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Updated: 16 min 22 sec ago

Apple releases fourth iOS 10.3.2 and macOS 10.12.5 public betas

56 min 57 sec ago

Earlier today, Apple released the fourth betas of macOS 10.12.5 and iOS 10.3.2 to developers. Now, the company has released the betas to public beta testers too, as it usually does following the initial release to developers…

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Latest ‘bug’ causes iOS to crash when certain Control Center options selected

1 hour 10 min ago

Every so often, weird bugs emerge in iOS that cause the operating to crash or restart when a certain string of actions are performed. Now, a new “bug” has emerged that causes iOS to freeze and re-spring, but don’t expect it to become a major problem or for Apple to even address it…

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Square reportedly acquihires controversial chat app Yik Yak team

3 hours 24 min ago

Square has reportedly hired most of the staff behind the anonymous chat app Yik Yak, according to Bloomberg sources. The move is said to be a less than $3 million deal for engineers and leaves out the anonymous chat app’s CEO Tyler Droll.

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PSA: Instagram is down for many users today

4 hours 45 min ago

A growing list of Instagram users have taken to Twitter and elsewhere online this afternoon to report an outage that has left most of the app’s functions and webpages online inaccessible. Instagram has yet to offer official details on the outage.

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Apple lowers app affiliate commission rate from 7% to 2.5% globally

5 hours 18 min ago

Apple today has sent out an email update to members of its affiliate program about launching improvements to the iTunes Affiliate Resource pages and also a change to the commission rates.

Apple is lowering affiliate payouts from apps and their in-app purchases to less than half of the original commission rate. For many, this means a negative impact to yet another revenue stream.

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Apple rolling out fourth macOS 10.12.5 beta for Mac

5 hours 46 min ago

Apple is rolling out the fourth macOS 10.12.5 developer beta through the Mac App Store.

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Apple releases watchOS 3.2.2 beta 4 for Apple Watch

5 hours 47 min ago

Apple is rolling out the fourth watchOS 3.2.2 beta for developer testing on Apple Watch. The update likely includes bug fixes and security improvements ahead of a more feature-packed watchOS 4 announcement later this year.

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Apple releases fourth iOS 10.3.2 beta

5 hours 50 min ago

Apple has released the fourth iOS 10.3.2 beta for testing on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The version numbers also suggest we should only see under-the-hood bug fixes and security improvements in these releases when ready.

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tvOS 10.2.1 beta 4 rolling out for Apple TV

5 hours 52 min ago

Apple is rolling out the fourth tvOS 10.2.1 beta for developer testing on Apple TV. The update will likely focus on bug fixes and security improvements ahead of any new features potentially planned for tvOS 11 later this year.

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Sling TV’s cloud DVR feature comes to Apple TV

5 hours 53 min ago

Sling TV has slowly been expanding access to its cloud DVR feature starting with its Android and Roku apps. Now Sling TV is announcing that its Apple TV app is next to gain the cloud DVR feature.

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9to5Toys Last Call: Sony 55-inch 4K UHDTV $769, Apple iPhone 7 Plus Silicone Case $28, UE ROLL 2 $55, more

6 hours 20 min ago

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Last Call Updates:

Review: Yesgo iPhone 7/Plus cases offer protection at a value price

Sony 55-inch 4K Smart UHDTV w/ 4 HDMI inputs: $769 (Reg. $1,000)

Smartphone Accessories: Apple Silicone Case for iPhone 7 Plus $28, more

UE ROLL 2 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker $55 in multiple colors

Best Buy 4-day Sale includes $100 off iPad Pro, $350 discount on MacBooks, more

Beats Powerbeats3 W1-enabled Wireless In-ear Headphones down to $130 shipped BeatsX Wireless In-Ear Headphones go to $120 at Amazon and Best Buy

App Store Free App of the Week: Cut the Rope Magic on iOS free (Reg. $1) Review: Pad & Quill’s Leather Roll Top Backpack has impeccable craftsmanship and style

Hands-on with Anker’s robust 120,000mAh PowerHouse portable generator [Video]

9to5Rewards: Audioengine’s gorgeous B2 Bluetooth Speaker [Giveaway] MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY: Griffin iTrip Clip Adapter adds Bluetooth to any headphones for $13.50

 

Anker has you covered at home and on the road w/ charger deals from $19 NEW PRODUCTS & MORE:

SirCharge is “the world’s smallest” Keyring USB charger for your iPhone

Symphonica all-wood natural acoustic speaker for iOS/Android devices

Foxshot could be the lightest portable action camera for iOS MORE DEALS STILL LIVE:

Lutron Caséta Smart Lighting Bundle w/ HomeKit support: $120 (Reg. $160)

Sony 2.1 Channel Sound Base with Bluetooth and HDMI $118

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WWDC Wishlist: How CarPlay could improve with iOS 11

6 hours 30 min ago

Apple’s CarPlay infotainment feature has been improving every year with each new iOS update, and we’re expecting to see iOS 11 introduced at WWDC 2017 in just a few weeks. CarPlay recently gained improvements to Apple Music and a new app shortcut launcher through iOS 10.3. Here’s what we hope to see in iOS 11 for CarPlay:

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Ecobee4 HomeKit thermostat teased ahead of May 3 unveiling

8 hours 27 min ago

Ecobee appears to be planning to show off its new Ecobee4 smart thermostat next week. The company teased out the date today on a new sign-up page that says ‘something big is in the works’ under what is likely a preview of the new smart thermostat hardware.

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Comment: With the iPhone 8, Apple appears to be tearing up its own rulebook

9 hours 12 min ago

Growing evidence that the iPhone 8 may go on sale significantly later than the usual September timeframe speaks volumes about the very different approach Apple is taking to this year’s flagship model. It is breaking not just one, but two of the cardinal rules in the How To Be Apple manual.

Rule 1 is that the company avoids ‘bleeding edge’ technology. When new tech rolls around, the company watches and waits while other manufacturers do the trial-and-error bit. Apple launches only when it is satisfied that the tech is stable and that it has figured out the optimal way to employ it.

We saw this with the iPod. The first portable media player was invented in 1979, and the first actual mp3 player went on sale in 1998. Apple waited until 2001 to release the iPod. The first smartphones went on sale in the mid-1990s; the iPhone wasn’t released until more than a decade later. The first phone to have a fingerprint reader was the Motorola Atrix in 2011; Apple didn’t add one to the iPhone until two years later …

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Drone Diary: Shooting a dance video really demonstrated the value of a flying camera

10 hours 37 min ago

Unusually for me, there aren’t many words in this drone diary – mostly I’m going to let the video do the talking!

When I reviewed the Litchi app last time – an app that lets the drone fly completely autonomously on a pre-programmed path – I mentioned a plan I had in mind for a future project at that tumbledown castle.

The plan was to take a dancer there and shoot a dance routine from the air in a beautiful setting. This required the cooperation of the weather, but it all came together earlier this month. It was a lot of fun, and I think the result really shows the value of a video camera you’re able to position exactly where you want it – whether up high or down low …

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KGI: iPhone 8 mass production delayed to October/November as major component upgrades cause supply bottlenecks

11 hours 2 min ago

We’ve been hearing several reports that the launch of the iPhone 8 could be delayed compared to previous years. Reputable Apple analyst KGI Ming-Chi Kuo has also weighed in today, reporting that mass production of the OLED iPhone will likely be pushed back to October/November, instead of the normal August/September timeframe for new iPhone launches.

KGI says the reason for the production difficulties is that the new iPhone 8 includes several major cutting-edge components that Apple has custom-ordered. The analyst still expects the iterative ‘7S’ models to launch on the normal schedule …

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Here’s a probable explanation of what Uber was & wasn’t doing when it tricked Apple

11 hours 32 min ago

We learned yesterday that Tim Cook almost pulled Uber from the App Store over the way it was tracking iPhones and tricking Apple engineers. Uber had seemingly found a way to ‘fingerprint’ individual iPhones even after the app was removed, and had taken steps to try to hide this behavior from Apple – one of many questionable business practices the ride hailing firm has made in recent years.

Mr. Kalanick told his engineers to “geofence” Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., a way to digitally identify people reviewing Uber’s software in a specific location. Uber would then obfuscate its code from people within that geofenced area.

The original NYT piece suggested that Uber was somehow able to track iPhones even after they had been erased, but well-connected John Gruber has come up with what seems like a more probable description of what the company was and wasn’t doing …

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Logic Pros: Taking a closer look at Output’s Signal pulse engine synth for Mac

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 16:59

Today we will be taking some time out to detail another fantastic software instrument for Logic Pro X and all major DAWs. Signal has become a go-to for me when it comes to rhythmic synth lines and organic poly-rhythms. It uses 40GB of dynamically recorded material and a dual-layer pulse engine amounting to nothing less than a monster arpeggiator/rhythm gate beast… more…

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Apple hires developer who made 3D virtual reality plugins for Final Cut Pro

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 12:57

Tim Cook and other Apple executives have been chatty about the company’s interest in virtual and augmented reality in past months. There have been several reports that Apple is exploring an AR smart glasses product internally.

To add some fuel to the fire, Apple has recently hired prominent Final Cut Pro plugin developer Tim Dashwood, most well known for making 360VR Toolbox, which helped creatives make virtual reality videos …

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Tim Cook reportedly threatened to remove Uber from the App Store in CEO meeting

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 11:50

Uber has long been the suspect of user tracking allegations on iOS, with the company itself addressing the problem as recently as last year. A new wide-ranging profile from The New York Times, however, offers more detail on Uber’s location tracking habits, and how they almost got the app banned from the App Store…

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