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Friday February 9

16:32
Tumblr, Sonos among those backing another net...

A number of organizations and websites are planning an online day of action meant to garner more support for a Senate vote that would reverse the FCC's removal of net neutrality protections. The Senate is currently one vote away from overturning the...

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15:16
Google will make copyright credits more apparent in...

Google has reached a deal to end Getty Images' European complaint over photo copyrights, and it's quite likely that you'll notice the effects. A new agreement between the two will see Google obtain a "multi-year" license for Getty's photos in its pro...

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15:07
025: HomePod launch day edition | 9to5Mac Daily

Today we’ve got the latest stories around HomePod’s official launch, plus weekend Apple deals from 9to5Toys.

9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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14:32
VLC update adds Chromecast and HDR support

If you're any kind of media nerd you know about VLC, the software video player that can handle just about any format or codec you throw at it. It's also on a ton of platforms, like macOS, Windows, Linux and even Xbox One. Now the ubiquitous app has a...

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14:21
Apple Daily Report for Feb. 9, 2018

The AWT News Update is on hiatus while my compadre, Steve, deals with a death in the family. Prayers go out to the entire Sande family. In the place of the AWT News Update, I’ll offer a text-only (no podcast) summary of breaking stories with a tip o’ my hat to my former website, Apple Daily Report.

Apple has updated its HomePod support website with out-of-warranty service pricing for the speaker, which is arriving to customers in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia starting today. 

Apple has posted an HomePod User Guide. It covers what to do when you first unbox the HomePod as well as what kind of things to ask it, from music questions to smart assistant features like driving traffic, weather, and alarms.

A Tampa, Florida man's...

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14:11
Insiders claim to share how iOS iBoot source code...

Motherboard is out today with a follow-up on how Apple’s iBoot source code was leaked. While Apple has responded that it’s not an issue for the security of current products, some believe it could still be important in finding new vulnerability and bugs in iOS. Here’s the latest on how it all happened.

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14:05
Apple Intern Reportedly Leaked iPhone Source Code

Earlier this week, a portion of iOS source code was posted online to GitHub, and in an interesting twist, a new report from Motherboard reveals that the code was originally leaked by a former Apple intern. The Verge reports: According to Motherboard, the intern who stole the code took it and distributed it to a small group of five friends in the iOS jailbreaking community in order to help them with their ongoing efforts to circumvent Apple's locked down mobile operating system. The former employee apparently took "all sorts of Apple internal tools and whatnot," according to one of the individuals who had originally received the code, including additional source code that was apparently not included in the initial leak. The plan was originally to make sure that the code never left the initial circle of five friends, but apparently the code spread beyond the original group sometime last year. Eventually, the code was then posted in a Discord chat group, and was shared to Reddit...

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13:58
LG may update its flagship V30 with an AI camera

LG's V30 smartphone arrived last fall as a strong flagship with notable flaws, but we loved how much it suited the vlog life. Rumor has it that LG will announce a new model at the upcoming Mobile World Congress: The V30s, a largely similar phone equi...

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13:51
'iBoot' leak may stem from low-level Apple...




This week's publishing of the "iBoot" source code for iOS 9 can be traced back to a "low-level" Apple employee who shared it with a small group of jailbreaking friends -- and may not have wanted it to go beyond that circle, a report claimed on Friday.

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13:26
NBC's Jennifer Salke is the new Amazon Studios...

Amazon Studios has a head executive once again. Back in October, the film and TV production division's previous chief Roy Price had resigned days after he was publicly accused of sexual harassment. Today, NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke wa...

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13:15
∞ Sonos throws shade at Apple

Well played, Sonos.

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12:52
Facebook adds Elizabeth Olsen dramedy to its growing...

Facebook will soon be home to a half-hour dramedy series starring Elizabeth Olsen, Deadline reports. The show is currently untitled, but was formerly known as Widow, and is thought to be about a young widow who's reconnecting with people from her pas...

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12:30
Facebook patents tech to determine social class

We've got great news this week for nation-state employees tasked with using social media to spark a class war in previously stable democracies! Facebook is patenting technology to decide if its users are upper, middle or working class -- without even...

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12:06
Despite being a HomeKit accessory, HomePod does not...




Though HomePod integrates with Apple's HomeKit, and even shows up as a smart home accessory within the iOS Home app, it cannot be used as a part of an automated trigger or custom scene.

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12:00
Logan Paul hasn’t learned his lesson

Logan Paul, the YouTube star who came under fire recently after posting a video of a corpse, is at the center of yet another controversy. This time around, Paul is facing backlash for uploading a video in which he's seen shooting two lifeless rats wi...

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11:50
Before HomePod: History of the short-lived iPod Hi-Fi

The reviews are in and HomePod is finally here, but let’s take one last look at Apple’s short-lived home speaker from 2006, the iPod Hi-Fi. The similarities between the two launches are deeply similar, although I think the timing of HomePod’s launch suggests it won’t face the same fate as iPod Hi-Fi anytime soon.

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11:34
Sonos greets Apple HomePod's arrival with...




Sonos on Friday shared a special Spotify playlist on Twitter, taking a friendly jab at the Apple HomePod, its new competition in the Wi-Fi speaker market.

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11:09
Here’s how Apple is displaying HomePod in its retail...

Apple’s HomePod went on sale this morning in the U.S., and customers who preordered the smart speaker are receiving their shipments across all three countries where the device is available, including Australia and the United Kingdom.

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10:57
Apple adds live news listings to TV app on iOS and...

Apple has updated the prominent Watch Now section of the TV app to feature live news channels. iPhone and iPad users with iOS 11.2.5 and Apple TV users with tvOS 11.2.5 will see the change immediately.

Finding the new section is easy. From the Watch Now tab, scroll down past the Up Next section to the What to Watch recommendations. This list is dynamic, but it currently shows a row of TV shows and movies, then a PyeongChang 2018 row for Winter Olympics coverage. Below that is the new News row. Multiple channels are represented, with a red "Live" banner on the thumbnail image.

IDG

To watch a live news feed, you'll need that network's own news app.

To read this article in full, please click here

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10:40
Lowest Price Ever: 2017 13" MacBook Pro for $1,...




Take advantage of the lowest price we've ever seen on Apple's Mid 2017 13-inch MacBook Pro at Adorama while supplies last. Save $250 on the 2.3GHz, 8GB, 128GB model in Space Gray or Silver, bringing the price down to an all-time low of $1,049 with no tax outside NY and NJ. Grab them while you can!

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09:30
First look: Apple's HomePod is loud, heavy and...




Friday marks the launch of Apple's foray into home audio, the HomePod, a compact yet booming smart speaker that will delight your ears and possibly annoy your neighbors. AppleInsider offers a closer look at the newly released hardware.

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09:29
Analyst predicts ‘low-end’ HomePod and new Apple...

In a note to clients — as noted by AppleInsider — Rosenblatt Securities analyst Jun Zhang predicts that Apple will ship a "low-end" HomePod this fall costing between $150 and $200 instead of the current model's $349 and a new Apple Pencil.

He offered no hints on what features a less expensive HomePod would have. However, Zhang thinks the Apple Pencil 2 will work with not just iPad Pros, but a 6.5-inch “iPhone X Plus.” The analyst also expects a faster iPhone SE and an iPad Pro with a TrueDepth camera.

Mock-up courtesy 'Cult of Mac'

Chances these things will happen, per the Sellers Research Group (that’s me):

A low end HomePod: 30%. With Apple promoting the sound quality on the wireless speaker, I’d expect a bigger, more expensive HomePod rather than a low-end one if Apple wants to expand the...

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09:28
9to5Toys Lunch Break: $100 iTunes Gift Card $85,...

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

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08:52
Uber & Waymo settle self-driving car lawsuit in...




Improving the stability of the self-driving car world -- in which Apple's role is still uncertain -- Uber and Waymo have reached a surprise settlement over allegations that Uber used stolen data in developing its own technology.

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08:33
HomePod Diary: Hands-on, and this thing is a Sonos...

There are Apple products I’ve been more excited to receive, but I can’t think of any that I’ve awaited with such impatience. The reason? Curiosity about that audio quality!

I wrote last time that it was Home hub and voice control of HomeKit devices for my partner that really sold it to me, and I wasn’t expecting too much from it on the audio front. Sure, it was going to beat out other smart speakers, but I didn’t see it as serious competition to proper HiFi brands.

But as the reviews came in, I started to wonder …

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07:49
Amazon set to launch own delivery service, competing...




Amazon is reportedly kickstarting "Shipping With Amazon," or SWA, a delivery service for other businesses that will take on industry leaders UPS and FedEx.

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07:38
Microsoft tests use of iPhone authenticator app as...




Microsoft is allowing users to sign into their computers using an authenticator app instead of a password, as part of testing of Windows 10 S that effectively eliminates the stripped-down version of the operating system in favor of a new mode for all Windows 10 variants.

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07:31
Sonos welcomes ‘Fruit Machine’ Apple’s HomePod with...

The relationship between Apple and Sonos is complicated to say the least. Apple Stores sell Sonos speakers and Sonos supports Apple Music streaming, but the two companies are competing head on in the smart speaker space with the Alexa-equipped Sonos One and the Siri-powered HomePod.

With HomePod hitting stores today, Sonos has welcomed Apple’s new competitor with a clever and snarky playlist that you just have to see.

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07:19
Apple puts Beats headphones on sale, but fails to...

Apple is now offering official discounts on BeatsX, Solo3 and Powerbeats3 wireless headphones. While you can save up to $60 per model, these deals pale in comparison to the savings you can find at authorized third-party retailers. 9to5Toys has been actively tracking discounts on each model:

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07:03
HomePod repair cost nearly price of new unit,...

HomePod is now in the hands of customers and Apple is publishing more details, tips, and guides for its first smart speaker. We previously discovered that AppleCare+ for HomePod would cost $39, and now Apple has shared that out-of-warranty repair and replacement will cost almost as much as a new HomePod.

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06:59
∞ Two video HomePod reviews

[VIDEO] The Wall Street Journal’s Joanna Stern and the Verge’s Nilay Patel each posted their take on Apple HomePod. Both of these are informative and worth watching. Both videos are embedded in the main Loop post.

Enjoy.

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06:54
Many Siris

Brian Irace:

If the Lyft app is installed on your iPhone, you can ask Phone Siri to order you a car. But you can’t ask Mac Siri to do the same, because she doesn’t know what Lyft is. Compare and contrast this with the SDKs for Alexa and the Google Assistant – they each run third-party software server-side, such that installing the Lyft Alexa “skill” once gives Alexa the ability to summon a ride regardless of if you’re talking to her on an Echo in your bedroom, a different Echo in your living room, or via the Alexa app on your phone.

This is a major difference in approach between Alexa and Google, which both use a server-side approach, and Siri, which is client-side. In a nutshell, Siri’s approach allows for a more custom and, at the same time, limited approach, using communication and negotiation between devices to work out what’s what.

Currently, this communication seems limited to which Siri should respond to a request. If you lift your wrist and say “Hey,...

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06:45
Analyst predicts new Apple Pencil, 'low-end...




Although early HomePod orders appear to be doing well, Apple could ship a "low-end" model this fall costing between $150 and $200 instead of the current model's $349, an analyst said Friday in an investor memo seen by AppleInsider.

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06:40
HomePod AppleCare+ costs $39, accidental damage...




Apple's AppleCare+ extended warranty and accidental damage repair program for the HomePod retails for $39, with a single out-of-warranty repair like accidental damage from a drop otherwise costing the user $279 uncovered, and $39 when under the program.

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06:33
HomePods are shipping with a ‘beta’ build of iOS

People in Australia, the UK and USA are starting to receive their pre-ordered HomePods and getting to experience its sound quality in person for the first time. We wrote before about how HomePod updates will be controlled by the Home app on iOS, but we didn’t know which version of iOS they would be running from the factory.

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06:17
HomeKit power strip

Jesse Hollington, writing for iLounge, reviews a HomeKit-enabled power strip that provides three independently-controlled AC outlets plus three USB charging ports. This seems a pretty easy entry point to start exploring HomeKit, and a nice HomePod companion.

Siri, turn on the lights.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:17
Review: VOCOlinc’s HomeKit LED light strips offer...

A week ago we checked out Sylvania’s $60 HomeKit light strip that works without a bridge and costs less than Philips Hue. Sylvania is a known name in lighting, but there’s an even cheaper option available if you’re willing to stray from major brands.

Hong Kong-based VOCOlinc offers a $40 smart LED light strip that works with Apple HomeKit, so how does it compare?

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06:15
DirecTV Now renews deal for free Apple TV 4K with...




DirecTV Now has re-started the promotion it had at launch, and is offering new subscribers the new Apple TV 4K if they pay for three months of service in advance instead of the normal four.

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06:13
What you can and can’t restore through an iOS backup...

Glenn Fleishman, Macworld:

iTunes backups of an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch don’t contain apps and some kinds of media. They contain settings and certain kinds of documents stored within apps, and may contain images stored in an iOS device’s Camera Roll. Some apps that use iCloud or other cloud-based sync mark their local content as not needing to be backed up, since it can be restored by logging back into an account or resyncing.

Confused? Fair enough. What does and does not get backed up, and where various elements do get backed up, is a bit of a jigsaw puzzle. Glenn Fleishman does his best do lay all this out.

My two cents? Backup your music library, photos, critical documents on removable media, store it somewhere safe. Update that backup periodically.

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06:09
TV app for tvOS and iOS gets a live news section

Apple has updated its TV app for tvOS and iOS with a live news section. Available to users with devices running tvOS 11 or iOS 11, it now features live streaming access to Bloomberg, CBS News, Cheddar, CNBC, CNN and Fox News. You can find it under the “Watch Now’ header.

The TV app allows you to continue to watch your favorite shows and movies, discover new content, and find new video apps, all from a single location. The Apple TV App is available in select countries and regions. You can use the TV app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with the latest version of iOS, or on your Apple TV with the latest version of tvOS. If the TV app isn't available in your country or region, your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch will instead have the Videos app to watch movies and TV shows that you buy from the iTunes Store.

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06:07
Apple’s official HomePod user guide

There a HomePod in your future? This is an invaluable resource you might want to spend a little quality time digging through.

Seems to me, Apple should put a link to this guide on their main HomePod page, make it a bit easier to find.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:02
iPhone firmware leak suggests Apple considered A9X...




Apple was apparently experimenting with the possibility of creating a powerful version of the Apple TV long before it created the Apple TV 4K, with the discovery of code references in the "iBoot" leak suggesting it could have used an A9X chip.

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06:00
Judge lifts $300,000 sanctions order against Apple...

A California federal judge has lifted a $300,000 sanctions order against Apple Inc. for missing a document production deadline in the Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust case against Qualcomm ruling that a magistrate judge cited unclear authority in issuing the order, according to Law360.

In December Apple was ordered to pay $25,000 each day it failed to produce evidence related to an FTC case against Qualcomm. In the legal battle, Apple sued Qualcomm, the world’s dominant supplier of baseband processors, alleging the chip supplier demanded unfair terms for its technology. However, Qualcomm denies the allegations and says Apple wouldn't have an iPhone business if it weren't for fair licensing of the company’s essential...

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06:00
Daily Deal: A lifetime subscription to CloudApp Team...

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05:40
How to stream the 2018 Winter Olympics on iPhone,...

Have you cut the cord? Interested in the Olympics, but don’t have access to the channels that carry them? This is definitely worth the read.

If you live in the US, don’t forget that you can get your local channels, in high-def, over-the-air via an antenna, at least in most locations.

The games have officially started, and the Opening Ceremony will be replayed tonight during prime time. Here’s a link to NBC’s official Olympics site.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:38
AppleInsider podcast interviews Michal Jurewicz of...




This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor and Neil talk about HomePod, rumored iPhones and Bryan Fuller's inability to stay on a show. In addition, Michal Jurewicz joins to talk about audio digital signal processing.

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05:00
Apple granted a patent for ‘interface scanning for...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 20180039395) for “interface scanning for disabled users” which the goal of making improved input devices and methods for physically-impaired users. 

In the patent filing, Apple notes that various types of input devices, such as keyboards, mice, track pads, touch screens, and the like, have been developed to enable a user to interact with a computing device. While these traditional input devices provide users with a quick and intuitive way to interact with a computing device, they all require a significant amount of movement by the user. 

Apple notes that this presents a problem for physically-impaired users that lack the fine motor skills required to operate such input devices. For example, some physically-impaired users are unable to move a finger across the surface of a touch screen device and thus, cannot operate a touch-sensitive device, such as a tablet computer. Similar problems can arise with the use of a keyboard or...

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04:30
PictureMate PM-400 makes it easy to print great-...

Epson’s PictureMate PM-400 Personal Photo Lab delivers high quality, long-lasting photos in a compact, lightweight, wireless solution. And it’s been reduced in price from $249.99 to $199.99.

The PM-400 prints beautiful borderless 4" x 6" and 5" x 7" photos that are smudge, scratch, water, and fade resistant, and which purportedly last up to 200 years (I’m old, but I can’t verify this).

The PictureMate PM-400 is also a complete wireless solution, with built-in Wi-Fi Certified n, Wi-Fi Direct, as well as printing from an iOS tablet or smartphone. Featuring a 2.7-inch LCD screen and easy-to-use button formatting for set up and navigation – all without a personal computer — the personal photo lab creates stacks of photos conveniently and quickly, printing 4”x6” photos in as fast as 36 seconds.

The PictureMate PM-400 offers a range of...

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04:00
How to send an email with Siri on an iPhone or iPad

Yesterday we looked at how to send a text message by dictating with Siri. You can also use Apple’s personal digital assistant on your iPhone or iPad to send an email. Here’s how:

  • Press and hold the Home button to activate Siri (or say “Hey, Siri” if you iPhone supports this feature).
  • Say something like “Email Matt Sellers” or “Send an email to Matt Sellers.” Or you can send an email to multiple recipients with a phrase like “Send an email to Matt Sellers and Katie Sellers.”
  • Siri opens your Messages app and grabs the email address of the person or persons you’re emailing. If the contact has more than one email address, you’ll be asked to choose the address you wish to use.
  • Tell Siri the subject of the email. For example: “Volleyball practice Thursday night.”
  • Dictate to Siri the contents of the email.
  • Wait for Siri to confirm the content of your text.
  • Tap Send or say Yes to send your email.

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03:55
Facebook testing Downvote button, but says it’s not...

Perhaps the single most requested Facebook feature has been the one the company has been determined not to offer: a Dislike button …

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03:30
StarTech releases new hard drive eraser

StarTech has released a new 4-Bay Hard Drive Eraser for 2.5” or 3.5” SATA Drives that erases four SATA drives simultaneously. It’s designed to offer an efficient way for users to securely erase sensitive data and information from hard drives in batches, ultimately saving time.

The $814.99, 4-bay drive eraser is made for the IT professional and technician, but also the tech minded business professional who wants to quickly erase sensitive data from SSDs and HDDs to repurpose them, according to the folks at StarTech. With several industry-recognized erase modes, users can erase the contents of their drives and confirm completion by connecting the eraser to a serial printer to print a receipt.

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03:15
First HomePod orders begin heading to final...

Your pre-ordered HomePod unit is on its way to your loving arms.

The HomePod is en route, and customers in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia have begun receiving shipment notifications from Apple letting them know their orders have shipped and are on the way.

The first units are set to arrive in Australia and Apple is apparently using Next Day Air delivery in the United States, then shipping the units out from local hubs according to the tracking information.

Customers without a tracking number may be able to locate their unit by going to the UPS website, selecting the track by reference number option, and entering the phone number associated with a HomePod order.

For customers in the United States, deliveries will begin around 8 AM local time on Friday, February 9th. Apple is no longer offering the HomePod for February 9 delivery or in-store pickup, but the company will likely have a supply of HomePods available for walk-in purchase...

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03:00
iOS’ “iBoot” component leaked to GitHub, quickly...

Apple, and its legal department, do not like it when you leak source code for core components of iOS on GitHub.

This is exactly what happened, as a chunk of source code, labeled “iBoot”, which is the part of iOS that is responsible for ensuring a trusted boot of the operating system, found its way onto GitHub. In other words, it’s the program that loads iOS, the very first process that runs when you turn on your iPhone. It loads and verifies the kernel is properly signed by Apple and then executes it, much the same way that a BIOS would function.

The code says it’s for iOS 9, an older version of the operating system, but portions of it are likely to still be used in iOS 11.

Apple has traditionally been reluctant to release its source code to the public and has taken steps to keep iBoot secure and its code private. Where hackers and security researchers are concerned, bugs in the boot process are the most valuable ones if reported to Apple through its bounty...

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03:00
Romantic movies to stream this Valentine’s Day

Here are 20 great movies to watch with the one you love.

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02:59
Yahoo Mail for iOS adds ‘Medals’ feature for the...

As the 2018 Winter Olympics officially kick off, Yahoo is capitalizing on the events in an attempt to make it as easy as possible for users to stay up to date. The company is adding features to Yahoo Mail that allow users to see the latest news out of Pyeongchang, South Korea…

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02:47
Find out everything HomePod can do in the online...

In line with the HomePod public launch, Apple has posted the HomePod User Guide. The guide covers what to do when you first unbox the HomePod as well as what kind of things to ask it from music questions to smart assistant features like driving traffic, weather, and alarms.

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00:45
Samsung leak shows off the Galaxy S9's new DeX...

When reports came out late last year that Samsung was going to reveal the Galaxy S9 at CES 2018, it was bundled with rumors about a new DeX docking station. Well, the S9 reveal didn't happen at CES, but that part about a new DeX device might just be...

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Thursday February 8

21:10
DEVONagent 3.10

Adds a Google Scholar (Case Law) plug-in. (Free/$4.95/$49.95, free updates)

 

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20:17
Apple adds live news section to TV app on iOS and...




Apple on Thursday updated its TV app for iOS and tvOS with a live news section, making good on promises last year to deliver live streaming content from a variety of network news channels to the cord-cutting app.

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19:31
Apple TV app gains promised News section first shown...

Apple today has further expanded its TV application on iOS and tvOS. Following the addition of a dedicated Sports section a few months ago, users can now use the TV app to access live streaming news content from several different sources…

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19:26
Florida man's AirPods reportedly 'blow up...




In what appears to be a rare catastrophic Apple hardware failure, a Tampa, Fla., man's AirPods "blew up" during a recent gym workout, prompting Apple to investigate the matter.

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18:50
How to stream the 2018 Winter Olympics on iPhone,...

The 2018 Winter Olympics officially kick off tomorrow in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The Opening Ceremony will mark the beginning of the affair at 8PM tomorrow, Pyeongchang time. For those of us in the United States, that’s 6AM ET and 3AM PT. Thankfully, NBC will be rebroadcasting the Opening Ceremony tomorrow evening.

But, how do you stream the Winter Olympics and all of the events? Read on to find out…

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18:29
FBI agent texts highlight distaste for Apple: ‘Now...

Newly released text messages between two FBI officials show just how much distaste there was for Tim Cook and Apple two years ago during the company’s fight against unlocking the iPhone owned by the San Bernardino shooter.

The texts, released as part of an investigation into how the FBI handled the Hillary Clinton probe, range from consumer tracking accusations to pure insults…

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18:14
Stacking up Apple HomePod, Amazon Echo and Google...




Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Apple all have voice assistants vying for attention, and all are moving the concept of computer-human voice interaction forward. AppleInsider offers an abbreviated history of how we got here and the capabilities of these assistants and their devices in anticipation of HomePod. What do these things do? What do people use them for? And what is Apple doing differently?

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17:50
FBI agents dish on Tim Cook, Apple in private texts...




Documents recently aired in an ongoing investigation into the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton probe show texts between two agency officials discussing 2016's encryption debate, offering a revealing look at government sentiment at the time.

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16:25
First HomePod orders arrive as Apple publishes User...




HomePod is now on sale at Apple retail locations in Australia, New Zealand and other areas where the clock turned Friday, and customers who recently took receipt of the new smart speaker are posting photos of the device to social media outlets.

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15:56
Apple issues updated macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 beta...




Following releasing a second macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 beta version to developers and public beta testers on Tuesday, Apple on Thursday issued an updated iteration of the evaluation operating system with what appears to be minor fixes.

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15:46
Apple releases updated build of macOS High Sierra 10...

Apple earlier this week seeded macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 beta 2 to developers, and today the company has issued an update to beta 2.

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15:01
Apple investigating claim that AirPods started...

A Florida man claims that one of his AirPods started smoking while he was listening to music. As reported by WFLA, Tampa resident Jason Colon was working out at his local gym when he noticed his right AirPod “billowing” smoke…

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14:59
024: HomePod arrives in Australia, Apple News covers...

Today we’ve got HomePod arriving in Austrlia as ship dates slip in the US, Apple News launching a new featured section for the 2018 Winter Olympics, and the iOS 9 bootloader leaking and Apple’s response.

9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/9to5mac-daily-02-08-2018.mp3

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14:59
Hands-on: CalDigit TS3 Plus – the best Thunderbolt 3...

There is no shortage of Thunderbolt 3-enabled docks for the Mac; nearly every popular Mac peripheral maker has one, and they all seem to have various strengths and weaknesses.

Recently, CalDigit, who has produced a number of Thunderbolt-3 Mac-centric docks of its own, launched its latest hardware, the TS3 Plus. The TS3 Plus features a build quality and design that’s nearly identical to its previous dock, but comes with a lot more port options, and maintains its strong USB Power Delivery. Is this the best dock for Mac users? more…

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14:44
Ahead of the Oscars, Apple offers $19.99 movie...

The Oscars are a little less than a month away, and Apple wants to get you into the spirit (and maybe sell a few Apple TV 4K boxes) with Oscar-themed discount bundles on award-winning films.

There are eight "award winning bundles," each priced at $19.99 and consisting of four movies. Five bucks a film isn't a bad price to own a movie on iTunes—that's about what you normally pay to rent one.

In addition to the bundles, Apple has discounts on a number of past major award winners. Here's the list of what's on offer.

$19.99 award-winning movie bundles

Classic Best Picture CollectionGone With the Wind, Casablanca, An American in Paris, Ben-Hur

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14:40
How to watch the Olympics in 4K HDR

If you have the right hardware and pay TV subscription, you can catch some of the action from the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in 4K and HDR (high dynamic range).

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14:35
Apple Daily Report for Feb. 8, 2018

The AWT News Update is on hiatus while my compadre, Steve, deals with a death in the family. Prayers go out to the entire Sande family. In the place of the AWT News Update, I’ll offer a text-only (no podcast) summary of breaking stories with a tip o’ my hat to my former website, Apple Daily Report.

A new section devoted to the Winter Olympics is now available within the "For You" tab of Apple News in the U.S., and it will feature articles, videos, and other coverage of the games over the next two weeks.

Cardiogram, a company that offers an app able to break down heart rate data collected by the Apple Watch, today shared the results of a new study that suggests the Apple Watch can be used to detect the signs of diabetes.

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14:09
Qualcomm board unanimously rejects Broadcom's $...




Qualcomm on Thursday said its board of directors has unanimously rejected a revised $121 billion buyout offer from Broadcom, saying the proposal "materially undervalues" the chipmaker's assets.

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14:07
Here are all of Apple’s tips for HomePod available...

HomePod has started arriving to customers around the world and Apple’s Tips app for iOS is ready for it. When you have the speaker paired with your device (iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch), you’ll be able to access a new Tips collection. After pairing HomePod, you should get a notification from the Tips app within 30 minutes.

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14:00
HomePod officially goes on sale in Australia as...

Apple’s HomePod speaker is officially available, starting first in Australia. It’s currently 9AM in Australia and Apple Stores are officially opening their doors as the first preorders arrive to customers. HomePod’s release will follow in the U.K., and lastly the United States…

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13:14
Apple issues DMCA takedown for iBoot code, says...




The iOS 9 iBoot source code published this week is old and shouldn't pose a threat to people who keep their iPhones and iPads updated, Apple said on Thursday.

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12:41
Mario Kart Tour for iOS will be free to try like...

Nintendo officially announced Mario Kart Tour for iOS last week and today we’re hearing that the upcoming game “will be free to start.”

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12:30
Apple offers $19.99 bundles, discounts Oscar winners...




In preparation for the 90th Academy Awards in March, Apple has updated the iTunes Store with a variety of discounts for films that have previously won an Oscar, including $19.99 movie bundles based on the categories they triumphed within, as well as numerous others available to buy for less than $10 each.

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12:30
First Look: Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition...

You’ll find loads and loads of Final Fantasy games on the App Store—18 of them, by my count—but nearly all of the ported classics from past consoles are two decades old or more, even if the graphics have been polished a bit. Meanwhile, the newer mobile-exclusive entries are widely hit-or-miss in quality, with none as essential as the numbered classics.

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11:38
Apple Says the Leaked iPhone Source Code is Outdated

Apple has responded to security concerns surrounding leaked iPhone source code, pointing out that any potential vulnerabilities would be outdated. From a report: "Old source code from three years ago appears to have been leaked," Apple said in a statement, "but by design the security of our products doesn't depend on the secrecy of our source code. There are many layers of hardware and software protections built in to our products, and we always encourage customers to update to the newest software releases to benefit from the latest protections." The iBoot source code for iOS 9, a core part of what keeps your iPhones and iPads secure when they turn on, was leaked on GitHub, Motherboard first reported. The source code leak was considered a major security issue for Apple, as hackers could dig through it and search for any vulnerabilities in iBoot. Apple had used a DMCA notice to get the Github page hosting the leaked code taken down, but multiple copies of the code have already...

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11:36
How to watch the 2018 Winter Olympics on your iPhone...




Even though the opening ceremony won't take place until Feb. 9, early competition is already getting underway at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea. Here's how to watch on your Apple device of choice.

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11:17
Apple: leaked ‘iBoot’ source code won’t be a major...

Apple says the apparent source code leak for the iPhone’s “iBoot” bootloader that loads iOS isn’t as serious a problem as folks are making it out to be.

Apple had this to say to CNET: Old source code from three years ago appears to have been leaked, but by design the security of our products doesn’t depend on the secrecy of our source code. There are many layers of hardware and software protections built into our products, and we always encourage customers to update to the newest software releases to benefit from the latest protections.

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11:11
Apple has picked up a new TV show called '...

According to Deadline, Apple has picked up a new TV show called Little America, a half-hour anthology series written by Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon (pictured), the duo behind the hit movie, The Big Sick. Lee Eisenberg, who produced the comedy series SMILF will serve as showrunner. 

Little America is based on the true stories featured in Epic Magazine and described on the site as “a small, collective portrait of America’s immigrants — and thereby a portrait of America itself.”  Deadline says Nanjiani and Yang, who likely will tap into their families’ immigrant experiences for the project, executive produce alongside Eisenberg and Gordon. Joshuah Bearman and Joshua Davis will executive produce...

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11:09
Apple developing ‘Little America’ TV show with...

According to a report from Deadline, Apple is working on developing a show called Little America, created by Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon who wrote the popular movie, The Big Sick.

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11:05
Apple again bolsters video ambitions with '...




Apple has signed another deal for video content, this time, an anthology series focusing on immigrants in the United States.

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10:47
Apple downplays iBoot source code leak, says updated...

Apple has shot down the significance of an apparent source code leak for the iPhone’s iBoot bootloader which loads the operating system. The original report flagged the source code leak as the ‘biggest leak in history’ based on one researcher’s description, but Apple has significantly downplayed any risks associated with the leak while seemingly confirming its authenticity.

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10:16
iOS 11 News app adds curated reporting of 2018...




Apple has added a new feature within iOS 11 News to supply human-curated updates on the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. The special coverage, in collaboration with NBC, is designed to not overwhelm iOS users' existing News feeds while at the same time providing timely, accurate and high-quality reporting for everyone interested in the Olympic events.

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09:50
159: HomePod review roundup, iPhone battery health...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss welcome changes in watchOS 4.3 for Apple Watch, HomePod reviews before receiving ours, how Apple is resolving battery health issues with iOS 11.3, and much more.

9to5Mac Happy Hour is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneInGoogle Play Music, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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09:49
Legendary Pokemon Rayquaza added to 'Pokemon Go...




Niantic is teasing the upcoming addition of a new legendary Pokemon that players of 'Pokemon Go' will soon be able to collect with their iPhones, meanwhile Aspyr has discounted 'Civilization VI' for the iPad to half its regular price, bringing the strategy game down to $29.99 for a limited time.

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09:35
Hulu TV rolling out 60fps to select channels on...

Before today, Hulu’s live TV streaming service has been capped at 30 frames per second (fps). This made it problematic to watch things such as sports, which rely on high frame rates.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Bose QC25 Headphones $150,...

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

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09:24
Snapchat launches custom filters and lenses for all...

Snapchat today has launched two new features, allowing users to create custom filters and lenses. With the new customizable AR content, Snapchat is looking to increase user engagement and will also be creating more revenue as the new features start at $10.

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09:14
How to download old versions of apps from the App...




Apple hasn't totally left old iPad owners behind. In addition to still signing the last iOS releases for those devices, you can still download software for them -- assuming you know where to look.

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08:44
Nintendo's 'Mario Kart Tour' for iOS...




The next big mobile collaboration between Nintendo and DeNA -- "Mario Kart Tour" -- will be "free-to-start," according to DeNA's CEO, Isao Moriyasu.

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08:36
Review: SandMarc’s impressive wide lens for iPhone X

A few months back, the team at Sandmarc asked if I’d like to review their wide lens for iPhone X. In the past, having covered a handful of iPhone lenses, I remained skeptical. That was until I got the kit in hand. I have to say that Sandmarc’s wide lens kit pleasantly surprised and impressed me.

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08:34
Deals: Loaded 13" Touch Bar for $2,199 ($300...




Top deals are in effect now just in time for Valentine's Day. Pick up a 2017 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar packed with upgrades for $2,199, a discount of $300. Closeout 15" MacBook Pros are also $800 off, while 2017 models start at $2,199 ($200 off). Apple's iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case is also 50% off today only with no tax in 48 states.

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08:11
Barclays: Improving battery replacement wait times...

Barclays is out today with its latest analyst note which includes wait times for iPhone battery replacements appear to be declining. While this is good news for customers, the firm describes how this could potentially negatively affect Apple.

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08:08
∞ The Dalrymple Report Podcast: Talking HomePod with...

This week Rene Ritchie and I talk about our experiences with Apple’s HomePod, due to be released this week.

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