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Tuesday January 24

04:00
GoPower Plus is a convenient iOS device charger (...

Kanex’s GoPower Plus is a $49.95 portable power solution with a built-in micro USB with a Lightning adapter for use with both Apple and Android devices. I’ve never used it with an Android device (cause I don’t own one), but it does come in handy for use with my iPhone 7 Plus when I’m visiting my relatives for the weekend.

Juiced with 8,000 mAh of power, the GoPower Plus can deliver two full charges to your smartphone. An extra USB port and 2A of charging lets you power up an additional device while you’re juicing your iPhone. 

The GoPower Plus enables pass-through charging while connected to a power source. Your device charges first, then GoPower Plus recharges itself.

The GoPower Plus — which is Apple MFi Certified, which means it’s specifically made to fit with your Apple devices — features a classy aluminum finish.  An LED indicator displays battery levels and charge status.

The GoPower Plus is smaller...

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01:18
Private Internet Access VPN 2-Year Subscription: $59...

Hey VPN fans, we have a deal for you today on a two-year subscription to Private Internet Access. With this plan, you get unlimited bandwidth on up to 5 devices, including Mac, iOS, Android, Windows, and Linux PCs.There are more than 3,300 servers in 25 countries to choose from, and the subscription comes with a variety of services. Check out the details on the deal listing. The price through our deal is $59.99, some 63% off retail.


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00:07
Apple patent details modular Apple Watch accessories...




Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent detailing a modular accessories system for Apple Watch that disguises electrical components like batteries, biometric sensors, solar cells and more as links in the wearable's metal band.

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Monday January 23

20:55
Safari 10.0.3

Resolves a number of WebKit-related security vulnerabilities in Yosemite and El Capitan. (Free)

 

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20:55
iTunes 12.5.5

Updated with minor app and performance improvements. (Free, 263 MB)

 

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20:48
Faraday Future sued over missed payments on $2...

Faraday Future may have had a new car to show off at CES earlier this month, but everyone's left Las Vegas and old problems are cropping up. Now, the company is being sued by a video effects company for failure to pay for a virtual fly-through of one...

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20:24
Samsung's chip business posted record earnings...

Samsung expected a 9.2 trillion won ($7.8 billion) operating profit for Q4 2016, but the final figure is slightly larger despite the Note 7 scandal rocking its world last year. According to the Korean conglomerate's full earnings report, it posted a...

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20:02
Peter Dinklage From Game of Thrones Fears His iPhone

What does the actor who plays a character who faces dragons, monsters, magic, and even his very own father fear in real life? If it’s Peter Dinklage—Tyrion Lannister on Game of Thrones, we’re talking about, it’s his iPhone 7. Mr. Dinklage gave an interview to CNET to promote Rememory, a SciFi film debuting this week at the Sundance Film Festival. In that interview, he said, “I just got an iPhone about six months ago, friends made fun of me. I’m afraid of it.” There’s a reason, though, and that’s concern over how tech is changing the way humans interact. To wit, when people approach him, the interaction has become solely about the selfie-with-Peter. He said, “We’re not even allowing a memory to sink in. They’ll have proof of meeting me, but […] there wasn’t anything to remember, because all you did was just take a picture.” It’s an interesting perspective on this...

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20:00
LG G6 photo shows off some rounded corners

We've already learned a lot about LG's next mobile standard-bearer, but a picture posted by The Verge provides a look at the G6 -- well, half of it anyway. We can't tell much about its tall 2:1 (1,440 x 2,880) screen ratio without seeing the rest of...

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19:39
Report: Qualcomm considering countersuit against...

Apple and Qualcomm are currently engaged in a legal battle, with the former suing the latter for $1 billion over patent royalties. Despite the legal rhetoric, however, Qualcomm doesn’t plan to let business between it and Apple be affected, according to a new report from Recode.

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19:03
Super-fast camera records light-based 'sonic...

Scientists have suspected that light can create its own conical wakes, like a sonic boom, but how do you capture something that happens so quickly? With a very fast camera, naturally. Washington University in St. Louis has recorded these photonic sho...

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18:47
Opinion: A Siri Speaker can learn a lot from Amazon’...

Apple’s rumored Siri Speaker may be hitting the market this year and with it will likely come improvements to Siri itself. Apple, however, won’t be the first to release a standalone speaker with a built-in virtual assistant. Google has already released its solution, Google Home, while Amazon has its Alexa virtual assistant available in several forms, including the Echo and Echo Dot.

The Echo Dot and the Echo series as a whole has been a smash hit success for Amazon and it’s where Apple should take inspiration from for its Siri Speaker, but its success really...

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18:31
Android Instant Apps begins limited testing

Back at last year's Google I/O conference, the search giant introduced a new concept that the Android team had in the works: Instant Apps. The abbreviated applications would be streamlined enough to start working immediately after users open them wit...

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17:48
Google X co-founder Yoky Matsuoka returns to Nest

Silicon Valley's most in-demand robotics professor has returned to Alphabet Inc.'s Nest. As Recode reports Monday, Yoky Matsuoka will step back into the Google fold as Chief Technology Officer at the smart home devices company.

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16:55
What's on TV: 'iBoy,' 'Beware...

While we take a week off from football ahead of the Super Bowl (unless you count the Pro Bowl), there are plenty of ways to fill the time. Netflix is dropping in its odd cellphone-superpower iBoy flick, while HBO airs a Slenderman documentary. The Pa...

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16:30
How to install Windows 10 on your Mac using Boot...

If you’re interested in installing Windows 10 on your Mac running macOS Sierra, you can easily do so by means of Microsoft’s Windows 10 ISO download and the macOS Boot Camp Assistant. The installation can be a little time consuming, but it is by no means difficult. Check out our full video walkthrough inside for the details. more…

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16:25
Scientists make a viable semi-synthetic organism

Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute have already created organisms with synthetic DNA letters, but they weren't ready for the real world when they couldn't even keep the artificial base pair in their genetic code. However, the team has made...

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16:22
Qualcomm to continue supplying Apple with chips...




Qualcomm is expected to continue supplying modems and other components to Apple despite facing a $1 billion lawsuit over patent royalties and a related U.S. Federal Trade Commission action involving the Cupertino tech giant, according to a report on Monday,

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16:10
Yoky Matsuoka Left Apple to Return to Nest

Former Nest executive Yoky Matsuoka joined Apple in May 2016, and by December she was gone. Now we know why: she’s back at Nest helping create the company’s long-term smart home technology plans.


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16:07
Robotics expert Yoky Matsuoka returns to Nest Labs...

Yoky Matsuoka, an expert in the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence, has returned to Alphabet's Nest Labs after serving less than nine months on the job at Apple, reports Bloomberg. She’ll serve as chief technology officer at Nest Labs.

Matsuoka joined Apple in May to help run the iPhone maker's health technology initiatives, but she left toward the end of 2016, notes Bloomberg. She was an early Nest executive when iPod creator Tony Fadell founded the startup with Matt Rogers in 2010, and she was there when Google bought the business for more than $3 billion in 2014. Matsuoka left the company in 2015 to lead a health data startup called Quanttus. 

In 2007, Matsuoka won a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant for her work in neurorobotics, using technology to help disabled people and stroke victims regain...

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16:06
Apple releases iTunes 12.5.5 for macOS

Apple has released iTunes 12.5.5 for macOS. According to the company, it’s a “minor update” with “performance enhancements.

It’s a 116MB. iTunes 12.5.5 is a free upgrade at the Mac App Store.

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16:05
Apple Investigating Issue With AirPods Randomly...

According to MacRumors, Apple is investigating multiple reports from iPhone owners of AirPods randomly disconnecting and reconnecting during calls. While the issue doesn't appear to be widespread, it appears to be a big enough problem to attract Apple's attention. One of the main reasons why the AirPods were so late to the market was because Apple needed more time to ensure the earpieces had reliable connectivity. Specifically, they were delayed to ensure both earpieces receive audio at the same time. MacRumors reports: A MacRumors forum thread and a long thread on Apple's Support Communities website have been generated by AirPods users who are regularly experiencing Bluetooth connection dropouts during phone calls, despite the fact that the wireless earphones almost never lose their connection when used to listen to music or anything else. MacRumors forum member protobiont wrote: "I've had this happen on two phone calls today. I am talking and suddenly the audio switches to the...

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15:27
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative acquires Meta's...

In September, Facebook CEO and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan promised to spend a whopping $3 billion of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative's extensive capital over the next 10 years, as it works towards its lofty goal of curing, preventing or managing all...

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15:26
When Should a Robot just Say “No!”

Should there be occasions when advanced AI’s, especially robots or androids, refuse a command by a human being?  Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics (mostly) dictate the rules, assuming the robot has been programmed with that in mind.  However, there are nuances worth further discussion, and they depend some very sophisticated, nuanced thinking (and predictions) by the robot. It’s all on page 2 of Particle Debris.

 


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15:06
Apple releases iTunes 12.5.5 with minor performance...




Continuing Apple's big day of software releases, the company on Monday issued a minor iTunes update that delivers bug fixes and performance improvements to Mac and Windows users.

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14:47
Xbox One gets its first taste of Creators Update...

You don't have to wait long to try some of the big Xbox One upgrades that Microsoft has been promising lately. The company is trotting out an Xbox Insider preview update that includes a few of the bigger improvements that will come alongside the Cre...

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14:45
Apple Senior Director of Design for Mac leaves for...

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

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14:29
FY 17 First quarter results

As usual, Apple will announce they’ve made metric buttloads of money.

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14:26
Samsung Explains Note7 Failure, Promises to Do Better


Samsung Electronics on Monday announced that it has developed new quality assurance protocols to ensure that it won't have a repeat of the catastrophic issues that plagued its Galaxy Note7 handsets. The company last fall issued a universal recall after several of the devices caught fire or exploded. In one incident, a Southwest Airlines flight had to be evacuated in Louisville, Kentucky, after a Samsung Galaxy Note7 caught fire and produced thick smoke on an aircraft.

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14:26
'Final Fantasy XV' kicks off a limited-...

It's not just multiplayer games that can host limited-time events. Square Enix is launching the Moogle Chocobo Carnival, a time-sensitive Final Fantasy XV feature, today (January 23rd) at 8PM Eastern. So long as you have the Holiday Pack add-on (fr...

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14:21
Notable apps and app updates for Jan. 23, 2017

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

iOS Apps/Updates

Gebo Kano has unleashed Endangered Animals - Practise statistics 1.0 for the iPad. It’s a $2.99 educational game for kids to practice and study statistical concepts and charts. The theme is endangered animals and real world examples are used.

Idle Game Studio has introduced Geeks vs Gangsters 1.0.1. The free game combines classic clicker game features with an offline progression with features like a big talent system, two factions to join, multiple managers for different play styles and monthly competitions.

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14:19
AWT News Update: January 23, 2017

Photo from Instagram user emfedor83

  • This Monday turned out to be rather eventful, with updates to all of Apple's operating systems, word of a mysterious Bluetooth/NFC device going through the FCC certification process, and news about an iPhone 7 Plus that went for a long swim in a very cold river and lived!
  • The watchOS 3.1.3 update might be the first update a lot of Watch owners have successfully installed since watchOS 3 first arrived
  • What could a mysterious Apple device with model number A1846 be? We think we have an idea
  • That iPhone 7 Plus of yours is probably much more waterproof than you think it is, with an unplanned test in a frozen-over Russian river showing just how hardy it is

The text version of the podcast can be viewed below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below. Note to Apple News readers: you’ll need to visit Apple World Today in order to listen to the podcast.

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14:17
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 23...

Notable software releases this week include Final Cut Pro X 10.3.2, Compressor 4.3.1, and Motion 5.3.1, BusyCal 3.1.4 and BusyContacts 1.1.6, Mailplane 3.6.9, Boom 2 v1.5.2, Logic Pro X 10.3, and Security Update 2016-007 (Yosemite) and 2016-003 Supplemental (El Capitan).

 

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14:17
ExtraBITS for 23 January 2017

In ExtraBITS this week, Apple pulls reviews for the LG UltraFine 5K Display after a slew of negative comments, JetBlue starts offering free in-flight Wi-Fi, and a new piece of Mac malware turns out to rely on very old code.

 

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14:16
If Apple is working on in-house wireless charging,...

Apple is reportedly working on long-range charging that allows multiple devices to charge anywhere within range of around 20 feet. One report had the company teaming up with Energous to use its WattUp system for its plans. However, an investor's note from Copperfield Research says this isn’t so, and that Apple plans to use its own in-house-developed wireless charging tech.

The research group notes that Apple has filed more than 16 patent applications covering aspects of inductive charging, which is the magnetic coil based wireless charging used in Samsung phones and Apple Watches (WATT’s technology uses RF waves.) The Apple patent portfolio covers both the design and manufacturing of coils, as well as transmitters and receivers. What’s more, Apple’s engineering focus in its patent filings explicitly incorporates inductive charging into handsets. In December Apple filed...

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14:12
Short-term Apple executive Yoky Matsuoka returns to...




Yoky Matsuoka, a leading expert in the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence, is returning to Alphabet's Nest Labs after serving less than nine months on the job at Apple, where she was in charge of various health-related projects including aspects of Apple Watch.

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14:07
TMO Background Mode: Interview with 9News/KUSA TV...

Kyle Clark is a 9News TV news anchor and reporter in Denver. His parents were both teachers and, early on, inspired him to learn and then explain to others. When Kyle was in grade school, his father gave him an Apple IIGS and encouraged him to learn about it. By and by, Kyle learned to use computers not as a pastime but as a tool. He majored in journalism and politics as an undergraduate, and, later, work at a small radio station convinced him he wanted to be in broadcasting. Today, in addition to being a Channel 9 news anchor, he’s launched a 30 minute news analysis show called Next. His show brings understanding, context, and a sense of community to the news. Listen in to hear how he convinced his station to embrace his successful, Next idea.


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14:03
[Sponsor] Smartling: Translate Mobile Apps in an...

App localization opens the door to global opportunities, but traditional techniques are failing publishers and users alike. Bound by rapid release cycles, sluggish translation turnarounds, and stubborn app store approval processes, developers have little hope of delivering a consistent user experience across multiple languages.

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14:03
Ajit Pai confirmed as new head of the FCC

Just as expected, Ajit Pai has been named as the new chairman of the FCC, replacing the outgoing Tom Wheeler. Pai has worked at the FCC since May of 2012, when he was nominated by President Obama as the senior Republican party commissioner. In his ti...

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13:52
DirecTV Now breaks 200,000 subscribers in...




AT&T's DirecTV has successfully managed to acquire more than 200,000 paying subscribers within one month of its launch on November 30, but despite the growth, customers of the Internet TV provider are continuing to endure issues with the service.

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13:37
Ex-Apple director Lattner striving to make cars an...




Now heading up Autopilot development at Tesla, former Apple director Chris Lattner says that he's hoping to "accelerate the path to cars being appliances that solve people's problems," rather than machines that require constant maintenance.

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13:35
Right to Repair bills introduced in five states

Anyone with a cracked iPhone screen knows what a pain it is to go through Apple to get it repaired. You have to make a Genius Bar appointment, which may or may not still require you to wait around for a service technician. Then it could be hours befo...

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13:31
Mac sales declined nearly 10% last year as Lenovo,...

It’s not surprising that Mac sales dropped for Apple in 2016 as they experienced their first year over year sales decline since 2001. What is interesting, however, is that as Mac sales dropped roughly 10% and personal computers overall dropped 5.7% for the year, the top four leaders in the market all saw growth as Apple was pushed to number five.

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13:20
Foxconn Considers $7 Billion Screen Factory In US,...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Foxconn, the Taiwanese contract manufacturing company best known for its partnership with Apple, has said that it is mulling a $7 billion investment in U.S. manufacturing that could create between 30,000 and 50,000 jobs. According to The Wall Street Journal, Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou says the company is talking with the state of Pennsylvania among others about getting the land and electricity subsidies it would need to build a factory. "If U.S. state governments are willing to provide these terms, and we calculate and it is cheaper than shipping from China or Japan, then why wouldn't Sharp build a factory in the U.S.?" said Gou. The factory would build flat-panel screens under the Sharp name -- Foxconn bought Sharp around this time last year for $5.1 billion. Sharp President Tai Jeng-wu hinted in October of 2016 that U.S. manufacturing could be a possibility for Sharp, and he also indicated that Apple could begin using OLED...

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13:10
Yelp's redesigned homepage puts photos front...

Yelpers everywhere will soon be greeted with a new homepage. Earlier today, Yelp announced it's rolling out a redesign that focuses on showcasing imagery from users, as well as content from different local services (think: not only restaurants). Yelp...

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12:58
∞ Watch a frozen engine warm up with a thermal camera

This video was way more interesting than it had any right to be.

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12:46
The scam that fooled Sherlock’s creator

I’ve read various versions of this story for years. It’s always fascinating and an instructive lesson that everyone can be fooled if they want to be.

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12:45
Humanoid beer-and-pizza-fetching robot is charmingly...

Delivery robots are starting to hit the streets, but few do it with as much joie de vivre as a new device called the Fundroid. The gender-neutral beer-and-pizza-fetching robot, lovingly nicknamed Funnie, debuted at the Software For Artists event Sund...

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12:24
Apple Watch, Apple TV also get the update love today

To go along with the fresh iOS 10.2.1 and macOS Sierra 10.12.3 updates today, Apple also rolled out updates for tvOS and watchOS. watchOS 3.1.3 is the first update since 3.1.1 hit the streets back in December -- I could never personally get watchOS 3.1.1 to install on my Watch, so it will be interesting to see if the update I'm doing right now succeeds. 

The watchOS update can only be installed through the Watch app on the iPhone, and is found by tapping on General > Software Update. You'll need to have your iPhone nearby throughout the update, and the Watch must be plugged into a charger and have at least 50% battery life remaining.

tvOS 10.1.1 looks like it's a maintenance update with few differences from 10.1, which was released in December. If you don't have your fourth-generation Apple TV set up to do automatic updates, you'll need to go into Settings > System > Software Update to download and install the new tvOS.

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12:18
Logic Pros: Syncing sessions to GarageBand for iOS...

Last week Apple released Logic Pro X 10.3 with a ton of new features for pros and a refreshed user interface. In today’s Logic Pros, we give you the rundown on the update’s new iCloud syncing feature that lets you easily send your session to GarageBand for iOS.

With the new feature, you now have a one-tap method to send a reference of what you’re working on in Logic over to Garageband, allowing you to continue working on it outside of the studio anywhere you might have an iPhone or iPad. Any tracks and edits you make automatically get synced back to Logic for when you return to the studio.

Here’s how it works:

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12:14
The White House's Spanish-language website is...

Under both George W. Bush and Barack Obama, the White House maintained a Spanish-language version of its official website, while the Obama administration also updated its companion Twitter account, @LaCasaBlanca. Since noon on Friday, just after Pres...

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12:11
FCC filing reveals Apple still working on Apple TV-...




A new listing on the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's regulatory database reveals Apple is still working on an unannounced product equipped with near-field technology that first surfaced in September of 2016.

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12:08
Got a new Mac? Protect it with AppleCare and save up...




If you received a new Mac for the holidays or bought a 2016 12" MacBook on release day, now is the time to purchase an AppleCare extended protection plan before the one-year warranty expires. Adorama is slashing prices on standalone AppleCare purchases by as much as $90 -- and all plans comes with free shipping and no tax outside NY and NJ.

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12:03
Apple latest to settle lawsuit with e-Watch over...




Apple has reached a settlement with a San Antonio, Tex.-based firm called e-Watch, which claimed that the company was violating two U.S. patents related to cellphone cameras.

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11:55
White House adds four 'Skype seats' for...

Starting this week, the White House will open up four so-called Skype seats to reporters outside of Washington, DC. Press secretary Sean Spicer announced the move in a briefing today, one that he says will "open up the briefing room to journalists wh...

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11:48
macOS 10.12.3 fixes graphics switching problems with...

Enlarge / The new 15-inch MacBook Pro. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

In addition to minor updates for iOS, watchOS, and tvOS, Apple has released version 10.12.3 of macOS Sierra to the public today. The update is available through the Mac App Store and will be available later today on Apple's Downloads page; new copies of the Sierra installer downloaded after today should also include the update.

Compared to 10.12.2, today's update is pretty limited in scope. Apple is still making some fixes specific to the new MacBook Pros, particularly to the graphics switching mechanism of the 15-inch model (though we have no...

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11:40
MacOS Sierra 10.12.3 update fixes the Safari bug...

Let’s start the week with a macOS Sierra update, shall we? On Monday, Apple released macOS Sierra 10.12.3, which includes a number of updates for all Mac users, as well as updates that owners of the new MacBook Pro will need.

While not specifically noted in the release notes, this update should fix the Safari bug that plagued the MacBook Pro during testing by Consumer Reports. During its initial review, Consumer Reports had wildly varying results with battery life, prompting the publication to withhold a recommendation of the laptop. A follow-up with Apple resulted in the discovery of a bug in Safari that affected battery life. Consumer Reports said that Apple implemented the fix...

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11:35
AT&T adds an international roaming day pass with...

AT&T subscribers haven't had the greatest international roaming options. The carrier's Passport plans give you a tiny amount of data even at the highest tier, which could make it cheaper to unlock your phone and use a travel-friendly SIM card. At...

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11:08
X-Doria Revel case: Eye-catching design for iPhone 7

We see a lot of iPhone cases here at Apple World Today, so it really takes a different case to turn our heads. For example, we recently reviewed several leather cases (see here and here) that are incredibly beautiful and functional. But what about the good old generic polycarbonate iPhone cases? Occasionally one will stick out from the crowd, and that's the situation with the X-Doria Revel case (US$29.95, or use this affiliate link to help support Apple World Today and get the Revel for as little as $17.95).

X-Doria Revel...

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11:06
Google Voice modernized with cleaner appearance,...




Google has relaunched Google Voice, refreshing the VoIP service with an updated web experience and modernized iOS and Android apps, among other new features, in the cross-platform calling service's first significant update in over five years.

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11:02
Apple Patches 8 Security Flaws in Apple TV with tvOS...

Apple released tvOS 10.1.1 for Apple TV (4th Generation) on Monday. Apple’s general release notes specify only that, “This update includes general performance and stability improvements.” The Security Content document for the update details eight security flaws that were patched.


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10:57
Google Voice updated w/ redesigned web & iOS...

Back in 2009, Google launched an ambitious voice-forwarding service that allowed users to maintain one number across multiple devices. Today, Google Voice received its first major update in years that sees a redesigned web interface, iOS app, and the promise of continued updates.

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10:49
macOS Sierra 10.12.3 is here with MacBook Pro, PDF...

Apple has updated macOS Sierra to version 10.12.3, recommending the update for all users. Owners of the October, 2016 MacBook Pros will find that the update provides some fixes for their devices.

The update also provides a fix for a bug that prevented the searching of scanned PDF documents in Preview. Whether this resolves all of the many issues that we've seen with PDFs and Preview remains to be seen, and we'll update this post as we find out.

The update can be found in the Mac App Store under Updates. 

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10:49
iOS 10.2.1 is all about fixing bugs and patching...

Enlarge (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

After several weeks of beta testing, Apple has released iOS 10.2.1 to the public today. The update is fairly minor, and includes no major improvements to core iOS apps or features; the release notes say only that it fixes bugs and includes security improvements. The security page for the update lists a number of vulnerabilities in the kernel, WebKit, and the Contacts app that have all been fixed, as has a bug that could allow attackers to briefly access the home screen on an Activation Locked iPad that had been reset.

The update is available for everything that...

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10:46
Apple Releases Sierra 10.12.3 Update with Fixes for...

Apple shipped macOS Sierra 10.12.3 on Monday. The update includes some relatively minor bug fixes, an issue with Adobe Premiere Pro on MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, a PDF encryption fix, and more. The update also includes fixes for eight security flaws.


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10:45
Apple issues watchOS 3.1.3 and tvOS 10.1.1...




Adding to the bevy of updates, Apple on Monday released watchOS 3.1.3 and tvOS 10.1.1, the former being Apple's first Watch update since the botched 3.1.1 code from December.

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10:35
Apple releases iOS 10.2.1 and watchOS 3.1.3 with...

Apple released iOS 10.2.1 Monday, as well as watchOS 3.1.3. The patch notes for both updates say they include, “bug fixes and improves the security” of your devices. There are no other features or improvements specified.


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10:35
China just made VPNs illegal

Chinese authorities block access to big-name websites such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and numerous others, and to thwart these restrictions, many residents on the mainland use virtual private networks. Starting this week, that could be a crime. Us...

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10:34
New macOS 10.12.3 update implements MacBook Pro GPU...




In conjunction with iOS, tvOS, and watchOS updates, Apple has also released the 10.12.3 update to macOS Sierra, bringing GPU driver updates to the 2016 MacBook Pro, and a fix for PDF corruption.

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10:31
Apple released 2 new Software Updates
10:20
News: Apple releases tvOS 10.1.1, watchOS 3.1.3

In addition to today’s iOS release, Apple has also released updates for Apple TV and Apple Watch. tvOS 10.1.1 comes to the fourth-gen Apple TV, and watchOS 3.1.3 was released for Apple Watch. Like iOS 10.2.1, both of these updates also appear to be primarily focused on performance improvements and bug fixes. watchOS 3.1.3 can be downloaded through the iOS Apple Watch app....

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10:18
iOS 10.2.1 arrives, bringing security updates and...

A bit more than a month after iOS 10.2 was released, Apple has just pushed iOS 10.2.1 to users or iPhone and iPad. The new version is rather small in size (67.4MB for the iPhone 7 Plus), and seems to be primarily targeted at squashing bugs that appeared in 10.2 as well as providing additional security features.

As of the time of publication of this post, Apple had not updated its support website with information on the security content of the 10.2.1 update.

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10:15
Apple releases finished iOS 10.2.1 update bringing...




Wrapping up weeks of beta testing, Apple on Monday released the completed version of iOS 10.2.1, a minor update for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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10:13
∞ Apple releases macOS Sierra 10.12.3

The update is available by going to the Mac App Store and clicking on the Updates tab.

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10:12
Apple releases watchOS 3.1.3 software update for...

Apple has released the watchOS 3.1.3 software update for all Apple Watch users. The release notes confirm that the update is focused on bug fixes and performance improvements as suggested by the version number.

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10:11
How to use offline mode in Google Maps with your...




One of the continuing advantages of Google Maps over Apple's native iOS Maps app is better support for going offline -- something particularly important when going on vacation, traveling through rural areas, or otherwise passing through regions with weak internet access. Here's how to take advantage of those offline functions on your iPhone or iPad.

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10:10
The US Press Corps vs. Trump: A Teachable Moment


Life is about negotiation. We negotiate our relationships -- including marriage, which is a contract that many don't take seriously. We negotiate our jobs, and we negotiate our interactions with our families. Those who are good at this tend to have relatively happy lives. While they don't get everything they might want, they get more than most. When things go badly, they degrade into wars, and both sides lose. That is what was in the front of my mind last week, when I read the idiotic open letter to President Trump from the U.S. Press Corps.

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10:10
Snapchat fights clickbait in Discover stories

Clickbait headlines and fake news aren't limited to the web and social networks. They're also problems in mobile services, and Snapchat wants to do something about it. The company is instituting rules that prevent Discover publishers from misleadin...

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10:09
Google Voice gets updated

The first thing you’ll notice about the updated Google Voice apps is a cleaner, more intuitive design that keeps everything organized. Your inbox now has separate tabs for text messages, calls and voicemails.

It’s been updated for iOS, Android and the web.

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10:09
News: Apple releases iOS 10.2.1

Apple released iOS 10.2.1 to the public today. The update for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch offers bug fixes and performance improvements — a minor update, all things considered. We’ll let you know of any particularly notable improvements or surprising new features. iOS 10.2.1 is rolling out now, so it should be available shortly if you don’t see it yet. As always, it can be downloaded through iTunes, or over-the-air in Settings > General…

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10:07
macOS 10.12.3 software update hits the Mac App Store

Apple has officially released macOS 10.12.3 for Mac users. New features haven’t been discovered in macOS 10.12.3 betas, suggesting the software update is focused on bug fixes and performance improvements. We’ll update with any notable changes below:

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10:07
Reports: Apple, Foxconn considering a $7 billion...

Apple is reportedly considering moving some of its iPhone production to the United States. Taiwanese iPhone producer Foxconn is considering a $7 billion joint investment in a display production facility, the company’s chairman told reporters.

According to the Nikkei Asian Review, Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou said “Apple is willing to invest in the facility together” because it needs display panels for its products. The plant could create 30,000 to 50,000 jobs.

But Gou said U.S.-made iPhones would likely cost more than those produced at Foxconn’s Zhengzhou, China facility, which churns out more than 100 million iPhones per year.

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10:04
Apple releases tvOS 10.1.1 software update for Apple...

Apple has released the tvOS 10.1.1 software update for Apple TV. tvOS 10.1.1 is likely a software update focused on bug fixes and performance improvements. tvOS 10.1 was a feature update that included the new TV app for the first time.

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10:00
Apple releases iOS 10.2.1 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod...

Apple has officially released iOS 10.2.1 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. iOS 10.2.1 is likely a bug fix and performance improvement release. The initial beta was released on December 14 with a second beta issued before the holiday break. We’ll test the official version and highlight any changes discovered below.

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09:55
Sprint’s Tidal Purchase, Apple Watch as a Medical...

Sprint now owns 33% of Tidal, and its cell service subscribers are going to get some exclusive content out of the deal. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to sort out what the deal means, plus John explains how our Apple Watches could eventually become our personal medical monitors.


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09:51
Sprint acquires 33% of Tidal music service

As part of the partnership, Sprint will acquire 33 percent of TIDAL. JAY Z and the artist-owners will continue to run TIDAL’s artist-centric service as it pioneers and grows the direct relationship between artists and fans. The formidable pairing of Sprint and TIDAL will grow customers on both platforms by offering exclusive access for customers who subscribe to TIDAL. Sprint’s chief executive officer, Marcelo Claure, will also join TIDAL’s Board of Directors.

Everyone wants in on music streaming, so this makes sense for Sprint—it’s an extra it can offer its customers. It also makes sense for Tidal because things haven’t been going well for them. Even Kanye West was begging Apple to buy Tidal.

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09:50
Apple released a new iOS Firmware

Apple just released iOS 10.1.1 (Build 14U712a) for:

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09:42
Self driving cars are not “five years away”

The optimism for self-driving cars is great. It will drive innovation and excitement. But it must be tempered with reality.

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09:42
Google Voice gets a long-overdue visual refresh

Google Voice is undoubtably useful, but it has also been neglected for a long time. Fortunately, the rumors were true: Google just released a pretty major visual overhaul of Voice, and there are a handful of new features on board as well. Most obviou...

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09:39
Do you prefer desktop Macs, laptop MacBooks, or both...

Deciding between desktop Macs and laptop MacBooks can be challenging — you typically get more computer for your money with desktops, but notebooks aren’t anchored down to one location. Managing two Macs is getting easier with features like automatic software updates and iCloud Drive syncing Desktop and Documents folders across machines, but using one Mac is often easier to manage and more affordable.

My own setup has shifted over the years from laptop only to both desktop and laptop to desktop only. I’ve found that I’m most productive and comfortable when using a desktop with a large display and a dedicated mouse and keyboard, but I also benefit from being able to take my work out of the office.

Given the current Mac lineup and my own needs, I’m settling on a MacBook Pro with external display, mouse, and keyboard to balance portability and ergonomics. What’s your ideal setup? Desktops...

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09:31
Apple Releases macOS Sierra 10.12.3, iOS 10.2.1,...

Apple has updated all of its operating systems, with the macOS Sierra 10.12.3 update addressing the serious bug introduced in 10.12.2 that caused Preview to delete OCR text layers in PDF files.

 

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09:28
Gazelle offering $20 discount on iPads, iPhone 6/6s

We're an affiliate of Gazelle, a huge buyer/seller of used Apple gear. The company takes top-quality devices that it buys from users who are usually trading up to new gear, then runs them through a refurbishment and certification program before making them available to the public at a discount. The company announced today that through February 2nd, it's taking an additional $20 off the price tag on any certified used iPhone 6, iPhone 6s or iPad.

So what are the prices like? How about a 12.9-inch iPad Pro 128GB (Wi-Fi) for $669? That's $230 less than what you'd pay at an Apple Store. An iPhone 6s Plus (AT&T, 128GB) for $518 -- that's $201 less than Apple's price.

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09:19
Samsung will keep using the Galaxy Note brand

Now that Samsung has pinpointed the suspected causes of the Galaxy Note 7's battery fires, there's one question on many people's minds: will the Galaxy Note brand carry on, or is it tarnished forever? If you're a fan, you can relax. The company's D...

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09:15
∞ Kemper Profiler Delays

The Kemper Profiler is quite an interesting machine. I haven’t talked to anyone that doesn’t like it and at NAMM they released some new delays, along with other software. Delays in the hands of an expert, like in this video, sound incredible.

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09:06
Foxconn wants “bargain rates” on land and power...

Foxconn, the Taiwanese contract manufacturing company best known for its partnership with Apple, has said that it is mulling a $7 billion investment in US manufacturing that could create between 30,000 and 50,000 jobs. According to The Wall Street Journal, Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou says the company is talking with the state of Pennsylvania among others about getting the land and electricity subsidies it would need to build a factory.

“If US state governments are willing to provide these terms, and we calculate and it is cheaper than shipping from China or Japan, then why wouldn’t Sharp build a factory in the US?" said Gou.

The factory would build flat-panel screens under the Sharp name—Foxconn bought Sharp around this time last year for $5.1 billion. Sharp President Tai Jeng-wu...

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09:01
Qualcomm financials under the gun if Apple postpones...




Apple chip supplier Qualcomm could take a major financial hit if the former decides to withhold royalties until its $1 billion lawsuit is finished, an analyst noted on Monday.

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09:00
ZTE is learning crowdfunding requires a crowd

A few days ago, ZTE's Jeff Yee posted a mea culpa on a company forum, explaining that his team had made a mistake. He was referring to Hawkeye, the culmination of the CSX project to design a smartphone with suggestions from the community. It was much...

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08:54
Pro Tools 12.7

From powerful new loop-based music creation and trying ideas via Revision History, to timesaving workflows that simplify editing and post production, Pro Tools enables you to create at the speed of your imagination—without limits.

The new version of Pro Tools looks impressive. I watch a couple of demos at NAMM last weekend and was impressed with what I saw—I’ll be getting the update.

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08:49
Samsung may delay launch of Galaxy S8

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd indicated on Monday that its latest flagship Galaxy S smartphone could be delayed as it pledged to enhance product safety following an investigation into the cause of fires in its premium Note 7 devices.

Good idea. Let’s not endanger the public again.

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