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Sunday December 31

12:31
Telegram for Android now supports multiple accounts

Telegram has been busy parrying government attempts to collect user data over the past year, but it hasn't forgotten its users. It's ushering in 2018 with a handful of offerings you'll likely find helpful if it's your chat app of choice, starting wit...

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11:02
UK may tax internet giants to get more help fighting...

The UK still isn't convinced that internet giants are doing enough to curb online extremism, and it's now considering hitting those companies where it really hurts: their bank accounts. In an interview with the Sunday Times, security minister Ben Wa...

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09:40
The best wireless workout headphones

By Lauren Dragan

This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter, reviews for the real world. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read the full arti...

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08:11
Iran blocks internet services in bid to quash...

It's a busy weekend for oppressive governments trying to suppress digital communication. Iran has blocked mobile access to at least Telegram and Instagram as it tries to thwart protests that started over economic concerns (particularly inflation), b...

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08:00
Top Stories: 9to5Mac’s biggest & most popular...

It’s no secret that 2017 was a huge year for Apple, with the introduction of 3 new iPhone models, new iPads, new Macs, a new Apple Watch, and much more. We covered it all right here at 9to5Mac, day in and day out, diving deep into various topics with news, reviews, how-tos, and more.

Every week we highlight the top stories of that week, but seeing that this is the last day of 2017, we’re going to outline the top stories of 2017…

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06:54
Apple retail in 2017: A look at every store opened,...

2017 was an incredibly active year for Apple retail, as the company’s refreshed store design continued its rollout across the world. As the calendar comes to a close, let’s take a look at every store location opened under the guidance of Apple’s retail chief Angela Ahrendts.

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06:00
Make the jump to 4K and HDR in 2018

After years of hype, 4K video finally became something that mattered to consumers in 2017. But it wasn't just the pixel bump from HD video that made the difference. HDR, or high dynamic range video, along with support for a wider range of colors, ush...

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04:46
Apple’s $29 iPhone battery replacements are...

Brian Heater, TechCrunch:

Those $29 battery out-of-warranty replacements Apple promised are now available for impacted users with an iPhone 6 or later. The company was initially aiming for a late-January timeframe in the States when it first offered up the discount, following blowback against its admission that it had slowed down older model phones to maximize performance.

“We expected to need more time to be ready,” the company said in a statement offered up to TechCrunch this weekend, “but we are happy to offer our customers the lower pricing right away. Initial supplies of some replacement batteries may be limited.”

No word yet on the timing of the battery health iOS software update.

∞ Read this on The Loop...

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03:15
Ben Heck's Atari Dragster: Testing the world...

Can the Ben Heck Show team recreate the fabled 5.51 world record with micro-controller hardware? In an effort to find out, the team invites world record holder Todd Rogers into the workshop to help train the simulation. Can Ben's hardware beat th...

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Saturday December 30

22:43
Review: Apple's powerhouse iMac Pro wows with...




Apple's new, high-end iMac Pro packs a ton of power into a svelte, all-in-one desktop machine. Its performance and style are more than enough to impress, giving professional users a much-needed workhorse option in the Mac lineup -- provided you can stomach the $5,000-and-up price tag.

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21:02
Keep your iPhone X safe with one of these protective...




Anyone looking to buy an iPhone X at launch is probably concerned with keeping their new mobile device as safe as possible. AppleInsider has rounded up a selection of the cases on the market that offer protection with style.

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20:55
Congo orders cuts to internet and SMS to stifle...

Authoritarian leaders are fond of severing communications in a bid to hold on to power, and that tradition sadly isn't going away. The Democratic Republic of Congo's government has ordered telecoms to cut internet and SMS access ahead of planned mass...

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19:18
OkCupid's 'real' name push isn't...

OkCupid is facing a lot of backlash for ditching usernames in favor of real names. As TechCrunch noted, its app's Google Play and App Store pages are flooded with one-star reviews posted over the past month, complaining about the features the service...

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17:52
Kenwood will be one of the first to offer wireless...

Google talked about wireless Android Auto back in spring 2016, but there hasn't exactly been widespread adoption. You still have to assume that you'll need a USB cable when you hit the road. That's about to change: JVCKenwood has casually teased pl...

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16:20
Telegram suspends channel for encouraging violent...

Iran is currently engulfed in demonstrations: many are protesting the clerical leadership, corruption and increasing costs of living, while counter-protestors are trying to protect the regime. And Telegram finds itself caught in the middle. The cha...

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14:50
Florida may finally implement full ban on texting...

There are 43 states that currently treat texting while driving as a primary offense, but Florida isn't one of them -- you have to break another law before texting enters the picture. However, less-than-attentive commuters might not get away with it...

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14:44
Apple 2017 year in review: iPad gets cheaper than...




Apple's iPad lineup got bigger and more expensive than ever in 2017, with the introduction of new high-end Pro models. But the company also pivoted and introduced a budget-priced 9.7-inch model that marks the most affordable entry price for an iPad ever. The combination helped sales return to long-awaited growth.

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13:19
Cryptocurrency expert kidnapped for $1 million...

On Tuesday, cryptocurrency expert Pavel Lerner was snatched by an armed gang wearing ski masks near his office in Ukraine. It was a kidnap-for-ransom scheme, but with a high-tech twist: instead of asking for easily traceable paper money, the kidnappe...

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11:47
Apple's $29 iPhone battery replacements are...

Apple was only poised to offer discounted iPhone battery replacements to Americans in late January, but they're already here. The company has issued a statement announcing that the $29 replacements are available today (December 30th) in the US for af...

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11:15
Apple 2017 year in review: The realities of AR and...




At the start of 2017, it was thought that Apple was falling behind other companies in developing virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) related technologies in its products. By the end of the year, Apple has taken small steps towards establishing itself in the VR industry, but it has made great strides in the field of AR, with ARKit being the main driver for its progress.

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11:09
$29 battery exchanges for iPhone 6 and newer now...




Many Apple retail locations in the U.S. started the $29 battery replacement for the iPhone 6 or newer, well in advance of a previously announced January timeframe -- but appointments are filling up, and turnaround times are growing.

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10:18
State Department releases emails from Clinton aide...

Like it or not, the Hillary Clinton email saga isn't over yet. The US State Department has released about 2,800 emails and other documents from former Clinton aide Huma Abedin that were found on the laptop of her soon-to-be-former husband Anthony We...

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09:48
Accessible Apple 2017-2018: The 12 Requests of...

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. An Ultra-Simple Router Experience That Uses the Tech We Already Have

Apple's Airport Wi-Fi routers are some of the most accessible Wi-Fi routers on the market. Unlike most home routers, Apple has used apps for setup and control of the routers as opposed to clunky web interfaces that are often poor accessibility experiences. The AirPort Utility apps and the ability to setup a new router from the Settings app on iOS make the routers a prime example of simplicity that leads to a positive accessibility experience.

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08:46
Xbox party chat arrives on iOS in beta

You no longer need an Android phone if you want to join in Xbox party chats when you're away from your console -- Microsoft has introduced party chat to the beta Xbox app for iOS. If you've been accepted into the program (you have to sign up first),...

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08:14
Do you think Apple’s apology for how it handled the...

Earlier this week, Apple issued a candid apology for how it handled the rollout of a feature that balances iPhone performance with aging batteries. The apology came after growing resentment from some users and a slew of lawsuits.

In addition to the “We’re sorry,” Apple also announced discounted battery replacements for affected users.

Some are saying, however, that Apple’s apology didn’t go far enough…

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07:15
Blunders and blockbusters from the biggest names in...

In many ways, the world in 2016 was defined by its mistakes. Companies let products languish, and when they did release updates, they often made questionable design choices. And of course, one of Samsung's most important phones literally went up in s...

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07:14
PSA: Apple is making its $29 battery replacement...

After growing controversy, Apple this week issued a public apology for how it handled slowing down older iPhones in conjunction with aging batteries. In addition to its apology, Apple also said that it would be lowering the price of iPhone battery replacements from $79 to $29.

Originally, the company said it would start the lower-priced iPhone battery replacements in late January, but you can actually take advantage of it now…

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05:45
The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Welcome to the last weekend of 2017. Before we dive into a new year we're checking out all of Friday's plus some highlights from earlier this week. See you in 2018!

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04:13
Birkenstock vs. Amazon feud extends to search typos

In 2016 Birkenstock chose to stop doing business with Amazon, citing problems with counterfeit goods on the site and shady resellers. Now, the shoe company has a court win too, where a German judge ruled that Amazon can't even buy ads on variations o...

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Friday December 29

23:39
LAPD arrests 25-year-old suspect in Wichita '...

Thursday night Wichita police killed Andrew Finch after responding to a call claiming a man at his address had shot someone and was holding others hostage. That call was a hoax, commonly referred to as "swatting," and in this case, it's apparently li...

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21:05
Apple 2017 year in review: The 'Pro'...




After years of no updates to Apple's "Pro" desktop line, the company uncharacteristically made some public statements in April about a forthcoming line refresh, which led to the iMac Pro's release in December. But, the remarks made may or may not ultimately lead to what Apple fans want to see.

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21:01
This week on AI: Apple bows to pressure on iPhone...




It might nominally be the holidays, but perhaps not for many people at Apple, as the company scrambled to deal with an ever-growing scandal over its decision to slow down iPhones with weak batteries.

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19:22
Marvel wants to help you make comics, just leave out...

If you've ever wanted to make your own comic but don't quite have the skills to draw one, Marvel and Tap Tap Comics have a solution. Called Marvel: Create Your Own, the new app will let you choose a Marvel character, pose them on various backgrounds...

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19:00
How to personalize Siri's voice response...




There's a good chance that if got an iPhone or an iPad for Christmas, you've probably still using Siri's default voice settings -- but as AppleInsider can show, there are a few ways to personalize Siri's sound and functions in iOS 11 [now with video].

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17:00
The best Thunderbolt 3 docks for Apple's...




The inclusion of Thunderbolt 3 on the MacBook Pro and iMac has created an entire industry of docks and other accessories that take advantage of Thunderbolt 3's high bandwidth and power delivery capabilities, by providing more ports that can expand a Mac's connectivity. AppleInsider compares some of the best options on the market.

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16:46
Experts will use 3D imaging technology to assess art...

Preserving and restoring art is a very tricky business. Trying to maintain the balance between original work and repairing damage is difficult and oftentimes methods aren't always agreed upon by members of the art community. This has been seen over a...

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15:02
Video: Putting the iMac Pro thermals to the test




Apple's new iMac Pro now uses a much more advanced dual fan cooling solution, with almost 75 percent more airflow and an 80 percent increase in system thermal capacity. AppleInsider put it to the test to see how it performs with CPU and GPU intensive tasks, and we came away with interesting results.

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14:37
Alleged swatting hoax ends in the death of a father...

Yesterday evening, a 28-year-old Kansas man was shot by police after the station received a call about a hostage situation taking place at the man's residence. "It was a shooting call involving hostages," Deputy Police Chief Troy Livingston said duri...

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14:05
Forever 21 breach exposed customer credit card info...

If you shopped at a Forever 21 store this year, there's a chance your credit card information may have been stolen, CNET reports. The retail store confirmed this week that between April 3rd and November 18th of this year, a number of point of sale te...

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13:20
Slashdot Asks: How Should Apple Have Responded To...

Yesterday, Apple officially apologized for slowing down older phones in order to compensate for degrading batteries. In a letter to customers, Apple said, "We apologize," offering anyone with an iPhone 6 or later a battery replacement for $29 starting in late January through December 2018 -- a discount of $50 from the unusual replacement cost. They're also promising to add features to iOS that provide more information about the battery health in early 2018.

Apple's response has left many wondering whether or not it is enough. Even though they are discounting the cost of a battery replacement, for example, they are still profiting from each battery replacement. At the end of the day, "Apple only came clean after independent investigation, giving the whole situation an air of underhanded secrecy," writes Macworld. Should Apple have responded differently to the battery controversy? In the first place, should Apple even issue a software update to older devices to purposefully...

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13:20
Maybe private 'Black Mirror' messages...

'Tis the season for ominous, intrusive internet promotional campaigns. Netflix has spooked users on a Turkish equivalent to Reddit, Ekşi Sözlük, by sending them promotional direct messages meant to hype up the debut of Black Mirror's fourt...

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13:16
Accessible Apple 2017-2018: The 12 Requests of...

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This is the fourth 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 fourth request of Christmas, we ask Apple to give to us:

4.  A Smarter Way to Order Cabs with Siri

With the release of iOS 10 last year, Apple fundamentally changed how cabs are ordered with Siri as part of its expansion of 3rd-party Siri integrations. Previously, saying phrases like , "Get me a taxi," would result in Siri offering to call a taxi company. As of iOS 10, Siri depends on users having compatible 3rd-party apps to book taxi rides. If a user does not have one installed, Siri offers to search the...

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12:50
Tracking fitness goals in the New Year with iPhone...

No matter your goals, staying focused on a fitness regimen doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Luckily, Apple’s App Store has just the apps that can help you hit your fitness goals. Armed with an iPhone in hand or an Apple Watch on the wrist, you can make your fitness New Year’s Resolutions a new habit.

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12:34
All 50 states opt in to AT&T’s FirstNet public...

FirstNet, the nationwide broadband network for first responders, will be the official public safety network for all 50 US states. The network has been a very long time coming. Having been initially proposed following the 9/11 attacks, the FCC approve...

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12:18
Comment: WeChat is offering official IDs, could...

A new report today from The Wall Street Journal details how Tencent’s hugely popular WeChat app is working with the government to launch official, digital IDs in China. Could disruption from tech companies in sectors like this be a sign of services Apple might offer in the future?

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12:00
2017’s biggest cybersecurity facepalms

2017 was a year like no other for cybersecurity. It was the year we found out the horrid truths at Uber and Equifax, and border security took our passwords. A year of WannaCry and Kaspersky, VPNs and blockchains going mainstream, health care hacking,...

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11:42
'PUBG' sets new record with three million...

In case you needed further proof that people really, really, really like PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG), Steam has your back. Today, the game shattered its previous concurrent-players record by more than double the amount, peaking at 3,106,358...

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11:29
Apple 2017 year in review: iPhone X with Face ID...




To mark the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, Apple released the iPhone X -- that's pronounced "ten," as the company is eager to point out. While it may not be an earth-shaking revelation, it's an important signpost for where Apple plans to be 10 years from now -- assuming we're even still using smartphones in 2027.

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11:01
Best Amazon Digital Day deals

Just when you thought the big sales days were over for 2017, Amazon pops up with another one. Today, Friday, December 29 is Amazon's Digital Day: A time for you to find great deals on apps, movies, and games to fill up your devices.

That's what the marketing materials say, anyway. After looking through the Digital Day sales, all we can say is "Yeesh." Most of the "deals" we spotted are at least a week old or longer. Moreover, the PC game deals are on par with Steam's ongoing Winter Sale, and based on data from CamelCamelCamel, many deal prices are not even close to historic lows.

To read this article in full, please click here

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10:46
Italian brothers can call their clothing company ‘...

An Italian clothing company called "Steve Jobs" (no, really) has won a trademark battle against Apple and can now use the company’s name and and Apple-inspired logo on whatever they please. 

Two Italian brothers, Vincenzo and Giacomo Barbato, noticed that Jobs' name wasn't trademarked in 2012, so they decided to use the name for their company, Business Insider Italia reports Apple has fought the brothers over their logo in court for years. The logo includes a “J” that looks like an apple with a bite out of it.

Amazingly, the Barbato brothers’ use of “Steve Jobs” and a blatant version of Apple’s logo were deemed to not be a trademark breach by the EU’s Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market.

Apple challenged the company by claiming its logo infringed on its own...

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10:36
Ice, ice baby: Apple’s Chicago flagship store doesn’...

Apple’s Chicago flagship store in Chicago, Apple Michigan Avenue, has been praised for its incredible design, including glass walls, steel columns, and a MacBook-shaped roof. But apparently it wasn’t designed for winter in the Windy City.

There are no gutters to catch falling snow or ice. Nor is the roof sloping, so icicles that do form aren't dangling from 20 some feet overhead.

This is Apple Michigan Avenue pictured in October. December is a different, icier picture.

According to Chicago blogger Matt Maldre – as noted by PYMNTS — the fancy building design, while seemingly in service of Apple’s new “town square” plan, seems to have forgotten what town it was actually being built for. “Maybe next time Apple will consider the...

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10:23
‘Batterygate’ lawsuits against Apple coming in...

Another day, more lawsuits. Apple has published an apology letter to customers in regards to “Batterygate” for slowing down older phones to compensate for erratic battery performance but the lawsuits keep on coming, including new ones in Australia and South Korea.

According to The New Daily, iPhone owners could cash in on a portion of over $1 billion in what lawyers are touting as Australia’s largest-ever class action, after tech giant Apple admitted to slowing down some phones.

Australian compensation law firm Shine Lawyers confirmed to The New Daily on Friday that investigations have begun and it intends to file a class action against Apple in early 2018. Jan Saddler, Shine Lawyers’ class-action expert, estimated more than five million Australians...

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Amazon Digital Day Sale,...

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

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09:22
Analyst guesswork sets unrealistic expectations for...




Prognosticating sales of tech products can be a difficult and thankless job, particularly when the companies selling the products themselves don't announce sales figures. But that doesn't excuse inconsistencies, unrealistic projections, or a lack of critical thinking skills.

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09:20
iMac Pro now shipping from Apple authorized...




Apple authorized resellers are now shipping the iMac Pro with no tax in 46 to 48 states, saving many shoppers $400 to $930 compared to buying direct. No interest financing offers are also available on approved credit -- and expedited delivery is free on many models.

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09:10
Ulysses 12.2

Maintenance release brings a number of fixes to the popular writing app for the Mac and iOS. ($39.99 annual subscription, free update, 21 MB)

 

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08:03
Apple's MacBook Air-like Store Roof Wasn't...

An anonymous reader shares a report Apple opened its new flagship retail store in Chicago earlier this year to much acclaim, but as the weather turns from fall to winter, a design oversight is causing some problems. As reported by Chicago blog Spundart, Apple seemingly didn't design the MacBook Air-like roof of the store to account for snow... in Chicago. Apple's newest Chicago store garnered earlier attention for its roof design that mimics a MacBook Air, but one clear oversight is that there are no gutters to catch snow or ice. Furthermore, as the multi-level store sits along the Chicago River, the roof is sloped downward, meaning that anyone standing on the walkway along the river gets hit with falling snow and ice. Further reading: Apple is really bad at design.


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07:48
iPhone is once again the best-selling tech product...

The iPhone was the best-selling tech product of 2017, says a USA Today report, outselling all the products in slots #2 to #5 combined. It follows news that Apple dominated device activations leading up to Christmas.

According to Daniel Ives, an analyst with GBH Insights, who compiled the chart for USA Today, Apple will sell 223 million iPhones in 2017, up from 211 million phones the previous year …

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07:39
iMac Pro arrives at Apple's retail stores




Customers who can afford its $4,999 pricetag may now be able to find the 8-core base model of the iMac Pro in some U.S. Apple stores, ready for pickup.

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07:32
The iPhone is the top selling tech product of 2017 (...

The iPhone was the best-selling tech product of 2017, selling more units than the No. 2 through No. 5 products combined.

According to Daniel Ives, an analyst with GBH Insights, who compiled the chart for USA TODAY, Apple will sell 223 million iPhones in 2017, up from 211 million phones the previous year. The rest of the top 5: Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note 8 smartphones: 33 million; Amazon Echo Dot connected speakers: 24 million; Apple Watch: 20 million; and Nintendo Switch video game console: 15 million.

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07:20
∞ Using the iPhone X to make your face invisible

This is pretty cool. Watch the video embedded in this tweet:

iPhoneXで顔だけ光学迷彩っぽくなるやつできた pic.twitter.com/aPXJcHi8Y4

— のしぷ (@noshipu) December 27, 2017

The developer built an app that runs on the iPhone X and uses the face mesh to render your face invisible. A neat trick. Not sure how useful this is, but A for effort.

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07:16
Apple keeps losing legal battles to an Italian...

Gizmodo:

When two brothers from Naples decided to stop doing fashion design for other companies and start a brand of their own, they went hunting for an attention-grabbing name. They discovered that “Steve Jobs” wasn’t trademarked and decided on that. Now, a protracted legal battle has come to an end, and they have big plans for using the Apple founder’s name on pretty much anything.

And:

As expected, Apple’s legal department soon sent the brothers four large folders of legal documents and went to war. But the brothers won the case.

It’d be one thing if the founder was named Steve Jobs. But this is straight-forward riding on someone else’s coattails.

That said, there are plenty of precedents. Here’s one that springs to mind.

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07:04
A message to our customers about iPhone batteries...

From Apple’s public statement on the iPhone battery throttling issue:

We’ve been hearing feedback from our customers about the way we handle performance for iPhones with older batteries and how we have communicated that process. We know that some of you feel Apple has let you down. We apologize. There’s been a lot of misunderstanding about this issue, so we would like to clarify and let you know about some changes we’re making.

First and foremost, we have never — and would never — do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades. Our goal has always been to create products that our customers love, and making iPhones last as long as possible is an important part of that.

Apple then goes into detail on battery aging and some battery shutdown history, all pretty readable. But at the very bottom is this:

Apple is reducing the price of an out-of-warranty iPhone battery replacement by...

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06:53
iFixit matches Apple's $29 battery swap cost,...




Looking to equal or beat Apple in the aftermath of its iPhone battery apology, iFixit has dropped the price of its do-it-yourself battery swap kits to $29 or less. More significantly this includes kits for the iPhone 4S, 5, 5s, and 5c, which are excluded from Apple's discounted battery replacements.

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06:43
Tim Cook: Salary details, and forced by new Apple...

Two nuggets from this Bloomberg article:

Cook’s incentive pay totaled $9.33 million for the year ended Sept. 30, the Cupertino, California-based company said Wednesday in a regulatory filing. He also took home $3.06 million in salary and a previously disclosed equity award of $89.2 million, bringing his total payout for the year to about $102 million.

His top five lieutenants each got bonuses of $3.11 million, bringing their total compensation to about $24.2 million each, including salaries and stock awards.

And:

The Apple board stipulated this year that for security reasons the CEO should use private planes for business and personal travel, citing the risk given his high profile. Personal security costs were calculated at $224,216.

My two cents: Tim Cook is a bargain. Apple is an aircraft...

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06:21
iMac Pro now available for in-store pickup at US...

If you’re interested in picking up a new iMac Pro today, check your local Apple Store. Units of the base model 8-core iMac Pro are now available for in-store pickup at US-based Apple Stores. more…

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06:06
iFixIt announces its own iPhone battery replacement...

Apple has published an apology letter to customers in regards to “Batterygate” and offered a battery replacement program for the iPhone 6 and later. However, the gang at iFixIt is cutting cutting the prices on all of its DIY battery install kits to $29 or less. 

The kits include all the tools you need to open up and swap your own battery.  iFixIt also have options for the iPhone 4S, 5, 5s and 5c — which are excluded from Apple’s new program.

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05:44
New York plans to safeguard net neutrality by...

The repeal of net neutrality rules may allow Internet service providers and mobile carriers to block or throttle services at will, reserving the fastest bandwidth for companies who pay the toll, but the law may not be the only way to keep companies in line …

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05:38
AppleInsider podcast covers iPhone X supply chain...




This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor talks about the iPhone battery debacle, supply chain orders for iPhone X, and has an interview with synthesizer musician Suzanne Ciani.

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05:11
Class action lawsuits against Apple for...

It didn’t take long between Apple confirming that it deliberately slowed older iPhones to the first class action lawsuit. More quickly followed, and the latest tally appears to be 15 separate cases …

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05:00
Build iOS apps and learn! The Complete iOS 11 &...

One of our most popular deals is back, and if you would like to learn how to program apps for iOS 11 using Apple's Swift programming language, you're going to love it. Rob Percival's "The Complete iOS 11 & Swift Developer Course" is available for a limited time in the Apple World Today Deals Shop for just $10. 

Fifteen bucks! That's like buying a trio of lattes, and instead of getting wired, you're gaining a life skill that can get you a job or make you an indie developer. Here are the course modules:

  • Getting Started

  • Getting Started With Xcode 9 and Swift 4

  • Swift 4 Deep Dive (Playgrounds)...

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04:36
iFixit matches or beats Apple’s $29 replacement...

After Apple reduced its iPhone battery-swap price to just $29 as part of an apology for its handling of the performance-throttling controversy, iFixit has done the same for its DIY kits for older devices …

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04:30
The AWT’s staff favorite products of 2017

The Apple World Today staff has compiled their list of their favorite hardware and software products of 2017.

Dennis Sellers’ list

I thought I could replace my iMac with a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and 27-inch LG Ultrafine display. Actually, I did for seven months, but the entire experience just wasn’t as smooth. Plus, the Apple all-in-one’s display is so much more elegant than LG’s monitor. The mid-2017 rev of the iMac with 5K Retina display is the company’s finest Mac ever (well, at least for those who can't afford an iMac Pro). See my review here.

The new 12.9-inch iPad Pro/iOS 11 combo. Okay, technically, that’s two products, so sue me. As I wrote this week, the latest super-sized Apple tablet and latest rev of iOS...

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04:08
New Apple patent application hints at long-range...

A new patent application by Apple hints at RF-based long-range wireless charging, along the lines of the Energous system recently granted FCC approval.

As is usual with Apple patent applications, the wording is as general as possible – encompassing both wired and wireless charging – but the problem it aims to solve does appear to be one that arises primarily with long-range wireless charging …

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04:00
Ten things I want to see from Apple in 2018

Overall, 2017 has been a great year for Apple. But here’s some things I’d love to see in 2018:

  • I like the News and Clips apps on iOS devices, but I also want them on my Mac. The latter app could replace PhotoBooth
  • The option of equipping Mac laptops with LTE, as you can do with the iPad. In 2008, Apple CEO Steve Jobs rejected the idea of LTE-equipped laptops because it would add complexity to the device and lock customers in to a particular carrier. Neither argument applies today since, for example, antennas have grown ever smaller.
  • The ability to hook up an iPad Pro up to a Mac to use it as a Cintiq-like device.
  • A MacBook Pro with the option of 32GB of RAM (the limit now is 16GB).
  • A “non-Pro” iMac available in space grey and with the T2 chip.
  • A Magic Keyboard with backlighting and a built-...
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03:30
ScreenFlow 7.2

Improves capability of maintaining the aspect ratio when resizing a partial screen capture. ($129 new, free update, 56 MB)

 

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03:30
The top 20 Mac games of 2017

By Ric Molina of Mac Gamer HQ

To celebrate the end of the year, I’ve rounded up the best games for the Mac that were released in 2017. You’ve heard this before, but I’m serious: this was a great year for Mac gaming. 

My list includes: a popular shooter we’ve been awaiting for a long time; the best-looking strategy game available on the Mac; the highest rating racing game for macOS. Check The 20 Best Mac Games of 2017 (guides), and  tell me which one (s) you'll be adding to your wishlist

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03:15
Apple offers apology for iPhone speed throttling...

following up on the iPhone processor slowdown scandal that’s been plaguing the company, Apple on Thursday offered an apology and has also lowered the price of out-of-warranty battery replacements to $29. The company has also stated that it will issue a software update in early 2018 to let users find out more information about the health of their device’s battery.

The new battery replacement is marked down from $79 and will be available for anyone with an iPhone 6 or later whose battery needs to be replaced, starting in late January and available worldwide through December 2018.

Apple offered the following letter of apology regarding the issue and following controversy:

“December 28, 2017

A Message to Our Customers about iPhone Batteries and Performance

We’ve been hearing feedback from our customers about the way we handle performance for iPhones with older batteries and how we have communicated that process. We know that some of you feel Apple...

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03:00
Face ID unable to approve family purchases, reasons...

This is a bit strange.

A number of iPhone X owners have discovered that Face ID isn’t available as an authentication method for the “Ask to Buy” feature, which allows parents to approve their kids’ iOS purchases and downloads. At present, the parent, or controlling Apple ID account holder, must enter their entire Apple account password to approve each individual purchase attempt.

As a result, users are frustrated given that this equivalent functionality was available on Touch ID devices and seems to have been lost in the transition to the iPhone X. Face ID can be used as an authentication method for other purchases, just like Touch ID before it—but Touch ID also worked for “Ask to Buy,” and Face ID doesn’t.

This change also comes at a time when Apple has touted Face ID as Touch ID’s eventual replacement. The Face ID authentication feature has been applied to a number of third-party apps, which transitioned flawlessly to Face ID as a login protocol.

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23:03
Facebook apologizes for its moderation '...

With over 2 billion users and counting, policing Facebook is an increasingly difficult task. The unenviable job rests on the shoulders of a 7,500-strong team of content moderators (alongside the site's algorithms), who scour through tons of unsightly...

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21:05
Five of the best board game conversions for your new...




A niche category of the expanding game market on iOS are board game translations. AppleInsider goes beyond Monopoly and Scrabble and looks into five of the best more advanced board games that benefit from an iOS implementation.

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19:41
Apple wireless charging patent describes ability to...

Two patent applications published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office give us a peek into what kind of mobile device charging options Apple may be giving us in the future. As VentureBeat reports, the two applications were both filed in June t...

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19:18
Pressing the Side Button to Confirm Payments on...

Occasionally I notice a burst of traffic to Daring Fireball from Hacker News. It’s always short-lived, because for reasons I’ve never seen explained, Daring Fireball articles always get blacklisted from Hacker News once they hit their front page. It’s apparent that a lot of HN readers do not like my work on the basis that they see me as a shameless Apple shill, but it’s a shame the articles get deleted because I like reading the comments. I feel like it keeps me on my toes to read the comments from people who don’t like Daring Fireball.

Even after being blacklisted from the Hacker News homepage, though, the comment threads still exist. I went through the Hacker News comments on my iPhone X review today, a few comments about how Apple Pay works on the iPhone X caught my attention:

arielm:

Apple made some interactions so unintuitive that even I was
confused. One example is...

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18:06
Hands-on: Bento Stack is a great organization tool...

From 9to5Toys:

Apple accessories, there are tons of them. You have Apple Watch bands, Apple Pencil, iPad chargers, iPhone and MacBook chargers, and more. Anytime you leave the house or go on vacation, if you’re anything like me, there’s a mad rush to make sure you don’t forget any cables to keep everything charged.

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18:00
The 12 best Mac game deals in the Steam Winter Sale...

Dirt Rally ($12)

Image by Codemasters

Feral Interactive brought Codemasters’ acclaimed Dirt Rally to Mac in November, and it launched at the usual full price of $60—seemingly well worth it for this robust, ultra-polished rallying simulator. But if you held off or didn’t want to pay that solid sum for a new Mac racing game, now you can get it for the much more amazing price of just $12.

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17:55
Roundup: The best cases for Apple's 2017 9.7-...




If you got Apple's latest 9.7-inch iPad equipped with an A9 processor under the tree and are looking for the perfect case in which to house it, we've rounded up a list of the best iPad cases from slim, designer options to rugged models that offer enhanced protection.

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17:29
VLC Media Player 2.2.8

Fixes a compatibility issue with macOS 10.13 High Sierra and resolves an issue with the update mechanism on macOS. (Free, 35.1 MB)

 

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17:04
Apple reduces battery replacement price for out-of-...

Apple on Thursday announced a price reduction in its iPhone battery replacement plan for owners of the iPhone 6 and later. The company is slashing the cost from $79 to $29, starting in late January 2018, with the offer ending in December 2018.

The price reduction is part of Apple’s response to the company’s recent revelation that iOS throttles CPU performance in iPhones with diminished battery capacity. Apple posted “A Message to Our Customers” on Apple.com on Thursday, which explores the hardware issues, Apple’s attempts to address those issues with iOS, and the backlash the company has received.

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16:49
Chicago flagship Apple Retail store roof not well...




Apple's North Michigan Ave., Chicago retail store is having a problem with snow and ice falls off the roof, and has roped off areas of the surrounding court to protect shoppers.

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16:20
Italian Clothing Company Defeats Apple, Wins the...

An Italian clothing company that uses the name "Steve Jobs" as its brand will be able to continue using the moniker after winning a multi-year legal battle, reports Italian site la Repubblica Napoli. Mac Rumors reports: Brothers Vincenzo and Giacomo Barbato named their clothing brand "Steve Jobs" in 2012 after learning that Apple had not trademarked his name. "We did our market research and we noticed that Apple, one of the best known companies in the world, never thought about registering its founder's brand, so we decided to do it," the two told la Repubblica Napoli. The Barbatos designed a logo that resembles Apple's own, choosing the letter "J" with a bite taken out of the side. Apple, of course, sued the two brothers for using Jobs' name and a logo that mimics the Apple logo. In 2014, the European Union's Intellectual Property Office ruled in favor of the Barbatos and rejected Apple's trademark opposition. While the outcome of the legal battle was decided in 2014, Vincenzo and...

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16:20
FCC extends waiver for video game accessibility for...

The idea behind 2010's 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) is to make sure that federal accessibility laws created in the '80s and '90s were updated to include new digital and communications technologies. The part of the Ac...

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15:51
Apple’s MacBook Air-like store roof wasn’t designed...

Apple opened its new flagship retail store in Chicago earlier this year to much acclaim, but as the weather turns from fall to winter, a design oversight is causing some problems. As reported by Chicago blog Spundart, Apple seemingly didn’t design the MacBook Air-like roof of the store to account for snow…in Chicago…

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15:40
Apple Apologizes For iPhone Slowdown Drama, Will...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Apple just published a letter to customers apologizing for the "misunderstanding" around older iPhones being slowed down, following its recent admission that it was, in fact, slowing down older phones in order to compensate for degrading batteries. "We know that some of you feel Apple has let you down," says the company. "We apologize." Apple says in its letter that batteries are "consumable components," and is offering anyone with an iPhone 6 or later a battery replacement for $29 starting in late January through December 2018 -- a discount of $50 from the usual replacement cost. Apple's also promising to add features to iOS that provide more information about the battery health in early 2018, so that users are aware of when their batteries are no longer capable of supporting maximum phone performance.

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15:28
NASA lends a hand to new American Girl doll with...

While the American Girl brand is well-known for teaching the past through dolls with fictional ties to important events, its latest aims to inspire youths to make history themselves. On the first day of 2018, the next American Girl will hit stores: 1...

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15:16
Apple issues apology letter and a replacement...

Apple has published an apology letter to customers in regards to “Batterygate” for slowing down older phones to compensate for erratic battery performance. The letter starts off this way:

We’ve been hearing feedback from our customers about the way we handle performance for iPhones with older batteries and how we have communicated that process. We know that some of you feel Apple has let you down. We apologize. There’s been a lot of misunderstanding about this issue, so we would like to clarify and let you know about some changes we’re making.

First and foremost, we have never — and would never — do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades. Our goal...

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15:10
Apple’s response to battery controversy: have a new...

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The past few weeks have been tumultuous for Apple ever since the company confirmed it slows down iPhones as their batteries age. In a message posted to Apple's website today, the company formally apologized to customers while explaining how iPhone batteries age, what Apple has already done to prevent unexpected device shutdowns, and what the company will do to address customer concerns.

"We know that some of you feel Apple has let you down. We apologize," the letter reads. "There’s been a lot of misunderstanding about this issue, so we would like to clarify and let...

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14:49
LastPass fixes fingerprint security flaw in its...

Password manager LastPass has an extra layer of protection for its Authenticator app, in the form of a fingerprint and/or PIN that ostensibly keeps people out of your passwords if they find your phone unlocked. Last week, a developer posted that he'd...

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14:22
Report: Broader iPhone lineup creates more stability...

A report today from Reuters takes a look at Apple’s broadening iPhone lineup and some of the benefits of its new strategy.

more…

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14:18
Netflix's 'Bright' nabs 11 million...

It turns out betting on Will Smith paid off for Netflix. The company's first blockbuster film, Bright, garnered 11 million streaming viewers in the U.S. over its first three days, according to Nielsen figures reported by Variety. To put that in persp...

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13:59
Apple apologizes for confusion over slowdowns with...

Apple has been in hot water for the last few weeks after the company admitted that it sometimes reduced processor speeds on iPhones with aging batteries as a way to balance performance and battery life. Today, the company is apologizing for not being...

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