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Saturday December 10

Why Apple Just Invested in Wind Turbines In China

An anonymous reader quotes CNN Money:
Apple's latest deal in China doesn't have anything to do with smartphones. The tech giant is investing in the Chinese wind power industry, turning to the world's most populous country to help it achieve its goal of getting 100% of its energy from renewable sources. The iPhone maker struck a deal this week to buy a 30% stake in three subsidiaries of Goldwind, China's biggest wind-turbine manufacturer... it's Apple's largest clean energy project to date and the first of its kind in the wind power sector, Lisa Jackson, vice president of Apple's environment initiatives, told state-run newspaper China Daily...

Environmental group Greenpeace has warned that electronics manufacturing uses a lot of energy in China, drawing on the country's high number of polluting coal power stations. Apple's moves into renewable energy are an attempt to compensate for this... The new wind project will add 285 megawatts of clean energy to China's grid,...

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Little Snitch 3.7.1

Improves compatibility with macOS 10.12 Sierra and fixes a couple of bugs. ($34.95 new, free update, 21.2 MB)


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Killer Deals: $50-$100 off 2016 MacBook Pros plus...

Apple authorized reseller B&H is offering shoppers $100 off Late 2016 13" MacBook Pros without Touch Bar and throwing in a free $100 gift card with the 2.4GHz, 16GB, 512GB model. Or save $50 on 13" MacBook Pros with Touch Bar and score a $50 gift card. Plus, get a free $100 gift card and free Canon AirPrint printer with 2016 15" MacBook Pros. Best of all, the configurations are in stock and ready to ship.

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Essential traits of a great session guitarist

Being a session guitarist is a vastly different gig than being a member of a band in the studio. Session guitarists are a great breed of musicians that can be very helpful on a project if asked.

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“BRAAAM!”: the sound that invaded the Hollywood...

Along with the “Wilhelm Scream“, probably one of the most recognizable, and therefore annoying, sounds in movies today.

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Holiday Sale: Grab 30% off thin iPhone cases by...

The iPhone accessory market is crowded with overpriced and heavy-duty cases. One company, however, has spent the last couple of years specifically going against the grain. This week’s sponsor, totallee, an iPhone accessory startup based in Southern California, has been shaking up the industry by producing thin and affordable iPhone cases.

For years, iPhone accessory makers have charged people upwards of $40 for a phone case. Totallee decided to make high-quality cases more affordable by cutting out the middleman and selling directly to consumers. All their cases are priced at only $19 and they offer free shipping within the U.S. To make your order completely risk-free, totallee backs every case with a 2 year warranty.

To sweeten the deal totallee is offering all 9to5mac readers 30% off their entire product line until December 31, 2016....

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Graphene-spiked Silly Putty picks up human pulse

Example number eighty gazillion of how cool science is.

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This week’s top stories: MacBook Pro analysis, red...

In this week’s top stories: Our continued MacBook Pro analysis after a few weeks of usage, we kick off a round of gift guides for the holidays, Super Mario Run teasers, red iPhone rumors, and hands-on with the the ultimate MacBook Pro dongle in this week’s top video.


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Apple: governments are requiring more access to...

In the latest edition of its biannual report on Government Information Requests, Apple says that governments across the globe are making ever more frequent requests for access to customer data — and the U.S. makes six times as many account requests as China. The report covers the first six months of 2016. 

Apple says that for government information requests, it reports as much detail as legally allowed. When the company receives an account request from law enforcement requesting a customer’s personal information, it notifies the customer a request concerning their personal data was made unless — unless explicitly prohibited from doing so. 

“We are reserving the right to make exceptions, such as for extreme situations when we believe disclosing information could put a child or other person in serious danger, or where notice is not applicable to the underlying facts of the case,”...

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Gift Guide: Michael’s favorite wallet cases for...

I’m excited to share my top picks for useful, minimal wallet cases for iPhone as you think about gift ideas or maybe something for yourself. I’ve included choices that not only check the boxes for what I consider great form, but also provide multiple useful functions. After the break are three solid options that will fit a variety of tastes and budgets from $14-$50.


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PDFpen and PDFpenPro 8.3

Adds support for the Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro. ($74.95/$124.95 new, free update, 70.4/71 MB)


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Apple looks to improve future earbuds with ‘...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,516,442) to improve the audio quality of earbuds used with smartphones, tablets, laptops, and desktop computers. The company says that under typical environmental conditions, the microphones in eabudds may do a poor job of capturing a sound of interest (e.g., speech received from a user's mouth) due to the presence of various background sounds. 

To address this issue many audio devices often rely on noise reduction, suppression, and/or cancellation techniques. One commonly used technique to improve signal to noise ratio is audio beamforming. Audio beamforming is a technique in which sounds received from two or more microphones are combined to enable the preferential capture of sound coming from certain directions.

An audio device that uses audio beamforming can beamform using two or more closely spaced, omnidirectional microphones linked to a processor. The processor can then combine the signals captured by the different...

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This week on AI: Apple's Supreme Court loss,...

The big news of the week, of course, was Apple's defeat at the U.S. Supreme Court, but some other highlights included the reason AirPods have yet to ship, and rumors that people may soon be able to rent movies on iTunes while they're still in theaters.

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Friday December 9

China's elevated bus test site has been...

Remember China's wacky Transit Elevated Bus aka TEB which promised to carry passengers over traffic? Well, we have some bad news for you. China News reported that the 22-meter-long prototype unveiled in early August had been collecting dust in its ha...

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Apple's AirPods won't be ready for the...

Apple announced the AirPods during September's "See You" event with a scheduled launch at the end of October. But late that month, the company delayed shipments without setting a release date in the future. Well, the tech titan's wireless headphones...

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Apple makes case for Apple Watch Series 2 Christmas...

Just in time for the holidays, Apple on Friday debuted four short television commercials touting the benefits of its new Apple Watch Series 2, from longstanding features like Apple Pay integration to new functions like GPS tracking.

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Apple Posts 4 New Commercials for Apple Watch Series...

Apple has four new commercials for Apple Watch Series 2 (AWS2): Apple Watch Series 2 — Go PlayApple Watch Series 2 — Go RunApple Watch Series 2 – Go Dance, and Apple Watch Series 2 – Go Out (below). Each has a theme of “go” do something, and each features Apple Watch being opened as a present. It’s a sharp, fast, double jab of a message. The ads also feature music with aggressive beats, and they’re probably aimed at a younger audience. Unlike other recent branding spots, these ads feature a lot of shots of AWS2 being used to do something. Play music, buy with Apple Pay, activity tracking, Breathe, receiving iMessages, and more. For those keeping score at home, my favorite song in the four spots is...

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Washington Post: CIA concluded Russia intervened to...

President Obama has reportedly opened an investigation into cyber attacks and foreign influence on the recent election, however, according to the Washington Post, a CIA assessment has already pointed the finger. The Post claims a CIA shared its lates...

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Super Mario Run Requires an Internet Connection to...

If you’re planning on playing Super Mario Run on your next flight the plane better have WiFi because it requires an always-on internet connection. Nintendo says that’s by design because they want to prevent game piracy.

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2017 iPhone Rumor Roundup

iPhone 7 is still wet behind the ears, but Rumors are already flying over 2017 iPhone. It will be the iPhone’s tenth anniversary, and expectations are high for Apple’s next model. It’s still early in the rumor cycle, but here are some of the highest-profile rumors and supposed leaks so far, as well as what they might really mean.

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Ken Segall: What Has Apple Been Doing All These...

“That’s it? You could have done this one day after our last meeting. What have you been doing for the past two weeks?” That’s Steve Jobs after many presentations from his employees, according to Ken Segall, an ad exec who worked with Apple and Steve Jobs. In a blog post, Mr. Segall used that to succinctly and accurately (to me) capture the frustrations many Mac fans have about Apple.

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Magic Leap CEO responds to 'grumpy mouse tech...

After yesterday's report by The Information blew away some of the smoke surrounding Magic Leap, its CEO has responded. In a series of tweets over the last day and a blog post, Rony Abovitz still didn't directly counter the article, or provide technic...

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The Week in iOS Apps: Keepin' it 1600

New and noteworthy apps

This week’s roundup includes a new and creative way to learn about how the White House works. Read on!


1600 (free, iPhone and iPad) is a playful way for people to learn about American democracy, even if American democracy doesn’t feel so playful these days. Point your phone’s camera at George Washington on the $1 bill, and you’ll be swept away on a virtual  tour of the White House.

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Apple May Expand iTunes Movie Footprint with Theater...

Apple is rumored to be in talks with three movie studios to offer movie rentals in iTunes: 21st Century Fox Warner Bros. and Universal Pictures. But these aren’t just any rentals. If the deals go through, iTunes customers will be able to rent movies two weeks after they debut in theaters, a move that could significantly expand Apple’s footprint in the streaming movie market.

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You might be warned if your next flight allows WiFi...

Between screaming babies, flatulent passengers and that guy ahead of you who insists on leaning all the way back, air travel can be pretty miserable. And that's before you think about the possibility of someone loudly making a call over WiFi during y...

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Lightroom CC 2015.8 and Lightroom 6.8

Improves image editing responsiveness when background tasks are running ($149 new or $9.99 monthly Creative Cloud subscription, free update)


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AirPods Delay Attributed To Apple Ensuring Both...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Mac Rumors: AirPods were originally slated to launch in October, but the wireless earphones were later delayed. Apple said it needed "a little more time" before they are ready for customers, and it has yet to provide an official update since. While the exact reason for the delay remains unclear, a person familiar with the development of AirPods told The Wall Street Journal that Apple's troubles appear to be related to its "efforts to chart a new path for wireless headphones," in addition to resolving what happens when users lose one of the earpieces or the battery dies. The Wall Street Journal reports: "A person familiar with the development of the AirPod said the trouble appears to stem from Apple's effort to chart a new path for wireless headphones. In most other wireless headphones, only one earpiece receives a signal from the phone via wireless Bluetooth technology; it then transmits the signal to the other earpiece. Apple has said...

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Bluetooth 5: It’s All About the Internet of Things

Get ready for Bluetooth 5 because the Bluetooth Special Interest Group officially ratified the specification for the wireless protocol this week. Bluetooth 5 promises twice the speed and four times the range compared to the current Bluetooth standard, and will start showing up in devices soon.

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A Fascinating, Realistic Glimpse: What Would Steve...

It’s seldom convincing to pretend to know what Steve Jobs would have done in any situation were he alive today. We have general ideas, but invoking him as a cloak of authority is fraught with problems. On the other hand, when someone intimately familiar with Steve Jobs makes an astute observation, it’s worth a read. John Martellaro found one of those insights and highlights it.

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Obama's got a new cybersecurity plan, but what...

There's been a lot of hot air blown across headlines this week about the big cybersecurity plan proposed by the White House's Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity (PDF).

The plan for a commission to create long-term recommendations on beef...

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Feds investigate police body cam footage in New...

The US Department of Justice has launched a criminal investigation into claims that the Albuquerque Police Department edited and deleted footage from officers' body cameras in an effort to remove scenes that might damage the department's reputation....

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Apple's AirPods are nowhere to be seen, or heard

When Apple unveiled the iPhone 7, much ado was made over the new model’s missing headphone jack. But Cupertino had a solution to assuage those worries: a pair of $159 Bluetooth earphones called AirPods that would ship just a few weeks after the new iPhones. But October came and went without an AirPods release date, and now that the holidays are upon us, it’s clear that Apple’s cord-free earphones just aren’t ready for the public yet. So what’s going on?

According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple may have run into trouble with the connection between the wireless pods. Each piece receives Bluetooth signals independently, but they must play audio at the same time. Apple hasn’t said what the problem is (and they likely won’t), but Bluetooth and audio experts told the WSJ that common problems wireless earphones face are losing Bluetooth signal...

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The Apple Daily Report for Dec. 9, 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.

The folks at AmpliFi have posted an article on “The Evolution of Home Wi-Fi: From Apple AirPort to AmpliFi Mesh Technology.” It’s a good read; check it out here.

The Federal Trade Commission is providing over $88 million in refunds to more than 2.7 million AT&T customers who had third-party charges added to their mobile bills without their consent, a tactic known as “mobile cramming.” The refunds to consumers relate to 2014 settlements with AT&T, and the companies behind two of the cramming schemes....

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'808: The Movie' is Apple Music's...

Apple was clear from the jump that it had bigger plans for its streaming service than just audio. Today, the Apple Music subscribers get an exclusive look a music-focused documentary: 808: The Movie. We first learned about the film that chronicles th...

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Twitter links missing usernames in iOS replies to...

Twitter is apologizing for brief problems with its iOS app on Thursday, which stripped @names from replies, making some conversations -- especially those with multiple people -- inherently confusing.

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Mac: IK Multimedia MODO BASS

IK Multimedia continues to push the envelope forward with their analog effects modelling with their new MODO BASS virtual electric bass instrument app — the first of its kind to physically model the properties of a real electric bass. MODO BASS promises to deliver a completely new level of realism and playability, recreating not only the sound profile of the electric bass but also the human technique of how the instrument is played in real time, and all of the effects and amplifiers that would be in the sound chain. The app includes a collection of twelve of the most iconic electric basses in history, all specifically modelled, ranging from “60s P-Bass” based on an Alder body 60s era Fender Precision Bass and “70’s P-Bass” based on an Ash body Fender Precision Bass, all the way to more eclectic options such as the Ibanez Soundgear based “Japan Bass” and the Warwick Streamer inspired “Flame Bass.”

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Ubisoft executives fined millions for alleged...

In addition to a looming hostile takeover, Ubisoft corporate has to deal with over a million Euros in fines for alleged insider trading. The Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF) has levied a combined €1.27 million (almost $1.4 mil...

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Michigan embraces our self-driving future

Michigan isn't just America's high five, historically it's the heart of the auto industry as well. And now the state looks to be preparing for the future. Today, Governor Rick Snyder has signed four bills into law regarding autonomous vehicle repair,...

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Drum machine documentary '808: The Movie'...

Alexander Dunn's documentary "808: The Movie" focusing on the legendary Roland-808 drum machine has been released exclusively on Apple Music, and will be available for download or rent on the iTunes Movie store on Dec. 16.

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Flickering LED lights could treat Alzheimer's...

Twinkling lights aren't just pretty -- if they're flickering at a specific frequency, they could also treat Alzheimer's disease. A group of researchers have tested the effectiveness of LED lights flashing at 40 hertz as a treatment for Alzheimer's on...

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Play piano on the new MacBook Pro Touch Bar with...

The new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar has been available for a few weeks now … and the inevitable has finally happened. Graham Parks has made a nifty little Mac app to play piano on the Touch Bar display that is available to download. It puts a polyphonic keyboard in the center of the Touch Bar which you can then tap on and play notes.

The free app is obviously meant as a bit of fun but amusingly includes a few settings to add some depth to the experience. Video demo after the jump …


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The inventor of Bluetooth on where wireless is going...

Bluetooth has come a long way. It's gone from being a frustrating standard that only businesspeople used for mobile headsets to something that millions rely on daily for wireless speakers and headphones, syncing with wearables and more. And now, with...

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Apple’s first original documentary ‘808: The Movie’...

The original documentary ‘808: The Movie’ which covers the history and broad influence of Roland’s TR-808 drum machine is now available for Apple Music subscribers.


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DirecTV Now Joins the Scrum of Cord-Cutting TV...

AT&T, via its DirecTV arm, joins the likes of PlayStation Vue and Sling TV with a TV streaming service that has cable-like offerings but is delivered entirely online. DirecTV Now works with the Apple TV, iOS devices, and the Mac, too.


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The 100 greatest innovations of 2016

There are some really cool and really expensive potential gifts on this list.

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PlayStation Vue Wins Cord-Cutter Option for News and...

iOS and tvOS now host three services for live content without a traditional cable or satellite package: Sling TV, DirecTV Now, and PlayStation Vue. Josh Centers explains why PlayStation Vue is the superior choice for news and sports fans.


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Teens love vaping, much to the Surgeon General'...

We know that smoking is bad for you, which is why so many people have switched across to vaping as a (theoretically) safer alternative. But that hasn't stopped the Surgeon General from objecting to the rise in e-cigarette use, especially amongst youn...

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Order print products from Apple by these deadlines...

Anyone planning on making cards, calendars or books for friends and family through the Mac Photos app should plan on getting orders in soon, as Apple has some deadlines looming if you want to get those product by Christmas. Reader Desmond Fuller sent an email to Apple World Today telling us exactly when those deadlines are.

For regular shipping, products should be ordered by December 13. If you're willing to pay for expedited shipping, you can procrastinate until December 16. Any orders made for print products after that time will come after Christmas.

Thanks, Desmond! 

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Inside the factory building GM's game-changing...

At CES earlier this year, GM CEO Mary Barra announced, to much fanfare, that the Bolt EV would have a range of over 200 miles, cost less than $30,000 (after tax credits) and ship by the end of the year. So far, two of those three proclamations have c...

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Direct vs. Mac App Store: where to buy Mac apps?

The Mac App Store works for those who want more of a hands off approach but I’ve always preferred to buy direct from the developer. This piece does a good job of laying out the pros and cons of each method.

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The Public Access Weekly: Across the universe

Hey all, I'm a bit under the weather today so let's just jump right in:

There are some geek holidays happening this weekend; tomorrow is Ada Lovelace's birthday and Sunday is International Shareware Day.
Starting next year, the Q&A section of...

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Make your space fortune in 'Astroneer' on...

If you felt a little let down by No Man's Sky, perhaps Astroneer can restore your faith in procedurally generated universes. System Era's space exploration game is finally nearing completion, and will be released on Steam Early Access, as well as Xbo...

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Danish court rules Apple not allowed to dole out...

A Denmark court has ruled that in cases of iPhones purchased new, that Apple can't give a refurbished phone in exchange for new, as there is no guarantee that the resale value is retained with the exchange.

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Apple Shares AI Research, Listener Comments – TMO...

Apple is changing course and letting its engineers publish their research into artificial intelligence. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on why Apple would do that, plus they respond to a listener comment questioning why Jeff is critical of HomeKit.

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There's a tiny piano app for the MacBook Pro...

Apple has showed off a number of uses for the newfangled MacBook Pro Touch Bar, including DJ and other music making controls. It also plays Doom, which is quite handy. When you need to do your best Elton John impression, there's an app that can help...

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Microsoft and Intel's Project Evo Ups the PC...

Microsoft and Intel have announced Project Evo, their highly anticipated collaboration to create the next generation of personal computers. The project aims to expand on new advances in AI, mixed reality, advanced security and gaming, Terry Myerson, executive vice president of the Windows and Devices Group at Microsoft, unveiled some of Project Evo's ambitious plans at the WinHEC event in China. Through the collaboration, the companies will push the boundaries of a personal computer's capabilities in the near future, he said.

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64 Square Feet of Joyce Byers’s Stranger Things Wall

Check out this working reproduction Joyce Byers’s wall from Stranger Things. I say working, but I don’t mean you can communicate with people stuck in the Upside Down. But you can write messages to it using an app. It was made by members of Makerologists, a Seattle-based maker group. Each bulb is period correct (C9 incandescent bulbs, according to Makezine), but behind the wall are modern components controlled by an Arduino so that one can send messages to it. It debuted earlier this year at the 2016 Portland Mini Maker Faire, but is making a splash today after appearing at Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle. Wallpaper and wainscoting are on fleek, and the whole thing looks great. There’s a lot of information on Makerologists’s Facebook page. The Makezine article above has good info, too.


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Rockstar classic 'Bully' arrives on iOS...

Think of Rockstar and your mind probably jumps to the Grand Theft Auto franchise, or Red Dead Redemption. While excellent games, they've arguably overshadowed an oft-forgotten classic from the PlayStation 2 era: Bully. The adventures of Jimmy Hopkins...

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AirPods delay

While the exact reason for the delay remains unclear, a person familiar with the development of AirPods told The Wall Street Journal that Apple’s troubles appear to be related to its “efforts to chart a new path for wireless headphones,” in addition to resolving what happens when users lose one of the earpieces or the battery dies.

I’ve been using the AirPods since they were introduced at the event and I love them. I’ve had a couple of very minor issues over the last couple of months, but nothing significant. These things are going to sell really well.

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Samsung to disable Note 7, but Verizon won’t take...

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Friday that a software update for Galaxy Note 7 smartphones will be released mid-December in the United States preventing them from charging and functioning as mobile phones, rendering them useless.

Good, they are dangerous to the general public.

However, Verizon Communications Inc said it would not take part in the update because of the added risk this could pose to Galaxy Note7 users that do not have another device to switch to.

Are you kidding me? These things have caught on fire mid-flight!

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Mangobeat Amplifies iPhone Volume Naturally and...

Looking for a simple solution for amplifying your iPhone’s speaker? The Mangobeat is an all-natural amplifier made by an independent craftsman.


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Mixed reality comes to your iPhone thanks to the...

There's something more than a little magical about seeing the world in front of you being devastated by dragons or augmented with arrows pointing you to your next meeting. Alas, while mixing realities like that with our smartphones is already possibl...

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Killer Deals: 32GB Apple TV for $109, Magic Keyboard...

For the next two weeks only (or until supply runs out), AppleInsider readers can stack discounts to grab a 32GB Apple TV for $109.00 or a 64GB Apple TV for $149.00. Or pick up one of Apple's new Magic accessories for the Mac at record low prices after a rebate, including the new Magic Keyboard for $77, Magic Mouse 2 for $52, and Magic Trackpad 2 for $96. Plus, shipping is free and there's no tax for customers outside NY and NJ.

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: Best Buy Apple Mega Sale,...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.


Best Buy’s 2-Day Apple Event is packed with deals:...

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WSJ: Apple working to ensure that two AirPod units...

Apple’s AirPods are still not available. The reason is the company is still working to ensure that both earpieces receive audio at the same time, according to the Wall Street Journal.

“In most other wireless headphones, only one earpiece receives a signal from the phone via wireless Bluetooth technology; it then transmits the signal to the other earpiece,” the article says. “Apple has said AirPod earpieces each receive independent signals from an iPhone, Mac or other Apple device. But Apple must ensure that both earpieces receive audio at the same time to avoid distortion, the person familiar with their development said. That person said Apple also must resolve what happens when a user loses one of the earpieces or the battery dies.”

The AirPods were supposed to go on sale in October, but were delayed as Apple said it needed "a little more...

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Gift Guide: Benjamin’s picks for ten iOS & Mac...

Apple products span all sorts of demographics with all sorts of products, from wearable Watches to iPhones to post-PC tablets to desktop Macs. There’s a lot out there in the Apple ecosystem to buy this holiday season as a gift for someone you know (or for yourself) who loves Apple products.

My iPhone, iPad and Mac picks include the Fermata wireless headphone stand, Osmo game system, RockJaw earbuds, and Apple Pencil. See the products in the full list after the jump with context …

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Apple having trouble syncing audio between wireless...

Continued delays for Apple's completely wireless AirPods headphones are reportedly related to troubles in syncing audio between the two separate earpieces, according to a new report.

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WSJ: AirPods delay may be due to handling dual...

There are only a few weeks left in the year and we haven’t received an update on when Apple’s new wireless AirPods will be available to purchase. Originally planned for release in late October, Apple said it needed “a little more time” before the totally wireless Bluetooth earphones were ready for customers just days before that deadline arrived. While we have not received any specific explanation for the delay, a new report highlighting the situation may offer some details…


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News: Report: AirPods delay due to problems with...

A new report in The Wall Street Journal sheds some insight on the reasons for Apple’s delay in shipping its new AirPods wireless earphones. Citing people familiar with the product’s development, the report explains that the main reason for the delay has been related to engineering challenges around the AirPods unique new wireless technology, specifically in ensuring that one AirPods is able to properly transmit a synchronized audio signal…

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Traversing the Social Media Minefield

Mainly because of the amount of money they bring in, many people expect celebrities and other prominent figures to have thicker skins than the average Jane or Joe. However -- as evidenced by the numbers of celebrities who've forsaken social media -- fame and fortune are not effective defenses against an all-out assault by faceless trolls. Saturday Night Live cast member Leslie Jones temporarily unplugged her Twitter account after being bombarded by racist and sexist attacks. Girls star Lena Dunham quit Twitter due to abuse.

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Super Mario Run requires always-on internet...

I get why Nintendo is doing this but it makes the game less functional for a lot of people. Not everyone has a solid internet connection or unlimited data plans on their iOS devices.

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Real Christmas trees or fake ones — which are better...

No surprise to me. I’m from Nova Scotia, a large tree farming area. I won’t allow a fake Christmas tree in my home for aesthetic and economic reasons.

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Samsung to permanently disable any remaining US...

Samsung is reportedly adopting even harsher methods to prevent people from using the few remaining Galaxy Note 7s in the wild, planning an imminent U.S. software update that will render them useless.

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Super Mario Run's always-on Internet...

When Super Mario Run debuts on iOS next Thursday, players hoping to while away their subway commute with Nintendo’s runner game will be in for a shock. Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto—the creator of the Mario series—recently told Mashable that the game will require a persistent Internet connection to play.

To hear Miyamoto tell it, this is all about reducing the risk of piracy and protecting Nintendo’s intellectual property. “We want to make sure that we’re able to offer...Super Mario a way that the software is secure, and that they’re able to play it in a stable environment,” Miyamoto told the website.


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Apple falls to 36th place on Glassdoor's annual...

Despite being one of the most valuable corporations in the world, Apple has slipped to 36th place in Glassdoor's annual "Best Places to Work" rankings for large-scale businesses, as determined by employee ratings.

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Review: Furbo is an iPhone & Apple Watch-...

Furbo is a camera made specifically to spy on your dogs, talk to them, and dispense treats from your iPhone or Apple Watch. It connects to your Wi-Fi, which means you can control it remotely to watch, reward, and talk to your pets from wherever you are. Is it worth the cost of entry for the treat dispensing features alone, or are pet owners better off with a serious security camera solution?


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Shigeru Miyamoto Playing Super Mario Bros Theme is...

If you don’t know the Super Mario Bros. theme, odds are you’re in one of those South American tribes that hasn’t ever had contact with modern man, which also means you’re missing out on one of the most awesome thing of this week: Super Mario Bros. creator Shigeru Miyamoto playing the game’s theme song. He teamed up with The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon’s band, The Roots, and it’s more fun than a bag full of Koopas. Check it out, and if you aren’t smiling along with Shigeru then you’ll probably fail the Voight-Kampff test, too.

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‘Fairytale of New York’: How a soused Irish punk...

While I wouldn’t call it the “greatest Christmas song of all time”, it is a great song and the article does a good job of describing its power.

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Runkeeper update allows Apple Watch Series 2 &...

Popular exercise tracking app Runkeeper has been updated to support the built-in GPS location tracking capabilities of the new Apple Watch Series 2, as well as the Apple Watch Nike+.

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What is mesh networking and will it solve my Wi-Fi...

Mesh networks have become the “new cool thing” for tech blogs to talk about and the article does a good job explaining what they are. But it also points out they are really only useful in very specific situations. It’s why I don’t think, hope and rumor to the contrary, Apple is intending to replace their wireless products with mesh networking ones.

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Advent, explained

Many of us (non-religious) people know of the Advent Calendar but do you know its origins? When I was a kid, it was just a way to get more chocolate.

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New Smartwatch OS Debuts on GitHub

Can a new smartwatch operating system based on Linux breathe some new life into the smart wearables market? Florent Revest hopes so. Revest, a French computer science student, on Wednesday announced the alpha release of AsteroidOS, an open source operating system that will run on several Android smartwatch models. "Many users believe that the current proprietary platforms can not guarantee a satisfactory level of control over their privacy and hardware," noted Revest, who has been working on his OS for two years.

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Apple tops 200 CarPlay-ready vehicles with 50 more...

Thanks to the addition of another 50 models, Apple is now touting over 200 vehicles ready for CarPlay, its automotive platform extending the iPhone interface to dash displays.

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ReSound Up Smart hearing aid has Made for iPhone...

ReSound has announced the U.S. launch of ReSound Up Smart, a pediatric Smart Hearing aid with Made for iPhone capabilities, providing new ways to support speech and language development, educational skills, and social interaction.

The ReSound Smart Hearing portfolio provides solutions for children, teenagers and adults, including those with mild-to-moderate or severe-to-profound hearing loss. ReSound Up Smart hearing aids include child safety features such as battery-door lock and an LED light that allows parents to check the status of the hearing aid and its battery at a glance.

ReSound Up Smart also allows wearers to stream sound directly to an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. The ReSound Smart app offers direct control over hearing aid settings. 

The app also gives parents discreet control over their children’s hearing aids. They can start or stop streamers, such as the ReSound...

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Evan Rachel Wood reveals that Siri is a bit of a...

Westworld actor Evan Rachel Wood has shared some tweets which suggest that Siri is a something of a fan of the HBO SF/western show. Wood plays Dolores Abernathy, a Western girl who discovers her entire life is an elaborately constructed lie …


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Apple Watch: Editing Your Workout Screen

Today’s Quick Tip is about working out with your Apple Watch. You can make your workout view look any way you’d like, so whether you’re a statistics person or a “one thing at a time” type, you’ll get what you want. We’ll also show you how to customize each kind of workout!

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News: Daily Deal: Nomad Leather MFi-Certified...

In our iLounge Deal for today, we’re offering the Nomad Leather MFi-Certified Charging Wallet for only $49.95 — that’s 50% off the regular price. This minimalist leather wallet comes with a 2400 mAh MFi-certified iPhone charger with an integrated Lightning cable so you can give your iPhone a full boost while on the go. It gives you everything you want in a wallet, plus a spare battery, so you’ll have one less device to carry while…

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Premium Wireless Audio Gift Guide: a sound choice...

Some gifts are used for a while and then discarded. But if you want to buy a gift that someone will take pleasure from for years to come, there’s no better choice for a music lover than some high quality audio kit.

Price-wise, these are special gifts for the special people in your life, but I’ve kept things below the stratospheric levels you could reach with some full-on audiophile kit. Prices range from $200 to an admittedly eye-watering $1500 at the very top end of the speakers.

So here are four headphones and three speakers that are likely to be greatly appreciated by any music lover …


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How to deal with Mac irritations

Nice collection of problems with solutions from Mac Kung Fu. Bookmark and pass along.

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The Apple Mirror

A mirror, with built in display elements, all based on iOS 10.

From the site:

Design includes the time and date in the upper right hand corner and weather in the top left. All apps can be moved around and placed anywhere on the mirror. After 45 seconds of inactivity the mirror goes to sleep (appears as any ordinary mirror), simply tap anywhere to wake back up and resume use. Some useful things you can do with this mirror: Request an Uber, watch Netflix, read the news, control smart thermostat / light bulbs, control Sonos speaker system and more.

Seems to me, there was an Android project a while back that did something similar. Search, search, search. Ah, here it is.


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AppleInsider podcast goes hands-on with 13"...

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor and Neil discuss Apple's continued work in artificial intelligence and cars, the rumored "iPhone 7s," and Neil's reviews of Powerbeats3 headphones and the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.

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The delicious history of the nation’s oldest Chinese...

I would never have guessed that the oldest Chinese restaurant in the US was in Butte, Montana. Bucket list.

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Interior photos of the new Apple spaceship campus

These are the first close-up and interior photos I’ve seen of the new campus. This is apparently part of a document that was distributed to employees.

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Day Planner is a new to-do app for the Mac

Inspiring-Life Technologies has introduced Day Planner 1.0, a “to-do” application for macOS. Its interface is sub divided into dedicated sections for entering specific information for a given day. 

These are to-dos, appointments, people to call, things to buy, etc. Users can jump to any date by using the built-in calendar and fill out different sections on days to come.

Day Planner requires macOS 10.10 or later and costs US$2.99. It’s available exclusively through the Mac App Store.

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Living with the Touch Bar MacBook Pro

Zac Hall, writing for 9to5Mac, details his three weeks of experience with his 15 inch Touch Bar MacBook Pro. Zac really puts his machine through its paces and focuses on the details. Definitely worth the read if you are considering a Touch Bar Mac.

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The Verge on the best phone you can buy

The verge waded through the morass of smart phones and picked the one they thought was the best that money can buy.

Hint: This is an Apple blog.

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AT&T subscribers to receive more than $88...

You might have a part of a class action lawsuit reward coming your way.

The United States Federal Trade Commission on Thursday announced that it will be distributing more than $88 million in refunds to 2.7 million AT&T customers who had unauthorized third-party charges added to their service bills, something better known as “mobile cramming.”

The refunds come from a $105 million settlement AT&T paid the FTC back in October of 2014, after the carrier was accused of allowing third-party companies to bill customers for things like ringtone subscriptions without their consent. Money was also collected from Tatto and Acquinity, two companies involved in the cramming scheme.

Nearly 2.5 million AT&T subscribers will...

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Apple now lets you schedule repairs at Apple...

Juli Clover, MacRumors:

Apple recently made a quiet update to its Apple Support site, introducing a new feature that allows customers to find and schedule repairs for iPhones, Macs, and iPads from Apple Authorized Service Providers.

When troubleshooting a product, choosing “Bring in for Repair” after going through Apple’s support prompts now brings up all repair centers near a customer, including Apple’s own retail stores and retail locations where customers can get repairs from Apple Authorized Service Providers.


In addition to including all nearby Apple Authorized Service Providers, the new repair site also lists availability, so customers can find the fastest repairs and get same-day service in many locations. There’s even an option to book a repair right from the site.

Here’s a link to the official Apple Support site...

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YouTube reaches settlement over songwriting royalties

Ben Sisario, New York Times:

On Thursday, YouTube, which is by most estimates the most popular destination for music online, announced that it had reached a settlement with the National Music Publishers’ Association, a trade group, over the complex issue of unpaid songwriting royalties.


In a persistent problem for the online music business, large numbers of songs have missing or incorrect data about their songwriters and which music publishers represent them, leaving what is widely estimated to be millions of dollars unpaid.


The agreement with YouTube, which is owned by Google, will give participating publishers — the companies that traditionally manage songwriting rights, which are separate from those of recordings — access to a list of songs for which YouTube has missing or incomplete rights data. YouTube will then pay any accrued royalties from a fund it has set aside for this purpose.

The best solution would be to get the data...

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