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In Apple's next ecosystem, Siri is the glue

Fri, 2017-09-08 06:00

It’s always been about the ecosystem for Apple. The company started out making its own hardware and software, and—with brief exceptions like the late, not-terribly-lamented clone program in the ‘90s—it’s only aimed to bring more and more of what it does under its direct control. 

As the company moves into its fifth decade, its eyes are firmly planted on the future of that ecosystem. If the ‘70s and ‘80s were about the PC, the ‘90s about the rise of the Internet, and the 2000s and 2010s about consumer technology and the mobile revolution, then the 2020s are poised to be less about the devices we use and more about the seamless ecosystem that pervades every part of our lives. 

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Apple Pay FAQ: The ultimate guide on how and where to use Apple's payment platform

Thu, 2017-09-07 19:00

Apple Pay—the company’s flagship mobile payment platform—has had breathtaking growth since its introduction about three years ago. Apple Pay transactions continue to rise, and more banks, retailers, and countries continue to join. You can even use Apple Pay to complete web transactions via Safari, too.

Plus, you’ll be able to participate in peer-to-peer payment transactions through Apple Pay as soon as iOS 11 comes out of beta, similar to Venmo and Square Cash. This upgrade is billed as one of iOS 11’s marquee features.

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Google Drive is being replaced by Backup and Sync: What to expect

Thu, 2017-09-07 18:03
Google will turn off its Drive app for PCs and Macs, replacing it with two new cloud-storage apps: Backup and Sync for consumers, and Drive File Stream for business.

AirPods FAQ: Everything you need to know about Apple’s wireless earbuds

Thu, 2017-09-07 14:53

The AirPods are here! After a couple months of delays, Apple is selling the $159 AirPods. But even though they’re for sale, the AirPods will be scarce for a while—the Apple online store is estimating about a two-week delivery time, but you might be able to track down a pair at an Apple retail store. Maybe call ahead first.

Here's what Apple CEO Tim Cook said about the AirPods during the company's third quarter 2017 financial results call with analysts in August:

We’re also seeing incredible enthusiasm for AirPods, with 98 percent customer satisfaction based on Creative Strategies’ survey. We have increased production capacity for AirPods and are working very hard to get them to customers as quickly as we can, but we are still not able to meet the strong level of demand.

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iPhone 8 rumors: Production delays may mean the new iPhone will be hard to find

Thu, 2017-09-07 13:25

Update September 7, 2017: Those new iPhones that will be introduced next week? Reports say that that you could be in for a longer wait before you actually get your hands on one. Go to the “What’s the latest?” section for all the new details.

Apple is still selling tens of millions of iPhone 7s every month—but all everyone can talk about is what’s coming next. After all, 2017 marks the iPhone’s 10th anniversary, so Apple is reportedly gearing up to make this year’s model extra special.

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Homekit support is coming to Netatmo's Welcome and Presence cameras

Thu, 2017-09-07 12:39
The indoor and outdoor home security cameras will be compatible with HomeKit by the end of 2017.

Surveying the terrain: iPhone 8 results vary

Thu, 2017-09-07 09:15

Survey results can often be like the weather around here. If you don’t like what you see, just wait a while.

Writing for The Daily Mail, Sage Lazzaro asks “Will the iPhone 8 be a FLOP?” (Tip o’ the antlers to @JonyIveParody.)

That depends. Is the reason “FLOP” is in all caps because it’s an acronym for something like “Fine-Looking and Outstanding Phone”? Because the chances increase significantly if so.

The headline continues:

“Analyst claims just 16% of users say they will upgrade to Apple's new handset.”

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Buying a new iPhone 8 soon? Here are the essential tips you need to know

Thu, 2017-09-07 06:30

Do you want a new iPhone? Don’t event think about camping out at an Apple Store.

It’s always been a little stressful trying to buy a new iPhone right when it comes out. But the hype around the iPhone 8 is crazier than usual, and rumor has it that it will only be available in limited quantities when it launches—which means that the supply-and-demand will definitely not be on our side.

In this week’s episode of The iPhone Show, I reveal some valuable tips on how to successfully pre-oder a new coveted iPhone 8. To get a leg up, watch the video above and make sure you get ready for iPhone mania ahead of Apple's fall event scheduled for next Tuesday, September 12.

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Build the ultimate Chromecast remote with an old Android phone

Thu, 2017-09-07 06:00
Chromecast doesn’t come with a dedicated remote control, but you can easily make your own with these tips.

What's in the new iPhone? Just look at iOS 10 and iOS 11 to find out

Thu, 2017-09-07 06:00

Apple’s a company with a long-term product vision. Next week we’ll see the 2017 iPhones unveiled at the Steve Jobs Theater, but people inside Apple are already working hard on the 2018 model... and probably on the new features that will populate the 2019 and 2020 versions, too.

While the most interesting things to come out of any Apple event are the new product announcements, one of my favorite things about any Apple announcement is how it makes some of Apple’s previous decisions more understandable in hindsight. As outside observers who can’t peer into Apple’s inner workings, we don’t always have the necessary context to understand where the company is going.

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iPhone 8, iPhone Edition, and other products we’re expecting at Apple’s September 12 event: Macworld Podcast episode 572

Thu, 2017-09-07 01:00

Apple is hosting an event at its new Steve Jobs Theater on September 12. What will the company reveal? Macworld’s Roman Loyola, Leah YamshonMichael Simon, and Dan Masaoka make their predictions in the Macworld Podcast, episode 572.

Audio-only version:

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It's football season! These second-screen apps make NFL games even more fun to watch

Wed, 2017-09-06 20:46
Bringing you everything from stats to game-time snacks, these apps are as indispensable as your TV remote.

iOS 11 FAQ: Apple releases public beta 9 just one week before its September iPhone 8 event

Wed, 2017-09-06 19:18

Editors’ note: We’ve updated this story to include information about the newest iOS 11 developer release and ARKit demo videos.

Siri in iOS 11 has learned to sound like an actual human—and that’s just the beginning when it comes to the new mobile operating system for iPhones and iPads.

Apple CEO Tim Cook and friends gave us a full overview of iOS 11 during Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote back in June, and now we’re weeks away from its official launch. New features include sweeping new upgrades to Siri, a redesigned Control Center and App Store, and a brand-new Apple Pay feature that lets you send or receive money to your contacts via iMessage.

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How to tell which iPad model you have

Wed, 2017-09-06 16:43
From a distance, you might not be able to tell two different iPad models apart. But it's easy to tell which one you have...if you know where to look.

52% off 299-Piece All-Purpose First Aid Kit - Deal Alert

Wed, 2017-09-06 10:13

This full-fledged, easy-to-tote first aid softpack is designed to save time and frustration in the midst of an emergency. It's compact and portable, but contains 299 physician-recommended supplies.  Among the items neatly organized inside the zippered kit is a first aid guide, vinyl gloves, bandages, cold compress, gauze pads, trauma pad, cotton-tipped applicators, first aid tape roll, antiseptics and all three common OTC pain medications. The kit is currently a #1 best seller on Amazon, averages 4.5 out of 5 stars from over 280 customers, and its typical list price of $26.74 has been reduced 52% to just $12.80. Click over to Amazon to see this deal.

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Save A Whopping $100 on Amazon Echo Right Now By Going Refurbished - Deal Alert

Wed, 2017-09-06 09:31

You can pick up Amazon Echo for VERY far below list price, if you're comfortable buying refurbished. Which you can be -- certified refurbished products are tested and certified to look and work like new, and come with warranties. Echo typically lists for $180, or $165 refurbished, but right now it looks like Amazon's letting them go for just $80. Amazon Echo is a hands-free speaker you control with your voice. Echo connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, and more—instantly. All you have to do is ask. Echo has seven microphones and beam forming technology so it can hear you from across the room—even while music is playing. Echo is also an expertly tuned speaker that can fill any room with 360° immersive sound. When you want to use Echo, just say the wake word “Alexa” and Echo responds instantly. If you have more than one Echo or Echo Dot, Alexa responds intelligently from the Echo you're closest to with ESP (Echo Spatial Perception). See the certified refurbished Amazon Echo on Amazon.

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Can ransomware hijack Mac backups? Yes, but...

Wed, 2017-09-06 08:00

Mac users have so far avoided the scourge of ransomware sweeping the Windows world, where it’s the fastest-growing category of malware due to its simplicity: it encrypts your documents after gaining a foothold to run, and doesn’t have to mess with system-level stuff at all. Reader Dave has a concern related to backups though, after reading my recent article about the best hosted backup services for encrypted protection:

If I am primarily worried about ransomware on my Mac, which of those backup services do you recommend? If I buy my own backup device, I understand that it can also be taken over by the same ransomware. True?

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Pictar One review: Versatile SLR-style camera grip takes better iPhone photos

Wed, 2017-09-06 07:00

Modern iPhones take fantastic pictures, but even with a case attached, the slim exterior doesn’t provide the confident grip of a traditional SLR camera. If you miss that tactile grasp, Miggo’s Pictar One ($100 on Amazon; $110 for Plus-sized iPhones on Amazon), is an ingenious—although imperfect—solution.

Pictar One is an ergonomic iPhone grip that emulates the look and feel of old-school cameras. The all-plastic accessory features a standard quarter-inch tripod mount on the bottom, along with physical multi-state shutter button, zoom ring, and a pair of knobs to adjust exposure or perform other tasks.

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Oomi Home review: Semi-smarten your home, at a steep price

Wed, 2017-09-06 06:00
This smart home kit doesn’t come cheap, and it doesn’t do much, either.

iSpy: Red Sox caught using Apple Watches to steal signs from Yankees

Tue, 2017-09-05 19:00

It seems that the Red Sox were doing a lot more with their Apple Watches than tracking their steps. According to a Major League Baseball investigation, the Boston baseball team was using their Apple wearables to gain an advantage over their biggest rival, the New York Yankees, in some of the most important games of the season.

The New York Times is reporting that the Red Sox used Apple Watches to steal signs in games at their home Fenway Park against the Yankees earlier this year. The Yankees apparently spotted a member of the Sox’s training staff using the wearable in the dugout to relay info to other players. The Yankees reported the incidents to MLB, and the Sox admitted to the ploy, the Times reports.

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