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Wednesday June 14

10:40
Foxconn may build a U.S. plant in Wisconsin

Apple supplier Hon Hai Precision Industry, better known as Foxconn Technology Group, is considering building a U.S. factory in Wisconsin, according to the Associated Press. Quoting unnamed “sources,” the article says that Wisconsin officials and company execs are in discussions about the plant.

Michigan remains in the mix as a possible location due to the proximity of the automotive industry. The AP doesn’t specify whether the discussions involve Foxconn’s proposed smartphone panel plant, which would supply Apple among others, or the proposed large-format display panel plant with Sharp. Or the discussions could involve both projects.   

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10:40
How to avert (even more) disaster at Uber

Uber is a classic example of that old adage about money not being enough to buy you class, especially in 2017. The startup, valued at around $70 billion, has been helped and hindered by the leadership of its controversial CEO, Travis Kalanick. After...

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10:35
OWC announces Smart Alec utility for Mac drives

OWC has announced SMART Alec, a Mac utility that constantly monitors and checks your Mac hard drives, SSDs, FireWire disks, and USB drives, warning you in advance if drives are failing or about to fail. 

The utility is designed to help you avoid sensitive, irreplaceable data from databases, word processing, Excel, PowerPoint and other business files, photos and videos, music compositions, and more. SMART Alec is currently available in beta . The free final version of SMART Alec and a $9.99 upgrade with additional features will be available in July.

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10:26
Nativ ships hi-res music system with iOS, macOS...

Nativ is shipping the Vita, a high-resolution music system with an 11.6-inch touch-screen and access to “all music of the world.” It features built-in support for streaming services such as Apple Music and Spotify. 

Vita supports Apple Airplay, Spotify Connect, Google Cast and Bluetooth apt for integration of your mobile devices such as iPhones and iPads, and plays music from your Mac, PC or NAS through its 802.11ac and Gigabit networking technology. 

Network music libraries can also be navigated with the pre-installed music interface from Roon. Large music libraries can be stored directly on the built-in hard disk or SSD drives with up to 4TB capacity. And the Vita can deliver music to your A/V receiver or DAC. You can connect the system to your TV to watch the latest music videos and navigate your library on the big screen. 

Nativ’s 11.6, high-resolution LCD acts as a central control interface to stream high fidelity music to virtually any wireless headphone...

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10:19
Essential’s exclusivity deal with Sprint might not...

Few Android phones have generated the enthusiasm that Essential's PH-1 has. If you haven't been keeping up, it's a very pretty, surprisingly clever smartphone from Andy Rubin, one of the men responsible for unleashing Android upon the world.

On the...

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10:17
Rumor: wireless charging, waterproof bodies, 3D...

Taiwan-based Wistron, original equipment manufacturer and iPhone assembler, has confirmed that at least one of Apple's next-generation iPhone models will be "waterproof" and include wireless charging capabilities, according to the Japanese website Nikkei Asian Review. Somehow I don’t think the gang at Apple are going to be pleased about this leak.

"Assembly process for the previous generations of [iPhones] have not changed much, though new features like waterproof and wireless charging now require some different testing, and waterproof function will alter the assembly process a bit," [Robert] Hwang, [Wistron CEO], told reporters after the company's annual shareholders' meeting on Wednesday, says Nikkei Asian Review.

The publication...

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10:03
10.5-inch iPad Pro: Beautiful display and blazing...

It’s rare when Apple World Today has two major hardware reviews published on the same day, but the stars aligned and the timing was right for both a review of the fast new 27-inch iMac and the 10.5-inch iPad Pro. The two devices are different in their use case: the big iMac is a powerful desktop, while the iPad Pro seems to be the future of portable computing from Apple. Both devices have two things in common — astonishingly good displays and powerful processors — that set them apart from the rest of Apple’s products.

The 10.5-inch 2017 iPad Pro (right) and 12.9-inch 2015 iPad Pro (left)

A 12.9-inch iPad Pro has been my sole “laptop” for the last two years. On occasion, I have rued my decision and wished I had kept my little MacBook. More often than not, though,...

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10:01
Apple partner Wistron says 'iPhone 7s Plus...




In an apparent breach of Apple's secrecy protocols, Wistron's chief executive told reporters on Wednesday that this fall's anticipated "iPhone 7s Plus" will add wireless charging, and also improve on the water resistant design introduced with the iPhone 7 series.

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10:01
18th annual “Golden Trailer” awards

I’m addicted to movie trailers

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10:00
Facebook made a bot that can lie for better bargains

Chatbots can help you order pizza, accept payments and be super racist, but their usefulness has been pretty limited. However, Facebook announced today that it has created a much more capable bot by giving it the ability to negotiate, strategize, and...

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09:55
Library of Congress archives select webcomics for...

Webcomics have been around for a long while, and that's raising a question: who's going to preserve those comics for online viewing outside of non-profits like the Internet Archive? The Library of Congress, that's who. It just launched a Webcomics...

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09:52
Apple Issues $1 Billion Green Bond After Trump'...

An anonymous reader shares a report: Apple offered a $1 billion bond dedicated to financing clean energy and environmental projects on Tuesday, the first corporate green bond offered since President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris climate agreement. The offering comes over a year after Apple issued its first green bond of $1.5 billion -- the largest issued by a U.S. corporation -- as a response to the 2015 Paris agreement. Apple said its second green bond is meant to show that businesses are still committed to the goals of the 194-nation accord. "Leadership from the business community is essential to address the threat of climate change and protect our shared planet," said Lisa Jackson, Apple's vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives.


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09:37
'Shadow of the Colossus' was rebuilt from...

When Sony unveiled a remake Shadow of the Colossus for the PS4, it raised one big question: is it just a glorified remaster, or a true revamp? Thankfully, it's more than just a quick-and-dirty upgrade. Sony's Shuhei Yoshida tells Famitsu that every a...

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09:36
Nativ ships touchscreen-based Vita music player with...




Electronics maker Nativ on Wednesday launched the Vita, a high-end, touchscreen-based music player and server which has the rare feature of integrated Apple Music support.

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09:33
News: iPhone supplier confirms shipping 3D sensor...

Largan, a key supplier of camera lenses for the iPhone, says it will be shipping out lenses for 3D sensing modules later this year, leading to speculation that they will make their way into this year’s iPhones, Nikkei Asian Review reports. “We will have lenses for 3-D sensing [module used in smartphone] ready to ship in the second half this year,” said Largan CEO Adam Lin. Those lenses are essential in enabling facial and iris recognition-capabilities…

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Beats Solo3 Headphones $190,...

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09:15
'Minecraft' looks like a completely...

The best demonstration of the Xbox One X's 4K capabilities comes from an unlikely, blocky source: Minecraft. Behind closed doors at E3 2017, Microsoft showed off a handful of games it upgraded to 4K just for the Xbox One X, including Gears of War 4,...

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09:00
An emphatic Haka and an 80-second stare down at the...

Wow. Watch this video. Epic staredown by both teams. That’s a field full of men with bad intentions.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:59
Largan confirms it will ship facial recognition 3D...




Though the company stopped short of saying who the components are for, Apple supplier Largan has affirmed that it will ship 3D sensors capable of scanning a user's face and unique iris, capabilities rumored to be a part of the anticipated "iPhone 8."

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08:50
Netflix leaps over shrinking cable subscriber market...

New data from Leichtman Research shows that the US cable subscriber market is now smaller than Netflix’s market share which marks a first for the industry.

more…

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08:45
How Hollywood came to fear and loathe Rotten Tomatoes

I had no idea Hollywood gave so much credence to Rotten Tomatoes’ aggregation of reviews. Personally, I’ve never used it to decide whether or not I see a particular movie. Have you?

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:37
Why QR codes are important to iOS 11 and China

QR codes are an interesting lesson in the differences between users in the “western world” versus those in Asia in particular. QR codes really haven’t taken off much here but they are a big part of the user experience in places like China.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:30
The sneaky psychology of Apple Pay and how it could...

Contrary to the headline and the writer’s assertion, it’s not the “sneaky psychology” of Apple Pay that could be a concern but the general nature of the way we think about money. Slamming Apple for our own failings isn’t at all fair. But, that having been said, it is interesting that, while Apple isn’t going to make much money by “holding” on to our Apple Pay dollars, they do stand to profit from our use of “fuzzy money”.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:25
Pages 6.2, Numbers 4.2, and Keynote 7.2 for Mac

Of the three, I only use Keynote on a regular basis. Do any of you use all three as an “Office” suite of apps?

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:15
Crumb-free bread will mean ISS astronauts can now...

This sounds silly until you read the article and realize how important an experiment this will be.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:13
Box launches new Drive macOS app with cloud file...

Dropbox and Google Drive have long had native drive apps on the Mac, and now Box is introducing its own macOS drive client for its cloud syncing service. Box Drive for Mac is a free download in public beta version starting today.

more…

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08:03
Inside iOS 11: HomeKit gains multi-person geofencing...




With iOS 11, currently in a developer beta, Apple is enabling more complexity in the triggers for HomeKit scenes and events, making them adaptable to a wider variety of circumstances.

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08:02
Apple supplier Largan confirms it is shipping 3D-...

A well-known Apple supplier, Largan Precision, has announced that it is shipping 3D depth-sensing lenses in the second half of 2017 (via Nikkei). Although it didn’t identify brands by name, industry experts believe that these camera components are for the iPhone 8.

The special sensors will enable face recognition functionality, allowing users of the high-end iPhone to unlock their device just by looking at the screen. Largan already supplies most of the rear camera lenses used in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

more…

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07:44
News: Apple updates iWork apps with autocorrect...

Apple has updated its free Pages, Numbers and Keynote apps on iOS and Mac, adding autocorrect improvements and a library of more than 500 professionally drawn shapes that can be used in presentations and documents. There are also new options for replying to comments and joining in on threaded conversations, improvements to pan and zoom functionality, and an updated ability to add the most recent stock and currency information that syncs up with the…

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07:31
Instagram asks celebrities nicely to label sponsored...

Instagram is asking celebrities and others with significant numbers of followers to use a new ‘Paid partnership’ label to identify sponsored posts.

more…

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07:07
Walt Disney’s original, personal map of Disneyland...

CNN:

Disney started W.E.D. Enterprises (for Walter Elias Disney), went looking for cheap land in Southern California, and recruited artists and art directors from various studios. They began designing aspects of the park, as Walt’s brother, Roy O. Disney, lined up meetings with potential investors: banks and TV networks.
But with those pitch meetings just days away, Walt realized he had no big visual for his vision; he needed a show to go with Roy’s tell. “They had all these elements, but they didn’t have them all together in something they could present to investors,” explains Van Eaton.

So, on a Friday, Walt called Herb Ryman, a friend and former Disney artist known for working quickly, with an audacious idea: draw a huge, detailed map of the proposed park.

Fascinating story, a one-of-a-kind collectible. The map goes on the auction block June 25th, expected to fetch north of $500K.

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07:04
See what the coming eclipse will look like from your...

From the solar eclipse simulator:

Join us in this first-of-its-kind citizen science project, gathering scientifically valuable data from the total solar eclipse that will traverse North America on August 21, 2017.

Type your zip code or town name into the search field and you’ll see (drag the slider or hit the play button) a simulation of the eclipse that will unfold on August 21st.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:56
10.5" iPad Pro teardown finds Apple's...




Pushing the pixels of the 10.5-inch iPad Pro Retina display at a blazing 120Hz refresh rate requires more bandwidth, which led Apple to double the number of connecting cables for the new iPad's LCD screen, a teardown of the device has discovered.

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06:52
News: Teardown reveals the components that make 10.5...

After giving the new 10.5” iPad Pro a complete teardown, iFixit found the device much more logically arranged and repairable than previous models. Display cables are arranged in the center of the iPad—away from the edges where prying tools could snip them while opening the device — and Phillips screws now hold down the display cable bracket instead of the special tri-point screws found in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. That’s…

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06:44
E3 2017: 'The Elder Scrolls: Legends' card...




Bethesda this week announced an expansion -- with over 150 new cards -- for its iPad digital card game, "The Elder Scrolls: Legends," as well as an iPhone version of the game coming in July.

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06:36
Civic Type R arrives in U.S. tomorrow as Honda’s...

After previously announcing that the Civic Type R would make its U.S. debut this spring, Honda today confirmed that the vehicle, its latest arriving with Apple’s CarPlay stock, will go on sale tomorrow.

more…

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06:36
Opinion: In-app ‘tipping’ controversy in China...

Apple has now implemented a controversial change to the way it handles cash ‘tips’ sent to content providers through social media apps in China. It is treating them as in-app purchases, and taking a 30% cut.

Apple’s point of view makes perfect sense in the USA. It argues that a donation from a user to a content creator is no different to an in-app purchase. Indeed, in the original news piece, many commenters took issue with the use of the word ‘donation,’ saying that this is suggestive of a contribution to a charitable cause rather than to an individual.

But it is this which highlights the cultural gulf between the two countries …

more…

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06:23
News: Apple releases third round of betas for iOS 10...

Apple has released a third set of developer betas for iOS 10.3.3, tvOS 10.2.2, and watchOS 3.2.3. As with the second round of betas, these all include only minor updates and bug fixes. iOS 11 is expected to be debuted next week at WWDC, with a public release likely to follow alongside the new iPhone models in the fall....

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06:08
What Apple thought the iPhone might look like in 1995

The Atlantic:

Apple has always been fond of dreaming up hardware and software from a not-too-distant future, and there are glimmers of the iPhone in Apple’s history since long before the rumors about the device were taken seriously in the early 2000s. More than a decade before the smartphone was unveiled, Apple shared with the computing magazine Macworld a semi-outlandish design for a videophone-PDA that could exchange data. (Smartphones eventually made the PDA, or personal digital assistant, obsolete.)

The prototype for the device, published in the May 1995 issue of the magazine, is something of a missing link between the Newton and the iPhone—though still more parts the former than the latter.

Interesting look back. Be sure to take a look at the pictures.

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06:05
10.5-inch iPad teardown reveals a scaled-down 12.9-...

iFixit has completed its teardown of the new 10.5-inch iPad, and reports that the internal design is that of a scaled-down 12.9-inch model rather than a scaled-up version of the 9.7-inch version.

The internal layout of the 9.7″ Pro was strikingly similar to the standard iPad—while the 12.9″ Pro had a completely new internal layout […] But it looks like Apple has moved from iPad Pro experimentation to standardization. An open-faced 10.5″ iPad Pro is essentially a scaled-down, streamlined version of its 12.9″ predecessor …

more…

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06:04
iFixIt tears down the 10.5-inch iPad Pro; here’s...

The gang at iFixit — who tear apart tech items and look at their innards so you don’t have to — has conducted a teardown of Apple’s new 10.5-inch iPad Pro. They find that an open-faced 10.5-inch iPad Pro is essentially a scaled-down, streamlined version of its 12.9″ predecessor.

“Whether this is a good thing remains to be seen. One move we’re particularly happy with is the retention of the 12.9" Pro’s danger-free display cable placement,” says the iFixIt’ers. “ No improvement on the battery front, though: it’s pinned under the logic board, firmly adhered in place, and doesn’t inherit the 12.9″ iPad Pro’s handy removal tabs. Maybe after standardization comes logic.”

Click iPad Pro 10.5″ Teardown to read the complete report, but key points include: 

  • iFixIt is giving Apple a little pat on the back for using Phillips screws to secure the display cable bracket. 
  • In...
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06:00
Former President of Microsoft’s Windows division...

Steven Sinofsky, Medium:

Many of us have been using the dev builds of iOS 11 and MacOS High Sierra this week. I wanted to share some thoughts on what I think are some of the important advances.

And:

APFS is an entirely new file system enabling such features as clones, snapshots, encryption, 64-bit limits on file counts and sizes, crash protection, crazy performance for large file operations, and more.

And:

I’ve lived through all the Apple migrations and all the DOS/Windows migrations and not only is this among the most feature-rich releases, it is actually running right now on my Mac (and iPhone) after an in-place upgrade. I seriously sat there watching the install process thinking “this is going to take like a day to finish and it will probably fail and roll back in the middle or something”. After about 30 minutes the whole thing was complete. The amount of amazing engineering that went into both the creation and deployment of APFS is mind-...

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06:00
Back Again - Our most popular deal on a 3-pack of...

It's always nice when one of our most popular deals comes back into the Apple World Today Deals Shop. Today, our incredible deal on a 3-pack of 10-ft MFi-Certified Lightning Cables for $20 is back for a limited time.

These cables have been extremely popular for several reasons:

  • With ten feet long cables, you have flexibility in where you can plug in your iOS devices
  • MFi certification ensures that your devices are going to work with the cables for charging and sync
  • Who doesn't need a few spare cables?

As always, this won't last for long! If you missed out on these cables the last time we had them in the Deals Shop, this is your chance. 

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: WiFi HD Waterproof Endoscopic...

In today’s iLounge Deal, you can pick up this Wi-Fi HD Waterproof Endoscopic Camera for only $32.99 — 34% off the regular price. This tough, high-res camera will help you find problems at their source, whether it’s a clogged drain or some problem buried deep in your car’s engine. An eight-way adjustable LED and 2MP resolution camera lets you slip into tight and dark spaces and send a feed right back to any device you’re using…

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05:52
Apple, custom chips, AR and machine learning

Jean-Louis Gassée, Monday Note:

When Apple introduced its 64-bit A7 processor in September, 2013, they caught the industry by surprise. According to an ex-Intel gent who’s now at a long-established Sand Hill Road venture firm, the competitive analysis group at the imperial x86 maker had no idea Apple was cooking a 64-bit chip.

And:

The industry came to accept the idea Apple has one of the best, if not the best, silicon design teams; the company just hired Esin Terzioglu, who oversaw the engineering organization of Qualcomm’s core communications chips business. By moving its smartphones and tablets — hardware and software together — into the 64-bit world, Apple built a moat that’s as dominant as Google’s superior Search, as unassailable as the aging Wintel dominion once was.

Interestingly, yesterday we learned that Google...

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05:15
Apple CEO Tim Cooks confirms company’s efforts...

Following years of Apple being characteristically tight-lipped as to whether it’s been working on an autonomous car project, CEO Tim Cook is finally ready to admit to the world that yes, Apple is working on a self-driving car system.

In an interview with Bloomberg Television following the WWDC keynote, Cook described the autonomous driving system as “a core technology that we view as very important,” but stopped well short of saying Apple was actually building its own car. “We’ll see where it takes us,” he said.

The project, which is said to have been dubbed “Project Titan”, shows that Apple seems to be serious about its effort in this field.

Apple’s car endeavors have been well documented by the rumor mill, with Bloomberg reporting last year that the company cut hundreds of jobs and scaled back its ambitions. At the time, the publication said “hundreds of members of the car team” had been let go or reassigned to other areas of the company, leaving the...

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05:00

You can now snag Apple’s new iPad Pro models in an Apple Store retail location near you.

The new 2017 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models have gone live and customers can check stock at local Apple Stores.

Apple began accepting iPad Pro orders just after the WWDC keynote event, and the first iPad Pro models began shipping out over the weekend with most offering June 13 delivery dates.

The updated 10.5-inch iPad Pro replaces its 9.7-inch counterpart and offers a larger display with 40 percent smaller side bezels and a slightly larger and heavier body. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is the same size as the previous-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

Both models feature Apple’s new ProMotion display technology, which boasts a refresh rate of up to 120Hz for more fluid scrolling, improved responsiveness, and smoother motion. The tablets also feature a much more powerful A10X Fusion chips with 30 percent faster CPU performance and 40 percent faster GPU...

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05:00
New iMac is the best all-in-one yet — and the best...

Oh, iMac, I’ve missed you. I thought I could replace you with a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and 27-inch LG Ultrafine display. Actually, I did for seven months, but the entire experience just wasn’t as smooth. Plus, the Apple all-in-one’s display is so much more elegant than LG’s monitor.

The recent rev of the iMac with 5K Retina display is the company’s finest Mac ever. Use it and you may never be able to use any other computer again thanks to the spacious, gorgeous screen. Yes, I say this with every version upgrade of my favorite Mac — but it’s true.

The latest incarnation of Apple's all-in-one is, hands-down, the world's best desktop. Its performance — up to 50% faster than its predecessor — is beefy enough for all but the most demanding “power users.”

I have the high end model that...

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05:00
Wi-Fi Alliance introduces a certification program...

Wi-Fi Certified homes will feature integrated wireless networks designed with the same level of detail as the home’s electrical and plumbing systems.

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04:52
Chuck Thacker, lead designer of the Xerox Alto –...

Charles ‘Chuck’ Thacker, lead designer of the Xerox Alto (below), has died at the age of 74, reports Communications. The Alto, launched in 1973, was the first ever computer based on a graphical user interface and controlled by a mouse, and was one of the inspirations between Apple’s Lisa and Macintosh computers …

more…

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04:30
Apple patent hints at augmented reality features in...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,679,414) for “federated mobile device positioning” that hints at augmented reality (AR) features for upcoming iPhones. It’s for a user interface that lets you calibrate the position of a 3D model with a real-world environment represented by that model. 

Using a device's sensor suite, the device's location and orientation is determined. A video image of the device's environment is displayed on the device's display. The device overlays a representation of an object from a virtual reality model on the video image. The position of the overlaid representation is determined based on the device's location and orientation. In response to user input, the device adjusts a position of the overlaid representation relative to the video image.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that some applications are being developed for mobile devices that allow folks to view an augmented reality or "enhanced reality" view of their real, physical...

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04:30
How to change the default printer in macOS Sierra

In macOS Sierra, there’s a default printer. It’s the one selected when the Print dialog opens. However, it’s easy to change the default printer — or change a printer’s name.

To change your default printer

  • Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Printers & Scanners.
  • Click the “Default printer” pop-up menu, then choose an option.
  • If you want the same printer to always be the default printer, choose that printer. The default printer doesn’t change even after you print to a different printer.

If you want the default printer to be the one you printed to last, choose Last Printer Used. Your Mac remembers the printer you used last at your current network location. For example, the printer you used last might change depending on whether you’re at home or at work.

To quickly select a default printer, Control-click a printer in the Printers list of the Printers & Scanners pane, then choose “Set default printer”...

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04:15
Investors bet $1.3B against AAPL as stock declines 6...

While the recent fall in Apple’s share price comes in the context of tech stocks in general taking a hit, the latest data suggests that investors are more pessimistic about AAPL specifically.

Data compiled by S3 Partners shows that ‘short interest’ in the stock – investors staking money on Apple’s share price falling – has climbed by $1.3B in the past month. This makes Apple the third most shorted company after Tesla and Alibaba …

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for June 14, 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.

macOS Apps/Updates

CleverFiles has acquired Pandora Recovery, file recovery software on the Internet, and reduced it Disk Drill. It supports recovery of all types of data and file formats, and is a solution for photo, video and document recovery.

Disk Drill — available for macOS and Windows — runs on any file system and even on formatted drives, according to the folks at CleverFiles. The company is offering a limited time discount for users who wish to upgrade to Disk Drill Pro or Enterprise.

Tagtraum Industries has announced beaTunes 5, a new version of their music library management tool...

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03:00
Why QR codes are important to iOS 11 and China

Why on earth would you want to use your iPhone’s camera to scan a two-dimensional block-and-dot code? How could this possibly have a benefit worth the trouble? Why would Apple have any interest in building this in as an automatic feature within its Camera app?

Ask folks in China—and Japan, where advertisers, handset makers, and cell carriers pioneered 2D codes over 15 years ago. Apple says its listening to the Chinese market in adding 2D code scanning, but the benefits will be there for users worldwide.

Apple’s addition to iOS 11 will let you open URLs, add contacts, and even join Wi-Fi networks with just the Camera app plus a tap to confirm. While it’s common to ridicule QR codes, that was because of pure inconvenience. With ease, will usage grow?

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Tuesday June 13

21:07
Pages 6.2, Numbers 4.2, and Keynote 7.2 for Mac

All three iWork apps add the capability to reply to comments and a library of over 500 professionally drawn shapes. (Free, various sizes)

 

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20:59
iPad Pro Review Roundup

Federico Viticci, MacStories, “The 10.5-inch iPad Pro: Future-Proof”:

A good way to think about the iPad’s new display with ProMotion
is not the difference between low-res and Retina screens, but
the jump from 30fps to 60fps. You see more of every animation.
Text is more legible when you scroll and doesn’t judder. It’s
hard to explain and it has to be seen and experienced to be
fully understood. Every scroll, page transition, and app launch
animation on the 10.5″ iPad Pro is absurdly smooth to the point
of feeling unrealistic at first — hence the common reaction
that something doesn’t quite compute. But as you spend some time
with the new iPad and start using it on a daily basis, its
display becomes normal and you wish that other Apple displays
were the same.

I’m not even a week into my tests with the 10.5″ iPad...

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19:12
Consumer Reports: Galaxy S8 bests iPhone 7 despite ‘...

Consumer Reports today is out with its latest smartphone ratings, highlighting recent releases from Samsung. The iPhone 7 is also in the mix, even though it’s nearing 9 months on the market at this point.

Given the iPhone 7’s age, it shouldn’t come as too big of a surprise that it was beat out by newer flagship devices from Samsung and LG…

more…

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18:46
Watch: 2017 12" MacBook with Intel Kaby Lake vs...




As part of last week's MacBook refresh, Apple released an upgraded version of the 12-inch MacBook with Retina display, incorporating Intel's latest Kaby Lake processors, faster SSDs and minor aesthetic improvements. AppleInsider pits the new version against its 2015 predecessor in this video.

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18:38
Comparison: Here’s how Apple’s current Mac lineup...

In a somewhat surprising move, Apple this year overhauled much of its Mac lineup with new options, improved performance, and in some cases, price cuts at WWDC. Given that the event was so full of new information, however, many changes got glossed over.

Below, we do a full breakdown of Apple’s current Mac lineup in terms of price, specs, and upgrade options…

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17:05
Play Store Downloads Show Google Pixel Sales Limited...

While Google has yet to release official sales numbers for its flagship Google Pixel smartphone, a Play Store app may shed some light on roughly how many units are in circulation. The Pixel Launcher, which is installed by default on the Pixel and Pixel XL, just crossed into the "1,000,000-5,000,000" install tier, leading us to assume that Google has finally sold 1,000,000 Google Pixel units. Ars Technica notes that "the Pixel is seen as Google's answer to the iPhone, but considering Apple sells 40 to 50 million iPhones in a quarter, Google has some catching up to do." From the report: This calculation is complicated by the fact that Google Play doesn't show exact install numbers; it shows installs in "tiers" like "100,000-500,000." So most of the time, we won't have an exact Pixel sales number -- except when the Pixel Launcher crosses from one download tier to another. So guess what just happened? The Pixel Launcher just crossed into the "1,000,000-5,000,000" install tier (you can...

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16:52
'Duck Season' on HTC Vive revives the NES...

Duck Season brings back the classic NES light gun that holds a special place in any Duck Hunt fan's heart -- but with a dark VR twist. Duck Season is heading to the HTC Vive "very soon," complete with an updated version of the NES blaster, turned int...

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16:18
Review: Apple's new 12" MacBook boasts...




Apple last week refreshed its MacBook lineup with processor upgrades and minor aesthetic tweaks, with the 12-inch MacBook benefiting from new Intel silicon and faster SSDs. Are the changes enough to prompt existing owners to upgrade? Find out in AppleInsider's video review.

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16:18
Amazon offers cash back for keeping your gift card...

Amazon knows how to keep you topping up your gift card balance: offer a little money in return. It's introducing a Prime Reload perk that gives American shoppers 2 percent cash back whenever they reload their balance using a debit card. That's not...

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16:03
Senators reveal plans for national self-driving car...

The American transportation industry has been calling for national rules governing self-driving cars, and it looks like it might get its wish. Senators Bill Nelson, Gary Peters and John Thune have unveiled the principles they'll use to craft legislat...

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15:44
First look: Apple launches iPad Pro in new 10.5...




Just over a week after Apple took the wraps off of its new 10.5-inch iPad Pro, the new premium touchscreen tablet is now available and finding its way into the hands of consumers. AppleInsider offers a first look at Apple's new 10.5-inch iPad Pro.

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15:41
Relive 'Tron' disc battles when '...

Have you wanted to relive Tron's light disc battles through CCP Games' Sparc (aka Project Arena)? You're about to get your chance... although you may have to switch platforms to get it soon. CCP has revealed that Sparc will launch in the third quarte...

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15:40
Apple Mac Computers Are Being Targeted By Ransomware...

If you are a Mac user, you should be aware of new variants of malware that have been created specifically to target Apple computers; one is ransomware and the other is spyware. "The two programs were uncovered by the security firms Fortinet and AlienVault, which found a portal on the Tor 'dark web' network that acted as a shopfront for both," reports BBC. "In a blog post, Fortinet said the site claimed that the creators behind it were professional software engineers with 'extensive experience' of creating working code." From the report: Those wishing to use either of the programs had been urged to get in touch and provide details of how they wanted the malware to be set up. The malware's creators had said that payments made by ransomware victims would be split between themselves and their customers. Researchers at Fortinet contacted the ransomware writers pretending they were interested in using the product and, soon afterwards, were sent a sample of the malware. Analysis revealed...

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15:26
AWT News Update: June 13, 2017

Friday the 13th landed on a Tuesday this month. Fortunately, we're lucky in that there was a lot of Apple news today, so things aren't all bad...

  • Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 won't be supported on macOS High Sierra at all, and the 2016 version will need an update as well
  • Sony announced a new brand -- PlayLink -- at E3 today that is made up of games that support cross-platform play between PS4 and iOS devices
  • Ever wondered what a fully loaded iMac Pro would put you back? ZDNet did the numbers, and they are as bad as you'd expect...
  • Third betas of the most recent operating systems have been released to developers
  • A new book about the development of the iPhone will arrive on June 20, just in time for celebrating the 10th anniversary of the iPhone on June 29, 2007

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15:23
The FCC can’t limit excessive inmate phone call rates

The FCC of 2015 pushed for limits to "excessive and egregious" rates for prison-based telephone calls. This was a progressive move to limit the ability states and private prisons to make money off of prisoners, who have no choice in choosing how much...

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The Xbox One X is aspirational in the purest sense...

The Xbox One X is aspirational in the purest sense of the word. It's Microsoft's direct response to people saying that the standard Xbox One wasn't powerful enough in comparison to Sony's PlayStation 4. With six teraflops of processing power and a ra...

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14:39
Google scoops up one of Apple’s chief chip architects

Google has lured away chip architect Manu Gulati, who’s been spearheading Apple’s own chip developments for close to eight years, reports Variety. As the new lead SOC [systems-on-a-chip] architect, he’ll apparently be working on chips for the company’s line of Pixel smartphones. 

Gulati started working at Apple in 2009, and was instrumental to the company’s efforts to build custom chips for the iPad, the iPhone and Apple TV. Apple began using its own chips in 2010, starting with the introduction of the iPad in 2010, which was powered by the company’s A4 chip.

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14:22
Apple posts second 'Can't Stop, Won't...




Apple on Tuesday posted to Twitter a teaser trailer for the upcoming Sean "Diddy" Combs documentary "Can't Stop, Won't Stop: A Bad Boy Story," which is due to hit Apple Music as an exclusive release on June 25.

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14:01
Maxed out iMac Pro could cost over $17K

The upcoming iMac Pro will be available this December and Apple shared that the base model will cost $4,999. However, some of the most impressive specs will be pricey upgrade options like an 18-Core processor, 128GB ECC memory, 4TB SSD, and more.

Apple hasn’t shared any pricing details on custom configuration options, but ZDNet has taken a fascinating in-depth look at estimating what you’ll need to fork over to obtain Apple’s most powerful iMac Pro…

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13:46
The Knives Come Out for Phil Schiller in Brian...

The Verge has an exclusive (and lengthy) excerpt from Brian Merchant’s The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone, which comes out next week. Merchant seemingly has many first-hand sources on the record, including Tony Fadell and perhaps Scott Forstall. (I say “perhaps” because it’s not clear from the excerpt whether Forstall spoke to Merchant, or if Merchant got the Forstall quotes from somewhere else. It seems like there should be a lot more from Forstall in this story if he actually talked to Merchant.)

But Fadell spoke to Merchant extensively, including this shot at Phil Schiller:

The iPod phone was losing support. The executives debated which
project to pursue, but Phil Schiller, Apple’s head of marketing,
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13:30
Apple updates iWork apps for Mac & iOS with new...




Apple on Tuesday updated both the Mac and iOS editions of its iWork suite, primarily adding 500 new shapes that can be inserted into any Pages, Numbers, or Keynote document.

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13:22
Apple shares new trailer for upcoming Puff Daddy...

Apple today has shared a new trailer for its upcoming documentary based on Sean “Diddy” Combs, aka Puff Daddy. The documentary, from Live Nation Productions, will be an Apple Music exclusive and will debut on June 25th…

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Uber's CEO takes temporary leave amid attempts...




Uber CEO Travis Kalanick on Tuesday informed workers that he'll be taking an indefinite leave of absence from the ridesharing company, which is struggling to remake itself in light of complaints about a broken internal culture.

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12:26
Boston Children's Hospital Caremap iPhone app...




A new app from the Boston Children's Hospital produced in conjunction with Duke University uses Apple's CareKit, and promises to simplify the medical data collation and distribution for parents with children with special medical needs.

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12:20
Google Hires Key Apple Chip Architect To Build...

A recent hire at Google indicates big changes are coming for future versions of the Google's Pixel phone. Manu Gulati, an Apple micro-architect who worked on the company's chip development for nearly eight years, has just joined Google. From a report: Gulati started working at Apple in 2009, and was instrumental to the company's efforts to build custom chips for the iPad, the iPhone and Apple TV. Apple began using its own chips in 2010, starting with the introduction of the iPad in 2010, which was powered by the company's A4 chip. To this day, the company uses custom-designed microchips for each of their devices, which make it possible to optimize processors both for performance and energy consumption. In the industry, these integrated chips for mobile devices are also known as SoCs, or "systems on a chip." In contrast, Google relied on a chip designed and manufactured by Qualcomm when it introduced its first Pixel phones last fall. The same chip is being used by a number of other...

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11:54
iWork gets a major update across the board

The three iWork apps -- Keynote, Numbers and Pages -- received a major update today. All three of the apps now have access to a library of "over 500 professionally drawn shapes" that can be used to enhance the documents you're working on, and those collaborating on iWork documents can reply to comments and join threaded conversations. In addition, Apple says that "new auto-correction and text replacement options save time while typing", and the Stock and Currency functions will return data from the previous market day's close. 

Keynote 7.2 (macOS) also has new pan and zoom options, allows presenters to edit notes while displaying slides in Light Table view, and has improved support for Hebrew and Arabic languages.

Numbers 4.2 (macOS) adds support for print preview in collaborative spreadsheets, as well as the functions described earlier. 

Pages 6.2 (macOS) adds several features that turn it into a page layout powerhouse. Linked text boxes make it easy to have...

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11:37
First look: Belkin's Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock...




Belkin has refreshed its line of Thunderbolt docks for the MacBook Pro's Thunderbolt 3, and AppleInsider takes a quick look at the most recent version.

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11:36
Apple updates iWork apps for Mac with new shape...

Apple released updates to its iWork suite for macOS today. The new versions include a new library of 500 professionally drawn shapes, more efficient auto-correction and text replacement options, added stock and currency features, improved language support, and more.

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11:29
Apple updates Pages, Keynote and Numbers for iOS get...

Apple today released updates to its Pages, Numbers, and Keynote apps for iPhone and iPad, adding a new library of over 500 professionally drawn shapes to all apps and a handful of other features to each.

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10:42
Aukey's 104-key mechanical keyboard is $35 on...

There’s nothing like a good keyboard deal as the week moves into full swing. Amazon and Aukey are offering some deals on the latter’s products today. Of the bunch, our top pick is Aukey’s KM-G6 for $35 (use code RSKGHPRI at checkout). This is a 104-key mechanical keyboard with Outemu Blue switches and six-color backlighting.

Note that this peripheral’s switches are not Cherry MX, which is the more popular brand for mechanical keyboards. Outemu Blue is a clone of Cherry MX Blue—Cherry’s patent expired in 2014. That means you get a more affordable keyboard with a close approximation of an authentic Cherry MX Blue.  

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10:40
Apple deploys third developer betas of iOS 10.3.3,...




Apple on Tuesday issued third betas of iOS 10.3.3, macOS 10.12.6, watchOS 3.2.3, and tvOS 10.2.2 to the developer community, running those betas in parallel with the new versions of the company's operating systems revealed at WWDC.

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10:35
Securing Your Linux System Bit by Bit


As daunting as securing your Linux system might seem, every extra step makes a difference. It's almost always better to make a modest stride than let uncertainty keep you from starting. Fortunately, there are a few basic techniques that greatly benefit users at all levels, and knowing how to securely wipe your hard drive in Linux is one of them. Because I adopted Linux primarily with security in mind, this is one of the first things I learned. Once you have absorbed this lesson, you will be able to part with your hard drives safely.

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10:20
Second macOS 10.12.6 beta rolling out on Mac App...

Apple has released the third developer beta version of the upcoming macOS 10.12.6 software update. Developers testing the pre-release software can find the update through the Mac App Store.

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10:13
Third tvOS 10.2.2 beta for Apple TV rolling out now

Apple today released the third beta of tvOS 10.2.2 following the second beta released late last month to developers. The third beta will focus on the latest bug fixes and security improvements and doesn’t officially include new features or any known issues.
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10:07
Apple releases third watchOS 3.2.3 beta for Apple...

Apple has begun seeding the third watchOS 3.2.3 beta for Apple Watch. The update is only available to registered developers for testing.

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10:04
Google hires away Apple's Manu Gulati to work...




Google has reportedly recruited Manu Gulati -- formerly a key Apple chip designer -- to become its lead system-on-chip architect, working on components for future Pixel smartphones.

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10:03
Apple releases third iOS 10.3.3 beta for iPhone and...

Apple has released the third iOS 10.3.3 beta for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The first beta version only included new wallpapers for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and no other visible changes. We’ll update with any changes discovered below.

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09:46
News: Sony’s PlayLink games will use iOS devices as...

The new line of PlayLink games for PS4 announced by Sony today at E3 will use the touchscreen and cameras on iOS devices as controllers. The new titles are designed to be played in group settings and range from quiz-show style games and choose-your-own-adventure detective thrillers to arcade-style minigames and karaoke singing using the device’s microphone. After downloading the companion app, a user’s iOS device will provide the ability…

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09:36
E3 2017: Minecraft will allow iOS gamers to play...




Mojang will be releasing an update to its popular building and exploration game Minecraft this summer that will introduce increased cross-platform play, allowing owners of the iOS version to play with Windows, Android, VR, and console versions, as well as a number of other changes to the popular title.

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09:29
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 9.7-inch iPad Pro $150 off,...

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Best Buy’s new weapon against Amazon: try-before-you...

It’s unlikely this option will become available to us here in the Great White North but I often tell my photography students about lens rental. You get to try out gear before you buy it or you get to use gear you’d never buy but want to use for a specific purpose.

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09:21
Sony’s new ‘PlayLink’ multiplayer games will use...

As part of E3, Sony today announced it will launch a new collection of games branded “PlayLink” that will support cross-platform gameplay experiences between PS4 and mobile devices including iOS devices. The games will be built with a second screen experience and group play in mind, meaning they’ll take full advantage of opportunities for touchscreen controls, cameras on mobile devices, multiple devices and more.

The games will work together with iPhones (and possibly iPads) via a companion app that Sony confirmed will be available for both iOS and Android. For the most part, the games appear to use mobile devices as controllers, offering a second screen experience while playing games with others on a PS4 in the living room:

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09:21
High Sierra leaves Microsoft Office for Mac 2011...




A support document published by Microsoft, and some AppleInsider testing, shows that while the newer versions of the office productivity suite will mostly work with High Sierra now, the current version does not -- and older versions are getting left behind.

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