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Thursday November 17

Gartner’s Q3 numbers show it was Chinese brands, not...

While there had been speculation that Apple might pick up sales from Samsung after its disastrous Note 7 launch, with KGI estimating that Apple could pick up an additional 5-7M orders, this doesn’t appear to be the case. The latest numbers from Gartner suggest that it is Chinese brands that saw the benefit.

The September 2 recall of the Note 7 saw Samsung’s Q3 market share fall year-on-year from 23.6% to 19.2%, its worst performance ever, creating an opportunity for other brands to pick up the slack – but the iPhone didn’t manage to do so …


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Dual-lens cameras expected to be the de facto iPhone...

A recent analyst note predicts that the iPhone's installed base will migrate over to optical image stabilization in both camera lenses across most of the line in 2017, with about 85 percent of the line sporting a camera similar to that in the iPhone 7 Plus by 2018.

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Soundbreaking: A phenomenal documentary on the art...

If you love music, this 8-part series from PBS is for you. I’ve made it through parts 1 and 2 so far, and they are both fascinating and riveting. The list of artists involved in this project is astonishing. Starting with George Martin and the Beatles, it’s a real who’s who of modern music, a true insider’s view.

Episode One is embedded in the main Loop post.

Here’s a link to the main site.

And here’s a link to the PBS site hosting other episodes.


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JuJu Offers Speedy Model-Driven Software Approach

The JuJu cloud platform developed by Canonical integrates a wide variety of cloud services and servers on both public and private clouds using an innovative model-driven software approach.
That success has changed fundamentally the nature of software operations as organizations move to cloud-scale services, according to Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical. The impact on cloud operations is very much like the transition that happened with the big data community, Shuttleworth said.

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Troubleshooting some nasty Safari malware

Jason Snell tells the story about trying to remote help his sister who is a victim of a particularly nasty bit of Safari malware.

The story itself is worth the read, unfolding like a mystery. But if nothing else, be sure to read the section titled “In the end, common sense wins”, which shows a bit of problem-solvery you should add to your own troubleshooting toolbox.

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Amazon’s iPhone app now gives you X-Ray vision for...

Dan DeSilva, 9to5mac:

Tucked in Amazon’s big Black Friday news this morning was the announcement of a handy Package X-Ray feature for its iPhone shopping app. The app can now leverage your iPhone’s camera to reveal the contents of an Amazon delivery without having to actually open up the package or hunt down tracking numbers.


It will only work on packages tied to your Amazon account so you don’t have to worry about your kids or spouse ruining any surprises (as long as you don’t share an account, that is).

Great idea.

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Apple automatically uploading iPhone call logs to...

Any iPhone user with iCloud Drive enabled is having their call logs automatically uploaded to Apple servers -- without their consent, and whether or not they have backups enabled, a Russian security firm said on Thursday. [Updated with statement from Apple]

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A lifetime Android user on switching to an iPhone 7...

Anshel Sag, writing for Forbes:

It’s been a month since I got the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. Full disclosure, I have never owned an Apple product in my life. Okay, I had an iPod shuffle for about a week or two and ended up returning it. I had experiences with Apple computers as a child in a suburban elementary school but never owned an iPhone, iPad, MacBook or anything of the sort. I have been a lifetime Google Android user, and before that a Microsoft Windows Mobile user (yeah, I know). So, my first experience with an Apple product that I bought and used has been extremely interesting. That includes the utter shock and awe that came out of people’s mouths after I told them that I got an iPhone. I feel like a lot of the reasons why I never switched to Apple have gone away while others remain.

I love stories like this, because it reflects an objective, outsider view that is rare inside the Apple bubble.


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Apple patent involves integrating Siri into the...

Apple has applied for a patent (number 20160335532) for a “virtual assistant in a communication session” that hints at the integration of Siri, the "personal digital assistant," into Messages. According to the invention, one or more participating users can choose to utilize a virtual assistant (that would be Siri, of course) to assist participant users with tasks during a communication session. 

A user can use a communication application to enter a message directed to the virtual assistant. Siri can analyze the entered message and determine that the message was directed to the virtual assistant rather than to the other participants of the communication session. As a result, the message won’t be transmitted to the other participants of the communication session and the virtual assistant will assist the user with the identified task. 

Apple says a virtual assistant can assist a user with a variety of different tasks. One such task would be to assist in...

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Four reasons Apple should bid on Time Warner

Josh Centers, writing for TidBITS:

Telecom giant AT&T is seeking to purchase content giant Time Warner (which is no longer affiliated with Time Warner Cable, see “AT&T Aims to Buy Time Warner for $84.5 Billion,” 24 October 2016). However, the deal could run into regulatory obstacles, with politicians on both sides of the aisle questioning the merger. It also doesn’t help that the Department of Justice is suing AT&T subsidiary DirecTV.


Goldman Sachs is reportedly pushing Apple to make a competing bid for Time Warner, but Apple is resisting. However, I think Apple should consider the possibility. Here are four reasons why.

This is a great, thoughtful read. Should Apple spend the cash to instantly acquire one of the biggest, highest quality content libraries on the planet? Would they burn bridges in doing so, alienate players they are trying to bring to the table?

I find this all a fascinating business.


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Major French retail chain claims AirPods will be...

Major French electronics retail chain FNAC is claiming that it will have AirPods in stock on November 30, and is taking pre-orders for delivery on this date, notes Mac4Ever.

Although the preorder page specifies only November, the order confirmation (seen above) specifies the end of the month in two separate places.

Whether this is based on solid information or just another guess is unclear. At this point, we’ve heard plenty of conflicting reports about when the long-delayed wireless headphones will finally go on sale …


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Biggest spike in traffic deaths in 50 years? Blame...

New York Times:

The messaging app Snapchat allows motorists to post photos that record the speed of the vehicle. The navigation app Waze rewards drivers with points when they report traffic jams and accidents. Even the game Pokémon Go has drivers searching for virtual creatures on the nation’s highways.


After steady declines over the last four decades, highway fatalities last year recorded the largest annual percentage increase in 50 years. And the numbers so far this year are even worse. In the first six months of 2016, highway deaths jumped 10.4 percent, to 17,775, from the comparable period of 2015, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

I don’t see this as alarmist. Clearly, there are more apps each year that are useful and usable while driving. Will we address this before we ultimately make the move to autonomous vehicles? Is there an obligation on Apple and Google’s part to do something about this?


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Analyst: Apple will launch 5.8-inch iPhone next year...

In a note to clients — as noted by MacRumors — KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims Apple will launch an all-new iPhone with a 5.8-inch OLED panel in 2017, but that he smartphone's actual active area will be a smaller 5.1 to 5.2 inches.

We predict OLED iPhone will be 5.1-5.2”, despite various market speculation. In terms of the display size of the OLED iPhone, current information from the upstream points to 5.8”, while that from the downstream points to 5”, which does not conflict, in our view,” he says. “We predict OLED iPhone will adopt a 5.7-5.8” flexible OLED panel (with Samsung (KR) as the exclusive supplier). Nonetheless, for ‘specific design purposes’, the actual active area may be around 5.1-5.2”. Other than the OLED model, we expect Apple to launch new 4.7” and 5.5” TFT-LCD iPhone models.

The all-new OLED-based iPhone will be accompanied by 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones with traditional...

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The latest supposed shipping date for Apple AirPods...

According to Mac4Ever, French retailer Fnac has started the preorder process for Apple’s AirPods, which will begin shipping Nov. 30. They’ll retail for € 179.99 , one euro more than Apple's online price.

The supposed shipping date for the AirPods keeps changing. Follow closely now: they were supposed to ship in “late October.” Then they were moved to later in the year. Then a report from the Economic Daily News (via Digitimes) said that they wouldn’t begin shipping until January 2017. 

Then a report from...

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Rumor: Apple to integrate AR technology into its...

Apple plans to integrate augmented reality (AR) technology into the iPhone’s Camera app, according to Business Insider, quoting an unnamed “person familiar with the matter.”

The effort “reflects Apple’s near-term desire to put augmented reality technology into consumers' hands even as it develops special glasses that could eventually change the way people perceive their surroundings,” the article adds. Apple also recently hired an expert in head-mounted displays, in the latest sign of its longer-term glasses initiative, according to Bloomberg.

Chances the rumor is true (IMHO): 90%. After all the company has been granted several patents for augmented reality technology.


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∞ The Apple TV, Apple’s 50% fee cut, and the walled...

Yesterday, Bloomberg reported that Apple cut video subscription fees to all partners from 30% to 15%:

Apple’s hefty cut of sales made via its App Store has long angered partners, some of whom have accused the technology giant of anti-competitive behavior. The concessions speak to the growing importance of video to Apple, which next month will introduce a new app devoted to TV shows and movies.


Some video partners have already been paying 15 percent of monthly subscription fees to Apple. The company is now extending the rate to all subscription video services as long as they are integrated with Apple’s new TV app, said the people who asked not to be identified because the changes aren’t public. To compensate for the fee, some providers increased the price of their services sold through the App Store to equal the revenue generated on other distribution channels.

The Apple TV is not the walled garden of iOS. While iOS uses services like Apple Music and...

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Apple's new high-end OLED 2017 iPhone expected...

Apple is widely expected to introduce a new premium iPhone model in 2017 featuring an all-new design and OLED display, but the screen will be sized somewhere in between the current iPhone and iPhone Plus, according to one well-connected insider.

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KGI: Apple planning one 5.2-inch OLED iPhone 8 with...

The latest report from KGI suggests Apple will breakaway from the existing two phone strategy next year with another high-end tier. The report says Apple is planning one new iPhone, dubbed iPhone 8, with major chassis redesigns and component upgrades featuring an OLED screen about 5.2-inches in size. It will also make two new iPhones with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays; these will be more iterative successors to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

The OLED iPhone appears to be the most interesting phone that will include the most ‘new’ stuff. If the KGI report comes to pass, in 2017 the high-end iPhone will not be the one with the biggest screen.


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Rumor: Apple to cut fees on App Store video services

Apple plans to cut the amount it charges to sell video services over its App Store, “a move to appease partners whose movies and TV shows are vital to the technology giant’s video strategy,” reports Bloomberg.

The Cupertino, California-based company intends to reduce the slice of revenue it is paid by subscription video streaming apps from the current 30% to 15%, the article adds, quoting unnamed “people familiar with the plans.” Other non-video apps see their bill from Apple halved from 30% only after a customer has completed a year’s subscription. 

Bloomberg adds that Apple’s new TV app is part of the company’s effort to make its devices the hub for watching video by pooling television shows and movies from multiple apps in one place. The app provides one place to access TV shows and movies, as well as a place to...

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iPhone sends call logs to Apple servers even when...

Update: Apple has not yet commented on the specific claims made, but tells us:

We offer call history syncing as a convenience to our customers so that they can return calls from any of their devices. Apple is deeply committed to safeguarding our customers’ data. That’s why we give our customers the ability to keep their data private. Device data is encrypted with a user’s passcode, and access to iCloud data including backups requires the user’s Apple ID and password. Apple recommends all customers select strong passwords and use two-factor authentication.

Elcomsoft – the Russian company which sells iPhone cracking tools to governments and corporations – says that iPhones send near real-time call logs to Apple servers even when iCloud backup is switched off, and that these logs are stored for up to four months.

Elcomsoft CEO Vladimir Katalov told ...

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Apple wants iPhones and Apple Watches to be able to...

Apple is looking into whether its devices can be used to monitor data in real time on the well-being of patients with Parkinson’s, reports Fast Company.

The company is investigating to see if the iPhone and Apple Watch can be used to passively monitor data in real time. And it’s hoping to build an evidence base to demonstrate the effectiveness of mobile monitoring, Fast Company adds.

This effort is purportedly being overseen by Stephen, who joined Apple from Sage Bionetworks, a nonprofit that provides tools for biomedical research. Sage has been a high-profile partner for some of Apple's ResearchKit, HealthKit, and CareKit applications.

ResearchKit turns an iPhone into a tool for medical research by helping doctors, scientists and other researchers gather data more frequently and more accurately...

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Rumor: Apple could see OLED supply constraint prior...

One popular rumor for the next-gen iPhone is the adoption of OLED screen panels for the handset, especially given that both the Apple Watch and the Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro now use OLED components.

Unfortunately, supply constraints may keep OLED panels further down the road.

A new report says that the four main suppliers for OLED displays won’t have enough production capacity to meet demand next year and further into 2018. This is primarily due to OLED screens being more difficult to produce than LCD panels. Right now, the four top suppliers for OLED panels are Samsung Display, LG Display, Sharp, and Japan Display. But at this point, Apple expects Samsung to be sole supplier in 2017.

Apple apparently plans to ship at least one new iPhone...

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French retailer claims Nov. 30 shipping ship date...

A French reseller has started pre-orders of the Apple wireless AirPods, and is telling customers that the highly sought-after device will ship on Nov. 30.

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Sal Soghoian says ‘ask Apple’ about future of Mac...

Sal Soghoian, the man who headed up user automation tools at Apple – including AppleScript and Automatorsays that he left the company last month when Apple eliminated his position ‘for business reasons.’ Chicago Sun-Times tech columnist Andy Ihnatko broke the news yesterday, with Soghoian explaining more in a newly-added FAQ on his website.

It’s unclear whether other team members have also been let go, but Soghoian says those concerned about the future of user automation in macOS should ask Apple.

Ask Apple. Seriously, if you have any questions or concerns about the future of user automation, ask Apple. If user automation technologies are important to you,...

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iFixit completes first Touch Bar-equipped 13-inch...

The cool cats at iFixit have finished their teardown of the new 13-inch Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro and discovered some neat differences when compared with the MacBook Pro without the Touch Bar. First, both 13-inch models have the exact same dimensions, but the Touch Bar machine weighs 20 grams less, which iFixit puts down to the laptop’s smaller battery.

The new MacBook Pro is not designed to be user-serviceable, which iFixit commented on by giving it a repairability rating of 1/10. During the teardown, the firm found that the internal layout of the components has been redesigned to make space for the new Touch Bar, which broke as it was removed from the chassis and was deemed difficult to replace. The flex cable connecting...

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Apple patent shows Siri interjecting in iMessage...

An Apple patent published today describes how Siri could interject in iMessage chats to do things like help schedule meetings based on the location and availability of chat participants.

In one illustration, when one chat participant asks ‘How long ’til you guys get here?’ Siri interjects by checking everyone’s location and then answering the question. In another, a chat participant asks Siri when the group could get together for lunch, and it checks each of their diaries to offer slots when all are free …


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iClever’s BoostCube provides lots of USB charging in...

If you travel with a lot of Apple devices, iClever’s BoostCube TC04 4-Port USB Wall Charger can save you some space and alleviate cord clutter. The charger has, as you might guess from the moniker, four USB ports. 

This can prevent you from having to carry multiple chargers that each have fewer ports. Also, the BoostCube is a convenient size as it can fit between two standard plugs on a power strip. It can also be plugged into a standard duplex outlet without interfering with the other plug. All of this means the charger is handy for office and home use, as well as for travel.

However, when you’re on the road, the prongs fold in to take up less space. When plugged in, the BoostCube emits a blue light to let you know it has power. 

Note that the iClever device is capped at 40 volts and 8 amps. If you have four newer iPhones and iPads that crave 2.4 amps, you’ll see a bit of...

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How to migrate to new MacBook Pros using Paragon...

With the release of new MacBook Pros, lots of Mac users will be migrating to thenew systems. Paragon Software has released a guide of seven steps on how to migrate in the most efficient, fastest and safest way and how to securely and permanently wipe data on the old system.

Once you decide to buy Apple’s Lamborghini of laptop computers, you’ll first need to transfer all the data from your old system. Of course, it’s possible to do with built-in Mac utilities like Time Machine or Migration Assistant, but does that really transfer all of your data? The most reliable method is to make a full copy of your disk using a specialized third-party utility like Paragon...

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Jony Ive says his team looks forward, not back, but...

With Apple’s $199/$299 Designed by Apple in California photo book having received mixed reactions, Jony Ive told Dazed that the company didn’t necessarily actively want to create the book, but felt obligated to do so. This follows an earlier interview with a Japanese design website.

We started the project about eight years ago, with the feeling that we had a responsibility to try and create an archive of what we’ve done. Honestly, it felt more of an...

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The Morning After: Thursday, November 17, 2016

We put the 4K-ready Chromecast to the test, saw increasingly less snow around the US, and gawp at the first hybrid Mini -- as well as a whole bunch of new cars coming out of the LA Auto Show. There's also the discovery of a "Watch Dogs 2" character t...

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Streaming-box app comparison: Roku vs. Chromecast vs...

App selection should be one of the biggest factors in choosing a streaming media player, because all the fancy features in the world don’t mean much if you can’t watch the movies, TV shows, and other content that you want.

The good news is that there’s relative app parity among the major streaming-media devices, including Apple TV, Amazon’s Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, the Roku boxes...

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Twitter Cracks Down on Cyber Hate

Twitter on Tuesday suspended the account of Richard Spencer, one of the leading voices of the alt-right movement. It also expanded the use of several existing tools and changed policies to make it easier for users to fight back against abuse and harassment. Twitter suspended the accounts of Spencer, president of the National Policy Institute, a white nationalist think tank. It also suspended the account of the organization, as well as the accounts of its online magazine and Washington Summit Publishers.

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Wednesday November 16

Apple invention integrates Siri into iMessage, aids...

An Apple patent application published Thursday suggests the company is investigating the potential of integrating its Siri virtual assistant into Messages, with claims suggesting the feature might assist users with peer-to-peer payments.

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Report reconfirms 2017 OLED iPhone to be limited by...

A report late Wednesday reconfirms rumors of an OLED iPhone variant anticipated to debut in 2017, noting the advanced display technology might be limited to higher-end models as panel manufacturers currently lack the ability to handle Apple's expectedly large order volume.

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Supply constraints said to plague Apple’s plans to...

One long-running rumor for next year’s iPhone is the adoption of OLED screen panels. While the Apple Watch and the MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar use OLED technology, the iPhone has stuck with traditional LCD panels. A new report from Bloomberg, however, says that supply constraints may thwart Apple’s plan to switch to OLED panels next year…


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Apple researching methods to monitor Parkinson'...

In a potential expansion to its current health and wellness offerings, headlined by ResearchKit and HealthKit, Apple is reportedly investigating the viability of employing Apple Watch and iPhone in real-time monitoring of patients with Parkinson's disease.

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Watch: Unboxing Apple's 13" and 15"...

Most buyers in the market for Apple's MacBook Pro with Touch Bar will end up purchasing one of two models, the portable but capable 13-inch version or the powerful 15-inch flagship. But choosing one means missing out on an epic dual unboxing. Luckily, they can live vicariously through us.

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Hands-on impressions: 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch...

After going hands-on with the Late-2016 13-inch MacBook Pro sans Touch Bar, I was finally able to spend some significant hands-on time with the real MacBook Pro for this generation, the Touch Bar-equipped version.

Outside of a few obvious differences, the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar shares the same form factor and design as the version without Apple’s fancy new input method. Therefore, I’m going to avoid rehashing topics that I’ve already covered, such as in-depth impressions of the keyboard, trackpad, display, build quality, etc. If you want a hands-on synopsis of the overall design of the Late-2016 MacBook Pro, then be sure to read our original hands-on post.

These impressions will focus on the areas that differentiate the Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro from the entry-level model. It is here where you’ll find my hands-on impressions of the Touch Bar,...

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Apple to reportedly integrate AR features into...

Adding to rumors of Apple's augmented reality ambitions, a report on Wednesday claims the company is working to bring unspecified AR features to its first-party camera app on iPhone.

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Report: Apple working to integrate augmented reality...

Tim Cook has long expressed his interest in augmented reality, often touting the technology’s capabilities and even suggesting it has more real-world potential than virtual reality. Now, a report from Business Insider offers up some details as to how Apple plans to integrate augmented reality into the iPhone…


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Apple to halve App Store fees for content providers...

Apple is reportedly planning an App Store fee schedule revision that will see its slice of revenue from subscription video services, and potentially other non-video providers, drop from the customary 30 percent to only 15 percent.

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Apple reportedly set to reduce its revenue cut of...

Apple is reportedly planning to change how it handles subscriptions for video streaming services via the App Store. According to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple will cut the percentage of revenue it takes from streaming video apps in an effort to improve its relationship with those in that industry…


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Apple dissolves Mac automation management post, Sal...

It was revealed on Wednesday that longtime Apple Product Manager of Automation Technologies Sal Soghoian, whose work is responsible for services like AppleScript and Automator, will be leaving the company in December as his post was recently eliminated.

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Report details Apple’s negotiations for original TV...

A new report out of The Information this evening outlines more details concerning Apple’s efforts when it moves to securing original content rights. The report, which reiterates some of what we already knew concerning Apple’s efforts, focuses on the company’s reserved and “quixotic” attitudes…


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Sal Soghoian

Correct. I joined Apple in January of 1997, almost twenty years ago, because of my profound belief that “the power of the computer should reside in the hands of the one using it.” That credo remains my truth to this day. Recently, I was informed that my position as Product Manager of Automation Technologies was eliminated for business reasons. Consequently, I am no longer employed by Apple Inc. But, I still believe my credo to be as true today as ever.

I’ve known Sal for years, and he is one of the smartest people I’ve ever met. He cared about Apple and the user.

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Twitter introduces new Snapchat-like QR codes for...

As it struggles to keep user growth up to par with services like Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat, Twitter today is rolling out a new way to discover users. Announced in a tweet from a Twitter designer, users can now create custom QR codes to make it easier to follow and discover accounts…


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Microsoft releases first preview build of Visual...

As expected, Microsoft today made its Visual Studio developer environment available on macOS. The first preview of Visual Studio for Mac is live now, with Microsoft hoping that the cross-platform availability will push more developers to build for Windows.


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Investment company thinks Apple preparing is...

According to TheStreet, analysts at the investment company Exane BNP Paribas think Apple is tooling up to create custom chips for its next generation of Mac laptops.

Apple is advertising 87 hardware engineering graphics roles, including 10 in London, according to Exane. A search of Apple's website found 62 of those roles, including eight in Apple's Hanover Street office in London.

The graphics job vacancies suggest that Apple is building a completely new chip design team, which in our experience points to a new application," Exane analysts David O'Conner and Jerome Ramel wrote in a note published Wednesday. "The need for computing, CPU and/or GPU skills could point to a custom Apple chip for the Apple MacBook. it is entirely plausible that Apple could produce a beefed up 7mm apps processor ... capable of powering a MacBook in 2018.”

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iPhone 7/7 Plus adoption outpaced that of the iPhone...

A new report from research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners — as noted by 9to5Mac — shows that iPhone 7 and 7 Plus adoption outpaced that of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus during its first month of sales, although falling short of the iPhone 6/6 Plus launch.

“The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus launch falls between the wildly-successful iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launch in 2014, and the somewhat disappointing launch of the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus in 2015,” said Josh Lowitz, CIRP partner and co-founder. “The combined share for the 7 and 7 Plus launch is up slightly from the 71% share for the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus in 2015, and down considerably from the 81% share for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in 2014. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus benefitted from a new form factor, a larger screen, and the introduction of the even larger and premium-priced...

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Notable apps and app updates for Nov. 16, 2016

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

macOS Apps/Updates

Bits&Coffee has released PhotoMarks 3, an update of the photo watermarking app for Macs and PCs, alongside PhotoMarks for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. 

The tool enables photographers, web designers, business people, and families, to protect their copyrighted images on any computer or iOS device they own. PhotoMarks 3 for the Mac can completely customize the appearance of text and logo marks, as well as perform additional edits like resize, rename, auto rotate, or decorate photos with graphical frames, all in the same session. It works by editing photos...

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Microsoft releases preview edition of Visual Studio...

As anticipated earlier this week, Microsoft on Wednesday released Visual Studio for the Mac, bringing over one of its signature Windows developer tools.

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Report: iPhone 7 adoption higher than iPhone 6...

A new report from research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners today details Apple’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus launch, showing some numbers that support the company’s continued claims of increasing Android switchers and more.

It also shows that the iPhone 7 adoption managed to outpace that of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus during its first month of sales, although falling short of the iPhone 6/6 Plus launch:

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Podcast 534: The Mac book the isn't a computer

In the week since we last spoke, Susie reviewed the MacBook Pro models with the new Touch Bar. She finds the Touch Bar very useful, a refreshing change in how we use our Macs, and perfectly in line with technology's recent focus on putting the stuff you need in front of you when you need it.

Then Apple announced a vanity project that really stretches the word vanity: _Designed by Apple in California_, a coffee table book slash wordless design manual that could be a cool idea if the proceeds were going to any number of charities. (Spoiler: They are not.) So we share our feelings about that, and then extend the discussion to Apple's attitude overall lately. Let us know your thoughts, too.

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MacBook Pro teardown reveals pointless speaker...

If you have a new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, don’t think that putting your ears closer to the speaker grilles will make it sound louder. A recent teardown revealed that the grilles are just for show.

According to a teardown of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar by iFixit, the speaker grilles don’t actually align with the internal speakers. In fact, the grilles don’t even go down through the case, which means that Apple put them next to the keyboard for purely “cosmetic” reasons. The sound on the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar actually comes out through the air vents on the sides.

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Google CEO to meet with EU antitrust chief

Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai will meet in Brussels with EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager and Guenther Oettinger, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, as the final stop in a short tour of the continent, spokespeople for Google and the EU confirmed.

Google is some trouble in the EU and the situation could get much worse.

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How to capture screenshots of the new Touch Bar on...

The Touch Bar input strip on new MacBook Pro models is itself a Retina Display, but it doesn't show up as a display in System Report. That's prompted Apple to create specialized support in its Grab app to enable capture of screenshots of its current status.

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Killer Deal: $100-$200 off Late 2016 13"...

Apple authorized reseller B&H is taking triple digit discounts off select 2016 13-inch MacBook Pro models without a Touch Bar. On top of the instant savings, B&H will not collect sales tax on orders outside NY and expedited shipping is free. In total, shoppers can save $236-$408, making these the largest discounts we've seen on the new models to date.

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Amazon's Music Unlimited upgrades with monthly...

Amazon on Wednesday launched two Family plans for subscribers to Music Unlimited, its recently-launched competitor to on-demand services like Spotify and Apple Music.

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Microsoft Announces Visual Studio For Mac

On the sidelines of major announcements such as Microsoft joining the Linux Foundation, and Google joining the .NET Foundation, at its Connect(); 2016 developer conference, Microsoft also announced that it bringing Visual Studio for rival platform Mac. The company also announced a preview of the next version of SQL Server, and a preview of Azure App Service support for containers. From a Venture Beat report:"We want to help developers achieve more and capitalize on the industry's shift toward cloud-first and mobile-first experiences using the tools and platforms of their choice," Microsoft Cloud and enterprise executive vice president Scott Guthrie said in a statement. "By collaborating with the community to provide open, flexible, and intelligent tools and cloud services, we're helping every developer deliver unprecedented levels of innovation." The fact that Microsoft is bringing its IDE to macOS would have arguably been the biggest news of the day, had the company not leaked the...

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Router configuration – easy security and enhancements

Here are some good, common sense things you can do to make changes to your home router.

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How to add or disable Touch ID fingerprints, Apple...

The new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is the first of Apple’s Macs to include a Touch ID sensor built-in for Apple Pay, unlocking the Mac with your fingerprint, and authentication purposes in third-party apps.

Other Macs can use Apple Pay, but they need to use a nearby iPhone or Apple Watch to authenticate and complete the purchase.

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Valve developer claims macOS SteamVR release coming...

Reiterated by a report on Wednesday, an executive for Valve's Steam digital delivery platform has declared that preliminary versions of the company's VR platform will be available for macOS and Linux very soon.

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Apple and original TV content

Apple’s in an interesting, but tough spot here. They could be the vehicle to bring original content to your home with Apple TV, or they could add their own original content and battle with Netflix and Amazon.

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Pixelmator 3.6 brings Touch Bar support

Pixelmator 3.6 Cordillera brings full support for macOS Sierra and the all-new MacBook Pro Touch Bar, adds Tabs so you can manage your Pixelmator windows with ease, includes a content-aware Smart Refine feature, Deep Images support, and more.

There are a lot of changes in the latest version, including macOS Sierra and Touch Bar support. This is one of the first apps I install on any of my devices.

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Google's Allo gets Fantastic Beasts stickers,...

Allo is the future of Google’s messaging efforts, and the service has been furiously adding new features to make it a more fun and engaging place to have conversations.

The latest update takes advantage of the popularity surrounding the latest Harry Potter-franchise film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. You can grab a sticker pack that adds in characters from the Harry Potter universe, something that’s sure to delight fans.

Additionally, Allo is bringing in background themes as promised, and will suggest emojis based on your conversation. When typing you can hit the “Smart Smiley” button for suggested emojis and stickers that may help you say what you want with a little more pizzazz.

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Audi, Kia & Genesis announce new vehicles ready...

Several automakers have announced new CarPlay-ready vehicles in anticipation of this week's Los Angeles Auto Show, among them Kia, and luxury brands Audi and Genesis.

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How to create Touch Bar screenshots on the new...

Apple’s new flagship MacBook Pro replaces the function key row with a dynamic multi-touch display called Touch Bar. This new screen changes based on which app you’re currently using and enables quick access to additional functionality throughout macOS.

One example of this is how Touch Bar handles screenshots. Whether you’re using the system keyboard shortcuts to create a screenshot or using the optional screenshot button on Touch Bar, you can assign the app or folder where you want the screenshot to save to on-the-fly.

And since Touch Bar is actually a second display, you can create a screenshot of whatever Touch Bar is displaying using a new system keyboard shortcut…


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Touch Bar MacBook Pro teardown finds some unpleasant...


Apple is selling two new computers that it's calling MacBook Pros: one model without the new Touch Bar and one model with a Touch Bar. But according to a teardown of the Touch Bar model by iFixit, the differences don't stop there. The Touch Bar has an entirely different motherboard, cooling system, and internal layout. Unfortunately some of those changes make it even more difficult to repair than its cousin.

The Touch Bar MacBook Pro has a much larger cooling system than the non-Touch Bar model—it uses two fans instead of one, and the symmetrical and vaguely mustache-...

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Google Translate is tapping into neural networks for...

Google Translate is rolling out a major upgrade that promises more human-like language translations.

Google is bullish on its Neural Machine Translation technology, claiming that it’s a bigger upgrade to the service than everything that’s been accomplished in the last ten years combined.

The company is rolling out the improvements to eight language pairs in Google search, the Translate apps, and the website. You’ll find the new technology behind translations between English and French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Turkish. Google says that makes up more than 35 percent of all language queries.

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Everything you need to know about USB-C &...

Apple has decisively transitioned its new MacBook Pros to use the slim, unidirectional new USB-C port first introduced on the Retina MacBook a year and a half ago. Its latest MacBook Pro machines not only supply more connectors, but also support the enhanced new USB 3.1 Gen 2 and Thunderbolt 3 protocols for blazing fast wired connectivity and high resolution displays.

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Apple marketing power, inconsistent video purchasing...

With Apple both throwing its weight around to capture exclusives for video content -- and not willing to get in a bidding war with other streaming services for content -- Hollywood is said to be beginning to question the company's future intentions as a media venue.

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Manhattan DA's office says it has 423 uncracked...

The Manhattan district attorney's office now has 423 uncrackable devices in its evidence room, all of them Apple products running iOS 8 or later, according to a new report.

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Amazon’s iPhone app now gives you X-Ray vision for...

Tucked in Amazon’s big Black Friday news this morning was the announcement of a handy Package X-Ray feature for its iPhone shopping app. The app can now leverage your iPhone’s camera to reveal the contents of an Amazon delivery without having to actually open up the package or hunt down tracking numbers.


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The next versions of Visual Studio are here on...

Microsoft’s Connect developer conference kicked off Wednesday with some expected news: The next versions of the Visual Studio IDE have arrived on Windows and Mac. (Yep, you read that right.)

After a set of leaks from MSDN Magazine on Monday, the company officially confirmed Wednesday morning that it’s bestowing the Visual Studio brand on Xamarin Studio, a C# development environment for the Mac that the company acquired earlier this year when it bought the company of the same name. In addition, Microsoft’s confusingly named Visual Studio “15” has been officially renamed Visual Studio 2017 and given a release candidate at the show.


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MacX Media Management Bundle: Turn DVDs into files...

We live in a wonderful age where we no longer need to fill shelves with videotapes, vinyl albums, CDs, or DVDs. Most media is now available in digital formats that can bring the music or movie to life without taking up physical space. Our Apple World Today Deals Shop Deal of the Day is perfect for converting those videos that aren't available yet. It's the MacX Media Management Bundle ($19.95)!

The bundle consists of three powerful tools from Digiarty:

MacX DVD Ripper Pro ($59.95 value)

You'll need a SuperDrive or similar DVD-compatible drive for your Mac, and with that drive and MacX DVD Ripper Pro you'll have your DVD library converted to digital files in no time flat. MacX DVD Ripper Pro does much more than just grab DVD...

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Apple-authorized reseller in Czech Republic expects...

Announced back in September, Apple's completely wireless AirPods still do not have a concrete shipping date, though one international reseller claims they won't arrive this month, instead becoming available in December.

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Seagate crams a massive 5TB into a portable hard...

Just in time for the holiday travel season, Seagate’s rolling out a device built for on-the-go folks with an insatiable thirst for more space. Later in November, you’ll be able to pick-up a Seagate Backup Plus Portable drive with a whopping five terabytes of storage capacity. That’s enough room to store about 1,000 high-definition movies, or three AAA PC games. (Just kidding, you can probably store twenty or so.)

Seagate is setting the price for the 2.5-inch external hard drive at $190. It comes in a 0.8-inch thick aluminum case with color options in black, silver, red, or blue, so you can look stylish stashing files at the airport. The device uses USB 3.0, and Seagate says you can expect data transfer rates up to 120MB/s, which is the standard on Seagate’s portable and slim drives.

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MacBook Pro Diary: I’ve come to terms with the fact...

I’ve always upgraded my MacBooks. Usually, I would spec out my machine with the best processor and GPU, and couple that to the bare-bones RAM and drive, then upgrade those components myself to avoid the Apple premium. Sometimes I’d upgrade more than once during a machine’s lifetime.

My Late 2011 17-inch MacBook Pro, for example, was bought with 8GB RAM and a 750GB hard drive. I immediately upgraded the RAM to 16GB – a ten-minute task – and swapped out both the hard drive and optical drive for two 1TB hard drives. Later on, when SSD prices fell to more sensible levels, I swapped out the spinning metal drives for a couple of 1TB SSDs. In this way, the 17-inch machine I was reluctant to give up has remained remarkably usable even five years on.

That approach is no longer an option. The RAM has long been soldered on in MacBooks, and the past couple of days confirmed what I suspected about the new MacBook...

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Apple’s iPad will continue to dominate the tablet...

Global market research firm TrendForce estimates that global tablet shipments for 2016 will total around 154.5 million units, translating to an annual decline of 8.3%.  However, Apple will remain the top tablet maker, though its market share is project to drop from 26.1% this year to 24.8% in 2017.

TrendForce thinks Apple will launch more affordable iPads to maintain its market share. Amazon made a splash in the tablet market with price-friendly products in 2015. Since then, Amazon’s tablet shipments rose sharply for two consecutive years, and its competitors have also shifted their focus on low-price models. 

“To narrow Amazon’s lead in this particular segment, Apple will be introducing a more affordable 9.7-inch iPad device in the first quarter of 2017,” TrendForce notebook analyst Anita Wang says. “While this low-price model is expected to be the main driver of iPad shipments for the entire year, whether it will be a hit...

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Latest AirPods release date hint expects launch next...

Apple’s new AirPods appear to take totally wireless earphones one step further than any competitor so far, but we can’t be too sure just yet because of the delayed release and impending launch. AirPods were originally set to release in late October, then Apple said it needed ‘a little more time’ to ensure they’re ready for customers.

We’re now moving past the iPhone 7 launch and into the holiday shopping season with no set launch date for AirPods, but there are a few guesses at just when we should expect to buy Apple’s new wireless earbuds …


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Apple to hold 8.3% of the notebook market in 2017...

Global notebook shipments for 2016 is estimated to decline by 4% compared with the prior year to around 157.9 million units, reports global research firm TrendForce. The good news for Apple: it’s expected to hold 8.3% of the notebook OS market next year as it benefits from shipments of the latest MacBook Pros. That will be up from 7.9% this year.

On a down note, notebook shipments will continue to fall next year as the LCD panel market experiences a structural supply shortage, according to TrendForce notebook analyst Anita Wang. Shipments of HD resolution (1366 x 768), Twisted Nematic (TN) panels for mainstream-size notebook displays will decrease by 10% between 2016 and 2017, she adds.

However,, Apple is unlikely to experience notebook panel shortage in the future because the brand is a major client of panel makers. The market share of Microsoft Windows, by contrast, will keep contracting in 2017 as other branded notebook...

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GraphicConverter: the photo conversion Swiss Army...

I’ve been a fan of GraphicConverter for decades. It’s probably the first image editor I ever used on my Mac, back in 1994. The developer has been faithful to the app and the Mac community for more than 20 years. And he’s a really nice guy as well.

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What Apple would have to do to comply with Donald...

President-elect Donald Trump has pushed a protectionist proposal that could to force Apple "to build their damn computers and things in this country." It's a suggestion that has been outright dismissed by most observers -- but should it be?

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Posters for sequels we’ll never see may restore your...

I’d pay good money to see the sequel to Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

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VR coming to the Mac ‘in a few months’

Windows is the dominant computing platform for VR gaming right now. However, Valve will encourage wider operating system support by bringing a SteamVR beta to macOS and Linux systems "in the next few months,” according to a Hexus report.

Valve’s Joe Ludwig made the statement during a talk at the Steam Dev Days event in Seattle in October. He said that the company's view is that VR should be as open to innovation as possible and this would mean the elimination of platform “gatekeepers” such as Windows if it were the only platform to support VR entertainment and gaming. Developers and users are asking Valve for VR support on other operating systems, Ludwig said.

Valve is the creator of Steam, the game platform that distributes and manages thousands of games directly to a community of more than 65...

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The Week in iOS Accessories: A "pop-up"...

New accessories of the week

This week’s roundup of accessories includes the Spontaneous Pop-Up Display—portable enough to fit in your bag, big enough for gameplay and serious work. Read on!

Arovia Spontaneous

The Spontaneous Pop-Up Display (a $349 pledge on Kickstarter) is a nifty idea: It lets you create a large, desktop-monitor-sized display for your iOS device or MacBook—but does it with a device that’s a bit like a pop-up tent, meaning it’s very portable, easy to set up and break down. Apparently it’s a popular idea: The makers had a Kickstarter goal of raising $33,000 to get the SPUD into production; with a month left to go they’ve already raised more than $440,000.


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Testing a Tesla to avoid hitting humans

Watch the Tesla Model S as a tester stands in the road, walks into the road, etc. Fascinating.

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13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar teardown shows...

The first full tear-down of Apple's 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar has concluded, with confirmation of a non-removable SSD, and as expected the computer has little possibility of user repairability.

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Ars Technica MacBook Pro Touch Bar review

One of the best technical MacBook Pro Touch Bar reviews I’ve yet read. Lots of detail, pictures, along with the Touch Bar video embedded in the main post.

Nice job by Andrew Cunningham. Lots of little details, especially useful if you are comparing 13″ and 15″ or Touch Bar, non-Touch Bar models.

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32 must-use IFTTT applets to help you handle the...

f you’ve not yet used or created any IFTTT “recipes,” the holiday season is as good a time as any to start. After all, who wants to take valuable attention away from a New Year’s Eve celebration to post a greeting to your social media followers?

If you’ve never heard of IFTTT, it stands for “If This, Then That.” And it’s a free service that connects other services and invokes automated actions, such as auto backup of your Instagram photos to Google Drive.  Automated IFTTT tasks used to be called “recipes,” but they are now referred to as “applets.” IFTTT says the new applets offer more functionality than recipes and developers can reportedly integrate them into their products more easily.

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Amazon Music Unlimited launches $15/month or $150/...

Following a launch of its new Amazon Music Unlimited plan in the U.S. last month followed by an EU launch earlier this week, today the company announced a family plan option for the service. 


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Super Mario Run, here December 15th, adds a fun home...

Want to get a sense of the game? Go here. And be sure to click the arrows on the side of the screen. There’s lots of content here, all designed to whet your appetite for the game.

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Command-Tab Plus is a new keyboard-centric app...

Note-Ify Apps has introduced Command-Tab Plus 1.0 for macOS. It’s an alternative for Mac's built-in Command-Tab app switcher. 

With Command-Tab Plus, you use icon numbers to quickly select and switch between apps. To do that, use a shortcut to open the switch window and simply press the app number on the keyboard. 

When using Command-Tab Plus, it displays only the icons of the apps running on the current display or space. This means it isolates the apps in one space, and the apps in other spaces. However, you can disable this function in the app's settings.

By default, Command-tab Plus hides the icons of all inactive (hidden) apps. This function allows you to quickly switch between the apps you’re using at the moment. The Command-Tab Plus settings let you enable the hidden apps to be shown, so the inactive apps icons will be marked (semitransparent) and displayed at the end of the list. 


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John Gruber’s take on the new MacBook Pro and the...

This is a bit of a long post, too multi-faceted to do it justice with a few call outs. But this one paragraph resonates big time:

To me, an iPad in notebook mode — connected to a keyboard cover — is so much less nice than a real notebook. And the difference is more stark when compared to a great notebook, like these MacBook Pros. There are advantages to the tablet form factor, but no tablet will ever be as nice as a notebook as these MacBook Pros. I also prefer MacOS over iOS for, well, “doing work”. I think I’m more productive on a Mac than I am on an iPad. I can’t prove it, but even if I’m wrong, the fact that I feel like it’s true matters. I always feel slightly hamstrung working on an iPad. I never do on a Mac (at least once I’ve got it configured with all the apps and little shortcuts, scripts, and utilities I use).

I love the idea of the Touch Bar, happy to have more functionality on my Mac. But the key element that keeps me on my Mac is the idea of a pointer I...

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Three Smartflash patent claims against Apple are...

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has invalidated the asserted claims of three Smartflash media storage patents, including two that were part of a $533 million jury verdict against Apple in 2015, finding most of them to be abstract, reports Law360.

In separate America Invents Act covered business method reviews, the PTAB on Nov. 10 effectively invalidated all the claims that remained of the three Smartflash patents in the instant cases, following a series of related decisions in recent months, the article adds.

Filed in 2013, the original lawsuit claims that the iTunes Store, the Apple App Store, the Mac App Store, and Apple's other transaction services infringe on three Smartflash patents that cover "data storage and...

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Apple's MacBook Pro Touch Bar currently lets...

In Safari, the Touch Bar on Apple's new MacBook Pro can currently be used to scrub through YouTube videos -- including normally unskippable 30-second pre-roll ads, owners have discovered.

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‘iFixIt’ tears down the 13-inch MacBook Pro with...

The gang at iFixIt, which tears down tech products to look at their innards, has released a “teardown” of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. 

As Apple's second OLED-equipped device, the Touch Bar MBP also shares some family ties with the Apple Watch. iFixIt found two custom Apple chips right where the Touch Bar interfaces with the logic board. Presumably one of these is the T1 processor powering the Touch Bar. Teardown highlights include:

The MacBook’s speaker grilles don’t actually cover the speakers—and the grille holes aren’t even holes. They’re mostly cosmetic dimples (with a few tiny holes reserved for a pair of tweeters). Instead, the sound is directed through vents on the sides of the computer and into your earholes.

With MagSafe gone, a wayward step on the power cord is more likely to damage your ports—so, it's...

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Apple nabs exclusive first access rights to doc on...

CNET reports that Apple has secured exclusive first access rights to "808," a documentary film that explores the birth, popularity and influence of the Roland TR-808.

It's narrated by Apple Music's own Beats 1 DJ, Zane Lowe, and features a variety of interviews with the likes of Pharrell, Questlove, Rick Rubin, Afrika Bambaataa, David Guetta and more. The doc originally premiered at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival. Those who subscribe to Apple Music can watch it now. It will be available Dec. 19 to rent or download from iTunes.

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