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Friday January 6

05:58
Apple camera lens manufacturer posts significant...




iPhone 7 camera module manufacturer Largan Precision has posted its best financial report in 14 months, specifically citing strong orders from Apple.

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05:43
iPhone 8 will dramatically outsell the iPhone 6 due...

You’re nobody in the analyst world unless you’re predicting a ‘supercycle’ for the iPhone 8 – a huge increase in sales over and above the normal level expected for a new iPhone. Pretty much every analyst on the planet is predicting one this year, with sales expected to exceed those of the earlier supercycle seen for the iPhone 6.

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05:37
AppleInsider podcast at CES talks Apple HomeKit,...




This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor talks to Neil from Vegas, the site of CES, about Apple-connected announcements from the show, and what are some of the best and worst products seen at the 2017 event.

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05:15
HDMI 2.1 specification notes released, could bring...

The HDMI standard is about to get that much niftier.

Version 2.1 of the HDMI specification has been released. The new version of the standard includes eARC support for object-based audio and advanced audio signal control, wider dynamic HDR, and “Game Mode VRR” allowing a GPU to change the refresh rate of the image on the fly.

The standard was developed by the HDMI Forum’s Technical Working Group whose members represent some of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics, personal computers, mobile devices, cables and components.

HDMI and its new cabling remains backwards compatible to older equipment and the new specification will be available to all HDMI 2.0 Adopters and they will be notified when it is released early in the second quarter of 2017.

HDMI is currently supported across Apple’s entire product line via either a direct HDMI connection, an embedded HDMI implementation in Lightning, USB 3.0 or 3.1 type-C, or Thunderbolt 3....

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05:00
Apple Pay to gain support, integration at more than...

You’ll soon be able to use Apple Pay to buy additional snacks.

Vending company USA Technologies announced today that Apple Pay is getting support for its MORE loyalty card and payroll deduct program that is accepted at more than 300,000 vending machines across the US.

Following the integration, customers will be able to take advantage of offers, promotions and discounts at the self-serve machines.

The final deadline for the integration has yet to be announced, although the company has said this will be completed nationwide “over the coming months”.

Apple Pay is now supported through over 1600 supported banks and credit unions in the US with the service adding an additional 17 institutions just earlier this week. The service is also available through a growing list of partners internationally in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, France, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and Canada.

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04:30
Dell debuts world’s first 32-inch, 8K monitor (who...

There have been rumors of an iMac with Retina 8K display. I’ve predicted that we wouldn’t see one before 2020, but I may be wrong. At this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Dell introduced the UP3218K, world’s first 32-inch, 8K monitor.

A Retina 4K display has 4096 x 2304 resolution. A 5K display has 5120 x 2880 resolution. An 8K display would have an incredible 7680 x 4320 resolution.

Juniper Research forecasts that 8K smart TV shipments will grow more than threefold between 2020 and 2021, to reach over 400,000 per annum by the end of the forecast period.

Of course, even if Apple does release an 8K iMac, only a few of us might be able to afford it. Dell’s UP3218K will be launching later this year, for a whopping $4,999. And, currently, there’s only one commercially available 8K TV currently on the market (pictured) -- it's from LG and is priced at $133,000) --  so 8K content is a long way from becoming...

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04:28
Cute thermal printer turns your iPhone content into...

I may live a paperless life myself, but not everyone does. If you’re someone who prefers physical reminders of things you need to do, the Mangoslab Nemonic may be for you: it’s a small thermal printer that can print anything on your iPhone onto a sticky note.

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04:00
Apple tech supports UPMC Susquehanna Surgical Center

Doctors and nurses are drawn to Apple’s iPad to assist in treating patients at UPMC Susquehanna. Surgery Center and Extended Care Unit Patient Care Manager Deanna Shamsie, RN, BSN, says the installation of Apple technology has streamlined communication among the UPMC Susquehanna perioperative team. 

Medical staff use a computer stationed at the main desk of the new Surgery Center at Williamsport Regional Medical Center to log patient data for daily surgical procedures that include everything from heart valve replacement to tonsillectomies. Greater than 30 iPads mounted to the wall of each pre- and post-op patient bay include a touchscreen checklist for medical staff to press to indicate the patient’s status with a time stamp. Once the patient is assigned a bed, a nurse touches the iPad to begin tracking the time for the patient’s experience. The patient’s record includes the nurse’s name and milestones of surgical care that are checked off throughout their experience.

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04:00
Mattel and Microsoft reveal Aristotle, a tabletop...

Let’s face it: The first digital assistants for the home—Amazon Echo and Google Home—often feel like simple Internet portals with thin veneers of humanity to make them feel more warm and fuzzy. But now Mattel is trying to go beyond that with Aristotle, a personality-driven hardware assistant designed just for kids.

Through a partnership with Microsoft (which will lend its Cortana digital assistance technology to the project), the $249 Aristotle straddles the line between a digital nanny for parents and a teaching companion for kids. Though it all might sound a bit hokey, the hardware’s pedigree is sound: Aristotle is the brainchild of of Mattel's nabi team, which use...

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03:56
Apple confirms plan to open its first ever retail...

A report back in September suggested that Apple was planning to open its first ever retail store in South Korea, close to Samsung’s HQ in Seoul. Apple has today confirmed this to Reuters.

“We’re excited about opening our first Apple Store in Korea, one of the world’s economic centers and a leader in telecommunication and technology, with a vibrant K-culture,” Apple told Reuters in a statement Friday. “We’re now hiring the team that will offer our customers in Seoul the service, education and entertainment that is loved by Apple customers around the world.”

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03:41
Official Beats Instagram photo fuels rumors about a...

A photo posted to the official Beats by Dre Instagram page has led some people to suggest that the rumors of a new ‘Jet White’ iPhone 7 are real. The photo is certainly convincing at first glance, depicting an iPhone with a stark white finish and black Apple logo (pictured left). The possibility of a new white iPhone 7 finish, to be released before the iPhone 8 in the fall, was first raised by a report in November.

However, it is unlikely that Beats will leak a new iPhone design ahead of an official unveiling by Apple. Given the device’s characteristics, it seems like what is pictured is actually a silver iPhone 6s or an iPhone 5c …

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00:06
Apple History: Acorn, a virtual click-wheel-based OS...

Sonny Dickson this evening posted posted a log and video of a never before seen in public version of pre-iPhone era software that was built as an alternative OS to what eventually became iOS.

The OS, which was devised in the iPod’s heyday, was based on a virtual click-wheel that was put on the touch display. A set of menus is navigated with the touch much like one would using an iPod of the time. In the era of multi-touch the idea seems quaint but when everyone is using iPods, the UI makes a lot of sense as a small step rather than the giant leap to iPhone OS, what eventually became iOS.

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Thursday January 5

21:23
Altered Beats photo ad with silver iPhone 7 sparks...




Rumors of a "Jet White" iPhone 7 refuse to die. Stirring up the pot on Thursday was Apple's own Beats brand, which posted to the web a photo that appears to reveal a glossy white version of this year's flagship iPhone.

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21:05
Downtown Brooklyn Apple store rumored, Fifth Ave...




As rumors swirl that Apple is planning a new retail location near Atlantic Terminal and Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn, the company's iconic Fifth Avenue cube in midtown Manhattan will temporarily relocate as renovations take place.

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20:34
Apple to temporarily relocate flagship Fifth Avenue...

Rumors of Apple’s renovation plans for its flagship Fifth Avenue store have been circulating for a while now, but the renovations will soon commence as the company has announced plans to briefly relocate the Fifth Avenue store to a new location during the process…

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20:32
Quick take video review: LG's UltraFine 5K...




Announced in tandem with the 2016 MacBook Pros, LG's 27" UltraFine 5K Display was developed in partnership with Apple. Despite a modest design, the monitor's color accuracy, brightness, contrast and sharpness make it a worthy successor to Apple's defunct Thunderbolt Display.

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19:32
Apple confirms plans for first South Korean retail...




Following rumors that Apple was scouting locations for its first flagship store in South Korea, the company on Thursday posted retail hiring notices and confirmed that it indeed plans to open a brick-and-mortar outlet in the country.

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19:03
Instagram adds wide color gamut, Live Photos support...




Instagram on Thursday updated made good on promises to incorporate wide color gamut support for iPhone 7 owners in a backend software update that also includes compatibility with Apple's Live Photos.

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18:55
Braven introduces new ‘Flye Sport’ line of fitness-...

As CES continues out in Las Vegas, Braven has taken the wraps off of its latest lineup of wireless in-ear headphones. While Earin announced the new completely wireless M2 earbuds earlier this week, Braven’s options are fitness focused and tailored to a few different preferences.

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17:40
Instagram rolling out improved image quality for...

Instagram today quietly announced that it is rolling out an update to its iOS app that improves support for the sharper iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus cameras and adds Live Photo support. Instagram’s co-founder Mike Krieger made the announcement on Twitter earlier this afternoon (via TechCrunch).

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16:41
Apple moves forward with plans for new Paris...

Nearly a year ago, it was reported that Apple was planning a new flagship retail location in Paris on Champs-Élysées. Now, French news site Mac4Ever has uncovered Apple’s building permit for the location, further confirming the company’s plans to open the store…

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15:49
Apple CEO Tim Cook declines Ireland committee invite...




Irish politicians are accusing Apple CEO Tim Cook of snubbing the country's legislature, and by association the entirety of Ireland, by declining an invitation to answer questions about the European Union's recent tax ruling.

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15:41
Apple removes the New York Times app in China...

Apple says it’s just playing by the rules...

Over the holidays, Apple removed the New York Times mobile apps, both the English-language version and the Chinese-language version, from the App Store in China. The Times originally reported that its apps were removed on December 23, and Apple confirmed it on Thursday, citing a request from Chinese authorities.

Apple spokesperson Fred Sainz gave the Times the following statement:

“For some time now the New York Times app has not been permitted to display content to most users in China and we have been informed that the app is in violation of local regulations. As a result, the app must be taken down off the China App Store. When this situation changes, the App Store will once again offer the New York Times app for download in China.”

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14:36
Apple's iOS 10 now on 3 out of 4 compatible...




In newly released iOS 10 adoption statistics, Apple on Thursday revealed 76 percent of compatible devices are now running the current generation operating system, a massive uptick since iPhone 7 launched in September.

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14:34
Amazon’s Alexa in your home

At the CES show this week a raft of appliance and home electronics makers said they have added Amazon’s voice-controlled virtual assistant, Alexa, to products ranging from TVs to robot vacuums. For non-techies, CES is the annual Las Vegas geek fest where these companies converge to show off their latest and greatest gizmos and features to more than 100,000 attendees.

We don’t know where this is going yet, but it’s clear that Amazon wants to be the hub in your home, and third-parties are buying in. Siri still seems to be the assistant you carry with you, but not the one that controls your surroundings.

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14:27
Google, FCA Test-Drive New Open Source Infotainment...


Google and FCA this week showcased a new in-auto infotainment platform at CES in Las Vegas. The open source system combines Uconnect with Android Auto. The companies demonstrated their concept design inside a Chrysler 300 sedan at the show. The integration of Android and Uconnect enables a system built for connectivity and compatibility with the universe of popular Android applications. The demo highlighted integration with Google Assistant, Google Maps, and popular Android apps including Pandora, Spotify, NPR One and Pocket Casts.

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14:24
Tim Cook accused of being ‘disrespectful to the...

Apple’s tax battle in Ireland has been a long and convoluted affair for the company, but adding insult to injury, Tim Cook is now being accused of being “disrespectful” to the country and its citizens.

As noted by The Financial Times, Cook turned down an invitation to talk to a committee of governmental officials investigating Apple’s tax setup in the country, a move that has been seen by some as disrespectful…

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14:14
AWT News Update: January 5, 2017

Although we've been hearing a lot about new products during the past week, it's actually day one of CES 2017 in Las Vegas, NV. Here's what's new from CES and from the world of Apple:

  • We do a quick run through the myriad Apple-related announcements made today at CES 2017
  • A new version of the Google Calendar app for iOS devices adds integration to Apple's HealthKit framework
  • iOS 10 adoption is now at 76%, a huge leap from the end of November

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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Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for January 5, 2017.

Although events have been happening all week, today’s the first official day of CES 2017...

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14:05
Meet Pinn, Launchboom's clip-on wearable for...

Think of Launchboom’s new wearable Pinn like the love child of a smartwatch and a Bluetooth headset.

The little gadget that clips to your clothing has a single wireless earbud you can detach to take calls, and it can notify you of text messages and email. The companion app lets you customize which smartphone notifications you want to receive, and they scroll by on the small OLED screen.

Mark Hachman

Pinn also acts as a Bluetooth shutter for taking photos, and a remote control for your music. Oh, and if your latest smartphone doesn’t have a headphone jack for some insane reason, the Pinn does. You can plug your favorite headphones into Pinn, then stream music from your phone. There’s no onboard storage for keeping music on the Pinn itself.

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13:56
JVC, Pioneer, Clarion, & Kenwood launch new...

CES 2017 has officially kicked into full gear ahead of the show opening to the public this weekend, and today we get a look at the latest aftermarket in-dash entertainment systems that support Apple’s CarPlay platform. Announcements at the show include new products from JVC, Clarion, Kenwood, Pioneer, and one of the first aftermarket units to support wireless CarPlay connectivity from Alpine. Head below for all the details.

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13:31
T-Mobile now includes fees & taxes in ONE...

T-Mobile’s CEO John Legere took the stage at CES 2017 today to share the latest Uncarrier news. T-Mobile has announced they are going “All in” on their T-Mobile ONE plans. This means starting on January 22, new customers will only be able to choose the ONE plan. Additionally, the carrier will be including all fees and taxes into the price of your T-Mobile ONE plan.

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13:28
Elago W3 Stand stand makes a charging Apple Watch...




Accessory producer Elago's W3 Stand for the Apple Watch turns heads with a nostalgic look, allowing Apple's wearable to look like an original iconic Macintosh while charging.

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13:10
Wacom grows macOS tablets with Intuos Pro, Intuos...




Introduced at Thursday's Consumer Electronics Show, Wacom's Intuos Pro and Intuos Pro Paper Edition tablets are upgraded from previous models, and now equipped with the highly-sensitive Pro Pen 2. Launched at the same time, the Bamboo Folio is a compact smartpad for quickly noting down ideas while on the move.

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13:10
T-Mobile looks to take the element of surprise out...

For years, T-Mobile has been using its Uncarrier campaign to shake up the way wireless carriers handle data, streaming, and contracts, and now it has a new trick up its sleeve. In its Uncarrier Next announcement at CES on Thursday, the company unveiled a new strategy that looks to streamline billing and reward customers who sip rather than gulp data.

Decked out in his usual pink attire, T-Mobile CEO John Legere took plenty of shots at Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint as he boasted about adding 8 million customers in 2016, bringing the company’s ranks to more than 70 million subscribers. But he has big plans for 2017, predicting that T-Mobile will be the first carrier to provide Gigabit LTE all while unveiling four new rules for the mobile internet:...

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13:07
Crowd Forms on Alexa Bandwagon


New additions to Amazon's growing ecosystem of Alexa-based products are making a splash at CES this week. With a growing number of home appliance, computer and electronics makers announcing integrations with the company's digital assistant technology, the transformation to automated homes and home offices appears to be taking place before our eyes. Among the most notable integrations is Lenovo's Smart Assistant, which features Alexa's cloud-based voice technology. It recognizes the user's voice, and performs a variety of functions.

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13:05
CES 2017 Day One highlights video from TechLaunchPad...

We don't have "assets on the ground" at CES 2017, but a longtime friend of the site -- Andrew Felix of TechLaunchPad -- has provided us with a short video highlight of Day One at the show in Las Vegas. Check it out for some of the more amazing, fun, and in some cases even useful products that have been introduced.

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12:56
Alpine announces iLX-107 in-dash receiver with...




Drivers will be able to ditch their Lightning cable and still use Apple's CarPlay with the new Alpine iLX-107 in-car infotainment system, featuring a 7-inch touchscreen and built-in AM/FM receiver.

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12:37
Ecoxgear shows EcoJump iPhone-connected car jump...




Battery and charging company Ecoxgear has launched a pair of emergency power accessories, and has revealed the EcoJump iPhone-connected car jump starter, and the EcoBump 900mAh emergency phone charger.

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12:29
T-Mobile One plan simplified further, all additional...




T-Mobile CEO John Legere announced on Thursday at the Consumer Electronics Show that the company has executed its plan to only offer T-Mobile One going forward, is keeping the cost of the plan the same, and is eliminating all extra line-item charges in the program.

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12:16
Free app ‘Trigger’ can notify you when Trump tweets...

A report from Business Insider has brought attention to the free app ‘Trigger’ and its unique abilities. Known for providing real time finance alerts with custom conditions, the app can now alert you when Donald Trump tweets about stocks in your portfolio.

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12:10
CalDigit joins the Thunderbolt 3 dock parade with...

Thunderbolt 3 docks are all the rage at this year’s CES. Henge Docks and Elgato revealed new docks at the show, and not to be left out is CalDigit and its two new Thunderbolt 3 docks.

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12:08
∞ Bass player support group

This is great.

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12:06
Dell announces massive 32-inch UltraSharp 8K display...

Taking a leap forward past the competition, Dell has today announced the launch of its UltraSharp 32-inch Ultra HD 8K Monitor and a massive 27-inch horizontal touchscreen, the Dell Canvas. The UltraSharp 32 is the “world’s first” 32-inch 8K display, packing in a whopping 1 billion colors and a 280 ppi. The Dell Canvas is a “smart workspace” designed as a plug and play system for Windows 10 devices looking to unleash everyone’s creativity.

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11:57
Henge Docks previews Horizontal and Vertical docks...

Henge Docks debuted a suite of new products at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, including Horizontal and Vertical Docks for the new MacBook Pro, as well as the introduction of an all-new product line with the first-ever Tethered Dock. 

In addition to launching new products, Henge Docks announced a partnership with Apple as part of Apple’s Authorized Business Solution Provider (ABSP) program. Henge Docks customers can now purchase Apple MacBooks and accessories bundled with their docking stations. Bundles will range from a Clique purchased with Apple Magic Trackpad 2 and Apple Magic Keyboard, to a new MacBook Pro paired with a Horizontal Docking Station. Purchasing these value-add bundles can save the customer up to $150 on their new MacBook and dock, says Matthew Vroom, Henge Docks CEO. 

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11:48
[Sponsor] Aaptiv: On-Demand Audio Fitness

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11:37
iOS 10 now installed on 76% of active devices,...

Apple has updated its iOS 10 usage statistics, which tracks the operating system version used by iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices that visit the App Store. The company now says that more than three quarters of the iOS device user base are running iOS 10, at 76%, with iOS 9 sitting at 18%.

This is an increase of more than 13 percentage points since the chart was last updated in late November. Apple has previously said that iOS 10 had the highest adoption rate ever of any release.

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11:37
ViewSonic previews three displays that may appeal to...

ViewSonic Corp. has introduced three new monitors that should be of interest to owners of 2016 UBS-C only MacBook Pros. The new VP3881, VP3268-4K and VX2781-UC come with ultra-high resolutions ranging from Quad HD to 4K UHD, frameless ID designs, an array of advanced digital connectivity options and functional ergonomic stands.

The VP3881 is a 37.5-inch curved screen display that features 3840x1600 resolution with an ultra-wide 24:10 aspect ratio. Features include a frameless SuperClear IPS panel and professional pre-calibration achieving Delta E<2. The VP3881 comes with hardware calibration that works with the ViewSonic Color Calibration Kit. Connectivity options include: HDMI, DisplayPort, USB 3.1 Type C and a USB hub.

Another new monitor in ViewSonic’s professional display line is the VP3268-4K monitor. A 31.5-inch, four-sided frameless display, the VP3268-4K comes with 3840x2160 4K UHD resolution. It comes pre-calibrated...

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11:36
Henge Docks unveils trio of Thunderbolt 3 docking...




Henge Docks has refreshed its horizontal and vertical docking stations for the new MacBook Pro with USB-C ports, and has also announced an all-new Thunderbolt 3-connected Tethered Dock product line.

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10:55
Honeywell extends Lyric Platform with Lyric Cameras...

Honeywell has announced today their first-ever Lyric Cameras and eventual software upgrade for Lyric Security systems, which will make the system compatible with Apple’s HomeKit. Honeywell’s two new Wi-Fi indoor cameras, the Lyric C1 and C2, pair with the Lyric app to access live streaming, recorded events, and alerts for when something is seen or analyzed like a smoke/CO detector going off.

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10:46
Honeywell embraces Apple HomeKit with Lyric Home...




The existing Lyric Honeywell home security system will gain HomeKit support in early 2017, thanks to a forthcoming software update, making make it the first-ever pro-installed security system with support for Apple's smart home platform.

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10:42
Google Calendar adds Apple Health integration to...

With the addition of intelligent Goals last year, Google Calendar became more than just a regular scheduling and to-do app. Today, the iOS app is gaining Apple Health integration that will automatically mark as finished and adjust your fitness-related Goals.

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10:16
OtterBox uniVERSE case expands to iPad Air 2, Speck...




Accessory producer OtterBox is making versions of its uniVERSE case for the iPad Air 2 and iPad Pro 9.7-inch, and introducing new accessories for the modular system. In addition, case manufacturer Speck has outlined additions to the Presidio range, which includes clear cases for both iPhones and the MacBook.

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10:00
USA Technologies adding Apple Pay to more than 300,...




Cashless and mobile transaction company USA Technologies has announced it plans to integrate its MORE loyalty and payroll deduction payment platform with Apple Pay, allowing users of the service to ultimately pay at more than 300,000 self-service machines and other venues across the U.S.

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09:52
CES 2017: Cool Products from CES Unveiled

Jeff Porten continues his CES 2017 adventure by showcasing some gizmos from the CES Unveiled event.

 

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09:46
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 15″ MacBook Pro w/ Touch Bar $...

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09:46
These stunning shadow maps show where sunlight does...

If you know someone who is a map lover (like me!), check out these digital maps on Etsy. I’m especially fond of the ones showing the difference between Roads of the USA vs the Roads of Canada map. Spoiler alert: for a country of our size, we don’t have many roads. Thanks to the_pc_doc for the li

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09:08
Clarion NX807 car audio head unit launched, with...




At the Consumer Electronics Show, Clarion Corporation has revealed the NX807, a double-DIN in-dash 7-inch multimedia source unit, boasting Apple CarPlay support.

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08:59
OtterBox’s modular uniVERSE Case System comes to the...

 

OtterBox today has unveiled that their modular uniVERSE case system, previously only for the iPhone, is now available for the iPad Air 2 and iPad Pro 9.7-inch. Thanks to the iPads larger design, the uniVERSE case will include even more points to connect accessories, and even a removable spine where keyboards may be attached. Today’s announcement also includes over a dozen new accessory partners for the uniVERSE Case System.

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08:51
Henge Docks becomes authorized Apple reseller to...

Accessory maker Henge Docks, best known for its docking stations made for MacBooks, announced today that it has signed up to be an official Apple reseller allowing it to offer Apple’s MacBooks and accessories bundled with its companion products.

In order to do this, Henge Docks has partnered with Apple through the company’s Authorized Business Solution Provider (ABSP) program.

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08:33
BACtrack unveils Apple Watch band with built-in...




The newly announced wearable BACtrack Skyn comes with Apple Watch strap options, allowing a user to easily check their blood alcohol content from their wrist on the go.

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08:22
Deals: $150 off 2016 13" and 15" MacBook...




Shoppers this week can save $150 on two of Apple's most popular 13" and 15" Late 2016 MacBook Pros with prices starting at $1,649.99. Or pick up Apple's high-end 2015 12" MacBook for $1,399 with no tax collected outside NY.

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08:11
D-Link launches new HomeKit range with Omna 180 Cam...




The first camera from D-Link's Wi-Fi camera range to be compatible with Apple's HomeKit, the Omna 180 Cam HD, is a network camera for the home that can stream encrypted 1080p video to iOS devices and the Apple TV.

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08:07
ViewSonic announces three new external displays at...

ViewSonic has announced three new high-end displays for 2017 including a 31-inch 4K with ‘frameless’ design and a 37-inch curved 4K model. It is also launching a cheaper 27-inch QHD display. Two of the new monitors feature USB-C connectivity which means a single cable acts as the display connector, provides power and some I/O thanks to the integrated USB hub.

The displays seem well positioned as professional monitors for Apple customers with the new USB-C only MacBook Pro. The good looks come at a price though: the 4K models cost upwards of $1300. ViewSonic says the new displays will be available in June …

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08:05
Apple Removes NYTimes App in China, Shows How Far It...

Apple has removed the New York Times app from its store in China after a government request, in an example of how far the company will go to please the authorities in its third-largest market. From a report: China operates what is thought to be the largest internet censorship regime in the world, blocking thousands of foreign websites viewed as a threat by the ruling Communist party. Google, Twitter, Facebook Youtube and Instagram are all inaccessible. Apple removed the English and Chinese-language versions of the New York Times app on 23 December, although it was not immediately clear why. "We have been informed that the app is in violation of local regulations," said Carolyn Wu, an Apple spokeswoman. "As a result the app must be taken down off the China app store. When this situation changes the app store will once again offer the New York Times app for download in China."

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08:00
Looking for a dock for your Touch Bar MacBook Pro?...

If you’re hesitant to get a new MacBook Pro because you hate the idea of using all kinds of adapters to connect to the laptop’s Thunderbolt 3 ports, you may be relieved to know that several companies are seizing this opportunity, including Henge Docks.

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08:00
Piq Robot Blue is an AI-powered wearable that gives...

As a Las Vegas native who enjoys watching boxing and has always cursed the exorbitant cost of entry to fights at the MGM Grand, when an invitation to a CES event at Top Rank Boxing Gym appeared in my email inbox, I immediately RSVPed. Top Rank is a legendary boxing promoter, and its gym is where some of the greatest fighters have trained. So I went to the gym after a day of canned press conferences from the world’s biggest tech companies to see featherweight Francisco Esparza, a local champion, throw punches in the ring.

Esparza was demonstrating a new wearable device from French startup Piq Sport Intelligence, who partnered with 100-year-old boxing gear maker Everlast to develop what it calls Robot Blue. Piq’s Robot Blue is a sensor-packed nanocomputer that a boxer or mixed-martial arts fighter slips into a wrap, which is then placed around the hand or the top of the glove. The sensors, which include two accelerometers, a gyroscope, and an altimeter powered by an M4...

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07:57
Griffin's working on a MagSafe replacement for...

Apple’s lauded MagSafe connector on past Mac laptops disengaged with the slightest amount of pressure. This saved many a MacBook Air and MacBook Pro from a disastrous plummet when someone accidentally snagged the power cable. However, Apple abandoned the tech on recent laptops, going all in for USB-C ports and no others.

Coming from Griffin is an updated BreakSafe Magnetic USB-C Breakaway Cable for the 2016 MacBook Pro, as well as a new USB-A adapter, a car charger, and a wall charger that all use the BreakSafe magnetic connectors. It’s the first product that may be of primary interest to owners of new Mac laptops.

The Hi-Power Magnetic USB-C Breakaway Cable adds the magnetic connector to other devices with USB-A and power/data at speeds up to 480 Mbps. It’s due in the second quarter of the year for US$19.

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07:53
Apple Pay gains support for MORE loyalty card/...

USA Technologies announced today that Apple Pay is getting support for its MORE loyalty card and payroll deduct program that is accepted at more than 300,000 vending machines across the US. The company is demoing the new integration this week at CES 2017.

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07:50
With Apple's 'iPhone 8' rumored to...




As rumors continue to suggest Apple will ditch the home button on this year's flagship "iPhone 8" redesign, a newly leaked image claims to show Samsung's next-generation "Galaxy S8" handset also deleting its own home button.

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07:42
Panasonic’s upcoming LUMIX GH5 camera will allow...

Panasonic’s recently-announced GH5 mirrorless camera checks off a lot of boxes: internal 10-bit 4:2:2 recording, dual SD Card slots, 4K @ 60p, in body 5-axis image stabilization, and much more. The camera, which is now available for preorder on B&H, is a ridiculously-impressive unit that we can’t wait to get our hands on.

And one of the camera’s more unheralded new features is something that will appeal majorly to MacBook owners. Instead of a slow USB 2.0 connection via a USB mini port, Panasonic is including USB 3.1 gen 1 via a USB Type-C port. more…

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07:38
Speck debuts new protective solutions for MacBooks,...

Speck is launching two new protective solutions: Presidio CLEAR for MacBook, the company’s first drop-protective laptop case, and Presidio SHOW, the newest addition to the Presidio smartphone line.

Presidio CLEAR for MacBook is made with IMPACTIUM CLEAR, a dynamic transparent material designed to absorb and disperse shock upon impact and protect the laptops from drops up to four feet. It’s co-molded into a raised edge around the perimeter of the case that also provides a no-slip grip, so you're less likely to drop your device. The case's dual-layer, two-piece design clips onto the MacBook.

Presidio SHOW was thoughtfully designed with the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus in mind. The case features Speck's IMPACTIUM Shock Barrier around the perimeter that provides 10-foot drop protection while the clear back shows off the phone's design. Presidio SHOW comes in black, and will soon be available in gold, rose gold and silver,...

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07:37
Apple's negotiations with India continue,...




More information regarding Apple's possible entry into India's manufacturing and retail markets has emerged, with government officials making statements before a full ruling suggesting Apple would not receive any special tax incentives to do business in the country that wouldn't also apply to other companies.

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07:37
Nvidia’s revamped GeForce Now game streaming service...

As noted by Ars Technica, Nvidia has launched a new version of its GeForce Now game streaming software that allows users to play any game they own from the likes of Steam, Origin, and Uplay on any Mac or PC. 

Pricing starts at US$25 for 20 hours of play on a GTX 1060 PC, or 10 hours of play on a GTX 1080 PC. A demo will be available.

The new service works like a virtual desktop; users see a full Windows install on logging in. From there, they can load up regular versions of Steam, Battle.net, Origin, Uplay, and GOG and download any game they like from their existing library. Ars Technica notes that Nvidia is pitching the improved GeForce Now service at, among others, Mac users that would otherwise be unable to play demanding (or Windows-only) games. 

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07:07
CalDigit announces the Thunderbolt Station 3 Lite

CalDigit has announced the Thunderbolt Station 3 Lite. It’s designed to maximize the potential of Thunderbolt 3’s 40G/s throughout to add a plethora of devices to any Mac or PC Thunderbolt 3 enabled computer. 

It should appeal to owners of the 2016 MacBook Pro. The TS 3 Lite features dual Thunderbolt 3 Type-C ports for daisy-chaining extra Thunderbolt 3 devices. It provides Thunderbolt 3 Type-C, DisplayPort, USB 3.1 Type-A, USB 3.1 Type-C, Gigabit Ethernet, and Audio In/Out via one single Thunderbolt 3 cable. For users who need dual 4K monitors, they can connect a USB-C to HDMI adapter to the second Thunderbolt 3 port. Users have the option of using two monitors in either an extended or mirrored desktop. Three USB 3.1 Type A connections are also available.

The Thunderbolt Station 3 Lite is shipping early in the first quarter of 2017, and is available for pre-order for $169.99, with a...

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06:53
Clarion rolls out multimedia source unit with Apple...

Clarion Corporation of America has introduced the NX807, the company's first full-featured premium double DIN in-dash infotainment source unit featuring Apple CarPlay support. 

Compatible with iPhone 5 and later models, CarPlay provides a simplified way to use your iPhone interface on a car’s touch screen, giving users access to Siri voice controls, as well as Apple Maps, Apple Music, Phone, Messages, and a variety of third party apps.

Serving as Clarion's flagship audio source unit, the NX807 boasts a high-definition 7-inch touch display, embedded GPS navigation, support for Pandora and Bluetooth music streaming and smartphone screen mirroring through HDMI. It offers a 15-band graphic equalizer, 96kHz/24-bit high-resolution playback of FLAC audio files, and a TOSLINK digital audio output interface for integration with Clarion's Full Digital Sound component system – allowing users to experience high-resolution...

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06:45
Apple App Store Developers Earned $20 Billion in...

Apple said Thursday its App Store generated $20 billion for developers in 2016, a 40 percent increase from 2015, helped by the popularity of games such as Pokemon Go and Super Mario Run and increased revenue from subscriptions. From a report on CNBC: "2016 was an amazingly great year for the App Store," Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, told CNBC. "We continue to advance what is available for developers to create. And our catalog of apps grew 20 percent to 2.2 million." Schiller said the biggest drivers for the App Store included games such as "Pokemon Go," which was the most downloaded app in 2016; "Super Mario," which was the most downloaded app on Christmas and New Year's days; and subscription-based apps, such as Netflix, Hulu and Time Warner's HBO Go. The tech giant said its biggest day of sales on the App Store was on Jan. 1, 2017, when customers spent a record $240 million. The top grossing markets included the U.S, U.K., Japan and China...

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06:44
Plethora of HomeKit-compatible products debut at CES

A plethora of HomeKit-compatible products have been announced at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Apple's HomeKit is a framework that allows control of compatible home automation devices through iOS and Siri.

D-Link introduced the new Omna 180 Cam HD (DSH-C310). The first in the company's Omna family of HomeKit enabled devices, the Omna 180 Cam HD provides a way for users to monitor their home. It offers a comprehensive 180-degree field of view to monitor an entire room and Full HD 1080p video quality. The Omna 180 Cam HD will be available in the first quarter of 2017. Pricing hasn’t been announced.

Leviton has announced the development of new Decora Smart Apple HomeKit-enabled lighting control accessories for use with your iPhone or iPad, including in-wall dimmers and switches. The app-based setup and control allows users to...

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06:36
CalDigit launches Thunderbolt Station 3 dock with...




CalDigit's follow-up to the Thunderbolt Station 2 dock consists of two docks, with one aimed at providing expansion over Thunderbolt 3, while the higher-specification version intended for providing charge to MacBooks and legacy drive connections.

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06:22
USA Technologies plans loyalty integration with...

USA Technologies, Inc., a payment technology provider of cashless and mobile transactions in self-serve retail, plans to integrate its MORE. loyalty and payroll deduct platform with Apple Pay, for use at up to 300,000 machines nationwide. 

Following the integration, unattended operators will be able to offer an enhanced experience to their customers using Apple’s mobile payment service on participating self-serve machines connected to USAT’s ePort Connect platform. USA Technologies plans to roll out the technology to select unattended retail locations nationwide over the coming months. 

Integrating the MORE. loyalty program with Apple Pay would allow operators in the unattended market to give consumers a nearly frictionless...

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06:16
Earin combats Apple's AirPods with new M-2...




Not long after the release of the M-1 --?and Apple's own AirPods -- Earin has unveiled its new M-2 completely wireless Bluetooth earbuds, adding a touch interface to the tip of the earpiece.

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06:12
App Store shatters records on New Year’s Day

Apple, from their press release:

Apple today announced that the App Store welcomed 2017 with its busiest single day ever on New Year’s Day, capping a record-breaking holiday season and a year of unprecedented developer earnings and breakout app hits. In 2016 alone, developers earned over $20 billion, up over 40 percent from 2015. Since the App Store launched in 2008, developers have earned over $60 billion, creating amazing app experiences for App Store customers across iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV and Mac. Those efforts helped kick off 2017 with a remarkable start, making New Year’s Day the highest single day ever for the App Store with nearly $240 million in purchases.

And:

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06:09
LodeRunner, online and free

LodeRunner was one of my favorite games from the long ago. I’m delighted that it still exists. It is as fun to play as I remember. Old school. Give it a try. Unfortunately, haven’t figured out how to play it on my phone. Keyboard required.

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06:02
iTunes artwork finder

Pick a movie, album, TV show, book, etc., and the artwork finder will bring up the associated iTunes artwork.

Play with it, it’s fun.

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Fossil's Misfit takes on Apple with Vapor, a $...

Misfit is best known for its simple, affordable fitness trackers, many of which resemble pieces of jewelry. But the Fossil-owned company is braving new territory—at least for itself—with its first touchscreen model, a round 44mm watch called Vapor.

People aren’t exactly clamoring to buy smartwatches right now, but Misfit thinks packing a heart rate monitor, 4GB of on-board music storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and fitness-tracking sensors including an accelerometer, altimeter, and gyroscope into one supersized, waterproof package under $200 will appeal to people who think smartwatches just aren’t that useful.

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05:58
Apple’s iCloud keychain overview

Pretty much everything you’d ever want to know about iCloud keychain, with lots of links for more detail. Well done, very readable.

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05:58
Apple celebrates monumental 2016 App Store growth, $...




Apple on Thursday announced that the App Store's biggest single day yet was on New Years Day, capping a year that saw Apple pay out $20 billion to developers in 2016 alone.

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05:57
Jan. 1 was the Apple App Store’s busiest day ever

Apple says its App Store welcomed 2017 with its busiest single day ever on New Year’s Day, capping a record-breaking holiday season. There were nearly US$240 million in purchases.

In 2016 alone, developers earned over $20 billion, up over 40% from 2015. Since the App Store launched in 2008, developers have earned over $60 billion, creating “amazing” app experiences for App Store customers across iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV and Mac, according to Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. Customers broke all-time records this holiday season with purchases from the App Store topping $3 billion in December. 

In the same month, Nintendo’s Super Mario Run made history with more than 40 million downloads in just four days after its release, and was the most downloaded app globally on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Super Mario Run is also among last year’s top 10 most downloaded apps worldwide, with Pokémon Go taking the top spot. 

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05:56
USB-C hubs

Jonny Evans takes a short look at some noteworthy USB-C hubs. Of particular note is the HyperDrive kickstarter:

Announced last year, HyperDrive occupies two of your MacBook Pro’s four USB-C slots. In exchange, it provides you with twin USB 3.1 ports, a microSD and an SD slot, a single USB-C port (at 5Gbps), a Thunderbolt 3 port and HDMI video output. You can power two displays at 4K or a single display at 5K with this.

All this for only $69. Seems like a terrific solution, assuming it ships. Here’s the Kickstarter link.

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05:49
Medium pivots, shuts New York and DC offices

Ev Williams, CEO of Medium:

As of today, we are reducing our team by about one third — eliminating 50 jobs, mostly in sales, support, and other business functions. We are also changing our business model to more directly drive the mission we set out on originally.

And:

We set out to build a better publishing platform — one that allowed anyone to offer their stories and ideas to the world and that helped the great ones rise to the top. In 2016, we made big investments in teams and technology aimed at attracting and migrating commercial publishers to Medium. And in order to get these publishers paid, we built out and started selling our first ad products. This strategy worked in terms of driving growth, as well as improving the volume and consistency of great content. Some of the web’s best publishers are now on Medium, and we’re happy to work with them every day.

And:

However, in building out this model, we realized we didn’t yet have the right...

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05:47
D-Link announces its first HomeKit-compatible home...

HomeKit compatibility is pretty much table stakes for today’s smart home devices, and D-Link has recognized this in announcing its latest home security camera. The Omna 180 Cam HD is a neat-looking full HD camera with HomeKit support added to the feature list …

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05:44
Apple wins patent for a carrying case boasting an...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 2017001428) for the “marking of a fabric carrying case for a portable electronic device.” The marking is a funky looking twist on the Apple logo and is apparently designed for an iPhone carrying case.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that embroidery or ink has been used for marking fabric items for many years. For example, it’s common for garments to be marked with an owner's initials using embroider or ink. Conventionally, such marking is done with an ink printing or stamping process or with an embroidery process. 

Although embroidery or conventional ink printing and stamping is useful for many situations, such techniques can be inadequate for marking other items. For example, conventional marking techniques may not be able to offer sufficient accuracy and precision. Apple says there’s is a need for improved marking techniques — although the patent filing doesn’t explain the unusual logo.

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05:42
VESA and HDMI update standards, implications for...

Great post from Jeff Benjamin about the emerging 8K standard from VESA (They created the DisplayPort standard) and HDMI.

One particular point of interest:

One of the biggest takeaways is that HBR3 enables support of 4K at 60Hz using only two DisplayPort lanes. This means that DisplayPort Alt Mode via the USB-C interface can provide full 4K resolution at 60Hz, and still have two high-speed lanes remaining for SuperSpeed USB operation.

Why is this of note? Take the recently released LG UltraFine 4K Display, for example. That display takes advantage of DisplayPort Alt Mode, but the remaining downstream USB ports are forced to use antiquated USB 2.0 due to the lack...

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05:35
Developers earned $20 billion from App Store in 2016...

Apple has just announced that the holiday season set another new record for the App Store with app sales on the 1st January 2017 topping $240 million. Across December, Apple customers made $3 billion worth of purchases from the App Store.

In total, the company announced developers made $20 billion from the App Store across 2016, up 40% compared to the previous year. Top markets includes the US, UK, Japan and China with 90 percent revenue growth compared to 2015 …

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05:33
Apple confirms $1 billion investment in SoftBank...

Wall Street Journal:

Apple Inc. headlines a growing list of investors in SoftBank Group Corp.’s $100 billion technology fund, which is expected to include Foxconn Technology Group Ltd. and the family office of Oracle Corp. Chairman Larry Ellison, the Japanese telecommunications giant said Wednesday.

Apple separately said it plans to invest $1 billion in the Japanese telecom giant’s fund. “We believe their new fund will speed the development of technologies which may be strategically important to Apple,” said Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet. She added that Apple has worked with SoftBank for many years.

The trio joins a list of investors that includes Qualcomm Inc. and Saudi Arabia’s government, which plans to invest $45 billion over a five-year period, SoftBank said Wednesday. SoftBank will invest $25 billion in its fund, it added.

Lots of reasons for Apple to do this. They’ll be cementing partnerships with Foxconn, Qualcomm, and others and the fund...

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05:15
Apple to release Q1 2017 financial results on...

Come January 31st, you’ll find out how profitable Apple’s last three months have been.

The company announced that come January 31st, it will announce its quarterly earnings for the first fiscal quarter of 2017, revealing performance metrics for the new iPhone 7 series and the lucrative holiday shopping season.

Announced through the company’s Investor Relations webpage, the upcoming results will be followed by a conference call live stream is set to take place on Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 2 p.m. Pacific, 5 p.m. Eastern. Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri are expected to attend the conference call.

Apple is looking to beat Wall Street’s expectations via iPhone 7 sales and a growing service business. During the most recent quarter, Apple posted $9 billion in net income on revenues of $46.9 billion, a large portion of which was generated by 45.5 million iPhone sales.

Apple is slowly rebuilding from its first ever iPhone sales contraction which accompanied...

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05:00
AT&T announces global 5G modem, cites “5G...

AT&T is looking towards the world’s first global 5G modem.

The company announced plans to test the world’s first global 5G modem to help test initial 5G spectrum deployments across the world. AT&T also announced their “5G Evolution” plans for 2017.

The global 5G modem announced by Intel today reportedly achieves speeds “exceeding 5 Gbps” while maintaining ultra-low latency connections. Intel’s 5G modem is already compliant to multiple industry 5G specifications, along with being able to provide fallback to a 4G connection when needed. It can even interwork 4G/5G connections. Intel says they should begin testing the 5G modem in the second half of 2017, before going into production.

AT&T stated that it’s aiming for a 1 Gbps speeds in 2017 at some cell sites using their 4G LTE-Advanced network, 5G video trials with DIRECTV NOW in the first half of 2017 to residents in Austin, 5G business customer trials that launched last fall in Austin, and...

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05:00
Voice control will be the next big thing in smart...

Time for Apple to take Siri, its personal digital assistant, to the next level. Why? Your kids may not always listen to you but soon your smart home will. A new survey from Coldwell Banker Real Estate and Vivint Smart Home found Americans are ready to embrace using voice control, with an increasing number already using the feature.

According to the survey, 72% of Americans who have smart home products – controlled remotely by a smartphone, tablet, computer or by a separate automatic system within the home itself – want voice control. And of that group, 81% of parents who have smart home products desire to control smart home products with voice activation. The survey also found that 48% of Americans with smart home products currently have voice control capability.

So what do consumers want to control...

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04:45
The latest wearable for the paranoid: a Bluetooth-...

Just when I thought I’d seen it all where wearables are concerned, Dosime has announced a Bluetooth-enabled personal radiation dosimeter.

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04:30
The Das Keyboard 5Q brought notifications to my...

Well-regarded mechanical keyboard maker Das Keyboard is taking its peripherals in a new direction. This is an internet-connected keyboard series where each key can light up with notifications -- if you want them to, that is. Not only does it connect...

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04:30
Mohu’s upcoming AirWave cord cutting solution is...

Mohu has launched Mohu AirWave, a wireless, over-the-air (OTA) and over-the-top (OTT) device that integrates live, local broadcast TV with free streaming channels across streaming devices, including Apple TV, Roku, Fire TV, Android, iOS and more. 

Launching initially as an exclusive at Best Buy in late spring for US$149.99, AirWave was built to give cord cutters open, simple and complete wireless access to the live TV and streaming content they enjoy, all in one place and with no monthly fees, according to Mark Buff, founder and CEO of Mohu. He adds that, as the number of people who cut the cord on cable continues to rise, Mohu created AirWave for consumers who are looking to have complete access to free live broadcast networks, which are available through an OTA antenna, as well as the over-the-top video content they crave.

AirWave wirelessly connects to the Mohu TV application (available for free across all compatible devices), which allows users to channel up and...

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