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Thursday December 29

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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07:25
Indian government about to consider Apple’s requests...

Indian government officials are expected to meet early next week to consider the incentives Apple has requested in return for manufacturing some of its products within the country, reports the WSJ.

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07:01
Rumor: Apple will ship 60M-70M 5.8" '...




Apple's supply chain has huge expectations for the anticipated flagship 2017 iPhone, projecting as many as 70 million shipments next year for the all-new design, rumored to feature a 5.8-inch AMOLED display.

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07:00
Sex at CES: An uncomfortable coupling

When I arrived at the Las Vegas Convention Center in January 2012, CES was a sexless desert of 4K TVs, second-tier smartphones and (yawn) Ultrabooks for days. I'd heard stories about scantily clad porn stars commingling with the same dumpy tech dudes...

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06:58
Apple reportedly sourcing 5.8-inch AMOLED panels for...

We’re still several months away from the next major iPhone launch so the rumors don’t paint a particularly clear picture of what to expect just yet. Digitimes points to a new supply chain report, however, that continues to believe a new 5.8-inch iPhone with an AMOLED panel supplied exclusively by Samsung is in the works…

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06:47
How China built iPhone City, and the complexities of...

David Barboza, New York Times:

The state-of-the-art facility was built several years ago to serve a single global exporter: Apple, now the world’s most valuable company and one of China’s largest retailers.

The well-choreographed customs routine is part of a hidden bounty of perks, tax breaks and subsidies in China that supports the world’s biggest iPhone factory, according to confidential government records reviewed by The New York Times, as well as more than 100 interviews with factory workers, logistics handlers, truck drivers, tax specialists and current and former Apple executives. The package of sweeteners and incentives, worth billions of dollars, is central to the production of the iPhone, Apple’s best-selling and most profitable product.

And:

It all centers on Zhengzhou, a city of six million people in an impoverished region of China. Running at full tilt, the factory here, owned and operated by Apple’s manufacturing partner Foxconn, can produce...

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06:36
Foxconn/Sharp may boost Kantatsu stake to win more...




Foxconn-owned Sharp is likely to increase its investment in a Japanese lens module maker, Kantatsu, in a bid to win iPhone orders away from Taiwan's Largan Precision, a report said on Thursday.

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06:35
Here and MobilEye team up on self-driving tech for...

There are so many companies working on autonomous car tech that we're now seeing the inevitable next phase: partnerships and consolidation. Case in point is a tie-up between MobilEye, the sensor maker that supplied sensors to Tesla before a messy spl...

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06:33
Review: Contour’s ShuttleXpress is a must-have $60...

While I’ve been a photographer since I was 14, when my bedroom became a darkroom with a bed in the corner, I’m a complete beginner where video is concerned. The closest I’ve ever got to video production was putting together a few exceedingly basic cycling videos in iMovie to share with friends.

However, since we live in an age when tech writers are increasingly expected to be video producers, and I love to learn new skills, I’ve set myself a new goal for 2017. At some point in the year, I want to be able to produce professional-looking review videos that wouldn’t look out of place when viewed alongside the output of my extremely skilled colleagues. I’ve upgraded to Final Cut Pro, and I’ll be taking you guys along for the ride – beginning with the demo video for this review.

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06:25
Kanex launches new Apple Watch accessories

Kanex will use CES 2017 (running Jan. 5-8 in Las Vegas, Nevada) to introduce the two newest members to its growing line of GoPower Apple Watch accessories. The products are the GoPower Watch Stand, a magnetic charging stand, and the GoPower Watch Mini, a portable keychain battery. 

Each member of the Kanex GoPower family has integrated into it the same magnetic inductive charging connector used in the Apple Watch. This allows users to leave their other charger at the office, in the car, or packed for traveling. 

The GoPower Watch Stand charges and displays both 38mm and 42mm Apple Watch models. An additional USB port on the back simultaneously charges an iPhone, iPad, or any other device. 

The Kanex GoPower Watch Mini charges an Apple Watch on-the-go and completely cord free. This magnetic charging disc starts charging at first contact. With 1,000 mAh of power, its lightweight...

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06:13
Mujjo’s full-grain sleeves available for new MacBook...

Mujjo’s full-grain leather sleeves are now available for the new 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros. They sport a combination of full grain vegetable-tanned leather and felt.

The leather fold-over closure – with a “one snap button” on the right – provides a simple closure to keep your device secure. The rivets are lined to keep your MacBook from touching anything but soft, thick felt. The integrated storage compartments allow you to store documents, earplugs, and other essentials. As an additional feature, Mujjo designed a leather brand tag inside the sleeve to double as an integrated card pocket to store your essential cards.

The sleeves are waxed to extend durability, and treated with aniline oil to enrich color tons. Prices are approximately US$60 for the 13-inch sleeve and $65 for the 15-inch sleeve.

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06:02
Apple seeks tax benefits, label law waivers to build...




Apple continues to work with the Indian government to penetrate the growing mobile market, and is seeking relaxed product labelling laws, as well as tax benefits to start manufacturing the iPhone inside the country, which is now the second largest smartphone market in the world.

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06:00
AirPods remain in short supply

AirPods remain in short supply. A Wednesday afternoon inventory check by Barron’s showed only one store in the country — in Bridgewater, N.J. — that currently has the wireless earphones in stock, while Apple.com displayed a six-week wait for delivery.

During a visit to the New York Stock Exchange yesterday, CEO Tim Cook called the wireless earbuds "a runaway success," and said Apple was "making them just as fast as we can.” Of course, without giving any sales figures, it’s hard to know exactly what his definition of a “runaway success” is. And — let’s be honest — when has a new Apple product not been in short supply and back-ordered?

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 automatically play and...

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05:51
Love is blind: NPD says Android customers are so...




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.

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05:43
Patent report: earphones with magnets, Siri and the...

Apple’s AirPods do a great job of staying in your ears during exercise, according to most users (though my experience has not been as positive), but Apple is looking into “earphone assemblies with magnets for anchoring to a user,” according to a new patent filing (number 20160381448). Yep, that’s right. Magnets.

Here’s one way it could work, according to the patent filing (warning: run-on sentence ahead): An earphone assembly could “include a hook member including a functional component, a body, an audio output component positioned at least partially within the body, a first magnet physically coupled to the body, and a second magnet, wherein, when the body is positioned against the user's ear in a functional position that is operative to direct sound from the audio output component into the user's ear, the first magnet and the second magnet are operative to be positioned on opposite sides of a wall of the ear and are operative to be magnetically attracted to...

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05:18
Apple wants India’s government to relax labelling...

Apple wants the government of India to relax labelling rules so that it doesn't have to print product-related information directly onto devices to avoid cluttering up their minimalist design, according to The Economic Times. That's one of the concessions Apple has sought after expressing its intention to start manufacturing in India, the article adds, quoting an unnamed official. 

The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) forwarded the Cupertino, California-based company’s request to the Department of Revenue and Department of Electronics and Information Technology in November for consideration, said another official. Apple has also sought tax incentives that are being examined by the finance ministry. The India government currently provides subsidies for investments in special...

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05:15
Apple leads in holiday device activations, down 5...

The Christmas gifts have been exchanged, the Chanukah ones are being given this week and it looks like Apple is leading the pack in terms of smartphone activations for the 2016 holidays.

This year, 44% of new phone and tablet activations were Apple devices with Samsung seeing 21%. While Samsung is slowly growing in popularity throughout the holiday season, up 1% from last year, Apple devices continue to be the gift to give. Holding the third and fourth positions for activations are Huawei and LG; which is remarkable, as both manufacturers do not have an individual device within the top 35 devices activated. Their high rank is likely due to the fact that they have wide variety of devices and affordable options (hundreds of phablet and medium phones) for consumers to choose from.

As expected, phablet devices (5″ to 6.9″ devices) continue to chomp away at the medium phone (3″ to 4.9″) market share, although medium phones saw the most activations during the week...

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05:13
The blue screen of death is going green for Windows...

If there's one color guaranteed to strike fear into the hearts of Windows users, it's blue. But as one Twitter sleuth has discovered, the iconic and always alarming "blue screen of death" is going green, and not because Microsoft is feeling festive....

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05:00
Apple releases first scholarly research paper,...

Apple has entered the world of academia.

Last week, the company published its first scholarly research paper with an article covering methods of improving recognition in computer vision systems, marking a new direction for the traditionally secretive company.

The paper, titled “Learning from Simulated and Unsupervised Images through Adversarial Training,” was submitted for review in mid-November before seeing publication through the Cornell University Library on Dec. 22.

The article arrives less than a month after Apple declared that it would no longer bar employees from publishing research relating to artificial intelligence.

In the article, Apple describes techniques of training computer vision algorithms to recognize objects using synthetic, or computer generated, images.

The work describes training models based solely on real-world images, wherein models leveraging synthetic data are often more efficient given that computer generated...

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04:29
Consumer Reports responds to MacBook Pro battery...

 

Consumer Reports has responded to our comment piece on its surprising battery test results for the 2016 MacBook Pro, stating that it stands by its findings.

I observed that the high-end numbers seemed hard to believe, hitting almost double the battery-life claimed by Apple, and I wondered whether some flaw in the test regimen had led to erroneous results. I emailed the organization suggesting that it might like to repeat the tests, but Consumer Reports’ director of electronics testing Maria Rerecich has replied saying that she sees no need to do so …

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04:04
iPhone 7 not good enough to capitalise on Samsung’s...

Analysts say that device activations show that Apple wasn’t able to capitalise on the dramatic recall of Samsung’s Note 7. Despite the damage done to Samsung’s reputation, and the opportunity that created for Apple to persuade owners to switch platform, most Note 7 buyers ended up replacing it with another high-end Galaxy phone, said Stephen Baker, primary hardware analyst at tech industry research firm NPD.

Samsung was able to fend off other Android competition, and Apple, too, thanks to Apple’s own lack of a wowing product this year.

Mobile industry consultant Chetan Sharma agreed with NPD’s assessment … 

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04:01
Simple breath test can detect cancer and 16 other...

Ancient Greek physicians figured that our breath was a strong health indicator, but researchers from the Israel Institute of Technology have proven just how true that is. They developed a device that uses nanoparticles to identify 17 different disea...

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday December 28

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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17:02
Oculus now owns an eye-tracking company

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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14:40
AWT News Update: December 28, 2016

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

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

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

The text version of the podcast can be viewed below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below.

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Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apple USB Type C to USB Type A Dongle

This is the third post in our annual 12-part series covering the accessibility features we would like to see Apple bring to its products in the coming year.

This series is being put together by Accessibility Editor Alex Jurgensen, with the help of several contributors.

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

3. A Free USB Type C to USB Type A Dongle

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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11:39
Tim Cook visits NYSE on his vacation

Photo by CNBC's Bob Pisani.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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




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

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10:01
Tesla Autopilot avoids a crash before it happens

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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09:00
Twitter spent 2016 pouring gasoline on its fires

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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