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Saturday November 19

20:02
NASA seeks public input on how to cut SLS and Orion...

NASA has admitted in its latest Request for Information (RFI) that it's spending a bit too much money on the Space Launch System's and the Orion capsule's development. The agency is asking for public input on how to minimize the "production, operatio...

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18:29
Amazon will let Italians buy Fiat cars with a click

Amazon has made it easier to research cars online, but actually purchasing a car? That's another story. Even a recent deal with Seat in France limited customers to making a downpayment on the web -- they still had to agree to a phone interview to cli...

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17:34
Apple's Ive and Newson unveil unadorned fir...

Apple CDO Jony Ive and part time company collaborator Marc Newson on Saturday unveiled their awaited interpretation of Claridge's Christmas tree in London. The installation, which is quite literally a small grove of completely bare fir trees, once again proves the pair of industrial designers masters of the austere.

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16:58
US government releases official guidelines for smart...

Back in June, the US Department of Justice proposed a list of specifications for manufactures of smart guns: a preliminary outline of the baseline features law enforcement agencies wanted to see in the future of pistol safety technology. This include...

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15:27
Uber starts selling digital gift cards online

Uber has made it much easier to buy gift cards for friends, family and anyone else who paid for your fare in the past. You can now get digital gift cards straight from Uber's website and send them straight to someone else's email address. The company...

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15:04
Apple Deals: 32GB iPad Air 2 (Wi-Fi) for $369 or...

Black Friday deals are starting to trickle in with B&H Photo taking $30-$50 off 32GB and 128GB iPad Air 2 models (Wi-Fi Only) plus free expedited shipping and no tax outside NY.

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14:00
Six innovative solar systems that go beyond standard...

By Cat DiStasio

Solar technology has skyrocketed in recent years, as new innovations pave the way for more affordable designs that generate clean energy in unique ways. We've branched far beyond the familiar solar panel, with new developments that e...

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13:18
Watch the US launch a next-gen weather satellite at...

If all goes according to plan, the US is about to enter a new era of weather tracking. The United Launch Alliance is scheduled to launch the first instance of GOES-R (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite), the US' next-generation weather...

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12:57
McLaren CEO admits to talks with Apple, but no bid...

Officials from Apple met with premium automaker McLaren, but the discussions never went as far as a bid, the CEO of the sports car company has revealed in a new interview.

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12:43
Three-finger drag gestures working sporadically on...

Some buyers of Apple's new MacBook Pros are finding that the three-finger drag gesture is working inconsistently on their trackpads, if at all, according to complaints on Apple's support forums and elsewhere.

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12:28
Tesla self-driving demo shows you what the car sees

Sure, Tesla's first demo of full self-driving features was intriguing. But did you wonder what it was like from the car's point of view? You're about to find out. Tesla has posted another demo video that shows what an autonomous EV sees as it navigat...

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11:00
LG V20 review: Great for audiophiles, but who else?

After the unabashed wackiness of its G5, LG had a real conundrum on its hands: Does it keep up the modular streak for its 2016 V-series flagship phone and risk lousy sales, or try something a little more traditional? As it turns out, LG chose the lat...

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10:54
OpenEmu 2.0.4 - Open Source game-emulation app;...

OpenEmu is about to change the world of video game emulation, one console at a time... For the first time, the 'It just works' philosophy now extends to open source video game emulation on the Mac. With OpenEmu, it is extremely easy to add, browse, organize and with a compatible gamepad, play those favorite games (ROMs) you already own.

Features

  • Library - One of the standout features of OpenEmu is how it organizes all your games into one unique, unified games library. Watch as backups of the games (ROMs) you already own are gracefully added to their appropriate library and box art is magically added. You can even create your own 'collections' mix and matched from different consoles.
  • Controls and Controllers - Any generic HID compliant USB or Bluetooth game controller should work with OpenEmu out of the box. OpenEmu now automatically maps controls for the following recognized devices in our database:...
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10:35
Friend Finder Data Breach Exposes 400M Swingers


Hackers have stolen information of more than 400 million users of Friend Finder Networks, which runs several adult dating and pornography websites, LeakedSource reported earlier this week. This is Friend Finders' second breach in two years. Last year, hackers accessed 4 million accounts, exposing information on users' sexual preferences and extramarital affairs. Data of more than 412 million users was compromised in the latest breach, LeakedSource reported. Passwords taken in the breach were not stored securely.

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10:28
Slack for Mac 2.3.2

Fixes a problem with idle time and ensures contractions don’t cause spellcheck errors. (Free, 64.2 MB)

 

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09:30
Recommended Reading: Fake news writer takes blame...

Facebook Fake-news
Writer: 'I Think Donald
Trump Is in the White
House Because of Me'
Caitlin Dewey,
The Washington Post

Facebook's struggle with fake news has been widely reported and the issue is still a hot topic in the days following the US p...

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09:28
This week’s top stories: MacBook Pro reviews, iOS 10...

In this week’s top stories: MacBook Pro reviews, iOS 10.2 beta 3, iPhone 8 OLED reports, Apple’s new design book, and we go hands-on with the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar in this week’s top video…

more…

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09:13
How to access/write-to NTFS drives on Mac natively...

Have you come across an NTFS formatted drive you’re having trouble using on your Mac? It’s not just an issue for those switching from Windows machines to Mac, but also for Bootcamp users and others who want to connect the odd drive from their Windows-using friends or colleagues.

If you want to write to/edit an NTFS formatted drive on macOS, a format commonly used for drives that interface with Windows computers, there’s a couple ways of doing it. You’ll be able to read what’s on the drive, but to have full compatibility to access and edit what’s on it requires a workaround. If you want to write to an NTFS drive natively like any other drive on your Mac, there is fortunately a way to easily add that functionality using Paragon NTFS for Mac.

Here’s how it works:

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09:04
Hands-on with the $199/$299 ‘Designed by Apple in...

Earlier this week, Apple somewhat surprisingly announced a new book focused on the design history of the company. The book, which features 450 photographs of new and old Apple products, is available now from Apple for $199/$299 depending on the size you choose.

Popular YouTuber-er DetroitBorg got his hands on a copy of the book and has shared a video of the experience, showing an in-depth look at what the book has to offer…

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09:00
Claridges hotel unveils Christmas tree festive...

As announced in October, Apple SVP Design Jony Ive and colleague Marc Newson were tasked with designing the Christmas tree at Claridges hotel in London. The attraction has now been unveiled and it turns out Ive and Newson have gone beyond one single tree and instead designed an entire room like a snow-covered forest — the hotel is calling it a ‘festive installation’.

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08:39
It’s not just you, there’s definitely a problem with...

I’ve spent a considerable amount of time with both the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, and the 13-inch MacBook Pro that features standard function keys. The machines share some noteworthy differences, but there are numerous similarities as well.

One unfortunate similarity is the fact that the three-finger drag trackpad gesture doesn’t work like it should. In other words, if you’re having a problem with the three-finger drag gesture on your shiny new MacBook Pro, it’s not just you. more…

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08:12
Taiwan's Largest Industrial Conglomerate now...

On Thursday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Reportedly Preparing a Responsible U.S. iPhone Plant Back-Up Business Plan." Now Taiwan's largest conglomerate is also considering opening more plants in the U.S. if it means keeping their business interests in America alive.

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08:00
24 hours with Sony's A99 II full-frame camera

With high-end mirrorless cameras such as the A7S II and A7R II, it's easy to forget that Sony also makes full-frame DSLR-like shooters. Its latest one, the A99 II, is set to arrive later this month for $3,200 body-only. That gets you a massive 42.2-m...

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07:49
McLaren Confirms Talks With Apple 'Never...

In late September, the Financial Times reported Apple was considering a full takeover of McLaren Automotive or a strategic investment in the British supercar maker.

The New York Times and Bloomberg separately reported talks were underway as well, noting Apple was more likely to make a large investment in McLaren rather than buy it.

Two months later, it now turns out those reports were accurate. In an interview with Reuters, McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt confirmed McLaren was in discussions with Apple, but he said the talks...

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07:47
iClock Pro 3.4.2 - Customize your menubar clock.

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

Features

  • See the day/date/time in the menubar in different fonts/colors/formats. Customize it as you wish
  • Gives an easily accessible, at a glance system menu view of times/timezones/dates in as many parts of the world as you want
  • Option click on the time/date in the menubar to see your stock portfolio with updates in near real time
  • Application menu just like there used to be in OS 9. On Intel Mac shows you which applications are running in Rosetta
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07:43
The Touch Disease Class Action Lawsuit in Canada to...

Late on Thursday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Formally Acknowledges the iPhone 6 Plus 'Touch Disease' Issue and Offers Customers with this Problem Some Relief." Yet those involved with the Canadian Class Action lawsuit say no thanks, this is your fault, not ours.

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07:34
New York's District Attorney: Roll Back Apple...

An anonymous reader quotes Mashable:
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said Thursday that he wants Apple's encryption to go back to how it was in early 2014. Back then, police could basically extract any information they wanted after getting a warrant. "Doing nothing about this problem will perpetuate an untenable arms race between private industry and law enforcement," Vance said on Thursday. "Federal legislation is our only chance to lay these arms aside."

Vance said he's got 423 "lawfully-seized Apple devices" that his employees can't do anything with. Forty-two of those devices "pertain to homicide or attempted murder cases" according to the district attorney's office, and a similar number "relate to sex crimes." The argument, of course, is that the district attorney's office would have an easier time solving crimes if they had access to these phones... Apple believes being forced to hack into phones at the government's will is an unreasonable burden.

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06:30
ICYMI: Wildland firefighting is about to get an AI...

Today on In Case You Missed It: Lockheed Martin just demonstrated its AI aircraft system that can spot fires and put them out independent of human intervention, while also checking to see if any humans were left behind near danger. The system is...

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05:00
Join Us At MacADUK And Get A Discount For A Limited...

The MacAD.UK (aka macaduck) is coming up in February. The schedule and lineups are coming together nicely and I really like the sessions that have been announced thus far (turns out our friends at Amsys have their finger on the pulse!). Soooo, you should join us! And for a limited time, you can join us at a sweet, sweet discounted price! The code is 2017sp10 and is valid for a 10% discount! Sign up at http://www.macad.uk.

The post Join Us At MacADUK And Get A Discount For A Limited Time appeared first on krypted.com.

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05:00
The Next iPhone Will Feature An OLED Display, Says...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Apple Inc. has big plans to outfit its next iPhone with vibrant, energy-sipping organic LED displays, seeking to entice consumers with new technology that's already been embraced by other high-end smartphone makers. The trouble is that the four main suppliers for such components won't have enough production capacity to make screens for all new iPhones next year, with constraints continuing into 2018, people familiar with the matter said, presenting a potential challenge for the Cupertino, California-based company. OLED screens are more difficult to produce, putting Apple at the mercy of suppliers that are still working to manufacture the displays in mass quantities, the people said. The four largest producers are Samsung Display Co., LG Display Co., Sharp Corp., and Japan Display Inc. While Samsung is on track to be the sole supplier for the new displays next year, the South Korean company may not be able to make enough due to low...

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05:00
The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Letter from the Editor

Still reeling from the result of November 8th? This week, Jess Conditt spoke with professor Allen Lichtman, who saw it (and every other presidential winner since 1984) coming, thanks to insights gleaned from geophysics, not po...

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05:00
Juniper: smart glasses shipments to reach 10 million...

Apple is considering expanding into digital/smart glasses, “a risky but potentially lucrative area of wearable computing,” according to Bloomberg, quoting unnamed “people familiar with the matter.” And Juniper Research (www.junipersearch.com) probably thinks Apple should look into “iGlasses” instead. New findings from the hi-tech research group that global smart glasses’ shipments will reach 10 million per annum by 2018, compared to an estimated 87,000 in 2014.

Juniper Research notes that as the retail price for smart glasses decline towards the end of the forecast period, the adoption level amongst consumers will significantly increase.The research group argues that in order for wearable devices such as smart glasses to achieve critical mass, they need to be much more than complementary...

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04:30
Wireless power for mobile devices to be worth $5...

The ease and convenience of transmitting power via plug-free and, in many cases, contactless charging is fueling the adoption of wireless power for a wide range of devices and machinery -- from military and medical devices to electric vehicles to unmanned aircraft. So, hopefully, we’ll see an iPhone with wireless charging in 2017.

Wireless charging has been around for a few years, and manufacturers such as Samsung have been quick to incorporate this technology into their phones. While only the Apple Watch uses it so far, previous reports indicate that Apple has been acquiring engineers from wireless charging companies and cite 2017 as the year we will see this technology.

The market is led...

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04:09
This week on AI: Touch Bar MacBook Pro review, Apple...

Even without the first Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pros showing up on doorsteps, it was a busy week in the Apple news sphere, with rumors about augmented reality glasses, OLED iPhones, and Apple possibly crippling Sprint/Verizon models of the iPhone 7.

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04:00
IDC: tablets among the top spending IT spending...

This could be good news for the iPad: According to International Data Corporation's (IDC) latest study, tablets are among the top IT spending priorities for 2017 in European enterprises, with sectors such as education, hospitality, government, and transport ranking them among their top three priorities.

Based on 1,500 interviews with IT and LOB decision makers in 10 vertical sectors across the U.K., France, Germany, and Sweden, IDC's Tablet in Enterprise 2.0 — The Large Opportunity study reveals that tablets are part and parcel of the mobility strategy of 60% of companies, with over two-thirds evaluating or planning to purchase slate or detachable devices in the short term, contributing to a significant increase in tablet penetration over the next three years.

The study confirms that tablet adoption continues to expand in terms of users and new usage scenarios. From highly mobile employees using detachable devices to...

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03:23
Postbox 5.0.7

Adds image effects and support for emoticons in HTML messages. ($40 new, free update, 30.2 MB)

 

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03:00
The Week in Apple News: Apple’s photo book, AR...

Apple headlines for the week ending Nov. 18, 2016

In case you missed it, Apple had a major product release. As this video from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert puts it, “There was the iBook, the MacBook, and now…the Apple Book.” When you’re done watching the video, be sure to check out the other Apple headlines from the past week in this slideshow. Click on the link to get more information.

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00:05
Spammers compromised Twitter accounts for @...

If you noticed something odd on Twitter tonight, you weren't alone. Around 1AM ET, accounts like @PlayStation, @Viacom, @XboxSupport, @NTSB, @TheNewYorker, @TheNextWeb, the Red Cross (@ICRC) and @Money started aggressively pushing ways to help you o...

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Friday November 18

21:50
Mark Zuckerberg explains how Facebook is fighting...

Ever since the end of the presidential election, the spread of rumors, misinformation and outright fake news on social media has been in the spotlight. With even President Obama speaking out about social media's role in pushing propaganda, and some c...

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21:10
ChronoSync 4.7.1

Improves sync performance when syncing with Google Cloud and Amazon S3 cloud connections. ($49.99 new, free update, 42.6 MB)

 

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20:59
TextMate 2.0-rc.4 - Code/markup editor with many...

TextMate is a versatile plain text editor with a unique and innovative feature set which caused it to win an Apple Design Award for Best Mac OS X Developer Tool in August 2006.

A rapidly growing community have created modes for more than a hundred different "modes" including support for all major programming languages, writing prose in structured formats such as LaTeX, Markdown, Textile, etc., blogging, running SQL queries, writing screen plays, doing your budget, and much much more.

Some of the features include:

  • collapsable text blocks - fold away the code you don´t want to see
  • recordable macros - you don´t have to write a script to automate tedious work
  • a CSS-inspired selector system which allows preferences and more to be applied to subsets of your document - you want return to do something different inside comments? or maybe you want spell checking enabled for your strings in C++, both can be done in seconds....
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20:59
OmniOutliner Pro 5.0 test - Pro version of the...

OmniOutliner Pro is a flexible program for creating, collecting, and organizing information. Give your creativity a kick start by using an application that's actually designed to help you think. It's like having an extra brain - one that doesn't keep losing the car keys.

You can use OmniOutliner's document structure to create hierarchies of main headings and subpoints that can be expanded and collapsed, which are immensely useful when it comes to brainstorming new ideas, drilling out specifics, and lining up steps needed to get everything done. But you aren't limited to outlines - you've got multiple columns, smart checkboxes, customizable popup lists, and an über-innovative styles system at your disposal.

OmniOutliner Professional includes in-depth outlining features like folded editing, clipping service support, audio recording, a new sections drawer, and saved templates. With OmniOutliner Professional, you can actively hide and display the...

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20:59
Capto 1.2.2 - $29.99

Capto (was Voila) is an easy-to-use app that takes capturing, recording, video and image editing to the next level. With an intelligent file manager and quick sharing options, Capto is perfect for teachers, students, creative professionals and anyone in need of a powerful screen capture tool.

Features

  • Screen Recorder - Capture your screen in all its high-definition glory along with clear audio! By doing so at a smooth 60 FPS, you get sharp and clear recordings that look great on any device.
  • Video Editor - Make your screen recordings look professional. Capto's powerful video editing suite gives you all the tools necessary to perfect your screen recordings, post-capture.
  • Screen and Web Capture - Capto's options allow for effortless capturing of screenshots in different ways. Capture fullscreen or just select parts as required. You can also save a whole webpage in one click!...
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20:59
Postbox 5.0.7 - Powerful and flexible email client.

Postbox is a new email application that helps you organize your work life and get stuff done. It has all the elegance and simplicity of Apple Mail, but with more power and flexibility to manage even the most demanding workloads.

Features

  • Ultra-Fast Search - Instantly find messages, attachments, images, links, and contacts.
  • Conversation Views - Make sense of email threads through chronological message views.
  • Better Organization - Tabs, Topics, and To-Dos help you stay organized with less effort.
  • Works Great with OS X - Postbox integrates with the Address Book, iCal, iPhoto, Spotlight, and Quick Look. Postbox even works with OmniFocus and Things!
  • Quick and Easy Setup - Postbox will automatically determine your connection settings for you!

Postbox is available in English, German, French, Spanish (Spain), English (British), Italian, Dutch, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, and Swedish.

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20:59
Tunnelblick 3.6.10beta01 - GUI for OpenVPN (beta).

Tunnelblick is a free, open source graphic user interface for OpenVPN on OS X. It provides easy control of OpenVPN client and/or server connections. It comes as a ready-to-use application with all necessary binaries and drivers (including OpenVPN, easy-rsa, and tun/tap drivers). No additional installation is necessary -- just add your configuration and encryption information.

To use Tunnelblick you need access to a VPN server -- your computer is one end of the tunnel and the VPN server is the other end. For more information, see Getting VPN Service.

Support is provided by the Tunnelblick Discussion Group.



Version 3.6.10beta01 (build 4700):

  • Includes OpenVPN 2.4_beta1 and 2.3.13...
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20:59
Garmin Express 4.4.1.0 - Manage your Garmin devices.

Garmin Express is your essential tool for managing your Garmin devices. Update maps, golf courses and device software. You can even register your device.

  • Update maps
  • Update software
  • Register your device
  • Back up, restore, and transfer favorites
  • Install free voices and vehicles
  • Download product manuals



Version 4.4.1.0:

Note: Now requires OS X 10.10 or later

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.



  • OS X 10.10 or later
  • High-speed Internet access (Not for use with dial-up, mobile, or satellite connections)



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20:59
Day One 2.1.3 - Maintain a daily journal.

Day One is the easiest and best-looking way to use a journal / diary / text-logging application for the Mac. Day One is well designed and extremely focused to encourage you to write more through quick Menu Bar entry, a Reminder system, and inspirational messages. Support for Dropbox syncing allows easy backup and syncing with the Day One iPhone application.

Features

  • Customizable reminder system
  • Quick-entry via the menu bar
  • Inspirational messages to encourage writing
  • iPhone application sync (via Dropbox)
  • Starred entries list

Note: Day One is not encrypted or password protected on this version. If this is an issue for you, please do not purchase this app yet.



Version 2.1.3:

Bug Fixes

  • Left and right margins missing in edit mode
  • Entries being automatically deleted when all entry content is deleted
  • Photo timeline appearing...
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20:59
Mac DVDRipper Pro 6.1 - Copy, backup, and convert...

Mac DVDRipper Pro is the DVD backup solution that lets you protect your DVDs from scratches, save your batteries by reading your movies from your hard disk, manage your collection with just a few clicks, time-shift your rental, backup your DVD collection, and much more!

Mac DVDRipper Pro allows you to copy all your DVDs on your Mac so you can easily view them without having to spend your battery on spinning your optical drive. It analyzes the DVD and uses intelligent algorithms to ensure proper rips. It is the best at what it does, at an unbeatable price! And when using the disc image mode, you can also burn directly to another DVD from the application.

You can try it for free before buying, Mac DVDRipper Pro will work without any limitations for your first 5 rips.



Version 6.1:

  • Beta support for closed captions (CC), if present, when no other subtitles are available.
  • Fixed a regression affecting 2 DVDs.
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20:59
Hazel 4.0.8 - Create rules for organizing and...

Hazel is your personal housekeeper, organizing and cleaning folders based on rules you define. Hazel can also manage your trash and uninstall your applications.

Organize your files using a familiar rule interface. Filter on the file's name, type, date, the site or email address it came from and more. And do more than just file. You can set color labels, Spotlight keywords and comments and even archive files. Hazel also cleans, sporting options to clean out incomplete and duplicate downloads. All this is done automatically in the background allowing you to focus on your real work.

In addition, Hazel can manage your Trash for you, relieving you of having to empty it yourself.



Version 4.0.8:

User Interface

  • Worked around Apple bug preventing help from displaying on Sierra.
  • Fixed crash in rule preview when an error is caught.
  • Fixed crash when either configuring or using the Upload action....
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20:59
Skype 7.41.0.198 - Voice-over-internet phone and...

Skype allows you to talk to friends, family and co-workers across the Internet without the inconvenience of long distance telephone charges. Using peer-to-peer data transmission technology, Skype eliminates the central server as a middle manager.

Today, millions of individuals and businesses are taking advantage of Skype's diverse communication features:

  • Free Skype-to-Skype
  • Landline and cellphone calling
  • SMS and instant messaging
  • Voicemail
  • Free video calls
  • Call forwarding to your phone when you're offline

Skype-to-Skype calls, video calls, and instant messaging are free, 24 hours a day, anywhere in the world. Users can make phone calls and send SMS messages at great value Pay-As-You-Go rates, or make unlimited calls to certain countries with a subscription.



Version 7.41.0.198:

  • Users can now see GIFs playing inside the chat when receiving or sending one...
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20:59
Macgo Blu-ray Player 2.17.0 - Blu-ray player.

Macgo Blu-ray Player can bring you the most unforgettable Blu-ray experience on your Mac. Overview Macgo Mac Blu-ray Player can satisfy just about every need you could possibly have in a Blu-ray Player. It features a friendly user interface, ultrafast loading and super high quality. Besides that, it perfectly supports Blu-ray, DVD and any other media format that you want to play. It outputs video at up to 1080p high-definition quality without loss of data and frame, and allows full preservation of all audio tracks (like DTS 5.1, Dolby TrueHD Audio, etc.).

Macgo Mac Blu-ray Player is really easy to operate. You can control almost everything on the main interface with your mouse. More settings can be done by right-click on the interface while playing. Or you can change preferences in the menu on the top of the interface. Macgo Mac Blu-ray Player is the first Blu-ray player on Mac, and its uniqueness doesn't just end with that. It can support any media...

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20:43
Intel is reportedly backing away from wearables

When Intel bought Basis back in 2014, there were hopes the acquisition would push the wearables firm to the next level. Sadly, things didn't go that way -- the company's first Intel-backed product had a tendency to catch fire, and was subsequently pu...

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20:20
Nest introduces camera streaming to Apple TV, '...

Alphabet's Nest this week rolled out an update to its app platform that allows owners to stream Nest Cam feeds directly to fourth-generation Apple TV units, while introducing a new video clip creation and sharing feature called "instaclip."

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19:36
Microsoft executive bonuses could soon be tied to...

When we graded Microsoft on its employee diversity last year, its report card wasn't exactly stellar. Despite filling out its leadership team with more women and ethnic minorities than ever in its history, the diversity of the company's general ranks...

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18:38
SolarCity roofing might cost the same as traditional...

Elon Musk might make grand statements, but he has a track record of backing them up with results. Like creating reusable spacecraft, for example. But Musk's latest sentiments about his SolarCity energy company might break that streak. "I don't want t...

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17:47
Teardown of 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar...

Repair firm iFixit on Friday completed its dissection of Apple's 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, which boasts upscaled components and extra hardware not found on its smaller 13-inch sibling.

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16:50
Apple confirmed limiting iPhone 7 Qualcomm modem to...

A follow-up report regarding iPhone 7 download speeds confirms Apple is indeed limiting the performance of Verizon/Sprint units with Qualcomm modems to keep parity with AT&T/T-Mobile versions running Intel's new communication package.

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16:43
1Password 6.5.1

Adds support for unlocking 1Password via the integrated Touch ID sensor on the new MacBook Pro. ($64.99 new, free update, 44.3 MB)

 

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16:27
Killer Deals: Save $150 to $275 instantly on Apple...

First come, first served: From now till Black Friday, AppleInsider readers can use exclusive coupons to instantly save between $150 and $275 on pre-orders for every possible configuration of Apple's new Late 2016 MacBook Pros bundled with AppleCare, including all 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models and all 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models. Plus no tax in 48 states.

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16:20
Slashdot Asks: Which Windows Laptop Could Replace a...

Last month, Apple unveiled new MacBook Pros, featuring an OLED Touch Bar, Touch ID, and all-new form factor that shaves off roughly 3mm in thickness. There are three base versions of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Intel Core i5 processors and 8GB of memory (upgradable to 16GB RAM and dual-core Intel Core i7 processors) for $1,499, $1,799 and $1,999. The base model 15-inch MacBook Pro comes with Core i7 processors and 16GB of memory for $2,399 and $2,799. Of course, adapters and AppleCare support are sold separately. The new laptops are great for Apple users -- but what about Windows users? Is there a Windows laptop that matches the new MacBook Pro in terms of build quality, reliability, and performance? Jack Schofield via The Guardian attempts to help Patrick, who is looking for a PC that matches Apple's new offerings as closely as possible. "I use my Mac for all the usual surfing, watching videos, listening to music and so on," Patrick writes. "I also use Adobe Photoshop pretty...

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15:43
'Netflix Vista' imagines binge watching...

Sure, lately it feels like we're living an episode of Charlie Brooker's tech-gone-wrong series Black Mirror, but what if we really were? This "Netflix Vista" short just posted by the company takes that idea to its preferred conclusion. Including tech...

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15:39
California Builder Creates Community Homes with...

Last month Patently Apple posted a report titled "Home Automation: Apple Keeps their Eye on the Prize," wherein we noted Greg Joswiak, Apple's vice president of product marketing stating that "We want to bring home automation to the mainstream, and the best place to start is at the beginning, when a house is just being created." Well that was certainly a humble statement considering that KB Home just unveiled the nation’s first HomeKit-enabled community in California ...

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15:32
Hyperloop One settles lawsuit with former employees

As Hyperloop One continues its attempt at building the future of public transportation, it's moving on without the baggage of a messy lawsuit. The company announced today that it has reached a settlement with former employees, including co-founder an...

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15:15
The slow evolution of the tech-centric LA Auto Show

The LA Auto Show billed itself as the place where established automakers and enthusiastic startups would come together to show off the latest technological achievements in the world of cars. It even rebranded as "AutoMobility" combining the tradition...

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14:45
Ford CEO Mark Fields looks to a future beyond car...

Ford CEO Mark Fields has been moving the automaker into ventures outside of its normal core business of selling cars for a few years now. His LA Auto Show keynote touched on the company's current undertakings and future plans. Engadget sat down to ta...

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14:44
Stephen Colbert Show Mocks Jony Ive and his new...

This week Apple's Jony Ive revealed a new high-end Apple book for Christmas that will be available at select Apple Stores worldwide titled "Designed by Apple in California." Well, that was just too damn tempting for Stephen Colbert to pass on and so his team slapped together a video mocking Apple's famed industrial designer ....

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14:43
Comparing Apple's Late-2016 13" & 15...

Having trouble deciding between Apple's thin-but capable 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and the powerhouse 15-inch MacBook with Touch Bar? AppleInsider breaks down the pros and cons of each variant in this head-to-head comparison video.

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13:57
Apple Files for iOS 10 Trademarks in the UK and Hong...

Earlier today Patently Apple posted a patent report covering the new GPS system for Apple Watch Series 2. . In other intellectual property (IP) news today Apple filed a series of new iOS 10 trademark applications in Europe and Hong Kong.

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13:35
15 Touch Bar tips and tricks for the new MacBook Pro...

The Touch Bar is the flagship feature for the new MacBook Pro. It’s a small touch surface that offers dynamically changing content based on the current app you’re using.

The Touch bar is simple to use, but it’s somewhat deeper than it may appear at first. In this walkthrough video, we’ll discuss 15 tips and tricks for the new MacBook Pro Touch Bar to help you get started. more…

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13:35
Om Malik on the iPad vs. Mac debate

Om had some interesting things to say in the article. Personally, I use both iPad and Mac, but I use them in different ways. I think each device is suited for, and excels at, their own set of unique tasks.

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13:30
Turn yourself into a brilliant detective in Agatha...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.

Put your detective skills to the test with Agatha Christie: The ABC Murders—a clever point-and-tap mystery adventure that seamlessly moves you through the classic murder novel in the shoes of Christie’s famous protagonist, Hercule Poirot.

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13:28
Microsoft Goes All In for Linux


While not quite at the level of a parting of the waters, the news that Microsoft has joined The Linux Foundation may seem miraculous to those aware of the past enmity between the company and the open source community. Microsoft has joined The Linux Foundation as a platinum member, it announced Wednesday at its Microsoft Connect conference in New York. Google has joined the .Net foundation, Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise, also told attendees.

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13:19
PlayStation Vue comes to Apple TV

Today we are pleased to announce PlayStation Vue’s expansion to Apple TV. As one of the most highly requested devices by our fans, the PlayStation Vue experience on Apple TV will provide viewers with a better option to watch your favorite live TV programming, with unique streaming features such as cloud DVR, simultaneous streaming, and no long-term contract commitments.

I wonder how popular services like this are for people. There are still channels missing that I would like to watch, but Vue and SlingTV are making strong plays for customers.

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13:16
The Apple Daily Report for Nov. 18, 2016

The AWT News Update is on hiatus while my compadre, Steve, takes a road trip. In its place, I’ll offer a text-only (no podcast) summary of breaking stories with a tip o’ my hat to my former website, Apple Daily Report.

Apple has rolled out a new commercial for the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar called Bulbs. The 1 minute, 37 second spot features flashes of some big (and small) inventions using exploding lightbulbs as a metaphor.

A new exploit requiring precise timing in conjunction with physical access to a device that has Siri enabled on the lock screen has surfaced, giving attackers the ability to view contact information, including photos, and message logs.

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13:12
Notable apps and app updates for Nov. 18, 2016

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

iOS Apps/Updates

Gary George has unleashed Santa Claws - Monster Mash 1.0. In the free game, players choose from a variety of holiday themed spooky characters, including Santa Claws, Fang Fairy, Putrid Cupid and Easter Mummy. Swipe enemies to earn coins and stars. You can use stars to unlock new stages, as well as can use points to become champion of the leaderboard.

Rapid Turtle Games has introduced Oil, Inc. 1.0. It’s a free oil industry simulation idle/clicker game in which you invest in your first oilfield drill, build a town for workers, unlock extra...

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13:10
Craig Federighi: Apple will continue support for ‘...

Responding to the brouhaha that the position of product manager of Automation Technologies has been eliminated, Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, told 9to5Mac that “we have every intent to continue our support for great automation technologies in macOS.”

Of course, continuing to support AppleScript and Automator is a lot different than adding new features. As 9to5Mac notes, the automation solutions may be in “maintenance mode,” where the products continue to be supported but don’t have a new features roadmap for future macOS versions.

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13:06
The Patent behind the New Accurate GPS System in...

The new Apple Watch Series 2 introduced built-in GPS that Apple notes can record precise distance, speed and pace while you're walking, running or cyclin outdoors. Yesterday the patent behind this new GPS/GNSS system was published ...

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13:01
KB Home debuts first HomeKit-enabled home community

Home-building company KB Home has unveiled the nation’s first HomeKit-enabled community at its Promenade at Communications Hill in San Jose, California. It’s the first homebuilder to make a HomeKit smart-home package available to homebuyers. HomeKit is a framework that allows control of compatible home automation devices through iOS and Siri.

Along with its introduction at Promenade at Communications Hill, the Apple HomeKit package will also be available for buyers at KB Home’s Magnolia at Patterson Ranch community. A model home showcasing how KB homeowners can simply and securely monitor and control Apple HomeKit-compatible...

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12:54
KB Home debuts first HomeKit-enabled home community

Home-building company KB Home (www.kbhome.com) has unveiled the nation’s first HomeKit-enabled community at its Promenade at Communications Hill in San Jose, California. It’s the first homebuilder to make a HomeKit smart-home package available to homebuyers.

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12:30
The Public Access Weekly: Operation Apples

Yes, yes there has been a ton of Battlefield 1 getting played in my household... Why do you ask?

It's been another crazy busy week over on Public Access so we're going to forego the small talk and jump right in, bullet point style:

There are r...

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12:05
KB Home unveils first-ever Apple HomeKit-enabled...

The Promenade at Communications Hill in San Jose, Calif., will be the first HomeKit-enabled community, featuring built-in Apple-connected smart home connectivity for prospective buyers.

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12:00
The Week in iOS Apps: Big updates to old favorites

New apps of the week

This week’s roundup of apps includes significant updates to some of your favorite iPhone and iPad applications. Read on!

Any.do

One of our favorite taskmaster apps has long been Any.do (freemium, iPhone and iPad). Version 4.0 launched this week with two nifty features: First, it integrates a calendar so you can see your events and your tasks in one app. Second, it adds the “Any.do Assistant,” a Siri-like feature that tries to accomplish some of your tasks—like shopping for your spouse’s birthday gift—for you. Will it work? This feature is still in beta, but you can sign up for access right now over on Any.do’s site.

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11:43
My Latest Inc.com Article On Not Letting Those Huge...

You work for weeks, months, or years to build a business that is killing it. Then you get a huge new customer. You feel like you’ve been put on the map. But then the reality sets in. Maybe you won the business because you’re innovative, less expensive, faster, etc. But now you start getting completely destroyed by the overhead of making those sweet, sweet dollars from that new customer. Wouldn’t it have been great to have known about a few things to ask about? My response includes a few tips on how to work with them, that just might save you some serious margin!. Check it out at http://www.inc.com/charles-edge/how-to-work-with-big-companies-without-getting-caught-in-red-tape.html.

The post...

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11:40
Capto 1.2.2 - $29.99

Capto (was Voila) is an easy-to-use app that takes capturing, recording, video and image editing to the next level. With an intelligent file manager and quick sharing options, Capto is perfect for teachers, students, creative professionals and anyone in need of a powerful screen capture tool.

Features

  • Screen Recorder - Capture your screen in all its high-definition glory along with clear audio! By doing so at a smooth 60 FPS, you get sharp and clear recordings that look great on any device.
  • Video Editor - Make your screen recordings look professional. Capto's powerful video editing suite gives you all the tools necessary to perfect your screen recordings, post-capture.
  • Screen and Web Capture - Capto's options allow for effortless capturing of screenshots in different ways. Capture fullscreen or just select parts as required. You can also save a whole webpage in one click!...
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11:40
Apple's Chip Choices May Leave Some iPhone...

Not all iPhone 7s are created equal, it turns out. The latest flagship smartphones from Apple that run on Verizon's network are technically capable of downloading data faster than those from AT&T. Yet in testing, the two phones perform about the same, according to researchers at Twin Prime Inc. and Cellular Insights. From a Bloomberg report: Neither firm is clear on the reason, but Twin Prime says it may be because Apple isn't using all the potential of a crucial component in the Verizon version. "The data indicates that the iPhone 7 is not taking advantage of all of Verizon's network capabilities," said Gabriel Tavridis, head of product at Twin Prime. "I doubt that Apple is throttling each bit on the Verizon iPhone, but it could have chosen to not enable certain features of the network chip." "Every iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus meets or exceeds all of Apple's wireless performance standards, quality metrics, and reliability testing," Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller said. "In all...

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11:30
Apple’s Craig Federighi: ‘Every intent’ to support...

Earlier this week, Apple let go of Sal Soghoian, who was the company’s Product Manager of Automation Technologies—meaning he was responsible for AppleScript and Automator. The news about Soghoian, who worked at Apple for nearly 20 years, raised concern in the Mac community that Apple no longer was interested in automation features in macOS.

Maybe the latest news from Apple will help ease the concerned. According to 9to5Mac, one of its readers sent an email to Apple Senior VP Craig Federighi about the future of macOS automation. The reader received the following response and forwarded it to 9to5Mac, which has verified the email:

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11:25
PlayStation Vue is now available on Apple TV

It looks like Apple’s new TV strategy is moving along nicely.

This week, Sony announced that it was bringing its TV streaming service, PlayStation Vue, to Apple TV (4th generation). PlayStation Vue is also compatible with the Apple TV’s Siri Remote, but unfortunately the service won’t be integrated into the forthcoming TV app for discovery content across tvOS apps.

PlayStation Vue lets viewers subscribe to smaller-sized TV packages, or mini-bundles, as well as add-on premium channels like HBO and live sports. You can stream from up to five devices at a time, and enjoy the perks of cloud DVR. The service starts at $30 or $40 a month depending on whether broadcast channels are available in your area. If you’re a current PS Vue...

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11:08
Jeep joins support for Apple CarPlay with 2017...

At this week's Los Angeles Auto Show, Fiat Chrysler's Jeep division revealed its first vehicle with support for Apple CarPlay built in, the 2017 Compass.

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11:04
Mac DVDRipper Pro 6.1 - Copy, backup, and convert...

Mac DVDRipper Pro is the DVD backup solution that lets you protect your DVDs from scratches, save your batteries by reading your movies from your hard disk, manage your collection with just a few clicks, time-shift your rental, backup your DVD collection, and much more!

Mac DVDRipper Pro allows you to copy all your DVDs on your Mac so you can easily view them without having to spend your battery on spinning your optical drive. It analyzes the DVD and uses intelligent algorithms to ensure proper rips. It is the best at what it does, at an unbeatable price! And when using the disc image mode, you can also burn directly to another DVD from the application.

You can try it for free before buying, Mac DVDRipper Pro will work without any limitations for your first 5 rips.



Version 6.1:

  • Beta support for closed captions (CC), if present, when no other subtitles are available.
  • Fixed a regression affecting 2 DVDs.
  • ...
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10:39
Apple accused of throttling iPhone 7 performance on...

In an effort to offer a uniform experience on the iPhone 7 regardless of carrier, Apple could be reducing the top speeds capable on Verizon, keeping them on par with rival carrier AT&T, a new investigation alleges.

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10:22
Apple May Be Throttling Verizon iPhone 7 LTE...

Apple may be throttling the LTE performance of the Verizon iPhone 7 to keep it on par with the AT&T iPhone 7, according to research conducted by Twin Prime and Cellular Insights and shared by Bloomberg. Based on testing, the Verizon iPhone 7 performs about as well as the AT&T iPhone 7, but it does not reach the data transfer speeds that it is capable of hitting.

The Verizon (and Sprint) iPhone 7 models use different LTE hardware than the AT&T (and T-Mobile) iPhone 7 models, adopting a Qualcomm LTE modem instead of an Intel LTE modem.

The hardware from Qualcomm is capable of maximum theoretical download speeds of 600Mb/s, while the Intel LTE modem tops out at 450Mb/s, but the...

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10:17
Homebuilder offers first Apple HomeKit accessory...

Homebuilder KB Home today announced that it will be first to offer a new “smart-home package” for homebuyers that will offer houses equipped with Apple HomeKit-enabled smart accessories.

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10:02
Automation technologies will continue to be...

Fans of macOS automation features like Automator and AppleScript feared the worst this week as it transpired that head of the automation technologies division, Sal Soghoian, had left the company and the whole unit inside Apple had been closed down. This fuelled speculation that Apple was abandoning a core power feature of the pro Mac user’s wheelhouse.

A 9to5Mac reader (who asked to remain anonymous) emailed Apple software exec Craig Federighi about the future of automation on the Mac. Federighi responded with a definitive reply that Apple “has every intent” to continue supporting automation on macOS.  See the full email after the jump …

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09:31
Time Tracking Sucks. Deal With It. Or Use Timing.

My thanks to Timing for sponsoring The Loop this week.

When was the last time you were frustrated with your time tracking app,
for example because you had forgotten to set a timer?

Or when you wondered what you spent all your time on today?

Timing solves this problem. Instead of making you do all the work, Timing automatically tracks how you spend your time. It logs which apps you use, which websites you visit, and which documents you edit.

Timing is essential for anyone serious about their time — power users and freelancers alike. Download the free trial now and on Friday review exactly what you did this week, down to the second.

Use coupon code THELOOP to...

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Bose Early Black Friday Deals...

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

TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Bose early Black Friday deals: SoundLink Around-Ear Wireless Headphones...

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09:22
Former ‘Wall Street Journal’ editor joins Apple’s...

Wei Gu, a long-time China reporter most recently with the Wall Street Journal, has joined Apple to take up a PR Director role based out of its office in Shanghai, China, according to TechCrunch.

She has more than 18 years of media experience in both print and broadcast. That includes more than a decade as a columnist at Reuters in New York and Hong Kong, and close to four years at the Journal, where Gu wrote about business and markets as its Hong Kong-based China Wealth and Luxury editor. Beijing-based Carolyn Wu leads Apple’s media relations in China.

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09:00
Office Online Server November release

In May, we released Office Online Server (OOS), which allows organizations to provide your users with browser-based versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote, among other capabilities offered in Office Online, from your own datacenter. We will deliver most of new Office Online features to Office Online through regular updates.

Today, we are releasing our first significant update to Office Online Server that includes:

  • Performance improvements to co-authoring in Word Online.
  • Support for embedded Power View sheets in Excel Online.
  • Improvements when working with tables in Word Online and PowerPoint Online, including better drag-and-drop support.
  • Support for showing spelling errors inline in the PowerPoint editor.
  • Improved picture resizing in Word Online.
  • Copy and...
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08:37
TextMate 2.0-rc.4 - Code/markup editor with many...

TextMate is a versatile plain text editor with a unique and innovative feature set which caused it to win an Apple Design Award for Best Mac OS X Developer Tool in August 2006.

A rapidly growing community have created modes for more than a hundred different "modes" including support for all major programming languages, writing prose in structured formats such as LaTeX, Markdown, Textile, etc., blogging, running SQL queries, writing screen plays, doing your budget, and much much more.

Some of the features include:

  • collapsable text blocks - fold away the code you don´t want to see
  • recordable macros - you don´t have to write a script to automate tedious work
  • a CSS-inspired selector system which allows preferences and more to be applied to subsets of your document - you want return to do something different inside comments? or maybe you want spell checking enabled for your strings in C++, both can be done in seconds....
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08:24
Nest update brings support for Apple TV, ability to...

Nest has introduced a pretty substantial update to its iOS and Android apps, bringing Nest Aware customers the ability to easily create, save, and share video clips straight from the Nest app. The iOS app also adds support for Apple TV, so you can quickly check out your Nest Cam feeds straight from your couch…

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08:17
2017 Jeep Compass will be one of the first Jeeps to...

The 2017 Jeep Compass unveiled this week will be one of the first new Jeep models to add Apple CarPlay stock via the latest in-dash entertainment platform from Fiat Chrysler dubbed Uconnect 4.0.

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08:04
Tunnelblick 3.6.10beta01 - GUI for OpenVPN (beta).

Tunnelblick is a free, open source graphic user interface for OpenVPN on OS X. It provides easy control of OpenVPN client and/or server connections. It comes as a ready-to-use application with all necessary binaries and drivers (including OpenVPN, easy-rsa, and tun/tap drivers). No additional installation is necessary -- just add your configuration and encryption information.

To use Tunnelblick you need access to a VPN server -- your computer is one end of the tunnel and the VPN server is the other end. For more information, see Getting VPN Service.

Support is provided by the Tunnelblick Discussion Group.



Version 3.6.10beta01 (build 4700):

  • Includes OpenVPN 2.4_beta1 and 2.3.13...
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08:02
MacBook Pro integrated GPU misidentified by system...

Some recipients of the new MacBook Pro with integrated GPU are reporting that the macOS System Profiler is reporting that the chipset is better than it is, but the problem is purely cosmetic and the GPU is being properly utilized by the system.

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07:58
Hazel 4.0.8 - Create rules for organizing and...

Hazel is your personal housekeeper, organizing and cleaning folders based on rules you define. Hazel can also manage your trash and uninstall your applications.

Organize your files using a familiar rule interface. Filter on the file's name, type, date, the site or email address it came from and more. And do more than just file. You can set color labels, Spotlight keywords and comments and even archive files. Hazel also cleans, sporting options to clean out incomplete and duplicate downloads. All this is done automatically in the background allowing you to focus on your real work.

In addition, Hazel can manage your Trash for you, relieving you of having to empty it yourself.



Version 4.0.8:

User Interface

  • Worked around Apple bug preventing help from displaying on Sierra.
  • Fixed crash in rule preview when an error is caught.
  • Fixed crash when either configuring or using the Upload action....
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07:57
China Warns Tech Companies at World Internet...

Early last week Patently Apple posted a report titled "Chinese Cyber Security Law goes into Effect in June 2017 that may Require Apple to surrender iOS Source Code." Today at World Internet Conference in China it was made crystal clear that "Nothing outweighs National Security" ...

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07:51
Skype 7.41.0.198 - Voice-over-internet phone and...

Skype allows you to talk to friends, family and co-workers across the Internet without the inconvenience of long distance telephone charges. Using peer-to-peer data transmission technology, Skype eliminates the central server as a middle manager.

Today, millions of individuals and businesses are taking advantage of Skype's diverse communication features:

  • Free Skype-to-Skype
  • Landline and cellphone calling
  • SMS and instant messaging
  • Voicemail
  • Free video calls
  • Call forwarding to your phone when you're offline

Skype-to-Skype calls, video calls, and instant messaging are free, 24 hours a day, anywhere in the world. Users can make phone calls and send SMS messages at great value Pay-As-You-Go rates, or make unlimited calls to certain countries with a subscription.



Version 7.41.0.198:

  • Users can now see GIFs playing inside the chat when receiving or sending one...
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07:51
Garmin Express 4.4.1.0 - Manage your Garmin devices.

Garmin Express is your essential tool for managing your Garmin devices. Update maps, golf courses and device software. You can even register your device.

  • Update maps
  • Update software
  • Register your device
  • Back up, restore, and transfer favorites
  • Install free voices and vehicles
  • Download product manuals



Version 4.4.1.0:

Note: Now requires OS X 10.10 or later

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.



  • OS X 10.10 or later
  • High-speed Internet access (Not for use with dial-up, mobile, or satellite connections)



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07:23
iPhone 7 supply remains constrained, Apple viewed as...

Retail availability of the iPhone 7 --?particularly the jumbo-sized iPhone 7 Plus --?remains in short supply just a week before Black Friday, a new survey has found, suggesting Apple is still struggling to satisfy consumer demand for its latest-generation handset.

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07:11
In-stock alert! B&H has a 2016 15" MacBook...

While supplies last, Apple authorized reseller B&H has Apple's Late 2016 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (2.6GHz/8GB/256GB/Radeon 450) in stock and ready to ship with free expedited shipping and no tax outside NY. Plus, B&H is throwing in a free copy of Parallels 12 -- all while avoiding Apple's current 4-5 week wait time.

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07:08
Amazon is discounting Prime memberships by $20,...

Amazon:

Until November 18th at 11:59 p.m., PT, eligible new members can join Amazon Prime for $79 plus applicable taxes for the first year and enjoy member-only benefits and content, including The Grand Tour. Although the price in your cart will show $99, the promotion discount will be applied at checkout. You will be charged when you place your order.

Just in time for the holidays and the new show from the former Top Gear

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07:02
Apple hires former Wall Street Journal editor to...

Apple has reportedly hired Wei Gu -- recently an editor with the Wall Street Journal -- as a new director for its Chinese public relations team, operating out of Shanghai.

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07:02
The most influential images of all time

While all the images are incredible, fair warning: some are disturbing and might upset some people.

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06:48
Flawed 3rd-party chargers reportedly culprit in...

Sources close to the investigation on Chinese iPhone 6 models failing with what appears to be a charged battery have told AppleInsider that the main cause of the problems appear to be not related to Apple engineering, but is directly related to the proliferation of low-quality third-party charging peripherals in the country.

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06:48
Maybe it’s time for Apple to bring back the Mac...

After returning to Apple in 1997, Steve Jobs attempted to re-negotiate the clone manufacturers' license agreements. When the clone makers refused, Jobs refused to license later versions of the Apple hardware and operating systems to the clone vendors, effectively ending the clone program. Perhaps it’s time to bring it back.

Why? Read Chance Miller’s excellent editorial at 9to5Mac. As he mentions, with the Mac Pro and Mac mini both lagging significantly behind in terms of upgrades, lots of us are really starting to question Apple’s commitment to the Mac desktop market. And there was no mention of those two desktops or iMacs at last month’s Mac-focused “hello, again” event, which makes...

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06:23
PSA: If your 15-inch MacBook Pro claims it has an...

Aside from the size, one of the biggest differences between the 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro models with Touch Bar is the much beefier graphics on the larger machine. While the 13-inch versions have only Intel integrated graphics, the 15-inch models additionally have AMD Radeon Pro discrete GPUs.

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06:20
Recosoft releases ID2Office 2.2

Recosoft Corp. has released ID2Office 2.2 (http://tinyurl.com/jug8zxw), a new version of the InDesign to Word, PowerPoint & Keynote conversion plug-in for InDesign CC 2017. It’s been enhanced to support Adobe InDesign CC 2017 for both macOS and Windows.

Version 2.2 has also been augmented to convert style sheet properties defined in InDesign tables into Word Table style sheets properties. Finally, it improves conversion fidelity in several areas when exporting InDesign files to the Word, PowerPoint and Keynote type.

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06:15
iFixIt tears down the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch...

The gang at iFixIt, which tears apart devices to examine their innards, has torn down the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (look for my review soon). Teardown highlight include:

  • Just like its little brother, the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Tool Barfeatures a plugged-up connector to nowhere. Based on a previous teardown, iFixIt speculates that Apple included an access port for the integrated SSD. Not a bad idea when it's impossible to physically salvage your data out of a damaged machine.
  • Compared to the merely supersized trackpad in the 13-inch MBP, the 15-inch trackpad is a figurative Big Gulp. Apple threw in an extra Broadcom touch controller IC to handle all of that extra touchable glass.
  • Just like its smaller brothers, most of the 15-inch MBP's speaker grille holes are cosmetic and don't go all the way through. 
  • Just like its smaller Touch Bar-wielding...
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06:07
New iPhone lock screen exploit reveals contact...

A new exploit requiring precise timing in conjunction with physical access to a device that has Siri enabled on the lock screen has surfaced, giving attackers the ability to view contact information, including photos, and message logs.

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06:04
Postbox 5.0.7 - Powerful and flexible email client.

Postbox is a new email application that helps you organize your work life and get stuff done. It has all the elegance and simplicity of Apple Mail, but with more power and flexibility to manage even the most demanding workloads.

Features

  • Ultra-Fast Search - Instantly find messages, attachments, images, links, and contacts.
  • Conversation Views - Make sense of email threads through chronological message views.
  • Better Organization - Tabs, Topics, and To-Dos help you stay organized with less effort.
  • Works Great with OS X - Postbox integrates with the Address Book, iCal, iPhoto, Spotlight, and Quick Look. Postbox even works with OmniFocus and Things!
  • Quick and Easy Setup - Postbox will automatically determine your connection settings for you!

Postbox is available in English, German, French, Spanish (Spain), English (British), Italian, Dutch, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, and Swedish.

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06:00
Pre-order the "Woz-approved" Pocket Tripod...

You're sitting in the center seat in economy class with the people on both sides of you snoring away. It seems like the perfect time to just drift away with your favorite movie, but you don't want to hold your iPhone for 2 hours. So you reach into your wallet and pull out a tripod. No, you're not a magician; you're just a lucky person who took advantage of this Apple World Today Deal and pre-ordered the Pocket Tripod for $19.99. 

Pocket Tripod has had several successful runs through Kickstarter, and now the company is taking pre-orders for the next production run. The Pocket Tripod has about the same dimensions as a business card -- 3 x 2 x 0.01 inches -- but is made of durable high-impact plastic to fold into an adjustable stand. 

No less...

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05:54
Colbert's 'Late Show' skewers cost,...

On Thursday night's episode of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the show aired a parody of Apple's design videos to make fun of the company's new coffeetable book, Designed by Apple in California.

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05:53
iFixit teardown of 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch...

iFixit has completed its third teardown of the new MacBook Pro models, following the entry-level and Touch Bar 13-inch units with the top-of-the-range 15-inch version. The tl;dr is that the machine’s innards are almost identical to the 13-inch model.

One interesting find, also present in the smaller version, is a ‘connector to nowhere’: a port on the logic board that isn’t connected to anything. Comments on the previous teardown speculate that this might...

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05:51
Apple launches Multi-Touch repair profit for the...

Apple has launched a program to repair iPhone 6 Plus devices exhibiting t display flickering or Multi-Touch issues after being dropped multiple times on a hard surface and then incurring further stress on the device.

If your iPhone 6 Plus is exhibiting the symptoms noted above, is in working order, and the screen is not cracked or broken, Apple will repair your device for a service price of $149. Apple will contact customers who may have paid for a service repair related to this issue either through Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider to arrange reimbursement. 

If you’ve not been contacted but paid for a repair that you believe was related to this issue, contact Apple. The reimbursement amount will equal the difference between the price you paid for the original service to your iPhone 6 Plus and the $149 service price.

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05:37
Apple Hires Wall Street Journal Reporter to become...

Apple Hires Wall Street Journal Reporter to become Apple's PR Director in China and will be stationed in Shanghai, China.

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05:36
Apple offers to fix iPhone 6 Plus 'touch...

Apple is offering to repair at a reduced price iPhone 6 Plus smartphones with display flickering or multitouch issues.

The problem, described in August as “touch disease” by repair guide website iFixit, is characterized by a gray, flickering bar at the top of the display and an unresponsive touchscreen. The issue affects both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, according to iFixit.

Apple appears to consider it a problem with the way users handled the phone rather than a defect. It said Thursday that the company has determined that the smartphones may exhibit display flickering or Multi-Touch issues “after being dropped multiple times on a hard surface and then incurring further stress on the device.”

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05:32
Amazon Echo can send hands-free texts for AT&T...

Say, you have your hands full and need to text someone ASAP -- if you're an AT&T subscriber with access to Amazon's speakers, you can now send messages completely hands free. Starting today, Amazon's Alexa-powered devices can compose messages for...

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05:30
Promise Technology launches free software upgrade...

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

Designed to allow you and your family, small business colleagues and work groups to store and share data in your very own personal cloud, Apollo Cloud can be used with macOS and Windows on computers and iOS or Android on smartphones and tablets. It has four terabytes worth of storage. That's more...

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05:27
Some 15-Inch MacBook Pro Models Misreporting Intel...

Several MacRumors readers have discovered that System Information readouts on some 15-inch MacBook Pro units appear to suggest they are running Iris Pro 580 integrated graphics, rather than Intel HD Graphics 530 as advertised in Apple's tech specs.

The strange inconsistency was first found on some demo units running in Apple Store showrooms, leading some readers to suggest Apple was running higher-specced machines in-store. However, since then, some owners of newly shipped 15-inch MacBook Pros have also noted the same inconsistency in stock laptops sold to them.

MacRumors forum member torquer discovered that on their machine, System Information reports an Intel HD Graphics 530 when the laptop is running on battery, but reports Iris Pro 580 once it's plugged in.

This would...

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05:21
AppleInsider podcast talks MacBook Pro with Touch...

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor and Dan discuss Dan's MacBook Pro review, MacBook Pros, what happens when Siri becomes a chatbot in Messages, and the latest in iPhone news and rumors.

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05:15
iPhones secretly storing call data in iCloud, allows...

This definitely qualifies as a mess between privacy, security and law enforcement.

While Apple emerged as a guardian of privacy earlier this year, fighting the FBI’s demands to help crack San Bernadino shooter Syed Farouk’s iPhone, implementing improved encryption for all its handsets and refusing to undermine that encryption, it appears that private data is being sent to the iCloud without user consent.

Russian digital forensics firm Elcomsoft has found that Apple’s mobile devices automatically send a user’s call history to the company’s servers if iCloud is enabled — but the data gets uploaded in many instances without user choice or notification.

“You only need to have iCloud itself enabled” for the data to be sent, said Vladimir Katalov,...

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05:00
Some newer MacBook Pro units arriving with System...

This is kind of strange.

Since the days of OS X El Capitan, Apple has activated a protection feature called System Integrity Protection, which is designed to keep your Mac safe from malware by restricting the permissions of the root user account and preventing unauthorized access to protected files and folders.

The program runs behind the scenes and is generally enabled by default in Mac running OS X El Capitan. Developer Jonathan Wight noticed that the System Integrity Protection feature has been disabled on newer Macs, prompting developer Steven Troughton-Smith to do an informal Twitter survey asking users about the status of their new machines.

As of now, the System Integrity Protection feature has been found to have been disabled out...

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05:00
GoPro's Drone Initiative Crashes With Karma...


GoPro's ambitious plans to be a player in the fledgling drone market crashed last week when it had to announce a product recall due to Karma UAV units falling from the sky. The company needed to resolve a performance issue related to loss of power during operation, it said. It indicated it would resume shipment of Karma at some point, but didn't suggest when. The Karma recall likely will have a significant impact on GoPro's stock price and revenue, said Michael Blades, a senior industry analyst at Frost & Sullivan.

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05:00
Wacom announces Cintiq Pro line of pen displays

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

Paramount to the Cintiq Pro experience is the new Pro Pen 2, which purportedly delivers four times greater accuracy and pressure sensitivity than the previous Pro Pen. The improved Pro Pen 2 creates an intuitive, free-flowing experience with virtually lag-free tracking on a glass surface that produces just the right amount of friction and is coated to reduce reflection, according to...

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04:55
Samsung's Note 7 Crisis Causes Chaos in Korean...

It's being reported today that South Korea’s Mobile Phone Exports Dropped by Half in Oct. due largely to Samsung's Note 7 Crisis

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04:42
Apple Launches iPhone 6 Plus Multi-Touch Repair...

Apple has launched a repair program to address the “touch disease” affecting some iPhone 6 Plus phones. The company claims the problem is related to being dropped repeatedly, and is charging $149 for the repairs.

 

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04:40
Comment: Given the ultra-low repairability of the...

I don’t generally bother with AppleCare. My usual view is that, like any other extended warranty, it offers poor value for money. You’re paying a lot of money upfront for coverage you’ll likely never need.

Most Mac faults are going to make themselves known well inside the first year of standard Apple warranty coverage. The likelihood of a major fault occurring in the interval between the standard warranty expiring and AppleCare doing the same is very low. (There’s an additional factor at play in the EU, which I’ll get to later as it won’t be relevant to U.S. readers.)

But I am opting for it this time. Because the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is not only non-upgradable, but also pretty much non-repairable …

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04:36
InPreflight for Adobe InDesign now supports Creative...

Zevrix Solutions has announced InPreflight Pro 2.11.23, a compatibility update to its document preparation solution for Adobe InDesign.

It’s all-in-one solution to check InDesign documents for errors, automatically collect multiple files for output and ship them to final destination. Version 2.11.23 makes InPreflight compatible with the 2017 release of InDesign CC featured as part of Adobe Creative Cloud.

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04:30
iGlass is THE case to show off the beauty of the jet...

Last week Apple World Today covered the announcement of a newiPhone 7 Plus case called iGlass made by SwitchEasy. It’s unique in that, like the iPhone itself, it’s all glass and aluminum.

I had the opportunity to test one of the cases this week. The case is two parts--  an aluminum frame and a tempered glass back. The glass is only 0.8mm thick, and the transparency is 90% with a hardness of 7H. This should prevent scratching under most circumstances. The clarity of the back clearly shows not only the Apple logo,  but you can even still see the small writing at the bottom of the iPhone’s back.

There is only a 0.1mm gap between the glass and the back of the iPhone, but the glass never touches the iPhone. Only 13% of the iPhone is touched by the case. To keep dust from getting under the case at the camera cutout there is a small rubber gasket that is lightly glued to stick to the...

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04:29
PCalc ready for MacBook Pros with Touch Bars

TLA Systems has updated PCalc (www.pcalc.com), for macOS, to version 4.4.3. The upgrade adds support for the Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pros.

PCalc is a scientific calculator with support for hexadecimal, octal and binary calculations, as well as an RPN mode, parentheses, programmable functions, and an extensive set of unit conversions. With version 4.4.3, almost any key in PCalc can be mapped directly onto the Touch Bar, and there are additional shortcuts for accessing recently used functions, conversions, and constants, as well as changing the display mode.

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04:28
Video: Stephen Colbert Late Show perfectly parodies...

Apple’s new design book ‘Designed by Apple in California’ is now on sale for $199/$299 at Apple Stores in a handful of countries — and it has already become the joke of Stephen Colbert’s late night TV show.

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04:21
Kool Tools: Scosche BoomBUOY

SCOSCHE Industries’s BoomBUOY is a waterproof, wireless speaker optimized for the outdoors. It features a rugged, durable construction and high quality audio with up-firing omni-directional sound, sending music in all directions.
 
The BoomBUOY boasts a 3W 50mm high quality speaker and passive radiator to produce rich, clear sound while camping or enjoying a day at the pool. The IP67-rated dust and waterproof speaker also features a buoyant construction that allows it to float in water, and integrated side panel control buttons to easily play/pause, skipping tracks and volume control.

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04:18
Email newsletters are now the norm for most large...

Sending email newsletters is a routine business practice for more than 80% of large organizations in the US, surpassing standalone (79%), lead nurturing (71%), and transactional (62%) emails, according to an email marketing survey from Clutch (www.clutch.co), a ratings and reviews platform for businesses.

Most organizations send out their newsletter multiple times a week, the survey found, with Monday and Friday, between 9 and 11 a.m., being the most popular periods. However, no universal rule governs when to distribute a newsletter, according to email marketing experts.

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04:00
Are you addicted to your iOS and macOS devices?

Despite three in four Americans believing that they maintain a healthy tech-life balance, a majority of Americans can't go more than two hours without checking their electronic devices, such as Macs, iPhones, and iPads, according to a Crucial.com Tech-Life Balance Survey. 

In fact, one in four Americans becomes stressed by going longer than 30 minutes without checking their email or phone due to a fear of missing out. Additionally, one in five would sooner go to dinner with an ex-significant other than separate from technology for a month. The independent survey, which was commissioned by Crucial.com and conducted by GMI Research, found a disconnect among Americans when it comes to the perceptions and realities of their technology use:

Men go to great lengths to stay connected: While three in four men reported having a balanced or very balanced tech-life ratio, 84% of men admitted to having checked a mobile device while driving, in a movie theater, at...

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03:34
Day One 2.1.3 - Maintain a daily journal.

Day One is the easiest and best-looking way to use a journal / diary / text-logging application for the Mac. Day One is well designed and extremely focused to encourage you to write more through quick Menu Bar entry, a Reminder system, and inspirational messages. Support for Dropbox syncing allows easy backup and syncing with the Day One iPhone application.

Features

  • Customizable reminder system
  • Quick-entry via the menu bar
  • Inspirational messages to encourage writing
  • iPhone application sync (via Dropbox)
  • Starred entries list

Note: Day One is not encrypted or password protected on this version. If this is an issue for you, please do not purchase this app yet.



Version 2.1.3:

Bug Fixes

  • Left and right margins missing in edit mode
  • Entries being automatically deleted when all entry content is deleted
  • Photo timeline appearing...
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03:26
Macgo Blu-ray Player 2.17.0 - Blu-ray player.

Macgo Blu-ray Player can bring you the most unforgettable Blu-ray experience on your Mac. Overview Macgo Mac Blu-ray Player can satisfy just about every need you could possibly have in a Blu-ray Player. It features a friendly user interface, ultrafast loading and super high quality. Besides that, it perfectly supports Blu-ray, DVD and any other media format that you want to play. It outputs video at up to 1080p high-definition quality without loss of data and frame, and allows full preservation of all audio tracks (like DTS 5.1, Dolby TrueHD Audio, etc.).

Macgo Mac Blu-ray Player is really easy to operate. You can control almost everything on the main interface with your mouse. More settings can be done by right-click on the interface while playing. Or you can change preferences in the menu on the top of the interface. Macgo Mac Blu-ray Player is the first Blu-ray player on Mac, and its uniqueness doesn't just end with that. It can support any media...

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02:42
OmniOutliner Pro 5.0 test - Pro version of the...

OmniOutliner Pro is a flexible program for creating, collecting, and organizing information. Give your creativity a kick start by using an application that's actually designed to help you think. It's like having an extra brain - one that doesn't keep losing the car keys.

You can use OmniOutliner's document structure to create hierarchies of main headings and subpoints that can be expanded and collapsed, which are immensely useful when it comes to brainstorming new ideas, drilling out specifics, and lining up steps needed to get everything done. But you aren't limited to outlines - you've got multiple columns, smart checkboxes, customizable popup lists, and an über-innovative styles system at your disposal.

OmniOutliner Professional includes in-depth outlining features like folded editing, clipping service support, audio recording, a new sections drawer, and saved templates. With OmniOutliner Professional, you can actively hide and display the...

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02:00
iOS Devices Failed More Often Than Android Units...

A report from Blannco Technology Group has revealed that iOS devices failed more often than Android devices in the third quarter. Specifically, 62% of Apple iPhone and Apple iPad units suffered failures, compared to the 47% failure rate tallied by Android devices. Phone Arena reports: Apps crashed on 65% of iOS powered devices compared to just 25% of Android models. The breakdown for the iOS devices shows the Apple iPhone 6 with a leading 13% failure rate, followed by the Apple iPhone 6s (9%), Apple iPhone 5s (9%) and the Apple iPad Air 2 (2%). In the report, some of the blame for the high iOS failure rate is placed on the iOS 10 update. Among Android devices, the LeEco Le 2 had a 13% failure rate to lead the way. Two Xiaomi devices were next, both with a 9% rate. Those models were the Redmi 3S and the Redmi Note 3. Rounding out the top five are the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (5%) and the Lenovo Vibe K5 Note (4%). Android flavored models faced problems with the battery (seen on 7% of...

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Thursday November 17

20:59
Microsoft OneNote 15.28 - Free digital notebook.

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

Here are some more ideas on how to use OneNote:

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



Version 15.28:

  • Optimizations to help improve your note...
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20:59
Airmail 3.2.1 - Powerful, minimal email client.

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

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

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



Version 3.2.1:

  • Touch Bar support
  • Bug fix



  • OS X 10.8 or later



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20:59
Bean 3.2.9 - Fast and uncluttered word processor.

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

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

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

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

Features:

  • A live word count
  • A Get Info panel for in-depth statistics
  • A zoom-slider to easily change the view scale
  • An Inspector panel with lots of sliders
  • Date-stamped backups
  • Autosaving
  • A page layout mode
  • An alternate colors option (e.g., white text on blue)
  • An option to show invisible characters (tabs, returns, spaces)
  • Selection...
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20:59
Adobe After Effects CC 2017 14.0.1 - Create...

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

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

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

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20:59
Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2017 11.0.1 - Digital video...

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

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



Version 11.0.1 (2017):

Note: Now requires OS X 10.10 or later

Note: Update is ~973 MB

  • Important fixes



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

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20:59
Safari Technology Preview 10.1 - The newest browser...

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

Features

  • Shared Links Extensibility. Use the new Shared Links API extension to add link suggestions to the shared links feed on Safari for OS X and iOS.
  • Content Blocking API for Safari extensions. Easily block content from a large collection of webpage resources with minimal overhead and incredibly high performance.
  • Force Touch Trackpad Mouse Events. Create interactivity like never before using new events and force information from the Force Touch Trackpad.
  • CSS Scroll Snapping. Use CSS scroll snapping to keep the focal point of your content in view when scrolling momentum stops.
  • FairPlay Streaming....
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20:59
Luminar 1.0.1 - Powerful, adaptive, configurable...

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

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

Features

  • RAW is just the beginning - We take RAW format seriously. That’s why Luminar is also a stellar and fast RAW editor with support for dozens of different cameras. At the same time, RAW photo support is just one component of Luminar’s DNA. All in all, it is a whole new world of photo editing opportunities!
  • Adaptive interface that inspires you to do more - While other photo editors make you adapt to their interface, Luminar adapts to your skill level. There is no need to face dozens of sliders...
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20:59
Toast Express 1.0 - Comprehensive tools for optical...

Roxio Toast Express is easy, fast way to burn or copy your digital media. Burn music or data, or create DVD movies complete with titles, menus, and chapters. With all of the essential tools you need to copy and burn discs, Toast Express offers industry-leading tools in one comprehensive application.

Supported Input Formats

  • Audio: AAC, AIFF, MP3, WAV, M4A, OGG, FLAC and Dolby Digital AC-3
  • Video: AVCHD, AVCHD Lite, AVI, DivX Plus HD, DV, FLV and F4V for Adobe Flash, MJPEG, MOV, MKV, MPEG-1/2/4, VOB, VIDEO_TS folder, and EyeTV recordings
  • Photo: BMP, GIF. JPG, PDF, PSD, PNG, TIFF
  • Disc Images: ISO, BIN/CUE, IMG, DMG, CDR, NRG

Languages

  • English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Japanese



Version 1.0:

  • Initial release



  • OS X 10.7 or later (partial functionality on OS X 10.8)
  • VideoBoost requires a compatible...

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20:59
Slack 2.3.2 - Collaborative communication app.

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



Version 2.3.2:

Note: Now requires OS X 10.9 or later

Fixed

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



  • OS X 10.9 or later



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20:59
The Hit List 1.1.27 - Advanced reminder application.

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

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

Forget what you need to do--with confidence.



Version 1.1.27:

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



  • OS X 10.7.5 or later



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20:59
PCalc 4.4.3 - Full-featured scientific calculator.

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

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



Version 4.4.3:

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



  • OS X 10.8 or later



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18:24
New subscription service ‘Setapp’ will offer 40+...

I don’t know if the Mac Community needs, wants or is ready for a subscription service like this. It will come down to the number and quality of the apps.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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17:20
Apple Formally Acknowledges the iPhone 6 Plus '...

Patently Apple began covering a string of class action lawsuits filed against Apple regarding the issue of "Touch Disease" back in late August. Another two reports were posted in October. Until now Apple has been relatively silent on this issue. Today a special website was made public dealing with this issue in-part.

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16:54
Send in the Clones: If Apple doesn’t want to...

Seemingly neglected with the latest round of Mac refreshes are Apple’s desktop offerings. While the MacBook Pro was dramatically overhauled this year with a new design, faster internals, an all-new Touch Bar, and more, the desktop offerings, specifically the Mac mini and Mac Pro, were left untouched.

In fact, while the iMacs were last updated a little over a year ago, it has been since 2014 when the Mac mini saw even a speed bump and you have to go back over 1000 days to 2013 when the Mac Pro was updated with Apple VP of Marketing Phil Schiller rather ironically saying “can’t innovate anymore my ass.”

Apple’s inattention in this area has left many to question whether or not either standalone Mac has a future or if Apple could push the less lucrative desktop business into the hands of another company...

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16:50
Apple Launches 'Touch Disease' Repair...

Apple has ignored one of the biggest problems plaguing iPhone 6 Plus devices -- until now. The company today launched a new "Touch Disease" repair program for the iPhone 6 Plus, finally addressing complaints about a hardware defect that causes the display of the devices to become unresponsive to touch, or less responsive overall. If you have an iPhone 6 Plus that is affected by this defect, you will be able to have your device fixed for a service price of $149. You will be reimbursed by Apple if you paid more than $149 to have your device fixed before the repair program was implemented. MacRumors provides some extra details: Complaints about the iPhone 6 Plus touchscreen issue started in August, after iFixit published a video highlighting the bug and dubbed it "Touch Disease." Touch Disease presents as a gray flickering bar at the top of the screen and a display that becomes unresponsive or less responsive to touch. The problem is believed to be caused by the touchscreen controller...

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16:47
Apple will fix iPhone 6 Pluses with touchscreen...

Enlarge / The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

If you've been having touchscreen problems with your iPhone 6 Plus, Apple has a fix for you if you're willing to pay for it. The "iPhone 6 Plus Multi-Touch Repair Program" is for phones that are either having trouble registering touchscreen input or that are have flickering displays as a result of "being dropped multiple times on a hard surface and then incurring further stress on the device."

Unlike past iPhone repair programs—a list which includes the power button and...

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15:21
Apple activates iPhone 6 Plus repair program to...

In what appears to be a response to the so-called "touch disease" problem, Apple on Thursday initiated a special program to repair iPhone 6 Plus devices exhibiting screen flicker issues due to multiple drops on a hard surface.

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15:07
Apple Launches 'Touch Disease' Repair...

Apple today launched a new repair program for the iPhone 6 Plus, addressing complaints about a manufacturing issue that can cause the iPhone 6 Plus to become unresponsive to touch.

According to Apple, some iPhone 6 Plus devices may exhibit Multi-Touch issues after "being dropped multiple times on a hard surface," causing damage to the device. Under its repair program, Apple will fix affected iPhone 6 Plus devices for a service price of $149.

Customers who paid more than $149 to have their devices fixed before the repair program was implemented will be able to get their money reimbursed by Apple.

Complaints about the iPhone 6 Plus touchscreen issue started in August, after iFixit published a video highlighting the bug and dubbed it "Touch Disease." Touch Disease presents as a gray flickering bar at the...

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14:45
9.7-inch iPad Pro named ‘Tablet of the Year’ by ‘...

Apple won the top prize in Trusted Reviews Tablet of the Year category for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, beating the likes of Google's Pixel C and Microsoft's Surface Book.

"A tough choice this, but Apple's iPad Pro 9.7-inch is the best tablet for most people. It's much more manageable than the original Pro, but with a load of cool bits that made that slate so good,” says Mobile Editor, Max Parker. “The Apple Pencil is great fun, the keyboard handy when you're out and about, and the TrueTone display is easily the best around.”

The awards were handed out at an exclusive awards party in London. Twenty-eight industry products, services, and companies were honored at the event.

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14:45
Mozilla Launches Firefox Focus, a Stripped-Down...

Krystalo quotes a report from VentureBeat: Mozilla today launched a new browser for iOS. In addition to Firefox, the company now also offers Firefox Focus, a browser dedicated to user privacy that by default blocks many web trackers, including analytics, social, and advertising. You can download the new app now from Apple's App Store. If you're getting a huge feeling of deja vu, that's because in December 2015, Mozilla launched Focus by Firefox, a content blocker for iOS. The company has now rebranded the app as Firefox Focus, and it serves two purposes. The content blocker, which can still be used with Safari, remains unchanged. The basic browser, which can be used in conjunction with Firefox for iOS, is new. Firefox Focus is basically just an iOS web view with tracking protection. If you shut it down, or iOS shuts it down while it's in the background, the session is lost. There's also an erase button if you want to wipe your session sooner. But those are really the only features...

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14:44
Apple's Touch Bar MacBook Pro available for in-...

Apple on Thursday activated in-store pickup as an online order option for new MacBook with Touch Bar models, though initial stock checks show extremely limited availability nationwide.

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14:43
Apple launches Multi-Touch Repair Program for iPhone...

Apple today has launched a new repair program for iPhone 6 Plus users affected by the widely reported on “Touch Disease” hardware flaw. This flaw centers around an iPhone’s display becoming unresponsive and displaying a thin gray flickering line along the top.

As part of the new repair program, Apple will repair affected devices for a flat service price of $149.

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14:21
In-Store Pickup Now Available for MacBook Pro With...

Starting today, Apple has made in-store pickup available for the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar in the United States, allowing customers to check stock at their local store and reserve a machine online.

The MacBook Pro first started popping up in retail stores on Tuesday, but because there was no in-store pickup option, there was no way to tell which stores had stock and which didn't. It's now much easier to see which locations have MacBook Pro models available for immediate purchase.

Many stores around the country are listing December 30 pickup dates for the higher-end 13-inch MacBook Pro model and the two 15-inch models, but there are some locations where the new MacBook Pros are currently in stock. The entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar...

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14:11
Touch Screens, Touch Bars, and the Single Point of...

The Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pros is a gimmick — but so was the mouse, once upon a time. In fact, Apple’s latest gimmick solves a problem we didn’t know we had: the friction caused by a single point of focus.

 

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14:04
MacBook Pro w/ Touch Bar now available to order for...

Apple’s new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar has slowly been making its way into the hands of consumers gradually over the past week and many have already started to offer up their opinions on the new machine. While the new Touch Bar models first hit retail stores earlier this week, they are now available for pickup in store via Apple’s website, as well.

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13:58
Apple Celebrates 'Ideas that Push the World...

Apple's latest TV ad is about ideas that push the world forward. In this case the ad is referring to the latest MacBook Pro with ...

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13:44
Notable apps and app updates for Nov. 17, 2016

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

macOS Apps/Updates

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

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

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

AKVIS has released an update of Chameleon, software for creating photo collages. The new version...

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13:28
Here's a Look Inside Apple's New $200...

Apple this week unveiled its latest product, a hardbound photo book that showcases 20 years of Apple products, highlighting every Mac, iPhone, iPod, and iPad released between 1998 and 2015.

Because it's positioned as an art piece, Apple's "Designed by Apple in California" book costs a jaw dropping $200 to $300 depending on size, so we thought we'd take a look inside to see just what you're getting for that price tag.

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Aside from a dedication page dedicating the book to former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, a foreword by Apple design chief Jony Ive, and an insert with product descriptions, the book is text-free, filled with large, high-quality images of Apple products. There are 450 images in total, with multiple photographs of each item to highlight...

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13:26
Toast Express 1.0 - Comprehensive tools for optical...

Roxio Toast Express is easy, fast way to burn or copy your digital media. Burn music or data, or create DVD movies complete with titles, menus, and chapters. With all of the essential tools you need to copy and burn discs, Toast Express offers industry-leading tools in one comprehensive application.

Supported Input Formats

  • Audio: AAC, AIFF, MP3, WAV, M4A, OGG, FLAC and Dolby Digital AC-3
  • Video: AVCHD, AVCHD Lite, AVI, DivX Plus HD, DV, FLV and F4V for Adobe Flash, MJPEG, MOV, MKV, MPEG-1/2/4, VOB, VIDEO_TS folder, and EyeTV recordings
  • Photo: BMP, GIF. JPG, PDF, PSD, PNG, TIFF
  • Disc Images: ISO, BIN/CUE, IMG, DMG, CDR, NRG

Languages

  • English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Japanese



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13:11
Upthere cloud service will scan & upload 1000 4×...

Upthere is a relatively new cloud service created in part by ex-OS X chief Bertrand Serlet, and the company has a special promotion kicking off today. The company is partnering with ScanMyPhotos.com to give away 1000 free 4×6 photo scans for Upthere customers.

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13:07
Apple upgrades Swift Playgrounds to version 1.1

Apple has updated Swift Playgrounds, a free iPad app to teach kids of any age basic coding skills in Swift, to version 1.1. The upgrade — available at the Apple App Store — adds new Learn to Code lessons, support for sound and music.

Playgrounds is designed to teach basic programming concepts like loops and conditionals using an animated character that the budding programmers direct by writing code. The app offers suggestions for code to be used, and Swift Playgrounds also has a special iOS coding keyboard to ease entry of all of those pesky brackets. 

There's a "Fundamentals of Swift" lesson that teaches the basics; more advanced concepts can be explored in further lessons. Code is created on the left side of the iPad screen, and then results are immediately viewable on the right side of the screen with the tap of a "Run My Code" button. Should developers want to see a full-screen view of their handiwork, it's...

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13:05
Apple updates Swift Playgrounds to version 1.1

Apple has updated Swift Playgrounds, a free iPad app to teach kids of any age basic coding skills in Swift, to version 1.1. The upgrade — available at the Apple App Store — adds new Learn to Code lessons, support for sound and music.

Playgrounds is designed to teach basic programming concepts like loops and conditionals using an animated character that the budding programmers direct by writing code. The app offers suggestions for code to be used, and Swift Playgrounds also has a special iOS coding keyboard to ease entry of all of those pesky brackets.

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13:04
How-To: Transfer files quickly between two MacBook...

Target Disk Mode isn’t a new technology, but the fact that you can now transfer files using Thunderbolt 3 is new. Target Disk Mode allows you to quickly share files between two MacBook Pros using Thunderbolt 3. Watch our video walk-through as we guide you through the process step-by-step. more…

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13:01
MacBook Pro external display support explained: 4K,...

Wondering what adapter or cable you need to connect your display to your new MacBook Pro’s USB-C ports? Apple this afternoon published an updated support document offering specifics on requirements for connecting 4K and 5K external displays to its new MacBook Pro models, including supported adapters and cables for Thunderbolt, mini DisplayPort, HDMI, and other connections.

Apple notably unveiled new LG UltraFine monitors alongside its new MacBook Pros that use USB-C to connect to the new machines. But we’ve been getting a lot of questions from users about specifics on requirements for cables and adapters necessary to drive certain displays at 4K and 5K resolutions at 60 Hz refresh rates.

Here’s what you need to know:

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12:52
Apple touts genius potential of Touch Bar-equipped...

Apple on Thursday premiered a new video ad for the Touch Bar-enhanced MacBook Pro, marketing the computer as a "tool for all the ideas to come."

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12:45
Apple opens registrations for Hour of Code workshops...

The Apple store isn’t just for buying cables and adapters, visiting the Genius Bar, or checking your email on the iPads while your friend or loved one buys cables or adapters. Apple does a lot of educational programs for customers of all ages, and as of Thursday, registration is open for the popular Hour of Code workshops.

These will take place the week of December 5, running from that Monday through Sunday, December 11, at all 487 Apple stores worldwide (except the “company store” at 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino). You can sign up for the free workshops by finding a nearby store here, and then picking a free time, and signing in with an Apple ID to complete the registration.

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12:38
System Integrity Protection disabled by default on...

Some -- but not all -- Touch Bar models of the new MacBook Pro are shipping with System Integrity Protection disabled, potentially exposing them to malware threats, according to discussions on Twitter.

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12:29
Apple Releases New 'Bulbs' MacBook Pro Ad...

Apple today uploaded a new MacBook Pro ad to its YouTube channel, showcasing the machine's Touch Bar and comparing it to major inventions throughout time.

Called "Bulbs," the ad features hundreds of exploding lightbulbs alongside brief glimpses of world-changing innovations, starting with fire and running through tilling, blacksmithing, trains, flight, the telephone, the typewriter, toilet paper, the microwave, the television, the freezer, cameras, computers, robotics, and space flight before finishing with a glimpse of the new MacBook Pro.

The ad ends with the lines "Ideas push the world forward" and "Introducing a tool for all the ideas to come" as a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is displayed. In line with the rest of the ad, an image of a lightbulb is briefly shown on the MacBook Pro's screen before being exploded and unexploded via a quick gesture...

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12:25
Apple releases ‘Bulbs’ TV ad featuring the new...

Apple has just shared a new TV commercial to its YouTube page, called ‘Bulbs’. The ad shows a series of lightbulbs exploding around the world, ending with a tag line ‘Ideas push the world forward’ and a few short shots of the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.

The ad highlights human inventions like fire, harvesting, woodwork, trains, transport, television, robots and space travel, finishing with a few glimpses of Apple’s newest MacBook Pro which it calls “a tool for all the ideas to come”. Watch the minute and a half spot after the jump …

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12:15
iPhone Call Logs Easy Pickings on iCloud, Says...


Russian digital forensics firm ElcomSoft on Thursday reported that Apple automatically uploads iPhone call logs to iCloud remote servers, and that users have no official way to disable this feature other than to completely switch off the iCloud drive. The data uploaded could include a list of all calls made and received on an iOS device, as well as phone numbers, dates and times, and duration, the firm said. Apple retains the cloud-based data for up to four months, according to ElcomSoft's report.

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12:15
∞ Apple’s new MacBook Pro ad: Bulbs

Good ad/idea.

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12:11
PlayStation Vue subscription streaming service...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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11:00
The Hour of Code

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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