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Happy Hour Podcast 129 | Clips meets Disney/Pixar, new Apple VPs, and the latest iPhone 8 rumors

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss changes in watchOS 4 beta 3, the first major update to Apple’s Clips app, detailed new emoji coming later this year, Apple’s new Machine Learning Journal, new VP roles at the company, and the latest iPhone 8 (and iPhone SE) rumors.

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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This week’s top stories: OLED iPhone 8 availability & pricing, Apple’s car battery project, iOS 10.3.3, new apps & more

In this week’s top stories: OLED iPhone 8 availability and pricing reports, iOS 10.3.3, the latest intel on Apple’s secret car project, new apps and updates, and much more.

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Intel slams Qualcomm in new legal filing, alleges a ‘long list’ of monopolistic practices

After being named in a group legal filing expressing support for Apple in its case against Qualcomm, Intel has now filed its own statement with the International Trade Commission. The chipmaker alleges that Qualcomm is not licensing its patents at a fair rate and thus abusing its position in the industry.

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Space Photos of the Week: This Dim Galaxy Is a Starry Slowpoke

Solar flares, orbiting moons, and a cluster of brown dwarfs this week from space.

Why ‘experiental’ marketing will be a massive IT challenge

In the 1989 comedy Back the Future, Part 2, Marty McFly travels into the high-tech, space-age future of 2015 where he encounters, among other dazzling wonders, a shark hologram advertising Jaws 10.That kind of advertising is called experiential mark…

Watch: Hands-on with the new iPad app dock in iOS 11

With the newly revamped iPad app dock in iOS 11, Apple introduces a completely new interaction experience more in line with macOS. Check out the new UI, which supports in-the-dock app interactions and drag-and-drop gestures, in thi…

Apple set open applications for new “Lead” and “Schedule Planner” retail positions, report says

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Apple is reportedly adding two new jobs to its retail roster in the “Lead,” an assistant manager type role, and “Schedule Planner” positions.

Netflix’s Secret Weapon Isn’t Reboots—It’s Genre Movies

The streaming service is offering money and creative freedom—and from a look at its first two projects, it won’t be stopping anytime soon.

Lyft Says, ‘Me Too!’ and Dives Into the Self-Driving Game

The ride-hail company will launch its own autonomous vehicle software and hardware.

Trump Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci Disagrees With Most Trump Policies

Anthony Scaramucci’s new job is to sell Trump’s policies to the American people. Too bad he disagrees with so many of them himself.

Logic Pros: What’s new in iOS & Mac music production this week

This is the place to catch up on all the biggest product announcements, hardware, apps, synths, Logic/GarageBand instruments and so much more in the world of iOS/Mac music production. This week, IK releases its new Syntronik analog synth beast, we get major price drops on the KORG iOS synth/production apps, new software instruments for Mac and much more… more…

Apple Stores Getting All-New ‘Lead’ and ‘Schedule Planner’ Positions

MacRumors has learned that Apple is introducing two all-new Apple Store positions named Lead and Schedule Planner. Apple today informed existing retail employees that applications open Monday, July 24, although it appears that select stores started int…

Sean Spicer Resigned as White House Press Secretary. The Internet Will Miss Him.

Sean Spicer might be leaving the White House, but he’ll remain in the internet’s heart.

Analysts expect Apple to give cautious guidance with Q317 report on August 1st

Wall Street expects Apple to post modest revenue and earnings growth in the June quarter…

A GAO Sting Scored $1.2 Million in Weapons From an Unsuspecting Department of Defense

A federal sting reveals lax oversight in the Defense Department’s gear giveaway program.

Verizon accused of throttling Netflix and YouTube, admits to ‘video optimization’

Verizon Wireless customers this week noticed that Netflix’s speed test tool appears to be capped at 10Mbps…

Friday 5: Apple’s Clips update adds a much-needed infusion of new content and features [Video]

As we noted yesterday, a major update to Apple’s Clips app was released, and it brings several noteworthy features to the table. The update includes animated Disney stickers featuring Micky and Minnie, along with Pixar assets from Toy Story and Inside Out.

Clips is a solid app for editing short videos on iOS, and the 1.1 update makes it even better. It’s why we’ve decided to make this free-to-download app our Friday 5 app of the week.

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iOS 11: How to use the new Live Photos features

Another new addition in iOS 11 is an upgraded Live Photos experience. The features include new effects, adjusting the key photo, and trimming Live Photos. Keep reading after the break for a detailed look…

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Apple may replace some original Apple Watch models in need of repair with Series 1 models

Apple today informed retail store employees and Apple Authorized Service Providers…

Verizon Wireless confirms it throttled Netflix streams as part of traffic optimization trial

Verizon Wireless has been throttling video feeds from Netflix over the course of this week, with the carrier claiming it is part of a temporary trial of system to optimize traffic from video streaming services without impacting qua…

Review: Elgato’s $300 Thunderbolt 3 Dock Offers a Solid Set of Ports in a Slim Design

Over the past few months, I’ve taken a look at a number of Thunderbolt 3 docks that all hit the market around the same time, including models from OWC, CalDigit, Belkin, and Kensington. There’s at least one more major player in the market, so today I’m sharing my thoughts on Elgato’s $300 Thunderbolt 3 Dock. Elgato’s dock has a lot in common with many of its competitors, including a slim horizontal design of brushed aluminum and plastic, an array of ports for expanding the capabilities of your Thunderbolt 3-equipped Mac, and more.


The dock looks nice on a desk, with a black matte plastic front and back wrapped by a brushed aluminum enclosure that’s rounded around the sides. A small Elgato wordmark is printed in the front left corner of the dock’s top, but it doesn’t mar the overall look of the accessory, which remains rather unobtrusive. Measuring just under 8 inches wide, Elgato’s dock is slightly narrower than some of the other docks, which to my eye makes it look a bit better sitting on the foot of my LG UltraFine 5K display. Belkin’s dock at a little over 8 inches also fits pretty well, but wider docks like OWC’s and Kensington’s overhang a bit.

Of course, everyone’s desk setup is different so variations of around an inch in the width of all of these docks may not be a deal-breaker, but it’s worth noting this is the narrowest of the horizontal designs I’ve tested. At about 3.15 inches deep and an inch high, Elgato’s dock is otherwise pretty much on par with competing docks in terms of size.


While the dock itself is slim and weighs just over two thirds of a pound, as with competing docks it has a large external power brick. In fact, it’s the exact same power brick used by Belkin and Kensington, but with a small Elgato mark stamped into the top. A 0.5-meter Thunderbolt 3 cable is also included in the box.

Unlike most other docks, Elgato’s does not include any LEDs to show whether or not it has an active connection to power or a computer. It’s not really an issue, as for the most part a dock is meant to just work when it’s plugged in and it’s easy to tell whether or not that’s the case.

Matching what is becoming standard for the latest docks, Elgato’s Thunderbolt 3 Dock supports up to 85 watts of charging power, letting you power even a 15-inch MacBook Pro over the same cable used to transfer data and eliminating the need for a separate power adapter while connected to the dock. Docks such as OWC’s at 60 watts may be unable to keep up with the power demands of a 15-inch MacBook Pro under heavy load.


Elgato’s dock also has roughly a standard set of ports, with a single USB 3.0 (5 Mbps) Type-A port and a pair of 3.5 mm audio jacks (one mono mic input and one amplified analog stereo output) on the front for easy access. The rear of the dock includes a Gigabit Ethernet port, two more USB 3.0 Type-A ports, a pair of Thunderbolt 3 ports, and a DisplayPort port. My usual complaint of wanting more USB ports such as the five offered on OWC’s dock still stands here, but three is the number just about every other manufacturer is going with.


Unlike many other docks, Elgato’s supports standalone USB charging, so an iPhone, Apple Watch, or other accessory connected via USB will continue to charge even if the dock isn’t connected to a computer or a connected computer is turned off.

I ran a few speed tests using Elgato’s dock paired with CalDigit’s 10 Gbps USB 3.1 Gen 2 Tuff external SSD and found speeds of around 345 MB/s read and 325 MB/s write through the Type-A USB 3.0 port, which is pretty typical for docks like this but a bit slower than connecting directly to a computer via USB 3.0.


Connecting the drive to one of the dock’s Thunderbolt 3 ports using USB-C yielded read and write speeds of around 500 MB/s and 460 MB/s respectively, which is pretty close to the 505/485 MB/s speeds seen connecting directly to a 10 Gbps MacBook Pro. Of course, connecting a drive this way means you no longer have a Thunderbolt 3/USB-C port available for an external display if your setup requires it.

Using a combination of Thunderbolt 3/USB-C, DisplayPort, and appropriate adapters, Elgato’s dock can support a single 5K display at 60 Hz or a pair of up to 4K displays at 60 Hz. Elgato has a support document outlining the various display configurations that can be used with the dock.

While Elgato’s Thunderbolt 3 Dock works out of the box without the need for any drivers or other software, Elgato does offer a Thunderbolt Dock Utility to add some additional functionality. The utility runs as a simple menu bar app that makes it easy to eject any drives connected to the dock before manually disconnecting them or the dock.


The utility also enables high-power USB support that bumps all USB 3.0 ports to 1.5 A for faster charging while also adding support for Apple’s external USB SuperDrive. Once enabled by the utility, high-speed charging does not require the utility to be running and also works if the host computer is sleeping.

At a list price of $300, Elgato’s Thunderbolt 3 Dock is competitive with other docks such as CalDigit’s TS3 and OWC’s dock. Belkin and Kensington come in at $50 more for their docks. At the $300 price point, it would be nice to see some additional features such as more USB ports or an SD card slot. Certain customers might also appreciate eSATA or FireWire ports that are offered by some competitors, although usage of these interfaces continues to shrink.

Elgato’s Thunderbolt 3 Dock is available now from Amazon.

Note: Elgato provided the Thunderbolt 3 Dock to MacRumors free of charge for the purposes of this review. No other compensation was received. MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Amazon and may earn commissions on purchases made through links in this article.

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Apple has spent record $2.2 million lobbying Trump administration over past three months

Apple spent an all-time high $2.2 million lobbying Donald Trump’s federal government…

TouchArcade iOS Gaming Roundup: RuneScape, Layton’s Mystery Journey, Full Throttle Remastered, and More

This week I’m finally allowed to talk about what should be some pretty massive news for iOS gamers who are also old-school MMORPG players: RuneScape for mobile was announced, and it’s coming in late 2017 / early 2018 for Android and iOS. If the name RuneScape doesn’t ring a bell, it’s a browser-based MMORPG that was first released back in 2001. Like EverQuest and Ultima Online, players who were into RuneScape were really into RuneScape. It has even earned Guinness records for the world’s largest free MMORPG and the most updated game.


In addition to the RuneScape that has been updated over the years, Old School RuneScape, which is a modern reboot of (as the title might indicate) the old version of the game, is also coming to mobile. For whatever reason, the Old School iteration is far more popular on Reddit than the modern version. I’m ultra-excited for these mobile ports, as RuneScape is deep in the category of games I’ve heard a lot about, but never really had the time to sit down and play. Being able to get into the game on my phone really lowers that barrier of entry, and better yet, it’s totally cross platform and mobile players will be playing the same game on the same servers as the “real” browser and PC client.


Meanwhile, we’ve continued to follow the puzzling drama of Honor of Kings versus the Chinese government. It’s a scuffle that seems hard to believe as a thing that’s really happening. If this is the first you’ve heard of Honor of Kings, the basic gist is that it’s a MOBA by Tencent that is absolutely on fire in China. They’ve got 200 million active players, and the game accounts for 40 percent of Tencent’s total mobile games revenue, which amounted to $883 million generated by the game just in Q1 this year. People play it so much that Tencent has actually put restrictions on just how long you can play it in a single day.

However, amidst legitimate fears of children becoming addicted to such massively online releases, the Chinese government has this week labeled Honor of Kings as ‘poison’ in the state-run People’s Daily paper, and has threatened further action against Tencent to crack down on the influence such games have over vulnerable young gamers. It’s a reality that’s hard to believe. I typically write off describing games as “addictive” as marketing hyperbole, but in the case of Honor of Kings, this seems to be something the Chinese government is genuinely concerned about.

In other news, San Diego Comic Con is happening right now. While mobile gaming-relevant announcements at the event are typically few and far between, Telltale came out swinging by announcing a whole slew of sequels to existing popular series. Batman is gaining a second season titled Batman: The Enemy Within, which will be released on August 8 for PC and consoles with mobile coming at some point in the future. Additionally, the fabulous The Walking Dead by Telltale is moving on to a third and final season cleverly titled The Walking Dead: The Final Season. The game will follow the conclusion of Clementine’s story, who throughout the series has evolved from a child side-character into the primary protagonist. Last, but not least, The Wolf Among Us is also getting a second season, although no details exist beyond the fact that it’s coming.

Following up on the world of Hearthstone as we rocket towards the release of the upcoming expansion, Knights of the Frozen Throne, a new event has kicked off in game that rewards packs of cards for the new set. The Frost Festival gives players various quests to complete in game which revolve around competing in Hearthstone’s limited Arena format. Of course these packs can’t be opened until the new set launches next month, but much like the previous Midsummer Fire Festival, participating in The Frost Festival is a great way to get a ton of free stuff in game.

Among the many new iOS games which were released this week is a totally new entry in the unbelievably fantastic Professor Layton puzzler series titled Layton’s Mystery Journey. If you’ve never played a Layton game before, it’s a franchise that got its start on the Nintendo DS and features various mysteries which are solved via completing increasingly difficult puzzles.

The release of Layton’s Mystery Journey on iOS is incredibly significant as the mobile debut actually has arrived before the 3DS version of the game is released outside of Japan. The $15.99 asking price has armchair App Store game pricing economists up in arms, particularly when you consider the inclusion of 15 different IAP unlockable costumes, each coming with their own additional puzzle. In total, with everything unlocked, Layton on iOS will run you just shy of $40, which is the same price as the same game on the 3DS.

A ton of other great games were released this week as well, including a mobile port of Full Throttle Remastered, the bluffing party game Triple Agent, a strange WWE-themed deck building clicker titled WWE Tap Mania, the grand strategy game Realpolitiks Mobile, and tons more. It’s weeks like this that makes keeping up with iOS gaming incredibly difficult as there are more great games released on the App Store than anyone realistically even has time to play.

Last, but not least, when I posted that Sorcery! was free a few weeks ago there were a number of comments posted by readers saying how much they enjoyed it. Well, if that was your first taste of interactive fiction on iOS, there’s a lot more where that came from. We put together a list of the best five interactive fiction games, which has a much broader definition than you might think. Definitely give that a look if you enjoyed Sorcery!, or like the idea of playing modern versions of games that play a lot like the old Choose Your Own Adventure novels from when you were a kid.

That’s all from me this week, and as always if you appreciate these roundups and are hungry for more information surrounding the world of iOS gaming, be sure to check out TouchArcade. We post iOS game news, reviews, previews, guides, and more all week long.

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9to5Rewards: Nodus Access 2 leather portfolio case for iPhone [Giveaway]

This week’s 9to5Rewards partner is Nodus, makers of high-quality leather iPhone cases and other accessories. The company has three of its Nodus Access 2 cases for iPhone to giveaway to 9to5 readers this week.

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Gadget Lab Podcast: Talkin’ Glass With Steven Levy

Steven Levy joins the Gadget Lab Podcast to tell us how factory workers are streamlining production Google’s wearable.

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