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Sunday December 4

11:39
Examined: FileMaker Pro 15 ecosystem for macOS,...




The latest FileMaker Pro 15.0.1.118 is at the center of an entire ecosystem aiming to help individuals and whole corporations manage their data. AppleInsider examines the platform's main app, which is now -- mostly -- macOS Sierra-ready.

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11:20
Apple is “excited” about the potential of self-...

(credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Conflicting rumors of Apple's connected car plans have been swirling for some time. But a new letter written by Apple's director of product integrity Steve Kenner to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) sheds some light into the company's plans. In the letter, Kenner writes that Apple is "excited" about the potential of automated transportation, and that the company is "investing heavily" into machine learning that could support such systems.

"Apple uses machine learning to make its products and services smarter, more intuitive, and more personal," Kenner states in the letter. "The company is investing heavily in the study of machine learning and automation, and is excited about the potential of automated systems in many areas, including transportation."

Apple states that companies making self...

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09:21
Mail Tips & Solving Generic Dock Icons – Mac...

Quick tips to start: copying mail (instead of moving it), editing your default Touch Bar, a new way to create pinned tabs in Safari, ejecting an external Blu-ray, and disabling notifications. After that it’s time to answer your questions about secure email, SSD upgrades, keychain errors, portable audio recording setups and much more. Press play and enjoy!


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08:50
Apple reveals self-driving car plans

In fact, Apple has “revealed” no such thing but this is the first comment they’ve made regarding automotive “autonomous systems”.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:42
Postbox 5.0.9 - Powerful and flexible email client.

Postbox is a new email application that helps you organize your work life and get stuff done. It has all the elegance and simplicity of Apple Mail, but with more power and flexibility to manage even the most demanding workloads.

Features

  • Ultra-Fast Search - Instantly find messages, attachments, images, links, and contacts.
  • Conversation Views - Make sense of email threads through chronological message views.
  • Better Organization - Tabs, Topics, and To-Dos help you stay organized with less effort.
  • Works Great with OS X - Postbox integrates with the Address Book, iCal, iPhoto, Spotlight, and Quick Look. Postbox even works with OmniFocus and Things!
  • Quick and Easy Setup - Postbox will automatically determine your connection settings for you!

Postbox is available in English, German, French, Spanish (Spain), English (British), Italian, Dutch, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, and Swedish.

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07:37
VueScan 9.5.61 - Scanner software with advanced...

VueScan is a scanning program that works with most high-quality flatbed and film scanners to produce scans that have excellent color fidelity and color balance. VueScan is easy to use, and has advanced features for restoring faded colors, batch scanning and other features used by professional photographers.

Why should you use VueScan?

  • Easy to use - just run VueScan, press Preview, adjust the cropping, then press Scan.
  • Accurate colors - uses ICC profiles and IT8 calibration.
  • Powerful - dozens of advanced options.
  • Faster workflow - can edit one image while the next image is being scanned (most scanner software won't let you work with one image while another is being scanned).
  • Simple to install - installing VueScan changes nothing on your system, installs nothing in your operating system and all other scanner software will continue to function.

The list of supported scanners is...

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07:33
DiskCatalogMaker 6.5.16 - Catalog your disks.

DiskCatalogMaker is a simple disk management tool which catalogs disks.

  • Simple, light-weight, and fast.
  • Finder-like intuitive look and feel.
  • Super-fast search algorithm.
  • Can compress catalog data for disk space.
  • Can generate thumbnail images.
  • Long Unicode file name support.
  • ZIP / RAR / 7-Zip / StuffIt / tar / gzip / bzip2 / CompactPro / LHA archive formats support.
  • A Mach-O application. (Mac OS X native format.)



Version 6.5.16:

  • Fixed a problem which prevented scanning a Time Machine backup folder
  • Fixed some minor bugs



  • OS X 10.7 or later



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07:13
TrailRunner 3.8.827 - Route planning for hiking,...

TrailRunner is the perfect companion for runners, bikers, hikers, and all people wandering under the sky. Plan routes on a geographical map. Import GPS or workout recordings and journalize your activities in a diary.

Features

  • View maps and elevation data from Internet mapping services like USGS topo maps
  • Import GPS recordings from Trails, iTrail and 321Run for iPhone
  • Import workouts from the Nike + iPod Sport Kit
  • Import tracks and workouts from GPS fitness devices like the Garmin ForeRunner or Garmin Edge
  • Import/Export TCX, GPX, and KML files
  • Describe favorite tracks and rate them with iTunes stars
  • Plan routes interactively or automatically for a given distance
  • Export route directions onto your iPod
  • Journalize workouts in a diary, see your progress in a history chart
  • Publish a WebLog to MobileMe

Note: While the software is...

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Saturday December 3

20:59
Civilization VI 1.0.1 - Next iteration of the...

Sid Meier’s Civilization VI is the next entry in the popular Civilization franchise. Originally created by legendary game designer Sid Meier, Civilization is a strategy game in which you attempt to build an empire to stand the test of time. Become Ruler of the World by establishing and leading a civilization from the Stone Age to the Information Age. Wage war, conduct diplomacy, advance your culture, and go head-to-head with history’s greatest leaders as you attempt to build the greatest civilization the world has ever known.

Civilization VI offers new ways to engage with your world: cities now physically expand across the map, active research in technology and culture unlocks new potential, and competing leaders will pursue their own agendas based on their historical traits as you race for one of five ways to achieve victory in the game.

Note: Civilization VI for the Mac App Store is currently a single player experience.

...

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20:59
Chromium 55.0.2883.75 - Fast and stable open-source...

Chromium is an open-source browser project that aims to build a safer, faster, and more stable way for all Internet users to experience the web.



Version 55.0.2883.75:

  • Security fixes:
    • High CVE-2016-9651: Private property access in V8
    • High CVE-2016-5208: Universal XSS in Blink
    • High CVE-2016-5207: Universal XSS in Blink
    • High CVE-2016-5206: Same-origin bypass in PDFium
    • High CVE-2016-5205: Universal XSS in Blink
    • High CVE-2016-5204: Universal XSS in Blink
    • High CVE-2016-5209: Out of bounds write in Blink
    • High CVE-2016-5203: Use after free in PDFium
    • High CVE-2016-5210: Out of bounds write in PDFium
    • High CVE-2016-5212: Local file disclosure in DevTools
    • High CVE-2016-5211: Use after free in PDFium
    • High CVE-2016-5213: Use after free in V8
    • Medium CVE-2016-5214: File download protection bypass
    • Medium CVE-2016-5216:...
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20:59
Google Chrome 55.0.2883.75 - Modern and fast Web...

Google Chrome is a Web browser by Google, created to be a modern platform for Web pages and applications. It utilizes very fast loading of Web pages and has a V8 engine, which is a custom built JavaScript engine. Because Google has used parts from Apple's Safari and Mozilla's Firefox browsers, they made the project open source.



Version 55.0.2883.75:

Security Fixes

  • High CVE-2016-9651: Private property access in V8
  • High CVE-2016-5208: Universal XSS in Blink
  • High CVE-2016-5207: Universal XSS in Blink
  • High CVE-2016-5206: Same-origin bypass in PDFium
  • High CVE-2016-5205: Universal XSS in Blink
  • High CVE-2016-5204: Universal XSS in Blink
  • High CVE-2016-5209: Out of bounds write in Blink
  • High CVE-2016-5203: Use after free in PDFium
  • High CVE-2016-5210: Out of bounds write in PDFium
  • High CVE-2016-5212: Local file disclosure in DevTools
  • High CVE-2016-...
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20:59
VirtualBox 5.1.10 - x86 virtualization software.

VirtualBox is a family of powerful x86 virtualization products for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL).

Presently, VirtualBox runs on Windows, Linux and Mac hosts and supports a large number of guest operating systems including but not limited to Windows (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10), DOS/Windows 3.x, Linux (2.4, 2.6, 3.x and 4.x), Solaris and OpenSolaris, OS/2, and OpenBSD.

VirtualBox is being actively developed with frequent releases and has an ever growing list of features, supported guest operating systems and platforms it runs on. VirtualBox is a community effort backed by a dedicated company: everyone is encouraged to contribute while innotek ensures the...

| Read more »
20:59
Pixa 1.1.9 - Quickly and easily organize your images.

Pixa is an image-organizing application. The new app functions well, is easy to use, and helps people organize their images quickly and easily on their computers.

  • For those who prefer not to use the Pixa library, the application can still find images when the user searches for them. So, either way, Pixa makes it much easier for users to keep track of their image files.
  • Pixa will auto-tag useful information like colors and size and grab web address, extensions and metadata for the images that you import.
  • A useful quick export tool is included, which allows you to export thousands of images with a simple drag-and-drop.
  • Pixa supports a very large set of image formats: PSD, AI, JPG, PNG, TIFF, PDF, BMP, GIF, Animated GIF, ICO, ICNS, EPS.



Version 1.1.9:

  • Fixed a bug which caused multiple menu items to be displayed under macOS 10.12 Sierra
  • Animated GIF's are now correctly displayed in...
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20:10
Trump defense secretary pick serves on Theranos...

President-elect Trump's rapidly growing circle of advisers and cabinet members continues to raise eyebrows among the tech-savvy. The incoming leader has picked retired General James Mattis as his Secretary of Defense, and the Marine has been a devote...

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18:39
iOS's 'Activation Lock' For Stolen...

An anonymous reader quotes ComputerWorld:
Two researchers claim to have found a way to bypass the activation lock feature in iOS that's supposed to prevent anyone from using an iPhone or iPad marked as lost by its owner... One of the few things allowed from the activation lock screen is connecting the device to a Wi-Fi network, including manually configuring one. [Security researcher] Hemanth had the idea of trying to crash the service that enforces the lock screen by entering very long strings of characters in the WPA2-Enterprise username and password fields.

The researcher claims that, after awhile, the screen froze, and he used the iPad smart cover sold by Apple to put the tablet to sleep and then reopen it... "After 20-25 seconds the Add Wifi Connection screen crashed to the iPad home screen, thereby bypassing the so-called Find My iPhone Activation Lock," he said in a blog post.

There's also a five-minute video on YouTube which purports to show a newer...

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18:32
Microsoft hopes your Windows PC can replace an...

If rumors are true, Microsoft may be one of the few major consumer tech giants that doesn't have a smart, voice-guided speaker in the works... but that doesn't mean it's sitting on its thumbs. In an expansion of recent code discoveries, Windows Centr...

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17:01
Panasonic's OLED-fighting LCD is meant for...

Panasonic's salad days in the consumer TV space are in its past, but today the company announced a new IPS display technology that might help it win back some of the professional market. Essentially, it's making an LCD panel with the precision backli...

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15:27
Apple letter offers a clue to its self-driving car...

Apple's hopes of developing self-driving car technology have been a poorly kept secret for a while, and now it's coming clean. The company has sent a letter to the US' National Highway Traffic Safety Administration acknowledging that the company is...

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14:30
All the reveals from PlayStation Experience 2016

It definitely feels like Sony showed off more games during the PlayStation Experience keynote today than it did at E3. Which is pretty impressive, when you think about it. The show started out with a glimpse at the next chapter of the Uncharted saga...

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13:30
Pros and cons: Our verdict on the new Surface Book

The 2016 Surface Book is a lot like last year's Surface Book, which we already really liked. So we recommend this one too, though the few flaws we noted last time remain as well. As ever, it's a well-built piece of kit, with a bright detachable scree...

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12:50
Apple VP of special projects disappears from the...

Apple’s vice president of special projects Paul Deneve has disappeared from the Apple executive bios page, as noted by AppleInsider

Deneve joined Apple in 2013 after serving as chief executive officer at fashion brand Saint Laurent. He now reports to Apple Chief Operating Office Jeff Williams rather than CEO Tim Cook directly. 

Deneve had been employed at Apple before 2013. He worked in sales and marketing for the company's European arm between 1990 and 1997. After that he started a career in the fashion industry with Courrèges, eventually becoming YSL's CEO in 2011.

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12:41
Apple acknowledges that it’s working on self-driving...

Apple has sent a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) acknowledging that it is working on self-driving cars. The letter requests that NHTSA facilitate testing of self-driving development vehicles on public roads, as well as provide standards for data sharing and privacy. 

In July, Bloomberg had pointed to the hiring of Dan Dodge, the founder of QNX, as an indicator that Apple was prioritizing development of an autonomous driving system, rather than just an electric car. Bloomberg also highlighted the installation of long-time Apple executive Bob Mansfield as another sign of changes in the project.

The structure of Mansfield's team clearly indicated that Apple was still building a complete solution to the problem of autonomous vehicles, and not just a focus on software development, Mark Hibben writes for...

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12:15
Airbnb drops its lawsuit against New York

Some of Airbnb's larger US legal battles are winding down quickly. In the wake of a settlement with the state, the rental listings company is dropping a lawsuit against New York that fought a ban on short-term rentals where the tenant isn't present....

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12:00
The follow-up to 'Resogun' is a Hail Mary...

Housemarque, the Finnish developer behind Resogun and Dead Nation, hasn't had the best year.

I visited its Helsinki headquarters back in September to see how the studio was following up Resogun, the surprise hit of the PlayStation 4 launch. What I f...

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11:29
Apple confirms work on autonomous systems to...

Apple’s car plans have long been kept under wrap by the company itself, but a new regulatory filing shows it publicly address the industry for the time. In a letter to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) uncovered by VentureBeat, Apple urges the government not to restrict testing of self-driving vehicles…

more…

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11:18
Ellie is all grown up in 'The Last of Us: Part...

Sony closed out its PlayStation Experience keynote with the first trailer for The Last of Us: Part II, the sequel to Naughty Dog's breakout 2013 shooter. The stars of the original game, Joel and Ellie, return in Part II, older and apparently filled w...

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10:36
'Uncharted' is back on PS4 with 'The...

There's a new Uncharted. Well, a new story chapter at least. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, from the looks of it, is a lot like The Last of Us: Left Behind. Meaning, it's a standalone story that fleshes out characters from the main game in a new way. Th...

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10:36
'Wipeout' comes to the PS4 through the...

Have you been suffering from Wipeout withdrawal symptoms since getting a PS4? You can relax. Sony has revealed that Wipeout Omega Collection is coming to the PS4 with remastered versions of three games (or two, depending on your point of view): Wipeo...

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10:32
'Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite' hits the PS4...

Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite pits classic video game characters from franchises like Street Fighter and Mega Man against everyone's favorite superheroes from the Marvel universe. The debut trailer showed an epic battle among Ryu, Mega Man X, Captain Ma...

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09:45
This week’s top stories: Hands-on w/ AT&T’s...

In this week’s top stories: We go hands-on with AT&T’s new DirecTV Now streaming service, more iPhone 8 reports arrive alongside news of an upcoming iPad refresh, we show you how to check if your iPhone 6s is eligible for a battery replacement, and much more.

more…

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09:45
Watch the PlayStation Experience keynote right here!

PlayStation Experience kicks off today in Anaheim, California, offering a weekend of gaming, Capcom and Call of Duty eSports tournaments, and plenty of news for fans of Sony's wares. The keynote starts at 10AM PT / 1PM ET and it's poised to feature a...

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09:30
Recommended Reading: Should Facebook start fact-...

Facebook Shouldn't
Fact-Check
Jessica Lessin,
The New York Times

How should Facebook combat fake news? The company isn't sure yet, but one tech journalist argues fact-checking isn't the answer. The Information's editor-in-chief Jessica Lessin penn...

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09:00
MacBook Pro Users Express Concerns About Limited...

A subset of users who purchased a new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar claim to be experiencing shorter than expected battery life.

In particular, some users claim to be getting as little as 3 to 6 hours of battery life on a single charge, or between 30% and 60% of the up to 10 hours advertised.

MacRumors forum member SRTM said:Currently I'm powering a 1080p external monitor and casually browsing with Chrome. At full charge, I'm getting an estimate of 3 hours battery life. With gaming it's even less.MacRumors forum member Aioriya said:I bought a maxed out 13-inch Touch Bar model and I've been using it for about a week. With light use, I...

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08:57
Proposal in Paris to name street after Steve Jobs...

A politician in Paris has proposed that a street in the city be named after the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Jerome Coumet, a member of the Socialist Party and mayor of the 13th district in Paris, suggested that four lanes surrounding the Halle Freyssinet area be named after Steve Jobs (via Le Bonbon).

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08:54
The 2016 MacBook Pro “Dongles conspiracy” might be...

For those of you who were wondering what Apple was thinking with the 2016 MacBook Pro and the need for dongles, a former engineer discusses his time on the product team…

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08:35
VirtualBox 5.1.10 - x86 virtualization software.

VirtualBox is a family of powerful x86 virtualization products for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL).

Presently, VirtualBox runs on Windows, Linux and Mac hosts and supports a large number of guest operating systems including but not limited to Windows (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10), DOS/Windows 3.x, Linux (2.4, 2.6, 3.x and 4.x), Solaris and OpenSolaris, OS/2, and OpenBSD.

VirtualBox is being actively developed with frequent releases and has an ever growing list of features, supported guest operating systems and platforms it runs on. VirtualBox is a community effort backed by a dedicated company: everyone is encouraged to contribute while innotek ensures the...

| Read more »
08:00
Six amazing all-electric motorcycles

Zero-emissions cars are popping up left and right, but motorcycle design has been a little late to the game. Yet, all-electric motorcycles and are zooming down the streets in increasing numbers. With varying engine sizes, charging times and driving r...

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07:21
ESA will fund ExoMars 2020 despite Schiaparelli...

The ExoMars mission will live on despite the Schiaparelli's lander unfortunate mishap. At a meeting in Switzerland, European Space Agency's member countries have agreed to set aside €436 million ($464 million) to make ExoMars 2020 a reality. Tha...

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06:54
Pixa 1.1.9 - Quickly and easily organize your images.

Pixa is an image-organizing application. The new app functions well, is easy to use, and helps people organize their images quickly and easily on their computers.

  • For those who prefer not to use the Pixa library, the application can still find images when the user searches for them. So, either way, Pixa makes it much easier for users to keep track of their image files.
  • Pixa will auto-tag useful information like colors and size and grab web address, extensions and metadata for the images that you import.
  • A useful quick export tool is included, which allows you to export thousands of images with a simple drag-and-drop.
  • Pixa supports a very large set of image formats: PSD, AI, JPG, PNG, TIFF, PDF, BMP, GIF, Animated GIF, ICO, ICNS, EPS.



Version 1.1.9:

  • Fixed a bug which caused multiple menu items to be displayed under macOS 10.12 Sierra
  • Animated GIF's are now correctly displayed in...
| Read more »
06:30
ICYMI: Crowdsourcing the space poop problem

Today on In Case You Missed It: NASA and HeroX are asking for help from the public to try to create a bathroom that can be used for up to six days, inside space suits. Previously astronauts have worn diapers during missions in space suits, but tha...

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06:14
Civilization VI 1.0.1 - Next iteration of the...

Sid Meier’s Civilization VI is the next entry in the popular Civilization franchise. Originally created by legendary game designer Sid Meier, Civilization is a strategy game in which you attempt to build an empire to stand the test of time. Become Ruler of the World by establishing and leading a civilization from the Stone Age to the Information Age. Wage war, conduct diplomacy, advance your culture, and go head-to-head with history’s greatest leaders as you attempt to build the greatest civilization the world has ever known.

Civilization VI offers new ways to engage with your world: cities now physically expand across the map, active research in technology and culture unlocks new potential, and competing leaders will pursue their own agendas based on their historical traits as you race for one of five ways to achieve victory in the game.

Note: Civilization VI for the Mac App Store is currently a single player experience.

...

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05:50
Apple Sends Feedback to the National Highway Traffic...

Yesterday, a letter from Apple to U.S. transportation regulators dated November 22, 2016 was made public. The letter reveals Apple's position on a number of key issues surrounding the future of autonomous vehicles.

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05:42
Google Chrome 55.0.2883.75 - Modern and fast Web...

Google Chrome is a Web browser by Google, created to be a modern platform for Web pages and applications. It utilizes very fast loading of Web pages and has a V8 engine, which is a custom built JavaScript engine. Because Google has used parts from Apple's Safari and Mozilla's Firefox browsers, they made the project open source.



Version 55.0.2883.75:

Security Fixes

  • High CVE-2016-9651: Private property access in V8
  • High CVE-2016-5208: Universal XSS in Blink
  • High CVE-2016-5207: Universal XSS in Blink
  • High CVE-2016-5206: Same-origin bypass in PDFium
  • High CVE-2016-5205: Universal XSS in Blink
  • High CVE-2016-5204: Universal XSS in Blink
  • High CVE-2016-5209: Out of bounds write in Blink
  • High CVE-2016-5203: Use after free in PDFium
  • High CVE-2016-5210: Out of bounds write in PDFium
  • High CVE-2016-5212: Local file disclosure in DevTools
  • High CVE-2016-...
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05:41
Part Two: Apple's full Letter to the National...

Part one of this report is titled "Apple Sends Feedback to the National Highway Traffic Administration on Key Policies Regarding Autonomous Vehicles" providing a basic overview of a letter that Apple sent to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration regarding various key aspects of the concerns surrounding autonomous vehicles. In part two of this story we present you with Apple's full letter without commentary so that you can easily read and refer back to it in the future for verification.

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05:38
Chromium 55.0.2883.75 - Fast and stable open-source...

Chromium is an open-source browser project that aims to build a safer, faster, and more stable way for all Internet users to experience the web.



Version 55.0.2883.75:

  • Security fixes:
    • High CVE-2016-9651: Private property access in V8
    • High CVE-2016-5208: Universal XSS in Blink
    • High CVE-2016-5207: Universal XSS in Blink
    • High CVE-2016-5206: Same-origin bypass in PDFium
    • High CVE-2016-5205: Universal XSS in Blink
    • High CVE-2016-5204: Universal XSS in Blink
    • High CVE-2016-5209: Out of bounds write in Blink
    • High CVE-2016-5203: Use after free in PDFium
    • High CVE-2016-5210: Out of bounds write in PDFium
    • High CVE-2016-5212: Local file disclosure in DevTools
    • High CVE-2016-5211: Use after free in PDFium
    • High CVE-2016-5213: Use after free in V8
    • Medium CVE-2016-5214: File download protection bypass
    • Medium CVE-2016-5216:...
| Read more »
05:09
Review: Powerbeats3 with Apple W1 chip are the most...




Bluetooth audio --?especially when exercising --?has always been "good enough," but never great. Apple's W1 chip in its latest headphones lineup changes that, and the proprietary wireless technology steals the show in its new sports-focused Powerbeats3 headphones.

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05:00
Of 8 Tech Companies, Only Twitter Says It Would...

On the campaign trail last year, President-elect Donald Trump said he would consider requiring Muslim-Americans to register with a government database. While he has back-stepped on a number of campaign promises after being elected president, Trump and his transition team have recently resurfaced the idea to create a national Muslim registry. In response, The Intercept contacted nine of the "most prominent" technology companies in the United States "to ask if they would sell their services to help create a national Muslim registry." Twitter was the only company that responded with "No." The Intercept reports: Even on a purely hypothetical basis, such a project would provide American technology companies an easy line to draw in the sand -- pushing back against any effort to track individuals purely (or essentially) on the basis of their religious beliefs doesn't take much in the way of courage or conviction, even by the thin standards of corporate America. We'd also be remiss in...

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05:00
The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Letter from the Editor

December's here, and that means the holidays have kicked into overdrive as companies everywhere hope that it's their gear you'll be giving. Google, however, has made the curious decision to ignore one of its more successful...

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04:22
Apple VP Paul Deneve disappears from Apple exec bio...

Apple’s vice president of special projects Paul Deneve has disappeared from the Apple executive bios page on Apple’s website. Deneve joined Apple in 2013 after serving as chief executive officer at fashion brand Saint Laurent. His removal from the biography signifies a change in management structure; Deneve now reports to Apple COO Jeff Williams rather than Tim Cook directly.

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03:44
This week on AI: 'iPhone 8' plans, Apple...




News settled down this week post-Thanksgiving, but there were still developments involving next year's OLED-equipped "iPhone 8," and hints about where Apple is going with its Maps app and future health hardware.

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Friday December 2

22:58
Apple expresses interest in autonomous vehicle...




In perhaps the most public admission of its automotive ambitions, Apple in a statement issued to the NHTSA in November proposed an update to existing policy that would grant industry newcomers the same opportunities as established manufacturers when it comes to testing on public roads.

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21:28
Apple Confirms Interest in Autonomous Cars in Letter...

Last week, Apple wrote a letter to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration telling it that "new entrants" to the auto industry should get the same rights as the established companies in the industry, reports VentureBeat. In the letter, Apple admits to its interest in "machine learning and automation" as it pertains to transportation.Apple uses machine learning to make its products and services smarter, more intuitive, and more personal. The company is investing heavily in the study of machine learning and automation, and is excited about the potential of automated systems in many areas, including transportation.Apple points out that established car manufacturers do not have to pursue exemptions to the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards when...

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20:59
Luminar 1.0.2 - Powerful, adaptive, configurable...

Luminar is the new full-featured image editor that adapts to the way you edit photos. Over 300 essential tools to fix, edit, and enhance your photos with comfort. The future of photo editing is here.

Features

  • Adaptive Interface Inspires You Do to More - While other photo editors make you adapt to their interface, Luminar adapts to your skill level. There is no need to face dozens of sliders if you simply want to remove an object from an image or apply a preset. But if you do need to perform some serious tasks, you can easily access all the advanced features.
  • Powerful Tools Allow You to Do More - Luminar lets you remove unwanted objects, color casts and digital noise. It helps you retouch skin and reveals the hidden details in your photos. It features layers with blend modes, texture overlays and powerful image masking. Easily edit upper and lower sections of the image without having to make any...
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20:59
Slack 2.3.3 - Collaborative communication app.

Slack is a collaborative communication app that simplifies real-time messaging, archiving, and search for modern working teams.



Version 2.3.3:

  • Fixed window zoom jumping back-and-forth



  • OS X 10.9 or later



Download Now]]>

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20:59
WhatRoute 2.0.10 - Geographically trace online data-...

WhatRoute is designed to find the names of all the routers an IP packet passes through on its way from your Mac to a destination host. It also measures the round-trip time from your Mac to the router, thus enabling you to determine slow links--or hops--in the Internet. WhatRoute can also find dead links, such as routers that don't respond.

  • A geo-location server is queried and the locations of the hosts discovered in a trace or seen active on the LAN, can be plotted on a low resolution map or viewed in high resolution on Google Earth
  • WhatRoute also provides network and port scanning, ping, whois, DNS, and LAN monitoring functions.
  • Find the ASN with which a network is registered and the networks with which it peers.
  • View network flows

Note: While the software is classified as free, it is actually donationware. Please consider making a donation to help support development.


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20:10
Apple Removes Fashion Executive Paul Deneve from...

Apple quietly removed Paul Deneve from its leadership website. Mr. Deneve came from the fashion world and was Vice President of Special Projects at Apple, where he was known to work on Apple Watch.


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19:52
The first 4K NBA broadcast in the US happens...

NBA fans in the US will get their first chance to check out a live game in 4K Ultra HD on Saturday night when the Utah Jazz visit the Denver Nuggets. The broadcast will be available via DirecTV if you have the proper package and equipment (Genie HR54...

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19:48
Apple scrubs VP of Special Projects Paul Deneve...




Apple this week removed Apple VP of Special Projects Paul Deneve's bio from its Apple Leadership webpage, suggesting the executive has changed roles or is no longer with the company.

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19:02
Reported 2016 MacBook Pro graphics issues likely...




An undetermined number of 2016 MacBook Pro models are suffering from disturbing graphical rendering issues, with owners reporting full screen artifacts, screen tearing, flashing, random "glitches" and even system crashes. The issue, however, is related to overzealous third-party software and is not indicative of a critical hardware flaw.

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18:27
Microsoft expands its accessibility efforts on...

Microsoft is keen on making sure people with disabilities can use their products, and next year it's only going to expand upon that directive. It starts with some big additions to Windows 10 and Narrator for the Creators Update like support for brail...

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17:25
The 'USB Killer' Has Been Mass Produced...

New submitter npslider writes: The "USB Killer," a USB stick that fries almost everything that it is plugged into, has been mass produced -- available online for about $50. Ars Technica first wrote about this diabolical device that looks like a fairly humdrum memory stick a year ago. From the report: "The USB Killer is shockingly simple in its operation. As soon as you plug it in, a DC-to-DC converter starts drawing power from the host system and storing electricity in its bank of capacitors (the square-shaped components). When the capacitors reach a potential of -220V, the device dumps all of that electricity into the USB data lines, most likely frying whatever is on the other end. If the host doesn't just roll over and die, the USB stick does the charge-discharge process again and again until it sizzles. Since the USB Killer has gone on sale, it has been used to fry laptops (including an old ThinkPad and a brand new MacBook Pro), an Xbox One, the new Google Pixel phone, and some...

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16:57
Facebook could fight fake news with curated articles

The proliferation of fake news on its network has haunted Facebook since the presidential election. Initially downplaying its impact, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has come around to start speaking on the social platform's action plan, including cutting off ad...

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16:24
Latest Apple Campus 2 Drone Shot Looks Star Trek

Apple’s spaceship campus is looking more impressive as construction gets closer to wrapping up, and TMO’s latest drone pic really drives that home. Taken Wednesday, our intrepid drone pilot’s flying skills let you see the roof solar panels are nearly all installed, landscaping is starting to come together outside the massive building, and the giant courtyard in the building’s center is taking shape, too. The building really looks like something from JJ Abrams’ Star Trek. Apple Campus 2.0 isn’t finished yet, but is moving along well enough that the company will likely start moving in some time in 2017.


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16:07
Users Find Some New MacBook Pros Suffer From Major...

Since new MacBook Pro models launched last month, an increasing number of early adopters have reported serious graphics issues on Apple's latest notebooks. The glitches and other problems appear to be most prevalent on built-to-order 15-inch models, but standard 13-inch and 15-inch configurations are also affected.

MacRumors reader Jan Becker, for example, said the graphics began to glitch on his new high-end 15-inch MacBook Pro, equipped with built-to-order AMD Radeon Pro 460 graphics, while transcoding video with Adobe Media Encoder in Premiere Pro. The notebook subsequently crashed.

Becker claims when he took his MacBook Pro to an Apple retail store to be replaced, an employee said the graphics issues are likely a hardware problem. He later claimed he received a phone call from Apple's...

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15:48
Cybersecurity commission calls for increased...

In April, President Obama officially formed the The Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity to examine the country's electronic vulnerabilities in the wake of high-profile hacks like that of the Office of Personnel Management in 2015. Today th...

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15:40
Mailplane 3.6.8

Adds the option to use the active tab as the Default Sender. ($24.95 new, free update, 21.3 MB)

 

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15:17
Amazon's new Snowmobile collects data instead...

Moving large amounts of electronically stored data is both difficult and time consuming. Current internet technology limits how quickly data can be transferred using the internet. While a few pictures on your phone can be uploaded in seconds, backing...

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15:07
Refracta 8.0 Is a Pint-Sized Powerhouse


Refracta is a somewhat obscure Linux distribution that offers exceptional functionality and stability. Obscurity is not always a bad thing when it comes to Linux distros. You can find some very worthwhile alternatives to your current operating system. Refracta is a big surprise in a small package. Many look-alike desktop distros are difficult to distinguish from run-of-the-mill garden varieties. Others offer new adopters something unique that makes using them fun and productive.

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14:47
The 2017 Anniversary OLED iPhones will use next-gen...

It's being reported today that next year's anniversary iPhone will introduce an OLED display supported by a Flexible Printed Circuit Board (FPCB) made by South Korean companies who are able to ramp up to mass production levels rather quickly to ensure sufficient supply.

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14:40
Foxconn Employee Faces 10-Year Prison Sentence For...

A Taiwanese Foxconn manager faces a stiff prison sentence after he stole 5,700 iPhones from his employer, and went to sell them for $1.56 million. The Next Web reports: Foxconn is a tech manufacturing giant. It makes a lot of things, including laptops for HP, phones for Apple, games consoles for Sony, and its workers so depressed it has to install suicide nets. The Taiwanese manager at the center of this crime -- known only by his family name, Tsai -- worked in the testing department at Foxconn's factory in Shenzhen, mainland China. According to Taiwanese prosecutors, Tsai ordered eight of his subordinates to smuggle out thousands of iPhones which were used by the company for testing and quality assurance purposes. These were destined to be scrapped after use. The stolen iPhones (mostly iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s models) made their way to stores in Shenzhen, and went on to make Tsai and his accomplices nearly $1.56 million USD (Tw$50 million). Tsai has since been charged with breach of...

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14:31
Republican congressmen question value of asteroid...

A pair of Republican congressmen, both of whom sit on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, contacted NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on Tuesday, requesting more information from the space administration about a recent report suppor...

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14:27
How Apple Might be Our Last Hope Before the Internet...

Companies exist to make money. But when wealth beyond dreams, at any cost, is the driving force behind internet business, chaos results. Big tech companies have great power. How they use that power and their own sense of what constitutes ethical, disciplined behavior might all that’s left before the free internet and its free people are no more. Apple is leading the way, but cannot do it all.


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14:17
The unsolvable mysteries of the Voynich Manuscript

I have been interested in the Voynich Manuscript since I first heard of it in high school. I am nowhere near smart enough to get involved in its deciphering community but the idea of what it is and what it represents fascinates me.

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14:10
Twitter has a new head of product who barely uses...

This feels like yet another example of how such an arguably great service like Twitter seems to not have any idea of itself. Twitter seems to succeed in spite of the executives running it, not because of them.

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14:04
Apple Drone Fleet to Gather Maps Data


Apple reportedly has assembled a group of robotics and data-collection experts who will use drones to obtain data for updates to its Maps app. Apple, Google and others in the cartography space currently collect a lot of their data using motor vehicles equipped with high-tech gear.
"That's a very expensive and time-consuming process," said Sam Abuelsamid, a senior research analyst at Navigant Research. "Doing it with drones provides the potential to gather the same kind of data in a much more cost-effective manner and do it more rapidly."

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13:53
News: Apple Store app update allows purchases from...

Apple has released an update to the Apple Store app, adding the ability for users to purchase accessories directly from their Apple Watch, as well as support for iOS 10 rich notifications. The Apple Watch app doesn’t yet provide access to the full Apple Store catalog, so users will be limited to purchasing accessories that they’ve already marked as favorites from the iOS app or Apple Store web page, and will need to pay using Apple Pay.…

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13:50
Updated Apple Store app allows users to buy favorite...




Apple's App Store app has been updated, with the primary addition being the ability to allow users to make purchases from the Apple Watch.

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13:40
The Week in iOS Apps: Brown Bear comes to life

New iOS apps of the week

This week’s roundup includes a new app that celebrates the 50th anniversary of a children’s favorite. Read on!

Eric Carle’s Brown Bear Animal Parade

Eric Carle’s Brown Bear Animal Parade ($3, iPhone and iPad) marks the 50th anniversary of Eric Carle’s classic best-selling children’s book Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?. Brown Bear and his friends—including Red Bird, Yellow Duck, Green Frog, and other characters—come to life in 3D animation. It’s designed “for preschoolers and Eric Carle fans of all ages.”

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13:23
AT&T and Verizon Facing FCC Scrutiny After...

Both AT&T and Verizon offer apps and streaming services that don't count against the data cap they impose on customers, a practice that the United States Federal Communications Commission does not approve of.

The FCC this week sent letters (via The Verge) to both Verizon and AT&T, claiming that the data cap exemptions, called "zero rating," raise net neutrality concerns and could impact consumers and competition.

AT&T and Verizon each offer programs that allow content providers to pay a fee to be exempted from customer data caps, programs that they themselves take advantage of with their own apps and services.

DirecTV Now, AT&T's recently...

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13:22
Apple health tech exec bids the company adieu

In May Apple hired robotics expert Yoky Matsuoka to work on health projects. However, she’s already left the company, according to Bloomberg, quoting unnamed “people familiar with the matter.” No reason was given for her departure.

Matsuoka was hired to lead teams involved with the company’s HealthKit tracking software, the CareKit tool for managing patient medical care, the ResearchKit framework for conducting medical studies via Apple devices, and related machine learning algorithms. Matsuoka reported to Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer.

YOKY MATSUOKA SPEAKS ONSTAGE DURING TINA BROWN'S 7TH ANNUAL WOMEN IN THE WORLD SUMMIT AT DAVID H. KOCH THEATER AT LINCOLN CENTER ON APRIL 8, 2016 IN NEW YORK CITY. PHOTOGRAPH BU JEMAL COUNTESS 2016 — GETTY IMAGES

In 2007, Matsuoka won a MacArthur Foundation “...

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13:16
The Apple Daily Report for Dec. 2, 2016

The AWT News Update is on hiatus while my compadre, Steve, takes a road trip. In its place, I’ll offer a text-only (no podcast) summary of breaking stories with a tip o’ my hat to my former website, Apple Daily Report.

New research conducted by a global independent safety firm has revealed that 99% of fake Apple chargers sold online fail a basic safety test, according to the BBC

Citing industry officials familiar with Apple's plans, The Economic Times reports Apple has tapped European logistics firm and global operating partner DB Schenker to build and manage a distribution facility in Bhiwandi.

A former senior manager at Foxconn has been charged with stealing and selling 5,700 iPhones for a total of...

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13:14
Notable apps and app updates for Dec. 2, 2016

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.

macOS Apps/Updates

AirBeamTV has rolled out Mirror for Philips TV 1.3.2, the latest in a family of screen mirroring apps for mac OS. 

The latest update provides a way to mirror you Mac screen to your Philips Smart TV without cables or additional hardware. The application works on any Philips Smart TV from the 2012 models onward. 

Mirror for Philips TV requires macOS 10.10 or later. It costs $9.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store. Users who would like to test Mirror for Philips TV to see if their TV is supported and their local network is fast enough, can download a...

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13:08
HealthKit Executive Yoky Matsuoka abruptly leaves...

Back in early May Patently Apple posted a report titled "Co-Founder of Google's X Lab Yoky Matsuoka Joins Apple's Health Projects Team." In 2007, Matsuoka won a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant for her work in neurorobotics. Today we learn that Matsuoka has left Apple.

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12:48
Apple’s new stunning flagship waterfront retail...

Back in November of last year, Apple confirmed plans to build a new stunning waterfront flagship retail store on the Chicago River. At the time a few renders of Apple’s plans for the location were floating around courtesy of architect Foster + Partners, which Apple has worked with on several projects including the design of the company’s Spaceship campus, as well as the redesign for London’s Regent Street store. But Apple has rapidly made progress on demolition of the existing site and construction on the new store in recent weeks, as evidenced by these photos sent in by a reader (Thanks Tim King!).

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12:41
U.S. District Judge Rejects Samsung's Attempt...

Huawei Technologies won an early skirmish in its smartphone patent war with Samsung Electronics. U.S. District Judge William Orrick of San Francisco rejected Samsung's attempt to invalidate...

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12:40
Gooligan Ransacks More Than 1M Android Accounts


More than 1 million Google accounts have been breached by Android malware dubbed "Gooligan," Check Point reported Wednesday. The malware roots infected devices and steals authentication tokens that can be used to access data from various Google apps including Gmail, Google Docs, G Suite and Google Drive. It potentially affects devices running Android 4 and 5. Devices are infected when their users download infected apps or click on poisoned links, Check Point said.

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12:37
Executive leading HealthKit, other software...




An executive hired to lead teams responsible for HealthKit, CareKit, and ResearchKit -- as well as related machine learning algorithms -- has left Apple after just a few months on the job, a report said on Friday.

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12:32
Hands-on: Creating a custom Touch Bar button using...

As Chance noted last night, an alpha version of BetterTouchTool was released yesterday with support for the MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar. Being an alpha release, you can expect to find bugs, but I decided to go hands-on with the update to see how the Touch Bar implementation worked.

What I found was a seriously impressive tool that will allow users to have a ridiculous amount of fine-grained control at their fingertips. Have a look at our brief video walkthrough inside to see the customizable Touch Bar controls in action. more…

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12:31
Apple Store app now lets you order accessories from...

You can now make purchases from the Apple Store with just a few taps on your wrist. The latest version of the Apple Store app for Apple Watch lets you actually purchase accessories that you’ve favorited from your account.

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11:46
Gear: Griffin Pencil Sleeve for Apple Pencil

Griffin’s Pencil Sleeve ($30) is a silicone sleeve for Apple Pencil. The non-slip sleeve fits snuggly around the Apple Pencil, and its triangular design prevents Pencil from rolling around. Pencil Sleeve also comes with a built-in cap, which essentially acts as a replacement for the easy-to-lose Pencil cap. Also, the sleeve’s cap has its own multi-touch compatible stylus tip on the end, adding extra functionality to Pencil. The sleeve…

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11:31
Random iPhone 6s shutdowns due to faulty battery...

A problem with iPhone 6s products randomly shutting down comes from a battery flaw found in a small number of models, according to Apple.

After a Chinese consumer watchdog group reported the issue, Apple is offering a fix free of charge to any eligible iPhone 6s user through its customer support sites.

On Friday, Apple explained on its Chinese site that the problem was found in iPhone 6s devices containing a faulty battery component. This component was “exposed to controlled ambient air longer than it should have” before it was assembled into the battery packs, Apple said.

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11:29
Researchers Bypass iPad and iPhone Activation Lock

Vulnerability Lab has published a video to YouTube (via AppleInsider) demonstrating a method for bypassing the Activation Lock on an iOS device. Researchers discovered a convoluted series of steps one can go through starting with a buffer overflow, and also using a Smart Cover…it’s complicated. The bottom line, though, is that the method would allow someone to bypass the Activation Lock, meaning they could use a device that’s been locked by Find My iPhone. Apple is usually able to patch these bypasses, but this video nicely highlights the ongoing cat and mouse game involved with security. The video is presented in real time, meaning there are long stretches where not much is happening. It’s interesting, though, to see the steps necessary for the exploit and the end result.

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11:14
The Public Access Weekly: D'oh!

As a die-hard Simpsons fan, I have been really excited about FXXs 600 episode marathon but I think I vastly underestimated the stamina it was going to take to get through thirteen days worth of the longest-running animated series ever. And I've seen...

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11:00
Buffer overflow exploit can bypass Activation Lock...

Enlarge / The iPad Air 2 and Mini 4. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Apple's Activation Lock feature, introduced in iOS 7 in 2013, deters thieves by associating your iPhone and iPad with your Apple ID. Even if a thief steals your device, puts it into Recovery Mode, and completely resets it, the phone or tablet won't work without the original user's Apple ID and password. This makes stolen iDevices less valuable since they become more difficult to resell, and it has significantly reduced iPhone theft in major cities.

The feature has been difficult to crack, but a new exploit disclosed by ...

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10:48
Apple seeds fifth beta of iOS 10.2 to developers

Apple has seeded the fifth beta of an upcoming iOS 10.2 update to developers. It can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center or the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.
 

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10:42
How about a Computer Keyboard or Trackpad Made of...

I have no idea how practical these products are, but they’re gorgeous. Check out the Orée Board and Orée Touch Slab, a keyboard and trackpad made from wood. The Board is portable and can connect via USB or Bluetooth. It’s designed to work with macOS and iOS, or Windows and Android. Each is made from a single piece of wood, making individual units unique. The Touch Slab is a multitouch trackpad that can also be used as a numeric keypad. Look closely and you’ll see the keypad outlined on top. It’s Bluetooth only, and works with macOS, and Windows 7 or 8. The Board is priced at US$129, while Touch Slab is $150. I haven’t tested them, but they totally caught my eye.


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10:40
Oppenheimer: Apple ‘lacks the courage to lead the...

I would strongly disagree with the characterization but time will tell.

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10:24
Apple switches App Store pricing to local currencies...




In nine markets, Apple will soon move to using local currencies on the App Store, according to an official notice to developers.

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10:23
Social Networks Can Learn from Apple to Solve ‘Fake...

The proliferation of “fake news” has been blamed in part on social media companies’ hands-off approach to curation. Charlotte Henry argues this is one area where social media can take its cues from Apple and its heavily curated approach to Apple News.


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10:23
Researchers find a way bypass the iOS activation lock

Two researchers claim to have found a way to bypass the activation lock feature in iOS that’s supposed to prevent anyone from using an iPhone or iPad marked as lost by its owner.

The first report came Sunday from an Indian security researcher named Hemanth Joseph, who started investigating possible bypasses after being confronted with a locked iPad he acquired from eBay.

The activation lock gets enabled automatically when users turn on the Find My iPhone feature via iCloud. It links the device to their Apple IDs and prevents anyone else from accessing the device without entering the associated password.

One of the few things allowed from the activation lock screen is connecting the device to a Wi-Fi network, including manually configuring one. Hemanth had the idea of trying to crash the service that enforces the lock screen by entering very long strings of characters in the WPA2-Enterprise username and password fields.

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10:21
Review: Bragi’s ‘The Headphone’, cord-free wireless...

They apparently didn’t get the message about not naming cord-free earbuds with a singular naming scheme, so this new product from Bragi is awkwardly named, “The Headphone.” But branding aside, these earbuds have made quite an improvement over the company’s first-generation product called “The Dash,” which was one of the first to hit the market a year ago. 

My biggest complaint when testing The Dash was half-baked fitness features, unnecessary built-in storage, and sloppy touch controls that cluttered what could have been an otherwise decent cord-free earbud experience. The Headphone fixes a lot of those issues (mostly by simply removing the problematic features), and what you end up with is a basic but less expensive cord-free earbud that actually works well enough for everyday use. They’re also one of the first cord-free earbuds worth considering before the launch of...

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10:21
Apple issues iOS 10.2 beta 5 to public &...




Apple on Friday released a fifth beta of iOS 10.2 to developers and public beta participants, its second update of the test software in just four days.

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10:15
Playing Catch-up on macOS Sierra, Printer Wars,...

Dr. Mac follows up on whether or not it’s safe to upgrade to macOS Sierra; a longer-term report on his EcoTank vs. Instant Ink printer comparison; and a lower price on the leather loop Apple Watch bands he bought in July and August (and still loves).


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10:13
A Psychological Study Conducted by Several UK...

In Cook's preshow speech in March he stated: "We build the iPhone for you, our customers, and we know that it is a deeply personal device. For many of us, the iPhone is an extension of ourselves." The highlighted statement from Cook was tested by a few universities last month and reportedly published in the latest edition of Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking Journal.

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10:13
News: Apple releases fifth beta of iOS 10.2 to...

Apple has released a fifth beta of iOS 10.2 to developers today, focused primarily on resolving issues with the new TV app expected to debut later this month. Notably, this latest beta release does not appear to be accompanied by corresponding tvOS or watchOS beta updates....

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10:08
Uber Sees You When You’re Sleeping…Around – TMO...

“I’ll be watching you” is a line that might make Sting look a lot more prescient after you hear this episode. Uber and Waze want to know where you are even more than they used to, and Apple wants to put drones in the air over your roads and in front of your homes, at least for a little bit. It’s a brave new world. Our advice: don’t go outside without pants on.


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10:05
The evolution of Apple’s laptops, from the PowerBook...

How many of these did you have? I’ve used at least one model of each (except for the iBook) since the Powerbook 180.

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10:03
Apple Seeds Fifth Beta of iOS 10.2 to Developers and...

Apple today seeded the fifth beta of an upcoming iOS 10.2 update to developers and public beta testers, four days after seeding the fourth beta of iOS 10.2 and more than a month after releasing iOS 10.1, the first major update to iOS 10.

Registered developers can download the iOS 10.2 beta 5 from the Apple Developer Center or over-the-air with the proper configuration profile installed.

iOS 10.2 introduces new emoji, such as clown face, drooling face, selfie, face palm, fox face, owl, shark, butterfly, avocado, pancakes, croissant, and more. There are more than a hundred new emoji, including several profession emoji available in both male and female...

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10:03
Apple releases iOS 10.2 beta 5 for developer iPhones...

Apple has released iOS 10.2 beta 5 for developers — the second iOS 10.2 beta released this week. iOS 10.2 includes several upcoming features like new Unicode 9.0 emoji, three new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus wallpapers, a new TV app, additional camera features, new Messages screen effects, and more.

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10:00
iOS 10.2 beta 5 (14C89) Now Available

iOS 10.2 beta 5 (14C89) Now Available

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10:00
iOS 10.2 beta 5 (14C89) Now Available

iOS 10.2 beta 5 (14C89) Now Available

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10:00
Fake Apple Chargers Fail Safety Tests

Investigators have warned consumers they face potentially fatal risks after 99% of fake Apple chargers failed a basic safety test. From a report on BBC: Trading Standards, which commissioned the checks, said counterfeit electrical goods bought online were an "unknown entity." Of 400 counterfeit chargers, only three were found to have enough insulation to protect against electric shocks. It comes as Apple has complained of a "flood" of fakes being sold on Amazon. Apple revealed in October that it was suing a third-party vendor, which it said was putting customers "at risk" by selling power adapters masquerading as those sold by the Californian tech firm.


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09:56
PSA: Flagship MacBook Pros and iPhones could miss...

According to their online store, some of Apple’s newest products including the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and certain models of the iPhone 7 Plus may not arrive — or will cut it close to arriving — in time for Christmas… more…

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09:40
1Password 6.5.2

Maintenance release for the password management utility that’s focused on bug fixes. ($64.99 new, free update, 44.3 MB)

 

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09:39
Apple blames iPhone 6s battery problems on air...




Elaborating on an unfolding issue with iPhone 6s shutdowns, Apple on Friday linked the problem to gaffes during the manufacturing process.

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09:39
News: Apple reveals cause of unexpected iPhone 6s...

In a statement on its Chinese language website, Apple has revealed the source of the battery problem that has been causing iPhone 6s devices to shut down unexpectedly when the battery reaches 30 percent. “We found that a small number of iPhone 6s devices made in September and October 2015 contained a battery component that was exposed to controlled ambient air longer than it should have been before being assembled into battery packs,”…

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Pioneer 4K A/V Receiver w/...

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09:00
Accessibility in Office 365—enabling greater digital...

Today’s post was written by John Jendrezak, accessibility lead and partner director of program management for the Office Engineering team.

Tomorrow marks the 2016 International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), and this year’s theme focuses on laying the foundation for a future of greater inclusion for persons with disabilities. In honor of IDPD, we invite all Office 365 customers to lay the foundation for a more inclusive digital environment by discovering and using accessibility capabilities built into Office 365.

Create accessible content with Office 365

Office 365 empowers you to communicate information to your colleagues and customers in a variety of ways: documents, presentations, spreadsheets, emails, chats, sways, notes, videos and more. As you communicate, it is important to meet the diverse needs of your audience. Making your content accessible ensures it can be...

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09:00
Are you holding the right kind of meeting?

Meetings are starting to get a bad rap. A Harris survey for Clarizen reports 46 percent of employees would rather do anything other than attend a status meeting—8 percent said they’d prefer a root canal. Regardless of your feelings about them, meetings are necessary to coordinate and collaborate. But, before you book yet another room and conference line on autopilot, consider meeting in whatever way is best for your goals.

Brief check-ins

Check-ins are ideal for a focused and quick conversation. Skeptical? These are more doable than you may think. Harvard Business Review recommends keeping them to 15 or 30 minutes whenever possible.

Book a brief check-in if you need to:

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09:00
Microsoft Bookings featured on Good Morning America—...

Good Morning America’s newest segment, “Boosting Your Business,” sponsored by Microsoft Office, provides entrepreneurs with simple tips and tools to help grow their businesses.

In this first segment, Good Morning America brought in Carol Roth, a small business expert and host of Microsoft’s Office Small Business Academy, to visit a popular Chicago salon. Living out the American dream, Goran Cobanovski opened his own hair salon after arriving in the U.S. from Macedonia, where his flagship location now employs a team of 18 people and serves up to 50 clients a day.

Carol gives Goran advice on employee engagement, delegating responsibilities and scheduling appointments. She shows him how Microsoft Bookings can...

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08:57
Secrets: A free secure password manager for Mac and...

My thanks to Secrets for sponsoring The Loop this week.

Secrets is now Free on the App Store! Secrets is a simple, secure password manager for Mac and iOS. It leverages industry standard encryption algorithms to provide secure storage and macOS and iOS native features to facilitate automatic filling of logins in the browser.

Version 2.0 is the culmination of months of testing in the real world. Bugs have been squashed, important features have been added and polish has been applied throughout. With this new version you can use Secrets and all of its features for Free with up to 10 items.

Download it now on the App Store or the...

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08:56
∞ What happens when you let Amazon Echo talk to...

[VIDEO]: This is hilarious. I really want to add Siri to this conversation.

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08:46
Carpool-Kids Takes the Hassle out of Carpools

School’s in session, which means kids need rides. Mike Matthews shares details about an app that can help parents team up to spread the driving duties.

 

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08:37
Apple Says iPhone 6s Shutdowns Result of...

Apple has posted a message on its Chinese website to address unexpected battery shutdowns affecting some iPhone 6s models, noting the issue is related to some batteries having been overexposed to "controlled ambient air" during the manufacturing process (via Business Insider).

We found that a small number of iPhone 6s devices made in September and October 2015 contained a battery component that was exposed to controlled ambient air longer than it should have been before being assembled into battery packs. As a result, these batteries degrade faster than a normal battery and cause unexpected shutdowns to occur. It's important to note, this is not a safety issue.Apple added that...

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08:23
Oppenheimer: Apple 'lacks the courage to lead...




Oppenheimer analysts issued an unusually scathing Apple investor memo on Friday, charging that the company is headed in the wrong direction and poised for a "decade-long malaise" as a result.

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08:18
New 2016 MacBook Pros default to scaled non-native...

A little-known fact about the new 2016 MacBook Pros is that Apple changed the default screen resolution configuration. With a fresh install of the operating system, I noticed that my new 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar uses a scaled screen resolution that does not 1:1 map to the display’s native 2880×1800 resolution.

This setting is called ‘Looks like 1680×1050’ and offers more space at the expense of some blurriness, most noticeable on text. For the best Retina quality, you need to dig into the settings, although this will mean sacrificing some screen real estate. See a comparison, and how to change these options, after the jump …

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08:10
How to find out if your iPhone 6s is eligible for...

When my iPhone 6s started shutting down earlier this month even though it still had 20 percent or 30 percent battery life showing, I suspected maybe it was just getting too cold. After all, I’ve seen my iPhones be temperature sensitive in the past.

But it turns out that the problem really stemmed from a bug in version 10.1 or 10.1.1 of Apple iOS, and now Apple is offering free battery replacement by those affected. The weird thing that those of us affected by this have experienced is that after charging the phone back in, it almost immediately turns back on, back at its 20 percent or 30 percent battery level.

This iPhone 6s battery issue differs from an earlier, overblown iPhone 6s battery problem story. It also is separate from an issue earlier this month in which ...

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07:50
UL safety testing shows 95% of third party iPhone...




A commissioned report of 400 fake Apple chargers bought from all over the world found that 99 percent of them were unsafe, and didn't have sufficient safeguards to protect users and plugged-in devices.

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07:43
Review: iHome iZBT10 Zenergy Bedside Sleep Therapy...

The full product name of iHome's new iZBT10 Zenergy Bedside Sleep Therapy Speaker ($100) explains its main aim: a bedroom speaker meant to be a sleep machine. But that's not all, as iHome has packed the speaker with features, hoping for it to become a jack-of-all-trades speaker — at least as far as the bedroom goes. On top of its alarm clock and sleep machine abilities, iZBT10 allows for Bluetooth playback, a full array of lighting options — the speaker offers light therapy in addition to sound therapy — FM radio, and a 2.5A charging port, as well. While there are a number of on-speaker controls, iZBT10 reaches its full potential with the use of iHome's Zenergy app, which allows users to quickly access all of the speaker's features.{/exp:char_limit}
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07:33
macOS: Four Quick Ways to Find and Open Files

Today’s Quick Tip will give you tricks on finding and opening files within macOS. If you’ve ever wondered what the fastest ways are to do that, then this article’s for you! (Or heck, if you just want to tell us in the comments that we forgot your favorite method, then that’s fine too.)


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07:32
Happy Hour Podcast 096 | 5K fiasco, Apple’s Black...

This week Benjamin and Zac offer up a Touch Bar tip for MacBook Pro users, discuss Fitbit potentially buying Pebble, Apple’s Thanksgiving Day 5K fiasco, unwanted iCloud Calendar spam, Apple’s Black Friday promo, AT&T’s new DirecTV Now streaming service, and much more. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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07:28
Taiwan indicts Foxconn manager on stealing &...




An ex-senior manager with Foxconn, Apple's main assembly partner, was reportedly indicted in Taiwan on Friday for stealing and selling some 5,700 iPhones in China.

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07:00
Reddit Has Had It With Trolls


Reddit has announced reforms designed to crack down on trolls and punish the most abusive members of its community. Reddit has identified hundreds of the most "toxic users," said CEO Steve Huffman, and it has devised a plan to take action against them. Consequence for unacceptable behavior could range from warnings to timeouts to permanent bans. Reddit's latest move serendipitously mirrors the current plotline of Comedy Central's hit animated series South Park, which depicts Internet trolls as having become a serious global issue.

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06:46
Former Hon Hai Manager Indicted for Stealing 5,700...

In March 2015 Patently Apple posted a report titled "Hon Hai Executive Overseeing iPhone Production in China Suspected of Stealing 4,000 iPhones." Today, the executive was indicted for stealing even more iPhones than first claimed.

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06:33
AppleInsider podcast talks scaling back production...




This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor and Mikey discuss the the iPhone 7 production rumors, the surprise acquisition of Pebble by Fitbit, and Nokia's brand revival from the dead.

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06:32
News: Report: 99 percent of fake Apple chargers...

Photo: BBC Investigators have found that 99 percent of fake Apple chargers sold online failed a basic safety test, the BBC reports. Safety specialists UL tested 400 counterfeit chargers bought from 8 countries—including the U.S., China and Australia—and found that only three had enough insulation to guard against electric shocks. Trading Standards, the group that commissioned the study, warned buyers to be wary of chargers that don’t…

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06:31
∞ Your iPhone, the special property of the left side...

Do you have an iPhone 6s or newer? Try this:

  • Unlock your phone.
  • Press your thumb on the left bezel (the black framing on the left side of the front of the phone) and press.

As you press, the force touch will reveal just a bit of the stack of apps you are running. Press with a bit more force, and that view will go full screen, as if you had double pressed the home button.

Not sure when this feature first came out, but it seems little enough known that I thought this was worth a post.

I wish Apple would let me switch over to the right side. I also wish I could assign this specific force touch to other aspects of the iOS interface.

For example, imagine if I could use that gesture to undo the last autocorrect, no matter the app. You’d be typing along and notice that iOS changed a word to, say, ducking. Not what you wanted. So you give a quick force touch and your original word is automatically put back in place, without your...

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06:30
Consortium forms out of worries Apple could...




Several major Chinese smartphone vendors are forming a consortium with a supplier to invest in AMOLED production in 2017, mainly out of worries that Apple will end up monopolizing panel supplies with upcoming iPhones, according to reports.

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06:21
NetEase Cloud Music is first online music product to...

NetEase Cloud Music, which makes the most popular online music app in China, has launched Mac 1.5, a new edition of its app, which can be downloaded and used by a wide range of Chinese Mac users. 

The upgrade supports the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. It’s the first Chinese online music product to do so. Via the Touch Bar, users of the Mac 1.5 edition have direct control over the features available within each of NetEase Cloud Music's four modes: Single Songs, Personal FM, Radio Programs and Music Videos. The Touch Bar also allows access to subscriptions and bookmarking.

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06:21
UK Study Finds 99% of Fake iPhone Chargers Fail...

Sure, that counterfeit iPhone charger on Amazon is less than half the price of a real one, but according to a recent UK study, it may also kill you. When it comes to electricity, you probably shouldn’t be too frugal.


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06:10
China’s Lucky Knot bridge

Bucket list. A fantastic piece of architecture and engineering.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:06
∞ Matthew Roberts Apple Campus 2 drone footage update

[VIDEO]: A few days ago, we posted an embed of an Apple Campus 2 flyover, one that felt a bit different than the monthly updates we’re used to seeing.

Turns out there’s good reason for that feeling. Embedded in the main Loop post is Matthew Roberts’ latest drone footage. Watching them both, it’s easy to tell them apart. Enjoy.

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06:05
MacFamilyTree grows to version 8.1

Synium Software (http://www.syniumsoftware.com/macfamilytree) has debuted MacFamilyTree 8.1, an update to their genealogy app for macOS. The software offers ways to explore your personal family history, discover your origins, and how your family has evolved over the course of time.

MacFamilyTree's new CloudTree Sync&Share creates a revolution in digital genealogy. It’s now possible for the first time to work on the same family tree with any number of users and in real time, without any additional cost.

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06:02
Fake Apple chargers fail safety tests

BBC News:

Investigators have warned consumers they face potentially fatal risks after 99% of fake Apple chargers failed a basic safety test.

Trading Standards, which commissioned the checks, said counterfeit electrical goods bought online were an “unknown entity”. Of 400 counterfeit chargers, only three were found to have enough insulation to protect against electric shocks.

It comes as Apple has complained of a “flood” of fakes being sold on Amazon.

The article offers more details but, more importantly, gives some tips on how to detect a counterfeit charger. I also worry about the possibility of a bogus charger being used as a malware injection device.

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06:00
PDFpen 8: All-Purpose PDF Editor for Mac: $37

Good news, our deal for deal on PDFpen 8 for Mac from Smile Software is back. This software is an all-purpose PDF reader and editor. You can edit text, add images, redact information, export to Microsoft Word format, and a lot more. PDFpen 8 is priced at $74.95, but you can get it through our deal for just $37.


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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Kinkoo 3-Outlet Surge Protecting...

For Friday’s iLounge Deal, you can get the Kinkoo 3-Outlet Surge Protecting Smart Power Strip for only $24.99 — that’s 28% off the regular price. This travel-friendly power strip has three standard AC outlets, three USB ports and one USB-C port so that you can charge a wide range of devices, and at only eight inches long, it’s portable enough to pack up with you and take it on the road. Get the Kinkoo 3-Outlet Surge Protecting…

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05:58
How Apple could make international travel easier

Dan Moren has been doing some traveling. Currently in India, he writes about his experiences living on the road with Apple tech.

For example:

I’ve found Apple Maps to be virtually useless in India. Yes, I can get a map overview or satellite imagery, but directions and transit information are nonexistent. Building databases of all that information is challenging, to be sure, and it often means working with a lot of partners. But not being able to get simple walking directions to a nearby restaurant is kind of a nonstarter, so I’ve been using Google Maps, which works much better.

Not the first time I’ve heard this complaint. Interesting post.

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05:56
AirBeamTV now supports screen mirroring for Philips...

AirBeamTV has rolled out Mirror for Philips TV 1.3.2, the latest in a family of screen mirroring apps for mac OS.

The latest update provides a way to mirror you Mac screen to your Philips Smart TV without cables or additional hardware. The application works on any Philips Smart TV from the 2012 models onward.

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05:22
Apple's New Indian Distribution Center will...

Apple's global logistics partner DB Schenker will open a new distribution centre in India near Mumbai to ensure that Apple's retail partners will never ...

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05:19
Luminar 1.0.2 - Powerful, adaptive, configurable...

Luminar is the new full-featured image editor that adapts to the way you edit photos. Over 300 essential tools to fix, edit, and enhance your photos with comfort. The future of photo editing is here.

Features

  • Adaptive Interface Inspires You Do to More - While other photo editors make you adapt to their interface, Luminar adapts to your skill level. There is no need to face dozens of sliders if you simply want to remove an object from an image or apply a preset. But if you do need to perform some serious tasks, you can easily access all the advanced features.
  • Powerful Tools Allow You to Do More - Luminar lets you remove unwanted objects, color casts and digital noise. It helps you retouch skin and reveals the hidden details in your photos. It features layers with blend modes, texture overlays and powerful image masking. Easily edit upper and lower sections of the image without having to make any...
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05:15
Apple launches online tool to determine eligibility...

This is kind of handy.

Two weeks after launching an iPhone 6s battery repair program, Apple has released an online tool that allows iPhone 6s owners to check whether their device is affected by the problem.

An updated page for the iPhone 6s repair program runs your serial number to determine whether your iPhone 6s handset is eligible for a free battery replacement.

A small number of iPhone 6s models manufactured between September and October of 2015 have a faulty battery, which can cause the iPhone 6s to unexpectedly shut down.

Eligible devices will be able to receive a new battery from Apple on the house should they exhibit the unexpected shutdown issue. Devices must be in good working...

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05:03
Uber’s Latest Update Tracks Your Location More Than...

A recent update to the Uber app allows the company and its drivers to track your location even when you aren’t using the app, opening up entirely new privacy and safety concerns for riders.


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05:00
Rumor: Apple to use drones, indoor navigation to...

Everyone’s starting to use drones for mapping these days and Apple is apparently no exception.

The company plans to use drones and new indoor navigation features to improve its Maps service and catch longtime leader Google, according to sources close to the story.

The Cupertino, California-based company is assembling a team of robotics and data-collection experts that will use drones to capture and update map information faster than its existing fleet of camera-and-sensor ladened minivans, one of the sources said.

Apple seems to want to fly things around to map things like street signs, track changes to roads and monitor if areas are under construction, the source said. The data collected would be sent to Apple teams that rapidly update the Maps app to...

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05:00
OWC introduces the Mercury Elite Pro Dual mini

OWC has introduced the new OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual mini, an “ultra-portable” dual-drive RAID solution. It boasts speeds up to 738MB/s, capacities up to 4TB, and user-configurable options for RAID 0, RAID 1, spanning, and independent drive modes.

The OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual mini was designed for professionals in music production, video production, and photography, and for anyone who needs the convenience of portable storage without sacrificing production-grade performance. It's among the first in its class to offer the USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C interface, which supports transfer rates up to 10Gb/s, according to OWC CEO Larry O’Connor. Additionally, the Mercury Elite Pro Dual mini is bus-power capable, so there's no need to be tied to a power outlet.

OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual mini is now available at...

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05:00
Network Inventory Advisor is a handy inventory...

By Aaron Lee

Network Inventory Advisor is a network inventory solution that was around for Windows systems for some time before coming to the Mac. But it is now available for macOS —  and it's free for up to 10 Macs that you wish to scan. 

Network Inventory Advisor finds and scans remote Macs via Bonjour, by IP or network names — or by just probing a IP-addresses range. There's no need for additional databases or Java servers. Network Inventory Advisor for Mac works with Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and requires remote login to be enabled on target nodes and your network admin password to build reports on every piece of Mac hardware and software on the net.

Run Network Inventory Advisor and it collects all details about software and hardware present on the other Macs in your network. The software lets you easily track all the inventory data about remote Macs and report all information you need...

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04:51
Foxconn senior manager stole $1.5M worth of iPhones...

A former senior manager at Foxconn has been charged with stealing and selling 5,700 iPhones for a total of around $1.5M, reports AsiaOne.

The Taiwanese manager, identified by his family name Tsai, worked in the testing department and instructed eight employees at Foxconn’s factory in the southern mainland Chinese city of Shenzhen to smuggle out about thousands of iPhone5 and iPhone5s, prosecutors said. 

While you have to wonder what kind of security would allow thefts on such a massive scale to go initially undetected, the piece does contain one clue …

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04:42
Watch: Apple's 15-inch 2016 MacBook Pro with...




Apple recently released the first MacBook Pro redesign since 2012, and in typical Apple fashion, there's been some controversy over the new machines. People are talking about are the lack of legacy ports, and the need for adapters to use current devices and accessories. With so many Macbook Pro users waiting for this redesign, AppleInsider takes a closer look and compares the new 15-inch model to the old to see if you should upgrade to the 2016 model, or stick with 2015's version.

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04:42
Buy or Upgrade to QuarkXPress 2016, get one new,...

Quark has announced a new “buy one, get one” offer (http://content.quark.com/bogof2016-us.html) on QuarkXPress 2016. Between Dec. 1 and Dec. 22 everyone who purchases or upgrades to QuarkXPress 2016 will receive a second license of QuarkXPress 2016, worth $849, completely free.

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04:35
Kool Tools: Samsung headphone amplifier

Samsung’s (www.samsontechcom) $69.99, QH4 4-Channel Headphone Amplifier is designed to distribute audio to up to four individual headphones, each with its own volume control making it perfect for tracking multiple performers in a studio, podcast recording or recreational music listening.

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04:31
Report looks at the development auto IoT market

Mobile Experts (http://mobile-experts.net) has released a style that “unapologetically draws a line between fact and myth in the developing automotive IoT [Internet of Things] market.”

The report investigates connectivity for telematics, vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure  (V2I) applications using DSRC and LTE, as well as TPMS and other wireless applications related to cars. New business models for insurance and 5G technology prospects are explored in detail.

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04:30
The AluCharge is a functional, slim, portable, multi...

Just Mobile says its $49.95 AluCharge is the world's slimmest USB charger. I’ll take their word for it because at just 0.72 inches thick, it’s is barely taller than an USB port. Still, it can charge up to four devices simultaneously (however, you’ll have to provide your own Lightning cables).

This makes it a great traveling companion if, like me, you often need to charge and iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch while on the road. Thanks to its “intelligent” charging, it delivers the right amount of power to iOS, watchOS and even Android gadgets. It provides 2.4A max per port. 

The AluCharge is finished in unibody aluminum, so looks good with Apple devices. It incorporates just the four USB ports on the front and the socket for the power supply to the wall on its backside. As I said, it’s functional, sleek, and slim (though the power outlet cord is almost as big as the charger itself...

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04:22
Oppenheimer joins UBS in questioning Apple’s...

Analysts appear to be piling in on Apple, with a second firm questioning ‘strategic issues’ within the company.

Just a couple of days after UBS said that it was ‘unclear’ whether Apple had the same strategic approach it had under Steve Jobs’ leadership, Oppenheimer has predicted that the company is in for a ‘decade-long malaise’ …

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04:04
DEVONtechnologies updates all editions of DEVONthink

DEVONtechnologies has updated all editions of its intelligent information and document manager DEVONthink.

The new version brings a revamped Media preferences pane with enhancements for Markdown document handling. In addition, version 2.9.8 improves auto-saving, makes scanning multiple pages more comfortable, and fixes more issues with PDF support on macOS Sierra. All updates are free and recommended for all users.

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04:04
Safety tests of 400 fake Apple chargers bought...

A large-scale test of 400 fake Apple chargers bought online from eight different countries – including the USA – found that a staggering 99% failed safety tests.

The BBC reports that the tests were commissioned by UK consumer protection body Chartered Trading Standards Institute, which found that of the 400 chargers purchased online, just three had sufficient insulation to protect against electric shocks in the most basic safety test performed. The CTSI urged consumers to buy only from reputable suppliers …

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04:03
How to Show the Virtual On-Screen Keyboard Viewer in...

Mac Geek Gab listener Bruce recently upgraded to Sierra and noticed that one of his favorite features, the Mac’s virtual on-screen keyboard, was missing. Thankfully, Apple hasn’t removed the Keyboard Viewer, it’s just hiding in a new location. Here’s how to access it!


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04:00
Thirty Days and no iPhone reboot

I’ve always been fascinated by how long computer equipment can run without needing to be rebooted. I current have one very old PC running Windows 2000 (circa 1999) that has not been rebooted in over 700 days or about two years that is doing some small tasks.

With my previous iPhone (6 Plus,128GB) the most I could go without restarting the iPhone was about 12 days. At that point my iPhone would start to showing anomalies, including being unable to even answer the phone. It almost always happened at 12 days.

The limit I had seen on my wife’s iPhone 6s Plus was 57 days, at which point there was an iOS update. I think much of the difference is how hard I push the phone and test new software, whereas she mainly just uses her phone, and many hours a day during work she does not even check it.

I now have the iPhone 7 Plus/ 256GB model and was interested in how long this iPhone could go without a reboot before any anomalies showed up. I figured with the 3GB of ram the...

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03:45
WhatRoute 2.0.10 - Geographically trace online data-...

WhatRoute is designed to find the names of all the routers an IP packet passes through on its way from your Mac to a destination host. It also measures the round-trip time from your Mac to the router, thus enabling you to determine slow links--or hops--in the Internet. WhatRoute can also find dead links, such as routers that don't respond.

  • A geo-location server is queried and the locations of the hosts discovered in a trace or seen active on the LAN, can be plotted on a low resolution map or viewed in high resolution on Google Earth
  • WhatRoute also provides network and port scanning, ping, whois, DNS, and LAN monitoring functions.
  • Find the ASN with which a network is registered and the networks with which it peers.
  • View network flows

Note: While the software is classified as free, it is actually donationware. Please consider making a donation to help support development.


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03:39
Fantastical 2.3.1

Adds support for the Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro. ($49.99 new, free update, 13.9 MB)

 

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03:30
Hot Deal! PDFpen 8 For Mac At 50% Off

Powerful annotation and markup tools

PDFpen 8 for Mac is one of the best apps on the market for editing, marking up, or even doing optical character recognition of PDF documents. Sure, Black Friday was a week ago, but we've got something that you'll want to pick up if you still have a few bucks available in your holiday budget -- PDFpen 8 for Mac for just $37 and PDFpen Pro 8 for Mac at only $62 -- both are half-off for a limited time only. 

The Pro version is especially versatile and powerful, with this list of incredible features: 

  • Convert websites to multi-page PDFs, complete with hyperlinks
  • Create & edit cross-platform fillable PDF forms
  • Create & edit table of contents
  • Create form fields automatically in a non-...
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03:27
Slack 2.3.3 - Collaborative communication app.

Slack is a collaborative communication app that simplifies real-time messaging, archiving, and search for modern working teams.



Version 2.3.3:

  • Fixed window zoom jumping back-and-forth



  • OS X 10.9 or later



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03:07
Apple’s App Store switching from USD pricing to...

Apple has announced to developers that it is switching up its pricing strategy in eight countries over the next few weeks. Today, Apple sells apps in many regions with the prices shown as US Dollars irrespective of the local domestic currency. Later this month, the following App Store countries will now price apps in their local native currency; Egypt (Egyptian Pound), Kazakhstan (Kazakhstani Tenge), Malaysia (Malaysian Ringgit), Nigeria (Nigerian Naira), Pakistan (Pakistani Rupee), Philippines (Philippine Peso), Qatar (Qatari Riyal), Tanzania (Tanzanian Shilling) and Vietnam (Vietnamese Dong).

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02:34
99 Percent of Fake Apple Chargers Sold Online Fail...

New research conducted by a global independent safety firm has revealed that 99 percent of fake Apple chargers sold online fail a basic safety test (via BBC).

The tests were commissioned by the U.K.'s Trading Standards and undertaken by Illinois-based global safety specialists UL. The insulation tests applied a high voltage to the chargers, which were bought online from eight different countries, including the U.S., China, and Australia.

According to the results, only three out of 400 counterfeit chargers were found to have adequate insulation to ensure protection against electric shocks. Leon Livermore, the chief executive of Chartered Trading Standards Institute, described the counterfeit chargers sold online as an "unknown entity" and urged shoppers to buy electrical goods only from trusted suppliers.

"It...

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01:11
Turn $1 Into an Augmented Reality Tour of the White...

Forget Pokémon. A really cool use for augmented reality on your iPhone is an animated 3D model of the White House, complete with an audio tour of its importance and history. The new app 1600, released this week by the White House Historical Association, uses AR to build a fully animated 3D model of the White House on a $1 bill while White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest narrates a miniature history lesson. Users can also tap on various parts of the model to reveal additional information and a few hidden secrets. Check it out now for free on the iOS and Android app stores.

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Thursday December 1

22:00
Apple to establish centralized distribution center...




According to a report published Friday, Apple is looking to consolidate its logistics operations in India, and thus gain more control over sales regional channels, by establishing a centralized distribution center in the country.

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21:39
Typinator 7.0

Major new release of the text-expansion tool enables creation of interactive forms and introduces subscriptions for sharing abbreviation sets. (€24.99 new, free update, 8.5 MB)

 

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21:25
Researchers bypass Apple's iOS Activation Lock...




Researchers in a pair of reports that surfaced this week claim to have successfully bypassed Apple's Activation Lock security feature using a heretofore unknown bug, potentially leaving iPad and iPhone devices open to attack.

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20:59
Lens Blur 1.4.3 - True out-of-focus bokeh lens...

Lens Blur transforms your existing photo into true SLR-quality out-of-focus bokeh effect! Everyone needs a gorgeous personalized background for a social profile, blog, Web/UI design, presentation, or wallpaper, right? So equip yourself with this easy-to-use app and transform your photos with this blurred effect!

Bokeh is the pleasing or aesthetic quality of out-of-focus blur in a photograph. Unlike traditional blur filters, Lens Blur provides accurate lens simulation of true optical defocused effects, including silky specular highlights, which are natural to human eyes. Using this app you can create bokeh-style fine art with photos taken with any compact or smart phone cameras.

Lens Blur allows you to simulate the aperture of very expensive, large, professional lenses. Love the appeal of extremely defocused images? Make a unique one with this app!

Note: This application contains in-app and/or external module purchases....

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20:59
CleanMyMac 3.6.0 - $39.95

CleanMyMac makes space for the things you love. Sporting a range of ingenious new features, CleanMyMac lets you safely and intelligently scan and clean your entire system, delete large, unused files, reduce the size of your iPhoto library, uninstall unneeded apps or fix the ones that started to work improperly, manage all your extensions from one place and do much more - all from one newly designed and beautifully simple interface.



Version 3.6.0:

  • Added an optioin to disable Siri for those users who don’t use it and prefer to go for maximum privacy
  • CleanMyMac is now able to clean up the Gemini Duplicates album in Photos
  • All known crashes and exceptions fixed



  • OS X 10.8 or later



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20:59
DEVONthink Pro 2.9.8 - Knowledge base, information...

DEVONthink Pro is your essential assistant for today's world, where almost everything is digital. From shopping receipts to important research papers, your life often fills your hard drive in the form of emails, PDFs, Word documents, multimedia files and more. Questions eventually pop up, like where do you store all of this stuff? How do you organize these very different file types, and even better, how do you find the exact file you're looking for the second you need it? It's almost as if you need a second brain just to keep your digital life straight.

DEVONthink is the solution to the digital age conundrum. It is your second brain, the one and only database for all your digital files, be they PDFs, emails, Word docs or even multimedia files. Boasting a refined artificial intelligence, DEVONthink is exceedingly flexible and adapts to your personal needs. And if the files are not digital yet, digitize them with DEVONthink Pro Office. Use it as your document...

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MacFamilyTree 8.1 - Create and explore your family...

MacFamilyTree gives genealogy a facelift: modern, interactive, convenient and fast. Explore your family tree and your family history in a way generations of chroniclers before you would have loved. MacFamilyTree helps you capture your family history, and turns data and facts into conclusive reports and visually impressive charts.

MacFamilyTree offers numerous options for you to capture and visualize your family history. Now matter how you want to illustrate your family relationships - MacFamilyTree 8 has the right solution for you, offering different types of reports, charts or the innovative Virtual Tree 3D view. The possibilities are nearly endless - optionally synchronize your data via iCloud, access a huge genealogical online archive to assist your research, create websites and family books or do your research on the go with MobileFamilyTree 8, available separately for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Overview

  • well-structured, fast and...
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HoudahSpot 4.2.7 - Advanced file-search tool.

HoudahSpot is a powerful file search tool. Use HoudahSpot to locate hard-to-find files and keep frequently used files within reach.

HoudahSpot will immediately feel familiar. It works just the way you expect search to work. Start with a simple search. Refine it by adding and combining criteria. Browse search results. Add columns. Preview files and text matches. Pick the files you really need.

  • Find files by name, text, content kind, author, recipient, pixel count, etc.
  • Combine criteria to narrow down search results
  • Specify which folders to search and which ones to exclude
  • Add any of the hundreds of columns available
  • Apply filters to reduce search results to only the relevant items
  • Preview files and text matches
  • Open files and, where the application supports it, continue searching for text matches by pressing command-G (Find Next)
  • Set up templates for recurring searches
  • ...
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TunnelBear 3.0.7 - Subscription-based private...

TunnelBear is a subscription-based virtual private network (VPN) service and companion app, enabling you to browse the internet privately and securely.

Features

  • Browse privately - Secure your data and hide your IP address behind a bear.
  • Experience the Internet as if you’re in another country - A TunnelBear can "tunnel" you around censorship and blocked sites to another country of your choosing.
  • Zap creepy trackers - Block the website trackers (ads, analytics, scripts, social buttons) that track everything you and your family do online.
  • A TunnelBear is really, really simple - On. Off. On. Off. You get the idea.
  • TunnelBear comes in three subscription tiers:
    • Little: 500 MB per month; free
    • Giant: unlimited; $6.99/month
    • Grizzly: unlimited; $49.99/year

See...

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Garmin Express 4.5.0.0 - Manage your Garmin devices.

Garmin Express is your essential tool for managing your Garmin devices. Update maps, golf courses and device software. You can even register your device.

  • Update maps
  • Update software
  • Register your device
  • Back up, restore, and transfer favorites
  • Install free voices and vehicles
  • Download product manuals



Version 4.5.0.0:

Note: Now requires OS X 10.10 or later

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.



  • OS X 10.10 or later
  • High-speed Internet access (Not for use with dial-up, mobile, or satellite connections)



Download Now]]>

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20:59
Tweetbot 2.4.5 - Popular Twitter client.

Tweetbot is a full-featured OS X Twitter client with a lot of personality. Whether it's the meticulously-crafted interface, sounds and animation, or features like multiple timelines and column views, there's a lot to love about Tweetbot.

Features

  • Multiple Timelines. Quickly switch between your lists as your main timeline.
  • Multiple Windows and Columns. Display timelines from different accounts side by side.
  • Notification Center support.
  • Beautiful Retina graphics.
  • Mute filters lets you block messages from users without unfollowing them. You can also mute hashtags and specific keywords.
  • Sync timeline position, direct message read statuses, and mute filters between your Mac, iPhone, and iPad via iCloud.
  • Support for multiple services like Pocket, Instapaper, Readability, CloudApp, and Droplr.
  • Save drafts, add locations and POI's, attach photos/videos, manage your lists, and much more....
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20:59
Thunderbird 45.5.1 - Email client from Mozilla.

As of July 2012, Thunderbird has transitioned to a new governance model, with new features being developed by the broader free software and open source community, and security fixes and improvements handled by Mozilla.

Thunderbird is a free, open-source, cross-platform e-mail and news (NNTP) client developed by the Mozilla Foundation. The project strategy is modeled after Mozilla Firefox, a project aimed at creating a Web browser.



Version 45.5.1:

  • Various security fixes



  • OS X 10.6 or later



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Skype 7.42.0.200 - Voice-over-internet phone and...

Skype allows you to talk to friends, family and co-workers across the Internet without the inconvenience of long distance telephone charges. Using peer-to-peer data transmission technology, Skype eliminates the central server as a middle manager.

Today, millions of individuals and businesses are taking advantage of Skype's diverse communication features:

  • Free Skype-to-Skype
  • Landline and cellphone calling
  • SMS and instant messaging
  • Voicemail
  • Free video calls
  • Call forwarding to your phone when you're offline

Skype-to-Skype calls, video calls, and instant messaging are free, 24 hours a day, anywhere in the world. Users can make phone calls and send SMS messages at great value Pay-As-You-Go rates, or make unlimited calls to certain countries with a subscription.



Version 7.42.0.200:

  • Stability Improvements - Fix in place for users experiencing drop of suspended...
| Read more »
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calibre 2.73.0 - Complete e-book library management...

Calibre is a complete e-book library manager. Organize your collection, convert your books to multiple formats, and sync with all of your devices. Let Calibre be your multi-tasking digital librarian.

Manage, convert, sync, and more

  • Library management. Calibre keeps things orderly by creating single entries for books that contains multiple formats. Add tags and comments for better searchability.
  • Format conversion. Calibre's robust conversion options support a wide variety of file formats.
  • File syncing. Calibre's device drivers seamlessly support all the top e-readers and devices.



Version 2.73.0:

New Features

  • Add a...
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20:59
Macgo Blu-ray Player 2.17.1 - Blu-ray player.

Macgo Blu-ray Player can bring you the most unforgettable Blu-ray experience on your Mac. Overview Macgo Mac Blu-ray Player can satisfy just about every need you could possibly have in a Blu-ray Player. It features a friendly user interface, ultrafast loading and super high quality. Besides that, it perfectly supports Blu-ray, DVD and any other media format that you want to play. It outputs video at up to 1080p high-definition quality without loss of data and frame, and allows full preservation of all audio tracks (like DTS 5.1, Dolby TrueHD Audio, etc.).

Macgo Mac Blu-ray Player is really easy to operate. You can control almost everything on the main interface with your mouse. More settings can be done by right-click on the interface while playing. Or you can change preferences in the menu on the top of the interface. Macgo Mac Blu-ray Player is the first Blu-ray player on Mac, and its uniqueness doesn't just end with that. It can support any media...

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Firefox 50.0.2 - Fast, safe Web browser.

Firefox offers a fast, safe Web browsing experience. Browse quickly, securely, and effortlessly. With its industry-leading features, Firefox is the choice of Web development professionals and casual users alike.

The Web, as it's meant to be experienced

Features

  • Faster than Safari. Firefox stays speedy when other browsers become sluggish.
  • More private than Chrome. Firefox respects your privacy by minimizing suggestive pop-ups.
  • Bursting with features. Tabbed browsing, developer tools, extensions -- Firefox has it all, giving you the power to explore, customize, and create like never before.



Version 50.0.2:

  • Various security fixes



  • OS X 10.9 or later



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Adobe Audition CC 2017 10.0.1 - Professional post-...

Audition CC 2017 is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $19.99/month (or $9.99/month if you're a previous Audition customer).

Adobe Audition CC 2017 empowers you to create and deliver beautiful audio using more connected tools and dozens of new features, including Sound Remover, which can eliminate unwanted sounds from an entire file just by analyzing a small selection. Adobe Audition CC gives you access to new features as soon as they're released and is integrated with other Adobe video tools for smooth start-to-finish audio and video production. Your entire creative world, together in one place. Only in Creative Cloud.



Version 10.0.1 (2017):

Note: Now requires OS X 10.10 or later

Note: Update is ~433 MB

  • Important stability and performance fixes
  • ...
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Lens Blur 1.4.3 - True out-of-focus bokeh lens...

Lens Blur transforms your existing photo into true SLR-quality out-of-focus bokeh effect! Everyone needs a gorgeous personalized background for a social profile, blog, Web/UI design, presentation, or wallpaper, right? So equip yourself with this easy-to-use app and transform your photos with this blurred effect!

Bokeh is the pleasing or aesthetic quality of out-of-focus blur in a photograph. Unlike traditional blur filters, Lens Blur provides accurate lens simulation of true optical defocused effects, including silky specular highlights, which are natural to human eyes. Using this app you can create bokeh-style fine art with photos taken with any compact or smart phone cameras.

Lens Blur allows you to simulate the aperture of very expensive, large, professional lenses. Love the appeal of extremely defocused images? Make a unique one with this app!

Note: This application contains in-app and/or external module purchases....

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CleanMyMac 3.6.0 - $39.95

CleanMyMac makes space for the things you love. Sporting a range of ingenious new features, CleanMyMac lets you safely and intelligently scan and clean your entire system, delete large, unused files, reduce the size of your iPhoto library, uninstall unneeded apps or fix the ones that started to work improperly, manage all your extensions from one place and do much more - all from one newly designed and beautifully simple interface.



Version 3.6.0:

  • Added an optioin to disable Siri for those users who don’t use it and prefer to go for maximum privacy
  • CleanMyMac is now able to clean up the Gemini Duplicates album in Photos
  • All known crashes and exceptions fixed



  • OS X 10.8 or later



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DEVONthink Pro 2.9.8 - Knowledge base, information...

DEVONthink Pro is your essential assistant for today's world, where almost everything is digital. From shopping receipts to important research papers, your life often fills your hard drive in the form of emails, PDFs, Word documents, multimedia files and more. Questions eventually pop up, like where do you store all of this stuff? How do you organize these very different file types, and even better, how do you find the exact file you're looking for the second you need it? It's almost as if you need a second brain just to keep your digital life straight.

DEVONthink is the solution to the digital age conundrum. It is your second brain, the one and only database for all your digital files, be they PDFs, emails, Word docs or even multimedia files. Boasting a refined artificial intelligence, DEVONthink is exceedingly flexible and adapts to your personal needs. And if the files are not digital yet, digitize them with DEVONthink Pro Office. Use it as your document...

| Read more »
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MacFamilyTree 8.1 - Create and explore your family...

MacFamilyTree gives genealogy a facelift: modern, interactive, convenient and fast. Explore your family tree and your family history in a way generations of chroniclers before you would have loved. MacFamilyTree helps you capture your family history, and turns data and facts into conclusive reports and visually impressive charts.

MacFamilyTree offers numerous options for you to capture and visualize your family history. Now matter how you want to illustrate your family relationships - MacFamilyTree 8 has the right solution for you, offering different types of reports, charts or the innovative Virtual Tree 3D view. The possibilities are nearly endless - optionally synchronize your data via iCloud, access a huge genealogical online archive to assist your research, create websites and family books or do your research on the go with MobileFamilyTree 8, available separately for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Overview

  • well-structured, fast and...
| Read more »
20:59
HoudahSpot 4.2.7 - Advanced file-search tool.

HoudahSpot is a powerful file search tool. Use HoudahSpot to locate hard-to-find files and keep frequently used files within reach.

HoudahSpot will immediately feel familiar. It works just the way you expect search to work. Start with a simple search. Refine it by adding and combining criteria. Browse search results. Add columns. Preview files and text matches. Pick the files you really need.

  • Find files by name, text, content kind, author, recipient, pixel count, etc.
  • Combine criteria to narrow down search results
  • Specify which folders to search and which ones to exclude
  • Add any of the hundreds of columns available
  • Apply filters to reduce search results to only the relevant items
  • Preview files and text matches
  • Open files and, where the application supports it, continue searching for text matches by pressing command-G (Find Next)
  • Set up templates for recurring searches
  • ...
| Read more »
20:59
TunnelBear 3.0.7 - Subscription-based private...

TunnelBear is a subscription-based virtual private network (VPN) service and companion app, enabling you to browse the internet privately and securely.

Features

  • Browse privately - Secure your data and hide your IP address behind a bear.
  • Experience the Internet as if you’re in another country - A TunnelBear can "tunnel" you around censorship and blocked sites to another country of your choosing.
  • Zap creepy trackers - Block the website trackers (ads, analytics, scripts, social buttons) that track everything you and your family do online.
  • A TunnelBear is really, really simple - On. Off. On. Off. You get the idea.
  • TunnelBear comes in three subscription tiers:
    • Little: 500 MB per month; free
    • Giant: unlimited; $6.99/month
    • Grizzly: unlimited; $49.99/year

See...

| Read more »
20:59
Garmin Express 4.5.0.0 - Manage your Garmin devices.

Garmin Express is your essential tool for managing your Garmin devices. Update maps, golf courses and device software. You can even register your device.

  • Update maps
  • Update software
  • Register your device
  • Back up, restore, and transfer favorites
  • Install free voices and vehicles
  • Download product manuals



Version 4.5.0.0:

Note: Now requires OS X 10.10 or later

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.



  • OS X 10.10 or later
  • High-speed Internet access (Not for use with dial-up, mobile, or satellite connections)



Download Now]]>

| Read more »
20:59
Tweetbot 2.4.5 - Popular Twitter client.

Tweetbot is a full-featured OS X Twitter client with a lot of personality. Whether it's the meticulously-crafted interface, sounds and animation, or features like multiple timelines and column views, there's a lot to love about Tweetbot.

Features

  • Multiple Timelines. Quickly switch between your lists as your main timeline.
  • Multiple Windows and Columns. Display timelines from different accounts side by side.
  • Notification Center support.
  • Beautiful Retina graphics.
  • Mute filters lets you block messages from users without unfollowing them. You can also mute hashtags and specific keywords.
  • Sync timeline position, direct message read statuses, and mute filters between your Mac, iPhone, and iPad via iCloud.
  • Support for multiple services like Pocket, Instapaper, Readability, CloudApp, and Droplr.
  • Save drafts, add locations and POI's, attach photos/videos, manage your lists, and much more....
| Read more »
20:59
Thunderbird 45.5.1 - Email client from Mozilla.

As of July 2012, Thunderbird has transitioned to a new governance model, with new features being developed by the broader free software and open source community, and security fixes and improvements handled by Mozilla.

Thunderbird is a free, open-source, cross-platform e-mail and news (NNTP) client developed by the Mozilla Foundation. The project strategy is modeled after Mozilla Firefox, a project aimed at creating a Web browser.



Version 45.5.1:

  • Various security fixes



  • OS X 10.6 or later



Download Now]]>

| Read more »
20:59
Skype 7.42.0.200 - Voice-over-internet phone and...

Skype allows you to talk to friends, family and co-workers across the Internet without the inconvenience of long distance telephone charges. Using peer-to-peer data transmission technology, Skype eliminates the central server as a middle manager.

Today, millions of individuals and businesses are taking advantage of Skype's diverse communication features:

  • Free Skype-to-Skype
  • Landline and cellphone calling
  • SMS and instant messaging
  • Voicemail
  • Free video calls
  • Call forwarding to your phone when you're offline

Skype-to-Skype calls, video calls, and instant messaging are free, 24 hours a day, anywhere in the world. Users can make phone calls and send SMS messages at great value Pay-As-You-Go rates, or make unlimited calls to certain countries with a subscription.



Version 7.42.0.200:

  • Stability Improvements - Fix in place for users experiencing drop of suspended...
| Read more »
 

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