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Tuesday April 18

11:53
AWT TV Episode 4: "What new markets or products...

If you missed last night's AWT TV livestream, you missed a discussion on the directions that Apple should look for new markets to enter or products to make. We'll give you some hints about the general answers: smart appliances (perhaps in partnership with existing manufacturers) and robot assistants for the elderly. 

As usual, we also show off some very nifty apps and devices later on, with Steve providing a demo of an iPhone gimbal mount that's incredible...and much less expensive than the DJI Osmo. If you like the video, be sure to give us a "thumbs-up" and be sure to subscribe to the AWT YouTube Channel

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11:52
Apple's GarageBand, iMovie, Keynote, Numbers,...




Previously only free with purchase of new hardware, Apple's entire suites of iWork and surviving iLife apps on iOS and macOS are now free for all, with no purchase requirement.

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11:44
Facebook releases AR Camera Effects platform, &...

At Facebook’s developer conference F8 today, the company announced its new software platforms that mix augmented reality, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality.

The company is taking a leap into a new realm of interactions, and they’ve started by sharing a lot of them today. Some of the new software can already be seen inside of Facebook’s camera app starting today.

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11:42
Pages, Keynote, Numbers, iMovie, GarageBand now all...

Apple is removing the price tag from its Pages, Keynote, Numbers, iMovie and GarageBand apps and making ‘em all free for macOS and iOS users.

Previously, all of these apps were available at no charge only for folks who bought a new Mac or iOS device. Now you can download 'em for free at the Mac App Store and Apple App Store even if you don't have the latest hardware.

Before this move, on the Mac platform, iMovie cost $14.99, GarageBand was $4.99, and Pages, Keynote, and Numbers each carried a $19.99 price tag. On the iOS platform, iMovie and GarageBand were $4.99, while Pages, Keynote, and Numbers each carried a $9.99 price tag.

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11:34
Apple Music will integrate with Facebook Messenger’s...

Facebook’s annual F8 developer conference is happening this week and the social network just announced new integration with Apple Music coming soon. Facebook is introducing new music sharing features through its Messenger platform, and Apple Music is officially confirmed as a partner.

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11:33
Facebook aims to crush Snapchat with augmented...

Facebook's efforts to embed camera functionality in all the apps it runs isn’t just a push to crush Snapchat. The company will be using those cameras as a way to create a developer platform for augmented reality, CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed Tuesday.

Developers and artists can work on building augmented reality camera lenses with AR Studio, a new development environment that Facebook released in closed beta. The environment offers users tools to make it easier to create augmented reality scenes like masks and other overlays that react to the scene around them.

Starting Tuesday, artists can also design custom frames for the Facebook camera that will overlay images over a photo or video, much like Snapchat's current platform for its lenses.

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11:30
Epson intros 3 new commercial document scanners

The Epson DS-780N commercial document scanner. Image via Epson. 

Many AWT readers own Epson printers; the company has been supplying printers to the Apple world since the early 80's, and now most people are familiar with their all-in-one printer/scanner devices. But the company is well-known in the commercial document scanner market as well, today releasing three new models for office environments. The Epson WorkForce DS-780N ($1,099), DS-770 ($999) and DS-575W ($449) can provide up to 5,000 sheets per day duty cycle (4,000 for the DS-575W), up to 45 page per minute scanning speeds (35 ppm for the DS-575W), and have large automatic document feeder capacities (100 pages, 50 for the DS-575W). 

The scanner line provides the capability of scanning to online storage accounts or...

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11:23
Pandora Premium drops invite system, launches wide...




Pandora Premium -- Pandora's on-demand music service, challenging Spotify and Apple Music -- moved out of an invite-only phase on Tuesday, launching for the general public including support for Apple's iPhone, iPad, and CarPlay.

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11:16
iWork, GarageBand, and iMovie apps free for new...

Apple made its iWork and iLife app suites free for new hardware customers back in 2013, but both Mac and iOS versions have still been sold as paid apps for customers who haven’t updated hardware. Now Apple is totally removing the price from its iWork and iLife apps and making both suites free for all Mac and iOS users.

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11:12
Trash IT! is a handy utility for forcing the macOS...

Yesterday, AWT posted a “how-to” on “how to force the Trash to empty in macOS Sierra.” My buddy and sometime-AWT contributor, Frank Petrie, has another suggestion.

“I use the app 'Trash IT!' Works fine for me. Just Google it and you'll find several sites that have it,” he notes. 

Trash It! is a little app for macOS 10.7 or later that force-empties your Trash. It supports drag and drop. It’suseful if you have files or folders in the Trash with permissions set incorrectly, locked Trash items, want to delete a stuck item, or trash items from other partitions. If you drop files or folders onto the Trash It! icon, it will delete them. If you double-click on it, it will clean out your Trash can. 

Trash It! is “donation ware.” If you use it, give its developers...

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11:04
Report: Apple will continue bundling Lightning to 3....

Apple will reportedly continue to bundle a Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter with its new lineup of iPhones this fall, the same as it did with iPhone 7 last year to help ease the transition for customers to a device without a traditional headphone jack.

The news is according to a research note out today from Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis who speculates that Apple will likely drop the complimentary adapter sometime in the future, possibly with the 2018 lineup:

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11:02
Apple To Launch Three New iPhones This Year:...

Apple is reportedly building three new iPhones, though the one with the most new features might not launch until a couple of months after the others. According to a report on Bloomberg, Apple is testing three new phones that it plans to launch this fall, including two with the same screen sizes as the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The third iPhone, which may be named to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of the original iPhone's launch, is said to pack a new design with a stainless steel frame and curved glass. It's said to feature an embedded fingerprint reader and use OLED panels from Samsung and may have a screen that takes up most of the front of the smartphone's face. From the article: Apple also tested a more ambitious prototype with the same slightly curved front and steel frame, but a glass back with more dramatic curves on the top and bottom like the original iPhone design from 2007, one of the people said.

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10:59
New iPad Pros may be coming May 16, per ‘...

Many of us were expecting updated iPad Pros last month, but they may be coming soon. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro stock situation appears to be dwindling, with nearly no stock of popular models in high-volume stores, and an expected refresh date across the board of May 16, according to AppleInsider.

The article says that spot-checks of 20 Apple Retail stores show decreasing stock levels or no stock at all at retail. And Apple’s online store is completely sold out of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. 

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Quo has predicted thatApple will introduce three iPads this year: a 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2 and a "low-cost" 9.7-inch iPad, along with a new bezel-free, mid-size model in the range of between 10 and 10.5 inches.

The 12.9-inch update will reportedly feature the True Tone display introduced with its 9.7-inch...

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10:59
Conde Nast uses Apple's iPhone 7 Plus to shoot...




Publisher Conde Nast is continuing to use the powerful camera of the iPhone 7 Plus to its advantage in important areas of its publications, with two magazines using photographs generated by Apple-produced smartphone for their cover shots.

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10:56
Facebook Spaces VR parties are available for Rift...

Facebook teased how it would create social experiences in virtual reality, and now it's ready to take things one step further. It just launched a Facebook Spaces beta that lets Oculus Rift owners hang out together (up to four at once) in VR. You ca...

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10:36
Apple releases second public betas of macOS Sierra...

Apple has released the second public betas of macOS Sierra 10.12.5 and iOS 10.3.2 public beta number two. The former is a minor update that focuses on bug fixes and speed improvements.The latter offers under-the-hood bug fixes and security improvements.

If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do so here. The public beta program is free, but remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.

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10:34
Turns out, a horrifying number of people use their...

As a motorcyclist, I experience this on a regular basis and it really is terrifying. Please, don’t text and drive.

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10:28
Apple Pay picks up over 25 more card issuers across...




Apple on Tuesday added over 25 more banks and credit unions to its list supporting Apple Pay, spread around both the U.S. and China.

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10:20
Meet PINLogger, the drive-by exploit that steals...

Enlarge (credit: Harrison Weber)

Smartphones know an awful lot about us. They know if we're in a car that's speeding, and they know when we're walking, running, or riding in a bus. They know how many calls we make and receive each day and the precise starting and ending time of each one. And of course, they know the personal identification numbers we use to unlock the devices or to log in to sites that are protected by two-factor authentication. Now, researchers have devised an attack that makes it possible for sneaky websites to surreptitiously collect much of that data, often with surprising accuracy.

The demonstrated keylogging attacks are most useful at guessing digits in...

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10:00
Apple releases third iOS 10.3.2 and macOS 10.12.5...

Apple has released the third iOS 10.3 public beta for testing on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. iOS 10.3.2 public beta 3 follows one day after the third developer version of the upcoming software update. Apple has also released the third public beta version of macOS 10.12.5.

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09:58
Microsoft's Timely Response to Shadow Brokers...


Just as the Shadow Brokers hacker group started crowing about a dump of never-seen-before flaws in Windows, Microsoft announced it already had fixed most of the exploits. "Today, Microsoft triaged a large release of exploits made publicly available by Shadow Brokers," said Microsoft Principal Security Group Manager Phillip Misner. "Most of the exploits are already patched." Three of the zero day vulnerabilities, which the hackers claimed were leaked from the NSA, did not work at all on Windows 7 and above.

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09:47
Availability of Apple's 12.9" iPad Pro...




Possibly shedding some light on an anticipated refresh, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro stock situation appears to be dwindling, with nearly no stock of popular models in high-volume stores, and an expected refresh date across the board of May 16.

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09:36
Analyst raises AAPL target price to $170 ahead of...

Apple’s stock is currently trading for around $141 with Credit Suisse previously projecting a target price of $160. Now the firm is increasing its target price for AAPL up to $170 according to MarketWatch.

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09:31
9to5Toys Lunch Break: MacBook Pro Deals from $1,280...

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro w/o Touch Bar $1,280 ($219 off, Tax NJ only)
Apple’s Touch Bar-equipped 13-inch MacBook Pro 512GB...

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09:25
Google expands Earth with new VR tours, but Daydream...

While Maps is far and away the most popular tool for traversing the globe, Google hasn’t forgotten about its other project, Earth. And just in time for Earth Day, Google is giving it a major upgrade.

In an event at the Whitney Museum of Art in New York City today, Google took the wraps off the new Earth project for Android and Chrome. The fruits of nearly two years of labor, the new app’s marquee feature, called Voyager, enhances the way you explore the planet, adding tours guided by “some of the world’s leading storytellers, scientists, and nonprofits.”

For example, you can now take a journey though through jungles with BBC Earth or learn about chimpanzees in Gombe National Park from Jane Goodall. Google says there are “more than 50 immersive stories in Voyager, and more added weekly.” Google has also added a fun new “I’m feeling lucky” button into Google Earth, which will take you to a...

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09:15
Report: Apple is planning a major iPhone overhaul...

Enlarge / The Jet Black iPhone 7, replete with fingerprints. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Apple is said to be planning not one, not two, but three new iPhones for release this fall, if "people familiar with the matter" speaking to Bloomberg are to be believed.

Two of those models will use the same 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch IPS screens that we're already used to, though Bloomberg doesn't say whether the designs will look much different from the current iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. But this year Apple is also said to be preparing a third higher-end model with a dramatically different approach, a slim-bezeled design with curved glass and an OLED screen that takes...

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09:00
∞ Snake targets motorcyclist

Adding Lampang, Thailand to the list of places I never want to go riding.

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08:45
Apple Pay expands to over 20 more banks and credit...

Apple Pay is now available from over 20 more banks and credit unions around the United States and Mainland China as part of the latest expansion wave. Apple’s mobile payment service launched just over two years ago with hundreds of additional regional banks and credit unions added every few weeks. You can find the latest banks added below.

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08:40
Pornhub launches TrickPics for iOS, an AR photo...




Though its listing on the App Store is decidedly vague, a new app dubbed TrickPics is actually the creation of pornography streaming site Pornhub, allowing users to censor nude photographs on their iPhone with augmented reality.

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08:32
State-backed fund may take minority stake in Toshiba...




The state-supported Innovation Network Corp of Japan may pursue a minority stake in Toshiba's memory business, allowing the government to block the sale of a majority stake to businesses deemed risky to national security -- including two Apple suppliers, according to a report.

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08:15
Ten horrifying deep sea creatures, ranked

The ocean is even more terrifying than you imagined.

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08:08
Uber Central lets businesses hail a car for you

Uber wants businesses to do away with shuttle buses for customers, and has launched a new service aimed at making it easier for companies to hail cars on other people’s behalf. Called Uber Central, the software lets users request cars even for people who don’t have accounts with the ride-hailing company.

Here’s how it works: company employees who have access to the Uber Central console input a customer’s name and phone number, along with their pickup and drop-off address. After that, they can request a ride from Uber’s menu of services, or save the data as a draft for easier use later.

The Uber Central dashboard, which is available worldwide, also lets employees track the status of rides. It’s built on top of Uber for Business, a version of the ride-hailing platform that has been built for use by companies rather than individuals.

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07:56
Apple settles with major patent holder at 1:00am the...

A large patent-holding company called Unwired Planet reached a settlement with Apple at 1:00am on Monday, just hours before a jury trial was set to start in San Francisco. A jury had already been selected but was dismissed on Monday morning after the parties' lawyers told US District Judge Vincent Chhabria about their settlement.

Unwired Planet is the patent-holding remains of early mobile company Openwave, which acquired several hundred US patents from Ericsson in early 2013, with Ericsson getting 20 percent of any patent settlements. Later that year, Unwired Planet sued Apple.

In 2015, Judge Chhabria ruled that Apple didn't infringe the four patents at issue in the case. Chhabria's ruling was mostly overturned...

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07:47
Logitech POP programmable button gains Apple HomeKit...




Logitech has updated the its POP home automation line, adding support for Apple's HomeKit platform with a new hardware revision, giving users the ability to control smart home devices and scenes with the simple press of a button.

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07:34
Ecobee3 Lite now works with room sensors, Ecobee4...

Last fall Ecobee3 Lite launched as a more affordable version of one of the best HomeKit thermostats on the market. Now a free update is adding support for one of the main missing features ahead of a rumored new Ecobee4 version.

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07:34
Comment: Could Apple really drop Touch ID in the...

We’ve seen a whole bunch of rumors of late suggesting that while Apple really wants to embed a fingerprint reader into the display of the iPhone 8, it is struggling to do so.

The notion that Apple wants to use an embedded fingerprint reader seems abundantly clear. As I’ve mentioned before, we’ve had multiple reports from credible sources like Bloomberg, the WSJ and the New York TimesThe claimed schematics and sketches have also all illustrated a design without any space for a Touch ID sensor at the bottom of the screen, and the ...

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07:14
Pledgeling now lets you donate with Apple Pay

CEO James Citron of Pledgeling, a “SaaS (software as a service) platform that powers purpose and social impact,” says it’s the first US-based social enterprise and third-party platform approved by Apple to accept donations via Apple Pay through its mobile-first technology, including donation forms, mobile messaging tools and corporate giving solutions.

In March, Pledgeling introduced the “Donate with Apple Pay” capability at the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region's Centennial Humanitarian Ball during an on-stage fundraiser at the Beverly Wilshire. Combining Pledgeling's text-to-donate capabilities with Apple Pay, the Red Cross received 31% of donations via Apple Pay and 86% of donations originated on mobile devices toward their $100,000 fundraising goal.

Apple Pay is a free add-on feature to Pledgeling's platform, which supports all registered nonprofits, generates real-time tax receipts to donors and...

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07:07
‘Condé Nast Traveler’ unveils its first cover shot...

Condé Nast Traveler has released its 21st annual HOT LIST AWARDS issue, which features the first-ever travel publication cover to be shot using an iPhone 7 Plus.

The editorial team at Condé Nast Traveler, a publication celebrated for best-in-class photography, decided to task its swath of travel photographers with highlighting the iPhone camera's new feature, Portrait mode, that applies a depth-of-field effect to make the foreground subject sharp while creating a blurred background. The result, shot in St. Barts, was crafted into the cover of Condé Nast Traveler's May issue, which presents a selection of the best new hotel openings of the past year.

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06:38
News: iPhone 8 prototype’s edge-to-edge display fits...

For its deluxe iPhone 8 model, Apple is “testing a screen that covers almost the entire front of the device,” Bloomberg reports. People familiar with the development process said the overall size of the prototype is close to that of the iPhone 7, but the removal of the home button and narrowing of the bezels makes for a display that’s a bit larger than that of the iPhone 7 Plus. Multiple prototypes are still being tested, some of…

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06:36
PSA: Pandora Premium now launched, competing with...

Pandora has how launched its on-demand music streaming service, competing with Apple Music and Spotify. It costs the same $9.99/month as existing services (a price dictated by the labels, which receive most of the revenue). Anyone can get a free trial of either 30 or 60 days, and there’s a special deal for existing Pandora Plus subscribers …

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06:35
Teardown finds Samsung Galaxy S8+ battery '...




Samsung is apparently confident that a rash of fires with its Note 7 phablet were caused by manufacturing errors, and not design or parts, as it has adopted many of the same features -- and even one of the same battery manufacturers -- with the new Galaxy S8+.

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06:34
Snapchat update adds new rear-facing camera AR World...

Snapchat is rolling out an app update that includes new 3D World Lenses for the rear-facing camera. World Lenses are like the popular selfie Lenses introduced over a year ago, but with a dash of AR that makes sharing your environment with friends more fun.

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06:25
Gumdrop releases the DropTech case for the 13-inch...

Gumdrop Cases has released the DropTech case for the 13-inch MacBook Pro (with Touch Bar support). The bumpers in each corner are made from 10mm of silicone to maximize protection without being overly bulky. 

Beneath the protective bumpers is a transparent polycarbonate inner top shell that allows you to show off the iconic Apple logo, asset tags, school logos, or anything else you need to add to your MacBook Pro. No tools are required to install. Just slip it into the case, and give it a simple snap and click. 

It will stay on when you open and close your MacBook Pro, allow access to all ports, and provide proper ventilation so your laptop doesn't overheat. The DropTech case for the new MacBook Pro is now available in a black/smoke color combination for $69.95.

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06:19
Apple still experimenting with 'iPhone 8'...




Apple is testing a variety of different technologies for this year's "iPhone 8," according to a report reaffirming many rumors about the phone's features, such as an edge-to-edge Samsung OLED display and new camera technology.

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06:08
News: Apple releases third betas of iOS 10.3.2,...

Apple has rolled out a third beta of iOS 10.3.2 to its registered developers, along with new betas of watchOS 3.2.2 and tvOS 10.2.1. This latest betas all appear to include only bug fixes and security improvements....

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06:05
Bloomberg: Apple readies overhaul for iPhone’s 10th...

Mark Gurman and Min Jeong Lee, Bloomberg:

Apple is preparing three iPhones for launch as soon as this fall, including upgraded versions of the current two iPhone models and a new top-of-the-line handset with an overhauled look, according to people familiar with the matter. For the redesigned phone, Apple is testing a new type of screen, curved glass and stainless steel materials, and more advanced cameras, the people said. Those anxiously awaiting the redesigned iPhone, however, may have to wait because supply constraints could mean the device isn’t readily available until one or two months after the typical fall introduction.

Lots of fascinating details here, all provided by people familiar with the matter.

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06:03
Smartphone use while driving may explain end to 40-...

Smartphone use while driving may explain last year’s reversal to a 40-year decline in U.S. road deaths, it has been suggested.

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06:00
Apple investigating iOS, macOS devices with...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,625,948) for “electronic devices with retractable displays” that hints at intriguing future iOS and macOS devices. If applied to Macs, the invention might bring more touchscreen features to the computer. Or it could be a new device altogether (an “electronic newspaper/magazine,” perhaps).

In the patent, the tech giant says that electronic devices have been substantially reduced in size, but sometimes the result is a display that’s not as large as users need for some purposes. Apple is looking into a flexible display with, among other things, a touch sensor, speakers, microphones, cameras, and other components.The housings and support slats may be held together using magnets when the display is retracted. Dust brushes may be provided to remove dust from the flexible display. 

Here’s Apple’s summary of the patent: “An electronic device may have a pair of elongated housings. A flexible display may be placed in a first position in...

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06:00
The best guitar apps

I’ve become a fan of Brian Sutich’s new guitar blog, Chasing Sound. In this post, Brian takes a look at some of the top guitar-related iOS apps.

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: The Supersized Creative Mac Bundle

For Tuesday’s iLounge Deal, we’re offering The Supersized Creative Mac Bundle for only $29 — that’s 97% off the full price. This great bundle for creatives includes a collection of 12 design, authoring, and publishing apps along with over 25 hours of photography, video, and web design instruction. Write the next great novel with Storyist for Mac, create incredible HDR photos with Aurora HDR, perform 3D modelling with Silo 2, and…

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05:56
The new, improved Google Earth

Google Earth requires the Chrome browser on the Mac side. I think it’s well worth it. There’s something magical about spinning the globe and slowly homing in on a favorite unexplored spot. The creep in from up in space to the closest zoomed in view is much more continuous, less jarring as you move to different map levels.

Worth a few minutes to explore. Don’t miss the tool bar on the left side of the window. You’ll want to take advantage of that search icon.

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05:47
Rumor: new iMacs — including a server-grade version...

Apple is expected to begin production of two new iMacs in May for an official launch in the second half of the year, according to DigiTimes, quoting unnamed “sources from Taiwan-based supply chain makers,” who add that a server-grade iMac for the high-end sector is also in the works.

Apple currently has a 21.5-inch and a 27-inch iMac available in the market and the new products are expected to be the upgrades of the two models and are expected to hit the market in the third quarter to catch up with the year-end holiday season the article adds.

DigiTimes says the server-grade iMac is expected to feature Intel's Xeon E3-1285 v6 processor, 16-64GB ECC RAM, up to 2TB NVMe SSD and a latest discrete graphics card. However, this model probably won’t be available until the end of the year, the article adds.

Chances that this rumor is true — in the opinion of the Sellers...

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05:44
How to turn your Mac into a DVR for over-the-air TV

Glenn Fleishman pulled together this reasonably comprehensive look at options for capturing over the air TV signals and recording them on your Mac. If you’ve thought about cutting the cable cord, this is for you.

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05:39
How to set a full-time Mac boot password (i.e. a...

Don’t do this. But it is an interesting read. But don’t do it. And go back up your Mac.

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05:35
Jean-Louis Gassée on Apple, United, and customer...

Jean-Louis Gassée, Monday Note:

When I was selected to run Apple France more than three decades ago, I had a disdainfully Parisien attitude to customer service. You inserted an interface card backwards and your Apple ][ no longer boots? Well of course it doesn’t…you did it wrong.

After a few combative customer service encounters, I experienced an epiphany: No matter how “wrong” they may be, we’re a prosperous business, we can afford to take care of these situations, but we can’t afford to let unhappy, affronted customers damage our reputation.

The flip side of this Parisien approach?

Whenever a call was escalated to my office, I would immediately offer to buy back the customer’s machine. The offer was always emphatically declined, so we moved on to arrangements for shipment or perhaps a personal appointment at our service shop. Our business concluded, I would ask if the happy caller had children: “Yes…but why?” “For the t-shirts, of...

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05:34
Apple, Unwired Planet settle out of court

Unwired Planet has announced that it has settled its patent infringement suit with Apple, just as a California federal trial was set to begin, ending more than four years of litigation that Apple said was frivolous and Unwired said was worth an estimated $33 million. Details of the settlement haven’t been disclosed.

In July 2016, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit handed down an opinion vacating in part a 2015 summary judgment that found Apple not in infringement of certain cellular and voice recognition patents by Unwired Planet. The company sued Apple in 2012, claiming a variety of Apple products infringed 10 of its patents for cellular data transmission, voice recognition systems, device provisioning and other related technologies. Apple's iPhone, iPad, App Store, iTunes, iCloud, iOS and a selection of first-party apps were targeted in the suit.

Unwired is suing Samsung, Huwei and Google for patent violations, as well.

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05:32
Japanese state-backed fund hints it may try to limit...

A fund backed by the Japanese government has hinted that it may try to prevent Apple supplier Foxconn’s attempt to take control of Toshiba’s chip-making division. It has been variously reported that Foxconn is seeking either an outright purchase of the division, or a controlling stake – possibly with Apple’s assistance

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05:15
Enthusiasts combine 2016 MacBook Pro with GTX 1080...

Ok, this is pretty darn cool.

A group of enthusiasts have found they were able to boost the video performance of the Radeon Pro 450 found on the 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro by nearly 400 percent via external GPU attachments.

External GPU enthusiast site egpu.io has affixed a GTX 1080 Ti to an AKiTiO Note and Mantiz Venus enclosure. While the cards may be hamstrung slightly by the Thunderbolt 3 interface not being as fast as a 16x PCI-E slot, the results are nonetheless impressive.

In a best-case scenario utilizing benchmarks, the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Radeon Pro 450 scores 5822 via the Luxmark 3.1 benchmarking software, with the Radeon Pro 460 scoring 6056.

The group also noted that on the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, the Thunderbolt 3 controllers are attached to the PCH-H controller. As such, the available bandwidth to Thunderbolt 3 devices, including the flash storage on the computer, could be constrained by other components connected through...

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05:00
Rumor: Next-gen “iPhone Edition” to feature polished...

There has to be a nugget of truth in all these rumors.

Apple’s widely rumored and anticipated iPhone with an OLED display is said to feature a polished stainless steel enclosure sandwiched between front and back glass. This is the same iPhone 4-like design that reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has expected since last year.

The handset, which has been rumored to be called the “iPhone Edition”, will feature an improved variant of the Apple Watch’s stainless steel enclosure. As such, it’s thought to include a conventionally flat OLED display with 2.5D cover glass along the edges.

The report cites that the “iPhone Edition” will arrive with a vertically-aligned iSight Duo camera on the rear for VR shooting purposes. When the iPhone is used in a VR headset, the cameras would be positioned horizontally as is customary.

It’s also thought that the tentatively named iPhone 7s and iPhons 7s Plus will be slightly thicker than the current...

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04:34
Bloomberg corroborates iPhone 8 glass/steel design...

Bloomberg has today published its overview of Apple’s plans for the new iPhone lineup this year, largely reaffirming what the rumor mill has said up to now. Apple will reportedly launch three new iPhones in the fall, iterative successors to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and a new ‘top of the line’ iPhone 8 with an ‘overhauled’ design.

Bloomberg details various prototypes for the radical new OLED iPhone with variations of curved glass and stainless steel chassis materials …

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04:30
How to use the Remote app to control your iTunes...

If you have an iPhone, iPad or iPod you can use the Remote app — free at the Apple App Store — to control your Mac’s iTunes library from a distance. 

First, pair the app with the iTunes library (or libraries) you want to control. Your device and your computer must be on the same wireless network.

If you have Remote 2.0 (or later) and Home Sharing is turned on, you can set Remote to pair automatically with any of the iTunes libraries on your Home Sharing network. You can also pair Remote directly with iTunes libraries that aren’t in your Home Sharing network. To pair the Remote with an iTunes library: 

  • Tap Remote on your device’s Home screen.
  • Tap Add an iTunes Library.
  • A 4-digit code appears.
  • Open iTunes on your computer and click the Remote button . 
  • Type the 4-digit code in the iTunes window.
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  • iTunes pairs the...
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04:24
Apple reportedly adds second Apple Watch...

Apple has added a second Apple Watch manufacturer, according to China’s EDN (via Digitimes). The report claims that this is in part to boost total production capacity in the light of ‘an optimistic sales outlook for the device’ …

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04:00
Videoloupe for macOS makes it as easy to add effects...

If you need a video player/editor app that focuses on playback and basic editing that can be done on a single video without the need for a timeline or project, check out Corduroy Code’s $29.99 Videoloupe for macOS 10.2 and higher. It’s designed to bridge the gap between basic video players and professional editing suites.

However, it's not designed to replace tools such as Apple’s iMovie or Final Cut Pro X, which are timeline-based editors. Videoloupe doesn’t have a timeline, and it’s not designed for arranging multiple videos into a single composition — though you have multiple videos open at once.

Each Videoloupe window can be configured with up to nine independent video players. You can use the sidebar and the list view to work with large collections of videos within each window. 

The list view allows you to sort and filter a collection of videos. You can sort ‘em by common video attributes such as...

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03:56
Thief caught with 100 stolen phones at Coachella...

A thief who stole more than 100 smartphones from people attending the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was caught thanks to Find My iPhone, say police. One report said that the number of devices found in his backpack was 130.

When festival-goers noticed their iPhones had been taken, they activated Find My iPhone to track the location of their devices. They then identified someone whose movements around the site matched the moving dot.

“A bunch people activated their ‘find my phone’ and pointed at, ‘Hey, it’s that guy, my phone, my dot, it’s moving with that guy,'” said Indio police Sgt. Dan Marshall …

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03:56
New 'pro' iMac said to have discrete GPU...




New supply chain reports suggest that Apple is gearing up for new iMac production, with a "server grade" model with Xeon E3 processor reportedly in the works.

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for April 18, 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

Cool Off is a new app that uses a proprietary monitoring system to notify users when they can use natural, greener methods to cool their home instead of using energy consuming air conditioners (A/Cs). It focuses on helping users reduce the household carbon footprint, all while saving on their electric costs. There's a free version and a premium version that removes advertisements and offers automatic scheduled monitoring.

macOS Apps/Updates

Sir Reel Pictures has released BudgetWrangler 1.8, a feature update to its personal budgeting and finance software for Mac and Windows. The upgrade...

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03:18
Apple settles Unwired Planet patent suit for...




Apple on Monday settled a years-long patent lawsuit leveled by non-practicing entity Unwired Planet, which sought $33 million in royalties for alleged patent infringement of cellular, mobile location and voice recognition IP.

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03:11
Logitech announces first HomeKit programmable button...

Logitech has today announced the POP Smart Button, a small toggle switch that you can place around your home and trigger smart home actions with a quick press. The POP is the first programmable button to support Apple HomeKit, although it isn’t actually on sale yet. It will be available exclusively at Apple Stores soon.

The POP accessories require a hub; Logitech will sell a bundle of one button and one hub for $60. Owners of the first-generation POP Home Switch are out of luck, they will be getting a software update but it will not add HomeKit integration.

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02:43
Report: New iMacs to launch in Q3 and ‘server-grade...

Apple has already announced that it will launch new iMacs later this year, including models aimed at pro users. Today, Digitimes reportedly reveals some details about what the iMac update will bring.

The report says that the consumer iMac models are going into production next month, with a launch in the second half of the year. An update is certainly due; the latest 5K iMac launched in late 2015. The pro iMac will seemingly launch later, with ‘server-grade’ components …

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01:00
Logitech announces the HomeKit-compatible POP Smart...

Logitech today announced a new version of its POP Home Switch that works to turn HomeKit accessories or scenes on or off with the push of a button. The new POP Smart Button (US$59.95) and POP Add-on Smart Button ($39.95) will be available at Apple stores and Apple.com stores (no date set yet) exclusively at launch, with expansion to other retailers at a later date.

The POP Smart Button Kit consists of one smart button plus a POP bridge to connect the button to a Wi-Fi network. That button, which is available in White, Alloy, Coral and Teal, recognizes three gestures -- a simple press, a double-press, and a press-and-hold. Each gesture can trigger a specific preset command.

What's nice about this is that the user -- or a user's family member or guest -- doesn't need to have an iPhone or iPad at hand. With a touch of a POP Smart Button, any HomeKit-compatible accessory or scene can be turned on or off. The POP Smart Button is...

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Monday April 17

20:19
Apple's Find my iPhone fingers a phone finagler




Over 100 attendees of the Coachella music festival in Southern California this weekend were separated from their mobile devices by a pickpocket working the crowds. Fortunately, Apple's Find My iPhone feature saved the day by helping locate the pilfered phones, allegedly nabbed by Reinaldo De Jesus Henao of New York.

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16:57
Would you still buy the iPhone 8 even if it lacked...

Earlier today, an analyst report claimed that one option that Apple is considering with the iPhone 8 is ditching Touch ID altogether. The analyst note followed earlier reports claiming that Apple was facing low yield rates in integrating Touch ID beneath the display, perhaps looking towards a rear-device implementation.

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15:48
Apple A10 iPhone 7 speeds past Samsung Galaxy S8,...




Apple's lead in mobile performance--powered by the efficiency of iOS 10 and the computational speed of its custom A10 Fusion Application Processor--beats the newest, leading premium Androids in a wide range of tests from processor and 3D benchmarks to real-world device startup and app launching and multitasking. Not even 6GB of RAM and the extra cores of Qualcomm's fastest Snapdragon 835 can prop up the laggard, inefficient Android OS.

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15:40
Google Maps for iOS gets Directions widget, location...




Google on Monday updated its Google Maps iOS app with a new lock screen widget bearing turn-by-turn directions, as well as iMessage integration for the mapping service's newly released location sharing feature.

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14:56
AWT News Update: April 17, 2017

An Apple I on exhibit at Seattle's Living Computers Museum + Labs

What's in the Apple news of the day?

  • Wall Street analysts are optimistic about Apple's Q2 FY2017 financial results, which will be released on May 2nd
  • Developer betas of all of Apple's current operating systems were delivered today
  • Want to try out an Apple I? Head to Seattle's Living Computers Museum and Labs, where you can actually use one of the few remaining Apple I computers

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14:40
Google Maps for iOS adds iMessage app for location...

Google today is rolling out an update to its Google Maps app on iOS that further integrates the app throughout the operating system. The update brings the app to version 4.30.0 and includes a pair of notable changes to the user interface as Google works to better compete with the integration offered throughout iOS by Apple Maps.

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14:19
Apple's 'iPhone 8' again rumored to...




Seemingly confirming a handful of rumors regarding Apple's next-generation "iPhone 8" handset, a report out on Monday claims the forthcoming smartphone will feature a polished stainless steel "glass sandwich" design, vertical iSight camera array for augmented reality functionality and a flat OLED display.

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14:01
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 17...

Notable software releases this week include Evernote 6.11, OmniFocus 2.9, Final Cut Pro X 10.3.3, Compressor 4.3.2, and Motion 5.3.2, and iMovie 10.1.5.

 

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14:01
ExtraBITS for 17 April 2017

In ExtraBITS this week, Kindle ebook readers finally gain ragged right text alignment and an NYU grad student shares his story of working undercover in an iPhone factory.

 

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13:57
Man arrested for stealing over 100 cell phones at...

Is it just me or is anyone else really curious as to how he managed to steal this many phones?

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13:55
Apple releases new Bug Reporter beta to developers

Apple developers have been receiving emails today inviting them to try out Apple’s new Bug Reporter beta. Bug Reporter, also known as Radar, is a bug filing tool used by developers to share feedback with Apple on the latest software.

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13:37
Instagram now lets you organize saved posts in...

Instagram today announced a new feature for saving posts, allowing you to store them into folders called private collections. You can create multiple collections, meaning you can use the feature to organize posts you might want to reference at a later date. You’ll be prompted to create a new collection when saving a post:

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13:26
Report: iPhone 8 will feature vertical dual camera...

Japanese blog Macotakara has published a new report with details on Apple’s next iPhones expected later this year. Apple’s new flagship iPhone 8 is again said to feature a modern take on the iPhone 4 design in terms of materials. Macotakara also says the new iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus models, which are expected to be iterative updates, may actually be slightly thicker than the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

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13:25
How to disable homescreen rotation on Apple's...




By default, Apple's iPhone 6 Plus, 6s Plus, and 7 Plus add an auto-rotating home screen to iOS, rearranging icons and the dock whenever a device is tilted sideways. Aside from the Control Center orientation lock, here's an indirect way of achieving the same result.

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13:15
ollo Case for iPhone 7 Plus works with the Connect...

ollo Case for iPhone 7 Plus (right) and Core Lens Set (left, purchased separately). Photo © 2017, Steven Sande

A while back we took a look at the olloclip Core Lens Set (fisheye, super-wide, and macro 15x lenses) with the new Connect interchangeable lens system. This lens set simply clips onto an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, but I hadn’t really used the lenses because I don’t like carrying an unprotected iPhone. Today we’re looking at the ollo Case for iPhone 7 Plus (US29.95) to see how it works with the Connect Lenses (purchased separately).

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At first look the ollo Case looks just like many inexpensive cases for the iPhone 7 Plus. It is a slightly opaque case that shows the color of your phone as well as the Apple logo on back, has passthrough buttons for...

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13:05
Find My iPhone helps nab a thief at Coachella with...

The biggest bummer at a festival like Coachella should be a spilled beer or a long bathroom line, not having your iPhone stolen by a highly ambitious but also bumbling criminal. Awful person Reinaldo De Jesus Henao found himself in handcuffs on Easter Sunday, arrested with more than 100 smartphones in his backpack, nabbed with the help of Find My iPhone.

According to reports by KMIR and Consequence of Sound, victims noticed their phones missing and quickly used Find My iPhone on their friends’ phones to actually locate 36-year-old Henao still at the festival. The victims followed the suspect and alerted security, who was able to hold him until police arrived.

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12:55
CBS All Access gains movie streaming as DirecTV Now...

CBS has expanded its All Access subscription video service to include movie streaming for the first time. CBS All Access primarily offers live and on-demand streaming of original TV shows that air on the network. Meanwhile, DirecTV Now is expanding its coverage for Fox local stations to 14 new markets. That’s nearly double the number of Fox local station markets previously offered.

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12:28
Wall Street expects Apple's revenue to grow to...




Apple's recently-concluded March quarter could see revenue once again increase year over year, investors on Wall Street believe, on continued strength of the flagship iPhone 7 lineup.

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12:05
Pad & Quill unveils new FSC certified Wooden...

Daily users of the Apple Pencil looking for an attractive way to keep it handy might want to take a look at Pad & Quill’s new offering. The team behind the Cartella Slim has just announced its new Wooden Apple Pencil holder.

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11:40
US appeals court revives 'rubberbanding'...




In response to an anonymous outside examination request made against the Apple document, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has actually revived parts of rejected U.S. Patent No. 7,844,915 -- the so-called "pinch-to-zoom" filing -- while leaving others intact.

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11:00
Tonight: AWT TV Episode 4, discussing "Future...

As usual on Monday nights, we're giving our readers an alternative to watching reruns -- AWT TV. Join us for AWT TV Episode 4 tonight at 6:30 PM PDT/9:30 PM EDT when we'll have a discussion revolving around what products Apple should create for the future and what new markets the company can enter.

The show is live-streamed on YouTube Live, meaning that you just need to head to the Apple World Today YouTube channel at the right time and we'll be on the air. YouTube Live provides a live chat as well, so feel free to ask questions, make comments, or bring up your own ideas for the future of Apple.

Don't worry -- if you miss the live show tonight, the recorded show will be available tomorrow. 

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10:58
TidBITS Turns 27: Pondering the Future

While marking the 27th anniversary of the founding of TidBITS, publisher Adam Engst looks forward to upcoming life changes that might free up enough time to rebuild the increasingly creaky technical infrastructure around TidBITS’s strong content heart.

 

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10:57
What’s next for Apple: WWDC, iPad Pro, iMac, MacBook...

What new product announcements might Apple have in store for its upcoming Worldwide Developer Conference in June? Last week we were talking iOS 11, macOS 10.13, watchOS 4 and tvOS 11. This week we get into the hardware possibilities for the event, including the products the company currently has in the works and others due for an update.

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10:56
At least two experts think Apple will be alive and...

Steve “Woz” Wozniak thinks the company he co-founded (that would be Apple) will still be around in 2075, as will Google and Facebook, he said in discussing next weekend’s Silicon Valley Comic Con (SVCC), “The Future of Humanity: Where Will We Be in 2075?” The three-day conference, which Wozniak helped create last year, explores the intersection of pop culture and technology.

"Apple will be around a long time, like IBM (which was founded in 1911)," Wozniak said in an interview with USA Today. "Look at Apple's cash ($246.1 billion, as of the end of its last fiscal quarter). It can invest in anything. It would be ridiculous to not expect them to be around (in 2075). The same goes for Google and...

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10:41
Why Is It OK to Abuse Customers?


I don't know about you but I can't seem to get out of my head the image of that poor Asian doctor who, seemingly unconscious, was dragged off that United flight. The fact that the airline did that to a 69-year-old doctor just so it could save money moving employees around is nearly as unbelievable as the initial tone-deaf response from United's CEO, who blamed the passenger. It was only later that he offered an actual apology. While the United debacle was going on, I happened to be reviewing Qualcomm's counterclaim against Apple, and holy crap.

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10:40
Internet Archive Adds Early Macintosh OS and App...

An anonymous reader writes: The Internet Archive has added a curated collection of Mac operating system and software emulators from 1984 through 1989. The Internet Archive already hosts browser-based emulators of early video games and other operating systems, but this is its first foray into Mac software. The collection includes classic applications like MacPaint, programming tools such as MacBasic, and many games including Dark Castle. Each app can be run in an in-browser emulator and is accompanied by an article that chronicles its history. It's fun to play with the apps in the collection and realize just how far apps have come since the earliest days of the Mac. It's also remarkable how many computing conventions used today were introduced during those earliest days.


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10:24
Al Gore, Lisa Jackson to talk climate optimism at...

Al Gore (pictured) — former U.S. Vice President and Climate Reality chairman — and Lisa Jackson — Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives — will discuss climate optimism Wednesday, April 17, in an appearance at Apple Store Union Square in San Francisco, California.

At 7 p.m. (Pacific) they’ll share their insight on Earth Day initiatives, Apple’s ongoing commitment to the environment, and ways you can make an impact through positive actions. If you’d like to attend you’ll have to “RSVP” here. And you’ll need an Apple ID and password to do so.

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10:19
Apple releases third betas of macOS 10.12.5, watchOS...




Apple on Monday issued third betas of macOS 10.12.5, watchOS 3.2.2, tvOS 10.2.1 to developers, including no more than minor bug fixes and security improvements.

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10:14
Comment: Rumored Apple TV account switching in tvOS...

A new rumor over the weekend claimed Apple TV is gaining a new multi-user feature with tvOS 11 later this year. Account switching makes a lot of sense for a shared device like the Apple TV, but users have wanted this feature on iOS for a while too. Would Apple ship account switching with tvOS and exclude the feature from iOS?

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10:13
Apple releases third iOS 10.3.2 beta

Apple has released the third iOS 10.3.2 beta for testing on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The version numbers also suggest we should only see under-the-hood bug fixes and security improvements in these releases when ready.

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