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Thursday November 17

12:11
PlayStation Vue subscription streaming service...

Following availability on iOS and the PlayStation 4 game console, Sony on Thursday expanded its PlayStation Vue cable cutting service to the Apple TV.

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12:10
Apple Reportedly Preparing a Responsible U.S. iPhone...

Back in July Patently Apple posted a report titled "The Impossible Dream of a Made-in-America iPhone." I noted in the report that "Some, like Presidential candidate Donald Trump, think that if Apple was given the right tax beaks to bring back their money that's offshore and get Foxconn to open a plant in the US, that it could bring back needed jobs to America. A new report that has surfaced today states that Apple is in fact ...

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12:07
Apple updates Swift Playgrounds for iPad with new...

Apple's new iPad app designed to teach programming concepts has been updated with a third new Learn to Code lessons, support for sound and music, line highlighting and the upcoming Hour of Code workshops the company is hosting in its retail stores in early December.

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12:03
∞ Apple’s syncing of call log history is nothing

So Apple has been syncing call log history and some people have been reporting this as a major problem. Here’s Apple’s statement:

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11:55
Apple will cut App Store fees for video streaming...

Cupertino is ready to give a big tax break to video services that are sold via the App Store.

Apple is lowering the cut it takes from selling video streaming subscriptions down from 30 percent to 15 percent, according to Bloomberg. This is Apple’s latest move to try to get video partners for the launch of its new TV app for discovering content on the Apple TV. Previously, Apple has hit major roadblocks while negotiating with networks over the price of ...

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11:29
Apple Says it Syncs Call Logs on iCloud As a '...

Earlier today, reports surfaced on The Intercept and Forbes claiming Apple "secretly" syncs Phone and FaceTime call history logs on iCloud, complete with phone numbers, dates and times, and duration. The info comes from Russian software firm Elcomsoft, which said the call history logs are stored for up to four months.

Likewise, on iOS 10, Elcomsoft said incoming missed calls that are made through third-party VoIP apps using Apple's CallKit framework, such as Skype, WhatsApp, and Viber, also get synced to iCloud. The call logs have been collected since at least iOS 8.2, released in March 2015, so long as a user has...

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11:00
PSA: Apple’s Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 MacBook...

There is a bit of confusion over what displays are supported via the new MacBook Pro’s Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports. If you don’t have a display that uses a Thunderbolt 3/USB-C port— like the new 4K and 5K LG displays being sold exclusively by Apple for the new MacBook Pros— then you’ll need an adapter to go from Thunderbolt 3 to whatever I/O your display has (DisplayPort, HDMI, Thunderbolt 2, etc). Something like Apple’s Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter, for example. 

But here’s where some users have been confused and accidentally purchased the wrong adapter:
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11:00
The Hour of Code

As part of Computer Science Education Week, Apple will help inspire the next generation of developers with free Hour of Code workshops at your local Apple Store from December 5 to 11. Each workshop is a one-hour introduction to the basics of computer programming. To sign up for a workshop or learn how to host your own Hour of Code event, see the Apple Store website.

The Hour of Code is an initiative by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org to introduce millions of students around the world to one hour of computer science and computer programming.

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11:00
The Hour of Code

As part of Computer Science Education Week, Apple will help inspire the next generation of developers with free Hour of Code workshops at your local Apple Store from December 5 to 11. Each workshop is a one-hour introduction to the basics of computer programming. To sign up for a workshop or learn how to host your own Hour of Code event, see the Apple Store website.

The Hour of Code is an initiative by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org to introduce millions of students around the world to one hour of computer science and computer programming.

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10:53
Microsoft Surface Studio Reviews: Apple Fans Might...

A few weeks after Microsoft unveiled the Surface Studio to the public at a media event in New York City, a few websites have begun publishing the first reviews for Microsoft's new desktop PC/tablet hybrid. During its announcement in October, the Surface Studio was revealed to have a 12.5mm thin touch screen, with a 28-inch PixelSense Display that packs in 13.5 million pixels. Microsoft said that there's "no monitor like this on the planet."

The first reviews of the Surface Studio are largely positive, with many reviewers enamored with the computer's large screen and slick design, as well as its purpose to fulfill and enhance productivity for creatives. However, in line with the unrest over the price of the new MacBook Pros,...

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10:44
Twitter beta adds Snapchat-style QR codes to make...

It seems like every good idea gets stolen at some point, especially when it comes to social networks. The latest inspiration comes to Twitter in the form of QR code profile links, a feature that’s been lifted from Snapchat.

Just as with Snapchat, you can scan someone’s code and immediately follow their account. On iOS, you find your code by going to profile > gear > QR code. On Android, launch the slide-out menu and touch QR code to see it.

Twitter took heavy “inspiration” from Snapchat for its newest feature.

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10:37
Apple saves iPhone call history to iCloud, but...

Modern smartphones make it easy to back up all your data to the cloud so you can keep it synced across devices, or download it to a new phone. That can have unfortunate consequences, however—especially when phones are syncing sensitive information that users aren’t explicitly aware of, and then a company famous for developing smartphone cracking software finds out.

Moscow-based Elcomsoft recently added a feature to its Phone Breaker software that the company says can retrieve an iPhone user’s call history data via iCloud. To use its software to crack an iCloud account, an attacker would need your login data or a login token from one of your devices.

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10:28
How to connect 4K monitors to your Mac, even on some...

Getting 4K on a relatively recent Mac has some hang-ups, but is still possible -- and rewarding! AppleInsider explains the ins and outs of how to do so, even on some computers that Apple doesn't officially support.

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10:24
The Hit List 1.1.27 - Advanced reminder application.

The Hit List manages the daily chaos of your modern life. It's easy to learn - it's as easy as making lists. And it's powerful enough to let you plan, then forget, then act when the time is right.

Your life is complicated enough as it is. The tool to manage your life shouldn't be. The Hit List keeps things simple by not forcing you to learn a system. It can be as simple as just keeping a list of things to do as you would on a piece of paper. However, if you do have a task management system such as Getting Things Done by David Allen, The Hit List is flexible enough to support you.

Forget what you need to do--with confidence.



Version 1.1.27:

  • Fix crash that happens on new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar
  • Don't reset timer when pressing the B keyboard shortcut on an already-timing task
  • Other minor bug fixes



  • OS X 10.7.5 or later



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10:21
System Integrity Protection Inexplicably Disabled by...

Since OS X El Capitan, the operating system that runs on Macs has been protected by a feature called System Integrity Protection (SIP), which is designed to keep your Mac safe from malware by restricting the permissions of the root user account and preventing unauthorized access to protected files and folders.

System Integrity Protection runs behind the scenes and is generally enabled by default in Macs running OS X El Capitan or later, but it seems the feature is inexplicably turned off on some new MacBook Pro models, leaving them vulnerable.

Developer Jonathan Wight noticed System Integrity Protection was disabled on some machines and tweeted about it this morning, prompting developer Steven Troughton-Smith to do an informal Twitter survey asking users about the status of their new...

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10:21
Apple Patent Shows Siri being used in an iMessage...

Back in 2015 Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Working on new Apple Pay Wallet service for Person-to-Person Financial Transactions." The idea was to allow two individuals that use Apple Pay to be able to make person-to-person payments. Today we learn that Apple is contemplating the use of Siri within iMessage to simplify transactions ...

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10:14
Mozilla launches ad-blocking Firefox Focus browser...

Mozilla on Thursday launched a new privacy-focused iOS Web browser, Firefox Focus, while Twitter started rolling support for iOS 10's more detailed notifications.

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10:01
PSA: Don’t mess with the Google!

Interesting story, via the Dan’s Deals site. In a nutshell, people in the forum started reporting that they had lost access to their gmail accounts, the accounts suspended due to terms of service violation.

From the article:

It turns out the common denominator is that they had all bought Google Pixel phones and shipped them to a phone dealer in New Hampshire who paid them a profit on each phone. There is no sales tax in New Hampshire and the phones are then resold to others.

The problem is that many of them didn’t read the terms that they agreed to when buying the phone from the Google store. Those state “You may only purchase Devices for your personal use. You may not commercially resell any Device, but you may give the Device as a gift.”

If true, this seems an overreach on Google’s part, suspending access to someone’s email for this sort of violation, rather than simply voiding the sale.

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09:57
Workflow for iOS gains redesigned actions gallery,...

Workflow for iOS is easily the best way to put automation to work for you on iPhone and iPad, and today the popular utility is out with a significant update that includes a cleaner look and better discovery. The gallery of automations within Workflow has been redesigned with search and profiles for finding new actions and seeing who created them.

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09:52
Report claims Apple iPhone assemblers tasked to...

Primary iPhone assemblers Foxconn and Pegatron are said to have been evaluating the ability of the company to shift production of Apple's mobile devices to the U.S., with the verdict mixed on if the move would be cost-effective.

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09:44
Sony releases PlayStation Vue app on Apple TV for...

Sony’s web TV service PlayStation Vue is now available on the fourth generation Apple TV. Previously, PS Vue customers could authenticate paid video apps with Sony credentials, but access to live channel streaming was limited.

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09:39
Promise Technology enhances Apollo Cloud

Promise Technology Inc. has launched a free software upgrade (http://tinyurl.com/zn9qpwm) for its Apollo Cloud personal cloud device and app designed to make it easier to manage all of your digital content. New features include cheduled daily backup, direct USB upload/download and more.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: New MacBook Pro $200 off, Best...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Apple’s new 13-inch MacBook Pro w/o Touch Bar is being discounted by up to $200 (tax in NY only)

Best...

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09:25
The product manager of Automation Technologies...

Make of this what you will as far as the future of AppleScript and Automator is concerned: Sal Soghoian’s position as product manager of Automation Technologies at Apple has been terminated, after nearly 20 years at the company.

AppleScript is a scripting language created by Apple Inc. and built into the Classic Mac OS since System 7 and into all versions of macOS. Automator is an application developed by Apple for OS X that implements point-and-click (or drag and drop) creation of workflows for automating repetitive tasks into batches for quicker alteration,

Soghoian announced this in a note on his website and in public at the MacTech Conference in LA yesterday. He said: “I joined Apple in January of 1997, almost twenty years ago, because of my profound belief that “the power of the computer should reside in the hands of the one using it.” That...

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09:22
Readdle taking sign-ups for upcoming Spark for Mac...

Readdle has been working on bringing its email app called Spark to the Mac for a while now, and this week the company started taking sign-ups for users who want to test the beta version.

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09:20
Why Apple may ship just one OLED iPhone next year

Long-time Apple watchers have speculated that next year’s iPhones will move from LCD to OLED displays, but this week a strange rumor emerged from a reliable Apple analyst: Next year, Apple will release three iPhones, and only one of them will have an OLED display.

Now we know why that could be. Apple would love to bring OLED to its entire iPhone lineup, but the supply isn’t there, Bloomberg reported. OLED display makers Samsung, Sharp, LG, and Japan Display are working to produce panels, but Sharp and Japan Display won’t kick production into high gear until 2018. LG is also lagging after spending years making OLED displays for television.

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09:13
Elcomsoft: iPhone call logs are stored in iCloud for...

Apple has a hidden feature in iPhones in which call logs going back as far as four months are stored in near real-time in the iCloud, claims Elcomsoft, a Russian provider of iPhone hacking tools. Elcomsoft, claims the feature is automatic and there’s no way to turn it off bar shutting down iCloud Drive altogether, according to Forbes.

It’s known that iCloud backups store call logs, contacts and other data. However, users should be concerned their communications records are consistently being sent to Apple servers without explicit permission, said Elcomsoft CEO Vladimir Katalov. Even if those backups are disabled, he added, the call logs continue making their way to the iCloud, Katalov said.

“Syncing call logs happens almost in real time, though sometimes only in a few hours,” he said. “But all you need to have is just...

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09:04
Foxconn reportedly studying the possibility of...

Apple supplier Hon Hai Precision Industry, better known as Foxconn Technology Group, has been studying the possibility of moving iPhone production to the U.S.,  according to Japanese website Nikkei Asian Review.

"Apple asked both Foxconn and Pegatron, the two iPhone assemblers, in June to look into making iPhones in the U.S.," the article says, quoting an unnamed source said. "Foxconn complied, while Pegatron declined to formulate such a plan due to cost concerns.”

Another source said that while Foxconn had been working on the request from Apple, its biggest customer that accounts for more than 50% of its sales, Chairman Terry Gou had been less enthusiastic due to an inevitable rise in production costs.

"Making iPhones in the U.S. means the cost will more than double," the source said.

Foxconn's second most powerful executive, Sharp President Tai...

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09:00
Managing a multi-generational workforce

For the first time in history there are five generations in the workforce. Watch the latest episode of Modern Workplace to understand how to turn this challenge into an opportunity by creating cohesive teams that take advantage of the diversity of multiple generations.

Learn from experts Haydn Shaw, speaker and author of “Sticking Points,” and Asha Sharma, COO of Porch.com, as they discuss their experiences in creating organizational cultures that thrive using diverse workforces.

Here are some of the key insights you’ll gain:

  • Having a multi-generational workforce is needed to reach multi-generational customers.
  • Make an active effort to intermingle generations.
  • Focus on strengths and opportunities with a diverse workforce.
  • Make sure your leadership team is multi-generational.

Also, hear from Jamie McLellan, CTO of J. Walter Thompson, about how his organization is using technology to take advantage of generational...

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09:00
Students becoming journalists in Global Water Project

Today’s post was written by Koen Timmers, web design teacher and Microsoft Expert Educator Fellow at the Cvo de Verdieping School.

I was invited to the Maverick Teacher Global Summit 2016 near Bangalore, India. We worked in groups on seven United Nations sustainability goals. As I spoke to the Indian teachers, I discovered nobody in India thinks about drinking tap water, except for the poor people who even seem to have become immune for diseases. It inspired me to set up a global project about water.

I choose countries based on three criteria:

  • Combined, they represent nearly every continent of the world, having different religions, cultures, languages and habits.
  • They all have inspiring water-related places (Dead Sea, Amazon, Ganges, desert, Mississippi, etc.).
  • They deal with very different water-related issues, like water shortage, lack of clean water and spoilage of water.

I contacted teachers from around the...

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08:56
Happy Hour Podcast 094 | Jony Ive’s new Apple design...

This week Benjamin and Zac talk about the latest changes in iOS 10.2 beta, how the TV app changes Apple TV, iBooks StoryTime for tvOS, Apple’s new ‘Designed by Apple in California’ design book, day one impressions of the 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, and 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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08:54
Report claims that iOS devices fail more often than...

Take this one with a big grain of salt: according to the Q3 2016 State of Mobile Device Performance and Health report released today by Blancco Technology Group, Apple’s iPhones and iPads fail at a rate of 62% globally, compared to the 47% failure rate of Android devices.

On July 6, 2016, the augmented reality game Pokemon GO was released in North America, Australia and New Zealand. Within days of its launch, the game became an overnight sensation. Data from SensorTower estimates that the average iPhone user spends 33 minutes in Pokémon GO, which is more than Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram. However, users’ obsession with the game also caused the app to crash frequently and the server to go down for many users, according to Blancco. The provider of mobile device diagnostics and data erasure solutions says this is...

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08:49
Apple announces free Hour of Code workshops between...

Apple on Thursday opened up registrations for its free 2016 Hour of Code workshops, which will take place between Dec. 5 and 11 at Apple stores worldwide.

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08:45
Apple Explores Making iPhones in the US, Finds...

Apple is exploring the idea of making iPhones in the United States. But the company has realized that it will cost more than double to make the shiny new gadgets at home, according to a report on Japan-based outlet Nikkei. From the report:Key Apple assembler Hon Hai Precision Industry, also known as Foxconn Technology Group, has been studying the possibility of moving iPhone production to the U.S., sources told the Nikkei Asian Review. "Apple asked both Foxconn and Pegatron, the two iPhone assemblers, in June to look into making iPhones in the U.S.," a source said. "Foxconn complied, while Pegatron declined to formulate such a plan due to cost concerns." Foxconn, based in the gritty, industrial Tucheng district in suburban Taipei, and its smaller Taiwanese rival churn out more than 200 million iPhones annually from their massive Chinese campuses. Another source said that while Foxconn had been working on the request from Apple Inc., its biggest customer that accounts for more than...

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08:40
∞ Jimmy Fallon, Metallica sing “Enter Sandman” with...

This is hilarious.

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08:36
Free Hour of Code workshops December 5 through 11 at...

Apple today opened registration for Hour of Code workshops at all 487 Apple retail stores worldwide, from December 5 through 11 in celebration of Computer Science Education Week. Among the most popular events at the Apple Store, Hour of Code workshops teach the basics of computer science with Code.org’s programming tutorials. Apple and Code.org share the goal of giving every student the opportunity to learn computer science.

This is such a great program.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:31
FileMaker announces annual awards

mature markets, where it’s Pixel and Pixel XL devices have started selling.”

FileMaker announces annual awards
FileMaker, Inc. (www.filemaker.com) has announced the winners of its annual FileMaker Business Alliance (FBA) and FileMaker Community awards. The awards recognize standouts among the thousands of developers, customers, users, writers, trainers, partners and supporters in the FileMaker ecosystem.

The FBA awards recognize excellence in six categories, referred to as the FBA Pillars of Excellence: Design, Development, Education, Innovation, Advocacy and Growth. 

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08:24
Free Hour of Code workshops offered Dec. 5-11 at...

Apple has opened registration for Hour of Code workshops at all 487 Apple retail stores worldwide, from Dec. 5-11 in celebration of Computer Science Education Week. They teach the basics of computer science with Code.org’s programming tutorials. Apple and Code.org share the goal of giving every student the opportunity to learn computer science.

“Hour of Code embodies our vision for Apple stores as a place for the community to gather, learn and be entertained,” says Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president of Retail. “We’re proud to introduce the Swift Playgrounds app into the workshops and honored to again work side-by-side with Code.org on this incredibly important initiative. Hour of Code is one of the absolute highlights of the year for both our teams and the families that visit our stores.”

“Since we started Hour of Code in 2013, Apple has each year upped its participation and found ways to introduce more kids to computer science,” added Hadi Partovi,...

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08:23
Future iPhones Could be 'Made in America'...

Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn has been studying the possibility of moving iPhone production to the United States, according to Japanese website Nikkei Asian Review, leading to hopeful speculation some iPhones could one day be "Made in America" rather than be assembled and imported from China.

The report claims Apple asked both Foxconn and rival supplier Pegatron, which denied the request, to look into making iPhones stateside, although Foxconn chairman Terry Gou is said to be less enthusiastic about the idea due to inevitably higher production costs in the United States compared to China."Apple asked both Foxconn and Pegatron, the two iPhone assemblers, in June to look into making iPhones in the U.S.," a source said. "Foxconn complied, while Pegatron declined to formulate such a plan due to cost concerns."In a speech at Liberty University in Virginia earlier this...

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08:23
Mozilla Introduces 'Firefox Focus,' a Fast...

When Apple was battling the DOJ and FBI over an encrypted iPhones, Apple's CEO Tim Cook posted a statement online titled "Apple's commitment to your Privacy." Now, Firefox is stepping in to cash in on those who want privacy extended to their browsing history.

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08:20
Free Hour of Code workshops offered Dec. 5-11 at...

Apple has opened registration for Hour of Code workshops at all 487 Apple retail stores worldwide, from Dec. 5-11 in celebration of Computer Science Education Week. They teach the basics of computer science with Code.org’s programming tutorials. Apple and Code.org share the goal of giving every student the opportunity to learn computer science.

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08:14
Bean 3.2.9 - Fast and uncluttered word processor.

Bean is no longer being actively developed, but will be updated as necessary to patch bugs and maintain OS X compatibility

Bean is lean, fast, and uncluttered. If you get depressed at the thought of firing up MS Word or OpenOffice, try Bean.

If you use Text Edit but have to jump through hoops just to get a word count or change the margins, try Bean.

If you're pining away for Write Now-esque simplicity or just want a low-pressure writing environment, try Bean.

Features:

  • A live word count
  • A Get Info panel for in-depth statistics
  • A zoom-slider to easily change the view scale
  • An Inspector panel with lots of sliders
  • Date-stamped backups
  • Autosaving
  • A page layout mode
  • An alternate colors option (e.g., white text on blue)
  • An option to show invisible characters (tabs, returns, spaces)
  • Selection...
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08:10
AirPods Launch Rumors Now Include Dates in Late...

Adding to the pile of recent guesswork rumors centering around the launch of Apple's AirPods, this week a collection of foreign retail websites have listed the Bluetooth headphones with new dates suggesting availability before the end of the year.

First off, today Mac4Ever discovered that French retail website Fnac has posted the AirPods for pre-order, with a suggested shipping date of November 30. If true, that would mark a launch following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but still leave customers plenty of time to add AirPods to their holiday shopping list.

One of many predicted AirPods shipping dates from foreign resellers, this one Fnac

Last week, a...

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08:00
The Week in Mac Apps: Touch Bar-ready apps for your...

New Mac apps of the week

With the new MacBook Pros now at an Apple store near you, this week’s roundup of Mac apps brings you plenty of Touch Bar-compatible releases, for everything from security to utilities. Read on!

1Password - Password Manager and Secure Wallet 6.5

The latest update to AgileBits’ $65 1Password (Mac App Store Link) makes it compatible with your new MacBook’s Touch Bar and Touch ID. You can now unlock this password manager using your fingerprints on any device with a Touch ID button, and features a revamped set-up process that helps you create a vault from scratch with ease.

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07:57
Report: Apple asked Foxconn and Pegatron to...

Apple has reportedly asked key iPhone manufacturer partners, namely Foxconn and Pegatron, to investigate ways to bring the iPhone assembly supply chain into the United States. Today, all iPhones (and almost all Apple products) are manufactured and assembled in China. The Nikkei report says Foxconn is actively researching ways to make iPhones in the US although Pegatron apparently refused Apple’s request over cost concerns. A source is quoted as saying that domestic production of iPhones means increasing costs by “more than double”.

Apple has received some criticism over the years for its dependence on Chinese manufacturing but the issue has come into the limelight recently as Donald Trump, now US President elect, claimed that he will force Apple to...

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07:44
The official ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find...

Warner Bros. today released the official mobile game tie-in for the upcoming J.K. Rowling’s film, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them‘.

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07:41
B&H claims Apple's BeatsX earbuds will go...

Apple will finally launch its BeatsX earbuds -- equipped with the company's proprietary W1 wireless chip -- on Dec. 16, according to retailer B&H.

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07:20
iPhones Secretly Send Call History To Apple,...

Russian digital forensics Elcomsoft says iPhones send near real-time logs to Apple servers even when iCloud backup is switched off. The firm adds that these logs are stored for up to four months. From a report on the Intercept:"You only need to have iCloud itself enabled" for the data to be sent, said Vladimir Katalov, CEO of Elcomsoft. The logs surreptitiously uploaded to Apple contain a list of all calls made and received on an iOS device, complete with phone numbers, dates and times, and duration. They also include missed and bypassed calls. Elcomsoft said Apple retains the data in a user's iCloud account for up to four months, providing a boon to law enforcement who may not be able to obtain the data either from the user's carrier, who may retain the data for only a short period, or from the user's device, if it's encrypted with an unbreakable passcode. "Absolutely this is an advantage [for law enforcement]," Robert Osgood, a former FBI supervisory agent who now directs a...

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07:17
Apple Stores to teach Swift Playgrounds lessons at...

Apple’s annual Hour of Code workshops are kicking off this year at Apple Stores across the world during the week of December 5, and this year there’s a new app in play: Swift Playgrounds. Apple introduced user-friendly coding app for iPad earlier this year as a way to introduce new developers to Swift, Apple’s programming language.

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07:16
HP introduces their Second Mac Mini Challenger in 90...

Microsoft challenged Apple's iMac last month and now HP has launched their second Mac mini challenger aimed at CAD and creative users. And what would a product lunch be without taking the opportunity to take a swipe at Apple.

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07:14
Apple Stores to Host Free 'Hour of Code'...

Apple today announced it is opening registration for free one-hour "Hour of Code" workshops between December 5 and December 11 at all 487 of its retail stores worldwide. This year's workshops will include an introduction to Apple's new educational Swift Playgrounds coding app for iPad.

“Hour of Code embodies our vision for Apple stores as a place for the community to gather, learn and be entertained,” said Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president of Retail. “We’re proud to introduce the Swift Playgrounds app into the workshops and honored to again work side-by-side with Code.org on this incredibly important initiative. Hour of Code is one of the absolute highlights of the year for both our teams and the families that visit our stores.” Since 2013, Apple has...

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07:01
Gartner’s Q3 numbers show it was Chinese brands, not...

While there had been speculation that Apple might pick up sales from Samsung after its disastrous Note 7 launch, with KGI estimating that Apple could pick up an additional 5-7M orders, this doesn’t appear to be the case. The latest numbers from Gartner suggest that it is Chinese brands that saw the benefit.

The September 2 recall of the Note 7 saw Samsung’s Q3 market share fall year-on-year from 23.6% to 19.2%, its worst performance ever, creating an opportunity for other brands to pick up the slack – but the iPhone didn’t manage to do so …

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07:01
Dual-lens cameras expected to be the de facto iPhone...

A recent analyst note predicts that the iPhone's installed base will migrate over to optical image stabilization in both camera lenses across most of the line in 2017, with about 85 percent of the line sporting a camera similar to that in the iPhone 7 Plus by 2018.

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07:01
Soundbreaking: A phenomenal documentary on the art...

If you love music, this 8-part series from PBS is for you. I’ve made it through parts 1 and 2 so far, and they are both fascinating and riveting. The list of artists involved in this project is astonishing. Starting with George Martin and the Beatles, it’s a real who’s who of modern music, a true insider’s view.

Episode One is embedded in the main Loop post.

Here’s a link to the main site.

And here’s a link to the PBS site hosting other episodes.

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07:00
MAS App Delete optimized for macOS Sierra

Reggie Ashworth (http://www.reggieashworth.com/appdeletelite) has rolled out MAS AppDelete Lite 4.3, an update to his Mac deletion utility.

Via drag and drop, it will uninstall anything along with all of the associated items. Version 4.8 is optimized for macOS Sierra. It also sports a new icon and graphics, a new App Reset tool, a new Clear Logs tool, and more.

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07:00
JuJu Offers Speedy Model-Driven Software Approach


The JuJu cloud platform developed by Canonical integrates a wide variety of cloud services and servers on both public and private clouds using an innovative model-driven software approach.
That success has changed fundamentally the nature of software operations as organizations move to cloud-scale services, according to Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical. The impact on cloud operations is very much like the transition that happened with the big data community, Shuttleworth said.

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06:54
Scannerz for macOS revved to version 1.9.9.99A

Software and Computer System Company has announced Scannerz 1.9.9.99A (http://scsc-online.com) for macOS X.

The tool is a package of utilities designed to help users identify hardware and performance problems with their Mac systems. The new version allows the applications in the package to meet the security requirements of macOS 10.12 (Sierra) while still maintaining backward compatibility with Mac OS X versions

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06:43
Troubleshooting some nasty Safari malware

Jason Snell tells the story about trying to remote help his sister who is a victim of a particularly nasty bit of Safari malware.

The story itself is worth the read, unfolding like a mystery. But if nothing else, be sure to read the section titled “In the end, common sense wins”, which shows a bit of problem-solvery you should add to your own troubleshooting toolbox.

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06:42
AKVIS Chameleon 9.0 adds new tools, support for...

AKVIS has released an update of Chameleon, software for creating photo collages. The new version provides new tools and settings, a modernized interface with support for 4k and 5k screens, advanced montage algorithm, and more.

Using AKVIS Chameleon, you can create personalized greeting cards, simulate a double exposure effect, design a timeless wedding album or a fairy-tale book with your kids as main characters. Also, you can improve your photos by replacing defective parts with new ones.

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06:39
Amazon’s iPhone app now gives you X-Ray vision for...

Dan DeSilva, 9to5mac:

Tucked in Amazon’s big Black Friday news this morning was the announcement of a handy Package X-Ray feature for its iPhone shopping app. The app can now leverage your iPhone’s camera to reveal the contents of an Amazon delivery without having to actually open up the package or hunt down tracking numbers.

And:

It will only work on packages tied to your Amazon account so you don’t have to worry about your kids or spouse ruining any surprises (as long as you don’t share an account, that is).

Great idea.

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06:37
Apple automatically uploading iPhone call logs to...

Any iPhone user with iCloud Drive enabled is having their call logs automatically uploaded to Apple servers -- without their consent, and whether or not they have backups enabled, a Russian security firm said on Thursday. [Updated with statement from Apple]

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06:35
A lifetime Android user on switching to an iPhone 7...

Anshel Sag, writing for Forbes:

It’s been a month since I got the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. Full disclosure, I have never owned an Apple product in my life. Okay, I had an iPod shuffle for about a week or two and ended up returning it. I had experiences with Apple computers as a child in a suburban elementary school but never owned an iPhone, iPad, MacBook or anything of the sort. I have been a lifetime Google Android user, and before that a Microsoft Windows Mobile user (yeah, I know). So, my first experience with an Apple product that I bought and used has been extremely interesting. That includes the utter shock and awe that came out of people’s mouths after I told them that I got an iPhone. I feel like a lot of the reasons why I never switched to Apple have gone away while others remain.

I love stories like this, because it reflects an objective, outsider view that is rare inside the Apple bubble.

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06:30
AirBeamTV launches wireless screen mirroring from...

AirBeamTV (http://www.airbeam.tv) has introduced Mirror for Sony TV 1.0, the latest in a family of screen mirroring apps for macOS. It provides a way to mirror you Mac screen to your Sony Bravia Smart TV without cables or additional hardware.

This works on any Sony Smart TV from the 2012 models onwards. It’s suitable for watching movies, giving presentations, watching photos, and more.

Mirror for Sony TV 1.0 requires macOS 10.10 or later. It costs US$9.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Video category.

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06:24
Apple patent involves integrating Siri into the...

Apple has applied for a patent (number 20160335532) for a “virtual assistant in a communication session” that hints at the integration of Siri, the "personal digital assistant," into Messages. According to the invention, one or more participating users can choose to utilize a virtual assistant (that would be Siri, of course) to assist participant users with tasks during a communication session. 

A user can use a communication application to enter a message directed to the virtual assistant. Siri can analyze the entered message and determine that the message was directed to the virtual assistant rather than to the other participants of the communication session. As a result, the message won’t be transmitted to the other participants of the communication session and the virtual assistant will assist the user with the identified task. 

Apple says a virtual assistant can assist a user with a variety of different tasks. One such task would be to assist in...

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06:21
Four reasons Apple should bid on Time Warner

Josh Centers, writing for TidBITS:

Telecom giant AT&T is seeking to purchase content giant Time Warner (which is no longer affiliated with Time Warner Cable, see “AT&T Aims to Buy Time Warner for $84.5 Billion,” 24 October 2016). However, the deal could run into regulatory obstacles, with politicians on both sides of the aisle questioning the merger. It also doesn’t help that the Department of Justice is suing AT&T subsidiary DirecTV.

And:

Goldman Sachs is reportedly pushing Apple to make a competing bid for Time Warner, but Apple is resisting. However, I think Apple should consider the possibility. Here are four reasons why.

This is a great, thoughtful read. Should Apple spend the cash to instantly acquire one of the biggest, highest quality content libraries on the planet? Would they burn bridges in doing so, alienate players they are trying to bring to the table?

I find this all a fascinating business.

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06:19
Major French retail chain claims AirPods will be...

Major French electronics retail chain FNAC is claiming that it will have AirPods in stock on November 30, and is taking pre-orders for delivery on this date, notes Mac4Ever.

Although the preorder page specifies only November, the order confirmation (seen above) specifies the end of the month in two separate places.

Whether this is based on solid information or just another guess is unclear. At this point, we’ve heard plenty of conflicting reports about when the long-delayed wireless headphones will finally go on sale …

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06:13
Biggest spike in traffic deaths in 50 years? Blame...

New York Times:

The messaging app Snapchat allows motorists to post photos that record the speed of the vehicle. The navigation app Waze rewards drivers with points when they report traffic jams and accidents. Even the game Pokémon Go has drivers searching for virtual creatures on the nation’s highways.

And:

After steady declines over the last four decades, highway fatalities last year recorded the largest annual percentage increase in 50 years. And the numbers so far this year are even worse. In the first six months of 2016, highway deaths jumped 10.4 percent, to 17,775, from the comparable period of 2015, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

I don’t see this as alarmist. Clearly, there are more apps each year that are useful and usable while driving. Will we address this before we ultimately make the move to autonomous vehicles? Is there an obligation on Apple and Google’s part to do something about this?

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06:12
Analyst: Apple will launch 5.8-inch iPhone next year...

In a note to clients — as noted by MacRumors — KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims Apple will launch an all-new iPhone with a 5.8-inch OLED panel in 2017, but that he smartphone's actual active area will be a smaller 5.1 to 5.2 inches.

We predict OLED iPhone will be 5.1-5.2”, despite various market speculation. In terms of the display size of the OLED iPhone, current information from the upstream points to 5.8”, while that from the downstream points to 5”, which does not conflict, in our view,” he says. “We predict OLED iPhone will adopt a 5.7-5.8” flexible OLED panel (with Samsung (KR) as the exclusive supplier). Nonetheless, for ‘specific design purposes’, the actual active area may be around 5.1-5.2”. Other than the OLED model, we expect Apple to launch new 4.7” and 5.5” TFT-LCD iPhone models.

The all-new OLED-based iPhone will be accompanied by 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones with traditional...

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06:06
The latest supposed shipping date for Apple AirPods...

According to Mac4Ever, French retailer Fnac has started the preorder process for Apple’s AirPods, which will begin shipping Nov. 30. They’ll retail for € 179.99 , one euro more than Apple's online price.

The supposed shipping date for the AirPods keeps changing. Follow closely now: they were supposed to ship in “late October.” Then they were moved to later in the year. Then a report from the Economic Daily News (via Digitimes) said that they wouldn’t begin shipping until January 2017. 

Then a report from...

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06:00
Introducing a new file experience for groups in...

We’ve recently announced a number of enhancements to Office 365 Groups, such as the ability to collaborate via email with external team members and the new Outlook Groups iPad app.

Today, we are announcing a new file experience for groups in Outlook on the web. People frequently rely on email to edit and share documents with their teams, and this new experience makes it easier to collaborate on documents in Outlook on the web.

Here’s a look at the new experience:

Access all your group documents—A new file view gives you access to all the documents shared with the group, including files shared as email...

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05:59
Rumor: Apple to integrate AR technology into its...

Apple plans to integrate augmented reality (AR) technology into the iPhone’s Camera app, according to Business Insider, quoting an unnamed “person familiar with the matter.”

The effort “reflects Apple’s near-term desire to put augmented reality technology into consumers' hands even as it develops special glasses that could eventually change the way people perceive their surroundings,” the article adds. Apple also recently hired an expert in head-mounted displays, in the latest sign of its longer-term glasses initiative, according to Bloomberg.

Chances the rumor is true (IMHO): 90%. After all the company has been granted several patents for augmented reality technology.

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05:53
∞ The Apple TV, Apple’s 50% fee cut, and the walled...

Yesterday, Bloomberg reported that Apple cut video subscription fees to all partners from 30% to 15%:

Apple’s hefty cut of sales made via its App Store has long angered partners, some of whom have accused the technology giant of anti-competitive behavior. The concessions speak to the growing importance of video to Apple, which next month will introduce a new app devoted to TV shows and movies.

And:

Some video partners have already been paying 15 percent of monthly subscription fees to Apple. The company is now extending the rate to all subscription video services as long as they are integrated with Apple’s new TV app, said the people who asked not to be identified because the changes aren’t public. To compensate for the fee, some providers increased the price of their services sold through the App Store to equal the revenue generated on other distribution channels.

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05:49
Apple's new high-end OLED 2017 iPhone expected...

Apple is widely expected to introduce a new premium iPhone model in 2017 featuring an all-new design and OLED display, but the screen will be sized somewhere in between the current iPhone and iPhone Plus, according to one well-connected insider.

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05:49
KGI: Apple planning one 5.2-inch OLED iPhone 8 with...

The latest report from KGI suggests Apple will breakaway from the existing two phone strategy next year with another high-end tier. The report says Apple is planning one new iPhone, dubbed iPhone 8, with major chassis redesigns and component upgrades featuring an OLED screen about 5.2-inches in size. It will also make two new iPhones with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays; these will be more iterative successors to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

The OLED iPhone appears to be the most interesting phone that will include the most ‘new’ stuff. If the KGI report comes to pass, in 2017 the high-end iPhone will not be the one with the biggest screen.

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05:48
Rumor: Apple to cut fees on App Store video services

Apple plans to cut the amount it charges to sell video services over its App Store, “a move to appease partners whose movies and TV shows are vital to the technology giant’s video strategy,” reports Bloomberg.

The Cupertino, California-based company intends to reduce the slice of revenue it is paid by subscription video streaming apps from the current 30% to 15%, the article adds, quoting unnamed “people familiar with the plans.” Other non-video apps see their bill from Apple halved from 30% only after a customer has completed a year’s subscription. 

Bloomberg adds that Apple’s new TV app is part of the company’s effort to make its devices the hub for watching video by pooling television shows and movies from multiple apps in one place. The app provides one place to access TV shows and movies, as well as a place to...

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05:47
iPhone sends call logs to Apple servers even when...

Update: Apple has not yet commented on the specific claims made, but tells us:

We offer call history syncing as a convenience to our customers so that they can return calls from any of their devices. Apple is deeply committed to safeguarding our customers’ data. That’s why we give our customers the ability to keep their data private. Device data is encrypted with a user’s passcode, and access to iCloud data including backups requires the user’s Apple ID and password. Apple recommends all customers select strong passwords and use two-factor authentication.

Elcomsoft – the Russian company which sells iPhone cracking tools to governments and corporations – says that iPhones send near real-time call logs to Apple servers even when iCloud backup is switched off, and that these logs are stored for up to four months.

Elcomsoft CEO Vladimir Katalov told ...

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05:45
Rumored 5.8" OLED iPhone Said to Have 5.1...

Apple is widely rumored to release its first iPhone with an OLED display next year, but reports have been conflicting about its potential screen size.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo previously said Apple will launch a 5.8-inch iPhone with a curved OLED display and glass casing next year, while Barclays analysts recently called for a 5-inch iPhone with a curved, bezel-free OLED display. Japanese website Nikkei also expects a new glass-backed 5-inch iPhone.

Now, in a new research note, Kuo said the much-rumored premium iPhone model will indeed have a 5.8-inch OLED panel, but with a smaller actual active display area of between 5.1 and 5....

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05:37
Apple wants iPhones and Apple Watches to be able to...

Apple is looking into whether its devices can be used to monitor data in real time on the well-being of patients with Parkinson’s, reports Fast Company.

The company is investigating to see if the iPhone and Apple Watch can be used to passively monitor data in real time. And it’s hoping to build an evidence base to demonstrate the effectiveness of mobile monitoring, Fast Company adds.

This effort is purportedly being overseen by Stephen, who joined Apple from Sage Bionetworks, a nonprofit that provides tools for biomedical research. Sage has been a high-profile partner for some of Apple's ResearchKit, HealthKit, and CareKit applications.

ResearchKit turns an iPhone into a tool for medical research by helping doctors, scientists and other researchers gather data more frequently and more accurately...

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05:15
Rumor: Apple could see OLED supply constraint prior...

One popular rumor for the next-gen iPhone is the adoption of OLED screen panels for the handset, especially given that both the Apple Watch and the Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro now use OLED components.

Unfortunately, supply constraints may keep OLED panels further down the road.

A new report says that the four main suppliers for OLED displays won’t have enough production capacity to meet demand next year and further into 2018. This is primarily due to OLED screens being more difficult to produce than LCD panels. Right now, the four top suppliers for OLED panels are Samsung Display, LG Display, Sharp, and Japan Display. But at this point, Apple expects Samsung to be sole supplier in 2017.

Apple apparently plans to ship at least one new iPhone...

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05:11
French retailer claims Nov. 30 shipping ship date...

A French reseller has started pre-orders of the Apple wireless AirPods, and is telling customers that the highly sought-after device will ship on Nov. 30.

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05:08
Sal Soghoian says ‘ask Apple’ about future of Mac...

Sal Soghoian, the man who headed up user automation tools at Apple – including AppleScript and Automatorsays that he left the company last month when Apple eliminated his position ‘for business reasons.’ Chicago Sun-Times tech columnist Andy Ihnatko broke the news yesterday, with Soghoian explaining more in a newly-added FAQ on his website.

It’s unclear whether other team members have also been let go, but Soghoian says those concerned about the future of user automation in macOS should ask Apple.

Ask Apple. Seriously, if you have any questions or concerns about the future of user automation, ask Apple. If user automation technologies are important to you,...

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05:00
iFixit completes first Touch Bar-equipped 13-inch...

The cool cats at iFixit have finished their teardown of the new 13-inch Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro and discovered some neat differences when compared with the MacBook Pro without the Touch Bar. First, both 13-inch models have the exact same dimensions, but the Touch Bar machine weighs 20 grams less, which iFixit puts down to the laptop’s smaller battery.

The new MacBook Pro is not designed to be user-serviceable, which iFixit commented on by giving it a repairability rating of 1/10. During the teardown, the firm found that the internal layout of the components has been redesigned to make space for the new Touch Bar, which broke as it was removed from the chassis and was deemed difficult to replace. The flex cable connecting...

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04:58
Slack 2.3.2 - Collaborative communication app.

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



Version 2.3.2:

Note: Now requires OS X 10.9 or later

Fixed

  • Contractions aren't causing spellcheck errors any longer, unless tehy're misspelled.
  • We fixed a problem with idle timing that made you look inactive and unavailable when, truth be told, you were quite busy and attentive. If you were receiving a few too many mobile notifications, this was the culprit.
  • When typing in languages that require input composition (Korean, for example), switching between the input method editor and our app caused characters to go missing.



  • OS X 10.9 or later



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04:49
Microsoft OneNote 15.28 - Free digital notebook.

OneNote is your very own digital notebook. With OneNote, you can capture that flash of genius, that moment of inspiration, or that list of errands that's too important to forget. Whether you're at home, in the office or on the go, your notes travel with you. And you can share your notes and collaborate with others, across multiple devices!

Here are some more ideas on how to use OneNote:

  • Capture rich notes for classwork, meetings, or research
  • Keep track of your shopping list and mark items off wherever you are
  • Create an itinerary and keep track of your travel plans for your next big vacation
  • Take pictures of receipts and bills to remove some of the paper clutter
  • Collaborate and share ideas with your team
  • Research items and prices to make the best purchasing decision
  • Keep and edit all of your notes



Version 15.28:

  • Optimizations to help improve your note...
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04:42
Airmail 3.2.1 - Powerful, minimal email client.

Airmail is an mail client with fast performance and intuitive interaction. Support for iCloud, MS Exchange, Gmail, Google Apps, IMAP, POP3, Yahoo!, AOL, Outlook.com, Live.com.

Airmail was designed from the ground to retain the same experience with a single or multiple accounts and provide a quick, modern and easy-to-use user experience. Airmail is clean and allows you to get to your emails without interruption -- it's the mail client for the 21st century.

We have taken usability and function to the next level with Airmail and bring a striking-design with support for all major email services. Switch between accounts like a breeze and quick reply to incoming messages within seconds -- email has never been so easy and productive.



Version 3.2.1:

  • Touch Bar support
  • Bug fix



  • OS X 10.8 or later



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04:31
Apple patent shows Siri interjecting in iMessage...

An Apple patent published today describes how Siri could interject in iMessage chats to do things like help schedule meetings based on the location and availability of chat participants.

In one illustration, when one chat participant asks ‘How long ’til you guys get here?’ Siri interjects by checking everyone’s location and then answering the question. In another, a chat participant asks Siri when the group could get together for lunch, and it checks each of their diaries to offer slots when all are free …

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04:30
iClever’s BoostCube provides lots of USB charging in...

If you travel with a lot of Apple devices, iClever’s BoostCube TC04 4-Port USB Wall Charger can save you some space and alleviate cord clutter. The charger has, as you might guess from the moniker, four USB ports. 

This can prevent you from having to carry multiple chargers that each have fewer ports. Also, the BoostCube is a convenient size as it can fit between two standard plugs on a power strip. It can also be plugged into a standard duplex outlet without interfering with the other plug. All of this means the charger is handy for office and home use, as well as for travel.

However, when you’re on the road, the prongs fold in to take up less space. When plugged in, the BoostCube emits a blue light to let you know it has power. 

Note that the iClever device is capped at 40 volts and 8 amps. If you have four newer iPhones and iPads that crave 2.4 amps, you’ll see a bit of...

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04:18
Luminar 1.0 - Powerful, adaptive, configurable image...

Luminar is the world's first photo editor that adapts to your style and skill level. It is the supercharged photo software that makes complex editing easy and enjoyable--and it is as responsive and beautiful as your Mac.

Luminar is powered by the latest photo-processing tech handcrafted by a Macphun team with over 10 years of development experience producing award-winning software beloved by millions.

Features

  • RAW is just the beginning - We take RAW format seriously. That’s why Luminar is also a stellar and fast RAW editor with support for dozens of different cameras. At the same time, RAW photo support is just one component of Luminar’s DNA. All in all, it is a whole new world of photo editing opportunities!
  • Adaptive interface that inspires you to do 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...
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04:18
Luminar 1.0.1 - Powerful, adaptive, configurable...

Luminar is the world's first photo editor that adapts to your style and skill level. It is the supercharged photo software that makes complex editing easy and enjoyable--and it is as responsive and beautiful as your Mac.

Luminar is powered by the latest photo-processing tech handcrafted by a Macphun team with over 10 years of development experience producing award-winning software beloved by millions.

Features

  • RAW is just the beginning - We take RAW format seriously. That’s why Luminar is also a stellar and fast RAW editor with support for dozens of different cameras. At the same time, RAW photo support is just one component of Luminar’s DNA. All in all, it is a whole new world of photo editing opportunities!
  • Adaptive interface that inspires you to do 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...
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04:16
Kool Tools: Duel TMA-2 headphones

Fnatic Gear has collaborated with Danish audio pioneers at AIAIAI to create the US$199.99 Duel TMA-2 headphone (https://aiaiai.dk). It’s an all-in-one headset designed to deliver top-class audio quality during gaming and music listening sessions, whether you’re at home or on-the-move.
 
The Duel TMA-2’s have a soft-rubber coated modular design, enabling users to switch between sound-isolating over-ear pads to soft, padded on-ear cups to suit their preference for maximum comfort and desired sound signature. The Duel TMA-2 pumps out immersive sound using 40mm titanium-coated drivers.

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04:10
Home networking tips for the holiday season

‘Tis the season for family and friends to slow down your home network. In today’s connected world, holiday visitors bring a collection of gadgets that require Internet – likely resulting in extremely slow Wi-Fi and unhappy guests.

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04:00
My Latest Huffington Post Article On Compassion

OK, I don’t talk politics, about personal stuff, etc on this site usually. And I’m not gonna’ start now. But with Give To The Max Day in Minnesota today, I did write an article on the meaning of Compassion on Huffington Post. It can be found at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/charles-edge/what-does-compassion-mean_b_1... if you’re interested in such things; if not, hope you have a wonderful day!

The post My Latest Huffington Post Article On Compassion appeared first on krypted.com.

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04:00
How to migrate to new MacBook Pros using Paragon...

With the release of new MacBook Pros, lots of Mac users will be migrating to thenew systems. Paragon Software has released a guide of seven steps on how to migrate in the most efficient, fastest and safest way and how to securely and permanently wipe data on the old system.

Once you decide to buy Apple’s Lamborghini of laptop computers, you’ll first need to transfer all the data from your old system. Of course, it’s possible to do with built-in Mac utilities like Time Machine or Migration Assistant, but does that really transfer all of your data? The most reliable method is to make a full copy of your disk using a specialized third-party utility like Paragon...

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03:56
Jony Ive says his team looks forward, not back, but...

With Apple’s $199/$299 Designed by Apple in California photo book having received mixed reactions, Jony Ive told Dazed that the company didn’t necessarily actively want to create the book, but felt obligated to do so. This follows an earlier interview with a Japanese design website.

We started the project about eight years ago, with the feeling that we had a responsibility to try and create an archive of what we’ve done. Honestly, it felt more of an...

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03:54
PCalc 4.4.3 - Full-featured scientific calculator.

PCalc is a full-featured, scriptable scientific calculator with support for hexadecimal, octal, and binary calculations, as well as an RPN mode, programmable functions, and an extensive set of unit conversions.

Includes a Notification Center widget, and support for Handoff with the iOS 8 version.



Version 4.4.3:

  • Added support for the Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pros
  • Fixed a problem setting custom decimal and thousands separators
  • Fixed a problem displaying fixed scientific notation with zero decimal places



  • OS X 10.8 or later



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03:33
Safari Technology Preview 10.1 - The newest browser...

Safari Technology Preview contains the most recent additions and improvements to WebKit and the latest advances in Safari web technologies. And once installed, you will receive notifications of updates from the Mac App Store.

Features

  • Shared Links Extensibility. Use the new Shared Links API extension to add link suggestions to the shared links feed on Safari for OS X and iOS.
  • Content Blocking API for Safari extensions. Easily block content from a large collection of webpage resources with minimal overhead and incredibly high performance.
  • Force Touch Trackpad Mouse Events. Create interactivity like never before using new events and force information from the Force Touch Trackpad.
  • CSS Scroll Snapping. Use CSS scroll snapping to keep the focal point of your content in view when scrolling momentum stops.
  • FairPlay Streaming....
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03:00
The Morning After: Thursday, November 17, 2016

We put the 4K-ready Chromecast to the test, saw increasingly less snow around the US, and gawp at the first hybrid Mini -- as well as a whole bunch of new cars coming out of the LA Auto Show. There's also the discovery of a "Watch Dogs 2" character t...

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02:49
Adobe After Effects CC 2017 14.0.1 - Create...

After Effects 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 After Effects customer).

The new, more connected After Effects CC 2017 can make the impossible possible. Get powerful new features like a Live 3D Pipeline that brings CINEMA 4D scenes in as layers - without intermediate rendering. Share work directly from within the application and get access to new features the moment they're released. Your entire creative world, together in one place.

After Effects CC is part of Creative Cloud. That means you have access to all the latest updates and future releases the moment they're available. Sharpen your skills and master new tools with a rich library of training videos. And Creative Cloud is integrated with Behance, so you can share your projects and get...

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02:44
Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2017 11.0.1 - Digital video...

Premiere Pro 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 Premiere Pro customer).

Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2017 lets you edit video faster than ever before. Dozens of brand-new features include a redesigned timeline, improved media management, and streamlined color grading. And it's just the beginning: You'll get access to new features the moment they're released. Your entire creative world, together in one place. Only in Creative Cloud.



Version 11.0.1 (2017):

Note: Now requires OS X 10.10 or later

Note: Update is ~973 MB

  • Important fixes



  • OS X 10.10 or later
  • 4 GB RAM (8 GB recommended)
  • 7200 RPM hard drive or faster
  • 4 GB of available...

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02:24
Amazon Prime Membership for $79 Tomorrow Only, £59...

Amazon is set to cut its Prime annual membership price from $99 for a year to $79 on Friday, November 18. The one-day sale will run from 12am ET until 11:59pm PT and is only available for new members.

Amazon customers in the U.K. can take advantage of a similar promotion beginning today: Anyone who signs up for Amazon Prime between now and the end of Friday will receive a year's subscription for £59 instead of the usual £79 asking price, essentially amounting to three free months of the service.

The promotion coincides with the release of Amazon's new motoring show "The Grand Tour", the first episode of which can be streamed or downloaded on Friday morning by Prime members in the U.K., U.S., Germany, Austria...

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02:09
Streaming-box app comparison: Roku vs. Chromecast vs...

App selection should be one of the biggest factors in choosing a streaming media player, because all the fancy features in the world don’t mean much if you can’t watch the movies, TV shows, and other content that you want.

The good news is that there’s relative app parity among the major streaming-media devices, including Apple TV, Amazon’s Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, the Roku boxes...

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00:05
Twitter Cracks Down on Cyber Hate


Twitter on Tuesday suspended the account of Richard Spencer, one of the leading voices of the alt-right movement. It also expanded the use of several existing tools and changed policies to make it easier for users to fight back against abuse and harassment. Twitter suspended the accounts of Spencer, president of the National Policy Institute, a white nationalist think tank. It also suspended the account of the organization, as well as the accounts of its online magazine and Washington Summit Publishers.

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Wednesday November 16

23:59
Apple invention integrates Siri into iMessage, aids...

An Apple patent application published Thursday suggests the company is investigating the potential of integrating its Siri virtual assistant into Messages, with claims suggesting the feature might assist users with peer-to-peer payments.

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21:27
Report reconfirms 2017 OLED iPhone to be limited by...

A report late Wednesday reconfirms rumors of an OLED iPhone variant anticipated to debut in 2017, noting the advanced display technology might be limited to higher-end models as panel manufacturers currently lack the ability to handle Apple's expectedly large order volume.

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21:13
Supply constraints said to plague Apple’s plans to...

One long-running rumor for next year’s iPhone is the adoption of OLED screen panels. While the Apple Watch and the MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar use OLED technology, the iPhone has stuck with traditional LCD panels. A new report from Bloomberg, however, says that supply constraints may thwart Apple’s plan to switch to OLED panels next year…

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20:59
TextSoap 8.2.1 - Automate tedious text document...

TextSoap can automatically remove unwanted characters, fix up messed up carriage returns, and do pretty much anything else that we can think of to text. Save time and effort. Be more productive.

Stop manually fixing text documents and emails. Let TextSoap help you automate away all that tediousness. And do it all from within your favorite app using TextSoap Menu. Enable it in preferences and access TextSoap in most apps that support standard copy and paste.

Easy to learn for casual users, TextSoap offers the flexibility that expert users need.



Version 8.2.1:

Note: Requires OS X 10.10 or later.

Note: Version 8 is a paid upgrade from previous versions. Upgrade information can be found here.

Fixes

  • Fixed potential crash when selecting button to bring up Find options in window’s Find tab...
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20:59
Airmail 3.2 - Powerful, minimal email client.

Airmail is an mail client with fast performance and intuitive interaction. Support for iCloud, MS Exchange, Gmail, Google Apps, IMAP, POP3, Yahoo!, AOL, Outlook.com, Live.com.

Airmail was designed from the ground to retain the same experience with a single or multiple accounts and provide a quick, modern and easy-to-use user experience. Airmail is clean and allows you to get to your emails without interruption -- it's the mail client for the 21st century.

We have taken usability and function to the next level with Airmail and bring a striking-design with support for all major email services. Switch between accounts like a breeze and quick reply to incoming messages within seconds -- email has never been so easy and productive.



Version 3.2:

  • Touch Bar support
  • Minor fixes and Improvements



  • OS X 10.8 or later



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20:59
Postbox 5.0.6 - 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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20:59
Yasu 4.0.1 - System maintenance app; performs many...

Yasu was created with System Administrators who service large groups of workstations in mind, Yasu (Yet Another System Utility) was made to do a specific group of maintenance tasks quickly within a few clicks, rather than needing to endlessly type shell script commands in the Terminal application.

Yasu allows system administrators, as well as the average user, to conveniently run various system level Unix shell scripts in order to perform maintenance routines and clear the many cache files used by OS X. Yasu was designed to be a simple, intuitive, first line of attack for a Mac that has started "acting up." More often than not, a thorough purge of the cache files on a Mac will bring its behavior back into line.



Version 4.0.1:

  • Many common tasks consolidated into single options, meaning fewer check boxes to deal with.
  • Added the feature to save a preferred set of tasks and recall them with a menu selection.
  • ...
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20:59
DragThing 5.9.17 - Desktop launcher utility.

DragThing is a desktop launcher utility that can launch applications, open documents and folders, store text and picture clippings, and do many other customizable actions with a single click or keystroke.



Version 5.9.17:

  • Fixed a problem with badges on application icons not showing
  • Fixed a problem loading colour sets
  • Fixed a problem opening links in the Help menu



  • OS X 10.7.4 or later



Download Now]]>

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20:59
Microsoft Office 2016 15.28 - Popular productivity...

Microsoft Office 2016 - Unmistakably Office, designed for Mac.

The new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote provide the best of both worlds for Mac users - the familiar Office experience paired with the best of Mac. If you already use Office on a PC or iPad, you will find yourself right at home in Office 2016 for Mac. It works the way you expect, with the familiar ribbon interface and powerful task panes. Mac users will appreciate the modernized Office experience and the integration of Mac capabilities like Full Screen view and Multi-TouchTM gestures. With full Retina display support, your Office documents look sharper and more vibrant than ever.

Office for Mac is cloud-connected, so you can quickly get to the documents you’ve recently used on other devices and pick up where you left off. New, built-in document sharing tools make it easy to invite teammates to work on a document together. When sharing documents, you won’t have to...

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20:59
Firefox 50.0 - 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:

New

  • Updates to keyboard shortcuts
    • Set a preference to have Ctrl+Tab cycle through tabs in recently used order
    • View a page in Reader Mode by using Ctrl+Alt+R (command+alt+r on Mac)...
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20:59
1Password 6.5.1 - Powerful password manager;...

1Password is a password manager that uniquely brings you both security and convenience. It is the only program that provides anti-phishing protection and goes beyond password management by adding Web form filling and automatic strong password generation. Your confidential information, including passwords, identities, and credit cards, is kept secure using strong encryption.

1Password fully supports major Web browsers, including Safari, Firefox, Chrome, and Opera. All browser extensions share the same encrypted data which means you never need to manually copy your passwords between browsers or from the password manager to a browser ever again!

1Password has received numerous awards, including 5 mice from Macworld magazine, MacLife Editors pick, and was the Pick of Week on MacBreak Weekly by both Leo Laporte and Merlin Mann.

1Password is also available for and syncs with Windows, iOS, and Android.



Version 6.5.1:

New...

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20:40
Apple’s OLED Suppliers Won’t Be Able to Meet Demand...

Apple's four main OLED suppliers won't be able to meet the production capacity necessary to match demand for the 2017 iPhone, according to a new report from Bloomberg. Supply constraints are expected to last until 2018.

OLED screens are more difficult to produce in mass quantities than LCD screens, which means Apple is "at the mercy" of suppliers who are willing to produce them in the necessary quantities. Bloomberg notes that the supply constraints may force Apple to either restrict OLED use to one version of the next iPhone or push adoption of the technology back.

While Apple and Samsung have an exclusive OLED deal for 2017, it doesn't guarantee that the company will be able to meet Apple's demand. For example, Samsung's OLED supplies have already been constrained due to its own smartphones, like the Galaxy S7 and S7...

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20:19
Apple researching methods to monitor Parkinson'...

In a potential expansion to its current health and wellness offerings, headlined by ResearchKit and HealthKit, Apple is reportedly investigating the viability of employing Apple Watch and iPhone in real-time monitoring of patients with Parkinson's disease.

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19:15
Watch: Unboxing Apple's 13" and 15"...

Most buyers in the market for Apple's MacBook Pro with Touch Bar will end up purchasing one of two models, the portable but capable 13-inch version or the powerful 15-inch flagship. But choosing one means missing out on an epic dual unboxing. Luckily, they can live vicariously through us.

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17:50
Hands-on impressions: 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch...

After going hands-on with the Late-2016 13-inch MacBook Pro sans Touch Bar, I was finally able to spend some significant hands-on time with the real MacBook Pro for this generation, the Touch Bar-equipped version.

Outside of a few obvious differences, the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar shares the same form factor and design as the version without Apple’s fancy new input method. Therefore, I’m going to avoid rehashing topics that I’ve already covered, such as in-depth impressions of the keyboard, trackpad, display, build quality, etc. If you want a hands-on synopsis of the overall design of the Late-2016 MacBook Pro, then be sure to read our original hands-on post.

These impressions will focus on the areas that differentiate the Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro from the entry-level model. It is here where you’ll find my hands-on impressions of the Touch Bar,...

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17:47
Apple to Integrate Augmented Reality Functionality...

Apple has a team of people working on integrating augmented reality functionality into the iPhone's camera app, reports Business Insider. Employees from several different augmented reality companies Apple has acquired are said to be involved in the effort, including those from Metaio and Flyby Media.

Citing sources familiar with Apple's plans, Business Insider says Apple's goal is for consumers to be able point the phone at a real-world object and have that object be recognized. Apple is already working on similar technology using machine learning techniques and has built basic object recognition capabilities into the Photos app.

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17:44
Apple to reportedly integrate AR features into...

Adding to rumors of Apple's augmented reality ambitions, a report on Wednesday claims the company is working to bring unspecified AR features to its first-party camera app on iPhone.

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17:34
Report: Apple working to integrate augmented reality...

Tim Cook has long expressed his interest in augmented reality, often touting the technology’s capabilities and even suggesting it has more real-world potential than virtual reality. Now, a report from Business Insider offers up some details as to how Apple plans to integrate augmented reality into the iPhone…

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17:27
Apple to halve App Store fees for content providers...

Apple is reportedly planning an App Store fee schedule revision that will see its slice of revenue from subscription video services, and potentially other non-video providers, drop from the customary 30 percent to only 15 percent.

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17:10
Apple to Halve App Store Fees for Subscription Video...

To appease video content makers and lure new video services to the App Store, Apple plans to cut the fees it charges streaming video apps, reports Bloomberg.

Apple normally takes a 30 percent cut of all App Store app purchases and subscriptions, but for subscription-based streaming video apps like Netflix and Hulu, Apple plans to cut its fee to 15 percent. Apple has already reduced the fees for some of its video partners, and will soon extend the 15 percent rate to all subscription video services that are integrated with the company's upcoming TV app.

Apple's hefty cut of sales made via its App Store has long angered partners, some of whom have accused the technology giant of anti-competitive behavior. The concessions speak to the growing importance of video to Apple, which...

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17:08
Apple reportedly set to reduce its revenue cut of...

Apple is reportedly planning to change how it handles subscriptions for video streaming services via the App Store. According to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple will cut the percentage of revenue it takes from streaming video apps in an effort to improve its relationship with those in that industry…

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16:48
Apple dissolves Mac automation management post, Sal...

It was revealed on Wednesday that longtime Apple Product Manager of Automation Technologies Sal Soghoian, whose work is responsible for services like AppleScript and Automator, will be leaving the company in December as his post was recently eliminated.

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16:41
Report details Apple’s negotiations for original TV...

A new report out of The Information this evening outlines more details concerning Apple’s efforts when it moves to securing original content rights. The report, which reiterates some of what we already knew concerning Apple’s efforts, focuses on the company’s reserved and “quixotic” attitudes…

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16:38
In Part Two of Designed by Apple in California, Jony...

Yesterday Patently Apple posted a report titled "A New Hardbound Book from Apple Dedicated to Steve Jobs Memory Chronicles 20 Years of Product Design." In part two, Jony Ive makes the story of design very personal

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16:12
Sal Soghoian

Correct. I joined Apple in January of 1997, almost twenty years ago, because of my profound belief that “the power of the computer should reside in the hands of the one using it.” That credo remains my truth to this day. Recently, I was informed that my position as Product Manager of Automation Technologies was eliminated for business reasons. Consequently, I am no longer employed by Apple Inc. But, I still believe my credo to be as true today as ever.

I’ve known Sal for years, and he is one of the smartest people I’ve ever met. He cared about Apple and the user.

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15:43
Apple Files Figurative Trademarks Relating to Apple...

Late Monday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Reportedly working on Digital Glasses Supporting Telephony and Augmented Reality." Today, Apple filed for two trademarks relating to Apple Watch. So why did Apple list Smart Glasses nine times in their international class coverage?.

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15:29
Twitter introduces new Snapchat-like QR codes for...

As it struggles to keep user growth up to par with services like Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat, Twitter today is rolling out a new way to discover users. Announced in a tweet from a Twitter designer, users can now create custom QR codes to make it easier to follow and discover accounts…

more…

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14:56
Microsoft releases first preview build of Visual...

As expected, Microsoft today made its Visual Studio developer environment available on macOS. The first preview of Visual Studio for Mac is live now, with Microsoft hoping that the cross-platform availability will push more developers to build for Windows.

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13:52
Investment company thinks Apple preparing is...

According to TheStreet, analysts at the investment company Exane BNP Paribas think Apple is tooling up to create custom chips for its next generation of Mac laptops.

Apple is advertising 87 hardware engineering graphics roles, including 10 in London, according to Exane. A search of Apple's website found 62 of those roles, including eight in Apple's Hanover Street office in London.

The graphics job vacancies suggest that Apple is building a completely new chip design team, which in our experience points to a new application," Exane analysts David O'Conner and Jerome Ramel wrote in a note published Wednesday. "The need for computing, CPU and/or GPU skills could point to a custom Apple chip for the Apple MacBook. it is entirely plausible that Apple could produce a beefed up 7mm apps processor ... capable of powering a MacBook in 2018.”

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13:32
iPhone 7/7 Plus adoption outpaced that of the iPhone...

A new report from research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners — as noted by 9to5Mac — shows that iPhone 7 and 7 Plus adoption outpaced that of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus during its first month of sales, although falling short of the iPhone 6/6 Plus launch.

“The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus launch falls between the wildly-successful iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launch in 2014, and the somewhat disappointing launch of the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus in 2015,” said Josh Lowitz, CIRP partner and co-founder. “The combined share for the 7 and 7 Plus launch is up slightly from the 71% share for the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus in 2015, and down considerably from the 81% share for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in 2014. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus benefitted from a new form factor, a larger screen, and the introduction of the even larger and premium-priced...

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13:27
Notable apps and app updates for Nov. 16, 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

Bits&Coffee has released PhotoMarks 3, an update of the photo watermarking app for Macs and PCs, alongside PhotoMarks for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. 

The tool enables photographers, web designers, business people, and families, to protect their copyrighted images on any computer or iOS device they own. PhotoMarks 3 for the Mac can completely customize the appearance of text and logo marks, as well as perform additional edits like resize, rename, auto rotate, or decorate photos with graphical frames, all in the same session. It works by editing photos...

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13:21
About the security content of OS X El Capitan v10.11...

This document describes the security content of OS X El Capitan v10.11.6 and Security Update 2016-004.

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13:12
1Password 6.5.1 - Powerful password manager;...

1Password is a password manager that uniquely brings you both security and convenience. It is the only program that provides anti-phishing protection and goes beyond password management by adding Web form filling and automatic strong password generation. Your confidential information, including passwords, identities, and credit cards, is kept secure using strong encryption.

1Password fully supports major Web browsers, including Safari, Firefox, Chrome, and Opera. All browser extensions share the same encrypted data which means you never need to manually copy your passwords between browsers or from the password manager to a browser ever again!

1Password has received numerous awards, including 5 mice from Macworld magazine, MacLife Editors pick, and was the Pick of Week on MacBreak Weekly by both Leo Laporte and Merlin Mann.

1Password is also available for and syncs with Windows, iOS, and Android.



Version 6.5.1:

New...

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13:09
Microsoft releases preview edition of Visual Studio...

As anticipated earlier this week, Microsoft on Wednesday released Visual Studio for the Mac, bringing over one of its signature Windows developer tools.

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12:56
Report: iPhone 7 adoption higher than iPhone 6...

A new report from research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners today details Apple’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus launch, showing some numbers that support the company’s continued claims of increasing Android switchers and more.

It also shows that the iPhone 7 adoption managed to outpace that of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus during its first month of sales, although falling short of the iPhone 6/6 Plus launch:
more…

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12:52
Podcast 534: The Mac book the isn't a computer

In the week since we last spoke, Susie reviewed the MacBook Pro models with the new Touch Bar. She finds the Touch Bar very useful, a refreshing change in how we use our Macs, and perfectly in line with technology's recent focus on putting the stuff you need in front of you when you need it.

Then Apple announced a vanity project that really stretches the word vanity: _Designed by Apple in California_, a coffee table book slash wordless design manual that could be a cool idea if the proceeds were going to any number of charities. (Spoiler: They are not.) So we share our feelings about that, and then extend the discussion to Apple's attitude overall lately. Let us know your thoughts, too.

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12:50
MacBook Pro teardown reveals pointless speaker...

If you have a new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, don’t think that putting your ears closer to the speaker grilles will make it sound louder. A recent teardown revealed that the grilles are just for show.

According to a teardown of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar by iFixit, the speaker grilles don’t actually align with the internal speakers. In fact, the grilles don’t even go down through the case, which means that Apple put them next to the keyboard for purely “cosmetic” reasons. The sound on the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar actually comes out through the air vents on the sides.

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12:49
Hands-On With the New 'TV' App in the tvOS...

As of this morning, fourth-generation Apple TV owners running the tvOS 10.1 beta were given access to the new "TV" app, which is designed to be a one-stop destination for finding and watching television and movies across the Apple TV and iOS devices.

The TV app, which works hand-in-hand with features like Live Tune-In and Single Sign On, aims to make it easier for users to locate content that's spread across dozens of television and movie apps. In the video below, you can see that the TV app is now fully functional, with a dedicated store, recommended content, and an Up Next syncing feature.

The TV app is organized into several sections. Watch Now, the main menu, feature a collection of shows and movies available from iTunes and other...

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12:46
Postbox 5.0.6 - 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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12:39
Google CEO to meet with EU antitrust chief

Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai will meet in Brussels with EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager and Guenther Oettinger, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, as the final stop in a short tour of the continent, spokespeople for Google and the EU confirmed.

Google is some trouble in the EU and the situation could get much worse.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:27
How to capture screenshots of the new Touch Bar on...

The Touch Bar input strip on new MacBook Pro models is itself a Retina Display, but it doesn't show up as a display in System Report. That's prompted Apple to create specialized support in its Grab app to enable capture of screenshots of its current status.

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12:15
Killer Deal: $100-$200 off Late 2016 13"...

Apple authorized reseller B&H is taking triple digit discounts off select 2016 13-inch MacBook Pro models without a Touch Bar. On top of the instant savings, B&H will not collect sales tax on orders outside NY and expedited shipping is free. In total, shoppers can save $236-$408, making these the largest discounts we've seen on the new models to date.

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12:11
Amazon's Music Unlimited upgrades with monthly...

Amazon on Wednesday launched two Family plans for subscribers to Music Unlimited, its recently-launched competitor to on-demand services like Spotify and Apple Music.

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12:05
Microsoft Announces Visual Studio For Mac

On the sidelines of major announcements such as Microsoft joining the Linux Foundation, and Google joining the .NET Foundation, at its Connect(); 2016 developer conference, Microsoft also announced that it bringing Visual Studio for rival platform Mac. The company also announced a preview of the next version of SQL Server, and a preview of Azure App Service support for containers. From a Venture Beat report:"We want to help developers achieve more and capitalize on the industry's shift toward cloud-first and mobile-first experiences using the tools and platforms of their choice," Microsoft Cloud and enterprise executive vice president Scott Guthrie said in a statement. "By collaborating with the community to provide open, flexible, and intelligent tools and cloud services, we're helping every developer deliver unprecedented levels of innovation." The fact that Microsoft is bringing its IDE to macOS would have arguably been the biggest news of the day, had the company not leaked the...

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11:59
Router configuration – easy security and enhancements

Here are some good, common sense things you can do to make changes to your home router.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:48
How to add or disable Touch ID fingerprints, Apple...

The new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is the first of Apple’s Macs to include a Touch ID sensor built-in for Apple Pay, unlocking the Mac with your fingerprint, and authentication purposes in third-party apps.

Other Macs can use Apple Pay, but they need to use a nearby iPhone or Apple Watch to authenticate and complete the purchase.

Here’s how it works:

more…

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11:42
Valve developer claims macOS SteamVR release coming...

Reiterated by a report on Wednesday, an executive for Valve's Steam digital delivery platform has declared that preliminary versions of the company's VR platform will be available for macOS and Linux very soon.

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11:40
USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 Display Buyer's Guide...

Apple's new MacBook Pro models feature between two and four Thunderbolt 3 ports that carry power, USB, DisplayPort, HDMI, and VGA over a single cable, creating one standard for connecting most accessories and peripherals. Thunderbolt 3 uses the same connector type as USB-C, also called Type-C, meaning the new MacBook Pros are compatible with a growing lineup of USB-C external displays.

USB-C displays can display up to 4K video, transfer data, and charge the new MacBook Pro at up to 60W over a single cable connected between the display and notebook. LG's new UltraFine 5K display, meanwhile, uses Thunderbolt 3 to display 5K video and fully charge the new MacBook Pro at up to 85W. The 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar can drive dual 5K displays, while the 13-inch model can drive one 5K display.

LG launched its...

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11:07
Super Moon photos from around the world
11:01
Apple and original TV content

Apple’s in an interesting, but tough spot here. They could be the vehicle to bring original content to your home with Apple TV, or they could add their own original content and battle with Netflix and Amazon.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:54
Pixelmator 3.6 brings Touch Bar support

Pixelmator 3.6 Cordillera brings full support for macOS Sierra and the all-new MacBook Pro Touch Bar, adds Tabs so you can manage your Pixelmator windows with ease, includes a content-aware Smart Refine feature, Deep Images support, and more.

There are a lot of changes in the latest version, including macOS Sierra and Touch Bar support. This is one of the first apps I install on any of my devices.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:35
Google's Allo gets Fantastic Beasts stickers,...

Allo is the future of Google’s messaging efforts, and the service has been furiously adding new features to make it a more fun and engaging place to have conversations.

The latest update takes advantage of the popularity surrounding the latest Harry Potter-franchise film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. You can grab a sticker pack that adds in characters from the Harry Potter universe, something that’s sure to delight fans.

Additionally, Allo is bringing in background themes as promised, and will suggest emojis based on your conversation. When typing you can hit the “Smart Smiley” button for suggested emojis and stickers that may help you say what you want with a little more pizzazz.

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10:21
Audi, Kia & Genesis announce new vehicles ready...

Several automakers have announced new CarPlay-ready vehicles in anticipation of this week's Los Angeles Auto Show, among them Kia, and luxury brands Audi and Genesis.

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09:53
Amazon Heard the Anger from Apple Fans and has Begun...

Last month Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Sues Mobile Star for Selling Counterfeit Power Adapters and Charging Cables through Amazon." What was surprising in our comment section was the anger aimed at Amazon. Today news has broken that Amazon has filed lawsuits targeting sellers allegedly listing counterfeit goods on its website.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Logitech Harmony Smart Control...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Daily Deals: Logitech Harmony Smart Control...

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09:24
How to create Touch Bar screenshots on the new...

Apple’s new flagship MacBook Pro replaces the function key row with a dynamic multi-touch display called Touch Bar. This new screen changes based on which app you’re currently using and enables quick access to additional functionality throughout macOS.

One example of this is how Touch Bar handles screenshots. Whether you’re using the system keyboard shortcuts to create a screenshot or using the optional screenshot button on Touch Bar, you can assign the app or folder where you want the screenshot to save to on-the-fly.

And since Touch Bar is actually a second display, you can create a screenshot of whatever Touch Bar is displaying using a new system keyboard shortcut…

more…

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09:22
Touch Bar MacBook Pro teardown finds some unpleasant...

iFixit

Apple is selling two new computers that it's calling MacBook Pros: one model without the new Touch Bar and one model with a Touch Bar. But according to a teardown of the Touch Bar model by iFixit, the differences don't stop there. The Touch Bar has an entirely different motherboard, cooling system, and internal layout. Unfortunately some of those changes make it even more difficult to repair than its cousin.

The Touch Bar MacBook Pro has a much larger cooling system than the non-Touch Bar model—it uses two fans instead of one, and the symmetrical and vaguely mustache-...

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09:18
Google Translate is tapping into neural networks for...

Google Translate is rolling out a major upgrade that promises more human-like language translations.

Google is bullish on its Neural Machine Translation technology, claiming that it’s a bigger upgrade to the service than everything that’s been accomplished in the last ten years combined.

The company is rolling out the improvements to eight language pairs in Google search, the Translate apps, and the website. You’ll find the new technology behind translations between English and French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Turkish. Google says that makes up more than 35 percent of all language queries.

To read this...

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09:16
TextSoap 8.2.1 - Automate tedious text document...

TextSoap can automatically remove unwanted characters, fix up messed up carriage returns, and do pretty much anything else that we can think of to text. Save time and effort. Be more productive.

Stop manually fixing text documents and emails. Let TextSoap help you automate away all that tediousness. And do it all from within your favorite app using TextSoap Menu. Enable it in preferences and access TextSoap in most apps that support standard copy and paste.

Easy to learn for casual users, TextSoap offers the flexibility that expert users need.



Version 8.2.1:

Note: Requires OS X 10.10 or later.

Note: Version 8 is a paid upgrade from previous versions. Upgrade information can be found here.

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09:11
Everything you need to know about USB-C &...

Apple has decisively transitioned its new MacBook Pros to use the slim, unidirectional new USB-C port first introduced on the Retina MacBook a year and a half ago. Its latest MacBook Pro machines not only supply more connectors, but also support the enhanced new USB 3.1 Gen 2 and Thunderbolt 3 protocols for blazing fast wired connectivity and high resolution displays.

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08:57
Apple marketing power, inconsistent video purchasing...

With Apple both throwing its weight around to capture exclusives for video content -- and not willing to get in a bidding war with other streaming services for content -- Hollywood is said to be beginning to question the company's future intentions as a media venue.

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08:35
Manhattan DA's office says it has 423 uncracked...

The Manhattan district attorney's office now has 423 uncrackable devices in its evidence room, all of them Apple products running iOS 8 or later, according to a new report.

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08:29
Amazon’s iPhone app now gives you X-Ray vision for...

Tucked in Amazon’s big Black Friday news this morning was the announcement of a handy Package X-Ray feature for its iPhone shopping app. The app can now leverage your iPhone’s camera to reveal the contents of an Amazon delivery without having to actually open up the package or hunt down tracking numbers.

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08:28
Researchers discover that Certain Cheap Android...

In 2014 Cisco's Annual Security Report revealed that 99% of all malware targeted Android devices. Then there was the ransomware problem and now there's even a larger problem for some Android users ...

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08:27
Apple Eyes Original Content, But Looks to Avoid...

Apple has shown a willingness to buy projects that can help promote its services, but its interest in acquiring original content remains tepid, according to The Information. The report claims Apple is not interested in getting into billion-dollar bidding wars over projects with rivals such as Netflix and Amazon.

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Apple bought an unscripted TV series based on James Corden's highly popular "Carpool Karaoke" segment to promote Apple Music, for example, while it is also planning an original TV series called Vital Signs, described as a dark semi-autobiographical drama starring Beats co-founder and Apple executive Dr. Dre....

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08:22
NewBlue announces new version of its flagship...

NewBlue (www.NewBlueFx.com) has announced the newest version of its flagship titling tool, Titler Pro 5. The tool accelerates titling by delivering a familiar workflow with a range of pre-built templates and animations/

Titler Pro 5 has over 100 customizable animated templates. A new, integrated multi-title management system allows users to edit text, color, and more – all at the same time, from a single location. With template sharing, users can make a single edit and watch it automatically update all the connected templates.

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08:11
The next versions of Visual Studio are here on...

Microsoft’s Connect developer conference kicked off Wednesday with some expected news: The next versions of the Visual Studio IDE have arrived on Windows and Mac. (Yep, you read that right.)

After a set of leaks from MSDN Magazine on Monday, the company officially confirmed Wednesday morning that it’s bestowing the Visual Studio brand on Xamarin Studio, a C# development environment for the Mac that the company acquired earlier this year when it bought the company of the same name. In addition, Microsoft’s confusingly named Visual Studio “15” has been officially renamed Visual Studio 2017 and given a release candidate at the show.

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08:00
MacX Media Management Bundle: Turn DVDs into files...

We live in a wonderful age where we no longer need to fill shelves with videotapes, vinyl albums, CDs, or DVDs. Most media is now available in digital formats that can bring the music or movie to life without taking up physical space. Our Apple World Today Deals Shop Deal of the Day is perfect for converting those videos that aren't available yet. It's the MacX Media Management Bundle ($19.95)!

The bundle consists of three powerful tools from Digiarty:

MacX DVD Ripper Pro ($59.95 value)

You'll need a SuperDrive or similar DVD-compatible drive for your Mac, and with that drive and MacX DVD Ripper Pro you'll have your DVD library converted to digital files in no time flat. MacX DVD Ripper Pro does much more than just grab DVD...

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07:55
Microsoft Office 2016 15.28 - Popular productivity...

Microsoft Office 2016 - Unmistakably Office, designed for Mac.

The new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote provide the best of both worlds for Mac users - the familiar Office experience paired with the best of Mac. If you already use Office on a PC or iPad, you will find yourself right at home in Office 2016 for Mac. It works the way you expect, with the familiar ribbon interface and powerful task panes. Mac users will appreciate the modernized Office experience and the integration of Mac capabilities like Full Screen view and Multi-TouchTM gestures. With full Retina display support, your Office documents look sharper and more vibrant than ever.

Office for Mac is cloud-connected, so you can quickly get to the documents you’ve recently used on other devices and pick up where you left off. New, built-in document sharing tools make it easy to invite teammates to work on a document together. When sharing documents, you won’t have to...

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07:48
Wacom announces Cintiq Pro line of pen displays

Wacom (www.wacom.com) has announced the Wacom Cintiq Pro line of creative pen displays, the Cintiq Pro 13 and Cintiq Pro 16. The line “wraps the most natural and precise pen performance to date into a sleek, thin and portable form factor to help designers, illustrators, photographers or anyone with a passion for art to unlock their creativity,” says Masahiko Yamada, president and CEO of Wacom.

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07:48
Apple-authorized reseller in Czech Republic expects...

Announced back in September, Apple's completely wireless AirPods still do not have a concrete shipping date, though one international reseller claims they won't arrive this month, instead becoming available in December.

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07:48
Seagate crams a massive 5TB into a portable hard...

Just in time for the holiday travel season, Seagate’s rolling out a device built for on-the-go folks with an insatiable thirst for more space. Later in November, you’ll be able to pick-up a Seagate Backup Plus Portable drive with a whopping five terabytes of storage capacity. That’s enough room to store about 1,000 high-definition movies, or three AAA PC games. (Just kidding, you can probably store twenty or so.)

Seagate is setting the price for the 2.5-inch external hard drive at $190. It comes in a 0.8-inch thick aluminum case with color options in black, silver, red, or blue, so you can look stylish stashing files at the airport. The device uses USB 3.0, and Seagate says you can expect data transfer rates up to 120MB/s, which is the standard on Seagate’s portable and slim drives.

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07:45
Firefox 50.0 - 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.



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  • Updates to keyboard shortcuts
    • Set a preference to have Ctrl+Tab cycle through tabs in recently used order
    • View a page in Reader Mode by using Ctrl+Alt+R (command+alt+r on Mac)...
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07:41
Bits&Coffee releases PhotoMarks 3 for macOS, iOS...

Bits&Coffee has released PhotoMarks 3 (http://www.photomarksapp.com/), an update of the photo watermarking app for Macs and PCs, alongside PhotoMarks for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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07:40
MacBook Pro Diary: I’ve come to terms with the fact...

I’ve always upgraded my MacBooks. Usually, I would spec out my machine with the best processor and GPU, and couple that to the bare-bones RAM and drive, then upgrade those components myself to avoid the Apple premium. Sometimes I’d upgrade more than once during a machine’s lifetime.

My Late 2011 17-inch MacBook Pro, for example, was bought with 8GB RAM and a 750GB hard drive. I immediately upgraded the RAM to 16GB – a ten-minute task – and swapped out both the hard drive and optical drive for two 1TB hard drives. Later on, when SSD prices fell to more sensible levels, I swapped out the spinning metal drives for a couple of 1TB SSDs. In this way, the 17-inch machine I was reluctant to give up has remained remarkably usable even five years on.

That approach is no longer an option. The RAM has long been soldered on in MacBooks, and the past couple of days confirmed what I suspected about the new MacBook...

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07:34
Apple’s iPad will continue to dominate the tablet...

Global market research firm TrendForce estimates that global tablet shipments for 2016 will total around 154.5 million units, translating to an annual decline of 8.3%.  However, Apple will remain the top tablet maker, though its market share is project to drop from 26.1% this year to 24.8% in 2017.

TrendForce thinks Apple will launch more affordable iPads to maintain its market share. Amazon made a splash in the tablet market with price-friendly products in 2015. Since then, Amazon’s tablet shipments rose sharply for two consecutive years, and its competitors have also shifted their focus on low-price models. 

“To narrow Amazon’s lead in this particular segment, Apple will be introducing a more affordable 9.7-inch iPad device in the first quarter of 2017,” TrendForce notebook analyst Anita Wang says. “While this low-price model is expected to be the main driver of iPad shipments for the entire year, whether it will be a hit...

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07:34
Latest AirPods release date hint expects launch next...

Apple’s new AirPods appear to take totally wireless earphones one step further than any competitor so far, but we can’t be too sure just yet because of the delayed release and impending launch. AirPods were originally set to release in late October, then Apple said it needed ‘a little more time’ to ensure they’re ready for customers.

We’re now moving past the iPhone 7 launch and into the holiday shopping season with no set launch date for AirPods, but there are a few guesses at just when we should expect to buy Apple’s new wireless earbuds …

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07:25
Apple to hold 8.3% of the notebook market in 2017...

Global notebook shipments for 2016 is estimated to decline by 4% compared with the prior year to around 157.9 million units, reports global research firm TrendForce. The good news for Apple: it’s expected to hold 8.3% of the notebook OS market next year as it benefits from shipments of the latest MacBook Pros. That will be up from 7.9% this year.

On a down note, notebook shipments will continue to fall next year as the LCD panel market experiences a structural supply shortage, according to TrendForce notebook analyst Anita Wang. Shipments of HD resolution (1366 x 768), Twisted Nematic (TN) panels for mainstream-size notebook displays will decrease by 10% between 2016 and 2017, she adds.

However,, Apple is unlikely to experience notebook panel shortage in the future because the brand is a major client of panel makers. The market share of Microsoft Windows, by contrast, will keep contracting in 2017 as other branded notebook...

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07:23
GraphicConverter: the photo conversion Swiss Army...

I’ve been a fan of GraphicConverter for decades. It’s probably the first image editor I ever used on my Mac, back in 1994. The developer has been faithful to the app and the Mac community for more than 20 years. And he’s a really nice guy as well.

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07:20
What Apple would have to do to comply with Donald...

President-elect Donald Trump has pushed a protectionist proposal that could to force Apple "to build their damn computers and things in this country." It's a suggestion that has been outright dismissed by most observers -- but should it be?

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07:17
Audi, Genesis, and Kia Debut New CarPlay Vehicles at...

A number of new CarPlay-enabled vehicles are making their North American debuts ahead of the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show this week, including models from Audi, Kia, and Hyundai's luxury brand Genesis.

Interior of all-new 2018 Audi Q5 (European model shown)

Audi introduced a trio of CarPlay vehicles, including the all-new 2018 A5 and S5 cars and Q5 SUV. Audi's standard smartphone interface provides CarPlay and Android Auto integration via USB connection. The vehicles will arrive at U.S. dealerships in spring 2017. Pricing has yet to be announced.

Kia's latest CarPlay vehicle is the...

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07:17
Posters for sequels we’ll never see may restore your...

I’d pay good money to see the sequel to Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

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07:16
VR coming to the Mac ‘in a few months’

Windows is the dominant computing platform for VR gaming right now. However, Valve will encourage wider operating system support by bringing a SteamVR beta to macOS and Linux systems "in the next few months,” according to a Hexus report.

Valve’s Joe Ludwig made the statement during a talk at the Steam Dev Days event in Seattle in October. He said that the company's view is that VR should be as open to innovation as possible and this would mean the elimination of platform “gatekeepers” such as Windows if it were the only platform to support VR entertainment and gaming. Developers and users are asking Valve for VR support on other operating systems, Ludwig said.

Valve is the creator of Steam, the game platform that distributes and manages thousands of games directly to a community of more than 65...

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07:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: A "pop-up"...

New accessories of the week

This week’s roundup of accessories includes the Spontaneous Pop-Up Display—portable enough to fit in your bag, big enough for gameplay and serious work. Read on!

Arovia Spontaneous

The Spontaneous Pop-Up Display (a $349 pledge on Kickstarter) is a nifty idea: It lets you create a large, desktop-monitor-sized display for your iOS device or MacBook—but does it with a device that’s a bit like a pop-up tent, meaning it’s very portable, easy to set up and break down. Apparently it’s a popular idea: The makers had a Kickstarter goal of raising $33,000 to get the SPUD into production; with a month left to go they’ve already raised more than $440,000.

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06:55
Testing a Tesla to avoid hitting humans

Watch the Tesla Model S as a tester stands in the road, walks into the road, etc. Fascinating.

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06:52
13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar teardown shows...

The first full tear-down of Apple's 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar has concluded, with confirmation of a non-removable SSD, and as expected the computer has little possibility of user repairability.

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06:50
Ars Technica MacBook Pro Touch Bar review

One of the best technical MacBook Pro Touch Bar reviews I’ve yet read. Lots of detail, pictures, along with the Touch Bar video embedded in the main post.

Nice job by Andrew Cunningham. Lots of little details, especially useful if you are comparing 13″ and 15″ or Touch Bar, non-Touch Bar models.

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06:48
32 must-use IFTTT applets to help you handle the...

f you’ve not yet used or created any IFTTT “recipes,” the holiday season is as good a time as any to start. After all, who wants to take valuable attention away from a New Year’s Eve celebration to post a greeting to your social media followers?

If you’ve never heard of IFTTT, it stands for “If This, Then That.” And it’s a free service that connects other services and invokes automated actions, such as auto backup of your Instagram photos to Google Drive.  Automated IFTTT tasks used to be called “recipes,” but they are now referred to as “applets.” IFTTT says the new applets offer more functionality than recipes and developers can reportedly integrate them into their products more easily.

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06:46
Amazon Music Unlimited launches $15/month or $150/...

Following a launch of its new Amazon Music Unlimited plan in the U.S. last month followed by an EU launch earlier this week, today the company announced a family plan option for the service. 

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06:43
Super Mario Run, here December 15th, adds a fun home...

Want to get a sense of the game? Go here. And be sure to click the arrows on the side of the screen. There’s lots of content here, all designed to whet your appetite for the game.

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06:40
Command-Tab Plus is a new keyboard-centric app...

Note-Ify Apps has introduced Command-Tab Plus 1.0 for macOS. It’s an alternative for Mac's built-in Command-Tab app switcher. 

With Command-Tab Plus, you use icon numbers to quickly select and switch between apps. To do that, use a shortcut to open the switch window and simply press the app number on the keyboard. 

When using Command-Tab Plus, it displays only the icons of the apps running on the current display or space. This means it isolates the apps in one space, and the apps in other spaces. However, you can disable this function in the app's settings.

By default, Command-tab Plus hides the icons of all inactive (hidden) apps. This function allows you to quickly switch between the apps you’re using at the moment. The Command-Tab Plus settings let you enable the hidden apps to be shown, so the inactive apps icons will be marked (semitransparent) and displayed at the end of the list. 

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06:39
John Gruber’s take on the new MacBook Pro and the...

This is a bit of a long post, too multi-faceted to do it justice with a few call outs. But this one paragraph resonates big time:

To me, an iPad in notebook mode — connected to a keyboard cover — is so much less nice than a real notebook. And the difference is more stark when compared to a great notebook, like these MacBook Pros. There are advantages to the tablet form factor, but no tablet will ever be as nice as a notebook as these MacBook Pros. I also prefer MacOS over iOS for, well, “doing work”. I think I’m more productive on a Mac than I am on an iPad. I can’t prove it, but even if I’m wrong, the fact that I feel like it’s true matters. I always feel slightly hamstrung working on an iPad. I never do on a Mac (at least once I’ve got it configured with all the apps and little shortcuts, scripts, and utilities I use).

I love the idea of the Touch Bar, happy to have more functionality on my Mac. But the key element that keeps me on my Mac is the idea of a pointer I...

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06:38
Note-ify Apple releases Command-Tab Plus for the Mac

Note-Ify Apps has introduced Command-Tab Plus 1.0 (http://commandtab.noteifyapp.com) for macOS. It’s an alternative for Mac's built-in Command-Tab app switcher.

With Command-Tab Plus, you use icon numbers to quickly select and switch between apps. To do that, use a shortcut to open the switch window and simply press the app number on the keyboard.

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06:31
Three Smartflash patent claims against Apple are...

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has invalidated the asserted claims of three Smartflash media storage patents, including two that were part of a $533 million jury verdict against Apple in 2015, finding most of them to be abstract, reports Law360.

In separate America Invents Act covered business method reviews, the PTAB on Nov. 10 effectively invalidated all the claims that remained of the three Smartflash patents in the instant cases, following a series of related decisions in recent months, the article adds.

Filed in 2013, the original lawsuit claims that the iTunes Store, the Apple App Store, the Mac App Store, and Apple's other transaction services infringe on three Smartflash patents that cover "data storage and...

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06:31
Apple's MacBook Pro Touch Bar currently lets...

In Safari, the Touch Bar on Apple's new MacBook Pro can currently be used to scrub through YouTube videos -- including normally unskippable 30-second pre-roll ads, owners have discovered.

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06:25
‘iFixIt’ tears down the 13-inch MacBook Pro with...

The gang at iFixIt, which tears down tech products to look at their innards, has released a “teardown” of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. 

As Apple's second OLED-equipped device, the Touch Bar MBP also shares some family ties with the Apple Watch. iFixIt found two custom Apple chips right where the Touch Bar interfaces with the logic board. Presumably one of these is the T1 processor powering the Touch Bar. Teardown highlights include:

The MacBook’s speaker grilles don’t actually cover the speakers—and the grille holes aren’t even holes. They’re mostly cosmetic dimples (with a few tiny holes reserved for a pair of tweeters). Instead, the sound is directed through vents on the sides of the computer and into your earholes.

With MagSafe gone, a wayward step on the power cord is more likely to damage your ports—so, it's...

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06:16
Apple nabs exclusive first access rights to doc on...

CNET reports that Apple has secured exclusive first access rights to "808," a documentary film that explores the birth, popularity and influence of the Roland TR-808.

It's narrated by Apple Music's own Beats 1 DJ, Zane Lowe, and features a variety of interviews with the likes of Pharrell, Questlove, Rick Rubin, Afrika Bambaataa, David Guetta and more. The doc originally premiered at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival. Those who subscribe to Apple Music can watch it now. It will be available Dec. 19 to rent or download from iTunes.

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06:09
Samsung Acquires NewNet Communications to Accelerate...

On Monday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Samsung Aggressively Gets into Apple's Face with Moves into AI and Telematics with Harman Acquisition." Yesterday Samsung made another huge software acquisition. Samsung has announced that they've acquired Canadian company NewNet Communication Technologies. The new technology will be used in future smartphone and connected car businesses.

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