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Facebook‘s ‘Higher End‘ Version of YouTube Said to Be Ready for Mid-August Launch

Earlier in May, news came out that Facebook was working to develop a slate of television shows that would combine short 5-10 minute videos with big-budget, cable-length dramatic series in a new video section on the popular social network. After a delay, people familiar with the company‘s plans are pointing towards a mid-August debut for the new TV-focused Facebook update (via Bloomberg). Facebook is said to be asking its video partners t

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Jony Ive Talks Apple Park, Scoffs at Claim of New Campus Contributing to Local Tree Shortage

The Wall Street Journal has shared a lengthy interview about Apple Park, the company‘s new headquarters in Cupertino, California, with Apple design chief Jony Ive, revealing a few new anecdotes about the all-new campus and the exhaustive architectural process that went into constructing it. Ive, for instance, scoffed at a recent article claiming Apple Park has contributed to a local tree shortage in the San Francisco Bay Area.Ive takes

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Chrome 60 Update Brings Touch Bar Support for New MacBook Pro Models

Google today released Chrome 60, introducing support for the Touch Bar built into 2016 and 2017 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pro models. After installing Chrome 60, MacBook Pro owners are able to add, remove, and rearrange Chrome shortcuts. The Touch Bar settings can be accessed by through the Menu bar by going to View - Customize Touch Bar. The new settings can be combined with existing Touch Bar options for things like controlling brightness and v

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Apple Ordered to Pay 506M to University of Wisconsin in A7/A8 Patent Dispute

U.S. District Judge William Conley today ordered Apple to pay 506 million to the University of Wisconsin‘s Alumni Research Foundation for infringing on a patent related to computer processing technology used in its A7, A8, and A8X chips, reports Reuters. The 506 million total is nearly double the 234 million in damages that a Jury ordered Apple to pay back in 2015, with Conley adding an extra 272 million. According to Conley, Apple owes

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Apple Plans to Build Three ‘Big‘ Factories in the United States

Apple is planning to build three "big, big, big" manufacturing plants in the United States, Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly told U.S. President Donald Trump. The news was shared by Trump in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. Apple CEO Tim Cook at the Executive Tech Summit at Trump Tower in December of 2016 Cook is said to have promised to build "three big plants, beautiful plants," but little additional information is available. What th

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Kanex‘s GoPlay Sidekick Pocket-Sized Game Controller for iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV Now Available

Kanex today announced availability of its GoPlay Sidekick wireless game controller for iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. The pocket-sized controller, introduced at CES 2017, can be purchased from Kanex‘s website starting today for 59.95. A company spokesperson told MacRumors it will also be available on Amazon next week. The console-inspired game controller features pressure-sensitive buttons, dual analog joysticks, trigger buttons, a direct

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Upcoming USB 3.2 Specification Will Double Data Rates Using Existing Cables

The USB 3.0 Promoter Group, comprising Apple, HP, Intel, Microsoft, and other companies, today introduced an upcoming USB 3.2 specification, which will eventually replace the existing USB 3.1 specification upon release. An incremental update, USB 3.2 is designed to define multi-lane operation for USB 3.2 hosts and devices. USB Type-C cables already support multi-lane operation, and with USB 3.2, hosts and devices can be created as multi-lane s

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Apple Releases Third iOS 11 Public Beta

Apple today released the third public beta of iOS 11 to its public beta testing group, allowing non-developers to download and test the new operating system ahead of its fall launch. The third public beta of iOS 11 comes two weeks after Apple released the second public beta and it likely corresponds to the fourth developer beta. Beta testers that have signed up for Apple‘s beta testing program will receive the new iOS 11 beta update over

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Apple Seeds Third Public Beta of tvOS 11 to Public Beta Testers

Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming tvOS 11 update to its public beta testing group, two weeks after providing testers with the second beta. The tvOS 11 public beta marks the first time public beta testers have had access to pre-release tvOS software, and this third beta corresponds to the fourth developer beta. Prior to tvOS 11, public betas were limited to iOS and macOS software likely due to the slightly more complicated tvOS b

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Apple Seeds Third Beta of macOS High Sierra to Public Beta Testers

Apple today seeded the third public beta of an upcoming macOS High Sierra update to public beta testers, two weeks after releasing the second public beta. The third public beta of macOS High Sierra is likely identical the fourth developer beta, which was provided to developers earlier this week. Beta testers who have signed up for Apple‘s beta testing program are able to download the third macOS High Sierra beta through the Software Upda

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Adobe to Stop Distributing and Updating Flash in 2020

Adobe today announced plans to end-of-life its Flash browser plug-in, ceasing development and distribution of the software at the end of 2020. Adobe encourages content creators to migrate flash content to HTML5, WebGL, and WebAssembly formats.But as open standards like HTML5, WebGL and WebAssembly have matured over the past several years, most now provide many of the capabilities and functionalities that plugins pioneered and have become a viable

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Latest Apple Music Ad Stars Country Singer Brantley Gilbert

Apple has shared a new 60-second black-and-white Apple Music ad starring chart-topping American country singer Brantley Gilbert. According to publicity firm Big Hassle, the ad was shot was over two days near the small village of Leiper‘s Fork, Tennessee. The video captures Gilbert on a motorcycle ride through the heart of rural America, while he praises the small town ethos that has helped him in his songwriting career.I love the feel

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Fleksy Keyboard Development Taken Over by Developer Thingthing as iOS App Improvements Planned

When Pinterest acquired keyboard app maker Fleksy last summer, development was paused on the company‘s well-known iOS and Android keyboard apps as the team was integrated into Pinterest‘s projects. The companies said that Fleksy would continue to exist with minimal updates, but otherwise not much news has come out about the keyboard app, until today. Now, Barcelona-based keyboard startup Thingthing [iOS App Store Direct Link] annou

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Malware Discovered That Can Control a Mac‘s Webcam and Keyboard, But It‘s Old and Possibly Abandoned

Earlier this year, researchers from security firm Malwarebytes discovered a piece of Mac malware called Fruitfly that reportedly spied on computers in medical research centers for years before being detected. Apple has since updated macOS to automatically detect the malware, safeguarding users. However, a new variant of the Fruitfly malware has recently been discovered by Patrick Wardle, a researcher with security firm Synack. Wardle said th

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Apple Watch Series 3 Expected to Debut in Fall 2017, Boosting Manufacturing Partner Quanta‘s Revenue

Apple has sourced Quanta Computer as the primary manufacturer of the Apple Watch since the original wearable device began a production ramp-up in late 2014/early 2015 for its official launch in the spring of 2015. The supplier was again the sole source of Apple Watch manufacturing for the Series 2 models in 2016, and a new article out today by Chinese-language site Economic Daily News has echoed previous reports that stated Apple will yet aga

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Adobe Accidentally Leaks Cloud-Native Editing Software ‘Project Nimbus‘ Ahead of Beta

Last November, Adobe previewed its next-generation photo editor, Project Nimbus, which boasts a focus on cloud storage and simplified editing controls, telling users to expect a beta sometime in 2017. Although that beta has yet to arrive, some users of Adobe‘s Creative Cloud recently had access to an "internal only" download of Project Nimbus on both Mac and Windows devices. Since a few Creative Cloud users were able to download Project

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LG Display Plans 13 Billion OLED Investment Over Next Three Years

Earlier in July, a report by The Korea Herald suggested that Apple and supplier LG Display were working on a deal that would see Apple investing 1.75-2.62 billion into LG Display‘s OLED manufacturing, specifically a plant that would be exclusively devoted to Apple orders. Today, Reuters has provided a few more details on LG Display‘s plans to enter the OLED display market for smartphones, which rival Samsung Display currently dominate

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Google Search and Maps Apps Gain ‘SOS Alerts‘ Feature

Google launched a new feature for its Search and Maps apps today that aims to help users stay on top of events when a natural disaster or other crisis occurs near their location (via TechCrunch). Called "SOS Alerts", the notifications will appear at the top of Google search results and Maps when a user looks for information about an incident or the affected area. In the Search app, Google will offer an overview of the incident using maps

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Facebook Smart Speaker Coming Next Year With 15-inch Touch Panel

Facebook is planning to release its own smart speaker to compete with similar connected devices offered by Amazon, Google, and Apple, a report out of Taiwan claimed on Tuesday. However, instead of voice recognition functions in the vein of Siri or Alexa, Facebook‘s speaker will focus more on displaying visual imagery via a 15-inch touch panel, according to sources in the supply chain. Amazon‘s Echo Show was the first smart spea

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iRobot Wants to Sell Mapping Data Collected by Roomba Vacuums to a Tech Company Like Apple

iRobot CEO Colin Angle today told Reuters that he hopes indoor mapping data collected by Roomba automatic vacuum cleaning machines can be sold to a company like Amazon, Apple, or Google in the near future. iRobot‘s latest line of 900-series Roomba vacuums use simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) technology to map rooms while they clean, memorizing room layout and the location of furniture. Angle believes that mapping data collect

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Qualcomm Says Tech Group Supporting Apple is ‘Misdirecting‘ ITC With ‘Coordinated Effort‘

Last week, the Computer Communications Industry Association, a lobbying group representing Google, eBay, Amazon, Microsoft, Netflix, Intel, Samsung, and other tech companies, asked the United States International Trade Commission to reject Qualcomm‘s request for an import ban on some of Apple‘s iPhone and iPad models that use Intel chips. The group said that banning Apple products that use Intel chips would enable Qualcomm‘s

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What‘s New in iOS 11 Beta 4: Lock Screen and Notification Center Changes, New App Icons and More

Apple seeded the fourth beta of iOS 11 to developers this morning, bringing some of the most significant changes we‘ve seen yet in an iOS 11 beta. A much-desired swipe feature for clearing Notifications on the Lock screen has been added, and there are also several visual tweaks to icons throughout the operating system. We‘ve outlined all of the changes in both the video and the post below. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube chan

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Apple TV Universal Search Feature Expands to Sundance Now, AHC Go, Filmstruck and More

Universal Search, the feature that allows users to find content across multiple apps and services using text or Siri voice search, was today added to several new apps in the United States, Australia, Canada, and other countries. In the United States, AHC Go (American History Channel), Destination America Go, Discover Life Go, Filmstruck, Shudder, Sundance Now, and Velocity Go have been updated with Universal Search support. In Australia, An

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Apple Exchanging Some 2012 and Early 2013 MacBook Pros Needing Battery Service With Newer Models

After hundreds of charging cycles, a MacBook Pro‘s battery begins to lose its ability to hold a charge and should be replaced. Apple offers battery service free of charge with AppleCare+ coverage, or it charges an out-of-warranty fee of 199 in the United States, 199 in the UK, or 259 in Canada. Due to a severe constraint of top case assemblies with integrated batteries, however, Apple has informed its Genius Bar employees and Apple Aut

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