Final Cut Pro X hits massive 2 million users milestone

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Final Cut Pro X on the MacBook Pro. Photo: Apple
Final Cut Pro X is one of the most widely-used video editing tools around.
Photo: Apple

2017-era Apple doesn’t brag about adoption figures in the same way the company used to under Steve Jobs. But at this week’s annual National Association of Broadcasters conference it made an exception.

Specifically, Apple revealed that it now has 2 million users of its Final Cut Pro X video-editing software, five years after launching the tenth version of the program.

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Today in Apple history: Beginning of the end for Mac OS Copland

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Copland never saw the light of day.
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April 26 April 26, 1996: Apple’s eagerly anticipated, but much delayed, Copland operating system for Mac suffers a fatal blow when the senior VP in charge of the project leaves the company.

David C. Nagel, Apple’s chief technologist, previously promised Mac OS Copland would ship to users by mid-1996 at the latest. With that deadline no longer appearing accurate, he leaves Apple for a job running AT&T Laboratories.

It’s yet another sign that Apple’s top-to-bottom operating system upgrade is in major trouble.

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Thieves steal $24,000 of devices from Corte Madera Apple store

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Devices are clearly missing on some of the desk displays.
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Five thieves thought to be in their late teens and early twenties stole $24,000 worth of products from the Apple store in Corte Madera, California, in a brazen attack Monday night.

The gang entered the store shortly after 8 p.m., then grabbed 17 iPhones, three iPads and two Macs in front of a small group of customers. The culprits fled, and police are still searching for them.

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Apple’s new Dubai store features mesmerizing ‘Solar Wings’

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The new Dubai store is a stunner.
The new Dubai store is a stunner.
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Rather than loads of glass and steel, the crowning architectural achievement of Apple’s new Dubai store is its motorized carbon fiber windows. Apple revealed the store’s “Solar Wings” today, and they’re one of the coolest features we’ve ever seen.

The automated system is designed to minimize air conditioning usage in the United Arab Emirates store, but the most impressive feature is the way the system opens and closes. Prepare to be mesmerized!

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Forget replacing humans, Apple wants AI to improve our memory

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Siri may soon remember every detail of your life.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

If Apple has its way in the field of artificial intelligence, robots and algorithms won’t just be used to replace you at work, they could help fix your brain too.

Apple executive and Siri co-creator, Tom Gruber, laid out a different vision for artificial intelligence today while speaking at the TED 2017 conference in Vancouver, Canada. During his remarks, Gruber told the crowd how he thinks AI could become more helpful than harmful.

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Truly wireless home security, watches made of paper and more [Crowdfund Roundup]

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Reolink Argus is weather-resistant and 100 percent wireless.
Reolink Argus is weather-resistant and 100 percent wireless.
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Crowdfund Roundup bugNeed a home security camera that’s super-simple to set up? Look no further than the Reolink Argus — the world’s first completely wireless camera. It’s battery-powered, streams 1080p video over Wi-Fi, and has built-in night vision.

It’s just one of the awesome ideas in this week’s Crowdfund Roundup. We’ve also got an iPad screen protector that feels like real paper, a ZX Spectrum reborn, a watch made of paper, and more!

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iOS 10 bug lets you freeze any iPhone with 3 taps

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Watch out for this bug.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

A newly discovered bug in iOS 10 is wreaking havoc on iPhone owners by making Control Center more unstable than ever.

With just three taps, the bug allows anyone to crash an iPhone in seconds. Once the trick is executed, the only way to unfreeze an affected iPhone is with a hard reboot.

Here’s how to do the dirty:

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Powermat backs off claim that next iPhone will get wireless charging

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This iPhone 7 concept has wireless charging, but the real thing (probably) won't.
2017 will be the year iPhone gets wireless charging.
Photo: Ivo Marić and Tomislav Rastovac

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include a response from Powermat Technlogies.

One of the most heavily rumored features of the next iPhone was seemingly confirmed by a wireless charging accessory maker before being quickly disavowed. In a press release sent out today for something not even related to Apple, Powermat Technologies CEO Elad Dubzinski claimed wireless charging would become a “standard feature” in the 2017 iPhone lineup.

When contacted by Cult of Mac, Powermat said, basically, that the company doesn’t know what it’s talking about. “It’s all speculation at this point,” a Powermat rep said. “We have no inside information. Sorry to mislead.”

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What’s on my iPhone 7: Videographer edition

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These are the apps that made it onto Ste's iPhone.
These are the apps that made it onto Ste's iPhone.
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