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Thursday December 29

04:00
Wally iPhone Wallet Case lets you ‘hide’ your cards...

Distil Union’s U.S.$44.99 Wally Wallet case combines a wallet and iPhone case in a handsome, minimal design. It’s a fine product in its class (I’ve tried the version for the iPhone 7 Plus), though I’ve still not streamlined my life enough to ditch my traditional wallet. 

I have more than three cards (ID, rewards, bank, etc.), as well as a few (too few) bills in my wallet, so I haven’t made the move to a wallet case yet. Also, whether you can comfortably place an iPhone 7 Plus with a Wally Wallet installed in your pockets is another matter. It fits okay in the lower pockets of my cargo pants, but is simply too big to fit comfortable in my blue jeans pockets. 

However, I do know some folks who have made the move to a wallet case. The Wally Wallet should suit their needs well. It sports an integrated leather pocket to hold about four cards and some folded bills— without looking like a...

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03:34
Apple e-ink Touch Bar invention reveals potential...




A patent application made public on Thursday reveals Apple investigated the possibility of powering the new MacBook Pro's software configurable Touch Bar with electrophoretic ink, or e-ink, technology instead of an OLED multitouch unit.

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03:00
The Morning After: Thursday, December 29 2016

It's December 29th and we're looking back on Twitter's rough 2016, Tesla's Autopilot avoiding accidents and another Amazon sale day.

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02:10
Volvo's high-end cars will come with Skype...

Many people depend on Skype to chat with family, colleagues and clients throughout their working day. To help them stay connected while they're outside the office, Volvo has announced plans to integrate Skype for Business into its high-end 90 Series...

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01:05
Amazon patent reveals its drone-deploying flying...

Amazon's drone-delivery plans apparently don't stop with using flying contraptions to ferry people's purchases to their homes. Based on a patent it filed with the USPTO, the e-commerce giant dreams of launching big floating warehouses near crowded ar...

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Wednesday December 28

20:31
Trump isn't responsible for Sprint bringing 5,...

President-elect Donald Trump said he was contacted by Sprint executives today and told that the company was making an investment in domestic jobs, according to Reuters and Bloomberg. "Because of what's happening and the spirit and the hope I was just...

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20:15
Apple said to be seeking relaxed labeling laws in...

Apple has long been working with the Indian government to set up retail locations in the country, a task that’s rather challenging due to stringent regulation in the country. Now, The Economic Times reports that one concession Apple is fighting for in India is related labeling laws so it doesn’t have to print product info on devices.

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19:12
Cost of Chicago Apple store revised down to $27M...




Construction of Apple's new Chicago flagship retail store is well underway, and according to a report on Wednesday the final build cost is now expected to hit $27 million, down from an initial estimate of $62 million in October.

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18:03
'Mario Kart 64' is the Wii U Virtual...

Sure, Mario Kart 8 is great and all, but if you wanted to see the original version of "Toad's Turnpike" on the Wii U, your options have been pretty limited. Tomorrow changes that, as Mario Kart 64 will release on the system's Virtual Console. Revisit...

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17:02
Oculus now owns an eye-tracking company

Google isn't the only company trying to figure out eye-tracking for virtual reality -- Oculus VR is on the case too. The Facebook-backed VR company has confirmed that it recently acquired Danish startup The Eye Tribe, a firm best known for creating s...

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17:01
Twitter debuts live 360-degree video posts powered...




Adding to a slowly growing set of value-added services, Twitter on Wednesday activated live 360-degree video streaming capabilities through its subsidiary Periscope, an interactive feature that puts viewers in the middle of the action.

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16:34
As Foxconn mulls possible U.S. expansion, other key...

While Foxconn has expressed somewhat of an interest in potentially moving a portion of its operations to the United States, other supply chain manufactures that Apple relies on are reportedly less interested in making the jump. According to a report from Chinese publication qq, manufacturers are turned off by higher labor and operating costs in the United States.

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16:04
Twitter adds live 360 video, still no edit button

Facebook and YouTube jumped on the 360 video train back in 2015, leaving Twitter to tardily trundle out their first all-direction footage experiments during the NBA finals back in June. But now the social network is letting larger broadcasters post t...

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15:02
NFL is first to stream live sports on a key Chinese...

If you enjoy Twitter's live NFL games, you might just feel jealous very shortly. The NFL has struck a deal that will make it the first sports league to livestream on Sina Weibo, one of China's largest social networks. The service has already streamed...

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14:40
AWT News Update: December 28, 2016

Yum or Yuck? That is the question. Photo via Twitter @linecook

Welcome back to the Apple World Today News Update podcast. We did not publish a podcast yesterday due to a remarkable lack of news, but today we have a few stories that you can listen to in less than 4 minutes:

  • Eating off of an iPad is something you can now do at a 3-star Michelin restaurant in San Francisco 
  • AAPL is underweight. We discuss what that means and why it may affect some large funds
  • Siri's doing a better job at responding to requests for medical help, but still has a long way to go

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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14:38
Twitter’s Periscope adds support for 360-degree live...

Twitter has announced today that it is bringing support for live 360-degree video to the broadcasting service Periscope. The move comes as Twitter continues to heavily invest in live video and faces increasingly strong competition from Facebook and others. Twitter and Periscope outlined the new feature in blog posts.

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14:30
Homestar Runner is back with a few laughs before...

The internet felt like a kinder, simpler place during Homestar Runner's heyday. As if to combat all the bad vibes 2016 has given the world, we have a new video featuring Homestar and shirtless luchadore Strong Bad reading a children's book about a sp...

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14:01
Blizzard marks 20 years of 'Diablo' with...

Believe it or not, Diablo is turning 20 years old on December 31st. Yes, the classic clickfest has been around for long enough that some adults weren't even alive when the first game launched. It's a historic moment for gaming -- and Blizzard is mark...

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13:58
TuneIn Radio Lets your iPhone Receive a World of...

I grew up listening to radio more than any other means of entertainment  including television, so I developed a deep interest in radio. The iPhone lets me continue that interest with a greatly expanded world of listening possibilities. 

When you think about radio, you might first think of terrestrial radio such as your local FM or AM stations. Many local radio stations now broadcast online, offering free content that's easy accessible on your iPhone. There's music in any genre you might desire, talk radio, sporting events, foreign-language broadcasts, old-time radio dramas and westerns, college radio stations, and even stations that do nothing but play nature sounds to help you sleep. There are even many small local radio stations that offer high school sports and very localized news. 

One app I use daily for many hours is TuneIn Radio. TuneIn offers all the...

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13:35
Ehang preps its flight command center for passenger...

Almost exactly a year ago, Ehang surprised the world with its supersized drone, the 184, made for carrying a human passenger or artificial organs. Nevada even gave Ehang permission to test its quadcopter in the state as of June, but that was the last...

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13:01
Takata expected to settle deadly airbag scandal for...

For their part in the largest US auto recall ever, the Takata Corporation is expected to pay up to a $1 billion financial penalty and plead guilty to criminal misconduct, the Wall Street Journal reports today. The National Highway Highway Traffic Saf...

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12:53
Accessible Apple: The 12 Requests of Christmas - Day...

Apple USB Type C to USB Type A Dongle

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 Free USB Type C to USB Type A Dongle

When the 2016 MacBook Pro was announced, Apple World Today reader J.P. Shandra sent us a letter outlining reasons why Apple's new machines were too expensive for many users with disabilities. This has made it harder for users who depend on Apple's accessibility features to perform daily tasks to obtain the modern hardware they need. To add insult to injury, the 2016...

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12:32
Nevada site bug leaks medical marijuana applicant...

Nevada residents applying to sell medical marijuana got just got an unpleasant surprise. The state's Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed that a vulnerability in a website portal leaked the data of more than 11,700 applicants, inclu...

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12:20
Disk Drill 3 brings file recovery tools to Mac hard...




If you don't have a good backup of your Mac, and as a result have lost something important, Disk Drill 3 aims to restore what's gone and try to protect you against future problems. AppleInsider offers a closer look.

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12:04
Review: Griffin Cove 5-port USB Charging Station...

I was never satisfied with the crop of charging station products for iPhones and iPads that mostly all use the same design with slots to accommodate tablets and smartphones. Little to no extra room for my many other devices– my MacBook, camera, external batteries, smartwatches, etc– meant the majority of my devices were still a mess. Griffin’s Cove charging station takes a different approach by offering a self-contained shelving unit with built-in USB ports that can hold just about all of my devices that need charging.

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12:02
Amazon plans a big digital-only sale for December...

You can call Amazon's Prime Day an excuse to clear out slow-moving products, but there's no question that it was a success -- and now, the internet retailer is hoping to replicate that success for online-only sales. It's launching a Digital Day sale...

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11:39
Tim Cook visits NYSE on his vacation

Photo by CNBC's Bob Pisani.

What do you do when you're the CEO of Apple and you're taking a little down time in NYC? You visit the New York Stock Exchange with your nephew and have fun with traders on the floor.

Tim Cook visited the NYSE floor this morning, and his appearance was highlighted live on CNBC's "Squawk Alley". CNBC's Bob Pisani tweeted a photo of Cook signing the famous "Hulk Fists", a pair of large green fists that are signed by celebrities who visit the trading floor.

Photo by Instagram user mikep1012

Of course, reporters quickly crowded around Cook trying to get word on how Apple appears to have performed over the holidays. Cook declined comment, as...

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11:33
Apple Watch goads you into getting some post-holiday...

Guilt over holiday eating might just convince you to hit the gym in the coming weeks, but Apple wants to offer some motivation of its own. On December 28th, the company pushed a notification to every Apple Watch owner encouraging them to participate...

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11:13
Happy Hour Podcast 100 | Everything Apple could...

This week Benjamin and Zac briefly discuss a week with AirPods then forecast everything Apple could announce (or discontinue) in 2017. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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11:02
Exoplanets may have carved dusty tracks around a...

Astronomers have spotted what they believe are two Saturn-sized planets carving "tracks" through a young star's protoplanetary disk. Although scientists have found plenty of exoplanets ranging from gas giants like Jupiter to rocky, Earth-like worlds,...

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11:00
The Week in Mac Apps: Play Pong on the MacBook Pro...

More apps for your Mac

Image by IDG

This week’s roundup of new Mac Apps helps you unwind with fun games, keep an eye on your projects, visualize your ideas, and much more.

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10:40
Apple CEO Tim Cook Calls AirPods 'a Runaway...

It turns out the $159 AirPods Bluetooth earphones are selling well, or so CEO Tim Cook would have us believed. Cook dropped by the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday while on vacation, and talked about the AirPods sales. From a report on CNBC: In comments to CNBC, Cook declined to talk specifically on Apple's outlook, but he said it has been a "great holiday." He added that the company's new wireless earbuds, AirPods, are "a runaway success." When asked if more would come into stock, he said Apple's "making them just as fast as we can." AirPods debuted at September's splashy event, but saw shipping delays through most of the fall and finally hit shelves just days before the crucial Christmas shopping rush. The limited shipments were sold quickly -- ship dates are now six weeks out on Apple's website.


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10:30
Samsung's stylish speakers upgrade your audio...

Samsung's latest speakers aren't just classy AV units that complement your furniture, they also deliver 32-bit audio. The company is promising listeners a new level of clarity thanks to its new Ultra High Quality (UHQ) audio tech, which upscales both...

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10:25
Hulu signs deal for Disney content landing over 50...




Although Netflix may have secured the rights to newer Disney movies, Hulu this week announced a deal claiming over 50 movies from the company's back catalog.

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10:01
Tesla Autopilot avoids a crash before it happens

Tesla's Autopilot 8.0 has a particularly clever feature: it uses radar to track road activity two cars ahead, helping it avoid danger that you wouldn't normally see. And it now appears that this tech just averted a disaster. Dutch Model X owner Frank...

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09:49
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple Watch Bands 30% off,...

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.

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09:32
Soylent relaunches its troubled powder, adds new...

Soylent had a pretty terrible 2016. After recalling its meal bars after reports of vomiting and diarrhea from its users, the company also had to withdraw its debut product: the powder used to make meal-substitute shakes. While Soylent relaunched the...

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09:24
Tim Cook calls AirPods ‘a run away success’, says...

Tim Cook was spotted today visiting the floor of the New York Stock Exchange where he was asked by CNBC about the recently launched (and backordered) AirPods. The Apple CEO described the new wireless earphones as “a run away success” and promised Apple is making more units “as fast as we can” when asked about supply constraints.

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09:10
Apple CEO Tim Cook tours New York Stock Exchange...




Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook is enjoying the holidays in New York City, as he spent Wednesday morning on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange with his nephew, and even fielded questions about the limited availability of AirPods.

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09:05
Lenovo unveils upcoming ThinkPad Thunderbolt 3 Dock...

Lenovo has unveiled three new upcoming USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 accessories coming early next year including the ThinkPad Thunderbolt 3 Dock. Apple’s new MacBook Pro relies on USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 for all I/O, and Lenovo’s upcoming Thunderbolt 3 Dock is joining a still small market of similar accessories.

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09:00
Twitter spent 2016 pouring gasoline on its fires

Twitter isn't a single entity, but a conglomeration of communities that use the same platform for various purposes. There's weird Twitter, political Twitter -- hell, there's even a cute animal pictures Twitter. Beyond communication in 140-character s...

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08:29
Samsung's second-gen UHD Blu-ray player helps...

Next week at CES Samsung will debut its second Ultra HD Blu-ray player, along with new "Ultra High Quality" (UHQ) audio hardware. The M9500 Ultra HD Blu-ray player looks like any other deck, however, Samsung says it will be able to automatically set...

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08:19
Hands on: Duet Display for iPad brings Touch Bar,...




Accelerated multiple-monitor tool Duet Display now brings the MacBook Pro's Touch Bar to an extended screen using an iPad, and optional full Apple Pencil support in macOS. AppleInsider shows you what's been updated in the new version.

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08:00
Pros and cons: Our quick verdict on the OnePlus 3T

Usually phone makers refresh their flagship models on schedule, once a year. In a break with tradition, though, OnePlus didn't even wait six months: The 3 came out in June, with the 3T arriving not even six months later. While people who bought the O...

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07:46
How to store Final Cut Pro X libraries on a NAS by...

If you’ve ever tried to store a Final Cut Pro X library on an external hard drive connected to your local network, or via an actual NAS from a company like Synology, then you’ve likely been greeted with an unsupported volume type error. This error is there to let you know that you must store a library on a local, SAN, or supported SMB location.

However, it is possible to save a library on a NAS by properly wielding a disk image created via the macOS Disk Utility. Depending on your local setup and network speed, it could make a viable network storage option for your Final Cut Pro X libraries. Have a look at our hands-on video walkthrough to see how it works, and learn about this method’s pluses and minuses. more…

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07:27
Chinese hackers allegedly stole secrets from US law...

Three Chinese hackers have been charged with insider trading after stealing secrets from American law firms. The Department of Justice has revealed that Lat Hong, Bo Zheng and Chin Hung installed malware on servers in order to access confidential dat...

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07:11
AAPL is the most underweight stock in the world...

A research note by UBS says that AAPL is the most ‘underweight’ stock in global fund management accounts, reports Business Insider. This means that they have a lower percentage of AAPL stock than you’d expect from the company’s ranking in financial indices.

If, for example, Apple represents 5% of the market value of the exchange, a fund manager would make 5% of his portfolio to have it balanced. If it’s less than this, say 2%, it’s underweight and a signal that the fund manager doesn’t think the stock will perform as well as the wider stock market or other particular stocks …

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07:03
Hulu lands exclusive subscription VOD deal with...

This year we’ve seen a lot of competition in the streaming video service space, and now Hulu has announced a new licensing deal with Disney that may make it a must-have.

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06:58
Ford's new self-driving Fusion almost looks...

Ford has shown the first images of its new self-driving Fusion Hybrid with a more powerful computer and improved, better-integrated sensors. It uses an upgraded version of the Fusion Hybrid platform, bolstered by self-driving hardware, a large new co...

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06:41
Korea hits Apple modem supplier Qualcomm with $853M...




The South Korean Fair Trade Commission has hit U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm -- a major Apple supplier -- with a 1.03 trillion won ($853 million) fine, charging that the company only licenses key patents to cellphone makers, and doesn't follow the rules when negotiating terms, among other complaints.

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06:36
Siri better at responding to medical & personal...

Researchers from several U.S. universities say that Siri has improved its responses to medical emergencies and personal crises since last year, but that more work is needed.

A Stanford study carried out a year ago found that intelligent assistants like Siri, Cortana and Samsung’s S Voice often failed to recognize when someone needed help, and would sometimes respond with flippant remarks or merely offer a web search when someone made a statement like ‘I am depressed.’ The lead author of that study, Stanford clinical psychologist Adam Miner, says that he has seen improvements since then …

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06:29
Samsung's robotic vacuum takes Amazon Echo...

Samsung has revealed Powerbot VR7000, a robotic vacuum you can control with your Amazon Echo. The company says that, in fact, all of its WiFi-enabled Powerbot vacuums will work with Alexa, including, presumably, current connected models like the Powe...

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06:17
Chinese manufacturers not likely to follow Apple...




Despite some research by Foxconn with a slightly positive angle towards moving some efforts to the U.S., other Apple supply chain vendors are likely to not move, citing labor and operating costs.

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06:01
Qualcomm slapped with $854 million anti-trust fine...

Qualcomm might have to pay a hefty anti-trust fine in South Korea. The Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) has slapped Snapdragon's creator with a 1.03 trillion won ($854 million) fine for unfair patent licensing practices. According to Reuters, the K...

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06:00
2017: More Apple Security Flaws, Cyberattacks,...


More security vulnerabilities will appear in the software of Adobe and Apple than in Microsoft's, more attacks on the Internet's infrastructure will occur, and cybersecurity events will stoke international tensions. Those are a few of the predictions for 2017 that security experts have made. Users of Apple desktops and laptops for years have been relatively insulated from the kinds of malicious activity that has besieged those in the Windows world, but that's going to change next year, warned Trend Micro.

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06:00
Daily Deal: 5-pack of Smartphone Camera Lenses only...

Did you know that the iPhone (in all of its various incarnations) is the world's most popular camera? We're sure that you -- an Apple World Today reader -- probably take a lot of photos with your iPhone. If you've thought about getting one of those lens kits for your iPhone to play around with but just found the price tags to be a bit on the ridiculous side, we've got the deal for you -- a 5-pack of Clip & Snap Smartphone Camera Lenses for $23.99

What do you get?

  • Fit a whole landscape in your photo w/ the wide angle lens
  • Take crisp, clear pictures as close as 3cm w/ the macro closeup lens
  • Use the fish eye lens...
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05:50
Flurry: Apple had 44% of phone/tablet activations...

With the dates of Christmas and Chanukah synced this year, smartphones were once again predominate on everyone’s wish lists. The analytics firm of Flurry Insights took a look at the most gifted smartphones and tablets this holiday season, examining phone and app activation throughout the week leading up to Christmas day and the start of Chanukah.

This year, 44% of new phone and tablet activations were Apple devices with Samsung seeing 21%. While Samsung is slowly growing in popularity throughout the holiday season, up 1% from last year, Apple devices continue to be the gift to give. 

According to Flurry, phablets devices (those sized five to 6.9 inches) continue to eat away at medium phone (3.5 to 4.9 inches) market share. Although medium phones saw the most activations during the week leading up to the holidays, Phablets continue to increase their holiday share, at the detriment of the medium phone. 

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05:15
Rumor: Apple to debut 5-inch iPhone with dual-camera...

There’s word of a 5-inch next-gen going around.

Japanese rumor site Mac Otakara, which tends to have a pretty reliable track record, has reported, via a Taiwanese supplier, that a 5-inch iPhone 7 with the unique vertical dual-camera system may be introduced as the medium-sized lineup for the iPhone 7 models.

Earlier this month, Mac Okatara reported that the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus would retain the aluminum design of the iPhone 7. However, the report said the new phones would come in an all-new red color. Multiple reports have stated that there will be three new iPhone models in 2017, including updated 4.7- and 5.5-inch models with LCD screens and a premium model with an OLED display and glass casing.

The rumor corroborates an earlier report of a new 5-inch iPhone due in 2017. The previous report, published by Nikkei, alleges that all three iPhone models set to debut in 2017 will have glass-backed designs. Other rumors have also stated the 2017 handsets will...

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05:03
LG's next headset is a wearable surround sound...

Sometimes you want to listen to music without having something in or on your ears. That's the desire LG hopes its new Tone Studio wearable speaker will address. The new horseshoe-shaped unit features two full range speakers up up and a pair of vibrat...

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05:00
HandBrake hits 1.0, (mostly) leaves the beta stages...

It took 13 years, but one of the coolest free video conversion apps for the Mac has left the beta stage.

HandBrake, the free jack-of-all-trades video conversion tool, reached version 1.0 on December 24th.

The program allows for video transcoding, or translating video clips from one format for another.

The new version offers the following fixes and changes: audio and video syncing for difficult sources, adds new device presets, adds new MKV and JSON presets, improves performance Skylake-based Macs, and more.

Even so, according to some of its deeper documentation, the program hasn’t completely left beta and will still be worked on by the open source community.

If you’ve tried HandBrake 1.0 and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

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04:30
New MacBook Pro owners need a Syde order of his...

Owners of the new MacBook Pros need a way to protect the (very) expensive laptops. WaterField Designs has, yet again, delivered a solution in its US$159 Syde Case.

Combining the protection of a sleeve with the functionality of a minimalist bag, it can hold —and protect — much more than a laptop, though it does that extremely well. My 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar fit just perfectly — it was snug enough for protection, but still easily inserted and removed. The laptop sleeve — which comes in ballistic nylon or waxed canvas (I prefer the latter) — packs a full-grain leather, soft-lined compartment for laptop accessories and other goodies.

If you need to insert and remove your MacBook Pro during business meetings, the Syde compartment has a silent magnetic closure that works, well, silently. When it comes to transporting, you can carry the Syde over your shoulder thanks to its attachable...

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04:02
Scientists track gene parts controlling the embryo...

Techniques like CRISPR and even experimental methods like programmable bacteria can be used to edit genes, but knowing which genes to edit is crucial. Yale scientists have found a way to track the types of RNA that control embryonic development in li...

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04:00
What is clean room data recovery?

By Jeff Graber

When we clean our rooms, what is it we are trying to do? By removing all the pollutants out of the air and by giving ourselves clearer and cleaner workspaces, you are removing these factors from the air which can be a key component in fixing a computer. If the air in a room is too thick, too humid, or too warm then the hardware itself can really become affected.

In the 1960s, the aerospace industry exploded and clean rooms became a thing of the future – offering a way to keep your room clear of anything you don’t want in there like dust and germs, it seemed to be the perfect way to live. Today, this type of technology is heavily used in manufacturing and research centers as it provides a purified workplace for employing the type of work required without compromising the equipment itself.

Clean rooms offer a much better chance of successful repair and recovery of hardware. Without anything in the air to damage the equipment...

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Tuesday December 27

21:06
Killer Deals: $300 off Apple's 2016 15"...




While supplies last, Apple authorized reseller Adorama is slashing the price of two of Apple's popular Late 2016 MacBook Pro configurations by $300, bringing the base model down to $2,099 and the high-end system with 512GB of storage and Radeon 455 graphics to $2,499 with free shipping and no tax outside NY and NJ.

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20:58
VW's latest acquisition helps you pay for...

Volkswagen wants to turn itself into more of a mobility company than a pure automaker, and it just made an acquisition that should help make that a reality. It's snapping up PayByPhone, a Canadian company that lets you pay for parking through smartp...

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19:54
San Francisco restaurant now using iPads as plates...

In a rather bizarre move, a San Francisco restaurant is now serving food on iPads. No, you don’t order the food via the iPad; the food is literally served on the iPad. The restaurant, Quince, was awarded a third Michelin star earlier this year, but the new iPad dish is an effort to lure in a younger crowd.

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19:37
Deep learning could predict car trouble before you...

Trying to replicate the sounds your car is making to the mechanic you're talking to is equal parts frustrating and embarrassing. But neural networks could put your best "worn out wheel bearing" impression into retirement. Israeli company 3DSignals us...

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18:23
You won't be able to upgrade the Nintendo...

Apart from the odd leak, we still don't know a lot about Nintendo's next game console. We know it has NVIDIA graphics. We know it can convert from a traditional TV set-up to a more portable one. Unfortunately, that's about where our verifiable knowle...

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18:20
Apple Tops Holiday Sales With 44 Percent of All New...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Mac Rumors: Apple's iPhone and iPad were the most popular mobile devices gifted during the holidays this year, according to new data shared by Yahoo-owned mobile analytics firm Flurry. Flurry examined device activations by manufacturer between 12/19 and 12/25, finding Apple devices to be twice as popular as Samsung devices. 44 percent of all new phone activations were Apple iPhones, while Samsung smartphones accounted for 21 percent of activations. Huawei, LG, Amazon, Oppo, Xiaomi, and Motorola trailed behind with between two and three percent of activations each. Google's Pixel smartphone, which came out in October, did not make Flurry's list. Last year, Flurry released a similar report, and Apple devices made up 49.1 percent of all device activations, while Samsung devices came in at 19.8 percent. Phablets, or smartphones and tablets ranging in size from 5 inches to 6.9 inches, continued to grow in popularity. In 2016, the phablets...

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17:32
What's on TV: NYE, bowl games and '...

The last week of 2016 is light on videogames, but there are other options out there. Oliver Stone's Snowden movie has arrived on Blu-ray, while Netflix recently added its first Marvel flick under the new arrangement with Disney, Captain America: Civi...

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17:31
Rumored 'Jet White' iPhone 7 mockup shown...




A video posted to the web on Tuesday shows off glossy white iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus casing mockups, offering a sneak peek at what an official "Jet White" version of the flagship smartphone might resemble.

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16:26
Pre-orders open for the 'first internet-...

Das Keyboard is best known for its high-end mechanical keyboards, and now it's taking them online. Next month at CES the company will debut "the world's first cloud connected keyboard" that streams info from the web right to the input device. Rather...

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16:16
Mockup imagines what the rumored Jet White iPhone 7/...

Last month, a report claimed that Apple was considering adding a new Jet White color to the iPhone lineup following the success of Jet Black. The report claimed that it would feature the same glossy design as the black model and be introduced sometime before the major refresh next fall.

Now, a video has emerged showing an early hands-on with what appears to be a mockup Jet White iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus…

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15:59
Notable apps and app updates for Dec. 27, 2016

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

iOS Apps/Updates

AppYogi Software has launched Favourite Contacts Launcher 1.0. The US$4.99 utility (avaiablel for $0.99 for a limited time) displays the list of all your favorite contacts in widgets. You can call, text, FaceTime, etc., your favorite contacts directly from the screen.

ShEk Tech has introduced Shape Games and Activities for Kids 1.0. Available in three languages, the free app allows children ages 3 to 6 to practice counting, alphabets, colors, and objects. Shape Games and Activities for Kids consists of seven interactive educational...

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15:54
Nano-sized discs teach your body to fight cancer

In the future, getting customized cancer treatments might just be a matter of injecting virtually invisible discs into into your body. University of Michigan scientists have had early success testing 10nm "nanodiscs" that teach your body to kill canc...

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15:08
Apple no longer accepts money transfers in German...




Apple in a recent change to international retail policy eliminated money transfers, otherwise known as prepayment, as a purchase option on its online store in Germany.

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14:49
Here’s how to be notified the moment your local...

While AirPods availability is certainly improving, the completely wireless headphones are still hard to find in Apple retail locations around the world. If you’re on the hunt to get yourself a pair, a new website launched just a few days ago aims to notify you the second AirPods become available in your local Apple Store.

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14:45
Yi Technology's next action camera promises to...

Action cameras get more impressive with each generation, but 4K support has always been a bit shaky. So far, the best cameras on the market have only been able to shoot in UHD footage at 15-30 fps, forcing users to step down to 2.7K resolutions for a...

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14:10
Iran bans 'Clash of Clans' for encouraging...

The Iranian government has been censoring internet for years to keep its citizens from exposing themselves to content it deems inappropriate or radical. Now the people have been saved from another toxic scourge: The mobile game Clash of Clans. The co...

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13:41
Long-lasting sound waves in glass could lead to...

Sound lasts for a long time when traveling through glass (just hit a wine glass with your cutlery if you need proof), but controlling the lifetime of that sound? Not so easy. Yale scientists, however, have discovered a way to extend the lifespan of s...

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13:37
New holiday report shows Apple leading phone...

In a new report released today by Flurry Analytics, Apple has again once topped the charts this holiday season. Using a mix of phone and app activations, Flurry discovered that Apple saw more than double the number of smartphone activations as Samsung, and a noticeable increase in phablet device activations.

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13:10
How 'Rogue One' used CG to complete its...

Spoilers ahead for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Two weeks ago, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story debuted, a side tale devoted to bridging the gap between the prequels and original trilogy. But it also spent time with numerous nods to the latter, includi...

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13:00
No AWT News Update today

There are slow news days and then there are NO news days. It's so incredibly slow out there right now in the world of Apple that we're going to forgo today's AWT News Update podcast. Whether or not there will be one tomorrow depends on the level of activity during this "shutdown week", but we'll let you know.

 

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12:39
'Frog Fractions 2' found buried inside a...

Frog Fractions 2 is out now, but be warned that it's not a typical game. This is largely because its predecessor, Frog Fractions, was not a typical game, and series creator Jim Crawford is not a typical developer.

When Frog Fractions came out in 201...

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12:26
Apple saw twice as many mobile device activations...




Apple's iPhone and iPad trounced the competition this holiday, giving the company a 44 percent share of all device activations --?more than twice that of rival Samsung, new research suggests.

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12:08
Republicans propose banning livestreams on the House...

Remember when House Democrats staged a sit-in to insist on a vote for gun control legislation, and relied on livestreams and social networks to keep their message alive when TV cameras weren't running? Republicans weren't happy about that... and now,...

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12:06
NBC's cash-strapped 'Breaking News'...




NBC is pulling the plug on its Breaking News service that feeds the eponymous iOS app on Dec. 31, and is leaving 9.5 million followers on Twitter in the dark as well.

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11:41
Apple removes bank transfer payments from online...

In a small change to their online checkout system, Apple has removed the support for bank transfer payments (also known as prepayment) from their online store in Germany. It’s unclear if any other countries are currently affected in the online store change but the change today leaves German buyers with the choice of using a credit card, PayPal, or financing as payment options.

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11:39
"Ring In The New Year" Apple Watch...

Want a way to get "rewarded" for working off those extra holiday pounds? Apple has a "Ring In The New Year" activity challenge that sounds fun and will be great motivation to get moving. The challenge takes some work to achieve and will last all month long in case you accidentally backslide...

The "Ring In The New Year" badge at right, stickers at left. Now get moving!

According to Apple, "Earn this special achievement when you close all three Activity rings each day for any full week, Monday to Sunday, in January. You'll also earn special stickers in the Messages app."

Wow, so you get stickers AND one of those cool achievement pins! What do you need to do to get all three rings in a day? Standing and moving around at least 1 minute of 12 different hours each day, getting 30 minutes of exercise per day, and meeting your personal move goal for burning active calories. 

The alert for this challenge should appear after midnight local time on Wednesday,...

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11:37
Samsung's 2017 TVs will keep track of your...

CES is nothing if not a show about TVs -- every year, Samsung, Sony, LG and many more parade out incremental upgrades meant to get us to open our wallets and upgrade our screens. In advance of next week's show, Samsung is announcing a piece of its st...

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11:34
Carrie Fisher, gone

This is very difficult, a body blow. Of course I remember Princess Leia, but when I think of Carrie Fisher, I think of Wishful Drinking (book and HBO special) and her great arc on 30 Rock.

And then there’s this.

Damn.

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11:06
A South Korean robotics company just built a real...

We won't have to wait much longer for our Robotech future. South Korean robotics manufacturer Hankook Mirae Technology debuted its first prototype piloted mech over the weekend. Say hello to the Method-2.

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10:59
Absent an Apple Siri alternative, Alexa hardware...




Amazon has declared the holiday 2016 shopping season as "the best-ever season" for its voice-driven personal assistant Alexa, despite having problems keeping the sought-after devices in stock.

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10:34
Samsung's Galaxy S8 reportedly uses AI across...

Samsung has been eager to drum up attention for the Galaxy S8's AI assistant, but just how is it going to work, exactly? We still don't have the clearest picture, but some details might be coming to light. A SamMobile source claims that the Viv-based...

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10:10
Hulu will add about 50 Disney movies this year

For a lot of cord-cutters, Hulu is one of the best ways to stay on top of new TV episodes from major networks right after they air. But the service also has a fair share of movies, and that side of the business will keep growing thanks to a just-anno...

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09:52
Facebook Safety Check erroneously says a bomb...

Facebook's Safety Check program incorrectly said there was an explosion in Bangkok, Thailand, The Independent reported. For an hour beginning at 9PM local time on December 27th, anyone in Thailand's capital city saw reports of an explosion and a prom...

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple Leather/Silicone iPhone...

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09:30
13 years later, HandBrake leaves beta

Anyone who has been around the world of Apple for any amount of time is familiar with HandBrake. It's a free open source video transcoder, meaning that it's the app you want to use when you need to rip a DVD into a format viewable on your Mac, iPhone or iPad. Sure, there are other commercially available packages, but HandBrake doesn't cost a dime and has a vibrant support community. After "just" 13 years of being in beta, HandBrake 1.0 was released on Christmas Eve.

What does version 1.0 bring to the table? Better performance on Skylake-based Macs, new MKV and JSON presets, new device presets, and improved audio/video syncing for "difficult sources". 

If you would love to grab all of those old DVDs and convert them to a digital format, there's no better app available for the task than HandBrake....

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09:00
Samsung's 2016 went up in smoke

Samsung's year started well, all things considered. The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge were bona fide hits. The company's financials looked great. Its position as the global leader in the smartphone market was assured. And then the Galaxy Note 7 happened. Aft...

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08:29
Handbrake's video conversion app update was 13...

In the fast-moving world of modern app development, users can often wait days or a small number of weeks for an update. However, if you're the team behind Handbrake -- one of the world's most popular video conversion apps -- years can pass before you...

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WarFriends Beginner's Guide: How to...
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Nintendo gave us our first look at Fire Emblem: Heroes, the upcoming mobile Fire Emblem game the company hinted at last year. Revealed at the Fire Emblem Direct event held today, the game will condense the series' tactical RPG combat into bite-... | Read more »
ReSlice (Music)
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Apple has Certified Refurbished Mac minis available starting at $419. Apple’s one-year warranty is included with each mini, and shipping is free: - 1.4GHz Mac mini: $419 $80 off MSRP - 2.6GHz Mac... Read more
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The top ranked ‘”intimate” brands continued to outperform the S&P and Fortune 500 indices in revenue and profit over the past 10 years, according to MBLM’s Brand Intimacy 2017 Report, the largest... Read more
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