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Tuesday January 2

11:26
How iPhone batteries work, and how Apple manages...




Lithium-ion batteries such as those found in nearly every smartphone and tablet are not little, indestructable homogenous power reactors. AppleInsider delves briefly into the construction and chemistry of them, and discusses how an old battery works against not only device manufacturers, but the users themselves.

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11:03
Analysts: iPhone X projections ‘still too high,’...

Just a week ago, a report came in that Apple would be reducing its iPhone X forecasts from 50M to 30M for Q1, causing a temporary drop in the price of AAPL shares. Now, one analyst believes that not only will Apple indeed post results closer to the rumored 30M mark, but is also concerned about iPhone sales across 2018. Conversely, another analyst puts AAPL’s target price at $200 with Apple trading for around $171/share currently.

more…

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10:44
Avido unveils WiBa Wireless Charging System that...




Accessories producer Avido has revealed its WiBa Wireless Power Bank and Charging Dock ahead of CES, with the Qi-compatible power bank able to wirelessly charge an iPhone X, iPhone 8, or iPhone 8 Plus on the move, and is capable of recharging itself via the accompanying dock.

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10:33
DJI for iOS now goes full screen on iPhone X, new...

Good news for DJI drone pilots using iPhone X as your controller’s viewfinder: DJI 4 for iOS now goes full screen on the larger 5.8-inch Super Retina display. DJI’s iPhone app has been letterboxed on the flagship iPhone since it launched in early November.

more…

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10:17
PSA: iCloud Notes and iWork sharing experiencing...

Some iCloud sharing features for iWork and Notes are currently down for some users.

more…

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10:03
Opinion: HomePod delay coupled with new competition...

Apple’s HomePod is set to arrive sometime in ‘early 2018’ after missing its promised December ship date. Based on Apple’s definition of ‘early’ in the year, we can expect HomePod to go on sale any day between now and the end of April.

The smart speaker landscape has changed dramatically since HomePod’s unveil last June however. Missing the holiday quarter certainly wasn’t ideal for Apple, but the real shift is new competition from products that offer similar solutions to HomePod.

The market for HomePod with its premium price and limited skill set would be a challenge for Apple with just one of those factors, but combine the delay with new competitors and the challenge is only amplified: lower prices, wider...

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09:57
iMac Pro video review: Putting Apple's $5000...




Apple's new iMac Pro is aimed squarely at the high-end professional market, and with a $4,999 starting price, expectations for the all-in-one desktop are high. But is it worth such a sizable investment? AppleInsider gives you everything you need to know in our full video review.

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09:39
iPhone is the best-selling tech product of 2017

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

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

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: MacBook Air $270 off, Logitech...

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

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09:22
Your password probably sucks

Up your password game by ditching the pets names and creating strong, unique passwords with these tools and tips.

It’s pretty safe to say that most people’s passwords suck. There are some good tips in here, and some good apps to utilize. I’ve used 1Password for several years and love it.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:14
Amazon, Birkenstock battle heats up

A German court has ordered Amazon not to lure internet shoppers to its online marketplace when they mistakenly search for “Brikenstock”, “Birkenstok”, “Bierkenstock” and other variations in Google.

I didn’t think the court could do this, but I guess I was wrong. They are basically telling Amazon that they can’t buy Google Adwords for those misspelled terms.

The actual reason Birkenstock is asking for this makes sense:

Birkenstock sought the injunction because it feared unsuspecting shoppers might buy low-quality counterfeits through Amazon that would erode its reputation.

Amazon said it works to detect fraudulent products from being sold. I’m not sure that’s true either—you can buy that kind of stuff all the time on Amazon.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:06
Google’s Year in Search

Here today, gone tomorrow. Our annual Year in Search is always a fun look back at the fads that captured our fancy and then fizzled out fast. See what this year’s biggest crazes were, through the lens of Google Search.

Unicorns?

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:53
Your old iPhone battery can be replaced even if it...

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Last week, Apple apologized for its iPhone performance slowdown "misunderstanding" and offered select iPhone users a discounted price on battery replacements. However, it was unclear if passing a Genius Bar diagnostic test would disqualify a device from getting that affordable battery replacement. According to a report by MacRumors, Apple will replace batteries in iPhone 6 smartphones and later models even if they pass Apple's own diagnostic test.

The news was first spotted by the Fresh website iGeneration, which reported that an internal Apple Store memo said to replace...

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08:21
Apple's $29 iPhone battery replacement program...

After admitting that it was purposefully throttling some older iPhones in order to conserve battery life, Apple has announced a new program that offers replacement batteries to all customers that may be affected. Here's how you can get one:

Is my iPhone part of the battery replacement program?

If you have an iPhone 6 or later you are eligible to receive a battery as part of the program. The complete list of phones included are:

To read this article in full, please click here

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08:11
Apple ID login now required to check AppleCare...

[Update: Apple has changed its page back to allowing users to check their device’s warranty status without logging in with an Apple ID.]

In an update to its warranty coverage utility, Apple now requires users to log in with the Apple ID associated with a device before being able to check its warranty coverage status.

Previously, users could check the warranty of an iPhone using just its serial number or IMEI. This was especially useful for second-hand buyers.

more…

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08:03
Deals: 15" MacBook Pro (512GB) for $2,399;...




A new year means new deals, and shoppers can save $70 to $200 on popular Apple devices this week. Pick up a Mid 2017 15" MacBook Pro with 512GB of space for $2,399 or a 256GB 10.5" iPad Pro in Space Gray for $729. Apple's 27" iMac 5K with top-of-the-line Radeon 580 graphics is also $150 off. All with no tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

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07:58
Review: Modsy – the (relatively) affordable AR-...

Even when moving home is for all the right reasons, it still has to count as one of life’s most mixed experiences. While the end result is hopefully a better home in a better location, the process also involves a great deal of stress, work and expense. In the case of our own recent move, we can tick all five boxes …

But one of the fun parts is the chance to start again with a blank sheet in terms of designing your home the way you’d like it to be. For most of us, that’s a DIY process. We look for inspiration online and in stores, then sit down at the computer – or pencil and paper – to play with ideas.

The posher approach is to hire an interior designer to do it all for you. You tell them your tastes, and what you’re looking to achieve, and let them come up with designs. You then say yes or no to the various elements, and they rework the designs until you end up with a final one you approve …

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07:49
New analyst speculation suggests Apple cash...




Apple could potentially acquire the major video streaming service Netflix, analysts from Citi suggest, highlighting one of a number of ways Apple could use its $252 billion warchest in cash held overseas that it could repatriate to the U.S., following a cut in corporate taxes and changes to tax rules.

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07:32
Apple shouldn’t/won’t spin off the Mac into a...

Writing for ZDNet, David Gewirtz says that Apple should consider spinning off the Mac into its own company. Sorry, but that’s a bad idea — and it certainly won’t happen.

Gerwirtz’ argument (which does have its merits): 

Apple finally introduced a pro-level machine, and updated its iMac line in 2017. However, many Macs, including the Mac Pro and the Mac mini, haven't been updated in years. While these machines have marginal demand when compared to the iPhone, they're certainly important to Mac users ….

What would happen if a bunch of hungry Apple engineers were let loose on the Mac? What would happen if a whole company were imbued with the fanatic attention to detail Apple is known for, and the fanatic love for the Mac that Apple has cultivated for decades?

Would we finally get a new Mac mini?...

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07:30
macOS Exploit Published on the Last Day of 2017

An anonymous reader shares a report: On the last day of 2017, a security researcher going online by the pseudonym of Siguza published details about a macOS vulnerability affecting all Mac operating system versions released since 2002, and possibly earlier. Siguza did not notify Apple in advance, so at the time of writing, there is no fix for this flaw. Despite the doom and gloom, the vulnerability is only a local privilege escalation (LPE) flaw that can only be exploited with local access to a computer or after an attacker has already got a foothold on a machine. The vulnerability grants root access to an attacker. The issue affects the IOHIDFamily macOS kernel driver, a component that handles various types of user interactions. Siguza said he read about various flaws in this component and took a look at it to find new ways to compromise iOS, Apple's mobile operating system, where IOHIDFamily is also deployed. The expert says he found the LPE flaw in the IOHIDFamily code specific...

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07:22
Apple's warranty coverage check website now...




Apple is now asking visitors to checkcoverage.apple.com to enter their Apple ID for verification, where previously they just needed to enter a device's serial number or IMEI, causing problems for second-hand buyers.

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06:52
∞ How to survive a fall through the ice

[VIDEO] This is just plain interesting. Watch this guy (video embedded in main Loop post) purposely fall through the ice in a lake, just to demonstrate this life-saving technique. Then watch him do it again, still dripping wet, just to emphasize a point.

Amazing.

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06:48
iMac Pro benchmarks running Pro apps

A solid case study comparing the new iMac Pro, iMac 5K, a 2013 Mac Pro, two flavors of 2010 Mac Pro.

Just one example: In the Final Cut Pro X export test, the iMac Pro is three times as fast as the 2010 Mac Pro. How far we’ve come. Makes me really curious about the performance we’ll (hopefully) see in the 2018 Mac Pro.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:46
TrendForce: iPhone sales will increase significantly...

As noted by 9to5Mac, the TrendForce research group predicts that iPhone sales will increase significantly this year, while those of Samsung smartphones will fall.

2017 iPhone production increased by 3% over 2016. TrendForce says the number would have been higher but was hampered by early yield rate constraints on the iPhone X. The research group predicts that iPhone production will grow by 7.5% this year with iPhone X demand at the top end of the market later being supplemented by a new iPhone SE to serve mid-range buyers.

Samsung also boosted sales by 3% last year, but will see sales fall by the same percentage this year, TrendForce forecasts.

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06:38
∞ Using drag and drop to reorder the icons on your...

Not sure how long this has been the case (likely since the very beginning of share sheets), but this feature is definitely new to me, thought it worth sharing.

  • Bring up an iOS app, then bring up a share sheet. In the Safari app, bring up a web page, then tap the share icon (square with up arrow) to bring up the Safari share sheet.
  • Press and hold an icon until it grows slightly, then slide to the left or right to move it to a new location.

This technique works with both the app shelf and the tool shelf.

To see this in action, watch the video in the tweet below:

A few things I’ve learnt recently:
1, you can use drag & drop on the share sheet to rearrange the app choices. This may be common knowledge but is news to me. @davemark pic.twitter.com/NGtWgorY0F

— Oliver Thomas (@ulliverti)...

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06:27
Why Apple is replacing the battery on my iPhone SE

Kirk McElhearn:

While I currently use an iPhone 8+, a still have the iPhone SE that I bought in March, 2016. With all of the attention to batteries on the iPhone, I decided to check this device’s battery. It hadn’t seemed particularly slow to me, but the battery hadn’t been lasting a full day for some months before I got the iPhone 8+ and stopped using the SE.

Kirk uses iMazing, a Mac app, to check the iPhone SE battery health (current max charge vs max charge when it was new). If you are thinking about checking and, possibly, replacing your iPhone battery, this is an excellent case study.

Side note: You might also check the Coconut Battery app, which will tell you about your Mac battery, as well as the battery in any USB connected iOS device.

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06:20
C by GE smart bulbs gaining HomeKit support in early...




GE is still planning on bringing HomeKit compatibility to its C by GE smart lightbulb lineup, pledging support for Apple's smart home platform in its C-Life and C-Sleep bulbs and C-Reach Hub in early 2018, long after its original support announcement last year.

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06:18
Safari password manager used to track you, even with...

FreedomToTinker:

We show how third-party scripts exploit browsers’ built-in login managers (also called password managers) to retrieve and exfiltrate user identifiers without user awareness. To the best of our knowledge, our research is the first to show that login managers are being abused by third-party scripts for the purposes of web tracking.

To see this for yourself, fire up Safari and go to this demo page.

  • When the page loads, type in a fake email address and a fake password. Don’t use your real info.
  • Click the link at the bottom of the page.
  • Safari will offer to save your password for that site. Click Save.

The demo will then jump to a sniffer page which contains an invisible login form. Safari will helpfully populate the form, and this new demo page will display the sniffed results.

This approach is only...

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06:08
Apple not requiring failed iPhone battery diagnostic...




Apple stores are reportedly offering their discounted battery replacements to any iPhone owner willing to pay the fee regardless of whether or not an old battery passes testing, and some users are reporting partial refunds on earlier battery exchanges -- but this is not a universal policy.

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06:08
TrendForce predicts improved Face ID and screen-to-...

Technology analysts TrendForce estimated that total smartphone production for 2017 reached 1.46B units, up 6.5% on the previous year. It predicts that growth will be slightly slower in 2018 as component costs continue to rise.

The company also predicts that iPhone sales will increase significantly this year, while those of Samsung smartphones will fall …

more…

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06:08
Apple to offer $29 replacement iPhone batteries...

Apple has instructed its retail store employees to offer the $29 replacement batteries to anyone who owns an iPhone 6 or newer, according to Seeking Alpha. The internal instructions follow reports of workers refusing the discount if a phone’s battery passed a diagnostic test. 

Apple can still deny the discount if the phone has damage or third-party components that could interfere with the battery.  Those seeking a replacement through an AppleCare warranty claim will need to go through the diagnostic test to see if the phone has less than 80% of its original charge capacity. 

Last week Apple has published an apology letter to customers in regards to “Batterygate” for slowing down older phones to compensate for...

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05:00
macOS and iOS market share up win December

According to the latest market share survey from NetMarketShare, the market share for both macOS and iOS dipped (slightly)  last month. 

According to the report, among desktop operating systems, macOS had 8.06% of the global market share in December, up from from 7.29% percent in November (that’s global market share; in the U.S. it’s over 13%). April 2016’s 9.2% was an all-time high, according to NetMarketShare’s measurements. Windows remains dominant with 88.87%.

iOS had 29.26% in December, up from 28.88% in November. This compares to 68.69% for Android.

NetMarketShares’ monthly surveys don’t measure market share in terms of computer systems sold. Instead they sample data from visitors to some 40,000 web sites operated by their clients. And note that NetMarketShare’s numbers don’t equate to sales.

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04:33
Apple clarifies that all iPhone 6 and later devices...

Apple has clarified its policy on battery replacements. As long as the owner of the iPhone 6 (or later) handset is willing to pay the $29 fee, and the device is not otherwise damaged, Apple will process the repair without requiring further checks of condition.

This comes after some reported cases where Apple Store employees were refusing customers with ‘ineligible’ batteries which still passed Apple diagnostics testing.

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04:30
How to partition a physical disk using Disk Utility...

You can use macOS Sierra High Disk Utility tool to partition a physical disk — though you should be careful when you do this. Partitioning a storage device divides it into individual partitions, which are listed as separate volumes under the Devices section in the Finder sidebar. 

You may need to partition a disk if you want to install multiple operating systems or if you need to change the device’s format. If you’re partitioning your internal physical disk because you want to install Windows, use the Boot Camp Assistant.

You can create new partitions on a device with at least one volume that contains data, if it has space available. But you should back up your data before creating new partitions on your device.

To add a volume to a device without erasing existing data, select the device in the sidebar, then click the Partition button. Internal storage devices appear under the Internal section in the sidebar. External devices appear under the External section...

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04:03
Promised (and twice-delayed) HomeKit support for C...

GE announced back in May that it would be adding HomeKit support to its C by GE smart light bulbs, initially promising this by the summer, then by the fall. Both seasons came and went without any sign, but HomeKit compatibility is reportedly about to arrive …

more…

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04:02
Adidas will keep the Futurecraft 4D hype rolling in...

Despite tons of hype, 3D-printed sneakers are still hard to find. While we know that Adidas plans to produce more than 100,000 pairs of its Futurecraft 4D kicks by the end of this year, the leakers at Yeezy Mafia indicate they will remain an extremel...

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04:00
Vuo is an intriguing alternative to Apple’s Quartz...

Kosada's Vuo is designed as an alternative to Apple's Quartz Composer. Aimed at media producers, VJs, interactive artists, and media-making non-programmers, it enables users to interactively create and mix audio, video, and 2D + 3D effects. 

Vuo is designed for media production of heavy-duty graphics effects, professional stage production, multimedia installations, audio integration, and interactive data displays, while still being simple enough for casual experimentation. As mentioned, it's an alternative to Apple’s Quartz Composer, a popular visual programming tool used in settings from live performances to studio post-production.

Designed for efficiency, Vuo implements CPU and GPU optimizations through automatic multi-threading and OpenGL graphics support, both features Quartz Composer lacks. The tool is built using cross-platform frameworks to simplify future plans for Windows and Linux versions, and apps that run under...

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03:30
Analysts say there’s a 40% chance that Apple will...

In a note to clients — as noted by Business Insider — Citi analysts Jim Suva and Asiya Merchant say there’s a 40% likelihood of Apple acquiring Netflix. The tech giant will be able to repatriate about $220 billion in cash to the US under the Trump tax cut.

Apple would only need one-third of that to scoop up Netflix, the analysts note. The cut in corporate taxes, along with a one-time allowance for companies to repatriate cash stored overseas without a major tax hit, will give the Cupertino, California-based company a much larger cash warchest to buy new companies. Apple has about $...

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03:00
iFixit matches Apple’s $29 replacement iPhone...

iFixit has now matched Apple’s $29 price for battery replacement kits for older iPhones.

The change follows up on Apple’s consolation for its iPhone slowdown policies. Apple itself got in trouble when it fessed up to slowing down iPhones with older batteries and apologized for not being more transparent.

“About a year ago in iOS 10.2.1, we delivered a software update that improves power management during peak workloads to avoid unexpected shutdowns on iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone SE,” the company wrote in a rare open letter apology. “While these changes may go unnoticed, in some cases users may experience longer launch times for apps and other reductions in performance.”

iFixit, which noted that there’s been roughly a 300% increase in battery replacements since the controversy surfaced, praised Apple’s price reduction and offered the following comment:

“True, using iFixit’s method isn’t any cheaper, but if you’re a bit...

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Monday January 1

12:31
Apple 2017 year in review: All of the products Apple...




This year was somewhat uncharacteristic for Apple in terms of product announcements, as the company unveiled or preannounced a number of new devices that didn't actually ship in 2017. Rather than needing to rely on rumors or guesswork, we can tell you with a greater degree of certainty that these products are officially on the horizon from Apple.

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11:44
Accessible Apple 2017-2018: The 12 Requests of...

Rose Gold iPhone SE

Happy New Year and welcome to the seventh post in our annual 12-part series covering the accessibility features we would like to see Apple bring to its products in the coming year. This series is being put together by Accessibility Editor Alex Jurgensen, with the help of several contributors.

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

7. An iPhone SE 2

The iPhone SE is my personal iPhone of choice. As a visually impaired user who does not depend on seeing things on screen, instead relying on VoiceOver to read the display out loud, I, like many other blind and partially sighted users, value the small form factor of the iPhone SE. Together with the Touch ID sensor, which allows blind and partially sighted users to unlock their phones by reaching into the pocket or purse where they are being kept, the SE's design is a great balance of power, performance, and affordability, all considerations that...

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10:33
Video: How to set separate controls in iOS 11 for...




Some users are still reluctant to upgrade their iPhone software to iOS 11, but with features like the newly updated control and notification centers, we're not turning back. It gets even better if you own a set of Apple's AirPods, with more customization options. AppleInsider shows you how to customize controls to your liking on your AirPods.

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09:26
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 users reportedly unable to...




Samsung's Note line of smartphones is continuing to have battery-related issues, with reports of owners discovering their Note 8 fails to recharge at all once the power level for the battery hits zero percent, a problem the South Korean electronics giant has acknowledged and is attempting to rectify.

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08:10
Apple 2017 year in review: Apple Watch gains further...




With the Series 3 and watchOS 4, Apple continued to push the Apple Watch steadily forward in 2017, above all making the important leap of adding LTE cellular.

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06:29
Apple 2017 year in review: Apple embraces 4K with...




In an effort to grow services revenue, in 2017 Apple released the Apple TV 4K to support higher resolution televisions, and started investing heavily in video programming for the future.

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05:00
Your New Year's Resolution: Get a lifetime...

You know how you're always procrastinating about getting your email mess cleaned up? No more excuses! With today's Apple World Today Deals Shop deal, you can get a lifetime subscription to CleanEmail for $59.99

So what exactly is CleanEmail? It's an online bulk email cleaner that empowers you to take control of your mailbox. It relies on powerful rules and filters you can define to efficiently segment your mailbox into relevant groups, allowing you to quickly identify useful and clean up useless emails with a few clicks. If your mailbox is overloaded with promo emails, notifications, unread messages, and you just don't know where to start, then CleanEmail will...

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04:45
Protective cases you can get for your iPhone 8 or...




The iPhone 8 has a different design than last year's iPhone 7, but the dimensions are very similar. It's possible you have a case that works now -- try it out and see. But, if it doesn't fit, or you just want a new case, AppleInsider has rounded up a few of the best options.

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03:00
Happy new year from O’Grady’s PowerPage!!!

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s 2018 and we here at O’Grady’s PowerPage will be taking the day off to spend time with friends and family.

As such, we’ll be back tomorrow with all the Mac and mobile news, rumors and tidbits we can get our hands on. Hang tight, have a great day and we’ll do everything we can to help make 2018 as awesome as possible.

There’s every reason to be enthusiastic about the new year, as evidenced by Kermit the Frog.

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00:39
F-35 may see combat in 2018

After a very long and problematic development process, the F-35 Lightning II is about to serve on the front lines. The US Marine Corps is deploying the F-35B (the short takeoff and vertical landing variant) to ships in the Central and Pacific Comman...

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Sunday December 31

22:30
LG shows off the world's first 88-inch 8K OLED...

Just as 4K and HDR are finally going mainstream, the ambitious folks at LG Display have also been busy pushing its OLED technology to 8K. Come CES, the Korean manufacturer will be letting attendees get up close with its new 88-inch 8K OLED display (c...

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20:11
Twitter pulls conspiracist's verified badge...

Twitter's stricter approach to verification isn't just taking checkmarks away from the leaders of racist groups. The social network has pulled the verified badge from conspiracy peddler Liz Conkin after Chrissy Teigen and her husband John Legend reac...

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18:36
OnePlus 5 beta adds the 5T's Face Unlock feature

OnePlus really didn't waste any time fulfilling its promise of bringing the 5T's Face Unlock feature to the original 5. The smartphone maker has rolled out an OxygenOS beta that lets OnePlus 5 owners sign in with a quick glimpse at their phone, just...

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17:04
FDA approves first shock wave device made to heal...

Using "acoustic shock waves" to promote healing isn't just for Overwatch, as Sanuwave has obtained FDA approval for its Dermapace System (Pulsed Acoustic Cellular Expression = PACE). Its approval is specifically to help heal foot ulcers in diabetic p...

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15:35
Trivia hit HQ arrives on Android in time for New...

Intermedia Labs' live trivia game HQ has launched a little earlier than expected -- and just in time to mark the end of the year, too. Anyone willing and able to download an early access app can see whether or not the formerly iOS-only title lives up...

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14:39
Apple's iPhones Were the Best-Selling Tech...

An anonymous reader quotes USA Today:
Once again, the iPhone was the best-selling tech product of 2017, selling more units than the No. 2 through No. 5 products combined. According to Daniel Ives, an analyst with GBH Insights, who compiled the chart for USA TODAY, Apple will sell 223 million iPhones in 2017, up from 211 million phones the previous year... Apple took a risk in introducing three new iPhones for 2017...but all in all, Apple sold more iPhones total, although fewer than the peak year of 2015, when it moved 230 million units. (That was the year of the iPhone 6...)
The global market share for smartphones is dominated by Google's Android system, which owns 85%, compared to 15% for Apple's iOS, according to researcher IDC. But the iPhone is the most popular smartphone brand, having opened a huge gap compared to No. 2 Samsung's Galaxy phones at 33 million. However Samsung, which has a broader portfolio of phones, sells more overall. Indeed, in 2016, Samsung...

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14:37
Accessible Apple 2017-2018: The 12 Requests of...

iBooks icon

This is the sixth post in our annual 12-part series covering the accessibility features we would like to see Apple bring to its products in the coming year. This series is being put together by Accessibility Editor Alex Jurgensen, with the help of several contributors.

6. More Support for Audio Ebooks in iBooks

For awhile now, iBooks has supported Read Aloud ebooks, ebooks that allow a reader to listen to narration of a book while the text being read aloud is highlighted. The feature, in it's current implementation, is being used primarily for children's books, where young readers can read along with a human narrator's rendition of the book.

The current Read Aloud functionality in iBooks uses a subset of the Media Overlay portion of the EPUB specification, a specification upon which many ebook features are...

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14:04
China halts production of 553 car models over fuel...

The new year is proving to be a headache for some car makers in China. As of January 1st, the country has suspended production of 553 car models that didn't meet its fuel efficiency standards. Some of these come from partnerships with foreign heavy...

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13:33
Apple Watch celebrates the New Year with fireworks...

As the hours rolls around in each timezone, Apple Watch owners are discovering a new easter egg to celebrate the New Year on their wrists. When the clock strikes twelve, the Apple Watch watch face lights up with animated fireworks.

more…

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12:31
Telegram for Android now supports multiple accounts

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

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

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

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09:40
The best wireless workout headphones

By Lauren Dragan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brian Heater, TechCrunch:

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

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

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

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

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

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Saturday December 30

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




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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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




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

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

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

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

This is the fifth post in our annual 12-part series covering the accessibility features we would like to see Apple bring to its products in the coming year. This series is being put together by Accessibility Editor Alex Jurgensen, with the help of several contributors.

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

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

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

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08:46
Xbox party chat arrives on iOS in beta

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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05:45
The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

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

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

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

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Friday December 29

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

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

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




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

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




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

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

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

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




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

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




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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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This is the fourth post in our annual 12-part series covering the accessibility features we would like to see Apple bring to its products in the coming year. This series is being put together by Accessibility Editor Alex Jurgensen, with the help of several contributors.

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

4.  A Smarter Way to Order Cabs with Siri

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

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