Shadows Remain pushes ARKit in spooky new directions

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The game puts you in the shoes of a parent hunting their lost kid.
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If you’re looking for a game to show off Apple’s ARKit augmented reality platform, you could do a whole lot worse than checking out Australian developer Halfbrick’s intriguing new AR game Shadows Remain.

Blending first-person adventure, hidden object puzzles, and horror elements, Shadows Remain places you in the role of a parent who moves into a new home, only to find that their kid has gone missing.

Analyst predicts Apple will launch Netflix rival service in 2018

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Could Apple challenge the might of Netflix?
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As part of CCS Insight’s predictions for 2018, analysts for the firm suggest that Apple will launch a video subscription service, designed to compete with Netflix.

“Everyone is jostling for position and everyone is jumping in on the area of video. When you look at Apple, it has a very strong hardware offering and their services business is on the march,” Paolo Pescatore, vice president of multiplay and media at CCS Insight, told CNBC.

Apple shipped a whole lot of MacBooks last quarter

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Only HP saw more quarterly growth than Apple when it comes to notebook shipments.
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Apple had a strong quarter for MacBook shipments, with a year-on-year increase of 11.3 percent to bring Apple’s total to 4.43 million units.

In total, Apple ranked fourth on Trendforce’s list of notebook makers, overtaking ASUS to come in behind HP, Lenovo and Dell.

Today in Apple history: Apple’s last (and greatest) mechanical keyboard

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The Apple Extended Keyboard II might be Cupertino's finest keyboard of all time.
Remember the Apple Extended Keyboard II?
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November 15: Today in Apple history: Apple Extended Keyboard II November 15, 1990: Cupertino wins a design patent for its Apple Extended Keyboard II, arguably the greatest computer keyboard of all time.

Delivering the perfect combination of durability, feel and a pleasing click-clock sound, the Extended Keyboard II will become a mainstay of pro-grade Apple setups during the early 1990s — and perhaps the best-loved keyboard in Apple history. Courtesy of an ADB-to-USB adapter, some people continue to use them today.

Cousins trick Face ID into thinking that they’re the same person

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Apple has touted the security of Face ID, but there have been a couple of exceptions to the rule.
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There have already been multiple reports of close family members being able to successfully unlock each other’s iPhone X using Face ID.

After publishing a story yesterday on a kid who managed to unlock his mom’s handset, however, we heard from another pair of individuals. The difference? That this time they are not mother and son, or siblings, but “very distant” third cousins. (Although it’s still not an issue you should worry about.)

Check out the video below.

Apple will work with Indian government to kill spam

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Apple previously clashed with the government over whether or not to create the app.
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Apple appears to have partially backed down in a clash with the Indian government over whether or not to help develop an anti-spam application for iOS, having previously refused to do so because of privacy concerns.

The issue concerned a so-called “Do Not Disturb” app, which the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India wanted Apple to distribute on the App Store. The app is already available on Android.

Apple under investigation for patent infringement

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Possible patent infringement covers Macs, iPhones, iPads, iPods, and Apple TVs.
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The U.S. International Trade Commission has confirmed that it is investigating Apple for allegedly infringing on patents on various devices, including Macs, iPhones, iPads, iPods, and Apple TVs.

The probe was launched following a complaint from Aqua Connect Inc. and subsidiary Strategic Technology Partners of Orange, California.

Undercover smartwatch blends new tech with classic styling

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A classic watch design, with all the modern trimmings.
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Do you want a smartwatch that works with your iPhone, but aren’t ready to give up on the classic stylings of an analog timepiece in favor of an Apple Watch?

If so, you may be interested to hear about New York Standard Watch’s (NYSW) newly launched series of semi-smart watches, blending classic design with digital functionality.

Kid unlocks mom’s iPhone X with Face ID

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Spot the difference? The iPhone X can't.
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Another way to circumvent the iPhone X’s Face ID security system has been discovered — but, don’t worry, it’s not going to be one that affects the overwhelming majority of users.

The Face ID “hacker” in question is the fifth-grade son of an iPhone X owner, who apparently looks close enough to his mom in appearance that the system recognizes them both as the same person.

Apple Watch 3 shipments reached new highs last quarter

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The Apple Watch is going from strength to strength.
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Apple has yet to reveal exactly how many Apple Watches it has manufactured and sold, but according to market research firm Canalys the shipments figure is likely to have been 3.9 million units in Q3 2017.

That’s its strongest quarter so far in 2017, and enough that Apple retook the wearable device lead — with rivals Xiaomi and Fitbit shipping 3.6 million and 3.5 million bands, respectively.