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As legal battle drags on, Qualcomm CEO now says he...

Apple and Qualcomm are currently engaged in a high-profile legal battle that’s done nothing but escalate since the beginning. In a new interview with Fortune, however, Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf seems to be changing the company’s tone, saying he now expects an out of court settlement…


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SharkLinux OS Is Destined for Success

SharkLinux OS is one of those very rare newcomer distributions that has "Future Big Winner" written all over it. Over my many years of reviewing Linux software and distros for Linux Picks and Pans, I have found that the story of what spurred the developer to create the distro often showcases the driving power that enables open source software. That is the case with SharkLinux OS, which has an interesting back story -- a tale of innovation and ingenuity. SharkLinux OS delivers a good performance early in its development cycle.

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How to backup, wipe and restore your Mac before...

Planning to sell your Mac? AppleInsider covers the step-by-step process of backing up your files, wiping the hard drive and restoring everything on a new machine in this video.

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Apple’s Risky Balancing Act With the Next iPhone

Jason Snell, in a terrific column for Macworld:

This is one of those areas where Apple may be the victim of its
own success. The iPhone is so popular a product that Apple can’t
include any technology or source any part if it can’t be made more
than 200 million times a year. If the supplier of a cutting-edge
part Apple wants can only provide the company with 50 million per
year, it simply can’t be used in the iPhone. Apple sells too many,
too fast.

Contrast that to Apple’s competition. On the smaller end, former
Android chief Andy Rubin announced the Essential phone, but even
Rubin admitted that he’d only be able to sell in thousands, not
millions. Same for the RED Hydrogen One — groundbreaking phone,

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EFF on Net Neutrality

“ISPs have incentives to shape Internet traffic and the FCC knows full well of instances where consumers have been harmed. AT&T blocked data sent by Apple’s FaceTime software, Comcast has interfered with Internet traffic generated by certain applications, and ISPs have rerouted users’ web searches to websites they didn’t request or expect,” said EFF Senior Staff Attorney Mitch Stoltz. “These are just some examples of ISPs controlling our Internet experience. Users pay them to connect to the Internet, not decide for them what they can see and do there.”

The FCC can’t seriously do this.

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Poll suggests most Americans don't like how...

Do you think President Trump's penchant for Twitter diatribes is doing more harm than good? You're not alone... in fact, you might be in the majority. ABC News and the Washington Post have conducted a national poll suggesting that 67 of Americans d...

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1Password version 6.8 for iOS auto-copies one-time...

AgileBits has released the latest version of 1Password for iOS, and it includes a new feature that will serve as a major convenience for anyone who uses the app to manage two-factor one-time passwords. As of version 6.8, which AgileBits has codenamed ‘The Picnic Edition’, one-time passwords will now auto-copy to the clipboard whenever you use auto-fill. more…

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Google wants to sell quantum computing in the cloud

Whether or not you believe Google has honest-to-goodness quantum computers, the bigger problem is their limited access: they're largely off-limits outside of the company itself. That could change sooner than you think, though. Bloomberg sources under...

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'It' director Andy Muschietti signs on for...

More than 30 years after the original series debuted on television, the classic Mecha anime Robotech will once again grace the silver screen. Sony announced on Monday that it had tapped Andy Muschietti, who just finished directing the reboot of Steph...

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Emojipedia founder talks the past, present and...

We've been a little surprised by the outpouring of enthusiasm for World Emoji Day so far: Apple released a sneak peeks of its new emoji designs, Google signaled the end of its blobs, and the Empire State Building will be lit up in yellow to mark the...

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This little delivery robot is carrying a belly full...

If you thought that food-delivery robots originated in futuristic, 'bot-obsessed Japan, you'd be wrong. In fact, delivery robots showed up in San Francisco, London and Los Angeles first. Now, however, cute little red sushi-delivery 'bots from ZMP are...

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 17...

Notable software releases this week include Aeon Timeline 2.2.5, KeyCue 8.5, PopChar X 8.1, and Fantastical 2.4.


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ExtraBITS for 17 July 2017

In ExtraBITS this week, Andy Ihnatko ponders a world overly reliant on technology, the Apple Store introduces interactive HomeKit demos, and a report claims that Siri usage is declining.


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iOS 11: How to easily free up storage space on...

iOS 11 has new recommendations for managing storage that are quick and easy to use. Follow along after the jump to check out this new feature.


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External Link: Connected Condiments: When Will It...

Andy Ihnatko is letting off steam as only he can, with an extended analogy about how he was just trying to make a ham-and-cheese sandwich but got distracted by an Internet-related error with the mustard. It’s silly, of course, but his larger point is that we’ve created a world built on so many dependencies that it’s amazing that anything works at all. We’ve all been there; the question is how we get back.


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In a fragmented VR market, one company wants to...

Virtual reality is a mainstream phenomenon these days, with major headsets like the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive now increasingly in consumer hands. There's even a flourishing market in the lower-end, with Samsung's Gear VR and Google's DayDream lead...

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AWT News Update: July 17, 2017

It's Monday, and here are our top stories for this afternoon:

  • Apple is sending mixed messages to developers of iMessage sticker packs
  • Several hospitals in the US are using iPads to give patients insights into their condition
  • olloclip and Incase team up for the new limited-edition Flimer's Kit, which includes lenses and a video grip mount.

Many thanks again to our Apple World Today sponsor, EverWeb.

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DC security robot says everything is fine, throws...

Don't read too much into this, but a security robot face-planted into an indoor fountain inside of a Washington, DC office building today. It's a coincidence, we're sure, but maybe this robot just knows what everyone else in DC does. Robots tasked wi...

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Netflix blows past the 100 million subscriber mark

A year after subscriber growth slowed due to price hikes, Netflix says (PDF) it added more US customers in the last quarter than it has since 2011. The company is now up to 103.95 million subscribers worldwide, up 5.2 million from last count. The com...

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Latest analyst predicts delayed super cycle for...

Morgan Stanley’s Katy Huberty is the latest analyst to weigh in on Apple’s 10th anniversary iPhone release(s). Citing the same delays as many others, Huberty believes an iPhone super cycle may still occur, but will just be pushed into 2018.


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Twitter porn bots drew in over 30 million clicks

For the past few months ZeroFOX, a social media-focused digital security company, has been looking into a massive pornography botnet targeting Twitter. Dubbed SIREN, after the mythical Greek creatures said to lure sailors to their deaths with song, t...

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Here’s a sneak peek at Nokia’s first high-end...

Finnish startup HMD Global resurrected the Nokia name with a new line of Android smartphones unveiled back in February. Undaunted by lack of carrier deals, they've kept expanding it throughout the year, including releasing the Nokia 6 in the US back...

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US appeals court upholds gag orders on national...

The FBI can indeed serve companies like Apple national security letters that come with a gag order, preventing them from telling customers, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Monday.

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Listen to tunes in Google Play Music's search...

If you use Google Play Music on the road, we have good news: you can listen to the latest summer jams faster than ever. In a mirror of an update to the web player from several months back, the streaming service revamped search results field in its A...

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Your Favorite Mac Word Processors

With votes from over 800 TidBITS readers in the past week, we have recommendations for the top word processors on the Mac, including some strong alternatives to Microsoft Word.


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US lifts laptop ban from final Middle Eastern...

If you're a business traveller who wants to use your laptop on a flight originating in the Middle East, things are looking up. The US started to lift restrictions for passengers carrying large electronics like laptops on flights originating in the Mi...

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Studio Neat’s latest Glif is the one accessory every...

The Studio Neat Glif (circa 2017) with hand grip and wrist strap. Photo ©2017, Steven Sande

Back in 2010, people started taking the camera in the iPhone seriously. A couple of guys, Tom Gerhardt and Dan Provost of Studio Neat, thought that it would be a good idea to make a tripod mount for the iPhone, and they came up with the idea of the Glif. The product was one of the first crowdfunding successes on Kickstarter, and the Glif has since been updated several times to allow it to work with larger smartphones and make it easier to use. Today we’re looking at the latest incarnation of the Glif (US$29, $55 for set including handle and wrist strap), which proves that even the best products can be improved.


The original Glif was designed with one iPhone in mind — the iPhone 4. It...

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News: Report: Apple cracking down on iMessage...

A new blog post from iOS Developer Melissa Chan of This Century Software indicates that Apple is tightening its policy on the number of iMessage sticker packs that individual developers will be permitted to publish in the App Store. Chan, who develops a large number of popular iMessage sticker packs, many of which have been prominently featured by Apple, began having her sticker packs rejected by Apple back in May under section 4.3 of the App Store…

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AT&T is currently offering hefty discounts on...

AT&T has some online-only deals today for those who can't get enough fitness tracking into their lives. The carrier has the Fitbit Charge 2 (select colors only) and the Fitbit Surge (tangerine) on sale for $74.50 and $124.50, respectively. Both prices are quite a bit cheaper than the usual prices, though the color options may not appeal to everyone. The Fitbit Charge 2 is selling for about $130 at other retailers, while the Surge normally sells for $200.

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A History of Graphic Design Production

Up until just over 30 years ago, when the desktop computer debuted, the whole design production process would have been done primarily by hand, and with the aide of analog machines.

This is wonderful.

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HP Is Back: Should It Rename Itself Compaq?

HP just took over the PC market worldwide. You probably don't get how incredible this is, so here's an analogy: It's as if a crooked referee put a bunch of lead on an overweight racer and shuffled him to the back of the pack, but in the end, the guy finished first. You'd seriously want to look under his T-Shirt to see if you'd find Superman's costume. This isn't Apple coming up with an iPod or iPhone and flanking the market -- this is a firm that simply pushed on the gas pedal at a time when everyone said it was going in the wrong direction.

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Deals: 2017 15" MacBook Pro for $2,199 ($200...

Shoppers this week can save $100 to $200 instantly on Apple's newest Mid 2017 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros with instant and promo code savings (the largest discounts we've seen to date). Or pick up a pair of Bose QuietComfort 25 headphones for $279 ($20 off) with no tax collected outside NY and NJ.

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Update on the Department of Labor’s lawsuit against...

But ultimately we reached an impasse when OFCCP demanded even more: employees’ compensation and other job information dating back 15 years, as well as extensive personal employee data and contact information for more than 25,000 employees. We were concerned that these requests went beyond the scope of what was relevant to this specific audit, and posed unnecessary risks to employees’ privacy. Despite our repeated efforts to resolve this impasse informally, OFCCP issued a complaint against us demanding access to the information and asserting we had no right to challenge their requests.

Respect for standing up for what they felt was right.

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Hands-on: Apple’s Leather Sleeve – a luxury storage...

The iPad Pro Leather Sleeve is an accessory that’s made for iPad Pro owners who use an Apple Pencil. The sleeve, with a price of $129 for the 10.5-inch model and $159 for the 12.9-inch model, is made out of leather and is available in four colors.

Considering its price tag, the Leather Sleeve is what I would call a luxury accessory. There are other options that provide similar protection at a much cheaper price, but for those of you who demand a high-quality Apple-branded product, the Leather Sleeve makes for an interesting option....

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Get the most out of Apple's Health app with...

Apple's Health app for the iPhone can be a useful way of tracking fitness and medical data -- so long as everything is configured and used just the right way. Here's the essentials to get going.

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TechTool Pro 9.5 for Mac for only $39.95? Shut up...

Mac consultants and IT pros know that there's one go-to app for troubleshooting and fixing Mac issues: TechTool Pro. It's been a staple in the toolkit of Mac pros for years, and now we're making it affordable to everyone. For just $39.95 (60% off the usual $99.95 price tag), you can get TechTool Pro 9.5 for Mac -- but hurry because the deal won't last long.

TechTool Pro starts with a comprehensive check of your Mac hardware -- something most competing products don't do. Check your motherboard, RAM, sensors, fans... you name it, TechTool Pro makes sure it is in working order. Here's a laundry list of everything else TechTool Pro does:

  • Makes sure your RAM, processor, cache & more are running properly
  • Rebuilds your cache to correct...
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Get a sneak peek at the new emoji coming to iOS,...

Did you know that Monday is World Emoji Day? To celebrate, Apple released a preview of new emoji coming to its operating systems.

Here’s a look at some of the new characters.

iTunes movie titles

That’s not all Apple is doing to commemorate World Emoji Day. If you go to the iTunes Store, you’ll find featured movie titles displayed using emoji.

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple Watch Series 2 $70 off,...

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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News: Apple showcases new emoji headed to iOS,...

Apple has released a sneak peek at the new emoji coming to iOS, macOS and watchOS later this year. The update includes more mundane changes like adding a sandwich to the food items and a bearded face alongside more socially conscious changes like a woman in a headscarf and a breastfeeding mother. A T-Rex has made his way into the animals section and zombies and elves will make their first appearance. To further celebrate World Emoji Day, the company…

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The Problem With Abandoned Apps

A growing scrap heap of abandoned iOS apps is creating a troubling environment for developers. Marc Zeedar, publisher of xDev Magazine, explores the situation.


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Honda says Apple CarPlay coming standard on 2018...

Honda has announced that the 2018 Accord, launching this fall, will once again offer Apple's CarPlay, which allows iPhone owners to bridge Siri and select apps with a car's dash interface.

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News: Australian government holds meeting with Apple...

Australian Attorney General George Brandis will meet with Apple this week to discuss gaining access to encrypted information from “suspected terrorists and criminals,” Sky News reports. Brandis said he hopes companies can be convinced to comply voluntarily, but said the country “will also be legislating so that we do have that coercive power if need be if we don’t get the cooperation we seek.” Facebook and other tech…

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Subway to use Apple Pay in new self-order kiosks...

Subway is in the middle of testing a new restaurant design that will make Apple Pay an integral option when ordering food, in some cases before people even walk through the door.

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This is what sound actually looks like

This is a very cool visualization.

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Apple celebrates World Emoji Day with tease of new...

To commemorate World Emoji Day, Apple has shared some new emoji included in the next versions of its operating systems, and is promoting some movies with titles made of the graphics.

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Pioneer adds "Hey, Siri" support to Rayz...

Not everybody uses Apple's AirPods or Lightning EarPods. For example, Pioneer's Rayz and Rayz Plus earphones connect to iOS devices through the Lightning port, allow for charging from a Lightning adapter, and offer active noise cancellation, so they're a very popular model of smart earphones. Today, Pioneer announced that the Rayz line received an update that provides support for "Hey, Siri" and more.

With the "Hey, Siri" support, the Rayz earphones now let users initiate calls, send messages, listen to music and more, all without touching an iPhone or the headphone controls. The update also includes new native language support (Chinese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish), improvements to the AutoPause feature, and a SmartMute update.

The AutoPause feature automatically pauses music or. video playback when the earphones are removed, then starts it back up when the buds are back in your ears. With the...

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News: Apple Music expands $99 annual Apple Music...

Apple has expanded the list of countries where a $99 annual subscription to Apple Music can be purchased. Most countries that have Apple Music also qualify for the reduced price annual subscription, with a few notable exceptions including Saudi Arabia, Norway, the Philippines and Peru. Apple recently included the $99 subscription option for all existing users after previously only selling a year for $99 through gift cards. Apple also expanded the…

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Pioneer Rayz update brings ‘Hey Siri’ feature, new...

Pioneer has released an update for its Rayz app along with a firmware update for its Rayz Lightning earphones that introduces “Hey Siri” functionality, more language support, and a few other new features.


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Cedars-Sinai pilot uses Apple's iPad to provide...

A pilot program at Cedars-Sinai hospital is not only using iPads to relay vital information to patients, but is also being used by parents with children in the NICU for interaction when the chance of spreading infection to the vulnerable is high.

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Apple’s privacy pledge complicates its AI push

I appreciate whatever complications Apple is going through in their stance on privacy. I much prefer their approach to these issues over Google’s and Facebook’s.

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On World Emoji Day, Apple previews new emoji coming...

Via Apple Newsroom

Emoji have become part of the way that humans communicate with each other, often expressing a lot more in one simple image than we could say in a dozen words. Today, in honor of World Emoji Day, Apple previewed a number of new emoji that will be appearing with iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra later this year.

Not only do we get a really tasty looking sandwich, a dinosaur, a Tolkienesque elf, and a guy practicing yoga, but several emoji that are in tune with society today including a woman wearing a hijab and another woman breastfeeding a baby. We also get a wonderful zombie, a zebra, and finally the one emoji we've been waiting for -- I'm calling him "Mr. Barfy". 

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Apple Pay promotion in China offers users steep...

Apple is making a play to attract Chinese users to Apple Pay, and is offering discounts of up to 50 percent on goods from a wide array of merchants.

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News: Apple cracks down on ad blockers that affect...

Future Mind, maker of VPN-based ad block programs like AdBlock, Weblock and Admosphere, has been informed by Apple that the company is “no longer allowing VPN/root certificate-based ad blockers on the App Store and will not be accepting updates of existing ad blockers that use those techniques going forward,” MacRumors reports. Tomasz Koperski, CTO of Future Mind, said Apple rejected the latest update for AdBlock for iOS, writing in its…

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Apple previews new emoji coming later this year

There are some great new emojis in there.

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Olloclip and Incase launching limited edition Filmer...

Olloclip and Incase have teamed up to create the limited edition Filmer’s Kit accessory pack for iPhone photographers and videographers. Filmer’s Kit for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus includes a total of five lenses, an articulating mobile video grip, and a special carrying case made for the accessories.


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Apple shows off new emoji coming to iOS 11, does...

Following an earlier preview and list of new emoji by the Unicode Consortium, Apple has shared some of the emoji coming to Apple devices later this year.

In celebration of World Emoji Day (which is apparently a thing), Apple has also done a playful makeover of iTunes Movies, as well as highlighting emoji-related apps …


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Subway testing self-serve kiosks that take Apple Pay...

The next time you go to a Subway sandwich shop, you might find yourself using your Apple products to pay for your meal. The company is testing a new "Fresh Forward" store design in 12 locations in the US, Canada and UK that features self-service order and payment kiosks that accept Apple Pay and Samsung Pay for payment.

Photo courtesy of Subway

Customers will also have an option for delivery and pre-orders through the Subway mobile app and a Facebook Messenger bot. In the stores, there will be a separate food prep area (no more watching someone make your sandwich...) and a designated pre-order pickup location for digital orders. While you're eating, Subway wants you to enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi and recharge your gear as well as yourself by offering more comfortable seating with USB charging ports.


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Australian government to ask for voluntary access to...

Australia's attorney general will reportedly meet with officials from Apple later this week in a bid to gain voluntary sharing of encrypted data with the country's spy and law enforcement agencies.

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News: Facing delays, Apple is buying its own...

Apple has purchased “tens of millions of dollars” in equipment to produce the rigid flexible printed circuit boards it needs to build the new OLED iPhone 8, The Korea Herald reports. Apple doesn’t have its own production facilities, but has reportedly begun leasing the equipment to manufacturers to ensure its supply of the RFPCB components. The company was supposed to be securing the RFPCBs from Korea’s Interflex and Youngpoong…

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The Week in iOS Apps: A Microsoft app that sees for...

An app that sees for you

Image by Rob Schultz/Macworld

This week’s roundup is proof were living in the future. Read on!

Microsoft’s Seeing AI: Talking Camera for the Blind

Image by Microsoft’s Seeing AI: Talking Camera for the Blind

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What was it like to be at Xerox PARC when Steve Jobs...

Alan Kay, responding to this question on Quora:

A good enough answer would be longer than is reasonable for Quora, but I can supply a few comments to highlight just how little attention is paid in the media, histories, and by most people to find out what actually happened. For example, I was present at the visit and demo, and it was the work of my group and myself that Steve saw, yet the Quora question is the first time that anyone has asked me what happened. (Worth pondering that interesting fact!)

Steve Jobs’ famous visit to Xerox PARC to see the Alto system graphical user interface is the stuff of legend. The Mac owes its inspiration and existence to that visit. This is a great story.

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Disney’s official Star Wars parks announcement (both...

On Friday, we posted a tweet storm of pictures and a video taken during Disney’s rollout of their newly announced Star Wars theme parks. There was some argument as to whether the new parks would be DisneyWorld only or include Disneyland as well. The Disneyland question was due to the space limitations at Disney’s original California park.

And the answer is, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is coming to both parks. From the official announcement:

Just moments ago, Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, revealed the official name of the Star Wars-inspired lands that are currently under construction at the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, and shared details on the immersive experiences guests will be able to enjoy when the lands open in 2019.


The lands, both called Star Wars:...

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Latest supply chain reports claim 'iPhone 7s...

Supply chain reports suggest that one of Apple's suppliers is having production difficulties in a part associated with the OLED screen which will cause mass production to start later than normal for the "iPhone 8" -- and the "iPhone 7s" has yet hit the assembly lines for reasons unknown.

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FaceTime for babies used in hospital neonatal ICU as...

iPads have been used by doctors for many years now, but Apple reportedly has ambitions for the tablet to be placed into the hands of every hospital patient.

iPads are already being made available to patients in a number of U.S. hospitals in a program intended to give them direct access to their own medical records …


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∞ Chris Espinosa, Steve Jobs, and the Gallup poll...

This is short but sweet. Chris Espinosa is a long time Apple employee. And “long time” is really an understatement. Chris is actually Apple employee #8. I’ve actually seen his #8 Apple badge. A cool piece of history.

Chris got a call from a Gallup pollster asking a pretty interesting question. Here’s Chris telling the story. I found it charming.

I just got called on my landline to take a Gallup poll. I hardly ever answer the landline. But I’m glad I picked up.

— Chris Espinosa (@cdespinosa) July 16, 2017

Tap on the tweet and read the thread. Be sure to read all the way to the bottom, as the actual pollster (or someone pretending to be him, but that’s not as good a story) weighs in.

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News: Daily Deal: Ginger Page Premium, Lifetime...

Today in iLounge Deals, you can get a lifetime subscription to Ginger Page Premium for only $69.99 — that’s 90% off the regular price. In a world riddled with typos, autocorrect, slang, shorthand, acronyms, and all manner of grammar confusion, Ginger Page strives to clean up the way we type and digitally communicate across all of your devices. Whether you’re writing on your iPhone on the web, or working on documents on your Mac, Ginger…

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Subway’s new store design adds digital self-order...

Subway is refreshing its store design with new digital self-order kiosks that will feature Apple Pay (and Samsung Pay) as well a faster experience for delivery and pre-ordering via its mobile app and Facebook Messenger bot.


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Apple CarPlay included in 2018 Honda Accord 2.0T,...

Honda has announced that the 2018 Honda Accord will offer CarPlay support as part of a new 8-inch infotainment system.


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∞ How to tell which of your Mac apps is 32-bit vs 64...

Why should you care whether an app is 32-bit or 64-bit?

From this Apple developer page:

At WWDC 2017, we announced new apps submitted to the Mac App Store must support 64-bit starting January 2018, and Mac app updates and existing apps must support 64-bit starting June 2018.

32 bits allows you 2-to-the-32nd addresses:

2^32 = 4,294,967,296

That’s 4 gigabytes of addressable space. A 32-bit computer can’t have more than 4 gigs of memory. A 32-bit program can’t directly address more than 4 gigs.

64 bits, on the other hand, gives you access to 2^64 which is equal to 2^32 times 2^32. Clearly, that’s a way bigger number. I won’t say we’ll never need more than 64-bits of addressable space, but I can’t imagine that need in my lifetime.

So how to tell which apps are 32-bit and soon to be end-of-lifed?

Easy. Go to the Apple menu, select About This Mac, then tap...

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Australia’s attorney-general meeting with Apple this...

Australia’s Attorney-General George Brandis will meet with Apple this week in an effort to reach an agreement to allow police and intelligence agencies access to encrypted information from suspected terrorists and criminals, according to Sky News. The article says the government will be seeking voluntary cooperation as a “first preference.”

“But we will also be legislating so that we do have that coercive power if need be if we don't get the cooperation we seek,” he told Sky New. “We will be pursuing both of these avenues.”

Apparently, the new laws would be directly modeled on the UK’s Investigatory Powers Act. It adds new surveillance powers including rules that force internet providers to keep complete records of every website that all of their customers visit.

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Apple aims to get an iPad in the hands of every...

Sarah Buhr, TechCrunch:

Apple has made great strides in health in the last few years and if it gets its way, there will be an iPad in the hands of every hospital patient.


Earlier this week, I went down to L.A. to take a tour of Cedars-Sinai‘s pilot program allowing patients direct access to their vitals, care team and educational tools through iPads.


Without the iPad, doctors and nurses have to follow a paper trail and then write up duplicate information on a white board often found on the back wall in the patient’s room. Mistakes can happen and, as Cedars-Sinai doctor Shaun Miller told me, the staff often run out of room to write, leading to confusion or a lack of information for the patient.


In another section of the hospital, new parents are utilizing unmodified iPads to FaceTime with their newborns who may be sick or premature. These babies need to be kept isolated from the outside world and the germs that come...

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Apple launches massive Apple Pay promotion in China

Apple is running the largest Apple Pay promotion in China since the service launched there almost 18 months ago, reports 9to5Mac.

The Cupertino, California-based company is offering discounts of up to 50%, and points rewards of up to 50 times the usual number, for using the service at 28 major retail outlets and 16 online stores. Analysts expect the deals to attract more consumers, and the IDC research group anticipates it will help grow the company’s share of the mobile payment market, adds 9to5Mac.

Apple Pay is currently available in 15 countries: Australia, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and USA. 

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Apple Pay in China promo: Use it, get a discount

Tim Hardwick, MacRumors:

Apple today launched a large-scale promotion in China offering special discounts for consumers who use Apple Pay, in the company’s latest bid to counter the dominance of rival digital wallets in the country.

Between July 18 and 24, Apple device owners who use the mobile payment system to make purchases in participating merchants across mainland China will receive concessions of up to 50 percent and as much as 50 times the usual number of reward points for credit cards, according to Apple’s official Chinese website.

I went to the official site and ran the results through Google translate:

Apple Pay brings as low as 50% off this season and up to 50x bank points.

Our lives are often filled with tedious, but do not have to pay so. With Apple Pay, just touch it and hear “bite”, and it will be done quickly and easily. Whether in supermarkets, cafes or...

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Unexpected iOS 11 security feature surfaces, hints...

This could turn into something interesting.

A new key-shaped icon found in the current iOS 11 beta seems to hint at an upcoming set of security features.

It’s unknown as to whether this hooks into the 1Password app by AgileBits or something on Apple’s end.

Per the user who posted the screenshot:

In the back of my mind, I knew about this feature. However, I thought I’d have to wait until apps rolled out support for it. Today, I opened the Amazon app, only to discover that I’d been logged out again for no reason. I was about to launch 1Password when I saw the password icon in the keyboard. Within seconds, I was logged in. Also tried it in a few other apps. Works great!

So, it’s known as to where the icon came from or exactly what it is, but this might be something spiffy en route in iOS 11.

Only time will tell.


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Apple runs biggest Apple Pay promotion in China...

Apple is reportedly running the largest Apple Pay promotion in China since the service launched there almost 18 months ago.

The company is offering discounts of up to 50%, and points rewards of up to 50 times the usual number, for using the service at 28 major retail outlets and 16 online stores. The major push is in response to the greatest challenge faced by Apple Pay in the country …


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Rumor: Apple looking to alternate suppliers for...

Apple looks to be planning ahead for the production of its next-gen iPhone.

The company recently bought production equipment for rigid flexible printed circuit boards (RFPCBs) and is now leasing it to suppliers, hoping to secure a stable flow of parts for this fall’s “iPhone 8,” according to the Korea Herald and ET News.

The equipment is apparently worth “tens of millions of dollars” per one of three RFPCB suppliers. In an unexpected change, one of the three suppliers, a Taiwanese company, decided to back out of the chain, forcing Apple to assist the two South Korean firms still onboard. Sources have suggested that the Taiwanese company may have been upset by complicated production, tough quality requirements, and low profits.

Apple is said to be using RFPCBs for the new iPhone’s touchscreen panel, but the technology is also reportedly harder to manufacture than regular flexible or rigid circuit boards.

It’s said that Apple is searching for a...

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Apple files for patent for ‘switching between...

Are you an owner of multiple Apple Watches? Apple wants you to be able to switch between them with ease when it comes to syncing with an iPhone (or iPhones). The company has filed for a patent (number 20170201612) for “switching between watches or other accessories.”

The patent is for systems, methods and “non-transitory” computer readable media for allowing a user to switch between watches that have been paired with a device such as a smartphone. In one embodiment, the watches automatically detect a removal of a first watch from a user's wrist and an attachment of a second watch to the user's wrist. 

Messages from the watches are transmitted to the device to allow the device to switch the active watch from the first watch to the second watch. The switch can occur while the device is in a locked state, and the device can synchronize the second watch with data received from the first watch. 

Of course, Apple files for — and is granted — lots of patents by the U....

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Apple meeting with Australian Attorney-General to...

Australia’s Attorney-General has said he will be meeting with Apple as the country becomes the latest to demand that the company cease offering end-to-end encryption, reports Sky News.

Attorney-General George Brandis says he will hold talks with tech giant Apple this week in bid to get co-operation on the Turnbull government’s proposed laws compelling tech companies to give police and intelligence agencies access to encrypted information messages from suspected terrorists and criminals …


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BatchPhoto is a versatile photo manipulation app for...

By Aaron Lee

Bits&Coffee' BatchPhoto is a handy, all-in-one photo manipulation program for Mac and PC that lets photographers, web designers, business people, and families enhance photos. To use it, you select a group of photographs, and, with a single operation edit, resize, convert, watermark, and rename every image in the group.

Features include a user interface with a Dark-theme, one universal version for both macOS and Windows, drag & drop functionality for the graphical filters, and an Auto Crop filter for automatically cropping photos to a predefined aspect-ratio.

BatchPhoto is useful in a variety of circumstances. For instance, the photography editor at a newspaper with 10 reporters who take photographs in the field can set BatchPhoto to automatically pre-process all of their images. Each reporter can drag and drop their images to a folder on their hard drive. 

BatchPhoto will detect the new image, convert it from the...

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Former Apple creative director says Steve Jobs era...

Former Apple creative director Hugh Dubberly has suggested that Apple is in danger of being left behind by Samsung now that the company is in the post Steve Jobs era.


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How to create a disk image from a disk or a...

You can use the Disk Utility in macOS Sierra to create a disk image from a disk or a connected device. A disk image (.dmg file) is a file that looks and acts like a mountable device or volume. 

With Disk Utility, you can create a disk image that includes the data and free space on a physical disk or connected device, such as a USB device. For example, if a USB device or volume is 80GB with 10GB of data, the disk image will be 80 GB in size and include data and free space. You can then restore that disk image to another volume. Here’s how:

  • Select a disk, volume, or connected device in the sidebar.
  • Choose File > New Image, then choose “Image from [device name].”
  • Enter a file name for the disk image, add tags if necessary, then choose where to save it. This is the name that appears in the Finder, where you save the disk image file before opening it.
  • Click the Format pop-up menu, then choose an option:
  • Read-only: The disk image...
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Notable apps and app updates for July 17, 2017

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

iOS Apps/Updates

Plotagraph has launched Plotagraph+ for the iPad. The $4.99 app allows users to animate any still photo into a looping video or animated PNG for Messages.  According to its developers, it was was created with Apple’s Metal to unlock its full potential.

macOS Apps/Updates

Rixstep has announced Rixtag 2.4, a feature update to their macOS tag editor. The app allows users to edit macOS-based tags on files of any type, including regular files, directories, and more. 

By tagging files with descriptive tags, Rixtag is designed to make...

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Report: All three new iPhones yet to start mass...

We’ve been hearing various reports since the start of the year that the typical production schedule for the iPhone lineup is not happening this year, and these claims have only been boosted in recent weeks. Today, Economic Daily News is reporting that all three new iPhones — the major-redesigned iPhone 8 and the ‘7s’ iterative updates to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus — are yet to start mass production.

The report says that the new 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch phones are expected to ramp up in August, a month behind the normal new iPhone production timelines. Moreover, the OLED 5.8-inch iPhone (with bezel-less screen and all-new chassis design) may not be available until November.


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Genetically modified yeast mops up heavy metal...

Environmental scientists dream of eliminating pollution with natural resources, but that's tricky when it comes to heavy metals. Plants won't work for cleaning polluted water, and only some of them grow large enough to absorb those toxic materials....

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Amazon working on mobile messaging service to rival...

Amazon last week began querying customers over potential features they would like to see included in a new mobile messaging platform called "Anytime," which according to reports boasts text and video chat, voice calling, group tasks and social networking functionality.

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IBM's new mainframe keeps everything encrypted...

Data breaches are bad enough by themselves, but they're made worse when companies don't bother to (or can't) encrypt all their info. It's tantamount to giving hackers the keys to the kingdom. But what to do? IBM thinks it has a simple solution: encry...

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Amazon's Alexa lands on the HTC U11, and it...

As promised, HTC is finally making it possible for owners of its U11 smartphone to install Amazon's Alexa. Starting today, those in the US who need yet another voice interface can download the HTC Alexa app from the Google Play Store -- we're told lo...

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Facebook rebuffs Pakistan request to link accounts...

Pakistan has gone to great lengths to track technology users in the name of censorship and security, but it's not going to get very far with Facebook. The social network has turned down a government request to link phone numbers to accounts in a bid...

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Google wins fight with Labor Department over pay gap...

Google appears to have emerged mostly triumphant in its fight with the Department of Labor over supplying pay gap data. An administrative law judge has ruled that the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs overstepped its boundaries by askin...

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Flat microscope for the brain could help restore...

You'd probably prefer that doctors restore lost sight or hearing by directly repairing your eyes and ears, but Rice University is one step closer to the next best thing: transmitting info directly to your brain. It's developing a flat microscope (th...

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Porsche installs its first high-speed electric car...

Porsche knows that electric vehicles are the future, and it just took a big step to prepare for that future. The performance car brand just opened a new office in Berlin, and the new facility includes the company's first two ultra-fast 800-volt charg...

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HTC's phone keyboard is pestering users with...

It's one thing to voluntarily put up with ads on your phone in return for a lower price or free apps, but it's another to have ads delivered without warning... and unfortunately, HTC owners are dealing with that right now. An updated TouchPal keyboar...

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The best fireproof document safe

By Nick Guy

This post was done in partnership with The Sweethome, a buyer's guide to the best homewares. When readers choose to buy The Sweethome's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read t...

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

This is the place to catch up on all the biggest product announcements, hardware, apps, synths, Logic/GarageBand instruments and so much more in the world of iOS/Mac music production. more…

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The frantic swordfighting of 'Nidhogg 2'...

If you're a fan of in-person two-player games, there's a good chance you've heard of Nidhogg. Its frenetic swordfighting is easy to pick up, difficult to master and oozing with Atari 2600-style visual charm. There's only been so much you could do wi...

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Om Malik’s look at the Leica TL-2 camera

While I’m not a good photographer, Om really is. He’s taken some great shots from around the world that I’ve really enjoyed seeing.

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Ashley Madison will pay $11.2 million to data breach...

Ashley Madison is still picking up the pieces two years after the massive data breach that exposed millions of users' information. The parent company of the cheat-on-your-spouse website continues to deny any wrongdoing, but it has agreed to settle th...

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Unlocking the secrets behind the hummingbird’s frenzy

Typically amazing video and images in this piece. Hummingbirds are fascinating little creatures.

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Free: 355 issues of Galaxy, the groundbreaking 1950s...

If you are even a casual fan of science fiction, you’ve got to check out some of these issues. The writing can seem dated at times but you’ll still enjoy some great sci-fi.

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Here’s every total solar eclipse happening in your...

For me, it realistically is my last chance to see even a partial eclipse.

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VOX just sounds better! The beauty is in its simplicity, yet behind the minimal exterior lies a powerful music player with a ton of features and support for all audio formats you should ever need.... Read more
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Safari Technology Preview contains the most recent additions and improvements to WebKit and the latest advances in Safari web technologies. And once installed, you will receive notifications of... Read more
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Geekbench provides a comprehensive set of benchmarks engineered to quickly and accurately measure processor and memory performance. Designed to make benchmarks easy to run and easy to understand,... Read more
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iMazing (was DiskAid) is the ultimate iOS device manager with capabilities far beyond what iTunes offers. With iMazing and your iOS device (iPhone, iPad, or iPod), you can: Copy music to and from... Read more
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TeamViewer gives you remote control of any computer or Mac over the Internet within seconds, or can be used for online meetings. Find out why more than 200 million users trust TeamViewer! Free for... Read more
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