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15:22
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14:57
Encrypted chat app Signal sidesteps censorship in...

Signal, the messaging app that prides itself on circumventing government censorship, has a few new places where its flagship feature works. Last week it was Egypt, and now users in Cuba and Oman can send messages without fear of them being intercepte...

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14:20
Apple To Cut iPhone Production By 10%: Nikkei

A new report from Nikkei Asian Review says that Apple will cut iPhone production by around 10% in the first quarter of 2017. From the report: This comes after the company slashed output in January-March 2016 due to accumulated inventory of the iPhone 6s line at the end of 2015. That experience led Apple to curb production of the iPhone 7, introduced in September, by around 20%. But the phones still have sold more sluggishly than expected. Information on production of the latest models and global sales suggests cuts in both the 7 and 7 Plus lines in the coming quarter. The larger iPhone 7 Plus, which features two cameras on its back face, remains popular. But a shortage of camera sensors has curbed Apple's ability to meet demand for the phones. U.S. research company IDC forecasts global smartphone shipments in 2016 on par with the 2015 level. Even Apple has had difficulty creating appealing new features, stifling demand from customers who otherwise would look to upgrade to the...

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14:06
Evolving iPad desktop usage

I’m always interested in how others manage to use their iPad full-time. I love my iPad and use it every day but there is no way I can make it my full-time machine.

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14:02
This 76-year-old has spent his entire life repairing...

Warning: There’s quite a bit of camera porn in this video.

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13:32
Boston is the latest city to allow self-driving car...

You can add Boston to the list of places where autonomous vehicles are being tested legally. Rather than trials on the city's, ahem, interesting street layout, company NuTonomy will start small, beginning at the Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park on Januar...

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13:00
2016's hacks, attacks and security blunders

Just when we thought things couldn't get worse than 2015's security and privacy disasters, the asshole known as 2016 came along to trample and pee on any hope we had left for a hack-free, secure future. This was the year Hollywood hacking scare-fanta...

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12:30
Apple set to reduce iPhone production by 10% in Q1...

According to a new report today from Nikkei, Apple is going to reduce the production of iPhones by about 10% in the first quarter of 2017. The news comes after Flurry Analytics showed that Apple still maintains a lead in holiday activations.

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12:29
AWT News Update: December 30, 2016

Some Foxbots showing off to humans...

This will be the final AWT News Update for 2016; be sure to join us again next Tuesday, January 2, 2017 for the first update of the new year! Today we have a few stories that we're sure you'll find fascinating:

  • iPhone 7 production may be cut by 10% soon to avoid a buildup of inventory
  • Think those 4K videos of Apple Campus 2 are impressive? Check out the 1.7 gigapixel mosaic created by SkyIMD if you really want to see a high-resolution photo
  • The robots are taking over at manufacturing plants run by Apple's primary partner, Foxconn

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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12:24
The iPhone 7 may not be selling as well as Apple...

Traditionally, new iPhones sell pretty well in their first few months -- often outperforming the previous model's sales during the same quarter. That might not be the case with Apple's latest handset: according to Nikkei, sluggish sales are forcing t...

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11:55
Drones and RC kayaks offer fresh views of the ocean

The Scripps Institution of Oceanography has gotten a few more tech upgrades. Scientists aboard research vessel Sally Ride recently tested a pair of drones and a remote control kayak in an effort to get different views and readings of their subjects.

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11:25
The US is preparing to modernize its nuclear weapons...

The United States has not updated its nuclear weapons program in decades, but in February President Barack Obama allocated more than $1 trillion to the modernization of the country's nuclear stockpile. Perhaps he got tired of hearing jokes about serv...

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11:20
Foxconn Boosting Automated Production in China

Foxconn Electronics is automating production at its factories in China in three phases, aiming to fully automate entire factories eventually, according to general manager Dai Jia-peng for Foxconn's Automation Technology Development Committee. From a report on DigiTimes: In the first phase, Foxconn aims to set up individual automated workstations for work that workers are unwilling to do or is dangerous, Dai said. Entire production lines will be automated to decrease the number of robots used during the second phase, Dai noted. In the third phase, entire factories will be automated with only a minimal number of workers assigned to production, logistics, testing and inspection processes, Dai indicated.


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11:00
The year of Yahoo's undoing

It's not often that we're able to quantify the crappiness of a particular year, but Yahoo's 2016 was so tragic that it ended with a hefty, widely publicized price tag: $1 billion.

That's the size of the discount that Verizon requested on its purchas...

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11:00
The Week in iOS Apps: Selfies made easy

New apps for your iPhone and iPad

The newest apps on the block include a personal library tracker, software for DJs, and a train game. Read on!

VoiceCam

Image by VoiceCam

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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10:55
Review: 'RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic' for...




Attention computer gamers from the '90s and early '00s: Atari has launched its third try with the "RollerCoaster Tycoon" franchise, and AppleInsider will tell you how well the port of the early titles in the series has transferred over to mobile, as well as explore if the game is worth the relatively steep price tag for mobile, or not.

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10:55
Review: Nanoleaf’s Aurora smart lighting panels...

I’ve tried a few different HomeKit lighting solutions but nothing quite like Nanoleaf’s Aurora smart lighting panels. These modular tiles probably won’t replace traditional lamps or ceiling bulbs, but the customizable LED lights provide visually impressive colorful (and pricey) accent lighting. See it in action below:

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10:52
The Public Access Weekly: Aud lang syne

Hey all -- we're doing an abbreviated Public Access Weekly today because it's the holidays, it's almost CES and my plane home was delayed last night. (Side note, apparently it's possible to drop your phone into a plane's fuselage which someone learn...

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10:48
Apple Music was number nine among the top smartphone...

Apple Music landed on the number nine spot of the 10 top smartphone apps of 2016, according to a Nielsen survey. The research group says it had over 68 million average unique users. That’s up 20% year-over-year.

Ahead of Apple Music in the list were Facebook, FaceBook Messenger, YouTube, Google Maps, Google Search, Google Play, Gmail, and Instagram. In the 10th spot, behind Apple Music, was the Amazon App.

Facebook had more than 146 million average unique users each month, a growth of 14% from last year. Facebook Messenger came in second with over 129 million average unique users each month, followed by YouTube with more than 113 million average unique users each month.

Among the top 10 smartphone apps, the apps with highest year-over-year change were Amazon App and Instagram, with 43% and 36% growth in users from 2015, respectively.

Smartphone penetration grew to 88% of U.S. mobile subscribers at the...

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10:43
Jack Dorsey asks users how to improve Twitter

“Whats the most important thing you want to see Twitter improve or create in 2017?” Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey posed this question to the platform’s users on Thursday, and what followed was a lively discussion that lasted several hours and included thousands of suggestions. 

Dorsey acknowledged in his tweet that he was following the lead of Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky, who conducted a similar social media poll earlier in the week. But the stakes could be even higher for Twitter, which has struggled to meet expectations under Dorsey's leadership.

CNBC reports that the top requests, based on a scan of the responses, were an edit button for tweets, a bookmark button for finding favorite tweets more easily, and better safety and reporting options for bullying.

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10:40
Consumer Reports Stands By Its Verdict, Won't...

Consumer Reports took many by surprise last week -- certainly Apple -- when it said it doesn't recommend the company's new MacBook Pro models. The American magazine, which has garnered credibility over 80 years of its existence, said battery life on Apple's new laptops was all over the place -- hitting 19 hours in a test, but less than four hours in another. Last week, Apple's VP of Marketing, Phil Schiller insisted that Consumer Reports' findings didn't match the company's field data, and that Apple was working with Consumer Reports to understand its review. Now Consumer Reports has responded: The nonprofit organization is standing by its initial verdict in which it did not give the MacBook Pro (2016) its "recommended" rating. The organization has now said it doesn't think re-running the tests will change anything. "In this case, we don't believe re-running the tests are warranted for several reasons. First, as we point out in our original article, experiencing very high battery...

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10:18
The best stylus for your iPad or other touchscreen...

By Serenity Caldwell

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

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09:57
Slower-than-expected iPhone 7 sales prompt Apple to...




Apple's new iPhone 7 lineup has "sold more sluggishly than expected," according to a new report, which claims that the company has cut orders for early 2017 by some 10 percent.

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09:45
Apple Music ranks ninth in 2016 Nielsen charts of...




Apple Music was the ninth-most popular smartphone app in the U.S. this year in terms of unique users, according to new Nielsen research data, despite it being heavily iOS-focused and of less use without a paid subscription.

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09:44
Facebook buys data on users' offline habits for...

At this point, it's well-known that Facebook is as much an advertising company as it is a social network. The company is probably second only to Google in the data it collects on users, but the info we all share on the Facebook site just isn't enough...

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09:43
Depth Effects for your iPhone camera

Thanks to Depth Effects for sponsoring The Loop this week.

Now everyone can get beautiful Portrait Mode photos with their iPhone. Depth Effects gives you the power to apply a striking depth of field to any photo. Get DLSR-quality focus and bokeh with simple controls. Also, Depth Effects is the best app for anamorphic depth of field and cinematic bokeh.

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09:41
iPhone 8: Everything we currently know about Apple’s...

What’s next for iPhone? 2017 will be Apple’s 10th anniversary iPhone year and the latest intel shows it could be one of the biggest updates to the device in a long time. Bigger, better, and curved displays, an all-glass design, wireless charging, and a new embedded home button are just some of the features Apple is reportedly considering for the iPhone 8. Head below for our full roundup of everything we currently know about Apple’s next flagship.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Powerbeats3 Wireless...

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless In-Ear Headphones return to holiday pricing at Amazon:...

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09:10
The year's biggest loser was the American public

Even if we judge 2016 purely on the musical legends it stole from us, it would be an awful one. The truth is, this year has been rough by any standard. Our social networks, ostensibly designed to connect us, led us to turn on one another. Incidents o...

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08:27
Sonos alarms are waking users a day early (updated)

Waking up to your favorite music is always nice, but it becomes rather annoying when you can't turn off said alarm. That's exactly what Sonos users are experiencing and one editor on our staff dealt with the headache first hand. In fact, the alarms a...

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08:17
Unboxing LG's 27-inch UltraFine 5K Display with...




With the first preorders now arriving in the hands of customers, AppleInsider offers a closer look at LG's gorgeous 27-inch UltraFine 5K Display, featuring Thunderbolt 3 connectivity to take advantage of Apple's latest MacBook Pros.

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08:00
Germany Could Ding Facebook for Fake News


The frenzied 2016 election cycle mercifully is over, but Facebook's fake news problem isn't going away. The company may face steep fines in Germany if it fails to address it satisfactorily. A bill slated for consideration next year would establish fines of up to $500,000 euros per day for each day that a fake news story persisted after notification of its falsehood was provided. The legislation, which has bipartisan support, would apply to other sites as well, but Facebook clearly is its main target.

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07:55
My 2017 predictions for the iPhone, iPad, Apple...

I've stared into my crystal ball and this is what I see happening in regards to Apple in 2017. Here’s what I’m predicting for the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple TV.

First, the iPhone. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus (I don't think they’ll be dubbed iPhone 10 and 10 Plus, even though 2017 is the 10th anniversary of Apple’s smartphone) will debut in September. They'll have a glass casing, a bezel-less form factor, and wireless charging. 

The next gen iPhones will sport a curved OLED screen, a faster A11 processor, be completely waterproof, and have no Home button. The Home button function, as well as Camera and Touch ID, will, per the rumor mill, be integrated into the display. (These features probably won’t apply to the second gen iPhone SE, which will be Apple’s low-end smartphone for the budget conscious.)

I’m dubious about this, but the 2017 Apple smartphones will have at least one model with a 5.8-inch screen, according to a...

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07:38
Microsoft thinks AR could help you find your lost...

You may think RFID tags are a pretty decent way to track your property, but Microsoft is trying to patent a much higher-tech system. A Hololens-like augmented reality device would scan your surroundings and keep tabs on objects like keys, wallets or...

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07:00
The Engadget Podcast Ep 20: I Can't Stand Up...

It's the last episode of the year and host Terrence O'Brien is closing things out with managing editor Dana Wollman and reviews editor Cherlynn Low. After looking at the biggest winners of 2016 last week, the crew is taking on the biggest losers. Tha...

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06:59
Lowest Prices Ever: Apple's high-end 2016 15...




36 hours only: We've saved the best for last with the lowest prices ever on two of Apple's most popular Macs. Pick up a Late 2016 15" MacBook Pro (2.7GHz, 16GB, 512GB, Radeon 455) in Space Gray for $2,479 ($320 off). Or save $170 on the 13" MacBook Air with 8GB of memory. Both are in stock and ready to ship with no tax outside NY. Happy New Year from B&H Photo and AppleInsider!

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06:53
Apple manufacturer Foxconn aiming to fully automate...




Apple's main manufacturing partner, Foxconn, is planning to eliminate human workers from its Chinese factories in three phases -- something already complete at some locations, a manager with Foxconn's Automation Technology Development Committee revealed on Friday.

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06:49
My Mac and macOS predictions for 2017

I've stared into my crystal ball and this is what I see happening in regards to Apple in 2017. First, let’s look at the Mac line-up, which was sorely neglected this year. 

The iMac will be revved with faster Kaby processors and get updated graphics. For the latter, I expect the AMD’s Zen processor in most models, and and AMD Polaris Graphics set in a high-end model. The new iMacs will also implement a True Tone display, which uses new four-channel sensors to dynamically adjust the white balance of the display to match the light around you for a more natural and accurate, paper-white viewing experience.

I don’t expect the basic design to change (can Apple make it any thinner?), though I think we’ll see a space gray all-in-one (and perhaps other colors). It’s possible that Apple may offer all Macs with flash drives only, dropping the Fusion drives. However, I think that Apple will continue to offer Fusion drives. In fact, if they’re truly wanting to...

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06:40
Foxconn has ten fully-automated production lines,...

Romantic images of bringing iPhone production back to the USA to create jobs were given a further blow today when Apple’s main iPhone assembler Foxconn announced that it has already deployed 40,000 robots on its production lines, and is working towards a goal of fully-automated factories.

Foxconn has already replaced more than half its workforce with robots since the launch of the iPhone 6, and the company’s Automation Technology Development Committee general manager Dai Jia-peng said that this was just the start of a three-phase plan … 

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06:20
Twitter boss says edit tweet feature is '...

CEO Jack Dorsey asked Twitter users what improvements they most wanted to see, and as you'd expect, he got an avalanche of replies -- over 5,700 so far. The most requested feature was the ability to edit tweets after you've sent them, rather than hav...

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06:09
AirPods builder Inventec expanding capacity, growing...




Apple supplier Inventec, who appears to be the sole provider of Apple's AirPods at this time, has started expanding capacity at its plants to satisfy worldwide demand for the wireless devices.

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06:00
Burly Men at Sea spins an easygoing, yet entrancing...

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

Classic point-and-click adventure games have evolved over the years and recently saw a revival with Telltale’s successful episodic series. Based on licensed properties ranging from The Walking Dead to Minecraft and Game of Thrones, the games take the form of an interactive version of the classic choose-your-own-adventure books, letting you make decisions that gradually lead to different conclusions...

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06:00
Disk Drill Pro 3 for Mac Lifetime License -- $34.99

One tool every Mac user should have in his or her kit of utilities is a good disk recovery program, one that can not only recover inadvertently deleted files, but even locate and restore lost partitions and the like. The Apple World Today team is proud to partner with Cleverfiles, the developers of Disk Drill Pro 3 for Mac, and with StackCommerce to bring you a lifetime license for Disk Drill Pro 3 for just $34.99.

You may have received our special email about Disk Drill Pro 3 on December 23, but if you didn't, here's what this app can do for you:

  • Scan & recover data from virtually any storage device w/ just the click of a button
  • Recover any file or folder or reconstruct over 200 file types w/ multiple...
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05:52
Inventec expanding its capacity to met AirPod demand

Apple CEO Tim Cook has called the AirPods a “runaway success,” and maybe he’s not exaggerating. Apple is seeing strong demand for the wireless earpieces during the year-end holidays and its strong sales are expected to benefit the device's manufacturer Inventec, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report (as noted by DigiTimes). 

The article says Inventec —  a Taiwan-based manner of mobile devices, notebook computers, and servers — has recently started expanding capacity at its Shanghai plants in order to satisfy increasing demand for the earphones and the plants are currently working overtime to deliver orders.

AirPods are wireless headphones that allow users to listen to music, make phone calls, enjoy TV shows and movies, play games and interact with Siri. Apple says that advanced sensors know when you are listening and...

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05:29
AppleInsider podcast talks AirPods, iPhone 7...




This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor and Dan discuss impressions on the AirPods, iPhone activations in light of the Note 7, and much more.

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05:19
NASA's chief scientist Ellen Stofan leaves the...

NASA's chief scientist Ellen Stofan is "departing for new adventures" after more than three years in the top advisory position. The planetary geologist, academic and researcher worked with NASA throughout much of the 1990s, returning to the agency in...

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05:15
Some AirPods users cite issues with AirPods charging...

Apple’s AirPods have roared out the door and are getting good reviews, but there may be some battery issues to contend with for some users.

A number of users have reported that the charging case that comes with the headphones isn’t holding Apple’s advertised 24 hours of charge. In theory, the charging case should only lose noticeable amounts of charge when the AirPods are low on battery and recharging within the case, and when users flip the pack open to check battery levels or otherwise activate Bluetooth with a connected Apple device.

Users who’ve reported issues have stated that the AirPods case drains more than 40 percent of available capacity in only a few hours, with the AirPods at 100 percent inside and minimal Bluetooth activation.

In the case of Reddit user “severinskulls”, the issue was resolved via a replacement AirPods case. In most cases, the AirPods themselves are not facing any shortened battery life issues.

The user offered the...

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05:02
Apple’s AirPods manufacturer expanding capacity to...

A brief report in China’s Economic Daily Times says that Apple’s AirPods manufacturer, Inventec, is expanding capacity in order to meet strong demand.

The report noted that Inventec has recently started expanding capacity at its Shanghai plants in order to satisfy increasing demand for the earphones and the plants are currently working overtime to deliver orders …

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05:00
Consumer Reports stands by its 2016 MacBook Pro...

Consumer Reports is standing by its findings regarding the 2016 MacBook Pro battery’s sporadic performance.

The publication’s director of electronics testing, Maria Rerecich, offered the following comment when asked about possible retesting:

In this case, we don’t believe re-running the tests are warranted for several reasons. First, as we point out in our original article, experiencing very high battery life on MacBooks is not unusual for us – in fact we had a model in our comparative tests that got 19 hours. Second, we confirmed our brightness with three different meters, so we feel confident in our findings using this equipment. Finally, we monitor our tests very closely. There is an entry logged every minute, so we know from these entries that the app worked correctly.

Apple’s Phil Schiller has stated that Consumer Reports’ test results do not match the company’s extensive lab tests nor field data.

In turn, the company has offered the following...

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04:31
Comment: Apple continues to explore bringing the...

Two further patent applications published today and spotted by Patently Apple show that Apple continues to explore the idea of bringing a Watch-style Digital Crown to the iPad and iPhone. The original patent application was published back in July, and the two additional ones published today further refine the idea.

Apple has generally been moving away from physical controls on iDevices, the iPhone 7 replacing the mechanical Home button with a touch-sensitive one, and the iPhone 8 rumored to be embedding it into the display. We’re also expecting to see a near bezel-free design next year.

It was for this reason that the idea initially seemed unlikely …

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04:02
Hubble snaps a pic of a microwave-emitting galaxy

The Hubble telescope team is ending the year with a photo of an unusual galaxy, one that emits microwaves instead of visible light. See that image above? That's a snapshot of IRAS 16399-0937, a "megamaser" 370 million light-years away from Earth. Meg...

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04:00
OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual mini RAID the perfect...

If you have a new MacBook Pro and, like me, don’t want all your info stored only “in the cloud,” the OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual mini RAID is a great solution for expanding your available local storage.

It’s a traditional hard disk drive, not a solid state drive (though the OWC products are also available in SSD configurations), but you get good bang for your buck. A 1TB OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual mini RAID costs US$228.99, the 2TB version (which I tested) is $268.99, and the 4TB model is $329.99. Compare those prices to the $1,200 Apple wants to expand a 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar to a 2TB PCIe-based SSD.

The OWC HDD is ready for demanding mobile workflows. This bus-powered unit (no driver required) comes with a USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C connection, designed with the latest MacBooks and MacBook Pros in mind. Running at 7200RPM, it’s plenty fast and spacious...

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03:00
The Morning After: Friday, December 30 2016

2016 is almost over, but sliding in just under the wire is a wild new delivery idea from Amazon. There's also donut-shaped Mars shelters, and our take on Apple's 2016: it's not a positive one.

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01:45
Crowdfunded laptop dock for Android phones misses...

The Superbook, a device that converts your smartphone into a laptop, is the latest high-profile Kickstarter project to delay shipping to backers. The $99 device, basically a screen and keyboard shell powered by your smartphone's processor and memory,...

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Thursday December 29

23:44
Nikon and Verily team up to fight diabetes-related...

Verily, Google's former Life Sciences division, teamed up with a French pharmaceutical company to help treat diabetes just a few months ago. Now, it has joined forces with Nikon to enhance the screening process for diabetic retinopathy and macular ed...

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20:20
Lamborghini confirms Urus SUV will be its only plug-...

According to Autocar, we'll be seeing the first production hybrid Lamborghini soon. The publication reports that Lamborghini's research and development chief, Maurizio Reggiani, confirmed that the Urus SUV will be offered with a plug-in hybrid powert...

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19:22
Uber and Lyft answer concerns about discrimination

A study published earlier this year documenting the discrimination ride-hailing passengers face compelled Senator Al Franken to call Uber's and Lyft's attention. Now, the Senator's office has published the companies' responses to the letter he sent o...

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18:10
Violence for all: 'Postal' goes open source

Behind the ongoing public debate on violent video games, a few key titles always stand out -- but before the public was freaking out about Grand Theft Auto, it was reeling in shock from Postal. This ridiculous satirical smorgasbord of violence earned...

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17:37
Apple Campus 2 construction site shown off in...




Apple's Campus 2 project in Cupertino, Calif., is one of the most photographed construction sites in the world thanks to a steady stream of looky-loos and drone fly-bys. A newly published 1.7-gigapixel image from aerial camera platform specialists SkyIMD, however, offers a uniquely detailed look at the build progress.

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17:37
Accessible Apple: The 12 Requests of Christmas - Day...

Humanware Brailliant BI 40 Braille Display

This is the fourth 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 fourth request of Christmas, we ask Apple to give to us:

4. Braille Display and Keyboard Support for the Apple TV

On Mac OS and iOS devices, there is support for refreshable Braille displays and Braille keyboard input through specialized accessories. Refreshable Braille displays can display up to 80 characters of Braille text at a time. Using Braille displays can allow for virtually silent operation of a device by a blind or partially sighted user without the need for synthetic speech. As I wrote in a...

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16:14
DirecTV Now's $35 special offer goes away...

DirecTV launched its AT&T-backed online-only streaming service, DirecTV Now, last month with a special introductory $35 price for its 100+ channel option. But that offer is set to expire on January 9th, when it jumps to $60 to settle between the...

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15:52
Family blames Apple’s FaceTime for their daughter’s...

A family grieving the death of their daughter wants Apple held accountable for encouraging distracted driving with its FaceTime app, in a lawsuit filed Friday in Santa Clara County Superior Court. FaceTime is a videoconferencing app that Apple includes with its iOS and Mac devices. 

James and Bethany Modisette claim the Cupertino, California-based company had the patent for a safer version of the app, but chose to make the less safe version available with the iPhone 6. They say Apple is responsible for their daughter’s death because of its “failure to install and implement the safer, alternative design for which it sought a patent in December 2008 (later issued by the United States Patent Office in April 2014) to “lock out” the ability of drivers to use FaceTime on an iPhone while driving.

The dispute arises from events that occurred on Dec. 24, 2014, when the Modisettes and their...

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15:42
MacBook 2016 Review – It’s going back

I can’t think of the last time I returned a new Mac. I’m a textbook early adopter and have always purchased new Macs (especially notebooks) day and date when they come out.

Like most Mac users on the planet, I eagerly awaited Apple’s 2016 MacBook Pro refresh – 500 days in the making. I chose the 13-inch MacBook Pro (over the larger, 15-inch) to replace an aging MacBook Air 13-inch in my fleet.

I ordered mine (MBP 13.3 Space Gray, 256GB, S3136LL/A) on October 27, 2016 and it arrived on November 18, 2016.

My use case

Laptops, like mobile phones, are extremely personal devices. Your mileage will vary.

My 13-inch MBP  is primarily for use on my lap. I have a large monitor/keyboard/mouse setup (when I need it) at home and work, so I don’t need the largest screen possible on my laptop.

I also use it on the couch, in my recliner, at the kitchen table, coffee shop, shuttle bus,...

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15:38
Apple plans to make iPhones for the Indian market in...

According to Times of India, Apple plans to make iPhones for the Indian market in Bengaluru, the home of India’s startup scene. Wistron, a Taiwanese original equipment manufacturer (OEM) maker for the Cupertino, California-based company, is setting up a facility in Peenya, the city's industrial hub, to manufacture the iPhones. 

The facility will start production from next April, the article adds, quoting unnamed “industry sources.” Local manufacturing will help Apple price its phones competitively as full imports attract 12.5% additional duty, according to Times of India.

In July, it was announced that Apple had agreed to lease more than 40,000 square feet of office space in Bengaluru, India, where the company plans to set up a development center And in May, the company announced a new initiative to...

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15:12
Twitter’s Jack Dorsey says support for tweet editing...

A variety of changes have come to Twitter during 2016, but one capability that the company has yet to add despite requests from users is an edit button. Twitter is one of few social networks that doesn’t allow users to edit their content once it’s been shared, but now the company’s CEO, Jack Dorsey, says that an edit functionality is definitely needed…

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14:57
CES: Kanex to debut portable Apple Watch charger...




Third-party vendor Kanex plans to expand its GoPower Apple Watch accessory lineup at CES next year with a new ultra-portable charger small enough to be carried comfortably on a keyring and a self-contained charging stand.

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14:54
Samsung enters the smart inbox fray with 'Focus...

Samsung's Focus (no, not the Windows phone from ages ago) wants to be your Android productivity app of choice. The latest update brings the application out of beta and fixes a deleted email sync issue, according to patch notes. But, when Google Play...

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14:23
Apple rumored to begin iPhone production in India by...




Amid rumors that Apple is ramping up efforts to sell its wares in India, a report on Thursday claims the company is "very serious" about starting up iPhone production operations in the country by the end of 2017.

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14:20
No AWT News Update today

Hi, everybody! Today's AWT News Update has been canceled due to a lack of time (I had a dentist appointment that went longer than expected), but we'll have a roundup of stories from the week early tomorrow afternoon.

In the meanwhile, considering all of the bad news we've had over the past few days (and all of 2016 for that matter), perhaps "no news is good news". 

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13:58
Apple’s AirPods are getting glowing reviews, so why...

Apple’s freshly released AirPods are receiving great reviews overall. Tim Cook called AirPods “a run away success” and said Apple is making the backordered product as fast as possible. First hand accounts from a marathon runner to members of our 9to5Mac team are giving generally positive reports. So if you haven’t acquired your own set of AirPods yet, we’re curious to learn why you aren’t buying them? Tell us below in our poll…

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13:50
Web of tax breaks and subsidies keeps iPhone...

Enlarge / The iPhone 6S Plus and 7 Plus. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Apple sells iPhones all over the world, but it builds them in China with the help of manufacturing companies like Foxconn and Pegatron. A particular Foxconn facility in the city of Zhengzhou, China, is the subject of a lengthy report in The New York Times today. The report details the complex series of tax breaks, subsidies, and other incentives that makes the Zhengzhou facility so uniquely suited to Foxconn's and Apple's needs.

Confidential government records obtained by the Times reveal, among other things, that the city of Zhengzhou helped finance the construction of Foxconn's factory...

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13:45
A Ben Affleck flop inspired this script-reading robot

The process used to create a major motion picture hasn't changed much in a century. Someone has an idea that they turn into a screenplay, which is then edited, developed and handed to a director, who brings it to life. The only difference now is that...

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13:31
Apple again expected to begin making iPhones in...

Apple has long been rumored to be setting up a manufacturing presence in India, with a report most recently outlining some of the concessions Apple was seeking from the Indian government. Now, a new report from the Times of India claims that Apple will start manufacturing the iPhone in India in April of 2017, while the company has also posted a handful of job listings in the country.

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13:12
Donut-shaped ice shelters could shield astronauts on...

Since future astronauts might be spending months at a time on Mars, their sturdy shelters must reliably insulate inhabitants from extreme outer temperatures and the cosmic radiation filtering through the planet's thin atmosphere. Some have proposed c...

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12:08
ESPN takes you inside a college football rivalry...

Virtual reality has the ability to take us inside events and offer new perspectives for things we'd typically only view on TV. VR company Jaunt has been touting its "cinematic" platform for a while now and it teamed up with ESPN to give sports fans a...

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11:41
Find out when you can download 'Super Mario Run...

If you've been staring wistfully at the many iOS folks who are playing Super Mario Run on your commute, wondering when your Android gizmo could get in on the action, maybe stop doing that. First up, it's a little creepy and, secondly, soon enough you...

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11:38
Lawsuit blames Apple's 'less safe'...




A family whose daughter's life was tragically cut short by a driver using FaceTime is suing Apple, claiming that the company has made a "less safe" than possible version of the telecommunications utility available, and as such is responsible for the crash.

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11:20
What it’s like to stand at the threshold to space

Just from the excerpt, I want to read this book.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:16
The US just imposed sanctions on Russia over...

President Barack Obama's administration has imposed sanctions on Russia's two top intelligence services and it's ejected 35 Russian intelligence officials from the US. This is in response to Russia's repeated, documented hacks of the US election syst...

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11:03
Foxconn's iPhone plant in Zhengzhou built on...




Foxconn's Zhengzhou factory -- where about half of all Apple's iPhones are made -- exists in large part because of billions of dollars in handouts and tax breaks from the Chinese government, a report pointed out on Thursday.

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11:02
∞ 4K HDR Blu Ray – Is it worth it?

With CES coming in a few days, there will be a tsunami of news and PR about 4K HDR Blu Ray being the “next big thing”. But, unless you are a serious cinephile (and have serious money to burn), you can probably ignore the vast majority of 4K HDR news out of the 2017 CES.

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11:00
Inateck BP2109 Portable Bluetooth Speaker: A...

I test a lot of Bluetooth speakers, and for the most part they communicate with you in the manner of R2D2 -- a bunch of bleeps, bloops, and flashing LEDs. When I powered on the Inateck BP2109 Portable Bluetooth Speaker ($37.99, Amazon affiliate link) and heard the charming voice of this little portable speaker, I was hooked. Let's take a look!

Inateck BP2109 Portable Bluetooth Speaker. Photo ©2016, Steven Sande

Design

Bluetooth speakers come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and the BP2109 is what I'd call a "midrange" speaker. It's not tiny nor tinny like some of the little cylindrical speakers we see, but it's not a heavy monster either. It's a black rectangular shape with dimensions of 2.56 x 2.56 x 6.85 inches (6.5 x 6.5 x 17.4 cm), weighing in at 17 ounces (481.9 grams). 

Most of that mass is thanks to a 4,000mAh battery pack that allows the...

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11:00
Pros and cons: Our quick verdict on Google WiFi

Google WiFi is the company's latest (and very aptly named) wireless router. Like the OnHub router that Google put out last year, WiFi is meant to be sleekly designed and easy to use. This time, though, WiFi also can create a mesh network with other G...

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11:00
The Week in iPhone and iPad Cases: Dress your iPhone...

Check out Story Leather's gorgeous patterned leather and great colors for your iPad

Image by NA

Found a brand new iPhone or iPad under the tree? This week’s roundup of new cases brings you all the latest protective options to keep your precious gift safe all day long.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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10:49
Live 360-degree video comes to Periscope and Twitter

Live video is everywhere these days, from live Instagram Stories to Facebook Live broadcasts. But now live video on Twitter really will be everywhere, because select partners will be able to broadcast live, interactive 360-degree videos.

Twitter’s Periscope app already lets anyone push live video to their Twitter feed. Starting today, “selected partners” will be able to broadcast 360-degree video in Periscope, and users on Twitter will be able to interact with it.

360 Sunset in Florida. First ever #Periscope360 with @Brandee_Anthony https://t.co/AZWbnnT15S

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10:31
Google mobile search shows recipe suggestions when...

In the past few years, Google has used its so-called "knowledge graph" to make search results far more useful than just a list of links -- you can get lots of info on a variety of topics right in Google without having to click on any search results....

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10:17
How to fix a sticky Digital Crown on your Apple Watch




Through regular daily use, the rotating Digital Crown on the Apple Watch can collect dirt, debris and general gunk underneath, making it feel sticky to turn or press. Thankfully, Apple recommends a simple and quick fix that should return it to normal.

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10:00
Nintendo tackles 3DS piracy with 'freeShop...

Homebrew software designed to imitate the Nintendo eShop has been issued a takedown notice by the house of Mario. FreeShop allows 3DS owners to browse, search and download games using "titlekeys," a form of encryption employed by Nintendo for its onl...

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09:52
Rumor: 5.5 inches? Forget it; Apple will have a 5.8-...

A 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus not big enough for you? No problem-o. The 2017 Apple smartphones will have at least one model with a 5.8-inch screen, according to a DigiTimes report

The article — quoting unnamed sources — says Apple will launch 4.7-, 5.5- and 5.8-inch new iPhone models in the second half of next year with TFT-LCD panels to be used in the former two models and AMOLED for the 5.8-inch one. Global shipments of the AMOLED iPhone in 2017 are estimated at 60-70 million units, according to DigiTimes.

Personally, I’m holding out for the 12.9-inch iPhone Pro!

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09:48
Deals: $150-$200 off 2016 12" MacBooks; iPad...




Apple authorized reseller B&H is offering shoppers the lowest prices available on a variety of 2016 12" MacBooks with discounts of up to $200 off and free Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac. Plus, save $50 on iPad Air 2s. Late 2016 13" MacBook Pros also start at $1,349 after cash savings, free expedited shipping and no tax outside NY.

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09:33
Report details Apple’s ‘iPhone City’ in China and...

David Barboza takes an in-depth and investigative look into the many moving pieces that have and continue to help Apple maintain the foothold it has in China to this day. Combing through confidential government records and a swath of interviews, Barboza explores the complexities technology companies like Apple have to go through to make manufacturing a success overseas. At the same time, the piece highlights the difficulties companies will encounter when attempting to bring manufacturing back to the U.S.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: $200 off iMac/MacBook Pro,...

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09:30
Duolingo's clubs make language learning a...

Duolingo debuted chat bots to help you learn a new language back in October, but now the company is looking to offer a bit more human interaction. Today, it introduced a new feature called Language Clubs so you can band together with friends and othe...

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09:00
2016 was a hard year to be an Apple fan

Tim Cook and the rest of Apple's leadership will probably not look back fondly on 2016. iPhone sales declined for the first time, and Apple's profits followed suit. There are still bright spots, like the company's growing services business, and the c...

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08:40
Android Users Are So Committed that Exploding Note 7...

An anonymous reader writes: Like loyalty to a political party or hometown sports team, smartphone users are extremely passionate about their choices -- a commitment that led many customers to stick with Samsung, despite the disaster of its downright dangerous Galaxy Note 7. Earlier this week, mobile analytics firm Flurry published data from the holiday season, showing that Apple saw twice as many device activations as rival Samsung. Despite Apple's continued commanding lead in holiday sales of smartphones and tablets, however, the numbers suggested Apple's share was lower and Samsung's was slightly higher from last year. Attempting to explain the trends shown in the data, NPD analyst Stephen Baker told The Wall Street Journal he believes that Android loyalists are committed, and even dangerous exploding batteries in the Galaxy Note 7 were not enough to push significant numbers of customers over to the iPhone. "Most of those who bought or wanted to buy a Note 7 opted for a different...

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08:34
Apple filing shows initial stab at AirPods with...




An Apple patent application published on Thursday may hint at an abandoned AirPods design that aimed to keep the earbuds more firmly in place.

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08:33
Joué's MIDI controller adds tactile fun to...

The Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) arrived in the '80s to help digital instruments communicate with each other. Nowadays, with much of the action on computers, a new breed of MIDI controllers has emerged. Many of today's designs include...

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08:00
Facebook names its favorite in-house hackathon...

Facebook is ending 2016 by naming its favorite projects and products that came out of all the hackathons its offices worldwide hosted this year. One is a richer, more robust Safety Check: a team tweaked the feature (which was itself the product of a...

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07:32
Facebook is building a tool to hunt copyright...

YouTube isn't the only site record labels are taking issue with when it comes to copyright infringement. Financial Times reports that music publishers want Facebook to license music that gets posted on its site and take down any user-submitted videos...

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07:27
Wistron said to have claimed some future Apple...




Recent reports from the supply chain claim that frequent rumor target Wistron, the builder of the iPhone 5c and SE, has seized at least some future orders from Apple for future iPhone models -- but what it will actually be tapped for is unclear.

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Super Mario Run was one of the biggest mobile launches in 2016 before it was met with a lukewarm response by many. While the game itself plays a treat, it's pretty hard to swallow the steep price for the full game. With that said, Android users... | Read more »
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