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Friday March 17

05:15
Rumor: Signs of fifth-gen Apple TV noted in...

The first network traffic from what seems to be a fifth-generation Apple TV capable of streaming 4K video has been captured in developer logs. The device is said to be codenamed “J105” and could launch as soon as this year.

Firi Games, the developers behind arcade games Phoenix HD and Phoenix II, stated they have seen a single device identified as “AppleTV6,2” and running “tvOS 11.0” connect to Phoenix HD for Apple TV from the United States in its logs. The IP address falls within a range linked to Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino.

The current Apple TV has a model identifier of AppleTV5,3, and Apple TV6,2 does not correspond with any released model.

While this should be taken with a grain of salt, as details can be faked, similar evidence of an iPhone 5s running iOS 7 showed up in January 2013, around nine months before the device was announced. If Apple is following its past history, this could indicate a new Apple TV, as the current generation unit...

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05:12
AppleInsider podcast talks new iPads, wearables, and...




This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor and Mikey talk about the evidence of new iPads and the rumored event, the concept of removing large numbers of apps from the App Store, and the idea of Swatch making a smart watch.

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05:12
PSA: If a Live Photo didn’t choose the perfect...

If you’ve ever taken a Live Photo only to find that the still image selected by the Camera app was just before a beautiful smile, or your slightly wonky horizon is straight in a later frame in the animated version, there’s now an app to fix it.

Google has updated a free app to allow you to play your Live Photo frame-by-frame, and then choose a different frame for the still. Once you select it, you simply export it back into your camera roll as a replacement Live Photo …

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05:11
What Apple is doing with 3,600 acres in eastern...

When this purchase was first news two years ago, a lot of people assumed it was for construction. It’s really interesting to read what Apple is doing with the land instead.

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05:05
Apple launches #MusicForEveryMinute Apple Music...

Neil Hughes, AppleInsider:

Starting Thursday, Apple Music launched a new user-driven promotional program on Twitter with the hashtag “#MusicForEveryMinute”, promoted by student ambassadors who will be rewarded with an extra three months of free subscription.

Here’s an example:

I'm obsessed with Apple Music & have teamed up with them to give you a FREE 3 month membership #MusicForEveryMinute https://t.co/WVKRnyIfU1

— Tommii Boii; (@tbhtxm) March 16, 2017

Smart marketing on Apple’s part.

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05:00
Alexa functionality en route to iOS via Amazon app

In the realm of AI assistant, Alexa is coming to an iPhone near you.

The assistant, which has previously been available to iOS users via third-party apps, is now en route to be incorporated into Amazon’s application for iOS.

Inside of the Amazon App for iOS, there will be a microphone icon near the top of the screen that you can press to call up Alexa. You’ll be able to ask the assistant almost anything you’d normally be able to ask through a device like the Echo. That includes everything from having it make purchases for you, look up facts, or control smart home products.

Amazon says the feature begins rolling out today and should be available to all US users by next week.

Alexa won’t be designed to replace Siri on an iOS device, but will work alongside it and run through the Amazon app, which will have to be opened to use Alexa.

Still, it puts Alexa on another major platform, and that makes choosing it as a way to connect and control all...

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05:00
Apple wins patent for augmented reality maps

Apple has been granted a patent (number 20170074675) for augmented reality maps, which hints at changes in a future version of its Maps app on the iPhone and iPad. 

According to the patent, a user of, say, an iPhone points the device to capture and display a real-time video stream. The iDevice detects geographic position, camera direction, and tilt of the image capture device. The user sends a search request to a server for nearby points of interest. 

The iPhone receives search results based on the search request, geographic position, camera direction, and tilt of the handheld communication device. The handheld communication device visually augments the captured video stream with data related to each point of interest. The user then selects a point of interest to visit. The iPhone visually augments the captured video stream with a directional map to a selected point of interest in response to the user input.

Augmented reality systems supplement reality, in the...

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04:55
Google Home stops spouting Disney ads after user...

Google Home users got a surprise on Thursday when their virtual assistants cheerily mentioned that the live-action remake of “Beauty and the Beast” is opening in theaters this weekend.

The ad seems to pop up when users ask for a rundown of their day, which kicks off the Home’s “My Day” feature. That feature is supposed to offer users information about the weather, their calendars and relevant news. But at the end of the rundown, the Google Assistant offered the following unsolicited tidbit, according to a video posted to Twitter by Bryson Meunier.

“By the way, Disney’s live action ‘Beauty and The Beast’ opens today,” it says. “In this version of the story, Belle is the inventor instead of Maurice. That rings truer, if you ask me. For some more movie fun, ask me something about Belle.”

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04:43
Apple investing half a billion dollars in Chinese R...

Apple has revealed that it will be investing more than $500M in research & development in China, as it today announced plans for two more R&D centers in the country.

The new offices will be in Shanghai and Suzhou, and follow those already announced for Beijing and Shenzhen. All four centers are expected to open later this year.

Apple says that there is a compelling reason for the investment …

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04:30
Today is St. Patrick’s Day; celebrate accordingly

Today is St. Patrick’s Day. Hopefully, you’re wearing something green and checking out some macOS and iOS apps to celebrate.

St. Patrick’s Day Mahjong is a $0.99 game available at the Mac App Store and compatible with macOS 10.7 and higher. It sports six original tile layouts with, of course, St. Patrick’s Day tiles and artwork. 

With St. Patrick’s Day Mahjong, you can keep track of your high score and best time. The game offers undo, hint, and shuffle buttons.

Mahjong is a tile-based game that originated in China. Similar to the Western card game Rummy, it’s a game of skill, strategy, and calculation and involves a degree of chance.

There are several St. Patrick’s Day apps available for iOS devices. St. Patrick’s Daymation is a free app that counts down the days to St. Patrick’s Day and jots the results on a virtual “old school chalkboard.”

A...

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04:17
Netflix dropping star ratings in favor of binary...

Netflix users will no longer be able to assign star ratings to the films and shows they have watched, reports FastCompany, as the streaming service switches instead to a simply binary like/dislike system. The change is said to be happening ‘in a few weeks.’

While the move makes little sense on the surface, providing far less scope to provide the feedback that drives future recommendations, Netflix claims that the stars we award are less relevant than we might think …

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04:00
Apple can conquer the PC World if they want to

I’m relatively new to the world of Apple products, having bought my first iPad in 2011, my first iPhone in 2013 and my first Mac in 2015. The more I use the company’s products, the more I have come to appreciate them and how reliable they are, not only as stand-alone devices, but in how well they work together. The hardware is the best made, and the software is rock solid.

Just this past week I was away from home and had to log onto a site that was new to me, but which required a username and password. It was a government site I had never used before, but I was quickly and easily able to log in via my iPhone 7 Plus.

While at home the next morning, I wanted to access the same site from my Mac. As I pulled up the site, I was prepared to type in a rather complex user name and equally complex password. However, when I pulled up the site, my username and password were already entered in the browser for me because I had instructed Safari on the iPhone to save my information...

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03:50
Twitter posts about ‘screenshot alert’ in iOS 11...

Tweets and retweets claiming that Apple plans to notify you when someone screenshots your text messages have been traced to an unsupported claim by a vlogger back in December.

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03:00
The Morning After: Friday, March 17 2017

It's the end of the week and we have talked to Buzz Aldrin about VR and Mars, tried to fund a documentary about what happened to the Tony Hawk game series, all while attempting to ignore Google Home's Beauty and the Beast ads. Ignoring ads from an in...

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01:43
WSJ: Nintendo is selling way more Switches than it...

We already knew that the Switch was Nintendo's fastest-selling console ever, but we now have an idea as to how many units it's pushing out. The WSJ says Nintendo plans to double production from 8 million units to 16 million for its 2017 fiscal year (...

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00:22
The 'Candy Crush' TV show debuts on CBS...

For whatever reason, Candy Crush is making the jump from addictive game to primetime TV game show, and CBS has revealed it will premiere July 9th. Unfortunately (or fortunately) it's a little too late to get cast as one of the two-person teams that w...

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Thursday March 16

23:13
Sony will soon stop PS3 production and shipments in...

Sony is ready to lay the PlayStation 3 to rest, a little over 10 years after the first model was released. Gematsu and Japanese website Gamestalk have discovered that the company will "soon" stop the PS3's production in its home country. Sony made th...

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21:55
Google's new algorithm shrinks JPEG files by 35...

For obvious reasons, Google has a vested interest in reducing the time it takes to load websites and services. One method is reducing the file size of images on the internet, which they previously pulled off with the WebP format back in 2014, which s...

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20:10
Teenage paranormal thriller 'Oxenfree' now...

Spooky adventure game Oxenfree has made its way to mobile. Developer Night School's sidescrolling tale debuted on PC and Xbox One early last January, with a stop on PlayStation 4 last May that added, among other things, a New Game+ mode. Now it's ava...

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20:08
Infamous patent troll Soverain Software targets...




Soverain Software, a non-practicing entity that gained media attention for suing Newegg and other online retailers over "shopping cart" patents, on Thursday filed a complaint against Apple for alleged infringement of IP relating to internet-based services.

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19:08
Gmail on desktop now lets you preview video...

A minor, but handy update comes to Gmail on the desktop today: videos sent as attachments can now be played right in your browser window, eliminating the need to actually download them to your hard drive and play them through a media player. Of cours...

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18:59
What feature tops your wishlist for the next-gen...

Earlier today, we reported on the first evidence of an updated hardware model of the Apple TV. The tvOS-powered device was first announced back in 2015 and lags in a few different areas, so it’s more than due for an update.

Not much has been rumored as for what features the next-generation model may have, but there are a few possibilities, many of which we highlighted earlier this year in our look at the future of the Apple TV and tvOS.

What feature would you most like to see come to the next-gen Apple TV?

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18:37
Quick take video review: D-Link Omna HomeKit camera




AppleInsider goes hands-on with D-Link's new Omna, the first internet connected security camera to feature integration with Apple's HomeKit platform and iOS 10 Home app.

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18:08
Amazon ups its Smile donations to 10 percent for one...

If you need a good reason to pull the trigger on that Amazon purchase, then try telling yourself it's for a good cause. Today only (through midnight PT), the retailer's AmazonSmile program will donate 5 percent of the purchase price from eligible pro...

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17:39
Apple granted patents for earbud design w/ biometric...

Earlier this year, we outlined a few possibilities as to what could come to Apple’s AirPods with future iterations, noting specifically of more advanced fitness features. Paving the way for such improvements, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office today published three patents that it has granted Apple related to new fitness and biometric features for earbuds…

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17:32
Google keeps improving Apple's Live Photos

Apple's Live Photos are a neat trick when done well, but in practice they tend to be a wobbly mess. Last year, Google showed off a much more elegant solution with it's Motion Stills app for iOS, which converted shaky Live Photos to smooth looping GIF...

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16:45
How to order movie tickets within iOS 10 chat using...




With the release of iOS 10, Apple introduced a new way for developers to add integrated new features for iMessage users. Here's how to use Fandango's app to explore movie listings, share showtime options with chat participants, select seats and purchase tickets with Apple Pay--all within iMessage.

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16:19
Sony's mixed-reality 'cave' is an...

Amongst the many oddball exhibits at Sony's SXSW "Wow Factory" was the mixed-reality "cave." Unlike many other experiences at Sony's event, this one didn't require strapping on some oddball hardware or even a VR helmet. The cave was a square, four-wa...

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16:01
Netflix considers mobile specific versions of...




Netflix may make it even easier for its subscribers using iPhones to follow its original content in the future, an executive for the streaming service has revealed, advising that the firm is currently exploring the possibility of making mobile device-specific versions of its shows.

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15:50
YouTube kills annotations to make way for mobile-...

If you've ever had a grey box pop-up in the middle of a YouTube video to correct spelling, add in some extra information or link you out to another video, you've encountered a YouTube annotation. The feature let creators add content to their video af...

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15:47
Cartoonist officially releases word for word graphic...

The terms & conditions for iTunes have been the subject of mockery in the past for the extensive length and detail. Back in 2015, we told you about cartoonist Robert Sikoryak, who was turning the iTunes terms and conditions into a full-fledged graphic novel.

Now, Sikoryak has released the finished product: a 94-page, full color adaptation of the of the iTunes terms and conditions and It can be had for just $10 on Amazon.

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15:45
AWT News Update: March 16, 2017

Colorware's iPhone 7 Plus Retro Edition

Steve was out making some tax accountants rich today, so we have a short version of the AWT News Update for your listening pleasure:

  • Swatch announces plans to create its own open-source smartwatch OS
  • Get an iPhone 7 Plus "Retro Edition" for only $1,899! It looks surprisingly similar to many Apple products of the 1980s
  • Alexa has sneaked onto your iPhone, provided you're using the Amazon app

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

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Text Version

This is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and you’re listening to the AWT News...

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15:28
Google: 'Beauty and The Beast' message...

That didn't take long. Shortly after Google told us that its Beauty and The Beast ad being read by Assistant was not in fact an ad, the search juggernaut has reversed that stance. "This wasn't intended to be an ad," a Google spokesperson told us. "Wh...

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15:23
Amazon brings Alexa to its main iOS app to help...

Alexa is coming to Siri’s home turf.

On Thursday, Amazon began rolling out Alexa and her voice-assistant capabilities inside its flagship iOS app (iTunes link). This means that iPhone users can now ask Alexa questions, get shopping assistance, track orders, and play Prime videos and music.

After an initial rollout, Alexa will be available to all iOS users by next week, Amazon said. However, the company’s in-app Alexa won’t feature the Door Lock skill that Amazon introduced last month that gave users the ability to control smart locks. And iPhone users will still need the dedicated...

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15:12
Party Bot decides who's on the guest list, what...

While most people in the tech business only roll into Austin once a year for SXSW, a handful of companies choose to call the city home. Fjord (formerly known as Chaotic Moon) is one of them. So, when the festival sets up around them, it uses the week...

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15:03
Slackel Openbox Plays Hard to Get


Slackel's Openbox edition is a lightweight operating system that offers reliable performance once you get the box open. It is not ideal for every user, though. Slackel 6.0.8 Openbox, the latest version of the project's lightweight distribution, was released by developer Dimitris Tzemos last fall. Slackel is a Linux distro that offers several benefits for users who step away from the typical mainstream Debian-based Linux distros. Based on both Slackware and Salix, it offers a few advantages not usually found with the Slackware Linux lineup.

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14:56
Google Home is playing audio ads for Beauty and the...

If this comes as a shock or a surprise to you, you haven’t been paying attention. Advertising is what Google does.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:30
What Trump's budget would mean for NASA and...

President Donald Trump's proposed 2018 budget beefs up the Defense Department while removing funds from the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, NASA and many other government agencies. Congress still has to pass the budget, but if...

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14:19
Apple News is a boon to ‘The Telegraph’

Apple News has become the most effective third-party platform at driving readers to The Telegraph’s own sites and app, reports Digiday. Available on iOS devices (and, hopefully, on macOS at some point), 

The Telegraph — news, entertainment and advertising for the Alton community and the River Bend region of Madison, Jersey, Calhoun, Macoupin and Greene counties in Illinois — has made articles available on Apple News in some form since the news aggregation app launched in September 2015. The publisher introduced a new paywall model last November and saw unique monthly viewers grow 30% since last month. Now on Apple News, as everywhere off-site, the publication publishes 80% of its content — approximately 240 articles a day. The remaining 20% is for subscribers.

Robert Bridge, chief customer officer at The...

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14:06
Pro-Turkey Hackers Hit Prominent Twitter Accounts


Hundreds, if not thousands, of Twitter users, many of them high-profile, were hacked Tuesday by someone who appeared to support Turkey in its diplomatic row with the Netherlands. Their accounts displayed a Swastika -- reversed to face to the right -- as well as the Turkish flag and hashtags to the Nazialmanya and Nazihollanda accounts, which displayed comments on the attack. The hackers included a reference to April 16, when Turkey will hold a referendum to give President Recep Erdogan more power.

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13:59
Tip of the Day: Changing iPhone volume using Siri

Apple designed its new AirPods to be pretty easy to set up and use, but one thing that’s clearly missing is the ability to change the volume using hardware controls without reaching for your iPhone. Fortunately, if you regularly use AirPods without an iPhone or Apple Watch within reach, you might find it handy to know that you can actually change your iPhone’s volume using Siri voice commands. Simply tap on the AirPods to activate Siri,…

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13:57
Notable apps and app updates for March 16, 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

Pirate's Moon has introduced MyArtTools 1.0, their new drawing app for iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil. Taking full advantage of the pencil, it’s a $4.99 dedicated drawing and painting app. Users may also capture images with the iPad Pro front and rear cameras, and even save or open files to MyArtTools's directory. Plus, you can open saved images from the Photos Album. Users may share drawings using Email, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Weibo.

FreneticGamez has launched Epic Draw - Physics Puzzle 1.0. It’s a free physics-based puzzler...

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13:33
Swatch to take on Apple Watch & Android Wear...




The Swatch Group will be paving its own road into the smartwatch space with a custom operating system, the company's CEO said on Thursday, with the OS going up against mature software from incumbents Apple Watch and Google's Android Wear platform.

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13:22
iPhone users can now access Amazon’s Alexa on the go

Enlarge (credit: Amazon)

Move over, Siri, there's a new voice assistant coming to iPhones and iOS devices. Amazon announced today that its digital assistant Alexa will be integrated into the Amazon Shopping app for iOS. This gives all users with Apple mobile devices access on the go. While some iOS users may have the Alexa app already downloaded to support their Amazon Alexa-enabled devices like the Echo, this integration lets users speak to Alexa while away from their homes.

Alexa lives in the...

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13:18
Amazon puts Alexa inside its main iPhone app

The tech media wants to portray this as “taking on Siri” but, because it’s buried inside an app, it’s unlikely to affect Siri usage at all.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:18
Apple News iOS 10 update major driver of traffic to...




Apple News is proving to be a success story for venues fully invested in it, with The Telegraph seeing readers coming from the service spending more time on articles, and greater numbers of articles read per user.

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13:12
ColorWare will make the iPhone 7 Plus look like a...




Nostalgic Apple fans with deep pockets can now purchase a custom-painted iPhone 7 Plus "Retro Edition" from ColorWare, designed to look like a vintage Macintosh computer from the 1980s, for a princely sum of $1,899.

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13:05
Ready to fly a quadcopter? Here are the best drones...




With so many models on the market today, finding the right quadcopter can be challenging to say the least. We're rounding up a list of the best drones for beginners with price points starting at under $50.

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12:55
Apple Music ambassador program offers Twitter...




Starting Thursday, Apple Music launched a new user-driven promotional program on Twitter with the hashtag "#MusicForEveryMinute", promoted by student ambassadors who will be rewarded with an extra three months of free subscription.

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12:47
Yves Béhar designs Samsung television to look like a...

This is one of those things you would have thought was blindingly obvious and should have been invented long before now. I’d buy one of these TVs.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:46
Spotify may go with Apple Music-like album...




Spotify is nearing new deals with major record labels that could result in some albums becoming exclusives to its paid tier, a report said on Thursday.

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11:56
A court’s decision in a Maine labor dispute hinged...

This is a great story for the grammar nerds among us.

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11:53
The Tom Negrino memorial fund

Be in peace, my friend.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:41
Google Drive

 March 16, 2017 11:41:00 AM PDT

We're aware of a problem with Google Drive affecting a significant subset of users. The affected users are able to access Google Drive, but are seeing error messages and/or other unexpected behavior. We will provide an update by March 16, 2017 12:41:00 PM PDT detailing when we expect to resolve the problem. Please note that this resolution time is an estimate and may change.

Some users of the Google Drive Sync client will be receiving the error message "Sorry, Backup and Sync needs to quit."

We have identified the root cause of the issue and are implementing a potential fix now.

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11:38
Apple concept for biometric facial recognition could...




Apple is adding to its existing patents for automatically unlocking an iPhone using facial recognition, according to a patent application published on Thursday, revealing the Cupertino firm is still refining alternative methods of biometric security it could use in future mobile devices.

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11:20
App Store highlighting indie games this week with...

Apple has been highlighting loads of iOS games created by independent developers this week on the App Store. The promotion includes a special section at the top of the App Store where new apps and updates are usually promoted, several new indie game launches, and even discounts on a handful of popular indie titles.

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11:08
Hulu says live TV service will launch with cloud DVR...




Hulu this week updated the teaser page for its upcoming live TV service, revealing some of its planned features -- most notably cloud DVR support, which should be ready from the beginning.

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11:07
Alexa comes to iPhone via Amazon app in latest...

An incoming update for the Amazon app for iOS will add the company’s Alexa voice assistant that was previously limited to the users of its Echo speaker and other Alexa-enabled hardware.

Building on the app’s ability to order using your voice, Alexa will act as your assistant while shopping the Amazon app, allowing you to search and reorder items, track your orders, and more. But it will also include most of the other functionality Alexa has to offer.

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10:50
∞ John Oliver’s hilarious Samsung commercial

This is definitely not safe for work, but damn it’s so funny.

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10:49
Developer alleges spotting new Apple TV model,...




Developer Firi Games claims to have seen a single instance of an unreleased Apple TV, running a new version of tvOS -- which may be the postulated 4K version of the product thought to be in testing.

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10:30
iMessage App Store nears 5,000 apps

New data from SensorTower says that the iMessage App Store has almost 5,000 apps six months after Apple opened the store; however, growth is slowing.

Within the first 10 days of the iMessage App Store’s launch, SensorTower’s data showed that the number of iMessage enabled apps had reached 400, not accounting for stand-alone sticker packs. 

Between its launch month of September and the end of October, the number of iMessage enabled apps had grown by approximately 116% to nearly 1,100. A month later, the number had grown by 108% to approximately 2,250.

By December, the month-over-month growth rate had slowed to 65%, with slightly more than 3,700 iMessage enabled apps available worldwide. This growth slowed further still in the first two months of this year, at approximately 18% between December and January and 9% between January and February.

The iMessage App...

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10:29
News: Apple releases seventh beta of iOS 10.3

Apple has released another new beta of iOS 10.3, only three days after the the sixth beta was released to developers. The seventh beta, featuring a build number of 14E5277a, is available today to both registered developers and members of Apple’s Public Beta program, and the rapid release of new betas suggests that iOS 10.3 is drawing closer to a public release, possibly corresponding with the rumoured release of new iPad models that could arrive…

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10:23
First sign of next-gen Apple TV running tvOS 11...

Apple first unveiled the tvOS-powered Apple TV over a year ago, and since then, not much has been rumored in terms of future hardware iterations of the device. Now, however, the first evidence of a future Apple TV hardware model has purportedly appeared in developer logs…

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10:11
Seventh betas of macOS 10.12.4 and iOS 10.3 released...




Only 72 hours after the the sixth beta release of macOS 10.12.4 and iOS 10.3, Apple has made available the seventh iteration of the test software to developers, with little increment in release numbers suggesting an imminent release for users.

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10:07
Operation London Bridge: the secret plan for the...

The Guardian:

In the plans that exist for the death of the Queen – and there are many versions, held by Buckingham Palace, the government and the BBC – most envisage that she will die after a short illness. Her family and doctors will be there. When the Queen Mother passed away on the afternoon of Easter Saturday, in 2002, at the Royal Lodge in Windsor, she had time to telephone friends to say goodbye, and to give away some of her horses. In these last hours, the Queen’s senior doctor, a gastroenterologist named Professor Huw Thomas, will be in charge. He will look after his patient, control access to her room and consider what information should be made public. The bond between sovereign and subjects is a strange and mostly unknowable thing. A nation’s life becomes a person’s, and then the string must break.

As a loyal subject of Her Majesty, I will be very sad when this inevitable day comes but this is a fascinating article on what happens

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10:01
Siri competitor Alexa comes to iPhone via Amazon...




Amazon on Thursday began updating its official app for iOS to bring support for Alexa, its voice-driven personal assistant, officially to the iPhone, allowing users to ask questions, shop, play music and more.

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10:00
Apple releases seventh iOS 10.3 and macOS 10.12.4...

Apple is rolling out the seventh iOS 10.3 beta for developer testing on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The upcoming software update includes Find My AirPods support, CarPlay improvements, Apple’s new filesystem, and more.

Apple is also rolling out the seventh macOS 10.12.4 beta for developer testing. The upcoming version of macOS Sierra is the first to bring Night Shift to the Mac. We’ll update and highlight any additional changes discovered below.

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09:59
Fifth-generation Apple TV may have been spotted by...

The current 4th-generation Apple TV lacks one feature that could make it a "must buy" for a lot of Apple fans -- 4K video. Earlier this year, Bloomberg reported that Apple is testing a new Apple TV codenamed J105 that would support 4K video and could launch later this year. Now MacRumors has heard from developers who think they've spotted the new device in log files

Firi Games is the developer of arcade games Phoenix HD and Phoenix II, and the company told MacRumors that a single device identified as AppleTV6,2 running tvOS 11.0 has been spotted in log files for Phoenix HD. The IP address from which the device is...

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09:55
Hulu unveils new website for upcoming live TV...

Last week we reported that Hulu signed A+E Networks for its upcoming live TV service that will be launching this spring. Today Hulu has updated its website promoting the upcoming service with new information and a promotional video. Notably, it shares a glimpse at a brand new UI and some of the upcoming features of the sub $40/month service.

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09:40
∞ Unboxing my Blue Microphones Baby Bottle Mic

I recently picked up a new Baby Bottle Mic from Blue Microphones. I wanted a great quality, versatile mic, but I didn’t want to spend thousands of dollars—this mic is perfect.

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09:36
Report: iMessage app launch outpacing first iPhone...

New data from SensorTower offers some insight into how Apple’s new iMessage App Store has performed since its launch in September. Based on the report’s data, new iMessage apps are being developed at a faster pace than iOS apps when the iPhone App Store first launched. SensorTower says there are signs that growth is starting to level out, however…

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09:35
Accessory purports to capture & stream live...




The "EzRecLN" capture device allows for capture of video from a connected iOS device, with a stream able to be sent across a USB cable, or stored on a micro SD card installed into the device.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: $200 off MacBook Air, Space...

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09:23
One of eight remaining functional Apple I computers...

Auction Team Breker

If you think today's Macs are expensive, hold on to your butts: on May 20, Auction Team Breker will sell one of just eight known working Apple I computers in existence. Breker estimates that the computer will sell for between $190,000 and $320,000, which is in line with the sale prices of most Apple I computers in recent years—outliers include a prototype model that sold for $815,000 in August of last year and a model from early in the computer's production run that sold for $905,000 in late 2014. Given the original $666.66 sale price (about $2,800 in today's dollars), any of those prices would be a pretty solid return on your investment.

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09:02
iLuv launches Wi-Fi-enabled Rainbow8 bulb with...




Accessory maker iLuv on Thursday opened up sales of the Rainbow8, a new HomeKit-ready lightbulb that connects via Wi-Fi without requiring a dedicated hub.

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09:00
Zane Lowe talks Beats 1 and Apple Music at SXSW [...

We’re here on the ground for SXSW, and as was announced last fall, Creative Director and LA Anchor for Beats 1, Zane Lowe, is giving the Music Keynote.

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08:44
News: Apple now selling 32GB iPhone 6 model in...

Following the unusual re-launch of the iPhone 6 in a 32GB model in China earlier this month, Apple now appears to have expanded sales of the “new” 2017 iPhone 6 model to Belarus, AppleInsider reports. Belarusian Apple reseller i-Store is currently taking orders for the device, which is priced at 999 rubles (~$520) and only available in Space Gray. Much like its launch in Asia, the device is identified as “iPhone 6 (2017)” and…

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08:39
Best iPhone apps for controlling your HomeKit devices

Once you start down the smart home path, you quickly realize that it’s a never-ending journey. Not only are there always more devices out there waiting to tempt you, but there are all the apps.

From Apple’s Home app through manufacturer companion apps to third-party apps, there are plenty to choose from – especially when it comes to Philips Hue lighting.

We look at three manufacturer apps you might want to continue to use even after you have your devices configured, together with six third-party apps that can help your smart home become even smarter …

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08:13
Apple supplier Jabil earnings report suggests steady...




A pair of analysts have chimed in on Apple supplier Jabil's positive quarterly earnings report through February, and sees signs that Apple's seasonal decrease in iPhone sales may not be as pronounced as expected.

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08:02
∞ Watching March Madness on your Mac and iOS device

Click over to the main Loop post for links to the official CBS iOS app and the NCAA streaming page for your computer.

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07:58
Apple's revival of iPhone 6 with 32GB storage...




The re-release of the iPhone 6 with 32 gigabytes of storage is expanding into another territory, after launches in India, China, and Taiwan in recent months, with a premium reseller offering the unusual-capacity handset to customers in Belarus beginning next week.

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07:50
Filmic Pro v6 released with brand new interface,...

Filmic Pro is one of the best apps that you can buy for capturing video with your iPhone. It includes foundational features geared towards filmmaking, and is in a different stratosphere when compared to the iPhone’s stock Camera app.

The latest version of Filmic Pro comes with a brand new fast and easy-to-use interface. It’s essentially been redesigned from scratch to increase its intuitiveness, placing important controls more readily at your fingertips.

The new interface is only the beginning, as Filmic Pro v6 includes a brand new suite of real-time analytics features to pull off things like zebra stripes, clipping, false color, and focus peaking. These are all tools to help filmmakers accurately judge important factors like exposure and focus.

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07:48
Report: Spotify considers restricting biggest...

Spotify is considering a move that would mean some of its biggest new releases will be restricted to paid users, according to a new report from Financial Times. The decision would come as part of a negotiation with record labels that would reduce the amount of royalties Spotify pays for songs and also allow the company to prepare for an initial public offering, the report claims:

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07:37
WePay joins online payment platforms supporting...




On Thursday WePay -- an online payments platform with clients like Meetup, GoFundMe, and FreshBooks -- announced that its clients can now accept Apple Pay on the Web, along with Android Pay.

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07:15
WePay adds support for Apple Pay

WePay — a provider of integrated payments for online platforms including Constant Contact, GoFundMe, and Zoho — has announced that its customers can now use Apple Pay on the Web and Google's Android Pay on the Web to generate more revenue on their sites.

WePay's launch of the Apple Pay and Android Pay products means platform customers can now pay for goods and services with just a single touch. Gone are the days of having to manually enter payment and shipping information at checkout, said Bill Clerico, CEO of WePay. Customers can choose to pay with Apple Pay using the Safari browser on their supported iPhone, iPad, or MacBook. Those who opt for Android Pay can pay using the Chrome browser on their supported Android device.

Apple Pay, Android Pay, and Payment Request API [application programming interface] are available to current and new WePay platform partners.

Apple Pay is currently available in 14 countries...

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07:15
The little known Mac dock “suck” effect

This window minimization effect has been around since the beginning but, since there’s no option for it in the dock interface, it rarely sees the light of day.

Watch the video to see the suck effect at work, then, if you like it, follow the directions to enable it.

Nice re-find by Rob Griffiths.

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07:10
A robot followed me around New York to carry my stuff

Bridget Carey, CNET:

Gita is an extremely nimble cargo bot, designed to follow its owner for miles, carrying 40 pounds of stuff inside its 2-foot-tall body.

It doesn’t have the features you’d expect of a companion robot. There are no arms. It doesn’t make small talk. There’s not even a smiley face programmed into the screen to ease your trepidation over having a robot follow your every move.

Gita is basically a two wheeled shopping bag, designed to follow whoever is wearing the fanny pack to which it is linked. Great concept, though you’re screwed if it runs out of battery.

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07:06
Mark Zuckerberg looking at things

Just look. Look at Zuck looking at things. Look, Zuck, look.

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07:04
ITIF: economic nationalism is not the right response...

President Trump is right that China is flouting global trade rules to the detriment of the U.S., says the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), which includes Cynthia Hogan (pictured), Apple’s vice president for public policy for the Americas on its board. However, economic nationalism is not the right response, the tech-policy think tank argues in a new report out today. 

Instead, ITIF — an independent, nonpartisan research and educational institute focusing on the intersection of technological innovation and public policy — contends that the U.S. must pursue a new doctrine of constructive, alliance-backed confrontation, where policymakers put “America First”—as the leader of an international coalition that pressures China to stop rigging markets and start competing on fair terms.

“China’s systematic mercantilism...

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07:02
Steve Jobs’ liver—and the quest for a better organ...

Mallory Locklear, Ars Technica:

In 2009, Steve Jobs received a liver transplant—not in northern California where he lived, but across the country in Memphis, Tennessee. Given the general complications of both travel and a transplant, Jobs’ decision may seem like an odd choice. But it was a strategic move that almost certainly got him a liver much more quickly than if Jobs had just waited for a liver to become available in California. Eight years later, the Apple founder’s procedure continues to highlight the state of transplants in the US: when it comes to organs, we have a big math problem.

Today, there’s a much greater need than there are organs to go around. It’s a problem currently being tackled in part by mathematicians and developers, who are crafting clever algorithms that aim to make organ allocation as fair as possible. But it’s complicated math that’s done against a backdrop of sticky ethical issues, and the debates surrounding it are heated and contentious...

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07:01
News: Report: Apple hasn’t yet signed onto brief...

Despite its vocal opposition to President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration earlier this year, Apple has not joined other tech companies in signing on to a new lawsuit looking to block a second version of the Trump’s executive order, Reuters reports. Apple is reportedly among 60 technology companies, including Google and Facebook, that appear to have decided against putting their weight behind this new lawsuit. A legal brief…

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06:53
iLuv ‘Rainbow8’ multi-color smart home bulbs...

iLuv has just announced its new Rainbow8 light bulbs, a new HomeKit offering in the muticolor light space. Available to buy now ($49.99), these are the first WiFi HomeKit bulbs that do not require a separate hub to use. This means you can add some smart home features to your house just by replacing an existing ceiling lightbulb with the Rainbow8.

With HomeKit integration, the Rainbow8 multicolor lights can be controlled using the Home app on iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch as well as Control Center. You can also use voice commands to change the hue or adjust the brightness, using Siri …

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06:51
Amazon adds one/two hour alcohol delivery to Amazon...

Currently testing in Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio. This is known as the Dalrymple option for some reason.

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06:48
Apple adds Apple Park details and satellite imagery...

Fire up Apple Maps, switch to satellite (on the Mac, it’s the tab in the map window’s upper right corner, in iOS, the tab is hidden behind the info icon), then type Apple Park in the search box. You’ll want the Apple Park in Cupertino, CA. Fun exploring the map this way, though I’m looking forward to the finished product.

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06:45
WePay payments provider now supports Apple Pay on...

Apple introduced Apple Pay on the web with iOS 10 and macOS Sierra last fall, and today integrated payments provider WePay announced support for the mobile payment service on Safari. WePay clients include GoFundMe, FreshBooks, Meetup, and other major services.

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06:42
Nearly half of iPhone users are uncomfortable...

 

Nearly half of iPhone users have little or no confidence in storing their personal information on iCloud, according to a survey of 1,001 iPhone users conducted by Clutch, a business-to-business (B2B) ratings and reviews firm. 

Forty-seven percent (47%) of iPhone users said they are only "slightly" or "not at all" comfortable with storing personal information on iCloud. Meanwhile, 44% of respondents said they are "very" or "somewhat" comfortable with doing so.

iCloud, Apple's cloud storage and computing service for iOS devices, has...

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06:40
Apple-backed think tank calls for radical changes to...




A Washington think tank -- with board members from Apple, Amazon, Google and other tech firms -- on Thursday called for an international coalition to pressure China into changing course on some of its economic policies.

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06:37
10 truly wacky wearables and offbeat sensors

10 offbeat trackers and wacky wearables

Image by CIO

Are you feeling worn out by wearables? Can’t stand the thought of strapping yet another heart-rate-sensing, step-counting, sleep-tracking watch around your wrist? I feel your pain. As someone who frequently reviews activity trackers, I don’t often see bold new features in mainstream devices. But if you look closely at small startups around the globe, you’ll start to notice some cool, slightly crazy, definitely out-there devices that go far beyond counting steps. Some of the claims these device developers make will likely make your eyes roll. Nonetheless, here are 10 wacky wearables and oddball devices that may also pique your curiosity.

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06:36
White hat hackers use Safari to pwn MacBook Pro,...

Tim Hardwick, MacRumors, on the CanMacWest security conference and the Pwn2Own hacking contest:

Independent hackers Samuel Groß and Niklas Baumstark landed a partial success and earned $28,000 after targeting Safari with an escalation to root on macOS, which allowed them to scroll a message on a MacBook Pro Touch Bar.

Check out the picture in the post. Imagine seeing a message like that crawling across your Touch Bar. On the positive side, these exploits have been turned over to Apple so they can be patched before the exploits are made public.

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06:30
Apple is underpricing AirPods and Apple Watch

Neil Cybart:

After using AirPods for the past three months, one takeaway relates to pricing. It is clear that Apple is underpricing AirPods. While this statement may sound outlandish considering that a pair of EarPods is included in every iPhone box, AirPods are not just any pair of headphones.

Yes, I do think the statement sounds outlandish. But reading the post, I do think Neil is on to something here (as he usually is). Apple seems to be shifting away from their typical high margin Apple Tax strategy, at least when it comes to AirPods and Apple Watch.

Contrary to the conclusions found in most headphone buying guides, AirPods should not be compared to lower-priced, wired headphones. These buying guides not only lean on sound quality to unfairly shortchange truly wireless headphones, but also misidentify why consumers want to buy wireless headphones in the first place. AirPods’ primary value proposition isn’t found with sound quality but rather with not having...

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