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Wednesday December 7

23:55
Apple asks Beijing court to lift iPhone 6 sales ban...




Apple on Wednesday appeared in Chinese court to defend its iPhone 6 from patent infringement charges leveled by now insolvent tech firm Shenzhen Baili, arguing that the Beijing Intellectual Property Office defied legal convention in its decision to ban sales of the device.

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20:59
Bluetooth 5 now available to device manufacturers,...

Earlier this year, it was announced that Bluetooth 5 would be the new wireless standard, replacing Bluetooth 4.2 and now, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group has officially adopted the platform and made it available to manufacturers to use in devices…

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20:34
Panic updates popular Coda text editing app with...

Panic today announced that it is releasing a new version of its popular Coda coding app that brings support for the new MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar, as well as a variety of other improvements…

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18:49
Living with Apple’s Touch Bar, the Reverse Toaster...

Bryan Chaffin quizzes Jeff Gamet about living with Apple’s new TouchBar on his MacBook Pro. They also discuss whether or not the so-called Reverse ToasterFridge could be the future of Apple’s hardware. Listener comments have been pouring in, too.


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17:42
Bluetooth SIG adopts Bluetooth 5 with 4X speed and...




The Bluetooth Special Interest Group officially ratified the Bluetooth 5 standard on Wednesday, meaning Apple's next iPhone and iPad models could boast wireless accessory connectivity up to four times faster than the current specification at double the range.

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17:25
Apple Is In Talks With Hollywood For Early Access To...

Apple is talking with Hollywood studios to try and get iTunes rentals of movies that are still playing on the big screen. According to a report from Bloomberg, "some studio executives have been pushing to allow home rentals as early as two weeks after theatrical debuts and are considering a deal with iTunes as one option." Bloomberg reports: The most recent talks are part of longer-running efforts by Cupertino, California-based Apple to get new movies sooner, two of the people said. Such an arrangement could help iTunes stand out in a crowded online market for movies, TV shows and music. While the iTunes store helped Apple build a dominant role in music retailing, the company hasn't carved out a similar role in music and video streaming. Hollywood studios typically give theaters exclusive rights to new movies for 90 days or more before issuing them on DVD or making them available for online purchase. One of the concerns about iTunes is whether it will be a secure platform for...

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17:22
Play music from Spotify straight to Sonos

We’ve teamed up with Sonos to make it easier than ever to keep the music going strong. Now Spotify Premium users can control their Sonos straight from the Spotify app using Spotify Connect. Use all the features you love about Spotify: the curation, discovery, and sharing and hear it all throughout your home in crystal clear sound. You can also access the multiroom power of the Sonos home sound system directly in the Spotify app. We’ve brought out the best of both worlds to give you the smartest and most seamless home sound system yet.

This is huge. I love Sonos, but using their app is a real pain.

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17:14
Apple, NHL negotiating to get iPads behind the bench

The National Hockey League has informed teams that it is in late-stage negotiations to strike a partnership with Apple that could see the company’s iPads and other technology become commonplace on team benches, TSN has learned.

I have noticed lately that there are screens behind the benches during Bruins games, but I’m not sure what they are. I believe they are just monitors for the coaches to look at replays.

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16:09
Potential NHL deal could bring Apple iPads to team...




A report on Wednesday claims Apple is in late-stage talks with the National Hockey League to bring iPads and supporting backend infrastructure to team benches, a deal similar to one struck with Major League Baseball earlier this year.

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15:42
World’s Largest Rube Goldberg Machine Lights...

I love Rube Goldberg machines, and according to Guinness World Records, we have a new largest one in the world. It was built by Latvian e-commerce company Scandiweb in (and for the people of) Riga. It’s purpose—aside from beating the world record—was to light a Christmas Tree. The video (below) is 4 minutes and 44 seconds, and most of it is the machine doing its absurdist thing. One of the things I like about this one is seeing the process. It’s an enormously long Rube Goldberg machine, but most of it consists of individual panels of multiple steps. Make the panels work and then “all” you have to do is worry about connecting those panels. One way or another, it’s a fun watch. Check it out. The link is to Guinness’s webpage for the record.

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15:35
US paid Apple at least $600M on foreign cash held as...




Although technically refusing to repatriate its international revenue to avoid taxes, Apple is actually keeping much of it in the U.S. in the form of bonds -- and generating interest in the process, a report pointed out on Wednesday.

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15:31
Android Marshmallow on PC Falls Flat


Android-x86 Project eventually may become a viable operating system alternative for your desktop and laptops computers, but it's not there yet. You will have to wait a while for the developers to fix a number of failures with the latest release upgrading Android-x86 to Marshmallow 6.0.1. Android-x86 lets you run the Android OS with the Google Chrome browser on your desktop and laptop computers, rather than buying one of the qualified Chromebooks with the Google Play Store features bolted on -- but this latest release may be stable in name only.

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15:22
ABC and Disney apps now support Apple's single...




One day after Apple released its new single sign-on feature for tvOS and iOS device owners, longtime partner Disney and its ABC subsidiary added app compatibility with the new authentication service.

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15:17
Apple’s Single Sign-On feature gains support for...

Apple formally introduced its new Single Sign-On feature yesterday, though with a weak list of supporters, both in terms of apps and cable companies. According to a new report from The Verge, however, Apple is adding support for the ABC and Disney apps just a day after the initial launch…

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14:58
GoPower Plus Battery Space Gray Has Built-in...

The Kanex GoPower Plus Batter Space portable battery. What I like about it is that it has a built-in charging cable. The main cable is a microUSB cable for Android users. But it comes with a Lightning adapter that slips over that microUSB plug, and both just tuck away in the body of the battery. It comes in Space Gray or Gold and has a capacity of 8,000mAh. It’s $59.95.


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14:58
Apple shares the top 50 songs played on Beats 1...

Last night, Apple shared a breakdown of the top apps, games, music, tv, movies and more across its various digital stores. Now, Apple is taking a step back to provide a look at 2016 in terms of its Beats 1 streaming radio station, offering a playlist of the 50 biggest tracks of the year…

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14:57
After a VR-free year from Apple, VR headsets deemed...




Apple has been attacked throughout the year for failing to jump on the Virtual Reality headset bandwagon following Facebook, Samsung, Google, HTC, Microsoft, Sony and others. Yet after a year of hype, VR headsets remain a niche that's failing to live up to even conservative expectations.

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14:52
Why Some High-Profile Hires Don’t Thrive at Apple

Recently, a high profile executive, Yoky Matsuoka, left Apple for unknown reasons. Often, the temptation is to surmise that a departure of any given executive at Apple is a sign that Apple is losing interest in a particular technology. However, that’s not always the case. Sometimes, certain high-powered people have to leave for personal reasons. Or perhaps they just didn’t realize what they got themselves into and decide that the Apple culture isn’t for them. John explores the various scenarios based on his experience.


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14:20
The Apple Daily Report for Dec. 7, 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.

According to Reuters, Apple supplier Foxconn is in preliminary stages to build assembly plants as President-elect Donald Trump pushes to bring manufacturing and jobs back home.

Apple has published its annual Best of 2016 charts for the App Store, iTunes Store, and iBooks Store, naming photo editing app "Prisma" as the iPhone App of the Year and "Clash Royale" as the iPhone game of the year. 

As noted by MacRumors, Apple has made a “quiet” update to its Apple Support site, introducing a new feature that allows customers to...

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14:19
Notable apps and app updates for Dec. 7, 2016

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

iOS Apps/Updates

iThinkdiff has introduced Units Currency Calculator + 1.0. The free travel app was designed for anyone who need a units converter for daily use. With Units Currency Calculator +, users can convert up to 198 units, or 170 currencies. Hourly updated currencies helps user to keep track of currency fluctuation. A calculator with history helps for quick calculations.

Riada has launched Jasper's Rocket 1.0 for iOS and tvOS. In the US$1.99 physics based game, Jasper the cat flies (or attempts to fly) a rocket. Marooned on a moon where...

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14:18
Apple 'iPhone 7s' rumored to retain iPhone...




Contrary to recent predictions, a report on Wednesday claims the biggest changes coming to Apple's next-generation iPhone models are an upgraded "A11" SoC and new red color option, with the forthcoming handset likely to carry over the design language introduced with iPhone 7.

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14:08
Apple might offer iTunes movie rentals two weeks...

New movies could be coming to iTunes just days after the theatrical premiere.

Apple is reportedly pressing film studios to make movies available to rent on iTunes just two weeks after they’re released in theaters. According to Bloomberg, Warner Bros., 21st Century Fox, and Universal Pictures are looking into allowing for these earlier home-rentals and are considering striking a deal with Apple to have them on iTunes.

The deal is far from finalized, however, and the movie studios could end up choosing another platform, like Amazon or Google Play, according to the report. So, it sounds like the studios are looking to pick just one platform to exclusively offer earlier rental as a way to secure a better licensing deal.

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14:00
Apple to open 'global flagship' store at...




Apple has reportedly reached a deal to open a major new store at the Carnegie Library in Washington, D.C., a building some 113 years old sitting across from the Washington Convention Center.

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14:00
T-Mobile's 'Digits' Solution Lets You...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: T-Mobile just revealed its answer to ATT's NumberSync technology, which lets customers use one phone number across all their connected devices. T-Mobile's version is called Digits and it will launch in a limited, opt-in customer beta beginning today before rolling out to everyone early next year. "You can make and take calls and texts on whatever device is most convenient," the company said in its press release. "Just log in and, bam, your call history, messages and even voicemail are all there. And it's always your same number, so when you call or text from another device, it shows up as you." When it leaves beta, Digits will cost an extra monthly fee, but T-Mobile isn't revealing pricing today. "This is not going to be treated as adding another line to your account," said COO Mike Sievert. "Expect us to be disruptive here." And while its main feature is one number for everything, Digits does offer T-Mobile customers another big...

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13:38
Review: Brydge 12.9 iPad Pro Keyboard

Brydge's Brydge 12.9 ($189) is, as you might expect, a keyboard for the 12.9" iPad Pro. Made out of aluminum, the Bluetooth keyboard has hinges which attach to the iPad, giving it a laptop look when in use. Keys are backlit, with three levels of lighting. The top row of keys is devoted to iOS functions, such as screen brightness, playback, and volume. Brydge claims the Brydge 12.9 lasts for three months before its battery needs recharged via micro-USB (a cable is included). Brydge 12.9 comes in space gray, gold, and silver.{/exp:char_limit}

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13:36
Nomad Leather MFi-Certified Charging Wallet: $49.95

Check out the Nomad Leather MFi-Certifified Charging Wallet. It’s a wallet. A billfold, if you will. But in addition to holding credit cards and money, it has a built-in 2,400mAh battery in it for recharging your iPhone. It even has an integrated Lightning cable. Check the deal listing for more info and more pictures.


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13:29
Setapp Brings Netflix-style Downloads to Mac Apps

Paying a monthly subscription to watch as many TV shows and movies as you want is a pretty good business model for Netflix, and MacPaw thinks it’ll work for software, too. The company’s trying that out with its new Setapp service where subscribers pay a monthly fee to get access to a growing list of apps from several developers.


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12:59
Plans for future Apple Store at Carnegie Library in...

Apple is moving forward with plans to open a retail store in the historic Carnegie Library in Mount Vernon Square, according to the Washington Business Journal. Discussions about the possibility of Apple opening a retail store in the Washington D.C. venue were first reported earlier this year.

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12:50
Review: QardioArm & QardioBase bring modern,...

I’ve been a major fan of Apple’s Health app since its original launch and have continuously looked for reasons to use it. I believe that the first step to a healthy life is being proactive versus reactive, which is why my interest was piqued when Qardio reached out asking if I wanted to review their QardioArm and QardioBase products. A smart portable blood pressure monitor, and a smart scale was something that definitely fit into my “DIY preventative care” ideology. Qardio’s products are designed to fit into a modern health focused lifestyle, but let’s see what that means for the product’s themselves.

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12:45
Apple customers can now schedule Authorized Service...

Apple has now introduced a manner in which customers seeking support can book repair appointments with not only the well known Genius Bar, but also Apple Authorized Service Providers. Previously customers only had the option to book online reservations with the Genius Bar, but the move to add third-party bookings is a new one. Customers should now have a better experience in finding a location to solve their issues.

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12:35
Apple pushes for iTunes rentals of movies still on...




Apple could potentially offer iTunes rentals for movies that are still in theatres, a report said on Wednesday, which would give it a rare advantage over other rental platforms.

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12:31
An annoying clicking sound

I’ve often wondered if Iomega could have hung on if they hadn’t ignored the Click of Death issue. If they had been more responsive to customers, we might have stuck with them. Now, with the rise of the internet and the ability of customers to communicate and warn each other much more quickly, there’s no way Iomega could have hidden the issue for as long as they did.

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12:25
News: Report: Apple pursuing studio agreements for...

Apple is attempting to negotiate with Hollywood studios to offer access to movie rentals — possibly as early as two weeks after they open in theaters — according to a new report by Bloomberg. The move appears to have been initiated by several of the big studios, including 21st Century Fox, Warner Bros. and Universal Pictures, which have confirmed that they are looking for ways to offer “high-priced” video rentals of new movies shortly…

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12:23
Tech Giants Team to Battle Terrorism Online


Facebook has teamed up with Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft to fight the proliferation of terrorist content on the Web. The tech giants will create a shared industry database of hashes for violent terrorist imagery, terrorist recruitment videos, or images they have removed from their services. They may use these shared hashes to help identify potential terrorist content on their platforms. Hashes to be shared will apply to content that's most likely to violate all the companies' content policies.

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12:11
T-Mobile's Digits looks to expand your phone...

T-Mobile is no stranger to shaking up the mobile world, having previously unveiled unlimited video streaming, streamlined data plans and hassle-free device upgrades, and now it has a new Un-carrier trick up its sleeve: a single number for all your devices and multiple numbers on a single device.

Called Digits, the unique program lets you share your T-Mobile number with any Internet-connected device, including smartwatches, computers, and tablets. As the company explains in its press release, “Just log in and, bam, your call history, messages, and even voicemail are all there. And it’s always your same number, so when you call or text from another device, it shows up as you.”

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12:06
Apple looks to bring in-theater movies to iTunes...

21st Century Fox Inc., Time Warner Inc.’s Warner Bros. and Comcast Corp.’s Universal Pictures all confirmed over the past week that they are looking to offer high-priced, home-video rentals of new movies shortly after they open in theaters. Some studio executives have been pushing to allow home rentals as early as two weeks after theatrical debuts and are considering a deal with iTunes as one option, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the discussions are private.

One option is a premium-priced online rental for new movies, at prices of $25 to $50, a possibility under consideration at the studios, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

I think this would be great, and I’d be willing to pay a premium to be able to rent movies that are still in theaters. However, $25 is a bit rich for me. I’d wait until they dropped the price to about half of that.

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12:03
T-Mobile launches iMessage-incompatible 'Digits...




Wireless carrier T-Mobile has started a beta of Digits -- a service that allows multiple phone numbers to be utilized in conjunction on one device, or one phone number to be shared across multiple devices on a carrier-level. The company recommends, however, that beta participants disable iMessage while using it.

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11:57
Apple Pay adds support for 30 more U.S. banks &...

Apple this week added over 30 more banks and credit unions to its list of those that support Apple Pay in the US. It also added an additional five countries that now support the service in Australia. Head past the break for the full list.

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11:57
Apple reportedly in talks with studios to offer home...

Apple already promotes movies that are in theaters with trailers and the ability to pre-order months ahead of time on iTunes. Now the company may be pushing movie studios on letting customers rent movies at home for a premium shortly after they hit theaters.

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11:55
Apple Music now boasts 20 million subscribers, and...

Apple Music continues to amass new paid subscribers, but Apple is not done growing the service just yet.

On Wednesday, Apple confirmed that Apple Music now has 20 million paid subscribers, up from 17 million in September. More than half of Apple Music’s subscribers reside outside the U.S., according to Apple. But Apple’s senior VP of Internet software and services Eddy Cue told Billboard magazine that there’s still room to grow—especially when to comes to catching up to Spotify’s 40 million paid subscribers.

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11:50
T-Mobile’s latest un-carrier move is ‘DIGITS,’ a...

[UPDATE: T-Mobile pulled their DIGITS sign-up page after a glitch exposed unintended customer information. It appears the issue is now solved and the page is back up and running.]

Known for pushing the envelope, as far as cellular carriers are concerned, T-Mobile has disclosed the details of its new program ‘DIGITS’ in an un-carrier announcement today. Certainly taking cues from Google Voice, the new Digits initiative aims to provide users with phone number flexibility and convenience, and includes multiple phone number solutions as well. The company is launching a limited free beta for T-Mobile customers (with post-paid accounts) starting today....

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11:24
More from Apple’s AI talk: LiDAR research &...

Earlier this week Apple’s director of AI research Russ Salakhutdinov made an appearance at a machine-learning conference to announce that Apple will allow its researchers to freely publish their findings, a rare move for the normally secretive company. Today a new report from Quartz offers more details from Apple’s talk at the NIPS 2016 conference, including slides that detail AI research related to “volumetric detection of LiDAR” and “prediction of structured outputs” next to visuals of vehicles and more.

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11:21
Invite-only meeting details state of AI, machine...




In an invitation-only meeting at Tuesdays Neural Information Processing Systems conference, Apple's head of machine learning broke down Apple's specific goals for its artificial intelligence developments, and detailed where it feels it has an advantage of its competitors, giving a rare look at Apple's research process.

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11:16
MacBook Pro USB-C Donglegate – TMO Daily...

People seem pretty uptight about Apple’s transition to dongle adapters for peripherals on our Macs, so Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on whether or not it’s a big deal. Spoiler: They can’t agree.


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11:10
External Link: Apple Investigating a Fix for iPhone...

We previously reported how Apple had established a repair program for iPhone 6s units that spontaneously shut down. 9to5Mac is now reporting that the company has discovered that the problem is more widespread than initially thought. Apple plans to include a diagnostic tool in the next iOS update that will help its engineers figure out how to better address the problem.

 

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10:56
Amazon replaces cashiers with AI and computer...

Amazon wants customers to be able to leave their wallets at home and still go shopping, as long as they have their smartphones on hand.

The online retail giant is opening up a brick-and-mortar store in Seattle called Amazon Go, and the store uses a mix of sensors and computer learning to track what items customers pick up and to automatically add them to their Amazon accounts.

Amazon identifies each customer using a QR code, which individuals scan before entering the store. The store offers groceries, ready-made food, and Amazon meal kits. Currently, Amazon Go is only accessible to the company’s employees, but Amazon says it will open its doors to the public in early 2017. 

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10:48
Rumor: Apple is working with film studios on early...

With major studios talking about the possibility of movie rentals becoming available as soon as two weeks after debuting in theaters, Bloomberg reports that Apple's been pushing for such early access. Historically, theaters are given exclusive rights for 90 days before titles become available through DVD and online formats.

21st Century Fox, Warner Bros. and Universal Pictures all confirmed over the past week that they are looking to offer high-priced, home-video rentals of new movies shortly after they open in theaters. Some studio executives have been pushing to allow home rentals as early as two weeks after theatrical debuts and are considering a deal with iTunes as one option, according to Bloomberg, quoting unnamed “people, who asked...

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10:48
New MacBook Pros plagued by complaints about battery...

There’s something strange happening with the new MacBook Pros.

Some buyers of the recently released 13- and 15-inch Touch Bar-equipped models are reporting problems with their laptops’ GPUs and batteries. The complaints, which have popped up in recent weeks on forums like MacRumors, Reddit, and Apple Support, mention crashes, red and green flashes, boot-up glitches, screen tearing, flickering—you name it, weird things are happening to Pro displays, as you can see in these videos rounded up by 9to5Mac. Some users report issues when using Adobe apps, others have had graphics troubles when syncing images in Apple’s own Photos app.

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10:38
Deals: $30-$150 off iPad Pros; 13" MacBook Air...




Shoppers this week can snap up instant savings plus free expedited shipping and no tax outside NY on iPad Pros and MacBooks (with savings of up to $150). First-gen Apple Watch Sport models are also marked down starting at $199 and select Late 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar systems are in stock and ready to ship.

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10:36
Apple adds ability to schedule third-party service...




Apple has recently made changes to its service scheduling process, and is now allowing users to make appointments with certified third parties and the remaining Apple Specialists for repair and support.

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10:17
Apple seeds seventh public & developer betas of...




Apple on Wednesday issued a seventh beta of iOS 10.2 to developers and the public, a mere two days after releasing the sixth one.

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10:14
News: Apple releases seventh beta of iOS 10.2 to...

Only two days after a sixth iOS 10.2 beta was released to developers, Apple has now released a seventh beta for the upcoming iOS version today. The latest beta, with a build number of 14C92, actually comes in as a 1.98GB OTA update, unlike prior beta updates that were generally under 100MB; the larger size points to the possibility that this latest beta may be a final “GM” release leading to an impending general release of iOS 10.2 to…

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10:11
November’s Apple App Store sales were the highest...

In a tweet, Apple’s, Phil Schiller, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Marketing Philip Schiller claims November was a “record breaker” for the Apple App Store with the highest monthly sales ever.

App Store revenues aren't broken out by the company. However, growth in Apple's Services segment, which the App Store is a component of, has increased on year-term bases by 24% and 19% in quarter four and quarter three, respectively. It’s gradually becoming a major contributor of sales among overall revenue mix.

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09:54
The Jony Ive computer Apple didn’t include in its...

It’s understandable the reasons behind the decision but it certainly can be argued it should have been included.

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09:53
Apple releases iOS 10.2 beta 7 for developer +...

Apple has released the seventh developer and public beta version of iOS 10.2 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch — the second developer and public  beta 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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09:49
Fitbit Buys Software Assets From Smartwatch Startup...

This has been predicted for a long time so it comes as no real surprise. The market is dominated by Fitbit and Apple and, while it was a darling of the Kickstarter and early adopter tech crowd, the Pebble never really had much mainstream success.

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09:39
Great Gifts for Groovy Geeks: 2016 Edition

It’s that time again and, as always, Dr. Mac has discovered a bevy of superb-yet-inexpensive tech gifts guaranteed to bring big smiles to the faces of the geeks you love.


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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker $...

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09:01
Pandora Premium music service unveiled

Just over a year after acquiring the scraps of Rdio, Pandora has revealed Premium, its take on an on-demand music streaming service, designed to compete against the likes of Spotify and Apple Music. Just like every other $10-a-month music streaming service, Pandora Premium will offer users an extensive library featuring millions of songs available on-demand, ad-free streaming, and the ability to save your music offline.

Where Premium separates itself from the Spotifys of the world is personalization. Pandora’s smart playlists will allow users to automatically add similar songs to a playlist at the tap of a button. Premium also features personalized search, which will give different users different results based on their listening history. The browse section is tailored to your tastes, including the new release section.

I’ve been a customer of Pandora for quite some time and love it—they have the best algorithmic radio stations in the industry. With Premium, they are...

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08:59
News: Apple makes its picks for best iPhone, iPad...

Apple has revealed its “Best of 2016” picks for the apps, movies, TV shows and books sold in its App Stores and iTunes. The company chose the photo editing app Prisma as its iPhone App of the Year (as did we), calling the app’s ability to turn photos into works of art “almost too cool for words.” MSQRD, with its live photo and video filters, took the runner-up spot. Clash Royale was named iPhone Game of the Year, followed…

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08:56
Apple Music tops 20 Million Users

Apple Music just topped 20 million subscribers, only three months after hitting the 17 million mark. That’s a 15% increase, but Apple wants to see even more growth.


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08:55
∞ Counterpoint to Jim’s issues with Apple Music

If you have not yet read it, take a few minutes to read Jim Dalrymple’s heartfelt critique of Apple Music, iTunes Match, and Apple’s embrace of Hip-Hop.

I do agree with a lot of Jim’s thesis, especially his points about iTunes Match and Apple exclusives. Rock and metal seem to have become second class citizens there.

That said, I have become more and more a fan of the overall Apple Music experience, warts and all. I love being able to share music with my kids via our family plan. There’s hardly a song I can think of that I can’t find on Apple Music. My kids share what they love, which keeps me up on newer music, and I get to share the roots music that informed and influenced the music they love.

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08:52
∞ Phil Schiller says November all-time App Store...

Phil Schiller’s tweet:

November 2016 was a record breaker for the #AppStore – the highest monthly sales ever in App Store history!

No matter the ebbs and flows of iPhone and iPad sales, the ecosystem continues to grow steadily.

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08:47
Fitbit scoops up rival fitness tracker maker Pebble

Fitbit, the maker of popular fitness trackers, has acquired assets owned by rival Pebble, including key employees and intellectual property related to software and firmware development.

The deal, which was reported last week, closed on Tuesday, Fitbit announced on Wednesday. Amid slumping sales in the overall smartwatch market, Fitbit was interested in the PebbleOS, which has a large number of apps running on it and can be paired with both Apple’s iOS and Android.

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08:43
Media takes ‘Center Stage’ in Twitterrific 5.16

I don’t use Twitter in such a way to make this Center Stage feature attractive to me but if you are looking for a different way to view your tweets, Twitterific is a great, free (with in-app purchases) Twitter client.

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08:41
Apple's single sign-on for Apple TV and iOS is...

When Apple rolled out tvOS 10 in September we couldn’t help but notice that single sign-on—a feature that lets you enter your cable provider details once and then use them across multiple apps—didn’t make the cut. Apple promised that the new feature would land on Apple TV in December, and recently the company made good on its word.

As first noticed by MacRumors, single sign-on is now available on the fourth-generation Apple TV and iOS 10 devices. The feature is only available for U.S. users, which is where the bulk of cable provider hassles exist anyway. At launch, only 10 cable providers support single...

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08:38
What makes a good alarm clock sound?

I use an app called “Rise Alarm Clock“. It has a lovely alarm sound called “Camping Trip” I use to gently wake up to. What alarm clock sounds do you use?

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08:36
New research data shows iPhone at top of sales...




New research data shows that Apple's iOS saw a significant sales percentage boost with the release of the iPhone 7 family, with year-over-year sales growth in a three-month measurement period ending in October.

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08:29
News: Apple acknowledges Apple Music now includes ‘...

Apple has quietly made a change to its Apple Music Membership FAQ, explaining that Apple Music members no longer need to subscribe separately to iTunes Match. The FAQ appears to have been updated within the last three to four weeks, and unequivocally states that users who subscribe to Apple Music do not need to also subscribe to iTunes Match, as “Apple Music includes all the benefits of iTunes Match to make all of your music available on all…

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08:16
November set App Store's 'highest monthly...




Last month saw the App Store achieve a new monthly sales record, Apple's senior VP of worldwide marketing said on Wednesday.

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08:10
The Week in Mac Accessories: Hellacious hubs

New goodies for your Mac

This week’s roundup of accessories includes several new devices that provide every port your Mac will ever need. Read on!

OWC

The most notable feature on this Thunderbolt 3 Dock ($279 MSRP) is that it has 13 different ports. “Drive two 4K displays, connect and charge up to six USB devices, work with legacy FireWire storage, enjoy pristine audio, wired networks, and read SD cards, all at twice the speed of Thunderbolt 2 and all through a single cable.” The device ships in February 2017.

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08:02
News: Apple Music tops 20 million subscribers

Apple Music has passed the 20 million subscriber mark a year and a half after its launch, Billboard reports. Apple SVP of Internet Software and Products Eddy Cue said 60 percent of those subscribers haven’t bought music from iTunes in the last year, signaling a new era where streaming is becoming the new normal. Cue said offering exclusives is a big part of that, with the company giving a particular push to hip-hop acts that he felt were “underrepresented…

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07:49
DigiTimes Research: Apple will ship 10.9 million...

According to DigiTimes Research, 51.29 million tablets will ship globally in the fourth quarter of 2016, increasing 7.3% on quarter but decreasing 21.5% on year. Apple will ship 10.9 million iPads, up 17.2% sequentially, according to the research group.

Seven-inch models will account for 31.4% of shipments, 7.9-inch 14.3%, 8.0- to 8.9-inch 11.6%, 9.0- to 9.9-inch 20.3%, 10.0- to 10.9-inch 16.4%, and 11-inch and above 6.1%, Digitimes Research indicated.

In terms of application processors used in tablets, Apple will account for 30.9% of all tablets except white-box units, MediaTek 23.8%, Qualcomm 11.8%, Samsung Electronics 8.9% and Intel 8.5%. Among vendors, Apple will be the largest accounting for 21.3% of shipments, followed by Samsung with 15.0%, Amazon 6.2%, Lenovo 6.1%, Huawei Technologies 5.9%, Asustek Computer 2.8%, TCL 2.7%, Microsoft 2.6%, LG Electronics 1.6% and Acer 1.2%.

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07:45
For Geeks Only: Hey Alexa, Tell Sonos to Play Stevie...

Sonos and Amazon jointly announced their Alexa integration earlier this year and the world rejoiced. Voice control of your Sonos system is one of those holy grails. The integration is expected to be available at some point in 2017. But I’m an impatient geek so, while I’m waiting for official support to be available, I spent an hour yesterday getting this working using freely-available open-source tools. You can do this, too, and I’ll walk you through what you’re doing and how to get started.


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07:42
YouTube's top trending videos for 2016

YouTube Rewind, the popular video site’s annual review, is due out Wednesday at 10 a.m. PST. Leading up to the big reveal, the Google-owned property released its list of the top 10 trending videos for 2016 to several news outlets including Variety.

The list includes the indescribable madness of carpool karaoke, scientific inquiry, John Oliver, and Vlogger Casey Neistat. This year’s list is interesting because while it does have some weird items that are part of the YouTube tradition. There’s also a lot of particularly mundane items like a six-minute short from a sportswear company and a guided tour of first class. These videos received  550 million views and have been watched for over 25 million hours combined.

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07:33
Pebble is dead, software assets acquired by Fitbit,...

Following several reports over the past few days, both Pebble and Fitbit have officially announced this morning that Fitbit will acquire Pebble’s software assets as the smartwatch maker is dissolved. The acquisition excludes all hardware.

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07:32
News: Apple blames ‘external factors’ for iPhone...

Apple’s investigation into a series of iPhone fires in China has uncovered “no cause for concern,” with the company blaming physical damage to the devices, the BBC reports. Eight users filed complaints with Shanghai’s consumer protection agency, claiming their phones spontaneously caught fire or exploded. The report quoted one woman who said her iPhone 6s Plus exploded in August, “shattering the screen and leaving the…

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07:27
PDFpen 8.3 gets MacBook Pro Touch Bar Support

Smile’s PDFpen and PDFpen Pro gained Retina MacBook Pro Touch Bar support on Tuesday so users can edit documents with finger taps, and PDFpen Pro users can edit Table of Contents, too. PDFpen and PDFpen Pro are PDF document editing and creation apps. Users can add and remove pages from documents, edit text, and and remove images, create PDF forms, OCR scanned text, sync files via iCloud and Dropbox, and more. PDFpen 8.3 costs US$74.95 and PDFpen Pro 8.3 is priced at $124.95. The updates are free for version 8.x users.


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07:20
Apple reportedly introducing a red chassis color...

Japanese Apple rumor blog Macotakara has a new report today indicating that the successor to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will come in an all new color. The site says Apple will add a red casing color, joining the existing Black, Jet Black, Silver, Gold and Rose Gold options.

Macotakara has a decent track record when it comes to reporting details about unreleased Apple products. It was the first site to say that Apple would remove the headphone jack with the iPhone 7.

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07:15
∞ Breaking the fourth wall

[VIDEO]: I love a good fourth wall break, when someone in a show or film turns and speaks directly to the audience, or into the camera. When done well, it creates a more intimate relationship between the actors and the audience.

Here’s a bunch of examples of doing it well (click through to the main Loop post for the video).

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07:12
Apple says November set an all-time record for App...

Apple’s SVP of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller has tweeted that November has set an all-time record for App Store sales.

November 2016 was a record breaker for the #AppStore – the highest monthly sales ever in App Store history!

— Philip Schiller (@pschiller) December 7, 2016

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07:10
News: Rumor: 2017 iPhones won’t include glass...

Supply sources in Taiwan are claiming Apple’s 2017 iPhones will simply be iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus — typical “s” updates to this year’s models — and there won’t be a spectacular redesign, Macotakara reports. A source claims a red color offering is the only likely change to the design, flying in the face of nearly every other rumor about next year’s iPhone, most of which foresee at least one model with an…

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07:09
Apple's Federighi suggests GPU issues on 2016...




In email response to a customer regarding GPU anomalies associated with the Touch Bar MacBook Pro, Apple's senior VP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi suggested that the problem is solved in the latest macOS 10.12.2 beta.

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07:06
Pokémon Go teaming up w/ Sprint before expected...

Pokémon Go is teaming up with Sprint to turn businesses into PokéStops and Gyms as part of Niantic’s latest move to keep players in the game. The news comes just one day before Starbucks is expected to do the same while introducing a Pokémon Go-themed drink for trainers. Niantic has also teased out when we might start seeing new monsters appear in the game.

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07:06
Sony to release six games for iOS & Android in...




Taking a cue from Nintendo, Sony's PlayStation division is reportedly aiming to launch six games for iOS and Android in the financial year starting in April.

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07:06
Apple releases annual ‘Best of’ lists highlighting...

Chance Miller, 9to5Mac:

As it does every year, Apple today has put together its end-of-the-year “Best of” sections on the iTunes Store, App Store, and iBooks Store. The sections are meant to highlight the best content of the year across various categories. For instance, Apple has named photo editing app “Prisma” as the iPhone App of the Year.

Moving down the list, Apple has named “Clash Royale” iPhone Game of the Year, while “Severed” has been named iPad Game of the Year. “Sketchbook Motion,” meanwhile, has been named iPad App of the Year.

There are lists for Apps of the Year, Games of the Year, and things Drake has done…er…Song and Album of the Year.

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07:00
Ransomware Fighters Get New Free Tool


Ransomware has become a gold mine for digital criminals. In the first three months of this year, electronic extortionists squeezed $209 million from victims desperate to recover their data after it was scrambled by the malicious software, based on FBI estimates. At that rate, ransomware could funnel as much as $1 billion into criminal coffers this year. Ransomware typically will encrypt most of the files on a computer, but one form of ransomware attacks the boot sequence of a computer.

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06:56
Botmoji, a truly useful Twitter bot

Try this Twitter experiment. Pick an emoji, any emoji, and send it to @botmoji. For example, when I tweet this:

@botmoji

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06:54
2016 MacBook Pro battery complaints grow for both 13...

There are growing complaints about the new MacBook Pro models delivering battery life well below Apple’s claimed ten hours. While manufacturer claims are often based on unrealistic scenarios, a number of owners on both Apple’s support communities and Reddit are reporting numbers in the 3-6 hours range.

I’ve got my 15″ MBP a few days ago and I’m pretty disappointed by its battery life. If I do nothing but very light web browsing in Safari and brightness around 50% I can get it to about 6 hours. But not even close to the 10 hours promised.

The position is complicated by GPU use and the difference between estimates and actual life …

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06:50
∞ Google’s emoji Twitter bot

If you type an emoji, followed by @Google, you’ll eventually get a response from Google, using the #KnowNearby hash tag, with a localized search based on the emoji.

For example:

@Google

will return a search for local pizza.

This is interesting, but the response takes too long to be truly useful. I do like the experiment, though.

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06:50
HP unveils a display suitable for owners of the new...

If you’re looking for a 27-inch display to use with your new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and are tired of waiting for the LG UltraFine Display, which is still listed as “currently unavailable” at Apple’s online store, HP has unveiled its 27-inch ENVY display.

It’s “only” a 4K display with 4K UHD (3840 x 2160 resolution at 60Hz) instead of 5K (5120-by-2880 resolution), but, at $499, it’s half the price of the LG monitor. The ENVY has USB-C connectivity, so just one cable delivers video and can charge your Mac laptop.

The IPS LED-backlit display — which weights 12.15 pounds (with stand) and measures 24.15 x 6.1 x 16.9 inches — sports a micro-edge bezel, matte black rear panel, and a thin aluminum stand. The base can be detached for VESA wall or arm mounting, but a...

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06:48
U.S. Supreme Court leaves gap in Samsung-Apple...

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled in favor of Samsung Electronics and its backers in the industry in a design patent dispute with Apple, when in a 8-0 decision it said that “the term ‘article of manufacture’ is broad enough to embrace both a product sold to a consumer and a component of that product, whether sold separately or not.”

But the top court has left a lot unsaid, including by not providing guidance to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on how the damages Samsung has to pay Apple for the infringement of smartphone design patents will have to be calculated. That could also delay for a long time the resolution of the patent dispute between Apple and Samsung, which has already dragged on for a number of years.

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06:46
Apple says iPhones safe despite China ‘fires’

BBC News:

Eight users have complained to Shanghai’s consumer watchdog that their iPhone 6 series handsets spontaneously combusted or exploded.

The US tech giant said it had conducted tests on the devices and had found “no cause for concern with these products”.

One technology analyst told the BBC she did not believe it to be a widespread problem.

And, most importantly:

Apple said the iPhones had external physical damage “which led to the thermal event”.

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06:40
Milking the iPhone

Neil Cybart, Above Avalon:

It feels like cracks are forming at Apple’s edges. The company is straining to push out hardware updates. Supply issues are getting worse. Apple is reportedly moving away from selling beloved products like stand-alone displays and wireless routers. Meanwhile, Microsoft, Amazon, and Snap are gaining buzz with new niche hardware while Apple appears to be hanging back and resting on its laurels.

Something feels off with Apple, and the blame is increasingly pointed at Tim Cook. I suspect these feelings are a result of Cook betting now is the time to milk the iPhone. Apple is doubling down on the iPhone to build one of the world’s most formidable tech ecosystems, and few are taking notice.

Not sure I agree with the title here. The term “milking” gives a sense that Apple is spinning its wheels, doing nothing but sucking every bit of juice it can get out of the iPhone line. But if you read the rest of the article, it’s clear that this is all...

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06:39
News: Top Apple supplier Foxconn planning U.S....

Foxconn, Apple’s biggest assembly partner, is in the early stages of discussions to expand its U.S. operations, Bloomberg reports. The company confirmed the news after a document displaying Foxconn’s logo was shown by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and SoftBank Group Corp.’s Masayoshi Son during the announcement of a $50 billion investment in the U.S. by the bank. While the page listed the figures “$7 billion in U.S.”…

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06:37
Apple makes Best Places to Work list for ninth...

Glassdoor, the world's most transparent jobs and recruiting marketplace, has announced the winners of its ninth annual Employees' Choice Awards, honoring the Best Places to Work in 2017 across North America and parts of Europe. Apple places 36 on the list.

The Glassdoor Employees' Choice Awards are based solely on the input of employees who voluntarily provide anonymous feedback, by completing a company review, about their job, work environment and employer over the past year.

This year, the Glassdoor Employees' Choice Awards feature six distinct categories, honoring the Best Places to Work across the U.S., Canada, UK, France and Germany. There are two categories in the U.S.: 50 Best Places to Work (honoring employers with 1,000 or more employees) and 50 Best Small & Medium Companies to Work For (honoring employers with less than 1,000 employees). Winners are ranked based on their overall rating achieved during the...

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06:34
Google rolling out new desktop search interface

This new look has been slowly rolling out over the last few months, with Safari being last to get it. I like the new look and functionality.

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06:23
macOS: Archiving a Time Capsule

This Quick Tip is about making a backup…of your backup. So if you’re super-paranoid about your file archives, you can make sure that your Time Capsule’s historical data is saved in multiple locations. Hey, where backups are concerned, we think paranoia is good, so come read all about it!


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06:16
iOS market share growth driven by iPhone 7/7 Plus...

The latest smartphone OS sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech shows that iOS achieved year-on-year growth across most regions except Germany and Urban China. 

For the three months ending October 2016 Japan stands at the top in the list of regions where iOS holds the greatest share, with 51.7% of smartphone sales. This is followed by 44% in Great Britain and 40.5% in the US. Android market share saw similar growth across a number of regions, declining only in the US (by 5.6 percentage points), and in Japan by less than 1%.

In the U.S., iOS grew 7% points year-over-year, from 33.5% of smartphone sales to 40.5% in the three months ending October 2016. This represents the strongest rate of growth for the operating system in more than two years, as well as the highest share seen since the three months ending January 2015 (42.8%). While Android remains the dominant OS in the US, at 57.9% of smartphone sales...

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06:07
Apple Music passes 20 million subscribers 18 months...

Apple Music has more than 20 million paying subscribers less than 18 months after the streaming service launched on June 30 last year, reports Music Business Worldwide.

Apple Music has added 10 million subscribers this year. Its main competitor, Spotify, added 12 million subscribers this year, bringing its total to 40 million paying customers.

Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet software and services, told Billboard, the music industry “bible,” that despite a mandate from Universal Music Group chairman Lucian Grainge, exclusives will...

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