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Tuesday January 9

04:00
How to create a secure disk image in macOS High...

You can use the Disk Utility in macOS High Sierra to create a secure disk image for confidential documents that you don’t want others to see without your permission, you can put them in an encrypted disk image. Here’s how:

  • Choose File > New Image > Blank Image.
  • 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.
  • In the Name field, enter the name for the disk image. This is the name that appears on your desktop and in the Finder sidebar, after you open the disk image.
  • In the Size field, enter a size for the disk image.
  • Click the Format pop-up menu, then choose the format for the disk: Mac OS Extended (Journaled) or Mac OS Extended (Case-sensitive, Journaled)
  • Click the Encryption pop-up menu, then choose an encryption option.
  • Enter and re-enter a password to unlock the disk image,...
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04:00
Leawo Tunes Cleaner can help you clean up your...

There are a variety of tools to help you manage and repair your iTunes library. If, like me, you buy the bulk of your music online, eventually you're going to need such an utility. One of the simplest, and fastest, is Leawo Tunes Cleaner.

It proved helpful with my 4,000-plus song iTunes library, a hodgepodge of ripped CDs and iTunes purchases. With a few steps, you can use Leawo Tunes Cleaner to help you delete duplicates in iTunes, get album artwork, add missed music tags (including artists and albums), add music information (by searching key tags of music files via manual fixing). It can also open and repair external music folders -- as long as you have iTunes 10 or higher installed. 

When you launch Tunes Cleaner, you're given three choices: Start to Clean iTunes, Open Music File, and Load Saved Results. You can choose music files you want to fix under every list to start to clean up iTunes and fix iTunes music files. Or you can simply click the Fix All button to...

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03:30
News from CES: January 9, 2018

This week the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is in full swing in Las Vegas. There are too many announcements to list each one in a separate article, so here are some of today’s highlights:

Linksys has announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that it is expanding its Velop, whole home mesh Wi-Fi line to include a Dual-Band offering and new software advancements that enhance performance with Intelligent Mesh technology, security features with advanced parental controls, network traffic monitoring, and website blocking as well as ease of use with improvements in the Linksys app. The Linksys Velop Dual-Band Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi System (available in 1-pack, 2-pack and 3-pack) is planned to be available this spring. Prices will be announced when product is available at major retail and online stores.

D-Link has announced several new networking and...

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03:15
Rumor: Next-gen iPhone SE to incorporate glass back...

Given that wireless charging is pretty hip these days, it comes as no surprise that this is a rumored feature for the next-gen iPhone SE.

“A very reliable source” has stated that the iPhone SE 2 will feature an all-glass back. That’s a change from the current iPhone SE which has glass panels along the top and bottom rear but is mostly aluminum. The handset is also expected to undergo a speed boost.

Recently, Apple adopted glass backs to the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X to support wireless charging.

Such a change would be a significant step forward, even for a budget device, and help to embrace wireless charging as an overall standard.

Apple’s iPhone SE is currently powered by the A9 chip used in the iPhone 6s from late 2015. A previous rumor claimed the new iPhone SE, which could be expected to launch around March or April, will be upgraded to the A10 chip used in the iPhone 7 introduced a year later.

The device was introduced almost...

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03:15
Rumor: Next-gen iPhone SE to incorporate glass back...

Given that wireless charging is pretty hip these days, it comes as no surprise that this is a rumored feature for the next-gen iPhone SE.

“A very reliable source” has stated that the iPhone SE 2 will feature an all-glass back. That’s a change from the current iPhone SE which has glass panels along the top and bottom rear but is mostly aluminum. The handset is also expected to undergo a speed boost.

Recently, Apple adopted glass backs to the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X to support wireless charging.

Such a change would be a significant step forward, even for a budget device, and help to embrace wireless charging as an overall standard.

Apple’s iPhone SE is currently powered by the A9 chip used in the iPhone 6s from late 2015. A previous rumor claimed the new iPhone SE, which could be expected to launch around March or April, will be upgraded to the A10 chip used in the iPhone 7 introduced a year later.

The device was introduced almost...

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03:00
Apple releases macOS High Sierra 10.13.2, iOS 11.2.2...

As tired as you are of hearing about the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, Apple has just released something that could help with part of these.

The company has released both a macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 and iOS 11.2.2 supplemental update designed to help prevent Spectre attacks in the current Mac and iOS operating systems. Prior to this, there was still the possibility of exploiting the Spectre vulnerability through Javascript in the Safari browser.

While there’s no absolute fix against the vulnerabilities, this patch, and others like it, can help mitigate the risk and make the bug that much harder to exploit.


The patch repairs Apple’s WKWebView API to display the web content with Apple’s WebKit implementation and thus fixes every app that displays web content on your iOS device and should be installed immediately.

On the macOS end, the macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 supplemental app helps secure Safari and apps that use Apple’s...

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03:00
Apple releases macOS High Sierra 10.13.2, iOS 11.2.2...

As tired as you are of hearing about the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, Apple has just released something that could help with part of these.

The company has released both a macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 and iOS 11.2.2 supplemental update designed to help prevent Spectre attacks in the current Mac and iOS operating systems. Prior to this, there was still the possibility of exploiting the Spectre vulnerability through Javascript in the Safari browser.

While there’s no absolute fix against the vulnerabilities, this patch, and others like it, can help mitigate the risk and make the bug that much harder to exploit.


The patch repairs Apple’s WKWebView API to display the web content with Apple’s WebKit implementation and thus fixes every app that displays web content on your iOS device and should be installed immediately.

On the macOS end, the macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 supplemental app helps secure Safari and apps that use Apple’s...

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02:00
Nvidia's GeForce Now Windows App Transforms...

The GeForce Now game streaming service that Nvidia announced for the Mac last year is finally coming to Windows PCs. According to their website, the service lets you stream high-resolution games from your PC to your Mac or Windows PC that may or may not have the power to run the games natively. Starting this week, beta users of the GeForce Now Mac client will be able to install and run the Windows app. Tom Warren reports via The Verge: I got a chance to play with an early beta of the GeForce Now service on a $400 Windows PC at CES today. My biggest concerns about game streaming services are latency and internet connections, but Nvidia had the service setup using a 50mbps connection on the Wynn hotel's Wi-Fi. I didn't notice a single issue, and it honestly felt like I was playing Player Unknown's Battlegrounds directly on the cheap laptop in front of me. If I actually tried to play the game locally, it would be impossible as the game was barely rendering at all or at 2fps. Nvidia is...

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Monday January 8

23:00
Apple Investigated By France For 'Planned...

AmiMoJo shares a report from the BBC: French prosecutors have launched a probe over allegations of "planned obsolescence" in Apple's iPhone. Under French law it is a crime to intentionally shorten the lifespan of a product with the aim of making customers replace it. In December, Apple admitted that older iPhone models were deliberately slowed down through software updates. It follows a legal complaint filed in December by pro-consumer group Stop Planned Obsolescence (Hop). Hop said France was the third country to investigate Apple after Israel and the U.S., but the only one in which the alleged offense was a crime. Penalties could include up to 5% of annual turnover or even a jail term.


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20:50
Incase adds a power bank to new IconConnected sleeve...




Mobile power users have a new integrated power and protection option with Incase's latest batteries-included MacBook Pro sleeve.

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19:59
Incase announces IconConnected Power Sleeve for...

Incase is known for its high-quality bags and sleeves, and the company today has uncased its latest offering: the IconConnected Power Sleeve. This sleeve takes the traditional Incase Icon sleeve and combines it with a 14,000maAh battery capable of charging your MacBook Pro or any other device…

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19:57
Power up your MacBook Pro on the go with Omnicharge...




Startup Omnicharge was at CES on Monday to show off its latest product, the Omni 20 USB-C, a portable power USB-C bank capable of outputting up to 100 watts of power for charging larger devices like Apple's MacBook Pro.

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19:21
Phyn Plus promises iPhone-connected water pressure...




Phyn -- a joint venture between Belkin and plumbing supplier Uponor -- has announced the Phyn Plus, an accessory that monitors home water systems for leaks and other presssure-related problems.

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19:00
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18:30
Netgear's Arlo Baby camera is now compatible...

We really liked Netgear's baby camera, Arlo Baby, when we reviewed it in July, and the device is about to get even better for Apple-centric smart home fans. Netgear announced Monday that Arlo Baby now has Apple HomeKit compatibility.

That means you can pair Arlo Baby with the Apple Home app and access many of the camera's features through your Apple devices. The most important feature is the ability to access the Arlo Baby's live video stream through the Home app or via Siri.

The Home App can also access the Arlo Baby's two-way audio feature and the most recent screenshot captured by Arlo Baby. If you have an iPad ($329 on Apple) or...

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18:29
Netgear’s Arlo Baby Camera adds HomeKit video...

Fans of Apple’s HomeKit smart home platform looking for connected cameras have been faced with a limited number of supported options. Today at CES 2018, Netgear plans to add an offering of its own, announcing the delivery of HomeKit support for their Arlo Baby Smart HD Monitor Camera.  more…

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17:31
In response to investor letter, Apple says improved...

Earlier today, Apple investors published an open letter, “Think Differently About Kids,” asking the company to improve the parental control features in iOS. Apple has now responded to the letter, saying that new features and enhancements are planned for a future update…

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17:30
Apple responds to investor criticism over heavy...




Responding to recent criticism over the potential negative impact smartphone use might have on children, Apple on Monday said it has long provided device owners, specifically parents, with a number of controls and built-in protections to safeguard young users.

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16:53
Do-it-yourself Abode Iota security system features...




Home security company Abode has expanded their system with the new Iota gateway, bringing HomeKit compatibility to the do-it-yourself solution.

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16:48
Folding lamp

This looks really cool.

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16:34
French prosecutor launches probe into Apple planned...

A French prosecutor has launched a preliminary investigation of U.S. tech giant Apple (AAPL.O) over alleged deception and planned obsolescence of its products following a complaint by a consumer organization, a judicial source said on Monday.

I think this will be the first of many such investigations.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:30
GoPro open to being sold

“We’ve always been clear that we are open to any opportunity that will help us scale our mission. JP Morgan is our banker, but there is no active engagement to sell,” GoPro said in emailed comments to Reuters.

The more you read the article, the worse it gets. GoPro is in some trouble.

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16:24
Elgato introduces rugged Thunderbolt 3 Mini Dock w/...

As part of its CES 2018 product announcements, Elgato today introduced a new Thunderbolt 3 Mini Dock. Designed for on-the-go users, the dock packs HDMI, DisplayPort, USB 3, and gigabit Ethernet connectivity in a small and portable package…

more…

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15:35
Microsoft accidentally bricks AMD PCs with Spectre...




A recently-issued Windows security update designed to deal with the Spectre processor vulnerability is more Maxwell Smart than James Bond, users say.

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14:56
Baidu debuts its Apollo 2.0 autonomous driving...

Baidu already bills itself as "the Google of China" and like the Mountain View-based search giant, Baidu is working feverishly to develop autonomous driving technologies. At CES 2018 on Monday, Baidu unveiled the fruits of its (and more than 90 indus...

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14:55
001: HomeKit at CES, HomePod launch, iPhone SE 2,...

Welcome to 9to5Mac Daily, a new podcast bringing you the latest in Apple news and top 9to5Mac stories every Monday through Friday. Today on 9to5Mac Daily we’ve got CES HomeKit announcements, a possible HomePod launch date, iPhone SE 2 rumors, and important iOS security updates.

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

https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/9to5mac-daily-001.mp3

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14:49
Belkin's smart Bridge brings HomeKit control to...




Looking for a fast and easy way to control your Wemo smart accessories using HomeKit and the Home app? Belkin has the answer with its new Wemo Bridge, which now features compatibility with Apple's smart home platform.

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14:47
Samsung introduces autonomous driving platform...

Today at CES, Samsung unveiled DRVLINE, a hardware and software platform that will allow car makers to create customized, technologically advanced autonomous vehicles. Many platforms are an all-or-nothing solution, which forces users to adopt the ent...

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14:47
Smartenna+ emulates seven TV antennas to find the...

Believe it or not, some people still get their television signal over the air (OTA) from antennas. It's one way cord-cutters can watch local television without purchasing a cable subscription. Getting good reception, though, can be tricky. Channel Ma...

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14:42
Apple World Today News Update: January 8, 2018

Happy Monday! We have stories on today's podcast about a survey showing that smart speaker users don’t use their smartphones as much, a rumor about an iPhone SE 2, and Intel being slapped with three lawsuits so far over the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities.

  • Accenture surveyed 2,271 smart speaker owners, and the majority of them say they’re not using their smartphones as much anymore
  • An Indian tech site says that an iPhone SE 2 will be released this year, complete with a glass back for wireless charging
  • Intel is facing class action lawsuits from three states so far alleging damages due to the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities

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

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14:41
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 8...

Notable software releases this week include Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.8, VMware Fusion 10.1, Default Folder X 5.2, Ulysses 12.2, ScreenFlow 7.2, VLC Media Player 2.2.8, SEE Finance 2.0.2, MoneyWiz 2.7.1, 1Password 6.8.5, and Bookends 13.0.2.

 

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14:41
ExtraBITS for 8 January 2018

In ExtraBITS this week, Chase Freedom is offering cash back to Apple Pay users, and Apple loosens an App Store rule that was hurting small businesses.

 

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14:39
Sen. Markey follows through on commitment to force...

Just under a month after the FCC voted to repeal net neutrality, Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey announced today that the Senate will vote on a reversal of the decision.

more…

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14:38
Samsung brings Knox security to smart fridges and TVs

Samsung's Knox security is no longer limited to running on phones and tablets. The tech firm has announced that it's integrating Knox across its connected devices, including TVs, appliances and even digital signs. As on mobile gear, it combines hardw...

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14:31
HyperX memory improves your PC's light show...

Many PC enthusiasts use light-up RAM to add a flair to their systems. But creating a proper, synchronized light show isn't always easy. Even if you have the right motherboard, compatible RAM and the necessary software, there's no guarantee of a har...

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14:27
French watchdog launches probe into Apple over ‘...

Apple continues to face scrutiny over its iPhone slowdown tactic. After a handful of earlier lawsuits, the company is now being investigated by French consumer watchdog DGCCRF, part of the Economy Ministry, according to Reuters

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14:16
Canary’s new security cam offers simpler features...

Canary announced today that two new camera features as well as one new product are coming to its home security line. First up, Canary said last month that with the help of its new AI-powered intelligence, its cameras would soon be able to differentia...

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14:13
Powermat joins the Wireless Power Consortium

Ignoring the marketing speak in this press release, the bottom line – that Powermat is going with the Qi standard – is good for consumers. It means a less confusing marketplace.

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14:05
Zagg unveils new Rugged Book keyboard case w/...

Zagg today has unveiled its latest iPad accessory, a new wireless keyboard and detachable case combo called the Rugged Book. The accessory maker says this keyboard is available for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, the iPad Air, and the budget $329 iPad…

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14:05
French prosecutor investigating Apple for ‘planned...

A French prosecutor has launched a preliminary investigation of Apple over alleged deception and planned obsolescence of its products following a complaint by a consumer organization, reports Reuters. The investigation will be led by French consumer fraud watchdog DGCCRF, part of the Economy Ministry.

The French watchdog’s preliminary investigation could take months, and depending on its findings, the case could be dropped or handed to a judge for an in-depth investigation, according to Reuters. Under French law, companies risk fines of up to 5% of their annual sales for deliberately shortening the life of their products to spur demand to replace them.

Apple has published an apology...

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14:00
Harman is designing smart interiors for tomorrow...

The days of owning your own car may soon be coming to an end, what with the growing popularity of ride sharing matched with the promise of autonomous vehicle technology. Should that self-driving car service future come about, Harman International wan...

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13:59
Apple could bring glass back to 'iPhone SE 2,...




The next-generation iPhone SE may feature the same style of glass back as the iPhone X, according to one rumor, possibly signaling the addition of wireless charging to the device.

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13:58
LG Display's giant rollable OLED TV is...

LG Display showcased its very first rollable OLED screen a few years ago at CES, but it was clearly in its early prototype stages. Guy with white gloves, no touching .etc, etc. Sure, exciting but also distant. Now, the world's first rollable 65-inch...

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13:52
French government investigates planned obsolescence...




The French government is reportedly investigating a recent private complaint against Apple, which charges that the company's decision to slow down iPhones with weak batteries is a form of planned obsolescence meant to sell new hardware.

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13:46
Hands-on: Akitio Node Pro – a more refined external...

The original Akitio Node was the first external graphics box that came with a Mac-compatible Thunderbolt 3 chipset. Hence, it was recognized by macOS without needing to rely on hacks like previous eGPU boxes. Needless to say, the Akitio Node was and continues to be popular among Mac enthusiasts looking to drive external graphics.

Recently, Akitio launched the latest product in its external graphics Node line — the Akitio Node Pro (currently sold out on Amazon). The result is a more refined external graphics box with a built-in DisplayPort connection, and a second Thunderbolt 3 port for daisy-chaining to other Thunderbolt 3-enabled devices. Watch our hands-on video for a first look the at $360 Node Pro. more...

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13:45
Live from Samsung's CES 2018 press conference!

Samsung press conferences rarely disappoint, and we're hoping that'll be the case today -- the company's big CES 2018 keynote is about to kick off, and we'll be bringing you all the news live. Samsung hasn't made too many pre-CES announcements, aside...

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13:32
Orbit adds HomeKit support to its line of B-hyve...

Orbit, makers of irrigation products spanning from sprinkler systems to landscaping accessories, has announced at CES 2018 that their line of B-hyve smart irrigation products will be receiving support for HomeKit and the Apple Home app.

more…

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13:22
Orbit brings HomeKit support to B-hyve Smart Wi-Fi...




At CES, Orbit announced two new products and an integration with Apple HomeKit, with the B-hyve hose Faucet Timer offered as a simple way to add timing functionality to an existing sprinkler system, the B-hyve Indoor brings the ability to manage the sprinklers inside the house, and HomeKit support makes it all controllable through the Home app.

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13:22
AI adds background noise to Google Street View scenes

Google Street View is a great way to imagine you're somewhere else, walking the streets of a bustling foreign city or making your way through a quiet, tree-lined neighborhood. Now, thanks to a project from Nao Tokui, it's become even more immersive....

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13:21
HTC unveils a wireless adapter for Vive VR headsets

The dream of a wire-free HTC Vive is close to becoming a practical reality. HTC has unveiled a Vive Wireless Adapter that uses Intel's WiGig to eliminate the corded connection for both the original Vive and the Vive Pro while keeping lag and interfer...

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13:18
Ex-Google employee behind anti-diversity memo sues...

James Damore, the Google employee who was fired after circulating an anti-diversity memo last August, isn't over his dismissal apparently as he has now filed a lawsuit against his former employer. Damore filed a class-action complaint today in a Cali...

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13:15
Nanoleaf announces its highly-customizable, glowing...

Nanoleaf has announced today its Nanoleaf Remote that has a really unique design and offers lots of customization to control Nanoleaf smart lighting and other HomeKit-enabled products.

more…

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13:12
U.S. Senate will vote on reversal of net neutrality...




The federal government will wrestle with the issue of net neutrality at least once more, as advocates have secured the necessary support in the U.S. Senate to force a vote on the issue.

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13:08
AT&T reportedly won't sell Huawei phones...

Huawei's flagship phone, the Mate 10, was rumored to be coming to the US this February. The Chinese smartphone maker was reportedly in talks with AT&T to sell its phones, but it looks as if the deal has stalled. According to The Wall Street Journ...

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13:08
HTC has a new high-res Vive Pro VR headset

HTC has a few upgrades in store for its Vive virtual reality headset, the Vive. First up, the Vive Pro, which features a pair of higher resolution OLED screens (2880 x 1600 versus the original's 1080 x 1200) and built-in headphones. The Oculus Rift h...

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13:01
Watch Samsung's CES 2018 event right here at...

Ready to see what Samsung will be announcing this year at CES? The company's big event is happening today at 5PM ET / 2PM PT. We've got the YouTube livestream embedded below, and we'll be live blogging the event as well if you want more detail or com...

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13:00
TCL's 6-Series Roku TVs sport a metal design,...

Building off of the success of its budget-friendly P-Series TVs, TCL is teaming up with Roku again on new 4K HDR sets for 2018. First up, the company has introduced its 6-Series premium line, which feature a slim, metal design, Dolby Vision and will...

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13:00
TCL taps Roku's wireless speaker tech for its...

After Roku announced its wireless speaker platform last week, it's no surprise we're seeing new devices at CES with the tech built in. TCL already bakes Roku into some of its televisions, and now it's using Roku Connect for a new soundbar. The audio...

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12:55
Tile partnership bringing app-based tracking to Bose...




Tile has announced it has made agreements with a number of companies to expand the use of its tag-location technology, with deals bringing the Tile platform's item relocation functionality to Bose, Samsonite, and Propeller Health products in the future.

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12:45
Live from the HTC Vive press event at CES 2018!

HTC Vive is one of the most promising virtual reality platforms at the moment, and today at CES 2018 we'll get to see what the company has planned for the future. It's not clear if there will be any new hardware unveiled, but we'll definitely learn m...

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12:29
Hisense shows a 150-inch 4K 'Laser TV'...

One last surprise at the Hisense CES 2018 press conference was this short-throw projector, a 150-inch version of the 4K Laser TV projector it launched last year. The company didn't mention a release date or price tag, but president Liu Hong Xin opene...

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12:23
Everything NVIDIA unveiled in under 10 minutes

NVIDIA's CEO Jensen Huang is very excited about autonomous cars, video games, and really everything that uses a GPU. His enthusiasm was so high that he spent two hours on stage last night waxing poetic about everything NVIDIA has accomplished in the...

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12:14
Fired Google engineer who wrote ‘diversity memo’ sues

The lawsuit, which was filed in the Santa Clara Superior Court on Monday, alleges that Google “discriminated against employees for their perceived conservative political views,” as well as due to their “male gender,” and “Caucasian race,” and then “systematically punished” them.

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12:07
Powermat gives in to Qi, moves wireless charging...

Enlarge / The Qi-compatible Nexus 5 on the Nexus Wireless Charger. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Wireless charging company Powermat has joined the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) in a move that looks to further unify wireless charging tech behind the popular Qi standard.

Ars at CES 2018

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12:07
Optoma's 4K projector uses Alexa to set the...

Amazon's Alexa voice assistant is already finding its way into TVs, so why not projectors? Optoma certainly thinks it makes sense -- the company has launched what it says is the first projector with Alexa built-in. The UHD51A is a capable 4K projec...

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11:52
Google unites its Apple Pay alternatives under...




Google on Monday introduced Google Pay, bringing together Android Pay and Google Wallet, two previously split platforms.

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11:50
JBL adds Google Assistant to its Everest line of...

Samsung-owned Harman International just announced three new models for its JBL Everest line of wireless headphones. The over-ear 710GA, on-ear 310GA and in-ear 110GA all include Google Assistant (hence the GA designation), giving you voice control ov...

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11:49
Twitter may have resumed verifying users

Twitter took heat all through 2017 for bungling its delicate balance between protecting free speech and enforcing its policies to protect users from harassment. One of the flashpoints was the unintended validation Twitter gave to users it 'verified,'...

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11:47
∞ Apple releases updates for iOS and macOS Safari to...

Apple on Monday released iOS 11.2.2 and Safari 11.0.2 for macOS. Both updates are designed to mitigate the effects of Spectre. You can download the iOS update by going to Settings > General > Software Update on your device. On the Mac, open App Store and check for updates to get the latest version of Safari.

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11:43
MyLiFi lamp delivers secure internet via LEDs

MyLiFi is a lamp that provides a secure, wireless, radiowave-free internet connection to nearby devices, all through the data-transferring power of LEDs. It's a simplistic, industrial-style desk lamp that beams broadband to a dongle, which users conn...

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11:42
An 8TB external hard drive is $160 right now

If you have a New Year's resolution to organize your digital life, then this deal at Best Buy can help. The big-box retailer is selling a WD 8TB easystore desktop external hard drive for $160. That's not quite as cheap as during Black Friday last November, but it's still a good price for this amount of storage.

The WD easystore desktop hard drive offers a USB 3.0 connection with a maximum data transfer rate of 5Gbps. It also comes with WD's software, including an automated backup utility and WD Drive Utilities, which helps you manage your new drive.

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11:41
Hisense's exclusive World Cup TV app will...

Along with its latest TV and word of more Laser TV to come, Hisense just announced that its World Cup sponsorship will snag it an exclusive version of the Fox Sports Go app. On Hisense TVs, customers will be able to stream 2018 World Cup Games in 4K...

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11:40
iOS and macOS updates available now address Spectre...

Enlarge / 2017's MacBook is the first I'd truly be happy to use as my everyday notebook. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Metldown and Spectre security risks affecting nearly every modern processor came to light last week, and now Apple has released a pair of software updates to address the Spectre vulnerability. iOS 11.2.2 and macOS High Sierra 10.13.2, while sparse in detail, are both now available for free on compatible devices.

iOS 11.2.2 for iPhone and iPad contains security fixes that aren't fully fleshed out, but Apple does say that they affect Safari and Webkit to "mitigate the effects of Spectre." Apple claims the Metldown vulnerability was addressed in...

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11:30
Review: Naim Atom All-In-One Music Player

A few years ago, there was a call by technologists for so-called "honest" design. In that paradigm, it should be immediately clear what devices can do — and can't do — simply by looking at them. Much of the audio gear we review follows that principle — ports on the back, knobs and buttons on the front. The Uniti Atom from British hi-fi manufacturer Naim, an "all-in-one" music streamer and integrated amplifier — does not. Monolothic, black, rectangular, and expensive, the Atom is an extremely dense piece of technology that requires a deep dive to discover its full potential. Though the Atom is undeniably a luxury device with a high price tag that puts up too high a barrier for most, it really is "all in one." The Naim Atom delivers on looks, features, and performance, and we love it.{/exp:char_limit}
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11:23
Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.8

Avoids a crash in macOS 10.13 High Sierra when saving or loading files that use certain fonts. ($79 new, free update, 225 MB)

 

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11:21
Apple Updates macOS and iOS To Address Spectre...

Days after Apple disclosed how it would be dealing with the Meltdown bug that affects modern computers, it's pushed out fixes for the Spectre exploit as well. From a report: iOS 11.2.2 includes "Security improvements to Safari and WebKit to mitigate the effects of Spectre," the company writes on its support page, while the macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 Supplemental Update does the same for your Mac laptop or desktop. Installing this update on your Mac will also update Safari to version 11.0.2.


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11:20
Intel 'Titan Ridge' Thunderbolt 3 chipset...




A new Thunderbolt 3 chipset has arrived called "Titan Ridge" that supports not only DisplayPort 1.4, but it also provides to vendors the ability to allow peripherals to fall back on USB 3.1 speeds if not connected to a Thunderbolt 3 host.

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11:04
Reverse-engineering the iPhone X Home Indicator color

This is a wonderfully geeky examination of the iPhone X Home Indicator and how it dynamically changes color. I still hate it though.

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11:04
Powermat joins the Wireless Power Consortium,...




Wireless charging system producer Powermat has joined the Wireless Power Consortium, backers of the Qi charging standard rivaling the company's own technology, a move that is likely to make Qi-based wireless charging more dominant in the future.

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10:54
CES 2018: Tech Trends from the Consumer Technology...

Jeff Porten kicks off another CES show with the Consumer Technology Association’s trends and predictions for 2018.

 

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10:42
Apple releases iOS 11.2.2 and macOS 10.13.2 updates...

Are you tired of hearing about Meltdown and Spectre yet? Well, get used to it, because the security updates keep on coming!

As we mentioned in our FAQ, Apple has already mitigated the effects of Meltdown on Macs in macOS 10.13.2, and of Spectre in iOS devices in iOS 11.2. But at the time of Apple's first announcement last week, there was still the possibility of exploiting the Spectre vulnerability through Javascript in the Safari browser. Apple promised an update to mitigate that avenue of attack was coming soon.

iOS 11.2.2 is that update. As we’ve explained before, there is no “fix” for Spectre—it’s endemic to the way nearly every modern processor with speculative execution operates. But patches can help mitigate the risk, making it much harder for Spectre to be exploited.

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10:37
GBH Insights: expect Apple’s HomePod to arrive in 4-...

In a note to clients — as noted by 9to5Mac — GBH Insights says it expects Apple’s HomePod to arrive in 4-6 weeks, but that it will face an uphill climb as it seeks to compete with competitors such as Amazon and Google’s Alphabet division. The research group writes: 

We will be closely watching this competitive dynamic against the likes of Amazon and Google, Apple’s aggressive marketing push, and the installed base uptake of HomePod in 1H18 as this represents a pivotal window of opportunity for Cook & Co. to establish their presence in this green field smart speaker market which could be a “gate opener” to other consumer products/functionality further down the road.

The $349 HomePod is just under seven inches tall and looks like a piece of furniture. It will be available in both space gray and white, and also acts as a hub for HomeKit devices to provide remote...

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10:33
GoPro makes swift exit from drone market, confirms...




In a Monday earnings report, GoPro announced plans to end drone sales after it sells out of remaining Karma models, and engage in cost-cutting measures to right itself financially -- including laying off hundreds of people.

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10:27
Apple releases macOS 10.13.2 supplemental security...

Apple has released an update to macOS High Sierra for all Macs running macOS 10.13.2. The supplemental security update likely addresses the Spectre flaw that affected Safari and may contain further mitigations for Meltdown.

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10:22
macOS 11.13.2 Supplemental Update and iOS 11.2.2...

Apple has released macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 and iOS 11.2.2 with, among other things, security fixes for the recently reported Spectre vulnerability. 

macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 is a free update for all customers who have a compatible machine. The update can be downloaded using the Software Update function in the Mac App Store. 

iOS 11.2.2 can be downloaded for free on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. Go to Settings --> General --> Software Update.

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10:20
Apple releases iOS 11.2.2 for iPhone and iPad,...




Escalating its response to the processor vulnerabilities revealed recently, Apple has made iOS 11.2.2 available for the iPhone and iPad, and has issued a supplementary security update for macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 to further deal with the "Meltdown" attack vector and the "Spectre" vulnerability for the first time.

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10:10
Sorry, but you can’t double dip with Apple’s iPhone...

Though Apple is offering $29 battery replacements to any customer with an iPhone 6 or newer regardless of diagnostic test results, this policy can only be taken advantage of once, according to new fine print on its iPhone service pricing page — as noted by MacRumors.

After you've had your iPhone's battery replaced once this year, the device must explicitly fail the diagnostic test to qualify for any additional battery replacements for $29. If the test passes, a customer can still choose to have the battery replaced, but Apple's standard $79 fee applies. 

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10:05
Apple releases iOS 11.2.2 security update with...

Apple has released iOS 11.2.2 for iPhone and iPad. The software update highlights security improvements and Apple “recommends for all users.”

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09:49
News: Apple Watch will be able to control some...

Whirlpool’s Wi-Fi-connected ovens, washers and dryers will be able to be controlled from the Apple Watch sometime later this year, CNET reports. The Whirlpool app for Apple Watch will be able to control more than 20 of the company’s smarthome appliances — a first for the Apple Watch, which has been previously linked to gym equipment but never to these types of appliances. Users will be able to check the temperature or change settings…

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09:40
Kolibree's Magik Toothbrush connects to iPhone...




Toothbrush producer Kolibree's latest launch, the Magik Toothbrush, aims to make dental hygiene fun for children, with the augmented reality-enabled cleaning device turning the chore into a game that provides AR rewards if the child cleans their teeth properly.

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09:35
Review: iStorage diskAshur 2, ‘the most secure...

There’s no shortage of external drives around, both spinning metal and SSD, though higher-capacity portable SSDs are still in relatively short supply.

The iStorage diskAshur 2 combines an SSD in capacities of up to 4TB with hardware encryption and protection against physical tampering which it claims makes it the most secure drive in the world …

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09:27
Lifesum health tracking app adds new AI image...

Lifesum, a popular calorie counter and nutrition tracking app on iOS, is rolling out a new image recognition feature that allows users to snap a picture of their food to log ingredients and nutrition information…

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09:24
Rumor: iPhone SE 2 will feature glass back, possibly...

We’ve seen rumors about the timing of an updated iPhone SE release for a few months now, but the only feature change expected has been a speed boost. Now a new rumor claims the new iPhone SE could pick up a popular feature from the iPhone 8 and iPhone X…

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09:22
News: Apple joins Alliance for Open Media aimed at...

Apple has added its power to the Alliance for Open Media, a collection of tech’s biggest names working to shrink the size of online videos to provide a better streaming experience, CNET reports. The group is creating a technology called AV1 to compress video before it’s stored or transmitted. Until now Apple has been a major holdout, but the company recently appeared as a “founding member” on the group’s website, sending…

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09:02
Netatmo adding Apple HomeKit to Welcome indoor...




Netatmo's indoor security camera, the Welcome, will be getting HomeKit support later in the first quarter, the company announced on Monday.

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08:59
Abode introduces Iota DIY HomeKit security system at...

Several HomeKit-compatible security accessories have already made their way to market, but today Abode Systems has entered the space with a DIY option called Iota.

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08:44
News: Report: Jimmy Iovine leaving Apple Music in...

When his Apple shares from the 2014 sale of Beats fully vest in August, Jimmy Iovine will be leaving Apple Music, Billboard reports. The former Interscope CEO has been with Apple since the sale, but people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg that Iovine is unlikely to stick around after receiving his final payout from the $3 billion deal. Iovine has been an important part of Apple Music’s successes — smoothing over a public feud with…

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08:32
Intel's new G-series processors includes AMD...




Intel's latest processor launch is a collaboration with long-time rival AMD, with the two chip firms working together to create a pair of 8th generation Core processors that are equipped with Radeon RX Vega M graphics, with the onboard AMD GPU potentially helping with the creation of more powerful notebooks or small form-factor computers like the Mac mini that do not require a dedicated GPU.

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08:31
News: Apple, Intel downplay performance cost of...

After addressing vulnerabilities in processors that left iOS and Mac devices open to security issues nicknamed Meltdown and Spectre, Apple is now convinced than the fixes rolled out to remedy the problems will have “little to no performance impact,” Reuters reports. Apple admitted that its devices were vulnerable to exploits that “abuse speculative execution to access privileged memory —including that of the kernel — from a less-privileged…

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