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Wednesday April 19

18:56
Hands-on: eGPU enclosure + GTX 1080 Ti w/ MacBook...

After last week’s exciting release of Nvidia’s beta Pascal drivers for Mac, I was looking forward to trying the top of the line consumer GPU with my MacBook Pro. That GPU is none other than the venerable GeForce GTX 1080 Ti — a $700 card with 11 Gbps of GDDR5X memory and a 11 GB frame buffer. Needless to say this card is one that will interest those looking to push their games to the next level.

I took the time to install my EVGA GTX 1080 Ti FE inside of my Akitio Node external GPU enclosure. After connecting the unit to my 2016 MacBook Pro via a Thunderbolt 3 cable, all it took was a simple Terminal script and a reboot to get the unit working with a (required in macOS) external display.

Nvidia’s drivers are still in beta, and from my hands-on time, the experience is far from perfect in macOS. That said, you can most certainly...

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18:34
Bose accused of spying on headphone & speaker...

A new lawsuit against Bose alleges that the company spies on users of its wireless headphones, tracking the music, podcasts, and other audio that they listen to and using the data for monetary gain. The accusation was made in a complaint filed yesterday in a federal court in Chicago and seeks millions of dollars in damages to the users of Bose products…

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18:27
Apple promises future products to be made from 100%...




Apple is on the cusp of launching a new initiative, pledging to use 100 percent recycled materials in a closed supply loop for fabrication of its devices -- but how it intends to do so isn't clear.

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18:20
Apple Music scores exclusive rights to Clive Davis...




Further extending its reach beyond music exclusives, Apple Music has secured streaming rights to a new Clive Davis documentary film based on the music executive's autobiography.

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18:08
Apple to offer 2017 Earth Day Challenge Activity...




In recognition of Earth Day on April 22, Apple is creating a special "Earth Day Challenge" to reward reaching 30 minutes of exercise on the day with a special achievement badge in the Activity app, as well as stickers for use within iMessage.

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18:00
Serial patent troll Acacia Research again sues Apple...




Apple and a handful of partner cellular carriers are the target of a new lawsuit leveled by Acacia Research subsidiary Cellular Communications Equipment, which alleges the iPhone maker infringed and continues to infringe on four patents developed by Nokia covering messaging, emergency alerts and other key cellular technologies.

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17:57
Apple acquires rights to Clive Davis documentary at...

As it continues to ramp up its focus on content, Apple has reportedly acquired the rights to the documentary “Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives.” As detailed in a report from Deadline, the film opens Tribeca Film Festival today, suggesting that Apple may have a presence at the festival..

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17:10
New mid-April drone footage shows trespasser's...




The latest drone footage captured by YouTube videographer Duncan Sinfield peers into Apple Park windows and flies under the solar panel roof of its parking structure, adding additional images of the construction site at night.

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17:04
Apple promises to stop mining the earth, build all...

Apple has a history of being one of the most environmentally conscious companies, and it’s about to take those efforts a step further. According to Apple’s 2017 Environment Responsibility Report released today, the company’s latest environmental initiative will see it “stop mining the earth altogether.”

“Climate change is undeniable. Earth’s resources won’t last forever. And technology must be safe for people to make and use. We don’t question these realities — we challenge ourselves to ask what we can do about them in every part of our business.”

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16:24
Internet Archive Hosts Functional Classic Mac Apps

Hankering to play Crystal Quest or Lode Runner again, in their original 9-inch black-and-white glory? Thanks to the Internet Archive, you can run dozens of apps for the original Macintosh in your Web browser.

 

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15:33
Why Apple should cater to 'serious' gamers...




In 2016, the worldwide video game industry generated over $91 billion in revenues, mostly through mobile platforms like the iPhone and iPad. With its reluctance to serve hardcore gamers, Apple may be leaving some money on the table -- but, perhaps, understandably so.

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15:28
AWT News Update: April 19, 2017

Apple news for the day is rather light, but we have some good stories to convey to you:

  • The glass cube at the Apple store on 5th Avenue in NYC will be removed...at least for a while
  • Apple Watch users should look for the Earth Day activity challenge that will appear soon
  • Apple Maps gains new EV charging station and bike rental/dropoff information
  • Hulu is on the verge of introducing its new streaming package 

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.

Text Version

This is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and you’re listening to the AWT News Update for April 19th, 2017.

Apple has been...

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15:25
Apple to expand Search Ads to three international...




Apple on Wednesday announced Search Ads will arrive in three new countries on April 25, the service's first expansion since a launch in September, and introduced a few ad management tools to streamline the process for developers.

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15:15
Google Chromebook is still spying on students

Privacy advocates at the Electronic Frontier Foundation have again outlined how Google is successfully dumping millions of low-cost Chromebooks on U.S. schools, enabling the mass collection and storage of information on children without the consent of their parents or even the understanding of many school administrators.

Come on, Google.

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15:14
EFF: Google Chromebook is still spying on grade...




Privacy advocates at the Electronic Frontier Foundation have again outlined how Google is successfully dumping millions of low-cost Chromebooks on U.S. schools, enabling the mass collection and storage of information on children without the consent of their parents or even the understanding of many school administrators.

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15:00
Latest drone footage shows work on Apple Park...

Apple is set to start moving employees into its new Apple Park campus this month. As new drone video from Duncan Sinfield shows, Apple is working around the clock to put the finishing touches on its new headquarters, both inside and out…

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14:56
Report: Commercial Software Riddled With Open Source...


Black Duck Software has released its 2017 Open Source Security and Risk Analysis, detailing significant cross-industry risks related to open source vulnerabilities and license compliance challenges. Black Duck conducted audits of more than 1,071 open source applications for the study last year. There are widespread weaknesses in addressing open source security vulnerability risks across key industries, the audits show. Open source security vulnerabilities pose the highest risk to e-commerce and financial technologies.

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14:27
Apple suppliers withhold royalty payments to...




Qualcomm in an earnings report released Wednesday revealed a select number of Apple's contract manufacturers are withholding royalty payments as the chipmaker clashes with the Cupertino tech giant over similar issues in federal court.

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13:48
Qualcomm says Apple suppliers withholding ~$1...

Qualcomm has released its quarterly earnings results and acknowledged the ongoing legal dispute with Apple in detail. Specifically, Qualcomm says Apple’s suppliers have “withheld ~$1 billion from their payments” over royalties for sales activity in the December quarter alone. Qualcomm has also provided a wide range of guidance for its next fiscal quarter because of the ongoing legal battle…

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13:19
Apple planning to replace iconic glass cube at its...

Apple’s flagship retail store on 5th Avenue in New York City has been undergoing renovations since January, and now Apple appears to be planning to replace the iconic glass cube entrance at the site. A building permit discovered by BuildZoom has been granted for the “full removal” of the gigantic glass structure at the Apple Store’s entrance.

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13:15
Review: iDevices Wall Outlet

iDevices was one of the first manufacturers to get on board with Apple's HomeKit ecosystem, with the iDevices Switch outlet announced two years ago at CES 2015. The company later followed that up with the inexpensive HomeKit-enabled Thermostat and Socket light bulb adapter, along with Outdoor Switch, the first weatherproof HomeKit power outlet designed for use in outdoor environments. With its new Wall Outlet, iDevices goes back to its roots, essentially taking its expertise from Switch and building it into a standard installable North American wall outlet.
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13:01
Apple Maps adds public bike rental stations & UK...




Apple on Wednesday updated Apple Maps with new data on EV charging stations and bicycle rental/dropoff points, focusing most of its expanded coverage in Europe.

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12:57
Facebook will let you play songs from Spotify and...

Facebook Messenger is getting into the music-sharing game, thanks to Spotify and Apple Music.

Facebook has announced that Spotify and Apple Music will both be integrated into Messenger, allowing users to share playable links to songs, albums, and playlists directly in-app. This integration is part of Facebook’s new Chat Extensions for its Messenger Platform, first unveiled at the F8 developer conference.

According to Spotify, users will be able to search the catalog from the Messenger app, which will also surface their recently played music. Once a song link in shared, recipients will be able to play a 30-second clip. They will have to go to the main Spotify app to listen to the full song.

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12:49
Cartoon Network adds support for Apple's iOS 10...




The new TV app Apple introduced last fall as a central, Siri-searchable library of videos from various apps has now signed on Cartoon Network. Its content now supports Universal Search, single sign-on and recommendations on iPhone, iPad and 4th generation Apple TV.

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12:46
Withings Home Plus HomeKit security cam cancelled,...




Apparently a casualty of the patent war between Nokia and Apple, the HomeKit-compatible Withings Home Plus video camera announced at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show will not see the light of day.

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12:45
App Store Search Ads expand internationally with new...

Apple’s App Store Search Ads have expanded to other countries today alongside some new improvements for campaigns. Search Ads are now available for campaigns in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand. Apple has also introduced a new role for developers to help with Search Ads campaign management.

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12:26
Facebook Builds a VR Space, but Will Anyone Come?


Facebook has announced the beta launch of Facebook Spaces, a new app that allows users to connect with friends and colleagues in an interactive virtual reality environment. The app provides a way for social media users to hang out as they might otherwise in person -- even bridging great distances -- noted Rachel Franklin, head of social VR at Facebook. An avatar represents each user in Facebook Spaces. Its appearance is based on the user's photo, but can be further modified with choices of eye color, hairstyle and facial features.

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12:01
Withings appears to have nixed its promised HomeKit...

Withings appears to have nixed its plans to release a HomeKit-compatible video camera, presumably over parent company Nokia’s legal dispute with Apple. Withings previously promised HomeKit support through its Home Plus camera.

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11:46
Sling TV streams live broadcasts to your LG Smart TV

If you're a cord cutter, you no longer have to worry about buying a dedicated media player just to watch live broadcasts on your LG TV. Sling TV's internet-only service is now available on "most" of LG's 2016-era webOS sets as an app, with 2017 model...

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11:37
Microsoft To-Do (née Wunderlist): A great way to...







List-makers tend to get things done, and one of the best ways to handle to-do lists in this day of consumer electronics is to use an app. A lot of people use Wunderlist on their iPhones to perform this task. Microsoft purchased the app in 2015, and finally we're seeing the fruits of that purchase in Microsoft To-Do, which is now available for free on the App Store. When To-Do is out of its preview (basically a public beta), Wunderlist will be replaced by the new app. 

The app makes suggestions...

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11:31
Facebook details its plans for a brain-computer...

Facebook wants you to use your brain to interact with your computer. Specifically, instead of using something primitive like a screen or a controller, the company is looking into ways that you and I can interact with our PCs or phones just by using o...

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11:19
Alphabet Verily begins research on 10,000 patients...




Alphabet's health-focused moonshot Verily is launching Project Baseline -- a project to both track long-term health of 10,000 people, and to create a map of human health.

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11:17
Wunder no more: Microsoft releases new task managing...

It’s been almost two years since Microsoft bought the cross-platform task master Wunderlist, but you wouldn’t know it to look at it. Unlike Sunrise and Accompli, which were shuttered and combined into Outlook mobile, Wunderlist has mostly been left alone. But now Microsoft is finally ready to show off what it’s been working on.

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11:16
Apple Maps expands EV charging station data to...

Apple Maps started listing electric vehicle charge points as points-of-interest late last year, and now Apple is expanding that functionality to Europe. The new feature rollout will include listings for bike rental hubs in three cities around the world as well.

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11:14
Capcom's collection of Disney NES games does...

Recapturing the feeling of playing video games of bygone eras is no easy task. Sure, a simple emulator can technically drag ancient software to modern television screens, but anyone who grew up playing 8-bit games can tell you the experience isn't al...

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11:00
Alphabet starts collecting health info to better...

It didn't take long for Alphabet's Verily to get its watch-based health study off the ground. The life sciences company has launched its 4-year research initiative, Baseline, to potentially spot early signs of diseases before obvious symptoms appear....

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10:56
Facebook's latest drone delivers internet...

Internet connectivity is kind of like air: something we take for granted until we can't get it. To help make communications easier during disaster scenarios, Facebook has come up with the "Tether-antenna." At its simplest, it's a small, unmanned heli...

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10:47
Microsoft debuts Wunderlist replacement To-Do on...




Microsoft on Wednesday released the first edition of To-Do, an app that will eventually replace the popular multi-platform title Wunderlist, which it acquired back in 2015.

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10:45
Bose accused of spying on customers

Bose Corp spies on its wireless headphone customers by using an app that tracks the music, podcasts and other audio they listen to, and violates their privacy rights by selling the information without permission, a lawsuit charged.

In order to do this, customers need to download an app from Apple or Google and fill out their information. Technically, he probably had to agree to the terms of service, but still, not a good move by Bose.

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10:30
Hulu’s upcoming live TV expected to launch next month

Hulu has teased out a lot of details about its new live TV service so far, but it hasn’t said exactly when the service will launch. Now a new report claims Hulu is preparing to launch the new streaming service in just a few weeks.

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10:16
Tim Cook: Companies should have values

Tim Cook’s acceptance speech for Newseum 2017 Free Expression Award:

“We know that these freedoms require protection,” Cook said of First Amendment rights. “Not just the forms of speech that entertain us, but the ones that challenge us. The ones that unnerve and even displease us. They’re the ones that need protection the most. It’s no accident that these freedoms are enshrined and protected in the First Amendment. They are the foundation to so many of our rights.”

“This is a responsibility that Apple takes very seriously,” Cook said. “First we defend, we work to defend these freedoms by enabling people around the world to speak up. And second, we do it by speaking up ourselves. Because companies can, and should have values.”

Cheers, Tim.

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10:15
Facebook's new 360 cameras bring multiple...

Last year, Facebook announced the Surround 360, a 360-degree camera that can capture footage in 3D and then render it online via specially designed software. But it wasn't for sale. Instead, the company used it as a reference design for others to cre...

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10:10
The Flickr Explore page is still really amazing

I tell all my students to check out the photographs on Flickr’s Explore page, either to see how others shot the same thing or to use it as a way to train their eye for composition and other elements.

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10:00
V-Moda's wireless earbuds pack fitness features...

If what's been holding you back from a neck-worn set of earbuds is the bulky plastic horseshoe you need to wear with them, the folks at V-Moda would like a word with you. The thing is, the company claims the Forza Metallo are the "world's first ergon...

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10:00
The Week in iOS Accessories and Cases: A new camera...

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Image by Rob Schultz/Macworld

This week’s roundup includes a new HomeKit-compatible camera that lets you see the whole room—even in the dark. Read on!

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09:52
News: Condé Nast Traveler reveals cover photo shot...

Condé Nast Traveler has joined the growing list of publications that have featured photos shot on the iPhone 7 Plus, using one such image for its May cover. The magazine asked a range of travel photographers to highlight the phone’s Portrait Mode, which applies a depth-of-field effect to replicate the focus on a subject and blurred background that traditional cameras provide. “iPhone photography has reimagined the way we gather memories…

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09:37
South Korea tests prepaid cards to replace pocket...

Coins are a pain in more ways than one. You probably don't like fishing for change, of course, but they're also expensive to make (the US loses money on every penny) and require mining that hurts the environment. Wouldn't it be good to get rid of coi...

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09:29
9to5Toys Lunch Break: TP-Link Smart Plugs from $18,...

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09:27
AlwaysOnline adds 14 countries to iPad Apple SIM...




On Wednesday, AlwaysOnline Wireless -- one of several data carriers serving iPads equipped with an Apple SIM -- announced its expansion to 14 more countries, as well as broad price cuts to attract users.

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09:16
Microsoft releases Wunderlist replacement preview...

Microsoft bought the task management app Wunderlist back in 2015, and today the company has released the first public preview of its eventual replacement called To-Do. Microsoft’s new To-Do app is available to try on iPhone now, and preview versions for iPad and Mac will soon follow.

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09:15
Twitch can finally sort top-ranked 'League of...

In terms of sheer minutes watched, League of Legends has been the most popular game on Twitch ever since the livestreaming platform launched in 2011. In fact, there are so many channels for the game, Twitch had to build out a special interface just s...

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09:14
Why Canada is the world’s most beautiful country

Of course, I’m biased but, if you’re looking for a vacation this year, you’ll find a lot to like about my home country, especially on the occasion of our 150th anniversary.

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09:05
News: Facebook integrating Apple Music into...

At its F8 conference, Facebook revealed it is working on integrating Apple Music into the company’s Messenger app “very soon,” The Next Web reports. The feature is part of Messenger’s new Chat Extensions platform tool that will let users perform functions they’d usually need to leave Messenger to complete. Messenger will soon include an app list, and once Apple Music is selected users will be able to search for an artist…

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08:59
Adobe updates Creative Cloud video tools for pros...

Adobe is announcing several new updates to its pro video tools in its Creative Cloud suite ahead of the National Association of Broadcasters Show. NAB 2017 kicks off on Saturday and runs through Thursday, and Adobe is releasing new features for filmmakers and video producers including updates for “graphics and titling, animation, polishing audio and sharing assets; support for the latest video formats, such as HDR, VR, and 4K; new integrations with Adobe Stock; and advanced artificial intelligence capabilities powered by Adobe Sensei.”

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08:58
Lenovo's convertible Chromebook is built with...

Convertible Chromebooks are all the rage lately, but you wouldn't have known it by looking at Lenovo's offerings. It did release the Chrome-powered ThinkPad Yoga 11e, but that was aimed at schools. Now, however, Lenovo is building a 2-in-1 Chromebo...

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08:44
News: China meeting with Apple to discuss concerns...

Chinese officials in charge of regulating the internet have met with Apple representatives to discuss live streaming apps available in the App Store, Reuters reports. China’s official Xinhua News Agency said the Beijing Cyberspace Administration is urging Apple to “tighten its checks” on apps that make it possible to live stream video. The government recently ordered three live-streaming websites in the country to “rectify…

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08:39
Sony's A9 is a powerhouse full-frame flagship...

Sony has just launched its most impressive, and most expensive mirrorless camera yet, the 24.2-megapixel Alpha A9. Equipped with the first ever full-frame stacked CMOS sensor, it's all about speed, not resolution. The pixel count isn't that high comp...

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08:28
New Prince song 'Deliverance' arrives on...




Apple Music may be about to see the release of a posthumous album from Prince, with the first track now available to Apple Music subscribers -- but a lawsuit filed by the estate against the sound engineer responsible for the album challenges control of the tracks.

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08:22
Apple's efforts to boost in-house chip...




As Apple continues its market expansion, it appears to be on the cusp of developing its own microprocessors as solutions to cost management and supplier constraints -- and the subsequent fabricator abandonment that occurs as a result has profound repercussions those left behind.

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08:18
Dyson's updated air purifiers remove more...

It's been a little over a year since Dyson launched its first connected air purifier, the Pure Cool Link, and to celebrate this occasion, the company is about to update its entire line of air purifiers with improvements aimed at the Chinese market. W...

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08:09
Deals: 13" MacBook Pro w/ Touch Bar (512GB) for...




Shoppers looking for the lowest price on a 512GB 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar can save $140 at B&H with no tax outside NY and NJ. Or pick up an Apple refurbished 27" iMac 5K (3.3GHz, 8GB, 2TB, M395) for $1,499 ($800 off new). Apple TVs (64GB) are also $30 off.

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08:03
Apple does well in the 2017 Harris Poll EquiTrend...

Apple did well in the 2017 Harris Poll EquiTrend Brand of the Year rankings. The company took the top spot in the Tablet Computer Brand of the Year for its iPad, top spot in the Smartwatch Brand of the year for the Apple Watch, second place (behind Microsoft) in the Computer Manufacturer Brand of the Year for the Mac,  and second place (behind Google Chromecast) for the Media Streaming Device of the Year for the Apple TV.

Measuring brand health over time, the EquiTrend Brand Equity Index is comprised of three factors--Familiarity, Quality and Purchase Consideration--that result in a brand equity rating for each brand. Brands ranking highest in equity receive the Harris Poll EquiTrend "Brand of the Year" award for their respective categories. This year, more than 100,000 U.S. consumers assessed more than 4,000 brands across more than 450 categories. The full Harris Poll EquiTrend Brands of the Year list...

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08:00
Mac: Blizzard Entertainment StarCraft

Blizzard Entertainment has made its iconic StarCraft military strategy game free for Mac users ahead of the release of StarCraft: Remastered, a new version of the classic game complete with crisply updated graphics. For those who haven’t already invested countless hours in this series, StarCraft puts the player in the middle of a struggle for survival between three space-faring races: humans (or Terrans in the game), the buglike Zerg and the mysterious Protoss. Each race has its own units and structures with unique abilities, leaving the player to gather resources and figure out how to best upgrade their forces to combat a variety of threats. The free download also includes the StarCraft: Brood War expansion.
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08:00
BMW is adding 100 EV charging stations to US...

Today BMW turned on a EV charger at Thomas Edison National Historical Park, the former home of the inventor. It's the first of 100 stations that the German automaker plans on installing in US national parks over the next few years.

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07:53
Chinese regulators want to talk to Apple about live...

Beijing's Internet regulators plans to summon Apple and urge the tech giant to tighten up checks on software applications available in the Apple Store, according to the Xinhua News Agency. The report noted that officers with the law enforcement team met with company reps about the examination of live stream apps.

The regulators reportedly said Apple is next on a list for inquiries after authorities ordered three Chinese live streaming websites to rectify management loopholes. "Significant loopholes" also existed in their management of live-broadcast products, user classification, authentication of user identity and the handling of tips-offs, the regulators claim.

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07:43
Apple promoting Earth Day with new Apple Watch...

Apple is promoting Earth Day this Saturday with the latest Apple Watch Activity Challenge. The new Earth Day Challenge encourages Apple Watch users to go outside and complete a 30 minute outdoor exercise to unlock new iMessage stickers and a special achievement award. Check out the stickers below:

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07:43
Baidu wants to work with everyone on self-driving...

Like many big technology companies, Chinese giant Baidu has been working on self-driving cars for a few years now, even investing with Ford in LIDAR sensor company Velodyne. Collaborations between tech firms and carmakers are now commonplace, but aft...

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07:41
Chinese regulators put pressure on Apple over live...




Regulators in Beijing will soon summon Apple and ask it to tighten checks on apps available through the App Store, with a particular focus on live streaming, according to Chinese state media.

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07:34
LaCie announces 2big Thunderbolt 3 RAID dock,...




Available this summer in capacities of 12, 16 or 20 terabytes, LaCie's forthcoming 2big professional 2-bay RAID storage solution features high-speed Thunderbolt 3 connectivity set to take advantage of Apple's latest MacBook Pros.

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07:27
News: New Prince single available on iTunes, Apple...

Deliverance, the title track of the posthumous EP from Prince set to be released this Friday, is now streaming on Apple Music and available on iTunes for $1. The full six-song record is also available for pre-order for $4. Parts of Prince’s back catalog began streaming on Apple Music earlier this year after previously being exclusive to Tidal....

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07:25
External Link: Apple’s Weird “Discontinued” Emails...

If you subscribe to iCloud storage or Apple Music, you may have received an odd email message from Apple saying that your subscription has been discontinued. MacRumors speculates that it was due to a server hiccup and that the messages were sent by mistake. As of this writing, a related issue is that many users can’t purchase upgraded iCloud storage tiers. Apple has yet to release any statement explaining these quirks, and Apple’s System Status page offers no additional information.

 

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07:20
Remembering the first 'photo' of a black...

Black holes are so outlandish that the scientists who first thought them up figured they couldn't possibly exist in reality. They form from massive, collapsed stars and are so dense that nothing can escape their gravitational pull, including light. B...

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07:16
China summons Apple to meeting to ‘tighten checks’...

Three months after the Chinese government forced Apple to remove the New York Times apps from the Chinese version of the App Store, it seems the government is now unhappy with some of the live streaming apps available. Reuters reports that a government agency plans to ‘summon Apple’ to a meeting to demand restrictions.

Internet regulators in China’s capital plan to summon Apple to urge the American firm to tighten its checks on software applications available in its Apple Store, the official Xinhua News Agency reported on Wednesday.

It also appears that this won’t be the first time government agencies have...

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07:13
AOW expands its LTE data plans for iPad users with...

AlwaysOnline Wireless (operated by Otono Networks) twill be expanding its global LTE-exclusive network for iPad with Apple SIM into 14 new countries, bringing the total number of countries covered to 88. The new countries are Armenia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bermuda, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Ecuador, Georgia, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Jordan, Morocco, and Uruguay.

AlwaysOnline Wireless (AOW) offers short-term, on-demand LTE data plans for iPad users with an Apple SIM. Not only are AOW plans now available in more places worldwide, but plan pricing has also dropped by over 40% for most plans, says Emir Aboulhosn, CEO and founder of Otono. For a full list of countries and rate plans, click here.

AOW is available to both international travelers and domestic users in select countries for as little as 11 cents per hour. AOW also offers a variety of plans for longer trips or heavy data users, like the 5GB plan valid for 30...

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07:05
LG UltraFine 5k named 'Best Photo Monitor...

The 27-inch LG UltraFineTM 5K display from LG Electronics has had its problems, but it’s been named this year's "Best Photo Monitor" by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA). 

Apple has touted the UltraFine 5K display as the best monitor for the latest MacBook Pros since it’s discontinued its Thunderbolt Displays. You can read my review here.

The LG UltraFine 5K display, the only monitor to receive a coveted 2017 TIPA Award, earned high praise in large part because it provides “superior 5K image rendering (5,120 x 2,880 pixels), along with the capability to work seamlessly at lower resolutions.” It covers 99% of the DCI-P3 color space...

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07:00
Toyota is testing a hydrogen fuel-cell powered semi

Toyota built a larger sibling for the hydrogen fuel cell powered Mirai, a semi truck. The automaker is testing a water-expelling big rig at the Port of Los Angeles that it hopes will yield data to help build a fleet of zero-emission trucks.

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06:53
Five things Apple should do to be a relevant player...

According to the Thinkwell Group, an experience design company that integrates augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR ) into its work with Fortune 500 brands—Apple should tread carefully when entering the AR landscape. According to Thinkwell, there are five things Apple should do to be a relevant player in the AR space:

Create a real group experience for “unexpected delight.” AR can be an isolating experience. Apple has the power to revolutionize sectors from advertising to education IF it can unlock the magic of a group experience. By focusing on the way we experience events together, Apple could go beyond a multi-individual experience to create something revolutionary.

Bring something new to the game. AR isn't cutting-edge anymore, so Apple needs to change the purpose and experience of how people engage with it. PokemonGo covered the novelty of integrating AR with the...

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06:47
Oneadaptr Twist+ World Charging Station now...

I reviewed the Oneadaptr Twist+ World Charging Station back in 2015. This is a slot-in replacement for the plug section of a MacBook/Air/Pro charger, allowing it to be used in most countries around the world.

An Apple power brick with this permanently attached has lived in my travel bag for the past couple of years, alongside the cables I carry with me. But when Apple slightly changed the design of the charger for the 2016 MacBook Pro, it no longer fit – a problem the company has solved with the latest version …

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06:44
Another alleged 'iPhone 8' schematic shows...




An illustration claiming to show the design of Apple's next-generation flagship "iPhone 8" includes features and measurements consistent with earlier leaks, most notably a circular space centered on the back of the device that could be the home button and Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

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06:44
News: Apple makes iWork apps, iMovie and GarageBand...

Apple has made GarageBand, iMovie, Numbers, Pages and Keynote free to all Mac and iOS users on the App Store. All of the programs have been free since 2013 with a new Mac or iOS device purchase (and by extension to any other device owned by the user since all purchases are shared between multiple devices courtesy of the App Store), but now the company has made them free to anyone. With the exception of iMovie, the latest versions of all the apps require…

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06:44
Xiaomi Mi 6 mimics the iPhone's camera tricks...

After the swanky limited edition Mi MIX, you'd think it'd be pretty hard for Xiaomi to top that with its next flagship phone, but the new Mi 6 unveiled today still had some tricks up its sleeve. First off, the company has revived the Mi 5's awesome c...

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06:39
Alien News is a new Reddit news reader for macOS

Mach Software Design has introduced Alien News 1.0 for macOS, a news reader app. Built from the ground up for tab and Touch Bar support, Alien News provides unlimited windows and Reddit accounts.

Users can search with a single click, leave comments, view their private messages, view saved articles, even view recent user activity and more. If you have a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, top news stories will automatically scroll across the Touch Bar, mimicking the scrolling headlines on television news programs. 

You can browse your favorite subreddits and discover new subreddits and articles under the Explore View. Virtually every button you see in the app can be Command-Clicked to open it in a new Tab. You can also right-click to open articles, comments, web pages, and subreddits in new windows. What’s more, Alien News includes a Dark Mode that switches the entire application to black with a single click. 

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06:30
New iPhone 8 schematic shows rear Touch ID design,...

iPhone 8 rendering above, new schematic below

A new image shared online appears to show a preview of the iPhone 8 design with vertically stacked dual cameras and a rear Touch ID fingerprint sensor. The schematic shared on Twitter by Sonny Dickson features a cut out on the backside presumably used for Touch ID with dimensions matching schematics leaked earlier by a different source.

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06:30
Facebook's plans for Oculus are finally taking...

When Facebook bought Oculus VR for $2 billion in early 2014, it wasn't entirely clear what Mark Zuckerberg planned to do with all of the virtual reality hardware suddenly at his fingertips. Hell, it wasn't even clear that VR was going to be a legitim...

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06:29
Sonnet's Echo Express III-D, Echo Express III-R...

Sonnet Technologies has announced that its $899 Echo Express III-D (desktop) and $999 Echo Express III-R (rackmount) Thunderbolt-to-PCI Express (PCIe) three-slot expansion chassis are now shipping with full support for Thunderbolt 3. 

With the new interface, both systems enable users of Mac® computers equipped with 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports, such as the new MacBook Pro, to take advantage of Thunderbolt 3's 2750 MB/s of PCI Express bandwidth to support more fully even the most demanding, highest-performance adapter cards, says Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies. 

The Echo Express III-D and Echo Express III-R Thunderbolt 3 Editions provide one x16 and two x8 PCIe 3.0 slots to support three full-length, full-height, single-width PCIe cards. The III-D and III-R Thunderbolt 3 editions support the use of every Thunderbolt 3- and macOS-compatible PCIe card available, including professional video...

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06:23
Apple Music & iCloud users receive unexpected...




A number of Apple Music and iCloud users reported sudden problems with their subscriptions on Wednesday, including cancellations, or an inability to change plans.

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06:14
∞ All Blacks AIG commercial

Pretty great commercial.

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06:11
∞ 1981 Nightline interview with Steve Jobs

The whole thing is fascinating, but the Apple/Steve part kicks in around 4:20. Love how they refer to him as Steven Jobs. It was before he was Steve to all of us.

Note: Someone sent this to me, but can’t for the life of me remember who. Was doing some heavy traveling when it came in. Apologies for the lack of a hat tip.

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06:10
Audi teases its EV ambitions with the E-Tron...

Audi's E-Tron electric car lineup isn't coming until next year, but in the meantime it's giving us a taste with the E-Tron Sportback Concept. It's debuting the electric SUV at the Auto Shanghai show in China, but it's not a flight-of-fancy show car....

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06:09
50 GB and 200 GB plans vanish from iCloud settings...

The iCloud storage plan settings on iPhone, iPad and Mac are acting a bit strangely at the moment. For some users, the panel loads but the $0.99/mo 50 GB and $2.99/mo 200 GB iCloud plans have vanished completely, leaving only the $9.99 1 TB and $19.99 2 TB options.

For other iCloud accounts, the storage settings panel simply doesn’t load at all, instead displaying an error. Apple has not announced any changes to iCloud storage tiers, so this is most likely a server-side bug …

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06:08
LaCie launches new ‘2big’ Thunderbolt 3-enabled dock

LaCie, the Seagate-owned company best known for its rugged external drives, has developed a Thunderbolt 3-enabled dock. The just-announced product, which debuts at this year’s NAB Show in Las Vegas, is officially titled the 2big Dock Thunderbolt 3, and it looks to be the most compelling Thunderbolt 3 dock thus far. more…

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06:08
'iPhone 7s,' 'iPhone 8' chip...




A new supply chain report from Apple's suppliers suggests that the company is escalating orders compared to previous years, and is readying over 50 million iPhones for sale per quarter during the second half of calendar year 2017.

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06:07
A time capsule for the World Wide Web

Tim Carmody, writing for Kottke.org:

This week, I am proposing an experiment. I am asking you — all of you: readers of Kottke.org, my friends, my colleagues, my strangers, my citizens of the World Wide Web, people who have known the grandeur of the best webcomics, the best YouTube videos, the best memes, the best stories and articles and entire blogs and games and nonsense with which we entertain and edify ourselves every day — I am asking you:

WHAT’S THE BEST THING YOU GOT

This is a chance to help select your favorite internet thing. Here’s a link to the questionnaire. Can’t wait to see the results. Me, I’m going with the classic, David After Dentist (Is this real life?)

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06:04
LaCie previews the 2big Dock Thunderbolt 3

LaCie has previewed the next version of its 2big professional 2-bay RAID storage solution, which adds Thunderbolt 3 technology. Designed by Neil Poulton, it’s also a docking station that provides ports for connecting other devices.

Through a single cable, the LaCie 2big Dock simplifies and centralizes the desktop by directly connecting to a laptop, SD Cards, Compact Flash Cards and other devices. With up to 20TB of storage—a 25% increase over the previous version—the LaCie 2big Dock offers professionals enough space for large video and photo libraries including up to 650 hours of 4K 30fps footage or 200,000 raw images. With speeds of up to 440MB/s, users can transfer one hour of 4K footage in one minute.

Front-facing SD and CF Card slots allow users to directly ingest files off memory cards from a drone, DSLR, GoPro and other devices into Adobe Lightroom or Premiere Pro. The USB 3.0 hub charges a phone or connects a...

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06:00
Get a head start in iOS development with the iOS...

Some of our most popular course bundles in the Apple World Today Deals Shop are for would-be developers who want to get into iOS app creation. Today's bundle is perfect if you're looking for an inexpensive yet thorough development course. We have the iOS Coding Mastery Bundle from Bitfountain available for just US$39, 83% off the regular price.

While the course doesn't cover iOS 10, it's still a valuable and complete introduction to iOS development. Get up to speed on iOS 9, Swift 2, and Xcode 7, and you'll be ready to jump into the world of iOS 11 when it arrives later this year. You'll learn by watching lecture videos, then write your own apps. 

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: HoudahSpot 4 Family License

For Wednesday’s iLounge Deal, you can get a family license to HoudahSpot 4 for only $19 — that’s 56% off the regular price. This powerful search tool will ensure that you never misplace a file on your Mac again, using your existing Spotlight index to dig into your files and help you find exactly what you need in no time. There’s a huge array of customizable search criteria and a well-organized user interface to help you find and…

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05:55
The hot new Hip Hop producer that does everything on...

Wired, talking about Steve Lacy:

Last year, he was nominated for a Grammy for executive-producing and performing on the 2015 funk-R&B-soul album Ego Death, the third release from The Internet and Lacy’s first with the band. He’s a sought-after producer, featured on albums like J. Cole’s “4 Your Eyez Only” and Kendrick Lamar’s new “Damn.” Earlier in 2017, he released his first solo material, which he’s playing as part of the setlist for The Internet’s worldwide tour. (Somewhere in there he also graduated high school.) The only connection between his many projects? All that music is stored on his iPhone.

And on his process:

He paged through the drum presets in GarageBand for a while before picking a messy-sounding kit. With two thumbs, he tapped out a simple beat, maybe 30 seconds long. Then he went back to the Rickenbacker. He played a riff he’d stumbled on while tuning, recording it on a separate GarageBand track over top of the drums. Without even playing...

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05:54
Apple to cut royalty rate payments to Imagination...

Apple will probably pay graphics chip designer Imagination Technologies just one third of its current royalty rate as the smartphone giant wind downs their supply deal over the next two years, according to estimates by the UBS research group — as noted by Reuters.

UBS analysts predicted that Imagination would become loss-making by fiscal 2019 without any Apple royalty contributions. They add that the British chip designer will have to consider potential cost-cutting moves to redress the balance.

According to the Financial Times (which requires a subscription), Apple plans to stop using Imagination Technologies intellectual property within two years, ending its royalty payments. The tech giant is working on its own...

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05:51
Facebook sprinkles GIFs everywhere with Giphy

Facebook is bloated. It's slowly morphing into the iTunes of the social media world. At F8, the company's annual developer's conference, the company added even more features to its core apps, and said that many more are on the way. But, there's one p...

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05:48
A real old Mac Pro vs. the coming Mac Pro

Daniel Pasco, renegade polymath:

I use a 5k iMac for work and am interested in VR production and gaming. Some friends told me to build a dedicated Windows box and others suggested building a Hackintosh, but I was sure there was a better way to get what I wanted.

So I turned a 2009 Mac Pro I picked up off of Ebay for $1300 into a superb professional workstation, gaming, and VR platform, simply by adding an SSD drive and a new video card.

This is a pretty cool idea. Read Dan’s post to see how the machine stacks up as a VR platform (spoiler: very, very well).

But read on, as Dan shifts gears, focusing on the Apple’s coming Mac Pro:

I realized that the corner that Apple has painted us into is just another “sweet solution” (similar to Jobs proposal that we develop web apps for iPhone instead of native apps).

I can do the work that Apple feels is appropriate with a 5k iMac, but the massive pile of external disks and their power supplies stacked...

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