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Thursday December 8

12:05
Every US Taxpayer Has Effectively Paid Apple At...

An anonymous reader shares an ArsTechnica report: Apple has received at least $6 per American taxpayer over the last five years in the form of interest payments on billions' worth of United States Treasury bonds, according to a report by Bloomberg. Citing Apple's regulatory filings and unnamed sources, the business publication found "the Treasury Department paid Apple at least $600 million and possibly much more over the past five years in the form of interest." By taking advantage of a provision in the American tax code, Bloomberg says that Apple has "stashed much of its foreign earnings -- tax-free -- right here in the US, in part by purchasing government bonds." As The Wall Street Journal reported in September, American companies are believed to be holding approximately $2 trillion in cash overseas that is shielded from US taxes. Under American law, companies must pay a 35-percent corporate tax rate on global profits when that money is brought home -- so there is an incentive to...

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12:04
Team AWT Update

Team AWT members -- just wanted to let you know that we'll be back to our usual programming in the next week. What I found early in my trip is that the internet service on the ship was slow -- not just slow, but so slow that doing things like uploading a podcast was impossible. 

Fortunately, the time off has given me a lot of inspiration for special things to add to the Team AWT program to help build our membership. Expect to see some changes to the program in early 2016! 

 

 

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12:00
Twitch gamers will stream from the White House next...

A host of popular Twitch streamers will emerge from their poster-walled bedrooms next week to give President Obama a masterclass in clutch plays. On Monday, December 12th, Monster-guzzling gaming celebs will huddle around screens at the president's W...

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11:52
Apple gives employees a closer look at finishing...




With contractors working to finish Apple's new Campus 2 headquarters in time for an early 2017 grand opening, the company has given employees a peek inside the efforts with a series of new photos.

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11:45
Sony’s affordable aftermarket CarPlay display is now...

Sony announced back in August that it was entering the CarPlay display scene with its $499 6.4-inch XAV-AX100 receiver, and starting today you can buy the sleek aftermarket screen for yourself.

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11:40
The NSA has been listening to in-flight cell phone...

By now, we're all well aware of how good the NSA is at spying on people's communications. But it's still a little surprising to learn that the NSA and the British Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ) were able to listen in on people's in-flig...

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11:35
∞ Unboxing the 2016 ‘Shot on iPhone’ Apple World...

I hate unboxing videos but this one is kinda cool.

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11:30
Apple names its picks for best apps of the year

The best of the best

On Tuesday, the App Store editors announced 2016’s best apps and games for iOS devices, alongside popular music, TV, and movie picks from Apple Music and the iTunes Store. Looks like 2016 was quite the year for Apple entertainment. Did your favorite apps and games make the list? Here’s the full rundown.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:22
Hulu is finally rolling out individual streaming...

Sharing a streaming service account is convenient, but it also runs the risk of jacking up your queued shows and movies or those important recommendations. To help keep your personal list in order, Hulu is rolling out profiles for its subscribers. Th...

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11:09
Apple argues ban on iPhone 6 in China should be...

Tech giant Apple argued in a Beijing court on Wednesday that its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus mobile designs do not copy a Chinese product and should be allowed to be sold on the Chinese mainland.

There was no verdict announced, but they argued the case in court for 8 hours.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:00
Mozilla helped build a gallery-style exhibit on data...

For a few moments after stepping in from the cold, it was easy to forget I wasn't in a ritzy SoHo holiday pop-up shop. The room was stark white. Cheerful staffers huddled around display tables in matching hoodies. It wasn't until I spotted a set of t...

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10:58
Apple shows enormity of rapidly progressing Campus 2...

Apple this week shared photos of its under construction Campus 2 with employees, including some of the first interior shots of the building that is now nearing completion. The photos don’t appear to be meant for public consumption, but were published today by French blog macgeneration.

As part of the memo to employees, Apple reportedly said that around 5200 people are currently working the site.  The photos, which are some of the first of the building’s interior, shows the enormity of the structure from a ground-level perspective.

One shot shows work on a “Caffè Macs” location, Apple’s company cafeteria, that is housed in the main spaceship-shaped building:

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10:55
Apple CEO Tim Cook delivering MIT commencement...




Apple CEO Tim Cook has agreed to deliver the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's 2017 commencement address to graduates of the class of 2017 on Friday, June 9.

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10:53
Hulu introduces profiles to create personalized...

Hulu has announced today the official roll out of profiles to their 12 million subscribers. Profiles will allow multiple viewers to share a single Hulu account, while creating personalized experiences for each. The move to personalized profiles comes after their decision to move away from free TV episode offerings and focus on a subscription centric model.

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10:50
Smarthome Automation for the Holidays – TMO Daily...

The holidays are a great time for showing off your smarthome skills, so Kelly Guimont and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share some tips. They talk about Siri, Amazon Echo, IFTTT, and more.


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10:42
Adobe Lightroom updated for iOS, macOS; brings one-...




Adobe has issued an update to the macOS and iOS versions of Lightroom, adding one-handed editing features for the iPhone, with similar changes coming to the Mac and iPad in a later revision.

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10:41
Facebook was dominated by the presidential election...

As the year winds down, companies like Twitter, YouTube and others have made a habit of reminding us of all the stories that dominated the conversation over the last 12 months. Facebook does the same and today the social network revealed the most pop...

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10:37
Spotify will not acquire SoundCloud

The digital music marriage that many wanted to happen isn’t happening after all. Spotify has given up on its latest effort to buy SoundCloud following months of talks between the two, according to a source at Spotify who is familiar with discussions.

I never understood the appeal of this deal for Spotify.

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10:34
Tim Cook to deliver MIT class of 2017 commencement...

Tim Cook is no stranger to delivering commencement addresses, and this June the Apple CEO will head to Cambridge to oversee the MIT class of 2017 graduation. The research university shared the announcement today:

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10:33
Spotify drops efforts to buy SoundCloud in prep for...




Apple's chief rival in on-demand music, Spotify, has backed away from trying to buy another important player in the space, SoundCloud, according to a report.

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10:28
9 startups Apple bought in 2016, and what they do

Always interesting to track these and see if they lead to anything directly.

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10:20
Killing children in 'What Remains of Edith...

Young Calvin Finch sits on a swing perched atop a steep seaside cliff while the afternoon sun warms the waves, grass and trees. Calvin's left leg is in a cast, but he easily swings his feet back and forth, pushing higher and higher over the cliffside...

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10:04
13-inch Touch Bar MacBook Pro gets just over 8 hours...

I tested my MacBook Pro using a stringent version of Apple’s own iTunes movie playback test that the company uses in its official battery tests. I found that under more stringent conditions, the 13-inch MacBook Pro will last a hair over 8 hours, but likely less in more realistic scenarios.

Have a look at the test results in our hands-on video, along with a walkthrough on how to perform an accurate iTunes movie playback test on your MacBook Pro.

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10:00
The 'Ocarina of Time' soundtrack is coming...

In The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, music had a pretty big role. For instance, all it took to summon a rainstorm or change the time of day was playing a few notes on an the titular musical instrument. And now you can get in line to buy those ico...

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09:42
Killer Deals: Save up to $550 on pre-orders for...




Prices on Apple products are steadily rising as the holiday shopping season begins to wind down. But there's still time for shoppers to save between $250 and $550 on pre-orders for Apple's high-end 15" MacBook Pros with Touch Bar and AppleCare by combining our exclusive coupon codes with the benefit of no sales tax on out-of-state orders.

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09:35
HTC launches its own VR app and game studio for Vive

HTC spun its Vive VR business into a subsidiary back in June and today the company announced it's launching its own studio for VR app and game development. The appropriately named Vive Studios will release games that are developed in-house and by oth...

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09:29
9to5Toys Lunch Break: DODOcase iPhone accessories 20...

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09:24
Apple adds ChargePoint EV stations & app links...




ChargePoint -- claiming to run the world's biggest network of EV charging stations -- on Thursday announced its addition to Apple Maps, letting Mac and iOS device owners quickly find a station if their electric car is beginning to run low.

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09:10
Facebook's Year in Review for 2016 isn't...

In November, John Oliver “called it early,” declaring 2016 a truly terrible year. On Thursday, Facebook pretty much backed up that claim, releasing its Year in Review that reveals the most-discussed topics around the world on the social network.

Facebook put together its year in review by ranking the most frequently mentioned topics in Facebook posts between January 1 and November 27. That data was then analyzed (and anonymized) to get a sense of the year’s most discussed issues in 2016.

It probably comes as no surprise that with just a few exceptions, the list includes one controversial and sad topic after another. Topping off the chart is the U.S. Presidential Election. Regardless of which candidate you were pulling for, almost everyone was glad to see this year’s overly long, overly divisive campaign drift into the...

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08:59
Adobe Lightroom for iOS gains improved editing...

Adobe has released an updated version of Lightroom for iOS that delivers a new editing interface, an info screen that lets you add copyright info and more, plus a new pro mode with an improved capture interface.

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08:47
Review: Three weeks working from the 15-inch MacBook...

The new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar has been out for a few weeks so you’ve probably seen the early reviews and know all the initial takes. The USB ports changed, the Touch Bar may be gimmicky, and some pros are feeling left out.

My own machine (base 15-inch with upgraded 1TB SSD) arrived three weeks ago as my new work computer, giving me plenty of real-world use with it. My main observation from time spent using the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is that early impressions don’t necessarily last.

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08:41
DIY booze dispensers

These are pretty cool.

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08:33
Find Everything You Want to Read on NPR’s Book...

Staying on top of all the great books coming out is pretty hard, which is why we’re glad when NPR’s Book Concierge list comes out each year. The 2016 list is out with more than 300 titles worth checking out. The book suggestions are divided into categories such as Biography & Memoir, Eye-Opening Reads, Kids Books, Funny Stuff, and more. Be sure to check out Staff Picks for a great go-to list of book suggestions. Each title includes iBooks and Amazon, local library, and independent book store links so you don’t have to go hunting. Links to previous Book Concierge lists are there, too, in case you want even more suggestions.


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08:33
∞ “How to stop procrastinating” free video course

This is a great idea. I’ll watch it later.

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08:14
Sprint, Starbucks now featured as in-game locations...




Hot on the heels of Niantic teasing the addition of more creatures to capture, the Pokemon Go developer has announced deals with both Starbucks and Sprint, making stores from both companies in-game features.

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08:02
Apple’s Single Sign-on Adds ABC, Disney Support

Apple TV’s single sign-on feature went public yesterday with several channels on board, and today Watch Disney and Watch ABC are joining the list. Single sign-on lets users enter their cable and satellite credentials once instead of individually for each channel.


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08:00
How the 404 error created the World Wide Web

I didn’t realize the number 404 actually stood for something.

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07:55
Apple in talks with the NHL to put the iPad at...

In early 2016, Apple struck a deal to put the iPad Pro in dugouts throughout Major League Baseball. Now, Apple wants to put the iPad on ice—no, not like that. TSN, Canada’s version of ESPN, is reporting that Apple and the National Hockey League are in “late-stage negotiations” to bring the iPad to the league’s 30 teams—31 by 2017.

One aim behind the deal is to equalize the use of technology for each team. An unnamed source told TSN that currently, the more affluent teams have iPads for use in their facilities, while others don’t. The deal is “about having a consistent platform that every team can use in every rink,” the source said.

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07:45
Samsung aims to beat Apple with edge-to-edge display...




Potentially beating Apple to the punch in some regards, Samsung's next flagship -- the Galaxy S8 -- will allegedly have an edge-to-edge, bezel-free display in all forms, and omit a physical home button in favor of a "virtual" one embedded in the glass.

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07:45
Apple Maps now lists ChargePoint EV stations, links...

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. The official integration not only means that ChargePoint’s network of charging stations will now be visible as EV Charger badges within Apple Maps, allowing users to tap through to get more info on the station, but users can also initiate charging and complete payment from a link in Apple Maps to the ChargePoint app. 

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07:43
External Link: Smartwatch Pioneer Pebble Sinks to...

Pebble, a pioneer in the smartwatch space, has been purchased by fitness-tracking company Fitbit, and will no longer function as an independent entity. As a result, Pebble is “no longer promoting, manufacturing, or selling any devices.” The company says that Pebble devices will continue to work normally, but functionality may be reduced in the future. Pebble is no longer accepting orders and warranty support has ended. If you have products on order from Pebble, you will receive an automatic refund. We’re sad to see Pebble go, but it seems likely that Pebble’s fate was sealed once Apple and Google entered the smartwatch market.

 

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07:40
Satirical Bloomberg piece imagines Foxconn’s...

A satirical Bloomberg column imagines how Foxconn’s chairman Terry Gou might respond to Trump’s plan to force Apple to make its products in America.

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07:39
TSMC seeks space in Taiwan to build next-generation...




Apple chip manufacturing partner TSMC is in the early stages of planning a $15.7 billion microchip fabrication plant, in an effort to glean more business from from Apple and other companies needing advanced chip designs.

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07:25
Best Buy vs. the Apple Store

The irony of this web site’s name is not lost on me. This is a lot of noise that brings to mind Yogi Berra: “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.”

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07:23
Happy Hour Podcast 097 | Red iPhone rumors, Tim Cook...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss the new red iPhone rumor, iPhone 6s shutdowns, single sign-on launching, Apple Music and Apple Pay numbers, Apple Watch sales, and more MacBook Pro with Touch Bar impressions. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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07:23
Pantone’s color of the year

Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:22
A chat with Shigeru Miyamoto on the eve of Super...

Arguably one of the most influential figures in the history of gaming, this is a big moment for Shigeru Miyamoto and Nintendo. From the Verge interview:

“Super Mario Run is going to introduce millions of more people to the fun of Mario, and it’ll become the entry point for them,” Miyamoto explains. “And then the question becomes, once you’ve gone through that entry point, then what comes next? Is it a more traditional Mario experience? Is it something like the Mario Galaxy games? We’ll then have to look at what it is these new fans want from a Mario game, and we’ll continue to see Mario evolve in that way.”

Nintendo is exploring some new paths (Investment in Pokemon Go, Nintendo Switch, and porting Mario to iOS), all of which seem to be working very well.

Looking forward to next Thursday’s rollout of Super Mario Run and, in March, to the Nintendo Switch and the open world version of The Legend of Zelda.

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07:11
An oral history of ‘Get a Mac,’ Part 2
07:03
Moody’s report suggests more than Trump’s tax...

Analysts from Moody’s Investors Service are weighing in on President-elect Donald Trump’s proposal for a one-time tax holiday for U.S. companies including Apple to bring back overseas cash. In the report via MarketWatch, Moody’s suggests there could be a positive short-term impact from the potential one-time tax cut, but that deeper tax reform is needed to see long-term results.

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07:00
The Week in Mac apps: Organize your email with Spark...

New Mac apps of the week

This week’s roundup of new Mac apps includes an update from Spark, Readdle’s awesome email client. Plus, Fantastical just got a bit more... fantastical, and more apps continue to get Touch Bar support. Read on!

Artistry Photo Pro: Studio FX & Effects Editor 2.0

Turn even the dullest photo into a great shot with It’s About Time Products’s $20 Artistry, a great utility that comes with a vast selection of adjustments and filters.

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06:53
AppYogi launches Wifi Signal Strength Status for the...

AppYogi Software has introduced Wifi Signal Strength Status 1.0, its new utility developed exclusively for macOS. The app prominently displays the wireless signal strength with network name, "neat icon" or "percentage" on the menu bar. 

Wifi Signal Strength Status lets users know and monitor wireless signal strength at all times with RSSI, Noise, Transmit Rate, Channel details and more. The app also allows the user to see their public IP with Mac address on the Menu Bar.

Wifi Signal Strength Status requires macOS 10.10 or later. It costs US$4.99 and is available worldwide exclusively at the Mac App Store.

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06:41
Goldwind and Apple team up in joint clean energy...

Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology, the world’s largest wind power turbine maker, has struck a joint venture agreement with Apple to supply clean energy to the company’s production partners in China, reports the South China Morning Post.

The Urumqi, Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region-based firm’s wholly-owned subsidiary Beijing Tianrun New Energy Investment has agreed to transfer its 30 per cent stakes in four project companies to Apple, Goldwind said in a filing to Hong Kong’s stock exchange after the stock market closed on Wednesday. The firms are located in Henan, Shandong, Shanxi and Yunnan provinces.

“Apple is committed to powering all of its facilities around the world with 100 per cent renewable energy, and is now working with its suppliers to power Apple’s product manufacturing with renewable energy,” Goldwind said....

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06:39
Super Mario Run Demo in Apple’s Stores Today

Super Mario Run launches next week on December 15, but you can try it out in Apple’s retail stores now. A demo version is running on iPhones and iPads in the stores starting Thursday morning so you can get a sneak peek before it hits the App Store. Nintendo made the announcement on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and he got to play a level on the show. Super Mario Run is the first mobile game to feature Mario. It’ll cost US$9.99 and you can sign up on the App Store to be notified when it’s available.


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06:34
News: Apple offering hands-on demos of Super Mario...

In advance of Nintendo’s Dec. 15 iOS release of Super Mario Run, Apple is now offering playable demos of the game on display iPhone and iPad units in Apple retail stores. Nintendo has also been promoting the title, with an appearance by Nintendo U.S. head Reggie Fils-Aimé on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night, who led a TV demo and allowed Fallon to run through a level of the game....

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06:25
Apple signs deal with wind turbine maker Goldwind to...




Apple has entered into a joint venture with wind turbine maker Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology -- better known as Goldwind -- that should help bring more clean energy to its Chinese suppliers.

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06:24
Patent report: vehicle collision avoidance system,...

We know that Apple has sent a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) acknowledging that it is working on self-driving cars. Its timing could be impeccable. Now the company has filed for a patent for an autonomous vehicle collision avoidance system.

Patent number 20160358485 is for “collision avoidance of arbitrary polygonal obstacles.” In the patent filing Apple the goal is to generate a steering force to dodge obstacles every time one is close enough to block the passage. Steering behaviors help autonomous agents move in a realistic manner, by using simple forces that are combined to produce improvisational navigation around the agent's environment, the company adds. 

Here’s the summary of the patent: “In general, collision avoidance techniques are disclosed that operate even...

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06:23
∞ Jimmy Fallon plays Super Mario Run and Zelda:...

This was delightful, infectiously fun. Turns out, Jimmy Fallon is pretty good at this game. Great marketing for both Super Mario Run and the Nintendo Switch, which they showed off midway through the video, with Jimmy getting a chance to explore the open world of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on the Switch.

I love that they had Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto in the audience to watch. My favorite part of the show was Miyamoto playing the Super Mario theme with the Roots. [VIDEO and links in main Loop post]

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06:05
A decade later, ad team behind iconic 'Get a...




Stars John Hodgman, Justin Long and the ad team responsible for Apple's 'Mac vs. PC' campaign -- launched in conjunction with the Intel Mac -- recently got together and talked about the evolution of the concept, other celebrity ad campaigns proposed and scuttled, and the difficulties of working with perfectionist Steve Jobs.

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06:02
∞ Super Mario Run teaser trailer

Run!!! (Video embedded in main Loop post)

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06:00
∞ Nintendo’s official Super Mario Run gameplay video

[VIDEO]: Nintendo’s Super Mario Run will debut one week from today, an iOS exclusive at least through the end of the year.

Interested in the gameplay? The video embedded in the main Loop post will take you through the highlights. To me, this feels like a Nintendo game worth of Super Mario. The fit and finish is just what you’d expect, the sound effects spot on.

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06:00
SKEYE Nano 2 First-Person View (FPV) Drone: $99

I love drones—we have a deal on a tiny one for you today, the SKEYE Nano 2 First-Person View Drone. It has adjustable gyro sensitivity and 6-axis flight control system, making it easy to control. You can use a controller or your iPhone (or Android device) to control it. It will also record real-time, first-person view video in HD. It’s $99 through our deal. Check out the details on the deal listing.


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06:00
News: Daily Deal: SKEYE Nano 2 First-Person View (...

In our iLounge Deal for today, we’re offering the SKEYE Nano 2 FPV Drone for only $99 — that’s 23% off the regular price. This shockingly agile and tiny flying machine allows you to perform cool airborne stunts like figure eights, banking turns, flips, and more, both indoors and out, and the HD, Wi-Fi controlled camera lets you record incredible real-time first-person video. Further, the on-board Wi-Fi means you can use your iPhone or…

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05:59
Apple adds ABC and Disney to its Single Sign-on...

Apple has added ABC and Disney to its Single Sign-on feature in tvOS 10.1 and iOS 10.2, reports The Verge. 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.

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

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05:51
Apple asks Beijing court to lift a ban on the iPhone...

Apple argued in a Beijing court on Wednesday that its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus mobile designs don’t copy a Chinese product and should be allowed to be sold on the Chinese mainland, reports China Daily.

In May the Beijing Intellectual Property Office halted sales of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, reasoning that the Apple smartphonesls infringed the design patent of a Chinese cell phone model produced by Shenzhen Baili Marketing Service Co. The iPhone was too similar to Shenzhen’s 100C phone (pictured), according to the Beijing Intellectual Property Office.

Yang Pu, Apple's attorney, said during the hearing at the Beijing Intellectual Property Court that the design of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has 13 differences compared with the 100C. "Average consumers can distinguish them easily,” he said.

Interestingly, Shenzhen apparently is no longer operating...

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05:42
The National Hockey League and Apple are reportedly...

The National Hockey League has informed teams that it’s seriously negotiating a a partnership with Apple that could see iPads and other technology become commonplace on team benches, reports TSN, quoting three unnamed “sources familiar with the matter.”

The article adds that the NHL has been in talks for “several years” with Apple and Microsoft, but that the talks with Apple have accelerated after similar talks between the company and the National Basketball Association didn’t pan out. 

The NHL had sought at least $5 million per year from Apple, but the technology company has a long-standing resistance to paying for sponsorships, according to TSN. The hockey organization wants to build on a model employed by the National Football League, which convinced companies like Motorola and Bose to pay millions of dollars so that team coaches and other...

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05:35
Apple VP Jennifer Bailey talks about Apple Pay,...

Apple VP Jennifer Bailey got onstage at the Code Commerce Series and spoke, interview style, about the current status of Apple Pay.

If you have even the slightest interest in Apple Pay, this is worth watching. Jennifer is well spoken, really knows her stuff, and offers some projections on where Apple Pay is going. For example, she proposed that in 2017, two thirds of the top 100 retailers will accept Apple Pay.

A few years ago, I wrote about Craig Federighi being a natural presence on stage. He’s confident, self effacing, well-spoken, and passionate. He does a terrific job representing Apple.

To me, Jennifer Bailey has that same personality. I think she’d be great on stage at an Apple event. She certainly breathes life into Apple Pay discussions.

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05:34
Bluetooth 5 officially adopted; look for products in...

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) officially adopted Bluetooth 5 as the latest version of the Bluetooth core specification this week. Key updates to Bluetooth 5 include longer range, faster speed, and larger broadcast message capacity, as well as improved interoperability and coexistence with other wireless technologies. 

Bluetooth 5 continues to advance the Internet of Things (IoT) experience by enabling “simple and effortless” interactions across the vast range of connected devices, according to the SIG. Key feature updates include four times range, two times speed, and eight times broadcast message capacity. 

Longer range powers whole home and building coverage, for more robust and reliable connections.Higher speed enables more responsive, high-performance devices. Increased broadcast message size increases the data sent for improved and more context relevant solutions.

Bluetooth 5 also includes updates that help reduce potential interference with...

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05:21
Americans are paying Apple millions to shelter...

I’m not a fan of the article’s title, but it is definitely an interesting read. At its core:

Taking advantage of an exemption tucked into America’s Byzantine tax code, Apple stashed much of its foreign earnings—tax-free—right here in the U.S., in part by purchasing government bonds, according to people with direct knowledge of the matter. In return, the Treasury Department paid Apple at least $600 million and possibly much more over the past five years in the form of interest, a Bloomberg review of its regulatory filings shows.

And:

Blaming U.S. companies for following the tax code, however complex or flawed, is misguided, says Richard Lane, a senior analyst at Moody’s Investors Service.

“If these companies don’t need the money in the U.S., there’s no incentive to give Uncle Sam” that money in taxes, he said. “What sane chief financial officer, who’s doing their fiduciary duties to shareholders, would pay money to some entity for no good reason? If there...

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05:15
Bluetooth 5 spec officially approved, will offer...

The Bluetooth protocol is about to get a nifty upgrade.

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group today announced that the Bluetooth 5 standard has been officially adopted, which means manufacturers are now able to build it into their devices.

Compared to existing Bluetooth 4.2 protocol, Bluetooth 5 offers four times the range, two times the speed, and eight times the broadcast message capacity, bringing whole home coverage and more reliable connections between connected devices.

With the debut of Bluetooth 5, SIG’s Bluetooth naming convention will drop all references to version and point number going forward, simplifying marketing.

Bluetooth 5 devices will be available within the next two to six months, indicating...

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05:00
Rumor: Apple in negotiations with movie studios to...

You might be able to snag movies that are currently in theaters as well as pre-order them months ahead of time via iTunes.

Apple is apparently in negotiations with movie studios to allow customer to rent movies at home for a premium shortly after they hit theaters.

The deal is apparently focused on allowing Apple to offer home rentals for new movies two weeks after they’re released in theaters. Currently, most new movies are available for renting on iTunes after a short period of only being available for purchase.

21st Century Fox, Warner Brothers and Universal Pictures all confirmed over the past week that they are looking to offer high-priced, home-video rentals of new movies shortly after they open in theaters.

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04:53
TSMC looks beyond iPhone 8’s 10nm chips as it plans...

TSMC may have won the exclusive contract to produce the A10 chip in the iPhone 7 and be on track to do the same for the A11 chip for next year’s iPhone, but the company isn’t taking future business for granted. Nikkei Asian Review reports that the company is already planning to build a new plant to create 5nm and 3nm chips to help win future Apple business …

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04:47
Super Mario Run demo stations installed in Apple...




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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04:30
HiRise Duet is a great peripheral for owners of both...

I’ve always appreciated the HiRise line of products, but Twelve South has kicked things up a notch (pun intended) with the HiRise Duet. The latest iteration of the charging stand/dock powers your iPhone and Apple Watch simultaneously. This saves some desktop real estate and eliminates a bit of cord clutter.

I use my iPhone 7 Plus and Apple Watch Series 2 with the HiRise Duet. This means only one power outlet has to be connected. The charging stand has an integrated Lightning connector and a Watch Charging Disk, so does double duty. The HiRise Duet works with most iPhone cases and sleeves attached to the smartphone — although if you have a really thick case, it could be a problem.

It also works with the Apple Watch in NightStand Mode, which makes it convenient for beside use. (When you use Nightstand mode, your Apple Watch displays the date and time, along with the remaining charge. If you...

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04:00
Apple files patent for autonomous vehicle collision...




In one of the first pieces of documentation proving Apple's investigation into autonomous vehicles, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published a patent application describing a basic collision avoidance system that could one day serve as the underpinnings of a self-driving car telemetry solution.

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04:00
Mineral Database for macOS is a useful reference tool

By Aaron Lee

Mineral Database is a Mac app from Tasa Graphics Arts that provides a useful reference for students, educators, professionals, or anyone interested in minerals.

You can search for minerals by selecting physical properties, optical properties, Dana number, Dana class, or many other classification and occurrence criteria. Or you can browse the mineral photo galleries. You can also search for color, hardness, and streak in field and classroom uses.

You can use the app as a companion to a polarizing light microscope by searching for birefringence or refractive index. With Mineral Database, you can dentify your unknown mineral through use of any or all 54 search criteria. The comprehensive search feature allows mineral identification by using known physical properties (such as color, streak, luster etc.) or crystal and optical properties. Or, you can visually search the hand sample photos and photomicrographs using the pop-up image...

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03:58
Following MLB deal, Apple said to be close to NHL...

Sports side TSN is reporting that Apple is close to reaching agreement with the National Hockey League for all teams to use iPads rather than Microsoft’s Surface tablets. This follows a multi-year deal agreed with Major League Baseball earlier this year.

The National Hockey League has informed teams that it is in late-stage negotiations to strike a partnership with Apple that could see the company’s iPads and other technology become commonplace on team benches.

The NHL had been in extended talks with both Microsoft and Apple over whose tablets would be used by teams, but an NHL source suggested that it is now almost certain that the iPad will be chosen …

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03:33
Apple patent filings reveal work on folding iPhone...




A pair of Apple inventions published Thursday prove solid evidence of rumored internal projects that grabbed headlines this week, including a folding iPhone with wraparound display and object avoidance technology applicable to autonomous like robots.

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03:28
Try Super Mario Run in Apple Stores today, game...

Nintendo’s upcoming mobile title for iPhone and iPad, Super Mario Run, is launching next week and it seems both Apple and Nintendo are doing what they can to make it a success. The game launches publicly next week on December 15.

If you are anxious to try the game ahead of its release, a demo is playable from today at Apple Stores; Super Mario Run has been installed on the iPhone and iPad units at Apple retail locations.

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03:10
Oral History of ‘Get a Mac’ with Justin Long, John...

Campaign US has put together a wonderful oral history of Apple’s “Get a Mac” ad campaign. Listen, it’s delightful. It’s wonderful. Justin Long (Mac) and John Hodgman (PC) talk about their roles, and the creative team from TBWA\Chiat\Day talk about putting it together. Bryan Chaffin explains.


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00:30
NASA starts testing more fuel efficient jet engine...

A group of engineers have developed a new jet engine tech that can improve planes' fuel efficiency by four to eight percent, and NASA has begun testing it out. They created a new type of engine propulsor -- composed of the fan and a part called the i...

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00:00
BBC tests 4K iPlayer with 'Planet Earth II'

For four glorious minutes, Brits will be able to watch Planet Earth II in 4K. The broadcaster is releasing some "experimental footage" in the ultra HD resolution today, which viewers can watch until "early next year" on a small number of Panasonic TV...

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Wednesday December 7

23:55
Apple asks Beijing court to lift iPhone 6 sales ban...




Apple on Wednesday appeared in Chinese court to defend its iPhone 6 from patent infringement charges leveled by now insolvent tech firm Shenzhen Baili, arguing that the Beijing Intellectual Property Office defied legal convention in its decision to ban sales of the device.

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23:21
Fans set to launch new classic World of Warcraft...

At the end of August, Blizzard released Legion, the sixth expansion for its long-standing fantasy MMO World of Warcraft. One contingent of the game's fans probably didn't buy it: The 800,000-strong players who maintained an expansion-free "vanilla" v...

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22:14
Doctors can now sift bacteria from your blood using...

Sepsis, or blood poisoning, is no joke. More than half the people who contract the condition end up in the morgue. The conventional treatment involve the liberal application of antibiotics at the first sign of infection, though as we discovered on an...

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21:52
Nintendo Switch makes its live TV debut on 'The...

After you check out our discussion with Nintendo's president Reggie Fils-Aime, you can get a good look at the new Switch console in operation () on the Tonight Show stage. Reggie and host Jimmy Fallon played the yet-to-be-released console, taking a t...

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21:30
'Super Mario Run' is just as much fun as...

It's no stretch to say that Super Mario Run (launching December 15th for iOS; an Android version will arrive next year) is one of the most notable mobile games in years. It's Nintendo's first real smartphone game and one of the only instances in whic...

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21:30
Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime explains why it...

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has garnered a reputation for being a larger-than-life character, whether he's onstage presenting his company's latest or getting ready for a one-on-one interview. He's playing Super Mario Run on an iPad...

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20:59
Bluetooth 5 now available to device manufacturers,...

Earlier this year, it was announced that Bluetooth 5 would be the new wireless standard, replacing Bluetooth 4.2 and now, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group has officially adopted the platform and made it available to manufacturers to use in devices…

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20:38
Cancer consumes fat to feed its metastatic march in...

Stopping cancer in its tracks may be easier than we thought and possible without debilitating rounds of chemo and radiation therapies. All we have to do is take away its energy source. Researchers at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine at the B...

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20:34
Panic updates popular Coda text editing app with...

Panic today announced that it is releasing a new version of its popular Coda coding app that brings support for the new MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar, as well as a variety of other improvements…

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19:43
The first season of Telltale's 'Batman...

Just a year after it was announced, the first season of developer Telltale Games' Batman series is drawing to a close. Its final episode "City of Light" will makes its debut on December 13th on Android, iOS, PC, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, Xbox...

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19:00
Windows 10 is coming to Qualcomm's Snapdragon...

Microsoft's first attempt at bringing Windows to ARM-powered machines was, shall we say, not a good idea. But perhaps the second time's the charm. Microsoft and Qualcomm just announced that Windows 10 is coming to the next generation of Snapdragon mo...

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19:00
Microsoft has big plans for VR and AR in 2017

Ever since Microsoft announced earlier this year that it would be opening up its Windows Holographic platform to other device makers, the company has been an intriguing presence in the world of virtual and augmented reality (or "mixed reality," as it...

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18:49
Living with Apple’s Touch Bar, the Reverse Toaster...

Bryan Chaffin quizzes Jeff Gamet about living with Apple’s new TouchBar on his MacBook Pro. They also discuss whether or not the so-called Reverse ToasterFridge could be the future of Apple’s hardware. Listener comments have been pouring in, too.


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18:35
New York lawsuit aims to apply the Second Amendment...

The Firearms Policy Foundation and Matthew Avitabile are suing New York state over a regulation that outlaws the possession of electronic weapons including stun guns and Tasers. Avitabile happens to be the mayor of Middleburgh, New York, and he wants...

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17:53
NASA's Cassini spacecraft sent photos of Saturn...

As Cassini winds down its 20-year mission to Saturn, the spacecraft will maneuver into a series of weeklong orbits, allowing it to get a closer look at the planet's famous rings as it flies by. Although there are still a few days before Cassini graze...

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17:42
Bluetooth SIG adopts Bluetooth 5 with 4X speed and...




The Bluetooth Special Interest Group officially ratified the Bluetooth 5 standard on Wednesday, meaning Apple's next iPhone and iPad models could boast wireless accessory connectivity up to four times faster than the current specification at double the range.

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17:25
Apple Is In Talks With Hollywood For Early Access To...

Apple is talking with Hollywood studios to try and get iTunes rentals of movies that are still playing on the big screen. According to a report from Bloomberg, "some studio executives have been pushing to allow home rentals as early as two weeks after theatrical debuts and are considering a deal with iTunes as one option." Bloomberg reports: The most recent talks are part of longer-running efforts by Cupertino, California-based Apple to get new movies sooner, two of the people said. Such an arrangement could help iTunes stand out in a crowded online market for movies, TV shows and music. While the iTunes store helped Apple build a dominant role in music retailing, the company hasn't carved out a similar role in music and video streaming. Hollywood studios typically give theaters exclusive rights to new movies for 90 days or more before issuing them on DVD or making them available for online purchase. One of the concerns about iTunes is whether it will be a secure platform for...

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17:22
Play music from Spotify straight to Sonos

We’ve teamed up with Sonos to make it easier than ever to keep the music going strong. Now Spotify Premium users can control their Sonos straight from the Spotify app using Spotify Connect. Use all the features you love about Spotify: the curation, discovery, and sharing and hear it all throughout your home in crystal clear sound. You can also access the multiroom power of the Sonos home sound system directly in the Spotify app. We’ve brought out the best of both worlds to give you the smartest and most seamless home sound system yet.

This is huge. I love Sonos, but using their app is a real pain.

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17:14
Apple, NHL negotiating to get iPads behind the bench

The National Hockey League has informed teams that it is in late-stage negotiations to strike a partnership with Apple that could see the company’s iPads and other technology become commonplace on team benches, TSN has learned.

I have noticed lately that there are screens behind the benches during Bruins games, but I’m not sure what they are. I believe they are just monitors for the coaches to look at replays.

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