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Sunday September 25

12:18
7 times legendary baseball announcer Vin Scully went...

Scully has a remarkable voice and presence. I’m not even a Dodgers fan but I listen to the games just to hear his voice, his style and his sometimes wonderfully odd story asides.

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11:54
Inside the making of Nirvana’s iconic Nevermind...

Great album from an incredible band. There’s also a story about the baby, Spencer Elden, now also 25 years old.

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11:50
Sandvox 2.10.8

Fixes a crash that occurred when publishing to FTP or SFTP sites in macOS 10.12 Sierra. ($79.99 new, free update, 43.3 MB)

 

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11:41
Snapchat reveals $130 ‘Spectacles’ connected...

I’ll stick with my non-recording Oakelys.

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11:25
iPhone hackers say Apple weakened backup security...

Apple says they are “aware of an issue that affects the encryption strength for backups of devices on iOS 10 when backing up to iTunes on the Mac or PC. We are addressing this issue in an upcoming security update.” It’s not going to happen but I’d like to hear an explanation from Apple about how and why this backward step was implemented.

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10:39
Ask Slashdot: Who's Building The Open Source...

We're moving to a world of voice interactions processed by AI. Now Long-time Slashdot reader jernst asks, "Will we ever be able to do that without going through somebody's proprietary silo like Amazon's or Apple's?"
A decade ago, we in the free and open-source community could build our own versions of pretty much any proprietary software system out there, and we did... But is this still true...? Where are the free and/or open-source versions of Siri, Alexa and so forth?
The trouble, of course, is not so much the code, but in the training. The best speech recognition code isn't going to be competitive unless it has been trained with about as many millions of hours of example speech as the closed engines from Apple, Google and so forth have been. How can we do that? The same problem exists with AI. There's plenty of open-source AI code, but how good is it unless it gets training and retraining with gigantic data sets?

And even with that data, Siri gets trained...

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09:06
MGG 624: Sierra, APFS, Wi-Fi and Personal Servers

Today it’s all about answering your questions! Ok, maybe one tip, but it’s high time your questions got answered, and your two favorite geeks are just the right guys to do it! First it’s two macOS Sierra questions, then it’s onto APFS and the future of backups, including a query about choosing an external backup drive. This plus perhaps the aforementioned tip might just round out the show… or there might be more about Photos and HDR. Listen and find out!


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03:50
Tweetbot 2.4.3

Adds compatibility with macOS 10.12 Sierra and support for extended tweets. ($9.99 new, free update, 11.7 MB)

 

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02:59
This week on AI: iPhone 7 & Apple Watch Series 2...

Fresh in people's hands, the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2 were of course subjects of discussion -- but word about possible automotive takeovers stole some of the spotlight, as did new details on a rumored Amazon Echo competitor.

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02:55
Apple celebrates grand opening of first retail store...

Apple on Saturday opened the doors to thousands of waiting customers at its first brick-and-mortar retail store in Mexico, the first step in a planned expansion into the burgeoning Latin American smartphone market.

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Saturday September 24

20:05
CBS News will feature Instagram Stories in debate...

Monday's US Presidential debates are shaping up to be the most easily streamable live TV in history, with options ranging from Twitter and YouTube to Facebook Live and Snapchat. Not wanting to be left out of the party, Instagram and CBS News have ann...

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19:50
TextWrangler 5.5.2

Brings compatibility with macOS 10.12 Sierra to the free text editor and fixes numerous bugs. (Free, 9.7 MB)

 

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19:47
Forensics firm says backups easier to crack in iOS...

Apple appears to have unintentionally weakened the security of local backups in iOS 10, as a result of offering an "alternative password verification mechanism," according to a Russian forensics company.

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18:38
Chromebooks now have an easy time running Android...

You no longer have to be an early adopter to run Android apps on a Chromebook. Google has released a stable version of Chrome OS that includes Google Play Store access in beta, giving you the opportunity to run mobile apps on top of your usual web a...

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18:25
Apple celebrates grand opening of first retail store...

Apple today officially opened its first retail store in Mexico. The store is located in Vía Santa Fe and marks the “first time customers in Mexico City can experience all of Apple’s products and services in one place.” Apple shared images from the grand opening experience this evening in a news release

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18:04
Apple acknowledges iOS 10 security flaw that makes...

A new discovery by iOS forensics company Elcomsoft has revealed that encrypted iOS backups via iTunes are much easier to crack with iOS 10 than in past years. The change in security is apparently due to a new password verification method in iOS 10.

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18:04
Can’t Remotely Control Your HomeKit Devices? Enable...

If you upgraded to iOS 10 on your iPhone or iPad, and tvOS 10 on your fourth generation Apple TV and now can’t remotely access your HomeKit devices, there’s probably an easy fix for that. Odds are you haven’t enabled iCloud Two-Factor authentication, which HomeKit in iOS 10 and tvOS 10 requires. Read on to learn how to get set up.


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17:07
iTunes 'Spoken Editions' podcasts will...

It looks like Apple is getting ready to launch a new iTunes offering, and someone pulled the trigger a bit too early. TechCrunch has spotted podcasts branded "Spoken Editions" on the service, which seem to be short programs reading written news from...

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15:50
HoudahGeo 5.1

Adds support for Apple Maps and adding locations to photos in Apple Photos on macOS 10.12 Sierra. ($39 new, free update, 21.7 MB)

 

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15:39
Many recovered Clinton emails won't go public...

Hope you aren't waiting for the State Department to publish every last document from Hillary Clinton's private email server before making a voting decision -- you're going to be disappointed. A federal judge has set a schedule that will only publish...

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14:10
Google's self-driving car is the victim in a...

Google's self-driving cars don't have a flawless safety record, but it's clearer than ever that careless human drivers remain the greater threat. A commercial van running a red light struck one of Google's autonomous Lexus SUVs as it crossed a Mount...

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13:17
Hands-on: Aukey’s USB-C Ethernet and USB Hub – a...

As a 12″ MacBook owner, I’m always looking for new USB-C peripherals to help make my life easier. Aukey’s $17.99 3-port USB 3.0 hub with Gigabit Ethernet is one such device. more…

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13:15
Six sun-powered ships

By Cat DiStasio

The vast majority of boats rely on fossil fuels that tax the environment. Fortunately, alternative energy is on the rise in the marine world, and solar-powered ships are prepared to sail into a much cleaner future. It's been a few ye...

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12:02
SpaceX thinks Falcon 9 blew up due to a helium...

SpaceX is still in the midst of examining every video, audio and image of the September 1st Falcon 9 explosion, but it's already found one possible explanation for the unfortunate event. According to the private space corp's latest update, the huge e...

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11:50
Parallels Desktop 12.0.2

Fixes bugs with shared Mac printers and viewing in Full Screen mode on an external monitor. ($79.99 new for standard edition, $99.99 annual subscription for Pro/Business Edition, free update, 261 MB)

 

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11:00
A love letter to my Philips Wake-up Light

You know what's easier than getting me to wake up? Raising the dead and the Titanic at the same damn time. You'd have thought that going to bed earlier each night, quitting bacon and using tech to adopt a healthier lifestyle would have altered that....

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10:35
Gadget Ogling: Driving Partner, Hydration Station,...


After a bad experience when I was first behind the wheel as a teenager, I'm only just now learning to drive, more than a decade later. My partner and I are going through the school together, and when asked about our dream vehicles in class, she replied that she'd love a self-driving RV. Her wish eventually might turn true with a device that grants vehicles more autonomy. It isn't a device that will give a car full self-driving powers -- you'd need to add sensors everywhere, for starters -- nor does it work with every model.

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10:10
Review: Apple Watch Series 2 is a great improvement...

Equipped with a noticeably faster dual-core S2 processor, its own standalone GPS radio, and now with a waterproof design, the Apple Watch Series 2 is a worthwhile and fantastic upgrade from the first-generation model. It's also a great jumping on point for new buyers. But the biggest changes come with a software overhaul in watchOS 3, meaning early adopters will probably be happy with their existing Apple Watch for another year.

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10:08
External Link: Sling TV Offers Free Preview for...

Streaming cable alternative Sling TV is offering a free preview of its Sling Orange service from 8 AM EDT on 26 September 2016 until 2 AM EDT on 27 September 2016. The ostensible reason for the preview is to enable cord-cutters to watch the first U.S. presidential debate and the Atlanta-New Orleans game of Monday Night Football, but you can enjoy full access to the 25+ channels included in the Sling Orange service during that time. Signing up for the free preview requires only a username and password, not payment information. You’ll undoubtedly hear from Sling TV afterward, but you should be able to unsubscribe from promotional mailings at that point. Sling TV offers apps for macOS, iOS, and tvOS.

 

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09:30
Recommended Reading: A closer look at Nike's...

The Secret Lab Where
Nike Invented the
Power-Lacing Shoe
of Our Dreams
Scott Eden,
Wired

Nike announced this week that it's self-lacing HyperAdapt shoes will go on sale November 28th. They're sure to be crazy limited, but the company invited Wired...

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08:48
This week’s top stories: Hands-on with iPhone 7 Plus...

In this week’s top stories: Hands-on with the new iOS 10.1 Portrait Mode beta on iPhone 7 Plus, Apple Watch 2 and watchOS 3 reviews, iPhone 7 & 7 Plus arrive in 30 more countries, and much more.

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08:33
Behind the iPhone 7 Plus’s Portrait Mode

If you didn’t know the term “bokeh” before the announcement of the iPhone 7 Plus, you’ll learn it soon enough. A beta of iOS 10 adds Apple’s new depth-based image mode to the iPhone 7 Plus.

 

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08:09
Apple hires former Epic Records exec

Apple has hired Scott Seviour, a former vice president at Epic Records, “who could help Apple Music double down on streaming exclusives,” according to Business Insider

He’s is joining Apple in Los Angeles to work on original content. At Epic, which he left in 2014, he worked with LA Reid, the CEO of Epic and a veteran music executive most famous for appearing on The X Factor

Apple confirmed the hire with Business Insider but declined to comment on Seviour's specific role beyond that he will be working on Apple Music. Seviour did not respond to a request for comment. 

In addition to Epic Records, he has served as: senior vice president, Artist Development, RCA Music Group; entertainment producer, Good Morning America; director, Talent...

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08:00
At Photokina, camera makers carve out their territory

Let this sink in: Since 2010, digital camera sales have fallen from around 120 million to 40 million units. The main reason, obviously, is that consumers can fulfill most of their photography needs with a smartphone. That leaves manufacturers a small...

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07:58
Apple’s Eddy Cue makes list of 20 most influential...

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, CNET en Español has announced its list of the top 20 most influential Latinos in U.S. technology. This year’s list also includes 18 new executives and a record number of women, as well as Eddy Cue, Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Service at Apple.

The list, by CNET’s Spanish-language sister site, marks its fourth consecutive year and includes 18 new executives as well as a record number of women (nine). It’s made up of Latinos with a broad range of experience and skills, that are leading teams in high-profile tech companies in the U.S.  

“Latinos continue to play a growing and more influential role in the make-up of American society,” says Gabriel Sama, managing editor of CNET en Español.  “That growth and influence is aligned with the explosion of technology and...

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07:49
‘Spoken Edition’ podcasts coming to iTunes

Podcasts branded “Spoken Editions,” short-form programs that offer listeners an audio version of the publisher’s written content, are coming to iTunes, reports TechCrunch. That means you could “read” your favorite website or hear the news when you’re doing other things.

Wired will launch Spoken Editions for “Business,” “Science” and its homepage. TIME will offer a Spoken Edition called “The Brief.” Forbes, .Mic, Bustle, Playboy, OZY, and TechCrunch itself will have Spoken Editions. TechCrunch says that, apparently, many of the publishers' Spoken Edition podcasts were created by SpokenLayer, a company that creates streaming audio and podcasts for media brands using text.

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06:34
The Verge's Deputy Editor Chris Ziegler Was...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: Late this afternoon, Nilay Patel, the editor-in-chief of The Verge, published a post detailing the circumstances around the departure of Chris Ziegler, a founding member of the site. As it turns out, according to Patel, Ziegler had been pulling double duty as an employee of both The Verge and Apple. "The circumstances of Chris' departure from The Verge raised ethical issues which are worth disclosing in the interests of transparency and respect for our audience," Patel wrote. "We're confident that there wasn't any material impact on our journalism from these issues, but they are still serious enough to merit disclosure." According to Patel, Ziegler, whose most recent post was published in July, began working for Apple in July but didn't disclose his new job; The Verge apparently didn't discover he'd been working there until early September. Patel noted that Ziegler continued to work for The Verge in July, but "was not in contact...

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06:30
ICYMI: Animals can communicate better than we'd...

Today on In Case You Missed It: We are adding horses to the list of animals who can communicate via some form of symbolic language, now that researchers taught a group of horses how to understand three symbols related to whether they wanted a blank...

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06:00
SCOTTeVEST releases laptop ready OTG Jackets

SCOTTeVEST has announced its Off The Grid (OTG) Jackets for Men and Women. The jackets feature 29 pockets including two front Rapid Access Panels, which reveal massive compartments that can hold a laptop (except Women’s XS and S) without showing bumps or bulges.

There’s also a PadPocket to securely hold an iPad, Windows or Android tablet. There are two interior Clear Touch pockets to see and use touchscreen devices without removing them pockets. The OTG Jacket sports one RFID Blocking Pocket that blocks 13.56 MHz frequencies, keeping credit cards and passport information...

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05:51
External Link: Apple to Fix iOS 10 Security Flaw...

Russian security company Elcomsoft has discovered a major security flaw in iOS 10: encrypted iTunes backups made with iOS 10 allow password-cracking tools to make 6 million attempts per second, more than 40 times faster than with backups created with iOS 9. Apple has confirmed that the issue is real and plans to fix it in an upcoming security update. In the meantime, because the vulnerability could be exploited only by someone with access to your iTunes backups, Apple recommends a strong login password and using FileVault encryption. (The problem also affects backups made in iTunes for Windows.) iCloud backups are immune to the problem, so if you’re concerned about the security of your iTunes backups, you might consider switching them to iCloud.

 

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05:30
iDevices launches HomeKit compatible Smart Home...

iDevices has launched its $499 Smart Home Essentials Kit, an Apple HomeKit and Alexa-enabled system featuring three iDevices Sockets (connected light bulb adapters), five iDevices Switches (indoor connected plugs) and two iDevices Outdoor Switches (rain-tight connected plugs). 

It requires no central hub, gateway or bridge and comes with a Concierge Service, giving users priority support access and the ability to set appointments with iDevices’ smart home experts for everything from product setup to advanced use tutorials. iDevices will also provide personalized tips, tutorials and exclusive promotions to take full advantage of what the Smart Home Essentials kit has to offer. Once customers are setup and ready to go, the iDevices Connected app serves as the central...

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05:00
You can block advertising and trackers with Cheerio...

Accesources has introduced Cheerio for macOS Sierra, which blocks the loading of advertisements on web pages. 

The tool removes advertising, trackers, and other unwanted elements from web pages when using Safari on your Mac. It makes pages load faster, uses less data on your cellular/Wifi connection, and improves your Mac battery life., according to the folks at Accessories. You can block ads, rollover ads, video ads, banners, overlay or expanding ads and other marketing content.

Cheerio requires macOS Sierra. It costs $0.99 and is available exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.

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04:30
Splitt is a new video splicing app for macOS

Einstein’s legacy has launched Splitt, a video splicing application developed for macOS. It allows you to cut your movies into an arbitrary number of segments. 

Splitt features organization features, segment previews and Pa recise Navigation Mode, which gives you frame-accurate control over the length of each segment. With the tool, users can create new movies in a variety of formats for a range of devices and playback situations, says Douglas A. Welton, einstein's legacy chief product officer. “

Splitt requires macOS 10.11 or higher. It’s available for $9.99at the Mac App Store in the Video category.

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04:18
Smart's diminutive vehicles will all have EV...

Smart's teeny-tiny and highly parkable vehicles aren't exactly known for their highway speeds, but they do make sensible grocery-getters for city folk with limited space. So it makes sense that the next model year from Mercedes-Benz's pint-sized line...

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04:00
Gartner: personal computer leaders must overhaul...

Business leaders of PC (as in “personal computer,” not necessarily Windows systems) vendors face a stark choice and must decide between overhauling their businesses or leaving the PC market by 2020, according to Gartner, Inc. If they decide to stay, they need to rapidly determine what changes to make or what alternatives to adapt in today's over-penetrated PC market, according to the research group.

"The PC business model as we have traditionally known it is broken. The top five mobile PC vendors have gained 11% market share over the past five years — from 65% in 2011 to 76% in the first half of 2016; but this has come at the expense of profitable revenue," says Tracy Tsai, research vice president at Gartner. "While this does not mean that the PC market is finished, the installed base of PCs will continue to decline over the next five years, with a continuing erosion of PC vendors' revenue and profit.”

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00:32
iOS 10.0.2 update fixes bugs in headphones, Photos

Even if you've already updated to iOS 10, Apple has released its first official update for its mobile/TV operating system. Bugs that could shut down the Photos app when turning on iCloud Photo Library and disable app extensions have ben smushed, but...

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Friday September 23

23:11
Snapchat announces Spectacles video-recording...

Snap, Inc., the company formerly known as Snapchat, on Friday announced its first hardware product in Spectacles, a $130 pair of sunglasses with an embedded camera that captures 10-second point-of-view video clips at the tap of a button.

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22:48
Apple to launch new ‘Spoken Editions’ version of...

According to a new report from TechCrunch, Apple is working to launch a new form for news consumption in iTunes. The company is apparently developing something it calls Spoken Editions, which are short clips that take writing from a variety of publishers and transform it into spoken word content…

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21:28
Snapchatters might be wearing these new camera...

Snap Inc. CEO Evan Spiegel announced a new set of ‘spectacles’ for the company’s hundreds of millions of young users, in a piece in the WSJ magazine this evening. Coming in at $129, these stereoscopic glasses will, at least initially, take 10 seconds of rounded video (Spiegel argues that the rectangle shape is inherited from the paper photo printing process) and store it wirelessly on your iPhone or Android device for easy sharing.

Now, I still haven’t quite wrapped my head around Snapchat (as it were), so these Spectacles certainly are head scratchers… more…

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20:50
Google Hangouts adds emoticon shortcuts for easy...

The latest version of Google Hangouts for Android adds something clever to your chatting experience: 20 new hidden emoticon shortcuts so you can properly express all those shruggie feelings and table-flipping rage moments. Less exciting than a quick...

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19:58
Google Home is rumored to cost $130

Google Home, the latest entrant in the voice-activated-assistant race, will cost $130 and include the colorful base options shown off at the company's I/O conference in May, according to Android Police. Home is Google's answer to the Amazon Echo, tho...

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19:47
Snapchat to release $130 camera-equipped Spectacles...

Yes, the Snapchat Spectacles are real, and company chief Evan Spiegel presented them to a small group of people today. That's where he also revealed that the company has been rebranded and renamed to Snap Inc. According to The Wall Street Journal, Sn...

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19:24
Oculus founder responds to 'Nimble America...

Last night The Daily Beast reported that Oculus founder Palmer Luckey is the "NimbleRichMan" behind a group of Donald Trump supporters pushing anti-Hillary Clinton memes, and now Luckey has responded. In a Facebook post claiming recent news stories d...

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18:46
iHeartRadio plays catch-up with on-demand music

Although it was born out of terrestrial radio, iHeartRadio has been working hard to go beyond just streaming FM stations to your phone or Apple TV. The company set its sights on streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music's Beats Radio with last...

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18:43
ScanSnap on Sierra Update: Fujitsu Warns of Data...

Fujitsu updated ScanSnap users Friday on Sierra compatibility, warning of data loss in “specific circumstances.” This is an escalation from an earlier advisory that ScanSnap users should not update to macOS 10.12 Sierra.


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18:21
iOS 10: How to Disable (Some) Haptic Feedback on...

iPhone 7 includes more haptic feedback than previous iPhones, including vibrations for buttons and wheels. You can turn some of these vibrations off. Bryan Chaffin shows you how.


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17:59
'Spectacles by Snapchat' leak shows camera...

As if a report that Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel had been spotted wearing a pair of camera-packing sunglasses wasn't enough, now Business Insider says it has an ad or demo video showing the product. Apparently posted to YouTube until it was taken down b...

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17:20
Apple exec Eddy Cue nets $59M in vested company stock

Fulfilling a contract award granted in 2011, Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue saw 525,000 restricted stock units currently worth $59.2 million vest this week.

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16:36
Use the Digital Crown to Control Your Apple Watch...

The Digital Crown on your Apple Watch Series 2 can wake up your watch screen and control its brightness, too. TMO’s Jeff Gamet calls this his movie theater feature because you can discreetly check your watch display without disturbing anyone around you. Follow along with our video tip to learn how it works.


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16:24
Apple, Ziegler, and The Verge

This is the most bizarre situation I’ve come across in a long time. A reporter at The Verge working for Apple at the same time and neither seemed to know. I agree with Gruber–something doesn’t add up here.

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16:06
Apple to debut 'Spoken Editions' iTunes...

According to a report on Friday, Apple is preparing to launch a new iTunes category which features audio podcast content transformed from articles, stories and other written word content from major publications.

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16:03
Install Secure XFINITY WiFi Profile On Your New...

Comcast provides free Wi-Fi for many its customers where available. Like most free wi-fi, though, it’s unencrypted. Wanting to allow their users to have secure connections, Comcast now offers a WPA-secured “XFINITY” network in many places. To connect you either need to know the password – something Comcast won’t tell you – or you need to install a profile on your iPhone that has the password baked in. We’ll show you how to do the latter!


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15:40
Judge Skewers Oracle Attorney For Revealing Google,...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The federal judge who presided over the Google-Oracle API copyright infringement trial excoriated one of Oracle's lawyers Thursday for disclosing confidential information in open court earlier this year. The confidential information included financial figures stating that Google generated $31 billion in revenue and $22 billion in profits from the Android operating system in the wake of its 2008 debut. The Oracle attorney, Annette Hurst, also revealed another trade secret: Google paid Apple $1 billion in 2014 to include Google search on iPhones. Judge William Alsup of San Francisco has been presiding over the copyright infringement trial since 2010, when Oracle lodged a lawsuit claiming that Google's Android operating system infringed Oracle's Java APIs. After two trials and various trips to the appellate courts, a San Francisco federal jury concluded in May that Google's use of the APIs amounted to fair use. Oracle's motion...

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15:32
Xiaomi's Android TV box showed up at a Walmart...

It looks like you may be able to check out Google's Android TV soon. Since Xiaomi's Mi Box was announced at Google I/O this year, multiple reports have speculated that the company's set top box will be available for a sub-$100 price soon. It appears...

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15:29
iOS 10: How to Optimize Downloaded Music Storage

One of the many new features in iOS 10 is the ability to “Optimize Storage” for your iTunes library. When turned on by the user, this feature will remove songs from your music library and store them in iCloud Music Library. That frees up space on your iOS device, while still giving you access to those unplayed songs.


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15:22
iOS 10: How to use the new Home app to control...

Controlling smart home devices with your iPhone or iPad is far from a new concept, but in iOS 10, Apple is lending much more focus to home automation. It’s all thanks to the new built-in Home app that ships with iOS 10 and watchOS 3.

Resident Apple HomeKit enthusiast, Zac Hall, already wrote a thorough walkthrough of the new Home app during the initial iOS 10 beta period, but now that iOS 10 and watchOS 3 are shipping, it’s only right to give it another in-depth visit with a corresponding walkthrough.

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15:14
The Verge founding member Chris Ziegler worked at...

In a strange case of tech journalism intrigue, former deputy editor and founding member of The Verge Chris Ziegler recently left the publication after it was discovered that he was -- and might still be -- moonlighting at Apple, a potential conflict of interest for both companies.

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15:07
LGBTQ site AfterEllen struck down by cruel modern...

The website AfterEllen went live in 2002, producing content for and written by lesbian and bisexual women. Since then, other sites like Autostraddle launched aimed at a similar audience and mainstream sites like The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed and NBC...

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15:01
iOS 10.0.2 Fixes Headphone Audio Controls, More

Apple released iOS 10.0.2 Friday. The headline feature is a fix for an issue that kept some headphone audio controls from working. A Photos bug was also fixed, as well as a problem with app extensions.


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15:00
People Are Drilling Holes Into Their iPhone 7 To...

TechRax -- a popular YouTuber who destroys technology for fame and riches -- has uploaded a video where he drills a hole into an iPhone 7, claiming it to be a "secret hack" to reinstall a headphone jack in the device. The only problem is that he didn't tell people it was a joke, and of course, some people fell for it. Crave Online reports: The YouTube video has amassed over 7.5 million views since being posted online last week, with it attracting 81,000 dislikes in the process. The comments section is currently torn between people who are in on the joke, people who criticize TechRax for damaging his iPhone 7, and most unfortunately, people who have tried the "hack" out for themselves. Although this is YouTube so you can never be quite sure of whether or not these folks are trolling, parsing the comments section reveals some pretty convincing complaints lobbed in TechRax's direction. It's also firmly believable that there are people dumb enough to attempt drilling a hole into their...

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14:42
Jawbone dropped by customer service provider for...

It's been a rough year for Jawbone. A few months back, the company had reportedly halted production on new fitness trackers, and was said to be selling itself off after missing a payment to a creditor. Today, the Jawbone rumor mill churns just a litt...

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14:40
The Public Access Weekly: Intergalactic, planetary

Happy Friday Public Access Weekly readers! This week brought us a Yahoo hack, an alleged Google Pixel leak, and a 'Ghost in the Shell' teaser. For those of you trying to avoid more details about the Brangelina split, may I recommend following our c...

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14:33
iOS 10: Apps are Gaining 3D Touch Widgets and They’...

3D Touch is pretty useful, though you might need to spend some time learning new muscle memory for it. In iOS 10, it gets even more useful with a new trick when strong pressing an app’s icon: 3D Touch widgets.


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14:33
Use a Password Manager to Store Your Driver’s...

Storing your driver’s license or passport information on your computer in a text file or as a photograph may be convenient, but it also makes it easier for anyone with access to your hard drive—including hackers—to steal your identity. Modern password managers, like 1Password and LastPass, solve that problem by encrypting your sensitive data and keeping it away from prying eyes.


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14:30
Social Networks Prep for Key Role in Presidential...


The Commission on Presidential Debates, which has run them since 1988, last week announced initiatives with social media, academics, and media organizations to engage the American public in substantive conversations before, during and after this year's debates. The first debate between presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is scheduled for Monday at Hofstra University in New York. A single vice presidential debate, between Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence, is set for Oct. 4.

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14:24
Video: Unboxing Apple's ceramic Apple Watch...

For the 2016 version of its luxe Apple Watch Edition model, Apple swapped out a proprietary gold blend in favor of all white ceramic, a material that boasts a pearlescent sheen and is four times harder than stainless steel. AppleInsider gives the device a proper unboxing.

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14:19
The benefits of going bald

I’m BBC – “Bald By Choice” – and while I’d be the first to admit I’d love to have a Fabio-like mane, being bald is certainly less hassle.

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14:17
DirecTV Now streaming rumored to supplant satellite...

AT&T is planning to release a DirecTV-branded streaming video service later this year, but according to Bloomberg, it also expects for that to become its primary video platform soon. Earlier this week, its CEO Randall Stephenson confirmed the Dir...

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13:53
Google might introduce another WiFi router on...

We're less than two weeks away from Google's big fall event in San Francisco, and we already have a good idea of what to expect -- Pixel-branded smartphones, maybe Google Home, maybe a 4K-capable Chromecast. Android Police is offering up a new potent...

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13:30
The FBI recommends you cover your laptop's...

FBI director James Comey recently recommended that we all cover our webcams with tape for security reasons. Comey believes that doing so is a simple step for people to "take responsibility for their own safety and security."

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13:24
∞ Low flying jets looping Welsh mountains

I just put this on my Bucket List.

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13:00
A tech accelerator grows in Brooklyn

At its peak, the Brooklyn Navy Yard employed as many as 70,000 people, building maritime vessels like the USS Maine, Missouri and Monitor. Military shipbuilding isn't coming back to Brooklyn anytime soon, and neither are those particular jobs. But in...

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12:48
This May be The 4K UHD Apple TV We’ve Been Waiting...

An Apple filing with the FCC looks very much like it might be a new 4K UHD, 5th generation Apple TV just in time for the December holiday period.  It wouldn’t be a stretch to think that the old 4th generation Apple TV from October 2015 had been delayed. And now we may be getting what we really wanted all along just one year later.


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12:39
Apple releases iOS 10.0.2 update, chases after...

Look at it this way: Bug fixes are a good thing.

On Friday, Apple released the iOS 10.0.2 update for its newly-released iOS 10 operating system.

The update, a 56.1 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

Addresses an issue that could prevent headphone audio controls from temporarily not working.

Resolves an issue that caused Photos to quit for some users when turning on iCloud Photo Library.

Fixes an issue that prevented enabling some app extension.

As always, be sure to back up your iOS device and You can install the update directly on your iOS device that’s connected to the internet. In the Settings app, tap Software Update, and the 10.0.2 update should appear. Tap Download and Install to start the...

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12:31
Recalled Samsung Galaxy Note 7s can be charged to 80...

If you've failed to heed the warnings of Samsung and government regulators, it looks like you can now charge those recalled Note 7 batteries to 80 percent. The phones were recalled globally earlier this month following reports of exploding batteries,...

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12:30
The Week in iOS Apps: NBA 2K17 hits the hardwood

Hoops heaven

This week’s roundup features the unveiling of this year’s edition of one of our favorite iOS game franchises: NBA 2K. What does the 2017 version bring? Read on to find out!

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12:16
Review: Earin true wireless earbuds sport simplistic...

Apple’s true wireless earbuds called AirPods release later next month, but that hasn’t stopped me from testing what you can buy on the market today. Today we’ll take a deep-dive into what has become my daily driver in the true wireless earbud world. Earin true wireless earbuds really feel like the perfect package, if only they had included two more things…

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12:05
External Link: 500 Million Yahoo Accounts Stolen

Yahoo has announced that information associated with at least 500 million user accounts has been stolen by what the company believes is a state-sponsored actor. If you have a Yahoo account, you should change your password immediately and enable two-step verification. In addition, if you use Yahoo as your primary email provider, you should change the passwords for any online account tied to your Yahoo email address, since the thieves could have used password resets to gain access to those accounts as well. More so than any other recent example, this breach shows the importance of using a password manager like 1Password or LastPass to create and enter a separate strong random password for every site.

 

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12:02
UPS testing drones to deliver emergency medical...

Remember when Amazon announced Prime Air drone delivery back in 2013? Following the excited hubbub, other services including UPS scrambled to try out competitive airbone services. But then everyone ran into a slew of logistics and regulations issues,...

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12:00
Fix your headphone dongles with iOS 10.0.2

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Apple released iOS 10.0.2 to the general public today, the first update for iOS 10 since it was released last week (10.0.1, not 10.0, was the version number of the first public build).

The update's main fix is for the Lightning-to-3.5mm dongle that ships with the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Headsets plugged into the dongle could become unresponsive if plugged into an idle phone for more than five or so minutes. Getting the headset and any volume or playback controls to work again required unplugging the dongle and plugging it back in. With today's update, that should...

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11:52
Well, I never! iOS 10's voicemail transcription...

Anyone who has looked at automatically-generated subtitles on YouTube can tell you that asking a computer to describe what a human says can lead to hilarious results. Now, Apple has brought that issue to iOS 10 with support for transcribing voicemails.

It’s a cool feature that makes it easy to know what your Aunt Matilda said about the gastrointestinal problems her dog is having, without actually having to listen to a three-minute-long, blow-by-blow description. But be careful about trusting it—or reading the transcriptions around sensitive eyes.

I learned that the hard way Thursday when someone left me a message about a reorder special on a wine club shipment. Except my iPhone didn’t hear it that way, proudly telling me about “wearing your c**k s**t.”

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11:49
Mailplane 3.6.6

Enables you to set a default sender email account and ensures compatibility with macOS 10.12 Sierra. ($24.95 new, free update, 23.3 MB)

 

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11:39
Hermes Edition Apple Watch launches; iPhone 7, Apple...

On Friday, Apple started sales of the Hermes Apple Watch, brought the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus to 30 additional countries, and has commenced sales of the Apple Watch Series 1 and 2 to 20 more countries.

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11:37
Xbox controller support is coming to Samsung's...

Last month, Microsoft announced plans to bring Xbox Wireless tech to PCs and other gaming accessories starting with Lenovo's IdeaCentre Y710 Cube. Today, the company went a step further with controller support for Samsung's Gear VR headset. That's ri...

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11:14
Apps: App Diary: Sept. 23 — Sky Tripping, Nightgate...

It’s been almost a year since Apple unveiled the fourth-generation Apple TV with its own App Store, and we’re seeing the platform continue to expand with interesting apps. While many of these are still just adaptations of apps that have already been available on the iPhone and iPad, the move to the big screen can create a whole new experience, and open up the apps for family play. This week, we take a look at a new scenery app along with…

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11:14
Uber brings safety selfies to the US

Uber's security chief is worried about safety on Uber rides, specifically about making sure that your driver is who they say they are. That's why Joe Sullivan has announced that the firm is bringing its Real-Time ID Check to the US so that he can be...

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11:00
Apple Is Getting Ready To Take On Google and Amazon...

An anonymous reader writes: Siri may soon be making the jump from your pocket to your end table. Apple has been working on a standalone product to control internet-of-things devices for a while, but a new report from Bloomberg suggests that the company has moved the project from a research phase to prototyping. It would theoretically be pitted against other smart-home devices, including Amazon's sleeper hit, the Echo, and Google's forthcoming Home Hub. According to the report, Apple's device would be controlled using its Siri voice assistant technology. It would be able to perform the same functions that it can complete now on iPhones, Macs, and other Apple products, such as being able to tell you when the San Francisco Giants are next playing, or possibly send a poorly transcribed text message. The device would also be able to control other internet-connected devices in the home, such as lights, door locks, and web-enabled appliances, as Google and Amazon's products can. It would...

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10:51
Here's what your next Roku streaming boxes will...

After releasing a cheap, updated streaming stick to great reviews, it was only a matter of time before Roku officially revealed updates for the rest of its line-up. This is not that time. Dave Zatz (who also blew the lid off Roku's rebranding efforts...

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10:50
TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-23: Apple, AI, and...

Apple is diving deeper into the world of artificial intelligence with its recent Tuplejump purchase. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple’s AI efforts, balancing privacy with data collection, and how Apple’s HomeKit is still frustrating.


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10:27
Law enforcement may target hate crime by analyzing...

Cardiff University is currently working on a project to let law enforcement scan social media to identify outbreaks of hate crime. According to the Financial Times (subscription required), this $800,000 project is being funded by the US Department of...

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