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Tuesday January 17

20:44
Evernote for iOS updated with interface refresh,...

Evernote today announced a major update to its iOS app that brings a variety of new organization features. Bringing the app to version 8.0, the update makes it easier to find existing notes, create new notes, add colors and styles, and more…

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20:11
Security Update 2016-007 (Yosemite) and 2016-003...

Addresses security vulnerability for both operating systems, plus a kernel issue for 10.11 El Capitan. (Free, various sizes)

 

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17:53
Morgan Stanley lowers 2017 iPhone 7 sales estimates...




Investment bank Morgan Stanley expects Apple to see decreased iPhone 7 demand in the coming months as buyers anticipate this year's "iPhone 8" revamp, one model of which is expected to feature a drastic redesign and exotic technologies like an OLED display.

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17:25
US Antitrust Agency Sues Qualcomm Over Patent...

Qualcomm shares have plunged after the U.S. Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit against the company on Tuesday, accusing the company of using "anticompetitive" tactics to maintain its monopoly on a key semiconductor used in mobile phones. Reuters reports: The FTC, which works with the Justice Department to enforce antitrust law, said that San Diego-based Qualcomm used its dominant position as a supplier of certain phone chips to impose "onerous" supply and licensing terms on cellphone manufacturers and to weaken competitors. Qualcomm said in a statement that it would "vigorously contest" the complaint and denied FTC allegations that it threatened to withhold chips in order to collect unreasonable licensing fees. In its complaint, the FTC said the patents that Qualcomm sought to license are standard essential patents, which means that the industry uses them widely and they are supposed to be licensed on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms. The FTC complaint also...

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17:01
Sending this text will crash almost any iPhone, but...

Lately more than ever we’ve been seeing weird bugs pop up that can cause iOS devices to crash. These oddities include things such as text strings, date changes, and bizarre links. The latest one, shown by YouTuber EverythingApplePro, is a three character strand of text and emoji, but the process is somewhat convoluted…

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16:45
AT&T Shuts Down 2G Network, Ends Cellular...

ATT yesterday announced that its 2G wireless network was officially shut down on January 1, 2017. Since the network is no longer active, it means that, as the Verge points out, the original first-generation iPhone (also known as the iPhone 2G) will no longer receive cellular service from ATT's network. If you still happen to use an iPhone 2G, it may be time to upgrade or list it on eBay. Mac Rumors reports: Few people appear to have been using the original iPhone as there were no complaints from iPhone owners two weeks ago when the network was shuttered, but going forward, customers who keep the device as part of a collection will only be able to use it on WiFi. Originally released in June of 2007 and discontinued in 2008, the first iPhone was made obsolete by Apple back in 2013, and it has not received software updates since the 2009 release of iPhone OS 3, later renamed iOS 3. According to ATT, shutting down its 2G network frees up valuable spectrum for future network...

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16:20
Vine officially transitions into simplified Vine...

As Twitter officially winds down its six-second video sharing service Vine today, the app on iOS and Android has transformed into the Vine Camera app as expected. As we noted earlier today, Vine the social network is officially closing its doors as today marks the last day that users are able to download their content from the service.

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16:16
Verizon prevents Galaxy Note 7 holdouts from making...

When Verizon rolled out an update that disabled charging on remaining Galaxy Note 7 devices, that was all she wrote for the fire-prone smartphone, right? Apparently not. The carrier informs Fortune that there are still "thousands" of people still u...

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15:47
'The Flame in the Flood' arrives today on...

When it was released last year, The Flame in the Flood garnered a lot of attention for its big name developers and unique take on the wilderness survival genre. Today, PlayStation 4 players who have been missing out the experience will finally get to...

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15:44
Former Apple Engineer Claims Tim Cook Made Apple...

Former Apple engineer Bob Borrough has been arguing that CEO Tim Cook has made Apple boring. In a combination of tweet storm and an interview with CNBC stemming from said tweetstorm, the engineer said Mr. Cook has eliminated conflict within Apple, sapping its vitality in the process. Mr. Burrough argued that Steve Jobs ruled with ever-shifting chaos, where product triumphed over hierarchy. Under Tim Cook, he said, Apple is siloed, smooth, and essentially complacent. Former Apple wunderkind Tony Fadell coincidentally tweeted just last week that Steve Jobs did not manage through conflict, and others have taken issue with Mr. Burrough, too. The reality is that any one person’s perspective never tells the whole tale, but his opinions make for an interesting read. You can...

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15:30
FTC accuses Qualcomm of extracting ‘exclusivity’...

The Federal Trade Commission has filed a complaint in federal district court charging Qualcomm Inc. with using anticompetitive tactics to maintain its monopoly in the supply of a key semiconductor device used in cell phones and other consumer products.

Qualcomm is the world’s dominant supplier of baseband processors – devices that manage cellular communications in mobile products. The FTC alleges that Qualcomm has used its dominant position as a supplier of certain baseband processors to impose “onerous and anticompetitive supply and licensing terms on cell phone manufacturers and to weaken competitors.” The FTC says the company “extracted exclusivity from Apple in exchange for reduced patent royalties.” Qualcomm is accused for precluding Apple from sourcing baseband processors from Qualcomm’s competitors from 2011 to 2016. Qualcomm recognized that any competitor that won...

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15:22
New analytics data offers look back at 2016 as App...

App analytics company App Annie is today out with its newest report, a retrospective look back at the industry during 2016. The report claims that the total number of app downloads, across both Android and iOS, increased to over 90 billion during the year, an increase of 13 billion compared to downloads during 2015.

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15:20
Seinfeld's 'Comedians in Cars' moves...

Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is jumping from Sony's Crackle streaming service to one that people actually watch: Netflix. Late this year, the show will debut with 24 new episodes according to Variety. What's more, 59 back episode...

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15:19
iOS Tip: Create Your Own Live Wallpaper with...

When Apple announced the iPhone 6s, they debuted a new way to interact with your iPhone, called 3D Touch. 3D Touch lets you “peek” and “pop” your way around apps. The company also introduced Live Photos—animated pictures that you capture and bring to life by 3D touching the photo. Apple provided a handful of Live wallpapers to use, but many people wondered if it was possible to make your own. That is what we’ll explore in this tip.


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15:15
AWT News Update: January 17, 2017

On today's Apple World Today News Update, we talk about obsolete networks, smash and grabs, store renovations, and the idiots who keep using the recalled Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones:

  • AT&T's 2G network shut down on January 1; nobody seemed to notice, but you can't use your original iPhone anymore...
  • The Apple Store Palo Alto (CA) is currently undergoing renovations due to an early December smash-and-grab burglary.
  • The "glass cube" 5th Avenue Apple Store in NYC will be closed starting on Jan. 20 for renovations.
  • Verizon is planning to take drastic measures to stop people who are still using their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones.

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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15:09
Managing Photos, Fixing Your Apple Watch &...

Migrating Photos to a new Mac, managing and syncing your family’s photos, speeding up iOS Spotlight searches, fixing an unresponsive Digital Crown on your Apple Watch and resolving website loading delays are just some of the things you’ll learn from your two favorite geeks in this week’s show! Listen as Dave Hamilton and John F. Braun answer your questions and solve your problems.


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15:08
AT&T Officially Kills Off 2G, Original iPhone...

Farewell, 2G. AT&T officially ended 2G support on its network as of the first of the year, and it’s a safe bet almost no one noticed. Dropping 2G support means older phones like the original iPhone won’t work for phone calls any more, and it also opens wireless spectrum that’ll eventually benefit LTE.


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14:59
IBM and Bell partner to bring MobileFirst for iOS...




IBM on Tuesday announced a new MobileFirst for iOS partnership with Bell Canada that promises to deliver enterprise apps for iPad, iPhone and Apple Watch to the Great White North.

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14:52
Morgan Stanley lowers iPhone revenue expectations...

Business Insider has shared a new report from Morgan Stanley today, showing that the firm has lowered their predictions for Apple’s 2017 iPhone revenue. Morgan Stanley’s analyst Katy Huberty “believes that anticipation for the iPhone 8 may mute iPhone 7 sales over the next two quarters.”

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14:49
V-Moda Crossfade LP2 Headphones Sweat the Details

The V-Moda Crossfade LP2 are over-the-ear headphones that check all of John Martellaro’s boxes. In this quick look review, he tells the story of his search for a pair of decent, reasonably priced headphones for casual music and podcasting. He found them.


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14:45
Obama pardons Stuxnet leak source James Cartwright

Chelsea Manning isn't the only source of online leaks to get a new lease on life. President Obama has pardoned General James Cartwright, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI when it investigated leaks that revealed details of Stuxnet, the US-backed...

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14:30
Notable apps and app updates for Jan. 17, 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

Red Giant has released two all-new sticker packs for iOS users: Blockbuster and Holomoji. Designed by Red Giant filmmaker Seth Worley and iOS developer Micah Lanier, the sticker packs leverage the best of Red Giant motion graphics and visual effects to bring a sense of Hollywood action to iMessage conversations. Drag and drop from the sticker keyboard to add high-quality visual effects and holographic emojis directly to texts, images, and videos in iMessage conversations. These sticker packs can be downloaded free of charge from the iOS App store.

macOS Apps/Updates

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14:29
FTC sues Qualcomm over anti-competitive practices

The U.S. is the latest country to target Qualcomm over anti-competitive behavior. The FTC announced this afternoon that it was suing the company over monopolistic tactics around its baseband processor business -- the hardware that smartphones and tab...

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14:24
Verizon to redirect calls in last-ditch effort to...




Verizon will soon take extreme steps to deal with the "thousands" of people on its network still using Samsung's fire-prone Galaxy Note 7 in spite of a recall and subsequent attempts to cripple the device, a report said on Tuesday.

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14:24
Super Bowl 51 will stream for free on Fox Sports Go

The Super Bowl has been streaming for awhile now, but watching the commercials (arguably the best part) has been hit or miss in the past. Remember when all that streamed was the game? Yep, that was pretty terrible. This year, however, Fox Sports has...

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13:54
LG's Nexus-like Android Wear watches emerge in...

For months, rumors have circulated of Google formally launching Android Wear 2.0 with a pair of flagship smartwatches -- not Google-designed, but certainly intended as reference models like Nexus phones used to be. But what will they be like? We migh...

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13:49
FTC complaint alleges Qualcomm forced Apple to use...

Qualcomm is the target of a new Federal Trade Commission complaint filed today involving Apple. The FTC claims Qualcomm engaged in anti-competitive practices that helped it monopolize the market of a “key semiconductor device” used in products including iPhones and iPads.

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13:37
LG’s upcoming Android Wear 2.0 watches reportedly...

New details on LG’s upcoming Android Wear-powered smartwatches leaked earlier today and it appears the company is getting set to introduce a rotating hardware button that mimics the style and functionality of the Apple Watch’s Digital Crown.

The circular hardware button is designed and positioned to look like a traditional watch crown, but like the Apple Watch, will reportedly be used to navigate UI elements on the upcoming LG wearable’s display.

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13:35
FTC lawsuit accuses Qualcomm of forcing Apple to buy...




The U.S. Federal Trade Commission launched a lawsuit against Qualcomm on Tuesday, accusing the company of forcing Apple into an exclusive deal to buy its baseband chips.

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13:31
Tip of the Day: Using the Digital Crown to peek at...

Along with major enhancements like built-in GPS and swim workouts, the Apple Watch Series 2 includes another unique new feature which allows you to gradually wake the screen using the Digital Crown — essentially letting you sort of “peek” at it. The setting to enable this can be found under General, Wake Screen in the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, although oddly it’s not present in the corresponding section in the watchOS Settings…

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13:30
The 20 cities with the lowest cost of living

Interesting list. There aren’t many places in the bottom half I’d actually want to live in though.

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13:28
President Obama commutes most of Chelsea Manning...

President Barack Obama on Tuesday commuted the majority of Chelsea Manning's remaining prison sentence, and she is now scheduled to be released on May 17th, 2017, rather than in 2045. Manning is the former army intelligence analyst who provided hundr...

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13:19
Apple fixes El Capitan kernel issue in supplemental...




Apple on Tuesday issued a supplemental security update for OS X 10.11.6, fixing a kernel issue for El Capitan users that causes affected Macs to 'occasionally become unresponsive.'

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13:18
Apple releases security update for Mac OS X El...

Apple has released a supplemental security update for Mac OS X El Capitan (the predecessor to macOS Sierra. According to Apple, it “fixes a kernel issue that may cause your Mac to occasionally become unresponsive.”

The update originally was released in December 2016, but has been reissued. You can obtain the update by launching the Mac App Store app, then checking for updates.

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13:01
AT&T pulls plug on 2G network, ending cellular...




U.S carrier AT&T has announced the shutdown of its 2G network, in the process killing off support for some older phones -- including Apple's original iPhone, which didn't offer any faster cellular options.

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13:00
Auto and oil industries want to pit hydrogen cars...

A consortium of companies from the car and power industries are teaming up to push hydrogen as the fuel of the future. Plenty of big names are involved, including Toyota, Daimler, BMW, Honda and Hyundai representing the automobile world. On the other...

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12:37
Twitter starts looping brief video clips ahead of...




Twitter has started automatically looping all short videos uploaded to the microblogging service in preparation for the imminent closure of Vine, while also giving users of the video service a little more time to download uploaded clips.

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12:35
Zotac's tiny gaming PC is powerful enough to...

A major obstacle currently facing VR is the fact that the headsets themselves (generally) have to remain tethered to a bulky desktop tower. With the new Zbox Magnus EN1070K from Zotac, however, that tower is now barely bigger than a Mac Mini.

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12:04
Roku for iPhone gets 'one-tap' streaming,...




Roku and Evernote each released major revamps of their iOS apps on Tuesday, the former making it easier to find and launch video streams, the latter simplifying navigation and other features.

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11:45
OS X El Capitan gets a supplemental security update

Still using OS X El Capitan on your Mac? If so, then you should know that Apple has released a supplemental security update for your Mac. According to Apple, the update “fixes a kernel issue that may cause your Mac to occasionally become unresponsive.”

The update originally was released in December 2016, but on Tuesday it was reissued. Users can get the update by launching the App Store app and then checking for updates. You can also download the update from the web; users who did not initially install the update can download the standard security update, while users who have the original update from December installed can download the supplemental update.

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11:43
Apple releases OS X 10.11.6 El Capitan supplemental...

Apple has released a supplemental security update to OS X El Capitan, the version prior to macOS Sierra. The update weighs in at 623.9MB and can be found in the Mac App Store on compatible machines.

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11:00
Classroom

 January 17, 2017 11:00:00 AM PST

Our team is continuing to investigate this issue. We will provide an update by January 17, 2017 12:00:00 PM PST with more information about this problem. Thank you for your patience.

Google engineers have reported that the error rates are decreasing.

 January 17, 2017 9:40:00 AM PST

Our team is continuing to investigate this issue. We will provide an update by January 17, 2017 10:40:00 AM PST with more information about this problem. Thank you for your patience.

This issue is affecting less than 10.3% of active users.

 January 17, 2017 8:41:00 AM PST

We're investigating reports of an issue with Classroom. We will provide more information shortly.

Users may be receiving errors when accessing Drive. Classroom users may also be receiving errors when submitting or viewing assignments. Google Keep users may be affected as well.

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10:58
Microsoft Solitaire Collection: My new iOS app...

I never thought I'd say this, but I'm addicted to a Microsoft app. No, it's not one of the Office apps, so don't get worried... It's a game -- the Microsoft Solitaire Collection (free with in-app purchase). 

For those of us who were forced at one time in our lives to use or support Microsoft Windows, solitaire is nothing new. I recall playing it on a Windows 3.1 machine back in the early 1990s, and it has been a venerable time-killer ever since. This marks the first time that Microsoft has brought its solitaire card games to iOS, and the company has done an excellent job with the app.

There are five solitaire games built into the collection: Klondike, Spider, FreeCell, Pyramid and TriPeaks. Klondike is the old, traditional game that's been around forever, while Pyramid and TriPeaks are relatively new to the Microsoft Solitaire world. Each has a different set...

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10:56
Apple temporarily shutters Palo Alto store for...




Apple's store in Palo Alto, Calif. has so far been closed all of this week, likely coping with the aftermath of a major robbery last month in which a vehicle rammed through the glass facade.

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10:54
Vine’s Demise, Avoiding Weak Passwords – TMO Daily...

The video sharing social network Vine shut down today, and is being reborn as a Twitter feature. Bryan Chaffin and the Maccast’s Adam Christianson join Jeff Gamet to look at the state of social networks, plus they dive into the importance of strong passwords.


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10:46
Apple’s Stream Team: Zane Lowe, Bozoma Saint John,...

From a music industry perspective, what Apple is attempting to do is extraordinarily messy and difficult and mostly out of their control.

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10:37
Apple released a new Software Update

Apple just released a new Software Update:

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10:36
Apple released a new Software Update

Apple just released a new Software Update:

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10:28
Roku launches redesigned mobile app w/ new ‘What’s...

Roku is today launching an updated mobile app that introduces a redesigned user interface to make content easier to access alongside a new ‘What’s On’ guide that serves up recommendations on what to watch.

Roku says the aim of the redesign is to provide easier one-tap access to the most commonly used features. That includes the ability to start a stream with one tap of a channel from the app’s main screen, and a new navigation bar will let you pull up other features you might need quick access to including search, the remote control, and options for sending content to your TV. There’s also a redesigned remote control feature included. 

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10:26
Flying with AirPods: Airplane Mode, ambient noise,...

AirPods may not appear to be the best earphones solution for flying based on specs, but I found them to be near perfect on a recent flight across the country. AirPods are a totally different product than my wireless Bose QC35s which have longer battery life and active noise cancellation not to mention superior audio quality, but AirPods were easily preferred as my travel earphones after real world testing for a few reasons.

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10:18
Larry Jackson, Zane Lowe, Bozoma Saint John...




The trio of Apple Music leads sat down in an interview to discuss the evolution of the service after 18 months, working with Apple, and how the music industry will have to adapt in the next decade.

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10:01
Apple's App Store continues to pay developers...




The App Store remains more profitable for iOS developers than the Google Play store is for Android apps, new estimates reveal, with App Store revenues in China also continuing to climb at a fast pace.

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10:00
Safari Users Unable to Play Newer 4K Video On...

It appears Google recently turned on VP9 codec on YouTube for delivering 4K video. However, because of this, Safari users are unable to watch videos uploaded to the service since early December in full 4K resolution. From a report: Specifically, YouTube appears to be storing video on its servers using either the more efficient VP9 codec or the older H.264 codec. Safari only supports the latter, which explains why recently uploaded 4K videos are only able to be viewed in up to 1440p. Funnily enough, the same videos can be streamed by Safari in native 4K as long as they're embedded in another website, suggesting that the VP9 codec support requirement only applies to videos viewed directly on YouTube's website. Until Apple updates Safari to support the VP9 codec, Mac users who want to access newer 4K video on YouTube in native 2160p resolution are advised to use a different browser.John Gruber of DaringFireball writes, "I'm curious what Google's thinking is here. My guess: a subtle...

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09:53
News: Apple Music creative team discusses the...

Photo: Complex In a new interview with Complex, Larry Jackson, Zane Lowe and Bozoma Saint John spelled out their ambitions for expanding Apple Music’s impact on popular culture and driving new users to the subscription service. As in previous interviews, the Apple Music creative team focused on exclusive deals with artists like Taylor Swift and Drake as a cornerstone of what the service offers to distinguish itself from competitors like Spotify…

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09:37
Microsoft Hardens Latest Windows Version Against...


Microsoft has fortified the latest version of Windows to make it more secure than previous editions, but the strongest protections will be available only to those willing to pay a steep price for them. Windows 10 Anniversary Update has introduced many mitigation techniques in core Windows components and the Microsoft Edge browser, helping protect customers from entire classes of exploits for recent and even undisclosed vulnerabilities, Matt Oh and Elia Florio of Microsoft's Windows Defender ATP Research Team wrote in an online post last week.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 13″ 512GB MacBook Pro w/ Touch...

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09:07
Zane Lowe and Apple Music execs say the service is...

Music magazine Complex has a new interview out today with Apple Music’s top talent: Zane Lowe, Bozoma Saint John, and Larry Jackson. The piece is mostly reflective in looking back at the first year and a half of Apple’s subscription music business, but the three also talk about what it’s like competing with Spotify within Apple and the future of Apple Music.

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09:03
Deals: 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar for $1,...




Shoppers can pick up a 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar for the lowest price ever with our exclusive promo code. Or save $60-$150 on 12" MacBooks. Apple's Late 2016 15" MacBook Pro is also $2,149 this week with no tax collected outside NY and NJ.

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09:03
Goodbye Vine, Hello Twitter’s Vine Camera

Vine’s six seconds of fame, so to speak, has come and gone. As of January 17th, the Vine video sharing social network has shut down and is being replaced with an app that posts short videos on Twitter.


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09:00
Evernote overhauls its iOS app with focus on speed...

In its quest to make you more organized and productive, popular note-taking app Evernote grew a bit bloated. The app’s speed, or lack thereof, is a common thread in user reviews. Evernote just released a redesigned iOS app that aims to address those complaints, plus make your notes a little easier on the eyes.

The first thing you’ll notice when you launch Evernote version 8.0 is the new home screen, which picks up right where you left off with your most recent notes at the ready. The note preview allows you to see which notes have a lot of content and which contain just text. Then there’s the new navigation bar pinned to the bottom of the app, where you can jump into all notes, search, see shortcuts, or view your account. A green plus icon in the center of that new menu bar lets you immediately start a new note, and a long press on that icon lets you swipe up to capture an audio note, a...

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08:52
The best third-party apps for iOS 10 that support...




Since the launch of iOS 10 last September, Apple has made it possible for third-party applications to respond to voice commands through its Siri personal assistant. AppleInsider offers a list of some of the the best apps that boast Siri support.

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08:32
Mac: Yuri Fingerlab

In Fingerlab’s new game Yuri, the titular character awakes in his bed in the middle of a dark and strange forest, filled with fantastical plants and mysterious beasts. Players navigate Yuri through this odd world, rolling along on the casters of his bed to cross rivers, find secret passages and explore all the way to the center of the Earth. The side-scrolling platformer has 10 hand-drawn levels with no menus or counters to distract with the noir feel and the fast-paced gameplay. Original music and sound effects add to the unique artwork, immersing the user in an experience reminiscent of the adventure comics that inspired the game’s creators. Yuri is available for Mac or iOS for $3.
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08:30
2017 iPhone Photography Awards call for entries

Since 2007, the iPhone has become the world's most popular camera, so it's not surprising that out of the billions of photos captured each year there are some that are visually stunning. Since 2008, the IPPAWARDS (iPhone Photography Awards) have been a showcase for the best of the best in iPhone photography. The IPPAWARDS have just opened for entries, and you have until March 31, 2017 to get your best iPhone photos into the competition.

This year is the tenth anniversary of the IPPAWARDS and there's a new category for entries: The America I Know. Two winners in this category will receive a trip to the 13th annual Aspen Ideas Festival this summer, while winners in the rest of the competition will not only get the recognition they deserve for their photographic abilities, but some amazing prizes as well.

The only restriction on entries is that they need to have been taken with an iPhone or iPad....

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07:56
A Mac Pro 2 concept design

Hope this isn’t the closest we come to the real thing.

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07:52
How to enable Read Receipts per contact in Messages

Note that you can do this in both iOS and macOS. On macOS, tap the Details button (upper right corner) on an individual thread to reveal the Send Read Receipts checkbox.

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07:49
Twitter's Vine dies today, so download your...

It’s the end of the Vine. On Tuesday, January 17, Twitter’s video-sharing platform is morphing from the popular social network spin-off to an integrated part of Twitter.

As part of the changeover, the Vine app will become Vine Camera. With the new app you’ll be able to record and edit six-second videos, and then save them to your phone’s camera roll or upload them to Twitter.

The impact on you at home: January 17 is the last day you’ll be able to download your Vines via the mobile app or the vine.co website. After Tuesday, Vine.co will become an archival site where you’ll be able to view Vines, but the downloading feature will be turned off. If you...

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07:46
See the actual strength of the iPhone’s cellular...

This is an old tip, but a worthy post. I’ve switched my iPhone over to the actual signal strength display. I find it much more useful.

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07:41
The Nintendo Switch rollout

[VIDEO] The video (embedded in the main Loop post) is Nintendo’s public presentation of their new console, the Nintendo Switch. If time is limited, jump to about 38 minutes in, where the real stuff starts.

And read the linked Washington Post piece, which does a good job highlighting the important features.

Hoping the Switch is better than the WiiU.

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07:38
Apple denies imminent iPhone 6 battery exchange...




After rumors circulated claiming that the iPhone 6 family will be the next recipient of a battery exchange program, AppleInsider has been told that the report is incorrect, as there is apparently no justification for a wide program to fix issues.

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07:26
Download those Vine videos before it's too late...

Today the Vine video service shuts down, but there's still a bit of time left where you can grab your Vines that aren't already saved to your camera roll. Here's how to do it:

In the Vine app, open the Profile page and select Save Videos. You can either save the Vines directly to your iPhone or get a download link. The download link method preserves data on Likes and Re-vines. 

You can also go to Giphy (that wonderful place that stores the world's supply of GIFs) and convert your entire Vine library into GIFs. You'll need to have a Giphy account and know your Vine account info, of course. The dedicated page for converting those Vines can be found here. You'll get an email when all of your newly-minted GIFs are ready (see image at top of post). 

So what's replacing Vine? A new app that lets you shoot looping 6...

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07:06
PowerColor's Thunderbolt 3 Devil Box is the...




New third-party hardware releases make the external GPU situation for macOS both less expensive, and slightly less "hacky" to install. AppleInsider examines the PowerColor Devil Box -- so far the best way to get your MacBook Pro to Mac Pro tower GPU speeds and even give older hardware a significant boost without doling out the cash for a new computer.

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07:05
Jean-Louis Gassée: The iPhone’s unsung sine qua non

Jean-Louis Gassée, Monday Note:

Much has been said about the original iPhone’s success factors: an innovative multi-touch interface, a never-seen-before combination of cell phone, iPod and Internet “navigator”. All good, but missing one crucial element: removing the carrier’s control on the iPhone’s features and content.

Steve Jobs did what only he could do, get AT&T to give up control:

Before the iPhone, handsets received the same treatment as containers of yogurt in a supermarket chain. The central purchasing office told the yogurt makers which flavors to ship, when, where, at what price, with payment at some point in the future after we’re sure there are no more returns. And don’t forget to send your people to make sure the labels line up on the shelves.

And:

This was anathema to Jobs, himself notoriously control-hungry. He wasn’t going to allow mere carriers to control what the iPhone did and contained.

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06:59
Brexit Drives Up UK App Store Prices 25%

Apple’s App Store is about to get more expensive for U.K. shoppers. App prices are going up by 25% because the pound has been dropping in the wake of the Brexit vote.


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06:55
Big rise in UK App Store prices following Brexit...

Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac:

Apple is rising the prices for apps and in-app purchases in a few countries following changes to exchange rates and taxation policy, with customers in India, Turkey and the United Kingdom to see price increases.

In the United Kingdom, one of Apple’s largest markets, app prices are rising up more than 25% following the weak pound exchange rate after the Brexit vote. An app sold for $0.99 in the US will now cost £0.99 in the UK, up from £0.79.

That is an increase of about 25% and similar rises will be seen at every price tier when the changes hit the App Store in the coming days. A Tier 2 priced app now costs £1.99 in the UK up from £1.49. An In-App Purchase that previously cost £7.99 will now be priced at £9.99, like the ‘All Worlds’ upgrade for Super Mario Run.

Interesting post. Read the comments. This obviously runs much deeper than an App Store price rise.

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06:43
Worldwide App Downloads Grew 15% and Revenue Soared...

Downloads, revenue, and time spent in apps all grew by double digits during 2016, according to a report by market researcher App Annie. From a report on VentureBeat: Time spent in apps grew more than 20 percent to nearly 900 billion hours in 2016, according to the year-end report. That's just one sign that the global app economy saw healthy growth during the past year. In its year-end retrospective, App Annie said U.S. time spent in apps grew more than 25 percent. Worldwide, downloads increased 15 percent by more than 13 billion across both iOS and Google Play. The platform owners paid out nearly $89 billion in revenues to publishers from in-app ads and app store revenue, up 40 percent from the year before. That means apps generated $127 billion in revenues overall, as platform owners take about 30 percent of the revenue.

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06:40
AirPods have 26% of the wireless headphone market...

Well, this just makes you wonder about the the old cliche that 99% of all statistics are made up. Earlier this month Slice Intelligence said that Apple’s AirPods captured a 26% share of the wireless headphone market within a short time of going on sale. Together with a Beats share of around 15%, that put Apple at a combined total of 40%.

Now the NPD Group — as noted by CNET — says that, in December, the AirPods had 2% share of unit sales and 3% share of dollar sales. Beats had a 25 percent share (unit sales) and a 46 percent share (dollar sales), according to the research group.

"Apple being able to capture 2% of the market in units and 3% in dollars with one product...

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06:40
News: Apple raising UK App Store prices by more than...

Apple is raising App Store prices in the UK by more than 25 percent in response to the country’s sharp currency devaluation after the Brexit vote, the BBC reports. Apple raised the prices of iPhones and iPads in the country by a similar margin in September, then upped the price of Macs in October. UK customers will now pay 99 pence for apps that cost 99 cents in the United States, an increase from the 79 pence the same apps cost previously.…

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06:38
Apple App Store prices increase 25% in UK, as result...




Apple will be raising the prices of apps and in-app purchases from the App Store for customers in the United Kingdom, among price changes affecting other regional stores, with currency fluctuations the main cause of the changes.

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06:22
PSA: Now is your last chance to download your Vine...

The Vine video service officially closes today, so if you have any Vine videos online that aren’t safely stored in your camera roll, you only have a few hours to save them.

The Vine app allows you to download your stored videos (Profile page → Save Videos), which you can do either directly to your phone or get a download link which also preserves the Like and Re-vine data. Alternatively, Giphy has a free service that automatically converts each of your Vine videos into animated GIFs …

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06:04
Apple App Store Prices Rise in UK, India and Turkey

Apple is to put up the price it charges for apps in the UK, India and Turkey. From a report on BBC: UK costs will numerically match those of the US, meaning that a program that costs $0.99 will now be 99p. That represents a 25% rise over the previous currency conversion, which was 79p. "Price tiers on the App Store are set internationally on the basis of several factors, including currency exchange rates, business practices, taxes, and the cost of doing business," it said. "These factors vary from region to region and over time." The rise will also affect in-app purchases but not subscription charges. The cost of a $0.99 app will become 80 rupees in India, representing a 33% rise from the previous price of 60 rupees.


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06:00
Future iOS devices may have virtual knob controls

Future iOS devices such as iPhone and iPads may have knobs on their screens. Not physical knobs, but virtual ones. Apple has been granted a patent (number 9547,428) for a “system and method for touchscreen knob control.”

In the patent filing, Apple notes that with the popularity of capacitive touch screens and other touch-sensitive technology on devices such as smartphones, tablet computers, and desktop computers, software and hardware developers have focused on adapting user interfaces to take more effective advantage of unique features of this technology. While some user interface elements, such as a button, map very easily to a touch-based interface, other user interface elements, such as a scroll bar on an edge of a scrollable region, can be replaced completely. 

However, certain user interface elements, such as a knob, are not typical to traditional graphical user interfaces and can present problems in training new users, according to Apple. New or inexperienced...

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Kinkoo 3-Outlet Surge Protecting Smart Power Strip

You folks probably know how much I love clever devices—we have a deal on one called Kinkoo 3-Outlet Surge Protecting Smart Power Strip. It’s a power strip with three AC outlets, but it also has four USB charging ports. That’s three standard USB charging ports and one USB-C charging port, making it good for new and legacy USB charging. It’s $24.99 through us.


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News: Daily Deal: Next FlipBook Maker Pro for Mac

In our iLounge Deal for today, you can get the Next FlipBook Maker Pro for Mac for only $39.99 — that’s 86% off the regular price. This handy tool lets you quickly transform PDFs and images into interactive flipbooks that you can easily share online, as Flash files for desktop users or HTML5 for mobile users. Add templates, scenes, and music to your Flipbook, put in your logo, and add links to your website, and then publish it at a unique…

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05:49
Some countries see price hike for Apple’s online app...

Apple is rising the prices for apps and in-app purchases at its app stores in some countries following changes to exchange rates and taxation policy. 9to5Mac reports that customers in India, Turkey and the United Kingdom will see price increases.

In the United Kingdom, Apple is raising the prices for apps and in-app purchases by around 25%, in light of the weak pound exchange rate. In India, a service tax of 14% as well as levies of 0.5% were introduced by the government on Dec. 1, 2016. In Romania, the tax rate has increased from 19% to 20%. In Russia, a value added tax (VAT) rate of 18% has been introduced. Apple will submit the collected revenue to authorities on developers' behalf. 

Apple is notifying developers with specific reference to the iOS and Mac app stores but it is likely that the same increases will also...

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05:49
AirPods’ reported 26% market share more like 2-3%,...

Slice Intelligence made headlines when it suggested that Apple’s AirPods captured a 26% share of the wireless headphone market within a short time of going on sale. Together with a Beats share of around 15%, that put Apple at a combined total of 40%.

Today, however, NPD says those numbers paint a misleading picture, and the true market share captured by AirPods is more like 2% by volume and 3% by value. There is, it says, a simple explanation for the huge apparent discrepancy …

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05:41
Apple predicted to sell 15 million Mac laptops in...

Yesterday KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that Apple will offer a high-end MacBook Pro model this year with up to 32GB of —potentially desktop-class —RAM, while bumping 12-inch MacBook to 16GB of RAM. Now analysts from the supply chain are predicting that sales of Mac laptops will exceed 15 million in 2017.

According to the Chinese language Economic Daily News — as noted by AppleInsider — year-over-year sales of the MacBook and MacBook Pro will grow 10%. The publication is also expecting to see a decrease in the price of the 13-inch MacBook Pro without Touch Bar, and predicts that it will replace...

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05:16
Unconfirmed rumor says iPhone 6s battery replacement...

When Apple launched a free battery replacement program for iPhone 6s units experiencing unexpected shutdowns, some iPhone 6 owners reported that they had experienced the same symptoms. Now an unconfirmed report from Japanese site Macotakara suggests that Apple may be preparing a similar program for the iPhone 6 …

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05:15
Samsung completes internal investigation, finds...

Samsung has completed its internal investigation and has noted that the battery- and not any faults in software or other hardware – was to blame for the fires that led to the recall and ultimate cancellation of the Galaxy Note 7.

The company was able to successfully reproduce the fires during the course of its investigation and ruled out other causes. It’s unknown as to whether Samsung is blaming defective parts, or as is sometimes suspected, that there was simply too little space allocated for the battery.

An anonymous source has statutes that Samsung is likely to announce the results of its investigation on January 23rd, exactly one day before it releases its fourth quarter results.

The source also stated that Samsung is expected to detail plans to prevent future catastrophes —something critical if it wants healthy sales of its upcoming flagship handset, the Galaxy S8.

The investigation was originally launched in October, when Samsung halted Note 7...

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05:13
Supply chain predicts 2017 MacBook sales will top...




Analysts from the supply chain are predicting that sales of Apple's portable MacBook and MacBook Pro lines will exceed 15 million in 2017, on the strength of sales of the 2016 MacBook Pro, and improvements to the line with the Kaby Lake processor and possibly 32GB of RAM later in the year.

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05:00
Rumor: Apple to update MacBook Pro lineup with Kaby...

As far as rumors go, this is pretty cool.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities released a new investors note today, stating that the current MacBook Pro lineup for 2017 will offer Intel’s latest Kaby Lake chipset along a new 32GB RAM option for the 15-inch model.

Intel just announced its 7th generation Kaby Lake processors at CES and Kuo predicts that the first model that will see the upgraded chip will be the 12-inch MacBook. Mass production of that new machine will begin in Q2 of this year, according to Kuo, while a 16GB memory option will also be added to the device.

It’s also been stated that the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro notebooks with Kaby Lake processors will enter production in Q3 of 2017.

In terms of supply chain and shipping performance, Kuo predicts that Mac shipments will grow in 2017 and cites production delays as the main reason for the slow performance in 2017 as demand for the new Touch Bar MacBook Pro is apparently “better...

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04:43
For the first time, streaming music services have...

Music industry analysts Midia recently noted that streaming music services had a combined 100.4M paying subscribers by the end of last year – a long-awaited milestone. Music Business Worldwide notes that this number exceeds the total number of Netflix subscribers the company is expected to announce tomorrow.

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04:30
Stellar Data Recovery's SpeedUp Mac will, well...

By Aaron Lee

Stellar Data Recovery's SpeedUp Mac is a recommended performance optimization tool for macOS 10.11 and higher.

The software scans your machine and helps you remove unwanted files safely that are responsible for sluggish performance of your Mac. Most Mac users experience sluggish system performance over a period of time. Stellar SpeedUp Mac has been developed specifically to address this and speed up slow systems. 

The tool keeps Mac performance at optimum levels by removing unused duplicate files, large files, cache and universal binaries. You can remove unwanted plugins, widgets and applications and free up gigabytes of disk space which improves system performance. You can scan your boot volume and all other volumes with SpeedUp Mac and perform the "SpeedUp" function.

A demo version of SpeedUp Mac is available. This version can remove...

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04:30
How to open folders in new Finder tabs or windows in...

When you open a folder in the Finder (the default application for browsing your Mac’s files), the folder’s contents usually replace the current contents of the window. However, you can open a folder in a new tab or window, if you wish. To set folders to open in tabs or windows:

  • Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Dock.
  • Click the “Prefer tabs when opening documents” pop-up menu, then choose an option: Always, In Full Screen Only, or Manually.

By default, documents open in tabs only when an app is full screen.

You can also select what happens when you press and hold the Command key and double-click a folder. In the Finder, choose Finder > Preferences, then click General. Select “Open folders in tabs instead of new windows” to have folders open in tabs; deselect it to have folders open in windows.

To open folders in tabs or windows, press the Command key while you double-click the folder. The folder opens in a new tab or...

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04:13
Comment: Apple isn’t price-gouging Brits – its post-...

There will be a lot of people complaining about price rises Apple just announced for apps and in-app purchases in the UK (along with India and Turkey). Once the price rises kick in over the next week, App Store prices will be literally pound for dollar.

But while some are complaining that Apple is price-gouging Brits, this isn’t actually the case …

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01:51
The Telegraph Slams EU’s Campaign Against Apple and...

The Daily Telegraph of London published a scathing condemnation of the European Union’s accusation that Ireland is giving Apple illegal state aid. The editorial breaks down the case against Ireland and Apple, characterizing the legal principles to be in violation of the EU’s own principles. Bryan Chaffin explains the whats and whos.


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00:56
App Store app prices to rise in the UK by >25%...

Apple is rising the prices for apps and in-app purchases in a few countries following changes to exchange rates and taxation policy, with customers in India, Turkey and the United Kingdom to see price increases.

In the United Kingdom, one of Apple’s largest markets, app prices are rising up more than 25% following the weak pound exchange rate after the Brexit vote. An app sold for $0.99 in the US will now cost £0.99 in the UK, up from £0.79.

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Monday January 16

20:52
What history teaches about Apple's windows of...




If you listen to groupthink critics on Apple, you'll hear that the company is deeply troubled by too much reliance on iPhone sales, aging Mac Pro and Mini offerings that haven't been updated in years and a stagnating market for iPads that has fallen precipitously since Peak iPad occured in 2014. They're wrong, here's why.

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18:40
For #&%@’s Sake, Make Your Passwords Stronger

Hey, guess what? Your passwords probably suck. Most of our passwords suck, as shown in an analysis of 10 million passwords released in security breaches from 2016. Bryan Chaffin has some basic tips for improving your password security, and stern words for those who slack on this!


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18:00
Apple To Offer 32GB of Desktop RAM, Kaby Lake In Top...

AppleInsider has obtained a note to investors from KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo that says Apple's 2017 laptop line will focus on internal component updates, including the platform-wide adoption of Intel's Kaby Lake architecture. What's more is that Apple is expected to manufacture a 15-inch MacBook Pro with up to 32GB of RAM in the fourth quarter of 2017. AppleInsider reports: Apple took flak in releasing its latest MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models with a hard memory cap of 16GB, an minimal allotment viewed as a negative for imaging and video professionals. Responding to customer criticism, Apple said the move was made in a bid to maximize battery life. Essentially, the Intel Skylake CPUs used in Apple's MacBook Pro only support up to 16GB of LPDDR3 RAM at 2133MHz. Though Intel does make processors capable of addressing more than 16GB of memory, those particular chipsets rely on less efficient DDR4 RAM and are usually deployed in desktops with access to dedicated mains power. In order...

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16:01
Poll: What Apple product category should the company...

In terms of major product refreshes, 2016 was rather light in the grand scheme of things. The MacBook Pro saw its first major refresh towards the end of the year, and 2017 will likely see the same treatment towards the rest of the Mac lineup, the iPhone the iPad, and maybe more.

Looking towards 2017 and beyond, what product line should Apple update next? Or should its next move be a new product category altogether?

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