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Thursday September 8

Apple’s official iPhone 7 page

From the official iPhone 7 page:

iPhone 7 dramatically improves the most important aspects of the iPhone experience. It introduces advanced new camera systems. The best performance and battery life ever in an iPhone. Immersive stereo speakers. The brightest, most colorful iPhone display. Splash and water resistance. And it looks every bit as powerful as it is. This is iPhone 7.

Immerse yourself in the gorgeous imagery. I was immediately drawn to the shiniest of the shiny, the jet black iPhone 7 Plus. I’ve gotten feedback that the matte black finish does a better job of hiding scratches and other imperfections, but I just love the look of this phone. I’ll be careful with it, I promise!


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Stereo sound on iPhone 7 uses standard speaker plus...

Apple's new stereo sound implementation on the iPhone 7 series of phones utilizes the bottom speaker in conjunction with a balanced earphone on the device, instead of a second edge-mounted speaker.

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AAPL won’t reveal opening weekend iPhone sales,...

With a big question mark over whether the iPhone 7 will be perceived as a genuine new model or a second S-year, all eyes were going to be on the opening weekend sales numbers. It seems we’re not going to get the chance, however: Apple has just told CNBC that it will not be revealing this information.

The company claims that the decision was made for logistical reasons …


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3D scanner and software comes to the Mac

Fuel3D, a 3D capture and imaging company, has updated its Fuel3D Studio software. In addition to several new features, the software is now available for OS X, making SCANIFY, the company’s high speed 3D scanner, available to Mac users for the first time.

The $1,490 SCARIFY is a handheld, point-and-shoot 3D scanner that captures high-resolution, color 3D models of objects in in under 0.1 seconds, according to Fuel3D CEO Stuart Mead. The scanner is designed for use across a range of 3D applications, including 3D printing and personalization, as well as on-screen applications like 3D animation and virtual reality.

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Kirk McElhearn: Apple’s AirPod mistake

Kirk McElhearn:

Yesterday Apple introduced AirPods. What a mistake.

While I appreciate the uniqueness of these headphones, I predict that in a year or two, they’ll have gone the way of the gold Apple Watch Edition.

You know how you’re walking or running and one of your earbuds falls out? You grab the cord, reel it in, and put it back in your ear. And then you go on walking or running. With AirPods, one of them will fall out, and you’ll watch as someone steps on it, or as it falls down a subway grating.

I can also see that, as you get on a bus or subway, someone grabs at one of your AirPods to snatch it, and you’re listening only to one channel of music for the rest of the day.

Click to the main post for my take on all this.


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Opinion: Does the iPhone 7 justify the hype, or is...

So, the iPhone 7 is official. Apple is the master of the art of presentation, so the new iPhones were introduced with all the breathless wonder and gorgeous photography we’ve come to expect. But now that the event is over, and we’re examining what we’ve seen in the cold light of day, does the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus justify the hype?

Let’s start with the obvious: there weren’t many surprises. Most of the rumors were true, so what we saw yesterday was – in the main – what we expected.

The design was pretty much identical to the mockups. And the mockups were pretty much identical to the iPhone 6s. The modified antenna lines are much neater, and the camera bump a little less obtrusive, but really the only significantly new thing design-wise were those two black colors …


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Just the good stuff from yesterday’s Apple event

Nice wrap-up from Digg, heavy on the pictures.

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Upgrading your existing iPhone to an iPhone 7

The only thing that could make this better was if it was April 1st.

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Jason Snell’s take on yesterday’s Apple event

If you haven’t already, take a few minutes to read Jim Dalrymple’s thoughtful reaction to yesterday’s event.

With that in mind, set aside some time to read Jason Snell’s take for Six Colors. I’m a fan of Jason’s writing, and his take really resonated with me.


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∞ Why Pokémon Go on Apple Watch is a brilliant match

As those who play Pokémon Go know, the current game requires you to keep your phone out with the app running in order to detect nearby Pokémon, trigger PokéStops, and accumulate egg-hatching kilometers as you walk. This is a battery drainer and a bit of a pain.

With Pokémon Go on your wrist, you can do all of the above with your phone in your pocket. Smart. The only thing that requires your iPhone is the actual act of catching a Pokémon, something that happens occasionally, rather than continuously.

Great partnership here. One that will solidify the existing Pokémon Go base, bring new players, and sell some Apple Watches. Smart.

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∞ In case you weren’t certain how the New York Times...

My 2 cents on the New York Times coverage of the new wave of Apple products. Some angry journalism there.

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Watch: Hands-on video with Apple's jet black...

The highly anticipated iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were unveiled in San Francisco this week, and AppleInsider was there for a hands-on look at the new jet black glossy finish and dual-lens cameras. Here's a quick look and rundown of everything you need to know about the new iPhone, coming Sept. 16.

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Future Apple Watch bands may be ‘dynamically...

Apple has filed for a patent (number 20160255944) for for “dynamic fit adjustment for wearable electronic devices.” If the invention ever sees the light of day, we could have Apple Watches that allow users to “dynamically adjust” the wearable device’s watchband without having to remove it.

For example, the Apple Watch itself could control one or more actuators that are mechanically coupled to either the housing or to a band attached to the wearable electronic device. In one example, in response to a signal to increase the tightness of the band, the tensioner can cause the actuators to increase the tension within the band.

Some watch bands have an incrementally user-adjustable size (e.g., a buckling clasp, pin and eyelet, etc.) whereas other bands have a substantially fixed size, adjustable only with specialized tools and/or expertise (e.g., folding clasp, deployment clasp, snap-fit clasp, etc.). Still other bands may be elasticated expansion-type...

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Irish parliament backs Apple on its tax bill appeal

Ireland's government won strong backing from parliament for its appeal against a €13B (about $14.5 billion) back tax bill the European Commission ordered it to collect from Apple, following 12 hours of debate on Wednesday.

Lawmakers said a failure to challenge the judgment would threaten future investment in Ireland by U.S. companies looking to sell in Europe, a central pillar of the country's decades-old growth strategy.

The European Commission, Europe’s anti-trust and consumer investigation agency, has claimed that Ireland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands have attracted investment and jobs by helping big companies avoid tax in other countries, including EU members. The commission suspects Ireland was too lenient in rulings it gave to Apple and which helped the company shield tens of billions of dollars in profit from taxation. At 12.5%, Ireland’s corporate...

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Apple announces Apple Watch Series 2, pre-orders to...

Apple took the wrapping off the second-gen Apple Watch today during its media event.

The new unit, dubbed the “Apple Watch Series 2”, boasts a dual-core processor, a brighter display, swim-proof capabilities and built-in GPS. This new model has a redesigned speaker to make it water-resistant down to 50 meters. Other than that, this updated smartwatch looks near-identical to the first Apple Watch, now known as Apple Watch Series 1, which was only splash-proof.

Unfortunately, the new unit lacks the much-anticipated cellular connectivity, meaning you’ll still need to pair it to an iPhone for data-heavy operations and calls.

As expected, the Apple Watch Series 2 will arrive will watchOS 3 and will be available on September 13th.

Apple has also...

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Ireland to Europe: No, Apple doesn't owe us

Ireland will join Apple in appealing the European Commission’s finding that Apple owes the country more than US$14 billion in back taxes.

The Dail, Ireland’s parliament, voted 93 to 36 late Wednesday night to file an appeal against the ruling, which came out last week. The government is now set to ask the EC to reverse its ruling, which said Ireland’s tax treatment of Apple from 2003 to 2014 was illegal and distorted competition.

Ireland could stand to gain €13 billion ($14.5 billion) in tax revenue from the ruling, but government officials and lawmakers said imposing the tax would hurt the country’s reputation as a good place to do business.

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Apple announces iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus units at...

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus handsets hit today.

And that may be why you see your neighbors gathering torches and pitchforks regarding the removal of the headphone jack today.

The new handsets boast a 64-bit four-core A10 Fusion processor, stereo speakers positioned on opposite ends of the device, a flush Force-sensitive home button with a Taptic Engine for haptic feedback, and IP67-standard water and dust resistance. As rumored, the headphone jack has been removed and Apple is offering a wired Lightning in-ear EarPod headphones and a Lightning to 3.5mm adapter are included in the box. Apple is offering Siri-enabled wireless earbuds called AirPods as a separate accessory, available for $159 in late October.

The new iPhone features a faster, more energy efficient...

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Apple’s audio devices attempt to capture greater...

Apple’s media event yesterday keynote introduced the iPhone 7 family and its elimination of the industry-standard 3.5mm headphone jack, along with these Lightning EarPods and wireless AirPods. The Apple-owned Beats brand unveiled the Beats Solo 3 Wireless, Beats X, and Powerbeats 3 Wireless.

All three newly-announced Beats models incorporate Apple’s W1 chipset and thus have the same simplified pairing and setup as the AirPods with iPhone 7 and Watch 2. These new products match, rather than exceed, the technological envelope already created by competitors in the audio and mobile accessories markets,” says Paul Erickson, senior analyst, Connected Home at IHS Technology.

“However, when taken in combination with the W1 chipset, a rise in convenience is offset by a clear aggregate move by Apple to move iOS device owners’ accessories purchases away from third parties and industry standards, and more distinctly into Apple’s own...

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The Saddleback Leather Satchel will bring out the...

I live in Nashville, Tennessee, and the stereotype of guys here is that we're burly dudes with cowboy hats and boots who drive pick-ups with gun racks. I'm 160 pounds, go hatless and prefer tennis shoes to boots. I also drive an Escort (gun not included).

But I can ride a horse and -- yippee ki yay -- if the Saddleback Leather Satchel from Saddleback doesn't bring out the cowboy in me. And it may bring out the cowgirl in you ladies.

Saddleback Leather specializes in bags made of real saddle leather. The Saddleback Leather Satchel is a full quarter-inch thick, meticulously cut and hand-stitched, and simply jaw-dropping. You'll have to pony up $308 to $520 for this baby. That's a lot of loot, but I doubt there's a more durable briefcase in existence. And, unlike most of its ilk, this will only look better (more authentic, perhaps) as it experiences wear and tear.

Saddleback Leather’s bags are...

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How to send an email with Siri

Yesterday we looked at how to send a text message by dictating with Siri. You can also use Apple’s personal digital assistant on your iPhone or iPad to send an email. Here’s how:

  • Press and hold the Home button to activate Siri (or say “Hey, Siri” if you iPhone supports this feature).
  • Say something like “Email Matt Sellers” or “Send an email to Matt Sellers.” Or you can send an email to multiple recipients with a phrase like “Send an email to Matt Sellers and Katie Sellers.”
  • Siri opens your Messages app and grabs the email address of the person or persons you’re emailing. If the contact has more than one email address, you’ll be asked to choose the address you wish to use.
  • Tell Siri the subject of the email. For example: “Volleyball practice Thursday night.”
  • Dictate to Siri the contents of the email.
  • Wait for Siri to confirm the content of your text.
  • Tap Send or say Yes to send your email.


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Brexit bites: Apple raises European prices to...

While Apple is offering its doubled-capacity iPhone 7 in the U.S. for the same price as last year’s 6s, the UK and other European countries are not so fortunate. Apple has increased UK prices by between 11% and 15%, depending on the model.

It’s not just iPhone prices, either – similar increases have been made to the cost of the iPad range and various Apple accessories …


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Australian airlines ban use of Samsung's Galaxy...

Australian airlines Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Australia have told passengers not to power up or charge their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones on its planes. "We are requesting that passengers who own them do not switch on or charge them in flight," Qant...

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Super Mario Is Coming To The iPhone

One of the first announcements made at Apple's iPhone 7 launch event was that Nintendo's Super Mario Bros franchise will be coming to the iPhone. The announcement was short, sparse with details, but certainly well received. Popular Mechanics reports: "Nintendo head Shigeru Miyamoto took the stage early in Apple's iPhone 7 reveal in San Francisco today to announce and demonstrate the new game Super Mario Run, the first Mario game for the iPhone. The game is simple: Mario runs completely, a la Temple Run, and you push buttons to make him jump and try to reach the end of the levels. Miyamoto says 'you can play the game one-handed for the very first time.' There's a battle mode, too, where you try to top friends' scores. Super Mario Run will come out sometime this fall before the holiday season. Pricing is TBA, but Miyamoto promises there will be a single price and no in-app purchases." In a separate report via Kotaku, Nintendo said, "We do intend to release the game on Android devices...

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Cord cutting is a bigger bargain than ever

Cable TV apologists keep offering the same tired defense against cord cutting. When will they learn?

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Raspberry Pi has now sold 10 million computers

There's no doubt about it: the Raspberry Pi has changed the game for tech hobbyists and tinkerers alike. In four and a half years, we've seen the company expand its line-up to cater for smaller budgets, incorporate more features into its computing bo...

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Where, when, and how to preorder your iPhone 7 and 7...

It seems like just yesterday that Apple announced the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus with stereo speakers, overhauled cameras, and splash-proof capabilities. Oh, wait, it was yesterday. And now it’s time to preorder your shiny (or matte) new iPhone. Preorders start on Friday, September 9 at 12:01 a.m Pacific. Yep, that’s right after midnight, so don’t go to bed Thursday night without setting your alarm. may seem like the most obvious choice to preorder your iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. But you can also get it from the Apple Store app for iOS, which tends to work very smoothly in our past experience. Apple even recommends going this route, and it should certainly...

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Parrot's latest project is a dev kit to help...

French drone company Parrot has just announced the Parrot S.L.A.M.dunk, a special development kit meant to aid drones and other robots avoid obstacles while indoors.

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BBC iPlayer will let you 'restart' live...

Sometimes you'll race home and boot up BBC iPlayer, only to find that you've missed the start of your favourite show. Fiddlesticks. It's an important week on The Great British Bake Off. Never mind, at least you can press "restart" on a laptop, PC or...

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Nest ships its Nest Cam Outdoor and shows off new...

Nest Cam users will need a subscription to get all the new features, but non-subscribers aren't left totally in the cold.

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Nest makes finding security camera highlights easier

The great thing about having a camera trained on your home 24 hours a day is that you can see the exact moment something exciting (or terrible like a break in) happens. The worst part is that you have to scan through all that footage to find the inst...

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Nest's smart thermostat now comes in limited...

Nest's third-generation Learning Thermostat wasn't exactly a design revolution -- surprise, it's another metal puck with a display -- but the company is doing something to jazz things up. It's introducing limited edition versions of the smart tempera...

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Wednesday September 7

Apple Pay to launch in Japan, New Zealand and Russia...

Somewhat overshadowed by Wednesday's big iPhone and Apple Watch product announcements, Apple announced its fledgling payments service, Apple Pay, is set to expand into Japan, New Zealand and Russian later this year.

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'Star Trek Online' launches for free on...

Star Trek Online arrived on PC in the busy MMORPG scene in February 2010, just as the sun started to set on the genre. But the game followed industry trends to keep its playerbase, relaunching in January 2012 with a free-to-play tier and releasing se...

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PS4 Pro will take UHD screenshots and broadcast...

In addition to running games at higher resolution, the PlayStation 4 Pro will also take bigger and more detailed screenshots as well. Hitting the Share button on the controller will grab a 4K-sized image of whatever is on-screen at that moment accord...

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The $10,000 golden Apple Watch is no more

Enlarge / The Apple Watch Edition is now ceramic, and also like $9,000 cheaper. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

When Apple announced its Watch Series 2 earlier today, it said that the watch would come in a new ceramic white finish to complement the returning aluminum and stainless steel finishes. Completely absent was any mention of the Apple Watch Edition branding, which Apple used last year to launch a pair of $10,000-and-up Apple Watches that worked the same way as the cheap ones but were made out of actual gold instead of workaday, plebeian metals.

It turns out that...

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Instagram to take advantage of iPhone 7 Plus cameras...

Popular photo sharing app Instagram is developing an app update specifically designed to take advantage of Apple's upcoming iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, the latter of which boasts two cameras for wide angle and telephoto photography.

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$35 Pokémon Go Plus accessory will go on sale...

Pokémon Go players will have their choice of accessories soon, since the $35/£35 Pokémon Go Plus accessory will be available September 16th "in most countries." Earlier today the game's makers reported over 500 million downloads a...

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What happened at the iPhone event

If you're still reeling from the loss of the headphone jack and need to catch up with all of today's Apple news, Engadget's own Michael Gorman breaks down the new iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2 introduced at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium this m...

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Sony brought new PS4 accessories too

Sony didn't talk about it much during today's PlayStation Meeting event, but the reworked DualShock 4 (CUH-ZCT2) spotted in earlier leaks is real. The touchpad is a bit see through, allowing that line on the top to display whatever color the lightbar...

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DirecTV now streams many more channels on your phone

AT&T is pushing hard to get you streaming DirecTV on your smartphone. An update to the DirecTV iOS and Android apps mean you can now stream many more of the TV channels you can get at home. In The Verge's testing, the only big exceptions were 4K...

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Apple Cites 'Courage' As Reason To Remove...

It didn't come as much of a surprise when Apple Senior VP Phil Schiller revealed that the iPhone 7 doesn't feature a headphone jack, since rumors have mentioned this possibility months before the announcement. In fact, what some may find more surprising is Apple's justification. The company cited three reasons why they decided to eighty-six the port, as well as one word: "courage." Ars Technica reports: "[Schiller said] the company can't justify the continued use of an 'ancient' single-use port. He described the amount of technology packed into the iPhone, saying each element in Apple's phones is fighting for space, and it's at a premium. Schiller explained that no company has tried to deliver a wireless experience between your devices and your headphones that fixes the things that are currently difficult to do -- and since there's only one major industry-wide wireless-audio standard, it's easy to assume that he's talking about Bluetooth there (though he didn't say the B-word out...

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What you need to know about Apple Watch Series 2...

Although iPhone 7 hogged the spotlight at Apple's Sept. 7 special event, the company also announced a hotly anticipated update to its wearables lineup in Apple Watch Series 2. The second-generation device ships next week with GPS capabilities, faster processor, swim-proof housing, a new ceramic edition and more.

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macOS Sierra is set to launch on September 20

We barely heard a thing about the Mac and macOS during Apple’s big iPhone-centric event on Wednesday, but it turns out that Tim Cook had something planned after all. Shortly after the event wrapped up, Apple revealed that macOS Sierra, the company’s next operating system for the Mac, will hit the Mac App Store on September 20. 

Apple gave us a sneak peak of Sierra during the company’s annual Worldwide Developer’s Conference in June. It’s the first OS for the Mac that includes Siri, and will also bring Apple Pay to the Mac. We’re also excited about Optimized Storage, Picture in Picture, Tabs, and Universal Clipboard. Oh, and changes to Photos, too. 

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Apple defends decision to ditch 3.5mm jack, says...

As expected, Apple did not include a 3.5mm headphone jack in its upcoming iPhone 7 and 7 Plus handsets, but company executives say the legacy port's demise has been a long time coming.

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Apple beginning to phase out third-gen Apple TV from...

While this afternoon’s Apple announcements didn’t focus on the Apple TV, the company today did take the first steps towards officially phasing out the third-generation Apple TV model. Apple has removed the third-gen Apple TV from its online store, while a source indicates to us that Apple retail locations are also pulling the device from shelves.


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Watch Apple's iPhone 7 event in 15 minutes

Today's Apple event was jam packed with new gear, new features and more. If you missed any of the details on the new iPhone 7 and 7s, including all of the info on the new camera tech, we've got a quick recap for you. Catch up on all of today's announ...

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Modified USB Ethernet Adapter Can Steal Windows and...

An anonymous reader writes from a report via Softpedia: An attacker can use a modified USB Ethernet adapter to fool Windows and Mac computers into giving away their login credentials. The attack relies on using a modified USB Ethernet adapter that runs special software, which tricks the attacked computer into accepting the Ethernet adapter as the network gateway, DNS, and WPAD server. The attack is possible because most computers will automatically install any plug-and-play (PnP) USB device. Even worse, when installing the new (rogue) USB Ethernet adapter, the computer will give out the local credentials needed to install the device. The custom software installed on the USB intercepts these credentials and logs them to an SQLite database. This attack can take around 13 seconds to carry out, and the USB Ethernet adapter can be equipped with an LED that tells the attacker when the login credentials have been stolen.


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Vizio's Cast-powered speakers offer an...

Vizio first announced plans to bring Google Cast to its wireless speakers back in March. Now that the multi-room SmartCast Crave 360 is available for purchase, Vizio hopes you'll give it a look instead of splurging for some Sonos gear. As you might e...

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Video roundup: Hands-on with the new iPhone 7,...

After months of rumors and leaks, Apple today officially took the wraps off of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. While Apple showed off a good portion of what’s new on stage during various demos, there are always a few things left over that potential customers would like a first-hand look at. Members of the press who were in the audience during Apple’s event at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium had an opportunity to go hands-on with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, as well as the truly wireless AirPods and the Apple Watch Series 2…


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Hands on with the iPhone 7: A brief peek at the...

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The rumors got a lot right about the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Its design isn't too far off from the 6S and 6S Plus, it has an immovable Home button, the Plus has a dual-camera setup to simulate optical zoom, and (crucially) that headphone jack is gone.

But aside from that sticking point, the new iPhones offer a lot of the solid technological...

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Apple executives defend removal of the ‘dinosaur’...

Apple earlier today made its decision to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack from the iPhone 7 official. As with most controversial moves, the decision was met with mixed feelings from customers, but in a new interview with BuzzFeed News, Apple’s Phil Schiller, Greg Joswiak, Dan Riccio, and Tim Cook are defending the decision, as well as touching on other things…


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Caption Contest: Tim Cook shows Maddie Ziegler the...

Apple unveiled its newest iPhone in San Francisco today and, despite some backlash over its "courageous" stand in removing the handset's conventional headphone jack, the iPhone 7 seemed well-received by the crowd. Among those in attendance, Maddie Zi...

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Everything you need to know about preordering Apple...

In just a few short days, the new iPhone 7 will be available for preorder ahead of its Sept. 16 launch. AppleInsider is here to guide you through your choices to help you decide which model is right for you.

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Inside iPhone 7: Why Apple killed the headphone jack

Another good look at Apple’s reasoning behind killing the headphone jack.

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Apple debuts new videos promoting health, 107-second...

Following Apple's iPhone event on Wednesday, the company released a handful of videos showcasing the keynote and upcoming products, including iPhone 7, Apple Watch and AirPods, as well as five shorts promoting healthy life choices.

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Nintendo loses a little piece of its identity with...

Today, Nintendo announced Super Mario is going mobile -- Super Mario Run will launch on iOS and Android before the end of the year. We knew the company was making more content for smartphones, but for long-time Nintendo fans, this announcement still...

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Everything Apple announced during the iPhone 7...

More than just an iPhone event

While the iPhone 7 was Apple’s headliner, Tim Cook and friends had plenty of other announcements and news to share during the company’s annual fall event on Wednesday. From a waterproof Apple Watch to wireless earbuds with a sprinkle of Super Mario (yes, really!), this event was one for the books. Read on to see everything Apple announced.

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PlayStation 4 Pro games look amazing, but don't...

The PlayStation 4 Pro is undoubtedly the most powerful game console I've ever seen. Its GPU (powered by AMD's new Polaris technology) is more than twice as fast as the original PS4, and it sports a faster clock speed as well. But while Sony is market...

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AppleCare+ gains $29 screen swaps, makes $99 fee...

In tandem with announcing the iPhone 7 on Wednesday, Apple also revised its AppleCare+ plans for iPhones, instituting a $29 screen replacement option but forcing all customers to pay $99 for any other form of accident repair.

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The Aftermath: Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro event

For an hourlong media event, Sony packed a ton of new info into 60 minutes. Release date and prices for both the PlayStation 4 Slim and PS4 Pro, tons of HDR footage from upcoming games and even a few bits about how the PS4 Pro would better handle Pla...

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Trade-in roundup: Now that the iPhone 7 has landed,...

The best time to sell your old iPhone or iPad is when Apple introduces new models, like it did today with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Here's a guide to help you net the highest trade-in value for your iPhone from Apple, Gazelle, BuyBack World, NextWorth, Amazon, or one of the many other buyback services.

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Snapchat considers offering public stock

Snapchat is growing fast, which means that it will need more money... and it may be taking the steps it needs to bring in that extra cash. The Information's sources claim that Snapchat is talking to investment banks about the possibility of an initi...

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Apple’s iPhone 7 keynote boiled down to less than 10...

Presenting the abridged version of the iPhone 7 keynote, which includes all of the important details and none of the fluff. If you’re pressed for time, but want to see all of the major announcements from today’s event, check out our distilled video. more…

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∞ A few thoughts on Apple’s iPhone 7 keynote

Apple had a big day, introducing a number of new products that I think will sell really well for them. I won’t do any type of a hands on review, because the press just doesn’t get enough time with the products to do a true review, but I will give you some thoughts of the keynote and the products that were introduced. I will post more detailed reviews after I have some time to spend with the individual products.[…]

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AWT News Update: Special iPhone 7/Apple Watch Series...

Did you miss out on today's Apple event, and don't have time to watch the entire video? Apple World Today's Steve Sande provides you with the key items from the keynote in just 23 minutes of unscripted fun! Listen in on this special edition of the AWT News Update for a quick overview of almost everything that Apple announced at the event. 

No text edition today!

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The best iPhone 7 & 7 Plus cases available to...

Apple’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are now official, and despite a similar design as iPhone 6s, a much improved camera system and other tweaks to the device mean you’ll need a new case.

Below we’ve rounded up all the best cases for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus available to order now.


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Video of today’s Apple event

If you missed it, now you can catch up to the rest of us.

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Apple uploads five new videos focused on living a...

Included in iOS 10 are a variety improvements to the Health app, including new videos pertaining to various aspects of living a health lifestyle. Now, Apple has uploaded those videos to its YouTube channel, alongside a variety of other videos concerning today’s announcements.


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Jet black iPhone 7 potentially vulnerable to...

People considering the jet black versions of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus should be careful, as those options are more prone to scuffing and scratching, Apple notes on its website.

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Apple's AirPods toe the line between usefulness...

Apple's embracing this whole "no headphone jack" thing in a big way, and there's no better indicator than the company's new, $159 AirPods. They're not quite ready for public consumption -- the launch is scheduled for next month -- but Apple had plent...

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Apple doubles iPad storage, drops Pro pricing

That iPad Pro is looking better and better.

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First Look: Apple's new iPhone 7 and Apple...

Apple's "See You on Sept. 7" event on Wednesday brought the expected iPhone 7 family refresh, with features aimed at extending battery live and improving user photography, as well as a new Apple Watch with GPS technology. AppleInsider was on the scene, and spent some time with each new piece of gear.

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After Math: iPhone 7 edition

The newest iPhone is out -- well, all of it except for the headphone jack. But that's not all Apple announced during its press conference in San Francisco this morning. The company also showed off its new Apple Watch, boasted about its wildly popular...

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Apple drops iPad prices while bumping up the storage

While Tim Cook and Co. didn't make any iPad announcements on stage earlier, Apple's tablet range did get a few changes today. Like the iPhone line, Apple is bumping the minimum storage to 32GB across the board and keeping the same price as the previo...

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Apple introduces new $29 screen repair tier to...

Buried inside all of Apple’s announcements today were some notable changes to the company’s AppleCare+ repair program. While Apple has long charged $99 for repairs of current-gen devices and $79 for previous-gen repairs, the company today announced that there is now a flat $99 charge for all incidental repairs under AppleCare+. For one of the most common repairs, however, there’s a nice pricing improvement…


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The new Apple Watch mostly looks like the old one

There are two ways to let the world know you have the next-gen Apple Watch, the Series 2, and not the original, which came out last year. You could buy the new Nike-branded one, but well, that probably won't go with your work outfit. Or you could tak...

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The PlayStation 4 Pro vs. the original PS4: What...

With only three years since the release of the PlayStation 4, Sony isn't quite ready to give us a completely new console. But while it did unveil a new slim redesign, there's also the PlayStation 4 Pro: Not quite full 4K gaming, but the new HDR optio...

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Apple Announces Apple Watch Series 2 With GPS, Water...

In addition to two shiny new iPhones, Apple has announced its second generation Apple Watch today, calling it the Apple Watch Series 2. The appearance is nearly identical to the original Apple Watch, with the exception of the new (optional) ceramic build material. The biggest changes can be found under the hood. The Verge reports: "The built-in GPS allows the device to perform mapping on its own, no phone required. The company also upgraded the processor in the device, now called the S2, and the display. The Series 2 has a dual-core processor Apple says is 50 percent faster than its predecessor, with double the graphics performance thanks to a new GPU. The display is now 50 percent brighter as well. The company also renewed its longstanding partnership with Nike with a special Nike+ version of the Apple Watch. It resembles a fusion of an Apple product with Nike's discontinued FuelBand fitness tracker, and it's designed for runners and workout junkies. The aluminum sport version of...

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Don't worry, 'Super Mario Run' is...

Super Mario Run, Nintendo's first Mario-centric release for the iPhone, is coming to Android, too.

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Don’t worry, Square’s card reader works with Apple’s...

Square’s popular magnetic stripe card reader plugs into an iPhone headphone jack, giving small business owners who would otherwise go cash only the ability to accept debit and credit cards. But Apple just officially killed the headphone jack, so what’s a business owner to do?

I reached out to Square spokeswoman Semonti Stephens, who said the Lightning to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter (like the one Apple is including in the iPhone 7 box when it ships Sept. 16) will work with Square’s reader. But it’s unclear how many people will actually need to use an adapter. The Venn diagram of business owners that don’t support chip cards—which Square accepts with a separate, wireless card reader that doesn’t use the headphone jack—and iPhone 7 buyers is probably pretty small.

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Apple Watch Series 2 abandons gold Edition models in...

In announcing the Apple Watch Series 2 on Wednesday, Apple also silently did away with its real-gold Edition line, replacing the material with tougher ceramic.

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PSA: Apple has stopped signing iOS 9.3.4 following...

Two weeks after the release of iOs 9.3.5, Apple today has stopped signing iOS 9.3.4. Essentially this means that users will no longer be able to downgrade or upgrade to the operating system, with everyone instead being pushed towards iOS 9.3.5.


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Apple quietly doubles iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4...

While not announced onstage during Wednesday's iPhone event, Apple has quietly updated its iPad lineup specifications with storage buffs for iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4, and price drops for the top-of-the-line 9.7- and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models.

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iPads get price cuts and increased storage

As noted by 9to5Mac, Apple has refreshed its iPad lineup by updating storage capacities to mirror that of the iPhone 7: 32GB, 128GB and 256GB tiers rather than 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB.

The iPad Pro has the most drastic pricing. The 9.7-inch iPad Pro models are $599 for 32GB, $699 for 128GB, and $799 for 256GB. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro costs $799 for 32GB, 128GB for $899 and 256GB for $999.

The iPad Air 2 is now available in 32GB and 128GB storage options for $399 and $499, respectively. The iPad mini 4 is the same storage options and the same price points. The iPad mini 2 is now only offered in a 32GB configuration for $269.

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Apple announces iOS 10 to launch on Tuesday,...

There’s a lot of really interesting and fun stuff in this latest version of iOS that I’m looking forward to playing around with.

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Apple’s iPhone Event: Education, Collaboration,...

Before Apple dove into hardware announcements in its September 7th event keynote, the company discussed education initiatives, new enhancements to iWork, Apple Music, and more.


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Sounds good! AirPods, Lightning EarPods, and new...

Apple today reiterated its belief that "Music is in our DNA" by making a series of announcements that really point to the company's commitment to sound. Not only do the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus include stereo speakers built-in, but they'll also come with new Lightning EarPods. The biggest news, though, was the introduction of wireless AirPods and new Beats wireless headphones. 

The AirPods (seen above) look oddly like a pair of EarPods with the cables broken off. Those long "probes" (for lack of a better name) contain beamforming microphones that apparently do a very good job at picking up voice tones. Inside each AirPod is a custom Apple W1 chip to provide up to 5 hours of battery life in each 'pod, allow use of one or both AirPods, and switch between any number...

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Apple changes storage options in iPad, reduces...

While most of the attention was paid to the iPhone 7 and new Apple Watches, the company made revisions to the iPad lineup, including the iPad Pro.

As with the iPhone 7, 16GB models of the iPad are now history. With the iPad Pro, Apple lowered the prices on the models with more storage. The new prices and storage configurations are listed below.

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Apple Pay is coming to Japan along with the iPhone 7

The newly announced iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and Apple Watch Series 2 will bring customers in Japan the ability to use Apple Pay, Apple’s mobile payment service, beginning in October. 

Users will be able to commute and pay for everyday items with Suica from JR East, and make private credit and prepaid card purchases in stores, apps and on the web with a single touch. Apple is also introducing support for transit in Japan with Maps in iOS 10, so commuters can find ride details, including fare breakdowns that automatically show Suica pricing right on their device, making their commute more seamless and simpler than ever.

Apple Pay is accepted anywhere Suica is available, so users can make quick everyday purchases and buy or reload a Suica card or commuter pass, all with their iPhone, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook. Japan’s major financial brands will also support Apple Pay, so shoppers can make purchases in many of the country's largest stores, at neighborhood shops and...

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Apple Watch Series 2 Offers GPS, Water Resistance,...

Apple has gone a long way toward addressing complaints about its original Apple Watch with a Series 2 model that can go under water, provide GPS location without an iPhone present, and generally work in a more zippy fashion. It has a brighter display as well, but it doesn’t look to be any thinner or lighter.


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Apple updates iPad lineup with increased storage...

Although the focus of today is on the iPhone 7 and the new Apple Watch, the company has refreshed its iPad lineup slightly. It is updating storage SKUs across all iPads to mirror the iPhone 7: with 32 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB tiers. This means all iPads have an effective price cut with further savings for the 9.7 inch and 12.9 inch iPad Pro.


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Apple releases iOS 10, macOS Sierra, watchOS 3 and...

Following Wednesday's iPhone event, Apple issued golden master versions of iOS 10, macOS 10.12 Sierra, watchOS 3, tvOS 10 and Xcode 8 to developers ahead of public releases this fall.

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∞ Apple Posts New iPhone, AirPods, and Apple Watch...

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Win an iPhone 7 from Apple World Today!

It's been announced and you can read all about the features right here on Apple World Today. We're teaming up with StackCommerce to give away an iPhone 7, and it's easy to enter! Just click the link above and you'll see a page where you can sign up for the giveaway. 

No purchase is necessary. The giveaway will end in about a month, at which time the winner will be announced. If you can wait that long, you may be able to get Apple's latest technology for free!

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Apple warns new glossy Jet Black iPhone 7 finish...

Apple is warning customers that its new “Jet Black” iPhone 7 might scratch easier than other models.


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Siri, Apple Watch unlocking, and more comes with...

For a guy like me who sits in front of a computer all day, every day, this is a bigger and more interesting deal to me than the new hardware announced today.

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Apple publishes intense 107-second September event...

In a new move by Apple, they’ve gone ahead and published a 107-second recap video from today’s big event to YouTube. Apple’s appropriately titled ‘Don’t Blink’ recap video is tightly packed with content from the event, and something you don’t want to miss. Apple has also published the introduction videos of its latest products from its September event. The videos each show off Apple’s three big new products: the new iPhone 7, the Apple Watch Series 2, and the all new Apple AirPods. The videos provide a good introduction into the products that customers will begin to see hit shelves later this year, and everything else they should expect.


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iPhone 7: why Apple just abolished the headphone jack

This is the most controversial part of Apple’s announcements today. But they signalled, very clearly, that this is what they think the future will be. Keep this in mind when, next year, they offer wireless charging.

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'Fastest smartphone chip ever,' the A10...

At the heart of every Apple iPhone is usually an upgraded chip, and this year’s iPhone 7 is no different: the A10 Fusion, which Apple executives claimed is the fastest smartphone chip ever. 

‘If you’ve been paying attention, you know that Apple’s chip team has been killing it in performance,” said 

Apple has an existing license from ARM, the British smartphone chip designer that was recently acquired by Softbank. Rather than licensing a fixed design, Apple’s deal apparently permits tweaking for its own purposes, allowing the company to optimize it for new iPhone releases. 

Apple’s new A10 Fusion chip is orders of magnitude faster than the original iPhone.

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