This week on AI: Apple's $329 'budget' iPad, red iPhones, hacking threats & more

Mar 25 1:07am AppleInsider - Frontpage News
It was a very busy week for Apple, headlined by several surprise announcements on Tuesday, including a new "budget" iPad and a (Product)Red iPhone 7. A hacking group tried to hold Apple iCloud accounts hostage, and WikiLeaks released details of Mac and iOS exploits used by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency -- just for a start.
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Are You Wrong? 5 Sites to Find Out

Mar 25 12:30am MakeUseOf
The human mind is a complex beast. It draws information from various sources. Sometimes, odd things stick with us, and over time, our mind treats them as “facts”. Only one day, we find that it isn’t a fact at all. You’ll be surprised how often you are wrong. It’s not stupidity, gullibility, or any defect in you. Misconceptions happen, it’s a part of being human. Whether it’s the news you read, the “facts” you heard, or the things you believed in. As you grow up, you should want to challenge yourself, and figure out what you are wrong about and...Read the full article: Are You Wrong? 5 Sites to Find Out...
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Steve Wozniak Accepts Award from Startup World Cup, Says This Ones for Apple

Mar 24 8:40pm The Mac Observer
Steve Wozniak spoke at the Startup World Cup Finale Friday, where he talked about Apple’s early days, his own even earlier days, startup value, and some of the lessons he’s learned along the way. At the end of his keynote, he was presented with a miniature version of the Startup World Cup itself, which he […]...
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Google Finally Kills Google Talk After 12 Years

Mar 24 6:30pm MakeUseOf
Google is retiring Google Talk, also known as Google Chat, after 12 long years of service. The company is urging Talk users to switch to Hangouts rather than the combination of Duo and Allo. Which suggests that Google still has one (or seven) too many messaging/chat apps on its books. Back in 2005, before WhatsApp, Messenger, and Snapchat were things, Google launched Google Talk. This was an instant messaging service designed to compete with AIM, ICQ, and MSN Messenger. Thanks to being integrated into Gmail, Google Talk became massively popular. But now it’s being killed off once and for all....Read the full article: Google Finally Kills Google Talk After 12 Years...
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A Robotics Competition You Should Totally Check Out

Mar 24 6:07pm The Mac Observer
There’s little doubt that geeks like us love robots. We love building them, and it’s great to see what they can do. Combine robots with a steamworks theme, and you’ve got something really special. Teams of high school students are currently competing in the FIRST Steamworks Robotics Competition in Huntsville, Alabama and elsewhere throughout the […]...
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Trust the Worlds Fastest VPN to Keep You Safe Online [Deals Hub]

Mar 24 6:00pm iPhone Hacks | #1 iPhone, iPad, iOS Blog
Every time you see news of stolen information and hacks, you probably think you should do something to protect yourself. There is no better time to take action than right now. Get a lifetime subscription to PureVPN, on sale now in the iPhone Hacks Deals Hub. Continue reading →...
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Whats next for Apple Music and Beats 1: Original content, revamped apps, more Beats, live events & much more

Mar 24 5:37pm 9to5Mac
Now at 20 million paid subscribers, what’s next for Apple Music and Beats 1? While major updates for the service might not be expected until iOS 11 with a likely unveiling at Apple’s WWDC event in June, Apple has a few things planned before that and we have some hints about what to expect in the future. Its first original content starting with TV shows will launch on Apple Music next month, an expansion for Beats 1 looks likely, and tweaks to the Apple Music app to better highlight video content are incoming. Head below for our look at what’s next for Apple Music and Beats 1: more…Filed under: Apple...
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As Apple flirts with record high, analysts raise price targets

Mar 24 5:33pm MacDailyNews
With Apple shares in record-high territory, two investment banks on Friday raised...
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Hands-On With Apple's New (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7

Mar 24 5:12pm MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - All Stories
Apple's new (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 and 7 Plus went on sale online and in retail stores around the world today, and after a short wait in line, we managed to get our hands on one of the new devices. Made from a matte red aluminum, the red iPhone 7 is super pigmented and bright in real life, but aside from its snazzy new casing, it's identical to existing devices. Check out the video below for our detailed look at Apple's first red iPhone. The new red iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus can be purchased from the online Apple Store and in retail locations, where supplies seem to be plentiful. There were lines at many stores around the country, however, so it could potentially sell out. Prices for the red iPhone 7 start at $749, with the device available in 128 and 256GB capacities. Pricing for the red iPhone 7 Plus starts at $869. The new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are available in the United States and dozens of other countries today, and by the end of March, the device will be available in more than 40 countries and regions.Related Roundup: iPhone 7 Discuss this article in our forums...
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Drool over these photos of Apples new ruby iPhone 7 (RED)

Mar 24 4:51pm Apple–Digital Trends
Apple hass brought a new iPhone color to the fore: Ruby red. The new iPhone (Red) is meant to bring attention to the ongoing HIV/AIDS crises -- a percentage of every purchase goes toward fighting the disease worldwide. The post Drool over these photos of Apple’s new ruby iPhone 7 (RED) appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Apple: Macs and iPhones are safe from CIA exploits revealed by WikiLeaks

Mar 24 4:45pm MacDailyNews
Apple says that its preliminary assessments of the WikiLeaks documents released today...
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New Apple Park drone footage reveals occupied research and development building, landscaping progress

Mar 24 4:29pm AppleInsider - Frontpage News
Following a break in nasty weather, the latest drone footage of Apple Park shows yet more landscaping progress, an occupied research and development building, and the removal of most of the heavy-lifting machinery from the campus.
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How to protect your Apple iCloud account from hackers

Mar 24 4:09pm MacDailyNews
There's more than enough reason to exercise caution...
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Would you pay a monthly fee for an ad-free Twitter w/ deeper analytic information? [Poll]

Mar 24 4:06pm 9to5Mac
Last night, a report emerged claiming that Twitter was mulling the possibility of launching a subscription tier of its social network. The new service is said to be targeting professionals, including journalists and news organizations. Though, the feature is not yet believed to be in development, but rather Twitter is mulling the possibility of integrating such a service into Tweetdeck. Would you pay a monthly price for advanced Twitter features? Take Our Poll (function(d,c,j){if(!d.getElementById(j)){var pd=d.createElement(c),s;pd.id=j;pd.src='https://s1.wp.com/wp-content/mu-plugins/shortcodes/js/polldaddy-shortcode.js';s=d.getElementsByTagName(c)[0];s.parentNode.insertBefore(pd,s);} else if(typeof jQuery !=='undefined')jQuery(d.body).trigger('pd-script-load');}(document,'script','pd-polldaddy-loader')); more…Filed under: Apple...
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Coming Soon To Your iPhone: Over 70 New Unicode 10 Emojis

Mar 24 4:06pm The Mac Observer
Unicode 10 will be launched in June and it will include a bunch of new, awesome emojis. There are 69 new emojis in total, and some or all of them may eventually make their way into iOS 11. Someone made mockups on Emojipedia in Apple’s style, let’s check them out. Emoji are the symbols you […]...
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Deal: Unlimited Calls, Text and 10GB of 4G LTE data for $20 per month

Mar 24 3:39pm iMore - The #1 site for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and all things Apple!
Right now, Mint SIM has an amazing deal on high-speed 4G LTE data in the U.S.! In the U.S., between the Big Four carriers, it's become a game of race to the top — with that top being unlimited data. But most people don't need unlimited data. In fact, most Americans don't use more than a couple of gigabytes per month, and even the top percentage rarely go over 10GB. 1 That's why Mint SIM is such a great value proposition. The idea is simple: by signing up for three months of service at a time, you save money every month. For a limited time, get 10GB of data, plus unlimited calls and texts, for $20 per month! Here's the lowdown on Mint SIM: It cuts through the BS of unlimited to provide exactly what you need at a price that no one can match. The company uses T-Mobile's extensive 4G LTE network that covers most of the country in ultra-fast wireless connectivity. And premium features like inexpensive international roaming and free Wi-Fi are available, too, so you don't miss...
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Customizing the Services Menu Helps You Optimize macOS

Mar 24 3:39pm The Mac Observer
It’s an oft-neglected feature of your Mac. It lies there, waiting for you to use it and customize it, but maybe you’ve forgotten it’s there. Or perhaps you just don’t know what it’s capable of. Whatever the case may be, the macOS Services menu available when you secondary, or right, click on your Mac has […]...
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Hands-on with Nikes Pure Platinum, Anthracite, and Volt Apple Watch Sport Bands [Video]

Mar 24 3:37pm 9to5Mac
As was noted during Apple’s barrage of press releases on Tuesday, you can now purchase Nike’s Apple Watch Sport Bands separately. Previously, customers had to purchase the Apple Watch Nike+ hardware itself in order to score one of the breathable bands with compression-molded perforations. In this post, we go hands-on with all three of the Nike Sport Bands, which include Pure Platinum/White, Anthracite/Black, and Black/Volt. Watch our hands-on video for a look at each individually packaged band. more…Filed under: Apple...
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6 Heavily Discounted Gadgets Thatll Make Your Next Trip Better

Mar 24 3:30pm MakeUseOf
Are you planning a trip somewhere? Thinking about hitting the road soon? Well, you’re in luck, because you can get six different gadgets that’ll help make your travel experience more enjoyable! Zus Smart Car Charger & Locator This cool device serves two purposes — it’ll charge up your smartphone while you’re in the car and then it’ll help you remember where you parked when you aren’t. If you’re traveling, you’ll often find yourself parking in places that are unfamiliar to you, and this device will make it so you can get back to your car in no time. Aside from...Read the full article: 6 Heavily Discounted Gadgets That’ll Make Your Next Trip Better...
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You can now order Apples brand new $329 iPad and red iPhone

Mar 24 3:01pm MacDailyNews
Finally! You can now order the new (RED) iPhone and revamped iPad...
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How to change your wallpaper on iPhone or iPad

Mar 24 3:00pm iMore - The #1 site for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and all things Apple!
Make your iPhone and iPad your own by changing the screen's wallpaper and much more. Updated March 2017: Added information about Live Photos and iOS 10.3. While you can't completely change the look and feel of your iPhone or iPad, you can give it a customized wallpaper for your Lock and Home screens. That wallpaper can be a still image from Apple's own collection or your Photo Library, but you can also use Live Photos (on an iPhone), and choose whether to have that wallpaper remain still, or change perspective as you move your phone around. Here's how to go about it! How to pick your wallpaper for iPhone and iPad How to adjust your wallpaper for iPhone and iPad How to change the wallpaper directly from the Photos app How to pick your wallpaper for iPhone and iPad Changing your wallpaper is easy — you just have pick the right image! Launch the Settings app from your iPhone or iPad Home screen. Tap on Wallpaper. Tap on Choose a New Wallpaper. You can choose from Apple...
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Apple reissues iTunes 12.6, removes mysterious 'Show on Profile Page' option

Mar 24 2:56pm AppleInsider - Frontpage News
Apple on Friday took the unusual step of reissuing Tuesday's iTunes 12.6 update, stripping out a "Show on Profile Page" toggle that may have accidentally hinted at plans for Apple Music.
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Virtually no one will get to buy an Apple iPhone 8 this year

Mar 24 2:32pm MacDailyNews
Apple's widely rumored high-end iPhone with a 5.8-inch edge-to-edge OLED display will launch in September...
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9to5Rewards: iFixit Pro Tech Toolkits [Giveaway]

Mar 24 2:19pm 9to5Mac
For this week’s 9to5Rewards, we’re giving away some iFixit swag, straight from the website that’s best known for their teardowns of iPhones, Android phones and other gadgets. This week we’re giving away about a few repair kits to three lucky 9to5Google readers… Specifically, we’re giving away three iFixit Pro Tech Toolkits, worth $70 a piece if purchased at retail. As […]...
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Apple patent hints at iPhone protective case with smart communications

Mar 24 2:19pm Apple–Digital Trends
According to a recently awarded patent, Apple may be looking into developing more cases for the iPhone -- like this air-tight smart case which will notify the user if it's not properly secured to the device. The post Apple patent hints at iPhone protective case with smart communications appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Opinion: A budget-focused 12.9-inch iPad would be a compelling entertainment device

Mar 24 2:17pm 9to5Mac
Apple’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro is a fantastic entertainment device for content consumption. Videos are TV-sized, photos are highly detailed, and web pages fill the screen. But its $800+ price makes it hard to justify as a just-for-fun tablet. That could change if Apple applied the same strategy to the 12.9-inch iPad that it used on the new $329 9.7-inch iPad this week. more…Filed under: Apple...
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MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Colony Organizer and Leather Sleeve From Quell & Company

Mar 24 2:04pm MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - All Stories
For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Quell & Company to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a Colony Organizer and a Leather Sleeve for their iOS and Mac devices. The Colony Organizer, priced at $60, is essentially a charging dock for your iPhone and iPad, designed to securely and stylishly hold your devices while they charge. Made from Maple or Walnut wood, the Colony Organizer can hold up to four devices and two charging cables between its series of pegs, keeping them neatly stored away on a desk or surface while charging. Charging cords (not included) run up through a center cutout in the organizer, and a felt base protects your devices from any scratches or damage. Micro suction pads on the base ensure that it's stable, so it's not going to fall over or slip off of your desk even when loaded with iPhones and iPads. It's compatible with the iPhone 5 and later, all Lightning-based iPads, the 12-inch MacBook, and the Apple Watch. Quell & Company's Leather Sleeve, priced at $95, is designed to work with the 12-inch MacBook or any 9.7-inch iPad, including Apple's newly released $329 model. The Leather Sleeve, as the name suggests, is made from a high quality black leather lined with felt. It features a zippered main pocket that fits your Apple device, along with three front pockets that can be used for other accessories like the Apple Pencil, charging cables, and even an iPhone. Quell & Company is offering a Colony Organizer and a Leather Sleeve to three MacRumors readers, who will be able to pick the color (organizer) and size (sleeve) of their choosing. To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winner and send the prize. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page. Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years of age or older are eligible to enter. To offer feedback or get more information on the giveaway restrictions, please refer to our Site Feedback section, as that is where discussion of the rules will be redirected. a Rafflecopter giveawayThe contest will run from today (March 24) at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time t...
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Apple goes on charm offensive in China with red iPhones and a visit by CEO Tim Cook

Mar 24 2:02pm MacDailyNews
Apple has long faced strong headwinds in China, where fierce competition and regulatory hurdles have made..
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If You Havent Changed Your iCloud Password in the Past Two Years do it Now

Mar 24 1:54pm The Mac Observer
Trying to extort money out of Apple by threatening to wipe out iCloud accounts and reset iPhones is a business model the Turkish Crime Family hacker team will likely learn is flawed at best, but there it is a great reminder to change your online passwords regularly. The list of iCloud logins the group has […]...
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Dells XPS 15 vs. Apples MacBook Pro 15: Which premium laptop is the best on the market?

Mar 24 1:35pm Apple–Digital Trends
The Dell XPS 15 and the Apple Macbook Pro 15 are impeccable, so to find out which premium laptop is the best on the market today, we're going to have to dig deep and get very, very picky. The post Dell’s XPS 15 vs. Apple’s MacBook Pro 15: Which premium laptop is the best on the market? appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Gene Munsters Apple Pay State of the Union Aims to Shed Light on Adoption and Usage

Mar 24 1:32pm iPhone Hacks | #1 iPhone, iPad, iOS Blog
Apple Pay has been available out in the wild for quite some time now, with the company adding support in countries all across the globe. Continue reading →...
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10 Deals You Can Get On Mobile Accessories Today [US/CA]

Mar 24 1:30pm MakeUseOf
Your smartphone is great, but you know what’ll make it even better? Accessories, of course! US Deals Poweradd 10,000mAh Power Bank ($16.99, 66\% Off) [Upgraded] Poweradd 2nd Gen 3.4A Pilot 2GS 10,000mAh Power Bank Portable Charger External Battery with Fast Charge for iPhone, Samsung Galaxy Note and More (1M Lightning Cable Included) [Upgraded] Poweradd 2nd Gen 3.4A Pilot 2GS 10,000mAh Power Bank Portable Charger External Battery with Fast Charge for iPhone, Samsung Galaxy Note and More (1M Lightning Cable Included) Micro USB & Lightning Cable included: Take any one you'd like to with you on your journey, convenient to charge...Read the full article: 10 Deals You Can Get On Mobile Accessories Today [US/CA]...
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Apple Releases Revised Version of iTunes 12.6, Eliminates Strange 'Profile Page' Toggle

Mar 24 1:25pm MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - All Stories
Apple today released a revised version of iTunes 12.6, which appears to eliminate a hidden option that may have accidentally been built into the software release. Shortly after the original release of iTunes 12.6 on Tuesday, a reddit user discovered a Show on Profile Page toggle on a Playlist edit page. The toggle didn't appear to do anything because there's currently no individual profile page feature in iTunes, and now the non-functional feature has been eliminated from the 12.6 iTunes release, suggesting it was added by mistake and could be destined for some kind of future iTunes profile addition. It is entirely unclear what a Profile Page might entail, but reddit users speculated that it could be for a future social network or a Spotify-style searchable playlist database. The new iTunes 12.6 update can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for free. It includes a Rent once, watch anywhere feature that lets iTunes users watch iTunes movie rentals across all devices with the as-of-yet unreleased iOS 10.3 and tvOS 10.2 updates. Prior to the iTunes 12.6 update, iTunes movies could only be watched on a single device at a time. A movie rented on a Mac transferred to an iPhone would remove the movie from the Mac's iTunes Library, while a movie rented on an iOS device or Apple TV could not previously be transferred to other devices. We don't yet know when the iTunes 12.6 update will become functional, as it is reliant on iOS 10.3 and tvOS 10.2, but those who are running the betas can use the cross-rental feature. The iOS 10.3 and tvOS 10.2 software updates could come at any time.Discuss this article in our forums...
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Dell goes where Apple wont with 32-inch 8K UltraSharp Monitor for $4,999.99

Mar 24 1:25pm MacDailyNews
The recent rise of ‘4K’ (or more accurately, Ultra-HD at 3840x2160) monitors has shown that there is a demand for high resolution...
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Hands-on: Calendars 5, a powerful yet simple iPhone scheduling app

Mar 24 1:11pm AppleInsider - Frontpage News
All Calendars 5 lacks for the Apple faithful is a Mac version -- AppleInsider schedules some meetings to see if that's an issue or not.
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T-Mobile Launches Scam ID and Scam Block to Help Subscribers

Mar 24 1:10pm iPhone Hacks | #1 iPhone, iPad, iOS Blog
T-Mobile is adding two new features to help subscribers be aware of potential scam callers, or block them altogether. Continue reading →...
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Apple Pay State of the Union report details adoption among retailers

Mar 24 1:08pm 9to5Mac
Apple Pay has been steadily growing as Apple continues to add support for new banks and rolls out the service to users in more countries, but we have less data on how much its been adopted in retail and among users. Giving some insight to usage, Apple analyst Gene Munster at Loup Ventures today released his “Apple Pay State of the Union” giving a look at adoption among retailers and much more. Using the Internet Retailer top 100, the data shows retailer adoption as a percentage of potential adoption. The adoption includes all possible points of adoption for the platform including point of sale, in app, and through Apple Pay on the web for website checkout on both mobile and desktop browsers. Among the numbers, 31\% have implemented at least one point of adoption, while an impressive 44\% of the Internet Retailer 100 have adopted Apple Pay at point of sale. A similar 40\% have adopted it as an in-app payment option. When looking at those that have adopted Apple Pay at all possible points of adoption, it currently sits at 22\% for the top 100. more…Filed under: Apple...
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4-year-old uses Apples Siri to save his moms life

Mar 24 1:01pm MacDailyNews
Metropolitan Police in London have released a clip of a 999 call from a four-year-old boy who saved his mum's life...
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How to edit pictures in Photos for Mac

Mar 24 1:00pm iMore - The #1 site for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and all things Apple!
How can I edit pictures and videos in Photos for Mac? Whether you're cropping your photos, importing them into Photoshop, or adjusting your color and saturation, there are tons of different ways that you can successfully edit pictures and videos in Photos for Mac. Photos for Mac has everything you need to make your pictures look exactly how you want, and what's more, all the edits are non-destructive, so if you don't get something perfect the first time, you can change it again whenever you like or even go right back to the original. Combine that with the large screen, and editing photos on the Mac isn't just easy; it's accessible to everyone. Here's how to use it! How to adjust brightness and color with Photos for Mac How to convert an image to black and white with Photos for Mac How to access white balance, histograms, noise reduction, and more in Photos for Mac How to adjust Sharpness with Photos for Mac How to adjust Definition with Photos for Mac How to adjust Noise Reduction...
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Apple responds to Wikileaks Dark Matter release revealing CIA efforts to infect Macs

Mar 24 12:54pm Apple–Digital Trends
Wikileaks released another bundle of documents dubbed Dark Matter. This time, the organization turned an eye to Apple's Mac, with a number of exploits that are both insidious and persistent. The post Apple responds to Wikileaks’ ‘Dark Matter’ release revealing CIA efforts to infect Macs appeared first on Digital Trends.
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T-Mobile Rolls Out Tools to Help Customers Avoid Scam Phone Calls

Mar 24 12:47pm MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - All Stories
T-Mobile today announced the launch of two new anti-scam features designed to cut down on scam phone calls, Scam ID and Scam Block. Scam ID, as the name suggests, alerts customers when an incoming call is coming from a phone number known to be associated with a scam. Scam Block goes one step further, automatically blocking any calls identified as scams by Scam ID. Every year, three out of four people in the US get at least one scam call--and fraudsters cheat consumers out of more than half a billion dollars per year! It's insane - so we had to do something to protect our customers! said Neville Ray, Chief Technology Officer for T-Mobile. So the T-Mobile team designed a brilliant set of patent-pending technologies -- then built them directly into our network, so there's nothing customers have to do. No hoops to jump through, no app to download. Like most T-Mobile technologies, it just works. Scam ID is powered by a global database that contains tens of thousands of known scammer numbers. T-Mobile updates the database in near real-time by analyzing every call that comes into its network with behavioral heuristics and intelligent scam pattern detection. Every call is analyzed to identify and block scammers. Both Scam ID and Scam Block are available on all devices on T-Mobile's network and will be included at no cost. The features are rolling out to customers starting today, and will be available to T-Mobile ONE customers first. New T-Mobile ONE customers will automatically get Scam ID beginning on April 5, while other T-Mobile postpaid customers can enable the feature on that date by dialing #ONI# (#664#). To turn on Scam Block, customers can dial dial #ONB# (#662#). T-Mobile warns that enabling Scam Block could potentially cause customers not to receive legitimate calls, so caution should be used before turning it on. Once enabled, it can be turned off by dialing #OFB# (#632#).Tag: T-Mobile Discuss this article in our forums...
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How to enable T-Mobiles new robocall protection to block scam calls on iPhone

Mar 24 12:33pm 9to5Mac
As part of an industry-wide fight against robocalling, T-Mobile is introducing new technologies today to help consumers fight against phone call scams. Using patent-pending technology, T-Mobile is rolling out features that will integrate directly into the Un-carrier’s network. No apps to download, no settings to configure, simply dial a number to enable the protection. more…Filed under: Apple...
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9to5Toys Lunch Break: SanDisk 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive $25, iPad pre-order discounts, Logitech Smart Control $70, more

Mar 24 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: SanDisk’s ultra portable 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive is selling for $25 (Reg. $34+) B&H launches new iPad pre-orders with discounts, rewards and tax in NY only Daily Deals: Logitech Harmony Smart Control $70, Apple’s 256GB 13.3-inch MacBook Air $925, more Save nearly $330 on the entry-level 15-inch MacBook Pro w/ Touch Bar, marked down to $2,070 shipped (Reg, $2,399) Apple unveiled a slew of new Watch bands today, here are the best third-party alternatives for less money App Store Free App of the Week: the pro video cam/editor Musemage goes free for the first time this year (Reg. $4) The highly-rated Osmos for iOS is now just $1 (Reg. up to $5) The high-octane F1 2016 racer for iOS gets its very first price drop on the App Store: $4 This War of Mine for iOS and its emotional survival simulation gameplay: $2 (Reg. up to $15) 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) The NES-style throwback platformer Adventures of Pip: $2 (Reg. $6) 9to5Rewards: Dive into Sling TV on all your favorite devices with a $75 gift card [Giveaway] MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY: Adobe’s Photoshop/Premiere Elements 15 editing suite is on sale for $70 Get a smartwatch without breaking the bank: Moto 360 Sport for $110 (Reg. $150) Smartphone Accessories: Pacuwi Bluetooth Speaker w/ Power Bank & Flashlight $10, more Add an Acer 25-inch Monitor w/ HDMI to your desk for $200 (Reg. $270) Games/Apps: BioShock Collection $28, Xbox One S 1TB $240, freebies, more Dell launches cutting-edge 31-inch 8K display … costs a cool $5K Amazon is celebrating March Madness w/ a ton of discounted NCAA gear from $6 Acer’s 13-inch Convertible 4GB Chromebook for as little as $275 (Reg. $400) Load up on Nike gear for spring with an extra 25\% off all clearance Score a Lightning cable w/ this Poweradd 10,000mAh battery for $17 Prime shipped CUJO Protects Every Device on Your Wi-Fi Network from Hackers and Malware: $200 KORG’s Gadget synth suite releases on Mac with huge launch day promotion + more Intex...
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How to choose an iPad: A practical guide to Apples tablets

Mar 24 12:15pm Apple–Digital Trends
Selecting an iPad from Apple's confusing catalog can be intimidating, but it doesn't have to be. Our in-depth handy guide puts the numbers and specs in practical, easy-to-understand terms. The post How to choose an iPad: A practical guide to Apple’s tablets appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Save some cash with a refurbished 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

Mar 24 12:12pm Apple–Digital Trends
If the $2,399 starting price of the 15-inch MacBook Pro is a little salty, then you may have another option that could make things a more affordable. Apple has added the 15-inch model to its line of refurbished MacBook Pros. The post Save some cash with a refurbished 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar appeared first on Digital Trends.
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US Senate votes to allow ISPs to sell personal data to advertisers without opt-out safeguards

Mar 24 12:09pm AppleInsider - Frontpage News
The U.S. Senate has voted in favor of overturning privacy rules instituted by the Federal Communications Commission in 2016, which -- if the measure survives a second vote in the House of Representatives -- will allow internet service providers to sell customer data to advertisers without people having a say.
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Analyst predicts iPhone 8 super cycle will push AAPL towards 11% unit growth

Mar 24 12:07pm 9to5Mac
Continuing the trend, another analyst today is out with his bullish expectations for Apple and the upcoming iPhone 8. As noted by CNBC, Nomura Instinet investor Jeffrey Kvaal has raised his target price for AAPL from $150 to $165 based on the expected iPhone 8 super cycle… more…Filed under: Apple...
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Nintendo Prefers Super Mario Run Pay-Once Model, Calls Freemium Structure of Fire Emblem Heroes an 'Outlier'

Mar 24 12:00pm MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - All Stories
As Nintendo keeps launching new properties onto smartphones, the company has taken different strategies in regards to each app's payment model, including free-to-play (Miitomo, Fire Emblem Heroes) and pay-once-and-play (Super Mario Run). According to a senior official at the company, Nintendo actually prefers the Super Mario Run model over Fire Emblem Heroes, despite the more lucrative future that Fire Emblem Heroes' in-app purchases have in store for Nintendo (via Nikkei). According to Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima, Super Mario Run's revenue did not meet the company's expectations. Ahead of the game's release, it was reported that Nintendo was eyeing a pay-once model so that parents could download Super Mario Run for their kids without the added anxiety of in-app purchases appearing later in their iTunes purchase history. It appears that the gaming company still intends for most of its future apps to follow in Super Mario Run's footsteps and not those of Fire Emblem Heroes, with a senior company official referring to Heroes as an outlier in the grand scheme of Nintendo's mobile strategy. Yet [Super Mario Run] was less of a moneymaker for Nintendo than might have been expected, due to the pay-once-and-play model. Revenue from the game did not meet our expectations, Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima said. Even so, Nintendo has no intention of switching focus to freemium games. 'Heroes' is an outlier, a senior company official said. We honestly prefer the 'Super Mario Run' model. The company is believed to care more about expanding the reach of its intellectual properties to a wider audience and aims to do more with its smartphone games than make money. Another goal for Nintendo is to mine the potential synergy future apps could have with the new Switch console, where players pick up the app to get hooked, and are convinced to further explore -- and spend more money -- on a larger version of the game. According to Nikkei, the long-term success of Super Mario Run will be measured in how well it turns new Nintendo fans into console players and buyers: The game's true value will be measured by how much it expands the ranks of Nintendo fans and helps sales of the Switch. Last year, Isao Moriyasu -- Chief Executive of DeNA, Nintendo's mobile app developer partner -- said that the next two Nintendo apps would be free-to-...
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Ticket to Earth Review: A colorful, intelligent, and original strategy RPG you'll love!

Mar 24 12:00pm iMore - The #1 site for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and all things Apple!
Bursting with color and full of adventure, Ticket to Earth is a strategy RPG you'll love! When it bounced onto the App Store, Ticket to Earth drew me in with its vibrant and highly saturated colors — don't judge me I like shiny new things! When I learned it was a strategy RPG, I was prepared to be underwhelmed as I have played so many other games in the same genre I didn't think I could be surprised. Ticket to Earth not only exceeded my expectations, but has raised the bar across the strategy RPG genre moving forward. There's no other way to put it, Ticket to Earth is Fleckin' fantastic! Play Ticket to Earth today! Story & Setting Ticket to Earth takes place on the colony planet New Providence where life isn't as marvelous as the government-controlled media — NP27 — would have you believe. It's arrival day, meaning the starship known as the Martian Princess has completed its ten-year journey from Earth, which will allow colonists ticket-holding colonists...
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Apple Store Online, (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7, New 9.7-inch iPad Available Now

Mar 24 11:57am The Mac Observer
As expected, Apple’s online store is back up and running, and you can buy the new (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 and 9.7-inch iPad today. That doesn’t, however, mean you can get one in your hands today—unless you’re looking for the red iPhone and can get to your local Apple retail store. (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 The (PRODUCT)RED […]...
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Happy Hour Podcast 112 | iPhone 7 goes (RED), the new iPad, Apple Watch updates

Mar 24 11:52am 9to5Mac
This week Benjamin and Zac discuss the first PRODUCT(RED) iPhone 7, the new $329 iPad, and Apple Watch updates. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players. more…Filed under: Apple...
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Super Mario Run Failed to Meet Nintendos Revenue Expectations

Mar 24 11:48am iPhone Hacks | #1 iPhone, iPad, iOS Blog
This week, Super Mario Run finally launched on Android, after being available for iOS devices since last December. Continue reading →...
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Apples iPad has an installed base of over 300 million, far larger than the Macs user base

Mar 24 11:45am MacDailyNews
The iPad has an installed base of over 300 million...
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7 New Android O Features You Can Get Right Now

Mar 24 11:30am MakeUseOf
Google has released the developer preview of the next version of Android, tentatively titled Android O. As with any major upgrade, some new features stand out. And you don’t have to wait to get your hands on them. Right now, the Android O Developer Preview is available only for select Nexus and Pixel devices, specifically the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel C, Pixel, and Pixel XL. But if your device isn’t listed, you can get some of its best features through third-party apps. 1. Snooze and Group Notifications Android O brings two cool interactions to notifications. You can...Read the full article: 7 New Android O Features You Can Get Right Now...
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(PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 and New iPad Now Available For Order on Apple Store

Mar 24 11:09am iPhone Hacks | #1 iPhone, iPad, iOS Blog
If you have waiting to get your hands on the (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7, you can now head over to Apple’s online store and order one right away. Or if you want the new iPad, that is now available for order through Apple’s online store as well. You can also pick up the new iPhone from selected Apple stores today itself. Continue reading →...
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Apple begins sales of (Product)Red iPhone 7, $329 iPad, 32 & 128GB iPhone SE

Mar 24 11:09am AppleInsider - Frontpage News
After a brief outage, the Apple online store is back online, and is now selling the (Product)Red iPhone 7, $329 iPad, 32 & 128GB iPhone SE, all of which were announced earlier this week.
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PRODUCT(RED) iPhone 7 and new 9.7-inch iPad now available to order from the Apple Store

Mar 24 11:07am 9to5Mac
Update: Red iPhone shipping estimates indicate Tuesday delivery, in-store pickup available as soon as today at some locations. The new iPad delivers March 31st – April 4th; in-store pickup not yet available. The Apple Store website is back up as scheduled; you can now order the new red iPhone and the cheaper $329 iPad from the Apple Online Store. The red iPhone is available in 128 GB and 256 GB sizes only, which means the (RED) iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are available from $749 and $849 respectively. Apple will donate some money to the PRODUCT(RED) charity for each device sold. The new entry-level iPad costs $329 for the 32 GB WiFi model, featuring a brighter 9.7-inch display with an A9 SoC — about the same performance as the iPhone 6s. It goes up to $559 for the 128 GB model with cellular. more…Filed under: Apple...
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New 9.7-Inch iPad and Red iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Now Available to Order

Mar 24 11:06am MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - All Stories
Apple has just begun accepting orders for the new 9.7-inch iPad and (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 and 7 Plus on its online store in the United States and dozens of other countries and regions around the world. (PRODUCT)RED iPhones are also available for in-store pickup at select Apple Stores starting today. The new 9.7-inch iPad is equipped with a faster Apple A9 chip and brighter Retina display compared to the iPad Air 2, which has been discontinued. It is also somewhat thicker and heavier than the iPad Air 2 since it lacks a fully laminated display with anti-reflective coating in order to keep costs down. The tablet's tech specs are otherwise identical to the iPad Air 2, including a display resolution of 2,048‑by‑1,536 at 264 PPI, 8-megapixel rear iSight camera, 1.2-megapixel front FaceTime camera, two speakers, Lightning connector, 3.5mm headphone jack, Touch ID with Apple Pay, and Bluetooth 4.2. The new 9.7-inch iPad starts at $329 for a 32GB model with Wi-Fi, making it the cheapest new tablet that Apple has ever sold. Apple also offers a 128GB model with Wi-Fi for $429, while cellular-capable 32GB and 128GB models are available for $459 and $559 respectively in Silver, Gold, and Space Gray. The tablet is now available to order on Apple's website in the United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Denmark, India, Mexico, Norway, Russia, Turkey, and other countries will follow in April. Apple said the new 9.7-inch iPad will be available to purchase in Apple Retail Stores, through select carriers, and at Apple Authorized Resellers starting next week in the United States and more than 20 other countries. The first online orders are estimated for delivery between March 31 and April 5. Apple's special edition (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models are also now available to order on Apple's website in 128GB and 256GB storage capacities for $749/$849 and $869/$969 respectively. Initial orders are slated for delivery on Tuesday, March 28 in the United States. (PRODUCT)RED iPhones have a vibrant red finish complemented by a silver Apple logo and white front bezels. Apple said the models are in recognition of more than 10 years of partnership between Apple and (RED), which gives customers a way to contr...
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New Mac desktops coming soon or never?

Mar 24 11:06am MacDailyNews
Where are the spring Mac refreshes?...
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Best Presentation Remotes for Mac

Mar 24 11:00am iMore - The #1 site for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and all things Apple!
What's the best presentation remote for Mac? If you're giving a big presentation, the ability to move and interact more with your audience is incredibly valuable when trying to get your message across. If you have to awkwardly stand up behind your laptop the whole time, it's nowhere near as engaging. You need a reliable presentation remote that connects easily and travels well. Here are our recommendations. Satechi Bluetooth Smart Pointer Logitech R400 Doosl Kensington K33374USA DinoFire Satechi Bluetooth Smart Pointer I work for well-traveled magician on the side, and we never go anywhere without our Satechi Bluetooth Smart Pointers. He's gone through three brands and Satechi has always stood out as the best. The remote connects via Bluetooth and has a fantastic range (we've generally had great luck between 50 and 60 feet). If you're clicking through a slideshow and need to go back to a specific slide, there's a handy number pad hidden behind a little slide-out door. If yo...
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