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Friday December 2

06:31
∞ Your iPhone, the special property of the left side...

Do you have an iPhone 6s or newer? Try this:

  • Unlock your phone.
  • Press your thumb on the left bezel (the black framing on the left side of the front of the phone) and press.

As you press, the force touch will reveal just a bit of the stack of apps you are running. Press with a bit more force, and that view will go full screen, as if you had double pressed the home button.

Not sure when this feature first came out, but it seems little enough known that I thought this was worth a post.

I wish Apple would let me switch over to the right side. I also wish I could assign this specific force touch to other aspects of the iOS interface.

For example, imagine if I could use that gesture to undo the last autocorrect, no matter the app. You’d be typing along and notice that iOS changed a word to, say, ducking. Not what you wanted. So you give a quick force touch and your original word is automatically put back in place, without your...

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06:30
Consortium forms out of worries Apple could...




Several major Chinese smartphone vendors are forming a consortium with a supplier to invest in AMOLED production in 2017, mainly out of worries that Apple will end up monopolizing panel supplies with upcoming iPhones, according to reports.

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06:21
NetEase Cloud Music is first online music product to...

NetEase Cloud Music, which makes the most popular online music app in China, has launched Mac 1.5, a new edition of its app, which can be downloaded and used by a wide range of Chinese Mac users. 

The upgrade supports the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. It’s the first Chinese online music product to do so. Via the Touch Bar, users of the Mac 1.5 edition have direct control over the features available within each of NetEase Cloud Music's four modes: Single Songs, Personal FM, Radio Programs and Music Videos. The Touch Bar also allows access to subscriptions and bookmarking.

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06:21
UK Study Finds 99% of Fake iPhone Chargers Fail...

Sure, that counterfeit iPhone charger on Amazon is less than half the price of a real one, but according to a recent UK study, it may also kill you. When it comes to electricity, you probably shouldn’t be too frugal.


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06:10
China’s Lucky Knot bridge

Bucket list. A fantastic piece of architecture and engineering.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:06
∞ Matthew Roberts Apple Campus 2 drone footage update

[VIDEO]: A few days ago, we posted an embed of an Apple Campus 2 flyover, one that felt a bit different than the monthly updates we’re used to seeing.

Turns out there’s good reason for that feeling. Embedded in the main Loop post is Matthew Roberts’ latest drone footage. Watching them both, it’s easy to tell them apart. Enjoy.

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06:02
Fake Apple chargers fail safety tests

BBC News:

Investigators have warned consumers they face potentially fatal risks after 99% of fake Apple chargers failed a basic safety test.

Trading Standards, which commissioned the checks, said counterfeit electrical goods bought online were an “unknown entity”. Of 400 counterfeit chargers, only three were found to have enough insulation to protect against electric shocks.

It comes as Apple has complained of a “flood” of fakes being sold on Amazon.

The article offers more details but, more importantly, gives some tips on how to detect a counterfeit charger. I also worry about the possibility of a bogus charger being used as a malware injection device.

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06:00
PDFpen 8: All-Purpose PDF Editor for Mac: $37

Good news, our deal for deal on PDFpen 8 for Mac from Smile Software is back. This software is an all-purpose PDF reader and editor. You can edit text, add images, redact information, export to Microsoft Word format, and a lot more. PDFpen 8 is priced at $74.95, but you can get it through our deal for just $37.


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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Kinkoo 3-Outlet Surge Protecting...

For Friday’s iLounge Deal, you can get the Kinkoo 3-Outlet Surge Protecting Smart Power Strip for only $24.99 — that’s 28% off the regular price. This travel-friendly power strip has three standard AC outlets, three USB ports and one USB-C port so that you can charge a wide range of devices, and at only eight inches long, it’s portable enough to pack up with you and take it on the road. Get the Kinkoo 3-Outlet Surge Protecting…

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05:58
How Apple could make international travel easier

Dan Moren has been doing some traveling. Currently in India, he writes about his experiences living on the road with Apple tech.

For example:

I’ve found Apple Maps to be virtually useless in India. Yes, I can get a map overview or satellite imagery, but directions and transit information are nonexistent. Building databases of all that information is challenging, to be sure, and it often means working with a lot of partners. But not being able to get simple walking directions to a nearby restaurant is kind of a nonstarter, so I’ve been using Google Maps, which works much better.

Not the first time I’ve heard this complaint. Interesting post.

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05:15
Apple launches online tool to determine eligibility...

This is kind of handy.

Two weeks after launching an iPhone 6s battery repair program, Apple has released an online tool that allows iPhone 6s owners to check whether their device is affected by the problem.

An updated page for the iPhone 6s repair program runs your serial number to determine whether your iPhone 6s handset is eligible for a free battery replacement.

A small number of iPhone 6s models manufactured between September and October of 2015 have a faulty battery, which can cause the iPhone 6s to unexpectedly shut down.

Eligible devices will be able to receive a new battery from Apple on the house should they exhibit the unexpected shutdown issue. Devices must be in good working...

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05:03
Uber’s Latest Update Tracks Your Location More Than...

A recent update to the Uber app allows the company and its drivers to track your location even when you aren’t using the app, opening up entirely new privacy and safety concerns for riders.


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05:00
Rumor: Apple to use drones, indoor navigation to...

Everyone’s starting to use drones for mapping these days and Apple is apparently no exception.

The company plans to use drones and new indoor navigation features to improve its Maps service and catch longtime leader Google, according to sources close to the story.

The Cupertino, California-based company is assembling a team of robotics and data-collection experts that will use drones to capture and update map information faster than its existing fleet of camera-and-sensor ladened minivans, one of the sources said.

Apple seems to want to fly things around to map things like street signs, track changes to roads and monitor if areas are under construction, the source said. The data collected would be sent to Apple teams that rapidly update the Maps app to...

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05:00
OWC introduces the Mercury Elite Pro Dual mini

OWC has introduced the new OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual mini, an “ultra-portable” dual-drive RAID solution. It boasts speeds up to 738MB/s, capacities up to 4TB, and user-configurable options for RAID 0, RAID 1, spanning, and independent drive modes.

The OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual mini was designed for professionals in music production, video production, and photography, and for anyone who needs the convenience of portable storage without sacrificing production-grade performance. It's among the first in its class to offer the USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C interface, which supports transfer rates up to 10Gb/s, according to OWC CEO Larry O’Connor. Additionally, the Mercury Elite Pro Dual mini is bus-power capable, so there's no need to be tied to a power outlet.

OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual mini is now available at...

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05:00
Network Inventory Advisor is a handy inventory...

By Aaron Lee

Network Inventory Advisor is a network inventory solution that was around for Windows systems for some time before coming to the Mac. But it is now available for macOS —  and it's free for up to 10 Macs that you wish to scan. 

Network Inventory Advisor finds and scans remote Macs via Bonjour, by IP or network names — or by just probing a IP-addresses range. There's no need for additional databases or Java servers. Network Inventory Advisor for Mac works with Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and requires remote login to be enabled on target nodes and your network admin password to build reports on every piece of Mac hardware and software on the net.

Run Network Inventory Advisor and it collects all details about software and hardware present on the other Macs in your network. The software lets you easily track all the inventory data about remote Macs and report all information you need...

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04:51
Foxconn senior manager stole $1.5M worth of iPhones...

A former senior manager at Foxconn has been charged with stealing and selling 5,700 iPhones for a total of around $1.5M, reports AsiaOne.

The Taiwanese manager, identified by his family name Tsai, worked in the testing department and instructed eight employees at Foxconn’s factory in the southern mainland Chinese city of Shenzhen to smuggle out about thousands of iPhone5 and iPhone5s, prosecutors said. 

While you have to wonder what kind of security would allow thefts on such a massive scale to go initially undetected, the piece does contain one clue …

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04:42
Watch: Apple's 15-inch 2016 MacBook Pro with...




Apple recently released the first MacBook Pro redesign since 2012, and in typical Apple fashion, there's been some controversy over the new machines. People are talking about are the lack of legacy ports, and the need for adapters to use current devices and accessories. With so many Macbook Pro users waiting for this redesign, AppleInsider takes a closer look and compares the new 15-inch model to the old to see if you should upgrade to the 2016 model, or stick with 2015's version.

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04:30
The AluCharge is a functional, slim, portable, multi...

Just Mobile says its $49.95 AluCharge is the world's slimmest USB charger. I’ll take their word for it because at just 0.72 inches thick, it’s is barely taller than an USB port. Still, it can charge up to four devices simultaneously (however, you’ll have to provide your own Lightning cables).

This makes it a great traveling companion if, like me, you often need to charge and iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch while on the road. Thanks to its “intelligent” charging, it delivers the right amount of power to iOS, watchOS and even Android gadgets. It provides 2.4A max per port. 

The AluCharge is finished in unibody aluminum, so looks good with Apple devices. It incorporates just the four USB ports on the front and the socket for the power supply to the wall on its backside. As I said, it’s functional, sleek, and slim (though the power outlet cord is almost as big as the charger itself...

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04:22
Oppenheimer joins UBS in questioning Apple’s...

Analysts appear to be piling in on Apple, with a second firm questioning ‘strategic issues’ within the company.

Just a couple of days after UBS said that it was ‘unclear’ whether Apple had the same strategic approach it had under Steve Jobs’ leadership, Oppenheimer has predicted that the company is in for a ‘decade-long malaise’ …

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04:04
Safety tests of 400 fake Apple chargers bought...

A large-scale test of 400 fake Apple chargers bought online from eight different countries – including the USA – found that a staggering 99% failed safety tests.

The BBC reports that the tests were commissioned by UK consumer protection body Chartered Trading Standards Institute, which found that of the 400 chargers purchased online, just three had sufficient insulation to protect against electric shocks in the most basic safety test performed. The CTSI urged consumers to buy only from reputable suppliers …

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04:03
How to Show the Virtual On-Screen Keyboard Viewer in...

Mac Geek Gab listener Bruce recently upgraded to Sierra and noticed that one of his favorite features, the Mac’s virtual on-screen keyboard, was missing. Thankfully, Apple hasn’t removed the Keyboard Viewer, it’s just hiding in a new location. Here’s how to access it!


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04:00
Thirty Days and no iPhone reboot

I’ve always been fascinated by how long computer equipment can run without needing to be rebooted. I current have one very old PC running Windows 2000 (circa 1999) that has not been rebooted in over 700 days or about two years that is doing some small tasks.

With my previous iPhone (6 Plus,128GB) the most I could go without restarting the iPhone was about 12 days. At that point my iPhone would start to showing anomalies, including being unable to even answer the phone. It almost always happened at 12 days.

The limit I had seen on my wife’s iPhone 6s Plus was 57 days, at which point there was an iOS update. I think much of the difference is how hard I push the phone and test new software, whereas she mainly just uses her phone, and many hours a day during work she does not even check it.

I now have the iPhone 7 Plus/ 256GB model and was interested in how long this iPhone could go without a reboot before any anomalies showed up. I figured with the 3GB of ram the...

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03:39
Fantastical 2.3.1

Adds support for the Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro. ($49.99 new, free update, 13.9 MB)

 

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03:30
Hot Deal! PDFpen 8 For Mac At 50% Off

Powerful annotation and markup tools

PDFpen 8 for Mac is one of the best apps on the market for editing, marking up, or even doing optical character recognition of PDF documents. Sure, Black Friday was a week ago, but we've got something that you'll want to pick up if you still have a few bucks available in your holiday budget -- PDFpen 8 for Mac for just $37 and PDFpen Pro 8 for Mac at only $62 -- both are half-off for a limited time only. 

The Pro version is especially versatile and powerful, with this list of incredible features: 

  • Convert websites to multi-page PDFs, complete with hyperlinks
  • Create & edit cross-platform fillable PDF forms
  • Create & edit table of contents
  • Create form fields automatically in a non-...
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03:07
Apple’s App Store switching from USD pricing to...

Apple has announced to developers that it is switching up its pricing strategy in eight countries over the next few weeks. Today, Apple sells apps in many regions with the prices shown as US Dollars irrespective of the local domestic currency. Later this month, the following App Store countries will now price apps in their local native currency; Egypt (Egyptian Pound), Kazakhstan (Kazakhstani Tenge), Malaysia (Malaysian Ringgit), Nigeria (Nigerian Naira), Pakistan (Pakistani Rupee), Philippines (Philippine Peso), Qatar (Qatari Riyal), Tanzania (Tanzanian Shilling) and Vietnam (Vietnamese Dong).

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01:11
Turn $1 Into an Augmented Reality Tour of the White...

Forget Pokémon. A really cool use for augmented reality on your iPhone is an animated 3D model of the White House, complete with an audio tour of its importance and history. The new app 1600, released this week by the White House Historical Association, uses AR to build a fully animated 3D model of the White House on a $1 bill while White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest narrates a miniature history lesson. Users can also tap on various parts of the model to reveal additional information and a few hidden secrets. Check it out now for free on the iOS and Android app stores.

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Thursday December 1

22:00
Apple to establish centralized distribution center...




According to a report published Friday, Apple is looking to consolidate its logistics operations in India, and thus gain more control over sales regional channels, by establishing a centralized distribution center in the country.

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21:39
Typinator 7.0

Major new release of the text-expansion tool enables creation of interactive forms and introduces subscriptions for sharing abbreviation sets. (€24.99 new, free update, 8.5 MB)

 

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21:25
Researchers bypass Apple's iOS Activation Lock...




Researchers in a pair of reports that surfaced this week claim to have successfully bypassed Apple's Activation Lock security feature using a heretofore unknown bug, potentially leaving iPad and iPhone devices open to attack.

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20:12
Apple said to be setting up distribution center in...

According to a report from the The Economic Times, Apple is planning to set up a distribution center in India. The move comes as Apple is working to establish a retail presence in the country and has faced challenges due to local regulations.

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18:49
Former 'League of Legends' developers...

Jesse Houston, Sean Bender and Robin Mayne founded Phoenix Labs in 2014 after leaving League of Legends studio Riot Games, and they staffed their independent venture with folks from the Mass Effect team and other mainstream franchises. Today, Phoenix...

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17:18
Apple dresses up stores with red logos, employees...




Apple on Thursday tinted red the iconic backlit logos installed outside brick-and-mortar stores around the world, continuing a long-standing tradition in support of World AIDS Day, which falls on Dec. 1.

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17:05
Apple Will Use Drones To Improve the Quality of...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Apple plans to use drones and new indoor navigation features to improve its Maps service and catch longtime leader Google (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternate link), according to people familiar with the matter. The Cupertino, California-based company is assembling a team of robotics and data-collection experts that will use drones to capture and update map information faster than its existing fleet of camera-and-sensor ladened minivans, one of the people said. Apple wants to fly drones around to do things like examine street signs, track changes to roads and monitor if areas are under construction, the person said. The data collected would be sent to Apple teams that rapidly update the Maps app to provide fresh information to users, the person added. Apple is also developing new features for Maps, including views inside buildings and improvements to car navigation, another person familiar with the efforts said. Apple...

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16:23
Popular utility BetterTouchTool adds support for...

One of the more popular utility apps for the Mac has always been BetterTouchTool. The utility gained popularity for bringing a variety of new options and power to the Mac’s trackpad and keyboard, and we’ve highlighted it several times in the past. Now, BetterTouchTool is adding supporting the new MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar.

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15:54
Apple’s Luca Maestri is the second highest paid CFO...

Apple’s Luca Maestri is the second highest paid chief financial officer n Silicon Valley, according to the Silicon Valley Business Journal. His total annual compensation is US$25.34 million with a base salary of $1 million. Annual compensation includes options, bonuses and other pay.

Maestri only trails Ruth Porat of Alphabet. She has a total compensation of $31.05 million with a base salary of $395,000.

Also in the top 10, in descending order, are: Jason Wheeler of Tesla Motors (compensation of $20.9 million with a base salary of $46,154), David Wehner of Facebook (compensation of $16.79 million with a base salary of $665,385), Ken Goldman of Yahoo )compensation of $14.95 million with a base salary of $600,000), John Rainey of PayPal (compensation of $10.68 million with a base salary of $212,500), Scott Schenkel of eBay (compensation of $9....

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15:45
Just Mobile’s AluCharge 4-Port USB-A Charger Falls...

Available in early December, the Just Mobile AluCharge is a four port. USB-A only charging hub. Made of solid aluminum, It outputs up to 31 watts and is designed to be world ready with the corresponding power plug. While it’s small and well made, it has some disadvantages compared to a notable competitor reviewed previously.


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15:38
The Apple Daily Report for Dec. 1, 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.

Two weeks after launching an iPhone 6s battery repair program, Apple has released a tool that allows iPhone 6s owners to check whether their device is affected by the problem. An updated page for the iPhone 6s program includes an option to enter a serial number to determine whether an iPhone 6s is eligible for a free battery replacement. prove its mapping service and ensure that it stays up to speed with Google.

An Indiegogo campaign that just got fully-funded has a particularly interesting-looking one which is specifically pitched at Apple’s new MacBook Pros –...

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15:36
Notable apps and app updates for Dec. 1, 2016

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

macOS Apps/Updates

Parallels has launched Parallels Toolbox 1.3 for Mac, an upgrade that adds five new utilities to the stand-alone application which was released in August, and its quarterly updates of new tools, is also included with subscriptions to Parallels Desktop for Mac. The five new utilities are:

  • Block Camera: Protect your privacy. Block or unblock all applications from accessing the built-in camera on a Mac in one click;
  • Eject Volumes: This allows users to eject all volumes, including external hard drives, memory cards, network volumes and mounted disk images with one click;
  • Launch: Users can configure the Launch tool to open any applications, folders, links, or other files, with just...
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14:55
Apple Offers 31 ‘Essential’ Movies from the 1990s...

Apple has a new iTunes promotion titled “Under $10 in HD: ’90s Essentials.” It includes movies like Clueless, The Matrix (the first one, only, thank you), Pulp FictionReservoir Dogs, Silence of the Lambs, Good Will Hunting, L.A. Confidential, Fight Club, American Beauty, and 22 others. Most are $7.99, and many are less than that.


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14:43
Docker, Canonical Team on Enterprise Support


Docker and Canonical on Wednesday announced a commercial agreement to integrate support for Docker Engine. The partnership gives Canonical customers a single path for support of the Ubuntu operating system and CS Docker Engine in enterprise Docker operations. It provides a streamlined operations and support experience for joint customers by splitting the service obligations in four ways. First, Docker will publish and update stable snap installation packages on Ubuntu, which will enable direct access to the Docker build for all Ubuntu users.

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14:34
macOS Sierra: Launching Apps from Unidentified...

macOS Sierra wants to keep you safe from apps that might not have your best interests at heart, say like, ransomware that locks you out of your files until you pay out a couple bitcoin. But what about the apps Sierra won’t let you launch that you know are safe? There’s a fix for that once you know where to look.


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14:09
Gadget Ogling: Smarter Slumber and Pod-Free Coffee


In a previous column, I revealed how terrible a sleeper I am. My mattress is old, and there's a sizable dent on my side of the bed. It's probably time to find a new mattress, so perhaps it's time to consider one that connects with the rest of my home. Eight's smart mattress gives you a little more incentive to get out of bed, as you can set up a string of IFTTT recipes to improve your morning routine. The mattress's IFTTT channel offers recipes, for instance, that can start brewing coffee when you hit the snooze button, or turn down your connected lights.

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13:10
CBS boosts All Access video streaming with live NFL...




CBS on Thursday announced a significant coup for its All Access video service, revealing that as of Dec. 4 subscribers will be able to stream the network's NFL games -- though smartphone owners will have to turn elsewhere.

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13:05
The Week in Mac Apps: Use your MacBook Pro's...

New Mac apps of the week

This week’s roundup of new Mac apps includes Rocket, a Touch Bar app that displays icons of your most-used apps. Plus, apps for staying organized, transferring your photos, keeping you focused on the tasks ahead, and much more. Read on!

Cascable

If you’re tired of dealing with memory cards, Cascable can help ease the pain by offering a convenient tool to move your photos from your camera to your Mac via Wi-Fi.

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12:35
The mysteries of the GPU in Apple's iPhone 7...

Users have praised the performance of Apple’s A10 Fusion chip in the iPhone 7, but its underlying graphics architecture may not be so new after all.

The GPU in the iPhone 7 uses a custom version of the PowerVR GT7600 GPU, which is based on the same graphics processor architecture as in last year’s iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, according to an analysis by The Linley Group, which specializes in semiconductors.

Apple has claimed that the A10 Fusion CPU is two times faster than its predecessor, the A9, and the GPU about 50 percent faster.

Benchmarking has revealed a mixed bag for A10 Fusion GPU’s performance, according to the analyst firm. Some benchmarks supported Apple’s GPU performance gain claims, and others fell way off. But the high levels of GPU performance are only temporary.

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12:19
iHeartRadio steps into on-demand streaming with...




Adding more competition to an already tough marketplace, iHeartRadio on Thursday released iOS and Android app updates allowing listeners to stream music on-demand with a paid subscription, thanks to a partnership with Napster.

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11:39
CBS adds NFL to ‘All Access’ streaming service, but...

CBS today announced a new deal with the NFL to bring its coverage of the league to its All Access streaming service available across a variety of devices including iPad, Apple TV, and the web.

Starting this weekend on December 4th, CBS All Access users will be able to view all of the network’s regular, preseason and postseason games going forward. But Verizon continues to have an exclusive on streaming NFL games, which means the new deal won’t open up the content to iPhone and other smartphone users.

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11:25
Amazon and Seagate partner up on new Duet 1TB Hard...

From 9to5Toys:

In an attempt to simplify data backup, Seagate has announced the new Duet 1TB Hard Drive that automatically syncs all of its contents to Amazon’s cloud service. This partnership ensures that data is easily transferrable on-the-go while also taking the guesswork out of backing up your files. Setup is quite simple: plug the hard drive into your Mac or PC, sign into Amazon’s service and apply the included promotional code to claim your year’s worth of cloud storage (a $60 value).

Seagate Duet uses a typical mechanical 1TB hard drive, so you can’t expect...

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11:10
Apple reportedly betting on drones and indoor data...

Apple has been working to dramatically improve its Maps app ever since it’s botched launch back in 2012. And it’s been successful: Maps is now packed with great features, thanks in part to Apple’s fleet of minivans capturing on-the-ground data. But it’s still not Google Maps, so Apple has a new plan.

According to Bloomberg, the company is reportedly planning to use drones to quickly update Maps with fresh data, like road conditions, street sign changes, and construction updates, and other information that car cameras would have difficulty photographing.

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11:02
Apple now takes your old Apple Watch for free...

After upgrading to the Apple Watch Series 2, people now have another option for what to do with their old smartwatches.

This week, Apple added the Apple Watch to the Apple Renew program, which aims to get people to send their old devices to be recycled properly free of charge. But Apple is not offering store credit or a gift card in exchange for sending in an old Watch.

Typically, customers who trade in iPhones, iPads, and Macs via Apple Renew receive a credit for the Apple Store. For example, recycling an iPhone 6s Plus with 128GB can get you a $300 gift card, and sending in a working MacBook is valued at about $450 in Apple Store credit. It seems that the Apple Watch trade-ins, like the iPod, don’t receive anything in return—well, except for the peace of mind that you’re helping out the environment.

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10:48
Give the Gift of Music… Apple Music

This week’s episode explores why Dr. Mac and his family love Apple Music so much and why it’s a great gift to give any music lover.


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10:30
New Apple tool lets iPhone 6s owners check for free...




People worried about whether their iPhone 6s qualifies for Apple's free battery replacement program can now check directly via the company's website.

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10:25
IK Multimedia Releases ‘MODO BASS’ Bass Guitar...

IK Multimedia has a stellar reputation as a company that “gets” musicians. So when they say they’re introducing the world’s first “physically modeled’ electric bass sythensizer, we’re all ears.


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10:12
Apple’s Tribes and Cloud Services – TMO Daily...

There is a long history of tribes discussing, analyzing and, yes, chastising Apple. That’s more true today than it ever has been… or is it? How much of the past reflects in the future? Those very same tribes often talk about Apple’s need to increase the amount of free iCloud storage provided to each user. Are they right? Join TDO today as John Martellaro, Adam Christianson and Dave Hamilton discuss!


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10:09
Apple Adds Online Form for Checking iPhone 6s...

Apple added an online form for checking your iPhone 6s eligibility for a battery replacement program. The program itself was announced in November, but it was initially up to customers to figure out if their serial number was eligible. The form allows owners to simply enter that serial number and be told if it’s eligible.


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09:45
HMD Global aims to reclaim Nokia's lost...




After Microsoft's throwing away of the Nokia brand name, a company has licensed the brand and is planning on tackling Samsung and Apple's on the smartphone field of battle after an initial wave of feature phones.

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09:32
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Luma Home Wi-Fi system $100...

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09:13
Flash Deal: $248 off Apple's new 13-inch...




For one day only, shoppers can snap up Apple's brand-new Late 2016 13" MacBook Pro (2.0GHz, 8GB, 256GB) in Space Gray bundled with AppleCare for just $1,499.99 ($248 off). On top of the instant cash savings, Adorama will not collect sales tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ -- and shipping is free. This is the lowest price we've seen to date on this model.

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09:03
Nokia is back

Nokia smartphones are poised for a comeback after former managers at the Finnish company licensed the handset brand from Microsoft and struck up partnerships with Google and phone manufacturer Foxconn.

I agree that Nokia had a strong brand at one time, but this will be a tough sell.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:55
Report: Apple will turn to drones to improve the...

Enlarge / A DJI Phantom 2 Vision+; Apple is said to be using drones from DJI, Aibotix, and others for its mapping project. (credit: Lee Hutchinson)

The Apple Maps experience today is dramatically better than it was when the product first launched with iOS 6 in 2012, but Apple is still looking for ways to improve its data collection and compete with Google Maps. According to a report from Bloomberg, the next stage in this effort is to use a fleet of drones from DJI, Aibotix, and others to look at street signs, track road construction, and examine other changes. It's not clear if these drones will replace or merely augment the data already being...

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08:45
Apple Music rival Spotify on verge of turning a...




Spotify, the world's biggest on-demand music service, could finally turn a profit in 2017, one of its board members said on Thursday.

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08:21
Hands-on with AT&T’s new DirecTV Now streaming...

This week AT&T officially launched its new DirecTV Now streaming TV service. Teased out in March and unveiled on Tuesday, DirecTV Now went live on Wednesday with access to up to 120+ live and on-demand channels on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and the web. So now that the new streaming service is here, how well does it actually work?

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08:16
Plex makes Media Player free to use for macOS, adds...




A highly-regarded media browser and playback tool, Plex Media Player, has exited subscriber-only status, and is now free for Mac users.

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07:30
News: Report: Fitbit to acquire Pebble

Fitbit is putting the final touches on a deal to acquire Pebble, according to a report from The Information (via TechCrunch). The original report indicates that Fitbit will be paying a “small amount” for the well-known smart watch maker, which has been struggling recently with a downturn in investments that forced it to cut its staff by 25 percent earlier this year. The Information also indicates that the deal is more about Fitbit acquiring…

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07:25
Sugar Coded Apps launches iMessage Sticker Pack...

Sugar Coded Apps has launched an iMessage Sticker Pack Christmas Promotion. The company now has 30 iMessage Sticker Packs and beginning on Dec. 1, they’ll be offering one selection for free in the App Store every day until Dec. 24.

The promotion is inspired by the Christmas countdown advent calendar concept and offers a way for iOS 10 users to either try out or load up their iPhone and iPad with iMessage stickers. Sugar Coded Apps has two active social media accounts with Twitter and Facebook and will announce each free selection daily on those outlets. Each iMessage Sticker Pack will be free for 24 hours.

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07:16
Quickly Close a New Safari Tab With a Swipe

Most Mac users know how to close a new Safari tab with the mouse or via a keyboard shortcut, but Mac Geek Gab listener Dale discovered a lesser known method via a swipe gesture. Here’s how it works.


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07:08
Apple scaling back iPhone 7 production as early...




Apple is cutting down on iPhone 7 orders from suppliers as the initial wave of consumer demand subsides, a report claimed on Thursday.

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06:58
News: Apple releases statement on iCloud Calendar...

Apple has issued a statement in response to a problem that many iCloud users — including members of our iLounge team — have experienced in recent weeks, with spam being sent via iCloud calendar invitations. Spammers have been exploiting the fact that iCloud calendar invitations are sent via a dedicated iCloud communications channel that, unlike email, doesn’t presently include any anti-spam filters. In a statement tweeted by Rene Ritchie,…

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06:50
News: Apple sending out drones to improve Maps data...

Apple is planning on sending out airborne drones in the U.S. to improve data for its Maps application, Bloomberg reports. The company is also developing indoor mapping features for public buildings such as airports and museums. Apple applied for an FAA exemption in late 2015 that would allow it to fly drones for commercial purposes, and received approval earlier this year. The company has reportedly been putting together robotics and data collection…

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06:47
HSBC expands Apple Pay functionality to Singapore,...




Adding to a day of expansion, HSBC has announced that cardholders in Singapore can begin using the Apple Pay mobile payment service effective Thursday.

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06:43
The blue ball machine

First, lower your volume. Then click the link and immerse yourself in the zen of the blue ball machine. Mesmerizing.

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06:36
Tim Cook USA Today interview, focus on Apple’s RED...

Marco della Cava, USA Today [WARNING: AutoPlay, Grrr]

Apple CEO Tim Cook rocks in his chair as he meets the question with an unyielding gaze.

“Of course corporations should have values, because people should have values,” says the soft-spoken tech leader, who has been vocal on a range of civic issues, from gay rights to privacy rules. “And corporations are just a bunch of people.”

Cook met with USA TODAY to discuss the company’s expanded corporate partnership with (RED), the 20-person organization founded by U2 singer Bono that has had an outsized impact on those suffering from HIV/AIDS by providing life-saving medicines.

This is a pretty interesting article, digging into both RED’s impact on HIV/AIDS sufferers and Apple’s position in the emerging political reality.

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06:28
Apple said to fly drones to improve maps data and...

Mark Gurman and Alan Levin, Bloomberg:

Apple Inc. plans to use drones and new indoor navigation features to improve its Maps service and catch longtime leader Google, according to people familiar with the matter.

The Cupertino, California-based company is assembling a team of robotics and data-collection experts that will use drones to capture and update map information faster than its existing fleet of camera-and-sensor ladened minivans, one of the people said.

Apple wants to fly drones around to do things like examine street signs, track changes to roads and monitor if areas are under construction, the person said. The data collected would be sent to Apple teams that rapidly update the Maps app to provide fresh information to users, the person added.

Apple is also developing new features for Maps, including views inside buildings and improvements to car navigation, another person familiar with the efforts said. The people asked not to be identified...

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06:24
IDC: tablet market to rebound in 2018

This could be good news for the iPad: worldwide tablet shipments are expected to decline by 12% in 2016, rounding out the year at 182.3 million shipments, according to a new forecast from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker. The research group expects the market to rebound in 2018 though growth will remain in the low single digits as detachable tablets slowly gain traction.

"The benefits of a thin and light design combined with a touchscreen are bolstering growth in the detachable tablet market, but are also bleeding over into the PC market as slim and convertible-type notebooks gain popularity," said Jitesh Ubrani, senior research analyst with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Device Trackers. "...

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06:20
Apple to Unleash a Fleet of Flying Drones to Improve...

Apple Maps has come a long way, but still trails Google in many areas. Apple is therefore preparing a fleet of flying drones to take to the skies in an effort to greatly increase the volume and accuracy of the company’s mapping data.


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06:20
What do you love & hate most about the 2016...

The 2016 MacBook Pro has certainly proven to be one of Apple’s more polarizing products, with split views on everything from the all-USB-C ports to the low-travel keyboard. There have been debates about the sleek form-factor versus battery life, and whether the Touch Bar is a genuinely useful innovation or a pointless gimmick – and of course much discussion about price.

I’ve of course been sharing my own thoughts, as have my colleagues, but now that many of you have finally received your shiny new machines, we thought it would be a good time to poll owners and refuseniks alike to see what you consider to be the new machine’s best and worst features …

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06:14
Apple patent filings involve the Apple Watch (...

Two patent filings at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office show that Apple is at least considering future Apple Watches with round displays. Patents number 20160351107 and 20160351098 are both for an “electronic device having a display with curved edges.” The goal: “provide improved displays such as circular displays or other displays with curved edges.”

Here’s a summary of the patents: “A display may have an array of pixels. The array of pixels may have a shape such as a circular shape or other shape with a curved edge. Display driver circuitry may supply data signals to the pixels using folded vertical data lines and bisected horizontal gate lines. Each folded vertical lines may have a first segment in a left half of the array and a second segment in a right half of the display. Curved coupling segments in an inactive area of the display may be used in joining the first and second segments. Display driver circuits may be provided in top and bottom portions of the...

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06:03
Fitbit may buy smartwatch maker Pebble

Fitness wristband maker Fitbit is said to be close to a deal to acquire smartwatch maker Pebble, mainly for its intellectual property.

Fitbit is aiming to acquire Pebble’s assets particularly the PebbleOS, which has a large number of apps running on it and can be paired with both Apple’s iOS and Android, The Financial Times said Wednesday, citing several people close to the negotiations.

It is not clear how much Fitibit will be paying for the company. Both Pebble and Fitbit did not respond to requests for comment on the rumored acquisition. The Information also reported on a likely acquisition.

Pebble, which gave the smartwatch market a fillip in 2012 with a campaign on the crowdfunding Kickstarter platform, has veered around to a greater focus on fitness and other devices like a cellular-connected clip called Core. Its Time 2 and Pebble 2 were unveiled this year, adding a heart-rate monitor to the watches.

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06:00
LifePower A2-L 27,000mAh Portable Power Outlets: $229

27,000mAh of power. That’s a crap tonne of power for a portable battery. That’s enough to charge your mobile devices and many laptops, too. We have a deal on the LifePower A2-L 27,000mAh Portable Power Outlet, with one AC outlet and one USB port, and 27,000mAh of power. It’s $229 through our deal.


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06:00
News: Daily Deal: pCloud Premium Cloud Storage,...

In our iLounge Deal for today, you can pick up a Lifetime subscription to pCloud Premium Cloud Storage for only $59.99. This secure web storage space will keep all of your photos, videos, music, documents and more safely tucked away and accessible in the cloud without needlessly taking up space on your devices. This package gives you 500GB of cloud storage and 500GB of download link traffic, secure 256-bit TLS/SSL connectivity, auto uploading of photos…

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05:57
Apple now accepting Apple Watch on trade-in site,...

Jordan Kahn, 9to5mac:

Earlier today Apple updated its website where customers can send in an old device for recycling to include the Apple Watch. That means that customers can now send their old Apple Watch to be responsibly recycled through the company’s Apple Renew program free of charge, but it’s not offering customers a gift card or any credit in exchange like it does with iPhones, iPads, and Macs.

Not sure what the secondary market is like for earlier Apple Watches, but seems to me it’d be much better to give your old Apple Watch to a friend who’s never experienced one. Reuse is a solid alternative to recycling, and living with an Apple Watch offers a better alternative to simply reading about one.

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05:53
Rumor: Apple will use drones to beef up its Maps app

Apple plans to use drones and new indoor navigation features to improve its Maps app, according to Bloomberg, quoting unnamed “people familiar with the matter.”

The Cupertino, California-based company is assembling a team of robotics and data-collection experts that will use drones to capture and update map information faster than its existing fleet of camera-and-sensor ladened minivans, the article adds. 

Apple’s drones will examine street signs, track changes to roads and monitor if areas are under construction, according to Bloomberg. The collected data would be used to provide fresh information to users of the iOS and macOS apps. Apple is also developing new features for Maps, including views inside buildings and improvements to car navigation, Bloomberg says, quoting yet “another person familiar with the...

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05:51
A look at some USB-C hubs

Have a USB-C based Mac? Considering a possible purchase? If so, you’ll likely want a USB-C hub, a cheaper solution than the dongles a hub will replace.

Cody Lee, writing for iDownloadBlog takes a look at a number of USB-C hubs he recommends. Take a look.

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05:49
The Thunderbolt 3-equipped MacBook Pro can use...




One of the most frequent complaints about the new MacBook Pro is the relatively weak GPU as compared to some found on the Windows side. Some progress has been made very recently by independent developers, allowing the adventurous who aren't afraid to spend a few dollars to build and connect an external GPU to a Thunderbolt 3 Mac.

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05:48
Aqua and Bondi: The road to OS X and the computer...

New book from Stephen Hackett. It’s an 80 page look at a critical time for Apple, a time that saw Bondi Blue, Tangerine, and Flower Power iMacs and the birth of a brand new operating system.

Aqua and Bondi is an 80-page examination of these products. In it, I look at what went so wrong inside Apple in the 90s, talk about the software strategies that came and went over the years and, of course, the iMac.

I’ve been working on this project since the fall, and am excited to say today that the book is for sale today on the iBooks Store or as a PDF. Both versions are just $3.99.

Here’s a link to the iBook store version of the book.

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05:44
Apple Pay comes to Spain

Apple has debuted Apple Pay in Spain. According to Apple's regional website, Apple Pay in Spain will initially support cards from partner institutions Banco Santander, Carrefour, Ticket Restaurant and American Express. As with past international introductions, Apple Pay partner Mastercard is opening up its vast payments network for the Spanish debut.

Apple Pay is currently available in 13 countries: Australia, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and USA. 

Apple Pay works with the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE and Apple Watch. When paying within apps, Apple Pay is compatible with the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 4 and iPad Pro. It’s also macOS Sierra compatible.

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05:44
Apple to use drones, indoor navigation data to...




Apple is preparing to use drones, indoor mapping, and better car navigation to improve its Maps apps for iOS and macOS, a report said on Thursday.

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05:39
Crowdfunding campaign aims to create the perfect...

While I’m sad to lose MagSafe, one benefit of using USB-C for power is that you can connect just about any external battery-pack to your MacBook or 2016 MacBook Pro if you need a boost to get through the day. An Indiegogo campaign which just got fully-funded has a particularly interesting-looking one which is specifically pitched at Apple’s laptops – starting at $149.

The Line Dock takes the form of an aluminum base unit designed to sit directly underneath your Mac. Available in 12-, 13- and 15-inch sizes to match the dimensions of Apple’s machines, it offers roughly 15 hours of additional battery-life. And for those mourning the loss of ports, it also offers 3 x USB 3.0 sockets alongside...

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05:39
Apple’s official response to the iCloud Calendar...

Over the past week or so, a wave of spam calendar invites has been hitting many iCloud calendar users.

Rene Ritchie, iMore, posted this official Apple message:

We are sorry that some of our users are receiving spam calendar invitations. We are actively working to address this issue by identifying and blocking suspicious senders and spam in the invites being sent.

The same article also offers a workaround to the problem.

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05:39
DirecTV Now launch rocky with early adopters having...




Wednesday saw the launch of AT&T's DirecTV Now internet TV service, but the first day of operation was allegedly anything but smooth.

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05:37
Apple looking into iCloud Calendar spam problem

Been getting some strange invites for your iCloud Calendar? You’re not alone, and Apple has released a statement, saying it is working to address the issue by identifying and blocking suspicious invite senders. 

Apple acknowledged the issue in a brief statement to iMore's Rene Ritchie, who shared the response via Twitter. It reads: "We are sorry that some of our users are receiving spam calendar invitations. We are actively working to address this issue by identifying and blocking suspicious senders and spam in the invites being sent.”

Since iCloud calendar invites are sent to an iCloud calendar automatically by default, I’m not sure how Apple will deal with the issue. But at least the company is working on it.

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05:28
NetMarketShare: macOS market share is up, iOS is...

According to the latest market share survey from NetMarketShare, the market share for macOS rose, but that for iOS dipped again in November.

According to the report, among desktop operating systems, macOS had 6.74% of the global market share in November, up from 6.43% percent in October (that’s global market share; in the US it’s over 13%). April 2016’s 9.2% was an all-time high, according to NetMarketShare’s measurements. Windows remains dominant with 90.95% as of November.

iOS had 25.71% of the mobile operating system market share in November, down from 27.78% in October. This compares to 68.67% for Android, 1.75% for Windows Phone, and 1.57% for Java ME. The all-time high for iOS was in July 2012 with 65.94%.

NetMarketShares’ monthly surveys don’t measure market share in terms of computer systems sold. Instead they sample data from visitors to some 40,000 web sites operated by their clients. And note...

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05:26
Plex Media Player is Now Free for Everyone

You all know that we love Plex around here, and yesterday the company announced that its new Plex Media Player app for Mac and Windows, which had previously been limited to paying “Plex Pass” customers, is now free for everyone! Even better, the latest version of the app now supports both a “10-foot” interface for navigating with a remote as well as the Plex “Web” interface for more intimate use with mouse and keyboard. Check out the announcement at the Plex Blog and download your copy of Plex Media Player for macOS.

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05:15
Apparent email from Tim Cook to customer points...

This one’s from the big man himself.

As many customers anxiously await the release of Apple’s wireless AirPods, which were originally slated to launch in October but later delayed, an email from CEO Tim Cook to a customer may provide the most insight as to when to expect the product.

The customer offered the following comment in his email to Cook:

“Give us a release date. I really bought in to the wireless vision you painted. Now I’m stuck waiting with my EarPods but can’t charge my 7 at the same time which I need to do at work. Let us know if it’s a month or 6 months, because then I’ll just buy some other wireless headphones.”

Cook replied with the following:

“Thanks for your note. Sorry for the delay—we are finalizing...

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05:06
¡Buenas noticias! Apple Pay Now Available in Spain

Apple today rolled out Apple Pay in Spain, partnering with select credit card issuers and retailers to bring its secure mobile payment service to customers. Spain is the 13th country to support the service as Apple continues its steady Apple Pay expansion.


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05:00
Netflix 9.0.1 for iOS released, adds offline viewing...

After months of rumors, Netflix has added an offline viewing feature to its application, as seen in the newly released Netflix 9.0.1 app for iOS.

According to Netflix, “many favorite streaming series and movies are already available for download, with more on the way.” Some of the content that’s ready to download includes Orange Is The New Black, Narcos and The Crown.

Users can snag content from a new “Available for Download” category within the app. When the option is available for an episode or movie, tap the download button like in the image below.

You can also distinguish between standard and high quality downloads, which affect the space occupied by the download.

There’s currently no word as to when an offline feature will be released for the desktop...

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04:39
Report: Apple developing indoor mapping features,...

Apple is looking to continue expansion of Apple Maps with new indoor location mapping features for 2017, such as airport and museum navigation, according to a new Bloomberg story. The company is also working on new turn-by-turn features, including improved directions to switch lanes whilst driving.

Perhaps most interestingly, the report says Apple plans to deploy a fleet of flying drones to help with data collection efforts for Apple Maps. The drones would be able to analyze street signs, track the status of roadworks and more. Apple does not plan to release a drone as a consumer item to compete with products like the Parrot Drone; the fleet would be for its own private business uses.

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04:30
Tor users warned to update after critical Firefox...

Anyone using Tor to browse the web anonymously is being advised to update their browser immediately after a critical bug was discovered that allows an attacker to de-anonymize users. The vulnerability exists in Firefox, on which the Tor browser is based.

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04:00
Apple Pay launches in Spain with Banco Santander as...

Apple Pay has officially launched in Spain, as predicted in a report yesterday. The service is now available to customers of Banco Santander, with support for both debit and credit cards, alongside cards issued by Amex, Carrefour and Ticket Restaurant.

Apple lists 27 retail partners on its website, but with excellent support for contactless payments in the country, Santander said that Apple Pay can be used in around 75% of Spanish stores. It can also be used for online purchases on a range of websites …

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04:00
This Mujjo for the iPhone 7 Plus is a great case,...

The Mujjo Leather Case for iPhone 7 Plus, approximately $40, is a “wallet case” for the iPhone. It’s a gorgeous case, but not a very practical wallet, at least for me.

First, let’s examine at its strengths. Made out of high-quality, vegetable tanned leather, it looks great out of the box, and should acquire a striking patina over time as constant use helps break it in. The Leather Case is equipped with Mujjo’s Moulded Edge Technology, a polycarbonate solution that toughens the edges of the case and helps it to withstand the wear and tear caused by friction against jeans pockets. 

Whether you can comfortable place an iPhone 7 Plus in your pockets is another matter. It fits okay in the lower pockets of my cargo pants, but is simply too big to fit comfortable in my blue jeans pockets. 

As you’d expect, the openings of the Mujjo Leather Case expose the volume rockers and...

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