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Wednesday January 11

08:38
The iPhone could have been very different

Apple's decision to give the iPhone a touchscreen was a bold and controversial one at the time. In an era where Blackberry was thriving with its keyboard phones, the idea of removing them entirely seemed baffling. History shows that Apple made the ri...

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08:23
Here's every Apple HomeKit product announced at...




Apple itself may not show up to CES, but about a dozen companies came to this year's show with a range of HomeKit-capable products from smart lighting products to home security. Here's a complete guide to everything HomeKit unveiled at CES 2017.

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08:22
Facebook's fix for journalism involves digests...

Facebook's efforts to mend fences with journalists just got a formal name. The social network just launched the Facebook Journalism Project, an initiative meant to "establish stronger ties" with the news world. The program will have it working with j...

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08:02
Samsung Continues to Internally Debate whether to...

In early December Patently Apple posted a report titled "It's Crunch Time: Will Samsung Pull the Trigger and Launch a Foldable Smartphone in 2017 or Chicken Out?" This was a follow-up to our original report that pointed to a rumor about a possible surprise of a folding smartphone at this year's Mobile World Congress event in late February. Today the latest rumor out of the Korean tech sector suggests that Samsung will be pushing forward with a fold-out smartphone for later this year.

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08:00
Get a VPNSecure Lifetime Subscription for just $39

Do you spend a lot of time on public Wi-Fi networks? Perhaps you do a lot of traveling and want to have access to streaming services at home that are blocked from the country you're visiting. A Virtual Private Network (VPN) provides an encrypted secure tunnel that keeps your data safe, and through a network of VPN servers around the world, your streaming requests can look like they're coming from a local address. We've got a great deal on VPNSecure, with a lifetime subscription for $39 (normally $450).

VPNSecure is well-known as a leader in providing secure VPN connectivity for users around the world. Here's that it can...

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08:00
Uber can start trips based on your calendar

If you're a frequent Uber passenger, you probably don't pick all your destinations on the spot -- you sometimes have a scheduled meet-up in mind. Why do you have to dig up the address for that appointment when you already have it in your calendar? Yo...

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07:48
iPhone Captured 31% of Smartphone Sales in the U.S....

The iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone 6s were the "three most popular smartphones" in the United States in the three month period ending November 2016, when users were purchasing early holiday gifts for friends and family members. According to new data collected by Kantar Worldpanel, the three Apple iPhones captured a total 31.3 percent of smartphone sales in the U.S., while Samsung accounted for 28.9 percent of smartphone sales during the three month period.

In the U.S., iOS grew 6.4 percent in the same three month period, rising to a 43.5 percent share of the market. Android dropped 5.1 percent, but still sits atop Apple with a 55.3 percent share of the market. As Kantar noted, the data marks the sixth consecutive decline for Android in the U.S.

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07:41
Instagram's latest Stories feature is ads

Instagram shamelessly copied Snapchat last summer by introducing its own "Stories" feature, which lets users make bitesized, ephemeral scrapbooks of images and video. Since the launch, Instagram has added new ways to jazz up these Stories, as well as...

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07:41
AT&T raises unlimited data pricing as carriers...

AT&T says that if you like your unlimited data plan, you can keep your unlimited data plan, but it will cost you an extra $5 per month. Just as it did in early 2016, AT&T is raising the price for subscribers still on unlimited data plans, as first reported by DSL Reports. AT&T’s unlimited data plans were originally a tool to encourage people to get an iPhone during the early days of the modern smartphone era.

Starting March 2017, AT&T subscribers with unlimited data plans will have to pay $40 per month instead of $35. AT&T isn’t the only carrier hoping to reduce its roster of grandfathered plan subscribers. Verizon is currently...

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07:39
Average iPhone price higher in US than many other...




Americans are paying more for their iPhones than citizens of 38 other countries, according to a study into the average cost of electronics around the world, with a difference between the U.S. and the cheapest country's prices found to be more than $220.

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07:33
News: FBI releases heavily redacted information...

The FBI has released 100 pages of documents related to its efforts to break into a locked iPhone owned by terrorist Syed Rizwan Farook, but most of the useful information has been redacted, The Associated Press reports. The release excludes the name of the group paid to unlock the phone, the cost of the services rendered, and the method used to unlock the phone, essentially shedding very little light on how the government gained access to the device.…

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07:22
News: Apple partners with Tresorit to offer...

After launching its CareKit platform in April of last year, Apple has announced a new partnership with Tresorit to offer that company’s ZeroKit to app developers looking to offer more secure data encryption. CareKit apps allow users to track their health information and keep that data encrypted on the user’s iPhone, but when the data is shared with servers, it’s up to developers to provide security for that transmission. Tresorit’s…

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07:19
eBay and LinkedIn founders back research into...

Some big names in the tech world aren't just fretting over the possibility of dangerous AI, they're taking steps to make sure it doesn't happen. LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman and eBay founder Pierre Omidyar (through his Omidyar Network) are pouring a...

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07:15
Pop3It Pro FileMaker Pro plug-in revved to version 5...

POP3it Pro 5.1 by CNS Plug-ins, a FileMaker plug-in has been released. This version includes updates for new FileMaker 15 plug-in features, as well as multi-threaded code updates to keep the plug-in running smoothly under FileMaker Server.

Also included are new and updated file functions like reading and writing files, listing files, and removing whole folders including their contents. POP3it Pro is available immediately at http://www.pop3itpro.com/ for both macOS and Windows. You can download a demo.

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07:07
Samsung vice chairman a suspect in South Korean...




A South Korean prosecutor's office is set to interrogate the head of the Samsung Group, Jay Y. Lee, as part of a wider influence scandal involving the country's President Park Geun-hye and her close friend, Choi Soon-sil.

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07:00
Wading through the Internet of Crap

Connected home gadgets were everywhere at CES 2017 -- we saw WiFi cameras, smart walking canes and Echo clones aplenty. But while several of them were truly innovative, there were some that made no sense at all. Just because something has Bluetooth o...

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06:55
Flat sides preferred to curved edges in iPhone 8,...

Following a report that the iPhone 8 may return to the stainless steel frame last used in the iPhone 4s, the majority of readers say they’d prefer a flat-sided phone over one with curved edges. In our poll, 53% opted for flat sides against 37% for curved.

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06:54
Apple loses mechanical engineer responsible for...




Matt Casebolt, one of Apple's key hinge designers, and the key designer of the original MacBook Air mechanical design has departed Apple, and is now working at Tesla.

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06:52
iOS makes gains in most regions in the past three...

The latest smartphone OS sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech shows Android sales declined in the U.S., Great Britain and France, as iOS continued to make gains across most regions in the three months ending November 2016. 

For Android, this marks the sixth consecutive period of decline in the US, at 55.3% of all smartphone sales, down from 60.4% in the same period a year earlier. In Urban China, iOS was down year-on-year at 19.9%, but continued strong period-on-period growth with sales from iPhone 7.

The iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone 6s were the three most popular smartphones in the U.S. at the beginning of the holiday period, for a combined 31.3% share. The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge were the fourth and fifth best-selling phones in the US, with Samsung capturing 28.9% of smartphone sales.

"Verizon booked nearly a quarter of all US smartphone sales during the Black Friday period, playing a vital...

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06:27
AnyTrans for macOS adds free video download feature

iMobie has announced AnyTrans 5.4, a feature update to their all-in-one iPhone manager.

It was specifically created to clone all types of items, including contacts, photos, music, messages, notes, calendar, even customized settings like wallpaper, iCloud account, sounds, and more. Version 5.4 adds a free video download feature.

Users can download AnyTrans 5.4 for both Mac and Windows from its official homepage (https://www.imobie.com/anytrans/). It’s free to use.

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06:27
iPhone market share grows 6.4% in USA, takes share...

The latest Kantar data shows that the iPhone’s U.S. market share grew 6.4% year-on-year in the three months ending in November of last year. iOS made gains in seven of the nine key markets monitored by the market intelligence company.

The company says that early holiday sales helped three iPhone models top the charts, ahead of Samsung.

iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone 6s were the three most popular smartphones in the US at the beginning of the holiday period, for a combined 31.3% share. The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge were the fourth and fifth best-selling phones in the US, with Samsung capturing 28.9% of smartphone sales.

The most dramatic iPhone gain was made across the Atlantic in the UK …

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06:23
EDpCloud is new multi-platform file sync/backup...

EnduraData (www.enduradata.com) has released a file sync and online backup software for macOS, Windows, Linux, Solaris and AIX platforms. It introduces an enhanced multi-pathing replication solution for faster throughput and to insure data is delivered even when one branch of the network fails, according to Mike Praus, vice president of EnduraData.

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06:15
Apple beefing up privacy options on its CareKit...

Apple has partnered with security firm Tresorit to offer developers using Apple's CareKit platform increased privacy options, helping reach HIPAA compliance, reports Mashable.

CareKit is a tool for assisting people in taking an active role in their care. iPhone apps using the kit make it easier for individuals to keep track of care plans and monitor symptoms and medication; providing insights that help people better understand their own health. With the ability to share information with doctors, nurses or family members, CareKit apps help people take a more active role in their health.

Tresorit's security technology, called ZeroKit, will offer user authentication for patients and healthcare workers, end-to-end encryption of health data, and "zero knowledge" sharing of health data, in which data isn't shared with any service as it transfers. According to Tresorit,...

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06:01
Another member of Apple’s Mac team leaves for Tesla

Chris Lattner isn’t the only Apple exec who departed for Tesla. 9to5Mac has reports that Matt Casebolt, a “high profile” Senior Director of Design for Apple’s Mac lineup left the company in December for a role at Tesla as Sr. Director Engineering, Closures & Mechanisms.

Casebolt led the development of the 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar feature. Before that, he led the team working on the 2013 Mac Pro (the last one) and was previously instrumental in the design of the first generations of MacBook Air. At Tesla, Casebolt will be joining other Apple alumni, including former Vice President of Mac Hardware Engineering Doug Field who is the Senior Vice President of Vehicle Engineering at Tesla...

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: 6.5-Ft Apple MFi-Certified...

Today in our iLounge Deal, we’re offering a three-pack of 6.5-Ft Apple MFi-Certified Lightning Cables for only $21.99 — that’s 50% off the normal price. These three 6.5’ cables are MFi-certified so you can safely charge and sync your iPhone, iPad, or iPod, and give you enough length to comfortably use your devices while charging from just about anywhere you’re sitting. Get a set of three 6.5-Ft Apple MFi-Certified Lightning…

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06:00
Amazon Still Lags Behind Apple, Google in Greenpeace...

Amazon's cloud-computing unit says that one day it will rely solely on renewable power. But Greenpeace reports that a ramp-up in data-center construction in Virginia, where electricity comes mostly from coal and nuclear plants, makes that goal elusive. From the report: Apple, Google, Facebook, and newcomer Switch are taking some of the greatest strides towards 100% renewable energy, while companies such as Netflix, Amazon Web Services, and Samsung are lagging. The findings in Greenpeace USA's report outlines the energy footprints of large data center operators and nearly 70 of the most popular websites and applications. "Amazon continues to talk a good game on renewables but is keeping its customers in the dark on its energy decisions. This is concerning, particularly as Amazon expands into markets served by dirty energy," said Greenpeace USA Senior IT Analyst, Gary Cook. "Like Apple, Facebook, and Google, Netflix is one of the biggest drivers of the online world and has a critical...

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05:56
Steve Jobs on the show floor, gazing fondly at his...

Somewhat buried in Jason Snell’s iPhone 10th birthday celebration writeup was this wonderful picture.

There’s the incredibly intense look on Steve’s face. And the fact that this is one of the last such events where none of the pictures was taken using an iPhone.

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05:49
Microsoft’s OS supremacy over Apple to end in 2017

Gregg Keizer, Computerworld:

Apple will steal a march on Microsoft this year when for the first time this century shipments of devices powered by its operating systems outnumber those running Windows, research firm Gartner said today.

In 2017, Apple’s combination of iOS and macOS — the former on iPhones and iPads, the latter on Macs — will take second place from Windows on the devices shipped during the year. The gap between the two will widen in 2018 and 2019, with Apple ahead of Microsoft both years.

Not terribly surprising, given the rise of mobile and Apple’s dominance in that space. But still, just a little bit satisfying.

Not clear from the article but, presumably, first place is held by Android.

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05:41
Apple’s Mac Pro, Touch Bar MacBook and original Air...

(Also on Electrek)

Chris Lattner isn’t the only high profile Apple executive who departed for Tesla over the past month, rather than sticking around to work on Titan. 9to5mac has learned that Matt Casebolt, a high profile Senior Director of Design for Apple’s Mac lineup left the company last month for a role at Tesla as Sr. Director Engineering, Closures & Mechanisms. A job meant for a man named Casebolt … more…

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05:41
How to set up family sharing, and then a shared...

Family sharing is extremely useful. Use it to share music, apps, photos, and even a calendar. No blood test required.

Nice job laying this out by The App Factor.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:38
FBI hands over 100 pages of documents on San...

After the FBI refused to reveal details of who helped it to access the work iPhone in the San Bernardino shooting case despite Freedom of Information Act requests, three news organizations filed a lawsuit demanding access to the information. The agency has now responded with 100 pages of documents, but has censored the key facts, reports CNET.

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05:38
10 years of iPhone teardown pictures

This is cool. iFixit pulled together a single page, scrolling gallery of 10 years of iPhone teardowns, from the original iPhone all the way to the iPhone 7 Plus.

Definitely worth a look.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:38
External Link: Chuq Von Rospach’s Review of Apple in...

Apple veteran Chuq Von Rospach has reviewed Apple’s performance in 2016, and he has some tough words for the company, saying that it “simply isn’t firing on all cylinders” and is “out of sync with itself.” He points out how Apple has missed its ship dates and left products to languish. More specifically, Von Rospach accuses Apple of being out of touch with its customers, relying too heavily on data, and getting sloppy in its execution, with numerous bugs and quirks in its offerings. However, he takes pains to note that his criticisms are not revealing fundamental problems; Apple just needs to recalibrate a few things to get back on track.

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our...

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05:36
LG UltraFine 5K Thunderbolt 3 display ship times...




Shipping times for the LG UltraFine 5K Display have dropped precipitously in the U.S., with outstanding orders being updated, and new order shipping estimates falling from 2-4 weeks, to just one week.

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05:34
AT&T again bumps the price of grandfathered...

DSL Reports:

AT&T continues to quickly hike the cost of unlimited data in order to drive its dwindling grandfathered unlimited data users to metered plans. Users in our forums say they’re being notified of a $5 bump in the cost of unlimited data starting in March of 2017. The hike would be the second such hike in as many years, after AT&T bumped the cost of unlimited data last February.

Back in the early days of the iPhone, success for AT&T was no guarantee. To help bring customers to the fold, AT&T offered unlimited data plans for a limited time.

These plans have been “grandfathered” since then, but AT&T has made a number of efforts to wean customers off those unlimited plans to more traditional metered data plans. These efforts continue with the coming $5 per month bump.

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05:15
Rumor: Apple to opt for glass front and back with...

It’s the supply chain rumors that make things interesting.

In the latest supply chain report, Apple is thought to be abandoning aluminum in favor of glass for the next-gen iPhone’s back and front. It’s thought that the company will use a stainless steel frame to hold together glass panels along the lines of the iPhone 4 design.

The next-generation iPhone is expected to abandon its conventional aluminum back cover design and will adopt a new design using two reinforced glass panes and a metal frame in the middle. The metal bezel will be made of stainless steel using a forging process to enhance its sturdiness and reduce costs and manufacturing time.

The prospect of a mostly-glass design was raised via a KGI research note last April and supported by subsequent reports from Foxconn as well as glass and other suppliers.

Apple is also thought to be working towards embedding the Home button and Touch ID sensor into the display in a near bezel-free design...

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05:12
Apple's iOS Continued to Make Gains in the US,...

A new analytical report published today notes that Android sales declined in the US, UK, and France, as iOS continued to make gains across most regions in the three months ending November 2016.

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05:07
After AT&T price hike, Verizon goes after...

Carriers seem to have decided it’s open season on those grandfathered into unlimited data plans. After AT&T applied a second price rise in a year, Verizon is now threatening to disconnect those using more than 200GB of data per month – seemingly more serious about this than an earlier threat to those using half this.

While the company’s original statement was a little vague, Verizon has now clarified the terms …

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05:00
Apple, Consumer Reports find smoking gun that caused...

Apple and Consumer Reports may have figured out what caused the poor battery test results that Consumer Reports highlighted during its review.

On Tuesday, both companies released reports stating that a developer setting had been activated that typical users don’t use during testing, and also that the same setting has a bug that affects performance.

In its review of the MacBook Pro, Consumer Reports said its battery life test results varied wildly, from 4 hours to 19 hours. Consumer Reports explained on its website that its notebook battery tests do not necessarily reflect real-world usage; instead, tests are designed to be consistent across different notebook for comparison’s sake. In the case of the MacBook Pro, Consumer Reports’ battery tests uses Safari in Developer mode, which is not the default setting.

To enable Developer mode in Safari, go to Safari’s preferences and then click on the Advanced tab. Check the box at the bottom on the window that says...

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05:00
Pentagon Battle-Tests Micro Drone Swarm


The U.S. Department of Defense on Monday announced a successful demonstration of one of the world's largest micro drone swarms at China Lake in California. Three F/a-18 Super Hornet combat jets launched 103 Perdix drones in the exercise last fall. The micro drones demonstrated advanced swarm behaviors such as collective decision making, adaptive formation flying and self-healing. Since Perdix's 2013 debut, the DoD's Strategic Capabiities Office has upgraded the technology using commercial components, 3D printing and agile manufacturing.

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04:51
Slack 2.4.1 - Collaborative communication app.

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



Version 2.4.1:

  • Fixed a small bug in Calls



  • OS X 10.9 or later



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04:36
End-to-end encryption option added to CareKit,...

Apple has partnered with a security company to add full end-to-end encryption to CareKit data, making it easier for hospitals to use the platform while remaining compliant with patient data regulations. CareKit allows patients to choose to share health data from an app on their iPhone with the physicians treating them.

While CareKit data is already encrypted by default, it doesn’t use full end-to-end encryption, meaning that any data stored on cloud services would be open to decryption by the owners of that service. Buzzfeed reports that Apple is partnering with security firm Tresorit to offer better encryption options to developers – but this won’t necessarily mean that all CareKit programs adopt it …

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04:34
Worldwide spending on robotics will reach $188...

Worldwide spending on robotics and related services will more than double by 2020, growing from $91.5 billion in 2016 to more than $188 billion in 2020, according to the newly updated “Worldwide Commercial Robotics Spending Guide” from International Data Corporation (IDC).

In addition to spending data on robotic systems, system hardware, software, robotics-related services, and after-market robotics hardware, the robotics spending guide now includes data on commercial purchase of drones and after-market drone hardware.

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04:30
How to use macOS keyboard shortcuts

You can save time when working on your Mac by using keyboard shortcuts. To use a keyboard shortcut, hold down one or more modifier keys while pressing the last key of the shortcut. For example, to use the shortcut Command-C (copy), hold down Command, press C, then release both keys. Mac menus and keyboards often use symbols for certain keys, including the modifier keys:

  • Command ⌘
  • Shift ⇧
  • Option ⌥
  • Control ⌃
  • Caps Lock ⇪
  • Fn

Also, the Finder’s sidebar contains shortcuts to various commonly used folders. Each of the default selections has a keyboard shortcut. It’s listed in the Go menu and you can use it to jump to the correction location (this also works in Open and Save dialogs, as well).

If you're using a keyboard made for Windows PCs, use the Alt key instead of Option, and the Windows logo key instead of Command. Some Mac keyboards and shortcuts use special keys in the top row, which include icons for...

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04:21
Smart home hardware, services to exceed $190 billion...

New data from Juniper Research (www.junipereesearch.com) shows that revenues from smart home hardware and services will reach US$83 billion this year, rising to $195 billion by 2021. This will be generated through entertainment, automation, healthcare and connected devices, according to the research group.
 

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04:08
Samsung Heir Identified as Suspect in Bribery Case

Special prosecutors called Samsung Electronics Co. Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee for questioning as a suspect in a bribery investigation, deepening an influence-peddling scandal that has already led to the impeachment of South Korea’s president

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04:03
Default Folder X 5.1.3 - Enhances Open and Save...

Default Folder X attaches a toolbar to the right side of the Open and Save dialogs in any OS X-native application. The toolbar gives you fast access to various folders and commands. You just click on the buttons to go to your favorite and recently used folders, manage the folders and files shown in the list, and make changes to your settings. It also fixes a number of problems in Open and Save dialogs, "rebounding" to the last selected file, putting the path listing back in the top menu, and correcting bugs in scrolling column views.

Features

  • Directory assistant: You can access the contents of your recent, favorite, and open folders right from Default Folder X's toolbar.
  • Real time saving: If you're constantly saving things inside the same folder, Default Folder X can remember that folder for you.
  • Finder management: Default Folder X lets you open up or save to any Finder window...
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04:00
Effect Stack is an effective, non-destructive image...

By Aaron Lee

Sinisa Drpa's Effect Stack is a useful non-destructive image editor for macOS 10.9 or higher. With it you can easily chain multiple image filters.

Effect Stack offers a choice of a variety of filters that can be stacked together and saved as pre-sets that can be re-used. The filters' effects ripple downward through the stack, changing the current stack of the selected image or images. Effect Stack supports all image formats supported by macOS.

A filter can be previewed and adjusted before adding it to the chain. All actions are reversible, user can temporarily turn off a filter or discard it entirely. It is possible to work on multiple images at once and the application supports all the image formats supported by macOS, including RAW images. The results are easily shared via message, email, Facebook or Twitter or exported to disk. Effect Stack's changes are reversible and visible immediately. The app provides GPU-accelerated, real-...

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03:55
iFixit joins iPhone’s 10th anniversary celebrations...

With the 10th anniversary of the iPhone getting plenty of attention, iFixit has joined in by posting photos and repairability scores for every iPhone from the first generation (left) to iPhone 7 (right).

While iFixit of courses focuses on the repairability of the different models (noting that the first ever iPhone was the worst, with a score of just 2/10), what’s interesting to me is to see the change in the apparent complexity of the designs over the ten years …

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03:10
Fantastical 2.3.3 - Create calendar events and...

Fantastical 2 is the Mac calendar you'll actually enjoy using. Creating an event with Fantastical is quick, easy, and fun:

  • Open Fantastical with a single click or keystroke
  • Type in your event details and press return

...and you're back to what you were doing with a shiny new event in your calendar!

Fantastical's natural-language engine is expressive and intelligent, so you can write in your own style. Fantastical also automatically recognizes the location of your event and can even invite people from your Contacts to the event.



Version 2.3.3:

  • Added Copy Day as Text to Edit menu to copy the schedule for a day as text (press the option key to Copy Week as Text)
  • Dragging from the left edge of the window will reveal the sidebar if it has been hidden
  • Links in an event's location are now clickable
  • Fixed not being able to paste some text into the URL field
  • ...
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03:00
12 of the most exciting headphones we listened to at...

CES is always a great show for headphones, and 2017 was no exception

Image by Sarah Jacobsson Purewal

You don’t need to be an audiophile to appreciate a great pair of headphones, you just need to love music. Those big cans can take your audio experience to a whole other level, whether you’re listening to Verdi’s Requiem or Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” or Warren G’s “Regulate.”

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02:47
iShowU Instant 1.1.4 - Full-featured screen...

iShowU Instant gives you real-time screen recording like you've never seen before! It is the fastest, most feature-filled real-time screen capture tool from shinywhitebox yet. All of the features you would expect are here, and probably some you don't!

  • Record from any screen
  • Enhance your microphone audio through the use of a dynamics processor, compressor and/or equaliser*
  • Record from iOS devices
  • Add text and/or an overlay
  • Enhance your recording with mouse and click visualization
  • Trim front/back after recording
  • Create time-lapse recordings
  • Share to a wide range of online services
  • And more!

* requires Advanced Features.



Version 1.1.4:

  • Fixed unintended "super-sizing" of Retina recordings



  • OS X...

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02:31
Adobe Illustrator CC 2017 21.0.1 - Professional...

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

Adobe Illustrator CC 2017 is the industry standard vector-drawing environment for designing across media. Express your creative vision with shapes, color, effects, and typography. Work with speed and stability on large, complex files, and move designs efficiently among Adobe's creative applications.



Version 21.0.1 (2017):

Note: Now requires OS X 10.10 or later

Note: Update is ~541 MB

  • Stability-related fixes for the 2017 release



  • OS X 10.10 or later
  • 2 GB RAM (8 GB recommended)
  • 2 GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free...

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Tuesday January 10

22:08
Video shows early competing iPhone prototypes...




A video posted to the internet on Tuesday shows two very early iPhone prototypes running competing software versions of Apple's "Acorn OS," one developed by a team led by Tony Fadell and another by Scott Forstall's group.

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22:04
New Video Pits iPhone Click Wheel Prototype Against...

A couple days ago Sonny Dickson shared a look at one of two early prototypes for the original iPhone, the iPod Click Wheel-based OS that iPod "Godfather" Tony Fadell was working on. Tonight, Dickson has shared a video pitting Fadell's version against Scott Forstall's icon-based iPhone prototype, which went on to become the basis for iOS.

Fadell's prototype was referred to as P1 while Forstall's prototype was referred to as P2. The two projects reportedly went head to head in 2005 when Steve Jobs pitted the two against each other. While the P1 used the click-wheel interface to navigate the OS, the P2 used a series of touch-based icons to move around the OS.

Both P1 and P2 run...

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21:04
New images + video show comparison between early...

Last week we shared a look at the click wheel-inspired iPhone interface that ended up being scrapped in favor of iOS. Now, Sonny Dickson has shared a video and gallery of images comparing two early prototypes of the iPhone: Tony Fadell’s P1 project and Scott Forstall’s P2.

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20:59
Microsoft OneNote 15.30 - Free digital notebook.

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

Here are some more ideas on how to use OneNote:

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



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20:59
Macs Fan Control 1.4.6.0 - Monitor and control your...

Macs Fan Control allows you to monitor and control almost any aspect of your computer's fans, with support for controlling fan speed, temperature sensors pane, menu-bar icon, and autostart with system option.

  • Software solution to noise problems such as those caused by iMac HDD replacement, or overheating problems like those found on a MacBook Pro
  • Set any constant value to any fan (e.g., minimum)
  • Control fan speed in relation to a temperature sensor (e.g., 3rd party HDD)
  • Real-time monitoring of Mac's fans speed and temperature sensors including 3rd party HDD/SSD (using S.M.A.R.T.)
  • Display menu bar icon
  • Compatible with OS X 10.7 Lion or later (version for OS X 10.6 in Related Links)



Version 1.4.6.0:

Note: Now requires a 64-bit Intel processor

  • Fixed multiple issues with the previous version of the app



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20:59
Adobe Acrobat Pro 15.023.20053 - Powerful PDF editor.

Acrobat Pro DC is available only as a part of Adobe Creative Cloud, and can only be installed and/or updated through Adobe's Creative Cloud app.

Adobe Acrobat Pro DC with Adobe Document Cloud services is here. Completely reimagined PDF tools let you create, edit, sign, and track PDFs from anywhere. It will change the way you work with design layouts, press-ready files, and all your important documents forever.

  • Access powerful print production and digital publishing tools. Preview, preflight, correct, and prepare PDF files.
  • Work anywhere. Create, export, and sign PDFs from your computer or the Acrobat DC mobile app.
  • Take your files with you. Use Mobile Link to access recent files across desktop, web, and mobile.
  • Edit anything. Instantly edit PDFs and scanned documents -- as naturally as any other file.
  • Make last-minute changes...
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20:59
Adobe Acrobat Reader 15.023.20053 - View PDF...

Adobe Acrobat Reader allows users to view PDF documents. You may not know what a PDF file is, but you've probably come across one at some point. PDF files are used by companies and even the IRS to distribute documentation and other pieces of information about their products, and Adobe Acrobat Reader is the essential interpreter. Acrobat integrates directly with your Web browser, so if you come across a PDF document on the Web,you can view it directly from within your Netscape or Internet Explorer browser window. Acrobat also makes printing much more practical, by guaranteeing that the printout will look exactly like it does on your screen.



Version 15.023.20053 (Adobe Reader DC [Continuous Track]):

Note: For the Adobe Reader DC Classic Track update, see Related Links.

Bug Fixes

  • Browser
    • [WIN 10] Links on CEF UI and new Acrobat UI not working in browser.
    • Print option in browser...
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20:59
NetSpot Pro 2.5.740 - Wireless survey tool.

NetSpot Pro is a simple and accessible wireless survey tool for Mac users, which allows collecting, visualizing and analyzing Wi-Fi data using any MacBook.

NetSpot Pro can visualize your wireless network by building a visual Wi-Fi map. It will let you see dead zones without coverage and place hotspots (Access Points) correctly. Using the visualized map of collected wireless data you will also see channels' load and will be able to decide how to optimize your Wi-Fi site better.

NetSpot Pro is a powerful analyzer of Wi-Fi coverage. Just in a couple of clicks you can load your area map, point your location on the map and NetSpot Pro starts collecting Wi-Fi data around you. It will gather all the needed information for radio signal leakages analyzing, noise sources discovering, access points effective location, etc.

You can also use NetSpot Pro as a powerful wireless network planning tool. Load a map, collect wireless site survey data, build a...

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20:59
MacUpdate Desktop 6.1.5 - Search and install Mac...

MacUpdate Desktop brings seamless 1-click app installs and version updates to your Mac. With a free MacUpdate account and MacUpdate Desktop 6, Mac users can now install almost any Mac app on macupdate.com with a single click, including thousands of titles not available in the Mac App Store. And now, users can search for, discover, and install new apps right from the MacUpdate Desktop app!

  • 1-Click App Installs - Installing apps using a Web browser is slow and complicated. You have to hunt down .zip archives, mount disk images, manually drag app icons to the /Applications folder, run custom installers, and delete the files you no longer need. With MacUpdate Desktop, all you have to do is click the "Install" link on a MacUpdate app listing and MacUpdate Desktop takes care of everything.
  • Keep All Your Mac Apps Up-to-date - MacUpdate Desktop scans your Mac for outdated apps and immediately notifies you when a new...
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20:59
A Better Finder Rename 10.13 - File, photo, and MP3...

A Better Finder Rename is the most complete renaming solution available on the market today. That's why, since 1996, tens of thousands of hobbyists, professionals and businesses depend on A Better Finder Rename to organize and maintain files.

The Instant Preview feature eliminates guesswork and costly errors and helps you find the right settings quickly and accurately by providing as-you-type feedback.

A Better Finder Rename offers a complete set of renaming options that are organized into 15 categories covering all the text, character, position, conversion and truncation features that you would expect from a file renamer, but it does not stop there. The multi-step renaming feature allows multiple renaming steps to be combined to deal with complex renaming jobs in a single operation. Unlike other tools, A Better Finder Rename allows any number of renaming actions to be combined, re-ordered, copied and deleted.



Version 10.13:

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20:59
NetSpot 2.5.740 - Wireless survey tool.

NetSpot is a simple and accessible wireless survey tool for Mac users, which allows collecting, visualizing and analyzing Wi-Fi data using any MacBook.

NetSpot can visualize your wireless network by building a visual Wi-Fi map. It will let you see dead zones without coverage and place hotspots (Access Points) correctly. Using the visualized map of collected wireless data you will also see channels' load and will be able to decide how to optimize your Wi-Fi site better.

NetSpot is a powerful analyzer of Wi-Fi coverage. Just in a couple of clicks you can load your area map, point your location on the map and NetSpot starts collecting Wi-Fi data around you. It will gather all the needed information for radio signal leakages analyzing, noise sources discovering, access points effective location, etc.

You can also use NetSpot as a powerful wireless network planning tool. Load a map, collect wireless site survey data, build a heatmap of your...

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20:59
File Juicer 4.54 - Extract images, video, sound, or...

File Juicer is a drag-and-drop can opener and data archaeologist. Its specialty is to find and extract images, video, audio, or text from files which are hard to open in other ways. In computer forensics this is called carving.

It finds and extracts: JPEG, JP2, PNG, GIF, PDF, BMP, WMF, EMF, PICT, TIFF, Flash, ZIP, HTML, WAV, AVI, MOV, MP4, MPG, MP3, AIFF, AU, WMV, or text from files which contain data in those formats.

Lossless extraction... File Juicer does't convert the images/sounds/videos it finds, but saves them unchanged in their original format if possible. (See the manual for details.) This is useful:

  • if you want to extract the images/sounds/videos from a PDF or Word document;
  • if you have old files you can no longer open with current applications;
  • if you receive emails with attachments you can not open;
  • if you have corrupt files or databases;
  • if you have damaged or accidentally erased flash...
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20:59
Duet 1.6.3.6 - Use your iPad as an external display.

Duet is the first app that allows you to use your iDevice as an extra display for your Mac using the Lightning or 30-pin cable.

Note: This app requires a $14.99 iOS companion app.



Version 1.6.3.6:

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.





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20:59
Quicksilver 1.5.1 - Application launcher and much...

Quicksilver is a light, fast and free Mac application that gives you the power to control your Mac with keystrokes alone.

Quicksilver allows you to find what you need quickly and easily, then act upon these objets as you see fit. All with your fingers on the keyboard. As an example, if you want to find an application hidden in the depths of your file system, simply activate Quicksilver with a keystroke, type a few letters of the application's name, then hit Return or Enter to launch it, or tab and type to find an action such as Quit, Trash, Email To..., Run at Login, Move To..., Get Info, Reveal, the list goes on.

Quicksilver indexes and parses only selected parts of the contents of your hard drive in the Catalog, which means it locates and displays the items matching your search quickly. Quicksilver has a modular structure which means features for interaction with a whole host of of other applications (iTunes, 1Password, Safari, Microsoft Office)...

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17:23
For the second time in a year, AT&T is...

For the second time in a year, AT&T is increasing the price of its unlimited data plan for those who are still grandfathered into it. According to information obtained by DSLReports, AT&T will raise the plan from $35 to $40 effective in March.

more…

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16:46
Macworld’s January Digital Edition: MacBook Pro...

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld Digital Edition.

In the January issue

We take an in-depth look at the new MacBook Pro with touch bar and discover the best bits of iOS in this new laptop.

Also in this month’s issue:

Feature: With the 25th anniversary of the PowerBook, we review the evolution of Apple’s laptops.

Mac User: How a little iOS magic in every new Touch Bar adds security.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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16:00
Apple CareKit integrates with Tresorit ZeroKit to...




Apple on Tuesday announced its CareKit development framework, designed to create apps that let healthcare professionals continue followup care with patients, is now integrated with Tresorit's ZeroKit, which provides end-to-end encryption of users' account credentials and their health data to the cloud.

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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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15:37
A beginner’s guide to pure CSS images

We will start with an overview and work our way to create a Koala in pure CSS.

There’s also a video you can watch as well as the written instructions.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:22
Apple's 'Designed by Apple in California...




Apple's recently released photo-book, "Designed by Apple in California," is now available in a number of additional global markets, continuing an expansion from what was initially a limited run.

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15:02
AT&T to raise unlimited data plan pricing to $40...




Just over a year after AT&T raised rates for subscribers grandfathered in to unlimited data plans, the company once again intends to bump up prices another $5 per month come March.

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15:00
Foxconn reports first-ever earnings dip amid slow...

Amid rumors of plans to move to the United States, cut iPhone orders, and expansions to India, Foxconn today announced that it saw its first-ever annual sales decline in 2016 since it went public in 1991. The company’s decline is being blamed on “lukewarm” demand from Apple, its biggest client, according to Nikkei.

more…

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15:00
AWT News Update: January 10, 2017

Happy Tuesday! We have a few stories for today's Apple World Today News Update:

  • The ESPN and WatchESPN apps have adopted Apple's Single Sign-On feature, meaning you can sign in once to use the apps with your cable or satellite TV subscription
  • AT&T & Verizon are both making moves to make those grandfathered unlimited data plans a thing of the past
  • Three weeks to go until Apple's Q1 2017 Earnings Call. We look at Foxconn's results to see how Apple may fare for the year-end quarter

The text version of the podcast can be viewed below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below.

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Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for January 10, 2017.

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14:56
Longtime Apple programmer and Swift creator leaves...


Current Apple Director of Developer Tools Chris Lattner will be leaving the company for Tesla later this month. (credit: Chris Lattner)

Software developer Chris Lattner, creator of the Swift programming language and Apple's current director of the Developer Tools department, will be leaving the company later this month to become Tesla's new vice president of autopilot software. Lattner announced his departure to the Swift mailing list earlier today, just a few hours...

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14:38
Tesla hires architect of Apple's Swift as VP of...




Shortly after it was revealed that Swift creator Chris Lattner is planning to leave Apple later in January, Tesla on Tuesday announced it has hired the software guru away from Cupertino to serve as Vice President of Autopilot Software.

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14:35
Notable apps and app updates for Jan. 10, 2017

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

iOS Apps/Updates

Dramatic Software has debuted Who Gave Me What 1.0. It’s an US$0.99 gift tracking app that allows you to keep track of gifts received, why, who they were from and whether or not you have thanked the sender. Givers and occasions can be added just by typing in a name, and they can be reused for any subsequent gift.

Duo Pisceses has introduced Match Me 1.0. It’s a free brain training game developed with the aim to help improve memory retention, as well as enhancing fast pattern recognition, and concentration. Reveal any two cards...

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14:22
Apple’s Chris Lattner joins Tesla as Vice President...

We would like to welcome Chris Lattner, who will join Tesla as our Vice President of Autopilot Software. Chris’ reputation for engineering excellence is well known. He comes to Tesla after 11 years at Apple where he was primarily responsible for creating Swift, the programming language for building apps on Apple platforms and one of the fastest growing languages for doing so on Linux.

That explains what happened.

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14:22
Adobe patches critical flaws in Flash Player, Reader...

Adobe Systems released security updates for its Flash Player, Adobe Reader, and Acrobat products fixing critical vulnerabilities that could allow attackers to install malware on computers.

The Flash Player update fixes 13 vulnerabilities, 12 that can lead to remote code execution and one that allows attackers to bypass a security restriction and disclose information. Adobe is not aware of any exploit for these flaws existing in the wild.

Users are advised to upgrade to Flash Player version 24.0.0.194 on Windows, Mac, and Linux. The Flash Player plug-in bundled with Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer will be automatically upgraded through those browsers’ respective update mechanisms.

To read this article in full...

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14:13
Job opening at Spotify: “President of Playlists”

This is an oddly specific job posting.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:46
Sonos CEO to depart company after 14 years amid...




The CEO of wireless speaker maker Sonos, John MacFarlane, is resigning from the company he founded in 2002 due to increased competition from the likes of Amazon and other wireless speaker makers, a move that could potentially influence a close partnership with Apple.

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13:32
∞ The Fraser Canyon when things go sideways

This video, even with its annoying as hell music, shows what truckers go through trying to drive in winter conditions. I don’t envy them. This road is the Trans-Canada Highway about 30 miles east of where I live. I love riding that road in the spring in summer (it’s one of the prettiest in British Columbia) but you couldn’t pay me enough to drive it in the winter.

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13:27
Apple’s ‘Designed by Apple in California’ hardcover...

After launching Designed by Apple in California back in November, the book celebrating 20 years of Apple product design is available today in more countries including Canada, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, Brazil, New Zealand, Ireland, Singapore, and many others. The book is available to purchase now through Apple.com and also through some of its retail stores.

more…

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13:25
Apple Patent Paves Way For iPhone With Full-Face...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Apple Insider: Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent detailing technology that allows for ear speakers, cameras and even a heads-up display to hide behind an edge-to-edge screen, a design rumored to debut in a next-generation iPhone later this year. Awarded by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Apple's U.S. Patent No. 9,543,364 for "Electronic devices having displays with openings" describes a method by which various components can be mounted behind perforations in a device screen that are so small as to be imperceptible to the human eye. This arrangement would allow engineers to design a smartphone or tablet with a true edge-to-edge, or "full face," display. With smartphones becoming increasingly more compact, there has been a push to move essential components behind the active -- or light-emitting -- area of incorporated displays. Apple in its patent suggests mounting sensors and other equipment behind a series of openings, or through-...

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13:15
Duet 1.6.3.6 - Use your iPad as an external display.

Duet is the first app that allows you to use your iDevice as an extra display for your Mac using the Lightning or 30-pin cable.

Note: This app requires a $14.99 iOS companion app.



Version 1.6.3.6:

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.





Download Now]]>

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13:10
Tip of the Day: Controlling your Home from the Apple...

When the fourth-generation Apple TV launched in the fall of 2015, we found the absence of direct support for controlling Apple HomeKit devices to be a conspicuous omission — especially considering the Apple TV was already designed to act as the hub for remote access to HomeKit accessories. In other words, HomeKit accessory commands were being processed through the set-top box, but there was no way to allow the user to participate using the Apple…

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13:05
AT&T Again Raising Price of Grandfathered...

Starting in March of 2017, AT&T will raise the prices of its grandfathered unlimited data plans by $5, according to information obtained by DSLReports. The price hike is AT&T's second price increase in the last 12 months and will raise prices from $35 to $40.

DSLReports forum users began receiving notifications about the $5 price increase in early January, and the site was able to confirm AT&T's plans. AT&T's statement on the new pricing is below:Our Mobile Share Advantage plans and our AT&T Unlimited Plan provide several benefits that our legacy unlimited plan doesn't. If you have a legacy unlimited data plan, you can keep it; however, beginning in March 2017, it will increase by $5 per month.AT&T no longer offers standalone unlimited data plans to...

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13:02
Cue co-founder leaving Apple to become partner at...

Daniel Gross, a Director at Apple, is leaving the company to join venture capital firm Y Combinator as a partner, according to TechCrunch. Gross first joined Apple three years ago when Cue, an artificial intelligence startup he co-founded, was bought up by Apple.

more…

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12:49
Microsoft OneNote 15.30 - Free digital notebook.

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

Here are some more ideas on how to use OneNote:

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



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12:45
Review: AQUA’s battery-free headphone amp improves...

Wireless earbuds and headphones have been the talk of the town since Apple’s iPhone 7 launched. For many audiophiles who need the best possible sound, you may still prefer to use your wired headphones. That normally means using the Lightning to 3.5mm headphone adapter, however there’s a better option to keep your wired functionality while improving your listening experience on the iPhone. Enter Nexum’s AQUA; the portable, battery-less, headphone amplifier looking to take your audio experience further.

more…

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12:45
Apple Said To Be Working on AR Glasses With Carl...

Apple seems behind Microsoft, Google, and Facebook on the nascent augmented reality space, but that could change soon. From a report on CNET: The tech titan is working with the German optics manufacturer Carl Zeiss on a pair of lightweight AR/mixed reality glasses, according to tech evangelist Robert Scoble. The project, which could be announced as early as this year, was confirmed by a Zeiss employee, Scoble wrote in a Facebook post.


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12:41
NetSpot Pro 2.5.740 - Wireless survey tool.

NetSpot Pro is a simple and accessible wireless survey tool for Mac users, which allows collecting, visualizing and analyzing Wi-Fi data using any MacBook.

NetSpot Pro can visualize your wireless network by building a visual Wi-Fi map. It will let you see dead zones without coverage and place hotspots (Access Points) correctly. Using the visualized map of collected wireless data you will also see channels' load and will be able to decide how to optimize your Wi-Fi site better.

NetSpot Pro is a powerful analyzer of Wi-Fi coverage. Just in a couple of clicks you can load your area map, point your location on the map and NetSpot Pro starts collecting Wi-Fi data around you. It will gather all the needed information for radio signal leakages analyzing, noise sources discovering, access points effective location, etc.

You can also use NetSpot Pro as a powerful wireless network planning tool. Load a map, collect wireless site survey data, build a...

| Read more »
12:26
NetSpot 2.5.740 - Wireless survey tool.

NetSpot is a simple and accessible wireless survey tool for Mac users, which allows collecting, visualizing and analyzing Wi-Fi data using any MacBook.

NetSpot can visualize your wireless network by building a visual Wi-Fi map. It will let you see dead zones without coverage and place hotspots (Access Points) correctly. Using the visualized map of collected wireless data you will also see channels' load and will be able to decide how to optimize your Wi-Fi site better.

NetSpot is a powerful analyzer of Wi-Fi coverage. Just in a couple of clicks you can load your area map, point your location on the map and NetSpot starts collecting Wi-Fi data around you. It will gather all the needed information for radio signal leakages analyzing, noise sources discovering, access points effective location, etc.

You can also use NetSpot as a powerful wireless network planning tool. Load a map, collect wireless site survey data, build a heatmap of your...

| Read more »
12:07
Twelve South ActionSleeve Armband moves the Apple...

The Apple Watch is a constant companion for a lot of people who are either fitness buffs or just trying to keep track of life in general without having to pull out an iPhone. There are times, however, where it's not a good idea to have that Watch strapped to your wrist. For example, when you're lifting weights it's possible to smack a weight right into your wrist and damage your Watch. During kickboxing or cross-fit you might be using protective gear or need full wrist movement, so the Watch gets to wait in the locker while you have a workout. Twelve South has the answer in the new $29.99 ActionSleeve Armband for Apple Watch

Apple Watch in a Twelve South ActionSleeve ArmBand. Photo ©2017, Steven Sande

Design

The design of the ActionSleeve not only replaces the traditional Watch wristband with a strap that wraps around the upper arm or bicep, but it also adds...

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12:02
Foxconn's December Quarter is Robust due to...

It's being report today that Foxconn's December revenue has robustly grew 9.76% year-on-year to NT$449.63 billion thanks to orders for the approaching Chinese New Year holidays and the relatively robust demand for Apple's iPhone.

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12:01
Brainchild behind Swift leaving Apple

Apple employee Chris Lattner, the senior director of Apple's Developer Tools Department, shared today that he’s leaving the company after more than a decade. He was the leading figure behind Apple’s Swift programming language.

Though he’s departing for “an opportunity in another space,” Lattner says he’ll “remain an active member of the Swift Core Team, as well as a contributor to the swift-evolution mailing list. Ted Kremenek will be taking over for me as 'Project Lead' for the Swift project, managing the administrative and leadership responsibility for Swift.org."

Swift is the brainchild of Chris Lattner, who is the senior director of Apple's Developer Tools Department. In 2010, he began taking ideas from Objective-C, Rust, Haskell, Ruby, Python, C#, CLU and other languages to create the new language. Swift was first unveiled at Apple’s 2014 Worldwide Developer...

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12:00
Limited Time Special Deal: Get the Photolemur photo...

While there are a lot of apps that can be used to make your digital photos look better, most of them require a lot of work and have a steep learning curve. That's not the case with Photolemur, which Apple World Today reviewed back in October of 2016. This Mac app (and Photos extension) uses artificial intelligence to analyze your photos and turn them from "good" to "breathtaking". Photolemur is on sale until January 15 for $29 (affiliate link) after which time the price goes back up to $49.

I've personally used Photolemur for about four months now, and find that in many cases it can fix flawed photos and even take what you think are...

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11:55
Apple’s Swift Project Lead is leaving the company

I’m happy to announce that Ted Kremenek will be taking over for me as “Project Lead” for the Swift project, managing the administrative and leadership responsibility for Swift.org. This recognizes the incredible effort he has already been putting into the project, and reflects a decision I’ve made to leave Apple later this month to pursue an opportunity in another space.

As Gruber says, I’d love to know what the other opportunity is.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:51
iPhone 8 rumors: Return to a stainless steel chassis...

The iPhone 7 you got for the holidays still has that new-iPhone smell, but that won’t stop anyone from speculating about next year’s iPhone. After all, 2017 marks the iPhone’s 10th birthday, so Apple is reportedly gearing up to make its anniversary edition extra special.

We’ll keep track of the latest rumors and how plausible they are, and we’ll put them in one spot (this one!) so you can bookmark this link and just pop on over when you want to read the latest.

If you passed on the iPhone 7 to wait for the iPhone 8—or the iPhone 7s or whatever name Apple decides to use—it sounds like next year’s phone could be the design refresh you were waiting for. Just don’t expect the headphone jack to return.

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

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11:44
Comment: Why some MacBook Pro users might consider...

LG’s UltraFine 5K Display is here, and while it tops the 4K model in virtually every statistic, there are some scenarios where you might consider buying two 21.5-inch 4K displays instead of a single 5K display.

Both UltraFine Displays are on sale for a limited time until March 31, 2017. The LG UltraFine 5K Display is on sale for $974 and the 4K version is on sale for $524.

That means that you can get two 4K models for $1048, or only $74 more than a single 5K display. Despite the 4K version’s noted shortcomings — lack of a camera, microphone, Thunderbolt 3, 10-bit color, etc. — this may be a viable option if it happens to meet your needs. more…

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11:25
Sonos CEO steps down amid increased competition

Over the years, Sonos has weathered competition from better known rivals like Apple and Bose to find a devoted audience among audio enthusiasts. But lately its wireless speaker has lost ground to an unexpected competitor, Amazon’s Echo.

Now it faces another challenge: a change in the corner office. After 14 years leading the company he helped found, John MacFarlane has resigned as chief executive of Sonos and has been replaced by one of his deputies, Patrick Spence.

I don’t understand the competition. To me, Sonos and Echo serve different purposes—Sonos is a wonderful wireless speaker system and Echo is more of an assistant.

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11:23
Sonos CEO and co-founder stepping down after 14...

Sonos CEO and co-founder John MacFarlane is stepping down from his role and giving up his board seat, The New York Times reports. Patrick Spence who previously worked under MacFarlane is taking the lead role at Sonos going forward. The outgoing Sonos CEO wrote about the shift on the company’s blog:

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11:20
China’s WeChat looks to bypass Apple’s App Store

China’s largest mobile social media network WeChat is offering its 768 million users a function which allows them to by-pass app stores such as Apple’s.

I’m not really clear on how they implemented this, but bypassing the App Store is certainly not something Apple is likely to look kindly on.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:12
The Amish horse-drawn buggy is more tech-forward...

As a Nova Scotianer, I’d never seen an Amish buggy until, while riding my motorcycle through Pennsylvania, I came through a curve and saw a large pile of “dirt” in the middle of my line. Rear tire hit the dirt and squirted out from under me. Freaked me out. I looked behind me and realized it wasn’t dirt but horse manure. As I got ready for the next curve, I thought, “Where the hell did that come from?” Looking through the curve ahead, I saw the buggy in the road and literally laughed out loud. I slowed and came up behind the buggy and saw two small children in the back, facing rearward. It was a “buggy station wagon”! The kids waved to me, I waved back and then passed the buggy, still laughing inside my helmet.

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10:51
Programmer who spearheaded Swift to exit Apple




Apple's director in charge of Xcode, Swift, and other development tools -- Chris Lattner -- will be leaving the company later in January, according to an announcement through the official Swift mailing list.

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10:45
Safari bug caused poor Consumer Reports MacBook Pro...

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

In late December, review publication Consumer Reports made headlines by failing to provide a "Recommended" rating to Apple's latest MacBook Pros. It was the first time any of Apple's MacBooks had failed to earn the rating. In the publication's testing, the laptops' battery life varied wildly, sometimes lasting as long as 19.5 hours and sometimes as little as 3.75 hours. The publication didn't have these problems with older MacBook Pros or with any of the 140 other laptops it has rated.

After working with Apple over the holidays, Consumer Reports...

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10:41
IK Multimedia brings a host of vintage 50’s & 60...

Well known for its line of popular Mac/iOS audio recording interfaces along with a slew of interesting apps to support them, IK Multimedia is introducing Fender Collection 2 for its Mac guitar processing suite/engine, AmpliTube 4. The new collection of guitar processors include a series of virtual guitar amps spanning the history of Fender’s “genre-defining” gear.

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10:30
ESPN, WatchESPN iOS apps updated to add support for...




Sports broadcaster ESPN has made it easier for viewers to watch its programming via its apps, with both the ESPN and WatchESPN iOS apps gaining support for Apple's single sign-on feature, as well as compatibility with Google Chromecast and more.

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10:29
Apple resolves the MacBook Pro battery life issues...

Apple and Consumer Reports have been working together to determine the issues that Consumer Reports had with the new MacBook Pro’s battery life during its review, and on Tuesday, both issued statements on their findings. It turns out that Consumer Reports uses a developer setting that typical users don’t use, and also that the same setting has a bug that affects performance.

In its review of the MacBook Pro, Consumer Reports said its battery life test results varied wildly, from 4 hours to 19 hours. Consumer Reports explained on its website that its laptop battery tests do not necessarily reflect real-world usage; instead, tests are designed to be consistent across different laptops for...

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10:13
Following Apple's decline, Foxconn reports...




Foxconn, Apple's main assembly partner, on Tuesday declared its first-ever annual sales decline since going public in 1991, something reportedly linked to weak demand from Apple prior to the arrival of the iPhone 7.

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10:06
Apple: Consumer Reports MB Pro battery results were...

As we reported last month, for the first time ever, Consumer Reports failed to recommend new models of Apple’s MacBook Pro line. The laptops did very well in measures of display quality and performance, but as far as battery life goes, models "varied dramatically" from one trial to the next. However, Apple says the battery tests were inaccurate, as the publication had enabled a hidden setting in its Safari browser.

Apple's full statement, as noted by iMore: "We appreciate the opportunity to work with Consumer Reports over the holidays to understand their battery test results. We learned that when testing...

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10:00
Consumer Reports Updates Its MacBook Pro Review

Reader TheFakeTimCook writes: Last month, the new MacBook Pro failed to receive a purchase recommendation from Consumer Reports due to battery life issues that it encountered during testing. Apple subsequently said it was working with Consumer Reports to understand the results, which it said do not match its "extensive lab tests or field data." According to an article from Consumer Reports, Apple has since concluded its work, and says it learned that Consumer Reports was using a "hidden Safari setting" which triggered an "obscure and intermittent bug" that led to inconsistent battery life results. With "normal user settings" enabled, Apple said Consumer Reports "consistently" achieved expected battery life. Apple stated: "We learned that when testing battery life on Mac notebooks, Consumer Reports uses a hidden Safari setting for developing web sites which turns off the browser cache. This is not a setting used by customers and does not reflect real-world usage. Their use of this...

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09:56
Fender Collection 2 for AmpliTube now available

IK Multimedia’s (www.ikmultimedia.com) Fender Collection 2 is now available for Mac and Windows systems.

Fender Collection 2 brings seven of Fender's “amps from the dawn of rock and beyond” to AmpliTube, providing recreations of the tweed amps and more from the '50s and '60s. Included in the Fender Collection 2 for AmpliTube are four amps from the '57 Custom series; the '57 Custom Champ, '57 Custom Deluxe, '57 Custom Twin-Amp, and the '57 Custom Pro, a '57 Bandmaster, plus models of an original '53 Fender Bassman and the '65 Fender Super Reverb.

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09:53
Last chance to get the ultimate HyperDrive MacBook...

With the new 2016 MacBook Pro making the switch to all USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports, users searching for a way to add back HDMI, USB-A, and other ports are looking to the HyperDrive ultimate USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 hub.

The product has now attracted over 15,000 owners of the new device and raised over $1.3 million in preorders ahead of the first units arriving to customers in February. This week is your last chance to take advantage of early bird pricing on the HyperDrive hub with just 7 days to go for pre-orders through the crowdfunding campaign.

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09:48
You can vote for emoji to replace the current...

Hasbro is no stranger to taking votes on new Monopoly tokens, but this time around everyone's favorite tiny images are among the options. Between now and January 31st, you can select which of the 56 new game pieces you would like to see make the cut....

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09:47
Swift and Xcode Head Chris Lattner Leaving Apple for...

Chris Lattner, director of Apple's Developer Tools group, has announced he will be leaving the company later this month to "pursue an opportunity in another space." Lattner was responsible for leading the teams behind Xcode, Swift, and some other development-related tools and compilers at Apple.

In a message posted to the Swift mailing list, shared by MacStories, Lattner said Ted Kremenek, currently Senior Manager of Languages and Runtimes at Apple, will be taking over as "Project Lead" for the Swift programming language, managing the "administrative and leadership responsibility" for Swift.org.This recognizes the incredible effort he has already been putting into the project, and reflects a decision I’ve made to leave Apple later this...

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09:45
Swift creator and Apple’s longtime leader of Xcode/...

Veteran Apple employee Chris Lattner shared publicly today that he is leaving the company after more than a decade. Lattner is widely known in the Apple development community as dev-friendly force within the company and the leading figure behind Apple’s Swift programming language.

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09:39
iMessage apps from Dejal Systems; Useful and fun!

One new thing in iOS 10 that gets a lot of use is iMessage apps. Dejal Systems is the developer of Simon and other tools for Mac, and the company has recently made a move into the world of iOS with two new iMessage apps -- Date Stamp ($1.99) and Chicken GIFs ($0.99). 

We'll look at the useful app first -- Date Stamp. You know those wonderful stamps that you often see in offices that are used to mark paperwork as "received", "paid", "approved", and so on? Date Stamp is an app that creates customizable stickers featuring a date and message. For example, I sent a Message to my wife this morning letting her know that I had paid our 4th quarter Federal...

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09:36
'Pokemon Go' blocked from iPhone launch in...




The highly-popular iPhone game Pok?mon Go will not be available in China anytime in the near future, until government officials complete an investigation into the potential risks posed by the game, as well as others using augmented reality and location data.

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09:33
iPhone at 10: The Best Is Yet to Come?


It seems like yesterday -- not 10 years ago -- that Steve Jobs took the stage at MacWorld to debut Apple's latest new gadget: the iPhone. It was three devices in one, he declared at Moscone West in San Francisco. It was a widescreen iPod with touch controls, a revolutionary mobile phone, and a breakthrough Internet communications device. Apple's "three-in-one device" has gone on to become a critical contributor to the company's success, accounting for more than half its revenues annually, as well as a can't-live-without tool for many people.

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09:30
News: ESPN’s iOS apps add support for Single Sign-On

The latest version of the ESPN and WatchESPN apps for iOS now offer support for Apple’s Single Sign-On feature. Both apps provide access to streaming video, provided the user has a valid cable subscription with a supported partner. With an update to the latest versions of each app, users with a valid cable subscription set up on their phone will be able to sign in using their Touch ID rather than entering a password each time....

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09:04
Quicksilver 1.5.1 - Application launcher and much...

Quicksilver is a light, fast and free Mac application that gives you the power to control your Mac with keystrokes alone.

Quicksilver allows you to find what you need quickly and easily, then act upon these objets as you see fit. All with your fingers on the keyboard. As an example, if you want to find an application hidden in the depths of your file system, simply activate Quicksilver with a keystroke, type a few letters of the application's name, then hit Return or Enter to launch it, or tab and type to find an action such as Quit, Trash, Email To..., Run at Login, Move To..., Get Info, Reveal, the list goes on.

Quicksilver indexes and parses only selected parts of the contents of your hard drive in the Catalog, which means it locates and displays the items matching your search quickly. Quicksilver has a modular structure which means features for interaction with a whole host of of other applications (iTunes, 1Password, Safari, Microsoft Office)...

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09:00
Lynbrook Public Schools digital journey and the...

Today’s post was written by Jill Robinson, instructional technology staff developer for Lynbrook Public Schools.

As I walked through the halls of Lynbrook North Middle School early one morning, I noticed half a dozen students sitting in the halls, intently drawing and explaining how to perform a seemingly complicated math problem. Surface Pro tablets in hand, their goal was to create a teaching video on how to calculate the sales tax and discounts on store merchandise. After several takes, and lots of giggling, the pairs of students were satisfied with their teaching videos. With one click, they embedded the Microsoft Snip teaching videos to the OneNote Class Notebook Collaboration Space for all their classmates to view.

Just three years ago, this type of learning experience would not have been possible for these students. In the fall...

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09:00
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Anker iPhone 7 Accessories...

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Smart 4K Ultra HDTV deals: Sharp 65-inch Curved w/ 4 HDMI inputs...

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08:59
Consumer Reports Retesting MacBook Pro Battery Life...

Last month, the new MacBook Pro did not receive a purchase recommendation from Consumer Reports due to battery life issues that it encountered during testing. Apple subsequently said it was working with Consumer Reports to understand the results, which it noted do not match its "extensive lab tests or field data."

Apple has since concluded its work and learned that Consumer Reports was using a "hidden Safari setting" which trigged an "obscure and intermittent bug" that led to inconsistent battery life results. With "normal user settings" enabled, Consumer Reports said it "consistently" achieved expected battery life.

Apple's full statement was shared with...

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08:56
Apple says hidden Safari setting led to flawed...




Battery tests conducted by Consumer Reports showing inconsistent uptime with Apple's new MacBook Pro were inaccurate, Apple said on Tuesday, explaining that the publication had enabled a hidden setting in its Safari browser.

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08:56
ESPN apps now support Apple’s Single Sign-on feature...

ESPN has a significant update to its iOS app today that includes new sports features plus easier ways to watch video on Apple’s platforms with SSO and Chromecast support.

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08:46
Deals: $414 off 2016 15" MacBook Pro w/...




While supplies last, AI readers can pick up a high-end 2016 MacBook Pro in Silver with AppleCare for $2,733.99. Or save $200 on Apple's 2015 15" MacBook Pro. Those looking for the new 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar can snap one up for $1,649.99 with no tax outside NY.

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08:46
∞ Apple comments on Consumer Reports faulty MacBook...

Back in December, Consumer Reports issued a statement saying they could not recommend Apple’s new MacBook Pro because the latest batch of MacBook Pro laptops exhibited “battery life results (that) were highly inconsistent from one trial to the next.”

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08:46
Apple Granted 55 Patents Today covering 3D Maps and...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 55 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's panning 3D Maps technology along with five design patents covering the various Apple products such as the MacBook, the iPad Pro keyboard and more. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.

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08:39
Consumer Reports retesting MacBook Pro battery life...

After being the first MacBook Pro to not receive a recommendation from Consumer Reports, the company is now stating that the latest macOS Sierra beta addresses a potential issue with the system’s battery life.

Working in conjunction with Apple over the holiday, the two have worked together to better understand the battery test results as promised and new testing is taking place this week…

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08:32
Rumored 'iPhone 8' stainless steel chassis...




If Apple does indeed switch to a Jabil-made stainless steel chassis for the "iPhone 8," the company could expand its comparatively small American supply chain and appease U.S. President-Elect Donald Trump, who has pushed for more domestic manufacturing.

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08:28
Foxconn Reports First Ever Profit Decline on Back of...

Following a year filled with doom and gloom stories surrounding Apple and its first revenue decline in thirteen years, major iPhone supplier Foxconn Technology Group has reported its own first ever sales decline since the company went public in 1991. In a report by Nikkei, "lukewarm demand" for the iPhone 7 and a "saturated smartphone market" are said to be to blame for Foxconn's downturn.

In total for 2016, Foxconn's revenue of 4.356 trillion New Taiwan dollars (approximately $136 billion) was down 2.8 percent from its 2015 earnings. As a slight bright spot, its revenue for December grew 9.8 percent year-on-year because of increased...

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08:21
News: Spigen AirPods Stand coming in mid-February

Spigen has created the first AirPods-specific charging stand, designed to hold the AirPods charging case upright while plugged in to charge. At $12, the stand could provide users looking to plug in the case without futzing with a cord each time a cheaper option than another Lightning dock. The dock’s opening requires an original Apple Lightning cable to fit through the dock opening. The AirPods Stand isn’t showing up on Spigen’s…

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08:11
TextExpander update adds support for MacBook Pro...

Bloggers and other full-time writers are big fans of TextExpander (affiliate link), a family of apps and a subscription service from Smile that allows creation of text snippets that can then be expanded by simply typing a shortcut. For example, typing the shortcut "mAS" on my iMac types the phrase "Mac App Store", saving me ten keystrokes every time I put those words into a document. Smile updated TextExpander to version 6.1.3 yesterday, bringing with it support for those lucky folks who own the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.

For those with a Touch Bar on their MacBook Pro, the update brings the ability to add, organize, filter or delete snippets with a tap or two, and it's easy to check snippet statistics, too! For those of you who aren't familiar with TextExpander, those stats give you a running count of how many characters you didn't have to type and the hours of typing saved as a result.

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08:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: New products unveiled...

New accessories for your iOS devices

Image by IDG

This week’s roundup includes a few new items that made their debut at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. Read on (and you can check out more of Macworld’s CES coverage here)!

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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07:50
More than half of 9to5Mac readers polled say AirPods...

The results from our poll asking readers if AirPods fall out revealed that 65% of respondents say they indeed stay put while wearing. This majority is made up of three groups: They don’t fall out they stay snug, They don’t fall out but I need to readjust them sometimes, and They don’t fall out with an add-on accessory.

Even with over half of users’ AirPods staying in place according to our survey, this still leaves a sizable remainder of potentially frustrating experiences for more than three in ten people.

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07:49
Verizon jacks phone upgrade fees from $20 up to $30

If there’s one thing Verizon loves to do, it’s bouncing around the cost of its smartphone upgrade fee. After Verizon introducing a $20 upgrade fee in April 2016, it's now raising the cost even further.

Whenever you swap out your existing phone—whether through a straight-up purchase or a monthly payment plan with the carrier—Verizon adds $30 to your bill. Verizon will refund the charge to anyone who returns their new device within 14 days after purchasing it.

When asked about the reason for the price increase Verizon didn’t have much to say beyond a boilerplate statement. “These fees help cover increased cost to provide customers with America’s largest and fastest 4G LTE network,” Verizon told Ars Technica.

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07:46
News: Rumor: Apple working on light-weight augmented...

Blogger Robert Scoble is stoking rumors that Apple is working with Carl Zeiss to create augmented reality optics after an encounter at CES. Scoble said he noticed that the Carl Zeiss booth was located in the AR section at CES despite not having any products to showcase. When he suggested to an employee that reason was, “Tim Cook didn’t let you,” Scoble said all of the “employees around me smiled nervously.” Other commenters…

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07:39
How to configure the fourth-generation Apple TV as a...




A HomeKit installation needs an always-on hub to allow you to control your compatible appliances from outside the home -- AppleInsider shows you how to configure the Apple TV to act as the hub of the system.

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07:26
File Juicer 4.54 - Extract images, video, sound, or...

File Juicer is a drag-and-drop can opener and data archaeologist. Its specialty is to find and extract images, video, audio, or text from files which are hard to open in other ways. In computer forensics this is called carving.

It finds and extracts: JPEG, JP2, PNG, GIF, PDF, BMP, WMF, EMF, PICT, TIFF, Flash, ZIP, HTML, WAV, AVI, MOV, MP4, MPG, MP3, AIFF, AU, WMV, or text from files which contain data in those formats.

Lossless extraction... File Juicer does't convert the images/sounds/videos it finds, but saves them unchanged in their original format if possible. (See the manual for details.) This is useful:

  • if you want to extract the images/sounds/videos from a PDF or Word document;
  • if you have old files you can no longer open with current applications;
  • if you receive emails with attachments you can not open;
  • if you have corrupt files or databases;
  • if you have damaged or accidentally erased flash...
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07:17
Verizon plans purge of 200GB+ bandwidth hogging...




Verizon Wireless will force unlimited data subscribers who use over 200 gigabytes of bandwidth per month to change their plan to one with a data cap, or face having their wireless service disconnected.

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07:16
MacUpdate Desktop 6.1.5 - Search and install Mac...

MacUpdate Desktop brings seamless 1-click app installs and version updates to your Mac. With a free MacUpdate account and MacUpdate Desktop 6, Mac users can now install almost any Mac app on macupdate.com with a single click, including thousands of titles not available in the Mac App Store. And now, users can search for, discover, and install new apps right from the MacUpdate Desktop app!

  • 1-Click App Installs - Installing apps using a Web browser is slow and complicated. You have to hunt down .zip archives, mount disk images, manually drag app icons to the /Applications folder, run custom installers, and delete the files you no longer need. With MacUpdate Desktop, all you have to do is click the "Install" link on a MacUpdate app listing and MacUpdate Desktop takes care of everything.
  • Keep All Your Mac Apps Up-to-date - MacUpdate Desktop scans your Mac for outdated apps and immediately notifies you when a new...
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07:09
News: Apple tops Greenpeace clean tech company list...

Apple has topped Greenpeace’s Click Clean list of the most environmentally friendly tech companies for the third year in a row. The report praises the company’s on-going leadership in matching its growth with an equal or larger supply of renewable energy. Apple led all other companies in its sector, with “A” ratings in energy transparency, efficiency and policy. Despite Greenpeace touting Apple “using [its] influence to push…

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07:03
A Better Finder Rename 10.13 - File, photo, and MP3...

A Better Finder Rename is the most complete renaming solution available on the market today. That's why, since 1996, tens of thousands of hobbyists, professionals and businesses depend on A Better Finder Rename to organize and maintain files.

The Instant Preview feature eliminates guesswork and costly errors and helps you find the right settings quickly and accurately by providing as-you-type feedback.

A Better Finder Rename offers a complete set of renaming options that are organized into 15 categories covering all the text, character, position, conversion and truncation features that you would expect from a file renamer, but it does not stop there. The multi-step renaming feature allows multiple renaming steps to be combined to deal with complex renaming jobs in a single operation. Unlike other tools, A Better Finder Rename allows any number of renaming actions to be combined, re-ordered, copied and deleted.



Version 10.13:

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06:51
∞ Bohemian Rhapsody played by 100+ year old...

[VIDEO] This is a pretty amazing mechanism. Video on main Loop post.

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06:48
Apple Granted Liquid Metal Related Patent for...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 55 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's granted patent relating to bulk-solidifying amorphous alloys which is also known for marketing purposes, liquid metal. One aspect of this patent covers how liquid metal can be applied to Apple Products to set their embossed logo as noted in our cover graphic.

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06:47
∞ The Mac and the mouse cursor

See the main Loop post for a look at two thought experiments, one from Rob Rhyne (via John Gruber) and the other from Mark Hibber. Both quite interesting.

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06:46
Poll: Would you like to see the iPhone 8 with a flat...

It’s looking increasingly likely that this year’s iPhone may adopt a predominantly glass design, with glass replacing aluminum for the rear casing. A report today suggests that Apple may also be switching back to a stainless steel frame, a design last seen in the iPhone 4 and 4S.

What’s less clear is whether that means a return to the flat-sided design used in the iPhone 4 through to 5S, or a curved edge like the iPhone 6 onwards …

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06:33
Adobe Acrobat Reader 15.023.20053 - View PDF...

Adobe Acrobat Reader allows users to view PDF documents. You may not know what a PDF file is, but you've probably come across one at some point. PDF files are used by companies and even the IRS to distribute documentation and other pieces of information about their products, and Adobe Acrobat Reader is the essential interpreter. Acrobat integrates directly with your Web browser, so if you come across a PDF document on the Web,you can view it directly from within your Netscape or Internet Explorer browser window. Acrobat also makes printing much more practical, by guaranteeing that the printout will look exactly like it does on your screen.



Version 15.023.20053 (Adobe Reader DC [Continuous Track]):

Note: For the Adobe Reader DC Classic Track update, see Related Links.

Bug Fixes

  • Browser
    • [WIN 10] Links on CEF UI and new Acrobat UI not working in browser.
    • Print option in browser...
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06:31
Gartner: By 2019, 20 percent of smartphone...

Gartner:

Advances in various technologies will drive users to interact with their smartphones in more intuitive ways, said Gartner, Inc. Gartner predicts that, by 2019, 20 percent of all user interactions with the smartphone will take place via virtual personal assistants (VPAs).

And:

Apple’s Siri and Google Now are currently the most widely used VPAs on smartphones. Fifty-four percent of U.K. and U.S. respondents used Siri in the last three months. Google Now is used by 41 percent of U.K. respondents and 48 percent of U.S. respondents.

Interesting that Apple has not joined the Amazon Echo and Google Home party. The trend for voice is clearly rising. Though my Apple Watch is always listening, there is a core difference between Siri and Echo/Home. While both are always on, Echo and Home are more traditionally conversational. I ask about the weather and a voice responds, all without my having to tilt my watch to look at the screen or pull my iPhone out of...

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06:31
Greenpeace: Apple, Google, Facebook, and Switch are...

A new Greenpeace report, Clicking Clean: Who Is Winning the Race to Build a Green Internet?, finds that Apple, Google, Facebook, and newcomer Switch are leading the charge to build a renewably powered Internet.

These companies are coupling transitions of their data centers to clean energy with strong advocacy for access to renewable options. But while nearly 20 iInternet companies have now committed to100% renewable energy, the reality is that much of the sector continues to grow rapidly in Asia and U.S. markets like Virginia, both of which have little to no renewable energy options, according to the environmental protection group. 

“Thanks to the leadership and advocacy of companies like Apple, Google, Facebook, and Switch, we are seeing the...

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06:25
Apple again named Greenpeace's most...




Activist group Greenpeace has deemed Apple the world's most environmentally-friendly technology platform company for a third consecutive year, ranking it highly even next to fellow "A" grade firms Google and Facebook.

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06:24
Adobe Acrobat Pro 15.023.20053 - Powerful PDF editor.

Acrobat Pro DC is available only as a part of Adobe Creative Cloud, and can only be installed and/or updated through Adobe's Creative Cloud app.

Adobe Acrobat Pro DC with Adobe Document Cloud services is here. Completely reimagined PDF tools let you create, edit, sign, and track PDFs from anywhere. It will change the way you work with design layouts, press-ready files, and all your important documents forever.

  • Access powerful print production and digital publishing tools. Preview, preflight, correct, and prepare PDF files.
  • Work anywhere. Create, export, and sign PDFs from your computer or the Acrobat DC mobile app.
  • Take your files with you. Use Mobile Link to access recent files across desktop, web, and mobile.
  • Edit anything. Instantly edit PDFs and scanned documents -- as naturally as any other file.
  • Make last-minute changes...
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06:21
How to properly configure Mac sound preferences

Good tutorial for folks new to the Mac.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:18
Why doesn’t the iPhone use USB-C instead of...

Short answer:

There was no USB-C back in 2012 when Apple shipped Lightning on iPhone 5. It didn’t exist. The spec wasn’t even finalized until August of 2014.

But there’s more to this article. I especially appreciate the overlay showing the relative footprints of USB-A, USB-C, and Lightning.

Will the iPhone ever move to USB-C?

USB-C would require another port change for customers. Many people weren’t very happy with the last one, and Lightning was 10 years after Dock. It’s only been 5 years since Lightning. And in that time, with hundreds of millions of devices on the market, Lightning has become ubiquitous enough that everyone has it, typically in abundance.

Interesting that the Mac has made the first move, going all-in on USB-C. I wonder if there’s a prototype USB-C iPhone floating around an Apple campus somewhere.

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06:15
TextExpander for macOS adds Touch Bar support

SmileOnMyMac (http://www.smileonmymac.com) has updated TextExpander, a macOS utility that lets users define abbreviations for frequently-used text strings and images, to version 6.1.3. The upgrade adds support for the new MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar as well as improving VoiceOver support in the snippet editor.

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06:11
Greenpeace gives Apple highest grades for clean...

In the just-released Greenpeace report, Clicking Green: Who is winning the race to build a green internet?, Apple simply crushes it.

Through page after page of detailed analysis, Apple comes out on top, and usually by a pretty fair margin. Apple should be very proud of these results.

If you want to cut right to the chase, scroll to page 46 for an alphabetical walk through all company scores. Compare Amazon’s individual category grades (they got an overall C) with Apple (one of the few companies that got an overall A).

Nice job, Apple.

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06:10
AKVI releases the romantic Vintage Pack

AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has released the $17 “romantic” Vintage Pack, a picture frame pack that includes 100 designs (50 horizontal and 50 vertical).

To use the frame packs, you need to have installed one of following programs: AKVIS Frames (available for free) or AKVIS ArtSuite ($49 for the plug-in version and $69 for the standalone version). The AKVIS products run on macOS 10.7 and higher.

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06:00
Survey—mastering your productivity in 2017

January is all about making resolutions and being an even better version of yourself in the new year. Since so many of us pledge to be more productive, we teamed up with Levo—the network for millennials in the workplace—to sponsor the “Mastering your productivity in 2017” survey. We polled 1,500 Levo community members and asked them about their productivity habits and challenges.*

Mastering your productivity in 2017—interactive survey results

What’s the #1 challenge to being productive? What’s most helpful when it comes to productivity? Are happiness and productivity related? We looked at all this and more. Explore the results from the survey in the interactive Power BI data visualizations to see what we discovered. Simply click the forward > or < back arrows at the bottom of the report to display results of a question and then click the different age filters to find out how...

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: EasilyDo, Lifetime Subscription

In our iLounge Deal for today, you can get a lifetime subscription to EasilyDo for only $19 — that’s 90% off the regular price. It’s a new year, so check off those resolutions and stay more organized and productive with this virtual assistant that will add hours of free time back into your life. Instead of working through emails and logging onto your favorite e-commerce site to get your tracking info, EasilyDo takes care of all of it…

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05:56
Future iPhones, iPads, and iMacs might have edge-to-...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,543,364” for "Electronic devices having displays with openings" that hints at upcoming iPhones and iPads will edge-to-edge displays. Per the patent, a display may occupy the entire front face of a device. The invention might also allow for major speaker changes.

Here’s the patent summary: “The display may have an active region in which display pixels are used to display images. The display may have one or more openings and may be mounted in a housing associated with the electronic device. An electronic component may be mounted in alignment with the openings in the display. The electronic component may include a camera, a light sensor, a light-based proximity sensor, status indicator lights, a light-based touch sensor array, a secondary display that has display pixels that may be viewed through the openings, antenna structures, a speaker, a microphone, or other acoustic, electromagnetic, or light-based component. One or more openings...

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Airport kiosks in seven countries let you change...

If you’ve ever returned from an overseas trip with leftover currency that’s too small a sum to usefully change back into dollars, TravelersBox has an alternative. The airport kiosks currently found in seven countries allow you to turn excess currency into iTunes credits, Starbucks vouchers or transfer it to your PayPal account.

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05:28
Rumor: the ‘iPhone 8’ will have a stainless steel...

Apple will adopt a forged stainless steel crafting process for its glass-encased "iPhone 8", rather than use traditional aluminum CNC machining. according to DigiTimes, quoting unnamed Taiwanese sources. 

“The next-generation iPhone (shown in fanciful mock-ups) is expected to abandon its conventional aluminum back cover design and will adopt a new design using two reinforced glass panes and a metal frame in the middle,” the article says. “The metal bezel will be made of stainless steel using a forging process to enhance its sturdiness and reduce costs and manufacturing time.”

Chances this rumor is true (IHMO): 90%. It makes sense, as this rumor fits in well with other rumors about the 2018 Apple smartphone (for example, a mostly-glass case would make wireless charging easier). Also, Apple’s iPhone 4 used a stainless steel frame supplied by Foxconn and Jabil.

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05:21
Greenpeace labels Apple most environmentally...

Greenpeace has described Apple as the most environmentally friendly tech company in the world for the third year running, thanks to its high use of renewable energy and the leadership role it takes in encouraging its supply chain to follow its own example.

Apple retains its leadership spot for the third year in a row among platform operators. Both Apple and Google continue to lead the sector in matching their growth with an equivalent or larger supply of renewable energy, and both companies continue to use their influence to push governments as well as their utility and IT sector vendors to increase access to renewable energy for their operations.

Apple scored 83% in Greenpeace’s clean energy index, and was awarded grade A in four out of five additional categories …

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05:15
Yahoo to transition name to “Altaba”, Mayer to step...

It’s the end of an era.

Yahoo, which is currently in the midst of an acquisition by Verizon and following a pair of data breaches that exposed the information of over 1 billion customers, revealed via a new regulatory document filed today shows that Verizon’s acquisition of the company is moving closer to completion. Following the acquisition, Yahoo will change its name to Altaba and Marissa Mayer will step down.

Verizon has agreed to purchase Yahoo’s assets and real estate for $4.8 billion as of last July. Following that acquisition, Yahoo’s investments in Alibaba Group and Yahoo Japan will remain, as will convertible notes and non-core patents. It’s those remaining parts that will operate as “Altaba”.

Additionally, Altaba will operate as an investment company and the board will be reduced to five members: Tor Braham, Eric Brandt, Catherine Friedman, Thomas McInerney and Jeffrey Smith. Brandt will facilitate the transition and was named chairman today.

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05:05
Apple Granted an RFID Tag Microchip Integration...

Apple's Senior VP of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller introduced the iPhone 7 on September seventh and informed us that they had added Felica, Japan's version of NFC, to the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2. In October Apple's CEO tested out the technology in Japan when taking a ride on the Yamanote Line railway. Felica uses NFC-F technology which is a faster form of RFID with Type B communications. Today we learn that Apple was granted a patent for an RFID tag and microchip integration design.

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05:02
CES 2017: Gadget Finds on the CES Show Floor, Days 1...

Having finished up with the media-only events, Jeff Porten hits the show floors of CES, and has many miles to go and products to write up for you before he sleeps.

 

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05:00
Rumor: Apple to release three updated iPads in 2017

The rumor mill has kicked in and KGI Securities analyst Ming0Chi Kuo has released a note stated that Apple will launch three new iPad models in 2017. The new iPad models coming out this year include the second-generation update to the 12.9-inch iPad Pro that was first introduced in 2015, a brand-new 10- or 10.5-inch model with a narrow bezel design, as well as a budget-friendly 9.7-inch option.

The larger, high-end iPads will feature an A10X chip, while the lower-end iPad will arrive with an A9 processor. The A10X chip is a pumped-up version of the A10 chip currently powering the iPhone 7. The A10X will be manufactured by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and the A9 chip, which powers the iPhone 6s, will continue to be made by Samsung.

Apple’s new iPads are expected to be released in the spring and should be available for retail purchase between April and June. Apple is not expected to update the iPad mini this year.

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04:54
Spending on 3D printing to grow at 22.3% CAGR

Worldwide purchases of 3D printers, materials, software, and related services are expected to total $13.2 billion in 2016. According to a recent report by International Data Corporation (IDC), global spending on 3D printing will experience a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22.3% with revenues reaching $28.9 billion in 2020.

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04:48
Kool Toos: Griffin’s Beam

Griffin Technology's Beam is a comprehensive new platform that brings the security and stability of iOS to the healthcare industry. The company designed the all-in-one solution from the ground up to combine a barcode scanner with a protective case, built-in battery and custom charging station.

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04:41
Apple seeks clearance to make more products in USA,...

Apple is seeking regulatory approval to expand its manufacturing capabilities in Mesa, Arizona – but the example it gives couldn’t be further from the vision of US-made iPhones. While the federal register notification cites printed circuit board assemblies, lithium polymer batteries and monitors, the specific additional product Apple wants to manufacture there is about as exciting as you could imagine …

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04:30
How to select multiple items in the macOS Finder

Ever needed to select more than one item in the macOS Finder? It’s easy. Multiple files can be easily selected in macOS using Click+Drag. You click and continue to hold down the click while you drag within a window to draw a selection box and select more files.

You can also use Shift+Click to select groups of contiguous files in the Finder. Select the first file, hold down the Shift key, then click the last file. All files between those two will be selected.

If you want to select files that aren’t directly grouped together, use Command+Click. Scroll through a Finder window and select items as you go by holding down the Command key when selecting (clicking) a new file.

You can also use Command+Click to remove or unselect files that have been selected. You can use Command+A to select all, or a Shift+Click to select a large group of files, then use Command+Click to deselect the ones you don’t want included in the group.

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04:08
New report supports glass design for iPhone 8, with...

A new supply-chain report supports long-running rumors that this year’s iPhone will abandon aluminum in favor of glass back and front. The Digitimes report states that Apple will use a stainless steel frame to hold together glass panels along the lines of the iPhone 4 design.

The next-generation iPhone is expected to abandon its conventional aluminum back cover design and will adopt a new design using two reinforced glass panes and a metal frame in the middle. The metal bezel will be made of stainless steel using a forging process to enhance its sturdiness and reduce costs and manufacturing time.

The prospect of a mostly-glass design was first raised in a...

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04:00
Blumoo is a useful universal home entertainment ‘...

By Aaron Lee

Blumoo is a useful universal home entertainment "appcessory" that provides you with control of the audio and visual equipment already installed in your home. It's a universal remote control and streaming device that pairs iOS mobile devices (including the Apple Watch) to existing home entertainment systems.

However, the Blumoo — which costs around US$80 — isn’t just a universal remote for more than 200,000 TVs, Blu-ray players, cable provider boxes, and home audio systems. It also allows users to stream music wirelessly from mobile devices. The 2.24 x 1.95 x 2.81 device uses a blend of Bluetooth, infrared, and an app-enabled iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch.

Besides being practical and easy to use, the Blumoo is relatively sturdy as it's made of semi-translucent polycarbonate. It's also small enough that you can stash it out of site in a cabinet if you wish. However, it's a pretty good...

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03:51
Apple patent paves way for iPhone with full-face...




Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent detailing technology that allows for ear speakers, cameras and even a heads-up display to hide behind an edge-to-edge screen, a design rumored to debut in a next-generation iPhone later this year.

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03:01
Macs Fan Control 1.4.6.0 - Monitor and control your...

Macs Fan Control allows you to monitor and control almost any aspect of your computer's fans, with support for controlling fan speed, temperature sensors pane, menu-bar icon, and autostart with system option.

  • Software solution to noise problems such as those caused by iMac HDD replacement, or overheating problems like those found on a MacBook Pro
  • Set any constant value to any fan (e.g., minimum)
  • Control fan speed in relation to a temperature sensor (e.g., 3rd party HDD)
  • Real-time monitoring of Mac's fans speed and temperature sensors including 3rd party HDD/SSD (using S.M.A.R.T.)
  • Display menu bar icon
  • Compatible with OS X 10.7 Lion or later (version for OS X 10.6 in Related Links)



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02:53
Apple to Forge 'iPhone 8' Chassis Frame...

Apple is expected to adopt a forged stainless steel crafting process for its glass-encased "iPhone 8", rather than use traditional aluminum CNC machining.

Taiwanese sources from the upstream supply chain apparently confirmed the transition on Tuesday, according to DigiTimes, with component orders expected to be shared between Foxconn and U.S.-based Jabil.

Edge-to-edge iPhone concept image via ConceptsiPhoneThe next-generation iPhone is expected to abandon its conventional aluminum back cover design and will adopt a new design using two reinforced glass panes and a metal frame in the middle. The metal bezel will be made of stainless steel using a forging process to enhance its sturdiness and reduce costs and manufacturing time.The stainless steel process was last used by...

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02:51
Apple Revises an Invention to Cover a Next-Gen...

Last week Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple's Futuristic 'Acoustic' OLED Display for iDevices comes to Life at CES 2017 on Sony and LG Next-Gen TVs." Today Apple was granted another patent for a technology that promote an acoustical OLED display.

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01:45
Apple's next iPhone to abandon its Aluminum...

Rumors of Apple shifting to a new curved glass design has been around for about nine months. In part, the rumor is being supported by a new supply chain report today.

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23:27
Apple to forge 'iPhone 8' chassis from...




A rumor out of East Asia on Tuesday suggests Apple might ditch aluminum for forged stainless steel in crafting its next-generation iPhone, lending credence to predictions of an "iPhone 8" with "glass sandwich" design.

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iShowU Instant 1.1.3 - Full-featured screen...

iShowU Instant gives you real-time screen recording like you've never seen before! It is the fastest, most feature-filled real-time screen capture tool from shinywhitebox yet. All of the features you would expect are here, and probably some you don't!

  • Record from any screen
  • Enhance your microphone audio through the use of a dynamics processor, compressor and/or equaliser*
  • Record from iOS devices
  • Add text and/or an overlay
  • Enhance your recording with mouse and click visualization
  • Trim front/back after recording
  • Create time-lapse recordings
  • Share to a wide range of online services
  • And more!

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20:59
iClock Pro 3.4.6 - 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
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20:59
Together 3.7.2 - Store and organize all of your...

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

Features

  • Smart storage. With simple drag-and-drop functionality, Together lets you gather up images, text, bookmarks, and files for safekeeping. With built-in note-taking capabilities and easy inter-app file transfers, take control of cluttered, disorganized groups of files and restore them to a state of order and manageability.
  • Previewing and editing. Together can edit and preview a wide range of filetypes, and seamlessly incorporates QuickView for everything else. File editing is always a double-click away, and your changes are automatically synchronized.
  • Organization, optimized. If you are tired of dealing with scatterbrained systems of files and folders, Together's refreshing, iTunes-like interface will help you breathe easy. Organize...
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19:28
Apple reportedly working with Carl Zeiss on digital...

A report in November claimed that Apple was considering the possibility of entering the digital glasses market, as Snapchat recently did. Now, Robert Scoble, a popular blogger, claims that Apple is working with German optics company Carl Zeiss on its digital glasses.

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18:49
iPod godfather Tony Fadell describes early work on...

Earlier today we shared some of the tricks Apple used to perfect its on-stage demonstration of the iPhone 10 years ago. Phil Schiller and Tim Cook have also offered up comments on the anniversary, with Cook touting that “the best is yet to come.”

Now, Tony Fadell, commonly referred to as the “godfather” of the iPod, has shared his stories from working on the iPhone, including the time he thought he lost an early prototype of the device…

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18:35
The Talk Show: Now banned in China

Jim Dalrymple returns to the show for the first episode of 2017. Topics include New Year’s Eve, Siri/Alexa/Google Assistant, Apple’s aging AirPort and Mac Pro lineups, the future of desktop Macs, Apple Watch battery life, and rumors of upcoming new iPads.

I always have so much fun doing Gruber’s show.

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18:21
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You’ve probably used Speedtest before to test your internet connection by visiting Speedtest.net. Now there’s an even faster way to run a Speedtest using their free apps for Mac and Windows. No more having to fire up your browser and go to the website. They’re very easy to use, and you’re going to love the clean, beautiful design. Try them out today by downloading the Speedtest app from the Windows or Mac App Stores.

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17:05
Apple to make data center cabinets at former GT...

Apple is repurposing GT Advanced's former sapphire plant in Mesa, Ariz., to produce cabinets for its other data centers, according to a notice published by the U.S. government — and as noted by AppleInsider.

The city of Mesa, filing on Apple's behalf, noted that Apple has "repurposed the site as a global data command center," which will "conduct high-tech manufacturing of finished data center cabinets for other data centers.” "The nature of the product is not for end users but for other global data centers what will be supported from the site," the city said.

GT Advanced Tech filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in October 2014 after its scratch-resistant sapphire glass was left out of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. GTAT claimed Apple imposed "oppressive and burdensome terms and obligations” on the company and were an "unnecessary...

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16:57
Apple planning ‘innovative’ flagship retail store in...

Apple is planning “one of the most innovative and technological Apple Stores in the world” in Milan, Italy, notes 9to5Mac, quoting a local report.

Apple’s plans depict an outdoor amphitheater where it plans to host culturally focused events throughout the year. In fact, the Cupertino, California-based company has purportedly already agreed to host eight public events per year with potential for at least an additional 4 events per year.

Apple’s amphitheater is said to be “the heart of the square.” The entrance of the store will be marked by a glass screen made from a waterfall. The interior is also said to be fully modernized and redesigned, notes 9to5Mac.

Apple currently has 490 retail stores in 22 countries and an online store available in 39 countries.

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16:40
Rumor: Apple and Carl Zeiss teaming up for...

Citing an unnamed “employee at Zeiss,” AR/VR evangelist Robert Scoble claims Apple is partnering with optics manufacturer Carl Zeiss on a pair of lightweight glasses, according to AppleInsider. He adds that the product will debut in 2018.

Zeiss currently markets the VR One Plus, a headset with special optics that turns almost any smartphone into a virtual or augmented reality system. Similar products, commonly called viewers, are available from Samsung and Google. 

Almost a year ago, then-Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster predicted that a virtual reality/augmented reality (VR/AR) “ecosystem” for iOS devices such as the iPhone could be ready to go by 2018. 

"We believe 10 years from now Generation Z will find reality inefficient," he wrote. "We believe the concept of an 'inefficient reality' is evident through smartphone use...

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16:38
Yahoo will become Altaba, lose Mayer after Verizon...

Yahoo intends to change its name to Altaba once the sale of its internet portal to Verizon is completed. CEO Marissa Mayer and co-founder David Filo also will leave the company then, Yahoo said in a regulatory filing on Monday.

The changes are part of a $4.8 billion dollar deal signed in July 2016 to sell Yahoo.com to Verizon.

Once that deal is complete, Yahoo will become an investment company and the board will be reduced from 11 to five people. Altaba's main holdings will be stakes in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba and major Japanese Internet portal Yahoo Japan.

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16:34
Apple plans Milan flagship store at historic Piazza...




Apple is planning to build a new underground flagship retail store in Milan's historic Piazza del Liberty, or Liberty Square, that will involve the construction of an outdoor amphitheater and stunning water features.

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16:12
Marissa Mayer to resign from Yahoo board after...

Yahoo Inc said Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer would step down from the board after the closing of its deal with Verizon Communications Inc.

Five other directors would also resign after the deal closes, Yahoo said in an filing on Monday.

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15:51
∞ Honda “Riding Assist” self balancing motorcycle

As a motorcyclist, this is really interesting and I desperately want more information. This is not a production bike though. It’s very much just a proof of concept at this point. But, if it does come to market, it might help riders, especially beginners, deal with those low speed manoeuvres that can be so difficult.

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15:42
After Verizon acquisition, Yahoo will change its...

To say Yahoo has had a rough go of it recently would be an understatement. While in the midst of an acquisition by Verizon, the company has faced a pair of massive data breaches, exposing the information of over 1 billion customers.

A new regulatory document filed today shows that Verizon’s acquisition of the company is moving closer to completion, while it also reveals that following the acquisition, Yahoo will change its name to Altaba and Marissa Mayer will step down.

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15:37
Apple Allegedly Partnering With Carl Zeiss for...

Apple and German company Carl Zeiss AG are working together on a pair of augmented reality smart glasses that could be announced as soon as this year, claims well-known blogger Robert Scoble in a Facebook post.

According to Scoble, a Zeiss employed allegedly confirmed the partnership between the two companies in a conversation that took place at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada last week.

Zeiss' booth at CES. Image via Robert Scoble

Scoble questioned the Zeiss employees at the show after noticing Zeiss had a booth in the augmented reality section of CES without showing off an augmented reality product. He believes Apple forced Zeiss to keep quiet about an upcoming release.

Exclusive news: Apple and Zeiss working together on augmented reality optics. [...]

A Zeiss employee confirmed the rumors that Apple and Carl Zeiss AG are working...

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