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Wednesday January 10

21:38
Apple CEO Tim Cook, other business leaders urge...




Apple CEO Tim Cook and more than one hundred business leaders on Wednesday urged Congress to pass legislation that would keep Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program protections in place for immigrants brought into America as children.

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20:39
Tim Cook & over 100 other CEOs pen letter urging...

Tim Cook is once again voicing his support for support for young immigrants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. Cooks is among over 100 CEOs who signed an open letter to House and Senate leaders today, voicing support for a bill to protect Dreamers…

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20:20
Apple holding ‘Today at Apple’ sessions w/ Wu-Tang...

Apple kicked off its Today at Apple program in retail stores last year and continues to expand it. In addition to its normal classes, Apple recently announced that it will be holding a “Music Lab” session in at its Union Square location in San Francisco with Wu-Tang Clan frontman RZA…

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20:04
Hands-on with First Alert’s Safe & Sound HomeKit...

First Alert, known best for its home safety devices, has been a relatively early adopter of support for new Apple protocols. The company previously introduced the Onelink Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detector with support for HomeKit, and this year at CES 2018 is showing off a new product that combines the safety features of a smart smoke detector with the home convenience of an AirPlay 2 speaker.

We stopped at First Alert’s booth to see (and hear) the new accessory in person.

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19:34
ScreenShield — a Third-Party SDK That Somehow Allows...

From the announcement of a new version of Confide, a “confidential messenger” app:

ScreenShield is a patent-pending technology that allows you to
view an app’s content on your screen but prevents you from taking
a screenshot of it. If you try to take a screenshot on Confide,
you will now simply capture a blank screen¹. ScreenShield also
protects against other forms of screen capture, including iOS 11
screen recording, AirPlay screen mirroring, QuickTime screen
recording as well as taking screenshots from the app switcher or
by using Xcode.

We initially developed ScreenShield for Confide, but quickly
realized that it could be used in a large number of apps — far
more than we could build ourselves. That’s why we created
ScreenShieldKit — to...

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17:52
Hip-hop legend RZA set to lead Music Lab session at...




Wu-Tang Clan frontman RZA - one of the most acclaimed artists in hip-hop history - will host a free Music Lab session at Apple's Union Square store in San Francisco later this month.

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17:49
Siri adds tennis and golf data integration ahead of...




Apple continued to build out its Siri virtual assistant this week with new data integrations for golf and tennis, additions seemingly timed to coincide with next Monday's start to the Australian Open.

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17:33
US Senator questions Apple about slowing older...

Senator John Thune, chair of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, has sent Apple CEO Tim Cook a letter with questions about the company's decision to slow older models of iPhones, Reuters reports. In December, Apple admitted to slowing...

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17:29
White House ban on personal devices extends to...

A new policy from Chief of Staff John Kelly aims to strictly crackdown on West Wing use of personal cell phones. While initially the policy was believed to apply primarily to personal smartphones, ABC News today reports that it is actually far broader and will ban use of anything with WiFi, Bluetooth, radio, or cellular capabilities…

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17:12
Deepframe brings augmented reality to a huge screen

It's easy to feel a bit disillusioned with all of the hype around augmented reality. We've seen basic examples of AR take off, with apps like Pokemon Go, but that's not exactly immersive. AR glasses, meanwhile, are still finding their legs. But Realf...

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17:04
The latest Wi-Fi mesh router comes from... First...

Showgoers were doing double takes when they saw the smoke-alarm manufacturer exhibiting routers—and smart speakers—at its booth at CES.

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17:03
The ASUS 'Bezel-free kit' is a messy multi...

A quick trip to Asus' off-site location at CES 2018 revealed routers, gaming PCs, the NVIDIA Big Format Gaming Display and its new bezel-hiding kit. That last one helps gamers (or productivity hounds seeking an edge) to link monitors together, while...

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16:54
This phone's in-display fingerprint sensor is a...

I just picked up a Vivo phone, laid my thumb on its screen and voila: I unlocked it. That might not sound like much, but titans like Apple and Samsung have reportedly struggled to squeeze fingerprint sensors beneath their own displays. And yet here I...

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16:46
Facebook testing new ‘Today In’ feed to better...

As it continues its quest to offer more informative and useful information to users, Facebook appears to be testing a new feature that would offer users city-specific news, events, and more. As reported by TechCrunch, Facebook is calling this feature “Today In” and testing it in select markets…

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16:45
Apple To Transfer Chinese iCloud Operations To...

Apple's iCloud services in mainland China will be operated by a Chinese company from next month, the tech giant has confirmed, though Apple will still have access to all data stored on iCloud. The company said it had made the move to comply with the country's cloud computing regulations. iCloud accounts registered outside of China are not affected. BBC reports: The Chinese cyber security rules, introduced in July last year, include a requirement for companies to store all data within China. The firm, Guizhou on the Cloud Big Data (GCBD), is owned by the Guizhou provincial government in southern China. Guizhou is where Apple opened a $1 billion data center last year to meet the regulations. iCloud data will be transferred from February 28, Apple said. Customers living in mainland China who did not want to use iCloud operated by GCBD were given the option to terminate their account. Apple said the "partnership" with GCBD would allow it to "improve the speed and reliability of our...

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16:33
Mac exploit lets you change App Store preferences...

Apple's Mac password troubles aren't over yet. Users have discovered that it's possible to change Mac App Store preferences in macOS High Sierra using any password. You do need to login as an administrator, which is supposed to unlock preferences, bu...

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16:23
JVC and Kenwood's new head units pack wireless...

After a tease at the end of 2017, JVCKenwood has spilled the beans on its head units (yes, plural) with wireless Android Auto support. Its core JVC brand has unveiled two models, the DVD-equipped KW-V940BW and disc-free KW-M845BW, that let you keep y...

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16:20
How humans will learn to love the robots of tomorrow

For the Perfect Strangedroids discussion panel on Wednesday, Engadget hosted a trio of robotics experts.. Sabri Sansoy, CEO and Chief Roboticist of Orchanic; Nader Hamda, Founder and CEO of Ozobot; and Stu Lipoff, IEEE Life Fellow and President of IP...

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16:06
Targus shows off new Thunderbolt 3 docking station...




Thunderbolt 3 docks may have been slow to roll out but the market is picking up pace now, with Targus throwing their hat in the ring with a new offering aimed at multi-platform users.

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16:03
Vortx blows air at your face while you're...

Vortx is ridiculous. It's a cube that you place on your desk, next to your PC or laptop, and it blows hot or cold air in your face, depending on what's happening on-screen. The air responds dynamically to the action: If you're running through the fie...

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15:59
Senator asks Apple questions about slowing iPhones

Senator John Thune, a Republican who chairs the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, said in a Jan. 9 letter to Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook that “the large volume of consumer criticism leveled against the company in light of its admission suggests that there should have been better transparency.”

It’s going to be a while before this goes away.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:45
A first time CES entrepreneur, age 82

On the first official morning of CES, Carol Staninger stopped and started her motorized wheelchair through the cavernous Sands Expo and Convention Center, trying -- sometimes failing -- not to clip the herd of eager attendees who overlooked the octog...

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15:25
There’s a new sex robot in town: Say hello to Solana

It's been just short of a year since I locked eyes with Harmony, RealDoll's first sex robot, at her home in Southern California. It was an arresting experience that has remained cemented in memory. In that moment, I suddenly understood the Uncanny Va...

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15:23
Apple World Today News Update: January 10, 2018

It's Hump Day™! As we reach the middle of this week, there's not a lot of news that we haven't covered elsewhere, but we still have two kinda creepy stories for you.

  • Remember the "FruitFly" malware that was infecting Macs last year? The hacker behind the attack has been indicted for not only his malware attacks and stealing data, but for child pornography as well
  • A second iPhone fire has occurred, this time in Spain. The uptick in incidents seems to be tied to the increase in iPhone battery replacements taking place due to Apple's discounted replacement plan

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

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15:05
Drama series 'See' picked up by Apple as...




Apple is said to have ordered a new television drama series titled See, the latest move by the company's rapidly-expanding content group.

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15:05
Cruising around on the Onewheel+ XR

The Onewheel has always been an exhilarating ride. When you step onto the board and lean down on the nose, there's a rush of adrenaline as you wait for the electric motor to kick into gear. You are, for a split-second, trusting that the board will ca...

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15:01
You can now ask Siri about tennis and golf...

Apple has taught Siri more about sport ahead of the Australian Open starting this weekend. iPhone, iPad , Apple Watch and Mac users can now ask questions to Siri like ‘Hey Siri, how is Roger Federer doing’ or ‘Hey Siri, who is ahead in the Pebble Beach tournament’.

You can also ask for player biographies and more information relating to the sporting events coming up and historical records. Details below on exactly what Siri knows about in golf and tennis …

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14:57
003: Apple’s fake news, AirPort and mesh Wi-Fi,...

Welcome to 9to5Mac Daily, a new podcast bringing you the latest in Apple news and top 9to5Mac stories every Monday through Friday. Today on 9to5Mac Daily we’ve got an Apple exec calling out fake news, yet another macOS High Sierra security flaw, Apple sort of entering the mesh Wi-Fi system market, and a preview of what’s coming from Philips Hue on the smart lighting front.

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

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14:57
Looxid Labs's brain-monitoring VR headset could...

Taking in imaginary worlds or a gripping immersive video via VR can elicit strong reactions, and a startup called Looxid Labs wants to know how your brain reacts to all of it. To that end, it built the unimaginatively-named LooxidVR system, a phone-b...

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14:57
Inside Byton’s experience-driven SUV concept

It's difficult spinning up a car company basically out of thin air. Byton is not only trying to accomplish that, but it's going against over 100 years of automotive history by highlighting the the car's interior over the horsepower and handling. Yes,...

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14:42
A first look at Panasonic's GH5s mirrorless...

When Panasonic announced the GH5s earlier this week, it was clear that the company created it with one simple goal in mind: to be the best 4K prosumer video camera on the market. The GH5s is being billed as the ultimate low-light shooter and a direct...

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14:38
Apple drops Safari Technology Preview 47 with new...




A new version of Apple's experimental Safari branch was made available to web professionals late Wednesday, bringing a number of API enhancements and folding in patches for the Spectre vulnerability.

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14:32
Reflexion's big-screen concussion tester is...

We met Reflexion and its Edge screen last year, and even then we were pretty taken with the idea: a Whac-A-Mole-style test for athletes that improves coordination and helps spot concussions after a big hit? It's uniquely odd, but valuable nonetheless...

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14:30
Vote for the Best of CES 2018 People's Choice...

We've announced our Best of CES finalists so now it's time for you to cast your vote for your favorite gadget at CES 2018! Just head over here (or below) to pick your three favorite items from our pool of finalists. You have until 6 PM ET tomorrow, J...

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14:30
Presenting the Best of CES 2018 finalists!

Our editors have been on the ground for the better part of this week scouring every nook and cranny in Las Vegas to bring you the latest and greatest from CES 2018. And now we're ready to announce our finalists for the official Best of CES awards. Be...

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14:28
Mercedes-Benz on the global training of AI for cars

As the development of autonomous cars moves forward, there are some hurdles that require researchers to travel to countries other than their own. For example, Mercedes Benz just completed a five-month drive through five continents to encounter situat...

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14:21
Apple reaches deal for futuristic drama ‘See’ from...

Apple is continuing to build up its library of original content. Deadline today reports that Apple has ordered a series called “See” from Steven Knight. The science fiction drama comes from a joint venture between Chernin Entertainment and Endeavor Content…

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14:20
Xfinity's Gigabit router will soon double as a...

Comcast's Xfinity division has made some forays into the smart home world already -- Xfinity Home started out as a home security product, but it now handles a number of common devices like locks, thermostats, light bulbs and so on. However, the milli...

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14:13
Second iPhone battery fire in two days affects...




Apple's Calle Colon store in Valencia, Spain was evacuated on Wednesday after an iPhone's battery exploded during repair, filling one floor of the building with smoke.

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14:11
Apple scoops up ‘See’ world-building drama

According to Deadline, Apple has landed the TV package, See with a straight-to-series order. A world-building drama set in the future, the project is written by Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight and directed by Francis Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2).

It comes from the recently launched scripted drama venture between Peter Chernin’s Chernin Entertainment and Endeavor Content. The size of the order is still still to be announced, but likely will consist of eight episodes. 

This is the fourth scripted series order for Apple’s entertainment/ video programming division under Jamie...

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14:05
Into the darkness at CES 2018

Shortly after 11AM, the power went out in the central hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, bringing CES to a near-standstill. The cavernous hall, measuring more than 632,000 square feet -- bigger than some aircraft hangars -- fell into silence, s...

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13:57
Asus aims portable ProArt PQ22UC 4K OLED monitor at...




Asus has added a new high-end display to its range of professional monitors that is made for those who work on the move, with the ProArt PQ22UC consisting of a 21.6-inch 4K OLED panel with USB Type-C connectivity that can be easily transported as a second display for a MacBook Pro.

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13:57
Whatsapp servers can be compromised to add people to...

Messaging service Whatsapp made headlines in 2016 when it introduced end-to-end encryption to every message sent through the service, whether text, photo or video. Clearly security is a priority for the company. That's why it's so surprising that res...

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13:37
Microsoft AI is being used to improve CRISPR accuracy

Scientists have already used CRISPR gene editing techniques try and treat or cure diseases, improve birth rates and even alleviate allergic reactions. The problem is that it can be tricky to edit DNA accurately and safely. A new AI project from Micro...

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13:29
Firefighters respond to another Apple Store due to...

A new report of an iPhone battery explosion has surfaced today. This latest incident happened at Apple’s Calle Colón Store in Valencia, Spain and comes after yesterday’s similar occurrence at a Swiss Apple Store.

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13:02
Netflix hid a fake biotech booth in the middle of CES

Venture beyond tech whales like Samsung and Sony, beyond the rows of smart speakers and giant TVs and you'll discover that there are weirder things to be found at CES. That might be why Netflix's trojan horse public relations move, establishing a fic...

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12:58
2018 Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show stymied by...




One day after the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show saw some exhibits close because of rain, a blackout has plagued the expo center and has run for an hour, and counting.

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12:58
Arable's Mark crop sensors give farmers a data-...

I've never actually set foot on a farm, but I'm inexplicably still inexplicable drawn to agriculture startups -- after all, farming is one of the world's oldest professions, and nothing is quite as helpful as pure hard data. Fortunately, that's exact...

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12:52
Muzen OTR Wood: A tiny retro Bluetooth speaker/FM...

Being an old-school kind of guy, I love it when modern technology meets history. That’s the reason the upcoming Muzen OTR Wood speaker is so attractive to me. I had the opportunity to test a prototype of this little speaker recently, and I think anyone with a love of history and workmanship will appreciate it. The Muzen OTR Wood will available through a crowdfunding campaign soon... but let's look at the device before I tell you how to get one.

Muzen OTR Wood. Photo ©2018, Steven Sande

The Radio Enthusiast

 The Muzen OTR Wood is a joint venture between a longtime radio enthusiast and Radio Caroline, which I’ll talk about later. The radio enthusiast is Dejun Zeng, who has won five CES Innovation Awards and who designed China’s first commercial tube amplifier. 

As a radio fan, Mr. Zeng wanted to design a retro-style radio that used today’s...

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12:45
Review: Audience The ONE Loudspeaker

We've reviewed plenty of "premium" and "flagship" products over the years. As you venture into the world of really high-end audio, however, you start to encounter a new term: "statement." Usually, a statement product is where manufacturers put their most cutting-edge technology; we see speakers with multiple drivers in wild-looking cabinets and with even wilder price tags. Audience, a small California-based speaker and cable company, makes the opposite kind of statement. Sure, they can build you one of those huge speakers with 16 or 32 drivers that costs into the five figures, but that's not their most interesting product. Audience's statement speaker, it seems, is The ONE. It features just one driver and, yes, it makes a statement.{/exp:char_limit}
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12:45
macOS High Sierra's App Store System...

A bug report submitted on Open Radar this week reveals a security vulnerability in the current version of macOS High Sierra that allows the App Store menu in System Preferences to be unlocked with any password. From a report: MacRumors is able to reproduce the issue on macOS High Sierra version 10.13.2, the latest public release of the operating system, on an administrator-level account by following these steps: 1. Click on System Preferences. 2. Click on App Store. 3. Click on the padlock icon to lock it if necessary. 4. Click on the padlock icon again. 5. Enter your username and any password. 6. Click Unlock. As mentioned in the radar, System Preferences does not accept an incorrect password with a non-administrator account. We also weren't able to unlock any other System Preferences menus with an incorrect password. We're unable to reproduce the issue on the third or fourth betas of macOS High Sierra 10.13.3, suggesting Apple has fixed the security vulnerability in the upcoming...

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12:30
Video: Next generation iPhone SE 2 may have a glass...




According to a recent rumor, the next-generation "iPhone SE 2" may feature a glass back just like the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, suggesting it will feature wireless charging.

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12:30
Razer's Nommo line of PC gaming speakers...

Gaming peripheral maker Razer announced three new speakers for gaming PCs at CES today. Just like other Razer gaming devices, the Nommo speakers are equipped with the company's fancy lighting system, Chroma, to let you visually customize your gaming...

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12:23
Hands-on with Nanoleaf’s new square light panels and...

Nanoleaf, makers of popular HomeKit-compatible ambient lighting panels, made two significant announcements at this year’s CES in Las Vegas. Both a 12-sided, customizable remote control and brand new square lighting panels debuted on the show floor. We stopped by Nanoleaf’s booth for a full hands-on demonstration.

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12:17
News: Number of lawsuits against Apple grows as US,...

US Senator John Thune has entered the fray around Apple’s admitted slowing down of older iPhones, sending the company a list of questions about how it came to the decision to throttle performance on its devices without informing users, The Wall Street Journal reports. As Senate Commerce Committee chairman, Thune is looking for information on “how Apple has tracked customer complaints of processing performance and if Apple has explored…

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12:14
Apple now selling mesh Wi-Fi system as AirPort line...

Apple has started selling a mesh Wi-Fi system from Linksys both on its website and in stores. The move is notable as Apple hasn’t updated its own Wi-Fi base station hardware since 2013 and doesn’t currently offer its own mesh Wi-Fi system.

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11:59
9to5Mac’s Best of CES 2018 Awards

Each year, the Consumer Electronics Show is filled with brands exhibiting their newest and best products. Even though Apple doesn’t make an official appearance at CES, the company’s presence is made known through the hundreds of accessories on display designed for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.

Last year, we brought you the inaugural 9to5Mac Best of CES Awards to spotlight our favorite products introduced at the show. Once again for 2018, we’ve been pounding the pavement (and hotel carpet) in Las Vegas all week hunting down what’s new. Here are our 2018 picks:

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11:53
T-Mobile offers up to $700 off second iPhone in...




The U.S. branch of T-Mobile is running a new "Buy One Get One" promotion in which people buying an iPhone can get up to $700 off a second, as long as they meet the right criteria.

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11:23
Satechi Type-C 75W Multiport Travel Charger capable...




Accessory producer Satechi revealed its Type-C 75WMultiport Travel Charger, capable of charging up to four devices simultaneously, with it also capable of providing enough power to recharge a MacBook and an MacBook Pro as well as iPhones, iPads, and other devices.

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11:00
External Link: Apple Planning More iOS Parental...

Responding to concerns from two large shareholders (who hold approximately $2 billion in Apple stock) over the effect mobile devices have on the mental health of children, Apple has announced that it’s planning better parental control features in future versions of iOS. Apple already offers better parental controls than most platforms, but the company said in a statement, “Apple has always looked out for kids, and we work hard to create powerful products that inspire, entertain, and educate children while also helping parents protect them online.” That may not be sufficient for the investors, who also want Apple to create an expert advisory committee, partner with outside researchers, help educate parents about Apple’s tools, and assign a high-level executive to monitor the issue and publish annual progress reports.

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the...

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10:59
External Link: Mickey Mouse’s Debut Film Could...

Before the 1970s, U.S. copyright terms lasted for only 56 years, but over time Congress has extended that to 95 years — the last extension being in 1998. Those extensions have been pushed primarily by Hollywood, with the joke being that Disney will do whatever it takes to keep “Steamboat Willie” — the first film featuring its signature Mickey Mouse character — from falling into the public domain. According to an article in Ars Technica, it appears that Hollywood is now giving up on further extensions due to greater public awareness of copyright issues. So on 1 January 2019, every work of art published in 1923 will fall into the public domain, something that has been delayed for over 40 years. And unless something changes, “Steamboat Willie” will move into the public domain in 2024, though Disney would still own the trademark to Mickey Mouse.

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology...

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10:36
Apple ships Safari Technology Preview 47 with...

Apple has updated Safari Technology Preview, its developer browser for experimental web features, with mitigations for the Spectre vulnerability disclosed earlier this month. Version 47 can be found in the Mac App Store or online for Safari Technology Preview users.

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10:17
T-Mobile offers BOGO deal on iPhone 8, $700 off for...

T-Mobile has announced its latest promotion, buy one iPhone, get one free. This latest offer is available with the purchase of any two iPhone X, 8, or 7 devices.

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10:15
Apple tops list of most innovative tech companies

When U.S. adults were asked which consumer technology company is the most innovative, Apple was the clear winner among a list of 12 businesses, chosen by 26% of the 2,201 participants in a recent Morning Consult survey. Samsung came in second, at 14%.

The top five were rounded out by Google (11%), Microsoft (9%) and Amazon (8%). The poll, conducted Jan. 4-5, has a margin of error of plus or minus two percentage points.

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10:12
Yet another macOS High Sierra bug: Unlock App Store...

Less than two months ago, Apple users discovered a bug in macOS that allowed anyone to log in with root access. Apple apologized and fixed it quickly, but now users on Open Radar have found a similar (but far less severe) macOS password bug.

If you're running macOS High Sierra, try this: 

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Click on App Store.
  3. If the padlock is unlocked, click to lock it.
  4. Click the padlock to unlock it.
  5. In the prompt, enter your username and any password.

The App Store preferences pane should unlock. We tried it on a new iMac and MacBook Pro, both with macOS 10.13.2, and it worked.

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10:03
macOS High Sierra bug unlocks App Store Systems...

A bug report submitted on Open Radar — and, as noted by MacRumors — reveals a security vulnerability in the current version of macOS High Sierra that allows the App Store menu in System Preferences to be unlocked with any password. 

This only appears to be when logged in as a local admin. The security vulnerability means that anyone with administrator-level access to your Mac could unlock the App Store preferences and enable or disable settings to automatically install macOS updates, app updates, system data files, and even security updates that would fix a bug like this one. However, as noted by 9to5Mac, the security flaw is present in macOS 10.13.2 which is the current public version of macOS High Sierra, but resolved in the latest beta...

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09:56
India makes it easier for Apple to open stores in...

India has made it easier for brands such as Apple to open stores in the country. The Indian government announced Wednesday that global single-brand retailers will no longer need its permission to own and operate stores in the country, reports CNN Money.

Foreign companies previously needed government approval to own more than 49% of an Indian retail operation, leading many to partner with Indian companies or rely on local distributors and franchises. India's retail market presents a compelling opportunity. It is currently worth around $600 billion, according to a 2017 report by consultancy PwC. By 2020, Indian shoppers could be spending $1 trillion year, it added.

Getting a foothold in India has been a challenge for Apple. The company has opened its retail stores in a number of countries around the world, but not there. It looks like that will...

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09:50
Private messaging iPhone app Confide develops...




Secure messaging app Confide has come up with a way to prevent messages appearing in its iOS app from being captured in a screenshot, with the firm also offering its 'ScreenShield' technology in a development kit to help keep messages and other content protected in other apps.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 13.3″ Touch Bar MacBook Pro $1...

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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09:18
macOS High Sierra flaw unlocks App Store System...

There’s a newly discovered security hole in the current version of macOS High Sierra that allows anyone with access to your Mac to unlock your App Store System Preferences without your system password. The impact of this vulnerability doesn’t appear to be severe, but the security feature clearly isn’t working as intended.

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09:06
Matias is building the wired Mac keyboards that...

I’ve always been a fan of Matias keyboards.

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09:01
News: Zagg debuts InvisibleShield tempered glass...

For those torn between protecting their glass-backed iPhones and showing them off, Zagg’s InvisibleShield Glass+ Luxe 360 offers something in between. The two-piece protector covers the front and back of the iPhone X, 8 or 8 Plus and is made from “the toughest tempered glass on the market” with reinforced edges to prevent chips and cracks. The cases come in matching black, gold and silver colors for the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus and in…

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09:00
News: Daily Deal: Dashlane Password Manager, Premium...

For Wednesday’s iLounge Deal, we’re offering a premium subscription to Dashlane for only $19.98 — that’s 50% off the regular price. This secure online password manager ensures that you’ll never forget another password, with patented security architecture, accurate autofill, and an instant password generator and changer to help avoid password reuse across multiple sites. Dashlane lets you tighten up your password security…

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08:59
Satechi launches ‘Type-C 75W Multiport Travel...

At CES 2018, Satechi has announced another new USB-C accessory on the heels of unveiling its Smart Dual Charging Station for iPhone and Apple Watch yesterday. The “Type-C 75W Multiport Travel Charger” offers 2 – 2.4A USB-A ports, 1 – QC 3.0 USB-A port, and 1 – USB C port at a fair price.

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08:58
macOS High Sierra App Store settings menu not...




The macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 App Store settings can be unlocked with any password entered by an administrator account -- but Apple appears to have already implemented a fix in the beta releases currently in testing.

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08:50
Apple picked as 'most innovative' company...




Among a list of 12 major corporations, Apple was picked as the most innovative by a wide margin in a poll of U.S. adults.

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08:46
Senator questions Apple over intentional iPhone...

Enlarge / A functional iPhone X, unlike the ones that went through recent stress testing. (credit: Samuel Axon)

After public outrage, a US Senator has posed questions to Apple about its deliberate slowdown of older iPhones due to aging battery issues. Senator John Thune (R-S.D.), who chairs the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, wrote a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook questioning the level of transparency the tech giant should have provided users before slowing down its devices.

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08:38
Pokémon Go goes iOS 11-only starting on February 28

Those who love chasing Charizards, Snorlaxes and the rest of the Pokémon Go AR characters will need to upgrade to iOS 11 soon if they haven't already, as Niantic has said that the app will only be able to run on the latest version of iOS beginning February 28.

The game was recently upgraded with support for ARKit on iPhone 6s or better, providing better battery life and allowing Pokémon to sit on real-world surfaces with more natural lighting. When the change to iOS 11-only occurs, gamers who are running on iPhone 5, 5c, iPad 2, 3 and 4, and the original iPad mini will be out of luck. They may not be able to use PokéCoins or other items in the Bag, nor may they even be able to access their accounts. 

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08:25
News: Apple hit with £136 million UK tax bill

Apple has been hit with a £136 million tax bill in the UK after an “extensive audit,” The Financial Times reports. The payment — which covered many years leading up to 2015 — was discovered in the accounts of Apple’s European subsidiary and is thought to have come after an audit found that the subsidiary hadn’t received large enough commissions on sales it secured for its Irish sister company. Apple’s well-documented…

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08:18
SimpliSafe updates the look of its home security...




Smart home security firm SimpliSafe has performed a major refresh of its product line, collaborating with global design firm Ideo to redesign its devices with a modern look and smaller sensors, as well as improving the underlying technology the security system itself.

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08:02
Confide messenger releases new screenshot-prevention...

The team behind Confide has taken their ephemeral-messaging app’s security up a notch. Available starting today, Confide messenger’s screenshot prevention now extends across a variety of use cases. The upgrade will make it significantly more difficult for anyone to use known methods to screengrab any content they see within the app.

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08:00
News: JVC reveals affordable wireless earbud,...

JVC is releasing a new slate of wireless earbud and headphone options this March, appealing to those who want the benefits of wireless listening without the hefty price tag. The JVC Flats Wireless series ($40) are simple on-ear headphones that provide around 11 hours of listening on a full charge and fold away flat for easy storage on the go. The company’s Noise Canceling Bluetooth Folding Headphones ($100) provide the same 11 hours of wireless…

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07:33
Niantic's 'Pokemon Go' to go iOS 11-...




As of Feb. 28, people will no longer be able to play Niantic's "Pokemon Go" on devices without iOS 11 -- cutting off access on some older iPhones and iPads.

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07:22
News: Abode debuts Iota security camera system with...

Abode’s new Iota security device combines an HD security camera with a built-in gateway capable of connecting to multiple other smarthome security devices, allowing for a pretty robust set of home monitoring options. The Iota is HomeKit-compatible so it can be integrated into an existing configuration, but the Abode app also includes native app support for Nest and Ecobee devices along with local, direct integration with Philips Hue and LifX,…

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06:57
Apple to hand off Chinese iCloud operations to local...

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Chinese iCloud customers have been notified that Apple will transfer operations of its cloud storage service to the local firm Guizhou on the Cloud Big Data (GCBD) starting next month. Apple announced the partnership with GCBD last year and claims the new iCloud operations will help the company comply with Chinese regulations. As of February 28, Apple will start the transfer of Chinese iCloud data to its new data center in Guizhou, where it will be managed by GCBD.

This means that the physical location of Chinese iCloud customers' data will change, but customers shouldn't see any differences on their end of their iCloud accounts. In Apple's message sent to mainland Chinese customers, the company says the new operations setup will "enable us to...

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06:52
Apple's iPhone X tops November sales in China,...




The iPhone X did particularly well during its November launch, claiming the lead in three markets, despite Apple losing some share in the overall smartphone market.

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06:42
Senator Wants Apple To Answer Questions on Slowing...

The chairman of a U.S. Senate committee overseeing business issues asked Apple to answer questions about its disclosure that it slowed older iPhones with flagging batteries, Reuters reported on Wednesday, citing a letter. From the report: The California-based company apologized over the issue on Dec. 28, cut battery replacement costs and said it will change its software to show users whether their phone battery is good. Senator John Thune, a Republican who chairs the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, said in a Jan. 9 letter to Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook that "the large volume of consumer criticism leveled against the company in light of its admission suggests that there should have been better transparency."


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06:41
How to set up Apple ID unlock on your Mac

This is a great piece of advice from iMore’s Lory Gil. Follow along to make sure you have Apple ID unlock enabled on your Mac. Read through the rest of the post for related how-to info.

Even if you think you’ll never forget your password, this is a smart backup plan.

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06:35
iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X were the top 3 best-selling...

Apple’s new iPhones were the top three best-selling smartphones in the US in November, says Kantar, despite the high price of the iPhone X. In contrast, Samsung’s flagship phone, the Galaxy S8, only managed 6th position.

There was more good news in other countries, says the firm …

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06:27
Lana Del Rey says Radiohead suing her for copying “...

OK, this seems really clearcut to me, but judge for yourself.

My take: The chord structure seems identical, the production not so much. But there’s this one moment that really makes the case for me.

  • In the Radiohead video, jump to about 39 seconds in and listen to the phrase, “float like a feather”, with that bit of vocalization at the end of the word “feather”.

  • Now, in the Lana Del Rey video, jump to about 50 seconds in and listen to the phrase “my modern manifesto”. To me, I hear the same vocalization at the end of the word “manifesto”.

As I said, judge for yourself. But hard for me to believe Creep wasn’t an influence here.

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06:21
Kantar: iOS is seeing mixed results when it comes to...

The latest smartphone operating system data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech reveals a mixed performance for iOS in the three months ending November 2017. 

Despite new handset releases including the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, iOS share fell by 0.6 percentage points across the big five European markets to 23.9% and by 3.8 percentage points in the USA to 39.8%. In contrast, iOS performance in urban China continues to impress, gaining 4.6 percentage points over the same time period to give it a market share of almost 25%, adds the research group.

“On the surface Apple’s share figures for the three months to November struggle to impress, but taking into account the staged releases of the new iPhone 8 and iPhone X there are some strong performances,” says Dominic Sunnebo, global director for Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. “In Great Britain, Apple achieved its highest share in more than three years in the month of November...

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06:21
Samsung will debut 'Galaxy S9' at Mobile...




Samsung will be launching its next flagship smartphone in February, the South Korean electronics giant has confirmed, with the expected unveiling of the 'Galaxy S9' and the 'Galaxy S9 Plus taking place at this year's Mobile World Congress.

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06:18
Hands-on with DJI’s Osmo Mobile 2 iPhone stabilizer...

As the iPhone’s camera continues to improve with every generation of the device, shooting professional looking video with smartphones becomes more and more of a viable solution. To tackle this market, DJI introduced the original Osmo Mobile, a compact gimbal for your iPhone that allows for smooth stabilization and quick control over camera movement. This year at CES, DJI built upon what they’ve learned from customers and announced the Osmo Mobile 2. We took a hands-on look at what’s new.

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06:15
U.S. government questions Apple about its handling...

Apple is facing new questions from U.S. government officials about its handling of “Batterygate”, reports The Wall Street Journal. On Tuesday, Sen. John Thune (R., S.D.), chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, pressed Apple for answers to a series of questions about how the company decided to throttle back iPhone processing performance in phones with older batteries.

In a letter to CEO Tim Cook, a copy of which was viewed by the WSJ, Thune asked how Apple has tracked customer complaints of processing performance and if Apple has explored offering rebates to customers who paid full price for a battery replacement before the company offered discounted rates last month.

Also, a French prosecutor has launched a preliminary investigation of Apple over alleged deception and planned obsolescence of its products...

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06:12
Google announces plan to improve URLs for AMP pages...

Gruber on AMP.

  1. Terrific explainer, gets right to the core of the problem (AMP versions of published content end up on Google’s servers, under Google control, and not on publishers’ own servers).

  2. What a headline. I had to trim it for our Twitter plugin.

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06:10
Matias introduces new wired aluminum keyboard with...

I’ve long been a big fan of Matias, a Canadian-based company that makes excellent third-party keyboards for Mac. In fact, I’ve been using its space gray wireless aluminum keyboard for over a year, and it’s been excellent.

Instead of continuing on the wireless route, yesterday during CES in Las Vegas, Matias added a new $99 wired aluminum keyboard to its repertoire. But this particular keyboard has a special trick up its sleeve — RGB lightning.  more…

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06:07
Apple must pay $184 million to HMRC for addition...

Apple has to fork over $184 million to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs for additional taxes, according to the Financial Times. The payment from Apple Europe came after HMRC conducted an "extensive audit" of the company's pre-2015 tax filings.

The department reports that “this payment of additional tax and interest reflects the company’s increased activity.” The tax bill is specifically targeted at Apple Europe, which provides various support, marketing, financial, and administrative services to “other group companies.”

HRMC says its audit found that Apple Europe wasn’t paid a fair value for services it offered to other Apple subsidiaries, creating an artificially lower taxable income. Apple’s payment covers several years all the way up to 2015.

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06:06
Apple Watch to be able to control Whirlpool...

CNBC:

Whirlpool has said Apple Watch wearers will soon be able to remotely control their home appliances.

It would mean smart watch owners could change temperature settings on ovens, delay cycles on washers or check how long is left to run on a dryer.

When I first saw this, I compared it to the ability to use my Apple Watch to quickly bring up my profile/setup on a piece of gym equipment. This takes advantage of the security/identity features of the Apple Watch.

But thinking a bit more, I can see the value in using my Apple Watch to control an appliance. With an oven, you could tap a recipe, have the oven preheat to the right temperature without having to look it up. And checking the time remaining on a washer/dryer cycle, also useful.

Things like this make me realize just how much the Apple Watch is still in its infancy.

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06:00
Roxio Toast 16 Titanium: The number one digital...

For years, the go-to Mac app for burning digital media to optical media has been Roxio Toast. Today we have a deal on Roxio Toast 16 Titanium for $49.99 -- that's 50% off the usual price. You can capture your screen, edit videos, and burn DVDs seamlessly!

Toast is a powerhouse, with a set of features that anyone creating or enjoying digital media will want:

  • Capture video directly from your screen, portable devices, or the Web
  • Connect & record multiple devices to capture synced video, audio, & your computer screen w/ a single click
  • Access all the tools you need in one place
  • Create movies w/ menus, chapters, & titles using 20+ templates
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05:59
‘Variety’: Jimmy Iovine is NOT leaving Apple

Oops, never mind. Even though Billboard reported that Apple Music exec Jimmy Iovine will depart the tech giant in August, around the time his company shares have fully vested, apparently he’s not leaving. He told Variety that he’s committed to staying on the Apple team and helping the company get music streaming right. 

Photo courtesy of "Esquire"

“I am almost 65, have been with Apple for four years and in 2 1/2 years the [Apple Music] service has gotten to well over 30 million subscribers and Beats has continued its successful run,” he said. “But there’s still a lot more we’d like to do. I am committed to doing whatever Eddy [Cue], Tim [Cook] and Apple need me to do, to help wherever and...

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