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Tuesday September 19

Parrot launches Bebop 2 Power drone with longer...

Parrot is on a roll! Last week it announced the new Parrot Mambo FPV mini race drone. Now it has just announced the all-new Parrot Bebop 2 Power drone which offers longer flight time, and comes with 2 batteries standard, so you can fly for up to an hour. It also includes the brand new Parrot Cockpitglasses 2 FPV goggles and offers other new features that we will describe after the jump.

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iPhone 8 wireless charging speed will improve with...

At launch, the iPhone 8 will recharge via inductive wireless technology at a rate comparable to the standard 5-watt charger that ships with the handset. But Apple plans to improve that speed with a future software update.

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Updated Google app for iOS now offers content-...

The latest version of the Google app now offers suggestions to assist with your searches.

The new version now automatically offers suggestions for related content when you pull up the bottom of the page.

Google has stated that this feature, which is presently only currently available to users in the U.S., will expand to additional languages and locales soon.

The Google app is available for free and requires iOS 9.0 or later to install and run.

Via the App Store

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Major update to the Mac’s excellent Keyboard Maestro

I have a very short list of absolutely essential 3rd party Mac software. Tops on that list? Keyboard Maestro.

If you use a Mac and are not familiar with Keyboard Maestro, go here and watch the video, read through the list of things it can do. I use it every single day. My highest recommend.

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News: TV app lands on Apple TV in new countries...

Apple’s TV app has started popping up on Apple TVs outside the US ahead of today’s tvOS 11 release, with users in Canada and Australia reporting they gained access overnight, although some said the app was present but not yet functioning in tvOS 10. Apple also claims that the TV app will arrive in France, Germany, Norway, Sweden and the UK by the end of the year, but another feature put on display during last week’s Keynote won’t…

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Juniper Research: 40% of iOS users leery of facial...

A new survey conducted by Juniper Research has found that over 40% of iOS users in the U.S. consider themselves unlikely to use facial recognition as a payment security technology. The research group says this suggests that a core use case for the iPhone X’s main security feature may struggle to gain traction amongst consumers.

That may be the case, but almost every pundit — including Yours Truly — is expecting the high end iPhone to sell like hot cakes and face a backorder into 2018.  Apple says FaceID is “even more convenient than Touch ID.” With Face ID, the iPhone X unlocks only when you’re looking at it. It’s designed to resist spoofing by photos or masks. Your facial map is encrypted and protected by the...

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Early reviews paint Apple's iPhone 8 & 8...

Ahead of the devices' Sept. 22 launch, some reviews of the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are already beginning to trickle in, comparing them against both earlier iPhone models and the elephant in the room, the OLED-based iPhone X shipping Nov. 3.

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Doctella Digital Health Studio integrates with Apple...

Patient Doctor Technologies has launched Doctella, a Digital Health Studio for health care providers and health insurance companies to bring care programs to patient apps, leveraging Apple’s open source CareKit.

CareKit is a tool for assisting people in taking an active role in their care. iPhone apps using the kit make it easier for individuals to keep track of care plans and monitor symptoms and medication; providing insights that help people better understand their own health. With the ability to share information with doctors, nurses or family members, CareKit apps help people take a more active role in their health.

Using Doctella, medical professionals can develop apps specific to their practice and their patient’s individual medical conditions in minutes without any software developers. By integrating with HealthKit and other hospital-grade medical devices and sensors present on patients’ phones or via the cloud, patients can choose to share their information...

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Tim Cook speaks to Good Morning America, discusses...

Apple CEO Tim Cook sat down with Robin Roberts a few hours before the launch of iOS 11, and spoke about the iPhone 8, the iPhone X, iOS 11, ARKit, and the legacy of Steve Jobs.

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A professional photographer shoots 2,000 images with...

We noted in our review roundup that TechCrunch said the iPhone 8 Plus is all about the camera, and CNETs senior photographer James Martin decided to give it a thorough test. He spent three days shooting more than 2,000 images before reaching his verdict.

I set out on an adventure in and around San Francisco, CNET’s hometown, to capture the city’s eclectic mix of architecture, landmarks and natural beauty — testing a range of lighting conditions, photography modes and filters.

I boated on San Francisco Bay, fished on Ocean Beach, biked around Angel Island and walked through Chinatown with the soon-to-be-released iPhone 8 Plus in hand …


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macOS: Setting Up Custom Reminders

Setting up custom reminders on your Mac is simple, and it’ll help you configure notifications that happen (for example) on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, or ones that occur on the first weekend day of the month. We’ll tell you how to use this great feature in today’s Quick Tip!

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News: Daily Deal: The Definitive iOS 11 Developer...

For Tuesday’s iLounge Deal, you can get The Definitive iOS 11 Developer Bundle for only $49 — that’s 95% off the full price. With 108 hours of instruction, this tutorial will teach you everything you need to know about iOS 11 app development, with seven modules that will take you from a beginning in Swift 4 right through to advanced coding skills, even covering such topics as machine learning and hidden concepts in iOS 11. Get The Definitive…

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Apple patent is for a ‘3D imaging and display system’

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,766,716) for a “three-dimensional imaging and display system” that hints as 3D input devices for its devices. Macs and iPads seem to be the most logical choices for the invention, should it ever see the light of day.

The tech giant says the invention involves a 3D imaging and display system in which user input is optically detected in an imaging volume by “measuring the path length of an amplitude modulated scanning beam as a function of the phase shift thereof.” Visual image user feedback concerning the detected user input is then presented.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that modern 3D imaging and display technologies are employed in widely diverse environments and technologies such as medical diagnostics, entertainment, flight simulation, robotics, education, animation, biomechanical studies, virtual reality, and more. 

There are numerous 3D input devices including, for example, variations on the computer mouse or...

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LineUp, LineUp Pro are new basketball stat apps for...

StatGeek has announced Lineup and Lineup Plus for the Mac.  They allow users to produce advanced basketball statistics along with statistics on 5-man groups, 2-man groups and 3-man groups in seconds. 

Each program works off play-by-play data produced by any number of statistics programs, including StatGeek’s own iPad app. Lineup produces advanced statistics such as effective field goal percentage, true shooting percentage and efficiency along with five-man lineup data.

Lineup Plus produces everything the Lineup does, along with data on two and three man groups so a coach can identify the pairs and trios that are working best together no matter which five-man group they’re partnered with. Lineup is available via StatGeek online for $199 for a 12-month subscription, and Lineup Plus is $399 for a 12-month subscription.

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iPhone 8 and X support pad-free wireless charging,...

While the iPhone 8 and iPhone X support the older Qi standard for wireless charging using a pad, both devices are also compatible with longer-range resonant induction charging – which works without direct contact with a pad. Resonant charging is a more recent addition to the Qi standard, and gets us one step along the way to truly wireless charging.

A team of MIT alumni have developed a charger that uses this technology, allowing you to use your iPhone while it’s being wirelessly charged …


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Apple Pay Cash feature to arrive later this year...

While iOS 11 just hit today, a few features are still forthcoming.

Apple announced that its Apple Pay Cash feature will not ship until an update “coming this fall.” It is not clear is this is a delay, or if Apple didn’t plan on rolling out the feature with the launch of iOS 11.

It’s been noted that Apple announced that the feature would be added following the iOS 11 launch, similar to the way it originally launched Apple Pay itself.

Apple Pay Cash payments will be initiated through a dedicated app within Apple’s Messages in iOS 11. The service will integrate with Siri’s new machine learning capabilities, offering suggested amounts to send based on the context of conversations had within messages.

Following a money transfer, the funds will be available via a prepaid “Apple Pay Cash” card through partner Green Dot. The cash card can be used to make Apple Pay purchases in stores, in apps, or on the web, or it can be transferred to the user’s bank...

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How to add shared photos to an existing album in iOS...

iOS is, generally speaking, easy to use, but there are exceptions. Determining how to add photos from a Shared album to an existing Photos library isn’t especially intuitive.

Let me explain. Saturday was the two-year birthday party for my granddaughter, Elizabeth. Family members took lots of photos and published them in the “Sharing” section of the Photos app. 

I wanted to move some of the pics to a photos album I created and dubbed “Elizabeth’s Second Birthday in my Photos library. It’s easy to do this on a Mac; you can just drag and drop. However, when I selected photos in iOS’s Photos on my iPad, there were options to Airdrop ‘em, email ‘em, Message ‘em, etc., but no obvious way to simply implement an “add to album” option.

Instead, as I finally discovered with Steve Sande’s help, with iOS Photos, you must open an album, tap Select, and choose Add (at the top left side of the screen). Then you can select items to add to an album.

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Hey, Apple, I want my Mail prefs to simply sync...

Recently, I tried to send an email from my iPad Pro, but got this message: “Unable to Send Email. A copy has been placed in your Outbox. The sender address ‘’ was rejected by the server. 

However, the email settings are the same in both my macOS Mail app and my iOS Mail app. I made sure that the Outgoing Mail Server SMTP was set to Folks have had problems with the Comcast server switching itself to “” or something like that and having to be changed backbefore anything works properly again.

All of which begs the question: why doesn’t the Mail prefs simply sync automatically across multiple Apple devices to avoid problems in setting up email accounts on all my Apple devices. I want to set up my emails once, and not have to worry about dealing with server info every time I buy or update a macOS or iOS device.

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The iPhones 8

I was tempted to write this review under the conceit that there was no such thing as the iPhone X. Just don’t even mention the iPhone X, and consider the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus as though they were the only two new phones coming from Apple this year. That conceit would work, insofar as the iPhones 8 are excellent year-over-year upgrades compared to their iPhone 7 counterparts.

But ignoring the iPhone X would actually do an injustice to the 8 and 8 Plus, because so much of what is inside the X is also inside the 8’s. These phones are in no way shape or form1 some sort of half-hearted or minor update over the iPhone 7.

The Outside: Design and Display

These new iPhones look and feel great. I’ve been testing a silver iPhone 8 and gold iPhone 8 Plus since last Wednesday. Whether you like the way their polished back glass looks is subjective, but I like it a lot. Feel-wise, there’s no question in my mind that...

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∞ Review: iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus

Apple introduced the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus during a special event at its new Apple Park campus last week. While many people were focused on the launch of the iPhone X, the iPhone 8 is an incredible piece of hardware that features many improvements over its predecessor. I’ve been testing both the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus for about a week.

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iPhone 8/Plus Review: With this traditionally...

The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are Apple’s newest handsets introduced during its first event at the new Steve Jobs Theater at its also new Apple Park campus last week. But you can’t possibly consider the new phones without noting that Apple this year is breaking from tradition and launching a third flagship model that is radically different than the 8 and 8 Plus. It’s called iPhone X, as in the 10th anniversary edition of the device. It is smaller than the 8 Plus yet has a bigger OLED screen with a controversial notch and it starts at $1000. We hope to have a review of it shortly.

The iPhone 8, however, is by no means a slouch of an update. I’ve been testing both the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus (following some hands on time with the iPhone X at Apple’s event) and I must say the impressive update is way more...

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The future Mac games that have me excited

By Ric Molina of Mac Gamer HQ

Sometimes, there are simply too many Mac games to cover! Believing that nothing is going on with Mac gaming because no one mentions anything would be a shame. To remedy that, here’s an overview of the most exciting Mac games I’ve discovered recently:

SteamWorld Dig 2 (coming Sept. 22): We might as well start with the one coming next. SteamWorld Dig 2 is a platform mining adventure about digging deep, gaining riches, and exploring an underworld filled with dangers.

Taking place between the first game and SteamWorld Heist, SteamWorld Dig 2 aims to improve a proven formula with key additions such as the ability to reassign cogs used to upgrade various gear, more fluid movements, more meaningful boss battles, and more.

Tannenberg (coming Nov. 16): From the creators of the first-person shooter Verdun, comes Tannenberg, another shooter set in WW1. Although this time the game takes...

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iPhone 8/Plus review roundup: A solid upgrade, but...

You have to feel a little sorry for anyone who has been burning the midnight oil working on the iPhone 8/Plus. A new iPhone would normally be getting a huge amount of attention, but in this case the device has been completely over-shadowed by the iPhone X.

The iPhone 8 should, at least, get its own 15 minutes of fame today, as the first reviews go live. We’ve rounded up the early ones, including our own …


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External Link: Turning the Tables on a Tech Support...

Bothered by the ever-increasing prevalence of tech support phone scams? When you have some time to listen, check out the Reply All podcast’s two-part “Long Distance” show. It documents host Alex Goldman’s efforts to track down the company and people behind an Indian call center that tried to scam him.


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Notable apps and app updates for Sept. 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.

iOS Apps/Updates

Button Software Technology has introduced Becolor 1.0. It’s a free coloring app targeted to adults. Becolor has more than 100 water colors, over 40 preset styles, and categories including art, fantasy, girls, nature, and much more with endless possibilities.

macOS Apps/Updates

Rogue Amoeba has updated Fission, its macOS audio editor. Version 2.4 brings revamped support for creating custom ringtones for use on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

iTunes 12.7 removed several features, including support for managing...

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Monday September 18

August unveils HomeKit-compatible Smart Lock Pro,...

Smart lock manufacturer August on Tuesday unveiled a new hardware lineup headlined by the revamped Smart Lock Pro, HomeKit-compatible retrofit device that boasts all-new "DoorSense" technology that alerts users when their door is left ajar. A second, more affordable device also launched, as did a new version of the Doorbell Cam.

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Winners of the BlackPods (customized AirPods)...

AppleInsider would like to congratulate the winners of our latest giveaway, Daniel M. and Bob B., each of whom will receive a pair of BlackPods delivered to their door.

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August upgrades smart home lineup with ‘Pro’ lock...

August is upgrading its connected home lineup with two new smart locks including a new design and an updated doorbell cam with more features. August is also introducing a clever new technology called DoorSense that delivers several benefits to smart lock features.


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Apple begins rollout of TV app in Australia, Canada...

Apple on Monday began rolling out its TV app in Australia and Canada ahead of tomorrow's scheduled iOS 11 and tvOS 11 release, which will deliver the one-stop streaming hub to seven additional countries later this fall.

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Apple’s TV app starts rolling out in new countries...

Ahead of the official release of tvOS 11 tomorrow, Apple’s first-party TV app has started rolling out to new countries. Apple touted at its iPhone X event earlier this month that the TV app would be coming to seven new countries starting this month…


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Boston Red Sox now said to have used a Fitbit in...

Earlier this month, a detailed report described an elaborate, Apple Watch-based scheme set up by the Boston Red Sox to steal signs in numerous games. Now, however, Boston Globe reporter Nick Cafardo says it wasn’t actually an Apple Watch, but rather a Fitbit device…


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AWT News Update: September 18, 2017

It's the day before three operating systems -- iOS, watchOS and tvOS -- get major upgrades, so we've got some fun and useful information for to help you along your way. In addition, if you were running macOS High Sierra beta in APFS on an iMac or other Fusion Drive Mac, Apple wants you to switch back to HFS+:

  • PCalc will have a fun augmented reality Easter egg built into it when iOS 11 is installed
  • What Apple Watches will watchOS 4 run on? What iOS devices will iOS 11 run on? We have the short list here in the podcast
  • If you're a bold person and plan on doing the iOS updates tomorrow, we've got some suggestions for you on how to get things prepared
  • Complete instructions on how to convert a Fusion Drive that was converted to APFS back to HFS+ are here, and they're not for the faint-hearted

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

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Apple’s new file system won’t work with Fusion drives

When macOS High Sierra is released to the public next week, the new Apple File System (APFS) feature will be limited to Macs with all-flash built-in storage, which means it won’t work with iMacs that include Fusion Drives.

iMacs with Fusion Drives were converted to APFS during the beta testing process in the first macOS High Sierra beta, but support was removed in subsequent betas and not reimplemented.

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5 Wireless Charging Pads for Your iPhone 8 and...

Apple’s AirPower won’t be out until next year but that doesn’t mean you have to wait that long to use wireless charging with your iPhone 8 or iPhone X.

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Robots Won’t Supplant Human Workers After All

There’s a cost analysis case to be made that manual labor robots won’t replace their human counterparts. Think partnership.

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CCleaner Malware Found In Version 5.3 of Software

If you have used the infected software, delete the software immediately and run an antivirus scan. To be completely safe you can also do a restore of your computer.

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TMO Background Mode Interview with The Mac Observer’...

John Kheit is a New York attorney and a regular Contributing Editor for The Mac Observer. We share many common interests, including the 4K/UHD TV revolution, and have recently been comparing notes on that technology. So, for this edition of Background Mode, we just geeked out, chatted about his acquisition of an LG OLED 4K/UHD TV, compared OLED to the older Plasmas, covered LG’s use of webOS 3, talked High Dynamic Range (HDR), did some comparisons to LCD TVs, and offered our thoughts about the future of TV, including 8K. We finished the show chatting about last week’s Background Mode interview with Car and Driver magazine’s Eddie Alterman and the future of autonomous cars.

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Apple Premiering Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our...

Apple purchased the rights to the acclaimed documentary Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives earlier this year, and you can watch it on Apple Music starting on October 3rd.

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Add Custom Ringtones to Your iPhone in iTunes 12.7

The new process might have baffled a number of people (including Jeff Butts), but once you know how it’s done, the method is actually pretty easy.

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PCalc Uses ARKit for the Best App About Screen Ever

“Fun” may not be the first adjective that springs to mind when talking about calculator apps, but it totally applies to PCalc. A new update for the app uses iOS 11’s ARKit feature to bring augmented reality into your number-filled world. Just tap the info button on the calculator keypad, choose Help, then tap About PCalc. Once you see the floating 42 badge tap anywhere on the screen to bring up the AR controls so you can throw marbles, dice, and bananas into your virtual world. There’s even a fire setting because who doesn’t want to throw flaming bananas? PCalc costs US$9.99 and is available for download at Apple’s App Store.

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macOS: How to Archive iMessages with Automator

The method that I created will export your messages in the iChat file format. You can double-click the file to have it open in Messages.

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Boston Red Sox used Fitbit to steal signs, not Apple...

Recent accusations that the Boston Red Sox used an Apple Watch to steal signs from the New York Yankees were misguided, since the team may have actually used a Fitbit instead, according to one reporter.

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PGA Tour taps Intel for VR coverage of six upcoming...

Intel has been powering virtual reality sports viewing for some time now. The chip maker has enabled VR for the Olympics, Major League Baseball and the National Football League, and has taken virtual reality to the golf course with the PGA. It's this...

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Apple Pay Cash Not Ready for iOS 11 Launch

Apple showed off Apple Pay Cash in iOS 11 earlier this year, but it won’t be part of Tuesday’s operating system upgrade.

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Apple to grow and revamp Century City store in LA...

Apple is reportedly taking advantage of a $1 billion overhaul at Los Angeles's Westfield Century City mall on Santa Monica Boulevard to launch a new, much larger store in the facility.

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 18...

Notable software releases this week include iFlicks 2.4.8, BBEdit 11.6.8, Fission 2.4.1, ChronoSync 4.8, and SuperDuper 2.9.2.


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ExtraBITS for 18 September 2017

In ExtraBITS this week, macOS 10.13 High Sierra won’t support APFS on Fusion Drives at first, Apple has banned fraudulent “virus scanners” from the iOS App Store, you can now watch HDR iTunes movies on 2017 iPad Pro models, and, speaking of the iPad Pro, Apple has quietly raised the price of many of its configurations.


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Shure puts its pro-audio chops to work in $100...

Shure, the UK audio company that made its bones early in the middle of the 20th century with its iconic Unidyne grill microphones, got into producing high-end earphones and headsets in the late 1990s. The company is finally joining the rest of the au...

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Here’s why new iPhones are always supply-constrained...

Whether it’s the upcoming iPhone X, Nintendo’s new Switch console or even Google’s Pixel last year, shortages of new electronics have become the norm. While the delay of the iPhone X launch past the iPhone 8 adds even more disappointment for consumers on top of expected constrained supply, you have to wonder, is it really just component shortages causing the issue? A recent piece in The Wall Street Journal takes a closer look at why there are always iPhone shortages and why it’s particularly worse this year.


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Lyft thinks it can fix Los Angeles traffic with...

For the past several decades, cities have designed streets around the assumption that they'll be used for personal cars. If you need a poster child for this, you just have to look at Los Angeles' Wilshire Boulevard -- it has a whopping 10 lanes for v...

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Getting Your iPhone Ready for iOS 11

Even if you think you’ve got your iPhone ready for iOS 11, read over this to make sure you’ve truly covered all of your bases.

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Intel's self-driving tech will make Waymo...

Intel has been so committed to break into the self-driving car market that it bought autonomous tech-maker MobilEye for $15 billion earlier this year. While Intel's tech has powered Waymo's test fleet of autonomous Chrysler minivans for a while, the...

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Bluetooth 5 on iPhone 8, iPhone X improves range and...

One of the new specifications to appear on the new iPhone 8 and iPhone X is Bluetooth 5, an enhancement of the Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy protocol. Its primary benefit enables BLE devices (such as iBeacons, wearable sensors and other low-power fixtures of the "Internet of Things") to work over greater distances or at faster speeds.

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Equifax stock sales prompt DOJ investigation for...

Things are about to get even worse for Equifax, and rightfully so. According to reports from Bloomberg, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) has opened a criminal investigation into Equifax officials' stock sales just before the announcement of the sec...

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HEIF: Here’s What You Need to Know About iOS 11’s...

iOS 11 has some big changes for iPhone and iPad users, one of which involves the photos we take thanks to HEIF—an image format supported by both iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra.

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Federighi on Face ID: What We Need to Know

Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering gives plenty of insight and details about the new technology, which should set many people’s minds at ease.

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Apple’s Venmo-like money transfers will arrive after...

A new payment service from Apple is set to launch sometime this fall through iOS 11 and watchOS 4 updates. Apple Pay Cash will allow Apple device users to transfer money between each other within Messages or through Siri.

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Apple Watch Series 3 with & without cellular vs...

The Apple Watch now has three distinct models at three separate price points, giving consumers more options than ever -- but also making buying decisions more difficult. Should you get a Series 3 with cellular, without cellular, or a Series 1? AppleInsider is here to help.

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PayPal is offering a free one-year ShopRunner...

Successful holiday shopping is all about preparation, and right now you can start getting ready with a free one-year membership for ShopRunner. The only requirement is that you have a PayPal account, and sign-up for your ShopRunner membership using the same email address you use on PayPal.

This is a pretty good deal, as ShopRunner memberships usually costs $79.95 per year, though there are other ways you can get a free account. American Express and select Mastercard cardholders, for example, get complimentary access to ShopRunner as part of their credit card accounts.

If you've never heard of it, ShopRunner is a multi-retailer alternative to Amazon Prime. With ShopRunner you also get free, 2-day shipping, free return shipping, and members-only deals. ShopRunner service works with all kinds of retailers that include technology shops like...

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PS4 and Xbox owners were able to play 'Fortnite...

You know how Sony is adamant about not allowing cross-platform play between PlayStation 4, Switch and Xbox One? Well, something interesting happened in Epic Games' Fortnite over the weekend: Xbox players were found in a handful PlayStation Battle Roy...

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Analyst: Apple Watch Series 3 and the iPhone X are...

In a note to clients — as noted by AppleInsider — KGI Securities analyst says the Apple Watch Series 3 is selling better than expected and the iPhone X is stealing sales from the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. 

He estimates that the LTE-enabled Apple Watch Series 3 has accounted for between 80% and 90% of preorders. Apple began accepting orders last Friday, and the first shipments will arrive on Friday, Sept. 22.

Kuo says the iPhone X has cannibalized some iPhone 8/8 Plus orders. The analyst expects investors to have a conservative outlook for the iPhone 8/8 Plus, while consumers await the debut of the iPhone X, which goes on sale Oct. 23.

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Synology launches collection of new products

Synology has launched a new product lineup featuring: the DS3018xs, the company’s first 6-bay tower NAS with optional 10GbE and NVMe SATA SSD supports; plus-series DS918+, DS718+, and DS218+, and the value-series DS418.

To allow for high performance using SSD cache without occupying internal drive bays, DS3018xs features a PCIe slot, which can be installed with a dual M.2 SATA SSD adapter card (M2D17). DS918+ comes with dedicated dual M.2 NVMe slots at the bottom where you can directly install M.2 NVMe SSDs. DS418 features 10-bit H.265 4K video transcoding, and while supporting the next-generation Btrfs file system in DSM 6.2 official, expected to release in the first quarter of 2018.

DS3018xs, Synology's first 6-bay tower NAS, features the Intel’s advanced Pentium D1508 dual-core 2.2GHz processor with an AES-NI encryption engine; offering scalability of RAM up to 32GB and storage capacity up to 30 drives with two...

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Review: Wicked Audio Endo Bluetooth On-Ear Headphones

Wicked Audio has a surprisingly wide range of headphones on offer — over 30 by our count — all marketed squarely at young people who enjoy extreme sports. The Endo, which we'll review here today, is a Bluetooth on-ear headphone that could be a good choice for the budget-conscious, but its execution holds it back just short of the mark.

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Microsoft is holding a Mixed Reality event on...

In case it wasn't already clear that Microsoft is big on the concept of mixed reality (read: augmented and virtual reality), the company is about to drive the point home. It's inviting the media to a Windows Mixed Reality event in San Francisco on O...

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Sprint offers free 64GB iPhone 8 after trade-in to...

Sprint on Monday launched a promotion offering a free 64-gigabyte iPhone 8 in exchange for trading in an iPhone 7, Samsung Galaxy S8, or Galaxy Note 8.

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Siri Therapy: Coming to an iPhone Near You

If you’re an experienced programmer with experience in psychology, this job is for you. You can submit a resume directly to the page, or send an email.

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'Minecraft' adds 'Oregon Trail'...

If you went to school in the US in the early 1990s, chances are you have fond memories of playing the computer game The Oregon Trail. Now, schoolchildren around the world will be able to replicate that experience thanks to a new Minecraft: Education...

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KGI: iPhone X eating iPhone 8 pre-orders, LTE Apple...

KGI Securities has issued a new report on iPhone 8 and Apple Watch Series 3 pre-order sales after the initial launch weekend. Both new products hit stores this Friday with pre-orders starting three days ago. KGI believes the iPhone X may be impacting iPhone 8 sales while the Apple Watch Series 3 is seeing stronger-than-expected demand.


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Waze and Spotify one-tap integration now rolling out...

Earlier this year, Waze brought Spotify integration to its Android app. Starting today, the popular map service is bringing its Spotify integration to iOS as well.


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The New iPhones: Apple's Strangely Wrongheaded...

It fascinates me that succession from a successful CEO to the chosen successor almost always goes badly. This phenomenon isn't limited to the CEO level -- I've seen highly successful CMOs followed by handpicked successors who also seem to have no clue as to why their predecessor did so well. I think it comes down to a lack of mentoring combined with misconceptions. People with different backgrounds often think their predecessor was lucky rather than smart. With Steve Jobs, it was always known that replacing him would be incredibly difficult.

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Demand for Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular...

With a starting price just $70 more than the non-cellular option, the new Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular accounts for the lion's share of preorders ahead of this Friday's launch.

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Apple's iPhone screen repair prices are now $20...

Some Reddit users reported yesterday that Apple has increased its screen repair prices for certain iPhone models. Fixing a broken iPhone 6s or 7 screen will now cost $149, up from $129. And repairs for iPhone 6s Plus and 7 Plus screens has increased...

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Getting Ready for iOS 11, HEIF Explained – TMO Daily...

Dave Hamilton and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet to share some tips on getting ready to upgrade your iPhone and iPad to iOS 11, plus they explain the new HEIF image format.

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China is clamping down on smaller bitcoin trading...

China's crackdown on bitcoin could extend well past big commercial exchanges. Wall Street Journal sources claim that the country is leaning toward a "comprehensive" ban on bitcoin trading channels, such as over-the-counter platforms that help buyers...

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Apple Pay Cash for iOS 11, watchOS 4 won’t arrive...

iOS 11 is due for release tomorrow. However, one feature, Apple Pay Cash, will arrive in an update to iOS 11 (and watchOS 4) won’t arrive for a while. Apple says it’s coming this fall. 

With iOS 11, Apple Pay users will be able to make and receive payments with friends and family quickly and securely. They can send money and get paid right in Messages, or tell Siri to pay someone, using the credit and debit cards they already have in Wallet. 

When users get paid, they receive the money in their new Apple Pay Cash account. They can use the money instantly to send to someone, make purchases using Apple Pay in stores, apps and on the web, or transfer it from Apple Pay Cash to their bank account.

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Giveaway: Enter to win 1 of 15 Casetify cases for...

Casetify is partnering with AppleInsider this week to offer readers the chance to win a smartphone case valued at up to $45. Fifteen winners will be drawn -- and each winner can select from a variety of Casetify cases, including covers for the new iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X.

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Apple Pay Cash payment feature won’t ship in time...

Apple previewed its new virtual debit card and person-to-person payment feature called Apple Pay Cash back at WWDC in June, but the feature wasn’t present in iOS 11 and watchOS 4 betas over the summer. Apple shared the final version of iOS 11.0 and watchOS 4.0 with testers last week, and Apple Pay Cash was still not enabled. Now Apple has acknowledged the missing feature and shared an update for when we can expect to see it ship.


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iPhone X effect: Several iPhone 8 models still...

A new report from Gene Munster today shows how little the iPhone 8 lead times have changed since pre-orders opened on Friday, highlighting how much the iPhone X is effecting sales of the new entry-level models.


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Not all iOS 11 features coming on Tuesday, Apple Pay...

Apple has detailed a few features in Tuesday's iOS 11, and has noted that the feature that allows for person-to-person money transfers, dubbed Apple Pay Cash, will arrive in an update to iOS 11 and watchOS 4.

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'Half-Life 2' mod puts the sequel inside...

The chances of us getting Half-Life 3 or, hell, even Half-Life 2: Episode 3 seem about as likely as the Detroit Lions winning the Super Bowl at this point. To help take some of that sting off, a group of enterprising fans crafted Half-Life 2: Classic...

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News: Geekbench tests show Apple’s A11 chip is way...

The official Geekbench benchmark tests are out for the A11 Bionic chip powering the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X, and the results show Apple’s latest offering standing head and shoulders above the competition. The A11 Bionic turned out to be 25 percent faster than the previous 10 Fusion in single core tests and a whopping 80 percent faster in multicore tests. The multicore scores astoundingly even top out above the 13” MacBook Pro, although…

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Silk cases for iPhone X: A preview of half-dozen...

You've got to feel sorry for case manufacturers, who were kept in the dark up until a few days before the September 12 iPhone X reveal as to the true name of the product. Fortunately, most of the companies that have already created iPhone X cases have bounced right back by re-labeling the products. Silk, the company that refers to itself tongue-in-cheek as making "smartish products" went the fun route and sent their review iPhone X cases (marked as iPhone 8 cases...) with stickers that said "J/K, we meant for iPhone X". Today we're taking a look at these cases, which as fate would have it are available well in advance of the actual phone.

Base Grip ($11.99) AKA "Kung Fu Grip!"

This is an inexpensive base model case for your future iPhone X, coming...

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A new microscope can quickly generate 3D images of...

A new microscope created by researchers at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid has the ability to take fast 3D images, making it easier to observe cells in living animals over time. For example, Jorge Ripoll, one of the researchers on the project and co...

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPhone SE $129, Jaybird X3...

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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Apple Music’s Clive Davis documentary premieres...

The documentary film Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives, which opened the Tribeca Film Festival in April and was picked up by Apple, will premiere on Apple Music on October 3rd. The film is based on Davis' autobiography and joins other Apple ex...

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W2 chip in Apple Watch Series 3 boosts wireless...

One of the things Apple briefly touched on in announcing the Apple Watch Series 3 last week was the W2, a new self-designed wireless chip that's nominally the successor to the W1 found in audio accessories like AirPods and the Powerbeats3. But what advantages does it offer, and why is it in a watch instead?

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British Airways will power some of its jets with...

British Airways is taking a cue from Doc Brown for how it'll fuel its next generation of aircraft. No, not by bolting a flux capacitor inside the cockpit, but by turning to garbage for fuel. The airline has announced a partnership with renewable fuel...

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Deals: 13" MacBook Pro (256GB) for $1,199 ($300...

Shoppers this week can save $200 to $300 on popular 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro configurations with no tax outside NY and NJ. Or pick up a Caseology case for the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, or X for $4 to $5 with free shipping after coupon.

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News: Apple defends new stricter Safari ad-tracking...

While Apple has taken heat from marketing groups for blocking cross-site tracking in Safari, the company doubled down on its commitment to user privacy and explained the move in comments to 9to5Mac. Safari has historically been tougher on third-party tracking than other browsers — it was the first to block third-party cookies by default — and the company said its Intelligent Tracking Prevention is the next step to keep user data from being misused.…

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Get a free iPhone 8 with Sprint’s upgraded trade-in...

Last week Sprint announced its first iPhone 8 launch deal with 50% off an 18-month lease for Apple’s entry level flagship. The company also touted its “Best Price Guarantee” with that promotion, and today Sprint has officially upgraded its offer by giving trade-in customers a free iPhone 8.


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Sprint's updated deal gives you a 'free...

Sprint's initial iPhone 8 offer was fine, but nothing special: you could get half off the price of an 18-month device lease. It's ready to sweeten the pot, however. It just launched an updated promo that gives you a 64GB iPhone 8 for free with a trad...

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How high dynamic range support enables richer colors...

Apple has added high dynamic range, or HDR, to the new Apple TV 4K. AppleInsider explains what the term means as it pertains to 4K video, and how it applies to the new set-top box.

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Apple Officially Bans Scammy Antivirus Apps From iOS...

Fake "virus scanning" apps have plagued the iOS App Store for a while, and Apple seems to finally be banning them once and for all in updated developer guidelines it published last week. From a report: The updated developer guidelines, compiled by Paul Hudson over at Hacking With Swift, now includes a ban on apps that claim to "including content or services that it does not actually offer" -- something that includes any iOS virus scanning apps, seeing as it wasn't possible to scan for viruses on iOS with third party apps, since iOS's sandboxing prevents applications from directly interacting with each other or the core of the iOS operating system.


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iOS 11 available tomorrow

Starting Tuesday, iPhone and iPad customers around the world will be able to update their devices to iOS 11, a major update to the world’s most advanced mobile operating system and the biggest software release ever for iPad.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Field Notes “Dime Novel” Edition

I’m a huge fan of Field Notes notebooks. Anyone that’s seen me at an Apple event will know that I take one with me all the time. I love that they went back in time for the latest design.

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Kinkoo 3-Outlet Surge Protecting Smart Power Strip...

There never seem to be enough outlets for charging up our tech gear at the office or on the go, so Kinkoo is aiming to fix that with their 3-Outlet Surge Protecting Smart Power Strip. It also sports three USB A ports and a USB-C port for charging up our phones and portable batteries, too. The strip is only 8-inches long so it’s small enough to travel with, yet versatile enough to juice up a wide range of devices. It’s regularly priced at US$35, but you can get yours for $24.99 with TMO’s special deal—that’s a 28% discount.

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News: After on-stage failure, Federighi tries to...

In its first big moment on stage during last week’s Apple Keynote, Face ID failed to unlock SVP Craig Federighi’s iPhone X, leading to all kinds of speculation that the new authentication system will be a disaster. Sitting down with Daring Fireball’s John Gruber, Federighi did his best to assuage those fears, saying the very public failure surprised him because usually the Face ID “just works,” and he’s certain…

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Here’s How to See if Your iPhone 8 or Apple Watch...

Here’s how to use the UPS website to find your iPhone 8 or Apple Watch Series 3 tracking number before Apple gives it to you.

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Clive Davis music documentary coming to Apple Music...

Apple Music subscribers will be able to watch a documentary film about Clive Davis – described by Aretha Franklin as ‘the greatest record man of all time’ – from October 3.

Apple acquired the rights to Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives at the Tribeca Film Festival back in April, and it was assumed then that it would be headed for Apple Music. Apple seems pretty excited about it …


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∞ Apple Music documentary on Clive Davis, dropping...

[VIDEO] Hot on the heels of HBO’s The Defiant Ones, Apple Music is about to release a documentary on Clive Davis, a key figure in the evolution of the music industry since the 1970’s.

His impact is about as big as any other music executive, finding and nurturing artists such as Janis Joplin, Bruce Springsteen, Chicago, Billy Joel, Aerosmith, Aretha Franklin, The Grateful Dead, TLC, Usher, Outkast, P!nk, Toni Braxton, Notorious B.I.G., Puffy Combs, Kelley Clarkson, Whitney Houston, the list goes on and on.

Clive was the man with the golden ear. He envisioned hits. I am looking forward to this. The trailer is embedded in the main Loop post. Seems to me, this is a perfect fit for Apple, a core representative of the sort of original content they should be producing.

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Divinity: Original Sin 2 launched this week to the excitement of RPG fans everywhere. The game, which derives a lot of of its story and mechanics from old-school isometric RPGs and Dungeons & Dragons, has unseated PlayerUnknown's... | Read more »
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The work week can be tough, but on the bright side, it's almost overandthere are bunches of brand new games to try out this weekend. This week definitely makes up for last week's sleepiness ten-fold. We've got one of the finest RTS game on mobile... | Read more »
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Iron Marines launched today, and it's definitely taking the mobile gaming world by storm. In fact, our reviews editor Campbell says it's "quite possibly the best real-time strategy game on the App Store." If you're looking for more real-time... | Read more »
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