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Tuesday February 6

10:03
tvOS 11.3 beta 2 for Apple TV developers now...

Apple has released tvOS 11.3 beta 2 for registered developers to test on Apple TV (fourth-gen) and Apple TV 4K. We’ll dig in to the new version and detail changes below.

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10:02
Apple releases iOS 11.3 beta 2 with battery health...

Thirteen days after the first developer beta, Apple has released iOS 11.3 beta 2 for registered developers to test on iPhone and iPad. We’ll dig in to the new version and detail changes below.

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10:01
Apple considering whether to offer rebates for full-...




Apple may offer rebates to people who bought a full-cost replacement iPhone battery to get around throttled performance, according to a newly-published response from the company.

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09:56
European Commission to examine Apple’s acquisition...

The European Commission — an institution of the European Union, responsible for proposing legislation, implementing decisions, upholding the EU treaties and managing the day-to-day business of the EU — says it’s accepted a request from Austria, France, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Spain and Sweden to assess under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Shazam by Apple. 

The Commission will look into whether the transaction may threaten to adversely affect competition in the European Economic Area (EEA). The EEA is the area in which the Agreement on the EEA provides for the free movement of persons, goods, services and capital within the European Single Market, including the freedom to choose residence in any country within this area. The EEA was established on Jan. 1, 1994. The European Single Market is a single market which seeks to guarantee the free movement of goods, capital, services, and labor – the "four freedoms" – within the European Union, the political and...

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09:46
Apple plans not one, but two, new data centers in...

On Saturday, reports said that Apple plans to open its first China data center in 2020. Now it looks like Apple will have two centers operable by that date. 

The official Xinhua news agency, citing local government, says the second center will be built in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region in the north. As Apple's first data center in north China, it would commence operation in 2020 and offer iCloud services on the Chinese mainland. Last year, Apple set up a data center in the southern province of Guizhou, its first in China, to comply with the tougher cyber-security laws.

The first facility, which will be entirely driven by renewable energy, will be built and run in partnership with Guizhou on the Cloud Big Data. The center is part of Apple's planned $1 billion investment the southern province of Guizhou.

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09:45
Apple considering reimbursing customers who paid $79...

Recode reports that Apple is looking into the possibility of reimbursing customers who have paid the full $79 for an iPhone battery replacement. Lawmaker Sen. John Thune asked Apple about the issue and the company says that it is exploring ways to do so.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: BOSS CarPlay Dash Receiver $...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications. more…

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09:30
Report: 2017 brings huge Apple Watch growth, 18...

New data from Canalys today shares details on Apple Watch shipments, and 2017 was a big win for Apple’s wearable. The reports says that Apple beat expectations with sales of 18 million units.

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09:29
Apple cutting back on bond buys ahead of plans to...




As it gets ready to bring billions in foreign cash back to the U.S., Apple is also reportly drawing back on its purchases of corporate bonds.

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09:29
BBEdit 12.1 adds Touch Bar support on MacBook Pros,...

Bare Bones Software has just released an important new update to its BBEdit HTML and text editor. Version 12.1 makes BBEdit a 64-bit application for the first time, which has performance advantages now and future-proofs BBEdit for upcoming macOS updates.

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09:22
Apple sells 18 million Apple Watches in 2017 (up 54...

Apple Watch shipments beat expectations, topping 18 million in 2017, up by more than 54% from 2016, according to Canalys

The Series 3 was the key growth driver, as total shipments of the latest version of the smartwatch were just under nine million, making up nearly half of all shipments in 2017, adds the research group. Apple’s fourth quarter performance was impressive in itself, as shipments grew by more than 32% over quarter four of 2016 to eight million, the highest ever number of shipments in a single quarter, not just for Apple, but for any wearable vendor.

“The cellular version of the Apple Watch was in strong demand in the U.S., Japan and Australia, where all major operators stocked it in time for the holiday season,” says Vincent Thielke, research analyst at Canalys. 

The Apple Watch Series 3 is the fastest-selling LTE wearable on the market, with shipments doubling quarter on quarter to reach 1.6...

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08:46
Bloomberg: Apple decreases bond purchases ahead of...

A new report from Bloomberg today says that Apple is reducing its bond purchases ahead of bringing its overseas cash back to the US. As other tech companies are doing the same, there are concerns about how this will affect the corporate bond market.

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08:44
Apple error sends Search Ads Basic advertising...




An issue with the way Apple provides reports to iPhone and iPad app developers about advertising and installation rates has been uncovered, with a number of app developers claiming to receive reports for apps belonging to other developers instead of their own creations.

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08:06
Apple takes media on tour of audio lab in run-up to...




Apple recently took a well-known blog on a tour of its audio labs, using the occasion to talk up its first smartspeaker, the HomePod, shipping on Feb. 9 for $349.

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07:48
HomePod review roundup: 'Room filling,'...

With less than 72 hours until its release, the first HomePod reviews are in from a hand-picked group of media outlets, and they’re very positive—as long as you’re buying Apple’s $349 smart speaker for sound quality. The Homepod’s “smarts,” though, leave much to be desired.

That’s not a total surprise, since Siri is woefully inadequate on other devices and Apple hadn’t given us any indication that it has enhanced Siri for HomePod. But in action it’s even worse than we expected. Brian X. Chen of The New York Times laments Siri’s capabilities on the new speaker and concludes that “Siri doesn’t even work as well on HomePod as it does on the iPhone.”

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07:30
∞ “The blue marble”

This guy is a mad genius. I hope he continues to use his powers for good and never evil.

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07:15
The art of sound mixing vs sound editing

This is a great series of videos explaining the differences between sound mixing vs sound editing by Oscar winner Walter Murch. I don’t know much about sound but I know I’d watch Murch explain the phone book. Always an interesting guy to listen to.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:02
HomePod review roundup: not as smart as it could be...

Apple seeded HomePod review units to a number of websites, embargoed for today, and the first reviews are landing.

There are quibbles. More than one reviewer said that, for a smart speaker, it wasn’t as smart as its rivals. But when it comes to audio quality, everyone was universally impressed. The clear consensus here is that the sound quality isn’t just the best available from a smart speaker, it out-performs many more expensive speakers.

Even What HiFi gave it a full five stars, and based on the rave reviews below, I’m really looking forward to taking delivery of mine and finding out whether the sound really is so much better than I’d so far been expecting

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06:59
HomePod review roundup: Apple's smart speaker...




As a home audio device, Apple's HomePod is a hit with critics, who have lauded the $349 accessory's superior sound quality. But the standalone speaker has not addressed the shortcomings of Siri, an area where HomePod lagged behind the capabilities of competitors Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

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06:40
Apple is Sending Some Developers Ad Spend and...

An issue at Apple appears to be resulting in app developers getting emails of ad spend and install summaries for apps belonging to other developers. From a report: The issue -- which appears specific right now to developers using Search Ads Basic, pay-per-install ads that appear as promoted apps when people search on the App Store -- was raised on Twitter by a number of those affected, including prominent developer Steve Troughton-Smith, who posted a screenshot of an email that summarized January's ad spend and install data another developer's two apps. Several others replied noting the same issue, listing more developers and random apps.


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06:36
Glucose sensor app said to be first third-party...




An app for Abbott's FreeStyle Libre glucose reader is said to be the first third-party iOS title to make use of the NFC chip in Apple's iPhone, previously reserved only for Apple Pay.

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06:27
Apple offers glimpse inside audio lab it used to...

Apple gave The Loop a look inside the audio labs the company uses to test speakers for its iPhone and iPad devices, as well as the company’s new HomePod smart speaker which trumpets sound quality as its number 1 feature. Apple said that the HomePod project began six years ago. All parts inside HomePod are custom designed by Apple, even including the fabric that wraps around the outside.

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06:15
Farrago: A Fun and Useful Soundboard for the Mac

Farrago is Rogue Amoeba’s new soundboard tool for podcasts and live performances. It’s a neat little tool for enhancing recordings or events of any sort with predefined sound clips.

 

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06:01
Supplies of the HomePod are beginning to dwindle

As noted by MacRumors, the HomePod supply is beginning to shorten ahead of the speaker's launch this Friday across the U.S. United Kingdom, and Australia. 

Apple Store pickup is now unavailable for the wireless speaker system in all three countries. Delivery estimates for online orders of the speaker in white and space gray have been pushed back to Feb. 12 in both Australia and the United Kingdom. 

HomePod orders placed today on Apple's online store are still estimated for delivery on Feb. 9 in the U.S. Limited quantities of the speaker may be available to walk-in customers at select Apple Stores and resellers, including Best Buy, John Lewis, Harvey Norman, Telstra, and EE. 

The $349 device is just under seven inches tall and looks like a piece of furniture. As well as a wireless speaker, it also acts as a hub for HomeKit devices to provide remote access to home automation.

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05:38
Review: The $129 DJI Osmo Mobile 2 is the best-value...

If you’ve got any recent model iPhone, you’ve got a great camera – both for still photos and for video. So good, in fact, that many independent filmmakers use it to shoot both shorts and full-length movies.

But such reports can give a somewhat misleading impression. Very often, the iPhone is the capture device, but it’s coupled to far more expensive supplementary kit like professional lenses, and gimbals to smooth footage.

What DJI has done with its latest gimbal is to bring smooth mobile shooting – and more – down to a price level that makes it extremely affordable. So much so that, when you consider all the things it can do, I’d say it qualifies as the best-value iPhone accessory on the market at the moment …

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05:35
∞ Review: Apple HomePod

I’ve been using the HomePod for almost a week now. The device is part technological marvel with a little bit of magic thrown in to make it a really compelling device for every home. […]

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05:30
∞ Inside Apple’s HomePod Audio Lab

Apple didn’t build its audio products by choosing off-the-shelf components that any other company can use—it designed and built them from scratch. The testing for all its products happens in the company’s audio lab in Cupertino, Calif. Last week, they took me on a tour of the lab to show me what’s involved in making an audio product at Apple. […]

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05:28
Apple granted another patent for a gesture-based UI...

Apple has been granted another patent (number 9885459) for a Mac user interface that utilizes gesture recognition. The invention involves “pattern projection using micro-lenses.”

The patent involves methods and systems for mapping of three-dimensional (3D) objects, and, specifically,  to optical 3D mapping. Apple says it provides user motions that can control an interactive computer application, such as a game, in place of tactile interface elements such as a mouse, joystick or other accessory.

Here’s a summary of the patent: “An illumination assembly includes a light source, which is configured to emit optical radiation. A transparency containing a plurality of micro-lenses, which are arranged in a non-uniform pattern and are configured to focus the optical radiation to form, at a focal plane, respective focal spots in the non-uniform pattern. Optics are configured to project the non-uniform pattern of the focal spots from the focal plane onto an object.”

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05:15
France bans handheld smartphone use in cars, even...

In what seems a very misguided attempt to address the problem of road deaths and injuries in France, the government has just banned handheld smartphone use even when the car is stationary and the engine switched off …

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05:13
The NYPD arms Manhattan police officers with iPhones

The New York Police Department has begun scrapping 36,000 smartphones it gave police officers over the past two years because they’re already obsolete and can’t be upgraded, and are turning to iPhones, reports The New York Post.

Police officers try out their new iPhones at the 13th Precinct on Thursday, Jan. 25. (SUSAN WATTS/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

The move follows Microsoft’s decision to stop supporting the operating system that runs the NYPD’s devices. The rollout has begun in Patrol Borough Manhattan South, which spans from Wall St. to 59th St.

Within the next week, cops covering these neighborhoods will be “i-ready” to protect and serve, NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Information and Technology...

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05:06
Health research Stephen Friend bids Apple adieu

Stephen Friend, a health researcher and co-founder of Sage Bionetworks, has left Apple after serving less than two years on the job to become an “independent entrepreneur,” reports CNBC. No reason was given for the departure.

Sage Bionetworks launched in 2009 as part of Friend’s vision “to drive open science and fundamentally change the relationship between patients and their doctors.” The company has been a partner on most of the high-profile apps to come out on Apple's health-focused platforms, ResearchKit and CareKit.

Another member of Apple's health team, Anil Sethi, also left the company at the end of 2017 to work on a start-up focused on gathering health information for cancer patients.

In the past few years, Apple has recruited a team of medical experts to help guide its strategy as it moves into health care. Its team currently includes: Rajiv...

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05:00
Will Apple ever make its own search engine? (Apple...

A couple of years ago, Apple posted a listing to its Jobs at Apple page describing an engineering project manager position for "Apple Search." Could the company could be working on a full-fledged search engine for use on macOS and iOS platforms?

Here's Apple's job summary (as it appeared at the time): "Apple seeks a technical, driven and creative program manager to manage backend operations projects for a search platform supporting hundreds of millions of users. Play a part in revolutionizing how people use their computers and mobile devices. Manage operational projects that support groundbreaking technology and the most scalable big-data systems in existence.

This position requires a team player and a self-starter with experience leading cross-functional tactical and detailed oriented projects. Must have a successful track record in project management. A successful candidate has a great track record of effectively getting things done and uses resources efficiently....

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04:42
Snapchat continues cautious roll-out of redesign,...

Snapchat is continuing its gradual rollout of a major app redesign. It is treading cautiously, with a widespread rollout of the the redesign limited to a handful of countries to date, perhaps mindful of the poor reviews it has been receiving.

In the US and elsewhere, Snapchat continues to drip-feed new features, with one quietly rolled out in the last few weeks and another on the way …

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04:39
HomePod sells out on Australia Apple Online Store,...

As anticipation for HomePod builds, Apple’s smart speaker has sold out in Australia. Apple’s website reports that new orders for the HomePod in White or Space Gray will now deliver from the 12th in the country (which is the 11th in most parts of the world due to timezone differences).

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04:30
TouchCopy is handy for transferring your iTunes,...

Sometimes you need transfer music and other files from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. That’s when TouchCopy comes in handy. And the latest version (16) adds support for the iPhone 8 and iPhone X.

Let's say you need to move an iTunes library from an old Mac to a new one. Or transfer music, photos, SMS, voice mails, contacts, etc. from your iDevice to iTunes. Or recover your iTunes content from your iOS device when you get a new Mac or are recovering after a hard drive failure. 

If the music, playlists, song data, album art, ratings, play counts, ebooks, games, videos and Messages are still available on your iDevice, TouchCopy can retrieve all of these and more and safely restore your iTunes library. Conveniently, TouchCopy will prevent iTunes from attempting to re-sync your device while it's running. 

What's more, the software lets you view and copy your iDevice photos to your computer, including photos and...

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04:11
iPad boosts market share as tablet market declines;...

The iPad boosted its market share in the final quarter of last year, achieving very slight growth as the tablet market as a whole declined, reports IDC.

The company attributes Apple’s ‘solid lead’ to a balance of entry-level and iPad Pro shipments.

Apple maintained a solid lead in the holiday quarter driving growth both through its lower-priced 9.7-inch iPad as well as its newly refreshed iPad Pro products. While the lower-price iPad has continued to drive a strong consumer upgrade cycle, the shifting focus is to iPad Pro and its potential in the commercial and education segments …

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04:00
How to use Siri to set a timer in iOS 11

I’m an ice cream addict. Twice a week I make a big batch of the world’s greatest dessert. In doing so, I have to time the mixing process for 30 minutes. I use iOS 11’s Siri to set a timer on my iPhone X to tell me when the mixing time is completed.

You can do the same to remind yourself to make a phone call, turn the oven on (or off), head out to pick up the kiddos from school, and more. Here’s how to do it:

  • Hold down the Home button on your iPhone (or iPad) to activate Siri. Or say "Hey, Siri" on supported devices such as the iPhone X.
  • Say something like "Set a timer for 30 minutes."
  • Siri will confirm that the timer was created and started.
  • Open the Clock app and click on the Timer icon if you want to watch the countdown.

Even with the timer set, you can continue to use your iPhone as usual. Press the Home button to return to the Home screen.

(This how-to is based on my experiences and info on Apple's support...

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03:42
Some developers receiving Search Ads report emails...

In a rather embarrassing screw up, some developers are receiving report emails from Search Ads Basics featuring details for apps that aren’t theirs. This includes information that is usually confidential such as number of installs from the ad campaign as well as how much was spent.

There doesn’t seem to be any kind of systemic Apple ID hack; it just looks like a buggy email daemon is sending out the wrong information to different people.

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03:00
Patent application highlights ideas for next-gen...

The next-gen Apple Pencil could be capable of writing on any flat surface or in the air.

A recently-published patent application, numbered 62/363,172 and titled “Content Creation Using Electronic Input Device on Non-Electronic Surfaces” describes the use of an Apple Pencil-like device, in conjunction with some form of motion or orientation sensor external to the stylus on any surface, like a desktop.

The documentation associated with the patent is intentionally vague as to how this will be executed. Still, it highlights how the stylus’s movement can be tracked by “a motion and orientation sensor, a camera, or an electromagnetic- or sound-based triangulation scheme.”

The patent also details how the data generated by a pointing device could be tracked in three dimensions, even without requiring a surface to write on. Other utilizations of the technology beyond just handwriting include tracing a 3D object to make a model in the computer.

Communication...

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03:00
Apple offering 32GB replacement units to some...

If your 16GB iPhone 5c is headed into the shop, Apple might be replacing it with a 32GB model instead.

A new directive sent out to Apple Authorized Service Providers this morning offered the following guidance:

“Orders for whole unit service inventory of iPhone 5c (16GB) models may be substituted to iPhone 5c (32GB) models until further notice.”

While not all 16GB iPhone 5c units will be replaced with a 32GB unit, some customers that take their units in for repair for a manufacturing issue or other problem may see an upgrade to the larger capacity 32GB model.

Apple has yet to offer a specific reason for the potential upgrade, albeit this is often due to the available supply at any given time.

Apple stopped offering 16 and 32GB iPhone 5c models for sale in most countries in September of 2014, but continued selling an 8GB model until September of 2015. In India, the iPhone 5c was still available through February of 2016, but since that time,...

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Monday February 5

21:57
Grammarly patches bug that could expose everything...

Grammarly, a copyediting extension for Chrome and Firefox that points out typos and grammatical mistakes, had a major bug that allowed any website you visit to log into your account and read everything you ever wrote. It made all your documents, hist...

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20:15
Apple's iCloud key in takedown of notorious...




Data from Apple's iCloud service was used to identify, and potentially locate and arrest, the operator of the Kelihos botnet, a system notorious for its association spam networks and criminal conspirators, according to U.S. court documents unsealed on Monday.

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19:00
Health researcher Stephen Friend leaves Apple after...




According to a report on Monday, Stephen Friend, prominent health researcher and co-founder of Sage Bionetworks, has left Apple after serving less than two years on the job.

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18:28
NYPD begins deploying iPhone 7 & 7 Plus to...

As initially reported last year, The New York Police Department is moving away from Windows Phones after two years with the platform. Replacing some 36,000 Windows phones are iPhones, which are now being rolled out to police officers…

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18:01
Apple’s health team loses veteran researcher after...

As Apple works to grow and expand its health-related projects and the teams working on those efforts, there’s sure to be some turnover in the process. CNBC reports today that Stephen Friend, a top health researcher, departed Apple late in 2017… more…

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17:46
NYPD begins rolling out 36,000 iPhone 7, 7 Plus...




As part of a planned switch away from Microsoft's defunct Windows Phone platform, the New York Police Department recently began issuing officers their choice of iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus handsets, devices some cops are already lauding as the "ultimate tool" to fight crime.

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16:39
How iCloud helped investigators track down one of...

Apple played a surprisingly big role in helping track down one the world’s worst spammers, according to an affidavit unsealed today and picked up by The Verge. According to the document, Russian spam king Peter Levashov was tracked down in large part due to his iCloud usage…

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15:21
Report suggests Apple could begin 2018 product...

Supply chain source Digitimes is out with a new report today highlighting Apple’s suppliers involvement in upcoming product launches. The site claims that Apple could begin upgrading its various product lines as early as next month, but fails to offer specific information about what products are potentially on the docket…

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15:09
How to get Windows 10 up and running on Mac using...




Choosing between a Windows computer and a Mac can be a tough decision. Some users think they'll be giving up features or apps they enjoyed on Windows when making the switch to Mac. Luckily, you can have the best of both worlds by running Windows on a Mac using Apple's Boot Camp.

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15:03
Lifeprint’s ‘hyperphoto’ printer lets you instantly...

Good review of the pros and cons. I’d love to have a “quickie” printer for on the go prints but the downsides of the low picture quality and hugely expensive paper make these kinds of printers a no buy for me.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:54
Apple was right to throttle iPhones, but some things...

Good explanation of what happened and why. There’s good and bad in Apple’s reasoning for doing it but, as I’ve often said, their lack of explanation and “full disclosure” can sometimes bite them in the ass.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:31
Apple Daily Report for Feb. 5, 2018

The AWT News Update is on hiatus while my compadre, Steve, deals with a death in the family. Prayers go out to the entire Sande family. In the place of the AWT News Update, I’ll offer a text-only (no podcast) summary of breaking stories with a tip o’ my hat to my former website, Apple Daily Report.

The Financial Times reports a limited number of reports are coming from iPhone X users experiencing delays with incoming phone calls.

The last configuration of iMac Pro is starting to ship to consumers worldwide, with readers informing AppleInsider that they have custody of the machine now.

Pegatron, Apple’s secondary iPhone assembler,...

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14:27
Veteran music journalist, Alex Gale, to Apple Music’...

Veteran music journalist Alex Gale has been named head of editorial for Apple Music, reports Variety. Apple’s music streaming service now has over 36 million subscribers.

Photo courtesy of Alex Gale

An alumnus of Billboard, Complex, XXL and Vibe publications, Gale will be based out of Apple’s Los Angeles outpost. He’ll report to Jen Robbins, director of project management and editorial for Apple.

Vareity says Gale will head up the team responsible for all written content on Apple’s music platforms, including and iTunes, as well as Apple Music, with some crossover into video projects and global radio network Beats 1.

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14:23
021: iPhone 7 replacement program, why Telegram was...

Today we’ve got a new replacement program for iPhone 7, the explanation behind Telegram being abruptly pulled from the App Store last week, and a few updates on HomePod and Apple Music.

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14:23
Music journalist Alex Gale named head of Apple Music...

Previously working at Billboard, Complex, XXL and Vibe, music journalist Alex Gale will be leading Apple’s editorial group for Apple Music, according to Variety. Gale will be working out of Apple’s Los Angeles offices.

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14:21
Some 16GB iPhone 5c replacements will be upgraded to...

Apple and Apple Authorized Service Providers will offer some customers who own a 16GB iPhone 5c that's in need of replacement a 32GB model instead, reports MacRumors.

"Orders for whole unit service inventory of iPhone 5c (16GB) models may be substituted to iPhone 5c (32GB) models until further notice," Apple said in a new to service to service providers today.

Not all 16GB iPhone 5c replacements will be upgraded to 32GB devices. However, some folks who take their iPhone 5c models in for repair for a manufacturing issue or other problem may see an upgrade to a 32GB unit. MacRumors says Apple hasn’t offered a reason why some 16GB iPhone 5c models are being replaced with 32GB models, “but it's often due to available supply at any given time.”

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14:20
Apple Music recruits journalist Alex Gale to lead...




As of Monday, Apple Music is reportedly taking on long-time music journalist Alex Gale as its new head of editorial.

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14:18
Review: Bowers & Wilkins PX offer superb sound...

I’m a hard sell when it comes to headphones. Sound quality comes before anything else, even though I haven’t ventured into the 4-figure headphone territory. As reference, I’ve owned AirPods, Oppo PM-3s, Sennheiser HD600s, and Audio-Technica M50x’s in the past.

A trend you’ll see in my headphone selections are that I try to be as close to neutral frequency as possible – aside from the M50x’s which were a mistake as my first pair of headphones, but I’d rather not get into that. And AirPods make the list for their convenience features.

Then enter the Bowers & Wilkins PX, beautifully designed headphones that happen to compare closely to AirPods, but deliver on sound quality.

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13:37
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 5...

Notable software releases this week include Banktivity 6.3, SpamSieve 2.9.30, and Keyboard Maestro 8.0.5.

 

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13:37
ExtraBITS for 5 February 2018

In ExtraBITS this week, a former Apple employee speaks out about how things changed inside Apple between Steve Jobs and Tim Cook, 9to5Mac’s Michael Steeber looks at Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard’s continuing popularity, and the Strava fitness network has accidentally revealed military secrets.

 

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13:31
Review: August Smart Lock Pro works with HomeKit and...

August unveiled its latest generation of smart locks and doorbells last fall with its improved Pro lineup, and we’ve had a chance to test out some of the new features. Smart Lock Pro includes upgraded internals and Z-Wave Plus support, while Doorbell Cam Pro adds a useful floodlight for scaring off intruders and seeing visitors in the dark. Check out our hands-on below:

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12:16
iPhone growth becoming less predictable, analyst...

UBS has shared a new analyst note today describing some of the challenges and opportunities Apple faces as the iPhone hits maturity. In addition to a greater dependency on services for revenue, UBS believes the predictability of Apple’s quarterly performance is noticeably decreasing.

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12:15
Canary firmware adds support for Person Detection

Canary will be rolling out Person Detection to all of its customers over the next two weeks, as promised. The company claims that the update is automatic and nothing needs to be done on the user’s end.

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12:08
Apple Southlake Town Square in Dallas-Fort Worth...




Apple's Southlake Town Square outlet -- located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area -- will close for renovations on Sunday, March 4.

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11:47
Future Apple Pencil could be used to draw on any...




Three Apple engineers have applied for a patent that suggests that the company is at least considering working on a new Apple Pencil, capable of being used outside the confines of an iPad, on any flat surface or in the air.

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11:38
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It would be really interesting to see how this works in the hands of the police and the backend data management would be an immense challenge.

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Amazon's Fire HD 8 tablet is $60

Amazon has a bunch of devices on sale right now, including the Fire HD 8 tablet for $60.

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Bargain pricing on the Rain Design iLap Laptop Stand

Have a MacBook, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air? You can keep both your lap and your MacBook cool when you're working without a desk with Rain Design's versatile iLap Laptop Stand ($36.99).

The iLap is made up of a hinged cushion that offers the flexibility to use your laptop in different positions comfortably. You can even use it at a desk to raise the screen for better ergonomics. The soft foam cushion provides hours of comfort and can be removed for easier carrying, while the aluminum base cools your MacBook by acting as a heat sink. There's even a handy cable outlet to organize all of the cables coming from your device to keep your desktop organized.

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∞ “Three Minutes”

The annual Chinese New Year migration is the largest in the world. This story of just one small piece of it is lovely and poignant.

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Apple Music Was Always Going To Win

Apple Music is about to overtake Spotify as the most popular streaming music service in the United States, the Wall Street Journal reported over the weekend. Gizmodo: [...] Here's where the inevitability comes into play. Because all Apple devices come preloaded with Apple Music, countless consumers start using Apple Music without knowing any better. It's effectively become the streaming music analogue of Microsoft pushing people to surf the web with Internet Explorer. The big difference is that people eventually have to pay for Apple Music, which is the same price as Spotify. As many suspected when it launched three years ago, Apple Music was bound to succeed simply because Apple is big enough and rich enough to will it so. Think about it this way: Spotify gained traction quickly after its 2011 launch, largely because music enthusiasts had seen its streaming model succeed globally and wanted to try this neat new thing. After all, there wasn't anything quite like it at the time, and...

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Apple’s Southlake, Texas store set to close on March...

Apple has announced on their retail website that the company’s Southlake Town Square location in Southlake, Texas will close for renovations on March 4th.

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10:39
Apple Watch knockoff promises 45-day battery life,...

The latest Apple Watch clone is now available and offers an interesting amount of features for a sub $100, iOS-compatible wearable.

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Telegram was pulled because of child pornography,...




The "inappropriate content" that saw Telegram briefly disappear from the App Store last week was child pornography, Apple's marketing chief explained in response to a customer question.

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10:10
iPhone X Bug Leaves Some Users Unable To Answer Calls

Mark Wilson writes: A number of iPhone X users are complaining about a bug that leaves them unable to answer incoming calls. Reports of the bug are spreading through Apple's support forums, and the company says it is looking into the problem. People who are experiencing the bug say that when they receive a call, their iPhone X rings, but the screen does not wake up. While the problem has been around for a couple of months, complaints seem to be growing in number at the moment.


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Child porn behind Telegram’s recent removal from...

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The encrypted messaging app Telegram was mysteriously removed from Apple's App Store last week for a number of hours. At the time, little was known about the reason why, except that it had to do with "inappropriate content." According to a 9to5Mac report, Apple removed Telegram after the app was found serving up child pornography to users.

A verified email from Phil Schiller details that Apple was alerted to child pornography in the Telegram app, immediately verified the existence of the content, and removed the app from its online stores. Apple then notified Telegram and the authorities,...

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On the rebooted Menu Bar podcast, which focuses on Apple and related subjects, former Apple employee Bob Burrough stopped by to discuss his experiences working on the original iPhone, including how he smuggled the first production models out of China. Burrough also talks about the transition from Steve Jobs to Tim Cook and the resulting changes in company culture. Burrough says that under Jobs, employees were allowed to call out faults anywhere they saw them, regardless of whether it was in their wheelhouse or not, but under Cook, Apple employees are very much encouraged to stay in their own lanes.

 

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New NikePlus rewards include free Apple Music,...

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Nike has announced the official rollout of its latest NikePlus rewards for members. The new benefits include exclusive Nike playlists on Apple Music, a deal for four months free of the music service, personalized promotions, and more.

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First look: Occipital Structure sensor iPad...




At the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show, Occipital showed off its Structure mobile depth sensor that attaches to the back of an iPad to capture a 3D model of whatever is in front of it, including small and large objects, and the overall layout of a room -- and AppleInsider just got one to try out.

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Apple abruptly pulled Telegram last week when it...

We now have the answer for why the popular messaging app Telegram was pulled from the App Store last week. Telegram for iOS notably disappeared from the App Store for several hours without an explanation before the service’s CEO blamed the problem on Apple pulling the app due to ‘inappropriate content’ appearing in the app.

According to an email shared by a reader that includes a response from Phil Schiller who manages the App Store, Telegram was abruptly pulled when Apple learned that the app was serving child pornography to users.

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Deals: 13" MacBook Pros as low as $1,289 ($210...




Shopping for the perfect Valentine's Day gift? Apple authorized resellers are knocking hundreds off 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros this week with prices starting at $1,289. Many configurations also qualify for 0% financing with no tax outside NY and NJ, making these the lowest prices of the year.

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Nike adds Apple Music to perks for active NikePlus...




People signed up to NikePlus can now earn extra Apple Music content and subscription extensions as perks, Nike has announced.

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IDC: there’s potential for iPad Pro growth in the...

Good news for the iPad Pro: the worldwide detachable tablet market (those with attachable/detachable keyboards) grew to 6.5 million units in the fourth quarter of 2017 (4Q17), an increase of 10.3% from the previous holiday season, according to preliminary data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker. Apple maintained a solid lead in the holiday quarter driving growth both through its lower-priced 9.7-inch iPad as well as its newly refreshed iPad Pro products, notes the research group.

While the lower-price iPad has continued to drive a strong consumer upgrade cycle, the shifting focus is to iPad Pro and its potential in the commercial and education segments. With the only expected tablet growth to come from these segments, Apple's recent launch of "Apple at Work" shows their commitment to maintain its leader position, according to IDC.

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Apple, Cisco partnering for enterprise cybersecurity...




A new "industry-first offering" from Cisco, Apple, Aon, and Allianz has been launched, allowing businesses small and large to utilize Apple devices, and Cisco security hardware, and in doing so, qualify for a "enhanced cyber insurance" program protecting the company from the financial impact of a cyber attack.

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Apple Launches Repair Program for iPhone 7 “No...

Some iPhone 7 models are showing “No Service” messages even when cellular coverage is available due to a failed logic board component. Apple has announced a repair program to fix the problem for free.

 

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Rumor: new versions of Apple devices will debut in...

DigiTimes says some Apple suppliers are poised to benefit from new or increased orders from the tech giant to help produce next-generation iPad, MacBook, and Apple Watch models this year. The article than says that new versions of the devices will debut starting in March.

Let the Sellers Research Group (that’s me) clarify. Based on my crystal ball, we’ll indeed see new 12-inch MacBooks in March. There’s also a chance we’ll see updated iPads at that point in time. At least a rev of the 9.7-inch “non-pro” version. Updated iPad Pros might now launch until May or even June.

However, don’t expect new MacBook Pros and new iMacs to be announced until this summer’s Worldwide Developer Conference. The next generation of iPhones will arrive, as usual, in the fall (probably September), along with the Apple Watch Series 4.

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Apple is the only large US tech company to announce plans to repatriate and spend the cash currently held overseas …

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∞ iOS 11, HomePod, and trust

Last night, we had a nice little gathering to watch the Super Bowl. As everyone got settled in to watch the game, they pulled out their phones, as one does.

Suddenly, an alert appeared on my phone, one I’ve never seen before, asking me if it was OK to share my WiFi password with one of our guests. I tapped OK and they were logged on to our WiFi.

I’d heard about this behavior (I believe it shipped with the very first version of iOS 11), but never encountered it before. It felt a bit like opening an AirPods case near my iPhone. The alert just popped up, took over the screen.

Benjamin Mayo did a writeup of this behavior back in June 2017. If you follow the link, you can see what the alert looks like.

So what does this have to do with HomePod? Fair question.

Imagine that you lived next door to a big guy, a big guy with a beard who loved Heineken and...

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06:04
Apple Music may overtake Spotify this summer

Competition seems to be heating up among the two of the biggest music streaming services: Apple Music and Spotify. Citing unnamed"people in the record business," the Wall Street Journal reports that Apple has been adding 5% to its U.S. subscriber base every month versus "just" 2% for Spotify. 

Assuming that pace continues, Apple would overtake Spotify in the world's biggest music market this summer. Spotify is a music, podcast, and video streaming service that was officially launched on Oct. 7, 2008. Apple’s streaming music service was launched in June 2015.

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All models of iMac Pro shipping to customers, 14-...




The last configuration of iMac Pro is starting to ship to consumers worldwide, with readers informing AppleInsider that they have custody of the machine now.

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Apple, Cisco, Aon, Allianz team up for cyber risk...

Apple, Cisco, Aon and Allianz have  announced a new cyber risk management solution for businesses, comprised of cyber resilience evaluation services from Aon, secure technology from Cisco and Apple, and options for enhanced cyber insurance coverage from Allianz. 

The new solution is designed to help a wider range of organizations better manage and protect themselves from cyber risk associated with ransomware and other malware-related threats, which are the most common threats faced by organizations today.

Cyber security risk is growing. Losses from cyber threats are outpacing investment in IT security, according to Chuck Robbins, Chairman and CEO, Cisco. This fact, combined with low adoption of cyber insurance, an active adversary, a fragmented security technology market and a security skills shortage, means it’s difficult for many organizations to understand and manage this risk effectively, he adds. The new solution covers the primary dimensions of cyber protection...

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05:38
David Pogue’s glowing HomePod review

David Pogue, Yahoo:

In a devastatingly effective demo, Apple lines up four of these things: The Google Home Max ($400), Sonos One ($200), Amazon Echo ($100), and the HomePod. They’re volume-matched and rigged to an A/B/C/D switch, so a single song can hop from one to the other. (Apple even installed a halo backlight behind each speaker that illuminated to show you which one was playing.)

The HomePod sounded the best. Its bass, in particular, was amazing: full and deep, but also distinct and never muddy — you could hear the actual pitch of the bass notes, not just the thud. That, unsurprisingly, is where other small speakers have trouble.

And:

The real shock was the Google Home Max, a massive, 12-pound machine that’s supposed to be all about the sound; it sounded like cardboard compared with the HomePod and Sonos.

Heh. Like cardboard. Nice.

I’ve yet to read a review that didn’t place HomePod on top of the heap. David Pogue’s comments about...

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05:28
How to transfer your iPhone or Mac Photo library to...

I think it’s incredibly important to backup your photos onto some form of removable media, tuck it away somewhere safe. This is in addition to your Time Machine or cloud backup.

Personally, I periodically backup all my photos to a single removable drive and store the drive in a safe deposit box.

All that said, this is a terrific article, with detail on prepping for backup, locating all relevant files, importing/moving as needed, and more. Worth reading and passing along.

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05:22
∞ What Google Assistant thinks about HomePod

Here ya go:

Google Assistant offering up some HomePod love. pic.twitter.com/9lUEiRjDBZ

— Dave Hamilton (@DaveHamilton) February 4, 2018

I asked Siri what she thought about Google Max and Amazon Echo and got a lot of generic responses. Interesting that Google created such a specific, tailored response to HomePod.

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05:17
Broadcom upping Qualcomm hostile takeover bid to $...




The hostile takeover of Qualcomm continues, with Broadcom offering not just $60 per share of Qualcomm, but more than double the amount of stock for the combined entity that current shareholders will reap, should the deal conclude.

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05:15
Apple looking into limited reports of incoming call...

Joe Rossignol, MacRumors:

The Financial Times today highlighted a limited number of reports from users experiencing delays with incoming phone calls on the iPhone X. Apple later confirmed to MacRumors that it is “looking into these reports.”

And:

The report, which links to a few discussions on the Apple Support Communities, notes that hundreds of customers have complained that the iPhone X’s display experiences delays in turning on for up to 10 seconds during incoming phone calls, preventing these users from tapping the Accept or Decline buttons.

Sounds like a very small pool of people have this issue, but it also sounds like this has been around a while (here’s a Reddit comment on this from two months ago) and is still not solved.

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05:10
Apple and Cisco partner with insurance companies to...

Businesses that predominantly use hardware, software and services from Apple and Cisco may be able to qualify for ‘enhanced’ cyber crime insurance from insurance company Allianz SE. Apple CEO Tim Cook said that Apple is thrilled that ‘insurance industry leaders recognize that Apple products provide superior cyber protection’.

The companies will provide guidance on improving digital security and allow firms to claim ‘enhanced’ cyber insurance if certified Apple and Cisco products are used, including potential discounts on deductibles.

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