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Hotel Artemis - Drew Pearce

Top Movies - 3 hours 8 min ago
Set in riot-torn, near-future Los Angeles, HOTEL ARTEMIS is an original, high-octane action-thriller starring Jodie Foster as The Nurse, who runs a secret, members-only hospital for criminals. Jodie Foster is joined by an all-star cast that includes Sterling K. Brown, Sofia Boutella, Jeff Goldblum, Brian Tyree Henry, Jenny Slate, Zachary Quinto, Charlie Day, and Dave Bautista. Hotel Artemis 145540.0 Drew Pearce $14.99 $4.99 https://is3-ssl.mzstatic.com/image/thumb/Video118/v4/46/27/e1/4627e199-8910-8ead-002d-e8bcb5fb064b/pr_source.lsr/39x60bb-85.png https://is3-ssl.mzstatic.com/image/thumb/Video118/v4/46/27/e1/4627e199-8910-8ead-002d-e8bcb5fb064b/pr_source.lsr/39x60bb-85.png https://is3-ssl.mzstatic.com/image/thumb/Video118/v4/46/27/e1/4627e199-8910-8ead-002d-e8bcb5fb064b/pr_source.lsr/113x170bb-85.png © 2018 Hotel Artemis Ltd. All Rights Reserved. 2018-06-08T00:00:00-07:00

Plague Inc. - Ndemic Creations

Top 10 Paid Apps - 3 hours 53 min ago
Can you infect the world? Plague Inc. is a unique mix of high strategy and terrifyingly realistic simulation. Your pathogen has just infected 'Patient Zero'. Now you must bring about the end of human history by evolving a deadly, global Plague whilst adapting against everything humanity can do to defend itself. Brilliantly executed with innovative gameplay and built from the ground up for iPhone & iPad, Plague Inc. evolves the strategy genre and pushes mobile gaming (and you) to new levels. It’s You vs. the world - only the strongest can survive! ◈◈◈ #1 top game globally with well over a billion games played ◈◈◈ Plague Inc. is a global hit with almost a million 5 star ratings and features in newspapers such as The Economist, New York Post, Boston Herald, The Guardian and London Metro! The developer of Plague Inc. was invited to speak at the CDC in Atlanta about the disease models inside the game! ▶ “The game creates a compelling world that engages the public on serious public health topics” – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ▶ “Best Tablet Game” - New York Daily News ▶ “Plague Inc. will snag your attention in all the right ways and keep it there” - Touch Arcade ▶ “No denying Plague Inc.'s high-level of quality” - Modojo ▶ “Plague Inc. should not be as much fun as it is” – London Metro ▶ “Will leave you hoping to destroy the world, all in the name of a bit of fun” – Pocket Lint ▶ “Plague Inc.'s gameplay is infectious” - Slide to Play ▶ Winner – “Overall Game of the Year” – Pocket Gamer ▶ “Killing billions has never been so fun” – IGN ◈◈◈ Features: ● Stunning retina graphics with a highly polished interface (Contagion guaranteed) ● Highly detailed, hyper-realistic world with advanced AI (Outbreak management) ● Comprehensive in-game help and tutorial system (I am Legendarily helpful) ● 12 different disease types with radically different strategies to master (12 Monkeys?) ● Full Save/Load functionality (28 Saves Later!) ● 50+ countries to infect, hundreds of traits to evolve and thousands of world events to adapt to (Pandemic evolved) ● Full game support for scoreboards and achievements ● Expansion updates add the mind controlling Neurax Worm, the zombie producing Necroa Virus, Speed Runs and real life Scenarios! Localised in English, German, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Italian, French, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese and Russian. (more coming soon) P.S. Give yourself a pat on the back if you got all the themed literature references! Special sale price to celebrate being one of the most popular paid iPhone games ever! ◈◈◈ Like Plague Inc. on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PlagueInc Follow me on Twitter: www.twitter.com/NdemicCreations Plague Inc. Ndemic Creations $0.99 https://is3-ssl.mzstatic.com/image/thumb/Purple128/v4/e0/38/06/e038061f-ac19-955a-ee4b-9dd4cc30c2ab/AppIcon-0-1x_U007emarketing-0-0-85-220-0-7.png/53x53bb-85.png https://is5-ssl.mzstatic.com/image/thumb/Purple128/v4/e0/38/06/e038061f-ac19-955a-ee4b-9dd4cc30c2ab/AppIcon-0-1x_U007emarketing-0-0-85-220-0-7.png/75x75bb-85.png https://is2-ssl.mzstatic.com/image/thumb/Purple128/v4/e0/38/06/e038061f-ac19-955a-ee4b-9dd4cc30c2ab/AppIcon-0-1x_U007emarketing-0-0-85-220-0-7.png/100x100bb-85.png © 2011, Ndemic Creations LTD 2012-05-25T17:54:37-07:00

TikTok - including musical.ly - musical.ly Inc.

Top 10 Free Apps - 4 hours 28 min ago
TikTok is a global video community. We make it easy for you to watch awesome short videos AND you can also make your own videos by capturing those funny and memorable moments to share with the world. Spice up your videos with our special effects filters, fun stickers, and so much more. Life’s moving fast, so make every second count. ■ Watch millions of videos selected specifically for you An experience catered specifically for you based on content you watch, like, and share! TikTok will adapt to your taste to offer the most relevant, interesting, fun, quirky, head-turning videos that you’ll never want to stop watching! ■ Get entertained and inspired by a global community of creators Millions of creators are on TikTok showcasing their incredible talents, precious moments, and knowledge. ■ Add your favorite music or sound to your videos for free Easily edit your videos with millions of free music clips and sounds! We create featured music playlists for you with the hottest tracks in every genre, including pop, rock, rap, electronic, R&B, country, and more. ■ Use emoji stickers and face filters 100+ emoji stickers available for free to take your videos to the next level. Unlock tons of fun face filters and beauty effects in your videos. ■ Editing tools allow you to easily trim, cut, merge, and duplicate video clips ■ Livestreaming filters are constantly being updated with fresh, creative designs ■ Dance, Comedy, Vlog, Sports, DIY, and Animal videos all ready to be consumed * Any feedback? Contact us at feedback@tiktok.com or tweet us @tiktok TikTok - including musical.ly musical.ly Inc. Get https://is3-ssl.mzstatic.com/image/thumb/Purple128/v4/a3/35/65/a3356541-e791-849a-c891-90a3d2e54cc9/AppIcon_TikTok-0-1x_U007emarketing-0-0-GLES2_U002c0-512MB-sRGB-0-0-0-85-220-0-0-0-6.png/53x53bb-85.png https://is5-ssl.mzstatic.com/image/thumb/Purple128/v4/a3/35/65/a3356541-e791-849a-c891-90a3d2e54cc9/AppIcon_TikTok-0-1x_U007emarketing-0-0-GLES2_U002c0-512MB-sRGB-0-0-0-85-220-0-0-0-6.png/75x75bb-85.png https://is1-ssl.mzstatic.com/image/thumb/Purple128/v4/a3/35/65/a3356541-e791-849a-c891-90a3d2e54cc9/AppIcon_TikTok-0-1x_U007emarketing-0-0-GLES2_U002c0-512MB-sRGB-0-0-0-85-220-0-0-0-6.png/100x100bb-85.png © musical.ly Inc. 2014-04-02T15:44:45-07:00

Reigns - Devolver Digital

Top 10 Paid Apps - 5 hours ago
Sit on the throne as a benevolent (or malevolent) medieval monarch of the modern age and swipe your royal fingers either left or right to impose your will upon the kingdom. Survive the seemingly never-ending gauntlet of requests from your advisors, peasants, allies, and enemies while maintaining balance between the influential factions of your kingdom. But beware; each decision you make might have implications and unfortunate consequences down the road that could put your reign and family’s dynasty at risk! Each year of your reign brings another important – seemingly random – request from your unpredictable kingdom as you strive for balance between the church, the people, the army, and the treasury. Prudent decisions and careful planning make for a long reign but unforeseen motivations, surprise events, and poor luck can take down even the most entrenched monarch. Extend your reign as long as possible, forge alliances, make enemies, and find new ways to die as your dynasty marches along through the ages. Some events will span on centuries, with an intrigue involving burning witches, scientific enlightenment, wicked politics and, maybe, the Devil himself. *iPhone 5 / iPod Touch 6 / iPad Mini / iPad Air or later recommended. Reigns Devolver Digital $0.99 https://is4-ssl.mzstatic.com/image/thumb/Purple118/v4/23/81/cb/2381cb98-678d-dc48-8ee2-64b2d40dbcbe/AppIcon-0-1x_U007emarketing-0-85-220-0-9.png/53x53bb-85.png https://is1-ssl.mzstatic.com/image/thumb/Purple118/v4/23/81/cb/2381cb98-678d-dc48-8ee2-64b2d40dbcbe/AppIcon-0-1x_U007emarketing-0-85-220-0-9.png/75x75bb-85.png https://is3-ssl.mzstatic.com/image/thumb/Purple118/v4/23/81/cb/2381cb98-678d-dc48-8ee2-64b2d40dbcbe/AppIcon-0-1x_U007emarketing-0-85-220-0-9.png/100x100bb-85.png © Copyright Nerial Ltd 2016 2016-08-12T09:27:49-07:00

NBA 2K19 - 2K

Top 10 Paid Apps - 6 hours 38 min ago
NBA 2K19 continues to push limits as it brings gaming one step closer to real-life basketball excitement and culture. NBA 2K19 for mobile is packed with new features including STORY mode and online match play, available for the first time! Features: • All new STORY mode – Experience the history of some of the most famous NBA franchises and players. • MyCAREER mode with all new story and refined team interaction. • Head to Head – Play Quick Game or Blacktop versus other users connected via LAN or Gamecenter. • 2K Beats – A brand new soundtrack accompanies you in your journey to the top of the NBA, featuring songs from Travis Scott and more! • Simplified controls for more immersive and responsive gameplay! NBA 2K19 2K $7.99 https://is2-ssl.mzstatic.com/image/thumb/Purple118/v4/a9/74/84/a97484ee-ca4f-594d-a665-e3bd84645e97/AppIcon-1x_U007emarketing-85-220-0-6.png/53x53bb-85.png https://is4-ssl.mzstatic.com/image/thumb/Purple118/v4/a9/74/84/a97484ee-ca4f-594d-a665-e3bd84645e97/AppIcon-1x_U007emarketing-85-220-0-6.png/75x75bb-85.png https://is5-ssl.mzstatic.com/image/thumb/Purple118/v4/a9/74/84/a97484ee-ca4f-594d-a665-e3bd84645e97/AppIcon-1x_U007emarketing-85-220-0-6.png/100x100bb-85.png © Published by 2K. 2K is a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners. 2018-09-26T06:22:35-07:00

Solo: A Star Wars Story - Ron Howard

Top Movies - 6 hours 46 min ago
Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an epic action adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo befriends his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and meets the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes. Solo: A Star Wars Story 62065.0 Ron Howard $19.99 $4.99 https://is4-ssl.mzstatic.com/image/thumb/Video118/v4/14/9d/3d/149d3dce-c211-c9c8-9714-5567b623cb36/pr_source.lsr/39x60bb-85.png https://is4-ssl.mzstatic.com/image/thumb/Video118/v4/14/9d/3d/149d3dce-c211-c9c8-9714-5567b623cb36/pr_source.lsr/39x60bb-85.png https://is2-ssl.mzstatic.com/image/thumb/Video118/v4/14/9d/3d/149d3dce-c211-c9c8-9714-5567b623cb36/pr_source.lsr/113x170bb-85.png © 2018 Lucasfilm Ltd. 2018-05-25T00:00:00-07:00

Apple's iPhone XR Could Drive Record Unit Volumes in Fourth Quarter

Yahoo Finance, AAPL - 8 hours 2 min ago
The Mac maker could have a record holiday quarter in store.

Here's How Amazon Is the New Apple

Yahoo Finance, AAPL - 9 hours 13 min ago
This time, the disruption is in homes, not phones.

The Spy Who Dumped Me - Susanna Fogel

Top Movies - 10 hours 3 min ago
Audrey and her friend Morgan are going about their humdrum lives when Audrey's unassuming ex-boyfriend Drew shows up at their apartment with a team of deadly assassins on his trail. Surprising even themselves, the two friends jump into action when two men are shot dead on their floor, grabbing a top-secret thumb drive and taking off on an undercover mission to save the world. The Spy Who Dumped Me 94363.0 Susanna Fogel $19.99 https://is3-ssl.mzstatic.com/image/thumb/Video118/v4/8f/20/63/8f20631e-f695-fad2-ca25-4aa736179b73/pr_source.lsr/39x60bb-85.png https://is3-ssl.mzstatic.com/image/thumb/Video118/v4/8f/20/63/8f20631e-f695-fad2-ca25-4aa736179b73/pr_source.lsr/39x60bb-85.png https://is3-ssl.mzstatic.com/image/thumb/Video118/v4/8f/20/63/8f20631e-f695-fad2-ca25-4aa736179b73/pr_source.lsr/113x170bb-85.png © 2018 Lions Gate Films Inc. All Rights Reserved 2018-08-03T00:00:00-07:00

Intel's Latest Modem Gets Smaller

Yahoo Finance, AAPL - 10 hours 58 min ago
A move to a more advanced manufacturing tech allowed Intel to put more features into a smaller chip.

Go Ahead. Put a Facebook Portal with Camera and Mic in Your House

The MacObserver - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 23:57

From Gizmodo: “Facebook announced Portal, a new voice-activated speaker and video chat gadget, and the company said that it would not use data collected through the device to target ads.” But it could. It probably will at some point. What could go wrong? It’s like Mark Zuckerberg has become the anti-Cook.

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Is it Time to Move to 4K TV? Absolutely!

The MacObserver - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 23:32

4K/UHD TVs are no longer a rarity and are now emerging as mainstream. According to IHS, of all the TVs sold in 2019, half will be 4K/UHD.

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Apple Debuts Limited Edition Mickey Mouse Beats Solo 3 Wireless Headphones Created in Collaboration With Disney

MacRumors - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 22:55
To celebrate the 90th anniversary of Mickey Mouse, Apple has introduced special edition Mickey-themed Beats Solo 3 Wireless Headphones.

Priced at $329.95, the headphones are a gray color with a classic Mickey design. The headphones come with a matching gray felt carrying case, a collectible pin, and a decal sticker.

Celebrate "The True Original" with Mickey's 90th Anniversary Edition Beats Solo3 Wireless headphones. Keep the magic going with award-winning sound and up to 40 hours of battery life. The cool-gray headphone features Mickey Mouse in the iconic pose seen on classic t-shirts that we all know and love. It also comes with a custom felt case inspired by the materials from Mickey Mouse ear hats, along with a collectible pin and decal sticker to honor the collaboration.Mickey Mouse made his first appearance on November 18, 1928 to replace Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, one of Disney's original characters. He made his debut in the short Plane Crazy, which was shown in short film Steamboat Willie, and from there, Mickey was in more than 130 films, both short and feature length.

Mickey Mouse is now one of the most iconic and well-known Disney characters, which is likely why Apple has designed Mickey-themed headphones. The Beats brand has done similar character collaborations in the past and once created Hello Kitty themed Solo Wireless Headphones and UrBeats.

The new Mickey Mouse headphones are listed as "Coming Soon" on Apple's own website, but can be pre-ordered from Amazon. The official launch date on Amazon is listed as November 11, 2018.
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App Store Bundles Gain Support for Mac Apps and Free Apps With Subscriptions

MacRumors - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 22:32
Apple today announced expanded features for App Store bundles, introducing support for both Mac apps and free apps with subscriptions for the first time.

Mac app developers are now able to create bundles of up to 10 apps, allowing customers to purchase multiple Mac apps at once at a discounted price.

Bundles like these have long been available through the iOS app store for purchasing multiple games or apps at one time, but until today, Mac App Store developers were not able to create similar bundles.

Apple is also now allowing app developers to set up bundles that include free apps with auto-renewable subscriptions, letting users purchase an app bundle and access multiple apps at one subscription price.For free apps with subscriptions, each app in the bundle must have an approved auto-renewable subscription. If a user subscribes in one app, they must be able to access all other apps in the bundle at no additional cost. Learn about offering subscriptions across multiple apps.Mac App Store developers have long wanted the ability to create app bundles, and the introduction of the feature follows the launch of the revamped macOS Mojave Mac App Store that makes it easier for customers to find and download new Mac apps.

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Stocks Score Big Gains In Broad Rally; Time To Buy Apple Yet?

Yahoo Finance, AAPL - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 22:23
Stocks scored big gains Tuesday as the major market indexes gapped up at the open and plowed higher throughout the session.

Review: Philips' Hue Outdoor Lightstrip With HomeKit Integration Lights Up Your Backyard

MacRumors - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 22:14
Earlier this year, Philips debuted a new range of outdoor Hue lighting products that are designed to bring the iPhone-controlled multi-colored lights that you're used to using inside to the outside.

There are outdoor spotlights, wall lanterns, pathway lights, outdoor bulbs, and for accent lighting, the Hue White and Color Ambiance Outdoor Lightstrip.

Measuring in at 80 inches, the $89 Outdoor Lightstrip is perfect for balconies, patios, backyards, and anywhere else you'd like to add gorgeous and functional accent lighting that's also weatherproof.

I've been using Hue products for years and I have a standard indoor Hue Lightstrip, and when I got the outdoor version, I assumed it'd be similar. It is, in the sense that it's a long string of LEDs, but the similarities end there.

While the indoor Hue Lightstrip features LEDs that are uncovered, for weatherproofing reasons, the outdoor Hue Lightstrip's LEDs are protected by an opaque silicone cover that diffuses the light and looks fantastic.

I'm a fan of my indoor Hue Lightstrips, but the way the outdoor version diffuses the light is superior, and I wish the indoor models looked like this. Because of the silicone-covered design, the Outdoor Lightstrip doesn't need to be used as background accent lighting, it can be front and center on a pathway, along a railing, on a fence, or in other similar spots.

The Outdoor Lightstrips are available in 80 or 197 inch configurations. Unlike the indoor version, there is no adhesive involved here. Instead, the Outdoor Lightstrip is made from a flexible material that can be manipulated and shaped into the design that you need. It's not going to fully bend, but it can be routed along a soft curve.

Hue's Outdoor Lightstrip is fully weatherproof, so it's going to hold up in rain, snow, and other harsh weather conditions. There are some limitations to be aware of if you live in an area with extreme temperatures, though, because it has an operational range of -4 degrees Fahrenheit to 113 degrees Fahrenheit.

It is a heavy duty setup with a large weatherproof power supply and an extra long two-piece cord, all of which is resistant to rain, dust, and other outdoor elements. I was tempted to use the Outdoor Lightstrip indoors because I loved the look of the diffuse light, but there is a lot of cord to deal with and no option to make it shorter.

The Outdoor Lightstrip measures in at .78 inches tall and .43 inches wide, so it's slim enough to go just about anywhere. There is no adhesive involved because it likely wouldn't stick outdoors. Instead, Philips supplies mounting brackets and screws that can be used to attach the Lightstrip to a fence, an overhang, or anywhere else.

I live in an apartment so my ability to permanently attach the Lightstrip to an outdoor area is limited, but I did install it on a set of shelves that I have to hold my plants, where it worked brilliantly. With the individual LEDs covered, the Outdoor Lightstrip looks like one continual light strand.

Though the light is diffuse, the Outdoor Lightstrip is bright enough to serve as atmospheric lighting for the outdoors. Total brightness will vary by color, with the lumen output rated at 900 lumens at 6500K (cool white light), 850 lumens at 4000K, 760 lumens at 2700K, and 740 lumens at 2000K (warm yellow light).

As with all White and Color Ambiance products, the Outdoor Lightstrip can be set at several different white light temperatures or to 16 million different colors in various shades and hues of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. Most of the colors are vibrant and accurate, though the purple shade is weak.

Some lightstrip options let you change the color of individual LEDs or sets of LEDs, but that's not the case with Hue products. The lightstrip can only be set to one color at a time.

With the indoor Hue Lightstrips there are connectors at the end to add additional strands and the option to cut them in between LEDs for a more exact fit. The Outdoor Lightstrip does not support these features. You can't cut it or connect another strand because doing so would negate the waterproofing.

Because there's no option to size the Outdoor Lightstrip, it's less flexible than the indoor version. You are limited to the two size options with nothing in between.

On the plus side, the weatherproofing works. As mentioned before, I set up the Outdoor Lightstrip on an outdoor shelf with plants, which were watered on a daily basis. The lightstrip, the cord, and the power adapter were repeatedly exposed to moisture for over a week with no problem.

To use individual Hue products like the Outdoor Lightstrip, you need an existing Hue setup with a Hue Bridge, which is used to control all of the lights. Hubs are available in Hue starter kits priced as low as $100 or on a standalone basis for $60.

If you already have a Hue Bridge, setting up the Outdoor Lightstrip is as simple as opening up the Hue app, selecting the Settings option, choosing "Light setup" and selecting "Add light."

While Hue devices are all HomeKit-enabled, HomeKit control comes via the Bridge and Hue lights can't be added through the Home app itself - you will need the Hue app.

If you don't have a Hue Bridge set up, you'll need to plug one in to your router, download the Hue app, and then follow the steps before you can use a Hue Lightstrip.

For the Outdoor Lightstrip, you're going to need it to be within range of your Hue Bridge, which in turn needs to be connected to a Wi-Fi router, so it's not going to be able to be located too far from the house. I tested mine on a patio outside, and while I have a mesh Wi-Fi system, the closest router was about 15-20 feet away and the signal was fine. The Outdoor Lightstrip can be up to 64 feet from the Hue Bridge or the next nearest light according to Philips' documentation.

App and Functionality
The Outdoor Lightstrip works with other Hue lights in the Hue app, which is one way to control Hue lights, though there are many third-party app options as well.

The Hue app lets you organize your lights into rooms, name them, and control the brightness and the color. All of your installed Hue lights are listed on the Home screen, with quick options for changing brightness or turning them off all at once.

Tapping into a room provides a list of all of the lights, with additional quick access buttons for adjusting brightness or off/on state on a per light basis.

If you tap on one of the lights, like the Outdoor Lightstrip, there's a color picker that lets you choose color and saturation for an array of different options at your fingertips. It will also display your most recently used color choices, and at the right, there are toggles to switch between the color palette and the white light palette.

Back at the main menu, there are options to set a selection of lights as a scene that can be recalled later, there's a list of previously saved scenes, and there's a palette for adjusting the colors of all your lights all at once.

There are some advanced options here, such as dragging the markers for multiple lights together to create lighting groups that can be adjusted all at once.

Along with the Home screen, the Hue app has a Routines section, used for creating automations for all of your Hue lights. You can use Routines to have the Outdoor Lightstrip come on or turn off at specific times, automatically at sunset/sunrise (with fading in and out), on a timer, or when you leave home or arrive home.

The app also features an Explore option for finding third-party Hue apps and products, and a Settings app for software updates, configuring accessories, changing rooms, renaming lights, and customizing widgets and the Apple Watch app.

With the Hue app, you can control your lights when you're away from home so long as you're signed in to your Hue account. Remote control is also available through HomeKit functionality, and the lights can also be set to come on automatically using several Hue or Home app methods.

Hue lights have been around for years now, which has given Philips a lot of time to refine the Hue app. It's gone through growing pains, but as of now, the Hue app is functional, easy to use, and a useful way to control your Hue lights, including the Outdoor Lightstrip.

The Hue Bridge is HomeKit enabled, which means all Hue lights connected to it can be controlled like any other HomeKit device.

When adding a new Hue light to a Hue Bridge that's connected to HomeKit, it's available immediately as a HomeKit accessory. It can be accessed through the Home app, and there are options for changing the name of the lightstrip (which should be set to something easy to speak aloud to Siri), changing its room, or grouping it up with other accessories.

There are rudimentary controls for adjusting brightness and changing the color in the Home app that are fine to use in a pinch, but not as simple as the controls in the dedicated Hue app. There's a slider for brightness and an adjustable color picker with the option to save your favorite colors for quick access.

With HomeKit's Siri integration, you can ask Siri to turn the Outdoor Lightstrip on or off, dim the brightness, turn the brightness up, or set it to a specific color. Asking Siri to turn the Outdoor Lightstrip pink or blue, for example, works well to change the colors without needing to open up the Hue app.

Siri can set Hue devices to many standardized X11 color names, and it's a useful way to get a specific color that you can't necessarily get easily from the color picker within the Hue app.

Along with Siri controls, you can use HomeKit to create automations and control the Outdoor Lightstrip right alongside all of your other HomeKit products. So, for example, if you have a motion detecting HomeKit device, you can do things like set the lightstrip to come on automatically when motion is detected.

You can set up many of the same time-based automations through HomeKit that are available in the Routines section of the Hue app, but HomeKit offers more granular control on a light by light basis, while the Hue app does not.

Automations can be set based on geofencing options when people leave or arrive, a specific time of day, or based on another accessory.

Beyond HomeKit, the Outdoor Lightstrip works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Nest, and Samsung's SmartThings.

Bottom Line
As a longtime owner of Hue lights, I love the look of the Outdoor Lightstrip, and I hope that the diffuse look created with the silicone cover is expanded to other Hue Lightstrip products in the future.

Outdoors, the Outdoor Lightstrip looks fantastic, and while it doesn't put off enough light on its own to read by, it creates fantastic ambient lighting outdoors and can be used to light up pathways, balconies, patios, and more.

You can't adjust the Outdoor Lightstrip's size by cutting it or adding additional strips so it might be difficult to get a perfect fit, but this limitation allows for the waterproofing that keeps it safe outdoors.

If you have a Hue lighting setup already and have an outdoor space that's close to the house and ideal for this kind of setup, the Outdoor Lightstrip isn't going to be a disappointment.

If you're new to Hue, you can't quite start with the Outdoor Lightstrip, but the whole system is worth checking out if you've been looking for simple, attractive outdoor lighting.

As is typical with Hue lighting products, the Outdoor Lightstrips aren't cheap, but they're certainly well made and are able to hold up to continued exposure to outdoor conditions.

How to Buy
The Hue White and Color Ambiance Lightstrip Outdoor can be purchased from the Philips website for $89.99 for an 80 inch version. A 197-inch version is also available for $160.

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Facebook Brings Political Ad Shake-up to UK

The MacObserver - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 22:05

Facebook has announced a shake-up of how it handles political advertising in the UK, bringing rules from the US into other markets.

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Dark Sky Weather - Jackadam

Top 10 Paid Apps - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 21:50
Dark Sky is the most accurate source of hyperlocal weather information. With down-to-the-minute forecasts, you’ll know exactly when the rain will start or stop, right where you’re standing. (It’s like magic.) Featured in: New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Wired, and more. YOUR WEATHER, DOWN TO THE MINUTE Dark Sky is able to create forecasts for your precise location, giving you minute-by-minute predictions for the next hour and hour-by-hour forecasts for the next day and week. BEAUTIFUL WEATHER ANIMATIONS The same technology that powers Dark Sky’s predictions also allows us to make the world’s first perfectly smooth radar animation. Other apps show you a chunky slideshow that makes it nearly impossible to tell how storms are moving. But Dark Sky’s radar animation lets you see the actual path of the storm: how it moved in the past, and where it’s going in the future. PUSH NOTIFICATIONS Dark Sky comes with advanced notification options: Receive down-to-the-minute alerts before it starts raining at your exact location, get notified of government severe weather alerts (for such things as thunderstorms, flooding, hurricanes, etc.), or even create your own custom notifications covering the next 24 hours for things like temperature, wind, precipitation and more. Even if you haven’t opened the app in days, Dark Sky will tell you what you need to know, when you need to know it. TODAY WIDGET The Dark Sky Notification Center Widget tells you at a glance what’s going to happen in the next hour and the next week, so you don’t even have to unlock your phone to quickly check the weather before heading out. TIME MACHINE Explore weather in the past or future. Choose a date and see historical weather data or future predictions based off of seasonal averages. APPLE WATCH Dark Sky looks great on your wrist. Get notifications and check out the weather for the next week with the Dark Sky app built from scratch for Apple Watch. Dark Sky Weather Jackadam $3.99 https://is5-ssl.mzstatic.com/image/thumb/Purple128/v4/29/3b/f5/293bf5df-bd6f-1f0c-c3f8-edf50557a001/AppIcon-0-1x_U007emarketing-0-0-GLES2_U002c0-512MB-sRGB-0-0-0-85-220-0-0-0-7.png/53x53bb-85.png https://is2-ssl.mzstatic.com/image/thumb/Purple128/v4/29/3b/f5/293bf5df-bd6f-1f0c-c3f8-edf50557a001/AppIcon-0-1x_U007emarketing-0-0-GLES2_U002c0-512MB-sRGB-0-0-0-85-220-0-0-0-7.png/75x75bb-85.png https://is3-ssl.mzstatic.com/image/thumb/Purple128/v4/29/3b/f5/293bf5df-bd6f-1f0c-c3f8-edf50557a001/AppIcon-0-1x_U007emarketing-0-0-GLES2_U002c0-512MB-sRGB-0-0-0-85-220-0-0-0-7.png/100x100bb-85.png © 2018 The Dark Sky Company, LLC 2012-04-16T00:00:00-07:00

Privacy Setting Do Not Track Doesn’t Do Anything

The MacObserver - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 21:28

Privacy setting Do No Track found in virtually all browsers doesn’t actually do much. That’s because its use isn’t enforced.

Why do we have this meaningless option in browsers? The main reason why Do Not Track, or DNT, as insiders call it, became a useless tool is that the government refused to step in and give it any kind of legal authority. If a telemarketer violates the Do Not Call list, they can be fined up to $16,000 per violation. There is no penalty for ignoring Do Not Track.

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Apple Apologizes for Chinese Apple ID Hacks

The MacObserver - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 21:07

Apple has apologized over a string of Chinese Apple ID hacks. Certain Apple customers were victims of a phishing attack.

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