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Monday April 17

08:25
HTC has already cut the disappointing U Ultra's...

HTC isn't having the greatest time between its financial struggles, departing leaders and scaled-back plans, and that's manifesting in its phone prices. The company is running a week-long sale on the U Ultra that cuts the handset's unlocked price by...

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08:07
Apple CEO Tim Cook receiving Free Expression Award...

Apple CEO Tim Cook will receive the 2017 Free Expression Award tomorrow night at the Newseum in Washington D.C., and Cook’s appearance will be broadcasted live for free. The Newseum highlights Cook’s public positions on social issues including privacy and LGBT rights while serving as the head of Apple.

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07:53
On the design of the new (and old) Mac Pro

Thoughtful post from Marco Arment on the current Mac Pro design, with collected thoughts on where Apple should go with the model currently in the works.

This particular paragraph captured my feelings about the 2013 Mac Pro design:

While minimalism is one aspect of one view of good design, it’s often overused, underconsidered, and misunderstood, resulting in products with surface-level appeal that don’t actually work very well because they were optimized for visual design and minimalism rather than overall real-world usefulness.

And from the wrapup:

There is no single design, no single set of trade-offs, that addresses a large set of pro users: they all want different things, and the only way to serve that with one product line is to have it be extremely versatile and offer a wide variety of configuration options. You can’t do that with a minimalist industrial-design indulgence like the 2013 Mac Pro.

Good read.

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07:52
Apple is replacing busted fourth-gen iPads with the...

Enlarge / The iPad Air 2 (left) next to the iPad Air (right). (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

If you take your fourth-generation iPad into Apple for a repair, the company may replace your tablet with a newer iPad Air 2 instead. According to an internal memo published by MacRumors, Apple started doing this on March 30, right around when the $329 iPad became available to purchase.

Starting March 30, iPad 4th generation whole unit repairs may be substituted to iPad Air 2 models. Apple's repair and order management tool will indicate for each repair if a substitution will...

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07:51
Al Gore & Apple's Lisa Jackson to talk...




On Wednesday, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore will sit down with Apple's VP of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives -- Lisa Jackson -- for a special event, hosted at the company's Union Square store in downtown San Francisco.

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07:50
Apple posts Mother’s Day gift suggestions one month...

As the company has done now for several years, Apple has posted some gift suggestions for Mother’s Day, which takes place on May 17, with prices starting from $49 …

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07:48
How to track and manage your iPhone’s cellular data...

Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac:

There are several reasons it may be helpful to track your cellular data usage. You might not have an unlimited cellular data plan right now and may be wondering if you should switch to one, you may be trying to cut down on overage fees, or you might want to discover if you could reduce your current plan and save some money.

You also might be having issues with applications that are using more cellular data in the background than expected. Let’s take a look at a few different ways to track and manage your cellular usage.

Take a few minutes to scan through the post, get a sense of what’s covered. Then pass this along to the folks you support to show them how to keep track of their data usage.

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07:46
Go back to 1984 with Internet Archive's...

Not content to sit on the sidelines, the Internet Archive recently resurrected something, too. This time, it's a swath of apps, games and software from the original Macintosh circa 1984. That means stuff like Lode Runner, MacOS System 7.0.1, Microsof...

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07:44
∞ Why Nintendo killed the NES Classic Edition

Nintendo’s NES Classic Edition is a fascinating case study in marketing. Since Nintendo announced the console in November, they’ve sold almost a million of them in North America, all while maintaining a constant shortage, creating a demand frenzy. Given the simplicity of the product itself (it’s a retro product, no cutting edge parts), I’ve always seen that shortage as artificial.

As we reported Friday, Nintendo has now pulled the plug on the NES Classic, announcing that the last run will ship in April. Nintendo has a successful product, was basically printing money, and they walked away from that particular business.

The question is, why?

[Read on in the main Loop post for the logic…]

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07:40
Union Square Apple Store hosting Al Gore and Lisa...

Former Vice President Al Gore with Apple CEO Tim Cook and company

Apple is set to host former Vice President Al Gore and Apple Environment VP Lisa Jackson at an open event in San Francisco later this week. The duo will discuss environmental issues publicly at the Union Square Apple Store on Wednesday night ahead of Earth Day this Saturday.

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07:38
Still haven't bought a VPN? Check out our deals...

AWT readers who have been paying attention to our deals have noticed that we're pushing a lot of VPN (virtual private network) deals these days. Why? Because there's never been a more important time for individuals to take control of their personal Internet privacy, and that is something that a VPN can provide. Today's deal is an incredible bargain -- a lifetime license for VPN Unlimited for just US$39 or a 3-year license for $19. 

VPN Unlimited is always one of the top-rated VPN service providers, winning the VPN Service Providers Best VPN Service Award for 2015, getting the top rating from PC Mag in 2016, and listed as a Best VPN Service of September 2016 by TechRadar. The service provides these benefits:

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07:22
News: Rumor: iPhone 8 with Touch ID under glass one...

Photo: iDrop News The latest iPhone 8 rumor out of iDrop News claims Apple is testing two iPhone 8 prototypes, one with a Touch ID sensor on the back and another with the sensors placed under the glass. The new leak—purportedly from a Foxconn employee—supports last week’s images of a supposed rendering of an iPhone with the Touch ID, placing that model in contention with another that would place the sensor on the front like current…

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07:19
Google to patch Chrome phishing vulnerability...




Google is finally preparing to update its Chrome browser, available for platforms including macOS and iOS, with protection against a phishing vulnerability already patched in Apple's Safari and Microsoft's Edge and Internet Explorer.

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07:18
∞ Historic retail job losses and Amazon’s obsession...

Thoughts on 2017 being a tipping point for brick and mortar retail job losses, caused by Amazon’s pursuit of being the “site of first resort”.

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07:04
Rumor: Apple pushing LG to get into smartphone OLED...




In an apparent bid to diversify its supply chain and reduce reliance on rival Samsung, Apple is said to be pushing LG Display to enter the small- to medium-sized OLED business, potentially in time for a 2018 iPhone update.

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07:03
Samsung playing a key role in iPhone 8 supply chain...

A report out of Korea claims that Samsung will not only be manufacturing the OLED screens for the iPhone 8, but also playing a key role in the supply chain management for related components.

Samsung Display, the display-making unit of Samsung Electronics, is the only panel maker globally that mass-produces OLED panels for smartphones. Its market share stands at a whopping 95 percent currently. Because Apple is still less experienced in OLED, the display maker is said to be playing a key role in the overall supply chain management that consists of its own key parts suppliers …

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06:54
News: Apple granted permit to test self-driving car...

Apple has been granted the necessary permits to test self-driving cars in California, Business Insider reports. Apple’s autonomous vehicle project has been the company’s biggest open secret for years, but on Friday the California DMV added Apple’s name to a list featuring 29 other companies testing self-driving cars. “The permit covers three vehicles, all 2015 Lexus RX450h, and six drivers,” a DMV spokeswoman said, backing…

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06:51
Hotels pressure the government to crack down on...

There's no doubt that the hotel industry hates Airbnb -- the home sharing service lures many would-be customers away through lower rates and the perks that come from staying in someone else's abode. So how does it fight back? By pushing the governmen...

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06:49
The Internet Archive brings Apple's classic...

We've seen the Internet Archive publish classic software collections for MS-Dos, Amiga, Apple II, Windows 3.1, and classic arcade games. Now, the online museum is moving on to the Macintosh.

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06:48
External Link: Kindle Readers Get Ragged Right Text...

Amazon has released a software update for its line of Kindle electronic book readers to support ragged right text alignment. Previously, the Kindle readers displayed only fully justified text, which spans the width of the page but often suffers from odd gaps between words. You can find the new alignment option on the Page tab of the Font panel. The software update is available for all sixth- through eighth-generation Kindle readers, and it also features faster highlighting and better support for Japanese manga comics.

 

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06:36
Alleged 'iPhone 8' diagrams show display...




Early on Monday a new diagram purporting to be of the "iPhone 8" surfaced, including questionable specifics about exactly how close the screen comes to the edge of the enclosure, and how the sensors adjacent to the phone's ear speaker are aligned.

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06:27
PhotoStory is a new image-to-video transformation...

Einstein's legacy has introduced PhotoStory 1.0.1, an image-to-video transformation app for the Mac. It turns a collection of images into a digital movie for use in promotion, storytelling or for creating time-lapsed applications. 

PhotoStory features modern codecs, variable speed playback and a WYSIWYG [what you see is what you get] user interface. You can share the output movie using Vimeo, Facebook and other Internet services.

With PhotoStory, you can drag and drop images into the desired order for output or sort the collection according to name or date. Set the playback rate by hand or choose from almost 20 frame-rate-based preset options. Control the background color and placement of images within the frame of the output movie PhotoStory allows you to create new movies in a variety of formats for a range of devices and playback situations.

The app requires macOS 10.11 or higher. It’s available for $9.99 at the...

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06:19
MacOS 7.0.1 emulator available at the Internet...

Feeling nostalgic? A pair of compilation hard drives contains a full copy of MacOS 7.0.1, along with a range of games, applications, utilities and toys to demonstrate the experience of using an early Mac has appeared on the Internet Archive. The entire bundle can be run inside Safari and comes with the following:

  • System Programs: HyperCard, Macintosh Basics, Control Panels;
  • Applications: BBEdit Lite, MacDraw, MacPaint, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Works, Orion, Pagemaker, ZTerm;
  • Games: Risk, Cannon Fodder, Shufflepuck;
  • Utilities: HD Setup, Disinfectant, Disk Copy, ResEdit, TeachText, Compact Pro, Mac Gzip, Mar, Stuffit Expander, Stuffit Lite;
  • Toys: Alarm Clock, Calculator, Note Pad, Puzzle, Scrapbook.

System 7 (codenamed "Big Bang" and sometimes retrospectively called Mac OS 7) is a single-user graphical user interface-...

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06:09
Rumor: tvOS 11 to add multi-user support, picture-in...

The Apple TV will gain multi-user support and picture-in-picture with tvOS 11, the next major update of its operating system, according to Israeli site, The Verifier — as noted by AppleInsider. tvOS 11 will almost certainly be unveiled at June’s Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC).

Multi-user support will purportedly tailor onscreen content to the active profile/Apple ID. Folks will not only see their personal Apple Music, iCloud, and iTunes content, but also their own apps, according to The Verifier, quoting an unnamed “reliable source.” So far, only Macs have offered multiple user accounts for everyone. iPads technically support it, but only in classroom settings.

This mock-up is courtesy of "The Verifiier."

Picture-in-picture, which is available on both Macs and iPads, will let you...

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06:02
NBA player Stephen Curry switches from iPhone ad to...

NBA player Stephen Curry doesn’t seem to mind which smartphone manufacturer wants to hire him to appear in ads. The Golden State Warriors player who appeared in an iPhone 6s video ad back in 2015 is now appearing in one for Android manufacturer Vivo.

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Anti-Gravity iPhone Case

For Monday’s iLounge Deal, you can get the Anti-Gravity iPhone Case for only $24.99 — that’s 37% off the regular price. Available for all of the recent 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone models, this durable, grip-friendly TPU case uses nano-suction technology to stick to glass, mirrors, whiteboards, metal, and more, keeping your iPhone safe from harm and letting you easily use it hands-free just about anywhere you happen to be working. Get…

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06:00
Origin's first budget gaming laptop costs less...

Origin's EON15-S laptop has always straddled the line between gaming performance and portability, and this year's model does that again, but for a bit less cash. For 2017, the PC maker has added NVIDIA's newish 4GB 1050 Ti graphics card, a model that...

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06:00
Picobrew's next goal: A safe and affordable DIY...

Picobrew has a new, cheaper countertop beer brewing system. That you already knew. But the company is now dipping its toes into distilling. The Picostill is an add on for the Pico Model C that turns that weird custom designed keg into a countertop di...

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05:15
Apple offering iPad Air 2 units to some customers...

If you’re looking for a replacement fourth-gen iPad, Apple may send you a newer and more capable iPad Air 2 as a substitute from Apple Stores and authorized service providers. The company is apparently implementing the new policy, allowing its repair staff to ship an iPad Air 2 for a unit replacement when stock of the aging and now discontinued 4th gen iPad isn’t available.

A leaked company memo offered the following information:

Starting March 30th, iPad 4th generation whole unit repairs may be substituted to iPad Air 2.

The memo also instructs staff to inform customers about the replacement iPad’s available colors and capacity. The iPad Air 2 introduced a new gold color option, and most recently only had 32GB and 128GB storage options while 16GB and 64GB models were discontinued earlier. As such, users may receive a slight upgrade in storage when getting a replacement in addition to the tablet’s more advanced components.

While the iPad Air 2,...

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05:11
Evernote 6.11

Adds support for the Touch Bar on the 2016 MacBook Pro and fixes numerous bugs. (Free update, 55.5 MB)

 

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05:08
Google is fixing a Chrome flaw that makes phishing...

As we've seen in the past, a strong password doesn't automatically make people safe online. Often, a specially-crafted email is all that it takes for someone to hand over their digital life to a malicious third party. Although email services are doin...

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05:03
Pariti app shows you your debts, offers to save you...

If you have a mix of loans, credit card debts or other borrowing, it can be hard to see just how much the interest rates and fees are costing you. A new app – currently only available in the UK but with plans for international expansion – takes a really interesting approach to this.

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05:00
California DMV grants Apple permit to test self-...

Apple’s self-driving car project is another step closer to completion.

The company has been granted a permit that enables it to test autonomous vehicles on public roads in the state of California, according to the California DMV website.

Apple was added to the list of permit holders that are allowed to participate in the Autonomous Vehicle Tester Program in California on Friday, joining companies like Google, Tesla, BMW, Honda, Ford, Nissan, and more.

The permit process for autonomous vehicle testing requires multiple steps, including descriptions of the specific vehicles being tested, which suggests that Apple may have a workable prototype on hand. Whether Apple actually deploys a vehicle remains to be seen. Should Apple begin vehicle testing, the company will need to file public reports.

In California, all companies that participate in the Autonomous Vehicle Testing Program must file Disengagement Reports that outline how many miles were covered...

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04:36
Original Macintosh emulator now available on the...

It seems to be a day for nostalgia. As Woz & the original Apple I team got together, the Internet Archive has put online a web-based emulator of the original Macintosh from 1984.

The emulator allows you to run a wide range of early Macintosh software, from the MacWrite and MacPaint apps supplied with the machine through games like Lemmings and Frogger to early Microsoft apps like Multiplan and Chart. It even runs Microsoft Flight Simulator 1.02!

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04:30
How to force the Trash to empty in macOS Sierra

Sometimes the darned Trash can on the Mac doesn’t want to empty. But you can make it. If you Mac tells you that you can’t empty the trash because a file is in use, do this:

  • Quit any app that you were using with the file, then empty the Trash.
  • If that doesn't work, the app might have one or more background processes that are using the file. Restart your Mac, then empty the Trash.
  • If that doesn't work, you might have a startup item or login item that is using the file. To temporarily prevent such items from opening automatically, start up in safe mode by holding down the Shift key while your Mac starts up. Then empty the Trash and restart your Mac normally.

If you can’t delete files for other reasons: 

  • Start up from macOS Recovery by holding down Command-R while your Mac starts up.
  • When the macOS Utilities window appears, select Disk Utility and click Continue.
  • In Disk Utility, select the disk that contains...
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04:07
Researchers simulate walls in VR by shocking your...

Virtual reality is still a pretty crappy facsimile of The Matrix, but scientists are trying their best to fix that. At the CHI'17 conference in Denver, a team of researchers from the Hasso-Plattner-Institut in Potsdam showed off a haptic system that...

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04:06
Apple will still be here in 2075, says Woz, as...

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has told USA Today that Apple will still be around in 2075 – alongside Google and Facebook.

Apple will be around a long time, like IBM (which was founded in 1911). Look at Apple’s cash ($246.1 billion, as of the end of its last fiscal quarter). It can invest in anything. It would be ridiculous to not expect them to be around (in 2075). The same goes for Google and Facebook.

He made the prediction ahead of the Silicon Valley Comic Con, whose theme is ‘The Future of Humanity: Where Will We Be in 2075?’ and said that he and Steve Jobs made that assumption from the start …

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04:00
PLA5235 is a flexible Powerline AC900 Wireless...

Zyxel’s PLA5236 1000 Mbps Powerline AC900 Wireless Extender is a useful product for extending a wired or wireless network since it supports both Powerline and Wireless AC technologies. It offers high-speed connectivity via Wireless AC at speeds up to 867 Mbps and to Ethernet devices via two Gigabit Ethernet ports (and a maximum range of 300 meters over a power line.)

For my household, the PLA5236 — which costs about $100 — is used to provide wireless connectivity in locations throughout the ol’ homestead where the signal from the router is weak. However, others will find its Gigabit Ethernet ports great for connecting console games, set-top boxes, and more. 

It’s relatively easy to get the PLA5236 Powerline Wi-Fi extender up and running by using the Easy Setup app that’s available for iOS and Android devices. You don't have to deal with any...

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03:37
UK forms 'specialist squad' to tackle...

Training carrier pigeons to fly contraband beyond prison walls is undeniably canny, but these days all you need is an inexpensive drone to do the same job. While perhaps not as reliable, remote-controlled mules carrying drugs and phones into prisons...

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for April 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

Element Cell Game has launched Clash Of Heavens 1.0. It’s a free “incremental shooter” game in which you summon a horde of allies to surround and destroy monsters. You power up your hero and allies with incremental clicker gameplay, and go forth to annihilate the Devil Army. You collect pets, artifacts and equipment to help your clause. Compete against other heroes and win marvelous rewards from tournaments.

macOS Apps/Updates

Indigo Domotics has released Indigo 7, an update to their smart home server for macOS. Included in this release is...

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03:11
OmniFocus 2.9

Introduces a new attachment storage and sync system that improves performance and storage efficiency. ($39.99 new, free update, 29 MB)

 

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03:06
Sketchy drawings depict bezel-less iPhone 8 with...

A sketchy series of images has been circulating this morning, supposedly showing an iPhone 8 prototype design with mockup renders and technical measurement drawings.

The drawing is impressive, depicting an iPhone front dominated by screen with just 4mm of bezels on every side. However, the original sourcing is unclear and the details are pretty circumspect …

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03:00
The Morning After: Monday, April 17th 2017

Hey, good morning!

While we consumed our body weight in chocolate, the US Navy banned vaping on its entire fleet and EA detailed the sequel to Battlefront. There's also a drone that can spy on fish, some stealth iPad upgrades and a potentially life-...

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01:05
UK driving tests to include sat nav skills from...

In biggest shake-up of the standardised driving exam since the introduction of the theory test, UK drivers will be required to demonstrate that they can navigate using a sat nav. The Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency has confirmed that from Decem...

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Sunday April 16

23:55
Toddlers who use touchscreens sleep less, study says

Toddlers really need their sleep. It's crucial when our brains our first developing, so early problems can ripple across your lifetime. That makes a report by Birbeck University of London researchers somewhat disturbing -- they found that toddlers be...

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23:49
One Apple GPU, one giant leap in graphics for iPhone...




Apple is building its own GPU architecture, but why? Rather than being motivated by simple cost savings, evidence points to the timing of a significant technical leap forward that could be as big of an advance as iOS was ten years ago.

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21:12
Final Cut Pro X 10.3.3, Compressor 4.3.2, and Motion...

Deals with a number of DVD-related issues in Final Cut Pro X and Compressor. ($$299.99/$49.99/$49.99 new, free updates)

 

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21:12
iMovie 10.1.5

Fixes a couple of bugs for the video editing app. (Free with all new Macs or $14.99 new, free update, 2.15 GB)

 

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20:58
Smart bandages will use 5G data to track your health

Bandages are usually very mysterious -- it's hard to know how well you're healing until you unwrap them, and that usually means a trip to the doctor. If Welsh researchers succeed, however, you'll never have to wonder what's going on underneath all th...

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20:26
Rumor: Apple TV to get multi-user support, picture-...




With "tvOS 11" -- likely to be announced at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in June -- the Apple TV will allegedly gain a pair of demanded features from the company's other platforms.

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18:48
Lynk & Co unveils its second take on a shareable...

Lynk & Co might have only shown off its first tech-laden vehicle half a year ago, but it's already set for a follow-up... and then some. The Geely-owned brand has unveiled the 03 Concept, a sedan sibling to the 01 Concept crossover (which has als...

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17:03
Computer models help form new magnetic materials

Magnetic materials are extremely difficult to find. They're rare in nature, and creating one in the lab usually involves both a lot of experimentation and a little luck. Duke University, however, has found a way to take the mystery out of the proce...

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15:34
Square chief teases a smart debit card

Square Cash's virtual payment card might not be quite so virtual in the future. Company chief Jack Dorsey has teased a strange, all-black Visa debit card that Recode suspects is really a physical Square Cash card. A Square spokesperson declined to...

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14:10
Cleveland police seek suspect in murder streamed on...

The Cleveland Police Department has confirmed it's looking for a suspect, Steve Stephens who committed a homicide and streamed the crime on Facebook Live. Sadly, this isn't the first homicide broadcast on the platform, however, in this case, it was i...

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13:54
Rumor claims Apple TV to add multi-user login and...

Apple will almost certainly unveil tvOS 11 (along with iOS 11, macOS 10.13 and watchOS 4) at WWDC in June, but not much has been said about what new stuff these software updates will bring.

According to a unverified report from The Verifier published today, the Apple TV is set for a significant update with the addition of Picture-in-Picture and multi-user modes …

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12:33
Only a handful of Windows phones will get the latest...

Virtually every Windows 10 PC can get the Creators Update, but phone owners won't be so fortunate. Microsoft has revealed that only some Windows 10 Mobile devices will receive the Creators Update when it's ready. The company's own Lumia devices are...

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12:11
Steve Wozniak Predicts The Future

USA Today asked Steve Wozniak to predict what the world will look like in 2075 -- one hundred years after the founding of Apple. An anonymous reader writes:
"He's convinced Apple, Google and Facebook will be bigger in 2075," according to the article -- just like IBM, which endured long past its founding in 1911. Pointing to Apple's $246.1 billion in cash and marketable securities, Wozniak says Apple "can invest in anything. It would be ridiculous to not expect them to be around... The same goes for Google and Facebook."
Woz predicted portable laptops back in 1982, and now says that by 2075, we could also see new cities built from scratch in the deserts, with people wearing special suits to protect them from the heat. AI will be ubiquitous in all cities, as consumers interact with smart walls to communicate -- and to shop -- while home medical devices will allow self-diagnosis and doctor-free prescriptions. And according to the article, Woz "is convinced a colony will...

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11:54
In-browser Mac OS 7.0.1 emulation, compatible...




A pair of 20MB hard drive compilations contain a full MacOS 7.0.1 environment that runs in a browser, and contains an assortment of applications spanning from 1984 to 1991 has appeared on the Internet Archive, with the entire bundle able to be run inside Safari.

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11:02
Internet and computing pioneer Robert Taylor dies

The technology world just lost one of its most prominent innovators. Robert Taylor, best known as the mastermind of ARPAnet (the internet's precursor), has died at 85. As the director of the US military's Advanced Research Projects Agency from 1965 u...

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10:36
Early Macintosh emulation comes to the Internet...

Hey kids! Come see how we did things in the good old days.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:30
Redshirts aren’t likeliest to die — and other ‘Star...

I love these kinds of “science meets fiction” articles. I would have bet money that the redshirts were the unluckiest Star Trek crew members.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:30
The best beard trimmer

By Séamus Bellamy

This post was done in partnership with Sweethome, a buyer's guide to the best homewares. When readers choose to buy The Sweethome's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its wor...

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08:30
Study shows lower pitched sounds lead audiences to...

So, deep voices make things look bigger? There’s definitely a dirty joke in there somewhere. And I have quite a deep voice.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:15
∞ Seasonal timelapse from a drone

Very clever and inventive use of a drone.

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08:07
Logic Pros: What’s new in iOS & Mac music...

This is the place to catch up on all the biggest product announcements, hardware, apps, synths, Logic/GarageBand instruments and so much more in the world of iOS/Mac music production. This week we get some brand new amp sims for iOS, the new PO-32 drum machine is up for sale, Behringer confirms two new synths for Super Booth 17 and we take a look at the Hexagon Sky instrument from SampleScience.

All of that and more along with this week’s best music app sales are down below: more…

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08:00
After Math: It's so hard to say goodbye

It's been a tough week for farewells. We've seen the NES Classic get canceled, Microsoft pull the plug on Vista, and the impending end of free registration for California's electric vehicles. Numbers, because how else would we know how much time we h...

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06:30
iPad 4 service replacement with iPad Air 2 not...




Despite reports to the contrary, there is no official Apple policy mandating that iPad 4 owners coming into Apple Retail for service receive an iPad Air 2 for the cost of service -- but stores have been allowed to make the swap if they have no service stock, and have been for some time.

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06:30
Ben Heck's Nintendo Classic Edition teardown

It's time for another hardware teardown! This time it's the Nintendo Classic Edition -- specifically, a unit belonging to David of the "Technophiles" podcast. Using Keysight's DSOX1102G oscilloscope, Ben is able to find out how the NES controller...

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03:15
Potentially 'undefeatable' ad blocker...

Facebook may have just lost its war on ad blockers. That is, if a new method developed by Princeton and Stanford researchers is implemented into a widely available blocker. Computer scientist Arvind Narayanan and his colleagues detailed unveiled a to...

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01:03
Uber is kicking restaurants off its UberRush service

When Uber launched UberRush in 2015, the company promised to deliver just about anything in minutes to clients in New York, Chicago and San Francisco. In addition to connecting regular users with couriers for small errands, the logistics platform als...

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00:10
Garmin's Fenix 5 smartwatch aims at athletes,...




Garmin's Fenix 5 is an impressive smartwatch for people serious about fitness or the outdoors, but probably both too much and too little for people expecting something like the Apple Watch.

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Saturday April 15

22:56
AI can predict heart attacks more accurately than...

An estimated 20 million people die each year due to cardiovascular disease. Luckily, a team of researchers from the University of Nottingham in the UK have developed a machine-learning algorithm that can predict your likelihood of having a heart atta...

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20:57
Watch the ESA trace 2 million stars' journey...

Carl Sagan showed how some constellations would change over time as stars move through the universe in his TV series Cosmos. Now the European Space Agency has done something similar, but in a much bigger scale: it has released a video showing 2 milli...

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18:09
US Navy bans e-cigarettes on every ship in the fleet

Last year, the FDA finally started regulating e-cigarettes and swiftly ruled to keep them out of checked baggage on flights. Incidental reports that some had caught on fire led regulators to restrict them to carry-ons lest they ignite in midair. It s...

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16:47
What are you most excited to see in macOS 10.13 at...

Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference is approaching and we’re expecting updates to all of Apple’s software platforms – iOS, macOS, tvOS, watchOS. Earlier this week, Jordan outlined a variety of new features that could potentially be headed towards macOS. Now, we’re curious:

What feature would you moist like to see added to macOS at WWDC this summer?

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16:39
'Mystery Science Theater 3000' playfully...

If you've been excited about the reboot of Mystery Science Theater 3000, you aren't alone: To celebrate the new season's debut yesterday, Netflix let the show's wisecracking trio take aim at its own hit series from last year, Stranger Things. While t...

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15:17
Italian court halts Uber injunction as Taiwan lifts...

Uber doesn't have to pack its bags and leave Italy just yet. Another court in Rome has decided to suspend a lower court's rule banning the ride-hailing service from operating in the country completely. The judge has allowed it to continue its operati...

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14:30
Apple will replace your busted iPad 4 with the iPad...

If you bought Apple's first iPad with the now-ubiquitous Lightning connector (released way back in late 2012) and need to get it repaired, you might end up with a pleasant upgrade. According to a memo obtained by 9to5Mac, Apple has basically run out...

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13:15
David Bowie's musical is making the leap to VR

David Bowie's Lazarus had two short, completely sold out runs in New York and London. If you missed it, you're kind of SOL. But, if you're willing to settle for experiencing it in virtual reality, instead of real reality, you've got a second chance t...

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12:00
'Star Wars Battlefront II' invites you to...

The winners write the history books.

When the second Death Star explodes over Endor in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, the Rebel Alliance rejoices. It's a thrilling moment of victory after eons of interstellar military adventuring: Forests...

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11:34
RIP, Robert Taylor, The Innovator Who Shaped Modern...

"Any way you look at it, from kick-starting the Internet to launching the personal computer revolution, Bob Taylor was a key architect of our modern world," says a historian at Stanford's Silicon Valley Archives. An anonymous reader quotes the New York Times:
The Internet, like many inventions, was the work of many inventors. But perhaps no one deserves more credit for that world-changing technological leap than Mr. Taylor. The seminal moment of his work came in 1966. He had just taken a new position at the Pentagon -- director of the Information Processing Techniques Office, part of the Advanced Research Projects Agency, known as Arpa -- and on his first day on the job it became immediately obvious to him what the office lacked and what it needed. At the time, Arpa was funding three separate computer research projects and using three separate computer terminals to communicate with them. Mr. Taylor said, No, we need a single computer research network, to connect each project...

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10:45
The PowerRay drone is an aquatic spyglass for...

Who needs fishing prowess when you have a remote-controlled, sonar-equipped, bait-dropping, mini-submersible at your disposal? Because with the new PowerRay underwater drone, that's exactly what you get.

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10:40
Apple May Transform Diabetes Care and Treatment:...


Apple is working on a secret project to develop wearable devices that can monitor the blood sugar of diabetics without using invasive finger sticks, part of a vision that originated with company founder Steve Jobs, according to a report. Cor, a company Apple acquired in 2010, has been working for more than five years on a way to integrate noninvasive glucose monitoring into a wearable like an Apple Watch device. Glucose monitoring traditionally has required that diabetics use lancets to pierce their fingertips at least four times daily.

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10:05
This week’s top stories: Our WWDC wish lists, iPhone...

In this week’s top stories: Our WWDC wish lists for iOS 11, macOS 10.13, watchOS 4 and tvOS 11, the latest iPhone 8 reports, Nvidia’s Pascal GPU drivers for Mac, modular Mac Pro possibilities, and much more.

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09:31
Clips app: The ultimate guide

Apparently, this is everything you could ever want to know about Clips.

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09:30
Recommended Reading: Technology hasn't improved...

How Technology Has
Failed to Improve
Your Airline Experience
Farhad Manjoo,
The New York Times

It hasn't been a great week for United, but that massive incident served as a harsh reminder that the airline industry has a long list of customer servi...

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09:16
∞ Evan Nagao at the European Yoyo Championships

I can barely get a yo-yo to go down and back up. This guy is doing stunts that would have me strangled by my own string. And his choice of music is

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08:15
The curious story of Magic Girl, the would-be...

I had no idea the world of pinball game creation could be so full of intrigue and drama.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:00
Siri is dying. Long live Susan Bennett

I’m not sure where the “Siri is dying” part of the story comes from and the web site’s layout is annoying as hell but it’s an interesting article nonetheless.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:42
Uber saw rapid growth in 2016, but it still bled cash

Uber has revealed part of its financials for the first time, perhaps in effort to distract you from all the controversies it's involved with. The privately held ride-hailing company, which isn't required to publicize its earnings, has told Bloomberg...

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07:34
Become Tech Savvy: How to track and manage cellular...

First time checking out this series? You may get the most value by starting at the beginning, however you can also use the series overview if you’d like to go buffet style.

Note for regular readers, the already tech savvy, and IT professionals: this series is designed as a resource you can share with those you are helping or for those looking to become tech savvy on their own.

Last week we focused on deconstructing the complicated nature of the wireless carrier world and today we’re going to dive deeper into how to track and manage your cellular data usage.

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06:46
Apple now upgrading iPad 4th gen replacements to...

Customers in need of a whole unit replacement for their fourth generation iPad may now receive a newer and more capable iPad Air 2 as a substitute from Apple Stores and authorized service providers. Apple is implementing the new policy, allowing its repair staff to ship an iPad Air 2 for a unit replacement when stock of the aging and now discontinued 4th gen iPad isn’t available.

An internal memo obtained by 9to5Mac reads:

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06:30
The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Welcome to the weekend! We have news on the Microsoft Windows zero-days that weren't, and a teaser trailer for the next Star Wars movie.

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03:19
Airbnb fights off account hijackers with new...

If you get hacked on Airbnb, you won't only have to worry about criminals getting ahold of your credit card details. You'll also have to fret about internet scammers knowing exactly where you're staying on a particular date or the addresses of the pr...

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03:00
The Week in Apple News and Rumors: Apple Podcasts,...

Apple headlines for the week ending Apr. 14, 2017

Image by Apple

Plenty of important news and juicy rumors from the past week. Check out the Apple-related headlines in this week’s slideshow. Just click on the link to get more information.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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00:36
Microsoft says it already patched 'Shadow...

Yesterday, the mysterious "Shadow Brokers" posted some hacking tools for Windows that were allegedly stolen from the NSA. All of them were at least a few years old, but exploited flaws in several versions of the operating system to move across networ...

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Friday April 14

22:06
Breaking the trend: why Apple is likely to release...




The rumor mill is working overtime this year, suggesting that Apple is looking at debuting three new iPhone models, including an "iPhone 8" loaded with new technology, and a new design. AppleInsider examines why, in the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, that this seems likely.

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21:48
This week on AI: Apple Car's California driver...




Some of the most interesting news actually came towards the end of the week, when Apple was revealed to have a permit to run self-driving cars on California roads. Industry maneuvers with Toshiba and Qualcomm also made headlines, along with news of more green energy entering the Apple supply chain.

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20:29
Shadow Brokers release also suggests NSA spied on...

Besides a cache of potentially damaging zero-day exploits against many versions of Windows, another element of today's Shadow Brokers release is a folder titled SWIFT. Inside, it has documents listing the internal structure at EastNets, a Dubai-based...

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18:58
Facebook busts up international spam operation

While Facebook has spent significant time fighting fake news on its network, it continues to battle another plague to its social platform: Fake accounts. These are often used to spread low-quality content, so the internet titan has been ramping up it...

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