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Saturday December 3

20:10
Trump defense secretary pick serves on Theranos...

President-elect Trump's rapidly growing circle of advisers and cabinet members continues to raise eyebrows among the tech-savvy. The incoming leader has picked retired General James Mattis as his Secretary of Defense, and the Marine has been a devote...

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18:39
iOS's 'Activation Lock' For Stolen...

An anonymous reader quotes ComputerWorld:
Two researchers claim to have found a way to bypass the activation lock feature in iOS that's supposed to prevent anyone from using an iPhone or iPad marked as lost by its owner... One of the few things allowed from the activation lock screen is connecting the device to a Wi-Fi network, including manually configuring one. [Security researcher] Hemanth had the idea of trying to crash the service that enforces the lock screen by entering very long strings of characters in the WPA2-Enterprise username and password fields.

The researcher claims that, after awhile, the screen froze, and he used the iPad smart cover sold by Apple to put the tablet to sleep and then reopen it... "After 20-25 seconds the Add Wifi Connection screen crashed to the iPad home screen, thereby bypassing the so-called Find My iPhone Activation Lock," he said in a blog post.

There's also a five-minute video on YouTube which purports to show a newer...

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18:32
Microsoft hopes your Windows PC can replace an...

If rumors are true, Microsoft may be one of the few major consumer tech giants that doesn't have a smart, voice-guided speaker in the works... but that doesn't mean it's sitting on its thumbs. In an expansion of recent code discoveries, Windows Centr...

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17:01
Panasonic's OLED-fighting LCD is meant for...

Panasonic's salad days in the consumer TV space are in its past, but today the company announced a new IPS display technology that might help it win back some of the professional market. Essentially, it's making an LCD panel with the precision backli...

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15:27
Apple letter offers a clue to its self-driving car...

Apple's hopes of developing self-driving car technology have been a poorly kept secret for a while, and now it's coming clean. The company has sent a letter to the US' National Highway Traffic Safety Administration acknowledging that the company is...

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14:30
All the reveals from PlayStation Experience 2016

It definitely feels like Sony showed off more games during the PlayStation Experience keynote today than it did at E3. Which is pretty impressive, when you think about it. The show started out with a glimpse at the next chapter of the Uncharted saga...

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13:30
Pros and cons: Our verdict on the new Surface Book

The 2016 Surface Book is a lot like last year's Surface Book, which we already really liked. So we recommend this one too, though the few flaws we noted last time remain as well. As ever, it's a well-built piece of kit, with a bright detachable scree...

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12:50
Apple VP of special projects disappears from the...

Apple’s vice president of special projects Paul Deneve has disappeared from the Apple executive bios page, as noted by AppleInsider

Deneve joined Apple in 2013 after serving as chief executive officer at fashion brand Saint Laurent. He now reports to Apple Chief Operating Office Jeff Williams rather than CEO Tim Cook directly. 

Deneve had been employed at Apple before 2013. He worked in sales and marketing for the company's European arm between 1990 and 1997. After that he started a career in the fashion industry with Courrèges, eventually becoming YSL's CEO in 2011.

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12:41
Apple acknowledges that it’s working on self-driving...

Apple has sent a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) acknowledging that it is working on self-driving cars. The letter requests that NHTSA facilitate testing of self-driving development vehicles on public roads, as well as provide standards for data sharing and privacy. 

In July, Bloomberg had pointed to the hiring of Dan Dodge, the founder of QNX, as an indicator that Apple was prioritizing development of an autonomous driving system, rather than just an electric car. Bloomberg also highlighted the installation of long-time Apple executive Bob Mansfield as another sign of changes in the project.

The structure of Mansfield's team clearly indicated that Apple was still building a complete solution to the problem of autonomous vehicles, and not just a focus on software development, Mark Hibben writes for...

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12:15
Airbnb drops its lawsuit against New York

Some of Airbnb's larger US legal battles are winding down quickly. In the wake of a settlement with the state, the rental listings company is dropping a lawsuit against New York that fought a ban on short-term rentals where the tenant isn't present....

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12:00
The follow-up to 'Resogun' is a Hail Mary...

Housemarque, the Finnish developer behind Resogun and Dead Nation, hasn't had the best year.

I visited its Helsinki headquarters back in September to see how the studio was following up Resogun, the surprise hit of the PlayStation 4 launch. What I f...

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11:29
Apple confirms work on autonomous systems to...

Apple’s car plans have long been kept under wrap by the company itself, but a new regulatory filing shows it publicly address the industry for the time. In a letter to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) uncovered by VentureBeat, Apple urges the government not to restrict testing of self-driving vehicles…

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11:18
Ellie is all grown up in 'The Last of Us: Part...

Sony closed out its PlayStation Experience keynote with the first trailer for The Last of Us: Part II, the sequel to Naughty Dog's breakout 2013 shooter. The stars of the original game, Joel and Ellie, return in Part II, older and apparently filled w...

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10:36
'Uncharted' is back on PS4 with 'The...

There's a new Uncharted. Well, a new story chapter at least. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, from the looks of it, is a lot like The Last of Us: Left Behind. Meaning, it's a standalone story that fleshes out characters from the main game in a new way. Th...

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10:36
'Wipeout' comes to the PS4 through the...

Have you been suffering from Wipeout withdrawal symptoms since getting a PS4? You can relax. Sony has revealed that Wipeout Omega Collection is coming to the PS4 with remastered versions of three games (or two, depending on your point of view): Wipeo...

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10:32
'Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite' hits the PS4...

Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite pits classic video game characters from franchises like Street Fighter and Mega Man against everyone's favorite superheroes from the Marvel universe. The debut trailer showed an epic battle among Ryu, Mega Man X, Captain Ma...

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09:45
This week’s top stories: Hands-on w/ AT&T’s...

In this week’s top stories: We go hands-on with AT&T’s new DirecTV Now streaming service, more iPhone 8 reports arrive alongside news of an upcoming iPad refresh, we show you how to check if your iPhone 6s is eligible for a battery replacement, and much more.

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09:45
Watch the PlayStation Experience keynote right here!

PlayStation Experience kicks off today in Anaheim, California, offering a weekend of gaming, Capcom and Call of Duty eSports tournaments, and plenty of news for fans of Sony's wares. The keynote starts at 10AM PT / 1PM ET and it's poised to feature a...

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09:30
Recommended Reading: Should Facebook start fact-...

Facebook Shouldn't
Fact-Check
Jessica Lessin,
The New York Times

How should Facebook combat fake news? The company isn't sure yet, but one tech journalist argues fact-checking isn't the answer. The Information's editor-in-chief Jessica Lessin penn...

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08:57
Proposal in Paris to name street after Steve Jobs...

A politician in Paris has proposed that a street in the city be named after the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Jerome Coumet, a member of the Socialist Party and mayor of the 13th district in Paris, suggested that four lanes surrounding the Halle Freyssinet area be named after Steve Jobs (via Le Bonbon).

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08:54
The 2016 MacBook Pro “Dongles conspiracy” might be...

For those of you who were wondering what Apple was thinking with the 2016 MacBook Pro and the need for dongles, a former engineer discusses his time on the product team…

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08:00
Six amazing all-electric motorcycles

Zero-emissions cars are popping up left and right, but motorcycle design has been a little late to the game. Yet, all-electric motorcycles and are zooming down the streets in increasing numbers. With varying engine sizes, charging times and driving r...

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07:21
ESA will fund ExoMars 2020 despite Schiaparelli...

The ExoMars mission will live on despite the Schiaparelli's lander unfortunate mishap. At a meeting in Switzerland, European Space Agency's member countries have agreed to set aside €436 million ($464 million) to make ExoMars 2020 a reality. Tha...

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06:30
ICYMI: Crowdsourcing the space poop problem

Today on In Case You Missed It: NASA and HeroX are asking for help from the public to try to create a bathroom that can be used for up to six days, inside space suits. Previously astronauts have worn diapers during missions in space suits, but tha...

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05:09
Review: Powerbeats3 with Apple W1 chip are the most...




Bluetooth audio --?especially when exercising --?has always been "good enough," but never great. Apple's W1 chip in its latest headphones lineup changes that, and the proprietary wireless technology steals the show in its new sports-focused Powerbeats3 headphones.

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05:00
Of 8 Tech Companies, Only Twitter Says It Would...

On the campaign trail last year, President-elect Donald Trump said he would consider requiring Muslim-Americans to register with a government database. While he has back-stepped on a number of campaign promises after being elected president, Trump and his transition team have recently resurfaced the idea to create a national Muslim registry. In response, The Intercept contacted nine of the "most prominent" technology companies in the United States "to ask if they would sell their services to help create a national Muslim registry." Twitter was the only company that responded with "No." The Intercept reports: Even on a purely hypothetical basis, such a project would provide American technology companies an easy line to draw in the sand -- pushing back against any effort to track individuals purely (or essentially) on the basis of their religious beliefs doesn't take much in the way of courage or conviction, even by the thin standards of corporate America. We'd also be remiss in...

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05:00
The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Letter from the Editor

December's here, and that means the holidays have kicked into overdrive as companies everywhere hope that it's their gear you'll be giving. Google, however, has made the curious decision to ignore one of its more successful...

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04:22
Apple VP Paul Deneve disappears from Apple exec bio...

Apple’s vice president of special projects Paul Deneve has disappeared from the Apple executive bios page on Apple’s website. Deneve joined Apple in 2013 after serving as chief executive officer at fashion brand Saint Laurent. His removal from the biography signifies a change in management structure; Deneve now reports to Apple COO Jeff Williams rather than Tim Cook directly.

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03:44
This week on AI: 'iPhone 8' plans, Apple...




News settled down this week post-Thanksgiving, but there were still developments involving next year's OLED-equipped "iPhone 8," and hints about where Apple is going with its Maps app and future health hardware.

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Friday December 2

22:58
Apple expresses interest in autonomous vehicle...




In perhaps the most public admission of its automotive ambitions, Apple in a statement issued to the NHTSA in November proposed an update to existing policy that would grant industry newcomers the same opportunities as established manufacturers when it comes to testing on public roads.

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20:10
Apple Removes Fashion Executive Paul Deneve from...

Apple quietly removed Paul Deneve from its leadership website. Mr. Deneve came from the fashion world and was Vice President of Special Projects at Apple, where he was known to work on Apple Watch.


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19:52
The first 4K NBA broadcast in the US happens...

NBA fans in the US will get their first chance to check out a live game in 4K Ultra HD on Saturday night when the Utah Jazz visit the Denver Nuggets. The broadcast will be available via DirecTV if you have the proper package and equipment (Genie HR54...

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19:48
Apple scrubs VP of Special Projects Paul Deneve...




Apple this week removed Apple VP of Special Projects Paul Deneve's bio from its Apple Leadership webpage, suggesting the executive has changed roles or is no longer with the company.

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19:02
Reported 2016 MacBook Pro graphics issues likely...




An undetermined number of 2016 MacBook Pro models are suffering from disturbing graphical rendering issues, with owners reporting full screen artifacts, screen tearing, flashing, random "glitches" and even system crashes. The issue, however, is related to overzealous third-party software and is not indicative of a critical hardware flaw.

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18:27
Microsoft expands its accessibility efforts on...

Microsoft is keen on making sure people with disabilities can use their products, and next year it's only going to expand upon that directive. It starts with some big additions to Windows 10 and Narrator for the Creators Update like support for brail...

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17:25
The 'USB Killer' Has Been Mass Produced...

New submitter npslider writes: The "USB Killer," a USB stick that fries almost everything that it is plugged into, has been mass produced -- available online for about $50. Ars Technica first wrote about this diabolical device that looks like a fairly humdrum memory stick a year ago. From the report: "The USB Killer is shockingly simple in its operation. As soon as you plug it in, a DC-to-DC converter starts drawing power from the host system and storing electricity in its bank of capacitors (the square-shaped components). When the capacitors reach a potential of -220V, the device dumps all of that electricity into the USB data lines, most likely frying whatever is on the other end. If the host doesn't just roll over and die, the USB stick does the charge-discharge process again and again until it sizzles. Since the USB Killer has gone on sale, it has been used to fry laptops (including an old ThinkPad and a brand new MacBook Pro), an Xbox One, the new Google Pixel phone, and some...

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16:57
Facebook could fight fake news with curated articles

The proliferation of fake news on its network has haunted Facebook since the presidential election. Initially downplaying its impact, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has come around to start speaking on the social platform's action plan, including cutting off ad...

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16:24
Latest Apple Campus 2 Drone Shot Looks Star Trek

Apple’s spaceship campus is looking more impressive as construction gets closer to wrapping up, and TMO’s latest drone pic really drives that home. Taken Wednesday, our intrepid drone pilot’s flying skills let you see the roof solar panels are nearly all installed, landscaping is starting to come together outside the massive building, and the giant courtyard in the building’s center is taking shape, too. The building really looks like something from JJ Abrams’ Star Trek. Apple Campus 2.0 isn’t finished yet, but is moving along well enough that the company will likely start moving in some time in 2017.


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15:48
Cybersecurity commission calls for increased...

In April, President Obama officially formed the The Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity to examine the country's electronic vulnerabilities in the wake of high-profile hacks like that of the Office of Personnel Management in 2015. Today th...

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15:40
Mailplane 3.6.8

Adds the option to use the active tab as the Default Sender. ($24.95 new, free update, 21.3 MB)

 

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15:17
Amazon's new Snowmobile collects data instead...

Moving large amounts of electronically stored data is both difficult and time consuming. Current internet technology limits how quickly data can be transferred using the internet. While a few pictures on your phone can be uploaded in seconds, backing...

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15:07
Refracta 8.0 Is a Pint-Sized Powerhouse


Refracta is a somewhat obscure Linux distribution that offers exceptional functionality and stability. Obscurity is not always a bad thing when it comes to Linux distros. You can find some very worthwhile alternatives to your current operating system. Refracta is a big surprise in a small package. Many look-alike desktop distros are difficult to distinguish from run-of-the-mill garden varieties. Others offer new adopters something unique that makes using them fun and productive.

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14:40
Foxconn Employee Faces 10-Year Prison Sentence For...

A Taiwanese Foxconn manager faces a stiff prison sentence after he stole 5,700 iPhones from his employer, and went to sell them for $1.56 million. The Next Web reports: Foxconn is a tech manufacturing giant. It makes a lot of things, including laptops for HP, phones for Apple, games consoles for Sony, and its workers so depressed it has to install suicide nets. The Taiwanese manager at the center of this crime -- known only by his family name, Tsai -- worked in the testing department at Foxconn's factory in Shenzhen, mainland China. According to Taiwanese prosecutors, Tsai ordered eight of his subordinates to smuggle out thousands of iPhones which were used by the company for testing and quality assurance purposes. These were destined to be scrapped after use. The stolen iPhones (mostly iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s models) made their way to stores in Shenzhen, and went on to make Tsai and his accomplices nearly $1.56 million USD (Tw$50 million). Tsai has since been charged with breach of...

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14:31
Republican congressmen question value of asteroid...

A pair of Republican congressmen, both of whom sit on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, contacted NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on Tuesday, requesting more information from the space administration about a recent report suppor...

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14:27
How Apple Might be Our Last Hope Before the Internet...

Companies exist to make money. But when wealth beyond dreams, at any cost, is the driving force behind internet business, chaos results. Big tech companies have great power. How they use that power and their own sense of what constitutes ethical, disciplined behavior might all that’s left before the free internet and its free people are no more. Apple is leading the way, but cannot do it all.


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14:17
The unsolvable mysteries of the Voynich Manuscript

I have been interested in the Voynich Manuscript since I first heard of it in high school. I am nowhere near smart enough to get involved in its deciphering community but the idea of what it is and what it represents fascinates me.

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14:10
Twitter has a new head of product who barely uses...

This feels like yet another example of how such an arguably great service like Twitter seems to not have any idea of itself. Twitter seems to succeed in spite of the executives running it, not because of them.

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14:04
Apple Drone Fleet to Gather Maps Data


Apple reportedly has assembled a group of robotics and data-collection experts who will use drones to obtain data for updates to its Maps app. Apple, Google and others in the cartography space currently collect a lot of their data using motor vehicles equipped with high-tech gear.
"That's a very expensive and time-consuming process," said Sam Abuelsamid, a senior research analyst at Navigant Research. "Doing it with drones provides the potential to gather the same kind of data in a much more cost-effective manner and do it more rapidly."

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13:53
News: Apple Store app update allows purchases from...

Apple has released an update to the Apple Store app, adding the ability for users to purchase accessories directly from their Apple Watch, as well as support for iOS 10 rich notifications. The Apple Watch app doesn’t yet provide access to the full Apple Store catalog, so users will be limited to purchasing accessories that they’ve already marked as favorites from the iOS app or Apple Store web page, and will need to pay using Apple Pay.…

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13:50
Updated Apple Store app allows users to buy favorite...




Apple's App Store app has been updated, with the primary addition being the ability to allow users to make purchases from the Apple Watch.

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13:40
The Week in iOS Apps: Brown Bear comes to life

New iOS apps of the week

This week’s roundup includes a new app that celebrates the 50th anniversary of a children’s favorite. Read on!

Eric Carle’s Brown Bear Animal Parade

Eric Carle’s Brown Bear Animal Parade ($3, iPhone and iPad) marks the 50th anniversary of Eric Carle’s classic best-selling children’s book Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?. Brown Bear and his friends—including Red Bird, Yellow Duck, Green Frog, and other characters—come to life in 3D animation. It’s designed “for preschoolers and Eric Carle fans of all ages.”

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13:22
Apple health tech exec bids the company adieu

In May Apple hired robotics expert Yoky Matsuoka to work on health projects. However, she’s already left the company, according to Bloomberg, quoting unnamed “people familiar with the matter.” No reason was given for her departure.

Matsuoka was hired to lead teams involved with the company’s HealthKit tracking software, the CareKit tool for managing patient medical care, the ResearchKit framework for conducting medical studies via Apple devices, and related machine learning algorithms. Matsuoka reported to Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer.

YOKY MATSUOKA SPEAKS ONSTAGE DURING TINA BROWN'S 7TH ANNUAL WOMEN IN THE WORLD SUMMIT AT DAVID H. KOCH THEATER AT LINCOLN CENTER ON APRIL 8, 2016 IN NEW YORK CITY. PHOTOGRAPH BU JEMAL COUNTESS 2016 — GETTY IMAGES

In 2007, Matsuoka won a MacArthur Foundation “...

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13:16
The Apple Daily Report for Dec. 2, 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.

New research conducted by a global independent safety firm has revealed that 99% of fake Apple chargers sold online fail a basic safety test, according to the BBC

Citing industry officials familiar with Apple's plans, The Economic Times reports Apple has tapped European logistics firm and global operating partner DB Schenker to build and manage a distribution facility in Bhiwandi.

A former senior manager at Foxconn has been charged with stealing and selling 5,700 iPhones for a total of...

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13:14
Notable apps and app updates for Dec. 2, 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 rolled out Mirror for Philips TV 1.3.2, the latest in a family of screen mirroring apps for mac OS. 

The latest update provides a way to mirror you Mac screen to your Philips Smart TV without cables or additional hardware. The application works on any Philips Smart TV from the 2012 models onward. 

Mirror for Philips TV requires macOS 10.10 or later. It costs $9.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store. Users who would like to test Mirror for Philips TV to see if their TV is supported and their local network is fast enough, can download a...

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12:48
Apple’s new stunning flagship waterfront retail...

Back in November of last year, Apple confirmed plans to build a new stunning waterfront flagship retail store on the Chicago River. At the time a few renders of Apple’s plans for the location were floating around courtesy of architect Foster + Partners, which Apple has worked with on several projects including the design of the company’s Spaceship campus, as well as the redesign for London’s Regent Street store. But Apple has rapidly made progress on demolition of the existing site and construction on the new store in recent weeks, as evidenced by these photos sent in by a reader (Thanks Tim King!).

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12:40
Gooligan Ransacks More Than 1M Android Accounts


More than 1 million Google accounts have been breached by Android malware dubbed "Gooligan," Check Point reported Wednesday. The malware roots infected devices and steals authentication tokens that can be used to access data from various Google apps including Gmail, Google Docs, G Suite and Google Drive. It potentially affects devices running Android 4 and 5. Devices are infected when their users download infected apps or click on poisoned links, Check Point said.

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12:37
Executive leading HealthKit, other software...




An executive hired to lead teams responsible for HealthKit, CareKit, and ResearchKit -- as well as related machine learning algorithms -- has left Apple after just a few months on the job, a report said on Friday.

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12:32
Hands-on: Creating a custom Touch Bar button using...

As Chance noted last night, an alpha version of BetterTouchTool was released yesterday with support for the MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar. Being an alpha release, you can expect to find bugs, but I decided to go hands-on with the update to see how the Touch Bar implementation worked.

What I found was a seriously impressive tool that will allow users to have a ridiculous amount of fine-grained control at their fingertips. Have a look at our brief video walkthrough inside to see the customizable Touch Bar controls in action. more…

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12:31
Apple Store app now lets you order accessories from...

You can now make purchases from the Apple Store with just a few taps on your wrist. The latest version of the Apple Store app for Apple Watch lets you actually purchase accessories that you’ve favorited from your account.

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11:46
Gear: Griffin Pencil Sleeve for Apple Pencil

Griffin’s Pencil Sleeve ($30) is a silicone sleeve for Apple Pencil. The non-slip sleeve fits snuggly around the Apple Pencil, and its triangular design prevents Pencil from rolling around. Pencil Sleeve also comes with a built-in cap, which essentially acts as a replacement for the easy-to-lose Pencil cap. Also, the sleeve’s cap has its own multi-touch compatible stylus tip on the end, adding extra functionality to Pencil. The sleeve…

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11:31
Random iPhone 6s shutdowns due to faulty battery...

A problem with iPhone 6s products randomly shutting down comes from a battery flaw found in a small number of models, according to Apple.

After a Chinese consumer watchdog group reported the issue, Apple is offering a fix free of charge to any eligible iPhone 6s user through its customer support sites.

On Friday, Apple explained on its Chinese site that the problem was found in iPhone 6s devices containing a faulty battery component. This component was “exposed to controlled ambient air longer than it should have” before it was assembled into the battery packs, Apple said.

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11:29
Researchers Bypass iPad and iPhone Activation Lock

Vulnerability Lab has published a video to YouTube (via AppleInsider) demonstrating a method for bypassing the Activation Lock on an iOS device. Researchers discovered a convoluted series of steps one can go through starting with a buffer overflow, and also using a Smart Cover…it’s complicated. The bottom line, though, is that the method would allow someone to bypass the Activation Lock, meaning they could use a device that’s been locked by Find My iPhone. Apple is usually able to patch these bypasses, but this video nicely highlights the ongoing cat and mouse game involved with security. The video is presented in real time, meaning there are long stretches where not much is happening. It’s interesting, though, to see the steps necessary for the exploit and the end result.

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11:14
The Public Access Weekly: D'oh!

As a die-hard Simpsons fan, I have been really excited about FXXs 600 episode marathon but I think I vastly underestimated the stamina it was going to take to get through thirteen days worth of the longest-running animated series ever. And I've seen...

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11:00
Buffer overflow exploit can bypass Activation Lock...

Enlarge / The iPad Air 2 and Mini 4. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Apple's Activation Lock feature, introduced in iOS 7 in 2013, deters thieves by associating your iPhone and iPad with your Apple ID. Even if a thief steals your device, puts it into Recovery Mode, and completely resets it, the phone or tablet won't work without the original user's Apple ID and password. This makes stolen iDevices less valuable since they become more difficult to resell, and it has significantly reduced iPhone theft in major cities.

The feature has been difficult to crack, but a new exploit disclosed by ...

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10:42
How about a Computer Keyboard or Trackpad Made of...

I have no idea how practical these products are, but they’re gorgeous. Check out the Orée Board and Orée Touch Slab, a keyboard and trackpad made from wood. The Board is portable and can connect via USB or Bluetooth. It’s designed to work with macOS and iOS, or Windows and Android. Each is made from a single piece of wood, making individual units unique. The Touch Slab is a multitouch trackpad that can also be used as a numeric keypad. Look closely and you’ll see the keypad outlined on top. It’s Bluetooth only, and works with macOS, and Windows 7 or 8. The Board is priced at US$129, while Touch Slab is $150. I haven’t tested them, but they totally caught my eye.


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10:40
Oppenheimer: Apple ‘lacks the courage to lead the...

I would strongly disagree with the characterization but time will tell.

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10:24
Apple switches App Store pricing to local currencies...




In nine markets, Apple will soon move to using local currencies on the App Store, according to an official notice to developers.

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10:23
Social Networks Can Learn from Apple to Solve ‘Fake...

The proliferation of “fake news” has been blamed in part on social media companies’ hands-off approach to curation. Charlotte Henry argues this is one area where social media can take its cues from Apple and its heavily curated approach to Apple News.


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10:23
Researchers find a way bypass the iOS activation lock

Two researchers claim to have found a way to bypass the activation lock feature in iOS that’s supposed to prevent anyone from using an iPhone or iPad marked as lost by its owner.

The first report came Sunday from an Indian security researcher named Hemanth Joseph, who started investigating possible bypasses after being confronted with a locked iPad he acquired from eBay.

The activation lock gets enabled automatically when users turn on the Find My iPhone feature via iCloud. It links the device to their Apple IDs and prevents anyone else from accessing the device without entering the associated password.

One of the few things allowed from the activation lock screen is connecting the device to a Wi-Fi network, including manually configuring one. Hemanth had the idea of trying to crash the service that enforces the lock screen by entering very long strings of characters in the WPA2-Enterprise username and password fields.

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10:21
Review: Bragi’s ‘The Headphone’, cord-free wireless...

They apparently didn’t get the message about not naming cord-free earbuds with a singular naming scheme, so this new product from Bragi is awkwardly named, “The Headphone.” But branding aside, these earbuds have made quite an improvement over the company’s first-generation product called “The Dash,” which was one of the first to hit the market a year ago. 

My biggest complaint when testing The Dash was half-baked fitness features, unnecessary built-in storage, and sloppy touch controls that cluttered what could have been an otherwise decent cord-free earbud experience. The Headphone fixes a lot of those issues (mostly by simply removing the problematic features), and what you end up with is a basic but less expensive cord-free earbud that actually works well enough for everyday use. They’re also one of the first cord-free earbuds worth considering before the launch of...

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10:21
Apple issues iOS 10.2 beta 5 to public &...




Apple on Friday released a fifth beta of iOS 10.2 to developers and public beta participants, its second update of the test software in just four days.

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10:15
Playing Catch-up on macOS Sierra, Printer Wars,...

Dr. Mac follows up on whether or not it’s safe to upgrade to macOS Sierra; a longer-term report on his EcoTank vs. Instant Ink printer comparison; and a lower price on the leather loop Apple Watch bands he bought in July and August (and still loves).


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News: Apple releases fifth beta of iOS 10.2 to...

Apple has released a fifth beta of iOS 10.2 to developers today, focused primarily on resolving issues with the new TV app expected to debut later this month. Notably, this latest beta release does not appear to be accompanied by corresponding tvOS or watchOS beta updates....

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10:08
Uber Sees You When You’re Sleeping…Around – TMO...

“I’ll be watching you” is a line that might make Sting look a lot more prescient after you hear this episode. Uber and Waze want to know where you are even more than they used to, and Apple wants to put drones in the air over your roads and in front of your homes, at least for a little bit. It’s a brave new world. Our advice: don’t go outside without pants on.


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10:05
The evolution of Apple’s laptops, from the PowerBook...

How many of these did you have? I’ve used at least one model of each (except for the iBook) since the Powerbook 180.

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10:03
Apple releases iOS 10.2 beta 5 for developer iPhones...

Apple has released iOS 10.2 beta 5 for developers — the second iOS 10.2 beta released this week. iOS 10.2 includes several upcoming features like new Unicode 9.0 emoji, three new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus wallpapers, a new TV app, additional camera features, new Messages screen effects, and more.

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10:00
Fake Apple Chargers Fail Safety Tests

Investigators have warned consumers they face potentially fatal risks after 99% of fake Apple chargers failed a basic safety test. From a report on BBC: Trading Standards, which commissioned the checks, said counterfeit electrical goods bought online were an "unknown entity." Of 400 counterfeit chargers, only three were found to have enough insulation to protect against electric shocks. It comes as Apple has complained of a "flood" of fakes being sold on Amazon. Apple revealed in October that it was suing a third-party vendor, which it said was putting customers "at risk" by selling power adapters masquerading as those sold by the Californian tech firm.


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09:56
PSA: Flagship MacBook Pros and iPhones could miss...

According to their online store, some of Apple’s newest products including the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and certain models of the iPhone 7 Plus may not arrive — or will cut it close to arriving — in time for Christmas… more…

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09:40
1Password 6.5.2

Maintenance release for the password management utility that’s focused on bug fixes. ($64.99 new, free update, 44.3 MB)

 

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09:39
Apple blames iPhone 6s battery problems on air...




Elaborating on an unfolding issue with iPhone 6s shutdowns, Apple on Friday linked the problem to gaffes during the manufacturing process.

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09:39
News: Apple reveals cause of unexpected iPhone 6s...

In a statement on its Chinese language website, Apple has revealed the source of the battery problem that has been causing iPhone 6s devices to shut down unexpectedly when the battery reaches 30 percent. “We found that a small number of iPhone 6s devices made in September and October 2015 contained a battery component that was exposed to controlled ambient air longer than it should have been before being assembled into battery packs,”…

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Secrets: A free secure password manager for Mac and...

My thanks to Secrets for sponsoring The Loop this week.

Secrets is now Free on the App Store! Secrets is a simple, secure password manager for Mac and iOS. It leverages industry standard encryption algorithms to provide secure storage and macOS and iOS native features to facilitate automatic filling of logins in the browser.

Version 2.0 is the culmination of months of testing in the real world. Bugs have been squashed, important features have been added and polish has been applied throughout. With this new version you can use Secrets and all of its features for Free with up to 10 items.

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[VIDEO]: This is hilarious. I really want to add Siri to this conversation.

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School’s in session, which means kids need rides. Mike Matthews shares details about an app that can help parents team up to spread the driving duties.

 

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08:23
Oppenheimer: Apple 'lacks the courage to lead...




Oppenheimer analysts issued an unusually scathing Apple investor memo on Friday, charging that the company is headed in the wrong direction and poised for a "decade-long malaise" as a result.

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08:18
New 2016 MacBook Pros default to scaled non-native...

A little-known fact about the new 2016 MacBook Pros is that Apple changed the default screen resolution configuration. With a fresh install of the operating system, I noticed that my new 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar uses a scaled screen resolution that does not 1:1 map to the display’s native 2880×1800 resolution.

This setting is called ‘Looks like 1680×1050’ and offers more space at the expense of some blurriness, most noticeable on text. For the best Retina quality, you need to dig into the settings, although this will mean sacrificing some screen real estate. See a comparison, and how to change these options, after the jump …

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08:10
How to find out if your iPhone 6s is eligible for...

When my iPhone 6s started shutting down earlier this month even though it still had 20 percent or 30 percent battery life showing, I suspected maybe it was just getting too cold. After all, I’ve seen my iPhones be temperature sensitive in the past.

But it turns out that the problem really stemmed from a bug in version 10.1 or 10.1.1 of Apple iOS, and now Apple is offering free battery replacement by those affected. The weird thing that those of us affected by this have experienced is that after charging the phone back in, it almost immediately turns back on, back at its 20 percent or 30 percent battery level.

This iPhone 6s battery issue differs from an earlier, overblown iPhone 6s battery problem story. It also is separate from an issue earlier this month in which ...

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UL safety testing shows 95% of third party iPhone...




A commissioned report of 400 fake Apple chargers bought from all over the world found that 99 percent of them were unsafe, and didn't have sufficient safeguards to protect users and plugged-in devices.

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07:43
Review: iHome iZBT10 Zenergy Bedside Sleep Therapy...

The full product name of iHome's new iZBT10 Zenergy Bedside Sleep Therapy Speaker ($100) explains its main aim: a bedroom speaker meant to be a sleep machine. But that's not all, as iHome has packed the speaker with features, hoping for it to become a jack-of-all-trades speaker — at least as far as the bedroom goes. On top of its alarm clock and sleep machine abilities, iZBT10 allows for Bluetooth playback, a full array of lighting options — the speaker offers light therapy in addition to sound therapy — FM radio, and a 2.5A charging port, as well. While there are a number of on-speaker controls, iZBT10 reaches its full potential with the use of iHome's Zenergy app, which allows users to quickly access all of the speaker's features.{/exp:char_limit}
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07:33
macOS: Four Quick Ways to Find and Open Files

Today’s Quick Tip will give you tricks on finding and opening files within macOS. If you’ve ever wondered what the fastest ways are to do that, then this article’s for you! (Or heck, if you just want to tell us in the comments that we forgot your favorite method, then that’s fine too.)


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Happy Hour Podcast 096 | 5K fiasco, Apple’s Black...

This week Benjamin and Zac offer up a Touch Bar tip for MacBook Pro users, discuss Fitbit potentially buying Pebble, Apple’s Thanksgiving Day 5K fiasco, unwanted iCloud Calendar spam, Apple’s Black Friday promo, AT&T’s new DirecTV Now streaming service, and much more. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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07:28
Taiwan indicts Foxconn manager on stealing &...




An ex-senior manager with Foxconn, Apple's main assembly partner, was reportedly indicted in Taiwan on Friday for stealing and selling some 5,700 iPhones in China.

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07:00
Reddit Has Had It With Trolls


Reddit has announced reforms designed to crack down on trolls and punish the most abusive members of its community. Reddit has identified hundreds of the most "toxic users," said CEO Steve Huffman, and it has devised a plan to take action against them. Consequence for unacceptable behavior could range from warnings to timeouts to permanent bans. Reddit's latest move serendipitously mirrors the current plotline of Comedy Central's hit animated series South Park, which depicts Internet trolls as having become a serious global issue.

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AppleInsider podcast talks scaling back production...




This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor and Mikey discuss the the iPhone 7 production rumors, the surprise acquisition of Pebble by Fitbit, and Nokia's brand revival from the dead.

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06:32
News: Report: 99 percent of fake Apple chargers...

Photo: BBC Investigators have found that 99 percent of fake Apple chargers sold online failed a basic safety test, the BBC reports. Safety specialists UL tested 400 counterfeit chargers bought from 8 countries—including the U.S., China and Australia—and found that only three had enough insulation to guard against electric shocks. Trading Standards, the group that commissioned the study, warned buyers to be wary of chargers that don’t…

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06:31
∞ Your iPhone, the special property of the left side...

Do you have an iPhone 6s or newer? Try this:

  • Unlock your phone.
  • Press your thumb on the left bezel (the black framing on the left side of the front of the phone) and press.

As you press, the force touch will reveal just a bit of the stack of apps you are running. Press with a bit more force, and that view will go full screen, as if you had double pressed the home button.

Not sure when this feature first came out, but it seems little enough known that I thought this was worth a post.

I wish Apple would let me switch over to the right side. I also wish I could assign this specific force touch to other aspects of the iOS interface.

For example, imagine if I could use that gesture to undo the last autocorrect, no matter the app. You’d be typing along and notice that iOS changed a word to, say, ducking. Not what you wanted. So you give a quick force touch and your original word is automatically put back in place, without your...

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06:30
Consortium forms out of worries Apple could...




Several major Chinese smartphone vendors are forming a consortium with a supplier to invest in AMOLED production in 2017, mainly out of worries that Apple will end up monopolizing panel supplies with upcoming iPhones, according to reports.

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06:21
NetEase Cloud Music is first online music product to...

NetEase Cloud Music, which makes the most popular online music app in China, has launched Mac 1.5, a new edition of its app, which can be downloaded and used by a wide range of Chinese Mac users. 

The upgrade supports the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. It’s the first Chinese online music product to do so. Via the Touch Bar, users of the Mac 1.5 edition have direct control over the features available within each of NetEase Cloud Music's four modes: Single Songs, Personal FM, Radio Programs and Music Videos. The Touch Bar also allows access to subscriptions and bookmarking.

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06:21
UK Study Finds 99% of Fake iPhone Chargers Fail...

Sure, that counterfeit iPhone charger on Amazon is less than half the price of a real one, but according to a recent UK study, it may also kill you. When it comes to electricity, you probably shouldn’t be too frugal.


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