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Monday February 12

05:55
∞ Apple’s HomePod how-to videos, and what happens...

[VIDEO] Apple posted this series of videos (embedded in the main Loop post) over the weekend. All three are about a minute long and, if you’ve got a HomePod or one in your future, they’re worth watching.

Side note, as part of walking you through the specifics of how to use Siri with HomePod, this first video says “Hey Siri”, followed by a command. Being my inquisitive self, I replayed the video a few times sitting in a room with my HomePod, just to see what would happen.

Sure enough, my HomePod picked up on the commands, though not nearly as cleanly as if I spoke the same words. I know that the Amazon Echo filters out some Alexa occurrences. I wonder if Apple does something similar, or if the voice quality coming out of my MacBook Pro speakers is not nearly as clear as my voice.

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05:44
HomePod teardown needs sawing, cutting to get into...




As it does with every Apple device, iFixit has torn apart the HomePod, finding a device that is a "labyrinth to open." That means, like many other devices, it's probably not a great candidate for user repairs.

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05:25
In software development 'cultural shift',...




Rather than packing everything it can into an anticipated "iOS 12" later this year, Apple will reportedly spread out new features into future software updates, meaning "iOS 12.1" and beyond could bring big improvements to the iPhone and iPad.

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05:23
AT&T offers BOGO Free iPhone X for Next customers

From 9to5Toys:

AT&T is currently offering buy one get one iPhone X. You’ll need to be a new customer on AT&T Next to claim this offer. Your equivalent $1,000 credit will be spread out over the course of your service agreement (up to 30-months). Full terms and conditions can be found below. iPhone X deals have been tough to come by, topping out at $699 off a second device. Learn more about iPhone X in our coverage here.

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05:17
Latest Apple Park drone footage shows completed...

Not long after the city of Cupertino gave Apple permission to move employees into five of the 12 Apple Park sections, the latest drone footage shows that they won’t have any trouble keeping fit.

Among the recently-completed work are the outdoor sports courts, and we can also see bicycles scattered around the campus to provide a convenient and healthy way for staff to move between exterior locations …

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05:00
Apple patent is for input devices with configurable...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 20180039376) for an “input device having a dimensionally configurable input area.” It involves touch interfaces such as those on iOS devices, illuminated keyboards, and perhaps input devices we haven’t seen yet from the tech giant (as shown by the graphic).

Some traditional user input devices include large buttons or keys that are used to receive user input. However, these types of user input devices may lack flexibility or adaptability, according to Apple. Other user input devices may include high-density sensing arrays, which, while adaptable, may be too complex or costly to implement for some implementations. 

Here’s Apple’s summary of the invention: “Embodiments are directed to a user input device and methods for expanding an input area in response to an estimation of the accuracy of touch input or the likelihood that a series of touches will hit an intended touch target area. In one aspect, an embodiment includes a first...

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04:44
New report explains the thinking behind Apple’s new...

We heard last month that Apple was setting a new focus for iOS 12: prioritizing quality and reliability over shiny new features.

Apple had been working on updates to the Home screen, CarPlay experience, updates to the stock Mail app and enhancements to photo editing and sharing. These projects have apparently been shelved to free up engineering resources to focus on addressing performance and quality issues, with an aim to make iPhone more responsive and ‘less prone to cause customer support issues’.

A new report provides more detail on the thinking behind the change, and how it will be implemented …

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04:43
HomePod teardown reveals durable but densely-packed...

iFixit has now posted its teardown of the HomePod, shining light on exactly what is beneath the seamless fabric mesh. The company says that the HomePod is built like a tank, so whilst it only scores 1/10 on the repairability scale it is made to last. It was apparently one of the hardest ever projects, with iFixit even resorting to a hacksaw at one stage.

The teardown reveals how the Siri waveform is formed on the top of the speaker; an LED matrix sits just below the surface with the light blurred by a diffuser. You also get to see Apple’s custom tweeters, including a special mechanism of powering them; the gold screw posts conduct electricity through the unit.

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04:03
Qualcomm's flagship Snapdragon 845 is a...

Qualcomm recently let journalists benchmark the upcoming Snapdragon 845 on its own reference smartphone, and the results look promising for the Galaxy S9 and other new devices. On the one hand, CPU improvements were merely incremental, despite a swit...

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04:01
Comment: The three factors that may be behind the...

We saw a lot of confusion last week about the HomePod’s cable. We’d heard conflicting stories about whether or not it would be removable, and the confusion didn’t end once it went on sale.

Once it was available, Apple seemed to confirm the non-removable theory by stating that a damaged cable require returning the speaker to Apple.

But then a Reddit user revealed that the cable can indeed be removed, and we confirmed it in a video demo. So what’s the story here … ?

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04:00
How to ‘Find My Car’ with iOS 11

Do you often forget where your parked your car in the mall parking lot? If you’ve got an iPhone running iOS 11, no problem. Here’s how:

  • Turn on Location Services. Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services.
  • Make sure that Significant Locations is on. Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services > Significant Locations > Significant Locations.
  • Turn on Show Parked Location. Go to Settings > Maps > Show Parked Location.
  • Make sure that your iPhone is paired to CarPlay or Bluetooth in your car.

When you leave your vehicle, your iPhone disconnects from Bluetooth, which lets Maps mark the location of your car. To edit your car's location, open Maps and tap the car icon (a blue circle with a white car inside) or add a photo of where you parked.

When you’re ready to go back to your car, follow these steps:

  • Open Maps.
  • Tap the Search field, then choose Parked Car from the suggestions list...
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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Feb. 12, 2018

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.

iOS Apps/Updates

You can now experience FINAL FANTASY  XV anywhere with FINAL FANTASY XV POCKET EDITION. Purpose-built for mobile devices, the title retells the story of crown prince Noctis and his brothers-in-arms, Prompto, Ignis and Gladiolus, across 10 episodes. All 1-episodes are available now, with the first episode at no charge. Episodes 2 - 10 are available for purchase individually or as a bundle.

macOS Apps/Updates

DEVONtechnologies has updated all editions of its smart research tool DEVONagent. The update brings a plug-in for searching Google Scholar for case law...

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03:29
The Morning After: Cryptocurrency's security...

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Welcome back! Over the weekend, you may have missed the cost of Apple HomePod repairs (they're not cheap) and more shaky security around crytocurrencies. We've also got the best coffee equipment you should have...

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03:15
iBoot source code leak traced back to low-level...

Last last week, the source code for iBoot, a core component of iOS, was leaked to GitHub.

Although the code was older, designed for iOS 9, it was quickly yanked from GitHub following Apple’s issuance of a DCMA takedown notice.

Per Motherboard, which contacted unnamed sources involved in the leaks and investigated screenshots, text messages, and more, the source of the leak was discovered.

As it turns out, the code originally came from a low-level Apple employee who took the code from Apple in 2016 to share with friends in the jailbreaking community. This employee wasn’t unhappy with Apple and didn’t steal the code with malicious intent, but instead was encouraged by friends to obtain the code to benefit the jailbreaking community.

The person responsible for the leak of the iBoot source code also leaked additional code...

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03:00
VLC update to 3.0.0

Video Lan Client, the nigh-indispensable open source media player for multiple audio and video formats (MPEG, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, Divx, ogg, etc.), was updated to version 3.0.0. The new version, a 46.8 megabyte download, adds a massive series of changes and fixed documented over on the changelog.

VLC 3.0.0 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.7 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback to offer, let us know in the comments.

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02:36
HomePod impresses audiophiles in technical...

The HomePod launched on Friday and people continue to praise its sound quality. A user on the r/audiophiles subreddit conducted an extensive set of measurements, testing frequency response, distortion and much more.

The review is a very in-depth and dense exploration of how the HomePod sounds, with favourable comparisons to higher-end real speakers. The results are certainly impressing people with the necessary technical understanding. Even Apple’s Phil Schiller liked it.

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01:20
Play giant-sized 'Pong' by shuffling your...

You may have seen attempts at real-world Pong before, but rarely have they been so... athletic. Moment Factory has created GRiD, a Pong variant that uses a LiDAR sensor (the same tech as in self-driving cars) to create an enormous, 40-by-60 foot pla...

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Sunday February 11

23:22
Google Maps may let you share your battery life...

Ever wanted to know if someone made it home safely, but didn't know if they had enough battery life to stay in touch along the way? You might not fret quite so much about it in the future. Android Police has spotted code in a Google Maps beta for And...

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21:00
MIT CSAIL’s drone is never quite sure where it is

The current generation of autonomous drone navigation and flightpath planning systems are almost too precise, demanding hundreds of measurements be taken so that the UAV knows exactly where it is in space at any given moment. And if those readings ar...

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19:52
Carbon Copy Cloner 5.0.8

Fixes a bug introduced in previous version that led to errors mounting a network volume. ($39.99 new, free update, 13.6 MB)

 

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17:51
MarsEdit 4.0.7

Maintenance update fixes a number of issues for the blog editor. ($49.95 new, free update, 14.6 MB)

 

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15:48
VLC Media Player 3.0

Major update for the open-source media player adds support for HDR and 360-degree video. (Free, 44.6 MB)

 

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13:49
BBEdit 12.1

Updates the long-standing text editor to 64-bit and now requires OS X 10.11.6 El Capitan or later. ($49.99 new, free update, 13.6 MB)

 

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12:33
New test shows Siri on HomePod answer 52% of...

Now that Apple’s HomePod smart speaker is available to everyone, it’s being put through a slew of tests. Loup Ventures this weekend shared results from a detailed series of tests that it put the HomePod through, as well as how those results compare to other smart speakers …

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11:51
ChronoSync 4.8.4

Brings improvements to APFS backups. ($49.99 new, free update, 48.7 MB)

 

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10:38
Apple shares HomePod how-to videos covering Siri,...

To commemorate HomePod launch weekend, Apple has shared a trio of tutorial videos for the smart speaker on YouTube. Each video covers a specific topic ranging from the touch controls on top of the device to Siri control…

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09:52
HomePod hands-on: The best (and worst) of Apple’s...

The highly anticipated $349 HomePod arrived on Friday afternoon, and I’ve been playing around with it for the last day or so. A few things, like the speaker’s build quality and design, are things that I can immediately appreciate upon unboxing. The one surefire conclusion that I can make after using the HomePod is that Apple has, as we know by now, prioritized sound quality over everything else. more…

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09:40
HomePod Repairs Cost Almost as Much as a New HomePod

This may not come as a huge surprise, but it's going to be pricey if you break Apple's fully sealed and densely packed new speaker. From a report: Repair pricing for the HomePod was posted to Apple's website this week, and the number is high enough that it's clear you should invest in a warranty if you're worried about breaking one: an out-of-warranty repair from Apple will cost $279 in the US, which is 80 percent of the price of a brand-new HomePod. So you're not so much repairing it as getting a small discount on a new one.


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08:41
Sandboxed Mac Apps Can Record Screen Any Time...

Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: Malicious app developers can secretly abuse a macOS API function to take screenshots of the user's screen and then use OCR (Optical Character Recognition) to programmatically read the text found in the image. The function is CGWindowListCreateImage, often utilized by Mac apps that take screenshots or live stream a user's desktop. According to Fastlane Tools founder Felix Krause, any Mac app, sandboxed or not, can access this function and secretly take screenshots of the user's screen. Krause argues that miscreants can abuse this privacy loophole and utilize CGWindowListCreateImage to take screenshots of the screen without the user's permission.


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07:15
∞ The Making of 10cc’s “I’m Not in Love”

Great video on the creation of a great song.

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06:48
How to use HomePod with Apple TV … it mostly works...

Apple doesn’t advertise HomePod as a TV speaker in any of its marketing, but it’s a question we’ve got a lot over the past couple weeks. With AirPlay, it’s very possible to connect HomePod to Apple TV and use it as your TV speaker … with some caveats and drawbacks to consider.

For some people, it may make sense to do it. I think for many it won’t. However, there are some tips and tricks to make using HomePod with Apple TV a better experience …

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05:00
HomePod review: Your mileage may vary, but crank it...




I love Apple's HomePod, and I want one in every room of my house. But I also kind of hate HomePod for its reliance on Siri. Like any messy relationship, it's complicated. If you can get over the personal assistant's numerous shortcomings, you'll find that HomePod is a fantastic sounding compact speaker, but also potentially the start of something much better.

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03:54
'Monsters Inc' is the next Pixar world...

Pixar's presence in Kingdom Hearts 3 won't be limited to the Toy Story crew. Square Enix and Disney have revealed that Monsters Inc will play a role, too. You'll see Boo, Mike and Sully (minus the famous actors, of course) as well as settings from...

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Saturday February 10

23:35
The HomePod power cable can be removed, but you...

The HomePod’s power cable is technically user-removable, as is demonstrated by our hands-on video. A very brave user on /r/apple took the plunge and forcefully removed the power cable from their space gray HomePod. We were able to do likewise with our white HomePod, and although it was a little scary and required an inordinate amount of force, it is indeed user-removable. more…

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22:44
MoviePass adds 500,000 subscribers within a month

MoviePass' $10-per-month subscription service was a hit from the start, enough to crash the company's website when it was first announced. It looks like demand isn't slowing down anytime soon either: it has gained 500,000 more subscribers merely a mo...

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21:26
Hands On: Ulysses 12.3 for Mac and iOS aims to be...




The more technically-minded you are, and the less dependent on paper, the more you'll love Ulysses, the comprehensive writing tool for both Mac and iOS.

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20:04
Porsche and Audi will share an electric car platform

Porsche and Audi are no stranger to sharing car innards (the Cayenne and Macan use the same basic chassis as the Q7 and Q5, for instance), and that's holding true in the electric era. Porsche's Oliver Blume and Audi's Rupert Stadler told Stuttgarter...

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18:32
Pennsylvania requires paper trail on all new voting...

Pennsylvania has taken a leaf out of Virginia's book and is now looking to replace its obsolete and vulnerable voting machines with more secure ones. A new directive requires counties planning to replace their voting machines with new ones that have...

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16:58
Equifax breach may have exposed more data than first...

The 2017 Equifax data breach was already extremely serious by itself, but there are hints it was somehow worse. CNN has learned that Equifax told the US Senate Banking Committee that more data may have been exposed than initially determined. The ha...

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16:34
Test finds HomePod's Siri 'at the bottom...




While the Apple HomePod is the "best sounding" smartspeaker and has a "measurably better" user experience in many areas, its underlying AI assistant -- Siri -- failed dramatically in a query test versus Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Microsoft Cortana, according to Loup Ventures.

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16:22
Apple updates YouTube Support channel with three...




Apple has posted a trio of "how to" videos for the HomePod, instructing users how to use Siri to play music, how the touch controls work, and how to adjust settings on the device.

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15:53
Inside the Olympics opening ceremony world-record...
15:31
Italian cryptocurrency exchange BitGrail loses $170...

One of the biggest problems with cryptocurrency exchanges is that they're a juicy, enticing target for high-tech criminals. Case in point, Italian exchange BitGrail, which lost $170 million worth of Nano tokens, a little-known digital coin previously...

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14:00
What we're watching: 'Star Wars Rebels...

Welcome back to IRL, our series dedicated to the things that Engadget writers have been playing, using, watching and listening to. This week is all about what we're watching and includes an explanation of why you need to give Star Wars Rebels another...

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12:29
NSA sent coded messages through Twitter

Spy agencies have a long history of using public outlets to deliver secret messages, such as numbers stations or cryptic classified ads. Now, however, they've adapted to the internet era. Both the New York Times and the Intercept have learned that...

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11:00
Why is HBO making shows from podcasts?

HBO has signed a deal with political podcast Pod Save America that will see the popular show become a series of TV specials. The episodes will be shot and broadcast during the 2018 midterms, produced and starring the usual trio of (the other) Jon Fav...

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10:01
Sonos co-founder & former CEO praises HomePod...

Apple’s HomePod is largely the company’s direct competitor to Sonos. To commemorate its newfound competition, Sonos yesterday released a custom Spotify playlist with a hidden message for Apple.

Now, Sonos co-founder and former CEO John MacFarlane has taken to Twitter to share his first impressions of HomePod. MacFarlane was CEO of Sonos until last January.

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09:30
Verizon streamed Super Bowl LII in VR over 5G

A crowd of more than 67,000 people watched the Philadelphia Eagles trounce the New England Patriots last Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, while around 103 million viewers across the country did the same on their television sets. At the sam...

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09:12
How to factory reset your HomePod

The HomePod is incredibly easy to setup. As we’ve outlined before, you just hold your iPhone near it and the pairing process instantly begins. What’s slightly less clear, however, is how to reset your HomePod.

Read on for those instructions…

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08:55
HomePod’s non-removable cable can be repaired for $...

Apple has informed store employees and authorized service providers that it will in some instances perform repairs for detached or damaged HomePod cables, according to an internal memo obtained by 9to5Mac.

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08:02
This week’s top stories: HomePod first impressions,...

In this week’s top stories: Apple releases the latest iOS 11.3 beta with battery performance settings, HomePod arrives, a controversial redesign for YouTube on Apple TV, and more. Read on for all of this week’s top stories…

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08:00
Recommended Reading: The excess of the Olympics

How the Olympics got Disneyfied
Michael Weinreb,
The Atlantic

No matter which country hosts the Olympics, the Opening Ceremony is always jam-packed with over-the-top futuristic visuals and tons of culture. It's a display "financial and cultural ex...

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07:00
'Altered Carbon’ is more than just a '...

Altered Carbon is the very definition of a guilty pleasure. The show, adapted by Laeta Kalogridis from Richard Morgan's novel, isn't exactly well written. And, like most Netflix joints, it goes on for way too long. But it's gorgeous, it's filled with...

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06:04
Hands On: Rogue Amoeba's Loopback is the Mac...




You'll buy Loopback for one job, and then keep finding more uses for this sound routing app for your Mac.

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05:30
The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

It's been a busy week, with a successful SpaceX launch, Uber and Waymo's legal tussle, and guides to both smartwatch buying decisions and cameras. Snap is now doing better business, and Twitter finally made a pr...

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04:30
The hottest Apple-related news for the week of Feb....

There’s a lot happening in the world of Apple news this week. Following are the hottest articles for the week of Feb. 5-10.

Competition seems to be heating up among the two of the biggest music streaming services: Apple Music and Spotify. Citing unnamed"people in the record business," the Wall Street Journal reports that Apple has been adding 5% to its U.S. subscriber base every month versus "just" 2% for Spotify. 

Apple, Cisco, Aon and Allianz have  announced a new cyber risk management solution for businesses, comprised of cyber resilience evaluation services from Aon, secure technology from Cisco and Apple, and options for enhanced cyber insurance coverage from Allianz. 

The New York Police...

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Friday February 9

22:24
YouTube reveals how it will punish creators'...

YouTube will make sure creators who step out of line can feel the consequences of their actions in a big way. After cutting off Logan Paul's ad revenue, the video platform has revealed its new policies written to address creators' "egregious actions....

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21:03
Tune HomePod's sound using equalizers in iOS...




From multi-array microphones for far-field listening to beamforming tweeters and dynamic audio processing powered by a beefy A8 processor, HomePod is a compact marvel of technology. Despite its smarts, users are unable to access audio output settings as they would a traditional speaker or even Bluetooth devices marketed by companies like Sonos.

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21:03
This week on AI: Apple's HomePod arrives, 2018...




Originally intended to ship in December, the HomePod made its long-awaited debut on Friday. While the smartspeaker dominated headlines, Apple meanwhile dealt with a source code leak, and Intel was rumored to score a coup with 2018 iPhones.

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20:11
‘Destiny 2’ Nightfall raids get an improved scoring...

Just a few days ago, Bungie released its Destiny 2 development road map, full of improvements to counter complaints about diminishing rewards. Now the company has announced a new scoring system for the game's weekly Nightfall raids aimed at rewarding...

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18:03
Tweet with #GIFhistory to learn your favorite GIF...

There's a good chance you've seen a classic GIF and wondered just where it came from. But where do you start looking if the answer isn't obvious, and you don't want to comb through a dedicated website? If you use Twitter, you just have to ask. Fil...

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17:10
How to trigger Siri on your iPhone instead of HomePod




With HomePod, accessing Apple's Siri technology is more convenient than ever. But users might want trigger the virtual assistant on an iPhone rather than a speaker that blasts answers to anyone within earshot. Here's how to do it.

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17:00
First Look: Unboxing the Apple HomePod

Apple’s HomePod started shipping on Friday, and Macworld got its hands on one. On Friday afternoon, we broadcasted a live unboxing of the HomePod and fielded a ton of great questions from the viewing audience. You can watch a replay of the event in the video above.

Macworld’s Jason Cross is working on the review of the HomePod, so stay tuned to Macworld.com for the latest.

Macworld’s next live video will be the Macworld Podcast on Wednesday, February 14, 2018. You can watch on the Macworld Facebook page, on Twitter via Periscope or on YouTube.

To read this article in full, please click here

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16:32
Tumblr, Sonos among those backing another net...

A number of organizations and websites are planning an online day of action meant to garner more support for a Senate vote that would reverse the FCC's removal of net neutrality protections. The Senate is currently one vote away from overturning the...

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15:16
Google will make copyright credits more apparent in...

Google has reached a deal to end Getty Images' European complaint over photo copyrights, and it's quite likely that you'll notice the effects. A new agreement between the two will see Google obtain a "multi-year" license for Getty's photos in its pro...

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15:07
025: HomePod launch day edition | 9to5Mac Daily

Today we’ve got the latest stories around HomePod’s official launch, plus weekend Apple deals from 9to5Toys.

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

https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/9to5mac-daily-02-09-2018.mp3

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14:32
VLC update adds Chromecast and HDR support

If you're any kind of media nerd you know about VLC, the software video player that can handle just about any format or codec you throw at it. It's also on a ton of platforms, like macOS, Windows, Linux and even Xbox One. Now the ubiquitous app has a...

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14:21
Apple Daily Report for Feb. 9, 2018

The AWT News Update is on hiatus while my compadre, Steve, deals with a death in the family. Prayers go out to the entire Sande family. In the place of the AWT News Update, I’ll offer a text-only (no podcast) summary of breaking stories with a tip o’ my hat to my former website, Apple Daily Report.

Apple has updated its HomePod support website with out-of-warranty service pricing for the speaker, which is arriving to customers in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia starting today. 

Apple has posted an HomePod User Guide. It covers what to do when you first unbox the HomePod as well as what kind of things to ask it, from music questions to smart assistant features like driving traffic, weather, and alarms.

A Tampa, Florida man's...

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14:11
Insiders claim to share how iOS iBoot source code...

Motherboard is out today with a follow-up on how Apple’s iBoot source code was leaked. While Apple has responded that it’s not an issue for the security of current products, some believe it could still be important in finding new vulnerability and bugs in iOS. Here’s the latest on how it all happened.

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14:05
Apple Intern Reportedly Leaked iPhone Source Code

Earlier this week, a portion of iOS source code was posted online to GitHub, and in an interesting twist, a new report from Motherboard reveals that the code was originally leaked by a former Apple intern. The Verge reports: According to Motherboard, the intern who stole the code took it and distributed it to a small group of five friends in the iOS jailbreaking community in order to help them with their ongoing efforts to circumvent Apple's locked down mobile operating system. The former employee apparently took "all sorts of Apple internal tools and whatnot," according to one of the individuals who had originally received the code, including additional source code that was apparently not included in the initial leak. The plan was originally to make sure that the code never left the initial circle of five friends, but apparently the code spread beyond the original group sometime last year. Eventually, the code was then posted in a Discord chat group, and was shared to Reddit...

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13:58
LG may update its flagship V30 with an AI camera

LG's V30 smartphone arrived last fall as a strong flagship with notable flaws, but we loved how much it suited the vlog life. Rumor has it that LG will announce a new model at the upcoming Mobile World Congress: The V30s, a largely similar phone equi...

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13:51
'iBoot' leak may stem from low-level Apple...




This week's publishing of the "iBoot" source code for iOS 9 can be traced back to a "low-level" Apple employee who shared it with a small group of jailbreaking friends -- and may not have wanted it to go beyond that circle, a report claimed on Friday.

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13:26
NBC's Jennifer Salke is the new Amazon Studios...

Amazon Studios has a head executive once again. Back in October, the film and TV production division's previous chief Roy Price had resigned days after he was publicly accused of sexual harassment. Today, NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke wa...

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13:15
∞ Sonos throws shade at Apple

Well played, Sonos.

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12:52
Facebook adds Elizabeth Olsen dramedy to its growing...

Facebook will soon be home to a half-hour dramedy series starring Elizabeth Olsen, Deadline reports. The show is currently untitled, but was formerly known as Widow, and is thought to be about a young widow who's reconnecting with people from her pas...

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12:30
Facebook patents tech to determine social class

We've got great news this week for nation-state employees tasked with using social media to spark a class war in previously stable democracies! Facebook is patenting technology to decide if its users are upper, middle or working class -- without even...

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12:06
Despite being a HomeKit accessory, HomePod does not...




Though HomePod integrates with Apple's HomeKit, and even shows up as a smart home accessory within the iOS Home app, it cannot be used as a part of an automated trigger or custom scene.

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12:00
Logan Paul hasn’t learned his lesson

Logan Paul, the YouTube star who came under fire recently after posting a video of a corpse, is at the center of yet another controversy. This time around, Paul is facing backlash for uploading a video in which he's seen shooting two lifeless rats wi...

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11:50
Before HomePod: History of the short-lived iPod Hi-Fi

The reviews are in and HomePod is finally here, but let’s take one last look at Apple’s short-lived home speaker from 2006, the iPod Hi-Fi. The similarities between the two launches are deeply similar, although I think the timing of HomePod’s launch suggests it won’t face the same fate as iPod Hi-Fi anytime soon.

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11:34
Sonos greets Apple HomePod's arrival with...




Sonos on Friday shared a special Spotify playlist on Twitter, taking a friendly jab at the Apple HomePod, its new competition in the Wi-Fi speaker market.

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11:09
Here’s how Apple is displaying HomePod in its retail...

Apple’s HomePod went on sale this morning in the U.S., and customers who preordered the smart speaker are receiving their shipments across all three countries where the device is available, including Australia and the United Kingdom.

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10:57
Apple adds live news listings to TV app on iOS and...

Apple has updated the prominent Watch Now section of the TV app to feature live news channels. iPhone and iPad users with iOS 11.2.5 and Apple TV users with tvOS 11.2.5 will see the change immediately.

Finding the new section is easy. From the Watch Now tab, scroll down past the Up Next section to the What to Watch recommendations. This list is dynamic, but it currently shows a row of TV shows and movies, then a PyeongChang 2018 row for Winter Olympics coverage. Below that is the new News row. Multiple channels are represented, with a red "Live" banner on the thumbnail image.

IDG

To watch a live news feed, you'll need that network's own news app.

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10:40
Lowest Price Ever: 2017 13" MacBook Pro for $1,...




Take advantage of the lowest price we've ever seen on Apple's Mid 2017 13-inch MacBook Pro at Adorama while supplies last. Save $250 on the 2.3GHz, 8GB, 128GB model in Space Gray or Silver, bringing the price down to an all-time low of $1,049 with no tax outside NY and NJ. Grab them while you can!

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09:30
First look: Apple's HomePod is loud, heavy and...




Friday marks the launch of Apple's foray into home audio, the HomePod, a compact yet booming smart speaker that will delight your ears and possibly annoy your neighbors. AppleInsider offers a closer look at the newly released hardware.

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09:29
Analyst predicts ‘low-end’ HomePod and new Apple...

In a note to clients — as noted by AppleInsider — Rosenblatt Securities analyst Jun Zhang predicts that Apple will ship a "low-end" HomePod this fall costing between $150 and $200 instead of the current model's $349 and a new Apple Pencil.

He offered no hints on what features a less expensive HomePod would have. However, Zhang thinks the Apple Pencil 2 will work with not just iPad Pros, but a 6.5-inch “iPhone X Plus.” The analyst also expects a faster iPhone SE and an iPad Pro with a TrueDepth camera.

Mock-up courtesy 'Cult of Mac'

Chances these things will happen, per the Sellers Research Group (that’s me):

A low end HomePod: 30%. With Apple promoting the sound quality on the wireless speaker, I’d expect a bigger, more expensive HomePod rather than a low-end one if Apple wants to expand the...

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09:28
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08:52
Uber & Waymo settle self-driving car lawsuit in...




Improving the stability of the self-driving car world -- in which Apple's role is still uncertain -- Uber and Waymo have reached a surprise settlement over allegations that Uber used stolen data in developing its own technology.

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08:33
HomePod Diary: Hands-on, and this thing is a Sonos...

There are Apple products I’ve been more excited to receive, but I can’t think of any that I’ve awaited with such impatience. The reason? Curiosity about that audio quality!

I wrote last time that it was Home hub and voice control of HomeKit devices for my partner that really sold it to me, and I wasn’t expecting too much from it on the audio front. Sure, it was going to beat out other smart speakers, but I didn’t see it as serious competition to proper HiFi brands.

But as the reviews came in, I started to wonder …

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07:49
Amazon set to launch own delivery service, competing...




Amazon is reportedly kickstarting "Shipping With Amazon," or SWA, a delivery service for other businesses that will take on industry leaders UPS and FedEx.

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07:38
Microsoft tests use of iPhone authenticator app as...




Microsoft is allowing users to sign into their computers using an authenticator app instead of a password, as part of testing of Windows 10 S that effectively eliminates the stripped-down version of the operating system in favor of a new mode for all Windows 10 variants.

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07:31
Sonos welcomes ‘Fruit Machine’ Apple’s HomePod with...

The relationship between Apple and Sonos is complicated to say the least. Apple Stores sell Sonos speakers and Sonos supports Apple Music streaming, but the two companies are competing head on in the smart speaker space with the Alexa-equipped Sonos One and the Siri-powered HomePod.

With HomePod hitting stores today, Sonos has welcomed Apple’s new competitor with a clever and snarky playlist that you just have to see.

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07:19
Apple puts Beats headphones on sale, but fails to...

Apple is now offering official discounts on BeatsX, Solo3 and Powerbeats3 wireless headphones. While you can save up to $60 per model, these deals pale in comparison to the savings you can find at authorized third-party retailers. 9to5Toys has been actively tracking discounts on each model:

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07:03
HomePod repair cost nearly price of new unit,...

HomePod is now in the hands of customers and Apple is publishing more details, tips, and guides for its first smart speaker. We previously discovered that AppleCare+ for HomePod would cost $39, and now Apple has shared that out-of-warranty repair and replacement will cost almost as much as a new HomePod.

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06:59
∞ Two video HomePod reviews

[VIDEO] The Wall Street Journal’s Joanna Stern and the Verge’s Nilay Patel each posted their take on Apple HomePod. Both of these are informative and worth watching. Both videos are embedded in the main Loop post.

Enjoy.

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06:54
Many Siris

Brian Irace:

If the Lyft app is installed on your iPhone, you can ask Phone Siri to order you a car. But you can’t ask Mac Siri to do the same, because she doesn’t know what Lyft is. Compare and contrast this with the SDKs for Alexa and the Google Assistant – they each run third-party software server-side, such that installing the Lyft Alexa “skill” once gives Alexa the ability to summon a ride regardless of if you’re talking to her on an Echo in your bedroom, a different Echo in your living room, or via the Alexa app on your phone.

This is a major difference in approach between Alexa and Google, which both use a server-side approach, and Siri, which is client-side. In a nutshell, Siri’s approach allows for a more custom and, at the same time, limited approach, using communication and negotiation between devices to work out what’s what.

Currently, this communication seems limited to which Siri should respond to a request. If you lift your wrist and say “Hey,...

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06:45
Analyst predicts new Apple Pencil, 'low-end...




Although early HomePod orders appear to be doing well, Apple could ship a "low-end" model this fall costing between $150 and $200 instead of the current model's $349, an analyst said Friday in an investor memo seen by AppleInsider.

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06:40
HomePod AppleCare+ costs $39, accidental damage...




Apple's AppleCare+ extended warranty and accidental damage repair program for the HomePod retails for $39, with a single out-of-warranty repair like accidental damage from a drop otherwise costing the user $279 uncovered, and $39 when under the program.

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06:33
HomePods are shipping with a ‘beta’ build of iOS

People in Australia, the UK and USA are starting to receive their pre-ordered HomePods and getting to experience its sound quality in person for the first time. We wrote before about how HomePod updates will be controlled by the Home app on iOS, but we didn’t know which version of iOS they would be running from the factory.

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06:17
HomeKit power strip

Jesse Hollington, writing for iLounge, reviews a HomeKit-enabled power strip that provides three independently-controlled AC outlets plus three USB charging ports. This seems a pretty easy entry point to start exploring HomeKit, and a nice HomePod companion.

Siri, turn on the lights.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:17
Review: VOCOlinc’s HomeKit LED light strips offer...

A week ago we checked out Sylvania’s $60 HomeKit light strip that works without a bridge and costs less than Philips Hue. Sylvania is a known name in lighting, but there’s an even cheaper option available if you’re willing to stray from major brands.

Hong Kong-based VOCOlinc offers a $40 smart LED light strip that works with Apple HomeKit, so how does it compare?

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