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Thursday February 9

10:40
Here’s why people are saying iCloud is secretly...

A report shared earlier today by Elcomsoft’s CEO Vladimir Katalov claimed your iCloud account may have been storing more Safari history than it should, pointing to a database of “deleted” browsing history that could be extracted in plain text to reveal URLs. But the data is outdated and we’ve learned from sources that the problem has been fixed for the majority of users for almost a year and for the rest quickly after the issue was discovered.

The data that Apple does store is kept for good reason… more…

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10:32
The Cybathlon returns in 2020

The world's first Cybathlon, a single-day sporting competition designed for people with severe disabilities, was a massive success in 2016. We documented the games, tech and cheering crowds that filled Zürich's Swiss Arena in a five-part video s...

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10:30
AI Smackdown! Apple's Siri vs. Amazon Alexa

One of the big surprises of the past few years has been the rise in popularity of Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant. Alexa resides in a number of Amazon and third-party products now like the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Tap, Fire TV, and Fire Tablet. Although it’s not an Apple product — in fact, Alexa is designed to compete directly on many fronts with Apple services — I thought it would be a good idea to introduce Alexa to Apple World Today readers…if they haven’t already introduced themselves to “her”.

My experiences have come over the past three months with a $50 Echo Dot (affiliate link) and a $65 JAM HX-P590BK Jam Voice portable speaker with Alexa. The Dot is equipped with what Amazon refers to as “far field voice recognition”, meaning that it listens to all sounds and responds to a voice prompt — “Alexa”. You don’t need to be right next to the...

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10:20
BeatsX earbuds launching Friday come with 3 months...




Customers who have been waiting months for Apple's delayed BeatsX earbuds will be given a consolation: three free months of Apple Music streaming.

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10:05
Flipboard redesigns itself around ‘smart’ digital...

I like the idea of Flipboard and have a couple of “magazines” of my own but I don’t seem to find the time to use the app the way it is intended. It just isn’t as compelling or full featured as I’d like it to be.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:05
External Link: Apple Preparing to Move into “...

Reuters reports that, after years of delays and an estimated $5 billion price tag, Apple hopes to start moving into its new “spaceship” campus in a few months. One of Steve Jobs’s final initiatives, the round glass building was projected to be finished in 2015 but was held up by a lengthy city approval process and insane attention to detail. Although it looks (and sounds) impressive, some architects wonder if the building is an example of form over function. Louise Mozingo, chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at U.C. Berkeley, told Reuters that the building could be tough to navigate. Other sources have said that the building has been a tremendous drain on Apple; we can hope that completing it will help the company devote more time, attention, and resources to its core products and services.

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology...

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10:01
Behind the scenes photos of the Westminster Dog Show

I post this less about the dog show, which is great fun to watch and is on this weekend, and more about the choice of black and white for the photos. I love B&W photography but it doesn’t work in all situations. I think this is one of those times when it really doesn’t work.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:00
Chrome for Android adds WebVR support for the...

If you have a Daydream VR headset, you may want to update your Android phone's Chrome browser ASAP. Chrome's stable version now supports WebVR, a JavaScript API necessary for experiences loaded on browsers to work on a VR device. Google introduced We...

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10:00
Trump's FCC head is doing exactly what we...

The newly minted head of the FCC has only been in the job for a few weeks but has already begun to make changes. Ajit Pai is a vocal opponent of net neutrality, promising to "fire up the weed whacker" against his agency shortly before assuming leader...

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09:45
Dozens of iOS Apps Vulnerable to WiFi Snooping


Dozens of applications for Apple's mobile devices are vulnerable to WiFi snoopers, according to Will Strafach, CEO of the Sudo Security Group. He identified 76 popular iOS apps available at Apple's App Store that were vulnerable to wireless eavesdroppers, even though the connections were supposed to be protected by encryption. There have been 18 million downloads of the vulnerable apps, he said. Strafach categorized 33 of the vulnerable apps as "low risk." Another 24 iOS apps were "medium risk," and the remaining 19 were "high risk."

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09:43
Rumor: all 2017 iPhones will support wireless...

In a note to clients — as noted by MacRumors — KGI Securities Ming-Chi Kuo analyst says that all three new iPhones that will launch this year will support wireless charging.

This feature will increase the internal temperature of the smartphone, so he thinks the “iPhone 8” with an OLED display and glass casing will sport a new 3D Touch module with "additional graphite sheet lamination.

“While we don’t expect general users to notice any difference, lamination of an additional graphite sheet is needed for better thermal control and, thus, steady operation; this is because FPCB is replaced with film, which is more sensitive to temperature change of the 3D touch sensor in OLED iPhone,” Kuo writes.

Chances this rumor is true (IMHO): 100%. iPhone users have long wanted wireless charging; this is the year we’ll get it.

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09:43
Taser bought two computer vision AI companies

Law enforcement agencies across the country are adopting body-worn cameras as a means both of increasing their transparency with the public and generating actionable feedback to improve officer performance. Problem is, all these body cams produce ter...

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09:36
Safari histories are stored in iCloud for more than...

According to the CEO of Russian hacking tool creator Elcomsoft, Apple is storing Safari histories in the iCloud going back more than a year, possibly much longer, even where the user has asked for them to be wiped from memory.

Elcomsoft chief Vladimir Katalov told FORBES that Apple kept a separate iCloud record, titled “tombstone,” in which deleted web visits were stored, ostensibly for syncing across devices. When Katalov took Elcomsoft's Phone Breaker software to extract data from the linked iCloud account, he found "deleted" records going back a year.

“It's unclear just how or why Apple is storing cleared browsing history for such a long period. It would appear to be a design issue rather than anything suspicious, and is likely to do with the syncing mechanism between iOS, Mac OS X and Apple servers,” Thomas Fox-Brewster...

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09:36
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPhone 7 128GB refurb $600,...

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09:25
DeepMind is using games to test AI aggression and...

As our ability to create AI grows, it's important that we assess how it behaves in different situations. DeepMind, Google's AI division in London, has been concerned with one aspect in particular: what happens when two or more AI have similar or conf...

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09:05
Track today's blizzard with the best third-...




Apple's native iOS Weather app is pretty spartan. Given that we're in the midst of a very strange winter in the U.S. -- with record temperatures, thunderstorms, tornadoes, ice storms, and epic snow all in the same week -- use one of these six weather apps to get a bit more data than Apple supplies.

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09:05
MIT and Segway's robo-hackathon focuses on...

Robots have become smarter and more useful over the last year alone, and Segway Robotics is turning to developers for ideas on more meaningful applications for its Loomo bot. For three days starting February 10th, the company is co-hosting the MIT Ha...

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09:01
Billboard’s top 100 power people in the music...

If the music industry is indeed in turnaround, that’s in no small part due to the digital disrupter at No. 1, the live titan at No. 3, Alexa’s mastermind at No. 12 and the visionary label bosses, tech gurus, artist managers and media moguls (including 41 first-timers!) who comprise Billboard’s annual ranking of executive excellence.

Apple’s Eddy Cue, Jimmy Iovine, and Robert Kondrk are all tied at No. 4, while Larry Jackson and Bozoma Saint John are tied at No. 67.

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08:57
Apple's iPhone declines in China, and this year...

Perhaps the next iPhone 8 will be Apple’s next shot at achieving greatness in China.

The current iPhones aren’t helping Apple gain market share in China, according to Canalys. Markets like China and India are at the top of Apple’s agenda to grow the iPhone business.

China accounts for a third of worldwide smartphone shipments. Buyers in the market are leaning toward local brands like Huawei, Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi, which formed the top four smartphone vendors in China in 2016, according to Canalys.

Apple was in the fifth spot, and Samsung doesn’t figure in the top five.

In 2016, Apple’s phone shipments in China totaled 43.8 million units, a drop of 18.2 percent compared to 2015. It’s not looking any better for Apple in 2017.

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08:56
Researchers find iCloud storing Safari history...




iCloud-stored Safari browser history was discovered to be stored on iCloud and accessible by an update to a newly-updated forensics data gathering suite for over a year even after deletion -- but Apple has already taken steps to rectify the problem.

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08:45
Samsung's QLED 4K TVs will start at $2,500

If you've been waiting to buy one of Samsung's QLED 4K TVs, which were unveiled at CES 2017, today is your lucky day. The company is now taking pre-orders for its Q7 and Q8 sets, starting at $2,500 for a 55-inch, non-curved model. In case that's not...

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08:36
News: Report: Apple addressing heat dissipation...

A new report from KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo suggests that Apple’s rumored 2017 flagship iPhone, now being referred to by many as the “iPhone X,” will face increased heat dissipation issues, AppleInsider reports. With the new high-end iPhone expected to incorporate wireless charging and a glass external casing — both factors that will generate and retain heat inside the device — Kuo expects that Apple will be adding a graphite…

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08:35
Screen protector bubbles on your iPhone could be a...




Kawasaki this week showed off an industrial robot called "duAro" that can perfectly apply a screen protector to Apple's iPhone with no trapped air bubbles, accomplished in conjunction with Aldebaran and SoftBank's humanoid Pepper robot.

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08:24
Classic Hot Wheels cars are coming to 'Rocket...

It was announced a few days ago that real-life Rocket League toy cars are hitting shelves this spring. Now, the circle has been completed: Psyonix revealed this morning that it will introduce Hot Wheels to the Rocket League arena.

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08:23
iCloud was quietly storing years of cleared browsing...

The Verge:

This morning, a Russian forensics firm named Elcomsoft announced a way to extract years’ worth of web browsing records from Apple’s iCloud storage system, a method first reported by Forbes. Those records included site names, URLs, and when a given site was visited. Cleared browsing records are also visible in the records, although they are marked as “deleted” in the table. Mobile browsing records are also visible, although the sites themselves appear to be hashed in the most recent versions of iOS.

Wow. Looking forward to Apple’s official take on this.

∞ Read this on The Loop...

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08:13
What’s next for Apple Watch? How sleep tracking,...

Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2 both address a major flaw of the first-generation model with significant speed improvements, and all Apple Watches benefit from a performance boost and a simpler interface with watchOS 3. So what’s next for Apple Watch and watchOS this year? Let’s take a look at some of the next opportunities for Apple Watch (and a few rumors) that may tell us what Apple could be planning.

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08:12
KGI predicts wireless charging for all three new...

A new report from KGI predicts that all new iPhone models introduced in 2017 will feature wireless charging, on both the redesigned iPhone 8 and the iterative iPhone 7 devices expected to debut in the fall.

KGI has mentioned the addition of wireless charging previously. Today’s report reaffirms it will be available on all three new models after some reports to the contrary, not merely limited to the premium OLED device. However, the analyst warns there may be higher costs in production, especially with the 3D Touch sensor …

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08:07
∞ Bill Nye Saves the World

[VIDEO] Bill Nye Saves the World is coming to Netflix on April 21st. I am looking forward to this one. Click through to the main Loop post for the trailer.

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08:05
Wireless charging and new glass casing will require...




In reimagining the iPhone from the ground up with new features like wireless charging, Apple will reportedly also have to rethink how the handset is built, adding a thin graphite sheet to the handset's internals to prevent overheating.

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08:04
Deadbird shows a user’s deleted tweets

This is amazing. I’ve got a feeling about the first account people are going to check with this tool. Nice logo.

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08:00
After 50 years, scientists discover first-ever white...

After decades of speculation, students at Warwick University have now found the first ever white dwarf pulsar. Since 1967's discovery of the first pulsar (a rotating star that emits electromagnetic radiation), scientists have only been able to find e...

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07:57
Steve Jobs’ NeXT IPO application

Click through for a glimpse at the NeXT public offering application, the so-called Form S-1. The form is dated November 18th, 1996, about seven months before Steve Jobs came back to Apple.

If that IPO had gone through, the world might be a radically different place.

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07:52
Samsung files for a ‘Samsung Hello’ trademark

The way I read this, this is Samsung striking out on their own, moving to brand their own voice personality, apart from “OK Google”, and competing with Siri and Alexa (and to a lesser extent, Cortana). The main difference is, Apple and Amazon have complete control over the hardware on which their voice assistants run. Google is, at some level, dependent on third party hardware (thought Google Home and the Pixel phone are Google from the ground up). Samsung does control its hardware, but is dependent on Google for Android.

All very interesting.

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07:45
The Apple Watch killer app? The flick of the wrist.

Bernard Desarnauts, writing about a Wristly panel of more than 2,400 Apple Watch users:

A majority of the panel members were checking their notifications via the watch regularly, which by definition means they’re not looking for that information on their phone.

And:

We found that an average Apple Watch user is using his or her iPhone quite a bit more than non-Apple Watch users.

Interesting. Here’s why:

This data point can be explained by the stage of market development, whereby an Apple Watch user is by definition among the power users of mobile.

Makes sense.

But what is insightful and somewhat contradictory to this data point is that those same Apple Watch owners open/pick up their iPhone at least 20 percent less than non-Apple Watch owners.

This quantifies the anecdotal reporting from our panel; wearing an Apple Watch helps reduce the number of notifications and interruptions from your iPhone, and helps users remain focused...

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07:40
Apple’s latest Safari Technology Preview beta...

Apple seeded its latest beta of Safari for developers yesterday, as it does every two weeks. Whilst the seeds usually contain little of interest to non-developers, the newest seed (Release 23) includes a few interesting changes.

Most notably, it includes Mac laptop battery life improvements for WebGL content by relying less on the dedicated GPU.

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07:40
Mobile app approved as an alternative contraceptive

For the first time, an app that monitors fertility via algorithms has been officially certified for contraception use. Germany's Department of Health approved the mobile Natural Cycles app, meaning it can now be prescribed by doctors in Europe and th...

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07:29
Touch Bar support is available to Microsoft Office...

John Voorhees, MacStories, shows off the specifics of Microsoft’s just-released support for the MacBook Pro Touch Bar. Currently, that support is only available via Microsoft’s Office Insider beta program, which you can sign up for here.

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07:24
Apple begins recruiting for unannounced store in...




Apple's rumored store in the Austrian capital of Vienna was confirmed on Thursday, as the company posted job listings for an unspecified location in the city.

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07:22
Feature Request: Tidy up the iOS status bar

For an operating system as simple as iOS, it’s surprising how much stuff can appear in the 20px status bar almost always visible when using an iPhone or iPad. Ever since the Apple Watch came out, I’ve had a bit of a pet peeve that the Bluetooth symbol is always visible there as I’m always paired to the watch.

Is it really necessary to show me something that is always there? This leads me into a feature request that isn’t a critical new addition to the system by any means, but a small refinement to polish the iOS experience. I believe the status bar is too cluttered with redundant information and would like to see Apple make it tidier and less busy …

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07:22
∞ Apple is not late to the VR game

Facebook is shuttering 200 Oculus VR popup stores. Magic Leap is said to be struggling to pull together a demo for a critical Board meeting. And some are complaining that Apple is late to the VR game. Click through to the main Loop post for details, and a bit of op-ed.

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07:20
Apple CEO Tim Cook Tackles Truth in the Digital Age

Apple CEO Tim Cook visited the University of Glasgow yesterday to be awarded an honorary doctorate. During the Q&A session, one audience member asked Cook to tell what the future looks like. Following is Cook's response: "The world is going through an enormous change. We used to watch three or four people tell us the news, and generally speaking most of us trusted that ... now you are growing up in an environment where everyone is telling you the news and everyone is trying to influence your opinion on something," Cook said. "Generally society hasn't moved as fast as technology has ... so all of us have been put in a position to make sure that when we hear something we automatically take it as our opinion that we think through the different views on it and unfortunately make sure it is accurate as well."


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07:14
News: Apple CEO Tim Cook meets with UK Prime...

Following yesterday’s Fireside Chat at the University of Glasgow, Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly met with UK Prime Minister Teresa May at her home at 10 Downing Street. A tweet from James Cook of Business Insider UK noted Cook’s appearance at the Prime Minister’s residence and later published a statement from a government spokesperson about the meeting. Statement from the prime minister’s spokesperson about her meeting with Apple…

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07:06
Mac malware discovered in Microsoft Word document...




A second example of malware targeting macOS users has surfaced this week, with the discovery of a Word document that attempts to use an automatically-running macro, one that tries to download a hazardous payload to infect the target Mac.

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06:55
News: Tim Cook discusses immigration ban, Steve Jobs...

During Tim Cook’s visit to the University of Glasgow yesterday, the Apple CEO participated in a “Fireside Chat” with staff and students of the university, fielding questions on a number of topics, including politics, the environment, and Apple’s design philosophy. The University posted a number of photos and short video clips on its Twitter account, and one attendee posted a video of the full hour-long event on YouTube. The…

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06:18
Apple's Tim Cook talks Brexit & more with...




In a Downing Street meeting on Thursday, Apple CEO Tim Cook and U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May discussed a variety of topics, including local Apple investments and May's plans to withdraw her country from the European Union following a 2016 referendum.

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06:13
Sonnet announces Mac-compatible Dual-Port 10 Gigabit...

Sonnet Technologies has announced Mac compatible Twin 10G Thunderbolt 3 Edition Thunderbolt 3 to Dual-Port 10GBASE-T 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) adapter, and the Twin 10G SFP+ Thunderbolt 3 Edition Thunderbolt 3 to Dual-Port SFP+ 10GbE adapter. 

Both allow you to add10GbE network connectivity to a Mac with a Thunderbolt 3 port. They also enable users to connect their computers via copper or optical cables to high-speed network infrastructure and storage systems using the 10GbE standard. 

The Twin 10G Thunderbolt 3 adapter is equipped with two RJ45 ports, enabling users to connect their computers to a switch or other 10GbE interface via inexpensive CAT-6 or CAT-6A copper cabling at distances up to 55 or 100 meters, respectively. 

The Twin 10G SFP+ Thunderbolt 3 adapter is equipped with two SFP+ sockets, allowing users to select either short-range (up to 300 meters) or long-range (up to 10 kilometers) SFP+...

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06:13
LinkedIn enhances Premium subscriptions to help you...

LinkedIn is rolling out updates to its Premium subscription plans in a move to boost the value proposition and direct outcomes delivered through LinkedIn data on businesses, careers and education.

The changes are designed to make better use of both existing data and the new datasets LinkedIn is gathering on salary, company details and the courses its users are completing on LinkedIn Learning, a new service the company repackaged in September following its 2015 acquisition of Lynda.com.

“The goal for us on the Premium team is to deliver direct economic outcomes to our members,” says Gyanda Sachdeva, senior director of product management and head of LinkedIn’s Premium subscription products.

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06:04
Fate of screen supplier Japan Display unclear if...




Analysts predict that recent reorganizational efforts and a financial assist by the Japanese government for Apple supplier Japan Display, the prime supplier of iPhone screens, may not matter much if Apple does in fact shift to OLED screens in the "iPhone 8" and future models.

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Zendure 40W Max A-Series 4-Port...

Today in iLounge Deals, you can pick up the Zendure 4-Port USB Travel Wall Charger for only $32.95 — that’s 17% off the regular price. Designed with the world-traveller in mind, this high-speed wall charger includes UK and EU adapters so you can plug it in just about anywhere in the world. It includes one Quick Charge 2.0 high-speed port and three 2.4A full-power charging ports, so you can charge just about any USB compatible device at the…

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05:42
Patent report: iOS/macOS items with flexible...

Future iPhones and iPads (and perhaps even Mac laptops) could have flexible displays. Apple has filed for a patent (number 20170040306) for “electronic devices with soft input-out components.”

In the patent filing, Apple notes that it can be challenging to incorporate input-output devices into an electronic device such as smartphones, tablets and computers. Form factor considerations, reliability considerations, and various other factors may make it difficult or impossible for conventional input-output components to be used in certain devices. 

For example, if an electronic device has bendable portions, traditional displays and touch sensors mounted in the device may be subject to stress-induced failures. Apple wants to be able to provide electronic devices with improved input-output devices — in other words, flexible screens.

Here’s Apple’s summary of the patent: “A flexible input-output device may be formed from an elastomeric substrate layer...

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05:15
iPad Air 2 models experiencing stock-outs, updated...

When Apple’s inventory runs low, a new model tends to be around the corner.

This seems to be the case with the iPad Air 2, wherein inventory levels have dropped as a trio of new models are rumored to soon launch, potentially suggesting the popular iPad Air 2 will be axed for a new model with faster processor.

Certain models of the table are not available from a number of authorized Apple resellers. At MacMall, neither the space gray nor silver variants of the 32-gigabyte Wi-Fi-only iPad Air 2 are in stock. And on the high end, B&H lists all LTE-equipped 128-gigabyte models as “no longer available,” suggesting inventory will not be replenished.

Over at the Apple Store, the silver, gold and space gray versions of the Wi-Fi iPad Air 2 will deliver no sooner than February 20th for online order. Retail availability also seems to be drying up, as some Apple store locations have stated that new inventory will arrive no sooner than February 24th.

Apple...

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05:15
Rumor: special anniversary edition of the iPhone to...

Apple will launch a special 10th anniversary edition of the iPhone that will cost more than $1,000, according to Fast Company, quoting an unnamed “source with knowledge of Apple’s plans.”

I think this is true, though it’s not particularly shocking since the 256GB of the iPhone 7 Plus costs $969. Fast Company says the 2017 Apple smartphone — which may be dubbed the “iPhone 8” (the logical naming progression) or the “iPhone X” (in honor of the smartphone’s 10th birthday) — will sport a new 5.—inch OLED display, “which is said to look great and stretch across the whole front of the phone” but “will probably cost Apple roughly twice as much as the LCD display used in current iPhones.”

Fast Company says the iPhone X will also:

  • Look something like a smooth black monolith, with few visual...
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05:10
Tim Cook met with UK Prime Minister Theresa May this...

Following on from an appearance at the University of Glasgow yesterday, Tim Cook was spotted entering 10 Downing Street in London this morning, the home of the UK Prime Minister. A statement from a government representative confirms that Tim Cook did indeed meet with Prime Minister Theresa May at 10 AM GMT this morning.

The meeting covered Apple’s investments in the UK and the importance of digital skills in the workforce. May also outlined her Brexit plan to Cook, which will see the UK leave the European Union by 2019.

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05:00
Microsoft offers Touch Bar features in Office for...

This could be pretty nifty.

Following the original October event for the 2016 MacBook Pro, wherein it was announced that Microsoft Office would offer Touch Bar integration in the coming months, this appears to be about to come true.

Microsoft has announced that Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook would feature Touch Bar support, including quick access to text formatting, object ordering and other tools.

In the case of Word, users can enter Focus Mode to hide all distractions on their primary display with the most-commonly used formatting options visible, instead, on the Touch Bar.

Heading and paragraph styles appear pre-rendered as Touch Bar buttons so you can preview what the text will look like at a glance.

For PowerPoint, the the Touch Bar offers a miniature slide deck, wherein you can navigate and reorder a presentation with a few taps. You can also tap a Reorder Objects button to bring up a graphical map of all the slide’s elements.

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04:31
New Mac malware detected this week, based on...

Mac security researchers have found two separate instances of new macOS malware making the rounds this week, although the Mac exploit scene still remains far behind the sophisticated worms and trojan horses seen on Windows as noted by ArsTechnica.

One of the new malware exploits relies on an old Windows technique, exploiting code execution inside Word documents using macros. It is believed to be the first of its kind targeted at the Mac platform. Luckily, it’s easy to avoid in large part because it relies on such an old attack vector …

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04:30
Should Apple buy one of these companies?

In 2014 Wired made the suggestion that Apple should instead buy one or more of 10 potential purchases the magazine recommends. Following are the 10 companies Wired recommended (with tongue sometimes in cheek) that Apple should acquire, along with what I'd recommend if I were in charge of Apple (and be thankful that I'm not). It's up to you to decide which of my recommendations are also tongue-in-cheek and which aren't:

Tesla. Why? buy it So Apple could offer an iCar. My advice: don't buy it. Buy Ferrari instead. After all, Eddy Cue, Apple's head of Internet software and services, is a member of the Ferrari board of directors, so there's no need to cause any internal strife.

Dropbox. Why buy it? It's better than iCloud. My advice: buy it (seriously). Then use Dropbox to supplement or fix iCloud, which could still use some improvements.

Uber, the ride-sharing startup. Why buy it? "To to build a mobile logistics network for the modern world." My advice:...

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04:15
Reasons to be optimistic about the iPad’s future

With another quarter of falling iPad sales, there’s a lot of talk these days about what’s up with the iPad. While Apple still sells more than twice as many iPads per quarter as it does Macs, the Mac business generates more revenue and is more stable than the iPad, which has shown year-over-year sales declines for 14 of Apple’s latest 15 financial quarters.

Despite a larger installed base than the Mac, customer-satisfaction scores that are “through the roof” (to use Tim Cook’s phrase), dominance in the high-end tablet market, and increasing sales to first-time iPad buyers, the iPad’s lack of sales momentum leads to a lot of skepticism about its future.

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04:00
The Codex is a handsome, but limited, carrying case...

The Codex from Moshi is a TSA checkpoint-friendly carrying case that allows you to use your MacBook Pro without removing it from the case. That’s useful, but I find the designer carrying case a bit limiting.

The $85 Codex is lightweight with a soft, vegan leather exterior surface-treated with a weather-resistant coating. The inner shell is lined with Viscotex memory foam to cushion the Mac laptop from shocks and bumps. The Codex’s sleek wrap-around zipper makes it easy to pack and unpack the laptop quickly. And the clamshell design allows you to use your laptop and access all ports without removing it.

The Codex is great if you’re boarding an airplane, thanks to its TSA friendliness. Its also great for protecting your MacBook Pro when you’re carrying it around the house or office. However, the Codex 15 has no room for peripherals (not even a power supply). There’s also no way to attach...

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02:33
Future Apple Watch owners might exchange data with a...




An Apple patent application uncovered on Thursday details a method of triggering the automatic exchange of information between two wearables with a simple greeting gesture, like a wave or fist-bump.

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02:21
Apple invents stretchable display backed by mesh-...




The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application hinting at the company's plans to build an advanced iPhone, or other personal device, with an exceedingly flexible display.

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Wednesday February 8

17:27
Tim Cook talks legacy of Steve Jobs, Apple Pencil,...

Earlier today, we covered a few of Tim Cook’s comments from his fireside chat at the University of Glasgow, but now that a full video has emerged, there are a few other quotes worth noting. During the full chat, Cook discussed topics such as the Apple Pencil, immigration, and more.

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15:30
Mac malware is still crude, but it’s slowly catching...

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Malicious Microsoft Word documents that abuse macros have long been the bane of Windows users. Now, security researchers have found what may be the first such real-world attack to infect Macs.

The attack was found in a Word file titled "U.S. Allies and Rivals Digest Trump's Victory - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace." When Mac users open the document in a Word application configured to allow macros and ignore a warning, an embedded macro automatically:

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15:30
Apple issues second macOS 10.12.4 Sierra beta for...




Nearly two weeks after releasing an initial public beta version of its upcoming macOS 10.12.4 update, Apple on Wednesday pushed out a second test version of the operating system to Public Beta Program members.

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15:16
Oh Samsung

The fire broke out not on the production line itself but in a part of the facility used for waste, including faulty batteries, said Samsung SDI spokesman Shin Yong-doo. He added that most of the factory was running as normal.

A Samsung factory fire caused by faulty batteries… Priceless.

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15:05
AWT News Update: February 8, 2017

Samsung factory fire image via Sina Weibo

Today's Apple news stories are all over the place...which made this a very fun podcast:

  • E-commerce company Square now has an iPad app for retailers that goes well beyond its small business apps of the past
  • There's speculation that new iPads may be coming out soon, and depleted stocks of the iPad Air 2 are a good sign that an iPad-specific product rollout may happen in the next month or so
  • Irony: a fire at the plant that made batteries for the Samsung Galaxy Note 7
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook gets an honorary degree, tells students about his inspiration

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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14:58
Apple's 10th anniversary iPhone could cost over...

To mark 10 years of metal and glass slabs, Apple is expected to debut an ultra high-end version of the iPhone alongside its next scheduled update. According to a report from Fast Company, Tim Cook and company will likely roll out three new phones thi...

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14:29
Facebook's slimmed down 'Lite' app...

Just because you're using Facebook Lite, it doesn't mean you want to compromise on features. Neither do any of the 200 million users worldwide taking advantage of the bare-bones version of the app. Fortunately, there's an update that rolls out many m...

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14:18
Google's Android Wear 2.0 plays catch-up with...




In time for two new LG smartwatches, the Watch Sport and Watch Style, Google on Wedndesday launched Android Wear 2.0, an updated OS meant to put Android watches on par -- or at least closer to par -- with the Apple Watch. Here's how the new software compares with Apple's watchOS 3.

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14:01
Verizon is releasing its own Android Wear 2.0...

Carriers are no stranger to selling smartwatches, but offering one of their own? That's rare, but Verizon is giving it a shot. The carrier (and Engadget corporate overlord) has unveiled the Wear24, a network-exclusive Android Wear 2.0 watch that will...

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13:50
Square launches iPad app with point-of-sale, store...




Commerce company Square has launched a new set of tools to help medium-sized businesses manage their affairs, with Square for Retail combining a point-of-sale app with other important business functions, including managing employees and inventory.

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13:39
Binge-watch on a virtual beach with Hulu VR's...

While Hulu continues to add more and more VR content to its catalog, the company wants to make sure you and your VR-ready friends have a virtual place to enjoy all of it. Today, Hulu announced two big social updates to its Hulu VR app for Oculus Rift...

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13:17
TSA debunks its own airport behavior screening

If you've ever suspected that the TSA's airport behavior screening (where it looks for visual signs of lying or stress) was just another example of ineffective security theater, you now have some science to back up your hunches. Thanks to a lawsuit,...

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13:11
iPhone 8 rumors: 10th anniversary edition will cost...

The iPhone 7 you got for the holidays still has that new-iPhone smell, but that won’t stop anyone from speculating about the next iPhone. After all, 2017 marks the iPhone’s 10th birthday, so Apple is reportedly gearing up to make its anniversary edition extra special.

We’ll keep track of the latest rumors and how plausible they are, and we’ll put them in one spot (this one!) so you can bookmark this link and just pop on over when you want to read the latest.

If you passed on the iPhone 7 to wait for the iPhone 8—or the iPhone 7s or whatever name Apple decides to use—it sounds like the next phone could be the design refresh you were waiting for. Just don’t expect the headphone jack to return.

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12:59
Apple rolling out macOS 10.12.4 public beta 2 for Mac

Apple has released the second public beta version of macOS 10.12.4 which includes Night Shift for Mac. macOS 10.12.4 public beta 2 follows the second developer version of the upcoming software update.

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12:55
Nintendo's '1-2 Switch' has 28...

Weird Nintendo is the best Nintendo. We now know there are a total 28 minigames in Nintendo's upcoming party game 1-2 Switch, according to the official Japanese website. One eagle-eyed Reddit user also spotted unlisted trailers for the bite-sized act...

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12:52
Tim Cook chats with students in Scotland

I really do like Tim.

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12:33
DHS could demand social media passwords of US...

Yesterday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments from the State of Washington v. Donald Trump lawsuit that suspended the President's controversial executive order preventing entry of anyone traveling from seven Muslim-majority countries....

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12:22
Tim Cook talks Steve Jobs as inspiration,...




Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke at his honorary degree ceremony at the University of Glasgow, discussing what motivations graduates should use for employment, President Trump's immigration executive order, and Steve Jobs as his main professional inspiration.

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12:11
Facebook is closing nearly half of Oculus pop-ups in...

Facebook is shutting down 200 of its 500 Oculus VR pop-up stores from Best Buy locations around the country due, in large part, to underwhelming interest from the public. Per pop-up workers speaking to Business Insider, some of these kiosks would "go...

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12:00
Signal tries its hand at encrypted video and voice...

Open Whisper Systems' Signal app is no longer limited to keeping text chats out of the wrong hands. A beta version of the Android app now includes experimental support for video and voice calling. Both sides of a conversation will have to switch th...

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11:52
Report: iPhone 8 to feature Lumentum-sourced 3D...

A new report from Fast Company highlights a few interesting details about this year’s anticipated iPhone release. According to their sources, the price tag for the iPhone 8 could exceed $1,000 which is higher than any option in the current lineup. The report also echoes rumors that the new hardware will feature 3D sensor technology while downplaying talk that the new models could launch earlier this year than expected.

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11:45
News: Report: 2017 ‘10th Anniversary’ special...

A new report in Fast Company is fueling rumors that Apple is working on a special 10th anniversary edition of the iPhone that is “expected to be the ultimate iPhone” with a price tag that will be “very likely north of $1,000,” according to a source with knowledge of Apple’s plans. The report notes that the most expensive iPhone right now — the 256 GB iPhone 7 Plus — already sells for $969, and expects that the “iPhone…

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11:43
Apple's 10th anniversary 'iPhone X'...




A new high-end, top-of-the-line iPhone featuring an OLED display and an all-new design is expected to debut later this year with a similarly premium price tag, which one report claims could start at more than a thousand dollars.

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11:39
An unofficial ACLU Dash Button offers one-touch...

Amazon's Dash Buttons offer one-click ordering for items your purchase through that Prime membership on a regular basis. In fact, there are over 250 of the buttons from a range of different brands. Last May, the online retailer revealed a $20 IoT ver...

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11:20
Adidas thinks Tesla's old Model 3 logo is a...

Would you confuse the Tesla Model 3's three-bar logo with Adidas' signature stripes? No? Don't tell that to Adidas. The apparel giant has filed a challenge to prevent Tesla from registering the Model 3's logo as a trademark. It's similar enough to Ad...

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11:15
Apple CEO Tim Cook visits Glasgow, Scotland store...




On his way to receive an honorary degree at University of Glasgow, Apple CEO Tim Cook stopped by the Glasgow Buchanan Street Apple store for about 15 minutes.

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11:10
Apple snags Amazon Fire TV exec to lead Apple TV...

Apple is shaking up its TV department in a sign that the company is paying more attention to its set-top box.

Earlier in February, former Amazon Fire TV manager Timothy Twerdahl joined Apple to oversee product marketing for the Apple TV, Bloomberg reported. That role was held by Pete Distad, who will now shift over to the content side to help Eddy Cue make more TV deals. Twerdahl certainly knows his stuff: Before joining Amazon, he worked at Netflix and Roku.

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11:07
Apple Inc. gears up to distribute $3.1 billion in...




On February 16, Apple will pay shareholders of record a quarterly dividend of $0.57 per share, but investors must own the company's stock before February 9 in order to qualify. Apple will pay out $3.1 billion in dividends on its outstanding shares for the quarter.

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10:58
E3 will 'officially' open to the public...

E3 has traditionally been a media-only event -- at least in theory. But starting in 2017, you won't even need a WordPress account to get access to the latest and greatest in gaming. The Entertainment Software Association, which organizes the event, a...

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10:40
Tim Cook receives honorary degree from University of...

Apple CEO Tim Cook today received an honorary degree from the University of Glasgow, in the UK. The ceremony (video below) was then followed by a brief interview where Cook described the institution as ‘one of the finest universities in the world’. He also condemned the Donald Trump immigration order, saying that ‘if we stand and say nothing, we become a part of it’.

Watch Tim Cook receive his degree after the jump as well as his answers to questions about Apple’s role in activism …

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10:39
Apple Pay continues to grow, 27 more US banks added...




As part of its regular expansion, Apple has added 27 more banks and credit unions to its list of institutions that support Apple Pay.

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10:39
Flipboard streamlines your feed with 'Smart...

The latest update from news aggregation service Flipboard aims to further unify and organize users' online feeds by introducing "Smart Magazines." The new feature creates topic-specific publications that readers can customize by selecting their favor...

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10:25
Pinterest rolling out new point-and-shoot visual...

Pinterest is introducing a new feature for its iOS app called Lens. Rolling out now as a beta feature, Lens lets you point your camera at your surroundings to discover new design ideas based on what it captures.

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10:19
Pinterest uses AI and your camera to recommend pins

Last year, Pinterest introduced the possibility of shopping for things just by taking a photo of it. Today, the company is ready to announce that feature to the world. It's called Lens, and as you might expect, it uses your phone's camera. Tap the ca...

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10:01
2018 Ford Expedition features Apple CarPlay, wi-fi...




Despite working on its own SmartDeviceLink, Ford continues to offer Apple's CarPlay in its new vehicles, with the 2018 Expedition including the technology alongside a wi-fi hotspot.

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10:00
Airbnb's rehabilitation tour doesn't end...

Airbnb's rehabilitation tour came to a dramatic climax on the evening of Feb. 5th, 2017. In between downs of the 51st Super Bowl, as dozens of beefy men slammed their bodies together to the cheers of millions, Airbnb aired an advertisement presenting...

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09:57
EPIX launches on the Apple TV

The EPIX app is now available on the fourth generation Apple TV. It offers subscribers of the entertainment network access to EPIX’s content, including its original series Berlin Station and Golden Globe nominated Graves and original documentary programming such as America Divided.

The app also offers access to thousands of movies on demand, including franchises The Hunger Games, James Bond and Star Trek; as well as music and comedy events featuring marquee talent, like Katy Perry, Louis CK, Wanda Sykes and more.

Key features of the EPIX app include its content-forward user experience, the ability to watch a multiplex of EPIX live linear channels, the capability to add content to a personal queue, free sampling, curated collections, advanced search and video playback features, and movie trailers. New subscribers can also gain access to a limited free trial of the app exclusively on Apple TV.

EPIX is also available to...

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09:46
A macOS malware agent dubbed MacDownloader has been...

A macOS malware agent, named MacDownloader, was observed “in the wild” as targeting the defense industrial base, and reported elsewhere to have been used against an human rights advocate, according to Iran Threats, a website run by Claudio Guarnieri and Collin Anderson that analyzes online threats from Iran.

MacDownloader attempts to pose as both an installer for Adobe Flash, as well as the Bitdefender Adware Removal Tool, in order to extract system information and copies of macOS keychain databases. Its main purpose seems to be to perform an initial profiling of the infected system and collection of credentials from macOS’s Keychain password manager

“Based on observations on infrastructure, and the state of the code, we believe these incidents represent the first attempts to deploy the agent, and features such as persistence do not appear to work,” says Iran Threats...

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09:42
Apple took 92% of smartphone industry profits in Q4...

The headline gets reported every quarter but Dawson cautions against taking it at face value.

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09:41
Leave Spicer alone! (Or, why DNS registration is...

Enlarge / White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer takes questions on February 7. His home address, phone and personal e-mail were discovered in the domain registration data for his now-defunct personal blog. (credit: Alex Wong / Getty Images)

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has gotten a lot of grief from some quarters for a variety of reasons. Among them are his problems with information security—including his apparent posting of passwords to his Twitter account. But the latest privacy problem Spicer has on the Internet is one that thousands of others who have embraced the Internet have had, and it's mostly the fault of the Internet's archaic address book associated with the Domain Name System: a little thing we call WHOIS.

In 2009, Spicer registered a domain for...

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