This Site Customizes Sounds to Help You Concentrate or Fall Asleep

Mar 30 4:30am MakeUseOf
There are lots of apps out there with sound effects meant to soothe you to sleep, to help you concentrate, or to simply drown out the noise around you. Few are as customizable as A Soft Murmur. A Soft Murmur can be used in any browser, or if you want to take it with you on the go, you can take advantage of the free Android app. Unfortunately, there is no iOS version of the app, but it’s said to be in the works. So what sets the service apart from others in its category? You can completely customize the sound that you’re...Read the full article: This Site Customizes Sounds to Help You Concentrate or Fall Asleep...
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This Depression & Anxiety Test Will Help You Understand Your Emotions

Mar 30 3:30am MakeUseOf
Stefani Germanotta is worth almost $300 million dollars. Better known as Lady Gaga, she has been fighting a lifelong struggle with depression. You wouldn’t know it if you saw her on stage. And she’s not alone, one of many celebrities who are waging public battles with mental health issues and winning. The World Health Organization says depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and is a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease. But there is a big problem with this figure: it could be a massive underestimation of reality. Depression and mental health issues often go untreated due to social stigmas...Read the full article: This Depression & Anxiety Test Will Help You Understand Your Emotions...
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24 Hour Deal: Fully loaded 11" MacBook Air for $849 ($800 off) with no tax in 48 states

Mar 30 12:00am AppleInsider - Frontpage News
For 24 hours only, B&H Photo is taking $800 off Apple's fully loaded 11" MacBook Air (Early 2015) featuring a 2.2GHz Core i7 processor, 8GB of memory and 512GB of storage with free shipping and no tax outside NY and NJ.
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All Android store competitors combined poised to overtake Apple's iOS App Store by revenues, but not profits

Mar 29 10:18pm AppleInsider - Frontpage News
A report on global mobile app markets notes that Apple's iOS App Store remains the world's largest by revenues and is predicted to hold onto its crown as "the most lucrative" through 2021, although all of the world's competing Android software markets combined are expected to exceed the App Store in total revenues at some point later this year.
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Apple Music reportedly leads Spotify, Pandora in unique monthly users

Mar 29 9:00pm AppleInsider - Frontpage News
According to fresh market research data, Apple Music's three-month free trial helped push the service ahead of competitors Spotify and Pandora in terms of unique monthly users for the month of February.
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PSA: Apples USB-C accessory + UltraFine display pricing discounts end this week

Mar 29 8:36pm 9to5Mac
Apple first announced that it would be discounting certain USB-C accessories back in November to coincide with the release of the new MacBook Pros. Originally, the promotion was set to run through the end of the year, but Apple extended it through March 31st to supplement the launch of the LG UltraFine 5K displays, which are also discounted. That day is quickly approaching, though, so you’re running out of time to take advantage of the promo… more…Filed under: Apple...
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Apple bans developers from referencing price in app names, screenshots, and previews

Mar 29 8:18pm MacDailyNews
Apple has stepped up its efforts to stop developers from promoting the price of their apps ...
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Apple Music Beats Spotify in Monthly Unique Users Thanks to 3-Month Free Trial

Mar 29 8:11pm MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - All Stories
Apple Music doesn't have the highest number of paid subscribers compared to Spotify, but it does have an edge up on its competitors -- a higher number of monthly unique users on mobile devices, thanks to its generous three-month free trial. According to a recent report published by mobile analytics firm Verto (via TechCrunch), Apple Music had 40.7 million unique monthly mobile users during February of 2017. Verto only tracks Apple Music usage on mobile devices, so Apple's unique monthly user number could be higher. Comparatively, streaming radio service Pandora had 32.6 million unique monthly users during February, while Spotify had 30.4 million. iHeartRadio saw the fourth highest number of monthly visitors on mobile at 28.5 million, while SoundCloud came in fifth with 25.7 million. For Spotify, Pandora, iHeart Radio, and SoundCloud, mobile and PC visits are counted. According to Verto, which gathers its data from 20,000 users in the UK and US and then pairs it with analytics information, Apple Music has the most monthly unique users due to the three-month free trial the company offers, which doubles the number of people that are using the Apple Music app in the United States. Click to enlarge Apple has long offered three months of free music streaming when a user first signs up for Apple Music, two months longer than the trial period offered by Spotify. As of December 2016, Apple Music has more than 20 million paid subscribers, a number that's been growing steadily since the service launched in 2015. Spotify, meanwhile, reached 50 million paying subscribers earlier this month. Despite its lead over Apple Music, Spotify is taking cues from Apple. Earlier today, Spotify announced plans to debut an original show called Traffic Jams, a copy of the Carpool Karaoke show Apple plans to launch on Apple Music. Similar to Carpool Karaoke, in which celebrities and musicians will sing hit songs while in a car, Traffic Jams pairs well-known hip-hop producers and rappers, challenging them to produce a track in the backseat of a car.Tag: Apple Music Discuss this article in our forums...
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Android app industry expected to surpass iOS App Store in terms of revenue this year

Mar 29 6:57pm 9to5Mac
Mobile app analytics firm App Annie is today out with its latest report. As usual, the data shows that Apple’s App Store has a significant lead in terms of revenue when compared to Google Play, but this report notes of a change. The firm estimates that Android will overtake iOS in terms of app revenue this year… more…Filed under: Apple...
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Head of Apple Mail Terry Blanchard Leaves for Rival Email App

Mar 29 6:24pm The Mac Observer
Terry Blanchard, who led the engineering and QA teams for Apple Mail since 2011, is moving on. He’s not going far though. Terry will still manage an email team, but it’s for the Spark email app owned by Readdle. Here’s what this could mean for the future of Apple Mail. Details Of The Move Readdle […]...
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Want to Experiment With an APFS drive? Heres How You Can Do That

Mar 29 6:07pm The Mac Observer
You may have heard that Cupertino is developing a new file system known as the Apple File System (APFS). This particular file system became the default for iOS as of 10.3. By the end of 2017, APFS is expected to become the default on macOS, watchOS, as well as tvOS. If you want to experiment […]...
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Samsungs Galaxy S8 prepares Apple fans for all the possibilities in the iPhone 8 [Poll]

Mar 29 5:58pm 9to5Mac
Today was an exciting day over at 9to5Google as Samsung unveiled a suite of new features coming to their new Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices. What made today’s announcements uncanny was just how many features Samsung unveiled in their new Galaxy S8 that we’ve already heard reported for the upcoming iPhone 8. The Galaxy S8 may not be iPhone fans want today, but it surely prepares them for what we may be seeing later this year. more…Filed under: Apple...
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Apple Music saw over 40M users on mobile last month, leading Spotify by 10M

Mar 29 5:48pm 9to5Mac
While Spotify may lead in terms of subscribers, it’s already been proven that Apple Music can dominate even with its smaller user base. A new report from analytics firm Verto further highlights the sometimes underestimated reach of Apple Music. The report shows that Apple Music comes out on top in terms of monthly unique users, thanks in large part to the three-month free trial Apple offers. more…Filed under: Apple...
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Report: Android app purchases could overtake iOS this year

Mar 29 5:37pm Apple–Digital Trends
Thanks to dominant market share and a rapidly growing install base in burgeoning markets, Android may finally pass iOS this year in terms of app revenue, according to a report from analytics firm App Annie. The post Report: Android app purchases could overtake iOS this year appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Fire erupts at Samsung store in Singapore

Mar 29 5:32pm MacDailyNews
A fire broke out in the stockroom of a Samsung store in Singapore...
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Apple investors shrug off Samsung Galaxy S8 event, send stock upward

Mar 29 5:26pm AppleInsider - Frontpage News
The launch of Samsung's 2017 flagship Galaxy S8 isn't causing any apparent concern among Apple's investors, who collectively pushed the company's stock even further upward today despite the announcements--and the continuous run up in Apple stock that has occurred since the iPhone maker last released earnings in January.
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The new Search app for iOS app includes Gboard, Googles third-party keyboard

Mar 29 5:19pm Apple–Digital Trends
Google's adding a third-party keyboard to the Search app for iOS. Now, installing the Search app automatically installs Gboard, Google's alternative to the default iOS keyboard option. The post The new Search app for iOS app includes Gboard, Google’s third-party keyboard appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Review: D-Link's Omna 180 Cam HD Offers HomeKit, But Could Use Improvement

Mar 29 4:28pm MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - All Stories
Connected home security cameras have been on the market for quite some time, but D-Link recently began selling the first HomeKit-compatible security camera. Priced competitively at $199, the D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD camera has several perks over competing cameras that don't offer HomeKit integration -- it's guaranteed to have Apple's required level of encryption, it works with Siri, and it can be viewed right in the Apple-created Home app. Design The Omna is made from brushed aluminum and is palm-sized, so it can be placed just about anywhere, but it needs to go on a flat surface and can't be wall mounted like some other options. Size wise, it's a bit taller than a standard soda can, but skinnier. The camera portion is mounted on the front, a microSD card slot is at the bottom along with a reset button, and there's a small grated area at the bottom, presumably for heat dissipation, since the Omna does get somewhat warm. A green LED on the front lights up when it's powered on, and a power cord is attached to the back. There is no included battery, so the Omna can't be used without a power source, but it connects to a home Wi-Fi network so only a single power cord is needed for operation. Along with the camera, it includes a microphone for two-way communication purposes. All in all, it's a compact, simple camera that fits in well wherever it's placed, but it's not going to go in as many places as the cameras that can also be wall mounted. Camera Quality One of the Omna's best features is its 180 degree wide-angle lens, which offers a wider view than many of the other home cameras on the market. The super wide angle captures almost the entirety of my office, and if I had it back further in the corner, it would be able to see the entire room from wall to wall. The camera is 1080p for a clear picture in both bright and low light situations. Quality wise, it is on par with my Logi Circle and the Flir FX that I've tested in the past, and I was impressed with the resolution. Everything was clear with little blurring, but there is distortion due to the angle of the lens. The Logi Circle has a zoom function that I use often, something that's missing here in the Omna. There's no zoom capability to get a closer look at what's going on in the room. When the lights are out or in low light situations, the Omna has an infrared night vi...
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iOS 10.3: Your iCloud Settings Just Got Easier to Manage

Mar 29 4:26pm The Mac Observer
Hidden in the release notes of iOS 10.3 was a listing about a “New Settings unified view for your Apple ID account information, settings and devices.” That’s actually a pretty big deal, because it consolidates a number of iCloud settings while also bringing some new functionality to your iOS device. I’ll walk you through these […]...
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President Trumps new iPhone marks official end of his Apple boycott

Mar 29 4:24pm MacDailyNews
Even before he won the presidency, Donald Trump fired off tweets at companies...
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Google Calendar Finally Launches for the iPad

Mar 29 3:49pm iPhone Hacks | #1 iPhone, iPad, iOS Blog
For the folks out there who have had the Google Calendar app installed on their iPhone for quite some time, but have been waiting impatiently for an iPad version, the wait is finally over. Continue reading →...
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Get Your Music Fix Without The Wires With These Waterproof, Bluetooth Headphones [Deals Hub]

Mar 29 3:39pm iPhone Hacks | #1 iPhone, iPad, iOS Blog
Music has ditched its physical form and can travel with you anywhere. It’s time for your headphones to follow suit. Cut the cord but keep the tunes coming with the ARMOR-X GO-X3 Bluetooth Headphones, on sale now from the iPhone Hacks Deals Hub. Continue reading →...
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Apple shares latest vision for new Chicago River retail store as roof and curved glass put in place

Mar 29 3:35pm 9to5Mac
We’ve known for a while now that Apple is planning a new flagship waterfront retail store along the Chicago River, and now Apple has shared a new render of what the location will look like after construction wraps up. more…Filed under: Apple...
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Samsung Launches the New Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus

Mar 29 3:30pm MakeUseOf
Samsung has taken the wraps off of its next flagship smartphone. Or, more accurately, its two new flagship smartphones. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus were revealed, alongside a number of other potentially awesome products, at the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2017 event in New York. It’s fair to say that Samsung had a tough 2016. There was the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, which saw Samsung’s flagship phablet released, recalled, released again, and finally killed within the space of a few months. And then Samsung’s washing machines started exploding too. Samsung will be hoping for a better 2017, and all...Read the full article: Samsung Launches the New Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus...
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U.S. Congress sends repeal of FCC broadband privacy rules to President Trump for signature

Mar 29 3:28pm MacDailyNews
The U.S. House voted on Tuesday 215-205 to repeal regulations requiring internet service providers...
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Apple Music passes Pandora and Spotify in mobile usage

Mar 29 3:00pm MacDailyNews
Spotify may be the reigning leader when it comes to the largest number of paid subscribers...
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Apple Seeds iOS 10.3.2 Public Beta 1 to Public Testers

Mar 29 2:58pm iPhone Hacks | #1 iPhone, iPad, iOS Blog
Earlier this week, Apple not only launched iOS 10.3 to the public, but it also started seeding the first developer betas for iOS 10.3.2 as well. Continue reading →...
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Google Calendar gains native Apple iPad interface with latest iOS update

Mar 29 2:46pm AppleInsider - Frontpage News
Google on Wednesday released a long-awaited update to its Calendar app for iOS, finally introducing a native iPad interface that makes use of the extra screen space on Apple's tablet.
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Why Im all-in on Apple but not on iCloud

Mar 29 2:44pm MacDailyNews
I’ve been an Apple guy since forever...
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Get Huge Savings on Dash Cameras, Cookware, Harry Potter and More [US/CA]

Mar 29 2:30pm MakeUseOf
Right now, you can take your pick of four Vantrue dashboard cameras for a huge discount. You can also save on all the Harry Potter films on Blu-Ray or DVD from Amazon.ca! US Deals Dash Cameras Currently, you can get four different dashcams at a huge discount. Whether you just need the basic, entry-level N1 for $50, or you want one that’ll record much higher-quality video at $126, there’s a deal for you. Plus, there are models that fall in between! Vantrue N1 Small Dash Cam ($49.99 With Code 72R5JMIM) VANTRUE Upgraded N1 Small Dash Cam, Full HD 1080P Plus...Read the full article: Get Huge Savings on Dash Cameras, Cookware, Harry Potter and More [US/CA]...
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A new life for Apples Xserve

Mar 29 2:10pm MacDailyNews
n the early days at Macminicolo, many customers were glad to have a Mac focused colo company...
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Apple releases first public beta for iOS 10.3.2, still no 32-bit version available

Mar 29 2:07pm AppleInsider - Frontpage News
As is normal with Apple beta releases, Apple has followed up a developer-only release of iOS 10.3.2 with one for public beta program participants -- but as with the initial release it still lacks a 32-bit binary.
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How to use Facebook Messenger's new Live Location feature on iPhone

Mar 29 1:48pm AppleInsider - Frontpage News
Facebook this week introduced Live Location to its Messenger app for iOS, letting people temporarily track each other when trying to rendezvous. Here's how to make use of the feature on your iPhone.
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Google Calendar App Finally Released for iPad

Mar 29 1:30pm MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - All Stories
Google today announced it has updated its Calendar app with long-awaited iPad support. The app is essentially the same as the iPhone version, but it is now optimized for the tablet's larger screen. Google said a Today view widget for Notification Center and the Lock screen is coming soon. Here's a quick overview of the app's features:• Different ways to view your calendar - Quickly switch between month, week and day view. • Events from Gmail - Flight, hotel, concert, restaurant reservations and more are added to your calendar automatically. • To-dos - Use Reminders to create and view to-dos alongside your events. • Goals - Add personal goals—like “run 3 times a week”—and Calendar will schedule time for them automatically. • Quick event creation - Smart suggestions for event titles, places and people save you time when creating events. • All your calendars in one place - Google Calendar works with all calendars on your device, including Exchange and iCloudGoogle Calendar can be downloaded for free on the App Store [Direct Link].Tags: Google, Google Calendar Discuss this article in our forums...
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Google finally releases Calendar app for iPad

Mar 29 1:17pm 9to5Mac
Google today announced the release of its Calendar app for iPad, which was previously only available for iPhone, Android smartphones and tablets and on the web. more…Filed under: Apple...
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Apple Seeds First Beta of iOS 10.3.2 to Public Beta Testers

Mar 29 1:13pm MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - All Stories
Apple today provided its public beta testing group with iOS 10.3.2, an upcoming update that was first released to developers on March 28. iOS 10.3.2 comes shortly after the release of iOS 10.3, a major update that brought features like a new Find My AirPods feature and Apple File System. Beta testers who have signed up for Apple's beta testing program will receive the iOS 10.3.2 beta update over-the-air after installing the proper certificate on their iOS device. Those who want to be a part of Apple's beta testing program can sign up to participate through the beta testing website, which gives users access to both iOS and macOS Sierra betas. Betas are not stable and include many bugs, so they should be installed on a secondary device. Apple has said that the update fixes SiriKit car commands, which should now be working as expected. Beyond that, we don't yet know what features or improvements are coming in iOS 10.3.2, as Apple doesn't offer detailed release notes and nothing notable has been discovered in the betas we've received so far. As a minor 10.x.x update, iOS 10.3.2 likely focuses on bug fixes, performance improvements, and security enhancements rather than outward-facing features.Related Roundup: iOS 10 Discuss this article in our forums...
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Apple releases first iOS 10.3.2 public beta

Mar 29 1:08pm 9to5Mac
Apple has released the first iOS 10.3 public beta for testing on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. iOS 10.3.2 public beta 1 follows one day after the first developer version of the upcoming software update. more…Filed under: Apple...
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Apple Mail engineering manager heads to Readdle to work on Spark email client

Mar 29 1:06pm AppleInsider - Frontpage News
A former engineering manager on Apple's Mail app, Terry Blanchard, has left the company to play a key role in developing Readdle's Spark email client, according to an announcement.
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APFS: 10 things you should know about Apples new file system

Mar 29 1:02pm MacDailyNews
iOS 10.3 just went live and with it, millions of users across the world updated to an entirely new file system...
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Killer Deals: 13" MacBook Pros from $1,299 ($150-$300 off); Touch Bar models from $1,599 ($200 off); 15" MacBook Pros from $2,199 ($300 off)

Mar 29 1:00pm AppleInsider - Frontpage News
For the next 48 hours only, grab Apple's current 13-inch MacBook Pro in Silver or Space Gray for $1,299 ($200 off) with free shipping and no sales tax in 48 states. Upgraded models are being slashed by $200-$300, including 13-inch Touch Bar configurations for $1,599 ($200 off). Meanwhile, save $300 on 15" MacBook Pros that start at just $2,199.
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Samsung upgrades Gear 360 camera with 4K video and iPhone support

Mar 29 12:52pm AppleInsider - Frontpage News
Alongside the launch of the Galaxy S8, Samsung has unveiled an update to its Gear 360 camera, with the new version of the 360-degree camera now offering support for iPhones for the first time, as well as the ability to live stream and capture true 4K-resolution video.
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Opinion: iPhone 8s top feature needs to be design

Mar 29 12:31pm 9to5Mac
Apple surely has lots of whiz-bang new features planned for the new flagship iPhone this fall, but the number one feature on my wish list this year is a radical new design. Given the choice between a new iPhone with the same design plus new features like wireless charging and facial recognition or a new iPhone with a new design and no new features, I’d absolutely choose the new design. more…Filed under: Apple...
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9to5Toys Lunch Break: AirPort Extreme $159, iTunes $10 DreamWorks Movie Sale, Netgear Arlo Pro Security System $336, more

Mar 29 12:30pm 9to5Mac
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: Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+ and Safari push notifications. TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS: Apple’s AirPort Extreme 802.11ac Base Station goes to $159 (Reg. up to $199) iTunes and Amazon launch DreamWorks $10 HD movie sale: Bee Movie, Shrek, more Netgear’s Arlo Pro Security System is 20\% off: $336 shipped Apple’s entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro is on sale for $1,280 Save $234 on Apple’s entry-level 13-inch MacBook Air: $765 (Reg. $999) Apple Watch Series 1 gets a big discount at Target, priced from $200 Target launches $300 gift card promo with iPhone 7/Plus purchase B&H launches new iPad pre-orders with discounts, rewards and tax in NY only App Store Free App of the Week: the pro video cam/editor Musemage goes free for the first time this year (Reg. $4) Night Terrors iOS augmented reality horror game free (Reg. $1) The highly-rated Osmos for iOS is now just $1 (Reg. up to $5) Eighty-Eight iOS puzzler goes free for first time in years (Reg. $2) The artistic photo editor Trigraphy for iOS goes free for the first time in nearly a year (Reg. $4) The popular Ticket to Ride is now matching its lowest price on the App Store: $2 (Reg. $7) 9to5Rewards: Mophie iPhone 7 Juice Pack Air Battery Case [Giveaway] MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY: Amazon’s popular 6-inch Fire Tablet (refurb) is selling at $35 (Orig. $100) Mac App Roundup: MacX Media Bundle $20, Disk Drill PRO 3 $35, Lifetime Mac Bundle $39, more Belkin offers two Wemo Mini Smart Plugs for $51 ($70 value) Gaming Peripherals: Logitech mouse $25, headsets from $55, more Flter uses VPN and Tor over your home network to protect privacy and security Smartphone Accessories: Mpow 3.3-Ft MFi Lightning Cables (2-pack) $10 (Reg. $16), more Amazon Echo Dot 3-pack drops to $130 shipped (Reg. $150) Games/Apps: Zelda Triforce Heroes $15, Street Fighter V $18, freebies, more Don’t Think Twice is this week’s iTunes $1 HD Movie Rental (Reg. $5) Daily Deals: Legrand Standard/USB Wall Outlet $17, more Merrell footwear 40\% off today only on Amazon, prices from $51 BOGO movie tickets from Fandango: Catch Beauty and the Beast at half the price Garmin Forerunner 935 hits with a big price tag, impressive data-driven features Cuisinart’s 11-Cup Food Processor...
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Apple bars price references on new titles appearing in the App Store

Mar 29 12:28pm Apple–Digital Trends
Apple has long discouraged developers from referencing price in the titles of its apps, and now it appears the firm is cracking down with a new policy. Apps containing words like free are no longer permitted in the App Store. The post Apple bars price references on new titles appearing in the App Store appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Samsung Galaxy S8 fires first salvo against Apple's 'iPhone 8' with 'Infinity' display, AR & more

Mar 29 12:17pm AppleInsider - Frontpage News
Samsung on Wednesday confirmed a multitude of rumors by announcing its new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S8 -- a device with an OLED "Infinity" display and no physical home button, much like Apple's rumored "iPhone 8."...
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Top 5 Samsung Galaxy S8 Features We Would Like to See in iPhone 8

Mar 29 12:13pm iPhone Hacks | #1 iPhone, iPad, iOS Blog
Samsung’s flagship for 2017 has been officially launched. And Samsung has really pushed the boundaries with some innovative features, especially when it comes to the hardware. It looks great, performed well and even comes with its own smart assistant. Here are the 5 features from the Galaxy S8 that we’d like to see in the iPhone 8. Continue reading →...
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Over-the-air iOS 10.3 update for iPhone 5, 5c pulled by Apple for reasons unknown

Mar 29 12:04pm AppleInsider - Frontpage News
After a few hours of availability, Apple pulled the over-the-air iOS 10.3 update for the iPhone 5 and 5c, though the legacy devices can still be updated through iTunes on a Mac or PC.
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Antivirus software wont save your Mac from future malware, but a variety of other protective software could prevent incursions

Mar 29 12:01pm MacDailyNews
Apple has managed to avoid attacks that first appear in the wild, usually nipping them...
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Samsung unveils Galaxy S8 & S8+ w/ near edge-to-edge Infinity Display & Siri-competitor Bixby

Mar 29 11:57am 9to5Mac
Samsung is today showing off its latest flagship smartphones that will compete with Apple’s next-generation iPhones this fall, officially unveiling its new Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices and its new Siri competitor called Bixby that will debut on the new phones. We’re covering all of the announcements over at 9to5Google and taking a look at how they compare to what’s reportedly being planned for iPhone 8 below. more…Filed under: Apple...
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Samsung Unveils Galaxy S8 and S8+ With Iris and Facial Recognition, No Home Button

Mar 29 11:56am MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - All Stories
Samsung officially announced its much-anticipated Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones today at simultaneous launch events held in New York's Lincoln Center and London's Olympic Park. The company's post-Note7 comeback device and de facto iPhone 8 rival has already been the subject of several leaks in recent weeks, but today we finally got the full picture of what Samsung's new flagship models are offering consumers who are in the market for a new smartphone this year. As expected, the S8 comes in two sizes with a curved edge-to-edge 5.8-inch or 6.2-inch QHD AMOLED display. The always-on screen has a 2960x1440 resolution within a minimal bezel design that pushes the home button with fingerprint recognition to the rear of the device, alongside the camera. The rear camera features a 12 megapixel f/1.7 lens, while an 8 megapixel f/1.7 camera with autofocus sits above the screen on the front. Samsung has also integrated iris scanning and facial recognition into the front camera to make unlocking the phone and signing into websites easier. On the right side of the handset is the power button, while the left side houses volume controls and a separate button to activate Bixby, Samsung's new virtual assistant, developed by the original creators of Siri. Harman Kardon stereo speakers are visible on the bottom of the device, along with a USB-C port and a headphone jack. Inside, the S8 features a Snapdragon 835 processor, a 10 nanometer chip made in partnership by Qualcomm and Samsung. Paired with the chip is 4GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of storage with microSD support for up to 256GB. The standard model has a 3,000mAh battery, while the Plus device gets 3,500mAh. Both models support fast wireless charging. On the software side, the S8 runs Android 7.0 and has a Bluetooth dual audio feature that lets users stream audio to two separate headsets or speakers at the same time. There's also a multi-window feature that enables two apps to run on the screen simultaneously. Another feature Samsung is debuting with the S8 is Samsung DeX, which allows users to connect the phone to an external display, keyboard, and mouse, to use the operating system like a computer. The 5.8-inch Galaxy S8 price starts at $750, while the 6.2-inch 8+ device starts at $850. Prices may vary. Both handsets are waterproof to IP68 standard and come in Midnight Black, Orchid...
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Specs Comparison: Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ vs Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

Mar 29 11:49am iPhone Hacks | #1 iPhone, iPad, iOS Blog
Every year, the best of Samsung battle it out with the Best of Apple. It’s the latest from Samsung’s Galaxy S series, vs Apple’s iPhone. This time, the battle is a lot more interesting. First of all, there are two versions – the S8 and the S8+. And Samsung has pushed a lot of boundaries when it comes to the hardware. But how exactly does the new Samsung S8 and S8+ hardware compare to the latest iPhones? We’ve got the numbers for you. Continue reading →...
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Weak Report Claims Touch ID Sensor Moving to the Back of iPhone 8

Mar 29 11:47am The Mac Observer
A new report claims Apple is taking away the Home button on the iPhone 8 and moving the Touch ID fingerprint scanner to the back of the device. That’s something we’re already seeing on some Android phones, but that’s not the path Apple will take despite what we’re hearing from this new report. An insider […]...
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Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus vs. iPhone 7 Plus: Which adds more value?

Mar 29 11:34am Apple–Digital Trends
Samsung's next set of flagship phones promise to give the iPhone a run for its money. Check out our in-depth spec comparison to see how the Galaxy S8 Plus and the iPhone 7 Plus stack up against one another. The post Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus vs. iPhone 7 Plus: Which adds more value? appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Samsung Announces the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+

Mar 29 11:32am iPhone Hacks | #1 iPhone, iPad, iOS Blog
Samsung had a bit of a rough ending to 2016, so all eyes are on the company to make a big comeback in 2017. Continue reading →...
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Apple Mail Engineering Manager Terry Blanchard Joins Readdle to Work on Popular Email Client 'Spark'

Mar 29 11:32am MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - All Stories
Readdle has hired former Apple Mail engineering manager Terry Blanchard in a position that will focus on creating the future of email for Readdle's popular email client Spark, working with an entirely new team of his choosing in Silicon Valley. Blanchard's new role, per his LinkedIn page, is vice president of engineering for Readdle. Spark is modernizing email as we know it. We share a fundamental vision of what the future of email should be. I’ve always admired Readdle for their beautiful and innovative products, which makes them the ideal company to turn that vision into a reality. At Apple Blanchard worked on the Mail team for six years, where he led a team of developers which created and continually fostered updates for the UX design and development of Apple's first party email client, simply called Mail on iOS and macOS. Besides his new title and location in Silicon Valley, Blanchard's role at Readdle hasn't been given many specifics but it's expected that the engineer will take his expertise in the email client design space and apply it to Readdle's popular stock of iOS and macOS applications. Last November Readdle launched Spark on Mac, bringing the app's Smart Inbox feature to Apple's desktop and laptop computers for the first time. Smart Inbox intelligently organizes email into different categories (Personal, Notification, and Newsletters), making sure important messages are always highlighted first. Spark continuously learns which emails are most important for you to make inbox management as easy as possible, and on Mac also includes Quick Replies, Touch Bar support, snooze capabilities, and cross-device syncing. Regarding its new hire, Readdle said that Terry is a valuable addition to our team and brings years of experience from one of the best companies in the world. Readdle's range of productivity apps for Apple devices includes PDF Expert, Spark, Scanner Pro, Calendar 5, PDF Office, Printer Pro, PDF Converter, and Documents.Tags: Readdle, Spark Discuss this article in our forums...
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Spotify plans Traffic Jams TV show and, yes, its an Apple Music Carpool Karaoke knockoff

Mar 29 11:32am 9to5Mac
Ahead of the debut of Apple’s previously announced Carpool Karaoke TV series on Apple Music next month, Spotify is planning what sounds a lot like a knockoff of the series with its own show called “Traffic Jams,” Variety reports. But instead of having celebrities and musicians perform a song karaoke-style, Spotify is going to have artists produce a song in a moving vehicle (innovation!). It’s hosted by comedian DoBoy who will also drive the vehicle while the artists perform in the back. So, in other words, it’s exactly like Carpool Karaoke. Not a great look for Spotify’s answer to Apple’s original content plans. The first show is set to debut April 4th and feature artists T-Pain and Southside: more…Filed under: Apple...
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Apple just pulled off one of the great engineering feats of all time

Mar 29 11:27am MacDailyNews
Think 20th century vs. 21st century. Also, think Apple against the rest of the world...
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Cloud services compared, or why Im all-in on Apple but not on iCloud

Mar 29 11:23am 9to5Mac
I’ve been an Apple guy since forever. I bought the very first Macintosh back in 1984. My current mobile technology line-up is a 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, 11-inch MacBook Air (now just a backup Mac), 9.7-inch iPad Pro and an iPhone SE. I’m all-in on Apple, and the ecosystem is a large part of that. Things may not always Just Work, but the Apple ecosystem gets closer to that than anyone else. However, while I do make some use of iCloud, I’m not all-in on Apple’s cloud storage. In this piece, I compare the main cloud services out there, and finally describe the mix-and-match approach I use to get what I consider to be the best of all worlds … more…Filed under: Apple...
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Spotify Launches Carpool Karaoke-Like Traffic Jams on April 4

Mar 29 11:20am iPhone Hacks | #1 iPhone, iPad, iOS Blog
Last year, Apple announced that it had picked up the “Carpool Karaoke” segment from The Late Late Show With James Corden, and planned on turning it into a new show it would launch through Apple Music. Continue reading →...
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Samsung retail outlet in Singapore catches fire ahead of Galaxy S8 launch

Mar 29 11:14am AppleInsider - Frontpage News
Samsung's long period of bad luck doesn't seem to be stopping anytime soon, after one of the manufacturer's stores in Singapore caught fire early on Tuesday morning, with the incident occurring the day before the South Korean electronics giant reveals the Galaxy S8 smartphone.
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