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23:21
UC Berkeley researchers built a wall-jumping robot

Meet SALTO: a powerful new wall-jumping robot built by researchers at UC Berkeley. According to SALTO's makers, the diminutive, one-legged hopper not only has the "highest robotic vertical jumping agility ever recorded," but also the ability to link...

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21:41
Apple selects 'Best of 2016' apps, movies...




Apple on Tuesday unveiled its "Best of" selections for 2016, highlighting the year's most popular apps, TV shows, movies, e-books and other content sold across the company's various digital storefronts.

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20:49
Apple Pay now works with Square Cash 'virtual...




Minutes after Apple Pay chief Jennifer Bailey offered a brief update on Apple's payments product at Re/code's Code Commerce conference, Square CEO Jack Dorsey on Tuesday announced immediate integration with Square Cash virtual cards.

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20:41
Apple releases annual ‘Best of’ lists highlighting...

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

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20:37
Apple Pay now accepted at 35% of US merchants,...




Headlining Re/code's Code Commerce conference in San Francisco on Tuesday, Apple Pay chief Jennifer Bailey said 35 percent of U.S. retailers now accept the company's fledgling payments service, a figure expected to grow substantially in 2017.

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20:37
∞ Apple Music hits 20 million subscribers by...

In an interview with Billboard today, Apple’s Eddy Cue revealed that Apple Music has surpass 20 million paid subscribers. There are a few other tidbits of info in the article as well. […]

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20:01
Apple Pay head: 35 percent of US retailers now...

Apple Pay has been growing at a steady pace since its initial release, consistently adding new banks both in the United States and overseas, while continuing to come to more retailers. Speaking at the CodeCommerce, Apple Pay head Jennifer Bailey talked about the continued growth of the mobile payment platform, offering up some details as to what we can expect next year…

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19:49
Pandora unveils $9.99/month Premium on-demand...




After picking up technology and staff from defunct streaming service Rdio in 2015, streaming music giant Pandora on Tuesday officially announced its own on-demand product that will take on Apple Music and Spotify when it launches next year.

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18:45
Apple Music crosses 20M paying subscribers nearly a...

According to a new report from Music Business Worldwide, Apple Music has officially crossed the milestone of having 20 million paying users. The achievement comes 17 months after Apple Music first launched, but growth numbers still lag behind Spotify… more…

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18:30
Apple Music surpasses 20M subscribers after 17...




Less than 18 months after its debut in 2015, Apple's fledgling music streaming service Apple Music recently surpassed 20 million subscribers, a milestone that took rival Spotify some seven years to reach.

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17:55
Apple Launches Single Sign-On Service To Make...

Apple has launched Single Sign-on, a service designed to make logging into TV apps much less annoying. It "allows cable subscribers to sign in once with their cable credentials to gain access to all cable-restricted content in iOS and tvOS apps," writes Juli Clover via MacRumors: Single Sign-on is limited to the United States, and according to a support document, is available for the following providers: CenturyLink Prism, DirecTV, Dish, GVTC, GTA, Hawaiian Telecom, Hotwire, MetroCast, and Sling. While Single Sign-on was introduced and tested in the tvOS 10.1 and iOS 10.2 betas, the feature was remotely released today to all iOS 10 and tvOS 10 devices. Using Single Sign-on does not require one of the betas, and is instead immediately available to all iPhone and Apple TV users running iOS 10 or tvOS 10. With Single Sign-on, customers with a supported provider will use the Settings options in iOS or tvOS to sign in with their cable credentials. From then on, when accessing a...

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17:05
Apple reigns supreme in Flickr’s annual report,...

It’s no secret that the iPhone has become one of the most used cameras on the market purely due to the fact that the device is in the pockets of millions of users. Not to mention the quality of images taken with the device. Every year, Flickr releases its annual report breaking down the cameras used most often by its users. And every year, the iPhone is at the top and this year is no different…

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15:39
Apple posts pro photo tips for using Portrait mode...

I love Portrait mode and use it all the time. Having a few tips from pros will only make it better.

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15:27
Apple Rolls Out Single Sign-on for Apple TV

Fourth generation Apple TV owners can finally use the single sign-on feature Apple showed off months ago. The feature went live on Tuesday, although some content providers are still missing, and it’s available only in the United States.


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15:20
Apple Says Air Exposure Is Causing iPhone 6s Battery...

Last month, Apple announced a repair program for a "small number" of iPhone 6s phones that suffer from faulty batteries. The phones that were affected by this fault were manufactured between September and October 2015. Two weeks later, Apple now says the fault was caused by overexposure to "controlled ambient air." Ars Technica reports: The same press release -- issued only in China so far, but available in English if you scroll down -- says that some owners of later iPhone 6S models are also reporting problems with unexpected shutdowns. Apple isn't replacing those batteries just yet, but the company says that an iOS update "available next week" will add "additional diagnostic capability" that will allow Apple to better track down and diagnose the causes of these shutdowns. It "may potentially help [Apple] improve the algorithms used to manage battery performance and shutdown," as well. Those improvements will be included in future iOS updates. Apple says that the battery problem "...

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15:03
Notable apps and app updates for Dec. 6, 2016

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

macOS Apps/Updates

Reinvented Software has announced Together 3.7 for Mac. The app is for collecting, organizing and searching all kinds of files. 

Just about anything can be added to Together for safe-keeping, tagged, previewed, collected together in different ways and found again instantly. With iCloud, Together libraries can be seamlessly shared with other Macs and iOS devices. Version 3.7 adds support for the MacBook Pro Touch Bar and improves Evernote import.

Together 3.7 for Mac costs US$49.99, is a free upgrade for Together 3 users and requires macOS Sierra. A 15-day trial is available for download from the Reinvented Software website. Together's Evernote...

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15:02
The most popular camera used by the Flickr community...

The most popular camera used by Flickr users this year is …. the iPhone. In its Year in Review report, the image hosting and video hosting website and web services suite said that smartphones accounted for 48% of the photos uploaded to Flickr, up from 39% last year. 

DSLR was 25%, down from 31% in 2015, and point and shoot was 21%, down from 25% in 2015. Mirrorless remained flat at 3% of photos uploaded in 2016.

As for brands, Apple continued its dominance. 47% of all Flickr users used an Apple device to upload images to the platform. In fact, 8 of the top 10 devices were iPhones, with the 6, 5s, and 6s in the top three positions.

Canon was the second largest brand used by the Flickr community, with 24% of users choosing the manufacturer. The Canon 5D Mark III and 5D Mark II were the only non-Apple cameras to break into the top-10. Nikon remained...

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14:53
New data claims vinyl brought in more revenue than...

There’s been an odd trend shaping up in the music industry as of late. As streaming services become more prominent, music downloads are starting to become a thing of the past. At the same time, music in vinyl form has been on the rise again and according to new data from the Entertainment Retailers Association, it’s even becoming a larger revenue stream than digital downloads in some markets…

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14:51
An Update on TMO’s Background Mode Podcast

Over the last year, The Mac Observer’s John Martellaro has aired over 60 episodes of his Background Mode podcast. This show has allowed listeners to hear the inspiring success story of many notable people in the tech industry. Here’s an update on the status of the show and an recap of some notable guests that have joined him so far.


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14:49
Supreme Court Throws Out Apple’s $400M Win in...

Samsung’s legal persistence is paying off because the United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Tuesday the electronics maker doesn’t have to pay Apple US$400 million for infringing on iPhone-related patents. More specifically, the court ruled Samsung owes Apple damages based on infringing components instead of the entire device.


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14:48
Apple adds new providers to its Single Sign-on list

Apple has added new providers to its Single Sign-on feature in tvOS 10.1 and iOS 10.2: CenturyLink Prism, Hawaiian Telecom, MetroCast, and GTA (available in Guam). Strangely, GVTC Communication has been removed from the list.

When tvOS 10.1 and iOS 10.2 become available (they’re now in beta testing), Single Sign-on will be available for eight cable subscription options: DirecTV, Dish, Hotwire, Sling TV, CenturyLink Prism, Hawaiian Telecom, MetroCast, and GTA. With single Sign-on, users only have to sign in once on Apple TV to enjoy immediate access to their favorite video channels that are included as part of their pay-TV subscription. Once a user is signed into one network app, any other app on Apple TV from participating pay-TV providers will automatically log the user into all other supported apps requiring authentication. 

During the single sign-on process, customers can view a page of all the authenticated apps that a pay-TV provider offers to more easily...

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14:43
Apple fined for improperly dealing with e-waste at...

This is a bit of a ding on the “green image” Apple is proud of: the California Environmental Protection Agency says the tech giant has agreed to pay $450,000 to settle claims it improperly dealt with e-waste at facilities in Cupertino and Sunnyvale, according to Reuters.

State regulators said the company opened and operated an electronic waste shredding facility in Cupertino, California, between 2011 and 2012 without informing them. Apple also agreed to increase inspections to settle allegations about facilities in Cupertino and Sunnyvale, the Agency's Department of Toxic Substances Control said.

"This matter involves an oversight in filing paperwork to close one of our recycling facilities as part of our expansion to a larger site," Apple spokeswoman Alisha Johnson told Reuters in an emailed statement. "We've worked closely with [the Department of Toxic Substance...

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14:40
Apple To Start Publishing AI Research To Hasten Deep...

In what is a major deviation in its strategy, Apple will allow its artificial intelligence teams to publish research papers for the first time. From a report on Bloomberg: When Apple introduced its Siri virtual assistant in 2011, the company appeared to have a head start over many of its nearest competitors. But it has lost ground since then to the likes of Alphabet's Google Assistant and Amazon's Alexa. Researchers say among the reasons Apple has failed to keep pace is its unwillingness to allow its AI engineers to publish scientific papers, stymieing its ability to feed off wider advances in the field. That policy has now changed, Russ Salakhutdinov, an Apple director of AI research, said Monday at the Neural Information Processing Systems conference in Barcelona. One attendee posted a photo of a slide from Salakhutdinov's presentation stating "Can we publish? Yes. Do we engage with academia? Yes."

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14:32
The Apple Daily Report for Dec. 6, 2016

The AWT News Update is on hiatus while my compadre, Steve, takes a road trip. In its place, I’ll offer a text-only (no podcast) summary of breaking stories with a tip o’ my hat to my former website, Apple Daily Report.

Apple’s latest iPhone ad is a 30-second “Romeo and Juliet” spot highlighting the dual-camera system introduced with iPhone 7 Plus.

Apple has said that the random shutdowns plaguing some iPhone 6s models may be more widespread than it first believed. Apple initially said that it found that battery components in a particular batch of iPhones were exposed to the air for too long before assembly, causing the batteries to cut out. As noted by 9to5Mac, it has now updated its statement to say that some customers with phones from outside this batch have also experienced shutdowns, and...

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14:27
Apple iPhones account for 8 of top ten cameras in...




Photo sharing site Flickr noted that Apple remains the leading camera brand among its users, filling eight slots of its top ten most popular cameras. iPhones now account for 47 percent of its photographers, compared to 24 percent using Canon cameras and 18 percent using Nikons.

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14:06
News: Apple enables Single Sign-On across all iOS 10...

Apple has enabled its promised Single Sign-On service for all devices running at least iOS 10 or tvOS 10, despite it only previously appearing in the iOS 10.2 and tvOS 10.1 betas. The service is only accessible to users in the United States, with eight providers currently on board: CenturyLink Prism, DirecTV, Dish, GTA, Hawaiian Telecom, Hotwire, MetroCast, and Sling TV. The Single Sign-On allows subscribers of any of these supported providers to…

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13:59
Tip of the Day: Choosing iPhone Flashlight Brightness

If you’re using a 3D Touch-capable iPhone, with iOS 10 you can now choose from three different intensity levels for the LED flashlight by using a 3D Touch gesture on the Control Center button. To do this, swipe from the bottom of the screen to bring up Control Center, and use a 3D Touch press on the flashlight button and you’ll get a menu with options for Bright, Medium, or Low light. You can access this menu to change the setting regardless…

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13:58
Review: Sen.se GuardPeanut

Sen.se has released GuardPeanut, a new anti-theft tag that integrates with a companion iOS app to notify you when movement is detected. A successor to its original ThermoPeanut temperature monitoring sensor, GuardPeanut is designed to be attached to items, and uses a Bluetooth connection to notify you with an alarm if the item is moved or otherwise tampered with. The company suggests GuardPeanut can be useful in scenarios such as protecting your laptop from theft when you're refilling your mug at a coffee shop or monitoring your front door to make sure your kids come home by curfew. GuardPeanut is about 2" in length and weighs in at a mere quarter of an ounce. In addition to the sensor tag, the package includes a mounting clip, keyring, and some adhesives, which can all accommodate several different uses for each GuardPeanut, from clipping onto a bag to sticking onto the back of a door or cabinet. The unit is powered by a standard CR 2032 battery which the Sen.se says...

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13:42
Apple single sign-on feature goes live with support...




After throwing a spotlight on apps with support for its new single sign-on feature on Monday, and adding a clutch of compatible cable providers today, Apple's streamlined authentication service is now for all users.

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13:41
Snuggie blanket-maker sues Amazon

Makers of the Snuggie blanket and other products sold mainly on TV have sued Amazon.com Inc, accusing the internet retailer of trademark infringement for letting an “astronomical” number of counterfeit products to be sold through its website.

I’m glad to see that someone finally stepped up and is holding Amazon’s feet to the fire. The amount of counterfeit products being sold on Amazon is outrageous and they are doing nothing about it. If this lawsuit is successful, Amazon better watch out because the floodgates will open.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:36
Apple settles with California EPA over hazardous...

The California Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday said Apple Inc agreed to pay $450,000 to settle state claims that it had mishandled hazardous electronic waste at facilities in Silicon Valley.

I’ll be honest, everything about this story seems so unlike Apple. It’s like the opposite of Apple.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:35
iPhone Envy May Have Felled Galaxy Note7


Samsung's desire to match the iPhone 7 Plus led it to implement an aggressive design and manufacturing approach that led to problems with its Galaxy Note7 -- including some instances of the smartphones bursting into flames -- and eventually its global recall, Instrumental reported last week. Instrumental engineers tore down a Galaxy Note7, and found "evidence in the design of an intellectual tension between safety and pushing the boundaries," CEO Anna Shedletsky revealed.

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13:23
Samsung is ditching the headphone jack

Wait a minute. Didn’t Samsung just ridicule Apple for getting rid of the headphone jack? Yes they did. At the time they did that, I said:

I’m saving this video for later because Samsung is pretty quick to copy everything Apple does.

I also said:

Pay your debt to Apple, Samsung, you thieving bastards.

Which I still stand by.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:06
[Sponsor] eero Wi-Fi System

Give your family (and your family’s devices) the gift of hyper-fast, whole-home Wi-Fi with the eero Wi-Fi System. The world’s first — and best-selling — Wi-Fi system has just been updated with the next generation of mesh technology, Alexa Skills, and an app overhaul to help better optimize your network.

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13:06
Apple details Single Sign-On app + provider support...

Apple’s new single sign-on feature is finally rolling out to all iOS and tvOS users after initially being introduced at WWDC in June and missing the September launch. The new feature has been available in the latest iOS and tvOS betas, and now is live on public versions of both platforms. Apple has also detailed which apps and providers currently support SSO:

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13:00
Apple agrees to pay $450K to settle charges of...




Apple has agreed to pay $450,000 to settle claims it improperly dealt with e-waste at facilities in Cupertino and Sunnyvale, the California Environmental Protection Agency said on Tuesday.

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12:48
U.S. Supreme Court backs Samsung in smartphone fight...

Samsung is still guilty of infringement. The only dispute now is how much they’ll have to fork over to Apple.

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12:47
Tim Cook Says IDC got it Wrong, Apple Watch Sales...

IDC says Apple Watch sales are tanking, but Apple CEO Tim Cook says that’s not so. In fact, he says Apple Watch sales are going strong and the company is on track for a record quarter.


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12:43
Pro photo tips for using Portrait mode on iPhone 7...

The best part of these and other tips is that they aren’t iPhone 7 Plus specific. You can work the tips into your photography no matter what kind of camera you use.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:35
An oral history of the ‘Get a Mac’ ads, Part 1

This campaign was one of the most interesting and divisive Apple has ever produced. I loved the overall feel and message of them.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:34
Shanghai consumer agency reports spontaneous iPhone...




With a battery repair program already in place, Apple is under more fire from consumer protection agencies in Shanghai, with eight claims of iPhone 6 fires -- but Apple blames external damage for the problem after inspection of the afflicted devices.

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12:05
External Link: The Wirecutter’s Guide to USB-C...

If you’ve purchased a new USB-C-only MacBook or Thunderbolt 3-only MacBook Pro, you probably need some adapters to connect your legacy USB, HDMI, and Mini DisplayPort peripherals. The Wirecutter has vetted a few adapters, cables, and hubs that will get you started.

 

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12:01
Apple adds four more providers to single sign-on...




Four additional TV providers have joined support for Apple's single sign-on feature in iOS 10.2 and tvOS 10.1, though a number of conspicuous gaps remain. [Updated with feature going live]

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11:56
Trump says SoftBank to invest $50B in US, hopes to...




Following a Tuesday meeting with SoftBank's chief executive, President-Elect Donald Trump tweeted that the Japanese company has agreed to invest $50 billion in U.S. business, and create 50,000 new jobs as a result.

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11:48
Apple’s WWDC app gains new video filters, more 3D...

The latest update to Apple’s WWDC app includes new features for iOS 10, tvOS 10, and watchOS 3. Apple’s developer conference app now works with Dark Mode on the Apple TV when running tvOS 10. The change should reflect whichever mode the Home screen is using which you can set with Siri or in the Settings app.

The WWDC app also supports more 3D Touch interactions for iPhone 6s and later, plus you can now use filters to find locally stored videos and videos you haven’t viewed yet.

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11:11
Trump, Thiel invite Silicon Valley executives to...




President-Elect Donald Trump and his transition team have invited Silicon Valley tech industry leaders to a meeting in New York City on Dec. 14, and AppleInsider has learned that Apple is amongst the invitees, but may not attend.

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11:05
Tim Cook disputes analyst report that Apple Watch...

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A new report from IDC shows Apple Watch sales have slumped since last year. The report estimates that Apple has sold 1.1 million Watch units in the third quarter of 2016, down 71 percent from a year ago. However, Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly told Reuters that sell-through, or the number of Apple Watches that reach consumers rather than the number on store shelves, reached a new high.

"Sales growth is off the charts," Cook said. "In fact, during the first week of holiday shopping, our sell-through of Apple Watch was greater than any week in the product’s history. And as we expected, we’re on...

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11:04
Gear: Just Mobile AluCharge USB Charger

Just Mobile’s latest “Alu” product, AluCharge ($50), is a multi-port USB charger. The aluminum-bodied charger has four USB ports, with 2.4A max charging per port, and a total max output of 6.2A. Though AluCharge looks like a battery — and is about the size of a battery — the svelte accessory is actually a plug-in charger for home and travel.

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10:42
Amazon Go Shopping, iPhone as a Desktop Computer –...

First Amazon wanted to be your go-to online shopping destination, and now the company wants to be your local brick-and-mortar store, too. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at Amazon’s planned cashier-free grocery store, plus they dive into the possibility of our iPhones becoming our only computing device.


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10:25
Tim Cook: Actually, Apple Watch sales are better...

After a research firm estimated that Apple Watch sales were down 71 percent year-over-year, Apple CEO Tim Cook is speaking out. The gist: Um, actually the Apple Watch is doing just fine.

In a statement to Reuters, Cook refuted IDC’s report of declining Apple Watch sales—sort of.

“Sales growth is off the charts,” Cook said. “In fact, during the first week of holiday shopping, our sell-through of Apple Watch was greater than any week in the product’s history. And as we expected, we’re on track for the best quarter ever for Apple Watch.”

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10:20
Fifth developer-only beta of tvOS 10.1 now available...




After pushing out an assortment of betas on Monday, Apple on Tuesday seeded the fifth beta of tvOS 10.1 for the fourth-generation Apple TV.

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10:20
Mophie launches Juice Pack Air cases for iPhone 7...




Mophie on Tuesday released versions of the Juice Pack Air for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, in fact its first dedicated battery cases for Apple's current flagships.

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10:17
Multinational Effort Halts Malware Avalanche


The U.S. Department of Justice on Monday released new details about the multinational takedown of Avalanche, a multimillion-dollar malware and money-laundering network, following a four-year probe led by German police and prosecutors. Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell, Acting U.S. Attorney Soo C. Song and Assistant Director Scott S. Smith of the FBI's Cyber Division made the announcement in Pittsburgh. Prosecutors and investigators in 40 countries were involved in the probe, led by the Public Prosecutor's office in Verden, Germany.

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10:07
Google updates iPhone search app with changes...




Google has updated its stand-alone search app for iOS, and has shifted the focus of information presented to user away from a personal upcoming events feed, and towards a curated news and current events feed in an effort to boost user interaction with the app.

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10:02
News: Apple releases fifth beta for tvOS 10.1 to...

Apple has released the fifth beta for Apple TV’s tvOS 10.1 to developers. We’ll update if any major changes are found, but it’s more likely these updates will offer minor tweaks for features added in previous betas, including the new TV app and Single Sign-On feature....

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10:00
Supreme Court Rules For Samsung in Smartphone Fight...

The Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with Samsung in its high-profile patent dispute with Apple over design of the iPhone. The justices said Samsung may not be required to pay all the profits it earned from 11 phone models because the features at issue are only a tiny part of the devices. From a report on Reuters: The justices in their 8-0 ruling sent the case back to the lower court for further proceedings. The decision gives Samsung another chance to try to get back a big chunk of the money it paid Apple in December following a 2012 jury verdict that it infringed Apple's iPhone patents and mimicked its distinctive appearance in making the Galaxy and other competing devices. The court held that a patent violator does not always have to fork over its entire profits from the sales of products using stolen designs, if the designs covered only certain components and not the whole thing.

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09:52
Supreme Court swipes Apple’s $399 million damage...

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For the first time in a century, the US Supreme Court has weighed in how much design patents are worth. The answer: not nearly as much as Apple thinks.

The 8-0 opinion (PDF) is a rebuke to the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which held that the relevant "article of manufacture" for calculating damages was—in fact, had to be—the entire smartphone. That meant even though Apple's patents covered only certain design elements, it was entitled to $399 million in lost profits damages.

In an opinion authored by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the Supreme Court rejected that approach, finding that the statutory term "article of manufacture" could mean...

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09:48
Setapp offers early access to its ‘Unstore’...

In a bid to become the “Netflix of Mac software,” Setapp is a new subscription service that makes a growing suite of more than 45 macOS applications available to users for a flat monthly fee. 

Anyone who wants early access to the platform, which is scheduled for release early next year, must register at the Setapp website and priority admission will be granted on a rolling basis over the coming weeks. The new service is the latest spinoff of the Mac software company, MacPaw, which has an installed base of more than 5 million customers worldwide.

Setapp is a less risky and more flexible way to buy, sell and use Mac software, providing a better experience for both users and developers, according to Oleksandr Kosovan, founder and CEO of MacPaw and its Setapp division. Users pay US$9.99 per month and get unlimited access to a handpicked...

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09:47
tvOS 10.1 developer beta 5 is now available for...

Apple has released the fifth tvOS 10.1 developer beta for the fourth generation Apple TV. The upcoming software update so far has included Apple’s new single sign-on feature which lets you authenticate with your cable provider to unlock all compatible paid video apps. tvOS 10.1 will also include Apple’s new TV app when it launches this month.

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09:42
Air exposure responsible for iPhone 6S battery...

Enlarge / The iPhone 6S. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Late last month, Apple announced a repair program for the batteries in early iPhone 6S models manufactured in September and October of 2015 (the 6S Plus is apparently not affected). The batteries could cause the phones to shutdown without warning, an issue that Apple now says was caused by overexposure to "controlled ambient air" (in other words, they sat out in the open in some warehouse for longer than they should have).

The same press release—issued only in China so far, but available in English if you scroll down—says that some owners of later iPhone 6S models...

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09:36
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Amazon 1-Day Tech Accessory...

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Amazon 1-Day Tech Sale – up to 30% off monitors, networking, more: Linksys AC Dual-Band Gigabit Router...

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09:33
Kanex introduces the GoPower Plus. a portable power...

Kanex has announced the GoPower Plus, a portable power solution featuring built-in micro USB with a Lightning adapter for use with both Apple and Android devices. 

Packed with 8,000 mAh of power, it can purportedly deliver two full charges to your smartphones, while an extra USB port allows an additional device to charge simultaneously. The GoPower Plus features an aluminum finish and fits into a pocket or bag.

GoPower Plus is Apple MFi Certified, which means it’s specifically made to fit with your Apple devices. The Kanex GoPower Plus premium portable batteries will be available mid-December for US$49.95.

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09:19
Apple Watch has 46.6% of wearable online revenue for...

There’s a joke that 99% of all statistics are made up. Today, you have to wonder. First, the IDC research group reported that Apple Watch sales dipped 71% year-over-year from 3.9 million units in the this quarter of 2015 to 1.1 million units in the third quarter of 2016.

That would make you think that money from sales of Apple’s smartwatch would be tanking, right? However, new data collected by Slice Intelligence — as noted by AppleInsider — shows Apple holding a commanding 46.6% of the holiday market share of wearables' online revenue so far, up from 37% at the end of November 2015. 

Fitbit has fallen from 36.8% of the revenue, down to 31.9%...

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09:05
Supreme Court sides with Samsung in its patent...

Here we go again: as noted by Reuters, the Supreme Court has sided with Samsung in its never-ending patent fight with Apple, throwing out an appeals court ruling that said the South Korean company had to pay a $399 million penalty to its American rival for copying key iPhone designs.

The justices in their 8-0 ruling sent the case back to the lower court for further proceedings. The court held that a patent violator doesn’t always have to hand over its entire profits from the sales of products using stolen designs, if the designs covered only certain components and not the whole thing.

This is all part of the ongoing, global legal battle. Apple and Samsung have filed more than 30 lawsuits against each other across four continents. For example, Apple alleges that Samsung copied the slide-to-unlock technology of its iPhone and iPad devices.

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09:02
Supreme Court kills $399 million patent award...

The U.S. Supreme Court has invalidated a US$399 million infringement award against Samsung Electronics in a long-running design patent dispute with Apple.

The court, in an 8-0 decision, kicked back the patent award to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, saying the lower court calculated the patent award based on the whole iPhone, while the design patents may cover only pieces of the device.

The Federal Circuit’s failure to consider a smaller damage award based on pieces of the iPhone “cannot be squared” with patent law, Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote for the Supreme Court. The lower court, in its ruling, said it could not separate out the infringing pieces of the smartphones because they were not available for sale to the public, she noted.

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09:02
Dropbox boosts mobile productivity with offline...

Users who need to make sure they can get access to files stored in Dropbox while they’re on the go and away from the web have a new feature to help with that. The company announced Tuesday that users of its mobile apps will soon be able to save files locally for use offline.

It’s a move by the cloud storage company to better compete with the other players in the cloud storage space,  and provide users with functionality that will help them be more productive when they’re on planes, out in low-connectivity areas or just want to save their cellular data quota for other purposes. 

Here’s how it works: users select a file or folder in the Dropbox app, tap “Make Available Offline,” then wait for the app to download the requested files. After that, those files will be available for viewing, even if the phone or tablet storing them is without a connection to the web. 

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08:59
Mophie launches juice pack air battery cases for...

Smartphone accessory maker Mophie announced a new iPhone battery case line today, its first designed specifically for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Both include wireless charging tech, but they don’t add a 3.5mm headphone jack for the iPhone 7 like some competitors have done…

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08:47
News: Apple to start publishing its AI research

Apple is about to start publishing some of its artificial intelligence research findings, breaking with the company’s usually stringent privacy, Business Insider reports. A series of tweets show that Russ Salakhutd, director of AI research at Apple and a professor at Carnegie Mellon University, announced the company’s policy reversal to attendees at the annual Neural Information Processing Systems conference. Apple has historically closely…

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08:34
Apple shares tips for using Portrait mode with...

Apple has shared some tips today on getting the most out of Portrait mode photos on the iPhone 7 Plus. Talking to photographers of various fields, each provides tips on how they’re taking photos with the devices in their day-to-day lives and how the device has impressed them.

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08:25
News: Supreme Court rules against Apple in design...

In its first patent case decision in more than a century, the U.S. Supreme Court has sided with Samsung’s argument that its infringement of design patents held by Apple doesn’t mean it should have to surrender its full profits from smartphone sales, USA Today reports. Apple was initially awarded more than $1 billion over Samsung’s improper use of a number of design and utility patents, but Samsung took the case to the country’s…

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08:23
Apple AI researchers gagged no more, now allowed to...




After years of silence from Apple's researchers over fear of losing commercial intellectual property, the company is now allowing employees in artificial intelligence to not only publish their research, but also interface with other academics in the field to further the overall development of the technology.

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08:22
App developers aren't ready for iOS transport...

A month before Apple is expected to enforce stricter security requirements for app communications in iOS, enterprise developers don’t seem ready to embrace them, a new study shows.

The study was performed by security firm Appthority on the most common 200 apps installed on iOS devices in enterprise environments. The researchers looked at how well these apps conform to Apple’s App Transport Security (ATS) requirements.

ATS was first introduced and was enabled by default in iOS 9. It forces all apps to communicate with Internet servers using encrypted HTTPS (HTTP over SSL/TLS) connections and ensures that only industry-standard encryption protocols and ciphers without known weaknesses are used. For example, SSL version 3 is not allowed and neither is the RC4 stream cipher, due to known vulnerabilities.

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08:15
External Link: Amazon Announces Grocery Stores...

Amazon has announced Amazon Go, an 1800-foot concept store that sells groceries and pre-made eats. What’s innovative about Amazon Go is that there are no cashiers — register your phone when you walk in, and Amazon will bill your account for what you walk out with, thanks to an artificial intelligence technology Amazon has dubbed “Just Walk Out.” There is one store featuring this technology now — in Seattle, of course — but it’s currently open only to select Amazon employees. Amazon plans to open the pilot store up to the public in early 2017. This technology has the potential to revolutionize retail (and employment), but it will be interesting to see how Amazon deals with accidental purchases, customer service, inventory shrink, and returns.

 

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07:50
New study on holiday wearables sales gives Apple...




A new research study has determined that not only did Apple garner nearly half of the online revenue generated, but that number has grown significantly since the last holiday season, at the expense of its rivals Fitbit, Samsung, and Garmin.

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07:42
Apple AI researchers will be able to publish, likely...

Apple’s director of AI research Russ Salakhutd has announced at a conference that the company’s machine-learning researchers will be free to publish their findings. This is an apparent reversal of Apple’s previous position.

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07:41
Supreme Court sides with Samsung over Apple, says...




In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled in favor of Samsung in a long-running dispute with Apple, arguing that design patents can only cover components of a smartphone, and not the entire product.

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07:37
Fake news fallout: Facebook starts asking users if...

Facebook has a big problem with fake news stories that are spread on the social network, and now it’s hoping users can help. People are reporting that Facebook is asking them survey questions to help determine whether news headlines are accurate.

It’s not clear how many people are included in this survey or what, exactly, Facebook plans to do with the information it collects. Nevertheless, this appears to be part of Facebook’s plans to deal with the issues of clickbait and fake news...

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07:21
Amazon could open over 2,000 grocery stores in...




In a plan that could up-end both conventional grocery chains and app-based services like Instacart, Amazon is hoping to open more than 2,000 self-branded grocery stores, according to a report.

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07:19
Siding with Samsung, Supreme Court reverses decision...

The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Samsung over Apple in the latest chapter of the years-long dispute over iPhone design patents. The decision isn’t totally surprising given some tell-tale signs ahead of today’s announcement, but it does mean that the case will once again continue in a lower court where a new sum for damages owed will be decided.

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07:15
Samsung following iPhone 7 in ditching headphone...

It seems that the iPhone 7 won’t be the only flagship smartphone to ditch the 3.5mm headphone socket: SamMobile is reporting ‘confirmation’ of an earlier rumor that Samsung’s Galaxy S8 – set to be unveiled in February – will follow Apple’s lead.

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07:10
News: Study finds half of kids headphones exceed...

Photo: The Wirecutter An investigation has found that nearly half of headphones intended for children don’t reliably keep volume down to safe levels to prevent hearing damage, The New York Times reports. Many headphones marketed as “safe for young ears” and promising to provide “100 percent safe listening” had “design flaws that could allow a child to bypass their volume-reduction features easily,” proving that volume-limiting…

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07:07
Samsung said to be following iPhone 7 by...




The next flagship phone line coming from Samsung in 2017, expected to be called the "Galaxy S8," will likely omit the headphone jack in favor of a single USB-C port for charging and headphone use.

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06:33
News: More iPhone 6s devices affected by shutdown...

On its Chinese language website, Apple is admitting that the battery issue making some iPhone 6s devices shut down unexpectedly is affecting more models than previously thought. The company has said that some iPhone 6s devices made between September and October 2015 contained a faulty battery component, and Apple is offering free battery replacements based on the devices’ serial numbers — but new cases are cropping up outside that initial…

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06:23
Review: Akitio Neutrino SSD enclosure with USB-C...

The USB-C ports on the new MacBook Pro has been the subject of much controversy. In this review, it’s time to look at some of the capabilities the port provides. The $49.99 Akitio Neutrino U3.1 is one such product. The Neutrino is an inexpensive external SSD enclosure that works with USB-C; it draws power and provides data bandwidth up to 10 Gbps.

This means it can add fast external storage to the new MacBook Pro with the convenience of a single cable, all enclosed into a small, light, chassis that can be carried around in a bag. Keep reading for my hands-on with the Neutrino U3.1 …

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06:17
Impending iOS update to help diagnose additional...




An imminent iOS update will help collect information about sudden iPhone shutdowns, specifically problems aren't limited to the iPhone 6s units Apple is currently offering battery replacements for, according to an updated support document posted on Tuesday.

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06:12
macOS: Saving Out Messages Conversations

Got some incriminating text messages you’d like to save? Or maybe you don’t want to blackmail your friends and would just like to keep a certain conversation forever and ever? This Quick Tip is for you in either case. We’ll discuss how to save out a single Messages conversation on your Mac!


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06:09
Independent Galaxy Note 7 analysis theorizes that...




An independent analysis of the Galaxy Note 7 suggests that Samsung engineered the device too tightly, and failed to give the battery any buffer between it and the surrounding metal of the case, which lead to the conflagrations experienced by more than 100 users in the summer and early fall.

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HyperDrive USB Type-C 5-in-1 Hub with SDXC,...

Today I am pleased to tell you about a deal on a gadget I would have linked to as Cool Stuff Found if we didn’t have a deal. It’s the HyperDrive USB Type-C 5-in-1 Hub, a hub you can plug directly into your MacBook or MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. As you can see in the picture, the hub has an SDXC slot, a microSDXC slot, two USB 3.0 ports, and a USB-C port, too. The device is made from aluminum, and it’s priced at $39.95 through us, 20% off retail. Works with Chromebook Pixel, too.


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Apple, Which Doesn't Reveal Watch Sales Data,...

Though several companies are struggling to sell their smartwatches, Apple CEO Tim Cook says sales of Apple Watch set a record during the first week of holiday shopping. Cook added that the current quarter is on track to be the best ever for the product. The only problem: The company, which loves to numbers do all the talking, won't disclose how many Apple Watch units were shipped or sold. From a report on Mashable: "During the first week of holiday shopping, our sell-through of Apple Watch was greater than any week in the product's history. And as we expected, we're on track for the best quarter ever for Apple Watch," Cook told Reuters in an email. This is not surprising: The company has never revealed any sales data for the Watch, bundling it with the "other products" category in its earnings reports. There have been quite a few attempts to extrapolate what this means in numbers, but the truth is that any of those attempts could be a few million units wrong either way.

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News: Daily Deal: True Key by Intel Security

In our iLounge Deal for today, we’re offering a one-year license for True Key by Intel Security for only $15.99 — that’s 20% off the regular price. This futuristic password management solution lets you access all of your accounts without having to remember any passwords at all — with True Key, you are the password. Unique features like your face, fingerprint, or personal devices are used to unlock apps and websites, and all of your…

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05:55
Review: A Made-for-iPhone 7 battery case w/...

This iPhone case launching on Indiegogo today is one of the first Apple certified, made-for-iPhone cases that adds a 3.5mm headphone jack back to your iPhone 7. It’s a battery case that connects to your device with a built-in Lightning connector, and it also has a female Lightning port to charge the battery using your iPhone’s charging cable. On top of being one of the first cases to offer audio over Apple’s Lightning connector to facilitate the 3.5mm headphone jack, the model I reviewed also included Qi-wireless charging.

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05:47
iPhones may not be the only Apple devices that get...

It’s widely believed that the 2017 iPhone will have a curved, possibly flexible, display. A new patent filing (number 9,516,743) by Apple hints that iPads and even Mac laptops could benefit from such technology.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that it can be challenging to form displays for electronic devices such as smartphones and laptops. The inactive border region in a display contains support circuitry such as signal lines and thin-film transistor circuitry but doesn’t contain active pixels for producing images for a user. 

To reduce the apparent size of the inactive border region, it’s possible to use a flexible substrate in forming the display. This allows portions of the inactive border region to be bent out of sight, reducing the size of the visible inactive display border and enhancing the appearance of the display. Active display regions may also be bent. For example, an active display region may be bent so that a display conforms to the curved shape of a...

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05:46
Gift Guide: Ben’s top picks for the gadget lovers in...

Yep, that time is approaching again, and I’ve rounded up some of my recommendations for the technology lovers in your life. There’s of course a strong Apple focus, but much of the kit can be used with other ecosystems or, indeed, on its own. And if you’re wondering about the absence of any audio kit, I’ll be pulling together a separate premium audio guide later this week.

I’ve aimed to include both a variety of tech – from the purely fun to the more functional – as well as a range of price points, from primary gift for a partner or someone else close to you down to stocking-fillers. It encompasses everything from drones down to USB-C cables …

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05:34
Tim Cook denies that Apple Watch sales are tanking

Apple CEO Tim Cook refutes the data from the IDC research group that says Apple Watch sales dipped 71% year-over-year from 3.9 million units in the this quarter of 2015 to 1.1 million units in the third quarter of 2016.

In an email to Reuters, he said that said the gadget's sell-through — a measure of how many units are sold to consumers, rather than simply stocked on retailers' shelves — reached a new high in quarter three of 2016.

"Our data shows that Apple Watch is doing great and looks to be one of the most popular holiday gifts this year," Cook wrote."Sales growth is off the charts. In fact, during the first week of holiday shopping, our sell-through of Apple Watch was greater than any week in the product’s history. And as we expected, we’re on track for the...

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05:27
Netflix has the top-grossing app at the Apple App...

After making it possible for subscribers with iPhones or Android phones to download some of their favorite programs instead of just streaming ‘em via a broadband connection, Netflix’s app now tops the list of top-grossing apps at the Apple App Store, as noted by Variety. The download feature is available on all plans.

On the iOS app, users can visit the menu and discover a section of content "available for download." The selection includes a mix of original programs such as House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, as well as older movies and TV shows from networks such as Parks and Recreation

Netflix’s app is free to download in the Apple App Store. However, the company started to offer users the ability to pay for their monthly subscription fees via in-app subscription fees a little over a year ago.

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05:26
Steve Jobs showing off the same features in NeXTSTEP...

[VIDEO]: I love this video. Fascinating to see the original version of each of these features, watch each evolve. Nice find by Stephen Hackett.

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05:21
Use your Apple Watch to find your iPhone in the dark

I knew that you could use your Apple Watch to make your iPhone ping. Did not know about making it fire its flash. Good to know.

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05:18
How to create holiday cards in Photos for Mac

Apple has been offering a path to custom greeting cards for a long time. Memory serves, Apple’s original iCard service disappeared back in 2013, finding a new home in iPhoto and then Photos.

In the linked article, Lesa Snider, writing for Macworld, walks you through the process. Pass this along.

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05:15
Some users report disappointing battery life on 2016...

A number of users who shelled out for the new 2016 MacBook Pro with a Touch Bar are finding battery run times far short of Apple’s claimed up to 10 hours of usage.

Granted, there are a wide number of variables that can affect overall battery performance, but a number of users have reported the issue at hand.

For example, one user going by the handle “Aioriya” stated that the fully loaded 13-inch model and claims that with just light use – web browsing mainly – the battery is only lasting around five or six hours or so.

Aioriya followed up with notes as to how they went about trying to save on battery life, including “recalibrating” the battery and observed only six to eight hours of run time with moderate use.

Aioriya says that most of the...

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05:11
Some 2016 MacBook Pros suffering USB drive problems

Jeff Porten, TidBITS:

If you’re using or considering buying one of the new MacBook Pro models with the Touch Bar (see “New MacBook Pros Add Context-sensitive Touch Bar,” 27 October 2016), be aware that some people are seeing their machines shut down repeatedly and unexpectedly. The problem might be with external hard drives connected via Thunderbolt 3’s USB-C ports, which is, of course, the only way to connect them.

I began researching this after I was unable to copy a large number of files from one external USB drive to another using my new MacBook Pro. The copy was going to take a long time regardless, but when I came back to check on its status, my laptop was powered off and I had to start it up again manually. Restarting the copy additional times resulted in similar shutdowns.

In my case, I was presented with an error message telling me about the shutdown, with the messages “CPU Machine Check Architecture Error Dump” and “CATERR detected! No MCA data found...

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