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Thursday December 22

15:17
MacBook Pro fails to earn Consumer Reports...




For the first time ever, Consumer Reports has denied Apple's MacBook Pro lineup -- all three machines -- of recommended ratings, saying battery life inconsistencies are too concerning to ignore.

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14:56
Apple Music execs Iovine & Jackson go on defense...




Apple Music executives Jimmy Iovine and Larry Jackson adopted a defensive tone in parts of an interview published on Thursday, working to explain things like the fallout of a Frank Ocean deal, and why Kanye West's "The Life of Pablo" became a short-term Tidal exclusive.

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

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

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14:48
Hands-on: Glyph’s Atom SSD is a good choice for...

As a full time Final Cut Pro X user, I’m always on the lookout for things that can make my editing workflow easier. One such product that fits that description is the Atom SSD from Glyph.

The USB-C-enabled 1TB Atom SSD lends ample storage space to the MacBook Pro in a small, portable form factor. More importantly, the unit is plenty fast for transferring the large files that are common to video editing workflows.

Thanks to its portable size and fast transfer rates, it’s a solid way to add additional storage to the 12-inch MacBook or the MacBook Pro, especially while away from your home or office. Have a look at our hands-on video walkthrough as we take the Atom SSD for a spin.

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14:31
The 2016 MacBook Pro is the first MacBook to not...

Apple’s long-awaited MacBook Pro refresh has been met with some criticism thus far, primarily due to battery life concerns. Now, however, Consumer Reports is out with its look at the new MacBook Pro laptops, and it’s not good.

Consumer Reports says that the 2016 MacBook Pro is the first MacBook not to receive recommended ratings from the organization.

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14:24
AWT News Update: December 22, 2016

What doesn't kill you only makes you stronger, and Steve's getting stronger every day in his battle with the Brazilian Death Flu. Today, with just a minimum of voice-cracking, we give you the following news bites:

  • AT&T rolls out the Cell Protect spam blocking service...although it doesn't work everywhere or on every iPhone
  • Apple has apparently been asked to unlock an iPhone 4s used by the assassin who killed the Russian ambassador to Turkey
  • Now you can be the life of the party with your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus and djay Pro for iPhone!
  • Missiles are flying back and forth between Finland and Cupertino as the patent war between Nokia and Apple escalates

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

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14:07
Apple debuts new Apple Watch mini-ad focusing on...




Apple on Thursday shared a new short commercial highlighting the new Apple Watch Series 2, this time throwing a spotlight on the wearable's waterproof design.

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14:05
Pokemon Go Arrives On the Apple Watch

Niantic, the developers behind Pokemon Go, have finally launched the Apple Watch version of the game. The new smartwatch app will let you play Pokemon Go without having to constantly pull out your smartphone. Instead, you can use the watch to tap to find nearby Pokemon, collect items from PokeStops, and log your gameplay as a "workout." TechCrunch reports: The AR and GPS-powered game, which has been downloaded 600 million times as of November, offers a unique combination of gameplay and physical activity that makes sense for a platform like the Apple Watch. The new app will take advantage of the watch's fitness-tracking capabilities, as gameplay counts toward your personal Activity rings. In addition, your Apple Watch sessions will count toward hatching your Pokemon Eggs, too, as well as receiving Candy with your Buddy Pokemon. In addition to fitness tracking, Pokemon Go will also tie into the Apple Watch's ability to push notifications to your wrist. The app will send alerts about...

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

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

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13:40
∞ Creating Saturday Night Live: Cold open to...

Like a well-oiled machine.

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13:38
New Apple Watch Series 2 ‘Go Swim’ promo highlights...

Continuing its recent deluge of Apple Watch advertisements, Apple today has shared a new clip highlighting the device. The video, entitled “Go Swim,” highlights the water-resistant design of the Series 2 model.

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13:30
Uber ships self-driving cars to Arizona after San...

A day after it was forced to halt self-driving car testing in California, Uber loaded its cars onto trucks on Thursday and shipped them to neighboring Arizona, where testing will continue with the support of that state.

The cars were loaded onto trucks built by Otto, an Uber subsidiary developing self-driving trucks, and left San Francisco in the morning, Uber said in a statement.

“Our cars departed for Arizona this morning by truck,” the company said. “We’ll be expanding our self-driving pilot there in the next few weeks, and we’re excited to have the support of Governor Ducey.”

Uber also released a series images to journalists of the cars on trucks leaving the city—a very public rebuke to its home city and state.

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13:17
Notable apps and app updates for Dec. 22, 2016

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

iOS Apps/Updates

Notus Games Studio has introduced Christmas Mansion 3. It’s a free puzzle gamein which players help an elf to prepare a town for Christmas with ornaments and decorations. HOu build cafes and shops for Christmas fair, decorate the fir-tree and town hall, get beautiful ornaments, illuminations and ice sculptures to create the real Christmas spirit and more.

Adrian Nelson has launched The Mighty App Finder. It’s a free Apple App Store discovery app that offers a visual approach to app discovery.

Conceptis has debuted...

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13:14
Steam's Winter Sale arrives with deals on...

Happy holidays from Valve: Steam's yearly fire sale is happening from now until January 2nd. So, you've got a few more days to snag a deal on Firewatch, Doom, Farming Simulator 17 and loads of other games you might have missed this year.

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13:07
Apple announces iTunes’ top five best-selling...

Elf!? Wow. This is a really lame list.

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13:05
Peak Canadiana: Alberta man takes Zamboni through...

It just doesn’t get much more Candian than this.

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13:00
The Week in iPhone and iPad Cases: Bring home...

New cases on the scene

Just a few days away from the holidays, this week’s roundup of new iPhone and iPad cases helps you find last minute gifts for your friends and family.

Evolutive Labs

Image by Evolutive Labs

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12:59
Jimmy Iovine & Larry Jackson discuss Apple Music...

In an new interview released today, Jimmy Iovine and Larry Jackson delve deeper into some of the finer points of their artistic relationships on the Apple Music platform. The pair go into details on why hip-hop and R&B artists have seen a surge in streaming, how they maintain their relationships with artists despite labels, and the impact of Apple Music’s platform on piracy.

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12:44
Uber is moving its self-driving cars from California...

Uber's self-driving vehicle tests on the streets of San Francisco ended earlier this week when the California DMV stepped in. The state revoked the registrations on Uber's self-driving cars after the company flew in the face of both city and state of...

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12:32
How cheat codes vanished from video games

Raise your hand if you’re old enough to remember scrounging for cheat codes.

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12:30
The best games of 2016

The year is nearly over, and I don't think I'm alone in saying that I'm ready to leave behind the dark, twisted fantasy that is 2016.

No matter your political persuasion, social status or country of residence, you'll have felt disquieted by events a...

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12:25
Pokémon GO is now on the Apple Watch

Pokémon GO is now available for the Apple Watch, allowing you to explore and experience the world around you directly from your wrist.

You can interact with Pokémon GO on the smartwatch, using quick taps to discover nearby Pokémon and collect items from PokéStops. Once you encounter a Pokémon, you can catch it from your iPhone. You can log your play sessions through the Apple Watch app as a Workout that will count toward your personal Activity rings, while also counting distance toward hatching Pokémon Eggs.

Pokémon GO is available free at the Apple App Store.

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12:18
AirPods aren’t perfect, but wonderfully designed

The minute it was announced that Apple’s AirPods went on sale, I went to the Apple online store and ordered a pair. They arrived on Tuesday, Dec. 20, so I’ve been using them for three days. Overall, I really like them, though they do fall out of my ears when I run.

I know that Tim Cook and others have said the AirPods stay in place while running; however, twice I’ve gone for a run with the wireless earphones and twice they began to slip out less than a mile into my six-mile run. I could have securely pushed ‘em back in repeatedly during my jaunt, but there’s no way I’m taking a chance on losing a $159 product.

However, during brisk walks, they stay in place just fine. So here’s what I recommend: use them with your Apple devices while walking, working, or lounging and get a $9.99 Spigen AirPods Strap (shown below) to keep them from getting lost while running. 

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12:12
Nokia expands number of patent suits against Apple...




Nokia on Thursday said it has increased the number of patent suits launched against Apple from 32 to 40, spread across 11 countries, including the U.S. and parts of Asia and Europe.

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12:12
Pokémon Go for Apple Watch is finally here

Your Apple Watch can now help you try to “catch ’em all.”

On Thursday, Pokémon Go for Apple Watch (free) was finally released into the wild. A companion to the popular mobile game, this watchOS app will send players notifications about nearby Pokémon and track your distance towards hatching Pokémon eggs and receiving candy for your Buddy Pokémon.

Pokémon Go for Apple Watch was first announced during Apple’s September event to much fanfare. As the year’s coming to a close, there was some speculation that the watchOS app wouldn’t be available before the holidays as originally promised.

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12:09
Obama dismantles registry used to track Muslims and...

The Obama administration is formally tearing apart a national registry which was used to keep tabs on visitors from countries with terrorist groups, the Department of Homeland Security announced today. The National Security Entry-Exit Registration Sy...

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12:00
The best made-for-iPhone, iPad, & Apple TV game...

There have been a lot of changes since Apple first introduced specs for its Made-for-iPhone (and iPad and Apple TV) game controllers. Controllers have come down in price, more games support gamepads, and the 4th-gen Apple TV introduced an App Store with multi-controller support giving Apple its first real living room gaming machine. Below we put them to the test (all of them!) to find out which one is best overall and the best for each of Apple’s platforms.

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11:50
Android Wear 2.0 will launch on a pair of flagship...

The market for smartwatches is drying up, but Google seems intent on shaking it up. We already knew that Android Wear 2.0 would arrive in early 2017, but Android Wear product manager Jeff Chang recently confirmed to The Verge that the updated platfor...

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11:44
'Pokemon Go' Apple Watch implementation...




After erroneous reports over the weekend said that the Apple Watch implementation of "Pok?mon Go" was cancelled, developer Niantic has started the roll-out process for the update for iOS.

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11:43
Investigating ChronoSync 4.7 for Cloud Backup

The latest update to the long-standing synchronization and backup app ChronoSync lets you perform scheduled backups to Amazon S3 and Google Cloud and via SFTP. This is particularly interesting from the perspective of off-site backups.

 

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11:41
The movie that doesn’t exist and the Redditors who...

I know Sinbad and asked him about this at a Macworld Expo many years ago. He thought it was hilarious and was sure people were confusing him with the Shaquille O’Neal movie.

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11:21
If you're traveling with your iPhone this...




If you travel a lot with your iPhone, there are a few apps that can make those arduous holiday journeys a bit easier, and AppleInsider delves into a few that we like.

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11:19
Faraday Future could be out of business by February

Last we heard, Faraday Future was going through a rough patch in regards to building its manufacturing facility in Nevada. Now, it appears the electric vehicle company's troubles are worse than anticipated. The key theme, across report from Buzzfeed...

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11:13
Congress claims Snowden has been in contact with...

Edward Snowden, the NSA contractor who released a trove of confidential documents detailing the massive scope of US surveillance programs, has been accused by Congress of giving information to Russian intelligence agencies. A new report from the US H...

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11:08
Pokémon Go lands on the Apple Watch after Activity...

After first being demoed at Apple’s iPhone 7 event back in September, Niantic has finally shipped Pokémon Go for Apple Watch. The new app update doesn’t appear to be available just yet but should rolling out starting today.

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11:03
A French town just installed the world's first...

The tiny town of Tourouvre-au-Perche in Normandy, France no longer has to worry about how it will power its street lights. The Sun will handle that.

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11:00
'Pokémon Go' is available right now on the...

Pokémon Go has made its way to the Apple Watch, enabling trainers to receive notifications right on their wrists about nearby Pokémon, PokéStops, eggs and medals. Players are even able to collect goodies from PokéStops dir...

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10:54
PSA: The original RollerCoaster Tycoon is now...

If you have nostalgia for RollerCoaster Tycoon, today might just be your day. Atari, the publisher of RollerCoaster Tycoon games since the release of RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 for PC, has today released the original RollerCoaster Tycoon for both iOS and Android…

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10:47
Nokia files even more patent lawsuits against Apple

Nokia has filed new patent infringement lawsuits against Apple on Thursday, a day after it weighed in on a licensing dispute with the company by filing claims in Germany and the U.S.

On Wednesday, the Finland-based mobile network vendor filed lawsuits in three German courts and two lawsuits in a Texas court, leveling infringement claims against Apple on the widely used H.264 video codec and other technologies. Those suits cover 32 of Nokia’s patents.

Nokia’s first round of lawsuits came after Apple filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing Nokia of working with patent assertion firms Acacia Research and Conversant Intellectual Property Management to “extract and extort exorbitant revenues unfairly and anticompetitively” from Apple and other smartphone makers. 

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10:45
'Magic Hour' is photography 101 in VR

Take it from people who take photos almost constantly: figuring out the finer points of manual photography can be tricky, especially for folks who rock that Auto mode all the time. That's why a new bit of software for the HTC Vive called Magic Hour s...

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10:40
CMRA camera band for Apple Watch looks pretty cool...

Unless you've been on a self-imposed internet hiatus for the past month, you've probably seen an ad for CMRA, which is billed as "The Camera For Apple Watch." I was curious about the device so I took the liberty of checking out press materials for the Apple Watch band that will include two small cameras.

CMRA is the brainchild of the folks behind the Glide Video Messenger app and the idea is great - take your existing video messaging platform and move it to the Apple Watch. Of course, Apple didn't built cameras into the first or second iterations of the Apple Watch, so the CMRA band will have both an 8-megapixel outward facing camera and a 2-megapixel "selfie" and video messaging camera. 

CMRA has both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi built-in to aid in transfer of the photos and video captured to iPhone or the cloud, A charging...

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10:24
RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic brings first two PC...




Atari has released RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic, an iOS title merging features from the first two RollerCoaster Tycoon PC games, both of which were extremely popular in their original 1999 and 2002 incarnations.

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10:21
Steam's massive annual Winter Sale kicks off...

It's like Gabe Newell squeezed down your chimney to bring you a bunch of the year's best games. And that's weird, because I don't even have a chimney.

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10:18
Uber now lets you set a friend's location as...

When Uber rolled out its new mobile experience in November it promised several new features such as transit information, Snapchat and Yelp integration, and the ability to enter a friend’s current location as a destination. Two of those features—Snapchat and “people are the new places”—started rolling out on Wednesday.  

The Snapchat filters are pretty standard, but allow you to use Snapchat without leaving the Uber app. The idea is that these filters will get you by while on-the-go in an Uber car. One filter, for instance, overlays your estimated arrival time on top of a photo. That’s similar to Snapchat’s current-time filter.

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10:03
Turkish authorities seeking Apple's help to...




Following the assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey, Apple has reportedly been asked to unlock the shooter's iPhone 4s recovered after the gunfight for more information regarding the man, and insight on his colleagues.

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10:00
Gadget Ogling: Heightened Hearing, Toasty Toes, and...


Bose's latest earbuds are designed to help you tune in to the specific sounds you want to hear from the world around you. Hearphones are a sort of blend of noise-cancelling earbuds and hearing aids.
There are several presets in the app, with names like "focused conversation," "gym," "airplane" and "television." You can opt to crank up the volume on all sound or turn it down. You can block out noise or amplify it from certain directions. For instance, you might use it to help you better hear a specific person in a crowded place.

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09:59
Last Minute Deals: 2016 13" MacBook Pro for $1,...




It's not too late to pick up a new MacBook Pro before the holidays thanks to exclusive discounts and free next day delivery on a variety of models when ordered before 4 p.m. ET. Enjoy the lowest price ever on Apple's 15" MacBook Pro (2.7GHz, 16GB, 512GB, 455) at $2,549 ($250 off) or snap up a 13" MacBook Pro at $1,349. Less than 12 hours remain to save $150 on the 13" MacBook Air with no tax outside NY as well.

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09:55
Machine learning is helping researchers decipher bat...

Egyptian fruit bats are widespread throughout Africa and often roost together in colonies of 1,000 or more individuals. With that many neighbors packed together, it's no wonder they're such a noisy bunch. And thanks to some exciting machine learning...

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09:46
CRTC declares broadband internet access a basic...

This is a “good news, bad news” kind of thing for Canadians.

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09:36
Honda in talks with Alphabet's Waymo on self-...




Honda is reportedly in negotations with Waymo -- Alphabet's self-driving car subsidiary -- for a deal that could place the latter's technology in some of its vehicles.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: UE MEGABOOM Bluetooth Speaker...

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UE’s MEGABOOM Bluetooth Speaker falls to its Amazon all-time low just before Christmas: $180 shipped...

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09:29
Apple rolls out updated Photos web app at iCloud.com

I don’t use iCloud Photos but this looks like a decent update to start bringing it more in line with macOS Photos app.

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09:29
Patent report: Apple watchbands with haptic feedback...

Future Apple Watches may be (surprise!) even thinner. Apple has filed for a patent (20160371942) for a “band attachment mechanism with haptic feedback” that would transfer the smartwatch's haptic feedback mechanism from the device’s body to its wrist strap.

It’s for a system that includes a band, an attachment mechanism attached to the band, and one or more haptic devices included in the attachment mechanism. The attachment mechanism can attach the band to an electronic device. Additionally or alternatively, the attachment mechanism can attach the band to a wearer. The haptic device or devices are in communication with a processing device. At least one of the one or more haptic devices produces a haptic response based on an activation signal received from the processing device.

Apple has also filed for a patent (20160372960) for a “wireless charging station.” The invention is for a wireless charging system that includes a transmitter...

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09:23
Barnes & Noble's $50 Nook came pre-...

Barnes & Noble introduced the $50 Nook just in time for the holiday shopping season, but it failed to mention one crucial bit of software pre-installed on its 7-inch e-reader: malware. Specifically, the new Nooks came with an ADUPS program that g...

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09:21
Apple Delays App Store Security Deadline For...

Reader Trailrunner7 writes: Apple has pushed back a deadline for developers to support a key transport security technology in apps submitted to the company's app stores. Officials said at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this year that developers would have to support Apple Transport Security by the end of 2016. But on Thursday, the company announced that it has decided to extend the deadline indefinitely. ATS is Apple's collection of transport security standards designed to provide attack resistance for data that's sent between iOS and macOS apps and backend servers. It requires apps to support a number of modern transport security technologies, including TLS 1.2, AES-128 or stronger, and certificates must be signed using SHA-2. ATS also requires the use of forward secrecy, a key-exchange method that protects encrypted sessions even if the server certificate is compromised at some point in the future.

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09:03
Apple introduces new version of its Photos Web app...

Apple has introduced a new version of its Photos Web app for iCloud. It’s available to all users of iCloud.com.

The upgraded Photos Web app sports an updated sidebar and scrubber to that matches the macOS Sierra Photos app. It includes an updated toolbar with upload and download buttons along the the top of the interface. The new Photos Web app also includes a new vertical sidebar for quick access to albums in your Photos library.

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09:00
The best gadgets of 2016

A year ago, virtual reality felt almost like a pipe dream. But during 2016, we saw the launches of the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR and Daydream, a new mobile platform from Google. VR is here, and it's very much . . . well, real. We're still...

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08:52
Brisk iPhone 7 sales expected to bring Apple best...

Santa apparently left Apple something nice under the tree this year. Brean Capital analyst Ananda Baruah thinks that Apple could end up the first fiscal quarter of 2017 (ending December 31, 2016) with earnings of greater than $76 billion. That figure would be better than the record set just last year. Of course, Santa may also be leaving a lump of coal for later in the year...

The good quarter expectations are based on increased purchases of the iPhone 7 Plus versus the iPhone 7 compared to the iPhone 6s, better than expected Mac sales, and the release of the Apple Watch 2 in September. That lump of coal? Brean Capital thinks that the growth will come at the expense of the second fiscal quarter of 2017, due to weakness in the Chinese market. 

Looking later in 2017, the company sees less demand for the new iPhone range expected in September. However, alleged Apple manufacturing documents that were leaked on Tuesday say that Apple will bring two upgraded iPhone 7 models...

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08:35
∞ Drone footage of skaters on a pristine, frozen lake

[VIDEO] Yeah, this is beautiful. My imagination, or did they make a moose or a reindeer with their skates? Check the image right at :58, just before the fade.

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08:19
Peek at the drawings used to design the original...

To quote one of my favorite video game characters: Greatness, from small beginnings. To celebrate The Legend of Zelda's 30th anniversary, Nintendo has released a handful of drawings that were used to design the first game in the franchise. They're es...

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08:14
Raspberry Pi's gorgeous Pixel desktop can now...

The Raspberry Pi Foundation just revealed an early Christmas present for all the good little Linux lovers and Raspberry Pi fans in the world, as the organization announced they’ve ported an early prototype of the Raspberry Pi’s Pixel desktop experience to Mac and Windows PCs. That means you can now run the gorgeous Pixel desktop experience natively on your regular laptop by booting from a USB drive. 

”If we like Pixel so much, why ask people to buy Raspberry Pi hardware in order to run it?” Raspberry Pi founder Eben Upton said in a blog post. “There is a massive installed base of PC and Mac hardware out there, which can run x86 Debian just fine.” 

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08:04
Apple deploys updated Photos iCloud app with Sierra-...




Apple on Thursday officially rolled out a new version of its Photos Web app for iCloud, introducing an interface similar to macOS Sierra.

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07:27
'The Last Guardian' gets its own companion...

While 2016 hasn't been the best year for the world at large, it's certainly been a brilliant one for video games. As well as giving us excellent titles like Overwatch and Uncharted 4, 2016 has also seen the release of two games that many thought woul...

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07:17
AirPods selling out as quickly as they arrive at...




Apple's AirPods are by all measures a victory for the company, with Apple retail stores quickly blowing through received stock. However, online orders placed through Apple are in some cases shipping weeks earlier than advertised.

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07:03
Raspberry Pi releases an OS to breathe new life into...

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has released an experimental version of its Linux-based Pixel OS for Windows and Mac PCs. The OS, originally designed to run only on the Raspberry Pi hobby board, comes with the Chromium web browser and a suite of producti...

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06:58
Apple’s redesigned iCloud․com Photos app comes out...

After rolling out a redesigned iCloud Photos app to the beta site earlier this month, today the updated experience is now available to all through iCloud.com.
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06:48
Poll: How big a deal has it been adapting to all-USB...

Apple’s decision to go all-in on USB-C ports on the new MacBook Pro has of course generated a great deal of debate. In a poll we ran almost two months ago, a slim majority of you felt that the decision was a positive one, but the votes were very close.

Now that many of us have been using our shiny new machines for some time, and had the chance to adjust to working with the new ports, I thought it would be interesting to see how easy or difficult an...

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06:46
Circuit board maker Flexium hedges bets on OLED-...




Operating on the assumption that Apple is building an OLED iPhone, flexible circuit board maker Flexium is developing products that can be paired with the display technology, a report said on Thursday.

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06:43
Raspberry Pi's Linux-Based PIXEL Desktop Now...

From a report on BetaNews: If you own a Raspberry Pi, you're probably familiar with PIXEL. The desktop environment is included in the Raspbian OS. The Raspberry Pi Foundation describes PIXEL as the "GNU/Linux we would want to use" and understandably so. It offers a smart, clean interface, a decent selection of software, the Chromium web browser with plug-ins, and more -- and from today it's available for PC and Mac. The version of Debian+PIXEL for x86 platforms is described as "experimental" but having taken it for a spin, it seems pretty stable to me. To run PIXEL on your PC or Mac, download the image, burn it onto a DVD or flash it onto a USB memory stick, and boot from it. The desktop environment will load ready for use.


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06:42
Apple gives app makers more time to switch to HTTPS...

Earlier this year, Apple required all app developers to switch on App Transport Security by January 1st, 2017. The feature (introduced with iOS 9 back in 2015) would have boosted apps' security, since it forces them to connect to the internet over HT...

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06:39
Apple predicted to post best holiday quarter revenue...




Apple could beat its quarterly record for revenue set at this time last year, on the strength of the iPhone, increased Mac sales, and services, one analyst believes. But that growth could also be at the cost of 2017 expansion and a soft "iPhone 8" demand.

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06:39
Apple asked for help to unlock iPhone 4s of man who...

After an off-duty police officer shot dead the Russian ambassador to Turkey, Apple has been asked to help unlock an iPhone 4s recovered from the killer.

MacReports and other local media say that Apple is expected to refuse the request from Turkish authorities, but report that the Russian government has said it will help …

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06:21
Prepare for even more volatile weather in 2017

Ice isn't just great for keeping your drinks cool at parties, it also helps keep our planet cool by reflecting some of the sun's heat away. But thanks to our steadfast refusal to address climate change, there's going to be a lot less ice in the Arcti...

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06:01
Canada sets aggressive targets for minimum broadband...

Canadian regulators have declared that all citizens should have access to high-speed internet, even in remote areas. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has ruled that minimum broadband speeds of 50 Mbps download an...

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05:51
Uber iOS app said to be tracking some customer...

Uber recently changed the behaviour of its app so that it continued to track the location of customers for an additional five minutes after they were dropped off. The move appeared to be to prevent driver fraud, by preventing drivers claiming that a journey lasted longer than it did.

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05:15
AT&T offers Call Protect app, looks to curb spam...

Even if you have gripes about AT&T, this should come in handy.

This week, AT&T revealed a new service that automatically blocks robocalls and identifies other suspicious spam calls for users on a voice and data contract with a smartphone that supports HD Voice.

The free service, dubbed “Call Protect”, arrives with a free companion mobile app for iOS and Android that lets users setup temporary call blocking and get notifications about what’s been auto-blocked. The feature blocks spam calls at the network level before they reach a customer’s phone.

Call Protect also warns users about calls that emanate from a “suspected spam source”, giving them the option to accept or refuse the call. AT&T customers who are eligible for the service have to opt-...

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05:00
Refurbished first-gen Apple Watch units now...

You can now snag a refurbished first-gen Apple Watch at a pretty decent savings.

Apple has just posted its cheapest model, a refurbished Apple Watch Series 1 in a 38mm rose gold aluminum case, is only $229. Others, like stainless steel versions of the Apple Watch Series 2, are available for $509, or about 15 percent off. This move follows Apple’s recent decision to start selling refurbished iPhone models on its online store.

The discounts generally range between 14 to 16 percent off throughout the entire range of models.

Luxury goods buyers unfortunately won’t find the multi-thousand dollar Apple Watch Edition up for discount. The company notably left that eye-popping price tier, which originally included a 18-karat gold case and a five-...

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04:45
Future Apple Watch models could be slimmer as patent...

A patent application published today could herald slimmer Apple Watch models as the company describes a method of moving the haptic motor from the watch to the band. Taps to the wrist could then be delivered by the band rather than the Watch.

Apple specifically cites space-saving as the benefit of the invention …

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04:30
It’s time for Apple to simplify its product line-up...

When Steve Jobs returned to Apple in 1997, he drastically simplified the product line-up. It’s time for the company to do the same again.

Upon Job’s return, Apple was selling a dozen versions of the Mac. His strategy was to produce only four products: one desktop and one portable device aimed at both consumers and professionals. 

That precise strategy won’t work today because Apple has more product categories, but the principal — a streamlined product line with more focus on quality and innovation — is still relevant. Here’s what I propose:

The Mac. The Mac line-up will follow Jobs’ vision. There will be one desktop for professionals (the Mac Pro) and one for consumers (the iMac). Under this scenario, the Mac mini will disappear. Of course, Apple could ditch the Mac Pro AND Mac mini (which I think will, unfortunately, happen) and offer an “iMac Pro” (state-of-the-art specs and more expandability than current models) and an “iMac.”

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04:17
Apple suing Nokia in patent dispute, accuses company...

We reported yesterday that Nokia filed a lawsuit against Apple, claiming the company had violated no fewer than 32 of its patents in every iPhone from the 3GS onward. Just for good measure, the lawsuit also includes every iPad, the Apple Watch and Apple TV.

The WSJ now reports that Nokia was responding to an Apple lawsuit accusing the company of deliberately excluding the 32 patents from an agreement reached between the two companies in 2011,...

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04:03
Uber relents, suspends self-driving car tests in San...

Uber has halted its self-driving car trials in San Francisco and agreed to work with state regulators on obtaining proper permits for 16 test cars. The move amounts to a climbdown by Uber, which had last week argued it didn’t need to obtain the permits.

That sparked a demand from the state that the cars be pulled off the roads immediately and a threat of legal action if they were not.

Uber had argued its cars didn’t require autonomous car permits because they didn’t meet the law’s definition of being autonomous. It said the cars require a driver in the front seat at all times, and so are not autonomous but more akin to Tesla cars with advanced auto-pilot software.

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04:00
The ET-3600 EcoTank is a great choice for those who...

The Epson WorkForce ET-3660 EcoTank wireless all-in-one comes loaded and ready with up to two years of ink in the box. Or so says Epson. However, its predecessor, the ET-4550, did exactly that. In fact, in over a year, I’ve never replaced an ice cartridge.

That’s an incredible amount of ink — enough to print up to 11,000 black/8500 color pages, and equivalent to about 50 ink cartridge sets. The printer is designed for homes, home offices and small offices that print 300 to 400 pages per month.

My family goes through a LOT of ink each year as my wife and daughter print photos, recipes, coupons, etc. I need a printer that doesn’t threaten to break my bank account in ink cartridge purchases.

When replacement ink is needed, the cost for the WorkForce ET-3660 EcoTan will reportedly be as low as $12.99 per bottle, or $52...

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01:45
Next-gen Apple Watch might thin down by moving...




Apple is investigating the possibility of transferring Apple Watch's haptic feedback mechanism from the device chassis to its wrist strap, a design that would allow for a much thinner product, according to a patent application discovered Thursday.

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Wednesday December 21

18:32
Apple extends developer deadline to support App...




Apple on Wednesday informed developers that it has extended the deadline by which apps submitted to the various App Stores will required to use App Transport Security, a standard introduced in iOS 9 and OS X 10.11.

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18:27
Apple extends deadline for app developers to switch...

Over the summer, Apple informed developers that all apps would be required to securely connect to servers by January 1st, 2017. The announcement came as part of the App Transport Security feature in iOS 9. This evening, however, Apple announced that it is extending the deadline for developers to make the switch to HTTPS connectivity…

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17:28
Apple's plans for an OLED iPhone might hinge on...




Apple is rumored to introduce its first OLED iPhone model in 2017, but the company's ability to produce next-generation displays at scale could hinge on the availability of machines made by a single Japanese firm.

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16:58
New profile sheds light on Apple’s push to switch to...

It’s long been reported that Apple plans to switch to an OLED display with at least one iPhone model in 2017, with supply and production issues being the primary reason not to bring the technology to all models.

This evening, Bloomberg has published a new profile shedding more light on the production of OLED displays and how Apple’s inclusion of the technology largely depends on one supplier in the Japanese countryside…

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15:01
FCC Republicans promise to limit net neutrality when...

If you're worried that the US government will stomp on net neutrality the moment Trump becomes President, your concerns are well-founded. The FCC's two Republican Commissioners, Ajit Pai and Michael O'Rielly, have sent a letter to carrier lobbying gr...

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Tuesday January 13

15:50
Android 5.0 Lollipop still hard to find, full of...

Google's Android team has advised outside security researchers that it will no longer fix security bugs found in Jelly Bean or earlier releases, despite the fact that "pre-KitKat 4.4" software powers the majority of active users' devices currently accessing Google Play. Meanwhile, less than 0.1 percent of Android users have received Android 5.0, and those who have report an "unfinished/unpolished" experience.

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12:32
Hands On: Chrome Remote Desktop (OS X, iOS)

Imagine squeezing your retina iMac screen down onto an iPhone 5. You can do it. It might look a bit silly and initially you might wonder why you'd bother, but it has long been possible to see and remotely control your Macs and PCs on even your iPhone. Now Google has released Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS and you can do it for free. You'll do it, too: try this once and you will forever keep finding other reasons why it's incredibly useful. It's fantastic when you forget a file, for instance, and can now just find and email it to yourself from afar. And it will save your soul, your sanity and yo...



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12:24
InvenSense hit with lawsuit over concessions in...

A new lawsuit filed against gyroscope and accelerometer supplier for Apple, InvenSense, accuses the company of failing to tell investors about the concessions it made to secure a recent deal. InvenSense parts are used in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus; executives should have warned investors, the suit alleges, that Apple was given a "sweetheart deal" that would hurt profits. "Instead of revealing the true condition of the company and its prospects, defendants hid those facts from investors and chose to issue strong guidance and paint a picture of a bright future with a new mega-customer," the complai...



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12:04
Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 6s' could ship...

With over half a year remaining before Apple is expected to unveil its next-generation iPhone, a fresh rumor out of Taiwan suggests that the company may be considering a new dual-lens camera system and the addition of "Force Touch," the pressure-sensitive touch technology set to be introduced in the Apple Watch.

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10:34
AllCast media streamer makes leap to iOS

A new port of AllCast, a popular Android app, has just been released for iOS. The title lets users stream personal photo, video, and music libraries to a variety of platforms, not just the Apple TV, the only format natively supported by Apple. Some compatible targets include Chrome, Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku, WDTV, Xbox One/Xbox 360, and various platforms compatible with DLNA....



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09:59
Apple axes long-running 'Single of the Week...

Ten years after giving away its first song, Apple has reportedly wound down the "Single of the Week" program that offered iTunes users a chance to download a free track from up-and-coming artists.

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09:23
Quanta ramping up production of 12-inch MacBook Air...

Taiwan-based supplier Quanta Computer has entered into "volume" production of Apple's upcoming 12-inch MacBook Air, according to supply chain sources. The laptop is reportedly on track to ship in the first quarter of the year, despite other rumors pointing to the second quarter. The new sources say that Quanta has escalated recruitment efforts in order to speed up production....



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09:16
Hands On: Toca Hair Salon 2 (iOS)

Makeover apps tend to be somewhat serious, and are generally geared toward adults. Instead of being a fun game, they tend to be more akin to photo-editing software, which is generally pretty complex and low on the amusement scale. Toca Boca, however, has stepped forth with Toca Hair Salon 2, a makeover game that offers a lot to younger gamers or future beauticians....



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09:07
Facebook will display Amber Alerts in News Feeds

Facebook will start to post into its users News Feed alerts about missing children in the future, in an effort to locate them. A partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children will involve the social network showing Amber Alerts to Facebook users located in specific search areas, both on mobile devices and desktops....



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08:15
Briefly: Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS, CBS News iOS...

Google has expanded its Chrome Remote Desktop app to include iOS compatibility. Now available for download on iTunes, iOS users can now orchestrate accessing their desktop computer for free by downloading the accompanying Chrome browser app. Chrome Remote Access has been available for Android users since last year....

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08:08
Apple quietly ends Single of the Week promo on iTunes

Apple appears to have ended its Single of the Week promotion on iTunes, visitors note. No tracks have been offered in the first two weeks of 2015, and a person on Apple's support forums claims to have been told by iTunes Support that the company has officially dropped the initiative. It's missing from iTunes Stores across the globe....



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07:52
Samsung takes on Apple's iPhone 6 Plus with all...

South Korean electronics giant Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy A7, the latest entry in the company's premium all-metal Galaxy A series that brings a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display, 2 gigabytes of RAM and an 8-core application processor.

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