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Wednesday June 14

04:30
How to change the default printer in macOS Sierra

In macOS Sierra, there’s a default printer. It’s the one selected when the Print dialog opens. However, it’s easy to change the default printer — or change a printer’s name.

To change your default printer

  • Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Printers & Scanners.
  • Click the “Default printer” pop-up menu, then choose an option.
  • If you want the same printer to always be the default printer, choose that printer. The default printer doesn’t change even after you print to a different printer.

If you want the default printer to be the one you printed to last, choose Last Printer Used. Your Mac remembers the printer you used last at your current network location. For example, the printer you used last might change depending on whether you’re at home or at work.

To quickly select a default printer, Control-click a printer in the Printers list of the Printers & Scanners pane, then choose “Set default printer”...

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04:15
Investors bet $1.3B against AAPL as stock declines 6...

While the recent fall in Apple’s share price comes in the context of tech stocks in general taking a hit, the latest data suggests that investors are more pessimistic about AAPL specifically.

Data compiled by S3 Partners shows that ‘short interest’ in the stock – investors staking money on Apple’s share price falling – has climbed by $1.3B in the past month. This makes Apple the third most shorted company after Tesla and Alibaba …

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for June 14, 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.

macOS Apps/Updates

CleverFiles has acquired Pandora Recovery, file recovery software on the Internet, and reduced it Disk Drill. It supports recovery of all types of data and file formats, and is a solution for photo, video and document recovery.

Disk Drill — available for macOS and Windows — runs on any file system and even on formatted drives, according to the folks at CleverFiles. The company is offering a limited time discount for users who wish to upgrade to Disk Drill Pro or Enterprise.

Tagtraum Industries has announced beaTunes 5, a new version of their music library management tool...

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03:00
Why QR codes are important to iOS 11 and China

Why on earth would you want to use your iPhone’s camera to scan a two-dimensional block-and-dot code? How could this possibly have a benefit worth the trouble? Why would Apple have any interest in building this in as an automatic feature within its Camera app?

Ask folks in China—and Japan, where advertisers, handset makers, and cell carriers pioneered 2D codes over 15 years ago. Apple says its listening to the Chinese market in adding 2D code scanning, but the benefits will be there for users worldwide.

Apple’s addition to iOS 11 will let you open URLs, add contacts, and even join Wi-Fi networks with just the Camera app plus a tap to confirm. While it’s common to ridicule QR codes, that was because of pure inconvenience. With ease, will usage grow?

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Tuesday June 13

21:07
Pages 6.2, Numbers 4.2, and Keynote 7.2 for Mac

All three iWork apps add the capability to reply to comments and a library of over 500 professionally drawn shapes. (Free, various sizes)

 

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20:59
iPad Pro Review Roundup

Federico Viticci, MacStories, “The 10.5-inch iPad Pro: Future-Proof”:

A good way to think about the iPad’s new display with ProMotion
is not the difference between low-res and Retina screens, but
the jump from 30fps to 60fps. You see more of every animation.
Text is more legible when you scroll and doesn’t judder. It’s
hard to explain and it has to be seen and experienced to be
fully understood. Every scroll, page transition, and app launch
animation on the 10.5″ iPad Pro is absurdly smooth to the point
of feeling unrealistic at first — hence the common reaction
that something doesn’t quite compute. But as you spend some time
with the new iPad and start using it on a daily basis, its
display becomes normal and you wish that other Apple displays
were the same.

I’m not even a week into my tests with the 10.5″ iPad...

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19:12
Consumer Reports: Galaxy S8 bests iPhone 7 despite ‘...

Consumer Reports today is out with its latest smartphone ratings, highlighting recent releases from Samsung. The iPhone 7 is also in the mix, even though it’s nearing 9 months on the market at this point.

Given the iPhone 7’s age, it shouldn’t come as too big of a surprise that it was beat out by newer flagship devices from Samsung and LG…

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18:46
Watch: 2017 12" MacBook with Intel Kaby Lake vs...




As part of last week's MacBook refresh, Apple released an upgraded version of the 12-inch MacBook with Retina display, incorporating Intel's latest Kaby Lake processors, faster SSDs and minor aesthetic improvements. AppleInsider pits the new version against its 2015 predecessor in this video.

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18:38
Comparison: Here’s how Apple’s current Mac lineup...

In a somewhat surprising move, Apple this year overhauled much of its Mac lineup with new options, improved performance, and in some cases, price cuts at WWDC. Given that the event was so full of new information, however, many changes got glossed over.

Below, we do a full breakdown of Apple’s current Mac lineup in terms of price, specs, and upgrade options…

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17:05
Play Store Downloads Show Google Pixel Sales Limited...

While Google has yet to release official sales numbers for its flagship Google Pixel smartphone, a Play Store app may shed some light on roughly how many units are in circulation. The Pixel Launcher, which is installed by default on the Pixel and Pixel XL, just crossed into the "1,000,000-5,000,000" install tier, leading us to assume that Google has finally sold 1,000,000 Google Pixel units. Ars Technica notes that "the Pixel is seen as Google's answer to the iPhone, but considering Apple sells 40 to 50 million iPhones in a quarter, Google has some catching up to do." From the report: This calculation is complicated by the fact that Google Play doesn't show exact install numbers; it shows installs in "tiers" like "100,000-500,000." So most of the time, we won't have an exact Pixel sales number -- except when the Pixel Launcher crosses from one download tier to another. So guess what just happened? The Pixel Launcher just crossed into the "1,000,000-5,000,000" install tier (you can...

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16:52
'Duck Season' on HTC Vive revives the NES...

Duck Season brings back the classic NES light gun that holds a special place in any Duck Hunt fan's heart -- but with a dark VR twist. Duck Season is heading to the HTC Vive "very soon," complete with an updated version of the NES blaster, turned int...

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16:18
Review: Apple's new 12" MacBook boasts...




Apple last week refreshed its MacBook lineup with processor upgrades and minor aesthetic tweaks, with the 12-inch MacBook benefiting from new Intel silicon and faster SSDs. Are the changes enough to prompt existing owners to upgrade? Find out in AppleInsider's video review.

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16:18
Amazon offers cash back for keeping your gift card...

Amazon knows how to keep you topping up your gift card balance: offer a little money in return. It's introducing a Prime Reload perk that gives American shoppers 2 percent cash back whenever they reload their balance using a debit card. That's not...

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16:03
Senators reveal plans for national self-driving car...

The American transportation industry has been calling for national rules governing self-driving cars, and it looks like it might get its wish. Senators Bill Nelson, Gary Peters and John Thune have unveiled the principles they'll use to craft legislat...

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15:44
First look: Apple launches iPad Pro in new 10.5...




Just over a week after Apple took the wraps off of its new 10.5-inch iPad Pro, the new premium touchscreen tablet is now available and finding its way into the hands of consumers. AppleInsider offers a first look at Apple's new 10.5-inch iPad Pro.

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15:41
Relive 'Tron' disc battles when '...

Have you wanted to relive Tron's light disc battles through CCP Games' Sparc (aka Project Arena)? You're about to get your chance... although you may have to switch platforms to get it soon. CCP has revealed that Sparc will launch in the third quarte...

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15:40
∞ The Dalrymple Report: With guests John Gruber,...

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15:40
Apple Mac Computers Are Being Targeted By Ransomware...

If you are a Mac user, you should be aware of new variants of malware that have been created specifically to target Apple computers; one is ransomware and the other is spyware. "The two programs were uncovered by the security firms Fortinet and AlienVault, which found a portal on the Tor 'dark web' network that acted as a shopfront for both," reports BBC. "In a blog post, Fortinet said the site claimed that the creators behind it were professional software engineers with 'extensive experience' of creating working code." From the report: Those wishing to use either of the programs had been urged to get in touch and provide details of how they wanted the malware to be set up. The malware's creators had said that payments made by ransomware victims would be split between themselves and their customers. Researchers at Fortinet contacted the ransomware writers pretending they were interested in using the product and, soon afterwards, were sent a sample of the malware. Analysis revealed...

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15:26
AWT News Update: June 13, 2017

Friday the 13th landed on a Tuesday this month. Fortunately, we're lucky in that there was a lot of Apple news today, so things aren't all bad...

  • Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 won't be supported on macOS High Sierra at all, and the 2016 version will need an update as well
  • Sony announced a new brand -- PlayLink -- at E3 today that is made up of games that support cross-platform play between PS4 and iOS devices
  • Ever wondered what a fully loaded iMac Pro would put you back? ZDNet did the numbers, and they are as bad as you'd expect...
  • Third betas of the most recent operating systems have been released to developers
  • A new book about the development of the iPhone will arrive on June 20, just in time for celebrating the 10th anniversary of the iPhone on June 29, 2007

AWT is sponsored this week by Letter Opener, powerful macOS and iOS software for opening those winmail.dat, MSG, and XPS files from Windows PC...

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15:23
The FCC can’t limit excessive inmate phone call rates

The FCC of 2015 pushed for limits to "excessive and egregious" rates for prison-based telephone calls. This was a progressive move to limit the ability states and private prisons to make money off of prisoners, who have no choice in choosing how much...

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15:00
The Xbox One X is aspirational in the purest sense...

The Xbox One X is aspirational in the purest sense of the word. It's Microsoft's direct response to people saying that the standard Xbox One wasn't powerful enough in comparison to Sony's PlayStation 4. With six teraflops of processing power and a ra...

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14:39
Google scoops up one of Apple’s chief chip architects

Google has lured away chip architect Manu Gulati, who’s been spearheading Apple’s own chip developments for close to eight years, reports Variety. As the new lead SOC [systems-on-a-chip] architect, he’ll apparently be working on chips for the company’s line of Pixel smartphones. 

Gulati started working at Apple in 2009, and was instrumental to the company’s efforts to build custom chips for the iPad, the iPhone and Apple TV. Apple began using its own chips in 2010, starting with the introduction of the iPad in 2010, which was powered by the company’s A4 chip.

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14:22
Apple posts second 'Can't Stop, Won't...




Apple on Tuesday posted to Twitter a teaser trailer for the upcoming Sean "Diddy" Combs documentary "Can't Stop, Won't Stop: A Bad Boy Story," which is due to hit Apple Music as an exclusive release on June 25.

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14:01
Maxed out iMac Pro could cost over $17K

The upcoming iMac Pro will be available this December and Apple shared that the base model will cost $4,999. However, some of the most impressive specs will be pricey upgrade options like an 18-Core processor, 128GB ECC memory, 4TB SSD, and more.

Apple hasn’t shared any pricing details on custom configuration options, but ZDNet has taken a fascinating in-depth look at estimating what you’ll need to fork over to obtain Apple’s most powerful iMac Pro…

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13:46
The Knives Come Out for Phil Schiller in Brian...

The Verge has an exclusive (and lengthy) excerpt from Brian Merchant’s The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone, which comes out next week. Merchant seemingly has many first-hand sources on the record, including Tony Fadell and perhaps Scott Forstall. (I say “perhaps” because it’s not clear from the excerpt whether Forstall spoke to Merchant, or if Merchant got the Forstall quotes from somewhere else. It seems like there should be a lot more from Forstall in this story if he actually talked to Merchant.)

But Fadell spoke to Merchant extensively, including this shot at Phil Schiller:

The iPod phone was losing support. The executives debated which
project to pursue, but Phil Schiller, Apple’s head of marketing,
had an answer: Neither. He wanted a keyboard with hard...

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13:30
Apple updates iWork apps for Mac & iOS with new...




Apple on Tuesday updated both the Mac and iOS editions of its iWork suite, primarily adding 500 new shapes that can be inserted into any Pages, Numbers, or Keynote document.

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13:22
Apple shares new trailer for upcoming Puff Daddy...

Apple today has shared a new trailer for its upcoming documentary based on Sean “Diddy” Combs, aka Puff Daddy. The documentary, from Live Nation Productions, will be an Apple Music exclusive and will debut on June 25th…

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13:01
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12:48
Uber's CEO takes temporary leave amid attempts...




Uber CEO Travis Kalanick on Tuesday informed workers that he'll be taking an indefinite leave of absence from the ridesharing company, which is struggling to remake itself in light of complaints about a broken internal culture.

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12:26
Boston Children's Hospital Caremap iPhone app...




A new app from the Boston Children's Hospital produced in conjunction with Duke University uses Apple's CareKit, and promises to simplify the medical data collation and distribution for parents with children with special medical needs.

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12:20
Google Hires Key Apple Chip Architect To Build...

A recent hire at Google indicates big changes are coming for future versions of the Google's Pixel phone. Manu Gulati, an Apple micro-architect who worked on the company's chip development for nearly eight years, has just joined Google. From a report: Gulati started working at Apple in 2009, and was instrumental to the company's efforts to build custom chips for the iPad, the iPhone and Apple TV. Apple began using its own chips in 2010, starting with the introduction of the iPad in 2010, which was powered by the company's A4 chip. To this day, the company uses custom-designed microchips for each of their devices, which make it possible to optimize processors both for performance and energy consumption. In the industry, these integrated chips for mobile devices are also known as SoCs, or "systems on a chip." In contrast, Google relied on a chip designed and manufactured by Qualcomm when it introduced its first Pixel phones last fall. The same chip is being used by a number of other...

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11:54
iWork gets a major update across the board

The three iWork apps -- Keynote, Numbers and Pages -- received a major update today. All three of the apps now have access to a library of "over 500 professionally drawn shapes" that can be used to enhance the documents you're working on, and those collaborating on iWork documents can reply to comments and join threaded conversations. In addition, Apple says that "new auto-correction and text replacement options save time while typing", and the Stock and Currency functions will return data from the previous market day's close. 

Keynote 7.2 (macOS) also has new pan and zoom options, allows presenters to edit notes while displaying slides in Light Table view, and has improved support for Hebrew and Arabic languages.

Numbers 4.2 (macOS) adds support for print preview in collaborative spreadsheets, as well as the functions described earlier. 

Pages 6.2 (macOS) adds several features that turn it into a page layout powerhouse. Linked text boxes make it easy to have...

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11:37
First look: Belkin's Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock...




Belkin has refreshed its line of Thunderbolt docks for the MacBook Pro's Thunderbolt 3, and AppleInsider takes a quick look at the most recent version.

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11:36
Apple updates iWork apps for Mac with new shape...

Apple released updates to its iWork suite for macOS today. The new versions include a new library of 500 professionally drawn shapes, more efficient auto-correction and text replacement options, added stock and currency features, improved language support, and more.

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11:29
Apple updates Pages, Keynote and Numbers for iOS get...

Apple today released updates to its Pages, Numbers, and Keynote apps for iPhone and iPad, adding a new library of over 500 professionally drawn shapes to all apps and a handful of other features to each.

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10:42
Aukey's 104-key mechanical keyboard is $35 on...

There’s nothing like a good keyboard deal as the week moves into full swing. Amazon and Aukey are offering some deals on the latter’s products today. Of the bunch, our top pick is Aukey’s KM-G6 for $35 (use code RSKGHPRI at checkout). This is a 104-key mechanical keyboard with Outemu Blue switches and six-color backlighting.

Note that this peripheral’s switches are not Cherry MX, which is the more popular brand for mechanical keyboards. Outemu Blue is a clone of Cherry MX Blue—Cherry’s patent expired in 2014. That means you get a more affordable keyboard with a close approximation of an authentic Cherry MX Blue.  

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10:40
Apple deploys third developer betas of iOS 10.3.3,...




Apple on Tuesday issued third betas of iOS 10.3.3, macOS 10.12.6, watchOS 3.2.3, and tvOS 10.2.2 to the developer community, running those betas in parallel with the new versions of the company's operating systems revealed at WWDC.

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10:35
Securing Your Linux System Bit by Bit


As daunting as securing your Linux system might seem, every extra step makes a difference. It's almost always better to make a modest stride than let uncertainty keep you from starting. Fortunately, there are a few basic techniques that greatly benefit users at all levels, and knowing how to securely wipe your hard drive in Linux is one of them. Because I adopted Linux primarily with security in mind, this is one of the first things I learned. Once you have absorbed this lesson, you will be able to part with your hard drives safely.

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10:20
Second macOS 10.12.6 beta rolling out on Mac App...

Apple has released the third developer beta version of the upcoming macOS 10.12.6 software update. Developers testing the pre-release software can find the update through the Mac App Store.

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10:13
Third tvOS 10.2.2 beta for Apple TV rolling out now

Apple today released the third beta of tvOS 10.2.2 following the second beta released late last month to developers. The third beta will focus on the latest bug fixes and security improvements and doesn’t officially include new features or any known issues.
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10:07
Apple releases third watchOS 3.2.3 beta for Apple...

Apple has begun seeding the third watchOS 3.2.3 beta for Apple Watch. The update is only available to registered developers for testing.

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10:04
Google hires away Apple's Manu Gulati to work...




Google has reportedly recruited Manu Gulati -- formerly a key Apple chip designer -- to become its lead system-on-chip architect, working on components for future Pixel smartphones.

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10:03
Apple releases third iOS 10.3.3 beta for iPhone and...

Apple has released the third iOS 10.3.3 beta for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The first beta version only included new wallpapers for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and no other visible changes. We’ll update with any changes discovered below.

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09:46
News: Sony’s PlayLink games will use iOS devices as...

The new line of PlayLink games for PS4 announced by Sony today at E3 will use the touchscreen and cameras on iOS devices as controllers. The new titles are designed to be played in group settings and range from quiz-show style games and choose-your-own-adventure detective thrillers to arcade-style minigames and karaoke singing using the device’s microphone. After downloading the companion app, a user’s iOS device will provide the ability…

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09:36
E3 2017: Minecraft will allow iOS gamers to play...




Mojang will be releasing an update to its popular building and exploration game Minecraft this summer that will introduce increased cross-platform play, allowing owners of the iOS version to play with Windows, Android, VR, and console versions, as well as a number of other changes to the popular title.

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09:29
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 9.7-inch iPad Pro $150 off,...

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.

TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Best Buy has Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi 32GB...

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09:28
Best Buy’s new weapon against Amazon: try-before-you...

It’s unlikely this option will become available to us here in the Great White North but I often tell my photography students about lens rental. You get to try out gear before you buy it or you get to use gear you’d never buy but want to use for a specific purpose.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:21
Sony’s new ‘PlayLink’ multiplayer games will use...

As part of E3, Sony today announced it will launch a new collection of games branded “PlayLink” that will support cross-platform gameplay experiences between PS4 and mobile devices including iOS devices. The games will be built with a second screen experience and group play in mind, meaning they’ll take full advantage of opportunities for touchscreen controls, cameras on mobile devices, multiple devices and more.

The games will work together with iPhones (and possibly iPads) via a companion app that Sony confirmed will be available for both iOS and Android. For the most part, the games appear to use mobile devices as controllers, offering a second screen experience while playing games with others on a PS4 in the living room:

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09:21
High Sierra leaves Microsoft Office for Mac 2011...




A support document published by Microsoft, and some AppleInsider testing, shows that while the newer versions of the office productivity suite will mostly work with High Sierra now, the current version does not -- and older versions are getting left behind.

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08:58
The secret origin story of the iPhone

The history of the development of the iPhone is a fascinating one.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:57
Apple issues new $1B bond to finance 'green...




Apple on Tuesday issued its second-ever "green" bond sale, valued at $1 billion, intended to fund the company's renewable energy builds as well as other environmental efforts, like improved energy efficiency.

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08:56
Apple moves closer to 100% renewable energy as it...

Two months ago Apple announced 96% of its worldwide energy now comes from renewable sources and also pledged to reach 100% by getting its supply chain to invest in renewable energy. Today Apple has announced it is issuing a $1 billion green bond to further its renewable initiatives…

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08:44
Surprising no one, Tim Cook says Apple is “focusing...

Enlarge (credit: Simone Pittaluga)

Rumors have been traded for years now about Apple’s automotive ambitions. Would Apple try to compete with Tesla to build an electric vehicle? Would it go toe-to-toe with its old foe Google to offer self-driving cars? In recent months, however, a clearer picture of Apple’s automotive...

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08:33
How the web became unreadable

Backchannel:

It’s been getting harder for me to read things on my phone and my laptop. I’ve caught myself squinting and holding the screen closer to my face. I’ve worried that my eyesight is starting to go.

These hurdles have made me grumpier over time, but what pushed me over the edge was when Google’s App Engine console — a page that, as a developer, I use daily — changed its text from legible to illegible. Text that was once crisp and dark was suddenly lightened to a pallid gray. Though age has indeed taken its toll on my eyesight, it turns out that I was suffering from a design trend.

I wouldn’t say “the web” has become unreadable but far too many sites favor design over readability. My aging eyes can’t take

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08:32
E3 2017: Ubisoft's 'South Park: Phone...




The wacky world of South Park is coming to the iPhone later this year with "Phone Destroyer," a free-to-play title where characters from the hit long running TV show square off against each other in a neighborhood showdown.

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08:20
Cook Says Apple Is Focusing on Making an Autonomous...

An anonymous reader shares a Bloomberg report: After years toiling away in secret on its car project, Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook has for the first time laid out exactly what the company is up to in the automotive market: It's concentrating on self-driving technology. "We're focusing on autonomous systems," Cook said in an interview on Bloomberg Television. "It's a core technology that we view as very important. We sort of see it as the mother of all AI projects," Cook said in his most detailed comments to date on Apple's plans in the car space. "It's probably one of the most difficult A.I. projects actually to work on." [...] "There is a major disruption looming there," Cook said on Bloomberg Television, citing self-driving technology, electric vehicles and ride-hailing. "You've got kind of three vectors of change happening generally in the same time frame." Cook was also bullish about the prospects for electric vehicles, a market which last week helped Tesla become the...

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08:15
Eero upgrades mesh wireless networking solution for...




Mesh networking solution company Eero has updated its eponymous hardware to version two, and has added an extending Beacon and a subscription service to its lineup of products.

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08:07
News: Apple issues $1 billion green bond to fund...

On the heels of the US exit from the Paris Climate Accords, Apple has issued a $1 billion green bond to fund investment in renewable energy, Bloomberg reports. The company issued a $1.5 billion green bond last year and is now adding to that total with a second round, planning to use the proceeds to bankroll efforts to increase energy efficiency and build up renewable energy resources in the hopes of creating a “closed-loop supply chain”…

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08:02
E3 2017: Anticipated sequel 'Alto's...




The follow-up to popular iPhone game "Alto's Adventure" was showcased this week at E3, as the finishing touches are put on endless runner "Alto's Odyssey" ahead of its launch on iOS this summer.

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08:00
Grovemade intros the classy Leather Apple Watch Band

Grovemade has been making really beautiful wood and leather accessories for the past eight years, and they just announced new Leather Apple Watch Bands that use a clean, minimalist design to complement the design of the Apple Watch. 

Black or tan, silver or black...or both! 

The band comes with a tan or black strap and with a silver or black buckle at an introductory price of US$79. If you can't make up your mind which way to go, the Leather Apple Watch Band Kit (US$139 introductory price)  includes both the tan and black straps and the silver and black buckles for mixing and matching.

We're big fans of Grovemade's products here at Apple World Today, and these bands are sure to be top quality.

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07:54
‘One Device’ book excerpt teases details of iPhone...

As we approach the 10 year anniversary of Apple’s mobile phone, The Verge takes readers on an early look of the iPhone’s origin story. Pulling excerpts from Brian Merchant’s upcoming book, The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone, The Verge shares some of the risks the company took in putting together the devices we see today.

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07:53
AWT TV Episode 11: June 12, 2017

Welcome to AWT TV, a weekly live streaming show featuring Steve Sande, Dennis Sellers and Marty Edwards of Apple World Today. Each week we'll discuss what's happened in the world of Apple, talk about new apps and accessories, maybe even have a demonstration or two of the latest software.  

Tonight was kind of a look at some of the new announcements of the week during WWDC 2017 with Marty and Steve at the helm. We took a quick look at one of the top features of iOS 11 beta -- the new Dock at the bottom of the screen -- and also find out what Marty's been doing in the last week (going through all the levels of Monument Valley 2!).

Marty also takes viewers through a brief tutorial on how to redeem promo codes or gift friends with apps or iTunes funds through the App Store app. 

And since we're two "older" guys talking about tech, why not take a...

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07:50
Tim Cook says Apple is focusing on an autonomous car...

But that won’t stop everyone in the Tech Media from screaming, “This news proves Apple is making a car!”

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:44
Hyundai preps Kona 'subcompact' SUV with...




Hyundai this week announced the Kona, its first-ever "subcompact" SUV, which at least in some markets will support Apple's CarPlay standard for bridging iPhones with dash displays.

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07:40
Chess.com Has Stopped Working On 32bit iPads After...

Apple's decision to go all in on 64bit-capable devices, OS and apps has caused some trouble for Chess.com, a popular online website where people go to play chess. Users with a 32bit iPad are unable to play games on the website, according to numerous complaints posted over the weekend and on Monday. Erik, the CEO of Chess.com said in a statement, "Thanks for noticing. Obviously this is embarrassing and I'm sorry about it. As a non-developer I can't really explain how or why this happened, but I can say that we do our best and are sorry when that falls short." Hours later, he had an explanation: The reason that some iOS devices are unable to connect to live chess games is because of a limit in 32bit devices which cannot handle gameIDs above 2,147,483,647. So, literally, once we hit more than 2 billion games, older iOS devices fail to interpret that number! This was obviously an unforeseen bug that was nearly impossible to anticipate and we apologize for the frustration. We are...

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07:33
PSA: The new 10.5-inch & updated 12.9-inch iPad...

If you’ve been tempted by the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro but wanted to check it out in person first, the new model is now available in Apple’s retail stores, alongside the updated 12.9-inch version.

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07:33
Apple issues $1 billion green bond to fund renewable...

Apple has issued a $1 billion green bond to fund renewable energy generation, according to Bloomberg. It builds on $1.5 billion worth of bonds the tech giant sold a year ago to further its goal of running 100% of its operations on renewable energy.

The bonds, maturing in 2027, will yield 95 to 100 basis points more than Treasuries, notes Bloomberg, quoting an unnamed “person with knowledge of the matter.” They are expected to be rated Aa1, the person said.

Last September Apple joined the global renewable energy initiative RE100, reaffirming its commitment to reaching 100% renewable energy worldwide and pledging to work with the initiative to drive clean energy into the manufacturing supply chain. RE100 is a collaborative, global initiative of influential businesses committed to 100% renewable electricity, working...

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07:21
E3 2017: Sony announces 'PlayLink' local...




Sony this week unveiled a new series of games branded "PlayLink," focusing on in-person multiplayer experiences for its PlayStation 4 console that will allow new players to get in the game with their iPhone. One announced PlayLink title, "Hidden Agenda," lets participants collaborate to stop a serial killer.

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07:18
Tim Cook confirms Apple is working on a self-driving...

While evidence has been mounting for years regarding Apple’s autonomous car project, code-named Project Titan, the company itself has been characteristically tight-lipped about it. But Tim Cook is finally ready to admit to the world that yes, Apple is working on a self-driving car system.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean an Apple automobile is in the works. In an interview with Bloomberg Television following the WWDC keynote, Cook described the autonomous driving system as “a core technology that we view as very important,” but stopped well short of saying Apple was actually building its own car. “We’ll see where it takes us,” he said, coyly.

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07:11
Comment: The growing trend of retrospective HomeKit...

Regular readers will know that my enthusiasm for smart home technology dates back to the days of clunky X10 devices. Though there were standalone systems available, it was obvious even then that it made sense to adopt a common standard, and in the 1980s, X10 was that standard.

Fast-forward to a few years ago and what we gained in app support, we lost in standardization. Most manufacturers did their own thing, using their own protocols. There were one or two exceptions, like the Philips Hue system that was really just a rebadged form of Zigbee, but most devices didn’t talk to each other. You ended up with a whole slew of separate apps on your iPhone to control everything.

Apple’s...

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07:06
News: Leaked images show glass backs for iPhone 7,...

A pair of leaked images posted on Reddit show what the poster claims to be the black glass backs of an iPhone 7, 7s and 8 along with the front screen for the iPhone 8. The iPhone 8 back is a similar size to the iPhone 7, but features the vertical dual camera cutout seen in previous leaks. The front glass for the iPhone 8 is also in line with current rumors, with a much narrower bezel all along the edges and a small top cutout for the camera and speaker.…

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07:06
Logitech Circle 2 security camera ships in July with...




Logitech has unveiled the Circle 2, the follow-up to the Circle connected camera, with the second-generation security device adding weatherproofing and using a more versatile design, as well as supporting Apple's HomeKit home automation platform in a future software update.

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06:51
Apple's 'iPhone 8' predicted to...




Apple will announce its flagship OLED iPhone in September, but ship it in October -- still potentially achieving impressive sales, according to an analyst memo obtained by AppleInsider.

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06:26
News: Cook calls autonomous driving system ‘the...

In an interview with Bloomberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook admitted the company is working on an autonomous driving system for vehicles, calling it “the mother of all AI projects.” After being particularly secretive about Apple’s Project Titan vehicle research for years, Cook revealed that the company sees self-driving technology, electric vehicles and the expanding ride-hailing industry as “three vectors of change happening generally…

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06:18
Redditors design worst volume sliders possible

Some great, intentionally horrible design.

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06:09
∞ Two items for my AirPods / Apple TV wish list

Recently, we learned that AirPods will pair automatically with an Apple TV running tvOS 11. This is great news, but there are two features I’d love to see for future versions of tvOS:

  • Pair two sets of AirPods to a single Apple TV: This would allow my wife and I to listen on headphones, each with a different volume level.

  • Pass the audio through to HDMI while AirPods are active: This would allow me to listen via AirPods at a higher volume (I have a hearing deficit) while my wife listens at a regular volume through the regular TV output.

Anyone else with the same needs here? Anything else to add to this particular wish list? ...

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06:02
Apple executive Eddy Cue celebrates courtside as...




iTunes chief and basketball devotee Eddy Cue was about as close as a fan can get Monday night, watching as the Golden State Warriors dominated the Cleveland Cavaliers to capture their second NBA championship in three years.

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: PDF Expert 2.2 for Mac

In our iLounge Deal for today, you can get PDF Expert 2.2 for Mac for only $29.99 — that’s 50% off the regular price. This 2015 App of the Year will revolutionize the way you work and collaborate with documents, allowing you to edit PDF text, images, links, and outlines quickly and easily. Fix typos in contracts, rework sections of PDF documents, and more. You can also password protect sensitive documents and easily share your PDFs between…

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05:51
Hyundai’s new Kona ‘urban SUV’ is latest model to...

Hyundai has announced that its first ever compact SUV will have support for both CarPlay and Android Auto. The Kona is described as ‘an urban SUV for active lifestyles’ and is what’s known as a B-segment vehicle …

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05:49
How to use iOS 11 drag and drop to move multiple...

[VIDEO] In the video embedded in the main Loop post, Jeff Benjamin walks through the process of organizing your iPhone’s home screen using iOS 11 drag and drop. This is a fantastic use of drag and drop and an easy way to get your head around how this works.

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05:44
John Gruber’s 2017 iPad Pro review

Here’s a clue:

I’ve spent the last week using a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro, and this is, in many ways, the easiest product review I’ve ever written. There are several significant improvements to the hardware, and no tradeoffs or downsides. There is no “but”.

Read the review. Fantastic upsides, no downside save price. The only question for me is which size to buy.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:43
Apple ‘user interface’ patent hints at changes to...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,678,623) for a “user interface for media playback” that hints at a new look and UI for a future version of tvOS on the Apple TV. It could also involve playing music and videos on macOS and iOS devices.

It involves a graphical user interface made up of icons representing individual files and collectively forming the shape of a “v," along with methods of using and creating the graphical user interface. Apple says the v-shaped interface is useful for displaying detailed information about many of the items in a list and facilitates manipulation of list order and selection of the active file in the list. 

The interface further permits the use of a representative icon associated with the list as a whole. Manipulation of the representative icon can cause modification or replacement of the entire playlist represented by the icon.

Of course, Apple files for — and is granted — lots of patents by the U.S. Patent & Trademark...

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05:39
32-bit iOS devices locked out of chess.com

A few days ago, chess players using 32-bit devices found themselves locked out of chess.com. From the forum:

The reason that some iOS devices are unable to connect to live chess games is because of a limit in 32bit devices which cannot handle gameIDs above 2,147,483,647. So, literally, once we hit more than 2 billion games, older iOS devices fail to interpret that number! This was obviously an unforeseen bug that was nearly impossible to anticipate and we apologize for the frustration. We are currently working on a fix and should have it resolved within 48 hours.

This sort of thing comes up in computing periodically. In this case, if I’m reading this correctly, the variable used to hold the gameID was not big enough to handle chess.com’s growth. It is not clear if this problem is limited to iOS devices.

Could the developers have seen this coming? Probably. And even if they didn’t anticipate their success, they might have seen the gameID approaching this limit,...

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05:31
Self-driving machine learning at core of Apple'...




In an interview following the WWDC keynote, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook teased about the company's future car plans -- but as usual, divulged little in the way of concrete details.

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05:30
Tim Cook: Apple is working on self-driving car tech

Apple CEO Tim Cook confirms to Bloomberg that the company is developing self-driving car technology, which he calls a “core” technology. The comments mark the first time Cook has discussed the long-rumored “Apple Car” project publicly, though he was vague about any manufacturing plans.

“We’re focusing on autonomous systems,” Cook said in an interview on Bloomberg Television on June 5. “It’s a core technology that we view as very important We sort of see it as the mother of all AI projects. It’s probably one of the most difficult A.I. projects actually to work on.”

Apple’s self-driving car prospects have involved Project Titan, the car development program that started...

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05:29
A deep dive into Apple’s China troubles

There’s a lot to process in this 110 slide presentation on Apple’s China business. At its core, China is placing restrictions that are breaking the stickiness of Apple’s ecosystem.

From the China Channel presentation:

TO MOST CHINESE IPHONE USERS THE IPHONE IS JUST A LUXURY PHONE. THEY HAVE NO SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENT IN APPLE’S SERVICES ECOSYSTEM

And:

APPLE’S CHINA SERVICE ECOSYSTEM HAS BEEN SYSTEMATICALLY STRIPPED AWAY BY LOCAL COMPETITORS

And:

FROM APRIL 2016 IBOOKS AND ITUNES STORE HAVE BEEN BLOCKED IN CHINA. CHINESE AUTHORITIES ORDERED THEM TO BE TAKEN OFFLINE.

In most markets, Apple can depend on ecosystem loyalty. Most iPhone users would never even think of shifting over to an Android device. There’s brand loyalty, for sure, but there’s also ecosystem stickiness at work here. My photos, music, documents, etc., are all on my Apple devices, and I already have a great deal of expertise in using all this data, moving around the...

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05:23
Chess.com app stops working on 32-bit devices, but...

If you’re using an older iPhone or iPad and wondering why the Chess.com app isn’t working, it’s nothing to do with iOS 11: it’s because the total game counter has hit the magic number of 2,147,483,647 …

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05:15
Leaked component images hint at next-gen iPhone...

The world may have gotten a glimpse of the next-gen iPhone’s components.

A redditor who shared some images from “a friend in the industry” has posted what appear to be assorted components and glass back panels for the iPhone 7s, 7s Plus and iPhone 8 designs.

The iPhone 8 front panel features top-to-bottom glass for the display, with a cut-out near the top for the camera and earpiece. The rear glass panel includes a vertical dual-camera cutout with what appears to be the camera’s external component nearby. The camera component includes a top and bottom camera with spacing in the middle for what has been rumored to be the camera’s flash.

Perhaps most surprising about the iPhone 8 glass panels is any sign of a Touch ID sensor hole. This could correspond with rumors that the iPhone 8 has an embedded Touch ID sensor within its front display. It’s unknown as to whether the iPhone 7s or 7s Plus panels will incorporate a rear Touch ID sensor.

There also...

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05:00
Apple now offering the largest dividends of any...

It looks like Apple is now paying the largest dividends of any company in the world.

Apple is now the world’s largest payer of dividends after increasing its quarterly payout by 10.5% to 63 cents a share, according to data compiled by Howard Silverblatt, senior index analyst at S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC. Now boasting $13.2 billion in annual distributions, Apple has dethroned Exxon Mobil, the previous global dividend king.

At present, Apple is now distributing more in quarterly dividends than the entire market cap of US Steel, Silverblatt points out.

To put a value on it, if the announced increase were paid out this month, Apple would have to potential to set a new S&P 500 monthly cash dividend record of $51.6 billion.

Apple also recently announced that it will set up a $35 billion fund to buy back its own shares, thereby bringing its total share repurchase plan to $210 billion. The expansion of stock buybacks is likely intended to bolster...

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05:00
New Stem Cell Treatment Offers Dramatic Burn-Healing...


A med-tech startup has developed a fast and easy way to treat certain burn wounds with stem cells. RenovaCare harvests a variety of cells, including stem cells, from a healthy area of skin on a patient. Those cells are then suspended in a water-based solution, which is loaded into the company's SkinGun and sprayed onto the wound. "The sprayer allows us to have a generous distribution of cells on the wound," explained Roger Esteban-Vives, director of cell sciences at RenovaCare. The procedure takes about 90 minutes.

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05:00
Eero is taking pre-orders on its second-generation...

Touting onboard Thread radios, Eero’s CEO says this is the beginning of a new smart home platform.

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04:50
Tim Cook says self-driving car tech ‘incredibly...

Tim Cook has been a little more open than usual about the open secret that Apple is working on autonomous driving technology, describing it as an ‘incredibly exciting’ field. He did so in an interview with Bloomberg TV that apparently took place on June 5 but was published today.

Cook had previously avoided the question altogether, said vaguely that Apple was ‘exploring’ cars or told people to wait and see what the company had planned. He did, though, express more enthusiasm in this brief interview …

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04:30
How to prepare your Mac for selling it

With all the newly announced Mac hardware, you may be considering selling your current hardware and splurging on some of the new stuff. If you’re getting ready to sell your Mac, you should make sure all your data is off of it before turning it over to another person. To do this, make sure that all of your data is backed up, then sign out of everything.

To sign out of iTunes:

  • Open iTunes on your Mac. 
  • Click Account in the Menu bar on the left side of your screen. 
  • Click on Sign Out.

To sign out of Messages:

  • Open Messages on your Mac.
  • Click Messages in the Menu bar at the top left corner of your screen.
  • Click Preferences from the drop-down menu.
  • Select your iMessage account.
  • Click on Sign Out.

To sign out of iCloud:

  • Click on the Apple icon () in the upper left corner of your Mac's screen.
  • Click System Preferences from the drop-down menu.
  • ...
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04:10
Apple granted patent for Touch ID sensor in power...

A series of apparent iPhone 8 leaks still haven’t answered one of the biggest questions about this year’s flagship iPhone: will the fingerprint sensor be embedded into the display?

We know that Apple has numerous patents for this type of embedded fingerprint...

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04:00
Flip PDF Pro for the Mac makes it easy to create...

By Aaron Lee

Flipbuilder's Flip PDF Professional for Mac makes it easy to create page flip catalogs from PDFs. You can create catalogs, brochures and other marketing collaterals from PDF files. 

Flip PDF Pro includes features that allow a Mac user to quickly convert PDF pages into page flip catalogs. The software can be used to create flip books by adding rich media such as audios, videos and animations. 

Flip PDF Pro allows users to drag and drop a variety of objects for creating a unique presentation. And you can do so seamlessly. You can embed YouTube Videos, animated text, flash files, and other pre-designed objects for creating page flip e-books that can prove helpful in delivering a message to your target audience. The page flip catalog can be distributed over the web and accessed from a variety of gadgets including the iPad, iPhone and Android devices. 

Flip PDF Pro costs $...

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

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

macOS Apps/Updates

Tension Software has announced AutoCrypt 2.3 for macOS. It’s an update of the encryption/decryption app with a document-based approach. 

Using a document, AutoCrypt lets you saveall the settings used to encrypt or decrypt collections of files in a document using an AES-256 algorithm. Using these documents, it can be used for the encryption and decryption batch process of large quantity of files in a single click.

AutoCrypt requires macOS 10.10 or higher and costs $7. It’s available both from the company website and from the Mac App Store.

Ohanaware has released App Wrapper 3.8, an update to their App Store preparation tool. It...

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00:01
Logitech’s new Circle 2 home security cameras can be...

Buyers will need to choose between wired and wire-free models, along with a host of accessories.

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00:00
Logitech releases Circle 2 camera with future...

Logitech today has officially announced the release of its new Circle 2 home security camera. The latest version is an upgrade from the original Logi Circle camera, introducing more flexible hardware options for customers. Users of the Circle 2 will be able to install the camera indoors or outdoors, and add additional accessories as they see fit.

more…

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GoPro Fusion with OverCapture could mark new age for...




At the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail, Colo., last week, GoPro took the wraps off its Fusion spherical camera, a hardware and software technology package that, if executed effectively, could herald the beginning of a new age of videography.

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