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Thursday January 26

10:10
Customizing a Computer? Here's What You Need


There are plenty of reasons to build a custom computer. While custom computers may initially be more expensive than prepackaged desktops or laptops, they can provide you with nearly endless possibilities, whether you're looking for a top-notch gaming machine, a system for mixing music, or the ideal choice for developing Web applications. A custom computer is the way to go if you want both performance and flexibility. Upgrading individual parts often is less expensive than buying a new computer, which could save you money in the long run.

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10:07
Apple's Swift ranks second in fastest-growing...




When looking to hire independents, organizations have quickly made Apple's Swift programming language one of the most sought-after skills, freelance marketplace Upwork said on Thursday.

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09:31
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 12″ MacBook $300 off, 13″...

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:

Best Buy is slashing prices on Apple’s 12-inch MacBook: save $300 on all models, priced from $1,000 +...

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09:30
Parking difficulty indicator in Google Maps

Factoring in time for parking can make or break a night out, let alone making it to that big meeting on time. So in 25 metro areas throughout the U.S., we’ve introduced a new parking difficulty icon in Google Maps for Android that’ll give you a heads up on what kind of parking crunch to prepare for when you’re on the go.

That’s helpful.

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09:19
Facebook adds macOS-compatible USB security keys for...




As part of a security and privacy revamp, Facebook is offering users worried about their privacy and potential account compromises a new authentication procedure, one that relies upon a physical security key to perform extra authentication before an account can be accessed.

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08:59
Apple sued over singer’s right of publicity in...

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An iPhone ad featuring the Jamie xx song "I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)" is the subject of a lawsuit filed Tuesday in California Superior Court.

The plaintiff's convoluted connection to Apple is laid out by The Hollywood Reporter, which was first to report the case. "I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)" is the most popular track on Jamie xx's 2015 Grammy-nominated album In Colors. That album includes samples from a 1971 song by The Persuasions called "Good Times."

Persuasions lead singer Jerome Lawson is the...

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08:49
Apple Support iPhone app now available in 22 markets

Apple's Support app for iPhone and iPad is a really useful tool to have, giving users instant access to support articles on a variety of topics as well as a way to immediately work with an Apple rep through chat, phone or email. This week, the app was expanded to France, Germany, Spain and the UK, bringing the total number of markets covered by the Support app to 22. 

The free app identifies all devices linked to a specific Apple ID, displays guides for common issues or tasks, and also offers a fast way to set up appointments with Apple retail Genius Bar personnel or Apple Authorized Service Provider.

Support was first rolled out in the Netherlands last November, followed by the US, Turkey and Sweden in December. Users in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Macau, Mexico, Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, Sweden,...

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08:30
Apple Support iPhone app reaches 22 markets with...




Apple's official Support app for iPhone and iPad is now available to download in 22 regions, some additions this week being France, Germany, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

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08:24
Google Maps for iOS now offers live Popular Times...

There's a war going on, and it's between the Apple Maps app and Google Maps. Yesterday's update of the Google Maps iOS app gave it the lead in the battle with the addition of a new live integration of the Popular Times feature. 

Popular Times is nothing new -- it's been available since 2015, showing users the times to avoid going to popular places. It does so by taking anonymized GPS data from users to see how many people are at a particular location. The update now adds live data to the mix, showing iOS users if a place is less or more crowded than usual.

There's also a new bit of data that shows how long people usually spend at a location, which can be helpful if you're looking to squeeze in a quick lunch at a popular spot. Google Maps also added  support for quick access to addresses that have been copied to the iOS clipboard. 

I personally prefer...

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08:13
Apple’s Swift ranks No. 2 in Upwork’s Q4 2016 Skills...

Upwork, the world’s largest freelancing website, today released its latest quarterly index of the hottest skills in the U.S. freelance job market. The Upwork Skills Index ranks the marketplace’s 20 fastest-growing skills being hired for among freelancers — now 35 percent of the U.S. workforce.

The 20 fastest-growing freelance skills in Q4 2016 all experienced more than 100 percent year-over-year growth with the top 10 experiencing more than 200 percent year-over-year growth.

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07:44
How to eliminate drop shadows in macOS screenshots

Got into a nice Twitter discussion this morning about screen shot technique. Make your way through the responses for some solid tips.

The linked Tidbits article (from 2015 but still fresh) covers two important points: How to disable drop shadows for all screen shots as well as a really nice technique to add a border to a screenshot. Good stuff, worth a look.

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07:37
Three ways to enhance your Mac Safari experience

Nice set of tips from The App Factor.

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07:35
Wine reaches milestone version 2.0 release, with 64-...




The team behind Wine, a tool that allows Windows programs to run on macOS and other operating systems, has released version 2.0 of the open source software, with 64-bit support for macOS included as part of 6,600 changes.

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07:32
How to download a Windows disk image for free

OS X Daily:

Did you know you can download a Windows 10 disc image free from Microsoft? This is seemingly little known, but yes you can download a complete legitimate Windows 10 ISO without registering or even having a product key, and you can install and run the entirety of Windows 10 using the image too.

I have not done this, but good to know, especially if you want to do a Boot Camp install to run a single application or test. Bookmark and pass along.

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07:32
Apple ships 2.5M iPhones in India during 2016,...




Apple shipped 2.5 million iPhones in India during the whole of 2016 -- a third of those in the fourth quarter, when the iPhone 7 launched in the country, according to Counterpoint research data released this week.

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07:29
Apply for credentials to attend the next SpaceX...

NASA:

Social media users are invited to apply for credentials to attend the launch of the Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Dragon cargo spacecraft with to the International Space Station. The launch from Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida is currently targeted for no earlier than February 2017. The exact launch date and time still are under review. This will be the first cargo mission launched from Kennedy’s historic Launch Complex 39A, where numerous Apollo and space shuttle missions lifted off.

If your passion is to communicate and engage the world via social media, then this is the event for you! Seize the opportunity to be on the front line to blog, tweet or Instagram everything about SpaceX’s tenth commercial resupply mission to the space station. The rocket will deliver several tons of supplies, including new science experiments and technology research.

A maximum of 50 social media users will be...

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07:26
Dan Aykroyd’s tribute to Carrie Fisher

Dan Aykroyd, writing about his romantic relationship with Carrie Fisher:

While in Chicago we obtained blood tests for compatibility from an East Indian female doctor. Contemplating marriage, I gave Carrie a sapphire ring and subsequently in the romance she gave me a Donald Roller Wilson oil painting of a monkey in a blue dress next to a tiny floating pencil, which I kept for years until it began to frighten my children.

The writeup is a bit bizarre, but really captures something of Carrie’s spirit.

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07:20
Apple Set To Join Amazon, Google, Facebook in AI...

Apple will take a significant step toward disclosing more of its artificial intelligence research this week by becoming a member of a non-profit AI research consortium founded by five of the tech industry's biggest players, reports Bloomberg. Last September, Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and IBM publicly announced The Partnership on AI, an organisation established "to study and formulate best practices, to advance the public's understanding of AI, and to serve as an open platform for discussion and engagement about AI and its influences on people and society." Apple released its first AI paper to the public last year.


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07:19
Apple said to join Amazon, IBM, Microsoft, Google,...

From the partnership page:

In support of the mission to benefit people and society, the Partnership on AI intends to conduct research, organize discussions, share insights, provide thought leadership, consult with relevant third parties, respond to questions from the public and media, and create educational material that advance the understanding of AI technologies including machine perception, learning, and automated reasoning.

As much as we’ve learned about artificial intelligence, we’re still on the steepest part of the learning curve. We’re still working out the mechanics, just barely touching on the important philosophical issues.

Glad to hear news that Apple looks to be joining this group. Keep an eye on...

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07:17
Upwork lists Swift as 2nd fastest-growing skill...

Upwork, a website dedicated to connecting freelancers with projects, has just released their latest quarterly report of the fastest-growing skills seen on their site. Today’s release lists the top 20 fastest-growing skills from Q4 of 2016. Without much of a surprise, natural language processing is listed up at number one, with Apple’s Swift programming language coming in strong at number two.

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07:05
Smart Home Diary: Getting started with HomeKit

London is my favorite place in the world, but there are a few downsides to living here – and one of those is that some tech takes a while to cross the Atlantic. HomeKit was one example. Different plug sockets and using 240v instead of 110v means that we needed to wait for UK-specific versions of HomeKit-compatible kit.

I also had various items of non-compatible Smart Home technology that made it a little financially painful to go all-in on HomeKit. I was, for example, an early adopter of WeMo, with a socket switch for each of my standard lamps, all of which needed to be replaced.

But no self-respecting gadget lover could pass up the opportunity for voice-control – and that, plus the greater capabilities, eventually made the switch to HomeKit irresistible. This piece doubles as a diary of my own experiences and a how-to guide to getting started with HomeKit …

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07:04
Analysts predict drop in average iPhone selling...

Ahead of Apple’s financial earnings call covering the holiday quarter, analysts are speculating that the average selling price for iPhones has declined. A report from Bloomberg shares that even though there may be growth for total iPhone units shipped compared with the year ago quarter, predictions say it will be the strong rise in Apple’s services that will increase revenue for the quarter.

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06:54
Chrome, Firefox start warning users when websites...

The war on insecure webpages has begun, and Mozilla fired the first shot.

Recently, Mozilla rolled out Firefox 51 to its mainstream user base. With the new release comes an insecure warning on any page that offers a login form over an HTTP connection instead of HTTPS. Chrome plans to follow suit with version 56, expected to be released to mainstream users on Tuesday, January 31, as Ars Technica first pointed out.

HTTP uses an open, unencrypted connection between you and the website you’re visiting that could be intercepted by anyone monitoring traffic between you and the site. For that reason, it’s never a good idea to share login or credit card information over an HTTP connection. Most major sites offer the encrypted version—HTTPS—but every now and then you’ll come across a site that doesn’t.

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06:41
Apple is joining the 'Partnership on AI'...

It's being reported that Apple is set to join the 'Partnership on AI' – an artificial intelligence research group that includes Amazon.com Inc., Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Facebook Inc. and Microsoft Corp.

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06:20
DEVONtechnologies updates all editions of DEVONthink...

DEVONtechnologies (www.devontechnologies.com) has updated all editions of its intelligent information and document manager DEVONthink for Mac. The new version imports notes and attachments from Apple Notes, makes importing UNIX mailboxes easier, and improves fullscreen text editing.

Version 2.9.9 shows encrypted PDFs on macOS Sierra again and fixes additional PDF bugs related to Apple's latest Mac operating system. All updates are free and recommended for all users.

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06:16
Apple rumored to start construction on second...




Apple may be working on a new Belgian store, this time in the city of Bruges, according to claims made on Thursday -- though firm evidence of the project has yet to appear.

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06:14
DEVONthink Pro 2.9.9 - Knowledge base, information...

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

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

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05:56
Apple reportedly close to joining Partnership on AI...




Apple could help further research efforts in the field of artificial intelligence in the future, with a report claiming it will be joining the Partnership on AI, a non-profit group that counts, Google, Facebook, other major tech companies in its membership.

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05:53
Apple granted a patent for its Find My Friends...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 20170026796) for “identifying and locating users on a mobile network.” It involves the iOS app/service, Find My Friends.

With Find My Friends, you can follow and track folks with your iPhone or iPad. You can also share your location with the people you choose. Location is determined using GPS in the iOS device when Location Services are turned on. Notifications appear when a user requests another user to see where they are or is turned on through the message application. It can also be accepted through Facebook sharing options. Find My Friends can be turned on and off at any time.

Here’s Apple’s summary of the invention: “A system and method of locating ‘friends’ having mobile devices connected to a network and associated with a user account is disclosed. The method includes sending a request to a mobile device, the mobile device determining its present geographic location and responding to the requestor with this information...

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05:52
Hugo Barra Set to Lead Facebook's Virtual...

On Monday we reported that Hugo Barra left Xiaomi abruptly after a devastating quarter. It now appears that it was Barra who left abruptly to take a position at Facebook to lead their Virtual Reality business which includes the Oculus unit.

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05:36
Apple reportedly set to join the Partnership on AI

Apple is reportedly set to join the Partnership on AI, an artificial intelligence research group that includes Amazon, Alphabet’s Google, Facebook, and Microsoft. Apple’s admission into the group could be announced as soon as this week, reports Bloomberg, quoting unnamed “people familiar with the situation.”

Partnership on AI (the full name is Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society) is a technology industry consortium focused on establishing best practices for artificial intelligence systems and to educate the public about AI. Its goal is to “conduct research, recommend best practices, and publish research under an open license in areas such as ethics, fairness and inclusivity; transparency, privacy, and interoperability; collaboration between...

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05:35
LibreOffice 5.2.5.1 - Free, open-source office suite.

LibreOffice is an office suite (word processor, spreadsheet, presentations, drawing tool) compatible with other major office suites. The Document Foundation is coordinating development and maintenance of this OpenOffice.org fork.

Many different language versions are available here.



Version 5.2.5.1:

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.



  • OS X 10.8 or later



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05:32
Google Translate iOS app can now do live Word Lens...

Google Translates’s augmented reality feature, Word Lens, now works with Japanese. As with other supported languages, you simply point your iPhone camera at a Japanese sign, notice, menu or similar and it will instantly overlay the English text – even without a data connection.

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05:15
Apple releases Safari Technology Preview release 22...

It’s not a huge update, but it’s fun to play with.

Apple’s experimental web browser, Safari Technology Preview, was updated on Wednesday with a variety of bugs fixes and performance improvements impacting CSS, JavaScript, Web Inspector and more.

Safari Technology Preview 10.2 release 22, packs in a series of patches including enhanced JavaScript and CSS handling, as well as general website rendering.

The new additions include improvements to Web Inspector, which now has a a new user interface zoom level function directly in the Settings tab, which can now be accessed via a keyboard shortcut.

In addition, Apple lets users sync iCloud data with the browser to make it easier to use it as a daily driver while testing out new features. Google and Mozilla have offered developer channels for beta and alpha versions of Chrome and Firefox for some time, so Safari Technology Preview was a much-welcome addition for developers.

Developers can download...

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05:13
Qualcomm CEO slams Apple for 'without merit...

Senior executives at Qualcomm slammed Apple on Wednesday for lawsuits filed in the last week alleging the smartphone chip-maker significantly overcharged it for licensing fees.

The spat saw cases filed last Friday in California and this week in Beijing and were top of mind when Qualcomm conducted an earnings call with analysts on Wednesday.

For 15 minutes, Qualcomm executives criticized Apple’s moves, calling the two lawsuits “without merit” and accused the iPhone-maker of trying to use them as a way to reduce the royalties the iPhone maker pays to Qualcomm. 

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05:00
Apple to incorporate SiriKit functionality into...

Per new developer documentation released on Tuesday, it looks like you’ll be able to control Siri via your Apple Watch in order to interact with third-party applications.

The feature is one of a handful of enhancements expected to arrive in the upcoming operating system, watchOS 3.2, which will also introduce a “Theater Mode” option.

With the update, you’ll be able to mute the sound on your Apple Watch or disable the device’s feature to wake the screen when you raise your wrist. This should allow you to be less intrusive to others when watching a movie or being in a darkened room where you’re expected to keep quiet.

The SiriKit feature, which is making its way to watchOS, will allow you to speak commands to your Apple Watch.

SiriKit was already available on iPhone and iPad in iOS 10, but Apple Watch may be the most useful platform for the functionality.

According to Apple’s release notes on watchOS 3.2, not all apps will be able to take...

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05:00
Apple tops the list of U.S. corporations seeking to...

According to a new report from employee-employer matching company Indeed — as noted by PYMTS.com —  Apple tops the list of best U.S. corporations seeking to fill cybersecurity roles.

Indeed announced its ranking of the 10 best U.S. organizations looking to hire more cybersecurity experts;. Apple comes out on top, with the New York Federal Reserve coming in second. Patient First, Lockheed Martin, General Motors, Capital One, Cisco, Intel, Northrop Grumman and Boeing round out the list.

To assemble its top 10 list, Indeed assessed companies based on employee experience ratings. The businesses listed had at least 20 job postings for cybersecurity positions on the Indeed platform between October and December 2016.

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04:38
Apple's Third Major Folding iPhone Invention...

In November Apple was granted a surprise patent for a possible future foldable iPhone using advanced carbon nanotube structures. Patently Apple was first to discover Apple's original European patent filing for flexible display that could fold back in January 2014. Today Apple's third major foldable iPhone invention has come to light.

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04:30
iVisor Pro is a fine accessory for protecting your...

Moshi has released a new version (Pro 15) of its iVisor screen protector for the 2016 MacBook Pro. If you’ve shelled out for the pricey laptop, this $38.95 accessory can help protect — and enhance — its display.

The iVisor Pro 15 is a washable, reusable matte screen protector that reduces glare while delivering clarity with bubble-free installation. Moshi had me at “bubble-free installation,” since I’m apparently incapable of installing an iPhone or iPad screen protector without leaving bubbles — and I HATE bubbles on my devices’ displays.

The thin film has an adhesive bezel and keeps the screen from getting covered with fingerprints and smudges. It also provides a non-glare matte finish to reduce reflections. 

You should clean your MacBook Pro’s screen thoroughly before installing the iVisor Pro 15. It’s a bit tricky to align it properly with the laptop screen. The first time...

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04:20
What to expect from Apple’s Q4 2016 earnings call...

It’s that time again–time to tie that tie and tighten your money belt. Next week, Apple will once again reveal its quarterly earnings report, leading to a lot of Kremlinology, the parsing of numbers, and a bumping up or down of the Apple stock price.

The results will arrive on January 31 at about 1:30 p.m. Pacific, followed at 2 p.m. by the usual phone call between Apple execs (generally CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri) and a collection of analysts.

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04:19
Global smartphone production volume for 2016 grew 4....

The global smartphone production volume for 2016 grew 4.7% annually to reach 1.36 billion units in total, according to market research firm TrendForce (www.trendforce.com).

Samsung continued to top the annual global ranking despite the discontinuation of Galaxy Note 7, suffering a marginal decline of 3.3% compared with the 2015 figure. Chinese brands Huawei, OPPO and Vivo respectively occupied the last three spots in the global top five and followed closely behind the second-place Apple.

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04:08
DevOps' definition lacks consistency and...

DevOps, a philosophy emphasizing collaboration and efficiency among software development and operations teams, still lacks a widely agreed upon definition despite being broadly recognized among IT professionals, according to a new survey report by Clutch (https://clutch.co/), a B2B ratings and reviews firm.

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04:06
Apple set to join AI industry group to agree best...

A tech industry body established to agree best practice in the use of artificial intelligence had one notable omission in the impressive list of member companies. IBM, Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon all signed up, but Apple didn’t.

The Partnership on AI was formed in September, with part of its brief to make recommendations in the areas of ethics, fairness, inclusivity, privacy and trustworthiness – all values you might expect Apple to fully endorse. But while the company didn’t sign up at the time, it appears this is about to change …

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04:02
IGG Software previews updated Mac personal financial...

IGG Software has previewed Banktivity 6, a new version of its personal financial manager for macOS. Version 6 is designed from the ground up with customer productivity and enhanced features as the driving goals, says said IGG president and founder Ian Gillespie.

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04:00
You’ve Been Promoted! 10 Tips for New Managers

My latest Inc article is up. It’s some tips for people just moving into management. Hope you find it helpful in some way shape or form:

You’re a manager now. Congratulations!

Now what?

First-time managers often face a challenge in developing the unique skills needed to lead people. It’s a journey that can seem daunting at first and is filled with traps.

To read more, check out http://www.inc.com/charles-edge/youre-the-boss-now-here-are-10-things-you-should-do.html

The post You’ve Been Promoted! 10 Tips for New Managers appeared first on krypted.com.

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04:00
How to customize your Finder view options in macOS...

Previously, we looked at how to set a default view in the macOS Sierra Finder. In the four Finder views, there are additional ways to customize how your items are displayed. Sort items, arrange icons, and resize columns.

Your settings for sorting and arranging items in a folder apply until you change them. For example, if you sort your Documents folder by Date Added, the next time you view your Documents folder, it’s sorted by Date Added.

To sort items, in any view, choose View > Show View Options, click the Sort By pop-up menu, then choose the sort order, such as Date Modified or Name. In List view and Cover Flow, move the pointer over the column name you want to sort by, then click it. Click the column name again to reverse the sort order.

To arrange items, in any view, click the Item Arrangement button, then choose an option, such as...

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03:04
Safari Technology Preview 10.2 - 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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02:42
Apple Invents a Multi-Scan X-Ray Robotic System for...

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their X-ray scanning system that allows engineers to inspect the internals of an iDevice for defects or problems before heading to production.

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02:03
Apple Set to Join Microsoft, Google, Facebook, in AI...

Apple will take a significant step toward disclosing more of its artificial intelligence research this week by becoming a member of a non-profit AI research consortium founded by five of the tech industry's biggest players.

Last September, Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and IBM publicly announced The Partnership on AI, an organisation established "to study and formulate best practices, to advance the public's understanding of AI, and to serve as an open platform for discussion and engagement about AI and its influences on people and society".

As one of the biggest researchers in AI, Apple's name was conspicuously absent, but that looks set to change in the coming days, following a Bloomberg report on Thursday that Cupertino is ready to add its name to The Partnership's list of...

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00:55
Sky Q will be available without a satellite dish...

For almost thirty years, Sky has operated first and foremost as a satellite television provider. Sure, the company has expanded its empire to include phone, broadband and, more recently, mobile services, but many of its customers have at some point h...

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00:46
'MLB: The Show 17' makes pitching a cinch...

Unlike how EA Sports has handled its monopoly on NFL games with Madden, Sony's venerable MLB: The Show series tries keeping things fresh, and most importantly fun, each season. One of the cooler aspects of this year's incarnation is Retro Mode. As th...

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Wednesday January 25

23:32
D-Wave has its first customer for a $15 million...

The last time we reported on Canadian quantum computing company D-Wave, it'd extended a contract for its 500-qubit D-Wave Two machine. Now, the firm has announced a major step forward: commercial availability of the D-Wave 2000Q, which it says has 2,...

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22:01
Gmail will start blocking JavaScript attachments in...

If you want to email a .js file to somebody for any reason, you only have a few more days to do so through Gmail. The service will start blocking JavaScript file attachments starting on February 13th, adding it to its list of restricted file types, w...

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21:54
First look: Night Shift mode comes to Mac in latest...




As rumored, Apple included a new Night Shift mode -- borrowed from iOS -- in the recently released macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta, promising a low blue light viewing experience for nighttime computer work. Check out what the feature looks like and how to activate it in AppleInsider's latest video installment.

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21:04
AI is nearly as good as humans at identifying skin...

If you're worried about the possibility of skin cancer, you might not have to depend solely on the keen eye of a dermatologist to spot signs of trouble. Stanford researchers (including tech luminary Sebastian Thrun) have discovered that a deep learn...

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20:59
Backblaze 4.3.0.4 - Online backup service; $5/month...

Backblaze is an online backup service designed from the ground-up for the Mac. With unlimited storage available for $5 per month, as well as a free 15-day trial, peace of mind is within reach with Backblaze.

  • Easy and automatic. A simple setup process and automatic continuous backups means having safe data is not only for the extremely savvy.
  • Safe and secure. Encrypted data on your computer is transmitted with a secure, encrypted connection and stored encrypted on the Backblaze servers. Never worry about your data's security.
  • Transparent and accessible. Browse and download your files online or have them overnighted to you on a DVD or USB drive for a flexible file or system restoring process.



Version 4.3.0.4:

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.



  • OS X 10.6 or later

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20:59
TunnelBear 3.0.10 - Subscription-based private...

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

Features

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

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20:59
SteerMouse 5.0.4 - Powerful third-party mouse driver...

SteerMouse is an advanced driver for USB and Bluetooth mice. It also supports Apple Mighty Mouse very well.

SteerMouse can assign various functions to buttons that Apple's software does not allow, including double-clicks, modifier clicks, application switching, assignment of shortcut keys, "snap to" cursor movement, which moves the cursor to target (such as an OK button), and more.

SteerMouse lets you control the cursor's Sensitivity on top of the Tracking Speed. (Apple's software only allows adjustment for the Tracking Speed.) By adjusting both configurations, you can customize the ideal setting for the cursor to fit the movements of your hand.



Version 5.0.4:

  • Problem solved where modifier keys added to click would get stuck.
  • Problem solved where the Keyboard Shortcut would not work on some applications.



  • OS X 10.6 or later



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20:59
A Better Finder Attributes 6.03 - Change file...

A Better Finder Attributes is the ultimate file-tweaking tool for OS X. It combines photo-shooting date and file date changing along with a few unique tricks of its own.

  • Change EXIF Timestamps at Will - A Better Finder Attributes 5 allows you to manipulate JPEG, CR2, NEF, ARF CRW and CIFF EXIF timestamps at will by setting them to specific times or batch adjusting them by adding and removing time (useful for correcting the timestamps of images taken with a digital camera with a incorrectly set clock and to compensate for timezone changes).
  • Correct Finder Sorting for JPEG EXIF and RAW Photo - A Better Finder Attributes 5 also allows to synchronize the file creation and modification dates with the shooting dates of JPEG EXIF as well as a wide variety of RAW formats, so that files sort properly in the Finder and other systems.
  • Total File and Folder Creation and Modification Date Control...
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20:59
Acorn 5.6.2 - Bitmap image editor.

Acorn is a new image editor built with one goal in mind - simplicity. Fast, easy, and fluid, Acorn provides the options you'll need without any overhead. Acorn feels right, and won't drain your bank account.

  • Take screenshots using Acorn and edit them right away.
  • Chain together image filters to create stunning effects.
  • Layer based image editing, an industry standard.
  • Make new images and layers using your built-in iSight.
  • Easy image and canvas resizing, just by changing the size of your window.
  • Take advantage of every pixel of your monitor with full screen image editing.
  • Tablet sensitive for pressure strokes and using the tablet's eraser.
  • Vector shape and text layers.
  • Freeform, elliptical, rectangular, and magic wand selections.
  • Gradients.
  • Create and apply custom text styles.
  • Control opacity and blending modes for each layer.
  • Write plugins using...
| Read more »
20:59
Art Text 3.2 - $49.99

Art Text is graphic design software specifically tuned for lettering, typography, text mockups and various artistic text effects. Supplied with a great variety of ready to use styles and materials, selection of textures, icons, fonts and backgrounds, special designed effects and shape transformations, Art Text guarantees striking appearance of your badges, logos, cards, flyers and presentations.

Both professional designers and amateurs will be amazed by the exceptional ease of creating sophisticated effects such as realistic 3D text with any natural material on it - wood, rust, shatter glass, or even chocolate, soft shadow and glow, graphics painted by oil or watercolors, aged and grunge style, and many more.

  • Customizable Templates - Ready-made templates will help with logo design, produce beautiful word art, web elements and picture captions.
  • Fill Tools - Gradient presets, textures, and shading...
| Read more »
20:20
Hugo Barra's next job: Head of Oculus VR

Mark Zuckerberg just revealed the next landing spot for former Google and Xiaomi executive Hugo Barra: Facebook. As Barra revealed a couple of days ago, he's coming back to Silicon Valley and will "lead all of our virtual reality efforts, including o...

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20:10
Apple sues Qualcomm in China, expanding fight over...

Qualcomm displays some of its patents on a wall in its headquarters in San Diego, California. (credit: Nathan Rupert / flickr)

Apple filed a $1 billion lawsuit against Qualcomm on Friday, alleging that the chipmaker's patent-licensing practices amount to  "extortion." Today, the full, international extent of that legal assault became clearer, as Apple filed two more lawsuits in Beijing's Intellectual Property Court.

Like the US cases, the Chinese lawsuits say that Qualcomm abused its dominant position in the industry,...

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19:51
Quicken 2017 for Mac 4.4.3

Fixes a bug that inadvertently deleted bond interest income transactions. ($74.99 new, free update from Quicken 2017)

 

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19:49
About the security content of watchOS 3.1.3

This document describes the security content of watchOS 3.1.3.

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19:32
Vive Video puts a personal home theater in HTC'...

We've seen VR video theaters for Oculus and PlayStation VR, but now HTC has an upgrade in that department. Vive Video supports all kinds of media: 2D, 3D, 180-degree or full 360-degree, with options to make the environment as much of a realistic thea...

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19:23
Facebook begins showing sponsored posts in Messenger...

After testing the ability for brands to communicate directly with users, Facebook today announced its next step in monetizing its Messenger platform. In a post on the Messenger blog, Facebook product manager Eddie Zhang announced that the company is launching a “very small test” of ads in Messenger, beginning in Australia and Thailand.

This week we are launching a very small test in Australia and Thailand that gives businesses the opportunity to place ads on the Messenger home screen. This means that a business is able to place an ad in an area of Messenger below your recent conversations.

more…

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19:13
Google Maps for iOS gets real-time 'Popular...




Google on Wednesday updated its Google Maps iOS app with live "Popular Times" integration, a tool that lets users see how crowded a particular location is in real time, and automatic recognition of addresses in clipboard.

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18:06
New Ingage App Makes iPads Valuable for Business [...

A new creation tool for the iPad just launched that allows anyone to effortlessly create and share interactive portfolios, presentations, product catalogs and more, without needing a designer or developer. It was built by digital publishing pioneers, Scrollmotion, to help companies create a stronger, more dynamic connection with their customers using content that stands out.

Simply drag and drop photos and videos into Ingage’s interactive page templates to bring your content to life. The result is a super-charged presentation that your customers will love. Ingage’s smart navigation lets you tell your story in numerous way, ensuring that you deliver the perfect pitch every time.

One-tap sharing lets you share your Ingage story with the world via text message, email, social media post and more. Ingage automatically creates a responsive HTML webpage of your...

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17:58
Autonomous Ubers return to California with humans in...

Uber's run-in with the California DMV has apparently been smoothed over for now. Although the ride-hailing giant has since shipped its real-world autonomous vehicle testing out of the state, several of the offending vehicles are once again street leg...

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17:39
Google Maps for iOS updated w/ ‘Popular Times’...

Google today is rolling out an update to its Google Maps on iOS that brings one of the most useful features from the web version of the app to iOS. Today’s update, which bumps the app to version 4.27, the service’s popular crowd tracker, as well as the ability to quickly access addresses saved to your clipboard.

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17:36
Art Text 3.2

Adds support for the Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro and integration with Google Fonts ($29.99 new, free update, 634 MB)

 

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17:21
Qualcomm accuses Apple of money-grabbing, confirms...




Amid a withering barrage of lawsuits from Apple, Qualcomm during a quarterly conference call on Wednesday reaffirmed it believes the basis of the Cupertino tech giant's legal complaints improperly conflate a commercial dispute with regulatory issues.

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17:01
While Qualcomm is Guilty of Gouging Asian Smartphone...

Earlier today we posted a report titled "Apple takes their War against Qualcomm to Beijing China." Apple is suing Qualcomm in China for abusing its clout in the chip industry. Qualcomm fires back that it's all about the money, an effort by Apple to squeeze as much money as possible from its supplier. It's quite the delusional position to take.

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16:50
Wine 2.0 released with improvements to running...

Wine is a tool that’s gained popularity for allowing users to run Windows and Linux software on macOS. Today, the tool was updated to version 2.0 with a host of new features, bug fixes, and performance improvements.

more…

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16:20
Beam, Windows 10 Game Mode tests start tomorrow on...

Starting tomorrow, Creators Update features coming in for testing are integrated support for Beam streaming on both platforms, Cortana updates on Xbox One, and for PC gamers, the new Game Mode and gaming settings section. With Snap Mode on the way ou...

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15:49
Do you currently use Night Shift on iOS? Will you...

Earlier today, we went hands-on with the recent addition of Night Shift to macOS. The feature comes with macOS 10.12.4, which was released to developers yesterday.

Night Shift is Apple’s color temperature adjustment feature that automatically changes the temperature of your display depending on what time of day it is. The feature was first introduced with iOS 9.3 and has come to the Mac one year later.

Do you use Night Shift on iOS? Will you use it on the Mac?

more…

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15:41
Russian authorities arrest Kaspersky researcher for...

Security researcher Ruslan Stoyanov from Russia's Kaspersky Labs was arrested for treason last December. According to Russian newspaper Kommersant (translated), Stoyanov was taken in for breach of Article 275 of the Crimes Against the Fundamentals of...

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15:38
Apple updates Safari Technology Preview with minor...




Apple's experimental web browser, Safari Technology Preview, was updated on Wednesday with a variety of bugs fixes and performance improvements impacting CSS, JavaScript, Web Inspector and more.

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14:58
Facebook starts testing ads in Messenger

It was only a matter of time before Facebook Messenger would start testing ads, after rumors of its plans to do so leaked nearly a year ago. Earlier today, it announced that users in Australia and Thailand will begin seeing sponsored content in the c...

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14:34
Boeing's spacesuit is light, cool and flexible

Virgin isn't the only company determined to make conventional spacesuits seem like ungainly beasts. Boeing has unveiled the spacesuit it wants to use for people aboard its Starliner CST-100 vessels, and they promise to be far more livable than the c...

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14:30
AWT News Update: January 25, 2017

We hope you listen to the Apple World Today News Update every day, but if you don't, you should listen in today just to hear AWT's Steve Sande absolutely fumble over a 7-syllable name...twice. 

  • Facebook is testing ads in Messenger
  • Apple files a second lawsuit against Qualcomm, this time in China
  • Things are looking up for an Apple manufacturing facility or two in India
  • Here's an Apple news story that should have never been published in the first place (and we never did publish it...)

The text version of the podcast can be viewed below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below. Note to Apple News readers: you’ll need to visit Apple World Today in order to listen to the podcast.

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14:10
GOP pushes new FCC chief to kill set-top box rental...

If you were excited at the prospect of no longer having to pay your local cable company a monthly stipend to use their set top boxes, boy does the House GOP have a surprise for you! Now that the FCC is being helmed by famed net neutrality opponent, A...

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14:00
Dropcam co-founder Greg Duffy reportedly joins Apple...




The co-founder and former CEO of the network-connected security camera producer Dropcam, Greg Duffy, has reportedly been hired by Apple for an undisclosed position, with added speculation he could be heading up an unannounced project within the company

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13:50
Hands-on: Incase Nylon Nato and Leather bands for...

Back in September, Incase entered the Apple Watch strap market with the launch of its leather and nylon bands. Incase Leather Watch Band and Nato Nylon Band are straps similar to Apple’s leather and nylon bands that offer slightly different style at a more affordable price. Check out our hands-on below.

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13:45
Notable apps and app updates for Jan. 25, 2017

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.

iOS Apps/Updates

Sravan Kumar has introduced PaperSpan 1.0. The “read it later” app was developed specifically for saving web pages to read later. It automatically downloads articles for offline reading. Users can highlight phrases from an article and manage them later. It also has a note taking feature to take a note for an article and maintain it for future reference. PaperSpan is a free app, though there’s a premium version available for $9.99 per year.

Ultralab Apps has launched UltraWeather 1.0. The free app is designed to...

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13:45
Apple hits Qualcomm with two more antitrust lawsuits

Just days after hitting Qualcomm with a $1 billion lawsuit, Apple is doubling down with two more antitrust lawsuits against the chipmaker. As Reuters reports Wednesday, the latest pair of suits were filed by Apple's subsidiary in China, alleging Qual...

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13:35
Hands-On With iOS 10.3's New 'Find My...

iOS 10.3 introduces a new "Find My AirPods" feature, giving AirPods owners a way to keep track of the tiny wire-free earphones Apple started selling back in December.

Because iOS 10.3 is limited to developers, we thought we'd take a hands-on look at the new Find My AirPods feature to give iOS users an idea of what to expect when iOS 10.3 officially launches. In the video below, you can see just how the feature helps you find a lost AirPod, and its limitations.

Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos.

Find My AirPods relies on the AirPods connection to an iPhone or another iOS device because the AirPods themselves don't have any cellular connectivity built in. The feature keeps track of the last known location where the...

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13:30
dodocool Lightning Earbuds offer Hi-Res Audio...and...

Have you made the leap to Apple's AirPods yet? If not, you're probably still using that standard pair of Lightning EarPods that comes with the latest iPhones. Or if you don't like EarPods because they fall out of your ears or are just plain uncomfortable, maybe you're using...

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13:24
ChronoSync 4.7.3

Adds support for v4 authentication of AWS S3 commands and fixes a few bugs in the synchronization and backup app. ($49.99 new, free update, 41.2 MB)

 

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13:12
Apple hires founder of Dropcam for an (apparently)...

Greg Duffy, a former Nest manager, has joined Apple — the company where Tony Fadell made his name by helping invent the iPod. It’s not clear what Duffy's position will be, but according to The Information “given his background, starting security camera firm Dropcam, people who know Mr. Duffy suggest he is likely to be leading a special project at Apple that is operating like a startup within the company.”

Dropcam, founded in 2009, was scooped up by Google in 2014. It later fell under parent company Alphabet after Google’s major restructuring and was absorbed into Nest. The Dropcam has been reduced the Nest Cam. It’s a security camera with 24/7 live streaming, a magnetic stand, and person alerts with Nest Aware.

Duffy also created Trans/Star, a PC-based “softswitch that bridged GR303 from the Siemens DCO to VoIP.” He has also served as a software engineer intern at Microsoft, a...

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13:12
Scientists prepare their own march against Trump

The Women's March on Washington might not be the only big protest against Donald Trump's policies in the near future. Coordination is underway for a Scientists' March on Washington that, as the name implies, would rally support from anyone who belie...

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12:53
Huawei Closing in on Apple, Aims to Become World...

Since 2011, the worldwide smartphone market has been dominated by Apple and Samsung. The elusive third-best spot, meanwhile, has failed to be held down by one vendor for an extended period of time, changing hands between Nokia, BlackBerry, Xiaomi, and Huawei over the past six years.

In 2014, it looked like low-priced Chinese vendor Xiaomi had firmly cemented its position as the world's third-largest smartphone maker, but fewer than three years later, it has fallen out of the top five or even six vendors, according to the latest quarterly data from research firms IDC and TrendForce.

Xiaomi's recent decline can be attributed to a limited physical retail presence and increased competition from Huawei's lower-end Honor brand. Xiaomi continues to avoid selling premium smartphones—its most expensive model costs around $400—and some of its Mi...

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12:50
Lyft will reach 100 more US cities by the end of 2017

Lyft trails Uber when it comes to sheer coverage, but it's making up for that in style this year. The ridesharing outfit now plans to offer service in 100 more cities by the end of 2017, 40 of which will go live on January 26th. That's a sharp spik...

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12:44
Facebook undertaking limited testing of ads inside...




With the News Feed largely full, Facebook will soon start testing ads in its Messenger app for mobile devices including the iPhone and iPad, the company revealed on Wednesday.

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12:40
Apple Expands Qualcomm Legal Spat To China

Apple's legal battle with Qualcomm has gone international. From a report: The iPhone maker on Wednesday filed two lawsuits against Qualcomm in China, according to Reuters, which cited a press release from Beijing's Intellectual Property Court. The first alleges that Qualcomm "abused its clout in the chip industry," a violation of China's anti-monopoly law. Apple seeks 1 billion yuan ($145.32 million) in damages, Reuters said. The second accuses Qualcomm of not making its cellular standard essential patents available broadly and cheaply. It asks the court to determine the terms of a patent license between Qualcomm and Apple.


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12:40
The Apple Watch will soon get new Siri powers and...

When watchOS 3.2 rolls out, you’ll be able to use Siri to perform tasks in third-party apps on your Apple Watch just like you can on your iPhone. This will cut down on some of the scrolling and swiping around the watch’s tiny display that you have to do to use apps like Uber, Runkeeper, and other Siri-compatible services.

The new feature, first noticed by TechCrunch, will make the Apple Watch easier to use. I already use Siri to send messages and control Apple Music tunes on my watch, but Siri’s usefulness has been restricted to Apple’s built-in apps until now.

To read this article in full or...

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12:39
Apple, ad agency sued over voice sample used in...




The lead singer of '70s a capella group The Persuasions is suing Apple for using a song by Jamie xx in an iPhone 6 TV commercial, claiming the ad violates his "right of publicity" due to the track containing a sample of his voice.

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12:38
Apple hires Dropcam co-founder who reportedly called...

Apple has hired software engineer Greg Duffy for an unknown role at the company, according to The Information. Duffy is the co-founder of Wi-Fi camera firm Dropcam which was bought by Google in 2014 after being independent for five years.

more…

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12:31
Dropcam co-founder joins Apple

An Apple spokesperson confirmed that Duffy has been hired by Apple, but didn’t share details on his role at the company.

As I said before: people come, people go.

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12:28
Postmates' latest service brings you alcohol in...

Let's be honest: It sucks to run out of alcohol at times you really need a drink. And heading to the closest liquor store or beer shop can be a headache when you have friends over. Thanks to a new option from Postmates, that frustration could be a th...

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12:26
Apple, NV Energy to build 200 megawatts of...

NV Energy and Apple have reached an agreement to build 200 megawatts of additional solar energy in Nevada by early 2019. The projects will support Apple's renewable energy needs for its Reno data center.

In the coming weeks, NV Energy will file an application with the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) to enter into a power purchase agreement (PPA) for the solar power plant. The project will bring NV Energy's total to more than 529 megawatts of new solar resources in construction in Nevada or under review for approval. This is in addition to the 491 megawatts of universal solar resources in Nevada currently serving NV Energy customers. Apple will also dedicate up to 5 megawatts of power to NV Energy's future subscription solar program for residential and commercial customers.

"We are proud to play a role in helping Apple meet their energy needs with Nevada's abundant solar resource," said Paul Caudill, president and CEO of NV Energy, in a press release. "In...

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12:25
Apple introduces iOS-style 'Night Shift'...

Night owls are going to love the forthcoming Mac update.

Apple has included “Night Shift” mode in the first developer beta of macOS Sierra 10.4.1. Night Shift originated in iOS 9.3 to make your iPhone display easier on your eyes when used in the dark.

Similarly, Night Shift for macOS will change the screen’s color temperature from a harsh blue to a warmer yellow, so that you will have fewer issues going to sleep after using your Mac. On iOS, Night Shift turns on automatically around sunset and resets back the next morning. You can also turn it on manually in iOS’s Control Center, which you access by swiping up on your screen.

...

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12:23
Asus Tinker Board Joins Raspberry Pi on the Bargain...


Just when you thought Raspberry Pi couldn't be knocked from its market-leading perch, along comes Asus with a rival device that may give the Pi a run for its relatively little money. Asus just launched its own low-cost computer, the Tinker Board, which is being sold in the UK and continental Europe for about $57. Its features could interest open source enthusiasts in doing a little comparison shopping before deciding on a new device. The Tinker Board features a quad-core 1.8GHz ARM Cortex A-17 CPU with ARM Mali-T764 graphics.

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12:20
NV Energy announces solar agreement with Apple

NV Energy and Apple have reached an agreement to build 200 megawatts of additional solar energy in Nevada by early 2019. The projects will support Apple's renewable energy needs for its Reno data center. 

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12:15
Apple partners with NV Energy for solar energy in...

NV Energy and Apple announced today they have reached an agreement to build 200 megawatts of additional solar energy in Nevada by early 2019. The projects will support Apple’s renewable energy needs for its Reno data center.

We always talk about Apple products, but the company’s commitment to renewable resources is commendable.

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12:10
This bag of Tostitos doesn't want you to drink...

Super Bowl Sunday celebrations typically include two things: snacks and drinking. To discourage partygoers from drinking and driving after this year's big game, Frito-Lay and ad agency Goodby Silverstein & Partners teamed up on a limited-edition...

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12:09
Art Text 3.2 - $49.99

Art Text is graphic design software specifically tuned for lettering, typography, text mockups and various artistic text effects. Supplied with a great variety of ready to use styles and materials, selection of textures, icons, fonts and backgrounds, special designed effects and shape transformations, Art Text guarantees striking appearance of your badges, logos, cards, flyers and presentations.

Both professional designers and amateurs will be amazed by the exceptional ease of creating sophisticated effects such as realistic 3D text with any natural material on it - wood, rust, shatter glass, or even chocolate, soft shadow and glow, graphics painted by oil or watercolors, aged and grunge style, and many more.

  • Customizable Templates - Ready-made templates will help with logo design, produce beautiful word art, web elements and picture captions.
  • Fill Tools - Gradient presets, textures, and shading...
| Read more »
12:01
Apple plans for additional 200 megawatts of solar...

Apple and its partner NV Energy today confirmed plans for an expansion of their solar operations for up to an additional 200 megawatts of energy to support the growing needs of Apple’s data center in Reno.

In addition to supporting Apple’s data center, the announcement notes that Apple will keep 5 megawatts of the new plant to sell to residential and commercial customers through NV Energy. Last summer Apple notably created a new energy subsidiary called Apple Energy LLC to begin selling excess energy from its solar farms and shortly after received approval to do so.

...

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11:57
Apple sued over use of 'I Know There’s Gonna Be...

Apple is being sued for using the song, “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)” from Jamie xx’s 2015 Grammy-nominated album In Colour. It featured in an Apple ad advertising the iPhone 6, accompanying a home video of BMX tricks shot on the phone’s camera. 

The Hollywood Reporter reports that lead singer/arranger/producer Jerome Lawson from doo-wop group The Persuasions, whose 1971 a capella track “Good Times” is sampled liberally in Jamie’s song, is suing Apple and the company’s ad agency, Media Arts Lab for unpaid royalties.

The complaint, submitted to the Superior Court in the Central District of Los , alleges that Apple and MAL are in violation of collective bargaining laws that apply to corporations negotiating with singers directly about the use of their voice in commercials. The document also claimed that Lawson’s “voice was recognized by fans of his who saw the commercial,” and that...

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11:53
Les Paul or Stratocaster?

It’s an age old question for guitarists. My answer is that it depends on what sound you’re looking for, and what feels good in your hands.

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11:52
Acorn 5.6.2 - Bitmap image editor.

Acorn is a new image editor built with one goal in mind - simplicity. Fast, easy, and fluid, Acorn provides the options you'll need without any overhead. Acorn feels right, and won't drain your bank account.

  • Take screenshots using Acorn and edit them right away.
  • Chain together image filters to create stunning effects.
  • Layer based image editing, an industry standard.
  • Make new images and layers using your built-in iSight.
  • Easy image and canvas resizing, just by changing the size of your window.
  • Take advantage of every pixel of your monitor with full screen image editing.
  • Tablet sensitive for pressure strokes and using the tablet's eraser.
  • Vector shape and text layers.
  • Freeform, elliptical, rectangular, and magic wand selections.
  • Gradients.
  • Create and apply custom text styles.
  • Control opacity and blending modes for each layer.
  • Write plugins using...
| Read more »
11:50
Trump's most senior staff use a private email...

Donald Trump's senior White House staff including Kellyanne Conway, Jared Kushner, Sean Spicer and Steve Bannon all use a private RNC email server, according to a Newsweek report published Wednesday. This is the same RNC email server that mysteriousl...

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11:45
7 new Charvel Custom Shop guitars

The Charvel Custom Shop unveiled some magnificent beauties during the 2017 NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif. Here’s a look at 7 by Master Builder “Red” Dave Nichols.

Charvel to me is one of the most classic metal guitars ever made. I would love to have the first one on the list.

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11:39
Apple takes patent battle with Qualcomm to China

Apple has filed two new lawsuits against Qualcomm, this time in China, that allege the mobile chip maker abused its market dominance and patents to charge excessively high licensing fees.

Apple is seeking 1 billion yuan (US$145 million) in damages from Qualcomm, according to Beijing’s intellectual property court, which announced Wednesday it would hear the lawsuits.  

The legal action centers on Qualcomm’s standards-essential patents for its cellular technology. Allegedly, the company refused to negotiate a fair licensing fee for the patents and even declined to license some of them to Apple. 

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11:38
Apple launches another lawsuit against Qualcomm over...

Following reports late last week that Apple is suing its iPhone modem supplier Qualcomm for $1 billion in the US, today Beijing’s Intellectual Property Court said Apple has also filed a similar suit in China seeking 1 billion yuan or over $140 million in damages (via Reuters).

In response to the new lawsuit, Qualcomm today issued its own press release and noted that Apple is claiming the company is in violation of China’s Anti-Monopoly Law. The press release also said that Apple is requesting “determination of the terms of a patent license” regarding the two companies’ cellular standard essentials patents, in response to which Qualcomm’s lawyers claimed...

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11:35
Apple, NV Energy forge deal to build 200MW Reno data...




Apple and NV Energy on Wednesday announced a deal to build an extra 200 megawatts of solar power in Nevada, aimed at supporting the former's Reno data center, with a target completion date of early 2019.

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11:34
Apple sues Qualcomm in Beijing

Apple Inc filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm Inc in Beijing, alleging the chip supplier abused its clout in the chip industry and seeking 1 billion yuan ($145.32 million) in damages, Beijing’s Intellectual Property Court said in a statement on Wednesday.

Apple also filed a second lawsuit against Qualcomm which accused it of failing to live up to promises made to license “standard essential patents” broadly and inexpensively.

Apple isn’t messing around with Qualcomm.

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11:31
Gene-altered ants show how animal societies work

How much is societal behavior dictated by genetics? Scientists at Rockefeller University might just find out through ant colonies. They've modified the genes of clonal raider ants (not shown above) to see how the changes affect social behavior, bot...

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11:23
Prevent silly mistakes by modifying keyboard...

I was constantly hitting Command-Q instead of Command-W in Safari until I reassigned the shortcut.

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11:21
Backblaze 4.3.0.4 - Online backup service; $5/month...

Backblaze is an online backup service designed from the ground-up for the Mac. With unlimited storage available for $5 per month, as well as a free 15-day trial, peace of mind is within reach with Backblaze.

  • Easy and automatic. A simple setup process and automatic continuous backups means having safe data is not only for the extremely savvy.
  • Safe and secure. Encrypted data on your computer is transmitted with a secure, encrypted connection and stored encrypted on the Backblaze servers. Never worry about your data's security.
  • Transparent and accessible. Browse and download your files online or have them overnighted to you on a DVD or USB drive for a flexible file or system restoring process.



Version 4.3.0.4:

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.



  • OS X 10.6 or later

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11:21
Setapp offers all-you-can-use downloads of more than...




MacPaw is offering Mac users an alternative to the Mac App Store to acquire new software, with the launch of the subscription-based Setapp providing access to a collection of more than 60 downloadable apps, for $9.99 per month.

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11:20
What’s next for AirPods? How Apple could make the...

Apple’s AirPods have only been available for a little over a month and still have 6 week shipping times, but it’s possible we could see a second generation sooner rather than later if Apple launches updated AirPods annually and alongside the iPhone 8. Let’s take a look at some of the potential upgrades we might see this year.

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11:11
Apple's LG 5K Display Store Listing Now...

Last week, a reddit post accusing Apple of removing negative reviews for the LG UltraFine 5K Display started making the rounds, suggesting Apple was hiding negative feedback about the new display in its web store.

MacRumors has learned that reviews were never made available for the LG 5K Display in Apple's online store, though the reason for that is not clear. It could be that reviews were not activated due to the long delay between when the display was announced and when it became available for purchase.

Whatever the reason behind the lack of reviews, the issue has been fixed. As of this morning, the LG 5K Display listing on Apple's website does indeed feature a "Ratings & Reviews" section.

Looking back at archived web information from 2016 and early 2017...

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11:08
Google took down nearly 2 billion 'bad ads...

Sketchy advertisers are all over the internet, and Google is doing everything it can to stop them from scamming users. According to a recent report on the matter, the search giant removed 1.7 billion ads from its advertising platform in 2016, more th...

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10:54
Apple sues Qualcomm in China over iPhone modem chip...




Apple has expanded its legal actions against Qualcomm's broadband modem chip licensing tactics in China's Intellectual Property Courts, and is seeking 1 billion yuan ($145.3 million) in damages based on iPhone sales in China alone.

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10:52
Xbox One update will ditch the console's...

The Xbox One's Snap mode was a major selling point on launch -- it was supposed to turn your console into a multitasking powerhouse that lets you play a game while watching TV or tracking achievements. It's a resource hog, however, and Microsoft now...

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10:49
Facebook no longer personalizes trending news topics

Facebook vowed to alter how it handles its Trending topics feature as part of its bid to curb fake news and accusations of bias, and you're seeing two major changes on that front today. To start, it's adding headlines and sources next to those topic...

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10:45
Agriculture Department lifts USDA gag order after...

That didn't last long. Less than a day after the US Department of Agriculture issued an internal memo dictating that its main research division "not release any public-facing documents" the agency has rescinded that order, according to emails obtaine...

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10:40
Mac Sales Declined Nearly 10 Percent Last Year

It's not surprising that Mac sales dropped for Apple in 2016 as they experienced their first year over year sales decline since 2001. What is interesting, however, is that as Mac sales dropped roughly 10% and personal computers overall dropped 5.7% for the year, the top four leaders in the market all saw growth as Apple was pushed to number five. From a report: Although Mac sales were up in Q4 2016 compared to Q4 2015, an analyst note today from Bloomberg's Anand Srinivasan and Wei Mok has revealed Apple has dropped to the fifth largest PC vendor, with ASUS overtaking fourth place. The top four vendors are now Lenovo, HP, Dell, and ASUS. The report adds, "Those four companies represent 65.2% of the overall market and each grew year -- over-year, while Apple ceded ground, declining 30 bps to 7.1%. The other 27.7% of the market is comprised of more than 200 vendors. In a market expected to consolidate, Samsung and Fujitsu are reported to be in discussions to sell their PC businesses...

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10:38
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella joins Starbucks'...

Starbucks has long had a fondness for technology in its coffee shops, and it's now reflecting that philosophy in its directors. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has just joined the Starbucks board, giving the restaurant chain a major voice from the techno...

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10:24
Facebook tests native version of Instagram's...




Having scored early success with Instagram Stories -- copied from a similarly-named Snapchat feature -- Facebook is currently testing the same option in its core Facebook app for iOS, a spokesperson said on Wednesday.

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10:11
Apple takes their War against Qualcomm to Beijing...

Apple takes their war against Qualcomm to China. According to a new report late this morning, Apple has filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm in Beijing

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10:06
iOS 10.3 bringing Wi-Fi Calling for iCloud-connected...

iOS 10.3 beta appears to bring support for Wi-Fi Calling on iCloud-connected devices to Verizon customers for the first time. iOS 10.3 is currently in developer beta; a public beta is likely just around the corner. The software update will likely be released to everyone later this spring.

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10:01
SteerMouse 5.0.4 - Powerful third-party mouse driver...

SteerMouse is an advanced driver for USB and Bluetooth mice. It also supports Apple Mighty Mouse very well.

SteerMouse can assign various functions to buttons that Apple's software does not allow, including double-clicks, modifier clicks, application switching, assignment of shortcut keys, "snap to" cursor movement, which moves the cursor to target (such as an OK button), and more.

SteerMouse lets you control the cursor's Sensitivity on top of the Tracking Speed. (Apple's software only allows adjustment for the Tracking Speed.) By adjusting both configurations, you can customize the ideal setting for the cursor to fit the movements of your hand.



Version 5.0.4:

  • Problem solved where modifier keys added to click would get stuck.
  • Problem solved where the Keyboard Shortcut would not work on some applications.



  • OS X 10.6 or later



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10:00
Apple Seemingly Censors UltraFine 5K Monitor Reviews...

It appears Apple is filtering and censoring bad reviews of the LG's UltraFine 5K display. From a report on The Next Web: The deletion was first spotted by a Reddit user four days ago. Though it's possible the reviews were removed for some other reason, at first glance, it looks like censorship. It's not a good look for the company. Apple said it was getting out of the monitor business, and instead chose to work more closely with third-party partners, heavily featuring LG's 5K and 4K UltraFine displays at its recent MacBook Pro unveiling. But then the monitor received multiple negative reviews from users who were experiencing issues such as the screen failing to wake up from sleep. The Reddit post also points out that: "In many cases, attempts to fix the problem through physical reconnection[sic] of the monitor, or manual restarts, have caused the attached Mac to crash, become otherwise unresponsive, or develop problems with the touch bar (where equipped)."

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09:50
Report: Apple hammering out a deal to manufacture...

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Apple is working on a deal to manufacture some of its products in India, according to a senior government official speaking to The Wall Street Journal. Apple is asking for tax and tariff incentives in exchange for bringing its business into the country; in particular it wants a 15-year tax holiday on all of its imports into the country. The official said that most of Apple's requests were "workable" and that it is "almost a done deal."

Much of Apple's growth in 2014 and 2015 was driven by the company's expansion into China, a relatively untapped market that was eager to buy its products....

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09:33
Hands on with Setapp: Getting started with the...

MacPaw, the company behind the famous CleanMyMac hard drive cleaner, has launched Setapp, a subscription-based alternative to Apple’s Mac App Store. With Setapp, a single subscription currently lets you access more than 60 curated Mac apps for a $9.99 fixed monthly fee. MacPaw says it will eventually offer up to 300 apps for that price, as new apps will be added every month.

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09:30
Setapp, the Netflix of Mac apps, is now available to...

I’ve also been a beta tester of Setapp. I’ll reserve my opinion for my podcast but it’s an interesting idea. It kind of brings back memories of the “good old days” of Mac Shareware back in the day.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Anker Lightning/USB-C cables...

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09:23
Setapp Offers Numerous Mac Apps for One Monthly...

Even if you’re leery of software subscriptions, Adam Engst explains why the multi-app Setapp service could be a good deal for both users and developers.

 

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09:03
How to enable Night Shift for Mac and how it works...

One year after introducing Night Shift on the iPhone and iPad, Apple is bringing its display color temperature feature to the Mac starting with macOS 10.12.4. Here’s how to enable Night Shift on your Mac and how it works.

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09:00
T-Mobile calls DirecTV Now 'barely watchable,...




T-Mobile taking advantage of the issues surrounding AT&T's DirecTV Now, by changing a promotion that offered new customers migrating from AT&T a year's DirecTV Now subscription to include a free year of Hulu.

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09:00
Evolving Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection with...

We built Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection to provide nearly unparalleled email security with little impact on productivity. Advanced Threat Protection defends your organization from today’s growing and evolving advanced threats with powerful safeguards like Safe Links, which provides time-of-click protection to help prevent users from opening or accessing malicious links, and Safe Attachments, which protects users from opening malicious email attachments. Today, we’re pleased to announce availability of two new capabilities—URL Detonation and Dynamic Delivery—which improve the security Advanced Threat Protection provides while keeping people productive.

General availability of URL Detonation

URL Detonation helps prevent your users from being compromised by files linked to malicious URLs.

Email with malicious link to PDF file. 

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08:44
Deals: $200 off 15" MacBook Pro; 128GB iPad Air...




While supplies last, B&H is dropping the price of Apple's Mid 2015 15" MacBook Pro to $1,799.99 with no tax collected outside NY. Shoppers can also save $130 instantly on an iPad Air 2 (Wi-Fi + Cellular) in Space Gray or enjoy $175 off a 21" iMac 4K.

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08:42
iOS 10.3 beta enables calls on iCloud-connected...




A small but significant addition for Verizon iPhone subscribers in the iOS 10.3 beta is the ability to make and answer calls from any iCloud-connected device, including Macs, iPads, iPods, and the Apple Watch.

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08:25
Wine 2.0 helps PC games, Office 2013, and other...

It’s a new year, and a new future for the Wine (Wine is not an emulator) Project. The group recently released Wine 2.0 with over 6,600 changes, including support for Microsoft Office 2013 and the ability to use 64-bit apps on macOS. Wine 2.0 is part of a planned annual release cycle for the compatibility layer that allows Linux and macOS users to run some Windows applications on their machines.

Wine 2.0 follows the release of Wine 1.0 way back in 2008, though various iterations of Wine 1.0 have rolled out since then. The first release candidate for Wine 2.0 became available in December.

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08:18
Apple website switches to San Francisco font

Side-by-side comparison of Apple.com home page on Monday and today

Have you looked at the Apple website today? Many people may not notice a difference, but a pretty drastic change took place in the last 24 hours. The default font for the site is now San Francisco, the same default font used in all current Apple operating systems.

As a middle-aged person who has worn glasses since childhood, I welcome the change. San Francisco is a much more readable font, particularly when applied to the smaller type at the bottom of the Apple.com home page. Headlines seem more bold as well, as  you can see in the image at the top of this post.

Of course, not everyone is going to like the change; I've already seen griping from certain bloggers who think the font change has ruined the website. What do you think about the move to San Francisco? Leave your comments below!

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08:15
The Week in iOS Accessories: Batteries, cases,...

New gear of the week

Image by IDG

This week's roundup features a whole range of accessories—whatever you need for your iPhone or iPad might just be right here.

ATech

Image by A Tech

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08:14
In Q4 Apple Remained the King of Pure Smartwatch...

In October IDC reported that for Q3 2016 Apple remained the leading pure smart watch vendor holding 41.3%. At the end of Q3 Apple launched Apple Watch Series 2 along with Apple Watch Nike +. So how did Apple Watch do over the holiday Quarter? According to new Kantar analysis, Apple Watch remained the number one...

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08:00
Sanofi Pasteur unlocks quality excellence and...

Today’s post was written by Celine Schillinger, head of Quality Innovation and Engagement at Sanofi Pasteur.

Improving quality and performance are common business goals, but at Sanofi Pasteur, these goals have exceptional implications. As the vaccines division of a multinational pharmaceuticals company, we are responsible for creating rare, specialized products that prevent disease and save lives. When we improve any aspect of our business, we are also improving the lives of the people who receive our products. It’s an enormous responsibility, and one that is getting a surprising boost from the Microsoft social networking tool Yammer.

Too often, corporate social networks are seen as not having real business value. At Sanofi Pasteur, we know that these networks can have tangible benefits that support our corporate mission. When we first discovered Yammer eight years ago, I had no idea it would blossom into the largest group of its kind in the company...

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07:37
Analysts see 'strong growth' of Apple Pay...




Apple Pay's usage is continuing its steadily rise in popularity, according to a report on credit and debit card transactions, with use of the Apple payment platform growing by approximately 50 percent in transaction volume within 12 months.

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07:25
App Translocation Services In OS X 10.12

The “What’s New in macOS” page for Sierra (10.12) lays out a little known change that a colleague at Jamf was working on the other day (hat tip to Brock):

Starting in macOS 10.12, you can no longer provide external code or data alongside your code-signed app in a zip archive or unsigned disk image. An app distributed outside the Mac App Store runs from a randomized path when it is launched and so cannot access such external resources. To provide secure execution, code sign your disk image itself using the codesign tool, or distribute your app through the Mac App Store. For more information, see the updated revision to macOS Code Signing In Depth.

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07:23
On the likelihood of losing your AirPods

John Gruber’s take on the care of something easily losable. Some great anecdotes.

I absolutely agree with this take. I am much more careful about my iPhone, much more aware that I take it with me, treat it more gingerly and safely, than I do just about anything else I carry.

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07:20
Apple is Bringing Night Shift Mode To Its Desktop OS

Apple is bringing Night Shift, a feature aimed at changing the tone of the display to better suit the eyes at different time of the day, to its desktop operating system. From a report: macOS Sierra 10.12.4, seeded to developers this morning, introduces a major new feature: Night Shift for the Mac. Night Shift can be toggled on and off using the new Night Shift switch located in the Today section of the Notification Center.


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07:17
∞ In case your metronome breaks

[VIDEO] She starts slow, then gets into the rhythm, so watch through to the end. Wish I could play like this. Video on the main Loop post.

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07:15
∞ All about Apple File System – Make a backup before...

Apple has announced that iOS 10.3, just released as a first beta, will automatically migrate your data to Apple File System (APFS). APFS is already part of macOS Sierra, but in a limited form.

Make a backup before you install the iOS 10.3 beta. And hop over to the main Loop post for some resources to learn more about APFS.

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07:03
Apple iPhone screen manufacturer Japan Display to...




Presenting an alternative to the OLED screens devised by companies like Samsung, Apple supplier Japan Display on Wednesday announced plans to start making flexible LCDs in 2018.

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06:50
A Better Finder Attributes 6.03 - Change file...

A Better Finder Attributes is the ultimate file-tweaking tool for OS X. It combines photo-shooting date and file date changing along with a few unique tricks of its own.

  • Change EXIF Timestamps at Will - A Better Finder Attributes 5 allows you to manipulate JPEG, CR2, NEF, ARF CRW and CIFF EXIF timestamps at will by setting them to specific times or batch adjusting them by adding and removing time (useful for correcting the timestamps of images taken with a digital camera with a incorrectly set clock and to compensate for timezone changes).
  • Correct Finder Sorting for JPEG EXIF and RAW Photo - A Better Finder Attributes 5 also allows to synchronize the file creation and modification dates with the shooting dates of JPEG EXIF as well as a wide variety of RAW formats, so that files sort properly in the Finder and other systems.
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06:43
Retracting Criticism of LG UltraFine 5K Display...

It turns out that Apple did not remove reviews of the LG UltraFine 5K Display from its Apple Store page; the company never turned reviews on to start with. We therefore retract our criticism of Apple behavior that never took place; whether the LG display has problems or not is a different question.

 

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06:40
How much has that Mac been used?

Mac King Fu:

Knowing how much a Mac has actually been used by its owner can be very useful if you’re buying pre-owned. A Mac three years old that’s been used very infrequently could be a better purchase than a two-year old Mac that’s been left running 24/7, for example.

While physical condition of the Mac gives a clue, you can garner some further clues by a little software probing. It’s not entirely accurate, and comes with substantial caveats, but could be worth a try.

Very interesting read. I definitely learned a few things about the myriad of data in the System Profile app. Useful if you are buying, also useful if you are selling.

Note that option-clicking on Apple > System Information… is a shortcut, bypassing the more traditional Apple > About This Mac menu item.

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06:36
iPhone manufacturing in India ‘almost a done deal’...

A proposal for Apple to manufacture iPhones in India in return for permission to open retail stores in the country is ‘almost a done deal’ according to a government official. His comment to the WSJ follows a meeting today between a team of Apple execs led by VP Priya Balasubramaniam and senior Indian government officials …

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06:35
Apple Resellers and Service Providers Speak Out...

GameStop last week announced it is closing a number of non-productive Simply Mac locations throughout the United States, less than four years after acquiring and expanding the Apple Authorized Reseller and Service Provider, which effectively serves as a third-party Apple Store in smaller markets.

Following the reports, we received a tip from a disgruntled Apple Authorized Service Provider owner who said the underlying issues prompting Simply Mac's downsizing are "far deeper" than it would seem. He noted his own AASP is closing because Apple has "slowly strangled" him on margins and with "free labor" demands.

Another longtime Apple Authorized Dealer and Service Provider told us that AASPs have been "under siege" for years. The person, who wishes to remain anonymous, said profit margins are "appallingly low...

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06:32
Apple Pay use is on the rise

Consumer spending analytics company TXN says that Apple Pay is on the rise, based on data from its panel of over three million consumers. Analysis of credit card bills from banks that distinguish Apple Pay transactions suggest that usage of the payment method grew by slightly over 50% in the 12 months ending December 2016.

Overall, Apple Pay usage has been growing steadily over the last year, according to TXN. The number of monthly Apple Pay transactions grew by 50% between December 2015 and December 2016.

“In conclusion, Apply Pay had strong growth in 2016, but still accounts for a fairly small percent of all credit card transactions, leaving lots of room for further growth,” says TXN. “The businesses with fastest Apply Pay adoption are unsurprisingly apps and websites popular on Apple mobile devices.”

Apple Pay works with the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE...

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06:30
∞ VIDEO: Walkthrough of 30+ features in iOS 10.3...

[VIDEO] Well worth the time, this video does a nice job showing off the features in the iOS 10.3 beta. See the video in the main Loop post.

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06:30
EZQuest introduces keyboard covers for the 2016...

EZQuest has expanded its keyboard covers product line to include compatibility with Apple’s 2016 MacBook Pro. They include clear covers for keyboard protection, creative software editing with keyboard shortcuts, and foreign language covers for U.S./European-based keyboards. 

EZQuest says its keyboard covers are certified to have “no detectable latex materials.” The $24.99 Clear Keyboard Cover offers keyboard protection from spills and dirt. It’s made of silicone and is designed to provide a snug fit without movement during typing.

The $29.99 Creative Software Keyboard Shortcuts Covers are also made of silicone and are designed to speed up and simplify the editing of photos, graphical images and audio/video files. EZQuest is initially releasing keyboard shortcuts covers for Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Premiere Pro.

The $25.99 Language Keyboard Covers covers are made of the same material as the clear keyboard...

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06:22
Apple web site adopts San Francisco font

I find it jarring, but I suspect I’d say that about any design change, especially about one so foundational.

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06:21
US CPSC working to improve battery safety standards...




The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is urging producers of lithium-ion batteries to modernize their safety standards, in order to minimize the possibility of faulty batteries causing fires in consumer devices, in the wake of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recall fiasco.

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06:21
Apple's plans for manufacturing in India gain...

Apple’s plans to manufacture in India made headway on Wednesday as executives of the company presented detailed plans to the country’s federal government.

It may be some time though, before Apple gets permission for its proposal to manufacture in India as it reportedly involves a request for deep cuts in the import duties for components. The meeting on Wednesday is said to have ended inconclusively, according to sources close to the situation.

The Apple executives included Priya Balasubramaniam, a company vice president.

“We’ve been working hard to develop our operations in India and are proud to deliver the best products and services in the world to our customers here,” Apple said in a statement after the meeting. “We appreciate the constructive and open dialogue we’ve had with government about further expanding our local operations.”

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06:19
Ford plucks new brand chief from Apple

Automotive News:

Ford Motor Co. has hired a former Apple marketing official to be vice president and chief brand officer, a new position created as the company focuses on new mobility services.

Musa Tariq, 34, will begin his role Jan. 30. As Ford’s brand officer, he’ll work with marketing, communications and company leaders across the globe to build the brand.

Some high profile poaching, first from Tesla, now from Ford. Sign of corporate stress, or normal pendulum swing?

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06:14
Kool Tools: Maverick leather laptop messenger

WaterField Designs’ (www.sfbags.com) Maverick Leather Messenger is a premium laptop bag reminiscent of a Wild West postal satchel with functionality for modern-day professionals.

Each Maverick is cut from a single full-grain leather hide with few seams and will develop a gorgeous patina over time. It has a padded laptop and tablet compartments and internal accessory pockets inside a raw-leather interior.

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06:06
Apple considering flexible LCD Japan Display tech...

Apple is apparently looking for next-gen flexible LCD screen technology from Japan Display to use in future iPhone models. According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple is ‘considering’ the new panels for future iPhone designs which could pave the way for bendable smartphones becoming mainstream.

Japan Display’s technology uses LCD and plastic rather than the typical LCD and glass, which makes it able to flex and bend as shown in the photo above (left).

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06:06
Apple hit with another lawsuit involving FaceTime...

Another lawsuit has hit Apple for not building iPhones with texting/FaceTime blocking features. FaceTime is a videoconferencing app that Apple includes with its iOS and Mac devices. 

Last month Apple was sued on accusations that its FaceTime app contributed to the highway death of a young girl in Texas. Now there's another lawsuit targeting Apple's decision not to deploy a lock-out mechanism, notes Ars Technica.

The new lawsuit is from accident victim Julio Ceja of Southern California. She was rear-ended by a texting driver, but isn’t seeking. monetary...

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06:06
Apple is the top smartphone vendor in Taiwan (again)

Apple was the top smartphone vendor in Taiwan in terms of both sales volume and value in December, holding that spot for the fourth consecutive month, reports Focus Taiwan.

The 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus/128GB model continued to top the sales rankings in Taiwan in December, followed by the 4.7-inch iPhone 7/128GB. Apple remained the top vendor in December, accounting for 24.3% of the total sales volume in Taiwan, although its share was lower than its 28.4% share for November, 28.2 % in October, and 29% in September.

In terms of smartphone sales value, Apple took a 57.7% share of the total in December, dwarfing the second largest vendor Samsung (10.2%), mainly because of the latest iPhones’ higher price tags, according to Focus Taiwan.

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06:02
Apple Tries to Put a Positive Face on Negotiations...

On December 29 Patently Apple posted a report titled "Senior Indian Government Officials Reportedly meeting with Apple in the New Year to Discuss iPhone Plant Incentives." The report noted that Indian government officials were to meet to evaluate the incentives sought by Apple. to manufacture its products in the country. Today Apple put out a statement ....

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06:01
Apple says meeting with India government covering...




Apple's meeting with Indian government officials on Wednesday -- aimed at setting up local iPhone manufacturing -- was a "constructive and open dialogue," the company claimed in a statement.

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06:00
Mosaic is new window management software for macOS

Light Pillar has introduced Mosaic, a windows management tool for macOS and the next-generation revamp of Window Tidy. It’s built from the ground up with a brand new engine, a suite of new features, improved ease of use and native macOS integration, according to the folks at Light Pillar.

Features include: grid-based basic layouts; constraint controlled advanced layouts; on-the-fly layouts with “Quick Layout: and four different layout views for customizable access to your layouts. You can use layout groups to organize your layouts on a per workflow basis. You can apply layouts directly from the keyboard with keyboard shortcuts or the new MacBook Pro's Touch Bar. You can even apply layouts from your iOS device with the “Remote Control” app.

Mosaic 1.0 requires macOS 10.11 or higher, and the Remote Control app requires iOS 10.1 or higher. A demo of Mosaic 1.0 is available for download and works for...

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05:56
Quark announces new QuarkXPress training series

Quark has announced a new video tutorial series that will feature one new QuarkXPress video a week throughout 2017 – a total of 50 free training sessions.

Working from the basics, the video tutorials will be hosted by design, layout, and brand expert Martin Turner who recently released his book “Desk Top Publishing with QuarkXPress 2016.” Now he takes his expertise to video, where he will cover topics including:

° Desktop publishing and digital publishing;

° Deep QuarkXPress features such as Job Jackets and Composition Zones;

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05:54
Apple Pay usage grew 50% last year, says analytics...

While Apple doesn’t reveal much in the way of specifics about usage of Apple Pay, consumer spending analytics company TXN has pulled some data from a panel of over three million consumers. It says that analysis of credit card bills from banks which distinguish Apple Pay transactions suggest that usage of the payment method grew by slightly over 50% in the 12 months ending December 2016.

The company also revealed the most popular bricks and mortar retailers and websites among Apple Pay users …

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05:42
Setapp, a Mac app subscription service, launches

Macpaw’s app subscription service, Setapp, has launched, offering a collection of Mac apps available to users for a $9.99 monthly fee. It’s an “unstor” alternative to Apple’s Mac App Store. 

Setup is a less risky and more flexible way to buy, sell and use Mac software, providing a better experience for both users and developers, according to Oleksandr Kosovan, founder and CEO of MacPaw and its Setapp division. Users pay US$9.99 per month and get unlimited access to a handpicked collection of apps. 

Already, a wide range of Mac software applications are available including Ulysses, CodeRunner, Blogo, Marked 2, RapidWeaver 7, Eltima Player and Base. Under development for more than a year, Setapp is expected to include up to 300 apps as the service gains momentum, says Kosovan.

To get started with Setapp, users download a small app that creates a folder in the Finder on their Mac. Inside the folder there is a library of...

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05:30
HDRtis NX is new HDR software for the Mac

Ohanaware has launched HDRtist NX 1.0, the company’s latest High Dynamic Range Imaging software developed exclusively for macOS. It provides128-bit image processing utilizing multi-core processors and accelerated graphics hardware.

HDRtist NX sports a large live editor with a split view, providing near real time performance while the images are being edited. One-Click Styles allow you to pick and choose a pre-made style. (you can also create and share your own).

A Master Slider (with four settings) and fine grained control give customers a single slider to help choose their look, while still giving access to the individual elements. HDRtist NX offers multiple exposures, single images and supports iPhone HDRs. Editable HDR images can be saved in the HDRtist NX format.

HDRtist NX 1.0 is available for $19.70 for a limited time. That’s 30% off the regular price of $29.99.

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05:15
Uncovered iOS 10.3 beta code hints at floating one-...

This could lead to something interesting.

Developer Steven Troughton-Smith has uncovered chunks of code inside the new iOS 10.3 beta that seems to support a floating one-handed keyboard.

According to Smith, the feature is supported in iPads that are 9.7-inches in size or smaller, meaning the largest 12.9-inch model is left out. Smith explains that the floating keyboard works a lot like picture-in-picture does for video. The keyboard can be moved around on-screen and is essentially the size of the keyboard you’d get on the iPhone.

Right now, it’s unclear as to when the one-handed keyboard feature might become available.

Apple is thought to be bringing this feature to the new iPads this year. It’s thought that iOS 10.3 was intended to coincide with the release of next-gen iPads. It was recently reported, however, that the new iPad hardware might be pushed into the second half of the year.

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05:00
Apple to include “Find My AirPods” app in iOS 10.3

With iOS 10.3, it’ll be easy to find your lost AirPod wireless headphones.

Apple is apparently working on an app in iOS 10.3 that can hone in on your AirPods’ wireless Bluetooth signal, provided it’s within range of an iOS device connected to an iCloud account. Like the Find My iPhone app, users will be able to tap “Play Sound” and both of your AirPods will begin to chirp.

If one is in your ear, the app gives you controls to mute the right or left earbud. If someone has borrowed your AirPods and that’s why they’re missing, the sound won’t pierce their ear drums, but the volume will gradually increase, so they’ll have to surrender the AirPods.

If your AirPod batteries are dead along with the case, Find My AirPods will be able to pinpoint the last location it could detect a Bluetooth signal from the device.

Apple has begun rolling out the Find My AirPods feature in the iOS 10.3 betas.

If you’ve had a chance to play with the software and have any...

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05:00
New Mac App Subscription Service 'Setapp'...

Following a beta testing period of more than a month, Mac app subscription service Setapp today officially launched to the public, making a collection of Mac apps available to users for a low monthly fee.

Priced at $9.99 per month, Setapp is designed to be an alternative to the Mac App Store. Through the Setapp service, more than 60 apps across a wide range of categories are available to customers. Access to apps is unlimited and includes all updates and in-app purchase content.

Setapp offers many popular Mac titles like RapidWeaver, CleanMyMac, Ulysses, Blogo, CodeRunner, Pixa, Focused, iMazing, Marked, Screens, Pagico, iStat Menus, and more.The team behind Setapp hopes that once the concept catches on with developers, the service will be able to...

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05:00
New year, new career: Get training with the Swift 3...

Tired of your existing career? Why not consider learning how to create iOS 10 apps! You can use your new skills in your existing job, writing apps to make you and your co-workers more productive, or you can branch out as a freelance iOS developer. Whatever you do, you're going to need training, and we have the perfect training for you. The Swift 3 Master Coder Bundle ($44) consists of 4 full online courses with 596 lessons that can turn you from a development novice to an in-demand developer in no time flat. 

The courses are taught by Stephen DeStefano through a series of videos that you'll have immediate access to. Priced separately, you'd pay $550 for this training, but we've whittle the price down to $44 for our readers. The four courses include:

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05:00
MacPaw’s Setapp service offers a suite of Mac...

Every time a piece of big-name Mac software goes to a subscription-based model, reactions are mixed. TextExpander even reversed its decision, bringing back a stand-alone version of TextExpander 4 to sell alongside the subscription-only TextExpander 5.

Now MacPaw wants to make subscription-based Mac software popular by offering a bundled suite of apps for $9.99 per month. Setapp, its new subscription service, launches Wednesday. For a flat monthly fee, subscribers will get access to 61 apps at launch, including Cloud Outliner, Focused, Blogo, Pagico, RapidWeaver, Ulysses, Screens, CleanMyMac, and more. MacPaw will add more apps to the service over time, and they’ll all be available ad-free with no in-app purchases or upgrade fees.

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05:00
China Aims to Wash VPNs Out of Its Hair


China this week announced new measures to further restrict its citizens' access to the Internet.
The 14-month campaign appears designed to crack down on the use of Web platforms and services unapproved by the government, and on virtual private networks, which can used to access those platforms and services covertly. While China's Internet network access services market is facing many development opportunities, there are signs of "disorderly development" that show the urgent need for regulation, according to the government.

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04:54
Apple will eventually require apps to use the new...

Apple is launching an official way for developers to ask for ratings in the App Store with iOS 10.3. The new system attempts to strike a balance for customer experience and developer incentive, allowing users to leave a rating without leaving the app — but the API enforces that the developer can only display the popup three times a year.

Adoption will not be mandatory with iOS 10.3 but Apple intends to force developers to use the official API in the future, via Daring Fireball.

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04:30
Synology RT2600ac is a top-of-the-line, feature-...

A router is at the core of our connection to the online world. Today there is no shortage of offerings in the Wi-Fi router market, from basic devices that do just a basic job to routers that are full-blown Internet connectivity appliances. The Synology RT2600ac falls in the later category. In my few days of using this router, I can honestly say it’s the best and most feature packed Wi-Fi router I’ve ever used, especially for Mac users.

Hardware

The RT2600ac came packed with great care; each detachable antenna was sealed in a plastic sleeve. Included in the box are the router, power adapter, CAT5 cable, 4 antennas, and a get-started guide.

The RT2600ac is simple to set up, but this doesn’t mean it’s simple in function. It can serve not only as a router, but a NAS storage device for Mac and Windows, a firewall, and even as a connection to cellular data networks with a...

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04:15
NeoFinder for macOS upgraded to version 7.0.1

Norbert M. Doerner has released NeoFinder 7.0.1. It’s an update of the macOS app that helps you keep track of your digital files, photos, songs, movies, fonts on hard drives, USB sticks, servers, Blu-ray disks, DVD-ROMs, CDROMs, and any other digital media.

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04:03
Tim Cook sells $7.2M worth of AAPL shares this month...

Two Securities and Exchanges Commission filings show that Tim Cook sold a total of 60,000 AAPL shares this month – in six batches of 10,000 shares each – for a total of around $7.2M.

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04:03
Kool Tools: STOMP 6

AirTurn’s STOMP 6 is a wireless, six switch foot pedal that connects to any Bluetooth-enabled device such as an iPhone or iPad and works with hundreds of apps to perform tasks that simplify music performance. OnSong (v1.99992) offers immediate support for the STOMP 6 which allows users to configure 40-plus actions per switch. Musicians can perform hands-free with digital sheet music and charts that are easy to transpose and always stay organized.

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04:00
The PC gaming hardware market is growing; it’s time...

It’s time for Apple to take Mac gaming more seriously. The global personal computer (PC) gaming hardware market has breached the $30 billion mark for the first time, according to Jon Peddie Research gamers buy (or customize) high-end (ie, pricey) systems, so a tricked-out iMac might appeal to such a group.

“Global consumers continue to embrace the PC platform for video games due to multiple factors,” says Ted Pollak, senior game industry analyst for JPR. “The desktop ergonomic is popular because the display distance offers increased detail when using HD and UHD monitors. Additionally there is superior control with mouse and keyboard control interfaces. This has been validated with eSports overwhelmingly being played on PCs.”

JPR has renamed the three segments of hardware it tracks to Entry-Level, Mid-Range, and High-End (from Mainstream, Performance, and Enthusiast). 

Part of the phenomena JPR observes is...

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03:06
TunnelBear 3.0.10 - Subscription-based private...

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

Features

  • Browse privately - Secure your data and hide your IP address behind a bear.
  • Experience the Internet as if you’re in another country - A TunnelBear can "tunnel" you around censorship and blocked sites to another country of your choosing.
  • Zap creepy trackers - Block the website trackers (ads, analytics, scripts, social buttons) that track everything you and your family do online.
  • A TunnelBear is really, really simple - On. Off. On. Off. You get the idea.
  • TunnelBear comes in three subscription tiers:
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Tuesday January 24

23:00
Dell unveils 2-in-1 Latitude and Chromebook laptops...

This year marks a first for Dell's education-focused computer family: 2-in-1 laptops. Like the company's other computers destined for schools, the Dell Latitude and Chromebook 11 Convertibles are built to withstand classrooms and student abuse. They...

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22:28
'Knockout League' brings cartoony boxing...

The Nintendo Switch has Arms and now the VR-minded folks at Grab Games and Vive Studios have dropped Knockout League onto Steam's Early Access label. The arcade-y boxing game's in-development version only has four cartoony pugilists for now, accordin...

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21:12
Reuters: Trump admin telling EPA to pull climate...

Despite a gag order, Environmental Protection Agencies are talking to Reuters, informing the outlet that their bosses have been instructed to remove this page from its website (Archive.org). On the official White House website, a page devoted to clim...

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20:59
Spotify 1.0.47.13. - Stream music, create playlists...

Spotify is a streaming music service that gives you on-demand access to millions of songs. Whether you like driving rock, silky R&B, or grandiose classical music, Spotify's massive catalogue puts all your favorites within your reach. No streaming service offers a larger, more varied catalogue.

The music you love, whenever you want it

  • You're the DJ. Add stars to your favorite tracks, and create playlists. Spotify lets you keep your favorites close at hand.
  • Endless discovery. With built-in Related Artist suggestions, Spotify will help you discover your new favorite artists, albums, and tracks.
  • Make it social. Follow your favorite artists, share musical recommendations with friends, and more.



Version 1.0.47.13.:

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.



  • OS X 10.9 or later
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20:59
Apple iTunes 12.5.5 - Play Apple Music and manage...

Apple iTunes lets you organize and stream Apple Music, download and watch video and listen to Podcasts. It can automatically download new music, app, and book purchases across all your devices and computers. And it's a store that has everything you need to be entertained. Anywhere. Anytime.



Version 12.5.5:

  • Minor app and performance improvements



  • OS X 10.9.5 or later
  • iTunes Extras require OS X 10.10.3 or later



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20:59
Sierra Cache Cleaner 11.0.3 - Clear caches, access...

Sierra Cache Cleaner is an award-winning general purpose tool for macOS X. SCC makes system maintenance simple with an easy point-and-click interface to many macOS X functions. Novice and expert users alike will appreciate the powerful toolset SCC provides. Sierra Cache Cleaner is one of the world's leading maintenance tools, with millions of downloads around the globe.

Features

  • Maintenance. Sierra Cache Cleaner is a one-stop solution for all of your macOS X maintenance needs. Intel or PPC, Tiger or Sierra, SCC has the tools to keep your system running at its best.
  • Optimization. Sierra Cache Cleaner can improve system performance by tuning Internet and file cache settings, implementing RAM disks, and cleaning out various cached and stale data.
  • Customization. Sierra Cache Cleaner lets you control your macOS X experience. Turn off Spotlight or Dashboard, or turn on a Login Items...
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