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Monday January 23

14:16
If Apple is working on in-house wireless charging,...

Apple is reportedly working on long-range charging that allows multiple devices to charge anywhere within range of around 20 feet. One report had the company teaming up with Energous to use its WattUp system for its plans. However, an investor's note from Copperfield Research says this isn’t so, and that Apple plans to use its own in-house-developed wireless charging tech.

The research group notes that Apple has filed more than 16 patent applications covering aspects of inductive charging, which is the magnetic coil based wireless charging used in Samsung phones and Apple Watches (WATT’s technology uses RF waves.) The Apple patent portfolio covers both the design and manufacturing of coils, as well as transmitters and receivers. What’s more, Apple’s engineering focus in its patent filings explicitly incorporates inductive charging into handsets. In December Apple filed...

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14:12
Short-term Apple executive Yoky Matsuoka returns to...




Yoky Matsuoka, a leading expert in the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence, is returning to Alphabet's Nest Labs after serving less than nine months on the job at Apple, where she was in charge of various health-related projects including aspects of Apple Watch.

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14:03
[Sponsor] Smartling: Translate Mobile Apps in an...

App localization opens the door to global opportunities, but traditional techniques are failing publishers and users alike. Bound by rapid release cycles, sluggish translation turnarounds, and stubborn app store approval processes, developers have little hope of delivering a consistent user experience across multiple languages.

Smartling’s technology transforms this equation. Our Mobile Delivery Network instantly pushes your translated content to app users over-the-air. New language launches and linguistic updates can now be made independent of code releases and as frequently as you see fit. That gives users in every language access to the right content at the right time.

Click to learn more about what lightning-fast app localization could bring to your business.

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14:03
Ajit Pai confirmed as new head of the FCC

Just as expected, Ajit Pai has been named as the new chairman of the FCC, replacing the outgoing Tom Wheeler. Pai has worked at the FCC since May of 2012, when he was nominated by President Obama as the senior Republican party commissioner. In his ti...

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13:52
DirecTV Now breaks 200,000 subscribers in...




AT&T's DirecTV has successfully managed to acquire more than 200,000 paying subscribers within one month of its launch on November 30, but despite the growth, customers of the Internet TV provider are continuing to endure issues with the service.

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13:37
Ex-Apple director Lattner striving to make cars an...




Now heading up Autopilot development at Tesla, former Apple director Chris Lattner says that he's hoping to "accelerate the path to cars being appliances that solve people's problems," rather than machines that require constant maintenance.

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13:35
Right to Repair bills introduced in five states

Anyone with a cracked iPhone screen knows what a pain it is to go through Apple to get it repaired. You have to make a Genius Bar appointment, which may or may not still require you to wait around for a service technician. Then it could be hours befo...

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13:31
Mac sales declined nearly 10% last year as Lenovo,...

It’s not surprising that Mac sales dropped for Apple in 2016 as they experienced their first year over year sales decline since 2001. What is interesting, however, is that as Mac sales dropped roughly 10% and personal computers overall dropped 5.7% for the year, the top four leaders in the market all saw growth as Apple was pushed to number five.

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13:20
Foxconn Considers $7 Billion Screen Factory In US,...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Foxconn, the Taiwanese contract manufacturing company best known for its partnership with Apple, has said that it is mulling a $7 billion investment in U.S. manufacturing that could create between 30,000 and 50,000 jobs. According to The Wall Street Journal, Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou says the company is talking with the state of Pennsylvania among others about getting the land and electricity subsidies it would need to build a factory. "If U.S. state governments are willing to provide these terms, and we calculate and it is cheaper than shipping from China or Japan, then why wouldn't Sharp build a factory in the U.S.?" said Gou. The factory would build flat-panel screens under the Sharp name -- Foxconn bought Sharp around this time last year for $5.1 billion. Sharp President Tai Jeng-wu hinted in October of 2016 that U.S. manufacturing could be a possibility for Sharp, and he also indicated that Apple could begin using OLED...

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13:10
Yelp's redesigned homepage puts photos front...

Yelpers everywhere will soon be greeted with a new homepage. Earlier today, Yelp announced it's rolling out a redesign that focuses on showcasing imagery from users, as well as content from different local services (think: not only restaurants). Yelp...

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12:59
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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12:58
∞ Watch a frozen engine warm up with a thermal camera

This video was way more interesting than it had any right to be.

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12:52
Apple Again Seeks FCC Approval for Mysterious '...

For all of its devices that use communications technologies like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and NFC, Apple has to submit them to the United States Federal Communications Commission for approval, and the filings, though restricted, occasionally give hints as to what Apple is working on.

In early January, Apple sought approval for an unnamed "Wireless Device" that features support for NFC and Bluetooth. With a model number of A1846, the device appears to be an iteration of a similar Wireless Device that was submitted for regulatory approval back in September. That device shared the same design but had a model number of A1844.

The A1846 model number is not similar to existing Apple products, unveiling no information. There are no photos of the device itself, but a regulatory label that was on the original A1844 device pictured pointed towards slightly curved edges and two included torx screws....

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12:46
The scam that fooled Sherlock’s creator

I’ve read various versions of this story for years. It’s always fascinating and an instructive lesson that everyone can be fooled if they want to be.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:45
Humanoid beer-and-pizza-fetching robot is charmingly...

Delivery robots are starting to hit the streets, but few do it with as much joie de vivre as a new device called the Fundroid. The gender-neutral beer-and-pizza-fetching robot, lovingly nicknamed Funnie, debuted at the Software For Artists event Sund...

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12:24
Apple Watch, Apple TV also get the update love today

To go along with the fresh iOS 10.2.1 and macOS Sierra 10.12.3 updates today, Apple also rolled out updates for tvOS and watchOS. watchOS 3.1.3 is the first update since 3.1.1 hit the streets back in December -- I could never personally get watchOS 3.1.1 to install on my Watch, so it will be interesting to see if the update I'm doing right now succeeds. 

The watchOS update can only be installed through the Watch app on the iPhone, and is found by tapping on General > Software Update. You'll need to have your iPhone nearby throughout the update, and the Watch must be plugged into a charger and have at least 50% battery life remaining.

tvOS 10.1.1 looks like it's a maintenance update with few differences from 10.1, which was released in December. If you don't have your fourth-generation Apple TV set up to do automatic updates, you'll need to go into Settings > System > Software Update to download and install the new tvOS.

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12:18
Logic Pros: Syncing sessions to GarageBand for iOS...

Last week Apple released Logic Pro X 10.3 with a ton of new features for pros and a refreshed user interface. In today’s Logic Pros, we give you the rundown on the update’s new iCloud syncing feature that lets you easily send your session to GarageBand for iOS.

With the new feature, you now have a one-tap method to send a reference of what you’re working on in Logic over to Garageband, allowing you to continue working on it outside of the studio anywhere you might have an iPhone or iPad. Any tracks and edits you make automatically get synced back to Logic for when you return to the studio.

Here’s how it works:

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12:14
The White House's Spanish-language website is...

Under both George W. Bush and Barack Obama, the White House maintained a Spanish-language version of its official website, while the Obama administration also updated its companion Twitter account, @LaCasaBlanca. Since noon on Friday, just after Pres...

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12:11
FCC filing reveals Apple still working on Apple TV-...




A new listing on the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's regulatory database reveals Apple is still working on an unannounced product equipped with near-field technology that first surfaced in September of 2016.

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12:08
iPhone 8 May Use Apple's In-House Inductive...

Over the course of the last year, there has been ongoing speculation that wireless charging company Energous has inked a deal with Apple and could potentially provide wireless charging technology for the upcoming iPhone 8.

While Energous CEO Steve Rizzone has continually hinted that his company has established an agreement with "one of the largest consumer electronic companies in the world," leading people to believe the partner is Apple, a new investor's note from Copperfield Research outlines why Apple has no plans to use Energous' WattUp radio frequency-based wireless charging solution.

Copperfield Research examined multiple...

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12:08
Got a new Mac? Protect it with AppleCare and save up...




If you received a new Mac for the holidays or bought a 2016 12" MacBook on release day, now is the time to purchase an AppleCare extended protection plan before the one-year warranty expires. Adorama is slashing prices on standalone AppleCare purchases by as much as $90 -- and all plans comes with free shipping and no tax outside NY and NJ.

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12:03
Apple latest to settle lawsuit with e-Watch over...




Apple has reached a settlement with a San Antonio, Tex.-based firm called e-Watch, which claimed that the company was violating two U.S. patents related to cellphone cameras.

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11:55
White House adds four 'Skype seats' for...

Starting this week, the White House will open up four so-called Skype seats to reporters outside of Washington, DC. Press secretary Sean Spicer announced the move in a briefing today, one that he says will "open up the briefing room to journalists wh...

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11:48
macOS 10.12.3 fixes graphics switching problems with...

Enlarge / The new 15-inch MacBook Pro. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

In addition to minor updates for iOS, watchOS, and tvOS, Apple has released version 10.12.3 of macOS Sierra to the public today. The update is available through the Mac App Store and will be available later today on Apple's Downloads page; new copies of the Sierra installer downloaded after today should also include the update.

Compared to 10.12.2, today's update is pretty limited in scope. Apple is still making some fixes specific to the new MacBook Pros, particularly to the graphics switching mechanism of the 15-inch model (though we have no...

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11:40
MacOS Sierra 10.12.3 update fixes the Safari bug...

Let’s start the week with a macOS Sierra update, shall we? On Monday, Apple released macOS Sierra 10.12.3, which includes a number of updates for all Mac users, as well as updates that owners of the new MacBook Pro will need.

While not specifically noted in the release notes, this update should fix the Safari bug that plagued the MacBook Pro during testing by Consumer Reports. During its initial review, Consumer Reports had wildly varying results with battery life, prompting the publication to withhold a recommendation of the laptop. A follow-up with Apple resulted in the discovery of a bug in Safari that affected battery life. Consumer Reports said that Apple implemented the fix...

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11:35
AT&T adds an international roaming day pass with...

AT&T subscribers haven't had the greatest international roaming options. The carrier's Passport plans give you a tiny amount of data even at the highest tier, which could make it cheaper to unlock your phone and use a travel-friendly SIM card. At...

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11:08
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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11:08
X-Doria Revel case: Eye-catching design for iPhone 7

We see a lot of iPhone cases here at Apple World Today, so it really takes a different case to turn our heads. For example, we recently reviewed several leather cases (see here and here) that are incredibly beautiful and functional. But what about the good old generic polycarbonate iPhone cases? Occasionally one will stick out from the crowd, and that's the situation with the X-Doria Revel case (US$29.95, or use this affiliate link to help support Apple World Today and get the Revel for as little as $17.95).

X-Doria Revel...

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11:06
Google Voice modernized with cleaner appearance,...




Google has relaunched Google Voice, refreshing the VoIP service with an updated web experience and modernized iOS and Android apps, among other new features, in the cross-platform calling service's first significant update in over five years.

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10:57
Google Voice updated w/ redesigned web & iOS...

Back in 2009, Google launched an ambitious voice-forwarding service that allowed users to maintain one number across multiple devices. Today, Google Voice received its first major update in years that sees a redesigned web interface, iOS app, and the promise of continued updates.

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10:49
macOS Sierra 10.12.3 is here with MacBook Pro, PDF...

Apple has updated macOS Sierra to version 10.12.3, recommending the update for all users. Owners of the October, 2016 MacBook Pros will find that the update provides some fixes for their devices.

The update also provides a fix for a bug that prevented the searching of scanned PDF documents in Preview. Whether this resolves all of the many issues that we've seen with PDFs and Preview remains to be seen, and we'll update this post as we find out.

The update can be found in the Mac App Store under Updates. 

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10:49
iOS 10.2.1 is all about fixing bugs and patching...

Enlarge (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

After several weeks of beta testing, Apple has released iOS 10.2.1 to the public today. The update is fairly minor, and includes no major improvements to core iOS apps or features; the release notes say only that it fixes bugs and includes security improvements. The security page for the update lists a number of vulnerabilities in the kernel, WebKit, and the Contacts app that have all been fixed, as has a bug that could allow attackers to briefly access the home screen on an Activation Locked iPad that had been reset.

The update is available for everything that...

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10:47
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



Download Now

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10:45
Apple posts tvOS 10.1.11, watchOS 3.1.3

Apple has posted tvOS 10.1.1 and watchOS 3.1.3. The former adds the new TV app as a central location for all of your favorite shows and movies. The latter has bug fixe and performance improvements.

To upgrade to tvOS 10.1.1:

° Click on the Settings app from your Apple TV Home screen.

° Click on System.

° Click on Software Update.

° Click on Update Software.

° Click on Download and Install.

To upgrade to watchOS 3.1.3:

° Connect your iPhone to Wi-Fi and launch the iOS 10 Watch app.

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10:45
Apple issues watchOS 3.1.3 and tvOS 10.1.1...




Adding to the bevy of updates, Apple on Monday released watchOS 3.1.3 and tvOS 10.1.1, the former being Apple's first Watch update since the botched 3.1.1 code from December.

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10:35
China just made VPNs illegal

Chinese authorities block access to big-name websites such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and numerous others, and to thwart these restrictions, many residents on the mainland use virtual private networks. Starting this week, that could be a crime. Us...

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10:34
New macOS 10.12.3 update implements MacBook Pro GPU...




In conjunction with iOS, tvOS, and watchOS updates, Apple has also released the 10.12.3 update to macOS Sierra, bringing GPU driver updates to the 2016 MacBook Pro, and a fix for PDF corruption.

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10:33
Apple posts macOS Sierra 10.12.3

Apple has released macOS Sierra 10.12.3. It’s free for everyone running macOS Sierra. The update can be downloaded using the Software Update function in the Mac App Store.

According to Apple, macOS Sierra 10.12.3:

The macOS Sierra 10.12.3 Update improves the stability and security of your Mac, and is recommended for all users.
This update:

° 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).

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10:30
Apple releases iOS 10.2.1

Apple has released iOS 10.2.1 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. It has bug fixes and security vulnerability improvements.

iOS 10.2.1 can be downloaded over-the-air via the Software Update function in the iOS Settings app. Or you can download it by connecting your iOS device to iTunes on a desktop or laptop.

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10:24
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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10:18
iOS 10.2.1 arrives, bringing security updates and...

A bit more than a month after iOS 10.2 was released, Apple has just pushed iOS 10.2.1 to users or iPhone and iPad. The new version is rather small in size (67.4MB for the iPhone 7 Plus), and seems to be primarily targeted at squashing bugs that appeared in 10.2 as well as providing additional security features.

As of the time of publication of this post, Apple had not updated its support website with information on the security content of the 10.2.1 update.

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10:15
Apple releases finished iOS 10.2.1 update bringing...




Wrapping up weeks of beta testing, Apple on Monday released the completed version of iOS 10.2.1, a minor update for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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10:13
∞ Apple releases macOS Sierra 10.12.3

The update is available by going to the Mac App Store and clicking on the Updates tab.

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10:12
Apple releases watchOS 3.1.3 software update for...

Apple has released the watchOS 3.1.3 software update for all Apple Watch users. The release notes confirm that the update is focused on bug fixes and performance improvements as suggested by the version number.

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10:11
How to use offline mode in Google Maps with your...




One of the continuing advantages of Google Maps over Apple's native iOS Maps app is better support for going offline -- something particularly important when going on vacation, traveling through rural areas, or otherwise passing through regions with weak internet access. Here's how to take advantage of those offline functions on your iPhone or iPad.

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10:10
The US Press Corps vs. Trump: A Teachable Moment


Life is about negotiation. We negotiate our relationships -- including marriage, which is a contract that many don't take seriously. We negotiate our jobs, and we negotiate our interactions with our families. Those who are good at this tend to have relatively happy lives. While they don't get everything they might want, they get more than most. When things go badly, they degrade into wars, and both sides lose. That is what was in the front of my mind last week, when I read the idiotic open letter to President Trump from the U.S. Press Corps.

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10:10
Snapchat fights clickbait in Discover stories

Clickbait headlines and fake news aren't limited to the web and social networks. They're also problems in mobile services, and Snapchat wants to do something about it. The company is instituting rules that prevent Discover publishers from misleadin...

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10:09
Google Voice gets updated

The first thing you’ll notice about the updated Google Voice apps is a cleaner, more intuitive design that keeps everything organized. Your inbox now has separate tabs for text messages, calls and voicemails.

It’s been updated for iOS, Android and the web.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:09
Apple Releases macOS Sierra 10.12.3 With Graphics...

Apple today released macOS Sierra 10.12.3, the third update to the macOS Sierra operating system that launched on September 20. macOS Sierra 10.12.3 comes over a month after the release of macOS Sierra 10.12.2, and has been in testing since December 14.

macOS Sierra 10.12.3 is a free update for all customers who are running macOS Sierra. The update can be downloaded using the Software Update function in the Mac App Store.

No specific changes, bug fixes, or feature additions were discovered during the beta testing process, and Apple only said the update "improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac." Apple's release notes paint a more complete picture, stating that the...

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10:07
macOS 10.12.3 software update hits the Mac App Store

Apple has officially released macOS 10.12.3 for Mac users. New features haven’t been discovered in macOS 10.12.3 betas, suggesting the software update is focused on bug fixes and performance improvements. We’ll update with any notable changes below:

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10:07
Reports: Apple, Foxconn considering a $7 billion...

Apple is reportedly considering moving some of its iPhone production to the United States. Taiwanese iPhone producer Foxconn is considering a $7 billion joint investment in a display production facility, the company’s chairman told reporters.

According to the Nikkei Asian Review, Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou said “Apple is willing to invest in the facility together” because it needs display panels for its products. The plant could create 30,000 to 50,000 jobs.

But Gou said U.S.-made iPhones would likely cost more than those produced at Foxconn’s Zhengzhou, China facility, which churns out more than 100 million iPhones per year.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment,...

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10:05
About the security content of iCloud for Windows 6.1...

This document describes the security content of iCloud for Windows 6.1.1.

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10:04
Apple releases tvOS 10.1.1 software update for Apple...

Apple has released the tvOS 10.1.1 software update for Apple TV. tvOS 10.1.1 is likely a software update focused on bug fixes and performance improvements. tvOS 10.1 was a feature update that included the new TV app for the first time.

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10:02
About the security content of tvOS 10.1.1

This document describes the security content of tvOS 10.1.1.

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10:01
About the security content of iOS 10.2.1

This document describes the security content of iOS 10.2.1.

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10:00
Apple releases iOS 10.2.1 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod...

Apple has officially released iOS 10.2.1 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. iOS 10.2.1 is likely a bug fix and performance improvement release. The initial beta was released on December 14 with a second beta issued before the holiday break. We’ll test the official version and highlight any changes discovered below.

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09:56
Apple Releases iOS 10.2.1 With Bug Fixes and...

Apple today released iOS 10.2.1 to the public following several weeks of testing. iOS 10.2.1 also comes more than a month after the release of iOS 10.2, the second major update to the iOS 10 operating system.

iOS 10.2.1 is a free over-the-air update available to all iOS 10 users. It can also be downloaded and installed on iOS devices using iTunes on a Mac or PC. The update is still rolling out and may not be immediately available on all devices.

No outward-facing changes or new features were discovered during the beta testing process, suggesting the update focuses on bug fixes and performance improvements. According to Apple's own release notes for iOS 10.2.1, the update brings unspecified bug fixes and security improvements.

The iOS 10.2.1 update will soon be followed by a new iOS 10.3 beta, if rumors are correct. The first iOS 10...

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09:53
Wall Street Punishes Qualcomm after their Number One...

On Friday we posted a brief report on Apple suing Qualcomm and then on Sunday we followed up with an indepth look at Apple's lawsuit to discover the details of their case. Today Wall Street got their chance to weigh in on it – and the tide is against Qualcomm big time.

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09:51
Sprint acquires 33% of Tidal music service

As part of the partnership, Sprint will acquire 33 percent of TIDAL. JAY Z and the artist-owners will continue to run TIDAL’s artist-centric service as it pioneers and grows the direct relationship between artists and fans. The formidable pairing of Sprint and TIDAL will grow customers on both platforms by offering exclusive access for customers who subscribe to TIDAL. Sprint’s chief executive officer, Marcelo Claure, will also join TIDAL’s Board of Directors.

Everyone wants in on music streaming, so this makes sense for Sprint—it’s an extra it can offer its customers. It also makes sense for Tidal because things haven’t been going well for them. Even Kanye West was begging Apple to buy Tidal.

...

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09:43
Comm-Unity Networking Systems Releases SMTPit Pro 5.1

Comm-Unity Networking Systems (http://www.smtpitpro.com/)has released SMTPit Pro 5.1, an update of its FileMaker Pro plug-in. This version has several bug fixes for working with the plug-in under FileMaker 15 and FileMaker Server, as well as some new and updated file functions.

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09:42
Self driving cars are not “five years away”

The optimism for self-driving cars is great. It will drive innovation and excitement. But it must be tempered with reality.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:42
Google Voice gets a long-overdue visual refresh

Google Voice is undoubtably useful, but it has also been neglected for a long time. Fortunately, the rumors were true: Google just released a pretty major visual overhaul of Voice, and there are a handful of new features on board as well. Most obviou...

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09:39
Do you prefer desktop Macs, laptop MacBooks, or both...

Deciding between desktop Macs and laptop MacBooks can be challenging — you typically get more computer for your money with desktops, but notebooks aren’t anchored down to one location. Managing two Macs is getting easier with features like automatic software updates and iCloud Drive syncing Desktop and Documents folders across machines, but using one Mac is often easier to manage and more affordable.

My own setup has shifted over the years from laptop only to both desktop and laptop to desktop only. I’ve found that I’m most productive and comfortable when using a desktop with a large display and a dedicated mouse and keyboard, but I also benefit from being able to take my work out of the office.

Given the current Mac lineup and my own needs, I’m settling on a MacBook Pro with external display, mouse, and keyboard to balance portability and ergonomics. What’s your ideal setup? Desktops...

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09:38
Troi Automatisering Releases Troi File Plug-In 8.6.1...

Troi Automatisering (www.troi.com) has released Troi File Plug-in 8.6.1 for FileMaker Pro 14. It’s an update of the plug-in for manipulating external files and folders directly from FileMaker Pro.

This version improves parsing newer PDF versions, like PDF 1.7. And the TrFile_MetaData( "-GetMovieDescription") function now returns timecode data for movies. Several other functions were improved, as well.

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09:31
Apple Releases macOS Sierra 10.12.3, iOS 10.2.1,...

Apple has updated all of its operating systems, with the macOS Sierra 10.12.3 update addressing the serious bug introduced in 10.12.2 that caused Preview to delete OCR text layers in PDF files.

 

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iTunes Extras HD Movie Sale $5...

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09:28
Gazelle offering $20 discount on iPads, iPhone 6/6s

We're an affiliate of Gazelle, a huge buyer/seller of used Apple gear. The company takes top-quality devices that it buys from users who are usually trading up to new gear, then runs them through a refurbishment and certification program before making them available to the public at a discount. The company announced today that through February 2nd, it's taking an additional $20 off the price tag on any certified used iPhone 6, iPhone 6s or iPad.

So what are the prices like? How about a 12.9-inch iPad Pro 128GB (Wi-Fi) for $669? That's $230 less than what you'd pay at an Apple Store. An iPhone 6s Plus (AT&T, 128GB) for $518 -- that's $201 less than Apple's price.

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09:20
Softbank's Sprint Acquires a 33% Stake in Music...

Digital Music reported last Friday that Norwegian publication Dagens Naeringsliv is claiming that Tidal's music subscription claims have been fraudulent – based on the company creating fake accounts and lying to the media and partners. With that dark cloud over their head, the news has flipped to Sprint acquiring 33% of Tidal.

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09:19
Samsung will keep using the Galaxy Note brand

Now that Samsung has pinpointed the suspected causes of the Galaxy Note 7's battery fires, there's one question on many people's minds: will the Galaxy Note brand carry on, or is it tarnished forever? If you're a fan, you can relax. The company's D...

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09:18
Geff is a new virtual guitar effects rack for the Mac

Nikolas Konstantakopoulos has introduced Geff 1.0 (http://www.grannysaudio.com/geff), 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.

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09:15
∞ Kemper Profiler Delays

The Kemper Profiler is quite an interesting machine. I haven’t talked to anyone that doesn’t like it and at NAMM they released some new delays, along with other software. Delays in the hands of an expert, like in this video, sound incredible.

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09:06
Foxconn wants “bargain rates” on land and power...

Foxconn, the Taiwanese contract manufacturing company best known for its partnership with Apple, has said that it is mulling a $7 billion investment in US manufacturing that could create between 30,000 and 50,000 jobs. According to The Wall Street Journal, Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou says the company is talking with the state of Pennsylvania among others about getting the land and electricity subsidies it would need to build a factory.

“If US state governments are willing to provide these terms, and we calculate and it is cheaper than shipping from China or Japan, then why wouldn’t Sharp build a factory in the US?" said Gou.

The factory would build flat-panel screens under the Sharp name—Foxconn bought Sharp around this time last year for $5.1 billion. Sharp President Tai Jeng-wu...

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09:01
Qualcomm financials under the gun if Apple postpones...




Apple chip supplier Qualcomm could take a major financial hit if the former decides to withhold royalties until its $1 billion lawsuit is finished, an analyst noted on Monday.

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09:00
FastTrack expands to support Windows 10, Dynamics...

Today’s post was written by Cyril Belikoff, senior director of Office Marketing.

Originally offered as a one-time onboarding benefit for Office 365 customers, Microsoft FastTrack has rapidly evolved over the past 18 months to become the customer success service that helps businesses onboard and drive adoption of Office 365 and Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS).

Today, we are announcing several enhancements to FastTrack for Office 365, as well as previews of FastTrack for Windows 10 and FastTrack for Dynamics 365. Just like FastTrack for Office 365 and EMS, FastTrack for Windows 10 and Dynamics 365 provides customers...

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09:00
New Downloads Now Available

New downloads are now available that you can use to test apps for the latest release of macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS.

  • macOS Sierra 10.12.3 (16D32)
  • iOS 10.2.1 (14D27)
  • watchOS 3.1.3 (14S960)
  • tvOS 10.1.1 (14U712a)

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09:00
New Downloads Now Available

New downloads are now available that you can use to test apps for the latest release of macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS.

  • macOS Sierra 10.12.3 (16D32)
  • iOS 10.2.1 (14D27)
  • watchOS 3.1.3 (14S960)
  • tvOS 10.1.1 (14U712a)

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09:00
ZTE is learning crowdfunding requires a crowd

A few days ago, ZTE's Jeff Yee posted a mea culpa on a company forum, explaining that his team had made a mistake. He was referring to Hawkeye, the culmination of the CSX project to design a smartphone with suggestions from the community. It was much...

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08:54
Pro Tools 12.7

From powerful new loop-based music creation and trying ideas via Revision History, to timesaving workflows that simplify editing and post production, Pro Tools enables you to create at the speed of your imagination—without limits.

The new version of Pro Tools looks impressive. I watch a couple of demos at NAMM last weekend and was impressed with what I saw—I’ll be getting the update.

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08:49
Samsung may delay launch of Galaxy S8

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd indicated on Monday that its latest flagship Galaxy S smartphone could be delayed as it pledged to enhance product safety following an investigation into the cause of fires in its premium Note 7 devices.

Good idea. Let’s not endanger the public again.

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08:45
Ice fisher's iPhone 7 Plus survives 13-hour...




An ice fishing accident has led to an unexpected demonstration of the iPhone 7's water resistance capabilities, after an iPhone 7 Plus was retrieved in from the bottom of a frozen-over river, and found to be in perfect working order.

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08:37
Deals: $250 off 15" MacBook Pros; $300 off 13...




Kicking off the week, readers can snap up a Late 2016 15" MacBook Pro for $2,149. Or opt for a 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and AppleCare for $1,748.99 with promo code. B&H is also taking $300 off the DJI Phantom 3 4K drone today only with no tax outside NY.

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08:35
'Star Wars: Episode VIII' is called '...

Holster those blasters. Turn off your lightsaber. Something important has just happened. The powers that be at Disney and Lucasfilm have decided to reveal the full name for Star Wars: Episode VIII today, which graces movie theaters on December 15th,...

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08:27
Cassette sales actually went up in 2016

We're barely a month into the new year, but it's already clear some of us still want to live in the past. Case in point: US cassette tape sales actually grew in 2016, with a whopping 129,000 copies sold. That might not be as many as the number of vin...

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08:26
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:
    • single-finger tap top-left
    • 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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08:12
Sprint takes a 33 percent stake in Tidal

Mobile phone service provider Sprint announced this morning that it has taken a 33 percent stake in Tidal, one of the few music-streaming services to offer high-resolution audio streams. As part of the deal, Sprint says its customers will get exclusive access to certain content. Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure will also join Tidal’s board of directors.

“Sprint shares our view of revolutionizing the creative industry to allow artists to connect directly with their fans and reach their fullest, shared potential,” Tidal owner Jay Z (née Shawn Carter) said in a press release. “Marcelo understood our goal right away and together we are excited to bring Sprint’s 45 million customers an unmatched entertainment experience.”

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07:44
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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07:38
Apple wins Several Watch Band Design Patents in Hong...

Last Friday the Hong Kong Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple three Apple Watch related design patents. In addition, Apple filed for the trademark "Designed by Apple ...

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07:36
Reports of stuck keys on 12-inch MacBooks, some...

An Apple Support Communities thread has multiple reports of stuck keys on the 12-inch MacBook. Some users report that they were able to resolve the issue themselves by cleaning out debris, while others have had machines replaced by Apple under warranty …

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07:29
Samsung Galaxy S8 to miss Mobile World Congress...




Owing to precautions set up in the wake of the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung's next rival to the Apple iPhone -- the Galaxy S8 -- won't be revealed at late February's Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona, the company's mobile head revealed on Monday.

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07:05
Apple Watch pop-up store in Galeries Lafayette...




Apple has shut down a second dedicated Apple Watch gallery, with the closure of the boutique store in the Galeries Lafayette shopping center in Paris taking place weeks after a similar Apple Watch pop-up shop in London closed.

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06:55
How to set the time ahead on your Apple Watch

There are people (I’m looking at you, my dear wife) who love to set their clocks and watches ahead a few minutes to make sure they won’t be late.

Well, there must be enough of these people, since Apple has baked that capability into the Apple Watch settings. If this appeals to you, or you know someone with that particular bent, read the post for the details.

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06:54
Analyst: Apple will replace Touch ID tech with...

In a note to clients — as noted by AppleInsider — KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says Apple will replace existing Touch ID technology with optical fingerprint readers, a change that could arrive as soon as this year, as Apple is expected introduce a full-screen OLED iPhone model this fall.

What’s more, he says Apple is developing advanced biometric security technologies, including facial recognition. Kuo predicts that Apple will turn to optical type fingerprint sensing technology capable of accepting readings through OLED panels without need for capacitive charge components. These "under panel" systems allow for a completely uniform screen surface, an aesthetic toward which the smartphone industry is trending, notes AppleInsider

Chances that this will happen (IMHO): 80%. Apple has filed patents for...

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06:50
Game review: Yuri

I have become a big fan of John Voorhees’ game reviews for MacStories. If John points out an iOS game, I’ll inevitably end up loving it.

This one, Yuri, looks like another winner. Thanks, John.

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06:47
Apple Inc: A pre-mortem

The linked article is a detailed criticism of Apple, and ends with this quote from Phil Schiller, from his appearance on John Gruber’s WWDC Talk Show, back in June of 2015:

We don’t need to be told how great we are, and how big we are. It’s not about that, and we don’t want it to become about that. It’s not about P/Es, and it’s not about market value. I mean, sure, the finance team has to worry about that. But for the rest of us, it’s about: Are we making the best product? Do people love what we do? Is it changing lives? And if it isn’t, then beat us up until it is.

Take some time to read the whole piece. There are some common themes (notably, the way Apple approaches UX and content discovery), and the sense is that the author is truly trying to help spot problems, rather than (as the title suggests), point to Apple’s inevitable doom.

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06:45
Wistron reportedly to be first choice for...

Apple has chosen Wistron to be the first original equipment manufacturer (OEM)  in India for this year’s iPhones, while Foxconn Electronics and other makers will become second OEMs if demand increases, reports DigiTimes. 

Wistron has purportedly expanded smartphone production capacity in Kunshan, eastern China, and in India. Foxconn is the world’s largest electronics contractor manufacturer and is based in Taiwan. Wistron, also based in Ttaiwan, is an original design manufacturer.

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06:39
Foxconn won’t be primary iPhone assembler in India,...

As Apple gears up to begin manufacturing iPhones in India as part of a deal to open retail stores in the country, it’s being reported that its main assembler – Foxconn – will not be the lead supplier. Instead, a company with existing smartphone manufacturing facilities in the country, Wistron, is said to have been selected by Apple as its primary supplier in India.

It’s not the first time we’ve heard iPhone-related rumors about Wistron …

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06:36
Apple, Foxconn reportedly considering a $7 billion U...

Taiwan-based Apple supplier, Foxconn, is reportedly considering a joint investment with Apple for more than$7 billion for an automated display facility in the United States. The production site would eventually create 30,000 to 50,000 jobs, CEO Terry Gou told the press, according to Nikkei.

While American manufacturing is typically more expensive, he claimed that growing demand for larger display panels made U.S. production a better option than importing parts from China. In addition to the proposed display facility, Gou said Foxconn plans a new molding facility in the U.S., with the state of Pennsylvania a possible site following investment discussions with local officials.

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06:34
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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06:32
Qualcomm’s official comment on Apple’s $1B lawsuit

On Friday, we reported on Apple’s billion dollar Qualcomm lawsuit.

Qualcomm has since released this official comment:

“While we are still in the process of reviewing the complaint in detail, it is quite clear that Apple’s claims are baseless. Apple has intentionally mischaracterized our agreements and negotiations, as well as the enormity and value of the technology we have invented, contributed and shared with all mobile device makers through our licensing program. Apple has been actively encouraging regulatory attacks on Qualcomm’s business in various jurisdictions around the world, as reflected in the recent KFTC decision and FTC complaint, by misrepresenting facts and withholding information. We welcome...

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06:28
Wistron set to help produce Apple's 2017...




Apple has indeed picked Wistron to be its first iPhone manufacturer in India, with plans to get the company working phones launching later this year, a report claimed on Monday -- despite Apple having not yet secured a deal to set up Indian manufacturing.

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06:26
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey explains @POTUS account snafu

There was a bit of a snafu on Friday, as people found themselves following both the @POTUS account (the official account of the President of the United States) and the @POTUS44 account (the account specific to the 44th administration).

This would typically not be that big a deal, just unfollow the account you don’t want to follow, but clearly these are not normal times, and this issue rose to the CEO level.

Regardless of how you feel about the story notability, the thread Jack Dorsey started is an interesting read, for the comments on this specific situation and the details on @POTUS transition.

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06:20
Some users finding AirPods drop phone call audio...




Apple is looking into claims by a number of AirPods owners that the audio accessories have connectivity issues, with the Bluetooth connection temporarily dropping during phone calls, yet not during music playback.

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06:18
Foxconn considers $7bn US display facility with Apple

Debbie Wu, Nikkei Asian Review:

Key iPhone assembler Hon Hai Precision Industry is mulling a joint investment with Apple topping $7 billion for a highly automated display facility in the U.S., Chairman Terry Gou said Sunday.

Note that Hon Hai Precision Industry, Ltd, trades as Foxconn. They are one and the same.

And:

“Apple is willing to invest in the facility together because they need the [panels] as well,” Gou told reporters after the company’s annual year-end party in the Nankang district of Taipei. The U.S. production site eventually would create 30,000 to 50,000 jobs, the Taiwanese tycoon said.

And:

In addition to the proposed display facility, Gou said Foxconn plans a new molding facility in the U.S., with the state of Pennsylvania a possible site following investment discussions with local officials...

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06:09
Macs remain the most reliable computers with less...

Apple’s Macs are more expensive to buy than PCs but IBM says they come with less problems according to RESCUECOM's Annual 2017 Computer Reliability Report.

"Every Mac we buy is in fact continuing to make and save IBM money," says Fletcher Previn, vice president of Workplace as a Service at IBM.

Apple's high reliability may be due to the durability of its components, providing a lower computer repair rate, and the complimentary tech support that comes with most products. The annual RESCUECOM 2017 Computer Reliability Report shows that Apple is leading the pack for computer reliability, while continuing to hold a large U.S. market share.

Samsung remains high for reliability, receiving little impact from the exploding Galaxy smartphones debacle, according to RESCUECom, a computer repair and tech support company. Lenovo products take the number four spot for computer reliability. 

In the last quarter of 2016, Microsoft launched the Surface Studio, touting...

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06:04
Sprint buys 33 percent of Tidal, pair teaming to...




Sprint has announced that it has forged a deal for 33 percent ownership of music streaming service Tidal, and as part of the deal, Sprint customers will receive "exclusive artist content" not available anywhere else.

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06:00
Announcing School Data Sync general availability

Today’s post was written by Tim Richardson, lead program manager for School Data Sync.

We are excited to announce that School Data Sync (SDS), our online classroom automation solution, is moving from preview to general availability! Please fill out this request form to sign up, and we’ll help you to deploy it—for free.

SDS helps schools automatically create online classrooms in Office 365 from their Student Information System (SIS or MIS). SDS supports virtually every SIS on the market, and hundreds of customers in over 20 countries have already used it to sync over 100,000 teachers and 2 million students.

SDS imports user profiles and rosters from a SIS into Office 365 and automatically keeps them up to date. Schools often find it can be costly and time-consuming to maintain the online classrooms because rosters naturally change...

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05:51
A look inside Apple’s temporary replacement for its...

We learned earlier this month that Apple would be temporarily relocating its iconic glass cube store on New York’s Fifth Avenue in order to carry out refurbishments. The temporary store is now open, and we’ve now be able to see what the interior looks like.

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05:40
Sprint acquires 33% stake in TIDAL music streaming...

Sprint today announced that it’s acquiring a large 33% stake in the Jay-Z owned streaming music service TIDAL, which debuted ahead of competitor Apple Music back in 2015. Jay-Z and crew will continue to run the service, according to the company’s announcement, but the deal will give Sprint customers access to exclusive content through the service:

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05:15
Rumor: iPhone 8 to receive OLED display, updated 3D...

The current rumors are in and according to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the new OLED iPhone will use a flexible display panel, which will likely allow it to curve around the sides of the main chassis. However, this makes it incompatible with the existing 3D Touch pressure sensors seen in the iPhone 6s and iPhone 7.

As a result, the next-gen iPhone will switch from a ‘FBCB sensor to a film sensor’, offering higher sensitivity and a wider range of 3D Touch pressure levels.

While OLED panels tend to be more fragile than LCD displays, Apple is said to be reinforcing the 3D Touch sensor with a metal structural part to offer additional support. The recently-published KGI note doesn’t state whether the support would be externally visible and it’s that that this will be an internal component.

Apple’s new flagship iPhone, currently being dubbed the ‘iPhone 8’, is expected to launch in the fall. Many sources indicate the device will be a major upgrade from the iPhone 7...

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05:12
Apple settles patent infringement lawsuit with e-...

Apple has reached a settlement ending E-Watch’s claims that the company is infringing two patents related to cellphone camera technology, according to a document filed in Texas federal court on Friday.

In a three-page joint motion to dismiss, E-Watch and Apple told U.S. Magistrate Judge Roy S. Payne that they have reached a settlement ending San Antonio-based e-Watch’s claims, reports Law360. E-Watch filed several identical infringement complaints against some of the biggest names in electronics in December 2013, including Apple, Nokia, and Sony. It claimed their camera phones, including Apple’s iPhone 4S, violated its patented system, which does things such as capture and transmit images via camera phones.

E-Watch...

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05:00
Meitu selfie app apparently collecting, transmitting...

The good news is that the Meitu app adds some cool selfie editing tools, allowing you to pretty much transform your selfie pictures into nifty anime characters.

The bad news is that the app is apparently sending back as much private information as it can to a Chinese source.

The MeituPic app, launched in 2013, soared to the top of the Chinese app charts. It was rebranded as “Meitu” in 2016 and works by taking a selfie, smoothing a person’s skin, adding virtual makeup and a number of other effects.

Meitu then asks for your phone’s location, Wi-Fi connection information, time zone, local IP address, SIM card number, whether a phone is jailbroken, and, on Android devices, the unique identity number (IMEI). This data is seemingly being sent back to China.

“Meitu’s sole purpose for collecting the data is to optimise app performance, its effects and features and to better understand our consumer engagement with in-app advertisements,” a statement from the...

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05:00
Find your car in seconds with the Zus Smart Car...

The Apple World Today Deals Shop has some great deals on accessories, and you're going to want this one. Winner of the IF 2016 Design Award and a 2016 Red Dot Design Award, the Zus Smart Car Charger and Locator ($29.99 - 40% off regular price!) not only charges phone and tablet batteries at up to twice the speed of other car chargers, but also works as a homing device to help you find your parked car.

Just install the free iPhone app and get pointed in the right direction to find your car. That's not all Zus will do for you; it also captures miles driven, perfect for keeping tax mileage records or reporting mileage expenses. And since it's plugged...

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05:00
How to customize the sidebar in macOS Sierra

There are several ways to customize the Finder sidebar in macOS Sierra. To hide or show the sidebar: Choose View > Hide Sidebar or View > Show Sidebar. (If Show Sidebar is dimmed, choose View > Show Toolbar.)

Resize the sidebar: Drag the right side of the divider bar to the right or left.

Change what’s in the sidebar: Choose Finder > Preferences, click Sidebar, then select or deselect items.

Rearrange items in the sidebar: Drag an item to a new location. You can’t rearrange items in the Shared section.

Show or hide all the items in a section of the sidebar: Position the pointer over the section head until you see Hide or Show appear, then click the Hide or Show button. For example, to temporarily hide your Favorites, position the pointer over Add a folder or disk to the sidebar: Drag the item to the Favorites section.
If you don’t see the Favorites section, choose Finder > Preferences > Sidebar, then select at least one item in the section.

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05:00
Qualcomm denies Apple's patent royalties...

Apple has filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm, the world’s dominant supplier of baseband processors, alleging the chip supplier demanded unfair terms for its technology.  However, Qualcomm denies the allegations.

Last week the Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint in federal district court charging Qualcomm Inc. with using anticompetitive tactics to maintain its monopoly in the supply of a key semiconductor device used in cell phones and other consumer products.

In a statement regarding Apple’s lawsuit, Qualcomm said: “While we are still in the process of reviewing the complaint in detail, it is quite clear that Apple's claims are baseless. Apple has intentionally mischaracterized our agreements and negotiations, as well as the enormity and value of the technology we...

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04:59
Up to three-quarters of readers think Apple should...

Up to three-quarters of 9to5Mac readers think Apple should switch from Lightning to USB-C in the next iPad. Some 39% think the company should do it regardless, while a further 35% say Apple should make the switch if it does it for iPhones also.

However, a quarter of readers think Apple should stick with Lightning, at least for now, citing the slightly larger size and a less robust port as drawbacks of USB-C.

We previously discussed whether Apple would switch from Lightning to USB-C in future iPhones, with the majority of readers expecting this to happen this year or next …

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04:37
Smart wearables market to cross $30 billion by 2020

The global market for smart wearables is projected to cross US$30 billion by 2020, according to a new report from Research and Markets (www.researchandmarkets.com).

Initially, the adoption of these devices was confined to developed countries because of the high cost. However, with the decline in cost, vendors have shifted their focus to developing countries to increase their revenue and market base, according to the research group.

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04:28
Xiaomi Ousts Hugo Barra after the Company's...

Earlier this month Patently Apple posted a report titled "Xiaomi, Another Apple Hater Stumbles and refuses to announce their Horrible Smartphone Sales Figures." Today we learn that VP Hugo Barra was ousted.

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04:28
Kool Tools: DJUCED 40

Spearheaded by Hercules, which specializes in mobile and professional DJ equipment, the DJUCED teams (djuced.com) have enhanced their macOS compatible, pro DJ software DJUCED 40° 3.5.

One of the most important aspects for DJs – the ability to view the tracks that they’re working on as precisely as possible – has been taken into account in DJUCED 40° 3.5. To make things easier and more comfortable for DJs, the interface automatically adapts to all screen resolutions from 1024 x 600 right up to 4K displays.

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04:22
iPhone 8 concept images imagine rumored stainless...

With a succession of reports suggesting that Apple is abandoning its aluminum casing in favor of a return to a glass and stainless steel design for this year’s iPhone, a new concept image gives another take on how this might look.

KGI first reported that Apple was working on a design with glass back, with later reports from Foxconn, glass suppliers – and a more recent report suggesting an iPhone 4-style flat-sided stainless steel band. When we ran a poll on this, the majority of you...

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04:00
Photo Recovery for Mac retrieves most anything...

Ever deleted or lost photos, music, documents, video files or other data? You know you have. So you may need AppleXsoft Photo Recovery, digital media data recovery software designed for Mac users that can retrieve just about anything that can be written to digital media device.

It works with most digital media readers. AppleXsoft Photo Recovery -- which probably needs a more comprehensive moniker -- can recover data from digital cameras, memory cards and other devices. It uses an algorithm for RAW and HD video recovery.

Whether files were deleted, the media was corrupted or formatted, AppleXsoft Photo Recovery for Mac can probably help. The interface is very intuitive and the software is easy to learn. What's more, Photo Recovery will also will allow you to create a backup image of your memory card, as well as allow recovery from your backup image as well as other card image formats. 

Photo Recovery...

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03:57
Putting teeth into enforcing Internet of Things...

The Internet of Things (IoT) has a bad rap these days. As billions of devices, like DVRs and webcams, ship to consumers worldwide, no government or industry organization has any real power to ensure that the devices have proper security and an upgrade path to patch flaws. That’s not new in the computer and consumer electronics worlds. But the IoT makes hackable devices in fixed locations attached to high-speed broadband an incredibly desirable target for security agencies and criminal gangs to use as armies of bots.

While some IoT devices are expensive, like a $200 Nest camera, those are outliers. The vast majority of gear being shipped is already deep in a race to the bottom. The makers of cheap hardware don’t typically put security at the top of their priority list, nor have much compulsion to offer software upgrades for security indefinitely—or even...

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03:45
Star Wars: Force Arena is a slick, action-packed...

Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it’s difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into. With Freemium Field Test, we’ll take a recent free-to-play iOS game, put it through its paces, and let you know if it’s really worth your time (and money).

Star Wars fever continues unabated, with the recent release of Rogue One in theaters and the much-anticipated Episode VIII later this year—and alongside the films is now a glossy new iPhone and iPad game, Star Wars: Force Arena. Pulling together heroes from various Star Wars flicks, not to mention other media, Force Arena takes some cues from last year’s wonderful Clash Royale...

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02:34
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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02:26
Samsung Reveals Extent of Note7 Battery Fire...

Samsung held a press conference on Monday in which it revealed the results of its internal investigation into why some of its Galaxy Note7 handsets set on fire. Last week, leaked reports confirmed the battery was to blame, but Samsung took pains today to explain the thoroughness of its investigation, which involved over 700 engineers and data gathered from testing 200,000 phones and 30,000 Note7 batteries.

In addition to enlisting the help of two independent testing labs, the Korean company built a large-scale test facility to automate different charging and discharging scenarios, which was able to replicate the failures of consumer handsets. Absolutely everything was examined, said Samsung, from hardware and software design, to manufacturing and logistics.

Samsung's...

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01:12
Yahoo Under SEC Investigation for Not Disclosing...

Yahoo is under investigation from the Securities and Exchange Commission over its failure to disclose its massive data breaches sooner, according to The Wall Street Journal.

In September 2016, the internet company revealed that an unidentified hacker had stolen the personal data of "at least" 500 million users. Then last month, the internet company admitted that over one billion Yahoo user accounts had been compromised in a hack dating back to August 2013. Information stolen included names, email addresses, phone numbers, birth dates, hashed passwords, security questions and answers.

According to today's report, the SEC is investigating why Yahoo waited years before disclosing the massive...

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00:39
Slashdot's Interview With Swift Creator Chris...

You asked, he answered! The creator of Apple's Swift programming language (and a self-described "long-time reader/fan of Slashdot") stopped by on his way to a new job at Tesla just to field questions from Slashdot readers. Read on for Chris's answers...


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Sunday January 22

20:59
PhotoDesk 4.1.5 - Instagram client for photo sharing.

PhotoDesk lets you view, like, comment, and download Instagram pictures/videos. (NO Uploads! / Image Posting! Instagram forbids that! AND you need an existing Instagram account). But you can do so much more.

Of all Mac clients, Photodesk allows you to use the most features of Instagram on your Mac and even exceeds Instagram's functionality:

  • Video support
  • See pictures on a map
  • Search for places
  • Statistics
  • Save images / videos
  • Comment templates
  • Fantastic, modern UI, optimized for OS X 10.10 Yosemite and OS X 10.11 El Capitan

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



Version 4.1.5:

  • Added MacBook Pro Touch Bar support
  • Added new "Fast Filter" feature (accessible via Edit -> Fast Filter) or Shift + Comman
  • Fixed a bug where sometimes the detail view did not open anymore
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20:59
Capo 3.5.1 - Slow down and learn to play your...

Capo lets you slow down your favorite songs so you can hear the notes and learn how they are played. With Capo, you can quickly tab out your songs atop a highly-detailed OpenCL-powered spectrogram display.

Features

  • Detect, and enter chords
  • Pitch adjustment
  • Mark song sections
  • Loop at slower speeds
  • Export Capo-adjusted music
  • Basic effects available



Version 3.5.1:

Bug Fixes

  • When adjusting the Isolation frequency slider, the high frequency setting no longer resets when playback is re-started
  • Corrects a crash that occurred when scrubbing near the end of the song
  • When the metronome item is added to the Touch Bar, Capo no longer crashes when closing a project
  • Capo no longer crashes when importing metadata for certain audio files
  • Fixed a drawing artifact that was visible near the end of the waveform while zooming
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20:59
HandBrake 1.0.2 - Versatile video encoder; convert...

HandBrake is a tool for converting video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs.

Features

  • Supported Sources
    • VIDEO_TS folder, DVD image or real DVD (unencrypted -- CSS is not supported internally and must be handled externally with third-party software and libraries), BDMV folder (unencrypted), and some .VOB and .TS files
    • Any multimedia file it can get libavformat to read and libavcodec to decode.
  • Outputs
    • File format: MP4 and MKV
    • Video: MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264 or Theora (1 or 2 passes or constant quantizer/rate encoding)
    • Audio: AAC, HE-AAC, AC3, MP3, Vorbis, FLAC (16-bit, 24-bit) or AAC, MP3, AC3, DTS and DTS-HD pass-through (supports encoding of several audio tracks)
  • Miscellaneous features
    • Chapter selection
    • Soft subtitle support (DVD/VobSub in DVD/MKV/MP4, Blu-ray/PGS in BD/MKV, SRT files, SRT/UTF-8 in MKV...
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20:59
Sound Studio 4.8.6 - Robust audio recording and...

Sound Studio lets you easily record and professionally edit audio on your Mac. Easily rip vinyls and digitize cassette tapes, or record lectures and voice memos. Prepare for live shows with live effect processing and level tweaking, then record it all with performance recording capabilities.

Any audio project, completed with ease

  • Expansive compatibility. Record your work as an MP3 or AAC M4A file. Edit and export audio in several formats including AIFF and WAV.
  • Creative effects. Layer several effects like delay, reverb, chorus, or flanger filters, then tweak levels or EQ settings.
  • Multi-track support. Record live audio alongside multiple tracks of studio-added sounds.



Version 4.8.6:

  • Fixed a crashing bug with the Fourier spectrum-analysis tool
  • Updated and fixed progress bar for "Split by Markers"



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20:04
Dwarf planet Ceres' surface isn't what...

As much as we now know about Ceres, it's evident the dwarf planet still has a few surprises left. Astronomers have discovered that Ceres' surface isn't as carbon-rich as previously thought. A fresh batch of infrared scans shows that the surface is...

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18:39
Apple and Foxconn weighing $7 billion display plant...




Apple's main manufacturing partner, Foxconn, is considering the possibility of a $7 billion joint investment in an automated display production facility in the U.S., the latter company's chairman said on Sunday.

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18:38
Samsung and Experts Point to a Short Circuit in the...

On December 5, 2017 Patently Apple posted a report titled "A new Report Claims that Samsung's Aggressive Note7 Design Caused its Battery Explosions." Tonight in a live conference, Samsung noted that in their own investigation they found that the cause of the Note7 fires were caused by a short circuit in both batteries. The second investigative body, the UL, concluded...

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18:35
Scientists prove that microbes could survive on Mars

Microbes could survive on Mars despite its harsh environment, a year-long experiment conducted by a team of astrobiologists from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville has proven. Sure, that's a little less exciting than proving that little green...

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17:38
Galaxy Note 7 investigation concludes, pair of...




Samsung has concluded its investigation involving the 2016 Galaxy Note 7 fires, and has determined that two different flaws resulted in the conflagrations in the failing devices, with one creeping in after a too-quick investigation.

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17:15
Samsung blames two different battery flaws for the...

Well, after months of speculation, Samsung has finally announced the results of its Galaxy Note 7 investigation. The official line: those fires were caused by two distinct battery flaws (just as a recent report suggested), not a hardware or software...

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17:05
Report: Apple & Foxconn ‘mulling’ $7B investment...

According to President Trump, Tim Cook has “eyes open” to United States-assembled iPhones and a new report from Nikkei reiterates that. According to the report, Apple is “mulling” a joint investment with Foxconn for a $7 billion automated display facility in the United States…

more…

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16:54
SpaceX is launching one of its last disposable...

SpaceX won't have to intentionally crash some of its rockets going forward. Elon Musk has revealed that SpaceX's next flight, which has a Falcon 9 delivering an EchoStar satellite as soon as January 30th, should use the company's last expendable rock...

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16:11
iPhone Manufacturer Foxconn Mulling $7 Billion U.S....

Taiwanese iPhone manufacturer Foxconn is considering a $7 billion joint investment with Apple to establish a display manufacturing facility in the United States, it was reported on Sunday.

According to the Nikkei Asian Review, journalists who attended Foxconn's annual end-of-year party quoted chairman Terry Gou as saying that Apple is seeking to invest with the firm in a U.S. facility, which will eventually create 30,000 to 50,000 jobs.

The increase in demand for larger display panels makes local production a better solution than shipping from China to the U.S. market, Gou told reporters. In addition to the proposed display facility, Gou said Foxconn plans a new molding facility in the U.S., with the state of Pennsylvania earmarked as a possible location following investment discussions with local officials.

Gou also said that Smart...

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15:26
ESA wants to know why Galileo satellites'...

Something strange is going on with the Galileo satellites, and the European Space Agency wants to find out what's causing it. Apparently, ten atomic clocks on board five of the 18 navigation probes already in orbit have malfunctioned, and it could fo...

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15:19
Poll: Should the next iPad adopt USB-C connectivity...

Apple is expected to overhaul its iPad lineup in 2017 with new screen sizes and software capabilities, as well as perhaps a new Apple Pencil. One lingering question, however, is what kind of connectivity the new iPads will use.

Since Apple put such as focus on the power of USB-C with the 12-inch MacBook and more recently the MacBook Pro, there’s been speculation as to whether or not the iPad (and iPhone) will ever adopt the standard.

What do you think? Should the next iPad use Lightning or USB-C connectivity?

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13:55
Tesla will have 'major' car revisions...

If you're a Tesla buyer, you were probably miffed when you realized that the self-driving hardware revision rendered your car obsolete, even if it was just weeks old. However, you're going to have to get used to that feeling if you're going to stick...

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12:27
Hip-hop's most influential sampler gets a 2017...

The impact of Akai's MPC series on hip-hop cannot be overstated. The first model -- the MPC60 -- hit the market in the late 80s, perfectly timed with hip-hop's culture of borrowing and reinventing classic beats and melodies. The MPC's iconic pad-base...

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10:58
Europe's space agency plans to launch a space-...

A few years from now, we might have the power to make more accurate space weather forecasts thanks to an ESA satellite. The European Space Agency plans to launch a solar-monitoring space weather probe in 2023 to keep an eye out for Coronal Mass Eject...

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10:42
Hands-on with the completely revamped Terminology...




AppleInsider delves into the newly re-written Terminology app, which provides definitions for words highlighted within other apps.

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10:37
Head to head: Apple’s Time Machine versus three...

I agree that Time Machine is the easiest backup to do and the one I recommend to people who don’t do other backups but I’ve been burned a couple of times with it so I also do backups with SuperDuper and Carbon Copy Cloner – both great apps.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:31
HandBrake 1.0.2 - Versatile video encoder; convert...

HandBrake is a tool for converting video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs.

Features

  • Supported Sources
    • VIDEO_TS folder, DVD image or real DVD (unencrypted -- CSS is not supported internally and must be handled externally with third-party software and libraries), BDMV folder (unencrypted), and some .VOB and .TS files
    • Any multimedia file it can get libavformat to read and libavcodec to decode.
  • Outputs
    • File format: MP4 and MKV
    • Video: MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264 or Theora (1 or 2 passes or constant quantizer/rate encoding)
    • Audio: AAC, HE-AAC, AC3, MP3, Vorbis, FLAC (16-bit, 24-bit) or AAC, MP3, AC3, DTS and DTS-HD pass-through (supports encoding of several audio tracks)
  • Miscellaneous features
    • Chapter selection
    • Soft subtitle support (DVD/VobSub in DVD/MKV/MP4, Blu-ray/PGS in BD/MKV, SRT files, SRT/UTF-8 in MKV...
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10:31
Retro Patents turns famous inventions into art you...

If you or someone you know is a gadget geek, these would make really interesting gifts.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:30
Ben Heck's vintage Japanese arcade mod

The Ben Heck Show team has been approached to repair and enhance a vintage Japanese arcade Pachinko machine! Pachinko machines are common gambling games in Japan, and are still in use today. Most of the modern titles have hidden features, hints...

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08:07
PhotoDesk 4.1.5 - Instagram client for photo sharing.

PhotoDesk lets you view, like, comment, and download Instagram pictures/videos. (NO Uploads! / Image Posting! Instagram forbids that! AND you need an existing Instagram account). But you can do so much more.

Of all Mac clients, Photodesk allows you to use the most features of Instagram on your Mac and even exceeds Instagram's functionality:

  • Video support
  • See pictures on a map
  • Search for places
  • Statistics
  • Save images / videos
  • Comment templates
  • Fantastic, modern UI, optimized for OS X 10.10 Yosemite and OS X 10.11 El Capitan

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



Version 4.1.5:

  • Added MacBook Pro Touch Bar support
  • Added new "Fast Filter" feature (accessible via Edit -> Fast Filter) or Shift + Comman
  • Fixed a bug where sometimes the detail view did not open anymore
  • ...
| Read more »
08:00
After Math: Wanna get away?

Welp, It happened. It really happened. The single least qualified person to ever run for public office has somehow landed a gig as leader of the free world. Thanks, Putin. If White Nationalism isn't your cup of tea, don't worry, you're not alone. Thi...

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07:03
Foxconn Reiterates their Plan for a U.S Plant

On January 13 Patently Apple posted a report titled "Foxconn Plan Close to Completion for a Massive U.S. Plant in the U.S. to Make LCD Displays and More." Foxconn appears to be getting closer to completing their plans

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07:01
Head to head: Apple's Time Machine versus three...




Backing up your data to prevent loss in the case of digital disaster couldn't be much easier, but there are choices to make, and things you should to to guarantee safety. AppleInsider looks at some of your options, and helps you choose.

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07:00
South Korea's sound barrier-chasing train, and...

Tesla's Gigafactory is spitting out lithium-ion batteries at breakneck pace, but the automaker isn't stopping there. Elon Musk just announced plans to give the factory a $350 million upgrade so that it can manufacture electric motors and gearboxes fo...

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04:25
'Terminator' reboot will have James...

The last few stabs at The Terminator movies haven't gone so well, to put it mildly -- you're more likely to have enjoyed the video game tie-ins. And that may well be due to the absence of James Cameron, who sold his rights back in 1984 and hasn't tou...

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Wednesday January 18

13:04
Logic Pro X 10.3 release notes

Learn about the Logic Pro X 10.3 update. 

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10:24
About the security content of Logic Pro X 10.3

This document describes the security content of Logic Pro X 10.3.

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Monday January 16

17:26
About the security content of watchOS 3.1

This document describes the security content of watchOS 3.1.

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17:02
About the security content of QuickTime 7.7.7

This document describes the security content of QuickTime 7.7.7.

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Tuesday January 10

15:46
About the security content of watchOS 2.2.2

This document describes the security content of watchOS 2.2.2.

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15:46
About the security content of iOS 9.3.3

This document describes the security content of iOS 9.3.3.

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Tuesday January 3

14:27
About the security content of macOS Sierra 10.12

This document describes the security content of macOS Sierra 10.12.

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Wednesday December 21

13:52
About the security content of iOS 9

This document describes the security content of iOS 9.

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Tuesday December 20

13:37
Protecting Security Information

Saturday December 17

19:53
About the security content of AirPort Base Station...

This document describes the security content of AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.6.7 and 7.7.7.

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14:52
Apple Web Server notifications

This article provides credit to people who have reported potential security issues in Apple's web servers.

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Tuesday December 13

11:42
About the security content of watchOS 2.2.1

This document describes the security content of watchOS 2.2.1.

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11:12
About the security content of tvOS 9.2.1

This document describes the security content of tvOS 9.2.1.

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

This document describes the security content of OS X El Capitan v10.11.5 and Security Update 2016-003.

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10:54
About the security content of iCloud for Windows 6.1

This document describes the security content of iCloud for Windows 6.1.

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10:39
About the security content of Transporter 1.9.2

This document describes the security content of Transporter 1.9.2.

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10:19
About the security content of Safari 10.0.2

This document describes the security content of Safari 10.0.2.

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10:16
About the security content of iTunes 12.5.4 for...

This document describes the security content of iTunes 12.5.4 for Windows.

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10:09
About the security content of macOS Sierra 10.12.2

This document describes the security content of macOS Sierra 10.12.2.

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Monday December 12

09:56
About the security content of watchOS 3.1.1

This document describes the security content of watchOS 3.1.1.

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09:55
About the security content of iOS 10.2

This document describes the security content of iOS 10.2.

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09:53
About the security content of tvOS 10.1

This document describes the security content of tvOS 10.1.

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08:41
Use the Apple TV Remote app

Learn how to use the Apple TV Remote app to control your Apple TV.

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Monday December 5

16:50
Use the Home app on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

With the Home app, you can securely control the products you use in your home—all from your iOS device.

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Tuesday January 13

15:50
Android 5.0 Lollipop still hard to find, full of...

Google's Android team has advised outside security researchers that it will no longer fix security bugs found in Jelly Bean or earlier releases, despite the fact that "pre-KitKat 4.4" software powers the majority of active users' devices currently accessing Google Play. Meanwhile, less than 0.1 percent of Android users have received Android 5.0, and those who have report an "unfinished/unpolished" experience.

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12:32
Hands On: Chrome Remote Desktop (OS X, iOS)

Imagine squeezing your retina iMac screen down onto an iPhone 5. You can do it. It might look a bit silly and initially you might wonder why you'd bother, but it has long been possible to see and remotely control your Macs and PCs on even your iPhone. Now Google has released Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS and you can do it for free. You'll do it, too: try this once and you will forever keep finding other reasons why it's incredibly useful. It's fantastic when you forget a file, for instance, and can now just find and email it to yourself from afar. And it will save your soul, your sanity and yo...



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12:24
InvenSense hit with lawsuit over concessions in...

A new lawsuit filed against gyroscope and accelerometer supplier for Apple, InvenSense, accuses the company of failing to tell investors about the concessions it made to secure a recent deal. InvenSense parts are used in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus; executives should have warned investors, the suit alleges, that Apple was given a "sweetheart deal" that would hurt profits. "Instead of revealing the true condition of the company and its prospects, defendants hid those facts from investors and chose to issue strong guidance and paint a picture of a bright future with a new mega-customer," the complai...



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12:04
Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 6s' could ship...

With over half a year remaining before Apple is expected to unveil its next-generation iPhone, a fresh rumor out of Taiwan suggests that the company may be considering a new dual-lens camera system and the addition of "Force Touch," the pressure-sensitive touch technology set to be introduced in the Apple Watch.

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10:34
AllCast media streamer makes leap to iOS

A new port of AllCast, a popular Android app, has just been released for iOS. The title lets users stream personal photo, video, and music libraries to a variety of platforms, not just the Apple TV, the only format natively supported by Apple. Some compatible targets include Chrome, Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku, WDTV, Xbox One/Xbox 360, and various platforms compatible with DLNA....



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09:59
Apple axes long-running 'Single of the Week...

Ten years after giving away its first song, Apple has reportedly wound down the "Single of the Week" program that offered iTunes users a chance to download a free track from up-and-coming artists.

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09:23
Quanta ramping up production of 12-inch MacBook Air...

Taiwan-based supplier Quanta Computer has entered into "volume" production of Apple's upcoming 12-inch MacBook Air, according to supply chain sources. The laptop is reportedly on track to ship in the first quarter of the year, despite other rumors pointing to the second quarter. The new sources say that Quanta has escalated recruitment efforts in order to speed up production....



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09:16
Hands On: Toca Hair Salon 2 (iOS)

Makeover apps tend to be somewhat serious, and are generally geared toward adults. Instead of being a fun game, they tend to be more akin to photo-editing software, which is generally pretty complex and low on the amusement scale. Toca Boca, however, has stepped forth with Toca Hair Salon 2, a makeover game that offers a lot to younger gamers or future beauticians....



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09:07
Facebook will display Amber Alerts in News Feeds

Facebook will start to post into its users News Feed alerts about missing children in the future, in an effort to locate them. A partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children will involve the social network showing Amber Alerts to Facebook users located in specific search areas, both on mobile devices and desktops....



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08:15
Briefly: Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS, CBS News iOS...

Google has expanded its Chrome Remote Desktop app to include iOS compatibility. Now available for download on iTunes, iOS users can now orchestrate accessing their desktop computer for free by downloading the accompanying Chrome browser app. Chrome Remote Access has been available for Android users since last year....

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08:08
Apple quietly ends Single of the Week promo on iTunes

Apple appears to have ended its Single of the Week promotion on iTunes, visitors note. No tracks have been offered in the first two weeks of 2015, and a person on Apple's support forums claims to have been told by iTunes Support that the company has officially dropped the initiative. It's missing from iTunes Stores across the globe....



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07:52
Samsung takes on Apple's iPhone 6 Plus with all...

South Korean electronics giant Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy A7, the latest entry in the company's premium all-metal Galaxy A series that brings a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display, 2 gigabytes of RAM and an 8-core application processor.

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07:37
iPhone Apps: IMDb, New Words With Friends, Duolingo
06:52
LA schools' iPad program flawed from beginning...

The Los Angeles Unified School District's failed iPad deployment was botched early on, according to a review by the US Education Department. The federal agency says that it first of all put too hard an emphasis on using Apple hardware and software, ignoring cheaper options that could have saved money for the District and taxpayers. In July the USD said it was shifting to a strategy involving Chromebooks and Windows devices, such as the Microsoft Surface....



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04:33
Hands On: Learn Spanish - Brainscape (iOS)

It's a fact that Spanish is the world's fourth most spoken language, with over 350 million native speakers across 21 countries. It's also a fact that people who are bilingual tend to do better in both academic pursuits as well as their career. If you've ever been curious about learning another language, Learn Spanish by Brainscape offers a solution for those who are trying to learn Spanish on the go....



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03:49
Hands On: PhotoWatermark (OS X)

It's a different world. You might be the sort who would never take photo from a website and use it in your own book, but today if an image is online, it's as if the world sees it as fair game. Maybe that's a peek into our base immorality and the ultimate cataclysmic self-destruction of humanity, or maybe it's just that cut and paste is easy. Whatever it is, though, it's happening and you cannot stop it – not even with an application like this: but if PhotoWatermark can't prevent the copying of images, it can help photographers and artists considerably by adding identifying text to your image...



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01:11
Flickr: iPhones surpass Nikon, claim second most-...

Flickr has updated statistics for 2014 in its "Most Popular Camera" and "Most Popular Mobile Camera" categories, with the combined models of iPhone taking second place in the general "camera" category -- beating out DSLR maker Nikon and popular point-and-shoot maker Sony for second place. While Canon remains the most popular overall camera, the built-in cameras on smartphones from Apple and Samsung have -- despite inherent limitations -- steadily risen in popularity....



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Monday January 12

23:03
Viawear announces Tyia 'smart bracelet'...

This week, Viawear has launched pre-orders for a gold or rhodium-plated edition of the new Tyia "smart bracelet." The bracelet serves as a fitness tracker, with an RGB LED notification light embedded behind quartz and mother-of-pearl accent. As with fitness bands, the Tyia is marketing as letting users put away smartphones without missing an important call, text, or social-media notification -- and offers some basic fitness tracking compatible with Apple's HealthKit....



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19:58
Multiple reports point to record-breaking Apple...

While the idea that Apple probably had another record-breaking holiday quarter (what the company calls fiscal 2015 Q1) is unsurprising to all but selected pundits, a spate of reports released on Monday may be painting a general portrait of not just significant improvement, but more importantly growth in key areas of importance both to investors and analysis as well as to the health of the company. Sales of Macs look to be way up, iOS devices are selling much better in a key foreign market, and Apple's suppliers are flourishing -- all signs that point to better-than-expected quarter....



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15:42
Apple Stores debut self-demoing Smart Cover window...

A good magic trick, even in the 21st century, will still get people to stop and watch and try to figure out how it is done. Over the weekend, Apple retail stores around the US debuted a new window display showcasing the company's iPad line and Smart Cover accessory on a thin tabletop that features a line of the products, with the Smart Cover opening and closing itself to demonstrate the magnetic latch feature that wakes or sleeps the machine automatically....



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13:59
Details emerge on specs for third-party Lightning...

New information has been revealed on the specifications Apple has in mind for its planned licensing of the female Lightning port for third-party accessories. Manufacturers have reportedly been briefed on details and objectives, which include spreading Lightning to as many different accessories as possible in place of micro-USB. Possibilities include not just things like docks and headphones, but battery cases, gamepads, and Bluetooth speakers....



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