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Sunday January 22

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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10:31
Retro Patents turns famous inventions into art you...

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

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09:23
Speeding Up a Sluggish Mac and Cool Stuff Found – ...

Cool Stuff Found today contains lots of things you suggested after listening to recent shows, including tools to help your Mac sleep, help you manage your keyboard shortcuts and macros, privately sync your notes, auto-file your Mail, and free backup storage! Then its on to sharing your tips and answering your questions. Want to learn how to factory reset your AirPods, enable band-steering on your router, or have Siri search Google instead of Bing? Let’s go!


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




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

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Saturday January 21

20:04
Amazon made a Dash button just for boxes of assorted...

If you're a creature of habit who doesn't mind introducing a little branding into your home, Amazon's one-touch ordering buttons are useful for re-stocking everything from laundry detergent to Nerf ammo. They can even be programmed to remind you that...

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18:33
Snowden's preferred email provider, Lavabit,...

Lavabit, the encrypted email provider Edward Snowden favored, has risen from the ashes with more security features than before. If you'll recall, company chief Ladar Levison shut it down in 2013 instead of complying with the government's demand to ha...

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16:59
Tesla's big Autopilot update is now active on...

Tesla's Enhanced Autopilot has been months in the making, but it's finally here -- no, for real this time. After days of laying dormant, the upgrade is now active for all HW2-era (that is, self-driving capable) Model S and Model X vehicles with Autop...

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15:32
Apple is reportedly reinventing the iPhone's...

Future iPhones may revolve around more than just an eye-catching curved display. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who frequently (though not always) has a knack for hardware scoops, believes that Apple is designing a whole new Touch ID fingerprin...

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15:23
Final Cut Pro X 10.3.2, Compressor 4.3.1, Motion 5.3...

Improves performance when exporting H.264 files and changing frame rate. ($299.99/$49.99/$49.99 new, free updates)

 

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15:19
Apple expected to replace Touch ID with two-step...




Apple is developing advanced biometric security technologies, including facial recognition and optical fingerprint sensing designs, to replace the vaunted Touch ID module implemented in all iPhones and iPads since the release of iPhone 5s.

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14:01
Google rolls out Instant Tethering for your Android...

The latest version of Google Play Services comes with a feature that can ensure all your devices are always online. Austrian journalist Andreas Proschofsky has posted a screenshot on his Google+ account showing a new feature called "Instant Tethering...

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13:30
Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary visits Yokohama...




Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has paid a visit to the Apple Yokohama City Tsunamshima artificial intelligence development site, now confirmed by the official to open in March.

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13:24
Qualcomm responds to Apple lawsuit, says iPhone...




Responding to some of the harsh claims in Apple's more than $1 billion lawsuit, chipmaker Qualcomm has issued a statement of its own saying the allegations are "baseless" and accusing Apple of provoking "regulatory attacks" in the U.S. and South Korea.

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13:19
Apple to adopt new 3D Touch technology for OLED...




Apple is expected to replace current 3D Touch technology with a new design based on thin film sensors when it introduces a next-generation iPhone with OLED display, according to noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

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12:28
Shia LaBeouf starts a 4-year livestream to protest...

If you were determined to make a political protest through art, and had the luxuries of both fame and modern technology? For Shia LaBeouf, it's simple: start an ambitious livestreaming project. The actor (along with Nastja Säde Rönkk&ouml...

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12:15
Jackson’s new guitar lineup for 2017

I love Jackson guitars—especially the Dinky models. I have six Jacksons and they all play so well and feel really good in my hands.

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12:11
Satellite: Blue’s wireless noise cancelling...

20 years, the world’s greatest artists have used Blue in the studio. Now we’ve built a wireless headphone that delivers every detail of their music, everywhere you go. Satellite combines legendary Blue sound quality with proprietary active noise cancelling (ANC) to ensure your music is never compromised. Together with premium wireless technology and a built-in audiophile amp, Satellite is a new benchmark for the modern listening experience.

These headphones are light-weight, have noise-cancelling, and a built-in amp. I didn’t get a chance to listen to them, but I’m really interested to hear how they sound. I’ll be keeping an eye on these.

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12:07
Blue’s Sadie headphones

Nowadays, you probably listen to more music on your laptop than anywhere else. That’s why we designed Sadie—a headphone that liberates digital music from overhyped playback so you can enjoy true high fidelity on your laptop and mobile devices. It’s the headphone for a new generation of music lovers.

These are nice sounding headphones for the money. I had a chance to listen to them at NAMM at was impressed.

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12:03
The switch from Premiere to Final Cut Pro

After roughly eight years of using Adobe Premiere Pro as our preferred NLE system, a few months ago we made the transition to Final Cut Pro X. This was not an easy decision, we debated amongst ourselves and as a result came up with many pros and cons for staying with or leaving Adobe Creative Cloud. We found that there were really two debates taking place when we discussed leaving Creative Cloud: firstly, the hardware debate of making the switch from PCs to Macs, and secondly the software debate of making the switch from Premiere Pro to Final Cut X.

There are two parts to the story, so be sure to read both. This is a professional business and they explain why they made the switch from PC to Mac, and from Premiere to Final Cut Pro.

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11:34
Pwn2Own 2017 Offers Big Bounties For Linux, Browser...

Now that TrendMicro owns TippingPoint, there'll be "more targets and more prize money" according to eWeek, and something special for Pwn2Own's 10th anniversary in March.
Slashdot reader darthcamaro writes: For the first time in its ten-year history, the annual Pwn2Own hacking competition is taking direct aim at Linux. Pwn2Own in the past has typically focused mostly on web browsers, running on Windows and macOS. There is a $15,000 reward for security researchers that are able to get a local user kernel exploit on Ubuntu 16.10. The bigger prize though is a massive $200,000 award for exploiting Apache Web Server running on Ubuntu.
"We are nine weeks away," TrendMicro posted Wednesday, pointing out that they're giving out over $1 million in bounties, including the following:

$100,000 for escaping a virtualization hypervisor$80,000 for a Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome exploit$50,000 for an exploit of Adobe Reader, Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint$50,000 for an...

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11:00
An electric scooter is the perfect vehicle for quick...

We have a plethora of options for getting around in an urban area. Buses, taxis, Uber, monorails, light rail and dirigibles (well, probably not the last one) make travel in big cities easier. But for those looking for a bit more freedom and fun, ther...

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09:30
Recommended Reading: Video games and the issue of...

How Historical
Games Integrate or
Ignore Slavery
Amanda Kerri,
Rock Paper Shotgun

Video games certainly don't claim to always offer a depiction of the "real world," but for those titles rooted in historical events, how the narrative addresses cert...

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09:02
This week’s top stories: Flying w/ AirPods, iPhone 8...

In this week’s top stories: Flying with AirPods, iPhone 8 and MacBook update rumors, we explore what’s next for iOS, Apple releases Logic Pro X and GarageBand updates, and much more.

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08:33
Apple’s R&D center in Japan on track for March...

We first learned about Apple’s plans for a research and development center in Yokohama, Japan back in 2014, with the country’s prime minster saying that it would be “on par with Apple’s biggest R&D centers in Asia.” Construction was originally expected to be completed in 2016, but was delayed into 2017.

Now, a new report from Macotakara claims that we’re nearing the March 2017 opening of the center…

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08:30
Styr's system of health gadgets exists to sell...

I'm the kind of guy who can always stand to lose a few pounds. The Styr Lab regimen seemed like a great way to do so. When I first saw it at TechCrunch's Disrupt event in San Francisco last September, I was genuinely excited to give the fitness-track...

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08:09
Become Tech Savvy: How to setup automatic backups in...

First time checking out this series? You’ll get the most value by starting with the first article and here is the series overview.

Note for regular readers, the already tech savvy, and IT professionals: this is designed as a resource you can give to those you are helping or for those looking to become tech savvy on their own.

Priority #1: Setup automatic backups
Background, Expectations, & Best Practices |

So far we’ve covered why you can and should be tech savvy, how to get in the right state of mind, and how to...

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07:36
Qualcomm responds to Apple’s $1 billion lawsuit,...

Late on Friday, Apple announced that it would be suing Qualcomm for approximately $1 billion due to a dispute over patent royalties. Qualcomm licenses many wireless patents as well as being a modem supplier for the iPhone. Naturally, Qualcomm is rejecting Apple’s claims of misconduct and will fight the case.

In a statement, it said the claims are baseless and Apple has ‘intentionally mischaracterized our agreements and negotiations’.

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07:10
KGI: iPhone 8 will feature new 3D Touch pressure-...

There are a big expectations for the iPhone 8; namely a major redesign featuring a large OLED display that wraps around the sides of the device with a front face featuring almost no bezels; the fingerprint Home Button will somehow be integrated into the screen.

In addition to the radical new design, KGI has a new report today adding another new feature to the list: a new, improved, 3D Touch system for enhanced pressure sensitivity …

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07:00
Obama's legacy: The most tech-savvy president

When Barack Obama moved into the White House on January 20th, 2009, the federal government was in the digital dark ages. Even as late as 2011, he was complaining that the White House was 30 years behind. Among other things, Obama was the first presid...

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06:59
KGI: Apple developing new biometric sensors to...

Reliable Apple analyst KGI Ming-Chi Kuo is reporting that they believe Apple is looking to leapfrog its existing Touch ID sensor, first introduced in 2014 with the iPhone 6, to instead rely on several new biometric technologies, which will enable new iPhones and iPads to feature ‘zero bezel’ designs.

The current Touch ID is a capacitive sensor, KGI believes the company will supplant it with a new optical fingerprint sensor as well as facial recognition sensors. The optical sensor is necessary for Apple to execute its vision for a zero-bezel iPhone, currently rumoured for iPhone 8.

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06:30
ICYMI: A soft robot sleeve to keep your heart going

Today on In Case You Missed It: A soft robotic device made by Harvard and Boston Children's Hospital researchers has been tested on pigs and so far, seems quite promising in treating heart disease. The robotic heart wraps around parts of existi...

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05:00
IHS: there will be more than six billion smartphones...

The global smartphone installed base will grow from four billion in 2016 to more than six billion smartphones in use by 2020, according to new analysis released today by IHS Markit

“Mobile innovations, new business models and mobile technologies are transforming every adjacent market as the mobile industry diversifies from the maturing smartphone market,” says Ian Fogg, director at the research group. “Revenues for smartphones shipped in 2020 will total $355 billion.”

Globally, smartphones and tablets already account for more than 60% of smart connected consumer devices – up from around 17% in 2008. Smartphones and tablets make up more than 80% of connected devices in Africa and the Middle East.

“Smart mobile devices will rapidly become universally adopted throughout the world, enabling innovative smart services, which will transform emerging economies,” Fogg says. “Mobile devices and services are now the...

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05:00
The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Letter from the Editor

It's official. Welcome to Trump's America, everybody.

And while there were plenty of eyes on the president-elect's questionable cabinet choices this past week, Obama still managed to make some headlines of his own. Among them...

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04:30
IBM MobileFirst for iOS apps offered by Bell and IBM...

IBM and Bell Canada are joining forces to offer IBM MobileFirst for iOS market-ready enterprise applications for the iPad, iPhone or Apple Watch.

Canada's largest communications provider, Bell will combine its expertise in mobility services with IBM's robust suite of apps tailored to meet the specific needs of professionals across multiple industries, including energy and utilities, government, manufacturing, retail and more, according to Mahmoud Naghshineh, general manager, Apple Partnership, IBM.

The made-for-business iOS apps are powered by IBM analytics and leverage Bell's LTE mobile network to enable professionals to retrieve real-time data and insights. For example, first responders can tap into GPS data remotely to determine both the location of an incident and the real-time availability of other responders to most effectively manage an emergency. In the retail space, buyers and planners can work more effectively from the field with the ability to remotely...

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04:00
Gartner: 20% of organizations will use smartphones...

In 2016, less than 5% of organizations used smartphones to enable access to offices and other premises. By 2020, Gartner, Inc. predicts that 20% of organizations will use smartphones in place of traditional physical access cards.

"A significant fraction of organizations use legacy physical access technologies that are proprietary, closed systems and have limited ability to integrate with IT infrastructure," says David Anthony Mahdi, research director at Gartner. "Today, the increasing availability of mobile and cloud technologies from many physical access control system (PACS) vendors will have major impacts on how these systems can be implemented and managed."

PACS technology is widely deployed across multiple vertical industries and geographies to secure access to a wide range of facilities (buildings, individual offices, data centers, plant rooms, warehouses and so on), ensuring that only entitled people (...

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00:38
CBS and Paramount settle lawsuit with 'Star...

It's been a wild ride for the folks behind the Axanar Star Trek fan film, but it's finally over -- the fan production group has settled its lawsuit with CBS and Paramount. The terms of the agreement aren't completely clear, but both parties have anno...

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Friday January 20

22:24
This week on AI: Apple v. Qualcomm, OLED iPhone...




Perhaps the star rumor this week was that this year's OLED iPhone will actually have 5.8-inch wraparound screen, rather than the 5.1- to 5.2-inch size previously hinted. It was a busy news period overall though, including lawsuits with Qualcomm, major Logic and GarageBand updates, and teases of future MacBooks plus a second-generation Apple Pencil.

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20:23
'Inside' team teases its next project...

It's been quite the week for Playdead fans. First came some explanation for why the typically lock-jawed studio behind Limbo and Inside lost one of its cofounders last July. Then, the team tweeted out a teaser image for its next project. Absolutely n...

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19:32
Unfollowing @POTUS could be difficult right now

While we just learned of the detailed transition plan for Obama Administration social media accounts, things aren't going quite as many users expected. Currently, many people have reported that despite unfollowing (or, in some cases, apparently never...

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18:59
Samsung can't use in-box warranty to kill...

Oh Samsung. When the company isn't busy recalling cellphones and washing machines for being safety hazards, it's busy fighting its customers in court. In 2015, Daniel Norcia contended that he was misled by Samsung about the capabilities of his Galaxy...

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18:11
The Vine Archive will keep the videos looping forever

Vine won't be going away after all. The six-second video service that gave the world "on fleek" and an enthusiastic community of homegrown celebrities will live on in the Vine Archive, a time capsule dedicated to the site's all-too-brief four year li...

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17:58
Apple gross margin likely impacted by alleged $1B...




Ruminating on Apple's recently announced lawsuit against Qualcomm for allegedly withholding $1 billion in vendor rebates, RBC Capital Markets analyst Amit Daryanani believes the consequent hit to Apple gross margin could help the company in the long run.

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17:34
How to Factory Reset Apple AirPods, May Help with...

Have you been having issues with your AirPods battery indicator or pairing issues? Some users have reported that doing a factory reset helps with both. Bryan Chaffin walks us through how to do it.


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17:27
Apple sues Qualcomm for unfair royalty charges

Apple has filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm, the world’s dominant supplier of baseband processors, alleging the chip supplier demanded unfair terms for its technology. Earlier this week Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint in federal district court charging Qualcomm Inc. with using anticompetitive tactics to maintain its monopoly in the supply of a key semiconductor device used in cell phones and other consumer products.

"For many years Qualcomm has unfairly insisted on charging royalties for technologies they have nothing to do with,” argues Apple. “The more Apple innovates with unique features such as TouchID, advanced displays, and cameras, to name just a few, the more money Qualcomm collects for no reason and the more expensive it becomes for Apple to fund these...

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17:23
Researchers use ultrasound to push helpful RNA...

Scientists at MIT and Brigham and Women's Hospital have been able to push strands of RNA (ribonucleic acid) into colon cells using bursts of ultrasound waves. The treatment, thanks to how RNA can reprogram the production of proteins, dramatically red...

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17:20
Apple accuses Qualcomm of extortion, monopolistic...




Apple earlier today filed a patent royalty lawsuit against Qualcomm, alleging the firm failed to pay owed rebates in retaliation for Apple's part in a Korean antitrust investigation. The claims goes further, however, accusing the chipmaker of partaking in unsavory business practices, from price-gouging to extortion.

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16:50
The Week in iOS Apps: Never-ending notebooks

New iOS apps of the week

This week’s roundup features updates to three big note-taking apps. Read on!

Evernote

Image by Evernote

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16:29
'House of Cards' returns for its fifth...

Netflix couldn't have found a more ideal moment to tease season five of House of Cards. In the midst of Donald Trump's inauguration as the 45th president of the US, the streaming service announced that its hit show is returning on May 30th. The sloga...

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15:48
Vine creates searchable video archive after social...




After shutting down social networking features last week, Vine on Friday made good on a promise to activate what it calls the Vine Archive, an online browsable repository of all user content created during the service's four-year run.

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15:39
BusyCal 3.1.4 and BusyContacts 1.1.6

Both apps add support for Google AppAuth and improve the process for adding new accounts ($49.99 new for each, free update, 11.3/5.4 MB)

 

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15:39
Track Trump will keep tabs on the President's...

President Trump was clear about the goals of his first 100 days in office before the election was even over, eventually laying out those goals in a PDF titled "Donald Trump's Contract with the American Voter." While Trump's policies can often be obsc...

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15:14
South Korean 'World of Warcraft' cooking...

The seminal MMORPG World of Warcraft may have dwindled from its peak of 12 million players back in 2010, but Blizzard's still supporting the 12-year-old game with content and events. To celebrate the latest expansion, Legion, the studio built an elab...

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15:00
Apple sues Qualcomm, saying chipmaker withheld $1B...

This feels like it might go beyond just the usual corporate lawsuits.

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14:54
Trump at 2AM: The new Oval Office in virtual reality

Donald Trump stands before me with a grim look on his face, lightly leaning against the Oval Office's Resolute desk. Moonlight pours in through the office's rear windows as a phone quietly rings. It's 2am, and something has happened -- and a new Pres...

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14:41
Kickstarter shuts down sketchy Adoptly campaign

About a week ago, a brain-dead campaign hit Kickstarter. Adoptly promised that adoption was "just a swipe away" through its Tinder-style app that let you find adoptable children. It was a terrible way to frame such a service, and something about the...

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14:27
Tesla's latest 100D models focus on range, not...

Tesla has proved that the Model S P100D goes as fast as you'd ever want, and it now has a model that goes farther than ever. As expected, it quietly started selling the Model S 100D with the same battery as the P100D, but lacking the performance twea...

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14:23
Apple sues Qualcomm over patent licensing and $1B in...

A nasty spat between Apple and Qualcomm broke into public view on Friday when the smartphone maker accused the chip supplier of charging “exorbitant” licensing fees for its cellular technology.

Apple is asking a Southern California court to order Qualcomm to pay it nearly $1 billion that it says Qualcomm is holding back. Apple says it is owed the money but Qualcomm is holding it back because Apple cooperated with a South Korean government investigation into Qualcomm’s licensing practices.

The lawsuit alleges that Qualcomm charges high licensing fees to the companies that make iPhones for Apple. Those companies pass the fees on to Apple but aren’t allowed to show Apple the specifics of the licensing deals, leaving Apple unsure what it is paying for.

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14:21
Your Apple Watch Could Eventually Become a Complete...

Could augmented eyeglasses someday help us spot nasty viruses on public doorknobs? Could our wearables, in the form of an Apple Watch, someday provide a complete analysis of our blood? Predict a cold? Detect and diagnose a disease or illness? All that may not be far off.


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14:17
Rumor: FaceTime group video calls to debut in iOS 11




Potentially fulfilling a long-standing iPhone and iPad feature request, FaceTime might finally support group video calls with iOS 11, a report claimed on Friday.

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14:04
Apple sues Qualcomm, saying chipmaker withheld $1B...

Apple's shiny logo outside its San Francisco store. (credit: Steve Rhodes)

Apple sued Qualcomm today, alleging that the chip company charges billions in patent royalties "for technologies they have nothing to do with."

In its complaint, Apple says that Qualcomm actually withheld $1 billion in payments it owes to Apple because Apple cooperated with the Korea Fair Trade Commission, or KFTC. Apple lawyers go on to make an extraordinary claim: that Qualcomm "attempted to extort Apple...

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14:02
Giuliani as Trump's cybersecurity adviser is an...

I had just finished hacking the Gibson when I heard the news: Rudy Giuliani, the guy who said he was gonna solve cybersecurity, had just been named Trump's cyber advisor. I hopped onto our hacker mafia's government-proof encrypted chat app to make su...

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14:01
AWT News Update: January 20, 2017

Happy Inauguration Day! We have a few stories for this Friday afternoon that should keep you going into the weekend:

  • Tim Cook sold 30,000 shares of Apple stock, netting him a nice payday
  • Apple's hardware won't be the primary driver of the company's fortunes in the future
  • Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn is building a plant in Shenzhen, China near an Apple R&D center

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Apple CEO Tim Cook got a nice payday...

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14:00
How-to: Share photos, videos & songs with Apple...

Apple Music Connect, which allows artists to share photos, videos and songs with their fans on Apple Music, has changed a bit since the introduction of iOS 10 back in September. The content artists upload now appears in different locations within the newly updated Apple Music app on iOS 10 for listeners. It remains, however, a powerful tool for sharing new music and videos, clips of upcoming releases, and everything else beyond your main releases on Apple Music, iTunes and the other streaming services. 

The user interface for uploading has changed slightly, and Apple has introduced new tools for Connect since it first launched that allows users to create and share an embedded web player and more...

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13:42
Report claims Apple Music pays more to record labels...




Record labels are getting a better deal on streaming music royalties with Apple than major rival Spotify, according to a report, with Apple Music streaming rates claimed to be nearly double what is paid out by its main competition.

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13:30
FastComputer: Fussy but Fixable


FastComputer Linux is a disappointing experience that almost fails. It is poorly designed, has little community support, and lacks its own home base and identity, all of which contribute to an identity crisis. Its home -- on Sourceforge.com -- lacks much in attractiveness, as does the distro. The Linux OS' greatest strength is its ability to provide customized distributions with a variety of features. Distros that offer users something new and more inviting are great finds. FastComputer is not one of them.

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13:27
Sketchy rumor claims iOS 11 will bring long overdue...

iOS 11 may finally deliver a highly requested FaceTime feature, according to a new rumor. The Verifier which is a technology blog out of Israel claims Apple is planning to include group video calling for FaceTime starting with iOS 11 later this year.

The report cites “several people familiar with [the] iOS development process (partly developed in Israel)” although the rumor has not been verified or floated elsewhere. The site claims Apple will update Messages on iOS to let users start a group FaceTime call with up to five members at a time.

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13:21
Hands-on: Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus gives you...

I’ve been a big fan of Philips Hue lights since the very first Hue Starter Kit was released back in 2012. I’ve been using that same initial set of bulbs ever since then, and have been largely happy with the experience.

Thanks to the success of that initial release, Philips has added many more Hue products to the lineup. It also produced a new second-generation HomeKit-enabled Bridge, which allows you to control your Hue lights directly from Siri or via the Home app features found in iOS 10.

But there’s one particular Hue product that I see utilized more than any other, and that’s Philips’ Hue Lightstrip. You’ve likely seen the $90 Lightstrip utilized in photos or on YouTube videos, and that’s because they’re a wonderful way to make...

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13:20
Apple Sues Qualcomm For Roughly $1 Billion Over...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Apple is suing Qualcomm for roughly $1 billion, saying Qualcomm has been "charging royalties for technologies they have nothing to do with." The suit follows the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's lawsuit against Qualcomm earlier this week over unfair patent licensing practices. Apple says that Qualcomm has taken "radical steps," including "withholding nearly $1 billion in payments from Apple as retaliation for responding truthfully to law enforcement agencies investigating them." Apple added, "Despite being just one of over a dozen companies who contributed to basic cellular standards, Qualcomm insists on charging Apple at least five times more in payments than all the other cellular patent licensors we have agreements with combined." Apple also alleges that once it began cooperating with Korean authorities' antitrust investigation of Qualcomm, the company withheld $1 billion in retaliation. Korean regulators fined Qualcomm $854 million...

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13:15
News: Apple files lawsuit accusing Qualcomm of...

Apple has filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm, accusing it of monopolizing the wireless chip market as well as withholding $1 billion in retaliation for cooperating with South Korean antitrust authorities, Bloomberg reports. In the suit, Apple claims that Qualcomm is holding back $1 billion in money that was supposed to be a rebate for licensing fees, stating that Qualcomm is doing so as a punishment in response to Apple’s cooperation with Korean…

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13:08
A tour of Air Force One

I’ve always been fascinated by Air Force One, not only as a symbol of America but for its incredible (and mostly secret) technology and amenities.

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13:07
Apple sues iPhone modem supplier Qualcomm, claims $1...




Apple on Friday filed a lawsuit against longtime iPhone modem supplier Qualcomm, in a dispute over royalty payments apparently connected to a federal investigation into the chipmaker's potentially anticompetitive business dealings.

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12:53
Apple suing iPhone modem supplier Qualcomm for $1...

CNBC reports that Apple is suing chip supplier Qualcomm for roughly $1 billion over patent royalties:

Apple is suing Qualcomm for roughly $1 billion, saying Qualcomm has been “charging royalties for technologies they have nothing to do with.” […] Apple says that Qualcomm has taken “radical steps,” including “withholding nearly $1 billion in payments from Apple as retaliation for responding truthfully to law enforcement agencies investigating them.”

The latest development follows an FTC complaint alleging Qualcomm engaged in monopolistic practices to prevent Apple from sourcing key components from its competitors.

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12:40
Mailplane 3.6.9

Adds integration with DEVONthink Pro and Receipts applications. ($24.95 new, free update, 21.3 MB)

 

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12:34
Apple’s Continuing Need for Worthy Rivals

Chris Matyszczyk, writing for CNet:

Research consultancy Brand Keys has just released its 2017
Customer Loyalty Engagement Index
. This seeks to find the
“category drivers that engage customers, engender loyalty and
drive real profits.” It’s based on the views and emotions of
49,168 consumers aged between 16 and 65.

And when he looks at the results, I fear we may see Tim Cook
dancing on the tables at some local Cupertino hostelry.

When it comes to the smartphone category, the top driver is Apple.
In tablets, it’s Apple. In laptop computers, it’s Apple. Yes, this
despite the launch of the somewhat deflating...

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12:32
Canadian antitrust bureau reaches deal with Apple...




Canada's Competition Bureau on Friday announced an agreement with Apple and three e-book publishers, allowing other sellers such as Amazon and Kobo to offer discounts on titles, despite the first group's attempts to keep prices higher.

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12:22
Yahoo and the Year of Living Dangerously


If there is a lesson to be drawn from Internet search giant Yahoo's hellish past year, it is a grimly illustrative one: Never assume a cybersecurity disaster can't get worse. Last September, the Internet portal disclosed that it had suffered the most damaging and far-reaching data breach in history -- only to then announce in December the discovery of a second, earlier, and even larger hack. Yahoo has began a probe into the hack that is expected to take several weeks, but we may not know the full extent of these hacks' effects for years.

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11:53
Poll: Should Apple make iPhones in the USA and would...

It’s official. Donald Trump has been sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. During his campaign, Trump repeatedly called for Apple to bring manufacturing to the United States and has recently said Apple CEO Tim Cook has ‘eyes open’ to US-assembled iPhones. Should Apple assemble iPhones in the United States and would you be willing to pay more if so?

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11:50
LifeProof ships waterproof Nuud cases for Apple...




OtterBox-owned LifeProof on Friday launched new versions of its waterproof Nuud cases, now tailored to Apple's iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

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11:15
Meitu's photo-effects app tracks users without...

Meitu isn’t new. The app, from a company of the same name, has been anime-izing people’s faces in China for several years. It just went viral in the U.S. for no apparent reason, explaining all the super-cute (“kawaii”) sparkly and smooth images of people in your social media feeds.

This, in turn, quickly led to scrutiny of how it handles data. Security researchers are always poking at popular apps, especially from China, as developers there often create apps for jailbroken iPhones, but have been the victim of a malware-infested version of Xcode.

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10:41
Apple’s OS Strategy, Netflix on the TV App – TMO...

It’s time for Apple to rethink it’s operating system strategy, according to TMO’s own John Martellaro. John, along with Dave Hamilton, join Jeff Gamet today to talk about how Apple could look at its mobile and desktop operating systems in the future, plus they share their thoughts on Netflix’s feeble showing in the TV app.


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10:40
Boom 2 v1.5.2

Adds support for Apple AirPods. ($14.99 new, free update, 12.9 MB)

 

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10:34
Apple Music pays more cash per stream to artists...

Apple “sits in the sweet spot generating the second largest amount of streaming revenue with a per stream rate .00735,” nearly double what Spotify is paying, according to The Trichoridist, an artists rights website. In other words, Apple Music plays more cash per stream to artists.

Spotify’s average per-stream payout has fallen by 16% since 2014, generating just $0.00437 per stream for the label in 2016, down from $0.00521 in 2014. Apple’s$0.00735 generated 68% more revenue than Spotify.

However, Spotify has a near monopoly on streaming market share dominating 63% of all streams and 69% of all streaming revenue. Despite the lower payout, Spotify accounted for 69.6% of the labels’ overall streaming revenues; Apple accounted for 13.4%.The top 10 streamers account for 99% of all streaming revenue.

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10:32
Happy Hour Podcast 103 | Latest iPad and MacBook Pro...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss Apple’s latest Logic and GarageBand updates, Apple TV’s app size increase, iPad launch timing, Kaby Lake MacBook Pro rumors, and macOS features Apple could add this year. 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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10:28
Investment firm BlackRock increases stake in Apple...




The world's largest asset management firm BlackRock has increased its holdings in Apple, with a regulatory filing revealing its total ownership in the company is now over 322 million shares, worth approximately $38.4 billion.

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10:21
Apple tops all companies when it comes to customer...

Apple is the top company that meets customer expectations in almost all markets that it operates according to the Brand Keys 22nd annual 2017 Customer Loyalty Engagement Index. The tech giant leads the field in brand engagement and customer loyalty, according to Brand Keys, a the New York-based brand engagement and customer loyalty research consultancy.

Apple was noted as the best representative of customer loyalty and enjoyment in laptops, tablets, smartphones and online music. Its subsidiary, Beats by Dr. Dre, tied with with LG for first place in the headphone category.

“Brand engagement’ is a measure of how well a brand meets expectations consumers hold for the path-to-purchase drivers in a given category,” says Robert Passikoff, president of Brand Keys. "Those drivers and expectations can be measured against a Category Ideal (100%) with brands best meeting consumers’ expectations generating greater loyalty and...

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09:39
Google shutting older versions of Drive, G Suite apps

If you haven’t moved to the latest version of Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, or Slides, you might want to consider doing so. On April 3, Google will be shuttering older versions of these four apps, so users who rely on them will need to upgrade to ensure uninterrupted service and syncing.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: up to $325 off MacBook/Pro,...

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09:19
What’s next for iOS? We break down rumored Siri...

With every year comes a new version of iOS and this year will likely be no different. In 2017, we should expect iOS 11 to be previewed over the summer with subsequent developer and public betas and a release to the public in the fall. It’s also likely that we’ll see a less significant iOS release during the spring with iOS 10.3.

Keep reading for some ideas as to what Apple might have up its sleeve for iOS 10.3 and iOS 11…

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09:17
Security concerns force President Trump to ditch...




Incoming U.S. President Donald Trump has reportedly had to switch from his old Android phone to a new device, potentially a modified Apple iPhone.

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09:05
Donald Trump takes oath of office—what to expect...

Enlarge / Donald Trump takes the oath of office Friday, becoming the 45th president of the United States.

Donald J. Trump won the US presidency in November on a campaign that repudiated both his opponent and the Obama administration. Today he took the oath of office and became the nation's 45th president—despite the political pundits and polls predicting victory for his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.

The Republican's ascendancy from billionaire real estate mogul to the world's most powerful elected official promises to usher in a new era, one that includes a remaking of the Supreme Court and alterations of US policy when it comes to space, broadband, healthcare, manufacturing, immigration, cyber defense, the environment, and even foreign relations (from diplomacy to the...

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09:01
Apple CEO Tim Cook receives $3.6M from small sale of...




A small cache of 30,000 Apple shares were sold by Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook this week as part of a scheduled trading plan, with Cook receiving a total of $3.6 million from the company stock sale.

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08:51
Samsung’s Note 7 Fire Report: Surprise, It’s the...

Samsung will officially announce the results of its investigation into the Galaxy Note 7 fires next week, and there won’t be any big surprises because they’re pointing the finger that the smartphone’s battery. The company is also going to say there were manufacturing issues, although it’s not clear yet what those were.


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08:26
Timepage calendar iPhone app by Moleskine adds style...




After using Apple's Calendar app, you may be on the hunt for another -- Timepage by Moleskine may fit your bill. AppleInsider offers a closer look at how it works.

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08:09
Analysts share concerns about Apple and other U.S....

As Donald Trump is being sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, Investor’s Business Daily notes analysts are weighing in on the impact of future trade negotiations with China under the Trump Presidency. Of particular concern are iconic U.S. companies like Apple, Starbucks, General Motors and Nike as well as U.S. companies with a high percentage of Chinese revenue…Apple is in both of those categories with 22% of the previous fiscal year coming from China.

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07:51
LifeProof redesigns its waterproof NUUD case for...

LifeProof is releasing a new version of its NUUD waterproof case with a new design fit the for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The new style accommodates the larger cameras on both models and increases the water resistance from splash resistant to water proof for up to 6.6 feet.

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07:45
How to watch Trump’s inauguration live on iPhone,...

Today is the 2017 Presidential inauguration for President-elect Donald Trump and there are many ways to watch the events unfold live on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple TV. On top of live official coverage on Twitter from PBS, there are also live video streams from the big TV broadcasters that are available in iOS and Apple TV apps as well as through Facebook and various websites if you’re watching on your Mac. There are even some 4K and 360-degree live streams available for all on YouTube. Telemundo will have Spanish coverage. 

If you’re looking for how to live stream the Trump inauguration on your Apple device, head below for the full list of websites and apps offering live streams today. 

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