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Monday March 20

05:00
Apple quietly extends AppleCare+ policies from 60...

Modern mobile smartphone with broken screen isolated on white background.

If you have an AppleCare+ policy, you’re going to like this.

Apple has quietly updated its AppleCare+ policy, extending the purchase window for iPhones from 60 days to one year. The change has been confirmed with a support rep, but is not yet showing up on Apple’s official product page for AppleCare+.

If you go to Apple’s eligibility tool and input your serial number from the iPhone’s settings panel, you should be able to see a new purchase option so long as you purchased the device within the last year.

The change extends to Macs and Apple TV units, but Apple Watch and iPads are still restricted to 60 days following the purchase. Apple lowered the price of iPhone screen repairs from $99 to $29 last September, which helps as well.

In the event that your iPhone screen has been cracked, Apple requires a physical inspection to buy the service in-store...

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05:00
iPhone to be available in Indonesia again after...

You’ll be able to buy an iPhone in Indonesia come the end of the month.

Apple is reportedly on track to resume sales of the handset within the country, following a roughly two-year period during which sourcing requirements kept the device off the local market.

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus as well as the 6s series will go on sale through six retailers on March 31. In some cases, people should already be able to sign up for pre-orders.

iPhone sales were last permitted in Indonesia with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets. Subsequent sourcing regulations —similar to ones in India —then forced the product out, since Apple couldn’t ensure that 30 percent of components were local. Such rules are intended to boost domestic industry.

Sales are scheduled to resume due to Apple’s investment in three R&D facilities in the Indonesia capital of Jakarta. Previously, Apple’s R&D plans were uncertain.

Apple has begun making a number of global investment as a...

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05:00
How to work in multiple Spaces in macOS Sierra

It’s easy for your Mac’s desktop to become cluttered, just as a physical desktop can. If this happens, you can create additional desktops, called spaces, to organize the windows. When you work in a space, you see only the windows that are in that space.

Use the Mission Control app to show the Spaces bar. This is where thumbnails represent your spaces and any apps you’re using in full screen or Split View. You can make your spaces unique by assigning a different desktop picture to each one. Just assign System Preferences to all desktops, then change the desktop picture in each space.

To create a space, open Mission Control, then click the Add button in the Spaces bar. You can create up to 16 spaces. When you’re done, click a space in the Spaces bar or a window in Mission Control.

To move between Spaces, do one of the following:

  • On...
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05:00
Anheuser-Busch's Alexa skill lists workouts...

Amazon has been expanding its Alexa "skill" plugins to broaden its uses, from streaming NPR to voice-controlling your film and music libraries. If you never expected to ask your device what workout will burn off a single beer's worth of calories...we...

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04:33
Man dies after charging his iPhone while using it in...

A British man was fatally electrocuted as a result of charging an iPhone while he was using it in the bath, a coroner has recorded. The coroner warned of the dangers of using electrical devices in bathrooms, and said that he would be writing to Apple about the case …

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04:30
SlideShark for Mac lets you access, show and share...

By Aaron Lee

Brainshark’s SlideShark for Mac enables business professionals to instantly access, show and share up-to-date PowerPoints, and track presentation views and activity. SlideShark Anywhere is available as part of the app's business version, SlideShark Team Edition. It allows you to broadcast your slides in real time over the web to remote or in-person meeting attendees who can join from any device. 

The solution also empowers administrators to easily add, delete or update presentations as needed, and distribute them via the cloud for fast, secure access. You can even measure and monitor the use of this content.

SlideShark viewing analytics let you see how your PowerPoints are being used by presenters. You have access to dashboards and reports online and within the app to find out which presentations are being used most often, which slides are being...

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04:00
Apple should buy Can I Stream It? — or offer a...

In the past I’ve reviewed Can I Stream It? and liked it. Perhaps Apple should buy the service or else launch a similar one.

Can I Stream It? is a website that’s a must-have if you like watching, renting or purchasing movies online. The site allows you to search for movies (and TV shows) to see if they’re available on popular streaming, rental and digital purchase services such as Netflix, Amazon, Hulu Plus, Google Play, Vudu, HitBliss, Crackle, Redbox Instant, YouTube, EPIX, Xfinity Streampix and SnagFilms.

Subscribe to Can I Stream It? (it’s free) and you’ll notified when a currently unavailable program or film later becomes available. The site even provides the purchase/rental price for films and TV shows, as well as direct links to sites such as iTunes for buying or...

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04:00
HIV breakthrough may help scientists kill sleeping...

AIDS patients must endure a lifetime of drugs because the virus conceals itself in the immune system and reactivates with a vengeance once the treatment stops. However, French scientists have discovered a marker that makes it possible to identify dor...

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04:00
Lessons from SXSW: Life without Uber is mostly fine

The biggest tech story heading into South by Southwest was Uber—and not just the company’s desperate need for a COO or its issues addressing sexual harassment claims. Last year, the city of Austin started requiring ride-hailing companies to fingerprint the drivers to ensure passenger safety. Uber and chief rival Lyft decided to leave the city in protest. Techies descending on Austin for SXSW’s interactive programming were concerned: How would everyone get around the city without apps?

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03:53
Sometimes secret Apple devices just aren’t that...

Apple of course goes to great lengths to keep its product plans secret, but there are some places where it is required by law to reveal at least some clues – FCC testing being one of them.

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03:00
The Morning After: Monday, March 20th 2017

Hey, good morning!

Is there such a thing as a good Monday morning? Hopefully, you've managed to calibrate to the clock changes last week, as we kick of this one with the weekend's highlight. After all that bad Uber news, its president has quit, whil...

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02:22
Guess' Android Wear smartwatch is classically...

Guess, the fashion brand that's perfect for annoying people when they ask what you're wearing, is launching a new smartwatch. This time, however, the company is going all-in on Android Wear 2.0 with the Guess Connect. The timepiece comes packing Qual...

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00:30
Tiny liquid battery cools chips while powering them

Scientists from IBM and ETH Zurich university have built a tiny "flow" battery that has the dual benefit of supplying power to chips and cooling them at the same time. Even taking pumping into account, it produces enough energy to power a chip while...

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Sunday March 19

21:50
SXSW's gaming awards celebrate 'Uncharted...

South by Southwest isn't just about cool tech, movies and music... gaming is a big deal, too. The Austin festival has unveiled its fourth annual gaming award winners, and the top picks definitely reflect SXSW's emphases on storytelling and out-of-the...

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20:02
AMD claims LG and Vizio are violating its graphics...

AMD is one of the few remaining companies with a big stake in graphics hardware (it's powering the PS4 and Xbox One in addition to PCs), and it's determined to hold on to that stake however it can. In the wake of an earlier filing, the US Internation...

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19:32
ClamXav 2.12.1

Improves overall reliability and enhances handling of GMail mailboxes in Apple Mail. ($29.95 new, free update, 19.1 MB)

 

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18:46
Apple Paid $0 In Taxes To New Zealand, Despite Sales...

Apple paid no income tax to New Zealand's Inland Revenue Department for the last 10 years, according to an article shared by sit1963nz, prompting calls for the company to "do the right thing" even from some American-based Apple users. From the New Zealand Herald:

Bryan Chaffin of The Mac Observer, an Apple community blog site founded in 1998...wrote that Apple was the largest taxpayer in the United States, but 'pays next to nothing in most parts of the world... [L]ocal taxes matter. Roads matter. Schools matter. Housing authorities matter. Health care matters. Regulation enforcement matters. All of the things that support civil society matter. Apple's profits are made possible by that civil society, and the company should contribute its fair share.'"
Apple's accounts "show apparent income tax payments of $37 million," according to an earlier article, "but a close reading shows this sum was actually sent abroad to the Australian Tax Office, an arrangement that has been...

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18:43
Mystery Apple 'wireless device' turns out...




One of Apple's "wireless devices" recently submitted for approval by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission turns out to have been a door access system, likely for the Apple Park campus opening in April, according to a manual and photos published by the government body on Sunday.

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18:31
Saks Fifth Avenue left customer data exposed to the...

Sometimes, hackers don't have to lift a finger to swipe valuable shopping data -- it can be sitting right out in the open. BuzzFeed News has found that Saks Fifth Avenue was storing info for tens of thousands of customers in plain text on their serve...

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17:00
Facebook may show off its hardware efforts in April

When Facebook launched its hardware-focused Building 8, it raised all kinds of questions: just what was it making in there, and when would you see the first fruits of its labor? You might not have to wait long to get the details. Sources speaking to...

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15:50
Will this year’s hardware updates be enough to...

Yesterday, we rounded up everything we currently know about Apple’s planned iPad updates for this year. We noted of a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro, refreshed 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, and perhaps a refreshed, affordable 9.7-inch model, as well.

With all of that in mind, however, are hardware updates enough to return the iPad to growth?

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15:29
Uber president quits in response to controversies (...

Uber might be on the hunt for a second-in-command to keep its behavior in line, but that isn't stopping one key executive from heading out the door. Recode sources claim that company President Jeff Jones is leaving after having been on the job for le...

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15:01
Microsoft Office 2016 15.32

Adds support for the Touch Bar on the 2016 MacBook Pro to Outlook. ($149.99 new, free update)

 

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13:56
Canada's first spaceport could host launches in...

Canada will finally have its own spaceport courtesy of private space corporation Maritime Launch Services. The company plans to start building (PDF) the facility next year in an isolated town on Nova Scotia's eastern coast. It decided on the site aft...

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13:35
WikiLeaks Won't Tell Tech Companies How To...

"WikiLeaks has made initial contact with us via secure@microsoft.com," a Microsoft spokesperson told Motherboard -- but then things apparently stalled. An anonymous reader quotes Fortune:
Wikileaks this week contacted major tech companies including Apple and Google, and required them to assent to a set of conditions before receiving leaked information about security "zero days" and other surveillance methods in the possession of the Central Intelligence Agency... Wikileaks' demands remain largely unknown, but may include a 90-day deadline for fixing any disclosed security vulnerabilities. According to Motherboard's sources, at least some of the involved companies are still in the process of evaluating the legal ramifications of the conditions.
Julian Assange announced Friday that Mozilla had already received information after agreeing to their "industry standard responsible disclosure plan," then added that "most of these lagging companies have conflicts of interest due...

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12:55
Logic Pros (101): Working with Audio Effects and...

Now that we have a good understanding of the Workspace, recording basics, the various Channel Strip elements, as well as how to balance it all on the Mixer, this week on Logic Pros 101 it’s all about plug-ins. more…

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12:27
Intel's first hyper-fast 3D drive is meant for...

At last, Intel is making a stand-alone drive based on its extremely fast 3D storage technology... although you're probably not about to pick one up yourself. The chip maker has unveiled the Optane SSD DC P4800X, a drive destined for the PCI Express o...

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12:04
External Link: iMessage App Store Growth Slowing...

Analytics firm Sensor Tower has found that while the iMessage App Store that Apple introduced in iOS 10 got off to a strong start, it’s now stagnating. The good news: nearly 5000 apps now boast iMessage compatibility. However, that growth has slowed significantly, from 116 percent between September and the end of October to just 9 percent between January and February. The slowdown doesn’t surprise us, as we’ve found most iMessage apps slow, hard to use, and largely pointless. Are you using any iMessage apps regularly? If so, tell us about them in the comments.

 

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11:15
The difficulty involved in landing a Boeing 737...

The video is amazing. It looks like he’s driving a rally car.

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10:58
'Kerbal Space Program' expansion has you...

Squad isn't done adding to Kerbal Space Program just because the game's protracted development is over... if anything, the studio is just getting started. The company has unveiled KSP's first expansion, Making History, and this is definitely represe...

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10:00
Fury road: Did Uber steal the driverless future from...

Bloomberg:

But none of these (Uber) scandals has the potential financial impact of the one Uber has said the least about: a lawsuit from Alphabet Inc.—the parent of Google and Google’s self-driving car division, now called Waymo—over driverless cars. Waymo says Uber is in possession of, and is basing the future of its business on, technology that was stolen by a former employee.

There’s no doubt that various versions of “autonomous cars” are the future. But, just like the cars we drive from dozens of different manufacturers today, I don’t think that future belongs to just one

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09:58
EduTech: What Apple can do to win back Chromebook...

EduTech is a 9to5Mac weekly series that focuses on technology’s application in education, lower and higher level, both for productivity and enjoyment. If you have suggestions for topics or specific questions you’d like to see answered, feel free to let me know. Catch up on past installments here

One story that’s been making the rounds in the media recently has been Apple’s role in education as it faces increased competition from products like Chromebooks.

Earlier this month, we reported on new data that claimed both iOS and macOS again were losing marketshare to Chromebooks. In the US, Chrome OS saw its share rise to 58 percent in 2016, up from 50% in the prior year. On the other hand, iOS dropped to 14%, down from 19% in 2015, and macOS dropped to 5% share, down from 6%.

In your education...

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09:47
Why are basketball games so squeaky? Consider the...

The facetious answer to the headline, “Because of the sneakers”, belies the very interesting science behind it. I love the sound. It’s the sound of my childhood.

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09:33
Fantastical 2.3.4

Adds support for Google’s new login requirements and improves performance for very large calendars. ($49.99 new, free update, 14.0 MB)

 

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09:30
iPads in every hospital: Apple’s plan to crack the $...

Apple has made overtures into the health care market but I don’t think we are even close to seeing what their complete plans are yet.

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09:30
The best electric toothbrush

By Casey Johnston

This post was done in partnership with The Sweethome, a buyer's guide to the best homewares. When readers choose to buy The Sweethome's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work....

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09:01
Apple engineer converts used van into mobile...

What a kind and generous thing to do.

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09:01
External Link: LG Fixes UltraFine 5K Display Wi-Fi...

We’ve previously reported on the LG UltraFine 5K Display suffering from interference issues when positioned near a Wi-Fi router. The company promised to improve radio shielding in the monitors, and MacRumors has confirmed that newer units no longer suffer from interference. If you’re buying a new LG UltraFine 5K Display, note that units with serial numbers starting with 702 or 703 feature the upgraded shielding. Owners of older units can contact LG for a repair, which LG says will take 7–10 business days.

 

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08:00
After Math: Potpurri

It's been a bountiful week for tech news. Google developed an algorithm that can shrink jpeg files by 35 percent, Lyft settled a California lawsuit to the tune of $27 million, NASA has some thoughts on biofuels and a team of researchers have used las...

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06:30
Ben Heck's Nintendo Switch teardown

Nintendo has a new console out, which means Ben, Karen and Felix are responding exactly as you'd expect them to: by tearing down the new Switch console and Joy Con controllers. How does it compare to a laptop or tablet computer? Is it designed fo...

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03:33
PDFpen and PDFpenPro 8.3.3

Resolves a couple of crashes, plus revamps scribble behavior. ($74.95/$124.95 new, free update, 70.4/71 MB)

 

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03:26
NASA signs up four research teams to study the Solar...

While NASA already has plenty of scientists, it still regularly works with research teams from various universities and non-profit orgs. It even created the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) to oversee some of its collabora...

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Saturday March 18

23:35
Four of the best casual photography and filter apps...




If you're a seasoned iPhone pro, or a new user, the vast amount of simple photography apps can be staggering -- AppleInsider picks out four cheap or free ones for you to try.

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22:29
Windows 10 will push some updates over limited data...

Windows 10's Creators Update should generally be more considerate when delivering updates, but you might not be the biggest fan if you have limited internet service. Microsoft has confirmed that the new version of Windows will automatically download...

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22:02
Editorial: An ad-free, premium social network......




Apple has several elements of a social network already, with evidence pointing to plans for expansion. Here's why the company needs a strong social strategy, and how a social network from Apple could uniquely address the issues of online harassment, fake news, surveillance advertising, clickbait and viral plagiarism.

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20:02
LeEco is reportedly selling the site for its Silicon...

Chinese tech giant LeEco might not get the chance to build the massive Silicon Valley HQ it wanted. According to Reuters, it's selling the 49-acre property a year after it bought the site from Yahoo and in the midst of serious financial issues. LeEco...

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18:33
ChronoSync 4.7.5

Fixes a couple of bugs related to the ChronoSync Scheduler. ($49.99 new, free update, 41.2 MB)

 

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18:28
Chrome quietly received a big 3D graphics boost

Did you recently notice a boost to 3D web graphics while using Chrome? It's not just you. Google has revealed that Chrome 56 and later releases support the WebGL 2.0 standard. You should see faster performance, new texture types and visual effects...

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16:58
Amazon can judge your daily outfit choices

Amazon has a new perk exclusively for Prime members. The latest version of the e-commerce titan's app comes with a feature called "Outfit Compare" under the "Programs and Features" section, where you'd usually find all its newest offerings. Since its...

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15:45
Roundup: Here’s everything we currently know about...

Apple’s iPad lineup doesn’t always get the attention it deserves. Often overshadowed by the iPhone 8 rumors is an all-new iPad family that we’re expecting to be announced at some point this year, likely sooner rather than later. Last weekend, we told you all about the new iPhone 8, but now it’s time to give the iPad the same treatment.

Read on for our full breakdown of 2017 iPad rumors…

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15:31
Marine Corps guidelines now ban online sexual...

The US Marine Corps has already started to crack down on soldiers sharing nude photos of women soldiers through internet groups, but it now has a better way of tackling this behavior. The military branch has published updated guidelines that explici...

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13:59
Tesla kills its relatively affordable 60kWh Model S...

After April 16th, 2017, people will no longer be able to buy the most affordable Tesla cars available today. The automaker has decided to stop offering the Model S 60 and 60D options to "simplify the ordering process," according to a newsletter it se...

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11:57
WikiLeaks won't share CIA exploits unless...

WikiLeaks offered to work with tech companies to patch the CIA's leaked security exploits, but there has been a whole lot of silence ever since. Why? That depends on who you ask. Motherboard sources claim that WikiLeaks "made demands" of the companie...

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11:37
∞ Bottlenose dolphins, Marlborough Sounds

I’ve seen dolphins do this off the bow and stern of a Canadian Navy warship when I was younger and it was an amazing thing to watch. They actually seemed to be enjoying pacing the ship and playing in the wake.

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10:38
Google Unveils Guetzli, Open Source JPEG Encoder, to...


Google on Thursday announced Guetzli, a new contribution to its evolving set of tools for the open source community. Guetzli is an encoder that allows JPEG files to be compressed as much as 35 percent, resulting in much faster Web page loading. "Guetzli," which means "cookie" in Swiss German, allows users to create smaller JPEG images while maintaining compatibility with existing Web browsers, image processing applications and the existing JPEG standard, noted Robert Obryk and Jyrki Alakuijala, software engineers at Google Research Europe.

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10:38
US releases secret footage of atom bomb tests

These videos are simultaneously fascinating, beautiful, and terrifying.

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10:28
'Super Mario Run' reaches Android on March...

Android users won't have to wait much longer to find out whether or not Super Mario Run has justified any of the hype. Nintendo has made good on its earlier promise and revealed that the Android edition of the touchscreen runner will arrive on March...

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09:46
Google reduces JPEG file size by 35%

Looks good so far. As a photographer, I’m always fighting the battle between file size and image quality. Anything that can help is a win.

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09:30
These scientists sent a rocket to Mars for less than...
09:27
Twitter rolling out updated profile design on iOS...

Over the past few days, Twitter has gradually started rolling out a new profile interface for its iOS app. While it’s unclear how many users currently have the new interface, it first started appearing earlier this week.

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09:00
Ethan Hawke shot most of his forthcoming biopic with...

Ethan Hawke's forthcoming biopic, Blaze, sees the actor make the move from center stage to the director's chair. The movie tells the story of the late country and western artist Blaze Foley, and is being filmed in almost entirely with DJI products. T...

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08:01
This week’s top stories: New iPad & iPhone 8...

In this week’s top stories: New iPad & iPhone 8 reports, iOS 10.3 betas, our Apple Watch feature requests, new apps and much more.

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07:42
Tim Cook talks benefits of globalization & user...

Following the announcement that Apple will be building two more research and development centers in China, CEO Tim Cook gave a speech at the China Development Forum. This year marked Cook’s first appearance at the event, which is sponsored by China’s central government.

In the hourlong speech, Cook touched on a variety of topics, including globalization and user privacy.

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07:14
Hands-on: Philips Hue Go – dynamic lighting anywhere...

After going hands-on with the Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus, I was eager to try out other products in the Hue lineup. The Philips Hue Go seemed particularly intriguing thanks to its battery-powered portability.

The Go is an ~$80 portable light, the size of a small cantaloupe that’s been sliced in half. The unit can be stay on for 3 hours thanks to its built-in rechargeable battery, but can also be powered via a wall outlet.

Although the Hue Go comes bundled with 7 lighting presets, it really shines when combined with the Philips Hue Bridge. The Bridge isn’t a requirement to use the Go, but it does allow you to tap into the full potential of the product.

Should you consider adding the Philips Hue Go to your lighting repertoire? Have a look at our video walkthrough for my hands-on impressions and overview....

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07:02
Become Tech Savvy: Sizing up a slow Mac and what you...

First time checking out this series? You’ll get the most value by starting at the beginning, however you can also use the series overview if you’d like to go buffet style.

Note for regular readers, the already tech savvy, and IT professionals: this series is designed as a resource you can share with those you are helping or for those looking to become tech savvy on their own.

How to size up a slow Mac and what to do next
Background, Expectations, & Best Practices

One of the best things about a Mac is that they often last a long time. While this is a great feature of a quality product, your Mac’s performance may also decrease the longer you own it. And even if you have a new or relatively new Mac you’ll likely find some value in the tips below.

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06:30
ICYMI: Tornado simulators and cranial cracking robo-...

Today on In Case You Missed It: Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are leveraging 20,000-core supercomputers to model the inner workings of supercells in hopes of finding out why some storms unleash tornadoes while others do not....

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06:00
Inside the Infinity Room, SXSW's trippy art...

South by Southwest isn’t just a tech show—it’s more of an ideas show, a place where technology comes together with art, music, and film in creative ways to bring these outside-the-box concepts to the people. 

Well, I guess in the case of the Infinity Room, the point is to bring people inside the box. The Infinity Room is an installation by mixed-media artist Refik Anadol that uses trippy audio and visuals to create an illusion of infinite time and space. The room is a completely closed-off box with projectors on each of the four walls, and mirrors on both the floor and ceiling that make the space feel much bigger than it actually is. Looking down was a little freaky—it looked like I was suspended in midair. 

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05:15
Hands On: Google Calendar on iOS continues the trend...




Google Calendar could be better designed but it's hard to beat on features. AppleInsider investigates how well Google's calendar integrates with Apple's own.

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05:00
AR/VR headset market expected to grow at a compound...

Who knows if Apple will ever release an augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR headset, although there have been patents for (what I’ve dubbed) “iGlasses. However, new device launches, an expanding array of content for both consumer and enterprise users, and lower price points will propel the worldwide augmented and virtual reality headset device market at a breakneck pace, says the IDC research group. 

According to data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Augmented and Virtual Reality Headset Tracker, total headset device shipments will reach 99.4 million units in 2021, up nearly 10-fold from the 10.1 million units shipped in 2016. This results in a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 58%...

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05:00
Visa's payment-enabled sunglasses are ready for...

Tap-to-pay terminals make it easy for you to pay for things with your smartphone (hey, Apple Pay!), so in theory, you can use them to pay with anything that can support an NFC chip. 

That’s what Visa was illustrating at South by Southwest through their latest payment-enabled accessory prototype: a pair of sunglasses. The sunglasses had a small NFC chip embedded on the side, which was linked to a pre-paid card, and you could use the glasses to pay for stuff wherever tap-to-pay was accepted. When demoing the glasses, it worked seamlessly—even quicker than Apple Pay, since I didn’t need to wait for the terminal to accept my fingerprint scan.

The glasses are just a prototype, and part of an ongoing push from Visa to show just how easy this technology can be to implement. The sunglasses will be used by athletes during the World Surf League in Australia this March, and last summer, Visa issued...

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05:00
The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Letter from the Editor

If you can define a year before it's halfway over, 2017 may well be the year of blurred lines. No, not the 2013 Robin Thicke song, but the lines that separate reality from fantasy. This week started off with White House offici...

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04:30
Apple granted another patent involving facial...

Apple has been granted another patent (number 20170076077) involving facial recognition. This one is dubbed “locking and unlocking a mobile device using facial recognition.”

If it ever becomes reality, your iPhone and iPad could be unlocked when their camera recognized your mug. Per the patent, an unlocked mobile device is configured to capture images, analyze the images to detect a user's face, and automatically lock the device in response to determining that a user's face doesn’t appear in the images. The camera capturing and face recognition processing may be triggered by the device having detected that it has been motionless for a threshold period of time. 

In another embodiment, a locked mobile device is configured to capture an initial image using its camera, capture a new image in response to detecting movement of the device, determine that the device moved to a use position, capture a subsequent image in response to determining that the device moved to a use...

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04:00
Fantag taps former Apple exec John Stone as COO

Fantag, a company that specializes in mobile video technology, has hired John Stone as its chief operating officer (COO). Among his many posts in the tech world, he served as a vice president at Apple, reporting directly to CEO Tim Cook, after the company acquired PowerSchool, a startup Stone co-founded in 1999 and which today serves 100 million users in 70 countries. 

At Fantag, John will help operationalize the company's business development activity and position Fantag for future strategic partnerships, according to Brian Dombrowski, founder and CEO at Fantag. 

Fantag's mobile video platform -- currently in beta and going live later this year -- enables spectators at live events to capture and share moments with a tap on their phone, and without having to actually record the video themselves. The company, which formally launched in Sacramento in early 2017.

While at Bain & Company, Stone consulted Nike...

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03:23
UberEats and Volvo think riders might want a...

Tokyo might be known for its plethora of restaurants, but the beleaguered UberEats service and Volvo have put a brand new one in the backseat of a moving SUV. A partnership between the Swedish automaker, Uber and Iron Chef Yukio Hattori called the "A...

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03:00
The Week in Apple News and Rumors: iPad Pro rumors,...

Apple headlines for the week ending Mar. 17, 2017

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The rumor mill is working overtime, with renders of iPhones everywhere (a curved screen or no curved screen?), grumblings of the sequel to the iPad Pro, and even an new Apple TV sighting. There were a few actual news items, though. Check out the Apple-related headlines in this week’s roundup. Just click on the link to get more information.

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03:00
Meet SwapBots, an augmented-reality toy that pairs...

With so many kid-friendly games, apps, and programs these days, it can be hard for parents to pry their kids away from the screen—but not all screen time has to be passive. 

SwapBots is a new line of physical toys that spring to life when paired with a smartphone or tablet, thanks to augmented reality. The toy itself is made up of various blocks that you stack up, three pieces high, to make a character—pick between different feet, torsos, and heads. The blocks are lightweight, and are easier to stack than your standard Lego bricks.

SwapBots

Once your bot is ready to roll, the app will walk you through the pairing process, which only takes seconds and involves holding the toy up in front of the camera. Once activated, your character...

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Friday March 17

23:55
AccuWeather now lets you look at the forecast in...

Checking the weather report is usually a colorless, simple experience -- a glance at an app to see the five day forecast or check the news for any major storms or events. If you have a Samsung Gear VR device, however, your daily forecast could soon b...

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23:14
Apple CEO Tim Cook says globalization is 'great...




Apple CEO Tim Cook offered remarks on globalization, cybersecurity, encryption, international relations and more during a rare public appearance in China, part of the executive's attempts to woo Chinese consumers.

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21:44
This week on AI: Apple's not-so-curved '...




This week we learned that Apple's "iPhone 8" may have a curved OLED screen, but not as curved as some were anticipating. Future iPads also made the news, along with possible signs that Apple is already testing a 4K Apple TV running "tvOS 11."

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20:29
Lily Drone team says it has no timeframe for issuing...

When Lily Robotics announced that its self-flying, follow-along camera drone wouldn't be produced, it promised to refund $34 million in pre-orders back to its customers. That's still the plan, but according to a new refund request form, the company i...

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18:57
Supercomputer simulation looks inside of 2011's...

In may of 2011, a sequence of tornadoes roared across the midwestern United States. The incident became a focal point for scientists eager to learn what it is about supercell storms that allow them to form such devastating tornados. It's an important...

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18:14
Happy Hour Podcast 111 | Apple event hype, iPad...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss how LG’s reengineered 5K display “just works”, Apple’s iPad Pro ads on the web, Apple hiring security expert Jonathan Zdziarski, iPad floating and split keyboards, KGI on the iPhone 8 beating Samsung, plenty of Apple event and iPad rumors, a pricey drone app, HomeKit updates, the potential for third-party Apple Watch faces, and more. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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18:08
Germany plans to squeeze hydroelectric power out of...

As coal energy falls out of favor in much of the world, one defunct mine in the heart of Germany's coal country is preparing for a new life as a sustainable power plant. As Bloomberg reports, the Prosper-Haniel mine in the state of North-Rhine Westph...

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17:28
Corporate brands, UK government pull ads from Google...




A series of major brands have pulled ads from Google's YouTube following reports that their ads are being shown next to terrorist, hate group and other offensive or controversial videos.

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17:06
DARPA has laid the groundwork for thought-powered...

New research from the government's mad science wing, DARPA, could make life an awful lot easier for people who use prosthetic limbs. You see, DAPRA has devised what it calls the "Atomic Magnetometer for Biological Imaging in Earth's Native Terrain."...

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15:23
You can now buy AppleCare+ for an iPhone up to a...

If you buy an iPhone you now have up to one year to purchase AppleCare+ for the device, compared to 60 days previously, according to MacRumors. This means you can now add AppleCare+ to an Apple smartphone as long as it remains within its standard one-year limited warranty period. 

This brings AppleCare+ for iPhone in line with AppleCare for Mac and Apple TV, which can also be purchased up to one year after those devices are purchased. Alas, this only applies to the iPhone, not the iPad, iPod touch, and Apple Watch, for which the time limit remains 60 days for customers looking to add AppleCare+ after the fact, notes MacRumors. The change is retroactive, so iPhones sold within the past year qualify for AppleCare+ now.

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14:50
FCC: Your cybersecurity isn't our problem

The new FCC chairman hasn't wasted any time getting down to business. That is, the business of burning consumer privacy and security to the ground.

New Trump appointee FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has suspended the agency's consumer data privacy rules inde...

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14:35
Sony's virtual reality suit is why people go to...

Sony isn’t exactly the coolest name in technology, which is why we were surprised to see the company set up shop directly across the street from the Austin Convention Center at South by Southwest.

Stepping inside Sony’s makeshift Wow Factory was like seeing into a future where virtual and augmented reality are full-body experiences not necessarily tied to a clunky headset or a phone. And while none of these technologies are ready to buy, Sony’s ambitious set-up was seriously impressive.

We’re not sure there’s a big market for the Synesthesia Suit, but this virtual reality experience is a trip. The suit has 26 actuators that vibrate all over your body once you’re buckled in—which takes some time—and slip on a PlayStation VR headset. The Rez Infinite demo we tried was wild, to say the least. Instead of simply hearing the music’s bass through the TV or a pair of headphones, the suit radiates sensation throughout your body, from your arms to your ankles...

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14:08
Apple extends AppleCare+ purchase window from 60...

Although Apple’s information page for AppleCare+ hasn’t been updated yet, it is now possible to add the AppleCare+ extended coverage to iPhones within a year window, instead of the previous 60 day limit.

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14:07
Apple paid Chance the Rapper $500,000 for a two-week...

It's tough for streaming music services to stand out. Cosmetic differences aside, all of them offer virtually the same thing. Each major platform has the songs listeners want, for the most part. One method that services are using to stand out is excl...

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14:03
Apple extends AppleCare+ purchase deadline to one...




According to a recent report, Apple appears to be bringing its AppleCare+ plan for iPhone more in line with offerings for the Mac and Apple TV, and looks to be allowing users to purchase the plan up to a year after initial device purchase.

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13:45
Notable apps and app updates for March 17, 2017

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

iOS Apps/Updates

Prolific Apps has introduced Stock Ranker 1.0. It combines the power of raw data and analytics to compare and rank companies specifically against their industry peers. Investors can instantly compare stocks in the same industry group by analyzing metrics most commonly recommended by investment advisors. 

Stock Ranker 1.0 is is based on Apple's Auto-Renewable Subscriptions model and is on sale for the month of March at a price of $1.99 per three-month subscription. It regularly sells for $2.99 per three-month subscription. A five-day free trial is provided.

AppVant Garde Studios has launched...

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13:37
FBI apprehends troll for seizure-inducing Twitter...

The perpetrator who tweeted a seizure-inducing image to a journalist has been apprehended by the FBI. In December a troll sent Vanity Fair and Newsweek writer Kurt Eichenwald, who is epileptic, a flashing, auto-playing image. Earlier this morning, Ei...

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13:29
News: Apple extends AppleCare+ purchase timeframe to...

Apple has extended the amount of time that customers can purchase AppleCare+ after buying a new iPhone to one year, according to a new report by MacRumors. Previously, customers purchasing a new iPhone had up to 60 days to decide whether or not to purchase Apple’s AppleCare+ protection plan, which increases the covered iPhone’s warranty coverage and telephone support to two years from the date of the device’s purchase and provides…

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13:07
Infrared light could someday deliver super-fast WiFi

WiFi has become essential to our everyday lives, which is why slow speeds piss us all off. Luckily, a PhD student in the Netherlands has come up with a potentially groundbreaking idea: using infrared rays to carry wireless data to your laptop or smar...

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13:05
Winclone 6: The best way to Migrate and Backup your...

My thanks to Twocanoes Software for sponsoring The Loop with Winclone 6 this week.

Winclone is the award-winning Mac app used to backup, clone, restore, and migrate Windows installed on your Boot Camp partition. Winclone 6 adds in a bunch of new features, including full compatibility with the new MacBooks and MacBook Pros, ability to mount your Boot Camp partition as a writable volume, a fresh new look and much more.

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13:00
AWT News Update: March 17, 2017

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Happy St. Patrick's Day. Today we look at ways that Apple is planning on staying "in the green" by expanding sales in two of the planet's most populous countries:

  • Apple will restart sales of iPhones in Indonesia in about two weeks following promises to build an R&D center in Jakarta
  • Over 100 small franchised Apple Authorized Retailer locations are expected to open in India 

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

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12:51
Gear: Just Mobile Headstand Avant

Now that the Apple TV directly supports Bluetooth headphones, the only thing you may be missing is somewhere to keep your higher-end cans when you’re not actually sitting in front of the big screen listening to your favourite shows or beats. If this is the case, then Just Mobile has you covered with its new HeadStand Avant. It’s a sleek aluminum stand, precision engineered in the way that Just Mobile has become famous for.

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12:47
Google somehow made Apple’s Live Photos better, with...

We were already fans of Google’s Motion Stills app for iOS, which makes it easier to share Live Photos you shoot on your iPhone 6s or 7.

Shooting, editing, and sharing Live Photos is easier with a Google Motion Stills update rolling out today (which begs the question of why Apple doesn’t offer these tools itself, but aaaaanyway). The marquee feature in this update allows you to choose a new main frame for your Live Photo and then export it back to your Camera Roll. If the default still doesn’t show off your moving image at its best, you can use the Motion Stills new slider tool to examine the Live Photo frame-by-frame and choose a new one.

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12:38
Owners of bricked G4 and V10 phones sue LG

It's been years since LG's G4 and V10 smartphones launched, but the people burned by a flaw that made those devices non-functional haven't forgotten. Four G4 and V10 owners filed a class-action lawsuit against LG earlier this week, alleging that the...

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