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Friday May 12

04:30
Sunday is Mother’s Day; celebrate with these apps

Sunday is Mother’s Day (you didn’t forget, did you?). There are several iOS apps available to help you celebrate. Here are a few to get you started:

Mother's Day Photo Frame (free) lets you send a card to your mom with your own picture and decorated with your own worlds. I Love Mom is a $0.99 app for iMessage that lets you customize your messages with graphic, emoji and more.

Baby Hazel Mother’s Day (free, with in-app purchases) is a game in which you help the title character help her dad plan a Mother's Day celebration. Mother's Day Nails...

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04:16
AI-equipped Apple Watch can detect the signs of a...

The Apple Watch may become a useful tool in detecting an abnormal heartbeat, according to a study by heart rate app-maker Cardiogram and the UCSF Health lab. They determined that the wearable, when paired with neural network algorithms, is 97 percent...

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04:00
Apple’s first Advanced Manufacturing Fund investment...

Apple has this morning announced that glass manufacturer Corning will be the first beneficiary of the Advanced Manufacturing Fund announced earlier this month. The $1B fund was established to ‘foster innovation among American manufacturers.’

Corning makes the Gorilla Glass used on every iPhone and iPad since the original iPhone. Apple said that the investment will assist in three ways …

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04:00
How to use your iCloud account in macOS Sierra’s...

iCloud is included with macOS. Once you sign up for your free iCloud account, you can push calendar updates across your devices, share your iCloud Calendar, and see your calendar on the iCloud website.

If you have an iCloud account , you can use iCal to access and manage your iCloud calendars. If you set up the iCloud Calendar service on several devices and computers, your iCloud calendar and reminder information is kept up to date on each device and computer.

Set up your iCloud calendar account from System Preferences to see your iCloud-based calendars in the Calendar window. In the System Preferences app, click iCloud and sign in. 

If this is your first time signing in from this computer, you'll be asked if you want to use iCloud for contacts, calendars, and bookmarks. Make sure that the calendars option is selected (checked), then click Next.

If you've previously signed in to iCloud, you'll...

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03:50
Apple closes on sale of $7 billion in debt

Apple has wrapped a sale of $7 billion in debt across various tranches, according to its SEC filing. The tech giant sold $500M in floating rate notes due 2020 and $750 million in floating-rate notes due in 2022.

That's along with: $1billion in 1.8% notes due in 2020; $1 billion in 2.3% notes due in 2022; $1.75B billion in 2.85% notes due in 2024; and $2 billion in 3.2% notes due in 2027. At last report, Apple's total debt had risen to $98.88 billion (some $85 billion of that in long-term debt).

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03:45
Sleep expert hired in 2014 bids adieu to Apple

Even as Apple scoops up Beddit, a sleep tracking hardware/software company, Roy J.E.M. Raymann, a sleep scientist Apple hired back in 2014, left the company, according to his LinkedIn profile.

He worked on the Apple’s HealthKit, ResearchKit and the iPhone’s Bedtime alarm. Prior to working at Apple, Raymann was a senior scientist at Philips Research who founded the Philips Sleep Experience Laboratory, a non-clinical sleep research lab.

He has moved to SleepScore Labs, a joint venture between ResMed, Dr. Oz Media, and Pegasus Capital Advisors, according to Mobile Health News. He will serve as vice president of Sleep Science and Scientific Affairs.Whether Raymman left Apple because...

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

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

macOS Apps/Updates

St. Clair Software has released Default Folder X 5.1.5, an update to their utility for the Mac. It enhances the file dialogs in all macOS applications. 

Default Folder provides fast navigation to your files, previews, integrated Spotlight tagging, and more. Its custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent folders at your fingertips. Version 5.1.5 supports minimized Save dialogs and improves stability.

Default Folder X 5.1.5 is a free update for existing users. It requires macOS 10.10 or higher. New licenses are $34.95; upgrades from version 4 and prior are $14.95.

iMobie has announced...

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03:15
The Morning After: Friday, May 12th 2017

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Welcome to the end of the week. Microsoft's second day of its annual conference was a more interesting one.It's trying to bridge your PC and phone, and we get to see what's next for Windows 10. Meanwhile, a Russ...

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02:34
Ads are coming to Amazon Echo skills

If the Beauty and the Beast and Burger King debacles were anything to go by, owners of smart speakers like the Google Home aren't big fans of ads. But that won't stop marketing companies like VoiceLabs from trying to make them happen. The voice analy...

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02:33
Apple adds a Mother's Day Challenge for...




In recognition of Mother's Day on May 14, Apple is creating a special "Mother's Day Challenge" to reward a walk, run or wheelchair workout "of a mile or more" with a special achievement badge in the Activity app, as well as stickers for use within iMessage.

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00:30
StoreDot demos EV battery that reaches a full charge...

StoreDot, an Israeli startup known for making fast-charging batteries, announced its model for EVs in 2015. The company claims that its EV battery can reach a full charge within only five minutes and can keep the car running for 300 miles. Now, to pr...

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Thursday May 11

22:43
'Coding Jam' uses musical blocks to teach...

Last year, Osmo expanded its iPad-based children's learning system with a program that teaches kids to code by linking tangible tiles with on-screen commands. Now the company's expanded its platform with Coding Jam, an add-on that assigns musical ton...

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21:33
Judge sends Uber/Waymo case to DOJ for investigation

In the latest bad news for Uber, the judge presiding over its trade secrets lawsuit with Google self-driving car unit Waymo has asked federal prosecutors to investigate the case. Reuters and Bloomberg report that US District Judge William Alsup said...

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20:23
D-Link would like you to forget about its lax...

Back in January, the US Federal Trade Commission accused D-Link of putting customers in harm's way with its extremely negligent approach to security. According to the FTC, the company left hundreds of thousands of customers vulnerable to attack by fa...

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19:22
Lighthouse home security camera uses AI to ID people...

Security cameras are getting more and more advanced these days, they might put a few security companies out of business. Take Lighthouse, for instance. The device, hailing from an accelerator created by Android co-founder Andy Rubin, can figure out w...

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18:45
Apple Watch Can Detect An Abnormal Heart Rhythm With...

According to a study conducted through heartbeat measurement app Cardiogram and the University of California, San Francisco, the Apple Watch is 97 percent accurate in detecting the most common abnormal heart rhythm when paired with an AI-based algorithm. TechCrunch reports: The study involved 6,158 participants recruited through the Cardiogram app on Apple Watch. Most of the participants in the UCSF Health eHeart study had normal EKG readings. However, 200 of them had been diagnosed with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (an abnormal heartbeat). Engineers then trained a deep neural network to identify these abnormal heart rhythms from Apple Watch heart rate data. Cardiogram began the study with UCSF in 2016 to discover whether the Apple Watch could detect an oncoming stroke. About a quarter of strokes are caused by an abnormal heart rhythm, according to Cardiogram co-founder and data scientist for UCSF's eHeart study Brandon Ballinger. Cardiogram tested the deep neural network it had...

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17:15
How to shoot on iPhone 7

Apple posted a new Web page showing you how to shoot a picture in different situations using the iPhone 7. This is a page I will definitely use.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:57
Apple publishes 'How to Shoot on iPhone 7...




Apple on Thursday added a new page to its website dedicated to taking better photos with iPhone 7. The mini-site is filled with short tutorial videos that explain -- and advertise -- the handset's various capture modes to new users and offer tips on basic photography techniques.

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16:21
Apple debuts new ‘How to shoot on iPhone 7’ website...

Apple has long showcased the capabilities of the iPhone 7 camera, but now the company is working to help everyone take great looking images with the device. Today, Apple debuted a new series of videos, as well as a new website, focused on educating users on how to take the best images with their iPhone…

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15:39
Amazon Prime Video could be coming to Apple TV at...

John Paczkowski writing for BuzzFeed:

Sources in position to know tell BuzzFeed News that Amazon’s Prime video app — long absent from Apple TV — is indeed headed to Apple’s diminutive set-top box. Apple plans to announce Amazon Prime video’s impending arrive to the Apple TV App Store during the keynote at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on June 5 in San Jose, CA. A source familiar with the companies’ thinking say the app is expected to go live this summer, but cautioned that the hard launch date might change. Amazon had previously declined to even submit a Prime Video app for inclusion in Apple’s Apple TV App Store.

John certainly knows his stuff and this has been rumored before. It would be great if Amazon and Apple could get things worked out, release a video app, and get the Apple TV back in the Amazon store again.

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15:31
New York will allow self-driving vehicle testing

“We are taking a careful yet balanced approach to incorporating autonomous vehicles on our roads to reduce dangerous driving habits, decrease the number of accidents and save lives on New York roadways,” Cuomo said in a statement.

Says a lot about the driving habits of many on the roads today.

Companies in New York must have a $5 million insurance policy, submit reports to the state, be overseen by the state police and pay the state police for supervising each test.

Testing also cannot take place in construction or school zones – which take up huge swaths of land in New York City – and must adhere to a predesignated route shared in advance with the state.

No doubt there will be challenges or suggestions from the companies developing the technology.

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15:12
AWT News Update: May 11, 2017

Tony Fadell (left) and John Markoff at the Computer History Museum. Photo via AppleInsider

Microsoft Windows will make nice with iOS, the father of the iPod speaks, and the Sims are coming to an iPhone or iPad near you:

  • A fall release of Microsoft Windows 10 will add features that provide a lot of support for iOS devices
  • Tony Fadell, iPod designer and former Nest CEO, talked last night at a San Jose forum on the history and impact of the iPhone
  • EA announces The Sims Mobile, a new game in the franchise that will run on iOS

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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14:52
Microsoft Debuts Smarter Cloud at Build


Microsoft executives, led by CEO Satya Nadella, introduced a series of enhancements to the company's critical data and cloud services at the kickoff of its annual Build conference on Wednesday, demonstrating new ways to expand adoption of artificial intelligence, personal digital assistants and other innovations. Nadella told conference attendees that there will be more than 25 billion intelligent devices in the world by 2020, and the role of developers will be to extend new technologies to meet that challenge.

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14:25
Apple sleep scientist responsible for Night Shift...

Earlier this week, we reported that Apple acquired sleep platform Beddit as sleep tracking remains an oft-requested feature for Apple Watch. Simultaneously, Apple has also lost one of its top sleep experts. According to a report from MobiHealthNews, Apple sleep scientist Roy J.E.M Raymann has departed the company…

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14:13
Amazon Prime Video app for Apple TV will be...

Apple and Amazon have settled (at least some of) their differences. Amazon Prime Video is officially making its way to the Apple TV.

Apple will announce the all-new Amazon Prime Video app for Apple TV at this year’s WWDC keynote on June 5, according to BuzzFeed. Then the app will reportedly hit the tvOS App Store this summer. In addition, Amazon.com will be start selling the Apple TV set-top box again after being banned two years ago.

This corroborates an earlier report that Apple and Amazon had reached an agreement to the benefit of both their streaming media strategies. Amazon Prime members who own an Apple TV have another reason to renew their membership, and the Apple...

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14:11
Sleep specialist Roy Raymann leaves Apple in tandem...




An important sleep research expert, Dr. Roy J.E.M. Raymann, appears to have quietly left Apple last month, just ahead of the company's Beddit acquisition.

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13:51
Tip of the Day: Opening a Playlist in a separate...

If you’re a long-time iTunes power user, you’ll probably remember the good old days when you could open a playlist in a second iTunes window — a feature that Apple in its infinite wisdom decided to callously discard alongside the whole new user interface in iTunes 11. Even after iTunes resurrected the sidebar in iTunes 12.4 last year, the ability to open playlists in a new window still remained conspicuously absent. Until iTunes 12.6…

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13:43
Rumor: Amazon Prime to be announced for the Apple TV...

Apple plans to announce Amazon Prime video's coming to the Apple TV App Store during the keynote at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on June 5, according to BuzzFeed News

The article, quoting an unnamed “source familiar with the companies' thinking,” says the app is expected to go live this summer, though the hard launch date could change. This would allow Amazon Prime Video subscribers to easily watch TV shows and movies from the service using Apple's set-top box.

As part of the arrangement between the two companies, Amazon will resume selling Apple's set-top box, adds BuzzFeed. If the rumor is true, this would be an about-face for Amazon. In June 2016, CEO Jeff Bezos said he only wants Amazon to sell devices that support Prime Video....

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13:36
The Apple Watch can be used to help diagnose a...

In a joint study published today, app developer Cardiogram and researchers at the University of California, San Francisco said Apple Watch combined with Cardiogram’s algorithm showed the smartwatch’s sensors can differentiate between a normal heart rhythm and atrial fibrillation (AF). In fact, the study identified AF with 97% accuracy.

There’s hope that the Apple Watch combined with Cardiogram’s algorithm can help diagnose a potentially fatal heart condition. Over the past few months, the company has developed a preliminary algorithm to detect AF using the heart rate sensors on Apple’s smartwatch and Android Wear. Cardiogram’s Health & Heart Rate is a free app for the Apple Watch that helps users track sleep, stress, and fitness using your Apple Watch's built-in heart rate sensor.

"While mobile technology screening won't replace more conventional monitoring methods, it has the potential to...

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13:21
Mafia 3’s open-world organized crime comes to Mac...

From 9to5Toys.com

Just over 6 months ago, 2K released the third entry in the long running Mafia franchise for PS4, Xbox One and PC. The game was praised for its treatment of the racially charged 1960’s era it was set in along with its interesting take on organized crime gameplay mechanics. In the meantime, players are now able to try out a lengthy free demo of the game on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in order to get a taste of New Bordeaux, 2K’s open-world take on New Orleans. And now Mac gamers are able to get in on the action… more…

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13:07
Amazon Prime Video for tvOS will be announced at...




In exchange for Apple bringing the Amazon Prime Video app to tvOS, Amazon will reportedly return the favor and begin sales of the Apple TV hardware via its online storefront, and the changes could come as soon as next month's WWDC.

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13:02
News: New ResearchKit study reveals Apple Watch to...

AppleInsider reports on a new study conducted by the University of California, San Francisco, revealing the Apple Watch heart rate sensor to be highly accurate in detecting atrial fibrillation, a common heart condition that can lead to stroke. Conducted in partnership with the Apple Watch app Cardiogram, the study paired a deep neural network with the heart rate sensor on the Apple Watch and then fed it a pool of 139 million heart rate measurements…

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12:56
Fall update will bring Continuity- & Universal...




At its ongoing Build conference on Thursday, Microsoft revealed early details of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, which will notably incorporate new features linking up with Apple's iPhones and iPads.

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12:42
Report: Amazon Prime Video coming to Apple TV at...

Last week Recode reported that Amazon and Apple were actively discussing plans to bring Prime Video to Apple TV later this year, and now Buzzfeed is reporting that yes, really, it’s happening and the deal is now official. Amazon Prime Video for Apple TV is expected to be introduced on stage at WWDC next month and launch later this summer, according to the report.

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12:32
iPod-Father Tony Fadell speaks at Computer History...




Last night, as part of its "iPhone 360" series of events celebrating the ten year anniversary of Apple's iconic phone, California's Computer History Museum located in San Jose hosted a conversation between Tony Fadell and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Markoff.

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12:11
Review: Distil Union’s flexible Stanley Stand for...

It can be tough to stand out in the crowded market of Apple product accessories like iPhone and iPad stands. Yet Distil Union, a small company in South Carolina focused on design, has created a unique offering worth taking a look at. Using a blend of leather, felt, and steel, Stanley Stand offers a sharp look and feel without compromising flexibility.

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12:00
∞ History of the entire world, I guess

Settle in for 20 minutes of a pretty good round up of world history. CAUTION: there’s some NSFW language in the video.

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11:39
What’s coming to Apple Music and Beats 1 in May/June...

With the flurry of Apple Music and Beats 1 content coming to the platforms every month, it can be difficult to keep up. With exclusives like Harry Styles’ documentary and Lars Ulrich’s new show, your potential favorites can be easily missed. With our new “What’s Coming” series, we hope to keep you on top of all the latest and upcoming exclusive releases.

We’re a third of the way into May and new films are still being announced for the month with even more coming in June. We’ll be sure to update the list here as new information is released, so be sure to bookmark this page. Let’s dive right in and see what you’ll be able to catch on Apple Music and Beats 1 starting in May and June 2017.

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11:31
Study uses Apple Watch heart rate sensor to detect...




New research conducted by the University of California, San Francisco, in collaboration with Apple Watch app Cardiogram, shows Apple Watch's heart rate sensor can aid in the detection of atrial fibrillation, a common heart arrhythmia that can lead to stroke.

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11:30
Research shows the Apple Watch can detect an early...

The Apple Watch has already saved lives with its heart rate-monitoring, but it’s often unintentional. A person might feel symptoms like dizziness or shortness of breath, then check their heart rate to confirm something weird is going on. A team of researchers just proved that the watch’s heart rate sensor can actually detect an early sign of heart disease without any symptoms at all, a development that could change how people use their Apple Watches.

The Apple Watch’s heart rate sensor can accurately pick up atrial fibrillation, an abnormal heart rate that can lead to stroke or heart disease. Atrial fibrillation can be caused by a variety of factors, including high blood pressure, so the Apple Watch isn’t a diagnostic device. But its accurate heart rate sensor shows there is potential for the watch as a...

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11:28
Podcast 558: Apple’s billion-dollar move

Apple has billions and billions of dollars, and a massive supply chain that's mostly overseas. The day after the latest earnings call, CEO Tim Cook told CNBC's Jim Cramer that Apple is launching an advanced manufacturing fund, and seeing it with $1 billion. The fund's first investment should be announced soon, but Glenn and Susie are excited about the idea already.

Elsewhere, Amazon Prime Video might come to the Apple TV. Hulu Live is pretty promising already. And Twitter's getting into the video game too, just without any NFL games this coming season.

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10:58
'iPhone 8' may pair FaceTime camera with...




With LG Innotek's new Apple-specific facility pegged as the supplier for the front-facing cameras on the "iPhone 8," speculation has turned to what exactly is mounted to facilitate the rumored facial recognition feature said to be in the device.

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10:48
News: Twitter and NFL to stream year-round live...

Twitter and the National Football League have announced a new partnership that would have the social media service streaming “uniquely packaged” official NFL content worldwide and on a daily basis throughout the year. Twitter released an Apple TV app last fall, on the heels of a deal with the NFL to stream Thursday Night Football games, and with this new partnership, the NFL and Twitter will now be cooperating to expand NFL content to…

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10:41
News: iTunes coming to Windows Store

During it’s Build conference today, Microsoft announced that iTunes will be made available on the Windows Store by the end of 2017. The move will ensure that iTunes will be available to Windows 10 S users, who will be limited to running apps downloaded from the Windows Store. iTunes is coming to the Windows Store by the end of this year. #MSBuild pic.twitter.com/WHM533S7Sv— Windows (@Windows) May 11, 2017 According to TechCrunch, the Windows…

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10:37
Apple to offer iTunes on the Windows Store

Microsoft announced today at its Build developer event that Apple will bring its iTunes app to the Windows 10 Store, iTunes, is already available for Windows users, but adding it to the Windows Store will make it easier for Windows users to find the software. 

Also, Microsoft announced today that, with the new Xamarin Live Player, iOS developers can deploy, run, test and debug iOS apps directly from a Windows PC that runs Visual Studio. Xamarin already allowed you to develop your iOS applications in C# with the help of tools like Xamarin.iOS for Visual Studio. However, now it's not necessary to have a Mac to build and test your apps.

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10:32
Snap's fledgling Spectacles sold just over 63,...




In a sign of how tough the market for Apple's rumored augmented reality glasses could be, Snap is estimated to have sold a little over 63,800 pairs of Spectacles in the March quarter.

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10:28
Hearing Aid Pro: Hearing assistance with an iPhone

One of the "badges of honor" that comes along with advancing years is hearing loss. Whether it's medically-caused, the result of too many years of listening to loud music, or just plain old age, almost everyone gets to the point that their hearing isn't as sharp as it used to be. Hearing Air Pro (US$9.99) is designed to act as a hearing aid that runs on your iPhone, and since I was recently diagnosed with significant hearing loss in my left ear, I thought I'd give it a try.

The app is quite simple to use; connect a pair of earbuds to your iPhone, open the app, tweak the amplification, noise reduction, and other factors, then enjoy amplified hearing. The developer, iMect, says that "Hearing Aid Pro implements sophisticated audiology algorithms to solve your complex hearing needs." 

Now, why would someone want to use a $10 app to help out...

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10:22
Apple is Bringing iTunes To the Windows Store

Tom Warren, writing for The Verge: Apple is planning to bring its iTunes desktop app to the Windows Store. In a surprise announcement at the Build developer event today, Microsoft revealed it has been working with Apple to get iTunes listed in the Windows Store. It might not sound like an important addition, but iTunes is one of the most searched for apps that's currently missing in the Windows Store. USA Today veteran columnist, summing up the announcement, "Microsoft announces that iTunes (incl Apple Music and full support for iPhone) is coming to the Windows Store. Big get for Microsoft." Microsoft's communication head, summing up the situation, "Didn't see that one coming, did you!"


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10:19
Apple’s iTunes is coming to the Windows Store

It will be interesting to see how well (or how poorly) iTunes will be received on the Windows Store.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:07
Apple to release iTunes on Windows Store, ensuring...




With Microsoft's forthcoming education-focused Windows 10 S operating system only allowing applications from the Windows Store, Apple will release its popular iTunes application on the official digital storefront, ensuring students will still have access to the media and management tool.

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10:01
Apple's iTunes is coming to the Windows Store

The Windows Store platform’s heating up now that Windows 10 S is here and restricted to Microsoft’s walled garden. At the Windows 10 S launch event last week, it was revealed that Spotify is on its way, and during Thursday’s Build 2017 keynote, Windows chief Terry Myerson announced that iTunes—yes, Apple’s crown jewel—is coming to the Windows Store.

Details beyond that are scarce; Myerson simply said that iTunes will include Apple Music and “full support for iPhone,” whatever that means for a Windows Store app. 

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10:00
iTunes and Apple Music coming to the Windows Store...

Last week Microsoft revealed a new version of its operating system called Windows 10 S that only runs software from the Windows Store — which means apps like Apple’s iTunes and Google’s Chrome won’t work. Today at Microsoft’s Build conference for developers, however, the company announced that Apple is working on bringing iTunes to the Windows Store after all.

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09:59
Spotify and—no joke—iTunes are coming to the Windows...

Enlarge (credit: Microsoft)

Microsoft's education-centric Windows 10 S has caused some controversy for its inability to run apps from outside the Windows Store, but as we've argued it does have the potential to attract developers to the Windows Store and create a healthier app ecosystem for all Windows users. Today at its Build conference, Microsoft mentioned two major additions coming to the Windows Store and Windows 10 S: Spotify (already...

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09:54
The IoT's Scramble to Combat Botnets


With shadowy botnet armies lurking around the globe and vigilante gray-hat actors inoculating susceptible devices, the appetite for IoT security is stronger than ever. "If you throw IoT on a con talk, you've got a pretty good chance to get in," remarked information security professional Jason Kent, as he began his presentation at Chicago's Thotcon conference last week. While the vulnerabilities he described may not have been the ones researchers find the most thrilling, they served to illustrate just how much work remains to be done.

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09:35
Microsoft’s Xamarin Live Player for iPhone &...

Microsoft has released a new tool called Xamarin Live Player that lets PC users test and debug iOS apps without using a Mac. Submitting apps to the App Store still requires Xcode which only runs on a Mac, but developers working on Windows can now deploy apps to iOS for testing during development.

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09:32
News: LG Innotek tagged to supply facial recognition...

LG Innotek has inked a deal with Apple to supply facial recognition camera modules for a next-generation iPhone model, according to a new report by The Korea Herald. A report in Korea Economic Daily noted that LG has built a new 269.7-billion won ($238.5 million) facility that will be dedicated to fulfilling Apple’s orders, with the initial order estimate to be about 200 billion won ($177 million). LG already supplies Apple with the rear-facing…

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09:29
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple Watch Nike+ 42mm $285,...

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09:28
Osmo announces its latest iPad mixed reality game...

Integrating real-world objects into a fun iPad game is Osmo’s brand; we reviewed the company’s drawing game, Osmo Monster, last year. Today, Osmo has announced the latest addition to its collection, Coding Jam. The game has kids placing physical tiles in front of the iPad display to create musical sequences and melodies.

The game introduces children to abstract coding concepts like loops and subroutines, through the motions of creating complicated snippets of music. For example, users can place a looping tile onto the table with a ‘2’ to have the enclosed sequence of sounds repeat two times.

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09:23
Deals: $300 off 13" Touch Bar MacBook Pros w/...




Shoppers looking for the lowest price on a 15-inch Touch Bar MacBook Pro can save $235 this week with coupon. Or enjoy $300 off 13-inch MacBook Pros with Touch Bar and AppleCare with prices starting at $1,748. Apple's ceramic Watch Edition is also $1,179 this week with no tax in 48 states.

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09:02
External Link: MacPaw Bought the Tekserve Apple...

When legendary New York City Apple reseller Tekserve closed its doors in August 2016, many wondered where its collection of Apple relics would end up. The good news is that our friends at MacPaw quietly purchased the entire collection to display at their Ukrainian office. The next time you’re in Kyiv, be sure to swing by for a tour, which includes a 128K Mac signed by Steve Wozniak, a NeXTcube, and other pieces of Apple history.

 

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08:52
Today's rumor updates on the 'iPhone 8...

If there's one thing about the expected 10th anniversary iPhone that bloggers enjoy, it's that it is generating a lot of good fodder for posts. Today's rumors are extra-tasty, with a side helping of believability.

The first has to do with the expected processor for the iPhone 8 -- the 10nm A11 chips that will be manufactured by TSMC of Taiwan. Allegedly, TSMC has begun production of the new chips after solving issues with "stacking components in the backend integrated fan-out packaging process," according to DigiTimes

The next good news has to do with LG Innotek, which is reported to be supplying front-facing 3D facial recognition cameras for the next-generation iPhone (see concept image above by Benjamin Geskin). The devices are being made in a new $239 million South Korean facility that's dedicated solely to creating components for Apple products. The initial order for the cameras is...

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08:46
Microsoft's Story Remix turns photos and video...

With the Fall Creators Update coming in September, Microsoft will roll out a new app that can transform you photos and videos into something more cinematic. Called Story Remix, it's a Universal Windows App that uses Microsoft's Graph, basically a bot...

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08:38
New Sonnet Echo Express SE III supports three PCI-E...




Sonnet has added to it's line of PCI-E breakout boxes, and has launched the Echo Express SE III, enabling the use of three expansion cards with the 2016 Retina MacBook Pro.

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08:30
Microsoft Graph bridges the gap between Windows and...

Microsoft's push into being the connective glue between all your devices is encompassed in Graph. That is what the company is calling a handful of features it says will "connect dots between people, conversations, projects and content." Announced dur...

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08:30
Microsoft's Fluent Design optimizes Windows 10...

Microsoft is still keeping mum about the future of its mobile OS, but in the meantime the company is pressing forward with a plan to expand to various other devices. At its Build developer conference today, Microsoft unveiled its Fluent Design System...

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08:30
Windows 10 is getting another Creators Update this...

Now that the Windows 10 Creators Update is rolling out to PCs across the world, Microsoft is ready to start talking about its next big OS upgrade. Don't expect any catchy new names, though: It's called the "Fall Creators Update." Microsoft says it st...

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08:24
LG Innotek reportedly supplying facial recognition...




LG Innotek is supplying facial recognition camera modules for Apple's "iPhone 8," according to reports out of South Korea, using a new facility dedicated to Apple products.

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08:23
Keeping Apple history alive at MacPaw

As sad as I was to hear of Tekserve’s closing, I’m glad to see their wonderful collection of Apple computers has gone to a good home.

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08:17
MacPaw now hosts Tekserve's Apple hardware...

Picture courtesy of MacPaw

One of the greatest collections of vintage and rare Apple hardware now has a new home -- in Kyiv, Ukraine. The collection grew over the years at its former home in NYC at the offices of Tekserve, which was an Apple Authorized Service Center for 13 years before closing its door last year. Purchased by Mac developer MacPaw, the acquisition of the collection was made public today.

Photo courtesy of MacPaw

The collection really couldn't have ended up in a better place. MacPaw CEO Olexandr Kosovan heard that the Tekserve collection was going to go up for auction and made a snap decision to purchase the entire collection before it was scattered to the winds by multiple buyers. As the blog post describing the museum says, "hardly a better audience than a team of...

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08:07
How to: Quickly & easily create timelapse videos...

If you find yourself hanging out for a while at a scenic spot, creating a timelapse video can be a great way to share the experience with friends.

The iPhone, of course, has a built-in timelapse feature – and a very clever one it is too. So if you want to use your iPhone or iPad to shoot, you’re good to go. But if you want to use another camera, Final Cut Pro X makes it a really simple process to create a timelapse video, regardless of whether you’re working from video footage or still photos.

I had been holding out on this one hoping for better weather for the demo video, but as the weather gods aren’t cooperating, we’ll go with what I’ve got …

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08:00
Live from Microsoft's Build 2017 product keynote

We're on the ground in Seattle and waiting for Microsoft's second Build 2017 keynote to kick off. It's a return to home turf for the company (or at least, very close to its Redmond headquarters), after hosting its developer keynote in San Francisco f...

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07:37
Ukranian dev MacPaw is new host of 40-piece Apple...




App developer MacPaw has been revealed as the purchaser of all of the Tekserve Apple musuem collection, and has put it all on display at the company's office Ukraine.

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07:36
Watch Microsoft's Build 2017 day two keynote...

If you were bored during yesterday's Microsoft Build livestream (here's a catch-up of what happened), that's entirely understandable. Aside from news that HP and Intel are building Cortana-powered devices and real-time translation for PowerPoint, the...

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07:18
SoundHound can now make an Apple Music playlist from...

SoundHound for iPhone and iPad is out with a new version that integrates with Apple Music in a few ways. For starters, if you’re an Apple Music subscriber and identify a song with SoundHound, the app can now add it to a SoundHound playlist in Apple Music automatically.

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07:17
Sim-ply fantastic: EA says a new Sims Mobile game is...

The venerable Sims franchise might seem like it was tailor-made for smartphones, but surprisingly a full version of the popular game has never made it to mobile. While Electronic Arts released the simplified and in-app purchase-heavy Sims FreePlay back in 2011, it seemed like the dream of a real-deal mobile port of the PC game was all but over.

Fans of the simulation series will be happy to learn that a mobile version isn’t just in the works, it’s just around the corner. As its name suggests, The Sims Mobile appears to be a touchscreen version of The Sims 4 Legacy Challenge, which was released for Windows and macOS (then OS X) in 2014.

To...

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07:15
Univision Now brings live and on-demand streaming to...

Hispanic US TV broadcaster Univision just got easier to find thanks to a hookup with Roku. The Univision Now streaming app is available on Roku boxes, Roku TVs from TCL and Roku apps on PCs or mobile devices. For $6 a month or $50 per year, users can...

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07:11
Supply-chain report supports rumors of facial...

A supply-chain report from Korea Economic Daily (via The Investor) supports rumors that the iPhone 8 will include a 3D camera module capable of facial recognition.

The report states that the modules will be made by LG Innotek, which makes the dual-camera module for the iPhone 7 Plus, with initial orders worth around 200B won ($177M) …

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07:07
∞ Unbelievable Sgt. Pepper’s/Star Wars mashup

[VIDEO] Click over to the main Loop post for the embedded video, but to whet your appetite:

When you hear “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, think “Princess Leia’s Stolen Death Star Plans”. Oh, it’s good.

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07:07
Samsung’s Tizen just overtook Android Wear’s market...

Smartwatches are one of the most personal pieces of tech someone can use day-to-day. Not only does it come down to the style of the device, but also the look and feel of the operating system. For Apple users, the obvious choice is the Apple Watch, but other options are available as well. Today it has been revealed that Samsung’s smartwatch OS, Tizen, has surpassed Google’s Android Wear, but it still falls far behind Apple’s option.

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07:05
News: Apple Music opens Giphy channel

Apple has expanded its social media marketing efforts for Apple Music into a new Giphy channel, tweeting out a GIFs from the trailer for the upcoming “Harry Styles: Behind the Album” documentary, and linking back to the channel which includes 85 GIFs from other exclusive Apple Music content and marketing campaigns. Wake up your friends. We have GIFs from the @Harry_Styles #BehindTheAlbum trailer. TY @GIPHY https://t.co/OEsaccKCBQ pic.twitter.com/E7CA80p9sU—…

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07:00
The Week in iOS Accessories and Cases: Coach...

New Apple Watch bands from Coach, Sena

Image by Rob Schultz/Macworld

This week’s roundup includes lovely new Apple Watch bands, as well as cases, batteries, chargers, and more. Read on!

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Image by Coach

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07:00
Gadget Ogling: Amazon Gives Fashion Advice, Snacks...


Amazon's Echo system, which brought Alexa to tables and countertops as a hub for your home, now has evolved into something a little more visually minded. I don't mean the brand new Echo Show -- it's the Echo Look that has caught my eye. The Echo Look has a built-in camera that captures both audio and video. That might prove incredibly valuable for parents who can't grab their phone and open its camera in time to record whatever a young 'un is doing. Amazon has different ambitions for its Echo Look, though -- to help you choose your outfits.

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06:59
Apple investigating light-up Lightning & USB-C...




Apple has shown interest in an illuminated Lightning, Thunderbolt, or USB-C connector receptacle and cable combination, providing users both a new avenue of data transmission, as well as providing feedback on a proper connection being made.

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06:55
Apple helps smartwatches grow 25% in quarter one

Basic band shipments, mostly fitness bands, fell 7% year on year to just over nine million in the first quarter of 2017 - the category’s first ever decline, according to Canalys. However, it was good news for Apple.

Leading vendors Fitbit and Xiaomi saw shipments fall worldwide, including in their home countries, notes Canalys. The research group says the trend comes as users switch to smartwatches for greater functionality. Smartwatch shipments increased 25% year on year to more than six million. 

The category now accounts for around 40% of the wearable band market, with growth largely driven by the Apple Watch, with its reinvigorated focus on health and fitness. Despite its high price, Apple’s smartwatch gained the top spot in the wearable band category in the first quarter (Q1) 2017, with 3.8 million units shipped worldwide and growth of 77%. 

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06:55
TBS, TNT launch new streaming apps and redesign old...

Just a few years ago, Turner was newly entering live streaming game, promising TBS and TNT apps that would allow subscribers to watch across multiple platforms and screens. Now in 2017, it's ready to "reimagine" the streaming experience with redesign...

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06:46
‘Transportation is Apple’s future’ — but in what...

In a note to clients — as noted by Markets Insider — UBS' equity research team shared what they learned from speaking with tech analyst, Horace Dediu. The biggest takeaway: "transportation is Apple's future.” This refers to “Project Titan,” the tech giant’s rumored “Apple Car” division.

"Project Titan is likely to be a transportation platform—not a car but the entire experience," the UBS note said. "Jony Ive and Marc Newson are interested in car design, both exterior and interior."

The research group said the experts it had spoken to thought car ownership will plummet with autonomous driving. 

"Then who is going to own all these cars? It might be Apple, one plausible reason to keep a large cash balance," the note said. "For now the company is building expertise in core sensor, driving, and mapping technologies.”

However,...

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06:41
4 things to consider before enabling iCloud Photo...

Mike Matthews, writing for TidBITS, walks through some solid background on iCloud Photo Library and some thoughts on the use of space on your iPhone and in the cloud.

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06:38
A crashed ad reveals embedded facial recognition...

Scan the log in the image:

A crashed advertisement reveals the code of the facial recognition system used by a pizza shop in Oslo… pic.twitter.com/4VJ64j0o1a

— Lee Gamble (@GambleLee) May 10, 2017

Note that the ad picks up that the user was wearing glasses, smiled periodically. Yet another example of why we can’t have nice things anymore.

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06:36
Search for seemingly anything in Photos for iOS and...




Apple's Photos apps for both iOS and macOS feature advanced object recognition technology, identifying items with great specificity and surprising accuracy, from common scenic queries like "beaches" to something as specific as "avocados."

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06:32
The story that emerges when the music is stripped...

[VIDEO] Lori Dorn, Laughing Squid:

Mario Wienerroither has taken the famous half-animated video for the A-HA song “Take On Me“, strategically stripped the music out and dubbed in appropriate reactive sounds. Without the music, the lighthearted romance of the original video was gone and a more sinister theme took its place.

Video embedded in the linked Loop post.

It’s not exactly a traditional story, but it certainly is interesting. This was the first example of rotoscoping I ever saw. I think it still holds up after all these years.

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06:30
ICYMI: Hyper directional sound guides runners

Today on In Case You Missed It: Malaysian sportswear company Ash Be Nimble has expanded their product line to include the Handbag Dyetonator, a fob-style accessory that will expel ink and smoke onto anyone who walks (or runs, or scoots) away with...

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06:27
TSMC starts production of 10nm 'A11' chips...




Apple's mobile processor manufacturer, TSMC, has reportedly entered into production of 10-nanometer chips for this year's upcoming iPhones.

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06:24
Another sign that Apple Watch is completely...

Lauren Thomas, CNBC:

Fossil Group’s latest financials show the watchmaker is clearly hurting from Apple’s encroachment into the traditional hardware sector.

Shares of Fossil closed down more than 20 percent Wednesday, following the company’s dismal first-quarter earnings report.

“Our results for the first quarter … continue to reflect a challenging retail environment and a watch category undergoing significant change,” Fossil CEO Kosta Kartsotis said on the earnings conference call.

Results like these fly in the face of naysayers, support the notion that Apple Watch is entrenched and is solidifying its hold on this market.

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06:15
Killer Deals: Save $150 to $410 instantly on Apple...




First come, first served: AppleInsider readers can use exclusive coupons this week to instantly save between $150 and $410 on every possible configuration of Apple's new Late 2016 MacBook Pros bundled with AppleCare, including all 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models and all 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models. Plus sales tax isn't collected in 48 states.

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06:14
NASA's mission to Mars includes a year-long...

Some astronauts may spend a year orbiting cislunar space before NASA finally makes its way to Mars. At the Human to Mars Summit in Washington DC, Greg Williams from the agency's human exploration division revealed the details of NASA's two-phased pla...

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06:11
Apple patent describes using iMessage to talk to...

An Apple patent published today describes using iMessages instead of voice to interact with Siri in environments when speaking wouldn’t be practical.

This could span both ends of the spectrum, from very noisy environments like construction sites, where your voice cannot be heard, to very quiet ones like libraries, where you would disturb people by speaking. It would also be useful for people who don’t feel comfortable talking to their phone in public …

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: FreeStereo Twins Wireless...

In our iLounge Deal for today, we’re offering the FreeStereo Twins Wireless Bluetooth Earphones for only $54.99 — that’s 63% off the regular price. Completely free of wires, these Bluetooth earbuds let you listen to your music and make calls with great sound. Use them together for music, or just pop one in to take phone calls or listen to audiobook or podcasts. They also support voice recording and dialing and you can pair them to two…

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05:58
Apple looks to incorporate Siri further into Messages

Apple wants to incorporate Siri — its “personal digital assistant” even more into its Messages app on macOS and iOS devices. The company has filed for a patent (number 20170132019) for an “intelligent automated assistant in a messaging environment.”

In the patent filing, Apple says that it would desirable to implement a digital assistant (Siri) in a messaging environment (Messages). The messaging platform can enable multiple modes of input (e.g., text, audio, images, video, etc.) to be sent and received. A user request can define a request to Siri using a combination of inputs (e.g., image and text). 

Apple says this can increase the functionality and capabilities of the digital assistant,  providing a richer interactive experience between a user and a digital assistant. What’s more, a digital assistant in a message environment can enable the digital assistant to be a participant in a multi-party conversation where the benefits associated with the digital assistant...

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05:55
We're giving away $500,000 to foster art and...

Last summer something happened. Seemingly out of nowhere, a 21-year-old Japanese video game franchise became a 21st-century runaway hit with the help of the smartphone. After years of hype around the return of virtual reality, Pokémon Go leap-...

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05:50
Apple may be working on the next generation of the...

Apple may be planning a new version of the late, lamented MacSafe adapter. The company has filed for a patent (number 20170133787) for “flexible and breakaway mechanisms for connections.” And it might even be illuminated.

With the 2016 MacBook Pro line, Apple ditched the beloved MagSafe connector, which disengaged with the slightest amount of pressure. This saved many Mac laptops from a disastrous plummet when someone accidentally snagged the power cable.

The patent filing is for connectors that can withstand force and are easy to manufacture. They may include connecting portions that may move relative to other portions of the connectors to absorb force. The connectors may be designed to partially break in order to protect devices that may be connected to. They may be further designed to break in a controlled manner to prevent springs or other components that may be under compression from being dislodged from the connectors.

In the patent filing, Apple notes...

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