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Tuesday April 18

07:47
Logitech POP programmable button gains Apple HomeKit...




Logitech has updated the its POP home automation line, adding support for Apple's HomeKit platform with a new hardware revision, giving users the ability to control smart home devices and scenes with the simple press of a button.

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07:34
Ecobee3 Lite now works with room sensors, Ecobee4...

Last fall Ecobee3 Lite launched as a more affordable version of one of the best HomeKit thermostats on the market. Now a free update is adding support for one of the main missing features ahead of a rumored new Ecobee4 version.

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07:34
Comment: Could Apple really drop Touch ID in the...

We’ve seen a whole bunch of rumors of late suggesting that while Apple really wants to embed a fingerprint reader into the display of the iPhone 8, it is struggling to do so.

The notion that Apple wants to use an embedded fingerprint reader seems abundantly clear. As I’ve mentioned before, we’ve had multiple reports from credible sources like Bloomberg, the WSJ and the New York TimesThe claimed schematics and sketches have also all illustrated a design without any space for a Touch ID sensor at the bottom of the screen, and the ...

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07:14
Pledgeling now lets you donate with Apple Pay

CEO James Citron of Pledgeling, a “SaaS (software as a service) platform that powers purpose and social impact,” says it’s the first US-based social enterprise and third-party platform approved by Apple to accept donations via Apple Pay through its mobile-first technology, including donation forms, mobile messaging tools and corporate giving solutions.

In March, Pledgeling introduced the “Donate with Apple Pay” capability at the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region's Centennial Humanitarian Ball during an on-stage fundraiser at the Beverly Wilshire. Combining Pledgeling's text-to-donate capabilities with Apple Pay, the Red Cross received 31% of donations via Apple Pay and 86% of donations originated on mobile devices toward their $100,000 fundraising goal.

Apple Pay is a free add-on feature to Pledgeling's platform, which supports all registered nonprofits, generates real-time tax receipts to donors and...

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07:07
‘Condé Nast Traveler’ unveils its first cover shot...

Condé Nast Traveler has released its 21st annual HOT LIST AWARDS issue, which features the first-ever travel publication cover to be shot using an iPhone 7 Plus.

The editorial team at Condé Nast Traveler, a publication celebrated for best-in-class photography, decided to task its swath of travel photographers with highlighting the iPhone camera's new feature, Portrait mode, that applies a depth-of-field effect to make the foreground subject sharp while creating a blurred background. The result, shot in St. Barts, was crafted into the cover of Condé Nast Traveler's May issue, which presents a selection of the best new hotel openings of the past year.

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06:38
News: iPhone 8 prototype’s edge-to-edge display fits...

For its deluxe iPhone 8 model, Apple is “testing a screen that covers almost the entire front of the device,” Bloomberg reports. People familiar with the development process said the overall size of the prototype is close to that of the iPhone 7, but the removal of the home button and narrowing of the bezels makes for a display that’s a bit larger than that of the iPhone 7 Plus. Multiple prototypes are still being tested, some of…

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06:36
PSA: Pandora Premium now launched, competing with...

Pandora has how launched its on-demand music streaming service, competing with Apple Music and Spotify. It costs the same $9.99/month as existing services (a price dictated by the labels, which receive most of the revenue). Anyone can get a free trial of either 30 or 60 days, and there’s a special deal for existing Pandora Plus subscribers …

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06:35
Teardown finds Samsung Galaxy S8+ battery '...




Samsung is apparently confident that a rash of fires with its Note 7 phablet were caused by manufacturing errors, and not design or parts, as it has adopted many of the same features -- and even one of the same battery manufacturers -- with the new Galaxy S8+.

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06:34
Snapchat update adds new rear-facing camera AR World...

Snapchat is rolling out an app update that includes new 3D World Lenses for the rear-facing camera. World Lenses are like the popular selfie Lenses introduced over a year ago, but with a dash of AR that makes sharing your environment with friends more fun.

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06:25
Gumdrop releases the DropTech case for the 13-inch...

Gumdrop Cases has released the DropTech case for the 13-inch MacBook Pro (with Touch Bar support). The bumpers in each corner are made from 10mm of silicone to maximize protection without being overly bulky. 

Beneath the protective bumpers is a transparent polycarbonate inner top shell that allows you to show off the iconic Apple logo, asset tags, school logos, or anything else you need to add to your MacBook Pro. No tools are required to install. Just slip it into the case, and give it a simple snap and click. 

It will stay on when you open and close your MacBook Pro, allow access to all ports, and provide proper ventilation so your laptop doesn't overheat. The DropTech case for the new MacBook Pro is now available in a black/smoke color combination for $69.95.

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06:19
Apple still experimenting with 'iPhone 8'...




Apple is testing a variety of different technologies for this year's "iPhone 8," according to a report reaffirming many rumors about the phone's features, such as an edge-to-edge Samsung OLED display and new camera technology.

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06:08
News: Apple releases third betas of iOS 10.3.2,...

Apple has rolled out a third beta of iOS 10.3.2 to its registered developers, along with new betas of watchOS 3.2.2 and tvOS 10.2.1. This latest betas all appear to include only bug fixes and security improvements....

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06:05
Bloomberg: Apple readies overhaul for iPhone’s 10th...

Mark Gurman and Min Jeong Lee, Bloomberg:

Apple is preparing three iPhones for launch as soon as this fall, including upgraded versions of the current two iPhone models and a new top-of-the-line handset with an overhauled look, according to people familiar with the matter. For the redesigned phone, Apple is testing a new type of screen, curved glass and stainless steel materials, and more advanced cameras, the people said. Those anxiously awaiting the redesigned iPhone, however, may have to wait because supply constraints could mean the device isn’t readily available until one or two months after the typical fall introduction.

Lots of fascinating details here, all provided by people familiar with the matter.

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06:03
Smartphone use while driving may explain end to 40-...

Smartphone use while driving may explain last year’s reversal to a 40-year decline in U.S. road deaths, it has been suggested.

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06:00
Apple investigating iOS, macOS devices with...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,625,948) for “electronic devices with retractable displays” that hints at intriguing future iOS and macOS devices. If applied to Macs, the invention might bring more touchscreen features to the computer. Or it could be a new device altogether (an “electronic newspaper/magazine,” perhaps).

In the patent, the tech giant says that electronic devices have been substantially reduced in size, but sometimes the result is a display that’s not as large as users need for some purposes. Apple is looking into a flexible display with, among other things, a touch sensor, speakers, microphones, cameras, and other components.The housings and support slats may be held together using magnets when the display is retracted. Dust brushes may be provided to remove dust from the flexible display. 

Here’s Apple’s summary of the patent: “An electronic device may have a pair of elongated housings. A flexible display may be placed in a first position in...

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06:00
The best guitar apps

I’ve become a fan of Brian Sutich’s new guitar blog, Chasing Sound. In this post, Brian takes a look at some of the top guitar-related iOS apps.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: The Supersized Creative Mac Bundle

For Tuesday’s iLounge Deal, we’re offering The Supersized Creative Mac Bundle for only $29 — that’s 97% off the full price. This great bundle for creatives includes a collection of 12 design, authoring, and publishing apps along with over 25 hours of photography, video, and web design instruction. Write the next great novel with Storyist for Mac, create incredible HDR photos with Aurora HDR, perform 3D modelling with Silo 2, and…

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05:56
The new, improved Google Earth

Google Earth requires the Chrome browser on the Mac side. I think it’s well worth it. There’s something magical about spinning the globe and slowly homing in on a favorite unexplored spot. The creep in from up in space to the closest zoomed in view is much more continuous, less jarring as you move to different map levels.

Worth a few minutes to explore. Don’t miss the tool bar on the left side of the window. You’ll want to take advantage of that search icon.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:47
Rumor: new iMacs — including a server-grade version...

Apple is expected to begin production of two new iMacs in May for an official launch in the second half of the year, according to DigiTimes, quoting unnamed “sources from Taiwan-based supply chain makers,” who add that a server-grade iMac for the high-end sector is also in the works.

Apple currently has a 21.5-inch and a 27-inch iMac available in the market and the new products are expected to be the upgrades of the two models and are expected to hit the market in the third quarter to catch up with the year-end holiday season the article adds.

DigiTimes says the server-grade iMac is expected to feature Intel's Xeon E3-1285 v6 processor, 16-64GB ECC RAM, up to 2TB NVMe SSD and a latest discrete graphics card. However, this model probably won’t be available until the end of the year, the article adds.

Chances that this rumor is true — in the opinion of the Sellers...

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05:44
How to turn your Mac into a DVR for over-the-air TV

Glenn Fleishman pulled together this reasonably comprehensive look at options for capturing over the air TV signals and recording them on your Mac. If you’ve thought about cutting the cable cord, this is for you.

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05:39
How to set a full-time Mac boot password (i.e. a...

Don’t do this. But it is an interesting read. But don’t do it. And go back up your Mac.

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05:35
Jean-Louis Gassée on Apple, United, and customer...

Jean-Louis Gassée, Monday Note:

When I was selected to run Apple France more than three decades ago, I had a disdainfully Parisien attitude to customer service. You inserted an interface card backwards and your Apple ][ no longer boots? Well of course it doesn’t…you did it wrong.

After a few combative customer service encounters, I experienced an epiphany: No matter how “wrong” they may be, we’re a prosperous business, we can afford to take care of these situations, but we can’t afford to let unhappy, affronted customers damage our reputation.

The flip side of this Parisien approach?

Whenever a call was escalated to my office, I would immediately offer to buy back the customer’s machine. The offer was always emphatically declined, so we moved on to arrangements for shipment or perhaps a personal appointment at our service shop. Our business concluded, I would ask if the happy caller had children: “Yes…but why?” “For the t-shirts, of...

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05:34
Apple, Unwired Planet settle out of court

Unwired Planet has announced that it has settled its patent infringement suit with Apple, just as a California federal trial was set to begin, ending more than four years of litigation that Apple said was frivolous and Unwired said was worth an estimated $33 million. Details of the settlement haven’t been disclosed.

In July 2016, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit handed down an opinion vacating in part a 2015 summary judgment that found Apple not in infringement of certain cellular and voice recognition patents by Unwired Planet. The company sued Apple in 2012, claiming a variety of Apple products infringed 10 of its patents for cellular data transmission, voice recognition systems, device provisioning and other related technologies. Apple's iPhone, iPad, App Store, iTunes, iCloud, iOS and a selection of first-party apps were targeted in the suit.

Unwired is suing Samsung, Huwei and Google for patent violations, as well.

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05:32
Japanese state-backed fund hints it may try to limit...

A fund backed by the Japanese government has hinted that it may try to prevent Apple supplier Foxconn’s attempt to take control of Toshiba’s chip-making division. It has been variously reported that Foxconn is seeking either an outright purchase of the division, or a controlling stake – possibly with Apple’s assistance

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05:15
Enthusiasts combine 2016 MacBook Pro with GTX 1080...

Ok, this is pretty darn cool.

A group of enthusiasts have found they were able to boost the video performance of the Radeon Pro 450 found on the 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro by nearly 400 percent via external GPU attachments.

External GPU enthusiast site egpu.io has affixed a GTX 1080 Ti to an AKiTiO Note and Mantiz Venus enclosure. While the cards may be hamstrung slightly by the Thunderbolt 3 interface not being as fast as a 16x PCI-E slot, the results are nonetheless impressive.

In a best-case scenario utilizing benchmarks, the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Radeon Pro 450 scores 5822 via the Luxmark 3.1 benchmarking software, with the Radeon Pro 460 scoring 6056.

The group also noted that on the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, the Thunderbolt 3 controllers are attached to the PCH-H controller. As such, the available bandwidth to Thunderbolt 3 devices, including the flash storage on the computer, could be constrained by other components connected through...

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05:00
Rumor: Next-gen “iPhone Edition” to feature polished...

There has to be a nugget of truth in all these rumors.

Apple’s widely rumored and anticipated iPhone with an OLED display is said to feature a polished stainless steel enclosure sandwiched between front and back glass. This is the same iPhone 4-like design that reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has expected since last year.

The handset, which has been rumored to be called the “iPhone Edition”, will feature an improved variant of the Apple Watch’s stainless steel enclosure. As such, it’s thought to include a conventionally flat OLED display with 2.5D cover glass along the edges.

The report cites that the “iPhone Edition” will arrive with a vertically-aligned iSight Duo camera on the rear for VR shooting purposes. When the iPhone is used in a VR headset, the cameras would be positioned horizontally as is customary.

It’s also thought that the tentatively named iPhone 7s and iPhons 7s Plus will be slightly thicker than the current...

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04:34
Bloomberg corroborates iPhone 8 glass/steel design...

Bloomberg has today published its overview of Apple’s plans for the new iPhone lineup this year, largely reaffirming what the rumor mill has said up to now. Apple will reportedly launch three new iPhones in the fall, iterative successors to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and a new ‘top of the line’ iPhone 8 with an ‘overhauled’ design.

Bloomberg details various prototypes for the radical new OLED iPhone with variations of curved glass and stainless steel chassis materials …

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04:30
How to use the Remote app to control your iTunes...

If you have an iPhone, iPad or iPod you can use the Remote app — free at the Apple App Store — to control your Mac’s iTunes library from a distance. 

First, pair the app with the iTunes library (or libraries) you want to control. Your device and your computer must be on the same wireless network.

If you have Remote 2.0 (or later) and Home Sharing is turned on, you can set Remote to pair automatically with any of the iTunes libraries on your Home Sharing network. You can also pair Remote directly with iTunes libraries that aren’t in your Home Sharing network. To pair the Remote with an iTunes library: 

  • Tap Remote on your device’s Home screen.
  • Tap Add an iTunes Library.
  • A 4-digit code appears.
  • Open iTunes on your computer and click the Remote button . 
  • Type the 4-digit code in the iTunes window.
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  • iTunes pairs the...
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04:24
Apple reportedly adds second Apple Watch...

Apple has added a second Apple Watch manufacturer, according to China’s EDN (via Digitimes). The report claims that this is in part to boost total production capacity in the light of ‘an optimistic sales outlook for the device’ …

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04:00
Videoloupe for macOS makes it as easy to add effects...

If you need a video player/editor app that focuses on playback and basic editing that can be done on a single video without the need for a timeline or project, check out Corduroy Code’s $29.99 Videoloupe for macOS 10.2 and higher. It’s designed to bridge the gap between basic video players and professional editing suites.

However, it's not designed to replace tools such as Apple’s iMovie or Final Cut Pro X, which are timeline-based editors. Videoloupe doesn’t have a timeline, and it’s not designed for arranging multiple videos into a single composition — though you have multiple videos open at once.

Each Videoloupe window can be configured with up to nine independent video players. You can use the sidebar and the list view to work with large collections of videos within each window. 

The list view allows you to sort and filter a collection of videos. You can sort ‘em by common video attributes such as...

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03:56
Thief caught with 100 stolen phones at Coachella...

A thief who stole more than 100 smartphones from people attending the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was caught thanks to Find My iPhone, say police. One report said that the number of devices found in his backpack was 130.

When festival-goers noticed their iPhones had been taken, they activated Find My iPhone to track the location of their devices. They then identified someone whose movements around the site matched the moving dot.

“A bunch people activated their ‘find my phone’ and pointed at, ‘Hey, it’s that guy, my phone, my dot, it’s moving with that guy,'” said Indio police Sgt. Dan Marshall …

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03:56
New 'pro' iMac said to have discrete GPU...




New supply chain reports suggest that Apple is gearing up for new iMac production, with a "server grade" model with Xeon E3 processor reportedly in the works.

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for April 18, 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

Cool Off is a new app that uses a proprietary monitoring system to notify users when they can use natural, greener methods to cool their home instead of using energy consuming air conditioners (A/Cs). It focuses on helping users reduce the household carbon footprint, all while saving on their electric costs. There's a free version and a premium version that removes advertisements and offers automatic scheduled monitoring.

macOS Apps/Updates

Sir Reel Pictures has released BudgetWrangler 1.8, a feature update to its personal budgeting and finance software for Mac and Windows. The upgrade...

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03:18
Apple settles Unwired Planet patent suit for...




Apple on Monday settled a years-long patent lawsuit leveled by non-practicing entity Unwired Planet, which sought $33 million in royalties for alleged patent infringement of cellular, mobile location and voice recognition IP.

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03:11
Logitech announces first HomeKit programmable button...

Logitech has today announced the POP Smart Button, a small toggle switch that you can place around your home and trigger smart home actions with a quick press. The POP is the first programmable button to support Apple HomeKit, although it isn’t actually on sale yet. It will be available exclusively at Apple Stores soon.

The POP accessories require a hub; Logitech will sell a bundle of one button and one hub for $60. Owners of the first-generation POP Home Switch are out of luck, they will be getting a software update but it will not add HomeKit integration.

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02:43
Report: New iMacs to launch in Q3 and ‘server-grade...

Apple has already announced that it will launch new iMacs later this year, including models aimed at pro users. Today, Digitimes reportedly reveals some details about what the iMac update will bring.

The report says that the consumer iMac models are going into production next month, with a launch in the second half of the year. An update is certainly due; the latest 5K iMac launched in late 2015. The pro iMac will seemingly launch later, with ‘server-grade’ components …

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01:00
Logitech announces the HomeKit-compatible POP Smart...

Logitech today announced a new version of its POP Home Switch that works to turn HomeKit accessories or scenes on or off with the push of a button. The new POP Smart Button (US$59.95) and POP Add-on Smart Button ($39.95) will be available at Apple stores and Apple.com stores (no date set yet) exclusively at launch, with expansion to other retailers at a later date.

The POP Smart Button Kit consists of one smart button plus a POP bridge to connect the button to a Wi-Fi network. That button, which is available in White, Alloy, Coral and Teal, recognizes three gestures -- a simple press, a double-press, and a press-and-hold. Each gesture can trigger a specific preset command.

What's nice about this is that the user -- or a user's family member or guest -- doesn't need to have an iPhone or iPad at hand. With a touch of a POP Smart Button, any HomeKit-compatible accessory or scene can be turned on or off. The POP Smart Button is...

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Monday April 17

20:19
Apple's Find my iPhone fingers a phone finagler




Over 100 attendees of the Coachella music festival in Southern California this weekend were separated from their mobile devices by a pickpocket working the crowds. Fortunately, Apple's Find My iPhone feature saved the day by helping locate the pilfered phones, allegedly nabbed by Reinaldo De Jesus Henao of New York.

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16:57
Would you still buy the iPhone 8 even if it lacked...

Earlier today, an analyst report claimed that one option that Apple is considering with the iPhone 8 is ditching Touch ID altogether. The analyst note followed earlier reports claiming that Apple was facing low yield rates in integrating Touch ID beneath the display, perhaps looking towards a rear-device implementation.

Would you still buy the iPhone 8 even if it lacked Touch ID?

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15:48
Apple A10 iPhone 7 speeds past Samsung Galaxy S8,...




Apple's lead in mobile performance--powered by the efficiency of iOS 10 and the computational speed of its custom A10 Fusion Application Processor--beats the newest, leading premium Androids in a wide range of tests from processor and 3D benchmarks to real-world device startup and app launching and multitasking. Not even 6GB of RAM and the extra cores of Qualcomm's fastest Snapdragon 835 can prop up the laggard, inefficient Android OS.

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15:40
Google Maps for iOS gets Directions widget, location...




Google on Monday updated its Google Maps iOS app with a new lock screen widget bearing turn-by-turn directions, as well as iMessage integration for the mapping service's newly released location sharing feature.

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14:56
AWT News Update: April 17, 2017

An Apple I on exhibit at Seattle's Living Computers Museum + Labs

What's in the Apple news of the day?

  • Wall Street analysts are optimistic about Apple's Q2 FY2017 financial results, which will be released on May 2nd
  • Developer betas of all of Apple's current operating systems were delivered today
  • Want to try out an Apple I? Head to Seattle's Living Computers Museum and Labs, where you can actually use one of the few remaining Apple I computers

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

Text Version

This is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and you’re listening to the AWT News Update for April 17th...

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14:40
Google Maps for iOS adds iMessage app for location...

Google today is rolling out an update to its Google Maps app on iOS that further integrates the app throughout the operating system. The update brings the app to version 4.30.0 and includes a pair of notable changes to the user interface as Google works to better compete with the integration offered throughout iOS by Apple Maps.

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14:19
Apple's 'iPhone 8' again rumored to...




Seemingly confirming a handful of rumors regarding Apple's next-generation "iPhone 8" handset, a report out on Monday claims the forthcoming smartphone will feature a polished stainless steel "glass sandwich" design, vertical iSight camera array for augmented reality functionality and a flat OLED display.

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14:01
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 17...

Notable software releases this week include Evernote 6.11, OmniFocus 2.9, Final Cut Pro X 10.3.3, Compressor 4.3.2, and Motion 5.3.2, and iMovie 10.1.5.

 

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14:01
ExtraBITS for 17 April 2017

In ExtraBITS this week, Kindle ebook readers finally gain ragged right text alignment and an NYU grad student shares his story of working undercover in an iPhone factory.

 

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13:57
Man arrested for stealing over 100 cell phones at...

Is it just me or is anyone else really curious as to how he managed to steal this many phones?

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13:55
Apple releases new Bug Reporter beta to developers

Apple developers have been receiving emails today inviting them to try out Apple’s new Bug Reporter beta. Bug Reporter, also known as Radar, is a bug filing tool used by developers to share feedback with Apple on the latest software.

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13:37
Instagram now lets you organize saved posts in...

Instagram today announced a new feature for saving posts, allowing you to store them into folders called private collections. You can create multiple collections, meaning you can use the feature to organize posts you might want to reference at a later date. You’ll be prompted to create a new collection when saving a post:

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13:26
Report: iPhone 8 will feature vertical dual camera...

Japanese blog Macotakara has published a new report with details on Apple’s next iPhones expected later this year. Apple’s new flagship iPhone 8 is again said to feature a modern take on the iPhone 4 design in terms of materials. Macotakara also says the new iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus models, which are expected to be iterative updates, may actually be slightly thicker than the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

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13:25
How to disable homescreen rotation on Apple's...




By default, Apple's iPhone 6 Plus, 6s Plus, and 7 Plus add an auto-rotating home screen to iOS, rearranging icons and the dock whenever a device is tilted sideways. Aside from the Control Center orientation lock, here's an indirect way of achieving the same result.

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13:15
ollo Case for iPhone 7 Plus works with the Connect...

ollo Case for iPhone 7 Plus (right) and Core Lens Set (left, purchased separately). Photo © 2017, Steven Sande

A while back we took a look at the olloclip Core Lens Set (fisheye, super-wide, and macro 15x lenses) with the new Connect interchangeable lens system. This lens set simply clips onto an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, but I hadn’t really used the lenses because I don’t like carrying an unprotected iPhone. Today we’re looking at the ollo Case for iPhone 7 Plus (US29.95) to see how it works with the Connect Lenses (purchased separately).

Design

At first look the ollo Case looks just like many inexpensive cases for the iPhone 7 Plus. It is a slightly opaque case that shows the color of your phone as well as the Apple logo on back, has passthrough buttons for...

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13:05
Find My iPhone helps nab a thief at Coachella with...

The biggest bummer at a festival like Coachella should be a spilled beer or a long bathroom line, not having your iPhone stolen by a highly ambitious but also bumbling criminal. Awful person Reinaldo De Jesus Henao found himself in handcuffs on Easter Sunday, arrested with more than 100 smartphones in his backpack, nabbed with the help of Find My iPhone.

According to reports by KMIR and Consequence of Sound, victims noticed their phones missing and quickly used Find My iPhone on their friends’ phones to actually locate 36-year-old Henao still at the festival. The victims followed the suspect and alerted security, who was able to hold him until police arrived.

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12:55
CBS All Access gains movie streaming as DirecTV Now...

CBS has expanded its All Access subscription video service to include movie streaming for the first time. CBS All Access primarily offers live and on-demand streaming of original TV shows that air on the network. Meanwhile, DirecTV Now is expanding its coverage for Fox local stations to 14 new markets. That’s nearly double the number of Fox local station markets previously offered.

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12:28
Wall Street expects Apple's revenue to grow to...




Apple's recently-concluded March quarter could see revenue once again increase year over year, investors on Wall Street believe, on continued strength of the flagship iPhone 7 lineup.

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12:05
Pad & Quill unveils new FSC certified Wooden...

Daily users of the Apple Pencil looking for an attractive way to keep it handy might want to take a look at Pad & Quill’s new offering. The team behind the Cartella Slim has just announced its new Wooden Apple Pencil holder.

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11:40
US appeals court revives 'rubberbanding'...




In response to an anonymous outside examination request made against the Apple document, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has actually revived parts of rejected U.S. Patent No. 7,844,915 -- the so-called "pinch-to-zoom" filing -- while leaving others intact.

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11:00
Tonight: AWT TV Episode 4, discussing "Future...

As usual on Monday nights, we're giving our readers an alternative to watching reruns -- AWT TV. Join us for AWT TV Episode 4 tonight at 6:30 PM PDT/9:30 PM EDT when we'll have a discussion revolving around what products Apple should create for the future and what new markets the company can enter.

The show is live-streamed on YouTube Live, meaning that you just need to head to the Apple World Today YouTube channel at the right time and we'll be on the air. YouTube Live provides a live chat as well, so feel free to ask questions, make comments, or bring up your own ideas for the future of Apple.

Don't worry -- if you miss the live show tonight, the recorded show will be available tomorrow. 

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10:58
TidBITS Turns 27: Pondering the Future

While marking the 27th anniversary of the founding of TidBITS, publisher Adam Engst looks forward to upcoming life changes that might free up enough time to rebuild the increasingly creaky technical infrastructure around TidBITS’s strong content heart.

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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10:57
What’s next for Apple: WWDC, iPad Pro, iMac, MacBook...

What new product announcements might Apple have in store for its upcoming Worldwide Developer Conference in June? Last week we were talking iOS 11, macOS 10.13, watchOS 4 and tvOS 11. This week we get into the hardware possibilities for the event, including the products the company currently has in the works and others due for an update.

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10:56
At least two experts think Apple will be alive and...

Steve “Woz” Wozniak thinks the company he co-founded (that would be Apple) will still be around in 2075, as will Google and Facebook, he said in discussing next weekend’s Silicon Valley Comic Con (SVCC), “The Future of Humanity: Where Will We Be in 2075?” The three-day conference, which Wozniak helped create last year, explores the intersection of pop culture and technology.

"Apple will be around a long time, like IBM (which was founded in 1911)," Wozniak said in an interview with USA Today. "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...

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10:41
Why Is It OK to Abuse Customers?


I don't know about you but I can't seem to get out of my head the image of that poor Asian doctor who, seemingly unconscious, was dragged off that United flight. The fact that the airline did that to a 69-year-old doctor just so it could save money moving employees around is nearly as unbelievable as the initial tone-deaf response from United's CEO, who blamed the passenger. It was only later that he offered an actual apology. While the United debacle was going on, I happened to be reviewing Qualcomm's counterclaim against Apple, and holy crap.

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10:40
Internet Archive Adds Early Macintosh OS and App...

An anonymous reader writes: The Internet Archive has added a curated collection of Mac operating system and software emulators from 1984 through 1989. The Internet Archive already hosts browser-based emulators of early video games and other operating systems, but this is its first foray into Mac software. The collection includes classic applications like MacPaint, programming tools such as MacBasic, and many games including Dark Castle. Each app can be run in an in-browser emulator and is accompanied by an article that chronicles its history. It's fun to play with the apps in the collection and realize just how far apps have come since the earliest days of the Mac. It's also remarkable how many computing conventions used today were introduced during those earliest days.


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10:24
Al Gore, Lisa Jackson to talk climate optimism at...

Al Gore (pictured) — former U.S. Vice President and Climate Reality chairman — and Lisa Jackson — Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives — will discuss climate optimism Wednesday, April 17, in an appearance at Apple Store Union Square in San Francisco, California.

At 7 p.m. (Pacific) they’ll share their insight on Earth Day initiatives, Apple’s ongoing commitment to the environment, and ways you can make an impact through positive actions. If you’d like to attend you’ll have to “RSVP” here. And you’ll need an Apple ID and password to do so.

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10:19
Apple releases third betas of macOS 10.12.5, watchOS...




Apple on Monday issued third betas of macOS 10.12.5, watchOS 3.2.2, tvOS 10.2.1 to developers, including no more than minor bug fixes and security improvements.

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10:14
Comment: Rumored Apple TV account switching in tvOS...

A new rumor over the weekend claimed Apple TV is gaining a new multi-user feature with tvOS 11 later this year. Account switching makes a lot of sense for a shared device like the Apple TV, but users have wanted this feature on iOS for a while too. Would Apple ship account switching with tvOS and exclude the feature from iOS?

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10:13
Apple releases third iOS 10.3.2 beta

Apple has released the third iOS 10.3.2 beta for testing on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The version numbers also suggest we should only see under-the-hood bug fixes and security improvements in these releases when ready.

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10:07
Analyst: there’s a chance the ‘iPhone 8’ could ship...

This ain’t gonna happen, but in a note to clients — as noted by AppleInsider — Andy Hargreaves, an equity research analyst with Pacific Crest Securities, thinks there’s a possibility that the “iPhone 8” could ship without a fingerprint sensor of any kind.

“At this point, we do not believe Apple's optical fingerprint module provider has firm orders for production, which suggests Apple does not have functionality of the optical fingerprint sensor ready," he expounds. "Additionally, we believe Apple has evaluated Synaptic's optical fingerprint solution, but that it has not been qualified."

Hargreaves suggested that if Apple can solve problems in the "next month or so," it should be able to place bulk orders for modules. Even then, however, that would allegedly translate into a delayed next gen smartphone aunch.

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10:06
Apple rolling out third macOS 10.12.5 beta for Mac

Apple is rolling out the third macOS 10.12.5 developer beta through the Mac App Store.

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10:03
Apple releases watchOS 3.2.2 beta 3 for Apple Watch

Apple is rolling out the third watchOS 3.2.2 beta for developer testing on Apple Watch. The update likely includes bug fixes and security improvements ahead of a more feature-packed watchOS 4 announcement later this year.

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10:01
tvOS 10.2.1 beta 3 rolling out for Apple TV

Apple is rolling out the third tvOS 10.2.1 beta for developer testing on Apple TV. The update will likely focus on bug fixes and security improvements ahead of any new features potentially planned for tvOS 11 later this year.

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10:00
∞ The birth of a dugout canoe

Another amazing video using skills and techniques fast disappearing from our technology-focused world. I’d love to have one of these canoes.

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09:55
Tesla cuts the price on its entry-level Model S by $...

Just because Tesla is ditching the Model S 60 and 60D doesn't mean that you'll be paying dramatically more to own the luxury electric sedan. Tesla has cut the price on its current entry-level models, the 75 and 75D, by $7,500. It's still $1,500 more...

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09:49
iPhone 8 could ship without Touch ID entirely,...

iPhone 8 render without front Touch ID

Recent conflicting reports suggest Apple has not yet finalized the design of the flagship iPhone 8 this year in terms of how Touch ID will be implemented. If Apple introduces a new edge-to-edge display as expected, Touch ID will have to change from its bottom front location as the chin is dramatically reduced.

The best case scenario based on rumors is that Apple manages to implement the fingerprint scanner into the new OLED display, although low yield rates may rule that out this year. The less desired scenario is Apple moves...

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09:41
Classic Mac OS and dozens of apps can now be run in...

The Internet Archive is a great resource if you're looking to play with older PC apps and operating systems—thanks to a JavaScript port of DOSBox, you can run stuff like Mario Teaches Typing and Windows For Workgroups 3.11 right in your browser, giving you a quick and easy way to get some idea of what it was like to use a computer 20 or 25 years ago.

Now, the Internet Archive has some retro computing offerings from the other side of the great Mac/PC divide. Using a version of the PCE PC Emulator that has been ported to JavaScript, people interested in the Mac's early years can run System 6,...

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09:34
Analyst speculates Apple's OLED 'iPhone 8...




A Wall Street analyst claims Apple has yet to finalize an embedded fingerprint recognition for this year's OLED-based "iPhone 8," leading him to speculate that the phone could ship late -- or without a fingerprint sensor at all.

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09:30
Russia's main search engine defeats Google in...

A little over two years ago, Russia's largest search provider, Yandex, filed a complaint against Google for what it believed were anti-competitive practices. Now, Russia's Federal Antimonopoly Service has given credence to Yandex's claims and "issued...

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09:29
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Beats Solo3 Wireless...

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09:22
Appeals court revives Apple’s patented “rubber...

(credit: Larry Rosenstein)

Apple went all-out in its patent assault on Samsung beginning in 2012, when Steve Jobs' promised "thermonuclear war" against Android became a reality. The patents used by the Cupertino device maker weren't just challenged in court, though. Various parties have challenged Apple's most important patents at the US Patent and Trademark Office, as well.

On Friday, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued an opinion (PDF) about an "ex parte reexam," filed against Apple's patent by an anonymous party. The reexam claimed that one of the patents upholding Apple's big win against Samsung, US Patent No. 7,844,915, never should...

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09:13
Tim Cook to receive Newseum’s Free Speech Award

On April 18, the Newseum will award Apple CEO Tim Cook the Free Expression Award in the free speech category. Cook has used his spotlight to take a public stand on major societal issues, including racial equality, privacy, protecting the environment, access to education and LGBT rights.

The second annual Free Expression Awards recognize those who exhibit passion for and dedication to free expression. Honorees have taken personal or professional risks in sharing critical information with the public, have been censored or punished by authorities or other groups for their work, or have pushed boundaries in artistic and media expression.

Congrats, Tim.

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09:05
Verizon's Android Wear 2.0 watch goes on sale...

Verizon's Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch broke from cover back in February with an scheduled launch for March. Well, that didn't happen. Today, the wireless carrier announced that its Wear24 device would go on sale both in stores and online May 11th. If...

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09:01
In Conversation with Al Gore and Lisa Jackson

Many will forget that one of the reasons why the original version of the Apple Stores had theater space was for events like these. Turns out, Apple didn’t need anything other than products to bring people into the stores. Sadly, it means these kinds of (possibly) interesting events are very few and far between.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:00
Seriously, the guy has a point

Fascinating article. Before I read it, I thought the sculptor was being a dick, from the way he was being portrayed in media reports. After reading this piece, I think “Fearless Girl” should be removed.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:52
Deals: 15" MacBook Pro w/ Touch Bar for $2,174...




Exclusive savings on Apple's Late 2016 MacBook Pros abound with 15" models marked down to $2,174 after coupon. Or pick up an upgraded 13" MacBook Pro for $1,799 with no tax outside NY and NJ. Select iPhone and Mac purchases are also 20% off at eBay.

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08:45
Nvidia 1080ti with new drivers in external enclosure...




Enthusiasts have wasted no time in testing the new Nvidia Pascal video card drivers, and have found external GPU performance nearly four times that of the Radeon Pro 450 in the 15-inch MacBook Pro.

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08:39
News: Apple offering superior iPad Air 2 for fourth-...

Customers eligible for a replacement of their fourth-generation iPad could also receive something of an upgrade, 9to5Mac reports. With stock of the discontinued fourth-generation iPad running out, Apple sent a memo to retail stores that stated, “Starting March 30th, iPad 4th generation whole unit repairs may be substituted to iPad Air 2.” Owner replacing a 16GB or 64GB fourth-generation iPad will likely be particularly happy with the upgrade,…

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08:38
Instagram goes after Pinterest with saved post...

Now that Instagram has overtaken Snapchat by emulating its features, the service is taking aim at another social networking heavyweight: Pinterest. Instagram is rolling out an update to its Android and iOS apps that introduces saved post collections...

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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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