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Wednesday November 29

Essential's Andy Rubin takes leave of absence...

Essential head and former Android chief Andy Rubin is taking a "leave of absence" after allegations of an "inappropriate relationship" at Google have resurfaced.

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From Android to iOS - Bluetooth Nightmare?

On day two of my iPhone X ownership, I hopped on my Harley and headed out to run some errands. I paired my iPhone X up with the Boom Audio Bluetooth speakers on my Heritage and loaded up an Amazon Music playlist. Everything appeared to be working great. When I was leaving my 1st stop, I started the music again, but instead of coming out of my Bluetooth speakers, the music was playing from the phone. I forgot the speakers in settings and re-paired. All was well again. Next stop, same thing. I decided to revisit this issue later. I didn't think I had bigger issues.

Monday, I paired up my SOL Republic Shadow Bluetooth headset and headed out for a walk during lunch. The sound was great, everything was fine. The only issue I had was a notification sound after every song. I'm not sure if this is normal, but it didn't happen with my Pixel XL. When I went to use them...

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Netflix adds social sharing to its speed...

Back in 2011, Netflix started issuing ISP report cards to head off possible throttling, and now, as the future of net neutrality is in doubt it's upgrading The simple speed test debuted last year, and according to Netflix has already been u...

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Snapchat unveils redesign with focused friends and...

Snapchat teased out earlier this month that its app would soon see its first major redesign, and today we’re seeing the first look at the new Snapchat. The details come a bit earlier than expected, although the rollout will be gradual…


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The Road Movie: Russian dashcam videos come to the...

I find this fascinating, an extended bit of schadenfreude. And an interesting business model.

The trailer is embedded in the main Loop post.

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News: Apple releases fifth betas for iOS 11.2 and...

Apple has released the fifth developer betas for iOS 11.2 and tvOS 11.2. The new versions don’t seem to include any big features we haven’t seen before, but the iOS 11.2 beta is reportedly allowing users to wirelessly charge their iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X devices at 7.5-watt speeds instead of the previous five-watt limit and provides a new dialog box explaining how the Control Center’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth toggles work; tapping…

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Fusion Guitar is a new iPhone/iPad integrated...

Fusion Guitar is a new iPhone/iPod-integrated, portable, wireless electric guitar with built-in amp, battery and speakers. It’s available at a special holiday price of $899 through Dec. 24 with promo code:  ROCK-N-ROLL-SANTA-FG.

Designed by guitarists for guitarists, the Fusion Guitar is a great portable addition to the experienced player's collection, with the ability to practice and play on the go, around the campfire, impromptu creative sessions, on the streets or at the next big show, says Dave McAuld, Fusion Guitar founder and designer. It's also the perfect guitar appealing to the learner who wants to quickly and easily take their playing to the next level with access to YouTube tutorials, interactive learning apps and sound effects from favorite artists and classic guitars, he adds.

Fusion Guitar eliminates the need for multiple hardware devices: amplifier, speakers, foot pedals, power supply, multiple...

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Apple Accuses Qualcomm of Patent Infringement in...

From a report: Apple on Wednesday filed a countersuit against Qualcomm, alleging that Qualcomm's Snapdragon mobile phone chips that power a wide variety of Android-based devices infringe on Apple's patents, the latest development in a long-running dispute. Qualcomm in July accused Apple of infringing several patents related to helping mobile phones get better battery life. Apple has denied the claims that it violated Qualcomm's battery life patents and alleged that Qualcomm's patents were invalid, a common move in such cases. But on Wednesday, in a filing in U.S. District Court in San Diego, Apple revised its answer to Qualcomm's complaint with accusations of its own. Apple alleges it owns at least eight battery life patents that Qualcomm has violated.


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Trump retweets violent anti-Muslim propaganda

This morning, President Trump retweeted violent anti-Muslim propaganda videos that were originally tweeted by verified user Jayda Fransen (@JaydaBF on Twitter). We are not linking to the tweets or the videos because they contain graphic content; one...

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X-Files game coming to iOS & Android in February...

Hard to believe, but next year will be the 25th anniversary of The X-Files. To celebrate the event, and the premiere of season 11 of the TV show in January, a new mobile game will be launched the following month.

The X-Files: Deep State is described as a mystery investigation mobile game in which you are an FBI special agent investigating ‘crime scenes that defy investigation’ …


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Don’t lock yourself out of your smart home: Always...

A well told, cautionary tale from Serenity Caldwell.

Side note: Is there a proper way to climb through a window?

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Physicists keep striking out in the search for dark...

Space may be the final frontier, but we've barely begun to explore its underlying mechanics. For as much as humanity has discovered since we first looked to the heavens, we've only seen about 15 percent of the total matter in the universe. The other...

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macOS High Sierra ‘root’ security bug: Stop and do...

Rene Ritchie’s explainer walks you through the steps you should definitely take to ensure that your Mac has a root password.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Hacking the AirPods case to add wireless charging

This is an ugly hack, not something I would ever do to what I consider a beautifully designed case. Especially considering that Apple is said to be shipping their own inductive AirPods case in the near future.

That said, I did find this interesting, a chance to see how to quickly and cheaply implement a Qi-compatible wireless charging solution.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Global Payments, CaixaBank add Apple Pay support

Comercia Global Payments EP, S.L. — a joint venture between U.S.-based Global Payments, a provider of payment technology services, and CaixaBank, which specializes in retail banking in Spain — announced that it’s now bringing its customers Apple Pay.

Using the new CaixaBank Pay app users can now add their Caixabank cards to the Apple Wallet app and use Apple’s mobile payment service for purchases at any contactless enabled retail location. Using Apple Pay is simple with Touch ID. Or just double-click the side button and glance at your iPhone X to authenticate with Face ID. When paying for goods and services on the go, Apple Pay works with iPhone 6 and later, iPhone SE and Apple Watch.

Apple Pay is currently available in 20 countries: Australia, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, the UK, the U.S., Denmark, Finland, Sweden and the United Arab Emirates.

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∞ The Dalrymple Report: iPhone X cameras with Shawn...

Shawn joins me this week to discuss the iPhone X cameras and how it compares to traditional cameras on the market.

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iHeartRadio adds podcasts to app for Apple CarPlay

Drivers with a CarPlay-compatible vehicle have a new option for listening to podcasts, thanks to an update to the iHeartRadio app for the iPhone.

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Facebook’s new CAPTCHA: “Please upload a photo of...

Nitasha Tiku, Wired:

Facebook may soon ask you to “upload a photo of yourself that clearly shows your face,” to prove you’re not a bot.

The company is using a new kind of captcha to verify whether a user is a real person. According to a screenshot of the identity test shared on Twitter on Tuesday and verified by Facebook, the prompt says: “Please upload a photo of yourself that clearly shows your face. We’ll check it and then permanently delete it from our servers.”


In a statement to WIRED, a Facebook spokesperson said the photo test is intended to “help us catch suspicious activity at various points of interaction on the site, including creating an account, sending Friend requests, setting up ads payments, and creating or editing ads.”

This is somewhat reminiscent of Face ID, though presumably without the machine learning aspect, with zero 3D information (it’s a picture, after all) and, also presumably, with a much slower reaction time....

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IDC: Apple’s iPhone market to grow 4.7% in 2017, 8.1...

According to a new forecast from IDC overall smartphone shipments will steadily grow from 1.5 billion units in 2017 to 1.7 billion units in 2021. Apple's launch of the iPhone 8/8+ and X in late 2017 set the company up to return to iPhone volume growth in 2017, adds the research group. 

IDC expects an even bigger rebound in 2018 as channels fill up with inventory of the new models and as price cuts around earlier models enable it to hit lower price points. Coming off the 7% decline in iPhone shipments in 2016, IDC is forecasting growth of 2.4% in 2017 and 8.1% in 2018. IDC also projects sustained growth for Apple through the later years of the forecast with volumes growing at a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.1%. 

“Phablets” (smartphones with a screen size of 5.5 inches to under-7 inches) will far outpace total market growth by climbing from 611 million units in 2017 to one billion units in 2021,...

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In latest twist to patent battle, Apple accuses...

Qualcomm has long accused Apple of infringing its patents, but the latest twist to the saga reverses the position. In a new countersuit, Apple accuses Qualcomm of infringing its patents.

Qualcomm is accused of violating at least eight Apple patents in its Snapdragon 800 and 820 processors, which are used in both Samsung and Google Pixel phones …


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Pixelmator Pro available on the Mac App Store

The Pixelmator Team has released Pixelmator Pro, codenamed Whirlwind, which includes a modern single-window interface, nondestructive, GPU-powered image editing tools, machine learning-enhanced editing features, and more. 

"Its innovative, user-centered design makes editing images on a Mac simpler than ever, Saulius Dailide, one of the founders of the Pixelmator Team, said. “And with its GPU-powered and machine learning-enhanced editing tools, Pixelmator Pro is built for the future."

The dark single-window interface of Pixelmator Pro has been created exclusively for working with images. A streamlined design provides a completely native Mac app experience and is fully consistent with the look and feel of macOS. And a reimagined, user-centered workflow design makes the professional editing tools in Pixelmator Pro especially accessible, even to first-time users, according to Sailide.

Completely nondestructive color adjustments, effects, styles, and layouting tools...

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Shopify’s Arrive app tracks your online orders on a...

Now that Amazon's smart-home-synced delivery service is unlocking doors for parcel drop-offs, we never have to worry about missing packages again. For anyone freaked out by the idea of a stranger entering their pad, there's Shopify Arrive for iOS: A...

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News: Daily Deal: ZenMate Premium Lifetime...

In our iLounge Deal for today, you can pick up a lifetime subscription to ZenMate Premium for only $59.99 — that’s 92% off the regular price. This award-winning security solution helps you secure your online surfing and access geographically restricted content across all of your devices — from your Mac to your iPhone. A browser extension lets you easily switch between proxy locations to access any content you want, while all browser traffic…

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Apple countersues Qualcomm for patent infringement

Here we go again. Apple has filed a countersuit against Qualcomm, the world’s dominant supplier of baseband processors, alleging patent infringement and seeks unspecified damages. The tech giant says Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 and 820 processors, found in Android phones from Samsung and Alphabet, infringe on battery life patents owned by Apple. 

The infringement claims appear in Apple’s revised response to Qualcomm’s suit accusing Apple of infringement. In January, Apple filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm, alleging the chip supplier demanded unfair terms for...

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Snapchat CEO blames rival social networks for fake...

Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel has decried rival social media firms for propagating fake news and damaging the media industry, saying that the "smart" alternative is, you guessed it, Snapchat. "The personalized newsfeed revolutionized the way people share...

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Uber says 2016 hack affected 2.7 million UK...

As Uber prepares to defend itself following news that it suffered -- and subsequently hid -- a massive data breach in 2016, the company has begun shedding light on how many people it affected locally. At first count, 57 million global users were impl...

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Waze update adds hands-free use, motorcycle mode...

Popular navigation app Waze is being updated today with three new features. First up, and long overdue, is a hands-free mode. The app now supports an ‘Ok Waze’ command that allows you to set common destinations without taking your hands from the wheel.

Commands supported include ‘Take me home’ and ‘Find a gas station’ …


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B-Eng debuts Similar Pic Finder 1.0 for macOS

B-Eng has introduced Similar Pic Finder 1.0, a duplicate image discovery utility for macOS. It tracks down duplicates and copies of pictures.

The tool leverages three proprietary, dedicated algorithms to locate duplicates of images on a drive, independent of their name. The algorithms are optimized for different tasks. . A contour based algorithm takes care of focus base search, with a second specialized algorithm that traces colors and color gradients, while a fingerprint algorithm is able to ignore different sizes of images that are to be compared.

Similar Pic Finder requires macOS 10.10 or later. It costs $1.99 and is available at the Mac App Store.

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Apple files for a patent for ‘adjusting alarms based...

Future alarm clocks on your iOS and watchOS devices may be a bit more “understanding” of your personal needs. Apple has filed for a patent (number 9,826,930) for “adjusting alarms based on sleep onset latency.”

Per the patent, a mobile device — think iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch — can adjust an alarm setting based on the sleep onset latency duration detected for a user of the mobile device. For example, sleep onset latency can be the amount of time it takes for the user to fall asleep after the user goes to bed.

The mobile device can determine when the user intends or attempts to go to sleep based on detected sleep ritual activities. Sleep ritual activities can include those activities a user performs in preparation for sleep. 

In the patent filing, Apple notes that most folks require a certain amount of sleep at night to feel well rested the following day. Often, when a person works, the person will set an alarm to wake them up at an appropriate time so that...

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Apple removes violent games from App Store after...

Apple has reportedly removed from the App Store a number of games said to glorify the extrajudicial killings of suspected drug dealers and users in the Philippines. A number of the games feature Philippine National Police director general Ronald dela Rosa and the country’s president, Rodrigo Duterte, shooting people.

Apple’s action follows an open letter to Tim Cook signed by a strangely-named organization said to represent victims of illegal drugs …


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How to delete mail in macOS High Sierra’s Mail app

There are several ways to delete mail in the Mail app of macOS High Sierra.  To delete a message from a Mail notification or with a swipe, the “Move discarded messages” option in Viewing preferences in Mail must be set to Trash; otherwise, the message is archived.

  • In a Mail notification: Move the pointer over the notification, then click Trash.
  • In the Message viewer: Do one of the following:
  • Swipe left with two fingers, then click Trash, or swipe all the way to the left until the message disappears.
  • Move the pointer over the message header, then click the Delete button (it looks like a trashcan) that appears.
  • Select a message in the list, then click the Delete button in the Mail toolbar.
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IOGEAR Compact USB-C Docking Station with PD Pass-...

If you have a 12-inch MacBook and find it frustrating that it only packs one USB-C port, consider adding the $99.95 IOGEAR Compact USB-C Docking Station with PD Pass-Thru to your Christmas wish list. 

It’s also useful for expanding the connectivity options on the latest MacBook Pros as well. Through a single USB-C connection, it lets you connect monitors, a full-sized keyboard and mouse, external hard drives, printers, webcams, and more. Easy to set up, the all-in-one dock serves up a total of 10 ports. The docking station is equipped with memory card readers for SD/MicroSD memory cards for quick access to your data. With two USB 3.0 (Type-A) ports, you can connect an array of USB Type-A peripherals. 

With the included Gigabit Ethernet power, you can connect to your LAN for robust data bandwidth and increased security. On top of all this connectivity, this docking station also offers the flexibility...

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The 10 Mac games you need to play from November 2017

November's Mac games

Image by Codemasters

It’s that time of year, and chances are good that your next few weeks will be packed with spending time and money on gifts for loved ones. But while that’s all well and good, you should also gift yourself something to keep yourself entertained over the next few weeks: a new game to savor on your Mac. 

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Facebook asking users to upload a face photo to...

Facebook is asking some users to upload a face photo to verify their identity when automated processes spot suspicious activity …


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Notable apps and app updates for Nov. 29, 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

Jumsoft has debuted Toolbox for MS Office 1.0, an addition to their productivity suite for iOS devices. Toolbox for MS Office contains a vast variety of professional and stylish templates of Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, infographics, decorative artwork and icons. 

The app downloads content on demand to save space on the device, and allows saving templates for later use offline. It also features deep iOS11 support. Toolbox for MS Office 1.0 offers some items in all categories free-of-charge for users to try and use, while the rest can be purchased for $0.99 - $4.99 per item.

VideoGo has introduced...

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HDMI 2.1 specs published, highlight improved HDR,...

It’s a bit down the line, but the HDMI Forum’s details for the HDMI 2.1 spec, which were released today, look pretty nifty.

The big takeaways include higher resolution, Dynamic HDR and the additions of support for high frame rate 4K and 8K video. HDMI 2.1 will work with 8K video at refresh rates up to 60 Hz, along with 4K video up to 120 Hz.

The new spec could enable higher frame rates for gamers as well as higher resolution video from high-end cameras as well as the ability to display at maximum quality.

HDMI 2.1 also marks the arrival of the backwards-compatible 48G Ultra High Speed HDMI Cable, which will support uncompressed HDMI 2.1 features.

Other cool perks in the specs include enhanced refresh rates, variable refresh rates, quick media switching, and quick frame transport for smoother gaming and VR.

The breakdown goes as follows:

– Higher video resolutions support a range of high resolutions and faster refresh rates including...

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Apple follows up on root user security hole in macOS...

Well, this qualifies as a pretty huge mess.

Following the discovery of a security hole in macOS High Sierra in which a user can simply enter their user name as “root”, not provide a password and be allowed full access to the computer, Apple has offered the following statement:

“We are working on a software update to address this issue,” Apple said. “In the meantime, setting a root password prevents unauthorized access to your Mac. To enable the Root User and set a password, please follow the instructions here: If a Root User is already enabled, to ensure a black password is not set, please follow the instructions from the ‘Change the root password’ section.”

The flaw was discovered on Tuesday and could be used to bypass a Mac’s lock screen.

Beyond those who have direct access to a vulnerable Mac, the security...

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Pixelmator Pro debuts with powerful image editing...

The developers behind popular image editing app Pixelmator on Tuesday released Pixelmator Pro for Mac, a new title that takes advantage of Apple APIs like Metal 2 and Core Image to deliver GPU-powered tools, machine learning features and more.

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Pixelmator Pro now available for $60, an advanced...

Pixelmator Pro is now available to buy in the Mac App Store ($60). The new app takes inspiration from the original widely-beloved Pixelmator and pushes design and functionality forward.

Pixelmator Pro features a true single-window design with GPU-powered nondestructive image editing effects, color adjustments, and much more.


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Tuesday November 28

B&H's Cyber Week sale delivers up to $800...

Cyber Monday may be over, but instant markdowns on Apple devices are still going strong. Save $800 on a top of the line Late 2016 15" MacBook Pro with 1TB of storage and Radeon 460 graphics (now $2,699). Apple's Mid 2017 12" MacBook is also $1,149 ($150 off), while 512GB 10.5" iPad Pros with cellular support are $979. G-Technology's 16TB external storage system is also $700 off.

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Watch: Face ID and Touch ID compared

With the introduction of the iPhone X and Face ID, some are concerned that Apple's new biometric system is not as secure or easy to use as the legacy fingerprint-based Touch ID. AppleInsider digs deeper to explain why you shouldn't fear facing the future.

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iHeartRadio adds support for podcasts to its CarPlay...

iHeartRadio is expanding its CarPlay application. The company announced today that it is adding support for podcasts to the app, alongside several new features that make the podcast experience as seamless as possible…


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Apple seemingly culls games hyping Philippines drug...

Apple appears to have pulled from its App Store a number of games depicting the extrajudicial killing of drug users by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and national police chief Ronaldo "Bato" dela Rosa after activists demanded the company remove the titles for breaching App Store guidelines.

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Instagram continues Snapchat attack, adds new ‘Remix...

Instagram has not been shy about competing head-to-head with Snapchat, and a new update today continues that trend. In a blog post, Instagram announced a new feature that allows users to “remix” photos from friends…


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Apple working working on a fix for the roof access...

Apple has told Rene Ritchie of iMore that it’s working on a fix for the roof access vulnerability in macOS High Sierra. The bug, discovered by developer Lemi Ergin, lets anyone log into an admin account using the username "root" with no password.

This works when attempting to access an administrator's account on an unlocked Mac, and it also provides access at the login screen of a locked Mac. Here’s Apple’s statement:

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Apple says fix incoming for macOS High Sierra root...

Following revelations that a serious bug in macOS High Sierra allows anyone root access to Macs running Apple's latest operating system, the company on Tuesday said it is working on a fix that will be pushed out in a coming software update.

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iOS 11.2: Beta 5 is now available

Updated 11/28/17: The fifth iOS 11.2 beta is available to developers and public testers.

iOS 11 is the biggest change to Apple’s mobile operating system in years. It’s so ambitious in scope that many of it’s promised features still haven’t shipped yet. iOS 11.1 mostly fixed bugs and brought us a bunch of new emoji, but iOS 11.2 is more substantial, with the addition of Apple Pay Cash. Hopefully, it will also introduce iMessage in iCloud, though that seems increasingly unlikely.

Here’s what we know about 11.2 so far. What’s in it, when it’s coming, and how you can grab the beta right now.

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High Sierra Bug Provides Full Root Access

It turns out that there’s a bug in macOS 10.13 High Sierra that lets anyone gain admin access by entering root, without a password, when unlocking System Preference panes, authenticating certain actions, or even logging into the Mac. The solution is simple, but since the vulnerability is very real, and can be exploited both locally and remotely, you’ll want to protect yourself by setting a root password.


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∞ Apple working to fix “root” password issue

Apple said it is working to fix an issue that allows someone to login as a root user when they have access to your machine. […]

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MacOS High Sierra Bug Allows Login As Root With No...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Register: A trivial-to-exploit flaw in macOS High Sierra, aka macOS 10.13, allows users to gain admin rights, or log in as root, without a password. The security bug is triggered via the authentication dialog box in Apple's operating system, which prompts you for an administrator's username and password when you need to do stuff like configure privacy and network settings. If you type in "root" as the username, leave the password box blank, hit "enter" and then click on unlock a few times, the prompt disappears and, congrats, you now have admin rights. You can do this from the user login screen. The vulnerability effectively allows someone with physical access to the machine to log in, cause extra mischief, install malware, and so on. You should not leave your vulnerable Mac unattended until you can fix the problem. And while obviously this situation is not the end of the world -- it's certainly far from a remote hole or a disk...

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Apple schedules downtime for iTunes Connect

Apple has scheduled downtime for iTunes Connect from Dec. 23-27, so its employees can celebrate the holidays. iTunes Connect is a suite of web-based tools for managing content sold on iTunes, the iBooks Store, and the various app stores. 

Apple says that new apps and app updates won’t be accepted during those dates, so any releases should be submitted, approved, and scheduled in advance. Other iTunes Connect and developer account features will remain available.

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Analyst: Apple sold six million iPhone X units on...

Rosenblatt Analyst Jun Zhang estimates that Apple sold six million iPhone X’s during Black Friday for a total of 15 million units so far, according to StreetInsider

Zhang thinks the production rate for the next gen smartphone increased to three million units per week and could reach four million per week next month. The research firm has raised its December quarter iPhone X shipment estimates from 27 million to 28 million to 30 million.

Zhang says demand for the 256GB model appears to be twice that of the 64GB model, which would be a positive for the average sales price and gross margin, as well as units. The analyst expects seasonality to follow the inventory build, which would cause some softness in March. Rosenblatt’s estimates for the March quarter have...

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Review: Schiit Vidar Power Amplifier

As an audio reviewer, this first paragraph is like a rite of passage: our first review of a Schiit product. This is the part where we have to say yes, that really is the company's name and yes, it is pronounced like you think it is. California-based Schiit trolls the audiophile world with attractive, made-in-the-USA-for-real amplifiers and DACs that are far more affordable than their similarly-performing competition. Budget-minded audio fans have been following this company for years and, if this is your first time hearing about them, we welcome you to the club. Today, we're looking at a first for Schiit — their first dedicated loudspeaker power amplifier, the Vidar. It's quite good.{/exp:char_limit}

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Rumor: Apple is preparing to test autonomous...

Apple is preparing to test autonomous vehicles at an old Fiat Chrysler testing ground in the Arizona desert near Phoenix, according to a Jalopnik report. Quoting an unnamed “source familiar with the matter,” the article says the tech giant is recruiting engineers and technicians to the site.

Waymo and Uber are already running self-driving tests in the Phoenix region. As part of its autonomous/EV car strategy, Apple published a paper last week on how self-driving cars can better spot objects while using fewer sensors. It appears to be the company's first publicly disclosed paper on autonomous vehicles.

In June Apple CEO Tim Cook...

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AWT News Update: November 28, 2017

It's a buggy world after all! On today's Apple World Today News Update Podcast, we have news about some bugs that have worked their way into iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra:

  • Would you believe I.T.? An iOS bug is causing the word "it" to be autocorrected to "I.T."
  • A newly-discovered flaw in macOS High Sierra gives anyone the capability of signing onto a Mac using the username "root" and no password!
  • One of the Australian banks that wanted access to the NFC chips in Apple devices for its own wallet app has now embraced Apple Pay

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.

Text Version

This is Steve Sande for...

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Major vulnerability in Apple's macOS provides...

A new security flaw in macOS High Sierra has been discovered by researchers -- one that can grant users access to the system administrator account on a target machine, enabling access to the account without requiring a password.

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Apple rumored to be using Arizona proving grounds to...

Apple may be leasing former Fiat Chrysler proving grounds in Surprise, Ariz. to test its self-driving car platform in a range of different conditions, according to a report.

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∞ Security hole in macOS High Sierra lets anyone...

There’s a security hole in macOS High Sierra and we’ve verified the issue.

First reported in this tweet:

Dear @AppleSupport, we noticed a *HUGE* security issue at MacOS High Sierra. Anyone can login as "root" with empty password after clicking on login button several times. Are you aware of it @Apple?

— Lemi Orhan Ergin (@lemiorhan) November 28, 2017

Here’s how to reproduce it:

  • Log in to your Mac, as you normally would
  • Now launch System Preferences
  • Click the Users & Groups pane
  • Click the lock to make changes but do NOT enter your normal credentials
  • Instead, change the user name to root, leave the password field blank, but click in the password field (does not...
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After Apple's HomePod delay, Amazon touts...

Just days after Apple delayed its HomePod speaker and personal assistant into 2018, Amazon's low-priced Echo Dot was the company's top seller over Black Friday and Cyber Monday, giving the online retailer an even greater lead over rivals in the home speaker market.

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macOS High Sierra security vulnerability discovered...

A newly discovered macOS High Sierra flaw is potentially leaving your personal data at risk. Developer Lemi Orhan Ergin publicly contacted Apple Support to ask about the vulnerability he discovered. In the vulnerability he found, someone with physical access to a macOS machine can access and change personal files on the system without needing any admin credentials.

Users who haven’t disabled guest user account access or changed their root passwords (likely most) are currently open to this vulnerability. We’ve included instructions on how to protect yourself in the meantime until an official fix from Apple is released.


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50 best albums of 2017

I’m officially old. Not only do I not own any of these albums, I’ve never even heard of three-quarters of the listed bands.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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The complicated legacy of a panda who was really...

I bet when you woke up you didn’t think you’d be reading a really interesting story about panda sex today, did you?

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Apple schedules annual iTunes Connect downtime for...

iTunes Connect -- the portal through which developers submit and manage content for the App Store, iTunes Store, and iBooks Store -- will this year see its holiday downtime for app submissions run between Dec. 23 and 27.

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Report: Apple possibly leasing Chrysler’s former...

Rumors that Apple plans to develop and market a self-driving vehicle may have gone cold, but CEO Tim Cook has publicly acknowledged that the company is working on a ‘large project’ around autonomous systems.

The latest detail in the story comes via Jalopnik which reports that Apple may have leased Chrysler’s old proving grounds which could be used for testing autonomous cars.


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HDMI Forum releases more HDMI 2.1 spec details,...

The HDMI Forum today released more details about its HDMI 2.1 spec, and it includes support for technology like Dynamic HDR, and features enough bandwidth to support resolutions up to 10K. more…

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The FCC is peddling its net neutrality spin as facts

Last week, the FCC released the final draft of its proposal to rollback net neutrality protections, a plan that the agency will vote on next month. Removing these protections has been a targeted goal of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai since he took the positio...

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Apple announces App Store review downtime for...

Apple today has shared its annual App Store review shutdown window which will be the same as last year, December 23-27.


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Hyundai adds on-demand car washes to its Blue Link...

In a world where you can have your McDonald's delivered and the UPS driver has access to your Amazon-enabled foyer, keeping the family car clean remains a decidedly low tech affair. You've got the choice between pulling out the mop and bucket yoursel...

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Adobe demonstrates future Photoshop tool that uses...

Adobe has teased one of the AI-based features coming to Photoshop in the future, with the 'Select Subject' function simplifying the selection of an object, person, or animal in a scene, using machine learning to determine what is likely to be the main focus of an image.

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FCC to End Net Neutrality

The FCC is set to rescind Obama-era regulations that mandate net neutrality — and what happens next is anybody’s guess.


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Yandex wants to ensure its self-driving cars can...

Many self-driving car tests are conveniently run in warm, sunny climates where the road conditions are rarely less than ideal. But what about that significant chunk of the planet that gets snowfall? Yandex is finding out. The Russian internet giant h...

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HDMI 2.1 is here with 10K and Dynamic HDR support

Back in January, the HDMI Forum unveiled its new specifications for the HDMI connector, called HDMI 2.1. Now, that HDMI specification is available to all HDMI 2.0 adopters. It's backwards compatible with all previous HDMI specifications.

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'Yooka-Laylee' arrives on Nintendo Switch...

The wait is almost over: The whimsical, N64-styled retro platformer Yooka-Laylee will arrive on Nintendo Switch this December 14th. While versions for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One were released in April, the game seems custom-tailored for Nintendo'...

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Fifth developer beta releases of iOS 11.2, tvOS 11.2...

After a break for Thanksgiving, Apple has issued new builds of iOS 11.2, macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 and tvOS 11.2 to developers.

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Apple releases fifth iOS 11.2, macOS 10.13.2, and...

Apple has released the fifth beta version of iOS 11.2 beta for developers. tvOS 11.2 beta and macOS 10.13.2 beta 5 are also available for testing. There doesn’t appear to be a new watchOS 4.2 beta today.

iOS 11.2 will include Apple Pay Cash support in addition to SiriKit for HomePod which was detailed at the end of October. AirPlay 2 was also previously available in beta versions but disappeared in the previous beta when the HomePod delay was announced.


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Apple's YouTube videos can help with dad's...

If spending a Saturday morning at an Apple store with a family member is your idea of Hell, then playing tech support for your relatives while you're home for the holidays is probably a lengthy stretch of the road to perdition. Well, Apple Support re...

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Leftovers: Here are the best Apple deals still going...

Cyber Monday has come and gone, and with it, some great flash deals and many stock-outs. But dozens of killer offers still remain this Cyber Week, such as exclusive savings on 2017 MacBook Pros, MacBook Airs, and iMac 5Ks.

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SoftBank offers to acquire Uber shares at 30%...

A group of investors led by Japan's SoftBank has reportedly made an offer to buy shares of ride-hailing service Uber, but the tender offer values the firm at a 30 percent discount, with the proposed price per share effectively knocking $20 billion off the value of the company.

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Huawei says it can do better than Apple's Face...

Huawei has a history of trying to beat Apple at its own game (it unveiled a "Force Touch" phone days before the iPhone 6s launch), and that's truer than ever now that the iPhone X is in town. At the end of a presentation for the Honor V10, the compan...

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Airbnb rolls out new split payment feature for group...

Airbnb today has announced that its new split payment feature that was first piloted this past summer is now rolling out globally.


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iPad 2018 rumors: Thinner bezels, Face ID, and a...

When it comes to the tablet market, there’s the iPad and there’s everybody else. Apple dominates the market, especially in the premium price range. To hold on to its position, Apple has been kept things fresh with new models like the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and new technologies like Apple Pencil and ProMotion.

But the fundamental design of the iPad hasn’t changed much in years. That could all change in 2018, as Apple gives use the first holistic new iPad design in a very long time.

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Judge grants Waymo trial delay because Uber withheld...

Waymo, Alphabet's self-driving unit, sued Uber earlier this year over the alleged theft of self driving tech. The latest bit of drama comes today as a US judge granted a request from Alphabet to delay the trial, which was scheduled to start December...

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Windows 10's 'Timeline' continuity...

If you were bummed that this fall's Creators Update for Windows 10 didn't include Microsoft's version of Handoff, we feel you. But if you're a Windows Insider Program member, there's good news: Timeline will soon be available to folks in the Fast Rin...

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Microsoft's latest Windows 10 experiment:...

When it comes to multitasking, few UI upgrades were as helpful as browser tabs. Instead of juggling dozens of windows on your computer, they let you place multiple websites in a single pane. It's the sort of thing we take for granted today -- especia...

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Apple offers temporary workaround for iOS 11 bug...

Apple is currently coping with hundreds of complaints about an autocorrect bug in iOS 11, causing the word "it" to be autocorrected to "I.T."

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Airbnb's split payments option is now available...

One of the most requested features on Airbnb has been the ability to split payments among members of a group traveling together. After all, it's never fun to run after your friends for payment, and according to Airbnb, 43 percent of American group tr...

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Classified US Army and NSA data was stored on an...

Earlier this month, researchers at UpGuard reported that US military intelligence gathering data had been stored on a misconfigured Amazon Web Services S3 server that wasn't password protected and was publicly viewable. While the data in that leak ap...

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YouTube pulled 150,000 videos of children over...

YouTube is taking extensive action after word broke that pedophiles were targeting videos of children with vile comments. The streaming service reported that it had taken down over 150,000 videos that had fallen prey to comment abuse, and had disable...

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From Android to iOS - The 1st Day

November 16th, 2017 was the date that I decided to purchase the iPhone X to get my son the free iPhone 8. I knew going into it that there would be a wait for the iPhone X. I definitely one that loves instant gratification so this was going to be tough. The sales rep at the AT&T store told me it would be mid December before it arrived. This contradicted what the AT&T website said though. The website said that it would ship between 11/29/2017 and 12/6/2017. This was still going to be a tough waiting period for me. Shortly after I finalized the order, I received an email and text that aligned with the AT&T website's initial estimated date. 

I was surprised with an email on November 19th letting me know that my iPhone X shipped. The tracking told me that it should arrive on November 22nd and it was right. I picked the package up from the UPS store that morning. It wasn't instant gratification, but it was only 6 days instead of 2-3 weeks. We've started off pretty good...

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Thieves tell cops 'Mr. Tesla' said it was...

Tesla's aren't easy to steal, but thieves in Utah allegedly made off with three $80,000 models by breaking into a dealership and stealing the fobs. After that, however, their master plan fell comically apart. "One guy claimed a family member had died...

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Australia's Bendigo Bank adds Apple Pay, having...

Without access to the NFC chips in iPhones for a wallet of its own, Australia's Bendigo Bank on Tuesday officially launched support for Apple Pay.

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AT&T extends the deadline for its Time Warner...

When AT&T announced that it was going to buy Time Warner for $85.4 billion back in 2016, the deal was expected to close by the end of 2017. Now, it's clear that won't happen, and as a result, AT&T has extended the deadline for the merger to A...

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Report: 6 million iPhone X units sold over Black...

Apple appears to have done very well out of the Black Friday promotions. Regarding iPhone sales performance, analysts at Rosenblatt believe Apple saw around 6 million iPhone X sales over the Black Friday weekend, out of a total of 15 million iPhones sold. more…

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UK watchdog threatens ticket resale sites with court...

The UK's competition watchdog has fired another warning shot against secondary ticketing websites. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is partway through an investigation and says it has "widespread concerns" about the information sites are p...

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VR at the Tate Modern's Modigliani exhibition...

In recent years, HTC has partnered with several museums to cultivate VR as a tool for art and learning. New projects are always in the works, and recently the company launched the Vive Arts program, reaffirming its commitment to working with develope...

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Apple celebrates Hour of Code at its retail stores

Apple has opened registration for thousands of free Hour of Code sessions available at all Apple Stores Dec. 4-10. The company also introduced a new educational challenge in Swift Playgrounds and added new teacher resources to the Everyone Can Code curriculum to help teach Swift, Apple’s programming language.

For the fifth year, Apple Stores will participate in Hour of Code with daily coding sessions in celebration of Computer Science Education Week. Young aspiring coders can learn coding basics during a Kids Hour session, while those age 12 and above can use Swift Playgrounds on iPad to learn coding concepts and even program robots. A new Teacher Tuesdays session helps educators learn how to teach code to students using new resources and discussion topics.

A new Hour of Code challenge in the Swift Playgrounds app invites students to build a digital robot and customize it with new parts...

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Apple expands Support services on social media with...

Apple has started offering support through another form of social media, by setting up a YouTube channel dedicated to providing assistance for basic tasks its customers can perform on an iPhone or iPad.

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Adobe teases AI-powered Photoshop tool for...

If you’ve ever used Photoshop to select a person in order to place them on a different background, you’ll know what a fiddly and time-consuming process it can be. Adobe has announced an upcoming feature to allow you to get most of the job done with a single click …


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