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Monday November 14

What's on TV: 'The Grand Tour,'...

With the 2016 election wrapped up, so are the fall seasons of a few TV shows. Still, the big news this week is the launch of Amazon's new The Grand Tour car show, featuring the former hosts of BBC's Top Gear. The premiere episode arrives Friday morni...

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Apple exploring glasses wearable with potential AR...

Adding to rumors that Apple will soon enter the augmented reality market, a report on Monday claims the company is working on a pair of "digital glasses" that overlays images and other useful information onto a user's field of vision.

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The New Touch-Bar-Equipped MacBook Pros and the...

I think there’s been a lot of confusion over the nomenclatural transition Apple is going through in its MacBook lineup.

Back in 1998, Steve Jobs presented a simple four-quadrant lineup for Apple’s entire Mac line: a consumer notebook (iBook), pro notebook (PowerBook), consumer desktop (iMac), and pro desktop (Power Mac).

No one could be confused by the difference between an iBook and a PowerBook. The PowerBook was more expensive, faster, had a better display, and even used more “serious” design language — iBooks were candy-colored and the PowerBooks were matte black.

Much has changed since then, including all those product names (except for the iMac). About midway between then and now, Apple introduced what I believe to be the best-selling Mac notebook in history: the MacBook Air.

At the time the Air was introduced in 2008, Apple’s other notebooks were the “regular...

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Shazam Keeps Your Mac's Microphone Always On,...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: What's that song? On your cellphone, the popular app Shazam is able to answer that question by listening for just a few seconds, as if it were magic. On Apple's computers, Shazam never turns the microphone off, even if you tell it to. When a user of Shazam's Mac app turns the app "OFF," the app actually keeps the microphone on in the background. For the security researcher who discovered that the mic is always on, it's a bug that users should know about. For Shazam, it's just a feature that makes the app work better. Patrick Wardle, a former NSA hacker who now develops free Mac security tools, discovered this issue thanks to his latest software OverSight, which is designed to alert users when apps use their webcam and microphone. After he released OverSight, Wardle received an email from a user who noticed that the security app alerted him that Shazam was still listening even after he had switched the toggle to "off." Curious...

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Google is restricting AdSense ads on fake-news sites

Google made headlines recently about the top search result for 'final election numbers' being patently false. Now the company is going to keep fake-news sites from using its nigh-ubiquitous AdSense program according to the Wall Street Journal. In a s...

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Rumor: Apple looking to expand into the smart...

Apple is considering expanding into digital/smart glasses, “a risky but potentially lucrative area of wearable computing,” according to Bloomberg, quoting unnamed “people familiar with the matter.”

The article claims the glasses would connect wirelessly to iPhones, show images and other information in the wearer’s field of vision, and may use augmented reality. Should Apple ultimately decide to proceed with the device, it would be introduced in 2018 at the earliest, Bloomberg says.

Chances this rumor is true: 90%. Apple is absolutely considering smart glasses. After all the company has been granted several patents for such technology. iGlasses, anyone?

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Review: CalDigit USB-C Dock – an okay solution for...

The Late 2016 MacBook Pro lacks many of the convenient ports that we’ve seen on previous MacBook releases. But if there’s a silver lining to be found, it’s that the USB-C ports featured on the new machines are super-versatile.

With a single USB-C cable, for instance, you can tap into CalDigit’s USB-C Dock, which gains you instant access to multiple legacy USB-A ports, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.2, an extra USB-C port, and an additional 3.5mm headphone jack along with a microphone jack.

In addition, the unit is able to charge a MacBook up to 60W. That means that the dock should do fine charging the smaller 13″ MacBook Pro at full speed, but will take a bit longer charging the 15″ MacBook Pro that ships with a larger power adapter.

CalDigit’s USB-C Dock isn’t a perfect device, but it does a pretty...

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Dissecting the alien language in 'Arrival'

One of the coolest bits from Arrival isn't the sci-fi movie's Lovecraftian aliens or its stunning cinematography (although, to be fair, those are both great), it's the Heptapods' language. Figuring out a way to communicate with beings without provoki...

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Hype Video Broadcast App Has Niche Potential

The folks who brought Vine into the world last month introduced a new video broadcasting app called "Hype." Available for free from Intermedia Labs in Apple's iTunes App Store, Hype not only allows users to broadcast live to the Internet, but also lets followers interact with their broadcasts in real time. At first blush, it might seem that Hype's offering closely mirrors Periscope and Facebook Live, but that's not the case, said Jack Kent, a senior analyst for mobile media at IHS Markit.

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Report: Apple exploring digital glasses, could...

According to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple is currently weighing the possibility of expanding into the field of digital glasses. While the report is sparse on details, it notes that the market could be particularly lucrative for Apple.


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AWT News Update: November 14, 2016

Cartoon Via China Daily

A couple of news items for today, as well as an explanation of why the AWT News Update will be published irregularly during the next month:

  • A Chinese state-run newspaper warns that if a trade war with the US is begun, it will take measures against the iPhone
  • Samsung purchases speaker and car infotainment system manufacturer Harman, picking up some plum brands in a quest to compete with CarPlay
  • AWT editor/publisher Steve Sande will be traveling and may not be able to publish the AWT News Update every weekday

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Touché brings a ‘touch bar’ to any Mac

Red Sweater apps has introduced Touché, a free app that emulates the Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pros on any Mac. Apple provided a “simulator” to developers, so they can get a sense for how the Touch Bar works, and test their own apps with the Touch Bar, without having to buy a new MacBook Pro.

The folks at Red Sweater say the simulator is cool, but has shortcomings:

  • You have to download Xcode to use it.
  • It’s cumbersome to activate and deactivate.
  • Taking screenshots of the Touch Bar is awkward.

Touché is their answer to those shortcomings. If you’re an everyday user who just wants to play around with the Touch Bar concept, a developer who wants a an easy way to toggle the virtual Touch Bar off and on, or a designer who needs to share screenshots from the Touch Bar frequently, you should give Touché a look.

Touché requires macOS 10.12.1 or later, but there's a...

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New York City's free gigabit WiFi comes to...

LinkNYC's free, gigabit-grade WiFi is all over large chunks of New York City, but there's a conspicuous Brooklyn-sized gap... or rather, there was. The communication network has switched on its first two Brooklyn kiosks, both of them on Fulton Stree...

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National Geographic's 'Mars' is like...

Like a prequel to The Martian crossed with an educational documentary, National Geographic's Mars is an earnest attempt at inspiring a new generation about a manned mission to the red planet. But what's most intriguing is how much it puts Elon Musk's...

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New MacBook Pro's Dedicated AMD Graphics Chips...

Whereas Apple's new 13-inch MacBook Pros feature integrated Iris Pro graphics, the 15-inch MacBook Pros feature dedicated AMD graphics, resulting in significant performance improvements over previous MacBook Pro models. Ars Technica's Andrew Cunningham found the Radeon Pro 455 graphics chip in particular to be a "significant boost" over the dedicated GPUs available in the 2012-2015 MacBook Pro models, such as the Nvidia GeForce GTX 650M, Nvidia GeForce GTX 750M, and AMD Radeon R9 M370X. MacRumors reports: AMD's Polaris-based Radeon Pro 450, Radeon Pro 455, and built-to-order Radeon Pro 460 GPUs in the new 15-inch MacBook Pro support up to six displays, whereas Intel's integrated GPUs affixed to the logic board can drive a total of three displays. The expanded support enables the new MacBook Pro to drive two of Apple and LG's new UltraFine 5K displays at 60Hz simultaneously. Intel's GPUs can't because, due to bandwidth limitations of the DisplayPort 1.2 spec, the two 5K displays...

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Google's self-driving cars master tricky three-...

With supercomputers for brains and perfect 360-degree vision, one would imagine it would be fairly simple for an autonomous vehicle to pass the time-honored driver's ed test of performing a three-point turn. But according to Google's self-driving car...

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Airliner's near miss with drone injures two...

The threat of drone collisions near airports isn't just scary -- it can lead to very real injuries, even if there's no accident. Canada's Transportation Safety Board is investigating an incident where a Porter Airlines flight bound for Toronto took...

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Brain implant helps a paralyzed woman communicate at...

A 58-year-old woman left paralyzed by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease) has now become the first patient to use a brain-computer interface to restore some of her day-to-day functions. The woman was left "almost c...

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 14...

Notable software releases this week include Quicken 2017 for Mac 4.3, Airfoil 5.5.1, Capto 1.2.1, Mellel 3.5.2, BusyCal 3.1.2 and BusyContacts 1.1.4, and DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.9.7.


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Apple Pay rolls out support for nonprofits to make...

’Tis the giving season, and I’m not talking about Black Friday deals for family and friends. Apple is now making it possible for well-meaning folks to donate money to their favorite causes by taking all the work of entering payment details out of the equation.

Apple Pay just rolled out support to nearly 20 nonprofits, including heavy-hitters like the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, charity:water, (RED), St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, UNICEF, and World Wildlife Fund. The company will soon support the American Cancer Society, CARE,, PBS and local PBS stations, and the United Way.

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Samsung Pay rewards program encourages you to shop

Most mobile payment systems don't really offer incentives to shop besides convenience, but Samsung wants to dangle a bigger carrot in front of its users. It's launching a rewards program for Samsung Pay (appropriately, Samsung Rewards) that gives you...

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Touché lets you easily test drive and screenshot...

Apple’s new MacBook Pro replaces the function row of keys with a dynamic screen called the Touch Bar, and customers who pre-ordered early are starting to see them ship as soon as today. Apple Stores should also receive inventory to try out this week, but you can test drive how macOS will handle the Touch Bar from your current Mac with a new app called Touché.


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Sony Pictures will stream live VR with Nokia's...

Nokia made some great smartphone cameras back in the day, but we certainly didn't expect that to lead to the Ozo, a $45,000, 360-degree 3D virtual reality camera. Now, the Finnish company will provide expertise and Ozo cameras to Sony Pictures, which...

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[Sponsor] Victory: A Charting Library for React.js...

Building custom charts? Try Victory, a data visualization library for React.js and React Native. Victory is used by companies like Airbnb, FiveThirtyEight, and Victory makes it easy to get started without sacrificing flexibility. Use the same API to create charts for web and mobile devices. Created and supported by the open source team at Formidable, free use under the MIT license.

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Apple opens up Apple Pay donations to non-profit...

Apple on Monday enabled the use of Apple Pay for donations to non-profit organizations, addressing a fundamental gap in the mobile payment platform.

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Worldwide carbon emissions were flat for third year...

For the third year in a row, carbon emissions around the world have remained flat, according to the research group Global Carbon Project. The group revealed its findings in the Global Carbon Budget 2016, which measures how much carbon is emitted by c...

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Marshall's new headphones let you jam for (at...

If you're looking for a pair of affordable wireless headphones for your holiday wish list, Marshall has a new model just in time to alert Santa. The Mid Bluetooth follows the Major II in the company's line of Bluetooth-equipped headphones, touting th...

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The new Google Play Music

To deliver that, Google Play Music uses machine learning to figure out what music you like and then mixes in signals like location, activity, and the weather along with hand-picked playlists to personalize music for wherever you are and whenever you want tunes. Starting this week on Android, iOS and the web, the new experience will roll out globally (62 countries, to be precise).

The new app is live now, I just downloaded it.

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Apple Pay now lets you donate to nonprofits

Apple Pay has had a great couple months. While global expansion explained its 500 percent year-over-year sales increase, the service is also growing online, as it added Squarespace support back in September. It's not stopping with commercial business...

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Facebook didn't stop fake news because it'...

In the last week, Facebook's been battling the accusation that fake, often inflammatory stories showing up in users' Newsfeeds influenced how people voted in the presidential election. The social media giant vowed it is currently taking the issue ser...

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Apple Pay now supports instant donations to...

Apple Pay support for charitable donations kicks off today with nonprofits ranging from global organizations such as UNICEF to startups like charity: water. Nonprofits will offer Apple Pay over the coming months so their supporters can make easy, secure and private payments, according to Apple.

“We’re making it incredibly easy to give back with Apple Pay,” says Jennifer Bailey, Apple’s vice president of Apple Pay. “Websites and apps tell us they see twice as many people actually completing a purchase with Apple Pay than with other payment methods. We think offering such a simple and secure way to support the incredible work nonprofits do will have a significant impact on the communities they serve.”

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The PowerWatch is a body heat-powered smartwatch...

One of the biggest problems with smartwatches is avoiding a dead battery. Whether it's forgetting to plug them in in time or having to fiddle with the unwieldy magnetic disk chargers, keeping a wearable juiced up is not as convenient as it should be....

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New app 'Touche' simulates MacBook Pro...

A developer called Red Sweater has released a free app, Touch?, which can simulate the new MacBook Pro's Touch Bar even on older Mac models without the technology.

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Hydroelectric dams cause more emissions than we...

It turns out that you can't even rely upon hydroelectric dams as a source of hope and optimism in 2016. Researchers have found that the technology is far more damaging to the climate than previously thought. A new study reports that dams emit 25 perc...

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You can now make donations to nonprofit...

Apple Pay is now a payment option when making online donations to several nonprofit organizations. Apple announced that its mobile payment service can be used to donate to over a dozen nonprofits starting today with at least five more groups joining the list soon.


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Apple releases macOS 10.12.2 beta 3 for developers

Apple has released macOS 10.12.2 beta 3 for Mac. The new update follows the initial macOS 10.12.2 beta at the end of October, followed by a slightly updated build earlier this month, and macOS 10.12.2 beta 2. Today’s build comes at version 16C48b over 16C41b and is available from the Mac App Store.

Aside from being a mouthful of numbers, macOS 10.12.2 includes Unicode 9.0 emoji support, which matches compatibility in beta versions of iOS 10.2 and watchOS 3.1.1.


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Apple seeds third developer betas of iOS 10.2, macOS...

Apple on Monday issued a third developer betas of iOS 10.2, macOS 10.12.2, and tvOS 10.1, as well as a second beta of Xcode 8.2.

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Why Trump May Be the Better Technology President

Years ago, I worked as one of Rev. Robert Schuller's body guards (it was something to do on Sundays, I wasn't particularly religious) and one of his sayings was "when given lemons, make lemonade."
Personally, I wasn't excited about either presidential candidate, but I actually think Trump could be a better technology candidate than Clinton would have been. That is because she just didn't seem to fundamentally get why a personal email server was a huge security breach.

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RIP Videos app as Apple replaces it with more...

Apple appears to be retiring the built-in Videos app on iOS in favor of the new TV app coming next month. The behavior is introduced with today’s iOS 10.2 beta 3; iOS 10.2 beta 2 included both apps separately. Apple could still change this behavior in a future version of iOS 10.2, although there isn’t much need for both apps for most users.


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VPNs are for most people—including you

The idea of a VPN seems intimidating but there are plenty of apps and services available that make it pretty easy to set up. The piece of mind is worth it.

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tvOS 10.1 developer beta 3 is now available for...

Apple has released the third tvOS 10.1 developer beta for the fourth generation Apple TV. The upcoming software update so far has included early hooks for Apple’s new single sign-on feature which lets you authenticate with your cable provider to unlock all compatible paid video apps.


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EverWeb 2.0 adds blogging tools to the Mac website...

In the beginning, there was iWeb. It was an Apple app for easily making websites and it was good. But alas, Apple decided to ignore iWeb. Fortunately, RAGE Software stepped in with EverWeb, a Mac website builder app that featured the same ease of use of iWeb. Now EverWeb 2.0 has been released, bringing powerful blogging tools to the app as well as a number of other new features and faster performance. 

EverWeb comes either as a standalone app ($79.95) for those who want to do their own hosting or as a subscription that adds hosting ($99.95 per year or $199.95 for a "pro" package). There's a free trial available as well for those who just want to get a feel for the app's capabilities.

What makes EverWeb similar to iWeb is the ability to use widgets to quickly add functionality to a website. Whether you're adding fully customizable contact forms,...

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New Beats Solo3 Wireless ad highlights battery life...

I’m a pretty big fan of Apple’s recently-launched Beats Solo3 Wireless headphones. The on-ear headphones, which we reviewed back in September, have a high upside for convenience, sound and style. Now that the headphones are widely available in stores, Apple has issued a new advertisement to highlight the advantages of the Beats-branded cans…and Amazon might have another pricing mistake on their hands dropping the...

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MacMall has MacBook Pros with Touch Bar that will...

Grab one while they last: MacMall on Monday became the first reseller to reflect near-term availability of 5 different retail configurations of Apple's Late 2016 MacBook Pros with Touch Bar, which the Apple authorized reseller expects to begin shipping later this week. In addition to skipping the 4-5 week wait at Apple, you can also save $15 to $34 on each model.

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Time Tracking Sucks. Deal With It. Or Use Timing. [...

When was the last time you were frustrated with your time tracking app,
for example because you had forgotten to set a timer?

Or when you wondered what you spent all your time on today?

Timing solves this problem. Instead of making you do all the work, Timing automatically tracks how you spend your time. It logs which apps you use, which websites you visit, and which documents you edit.

Timing is essential for anyone serious about their time — power users and freelancers alike. Download the free trial now and on Friday review exactly what you did this week, down to the second.

Use coupon code THELOOP to get a 25% discount till next...

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Apple releases iOS 10.2 beta 3: New ‘Love’ Messages...

Apple has released the third developer beta version of iOS 10.2 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. iOS 10.2 includes several upcoming features like new Unicode 9.0 emoji, three new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus wallpapers, a new TV app, additional camera features, and more.


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9to5Toys Lunch Break: AirPort 2TB Time Capsule $199...

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Google Play Music revamps its home screen and builds...

Google announced a major upgrade to its streaming music service to take advantage of the company’s strengths in machine learning. 

The most noticeable change at first glance to Google Play Music is a visual refresh,  but the bigger deal is improved recommendations, and a helping hand when it comes to saving music offline. The interface is much less orange, instead launching with a soft white background that changes based on the different sections available to browse.

If you like a clean interface and don’t mind some extra white space, you’ll take a liking to the new Google Play Music interface.

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The best apps for the new MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar...

With the new MacBook Pros with Touch Bar arriving to the first pre-order customers and going on sale at Apple stores this week, you might be looking to try out some apps that support the new hardware. Fortunately, Apple has already confirmed many apps that will get support for Touch Bar, the new contextually sensitive touchscreen panel embedded into the MacBook Pro’s keyboard, and many others app developers are announcing updates. 

Head below for the full list.


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Four Reasons Why Apple Should Bid on Time Warner

Apple wants to get in the content business — its future products and services might depend on it. Josh Centers explains why Apple should bid against AT&T to acquire Time Warner.


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Google revamps Play Music with recommended playlists...

Google on Monday overhauled the interface for its on-demand streaming service, Play Music, with an emphasis on serving up playlists based on factors like location, activity, time of day, and even the weather.

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Use this promo code for 10% off your order of Pad...

Make someone very happy this holiday season by giving them a gift from Pad & Quill. For a limited time, these Minneapolis-based purveyors of high-quality handcrafted accessories for your Apple devices will take 10% off of your order if you use the promo code PQ10.

What kind of great products can you get to make someone's holiday happy? How about:

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Touché – A Touch Bar for everyone

For those of us not lucky enough to be able to use the Touch Bar equipped Macs just yet.

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SteamVR To Get Linux and Mac OSX Support Within...

Valve is planning to introduce beta versions of its SteamVR platform for Mac OSX and Linux users within a few months, RoadToVr reports citing an executive. From the report:One thing's for sure, if you're a PC user wanting to indulge in a spot of immersive entertainment right now, the choice of operating systems on which you can do so are mostly limited to just one. Windows dominates the VR PC landscape right now and that looks set to continue for a while longer. However, Valve will soon move to encourage a diminishing of that monopoly, as it plans to bring SteamVR -- the company's Steam-integrated VR platform -- to both Linux and Mac OSX platforms within the next few months. The initiative was revealed by Valve's Joe Ludwig during a talk at this year's developer-focused Steam Dev Days event in Seattle last month. During the talk, Ludwig outlined the company's view that VR should be as open to innovation as possible, touting the benefits for the long term evolution of virtual...

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Apple SVP Phil Schiller addresses Touch Bar, other...

In an interview, Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller further elaborates on Apple's reasoning behind the Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro, why Apple hasn't gone to a full touch screen, and the USB-C connector.

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Samsung to buy Harman for $8 billion in bold autos...

Time will tell whether or not this is money well spent for Samsung or if this will make any difference in the US car market.

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Apple’s new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar will be in...

The new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar will be available at Apple retail stores later this week alongside demo units for customers to try, according to sources familiar with Apple’s plans.

Apple’s new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar has up until now only been available to order with a 4-5 week shipping estimate from Apple’s website, but this week the device will arrive at retail stores as the first shipments are delivered to pre-order customers. So far Apple has only had the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models displayed under glass with a demo loop, but this week customers should also be able to get their hands on demo units to try for themselves in at least some...

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Photographer tracks down people he snapped almost 40...

This is a lot of fun. Fantastic job recreating these shots.

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Deals: $270 off 2015 13" MacBook Pro; $20 off...

Shoppers this week can snap up a 13" MacBook Pro for $1,029.99 on eBay. Unlocked 128GB iPhone 7s are also $20 off with no tax outside NJ, while B&H Photo has CTO 2016 13" MacBook Pros in stock with no tax outside NY.

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∞ Review: 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

For the past couple of weeks I’ve been using three new MacBook Pros: A 13-inch entry level model; a 13-inch with Touch Bar; and my favorite, a 15-inch with Touch Bar. As with all of my reviews, I’ll give you an idea of how I use the MacBook Pros in my daily life, but I’ll also give you a look at how it performed while working on some pro music projects. […]

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What to do when Apple tells you there’s not enough...

Glenn Fleishman, Macworld [AUTOPLAY, grrr]:

When I tested disabling and re-enabling iCloud sync, as Joe’s wife did, I was told I didn’t have enough storage at iCloud, even though I had nearly 90GB free and my library is about 115GB. That library was already stored in iCloud in identical form.

Instead of first comparing photos in iCloud with those on my system, I wasn’t able to proceed without upgrading my storage and then later downgrading it. (Apple lacks automatic pro-rated refunds, and even though it says you can email to obtain such a refund, I received no response to my email.)

There’s some sense in this: Apple doesn’t want you to start an operation that will fail. But it could also predict whether it would work or not.

Glenn digs in to a real problem, an edge condition with iCloud sync when you hit the limits of storage on a very temporary basis.


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KGI: iPhone sales have peaked, supply orders will...

KGI is forecasting that iPhone shipments have now peaked for the year and that suppliers will see orders decline by anything from 5% to 15% in November and December. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is basing this on a mixture of reduced shipments seen in the supply chain and greater stock availability as supply catches up with demand.


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Australian banks want NFC solutions for iPhones, not...

Australians with an Android phone don't spend enough money to make it worthwhile to develop NFC solutions for you -- at least, ZDNet says that would be one way to sum up the latest joint submission from CBA, NAB, Westpac, and Bendigo Bank to seek approval from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to collectively negotiate with Apple to gain access to the NFC element within iPhones.

"Without access to the iPhone's NFC functionality, there simply will not be the same incentives and ability to innovate for the benefit of Australian customers on either the iPhone platform or other platforms," the submission from the banks concludes. "Access to the NFC functionality on the Android platform alone cannot generate the same choice, competition, efficiencies, and innovation in integrated mobile wallets in Australia," they state.


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Jason Snell’s MacBook Pro with Touch Bar review

[VIDEO]: Jason Snell, Six Colors:

To balance out the design, the Touch Bar’s OLED screen doesn’t extend all the way to the left edge of the glass. As a result, the Touch Bar always appears inset from the rest of the keyboard. It’s a bit weird. Fortunately, it appears that touch sensitivity extends a bit past the end of the display itself—when I tapped the corner of the Touch Bar, reflexively reaching for the Escape key, my touch would still trigger that key—even though my finger wasn’t actually touching the part of the Touch Bar displaying the virtual Escape key.

(It took me a few days to get used to the presence of the Touch Bar. Until then, I found that my pinky would slide off the carat key and make contact with the Touch Bar, triggering the virtual Escape key. I’ve trained myself not to let my finger stray up into the Touch Bar accidentally, but it was an adaptation.)


The Touch Bar is an animated interface through and through. Items don’t just...

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Microsoft to bring Visual Studio to Mac later this...

Microsoft is bringing its Visual Studio development tool to the Mac, launching it during this week's Connect() conference starting on Wednesday, according to a quickly deleted announcement.

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Apple crowned the world’s most innovative company

Apple tops the 2016 Global Innovation 1000 Study by Price Waterhouse (PwC). The Cupertino, California-based company has held the top spot for six years running.

Apple spent $8.1 billion on research and development last year. It beat Alphabet. Google, and Samsung on PwC’s ranking.

As it has in each of the past 11 editions of the Global Innovation 1000, this year Strategy& identified the 1,000 public companies around the world that spent the most on R&D during the last fiscal year, as of June 30, 2016. To be included, companies had to make their R&D spending numbers public. The Global Innovation 1000 companies collectively account for 40 percent of the entire world’s R&D spending, from all sources, including corporate and government sources. 

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Customers start receiving new MacBook Pro with Touch...

The new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is finally getting into customer’s hands, with some lucky people receiving deliveries of their new laptops today. The MacBook Pro packaging features a side-on shot of the machine with the Touch Bar displaying a vibrant color palette. Based on reader tips, it seems that those who ordered early will be receiving their laptop this week or next with many deliveries confirmed for tomorrow.

The MacBook Pro with Touch Bar has received mixed reviews from press with a lack of consensus on whether the Touch Bar is a silly gimmick or a useful addition …


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Mossberg: New MacBook Pro is a fast, slim tweener

Walt Mossberg, The Verge, reviewing a 13-inch Touch Bar MacBook Pro:

Apple is realigning its familiar laptop line, dramatically reshaping and in some ways merging the favorite options for both heavy-duty “pro” users and everyday customers. And the poster child for this more muddled future is the pricey new MacBook Pro


The Pro, once mainly aimed straight at people who do especially taxing work like professional video editing or serious design, is now being stretched to suit a much larger audience.

Thus the term “tweener”.

Walt noted that the MacBook Pro’s battery life was wildly inconsistent:

On my rigorous test, which I’ve used for years, the machine actually exceeded Apple’s claim of up to 10 hours of battery life. The test involves setting the screen at 100 percent, keeping it on and undimmed constantly, playing an endless loop of music, and leaving Wi-Fi on to collect email, tweets, and Facebook posts in the background. Result: 11...

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China: We’ll block iPhone sales if Trump imposes...

No one believes this is just saber rattling on the part of the Chinese government. Sadly, the shortsighted response from many will be, “Just buy Android phones”, but that will ignore the enormous financial harm such actions will visit upon Apple and others.

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∞ The macOS Social widget

Take a look at this post from David Chartier, entitled macOS: How to send iMessages without the Messages app open.

The post itself is interesting, worth a read even if you have no interest in sending a message in this sidebar approach. The value is in learning about widgets (if they are new to you) and, specifically, the Social widget. Lots of nuance here:

  • Two finger drag from the right side of the trackpad to bring up the Notifications/Today sidebar.
  • Look through the widgets, learn to add/delete them from the list.
  • Play with the Social widget, click the info button to customize.

Good stuff.

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As Watson matures, IBM plans more AI hardware and...

Just over five years ago, IBM’s Watson supercomputer crushed opponents in the televised quiz show Jeopardy. It was hard to foresee then, but artificial intelligence is now permeating our daily lives.

Since then, IBM has expanded the Watson brand to a cognitive computing package with hardware and software used to diagnose diseases, explore for oil and gas, run scientific computing models, and allow cars to drive autonomously. The company has now announced new AI hardware and software packages.

The original Watson used advanced algorithms and natural language interfaces to find and narrate answers. Then, Watson was one supercomputer, but now AI systems are deployed at a grander scale. Mega data centers run by Facebook, Google, Amazon, and other companies use AI on thousands of servers to recognize images and speech and...

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Schiller: Apple tried touch screen MacBooks but...

Despite what companies like Microsoft may be doing and what some customers continue asking for, Apple is really confident that you wouldn’t like a touch screen on your MacBook. Here’s Phil Schiller explaining Apple’s view on touch screen Macs to Backchannel‘s Steven Levy:

Apple came to this conclusion by testing if touch screens made sense on the Mac. “Our instincts were that it didn’t, but, what the heck, we could be wrong—so our teams worked on that for a number of times over the years,” says Schiller. “We’ve absolutely come away with the belief that it isn’t the right thing to do. Our instincts were correct.”

Of course, Apple is slowly introducing multi-touch to Macs with the release of new MacBook Pros that replace function keys with a dynamic touch panel…


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Quick take video review: Apple's 15"...

Apple's new 15-inch MacBook Pro is the lightest and thinnest professional-grade notebook ever from the company. It features a high-contrast wide color Retina display, improved speakers, a larger Force Touch trackpad, versatile expansion via USB-C and Thunderbolt 3, Touch ID, and it's the first device to sport the Touch Bar input row. If you're looking to buy, AppleInsider has you covered with everything you need to know in our video review.

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Microsoft is Bringing Visual Studio To Mac

Microsoft will finally bring Visual Studio, a "true mobile-first, cloud-first development tool for .NET and C#," to Mac later this month, the company has said. From a report on TechCrunch:The IDE is very similar to the one found on Windows. In fact, that is presumably the point. By making it easy for OS X users to switch back and forth between platforms, Microsoft is able to ensure coders can quickly become desktop agnostic or, barring that, give Windows a try again. From the release: "At its heart, Visual Studio for Mac is a macOS counterpart of the Windows version of Visual Studio. If you enjoy the Visual Studio development experience, but need or want to use macOS, you should feel right at home. Its UX is inspired by Visual Studio, yet designed to look and feel like a native citizen of macOS. And like Visual Studio for Windows, it's complemented by Visual Studio Code for times when you don't need a full IDE, but want a lightweight yet rich standalone source editor.


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Samsung moves deeper into audio and in-car tech in...

With both smartphone and PC sales plateauing, tech giants like Apple and Samsung are always looking for new markets. Apple of course made a big bet on music with its $3B acquisition of Beats, and Samsung is now making an even bigger play by announcing plans to buy U.S. automotive component maker Harman International.

The WSJ reports that the $8B deal will be the biggest one Samsung has ever struck, and it has more than a little in common with Apple’s purchase of Beats …


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Samsung buys Harman for $8B in deal that could pave...

Chief Apple rival Samsung Electronics on Monday announced plans to buy Harman International Industries for $8 billion, in a move that could signal its intention to compete against Apple and Google in smartcar technology.

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Calico is a new game-matching for games purchased...

Feral Interactive has launched Calico, an online game-matching service for games purchased through Apple’s Mac App Store. It was developed for the half of Mac gamers who get their games through the Mac App Store, and who have until now often been unable to enjoy the multiplayer features of the games they buy, says David Stephen, managing director at Feral Interactive.

Calico is a custom library built into Feral’s games that allows Mac gamers to play against one another online and enjoy the full multiplayer features of supported games. It currently supports standard multiplayer features, primarily game matching, friends lists and chats, achievements and leaderboards, with more functionality planned for future versions.

Several of Feral’s recent releases such as Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II , Company of Heroes 2, XCOM 2, Medieval II: Total War and GRID Autosport already include Calico and support online multiplayer for Mac App Store customers. More information on...

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China Threatens To Cut Sales of iPhones and US Cars...

US president-elect Donald Trump would be a "naive" fool to launch an all-out trade war against China, a Communist party-controlled newspaper has claimed. From a report on The Guardian:During the acrimonious race for the White House Trump repeatedly lashed out at China, vowing to punish Beijing with "defensive" 45% tariffs on Chinese imports and to officially declare it a currency manipulator. "When they see that they will stop the cheating," the billionaire Republican, who has accused Beijing of "the greatest theft in the history of the world", told a rally in August. On Monday the state-run Global Times warned that such measures would be a grave mistake. "If Trump wrecks Sino-US trade, a number of US industries will be impaired. Finally the new president will be condemned for his recklessness, ignorance and incompetence," the newspaper said in an editorial. The Global Times claimed any new tariffs would trigger immediate "countermeasures" and "tit-for-tat approach" from Beijing...

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Daily Deal: Stock up on Apple MFi-Certified...

One of our top-sellers in the Apple World Today Deals Shop is back again by popular demand! We have three 6.5-ft. MFi-certified Lightning charging cables for just $21.99

Most Apple fans just can't keep enough Lightning cables around. Occasionally you'll lose one by leaving it somewhere, sometimes they get turned into a puppy or cat toy and are covered with teeth marks. So why not pick up a few of these three-packs for your future needs? Any time you need a Lightning cable, you'll have one ready to go. 

It's not too early to start thinking about those holiday gifts, too -- this makes a wonderful stocking stuffer or "Secret Santa" gift, and at 50% off the normal price...

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Chinese state-run media promises consequences for...

China has threatened that a trade war against the country will result in more harm to the U.S., with a state-run paper threatening that the government will take "countermeasures" against Apple's iPhone and the automotive industry if an economic conflict comes to pass.

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iMac Gets Competition from Microsoft’s New Surface...

Microsoft is trying to one-up Apple’s iMac with its first-ever desktop computer, called the Surface Studio. This Windows-based PC boasts a touchscreen that drops to a 20-degree angle for use as a drafting table of sorts… along with a stratospheric price tag. Could Apple draw inspiration from the Surface Studio for future iMacs?


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10 million (or more) Android users could have moved...

According to an app in the Google Play Store, at least 10 million Android users have switched to iOS in the last couple of years. As noted by travel12h, this figure is based on an app called Move to iOS, which helps Android users switch to an iPhone.

Move to iOS — developed by Apple — helps users move content and apps from an Android phone to an Apple smartphone. By October 2015, 1 million to 5 million Android users had installed the app. Less than a year later, that figure was up to 10 million to 50 million. 

As travel12h points out, it can’t be assumed that everyone who installed the app swapped to an iPhone. Nor can we assume that the actual number of installations of the app equals the high number in the range. Still, even if we use the minimum figures, that would indicate that at least 10 million Android users have made the switch over the last...

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Microsoft’s Visual Studio developer environment...

Microsoft is hoping to persuade more developers to create Windows apps by bringing its main coding environment – Visual Studio – to the Mac for the first time. Previously, developers had to use a Windows machine or run a virtual machine on a Mac to write Windows software.

The company seemingly intended to make the announcement at its Connect() developer conference on Wednesday, but The Verge spotted that Microsoft accidentally released the information early in a now-deleted blog post.

Microsoft said that Visual Studio for Mac was designed to be a direct counterpart to the Windows version, though it would not fully achieve this aim from the...

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Rumor: AirPods could hit the shelves come December...

It looks like the AirPods are about to hit the production line.

Following the delayed launch of the new wireless headphones in late October, Apple said it needed “a little more time” before they are ready for customers.

The latest word comes from investment bank Barclays, which in a research note we saw said AirPods should enter production in December. That means AirPods could still feasibly be released in time for the final weeks of the holiday shopping season, although a January 2017 launch as previously rumored, or later, is possible.

Barclays has stated that the initial production run will be “fairly small,” totaling between 10 million and 15 million AirPods to start. Depending on demand, Apple could maintain this lower production level or expand it...

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MacBook Pro Review Roundup: mixed reviews on...

Today official reviews for Apple’s new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar have surfaced online as the first preorders for the device arrive to customers this week alongside a retail launch. Apple started shipping pre-orders over the weekend with the first deliveries expected to be in customers’ hands by early this week. 

How does the new contextually sensitive Touch Bar panel embedded into the MacBook Pro’s keyboard perform in the real world? And are the rest of the machine’s hardware upgrades enough to warrant the price tag?

The consensus seems to be that most enjoyed using the Touch Bar and noted its potential for the future. There are, however, mixed reviews when it comes to overall performance with many reviewers pointing out the price of the new MacBook Pros in relation to specs, performance, and...

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NFL without cable: A cord cutter’s guide for the...

Watching sports without a big cable TV bundle has gotten a lot easier in the last year; NFL games are no exception.

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Review: Apple's late-2016 15" MacBook Pro...

Apple's new Late 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro is the lightest and thinnest MacBook Pro ever, but unlike the company's earlier ultralight MacBook Air, it packs a fast, quad-core Intel CPU and a dedicated AMD Radeon Pro GPU along with 16GB of high speed RAM and other "pro" level niceties. After spending some time with the new flagship, AppleInsider came away impressed at what Apple was able to achieve.

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1Password updated to 6.5, adds Touch Bar, Touch ID...

One of our favorite applications just got Touch Bar and Touch ID support.

AgileBits has released version 6.5 of its 1Password password storage utility. The new version now features support for the Touch ID and Touch Bar features on 2016 MacBook Pros.

Touch ID must be enabled from 1Password’s Security Preferences menu, but will then let people unlock the app with a quick fingerprint scan. Touch Bar support should make it easier to run searches, add new items, and switch between vaults as well as lock them down.

While the first Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro units have yet to arrive, this marks the first wave of applications supporting the Touch Bar hardware designed by Apple.

1Password has also been upgraded with a new first-run experience,...

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The 2016 13- and 15-inch Touch Bar MacBook Pros...

The new design of the MacBook Pros is nice and Apple’s decision to put in nothing but Thunderbolt 3 ports has prompted a fresh wave of dongle talk, but the signature feature of the new MacBook Pros was always going to be the Touch Bar.

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Apple stands to benefit the most from any U.S. tax...

Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty notes that 37% of Apple's market capitalization, or $216 billion, is held overseas. Should a prospective 10% repatriation allowance occur, the company could save $54 billion in tax expense if it chooses to bring that sum back onshore.

Should the theorized scenario play out, shareholder returns, debt reduction, substantial M&A and a combination of all of the above are cited to be on the table, notes Seeking Alpha. Huberty adds, "It would likely also remove an overhang on the stock that has been in place for many years.”

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Google & Amazon increase pressure on Apple Music...

Apple Music may be working hard to dethrone streaming music market leader Spotify, but it also can’t afford to ignore the other horses in the race. Google Play Music has today launched a major revamp of its iOS and Android apps, using machine-learning to put together context-specific playlists and ensuring that you always have music to listen to even if you forget to download offline music.

The move happens on the same day that Amazon Music Unlimited began its international expansion …


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MagicMount Wall Charger offers an attractive way to...

Scosche’s $29.99 MagicMount Wall Charger lets you dock a mobile device such as an iPhone 7/7 Plus to a wall socket. That’s pretty handy, as it helps alleviate cord clutter and entanglements.

The MagicMount Wall Charger is built with “rare-earth” neodymium magnets that the folks at Scosche say won’t damage an iPhone or iPad even while maintaining a tight grip on the devices. Even if the magnets won’t damage iDevices, they can hurt hard disk drives. So don’t place the Wall Charger in, for example, a laptop with an hard drive. 

The 12W (2.4A) Perfect Charge USB port automatically detects and charges phones and tablets at the correct rate which ensures safe, fast charges. (The latest iPads charge at 12 watts.) The cradle-free design also also lets you position a device’s screen for optimal viewing. 

I’m not sure how important a feature the latter is if you have your iDevice plugged into a...

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How to reset the NVRAM on your Mac

Is your Mac running slowly or erratically? One thing you can try is resetting the NVRAM (or “non-volatile random access memory.” It’s a tiny bit of your Mac’s memory that stores certain settings in a location that macOS can access quickly. 

The settings that are stored in NVRAM depend on the type of Mac you're using and the types of devices connected to it. Info stored in NVRAM can include speaker volume, screen resolution, and startup disk selection.

If you’re experiencing issues related to these features or have had a “kernel panic,” resetting the NVRAM can help. For example, if your Mac starts up from a startup disk other than the one you've specified in Startup Disk preferences, or if a question mark icon appears briefly when your Mac starts up, you might need to reset the NVRAM. Here’s how:

  • Shut down your Mac.
  • Find Command (⌘), Option, P, and R on your keyboard.
  • Turn on your Mac.
  • Press and hold the Command-Option-P-R keys...
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China says iPhone sales ‘will suffer’ if Trump goes...

The Chinese government, through the state-run Global Times newspaper, has said that iPhone sales ‘will suffer’ if president-elect Trump follows through on his threatened trade war when he takes office. The comment was made in response to Trump’s campaign promise to apply 45% tariffs to Chinese imports.

If Trump imposes a 45 percent tariff on Chinese imports, China-US trade will be paralyzed. China will take a tit-for-tat approach then. A batch of Boeing orders will be replaced by Airbus. US auto and iPhone sales in China will suffer a setback […]

The new president will be condemned for his recklessness, ignorance and incompetence and bear all the consequences.

The Global Times editorial also claimed that Trump would not in any case have the authority needed to apply the 45% tariff...

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Apple is among the most popular U.S. brands on...

Apple, Nike, New Balance, Playboy and Sketchers USA are the most popular U.S. brands according to sales from Alibaba Group Holding’s Singles Day sales. Sales from the day totaled $17.8 billion, up more than 24% from the record $14.3 billion sold last year.

The Alibaba Group is a is a Chinese e-commerce company that provides consumer-to-consumer, business-to-consumer and business-to-business sales services via web portals. China’s Singles Day, held on Nov. 11, is a festival popular among Chinese young people who celebrate the fact that they’re single. This festival has gradually become one of the largest online shopping days in the world.

“Alibaba is using this year’s Singles Day to showcase the number of international brands participating, everyone from Apple, “Victoria’s Secret, Burberry, Gap, [and] Nike, acting as the...

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Sunday November 13

Las Vegas streetlights are powered by your footsteps

Las Vegas is famous for its lights, bright sunny days and copious pedestrian traffic. That no doubt made it the perfect place for clean tech startup EnGoPlanet to test new LED streetlights powered by both photovoltaic panels and kinetic footstep pads...

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Quicken 2017 for Mac 4.3

Maintenance release with improvements and fixes follows major new release for the financial management app. ($74.99 new, free update from Quicken 2017)


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One laptop can take down major internet servers

You don't need a massive botnet to launch overwhelming denial of service attacks -- in some cases, a personal PC and so-so broadband are all that's required. Researchers at TDC Security Operations Center have revealed a new attack technique, BlackNur...

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VW says Audi software can distort emissions during...

No, the Volkswagen Auto Group's emission cheating scandal isn't done unfolding. VW has confirmed earlier reports (including one from Suddeutsche Zeitung) that Audi software can distort emissions during tests. Cars with automatic transmissions can cha...

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Secret's anonymous sharing is coming back as a...

Secret's air-your-dirty-laundry service collapsed about as quickly as it rose to prominence, but it looks like it's poised for a comeback thanks to the new political climate. Co-creator David Byttow has vowed that "Secret V2" is on the way as an expl...

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