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Saturday December 24

17:02
Astronaut and climate scientist Piers Sellers dies...

It's sad when humanity loses pioneering astronauts who claim important firsts, but it's equally tragic when we lose those astronauts who quietly accomplished a lot both in orbit and on the ground. And unfortunately, we just lost one: Piers Sellers, a...

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16:04
Store Adds Donald Trump's Picture To $150,000...

An anonymous reader quotes CNN's report about an iPhone 7 "encased in solid gold, encrusted with diamonds and bearing the face of Donald Trump."
Priced around $151,000, it's just one example of the mind-blowing bling sold by Goldgenie, a store in the United Arab Emirates where the super rich do their shopping. "There are very wealthy, high-net-worth individuals all over the world and sometimes its very difficult to buy gifts for them because they have everything," said Frank Fernando, Goldgenie's managing director... But the phones are far from the most expensive item on sale. A gold-plated racing bike will set you back about $350,000.

If you're thinking no one would buy a $150,000 Trump phone, think again. In the last month, they've sold ten of them.


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15:31
Firefox will support Windows XP and Vista until...

Numerous web browsers have already stopped supporting Windows XP and Vista, but not Firefox. To this day, Mozilla's latest software can work with your decade-old PC. However, even that team has its limits -- it's phasing out support for XP and Vist...

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13:58
Fitbit drops its attempt to ban Jawbone device sales

For once, the he-said-she-said legal fight between Fitbit and Jawbone appears to be simmering down. Jawbone tells us in a statement (below) that Fitbit has dropped its US International Trade Commission patent case, which sought to ban sales of Jawbo...

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12:40
Consumer Reports MacBook Pro bullshit

Consumer Reports has a history of embarrassing itself in its recommendations. I think we all saw that something was wrong with its results and that they were published specifically to get headlines. That certainly worked for them, but it also further damaged their reputation. They should have postponed publishing the results until they were sure everything was correct. Rene Ritchie has a nice article on it.

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12:30
Honest Few turns your social media posts into money...

With e-book libraries, Amazon Prime Reading and the plethora of online services available putting free publications in your various devices, it's a wonder that people still pay any money for books anymore. But a new website called Honest Few is found...

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12:00
Fact-Checking the President-Elect's Tweets


Fact-checking President-elect Donald Trump can be a chore, even for people paid to do it. The Washington Post wants to make it less so, with add-ons to the popular Chrome and Firefox browsers. The browser extension, RealDonaldContext, is available from the Chrome Web Store or the Mozilla Foundation. After installation, any time you click on a tweet on the @realdonaldtrump account, any fact-checking the Post may have done also will be displayed. The fact-checking includes adding context.

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11:00
2016 was the year that Facebook tried to take over...

Facebook had a busy 2016. It introduced chatbots to Messenger, repositioned Instagram as a Snapchat competitor and helped make virtual reality mainstream with Oculus. But as all of that was going on, Facebook also became one of the most powerful medi...

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09:30
Epson's new scanner resurrected my childhood...

My mother likes to post old scanned photos of me on Facebook. Baby me in a clown costume. Toddler me looking grumpy, having just woken up from a nap. My brother and me looking like tiny British royals on Easter Sunday. These photos are embarrassing b...

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09:16
This week’s top stories: Hands-on w/ AirPods, iPhone...

In this week’s top stories: Hands-on with Apple’s AirPods as they begin arriving to customers, more iPhone 8 reports, Tim Cook on the future of Mac desktops, and much more.

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08:39
Make your new iPhone or iPad work harder with five...




That new iPad or iPhone of yours can be the best productivity tool you've ever owned. AppleInsider picks the tools that everyone should have.

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08:00
In 2016, emoji kept it

In addition to everything else that happened in tech this year, something small, cute and unassuming wormed its way into your smartphone, your social network and even your MacBook keyboard. While emoji have been around a while, this was the year thes...

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06:30
Pros and cons: Our quick verdict on the Huawei Mate 9

The most interesting thing about Huawei's latest flagship, the Mate 9, is actually invisible to the naked eye. Under the hood, the phone uses machine learning to anticipate which apps you're going to use when, allowing for supposedly smoother perform...

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05:00
The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Letter from the Editor

Happy Holidays everybody! As 2016 winds to a close, we're spending its last two weeks looking at the best and worst in the world of technology. On this Christmas Eve, I give you the greatest successes in the tech world over...

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04:01
Cyanogen pulls the plug on its services and OS next...

As most of us are paying attention to our long holiday weekend, Cyanogen Inc. has announced that "all services and Cyanogen-supported nightly builds" will be discontinued by December 31st. While its statement says that the open source CyanogenMod OS...

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03:00
The Week in Apple News: Apple's Mac commitment...

Apple headlines for the week ending Dec. 23, 2016

Image by Apple

’Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring...except for...the mouse on your Mac as you check out the important Apple headlines from the past week in this slideshow. Click on the link to get more information.

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02:31
This week on AI: AirPods reviewed, Nokia sues Apple...




Apple's long-delayed AirPods finally hit the scene this week to a mostly positive response, but the company probably could have stood some better news, as it faced down a barrage of Nokia lawsuits and formally appealed an EU tax ruling.

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00:37
Amazon's cargo jets cut shipping costs by...

If you got a speedy delivery on a last-minute gift at the height of holiday season, you might have Amazon's fleet of cargo planes to thank for pulling off a minor miracle. Although Amazon says the fleet is only meant to supplement Fedex and UPS at th...

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Friday December 23

20:35
DirecTV spreads 4K around to more customers,...

If you're trying to get access to 4K video through DirecTV, now you don't have to pick up its most expensive TV packages for access. TVPredictions confirmed with AT&T that almost all customers (anyone with the Select plan or higher) can watch the...

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20:24
Apple working with Consumer Reports to understand...

Consumer Reports yesterday dropped a bombshell on Apple, making the new MacBook Pro the first MacBook ever to not receive the publication’s recommendation. As for its reasoning, Consumer Reports explained that the inconsistent, yet sometimes impressive, battery life was too big of an issue to overlook.

That’s what’s so ironic about this: Consumer Reports reported a three and a half hour test on the MacBook Pro, which if you’ve used one like me, know is completely possible with some serious CPU-intensive tasks, but then again tested in the 18-19+ hour range which is totally unbelievable, even if just the screen was on.

Now, Apple Marketing executive Phil Schiller says that the company is working with Consumer Reports to “understand” the tests, which seem skewed in...

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19:49
Apple working with Consumer Reports on MacBook Pro...




After Consumer Reports refused to assign a recommend rating to any of Apple's three new MacBook Pro models, a first for the laptop line, Apple SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller said the company is working with the publication to resolve the apparent battery issue.

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19:27
Like Bose, Apple pulls Nokia’s Withings health...

Apple has pulled the Withings line of health care products from its online stores following the recent patent dispute with Nokia. Nokia purchased the Withings line of smart devices earlier this year for around $192 million and has since integrated the company into its smart line of products…...

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19:11
Apple seemingly removes Withings products from amid...




Apple on Friday pulled all Withings products from its virtual and brick-and-mortar stores amid an escalating patent kerfuffle with the accessory maker's parent company Nokia.

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18:02
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo completes second...

Two years ago, Virgin Galactic's first SpaceShipTwo tragically crashed during a test flight, killing one pilot and severely injuring the other. The company unveiled its successor back in February, the VSS Unity, which has additional safety features t...

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17:25
BitTorrent Live's 'Cable Killer' P2P...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: BitTorrent has now done for live video what it did for file downloads: invented peer-to-peer technology that moves the burden of data transfer from a centralized source to the crowd. Instead of cables and satellites, BitTorrent piggybacks on the internet bandwidth of its users. Since P2P live streaming is so much cheaper than traditional ways to deliver live content, BitTorrent could pay channel owners more for distribution per viewer. And BitTorrent can offer that content to viewers for free or much cheaper than a cable subscription. The transfer technology and the app that aggregates these channels are both called BitTorrent Live. Now, almost a year after the protocol's debut on smart TVs, and six months after it was supposed to arrive on iPhone, the BitTorrent Live app quietly became available on iOS this week. Until now it's only existed on Mac, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV -- much less popular platforms. And that's after...

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15:44
If you ask Alexa, Tim Curry will read you 'A...

The Amazon Echo might be sold out everywhere this holiday season, but those who've picked one of the smart speakers up prior have a treat in store. From now through January 3rd, saying "Alexa, read A Christmas Carol from Audible" will do exactly as t...

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15:05
External Link: No Film School’s Review of the 2016...

Filmmakers are among the most demanding professional Mac users, so their perspective is valuable when evaluating Apple’s professional-grade hardware. Filmmaker Charles Haine reviewed the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar for the No Film School Web site and found it lacking. Compared with a similar 2013 model, he feels that the new 15-inch MacBook Pro offers no significant advantages. He found the Touch Bar clumsy, the keyboard too loud, and the trackpad awkward. Most damning, he found that the much-touted display is not color accurate. While overall performance wasn’t notably different from the previous MacBook Pro model, the new MacBook Pro does offer a significant speed boost to GPU-intensive activities such as rendering RED files in Adobe Premiere and using the DaVinci Resolve non-linear video editor. Note that No Film School chose not to test with Apple’s Final Cut Pro X, saying, “While the 10.3 release is a major upgrade, and FCPX seems to be gaining ground with the pro market...

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14:41
AWT News Update: December 23, 2016

Steve discovers that the "Brazilian Death Flu" is actually a mild case of pneumonia, so hopefully he'll be on the mend now that he's on medication. In this last work day before the Christmas holiday (and Hanukkah begins on the 25th as well), we have just a few items to tide you over until Monday:

  • Ever wondered what that Israeli smartphone hacking tool can do other than unlock a locked iPhone? ZDNet got some leaked documents, and it's pretty impressive software...with limitations
  • Some lucky folks in the UK are receiving the LG UltraFine 5K Displays just in time for the holidays
  • A questionable rumor says that low yields of a chip that may or may not be used in the upcoming new iPads might delay a March product rollout

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
Tesla hides two Easter Eggs in its latest software...

Tesla's latest firmware update comes with more than just bug fixes -- there are a pair of fun surprises just in time for the holidays hidden in there as well.

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14:32
“Stop crying and fight your father”: Seinfeld...

I was never a huge Seinfeld fan but the Festivus stuff was hilarious.

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14:14
∞ 10 year old autistic girl Kaylee Rodgers singing ‘...

One of my favorite Leonard Cohen songs sung beautifully. Merry Christmas, everyone.

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14:00
Soon cops will search your phone just like your car

Imagine a routine traffic stop where the officer has the legal right to search not just your car, but your phone too.

That's where we're likely headed after a Florida court recently denied Fifth Amendment protections for iPhone passcodes, saying tha...

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13:39
Volkswagen is starting a ride-hailing service in...

Volkswagen is trying to put its PR woes behind it. And to do so, it's looking to invest in Africa, the cradle of civilization, with a ride-hailing service and a production facility. The automaker will set up the former in Rwanda, with Reuters reporti...

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13:09
Australia fines Valve $2.2 million over its Steam...

Australia's federal court has fined Valve AUD$3 million (USD$2.2 million) after ruling that the company breached consumer law when it didn't offer refunds between 2011 and 2014. This is the maximum fine requested by Australia's competition regulator...

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12:58
MacBook Pro is the first Apple laptop to lack a...

The new MacBook Pro is the black sheep in Apple’s product line, at least according to a new review.

Apple’s latest MacBook Pro has failed to receive a buy recommendation from Consumer Reports, making it the first MacBook in history to lack this stamp of approval. Consumer Reports cites extreme inconsistencies with battery performance as the key issue for withholding their recommendation. 

Apple claims that the new MacBook Pro boasts 10 hours of battery life, but Consumer Reports found battery life to range widely from less than 4 hours to 19 hours. Average battery life may be 10 hours, but this average performance can’t be guaranteed.

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12:40
Give your Amazon box new life

Lots of us will have lots of Amazon boxes left over from this holiday season. This is a great way to give a little back.

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12:38
Both Sony and Microsoft are holding big holiday...

It's just a few days until Christmas, and plenty of people will probably end up with an Xbox One or PS4 beneath the tree. Naturally, both Sony and Microsoft are offering a raft of game deals for people to load up their new consoles, and it's worth ta...

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12:29
No, Apple did not switch to USB-C on its new MacBook...




Apple's full embrace of USB-C has led to numerous user complaints,?many of which are legitimate. However, there's one common refrain that keeps cropping up: A conspiracy theory claiming Apple switched to USB-C in order to make gobs of cash from selling users new adapters, dongles and cables. There's just one problem with that narrative -- it's complete nonsense. Here's why.

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12:00
Russian Authorities Are Trying To Unlock iPhone 4S...

The off-duty police officer who killed the Russian ambassador in Turkey was shot by Turkish special forces minutes after the crime. He had an iPhone 4S on him, and now, Haberturk, Turkish authorities asked for Russia's help to unlock the iPhone. From a report: Given that it's an iPhone 4S and it has a 4-digit passcode, it should be quite easy to unlock the device. There are many solutions out there to do this and authorities don't even need to ask for Apple's help. The iPhone 4S is quite old now and it was a much less secure device. First, the iPhone 4S runs iOS 5 to iOS 9, but many iPhone 4S owners didn't update to recent iOS versions. If the device runs iOS 7 or earlier, getting the content of the device is a piece of cake. The content of the device isn't encrypted as Apple started encrypting all data with iOS 8. Authorities can access this data quite easily. Second, if the iPhone is running iOS 8, remember that the iPhone 4S didn't have a Secure Enclave and Touch ID sensor. The...

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11:50
The Public Access Weekly: Ho ho ho

The holidays are officially upon us, so in between all the last-minute shopping, and gift wrapping, and caroling, and egg nogging, and traveling, let's get down to some community news:

Over the holiday break, we will be doing our best to get to all...

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11:49
BitTorrent's live TV network streams to iPhones

BitTorrent's Live video streaming experiment is ready to go wherever you do. The peer-to-peer app is available right this instant on iOS, and, as you might expect it's 100 percent free. As with the Apple TV app, there isn't a lot to choose from as fa...

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11:24
NASA's Martian tech is helping hospitals...

Bedsores, also known as pressure ulcers, kill more people annually than nearly any form of cancer, with 500,000 cases per year in the United Kingdom alone. One problem doctors and nurses face in the fight against bedsores is early detection -- tradit...

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11:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: Great for gaming

Gaming gear and more

Image by IDG

This week's roundup features hardware that's great for gaming and more. Click through the slides to find out more!

GameSir

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11:00
The best lenses for iPhone photography

By Erin Lodi

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 work. Re...

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10:54
Scrivener for iOS update delivers small but strong...




The latest solid version of Scrivener, recently refined with an update , shows the writing app has aged well through years of development on multiple platforms. AppleInsider puts it through its paces, and takes a look back at Ulysses too.

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10:50
Comment: Apple’s AirPods show just how badly Siri...

A few days after having received my AirPods order, I’ve quickly come to realize how the lack of accessible audio playback controls can hinder the overall experience. In my previous reviews of true wireless earbuds, I’ve consistently brought up on-device controls as a positive or a negative. When you remove the wire and the controls so many of us have gotten used to, offering a new means of control is necessary.

With the AirPods, the main and only means of audio playback control is by double-tapping above the AirPods’ stem. Based on your settings this either activates Siri, allowing you to speak all of the basic playback commands, or controls play/pause for audio. Double-tapping and only being able to play/pause controls aren’t enough for daily usage, but relying on Siri, especially when internet connections are weaker, makes for a cumbersome experience at best. These issues highlight the need for Apple to introduce an...

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10:34
How not to promote a video game sale

You don't need a degree in marketing to know promotional material that could offend and alienate potential customers is obviously a bad call. But it's a fact Indie Gala -- an online store selling Steam keys for indie titles -- seems woefully unaware...

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10:30
Nintendo plans to release 2 or 3 mobile games a year...

While Android users might still be waiting for their chance to play it, Super Mario Run has blasted to the top of Apple’s App Store charts and smashed download records. So it’s no surprise that Nintendo plans to bring a bunch more games to smartphones.

In an interview with Japan-based Kyoto NP, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima revealed that Super Mario Run is just the start of a new strategy for mobile gaming. The company plans to release two or three new games next year, and continue that pattern beyond 2017, he said. Previously it was reported that popular titles Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing were...

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10:29
Apple launches iTunes Boxing Day sales w/ discounted...

Continuing in the tradition they’ve started years ago, Apple has once again launched its iTunes Boxing Day sale with discounts on a multitude of albums across the Canadian and UK iTunes stores.
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10:25
Pokémon Go details two new in-game events for the...

Pokémon Go recently introduced second-generation characters to the mobile game through egg hatching, and now an in-game event starting Christmas morning will make acquiring those new Pokémon much easier. Pokémon Go is also doing an in-game event starting on New Year’s Eve to increase your chances of catching starter Pokémon…

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10:11
Trump is prepared to start a nuclear arms race

Yesterday president-elect Donald Trump tweeted, "the United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes." This is direct conflict with the policies of former presid...

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10:07
Angry Birds Blast offers a blast for the holidays

The holidays are here and you might have a little extra time off from work or school. Maybe you are looking for something new to do on your iPhone. Just this past Thursday, Rovio, the studio behind the Angry Birds franchise introduced their latest title, Angry Birds Blast.

At the most basic level, Angry Birds Blast is a tile matching game based upon the characters from Angry Birds. The basic game play is simple. You are presented with a board that contains various colored balloons which have birds inside them. You then pop balloons to release the birds. The more balloons you pop at the same time gives you more powerful options. Seven balloons popped at once will give you a bomb that clears out an entire row, whereas nine balloons of the same color gives a laser gun to remove all balloons of one color.

Each level has a goal such as releasing 14 red birds, or seven blue birds and five orange, etc. If you meet the objective, you complete the level and are rewarded from...

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10:02
'Pokemon Go' gives you more goodies for...

One of the reasons why Pokemon Go was such a success is because it got people out and about during the summer. Now that winter is settling in and the snow is starting to fall, however, the developers at Niantic Labs have to figure out a way to keep p...

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09:46
The sound of science

This is an interesting article if only for the fact that every audio engineer I’ve ever known (and I’ve known quite a few), hate the way Bose devices sound. They would often say, “No highs, no lows, must be Bose”.

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09:45
KFC's latest weird tech suggests an order based...

KFC is no stranger to getting funky in order to sell its chicken but this one is really out there. The company's Chinese division is partnering with Baidu to create a smart restaurant which will recommend meals based on the customer's looks.

Specifi...

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09:31
MacScan 3: Security. Privacy. Anti-Malware....

My thanks to MacScan for sponsoring The Loop this week. Every Mac is vulnerable to malware. Every day that passes, Malware authors introduce new targets against OS X. And yet, many users go unprotected against these threats. There are solutions available. MacScan 3 protects your Mac by scanning for and removing malware – providing much-needed security and privacy in the face of online threats.

MacScan will find and clean malware threatening your Mac, including:

  • Spyware
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  • Scareware
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If you’re still in denial that your Mac is safe, we encourage you to sign up for a 30-day test drive to uncover what’s really happening.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Sharp 55-inch Roku 1080p HDTV...

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.

TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Daily Deals: Jensen Bluetooth Stereo Speaker...

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09:30
We know nothing about the future of sex robots

Warning: This story may contain links to and descriptions of explicit sexual acts as well as material some readers may find triggering.

Isaac Asimov famously created rules that would prevent robots from harming humans. But at the second Internationa...

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09:00
Netflix never slowed down in 2016

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

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08:10
Facebook won't flag your friends on a map...

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

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07:55
Yield problems at TSMC could disrupt March launch...




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

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07:50
Podcast 539: AirPods rock, but Siri still struggles

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

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

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07:49
Spotify macOS client update adds Touch Bar, AirPods...




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

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07:45
Half of UK electricity now comes from nuclear and...

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

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07:23
Drone footage shows Tesla's Gigafactory taking...

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

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07:00
The Engadget Podcast Ep 19: Simply the Best

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

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06:53
Apple gives iOS app developers more time to encrypt...

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

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

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

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06:36
AppleInsider podcast reaches episode 100, answers...




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

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06:33
Majority of readers say ‘no big deal’ adapting to...

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

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06:30
Daily Deal: 3-in-1 MFi Lightning, Micro-USB and USB-...

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

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

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06:30
ICYMI: Model your home automation on Mark Zuckerberg...

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

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06:27
Uber says iPhone app's alleged 24/7 tracking...




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

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06:17
Combo Cleaner is new antivirus/optimization app for...

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

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

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

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06:06
2016 MacBook Pros first ones not to receive...

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

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

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

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06:00
Swipe right to rule: Reigns is a Tinder-style choose...

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

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

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

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06:00
A star will graze our solar system in a million years

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

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05:34
Supply-chain report claims low yield rates of TSMC’s...

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

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

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

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05:24
Spotify for Mac app updated with Touch Bar...

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

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

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05:18
Great last-minute gifts you can send by email right...

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

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

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05:15
Consumer Reports cites varying battery performance...

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

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

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

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

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05:06
Comment: There’s something really odd about Consumer...

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

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

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05:00
Pokemon GO 1.12.2 released, now includes integration...

The newest version of Pokemon GO just hit.

And it includes support for the Apple Watch.

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

– Pokemon GO for Apple Watch.

– Minor text fixes.

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

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

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

If you get...

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05:00
How to keep Siri from listening for "Hey, Siri...

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

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

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

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05:00
Leaked Files Reveal Scope of Cellebrite's...

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

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05:00
Ebola vaccine proves 100 percent effective in Guinea...

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

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04:40
Exclusive Deals: Save up to $140 on 2016 12"...




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

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04:05
Cassini captures Titan's mysterious clouds on...

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

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03:56
Uber explains why app appears to continue tracking...

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

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

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03:34
How to track Santa Claus on Christmas Eve from any...

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

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

Norad

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

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

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03:00
The Morning After: Friday December 23, 2016

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

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Thursday December 22

21:04
Uber deploying self-driving cars from San Francisco...

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

∞ Read this on The Loop

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21:00
Pokémon Go is finally available on the Apple Watch

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

∞ Read this on The Loop

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20:37
Consumer Reports has battery problems with new...

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

∞ Read this on The Loop

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20:19
Leaked files show just how much data Cellebrite’s...

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

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

more…

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19:41
Leaked documents show breadth of iPhone data...




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

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18:10
Winner of the AirPods giveaway announced [Kelly D.]




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

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16:05
2016 MacBook Pro Fails To Receive a Recommendation...

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

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15:38
The Wirecutter's best deals: UE's Boom 2...

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

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14:53
The team behind 'That Dragon, Cancer' made...

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

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13:46
NBA's new second-screen app syncs with games on...

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

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