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Saturday March 18

20:02
LeEco is reportedly selling the site for its Silicon...

Chinese tech giant LeEco might not get the chance to build the massive Silicon Valley HQ it wanted. According to Reuters, it's selling the 49-acre property a year after it bought the site from Yahoo and in the midst of serious financial issues. LeEco...

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18:33
ChronoSync 4.7.5

Fixes a couple of bugs related to the ChronoSync Scheduler. ($49.99 new, free update, 41.2 MB)

 

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18:28
Chrome quietly received a big 3D graphics boost

Did you recently notice a boost to 3D web graphics while using Chrome? It's not just you. Google has revealed that Chrome 56 and later releases support the WebGL 2.0 standard. You should see faster performance, new texture types and visual effects...

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16:58
Amazon can judge your daily outfit choices

Amazon has a new perk exclusively for Prime members. The latest version of the e-commerce titan's app comes with a feature called "Outfit Compare" under the "Programs and Features" section, where you'd usually find all its newest offerings. Since its...

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15:45
Roundup: Here’s everything we currently know about...

Apple’s iPad lineup doesn’t always get the attention it deserves. Often overshadowed by the iPhone 8 rumors is an all-new iPad family that we’re expecting to be announced at some point this year, likely sooner rather than later. Last weekend, we told you all about the new iPhone 8, but now it’s time to give the iPad the same treatment.

Read on for our full breakdown of 2017 iPad rumors…

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15:31
Marine Corps guidelines now ban online sexual...

The US Marine Corps has already started to crack down on soldiers sharing nude photos of women soldiers through internet groups, but it now has a better way of tackling this behavior. The military branch has published updated guidelines that explici...

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13:59
Tesla kills its relatively affordable 60kWh Model S...

After April 16th, 2017, people will no longer be able to buy the most affordable Tesla cars available today. The automaker has decided to stop offering the Model S 60 and 60D options to "simplify the ordering process," according to a newsletter it se...

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11:57
WikiLeaks won't share CIA exploits unless...

WikiLeaks offered to work with tech companies to patch the CIA's leaked security exploits, but there has been a whole lot of silence ever since. Why? That depends on who you ask. Motherboard sources claim that WikiLeaks "made demands" of the companie...

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11:37
∞ Bottlenose dolphins, Marlborough Sounds

I’ve seen dolphins do this off the bow and stern of a Canadian Navy warship when I was younger and it was an amazing thing to watch. They actually seemed to be enjoying pacing the ship and playing in the wake.

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10:38
Google Unveils Guetzli, Open Source JPEG Encoder, to...


Google on Thursday announced Guetzli, a new contribution to its evolving set of tools for the open source community. Guetzli is an encoder that allows JPEG files to be compressed as much as 35 percent, resulting in much faster Web page loading. "Guetzli," which means "cookie" in Swiss German, allows users to create smaller JPEG images while maintaining compatibility with existing Web browsers, image processing applications and the existing JPEG standard, noted Robert Obryk and Jyrki Alakuijala, software engineers at Google Research Europe.

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10:38
US releases secret footage of atom bomb tests

These videos are simultaneously fascinating, beautiful, and terrifying.

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10:28
'Super Mario Run' reaches Android on March...

Android users won't have to wait much longer to find out whether or not Super Mario Run has justified any of the hype. Nintendo has made good on its earlier promise and revealed that the Android edition of the touchscreen runner will arrive on March...

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09:46
Google reduces JPEG file size by 35%

Looks good so far. As a photographer, I’m always fighting the battle between file size and image quality. Anything that can help is a win.

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09:30
These scientists sent a rocket to Mars for less than...
09:27
Twitter rolling out updated profile design on iOS...

Over the past few days, Twitter has gradually started rolling out a new profile interface for its iOS app. While it’s unclear how many users currently have the new interface, it first started appearing earlier this week.

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09:00
Ethan Hawke shot most of his forthcoming biopic with...

Ethan Hawke's forthcoming biopic, Blaze, sees the actor make the move from center stage to the director's chair. The movie tells the story of the late country and western artist Blaze Foley, and is being filmed in almost entirely with DJI products. T...

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08:01
This week’s top stories: New iPad & iPhone 8...

In this week’s top stories: New iPad & iPhone 8 reports, iOS 10.3 betas, our Apple Watch feature requests, new apps and much more.

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07:42
Tim Cook talks benefits of globalization & user...

Following the announcement that Apple will be building two more research and development centers in China, CEO Tim Cook gave a speech at the China Development Forum. This year marked Cook’s first appearance at the event, which is sponsored by China’s central government.

In the hourlong speech, Cook touched on a variety of topics, including globalization and user privacy.

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07:14
Hands-on: Philips Hue Go – dynamic lighting anywhere...

After going hands-on with the Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus, I was eager to try out other products in the Hue lineup. The Philips Hue Go seemed particularly intriguing thanks to its battery-powered portability.

The Go is an ~$80 portable light, the size of a small cantaloupe that’s been sliced in half. The unit can be stay on for 3 hours thanks to its built-in rechargeable battery, but can also be powered via a wall outlet.

Although the Hue Go comes bundled with 7 lighting presets, it really shines when combined with the Philips Hue Bridge. The Bridge isn’t a requirement to use the Go, but it does allow you to tap into the full potential of the product.

Should you consider adding the Philips Hue Go to your lighting repertoire? Have a look at our video walkthrough for my hands-on impressions and overview....

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07:02
Become Tech Savvy: Sizing up a slow Mac and what you...

First time checking out this series? You’ll get the most value by starting at the beginning, however you can also use the series overview if you’d like to go buffet style.

Note for regular readers, the already tech savvy, and IT professionals: this series is designed as a resource you can share with those you are helping or for those looking to become tech savvy on their own.

How to size up a slow Mac and what to do next
Background, Expectations, & Best Practices

One of the best things about a Mac is that they often last a long time. While this is a great feature of a quality product, your Mac’s performance may also decrease the longer you own it. And even if you have a new or relatively new Mac you’ll likely find some value in the tips below.

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06:30
ICYMI: Tornado simulators and cranial cracking robo-...

Today on In Case You Missed It: Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are leveraging 20,000-core supercomputers to model the inner workings of supercells in hopes of finding out why some storms unleash tornadoes while others do not....

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06:00
Inside the Infinity Room, SXSW's trippy art...

South by Southwest isn’t just a tech show—it’s more of an ideas show, a place where technology comes together with art, music, and film in creative ways to bring these outside-the-box concepts to the people. 

Well, I guess in the case of the Infinity Room, the point is to bring people inside the box. The Infinity Room is an installation by mixed-media artist Refik Anadol that uses trippy audio and visuals to create an illusion of infinite time and space. The room is a completely closed-off box with projectors on each of the four walls, and mirrors on both the floor and ceiling that make the space feel much bigger than it actually is. Looking down was a little freaky—it looked like I was suspended in midair. 

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05:15
Hands On: Google Calendar on iOS continues the trend...




Google Calendar could be better designed but it's hard to beat on features. AppleInsider investigates how well Google's calendar integrates with Apple's own.

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05:00
The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Letter from the Editor

If you can define a year before it's halfway over, 2017 may well be the year of blurred lines. No, not the 2013 Robin Thicke song, but the lines that separate reality from fantasy. This week started off with White House offici...

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05:00
Visa's payment-enabled sunglasses are ready for...

Tap-to-pay terminals make it easy for you to pay for things with your smartphone (hey, Apple Pay!), so in theory, you can use them to pay with anything that can support an NFC chip. 

That’s what Visa was illustrating at South by Southwest through their latest payment-enabled accessory prototype: a pair of sunglasses. The sunglasses had a small NFC chip embedded on the side, which was linked to a pre-paid card, and you could use the glasses to pay for stuff wherever tap-to-pay was accepted. When demoing the glasses, it worked seamlessly—even quicker than Apple Pay, since I didn’t need to wait for the terminal to accept my fingerprint scan.

The glasses are just a prototype, and part of an ongoing push from Visa to show just how easy this technology can be to implement. The sunglasses will be used by athletes during the World Surf League in Australia this March, and last summer, Visa issued...

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05:00
AR/VR headset market expected to grow at a compound...

Who knows if Apple will ever release an augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR headset, although there have been patents for (what I’ve dubbed) “iGlasses. However, new device launches, an expanding array of content for both consumer and enterprise users, and lower price points will propel the worldwide augmented and virtual reality headset device market at a breakneck pace, says the IDC research group. 

According to data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Augmented and Virtual Reality Headset Tracker, total headset device shipments will reach 99.4 million units in 2021, up nearly 10-fold from the 10.1 million units shipped in 2016. This results in a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 58%...

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04:30
Apple granted another patent involving facial...

Apple has been granted another patent (number 20170076077) involving facial recognition. This one is dubbed “locking and unlocking a mobile device using facial recognition.”

If it ever becomes reality, your iPhone and iPad could be unlocked when their camera recognized your mug. Per the patent, an unlocked mobile device is configured to capture images, analyze the images to detect a user's face, and automatically lock the device in response to determining that a user's face doesn’t appear in the images. The camera capturing and face recognition processing may be triggered by the device having detected that it has been motionless for a threshold period of time. 

In another embodiment, a locked mobile device is configured to capture an initial image using its camera, capture a new image in response to detecting movement of the device, determine that the device moved to a use position, capture a subsequent image in response to determining that the device moved to a use...

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04:00
Fantag taps former Apple exec John Stone as COO

Fantag, a company that specializes in mobile video technology, has hired John Stone as its chief operating officer (COO). Among his many posts in the tech world, he served as a vice president at Apple, reporting directly to CEO Tim Cook, after the company acquired PowerSchool, a startup Stone co-founded in 1999 and which today serves 100 million users in 70 countries. 

At Fantag, John will help operationalize the company's business development activity and position Fantag for future strategic partnerships, according to Brian Dombrowski, founder and CEO at Fantag. 

Fantag's mobile video platform -- currently in beta and going live later this year -- enables spectators at live events to capture and share moments with a tap on their phone, and without having to actually record the video themselves. The company, which formally launched in Sacramento in early 2017.

While at Bain & Company, Stone consulted Nike...

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03:23
UberEats and Volvo think riders might want a...

Tokyo might be known for its plethora of restaurants, but the beleaguered UberEats service and Volvo have put a brand new one in the backseat of a moving SUV. A partnership between the Swedish automaker, Uber and Iron Chef Yukio Hattori called the "A...

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03:00
The Week in Apple News and Rumors: iPad Pro rumors,...

Apple headlines for the week ending Mar. 17, 2017

Image by Apple

The rumor mill is working overtime, with renders of iPhones everywhere (a curved screen or no curved screen?), grumblings of the sequel to the iPad Pro, and even an new Apple TV sighting. There were a few actual news items, though. Check out the Apple-related headlines in this week’s roundup. Just click on the link to get more information.

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03:00
Meet SwapBots, an augmented-reality toy that pairs...

With so many kid-friendly games, apps, and programs these days, it can be hard for parents to pry their kids away from the screen—but not all screen time has to be passive. 

SwapBots is a new line of physical toys that spring to life when paired with a smartphone or tablet, thanks to augmented reality. The toy itself is made up of various blocks that you stack up, three pieces high, to make a character—pick between different feet, torsos, and heads. The blocks are lightweight, and are easier to stack than your standard Lego bricks.

SwapBots

Once your bot is ready to roll, the app will walk you through the pairing process, which only takes seconds and involves holding the toy up in front of the camera. Once activated, your character...

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Friday March 17

23:55
AccuWeather now lets you look at the forecast in...

Checking the weather report is usually a colorless, simple experience -- a glance at an app to see the five day forecast or check the news for any major storms or events. If you have a Samsung Gear VR device, however, your daily forecast could soon b...

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23:14
Apple CEO Tim Cook says globalization is 'great...




Apple CEO Tim Cook offered remarks on globalization, cybersecurity, encryption, international relations and more during a rare public appearance in China, part of the executive's attempts to woo Chinese consumers.

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21:44
This week on AI: Apple's not-so-curved '...




This week we learned that Apple's "iPhone 8" may have a curved OLED screen, but not as curved as some were anticipating. Future iPads also made the news, along with possible signs that Apple is already testing a 4K Apple TV running "tvOS 11."

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20:29
Lily Drone team says it has no timeframe for issuing...

When Lily Robotics announced that its self-flying, follow-along camera drone wouldn't be produced, it promised to refund $34 million in pre-orders back to its customers. That's still the plan, but according to a new refund request form, the company i...

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18:57
Supercomputer simulation looks inside of 2011's...

In may of 2011, a sequence of tornadoes roared across the midwestern United States. The incident became a focal point for scientists eager to learn what it is about supercell storms that allow them to form such devastating tornados. It's an important...

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18:14
Happy Hour Podcast 111 | Apple event hype, iPad...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss how LG’s reengineered 5K display “just works”, Apple’s iPad Pro ads on the web, Apple hiring security expert Jonathan Zdziarski, iPad floating and split keyboards, KGI on the iPhone 8 beating Samsung, plenty of Apple event and iPad rumors, a pricey drone app, HomeKit updates, the potential for third-party Apple Watch faces, and more. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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18:08
Germany plans to squeeze hydroelectric power out of...

As coal energy falls out of favor in much of the world, one defunct mine in the heart of Germany's coal country is preparing for a new life as a sustainable power plant. As Bloomberg reports, the Prosper-Haniel mine in the state of North-Rhine Westph...

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17:28
Corporate brands, UK government pull ads from Google...




A series of major brands have pulled ads from Google's YouTube following reports that their ads are being shown next to terrorist, hate group and other offensive or controversial videos.

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17:06
DARPA has laid the groundwork for thought-powered...

New research from the government's mad science wing, DARPA, could make life an awful lot easier for people who use prosthetic limbs. You see, DAPRA has devised what it calls the "Atomic Magnetometer for Biological Imaging in Earth's Native Terrain."...

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15:23
You can now buy AppleCare+ for an iPhone up to a...

If you buy an iPhone you now have up to one year to purchase AppleCare+ for the device, compared to 60 days previously, according to MacRumors. This means you can now add AppleCare+ to an Apple smartphone as long as it remains within its standard one-year limited warranty period. 

This brings AppleCare+ for iPhone in line with AppleCare for Mac and Apple TV, which can also be purchased up to one year after those devices are purchased. Alas, this only applies to the iPhone, not the iPad, iPod touch, and Apple Watch, for which the time limit remains 60 days for customers looking to add AppleCare+ after the fact, notes MacRumors. The change is retroactive, so iPhones sold within the past year qualify for AppleCare+ now.

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14:50
FCC: Your cybersecurity isn't our problem

The new FCC chairman hasn't wasted any time getting down to business. That is, the business of burning consumer privacy and security to the ground.

New Trump appointee FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has suspended the agency's consumer data privacy rules inde...

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14:35
Sony's virtual reality suit is why people go to...

Sony isn’t exactly the coolest name in technology, which is why we were surprised to see the company set up shop directly across the street from the Austin Convention Center at South by Southwest.

Stepping inside Sony’s makeshift Wow Factory was like seeing into a future where virtual and augmented reality are full-body experiences not necessarily tied to a clunky headset or a phone. And while none of these technologies are ready to buy, Sony’s ambitious set-up was seriously impressive.

We’re not sure there’s a big market for the Synesthesia Suit, but this virtual reality experience is a trip. The suit has 26 actuators that vibrate all over your body once you’re buckled in—which takes some time—and slip on a PlayStation VR headset. The Rez Infinite demo we tried was wild, to say the least. Instead of simply hearing the music’s bass through the TV or a pair of headphones, the suit radiates sensation throughout your body, from your arms to your ankles...

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14:08
Apple extends AppleCare+ purchase window from 60...

Although Apple’s information page for AppleCare+ hasn’t been updated yet, it is now possible to add the AppleCare+ extended coverage to iPhones within a year window, instead of the previous 60 day limit.

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14:07
Apple paid Chance the Rapper $500,000 for a two-week...

It's tough for streaming music services to stand out. Cosmetic differences aside, all of them offer virtually the same thing. Each major platform has the songs listeners want, for the most part. One method that services are using to stand out is excl...

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14:03
Apple extends AppleCare+ purchase deadline to one...




According to a recent report, Apple appears to be bringing its AppleCare+ plan for iPhone more in line with offerings for the Mac and Apple TV, and looks to be allowing users to purchase the plan up to a year after initial device purchase.

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13:45
Notable apps and app updates for March 17, 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

Prolific Apps has introduced Stock Ranker 1.0. It combines the power of raw data and analytics to compare and rank companies specifically against their industry peers. Investors can instantly compare stocks in the same industry group by analyzing metrics most commonly recommended by investment advisors. 

Stock Ranker 1.0 is is based on Apple's Auto-Renewable Subscriptions model and is on sale for the month of March at a price of $1.99 per three-month subscription. It regularly sells for $2.99 per three-month subscription. A five-day free trial is provided.

AppVant Garde Studios has launched...

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13:37
FBI apprehends troll for seizure-inducing Twitter...

The perpetrator who tweeted a seizure-inducing image to a journalist has been apprehended by the FBI. In December a troll sent Vanity Fair and Newsweek writer Kurt Eichenwald, who is epileptic, a flashing, auto-playing image. Earlier this morning, Ei...

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13:29
News: Apple extends AppleCare+ purchase timeframe to...

Apple has extended the amount of time that customers can purchase AppleCare+ after buying a new iPhone to one year, according to a new report by MacRumors. Previously, customers purchasing a new iPhone had up to 60 days to decide whether or not to purchase Apple’s AppleCare+ protection plan, which increases the covered iPhone’s warranty coverage and telephone support to two years from the date of the device’s purchase and provides…

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13:07
Infrared light could someday deliver super-fast WiFi

WiFi has become essential to our everyday lives, which is why slow speeds piss us all off. Luckily, a PhD student in the Netherlands has come up with a potentially groundbreaking idea: using infrared rays to carry wireless data to your laptop or smar...

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13:05
Winclone 6: The best way to Migrate and Backup your...

My thanks to Twocanoes Software for sponsoring The Loop with Winclone 6 this week.

Winclone is the award-winning Mac app used to backup, clone, restore, and migrate Windows installed on your Boot Camp partition. Winclone 6 adds in a bunch of new features, including full compatibility with the new MacBooks and MacBook Pros, ability to mount your Boot Camp partition as a writable volume, a fresh new look and much more.

Get 50% off all editions of Winclone 6 this week with coupon code THELOOP

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13:00
AWT News Update: March 17, 2017

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Happy St. Patrick's Day. Today we look at ways that Apple is planning on staying "in the green" by expanding sales in two of the planet's most populous countries:

  • Apple will restart sales of iPhones in Indonesia in about two weeks following promises to build an R&D center in Jakarta
  • Over 100 small franchised Apple Authorized Retailer locations are expected to open in India 

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12:51
Gear: Just Mobile Headstand Avant

Now that the Apple TV directly supports Bluetooth headphones, the only thing you may be missing is somewhere to keep your higher-end cans when you’re not actually sitting in front of the big screen listening to your favourite shows or beats. If this is the case, then Just Mobile has you covered with its new HeadStand Avant. It’s a sleek aluminum stand, precision engineered in the way that Just Mobile has become famous for.

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12:47
Google somehow made Apple’s Live Photos better, with...

We were already fans of Google’s Motion Stills app for iOS, which makes it easier to share Live Photos you shoot on your iPhone 6s or 7.

Shooting, editing, and sharing Live Photos is easier with a Google Motion Stills update rolling out today (which begs the question of why Apple doesn’t offer these tools itself, but aaaaanyway). The marquee feature in this update allows you to choose a new main frame for your Live Photo and then export it back to your Camera Roll. If the default still doesn’t show off your moving image at its best, you can use the Motion Stills new slider tool to examine the Live Photo frame-by-frame and choose a new one.

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12:38
Owners of bricked G4 and V10 phones sue LG

It's been years since LG's G4 and V10 smartphones launched, but the people burned by a flaw that made those devices non-functional haven't forgotten. Four G4 and V10 owners filed a class-action lawsuit against LG earlier this week, alleging that the...

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12:30
How to use Google's Motion Stills app to be...




Google this week updated its Motion Stills app -- which stabilizes Apple's Live Photos, and enables quick creation of GIFs and short movies -- with support for exporting back to the Live Photos format. Here's how to do that and use the app in general.

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12:22
Apple Music recruits new student ‘ambassadors’

Apple Music is trying out influencer marketing.

According to 9to5Mac, Apple Music has created an “Ambassador” program in hopes of promoting the streaming service to young people in the U.K. The Apple Music Ambassadors are college students with an online following who have been recruited to tweet on behalf of the service in exchange for an extension of the free three-month membership and other undisclosed perks. It’s unclear whether Apple will expand this program to other countries, or if it will focus on other demographics beyond college students.

Apple Music Ambassadors are currently encouraging fellow students to activate their free three-month membership to Apple Music. The ambassadors will be expected to tweet three times throughout the campaign, according to the welcome email published on 9to5Mac. In addition, each ambassador has been given a unique affiliate link to track how...

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12:13
LG sweetens its G6 deal with a free TV

LG wants you to take a look at its upcoming G6 smartphone so badly that it's partnered with Sprint and Verizon to offer a fairly ridiculous deal. When you pre-order the G6, each carrier will give you a free big screen TV. That's in addition to the fr...

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12:00
The Week in iOS Apps: Can an app be your friend?...

No new friends

Image by Rob Schultz/Macworld

This week’s roundup includes a couple of artificial intelligence offerings—including an app that says it loves you. Think that’s weird? Read on.

Replika

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11:55
Chance the Rapper declares Apple paid $500K for...




After some criticism about the artist's integrity and independence, Chance the Rapper made a series of tweets and revealed some of the only solid information about what Apple pays for exclusive releases on Apple Music.

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11:49
Focus is key to blending virtual objects with the...

You might remember Avegant for its unusual take on the video headset. The Glyph looked like (and doubled up as) headphone cans but worked pretty well. We called it "a wearable cinema for serious movie fans." Now, the startup is taking on a bigger cha...

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11:44
Chance the Rapper shares how much he made from...

Much has been made about Apple’s efforts to obtain exclusive access to albums from select artists for Apple Music. Thus far, Apple Music has offered albums from artists like Drake, Chance the Rapper, Frank Ocean, and others ahead of other streaming platforms.

In a series of tweets this afternoon, Chance the Rapper offered up more details as to how his partnership with Apple came to be…

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11:33
'iPhone 8' could herald start of Apple...




Computer simulations, and the means to visualize them, could be in the palm of your hand in new and potentially revolutionary ways later this year, if rumors about Apple's forthcoming "iPhone 8" bear fruit.

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11:23
The internet picked a T. rex as one of the new...

Tasking the internet to pick something for you can go horribly awry. Just ask Boaty McBoatface. When board-game maker Hasbro asked for suggestions to update the Monopoly game pieces, it likely didn't expect that the hivemind would pick a trio of, wel...

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11:19
Indonesian iPhone sales to resume on March 31 after...




Apple is on track to resume iPhone sales in Indonesia toward the end of the month, a report said on Friday, following a roughly two-year period during which sourcing requirements kept the device off the local market.

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11:18
Here’s how Apple Watch killed Samsung’s first...

The Apple Watch has notably caused smartwatch efforts by other companies to fail, and a new profile from Fast Company details the impact Apple had on Samsung’s efforts in the category. The report explains that it all started back in 2011, when it was first rumored that Apple had an interest in developing a smartwatch.

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11:08
Everyone is falling for this frighteningly effective...

No, “everyone” isn’t but it is (unfortunately) a very clever phishing scam that can catch the unwary off guard. It also points out the effectiveness of two-factor authentication and password managers like 1Password. They wouldn’t load your password on the phishing site because the fake site URL wouldn’t match the real one in 1Password.

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11:06
Netflix plans to drop star ratings in favor of like/...

Netflix plans to soon change its current review system from traditional 1-5 star ratings to instead only allow users to like or dislike a film or TV show, but is it the right move?

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11:00
OK, Google: Don't put ads in the Google...

Given how genuinely useful so many of its products are, I sometimes forget that Google is, above all else, an advertising company. The vast majority of Google's money comes from ads, and it has made a business out of finding ways to integrate them in...

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10:53
Apple plans retail expansion in India with over 100...




Apple is planning to grow its presence in India over the next year by expanding the number of Apple Authorized Reseller locations, with the addition of over 100 small stores believed to be a six-fold increase in the number of outlets already in operation in the country.

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10:48
ABC News’ app adds support for multi-stream viewing...

For a news junkie like me, this would be incredibly cool but only if I could choose different news sources. Alas, that’s not yet possible.

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10:45
Crafty Phishing Technique Can Trick Even Tech-Savvy...


Gmail users recently have been targeted by a sophisticated series of phishing attacks that use emails from a known contact whose account has been compromised. The emails contain an image of an attachment that appears to be legitimate, according to Wordfence. The sophisticated attack displays "accounts.gmail.com" in the browser's location bar and leads users to what appears to be a legitimate Google sign-in page where they are prompted to supply their credentials, which then become compromised.

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10:43
9to5Rewards: Soundcast VG1 Waterproof Bluetooth...

This week’s 9to5Rewards partner is Soundcast and its VG1 waterproof Bluetooth speaker we recently reviewed

The company has two of its new VG1 waterproof Bluetooth speakers (Normally $149) to give away to 9to5Mac and 9to5Google readers this week. 

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10:41
A news app aims to burst filter bubbles by nudging...

One of the dangers of the ability to personalize everything on the internet is that we sequester ourselves in walled gardens. We get information that is not only tailored to our wants and needs but also actively blocks out and ignores even slightly “dissenting” opinion. This app can help combat that.

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10:35
Amazon nabs 'Moonlight' streaming exclusive

Competition between Amazon Prime Video and Netflix remains fierce. At the moment, both streaming platforms are doing whatever they can to gain an edge. Netflix is scooping up premium content like Dave Chappelle stand-up specials and an unfinished Ors...

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10:26
How Bumble is becoming the connection queen of the...

When Whitney Wolfe founded Bumble, the popular swipe-based dating app where women make the first move, she wasn’t out to start a dating app revolution—she just wanted to create a way to bring accountability to the online dating realm. But the app’s major boom has shown that the dating space needed a different approach.

Now, as the company is in its second year, Bumble is expanding the platform to allow different kinds of connections instead of just romantic ones. Wolfe outlined plans for the app’s future at South by Southwest, including many new features that are just around the corner.

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09:47
External Link: Google Home Caught Sneaking Ads into...

File this one under the “That’s just wrong” category. Google Home, the search giant’s smart speaker, has been caught slipping ads for the new “Beauty and the Beast” movie into its virtual assistant responses. On Twitter, user Bryson Meunier posted a video showing Google Home promoting the movie when he asked what his day was going to be like. Google insists that it wasn’t an ad, but a way to call out “timely content.” It seems as though the ads have stopped running — we strongly hope the backlash has quelled similar future experimentation on Google’s part. Smart speakers and virtual assistants are stupid enough as it stands; they won’t succeed if they’re both clueless and venal.

 

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09:46
Germany to use voice recognition to identify refugee...

Germany will soon use voice recognition tech to help figure out exactly where refugees came from, according to Die Welt. Though the number of asylum seekers coming to the nation in 2016 dropped significantly to 280,000 from 890,000 in 2015, there was...

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09:44
Nine Accessories for Charging Apple Devices

Keeping your personal collection of Apple devices charged can be a pain in the posterior, but a host of third-party accessories makes this chore more convenient. Some even solve several charging problems at once. Julio Ojeda-Zapata took a variety of these accessories for a spin.

 

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09:39
∞ St. Patrick’s Day myths and legends

Did you know St. Patrick was “Roman”, not Irish? Or that there’s no such thing as a “Shamrock”? Do you know the Irish (and many of the rest of us) wear green today? Well, prepare to be better informed.

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09:30
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09:21
The week that was at SXSW 2017

As much as Team Engadget loves Austin, it's time for us to say goodbye to SXSW. This week, we saw some of the latest things happening in tech, art, film and music -- oh, and we also ate a ridiculous amount of BBQ, because that's what you do in Texas....

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09:12
Apple resuming iPhone sales in Indonesia after $44M...

Apple is set to resume iPhone sales in Indonesia in just two weeks, according to a report from KompasTekno. Apple previously sold iPhones in the highly populated country, but sales halted a couple of years ago due to new local requirements.

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09:00
The best powerline networking kit

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08:38
ABC News now lets you stream up to four live video...

If you’re a news junkie and want to watch multiple live feeds at the same time, the latest ABC News update has a feature for you. ABC News now lets you watch as many as four live news streams simultaneously from its app. The new feature even works on Apple TV.

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08:30
Apple celebrating indie games this week and in the...

Visiting the iOS App Store this week was a joy for fans of indie games, those created by small-time developers who don't have the millions to invest in advertising campaigns and marketing blitzes. During the week, Apple highlighted indie games in a "Celebrating Indie Games" section, including wonderful games from independent developers such as Monument Valley (one of my personal favorites), the hilariously gory Surgeon Simulator, and the beautiful puzzler Prune. It appears that the focus on indie game developers is set become a permanent fixture on the App Store.

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08:21
Fix your frayed Apple MagSafe or Lightning cables...




Apple's MagSafe and Lightning cables are notorious for fraying under heavy use. If you want to repair your cable, rather than purchase a replacement, Sugru Moldable Glue could be the solution you've been seeking.

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08:01
Apple adds permanent 'Indie Games' page to...




Apple will continue to highlight independently-produced games in the iOS App Store, with a new permanent 'Indie Games' collection accessible within the store, following after a 12-day promotion used to 'celebrate' the work of smaller game development studios.

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07:11
Netflix is dropping star ratings for a simple thumbs...

Netflix is giving up on five-star ratings for movies and TV shows to go with a simple thumbs up or thumbs down rating.

The new ratings feature is expected to roll out in the coming weeks, the company recently told a group of journalists, as reported by Variety. Any Netflix star ratings you’ve already given will still be used behind the scenes to inform your personalized recommendations. Up front, however, it’ll be all thumbs.

Netflix figures it can get a better response from users via a simple thumbs up or thumbs down choice. In its small scale tests during 2016, subscriber ratings engagements were 200 percent higher for thumbs over stars.

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06:53
Philips expands iOS-connected Hue smart bulbs with...




More than 80 percent of light fittings found in common households are now supported by Philips Hue connected lighting, thanks to the launch of new E14 candle/chandelier-sized sockets, in both multi-color and white ambiance versions.

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06:45
News: Apple announces two more R&D centers in...

Apple has formally announced plans to expand its research and development centres in China, bringing the company’s total investment in R&D in the country to more than 3.5 billion yuan (~$500m). The two new centres announced today in Shanghai and Suzhou will join the centres in Beijing and Shenzhen that Apple announced last summer and last fall, respectively....

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06:29
Philips Hue range being extended to E14 ‘candle’...

Philips has announced that it is extending its range of Hue bulbs, adding an E14/B39 ‘candle’ bulb to fit smaller lamps. This will be added to the E26/A19, bayonet and GU10 fittings.

The new bulbs will be available in both white and color versions, as with the existing range, and will hit Europe in April, reaching the U.S. ‘later this year.’

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06:29
Apple launches Apple Music ‘Ambassador’ campaign

As noted by 9to5Mac, Apple has launched an Apple Music “Ambassador” marketing campaign, recruiting students and offering them perks in exchange for promoting its music streaming service and recruiting others in a “Music For Every Minute” promo.

The new effort targets college students specifically and is run by so-called “Apple Music Ambassadors” on Twitter via a third-party marketing company called Social Chain that Apple has apparently hired. Student Ambassadors will share links to Apple Music content on Twitter and be given three months of free Apple Music and “various other perks based on the number of users they recruit,” according to 9to5Mac. Apple Music’s new Ambassador program seems to be limited (for now) to students attending...

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06:14
Patent trollin’: Sovereign Software sues Apple

Soverain Software, a “patent troll,” has filed a complaint against Apple in the Eastern District Court of Texas for alleged infringement of IP relating to Internet-based services. The company claims Apple infringes its data extraction and network management patent portfolio. 

Soverain says it has suffered “monetary damages, and seeks recovery in an amount adequate to compensate for Apple’s infringement, but in no event less than a reasonable royalty for the use made of the invention by Apple together with interest and costs as fixed by the Court.”

A “patent troll” is an individual or an organization that purchases and holds patents for unscrupulous purposes such as stifling competition or launching patent infringement suits. In legal terms, a patent troll is a type of non-practicing entity: someone who holds...

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06:11
Apple Music Ambassador program enlists student...

Apple this week has started a new Apple Music “Ambassador” marketing campaign for its streaming platform, quietly recruiting students and giving them perks in exchange for promoting the service and recruiting others. The new effort targets college students specifically, making them so-called official “Apple Music Ambassadors” on Twitter to promote the service. The program is being run via a third-party marketing company called Social Chain that it appears Apple has hired (Social Chain lists Apple alongside other high-profile clients on its website).

While some specific information is unclear, these Student Ambassadors will share links to Apple Music content on Twitter and be rewarded with 3 months of free Apple Music and various other perks based on the number of users they recruit…

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06:05
Apple shares hit an all-time high

Apple shares hit a record closing high in Nasdaq trading Thursday, reaching $140.69. That beats the company’s previous all-time closing high of $140.46 — which was accomplished earlier this week.

What’s more, a new all-time intraday high of $141.02 was set by Apple yesterday, topping the previous record of $140.75 on March 15. Stocks re-opened today at $140.72. Apple now has a market value of about $738 billion. 

Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty has raised her stock price forecast for Apple from $150 to $154, citing potential strong sales in China when Apple debuts the “iPhone 8” this year. She raised her overall fiscal year 2018 estimates for iPhone sales to 260 million and Apple’s earnings per share to $11.

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06:00
Mrs. Porter’s 2nd grade class survey

This is just too cute for words.

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: iOS Online Courses, Lifetime All...

In our iLounge Deal for today, we’re offering a Lifetime All Access Pass to iOS Online Courses for only $69 — that’s 95% off the regular price. iOS Online Courses is a leading provider of top-notch instruction in iOS game and app development, and with a lifetime pass to their course materials, you’ll always ensure that you’re at the leading edge of the curve in the Apple development world. The library of tutorials is continually…

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06:00
Back by popular demand: 3-pack of 10-ft MFi-...

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

These cables have been extremely popular for several reasons:

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

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

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05:59
Apple plans two new R&D centers in China

Apple has announced plans to set up two new R&D centers in China. The hubs will be located in Shanghai and Suzhou, following previous plans to open two centers in Beijing and Shenzhen.

Apple has committed to invest more than 3.5B yuan (approximately $507.1 million) in Chinese research. CEO Tim Cook said the company is keen to attract talented software developers in the cities.

Beijing’s R&D center — expected to be completed this year — has a registered capital of approximately $14.994 million and will hire a total of 500 employees.  It will be located in the Zhongguancun Science Park, a technology hub in the Haidian District of Beijing, China. Apple has R&D centers in a number of countries, including France, Israel, Japan, Sweden and the UK. 

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