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Tuesday November 8

15:13
Judge rejects Airbnb bid to halt San Francisco...

A U.S. judge on Tuesday rejected Airbnb’s request to block a San Francisco law that forbids the home-rental company from taking bookings from hosts who have not registered their home with the city.

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15:06
AWT News Update: November 8, 2016

Have you voted? Well, it's probably too late for some of you to get to the polls if you haven't made it there yet, but for those on the West Coast and in Alaska and Hawaii, there's still time. While you're standing in line to make your choice for the lesser of two evils, listen to the AWT News Update and get some news about everyone's favorite tech company -- Apple.

  • Apple has begun selling refurbished iPhones at a nice 15% discount and with a full one-year warranty
  • A new Apple Support app has been released in The Netherlands, and may soon be available around the world
  • Apple's new MacBook Pro is a speedster, and it turns out that part of the company's engineering of the new models portends even higher speeds in the future

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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15:06
Trump website flaw allowed anyone to 'hack...

There are only a few more hours until the polls close, but that doesn't mean election fever has died just yet. A few clever folks on the internet have discovered that there's a flaw on Donald Trump's campaign website where you can just drop whatever...

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14:50
Microsoft patches Google-outed Windows security hole

As promised, Microsoft has issued a fix for the Windows security flaw that Google disclosed before a patch was ready. The update tackles vulnerabilities in numerous versions of Windows (from Vista through Windows 10) that would let an attacker get c...

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14:28
Walgreens sues Theranos for a reported $140 million

Walgreens is taking Theranos to court for $140 million, according to Wall Street Journal investigative reporter John Carreyrou and a motion filed today in Delaware district court. The details of the case are secret, as the companies both signed non-d...

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14:21
Alphabet's drone service reportedly nixes...

It looks like Alphabet is walking back its Project Wing drone delivery initiative. Some employees are being told to seek other jobs within the company formerly known as Google, and the outfit even killed a partnership with Starbucks, according to Blo...

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14:20
Refurbished iPhones now available on Apple's...

You’ve long been able to pick up a refurbished Mac or iPad on Apple’s online store, but never an iPhone. That changes today.

Apple just added refurbished iPhones, which it has typically used as replacements for broken devices, to its online store, so you can pick up a relatively new unlocked phone for a lower price.

The 7 and 7 Plus are too new to be included in the refurb store, but you can pick up an iPhone 6s and 6s Plus for as low as $449—that’s for the 16GB 6s. The 16GB 6s Plus is $529, and the 64GB 6s Plus is $589. Apple doesn’t actually sell those models in its regular store anymore, since bumping up storage space to 32GB and 128GB with the launch of the iPhone 7.

To...

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14:07
NASA plans to launch swarms of small satellites to...

NASA announced its plans to deploy multiple swarms of tiny weather-sensing, climate change-observing satellites over the next few months during a teleconference held on Monday. The satellites will not only help advance climate science but also enable...

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14:01
Notable apps and app updates for Nov. 8, 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

128bit Technologies has introduced Logo Pop, a vector-based logo design app for the Mac. It allows you to create a professional looking vector based logo, then use it online or in print with support for all popular image formats including transparent PNGs, and vector PDF and SVG formats. 

Logo Pop also includes a library of pre-designed logo templates and editable graphics to get you started. It sports 500  editable vector logo graphics to use royalty free and includes 150  pre-designed logo templates to quickly edit and make your own.

Logo Pop requires macOS 10.7 or newer. It’s available at the MacAppware website and through...

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14:00
Ireland Will Bring the Fight Over Apple Taxes To the...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Digital Trends: The tax debate between Apple, Ireland, and the European Union may escalate in the next few months. According to recent reports, the Irish Finance Minister, Michael Noonan, will bring the debate to the EU court, a move that could trigger a years-long court battle. The battle stems from a European Commission finding that Ireland had been giving Apple tax breaks, something that has attracted a number of multinational employers to Ireland. The EU, however, has ordered the practices to change. After a three-year probe into Ireland's relationship with Apple, the European Commission ordered Ireland to collect $14.5 billion in back taxes from the company. That is the largest state-aid payback demand in history. The decision has been the subject of criticism, particularly from this side of the Atlantic. The U.S. Treasury Department says the decision is a threat "to undermine foreign investment, the business climate in Europe, and the...

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14:00
The Week in IOS Accessories: Buds for your bud

New accessories of the week

This week’s roundup includes yet another pair of wireless earbuds—but with a cheeky new feature. Read on!

Bragi

The Dash ($299 MSRP, $279.95 on Amazon) is a set of waterproof wireless earbuds with a couple of unique features. First, they measure and provide feedback on your heart rate, steps, and activity duration. Second, they feature gesture control—including, The Verge reports, the...

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13:50
Browser add-on caught selling identifiable web...

When you include the word "trust" in your internet company's name, you're under more pressure than most to respect the privacy of your customers... and one firm is learning that lesson the hard way. Web of Trust Services' browser add-on has left the...

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13:48
The story behind Bruce Springsteen’s iconic...

I love stories like this. He’s had this guitar for 40 years.

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13:43
Ireland to submit appeal this week against EU in...

Ireland’s government will this week formally submit its appeal against the European Commission’s multi-billion-euro demand for back taxes from Apple, Finance Minister Michael Noonan said on Tuesday.

Not a big surprise, but good to see.

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13:35
The complete guide to living a newfangled USB-C (and...

Enlarge / You're going to need some help if you want to switch from the current array of ports to USB-C and Thunderbolt 3. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

If you put in an order for a new MacBook Pro, welcome! You’re about to enter a brave new world, one where all your ports look the same as each other but remain totally different from every other port on whatever laptop you were using before.

It’s not just the MacBook Pro making this transition. More and more laptops and phones are either including a USB Type-C port or switching to it entirely, and, going forward, this standard is going to get even harder to avoid. We’ve been big fans of the technology’s potential...

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13:33
PlayStation Vue drops all Viacom channels

If you're a subscriber to Sony's PlayStation Vue streaming service, here's some bad news: it's discontinuing all Viacom content starting November 11th. That means that channels like Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon and Spike will no longer be availab...

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13:15
Android's latest update doesn't patch...

The November Android security update is live and it fixes 15 critical vulnerabilities, but it doesn't patch a major Linux kernel exploit that can give hackers quick and complete access to devices running on Google's OS. Researcher Phil Oester discove...

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13:12
Ireland to submit appeal of EU's $14.5B Apple...

The Irish government is about to formally submit its appeal of the European Commission's tax ruling on Apple, Finance Minister Michael Noonan announced on Tuesday.

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13:00
Apple begins selling refurbished iPhones at its U.S...

Apple is now selling refurbished iPhones from its U.S. online store, which is a first for the company. The refurbished phones are available at the company’s Certified Refurbished site along with Macs, iPads, and iPods. 

Currently available at the site are an iPhone 6s GB, iPhone 6s Plus 16GB, and an iPhone 6s Plus 64GB. Apple backs up sales with its standard one-year limited warranty. Also, you have the option of purchasing AppleCare to extend your coverage further.

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12:58
Snapchat adds animations for things that aren't...

One of the most fun things you can do with Snapchat is apply a wacky filter to your face and turn yourself into a licking pup or flower princess. But those effects have only worked for the front-facing camera and on faces it detects. The company's la...

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12:56
Google's Pixel Wins a Place in the Sun


Google's Pixel smartphone, which made its debut last month, has gathered some high praise from reviewers. "The Google Pixel is now the best Android smartphone you can buy," wrote Joanna Stern.
"The other leading contender was disqualified due to spontaneous combustion," she added, referring to Samsung's doomed Galaxy Note7, which was recalled for safety reasons. Stern was impressed with Pixel's display; its high pixel count made the blacks in photos appear deeper, colors more vibrant, and everything sharper.

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12:43
Apple starts selling refurb iPhones through its...

If you've ever wanted to buy an iPhone straight from Apple but thought that brand new unlocked models were out of your reach, you're in luck. Apple has started selling refurbished iPhones in its US online store, with hefty discounts depending on what...

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12:37
Apple launches first-ever online sales of...

For the first time, Apple has begun selling refurbished iPhones from its U.S. online store, giving people a cheaper way of getting into the iPhone ecosystem while still having official warranty support.

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12:30
Apple begins offering refurbished iPhones for the...

Enlarge / The iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

I frequently friends and family toward Apple's refurbished store to get decent deals on Macs and iPads. The selection isn't comprehensive but it's pretty good, and once a device has been on the market for a few months it's usually possible to save a few hundred dollars without really giving up anything. Up until now, though, Apple has never offered iPhones through its refurbished store, something it finally did for the first time today.

As of this writing, Apple is only selling iPhone 6S models in 16GB capacities and 6S models in 16GB and 64GB capacities—per usual, we'd recommend...

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12:25
Apple rolling out new Support app on iOS for...

Apple appears to be rolling out a new iOS app called Support that works on iPhone and iPad. Support for iOS includes helpful links to support articles as well as access to AppleCare services.

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12:25
Xbox Insider Program opens its previews to everyone

The Xbox Preview Program has been helpful for gamers who want to see the future of Microsoft's console software before it's finished, but Microsoft thinks it can do better. It's renaming the offering to the Xbox Insider Program, and instituting key...

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12:09
Apple hardware, software support iOS app now...

Apple has performed what may be a soft launch of a new Apple Service app in the Netherlands, allowing users in that country to schedule Genius Bar appointments, as well as get live chat-based support for Macs, iPads, and iPhones.

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12:07
Apple begins selling refurbished iPhones through its...

Up until now, Apple has never sold refurbished iPhones on its online store. You could get a refurbished Mac, iPad, or even a niche device like an AirPort Extreme, but never an iPhone. Apple typically used its refurbished iPhone inventory as repair/replacements for or offloaded them to 3rd party resellers. That has seemingly changed today, as Apple is offering the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus in its refurb store. more…

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12:00
Roland's System-8 keyboard is all the synths...

There's a reason professional keyboards and synths are filled with dials, buttons and levers. When a musician is getting ready for the next song, it's quicker to turn a knob than sift through multiple submenus via the onboard computer. Roland's Syste...

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11:38
Scientists think this is where your consciousness...

You're reading this right now. Yes, sure, your eyes are converting incoming photons into electrical impulses which travel up the optic nerve into your visual cortex, which in turn processes that information into coherent thought. But you -- the activ...

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11:36
Apple's engineering in new MacBook Pro paves...

Apple has set the table for inclusion of the future XPoint-based Optane SSD technology in an iteration of the MacBook Pro, potentially leading to dramatically faster access times and transfer speeds than conventional SSDs.

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11:22
Facebook wants a piece of LinkedIn's job...

After seeing businesses and employers post ad hoc job openings on their Facebook pages, the massive social network is finally experimenting with job recruitment tools in earnest. As TechCrunch reports today, Facebook is testing out a new "Jobs" tab f...

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11:00
An hour with 'Meadow,' the most-peaceful...

Meadow, the latest game from indie developers Might and Delight, has flown under the radar. Like the Shelter games the studio is famous for, Meadow has you controlling an animal, exploring a lo-fi wilderness. Unlike Shelter, Meadow is an MMO.

Starti...

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10:41
Second public beta of Apple's iOS 10.2 now...

Members of Apple's public beta program can now access a second pre-release build of iOS 10.2, packing in newly redesigned emoji and bug fixes.

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10:40
Nanoloop's cartridge turns your Game Boy into...

Nanoloop has been providing ways for music and gaming enthusiasts to create tunes with a Game Boy for years now. The company is back with a new card for the original Game Boy handheld: the Nanoloop Mono. With the €69 (around $76) accessory, you...

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10:24
Verizon's new prepaid plans give customers even...

More prepaid offerings are coming to Verizon soon. Today, the carrier revealed that two new plans will be available starting next week, on November 13th. The cheapest option includes 5GB of rollover data, unlimited talk and text in the US, mobile hot...

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10:07
Tesla buys Grohmann Engineering to speed up electric...

While Apple is still deciding whether or not to design its own electric car, Tesla has announced its acquisition of Grohmann Engineering, which could help dramatically increase output of the Model S, X, and 3.

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10:02
Apple releases macOS 10.12.2 beta 2 with new emoji

Apple has released macOS 10.12.2 beta 2 for Mac. The new update follows the initial macOS 10.12.2 beta at the end of October, followed by a slightly updated build earlier this month. Today’s build has version 16C41b, up from 16C32f, and is available from the Mac App Store.

macOS 10.12.2 includes Unicode 9.0 emoji support, which matches compatibility in beta versions of iOS 10.2 and watchOS 3.1.1.

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10:01
Apple releases second iOS 10.2 public beta with new...

Apple has released the second public beta version of iOS 10.2 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Previously only available to registered developers for testing, iOS 10.2 beta includes several upcoming features like a preview of the new TV app, Unicode 9.0 emoji, iPhone 7 wallpapers, and new camera features.

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09:49
Apple website promotes exclusive holiday offers with...

Apple has launched a website with “exclusive holiday offers with Apple Pay on the web.” However, the offers regarding the mobile payment service are good in the U.S. only.

Free shipping, discounts, and more are available from merchants such as as Adidas, Casper, Grubhub, Instacart, JackThreads, Jet, Lululemon, The New York Times, 1-800-Flowers, Overstock, Seamless, Shopify, Spring, and Vacatia. Offers from retailers such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister, Bank of America, Caviar, Chase, Poshmark, Tumi, Under Armour, Warby Parker, and The Washington Post are expected soon.

Apple Pay works with the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE and Apple Watch. When paying within apps, Apple Pay is compatible with the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 4 and iPad Pro. It’s also macOS...

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09:39
Irish government to formally appeal EU’s tax ruling...

This week the Irish government will formally submit an appeal against the European Commission's ruling that it must collect 13 billion euros in unpaid back taxes from Apple.

“The government fundamentally disagrees with the European Commission's analysis and the decision left no choice but to take an appeal to the European Courts and this will be submitted tomorrow," Ireland's finance minister Michael Noonan told a European Parliament committee in Brussels today.

Ireland is set to defend its tax system, which has remained attractive to other major U.S. technology companies, causing related European and U.S. issues for Google, Facebook and others. While Apple's...

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Amazon PNY Storage Sale, Apple...

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Add a ton of fast storage to your DSLR camera & other devices during Amazon’s 1-day PNY sale: 128GB SD Card $33 (Reg. $45), much more

Apple Watch Stainless Steel 38mm (1st Gen.) w/ Black...

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09:22
Touch Bar demo app

This is far too nerdy for me to attempt but if it works like it does in the video, it’s pretty cool.

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09:14
Apple shares holiday discounts from retailers to...

Apple has a new web page up today sharing exclusive holiday offers available for customers who use its newly launched Apple Pay on the web feature.

Some of the companies offering deals for using Apple Pay on the web this holiday season include Adidas, Casper, Grubhub, lululemon, Overstock, Shopify, seamless, and more.

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09:09
Apple Pay holiday promotions offer online shoppers...

A new initiative intended to drive Apple Pay use on the web, coinciding with the debut of Touch ID on the new MacBook Pro, offers shoppers exclusive offers and discounts this holiday season.

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09:00
The Jelly-Grip Car Vent Mount from Square Jellyfish

Photo ©2016, Steven Sande

For those times where you want Siri (or Waze, or Google Maps) to give you directions, there's no better iPhone accessory than a car vent mount. The Jelly-Grip Car Vent Mount from Square Jellyfish (US$18.95, affiliate link) is a small vent mount that expands to hold even the iPhone 7 Plus, and it's perfect for those times when you want to use your iPhone in a rental car...or in your own car.

Design

The Jelly-Grip works with any car air vent with straight louvers. There's a small flat metal hook that can be extended by turning a knob, then retracted until it locks onto one of the louvers using the same knob. This ensures that the Jelly-Grip and your phone are going to stay in place, even when driving over bumpy dirt roads.

Connected to the mount by a ball-and-socket joint is a pair of spring mount "claws" that grip...

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08:59
Filing suggests Apple investing big in OLED supply,...

An investment firm has delved deeply into Apple's most recent Securities and Exchange Commission 10-K filing, and sees purchase orders extending over one year in duration which suggests to them that Apple is in the middle of a big OLED buy from Samsung -- the main supplier of the technology.

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08:47
Deals: $399 Apple Watch Series 2 in stock; up to $15...

Shoppers can avoid Apple's 2-3 week wait time and pick up an Apple Watch Series 2 device (42mm, Pearl Woven Band) for $399 with no tax outside NY. Unlocked iPhone 7s are also $15 off with no tax, and an unlocked 128GB 12.9" iPad Pro (Wi-Fi + Cellular) is $619.99. Roxio Toast 15 Titanium is also $44 with an exclusive promo code.

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08:20
After passing up acquisition, Apple reportedly...

Over the summer a report surfaced that Apple had acquired Omnifone, a music streaming company that provided Samsung’s defunct Milk Music service, but it was quickly debunked. Today a new report claims that Apple later acquired some technology from Omnifone, which went bankrupt in May, and hired some its ex-employees, stopping short of a full acquisition.

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08:00
Use your eyes and your ears to complete the...

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.

If you’re looking for relief from the onslaught of half-baked mobile games in the App Store—I’m talking about all those time-based freemium titles that beg you to nag your Facebook friends for extra credits—Samorost 3 is exactly what you need.

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07:52
Wistron building MacBook Pro Touch Bars after...

Because of problems experienced by an initial supplier, Taiwan's Wistron is now handling at least some orders for the Touch Bar keyboard on the MacBook Pro, reports claimed on Tuesday.

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07:18
Netflix soon to be added to video options for...

Movie streaming service Netflix will be available to Comcast subscribers with an X1 set-top box as soon as November 10, but won't be exempt from the 1TB data cap recently levied against a good portion of Comcast's internet customers.

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07:06
How to watch and stream tonight’s presidential...

If you want to watch this evening’s presidential election results roll in – if only to be sure that the election is finally over – you have a wide range of options open to you beyond traditional broadcast TV …

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06:43
Investigators raid Samsung's Korean HQ amidst...

South Korean prosecutors raided the headquarters of Apple rival Samsung on Tuesday, looking for evidence that the company might have illegally offered gifts to Choi Soon-sil, a woman accused of exploiting her connections to President Park Geun-hye.

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06:42
Huawei positioning to overtake Apple for the number...

China-based Huawei is now in a position to wrestle Apple for the number two spot for smartphone sales in EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa) next year, according to the Canalys research group. In the third quarter, it grew its smart phone shipments by 70% annually. 

This marks the first time Huawei has shipped over 10 millionunits in EMEA in a single quarter, according to Canalys. It accounted for 14% of smartphone shipments in the region, behind Apple’s 15% and Samsung at 37%. Huawei has already shipped just over 26 million smart phones in EMEA this year, exceeding its total from full-year 2015, with the lucrative holiday season still to come.

Huawei remains a key player in developing markets in the Middle East and Africa, where its low-end devices are helping to increase smart phone penetration, according to Canalys. But its recent momentum is driven by Europe, where it grew 33% sequentially from Q2 2016 to...

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06:20
Review: Fitbit Alta is a minimalist $130 alternative...

As regular readers will know, I’ve become a complete convert to the Apple Watch. But the Watch isn’t for everyone: it’s relatively expensive, fairly chunky and for most users has one-day battery-life.

I’ve been trying the Fitbit Alta for the past week, and while I’ll personally be sticking to my Apple Watch, I do think it could be a decent option for those with more limited needs and/or budgets …

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06:09
Hands-on: Late-2016 13-inch MacBook Pro without...

While we wait for the so-called real MacBook Pro to arrive, we wanted to take some time to explore the entry level 13-inch model that’s already available in stores. Despite its lack of Apple’s flagship Touch Bar and Touch ID features, there’s a whole lot that’s changed with the Late 2016 MacBook Pro refresh.

Have a look at our hands-on video walkthrough as we step you through many of the changes and features, and tell you who might be wise to consider this machine. more…

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05:56
Apple granted patents for augmented reality maps, a...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,488,488) for “augmented reality maps.” If the technology ever sees the light of day (and I’d bet that it will) look for augmented reality (AR) features in the Maps app on the iPhone.

According to the patent, a user points a “handheld communication device” (which I’ll simply refer to as the iPhone from now on) to capture and display a real-time video stream. The iPhone detects geographic position, camera direction, and tilt of the image capture device. The user sends a search request to a server for nearby points of interest. 

The iPhone receives search results based on the search request, geographic position, camera direction, and tilt of the handheld communication device. The Apple smartphone visually augments the captured video stream with data related to each point of interest. The user then selects a point of interest to visit. The iPhone visually augments the captured video stream with a directional map...

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05:56
Facebook taps machine learning to transform videos...

Facebook users will be able to record smartphone videos that ape the style of famous artworks with a new feature unveiled Tuesday. Using a technique called style transfer, the feature takes live video and turns it into something that resembles the work of Van Gogh, Picasso and other artists.

That effect is probably familiar to people who have used the app Prisma, which uses similar techniques to change the look of photos. Prisma’s app can’t perform live filtering, and some filters require a connection to the internet. Facebook’s system can work offline and render live.

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05:45
Samsung takes out full-page ad to apologize to...

Attempting to put the Galaxy Note 7 debacle behind it, Samsung has paid for a full-page apology to consumers that appeared on Tuesday in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post.

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05:40
Apple expects strong MacBook Pro sales going into...

Despite all the controversy surrounding them, Apple has been placing orders for lots of new MacBook Pros and strong shipments of the laptops are expected to last into 2017, reports DigiTimes, quoting unnamed “sources from the upstream supply chain.”

Those sources say that the Cupertino, California-based company is optimistic about the sales in the fourth quarter. The sources are reportedly seeing an increased shipment proportion of Apple's new MacBook Pro, and they expect Apple and the related revenues and profits to all enjoy growth in 2017.

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05:15
Apple quickly selling out of refurbished last-gen 15...

In addition to the new Touch Bar-equipped 2016 MacBook Pros being among the most popular notebooks Apple has ever announced, the company has sold out of refurbished last-generation 15-inch MacBook Pros from its online store as the company introduces new models expected to ship to customers in the coming weeks.

A number of Reddit users noticed that several models of the refurbished last-generation notebook models had been available at discounted prices. That supply is apparently running low as customers snag up remaining stock.

You can still head to Best Buy to snag a unit for $1,509, which saves you $490 off the $1,999 price tag. This unit features the 2.5GHz quad-core model with 512GB flash storage for $2094, $405 off the old $2499 retail price.

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05:05
Internet entrepreneur Jason Calacanis rant on...

There’s been a great deal of discussion and debate about Apple’s decision to remove all but USB-C and headphone ports from the new MacBook Pro, but Weblogs founder and Internet entrepreneur Jason Calacanis turned the dial up to 11 in an appearance on This Week in Tech.

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05:02
Apple said to be 'aggressive' in ordering...

Apple is said to be bullish on sales prospects for its long-awaited MacBook Pro update, placing significant orders with suppliers through the end of the year and into 2017, according to a new supply chain report.

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05:00
Rumor: Apple may add “Jet White” color option to...

If you thought the Jet Black iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus was slick, Apple may be going the opposite route and creating a Jet White version for the handset.

The sixth color option is apparently in the works, though it comes from supply chain sources that “may be unreliable.”

Mac Otakara has accurately leaked information about Apple’s upcoming designs in the past, including the new Jet Black color and no 3.5mm headphone jack on iPhone 7. It was also correct about several other iPhone 7 details, including its naming, flush Home button, longer earpiece cutout, and lack of Smart Connector.

Still, there’s room for doubt and error as well. As always, stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

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04:30
LEGO Movie Videogame is fun if a little too familiar

By Aaron Lee

Feral Interactive's LEGO Movie Videogame — an adaptation of the hit film, The LEGO Movie — is fun if too familiar and too faithful to the movie.

Here’s how the game is described: “The LEGO Movie Videogame tells the story of Emmet, a seemingly average construction worker recruited by a group of insanely imaginative ‘Master Builders’ to bring down the over-controlling Lord Business, who insists everyone follow building instructions. Players can take on Emmet and over 90 other LEGO characters, harnessing the wonderfully creative powers of the Master Builders including Wyldstyle, Batman, Gandalf and the irrepressibly cheerful Unikitty."

If that sounds like a summary of the movie, you're right. In fact, the game uses clips from the film. That's part of the problem: the game reenacts the film's plot from beginning to end and feels like a retread rather than an extension of the movie. Despite this, the LEGO characters and their...

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04:23
TSMC’s role as sole supplier of Apple’s A10 chip...

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company winning sole supplier status for Apple’s A10 chip has seen the company achieve both record profits and share price, reports Bloomberg. It was recently suggested that record revenue suggested strong iPhone 7 sales going into the holiday quarter.

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04:00
How to use the Maps app on your Apple Watch for...

If you launch the Maps app on the Apple Watch, you can search for a location. To do so, follow these steps:

  • Force-touch on the main map interface.
  • Tap Search.
  • Tap Dictation or Favorites. Or you can choose from the Recents list to begin navigating to the location you desire. (Any time you navigate to a location, it will appear in the Recents list.)

By default, your current location is displayed when you open the Maps app. You can zoom in and out of your location by scrolling with the Digital Crown, or pan around the area using your finger When you’re using the smartwatch for directions, it will make a ticking sound and use the Taptic engine to remind you when turn-based actions are necessary to continue navigation on the current route.

Whenever navigation is in progress, your Apple Watch will display the current directions whenever you raise your wrist. You’ll see a next action view that shows the next turn action you need to take...

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03:50
Facebook agrees to stop WhatsApp data collection in...

Facebook appeared to do something of a U-turn back in August, when it started collecting data from WhatsApp despite an earlier statement that its acquisition of the messaging app would not impact user privacy. It has now agreed to cease doing so in the UK after the government privacy watchdog warned it that it may be breaking the law, reports the FT.

Facebook has agreed to pause its collection of WhatsApp user data in the UK as a result of a probe by the Information Commissioner’s Office.

“We’ve set out the law clearly to Facebook, and we’re pleased that they’ve agreed to...

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02:24
New MacBook Pros appear to be selling well as supply...

Apple’s latest line of MacBook Pros appear to have been received well by the market, although the most interesting models with Touch Bar are yet to ship to customers. Digitimes reports that Apple is upping component orders for the new MacBook Pros, expected to continue at least until the end of 2016. Apple is apparently “optimistic” about fourth quarter sales.

The new 13-inch MacBook Pro and 15-inch MacBook Pro feature high-speed Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports, faster SSDs, Skylake processors, better GPU options, larger trackpad and an OLED display ‘Touch Bar’ touchscreen panel to replace the physical row of function keys.

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01:35
Apple patents augmented reality mapping system for...

Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent detailing an augmented reality mapping system that harnesses iPhone hardware to overlay visual enhancements onto live video, lending credence to recent rumors suggesting the company plans to implement an iOS-based AR strategy in the near future.

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Monday November 7

18:36
California's Prop 60 would make it legal to...

California voters will decide this week if they will be able to become online condom cops, with the ability to out porn performers and get paid for it. That's the bottom line of Proposition 60, whose proponents were busted this week by San Jose Mercu...

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18:21
Twitter entertains offers to keep Vine video service...

Twitter's recently announced execution of video sharing service Vine might be stayed, as the microblogging giant is reportedly fielding bids from potential buyers interested in keeping the niche app alive.

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17:41
The USS Zumwalt can't afford its own $800,000-...

The USS Zumwalt, America's newest stealth destroyer packs some impressive firepower but there's just one problem: the US Navy can't afford the ammunition for the vessel's 155-millimeter Advanced Gun Systems. These weapons are designed to fire a GPS-g...

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17:28
Pokémon Go update adds bonus rewards for PokéStop...

Niantic has today released a new update for Pokémon Go on both iOS and Android, bringing with it a handful of new features and capabilities. On Android the update brings the app to version 0.450, while the iOS update bumps it to 1.15.0…

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17:25
Mars Attacks! Weird red boxes invade website

Maybe you haven't noticed, but we've been invaded by the dreaded "red box" (see image above). We have no idea what's causing this issue, but just about every possible source of this error message has been contacted. We apologize for the craziness and hope it goes away soon since it's affecting our revenue stream! 

We're going to blame the Martians. Or martinis. Or Dean Martin. Or Martin Short. Or something. Sorry.  

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17:11
Apple acquire talent and some technology from...

Apple has hired at “least 16” employees and purchased select technology from Omnifone, an early player in streaming music services that filed for bankruptcy this summer, according to TechCrunch. Omnifone is the company behind MusicStation, a cloud-based global media platform that provides back-end solutions for digital music services.

Omnifone claims to be the only independent music platform provider with a footprint in 45 countries across five continents. The company’s website says it’s delivered global deals with all major labels, hundreds of independents "and all the relevant publishers and collection societies." Omnifone has — or, rather, had — had partnerships with companies like Sony, Samsung, Vodafone, and PonoMusic. Samsung, for instance, used Omnifone's technology for Milk Music. 

However, the company declared...

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16:52
Bethesda paves the way for 'Fallout 4'...

Almost a year after Fallout 4 hit store shelves (and following some consternation from Sony), mod support is finally available for the game's PlayStation 4 version -- thanks to an update to the game's Creation Kit mod toolset*. Now remember, this doe...

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16:19
Apple hires talent, buys technology from bankrupt...

Apple recently hired a handful of former employees and purchased key technology from defunct streaming music startup Omnifone, a report said Monday, clearing up rumors suggesting Apple acquired the now bankrupt company earlier this year.

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16:15
Expect more vote suppressing misinformation on...

While the internet is filled with sources providing accurate and unbiased information aimed at getting informed voters to the polls on Tuesday, some corners of it are taking an alternate approach. A Buzzfeed report cites 4chan posters cooking up vari...

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16:11
AT&T reportedly planning to offer DirecTV Now...

In an effort to push its new DirecTV Now service, AT&T is preparing to offer customers a free Apple TV (or Fire TV stick) when they sign up, according to a new report form Variety. The report cites leaked customer support documents from AT&T, which were inadvertently published online today.

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16:05
Gmail's iPhone App Now Has 'Undo Send...

Google has updated its Gmail app for iOS today, which includes a handful of much-welcomed features and improvements. There is now an "Undo Send" button for mobile, a fresh new look, and faster search. Mashable reports: To unsend an email, just tap the "Undo" button in the lower right corner after you've hit the paper plane send icon. But you have to do it fast. You only get five seconds to hit undo before the email sends. And unlike the desktop version, you can't set it to longer intervals up to 30 seconds. You'll also notice Gmail app's got a fresh new look that resembles the Android version, which makes use of Google's Material Design language. Google's also made search faster with autocorrect suggestions and added in swipe gestures for archiving and deleting. In addition, Google has updated its Calendar application for iOS, bringing an overhauled UI and support for Spotlight search.

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15:48
Nintendo will sell the New 3DS for $100 on Black...

You no longer have to pick a 2DS if you want a Nintendo handheld for $100 or less. The company is releasing special black and white Mushroom Kingdom editions of the New 3DS for $100 starting on Black Friday, November 25th. These lower-cost models sho...

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15:40
Ubuntu Releases IoT Core Platform


Canonical last week released Ubuntu Core 16 for the Internet of Things to provide enhanced security and app store support for connected devices. The platform provides regular security updates and gives independent software vendors, manufacturers and enterprises control of system updates. Ubuntu Core 16 uses Ubuntu's snap packages technology to ensure that IoT applications access only necessary data. The operating system and kernel in Ubuntu Core also are delivered as snaps.

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15:14
AWT News Update: November 7, 2016

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This week's sponsor of Apple World Today and the AWT News Update is 4K Video Downloader for Mac. Find out more about this great app and get a 50% discount off regular price for a limited time by clicking this link. What's in the news today?

  • Apple News is finally taking off for publishers, but there are still problems with monetization
  • iOS 10.2 Beta 2 appears, bringing with it the TV app, an SOS feature, and more
  • Apple's charging the credit cards of people who made early orders for the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar
  • Gmail for iOS gets a much-needed update and a feature -- undo send -- that should be used by politicians

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15:14
Twitter could rescue Vine through a sale

When Twitter decided to kill Vine, there was a common reaction: why didn't the company just sell its looping video service instead of reducing it to a memorial? Well, cooler heads might prevail after all. Sources speaking to our TechCrunch colleagues...

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15:08
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14:58
Om Malik and the iPhone 7 Plus camera

I really enjoy Om’s photographs. The fact he has such great things to say about the iPhone 7 camera says a lot, especially considering he has a number of high-end cameras at his disposal.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:51
Hydroponic gardens could end Arctic food shortages

You don't have a wide variety of food choices if you live in remote parts of the Arctic. Some consumables can take so long to arrive that they're already past their "best before" dates, and that's assuming they arrive in the first place -- shortages...

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14:37
Report: Vine could live on as Twitter entertains...

Last month, Twitter announced that it was shutting down the popular short video sharing service Vine as it struggled to monetize. A new report from TechCrunch, however, explains that Vine might live on after all, as Twitter is entertaining offers from companies interested in buying Vine.

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14:25
Samsung Galaxy owners can print from their phone...

If you own a Galaxy smartphone or tablet, Samsung is about to make it easier for you to print pictures, documents and other files from it. Today, the company announced that its Print Service app for Android now supports the Mopria Print Library, lett...

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14:24
What’s New in iOS 10.2 Beta 2

Good rundown from MacRumors on the changes in the newest developer beta.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:06
Mixing with Compression: Attack and release

Compressors are so important in mixing—I use them quite a bit in a variety of ways, depending on the instrument or what I’m trying to achieve on an output channel.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:57
T-Mobile's SyncUP Drive adds 4G LTE to your...

For the road warriors and frequent drivers who want a connected vehicle without shelling out for a new car with built-in WiFi, T-Mobile's just announced SyncUP Drive should fill the coverage gap between your cell phone and your home internet. The new...

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13:55
Verizon debuts 5GB and 10GB prepaid data plans

On Monday, U.S. wireless carrier Verizon introduced two more plans for its prepaid smartphone customers, supplementing three existing options.

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13:52
Notable apps and app updates for Nov. 7, 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

Iconographer is Ohanaware's latest macOS application with the goal of helping app developers (macOS, iOS and Windows), graphic designer and tinkerers, create high quality and beautiful platform styled icons, from a product logo. It provides templates and styles for the following icons:

  • macOS; App icons, folder icons, disk icons and document icons;
  • iOS app icons;
  • Windows; app icons, folder icons, disk icons & document icons;
  • Web; favicon.ico, PNG variants and Apple Touch icons;
  • Custom icons for in application graphics or without the use of a template.

Iconographer can also be used to design and apply custom icons to folders and disks, either to create a...

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13:35
Google updates Gmail and Calendar iOS apps

The biggest overhaul of the app in nearly four years. It’s the Gmail you know and love, with a fresh new look, sleeker transitions and some highly-requested features.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:27
Genealogy service's DNA test helps you find...

Genealogy services are all about tracing your family's history, so it makes sense for one of these services to identify your genetic history, doesn't it? MyHeritage sure thinks so. It's introducing a $79 MyHeritage DNA kit that offers a detailed look...

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13:00
OWC miniStack external hard drive: A speedy backup...

OWC miniStack External Hard Drive. Photo ©2016 Steven Sande

At least once a week or so, the team at Apple World Today publishes a reminder to keep your devices backed up. Apple has made backups as simple as possible with an iCloud-based backup scheme for iOS and Time Machine for macOS, but many people still leave their data vulnerable to possible loss. OWC is as dedicated as we are to making sure your data is backed up, and today we're looking at the new OWC miniStack 1TB USB 3.1 Gen 1 external hard drive.

Design

The miniStack is designed to be your Mac mini's best buddy; it mimics the look of the Mac mini in every way, has the same dimensions, and is meant to be placed on top of or below your 2010 or later Mac mini. Of course, as an USB 3.1 Gen 1 external drive, it doesn't have to be used with a Mac mini...but it sure looks good when it's paired with the mini....

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12:58
T-Mobile's parent company is launching an anti-...

Anti-drone defense systems are about to become big business. T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom has confirmed to Welt am Sonntag that it's developing an anti-drone defense system that should launch this year. It's not discussing details, but it...

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