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Friday December 9

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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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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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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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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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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The 100 greatest innovations of 2016

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Increase Efficiency with Daylite, The Business...

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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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Nintendo's 'Super Mario Run' for...

The awaited "Super Mario Run" will be available in a few days, but the game's designer notes that for both "security" and gameplay reasons, the game requires a persistent internet connection to play that will consume 75 MB per hour or less on wireless.

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ABC, Disney apps now support single sign-on feature

The new single sign-on feature for iOS is looking pretty convenient and ABC and Disney have just come on board to support it.

Both the Watch ABC and Watch Disney apps for Apple TV and iOS will now automatically log you in if you’ve entered your cable or satellite credentials into the new settings menu.

The feature currently works with iPhone, iPad and the current-gen Apple TV, albeit some apps only support single sign-on with certain devices for now. In the case of ESPN, yet another Disney-owned business, single sign-on has yet to be enabled for the company’s streaming apps.

At present, the early partners supporting single sign-on excludes huge providers like Comcast, Verizon Fios, and Charter. Other TV Everywhere apps that have yet to embrace the convenient sign-in feature...

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New ExoLens PRO products released for the iPhone 6...

ExoLens is shipping the ExoLens PRO with Optics by ZEISS Wide-Angle and Telephoto Kits for the iPhone 6 family and the iPhone 7. The kits are exclusively available at Apple retail stores in the US and Canada and 

Both the Wide-Angle and Telephoto PRO Kits are compatible with the iPhone 6, 6s, 6 Plus, 6s Plus and 7 and feature the same aspherical lens design previously reserved for high-end DSLR lenses. These kits also include the new machined aluminum ExoLens Edge mount, which features an integrated cold shoe accessory mount (compatible with accessories such as external video lights) and a key ring loop for carrying when not in use.

The US$199.95 ExoLens PRO with Optics by ZEISS Wide-Angle Kit features a ZEISS Mutar 0.6x Asph T Wide-Angle lens, which provides virtually no distortion and exceptional edge-to-edge contrast, resulting in an image quality that is unmatched by any other iPhone accessory lens. $249...

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Ten years on, the people behind the famous ‘Get a...

It’s ten years since the launch of the famous ‘Get a Mac’ ad campaign, admired even today as one of the most entertaining and effective series of ads ever produced. The team responsible for it – from creative directors to Mac & PC actors – have been looking back at the series in a two-part feature in ad industry journal Campaign.

The piece describes the campaign as the end result of ‘an excruciating seven-month quest for an idea that Steve Jobs didn’t hate.’ The campaign ended up running for three years, with 66 ads making it to air, though the team actually shot a total of 323 …


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The Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb with Dimmable Light works...

If you’re setting up a smart home, one item to check out is TP-Link’s $24.99 Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb with Dimmable Light. It’s useful, but loses points because it doesn’t work with Apple HomeKit. Instead it uses the TP-Link Kasa app, which is a free download from the Apple App Store.

Once you’ve downloaded the app and paired it with the Wi-Fi LED Bulb, you can control your lights from anywhere with your iOS or Android tablet or smartphone. You can set schedules and different lighting environments (called “scenes”) to match certain occasions or events. For instance, you can turn your lights on when it gets dark, turn ‘em off when you’re leaving for work, — or to set the mood for dinner.

You can adjust the brightness of the Wi-Fi LED Bulb from 2700K color temperature to 800 lumens brightness (about 60W equivalent). You can track real-time energy usage to help save on electric bills...

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Free dissemination of your personal info is data...

By Jeff Graber

How much personal details of yours are online? You obviously have profiles on social networks like Facebook, accounts on email services like Google Mail and platforms like YouTube which is also owned by Google and you have subscriptions for Apple services and different kinds of memberships of products and services offered through the likes of Google, Apple and Facebook.

 Have you ever wondered what happens to all those personal details that you keep furnishing time and again to these sites, to their sister sites, to the third party sites which you authorize to collect your information from the profiles when you use those apps or features of those sites? 

There are article directories that collect your social network or Facebook profile information, Apple IDs or Google Mail account details just to let you read the content on one page. You may not be visiting that site again ever in your life. It was just one page that you wished...

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Twitter accidentally pushes confusing @username...

Users of Twitter’s official app were left confused for a few hours when the company accidentally pushed an experimental feature to all iOS users. The change removed the @username element from replies, making it hard to see what was going on as replies looked like original tweets.


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Super Mario Run requires a persistent internet...

Super Mario Run is set to debut next week; the first Mario game for irivhone. In the game, Mario runs forward automatically and players use one finger to make him jump up onto new platform, avoid obstacles and collect coins. Both Apple and Nintendo is hyping its launch with demos at retail stores and a round of press interviews.

However, one tidbit is putting a bit of a downer on the whole thing. It turns out that Super Mario Run will require a persistent internet connection to be playable, which significantly limits the appeal of a mobile game …


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Apple CarPlay is now in 200 cars, including 2017...

Over 200 vehicles now support Apple's in-car infotainment system, the tech giant boasted on its website. Apple has updated its CarPlay-compatible vehicle list with 50 new entries, some of which are upcoming 2017 models from Audi, Honda, Kia, Maserati...

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Thursday December 8

True Key by Intel Security: $15.99

We have a deal for you today on True Key by Intel Security, This software is a password keeper that lets you use unique features, like your face, fingerprint, or devices you’ve approved to unlock apps and websites. You can get one year of access to this software for $15.99 through us. There are also deals for three years and five years available.

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Spotify isn't acquiring SoundCloud after all

Just a couple of months ago, rumors indicated Spotify was negotiating to acquire fellow music streamer SoundCloud. Now, TechCrunch reports hearing from a source that those talks have ended and Spotify is walking away. According to the Financial Times...

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First feathered dinosaur tail found encased in amber

Scientists have found dinosaur-era feathers and evidence of them in fossil impressions before. But this is the first time they've discovered a full-feathered tail section preserved in amber, ripe for forensic analysis and Spielbergian dreams.

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EU is suing member states over Volkswagen diesel...

The European Union isn't happy some of its member countries still haven't punished Volkswagen for cheating on emission tests. According to several sources, it has began taking legal action against seven nations, starting with the UK, Germany, Luxembo...

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Apple analyst Gene Munster to leave Piper Jaffray,...

Gene Munster, one of the most well known Apple analysts in the world, is leaving investment giant Piper Jaffray to start a venture capital firm specializing in AR/VR solutions, artificial intelligence and other advanced technologies.

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Twitter accidentally killed @ names in replies on...

If you use the official Twitter iOS app, you may have noticed something missing today: @username handles in replies. I wasn't a fan of the reworked style when it popped up on my Android device recently, and neither were many of the people affected by...

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TSMC plans a new factory to pump out tomorrow's...

News leaked in late August that chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) and Apple were working shrinking the A11 processor set to go in next year's iPhone down to 10nm. But to ensure it stays in business with the tech titan and other d...

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FTC to distribute $88M in refunds to customers...

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission on Thursday announced plans to mete out some $88 million to more than 2.7 million current and former AT&T customers who were affected by "mobile cramming," a scheme that added unwanted third-party service charges to their monthly phone bills.

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'Reality' of Magic Leap could be further...

Over the last couple of years, we've repeatedly heard a lot about Magic Leap's supposedly advanced augmented reality tech, but have seen very little. In 2014, a half-billion dollar round of investment that included Google ratcheted up the hype and it...

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AT&T beginning to pay $88M in refunds to...

The Federal Trade Commission has today announced in a blog post that AT&T will soon start refunding more than $88 million to customers affected by unauthorized charges on their monthly bills.


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Colin Furze Built a Giant Star Wars AT-ACT in His...

YouTuber colinfurze did what any Star Wars fan would do: he built a 5.5 meter (18 feet) high AT-ACT in his back yard. I love all the projects this nut job builds—he’s awesome—and this one is truly spectacular. It’s a scale model of a scale model on the outside, and on the inside it’s a Star Wars fan club house. In the video below he gives us a great tour, and he also has a behind-the-scenes video of how he built it.

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Secret's anonymous sharing app is now a...

Remember Secret? The standard bearer for the anonymous social app movement shuttered in 2015 before co-creator David Byttow teased a possible Version 2 in the wake of Donald Trump's election. While the old app-based Secret won't be coming back, Bytto...

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Comment: As Microsoft and Qualcomm work on ARM-based...

Qualcomm today announced that it is working with Microsoft to bring support for Windows 10 its Snapdragon line of processors. The Snapdragon chips have primarily been used in mobile devices and the support for Windows 10 is a first for ARM-based processors.

This brings the question, why isn’t Apple working to bring macOS support to its Ax line of processors? Or is it working on it as we speak?


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After deriding Apple as too slow, China's LeEco...

Ambitious Chinese tech firm LeEco halted stock trading after plummeting share prices reportedly triggered margin calls for its cash-strapped billionaire founder Jia Yueting. LeEco had been hailed as an Apple threat, with tech journalists giddy in reporting Jia's contempt for Apple--a company Jia derided as "extremely slow" and compared to the Nazis.

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German Intel chief: Russia is trying to '...

America's recent elections weren't the only event that Russia has been accused of meddling in. On Thursday, President Dr Hans-Georg Maaßen of the Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz (BfV), Germany's internal intelligence service, issued a brut...

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AT&T will finally refund $88 million in...

Thanks to some shady business dealings between AT&T and a pair of companies known for bloating customers' cell phone bills, roughly 2.7 million current and former AT&T mobile subscribers are getting more than $88 million dollars in refunds fr...

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Microsoft, Qualcomm Tuck Windows 10 Into ARM Devices

Microsoft on Wednesday announced the compatibility of Windows 10 and native Windows apps with ARM-based processors, including Qualcomm's Snapdragon, which currently powers a large percentage of Android devices. One of the highlights at this year's Windows Hardware Engineering Community event in Shenzhen, China, the new partnership will make it possible for Windows applications, peripherals and enterprise solutions to run on new mobile, power efficient and always-connected cellular PCs.

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Hands-on with Spigen’s Car Mount Holder: An easy-to-...

Spigen’s Car Mount Holder is a well designed product that anyone in the market for an iPhone car mount should lend a serious look. It features a typical suction apparatus to make the mount stick your your car’s dash, but has several other notable features that make iPhone car mounting easy. more…

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Facebook now lets you create your own frame for...

For better or worse, Facebook is trying really hard to copy Snapchat. In the past few months the giant social network has added different features that, if you ask us, are seemingly inspired by the app with the ghost mascot. And its latest feature fo...

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The Apple Daily Report for Dec. 8, 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.

As noted by 9to5Mac, Apple has been slowly adding more electric charging station listings to Apple Maps since the release of iOS 10, and today the world’s largest EV charging network, ChargePoint, officially confirmed integration.

As noted by AppleInsider, Nintendo’s highly-anticipated "Super Mario Run" will be available to all users on Dec. 15, but until then, people anxious to play the game can head to an Apple Store for a few minutes of hands-on time with the title.


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Notable apps and app updates for Dec. 8, 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.

iOS Apps/Updates

Origin8 Technologies has introduced Solar Siege 1.0.8, their latest mobile strategy title. In the game, you take command of a deep space mining station harvesting the riches of the asteroids, manage a power network crucial to sustain operations, and defend against an alien foe who wants a piece of the galactic pie. Players can spend earnings on a selection of persistent upgrades to support and complement their units, research new abilities, weapons and defenses. Solar Siege is free, but does tout in-app purchases.

Abson Developments has debuted...

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HyperDrive USB-C Hub for MacBook Pro Raises $341K on...

There’s a project on Kickstarter called HyperDrive that raised more than $341,000 in two shakes of a lamb’s tail. It’s a USB-C hub from Sanho for MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. It’s similar to the 5-in-1 HyperDrive from the same company we had a deal on a few days ago, but this new one in development has even more ports. All told, it has HDMI, USB 3.1 x 2, microSD/SD, Thunderbolt 3, and USB-C. It’s designed to plug into both your MacBook Pro USB-C ports and take the place of any dongles you might need. As of this writing, there are still a few pledge slots for $69 that will net you one, but those are going fast. Sanho has blown by its funding goal of $100,000 by 3X, and there’s still 39 days to go on the campaign. Clearly, there’s a demand for this product in the Mac community. Check out the promo video.


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The Wirecutter's best deals: An $800 Dell...

This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. When readers choose to buy The Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, they may earn affiliate commissions that support their work. Read their c...

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Yahoo Answers Now for iOS leaves invite-only period...

Last week, we covered Yahoo’s new Answers app for iOS and Android, but noted that at the time it was still invite-only. Today, however, the company officially announced that Yahoo Answers is available to all users on iOS and Android.


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Peel releases super thin Jet Black iPhone 7 and 7...

Peel has introduced a Jet Black color option today for their super thin iPhone 7 and 7 Plus case. Peel launched their iPhone 7 cases soon after the phone’s official announcement, but the shiny Jet Black option had not yet been available. Those wanting to add an additional layer of protection to their phone, without having to lose the beauty of the phone’s sheen might want to take a look here.


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Review: Elgato Eve Light Switch

Elgato is one of the more prolific HomeKit accessory makers we've covered, with a diverse lineup of accessories ranging from weather sensors to outlets, so it's no surprise that the company has continued to expand its HomeKit lineup in unique new directions with the recent debut of Eve Light Switch, a Bluetooth-based HomeKit in-wall switch for controlling lighting or any other fixtures and appliances that are controlled via a standard wall switch. Although Lutron's Caséta Wireless System was the first to offer HomeKit-compatible in-wall dimmers, it's worth noting that Elgato's new Light Switch represents the first completely standalone HomeKit light switch solution — it connects directly to HomeKit via Bluetooth and no additional hub or bridge is required.{/exp:char_limit}

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The Savory Collection Volumes 1 & 2 available...

My grandmother was of this era and loved these musicians so I heard a lot of them when I was a kid and still have a soft spot for this music. These two albums, “The Savory Collection, Vol. 1: Body and Soul: Coleman Hawkins & Friends” and “The Savory Collection, Vol. 2: Jumpin’ At the Woodside: The Count Basie Orchestra featuring Lester Young“, are part of a legendary private trove of nearly 1,000 recordings that haven’t been heard by the general public since the 1930s.


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NASA has shared its massive GIF archive with...

NASA's been making a concerted effort over the past year to share its enormous archive of images and video with the internet. Last October, the agency teamed up with Flickr to feature thousands of Apollo era mission pictures. Thursday, NASA once agai...

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Apple seeds sixth beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.2 for...

Apple on Thursday released another developer-only macOS Sierra 10.12.2 beta, the second one in three days, and the sixth overall.

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Microsoft debuts Visio Viewer for iPad, updates look...

Microsoft on Thursday brought another productivity app to iOS, its diagramming tool Visio, while promising an enhanced iPhone version of its voice assistant, Cortana.

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Review: iHome iPLWBT5 Docking Clock Radio for iPhone...

iHome's iPLWBT5 ($130) is an alarm clock radio with a built-in Lightning dock, and a built-in Apple Watch charger, allowing users to charge a Lightning-based iPhone and Apple Watch simultaneously with no cables. iPLWBT5 has typical alarm clock functions, while also letting users wake up to audio from a docked device or Bluetooth — yes, the speaker is also Bluetooth compatible. An extra USB charging port can be found on the back of the clock radio, so users can even charge a third device, if they so desire. The alarm clock's display has an auto dimming feature to adjust to nearby light. Other features include dual alarms, speakerphone functionality, and auto sync for the time — iHome's clock radio will immediately sync with a docked iOS device to display the time accurately.{/exp:char_limit}

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Join the perfect match in 'Halo 5' with...

Today's update to Halo 5: Guardians adds a long-requested feature to Xbox One and Windows 10: a custom games browser. The new browser allows players to search for in-progress games from the main menu, customizing search parameters by specific maps, m...

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Apple rolling out macOS 10.12.2 beta 6 for developers

Apple is rolling out macOS 10.12.2 beta 6 for Mac — the second release in three days. The new update follows the initial macOS 10.12.2 beta at the end of October and multiple additional builds since. Today’s build is available on the developer center and will likely hit the Mac App Store soon [update: OTA available now].


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The NHTSA May Have Required Apple to Open Up Its AI...

Right after Apple revealed more of its plans to the U.S. Government regarding its autonomous car project, we learn that Apple is going to break with tradition and start publishing its AI research.  This is an interesting sequence of events.  John speculates on what may have been the cause of Apple’s more open approach.

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John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth,...

John Glenn, the legendary war veteran, astronaut and United States Senator, died this afternoon at the age of 95 after being hospitalized in his home state of Ohio. After serving as a combat pilot in World War II and the Korean War, Glenn became the...

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John Glenn dies at 95

The former Marine and US Senator is best known for circling the earth in 1962 aboard a space capsule dubbed Friendship 7.

Please 2016, go away.

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Google opens up its Assistant actions to developers

When Google first unveiled its Assistant earlier this year, the service seemed to have quite a lot of potential. Unfortunately, in our testing of the company's new Home speaker and Pixel smartphones, we found the digital helper rather limited. Now th...

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