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Apple's New iPad, Extortionists Threaten iCloud - TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-22

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Apple introduced a new iPad and updated the iPhone SE yesterday, and today is dealing with hackers threatening to trash millions of iCloud accounts. Dave Hamilton joins Jeff Gamet to look at Apple’s latest gear and lament the slow demise of the iPad mini, and to talk about how trying to extort money out of the company is a pretty bad idea.

Brixo Adds Electric Bricks and Sensors to Your LEGO Builds

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It’s no secret I have a serious love for LEGO, so it’s great when someone turns me on to something that makes my bricks even cooler—like Brixo. The LEGO-compatible bricks they designed are metal coated so they conduct electricity, which means you can drive motors and turn on lights in your creations without needing any wires. They designed bricks with lights, sensors, switches, motors, and batteries so you can build most anything you can imagine. Brixo’s kits start at US$35 and they’re available for pre-order now.

Brixo Adds Electric Bricks and Sensors to Your LEGO Builds

iPads, other Electronics Banned on Flights to US from Several Islamic Countries

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US blocks tablets, laptops, and other electronics from carry-on for flights from several Muslim-dominant countries

If you’re planning on working on that big project on a flight to the U.S. from several airports in Muslim-dominant countries, think again because the Trump administration just banned anything larger than a smartphone in the passenger cabin. The ban restricts iPads and other tablets, Kindle ebook readers, laptops, and other larger electronic devices to checked luggage over terrorism concerns.

iTunes 12.6 Lets You Watch Rental Movies Across All Your Devices

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Apple adds

While Apple was painting iPhones red and rolling out new iPads on Tuesday, it also released an update for iTunes that lets you watch movie rentals on any of your devices. iTunes 12.6 for the Mac adds what Apple dubbed “rent once, watch anywhere” which is exactly what it sounds like: You can watch a movie on any of your devices, not just the one where you made the rental.

Here's How to Download Your Important Photos from Flickr

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Flickr is great for storing and sharing photos online, but what do you do when you want to download them to your computer? Turns out that’s exactly what my friend Peter Cohen wanted to do, so he figured it out using Flickr’s own tools as well as third-party apps. Spoiler: If you have a huge image library you should use the third-party apps. Peter wrote up what he learned on the Backblaze blog, and it’s totally worth checking out.

Here’s How to Download Your Important Photos from Flickr

Farewell iPad Air, iPad mini 2

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Apple discontinues iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 2

Apple introduced the new 9.7-inch iPad on Tuesday, and quietly discontinued the iPad Air 2 along with the iPad mini 2. The new iPad replaces the Air 2 and offers a newer processor along with lower pricing.

Apple Adds (PRODUCT)RED to iPhone 7 Lineup

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iPhone 7 PRODUCT(RED) Special Edition

Along with new iPad models, Apple introduced a (PRODUCT)RED version of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus on Tuesday. The new models are called (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition and are available in 128 GB and 256 GB capacities.

Planned Tuesday Morning Down Time for Apple Store has the Internet Flipping Over New Product Possibilities

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Apple Online Store down time hints at new product announcements, maybe

Apple’s online store will be unavailable Tuesday morning until 8:30 AM eastern time, leading to speculation that a product refresh is about to happen. The company’s own System Status webpage was the tip-off, and since Apple always takes its store offline ahead of product releases the interent is flipping out over the possibility of something new showing up on the page.

Apple May be Interested in AR Glasses After All

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Apple wants to bring augmented reality, or AR, to the iPhone and then glasses

It’s no secret Apple has a very real interest in augmented reality, and that it’s likely headed to the iPhone. Seems the company is exploring AR glasses, like Google did with Google Glass, and will target our eyes after tackling the iPhone.

Amazon Shopping App on iPhone gets Alexa Support

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Amazon shopping app on iPhone gets full Alexa support

If you use the Amazon app on your iPhone to shop you can use it to talk to Alexa, too, even if you don’t own an Echo or Echo Dot. The online retailer is rolling out in-app Alexa support for iPhone users over the next week which means pretty much everything you do with an Echo or Echo Dot can happen right on your smartphone.

New Report Backs Up iPhone 8 Flat OLED Display

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Speculating on what's in store for the next iPhone model

More sources are saying Apple is giving the iPhone 8 a flat OLED display with curved edges. That’s in contrast to earlier reports that Apple would use a curved display for the new phone, but fits with my expectation for what Apple really has in store.

Concept Video Shows Great iOS 11 Interface Ideas

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With our first glimpse of iOS 11 most likely coming up in a few weeks at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference, it’s fun to look at features we’d like to see in the next version of the iPhone and iPad operating system. Jacek Zieba put together a video showing many of those features in action, and it’s pretty compelling. How about a pop-up menu from the control center’s WiFi icon showing available networks, or group FaceTime video chats? We’d love to see more useful in-app screen controls and that option to clear app data and caches easily, too. But true multi-user support? Apple isn’t going there.