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Friday December 23

Netflix never slowed down in 2016

Netflix stormed through 2016, starting with its unprecedented announcement of (nearly) worldwide availability. A slew of popular originals kept the momentum going and viewers happy, despite a midyear price hike. Now, Netflix has cemented its place as...

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Facebook won't flag your friends on a map...

Facebook is making some significant changes to its Nearby Friends feature that lets you see where pals are, Techcrunch has noticed. Most significantly, it has eliminated the precise tracking feature that tells you exactly where friends are by pinpoin...

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Yield problems at TSMC could disrupt March launch...

Apple chip supplier TSMC is encountering lower-than-expected yield rates for its new 10-nanometer manufacturing process, something that could potentially delay the launch of new iPads in March, a report claimed on Friday.

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Podcast 539: AirPods rock, but Siri still struggles

It’s almost Christmas, and the AirPods are on the naughty and the nice lists. Susie loves the build quality, the sound, even how they look like funky alien earrings. But using Siri for control—and pausing the music every single time!—is not a great solution, and starkly illustrates the problem of Apple treating its own apps and services better than everyone’s else’s.

Elsewhere, a report in Bloomberg has us all worried about the Mac upgrades we will or won’t get in 2017. Apple owns the smartwatch category, but is there much there there? And both Susie and Glenn had a hard time learning their left from their right, so don’t worry if that’s your struggle too.

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Spotify macOS client update adds Touch Bar, AirPods...

Music streaming service Spotify has updated its macOS app, adding both Touch Bar support, and implementation of the auto-pause feature for Apple's wireless AirPods.

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Half of UK electricity now comes from nuclear and...

A record 50 percent of the UK's electricity was generated from renewables and other law carbon energy sources in the third quarter of 2016. That's up from 45.3 percent the year prior, a milestone fuelled by a sizeable increase in wind, solar and nucl...

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Drone footage shows Tesla's Gigafactory taking...

To deliver the Model 3 and its dream of an affordable, yet reliable electric car, Tesla needs the Gigafactory. The complex in Nevada will be used to produce batteries at an unprecedented scale, besting the might of every other factory in the world co...

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The Engadget Podcast Ep 19: Simply the Best

In this week's episode guest host Devindra Hardawar is joined by managing editor Dana Wollman and senior editor Chris Velazco as they run through the biggest winners of 2016. While it might have been a rough year for our musical legends, it was a pre...

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Apple gives iOS app developers more time to encrypt...

Apple has backtracked on a plan to force iOS developers to encrypt their app communications by the end of the year.

The company had previously announced at its Worldwide Developers’ Conference in June that all apps submitted to the App Store will need support the App Transport Security (ATS) feature starting January 1st, 2017. It has not yet set a new deadline.

ATS is a feature first introduced in iOS 9 that forces apps to communicate with internet servers using encrypted HTTPS (HTTP over SSL/TLS) connections. It’s an improvement over the third-party frameworks that developers previously used to implement HTTPS because it ensures that only industry-standard encryption protocols and ciphers are used.

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AppleInsider podcast reaches episode 100, answers...

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor and Neil reach episode 100, and answer listener questions about the future of the Mac, why people aren't buying smaller capacity phones and using iCloud, questions about AirPods, augmented reality, and more.

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Majority of readers say ‘no big deal’ adapting to...

A 9to5Mac poll of 2016 MacBook Pro owners revealed that the majority found it no big deal to adapt to the brave new USB-C-only world. More than 5,000 readers took part, with 56% describing it as ‘a small deal/painless.’


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Daily Deal: 3-in-1 MFi Lightning, Micro-USB and USB-...

Apple's recent moves toward USB-C ports on its computers creates a problem for those of us who have a lot of older peripherals that use other types of interfaces. You can end up with a tangle of cables in your computer bag if you don't watch out! We have just the solution for you today -- a 3-in-1 MFi Lightning, Micro-USB and USB-C cable for just $22.99!

Just think of all the combinations of devices you can connect with just one of these cables. Want to sync up an iPhone with a USB Mac? Just use the MFi-certified Lightning tip on the cable. How about charging up an Android device or grabbing video from a drone? That micro-USB tip is perfect for this situation. And if you need to connect a regular USB drive to your...

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ICYMI: Model your home automation on Mark Zuckerberg...

Today on In Case You Missed It: It's our holiday episode and what better way to celebrate than with Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla, their baby and mop dog? The Zuck is taking people inside his home for a look at the home automation system he program...

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Uber says iPhone app's alleged 24/7 tracking...

Uber says that the iOS Maps extension is to blame for its iPhone app appearing to track location days or weeks after a person's last ride, rather than any deliberate snooping on its part.

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Combo Cleaner is new antivirus/optimization app for...

RCS Software has released Combo Cleaner: Antivirus and System Optimizer 1.0.6, an antivirus and system optimization application for macOS 10.10 and higher. 

The suite of tools allows you to scan your Mac for viruses, find duplicate files, uninstall apps, scan for privacy issues, remove junk and obsolete files, and more. Combo Cleaner also keeps you informed of the amount of your computer’s free disk space and memory, as well as the system's CPU load.

While Combo Cleaner is free to download in the Mac App Store, it also offers a premium subscription option, which enables additional features. Subscriptions are available via an in-app purchase. Pricing is US$2.99 monthly, $14.99 for six moths, and $25.99 annually. The Combo Cleaner free version offers a Disk Cleaner feature, designed to ensure that your Mac is...

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2016 MacBook Pros first ones not to receive...

For the first time ever, Consumer Reports has failed to recommend new models of Apple’s MacBook Pro line. The laptops did very well in measures of display quality and performance, but as far as battery life goes, models "varied dramatically" from one trial to the next.

Checking one test on a 13-inch model with Touch Bar, the computer ran for 16 hours in the first trial, 12.75 hours in the second, and just 3.75 in the third. In the 13-inch model without the Touch Bar, it ran for 19.5 hours in one trial, but only 4.5 hours in the next. The numbers for the 15-inch laptop ranged from 18.5 down to 8 hours. 

"This is a real departure from past MacBooks," says CR, noting typical long battery lives, with little disparity from one trial to the next. This is certainly something Apple needs to address. If it’s not a software or hardware problem, it’s certain a...

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Swipe right to rule: Reigns is a Tinder-style choose...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.

Most resource-management kingdom-ruling games start you out slow—a tilled field here, a small factory there. A handful of villagers and ample time to build a wall before you’re attacked by invaders from the north.

But not Reigns. Reigns isn’t your typical resource-management game—not at all—but you will be required to manage resources (to some extent). Reigns is a mix of genres: Resource management, choose-your-own-adventure, decision-making, and… Tinder?


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A star will graze our solar system in a million years

In just over a million years, Earth inhabitants will get a closer look at a star than they might want. Gliese 710 is currently a safe 64 light years away, but scientists discovered in 1999 that the sun-like star was barreling directly toward us at ar...

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Supply-chain report claims low yield rates of TSMC’s...

A supply-chain report from the variously-reliable Digitimes claims that low yield rates from the 10nm process expected to be used for the A10X chip in next year’s iPads could delay production of the tablets.

TSMC has reportedly obtained 10nm chip orders from Apple, HiSilicon and MediaTek, with volume production set to kick off in the first quarter of 2017. Nevertheless, yield rates for TSMC’s 10nm process technology are not what the foundry expected, the sources said.

TSMC is scheduled to start making Apple’s A10X chips for the next-generation iPad series slated for launch in March 2017. Unsatisfactory yields for the foundry’s 10nm process could disrupt the schedule, the sources indicated …


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Spotify for Mac app updated with Touch Bar...

Spotify has updated its Mac client app today featuring integration with the new MacBook Pro Touch Bar for the first time, with a similar experience to the iTunes Touch Bar interface. Spotify continues to lead in the streaming music space with 40 million paid subscribers, Apple Music currently touts 20 million customers on the $9.99/month subscription plan.

The Spotify app now shows transport, shuffle and search controls in the Touch Bar whilst the app is frontmost as well as integration with Now Playing for persistent access to playback options whilst music is playing in the background. Moreover, Spotify now supports the Apple AirPods auto-pause feature.


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Great last-minute gifts you can send by email right...

This is an updated version of one of our favorite holiday stories from years past.

It’s December 23. Do you know where all your holiday presents are? If you still haven’t crossed off everyone on your list—or maybe your list suddenly expanded because your nephew is bringing his new girlfriend to Christmas dinner, or a coworker surprised you with a thoughtful gift—there’s still time to get something for them. Gift cards let them pick something out for themselves, and yeah they’re kind of boring, but thankfully those aren’t even your only options at this extremely late date. Let the Queen of Procrastination (me) solve all of your problems right now—it’s a Festivus miracle.


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Consumer Reports cites varying battery performance...

Consumer Reports feels there’s an issue with the 2016 MacBook Pro battery.

The publication, which has reviewed the notebook, Consumer Reports explained that while the new models held up well in terms of display quality and performance, the battery life issues were too big of an issue to overlook.

The organization tested three MacBook Pro variants: a 13-inch Touch Bar model, a 15-inch Touch Bar model, and a 13-inch model without the Touch Bar. The general consensus was that “MacBook Pro battery life results were highly inconsistent from one trial to the next.”

The publication explained that it saw a 13-inch Touch Bar model MacBook Pro exhibit 16 hours of battery life in one test and 3.75 hours in another, while...

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Comment: There’s something really odd about Consumer...

Consumer Reports said yesterday that the 2016 MacBook Pro was the first ever Apple laptop that the organization couldn’t recommend, due to battery-life issues.

That in itself didn’t strike me as too odd. Different users have definitely been reporting very variable results in times of battery life, and some of them have been well below half the ten hours that Apple claims. Our video rundown showed as much and our poll found that the largest group of readers was reporting five hours or less....

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Pokemon GO 1.12.2 released, now includes integration...

The newest version of Pokemon GO just hit.

And it includes support for the Apple Watch.

Version 1.21.2, which just hit, includes the following fixes and changes:

– Pokemon GO for Apple Watch.

– Minor text fixes.

There are several references to new Apple Watch faces and interactions available via this along with tie-ins to the main Pokemon GO app. As of now, it’s unknown as to whether the app coordinates with Apple’s HealthKit and whether the watch itself will be involved in tracking distances traveled.

The main app will ‘know’ when a watch is paired with the app, and appears to be able to push notifications to the watch.

Pokemon GO 1.12.1 is available for free and requires iOS 8.0 or later to install and run.

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How to keep Siri from listening for "Hey, Siri...

One of the most convenient features of the newer iPhones is to have Siri always listening whether you have power connected or not. Any iPhone with the M7 chip can listen for the key words “Hey Siri” all the time and act upon any requests you give. Periodically something that sounds like “Hey Siri” can activate Siri. Normally instances such as this are few and not a real issue.

My brother and I live only minutes from each other, and we each have an iPhone 7 Plus. While he was visiting I asked Siri for some information by first saying “Hey Siri.” His iPhone responded. After further testing we found that both iPhones would respond to my voice as well as his when we said “Hey Siri.” I never thought we sounded that much alike, but apparently Siri does.

You can disable Siri entirely by going to Settings > Siri > Siri. This will completely disable Siri but when you enable Siri again, you have to retrain your voice.. A much quicker way that avoids this is to quickly turn the...

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Leaked Files Reveal Scope of Cellebrite's...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Earlier this year, we were sent a series of large, encrypted files purportedly belonging to a U.S. police department as a result of a leak at a law firm, which was insecurely synchronizing its backup systems across the internet without a password. Among the files was a series of phone dumps created by the police department with specialist equipment, which was created by Cellebrite, an Israeli firm that provides phone-cracking technology. We obtained a number of these so-called extraction reports. One of the more interesting reports by far was from an iPhone 5 running iOS 8. The phone's owner didn't use a passcode, meaning the phone was entirely unencrypted. The phone was plugged into a Cellebrite UFED device, which in this case was a dedicated computer in the police department. The police officer carried out a logical extraction, which downloads what's in the phone's memory at the time. (Motherboard has more on how Cellebrite's...

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Ebola vaccine proves 100 percent effective in Guinea...

An Ebola vaccine has proven to be 100 percent effective during test trials in Guinea. The shot has yet to be approved by a regulator, but Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, has already committed $5 million so a stockpile of 300,000 doses can be produced. Th...

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Exclusive Deals: Save up to $140 on 2016 12"...

Post-holiday deals are still going strong with exclusive savings of $40-$240 off 2016 12" MacBooks at Adorama, an Apple authorized reseller. Or grab a free Magic Mouse 2 with select configs. On top of the instant discounts, shipping is free and sales tax is not collected outside NY and NJ.

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Cassini captures Titan's mysterious clouds on...

It's business as usual for the Cassini spacecraft until it's time to say goodbye in September 2017, and some of the latest images it captured tell us more about Saturn's moons. The spacecraft's cameras, for one, produced two very different views of T...

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Uber explains why app appears to continue tracking...

Following reports that the Uber app appears to be tracking customer locations days or even weeks after their last ride, the company has issued an explanation. That statement also explains who some users were seeing the behavior while others weren’t.

The company says that it is not the app which is accessing location data, but rather the iOS Maps extension that some have chosen to activate …


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How to track Santa Claus on Christmas Eve from any...

The presents are wrapped, the tree is up, and the stockings will soon be hung by the chimney with care. There’s only one thing left to do: track Santa’s annual voyage around the world from your PC, smartphone, or tablet.

Santa officially begins his annual trek around 10 p.m. UTC on December 24, which is 5 a.m. Eastern/2 a.m. Pacific. Here’s how to keep tabs on Santa’s 2016 journey.


It’s been 61 years since a misprinted telephone number in a newspaper ad led children in the Colorado Springs area to call NORAD predecessor CONAD,  looking for Santa.

As usual, the fun begins at, where you can find games, videos, music, and stories to pass the time. Once Santa’s sleigh lifts off from the North Pole, the website will track Santa on a map and link to video updates on YouTube.


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The Morning After: Friday December 23, 2016

Before you take off for the holiday, we're looking back at this year's best games and gadgets, and fearing the worst when it comes to next year's weather.

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Thursday December 22

Uber deploying self-driving cars from San Francisco...

This is unlikely to hurt Uber in the long run but the arrogance on display in California certainly won’t endear them to governments of the state.

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Pokémon Go is finally available on the Apple Watch

Luckily for players who own Apple Watches, rumors the game wasn’t going to be available proved to be false.

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Consumer Reports has battery problems with new...

Regardless of your opinion of Consumer Reports, this does not look good for Apple. Apple refused comment on the report but expect them to, in the New Year, address the issue.

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Leaked files show just how much data Cellebrite’s...

Cellebrite has garnered attention over recent years for its specialization skills in cracking cellphone encryption and accessing data stored on devices. The company was originally believed to have been behind the unlocking method used by the FBI in the San Bernardino iPhone 5c, though later reports refuted that.

This evening, ZDNet has published a new report showing just how powerful Cellebrite’s tool is and just how important it is to protect yourself.


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Leaked documents show breadth of iPhone data...

Thanks to the recent encryption debate many smartphone owners are keenly aware of personal data stored on their iPhone, from contacts to calendar entries to photo metadata and more. Newly leaked documents relating to Israeli digital forensics firm Cellebrite demonstrate how much of that information is available to law enforcement agencies, at least when a device is left unencrypted.

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Winner of the AirPods giveaway announced [Kelly D.]

AppleInsider would like to congratulate the winner of our latest giveaway, Kelly D., who will receive a pair of Apple's brand-new AirPods.

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'Elf,' 'Christmas Vacation' top...

Just in time for Christmas, Apple on Thursday revealed the all time best-selling holiday movies on iTunes since the online storefront began selling films in 2008, with Will Ferrell's "Elf" taking the top spot.

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Apple debuts three videos promoting iBooks exclusive...

Apple on Thursday shared three promotional videos touting the new enhanced edition of "A Song of Ice and Fire," on which HBO's hit show "Game of Thrones" is based, which landed as an exclusive in the iBooks Store in September.

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2016 MacBook Pro Fails To Receive a Recommendation...

Consumer Reports has released its evaluation of the new MacBook Pro laptops, and it's not good. The 2016 MacBook Pro is the first MacBook to fail to receive a recommendation from the nonprofit organization dedicated to unbiased product testing. 9to5Mac reports: In a post breaking down the decision not to recommend the new MacBook Pros, Consumer Reports explains that while the new models held up well in terms of display quality and performance, the battery life issues were too big of an issue to overlook. The organization tested three MacBook Pro variants: a 13-inch Touch Bar model, a 15-inch Touch Bar model, and a 13-inch model without the Touch Bar. The general consensus was that "MacBook Pro battery life results were highly inconsistent from one trial to the next." Consumer Reports explains that the 13-inch Touch Bar model saw battery life of 16 hours in one test and 3.75 hours in another, while the non-Touch Bar model maxed out at 19.5 hours, but also lasted just 4.5 hours in...

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The Wirecutter's best deals: UE's Boom 2...

This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. When readers choose to buy The Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, they may earn affiliate commissions that support their work. Read their c...

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MacBook Pro fails to earn Consumer Reports...

For the first time ever, Consumer Reports has denied Apple's MacBook Pro lineup -- all three machines -- of recommended ratings, saying battery life inconsistencies are too concerning to ignore.

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Apple Music execs Iovine & Jackson go on defense...

Apple Music executives Jimmy Iovine and Larry Jackson adopted a defensive tone in parts of an interview published on Thursday, working to explain things like the fallout of a Frank Ocean deal, and why Kanye West's "The Life of Pablo" became a short-term Tidal exclusive.

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The team behind 'That Dragon, Cancer' made...

The folks behind the heartrending, award-winning autobiographical game That Dragon, Cancer are back with a new project. Don't worry though, because it sounds like the polar opposite of that tragic tale. In the episodic virtual reality game Untethered...

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Hands-on: Glyph’s Atom SSD is a good choice for...

As a full time Final Cut Pro X user, I’m always on the lookout for things that can make my editing workflow easier. One such product that fits that description is the Atom SSD from Glyph.

The USB-C-enabled 1TB Atom SSD lends ample storage space to the MacBook Pro in a small, portable form factor. More importantly, the unit is plenty fast for transferring the large files that are common to video editing workflows.

Thanks to its portable size and fast transfer rates, it’s a solid way to add additional storage to the 12-inch MacBook or the MacBook Pro, especially while away from your home or office. Have a look at our hands-on video walkthrough as we take the Atom SSD for a spin.


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The 2016 MacBook Pro is the first MacBook to not...

Apple’s long-awaited MacBook Pro refresh has been met with some criticism thus far, primarily due to battery life concerns. Now, however, Consumer Reports is out with its look at the new MacBook Pro laptops, and it’s not good.

Consumer Reports says that the 2016 MacBook Pro is the first MacBook not to receive recommended ratings from the organization.


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AWT News Update: December 22, 2016

What doesn't kill you only makes you stronger, and Steve's getting stronger every day in his battle with the Brazilian Death Flu. Today, with just a minimum of voice-cracking, we give you the following news bites:

  • AT&T rolls out the Cell Protect spam blocking service...although it doesn't work everywhere or on every iPhone
  • Apple has apparently been asked to unlock an iPhone 4s used by the assassin who killed the Russian ambassador to Turkey
  • Now you can be the life of the party with your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus and djay Pro for iPhone!
  • Missiles are flying back and forth between Finland and Cupertino as the patent war between Nokia and Apple escalates

The text version of the podcast can be viewed below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below.

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Apple debuts new Apple Watch mini-ad focusing on...

Apple on Thursday shared a new short commercial highlighting the new Apple Watch Series 2, this time throwing a spotlight on the wearable's waterproof design.

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Pokemon Go Arrives On the Apple Watch

Niantic, the developers behind Pokemon Go, have finally launched the Apple Watch version of the game. The new smartwatch app will let you play Pokemon Go without having to constantly pull out your smartphone. Instead, you can use the watch to tap to find nearby Pokemon, collect items from PokeStops, and log your gameplay as a "workout." TechCrunch reports: The AR and GPS-powered game, which has been downloaded 600 million times as of November, offers a unique combination of gameplay and physical activity that makes sense for a platform like the Apple Watch. The new app will take advantage of the watch's fitness-tracking capabilities, as gameplay counts toward your personal Activity rings. In addition, your Apple Watch sessions will count toward hatching your Pokemon Eggs, too, as well as receiving Candy with your Buddy Pokemon. In addition to fitness tracking, Pokemon Go will also tie into the Apple Watch's ability to push notifications to your wrist. The app will send alerts about...

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NBA's new second-screen app syncs with games on...

The NBA is rolling out a new fantasy sports app called InPlay, which will let fans have a second-screen experience during nationally televised games. It's a slightly different concept than services like Yahoo Fantasy: InPlay syncs stats by recognizin...

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∞ Creating Saturday Night Live: Cold open to...

Like a well-oiled machine.

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New Apple Watch Series 2 ‘Go Swim’ promo highlights...

Continuing its recent deluge of Apple Watch advertisements, Apple today has shared a new clip highlighting the device. The video, entitled “Go Swim,” highlights the water-resistant design of the Series 2 model.


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Uber ships self-driving cars to Arizona after San...

A day after it was forced to halt self-driving car testing in California, Uber loaded its cars onto trucks on Thursday and shipped them to neighboring Arizona, where testing will continue with the support of that state.

The cars were loaded onto trucks built by Otto, an Uber subsidiary developing self-driving trucks, and left San Francisco in the morning, Uber said in a statement.

“Our cars departed for Arizona this morning by truck,” the company said. “We’ll be expanding our self-driving pilot there in the next few weeks, and we’re excited to have the support of Governor Ducey.”

Uber also released a series images to journalists of the cars on trucks leaving the city—a very public rebuke to its home city and state.

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Notable apps and app updates for Dec. 22, 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.

iOS Apps/Updates

Notus Games Studio has introduced Christmas Mansion 3. It’s a free puzzle gamein which players help an elf to prepare a town for Christmas with ornaments and decorations. HOu build cafes and shops for Christmas fair, decorate the fir-tree and town hall, get beautiful ornaments, illuminations and ice sculptures to create the real Christmas spirit and more.

Adrian Nelson has launched The Mighty App Finder. It’s a free Apple App Store discovery app that offers a visual approach to app discovery.

Conceptis has debuted...

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Steam's Winter Sale arrives with deals on...

Happy holidays from Valve: Steam's yearly fire sale is happening from now until January 2nd. So, you've got a few more days to snag a deal on Firewatch, Doom, Farming Simulator 17 and loads of other games you might have missed this year.

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Apple announces iTunes’ top five best-selling...

Elf!? Wow. This is a really lame list.

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Peak Canadiana: Alberta man takes Zamboni through...

It just doesn’t get much more Candian than this.

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The Week in iPhone and iPad Cases: Bring home...

New cases on the scene

Just a few days away from the holidays, this week’s roundup of new iPhone and iPad cases helps you find last minute gifts for your friends and family.

Evolutive Labs

Image by Evolutive Labs

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Jimmy Iovine & Larry Jackson discuss Apple Music...

In an new interview released today, Jimmy Iovine and Larry Jackson delve deeper into some of the finer points of their artistic relationships on the Apple Music platform. The pair go into details on why hip-hop and R&B artists have seen a surge in streaming, how they maintain their relationships with artists despite labels, and the impact of Apple Music’s platform on piracy.


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Uber is moving its self-driving cars from California...

Uber's self-driving vehicle tests on the streets of San Francisco ended earlier this week when the California DMV stepped in. The state revoked the registrations on Uber's self-driving cars after the company flew in the face of both city and state of...

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How cheat codes vanished from video games

Raise your hand if you’re old enough to remember scrounging for cheat codes.

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The best games of 2016

The year is nearly over, and I don't think I'm alone in saying that I'm ready to leave behind the dark, twisted fantasy that is 2016.

No matter your political persuasion, social status or country of residence, you'll have felt disquieted by events a...

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Pokémon GO is now on the Apple Watch

Pokémon GO is now available for the Apple Watch, allowing you to explore and experience the world around you directly from your wrist.

You can interact with Pokémon GO on the smartwatch, using quick taps to discover nearby Pokémon and collect items from PokéStops. Once you encounter a Pokémon, you can catch it from your iPhone. You can log your play sessions through the Apple Watch app as a Workout that will count toward your personal Activity rings, while also counting distance toward hatching Pokémon Eggs.

Pokémon GO is available free at the Apple App Store.

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AirPods aren’t perfect, but wonderfully designed

The minute it was announced that Apple’s AirPods went on sale, I went to the Apple online store and ordered a pair. They arrived on Tuesday, Dec. 20, so I’ve been using them for three days. Overall, I really like them, though they do fall out of my ears when I run.

I know that Tim Cook and others have said the AirPods stay in place while running; however, twice I’ve gone for a run with the wireless earphones and twice they began to slip out less than a mile into my six-mile run. I could have securely pushed ‘em back in repeatedly during my jaunt, but there’s no way I’m taking a chance on losing a $159 product.

However, during brisk walks, they stay in place just fine. So here’s what I recommend: use them with your Apple devices while walking, working, or lounging and get a $9.99 Spigen AirPods Strap (shown below) to keep them from getting lost while running. 

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Nokia expands number of patent suits against Apple...

Nokia on Thursday said it has increased the number of patent suits launched against Apple from 32 to 40, spread across 11 countries, including the U.S. and parts of Asia and Europe.

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Pokémon Go for Apple Watch is finally here

Your Apple Watch can now help you try to “catch ’em all.”

On Thursday, Pokémon Go for Apple Watch (free) was finally released into the wild. A companion to the popular mobile game, this watchOS app will send players notifications about nearby Pokémon and track your distance towards hatching Pokémon eggs and receiving candy for your Buddy Pokémon.

Pokémon Go for Apple Watch was first announced during Apple’s September event to much fanfare. As the year’s coming to a close, there was some speculation that the watchOS app wouldn’t be available before the holidays as originally promised.


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Obama dismantles registry used to track Muslims and...

The Obama administration is formally tearing apart a national registry which was used to keep tabs on visitors from countries with terrorist groups, the Department of Homeland Security announced today. The National Security Entry-Exit Registration Sy...

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The best made-for-iPhone, iPad, & Apple TV game...

There have been a lot of changes since Apple first introduced specs for its Made-for-iPhone (and iPad and Apple TV) game controllers. Controllers have come down in price, more games support gamepads, and the 4th-gen Apple TV introduced an App Store with multi-controller support giving Apple its first real living room gaming machine. Below we put them to the test (all of them!) to find out which one is best overall and the best for each of Apple’s platforms.


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Android Wear 2.0 will launch on a pair of flagship...

The market for smartwatches is drying up, but Google seems intent on shaking it up. We already knew that Android Wear 2.0 would arrive in early 2017, but Android Wear product manager Jeff Chang recently confirmed to The Verge that the updated platfor...

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'Pokemon Go' Apple Watch implementation...

After erroneous reports over the weekend said that the Apple Watch implementation of "Pok?mon Go" was cancelled, developer Niantic has started the roll-out process for the update for iOS.

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Investigating ChronoSync 4.7 for Cloud Backup

The latest update to the long-standing synchronization and backup app ChronoSync lets you perform scheduled backups to Amazon S3 and Google Cloud and via SFTP. This is particularly interesting from the perspective of off-site backups.


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The movie that doesn’t exist and the Redditors who...

I know Sinbad and asked him about this at a Macworld Expo many years ago. He thought it was hilarious and was sure people were confusing him with the Shaquille O’Neal movie.

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If you're traveling with your iPhone this...

If you travel a lot with your iPhone, there are a few apps that can make those arduous holiday journeys a bit easier, and AppleInsider delves into a few that we like.

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Faraday Future could be out of business by February

Last we heard, Faraday Future was going through a rough patch in regards to building its manufacturing facility in Nevada. Now, it appears the electric vehicle company's troubles are worse than anticipated. The key theme, across report from Buzzfeed...

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Congress claims Snowden has been in contact with...

Edward Snowden, the NSA contractor who released a trove of confidential documents detailing the massive scope of US surveillance programs, has been accused by Congress of giving information to Russian intelligence agencies. A new report from the US H...

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Pokémon Go lands on the Apple Watch after Activity...

After first being demoed at Apple’s iPhone 7 event back in September, Niantic has finally shipped Pokémon Go for Apple Watch. The new app update doesn’t appear to be available just yet but should rolling out starting today.


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A French town just installed the world's first...

The tiny town of Tourouvre-au-Perche in Normandy, France no longer has to worry about how it will power its street lights. The Sun will handle that.

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'Pokémon Go' is available right now on the...

Pokémon Go has made its way to the Apple Watch, enabling trainers to receive notifications right on their wrists about nearby Pokémon, PokéStops, eggs and medals. Players are even able to collect goodies from PokéStops dir...

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PSA: The original RollerCoaster Tycoon is now...

If you have nostalgia for RollerCoaster Tycoon, today might just be your day. Atari, the publisher of RollerCoaster Tycoon games since the release of RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 for PC, has today released the original RollerCoaster Tycoon for both iOS and Android…


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Nokia files even more patent lawsuits against Apple

Nokia has filed new patent infringement lawsuits against Apple on Thursday, a day after it weighed in on a licensing dispute with the company by filing claims in Germany and the U.S.

On Wednesday, the Finland-based mobile network vendor filed lawsuits in three German courts and two lawsuits in a Texas court, leveling infringement claims against Apple on the widely used H.264 video codec and other technologies. Those suits cover 32 of Nokia’s patents.

Nokia’s first round of lawsuits came after Apple filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing Nokia of working with patent assertion firms Acacia Research and Conversant Intellectual Property Management to “extract and extort exorbitant revenues unfairly and anticompetitively” from Apple and other smartphone makers. 


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'Magic Hour' is photography 101 in VR

Take it from people who take photos almost constantly: figuring out the finer points of manual photography can be tricky, especially for folks who rock that Auto mode all the time. That's why a new bit of software for the HTC Vive called Magic Hour s...

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CMRA camera band for Apple Watch looks pretty cool...

Unless you've been on a self-imposed internet hiatus for the past month, you've probably seen an ad for CMRA, which is billed as "The Camera For Apple Watch." I was curious about the device so I took the liberty of checking out press materials for the Apple Watch band that will include two small cameras.

CMRA is the brainchild of the folks behind the Glide Video Messenger app and the idea is great - take your existing video messaging platform and move it to the Apple Watch. Of course, Apple didn't built cameras into the first or second iterations of the Apple Watch, so the CMRA band will have both an 8-megapixel outward facing camera and a 2-megapixel "selfie" and video messaging camera. 

CMRA has both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi built-in to aid in transfer of the photos and video captured to iPhone or the cloud, A charging...

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RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic brings first two PC...

Atari has released RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic, an iOS title merging features from the first two RollerCoaster Tycoon PC games, both of which were extremely popular in their original 1999 and 2002 incarnations.

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Steam's massive annual Winter Sale kicks off...

It's like Gabe Newell squeezed down your chimney to bring you a bunch of the year's best games. And that's weird, because I don't even have a chimney.

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Uber now lets you set a friend's location as...

When Uber rolled out its new mobile experience in November it promised several new features such as transit information, Snapchat and Yelp integration, and the ability to enter a friend’s current location as a destination. Two of those features—Snapchat and “people are the new places”—started rolling out on Wednesday.  

The Snapchat filters are pretty standard, but allow you to use Snapchat without leaving the Uber app. The idea is that these filters will get you by while on-the-go in an Uber car. One filter, for instance, overlays your estimated arrival time on top of a photo. That’s similar to Snapchat’s current-time filter.

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Turkish authorities seeking Apple's help to...

Following the assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey, Apple has reportedly been asked to unlock the shooter's iPhone 4s recovered after the gunfight for more information regarding the man, and insight on his colleagues.

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Gadget Ogling: Heightened Hearing, Toasty Toes, and...

Bose's latest earbuds are designed to help you tune in to the specific sounds you want to hear from the world around you. Hearphones are a sort of blend of noise-cancelling earbuds and hearing aids.
There are several presets in the app, with names like "focused conversation," "gym," "airplane" and "television." You can opt to crank up the volume on all sound or turn it down. You can block out noise or amplify it from certain directions. For instance, you might use it to help you better hear a specific person in a crowded place.

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Last Minute Deals: 2016 13" MacBook Pro for $1,...

It's not too late to pick up a new MacBook Pro before the holidays thanks to exclusive discounts and free next day delivery on a variety of models when ordered before 4 p.m. ET. Enjoy the lowest price ever on Apple's 15" MacBook Pro (2.7GHz, 16GB, 512GB, 455) at $2,549 ($250 off) or snap up a 13" MacBook Pro at $1,349. Less than 12 hours remain to save $150 on the 13" MacBook Air with no tax outside NY as well.

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Machine learning is helping researchers decipher bat...

Egyptian fruit bats are widespread throughout Africa and often roost together in colonies of 1,000 or more individuals. With that many neighbors packed together, it's no wonder they're such a noisy bunch. And thanks to some exciting machine learning...

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CRTC declares broadband internet access a basic...

This is a “good news, bad news” kind of thing for Canadians.

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Honda in talks with Alphabet's Waymo on self-...

Honda is reportedly in negotations with Waymo -- Alphabet's self-driving car subsidiary -- for a deal that could place the latter's technology in some of its vehicles.

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Apple rolls out updated Photos web app at

I don’t use iCloud Photos but this looks like a decent update to start bringing it more in line with macOS Photos app.

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Patent report: Apple watchbands with haptic feedback...

Future Apple Watches may be (surprise!) even thinner. Apple has filed for a patent (20160371942) for a “band attachment mechanism with haptic feedback” that would transfer the smartwatch's haptic feedback mechanism from the device’s body to its wrist strap.

It’s for a system that includes a band, an attachment mechanism attached to the band, and one or more haptic devices included in the attachment mechanism. The attachment mechanism can attach the band to an electronic device. Additionally or alternatively, the attachment mechanism can attach the band to a wearer. The haptic device or devices are in communication with a processing device. At least one of the one or more haptic devices produces a haptic response based on an activation signal received from the processing device.

Apple has also filed for a patent (20160372960) for a “wireless charging station.” The invention is for a wireless charging system that includes a transmitter...

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Barnes & Noble's $50 Nook came pre-...

Barnes & Noble introduced the $50 Nook just in time for the holiday shopping season, but it failed to mention one crucial bit of software pre-installed on its 7-inch e-reader: malware. Specifically, the new Nooks came with an ADUPS program that g...

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Apple Delays App Store Security Deadline For...

Reader Trailrunner7 writes: Apple has pushed back a deadline for developers to support a key transport security technology in apps submitted to the company's app stores. Officials said at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this year that developers would have to support Apple Transport Security by the end of 2016. But on Thursday, the company announced that it has decided to extend the deadline indefinitely. ATS is Apple's collection of transport security standards designed to provide attack resistance for data that's sent between iOS and macOS apps and backend servers. It requires apps to support a number of modern transport security technologies, including TLS 1.2, AES-128 or stronger, and certificates must be signed using SHA-2. ATS also requires the use of forward secrecy, a key-exchange method that protects encrypted sessions even if the server certificate is compromised at some point in the future.


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Apple introduces new version of its Photos Web app...

Apple has introduced a new version of its Photos Web app for iCloud. It’s available to all users of

The upgraded Photos Web app sports an updated sidebar and scrubber to that matches the macOS Sierra Photos app. It includes an updated toolbar with upload and download buttons along the the top of the interface. The new Photos Web app also includes a new vertical sidebar for quick access to albums in your Photos library.

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The best gadgets of 2016

A year ago, virtual reality felt almost like a pipe dream. But during 2016, we saw the launches of the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR and Daydream, a new mobile platform from Google. VR is here, and it's very much . . . well, real. We're still...

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Brisk iPhone 7 sales expected to bring Apple best...

Santa apparently left Apple something nice under the tree this year. Brean Capital analyst Ananda Baruah thinks that Apple could end up the first fiscal quarter of 2017 (ending December 31, 2016) with earnings of greater than $76 billion. That figure would be better than the record set just last year. Of course, Santa may also be leaving a lump of coal for later in the year...

The good quarter expectations are based on increased purchases of the iPhone 7 Plus versus the iPhone 7 compared to the iPhone 6s, better than expected Mac sales, and the release of the Apple Watch 2 in September. That lump of coal? Brean Capital thinks that the growth will come at the expense of the second fiscal quarter of 2017, due to weakness in the Chinese market. 

Looking later in 2017, the company sees less demand for the new iPhone range expected in September. However, alleged Apple manufacturing documents that were leaked on Tuesday say that Apple will bring two upgraded iPhone 7 models...

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