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Wednesday March 14

Stephen Hawking dies at age 76, Apple's Tim...

The author and physicist, one of the most important thinkers of the last century, was praised by Apple CEO Tim Cook, Steve Wozniak and others following his passing on Monday.

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Apple puts up gorgeous, animated WWDC graphic

Take a look, on the highest resolution screen you have. Beautiful work.

What’s it all mean? Are there clues in this art? The most common thing I’ve heard (and what sprang to mind for me, instantly) is a design language for Augmented Reality.

This from John Gruber:

Now, if we want to play Cupertino-ology, does the graphic offer any hints about planned announcements (like, say, a unified cross-platform set of UI frameworks for Mac and iOS) or it just a cool graphic?

That’s an interesting take.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Wakefy turns your Mac into a Spotify alarm clock

Javier Ramirez has introduced Wakefy for macOS 10.12 or later. It’s a free app that turns your Mac into a Spotify alarm clock. 

Wakefy forces you to actually get up and walk to turn off the alarm, and allows you to wake up to your favorite Spotify tunes. It works even if your Mac isn’t awake. The utility lives in your menu bar and only pops up when you need it. You can set it once, then forget about it.

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Refurbished, high-end iPhones are suffocating the...

Daniel Eran Dilger, AppleInsider:

The fastest growing segment in global smartphones isn’t Google’s vision for super-cheap, simple Android phones. Instead, according to new market data, it’s refurbished high-quality phones that carry a desirable brand but can be sold at a more affordable price, a segment where Apple is “leading by a significant margin.”

And from the original study from Counterpoint Research:

The low growth of the new smartphone market in 2017 can be partially attributed to the growth of the refurb market. The slowdown in innovation has made two-year-old flagship smartphones comparable in design and features with the most recent mid-range phones. Therefore, the mid low-end market for new smartphones is being cannibalized by refurbished high-end phones, mostly Apple iPhones and, to a lesser extent, Samsung Galaxy smartphones.

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Counterpoint: Apple dominates the refurbished...

According to the latest research from Counterpoint Research’s Refurbished Smartphone tracker, the global market for refurbished smartphones grew 13% year-over-year in 2017, reaching close to 140 million units. This was in contrast with the global new smartphone market that grew a 3% last year, thus being outpaced by refurbished “second life” smartphones.

Photo courtesy of Counterpoint Research

Refurbished smartphones are pre-owned smartphones that are collected, rejuvenated or repaired to be sold again in the market. Only 25% of all pre-owned phones are sold back into the market. Counterpoint says that Apple and Samsung’s dominance is more obvious in the refurb market than in the new smartphone market. 

The two brands combined hold close to three-fourths of the refurbished smartphone market, with Apple leading by a significant margin. In terms of revenue, the dominance grows further, as...

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News: Daily Deal: NetSpot Pro, Lifetime License

Today in iLounge Deals, we’re offering the lifetime license to NetSpot Pro for only $39 — that’s 80% off the regular price. This powerful Wi-Fi analysis tool helps you get the most out of your Internet connection by using your MacBook to visualize, optimize, and troubleshoot your wireless networks. NetSpot’s features allow you to figure out the optimal placement for your hotspots and selection of radio channels, with visual maps…

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Get ten essential Mac apps for $19.99 with the 2018...

Imagine getting ten powerful Mac apps for about $2 each -- that's a heck of a deal, right? We have that deal for you today with the 2018 Mac Essentials Bundle, available for a short time for $19.99.

Buying each of these apps separately at their usual prices, you'd spend about $525. Our friends at Stack Commerce made some great deals and brought these ten apps together for $19.99. You get:

  • BusyCal 3: Take Charge of Your Schedule with This Award-Winning Calendar App
  • Cargo VPN: A two-year subscription to this powerful virtual private network from Eltima Software
  • HoudahSpot 4: Never Misplace...
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France to take legal action against Apple, Google...

Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire (pictured) says France will take legal action against Apple and Alphabet’s Google a for “abusive commercial practices,” reports Bloomberg. He accuses the tech giants of taking advantage of French developers.

“I learned that when developers develop their applications, and sell to Google and Apple, their prices are imposed, Google and Apple take all their data, Google and Apple can unilaterally rewrite their contracts,” Le Maire said on RTL radio. “All that is unacceptable and it’s not the economy that we want. They can’t treat our startups and developers the way they do.”

Le Maire’s office said an investigation by the ministry’s fraud office determined that between 2015 and 2017 there were “significant imbalances” in the relationship between the two companies and developers who sold via...

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Stephen Hawking, a physicist transcending space and...

I read a number of appreciation articles this morning, but this Wired piece by Adam Rogers was my favorite.

A few highlights:

He and the physicist Roger Penrose described singularities, mind-bending physical concepts where relativity and quantum mechanics collapse inward on each other—as at the heart of a black hole.


His calculations helped show that as the young universe expanded and grew through inflation, fluctuations at the quantum scale—the smallest possible gradation of matter—became the galaxies we see around us. No human will ever visit another galaxy, and the quantum realm barely waves at us in our technology, but Hawking envisioned them both.

And, perhaps my favorite:

He proved time travel didn’t exist by throwing a party for time travelers, but not sending out invitations until the party was over. No one came.

Notably, Stephen Hawking died on Albert Einstein’s birthday.


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France plans to take Apple and Google to court over...

The French government will be taking legal action against Apple and Google for alleged "abusive commercial practices," France's finance minister has declared, accusing the tech firms of taking advantage of the country's app developers with unfair contracts and unjust app store pricing schemes.

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Apple is granted a patent for an external fuel cell...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,917,340) for a “fuel cell system to power a portable computing device” such as an iPad or a Mac laptop.

According to Apple, the fuel cell system includes a fuel cell stack which converts fuel into electrical power. It also includes a fuel source for the fuel cell stack and a controller which controls operation of the fuel cell system. 

The fuel system also includes an interface to the portable computing device, wherein the interface comprises a power link that provides power to the portable computing device, and a bidirectional communication link that provides bidirectional communication between the portable computing device and the controller for the fuel cell system.

In the patent filing, Applel notes that electronics manufacturers have become very interested in developing renewable energy sources for their products, and they have been exploring a number of promising renewable energy sources such as hydrogen fuel...

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Scrub out that unwanted audio noise with SoundSoap 5...

Soundness’ SoundSoap 5.0, the latest major version of the audio noise reduction software for macOS and Windows, introduced new technology that finds and removes background noises automatically by analyzing the media file. Unfortunately, files with more than one stereo or mono audio track still aren’t supported. Supported file types for opening are determined by Apple’s AV Foundation framework.

Other improvements included a graphical learn noise mode, better hum removal, improved media playback controls, FLAC and MP3 file support, high-resolution audio meters, and full bypass and reset commands. SoundSoap is a tool that solves audio noise problems like unwanted hiss and background noises, clicks, pops, crackles, electrical hum, rumble, clipping, and low volume in media files.

SoundSoap is useful for creating audio for their video and audio projects. Average joes like me can use it to fix audio noise problems. It’s ideal anyone creating videos, screencasts, podcasts, LP...

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France taking Apple & Google to court for ‘...

The French government is taking both Apple and Google to court, accusing the companies of ‘abusive trade practices’ in the way that they treat developers.

Reporting on the case is light on detail, but France appears to have three objections to the way the relationship works between app stores and developers …


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Notable apps and app updates for March 14, 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.

macOS Apps/Updates

Zevrix Solutions has announced Output Factory Server 2.0.13, a maintenance update to the company's output workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. 

Output Factory automates printing and exporting from InDesign by processing files from hot folders. The app can serve unlimited users and offers single page export, layer versioning, preflighting and more. The new version lets users edit workflow settings during processing without having to restart hot folder watching for the changes to take effect.

Output Factory Server can be purchased from the Zevrix website for $699.95. A demo is available for download. The upgrade to version 2 is $350...

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Apple open 2018 WWDC registration, announces...

Apple has that its 2018 Worldwide Developers Conference will take place from June 4th to the 8 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose. The company is expected to unveil iOS 12, macOS 10.14, watchOS 5, and tvOS 12. WWDC 2018 will run from June 4 through June 8 and take place in San Jose, California for the second year in a row.

As with previous years, Apple is relying on a lottery system to address demand for tickets. Registration for the chance to buy a $1599 ticket is open from today through next Thursday.

The opportunity to buy tickets to WWDC18 is offered by random selection. Registration is open until Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. PDT.

Rumors as to what to expect include potential new iPads and the focus is expected to feature a renewed focus on bug fixes and performance improvements at the cost of scaling back major new features until next year as well as a potential new solution for adapting apps between iOS and macOS.


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Nifty Thing: Tiny Player

If you’re tired of the rather large/bloated nature of iTunes and just want to play some MP3s like you did years ago, it’s worth trying Tiny Player for the Mac.

Tiny Player, developed by Catnap Games, is available for free.

While the application doesn’t have the many features of iTunes, or even of VLC, features no equalizer, or cover art, or “related music.” It simply plays your music files, in the order you tell it, with or without shuffle and repeat.

Tiny Player also plays FLAC, AAC, AIFF and WAV files. The program can save and open m3u playlists.

Via lifehacker and Catnap Games

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Where Apple’s reinvention of the keyboard may go next

Keyboards are important. While speech-to-text technology has come a long way, I suspect there will always be value in writing one letter after another with your hands. Apple clearly thinks to, too, because in recent weeks there have been reports about several new Apple patents regarding keyboard technology. From those patents to the controversial innovations that drove the latest generation of MacBook keyboards, Apple’s continues to push the boundaries of text input.

So what do Apple’s current technology directions suggest about where the company might be innovating in the future when it comes to keyboards?

A reliable tool

I’ll admit that as a writer, I’m especially opinionated when it comes to keyboards. As a writer friend of mine told me a very long time ago, keyboards are to us what guitars are to rock musicians—they’re the tool of our trade. But even if you’re inputting data into a spreadsheet or writing an email to a friend, most people need keyboards. (...

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Refurbished, high-end iPhones are suffocating the...

The fastest growing segment in global smartphones isn't Google's vision for super-cheap, simple Android phones. Instead, according to new market data, it's refurbished high-quality phones that carry a desirable brand but can be sold at a more affordable price, a segment where Apple is "leading by a significant margin."

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Tuesday March 13

Broadcom to formally abandon Qualcomm bid, report...

After President Donald Trump issued an executive order blocking Broadcom's proposed takeover of U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm, the Singapore-based company will formally announce an end to acquisition efforts, a report said Tuesday.

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Overcast podcast app adds new ‘Smart Resume’ feature...

Popular third-party podcast app Overcast has been updated today to version 4.1, bringing a new Smart Resume feature and various other improvements…


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Calendar 2 made $2K in 3 days mining cryptocurrency...

Yesterday, we reported on a macOS app called Calendar 2 that seemingly added cryptocurrency mining as an alternative to paying for premium features. At the time, the app’s developers, Qbix, had made the decision to remove the feature from the app.

The company now tells us, however, that Apple ended up pulling the app from the Mac App Store for violating its guidelines…


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'Calendar 2' returns to Mac App Store...

Popular scheduling app "Calendar 2" returned to the Mac App Store on Tuesday after an earlier version of the software sparked concern over its integration of a cryptocurrency miner, with developer Qbix confirming Apple pulled the software citing excessive resource utilization.

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What are you most excited to see at WWDC 2018? [Poll]

Apple today officially announced dates for annual developer conference, WWDC 2018. This year, the event will run from June 4th through June 8th in San Jose, California at the McEnery Convention Center.

WWDC 2018 will mark the unveil of Apple’s latest software updates, as well as some potential hardware updates. What are you most excited to see at this year’s event?


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Apple debuts new iTunes promotional graphics with...

Apple in an email to iTunes Affiliate Program members on Tuesday announced the introduction of revamped promotional assets including a new badge, text lockup and iTunes star icon, the latter being a play on the iOS 11 iTunes app.

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Tim Cook mingles with lawmakers on Capitol Hill...

Apple CEO Tim Cook is in Washington D.C. today, mingling with lawmakers at Capitol Hill. NBC News producer and reporter Frank Thorp shared the above image, showing Cook with Sen. Mark Warner and Sen. Richard Burr…


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Apple Daily Report for March 13, 2018

The AWT News Update is on hiatus while my compadre, Steve, takes a road trip. In its place, 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.

A unit of Apple’s Taiwanese contract manufacturer Wistron Corp. has won approval will build a new assembly facility in the south Indian state, signaling a potential expansion of iPhone assembly work in India.

MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe now says he misspoke at a recent industry conference in describing the kinds of data the company tracks on its users — and he emphasized that the startup will always allow customers to opt in to location-based marketing offers in the future.

The $200 Early, Early Bird discount for the...

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Apple hires Golden State Warriors' Gail Hunter...

Apple has hired Gail Hunter, the Golden State Warriors’ vice president of public affairs and event management, as director of events, reports the Silicon Valley Business Journal. The Warriors are an American professional basketball team based in Oakland, California. 

Hunter joined the Warriors in 2012 to help the team’s community efforts related to the construction of the $1 billion Chase Center, set to open in 2019. 

Prior to joining the NBA in 1999, Hunter served as the director of Corporate Marketing for the Seattle Mariners, where she was in charge of corporate sponsorship sales, corporate development, marketing, and ballpark planning for Safeco Field. Before joining the Mariners, she spent seven years (1991-98) as director of Promotional Events for Major League Baseball, where she developed and managed baseball’s premier...

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Apple hires events director from Golden State...

Apple has hired Gail Hunter, current president of public affairs and event management for the Golden State Warriors, to take on a new role as the company's events director, according to a report on Tuesday.

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How to track back-to-back workouts with Apple Watch

Have you ever wanted to track multiple workouts with your Apple Watch back-to-back? Whether you’re doing something like a triathlon or want to split up something like two legs (or more) of a run or hike, follow along for how to easily track and organize your workouts with Apple Watch.


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Apple CEO Tim Cook visits Washington, D.C., meets...

Apple CEO Tim Cook was on Tuesday spotted in Capitol Hill where he reportedly lunched with Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee who has taken an interest in digital encryption and privacy.

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9to5Mac Daily 046 | March 13, 2018

Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from 9to5Mac. 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.


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Review: Elgato Eve Button for HomeKit

Elgato's new Eve Button is the latest entry in the company's lineup of HomeKit-focused accessories. Announced at CES 2018, Eve Button is a simple Bluetooth button that takes advantage of recently expanded HomeKit support for controllers, similar to that added by Philips Hue last fall. {/exp:char_limit}

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Scott Kelly spent a year in space, and now he has...

This is all kinds of mind-blowing and may have real consequences as we go forward into space.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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260,000 AmazonBasics portable power banks recalled...

Amazon has today recalled six different models of its AmazonBasics portable power banks, including a total of 260,000 units. This comes after some units have caused property damage and in one case, a chemical burn.


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Apple continues beta rollout of ‘Apple Music for...

After opening the platform to a few thousand artists earlier this year, Apple is further expanding beta testing of its ‘Apple Music for Artists’ dashboard, the company announced via a tweet.


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Apple expands access to Apple Music For Artists beta...

Apple has issued another call for signups for its Apple Music For Artists program, an analytics tool that helps musicians examine and track the listening habits of their fans.

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Apple releases updated brand assets for Apple Music...

Apple has today shared refreshed assets for to help affiliates promote and share music, movies, and TV content that can be found on Apple Music and the iTunes Store.


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Mac: Charles Aroutiounian Hue Menu 3

Apple still hasn’t brought HomeKit support to the Mac, but if you’re a user of Philips’ Hue system, you have other options available. Charles Aroutiounian first brought his app for controlling Hue devices to the Mac five years ago, and now with Hue Menu 3 the app has undergone a major overhaul under the hood, and most significantly added TouchBar support for users of the newest MacBooks.

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WWDC 2018 will be held from June 4-8 in San Jose

Apple has taken the wraps off this year's WWDC website, and opened registration for developers. The developer conference will be held from June 4 to June 8 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, just as it was in 2017. 

Developers can register to attend starting today, for the price of $1,599. Registration will remain open until March 22 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time. Apple will also make up to 350 student scholarships available.

All of Apple's big WWDC announcements happen during the keynote on the morning of June 4. This year, we expect to hear about iOS 12, macOS 10.14, and new Mac hardware including updated Mac laptops and maybe even the new Mac Pro. Apple's big iPhone announcements are typically held for an event in September, but we may be treated to a...

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Apple, Google see reputation of corporate brands...

That reasoning seems odd. What does “attention-grabbing products” have to do with a company’s reputation? Especially given that “film production company The Weinstein Co made its debut at 99th out of 100 on the list”. So – its reputation got better?

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Best Apple CarPlay receivers for your car,...

Apple CarPlay is hands-down the safest way to interact with your iPhone in the car. That’s because you never actually touch your iPhone while driving — something you should never ever do anyway — and instead you control navigation, communication, and entertainment with Siri and a simplified interface on your car’s screen.

But what if your car doesn’t have a built-in display or the one it has doesn’t work with Apple CarPlay? The good news is you don’t necessarily have to go out and buy a brand new car. In most cases, you can buy and have a really good in-dash system installed for under $1,000, but picking the right solution before you make the investment is important. Here are a few tips:


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Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference...

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This year's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple's annual software-focused event, will run from June 4 to June 8. Like last year's WWDC, 2018's conference will take place at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California.

Members of Apple's Developer Program and its Developer Enterprise Program can apply for conference tickets now through March 22. Tickets will be issued through a random selection process. Attendees will have to pay $1,599 per ticket, the same as a ticket was to...

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Photo contest judges raise alarm: “We didn’t judge...

Another reason to be wary of “photo contests” in general and absolutely avoid paid contests.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Video: How to backup, erase, and factory reset your...

When selling or giving away your iPad, you need to make sure to protect your data and leave a clean slate for the next owner. Appleinsider takes you through all the steps you need to take to ensure your iPad is safely wiped before passing it on to its next owner.

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WWDC 2018 Returns to San Jose on June 4th through 8th

Apple has announced WWDC 2018 dates and that the location will remain in San Jose.


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AltConf announces 2018 event details, will once...

On the heels of Apple officially announcing WWDC 2018 today, AltConf has released details for its week-long event as well. This year’s AltConf will feature two speaker tracks, two community labs and some special plans for podcasters.


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News: Apple announces WWDC 2018

Apple has officially announced details for its 29th Annual Worldwide Developers Conference, which will be held from June 4 – 8, 2018, once again at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. While this year’s announcement comes about a month late compared to WWDC 2017, registration has already opened today, two weeks earlier than last year. The opportunity to purchase tickets will once again be offered by random selection, and…

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Google Assistant arrives on the iPad, but still isn...

After a year stuck just on Android devices, and then another year on the iPhone, Siri competitor Google Assistant has come over to the iPad -- AppleInsider fires it up, to see how it fares on its own, and compared to Apple's offering.

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Apple's event calendar: When is the next Apple...

Updated 03/12/18: Apple has announced that WWDC will take place in San Jose on June 4-8.

Apple doesn’t often participate in big industry-wide events like CES or E3. The most valuable company in the world holds it own events, thank you very much. Several times a year, Apple invites the press and industry professionals out to a theater to hear all about its latest products and services. Apple calls these “Special Events,” and streams them online to its millions of fans.

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Ear-worn thermometer makes it easier to care for...

When little kids are ill, it's one of the least pleasurable experiences that it's possible to endure. After all, you're often asked to monitor their temperature on an hourly basis to keep watch for things getting worse. But the kids themselves are of...

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Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off...


Apple today announced it will host its 29th annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose from June 4 through June 8. The McEnery Convention Center will be home to the world’s most creative developer community, who come together every year to share unique perspectives and learn about the future of Apple’s breakthrough products and services.

Every year, WWDC provides an opportunity for millions of developers to learn more about how to create new experiences across Apple’s platforms for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, Mac and HomePod. A broad range of robust developer APIs, including SiriKit, HomeKit, HealthKit, GymKit, MusicKit, ResearchKit, and CoreML, give developers new ways to help users take command of everything from their health and homes, to how they get around, shop and learn. Last year at WWDC Apple debuted ARKit, and since then, developers with apps in every category on the App Store have embraced inventive ways to engage customers with...

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Apple’s 2018 WWDC keynote happens June 4th

Apple has announced the dates for its annual developer conference, WWDC. The event is scheduled for June 4th through 8th and like last year, it will take place in San Jose's McEnery Convention Center. We're sure to see previews of upcoming iOS, MacOS...

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Apple's 2018 WWDC scheduled for June 4 through...

Apple has announced that it will host its 29th annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, California from June 4 through June 8 at the McEnery Convention Center.

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Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference to be...

Apple will host its 29th annual Worldwide Developers Conference at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California, June 4-8. 

WWDC provides an opportunity for developers to learn more about how to create new experiences across Apple's platforms for the Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and HomePod. A range of developer application programming interfaces (APIs) — including SiriKit, HomeKit, HealthKit, GymKit, MusicKit, ResearchKit, and Core ML — give developers ways to help users take command of everything from their health and homes, to how they get around, shop and learn. 

Developers and Apple enthusiasts everywhere can livestream the conference on the WWDC app for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, as well as through the Apple Developer website. Developers can apply for tickets now through March 22 at 10 a.m. PDT via the WWDC website. Tickets are issued through a random selection process, and...

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YouTube rolls out dark theme first to iPhone &...

Google on Tuesday began rolling out a "Dark Theme" for its YouTube mobile apps, initially only to iPhone and iPad owners.

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Apple opens WWDC 2018 registration: June 4-8 in San...

Apple has officially announced dates for its annual developer conference where it is expected to unveil iOS 12, macOS 10.14, watchOS 5, and tvOS 12. WWDC 2018 will run from June 4 through June 8 and take place in San Jose, California for the second year in a row.


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Hands on: visual clipboard manager Paste 2 is...

You probably need an app like this, but the unique features in Paste 2 could push you all-in on the idea, or force you out completely.

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Imgur's Snapchat-style GIF collections come to...

Imgur's bid to bring Snapchat-like Stories to the GIF world is no loner confined to iOS. It's releasing an updated Android app that brings Snacks and the Feed to a wider array of devices. Snacks, as before, lives under the search tab and gives you...

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Best Buy and Sprint launch aggressive iPhone payment...

From 9to5Toys:

Best Buy is currently offering various discounts on the latest iPhone X, along with 7/8/Plus when electing for a 18 or 24-month payment plan. The best deals come via Sprint, which are what we’re highlighting below. Free shipping is available on all of today’s offers. A full list of the deals is available below.

Best Buy iPhone offers via Sprint include:

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Google Assistant gets a proper home on the iPad

This is the year every voice assistant adds native iPad support, it seems. Hot on the heels of Microsoft's Cortana update, Google has released an iPad-friendly version of Assistant. The updated app takes full advantage of the tablet's larger screen...

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YouTube for iOS gains a dark theme, rolling out today

Since January, YouTube has been testing a dark theme for its iOS app that matches the revamped desktop client. That feature is now official and rolling out today.


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‘Pit People’ makes turn-based strategy a party

In our world of ubiquitous broadband and online multiplayer, couch-based co-op gaming isn't the first consideration for most development studios. For the folks behind Alien Hominid, Castle Crashers, Battleblock Theater and now Pit People, however, be...

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: Amazon iPhone Anker Sale, Mac...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications. more…

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Another report suggests that AirPower wireless...

AirPower is Apple’s solution to wirelessly charging multiple devices at the same time, on a single mat. The company originally announced the mat back in September, alongside the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, and iPhone X.

While not official, the company is also slated to launch a new wirelessly charging AirPods case alongside AirPower. The charging mat will support iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, iPhone X, Apple Watch Series 3, and the new AirPods case.


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How to get television to your Apple TV without using...

Tired of paying monthly fees for subscription streaming apps? AppleInsider shows you what you need to watch TV live on your Apple TV with a digital tuner and an app.

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The Apple TV 4K’s HDR Nightmare

Plug an Apple TV 4K into a compatible TV and experience ultra-high definition HDR video, right? Unfortunately, as “Take Control of Apple TV” author Josh Centers has found, it’s far from that simple.


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Facebook's daily news video section may arrive...

Facebook has only hinted at its upcoming news video section in Watch, but some more tangible details are starting to trickle out. Axios sources have claimed a daily news service should launch in the summer, with about 10 publishers (both conventiona...

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YouTube extends its 'Dark Theme' to iOS

Sometimes the best features come when tech companies let their programmers and designers play around a bit. That's certainly the case with YouTube's "Dark theme," which arrives today on the iOS version of the app. (The darker theme will come to Andro...

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Rex Tillerson gets his bad news just like we do: on...

Donald Trump tweeted today that Rex Tillerson will no longer be serving as Secretary of State and will be replaced by CIA Director Mike Pompeo. However, according to State Department Under Secretary Steve Goldstein, Tillerson didn't find out about hi...

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News: Apple manufacturing partner building new...

Apple manufacturing partner Wistron has secured the land to build a new assembly facility in the south Indian state of Karnataka, Reuters reports. The move could signal an expansion of Apple’s use of facilities in India to manufacture its products, as Wistron claims the facility will be used to create “smartphones, internet of things (IOT) products and bio-tech devices,” according to government filings. The new plant is expected…

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Fitbit intros iPhone-connected Versa smartwatch...

Fitbit on Tuesday launched two new devices -- the Versa, its second smartwatch, and the Ace, its first dedicated fitness tracker for children.

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Amazon's Alexa for businesses program will make...

We all know that Amazon is constantly looking for ways to grow and expand. That's why it really doesn't come as a surprise that Ina Fried at Axios is reporting that Amazon is getting into the business sector with Alexa. Alexa for Business will be aim...

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This magnetic dashboard phone mount is under $10...

If you’re someone who uses your phone in the car—and, honestly, who doesn’t?—a convenient way to keep it hands-free and at the ready is a magnetic mount. Right now, Amazon is offering a pretty solid deal for the...

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News: Ultimate Ears debut new waterproof Wonderboom...

Ultimate Ears has added the new waterproof Wonderboom speaker ($100) to its lineup. The round speaker provides 360-degree sound and can be immersed in water up to one meter for up to 30 minutes, so it can withstand the rigors of a sudden rain storm or outdoor pool party. It also floats, has a hanging loop (to make it easier to fish out of a pool if it’s knocked in) and is drop-proof to five feet. The company claims the speaker can last up to…

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James Corden’s Snapchat show premieres today

Last year, CBS announced that James Corden would be getting a Snapchat reality show and today, the first episode arrives. The premise of James Corden's Next James Corden is that the Late Late Show host is looking for his eventual successor, though he...

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∞ Eddy Cue on why NRA is allowed on Apple TV

[VIDEO] Short and compelling. Video embedded in main Loop post.

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Clipboard manager app Paste 2, the ‘cloud clipboard...

I’ve been using Paste on my Mac for quite a while, it’s one of the apps from my Setapp subscription I learned to rely on. My work often involves copying and pasting stuff, be it text, code snippets, URLs and even images, so having a centralized place to store all of my clipboard history is a nice thing to have.


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Google Assistant updated with support for iPad'...

Google has released an update to Google Assistant for iOS with support for iPad, optimizing the virtual assistant app originally designed for use on iPhones to work properly with the larger display of Apple's tablet range.

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Deals: Gazelle is knocking 10% off CPO MacBooks,...

Gazelle is offering shoppers an additional 10 percent off certified pre-owned MacBooks, MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros this week. Prices start at just $359 with a wide variety of models to choose from, including 2016 12-inch MacBooks and 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros. Inventory is limited and many models are expected to sell out.

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Homekit-compatible ecobee Switch+ smart light switch...

The long-awaited ecobee Switch+, a smart light switch that offers Siri HomeKit voice control via far-field voice technology, is coming at the end of March.

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Amazon's gold Kindle Oasis reminds everyone how...

The Kindle Oasis is a conspicuous display of wealth by its very nature (you have money to burn if you can spend $250 on an e-reader in 2018), but apparently Amazon didn't think it was ostentatious enough. The internet giant is taking US pre-orders fo...

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News: Apple updates MFi program with with specs for...

Apple has added specifications for USB-C ports and a Lightning to 3.5mm output cable to its Made for iPhone/iPad/iPod licensing program, 9to5Mac reports. The update will allow third-party accessory makers to include USB-C charging receptacles in certified iOS and Mac accessories. Accessory makers can also now create a Lightning to 3.5mm connector to allow iOS devices to be plugged directly into an auxiliary port. Previously users would be forced to…

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Adobe XD now lets you import Photoshop and Sketch...

There’s news in the Adobe world today with feature updates to XD, Illustrator CC, and InDesign CC out now. Adobe XD now lets designers easily work with Photoshop and Sketch assets and design files, and both Illustrator and InDesign have been refreshed.


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AmazonBasics power banks recalled over fire hazard...

AmazonBasics is great choice for everything from HDMI cables to coathangers and a whole lot more. Apparently "whole lot more" also extends to unintentional fire sources. The shopping juggernaut has recalled a half-dozen power banks sold between Decem...

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Google Assistant iOS app now offers native support...

If you prefer Google Assistant to Siri, the latest version of the app is available for iPad as well as iPhone …


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Apple, in addition to the highest U.S. market share among computer manufacturers, is also the most reliable brand, handily beating out a group of competitors that includes Samsung, Dell, and Lenovo.

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Rumor: Apple’s AirPower will arrive before the end...

DigiTimes Research claims Apple will release its AirPower wireless charger before the end of the month. The Sellers Research Firm (that’s me) thinks the odds are favorable this will happen.

The AirPower will be able to charge a Qi-compatible iPhone, an Apple Watch, and a pair of AirPods (in a special wireless charging case) at the same time regardless of where they're placed on the pad. AirPower hasn't been priced yet, but guesses have it costing anywhere from $150 - $200. 

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News: Apple orders animated series from ‘Bob’s...

Apple has added a comedy cartoon to its slate of upcoming TV programming, Variety reports. The show — called “Central Park” — comes from Loren Bouchard (creator of the hit series “Bob’s Burgers”) and has been given a two-season order. The musical comedy will be written by Bouchard, Josh Gad, and Nora Smith, and centers around a family of caretakers who live and work in Central Park. The show will also include Gad’s…

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∞ Siri, HomePod, and a bit of back and forth

One of my favorite habits is strolling downstairs in the morning, and asking Siri to play some music while I make coffee, do my morning routine.

Yesterday, I asked Siri to play one of my favorite albums, Keith Jarrett’s The Köln Concert. It’s a terrific morning album and, even though it came out back in 1975, it sounds terrific on HomePod. It’s all about the production.

The problem here is getting Siri to play this album. […]

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Rumor claims Apple at work on 11-inch iPad Pro, no...

Apple is allegedly working on an iPad Pro measuring around 11 inches, according to a Taiwanese report, which also quashed the idea of any imminent iPhone SE refresh.

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AirPower wireless charging mat for Apple Watch and...

Another publication has latched onto rumors that Apple will be launching its AirPower wireless charging mat in the next few weeks, with a report from DigiTimes about Taiwanese component shipment increases claiming the Apple-designed power accessory will arrive by the end of March.

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The mystery of crashing apps on iOS and Android

An examination of mobile app crashes between Apple's iOS and Google's Android once appeared to suggest that apps crash significantly more often on iOS compared to Android. However, developers and analysts offer some explanations of why this occurring. As is often the case, the story behind the numbers is more nuanced and complex than a trivial clickbait headline can deliver.

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News: Report says new iPad Pro could feature slim...

A new report from the Economic Daily News backs up previous rumors that Apple plans to release an updated pair of iPad Pro devices this June at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference. A source said the display will measure about 11”  — which could possibly just take the same footprint of the current 10.5” iPad Pro and shave down the bezels to create a slightly larger display. The 12.9” model is also expected…

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What we're buying: Philips OneBlade shaver

Men don't get much when it comes to the bathroom-gadget oeuvre, and Engadget usually deals in two kinds of them: established devices given a new twist, and extreme futuristic-use cases for the future of our bathroom -- typically aimed at women. Not s...

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The world’s very first iPod commercial

[VIDEO] Though the commercial is obviously dated (shown by aspect ratio, resolution, fashion, and tech), the sense of how deeply Apple gets music and its importance to people is clear.

Head over to the main Loop post to watch the ad.

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Get an exclusive collection of 10 Mac productivity...

StackSocial has curated a collection of ten top apps to help you get the most out of your Mac in 2018. Highlighted by BusyCal 3, HoudahSpot 4, and the toolbar app used at Google and Facebook, uBar 4, The 2018 Mac Essentials Bundle will give your Mac (and you) a productivity overhaul. Get it now for less than $2/app — it’s just $19.99 (Orig. $525). The 2018 Mac Essentials Bundle includes the following:

  1. BusyCal 3 ($49.99 Value) – Customize calendar views to meet your needs
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  3. HoudahSpot 4 ($29.00 Value) – Find just about any file (documents, photos, emails) on your Mac
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Fitbit’s latest smartwatch attempt borrows heavily...

Fitbit has announced a new $200 smartwatch which bears more than a passing resemblance to the Apple Watch in both appearance and feature-set. The Fitbit Versa is a lower-cost, redesigned version of the $300 Ionic that launched last year …


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Alexa-equipped ecobee Switch+ with HomeKit now...

After being teased last summer, ecobee has officially announced pricing and availability for its new Switch+ smart home accessory. Switch+ is available for pre-order starting today and ships on March 26 for $99 in the US and $119 in Canada. Like other smart light switches, Switch+ includes Alexa integration as well as HomeKit support for controlling lights  — but Switch+ takes integration with Amazon’s voice assistant a step further by building it in to the light switch.


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Here’s how you access the super creepy data Facebook...

Georges Abi-Heila, The Next Web:

Since 2010, Facebook allows you to download an archive file of all your interactions with the network. It’s a 5-click easy process that your grandmother can do (more details below).

Inside the .zip, lies an ‘index.html’ page that acts as a portal to your personal data. Visually, it looks like an ad-free stripped down version of Facebook that’s actually quite relaxing.

As I’m trying to reduce my exposure to social networks, I decided to take a look at this info.

Read Georges’ post for the details. Better yet, go get your archive from Facebook so you understand just how much Facebook never forgets a single thing you do.

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Apple Music hits 38 million paid subscribers


Apple Inc’s streaming music service now has 38 million paid subscribers, up from 36 million in February, the company said on Monday.


Apple’s number compares to 71 million premium subscribers at the end of 2017 at industry leader Spotify.


Amazon Music Unlimited has 16 million paying subscribers, and Pandora Media Inc has 5.48 million total subscribers.

Eddie Cue shared the Apple Music numbers on stage at South by Southwest in Austin.

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