Day: February 8, 2018

Apple Seeds New Version of macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 Beta 2 to Developers and Public Beta Testers

Apple seeded the second beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 to developers earlier this week, but it appears an updated version of the second beta was just released this afternoon. The original beta had a build number of 17E150f, while the new update available today from the Developer Center lists a build number of 17E150g. …

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First HomePod Orders Start Arriving to Customers in Australia

Apple customers in Australia are always the first to get their hands on new devices on launch day, and now that it’s after 9:00 a.m. on Friday, February 9 in the country, the first HomePod orders have started arriving to customers. Australians who ordered the HomePod starting on January 26 have begun receiving their deliveries …

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Review: Plugable's New 480GB Thunderbolt 3 SSD Offers Super Fast Transfer Speeds

Plugable, a company that offers a range of hubs, docking stations, storage solutions, and other accessories for Mac and Windows machines this week launched a new external NVME SSD that offers 480GB and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity for incredibly fast transfer speeds. The Plugable TBT3-NVME480 SSD is designed for Thunderbolt machines like Apple’s latest line of …

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Apple Confirms iPhone Source Code Leak is Real, But Says its Security Doesn't Depend on Secrecy

Source code for iBoot, a core component of the iPhone’s operating system leaked on GitHub yesterday, raising concerns that the hackers and security researchers could dig into the code to find iOS vulnerabilities. In a statement issued to MacRumors this morning, Apple confirmed the authenticity of the code but emphasized that it’s for iOS 9, …

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Apple Picks Up 'Little America' TV Show Written by The Big Sick's Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon

Apple has picked up a new TV show called “Little America,” a half-hour anthology series written by Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, the duo behind popular movie “The Big Sick,” and Lee Eisenberg, who produced comedy series “SMILF” and will serve as showrunner. According to Deadline, “Little America” is based on a series of …

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Hulu Begins Rollout of 60fps Live Streaming for Select Channels on iPhone, Apple TV, and More

Hulu on Reddit this week announced that it will begin rolling out support for 60 frames per second live streams on its “Hulu With Live TV” cord-cutting service, launching in time for viewers to stream the Olympics and March Madness. Hulu said it was aware that 60fps streaming was “one of the most-requested features” by …

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Snapchat Launches 'Create Your Own Lens' Studio Within iOS App, Adds New Caption Styles for Snaps

Yesterday Snapchat announced its first-ever live television event coverage, aimed at key highlights coming out of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Today, the company is revealing an enhanced version of its custom Geofilters with a new paid “Create Your Own Lens” studio that lets users build and edit their own personalized selfie Lenses for major …

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Apple News Introduces Coverage Portal of 2018 Winter Olympics in Partnership With NBC

Apple News will be a go-to source for coverage of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, which officially begin with Friday’s opening ceremony, although some competition is already underway. A new section devoted to the Winter Olympics is now available within the “For You” tab of Apple News in the United States, …

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Upcoming Mobile Game 'Mario Kart Tour' Will Be Free-to-Start

Nintendo last week announced that its next mobile game will be “Mario Kart Tour,” but with a launch date aimed at any time before the company’s fiscal year ending March 2019, not much information is known about the game. Today, DeNA CEO Isao Moriyasu was reported as saying that Mario Kart Tour will be free-to-start …

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iTunes Launches $20 'Award Winning' Movie Bundles Ahead of 90th Academy Awards

Following a discount on bundles for movies in the Cloverfield and Mission: Impossible franchises earlier this week, Apple on iTunes has now launched a collection of “Award Winning” film bundles focused on categories from the Academy Awards. The sale is debuting just under one month before the 90th Academy Awards on Sunday, March 4. The …

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Media Watchdog Advises Journalists in China to Avoid Using iCloud Accounts, Citing Privacy Fears

Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RWB/RSF) has urged journalists using iCloud in China to migrate away from Apple’s cloud service this month, before control of their data is handed over to a Chinese company (via Hong Kong Free Press). Beginning February 28, Apple’s iCloud services in mainland China will be operated by Guizhou on the …

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First HomePod Orders Start Shipping Out to Customers in the U.K.

Apple customers in the United Kingdom who pre-ordered HomePod have started receiving shipping despatch notifications this morning. Those who ordered before initial supplies began dwindling earlier this week can expect deliveries to arrive sometime on Friday, which is Apple’s official launch day for HomePod. Images via @ryancarter_94 As expected, it looks as if Apple is …

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Apple Adds Chinese Firms to its Pool of 3D Sensing Module Suppliers for 2018 iPhones and iPads

Apple will work with two Chinese suppliers in 2018 to ensure a stable supply of 3D sensing modules for use in this year’s iPhone and iPad line-up, according to a report on Thursday by ET News. Last month The Investor claimed Apple was planning a $820.9 million investment in LG Innotek to secure supply of …

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Screenshots of WhatsApp's First Peer-to-Peer Payments System Surface Online

Over a year ago now, we reported on claims that popular mobile chat platform WhatsApp was looking at introducing a peer-to-peer payments system, beginning with a rollout for users in India. Today, the first iPhone screenshots of such a system appeared online via social media, revealing a list of Indian banks that will apparently support …

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