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Monday November 28

12:12
How to disable calendar invite spam on your iPhone,...

An apparently huge number of iOS and macOS users received calendar invite spam starting late last week. If you began seeing an invitation to an event in your calendar listings for Ugg Boots, Ray-Ban sunglasses, and other products, it’s because spammers took advantage of a long-available feature in iCloud that extracts invites from email and presents them as notifications in calendar apps.

The ones I received were set as a repeating event, making the invitation show up on every day of my calendar. Some users started receiving this spam weeks ago, but the distribution accelerated only around November 23 or 24. I’ve found scattered references as far back as August.

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12:01
Some MacBook Pro, MacBook Air & Mac mini models...

Apple will add certain MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac mini models to its list of vintage and obsolete products starting next month, which means the products will lose official Apple repair support through the company’s retail stores and authorized resellers.

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11:34
First wave of Apple holiday email advertising hits,...




As part of its holiday promotions, Apple is advertising deals for musicians and music lovers, with similarly curated emails coming for other interests soon.

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11:28
Uber's self-driving car partner skirted state...

Remember how Otto demonstrated a self-driving big rig truck without anyone in the cabin, making a great case for its eventual acquisition by Uber? It turns out that the company knowingly broke the rules, according to Backchannel... but also didn't ha...

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11:15
Secrets: A free secure password manager for Mac and...

Secrets is now Free on the App Store! Secrets is a simple, secure password manager for Mac and iOS. It leverages industry standard encryption algorithms to provide secure storage and macOS and iOS native features to facilitate automatic filling of logins in the browser.

Version 2.0 is the culmination of months of testing in the real world. Bugs have been squashed, important features have been added and polish has been applied throughout. With this new version you can use Secrets and all of its features for Free with up to 10 items.

Download it now on the App Store or the Mac App Store...

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11:00
Pros and cons: Our quick verdict on Google Home

It was only a matter of time before Google came out with something to compete with the Amazon Echo: After all, Google too has deep experience with both voice commands and search. Indeed, one of the things we like best about the new Google Home hub is...

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10:54
Review: JBL Under Armour Sport Wireless Heart Rate...

{image1} To JBL’s credit, the UA HR is full-featured and comes with a nice complement of accessories. Included in the box are a perfectly sized silicone carrying case, four sizes of ear tips, a charging cable, and a voucher for a 12-month subscription to MapMyRun. In addition, the headphones can work with Under Armour’s free (but very busy) Record app, which can track your sleep, nutrition, workouts, weight, mood, and fitness goals, and post it…

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10:50
50 blogging tools to help you work smarter, write...

I don’t know about irresistible but there are several tools on this list that some of you may be able to use to help your blogging in the New Year.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:47
Podcast 535: So long to AirPort?

There’s plenty to be thankful for in the Mac world, even if the rumor about Apple getting out of the AirPort game turns out to be true. Apple is lowering the rates for streaming video apps, which should help flesh out the TV.app we’re anticipating this December.

But it wouldn’t be a podcast if we didn’t find things to complain about, or freaky security stories. This week has both, from a tale of Safari malware to iCloud syncing call history on the sly, to a proof-of-concept hack that’s basically the dongle of death.

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10:41
Apple rolling out iOS 10.2 beta 4 for developer...

Apple is rolling out the fourth developer beta version of iOS 10.2 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. iOS 10.2 includes several upcoming features like new Unicode 9.0 emoji, three new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus wallpapers, a new TV app, additional camera features, new Messages screen effects, and more.

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10:40
Apple rolling out fourth watchOS 3.1.1 developer...

Apple is rolling out the fourth watchOS 3.1.1 beta for developers testing the pre-release software update for Apple Watch. watchOS 3.1.1 includes support for new Unicode 9.0 emoji as well as the ability to change skin tones when picking certain emoji characters.

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10:37
Amazon goes a step further to battle counterfeit...

Amazon is getting even more serious about preventing the sale of counterfeit goods on its site. According to Bloomberg, the online retail giant is organizing teams in the US and Europe that will work with major brands to establish a registry of reco...

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10:33
Apple issues fourth developer betas of iOS 10.2,...




Apple on Monday provided registered developers with new pre-release builds of three to test on three its four major platforms: iOS, macOS, and watchOS.

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10:27
News: Apple releases fourth betas of iOS 10.2,...

Apple has seeded the fourth betas of iOS 10.2 and watchOS 3.1.1 to developers today. It’s now likely that iOS 10.2 will get its full public release soon, possibly next week. We’ll update with any noteworthy findings from the betas....

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10:22
Apple releases macOS 10.12.2 beta 4 for developers

Apple has released macOS 10.12.2 beta 4 for Mac. The new update follows the initial macOS 10.12.2 beta at the end of October and multiple additional builds since. Today’s build comes in at version 16C53a, up from 16C48b, and is available from the Mac App Store.

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10:19
How AI Could End Stupid Thanksgiving Arguments


I'm writing this before Thanksgiving, which I used to hate and now don't -- largely because I no longer spend the day arguing with family. I've been listening to a lot of friends and relatives dread this year's event because of political discussions that are likely to occur. I have no doubt that both sides will use fake news, quotes taken out of context, and false facts to make their points to the annoyance of those of us who just want to have a nice big meal and then drop into a food coma for a few happy hours afterward.

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10:16
Netflix's 'White Rabbit Project'...

White Rabbit Project isn't an official continuation of the Mythbusters franchise, but it's pretty darn close. The show stars former Mythbusters members Kari Byron, Tory Belleci and Grant Imahara, and it's set to premiere on Netflix on December 9th. T...

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09:54
9to5Toys Lunch Break: up to $200 off 12-inch MacBook...


Well, the day has finally arrived. Just about all of the most notable Black Friday deals are now live. Head below for the best deals of the year on Apple products, TVs, media streamers, displays, games, accessories and much more:

TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

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

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09:53
News: WSJ: Apple weighing cost of OLED iPhone,...

Apple is asking suppliers to scale up their production of OLED displays and submit samples for a curved-screen iPhone that could debut next year, The Wall Street Journal reports. But people familiar with the discussions said the OLED iPhone is far from a done deal, claiming the model is just one of more than 10 prototypes under consideration, and that there are growing concerns that the cost of the new screen might outweigh the benefits. Analysts…

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09:53
Diamonds convert nuclear waste into clean batteries

Nuclear waste is normally a major environmental headache, but it could soon be a source of clean energy. Scientists have developed a method of turning that waste into batteries using diamond. If you encapsulate short-range radioactive material in a h...

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09:33
Spigen’s new ultimate iPhone car mount w/ telescopic...

Spigen’s new ultimate AP12T universal car mount features a super low-profile design with a telescopic arm and a rotating phone mount to let you adjust your device in just about any direction. You can adjust the length of the arm to extend out up to 9.2 inches from the base, or keep it more compact at 5 inches when retracted, and you can tilt and rotate the phone itself to get an ideal viewing angle for your specific car’s dash. You can see it in action in the video below. 

The phone will also rotate to work into both landscape and portrait orientations, and it folds down into itself to have the lowest-profile possible and reduce any obstruction to your view of the road while driving. A self adjusting smartphone holder means the mount will automatically open and lock to the width of your phone for easy one-handed docking. It will attach to both a windshield or dash (except for leather...

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09:30
The 12 best tech gifts for the entertainer in your...

You know the type: Someone who loves throwing parties. In fact, you will probably partake of egg nog and sugar cookies in their home before the season is up. So why not get them something that helps them do what they do best: entertain. If your frien...

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09:28
‘Waning demand for the iPhone’ seems to be a myth

Despite concerns about waning demand for the Phone, the device is still the must-have holiday gift, analyst Gene Munster told CNBC on Monday.

The Piper Jaffray managing director said on "Squawk Box" that a survey of 1,000 consumers conducted by his firm's retail team over the past month showed the iPhone was even more sought after this year, as Cyber Monday gets underway with Black Friday and the long Thanksgiving shopping weekend in the rearview mirror.

"The percentage of people who wanted an iPhone [was 7.2%]. That was the No. 1 requested gift. It was [5.2%] in 2015," Munster said, referring to the findings of Piper Jaffray's fifth annual Holiday Spending Intentions Survey.

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09:20
Apple's Next iPhone Could Have a Curved Screen...

Apple's 2017 iPhone lineup might include a model with a curved screen similar to Samsung's Edge devices, according to people familiar with the matter who spoke with the Wall Street Journal (paywalled). Apple's suppliers told the paper that they were asked to "increase output of thinner organic light emitting displays and submit prototype screens with better resolution than ones from Samsung." From a report on The Verge (since WSJ is paywalled): But with that in mind, the company is also reportedly considering more than 10 prototypes, so a curved display might not make it to market. We've heard this rumor before when it was coupled with the idea that at least one of Apple's new phones would include an OLED display.


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09:11
Sling TV to start beta-testing cloud DVR functions...




Starting sometime in December, Dish-owned Sling TV will begin beta-testing cloud DVR functions, closing an important gap with its main competitor in internet TV, Sony's PlayStation Vue.

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09:11
WSJ: OLED screens could be coming to the next iPhone

Enlarge / The OLED-toting Google Pixel (left) next to the iPhone 7 Plus' LCD panel. (credit: Ron Amadeo)

The iPhone 7 is just a couple of months old, which means that we are due for a fresh round of rumors about next year's model. Today The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple is testing out "more than 10" different prototypes—presumably this includes not just next year's phone, but prototypes for phones beyond that as well as some that will never see the light of day—and that at least one of those prototypes includes a...

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09:00
3-Hour Deal: Apple's 9.7-inch iPad Pro (128GB,...




For the next few hours only, or until supplies run out, Apple authorized reseller B&H Photo is offering the lowest price we've ever seen on Apple's brand new 9.7" iPad Pro (128GB, Wi-Fi + 4G LTE, Rose Gold) at $629 with free shipping an no sales tax outside NY.

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09:00
The best space heater

By Séamus Bellamy

This post was done in partnership with The Sweethome, a buyer's guide to the best homewares. When readers choose to buy The Sweethome's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its...

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08:52
Castro podcast player app adds CarPlay, iOS 10...

Castro, an inbox-based podcast player for iPhone, today released a major update (version 2.2) with a handful of new features. Along with a 20% price cut, the update headlines the addition of CarPlay, a new widget for the iOS 10 lock screen, 3D Touch Quick Actions, and more.

Get Castro for $3.99 in the App Store, but note it is only available for iPhone — there is no iPad or Mac counterpart. Here’s a look at what’s new in the latest update …

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08:29
Latest Apple headquarters drone video depicts carbon...




While a company move-in date has not yet been established, the latest drone flight footage from the construction site shows a near-complete solar installation on several structures including the main headquarters, and depicts the largest carbon fiber roof in the world on the auditorium.

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07:59
Anti-drone gun takes down targets from 1.2 miles away

There are numerous systems built to take down wayward or dangerous drones, but they tend to have one big catch: you need to be relatively close to the drone, which could be scary if the robotic aircraft is packing explosives. DroneShield thinks it c...

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07:44
Workflow 1.6 for iOS adds features and redesign to...




Workflow's new 1.6 release continues the app's increasing list of capabilities and makes visual refinements to its most-used tools, and is aiming to attract people who are new to automation. AppleInsider examines the new version in detail.

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07:42
Rumor: Apple testing out more than 10 different...

The next-gen iPhone prototypes are here.

And they are both varied.

A number of sources have claimed Apple will launch its first iPhone with a curved OLED display next year.

A new report claims an OLED version could be introduced as one of several new iPhone models unveiled next year, but it would have a higher price tag than current iPhone models.

OLED displays are thinner, lighter, and allow for flexible designs, but can also retail for up to $50 more expensive to produce than traditional LCD displays.

The advantage comes in that OLED displays can be more energy efficient than LCD displays and do not require a backlight to illuminate the screen. When displaying black pixels, OLED displays are completely...

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07:27
Sling TV debuts cloud DVR to combat PlayStation Vue

While Dish's Sling TV impressed us as a streaming television alternative for cord cutters (and it's gotten even better over time), rival service PlayStation Vue has had one major advantage from the start: cloud DVR. But that won't last for long. Slin...

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07:24
∞ 1977 ad for the Apple II computer

[VIDEO]: Interesting that this ad was not put out by Apple. Does this qualify as the very first Apple TV ad?

This has been out for quite a while, but new to me, thought you’d enjoy it. Might want to turn down your volume first.

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07:20
∞ Apple Campus 2, latest drone footage

[VIDEO]: First things first, as you can see from the video (via 9to5mac), things are getting close to completion. In a month or so, we’ll start to see employees moving into this space.

Interestingly, this video was posted by Sexton Videography, unlike all the previous flyovers we’ve been posting, which were by Matthew Roberts. Could be Matthew Roberts posting under a new name, but the feel, especially of the titles, makes me think this is a competing effort. Add in the fact that Matthew typically posts on the first of each month and this popped up a few days ago.

The more the merrier?

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07:20
The Mac App Store Is Full of Scams

Over the years, Apple may have improved security, filters, and screening process of apps for its Mac's App Store, but even today things the quality of fraudulent apps continue to not only seep through its gatekeepers, but often times outnumber the good apps. How To Geek did some investigation over this and published the findings yesterday in a story titled, "Don't Be Fooled: The Mac App Store Is Full of Scams". It didn't take long for the publication to find scam apps on Apple's marquee app store for Mac computers. A search for "Microsoft Excel", for instance, returns "Office Bundle" made by a third-party. The app offers templates -- and just that -- for $30. Same is the case with any Office suite application. This might not seem as a real problem to many, but as How to Geek points out, there is one more problem: almost all these apps have icons and title names that are similar to those of Microsoft's, and Apple has had no issues with that. From the article: Let's be blunt: these...

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07:08
∞ Amazon’s Fire TV Stick 2, a hole in Apple’s TV...

From Joe Steel’s review of Amazon’s Fire TV Stick 2:

Amazon currently has the 2nd generation Fire TV Stick on sale for $29.99, that’s $10 off the normal price, and an unbeatable bargain.

Read the main Loop post to learn more and see why this is a real hole in the Apple TV product line.

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07:00
AI can create videos of the future

Loads of devices can preserve moments on camera, but what if you could capture situations that were about to happen? It's not as far-fetched as you might think. MIT CSAIL researchers have crafted a deep learning algorithm that can create videos showi...

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06:58
WaterField Designs unveils Staad Attache for new...

WaterField Designs’ Staad Attache for the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is now available.

"The Staad Attache for tablets and laptops is designed for professionals who want a bag more formal than a messenger but more edgy than a briefcase," says WaterField Designs oowner Gary Waterfield. 

A customized internal pocket protects the 15-inch MacBook Pro with dense foam on all sides and is covered by a scratch-free liner. Two interior pockets keep accessories within reach. The Staad's slim main compartment features a gold liner enabling users to quickly spot individual contents. A large front pocket opens on two sides with sleek waterproof zippers and includes a scratch-free interior pocket for the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus.

A black ballistic or waxed canvas base sports a full-grain, distressed leather flap. A clip developed by the military — once used to instantly access ammunition — opens the bag with a "quick flick." A...

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06:56
CNN buys Casey Neistat's Beme video-sharing app...




CNN has reportedly acquired Beme, the video-sharing app co-founded by YouTube celebrity Casey Neistat -- with plans to turn it into a much bigger project.

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06:56
How to check if your iPhone 6s is eligible for Apple...

When Apple announced an iPhone 6s battery replacement program last week, identifying select models that might be eligible for a free repair due to unexpected shutdowns, it only specified manufacturing dates for potentially affected devices. It recommended customers take a trip to an Apple store or authorized reseller if they are experiencing issues to check if they are eligible for a repair. But there’s a quick and easy way to check if your device is eligible at home, using the same process that Apple repair staff will be using in stores…

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06:49
Apple prototyping hi-res curved-screen model as...

A report in the WSJ backs an earlier suggestion that Apple may be planning a hi-res curved-screen iPhone next year, possibly as a new top tier handset known as an iPhone Pro. The company is said to have gotten as far as prototyping the new device.

We’ve been hearing rumors for some time now of a third iPhone tier next year. The majority of these reports suggest that the top-tier model will be distinguished by an OLED screen while the two other models remain for now on IPS LCD – but we have heard one previous credible report of a curved-screen model …

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06:49
New bezel-less 10.9-inch iPad said to be same...




New reports circulating about an iPad refresh in 2016 point to a 3m thicker 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and bezel-less 10.9-inch iPad with the same thickness as last generation's 9.7-inch model, eschewing Apple's normal drive for thinner products as they evolve.

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06:49
CNN snaps up Casey Neistat's video sharing app...

In the hopes of bringing in a younger audience, CNN has acquired the social video sharing app Beme, which was most notably the brainchild of YouTube star Casey Neistat. Beme, which let you quickly shoot and upload four-second videos, will be shut dow...

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06:38
News: Rumor: iPad Pro to ditch bezels, making 10.9”...

Apple’s next iPad Pro release will feature a mostly bezel-less 10.9” model that’s the same size as the current 9.7” version, according to Macotakara. An “informed source in Taiwan” said that bezel will remain in the top portion of the device—where the FaceTime camera is located—but will be eliminated along the sides and the bottom, displacing the home button entirely. The source said the new tablet will…

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06:36
Apple’s iPad maintains its tablet leadership in...

According to figures published by International Data Corporation (IDC), 8.2 million tablets were shipped into Western Europe in the third quarter of 2016 (3Q16), for a 6.7% decline year-over-year (YoY). The main trends in the quarter were the ongoing expansion of detachables (IDC considers the iPad Pro a detachable) and the penetration of tablets in the commercial segment.

Detachables posted a solid 48.4% increase YoY, while the commercial segment grew 13.1% YoY. Detachable devices, especially those targeting the commercial segment, are normally positioned at higher price bands, due to the specification requirements in the space. As a result, the number of devices in the over-€600 price band in Western Europe grew 66.7% YoY, accounting for 10.6% of the total tablet market in 3Q16. The total value of the market grew 4.8% YoY to €2.5 billion, despite the overall market unit decrease.

"The increasing penetration of detachables, particularly in the commercial space, is...

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06:28
Uber's app no longer works in China

Uber has parted ways with its Chinese subsidiary, which is going to prove problematic for tourists looking to hail a ride in the Middle Kingdom. As part of the deal that saw Uber China merge with Didi Chuxing, the global Uber app has been disentangle...

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06:21
iPads and MacBook Airs among the most popular items...

Adobe reports that the most popular items sold online during Black Friday (Nov. 25) included iPads, MacBook Airs, Lego A/S building sets, Razor electric scooters, flying drones, Mattel Barbie dolls, and Samsung 4K television sets. U.S. consumers spent a record US$3.3 billion online the day after Thanksgiving.

The five top selling electronic products on Black Friday were iPads, Samsung 4k TVs, MacBook Airs, LG TVs and Microsoft Xbox. Mobile is driving the majority of visits to retail websites on Black Friday at 55% (45 percent coming from smartphones, 10% from tablets), while accounting for 36% of sales (25% smartphones, 11% tablets). The average order value (AOV) on iOS smartphones ($142) was higher compared to Android smartphones ($130). 

Adobe’s Black Friday report is based on aggregated and anonymous data from 22.6...

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06:20
Jason Snell: All the Ways I Automate

Jason Snell, writing for iMore:

Scripting and automation have been in the conversation lately, owing to Apple’s reported disbanding of the macOS team responsible for them and the departure of scripting advocate Sal Soghoian from the company last month.

They sounds like arcane, abstract concepts. And to be sure, scripting and automation are the sort of feature that’s used by more like 5% of users rather than 50%. But in pondering Apple’s possible shift in automation strategy, I began to consider all the ways I use it in my working life.

It’s amazing how many opportunities there are to add automation to your day-to-day workflow. I use Keyboard Maestro for most of my automation, typically creating a hot key that launches an application, or wrapping a specific sequence of clicks/drags/typing into a macro I can launch with a single hot key.

Read the article, even if you don’t think about automation. The post is well written, relatively short, and does a great...

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06:14
Apple asks OLED suppliers to increase output in...




Apple is said to be exploring more than 10 potential prototype models in anticipation of next year's 10th anniversary of the iPhone, with the company eyeing an OLED-display curved "iPhone 8" for launch in 2017.

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06:12
WiFi Mesh Systems

Dave Hamilton, writing for The Mac Observer, explains the basics of WiFi Mesh Systems and compares three popular solutions.

If you manage a network (even a home network) with a lot of devices, this is worth reading.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:09
Rumor: the iPhone 8 will have a camera capable of 3D...

Apple and LG are reportedly working on a camera capable of 3D imaging (think 3D photography) for the iPhone 8 series, according to the International Business Times. The article adds that Apple has “roped in” LinX, which it acquired in April 2015 for camera development for about US$20 million.

In 2014, LinX said it had "successfully developed" miniature multi-aperture cameras designed for mobile devices. The camera modules are nearly half the height of a standard mobile camera and are capable of "creating stunning color images and high accuracy depth maps," the company claimed.

The LinX cameras are purportedly artifact-free, even when objects appear at very short range. During the registration process between the images, the LinX software extracts depth information for each pixel and creates a depth map. The software...

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06:05
iOS 10.1.1 Is Causing Battery Issues For Many iPhone...

An anonymous reader writes: A recent iOS update to 10.1.1 fix Apple's Health application has had unintended consequences for many users -- shutdown at 30% battery remaining and lack of audio using Apple Earpods. Users on an Apple forum report that the battery indicator jumps from 30% to 1% (dubbed the 30% bug) and a reboot is required where the phone then runs for a few more hours. Some have taken the iPhone back to receive a replacement only to find the same thing happens. Apple has not responded to the 11 pages of forum complaints but apparently, Genius Bar staff have identified unusual discharging of the battery -- which does not make sense if a reboot temporarily fixes the issue and returns the battery indicator to 30%. It also appears to affect all versions of iPhone that support iOS 10.x.


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06:04
Indonesian minister details potential Jakarta Apple...




Supplementing its efforts in Indonesia, Apple appears to be on the cusp of setting up a research and development center in Jakarta, with plans and locations said to be finalized before the end of 2017.

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06:03
San Francisco’s Muni Metro hacked, free rides for...

San Francisco Examiner:

Computer systems at San Francisco’s transit system, Muni, have been restored following a malware attack on Friday afternoon.

Payment systems across the agency’s subways read “OUT OF ORDER” in large red digital letters at Powell Station, Embarcadero Station and other stations across The City following the attack.

On Friday and Saturday, computers in station agents’ booths across the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency displayed “You Hacked, ALL Data Encrypted. Contact For Key(cryptom27@yandex.com)ID:681 ,Enter.”

Sidebar: We are on the cusp of quantum computing, which will potentially make computers capable of easily solving sophisticated problems used as the basis of today’s encryption. And that will mean more hacking, but could also...

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06:00
Apple will open a research and development center in...

Apple plans to open a research and development center in Jakarta, Indonesia, next year, according to a Tempo report. Communication and Information Minister Rudiantara said that the preparation of the project development has progressed to the final stage.

“It’s more important. “By late December, they will commence the execution for the location” he added. “So, in 2017, they will start building structures and recruiting employees.”

Jakarta is the capital and most populous city of the Republic of Indonesia. Located on the northwest coast of the world's most populous island of Java, it’s country's economic, cultural and political center, with a population of 10,075,310 as of 2014. Indonesia is the world’s fourth most populous country after China, India and the U.S, with a population of more than 260 million.

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06:00
News: iLounge Cyber Monday Deals

It’s Cyber Monday, and in addition to the usual great iLounge Deals, today you can save an additional 15% to 25% with our special Cyber Monday coupon codes (some exclusions apply). In VPNs, you can get a lifetime subscription to VPN Unlimited for only $29 — that’s 94% off the regular price — and save an additional 25% off of this or any of the other VPN deals in our Cyber Monday collection by using the coupon code CYBER25. We also…

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05:57
Report: New micro-bezel 10.9-inch iPad to have same...

A report from often-reliable Japanese site Makotakara says that a new 10.9-inch iPad rumored for release early next year will have the same footprint as the current 9.7-inch iPad Pro, despite the larger screen size.

Citing an ‘informed’ supply-chain source in Taiwan, the site says that the larger screen size will be offset by smaller bezels. The top bezel containing the FaceTime camera is said to remain, while the Home button will be removed and side bezels reduced …

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05:54
Marcus Conge, digital artist

I’ve long been a fan of Marcus Conge’s work. Now he’s embedded some of his best stuff in a web site. Check it out.

And if you’ve got the need, he’s currently taking on work (see the Hire Me section at the bottom left).

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:20
9to5Mac unscientific poll shows significant numbers...

A poll of 9to5Mac readers show that significant numbers of owners of the latest MacBook Pro models have experienced the GPU glitches reported last week. Problems were reported with all of the new models, ranging from 40% of owners of the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Radeon Pro 460, down to 11% of those with the mid-tier 455 variant …

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05:05
New magnetic field theory gets us closer to nuclear...

Researchers from the US Department of Energy (DoE) and Princeton University have developed a new theory on plasma that could help scientists figure out solar flares and fusion power. Most fusion research is focused on "magnetic confinement" reactors...

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05:00
Trump pushes for Apple to manufacture products in...

The idiot has expressed his desires where Apple is concerned.

President-elect and orange Jabba the Hutt clone Donald Trump, following up on a campaign promise that he would “get Apple to start making their computers and their iPhones on our land, not in China” – and he has now said the same thing directly to Apple CEO Tim Cook.

In a recent interview with the New York Times, Trump offered the following:

I got a call from Tim Cook at Apple, and I said, ‘Tim, you know one of the things that will be a real achievement for me is when I get Apple to build a big plant in the United States, or many big plants in the United States, where instead of going to China, and going to Vietnam, and going to the places that you go to, you’re making your product...

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05:00
The Xtand Vent is an iPhone holder that clips — for...

Just Mobile’s Xtand Vent is a simple, inexpensive (US$24.95), solution that doesn’t one job and does it reasonably well, though it’s not a good solution for everyone. It’s a smartphone holder that clips onto your car’s air vent.

The goal is to keep your iPhone in sight at eye level for safe driving. I won’t get into the discussion whether using a smartphone at all while driving is a good idea. Let me just say that using a product like the Vent is smarter than fiddling with an iPhone on the passenger seat — or trying to fish it out of your pocket or purse while you’re behind the wheel.

With a firm, rubberized grip, it will hold any smartphone as wide as 3.6-inches; it worked just fine with my iPhone 7 Plus, which was decked out in a Mujjo Leather Case. The Xtand Vent’s aluminum ball-joint swivel and tightener mechanism let you adjust the placement of your iPhone; you can select from...

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After India & China, Apple said to be setting up...

With the asian market a large and growing one for Apple, the company appears to be focusing on expanding its R&D efforts in the region. Following the announcement of multiple development centers in India and China, Indonesian site Tempo reports that Apple is to setup an R&D center in Jakarta sometime next year …

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04:30
The Synology DiskStation DS416j is a great basis for...

Synology is well known for their NAS (Network Attached Storage) devices. Over the past week I’ve had the chance to review a NAS that Synology is going to be selling packaged with two IP cameras. The Synology DS416j will be packaged with two Amcrest Pro/HD cameras and four Seagate Ironwolf hard drives. They are packaging and promoting this as an entry level home security camera system.  

 

The hardware

The main box itself is a cube shaped computer about eight inches on all sides. My first impression when opening the box was how well built and attractive the device is. I’ve reviewed Synology products in the past. They were white and plastic and worked wonderfuly, but the deep black of this unit was striking. Not only did I find the black quite attractive, but the unit is metal. This lends to the strength of the DiskStation as well as the ability to dissipate heat which...

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04:00
Building iPhones in the U.S. may not be such a crazy...

President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to bring Apple manufacturing of iPhones back to the U.S. Some pundits have said that will never happen as it would make the cost of the smartphone skyrocket, but that might not be the case. 

"Making iPhones in the US means the cost will more than double," a source told Nikkei. And a Phone Arena article says that such a move would raise the price Apple pays for the manufacturing of an iPhone from about $225 per-unit to about $300. 

However, entrepreneur Vivek Wadhwa says in aWashington Post column that the thought of Apple building iPhones in the U.S. isn’t that...

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03:57
Google’s Pixel turning its nose up at screengrabs...

Google’s new Pixel smartphone is apparently failing to properly display screengrabs sent from the iPhone 7 Plus. Screengrabs sent from within an app on the iPhone arrive with both dimensions and colors distorted.

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03:01
Sony made a Walkman for 'Final Fantasy XV...

Final Fantasy XV is about to make it's long, long anticipated debut tomorrow, so get ready for the hype (and merchandising). We've already seen a FF XV branded Audi A8, of all things, and Sony has now revealed a limited edition Final Fantasy XV Walkm...

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01:01
Hospital to get first dedicated 3D tissue-printing...

You still can't get a 3D-printed liver transplant made from your own cells, but an Australian hospital is trying to push the tech into the mainstream. The Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane is building a dedicated "biofabrication"...

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00:43
Flash Deals: Apple's 12.9" iPad Pro 256GB...




While supplies last this Cyber Monday, pick up a 13" MacBook Air (1.6GHz, 8GB, 128GB) on eBay for $786.99 with free shipping (a discount of $212 off MSRP). Or opt for a refurbished 256GB 12.9" iPad Pro (Wi-Fi Only) for $649.99 with free shipping and no tax outside FL.

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Sunday November 27

23:06
Apple Cyber Monday Roundup: Find the best deals...




Black Friday may have come and gone, but the deals are still going strong this Cyber Monday. From instant cash discounts to exclusive coupon savings, shoppers can save hundreds of dollars on new Apple hardware. Plus, many retailers do not collect sales tax in most states with free shipping to boot.

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22:01
Tesla's upgraded Autopilot will start rolling...

Should you happen to be one of the first drivers to buy a Model S or Model X with Enhanced Autopilot support, you're probably wondering when you'll actually start getting those features. Well, the mystery's over. Elon Musk informs a new Model S own...

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20:53
Test can show if the speed of light has changed

Modern science assumes that the speed of light has always been the same. Researchers have suggested that this seeming constant might have changed over time, however, and they now have a way to find out whether or not that's true. Professors Jo&atilde...

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18:52
San Francisco transit stations fall victim to a hack

San Franciscans just got an all-too-real demonstration of what it's like when hackers attack urban infrastructure. The city's Municipal Transportation Agency has confirmed that the Muni station computer system was hacked, leading officials to open fa...

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16:55
Massive galaxy cluster found 'hiding'...

You would think that it would be easy to spot a cosmic structure as enormous as a supercluster holding legions of galaxies, but not so -- the Milky Way can hide all kinds of objects, usually due to dust and stars obscuring the view. If you need proof...

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15:35
How to reopen tabs in Safari for iOS 10 and macOS...




Whether you closed one by accident or simply remembered something else you wanted to look at, reopening a closed tab is an essential task in any modern Web browser. Here's how to do it in Safari for iOS 10 and macOS Sierra.

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14:49
German draft law would limit your data privacy rights

Germany has generally been protective of privacy as of late, but it might take a step backward. The country's union for data protection has revealed that an interior ministry draft law would seriously curtail data privacy rights. You wouldn't have...

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12:51
BMW reportedly unveils an i3 redesign in 2017

BMW might not be waiting for the distant future to step up its electric car plans. Welt sources claim that the automaker plans the 2017 launch of a redesigned i3 that promises both practical and cosmetic improvements. You should see a new battery tha...

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11:00
Ben Heck's Virtual Boy, part 1

Ben's seeing double this week with a retro virtual reality console that was ahead of its time: Nintendo's Virtual Boy (codename "VUE"). Though the technology was advanced in many ways, it didn't prevent the sort of dizziness that still plagues...

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10:19
∞ 38 Saint Bernards walking through the woods

If this video doesn’t make you smile, then you’re having an incredibly bad day.

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09:28
Major 'No Man's Sky' update arrives...

That promised Foundation Update for No Man's Sky? It's already here for both PC and PS4... and it includes much, much more than Hello Games hinted at just a couple of days ago. The centerpiece remains base building, which turns out to be simple but h...

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09:07
In Stock: Save $50 on Apple's 15" MacBook...




While they last, Apple authorized reseller B&H Photo has limited stock of Apple's new 15-inch MacBook Pro (2.6GHz 16GB 256GB Radeon 450) in both Space Gray and Silver, the latter of which is also marked down $50 to $2,349 -- the lowest price we've seen for this configuration when in-stock and ready-to-ship.

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08:00
After Math: Let's get lost in space

It's been a stellar week for our space-faring future. NASA unveiled its theoretical EM Drive, UCSF researchers successfully placed mouse embryos into suspended animation, a team from the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research stumbled upon th...

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07:00
The world's fastest electric car, and more in...

Tesla finally sealed the deal on its acquisition of SolarCity this week, and the merger is already producing incredible results. The two companies just completed a project to power an entire island on solar power. In other energy news, researchers in...

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03:54
Malware uses Facebook and LinkedIn images to hijack...

Malware doesn't always have to attack your computer through browser- or OS-based exploits. Sometimes, it's the social networks themselves that can be the problem. Researchers at Check Point have discovered that a variant of known ransomware, Locky, i...

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Saturday November 26

22:07
Review: Master & Dynamic MW60 Wireless Over-Ear...




Master & Dynamic's top-of-the-line Bluetooth headphones deliver on style, build, and sound quality, but are almost certainly overkill -- especially if you intend to take them outside.

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22:02
Mars hides a gigantic ice sheet that may help...

As a rule, the truly large deposits of ice on Mars are at the poles... right? No. Researchers using the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's ground-penetrating radar have discovered that the planet's Utopia Planitia basin is hiding a thick (260 to 560 fee...

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19:24
First 'Titanfall 2' DLC includes a no-...

Respawn made it a point with Titanfall 2 to ditch some of the more annoying business models of modern games (such as charging for important add-ons), and you're about to find out how well that works in practice. The studio has revealed that its first...

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17:35
'Deus Ex Go' is now ready for your puzzle...

If you've ever wanted to create puzzles for mobile games rather than playing whatever the developer gives you, you're about to have a field day. Square Enix has released a promised Puzzle Maker update for Deus Ex Go that lets you craft your own chall...

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15:32
CERN introduces Large Hadron Collider's robotic...

Since the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) needs to be in tip-top shape to discover new particles, it has two inspectors making sure everything's in working order. The two of them are called TIM, short not for Timothy, but for Train Inspection Monorail. T...

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14:02
Mobile shopping reaches an all-time high on Black...

Did you get some of your holiday gift shopping done on your phone, instead of your PC? You're far from alone. Adobe has determined that mobile shopping (both phone and tablet) was responsible for $1.2 billion in US online sales on Black Friday -- the...

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12:31
'Cards Against Humanity' hole is a...

The Cards Against Humanity crew is no stranger to backing projects that are alternately very helpful and utterly pointless, and its latest is squarely in the latter camp. It's crowdfunding the Holiday Hole, which is... a hole in the ground. That's...

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11:00
AV Linux Update: Good but Not Better


AV Linux could be a music and video lover's dream come true. AV Linux is a specialty distribution that can turn a new or old PC, or an Intel-powered Mac box, into a workstation for audio/graphics/video enthusiasts. Version 2016.8.30 was released this summer. AV Linux is one of the few available fully functional Linux distros to give audio and video enthusiasts a professional level collection of tools to enhance their handling of audio-visual files. This is especially significant now that the Musix distro has gone dormant.

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10:58
'Star Wars' smartphone caters to your...

How much do you like Star Wars? Enough that you'd buy a phone that revolves around it? If so, we have good news... at least, if you're living in Japan. Sharp is marking the imminent arrival of Rogue One with a SoftBank-exclusive Star Wars smartphone...

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10:03
Review: Apple's 13" MacBook Pro with Touch...




Apple's new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar embraces the future, delivering it in a super light, portable, attractive and expensive package. But are users ready to embrace that future? And does the 13-inch model have enough horsepower and connectivity? Find out in AppleInsider's full review.

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10:00
Marty’s Holiday Wish List Letter to Apple

At this time of year it’s not uncommon to see letters from children to Santa expressing wishes for some gifts they would like to receive. I thought this year I would pen a letter to Apple with a list of my holiday wishes and some things I would like to see under the iOS tree.

I use Apple products heavily, but not exclusively. I mostly use the cloud services of Google, especially the Photos service. I use an Android phone and tablet as well as an iPhone, two iPads and an Apple Watch. I have a PC and Mac sitting next to each other, and have a Windows 10 tablet as well. In using all these other products, I’ve come to wish that iOS had some features offered by other platforms. I still think iOS is by far the best mobile platform for numerous reasons but in the following “letter” to Apple, I would like to present my Christmas wishlist.

 

Dear Apple,

The time of year has come for me to express some gift wishes for the upcoming holiday season....

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09:30
The best deals for Cyber Monday

Did you miss out on Black Friday bargains, or decide that packed stores and overwhelmed websites were too much? Not to worry. We're collecting some of the best gadget bargains you'll find on and around Cyber Monday, the online-centric shopping event...

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09:25
This week’s top stories: Wireless charging for ‘all-...

In this week’s top stories: More hands-on time with the MacBook Pro, we show you Apple’s special tool to recover data from the device’s soldered down SSD, reports of wireless charging for iPhone 8, the best Black Friday deals, and much more.

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