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9to5Rewards: JAM Audio’s JAM Xterior Max outdoor Bluetooth speaker [Giveaway]

This week’s 9to5Rewards partner is JAM Audio, makers of Bluetooth speakers, headphones and other audio products. 

The company has its new JAM Xterior Max bluetooth outdoor speaker (pictured above) to give away to 9to5Mac readers this week. 

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Apple Hires Two Google Executives With Satellite Expertise

Apple has recently hired John Fenwick and Michael Trela, two Google satellite executives, reports Bloomberg. Fenwick led Google’s spacecraft operations, while Trela was head of satellite engineering.

Both Trela and Fenwick are reporting to Greg Duff…

Users’ orders: Make it easier to build hybrid clouds

A funny thing happened on the way to the hybrid cloud: Building the infrastructure was a pain in the neck.That’s what enterprise IT people in the Open Networking User Group have discovered. Last year, public cloud providers persuaded C-level executi…

Apple notifying WWDC 2017 scholarship applicants of award status

Apple has started alerting WWDC 2017 scholarship applicants of their award status ahead of the developer conference scheduled for June. WWDC scholarship winners receive free access to the conference which usually has a $1599 ticket cost for entry.

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iPhone 8 Shell Render Features Vertical Dual-Lens Camera, iPhone 5-Style Body

Multiple design renders of Apple’s much-rumored 5.8-inch OLED iPhone have surfaced over the course of the last two weeks, giving us our first look at what the device might look like.

Apple is testing multiple prototypes so we have seen several desig…

The Guardian pulls out of Apple News after ‘extensive trial’

After being one of the original Facebook Instant Article pioneers back in 2015, the Guardian has pulled its content from both Apple News and Facebook’s Instant Articles format. According to Digiday, the action may be a result of the large publisher not being content with the deals they’re being provided.

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How to create an automatically updating Google spreadsheet

Let your spreadsheet do the workImage by Screenshot of Google SheetsTracking basic data in a spreadsheet is pretty simple — it’s remembering to update your data each day, week or month that can be a problem. But why update manually when you can take a…

iPhone 8 chassis leak again indicates rear Touch ID [Update]

[Update: This specific alleged chassis leak appears to be a rendering based on schematic leaks.]

The latest alleged iPhone 8 chassis leak appears to further indicate that the Touch ID fingerprint sensor will be relocated to the rear side like some Android phones. Earlier rumors predicted an embedded Touch ID sensor in the display.

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Snag extra $10 cash on all Apple trade-ins for Earth Day

Save the earth and get paid! Fight that e-waste nightmare by trading in your old Apple gear this week for cash, and you can take advantage of our Earth Day bonus: You’ll get an extra $10 on every trade-in — just use the coupon code “earthday” Whether you are upgrading Apple devices, or trying to get rid of an old one that’s just sitting around, participate in the easiest buyback program on the internet.

And from now until April 22, we’ll be throwing that $10 on top of your normal (already high) buyback price. more…

New global fund to raise $300 million for digital currency investments

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Alphabit, a global fund that invests in digital currencies, has been launched with a target of $300 million, co-founder Liam Robertson said in an interview, as managers seek to tap growing demand for virtual assets that allow for i…

‘Millions’ in enterprises expected to buy Galaxy S8

Enterprise customers are expected to snap up the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ that hit store shelves today, given the phones’ strong focus on worker productivity as well as security.IDC analyst Bryan Bassett predicted that “millions” of enterprise cust…

The best HomeKit-enabled products that save energy for Earth Day

From 9to5Toys: Earth Day 2017 is upon us, so it’s time for our annual look at how you can save money by adding a few simple accessories to your home. Elgato, Philips, Ecobee and many others have released a number of products geared towards saving energy (and your hard-earned cash). Chances are, as an avid 9to5Toys […]

Overcast 3.1 update puts podcasts directly on Apple Watch

Popular iOS podcast app Overcast has updated with the ability to sync episodes directly to an Apple Watch, letting runners and others leave home without an iPhone in tow.

Friday 5: Awesome paid Mac App Store apps [Video]

On this week’s edition of Friday 5, we explore several additional paid Mac App Store apps that I use on a regular basis. Apps include titles like Bumpr, which lets you choose the browser that links are opened in, along with Affinity Designer, a remarkably deep vector illustration app that can be had for an outstanding price.

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: $350 off 12-inch MacBook, iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi 128GB $350, Apple Watch Bands from $9, more

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Best Buy 4-day Sale includes $100 off iPad Pro, $350 discount on MacBooks, more

Daily Deals: iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi 128GB $350, Logitech K830 Illuminated Keyboard $60, more

Save 30% on Apple Watch bands from Clockwork Synergy

Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro w/o Touch Bar $1,280 ($219 off, Tax NJ only)

Apple’s Touch Bar-equipped 13-inch MacBook Pro 512GB now $1,740 shipped

Apple’s entry-level 13-inch MacBook Air on sale for $750 shipped

Beats Powerbeats3 W1-enabled Wireless In-ear Headphones down to $130 shipped

BeatsX Wireless In-Ear Headphones go to $120 at Amazon and Best Buy

Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones $160

Duet Display for iOS/Mac goes 50% off: $10 (Reg. $20)

Review: Pad & Quill’s Leather Roll Top Backpack has impeccable craftsmanship and style

9to5Rewards: SkylinkNet Plus Alarm System Starter kit [Giveaway]

MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:

Sony 2.1 Channel Sound Base with Bluetooth and HDMI $118

NEW PRODUCTS & MORE:

The Gamller controller won’t drain your iPhone battery and makes playing games a snap

VAUX makes Echo Dot portable, adds battery and external speaker

Knops are the volume control to your life

MORE DEALS STILL LIVE:

Lutron Caséta Smart Lighting Bundle w/ HomeKit support: $120 (Reg. $160)

Sony 75-inch 4K HDR Smart Ultra HDTV $2,899 shipped ($1,000 off)

Sony h.ear Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones back to $179 shipped

TP-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug with Alexa control starting at $18

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Sleep Cycle for iOS gains new snore detection feature

Sleep Cycle’s alarm clock app is already one way to do sleep tracking from your iPhone and log the data into Apple’s Health app. Now the latest update adds a new feature to Sleep Cycle that may offer insight into sleep quality: snore detection.

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Apple Now Selling Refurbished 13-Inch MacBook Pro With Touch Bar

Apple has added select 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models to its refurbished store for the first time.


The base model with a 2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, 256GB flash storage, 8GB of RAM, and Intel Iris Graphics 550 is available for $1,529 in the United States, reflecting savings of $270 off Apple’s regular price of $1,799. Available colors include both Silver and Space Gray.

The base model is also available with an upgraded 16GB of RAM for $1,699, or $300 off Apple’s regular price of $1,999.

The higher-end model with a 2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, 256GB flash storage, 8GB of RAM, and Intel Iris Graphics 550 is available for $1,699 in the United States, reflecting savings of $300 off Apple’s regular price of $1,999. Available colors include both Silver and Space Gray.

The higher-end model is also available with an upgraded 16GB of RAM for $1,869, or $330 off Apple’s regular price of $2,199.

Other built-to-order configurations are available for between $1,949 and $2,459 in the United States, including models with up to a 3.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 processor, 1TB flash storage, and 16GB of RAM.

Apple has also made refurbished 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models available in Canada for between $290 and $350 off.

The 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and 13-inch model with standard function keys were added to Apple’s refurbished store in March.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar was originally released in October 2016.

Related Roundup: MacBook Pro
Tags: refurbished, Apple retail
Buyer’s Guide: MacBook Pro (Neutral)

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Happy Hour Podcast 116 | tvOS 11 rumors, iPad multi-user, Apple Watch NikeLab, and Earth Day challenges

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss new tvOS 11 rumors, the possibility of account switching on iOS, Nike’s newest Apple Watch, Apple’s Earth Day Activity Challenge, and its new lofty goal of making products from 100% recycled materials. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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75% off Lamicall S1 Cell Phone Dock – Deal Alert

Designed on a low center of gravity makes it stable. The extended hooks keep the phone in safety, and rubber cushions protect the phone from scratches and sliding. Suitable height, perfect angle of view when using Facetime and YouTube, makes it so easy to read message and emails. Compatible with iPhone and Android phones even when they have an added case.  The doc averages 4.8 out of 5 stars from over 4,500 reviewers on Amazon (86% rate a full 5 stars: see reviews), where its typical list price of $36.99 has been reduced 19% to $29.99. See this deal on Amazon.

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What happened when the Apple I team got together?

The Living Computers: Museum + Labs recently opened a permanent exhibition dedicated to the first two decades of Apple,  I caught up with the Museum’s executive director Lath Carlson to find out more.

Living Computer Museum is now Living Computers: Museum + Labs! For more on LCM+L, go to https://t.co/ity89EFabC. #ComeInGeekOut pic.twitter.com/vItXZB3c7q

— Living Computers (@LivingComputers) October 25, 2016

Steve, meet Paul

The show opened in early April 2017 with a VIP preview night, to which the museum invited some of the amazing people who first created the personal computer, shaping the early days of the industry.

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Leedarson plans HomeKit support & product line w/ new Gateway hub

Leedarson, one of China’s largest manufacturers and exporters of white labeled lighting products for companies like GE and others, will soon launch HomeKit support for a wide range of home IoT products. It’s also planning an entrance into the HomeKit space as its own brand, with a lineup of lighting, sensors, IP cameras and other home products planned for next year.

The company showed off the new products with HomeKit during IFA’s Global Press Conference in Lisbon this week ahead of the consumer trade show’s main event in September.

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Indian techies, IT firms fret as Trump orders U.S. visa review

MUMBAI (Reuters) – For Grishma, an Indian software designer, President Donald Trump’s review of the visa programme for bringing highly skilled workers into the United States comes at a bad time.

Apple’s upcoming Danish data center will help warm area homes

Once complete, Apple’s data center in Viborg, Denmark will actually redirect heat to warm homes in the surrounding Jutland region, Apple noted this week.

Review: Final Draft 10, the Mac app that aims to make light work of screenplay writing

Regular readers will know I’m a big fan of Scrivener, having used the app to write three novels, two novellas and a travel guide. But when I accidentally found myself working on a screenplay for a comedy series, I thought I’d try the industry-standard software for the job: Final Draft.

Final Draft comes highly recommended, used by all the top studios and praised by such screenwriting talents as Aaron Sorkin, James Cameron, JJ Abrams, Sofia Coppola and more. Ben Stiller said that ‘Final Draft is the only screenwriting software I have ever used, and it is the only one I ever will use.’

But priced at a hefty $250 for the Mac app and another $20 for the iPad companion app, it’s not a trivial investment for most of us. So what does it do to earn such praise and justify the cost … ?

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Singapore researchers turn water into ‘virtual lemonade’ but is it tart enough?

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – It looks like lemonade, tastes like lemonade, but it’s simply water.

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