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Monday January 2

17:32
What's on TV: 'Always Sunny,' '...

To kick the year off, FXX returns two of its popular series, with It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Man Seeking Woman (for cord-cutters, the last season of Always Sunny will be available on Netflix starting Tuesday.) There are also a few more bow...

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16:28
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 chip is big on...

Qualcomm hinted that its Snapdragon 835 processor would be something special, and it's ready to show all its cards now that it's at CES, according to a leaked blog post. Battery life is one of the chip's strongest selling points, as you may know (we'...

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15:56
Poll: What rumored iPhone 8 feature excites you the...

Now that we’ve officially hit 2017, much of the attention towards Apple has turned to the iPhone and what the company has in store for this new year. 2016 was more of an evolutionary year for the iPhone rather than revolutionary, but that’s not to say changes like the dual-camera design on the iPhone 7 Plus and Portrait Mode aren’t notable in their own right.

This year, however, it appears that Apple has a much bigger update planned for the iPhone lineup, with potential features including an all-new glass design, wireless charging, new screen sizes, and more. The rumors have caused many of us here at 9to5Mac to start wondering what exactly we’re most excited for come this fall….

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15:47
How to hide and show app updates on the Mac App...

Have you ever wanted to hide a particular app update on the Mac App Store? I often do so with some of the supplemental content provided by Apple Motion and Final Cut Pro X. In this brief tutorial, I’ll show you how to quickly hide app updates, and how to bring back hidden updates just as fast. more…

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15:31
Steam's 2016 top sellers include 'No Man...

Want a (mostly) complete snapshot of the PC gaming scene as it was in 2016? Head over to Steam. Valve's portal has listed the top 100 best sellers of the year based on revenue, and it clearly reflects what people were buying. Indie titles had a pa...

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14:46
You only have two weeks left to buy a Tesla with...

A few months ago, Tesla gave its customers the bad news: new buyers will have to pay for their own electricity. It was a small surprise, considering the fact that free use of Tesla's Supercharger network was a big bonus for buying the company's vehic...

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14:22
Apple reveals Chinese New Year promotion offering...

Apple today has announced its annual celebration of the Chinese New Year. This year, the company’s promotion for the holiday is a one-day sale that will see customers receive a free pair of Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones with the purchase of a qualifying Mac or iPhone.

“May the New Year dream come true.”

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14:15
Tesla's superfast P100D offers tech-heavy...

When you drive the $134,000 Tesla Model S P100D, you want to tell the world that it goes from 0 to 60 in 2.5 seconds. You're like a child excited about a new toy, stopping strangers on the streets to regale them with your tales of wonder. But to many...

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14:06
Apple to give away Beats Solo3 headphones for...




In celebration of the upcoming Chinese New Year, Apple on Monday announced customers in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore will receive a pair of Beats Solo3 wireless headphones with the purchase of select Mac and iPhone products as part of a one-day sale.

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13:46
Resolution: Support Apple World Today through Team...

Note: Apple World Today is still in "holiday mode" today, but we'll have occasional updates throughout the day.

As we get into 2017 and will soon celebrate two full years of AWT, we'd like to ask a favor of those of you who read the site each and every day, but don't support Apple World Today through our Team AWT program. The favor? Consider joining Team AWT to provide continuing support of our mission and get some great stuff in return!

To join Team AWT, make a one-year commitment of $60 -- that's just $5 per month. That commitment can be made using Apple Pay, Credit/Debit Card or PayPal by clicking that "Join Team AWT" button in the sidebar or clicking this link. Note that you can also pay month-to-month via Patreon, but that more of your support goes where it is needed by making an annual payment.

Team AWT members have...

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13:29
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 2...

Notable software releases this week include SEE Finance 1.1.2, ChronoSync 4.7.2, HandBrake 1.0.1, GraphicConverter 10.3, Quicken 2017 for Mac 4.4.1, LaunchBar 6.8, MoneyWiz 2.5.3, Default Folder X 5.1, Boom 2 v1.5.1, Capto 1.2.3, BBEdit 11.6.3, and iTunes 12.5.4.

 

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13:29
ExtraBITS for 2 January 2017

We’re kicking off 2017’s ExtraBITS with two distressing links for Mac fans: a critical review of the new MacBook Pro by a professional filmmaker and evidence that the Mac is losing clout inside Apple.

 

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12:41
Apple refugees dish on how iPhone development...




A collection of Apple engineers who have departed the company over the years formed Pearl Automation, and are keeping the best of Apple's corporate ethos, and dishing about the worst.

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12:30
Inside Mercedes' Silicon Valley research center

A metal typewriter sits on a pedestal churning out the next sentence of a collaborative story. For every line I typed onto paper, the AI computer controlling the hunk of metal replies with what it thinks would be a good follow-up. The goal of the exp...

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11:35
Review: Taking your iPhone 7/7 Plus photography...

Without a doubt, my favorite feature on any iPhone has always been the camera. It serves as more than good enough as a daily shooter, and new apps and accessories are being released everyday that help take that experience further. The first iPhone accessories I really got into, back when I had my iPhone 4, were wide-angle lenses and I still love them to this day. Recently I’ve been on the lookout for a lens for the iPhone 7 Plus to recommend for those just starting out with iPhone camera enhancements. I think I found the right product with the Aukey 120° wide-angle Ora Lens. Let’s take a look at what the lens can do for you and your iPhone photography…

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10:03
Get HyperDrive, the ultimate Thunderbolt 3 USB-C Hub...

HyperDrive is a compact, super-fast USB-C hub for the new MacBook Pro and the first to take full advantage of Thunderbolt 3 speeds. Add back HDMI, two USB 3.1 ports, a microSD/SD slot, as well as Thunderbolt 3 & USB-C ports with a sleek aluminum hub available in both silver and space gray to match the new 2016 MacBook Pro perfectly.

Unlike most USB-C dongles which still run on slow USB 3.0 (5Gb/s) speed, HyperDrive is 10X faster by using not one but two Thunderbolt 3 USB-C connections. Not only are other Thunderbolt 3 docks much bigger and bulkier making them nowhere near as portable, HyperDrive is also the first and only hub to take advantage of Thunderbolt 3’s maximum bandwidth to deliver more ports in the smallest possible footprint. That means you can use all ports on HyperDrive...

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09:54
LG UltraFine 5K FAQ: Everything you’ll want to know...

LG’s UltraFine 5K Displays are slowly making their way into the hands of customers, and as such, there are still quite a few lingering questions about the units. We’ve already posted an in-depth hands-on video walkthrough, but in this post we’ll answer some of the most frequently asked questions that we’ve encountered thus far. more…

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09:47
iOS 10.3 beta with new "Theatre" mode...

Note: Apple World Today is still in "holiday mode" today, but we'll have occasional updates throughout the day.

iOS 10.3 is apparently on the way, at least in a beta version that could be made available to developers as soon as January 10, 2017. At this point, the latest official version of Apple's mobile operating system is 10.2, with 10.2.1 currently in developer and public beta.

Not much is known about what new features will come with iOS 10.3. It's possible that the new version could be equipped with improved Apple Pencil support for new iPads expected in March or April, although early beta versions probably won't provide clues of that support until test hardware is available. 

Australian Sonny Dickson, who occasionally comes out with some interesting rumors, posted this note on Twitter on December 30, 2016 along with the rumor that iOS 10.3 beta 1 would drop on January 10th:

iOS 10.3 to feature a new Theatre mode - will...

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09:46
The scientific reason you should be watching Planet...

I don’t think you need a scientific reason. Watch it just because it’s good TV.

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09:35
Best alternatives to Apple TV

I don’t use my Apple TV enough to bother to look for alternatives but I’m curious if any of you use alternatives or additions to the Apple TV and why.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Withings Wi-Fi Smart Scale $78...

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Start 2017 with a best-selling Withings Wi-Fi Body Composition Scale...

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09:00
Looking Ahead to CES: This Will Be a Big One


CES week is here, and it's the one week of the year I look forward to looking back on. CES is a killer show -- not because you are up to your armpits in interesting new products, but because it is so spread out that it'll kill your legs as you hike all over the damn place. One year, I walked so much I actually ripped the soles off both shoes. What is weird about this show is that it really comes too early for vendors to have much of what they intend to have in stores by the end of the year. So, it fails to deliver the impact it once did.

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08:49
It's cold! These are the best iPhone-compatible...




The U.S. is gripped by winter, and touch screens don't always respond well to gloves. Why freeze, just to use your smartphone? AppleInsider has options to keep your hands warm, and still take that call from your mother!

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07:43
Review: Master & Dynamic MW50 Wireless Bluetooth...




Master & Dynamic's MW50s look and sound great, but may be hard to justify given cheaper alternatives from other high-end headphone makers.

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07:05
Become Tech Savvy: Why you can and should learn to...

‘Become Tech Savvy’ is a new weekly series designed for anyone who wants to learn how to use technology with confidence, ease, and minimal frustration, as well as those who want to help someone else with technology. No matter your age, experience, background, or current skills, this series will provide a unique strategy for mastery. For the already tech savvy, this will be a valuable resource to share and reference as you help others and will deconstruct the barriers for them to become tech savvy. Keep reading to discover why absolutely anyone can and should become tech savvy and why this series is unique.

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06:19
How to get more Aerial Apple TV videos or change...




The fourth generation Apple TV ships with a couple of Aerial screen saver videos pre-installed. If you didn't tell it to check automatically for new videos when you set up the Apple TV, It doesn't take long to tire of the small initial selection -- but Apple's got loads more, and AppleInsider will tell you how to get them.

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06:00
Daily Deal: Brighten up that dirty keyboard with...

Keyboards can be downright gross. I'm looking at mine right now, and even though it's just a little over a year old, some of the key caps (C and D especially) are starting to fade and the entire thing just looks grungy. That's why I was thrilled to see this deal on a pair of Flapjacks II Mac Keyboard Covers for only $29.99 (that's 24% off the regular $40 price tag!). 

Mmmm. Fresh Flapjacks II for your MacBook!

Flapjacks are flexible, durable, waterproof silicone covers that are designed to fit specific models of the MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. You'll be able to get a pair of 'em and can switch out as you wish. The Flapjacks II line comes in flashy, bright and fun designs that not only protect your keyboard, but...

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05:58
SEE Finance 1.1.2

Brings a number of changes to the personal finance app's back up feature. ($49.99 new, free update, 32.2 MB)

 

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05:26
Sierra PDF Problems Get Worse in 10.12.2

The initial problems ScanSnap had in Sierra were just the beginning. It turns out that Apple rewrote the underlying PDFKit in Sierra and introduced numerous bugs that are bedeviling Mac developers and users alike. The quick takeaway? Don’t edit PDFs in Sierra’s Preview for now!

 

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05:00
Rumor: Apple supplier Inventec expanding AirPods...

If you’re hankering for a pair of AirPods but supplies have been out of stock, things might be about to change for the better.

Apple supplier Inventec, who appears to be the sole provider of Apple’s AirPods at this time, has started expanding capacity at its plants to satisfy worldwide demand for the wireless devices.

A current report via the Economic Daily New indicates that Inventec has brought on extra shifts and is expanding manufacturing capacity and working hours for assembly staff building the device.

Apple’s AirPods, Powerbeats 3, and Beats Solo3 Wireless headphones all feature a the Apple-designed W1 chip that makes it easier to pair with multiple Apple devices. In addition to the W1, AirPods also include beam-forming microphones, accelerometers, infrared sensors, and a small charging and carrying case that will provide more power on the go as well as the sync mechanism.

Current orders for the AirPods through Apple’s online store still carry...

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03:38
ChronoSync 4.7.2

Adds security updates and fixes minor bugs to support SFTP protocols. ($49.99 new, free update, 41.2 MB)

 

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01:56
HandBrake 1.0.1

Overhauls the official presets and improves the audio/video sync engine of the open-source video conversion program. (Free, 12.6 MB)

 

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01:48
Samsung unveils water-resistant Galaxy A phones with...

After the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, Samsung can't afford a product misstep this year, and it seems to have gotten off to a good start with the 2017 Galaxy A smartphones. The 5.2-inch A5 and 4.7-inch A3 are packed with new features for folks who don't wa...

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00:12
'Blade Runner' fan project recreates a...

If you're a movie buff, you've probably wished that you could walk into a scene and explore it on your own terms. Well, so did software engineer Quentin Lengele -- and he's close to making his dream a reality. He recently released footage of Blade Ru...

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Sunday January 1

23:34
GraphicConverter 10.3

Brings a number of additions to the venerable graphic conversion and editing utility. ($39.95 new, free update, 118 MB)

 

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22:05
Bill and Melinda Gates back an implant that could...

You don't have to wait until after an infection to fight HIV. A technique known as pre-exposure prophylaxis has you taking preemptive medicine on a regular basis, greatly reducing the chances that HIV will take root in the first place. Needless to...

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21:58
Quicken 2017 for Mac 4.4.1

Adds a basic auto-backup feature, refines the behavior of the register status icons, and resolves several crashes ($74.99 new, free update from Quicken 2017)

 

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20:38
LaunchBar 6.8

Brings improved 1Password integration, new actions, and improved emoji support to the keyboard-based launcher. ($29 new, free update, 14.2 MB)

 

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20:19
Smog creates havoc in China on New Year's Day

If you happen to be in northern China, your new year didn't exactly get off to a grand start -- and pollution is squarely to blame. Smog levels were serious enough that officials took drastic steps to curb emissions, shutting down large swaths of th...

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18:09
Dell preps a 2-in-1 version of its iconic XPS 13...

Dell's XPS 13 has a loyal following for a good reason: it's a solid mix of portability and speed framed by that eye-catching, near-borderless display. It's 'just' a conventional laptop, however, which rules it out if you want a 2-in-1 like Lenovo's Y...

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16:25
Samsung goes overboard to make you care about laundry

Let's be honest: it's hard to get excited about laundry machines. Even when they have neat party tricks like Amazon refills and smartphone apps, it really boils down to one question: does it clean your clothes properly? Samsung thinks it can do eno...

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16:00
Accessible Apple: The 12 Requests of Christmas, Day 7

This is the seventh post in our annual 12-part series covering the accessibility features we would like to see Apple bring to its products in the coming year.

This series is being put together by Accessibility Editor Alex Jurgensen, with the help of several contributors.

For the seventh request of Christmas, we ask Apple to give to us:

7. An Enhanced Spellchecker for macOS

macOS has a built-in spellchecker that can be used to check for misspelled words across the system, including messages in Mail, documents in TextEdit, web forms in Safari, and just about anywhere else you can enter text. This feature is extremely handy, but it sometimes feels half-baked. For example, the only indicator VoiceOver users can use to determine whether spellchecking has completed is a system sound played at the end of the process. There are also several bugs that can lead to random words being inserted into the text being spellchecked.

We would like...

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14:49
France gives you legal permission to avoid work email

New Year's Day 2017 isn't just a chance to reflect on the past and plan for the future... in France, it's a new lease on life for many workers. As of January 1st, the country has enacted a law that requires companies with over 50 employees to negoti...

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14:00
Accessible Apple: The 12 Requests of Christmas, Day 6

Editor's note: This article was originally scheduled to appear on December 31, but had to be postponed due to technical difficulties. Check later today for the next articles in the series.

This is the sixth post in our annual 12-part series covering the accessibility features we would like to see Apple bring to its products in the coming year.

This series is being put together by Accessibility Editor Alex Jurgensen, with the help of several contributors.

For the sixth request of Christmas, we ask Apple to give to us:

6. A Rewritten "Activities" System for VoiceOver on the Mac

In macOS, VoiceOver currently has a feature called "Activities" that allows users to define different VoiceOver settings for different tasks. For instance, an activity could be created by a user who works with multiple languages so as to use a different speaking rate and voice for each. Another example would be an activity created for the purposes of...

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12:35
Accessible Apple: The 12 Requests of Christmas, Day 5

Editor's note: This article was originally scheduled to appear on December 30, but had to be postponed due to technical difficulties. Check later today for the next articles in the series.

This is the fifth post in our annual 12-part series covering the accessibility features we would like to see Apple bring to its products in the coming year.

This series is being put together by Accessibility Editor Alex Jurgensen, with the help of several contributors.

For the fifth request of Christmas, we ask Apple to give to us:

5. A Reimplementation of the Classic Mac Startup Chime

At the end of October, we reported that the classic Mac startup chime was not enabled by default on the 2016 MacBook Pro. Over the years, this sound has been a signature of Apple's desktop and laptop computers as notable as the Apple logo itself....

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12:21
Apple in 2017: What’s next for Mac, iPhone, iPad,...

It’s officially 2017 and we’re already looking forward to what Apple has in store for this year. This year will mark the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, the grand opening of Apple’s new ‘Spaceship’ Campus 2 headquarters in Cupertino where it will host events at a new 1000 seat auditorium, and that’s before we even get to actual products.

Head below for our look at what’s next for Apple as we ring in the New Year.

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12:19
Here's hoping for a happy, healthy and...

The first day of 2017 is already half-over, but it's still appropriate to wish all of our readers a very Happy New Year! 

We don't know what 2017 will bring in terms of Apple products or fantastic accessories, but we'd like you to continue taking the journey with us in the new year. We have some changes up our sleeves to make the site better than ever, and several new ideas to make it even more worthwhile for readers to join or remain members of Team AWT.

We'll be on a "holiday schedule" again tomorrow, then back to full speed on Tuesday, January 3. 

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12:09
What could have entered the Public Domain on January...

It’s such a shame corporate interests have negated public interests on this issue.

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11:58
Comparison: Which Apple MacBook is right for you?




Having trouble deciding between the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, MacBook Pro without Touch Bar, Retina MacBook and MacBook Air? Confused about specs? Not sure if upgrades are worth the extra money? AppleInsider explains it all in this breakdown of Apple's current laptop lineup.

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11:32
Watch Korea's mech take its first steps with a...

That real, life-sized mech Korean company Hankook Mirae debuted recently isn't just for show. Its designer, Hollywood SFX veteran Vitaly Bulgarov, has posted a video on Facebook showing the robot taking its first steps. And, yes, it had a pilot on bo...

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09:30
Ben Heck's PlayStation 4 Pro teardown

It's time to appraise the decisions Sony made when designing the newest iteration of the PlayStation console. Ben compares the PS4 Pro to the XBox One and the PS4 Slim, and then answers the ultimate question on everyone's mind: "Why can't the...

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07:00
Tesla's new Roadster, and more in the week that...

Has Tesla succeeded in creating a vehicle that reacts faster than its driver? A recently-surfaced dashcam video appears to show Tesla's autopilot mode predicting an accident moments before it actually happens. It currently takes hours to charge an el...

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05:59
Apple Watch, New Year’s resolutions, and losing 50...

Last New Year’s Day I decided to start eating healthy, exercising daily, and filling the Activity Rings on my Apple Watch as a way to get in shape. I broke my New Year’s resolution by January 4, but I started again on April 1 and ultimately lost over 50 pounds in 2016.

Apple Watch didn’t lose the weight for me — it took a lot of dedication and really changing my lifestyle — but the fitness tracking features and Apple’s Activity app helped quantify my effort without me doing too little or going overboard.

Apple Watch has absolutely been an effective motivational coach that has pushed me toward my goal of being more active. Below I’ll detail my experience and share some of what I’ve learned along my journey.

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04:31
LG's next robots include an Echo-like assistant

When LG said it was pouring a ton of effort into robots, it wasn't kidding. The electronics firm is teasing a whole lineup of robots for CES, including one that could theoretically replace your Echo speaker. The flagship, the Hub Robot (not shown her...

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Saturday December 31

23:26
Run-DMC sues Amazon, Walmart over online counterfeits

It's not just tech giants like Apple that are taking online stores to task for allowing counterfeit goods on their virtual shelves. Run-DMC is suing Amazon, Walmart (including Jet.com) and partners for selling bogus shirts, hats and other goods that...

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20:02
All New York City underground subway stations now...

Officials vowed that all of New York City's underground subway stations would have WiFi by the end of 2016, and they're meeting that goal... if only at the very last minute. As of New Year's Eve, every one of the 279 stations now has internet access...

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18:01
Trading card maker Topps hit by security breach in...

Topps, the iconic maker of Star Wars, Frozen and various sports-related trading cards, has just notified its customers of security breaches that happened earlier this year. In it, the company has admitted that one or more intruders infiltrated its sy...

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15:58
Tesla's big Autopilot update reaches a handful...

Tesla didn't roll out its Enhanced Autopilot in mid-December as initially reported, but it is giving drivers something right before 2016 comes to a close. Elon Musk has revealed that the new Autopilot software is reaching about 1,000 HW2-era (that is...

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15:55
Review: Bragi's Headphone offers a solid...




Bragi's fully wireless Headphone -- yes, in the singular -- is a competent if not spectacular alternative to Apple's AirPods, and even has some features the AirPods lack.

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15:39
Google and Facebook Dominate The List of 2016's...

After surveying over 9,000 Android and iPhone users, Nielsen's "Electronic Mobile Measurement" has calculated the 10 most popular apps of 2016. Interestingly, the #1 and #2 most popular apps of the year were Facebook and Facebook Messenger.

BrianFagioli writes: Facebook holds the first, second, and eighth spots -- remember, the company owns Instagram too. Google has the most number of spots in the top 10, with three, four, five, six, and seven [YouTube, Google Maps, Google Search, Google Play, and Gmail]. Rounding out the bottom of the list is Apple [for Apple Music] and Amazon. Google Play is sort of a weird inclusion, however, as it is the app which downloads other apps -- it probably should have been excluded. Amazon saw insane growth, seeing a massive 43 percent year-over-year gain. Instagram comes in at second place with 36 percent. Facebook Messenger scores the third spot. The biggest surprise is that Apple Music is the top streaming music app, beating apps like...

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14:00
Six drones that do good for people and the planet

When the general public first learned about drones, the context was largely related to military applications and spy tactics, so the unmanned aircraft were cast with a bad rap. Years later, a number of creative technologists have found ways to use dr...

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13:45
Editorial: Apple survived 2016's onslaught of...




Across 2016, ostensibly legitimate journalists and research firms gravely warned that Apple was in trouble on every front--from low cost wearables to Microsoft's 2-in-1 notebooks, to Google's new Pixel Phone and a resurgent Samsung--as well as falling behind everyone else in the emerging, very promising field of Virtual Reality. They were all so incredibly wrong we can now have a good end-of-year laugh at their expense.

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12:22
A billion dollar gift for Twitter

Hard to argue with this list but having Dorsey respond with, “Yeah – we really need to add editing” isn’t encouraging.

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12:00
The best of Engadget 2016: Editors' picks

We'll come right out and say it: 2016 wasn't the greatest year by any standards. In particular, divisive politics and celebrity death seemed to cast a long shadow over the last 12 months. There was the occasional ray of light poking through the cloud...

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11:13
The weirdest German New Year’s Eve habit you’ve...

I love hearing and reading about other cultures’ traditions, superstitions, and customs.

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11:00
Pros and cons: Our quick verdict on Lenovo's...

Lenovo's Phab 2 Pro has a mouthful of a name and a somewhat bland design. But what might seem like a forgettable phone really isn't: This massive 6.4-inch handset is the first available phone with Google's "Tango" 3D mapping technology. But while Tan...

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10:55
Apple’s AirPods may be the best Bluetooth earbuds...

Interesting review of the AirPods from “the other side of the fence” but sad that this line had to be included: “if Apple’s name wasn’t on the box it would be a must-buy for many Android users.”

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09:30
Recommended Reading: Some suggestions for Twitter in...

A Billion Dollar
Gift for Twitter
Anil Dash,
Medium

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey asked the masses this week what the company should focus on in 2017. After a year filled with harassment issues and the failure to court a buyer, the next few months will...

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08:00
Smartwatches failed to excite in 2016

When the first smartwatches made it to our wrists a few years ago, we were willing to overlook shortcomings because the product category was in its infancy. But the technology has had time to mature, and 2016 should have been an exciting year in this...

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07:47
This week’s top stories: iPhone 8 roundup, AirPods a...

In this week’s top stories: Our iPhone 8 rumor roundup, Tim Cook says AirPods are a runaway success, Apple’s ‘New Year’ Apple Watch Activity Challenge, and Zac and Benjamin discuss what’s next from Apple in this week’s 100th episode of 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast.

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06:55
Hands-on: LG Apple-endorsed 5K Display – an...

The LG 5K UltraFine Display is Apple’s answer to MacBook Pro customers who wish to connect their notebooks to an external display with a single cable. After reportedly getting out of the standalone monitor business, LG’s offerings, which are available in 4K and 5K varieties, might be the next best option.

The fact that you can connect a single Thunderbolt 3 cable from your MacBook to the LG UltraFine 5K Display is quite compelling. Not only will this provide display output, but it will also deliver the necessary power (up to 85W) to keep your MacBook Pro — 13- or 15-inch variety — charged.

We recently got our hands on the LG UltraFine 5K Display. Is it a good choice for MacBook Pro owners? Watch our hands-on video walkthrough inside to learn more....

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06:30
ICYMI: Say farewell to 2016 with these favorite...

Today on In Case You Missed It: We are rounding up some favorite stories from the year before it's lost to us all. When next you see ICYMI, it'll be from CES.

As always, please share any interesting tech or science videos you find by using the...

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05:00
The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Letter from the Editor

Happy New Year, everybody! Good riddance to 2016.

And it was a particularly painful year for the likes of Samsung. It wasn't all bad, of course, but Chris Velazco explains that when your biggest headlines of 2016 are about...

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02:39
This week on AI: Vertical lenses on 'iPhone 7s...




Many of the big newsmakers were still on vacation this week, but there were new rumors about an anticipated 5-inch iPhone, and LG's UltraFine 5K Display -- built in collaboration with Apple -- finally began shipping to Mac owners.

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01:03
Vermont power company finds malware linked to...

Just a few days ago, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security released a report detailing their assessment that Russian hackers were behind a series of attacks on US agencies and citizens. While the Obama administration issued sanctions, code...

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Friday December 30

21:16
First look: LG UltraFine 5K Display




Apple this week started deliveries of LG's hotly anticipated UltraFine 5K Display, a monitor developed to complement Apple's new all-Thunderbolt 3 MacBook Pro lineup. AppleInsider goes hands-on with the device in this first look video.

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21:00
Facebook will set off fireworks on your feed for NYE

This December 31st and January 1st, you can set off animated fireworks on your Facebook News Feed to welcome 2017. Simply click or tap a trigger phrase, such "Happy New Year" (of course), on your friends' or even your own status update. You'll know y...

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18:57
Facebook briefly bans journalist's post...

Journalist Kevin Sessums, known for celebrity profiles and memoirs, called Trump supporters "a nasty, fascistic lot" in a Facebook post yesterday. Shortly thereafter, it was removed for violating the network's "community standards" and Sessums was bl...

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17:33
Samsung will likely bring Chromecast-like...

Samsung's Smart View app has let users pipe movies and photos on their device to a nearby TV for years, but the latest version's App Store page has screenshots suggesting it's expanding into the streaming market. Similar to Chromecast and Roku, this...

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17:00
Apple Patent Hints At Magnetic Ear Hooks To Keep...

Patently Apple has recently uncovered a new Apple patent that may help AirPods stay in your ears. The patent details a magnetic mechanism that wraps around the user's ear. Digital Trends reports: The magnets attract each other through the ear tissue, keeping the AirPods in place and ensuring that they don't get lost. Of course, it's not certain if Apple filed this patent with AirPods in mind -- one of the images clearly shows a wired pair of headphones, and the patent was filed in June. The concept, however, would help keep both wired and wireless earbuds in place. The issue of keeping AirPods in the ear has been arguably the biggest issue related to the AirPods, and for good reason -- they're pretty expensive little devices, so losing them is definitely not something you want to do. It's possible that Apple decided against using the ear hooks for aesthetic reasons -- Apple is known for its excellent design and the ear hooks in the patent don't exactly look great. Not only that but...

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16:31
Hyundai's next fuel cell SUVs have a reported...

Hyundai's next line of fuel cell SUVs will have a range of 348 miles, besting the current Hyundai Tucson by 30 percent, according to Nikkei. Hyundai reportedly plans to roll out its second generation of fuel cell SUVs in January 2018.

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15:34
Rumor: Apple to release iOS 10.3 beta with '...




A highly questionable rumor on Friday claims Apple is preparing the first beta release of iOS 10.3, thought by some to be an iPad-centric update, in early January with a new device mode called "Theater."

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15:22
Leaker claims iOS 10.3 beta 1 codename ‘Erie’...

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15:22
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14:57
Encrypted chat app Signal sidesteps censorship in...

Signal, the messaging app that prides itself on circumventing government censorship, has a few new places where its flagship feature works. Last week it was Egypt, and now users in Cuba and Oman can send messages without fear of them being intercepte...

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14:20
Apple To Cut iPhone Production By 10%: Nikkei

A new report from Nikkei Asian Review says that Apple will cut iPhone production by around 10% in the first quarter of 2017. From the report: This comes after the company slashed output in January-March 2016 due to accumulated inventory of the iPhone 6s line at the end of 2015. That experience led Apple to curb production of the iPhone 7, introduced in September, by around 20%. But the phones still have sold more sluggishly than expected. Information on production of the latest models and global sales suggests cuts in both the 7 and 7 Plus lines in the coming quarter. The larger iPhone 7 Plus, which features two cameras on its back face, remains popular. But a shortage of camera sensors has curbed Apple's ability to meet demand for the phones. U.S. research company IDC forecasts global smartphone shipments in 2016 on par with the 2015 level. Even Apple has had difficulty creating appealing new features, stifling demand from customers who otherwise would look to upgrade to the...

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14:06
Evolving iPad desktop usage

I’m always interested in how others manage to use their iPad full-time. I love my iPad and use it every day but there is no way I can make it my full-time machine.

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14:02
This 76-year-old has spent his entire life repairing...

Warning: There’s quite a bit of camera porn in this video.

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13:32
Boston is the latest city to allow self-driving car...

You can add Boston to the list of places where autonomous vehicles are being tested legally. Rather than trials on the city's, ahem, interesting street layout, company NuTonomy will start small, beginning at the Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park on Januar...

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13:00
2016's hacks, attacks and security blunders

Just when we thought things couldn't get worse than 2015's security and privacy disasters, the asshole known as 2016 came along to trample and pee on any hope we had left for a hack-free, secure future. This was the year Hollywood hacking scare-fanta...

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12:30
Apple set to reduce iPhone production by 10% in Q1...

According to a new report today from Nikkei, Apple is going to reduce the production of iPhones by about 10% in the first quarter of 2017. The news comes after Flurry Analytics showed that Apple still maintains a lead in holiday activations.

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12:29
AWT News Update: December 30, 2016

Some Foxbots showing off to humans...

This will be the final AWT News Update for 2016; be sure to join us again next Tuesday, January 2, 2017 for the first update of the new year! Today we have a few stories that we're sure you'll find fascinating:

  • iPhone 7 production may be cut by 10% soon to avoid a buildup of inventory
  • Think those 4K videos of Apple Campus 2 are impressive? Check out the 1.7 gigapixel mosaic created by SkyIMD if you really want to see a high-resolution photo
  • The robots are taking over at manufacturing plants run by Apple's primary partner, Foxconn

The text version of the podcast can be viewed below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below.

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12:24
The iPhone 7 may not be selling as well as Apple...

Traditionally, new iPhones sell pretty well in their first few months -- often outperforming the previous model's sales during the same quarter. That might not be the case with Apple's latest handset: according to Nikkei, sluggish sales are forcing t...

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11:55
Drones and RC kayaks offer fresh views of the ocean

The Scripps Institution of Oceanography has gotten a few more tech upgrades. Scientists aboard research vessel Sally Ride recently tested a pair of drones and a remote control kayak in an effort to get different views and readings of their subjects.

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11:25
The US is preparing to modernize its nuclear weapons...

The United States has not updated its nuclear weapons program in decades, but in February President Barack Obama allocated more than $1 trillion to the modernization of the country's nuclear stockpile. Perhaps he got tired of hearing jokes about serv...

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11:20
Foxconn Boosting Automated Production in China

Foxconn Electronics is automating production at its factories in China in three phases, aiming to fully automate entire factories eventually, according to general manager Dai Jia-peng for Foxconn's Automation Technology Development Committee. From a report on DigiTimes: In the first phase, Foxconn aims to set up individual automated workstations for work that workers are unwilling to do or is dangerous, Dai said. Entire production lines will be automated to decrease the number of robots used during the second phase, Dai noted. In the third phase, entire factories will be automated with only a minimal number of workers assigned to production, logistics, testing and inspection processes, Dai indicated.


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11:00
The year of Yahoo's undoing

It's not often that we're able to quantify the crappiness of a particular year, but Yahoo's 2016 was so tragic that it ended with a hefty, widely publicized price tag: $1 billion.

That's the size of the discount that Verizon requested on its purchas...

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11:00
The Week in iOS Apps: Selfies made easy

New apps for your iPhone and iPad

The newest apps on the block include a personal library tracker, software for DJs, and a train game. Read on!

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10:55
Review: 'RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic' for...




Attention computer gamers from the '90s and early '00s: Atari has launched its third try with the "RollerCoaster Tycoon" franchise, and AppleInsider will tell you how well the port of the early titles in the series has transferred over to mobile, as well as explore if the game is worth the relatively steep price tag for mobile, or not.

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10:55
Review: Nanoleaf’s Aurora smart lighting panels...

I’ve tried a few different HomeKit lighting solutions but nothing quite like Nanoleaf’s Aurora smart lighting panels. These modular tiles probably won’t replace traditional lamps or ceiling bulbs, but the customizable LED lights provide visually impressive colorful (and pricey) accent lighting. See it in action below:

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