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Wednesday November 29

13:23
Why Jony Ive is Apple’s design genius

I always love interviews with Ive.

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12:48
Apple Music’s Iovine warns that streaming is ‘not a...

Jimmy Iovine has never been one to stick to Apple’s talking points. Sitting right next to Eddy Cue in 2014, the Beats co-founder publicly criticized the earbuds that ship with the iPhone just as Apple announced plans to buy his company for $3 billion. Now, in a new interview with Billboard, Iovine is quoted speaking quite candidly about the business of streaming music and what it would take to knock out Spotify…

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12:41
Nasdaq plans to offer bitcoin futures in early 2018

Bitcoin continues to grow, hitting a $11,000 price per coin valuation less than a day after it topped $10,000. The cryptocurrency has been normalizing with investors, getting its own federally-regulated exchange this past July. Now, Nasdaq is plannin...

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12:22
New Yorkers can report identities used in fake net...

Last week, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman posted an open letter that blasted the FCC for refusing to investigate the allegedly fake anti-net neutrality responses to the agency's public comment portal. Now Schneideman is taking matt...

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12:10
Apple redesigns Support app for iPhone & iPad...




Apple has released a major update of its Support app for iOS, making significant improvements to the user interface.

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12:08
Apple will review its software development process...

Apple tells Reuters that it will review its software development process after releasing a software update to fix a security vulnerability in macOS High Sierra.

“We greatly regret this error and we apologize to all Mac users,” Apple says. “Our customers deserve better. We are auditing our development processes to help prevent this from happening again.” 

The tech giant said that security “is a top priority” but “regrettably we stumbled with the release of macOS.” 

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12:00
HTC's latest VR investments include a brain...

HTC is continuing its quest to fund promising VR startups, and its latest batch includes a few pushing the boundaries of what's possible in virtual spaces. The Vive X program is backing 26 companies that include Neurable, the company building a brain...

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11:42
How to switch apps to List View on an Apple Watch...




By default an Apple Watch uses a "honeycomb" view to browse installed apps, identified only by their icons. watchOS 4 includes an optional, more straightforward List View -- here's how to turn it on.

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11:38
GM's self-driving ambitions don't include...

Cruise is GM's self-driving division, and it has found surprising success with the Chevy Bolt, which has been deployed in test programs across the country. This week, CEO and Cofounder Kyle Vogt outlined the company's plans for the deployment of thei...

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11:19
Amazon's latest Prime perk is an early '...

Amazon Prime members will have a new perk soon for all the Jumanji fans in the house. Subscribers can book tickets for a December 8th advance showing of the upcoming movie, which will screen a full 12 days before its public release.

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11:18
Pixelmator Pro wants to be the Photoshop killer on...

Pixelmator has been teasing us for a long time about this app and it’s finally here. I’m looking forward to testing it out.

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11:17
Apple updates Support app with redesigned UI, new...

On the heels of launching a YouTube channel dedicated to how-to tutorial videos, Apple today pushed a significant version 2.0 update to its Apple Support app for iOS. more…

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11:16
Final version of HDMI 2.1 standard released with...




The HDMI Forum has issued the final version of the HDMI 2.1 specification, the latest iteration of the video communications standard, with version 2.1 and its new Ultra High Speed HDMI Cable specifications enabling video resolutions of up to 10K via its increased bandwidth capacity of up to 48 gigabit per second.

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11:12
Download Jim Rockford’s answering machine messages...

How many of you will say, “Cool!” and how many will say, “Who’s Jim Rockford?”

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11:02
Apple’s “Hour of Code”

I’ve got a (new!) 12-year-old and I really wish I could get him to one of these sessions. I’ve heard a lot of good things about them.

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10:59
Instagram is testing a lot of new features,...

The Next Web reports today that Instagram is testing a slew of new features, many of which could be quite welcome among users. Maybe the most exciting feature is a native Regram button, which would let users repost others' photos and videos without h...

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10:40
Pérez Art Museum Miami featuring first ARKit-powered...

Apple unleashed its augmented reality tools with iOS 11 back in September, and next month Pérez Art Museum Miami will launch its first exhibit that uses ARKit on iPhones and iPads.

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10:39
Rocket Lab schedules second Electron test launch for...

On Friday, December 8th at 2:30 PM New Zealand time (8:30 PM ET), a 10-day window will open for a launch of Rocket Lab's Electron rocket. The window will be open for four hours each day. This second test is called "Still Testing"; the rocket will lau...

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10:18
Facebook is testing a 'breaking news' tag...

Facebook will set a cookie to keep you logged in, but it won't set one to remember whether you want to stick with a chronological News Feed. That sort of thing makes it hard to tell at a glance how old a story from a media outlet in your Feed might b...

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10:10
Apple To Review Software Practices After Patching...

Apple said on Wednesday it would review its software development process after scrambling to patch a serious bug it learned of on Tuesday in its macOS operating system for desktop and laptop computers. From a report: "We greatly regret this error and we apologize to all Mac users, both for releasing with this vulnerability and for the concern it has caused," Apple said in a statement. "Our customers deserve better. We are auditing our development processes to help prevent this from happening again."


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10:03
First public art exhibition using Apple's ARKit...




Perez Art Museum Miami will be home to the first-ever public exhibition using Apple's ARKit, leveraging iOS devices to showcase how augmented reality can be used to create new forms of expression.

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10:00
The 2018 CLS will be Mercedes' smartest coupe...

Mercedes showed off its 2018 CLS coupe at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show on Wednesday. In addition to its sleek styling and five full seats, the car will offer a number of autonomous driver assist features that have, until now, been reserved for the...

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09:59
Daily Deal: Get yourself a hybrid smartwatch

Is the Apple Watch a little too pricy for you? If that's the case, we have a deal you're going to want to feast your eyes on. The MIM Hybrid Smart Watches ($43.99) look like regular analog watches, but inside they're doing many of the things you buy a smartwatch for. 

Available with either a sport black sport band or a woven nylon band in red, blue, green, grey or black, the MIM watches look like classic watches, but track your activity like a fitness band. That's not the only cool thing -- you get TWO YEAR BATTERY LIFE. No more having to put your watch on the charger every night!

The MIM Smart Watches work with a smartphone app to do the...

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09:56
Instagram testing native Regram, archive Stories,...

A new report today from TNW shares that Instagram is testing out a wide range of new features including a native Regram button, an archive Stories feature, a share to WhatsApp option, an iOS beta version of its app, and more.

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09:47
News: Just Mobile ShutterGrip reaches funding goal...

Just Mobile has reached its KickStarter funding goal to produce the ShutterGrip camera grip and shutter for mobile phones, and there are four days left to get it at the $28 Kickstarter price. The simple camera grip attaches to your iPhone and provides the feel of a traditional camera in the hand, allowing for a more stable grip to get the most out of the iPhone’s state-of-the-art cameras. The Bluetooth grip doesn’t require a dedicated…

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09:45
Opinion: How iPhone naming should change in 2018 (...

Now that Apple has released the iPhone X, there are currently eight different iPhone models in the lineup. These include the SE, 6s and 6s Plus, 7 and 7 Plus, 8 and 8 Plus, and now the iPhone X. How does Apple intend to make sense of this if there are another three, possibly four, iPhones coming out next year? Here’s my proposal.

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09:44
The iPhone X sees the most device activities over...

The 2017 Thanksgiving/Black Friday/Cyber Monday kickoff to the holiday shopping season produced big results for retailers. Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, consumers dropped more than $11 billion, which is a significant increase from 2016.  

Mobile shopping also hit a new high this year, with 42% of sales coming from mobile devices and Cyber Monday heralded as mobile’s first $2 billion day ever. According to Localytics, an analytics and marketing platform, Apple’s iPhone X experienced the highest lift in new device activations...

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09:43
Over half of FCC net neutrality comments may be fake...

The FCC's proposal to roll back net neutrality protections was up for public comment between April 27th and August 30th and while nearly 22 million comments were submitted, there's been a bit of discussion surrounding who or what registered those com...

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09:37
Apple's TV app adds live 'Sports'...




In a preview of a new feature expected to come to all users in December, beta builds of iOS and tvOS have added a live "Sports" section, making it easier to find streaming content.

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09:34
Apple releases Security Update 2017-001 to fix macOS...

Apple has released Security Update 2017-001 to fix a vulnerability that enables access to the root superuser with a blank password on any Mac running macOS High Sierra version 10.3.1. 

Yesterday afternoon Lemi Orhan Ergin set off a firestorm on Twitter when he revealed a security issue in macOS High Sierra. Anyone can -- or, rather could -- login as “root” with no password required. It turns out that the issue in question works with any authentication dialog in High Sierra.

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09:31
News: Apple sues Qualcomm for patent infringement

Apple has filed a countersuit in its ongoing legal fight with Qualcomm, claiming Qualcomm’s Snapdragon mobile chips infringe on Apple patents, Reuters reports. Qualcomm filed a lawsuit in July claiming Apple infringed on several of its patents that help mobile phones get better battery life, and Apple’s new counterclaim is that it owns eight patents pertaining to battery life that Qualcomm is violating. Apple claims its innovations that…

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09:28
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 27-inch iMac $249 off, DJI...

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

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09:25
BMW debuts its i8 Roadster for top-down green driving

The i series vehicles has been BMW's electrified brand on the road since 2014. The i3 is the pure-electric urban bubble vehicle while the supercar-styled i8 is the hybrid of the pair. But beyond sharing similar design cues and a TRON-inspired paint j...

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09:14
∞ Update to High Sierra now live, official comment...

An update to High Sierra has now gone live. It addresses the root password issue we first mentioned in this post.

“Security is a top priority for every Apple product, and regrettably we stumbled with this release of macOS”, said an Apple spokesperson in a statement to The Loop.

“When our security engineers became aware of the issue Tuesday afternoon, we immediately began working on an update that closes the security hole. This morning, as of 8 a.m., the update is available for download, and starting later today it will be automatically installed on all systems running the latest version (10.13.1) of macOS High Sierra.

We greatly regret this error and we apologize to all Mac users, both for releasing with this vulnerability and for the concern it has caused. Our customers deserve better. We are...

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09:10
Update Immediately to Block the Root Vulnerability...

Less than 24 hours after the news about the root vulnerability bug broke on Twitter, Apple has released Security Update 2017-001 to address it. If you’re running macOS 10.13.1 High Sierra, install that update right away.

 

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09:00
Intel wants to make your autonomous car rides more...

Once autonomous cars can routinely take over the monotonous, minute-to-minute responsibilities of actually driving, what are their human passengers supposed to do with themselves? Well, if Intel has any say, people will spend their trips being immers...

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08:51
Apple sues Qualcomm for violating chip patents

The patent lawsuit battle between Apple and Qualcomm isn't about to cool down any time soon. Apple has countersued Qualcomm, alleging that older Snapdragon chips (the 800 and 820) violate eight or more patents for power management in processors. It...

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08:50
News: Report: Apple leasing former Fiat Chrysler...

Apple seems to be leasing a facility once owned by Fiat Chrysler to test autonomous vehicles, Jalopnik reports. A source said Apple has been recruiting automotive technicians and test engineers from all over California, and a recent paper published by Apple researchers illustrates how laser-based radar could allow a car to detect 3D objects to navigate (among other applications). Apple declined to comment, but records show there has been recent activity…

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08:41
Apple fixes macOS bug allowing full access without a...

It didn't take long for Apple to patch that nasty macOS High Sierra flaw that let intruders gain full administrator access (aka root) on your system. The company has released Security Update 2017-001, which should prevent people from gaining control...

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08:38
Apple issues macOS High Sierra update to fix...




Apple on Wednesday released a special security update for macOS High Sierra, solving a recently uncovered flaw which would let people gain root access without entering a password.

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08:33
Sports section arrives on Apple’s TV app ahead of...

Sports fans may be excited to hear that Apple’s TV app has finally gained the live sports integration announced months ago. The dedicated sports section now appears to be live on the TV app on latest betas of iOS and tvOS.

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08:30
Supreme Court considers if your privacy rights...

With all the attention focused on the FCC's upcoming vote to dismantle net neutrality protections, it's easy to have missed an upcoming hearing that has the potential to reshape electronic-privacy protection. Today, the Supreme Court is hearing argum...

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08:17
Apple releases macOS High Sierra security fix for...

If you’re running macOS High Sierra, it’s time to update your Mac as soon as possible. Apple has released a security update that addresses the security vulnerability discovered yesterday afternoon. The update is available now through the Mac App Store.

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08:17
AWT TV Episode 29: November 28, 2017

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

On last night's episode of AWT TV, we spent most of the night in a discussion about Apple's quality control -- or lack of it -- with software. This is particularly important in light of several recent annoying bugs with iOS 11, but critical when we look at the macOS High Sierra root user bug -- as Steve mentioned, it's akin to leaving a key in a door in a crime-ridden neighborhood!

Marty had several bugs to demonstrate for us; some are just plain sloppy! For example, he noted that if you change the font size on the iOS compass app found on iPhones, the text showing the elevation  actually "rolls" to the top of the screen. Text is no longer centered properly in the app, and it's just like Apple isn...

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08:17
Jim Beam's smart decanter will pour you a shot...

What do you want in a smart speaker assistant? It might be to manage calendars and appointments. For others, it could be the ability to ask the speaker to play your favorite music. But for some, the real value in a smart speaker is its ability to dis...

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08:09
News: Apple to halt app updates from December 23-27

Apple has announced its annual iTunes Connect hiatus, informing developers they won’t be able to submit new apps or updates to existing apps from December 23 – 27. Other iTunes Connect functions will still be available during that period, so developers can “let customers know about promotions, upcoming features, and events within your app at any time using the promotional text field.”...

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08:02
Tesla's latest Semi electric truck customer is...

Tesla has scored an order of ten Semi electric trucks from DHL, which plans to use it for short runs and same-day deliveries in US cities, according to the Wall Street Journal. The transport service also plans to trial it for longer trips and evaluat...

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07:42
Microsoft's Redmond HQ is getting a multi-...

Microsoft is planning a multi-billion dollar expansion of its Redmond campus, as it looks to add room for an extra 8,000 workers. Over the next five-to-seven years, the company will construct 18 new buildings, add 6.7 million square feet of renovated...

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07:37
News: Apple removes violent games tied to drug war...

Apple has removed several violent games tied to President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal war on drugs in the Philippines, The Asian Network of People who Use Drugs reports. ANPUD petitioned Apple CEO Tim Cook to remove multiple games that “actively promoted the war on people who use drugs in the Philippines,” which has been documented to include extrajudicial killings. Some of the games have upwards of a million downloads and featured…

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07:32
New Apple countersuit targets Qualcomm's...




Further escalating the legal war between the two companies, Apple on Wednesday launched a U.S. countersuit against Qualcomm, charging that the latter's Snapdragon processors -- found in many Android phones -- are in violation of at least eight patents.

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07:21
Snapchat’s redesign separates friends' posts...

Snapchat's major redesign is here and it's all about separating your relationships from content. Snap CEO Evan Spiegel wrote on Axios today that Snapchat has always been primarily geared towards conversing with friends and with the new layout, Snapch...

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07:11
Games with the Philippine president killing...

Video games that put the player in the shoes of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte as he kills criminals have been removed from the Apple App Store, reports the BBC. Thousands of people have been killed by police during the president's crackdown on drug-related crime, the article adds.

The Asian Network of People Who Use Drugs (Anpud) had previously written an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook to remove the games, which it said were "promoting murder, extrajudicial killings, violence, and the war on drugs in the Philippines.”

The games that have now apparently been removed include: Duterte knows Kung Fu: Pinoy Crime Fighter, Duterte Running Man Challenge Game, Fighting Crime 2, and Tsip Bato: Ang Bumangga Giba. All those games featured either Duterte, or Philippines police chief Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa shooting down criminals.

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07:05
Essential's Andy Rubin takes leave of absence...




Essential head and former Android chief Andy Rubin is taking a "leave of absence" after allegations of an "inappropriate relationship" at Google have resurfaced.

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07:00
From Android to iOS - Bluetooth Nightmare?

On day two of my iPhone X ownership, I hopped on my Harley and headed out to run some errands. I paired my iPhone X up with the Boom Audio Bluetooth speakers on my Heritage and loaded up an Amazon Music playlist. Everything appeared to be working great. When I was leaving my 1st stop, I started the music again, but instead of coming out of my Bluetooth speakers, the music was playing from the phone. I forgot the speakers in settings and re-paired. All was well again. Next stop, same thing. I decided to revisit this issue later. I didn't think I had bigger issues.

Monday, I paired up my SOL Republic Shadow Bluetooth headset and headed out for a walk during lunch. The sound was great, everything was fine. The only issue I had was a notification sound after every song. I'm not sure if this is normal, but it didn't happen with my Pixel XL. When I went to use them...

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07:00
Netflix adds social sharing to its Fast.com speed...

Back in 2011, Netflix started issuing ISP report cards to head off possible throttling, and now, as the future of net neutrality is in doubt it's upgrading Fast.com. The simple speed test debuted last year, and according to Netflix has already been u...

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06:51
Snapchat unveils redesign with focused friends and...

Snapchat teased out earlier this month that its app would soon see its first major redesign, and today we’re seeing the first look at the new Snapchat. The details come a bit earlier than expected, although the rollout will be gradual…

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06:50
The Road Movie: Russian dashcam videos come to the...

I find this fascinating, an extended bit of schadenfreude. And an interesting business model.

The trailer is embedded in the main Loop post.

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06:44
News: Apple releases fifth betas for iOS 11.2 and...

Apple has released the fifth developer betas for iOS 11.2 and tvOS 11.2. The new versions don’t seem to include any big features we haven’t seen before, but the iOS 11.2 beta is reportedly allowing users to wirelessly charge their iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X devices at 7.5-watt speeds instead of the previous five-watt limit and provides a new dialog box explaining how the Control Center’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth toggles work; tapping…

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06:42
Fusion Guitar is a new iPhone/iPad integrated...

Fusion Guitar is a new iPhone/iPod-integrated, portable, wireless electric guitar with built-in amp, battery and speakers. It’s available at a special holiday price of $899 through Dec. 24 with promo code:  ROCK-N-ROLL-SANTA-FG.

Designed by guitarists for guitarists, the Fusion Guitar is a great portable addition to the experienced player's collection, with the ability to practice and play on the go, around the campfire, impromptu creative sessions, on the streets or at the next big show, says Dave McAuld, Fusion Guitar founder and designer. It's also the perfect guitar appealing to the learner who wants to quickly and easily take their playing to the next level with access to YouTube tutorials, interactive learning apps and sound effects from favorite artists and classic guitars, he adds.

Fusion Guitar eliminates the need for multiple hardware devices: amplifier, speakers, foot pedals, power supply, multiple...

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06:41
Apple Accuses Qualcomm of Patent Infringement in...

From a report: Apple on Wednesday filed a countersuit against Qualcomm, alleging that Qualcomm's Snapdragon mobile phone chips that power a wide variety of Android-based devices infringe on Apple's patents, the latest development in a long-running dispute. Qualcomm in July accused Apple of infringing several patents related to helping mobile phones get better battery life. Apple has denied the claims that it violated Qualcomm's battery life patents and alleged that Qualcomm's patents were invalid, a common move in such cases. But on Wednesday, in a filing in U.S. District Court in San Diego, Apple revised its answer to Qualcomm's complaint with accusations of its own. Apple alleges it owns at least eight battery life patents that Qualcomm has violated.


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06:41
Trump retweets violent anti-Muslim propaganda

This morning, President Trump retweeted violent anti-Muslim propaganda videos that were originally tweeted by verified user Jayda Fransen (@JaydaBF on Twitter). We are not linking to the tweets or the videos because they contain graphic content; one...

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06:38
X-Files game coming to iOS & Android in February...

Hard to believe, but next year will be the 25th anniversary of The X-Files. To celebrate the event, and the premiere of season 11 of the TV show in January, a new mobile game will be launched the following month.

The X-Files: Deep State is described as a mystery investigation mobile game in which you are an FBI special agent investigating ‘crime scenes that defy investigation’ …

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06:37
Don’t lock yourself out of your smart home: Always...

A well told, cautionary tale from Serenity Caldwell.

Side note: Is there a proper way to climb through a window?

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06:30
Physicists keep striking out in the search for dark...

Space may be the final frontier, but we've barely begun to explore its underlying mechanics. For as much as humanity has discovered since we first looked to the heavens, we've only seen about 15 percent of the total matter in the universe. The other...

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06:28
macOS High Sierra ‘root’ security bug: Stop and do...

Rene Ritchie’s explainer walks you through the steps you should definitely take to ensure that your Mac has a root password.

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06:25
Hacking the AirPods case to add wireless charging

This is an ugly hack, not something I would ever do to what I consider a beautifully designed case. Especially considering that Apple is said to be shipping their own inductive AirPods case in the near future.

That said, I did find this interesting, a chance to see how to quickly and cheaply implement a Qi-compatible wireless charging solution.

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06:23
Global Payments, CaixaBank add Apple Pay support

Comercia Global Payments EP, S.L. — a joint venture between U.S.-based Global Payments, a provider of payment technology services, and CaixaBank, which specializes in retail banking in Spain — announced that it’s now bringing its customers Apple Pay.

Using the new CaixaBank Pay app users can now add their Caixabank cards to the Apple Wallet app and use Apple’s mobile payment service for purchases at any contactless enabled retail location. Using Apple Pay is simple with Touch ID. Or just double-click the side button and glance at your iPhone X to authenticate with Face ID. When paying for goods and services on the go, Apple Pay works with iPhone 6 and later, iPhone SE and Apple Watch.

Apple Pay is currently available in 20 countries: Australia, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, the UK, the U.S., Denmark, Finland, Sweden and the United Arab Emirates.

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06:23
∞ The Dalrymple Report: iPhone X cameras with Shawn...

Shawn joins me this week to discuss the iPhone X cameras and how it compares to traditional cameras on the market.

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06:22
iHeartRadio adds podcasts to app for Apple CarPlay




Drivers with a CarPlay-compatible vehicle have a new option for listening to podcasts, thanks to an update to the iHeartRadio app for the iPhone.

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06:17
Facebook’s new CAPTCHA: “Please upload a photo of...

Nitasha Tiku, Wired:

Facebook may soon ask you to “upload a photo of yourself that clearly shows your face,” to prove you’re not a bot.

The company is using a new kind of captcha to verify whether a user is a real person. According to a screenshot of the identity test shared on Twitter on Tuesday and verified by Facebook, the prompt says: “Please upload a photo of yourself that clearly shows your face. We’ll check it and then permanently delete it from our servers.”

And:

In a statement to WIRED, a Facebook spokesperson said the photo test is intended to “help us catch suspicious activity at various points of interaction on the site, including creating an account, sending Friend requests, setting up ads payments, and creating or editing ads.”

This is somewhat reminiscent of Face ID, though presumably without the machine learning aspect, with zero 3D information (it’s a picture, after all) and, also presumably, with a much slower reaction time....

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06:15
IDC: Apple’s iPhone market to grow 4.7% in 2017, 8.1...

According to a new forecast from IDC overall smartphone shipments will steadily grow from 1.5 billion units in 2017 to 1.7 billion units in 2021. Apple's launch of the iPhone 8/8+ and X in late 2017 set the company up to return to iPhone volume growth in 2017, adds the research group. 

IDC expects an even bigger rebound in 2018 as channels fill up with inventory of the new models and as price cuts around earlier models enable it to hit lower price points. Coming off the 7% decline in iPhone shipments in 2016, IDC is forecasting growth of 2.4% in 2017 and 8.1% in 2018. IDC also projects sustained growth for Apple through the later years of the forecast with volumes growing at a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.1%. 

“Phablets” (smartphones with a screen size of 5.5 inches to under-7 inches) will far outpace total market growth by climbing from 611 million units in 2017 to one billion units in 2021,...

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06:07
In latest twist to patent battle, Apple accuses...

Qualcomm has long accused Apple of infringing its patents, but the latest twist to the saga reverses the position. In a new countersuit, Apple accuses Qualcomm of infringing its patents.

Qualcomm is accused of violating at least eight Apple patents in its Snapdragon 800 and 820 processors, which are used in both Samsung and Google Pixel phones …

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06:02
Pixelmator Pro available on the Mac App Store

The Pixelmator Team has released Pixelmator Pro, codenamed Whirlwind, which includes a modern single-window interface, nondestructive, GPU-powered image editing tools, machine learning-enhanced editing features, and more. 

"Its innovative, user-centered design makes editing images on a Mac simpler than ever, Saulius Dailide, one of the founders of the Pixelmator Team, said. “And with its GPU-powered and machine learning-enhanced editing tools, Pixelmator Pro is built for the future."

The dark single-window interface of Pixelmator Pro has been created exclusively for working with images. A streamlined design provides a completely native Mac app experience and is fully consistent with the look and feel of macOS. And a reimagined, user-centered workflow design makes the professional editing tools in Pixelmator Pro especially accessible, even to first-time users, according to Sailide.

Completely nondestructive color adjustments, effects, styles, and layouting tools...

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06:00
Shopify’s Arrive app tracks your online orders on a...

Now that Amazon's smart-home-synced delivery service is unlocking doors for parcel drop-offs, we never have to worry about missing packages again. For anyone freaked out by the idea of a stranger entering their pad, there's Shopify Arrive for iOS: A...

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

In our iLounge Deal for today, you can pick up a lifetime subscription to ZenMate Premium for only $59.99 — that’s 92% off the regular price. This award-winning security solution helps you secure your online surfing and access geographically restricted content across all of your devices — from your Mac to your iPhone. A browser extension lets you easily switch between proxy locations to access any content you want, while all browser traffic…

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05:52
Apple countersues Qualcomm for patent infringement

Here we go again. Apple has filed a countersuit against Qualcomm, the world’s dominant supplier of baseband processors, alleging patent infringement and seeks unspecified damages. The tech giant says Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 and 820 processors, found in Android phones from Samsung and Alphabet, infringe on battery life patents owned by Apple. 

The infringement claims appear in Apple’s revised response to Qualcomm’s suit accusing Apple of infringement. In January, Apple filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm, alleging the chip supplier demanded unfair terms for...

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05:45
Snapchat CEO blames rival social networks for fake...

Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel has decried rival social media firms for propagating fake news and damaging the media industry, saying that the "smart" alternative is, you guessed it, Snapchat. "The personalized newsfeed revolutionized the way people share...

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Uber says 2016 hack affected 2.7 million UK...

As Uber prepares to defend itself following news that it suffered -- and subsequently hid -- a massive data breach in 2016, the company has begun shedding light on how many people it affected locally. At first count, 57 million global users were impl...

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05:31
Waze update adds hands-free use, motorcycle mode...

Popular navigation app Waze is being updated today with three new features. First up, and long overdue, is a hands-free mode. The app now supports an ‘Ok Waze’ command that allows you to set common destinations without taking your hands from the wheel.

Commands supported include ‘Take me home’ and ‘Find a gas station’ …

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05:30
B-Eng debuts Similar Pic Finder 1.0 for macOS

B-Eng has introduced Similar Pic Finder 1.0, a duplicate image discovery utility for macOS. It tracks down duplicates and copies of pictures.

The tool leverages three proprietary, dedicated algorithms to locate duplicates of images on a drive, independent of their name. The algorithms are optimized for different tasks. . A contour based algorithm takes care of focus base search, with a second specialized algorithm that traces colors and color gradients, while a fingerprint algorithm is able to ignore different sizes of images that are to be compared.

Similar Pic Finder requires macOS 10.10 or later. It costs $1.99 and is available at the Mac App Store.

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05:00
Apple files for a patent for ‘adjusting alarms based...

Future alarm clocks on your iOS and watchOS devices may be a bit more “understanding” of your personal needs. Apple has filed for a patent (number 9,826,930) for “adjusting alarms based on sleep onset latency.”

Per the patent, a mobile device — think iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch — can adjust an alarm setting based on the sleep onset latency duration detected for a user of the mobile device. For example, sleep onset latency can be the amount of time it takes for the user to fall asleep after the user goes to bed.

The mobile device can determine when the user intends or attempts to go to sleep based on detected sleep ritual activities. Sleep ritual activities can include those activities a user performs in preparation for sleep. 

In the patent filing, Apple notes that most folks require a certain amount of sleep at night to feel well rested the following day. Often, when a person works, the person will set an alarm to wake them up at an appropriate time so that...

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04:50
Apple removes violent games from App Store after...

Apple has reportedly removed from the App Store a number of games said to glorify the extrajudicial killings of suspected drug dealers and users in the Philippines. A number of the games feature Philippine National Police director general Ronald dela Rosa and the country’s president, Rodrigo Duterte, shooting people.

Apple’s action follows an open letter to Tim Cook signed by a strangely-named organization said to represent victims of illegal drugs …

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04:30
How to delete mail in macOS High Sierra’s Mail app

There are several ways to delete mail in the Mail app of macOS High Sierra.  To delete a message from a Mail notification or with a swipe, the “Move discarded messages” option in Viewing preferences in Mail must be set to Trash; otherwise, the message is archived.

  • In a Mail notification: Move the pointer over the notification, then click Trash.
  • In the Message viewer: Do one of the following:
  • Swipe left with two fingers, then click Trash, or swipe all the way to the left until the message disappears.
  • Move the pointer over the message header, then click the Delete button (it looks like a trashcan) that appears.
  • Select a message in the list, then click the Delete button in the Mail toolbar.
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IOGEAR Compact USB-C Docking Station with PD Pass-...

If you have a 12-inch MacBook and find it frustrating that it only packs one USB-C port, consider adding the $99.95 IOGEAR Compact USB-C Docking Station with PD Pass-Thru to your Christmas wish list. 

It’s also useful for expanding the connectivity options on the latest MacBook Pros as well. Through a single USB-C connection, it lets you connect monitors, a full-sized keyboard and mouse, external hard drives, printers, webcams, and more. Easy to set up, the all-in-one dock serves up a total of 10 ports. The docking station is equipped with memory card readers for SD/MicroSD memory cards for quick access to your data. With two USB 3.0 (Type-A) ports, you can connect an array of USB Type-A peripherals. 

With the included Gigabit Ethernet power, you can connect to your LAN for robust data bandwidth and increased security. On top of all this connectivity, this docking station also offers the flexibility...

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04:00
The 10 Mac games you need to play from November 2017

November's Mac games

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It’s that time of year, and chances are good that your next few weeks will be packed with spending time and money on gifts for loved ones. But while that’s all well and good, you should also gift yourself something to keep yourself entertained over the next few weeks: a new game to savor on your Mac. 

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Facebook asking users to upload a face photo to...

Facebook is asking some users to upload a face photo to verify their identity when automated processes spot suspicious activity …

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Nov. 29, 2017

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

iOS Apps/Updates

Jumsoft has debuted Toolbox for MS Office 1.0, an addition to their productivity suite for iOS devices. Toolbox for MS Office contains a vast variety of professional and stylish templates of Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, infographics, decorative artwork and icons. 

The app downloads content on demand to save space on the device, and allows saving templates for later use offline. It also features deep iOS11 support. Toolbox for MS Office 1.0 offers some items in all categories free-of-charge for users to try and use, while the rest can be purchased for $0.99 - $4.99 per item.

VideoGo has introduced...

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03:15
HDMI 2.1 specs published, highlight improved HDR,...

It’s a bit down the line, but the HDMI Forum’s details for the HDMI 2.1 spec, which were released today, look pretty nifty.

The big takeaways include higher resolution, Dynamic HDR and the additions of support for high frame rate 4K and 8K video. HDMI 2.1 will work with 8K video at refresh rates up to 60 Hz, along with 4K video up to 120 Hz.

The new spec could enable higher frame rates for gamers as well as higher resolution video from high-end cameras as well as the ability to display at maximum quality.

HDMI 2.1 also marks the arrival of the backwards-compatible 48G Ultra High Speed HDMI Cable, which will support uncompressed HDMI 2.1 features.

Other cool perks in the specs include enhanced refresh rates, variable refresh rates, quick media switching, and quick frame transport for smoother gaming and VR.

The breakdown goes as follows:

– Higher video resolutions support a range of high resolutions and faster refresh rates including...

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03:00
Apple follows up on root user security hole in macOS...

Well, this qualifies as a pretty huge mess.

Following the discovery of a security hole in macOS High Sierra in which a user can simply enter their user name as “root”, not provide a password and be allowed full access to the computer, Apple has offered the following statement:

“We are working on a software update to address this issue,” Apple said. “In the meantime, setting a root password prevents unauthorized access to your Mac. To enable the Root User and set a password, please follow the instructions here: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204012. If a Root User is already enabled, to ensure a black password is not set, please follow the instructions from the ‘Change the root password’ section.”

The flaw was discovered on Tuesday and could be used to bypass a Mac’s lock screen.

Beyond those who have direct access to a vulnerable Mac, the security...

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02:32
Pixelmator Pro debuts with powerful image editing...




The developers behind popular image editing app Pixelmator on Tuesday released Pixelmator Pro for Mac, a new title that takes advantage of Apple APIs like Metal 2 and Core Image to deliver GPU-powered tools, machine learning features and more.

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02:11
Pixelmator Pro now available for $60, an advanced...

Pixelmator Pro is now available to buy in the Mac App Store ($60). The new app takes inspiration from the original widely-beloved Pixelmator and pushes design and functionality forward.

Pixelmator Pro features a true single-window design with GPU-powered nondestructive image editing effects, color adjustments, and much more.

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21:53
B&H's Cyber Week sale delivers up to $800...




Cyber Monday may be over, but instant markdowns on Apple devices are still going strong. Save $800 on a top of the line Late 2016 15" MacBook Pro with 1TB of storage and Radeon 460 graphics (now $2,699). Apple's Mid 2017 12" MacBook is also $1,149 ($150 off), while 512GB 10.5" iPad Pros with cellular support are $979. G-Technology's 16TB external storage system is also $700 off.

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18:27
Watch: Face ID and Touch ID compared




With the introduction of the iPhone X and Face ID, some are concerned that Apple's new biometric system is not as secure or easy to use as the legacy fingerprint-based Touch ID. AppleInsider digs deeper to explain why you shouldn't fear facing the future.

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18:19
iHeartRadio adds support for podcasts to its CarPlay...

iHeartRadio is expanding its CarPlay application. The company announced today that it is adding support for podcasts to the app, alongside several new features that make the podcast experience as seamless as possible…

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18:04
Apple seemingly culls games hyping Philippines drug...




Apple appears to have pulled from its App Store a number of games depicting the extrajudicial killing of drug users by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and national police chief Ronaldo "Bato" dela Rosa after activists demanded the company remove the titles for breaching App Store guidelines.

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17:31
Instagram continues Snapchat attack, adds new ‘Remix...

Instagram has not been shy about competing head-to-head with Snapchat, and a new update today continues that trend. In a blog post, Instagram announced a new feature that allows users to “remix” photos from friends…

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17:29
Apple working working on a fix for the roof access...

Apple has told Rene Ritchie of iMore that it’s working on a fix for the roof access vulnerability in macOS High Sierra. The bug, discovered by developer Lemi Ergin, lets anyone log into an admin account using the username "root" with no password.

This works when attempting to access an administrator's account on an unlocked Mac, and it also provides access at the login screen of a locked Mac. Here’s Apple’s statement:

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15:16
Apple says fix incoming for macOS High Sierra root...




Following revelations that a serious bug in macOS High Sierra allows anyone root access to Macs running Apple's latest operating system, the company on Tuesday said it is working on a fix that will be pushed out in a coming software update.

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14:56
iOS 11.2: Beta 5 is now available

Updated 11/28/17: The fifth iOS 11.2 beta is available to developers and public testers.

iOS 11 is the biggest change to Apple’s mobile operating system in years. It’s so ambitious in scope that many of it’s promised features still haven’t shipped yet. iOS 11.1 mostly fixed bugs and brought us a bunch of new emoji, but iOS 11.2 is more substantial, with the addition of Apple Pay Cash. Hopefully, it will also introduce iMessage in iCloud, though that seems increasingly unlikely.

Here’s what we know about 11.2 so far. What’s in it, when it’s coming, and how you can grab the beta right now.

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14:52
High Sierra Bug Provides Full Root Access

It turns out that there’s a bug in macOS 10.13 High Sierra that lets anyone gain admin access by entering root, without a password, when unlocking System Preference panes, authenticating certain actions, or even logging into the Mac. The solution is simple, but since the vulnerability is very real, and can be exploited both locally and remotely, you’ll want to protect yourself by setting a root password.

 

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