...

Chills. Two of my favorite singers playing with one of my favorite guitarists on an amazing song.

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09:29
'Ingress' revamp will take cues from...

With all the buzz around Pokémon Go and an upcoming Harry Potter game, it's easy to forget about Niantic's original augmented reality title, Ingress. It's looking old in the tooth, and not just because of its 2012-era visuals -- it's using agi...

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08:19
Can Researchers Detect Irregular Heart Rhythms with...

An anonymous reader quotes USA Today:

Might wearing an Apple Watch save you from a stroke or cardio problem? Apple is careful not to make that direct claim. But the company, in collaboration with Stanford University School of Medicine, launched the Apple Heart Study app on Thursday that uses the heart rate sensor inside the Apple Watch to collect data on irregular heart rhythms... If an irregular heart rhythm is detected, participants in the study will be notified through the Apple Watch and on their iPhones. Should that occur, you'll be offered a free consultation with a study doctor, and possibly an electrocardiogram patch for additional monitoring...
A participant in the study merely has to download the app and wear the watch... The way Apple explains it, a sensor inside the watch uses green LED lights flashing hundreds of times per second and light-sensitive photodiodes to detect the amount of blood flowing through the wrist. The sensor has an optical design that...

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08:00
After Math: Hello from the auto show

With Thanksgiving already in the rearview and New Years still on the horizon, you know what time it is: it's auto show season! Engadget just wrapped up a week of reporting from the Los Angeles auto show and have plenty of posts to show for it. Volvo...

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06:59
Neil Young's huge online music archive opens to...

Neil Young has been talking up his giant online archive for ages, but he's finally ready to deliver on his promises. The veteran Canadian rocker has launched the simply-titled Neil Young Archives, a website that includes all the media he has produce...

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06:40
Tim Cook expresses need for humanity & privacy...

Tim Cook helped kick off China’s World Internet Conference today, giving a keynote address centered around privacy, security, and humanity, according to Bloomberg. The World Internet Conference is spearheaded by the Cyberspace Administration of China and largely viewed as a way for the country to promote its version of a censored and controlled internet…

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06:30
Review: CalDigit 2TB Tuff USB-C hard drive a solid...




There's no reason for MacBook or MacBook Pro users with USB-C to rely on adapters for ruggedized mass storage. AppleInsider looks at the CalDigit Tuff hard drive, aimed squarely at mobile professionals seeking to safeguard data against drops or falls.

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05:30
Ben Heck's Atari 'Dragster' speed run...

Even computer games have their own world records, and one of the oldest uncontested ones is the fastest time for Atari Dragster, at 5.51 seconds. But how legitimate is this speed? Ben is tasked with using RAM analysis and a microcontroller to c...

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00:22
Holiday Deals: High-end 15" MacBook Pro for $2,...




Kicking off December, Apple authorized resellers are marking down popular Apple devices for holiday shoppers. Save $700 on Apple's Late 2016 15" MacBook Pro with a variety of upgrades. A Mid 2017 13" MacBook Pro with 256GB of storage space is also $200 off, while a 4.2GHz 27" iMac 5K with 1TB of storage and Radeon 580 graphics is $300 off.

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Saturday December 2

22:01
Netflix cancels YouTube star Miranda Sings'...

YouTube stardom is no guarantee of success on other streaming services, it appears. Netflix has dropped Miranda Sings' Haters Back Off after two seasons, marking a short run for the first YouTuber to land a scripted series. It's not certain exactly...

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19:03
Ex-NSA worker pleads guilty to taking data involved...

The NSA hasn't been having the best week when it comes to security, but it's getting at least some closure. A former employee, now known as Nghia Pho, has pleaded guilty to bringing home classified data that was later stolen in a hack linked to Russ...

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17:34
California axes self-driving car rule limiting...

California has been happy to tweak the rules to get more self-driving cars on the road, but it still has its limits. The state's DMV has eliminated a planned rule (suggested by GM) that would have let companies avoid liability for an autonomous vehi...

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16:45
KGI: Apple to adopt faster circuit board tech across...

Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities is today out with a new investor note, obtained by 9to5Mac. In the piece, Kuo breaks down how Apple is working to integrate faster and more versatile circuit boards across its product lineup come 2018…

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16:05
NASA wakes up Voyager's slumbering thrusters 37...

NASA's Voyager 1 has been drifting farther and farther away from our planet for the past 40 years. Now, the agency has ensured that it can maintain contact with the farthest spacecraft from Earth for at least two to three more years by waking up a se...

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15:44
Shouting 'Pay Your Taxes', Activists...

An anonymous reader quotes MarketWatch:
A group of global activists stormed and occupied several Apple Stores in France on Saturday in a move aimed at pressuring the company to pay up on a €13 billion ($15.5 billion) tax bill to the European Union. In a press release, the France unit of the Association for the Taxation of Financial Transactions and Citizen's Action organization (Attac), said 100 of its members occupied the Opera Apple Store in Paris, demanding the company pay its taxes... Attac said dozens of protests were organized at other Apple store locations throughout France on Saturday. In the Paris store, activists were seen via videos circulating on Twitter, pushing past security and hanging a banner that said "We will stop when Apple pays." Security in Paris reportedly evacuated Apple workers from the building as those protests began.

After three hours they left the store -- leaving behind protest messages on the iPads on display. The group claims that Apple...

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14:54
Activist group occupies French Apple stores in...




An activist organization staged a series of protests at French Apple stores on Saturday, calling on the company to pay the $15.5 billion in back taxes the Irish government has been ordered to collect by the European Commission.

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14:33
Comcast is also interested in buying most of Fox...

It's not just Disney interested in snapping up a large chunk of 21st Century Fox. Wall Street Journal tipsters claim not just that Disney has resumed "active talks" to buy most of Fox's movie and TV assets, but that Comcast has entered discussions as...

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13:56
Holiday Deals: Apple's 15" MacBook Pro for...




Apple authorized reseller B&H Photo this week is knocking $600 off the standard Late 2016 15" MacBook Pro and $700 to $800 off high-end models with faster processors, additional storage and upgraded graphics -- all with no tax outside NY and NJ and free expedited shipping.

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13:02
UK cyber security chief warns government against...

In another blow to Kaspersky's business, UK's cyber security authority has advised government agencies not to use the anti-virus software. UK's National Cyber Security Centre chief Ciaran Martin sent a letter to other departments, warning them that R...

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12:47
The power of RAW on iPhone, part 1: shooting RAW

Great post and, now that I have an iPhone X, I’m really looking forward to using it with the Halide app and shooting and editing in RAW as I do with my DSLR.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:12
Apple's HomePod isn't about Siri, but...




Introduced this summer at WWDC17, Apple's HomePod was immediately positioned next to Amazon Echo and Google Home by bloggers as a "smart speaker" serving primarily as a way to chat with a voice assistant. But that's not how Apple introduced it.

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11:55
Face ID not working on iPhone X after updating to...

Some iPhone X owners are reporting that Face ID is not working after updating to iOS 11.2, which was released this morning. The iPhone X instead shows an alert that says it is ‘unable to activate Face ID on this iPhone’. Luckily, the fix seems to be very simple – simply reboot your phone …

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11:54
Apple to adopt speedy LCP circuit board tech across...




With this year's iPhone revisions, Apple introduced a new breed of flexible circuit board crafted from liquid crystal polymer, a material that benefits high-speed, low-latency data transfer. Currently used in iPhone 8 and iPhone X LTE antennas, and the latter's TrueDepth camera, the technology is expected to make its way to other product lines next year.

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11:30
Honda hopes developers can help keep the LA Olympics...

If you've ever been to Los Angeles, you've been in traffic. It's such an integral part of the LA experience that the running joke is that the city is nothing more than a giant parking lot. But the sprawling metropolis is trying to do better. It's exp...

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11:14
Apple is still having software issues with both iOS...

Bummer. Apple is having more software problems with both iOS and macOS.

An iOS bug is causing problems on Apple devices that have local notifications enabled, causing springboard to enter a crash loop once the clock turned 12:15 a.m. on Dec. 2. 

If you’re still experiencing a problem: you can: disable notifications and turn off background app refresh; change the date manually to a time before ether problem occurred; or force restart your iOS device.

Regarding macOS, earlier this week, Apple scrambled to push out a software update for macOS High Sierra, to fix a glitch in the operating system’s security measures. However, multiple Mac users have confirmed to WIRED that Apple's fix for that problem has a...

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10:59
Apple releases iOS 11.2 with support for Apple Pay...

Apple has released iOS 11.2 with support for Apple Pay Cash,7.5-watt charging on compatible devices, and various bug fixes and improvements. 

With Apple Pay Cash, Apple Pay users will be able to make and receive payments with friends and family quickly and securely. They can send money and get paid right in Messages, or tell Siri to pay someone, using the credit and debit cards they already have in Wallet. 

You can download iOS 11.2 by going to Settings > General > Software Update. Eligible devices include the iPhone 5s and later, the iPad mini 2 and later, the iPad Air and later, and the 6th gen iPod touch. 

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10:01
NSA surveillance expansion bill moves to House for a...

Intelligence officials might not get the permanent surveillance powers they're looking for, but they could get some key concessions all the same. The House Intelligence Committee has passed the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017 in a partis...

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09:19
Apple software sees disastrous, embarrassing week...




Apple, a company that prides itself on customer experience, just had one of its worst customer-facing weeks in history, with a major security flaw on macOS High Sierra and a bug in iOS that rendered some iPhones essentially unusable. It has been an embarrassing turn of events for a technology company that frequently boasts about industry-leading customer satisfaction levels.

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08:30
Ask Engadget: What is the best 4K, 3D-capable TV?

The support shared between readers in the comments section is one of the things we love most about the Engadget community. Over the years, we've known you to offer sage advice on everything from Chromecasts and cameras to drones and smartphones. In f...

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07:39
This week’s top stories: Apple’s bad week for...

In this week’s top stories: A critical security hole is discovered and quickly patched in macOS, Apple officially releases iOS 11.2, an even cheaper iPad could be on the horizon, and more. Read on for all of this week’s biggest and best Apple stories.  more…

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07:35
If your iPhone started crashing at midnight on Dec....

It’s like Y2K all over again for iPhone users. When the clock struck midnight on December 2, 2017, many iPhones that were running iOS 11.1.2 began inexplicably rebooting and crashing. But if you’re one of the affected users, there’s already a fix.

The bug involves iOS’s “local” notifications, alerts that happen on your iPhone rather than Apple’s push notification service. It’s difficult to know which apps use local notifications and which use remote notifications, but one example is meditation app Headspace, which sends users daily reminders to relax and breathe. Any app that sends local notifications could be a culprit.

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07:26
Surprise! Apple Releases iOS 11.2 to Combat Reset...

Why did Apple release a major iOS update before dawn on a Saturday morning? Josh Centers explains. Also, Apple Pay Cash is now available. Kind of. Not really.

 

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07:07
New study shows iPhone 8 & iPhone X fast...

The iPhone X and iPhone 8 are Apple’s first smartphones to officially support fast charging with USB-C. A new study from Tom’s Guide, however, shows the iPhone X and iPhone 8 both lag behind competing flagship Android devices in terms of fast charging capabilities…

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07:04
EA’s ‘UFC 3’ beta is live this weekend on Xbox One...

Earlier this month, EA revealed its third big UFC game, which brings an improved career mode and quickplay options to the franchise. Though UFC 3 is set to launch on February 2nd, console owners can get an early look this weekend: The beta is live fo...

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06:46
PSA: Upgrading to macOS 10.13.1 will undo Apple’s...

While Apple was commended for its overnight fix of the critical macOS root security hole earlier this week, updates that are developed so quickly rarely come without issues. Wired this morning reports that if you were running macOS High Sierra 10.13.0 when you installed the update, and then update to High Sierra 10.13.1, the security update will reverse itself…

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06:28
Tim Cook to attend state-run internet conference in...

Apple CEO Tim Cook will attend China’s state-run internet conference next week. According to The Wall Street Journal, Cook is “the most prominent executive from a U.S. company” who will be in attendance…

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06:00
The 10 iPhone and iPad games you need to play from...

November's iOS games

Image by KO_OP Mode

Whether you’re playing on the spectacular iPhone X or something a bit less extravagant (but no less useful), the App Store has plenty of new games to help bring a swipe to your finger and a smile to your face. November saw a pretty sweet stack of compelling iOS game releases, and amidst the excitement and stress of the holiday season, you may need some fresh distractions.

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05:00
The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Before your weekend begins it's time to make sure you have the latest iPhone and macOS updates, then check out what Elon Musk is sending to Mars next month.

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04:00
The hottest Apple-related news for the week of Nov....

There’s a lot happening in the world of Apple news this week. Following are the hottest articles for the week of Nov. 27-Dec. 1.

Apple has opened registration for thousands of free Hour of Code sessions available at all Apple Stores from Dec. 4-10. The company also introduced a new educational challenge in Swift Playgrounds and added new teacher resources to the Everyone Can Code curriculum to help teach Swift, Apple’s programming language.

Adobe has released its 2017 online shopping data for Cyber Monday and the holiday weekend overall. Apple’s AirPods were some of the hottest sellers during the online shopping day.

India’s Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu said the company supports Apple’s plan to set up a manufacturing unit in the country and is awaiting a formal proposal from the tech giant, according to ...

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03:11
Google Keep

 December 2, 2017 3:11:00 AM PST

We are continuing to investigate this issue. We will provide an update by December 2, 2017 4:11:00 AM PST detailing when we expect to resolve the problem.


The Google Keep frontend is unable to sync properly and will indicate the following error: "Can't connect right now. Try again later"

 December 2, 2017 2:57:00 AM PST

We're investigating reports of an issue with Google Keep. We will provide more information shortly.

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01:10
Apple releases iOS 11.2 with date crashing fix,...

Apple has now released iOS 11.2 at a very strange time of day, on a Saturday, seemingly as the fix for the date looping bug we reported on earlier today. The release notes mention the inclusion of Apple Pay Cash, which enables peer-to-peer payments between friends in the US, but it is not yet live.

Download iOS 11.2 now for your iPad, iPhone and iPad touch. Go to Settings -> Software Update to install it.

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01:02
Apple releases iOS 11.2 with Apple Pay Cash and a...

Apple doesn't usually release its iOS updates in the middle of the night, but it appears to have pushed the 11.2 schedule forward thanks to a date bug that just started making iPhones reset. iOS 11.2 is a pretty major update and it also brings new fe...

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00:53
Apple pushes out iOS 11.2 with Apple Pay Cash, 7.5-...




In a highly unusual move, Apple early Saturday released iOS 11.2 with support for Apple Pay Cash, 7.5-watt charging on compatible devices and -- tellingly -- a fix for a nasty date bug that can cause devices to enter a soft reset loop.

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00:21
New iOS bug causes some devices to crash on Dec. 2,...




A newly discovered iOS bug is wreaking havoc on devices that have local notifications enabled, causing springboard to enter a crash loop once the clock turns 12:15 a.m. on Dec. 2.

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Friday December 1

23:24
One month later: iPhone X has far exceeded my...

The iPhone X was a big risk for Apple, because of the removal of the Home button and its heavy reliance on gestures, but it’s clear to me that Apple succeeded in making it work. After using the iPhone X day-to-day for almost four weeks, I’ve become well-accustomed to it as my daily driver.

At its core, the iPhone X is basically an enhanced iPhone 8, but its reliance on gestures, significantly reduced bezels, TrueDepth Camera, and OLED display make it look, feel, and at times, perform like an entirely new device. There are other things to consider as well: the glass and metal design, and upgraded telephoto camera hardware, to name a few.

For as much flack as Apple has received for the iPhone X’s so-called notch, and some of the nagging issues that continue to persist throughout iOS, the release is nonetheless a remarkable achievement. more…

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23:13
December 2nd is making some iPhones soft reset (...

Apple software had a rough November, and December isn't off to a good start as there's an apparent date bug causing problems for iPhone owners running the latest versions of iOS (11.1.1 or 11.1.2). Around the world, users are reporting that after 12:...

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22:09
Many iPhone users suffering from random reboots...

Just days after the huge root security flaw on macOS earlier this week, a growing number of iPhone and iPad users are reporting serious reboot and respring issues. The problem, detailed in a growing Reddit thread and on Twitter, seems to stem from apps that use local notifications, such as reminder applications like Headspace and Calm…

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21:46
This week on AI: Apple's embarrassing Mac...




Apple's macOS engineers didn't have much of a chance to recover from holiday turkey this week, since they were quickly forced solve an embarrassing security vulnerability. The company was meanwhile said to be working on its first power management chips for iPhones, and planning to test self-driving cars in Arizona.

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21:14
Apple CEO Tim Cook to attend China's state-run...




Apple CEO Tim Cook is on the guest list for China's fourth annual World Internet Conference, a state-sponsored gathering at which attendees will discuss the future of the country's strict cyberspace policy.

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20:25
SpaceX's first Falcon Heavy will carry Musk...

SpaceX chief Elon Musk has revealed the new schedule for Falcon Heavy's maiden flight: the company is aiming to send it to the Martian orbit next month from the same launch pad where Apollo 11 took off. The business magnate has also divulged that Fal...

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20:13
Updating macOS can bring back the nasty “root”...

Enlarge (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

The serious and surprising root security bug in macOS High Sierra is back for some users, shortly after Apple declared it fixed. Users who had not installed macOS 10.13.1 and thus were running a prior version of the OS when they received the security update, found that installing 10.13.1 resurfaced the bug, according to a report from Wired.

For these users, the security update can be...

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18:58
Apple's macOS 'root' bug can be...

After news broke of a devastating security flaw in its most recent version of macOS, Apple responded quickly by releasing a patch. Installing Security Update 2017-001 on either macOS 10.13 or 10.13.1 will resolve a problem that allowed anyone to logi...

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18:14
Comparison: iPhone X vs. Galaxy Note 8 video quality




Apple's iPhones have been compared to Samsung flagships for a long time, and there's usually a lot of talk around camera quality. We already compared the quality of still photos between the iPhone X and Galaxy Note 8, so let's take a look at video.

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17:49
Updating to latest macOS 10.13.1 disables Apple...




It appears Apple's quick fix for the recently discovered root user bug can be disabled by upgrading to macOS 10.13.1 from a previous version of the operating system, meaning users who do so are unwittingly reintroducing the glaring security hole.

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17:29
Netflix picks up 'Riverdale' spin-off...

The CW show Riverdale has been a surprise hit, modernizing the soda pop Archie comics of yore with '90s WB melodrama and a topical murder mystery. So it's no surprise that CW was looking for other shows to spin off from the same comics universe. One,...

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17:10
Every iPhone X Is Not Created Equal

According to a PC Magazine report that uses data from Cellular Insights, the Qualcomm-powered iPhone X has better LTE performance than the Intel-powered model. From the report: There are three iPhone X models sold globally. Using lab equipment, Cellular Insights tested two of them: the Qualcomm-powered A1865, sold by Sprint, Verizon, and U.S. Cellular and in Australia, China, and India; and the Intel-powered A1901, sold by most other global carriers including AT&T and T-Mobile. (The third model, A1902, is only sold in Japan.) Here in the U.S., we anticipate that the SIM-free model sold directly by Apple will be the A1865, as that's the model that supports all four U.S. carriers. For this test, Cellular Insights looked at performance on LTE Band 4, which is used by every major U.S. carrier except Sprint, as well as in Canada and parts of Latin America. Cellular Insights attenuated an LTE signal from a strong -85dBm until the modems showed no performance. While both modems...

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16:45
iOS 11 Encrypted Backup Change Reduces Security,...

In iOS 11, Apple has changed things so encrypted iTunes backups can now be restored with either the separate backup password or the device passcode. This move reduces security, but it also reduces the likelihood that users will forget the password and lose access to their backups.

 

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16:27
Uterus transplant recipient gives birth for the...

A woman who received a uterus transplant has given birth to a baby -- a first in the US, Time reports. She is part of an ongoing uterine transplant clinical trial taking place at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas and she, like the other wome...

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15:29
BlackBerry will pay Nokia $137 million to resolve...

Today, BlackBerry accepted an International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) decision that the company pay Nokia $137 million due to a contract dispute. The latter allegedly accused the smartphone maker of failing to make payments on patent license contract...

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15:14
Apple retail workers help save Barred Owl that flew...




Employees at Apple Pioneer Place in Portland, Ore., arrived at work early one November morning to a surprising scene: a Barred Owl, a rare sight in the city, dazed and standing atilt next to the store's two-story glass facade.

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15:00
AWT News Update: December 1, 2017

Wow, it's December already? We have a trio of time-related stories for you today that all have to do with things that should happen by the end of the year:

  • Apple let developers know that they need to submit only 64-bit Mac apps to the Mac App Store starting January 1st
  • Remember the promise from Amazon that the Prime Video app would be available for tvOS by the end of the year? TidBITS blogger Josh Centers says they're still promising the release by the end of December
  • Expect iOS 11.2 and macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 to show up soon -- like next week. The sixth beta shipped to developers today

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14:39
Review: Ultimate Ears’ latest speaker with Alexa on...

Over the past few years, Ultimate Ears has become somewhat of a household name in the world of portable speakers. Their ever-popular Boom lineup has shown that portable speakers can have excellent battery life and sound great. Recently they’ve taken it one step further by bringing Amazon’s Alexa to the portable speaker with their new Blast speakers. Combining a smart voice assistant, with a solid Bluetooth speaker, what’s not to like?

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14:33
Google's Santa hub has you taking 'elfies...

Google has brought back Santa's Village for another year, and this time it's particularly trendy. Fire up the Santa Tracker app on your Android phone and you can play Santa Snap, a game that has you flying around Google Maps to take "elfies" at famo...

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14:11
Apple reminds developers Mac apps must support 64-...




Come January 2018, new apps submitted to the Mac App Store must include 64-bit support as Apple progresses away from less efficient 32-bit code, while existing apps have until June of next year to include the same.

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14:11
Apple will stop accepting 32-bit Mac apps starting...

Apple’s Developer site has today shared a reminder that starting January 1st, 2018 32-bit Mac apps will no longer be accepted.

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14:02
Magnesium batteries could be safer and more...

It's still early days for the promise of safer, energy-dense solid-state rechargeable batteries. However, a team of scientists at the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research have just discovered a fast magnesium-ion solid-state conductor that will g...

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13:41
3D-printed bacteria ink could be used to treat burns

In a new study published today in Science Advances, researchers present a 3D-printable ink that contains bacteria and they say that depending on what species of bacteria it holds, the ink stands to have a number of useful applications. "Printing usin...

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13:37
New Apple Watch Series 3 ads put spotlight on...




Apple on Friday debuted four new video ads for the Apple Watch Series 3, driving home the wearable's fitness focus and LTE support -- as well its potential as a Christmas gift.

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13:26
Amazon Still Promising Prime Video App for Apple TV...

Believe it or not, Amazon says that the Amazon Prime Video app for the Apple TV is still due to ship this year.

 

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13:22
Twitter is making excuses for allowing hate speech

Twitter sure is having a hard time explaining and enforcing its policies around hate speech. Earlier this week, the company responded to Trump's retweet of violent anti-Muslim propaganda, telling Engadget that some videos may remain up if they are ne...

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13:18
9to5Rewards: Last chance to enter our iPhone X...

Thanks to our sponsor Caseology, 9to5Rewards will be announcing the winner of our November giveaway for the iPhone X in just a few days (Dec, 4). That means this is your last opportunity to enter for a chance to win a silver 64GB iPhone X. Caseology is also throwing in a variety of cases and complimentary screen protectors to keep one lucky entrants new phone in one piece. Head below for details. 

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13:05
Uber, but for toxic techbro culture

Some companies are just born with an infinite number of chances to keep doing everything wrong and yet somehow seem immune to the consequences. Uber is one of those companies. Uber's latest scandal -- a fat hack and its dirty coverup -- is just one i...

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12:46
Apple releases four new holiday ads promoting Apple...

Apple has shared four new short holidays ads for Apple Watch Series 3. All of the ads are titled The Gift of Go and each highlight a different sport or activity along with various Apple Watch features.

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12:39
Chrome on Windows will block third-party apps that...

Google says that around two-thirds of Windows Chrome users use third-party applications that interact directly with the web browser, like antivirus or accessibility software. These apps have typically injected code into Chrome to work correctly, but...

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12:31
Review: Etymotic ER20XS High-Fidelity Earplugs

Tell us if this sounds familiar: we grew up listening to music on cheap headphones that came bundled with our music players (then, Sony and Aiwa cassette and CD players; now, Apple iPods and iPhones). We liked the music loud but, since those cheap headphones provided no isolation, we needed to play them even louder to get the desired effect. We went to rock concerts, blasted our car stereos, and ignored our parents' warnings about losing our hearing. Now we're adults, we still love music, and we're suddenly terrified of hearing loss. Should we be one of "those people" wearing earplugs at concerts? This week, we come to terms with the fact that we're not invincible, and try the Etymotic ER20XS High-Fidelity Earplugs. We should have done this years ago.{/exp:char_limit}
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12:18
The lofree mechanical keyboard is back, this time...

lofree Four Seasons Mechanical Keyboard in Vernal White

Remember the lofree keyboard? Back in March this retro-looking Mac-specific mechanical keyboard launched on Indiegogo and raised well over $700,000 in funding. It shipped, and there are a lot of happy users around the world. Now lofree is back with a second version of the keyboard called the Four Seasons: A Colorful Retro Mechanical Keyboard.

Aestival Blue Four Seasons keyboard

What makes it different from the first model? It comes in four seasonal color themes: Vernal White (spring), Aestival Blue (summer),  Autumnal Grey (autumn) and Hibernal Black (winter). But the team at lofree also took feedback from the users of the first keyboard to heart, and they’ve improved the...

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12:13
Samsung's W2018 flip phone has a variable...

Smartphone makers are always pushing for the fastest-possible camera aperture, and until today, the record was held by LG V30 with its f/1.6 lens. But it didn't take long before Samsung hit back with an even lower f-stop.

Earlier today, the Korean g...

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12:00
Razer Phone review: A tough sell, even if it's...

Razer is mostly known for its gaming hardware, so it was a little surprising when the company acquired phone-maker Nextbit earlier this year. Eleven months later, and it finally revealed the results of that acquisition: The Razer Phone. Just like the...

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11:42
Periscope's stream tipping is available outside...

Periscope's livestream tipping system is no longer a US-only affair -- the Twitter-owned service has expanded its Super Broadcaster program to Canada, Ireland and the UK. As before, livestreamers who've received enough Super Hearts (which viewers pa...

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11:23
Researchers create ultrasound needle for internal...

Minimally invasive surgeries are appealing because they typically mean less scar tissue, shorter recovery times and a lower risk of infection. But they have their downsides as well. Getting a good look at the tissue being targeted during a minimally...

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11:06
Tinder is using AI to figure out who you’ll really...

In 2015, Tinder introduced a new feature called the "Super Like." We all know you can swipe right to let a user know you're interested. But if you're really interested, that's where the Super Like comes in. Swiping up meant you Super Liked a person....

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10:58
Craig Federighi says multi-user Face ID support is...

A month ago, we commented on the fact that Face ID seemed like a step backwards from Touch ID when it comes to multi-user support. Now, new comments from Craig Federighi suggest that multi-user access was never even intended for Touch ID.

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10:35
Best Buy is selling two Google Home speakers for the...

Best Buy has a nice two-for-one deal today: Right now, you can get two of Google's voice-activated smart speakers for $130. It's not clear when the deal will end, but it appears to be a daily doorbuster that will likely expire by the end of the day.

While the Google Home hasn't typically budged from its $129 price tag, the smart speaker has seen a lot of discounts lately--in addition to this deal, it's $79 right now on the Google Store. Google's Echo competitor is a great choice for people who are already integrated into Google's ecosystem. (For example, you can use it with Google's Chromecast streaming device to call up Netflix videos via voice commands.) It also works with a number of third-party smart home device makers including...

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