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Thursday April 13

14:14
Franc: Clothes for Real Life

Franc is founded by Brandy Mercredi, a veteran apparel designer, lifestyle blogger and mini basics designer at mini mioche. Brandy always felt style trumped fashion and found inspiration in the unique ways people were able to style a single item.

Brandy is a friend of mine, and while I know nothing about fashion, I know she took a big step starting this company and designing these clothes. Good luck Brandy!

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14:14
Google comes for Pinterest (and your dated sense of...

For years, Pinterest has been the go-to place for many people looking for fashion inspiration. Google wants to change that. That's why today it introduced a new feature called "style ideas" in the Google app for Android and mobile web.

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14:08
Apple makes updates to Final Cut Pro X & iMovie...




Apple on Thursday released updates to its main Mac video editing tools, Final Cut Pro X and iMovie, focusing the brunt of improvements on the former.

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13:58
Mac-themed Apple Watch charger: $10 on Amazon

If you buy only one Apple Watch charging stand, make it this one.

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13:50
TigerVPN protects your data and more w/ a $25...

VPN access has been in the news lately, given President Trump’s decision to overturn the highly controversial internet privacy law late last month that allows ISPs to sell your browsing history if they see fit.

There are a number of reasons to consider using a VPN for your personal devices at home and now is the time to make the jump if you haven’t already. Aside from encrypting your movements on the internet, it can also provide flexibility and the benefit of bypassing geography-based restrictions from popular services like Netflix or YouTube.

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13:50
Gear: Twelve South BookBook for iPad (Fifth-...

We’ve long been fans of Twelve South’s style, and the company’s BookBook cases for iPhone and iPad devices are among the classiest we’ve seen. So we were quite pleased to see the company announce that its BookBook for iPad ($80) is fully compatible with Apple’s new fifth-generation iPad . Although we’re not entirely surprised — any non-fitted case for the original iPad Air should be able to handle the new iPad…

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13:48
How to file your taxes on time with iPhone or iPad

Taxes are due in the US this coming Tuesday, April 18. While that may sound like cause for alarm if you haven’t completed your taxes already, there are still some easy ways to get them done without filing late or filing for an extension. Follow along for the best apps to quickly and accurately file your taxes right from your iPhone or iPad.

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13:43
Russia blocks protest app for refusing to share data

Back in 2013 when messaging apps seemed to be cropping up every day, Zello's walkie-talkie audio dispatches seemed a novel addition to a crowded niche. We didn't anticipate that the app would become a hit with protesters in Ukraine, Turkey, Hong Kong...

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13:31
Final Cut Pro and iMovie for Mac updated with new...

Apple has released new updates for both Final Cut Pro and iMovie for macOS through the Mac App Store. iMovie version 10.1.5 for macOS includes a few bug fixes and improvements while Final Cut Pro’s update is a bit more detailed. Both Motion and Compressor have also received new improvement updates as well.

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13:30
Apple now China's largest Western software...




Geographic app store estimates spanning multiple companies and platforms suggest that Apple's App Store, buoyed by growth beyond just games, is the top individual seller by company in China, but not by platform.

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13:20
Dropbox document scanning comes to Android devices

Android Dropbox users now have the same ability as their iOS-using brethren: scanning documents right to their account with a mobile app. The company's Paper app -- a collaborative document workspace for Dropbox Business users -- also gets an offline...

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13:12
Apple Park consumed more by parking space than...




When it opens to workers later this month, Apple Park will reportedly offer nearly 3.5 million square feet of parking -- even more than the roughly 3.4 million square feet of offices people will actually work in.

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13:00
Review: Koogeek Wi-Fi SmartSocket for Apple HomeKit

Home automation maker Koogeek is back, adding its second HomeKit-enabled accessory to the mix. Koogeek's new Wi-Fi Enabled Smart Socket is a lightbulb adapter that fits into any standard E26/E27 light socket, allowing you to control any attached bulb from your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, or Apple TV using HomeKit, while also adding the ability to monitor and record the amount of power your attached light bulb is consuming. {/exp:char_limit}

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12:45
Instagram Stories hits 200 million daily viewers,...

Instagram’s copycat moves have paid off. Instagram Stories now counts with 200 million daily users, surpassing Snapchat’s 161 million. Instagram Stories are disappearing slideshows of videos and photos that are near-identical to Snapchat Stories, down to the name.

Instagram Stories got off to a great start: racking up its first 100 million daily users in October 2016, just two months after they debuted at the top of the feeds of Instagram’s 500 million users. By comparison, Snapchat had about 161 million daily users when the company filed for IPO, just over three years after the company introduced its version of Stories in October 2013.

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12:31
WWDC Wishlist: How Apple TV could improve with tvOS...

Apple TV has steadily been updated with new features since tvOS and the current hardware were introduced in late 2015, and we’re expecting to see even more this summer with tvOS 11 at WWDC.

Updates to tvOS 9 focused a lot on feature parity with the previous Apple TV and recent iOS updates, and tvOS 10 updates introduced the new TV app and single sign-on feature. Here’s what we’re hoping to see this year from tvOS 11 at Apple’s developer conference in June.

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12:17
Hulu's live TV service may cost $40 per month,...




Hulu's incoming live TV service is rumored start at $39.99 per month, but cord-cutters wanting access to all features including a fully-functional cloud DVR will probably have to pay extra.

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12:14
Apple Music launches new video concert series ‘House...

Premiering with a first episode today, Apple Music is launching a new concert series called “House of Strombo” hosted by Canadian TV and radio personality George Stroumboulopoulos. The new series will include house party-like live performances from the host’s home in Toronto, Canada and will include both broadcasts and videos of the concerts on Apple Music, as well as interviews with artists and behind-the-scenes content.

Apple Music host and creative director Zane Lowe officially announced the show today on Beats 1 during an interview with Stroumboulopoulos.

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11:53
Apple hits 96% renewable energy worldwide as...

In an interview with Bloomberg, Apple’s Lisa Jackson has announced that the company has achieved 96% worldwide renewable energy up from 2015’s 93%. Already having been at 100% renewable energy in the United States, three more of the company’s worldwide suppliers have pledged to follow suit.

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11:35
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 13″ 256GB MacBook Air $940,...

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Apple 13-inch 256GB MacBook Air now $940 shipped
Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro w/ Touch Bar: $2,070 ($329 ...

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11:26
Snapchat’s Snap to Store tool lets brands know when...

Snapchat is introducing a new tool for advertisers called ‘Snap to Store’ that helps brands see how well geofilter ads are performing among users, The Wall Street Journal reports.

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11:25
Apple pushes supply chain to adopt renewable energy...




In its ongoing renewable energy initiative, Apple is pushing its supply chain go green, announcing on Thursday that three more component makers are using solely renewable energy to build parts for its products.

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11:12
What the death of 32-bit iOS could mean for Apple’s...

Andrew Cunningham

Among many other things, iOS 10.3 makes it clear that the end of the road is near for 32-bit iOS apps. This has been coming for a while—all apps and updates submitted for App Store approval since mid-2015 have needed to include 64-bit support, and Apple has been pledging to purge the App Store of abandonware since last fall. Pretty soon, Apple will simply go one step further and make it so that older 32-bit code simply can’t run on iDevices.

Putting aside that this spells the end for all kinds of old,...

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11:12
Four filings exhort Supreme Court to re-examine...




Several interested parties have filed amicus curae briefings with the Supreme Court, urging the body to discuss the second Apple versus Samsung patent trial, and specifically evaluate the "obviousness" of Apple's Slide-to-unlock patent, and how it may have been misinterpreted by lower courts.

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10:59
Fitbit's Apple Watch competitor may launch...




Already delayed from spring until fall, Fitbit's upcoming smartwatch may not ship with a planned app store, or possibly even third-party apps.

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10:57
Amazon looks to continue Alexa’s growth with...

The high-performance far-field microphones found in Amazon Echo products may soon find their way to other hardware companies as Amazon has announced that the technology will be available to those who want to integrate into the Alexa Experience.

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10:57
Fender Collection 2 for iOS

Fender Collection 2 for iPhone or iPad comes with classic tweed amp models from the current ’57 Custom Series including the ’57 Custom Twin-Amp, the ’57 Custom Pro-Amp, the ’57 Custom Deluxe and the ’57 Custom Champ, plus a ’57 Bandmaster, a ’53 Bassman and ’65 Super Reverb.

IK Multimedia did a great job with the Fender Collection.

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10:45
Apple has a team working to treat diabetes

Apple has hired a small team of biomedical engineers to work at a nondescript office in Palo Alto, California, miles from corporate headquarters.

They are part of a super secret initiative, initially envisioned by the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, to develop sensors that can noninvasively and continuously monitor blood sugar levels to better treat diabetes, according to three people familiar with the matter.

With Apple’s move into medical research over the last few years, this wouldn’t surprise me. They are more than just a technology, but this one is a tough nut to crack.

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10:38
Motorola Solutions to equip Victoria Police with 10K...




Motorola Solutions has signed a deal with the police in Victoria, Australia, which will provide 10,000 frontline officers with access to iPhones and iPads, in order to provide real-time information to officers and help improve their productivity.

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10:29
Hulu’s live TV service expected to cost $39.99/month...

Hulu has been teasing its upcoming live TV service for several months now and openly discussing its target price of around $40/month. Now TechCrunch reports that the monthly service will indeed cost $39.99/month, per sources, and include ads as well as the current on-demand Hulu service.

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10:00
20 of the world’s most stunning theaters

There’s something about these kinds of theaters that make the event you are watching so much better. Definitely take the time to scroll through these images.

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09:53
Amazon is offering the Photoshop Elements 15 and...

Amazon has a great deal right now on Adobe's Elements software. Currently, both Photoshop Elements 15 and Premiere Elements 15 are already on sale at most online retailers, with either a discount of $30 per program or $50 off the bundle's usual price. For today, however, Amazon is selling both programs for $75.

That's $25 cheaper than Adobe's current sale price for the pair, and only $5 more than the $70 sale price to buy either program by itself. Given the popularity of Adobe's video and photo editing software, we wouldn't be surprised if this deal sells out before the end of the day. Amazon's discount applies to digital downloads and disc-based versions for Windows and Mac.

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09:40
PSA: Apple’s Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter gets...

If you recently plugged in Apple’s Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter, you were likely met with an alert requesting an update for the device. The update is performed over the air directly via the iOS device that the dongle is connected to. It’s not clear what new enhancements or bug fixes, if any, are included with the new update, but there are no glaring user-facing changes that we’ve spotted thus far. more…

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09:40
News: iTunes Podcasts gets rebranded as ‘Apple...

Apple has announced a full rebranding of iTunes Podcasts to “Apple Podcasts,” complete with a new “Listen on Apple Podcasts” logo and even a renaming of the company’s official Twitter account for podcasts. The announcement came this morning via Twitter from Steve Wilson of Apple’s Podcast marketing team. It's official: iTunes Podcasts is now @ApplePodcasts. Podcasters, we've got a great new badge to help…

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09:37
No, Apple won't move the home button and Touch...




It's silly season in "iPhone 8" rumor reporting, with the latest supposed "leaked schematics" claiming the handset will move the home button and Touch ID fingerprint sensor to the back of the device, and also feature a chassis considerably thicker than even the iPhone SE. AppleInsider attempts to bring some sanity to the discussion.

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09:23
Apple rebrands iTunes Podcasts as 'Apple...




Apple on Thursday rechristened iTunes Podcasts under a new label, "Apple Podcasts," likely setting the stage for planned evolutions of the company's podcasting support.

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09:23
∞ Rage Against The Machine’s “Killing In The Name”...

Rage Against The Machine is one of my all time favorite bands and this bonkers renditon is so good.

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09:16
News: Leaked image reveals ‘iPhone 8’ render with...

A new image posted on /LEAKS earlier today shows what appears to be a manufacturing design render of a next-generation iPhone that features a vertical dual-camera layout and a Touch ID sensor on the rear of the device. The drawing appears to have come from a computer belonging to an Apple manufacturing partner, however there are no other details such as when the photo was taken, or even if it’s authentic. Text in the drawing suggests it’s…

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09:06
Some MacBook Pro with Touch Bar owners report...




A small proportion of users with the 2016 MacBook Pro are reporting hearing a pinging, or popping noise, described as similar to that of crushing a plastic bottle, seemingly related to thermal conditions in the laptop.

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09:00
Stream your favorite animated classics for $5 a month

I bet this will be a no-brainer if you have kids.

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09:00
Hover Camera Passport Drone at the Apple store

Tempted. Luckily, I’m poor.

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09:00
Pondering the possibilities of dual cameras on...

Last week, Apple previewed some future hardware offerings. There's an updated Mac Pro in the pipeline for sometime in 2018 or after, as well as a new iMac scheduled for “this year.” Some pundits are already referring to the 2017 iMac as the iMac Pro. Even Apple itself said the new iMacs would cater to the needs of professional users.

There are many upgrades possible to make the new iMac worthy of the “pro” title. There will certainly be CPU, memory, and GPU upgrades. There have been rumors that Apple may include the Touch Bar found on some 2016 MacBook Pros into a standalone keyboard for the iMac.

One possible upgrade to make the 2017 iMacs even more "pro" would be dual cameras on top of the display (see mockup at top of page). Dual cameras would make 3D facial recognition possible, and could even be used to capture 3D video. Not only...

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08:48
Deals: Upgraded 13" MacBook Pro w/ Touch Bar +...




The deals are heating up as we near the middle of April. Pick up a 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (2.9GHz, 16GB, 512GB) and AppleCare for $2,298. Or opt for a non-Touch Bar 13" MacBook Pro for $1,349 ($150 off). Apple's 32GB 9.7" iPad Pro (Wi-Fi + Cellular) is also $130 off with no tax outside NY and NJ.

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08:35
No more significant Workflow updates coming in wake...




Following its takeover by Apple, iOS automation app Workflow will no longer get any significant updates, according to emails sent to some customers.

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08:33
Instagram Stories adds new features for stickers,...

Instagram is rolling out an update today that adds new features for stickers in both Stories and Direct messaging. The new features include more custom geostickers for cities, a new selfie sticker, and a “sticker pinning” feature that gives you more options for adding stickers to videos.

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08:00
The Week in iOS Accessories and Cases: The "Eye...

Two phones in one?

Image by Rob Schultz/Macworld

This week’s roundup includes an iPhone case that doubles as an Android phone. Is this the best of both worlds? We’re about to find out.

ETSI Inc.

Image by ETSI Inc.

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08:00
Anbox Could Be the Android-to-Linux Tool Devs Have...


The ability to run Android apps natively in a Linux desktop environment is a step closer to realization, thanks to Anbox, a new open source project. Simon Fels, who is the lead software engineer at Canonical, last week debuted a pre-alpha release of the Anbox platform, which he has been working on independently since 2015. "It was born out of the idea of putting Android into a simple container based on LXC and bridging relevant parts over to the host operating system while not allowing any access to real hardware or user data," Fels said.

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07:50
New ‘PaperLike’ Kickstarter wants to make writing on...

Writing and drawing with Apple Pencil on iPad Pro is an impressive experience thanks to very low latency, but fingerprints and smudges can make the surface feel slippery. The lack of friction can be disorienting if you’re used to drawing on paper. Now, a new Kickstarter campaign is focused on solving that problem.

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07:40
NHL coaches provided with iPad Pros, Macs to gain...




Coaches in the NHL are going to be given more help in analyzing their team's performance during hockey matches, with the league reportedly providing iPad Pros to teams and officials in time for the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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07:38
Dubai Mall Apple Store to open on April 27, offer...

Apple’s third retail store in the United Arab Emirates, located in the fashionable Dubai Mall, will open on April 27. The company has announced on its website that the grand opening will take place at 4pm after promoting it with a Creativity Connected tagline and a unique art display.

The store, which occupies two floors in the giant shopping mall, will be open seven days a week, 10am to 11pm Sunday to Wednesday and 10am to midnight Thursday to Saturday …

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07:26
Apple rebrands iTunes Podcasts directory as Apple...

Apple has today rebranded its iTunes Podcasts offering as ‘Apple Podcasts’, encapsulating the podcast directory and the client Podcasts app available on iPhone and iPad.

Although today’s announcement is merely a branding change, it may indicate a renewed focus by Apple on podcasting. Full marketing guidelines for podcasters can be found here.

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07:12
'New' Google Earth may usher in much-...




Google will announce a "brand new experience" for Google Earth on Apr. 18 -- something which could simultaneously signal a much-needed upgrade of the Earth iOS app to 64-bit code.

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06:50
Workflow automation app has no ‘further updates...

Via iGeneration, it seems that the Workflow app is in maintenance mode and unlikely to gain any new features in the foreseeable future. According to an email reply a user received from Workflow support, there are no ‘further updates planned’ for the automation app although they will continue to maintain its existing functionality — presumably with occasional bug fix releases.

When Apple acquired Workflow in March, it remained available on the App Store, many fans of the app saw this as a signal it was not going to be abandoned. This does not seem to be the case however.

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06:41
Pokémon GO launches Eggstravaganza in-game event for...

As it has done surrounding past holidays, Pokémon GO developers Niantic announced today that it will host a special in-game event for Easter weekend. The “Eggstravaganza” event will kick off today at 1:00 PM PDT and include increased opportunities to catch a greater variety of specific types of Pokémon while earning more Candy from each one hatched from an egg:

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06:35
Swift University opens course for writing Android...

A new development learning course based in Italy claims to be the first of its kind to let you program for Android … using Apple’s Swift developer language.

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06:35
News: Apple quietly working on non-invasive blood...

Apple has quietly put together a small team of biomedical engineers to work on a new form of sensor that would be able to monitor blood glucose levels non-invasively and continuously, CNBC reports. Citing people familiar with the matter, the team is part of a “super secret initiative” that was initially envisioned by Steve Jobs, and is located in a nondescript office several miles away from Apple’s corporate headquarters. Numerous…

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06:32
Comment: Could Apple be left with no choice but to...

The last time a sketchy report suggested that Apple was planning to move the Touch ID sensor to the rear of the iPhone 8, I wrote an opinion piece saying that I didn’t believe Apple was dumb enough to do it. I set out the four reasons I didn’t expect it to happen.

Alongside multiple reports of a Touch ID sensor embedded in the screen, and supporting patents for the required technology, I felt there were two reasons in particular to doubt the idea …

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: CoBattery iPhone Charging Case Kit

Today in iLounge Deals, we’re offering the CoBattery iPhone Charging Case Kit for only $59 — that’s 25% off the regular price. This iPhone case comes with two swappable batteries so that when the battery on your case is depleted, you can simply swap it out for another one in seconds, meaning you’ll never have to worry about plugging your iPhone in again. Each battery provides enough charge for a full day and you can swap it out…

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05:56
Analyst floats idea of Apple buying Disney to make...




A new analyst report suggests that Apple should acquire long-time media partner Disney to smooth out seasonal concerns about earnings and make a massive end-to-end media development and delivery platform -- but this is not the first time this unlikely scenario has been bandied about.

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05:45
A future Apple Watch could be essential for diabetics

Apple is quietly developing a sensor that can monitor a person's blood sugar levels continuously and non-invasively. If successful, the technology will be integrated into a future version of the Apple Watch to help people with diabetes manage their c...

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05:43
Apple patent involves an optimized sound...

Apple has applied for a patent (number 20170105084) for a “directivity optimized sound reproduction system” that looks perfect for an Apple-branded HDTV should the tech giant every revisit that possibility — although it would be nice to image such a system with a next gen iMac or Mac Pro.

The patent is for a system and method for controlling the directivity of dialogue channels separate from music and effects channels in a piece of sound program content for movies and television. In the patent filing, Apple notes that sound program content, including movies and television shows, are often composed of several distinct audio components, including dialogue of characters/actors, music and sound effects. Each of these component parts called stems may include multiple spatial channels and are mixed together prior to delivery to a consumer.

For example, a production company may mix a 5.1 channel dialogue stream or stem, a 5.1 music stream, and a 5.1 effects stream into a...

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05:23
Apple has team of biomedical engineers working on...

Apple has had a small team of biomedical engineers working on a secret initiative to develop non-invasive glucose sensors in what it hopes would be a game-changer for diabetes treatment, CNBC reports.

The effort -- apparently under way for at least five years, and envisioned originally by co-founder Steve Jobs -- hopes to be the first to track blood sugar levels accurately without piercing the skin. One source said the team is working on optical sensors that might shine a light through the skin for measurement.

Jobs saw wearables such as the Apple Watch being used to monitor a variety of vital signs, including blood glucose. And success could mean a boon for the watch with an appeal to millions of patients, notes...

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05:15
Rumor: Next-gen Apple Watch may include glucose...

The next-gen Apple Watch may feature glucose sensors.

CNBC, citing sources close to the story, has reported that Apple has reportedly hired a team of biomedical engineers to develop noninvasive glucose sensors for integration in Apple Watch, a solution that could lead to continuous monitoring of blood sugar levels for users with diabetes.

The small biomedical group is apparently part of a “super secret” initiative, first imagined by late cofounder Steve Jobs, to create a noninvasive glucose monitoring solution. The company is said to have been working on the project for five years now.

At present, it’s difficult to track sugar levels without drawing blood and there have been several corporate attempts to achieve this without much success.

The diabetes research team, stationed in an office building somewhere in Palo Alto, is said to be ready to conduct feasibility trials, a major step toward gaining necessary federal regulatory approvals. Apple could...

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05:00
Apple Park Campus recreated in Minecraft video

While it’s still about a month before Apple starts moving employees into its new Apple Park campus, Minecraft aficionado Alex Westerlund has gone to extraordinary lengths and built a full scale model of the Apple Park campus in Minecraft.

While we saw preliminary takes on this idea earlier this year, Westerlund’s newest video of the project shows the entire campus in its completed state. He explains that the project took him a total of 413 hours of work, first starting as a hobby then turning into a full-time commitment.

Westerlund also cited that because of the spaceship ring design, the model was difficult to recreate with Minecraft cubes.

He also offered the following comments:

My humble tribute to Apple, I present Apple Park! After 413 hours of work starting in December 2015, here is the result. It started out as a simple project, something to do when I binged on Minecraft, but it slowly evolved into a full time project, with over 166 hours of...

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05:00
Bixby Will Be Seen but Not Heard When Galaxy S8...


Samsung on Wednesday said that Bixby Voice will not be operational when its Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones hit the market. Some Bixby features -- Vision, Home and Reminder -- will be active when the phones become available on April 21, Samsung said, but the Bixby Voice capability won't show up until later this spring. The delay may be due to a weakness in Bixby's English language chops. It's also possible that Samsung wants to round up more third-party apps. Whatever the reason, its decision to delay the feature likely is prudent.

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04:30
How to password-protect Pages, Numbers, Keynote docs...

Want to set up password protection for files you’ve created in Pages, Numbers or Keynote in macOS Sierra? It’s easy. 

From Pages, Keynote or Numbers, open the document that you want to secure with a password. Go to the File menu and choose Select Set Password. Enter a password and a hint. That’s all there is to it.

As you set a password, a small lock icon will appear on that particular document indicating that it's secured with a password. The next time you need to access thedoc on any Apple device or iCloud, you’ll be asked for a password.

(This how-to is based on my experiences and info on Apple's support pages.)

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04:28
Unlikely prospect of Apple buying Disney resurfaces...

Suggestions that Apple might buy Disney date back at least as far as 2006, and resurface from time to time. Latest to bring the idea back to life are analysts from RBC Capital Markets.

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04:12
Purported iPhone 8 schematics show ‘bezel-less’...

In what is the first supposed leak of ‘real’ iPhone 8 technical schematics, an image posted to Weibo today claims to show technical drawings for the next-generation iPhone straight from Foxconn. The drawings depict an iPhone 8 front and back with minimal bezels on the left and right sides of the screen. Compared to an iPhone 7, the top and bottom bezels are also significantly smaller.

On the back, the dual camera system and rear flash is stacked vertically in the top-left corner, with a gap for a Touch ID fingerprint sensor below the Apple logo. The image is labelled with dimensions for the chassis, which are comparable to the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 — despite the significantly larger screen …

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04:00
LectroFan Micro is a great white noise machine (but...

I need white noise when I call it a day. Our household always has a fan going when we turn in for the night. When I travel, I can’t take a big fan with me, so I take a small one: the $34.95 LectroFan Micro, a two-in-one pocket-sized white noise/fan sound machine with a wireless Bluetooth speaker.

If you’re looking for great audio for playing tunes, this gadget’s not for you. The sound is very tinny — though if it were otherwise, I’d be shocked, considering how small the LectroFan Micro is.

However, as a white noise sound machine, it’s great. It comes with 10 unique digital sounds (five fan sounds, four white noises and one ocean sound). It’s a breeze (pun intended) to use. There's a button for power, a button for volume and a button to cycle through sounds.

The LecTroFan Micro’s USB rechargeable battery lasts up to 16 hours in sleep-sound mode or up to six hours in Bluetooth mode. The included USB power cable...

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03:54
Apple trademarks Apple Music-branded clothing,...

We frequently caution that Apple patents and trademarks all kinds of things it will never do, but one trademark application filed this week seems more likely than not to make it into real products. The company has applied to register its Apple Music logo trademark for use on clothing, wristbands and more …

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for April 12, 2017

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

iOS Apps/Updates

KeepSolid has announced a VPN Unlimited update to the virtual private network service. It provides online security with encryption along with high connection speed and with no restrictions. 

Featuring DNS Firewall, this new version blocks malware, ads and tracking web resources. In addition to a VPN service, now VPN Unlimited has features for browsing the web securely, privately and protected.

VPN Unlimited is a cross-platform service, available for macOS, iOS, Android, Windows, Windows Phone, Linux, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome. For the first two platforms, it’s available at the Apple App Store and Mac App Store. It’s free, but does tout in-app purchases...

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03:00
How to cut the cord without resorting to a pricey...

Confession time: Although it’s my job to review and write about streaming channel bundles such as Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and the new YouTube TV, I have little interest in using them personally.

Most of my TV consumption comes from Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO, all of which are available without a traditional channel bundle. As such, I’ve established a viewing pattern that largely avoids advertisements, is highly flexible, and is much cheaper than cable. Eight years after cutting cable TV, I don’t feel compelled to tack on a big bundle of streaming TV channels.

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20:03
Growing number of 15″ MacBook Pro users report ‘...

Apple’s 2016 MacBook Pro has been met with a wide array of responses since it was unveiled last fall. Now, a growing number of users are reporting that they hear a strange “popping” noise coming from their MacBook Pro. Reports of the issue have started picking up steam on Apple’s own support website, as well as other forums

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18:30
Apple working on breakthrough glucose sensors for...




Apple has reportedly hired a team of biomedical engineers to develop noninvasive glucose sensors for integration in Apple Watch, a solution that could lead to continuous monitoring of blood sugar levels for users with diabetes.

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16:37
Report: Apple has secret team working on ‘...

Apple has kicked up its focus on health over recent years, but the company isn’t stopping just yet. According to a new report from CNBC, Apple has a secret team currently working on developing a solution for treating diabetes that would be seen as the “holy grail” for the condition…

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15:45
Ahead of WWDC, what are you most excited to see in...

As we inch closer to WWDC 2017, focus is starting to shift towards the improvements that are likely to soon come to Apple’s operating systems. Earlier today, Zac went into detail regarding the future of Apple Watch and what watchOS 4 could potentially bring to the table when it’s unveiled at WWDC.

What possible watchOS 4 feature excites you most?

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15:23
After suing Apple, Qualcomm loses $816M arbitration...




An arbitration panel has awarded BlackBerry a preliminary $814.9 million to resolve its claim that it had overpaid patent royalties in its contract with Qualcomm. The specific issue pertains only to Qualcomm's contract with BlackBerry, but highlights the firm's series of parallel intellectual property disputes, most notably a trio of global cases involving Apple as well as government antitrust actions in China, Korea and the United States.

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14:45
As we wait for Apple to finish the real thing, watch...

Apple is set to start moving employees into its new Apple Park campus this month. Throughout the construction process, we’ve seen a variety of looks at the construction process, mostly via overhead drone footage. Now, we’re getting a different look at Apple’s new campus courtesy of Alex Westerlund, who designed the entire Apple Park campus in Minecraft…

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14:15
AWT News Update: April 21, 2017

Bixby is a no-show, build-in yourself iPhones, and rumors about rumors - that's what we have for you today on the Apple World Today News Update podcast:

  • Samsung's Bixby, the highly-touted AI for the Galaxy S8 smartphone, won't be available when the new phone ships
  • Visit Shenzhen, China a lot? Do what Scotty Allen did, and build your own iPhone 6s from parts purchased in the city's tech markets
  • The rumored iPhone 8/X/Pro/??? is now rumored to becoming later due to production issues

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14:13
Survivor's guide to taxes: The best tax...




Tax Day 2017 falls on Tuesday, April 18 this year, and although taxpayers get a few extra days to file, you'll need the right tools to get the job done. AppleInsider is rounding up the best tax prep software and filing tools to not only meet, but beat the deadline.

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13:56
Selfie drone Hover Camera Passport exclusive to...




The Hover Camera Passport, a drone designed for taking selfies, is now exclusively available from Apple stores, including retail outlets and the online store, with the flying imaging device also receiving a number of updates to make it easier to fly.

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13:40
Google shuts down Burger King’s ad

Just under three hours after Burger King unveiled a new advertisement designed to hijack your Google Home to read a long-winded description of its Whopper burger, Google has disabled the functionality. It was fun / horrifying while it lasted!

Just seems like a way to piss people off.

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13:35
Spotify enlists third-party competitor to develop...

It seems there’s no longer any bad blood between Spotify and a third-party app developer that intended to bring the streaming service to Apple Watch.

Snowy developer Andrew Chang announced that he’s “working closely” with Spotify to make Snowy the official Spotify companion app for Apple Watch. Chang made the announcement on the Apple Watch subreddit, and it was covered by 9to5Mac. The developer did not reveal which Snowy features would be adopted by the official Spotify Apple Watch app, nor did he specify a release date.

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13:20
News: Apple updates TestFlight program with support...

Apple has released an update to its TestFlight app for iOS developers and their beta testers, adding support for managing multiple builds, enhancing groups, and improving tester management, as well as extending the beta period time frame to 90 days. With the new capabilities, developers can now distribute multiple builds of a given app at the same time, allowing beta testers to either choose a specific build to test, or creating groups of TestFlight…

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13:16
Microsoft offers free Outlook for Mac Preview to...




Microsoft on Wednesday released a standalone Outlook for Mac Preview version for free, as part of an attempt to gain more feedback on Google account upgrades including Calendar and Contacts integration.

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13:11
Acura, Jeep & Hyundai intro new Apple CarPlay-...




Joining Lincoln, three more auto brands -- Acura, Jeep, and Hyundai -- have unveiled CarPlay-equipped vehicles ahead of this weekend's New York International Auto Show.

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13:00
Apple begins selling lightweight Hover Camera...

As drones continue to rise in popularity, the ultra-portable Hover Camera Passport today became available from Apple.com and in Apple retail stores. Created by Zero Zero Robotics, the Hover Passport is a lightweight drone made from a carbon fiber material, so it’s portable and easy to take with you everywhere you go.

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12:55
News: Spotify partners with ‘Spotty’ developer to...

Developer Andrew Chang has announced on Reddit that he will be partnering with Spotify to help develop and official Apple Watch app for the popular streaming service. Chang originally announced development of a third-party Apple Watch app for Spotify back in February, with a hand-on video walk through posted by 9to5Mac, with plans to include advanced features such as offline playback, allowing music to be stored on and played from the Apple Watch…

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12:37
Sketch app Paper gains new ‘Copy & Paste’...

Paper by FiftyThree is one of the most approachable sketching apps for iOS, and recent versions have made it a viable note-taking app as well. While Paper has always been free and previously included in-app purchases, FiftyThree added an optional subscription patronage system last year. Now Paper is introducing a new ‘Copy & Paste’ feature that will only be available for subscribers.

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12:00
The remarkable Hover Camera Passport arrives at...

Have you ever wanted your own personal camera drone, but found that the devices on the market were too expensive and/or had a difficult learning curve? Last fall, the Hover Camera Passport (US$499) was introduced and it changed the world of photography forever with a small, lightweight, flying high-definition camera that is primarily self-flying. Today Zero Zero Robotics, the company behind Passport, announced that the flying travel-friendly camera is available exclusively on Apple.com and in Apple retail outlets. Apple employees will demonstrate the Hover Camera Passport in stores starting today, showing off the facial recognition and gesture control features. 

That's not the only big announcement today -- the company has also updated the Hover Camera app to make it even more user-friendly. A new Owner Mode gives...

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11:59
Apple CarPlay at NY Auto Show: Acura TLX w/ dual-...

The New York International Auto Show is about to kick off this weekend and that means the latest vehicle announcements for CarPlay, Apple’s platform for in-dash entertainment systems that allows app functionality using a connected iPhone.

Acura is showing off the first example of CarPlay that uses a dual-display setup with the latest generation of its On Demand Multi-Use Display. And Hyundai, Jeep, Honda, Lincoln and others are introducing new vehicles with support.

Head below for a first look:

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11:56
Deals: High-end 15" MacBook Pro w/ AppleCare...




Shoppers looking for Apple's high-end 2.7GHz, 16GB, 512GB 15-inch MacBook Pro with Radeon 455 graphics and AppleCare can save $340 this week with coupon. AT&T also has Apple's 32GB iPhone SE GoPhone (no contract) for $199.99. BeatsX headphones are $129.99 ($20 off) as well.

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11:54
Gear: Gear4 Trafalgar for iPhone 7 Plus

Gear4’s Trafalgar ($40) for the iPhone 7 Plus is another one of the company’s stylish new protective cases built from D3O material for a high degree of drop protection without adding too much extra bulk. The slim protective cases feature a brushed metal look on the outside in either gold, rose gold, or silver colors, with D3O material inside for maximum shock absorption.

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11:49
Evernote for macOS gains iOS features on MacBook Pro...




The latest update to Evernote brings bug fixes and simple 2016 MacBook Pro Touch Bar support to the popular note-taking and organizational app.

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11:36
Artist Rob Zilla shows potential of iPad Pro with...




Apple is showcasing illustrations of stars from the NBA created by artist Robert Generette III, also known as "Rob Zilla, showing off the high-quality artwork that can be created on the iPad Pro using the Apple Pencil and Adobe Illustrator Draw.

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11:14
Microsoft expands Google Calendar and Contact sync...

Last month Microsoft announced that it plans to bring Google Calendar and Contact syncing to Outlook for macOS, and today the company is expanding its test group ahead of the official feature release planned for later this year.

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11:09
PDFpenPro 9

Version 9 introduces over 100 enhancements covering document annotations, Tables of Contents, and export options.

That’s a big update for an already great app.

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11:03
Samsung says Bixby voice assistant won’t ship with...

One of the key signature features of Samsung’s Galaxy S8, its Bixby voice assistant, won’t work out of the box, when the device goes on sale later this month. Other parts of Bixby, including its visual search and reminder abilities, will ship at launch, a Samsung representative told Axios in a statement.

Oops.

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10:59
Jackson X Series Randy Rhoads guitar

The Jackson X Series Rhoads models continue the metal legacy pioneered by the immortal Randy Rhoads. Regal and proud, the RRX24 offers fantastic tone, ultra-fast playability and unbelievable value for 21st century guitarists.

Randy was so great.

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10:59
Building an iPhone 6s for $300 using recycled parts...

Scotty Allen, a world traveller with an appetite for the unknown, had decided that he would take on the challenge of making his own iPhone. Traveling to Shenzen over a period of months, Allen discovered he could buy all the components needed to make his very own iPhone, and all for less than half the price of a new one…

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10:54
Has coffee gotten too fancy

For some, it’s a staple of the American morning: a comforting routine, a good deal. Anything that costs more than $1 is needlessly expensive, a waste of money — the coffee from a deli, diner or doughnut cart is all you need to start the day. For others, the $1 cup is suspiciously cheap. Maybe it tastes bad, or its production does harm to the land and is unfair to laborers. If you have to pay more, then that is probably a reflection of a drink’s true cost.

I just want a plain cup of black coffee.

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