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Monday January 2

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.”

∞ Read this on The Loop

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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
The 
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!

VoiceCam

Image by VoiceCam

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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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10:52
The Public Access Weekly: Aud lang syne

Hey all -- we're doing an abbreviated Public Access Weekly today because it's the holidays, it's almost CES and my plane home was delayed last night. (Side note, apparently it's possible to drop your phone into a plane's fuselage which someone learn...

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10:48
Apple Music was number nine among the top smartphone...

Apple Music landed on the number nine spot of the 10 top smartphone apps of 2016, according to a Nielsen survey. The research group says it had over 68 million average unique users. That’s up 20% year-over-year.

Ahead of Apple Music in the list were Facebook, FaceBook Messenger, YouTube, Google Maps, Google Search, Google Play, Gmail, and Instagram. In the 10th spot, behind Apple Music, was the Amazon App.

Facebook had more than 146 million average unique users each month, a growth of 14% from last year. Facebook Messenger came in second with over 129 million average unique users each month, followed by YouTube with more than 113 million average unique users each month.

Among the top 10 smartphone apps, the apps with highest year-over-year change were Amazon App and Instagram, with 43% and 36% growth in users from 2015, respectively.

Smartphone penetration grew to 88% of U.S. mobile subscribers at the...

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10:43
Jack Dorsey asks users how to improve Twitter

“Whats the most important thing you want to see Twitter improve or create in 2017?” Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey posed this question to the platform’s users on Thursday, and what followed was a lively discussion that lasted several hours and included thousands of suggestions. 

Dorsey acknowledged in his tweet that he was following the lead of Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky, who conducted a similar social media poll earlier in the week. But the stakes could be even higher for Twitter, which has struggled to meet expectations under Dorsey's leadership.

CNBC reports that the top requests, based on a scan of the responses, were an edit button for tweets, a bookmark button for finding favorite tweets more easily, and better safety and reporting options for bullying.

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10:40
Consumer Reports Stands By Its Verdict, Won't...

Consumer Reports took many by surprise last week -- certainly Apple -- when it said it doesn't recommend the company's new MacBook Pro models. The American magazine, which has garnered credibility over 80 years of its existence, said battery life on Apple's new laptops was all over the place -- hitting 19 hours in a test, but less than four hours in another. Last week, Apple's VP of Marketing, Phil Schiller insisted that Consumer Reports' findings didn't match the company's field data, and that Apple was working with Consumer Reports to understand its review. Now Consumer Reports has responded: The nonprofit organization is standing by its initial verdict in which it did not give the MacBook Pro (2016) its "recommended" rating. The organization has now said it doesn't think re-running the tests will change anything. "In this case, we don't believe re-running the tests are warranted for several reasons. First, as we point out in our original article, experiencing very high battery...

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10:18
The best stylus for your iPad or other touchscreen...

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09:57
Slower-than-expected iPhone 7 sales prompt Apple to...




Apple's new iPhone 7 lineup has "sold more sluggishly than expected," according to a new report, which claims that the company has cut orders for early 2017 by some 10 percent.

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09:45
Apple Music ranks ninth in 2016 Nielsen charts of...




Apple Music was the ninth-most popular smartphone app in the U.S. this year in terms of unique users, according to new Nielsen research data, despite it being heavily iOS-focused and of less use without a paid subscription.

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09:44
Facebook buys data on users' offline habits for...

At this point, it's well-known that Facebook is as much an advertising company as it is a social network. The company is probably second only to Google in the data it collects on users, but the info we all share on the Facebook site just isn't enough...

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09:43
Depth Effects for your iPhone camera

Thanks to Depth Effects for sponsoring The Loop this week.

Now everyone can get beautiful Portrait Mode photos with their iPhone. Depth Effects gives you the power to apply a striking depth of field to any photo. Get DLSR-quality focus and bokeh with simple controls. Also, Depth Effects is the best app for anamorphic depth of field and cinematic bokeh.

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09:41
iPhone 8: Everything we currently know about Apple’s...

What’s next for iPhone? 2017 will be Apple’s 10th anniversary iPhone year and the latest intel shows it could be one of the biggest updates to the device in a long time. Bigger, better, and curved displays, an all-glass design, wireless charging, and a new embedded home button are just some of the features Apple is reportedly considering for the iPhone 8. Head below for our full roundup of everything we currently know about Apple’s next flagship.

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09:30
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09:10
The year's biggest loser was the American public

Even if we judge 2016 purely on the musical legends it stole from us, it would be an awful one. The truth is, this year has been rough by any standard. Our social networks, ostensibly designed to connect us, led us to turn on one another. Incidents o...

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08:27
Sonos alarms are waking users a day early (updated)

Waking up to your favorite music is always nice, but it becomes rather annoying when you can't turn off said alarm. That's exactly what Sonos users are experiencing and one editor on our staff dealt with the headache first hand. In fact, the alarms a...

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08:17
Unboxing LG's 27-inch UltraFine 5K Display with...




With the first preorders now arriving in the hands of customers, AppleInsider offers a closer look at LG's gorgeous 27-inch UltraFine 5K Display, featuring Thunderbolt 3 connectivity to take advantage of Apple's latest MacBook Pros.

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08:00
Germany Could Ding Facebook for Fake News


The frenzied 2016 election cycle mercifully is over, but Facebook's fake news problem isn't going away. The company may face steep fines in Germany if it fails to address it satisfactorily. A bill slated for consideration next year would establish fines of up to $500,000 euros per day for each day that a fake news story persisted after notification of its falsehood was provided. The legislation, which has bipartisan support, would apply to other sites as well, but Facebook clearly is its main target.

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07:55
My 2017 predictions for the iPhone, iPad, Apple...

I've stared into my crystal ball and this is what I see happening in regards to Apple in 2017. Here’s what I’m predicting for the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple TV.

First, the iPhone. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus (I don't think they’ll be dubbed iPhone 10 and 10 Plus, even though 2017 is the 10th anniversary of Apple’s smartphone) will debut in September. They'll have a glass casing, a bezel-less form factor, and wireless charging. 

The next gen iPhones will sport a curved OLED screen, a faster A11 processor, be completely waterproof, and have no Home button. The Home button function, as well as Camera and Touch ID, will, per the rumor mill, be integrated into the display. (These features probably won’t apply to the second gen iPhone SE, which will be Apple’s low-end smartphone for the budget conscious.)

I’m dubious about this, but the 2017 Apple smartphones will have at least one model with a 5.8-inch screen, according to a...

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07:38
Microsoft thinks AR could help you find your lost...

You may think RFID tags are a pretty decent way to track your property, but Microsoft is trying to patent a much higher-tech system. A Hololens-like augmented reality device would scan your surroundings and keep tabs on objects like keys, wallets or...

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07:00
The Engadget Podcast Ep 20: I Can't Stand Up...

It's the last episode of the year and host Terrence O'Brien is closing things out with managing editor Dana Wollman and reviews editor Cherlynn Low. After looking at the biggest winners of 2016 last week, the crew is taking on the biggest losers. Tha...

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06:59
Lowest Prices Ever: Apple's high-end 2016 15...




36 hours only: We've saved the best for last with the lowest prices ever on two of Apple's most popular Macs. Pick up a Late 2016 15" MacBook Pro (2.7GHz, 16GB, 512GB, Radeon 455) in Space Gray for $2,479 ($320 off). Or save $170 on the 13" MacBook Air with 8GB of memory. Both are in stock and ready to ship with no tax outside NY. Happy New Year from B&H Photo and AppleInsider!

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06:53
Apple manufacturer Foxconn aiming to fully automate...




Apple's main manufacturing partner, Foxconn, is planning to eliminate human workers from its Chinese factories in three phases -- something already complete at some locations, a manager with Foxconn's Automation Technology Development Committee revealed on Friday.

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06:49
My Mac and macOS predictions for 2017

I've stared into my crystal ball and this is what I see happening in regards to Apple in 2017. First, let’s look at the Mac line-up, which was sorely neglected this year. 

The iMac will be revved with faster Kaby processors and get updated graphics. For the latter, I expect the AMD’s Zen processor in most models, and and AMD Polaris Graphics set in a high-end model. The new iMacs will also implement a True Tone display, which uses new four-channel sensors to dynamically adjust the white balance of the display to match the light around you for a more natural and accurate, paper-white viewing experience.

I don’t expect the basic design to change (can Apple make it any thinner?), though I think we’ll see a space gray all-in-one (and perhaps other colors). It’s possible that Apple may offer all Macs with flash drives only, dropping the Fusion drives. However, I think that Apple will continue to offer Fusion drives. In fact, if they’re truly wanting to...

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06:40
Foxconn has ten fully-automated production lines,...

Romantic images of bringing iPhone production back to the USA to create jobs were given a further blow today when Apple’s main iPhone assembler Foxconn announced that it has already deployed 40,000 robots on its production lines, and is working towards a goal of fully-automated factories.

Foxconn has already replaced more than half its workforce with robots since the launch of the iPhone 6, and the company’s Automation Technology Development Committee general manager Dai Jia-peng said that this was just the start of a three-phase plan … 

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06:20
Twitter boss says edit tweet feature is '...

CEO Jack Dorsey asked Twitter users what improvements they most wanted to see, and as you'd expect, he got an avalanche of replies -- over 5,700 so far. The most requested feature was the ability to edit tweets after you've sent them, rather than hav...

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06:09
AirPods builder Inventec expanding capacity, growing...




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.

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06:00
Disk Drill Pro 3 for Mac Lifetime License -- $34.99

One tool every Mac user should have in his or her kit of utilities is a good disk recovery program, one that can not only recover inadvertently deleted files, but even locate and restore lost partitions and the like. The Apple World Today team is proud to partner with Cleverfiles, the developers of Disk Drill Pro 3 for Mac, and with StackCommerce to bring you a lifetime license for Disk Drill Pro 3 for just $34.99.

You may have received our special email about Disk Drill Pro 3 on December 23, but if you didn't, here's what this app can do for you:

  • Scan & recover data from virtually any storage device w/ just the click of a button
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06:00
Burly Men at Sea spins an easygoing, yet entrancing...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.

Classic point-and-click adventure games have evolved over the years and recently saw a revival with Telltale’s successful episodic series. Based on licensed properties ranging from The Walking Dead to Minecraft and Game of Thrones, the games take the form of an interactive version of the classic choose-your-own-adventure books, letting you make decisions that gradually lead to different conclusions...

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05:52
Inventec expanding its capacity to met AirPod demand

Apple CEO Tim Cook has called the AirPods a “runaway success,” and maybe he’s not exaggerating. Apple is seeing strong demand for the wireless earpieces during the year-end holidays and its strong sales are expected to benefit the device's manufacturer Inventec, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report (as noted by DigiTimes). 

The article says Inventec —  a Taiwan-based manner of mobile devices, notebook computers, and servers — has recently started expanding capacity at its Shanghai plants in order to satisfy increasing demand for the earphones and the plants are currently working overtime to deliver orders.

AirPods are wireless headphones that allow users to listen to music, make phone calls, enjoy TV shows and movies, play games and interact with Siri. Apple says that advanced sensors know when you are listening and...

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05:29
AppleInsider podcast talks AirPods, iPhone 7...




This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor and Dan discuss impressions on the AirPods, iPhone activations in light of the Note 7, and much more.

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