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Promise Technology releases Apollo Cloud 2 Duo personal cloud system

For those who enjoy the benefits of the cloud but are more than a little wary of trusting their data to third-parties, Promise Technology has released the Apollo cloud storage device to combine the benefits of the cloud combined with keeping data safely inside the home. The Apollo Cloud 2 Duo provides 8TB of space split between two surveillance-class hard drives that can be accessed remotely with a dedicated app, all with no subscription fees. Up to 40 members can have access to the system and time-limited links can also provide access to files with outside users. Photos uploaded to the system can be sorted using facial recognition and/or location, making it simpler to find photos of specific people or places. The device is available now for $449 and is compatible with iOS and macOS operating systems.

New details from Aetna meeting show concerns about Apple Watch privacy, costs

Mandi Bishop, now running a startup called Lifely Insights after running Dell’s health analytics section, said Apple was very focused on privacy at the previously reported meeting between the company, Aetna and other health influences, CNBC reports. Aetna employees asked about how data sharing with outside vendors would be handled and if it would be possible to extract measurements like heart rate and other vitals to be store in a personal health record. “Both companies wanted to make sure that we knew what data is shared and what isn’t,” Bishop said. Privacy is particularly important for employees of self-insured companies, who could potentially target their workers for termination if doing so would cut their insurance rates substantially.

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iOS 11 introduces way to prevent Touch ID from opening device with fingerprint

Those testing the iOS 11 public beta have discovered pressing an iPhone or iPad’s lock button five time or opening a Medical ID now disables Touch ID and forces a user to enter their passcode to unlock the device. A source told 9to5Mac that the behavior is intentional, claiming it’s aimed at protecting people who have fallen unconscious from having their fingerprint used to access their private information. However Apple ends up presenting the feature, it can also clearly be used to protect information from police if used before an arrest, as at least some judges have proved willing to compel suspects to allow their fingerprint to be used to discover data that could incriminate them.

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Report: iPhone 8 facial recognition unlocks in ‘millionths of a second’

The iPhone 8’s facial recognition sensors “can deeply sense a user’s face in the millionths of a second,” The Korea Herald reports. The source claims 3D sensors will be integrated in both the front and rear cameras to provide augmented reality experiences in real time, but provided scant information on how they would work. In an effort to answer that question, The Wall Street Journal points to Apple’s 2013 acquisition of PrimeSense, an Israeli company that helped develop Kinect motion sensors for the Xbox 360. That depth-sensing technology — referred to as “structured light” — emits thousands of tiny infrared dots and senses their reflection to gather highly accurate depth information that could even be used to unlock the device in total darkness. Apple declined to comment, but leaked firmware for the HomePod seems to reveal that the iPhone will have some form of depth and facial recognition sensors.

Daily Deal: 1Voice Bluetooth On-Ear Headphones

For Monday’s iLounge Deal, you can pick up the 1Voice Bluetooth On-Ear Headphones for only $22.99 — that’s 76% off the regular price. These on-ear Bluetooth headphones provide up to five hours of listening time, and a built-in mic that allows you to answer calls hands-free and on-the-go, along with built-in track and volume controls.

Get the 1Voice Bluetooth On-Ear Headphones now for only $22.99

Apple and Hollywood still discussing plans for early movie rentals

Movie studios are still considering plans to offer premium early access movie rentals via iTunes, Bloomberg reports. Despite objections from cinema chains, Hollywood wants to forge ahead in offering digital rentals of films only weeks after they arrive in theatres, according to people familiar with the matter. Discussions about possible studio agreements between Apple and the studios began late last year, and have been ongoing for months since, although the two sides have been struggling to arrive at a means for offering a $30–$50 premium movie-download solution that would be mutually beneficial.

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Daily Deal: CASA USB-C 6-Port Hub

For Friday’s iLounge Deal, we’re offering the CASA USB-C 6-Port Hub for only $79.99 — that’s 19% off the regular price. This small and sleek hub provides you with the ability to charge virtually any device, transfer files quickly, and display 4K video. Two USB-A 3.1 ports provide backward compatibility with any legacy USB devices, and the hub also packs in a USB 3.1 Type C port, HDMI port, Ethernet port, and SD card reader.

Get the CASA USB-C 6-Port Hub now for only $79.99

Review: Nuvyyo Tablo Dual 64GB Over-the-Air Television DVR

We were pretty impressed with Nuvyyo's original Tablo OTA DVR when we looked at it last year — a simple "black box" capable of providing an over-the-air HD television signal wirelessly to an Apple TV, iPhone, or iPad. However, one of the key limitations of the first-generation Tablo was that unless you supplied your own hard drive, you were limited to using the device as a live tuner, without even providing features like the ability to pause live television. Nuvyyo has clearly seen the need to provide a more full-featured solution with this year's release of the Tablo Dual, an improvement on last year's model that reduces the footprint while also adding 64GB of internal storage, which the company promises is sufficient for recording up to 40 hours of live television.

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Despite cellular capabilities, next-gen Apple Watch unlikely to support phone calls

Although several recent reports have suggested that the next-generation Apple Watch will be adding cellular capabilities, a new note from reputable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo indicates that it’s unlikely that the new device will support direct cellular phone calls as Apple’s priority will be to improve the “user experience of data transmission.” Kuo’s note, however, suggests that support for traditional phone calls is likely still on the horizon, simply saying that the Apple Watch “probably” won’t provide the support “this year” but leaving the possibility open for future models.

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Daily Deal: iKlips Wizard Storage Expanding Card Reader

For Thursday’s iLounge Deal, we’re offering the iKlips Wizard Storage Expanding Card Reader for only $59 — that’s 14% off the regular price. This flexible, on-the-go file sharing solution is a three-in-one Lightning, microSD, and USB 3.1 interface that allows you to easily share files between iOS, Android, Mac, and PC devices. The durable braided leather flat cable means you can simultaneously connect your computer, iKlips, and iOS device while transferring data at extremely high speeds. The included app even lets you record 4K video directly to the iKlips, letting you conserve memory on your iPhone, and you can even manage your files and charge your iPhone or iPad simultaneously.

Get the iKlips Wizard Storage Expanding Card Reader now for only $59





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