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Tuesday May 16

16:18
iCloud to require app-specific passwords

Currently, app-specific passwords are used to allow non-native apps like email clients to sign in to iCloud accounts that are protected by two-factor authentication. The security measure ensures that users can still link up their iCloud account to apps and services not provided by Apple, while also avoiding the need to disclose their Apple ID password to third parties.

Privacy and security are very important to Apple.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:06
2017 iPad follow-up: still worth buying? [Video]

I’ve been using the 2017 9.7-inch iPad on a regular basis for the last month and a half, and I wanted to take the opportunity to follow-up on my original hands-on.

Almost all of my initial impressions have held up well over the last month or so. The iPad, at only $329 is still a fantastic deal for anyone looking to buy their first iPad, or upgrade from aging hardware without breaking the bank. more…

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16:01
DJI launches Apple TV app for curated drone footage




Drone market leader DJI this week introduced a new Smart TV app for Apple TV that promises to deliver high quality aerial footage from DJI product owners to living rooms around the world.

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15:48
Google's New Mobile OS Will Have a Distinctly...


Google has been developing a new open source OS called "Fuchsia" for smartphones, tablets and other devices, which could be unveiled as early as this summer. Little has been revealed about the new OS since it first came to light last year. However, new details that surfaced last week have been making the rounds. Fuchsia apparently will move Google away from its long association with Linux, as it is based on a new microkernel called "Magenta." Google plans to dump not only the Linux kernel, but also the General Public License, it appears.

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15:33
The Bragi’s Dash PRO brings tailored fit and custom...

As the competition grows in the wireless headphone market led by Apple’s AirPods, Bragi is adding two new products to its lineup today. The Dash PRO and The Dash PRO tailored by Starkey are Bragi’s latest successors to the original Dash. Introducing a new OS that brings real-time audio translation and new hardware for one-touch Bluetooth pairing, The Dash PRO looks to revamp the user experience.

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15:26
Universal Audio releases five new audio plug-ins

Universal Audio updated its software on Tuesday adding five new plug-ins. The plug-ins include Antares Auto-Tune Realtime; SSL 4000 G Bus Compressor Collection; Pure Plate Reverb; Fuchs Train II Amplifier; Eden WT800 Bass Amplifier.

There are videos on the product page introducing plug-in and what you can expect when using it. AS usual, UA has done a great job in choosing which plug-ins to release.

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15:16
AWT News Update: May 16, 2017

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Today's educational and entertaining Apple-related news:

  • The winning bidder of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights auction for lunch with Apple CEO Tim Cook at Apple Park will pay $688,999 for the privilege
  • Smartphone buyers are avoiding the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus in droves
  • Apple has officially launched the new "Today at Apple" sessions that will be held at Apple retail outlets around the world
  • Belkin has apparently reversed a decision announced last year, and now says it will support HomeKit in its line of WeMo home automation products

The text version of the podcast can be viewed below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below. Note to Apple News readers: you’ll need to visit Apple World Today in order to listen to the podcast.

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14:33
First gameplay footage of Zelda-inspired RPG...

Earlier this year, developer Cornfox & Bros released the first images from Oceanhorn 2 for iOS, the follow-up to the popular Zelda-style adventure RPG for iOS. Now, the first gameplay video has been released and it looks even more stunning than the original images…

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14:27
Nintendo Readies Mario for E3 Spotlight


Nintendo will provide numerous activities and spotlight its in-development titles at next month's E3 in Los Angeles. However, it once again has decided not to host a traditional press event, despite the fact that Nintendo was one of the first companies to establish the tradition of holding a pre-show briefing for institutional investors, analysts and the media. Competitors including Sony and Microsoft soon followed suit, and third-party publishers, including Electronic Arts and Ubisoft, recently joined in.

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13:58
Tip of the Day: Correcting your iPhone’s...

We wrote a few years ago about how to help Siri recognize difficult names that you speak to your iPhone, but if you regularly use the voice features to have your iPhone read text to you, you may get annoyed with the constant mispronunciation of certain words — especially proper names, which are almost always tricky. Fortunately, there’s actually a way you can teach the correct pronunciation of certain words to your iPhone (or other iOS device).…

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13:56
Cook charity auction raises over $680K for Robert F...




An auction offering lunch with Apple CEO Tim Cook has officially ended, raising $688,999 for Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights -- the highest amount ever in a series of such auctions with Cook.

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13:34
Lowe's exoskeletons help workers carry what you...

Exoskeletons aren't just for shipyard workers or people with limited mobility. If Lowe's has its way, they'll help store staff fetch your giant bucket of paint. The home improvement retailer has partnered with Virginia Tech to test prototype passive...

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13:33
Samsung's 5 million Galaxy S8 sales far below...




Samsung announced today that first-month sales of its Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus have reached 5 million units. Sales of the previous year's Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge sold an estimated 7-9 million units in their initial launch month, while back in 2013 Samsung announced its Galaxy S4 sold 10 million in its first month, a "Peak Galaxy" the company has never actually managed to surpass.

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13:33
Synthego aims to simplify CRISPR editing for genetic...

You've probably heard a lot about CRISPR, the gene editing technique that's already being used in experimental therapies for things like sickle cell disease and cystic fibrosis. It's something plenty of researchers are jumping on already, but Syntheg...

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13:20
Twitter co-founder Biz Stone returning to the company

While we were on stage, Jack asked me to come back to work at Twitter. People cheered. But I wasn’t really sure if he meant it. After Tea Time, we spoke privately and Jack told me that he really did — he wanted me to come back and work at Twitter. The company I co-founded, the service I co-invented. I was stunned, but I knew the answer.

Other companies have brought back their founders—it has worked very well for some (Apple), and not so well for others (Yahoo).

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:12
Chinese internet giant Tencent is building an...

Chinese internet conglomerate Tencent has made some big moves to boost its profile among online gamers, not the least of which involved purchasing SuperCell, maker of the hit mobile game "Clash of Clans", for a reported $10.2 billion. On Tuesday, Ten...

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13:12
Gear: Native Union Cosmos Edition Lightning Cables

Although it’s generally hard to get too excited about Lightning cables these days, every so often something comes along that’s just different enough to get our attention. Such is the case with Native Union’s new Cosmos Cable Collection, a new lineup of four different rugged cables inspired by the Terrazo design trend. In addition to sporting an attractive look, each cable is made with DuPont Kevlar fiber with a coating of tough nylon…

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13:04
Report: Apple to release new laptops at WWDC 2017

Faced with pressure from Microsoft and declining iPad sales, Apple will announce updates to its MacBook laptops at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June, according to a report by Bloomberg.

Citing "people familiar with the matter," Apple will reveal three new laptops. A new MacBook Pro will sport Intel's Kaby Lake processor, an upgrade over the current Skylake-based models. Bloomberg says that the MacBook will also get a faster CPU, but doesn't specify what Intel part will be used. And perhaps to the surprise of Mac users, Apple may introduce a 13-inch MacBook Air with a faster processor. Bloomberg states that sales of the MacBook Air remain strong, despite the fact that Apple killed the 11-inch MacBook Air last October...

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12:54
Sorry, but I still think the MacBook Air is a goner

Bloomberg is reporting that Apple plans to unveil three new laptops for unveiling at next month’s Worldwide Developer Conference: updated MacBook Pros, MacBook Airs and 12-inch MacBooks. The Sellers Research Firm (that's me) disagrees with that prediction.

I do think we’ll see new 12-inch MacBooks introduced (along with new iPad Pros (hmmm, how will Apple differentiate the laptop and the “laptop replacement”?). 

And I think Apple will preview new MacBook Pros along with new iMacs. However, I don't think either of those systems will go on sale until September or October, when macOS 11 is released. 

However, I still think, as I've said before, that the MacBook Air is a goner. I don't see a place in the line-up for both it and the plainly named MacBook. To me, having all three Mac laptops only confuses things. 

Bloomberg says...

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12:53
TidBITS News Shows How an Old 32-bit iOS App Becomes...

Wondering why developers of old 32-bit iOS apps aren’t just recompiling their code to be 64-bit happy? Matt Neuburg explains what’s going on, using the free TidBITS News app that he has just updated as an example.

 

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12:50
Samsung's The Frame TV blends in with the art...

In 2015, Samsung took a minimalist approach with its Serif TV, a 4K television designed to blend in with your furniture at home or office. That product is part of the company's efforts to make TVs look and feel less obtrusive, all without losing thei...

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12:43
Apple launches dedicated site for first 'Today...




Apple on Tuesday introduced a dedicated website for "Today at Apple," its education and entertainment sessions at retail, which are getting underway this week.

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12:40
Slack rolling out native screen sharing feature for...

Slack is introducing a new update that brings built-in screen sharing features to the popular communication software.

Slack says the new screen sharing feature is limited to paid accounts which start at $6.67/month when billed annually or $8/month per user. Free accounts are already limited to person-to-person video calling while paid accounts can participate in group calling. Slack has built screen sharing on top of the existing video features:

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12:29
Apple launches new ‘Today at Apple’ website as...

Apple last month announced its new “Today at Apple” retail initiative that sees it put a heavier focus on educational and creative classes in its stores. Now, Apple has launched a new “Today at Apple” website dedicated to the retail efforts…

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12:27
Apple promotes third-party gatherings on dedicated...




Apple is highlight alternative events taking place alongside its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, with the developer resources page revealing when and where third-party gatherings are taking place in relation to the McEnery Convention Center, the venue of WWDC itself in San Jose.

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12:25
Report: Apple shows it’s taking the Mac seriously...

Enlarge / The 2016 MacBook. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

A new report from Bloomberg indicates that we may get more than just software updates at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference next month. Most notably, both the MacBook Pro and the 12-inch MacBook are supposedly being refreshed with Intel's latest "Kaby Lake" CPUs, which boost clock speeds and include slightly better GPUs that can accelerate the encoding and decoding of some 4K video...

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12:25
Apple promoting developer community events in San...

Apple’s annual developer conference is set to kick off at the beginning of next month. Now, in the lead up to WWDC 2017, Apple has started promoting a variety of developer community events that will be taking place during the week…

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12:24
Facebook stays online in Thailand -- for now

Last week, Thailand's government told Facebook that it had to take down 131 web addresses the country saw as threatening state security or insulting to its king, Maha Vajiralongkorn. There was an understandable groundswell of concern that Thailand wo...

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12:19
Belkin committed to bringing Apple’s HomeKit to Wemo...

Back in March 2016, users of Belkin’s popular line of Wemo connected accessories were disappointed to learn that the company was canceling its previously announced plans to support Apple’s HomeKit platform. The company has now changed its tune, however, and today told me it’s committed to bringing HomeKit to Wemo and will have “more details soon.”

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12:01
Launch your loved one’s remains into orbit for only...

Believe it or not, you'll soon be able to send the remains of a loved one into space for the low price of $2,500. Elysium Space, the self-described "memorial spaceflight" company, has just announced a partnership with SpaceX to launch annual flights...

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11:49
Apple reportedly announcing a slew of MacBook...

Apple's annual developer conference hasn't been a venue for product launches in four years, but it might produce a bumper crop of laptops this time around. Bloomberg sources hear that Apple is planning to upgrade at least the 12-inch MacBook and Mac...

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11:47
New CMD-D Conference Targets Automation

Sal Soghoian has developed a new conference called CMD-D that focuses on his specialty, automation, and features top speakers like Andy Ihnatko, John Welch, Jon Pugh, and Jason Snell. It’s August 9th in Santa Clara, CA.

 

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11:45
Apple to update MacBooks at WWDC 2017, including...




Apple is reportedly planning to announce MacBook updates at its Worldwide Developers Conference on June 5 -- possibly including a Kaby Lake processor upgrade for the MacBook Pro, and a similar refresh for the neglected MacBook Air.

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11:40
Apple To Refresh Entire MacBook Lineup Next Month,...

Apple will unveil new laptops during its annual developer conference, known as WWDC, next month, reports Bloomberg. The company is going to refresh the MacBook Pro (as well as Air and just the 'MacBook' models) with new seventh-gen processors from Intel, the newest available, the report adds. Last year, Apple launched three new MacBook Pro laptops with older sixth-generation chips, which means people who already own the newer model may be a bit dismayed by Apple's refresh. From the article: Apple is planning three new laptops, according to people familiar with the matter. The MacBook Pro will get a faster Kaby Lake processor from Intel, said the people, who requested anonymity to discuss internal planning. Apple is also working on a new version of the 12-inch MacBook with a faster Intel chip. The company has also considered updating the aging 13-inch MacBook Air with a new processor as sales of the laptop, Apple's cheapest, remain surprisingly strong, one of the people said.

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11:35
Bloomberg reporting WWDC 2017 MacBook updates

New MacBooks On The Way?

We'll know in just 20 days...

We may be seeing more than just updates to the iPad Pro line and a new Siri Speaker at this year's WWDC in San Jose, California. Bloomberg is reporting that "people familiar with the matter" say "Apple is planning three new laptops".

The MacBook Pro will get a faster Kaby Lake processor from Intel Corp., said the people, who requested anonymity to discuss internal planning. Apple is also working on a new version of the 12-inch MacBook with a faster Intel chip. The company has also considered updating the aging 13-inch MacBook Air with a new processor as sales of the laptop, Apple's cheapest, remain surprisingly strong, one of the people said.

Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has predicted MacBook Pro Kaby Lake upgrades this year with a new 32GB RAM options, and Apple's own admission that the 16GB MacBook Pro was not seen as a true "Pro" machine could have forced a fast redesign of the platform. 

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11:31
Apple School Manager gets new UI, Activity Manager,...

Apple is releasing a big update to its Apple School Manager service this week that allows administrators to quickly and easily setup, deploy and manage iOS devices and Macs being used in the classroom (and with Apple’s own Classroom app).

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11:21
LG gears up for high frame rate 4K sports broadcasts

A few years ago, high frame-rate was a big talking point for movies. Director Peter Jackson bet big on it with his version of The Hobbit, but since then interest has died down mostly due to audience pushback against the unnaturally clear images it pr...

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11:12
Bloomberg: MacBook Pro upgrade coming at WWDC...

WWDC 2017 may be quite the hardware event this year despite the recent focus on software alone in recent years. iPad Pro updates and a possible Siri speaker have already been rumored, and now Bloomberg reports a MacBook Pro update will happen:

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11:04
Apple's iPad mini might not be long for this...

When Apple didn't do much more to the iPad mini 4 this spring besides increase the storage, it left more than a few people wondering if the tiny tablet is on its way out. If you believe a BGR source, the answer is "yes." The contact claims that Apple...

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11:01
Refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note 7 gets Bluetooth SIG...




Samsung's plan to start selling a refurbished version of the ill-fated Note 7 smartphone is getting closer to completion, with the renamed 'Galaxy Note 7R' receiving approval from the Bluetooth SIG ahead of its expected rerelease in a limited number of markets, possibly within the next month.

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11:00
US Law Allows Low H-1B Wages; Just Look At Apple

An anonymous reader writes: If you work at Apple's One Infinite Loop headquarters in Cupertino as a computer programmer on an H-1B visa, you can can be paid as little as $52,229. That's peanuts in Silicon Valley. Average wages for a programmer in Santa Clara County are more than $93,000 a year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, the U.S. government will approve visa applications for Silicon Valley programmers at $52,229 -- and, in fact, did so for hundreds of potential visa holders at Apple alone. To be clear, this doesn't mean there are hundreds of programmers at Apple working for that paltry sum. Apple submitted a form to the U.S. saying it was planning on hiring 150 computer programmers beginning June 14 at this wage. But it's not doing that. Instead, this is a paperwork exercise by immigration attorneys to give an employer -- in this case, Apple -- maximum latitude with the H-1B laws. The forms-submittal process doesn't always reflect actual hiring goals...

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10:57
Singapore Knightsbridge shopping center Apple Retail...




After installation a few weeks ago, an "Apple loves Singapore" mural covering work on the flagship outlet has been adorned with an opening date -- May 27.

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10:51
Apple’s first Singapore retail location officially...

Apple’s long-awaited Singapore retail location finally has an opening date. The store is Apple’s first in Singapore and is set to open May 27th, a week from this Saturday, at 10AM, according to a new report from The Straits Times.

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10:45
External Link: WannaCry Ransomware Vindicates Apple’...

Last year, Apple CEO Tim Cook came under fire from the FBI for not providing a custom, vulnerable version of iOS so the agency could hack into the iPhone 5c used by one of the San Bernardino mass shooters. Cook refused, on the grounds that it would be impossible to keep any such back door out of the hands of criminals and other intelligence agencies. His stance has now been vindicated, as stolen NSA exploits released by the Shadow Brokers hacking group were used to spread the WannaCry ransomware throughout the world. WannaCry dominated headlines briefly by infecting more than 230,000 Windows-based computers in 150 countries in 24 hours, affecting major companies and even Britain's National Health Service.

 

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10:43
Amazon's Echo speaker is $80 cheaper right now...

As a fan of smart home speakers, I can tell you that once you have one device, you start thinking about the best spot for a second one. Right now, Amazon and Best Buy are trying to help make that situation easier by offering a discounted two-pack of the Amazon Echo smart speaker. Both retailers are offering two Echo speakers for $80 off—or $280 total, instead of $360. (For Amazon, use coupon code ECHO2PACK at checkout.)

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10:41
Twitter co-founder Biz Stone returns to 'be Biz...

Six years after leaving the company he co-founded, Biz Stone is returning to Twitter to "guide company culture." Or, as he put it in a blog post, fill a "Biz-shaped hole" he left. Stone won't be replacing any existing executives. Instead, this appear...

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10:40
Folx 5 PRO: Download and torrent manager for Mac -...

Do you do a lot of downloading of files or get content from torrents? If so, you probably know how crazy things can get -- just about everything shows up in your Downloads folder, whether it is video, music, photo or app content, and if it's a fast torrent, you may not have much control over your download and upload speeds. Today we're looking at Folx 5 PRO (US$19.95), a powerful download and torrent manager from Eltima Software. Check out the review, then enter to win one of ten licenses for Folx 5 PRO.

Folx 5 comes in a free-to-try version, but you really want the PRO version. It adds a ton of features, including: 

  • Splitting of downloads into up to 20 threads
  • Scheduling of downloads
  • Integration with iTunes
  • Speed control
  • Search for torrents directly...
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10:34
Apple's latest Beats ad uses NBA stars LeBron...




Apple on Tuesday released a new Beats ad in its "Be Heard" series, this time featuring four NBA stars: LeBron James, James Harden, Kevin Durant, and Draymond Green.

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10:28
Apple beta software releases start again with iOS 10...




Holding true to the last release cycle, Apple has released a slew of new betas, with iOS 10.3.3, watchOS 3.2.3, tvOS 10.2.2, and macOS Sierra 10.12.6 all available for developer testing.

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10:19
Pluto TV adds 'ALF' and other classics to...

Last we'd heard of Pluto TV, the ad-supported streaming service had just gotten a slew of shows from Hulu. Now Pluto is adding video-on-demand in the form of movies and TV shows from Lionsgate, MGM and Warner Bros. to complement its current programmi...

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10:14
Apple releases first watchOS 3.2.3 beta for Apple...

Apple has released the first watchOS 3.2.3 beta for Apple Watch. The update is currently only available to registered developers for testing.

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10:11
Apple releases first iOS 10.3.3 beta for iPhone and...

Apple has released the first iOS 10.3.3 beta for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The update likely includes bug fixes and security improvements.

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10:05
First macOS 10.12.6 beta rolling out on Mac App Store

Apple has released the first macOS 10.12.6 beta for developer testing. The new update likely focuses on bug fixes and security improvements.

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10:01
First tvOS 10.2.2 beta for Apple TV rolling out

Apple has released the first tvOS 10.2.2 beta for Apple TV. The new tvOS beta allows developers who are registered with Apple’s developer program to test their apps on the upcoming software update for Apple TV.

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10:00
Keep tabs on your kid's location while you...

It seems like everyone wants to get into your living room. From the Apple TV to Google Home to Amazon's range of devices, your house is the site of the next battle for connected device supremacy. Instead of a voice command gadget with a screen like t...

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09:35
Say goodbye to the iPad mini

Apple is reportedly planning to phase the iPad mini out of its lineup due to, among other things, decreased sales due to bigger smartphones such as the iPhone 7 Plus, according to a BGR report.

Quoting unnamed sources, the article says the mini has been “sized out of its own category” and has seen ever-decreasing sales. It’s uncertain if Apple plans to continue selling the iPad mini for a period of time without further updates, or if it will pull the device at some point in the near future.

The first generation iPad mini was announced on Oct. 23, 2012, and was released on Nov. 2, 2012. The second generation model, with a faster processor and retina display, was announced Oct. 22, 2013, and released on Nov. 12, 2013. The third generation iPad mini was announced on Oct. 16, 2014, and released on Oct. 22, 2014. The The iPad mini 4 was announced during the "Hey Siri" Apple Special...

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09:29
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 13″ MacBook Pro w/ Touch Bar $...

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09:15
News: Report: Apple to discontinue iPad mini

A new report from BGR claims Apple is preparing to discontinue the iPad mini. When it debuted in 2012 the iPad mini occupied a useful niche between the small iPhone and the much larger iPad, competing with the popular Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire. But with 5.5” iPhones encroaching on the smaller tablet’s main selling point — size — a source now claims Apple is experiencing “fierce cannibalism of our own products” and says the…

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09:10
Labour’s election manifesto: What it means for UK...

The UK has entered election season, which means it's time for all of the major political parties to cough up their manifestos. Today it was Labour's turn to put forward its proposed vision, which includes better broadband access, more investment in r...

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09:00
What to expect at Google I/O 2017

For the second year running, Google's massive I/O developer event will take place at the storied Shoreline Amphitheater, right around the corner from the company's Mountain View headquarters. Last year's conference had a host of major announcements w...

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08:56
Apple phasing out iPad mini in light of low sales,...




Apple is reportedly planning to phase the iPad mini out of its lineup, which may make the Mini 4 -- released in 2015 -- the last of its kind.

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08:52
Instagram finally snags Snapchat’s beloved selfie...

Instagram introduced its disappearing Stories, a format created by Snapchat, nine months ago. In that time, Stories has racked up 200 million daily active users. Despite criticisms of Instagram’s unoriginality, Stories have clearly been a success. But they’ve been missing one feature that makes Snapchat such a joy to use: the filters that transform your face. That changes now.

In an update rolling out to Instagram users today, the Stories camera has a new face icon with eight filters that transform you into a different version of yourself. The koala and bunny filters will definitely be a hit with kids, and there are flower crowns for the teens. There aren’t quite as many filter options to choose from, and it’s unclear if Instagram will refresh its filters regularly like Snapchat does, but it’s not a bad start. You can use the filters on both front-facing and rear-facing shots.

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08:51
Samsung Pay launches in the UK almost two years...




Samsung is slowly catching up to its competition in the contactless mobile payments market in the United Kingdom, with the South Korean electronics giant launching Samsung Pay in the country on Tuesday, one year after Android Pay arrived in the UK, and almost two years after Apple Pay launched in the market.

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08:46
News: Apple looking for someone to head up video...

Apple is looking for someone to lead its video programming strategy efforts, The Information reports. People familiar with the matter said Apple has talked to former HBO programming head Michael Lombardo, who left HBO early last year to focus on his own production projects. Sources at Apple claim the company is actively looking to fill the role, but what types of video content viewers could end up getting from the arrangement is still an open question.…

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08:42
Microsoft partners with the UN to track human rights...

In what's described as a "landmark" partnership, Microsoft and the United Nations are teaming up to help help predict and fight human rights abuses, among other potential projects. Microsoft is providing a $5 million grant to the UN Human Rights Offi...

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08:22
Uber really wants to be your one-stop transit app

While you'd think that Uber would balk at mass transit, it's really quite friendly to the concept. One of its best-known third-party app tie-ins, Transit, lets you hail a car from the same app that gives you real-time bus schedules. And now it's retu...

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08:13
Instagram continues copying Snapchat with new '...




Facebook's Instagram on Tuesday launched "face filters" for the iPhone, once again copying a signature feature of its main competition, Snapchat.

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08:10
AWT TV Episode 8: May 15, 2017

Dennis, Steve and Marty got together last night for another episode of AWT TV, our weekly livestream where we talk about...Apple! The conversation was free and easy last night, covering:

• The year in review of construction at Apple Park by Matthew Roberts (find him here on YouTube)
• WWDC at the McInerny Convention Center in San Jose - will developers get tours of Apple Park?
• The MP3 format and the generic term for digital files
• Release of the new operating system updates on May 15
• The Core i9 chips that may be announced next month, 12 core/24 thread. Want one in a Mac Pro? 
• 4K video on the 27-inch 5K iMac and how awesome it is!
• Will Apple announce the 10.5-inch iPad Pro at WWDC? 
• The Siri Speaker that might be announced at WWDC
• Google Assistant may make it to iOS as soon as this week
• Apple's acquisition of...

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08:00
‘Sonic Forces’ will bring your fanfiction characters...

Until now, Sonic Forces has looked like Sonic Generations 2 in all but name. With trailers showing off levels that switch between classic side scrolling and the 3D perspective of Sonic's more modern adventures, you can forgive gamers for thinking the...

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07:47
Report: Apple to phase out the iPad mini, no more...

There may be bad news for iPad mini fans. A new report claims Apple plans to discontinue the 7.9-inch iPad sometime in the future, which is a claim supported by the lack of updates to the smaller iPad in recent years.

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07:45
Engadget giveaway: Win a GoPro Hero5 Session and...

With all that's going on in the world, you could immerse yourself in the media or strike out to define your own narrative. This week's giveaway is a starter kit for capturing the world as you see it and editing the output to your whims. CyberLink has...

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07:37
News: Apple patents construction method for...

Apple has been granted a patent for techniques to mount multiple components inside a cylindrical device, fueling further speculation that the device in question is the rumored Siri speaker. The patent covers the methods used in mounting speakers, microphones, sensors, lights, touch displays and other electronic parts so that they will lay flush with an outer cylinder-shaped casing. Methods for using gaskets to surround components to seal them against…

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07:32
Comment: Google Assistant’s arrival on the iPhone...

Siri may have been a pioneer in the field of voice-based intelligent assistants, but competition in the field is now fierce. Google Assistant, Microsoft’s Cortana and Amazon’s Alexa are all aiming to take Siri’s crown.

The problem, however, is that many Apple owners are so deeply embedded in the ecosystem that there’s little risk of them switching platforms – especially not from an iPhone to an Android phone. So while Google Assistant in theory put Apple under pressure to improve Siri, in practice, not so much.

But if Google Assistant does indeed make it onto the iPhone this week as reported, that’s a new ballgame …

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07:12
Phishing campaign alerts DocuSign to customer data...

A bizarre email address or an obvious misspelling are good indicators that the recent email telling you to reset your Apple ID password isn't what it seems. But there are more sophisticated (and believable) phishing attacks you have to watch out for,...

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07:11
Pokémon Go kicking off Adventure Week on Thursday...

Pokémon Go is approaching its first anniversary later this summer and Niantic is kicking off a new in-game event to keep the momentum going. Pokémon Go will soon launch Adventure Week which includes perks at PokéStops, discounts in the shop, and bonus candy when walking buddy Pokémon. Adventure Week will also include more rock-type Pokémon and other bonuses…

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07:09
News: Apple making app-specific passwords mandatory...

Starting June 15, Apple is making it mandatory for users to set unique passwords for third-party apps before they can access a user’s iCloud data, according to email notices sent out by Apple Support. To create the app-specific passwords, users will have to enable two-factor authentication for their Apple ID and generate passwords for any third-party app accessing mail, contact and calendar items. The change can be made in the App-Specific Passwords…

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06:59
MacBook Pro with Touch Bar wins a Display Industry...

It may be controversial, but the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar has won a Display Industry Award from the Society for Information Display (SID), a professional organization focused on the display industry. The awards are granted to “display products that incorporate the most significant technological advances and/or outstanding features.”

Here's what SID has to say about the Mac laptop: “Delivering an entirely new degree of user interactivity, Apple's Touch Bar feature is a multi-touch, high-resolution OLED display placed directly on the keyboard of the MacBook Pro. The Touch Bar delivers shortcuts and tools to the user's fingertips based on which app is being used and in what capacity, with context-specific features and controls that can both make an unfamiliar app more accessible to a new user and empower a pro by enabling greater workflow efficiency. 

“The creation of the Touch Bar involved several breakthroughs in OLED technology – in particular, its Retina-resolution...

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06:58
Rumor claims Apple Pay may launch in Italy on...




After months of hints, Apple Pay may finally launch in Italy this Wednesday, according to a local report citing three sources in the retail and banking industries.

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06:51
Google Assistant is expected to hit iOS and washing...

Google's voice-controlled Assistant has only been available on Android and Home so far, but it might just spread its wings in the very near future. To start, Bloomberg tipsters claim that Google will use its I/O developer conference to launch Assista...

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06:45
Apple is the ‘Most Trusted Brand’ when it comes to...

When it comes to mobile phones, Apple is the most trusted brand, according to the annual Most Trusted Brand in America by Reader’s Digest. Interestingly, Dell topped the list when it comes to computers.

More than 5,500 Americans across the country participated in the online survey, which awards the “Reader’s Digest Most Trusted Brand” title to winners in 40 product categories, including travel, food and beverage, automotive, beauty and healthcare, retail and customer service, financial services, household items, consumer electronics and more.

In this year’s survey, more than half of participants responded that the “Reader’s Digest Trusted Brand” seal of approval would increase their likelihood of trusting a brand, and 49 percent...

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06:41
Apple’s new campus: An exclusive look inside the...

This is a long read, but it’ll fly by. Beautifully crafted with lots of photos (by Dan Winters) and anecdotes (expertly related by long-time Apple historian Steven Levy).

One bit from the very end:

Last December, Cook, Ive, and Apple PR head Steve Dowling met with Laurene Powell Jobs, Steve’s widow. At the time, the campus didn’t have a name. One option was to brand the entire site after the company’s late CEO, but that didn’t feel right. A more intimate honor would come from lending his name to the 1,000-seat theater in the southeast corner of the campus. Not only had Jobs thought hard about what the theater should look like, but it will also be the stage for product launches like those he had so famously made his own. “It’s on a hill, at one of the highest points on this land,” Cook says. “It felt like him.”

And so his name will be on the theater. But anyone searching for Steve Jobs’ finger­prints on Apple Park will find them elsewhere—in the glint off the...

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06:34
Apple Park toured, execs reminisce about Steve Jobs...




During a tour given to a journalist in May, Apple's Design head Jony Ive and the architects responsible for the project spoke about the philosophy of Apple Park's design, Steve Jobs' influence on the project down to minute details, and the massive engineering effort needed to complete the project.

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06:33
iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are the best selling smartphones...

Looking at the fourth quarter of 2017 alone, the iPhone 7 was the 2016 best-selling iPhone, followed by the iPhone 7 Plus, based on research from the IHS Markit Smartphone Shipment Database, which tracks quarterly shipment data for more than 350 smartphone models. Apple is in the second spot among smartphone makers, shipping 50.8 million phones, down 0.8% from a year ago.

iHS Market says that “Apple again has demonstrated that its new iPhones integrate enough innovations and new features to drive sales and remain successful in the market.” The company also is capable of selling older devices for an extended period; for instance, the year-old iPhone 6s and 6s Plus both were among the most-shipped models in 2016. 

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06:30
Instagram update adds Snapchat-style AR face filters

Instagram is rolling out a new Snapchat-like AR feature today called face filters. These work with both the photo and video camera to apply real-time face-tracking filters over subjects.

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06:30
Some personal photos of Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, many...

Esther Dyson pulled together this lovely collection of snapshots of people in the PC industry. This is real “back in the day” stuff. Lots of people I didn’t recognize, sprinkled with many I did. I love the young faces of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. And don’t miss Steve Ballmer playing charades.

[Via Dave Winer]

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06:30
Blow-up dolls, vibrators and the sex robot’s...

Just a few days before Christmas 2015, I found myself staring down the silicone mouth hole of the "world's first blowjob robot." I'd set out to find the future of sex but quickly realized that: 1) The Autoblow 2+ wasn't a robot at all, and 2) I'd be...

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06:23
News: Apple releases iOS 10.3.2, tvOS 10.2.1,...

Yesterday Apple released iOS 10.3.2, tvOS 10.2.1, watchOS 3.2.2, and iTunes 12.6.1, all of which focused on minor improvements and bug fixes to previous versions. We’ll update if we find anything worth noting, but Apple is likely saving any big software developments for WWDC next month....

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06:23
Instagram apes Snapchat yet again with face filters

At this point, it's probably easier to note the features Instagram and Facebook haven't swiped from Snapchat. Those tools already include the likes of Stories, stickers and more. Today, the filter-driven photo app announced a slew of new features, on...

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06:20
When Apple is 2 years behind you, put your things in...

Daniel Eran Dilger, Apple Insider, steps through a series of cases where Apple was seriously behind, then overtook the competition. A few examples:

2007: A year prior to Peak iPod, Microsoft announced its own Zune to much fanfare as the “iPod-killer,” just as pundits began imagining in parallel that phones playing MP3s would kill Apple’s iPod empire. Everything seemed so dire for Apple. Zune could do wireless WiFi sync and MP3-playing feature phones appeared to cost much less than an iPod!

However, that year Apple introduced iPhone. Steve Jobs described it as “a widescreen iPod” in addition to a phone and “breakthrough internet device”. Zune staggered along like a zombie until it was terminated while basic phones playing MP3s were blown away by Apple’s “iPod phone” with a real web browser.

And:

2011: Google floated another feature Apple lacked for several years: Near Field Communications, or NFC, used in Google Wallet...

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06:20
Apple makes unique passwords mandatory for third-...




As of June 15, Apple will begin requiring app-specific passwords for third-party apps that need to access iCloud data, the company said in an email notice to users.

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06:15
Upcoming Apple Watch to include game-changing health...

Jonathan S. Geller, BGR:

According to our source, Apple’s sights are now set on the epidemic of diabetes, and the company plans to introduce a game-changing glucose monitoring feature in an upcoming Apple Watch. An estimated 30 million people suffer from diabetes in the US alone, according to the American Diabetes Association, so Apple’s efforts could lead to a historic achievement in the world of health and fitness.

And:

Apple also plans to introduce interchangeable “smart watch bands” that add various functionality to the Apple Watch without added complexity, and without increasing the price of the watch itself. This could also mean that the glucose monitoring feature will be implemented as part of a smart band, rather than being built into the watch hardware.

A smart band is a natural evolution of, extension to the Apple Watch. Each Apple Watch includes a diagnostic six pin port, so there’s already a path for data flow between your existing Apple...

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06:13
Former Apple exec, Sal Soghoian, to host CMD-D:...

Former Apple exec Sal Soghoian has announced the first-ever CMD-D: Masters of Automation Conference (pronounced “Command-D") on Wednesday, Aug 9, in Santa Clara, California. It’s for anyone who uses automation, creates automation or develops software. Registration is now underway.

CMD-D is designed for anyone who uses automation, creates automation or develops software. Attendees will learn about powerful automation capabilities hiding in plain sight, user-friendly Automator power-tricks, the latest developments for cutting-edge dual-platform automation for macOS and iOS, and more. For those who are new to automation, a Scripting Boot Camp is also being planned for Aug. 8.

"I'm really excited about CMD-D," says Soghoian, conference co-founder and user-automation expert. "For the past 20 years, I've met and taught great people, doing amazing things with Apple's automation technologies. Bringing everyone together can...

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06:04
The newly redesigned Shazam

Ryan Christoffel, writing for MacStories, walks through the new look for Shazam. I do like the new design. The old one was cluttered, and sometimes confusing.

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06:01
∞ Your MP3s are going to be just fine

Three thoughtful responses to yesterdays river of “MP3s are dead” articles.

  1. No, the MP3 Is Not Dead, by Kirk McElhearn.

  2. Your MP3s are going to be just fine, by Hayley Tsukayama for the Washington Post.

  3. “MP3 is dead” missed the real, much better story by Marco Arment.

In a nutshell, your MP3s will not spontaneously combust, the last known MP3 patents have lapsed, AAC is a better format, but the MP3 format is ubiquitous.

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06:00
Sal Soghoian announces Masters of Automation...

Sal Soghoian on the CMD-D conference front page:

Sal here, with something pretty cool to share with you. We’ve started a new conference to bring together the Apple automation and scripting community!

The conference is called CMD-D (pronounced “Command-D”), and it will be held August 9th at the Santa Clara Convention Center. It’ll be a full day of exploring the current state of automation technology on both Apple platforms, sharing ideas and concepts, and showing what’s possible—all with the goal of inspiring and furthering development of your own automation projects.

To assist in this exploration of all things Automation, I’ve invited some of my smartest friends to present sessions focused on their own areas of automation expertise, on macOS and iOS. And, for those new to automation, we’re also planning a Scripting Boot Camp on August 8th.

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Disconnect Lifetime Premium...

For Tuesday’s iLounge Deal, we’re offering a Lifetime Premium Subscription to Disconnect for only $49 — that’s 90% off the regular price. This privacy-shielding VPN blocks online trackers and malware across your entire device, keeping your data safe while also speeding up your browsing and extending your battery life. Tracking requests are blocked from connecting to your devices, while VPN technology encrypts your Internet connection…

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06:00
The latest 'Pokémon Go' event is all about...

With the one year anniversary of Pokémon Go approaching, Niantic and the Pokémon Company have launched (another) in-game event called Adventure Week. From May 18th until May 25th, trainers will encounter an increasing number of Rock-typ...

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06:00
The first television with Amazon Fire TV built in is...

Sure, you can get a Fire TV stick with an Alexa remote and plug it into your existing television set to make it smart. But that setup can't pull in streams from all the devices you have connected, like your PlayStation, antenna and whatever else you...

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05:54
Renders of the 'iPhone 8' from CAD file...




A collection of new renders for the 'iPhone 8' surfaced this morning, claimed to be created based on a 'highly detailed CAD file' of the smartphone's chassis, with the images seemingly showing the new rear dual camera orientation and a section on the glass back supposedly used for wireless charging.

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05:47
Photos posted from exclusive tour inside Apple Park...

Wired has been given an exclusive look inside the spaceship ring of the Apple Campus, revealing the ‘pod’ approach that was the brainchild of Steve Jobs.

As with any Apple product, its shape would be determined by its function. This would be a workplace where people were open to each other and open to nature, and the key to that would be modular sections, known as pods, for work or collaboration. Jobs’ idea was to repeat those pods over and over: pod for office work, pod for teamwork, pod for socializing, like a piano roll playing a Philip Glass composition. They would be distributed demo­cratically. Not even the CEO would get a suite or a similar incongruity. And while the company has long been notorious for internal secrecy, compartmentalizing its projects on a need-to-know basis, Jobs seemed to be proposing a more porous structure where ideas would be more freely shared across common spaces. Not totally open, of course—Ive’s design studio, for instance, would be...

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