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Wednesday April 19

05:30
Legendary radio duo Stretch & Bobbito return as...

Throughout the 90s, a late night stop in the WKRC studios with Stretch and Bobbito was a requirement for many up-and-coming rappers. Now, in 2017 the pair are returning, but because it's 2017 they're doing it with a podcast on NPR. The rise and fade...

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05:26
New York Times: Why you should wait before buying...

Brian X. Chen:

When a splashy new smartphone hits the market, consumers often weigh whether to place an order right away or to wait and see how others react to the device.

But with the Galaxy S8, Samsung’s first major smartphone release since the spontaneously combusting Galaxy Note 7 was discontinued last year, there isn’t much of a debate. Your best bet is to wait to buy the roughly $750 device — not just for safety reasons, but also because other uncertainties surround it.

I just can’t help but wonder if this next bit had anything to do with the Times’ take:

Samsung declined to provide an early review unit of the Galaxy S8 to The New York Times

No matter the logic, this does feel a bit like spite. And Samsung, what were you thinking here? You gave a review unit to the Wall Street Journal, but not the Times?

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05:19
The original StarCraft and its beloved Brood War...

A few weeks ago Blizzard announced the upcoming summertime release of StarCraft: Remastered, giving a facelift to the classic RTS and its beloved Brood War expansion. Alongside that announcement came other interesting news though: The original (not remastered) versions of both StarCraft and Brood War would be made free sometime in April, alongside a new 1.18 patch.

That time has come. Blizzard dropped the 1.18 patch late on Tuesday, adding in a borderless windowed mode, tweaking some back-end code, correcting some long-standing bugs, improving compatibility with Windows 10, and more.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment...

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05:15
Rumor: Apple to continue supplying Lightning to 3.5...

Apple seems likely to continue bundling a Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter with its new lineup of iPhones this fall. The inclusion, which was implemented with the release of the iPhone 7 last fall, was put into place to help ease the transition to a handset without a traditional 3.5 millimeter headphone jack.

The news is according to a research note out today from Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis who speculates that Apple will likely drop the complimentary adapter sometime in the future, possibly with the 2018 lineup.

Curtis offered the following comment in his notes:

Debate whether Lightning adapter stays in box, we believe it stays this year but goes away at some point, potentially in the 2018 model

Curtis’ research appears to originate from supply chain sources, the report noting that Apple supplier Cirrus Logic will act as a source for the bundled adapter.

Last fall, Apple included both a Lightning to 3.5 millimeter headphone jack...

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05:06
Nintendo's next hit console could be the SNES...

Nintendo's decision to retire the NES Classic left many fans disgruntled. The system, a reimagined version of the iconic 80s console, was a hit last Christmas -- for those that could find one, that is. Stock problems meant it was notoriously difficul...

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05:03
First unreleased Prince track now on iTunes &...

Exactly one year after the death of Prince, RMA is releasing an EP of six previously-unreleased tracks by the artist. Deliverance will go on sale on Friday, and the title track is on iTunes and Apple Music as of today.

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05:00
System 7.0.1/early Macintosh emulator now available...

This is about as true a labor of Mac love and geekiness as it gets.

The cool cats over at the Internet Archive have worked out an in-browser emulation engine for early models of the Apple Macintosh.

While there are certainly predecessors to the computer desktop paradigm, the introduction of the Macintosh brought it to a mass market and in the 30 years since, it has been steadily adapted by every major computing platform and operating system.

The archive itself features a curated set of applications, games and operating systems from 1984 to 1989.

The story of the creation of the operating system and the Macintosh itself are covered in many collections at the Archive, including this complete run of Macworld magazine and these deep-dive Macintosh books.

The archive is a 40 megabyte download that features System 7.0.1 and a rather rich recreation of the MacOS experience of 1991.

Check out the link, play with the stuff you knew and loved from...

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05:00
Apple granted patent for ‘linked user accounts’

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,626,720) for “linked user accounts” that would allow separate Apple ID user accounts to be linked into a group of linked user accounts so that content items assigned to each of the user accounts can be accessed by each user account in the group. 

Linking user accounts in this way allows the individual user accounts to share content items while also retaining their individual properties such as username, password, preference data, etc. This allows each user account to retain the content items assigned to the user account when the user account is unlinked from the group. 

According to the patent filing, linking user accounts can be restricted according to linking rules that dictate how many user accounts can be included in a group, when a user account can be added or removed from a group, etc. A master user account can set parameters restricting content items accessible to the user accounts in the group, as well as money spent...

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04:30
PhotoSweeper is a fine companion to the Mac’s Photos...

I take photos. Lots of photos. I snap most of 'em with my iPhone 7s Plus (a great digital camera, by the way). My Photos library has approximately a million images (well, okay, I’m exaggerating). A lot of them are duplicates, or very similar, and should be trashed. But I'm too lazy to undertake the process manually.

Enter PhotoSweeper, a $9.99 photo finder for macOS 10.10 and higher. It works with Photos and Adobe Lightroom. The app helps you find and eliminate duplicate or similar images. Photos are compared regardless of their sizes or formats and are grouped by similarity. PhotoSweeper works quickly and efficiently, and is a great tool for taming your photo library and retrieving always-valuable disk space.

The interface is a breeze to use. It boasts a single screen that offers easy access to all features. Just drag and drop folders to allow PhotoSweeper to scan and find...

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04:27
Apple will cut payments to Imagination to 10 cents...

Following Apple’s announcement that it expected to stop using Imagination Technologies’ GPU designs in iPhones and iPads within two years, UBS has put together a forecast of the financial impact.

UBS predicts that Apple will initially reduce the royalty rate it pays on each iPhone and iPad produced to just ten cents per device before ceasing payments altogether after two years …

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04:03
Classic 90s military SF strategy game StarCraft is...

If you didn’t quite get your fill of nostalgic games from the Macintosh emulator released earlier this week, you can now download and play the classic military SF strategy game StarCraft on your Mac – free of charge. The freebie includes the Brood War expansion pack.

Developer Blizzard Entertainment has made the move as a way to promote a 4K remastered version due for release in the summer …

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04:01
Early Galaxy S8 owners complain of red-tinted screens

Samsung started shipping the Galaxy S8 to customers in South Korea who pre-ordered the flagship phone almost a full week ago. They were probably thinking of how lucky they were to get the phone early until some of them noticed something off about the...

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04:00
Working Smarter: your keyboard could be the key

If you happen to do your typing on any Apple keyboard, you might want to consider a different keyboard. There’s nothing inherently wrong with Apple keyboards, mice, and trackpads except that there are alternatives that do the same things better, faster, or more elegantly (at least for me).

I type noticeably faster on almost any keyboard that has longer key travel than Apple’s keyboards—one with taller keys that travel up and down more than Apple’s—which have notoriously short throws. If you’re a decent touch typist, you might want to try other keyboards to see if they improve your speed and/or accuracy as much as they do mine.

My keyboard of choice is the Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard 4000, a relic I’ve relied upon for over a decade. It’s not even a Mac keyboard, but the key travel and bounce are superb, and the...

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for April 19, 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.

macOS Apps/Updates

Zevrix Solutions has announced Graphic Inspector 2.2, a feature update to its quality control solution for images and vector files. 

The software solves the problem of quickly locating files with specific resolution, color, spot channels, fonts and other attributes. The app can also search metadata, report image compression, and save search criteria in workflow specific presets. Version 2.2 lets users select image editing app of their choice instead of opening files with default program.

Graphic Inspector can be purchased from the Zevrix website for $19.95. It’s free with purchase of PDF Checkpoint or InPreflight Pro for Adobe InDesign. A demo...

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03:00
The Morning After: Wednesday, April 19th 2017

Hey, good morning!

This morning, we put Samsung's Galaxy S8 through its paces, finally seeing why Facebook bought VR company Oculus, and started replaying a 20-year-old game. (Because it's free.) Welcome to the Morning After.

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02:00
The best movies on Netflix UK

Netflix may be best known for Originals like House of Cards and Orange is The New Black, but the streaming service also has a varied selection of critically-acclaimed movies to choose from. You can even download them onto your smartphone or tablet to...

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Tuesday April 18

21:06
Tim Cook accepts Free Expression Award, talks value...

As expected, Apple CEO Tim Cook accepted the Free Expression Award at the Newseum in Washington D.C. tonight. At the event, Cook was presented the award and made brief comments on what it means to him and Apple, as well as touching on the importance of companies taking a stance…

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19:32
Tim Cook accepts Newseum 2017 Free Expression Award...




Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to accept the institute's 2017 Free Expression Award, for which the tech mogul was honored in the Free Speech category.

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19:30
Condé Nast uses iPhone 7 Plus for shooting May...

It’s no secret that the iPhone 7 Plus has one of the best cameras currently available in a smartphone. Since the launch of the device, we’ve seen it used in a variety of instances where the use of a smartphone wouldn’t have previously been possible. Now, Condés Nast has used the iPhone 7 Plus to shoot a pair of covers for May issues of its magazines…

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17:14
Comparison: Which 9.7" iPad is right for you?




In the market for a new 9.7-inch tablet? Having trouble deciding between the all-new 2017 iPad and the older but more powerful iPad Pro? AppleInsider breaks down the pros and cons of each model in this video comparison.

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16:20
StarCraft Is Now Free, Nearly 20 Years After Its...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Nearly two decades after its 1998 release, StarCraft is now free. Legally! Blizzard has just released the original game -- plus the Brood War expansion -- for free for both PC and Mac. You can find it here. Up until a few weeks ago, getting the game with its expansion would've cost $10-15 bucks. The company says they've also used this opportunity to improve the game's anti-cheat system, add "improved compatibility" with Windows 7, 8.1, and 10, and fix a few long lasting bugs. So why now? The company is about to release a remastered version of the game in just a few months, its graphics/audio overhauled for modern systems. Once that version hits, the original will probably look a bit ancient by comparison -- so they might as well use it to win over a few new fans, right?


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16:06
The cord-cutter's guide to watching the NBA...

How to watch all the hardwood heroics without paying for a cable subscription.

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16:04
KGI: Bezel-less design to be top feature of iPhone 8...

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI is out today with a pair of new reports, this time relating to Samsung and its Galaxy S8 and upcoming Galaxy Note 8. Despite once saying that the Galaxy S8 “lacked attractive selling points” compared to the iPhone 8, Kuo is raising his shipping estimates for the device.

Kuo also notes of the upcoming Galaxy Note 8 that Samsung is expected to unveil later this year and how the device will compare to the iPhone 8…

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15:55
Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 to feature dual camera...




Looking to recover from last year's exploding Note 7 fiasco, Samsung is expected to launch its first ever dual camera handset in the Note 8 later this year, according to a report from KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

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15:12
Apple A10 iPhone 7 faster than Samsung Galaxy S8,...

Apple’s lead in mobile performance–powered by the efficiency of iOS 10 and the computational speed of its custom A10 Fusion Application Processor–beats the newest, leading premium Androids in a wide range of tests from processor and 3D benchmarks to real-world device startup and app launching and multitasking. Not even 6GB of RAM and the extra cores of Qualcomm’s fastest Snapdragon 835 can prop up the laggard, inefficient Android OS.

I played with a Google Pixel at a phone store recently and it was truly awful. Slow and laggy.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:00
∞ The brilliance of Apple’s new iPad

I’ve been using Apple’s newest iPad for a couple of weeks now and love it. The more I used it, the more I realized that it wasn’t the features that make this iPad so good, it was Apple’s strategy in releasing it that I was impressed with. […]

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14:35
Google rolling out new ‘Your Timeline’ location...

In addition to the iOS update it rolled out yesterday, Google today has announced another new feature for Google Maps on iOS. In a blog post this afternoon, Google announced the addition of a new feature called Your Timeline, which allows you to keep track of the places you visit.

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14:15
Tiny Core: Small Footprint, Big Potential


Tiny Core Linux 8.0, released last week, is a minimalist Linux OS built from scratch with a focus on being as small as possible. That means you should be able to run this Linux distro on a wide range of legacy machines. The tradeoff for ultra smallness, however, often is a not-so-powerful OS that can leave you longing for better options. The Core Project is based on a highly modular system with community build extensions or applications. This is more a set of building blocks than a finely tuned distro.

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14:02
Facebook Messenger to get an Apple Music chat...

Apple will be introducing an Apple Music chat extension to Facebook Messenger, making it possible for folks to bring the music streaming app into conversations with friends and family members and share music, according to VentureBeat.

Chat extensions are part of version 2.0 of Facebook’s Messenger platform. Within a Messenger conversation you can access Apple’s streaming music service from the newly launched plus sign next to the text box, then finding the extension in the carousel.

Facebook already integrates with Apple Music in the main app with a song sharing feature dubbed Music Stories. It lets users share tracks from Apple Music directly to the Facebook feed where music can be previewed inline and opened in Apple Music.

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13:56
Snapchat for iPhone gains 3D, augmented reality...




The iPhone version of Snapchat on Tuesday updated with a feature called World Lenses, making more advanced use of the augmented reality technology Snap has experimented with for over a year.

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13:53
AWT News Update: April 18, 2017

This is a Galaxy Note 7 "Flambé", not a Galaxy S8+...at least not yet

Death, taxes, rumors, taxes, more rumors, and more flaming batteries? That's what we might have today on this Tax Day, 2017:

  • Using smartphones while driving is probably behind the first rise in motor vehicle deaths in 40 years
  • Bloomberg says there are multiple iPhone 8 prototypes under consideration, but we think their assertion that Apple would ship a "top of the line" iPhone without Touch ID is stupid
  • Will the 2017 iPhone crop come with the Lighting to 3.5mm headphone adapter? That's the important question!
  • iFixit found that the battery used in the new Samsung Galaxy S8+ is almost identical to those in the Galaxy Note 7 "burner phones" last year

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...

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13:50
Tip of the Day: Quickly marking your current...

The new Maps app in iOS 10 will automatically keep track of where you parked your car (provided you have a Bluetooth or CarPlay connection to it), but there are also times when it’s handy to just quickly mark your current location so that you can easily find your way back to it later. If you have a newer iPhone model with 3D Touch capabilities, there’s actually a really quick way to do this hidden right behind the Maps app icon on your…

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13:21
Mac: Overmacs PhotoSweeper 3.0

If you’re anything like us, you probably have more duplicate photos laying around your Mac than you know how to deal with, especially considering the multiple tools Apple has created over the years for managing photos. We’ve been through iPhoto, and then Aperture, and now the macOS Photos app, and since digital memories are often precious, it’s not uncommon to be a little reluctant to trash a folder of photos unless you’re absolutely certain that you’ve got a copy somewhere else. So unless you’re hardcore about spending time keeping your file system and photo libraries in pristine order, chances are you’ve got duplicate folders of photos sitting around in dusty corners of your filesystem. Enter PhotoSweeper 3.0 ($10), OverMacs’ latest update to our favorite app for dealing with duplicate photos across all of your libraries and filesystems. Version 3.0 adds a great new “side-by-side” view that lets you much more easily compare photos from two distinct sources, ensuring...

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13:19
Google Maps adds Timeline support on Apple's...




Google on Tuesday announced another update to the iOS version of Google Maps, bringing support for a Timeline feature previously limited to Web and Android users.

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13:11
Logitech Pop programmable buttons get HomeKit support

I have some HomeKit lights and smart plugs in my house, but I have to put them in low-traffic areas because I am the only member of my family who’s both willing and able to use an iPhone or an Apple Watch to turn on a lamp. Everyone else insists on using their hands. So old fashioned.

Logitech to the rescue. The company announced Monday it was adding HomeKit support to a new version of the Pop, a small button you can program to act as a light switch or trigger a HomeKit scene. If I place a Pop button next to every lamp I have plugged into a smart switch, my family can press that to turn the light on or off. As it stands today, if they use the lamp’s own control to turn it off, that lamp stays off, and HomeKit can’t turn it back on, which effectively breaks any HomeKit scene that includes that lamp,...

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13:09
iWork and iLife apps are now free for old and new...

Mac and iOS users with old hardware can now get some of Apple's fundamental software for free. According to a report from MacRumors, the iWork and iLife suite of apps, including iMovie, Numbers, Keynote, Pages, and GarageBand for Mac and iOS, are now listed as free in the App Store.

Previously, users with old hardware had to pay for each app. Individual programs cost between $5 and $20 each, which would add up if a user with an old Mac or iOS device wanted to download and use both suites. In 2013, Apple made iWork and iLife apps free for new Mac and iOS customers, but that meant you had to purchase a...

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13:05
Facebook reveals full Apple Music integration in...




At Tuesday's keynote speech for Facebook's F8 developer's conference, Facebook announced full Apple Music integration with Messenger is coming soon, plus an assortment of technologies and developer programs intended to boost augmented reality adoption for all users of the social media platform's apps.

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12:53
ecobee3 lite adds room sensor compatibility

The ecobee3 lite smart thermostat gained a new capability today -- like the "full-fledged" ecobee3, the lite version now talks to ecobee's room sensors. The capability was added with an automatic firmware update that was pushed to the devices, and existing owners of the ecobee3 lite can now purchase room sensors at just $79 for a package of two.

This was one of the most-requested features for the ecobee3 lite, as it gives users the ability to monitor and control temperatures in multiple rooms, and brings the perfect temperature to the rooms that matter the most. 

The ecobee3 lite smart thermostat is available for $169 in the USA ($219 in Canada) from ecobee.com, Amazon.com and Amazon.ca. Starting on May 15, it will also be available at Home Depot, Best Buy and Lowes stores. 

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12:30
Apple Makes iMovie, GarageBand, and iWork Apps for...

Apple today updated several of its Mac and iOS apps, making them available for all Mac and iOS users for free. From a report: iMovie, Numbers, Keynote, Pages, and GarageBand for both Mac and iOS devices have been updated and are now listed in the App Store for free. Previously, all of these apps were provided for free to customers who purchased a new Mac or iOS device, but now that purchase is not required to get the software. Many Apple customers were already likely eligible to download the software at no cost if they had made a device purchase in the last few years.


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12:21
Strava for iPhone now features running & cycling...

Strava has a new version of its iPhone app out that includes a major new feature just in time for warmer weather: access to Club Events for runners and cyclists without using the web.

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12:10
Facebook Spaces wants you to hang out with your...

Facebook is making it possible to hang out with your friends in virtual reality using Spaces, a new app the company launched Tuesday for the Oculus Rift. The app will allow people to join a shared, immersive video call, represented by a personalized avatar.

Using Spaces, people can hang out around a virtual reality table, share three-dimensional drawings and use the Rift’s built-in microphone to chat with one another. Users can also surround themselves and their friends with 360-degree photos and videos from Facebook’s library of content.

People who don’t have a Rift headset can also be included in a Spaces hangout by using Facebook’s Messenger video calling functionality. Users will be able to view a Space from their smartphone, and have their video call shown inside the virtual reality environment.

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12:07
Apple makes iMovie, GarageBand, and iWork apps for...

This is great news for those who didn’t get the apps before now.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:58
GarageBand, iMovie, Keynote, Pages, and Numbers are...

As first spotted by MacRumors, Apple on Tuesday updated GarageBand, iMovie, Keynote, Pages, and Numbers for Mac and iOS, so that those apps are now free. Before today, those apps were free to users who bought a new Mac, iPhone, or iPad, and the free download was a one-time event. Now the apps are free all the time.

Before Tuesday, the iOS versions of Keynote, Pages, and Numbers were $10 each, while the Mac versions were $20 each. On iOS, GarageBand and iMovie were $5 each, while on the Mac,...

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11:53
AWT TV Episode 4: "What new markets or products...

If you missed last night's AWT TV livestream, you missed a discussion on the directions that Apple should look for new markets to enter or products to make. We'll give you some hints about the general answers: smart appliances (perhaps in partnership with existing manufacturers) and robot assistants for the elderly. 

As usual, we also show off some very nifty apps and devices later on, with Steve providing a demo of an iPhone gimbal mount that's incredible...and much less expensive than the DJI Osmo. If you like the video, be sure to give us a "thumbs-up" and be sure to subscribe to the AWT YouTube Channel

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11:52
Apple's GarageBand, iMovie, Keynote, Numbers,...




Previously only free with purchase of new hardware, Apple's entire suites of iWork and surviving iLife apps on iOS and macOS are now free for all, with no purchase requirement.

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11:44
Facebook releases AR Camera Effects platform, &...

At Facebook’s developer conference F8 today, the company announced its new software platforms that mix augmented reality, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality.

The company is taking a leap into a new realm of interactions, and they’ve started by sharing a lot of them today. Some of the new software can already be seen inside of Facebook’s camera app starting today.

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11:42
Pages, Keynote, Numbers, iMovie, GarageBand now all...

Apple is removing the price tag from its Pages, Keynote, Numbers, iMovie and GarageBand apps and making ‘em all free for macOS and iOS users.

Previously, all of these apps were available at no charge only for folks who bought a new Mac or iOS device. Now you can download 'em for free at the Mac App Store and Apple App Store even if you don't have the latest hardware.

Before this move, on the Mac platform, iMovie cost $14.99, GarageBand was $4.99, and Pages, Keynote, and Numbers each carried a $19.99 price tag. On the iOS platform, iMovie and GarageBand were $4.99, while Pages, Keynote, and Numbers each carried a $9.99 price tag.

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11:34
Apple Music will integrate with Facebook Messenger’s...

Facebook’s annual F8 developer conference is happening this week and the social network just announced new integration with Apple Music coming soon. Facebook is introducing new music sharing features through its Messenger platform, and Apple Music is officially confirmed as a partner.

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11:33
Facebook aims to crush Snapchat with augmented...

Facebook's efforts to embed camera functionality in all the apps it runs isn’t just a push to crush Snapchat. The company will be using those cameras as a way to create a developer platform for augmented reality, CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed Tuesday.

Developers and artists can work on building augmented reality camera lenses with AR Studio, a new development environment that Facebook released in closed beta. The environment offers users tools to make it easier to create augmented reality scenes like masks and other overlays that react to the scene around them.

Starting Tuesday, artists can also design custom frames for the Facebook camera that will overlay images over a photo or video, much like Snapchat's current platform for its lenses.

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11:30
Epson intros 3 new commercial document scanners

The Epson DS-780N commercial document scanner. Image via Epson. 

Many AWT readers own Epson printers; the company has been supplying printers to the Apple world since the early 80's, and now most people are familiar with their all-in-one printer/scanner devices. But the company is well-known in the commercial document scanner market as well, today releasing three new models for office environments. The Epson WorkForce DS-780N ($1,099), DS-770 ($999) and DS-575W ($449) can provide up to 5,000 sheets per day duty cycle (4,000 for the DS-575W), up to 45 page per minute scanning speeds (35 ppm for the DS-575W), and have large automatic document feeder capacities (100 pages, 50 for the DS-575W). 

The scanner line provides the capability of scanning to online storage accounts or...

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11:23
Pandora Premium drops invite system, launches wide...




Pandora Premium -- Pandora's on-demand music service, challenging Spotify and Apple Music -- moved out of an invite-only phase on Tuesday, launching for the general public including support for Apple's iPhone, iPad, and CarPlay.

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11:16
iWork, GarageBand, and iMovie apps free for new...

Apple made its iWork and iLife app suites free for new hardware customers back in 2013, but both Mac and iOS versions have still been sold as paid apps for customers who haven’t updated hardware. Now Apple is totally removing the price from its iWork and iLife apps and making both suites free for all Mac and iOS users.

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11:12
Trash IT! is a handy utility for forcing the macOS...

Yesterday, AWT posted a “how-to” on “how to force the Trash to empty in macOS Sierra.” My buddy and sometime-AWT contributor, Frank Petrie, has another suggestion.

“I use the app 'Trash IT!' Works fine for me. Just Google it and you'll find several sites that have it,” he notes. 

Trash It! is a little app for macOS 10.7 or later that force-empties your Trash. It supports drag and drop. It’suseful if you have files or folders in the Trash with permissions set incorrectly, locked Trash items, want to delete a stuck item, or trash items from other partitions. If you drop files or folders onto the Trash It! icon, it will delete them. If you double-click on it, it will clean out your Trash can. 

Trash It! is “donation ware.” If you use it, give its developers...

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11:04
Report: Apple will continue bundling Lightning to 3....

Apple will reportedly continue to bundle a Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter with its new lineup of iPhones this fall, the same as it did with iPhone 7 last year to help ease the transition for customers to a device without a traditional headphone jack.

The news is according to a research note out today from Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis who speculates that Apple will likely drop the complimentary adapter sometime in the future, possibly with the 2018 lineup:

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11:02
Apple To Launch Three New iPhones This Year:...

Apple is reportedly building three new iPhones, though the one with the most new features might not launch until a couple of months after the others. According to a report on Bloomberg, Apple is testing three new phones that it plans to launch this fall, including two with the same screen sizes as the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The third iPhone, which may be named to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of the original iPhone's launch, is said to pack a new design with a stainless steel frame and curved glass. It's said to feature an embedded fingerprint reader and use OLED panels from Samsung and may have a screen that takes up most of the front of the smartphone's face. From the article: Apple also tested a more ambitious prototype with the same slightly curved front and steel frame, but a glass back with more dramatic curves on the top and bottom like the original iPhone design from 2007, one of the people said.

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10:59
New iPad Pros may be coming May 16, per ‘...

Many of us were expecting updated iPad Pros last month, but they may be coming soon. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro stock situation appears to be dwindling, with nearly no stock of popular models in high-volume stores, and an expected refresh date across the board of May 16, according to AppleInsider.

The article says that spot-checks of 20 Apple Retail stores show decreasing stock levels or no stock at all at retail. And Apple’s online store is completely sold out of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. 

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Quo has predicted thatApple will introduce three iPads this year: a 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2 and a "low-cost" 9.7-inch iPad, along with a new bezel-free, mid-size model in the range of between 10 and 10.5 inches.

The 12.9-inch update will reportedly feature the True Tone display introduced with its 9.7-inch...

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10:59
Conde Nast uses Apple's iPhone 7 Plus to shoot...




Publisher Conde Nast is continuing to use the powerful camera of the iPhone 7 Plus to its advantage in important areas of its publications, with two magazines using photographs generated by Apple-produced smartphone for their cover shots.

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10:56
Facebook Spaces VR parties are available for Rift...

Facebook teased how it would create social experiences in virtual reality, and now it's ready to take things one step further. It just launched a Facebook Spaces beta that lets Oculus Rift owners hang out together (up to four at once) in VR. You ca...

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Apple releases second public betas of macOS Sierra...

Apple has released the second public betas of macOS Sierra 10.12.5 and iOS 10.3.2 public beta number two. The former is a minor update that focuses on bug fixes and speed improvements.The latter offers under-the-hood bug fixes and security improvements.

If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do so here. The public beta program is free, but remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.

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10:34
Turns out, a horrifying number of people use their...

As a motorcyclist, I experience this on a regular basis and it really is terrifying. Please, don’t text and drive.

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10:28
Apple Pay picks up over 25 more card issuers across...




Apple on Tuesday added over 25 more banks and credit unions to its list supporting Apple Pay, spread around both the U.S. and China.

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10:20
Meet PINLogger, the drive-by exploit that steals...

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Smartphones know an awful lot about us. They know if we're in a car that's speeding, and they know when we're walking, running, or riding in a bus. They know how many calls we make and receive each day and the precise starting and ending time of each one. And of course, they know the personal identification numbers we use to unlock the devices or to log in to sites that are protected by two-factor authentication. Now, researchers have devised an attack that makes it possible for sneaky websites to surreptitiously collect much of that data, often with surprising accuracy.

The demonstrated keylogging attacks are most useful at guessing digits in...

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10:00
Apple releases third iOS 10.3.2 and macOS 10.12.5...

Apple has released the third iOS 10.3 public beta for testing on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. iOS 10.3.2 public beta 3 follows one day after the third developer version of the upcoming software update. Apple has also released the third public beta version of macOS 10.12.5.

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09:58
Microsoft's Timely Response to Shadow Brokers...


Just as the Shadow Brokers hacker group started crowing about a dump of never-seen-before flaws in Windows, Microsoft announced it already had fixed most of the exploits. "Today, Microsoft triaged a large release of exploits made publicly available by Shadow Brokers," said Microsoft Principal Security Group Manager Phillip Misner. "Most of the exploits are already patched." Three of the zero day vulnerabilities, which the hackers claimed were leaked from the NSA, did not work at all on Windows 7 and above.

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09:47
Availability of Apple's 12.9" iPad Pro...




Possibly shedding some light on an anticipated refresh, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro stock situation appears to be dwindling, with nearly no stock of popular models in high-volume stores, and an expected refresh date across the board of May 16.

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09:36
Analyst raises AAPL target price to $170 ahead of...

Apple’s stock is currently trading for around $141 with Credit Suisse previously projecting a target price of $160. Now the firm is increasing its target price for AAPL up to $170 according to MarketWatch.

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09:25
Google expands Earth with new VR tours, but Daydream...

While Maps is far and away the most popular tool for traversing the globe, Google hasn’t forgotten about its other project, Earth. And just in time for Earth Day, Google is giving it a major upgrade.

In an event at the Whitney Museum of Art in New York City today, Google took the wraps off the new Earth project for Android and Chrome. The fruits of nearly two years of labor, the new app’s marquee feature, called Voyager, enhances the way you explore the planet, adding tours guided by “some of the world’s leading storytellers, scientists, and nonprofits.”

For example, you can now take a journey though through jungles with BBC Earth or learn about chimpanzees in Gombe National Park from Jane Goodall. Google says there are “more than 50 immersive stories in Voyager, and more added weekly.” Google has also added a fun new “I’m feeling lucky” button into Google Earth, which will take you to a...

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09:15
Report: Apple is planning a major iPhone overhaul...

Enlarge / The Jet Black iPhone 7, replete with fingerprints. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Apple is said to be planning not one, not two, but three new iPhones for release this fall, if "people familiar with the matter" speaking to Bloomberg are to be believed.

Two of those models will use the same 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch IPS screens that we're already used to, though Bloomberg doesn't say whether the designs will look much different from the current iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. But this year Apple is also said to be preparing a third higher-end model with a dramatically different approach, a slim-bezeled design with curved glass and an OLED screen that takes...

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09:00
∞ Snake targets motorcyclist

Adding Lampang, Thailand to the list of places I never want to go riding.

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08:45
Apple Pay expands to over 20 more banks and credit...

Apple Pay is now available from over 20 more banks and credit unions around the United States and Mainland China as part of the latest expansion wave. Apple’s mobile payment service launched just over two years ago with hundreds of additional regional banks and credit unions added every few weeks. You can find the latest banks added below.

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08:40
Pornhub launches TrickPics for iOS, an AR photo...




Though its listing on the App Store is decidedly vague, a new app dubbed TrickPics is actually the creation of pornography streaming site Pornhub, allowing users to censor nude photographs on their iPhone with augmented reality.

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08:32
State-backed fund may take minority stake in Toshiba...




The state-supported Innovation Network Corp of Japan may pursue a minority stake in Toshiba's memory business, allowing the government to block the sale of a majority stake to businesses deemed risky to national security -- including two Apple suppliers, according to a report.

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08:15
Ten horrifying deep sea creatures, ranked

The ocean is even more terrifying than you imagined.

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08:08
Uber Central lets businesses hail a car for you

Uber wants businesses to do away with shuttle buses for customers, and has launched a new service aimed at making it easier for companies to hail cars on other people’s behalf. Called Uber Central, the software lets users request cars even for people who don’t have accounts with the ride-hailing company.

Here’s how it works: company employees who have access to the Uber Central console input a customer’s name and phone number, along with their pickup and drop-off address. After that, they can request a ride from Uber’s menu of services, or save the data as a draft for easier use later.

The Uber Central dashboard, which is available worldwide, also lets employees track the status of rides. It’s built on top of Uber for Business, a version of the ride-hailing platform that has been built for use by companies rather than individuals.

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07:56
Apple settles with major patent holder at 1:00am the...

A large patent-holding company called Unwired Planet reached a settlement with Apple at 1:00am on Monday, just hours before a jury trial was set to start in San Francisco. A jury had already been selected but was dismissed on Monday morning after the parties' lawyers told US District Judge Vincent Chhabria about their settlement.

Unwired Planet is the patent-holding remains of early mobile company Openwave, which acquired several hundred US patents from Ericsson in early 2013, with Ericsson getting 20 percent of any patent settlements. Later that year, Unwired Planet sued Apple.

In 2015, Judge Chhabria ruled that Apple didn't infringe the four patents at issue in the case. Chhabria's ruling was mostly overturned...

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07:47
Logitech POP programmable button gains Apple HomeKit...




Logitech has updated the its POP home automation line, adding support for Apple's HomeKit platform with a new hardware revision, giving users the ability to control smart home devices and scenes with the simple press of a button.

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07:34
Ecobee3 Lite now works with room sensors, Ecobee4...

Last fall Ecobee3 Lite launched as a more affordable version of one of the best HomeKit thermostats on the market. Now a free update is adding support for one of the main missing features ahead of a rumored new Ecobee4 version.

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07:34
Comment: Could Apple really drop Touch ID in the...

We’ve seen a whole bunch of rumors of late suggesting that while Apple really wants to embed a fingerprint reader into the display of the iPhone 8, it is struggling to do so.

The notion that Apple wants to use an embedded fingerprint reader seems abundantly clear. As I’ve mentioned before, we’ve had multiple reports from credible sources like Bloomberg, the WSJ and the New York TimesThe claimed schematics and sketches have also all illustrated a design without any space for a Touch ID sensor at the bottom of the screen, and the ...

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07:14
Pledgeling now lets you donate with Apple Pay

CEO James Citron of Pledgeling, a “SaaS (software as a service) platform that powers purpose and social impact,” says it’s the first US-based social enterprise and third-party platform approved by Apple to accept donations via Apple Pay through its mobile-first technology, including donation forms, mobile messaging tools and corporate giving solutions.

In March, Pledgeling introduced the “Donate with Apple Pay” capability at the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region's Centennial Humanitarian Ball during an on-stage fundraiser at the Beverly Wilshire. Combining Pledgeling's text-to-donate capabilities with Apple Pay, the Red Cross received 31% of donations via Apple Pay and 86% of donations originated on mobile devices toward their $100,000 fundraising goal.

Apple Pay is a free add-on feature to Pledgeling's platform, which supports all registered nonprofits, generates real-time tax receipts to donors and...

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07:07
‘Condé Nast Traveler’ unveils its first cover shot...

Condé Nast Traveler has released its 21st annual HOT LIST AWARDS issue, which features the first-ever travel publication cover to be shot using an iPhone 7 Plus.

The editorial team at Condé Nast Traveler, a publication celebrated for best-in-class photography, decided to task its swath of travel photographers with highlighting the iPhone camera's new feature, Portrait mode, that applies a depth-of-field effect to make the foreground subject sharp while creating a blurred background. The result, shot in St. Barts, was crafted into the cover of Condé Nast Traveler's May issue, which presents a selection of the best new hotel openings of the past year.

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06:38
News: iPhone 8 prototype’s edge-to-edge display fits...

For its deluxe iPhone 8 model, Apple is “testing a screen that covers almost the entire front of the device,” Bloomberg reports. People familiar with the development process said the overall size of the prototype is close to that of the iPhone 7, but the removal of the home button and narrowing of the bezels makes for a display that’s a bit larger than that of the iPhone 7 Plus. Multiple prototypes are still being tested, some of…

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06:36
PSA: Pandora Premium now launched, competing with...

Pandora has how launched its on-demand music streaming service, competing with Apple Music and Spotify. It costs the same $9.99/month as existing services (a price dictated by the labels, which receive most of the revenue). Anyone can get a free trial of either 30 or 60 days, and there’s a special deal for existing Pandora Plus subscribers …

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06:35
Teardown finds Samsung Galaxy S8+ battery '...




Samsung is apparently confident that a rash of fires with its Note 7 phablet were caused by manufacturing errors, and not design or parts, as it has adopted many of the same features -- and even one of the same battery manufacturers -- with the new Galaxy S8+.

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06:34
Snapchat update adds new rear-facing camera AR World...

Snapchat is rolling out an app update that includes new 3D World Lenses for the rear-facing camera. World Lenses are like the popular selfie Lenses introduced over a year ago, but with a dash of AR that makes sharing your environment with friends more fun.

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06:25
Gumdrop releases the DropTech case for the 13-inch...

Gumdrop Cases has released the DropTech case for the 13-inch MacBook Pro (with Touch Bar support). The bumpers in each corner are made from 10mm of silicone to maximize protection without being overly bulky. 

Beneath the protective bumpers is a transparent polycarbonate inner top shell that allows you to show off the iconic Apple logo, asset tags, school logos, or anything else you need to add to your MacBook Pro. No tools are required to install. Just slip it into the case, and give it a simple snap and click. 

It will stay on when you open and close your MacBook Pro, allow access to all ports, and provide proper ventilation so your laptop doesn't overheat. The DropTech case for the new MacBook Pro is now available in a black/smoke color combination for $69.95.

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06:19
Apple still experimenting with 'iPhone 8'...




Apple is testing a variety of different technologies for this year's "iPhone 8," according to a report reaffirming many rumors about the phone's features, such as an edge-to-edge Samsung OLED display and new camera technology.

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06:08
News: Apple releases third betas of iOS 10.3.2,...

Apple has rolled out a third beta of iOS 10.3.2 to its registered developers, along with new betas of watchOS 3.2.2 and tvOS 10.2.1. This latest betas all appear to include only bug fixes and security improvements....

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06:05
Bloomberg: Apple readies overhaul for iPhone’s 10th...

Mark Gurman and Min Jeong Lee, Bloomberg:

Apple is preparing three iPhones for launch as soon as this fall, including upgraded versions of the current two iPhone models and a new top-of-the-line handset with an overhauled look, according to people familiar with the matter. For the redesigned phone, Apple is testing a new type of screen, curved glass and stainless steel materials, and more advanced cameras, the people said. Those anxiously awaiting the redesigned iPhone, however, may have to wait because supply constraints could mean the device isn’t readily available until one or two months after the typical fall introduction.

Lots of fascinating details here, all provided by people familiar with the matter.

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06:03
Smartphone use while driving may explain end to 40-...

Smartphone use while driving may explain last year’s reversal to a 40-year decline in U.S. road deaths, it has been suggested.

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06:00
Apple investigating iOS, macOS devices with...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,625,948) for “electronic devices with retractable displays” that hints at intriguing future iOS and macOS devices. If applied to Macs, the invention might bring more touchscreen features to the computer. Or it could be a new device altogether (an “electronic newspaper/magazine,” perhaps).

In the patent, the tech giant says that electronic devices have been substantially reduced in size, but sometimes the result is a display that’s not as large as users need for some purposes. Apple is looking into a flexible display with, among other things, a touch sensor, speakers, microphones, cameras, and other components.The housings and support slats may be held together using magnets when the display is retracted. Dust brushes may be provided to remove dust from the flexible display. 

Here’s Apple’s summary of the patent: “An electronic device may have a pair of elongated housings. A flexible display may be placed in a first position in...

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06:00
The best guitar apps

I’ve become a fan of Brian Sutich’s new guitar blog, Chasing Sound. In this post, Brian takes a look at some of the top guitar-related iOS apps.

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: The Supersized Creative Mac Bundle

For Tuesday’s iLounge Deal, we’re offering The Supersized Creative Mac Bundle for only $29 — that’s 97% off the full price. This great bundle for creatives includes a collection of 12 design, authoring, and publishing apps along with over 25 hours of photography, video, and web design instruction. Write the next great novel with Storyist for Mac, create incredible HDR photos with Aurora HDR, perform 3D modelling with Silo 2, and…

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05:56
The new, improved Google Earth

Google Earth requires the Chrome browser on the Mac side. I think it’s well worth it. There’s something magical about spinning the globe and slowly homing in on a favorite unexplored spot. The creep in from up in space to the closest zoomed in view is much more continuous, less jarring as you move to different map levels.

Worth a few minutes to explore. Don’t miss the tool bar on the left side of the window. You’ll want to take advantage of that search icon.

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05:47
Rumor: new iMacs — including a server-grade version...

Apple is expected to begin production of two new iMacs in May for an official launch in the second half of the year, according to DigiTimes, quoting unnamed “sources from Taiwan-based supply chain makers,” who add that a server-grade iMac for the high-end sector is also in the works.

Apple currently has a 21.5-inch and a 27-inch iMac available in the market and the new products are expected to be the upgrades of the two models and are expected to hit the market in the third quarter to catch up with the year-end holiday season the article adds.

DigiTimes says the server-grade iMac is expected to feature Intel's Xeon E3-1285 v6 processor, 16-64GB ECC RAM, up to 2TB NVMe SSD and a latest discrete graphics card. However, this model probably won’t be available until the end of the year, the article adds.

Chances that this rumor is true — in the opinion of the Sellers...

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05:44
How to turn your Mac into a DVR for over-the-air TV

Glenn Fleishman pulled together this reasonably comprehensive look at options for capturing over the air TV signals and recording them on your Mac. If you’ve thought about cutting the cable cord, this is for you.

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05:39
How to set a full-time Mac boot password (i.e. a...

Don’t do this. But it is an interesting read. But don’t do it. And go back up your Mac.

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05:35
Jean-Louis Gassée on Apple, United, and customer...

Jean-Louis Gassée, Monday Note:

When I was selected to run Apple France more than three decades ago, I had a disdainfully Parisien attitude to customer service. You inserted an interface card backwards and your Apple ][ no longer boots? Well of course it doesn’t…you did it wrong.

After a few combative customer service encounters, I experienced an epiphany: No matter how “wrong” they may be, we’re a prosperous business, we can afford to take care of these situations, but we can’t afford to let unhappy, affronted customers damage our reputation.

The flip side of this Parisien approach?

Whenever a call was escalated to my office, I would immediately offer to buy back the customer’s machine. The offer was always emphatically declined, so we moved on to arrangements for shipment or perhaps a personal appointment at our service shop. Our business concluded, I would ask if the happy caller had children: “Yes…but why?” “For the t-shirts, of...

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05:34
Apple, Unwired Planet settle out of court

Unwired Planet has announced that it has settled its patent infringement suit with Apple, just as a California federal trial was set to begin, ending more than four years of litigation that Apple said was frivolous and Unwired said was worth an estimated $33 million. Details of the settlement haven’t been disclosed.

In July 2016, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit handed down an opinion vacating in part a 2015 summary judgment that found Apple not in infringement of certain cellular and voice recognition patents by Unwired Planet. The company sued Apple in 2012, claiming a variety of Apple products infringed 10 of its patents for cellular data transmission, voice recognition systems, device provisioning and other related technologies. Apple's iPhone, iPad, App Store, iTunes, iCloud, iOS and a selection of first-party apps were targeted in the suit.

Unwired is suing Samsung, Huwei and Google for patent violations, as well.

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05:32
Japanese state-backed fund hints it may try to limit...

A fund backed by the Japanese government has hinted that it may try to prevent Apple supplier Foxconn’s attempt to take control of Toshiba’s chip-making division. It has been variously reported that Foxconn is seeking either an outright purchase of the division, or a controlling stake – possibly with Apple’s assistance

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