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Thursday November 17

13:44
Notable apps and app updates for Nov. 17, 2016

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.

macOS Apps/Updates

AirBeamTV has introduced Mirror for Sony TV 1.0, the latest in a family of screen mirroring apps for macOS. It provides a way to mirror you Mac screen to your Sony Bravia Smart TV without cables or additional hardware. 

This works on any Sony Smart TV from the 2012 models onwards. It’s suitable for watching movies, giving presentations, watching photos, and more.

Mirror for Sony TV 1.0 requires macOS 10.10 or later. It costs US$9.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store.

AKVIS has released an update of Chameleon, software for creating photo collages. The new version...

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13:11
Upthere cloud service will scan & upload 1000 4×...

Upthere is a relatively new cloud service created in part by ex-OS X chief Bertrand Serlet, and the company has a special promotion kicking off today. The company is partnering with ScanMyPhotos.com to give away 1000 free 4×6 photo scans for Upthere customers.

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13:07
Apple upgrades Swift Playgrounds to version 1.1

Apple has updated Swift Playgrounds, a free iPad app to teach kids of any age basic coding skills in Swift, to version 1.1. The upgrade — available at the Apple App Store — adds new Learn to Code lessons, support for sound and music.

Playgrounds is designed to teach basic programming concepts like loops and conditionals using an animated character that the budding programmers direct by writing code. The app offers suggestions for code to be used, and Swift Playgrounds also has a special iOS coding keyboard to ease entry of all of those pesky brackets. 

There's a "Fundamentals of Swift" lesson that teaches the basics; more advanced concepts can be explored in further lessons. Code is created on the left side of the iPad screen, and then results are immediately viewable on the right side of the screen with the tap of a "Run My Code" button. Should developers want to see a full-screen view of their handiwork, it's...

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13:04
How-To: Transfer files quickly between two MacBook...

Target Disk Mode isn’t a new technology, but the fact that you can now transfer files using Thunderbolt 3 is new. Target Disk Mode allows you to quickly share files between two MacBook Pros using Thunderbolt 3. Watch our video walk-through as we guide you through the process step-by-step. more…

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13:01
MacBook Pro external display support explained: 4K,...

Wondering what adapter or cable you need to connect your display to your new MacBook Pro’s USB-C ports? Apple this afternoon published an updated support document offering specifics on requirements for connecting 4K and 5K external displays to its new MacBook Pro models, including supported adapters and cables for Thunderbolt, mini DisplayPort, HDMI, and other connections.

Apple notably unveiled new LG UltraFine monitors alongside its new MacBook Pros that use USB-C to connect to the new machines. But we’ve been getting a lot of questions from users about specifics on requirements for cables and adapters necessary to drive certain displays at 4K and 5K resolutions at 60 Hz refresh rates.

Here’s what you need to know:

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12:52
Apple touts genius potential of Touch Bar-equipped...

Apple on Thursday premiered a new video ad for the Touch Bar-enhanced MacBook Pro, marketing the computer as a "tool for all the ideas to come."

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12:45
Apple opens registrations for Hour of Code workshops...

The Apple store isn’t just for buying cables and adapters, visiting the Genius Bar, or checking your email on the iPads while your friend or loved one buys cables or adapters. Apple does a lot of educational programs for customers of all ages, and as of Thursday, registration is open for the popular Hour of Code workshops.

These will take place the week of December 5, running from that Monday through Sunday, December 11, at all 487 Apple stores worldwide (except the “company store” at 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino). You can sign up for the free workshops by finding a nearby store here, and then picking a free time, and signing in with an Apple ID to complete the registration.

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12:38
System Integrity Protection disabled by default on...

Some -- but not all -- Touch Bar models of the new MacBook Pro are shipping with System Integrity Protection disabled, potentially exposing them to malware threats, according to discussions on Twitter.

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12:25
Apple releases ‘Bulbs’ TV ad featuring the new...

Apple has just shared a new TV commercial to its YouTube page, called ‘Bulbs’. The ad shows a series of lightbulbs exploding around the world, ending with a tag line ‘Ideas push the world forward’ and a few short shots of the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.

The ad highlights human inventions like fire, harvesting, woodwork, trains, transport, television, robots and space travel, finishing with a few glimpses of Apple’s newest MacBook Pro which it calls “a tool for all the ideas to come”. Watch the minute and a half spot after the jump …

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12:15
iPhone Call Logs Easy Pickings on iCloud, Says...


Russian digital forensics firm ElcomSoft on Thursday reported that Apple automatically uploads iPhone call logs to iCloud remote servers, and that users have no official way to disable this feature other than to completely switch off the iCloud drive. The data uploaded could include a list of all calls made and received on an iOS device, as well as phone numbers, dates and times, and duration, the firm said. Apple retains the cloud-based data for up to four months, according to ElcomSoft's report.

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12:15
∞ Apple’s new MacBook Pro ad: Bulbs

Good ad/idea.

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12:11
PlayStation Vue subscription streaming service...

Following availability on iOS and the PlayStation 4 game console, Sony on Thursday expanded its PlayStation Vue cable cutting service to the Apple TV.

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12:07
Apple updates Swift Playgrounds for iPad with new...

Apple's new iPad app designed to teach programming concepts has been updated with a third new Learn to Code lessons, support for sound and music, line highlighting and the upcoming Hour of Code workshops the company is hosting in its retail stores in early December.

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12:03
∞ Apple’s syncing of call log history is nothing

So Apple has been syncing call log history and some people have been reporting this as a major problem. Here’s Apple’s statement:

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11:55
Apple will cut App Store fees for video streaming...

Cupertino is ready to give a big tax break to video services that are sold via the App Store.

Apple is lowering the cut it takes from selling video streaming subscriptions down from 30 percent to 15 percent, according to Bloomberg. This is Apple’s latest move to try to get video partners for the launch of its new TV app for discovering content on the Apple TV. Previously, Apple has hit major roadblocks while negotiating with networks over the price of ...

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11:00
PSA: Apple’s Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 MacBook...

There is a bit of confusion over what displays are supported via the new MacBook Pro’s Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports. If you don’t have a display that uses a Thunderbolt 3/USB-C port— like the new 4K and 5K LG displays being sold exclusively by Apple for the new MacBook Pros— then you’ll need an adapter to go from Thunderbolt 3 to whatever I/O your display has (DisplayPort, HDMI, Thunderbolt 2, etc). Something like Apple’s Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter, for example. 

But here’s where some users have been confused and accidentally purchased the wrong adapter:
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10:44
Twitter beta adds Snapchat-style QR codes to make...

It seems like every good idea gets stolen at some point, especially when it comes to social networks. The latest inspiration comes to Twitter in the form of QR code profile links, a feature that’s been lifted from Snapchat.

Just as with Snapchat, you can scan someone’s code and immediately follow their account. On iOS, you find your code by going to profile > gear > QR code. On Android, launch the slide-out menu and touch QR code to see it.

Twitter took heavy “inspiration” from Snapchat for its newest feature.

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10:37
Apple saves iPhone call history to iCloud, but...

Modern smartphones make it easy to back up all your data to the cloud so you can keep it synced across devices, or download it to a new phone. That can have unfortunate consequences, however—especially when phones are syncing sensitive information that users aren’t explicitly aware of, and then a company famous for developing smartphone cracking software finds out.

Moscow-based Elcomsoft recently added a feature to its Phone Breaker software that the company says can retrieve an iPhone user’s call history data via iCloud. To use its software to crack an iCloud account, an attacker would need your login data or a login token from one of your devices.

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10:28
How to connect 4K monitors to your Mac, even on some...

Getting 4K on a relatively recent Mac has some hang-ups, but is still possible -- and rewarding! AppleInsider explains the ins and outs of how to do so, even on some computers that Apple doesn't officially support.

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10:14
Mozilla launches ad-blocking Firefox Focus browser...

Mozilla on Thursday launched a new privacy-focused iOS Web browser, Firefox Focus, while Twitter started rolling support for iOS 10's more detailed notifications.

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10:01
PSA: Don’t mess with the Google!

Interesting story, via the Dan’s Deals site. In a nutshell, people in the forum started reporting that they had lost access to their gmail accounts, the accounts suspended due to terms of service violation.

From the article:

It turns out the common denominator is that they had all bought Google Pixel phones and shipped them to a phone dealer in New Hampshire who paid them a profit on each phone. There is no sales tax in New Hampshire and the phones are then resold to others.

The problem is that many of them didn’t read the terms that they agreed to when buying the phone from the Google store. Those state “You may only purchase Devices for your personal use. You may not commercially resell any Device, but you may give the Device as a gift.”

If true, this seems an overreach on Google’s part, suspending access to someone’s email for this sort of violation, rather than simply voiding the sale.

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09:57
Workflow for iOS gains redesigned actions gallery,...

Workflow for iOS is easily the best way to put automation to work for you on iPhone and iPad, and today the popular utility is out with a significant update that includes a cleaner look and better discovery. The gallery of automations within Workflow has been redesigned with search and profiles for finding new actions and seeing who created them.

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09:52
Report claims Apple iPhone assemblers tasked to...

Primary iPhone assemblers Foxconn and Pegatron are said to have been evaluating the ability of the company to shift production of Apple's mobile devices to the U.S., with the verdict mixed on if the move would be cost-effective.

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09:44
Sony releases PlayStation Vue app on Apple TV for...

Sony’s web TV service PlayStation Vue is now available on the fourth generation Apple TV. Previously, PS Vue customers could authenticate paid video apps with Sony credentials, but access to live channel streaming was limited.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: New MacBook Pro $200 off, Best...

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Apple’s new 13-inch MacBook Pro w/o Touch Bar is being discounted by up to $200 (tax in NY only)

Best...

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09:25
The product manager of Automation Technologies...

Make of this what you will as far as the future of AppleScript and Automator is concerned: Sal Soghoian’s position as product manager of Automation Technologies at Apple has been terminated, after nearly 20 years at the company.

AppleScript is a scripting language created by Apple Inc. and built into the Classic Mac OS since System 7 and into all versions of macOS. Automator is an application developed by Apple for OS X that implements point-and-click (or drag and drop) creation of workflows for automating repetitive tasks into batches for quicker alteration,

Soghoian announced this in a note on his website and in public at the MacTech Conference in LA yesterday. He said: “I joined Apple in January of 1997, almost twenty years ago, because of my profound belief that “the power of the computer should reside in the hands of the one using it.” That...

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09:22
Readdle taking sign-ups for upcoming Spark for Mac...

Readdle has been working on bringing its email app called Spark to the Mac for a while now, and this week the company started taking sign-ups for users who want to test the beta version.

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09:20
Why Apple may ship just one OLED iPhone next year

Long-time Apple watchers have speculated that next year’s iPhones will move from LCD to OLED displays, but this week a strange rumor emerged from a reliable Apple analyst: Next year, Apple will release three iPhones, and only one of them will have an OLED display.

Now we know why that could be. Apple would love to bring OLED to its entire iPhone lineup, but the supply isn’t there, Bloomberg reported. OLED display makers Samsung, Sharp, LG, and Japan Display are working to produce panels, but Sharp and Japan Display won’t kick production into high gear until 2018. LG is also lagging after spending years making OLED displays for television.

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09:13
Elcomsoft: iPhone call logs are stored in iCloud for...

Apple has a hidden feature in iPhones in which call logs going back as far as four months are stored in near real-time in the iCloud, claims Elcomsoft, a Russian provider of iPhone hacking tools. Elcomsoft, claims the feature is automatic and there’s no way to turn it off bar shutting down iCloud Drive altogether, according to Forbes.

It’s known that iCloud backups store call logs, contacts and other data. However, users should be concerned their communications records are consistently being sent to Apple servers without explicit permission, said Elcomsoft CEO Vladimir Katalov. Even if those backups are disabled, he added, the call logs continue making their way to the iCloud, Katalov said.

“Syncing call logs happens almost in real time, though sometimes only in a few hours,” he said. “But all you need to have is just...

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09:04
Foxconn reportedly studying the possibility of...

Apple supplier Hon Hai Precision Industry, better known as Foxconn Technology Group, has been studying the possibility of moving iPhone production to the U.S.,  according to Japanese website Nikkei Asian Review.

"Apple asked both Foxconn and Pegatron, the two iPhone assemblers, in June to look into making iPhones in the U.S.," the article says, quoting an unnamed source said. "Foxconn complied, while Pegatron declined to formulate such a plan due to cost concerns.”

Another source said that while Foxconn had been working on the request from Apple, its biggest customer that accounts for more than 50% of its sales, Chairman Terry Gou had been less enthusiastic due to an inevitable rise in production costs.

"Making iPhones in the U.S. means the cost will more than double," the source said.

Foxconn's second most powerful executive, Sharp President Tai...

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08:56
Happy Hour Podcast 094 | Jony Ive’s new Apple design...

This week Benjamin and Zac talk about the latest changes in iOS 10.2 beta, how the TV app changes Apple TV, iBooks StoryTime for tvOS, Apple’s new ‘Designed by Apple in California’ design book, day one impressions of the 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, and more. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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08:54
Report claims that iOS devices fail more often than...

Take this one with a big grain of salt: according to the Q3 2016 State of Mobile Device Performance and Health report released today by Blancco Technology Group, Apple’s iPhones and iPads fail at a rate of 62% globally, compared to the 47% failure rate of Android devices.

On July 6, 2016, the augmented reality game Pokemon GO was released in North America, Australia and New Zealand. Within days of its launch, the game became an overnight sensation. Data from SensorTower estimates that the average iPhone user spends 33 minutes in Pokémon GO, which is more than Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram. However, users’ obsession with the game also caused the app to crash frequently and the server to go down for many users, according to Blancco. The provider of mobile device diagnostics and data erasure solutions says this is...

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08:49
Apple announces free Hour of Code workshops between...

Apple on Thursday opened up registrations for its free 2016 Hour of Code workshops, which will take place between Dec. 5 and 11 at Apple stores worldwide.

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08:45
Apple Explores Making iPhones in the US, Finds...

Apple is exploring the idea of making iPhones in the United States. But the company has realized that it will cost more than double to make the shiny new gadgets at home, according to a report on Japan-based outlet Nikkei. From the report:Key Apple assembler Hon Hai Precision Industry, also known as Foxconn Technology Group, has been studying the possibility of moving iPhone production to the U.S., sources told the Nikkei Asian Review. "Apple asked both Foxconn and Pegatron, the two iPhone assemblers, in June to look into making iPhones in the U.S.," a source said. "Foxconn complied, while Pegatron declined to formulate such a plan due to cost concerns." Foxconn, based in the gritty, industrial Tucheng district in suburban Taipei, and its smaller Taiwanese rival churn out more than 200 million iPhones annually from their massive Chinese campuses. Another source said that while Foxconn had been working on the request from Apple Inc., its biggest customer that accounts for more than...

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08:40
∞ Jimmy Fallon, Metallica sing “Enter Sandman” with...

This is hilarious.

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08:36
Free Hour of Code workshops December 5 through 11 at...

Apple today opened registration for Hour of Code workshops at all 487 Apple retail stores worldwide, from December 5 through 11 in celebration of Computer Science Education Week. Among the most popular events at the Apple Store, Hour of Code workshops teach the basics of computer science with Code.org’s programming tutorials. Apple and Code.org share the goal of giving every student the opportunity to learn computer science.

This is such a great program.

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08:24
Free Hour of Code workshops offered Dec. 5-11 at...

Apple has opened registration for Hour of Code workshops at all 487 Apple retail stores worldwide, from Dec. 5-11 in celebration of Computer Science Education Week. They teach the basics of computer science with Code.org’s programming tutorials. Apple and Code.org share the goal of giving every student the opportunity to learn computer science.

“Hour of Code embodies our vision for Apple stores as a place for the community to gather, learn and be entertained,” says Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president of Retail. “We’re proud to introduce the Swift Playgrounds app into the workshops and honored to again work side-by-side with Code.org on this incredibly important initiative. Hour of Code is one of the absolute highlights of the year for both our teams and the families that visit our stores.”

“Since we started Hour of Code in 2013, Apple has each year upped its participation and found ways to introduce more kids to computer science,” added Hadi Partovi,...

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08:00
The Week in Mac Apps: Touch Bar-ready apps for your...

New Mac apps of the week

With the new MacBook Pros now at an Apple store near you, this week’s roundup of Mac apps brings you plenty of Touch Bar-compatible releases, for everything from security to utilities. Read on!

1Password - Password Manager and Secure Wallet 6.5

The latest update to AgileBits’ $65 1Password (Mac App Store Link) makes it compatible with your new MacBook’s Touch Bar and Touch ID. You can now unlock this password manager using your fingerprints on any device with a Touch ID button, and features a revamped set-up process that helps you create a vault from scratch with ease.

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07:57
Report: Apple asked Foxconn and Pegatron to...

Apple has reportedly asked key iPhone manufacturer partners, namely Foxconn and Pegatron, to investigate ways to bring the iPhone assembly supply chain into the United States. Today, all iPhones (and almost all Apple products) are manufactured and assembled in China. The Nikkei report says Foxconn is actively researching ways to make iPhones in the US although Pegatron apparently refused Apple’s request over cost concerns. A source is quoted as saying that domestic production of iPhones means increasing costs by “more than double”.

Apple has received some criticism over the years for its dependence on Chinese manufacturing but the issue has come into the limelight recently as Donald Trump, now US President elect, claimed that he will force Apple to...

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07:44
The official ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find...

Warner Bros. today released the official mobile game tie-in for the upcoming J.K. Rowling’s film, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them‘.

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07:41
B&H claims Apple's BeatsX earbuds will go...

Apple will finally launch its BeatsX earbuds -- equipped with the company's proprietary W1 wireless chip -- on Dec. 16, according to retailer B&H.

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07:20
iPhones Secretly Send Call History To Apple,...

Russian digital forensics Elcomsoft says iPhones send near real-time logs to Apple servers even when iCloud backup is switched off. The firm adds that these logs are stored for up to four months. From a report on the Intercept:"You only need to have iCloud itself enabled" for the data to be sent, said Vladimir Katalov, CEO of Elcomsoft. The logs surreptitiously uploaded to Apple contain a list of all calls made and received on an iOS device, complete with phone numbers, dates and times, and duration. They also include missed and bypassed calls. Elcomsoft said Apple retains the data in a user's iCloud account for up to four months, providing a boon to law enforcement who may not be able to obtain the data either from the user's carrier, who may retain the data for only a short period, or from the user's device, if it's encrypted with an unbreakable passcode. "Absolutely this is an advantage [for law enforcement]," Robert Osgood, a former FBI supervisory agent who now directs a...

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07:17
Apple Stores to teach Swift Playgrounds lessons at...

Apple’s annual Hour of Code workshops are kicking off this year at Apple Stores across the world during the week of December 5, and this year there’s a new app in play: Swift Playgrounds. Apple introduced user-friendly coding app for iPad earlier this year as a way to introduce new developers to Swift, Apple’s programming language.

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07:01
Gartner’s Q3 numbers show it was Chinese brands, not...

While there had been speculation that Apple might pick up sales from Samsung after its disastrous Note 7 launch, with KGI estimating that Apple could pick up an additional 5-7M orders, this doesn’t appear to be the case. The latest numbers from Gartner suggest that it is Chinese brands that saw the benefit.

The September 2 recall of the Note 7 saw Samsung’s Q3 market share fall year-on-year from 23.6% to 19.2%, its worst performance ever, creating an opportunity for other brands to pick up the slack – but the iPhone didn’t manage to do so …

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07:01
Dual-lens cameras expected to be the de facto iPhone...

A recent analyst note predicts that the iPhone's installed base will migrate over to optical image stabilization in both camera lenses across most of the line in 2017, with about 85 percent of the line sporting a camera similar to that in the iPhone 7 Plus by 2018.

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07:01
Soundbreaking: A phenomenal documentary on the art...

If you love music, this 8-part series from PBS is for you. I’ve made it through parts 1 and 2 so far, and they are both fascinating and riveting. The list of artists involved in this project is astonishing. Starting with George Martin and the Beatles, it’s a real who’s who of modern music, a true insider’s view.

Episode One is embedded in the main Loop post.

Here’s a link to the main site.

And here’s a link to the PBS site hosting other episodes.

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07:00
JuJu Offers Speedy Model-Driven Software Approach


The JuJu cloud platform developed by Canonical integrates a wide variety of cloud services and servers on both public and private clouds using an innovative model-driven software approach.
That success has changed fundamentally the nature of software operations as organizations move to cloud-scale services, according to Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical. The impact on cloud operations is very much like the transition that happened with the big data community, Shuttleworth said.

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06:43
Troubleshooting some nasty Safari malware

Jason Snell tells the story about trying to remote help his sister who is a victim of a particularly nasty bit of Safari malware.

The story itself is worth the read, unfolding like a mystery. But if nothing else, be sure to read the section titled “In the end, common sense wins”, which shows a bit of problem-solvery you should add to your own troubleshooting toolbox.

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06:39
Amazon’s iPhone app now gives you X-Ray vision for...

Dan DeSilva, 9to5mac:

Tucked in Amazon’s big Black Friday news this morning was the announcement of a handy Package X-Ray feature for its iPhone shopping app. The app can now leverage your iPhone’s camera to reveal the contents of an Amazon delivery without having to actually open up the package or hunt down tracking numbers.

And:

It will only work on packages tied to your Amazon account so you don’t have to worry about your kids or spouse ruining any surprises (as long as you don’t share an account, that is).

Great idea.

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06:37
Apple automatically uploading iPhone call logs to...

Any iPhone user with iCloud Drive enabled is having their call logs automatically uploaded to Apple servers -- without their consent, and whether or not they have backups enabled, a Russian security firm said on Thursday. [Updated with statement from Apple]

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06:35
A lifetime Android user on switching to an iPhone 7...

Anshel Sag, writing for Forbes:

It’s been a month since I got the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. Full disclosure, I have never owned an Apple product in my life. Okay, I had an iPod shuffle for about a week or two and ended up returning it. I had experiences with Apple computers as a child in a suburban elementary school but never owned an iPhone, iPad, MacBook or anything of the sort. I have been a lifetime Google Android user, and before that a Microsoft Windows Mobile user (yeah, I know). So, my first experience with an Apple product that I bought and used has been extremely interesting. That includes the utter shock and awe that came out of people’s mouths after I told them that I got an iPhone. I feel like a lot of the reasons why I never switched to Apple have gone away while others remain.

I love stories like this, because it reflects an objective, outsider view that is rare inside the Apple bubble.

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06:24
Apple patent involves integrating Siri into the...

Apple has applied for a patent (number 20160335532) for a “virtual assistant in a communication session” that hints at the integration of Siri, the "personal digital assistant," into Messages. According to the invention, one or more participating users can choose to utilize a virtual assistant (that would be Siri, of course) to assist participant users with tasks during a communication session. 

A user can use a communication application to enter a message directed to the virtual assistant. Siri can analyze the entered message and determine that the message was directed to the virtual assistant rather than to the other participants of the communication session. As a result, the message won’t be transmitted to the other participants of the communication session and the virtual assistant will assist the user with the identified task. 

Apple says a virtual assistant can assist a user with a variety of different tasks. One such task would be to assist in...

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06:21
Four reasons Apple should bid on Time Warner

Josh Centers, writing for TidBITS:

Telecom giant AT&T is seeking to purchase content giant Time Warner (which is no longer affiliated with Time Warner Cable, see “AT&T Aims to Buy Time Warner for $84.5 Billion,” 24 October 2016). However, the deal could run into regulatory obstacles, with politicians on both sides of the aisle questioning the merger. It also doesn’t help that the Department of Justice is suing AT&T subsidiary DirecTV.

And:

Goldman Sachs is reportedly pushing Apple to make a competing bid for Time Warner, but Apple is resisting. However, I think Apple should consider the possibility. Here are four reasons why.

This is a great, thoughtful read. Should Apple spend the cash to instantly acquire one of the biggest, highest quality content libraries on the planet? Would they burn bridges in doing so, alienate players they are trying to bring to the table?

I find this all a fascinating business.

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06:19
Major French retail chain claims AirPods will be...

Major French electronics retail chain FNAC is claiming that it will have AirPods in stock on November 30, and is taking pre-orders for delivery on this date, notes Mac4Ever.

Although the preorder page specifies only November, the order confirmation (seen above) specifies the end of the month in two separate places.

Whether this is based on solid information or just another guess is unclear. At this point, we’ve heard plenty of conflicting reports about when the long-delayed wireless headphones will finally go on sale …

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06:13
Biggest spike in traffic deaths in 50 years? Blame...

New York Times:

The messaging app Snapchat allows motorists to post photos that record the speed of the vehicle. The navigation app Waze rewards drivers with points when they report traffic jams and accidents. Even the game Pokémon Go has drivers searching for virtual creatures on the nation’s highways.

And:

After steady declines over the last four decades, highway fatalities last year recorded the largest annual percentage increase in 50 years. And the numbers so far this year are even worse. In the first six months of 2016, highway deaths jumped 10.4 percent, to 17,775, from the comparable period of 2015, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

I don’t see this as alarmist. Clearly, there are more apps each year that are useful and usable while driving. Will we address this before we ultimately make the move to autonomous vehicles? Is there an obligation on Apple and Google’s part to do something about this?

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06:12
Analyst: Apple will launch 5.8-inch iPhone next year...

In a note to clients — as noted by MacRumors — KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims Apple will launch an all-new iPhone with a 5.8-inch OLED panel in 2017, but that he smartphone's actual active area will be a smaller 5.1 to 5.2 inches.

We predict OLED iPhone will be 5.1-5.2”, despite various market speculation. In terms of the display size of the OLED iPhone, current information from the upstream points to 5.8”, while that from the downstream points to 5”, which does not conflict, in our view,” he says. “We predict OLED iPhone will adopt a 5.7-5.8” flexible OLED panel (with Samsung (KR) as the exclusive supplier). Nonetheless, for ‘specific design purposes’, the actual active area may be around 5.1-5.2”. Other than the OLED model, we expect Apple to launch new 4.7” and 5.5” TFT-LCD iPhone models.

The all-new OLED-based iPhone will be accompanied by 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones with traditional...

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06:06
The latest supposed shipping date for Apple AirPods...

According to Mac4Ever, French retailer Fnac has started the preorder process for Apple’s AirPods, which will begin shipping Nov. 30. They’ll retail for € 179.99 , one euro more than Apple's online price.

The supposed shipping date for the AirPods keeps changing. Follow closely now: they were supposed to ship in “late October.” Then they were moved to later in the year. Then a report from the Economic Daily News (via Digitimes) said that they wouldn’t begin shipping until January 2017. 

Then a report from...

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05:59
Rumor: Apple to integrate AR technology into its...

Apple plans to integrate augmented reality (AR) technology into the iPhone’s Camera app, according to Business Insider, quoting an unnamed “person familiar with the matter.”

The effort “reflects Apple’s near-term desire to put augmented reality technology into consumers' hands even as it develops special glasses that could eventually change the way people perceive their surroundings,” the article adds. Apple also recently hired an expert in head-mounted displays, in the latest sign of its longer-term glasses initiative, according to Bloomberg.

Chances the rumor is true (IMHO): 90%. After all the company has been granted several patents for augmented reality technology.

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05:53
∞ The Apple TV, Apple’s 50% fee cut, and the walled...

Yesterday, Bloomberg reported that Apple cut video subscription fees to all partners from 30% to 15%:

Apple’s hefty cut of sales made via its App Store has long angered partners, some of whom have accused the technology giant of anti-competitive behavior. The concessions speak to the growing importance of video to Apple, which next month will introduce a new app devoted to TV shows and movies.

And:

Some video partners have already been paying 15 percent of monthly subscription fees to Apple. The company is now extending the rate to all subscription video services as long as they are integrated with Apple’s new TV app, said the people who asked not to be identified because the changes aren’t public. To compensate for the fee, some providers increased the price of their services sold through the App Store to equal the revenue generated on other distribution channels.

The Apple TV is not the walled garden of iOS. While iOS uses services like Apple Music and...

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05:49
Apple's new high-end OLED 2017 iPhone expected...

Apple is widely expected to introduce a new premium iPhone model in 2017 featuring an all-new design and OLED display, but the screen will be sized somewhere in between the current iPhone and iPhone Plus, according to one well-connected insider.

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05:49
KGI: Apple planning one 5.2-inch OLED iPhone 8 with...

The latest report from KGI suggests Apple will breakaway from the existing two phone strategy next year with another high-end tier. The report says Apple is planning one new iPhone, dubbed iPhone 8, with major chassis redesigns and component upgrades featuring an OLED screen about 5.2-inches in size. It will also make two new iPhones with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays; these will be more iterative successors to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

The OLED iPhone appears to be the most interesting phone that will include the most ‘new’ stuff. If the KGI report comes to pass, in 2017 the high-end iPhone will not be the one with the biggest screen.

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05:48
Rumor: Apple to cut fees on App Store video services

Apple plans to cut the amount it charges to sell video services over its App Store, “a move to appease partners whose movies and TV shows are vital to the technology giant’s video strategy,” reports Bloomberg.

The Cupertino, California-based company intends to reduce the slice of revenue it is paid by subscription video streaming apps from the current 30% to 15%, the article adds, quoting unnamed “people familiar with the plans.” Other non-video apps see their bill from Apple halved from 30% only after a customer has completed a year’s subscription. 

Bloomberg adds that Apple’s new TV app is part of the company’s effort to make its devices the hub for watching video by pooling television shows and movies from multiple apps in one place. The app provides one place to access TV shows and movies, as well as a place to...

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05:47
iPhone sends call logs to Apple servers even when...

Update: Apple has not yet commented on the specific claims made, but tells us:

We offer call history syncing as a convenience to our customers so that they can return calls from any of their devices. Apple is deeply committed to safeguarding our customers’ data. That’s why we give our customers the ability to keep their data private. Device data is encrypted with a user’s passcode, and access to iCloud data including backups requires the user’s Apple ID and password. Apple recommends all customers select strong passwords and use two-factor authentication.

Elcomsoft – the Russian company which sells iPhone cracking tools to governments and corporations – says that iPhones send near real-time call logs to Apple servers even when iCloud backup is switched off, and that these logs are stored for up to four months.

Elcomsoft CEO Vladimir Katalov told ...

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05:37
Apple wants iPhones and Apple Watches to be able to...

Apple is looking into whether its devices can be used to monitor data in real time on the well-being of patients with Parkinson’s, reports Fast Company.

The company is investigating to see if the iPhone and Apple Watch can be used to passively monitor data in real time. And it’s hoping to build an evidence base to demonstrate the effectiveness of mobile monitoring, Fast Company adds.

This effort is purportedly being overseen by Stephen, who joined Apple from Sage Bionetworks, a nonprofit that provides tools for biomedical research. Sage has been a high-profile partner for some of Apple's ResearchKit, HealthKit, and CareKit applications.

ResearchKit turns an iPhone into a tool for medical research by helping doctors, scientists and other researchers gather data more frequently and more accurately...

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05:15
Rumor: Apple could see OLED supply constraint prior...

One popular rumor for the next-gen iPhone is the adoption of OLED screen panels for the handset, especially given that both the Apple Watch and the Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro now use OLED components.

Unfortunately, supply constraints may keep OLED panels further down the road.

A new report says that the four main suppliers for OLED displays won’t have enough production capacity to meet demand next year and further into 2018. This is primarily due to OLED screens being more difficult to produce than LCD panels. Right now, the four top suppliers for OLED panels are Samsung Display, LG Display, Sharp, and Japan Display. But at this point, Apple expects Samsung to be sole supplier in 2017.

Apple apparently plans to ship at least one new iPhone...

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05:11
French retailer claims Nov. 30 shipping ship date...

A French reseller has started pre-orders of the Apple wireless AirPods, and is telling customers that the highly sought-after device will ship on Nov. 30.

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05:08
Sal Soghoian says ‘ask Apple’ about future of Mac...

Sal Soghoian, the man who headed up user automation tools at Apple – including AppleScript and Automatorsays that he left the company last month when Apple eliminated his position ‘for business reasons.’ Chicago Sun-Times tech columnist Andy Ihnatko broke the news yesterday, with Soghoian explaining more in a newly-added FAQ on his website.

It’s unclear whether other team members have also been let go, but Soghoian says those concerned about the future of user automation in macOS should ask Apple.

Ask Apple. Seriously, if you have any questions or concerns about the future of user automation, ask Apple. If user automation technologies are important to you,...

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05:00
iFixit completes first Touch Bar-equipped 13-inch...

The cool cats at iFixit have finished their teardown of the new 13-inch Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro and discovered some neat differences when compared with the MacBook Pro without the Touch Bar. First, both 13-inch models have the exact same dimensions, but the Touch Bar machine weighs 20 grams less, which iFixit puts down to the laptop’s smaller battery.

The new MacBook Pro is not designed to be user-serviceable, which iFixit commented on by giving it a repairability rating of 1/10. During the teardown, the firm found that the internal layout of the components has been redesigned to make space for the new Touch Bar, which broke as it was removed from the chassis and was deemed difficult to replace. The flex cable connecting...

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04:31
Apple patent shows Siri interjecting in iMessage...

An Apple patent published today describes how Siri could interject in iMessage chats to do things like help schedule meetings based on the location and availability of chat participants.

In one illustration, when one chat participant asks ‘How long ’til you guys get here?’ Siri interjects by checking everyone’s location and then answering the question. In another, a chat participant asks Siri when the group could get together for lunch, and it checks each of their diaries to offer slots when all are free …

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04:30
iClever’s BoostCube provides lots of USB charging in...

If you travel with a lot of Apple devices, iClever’s BoostCube TC04 4-Port USB Wall Charger can save you some space and alleviate cord clutter. The charger has, as you might guess from the moniker, four USB ports. 

This can prevent you from having to carry multiple chargers that each have fewer ports. Also, the BoostCube is a convenient size as it can fit between two standard plugs on a power strip. It can also be plugged into a standard duplex outlet without interfering with the other plug. All of this means the charger is handy for office and home use, as well as for travel.

However, when you’re on the road, the prongs fold in to take up less space. When plugged in, the BoostCube emits a blue light to let you know it has power. 

Note that the iClever device is capped at 40 volts and 8 amps. If you have four newer iPhones and iPads that crave 2.4 amps, you’ll see a bit of...

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04:00
How to migrate to new MacBook Pros using Paragon...

With the release of new MacBook Pros, lots of Mac users will be migrating to thenew systems. Paragon Software has released a guide of seven steps on how to migrate in the most efficient, fastest and safest way and how to securely and permanently wipe data on the old system.

Once you decide to buy Apple’s Lamborghini of laptop computers, you’ll first need to transfer all the data from your old system. Of course, it’s possible to do with built-in Mac utilities like Time Machine or Migration Assistant, but does that really transfer all of your data? The most reliable method is to make a full copy of your disk using a specialized third-party utility like Paragon...

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03:56
Jony Ive says his team looks forward, not back, but...

With Apple’s $199/$299 Designed by Apple in California photo book having received mixed reactions, Jony Ive told Dazed that the company didn’t necessarily actively want to create the book, but felt obligated to do so. This follows an earlier interview with a Japanese design website.

We started the project about eight years ago, with the feeling that we had a responsibility to try and create an archive of what we’ve done. Honestly, it felt more of an...

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03:00
The Morning After: Thursday, November 17, 2016

We put the 4K-ready Chromecast to the test, saw increasingly less snow around the US, and gawp at the first hybrid Mini -- as well as a whole bunch of new cars coming out of the LA Auto Show. There's also the discovery of a "Watch Dogs 2" character t...

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02:09
Streaming-box app comparison: Roku vs. Chromecast vs...

App selection should be one of the biggest factors in choosing a streaming media player, because all the fancy features in the world don’t mean much if you can’t watch the movies, TV shows, and other content that you want.

The good news is that there’s relative app parity among the major streaming-media devices, including Apple TV, Amazon’s Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, the Roku boxes...

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00:05
Twitter Cracks Down on Cyber Hate


Twitter on Tuesday suspended the account of Richard Spencer, one of the leading voices of the alt-right movement. It also expanded the use of several existing tools and changed policies to make it easier for users to fight back against abuse and harassment. Twitter suspended the accounts of Spencer, president of the National Policy Institute, a white nationalist think tank. It also suspended the account of the organization, as well as the accounts of its online magazine and Washington Summit Publishers.

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Wednesday November 16

23:59
Apple invention integrates Siri into iMessage, aids...

An Apple patent application published Thursday suggests the company is investigating the potential of integrating its Siri virtual assistant into Messages, with claims suggesting the feature might assist users with peer-to-peer payments.

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21:27
Report reconfirms 2017 OLED iPhone to be limited by...

A report late Wednesday reconfirms rumors of an OLED iPhone variant anticipated to debut in 2017, noting the advanced display technology might be limited to higher-end models as panel manufacturers currently lack the ability to handle Apple's expectedly large order volume.

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21:13
Supply constraints said to plague Apple’s plans to...

One long-running rumor for next year’s iPhone is the adoption of OLED screen panels. While the Apple Watch and the MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar use OLED technology, the iPhone has stuck with traditional LCD panels. A new report from Bloomberg, however, says that supply constraints may thwart Apple’s plan to switch to OLED panels next year…

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20:19
Apple researching methods to monitor Parkinson'...

In a potential expansion to its current health and wellness offerings, headlined by ResearchKit and HealthKit, Apple is reportedly investigating the viability of employing Apple Watch and iPhone in real-time monitoring of patients with Parkinson's disease.

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19:15
Watch: Unboxing Apple's 13" and 15"...

Most buyers in the market for Apple's MacBook Pro with Touch Bar will end up purchasing one of two models, the portable but capable 13-inch version or the powerful 15-inch flagship. But choosing one means missing out on an epic dual unboxing. Luckily, they can live vicariously through us.

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17:50
Hands-on impressions: 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch...

After going hands-on with the Late-2016 13-inch MacBook Pro sans Touch Bar, I was finally able to spend some significant hands-on time with the real MacBook Pro for this generation, the Touch Bar-equipped version.

Outside of a few obvious differences, the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar shares the same form factor and design as the version without Apple’s fancy new input method. Therefore, I’m going to avoid rehashing topics that I’ve already covered, such as in-depth impressions of the keyboard, trackpad, display, build quality, etc. If you want a hands-on synopsis of the overall design of the Late-2016 MacBook Pro, then be sure to read our original hands-on post.

These impressions will focus on the areas that differentiate the Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro from the entry-level model. It is here where you’ll find my hands-on impressions of the Touch Bar,...

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17:44
Apple to reportedly integrate AR features into...

Adding to rumors of Apple's augmented reality ambitions, a report on Wednesday claims the company is working to bring unspecified AR features to its first-party camera app on iPhone.

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17:34
Report: Apple working to integrate augmented reality...

Tim Cook has long expressed his interest in augmented reality, often touting the technology’s capabilities and even suggesting it has more real-world potential than virtual reality. Now, a report from Business Insider offers up some details as to how Apple plans to integrate augmented reality into the iPhone…

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17:27
Apple to halve App Store fees for content providers...

Apple is reportedly planning an App Store fee schedule revision that will see its slice of revenue from subscription video services, and potentially other non-video providers, drop from the customary 30 percent to only 15 percent.

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17:08
Apple reportedly set to reduce its revenue cut of...

Apple is reportedly planning to change how it handles subscriptions for video streaming services via the App Store. According to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple will cut the percentage of revenue it takes from streaming video apps in an effort to improve its relationship with those in that industry…

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16:48
Apple dissolves Mac automation management post, Sal...

It was revealed on Wednesday that longtime Apple Product Manager of Automation Technologies Sal Soghoian, whose work is responsible for services like AppleScript and Automator, will be leaving the company in December as his post was recently eliminated.

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16:41
Report details Apple’s negotiations for original TV...

A new report out of The Information this evening outlines more details concerning Apple’s efforts when it moves to securing original content rights. The report, which reiterates some of what we already knew concerning Apple’s efforts, focuses on the company’s reserved and “quixotic” attitudes…

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16:12
Sal Soghoian

Correct. I joined Apple in January of 1997, almost twenty years ago, because of my profound belief that “the power of the computer should reside in the hands of the one using it.” That credo remains my truth to this day. Recently, I was informed that my position as Product Manager of Automation Technologies was eliminated for business reasons. Consequently, I am no longer employed by Apple Inc. But, I still believe my credo to be as true today as ever.

I’ve known Sal for years, and he is one of the smartest people I’ve ever met. He cared about Apple and the user.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:29
Twitter introduces new Snapchat-like QR codes for...

As it struggles to keep user growth up to par with services like Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat, Twitter today is rolling out a new way to discover users. Announced in a tweet from a Twitter designer, users can now create custom QR codes to make it easier to follow and discover accounts…

more…

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14:56
Microsoft releases first preview build of Visual...

As expected, Microsoft today made its Visual Studio developer environment available on macOS. The first preview of Visual Studio for Mac is live now, with Microsoft hoping that the cross-platform availability will push more developers to build for Windows.

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13:52
Investment company thinks Apple preparing is...

According to TheStreet, analysts at the investment company Exane BNP Paribas think Apple is tooling up to create custom chips for its next generation of Mac laptops.

Apple is advertising 87 hardware engineering graphics roles, including 10 in London, according to Exane. A search of Apple's website found 62 of those roles, including eight in Apple's Hanover Street office in London.

The graphics job vacancies suggest that Apple is building a completely new chip design team, which in our experience points to a new application," Exane analysts David O'Conner and Jerome Ramel wrote in a note published Wednesday. "The need for computing, CPU and/or GPU skills could point to a custom Apple chip for the Apple MacBook. it is entirely plausible that Apple could produce a beefed up 7mm apps processor ... capable of powering a MacBook in 2018.”

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13:32
iPhone 7/7 Plus adoption outpaced that of the iPhone...

A new report from research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners — as noted by 9to5Mac — shows that iPhone 7 and 7 Plus adoption outpaced that of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus during its first month of sales, although falling short of the iPhone 6/6 Plus launch.

“The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus launch falls between the wildly-successful iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launch in 2014, and the somewhat disappointing launch of the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus in 2015,” said Josh Lowitz, CIRP partner and co-founder. “The combined share for the 7 and 7 Plus launch is up slightly from the 71% share for the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus in 2015, and down considerably from the 81% share for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in 2014. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus benefitted from a new form factor, a larger screen, and the introduction of the even larger and premium-priced...

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13:27
Notable apps and app updates for Nov. 16, 2016

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.

macOS Apps/Updates

Bits&Coffee has released PhotoMarks 3, an update of the photo watermarking app for Macs and PCs, alongside PhotoMarks for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. 

The tool enables photographers, web designers, business people, and families, to protect their copyrighted images on any computer or iOS device they own. PhotoMarks 3 for the Mac can completely customize the appearance of text and logo marks, as well as perform additional edits like resize, rename, auto rotate, or decorate photos with graphical frames, all in the same session. It works by editing photos...

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13:09
Microsoft releases preview edition of Visual Studio...

As anticipated earlier this week, Microsoft on Wednesday released Visual Studio for the Mac, bringing over one of its signature Windows developer tools.

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12:56
Report: iPhone 7 adoption higher than iPhone 6...

A new report from research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners today details Apple’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus launch, showing some numbers that support the company’s continued claims of increasing Android switchers and more.

It also shows that the iPhone 7 adoption managed to outpace that of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus during its first month of sales, although falling short of the iPhone 6/6 Plus launch:
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12:52
Podcast 534: The Mac book the isn't a computer

In the week since we last spoke, Susie reviewed the MacBook Pro models with the new Touch Bar. She finds the Touch Bar very useful, a refreshing change in how we use our Macs, and perfectly in line with technology's recent focus on putting the stuff you need in front of you when you need it.

Then Apple announced a vanity project that really stretches the word vanity: _Designed by Apple in California_, a coffee table book slash wordless design manual that could be a cool idea if the proceeds were going to any number of charities. (Spoiler: They are not.) So we share our feelings about that, and then extend the discussion to Apple's attitude overall lately. Let us know your thoughts, too.

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12:50
MacBook Pro teardown reveals pointless speaker...

If you have a new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, don’t think that putting your ears closer to the speaker grilles will make it sound louder. A recent teardown revealed that the grilles are just for show.

According to a teardown of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar by iFixit, the speaker grilles don’t actually align with the internal speakers. In fact, the grilles don’t even go down through the case, which means that Apple put them next to the keyboard for purely “cosmetic” reasons. The sound on the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar actually comes out through the air vents on the sides.

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12:39
Google CEO to meet with EU antitrust chief

Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai will meet in Brussels with EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager and Guenther Oettinger, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, as the final stop in a short tour of the continent, spokespeople for Google and the EU confirmed.

Google is some trouble in the EU and the situation could get much worse.

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12:27
How to capture screenshots of the new Touch Bar on...

The Touch Bar input strip on new MacBook Pro models is itself a Retina Display, but it doesn't show up as a display in System Report. That's prompted Apple to create specialized support in its Grab app to enable capture of screenshots of its current status.

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12:15
Killer Deal: $100-$200 off Late 2016 13"...

Apple authorized reseller B&H is taking triple digit discounts off select 2016 13-inch MacBook Pro models without a Touch Bar. On top of the instant savings, B&H will not collect sales tax on orders outside NY and expedited shipping is free. In total, shoppers can save $236-$408, making these the largest discounts we've seen on the new models to date.

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Apple has Certified Refurbished 2015 21″ & 27″ iMacs available for up to $350 off MSRP. Apple’s one-year warranty is standard, and shipping is free. The following models are available: - 21″ 3.... Read more

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