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Wednesday May 17

10:32
Google announces Assistant for iPhone at Google I/O

As previously rumored, Google today announced during its I/O developer conference that its Assistant platform is coming to iOS. The virtual assistant will arrive soon as a standalone app for iPhone, initially for users in the US. Previously the Siri competitor was only available through its Allo messaging app and for Android and Google Home devices.

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10:21
Apple makes iOS 10.3.3 beta available to public beta...




A day after the developer release, Apple has made the first public beta available for iOS 10.3.3 for the iPhone and iPad.

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10:13
Gmail for iOS adds Inbox-style ‘Smart Reply’ feature...

Google is today releasing an update for its Gmail mobile apps, iOS included, that introduces a new Smart Reply feature that offers suggested quick reply buttons within emails.

The feature is something Google is bringing over from its Inbox by Gmail and Allo apps where similar functionality was already available. Google says that the feature accounts for around 12% of replies sent in Inbox, for instance.

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10:13
First macOS 10.12.6 public beta rolling out on Mac...

Apple has released the first public beta version of macOS 10.12.6 for users to test without a paid developer account. The update likely focuses on bug fixes and performance improvements ahead of macOS 10.13 later this year.

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10:10
JSON Feed

We — Manton Reece and Brent Simmons — have noticed that JSON has become the developers’ choice for APIs, and that developers will often go out of their way to avoid XML. JSON is simpler to read and write, and it’s less prone to bugs.

Two very smart guys that I respect a lot. I’m going to take a look at this.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:02
Apple releases first iOS 10.3.3 public beta for...

Apple has released the first iOS 10.3.3 public beta for users to test without paid developer accounts. The update likely includes bug fixes and performance improvements as well as new wallpapers discovered only on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro…

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09:56
Apple captures 12% of the Russian smartphone market...

According to the latest research from Counterpoint Research's Market Monitor service, Russia smartphone shipments grew 6% annually during the first quarter (Q1) 2017 but declined 42% sequentially. Apple was the second largest smartphone brand in Russia with a market share of 12% by volume (8% by market share) with the iPhones 5S still capturing a fourth of the company’s shipments.

Samsung and Apple captured a record two-thirds of the smartphone market by value. Samsung led both overall and smartphone segment with market share of 21% and 31%, respectively.

The premium segment (smartphones costing over $600) grew a healthy 143% year-over-year. Apple and Samsung captured over 95% market share in this segment with Apple tallying 81% of those sales.

Almost 52% of the smartphones shipped during Q1 2017 were phablets (display bigger than five inches). This segment grew by almost 50% year-over-year.

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09:48
Mac: Aspyr Media Mafia III

More than half a year after its release, Aspyr Media has brought its action-adventure game Mafia III ($40) to the Mac. The third-person shooter follows Vietnam veteran Lincoln Clay as he uses the skills he learned in war to avenge the deaths of his mob brethren at the hands of the Italian mob. The game features epic gun fights, intense hand-to-hand combat situations, plenty of fast-paced driving and more subtle spoken interactions showing off the main character’s street smarts as Clay attempts to rebuild what he lost and rise to the top of his city’s criminal underworld. The game is large and graphically intensive, requiring some pretty daunting minimum system requirements — a minimum four-core Intel i5 3.2 GHz CPU and an AMD Radeon R9 290X graphics card with at least 2GB of VRAM — so only users with a recent iMac or a mid-2015 or later MacBook Pro can really play it.
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09:43
Deals: 13" Touch Bar MacBook Pro w/ AppleCare...




Shoppers this week can save $250 on Apple's 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and AppleCare, plus no tax outside NY and NJ. Select electronics are also 20% off on eBay with coupon, including unlocked iPhones. B&H has the lowest price available on LG's UltraWide 34" Thunderbolt monitor at $699 as well.

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09:42
Apple Pay comes to 26 more US banks & credit...




On top of reaching Italy, Apple Pay is now available through 26 more U.S. financial institutions, as well as a single extra card issuer in China.

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09:31
Angela Ahrendts promotes Apple Retail vision,...




In an interview posted on Wednesday, Apple retail head Angela Ahrendts addressed why Apple Retail succeeds where others fail, and how the overnight renovation of some of the smaller retail stores in the U.S. was proposed, and by whom.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Powerbeats3 Wireless Earphones...

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09:11
News: Qualcomm sues Apple suppliers over withholding...

Qualcomm is suing four Apple suppliers over withholding royalties, Reuters reports. The move is the latest in an ongoing battle between Qualcomm and Apple over licensing payments Qualcomm charges for the use of patents the company holds on several integral components used in iPhones. Apple suspended all licensing payments to Qualcomm last month, and Qualcomm’s latest filing goes after Foxconn, Pegatron, Wistron and Compal Electronics for their…

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08:57
Archeer A320 Bluetooth Speaker looks great, provides...

At Apple World Today, we get to test a lot of Bluetooth speakers, so it's pretty easy to tell the minute music starts streaming through one whether it has decent sound or if it's destined for the recycle bin. Today's review is of a good looking and LOUD unit from Chinese manufacturer Archeer, the A320 Bluetooth Speaker (US$69.99, Amazon affiliate link). Check out the review, then enter to win this Bluetooth speaker from Archeer.

Design

With rare exceptions, there's not much you can do to disguise the fact that a Bluetooth speaker is...well, a Bluetooth speaker. But at least some of the manufacturers realize that good-looking cases can make a speaker worth putting on a bookshelf or kitchen counter, and that's the case with the A320.

Archeer A320

Bluetooth Speaker

The front of the unit is bamboo wood, nicely finished for a...

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08:53
Apple's iPhone captures 81 percent of premium $...




Russia's smartphone shipments grew 6 percent in the first quarter of 2017, but premium smartphones (over $600) in the country grew by 143 percent over the previous year, and Apple captured 81 percent of those sales.

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08:48
HPE Unveils Huge Single-Memory Computer Prototype


HPE on Tuesday introduced the world's largest single-memory computer as part of The Machine, its research project into memory-driven computing. The computer has 160 T-bytes of memory, and HPE expects the architecture to allow memory to scale up to 4.096 yottabytes. The memory is spread across 40 physical nodes that are interconnected using a high-performance fabric protocol. The computer runs on an optimized Linux-based operating system running ThunderX2, Cavium's flagship second-generation dual socket-capable ARMv8-A workload optimized SoC.

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08:25
Apple preparing new euro bond sale to fund capital...




Apple is preparing a new bond sale in euros, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing by the company, though many of the details are still guarded.

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08:18
Amazon refreshes Fire tablet lineup, cuts price of...




Amazon is continuing its recent string of hardware announcements by refreshing its tablet line, with design and power efficiency improvements made to the Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 accompanied by Kids Edition models of both tablets, and the expansion of the Alexa voice assistant on the tablets from the United States to units shipped to the United Kingdom.

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08:08
News: Apple begins production of iPhone SE in India

In a statement to The Wall Street Journal, Apple confirmed it has started production of the iPhone SE in Bangalore and plans to start shipping the devices to customers in India this month. Sources close to the production said the first handsets could hit store shelves as early as this week, although it’s unclear how much the phones will cost. Indian government officials say they’re hopeful the final price will land somewhere near $200,…

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08:07
Retail chief Angela Ahrendts talks ‘Today at Apple’...

Apple Retail chief Angela Ahrendts has appeared in a video interview promoting the new Today at Apple initiative launching at Apple Stores this week. In the discussion with LinkedIn’s Daniel Roth, Ahrendts talks about her approach to leading Apple Retail to success when some retailers are struggling. Included in the video are some interesting numbers like Apple’s employee retention rate and even how many beacons were just installed overnight as part of the Today at Apple effort.

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08:00
A premium lifetime subscription to Disconnect VPN/...

Everybody wants a piece of you; that personal information that's so important to online retailers, search engine providers, advertisers and even hackers. Web tracking is usually quite innocuous, but sometimes it can be an undesired intrusion into your life. Disconnect provides you with a way to block those trackers, speeding your mobile internet connections and reducing data usage. Throw in VPN technology to encrypt your internet traffic, and Disconnect has you covered. We've got a lifetime subscription to this service for $49.

What all does Disconnect do for...

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07:22
iPhone messaging app Signal wins approval for use by...




The U.S. Senate has quietly approved Signal, an encrypted messaging app for iPhone and Android, for use by the government body's staff.

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07:22
L.A. law firm sues Apple for the second time in less...

Another day, another lawsuit. Gustafson Nicolai, a Los Angeles-based law firm, has filed its second lawsuit against Apple in less than a month over an “exploding” iPhone. 

The new lawsuit was filed May 12, 2017, in the San Jose Courthouse near Apple's Cupertino, California, headquarters.  Gustafson Nicolai previously filed suit on April 20, 2017, against Apple and AT&T in Los Angeles Superior Court. 

Both lawsuits set forth claims for “general negligence and products liability in connection with iPhone 6 devices overheating, exploding, and causing significant burns to Plaintiffs' bodies, as well as other injuries and suffering.” The lawsuits seek damages for, among other things, wage loss, loss of use of property, hospital and medical expenses, mental and emotional suffering and anguish, general damage, property damage, and loss of earning capacity. In both cases, the plaintiffs seek punitive and exemplary damages. 

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07:20
News: Apple launches new site for Today at Apple...

Apple has launched its Today at Apple website to support the company’s new educational programs, allowing users to select their local Apple Store and see which programs are available. The site provides the ability to sort by date and type of training, and adds in results from nearby Apple Stores to expand the range of programs that users can select. Clicking on the Details button attached to any event provides a brief description of the training…

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07:00
Qualcomm Sues Apple Contract Manufacturers

Qualcomm on Wednesday sued the manufacturers that make iPhones for Apple for failing to pay royalties on the chip maker's technology, widening its legal battle with the world's most valuable company. Qualcomm's lawsuit, filed Wednesday in a federal district court in San Diego, accuses Compal, Foxconn, Pegatron, and Wistron of breaching longstanding patent-licensing agreements with Qualcomm by halting royalty payments on Qualcomm technology used in iPhones and iPads. From a report: Apple sued Qualcomm in January, accusing it of overcharging for chips and refusing to pay some $1 billion in promised rebates. Qualcomm said in the complaint that Apple is trying to force the company to agree to a "unreasonable demand for a below-market direct license." Qualcomm said last month that Apple had decided to withhold royalty payments to its contract manufacturers that are owed to the chipmaker, for sales made in the first quarter of 2017, until the dispute is resolved in court. "While not...

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06:51
News: Apple Pay goes live in Italy

Italy has become the 15th country to adopt Apple Pay, supporting Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards issued by Carrefour and UniCredit backs as well as Boon prepaid cards. Apple also recently added a German translation of its Apple Pay guide to it website, but negotiations in that country are apparently not going well according to iPhone Ticker, with banks pushing back against the fees Apple demands from them when customers use the service....

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06:37
Trailer shows upcoming Futurama mobile game ‘...

When Futurama creator Matt Groening talked about the upcoming iOS and Android game back in February, he teased that it will effectively contain some entirely new episodes.

We’re gonna sneak some more Futurama episodes in there on whatever device people are gonna be using.

The company has now released a trailer showing that the game will indeed live up to this promise …

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06:28
Apple Pay expands to over two dozen more banks...

In addition to launching in Italy through three banks, Apple Pay is continuing to complete its roll out in the United States. More than two dozen new institutions around the United States join Apple Pay plus one new addition in Mainland China. You can find the latest banks to join Apple Pay’s growing list below.

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06:28
News: Apple releases betas for iOS 10.3.3, tvOS 10.2...

Yesterday Apple released developer betas for iOS 10.3.3, tvOS 10.2.2, and watchOS 3.2.3. The betas include minor updates and bug fixes, but Apple seems to be saving its big updates for iOS 11, expected to be debuted next month and WWDC before landing on devices whenever Apple’s new iPhones are released later this year....

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06:25
Apple ordered to turn over docs on unreleased...

Apple must turn over documents requested by Nokia that disclose details of unreleased iPhones and iPads, a U.S. International Trade Commission judge has ruled in a patent infringement probe, saying Apple is "not unique" in its desire to keep future products under wraps, reports Law360.

Nokia is suing Apple in Germany and the U.S. for (what else?) patent infringement.

"Since agreeing (to) a license covering some patents from the Nokia Technologies portfolio in 2011, Apple has declined subsequent offers made by Nokia to license other of its patented inventions which are used by many of...

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06:20
Apple commences iPhone SE production in India with...




Apple has finally started to assemble iPhones in India, the Cupertino company has confirmed, with local manufacturing partners said to have commenced production of the iPhone SE earlier this month, and initial shipments for domestic customers expected to take place within the next few weeks.

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06:19
Qualcomm sues four of Apple's iPhone suppliers

Another day, another lawsuit. Qualcomm has filed a complaint against Foxconn Technology, Pegatron, Wistron, and Compal — all Apple contract manufacturers for making iPhones— for not paying royalties, reports Reuters.

"While not disputing their contractual obligations to pay for the use of Qualcomm's inventions, the manufacturers say they must follow Apple's instructions not to pay," Qualcomm said in a statement.

Per Reuters, Apple has agreed to indemnify the manufacturers for any damages resulting from breaching their agreements with Qualcomm, the chipmaker said in the complaint filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California.

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06:11
Apple starts domestic production of the iPhone SE in...

The Wall Street Journal says Apple has confirmed that its manufacturing partners in India have started domestic production of the iPhone SE. Previously, Apple produced most of its smartphones iPhones in China with a few older models assembled in Brazil.

The Cupertino, California-based company has tapped Taiwan's Wistron Corp. to put together the smartphones in the tech capital of Bangalore in Karnataka, said Priyank Kharge, the state's IT minister.

“Apple’s iPhones will be made in Bangalore and all devices will be targeted at the domestic market,” said Kharge, IT minister for Karnataka, of which Bangalore is the capital. Kharge said the state will help Apple if it decides to turn to other contract manufacturers in the region. “We did not discuss any other incentives,” he said.

Getting a foothold in India has been a challenge for Apple. The...

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06:09
∞ Fidget spinner on bass

[VIDEO] Pretty good technique all the way around. Video embedded in main Loop post.

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06:07
Apple plans laptop upgrades to take on Microsoft

Mark Gurman and Alex Webb, Bloomberg:

Apple Inc. plans to announce an update to its laptop lineup at an annual conference for app developers in early June, a move that could help offset new competition from Microsoft Corp. as well as declining iPad sales.

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

Not sure why Microsoft is so heavily featured in this article. This makes it sound like Apple is reacting to a threat, as opposed to simply taking advantage of new processors to update the Mac line, spur sales.

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06:07
Apple Deals: Save $145 to $245 on 27-inch iMac 5Ks...




Our exclusive deals keep rolling in: This week, save $145 to $190 on current-generation 27-inch iMac 5Ks (Late 2015) paired with AppleCare extended protection plans, or take $145 to $245 off 21.5-inch iMac 4Ks paired with AppleCare. Alteratively, pick up an iMac 5K by itself for $1,679 or an iMac 4K for $1,399 -- all with free shipping and no sales tax outside NY and NJ.

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06:05
Apple participating in Global Accessibility...

Thursday, May 18, is Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). Apple stores globally will host accessibility workshops on May 18. Check your local store page to see if your store is participating and to book a seat in one of these workshops.

Apple has also posted seven videos to YouTube showing how real people make use of Mac, iOS and Apple Watch accessibility features from Switch Control to Siri to VoiceOver. Each tells the story of specific individual.

GAAD is a community-driven effort with the goal to raise the profile of digital accessibility and people with different disabilities. It began in 2012 with the focus on raising awareness about making the web, mobile and other technological experiences accessible and usable to those with disabilities.

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06:03
Qualcomm accuses Foxconn & other Apple suppliers...




Chipmaker Qualcomm on Wednesday leveled a complaint against Foxconn and three other Apple manufacturing partners, accusing them of breaking licensing agreements by not paying due royalties.

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06:02
Apple assembles first iPhones in India

MarketWatch:

An Apple Inc. manufacturer has completed a trial run of the first-ever iPhones assembled in India, in an important step in the U.S. tech giant’s push into the fast-growing South Asian market.

The manufacturing of Apple’s cheapest iPhone model, the SE, was handled earlier this month by Taiwanese contract manufacturer Wistron Corp., which has an assembling unit in the southern state of Karnataka, a state official with direct knowledge of the matter told The Wall Street Journal.

Apple said in a statement that it has begun initial production of a small number of iPhone SE handsets in Bangalore and will begin shipping the Indian-made devices to domestic customers this month. The first devices could hit stores as early as this week or next, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The first step in an important journey for Apple in its quest to grow India market share.

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: SainSmart UNO for Arduino

For Wednesday’s iLounge Deal, we’re offering the SainSmart UNO for Arduino for only $53.99 — that’s 19% off the regular price. This powerful micro controller board lets you explore the hardware development potential of Arduino, bringing electronics prototyping into the home. Perfect for novices and experts alike, the SainSmart UNO offers virtually infinite opportunities for experimentation, with features such as an XBee board for…

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05:57
∞ How Google took over the classroom

From this The New York Times article:

In the space of just five years, Google has helped upend the sales methods companies use to place their products in classrooms. It has enlisted teachers and administrators to promote Google’s products to other schools. It has directly reached out to educators to test its products — effectively bypassing senior district officials. And it has outmaneuvered Apple and Microsoft with a powerful combination of low-cost laptops, called Chromebooks, and free classroom apps.

And, most importantly:

Today, more than half the nation’s primary- and secondary-school students — more than 30 million children — use Google education apps like Gmail and Docs, the company said. And Chromebooks, Google-powered laptops that initially struggled to find...

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05:55
Apple Pay comes to Italy

Apple Pay went live for Italian customers yesterday with initial support from Carrefour, UniCredit and prepaid card marketed by Boon, notes AppleInsider.

Users are reporting immediate availability via Twitter. Apple is sending out notifications urging iOS, watchOS and macOS device owners to provision their Visa or Mastercard credit and debit cards with the service. 

Apple Pay is currently available in 15 countries: Australia, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and USA. Apple Pay works with iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch. When paying within apps, Apple Pay is compatible with the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus,...

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05:54
No Email Issue on 29 May 2017 for Memorial Day

We’re taking a brief break from building an email issue of TidBITS next week in honor of the Memorial Day holiday in the United States, so look for the next issue in your mailbox on 5 June 2017.

 

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05:53
Qualcomm sues four iPhone suppliers for ‘following...

In a new move in the on-going dispute between Apple and Qualcomm, the chip supplier has sued four iPhone suppliers directly. Qualcomm has already filed a countersuit against Apple itself.

The mess began when the FTC accused Qualcomm of effectively giving itself a monopoly by saying that it would charge Apple higher patent royalties unless the company agreed not to source baseband processors from its competitors. Apple then sued Qualcomm in several different...

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05:40
Today at your local Apple Store

Take a few minutes to check out the offerings at your local Apple Store via Apple’s new Today at Apple page. Pick your favorite location, tap confirm, then start scrolling.

Some stores (such as New York’s SoHo Apple Store and San Francisco’s Union Square location) feature concerts and other performances. Most stores have a constant running string of classes, focusing on things like iPhone photography, making music with GarageBand, learning the ins and outs of Apple Music, video editing on your Mac, and lots more.

Good use of space, great for customers. Questions for me: Will the gatherings be compelling enough to draw people in and will Apple find a way to spread the word to draw crowds and keep them coming back.

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05:15
Rumor: Apple to announce refreshed notebooks at WWDC

It’s a rumor, but it could be pretty nifty if it’s true.

Apple is thought to be planning refreshes of its notebook lineup at its upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference set to take place in June. New versions of the MacBook and MacBook Pro are expected to be announced, and Apple is also considering updating the MacBook Air, its most affordable notebook.

The MacBook Pro, which was updated back in October with the inclusion of a slimmer design and a Touch Bar, will be upgraded with a faster Kaby Lake processor, an improvement from the Skylake processors in the current machines. The upgraded MacBook Pro will look the same as the current model, adopting only internal updates.

Apple’s MacBook, last updated in April of 2016, will gain an updated processor, also likely to be in the Kaby Lake family.

Apple has not updated its MacBook Air notebook since March of 2015, which the company seems to be phasing out in favor of the MacBook and MacBook Pro model...

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05:15
U.S. Senate approves secure messaging app Signal for...

The U.S. Senate has approved the secure messaging app Signal for use by staffers. The approval was apparently granted back in March, but only came to light in a letter written by Sen. Ron Wyden.

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05:00
Apple releases iOS 10.3.2, watchOS 3.2.2 and tvOS 10...

If you’re in the mood for updates, this is your lucky week.

Apple has released iOS 10.3.2, an update that contains bug fixes and security enhancements.

The update weighs in around 196.4 megabytes and can be installed either through iOS’s Software Update feature or iTunes.

Next, Apple has released watchOS 3.2.2. Once again, the update contains what Apple refers to as “improvements and bug fixes”.

To install watchOS 3.2.2, your iPhone needs to be connected to the internet via Wi-Fi, and within range of your Apple Watch, which needs to have at least a 50 percent battery charge and connected to the charger. Then you can launch the Watch app on your iPhone and tap General > Software Update.

Finally, the company has released tvOS 10.2.1, which provides bug fixes and other enhancements for the fourth-gen Apple TV set top box.

To update your Apple TV, launch the Settings app, and then System > Software Update. If you have your Apple TV...

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05:00
Apple granted patent for ‘avatars reflecting user...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,652,134) for “avatars reflecting user states.” An avatar is an icon or figure representing a particular person in video games, Internet forums, etc. The patent could mean more responsive, interactive avatars in apps such as Messages and Mail.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that avatars are increasingly used in online social networking, gaming, and other communications, typically as a surrogate for an actual photograph of the user. They offer a measure of privacy, while allowing the users to have control over their online identities. 

As a means for self-expression, many users customize their own avatars to show physical characteristics that reflect the actual appearances of the users. The users can also dress up their avatars with accessories and clothing items that reflect the users' individual styles and fashion tastes. 

When a user interacts with others in various communication contexts (e.g., in online chat...

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04:42
Apple has started production of iPhone SE in India,...

In a statement to the Wall Street Journal, Apple has confirmed that its manufacturing partners in India have started domestic production of iPhone SE. Up to now, Apple produces almost all of its iPhones in China (although some older models have been assembled in Brazil). Presumably, the devices will bear an ‘Assembled in India’ label on the hardware. Apple is pushing hard into India as it looks for new markets to grow iPhone sales.

The report says that the iPhone SE devices are being made in Bangalore and will ship to customers later in May, with the first domestically-produced phones appearing on store shelves next week. Pricing is unknown …

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04:30
Mac Backup Guru simplifies the back-up process

By Aaron Lee

MacDaddy’s Mac Backup Guru may encourage you to back-up your data more frequently — and if you’re not already backing up, start doing so immediately. 

The useful utility is designed to, as you might guess from the name, back up files and disks. With a single Start button, you can sync the contents of any source with its backup destination using the app. Disk backups of startup drives are bootable with the Mac Backup Guru. If there's any inconsistency in the size or modification date between any files, the Source file replaces the outdated destination file. Following the initial cloning, syncs take minutes instead of hours.

Disk backup via cloning requires that the entire contents of the source overwrite the entire contents of the destination drive. Disk backup via sync requires that only the changes since that last backup overwrite the appropriate part of the destination drive. Backup via sync requires that the initial backup be...

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04:30
How to move events between calendars in macOS Sierra

You can have multiple calendars in the Calendar app in macOS Sierra. When you move an event to a different calendar, the event’s color changes to match the new calendar. If you want color-coded events, such as red mandatory events and yellow optional events, create a calendar for each type of event and move events between the calendars.

To move events, do any of the following:

  • Double-click the event, then choose a calendar from the colored square pop-up menu in the top-right corner.
  • Drag the event to a new calendar in the calendar list. If you don’t see the calendar list on the left, choose View > Show Calendar List.
  • To move several events at once, Command-click them, Control-click one of them, choose Calendar > [calendar].
  • To copy an event, select the event, then choose Edit > Copy. Select the calendar where you want the event, then choose Edit > Paste.
  • To move all events from one calendar to another, export one calendar and...
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04:24
Shazam forgetting song titles generated 2M views of...

A clever ad campaign for Alzheimer’s Research UK – a charity working to prevent, treat and cure dementia – generated more than two million ad impressions, says the agency behind it. The campaign saw the Shazam app apparently having difficulty remembering the names of songs …

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04:03
Jeff Goldblum says Steve Jobs asked him to be the...

Actor Jeff Goldblum, who appeared in a number of Apple ads in the 1990s, has revealed that Steve Jobs wanted him to play a much bigger role in representing the company.

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for May 17, 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

Moving Families Initiative — an international plan focusing on serving, protecting and meeting the needs of parents relocating with children ages 19 and under — has announced the release of a mobile app. It was created to help simplify the relocation process for consumers involved in Moving Families Initiative and allow them to access Moving Families Initiative resources and real estate professionals right from their mobile phone. The app is free, but does tout in-app purchases.

macOS Apps/Updates

Insider Software ...

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03:00
Apple Receives Patents For Bezel-Free Display, Touch...

Apple has just been granted patents for two of the biggest features expected from the iPhone 8: an edge-to-edge display, and a Touch ID button embedded into the screen. 9to5Mac reports: The edge-to-edge display patent has the rather mundane heading "Reducing the border area of a device." It describes how a mostly-flat display can have a curved border area allowing it to wrap around the sides of the device: [...] "This relates to methods and systems for reducing the border areas of an electronic device so as to maximize the display/interactive touch areas of the device. In particular, a flexible substrate can be used to fabricate the display panel and/or the touch sensor panel (referred to collectively herein as a 'circuit panel') of a mobile electronic device so that the edges of the display panel and/or the touch sensor panel can be bent. Bending the edges can reduce the width (or length) of the panel, which in turn can allow the overall device to be narrower without reducing the...

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03:00
How to avoid the WannaCrypt virus if you run Windows...

WannaCrypt may be exclusively a problem for Windows users, but the worm/virus combination could hit a Mac user with a Boot Camp partition or Windows virtual machines in VMware Fusion, Parallels, or other software. If you fit that bill and haven’t booted your Windows system since mid-March or you didn’t receive or install Microsoft’s vital security update (MS17-010) released at that time, read on.

It’s critical that you don’t start up a Windows XP or later installation that’s unpatched and let it connect to the Internet unless you’re absolutely sure you have the SMB file-sharing service disabled or firewall or network-monitoring software installed that will block any attempt from an outside connection.

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Tuesday May 16

22:53
Apple highlights Global Accessibility Awareness Day...




For Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Apple has posted a series of seven videos to YouTube showing how real people make use of Mac, iOS and Apple Watch accessibility features from Switch Control to Siri to VoiceOver. Each tells the story of specific individual in about two minutes.

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22:33
∞ Apple videos highlight accessibility achievements

One of the greatest things Apple has done wit its technologies in recent years is to give people with disabilities the opportunity to be empowered and self-sufficient. Apple today published a series of videos showing how some of these people use their technologies. […]

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21:44
Steve Jobs wanted Jeff Goldblum to be 'voice of...




In a recent interview, prolific actor Jeff Goldblum, best known for his work in movies like Jurassic Park and The Fly, revealed Apple cofounder Steve Jobs personally reached out many years ago to be "the voice of Apple."

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21:25
Apple’s new ‘Designed for’ videos highlight...

Apple tonight has shared a series of new videos on its YouTube channel. These videos are part of a new “Designed for” series that highlights people who are using Apple’s Accessibility features to change the way they face life day in and day out…

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19:54
Images show Apple begin overnight refresh on older...

Last week, we reported that Apple was preparing to perform an overnight refresh on its older retail locations beginning tonight, May 16th into May 17th. Now that retail stores are closing for the night, the refresh process as begun as you can see in the below image…

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19:13
Apple Pay goes live in Italy with support for Boon,...




As rumored, Apple Pay went live for Italian customers on Wednesday local time with initial support from Carrefour, UniCredit and prepaid card marketed by Boon, bringing the service to its 16th market.

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18:25
The Tech Sector Is Leaving the Rest of the US...

Yesterday afternoon, the S&P 500 closed at a record high, and is up over $1.5 trillion since the start of 2017. "And the companies doing the most to drive that rally are all tech firms," reports The Verge. "Apple, Alphabet, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft make up a whopping 37 percent of the total gains." From the report: All of these companies saw their share prices touch record highs in recent months. This is in stark contrast to the rest of the U.S. economy, which grew at a rate of less than 1 percent during the first three months of this year. That divide is the culmination of a long-term trend, according to a recent report featured in The Wall Street Journal: "In digital industries -- technology, communications, media, software, finance and professional services -- productivity grew 2.7% annually over the past 15 years...The slowdown is concentrated in physical industries -- health care, transportation, education, manufacturing, retail -- where productivity grew a mere 0.7...

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18:22
Apple Pay officially rolling out in Italy with...

Apple Pay has officially gone live in Italy today, as earlier rumors had anticipated. As the clock has already turned to Wednesday in the country, users are now able to add their credit and debit cards to the mobile payment platform and pay in-app, online, and in store using their smartphone.

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17:47
iOS 10.3.3 beta brings three new wallpapers to 12.9...

Apple earlier today released the first developer beta of iOS 10.3.3 and while it doesn’t bring any major changes that one may notice right off the bat, there’s something that people always appreciate: new wallpapers. iOS 10.3.3 brings three new nature-focused wallpapers for users and we’ve got them for you to download right below..

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16:57
DJI launches new Apple TV app showcasing curated...

Drone maker DJI today announced a new Apple TV app that allows users to watch curated drone footage on their television. The company explains that the app will offer users a variety of drone footage for their viewing pleasure, as well as a new outlet on which drone users can share their own footage…

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16:56
Watch: All the hardware rumored to debut at WWDC 2017




Alongside a widely rumored Siri home speaker, a report on Tuesday claims Apple is preparing a few minor MacBook updates for its upcoming WWDC 2017 conference in June.

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16:43
Rundown of cord cutting services

This is a well done breakdown of the many services available for people that want to cut off their current cable TV subscription.

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16:41
Bragi unveils Dash Pro with realtime translation,...




Self-professed "hearable" company Bragi on Tuesday announced a series of updates to its product lineup, including the all-new Dash Pro, a version of which is being marketed as "the world's first custom-made wireless ear computer."

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16:18
iCloud to require app-specific passwords

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

Privacy and security are very important to Apple.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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

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

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

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




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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:16
AWT News Update: May 16, 2017

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Today's educational and entertaining Apple-related news:

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

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

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

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

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14:27
Nintendo Readies Mario for E3 Spotlight


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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

∞ Read this on The Loop

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

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

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13:12
Gear: Native Union Cosmos Edition Lightning Cables

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bloomberg says...

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

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

 

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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