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Friday December 29

12:34
All 50 states opt in to AT&T’s FirstNet public...

FirstNet, the nationwide broadband network for first responders, will be the official public safety network for all 50 US states. The network has been a very long time coming. Having been initially proposed following the 9/11 attacks, the FCC approve...

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12:18
Comment: WeChat is offering official IDs, could...

A new report today from The Wall Street Journal details how Tencent’s hugely popular WeChat app is working with the government to launch official, digital IDs in China. Could disruption from tech companies in sectors like this be a sign of services Apple might offer in the future?

more…

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12:00
2017’s biggest cybersecurity facepalms

2017 was a year like no other for cybersecurity. It was the year we found out the horrid truths at Uber and Equifax, and border security took our passwords. A year of WannaCry and Kaspersky, VPNs and blockchains going mainstream, health care hacking,...

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11:42
'PUBG' sets new record with three million...

In case you needed further proof that people really, really, really like PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG), Steam has your back. Today, the game shattered its previous concurrent-players record by more than double the amount, peaking at 3,106,358...

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11:29
Apple 2017 year in review: iPhone X with Face ID...




To mark the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, Apple released the iPhone X -- that's pronounced "ten," as the company is eager to point out. While it may not be an earth-shaking revelation, it's an important signpost for where Apple plans to be 10 years from now -- assuming we're even still using smartphones in 2027.

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11:01
Best Amazon Digital Day deals

Just when you thought the big sales days were over for 2017, Amazon pops up with another one. Today, Friday, December 29 is Amazon's Digital Day: A time for you to find great deals on apps, movies, and games to fill up your devices.

That's what the marketing materials say, anyway. After looking through the Digital Day sales, all we can say is "Yeesh." Most of the "deals" we spotted are at least a week old or longer. Moreover, the PC game deals are on par with Steam's ongoing Winter Sale, and based on data from CamelCamelCamel, many deal prices are not even close to historic lows.

To read this article in full, please click here

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10:46
Italian brothers can call their clothing company ‘...

An Italian clothing company called "Steve Jobs" (no, really) has won a trademark battle against Apple and can now use the company’s name and and Apple-inspired logo on whatever they please. 

Two Italian brothers, Vincenzo and Giacomo Barbato, noticed that Jobs' name wasn't trademarked in 2012, so they decided to use the name for their company, Business Insider Italia reports Apple has fought the brothers over their logo in court for years. The logo includes a “J” that looks like an apple with a bite out of it.

Amazingly, the Barbato brothers’ use of “Steve Jobs” and a blatant version of Apple’s logo were deemed to not be a trademark breach by the EU’s Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market.

Apple challenged the company by claiming its logo infringed on its own...

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10:36
Ice, ice baby: Apple’s Chicago flagship store doesn’...

Apple’s Chicago flagship store in Chicago, Apple Michigan Avenue, has been praised for its incredible design, including glass walls, steel columns, and a MacBook-shaped roof. But apparently it wasn’t designed for winter in the Windy City.

There are no gutters to catch falling snow or ice. Nor is the roof sloping, so icicles that do form aren't dangling from 20 some feet overhead.

This is Apple Michigan Avenue pictured in October. December is a different, icier picture.

According to Chicago blogger Matt Maldre – as noted by PYMNTS — the fancy building design, while seemingly in service of Apple’s new “town square” plan, seems to have forgotten what town it was actually being built for. “Maybe next time Apple will consider the...

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10:23
‘Batterygate’ lawsuits against Apple coming in...

Another day, more lawsuits. Apple has published an apology letter to customers in regards to “Batterygate” for slowing down older phones to compensate for erratic battery performance but the lawsuits keep on coming, including new ones in Australia and South Korea.

According to The New Daily, iPhone owners could cash in on a portion of over $1 billion in what lawyers are touting as Australia’s largest-ever class action, after tech giant Apple admitted to slowing down some phones.

Australian compensation law firm Shine Lawyers confirmed to The New Daily on Friday that investigations have begun and it intends to file a class action against Apple in early 2018. Jan Saddler, Shine Lawyers’ class-action expert, estimated more than five million Australians...

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Amazon Digital Day Sale,...

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

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09:22
Analyst guesswork sets unrealistic expectations for...




Prognosticating sales of tech products can be a difficult and thankless job, particularly when the companies selling the products themselves don't announce sales figures. But that doesn't excuse inconsistencies, unrealistic projections, or a lack of critical thinking skills.

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09:20
iMac Pro now shipping from Apple authorized...




Apple authorized resellers are now shipping the iMac Pro with no tax in 46 to 48 states, saving many shoppers $400 to $930 compared to buying direct. No interest financing offers are also available on approved credit -- and expedited delivery is free on many models.

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09:10
Ulysses 12.2

Maintenance release brings a number of fixes to the popular writing app for the Mac and iOS. ($39.99 annual subscription, free update, 21 MB)

 

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08:03
Apple's MacBook Air-like Store Roof Wasn't...

An anonymous reader shares a report Apple opened its new flagship retail store in Chicago earlier this year to much acclaim, but as the weather turns from fall to winter, a design oversight is causing some problems. As reported by Chicago blog Spundart, Apple seemingly didn't design the MacBook Air-like roof of the store to account for snow... in Chicago. Apple's newest Chicago store garnered earlier attention for its roof design that mimics a MacBook Air, but one clear oversight is that there are no gutters to catch snow or ice. Furthermore, as the multi-level store sits along the Chicago River, the roof is sloped downward, meaning that anyone standing on the walkway along the river gets hit with falling snow and ice. Further reading: Apple is really bad at design.


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07:48
iPhone is once again the best-selling tech product...

The iPhone was the best-selling tech product of 2017, says a USA Today report, outselling all the products in slots #2 to #5 combined. It follows news that Apple dominated device activations leading up to Christmas.

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

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07:39
iMac Pro arrives at Apple's retail stores




Customers who can afford its $4,999 pricetag may now be able to find the 8-core base model of the iMac Pro in some U.S. Apple stores, ready for pickup.

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07:32
The iPhone is the top selling tech product of 2017 (...

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

According to Daniel Ives, an analyst with GBH Insights, who compiled the chart for USA TODAY, Apple will sell 223 million iPhones in 2017, up from 211 million phones the previous year. The rest of the top 5: Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note 8 smartphones: 33 million; Amazon Echo Dot connected speakers: 24 million; Apple Watch: 20 million; and Nintendo Switch video game console: 15 million.

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07:20
∞ Using the iPhone X to make your face invisible

This is pretty cool. Watch the video embedded in this tweet:

iPhoneXで顔だけ光学迷彩っぽくなるやつできた pic.twitter.com/aPXJcHi8Y4

— のしぷ (@noshipu) December 27, 2017

The developer built an app that runs on the iPhone X and uses the face mesh to render your face invisible. A neat trick. Not sure how useful this is, but A for effort.

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07:16
Apple keeps losing legal battles to an Italian...

Gizmodo:

When two brothers from Naples decided to stop doing fashion design for other companies and start a brand of their own, they went hunting for an attention-grabbing name. They discovered that “Steve Jobs” wasn’t trademarked and decided on that. Now, a protracted legal battle has come to an end, and they have big plans for using the Apple founder’s name on pretty much anything.

And:

As expected, Apple’s legal department soon sent the brothers four large folders of legal documents and went to war. But the brothers won the case.

It’d be one thing if the founder was named Steve Jobs. But this is straight-forward riding on someone else’s coattails.

That said, there are plenty of precedents. Here’s one that springs to mind.

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07:04
A message to our customers about iPhone batteries...

From Apple’s public statement on the iPhone battery throttling issue:

We’ve been hearing feedback from our customers about the way we handle performance for iPhones with older batteries and how we have communicated that process. We know that some of you feel Apple has let you down. We apologize. There’s been a lot of misunderstanding about this issue, so we would like to clarify and let you know about some changes we’re making.

First and foremost, we have never — and would never — do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades. Our goal has always been to create products that our customers love, and making iPhones last as long as possible is an important part of that.

Apple then goes into detail on battery aging and some battery shutdown history, all pretty readable. But at the very bottom is this:

Apple is reducing the price of an out-of-warranty iPhone battery replacement by...

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06:53
iFixit matches Apple's $29 battery swap cost,...




Looking to equal or beat Apple in the aftermath of its iPhone battery apology, iFixit has dropped the price of its do-it-yourself battery swap kits to $29 or less. More significantly this includes kits for the iPhone 4S, 5, 5s, and 5c, which are excluded from Apple's discounted battery replacements.

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06:43
Tim Cook: Salary details, and forced by new Apple...

Two nuggets from this Bloomberg article:

Cook’s incentive pay totaled $9.33 million for the year ended Sept. 30, the Cupertino, California-based company said Wednesday in a regulatory filing. He also took home $3.06 million in salary and a previously disclosed equity award of $89.2 million, bringing his total payout for the year to about $102 million.

His top five lieutenants each got bonuses of $3.11 million, bringing their total compensation to about $24.2 million each, including salaries and stock awards.

And:

The Apple board stipulated this year that for security reasons the CEO should use private planes for business and personal travel, citing the risk given his high profile. Personal security costs were calculated at $224,216.

My two cents: Tim Cook is a bargain. Apple is an aircraft...

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06:21
iMac Pro now available for in-store pickup at US...

If you’re interested in picking up a new iMac Pro today, check your local Apple Store. Units of the base model 8-core iMac Pro are now available for in-store pickup at US-based Apple Stores. more…

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06:06
iFixIt announces its own iPhone battery replacement...

Apple has published an apology letter to customers in regards to “Batterygate” and offered a battery replacement program for the iPhone 6 and later. However, the gang at iFixIt is cutting cutting the prices on all of its DIY battery install kits to $29 or less. 

The kits include all the tools you need to open up and swap your own battery.  iFixIt also have options for the iPhone 4S, 5, 5s and 5c — which are excluded from Apple’s new program.

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05:44
New York plans to safeguard net neutrality by...

The repeal of net neutrality rules may allow Internet service providers and mobile carriers to block or throttle services at will, reserving the fastest bandwidth for companies who pay the toll, but the law may not be the only way to keep companies in line …

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05:38
AppleInsider podcast covers iPhone X supply chain...




This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor talks about the iPhone battery debacle, supply chain orders for iPhone X, and has an interview with synthesizer musician Suzanne Ciani.

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05:11
Class action lawsuits against Apple for...

It didn’t take long between Apple confirming that it deliberately slowed older iPhones to the first class action lawsuit. More quickly followed, and the latest tally appears to be 15 separate cases …

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05:00
Build iOS apps and learn! The Complete iOS 11 &...

One of our most popular deals is back, and if you would like to learn how to program apps for iOS 11 using Apple's Swift programming language, you're going to love it. Rob Percival's "The Complete iOS 11 & Swift Developer Course" is available for a limited time in the Apple World Today Deals Shop for just $10. 

Fifteen bucks! That's like buying a trio of lattes, and instead of getting wired, you're gaining a life skill that can get you a job or make you an indie developer. Here are the course modules:

  • Getting Started

  • Getting Started With Xcode 9 and Swift 4

  • Swift 4 Deep Dive (Playgrounds)...

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04:36
iFixit matches or beats Apple’s $29 replacement...

After Apple reduced its iPhone battery-swap price to just $29 as part of an apology for its handling of the performance-throttling controversy, iFixit has done the same for its DIY kits for older devices …

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04:30
The AWT’s staff favorite products of 2017

The Apple World Today staff has compiled their list of their favorite hardware and software products of 2017.

Dennis Sellers’ list

I thought I could replace my iMac with a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and 27-inch LG Ultrafine display. Actually, I did for seven months, but the entire experience just wasn’t as smooth. Plus, the Apple all-in-one’s display is so much more elegant than LG’s monitor. The mid-2017 rev of the iMac with 5K Retina display is the company’s finest Mac ever (well, at least for those who can't afford an iMac Pro). See my review here.

The new 12.9-inch iPad Pro/iOS 11 combo. Okay, technically, that’s two products, so sue me. As I wrote this week, the latest super-sized Apple tablet and latest rev of iOS...

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04:08
New Apple patent application hints at long-range...

A new patent application by Apple hints at RF-based long-range wireless charging, along the lines of the Energous system recently granted FCC approval.

As is usual with Apple patent applications, the wording is as general as possible – encompassing both wired and wireless charging – but the problem it aims to solve does appear to be one that arises primarily with long-range wireless charging …

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04:00
Ten things I want to see from Apple in 2018

Overall, 2017 has been a great year for Apple. But here’s some things I’d love to see in 2018:

  • I like the News and Clips apps on iOS devices, but I also want them on my Mac. The latter app could replace PhotoBooth
  • The option of equipping Mac laptops with LTE, as you can do with the iPad. In 2008, Apple CEO Steve Jobs rejected the idea of LTE-equipped laptops because it would add complexity to the device and lock customers in to a particular carrier. Neither argument applies today since, for example, antennas have grown ever smaller.
  • The ability to hook up an iPad Pro up to a Mac to use it as a Cintiq-like device.
  • A MacBook Pro with the option of 32GB of RAM (the limit now is 16GB).
  • A “non-Pro” iMac available in space grey and with the T2 chip.
  • A Magic Keyboard with backlighting and a built-...
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03:30
ScreenFlow 7.2

Improves capability of maintaining the aspect ratio when resizing a partial screen capture. ($129 new, free update, 56 MB)

 

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03:30
The top 20 Mac games of 2017

By Ric Molina of Mac Gamer HQ

To celebrate the end of the year, I’ve rounded up the best games for the Mac that were released in 2017. You’ve heard this before, but I’m serious: this was a great year for Mac gaming. 

My list includes: a popular shooter we’ve been awaiting for a long time; the best-looking strategy game available on the Mac; the highest rating racing game for macOS. Check The 20 Best Mac Games of 2017 (guides), and  tell me which one (s) you'll be adding to your wishlist

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03:15
Apple offers apology for iPhone speed throttling...

following up on the iPhone processor slowdown scandal that’s been plaguing the company, Apple on Thursday offered an apology and has also lowered the price of out-of-warranty battery replacements to $29. The company has also stated that it will issue a software update in early 2018 to let users find out more information about the health of their device’s battery.

The new battery replacement is marked down from $79 and will be available for anyone with an iPhone 6 or later whose battery needs to be replaced, starting in late January and available worldwide through December 2018.

Apple offered the following letter of apology regarding the issue and following controversy:

“December 28, 2017

A Message to Our Customers about iPhone Batteries and Performance

We’ve been hearing feedback from our customers about the way we handle performance for iPhones with older batteries and how we have communicated that process. We know that some of you feel Apple...

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03:00
Face ID unable to approve family purchases, reasons...

This is a bit strange.

A number of iPhone X owners have discovered that Face ID isn’t available as an authentication method for the “Ask to Buy” feature, which allows parents to approve their kids’ iOS purchases and downloads. At present, the parent, or controlling Apple ID account holder, must enter their entire Apple account password to approve each individual purchase attempt.

As a result, users are frustrated given that this equivalent functionality was available on Touch ID devices and seems to have been lost in the transition to the iPhone X. Face ID can be used as an authentication method for other purchases, just like Touch ID before it—but Touch ID also worked for “Ask to Buy,” and Face ID doesn’t.

This change also comes at a time when Apple has touted Face ID as Touch ID’s eventual replacement. The Face ID authentication feature has been applied to a number of third-party apps, which transitioned flawlessly to Face ID as a login protocol.

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Thursday December 28

23:03
Facebook apologizes for its moderation '...

With over 2 billion users and counting, policing Facebook is an increasingly difficult task. The unenviable job rests on the shoulders of a 7,500-strong team of content moderators (alongside the site's algorithms), who scour through tons of unsightly...

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21:05
Five of the best board game conversions for your new...




A niche category of the expanding game market on iOS are board game translations. AppleInsider goes beyond Monopoly and Scrabble and looks into five of the best more advanced board games that benefit from an iOS implementation.

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19:41
Apple wireless charging patent describes ability to...

Two patent applications published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office give us a peek into what kind of mobile device charging options Apple may be giving us in the future. As VentureBeat reports, the two applications were both filed in June t...

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19:18
Pressing the Side Button to Confirm Payments on...

Occasionally I notice a burst of traffic to Daring Fireball from Hacker News. It’s always short-lived, because for reasons I’ve never seen explained, Daring Fireball articles always get blacklisted from Hacker News once they hit their front page. It’s apparent that a lot of HN readers do not like my work on the basis that they see me as a shameless Apple shill, but it’s a shame the articles get deleted because I like reading the comments. I feel like it keeps me on my toes to read the comments from people who don’t like Daring Fireball.

Even after being blacklisted from the Hacker News homepage, though, the comment threads still exist. I went through the Hacker News comments on my iPhone X review today, a few comments about how Apple Pay works on the iPhone X caught my attention:

arielm:

Apple made some interactions so unintuitive that even I was
confused. One example is...

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18:06
Hands-on: Bento Stack is a great organization tool...

From 9to5Toys:

Apple accessories, there are tons of them. You have Apple Watch bands, Apple Pencil, iPad chargers, iPhone and MacBook chargers, and more. Anytime you leave the house or go on vacation, if you’re anything like me, there’s a mad rush to make sure you don’t forget any cables to keep everything charged.

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18:00
The 12 best Mac game deals in the Steam Winter Sale...

Dirt Rally ($12)

Image by Codemasters

Feral Interactive brought Codemasters’ acclaimed Dirt Rally to Mac in November, and it launched at the usual full price of $60—seemingly well worth it for this robust, ultra-polished rallying simulator. But if you held off or didn’t want to pay that solid sum for a new Mac racing game, now you can get it for the much more amazing price of just $12.

To read this article in full, please click here

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17:55
Roundup: The best cases for Apple's 2017 9.7-...




If you got Apple's latest 9.7-inch iPad equipped with an A9 processor under the tree and are looking for the perfect case in which to house it, we've rounded up a list of the best iPad cases from slim, designer options to rugged models that offer enhanced protection.

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17:29
VLC Media Player 2.2.8

Fixes a compatibility issue with macOS 10.13 High Sierra and resolves an issue with the update mechanism on macOS. (Free, 35.1 MB)

 

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17:04
Apple reduces battery replacement price for out-of-...

Apple on Thursday announced a price reduction in its iPhone battery replacement plan for owners of the iPhone 6 and later. The company is slashing the cost from $79 to $29, starting in late January 2018, with the offer ending in December 2018.

The price reduction is part of Apple’s response to the company’s recent revelation that iOS throttles CPU performance in iPhones with diminished battery capacity. Apple posted “A Message to Our Customers” on Apple.com on Thursday, which explores the hardware issues, Apple’s attempts to address those issues with iOS, and the backlash the company has received.

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16:49
Chicago flagship Apple Retail store roof not well...




Apple's North Michigan Ave., Chicago retail store is having a problem with snow and ice falls off the roof, and has roped off areas of the surrounding court to protect shoppers.

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16:20
Italian Clothing Company Defeats Apple, Wins the...

An Italian clothing company that uses the name "Steve Jobs" as its brand will be able to continue using the moniker after winning a multi-year legal battle, reports Italian site la Repubblica Napoli. Mac Rumors reports: Brothers Vincenzo and Giacomo Barbato named their clothing brand "Steve Jobs" in 2012 after learning that Apple had not trademarked his name. "We did our market research and we noticed that Apple, one of the best known companies in the world, never thought about registering its founder's brand, so we decided to do it," the two told la Repubblica Napoli. The Barbatos designed a logo that resembles Apple's own, choosing the letter "J" with a bite taken out of the side. Apple, of course, sued the two brothers for using Jobs' name and a logo that mimics the Apple logo. In 2014, the European Union's Intellectual Property Office ruled in favor of the Barbatos and rejected Apple's trademark opposition. While the outcome of the legal battle was decided in 2014, Vincenzo and...

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16:20
FCC extends waiver for video game accessibility for...

The idea behind 2010's 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) is to make sure that federal accessibility laws created in the '80s and '90s were updated to include new digital and communications technologies. The part of the Ac...

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15:51
Apple’s MacBook Air-like store roof wasn’t designed...

Apple opened its new flagship retail store in Chicago earlier this year to much acclaim, but as the weather turns from fall to winter, a design oversight is causing some problems. As reported by Chicago blog Spundart, Apple seemingly didn’t design the MacBook Air-like roof of the store to account for snow…in Chicago…

more…

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15:40
Apple Apologizes For iPhone Slowdown Drama, Will...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Apple just published a letter to customers apologizing for the "misunderstanding" around older iPhones being slowed down, following its recent admission that it was, in fact, slowing down older phones in order to compensate for degrading batteries. "We know that some of you feel Apple has let you down," says the company. "We apologize." Apple says in its letter that batteries are "consumable components," and is offering anyone with an iPhone 6 or later a battery replacement for $29 starting in late January through December 2018 -- a discount of $50 from the usual replacement cost. Apple's also promising to add features to iOS that provide more information about the battery health in early 2018, so that users are aware of when their batteries are no longer capable of supporting maximum phone performance.

...

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15:28
NASA lends a hand to new American Girl doll with...

While the American Girl brand is well-known for teaching the past through dolls with fictional ties to important events, its latest aims to inspire youths to make history themselves. On the first day of 2018, the next American Girl will hit stores: 1...

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15:16
Apple issues apology letter and a replacement...

Apple has published an apology letter to customers in regards to “Batterygate” for slowing down older phones to compensate for erratic battery performance. The letter starts off this way:

We’ve been hearing feedback from our customers about the way we handle performance for iPhones with older batteries and how we have communicated that process. We know that some of you feel Apple has let you down. We apologize. There’s been a lot of misunderstanding about this issue, so we would like to clarify and let you know about some changes we’re making.

First and foremost, we have never — and would never — do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades. Our goal...

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15:10
Apple’s response to battery controversy: have a new...

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The past few weeks have been tumultuous for Apple ever since the company confirmed it slows down iPhones as their batteries age. In a message posted to Apple's website today, the company formally apologized to customers while explaining how iPhone batteries age, what Apple has already done to prevent unexpected device shutdowns, and what the company will do to address customer concerns.

"We know that some of you feel Apple has let you down. We apologize," the letter reads. "There’s been a lot of misunderstanding about this issue, so we would like to clarify and let...

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14:49
LastPass fixes fingerprint security flaw in its...

Password manager LastPass has an extra layer of protection for its Authenticator app, in the form of a fingerprint and/or PIN that ostensibly keeps people out of your passwords if they find your phone unlocked. Last week, a developer posted that he'd...

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14:22
Report: Broader iPhone lineup creates more stability...

A report today from Reuters takes a look at Apple’s broadening iPhone lineup and some of the benefits of its new strategy.

more…

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14:18
Netflix's 'Bright' nabs 11 million...

It turns out betting on Will Smith paid off for Netflix. The company's first blockbuster film, Bright, garnered 11 million streaming viewers in the U.S. over its first three days, according to Nielsen figures reported by Variety. To put that in persp...

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13:59
Apple apologizes for confusion over slowdowns with...

Apple has been in hot water for the last few weeks after the company admitted that it sometimes reduced processor speeds on iPhones with aging batteries as a way to balance performance and battery life. Today, the company is apologizing for not being...

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13:51
Apple Responds to Controversy on iPhone Batteries...

Apple:

We’ve been hearing feedback from our customers about the way we
handle performance for iPhones with older batteries and how we
have communicated that process. We know that some of you feel
Apple has let you down. We apologize. There’s been a lot of
misunderstanding about this issue, so we would like to clarify and
let you know about some changes we’re making.

First and foremost, we have never — and would never — do
anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product,
or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades. Our
goal has always been to create products that our customers love,
and making iPhones last as long as possible is an important part
of that. […]

To address our customers’ concerns, to recognize their loyalty and
to regain the trust of anyone who may have doubted Apple’s
intentions,...

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13:46
Apple apologizes for iPhone slowdown controversy,...




Apple on Thursday addressed mounting criticism over the revelation that it slows down iPhones with aging batteries to prevent performance issues. In addition to apologizing, the company has also lowered the price of out-of-warranty battery replacements to $29, and will issue a software update in early 2018 to let users find out more information about the health of their device's battery.

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13:41
Apple temporarily drops price of iPhone battery...

Apple today published an open letter on its website apologizing for how it handled performance on iPhones with older batteries, specifically “how we have communicated that process.”

We’ve been hearing feedback from our customers about the way we handle performance for iPhones with older batteries and how we have communicated that process.

We know that some of you feel Apple has let you down. We apologize. There’s been a lot of misunderstanding about this issue, so we would like to clarify and let you know about some changes we’re making.

To make up for the confusion, Apple is offering cheaper battery replacements and says a future iOS update will include features that offer more insight into battery health.

more…

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13:40
HTC, Motorola Say They Don't Slow Old Phones...

After Apple confirmed last week that it reduces the performance of older iPhones to improve battery life, it has left many wondering whether or not other smartphone manufacturers do the same. HTC and Motorola are the two most recent OEMs to say they don't throttle their phones' processor speeds as their batteries age. The Verge reports: In emails to The Verge, both companies said they do not employ similar practices with their smartphones. An HTC spokesperson said that designing phones to slow down their processor as their battery ages "is not something we do." A Motorola spokesperson said, "We do not throttle CPU performance based on older batteries." The Verge also reached out to Google, Samsung, LG, and Sony for comment on whether their phone processors are throttled in response to aging batteries. A Sony spokesperson said a response would be delayed by the holidays, and a Samsung spokesperson said the company was looking into it. The responses begin to clarify whether or not...

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13:38
Valve loses appeal over Steam refund policy in...

Valve will have to pay the piper over its former Steam refund policy. Australia's Full Court of the Federal Court has dismissed Valve's appeals of a ruling and accompanying fine (worth $2.2 million US) over its allegedly misleading Steam customer gua...

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13:17
Google Photos compiles your pics in ‘Smiles of 2017...

Google wants to give a you look back at the year and it's doing so with a video called "Smiles of 2017" that compiles some of the photos you saved throughout year. The short movies are reportedly between 40 and 60 seconds long and are paired with typ...

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12:54
Google pulls the Pixel C tablet from its online store

For now, at least, Google is out of the Android tablet game. The search giant has pulled the Pixel C from its official store, redirecting product page visitors to the Pixelbook. The company hasn't explicitly outlined its reasons, but it told Engadget...

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12:29
SEE Finance 2.0.2

Major new release for the personal finance app brings a companion iOS app, inline transaction entry, and support for storing files on iCloud Drive. ($39.99 new, free update, 24.3 MB)

 

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12:23
Apple may face criminal charges in France over...

Earlier this month, Apple admitted to slowing older iPhone models in order to prevent phones with older batteries from suddenly shutting down. Now, Reuters reports that the company may face a legal battle in France over the practice. A French organiz...

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12:15
Apple to start surveying 'Today at Apple'...




Beginning in January, Apple will start collecting feedback from everyone who attends one of the company's free "Today at Apple" sessions at its retail stores.

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12:14
Happy Hour Podcast 153 | A look back at Apple’s 2017...

This week Benjamin and Zac look back at Apple’s 2017, how it compared to our predictions, and what we expect next year.

9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, StitcherGoogle Play Music, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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11:52
North Korea gets a modern staple: lousy airport WiFi

North Korea is continuing to slowly embrace modern technology, although not in the ways you might like. The AP's Eric Talmadge has discovered that Pyongyang's airport now has WiFi, with $2 getting you 30 minutes of online time. But just like many air...

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11:39
Hoping to capitalize on Apple battery controversy,...




Bad publicity for Apple is a potential opportunity for competitors to gain ground, as seen with the iPhone battery controversy compelling HTC and Motorola to issue statements, saying they do not throttle performance on phones with older batteries.

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11:31
Chrome OS will finally run Android apps in the...

While it's no longer a novelty to run Android apps on your Chromebook, that doesn't mean they run well. To date, most of those apps pause when you switch away -- fine for a phone, but not what you'd expect on a computer with a multi-window interface...

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10:59
French lawsuit over iPhone battery performance could...

The latest lawsuit to be filed against Apple in the battery throttling controversy looks to be the most serious to date. A French environmental group has hit Apple with litigation over alleged planned obsolescence. If found guilty, Apple executives could actually face jail time in addition to millions in fines.

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10:18
China announces new tax exemption, encourages...

China has today shared that it will be offering a temporary tax exemption for foreign companies. This news comes a week after the US tax overhaul passed through Congress.

The New York Times reports that China announced the new tax break for foreign companies, but with limited details. The exemption will be retroactive from January 1, 2017.

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10:18
Italian clothing maker defeats Apple, wins rights to...




The founders of an Italian clothing company operating under the name of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs have won the rights to continue using that branding, in spite of a long-running Apple legal challenge.

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09:27
Criminal lawsuit over iPhone battery slowdowns filed...




Fallout continues to grow following the discovery that Apple slows down older phones with aging batteries to prevent random shutdowns, as a new criminal lawsuit in France aims to hit Apple's pocketbook -- and could even result in jail time.

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09:19
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09:14
Angela Ahrendts hypes the future of ‘Today at Apple...

Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts has published a new article on LinkedIn, and in it she discusses the Apple Store’s evolution over the past few years. Ahrendts specifically hypes the recently launched ‘Today at Apple’ initiative rolled out this year at all Apple Stores.

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09:09
iMac Pro vs. 5K iMac, speakers and FaceTime cameras...




Apple's long-awaited iMac Pro has just our doorstep, and we've been hard at work benchmarking and testing it ever since. Here, we offer a closer look at the improved speakers, as well as a comparison of the FaceTime camera.

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09:00
Apple's first store in Saudi Arabia could open...




Apple is reportedly readying its first store in Saudi Arabia, though a grand opening could be as distant as two years out.

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09:00
Accessible Apple 2017-2018: The 12 Requests of...

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

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

3. A Fix to a Not So Long-Standing Mail Bug

Yesterday, I wrote about a long-standing bug in Apple Mail on the Mac that makes it difficult for VoiceOver users to review email addresses for accuracy. Today, I'll write about a bug in Mail on the Mac that is new this year in Mac OS 10.13 (High Sierra). The bug causes VoiceOver to read "attachment, image" when encountering an attachment while composing an email. The expected behaviour is that VoiceOver should read the name of the...

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07:42
Bizarre European ruling allows Italian designers to...

A truly bizarre EU ruling has allowed two Italian brothers to sell clothes and accessories under the Steve Jobs brand name, complete with a variation on the Apple logo …

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07:34
South Korea probes Apple's decision to slow...




The Korea Communications Commission has reportedly asked for an explanation in the wake of Apple's admission that it slows down older iPhones to prolong battery life.

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07:27
iMac versus iMac Pro: Base model comparisons test 4K...

Apple’s most powerful line of Macs — the iMac Pro — is reaching customers this month, and Dom Esposito has created a quick comparison of the base model versions of both the standard iMac and the new iMac Pro. Just how much faster is the $5000 desktop compared to the $1800 model?

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07:17
Opinion: My end-of-year report card for Apple’s 2017...

This time last year, I gave my end-of-year report card for Apple’s 2016 performance – and it’s time now for the 2017 version.

Last year, there were some controversial decisions, with two key products getting more attention for what they omitted rather than what they offered: the loss of the headphone socket in the iPhone 7, and most ports in the MacBook Pro. Both now feel like very old news. As I wrote at the time, while there may be much discussion at the time, people do quickly get used to changing standards.

2017 has been an interesting year …

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06:54
Teardown of Apple's iMac Pro shows RAM upgrades...




One of the first teardowns of Apple's iMac Pro shows that it is in fact possible to upgrade the RAM on the computer, though all but the most experienced people will probably want to pay a specialist.

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06:52
Source code for Apple’s historic Lisa OS to be made...

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If you've ever been curious to test out Apple's original Lisa operating system, you'll get the chance to do so next year using the original source code. Al Kossow, a software curator for the Computer History Museum, announced that the source code for Apple's first operating system with a graphical user interface has been recovered and is currently with Apple for review. After the tech giant reviews it, the Computer History Museum will make the source code available to all sometime in 2018.

The original Lisa computer, named after Jobs' eldest daughter, came out in 1983 and was...

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06:10
Apple patent filing hints at Amazon Prime-Like food...

Could Apple have plans for an Amazon Prime-like service? A newly filed patent (20170372388) for a “system and method for fresh online experience” hints at this.

Among other things, Amazon Prime members can browse local restaurant menus and order online or on the Amazon mobile app. Apple’s patent filing is for a system and method for visually verifying the exact item a customer will be receiving through the online grocery pick up of a retail store. 

The system allows for customers to order a fresh item, such as apples, and view images of the exact fresh item online before finalizing purchase for retail store pickup. The exact fresh item is scanned using three dimensional scanning. The customer views the images and approves or rejects the exact fresh item before finalizing purchase.

 Of course, Apple files for — and is granted — lots of patents by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Many are for inventions that never see the light of day. However, you never...

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06:03
Apple patent involves current, and future, versions...

Apple has filed for a patent (number 20170374465) for an “audio system with configurable zones,” which involves the upcoming HomePod, as well as possible future, bigger incarnations of the speaker system.

Apple expects to ship 4 million HomePods next year, according to a Bloomberg report. Last month Apple said the smart speaker launch will now happen in “early 2018” instead of in December, as expected.

Announced in June, the $349 system is just under seven inches tall and looks like a piece of furniture. It will be available in both space gray and white. The HomePod also acts as a hub for HomeKit devices to provide remote access to home automation. It will use Siri to browse and select music from Apple Music, control the home through HomeKit, and answer questions.

Apple’s patent includes one or more speaker...

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05:48
Apple is being slandered for what chemistry cannot...

Robert Kientz, Seeking Alpha (free reg-wall):

Li-ION is the most advanced, commonly available batteries that are used in portable electronics like laptops and phones. That is because unlike Nickel Cadmium [NiCad], they do not develop ‘charge memories’. And they are better for small electronics than Nickel Metal Hydride [NiMH] because of shorter charge time and higher energy density, both critical for the uses of portable phones.

And:

Li-ION batteries typically fail faster than NiCad because they wear out in less charge cycles, which mean consumers get fewer charges before their batteries will need replacement.

And:

Apple has not designed flaws into its iPhone product with regard to battery management.

What Apple has done is provide software that allows its iPhone users who want to keep their phones to manage their batteries by slowing down the processor during times of lower power and to keep the phones from turning off spontaneously....

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05:47
The Korea Communications Commission wants Apple to...

With lawsuits being filed left and right over “Batterygate,” the equivalent of the FCC in Samsung’s home market of South Korea is now seeking an explanation for the slowing performance of older iPhones.

Several lawsuits — filed in, among other places, California, New York and Illinois — seek class-action to represent iPhone owners nationwide and demand unspecified damages along with, in some cases, reimbursement from Apple. Last week the tech giant released a statement admitting iOS updates would slow down phones, but only to prevent devices with old batteries “from unexpectedly shutting down.”

Now the...

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05:38
Apple CEO Tim Cook gets a pay hike

A year after delivering an unusual pay cut, Apple gave CEO Tim Cook a major boost in compensation for fiscal-year 2017 as the company exceeded annual sales and profit goals, reports The Wall Street Journal.

His pay jumped 47% to $12.8 million, up from $8.7 million in 2016. Cook’s pay increase was driven by a cash bonus, which was dependent on the company’s yearly performance (which was great).

Also, Apple's Board of Directors has also implemented a policy requiring Cook to "use private aircraft for all business and personal travel.” The CEO doesn’t make a lot of high-profile appearances, but his job does require him to travel to places like Scotland, China, and India, and Apple's stores and data centers across the U.S.

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05:32
Rumor: Apple to set up a direct presence in Saudi...

With Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman looking to give the kingdom a high-tech makeover, Apple and Amazon are in licensing discussions with Riyadh on investing in Saudi Arabia, reports Reuters.

Both tech companies already sell products in the kingdom — which has been easing regulatory impediments for the last two years — via third parties, but they have yet to establish a direct presence there. That seems to be changing. 

Quoting unnamed sources, Reuters says licensing agreement for Apple stores with SAGIA — Saudi Arabia’s foreign investment authority — is expected by February, with an initial retail store targeted for 2019. Apple already holds second place in the Saudi mobile phone market behind Samsung, according to market researcher...

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05:26
∞ Susan Kare on coming to work for Apple, designing...

[VIDEO] The video embedded in the main Loop post is from a few years ago but, if you are interested in icon design and/or Apple history, carve out some time and give it a look. Susan Kare was the original Mac icon and type designer. Lovely stuff, worth the repost.

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05:21
xkcd: Phone security

Xkcd proposes some terrific options to set when your iPhone is stolen. Just a nibble:

If phone is stolen, do a fake factory reset. Then, in the background, automatically order food to phone’s location from every delivery place within 20 miles.

Just read it. I’m sure you can think of your own options. And if you’ve never read xkcd before, here’s a link to a completely random one.

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05:09
How’s Apple doing in India?

This is a fascinating post from The AAPL Tree, an Apple blog that has moved entirely to Apple News. The linked post mixes a good number of well researched facts about Apple’s India operations with some educated guesses.

If you are interested in Apple and India, don’t miss the crowdsourced revenue/net income chart in the middle of the post. It estimates Apple’s 2017 India revenue at about 11,618 crore. A crore is 10M rupee, about $156,000.

Doing the math (pulls out Pcalc), 11,618 crore is about $1.8 billion. Not too shabby.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:54
Snapchat allows you to create your own (editable)...

If you’ve been using the Memories feature in Snapchat, to keep your favorite photos safe, you can now view all the ones you saved this year in a look back at 2017 …

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04:32
B&H's Year-End Sale delivers MacBook Pros...




B&H is rounding up the year's best DealZone offers in its Mega DealZone event, which ends today. Shoppers can also save up to $1,000 on Macs during the reseller's Year-End Sale with free expedited shipping and no sales tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

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04:31
Computer History Museum will host Apple Lisa source...




Preservationists have extracted the source code and some launch software for Apple's Mac predecessor, the Apple Lisa, and are intending to make it available from the Computer History Museum after Apple examines and releases it for publication.

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04:29
Korean Communications Commission seeks ‘explanation...

The controversy over Apple slowing down older iPhones in response to battery degradation doesn’t seem to be dying down.

Apple is facing a series of lawsuits over the issue, and it’s reported today that the equivalent of the FCC in Samsung’s home market of South Korea is now seeking an explanation from the iPhone maker …

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