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Wednesday January 25

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.

This is further explained in the equally misnamed “OS X Code...

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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.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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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.
  • Total File and Folder Creation and Modification Date Control...
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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.

Still, cool stuff and it’ll be fun to see where this...

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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:
    • Little: 500 MB per month; free
    • Giant: unlimited; $6.99/month
    • Grizzly: unlimited; $49.99/year

See...

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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



Download Now]]>

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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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20:59
Apple Safari 10.0.3 - Apple's Web browser.

Note: The direct download link is currently unavailable. It is available in the OS X 10.11.6 release, as well as in the Apple Security Updates.

Apple Safari is Apple's web browser that comes with OS X El Capitan. Safari is faster and more energy efficient than other browsers, so sites are more responsive and your notebook battery lasts longer between charges. Built-in privacy features are stronger than ever. It works with iCloud to let you browse seamlessly across all your devices. And it gives you great ways to find and share your favorites. Put it all together, and no other browser offers such a rich web experience.



Version 10.0.3:

Note: Safari is available from Software Update on the Mac App Store, or as part of the...

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20:59
Cocktail 10.2 - General maintenance and optimization...

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for macOS that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. It is a powerful digital toolset that helps hundreds of thousands of Mac users around the world get the most out of their computers every day.

The application serves up a perfect mix of maintenance tools and tweaks, all accessible through a clean and easy to use interface. Cocktail's features are arranged into five categories that helps you manage various aspects of your computer. It also comes with an automatic Pilot-mode that allows you to simply press a button and relax, knowing that Cocktail will take care of the rest.



Version 10.2:

  • Added ability to clear sandbox caches
  • Improvements on the "Clear system caches" procedure
  • Improvements on the "Clear applications caches" procedure
  • Fixed iCloud Drive synchronization bug
  • Added macOS Sierra 10.12.3 compatibility
  • Overall performance...
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20:59
Sketch 42 - Design app for UX/UI designer creating...

Sketch is an innovative and fresh look at vector drawing for the Mac. Its intentionally minimalist design is based upon a drawing space of unlimited size and layers, free of palettes, panels, menus, windows, and controls. Though simple to use, it offers powerful vector drawing and text tools like perfect Boolean operations, symbols, and powerful rulers, guides, and grids.



Version 42:

Note: Now requires OS X 10.11 or later

New

  • Export Presets - You can now define Export presets, containing multiple scales and filetypes to be applied to slices and exportable layers with a single click.
  • Touch Bar Support - Sketch supports Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro - allowing you to quickly access tools and features straight from the keyboard.

Improved

  • The maximum zoom level has been increased four times to 25600% to allow more precise pixel work
  • During vector editing,...
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20:59
NeoFinder 7.0.1 - Catalog your external media and...

NeoFinder (formerly CDFinder) rapidly organizes your data, either on external or internal disks, or any other volumes. It catalogs all your data, so you stay in control of your data archive or disk library. With extensive metadata support, you can find your files quickly.

Features

  • Catalog: any hard disk, data folder, CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, BlueRay, HD-DVD, iPod, Server Volume, Audio-CD, USB-Stick, FTP-Server, and more
  • Power: Handle really large amounts of data
  • Photo Previews: Create beautiful thumbnails for many photo and image formats, such as JPG, TIFF, EPS, RAW, PDF, PSD, BMP, GIF, PNG, TGA, IFF (Maya)
  • Audio Meta Data: MP3, AAC (iTunes), FLAC (Lossless), ALAC (Apple Lossless), and AIFF meta data: author, album, title, composer, lyrics, cover art, track number, duration, bit rate, genre, year, comment. Even catalogs whole Audio-CDs, and Apple iPhone ringtone files!
  • Photo Meta Data: XMP (used by Adobe Bridge),...
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20:59
Arq 5.7.2 - Online backup to Google Drive, Amazon...

Arq is super-easy online backup for Mac and Windows computers. Back up to your own cloud account (Amazon Cloud Drive, Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Cloud Storage, any S3-compatible server), your SFTP server, or your NAS. On OS X, Arq backs up and faithfully restores all the special metadata of Mac files that other products don't, including resource forks, ACLs, and creator codes.

  • Following the initial backup, Arq automatically makes incremental backups every hour, every day, uploading just the files that have changed since your last backup. Arq keeps hourly backups for the past 24 hours, daily backups for the past month, and weekly backups for everything older than a month.
  • Arq lets you set a budget for storage, and it automatically drops the oldest backups to keep within the budget.
  • Arq backs up everything with no limits. It backs up files of any size, external drives, and network drives.
  • Arq compresses and "de-...
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20:59
Quicken 4.4.3 - Complete personal finance solution.

Quicken makes managing your money easier than ever. Whether paying bills, upgrading from Windows, enjoying more reliable downloads, or getting expert product help, Quicken's new and improved features will help you save time and get better control of your money.

Features

  • Pay your bills from right within Quicken:
    • See and track them all in one place so that you never miss a bill
    • See what bills have been paid, are coming up, or past due
    • Easily pay your bills on time from right within Quicken
  • Single-click upgrade from Quicken Windows to Quicken Mac:
    • Convert from Quicken Windows to Quicken Mac in one click (excludes version from Mac App Store)
    • Do it all right from your Mac (no Windows required)
    • Easily import data from Quicken Mac 2015, Quicken Mac 2007, and Quicken Essentials with just one click
  • Export Category Summary and Tax Summary reports to a CSV file...
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20:59
Together 3.7.3 - Store and organize all of your...

Together helps you organize your Mac, giving you the ability to store, edit and preview your files in a single clean, uncluttered interface.

Features

  • Smart storage. With simple drag-and-drop functionality, Together lets you gather up images, text, bookmarks, and files for safekeeping. With built-in note-taking capabilities and easy inter-app file transfers, take control of cluttered, disorganized groups of files and restore them to a state of order and manageability.
  • Previewing and editing. Together can edit and preview a wide range of filetypes, and seamlessly incorporates QuickView for everything else. File editing is always a double-click away, and your changes are automatically synchronized.
  • Organization, optimized. If you are tired of dealing with scatterbrained systems of files and folders, Together's refreshing, iTunes-like interface will help you breathe easy. Organize...
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19:41
Additional Details on the New App Store Review...

Jim Dalrymple, writing at The Loop:

When you are prompted to leave a review, customers will stay
inside the app, where the rating or review can be left for the
developer. It’s easier for customers and the developers still get
their reviews.

Apple is also limiting the amount of times developers can ask
customers for reviews. Developers will only be able to bring up
the review dialog three times a year. If a customer has rated the
app, they will not be prompted again. If a customer has dismissed
the review prompt three times, they will not be asked to review
the app for another year.

Customers will also have a master switch that will turn off the
notifications for app reviews from all developers, if they wish to
do that.

I spoke with Apple today about these features, too. A few questions I...

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18:39
Tumblr's mobile apps finally have photo filters...

In a move possibly inspired by Snapchat, or even Instagram, Tumblr is bringing photo filters and stickers to its iOS and Android apps. But that's not it: The feature will also work with GIF posts, which is going to let you spice up your feed even mor...

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17:54
Apple CEO Tim Cook sells another $3.6M in company...




Just days cashing in a chunk of Apple shares worth $3.6 million, CEO Tim Cook sold another batch worth an almost identical amount in a series of trades this week, according to regulatory filings.

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17:25
Wine 2.0 Released

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Softpedia: It's finally here! After so many months of development and hard work, during which over 6,600 bugs have been patched, the Wine project is happy to announce today, January 24, 2017, the general availability of Wine 2.0. Wine 2.0 is the biggest and most complete version of the open-source software project that allows Linux and macOS users to run applications and games designed only for Microsoft Windows operating systems. As expected, it's a massive release that includes dozens of improvements and new features, starting with support for Microsoft Office 2013 and 64-bit application support on macOS. Highlights of Wine 2.0 include the implementation of more DirectWrite features, such as drawing of underlines, font fallback support, and improvements to font metrics resolution, font embedding in PDF files, Unicode 9.0.0 support, Retina rendering mode for the macOS graphics driver, and support for gradients in GDI enhanced metafiles....

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17:19
Apple.com switches web font from Myriad to San...




Apple in a minor change to its website on Tuesday integrated its in-house developed San Francisco typeface, first introduced with Apple Watch, into most consumer-facing pages.

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16:24
Hands-On With the New Night Shift Mode in macOS...

macOS Sierra 10.12.4, seeded to developers this morning, introduces a major new feature: Night Shift for the Mac.

First introduced for iOS devices in iOS 9.3, Night Shift is designed to gradually shift the display of a device from a blue tint to a more yellow tint during the evening, cutting down on exposure to blue light. A quick overview of how Night Shift works on the Mac can be seen in the video below.

Night Shift can be toggled on and off using the new Night Shift switch located in the Today section of the Notification Center.

Preferences for Night Shift are available in the Displays section of System Preferences. In this section, users can schedule Night Shift to come on at sunset and turn off at sunrise or set a custom Night Shift schedule....

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16:22
Hands-on with iOS 10.3 beta 1 [Video]

As we noted earlier, Apple has released iOS 10.3 beta 1 to developers. The update brings several new features to the table, including Find My AirPods for helping to keep track of Apple’s recently-released and highly popular AirPods. But that’s not all that’s new in iOS 10.3. In this hands-on video walkthrough, we’ll step through some of the other new additions. more…

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16:22
Microsoft's OneDrive for Business gets Mac...

Microsoft gave users and administrators of OneDrive for Business some new features on Tuesday that they’ve requested for a while.

The company also launched a new Mac client for its business-focused cloud storage service that can be deployed outside the confines of the Mac App Store. Users will also be able to sync files from SharePoint sites and OneDrive for Business shared folders to their desktops, like they have been able to for files that they own.

IDC Research Manager Chandana Gopal said in an interview that she saw the new features are Microsoft’s attempt to play catch up with other players in the enterprise cloud storage market like Box and Dropbox, which already offer Mac clients and broad syncing of all the files stored in their services. What’s more, Box and Dropbox are working on making it possible for people to stream files...

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16:19
Hands-on: iOS 10.3 beta's 'Find My AirPods...




Apple in its latest iOS 10.3 beta release addresses the concerns of many new AirPods owners by incorporating a software feature that helps users locate misplaced earbuds through the Find My iPhone app. AppleInsider goes hands-on with the beta function.

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16:17
Apple transitioning homepage to its cleaner &...

Apple today has started transitioning Apple.com to its San Francisco font. As you can see in the comparison image below, Apple has transitioned most of the font on its site to San Francisco, though some parts remain unchanged.

more…

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15:32
Talking Shop: The design secrets behind Apple’s store

While the interview is a bit fluffy, it’s always interesting to hear anyone talk about the now iconic design of the Apple Retail Stores.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:19
Microsoft Appears to be in a Race to bring In-Air...

Early this morning Patently Apple poste a granted patent report from Apple covering an optical pattern projection system that could be set up in a desktop like Apple's iMac and allow users in the future to use hand gestures to control aspects of the operating system, or act as an advanced method for logging in. It could be used to control video game play or to quickly stop or start a tune or movie. Coincidentally Microsoft was granted a patent for an invention about the very same idea.

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15:15
AWT News Update: January 24, 2017

What happened in the world of Apple today? The company released developer beta versions of all of its operating systems, and we're starting to see what new features will appear in the next few months:

  • watchOS 3.2 gains Theater Mode and more powerful third-party Siri requests
  • iOS 10.3 will add Find My AirPods and better third-party Siri integration, weather data in Maps, an update to Mail's conversation view, and a whole new file system
  • macOS 10.12.4 appears to be getting nothing more than Night Shift, so you can rest soundly after playing games all evening
  • tvOS 10.2 gets accelerated scrolling for Siri Remote

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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15:05
Target is bringing mobile payments in-store but not...

You’ll soon be able to use your iPhone to pay at Target stores, but not in the form of Apple Pay.

Target is developing its own in-store mobile payments system this year, the company’s Chief Information and Digital Officer Michael McNamara told Recode. Target confirmed that its iOS apps will soon include the capability to pay with smartphones, but it won’t be adopting Apple Pay for in-store checkout.

The retailer has a flagship app (iTunes link) for online shopping, as well as a Cartwheel app (iTunes link) that lets customers utilize digital coupons during checkout. Target declined to confirm which app, or if both, would be integrating its own mobile pay system. Initially, Target’s own system will be available only to...

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15:02
iOS 10.3 code includes hidden support for a floating...

As is usually the case with iOS updates, there are a few new features that Apple doesn’t activate in the user-facing version, but developers still uncover their existence. This time, developer Steven Troughton-Smith has uncovered a new one-handed floating keyboard for iPad inside iOS 10.3…

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15:01
iOS 10.3 promises to limit review pop-ups, add...




Apple's iOS 10.3 update, now in beta, will eventually limit how often an app can harass users about leaving a review -- and might also include a floating keyboard for smaller iPads, early adopters noted on Tuesday.

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14:57
What's New in iOS 10.3: Find My AirPods, APFS...

Released this morning, iOS 10.3 is the third major update to the iOS 10 operating system. Its main feature is a new "Find My AirPods" mode for locating lost AirPods, but the update also includes many other smaller changes and feature tweaks.

There's a new profile option in the Settings app, iCloud usage is broken down more clearly, SiriKit has been updated to include bill paying functionality, and there's a new file system implemented when first installing iOS 10.3. Check out the video below for a quick rundown on all the new features introduced in iOS 10.3, and make sure to read the rest of the post for even more detail.

App animation - Apple has tweaked the animation for opening and closing apps very slightly. As they...

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14:50
Allow Users to Provide Ratings From Within Your App

With iOS 10.3, you can use a new API to ask users to provide App Store ratings and reviews without leaving your app. You can also publicly respond to customer reviews on the App Store and Mac App Store. Learn more.

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14:50
Allow Users to Provide Ratings From Within Your App

With iOS 10.3, you can use a new API to ask users to provide App Store ratings and reviews without leaving your app. You can also publicly respond to customer reviews on the App Store and Mac App Store. Learn more.

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14:50
SiriKit Now Available on watchOS 3.2

Use APIs to integrate Siri’s natural language experience into your watchOS app. SiriKit supports apps for fitness, payments, rides, and messages so users can ask Siri to start a workout, send money, book a ride, and more. Learn more about SiriKit for watchOS.

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14:50
SiriKit Now Available on watchOS 3.2

Use APIs to integrate Siri’s natural language experience into your watchOS app. SiriKit supports apps for fitness, payments, rides, and messages so users can ask Siri to start a workout, send money, book a ride, and more. Learn more about SiriKit for watchOS.

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14:19
EZQuest introduces MacBook Pro keyboard covers

EZQuest (www.ezq.com) 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.

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13:26
Final Android Wear 2.0 developer preview adds better...




For the last developer preview of Android Wear 2.0 before its release next month, Google has reintroduced support for iOS devices, allowing users to pair their wearable devices to an iPhone or iPad.

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13:20
Apple Is Releasing a Find My AirPods Feature

For those of you worried about losing an AirPod or two, you may soon be able to find some peace of mind. According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple is adding AirPods support to the Find My iPhone app with the release of iOS 10.3, which will be released in the coming weeks. The Verge reports: Inside the app, AirPods owners will be able to see either the current or last known location of their headphones (although it seems like Apple will determine that based on where the case was last seen, not the actual earbuds). That location data is going to be pretty broad, so it'll really only be good for confirming whether your AirPods are at home or got left behind at work or a coffee shop -- it's not granular enough to say where within your home they might be. To help out with the trickier issue of locating missing headphones that have been separated from their case, Apple is able to blast sound out of each earbud (so long as it has some remaining power). That's by no means an assurance...

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13:05
How to speed up your workflow in Safari using the...

A common concern with the Touch Bar on Apple’s new MacBook Pro is that it may just be gimmicky and not actually useful. Function keys and keyboard shortcuts may make you efficient, but Touch Bar customization can put elements like on-screen Safari controls right on your keyboard.

Touch Bar for me has been a way to discover functionality within apps, and Safari’s customization lets you personalize what you want to access. Below we’ll look at how you can use Safari Touch Bar customization to improve your own workflow on macOS.

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13:00
Skate City from Snowman and Agens captures the...

The team at game studio Snowman must be ridiculously busy, as they're following up the runaway success of Alto's Adventure with a handful of titles that are all under construction right now. The latest announcement is about a joint project with Oslo, Norway-based Agens, with a game that brings the ethereal beauty of Alto's Adventure to an urban environment and skateboarding -- Skate City. 

The company has an entrancing trailer for the game (see below) and will be sharing clips from the game on Instagram as development progresses. You can follow Skate City as it turns into a reality by checking this Instagram feed

Snowman's Ryan Cash explains in a blog post a bit about the history of the game's genesis...

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12:56
Nokia looks to block US imports of Apple products in...




The U.S. International Trade Commission is looking into allegations that Apple is importing devices that infringe on Nokia patents, such as iPhones and iPads, a report said on Tuesday.

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12:52
Apple will allow developers to respond to App Store...

The user reviews in the iOS and Mac App Stores can be a mixed bag. Sometimes, a user provides useful information to help you make a purchasing decision. But often the user reviews are filled with complaints about problems that were encountered while using the software. When a software developer addresses those problems in updated software, the user review lingers.

In a future update to iOS 10 and macOS Sierra, developers will have a chance to address user reviews in the App Store. The release notes for iOS 10.3 state that developers will be able to respond to a user review, and the response will be available for others to see. The notes also say that this feature will be available in the Mac App Store.

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12:40
Apple Will Finally Let Developers Respond To App...

An anonymous reader shares a TechCrunch report: Apple is finally going to give its developers a way to respond to customer reviews on its App Store and Mac App Store -- a feature that's long been available to Android developers on Google Play, much to the chagrin of the Apple developer community. According to developer documentation for the iOS 10.3 beta, when this version of Apple's mobile operating ships, developers will also be able to ask for reviews in new ways, in addition to responding to those posted publicly on the App Store. Apple's ratings and reviews system has felt antiquated, and has been a source of frustration for developers and users alike. When a customer leaves a negative review, developers couldn't respond to the criticism -- which is sometimes unwarranted -- in a way that other App Store customers could see. For example, a customer may be misunderstanding a feature, or may have complained about a bug that's been fixed in a later release.

...

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12:27
Breathometer refunding iPhone blood alcohol tester...




Breathometer, producer of a breathalyzer accessory for the iPhone, has agreed to provide refunds to customers in a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, after claims about the device's lack of accuracy were investigated by the regulatory group.

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12:24
Pixelmator for iOS: 80% off at only $0.99

I love Pixelmator and this is such a great deal, I tried buying it before I realized I already own it. No word on when this deal is up so grab it while you can.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:17
Arq 5.7.2 - Online backup to Google Drive, Amazon...

Arq is super-easy online backup for Mac and Windows computers. Back up to your own cloud account (Amazon Cloud Drive, Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Cloud Storage, any S3-compatible server), your SFTP server, or your NAS. On OS X, Arq backs up and faithfully restores all the special metadata of Mac files that other products don't, including resource forks, ACLs, and creator codes.

  • Following the initial backup, Arq automatically makes incremental backups every hour, every day, uploading just the files that have changed since your last backup. Arq keeps hourly backups for the past 24 hours, daily backups for the past month, and weekly backups for everything older than a month.
  • Arq lets you set a budget for storage, and it automatically drops the oldest backups to keep within the budget.
  • Arq backs up everything with no limits. It backs up files of any size, external drives, and network drives.
  • Arq compresses and "de-...
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12:17
∞ Apple explains the new App Reviews API for...

With the release of macOS Sierra and iOS betas on Tuesday, Apple also released a new tool for developers, allowing them to respond to reviews on the Mac and iOS App Stores. But the API goes deeper than just giving developers a process to respond to reviews, it also makes it easier for customers to leave reviews, Apple told me this morning when we talked about the new feature.

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12:13
APFS is coming soon: iOS 10.3 will automatically...

After many years and at least one false start, Apple announced at WWDC last year that it would begin shipping a new, modern file system in 2017. Dubbed APFS (for Apple File System), it is designed to improve support for solid-state storage and encryption and to safeguard data integrity. When released, it will finally replace the nearly two-decade-old HFS+ filesystem that Apple has been tacking new features onto since 1998.

An early version of APFS was included in macOS Sierra as a beta for developers to experiment with, but it was intentionally limited in some important ways; it couldn't be used as a boot drive, it didn't support Fusion...

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12:13
Rumored ‘Theater Mode’ seemingly coming to Apple...

It was originally rumored that Apple was planning to introduce a new “Theater Mode” with iOS 10.3, but the company today released the first beta of that operating system with Theater Mode nowhere to be found.

According to a change log document on Apple’s developer website, however, Theatre Mode may be coming in a future update to watchOS.

more…

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12:01
Apple blamed again for another distracted driving...

I feel for the victims of these accidents but Apple can’t be held responsible for the actions of other drivers who ignore common sense and the law.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:00
USITC to look into Nokia’s complaint against Apple

The U.S. International Trade Commission will investigate a complaint by Nokia Technologies alleging that Apple has imported smartphones, tablet computers and other electronics that infringe upon its patents, reports Reuters.

The USITC said in a statement it hadn’t yet made any decision on the merits of the case by the Finland-based Nokia Corp unit, which is seeking a cease and desist order and a limited exclusion order. In December 2016 Nokia announced that it had today filed a number of complaints against Apple in Germany and the U.S, alleging that Apple products infringe a number of its patents.

Ilkka Rahnasto, head of Patent Business at Nokia, said that, since agreeing a license covering some patents from the Nokia Technologies portfolio in 2011, Apple declined subsequent offers made by Nokia to license other of its patented inventions which are used by many...

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11:59
Does the new MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar improve your...

Lots has been made about the new MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar, the integrated touch sensitive display that replaces the top row of the device’s keyboard. The Touch Bar is contextually sensitive, offering different functions depending on what app you are using, and support is growing as more apps add new functions and support in general. But has it become part of your daily workflow?

more…

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11:58
Apple makes it easy to find lost AirPods in iOS 10.3

Losing an AirPod is a legitimate possibility, and possibly the biggest worry that people have about using Apple’s new Bluetooth wireless earphones. Apple is no longer pretending this isn’t a real concern with a brand-new Find My AirPods feature in the Find My iPhone app.

How it works: Bluetooth. According to Mashable, your lost AirPod doesn’t have to be close by for you to find it, but it does have to be in Bluetooth range of another one of your Apple devices connected to your iCloud account. If you know the general area your missing AirPods is in—say, your living room—but have no idea what crevice it’s trapped in, you...

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11:57
Oscar nominations 2017: the complete list

I know all the arguments (many of them valid) against the Oscars but I still like the pomp and circumstance of the show and the discussions about the movies.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:52
New microchip could bring portable spectroscopy to...




Si-Ware on Tuesday revealed an iPhone-compatible spectroscopy chip, the NeoSpectra Micro, which could potentially expand the uses of both mobile devices and wearables in areas like health, science, and nutrition.

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11:50
Car companies drive away with two more former Apple...

Ford has become the latest car manufacturer to draw high-level employees away from Apple, with marketing executive Musa Tariq appointed as a vice president and chief brand officer of the major automobile producer. He’ll go to work there on Jan. 30. In this new role, Tariq is responsible for further building and differentiating the company’s Ford brand.

Apple hired Tariq — a "social media whiz" who previously worked under Apple Stores chief Angela Ahrendts at Burberry — in August 2014 as the retail division's new digital marketing director.

Before Tariq’s new role at Apple, he had worked alongside Ahrendts at Burberry to grow the luxury brand through campaigns such as Tweettalks, which shared backstage images of outfits at the London Fashion Show before they hit the runway. At Nike, Tariq took lead on an ad...

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11:45
Theater Mode, SiriKit coming to Apple Watch in...




Even though Apple has not yet released a beta for new watchOS system software, it has shared some notes about it, with additions including SiriKit on the Apple Watch, and Theater Mode being implemented in it and not the iPhone as previously rumored.

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11:31
On the Likelihood of Losing Your AirPods

Geoffrey Fowler on Twitter, linking to Joanna Stern’s piece on the new “Find My AirPods” feature in the first iOS 10.3 beta:

This was a no-brainer: Apple’s now got a tool to help locate their
tiny $160 wireless earbuds you’re destined to lose.

I’ve seen this “destined to lose” argument in a lot of reviews of the AirPods. Like: “Pros: Good sound, great battery life, easy pairing. Cons: Expensive, easily lost.

And because they’re small, they certainly could be easily lost. But that’s true of all small things. You can easily lose a $100 casino chip. You can easily lose expensive jewelry. It happens. But it’s not that common, because you know these things are valuable. It’s human nature to be more careful with valuable items. If AirPods cost $29...

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11:30
SereneLife PICKIT20 Pocket Printer: Quality photos...

SereneLife PICKIT 20 Pocket Printer. Photo ©2017, Steven Sande

While I was on my recent vacation, I had a fun little device with me that I used to produce instant gifts for new friends -- an HP Sprocket Pocket Printer. Today we're going to look at another pocket printer, this one using a different printing technology. The SereneLife PICKIT20 Pocket Printer ($119.99, affiliate link) is another mobile printer that can quickly make photo prints from your iPhone. It's also sold as the Kodak Photo Printer Mini ($99.99, affiliate link).

Design

The first thing you'll notice when comparing the PICKIT 20 to the HP Sprocket is that it's quite a bit larger....

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11:27
'Theater Mode' Coming to Apple Watch

Apple hasn't released the first watchOS 3.2 beta to developers as of yet, but the company has shared release notes highlighting the new features that will be introduced in the update.

The most important new feature is a "Theater Mode" that's designed to let customers quickly mute the screen on their Apple Watch and disable raise to wake, preventing the screen from lighting up with arm movement.

With Theater Mode enabled, customers will still receive haptic feedback for each incoming notification, and information can be viewed by tapping the screen or pressing down on the Digital Crown.

According to Apple, Theater Mode was included in watchOS 3.1.3, but it does not yet appear to be available to consumers as an option, suggesting it will be activated when watchOS 3.2 is...

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11:26
Apple allowing developers to respond to user reviews...




As part of feedback collected by Apple, when iOS 10.3 ships to customers the company is adding the ability for an app's developer to respond to complaints or praise, with the response available for all to see in the App Store -- and more improvements for developers are coming.

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11:17
∞ macOS Sierra and iOS beta new features include “...

Apple on Tuesday released macOS Sierra 10.3 developer beta 1 and a new iOS beta, giving developers a chance to test out the new features of the OSes. There are quite a few changes, so let’s jump in.

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11:14
New iOS, tvOS, and macOS betas available for...

Apple has released three new developer betas: iOS 10.3, tvOS 10.2, and macOS 10.12.4. Developers can download the beta through the Apple Developer Center or the Software Update mechanism in the App Store. 

iOS 10.3 updates the file structure on an iOS device to the Apple File System (APFS). AFPS is optimized for Flash/SSD storage and features “strong encryption, copy-on-write metadata, space sharing, cloning for files and directories, snapshots, fast directory sizing, atomic safe-save primitives, and improved file system fundamentals.” The beta also includes a new "Find My AirPods" ability, additions to Siri, CarPlay improvements, and some changes to Maps. What’s more, Apple says that by the time iOS 10.3 is available to customers, developers will be able to respond to customer reviews on the Apple App Store.

The tvOS 10.2 beta provides an accelerated scrolling feature to the Siri remote so you can scroll through lists of content faster. The macOS 10.12.4 beta adds a...

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11:13
Apple blamed again for another distracted driving...

Enlarge (credit: Spencer Platt, Getty Images)

Weeks ago, Apple was sued on accusations that its FaceTime app contributed to the highway death of a young girl in Texas. The girl's family claims that the iPhone maker should have deployed technology to prohibit motorists from using the app.

Now there's another lawsuit targeting Apple's decision not to deploy a lock-out mechanism. This one—from an injured Southern California motorist—concerns locking out drivers from texting.

This lawsuit from accident victim Julio Ceja, who was rear-ended by a texting driver, does not seek any monetary damages. Instead, it demands that a Los Angeles Superior...

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11:09
Nokia Seeks a Cease and Desist Order against Apple...

Nokia is at war with Apple. They launched two major lawsuits (one and two) against Apple the day after Apple launched a major antitrust case against Acacia Research which pointed to a conspiracy led by Nokia. Today we're learning that Nokia is ...

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11:05
Apple releases new iOS, tvOS, and macOS developer...

Apple has released three new developer betas: iOS 10.3, tvOS 10.2, and macOS 10.12.4. Developers can download the beta through the Apple Developer Center or the Software Update mechanism in the App Store.

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10:54
Maintain Serves Up Cocktail 10.2 (Mac OS Sierra...

Maintain has served up Cocktail 10.2 (Sierra Edition), a new edition of Cocktail for users running macOS Sierra.

It’s a general purpose utility for macOS that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. The new version adds the ability to clear Sandbox caches. It also fixes an iCloud Drive synchronization bug.

Cocktail costs $19 for a single user license and available for purchase from the Maintain website (http://www.maintain.se/cocktail). When unregistered, Cocktail runs in demo mode and will expire after the tenth launch.

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10:54
Apple will let developers reply to reviews in the...

Apple has announced that it will soon let developers reply to reviews on the iPhone, iPad and Mac App Stores. As part of the iOS 10.3 release notes, the company says that by the time iOS 10.3 is available to customers, developers will be able to respond to customer reviews on the App Store.

This is a major breakthrough enhancement as developers have been asking Apple for better ways to interact with customers for a long time.

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10:49
iOS 10.3 Beta Includes New 'Find My AirPods...

Apple's AirPods are wire-free, which makes them convenient to use, but it's also caused some concern from users who are afraid to lose their $159 earphones. In its latest beta, Apple has introduced a new feature to assuage customer fears - Find My AirPods.

Available in iOS 10.3, Find My AirPods adds your AirPods to the "Find My iPhone" app, listing them alongside all other Apple products. In the app, you can tap on the AirPods to cause them to play a little chirping sound that gradually gets louder for location purposes.

After activating the sound, you can choose to have it play solely through the left AirPod or through the right AirPod so you don't need to listen to chirping if only one of the AirPods is missing.

The location of the AirPods is displayed on the iPhone's screen. The AirPods rely on the iPhone's GPS to display a location (or another iOS device) and will offer...

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10:40
Apple just patented a way to free the Apple Watch...

Apple’s latest Apple Watch patent is the one that could make it a fully functional stand-alone device.

Apple was just granted a patent for “modular functional band links” for a wearable device by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The wearable device at the heart of the patent is obviously the Apple Watch, and those modular functional band links will build more functionality into the Apple Watch band.

To read this...

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10:39
Ford hires Apple marketing executive Musa Tariq for...




Ford has become the latest car manufacturer to draw high-level employees away from Apple, with marketing executive Musa Tariq appointed as a vice president and chief brand officer of the major automobile producer.

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10:38
Gamevice gaming accessory for iPhones, iPads...

Gamevice -- which makes the only Apple approved, Lightning-connected game controller for latency free gameplay - has released its next generation controller. The second generation of Gamevice controller has been upgraded with new buttons and thumb sticks.

It’s compatible with the iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPad mini, iPad Air , 9.7-inch iPad Pro and 12.9-inc iPad Pro. As well as adding a headphone jack to iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, it also features a Lightning port for charging the phone while in use at home or on the go. The new Gamevice for iPhone controller will be available on Jan. 31 for $99.95. Gamevice for iPad Mini will be also available on the 31; Gamevices for iPad Air and Pro are available today.

The iPhone now powers Gamevice, meaning that it doesn’t need its own battery. What’s more, it draws no more power than headphones do. Thanks to the Lightning port, you can charge your iPhone and your Gamevice at the same time...

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10:34
Samsung Releases a Brief Note 7 Investigation Report...

On Sunday evening Patently Apple posted a report covering Samsung's live conference revealing the official findings of the Note 7 fires from three safety organizations along with some graphics/slides from the event. Since that time Samsung has posted a brief video covering...

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10:31
Apple releases first iOS 10.3, tvOS 10.2, macOS 10....




One day after the last updates of iOS and macOS, Apple has released three new betas, bringing "Find my AirPods" and APFS to iOS, a new Night Shift mode to macOS, and fast scrolling to tvOS 10.2.

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10:30
Apple releases Find My AirPods feature for locating...

Apple just released iOS 10.3 beta for developers and within has surprised with a new Find My AirPods feature that allows users to locate their missing cord-free Apple earbuds.

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10:12
Five states are considering ‘Right to Repair’ bills...

Lawmakers in five states — Nebraska, Minnesota, New York, Massachusetts, and Kansas — have introduced legislation that would enshrine the “Right to Repair” electronics, which means manufacturers such as Apple will have to sell replacement parts to independent repair shops and consumers and will also have to make their diagnostic and service manuals public, reports MotherBoard.

“Limited authorized channels result in inflated, high repair prices and high overturn of electronic items,” the legislators who introduced the New York bill wrote. “Another concern is the large amount of electronic waste created by the inability to affordably repair broken electronics.”

Apple has never authorized an independent company to repair iPhones, though it has for...

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10:10
Apple releases first tvOS 10.2 beta for Apple TV...

Apple has just begun seeding out the first 10.2 beta update for the Apple TV out to developers today. We’ll update the post below with any new discoveries.

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10:08
Apple releases macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 1, brings...

Apple has just released beta 1 of macOS Sierra 10.12.4 and it comes with one particular headline feature, it brings the same Night Shift feature seen on iOS to the Mac for the first time. This means Mac users can now set a schedule to have their display colors slowly shift hues over time, displaying less blue light as night time approaches.

Along with Night Shift, macOS 10.12.4 also includes Shanghainese dictation support, Siri cricket scores and more …

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10:06
Apple Seeds First macOS Sierra 10.12.4 Beta With New...

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming macOS Sierra 10.12.4 update to developers, more than one month after releasing macOS Sierra 10.12.2 and four months since the debut of the new macOS Sierra operating system. macOS Sierra 10.12.4 one day after Apple released macOS Sierra 10.12.3.

The first macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta is available for download through the Apple Developer Center or the software update mechanism in the Mac App Store. A public beta will likely be available for public beta testers later this week.

We don't yet know exactly what features, bug fixes, or changes will be introduced...

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10:02
U.S. trade commission to probe Nokia complaint...

The U.S. International Trade Commission said on Tuesday it will investigate a complaint by Nokia Technologies alleging that Apple Inc has imported smart phones, tablet computers and other electronics that infringe upon its patents.

It’s important to note that they haven’t even made a decision on the merits of the case yet.

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10:02
India’s government ‘likely’ to reject Apple’s...

India’s government is likely to reject Apple requests for cuts in taxes and import duties, according to The Financial Express. Officials from the Cupertino, California-based company are scheduled to meet senior officials from various ministries on Wednesday. 

Officials from India’s departments of commerce, industrial policy and promotion (DIPP), revenue, environment and forest, electronics and information technology (DeITY) will reportedly take part in the discussions. In a communication to the government, Apple has asked for several tax and other incentives, including long-term duty exemptions, to enter the manufacturing sector in India. 

In December it was reported that Apple wants the government of India to relax labelling rules so that it doesn't have to print product-related information directly onto devices to avoid...

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10:01
Apple Seeds First Beta of iOS 10.3 With 'Find...

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming iOS 10.3 update to developers, marking the third major update to the iOS 10 operating system that was released in September. The first iOS 10.3 beta comes more than a month after the release of iOS 10.2.

Registered developers can download the new iOS 10.3 beta from the Apple Developer Center or over-the-air with the proper configuration profile installed.

As a 10.x update, iOS 10.3 likely brings bug fixes, performance improvements, and new features to iOS 10. While we won't know what's in the update until developers begin discovering changes, it is rumored to include a new "Theatre" mode with a "popcorn-shaped" icon in the Control Center.

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10:01
Apple releases first iOS 10.3 beta with Find My...

Apple has released the first iOS 10.3 beta for developer testing on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. We’ll update to the newly released iOS 10.3 beta and detail changes below:

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10:00
All the major new additions in the iOS 10.3 and...

Enlarge / Devices running iOS 10. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

As predicted yesterday, now that Apple has the iOS 10.2.1 and macOS 10.12.3 releases out the door, it's turning its attention to larger updates. Apple is releasing the first betas of iOS 10.3 and macOS 10.12.4 to the public today and has given us a broad overview of the biggest changes that people will see when these are released to the public in a couple of months.

The iOS 10.3 update is the more significant of the two. For starters, it adds...

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09:53
Strong iPhone 7 Plus adoption seen boosting ASP,...




Though iPhone shipments could fall under Wall Street consensus for the December quarter, Apple's revenue from the product should be boosted by high consumer favor for Plus models, an analyst noted on Tuesday.

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09:40
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 15″ 256GB MacBook Pro w/ Touch...

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09:13
Gamevice MFi game controllers for iPhone 7 removes...




Gamevice has updated its range of MFi-certified game controllers for iOS devices, with the second-generation iPhone and iPad controllers introducing support for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and the addition of a Lightning port.

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09:08
‘Pokémon Duel’ strategy board game launches for...

The Pokémon Company is today releasing its latest offering for mobile devices with Pokémon Duel, a strategy board game that lets you grow a team of six Pokemon characters and fight against others. The game was previously available in Japan but today is launching in the US and elsewhere internationally. 

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09:03
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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09:00
OneDrive brings new file collaboration and...

In today’s digital workplace, the amount of content produced is growing exponentially, and working relationships change by the day. To maintain productivity in this environment, it’s essential that people can easily access and collaborate on team files in and outside their organizations from anywhere, on any device.

Today, we are excited to announce availability of several new capabilities in OneDrive for Business that make it easier than ever to sync, share and collaborate on all your files in Office 365.

Here’s a look at what’s new:

Sync all your files anywhere, anytime across PC and Mac

Organizations have been using the latest OneDrive client to reliably sync their OneDrive files to their PCs and Macs since its debut over a year ago. However, much of the team content they are collaborating on exists in SharePoint Online team sites and OneDrive folders shared by others.

Today, we are enhancing OneDrive with the ability to sync SharePoint Online...

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09:00
Office 365 news in January—updates to OneDrive,...

Today’s post was written by Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office team.

Happy New Year from Office! We’re kicking off 2017 with updates to OneDrive, the Activity feed within the Office apps, Microsoft StaffHub and more. Read on for the details.

OneDrive for Business updates

Today, we are announcing several enhancements to OneDrive for commercial customers. Now you can use the latest client to sync SharePoint Online team sites and OneDrive for Business shared folders, providing you with easy access to your shared documents. On the web, we have simplified the sharing experience, helping you better specify scope and duration for sharing permissions. OneDrive is also easier for IT to deploy and manage with the new OneDrive admin center and a standalone Mac client. Learn more about the details, availability and more...

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09:00
New Beta Downloads Now Available

Xcode 8.3 beta is now available, and includes Swift 3 and SDKs that you can use to build and test apps for the latest release of macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS.

  • macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta (16E144f)
  • iOS 10.3 beta (14E5230e)
  • tvOS 10.2 beta (14W5222d)
  • Xcode 8.3 beta (8W109m)

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09:00
New Beta Downloads Now Available

Xcode 8.3 beta is now available, and includes Swift 3 and SDKs that you can use to build and test apps for the latest release of macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS.

  • macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta (16E144f)
  • iOS 10.3 beta (14E5230e)
  • tvOS 10.2 beta (14W5222d)
  • Xcode 8.3 beta (8W109m)

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08:45
Ford hires Apple marketing exec Musa Tariq to be...

Apple marketing executive Musa Tariq is leaving the company after a couple short years and headed to Ford where he’ll become the company’s vice president and chief brand officer (via Automotive News).

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08:36
India government said likely to reject tax, trade...




The Indian government will probably reject Apple's requests for waiving taxes and duties on imports in exchange for setting up local manufacturing, reports claimed on Tuesday ahead of a Wednesday meeting between the company and government officials.

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08:34
Together 3.7.3 - Store and organize all of your...

Together helps you organize your Mac, giving you the ability to store, edit and preview your files in a single clean, uncluttered interface.

Features

  • Smart storage. With simple drag-and-drop functionality, Together lets you gather up images, text, bookmarks, and files for safekeeping. With built-in note-taking capabilities and easy inter-app file transfers, take control of cluttered, disorganized groups of files and restore them to a state of order and manageability.
  • Previewing and editing. Together can edit and preview a wide range of filetypes, and seamlessly incorporates QuickView for everything else. File editing is always a double-click away, and your changes are automatically synchronized.
  • Organization, optimized. If you are tired of dealing with scatterbrained systems of files and folders, Together's refreshing, iTunes-like interface will help you breathe easy. Organize...
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08:33
Amazon Echo's new 'Computer' wake...

Amazon quietly added a new option to the wake words on Amazon Echo devices that will make the dreams of every Star Trek fan come true. If Echo users open the Settings area of the Alexa app they should see a fresh wake word option: Computer.

Yes, soon everyone can live the dream of saying, “Computer, what are the current environmental conditions of this Class M planet?”—though I can’t promise Alexa will come up with an appropriate response. Still, it’s a step in the right direction.

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08:23
Target planning in-store payments through mobile app...

Target has accepted Apple Pay in its mobile app since Apple’s mobile payment service launched in 2014, but the retailer still doesn’t take Apple Pay in stores. Now Target is planning to introduce its own mobile payment solution later this year which suggests Apple Pay support in stores isn’t coming any time soon. Recode reports that Target is planning […]

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08:18
Cocktail 10.2 - General maintenance and optimization...

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for macOS that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. It is a powerful digital toolset that helps hundreds of thousands of Mac users around the world get the most out of their computers every day.

The application serves up a perfect mix of maintenance tools and tweaks, all accessible through a clean and easy to use interface. Cocktail's features are arranged into five categories that helps you manage various aspects of your computer. It also comes with an automatic Pilot-mode that allows you to simply press a button and relax, knowing that Cocktail will take care of the rest.



Version 10.2:

  • Added ability to clear sandbox caches
  • Improvements on the "Clear system caches" procedure
  • Improvements on the "Clear applications caches" procedure
  • Fixed iCloud Drive synchronization bug
  • Added macOS Sierra 10.12.3 compatibility
  • Overall performance...
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08:15
Every OS X and macOS release date

This is one of those posts that you file away, bookmark with future reference in mind. Nice job by Rob Griffiths.

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08:09
'Right to Repair' bills in five states...




Five states have introduced bills that would give citizens the "Right to Repair" electronics, compelling Apple and other manufacturers to provide service manuals and easier access to spare parts to consumers and third-party repair shops.

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08:05
Curiosity finds a meteorite on the surface of Mars

Amazing find. Take a look at both the image at the beginning of the post, as well as the zoomed in image towards the middle. The latter gives a better sense of the surface of the meteorite. Very cool.

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08:02
AI and the path to creating jingles and pop hits

Alex Marshall, writing for the New York Times, pulled together a fascinating piece, a bit of a survey of the current state of artificial intelligence and songwriting.

My 2 cents: All of this music is on the wrong side of the uncanny valley, but it is definitely getting closer. And I do think it will get there. Which is a scary proposition, given how difficult it already is for humans to make a living as musicians.

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07:59
73 Mac automation stories

Adam Engst asked TidBITS readers to share their automation stories, and they did. Adam published 73 of them to show how important automation is to Mac users.

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07:44
Supply Chain Claims that VR Headsets and HoloLens...

In December Patently Apple posted a report titled "Market Analysts find the current VR/AR Headset Hype is failing to Resonate with Consumers." So how is it looking for 2017? Supply chain manufacturers claim that OEM orders for headset components is disappointing

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07:25
Better incarnation of Siri may appear alongside...




Apple's 2017 iPhone models will likely ship with an enhanced version of Siri, reflecting growing competition in the AI assistant space, a report said on Tuesday.

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07:01
Waterfield Designs unleashes the Maverick leather...

WaterField Designs' new Maverick leather laptop messenger bag will begin shipping Feb. 7; you can pre-order now. It’s made of premium full-grain leather, each one cut from a single hide.

The Maverick sports padded laptop and tablet compartments and pockets for tech accessories. It’s designed to “bring old-world artisanship into the digital age” and is “built to last," says Waterfield Designs owner Gary Waterfield. The Maverickfeatures waxed-canvas, padded laptop and tablet compartments, and comes in a choice of two sizes: the Compact fits the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and other 13-inch Macs, and the Full fits the 15-inch MacBook Pro Retina and similarly-sized laptops. Each also includes a 12.9-inch padded tablet pocket.

Opposite that are two waxed-canvas accessory pockets, the first with a self-locking zipper to secure valuables and a second, open-topped...

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07:01
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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07:00
Gamevice launches new iPhone 7 MFi game controller w...

Gamevice is one of the more popular options for Apple certified, Made-for-iPhone (and iPad) game controllers. Today the company is introducing a new version of the controller specifically designed for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus that also includes a headphone jack and a Lightning port for charging. It also has second-generation controllers launching today and later this month for iPads.

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06:57
NeoFinder 7.0.1 - Catalog your external media and...

NeoFinder (formerly CDFinder) rapidly organizes your data, either on external or internal disks, or any other volumes. It catalogs all your data, so you stay in control of your data archive or disk library. With extensive metadata support, you can find your files quickly.

Features

  • Catalog: any hard disk, data folder, CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, BlueRay, HD-DVD, iPod, Server Volume, Audio-CD, USB-Stick, FTP-Server, and more
  • Power: Handle really large amounts of data
  • Photo Previews: Create beautiful thumbnails for many photo and image formats, such as JPG, TIFF, EPS, RAW, PDF, PSD, BMP, GIF, PNG, TGA, IFF (Maya)
  • Audio Meta Data: MP3, AAC (iTunes), FLAC (Lossless), ALAC (Apple Lossless), and AIFF meta data: author, album, title, composer, lyrics, cover art, track number, duration, bit rate, genre, year, comment. Even catalogs whole Audio-CDs, and Apple iPhone ringtone files!
  • Photo Meta Data: XMP (used by Adobe Bridge),...
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06:55
Apple patent details modular Apple Watch accessories...

Mikey Campbell, Apple Insider:

Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent detailing a modular accessories system for Apple Watch that disguises electrical components like batteries, biometric sensors, solar cells and more as links in the wearable’s metal band.

Great concept, though this concept is inherently limited to link-style Apple Watch bands. No way to add accessories to sports, nylon bands, for example.

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06:51
∞ Qualcomm, Apple, and iPhone margin grab

Some fascinating stuff from Bloomberg and Recode on the rift between the government, Apple, and Qualcomm. Tap through to the main Loop post for the details.

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06:49
HDRtist NX 1.0 introduced for macOS

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).

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06:40
Light Pillar introduces Mosaic for the Mac

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.

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06:38
EU ruling over $14 billion Apple tax bill could be...




The European Commission's order for Apple to pay Ireland 13 billion euros ($14 billion) in back taxes is an overreach of power, with PricewaterhouseCoopers' head of Irish tax matters Feargal O'Rourke claiming the move is tantamount to a "land grab."

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06:30
iOS Developer training schedule for 1H 2017 announced

About Objects (https://www.aboutobjects.com) has announced its schedule of publicly available classes on iOS development in Swift and Objective-C for the first half of 2017.

The About Objects iOS curriculum includes introductory through advanced-level training courses. Courses that are above the introductory level are offered exclusively in Swift, though introductory-level iOS development classes are still available in both Swift and Objective-C. Classes are offered at About Objects headquarters in Reston, Virginia.

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06:27
Apple working on enhanced Siri for iPhone 8 launch...

Apple is working on an enhanced version of Siri in time for the launch of the iPhone 8, indicate supply-chain sources cited by Digitimes. The sources suggest that Apple will respond to increased competition in the field of intelligent assistants – in particular, Google Assistant and the expansion of Amazon’s Alexa to smartphones.

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06:09
IDC survey finds widespread privacy concerns among U...

A recent survey conducted by International Data Corporation (IDC) finds that a whopping 84% of U.S. consumers expressed concern regarding the security of their personally identifiable information (PII) and 70% told IDC (www.idc.com) that their concern is greater today than just a few years ago.

The newly published special study, which measures consumer privacy sentiment across four vertical industries (Financial Services, Healthcare, Retail, and Government), also includes the following key findings:

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06:06
Samsung's chip & Galaxy S7 sales help push...




In spite of the major financial hit it took after the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung Electronics on Tuesday said it managed a 50 percent boost in operating profits during the December quarter, thanks to a combination of high chip sales and other phones filling in the gap.

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06:00
Samsung: no, Apple, you can’t keep that $400 million

Samsung has told the Federal Circuit that Apple was flat wrong in arguing that a recent U.S. Supreme Court finding on design patent awards didn’t disturb its claim on a $400 million award, saying Monday that it took “chutzpah” for the iPhone maker to try to stop Samsung’s new trial, according to Law 360, a site that covers legal news.

In December, the Supreme Court sided with Samsung in its never-ending patent fight with Apple, throwing out an appeals court ruling that said the South Korean company had to pay a $399 million penalty to its American rival for copying key iPhone designs.

The justices in their 8-0 ruling sent the case back to the lower court for further proceedings. The court held that a patent violator doesn’t always have to hand over its entire profits from the sales of products using stolen designs, if the designs covered only certain components and not the whole thing.

This is all part of the...

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05:55
Despite Google's Objections, Samsung Confirms...

In November Patently Apple posted a report titled "Samsung Confirms AI is coming to the Galaxy S8 in Late February Courtesy of Viv." Then in December we reported that Google wasn't happy about Samsung's AI moves that would compete with Google Assistant. Today Samsung confirmed that it would collaborate and compete with Google on AI for smartphones and beyond.

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05:52
Apple looks into multi-purpose Apple Watch bands, an...

Future Apple Watch bands may do more than do good while keeping the smartwatch on your arm. Apple has filed for a patent (number 9,553,625) for a “modular functional band links for wearable devices.” The modular links could include multiple batteries, a small display, thermometer, a compass, a touch sensor, speakers, and more.

In other words, Apple is considering “link” bands that could extend the battery life of your Apple Watch, serve photovoltaic cells, electricity generators, cameras, haptic output devices, improve sound output, measure your blood pressure, take your temperature, and a lot more..

According to the patent filing, a wearable device is coupled to a band including multiple modular functional band links that are each electrically and mechanically connected to one or more other of the band links and/or the wearable device and include one or more electronic components. The wearable device may receive identifiers from each of the band...

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05:43
Patent granted for health sensors, cameras,...

A patent granted to Apple today describes how the company could use a modular Watch bracelet to add functionality. Each link could perform a separate function, with owners able to add as many active links as needed.

In one or more embodiments, a method for utilizing functional components of band system for a wearable device may include: receiving identifiers at a wearable device from multiple modular functional band links connected to the wearable device, determining functionality available via the multiple modular functional band links utilizing the received identifiers, and communicating with one of the multiple...

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05:22
Apple Working on 'Enhanced Siri'...

A collection of the world's top-selling smartphone makers, including Apple, Samsung, Huawei, LG, and Xiaomi, are all planning to double down on artificial intelligence features on handsets launching this year, and beyond.

According to industry sources (via DigiTimes), the companies are hoping an improvement to AI assistant capabilities will "ramp up market shares in 2017."

For Apple, that means the company is gearing up to add in an "enhanced Siri" to next-generation iPhone devices, although it's unclear whether that means the upcoming 2017 iPhone 8, or another model launching after this year. It's not specified what exactly an enhanced version of Siri will be able to accomplish, but an overall improvement to voice recognition and better contextual understanding of user requests might be...

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05:15
Apple releases iOS 10.2.1 update

It’s been a day for updates and Apple just released iOS 10.2.1, the current version of its mobile operating system.

The update, which weighs in between 65 megabytes and over a gigabyte depending on whether you download it over the air or via iTunes, offers the following fixes and changes:

Auto Unlock
Impact: Auto Unlock may unlock when Apple Watch is off the user’s wrist.
Desription: A logic issue was addressed through improved state management.

Contacts
Impact: Processing a maliciously crafted contact card may lead to unexpected application termination.
Desription: An input validation issue existed in the parsing of contact cards. This issue was addressed through improved input validation.

Kernel
Impact: An application may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges.
Desription: A buffer overflow issue was addressed through improved memory handling.

Kernel
Impact: An application may be able...

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05:05
Report suggests hopes of Energous-based long-range...

Persistent reports that Apple is working on introducing long-range wireless charging technology in the iPhone 8 may be overly optimistic, suggests a new report.

Long-range charging would free devices from the need to be placed onto a charging mat, allowing them to be charged anywhere from three to twenty feet away from a charger. Bloomberg first reported that Apple was working on this tech almost a year ago, and there have been multiple suggestions since then of a tie-in with Energous, whose WattUp technology raises the prospect of iPhones being charged anywhere within a room.

Two particular reports seemed to add weight to this claim, as a key Apple supplier partnered...

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05:00
Apple releases macOS Sierra 10.12.3 update

It’s not a huge update, but it might help out a bit.

On Monday, Apple released macOS Sierra 10.12.3, the newest version of its macOS 10.12 operating system.

The update, which weighs in as a 1.05 gigabyte download via the App Store, adds the following fixes and changes:

– Improves automatic graphics switching on MacBook Pro (15-inch, October 2016).

– Resolves graphics issues while encoding Adobe Premiere Pro projects on MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (13- and 15-inch, October 2016).

– Fixes an issue that prevented the searching of scanned PDF documents in Preview.

Apple hasn’t specified too many other changes with the update, so it’s sort of a question of installing it and seeing how it behaves.

If anyone out there’s installed and played with macOS Sierra 10.12.3 and has any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

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05:00
Geff is a new virtual guitar effects rack for macOS

Nikolas Konstantakopoulos has introduced Geff 1.0, a virtual guitar rack for macOS. It’s a standalone audio effects application to use with your guitar like you would a collection of stompboxes. 

Geff includes a variety of effects. You can add as many effects and re-arrange them as you like. It offers handling for adding and rearranging effects, using MIDI learning to map almost any parameter of its effects to your MIDI controller.

Geff is separated to three components, Header or Input component, Middle or Effects, and the Footer or Output component. As their names suggest, the Input component manages the audio input, the Effects create and includes the used effects, and the output manages the audio output. In addition, Geff has the ability to map your MIDI controller to almost any of its parameters.

Geff requires macOS 10.6.6 or later. It costs $19.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through...

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05:00
Unlock The Chakras Of Your Business, My Latest...

The latest Huffington Post article starts out a little like this:

A great idea, hard work, good counsel, research, and inspiration from others are great ways to find success in business. But sometimes, try as we might, we just seem… blocked… Energy flows through a business, much as it flows through a body. And things like momentum need that energy to ignite into tornadoes of business.

To read the rest, check out http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/5886cdfee4b08f5134b62434

The post Unlock The Chakras Of Your Business, My Latest Huffington Post Article appeared first on krypted.com...

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04:50
Reality Strikes Samsung as Smartphone Sales Drop to...

While we had noted in a previous report this month that Samsung's mobile division would nosedive this quarter we didn't have the final stats to quantify that statement. Today we're learning fthat "Samsung’s mobile phone sales have fallen to their lowest level in five years

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04:48
Sketch 42 - Design app for UX/UI designer creating...

Sketch is an innovative and fresh look at vector drawing for the Mac. Its intentionally minimalist design is based upon a drawing space of unlimited size and layers, free of palettes, panels, menus, windows, and controls. Though simple to use, it offers powerful vector drawing and text tools like perfect Boolean operations, symbols, and powerful rulers, guides, and grids.



Version 42:

Note: Now requires OS X 10.11 or later

New

  • Export Presets - You can now define Export presets, containing multiple scales and filetypes to be applied to slices and exportable layers with a single click.
  • Touch Bar Support - Sketch supports Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro - allowing you to quickly access tools and features straight from the keyboard.

Improved

  • The maximum zoom level has been increased four times to 25600% to allow more precise pixel work
  • During vector editing,...
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04:44
Cisdem releases PDFCreator 4 for the Mac

Cisdem (www.cisdem.com) has updated Cisdem PDFCreator for macOS to version 4.0. It’s a tool for creating PDFs from Word (.docx), PowerPoint (.pptx), EPUB, Text, RTFD, HTML, CHM, JPG, PNG, and other file formats.

Version 4.0 adds support for the converting or merging of designated pages, batch conversions and more. Through Feb. 5, you can buy Cisdem PDFCreator for $27.99; it’s 30% off the usual price.

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04:34
Accessibility, mobility key requirements for...

Today's typical business intelligence (BI) user increasingly prioritizes mobile, fast, and customizable platform options, and platform providers are feeling the pressure to evolve quickly to meet the demand from customers.

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04:30
How to set a default view in the macOS Sierra Finder

The Finder in macOS Sierra offers four ways to view items in a window: as a list, in columns, or in Cover Flow view. To choose a view, use the View buttons at the top of the Finder window.

In the icon view, each file or folder is represented by an icon (such as the Mac desktop). List view shows details about a file or folder, including its attributes. 

Column view provides a visual trail of where you’ve been, and displays a hierarchical view of where a file is stored. Cover Flow is a modified list view that displays a thumbnail view of a file’s contents.

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04:27
IoT bots are major cybersecurity risk

New data from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has found that the consumer IoT (Internet of Things) installed base will reach over 15 billion units by 2021, an increase of 120% over 2016.

As evidenced at the CES show earlier this month, embedded connectivity is increasingly being used as a product differentiator. Juniper cautioned that the vast scale of this connectivity will, unless action is taken, lead to an unmanageable cybersecurity risk created by botnets in excess of one million units.

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04:00
GoPower Plus is a convenient iOS device charger (...

Kanex’s GoPower Plus is a $49.95 portable power solution with a built-in micro USB with a Lightning adapter for use with both Apple and Android devices. I’ve never used it with an Android device (cause I don’t own one), but it does come in handy for use with my iPhone 7 Plus when I’m visiting my relatives for the weekend.

Juiced with 8,000 mAh of power, the GoPower Plus can deliver two full charges to your smartphone. An extra USB port and 2A of charging lets you power up an additional device while you’re juicing your iPhone. 

The GoPower Plus enables pass-through charging while connected to a power source. Your device charges first, then GoPower Plus recharges itself.

The GoPower Plus — which is Apple MFi Certified, which means it’s specifically made to fit with your Apple devices — features a classy aluminum finish.  An LED indicator displays battery levels and charge status.

The GoPower Plus is smaller...

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03:40
Quicken 4.4.3 - Complete personal finance solution.

Quicken makes managing your money easier than ever. Whether paying bills, upgrading from Windows, enjoying more reliable downloads, or getting expert product help, Quicken's new and improved features will help you save time and get better control of your money.

Features

  • Pay your bills from right within Quicken:
    • See and track them all in one place so that you never miss a bill
    • See what bills have been paid, are coming up, or past due
    • Easily pay your bills on time from right within Quicken
  • Single-click upgrade from Quicken Windows to Quicken Mac:
    • Convert from Quicken Windows to Quicken Mac in one click (excludes version from Mac App Store)
    • Do it all right from your Mac (no Windows required)
    • Easily import data from Quicken Mac 2015, Quicken Mac 2007, and Quicken Essentials with just one click
  • Export Category Summary and Tax Summary reports to a CSV file...
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03:00
Eat, pray, shoot, Part 2: Our best digital...

Welcome to the second part of Have Gear, Will Travel’s digital photography special. In part one, I talked about the camera gear, hardware, software, and apps I use to make myself look like a semi-competent photographer. Depending on where I’m going and what I plan on doing while I’m there, the photography gear I jam into my backpack can range from dirt cheap to questionably expensive. All the tips I’m providing today, however, come at the low, low cost of free.

In order to better illustrate these techniques, tweaks, and suggestions, I spent a week in Montana this past November taking in the sights in Bozeman, Pray, Yellowstone National Park,...

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02:55
Apple Granted 35 Patents Today Covering Apple Watch...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 35 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a possible future Apple Watch band with smart links that could be used to add batteries, a camera and various sensors and haptics. Apple was also granted a patent for a long standing project with Apple's Israeli company relating to in-air gaming gesturing and gesturing to control other applications such as Apple TV. The technology is proven technology as it was first used ...

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02:45
Apple Safari 10.0.3 - Apple's Web browser.

Note: The direct download link is currently unavailable. It is available in the OS X 10.11.6 release, as well as in the Apple Security Updates.

Apple Safari is Apple's web browser that comes with OS X El Capitan. Safari is faster and more energy efficient than other browsers, so sites are more responsive and your notebook battery lasts longer between charges. Built-in privacy features are stronger than ever. It works with iCloud to let you browse seamlessly across all your devices. And it gives you great ways to find and share your favorites. Put it all together, and no other browser offers such a rich web experience.



Version 10.0.3:

Note: Safari is available from Software Update on the Mac App Store, or as part of the...

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02:34
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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00:07
Apple patent details modular Apple Watch accessories...




Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent detailing a modular accessories system for Apple Watch that disguises electrical components like batteries, biometric sensors, solar cells and more as links in the wearable's metal band.

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20:59
Apple macOS Sierra 10.12.3 - The latest OS from...

With Apple macOS Sierra, Siri makes its debut on Mac, with new features designed just for the desktop. Your Mac works with iCloud and your Apple devices in smart new ways, and intelligent capabilities make your photos, music, and messaging even more enjoyable.

Features

  • Get things done by asking Siri, the intelligent assistant now on your Mac.
    • Enjoy your favorite features from iOS as well as new ones optimized for Mac.
    • Send messages, create reminders, search the web, and more while you work.
    • Drag and drop or copy and paste Siri results into your documents.
    • Pin Siri results in Notification Center and reference them later.
    • Find files, adjust settings, and get system information just by asking Siri.
  • Copy and paste between your devices with Universal Clipboard.
    • Copy a quote, image, or video from an app on one device and paste it into an app on another device.
    • ...
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20:59
Lyn 1.8.5 - Lightweight image browser and viewer.

Lyn is a fast, lightweight image browser and viewer designed for photographers, graphic artists, and Web designers. Featuring an extremely versatile and aesthetically pleasing interface, it delivers an easy-to-use geotagging technology and a complete solution for sharing your photographs. The new editing inspector gives you everything to turn your shots into great photos. Adjust exposure, color temperature, brightness, and contrast, or reveal image details with highlight and shadow adjustments. You can experiment and convert your color photos to black and white, try a classic sepia tone, or add a vignette.

Lyn natively supports all popular image formats like JPEG, TIFF, JPEG 2000, PNG, PPM, TGA, RAW, HDR, OpenEXR, animated GIF, and any other image format supported by OS X. It also integrates a movie player to watch camera recordings.

Features

  • Progressive display, on single- or multiple-monitor configurations, of images of virtually any...
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20:59
iClock Pro 3.4.7 - Customize your menubar clock.

iClock Pro is a menu bar replacement clock for Apple's default clock. iClock Pro is an update, total rewrite and improvement to the popular iClock. Have the day, date and time in different fonts and colors in the menubar. iClock is also a kind of centrally located time hub from which many time related functions can be controlled. iClock is an essential time utility for pilots, business people, travelers, and anyone who communicates with people in other time zones.

Features

  • See the day/date/time in the menubar in different fonts/colors/formats. Customize it as you wish
  • Gives an easily accessible, at a glance system menu view of times/timezones/dates in as many parts of the world as you want
  • Option click on the time/date in the menubar to see your stock portfolio with updates in near real time
  • Application menu just like there used to be in OS 9. On Intel Mac shows you which applications are running in Rosetta
  • ...
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20:59
Opera 42.0.2393.137 - High-performance Web browser.

Opera is a fast and secure browser trusted by millions of users. With the intuitive interface, Speed Dial and visual bookmarks for organizing favorite sites, news feature with fresh, relevant content, speed-boosting Opera Turbo mode and more handy features, Opera has everything you need to do more on the web. Also, with 1700+ available extensions, you can mix and match additional features to customize the browser the way you want.



Version 42.0.2393.137:

  • Fix for some crashing issues



  • OS X 10.9 or later



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20:59
Apple Security Update 2016-003 Supplemental - For OS...

Apple Security Update is recommended for all users and improves the security of OS X. For detailed information about the security content of this update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

The download link above is for OS X 10.11.6 El Capitan; see Related Links for additional security updates.



Version 2016-003 Supplemental:

  • Fixes a kernel issue that may cause your Mac to occasionally become unresponsive



  • OS X 10.11.6
  • See Related Links for other system versions, including Security Update 2016-007 for OS X 10.10.5



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20:59
Apple iOS 10.2.1 - The latest version of Apple'...

iOS 10 is the biggest release of iOS ever. A massive update to Messages brings the power of the App Store to your conversations and makes messaging more personal than ever. Find your route with beautifully redesigned Maps. Relive memories like never before in Photos. Use the power of Siri in more apps than ever. A new Home app to make controlling your home even easier. And all-new Music and News.



Version 10.2.1:

  • Auto Unlock

    Available for: iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4th generation and later, iPod touch 6th generation and later

    Impact: Auto Unlock may unlock when Apple Watch is off the user's wrist

    Desription: A logic issue was addressed through improved state management.
  • Contacts

    Available for: iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4th generation and later, iPod touch 6th generation and later

    Impact: Processing a maliciously crafted contact card may lead to unexpected application...
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20:59
BetterTouchTool 1.992 - Customize Multi-Touch...

BetterTouchTool adds many new, fully customizable gestures to the Magic Mouse, Multi-Touch MacBook trackpad, and Magic Trackpad.

These gestures are customizable:

  • Magic Mouse:
    • Pinch in / out (zoom)
    • single-finger tap left
    • single-finger tap right
    • single-finger tap middle
    • single-finger tap
    • single-finger click middle
    • two-finger tap
    • two-finger click
    • two-finger swipe (up/down/left/right)
    • two-finger tip tap left/right
    • three-finger tap
    • three-finger click
    • three-finger swipe (up/down/left/right)
    • four-finger swipe up/down
    • four-finger click
    • TipTap left/right
  • Touchpad:
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    • single-finger tap top-right
    • single-finger tap top-middle
    • single-finger tap bottom-left
    • single-finger tap bottom-right
    • single-...
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20:59
Viber 6.5.5 - Send messages and make calls for free...

Viber lets you send free messages and make free calls to other Viber users, on any device and network, in any country!

Viber syncs your contacts, messages and call history with your mobile device, so you can start the conversation on the Viber mobile application and continue from the comfort of your Mac.

Features

  • Best-quality HD voice calls
  • Video calls
  • Free text and photo messages
  • Group conversations
  • No registration, passwords or invitations required
  • Contacts and messages sync between your mobile and Mac
  • Transfer ongoing calls between devices



Version 6.5.5:

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.



  • OS X 10.8 or later



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20:55
Safari 10.0.3

Resolves a number of WebKit-related security vulnerabilities in Yosemite and El Capitan. (Free)

 

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20:55
iTunes 12.5.5

Updated with minor app and performance improvements. (Free, 263 MB)

 

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20:48
Faraday Future sued over missed payments on $2...

Faraday Future may have had a new car to show off at CES earlier this month, but everyone's left Las Vegas and old problems are cropping up. Now, the company is being sued by a video effects company for failure to pay for a virtual fly-through of one...

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20:24
Samsung's chip business posted record earnings...

Samsung expected a 9.2 trillion won ($7.8 billion) operating profit for Q4 2016, but the final figure is slightly larger despite the Note 7 scandal rocking its world last year. According to the Korean conglomerate's full earnings report, it posted a...

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20:00
LG G6 photo shows off some rounded corners

We've already learned a lot about LG's next mobile standard-bearer, but a picture posted by The Verge provides a look at the G6 -- well, half of it anyway. We can't tell much about its tall 2:1 (1,440 x 2,880) screen ratio without seeing the rest of...

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19:39
Report: Qualcomm considering countersuit against...

Apple and Qualcomm are currently engaged in a legal battle, with the former suing the latter for $1 billion over patent royalties. Despite the legal rhetoric, however, Qualcomm doesn’t plan to let business between it and Apple be affected, according to a new report from Recode.

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