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Monday December 26

22:42
HandBrake 1.0.0 Released

Back in the day, Handbrake was an indispensable tool for ripping CDs. Now, I use it regularly to re-encode videos for the Apple TV.

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21:41
Report: Apple planning new 5-inch iPhone model with...

2017 is expected to be a big year for the iPhone and a new report from Japanese outlet Macotakara this evening claims that Apple is planning the addition of yet another iPhone model. According to the report, Apple plans to introduce a 5-inch iPhone with the refresh next fall…

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21:18
Apple rumored to introduce 5" 'iPhone 7s...




A rumor out of East Asia on Tuesday claims Apple will add a third form factor to its iPhone lineup in 2017, specifically a mid-sized 5-inch handset said to share internal components next year's 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch "s" cycle offerings.

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19:38
Tesla's next-generation Superchargers should be...

Tesla's Superchargers are certainly faster than most public EV stations, but they're still far slower than you might hope for. When it can take about 40 minutes to get an 80 percent charge, you can't exactly grab and go like you would at a gas pump....

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18:20
Dark matter scientist Vera Rubin dies at 88

It's a sad time for the astrophysics world. Vera Rubin, who was instrumental to confirming the existence of dark matter, has died of dementia at the age of 88. While the concept of dark matter had been proposed by Fritz Zwicky back in 1933, it was Ru...

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18:00
Apple Publishes Its First AI Research Paper

When Apple said it would publish its artificial intelligence research, it raised at least a couple of big questions. When would we see the first paper? And would the public data be important, or would the company keep potential trade secrets close to the vest? At last, we have answers. Apple researchers have published their first AI paper, and the findings could clearly be useful for computer vision technology. From a report on Engadget: The paper tackles the problem of teaching AI to recognize objects using simulated images, which are easier to use than photos (since you don't need a human to tag items) but poor for adapting to real-world situations. The trick, Apple says, is to use the increasingly popular technique of pitting neural networks against each other: one network trains itself to improve the realism of simulated images (in this case, using photo examples) until they're good enough to fool a rival "discriminator" network. Ideally, this pre-training would save massive...

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17:46
LG teases new Bluetooth speaker with ‘levitating’...

CES 2017 officially kicks off next week, but like a lot of manufacturers, LG is trying to get a head start by teasing some of the new products it has planned. In a press release this evening, LG announced a new Bluetooth speaker that “hovers in midair,” according to the company…

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16:59
Fake news starts an Israel-Pakistan Twitter dispute

There's no question that fake online news can have dire consequences, but it's now clear that this is true even on an international scale. After a false story claimed that Israel was threatening to nuke Pakistan if it sent troops into Syria, Pakistan...

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15:25
Samsung's Gear VR browser gets improved WebVR...

One of the best reasons to (still) consider a Galaxy S7 smartphone is the Gear VR headset support, and with Google's Daydream a looming rival, Samsung wants to keep things that way. As such, Samsung recently updated its Internet for Gear VR browser u...

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14:51
Apple strengthening its relationship with Foxconn as...

According to a new report from Chinese news outlet the Economic Daily News, Apple is “aggressively” working to expand its presence in Southeast Asia. The company has been working with Foxconn on the efforts, the report explains, further strengthening the partnership between the two parties.

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14:44
AWT News Update: December 26, 2016

Apple is on a break this week, so it's like to be a very slow week for news. We'll have plenty of reviews and feature articles for you, though, and of course we'll scour what little news does appear in order to bring you the News Update:

  • Apple's AI team publishes its first public paper regarding the subject of Generative Adversarial Networks to improve synthetic training images
  • Apple may not have "lucky bags" at Japanese Apple Stores this year, but they will have sales of some sort on January 2nd, 2017
  • The Nokia vs. Apple war escalates, with connected-self manufacturer Withings becoming an unwilling casualty

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14:39
Apple's first AI research paper focuses on...




Apple last week published its first scholarly research paper, an article covering methods of improving recognition in computer vision systems, marking a new direction for the traditionally secretive company.

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14:32
Deals: 2016 15" MacBook Pro for $2,199; iPad...




As we head into the New Year, Apple authorized reseller B&H is slashing prices on MacBooks and iPads by up to $250. Save $200 on the base 2016 15" MacBook Pro or take $250 off the high-end model with 512GB of storage and Radeon 455 graphics. Apple's 32GB iPad Air 2 (Wi-Fi Only) is also $40 off, while shoppers can save $200 on a 2015 13" MacBook Pro with no tax outside NY.

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14:00
Review: Inateck WP2001 Wireless Presenter

Ending the year on a bad note - the Inateck WP2001. Photo ©2016, Steven Sande

Anyone who gives presentations in either Keynote or PowerPoint knows just how useful a wireless presenter — a Bluetooth tool used to change slides and move through bullets in a presentation — can be. Today we’re looking at the Inateck Wireless Presenter WP2001 (US$14.95), a device that is sadly both outdated in function and design, but has a low price tag as its only saving grace.

Design

I do a lot of presentations and classes, so I’ve tried a lot of wireless presenters. The WP2001 is made of black plastic and features the standard forward/back/laser buttons on top. The buttons are made of a soft silicone material and feel good, and the device itself is large enough to not be easily lost but small enough to fit comfortably in the hand.

On the bottom is a door for a single AAA battery....

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14:00
Microsoft Could Be First Tech Company To Reach...

Microsoft's $26.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn could help the Redmond company become the first technology giant to reach a market value of $1 trillion, or so thinks a notable analyst. Analyst Michael Markowski believes that Microsoft will be able to leverage LinkedIn to become a leader in social media space and the emerging crowdfunding platform. So much so that it will beat Amazon, Google, Apple, and Facebook in becoming the first company to hit $1 trillion market value. From a report on GeekWire: Here are the market caps of these big tech companies as of Monday morning: Apple: $622.6B, Alphabet: $549.7B, Microsoft: $489.3B, Amazon: $358.7B, and Facebook: $337.6B. "The public has an insatiable appetite for making small bets and purchasing lottery tickets, etc., that provide the chance to make a big profit," Markowski wrote. "The millennials will be a good example. Many will want to routinely invest $100 or even less into high-risk ventures that could produce returns of 10X to...

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14:00
The best thermometer for kids and adults

By Caroline Weinberg

This post was done in partnership with The Sweethome, a buyer's guide to the best homewares. When readers choose to buy The Sweethome's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its wor...

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13:00
Accessible Apple: The 12 Requests of Christmas - Day...

Apple's Accessibility Icon

It's that time of year again - another year over and a new one just around the corner! Christmas and several Apple keynotes have all come and gone, and we are now into the 12 Days of Christmas.

This is the first 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. To read last year's requests, just click or tap this link.

This series is being put together by Accessibility Editor Alex Jurgensen, with the help of several contributors.

For the first request of Christmas, we ask Apple to give to us:

System Preferences > Accessibility > Speech. Screenshot from macOS 10.12.2

1. A New Speech Manager for macOS

To anyone who has used VoiceOver on macOS for any length of time, the...

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13:00
Apple Working With Consumer Reports on MacBook Pro...

Last week, Consumer Reports concluded that it won't be recommending Apple's new MacBook Pro models. The American magazine published since 1936 by Consumers Union, a nonprofit organization, cited inconsistent battery issues for not recommending the MacBook Pro for the first time in its history. Apple's VP of Marketing has since addressed the report, saying they are working with the magazine to understand the results. From a report: Apple Senior Vice President Phil Schiller followed up with a tweet late Friday saying Apple is "working with CR to understand their battery tests. Results do not match our extensive lab tests or field data." Consumer Reports' review says that in-house testing revealed wild fluctuations in battery life for unplugged MacBook Pro computers. In the case of the 13-inch model without a Touch Bar, for example, battery life ranged from 19.5 hours to just 4.5 hours. Apple says the devices should operate for up to 10 hours between charges.

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12:28
Apple publishes its first AI research paper

When Apple said it would publish its artificial intelligence research, it raised at least a couple of big questions. When would we see the first paper? And would the public data be important, or would the company keep potential trade secrets close...

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11:03
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple iPhone 7 Smart Battery...

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Apple’s iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case drops to its Amazon all-time low: $85 shipped (Reg. $99)

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11:00
2016: The Year That Was


2016 really was a year like no other. We had yet another election defined by the misuse of analytics -- and folks seem to be getting worse rather than better at this. We had a rush to robotics, particularly self-driving cars, and some firms even leaped ahead to self-flying, people-delivering drones -- which we called "flying cars" just a few years back. We had a wave of fake news, mostly paid for by Google, because that company, as always, has no compass. It appears to be shaming nations into regulating it, suggesting it has no sense, either.

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11:00
Apple's Beef With Nokia Gets Intense, All...

In less than a week after Nokia sued Apple for patent infringement in courts around the world, saying that Apple has refused to license its patents, Apple has pulled all Withings products from its stores. Earlier this year, Nokia bought Withings, which makes Wi-Fi scales and other digital health and fitness gear.


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10:54
How to screen share with iOS and macOS to help...

Over that last month your friends and family have probably purchased or been gifted a range of new devices, and odds may be good that you’re the go-to for tech support. Sometimes it works to problem solve by voice or text message when you aren’t with the user in need, but it’s often better to see what they’re seeing and also have some remote control access. Keep reading after the break for three ways to remotely help others more efficiently.

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10:30
Pros and cons: Our quick verdict on the Oculus Touch

The Oculus Rift VR headset went on sale back in March, but it was only this month that the optional motion controllers arrived. Better late than never, though. In fact, if you already own the Rift, you're going to want to spend an extra $199 on the O...

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10:28
Apple announces annual Japanese New Year online and...

Following in the tradition of previous years, Apple is preparing customers for it’s annual sale in Japan starting January 2.  In the past Apple used to hand out ‘lucky bags‘ to customers containing a multitude of different products, though that promotion appears to have ended back in 2015. This year’s sale isn’t quite clear as to what it entails.

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10:22
Best photography apps for your new iPhone 7 and 7...

Christmas has come and gone, but for many the holiday celebrations will continue onwards for the next week. Apple’s latest flagship iPhone may just be sitting wrapped and tucked away for many of you, and we decided it was a great time to introduce some enhanced photography apps.

Here are some of the best photography apps in the iOS App Store that can help you take advantage of the best that your new iPhone 7 can offer…

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10:08
Daily Deal! The Movavi Multimedia Editing Bundle for...

Christmas is just past, and we hope that you get plenty of video of friends and family because if you did, we have just the bundle for you to turn those clips into a lasting memory. The Movavi Multimedia Editing Bundle for Mac is on sale for the next 5 days for just $43.95, regularly selling for $109.89. 

This bundle consists of three powerful components, each of which can be useful on its own but shines when put together with the other two apps. The apps are:

Movavi Video Editor for Mac (usually $39.95)

  • Import videos, photos, or folders & choose the right aspect ratio for your projects
  • Trim & crop fragments, cut footage into parts, rotate frames...
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10:07
Apple publishes its first AI research paper online...

The usually secretive Apple recently signaled that it would begin publishing artificial intelligence research, and now it appears that the first example of this has appeared online.

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09:53
For fact-checking website Snopes, a bigger role...

Snopes is my go to site for debunking general fake news.

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09:42
Apple to hold New Year’s Sale in Japan starting...

What a great way to spend your Christmas money.

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09:13
Apple allegedly deepening partnership with Foxconn...




Apple is turning to manufacturing partner Foxconn to facilitate efforts to expand both research centers and business further into Southeast Asia, and open up facilities in China and Indonesia, according to recent reports.

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08:46
Boxing Day, explained

For my family, Christmas Day was always for relatives’ visits. Boxing Day was the day you went to visit friends.

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08:39
Apple has pulled all of Nokia’s Withings products...

Not surprising, given the court proceedings going on between the two companies.

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08:37
Depth Effects for your iPhone camera [Sponsor]

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

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08:36
17 incredibly useful Google products and services...

We often rightfully complain about Google but it does provide a lot of interesting data driven information.

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07:54
App Store trends suggest top Christmas gifts: VR,...




Apps for iPhone-connected accessories are among the most popular downloads and search terms following Christmas, offering some insight into the types of toys that proved to be popular gifts this holiday.

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07:40
Apple Campus 2 4K drone footage captures auditorium...

 

Apple’s massive Campus 2 project has been years in the making and construction is on track to finally wrap up over the next few weeks. And thanks to the magic of drone technology and a few generous pilots, we’ve had a birds-eye view of the major progress on site this year. Now two new 4K drone videos offer a beautiful holiday snapshot at just how far along the progress has come…

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07:00
Review: The AirPods are fine wireless headphones for...

Andrew Cunningham

When we reviewed the iPhone 7 in September, we also got to spend some time with a pair of the fancy new wireless AirPods. At the time, the “final” versions were slated to ship in just a few weeks, but the planned late October release was delayed with no reason or time estimate given. AirPods didn’t actually start shipping until earlier this month, and quantities were limited enough that shipping times quickly slipped to January and February.

Apple doesn’t usually like to announce things early, and...

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06:47
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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06:10
Best and worst fitness wearables of 2016: The year...

(credit: Valentina Palladino)

2016 was a year of looking inward for most companies making wearables. Big names like Fitbit and Garmin released a handful of totally new products, but most companies focused on making improvements to their existing products. While refinements are not as exciting as brand-new product debuts can be, they show us the direction in which fitness trackers are moving.

This time last year, the open question was if smartwatches and all-purpose devices like the Apple Watch would kill fitness-only devices like those made by Fitbit. Thanks to developments made this year, we can say that both categories will likely survive—mostly because the consumer wearable landscape has expanded to encompass a few distinct categories: the "move more" devices, the serious training devices, and the all-purpose smartwatches. Most of the second- and even third-generation products that came out this year fit into these...

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06:07
Latest 4K drone footage of Apple's '...




The latest drone footage of Apple's new headquarters under construction taken on Christmas day shows much of the heavy equipment gone, with the entire site's landscaping being developed on a larger scale than previously seen.

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05:15
Nintendo looks to release 2-3 titles per year on...

In just under two weeks, Super Mario Run has rocketed to the top of Apple’s App Store charts and has surpassed 50 million downloads.

That being said, and because Nintendo likes money and fiscal solvency, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima revealed that Super Mario Run is just the start of a new strategy for mobile gaming. The company plans to release two or three new games next year, and continue that pattern beyond 2017, he said. Previously it was reported that popular titles Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing were on tap for a mobile release.

Kimishima offered no details as to whether future Nintendo mobile titles would be released in Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store, but said it is working on bringing Super...

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05:00
djay Pro receives Apple Design Award

The Apple Design Awards have just been announced and djay Pro by algoriddim GmbH.

The app, which retails for $9.99 on the App Store, features just about every innovation and feature under the sun for both aspiring and experienced users looking to make music, including the following:

Powerful DJ Interface:
• Jog Wheels
• Waveforms
• Four Decks
• Sampler
• Video
• Landscape & Portrait Modes

Spotify Integration:
• Instant access to over 20 million songs
• Playlists, Songs, Charts, Browse
• Match: cloud-based song recommendations powered by The Echo Nest
• Instant access to BPM and Key information through the cloud
• On-the-fly playlist editing and song saving
• Drag & Drop from Spotify app
• Powerful audio...

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04:23
ChronoSync 4.7.1 adds cloud services and smart...




New features make stand-alone backup app ChronoSync easier and quicker to use -- AppleInsider sees if it can add to, or replace, Apple's Time Machine.

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Sunday December 25

18:25
NASA uses space laser to study polar ocean plants

Usually when you think NASA you conjure up images of Mars and space stations. But the agency also conducts important climate research. One of those projects is the Cloud-Aerosol LIdar with Orthogonal Polarization (CALIOP) aboard the Cloud-Aerosol Lid...

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16:30
Ben Heck's sound-switching headphones

You might not have wondered what Felix was like as a baby, but you're about to find out. Ben hacks apart a VTech baby monitor so that it's possible to listen to your favorite music with headphones, with interruptions when your little one need...

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14:30
AI was everywhere in 2016

At the Four Seasons hotel in South Korea, AlphaGO stunned grandmaster Lee Sodol at the complex and highly intuitive game of Go. Google's artificially intelligent system defeated the 18-time world champion in a string of games earlier this year. Backe...

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12:30
Report: Snap Inc. spent millions to get better at...

The creators of Snapchat are running toward an IPO at full speed, but it seems to have nabbed itself a neat holiday gift along the way. According to a report from The Calcalist (as interpreted by The Times of Israel), Snap Inc. recently acquired an I...

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12:26
Binge on video, read until your heart's content...




Not only can you work with it, but that new iPad of yours is going to be how you relax and how you stay informed -- AppleInsider picks the apps that should've come in the box.

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11:20
Hands-on with Akitio’s new Thunderbolt 3 storage...

I’ve been testing two new Thunderbolt 3-enabled storage enclosures from the fine folks at Akitio. The Thunder3 Duo Pro is a hardware RAID-enabled enclosure that can accommodate two 2.5- or 3.5-inch drives. The Thunder3 Quad is an enclosure that supports up to four 2.5- or 3.5-inch drives. The Quad lacks a hardware RAID controller, but you can use utilize software RAID at the OS level.

Both enclosures feature dual Thunderbolt 3 ports, which allow the devices to be daisy-chained, and both feature DisplayPort connectivity for supporting external 4K displays at 60Hz without needlessly occupying the adjacent Thunderbolt 3 port.

In this hands-on video, we unbox both enclosures, and mate them with 550MB/s SATA-III solid state drives. What we found was impressive speed when paired with the latest MacBook Pro....

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11:00
'Hidden Figures' is the uplifting NASA...

Tales of the space race between the US and Russia inevitably focus on the white male scientists and astronauts who seemingly did the impossible. But it's important to remember that those folks had plenty of support from people of all backgrounds. Hid...

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10:00
How Rebecca Minkoff uses tech to make her fashion...

Nike and Adidas aren't the only lifestyle brands designing their retail spaces with technology in mind. Others such as Rebecca Minkoff, a fashion label based out of New York City, are taking similar steps by implementing things like smart mirrors and...

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09:59
Buyer’s Guide: 10 apps to buy with that iTunes gift...

One of most common holiday gifts every year is an iTunes gift card. It seems that when people don’t know what to buy for a tech enthusiastic or a teenager, the go-to fallback is an iTunes gift card.

If you’re one of those people who received an iTunes gift card (or more than one) this holiday season, read on as I break down some of my favorite iOS apps to spend that budget on. If apps aren’t your thing, check out Apple’s “Best of” lists for some of the top music, movies, and tv…

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09:03
Merry Christmas from Apple World Today

From all of us at Apple World Today to you and your families, we wish you a very Merry Christmas. During the next week, we'll still be around...but will be spending more time with friends and family. Don't worry; we have some fun and surprising posts up our sleeves for the next week or so! 

May today and every day of your new year be filled with the gifts of Christ - peace, love, and hope. 

And lest we forget...Happy Hanukkah to our friends of the Jewish faith! 

"For a child is born to us,
a son is given to us.
The government will rest on his shoulders.
And he will be called:
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."

Isaiah 9:6

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08:00
After Math: Merry Christmahanukwanzakkahs

It's been a festive week and, for once, not a complete socio-political trainwreck. I know, I'm just as surprised as you are, but some good things really did happen. Like, we found an effective vaccine against Ebola, Super Mario Run broke iOS download...

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06:35
Fill your new iPhone with some of the App Store...




With the holiday season here, you might find yourself with a little more free time than you're allotted during the rest of the year. AppleInsider has collected a list of some of the independent developer's games that we like that the App Store has to offer, in order to give you some unique gaming experiences on your iPhone and iPad.

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06:30
Pros and cons: Our quick verdict on the LG V20

The LG V20 is one of several flagship phones you can buy right now. And though we like it -- we gave it a score of 82 -- we recommend it with more caveats than usual. On one hand, the phone packs a Quad DAC and support for 24-bit high-resolution audi...

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Saturday December 24

23:50
FBI looks into Chinese hack targeting federal...

The US' Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation hasn't had an easy time of things in recent years: it's been the subject of numerous hacks in recent years, starting in 2010. And now, the FBI wants answers. Reuters sources understand that the law enforc...

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20:04
'Star Citizen' switches to Amazon's...

Star Citizen is still far from being ready, but it now has a more solid underpinning. Cloud Imperium has revealed that it has switched both Star Citizen and Squadron 42 from Crytek's CryEngine to Amazon's Lumberyard engine as of Star Citizen's just-l...

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18:31
Louis CK's app gives you direct access to his...

Louis CK helped prove that artists can make good income by selling videos directly to fans, but getting his comedy shows to your phone can be a bit of a headache if you're unfamiliar with the intricacies of local file syncing. As of this week, thoug...

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17:02
Astronaut and climate scientist Piers Sellers dies...

It's sad when humanity loses pioneering astronauts who claim important firsts, but it's equally tragic when we lose those astronauts who quietly accomplished a lot both in orbit and on the ground. And unfortunately, we just lost one: Piers Sellers, a...

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16:04
Store Adds Donald Trump's Picture To $150,000...

An anonymous reader quotes CNN's report about an iPhone 7 "encased in solid gold, encrusted with diamonds and bearing the face of Donald Trump."
Priced around $151,000, it's just one example of the mind-blowing bling sold by Goldgenie, a store in the United Arab Emirates where the super rich do their shopping. "There are very wealthy, high-net-worth individuals all over the world and sometimes its very difficult to buy gifts for them because they have everything," said Frank Fernando, Goldgenie's managing director... But the phones are far from the most expensive item on sale. A gold-plated racing bike will set you back about $350,000.

If you're thinking no one would buy a $150,000 Trump phone, think again. In the last month, they've sold ten of them.


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15:31
Firefox will support Windows XP and Vista until...

Numerous web browsers have already stopped supporting Windows XP and Vista, but not Firefox. To this day, Mozilla's latest software can work with your decade-old PC. However, even that team has its limits -- it's phasing out support for XP and Vist...

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13:58
Fitbit drops its attempt to ban Jawbone device sales

For once, the he-said-she-said legal fight between Fitbit and Jawbone appears to be simmering down. Jawbone tells us in a statement (below) that Fitbit has dropped its US International Trade Commission patent case, which sought to ban sales of Jawbo...

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12:40
Consumer Reports MacBook Pro bullshit

Consumer Reports has a history of embarrassing itself in its recommendations. I think we all saw that something was wrong with its results and that they were published specifically to get headlines. That certainly worked for them, but it also further damaged their reputation. They should have postponed publishing the results until they were sure everything was correct. Rene Ritchie has a nice article on it.

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12:30
Honest Few turns your social media posts into money...

With e-book libraries, Amazon Prime Reading and the plethora of online services available putting free publications in your various devices, it's a wonder that people still pay any money for books anymore. But a new website called Honest Few is found...

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12:00
Fact-Checking the President-Elect's Tweets


Fact-checking President-elect Donald Trump can be a chore, even for people paid to do it. The Washington Post wants to make it less so, with add-ons to the popular Chrome and Firefox browsers. The browser extension, RealDonaldContext, is available from the Chrome Web Store or the Mozilla Foundation. After installation, any time you click on a tweet on the @realdonaldtrump account, any fact-checking the Post may have done also will be displayed. The fact-checking includes adding context.

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11:00
2016 was the year that Facebook tried to take over...

Facebook had a busy 2016. It introduced chatbots to Messenger, repositioned Instagram as a Snapchat competitor and helped make virtual reality mainstream with Oculus. But as all of that was going on, Facebook also became one of the most powerful medi...

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09:30
Epson's new scanner resurrected my childhood...

My mother likes to post old scanned photos of me on Facebook. Baby me in a clown costume. Toddler me looking grumpy, having just woken up from a nap. My brother and me looking like tiny British royals on Easter Sunday. These photos are embarrassing b...

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09:16
This week’s top stories: Hands-on w/ AirPods, iPhone...

In this week’s top stories: Hands-on with Apple’s AirPods as they begin arriving to customers, more iPhone 8 reports, Tim Cook on the future of Mac desktops, and much more.

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08:39
Make your new iPhone or iPad work harder with five...




That new iPad or iPhone of yours can be the best productivity tool you've ever owned. AppleInsider picks the tools that everyone should have.

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08:00
In 2016, emoji kept it

In addition to everything else that happened in tech this year, something small, cute and unassuming wormed its way into your smartphone, your social network and even your MacBook keyboard. While emoji have been around a while, this was the year thes...

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06:30
Pros and cons: Our quick verdict on the Huawei Mate 9

The most interesting thing about Huawei's latest flagship, the Mate 9, is actually invisible to the naked eye. Under the hood, the phone uses machine learning to anticipate which apps you're going to use when, allowing for supposedly smoother perform...

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05:00
The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Letter from the Editor

Happy Holidays everybody! As 2016 winds to a close, we're spending its last two weeks looking at the best and worst in the world of technology. On this Christmas Eve, I give you the greatest successes in the tech world over...

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04:01
Cyanogen pulls the plug on its services and OS next...

As most of us are paying attention to our long holiday weekend, Cyanogen Inc. has announced that "all services and Cyanogen-supported nightly builds" will be discontinued by December 31st. While its statement says that the open source CyanogenMod OS...

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03:00
The Week in Apple News: Apple's Mac commitment...

Apple headlines for the week ending Dec. 23, 2016

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’Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring...except for...the mouse on your Mac as you check out the important Apple headlines from the past week in this slideshow. Click on the link to get more information.

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02:31
This week on AI: AirPods reviewed, Nokia sues Apple...




Apple's long-delayed AirPods finally hit the scene this week to a mostly positive response, but the company probably could have stood some better news, as it faced down a barrage of Nokia lawsuits and formally appealed an EU tax ruling.

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00:37
Amazon's cargo jets cut shipping costs by...

If you got a speedy delivery on a last-minute gift at the height of holiday season, you might have Amazon's fleet of cargo planes to thank for pulling off a minor miracle. Although Amazon says the fleet is only meant to supplement Fedex and UPS at th...

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Friday December 23

20:35
DirecTV spreads 4K around to more customers,...

If you're trying to get access to 4K video through DirecTV, now you don't have to pick up its most expensive TV packages for access. TVPredictions confirmed with AT&T that almost all customers (anyone with the Select plan or higher) can watch the...

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20:24
Apple working with Consumer Reports to understand...

Consumer Reports yesterday dropped a bombshell on Apple, making the new MacBook Pro the first MacBook ever to not receive the publication’s recommendation. As for its reasoning, Consumer Reports explained that the inconsistent, yet sometimes impressive, battery life was too big of an issue to overlook.

That’s what’s so ironic about this: Consumer Reports reported a three and a half hour test on the MacBook Pro, which if you’ve used one like me, know is completely possible with some serious CPU-intensive tasks, but then again tested in the 18-19+ hour range which is totally unbelievable, even if just the screen was on.

Now, Apple Marketing executive Phil Schiller says that the company is working with Consumer Reports to “understand” the tests, which seem skewed in...

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19:49
Apple working with Consumer Reports on MacBook Pro...




After Consumer Reports refused to assign a recommend rating to any of Apple's three new MacBook Pro models, a first for the laptop line, Apple SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller said the company is working with the publication to resolve the apparent battery issue.

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19:27
Like Bose, Apple pulls Nokia’s Withings health...

Apple has pulled the Withings line of health care products from its online stores following the recent patent dispute with Nokia. Nokia purchased the Withings line of smart devices earlier this year for around $192 million and has since integrated the company into its smart line of products…...

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19:11
Apple seemingly removes Withings products from amid...




Apple on Friday pulled all Withings products from its virtual and brick-and-mortar stores amid an escalating patent kerfuffle with the accessory maker's parent company Nokia.

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18:02
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo completes second...

Two years ago, Virgin Galactic's first SpaceShipTwo tragically crashed during a test flight, killing one pilot and severely injuring the other. The company unveiled its successor back in February, the VSS Unity, which has additional safety features t...

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17:25
BitTorrent Live's 'Cable Killer' P2P...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: BitTorrent has now done for live video what it did for file downloads: invented peer-to-peer technology that moves the burden of data transfer from a centralized source to the crowd. Instead of cables and satellites, BitTorrent piggybacks on the internet bandwidth of its users. Since P2P live streaming is so much cheaper than traditional ways to deliver live content, BitTorrent could pay channel owners more for distribution per viewer. And BitTorrent can offer that content to viewers for free or much cheaper than a cable subscription. The transfer technology and the app that aggregates these channels are both called BitTorrent Live. Now, almost a year after the protocol's debut on smart TVs, and six months after it was supposed to arrive on iPhone, the BitTorrent Live app quietly became available on iOS this week. Until now it's only existed on Mac, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV -- much less popular platforms. And that's after...

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15:44
If you ask Alexa, Tim Curry will read you 'A...

The Amazon Echo might be sold out everywhere this holiday season, but those who've picked one of the smart speakers up prior have a treat in store. From now through January 3rd, saying "Alexa, read A Christmas Carol from Audible" will do exactly as t...

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15:05
External Link: No Film School’s Review of the 2016...

Filmmakers are among the most demanding professional Mac users, so their perspective is valuable when evaluating Apple’s professional-grade hardware. Filmmaker Charles Haine reviewed the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar for the No Film School Web site and found it lacking. Compared with a similar 2013 model, he feels that the new 15-inch MacBook Pro offers no significant advantages. He found the Touch Bar clumsy, the keyboard too loud, and the trackpad awkward. Most damning, he found that the much-touted display is not color accurate. While overall performance wasn’t notably different from the previous MacBook Pro model, the new MacBook Pro does offer a significant speed boost to GPU-intensive activities such as rendering RED files in Adobe Premiere and using the DaVinci Resolve non-linear video editor. Note that No Film School chose not to test with Apple’s Final Cut Pro X, saying, “While the 10.3 release is a major upgrade, and FCPX seems to be gaining ground with the pro market...

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14:41
AWT News Update: December 23, 2016

Steve discovers that the "Brazilian Death Flu" is actually a mild case of pneumonia, so hopefully he'll be on the mend now that he's on medication. In this last work day before the Christmas holiday (and Hanukkah begins on the 25th as well), we have just a few items to tide you over until Monday:

  • Ever wondered what that Israeli smartphone hacking tool can do other than unlock a locked iPhone? ZDNet got some leaked documents, and it's pretty impressive software...with limitations
  • Some lucky folks in the UK are receiving the LG UltraFine 5K Displays just in time for the holidays
  • A questionable rumor says that low yields of a chip that may or may not be used in the upcoming new iPads might delay a March product rollout

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14:38
Tesla hides two Easter Eggs in its latest software...

Tesla's latest firmware update comes with more than just bug fixes -- there are a pair of fun surprises just in time for the holidays hidden in there as well.

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14:32
“Stop crying and fight your father”: Seinfeld...

I was never a huge Seinfeld fan but the Festivus stuff was hilarious.

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14:14
∞ 10 year old autistic girl Kaylee Rodgers singing ‘...

One of my favorite Leonard Cohen songs sung beautifully. Merry Christmas, everyone.

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14:00
Soon cops will search your phone just like your car

Imagine a routine traffic stop where the officer has the legal right to search not just your car, but your phone too.

That's where we're likely headed after a Florida court recently denied Fifth Amendment protections for iPhone passcodes, saying tha...

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13:39
Volkswagen is starting a ride-hailing service in...

Volkswagen is trying to put its PR woes behind it. And to do so, it's looking to invest in Africa, the cradle of civilization, with a ride-hailing service and a production facility. The automaker will set up the former in Rwanda, with Reuters reporti...

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13:09
Australia fines Valve $2.2 million over its Steam...

Australia's federal court has fined Valve AUD$3 million (USD$2.2 million) after ruling that the company breached consumer law when it didn't offer refunds between 2011 and 2014. This is the maximum fine requested by Australia's competition regulator...

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12:58
MacBook Pro is the first Apple laptop to lack a...

The new MacBook Pro is the black sheep in Apple’s product line, at least according to a new review.

Apple’s latest MacBook Pro has failed to receive a buy recommendation from Consumer Reports, making it the first MacBook in history to lack this stamp of approval. Consumer Reports cites extreme inconsistencies with battery performance as the key issue for withholding their recommendation. 

Apple claims that the new MacBook Pro boasts 10 hours of battery life, but Consumer Reports found battery life to range widely from less than 4 hours to 19 hours. Average battery life may be 10 hours, but this average performance can’t be guaranteed.

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12:40
Give your Amazon box new life

Lots of us will have lots of Amazon boxes left over from this holiday season. This is a great way to give a little back.

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12:38
Both Sony and Microsoft are holding big holiday...

It's just a few days until Christmas, and plenty of people will probably end up with an Xbox One or PS4 beneath the tree. Naturally, both Sony and Microsoft are offering a raft of game deals for people to load up their new consoles, and it's worth ta...

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12:29
No, Apple did not switch to USB-C on its new MacBook...




Apple's full embrace of USB-C has led to numerous user complaints,?many of which are legitimate. However, there's one common refrain that keeps cropping up: A conspiracy theory claiming Apple switched to USB-C in order to make gobs of cash from selling users new adapters, dongles and cables. There's just one problem with that narrative -- it's complete nonsense. Here's why.

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12:00
Russian Authorities Are Trying To Unlock iPhone 4S...

The off-duty police officer who killed the Russian ambassador in Turkey was shot by Turkish special forces minutes after the crime. He had an iPhone 4S on him, and now, Haberturk, Turkish authorities asked for Russia's help to unlock the iPhone. From a report: Given that it's an iPhone 4S and it has a 4-digit passcode, it should be quite easy to unlock the device. There are many solutions out there to do this and authorities don't even need to ask for Apple's help. The iPhone 4S is quite old now and it was a much less secure device. First, the iPhone 4S runs iOS 5 to iOS 9, but many iPhone 4S owners didn't update to recent iOS versions. If the device runs iOS 7 or earlier, getting the content of the device is a piece of cake. The content of the device isn't encrypted as Apple started encrypting all data with iOS 8. Authorities can access this data quite easily. Second, if the iPhone is running iOS 8, remember that the iPhone 4S didn't have a Secure Enclave and Touch ID sensor. The...

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11:50
The Public Access Weekly: Ho ho ho

The holidays are officially upon us, so in between all the last-minute shopping, and gift wrapping, and caroling, and egg nogging, and traveling, let's get down to some community news:

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