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Developer Comments Go Live on App Store, Mac App Store

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Developers can respond to App Store comments and reviews

Good news, developers, you can finally respond to user comments on Apple’s App Store. The promised feature rolled out quietly on Monday while the company was pushing out operating system updates for pretty much everything they make.

Samsung Plans to Refurbish and Sell the Recalled Note 7

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Samsung's combustible Galaxy Note 7 is going back on sale as a refurbished smartphone

Now that Samsung has collected all those Note 7 explode-a-phones, what to do with them? How about put them back out on the market as refurbished. That’s exactly what Samsung is doing thanks to pressure in part from the environmental activist group Greenpeace.

Apple's New APFS File System, Developers Respond to App Store Reviews - TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-28

· · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

TMO Daily Observations

Say hello to APFS, Apple’s new file system for macOS and iOS that rolled out as part of yesterday’s operating system updates. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to explain what APFS is and how it impacts users, along with why we don’t need to be afraid of the change. They also offer up their thoughts on Apple finally letting developers respond to App Store reviews.

Element Blocks: The Coolest Periodic Table for Your Desk

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I’m a sucker for clever representations of the periodic table of elements, so of course I just love the Element Blocks Kickstarter project. Think of it as a physical version of the table with elements you can actually pick up and hold. Element Blocks includes four blocks: iron, copper, aluminum, and titanium, along with a machined display stand. The blocks are about an inch on each side and are at least 90% pure, and their element symbols and weight are laser engraved. The project has already reached funding levels with about two weeks left to go, and you can get yourself an Element Blocks set for US$38.

Element Blocks: The Coolest Periodic Table for Your Desk

watchOS 3.2 Adds Theater Mode, SiriKit

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Theater Mode and SiriKit come to watchOS 3.2 for Apple Watch

Apple was busy, busy, busy on Monday rolling out operating system updates for the Mac, iPhone and iPad, Apple TV, and also the Apple Watch. watchOS 3.2 is a welcome update because it adds Theater Mode and SiriKit to everyone’s favorite smartwatch.

Britain's Home Secretary Pushes for Encryption Back Door

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Cellebrite's servers hit with data breach

British Home Secretary Amber Rudd says it’s time for technology companies to give law enforcement a way to decrypt private communications because terrorists shouldn’t have a way to secretly chat. Her comments come in the wake of a terrorist attack in London where five people were killed.

UK Anti-encryption Push, Woz at Startup World Cup - TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-27

· · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

TMO Daily Observations

There’s a new government call to for tech companies to let law enforcement bypass our security and encryption, but this time it’s from the United Kingdom. Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet to look at the ramifications if the U.K. forces the issue, plus Bryan fills us in on Steve Wozniak’s presentation at Startup World Cup.

Developers: WWDC 2017 Ticket Lottery Opens Today

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Worldwide Developer Conference 2017 is June 5 through June 9 at San Jose's McEnery Convention Center

If you’re a registered Apple Developer Program member and want to go to this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference in San Jose, today is the day to toss your name into the ticket lottery. Apple is opening the ticket lottery at 10 AM pacific time, and it’s the only way to get a conference ticket.

Here's How to get a Black Display (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7

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Apple’s brand new (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 sports a cool looking red body with a white display bezel—no black bezel option is available, which we think is a crying shame. To drive that point home, JerryRigEverything tore apart a red iPhone 7 and gave it a black display. It looks great and it’s a DIY project JRE details in a video. In this case, DIY assumes you have a black iPhone 7 sitting around, all the right tools, and aren’t afraid to accidentally destroy two iPhones. Still, seeing a working black bezel red iPhone is pretty awesome.

Super Mario Run 2 is Out Just in Time to Eat Up Your Weekend

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Nintendo released Super Mario Run 2 for the iPhone and iPad just in time for the weekend. The update for the Mario runner game lets you unlock more levels without paying by completing a Bowser challenge, adds new Yoshi colors for Toad Rally and makes it easier to win rally tickets, and improves overall game play. You can download Super Mario Run for free, and unlocking all of the levels costs US$9.99 as an in-app purchase.

Super Mario Run 2 is Out Just in Time to Eat Up Your Weekend

Apple Releases Swift Playgrounds 1.2 with Support for More Languages

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Apple’s promised Swift Playgrounds 1.2 update is out with localized support for Simplified Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Latin American Spanish. The iPad app teaches coding skills for Apple’s Swift language so you can design you own apps for personal use or sale on the App store. It includes lessons and examples, along with templates to get you started on your own projects—and now you can learn in five more languages. Swift Playgrounds 1.2 is free and requires an iPad running iOS 10.0 or newer.

Apple Releases Swift Playgrounds 1.2 with Support for More Languages

If You Haven't Changed Your iCloud Password in the Past Two Years do it Now

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Change your iCloud password to stop hackers from wiping out your data

Trying to extort money out of Apple by threatening to wipe out iCloud accounts and reset iPhones is a business model the Turkish Crime Family hacker team will likely learn is flawed at best, but there it is a great reminder to change your online passwords regularly. The list of iCloud logins the group has looks to be at least two years old, so if you haven’t changed your password more recently than that, it’s time right now.