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Apple’s Approach to Education Only Goes So Far

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 00:12

There are some fundamental issues related to education in an environment immersed in social media. What can Apple do better?

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Apple Raids Staff at Data Science Startup for Enterprise

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 00:08

Apple has hired away somewhere between one third and half of the employees of an enterprise consulting startup called Silicon Valley Data Science

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Kristen Wiig Will Star in Comedy Series for Apple, Reese Witherspoon to Executive Produce

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 23:03

Variety reported that Ms. Wiig will star in a 10-episode half-hour comedy, her first regular TV gig since leaving Saturday Night Live in 2012.

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Apple’s Everyone Can Code Initiative Spreading to Europe

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 22:25

The tech sector is growing fast across Europe, and computing and informatics jobs are in high demand.

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How to Create a Personalized HTML Email Signature

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 21:57

Using an HTML email signature in Apple Mail is a little complex, and will require us to use the Terminal, but you can copy and paste the commands within.

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Instagram’s New Tracking Feature, Dolby Vision and Apple TV 4K – TMO Daily Observations 2018-01-19

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 19:35

John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to talk about Instagram’s new Show Active Status feature, plus John explains the confusing state of Dolby Vision for Apple TV 4K owners.

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How Can You Not Love Clever Gadgets?

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 19:02

Dr. Mac’s 261st Rants & Raves column asks: “How can you not love clever gadgets?” before he describes two of his newfound favorites.

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Disconnect VPN 1-Year Premium Subscription: $19

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:42

We have a deal on Disconnect, a VPN service that specializes in tracker blocking. Our deal is for a one year subscription for $19 (regular price is $50), and it’s good for use on up to three devices. Check out the details on the deal listing.

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NOMAD Intros Wireless Charging Hub with Extra USB-A and USB-C Ports

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 17:56

NOMAD, well known for their cables and Apple Watch bands, just released a Qi-compatible wireless charging pad for the iPhone 8 and iPhone X. The wireless hub sports 7.5W output for charging your phone, along with a 3A USB-C and two 1A USB-A, and one 2.4A USB-A charging ports. Bundling in those extra ports makes it a great choice for your desk or your suitcase if you want an easy and convenient way to juice up your phone, iPad, and AirPods at the same time while you sleep. NOMAD’s Wireless Hub is priced at US$79.95 and is available at the company’s website.

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Apple Named Fortune’s Most Admired Company 11 Years Running

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 17:37

The Fortune annual list of the World’s Most Admired Companies is out, and Apple is in the top spot again.

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How to Turn Off Instagram’s “Last Active” Tracking Feature

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 16:48

If you aren’t keen on Instagram’s new feature that lets the people you follow see when you’re active in the app, here’s how to turn it off.

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chaiOS Bug Fix Coming Next Week

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 15:47

Apple is already working on a fix for the chaiOS bug that crashes Messages when you receive a specific URL in a chat.

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Apple Just Redesigned the App Web Interface For iOS and Mac Apps

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 01:56

The icons are bigger, the fonts are bolder, and the iPhone X screenshots are showcased front and center.

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Andy Warhol Apple Logo Painting Up for Auction, Could Hit $30K

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 00:32

Pop Culture artist Andy Warhol’s Apple logo painting is up for auction and is expected to bring in somewhere between US$20,000 and $30,000. Woodshed Art Auctions is conducting the auction with live bidding starting at 5:30 PM eastern time on February 1st. For you art aficionados considering making a bid, the piece is 8×8-inches in a 16.5×16.5-inch frame, float mounted with archive corners, no adhesives, and in good condition. Early online bids are currently at $6,500, so now you know what you have to out bid.

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Apple Music Trailer for UK Rapper Stefflon Don Documentary

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 00:24

Apple Music has a trailer out for a mini series of documentaries on UK rapper Stefflon Don. It’s part of Apple Music’s “Up Next” showcase of up and coming artists. Stefflon Don was born in Birmingham, England, of Jamaican parents, grew up in Holland, and came back to England, where she launched her musical career. Apple Music describes her sound as a mix of UK rap and Jamaican dancehall, and there are two episodes of her documentary on Apple Music now. The trailer below offers a sneak peak.

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This Qi Charger Was Designed to Look Good, Uses Cork Bed

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 22:53

We’ve seen a flurry of Qi chargers aimed at the Mac market since Apple launched iPhone 8/Plus and iPhone X. There are a ton of options if you just want a functional Qi charger, but I had one from Grovemade cross my desk last night that looks good, too. It has a 1/4″ brushed metal base to give it some heft, but what stood out for me was the natural cork bed. I think it looks way better than the plastic Qi chargers I’ve seen, plus it should grip my iPhone better. The company said it works with all of its own cases, and should work with other cases up to 3mm thick. Not surprisingly, it’s pricier than a small plastic puck, at US$79. I’m linking  to the natural cork color model, but it’s also available with charcoal gray cork.

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Podcasters: Replace Skype with Discord for Better Audio Quality and Web-Based Interviews

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 22:51

After 12 years of using Skype for our podcasts, we switched to Discord in November and haven’t looked back. With better audio quality and the ability to have interview guests participate entirely in their web browsers, Discord is a much better solution for today’s podcaster. We’ll show you how to get going.

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Apple Employee Buses Under Attack by Protesters

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 21:02

One Apple employee speculated that the assailants were firing rubber rounds at the buses.

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Apple TV 4K Users Won’t Be Happy With Sony’s Dolby Vision TV Update

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 20:51

On Wednesday, Sony rolled out a software update for its most advanced UHD TVs that support Dolby Vision. Except the Dolby Vision portion caused an uproar.

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Apple Rejects Net Neutrality App, Reddit in Uproar

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 20:13

So far, it’s hard to tell how accurate Wehe is. But for now Apple has given the final word on the matter, saying no.

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