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Apple Updates iTunes for HomePod

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 23:03:18 +0000

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Support for HomePod in iTunes 12.7.3 includes menu options designed specifically to control the device.

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Apple Releases Separate macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 Update for iMac Pro

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 22:43:05 +0000

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The update addresses the same “issue that could cause Messages conversations to temporarily be listed out of order” patched in the main macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 update.

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watchOS: How to Change Your Apple Watch Activity Goals

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 22:24:26 +0000

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At this time, Apple only lets you change the Move goal, not Stand or Exercise.

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HomePod Language Settings to be English-Only at Launch

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 22:10:35 +0000

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The HomePod will be available to order this Friday, January 26.

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Apple Retail Store Experience Hardly Needs Fixing

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 21:21:14 +0000

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A bitter complaint about the Apple retail store notwithstanding, there’s no better place to experience Apple, its products and service.

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Apple Mitigates Meltdown and Spectre in macOS Sierra and OS X El Capitan

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 21:04:02 +0000

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Security Update 2018-001 Sierra and Security Update 2018-001 El Capitan also include the same general security fixes includes in macOS High Sierra 10.13.3.

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Apple Releases watchOS 4.2.2 with 12 Security Fixes

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 19:37:17 +0000

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The general release notes specify only “bug fixes and improvements,” while the security patch notes detail 12 different security holes plugged in the update.

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Apple Fixes iMessage Order Bug in macOS High Sierra 10.13.3, Also Patches 17 Security Holes

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 19:17:38 +0000

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Apple released macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 Tuesday, an update that fixes the problem of iMessage conversations being out of order.

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tvOS 11.2.5 Released with More Bug and Security Fixes

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 19:13:05 +0000

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Apple released tvOS 11.2.5 for the fourth generation Apple TV and Apple TV 4K on Tuesday with bug fixes and patches for several security flaws.

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Apple Adds Support for HomePod to iOS 11.2.5, Fixes 13 Security Holes

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 18:56:22 +0000

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The release, “includes support for HomePod and introduces the ability for Siri to read the news (US, UK and Australia only).”

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Apple Ready to Ship HomePod – TMO Daily Observations 2018-01-23

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 18:34:34 +0000

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Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple announcing the HomePod ship date, its delayed features, and how they think consumers will respond.

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Get Free Bitcoins from 60 Faucets That Pay

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 17:05:04 +0000

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Bryan Chaffin explains how Bitcoin faucets work and which faucets you can trust to pay. [Update: Moon faucets—one of Bryan’s favorite faucet companies—launched Moon Bitcoin Cash today. ]

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Final Draft 10: $106.24

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 16:54:21 +0000

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We have a deal on Final Draft 10 for Mac or Windows. This screenwriting software has tons of features, including a Beat Board, a Story Map, templates, and a lot more. Final Draft 10 retails for $249.99, but we have it for $124.99. Use coupon code FD15, and you’ll get 15% off for a price of $106.24, a significant discount.

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Here are the HomePod Touch Gestures You Need to Know

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 16:35:22 +0000

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Apple’s HomePod will be in stores on February 9th, and along with Siri voice control you can use gestures to control your brand new smart speaker. Read on to learn how.

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Supply Chain Sources Say New Entry Level 13-inch MacBook Coming Later this Year

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 15:26:19 +0000

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Apple has plans for a new entry level 13-inch MacBook, according to supply chain sources, and it’ll ship in the second half of 2018.

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How to Use “Skip When Shuffling” to Exclude Songs

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:34:56 +0000

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If you’re annoyed by Christmas music or spoken-word tracks when you’re shuffling through the music library on your iPhone, then this tip’ll make you happy! With the magic of iCloud Music Library, you can select which songs you don’t want to hear under iTunes on your Mac and have the changes sync to your iOS devices.

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HomePod Ships February 9th with Pre-Orders Friday, Stereo and Multi-Room Audio Later this Year

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:09:03 +0000

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Apple is finally ready to deliver the HomePod with preorders for the smart speaker starting this Friday, January 26th, and deliveries starting on February 9th.

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This Neato Four Way Adapto-Thing – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 693

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:30:53 +0000

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AppleCare doesn’t void every upgrade, and your geeks talk through some things you can do on your own … and how to make sure you understand where your warranty begins and ends. Questions from you listeners are always the bulk of this show, and they’re all over the map today which makes for a fun, varied show. But Cool Stuff Found is always a favorite, and this week we’ve got a ton for you!

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WeChat Takes the Platform Battle Straight to Apple and Google with WeChat Mini Apps

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 23:20:44 +0000

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The company launched WeChat mini apps, a catalog of more than 580,000 apps that run directly inside the WeChat messaging app, bypassing Apple’s App Store and Google Play entirely.

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Apple Supports Malala Fund, Tim Cook Joins Leadership Council

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 22:22:01 +0000

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Apple announced Monday that it will support the Malala Fund as the girl’s education charity’s first Laureate partner.

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Apple Rolls Out Apple Music Analytics Tool for Musicians

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:55:43 +0000

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Billboard reports that the tool will launch in the spring.

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Tom Brady Features in New Apple Beats by Dre Commercial

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:44:04 +0000

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Apple picked quarterback Tom Brady to promote Beats by Dre headphones. A new spot for the brand features a grim and gritty locker room shot of the Deflategate quarterback wearing a pair of Beats by Dre. In a voiceover, Mr. Brady says: “Doubt me. Distract me. Give me noise. ‘Cause all I hear is, ‘It’s payback time.'” A tagline of “Above the noise” then appears, followed by the Beats logo. The spot was posted to YouTube this weekend, and already has more than 2.2 million views.

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Apple Channels Muhammad Ali for ‘Selfies on iPhone X’ Commercial

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:14:48 +0000

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Apple has a new spot out called Selfies on iPhone X. The commercial features a series selfies with a soundtrack of the late Muhammad Ali declaring that he is the greatest. He was so great, in fact, his one fault was in recognizing just how great he was. Watch the commercial (with sound on), and he’ll tell you all about it.

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iPhone X Will Be Discontinued, but not Because It’s a Market Failure

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:08:52 +0000

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There’s a report out saying the iPhone X has been a disappointment for Apple and is being discontinued this summer. Here’s why that report is off base.

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TMO Background Mode Interview with WUOT Morning Radio Host Victor Agreda

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:44:01 +0000

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Victor Agreda is a freelance voice actor, WUOT (Knoxville) Radio Morning Edition Host, and former Editor-in-Chief of The Unofficial Apple Weblog, affectionately known as “TUAW.” Early on, as a student at the University of Tennessee, he had an equal interest in English and electrical & computer engineering. By and by, he discovered that writing and journalism were what he was really good at. And yet, thanks to his engineering background, his first job out of college was as a Webmaster. We chatted about how he’s done stand-up comedy, founded Superpixels Studios, does voiced acting, does puppeteering, became the E-i-C of TUAW, worked with Angry Dad Gamer on YouTube, and finally, how he landed the job as a NPR Morning Edition host. Victor is a fascinating, delightful fellow to listen to.

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iOS: How to Check Your AirPods Firmware Version

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:14:19 +0000

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Apple updates AirPods firmware automatically. At this time there is no way for iPhone users to do it manually.

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The iPhone X Doom Report, WeChat’s Mini-app Platform – TMO Daily Observations 2018-01-22

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 18:34:47 +0000

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Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to sort out what’s really going on with a report that Apple is discontinuing the iPhone X, plus they look at WeChat’s mini-app platform that runs inside the messaging app.

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Build 20 Apps with the Complete iOS 11 and Swift Developer Course: $9

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:05:18 +0000

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We have a deal on the Complete iOS 11 and Swift Developer Course. It features 249 lectures and 34 hours of training content, and you’ll build 20 different apps during the course. You’ll also work with iOS 11, Swift 4, ARKit, MLKit, MusicKit, and the new Depth Photo API. You can get the full course through us for $10.

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PSA: Amazon Prime Monthly Fee Just Went Up $2 to $12.99

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:31:05 +0000

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If you’re paying for Amazon Prime month-to-month the cost just went up US$2 from $10.99 to $12.99, but the annual $99 rate isn’t changing.

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iOS Beta Shows HomePod Mics can be Disabled

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:55:05 +0000

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iOS 11.2.5 Developer Beta includes settings for disabling Siri in the streaming home speaker so its built-in microphones won’t eavesdrop on what you say.

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Duke University Uses Animoji to Announce Tim Cook’s Commencement Speech

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:18:32 +0000

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Apple CEO Tim Cook will be the commencement speaker at Duke University on May 13th, 2018, and the school used Apple’s own technology to make the announcement. Duke President Vincent E. Price, along with students and Tim Cook, used Animoji for the big reveal. Animoji is an iPhone X feature that maps your facial expressions and what you’re saying to an emoji character in real time. Cook is a Duke graduate and a fan of the school’s basketball team—something he shares in the video. Check out Duke’s Animoji announcement video.

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Apple’s Approach to Education Only Goes So Far

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 23:12:57 +0000

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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

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 23:08:16 +0000

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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, 19 Jan 2018 22:03:21 +0000

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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, 19 Jan 2018 21:25:43 +0000

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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, 19 Jan 2018 20:57:41 +0000

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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, 19 Jan 2018 18:35:03 +0000

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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, 19 Jan 2018 18:02:51 +0000

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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, 19 Jan 2018 17:42:10 +0000

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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, 19 Jan 2018 16:56:16 +0000

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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, 19 Jan 2018 16:37:03 +0000

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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, 19 Jan 2018 15:48:04 +0000

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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, 19 Jan 2018 14:47:54 +0000

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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, 19 Jan 2018 00:56:28 +0000

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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

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 23:32:05 +0000

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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

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 23:24:54 +0000

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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, 18 Jan 2018 21:53:41 +0000

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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, 18 Jan 2018 21:51:47 +0000

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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, 18 Jan 2018 20:02:09 +0000

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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 [UPDATE]

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 19:51:43 +0000

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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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