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News: iLounge Weekly coming Monday, sign up now

2018-02-23T22:00:00+00:00

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The latest edition of iLounge Weekly will once again be coming to subscribers’ inboxes early next week. iLounge Weekly is our weekly newsletter covering all things iLounge. It’s a summary of the previous week’s news, reviews, and feature articles, meant to get you caught up on recent events. It also often features giveaways and accessory discount offers from various companies. There’s still plenty of time to sign up and receive…



News: AgileBits adds secure way to check for leaked passwords in 1Password

2018-02-23T21:36:00+00:00

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Only a day after well-known security researcher Troy Hunt launched his new new Pwned Passwords service, AgileBits has already built a proof of concept leveraging the service to help users determine if their passwords have been leaked onto the internet as part of a password breach. In a blog post, the company explains how they’ve integrated 1Password with Hunt’s new online database containing over 500 million passwords that have been collected…



News: Apple hires Narcos, Hannibal producer Carol Trussell as Head of Production

2018-02-23T16:41:00+00:00

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Apple has hired seasoned producer Carol Trussell to serve as Head of Production in its Worldwide Video Programming division, Deadline reports. Trussell, who is scheduled to start next month, come to Apple from Gaumont Television, where she has been Head of Production for the past four years, overseeing a number of well-known series’ such as “Narcos”, “Hannibal”, “Hemlock Grove” and “F is for Family.”…



News: Report: Apple on-track to begin selling AirPower in March

2018-02-23T16:24:00+00:00

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Japanese blog Mac Otakara has confirmed an earlier report from The Apple Post which reported that Apple’s new AirPower charging mat will be launching sometime next month in both Apple and Best Buy stores. The AirPower Qi charging mat, announced by Apple last fall, will provide the ability to charge the new iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus models, alongside an Apple Watch and specially-encased AirPods. Neither report offers a specific launch…



News: iOS 11.3 beta 3 introduces Apple Music Videos improvements

2018-02-23T14:34:00+00:00

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With the release of the third beta of iOS 11.3 earlier this week, Apple now appears to be gradually rolling out its expanded music videos features within Apple Music. When Apple previewed iOS 11.3 last month, it noted that it would also be bringing improvements to the music video experience in Apple Music, making it “the home for music videos” and providing ad-free streaming and curated music video playlists. Although the new content doesn’t…



News: Daily Deal: HyperDrive USB-C Hub with 4K HDMI Support

2018-02-23T14:00:00+00:00

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In our iLounge Deal for today, we’re offering the HyperDrive USB-C Hub with 4K HDMI Support for only $44.99 — that’s 25% off the regular price. This compact and portable hub lets you easily expand your new MacBook Pro’s USB-C ports, adding a 4K HDMI port, two standard USB 3.0 type-A ports and an extra USB-C port. Pass-through charging also means you can leave everything at your desk connected to the hub and easily “dock in”…



News: Report: Apple planning upgraded AirPods for later this year

2018-02-22T20:30:00+00:00

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Apple is currently working on two significant upgrades to the AirPods, according to a new report from Bloomberg, suggesting that Apple intends to regularly release updates to the wireless headphones. According to people familiar with the matter, a new model of AirPods could be coming as early as later this year which would include an upgraded wireless chip and “Hey Siri” support for calling up Siri without the need to physically tap the…



Review: KEF Egg Wireless Digital Music System

2018-02-22T19:51:00+00:00

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In recent years, we've written about a lot of headphones, Bluetooth speakers, and loudspeakers. There is, however, another type of sound system that we rarely see: desktop speaker systems. Simple two-channel systems, sometimes with a subwoofer, used to be a standard accessory with every new computer purchase; these systems added sound to desktop systems and upgraded laptop sound without the need for an amplifier or DAC, and were built with desk space in mind. These days, it seems like many of us are settling for laptop speakers, and many companies are devoting their efforts either to small "personal" speakers or full-size components. KEF, however, is one of those companies that still believes in desktop speaker systems. Today we're checking out KEF's "Egg", a versatile and well-built system that brings the company's high-tech driver design to a desk-friendly package.{/exp:char_limit}



News: New Apple TV trademark filing may indicate stronger gaming focus

2018-02-22T15:30:00+00:00

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A new trademark filing discovered by Patently Apple suggests that Apple may have plans for a stronger push into next-generation gaming technology for its set-top box. According to the report, Apple has updated its logo trademark for the Apple TV to expand its scope into all things related to gaming; Apple’s Trademark filing 87801324 was filed solely under class 028, which specifically covers “video game consoles; controllers for game consoles;…



News: Apple posts video with behind-the-scenes look at Portrait Lighting

2018-02-22T15:08:00+00:00

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Apple has shared a new video on its YouTube channel providing a brief behind-the-scenes look at how the company developed the Portrait Lighting feature for the iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus, ranging from studying classic portraiture, bringing in top artists and photographers, and incorporating established lighting principles to build the machine learning algorithms used for the new photography feature....



News: Daily Deal: Design+Code2 iOS Design & Xcode Training

2018-02-22T14:00:00+00:00

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Today in iLounge Deals, you can pick up the Design+Code2 iOS Design & Xcode Training course for only $39 — that’s 74% off the regular price. Whether you’re new to the field of app development or a seasoned veteran, this course will help you create engaging designs and seamlessly collaborate with other developers. The course includes 44 hours of video lessons that you can go through at your own pace, along with over 36 Sketch files…



News: Apple releases third watchOS 4.3 developer beta, new public betas of iOS 11.3 and tvOS 11.3

2018-02-21T21:35:00+00:00

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Apple has released a third watchOS 4.3 beta along with new public betas for iOS 11.3 and tvOS 11.3, matching the third developer betas released yesterday. While the release notes are sparse, it appears from the betas that watchOS 4.3 will be bringing iPhone music control back to the Apple Watch and allow Nightstand mode to work in portrait orientation. The latest beta also appears to resolve issues with weather information in Greater China and accuracy…



News: Netgear updates Arlo Baby Camera to make it first HomeKit-compatible baby monitor

2018-02-21T17:27:00+00:00

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Netgear has issued a software update to make its Arlo Baby Camera the first baby monitor to be compatible with Apple’s HomeKit. Updating to the latest version of the Arlo app will reveal a new HomeKit option in the camera’s settings, allowing users to add the device to HomeKit, name the camera and assign it to the room. After that, the Arlo Baby Camera will be available as a video feed from Apple’s Home app. The Home app won’t…



News: Leaked Nokia memo: No path forward for digital health business

2018-02-21T16:38:00+00:00

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After very public problems with regulators forced Nokia to disable key features of its Body Cardio scale, a leaked memo obtained by The Verge reveals that the company’s strategic review of its digital health business shows the division may be in big trouble. Nokia’s chief strategy officer Kathrin Buvac wrote that, “Rather than only falling in love with our technology, we must be honest with ourselves. Currently, we don’t see a path for…



News: Apple in talks to buy its cobalt directly from the mining companies

2018-02-21T15:37:00+00:00

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Apple is looking to buy the cobalt used in its batteries directly from the mining companies who dig it up, Bloomberg reports. Apple is one of the largest consumers of the metal—used in the batteries that power its gadgets—but is looking to go directly to the source for the first time amid rising competition from the burgeoning electric vehicle industry. People familiar with the matter said Apple is trying “to secure several thousand…



News: Regulatory filings and code in iOS 11.3 beta hint at new iPad models

2018-02-21T14:59:00+00:00

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A set of new regulatory filings with the Eurasian Economic Commission shows Apple has registered two new iPads, Consomac reports. The devices, listed as tablets running iOS 11, were registered with serial numbers that don’t correspond to any existing iPads. Last month, developer Filipe Espósito dug up references to an “iPad_Modern” in the iOS 11.3 beta that echoes the earlier use of “iPhone_Modern” to refer to the iPhone…



News: Daily Deal: Lofree Poison: Nostalgic Powerful Wireless Speaker

2018-02-21T14:00:00+00:00

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For Wednesday’s iLounge Deal, you can get the Lofree Poison for only $79.99 — that’s 32% off the regular price. This wireless speaker is both retro and powerful, with a vintage 1950’s look combined with a portable wireless design that lets you stream music anywhere via Bluetooth. It features an enhanced bass driver and ultra large diaphragm to pump out powerful bass and full mids and trebles, plus 20-watt amplifiers for room-filling…



Review: Apple HomePod — Part 1: Audio Performance

2018-02-20T18:30:00+00:00

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On June 9, 2017, during their WWDC Keynote, Apple announced the HomePod. On stage, Phil Schiller said that the HomePod was a "breakthrough home speaker" that would "revolutionize home audio." These are lofty claims. Apple didn't limit themselves to just smart speakers, but would instead revolutionize home audio in general. This promised revolution has made the HomePod is one of the most challenging products we have yet reviewed — not because it's particularly hard to describe (it's a bass-heavy smart speaker) or to use (voice commands, a tap interface, and AirPlay), but because of the weight that Apple's promise carries. Most products — especially speakers — promise big, but the HomePod has had the unique effect of setting expectations just as big. Since its launch, audiophiles that normally wouldn't touch a smart speaker are writing exhaustive reviews and comparing the HomePod to $90,000 stereo systems. Publications that had previously given only the most superficial of audio reviews are writing about acoustics, room correction, and speaker measurements. Does the HomePod warrant this attention? Does it live up to expectations? Does it revolutionize anything? Our attempt to answer these questions will be split into two parts — sound and smart features. We're starting with the HomePod's raison d'etre: audio performance. {/exp:char_limit}



News: Apple releases third iOS 11.3, tvOS 11.3 betas to registered developers

2018-02-20T18:18:00+00:00

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Apple has released the third betas of iOS 11.3 and tvOS 11.3 to registered developers. While iOS 11.3 adds a few interesting new features, the third beta seems to mostly consist of bug fixes and relatively minor improvements, following the introduction of the battery health feature in iOS 11.3 beta 2, although iOS 11.3 beta 3 is also now available for the sixth-generation iPod touch, which was excluded from the two prior betas. It is likely that updated…



News: Apple renews Carpool Karaoke for second season

2018-02-20T17:19:00+00:00

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CBS has announced that Apple has renewed Carpool Karaoke for a second season, 9to5Mac reports. The show’s Apple Music version was delayed to scrub the episodes of potentially offensive language and met with mixed reviews after finally being released. Apple has shied away from pushing the envelope in its video content, since the company reportedly plans to release its first few projects to everyone with an Apple device and that leaves top executives…