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Monday November 20

06:52
Rumor: Apple reduces its Micro LED R&D team in...

Apple is working with its supplier TSMC to solve manufacturing issues preventing volume production of micro-LED display panels, reducing its own R&D team for developing Micro LED display products in northern Taiwan, according to DigiTimes.

Apple formed the Micro LED team after it acquired LuxVue Technology in 2014. LuxVue is engaged in development of low-power Micro LED-based displays. (Note that the tech giant never officially confirmed the acquisition of LuxVue.)

As an owner of micro-LED technology, Apple can release new high-end products with a strong differentiation, while cutting the need to acquire screens from an OLED supplier. LuxVue's technology offers a high-performance display for a low energy consumption, maximizing battery life and device usage.

However, per DigiTimes, the downsizing doesn’t mean that Apple has delayed or gave up the development of...

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06:43
Apple’s Lisa-1 goes for $50,300 at technology...

Of the two dozen collectable categories on offer at Auction Team Breker’s autumn extravaganza in Cologne, Germany, computing and calculation came out on top. The highest price of the day was a Apple’s Lisa-1 personal computer, which went for $50,300.

Released on Jan. 19, 1983, the Lisa wasn’t a commercial success. However, it can still claim a place in PC history for introducing the overlapping windows, pull-down menus and the recycle bin that we still rely on today.

The Lisa was one of the first personal computers to offer a graphical user interface (GUI) in a machine aimed at individual business users. Development of the Lisa began in 1978, and it underwent many changes during the development period before shipping at the very high price of $9,995 (and that was 34 years ago) with a 5MB hard drive. The high price, relatively low performance and unreliable "Twiggy" floppy disks led to poor sales, with only 100,000...

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06:35
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp coming to iPhone on Nov...




Nintendo's next game for iOS devices, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, is slated to launch this Wednesday, making good on an earlier promise that it would arrive sometime in November.

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06:24
New renders imagine iPhone SE 2 with iPhone X style...

We’ve already seen one designer’s take on an all-screen iPhone SE, presented not long after the launch of this year’s new flagship phone, and Concept Creator has now given us an alternative vision of Apple’s most compact iPhone.

The overall deal is the same. Take the classic design of the SE, and add a near-bezel-free display with the famous iPhone X notch …

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06:00
Get an early start on Black Friday: FRESHeBUDS Pro...

One of our most popular deals in the Apple World Today Deals Shop has been for the FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Earbuds. They're designed for outdoor activities, with earhooks that keep 'em on your head during exercise and a design that snaps the earbuds together when you're not using them so they hang around your neck securely. How much? This week we're selling them for $23.95 -- $6 lower than our last deal.

How popular are the FRESHeBUDS Earbuds? With 1,142 ratings from buyers, they've racked up an impressive 4-1/2 star rating! Two color combos are available -- blue/grey and red/grey. Here are other details about the FRESHeBUDS Pro:

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05:59
Apple ranks fifth on CareerBliss ‘Happiest Retail...

CareerBliss, the leading career community with over three million open jobs, has released new data identifying the “CareerBliss Happiest Retail Employers for 2017.” Apple ranks fifth on the list, preceded by Neiman Marcus, AT&T, Foot Locker, and Ace Hardware.

Trailing Apple in the top 10 are Costco, H&M, Advance Auto Parts, Ikea North America, and The Gap. CareerBliss analyzed the key factors that affect employee happiness. Those factors are: work-life balance, senior management, compensation, benefits, job security, employee tasks, company culture and work environment. The results are generated from CareerBliss.com review submissions and serve to provide insight into employers. Employees rank factors on a scale of...

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05:46
Kantar: iOS share is flat in Europe, but up in the U...

The latest smartphone operating system data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech reveals that in the three months ending September 2017, iOS share was flat in Europe, but up in the U.S. and urban China. Android’s good performance within Great Britain continued, with its share rising 8.2 percentage points to 63.9% in the latest three-month period.

“Maintaining or growing share in Apple’s key regions is impressive, considering that iPhone X was not yet available during the three-month period ending in September 2017,” says Dominic Sunnebo, Global Business Unit Director for Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. “iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus sales were below the level of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus sales from a year earlier. But, since the iPhone 8 is not the flagship, the comparison is somewhat meaningless.”

Consumers buying lower-priced and previous generation iPhones prior to the iPhone X release will have a small impact on...

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05:37
iPhone X Diary: Putting the camera to the test, and...

I took a week off last week to get unpacked and settled into our new home. This was a time-consuming process, so I didn’t get much time to get out and about, but with a fabulous view from our new apartment, that didn’t stop me putting the iPhone X camera through its paces. You’ll just have to excuse the fact that the photos are rather lacking in variety!

For each of the photos, I’m showing the original, straight-from-camera version as well as the edited version. And to make it true to the real-life behavior of most people, I’ve used only the stock Camera and Photos apps for both photography and edits.

To be honest, any recent iPhone is a fantastic camera in bright sunlight, so I’m concentrating here on the real test of a camera: low-light performance …

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05:30
Promise Technology introduces new Thunderbolt 3 dock

Promise Technology has announced the addition of a Thunderbolt 3 dock to its lineup of solutions for rich media workflows. 

Through the new dock, users c-an add two 4K displays, charge devices, daisy-chain Thunderbolt 3 hard drives, connect USB devices, transfer SD card content, and more -- over a single connection. The $249 TD-300 brings it all together to expand the capabilities of Thunderbolt 3-enabled macOS and Windows 10 platforms. 

Its connectivity options include five USB 3.0 ports, an SD card reader and HDMI 2.0. It also features two Thunderbolt 3 ports, Gigabit Ethernet and an audio in/out port. Creative professionals working with iMacs and MacBook Pros can now simply connect the TD-300's Thunderbolt 3 port to any Thunderbolt 3-enabled PC or Mac. There are no drivers to download or install, and no...

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05:00
How to use Reachability on the iPhone X

Reachability — sliding the screen down so everything at the top is easier to reach with one hand — is (pun intended) handy in the iPhone X, but you’ll have to enable it first. Here’s how:

  • Launch the Settings app.
  • Tap General.
  • Choose Accessibility.
  • Turn Reachability On.

Now you can just swipe down from the bottom of the smartphone’s screen to slide everything at the top down. This takes a bit of getting used to. And Reachability doesn't work unless you swipe down from the right spot on the screen. But with a little practice, you’ll get the hang of it.

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04:30
Nintendo’s Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, first...

Nintendo’s second iOS title, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, will be released on Wednesday, the company has announced. It was first expected back in March

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04:30
Use Facebook on your Mac a lot? You need the Current...

I don't entirely trust Facebook, but it does offer social media opportunities for businesses such as mine and is a great way to keep up with folks. If you're a constant FB user, you should check out Current, which turns Facebook into a native app on your Mac desktop (you must be running macOS 10.10 or higher).

A $1.99 download at the Mac App Store, Current eliminates the need (or desire) to check out your Facebook page in an open browser tab. It offers support for Facebook Messenger, photos, videos, customizable notifications, and more. You can access your buddy list, inbox, and notifications right from the menu bar. Thankfully, you can customize your notifications to your liking.

One of my favorite features: each conversation opens in its own window, which means you can situate it wherever you like on your desktop. When a friend (a term that no longer means quit what...

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04:00
The kids are gonna get microchipped

By Jeff Graber

For the older generation, it is easy to look back and remember all the fears people used to have when it came to the Internet. Years ago, people worried about shopping online, and the risks associated with putting valuable credit card information online. This was seen as a potential invasion of privacy, and people were hesitant about taking that first step.

 It is incredible how the world has changed. Less then two decades since that point, most people have gone online. Surfing, browsing, posting, and tweeting have all made their way into the vernacular, so commonplace that it is hard to imagine a world without it. During this veritable renaissance of the Internet however, there is a new fear shared by children and parents alike. It is a fear that strikes at the heart of privacy and innovation. What is it you may ask? Two words, microchip implants.

Microchip implants?

As technology continues to expand, it closes in on...

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03:52
Google wants option of building Danish data center...

Google has purchased land in Denmark, adjacent to the site of Apple’s second data center in the country. The company said that it wanted to have the option of building its own data center right next door …

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03:43
External Link: Apple Delays the HomePod Until 2018

Apple originally promised to ship the HomePod smart speaker in December 2017, but the company has now delayed it until early 2018, saying it needed “a little more time before it’s ready.” Although missing the holiday shopping season may give a leg up to competing products from Amazon and Google, it’s better for Apple to delay the HomePod than ship a half-baked product.

 

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03:31
External Link: How Facebook Knows More about Your...

Facebook does a lot of creepy things, like recommending that someone befriend their father’s mistress or connecting a couple with their anonymous sperm donor from years before. But how does Facebook tease out such obscure connections? Gizmodo investigated and traced Facebook’s behavior back to what’s known as “shadow contact information” — a secret database that Facebook keeps to track everyone you might know. It collects much of this information from other users who share their address books with Facebook, so if two otherwise unrelated people both have your phone number, the company can then connect them. Alas, there’s nothing you can do about this.

 

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Nov. 20, 2017

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

Rapid Turtle Games has unleashed Farming Dead. In the free simulation game, you farm zombies for fun and profit. Players start from the bottom with a cute zombie and with big dreams of achieving zombie domination. They need to tap n' swipe to collect viruses, spawn zombies, buy upgrades and to repeat these steps. It's simple as that.

Fighting to reduce the high numbers of heat illness and deaths among farm workers in her beloved Central Valley, a concerned California teen has created an app to connect farmers, contractors and farm workers through Apple watches that provides instant health data and critical heat alerts. Now, she...

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03:15
Texas Rangers issue warrant to decrypt iPhone SE...

Similar to the San Bernadino shooting of almost two years ago, Apple has officially been served with a search warrant for access to the iPhone SE used by the man responsible for the Sutherland Springs, Texas shooting. The move comes after an earlier fumble that saw the Texas Rangers and FBI fail to act within 48 hours to unlock the device in question with Touch ID…

The Texas Rangers served Apple with a warrant to access both David Kelley’s iPhone SE and iCloud account. The Rangers have also expressed interest in a second phone used by Kelley made by LG. Apple stated earlier this month that it contacted law enforcement officials roughly 48 hours after the shooting to see if it could be of any help. During that first 48 hours, when Touch ID would have still been enabled, law enforcement made no efforts to ask Apple for help or to use Touch ID to unlock the phone. Instead, it shipped the device off to a crime lab in Quantico, Virginia.

Where Kelley’s iCloud data is...

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03:00
The Morning After: Monday, November 20th 2017

Despite mentally willing it not to happen, Monday morning has arrived. Tesla's shrunk its Supercharger monuments into a pocket-sized battery pack, Minecraft isn't coming to the Switch this year and Google's occasionally brilliant Lens search joins th...

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03:00
Rumor: macOS code base hints at possible “Hey Siri”...

It’s just a rumor right now, but it’s got some interesting sources behind it.

Developers Guilherme Rambo and Stephen Troughton-Smith, who’ve been exploring the macOS, have found references to the “Hey Siri” function in the code base with support for multiple user accounts, just as macOS has long supported user switching.

At present, it’s been rumored that the iMac Pro could feature an A10 Fusion coprocessor which could manage the “Hey Siri” functionality as well as the boot process, security, and the FaceTime camera. It also appears that the inclusion of the A10 Fusion allows the iMac Pro to accept the voice command ‘Hey Siri’ rather than requiring the click in macOS on the Siri icon or keystroke to prompt Siri.

This doesn’t mean necessarily that Siri will understand multiple users speaking while logged into one macOS user account. But, it may mean that if a user has multiple accounts on a Mac, they should be able to fast user switch between them and have...

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02:00
Honor’s 7X is a big, unremarkable mid-range phone

It's no wonder Huawei's been the third-biggest smartphone manufacturer in the world for so long now. The company releases so many of the things, it's hard to keep track. Following Huawei's recent launch of the Mate 10, it's now sub-brand Honor's turn...

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01:29
'Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp' comes to...

Soon, Aussies won't be the only ones building summer camps in Nintendo's latest mobile game. The gaming giant announced that Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp will arrive on iOS and Android devices worldwide on November 22nd. The title marks Nintendo's th...

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01:20
London buses to be powered by coffee grounds

As part of ongoing efforts to reduce pollution in the capital, London's buses are set to utilise a new source of fuel: coffee grounds. Thanks to a collaboration between Bio-Bean, Shell and Argent Energy, double deckers will be filled with a B20 biofu...

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00:34
10-Year-Old Boy Cracks the Face ID On Both Parents...

An anonymous reader writes: A 10-year-old boy discovered he could unlock his father's phone just by looking at it. And his mother's phone too. Both parents had just purchased a new $999 iPhone X, and apparently its Face ID couldn't tell his face from theirs. The unlocking happened immediately after the mother told the son that "There's no way you're getting access to this phone."
Experiments suggest the iPhone X was confused by the indoor/nighttime lighting when the couple first registered their faces. Apple's only response was to point to their support page, which states that "the statistical probability is different...among children under the age of 13, because their distinct facial features may not have fully developed. If you're concerned about this, we recommend using a passcode to authenticate." The boy's father is now offering this advice to other parents. "You should probably try it with every member of your family and see who can access it."
And his son just "...

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00:01
HaptX promises to make your virtual hands feel like...

The holy grail of VR is immersion: to truly feel like you're in a virtual world. While most modern VR headsets do a pretty good job of this, the experience isn't perfect. One problem standing in the way of true immersion are the controllers. They're...

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Sunday November 19

22:31
NASA can pinpoint glaciers that might flood coastal...

It's safe to say that melting glaciers and ice sheets are bad things: they raise ocean levels and risk flooding low-lying coastal areas. But which of these icy bodies do you have to worry about in your area? NASA might help. It recently developed...

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20:15
Kevlar cartilage could help you recover from joint...

It can be difficult to fully recover from knee injuries or other damage to your joints, if just because there hasn't been an artificial replacement for cartilage that can withstand as much punishment as the real thing. That may not be an issue in th...

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18:45
Treaty ending use of planet-warming HFCs takes...

The treaty phasing out the use of Earth-warming hydrofluorocarbons now has an official start date. Sweden has become the 20th country to ratify the Kigali Amendment, invoking a clause that has the measure taking effect on January 1st, 2019. From th...

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17:14
Jeffrey Tambor leaves Amazon's '...

The slew of sexual harassment and assault allegations surfacing in Hollywood has affected another major streaming service. Transparent actor Jeffrey Tambor has announced he's leaving the Amazon show after two transgender actresses on the show (Van B...

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15:40
Texas authorities serve Apple a warrant for mass...

Authorities are persisting in their efforts to get access to the Texas mass shooter's iPhone despite having missed an early opportunity. The San Antonio Express-News has learned that Texas Rangers served Apple warrants for data on both the perpetrat...

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14:47
New report shows the extent of Apple’s relationship...

Apple once had a close relationship with Belle Gibson, a now-disgraced fitness and health blogger who claimed to have cured her cancer with lifestyle and other wellness improvements. A new report from Australian news site The Age dives deeper into the connections between Apple and Gibson, as seen with the marketing for her ‘The Whole Pantry’ app in the above screenshot.

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14:09
Tesla Roadster will get even quicker through an...

When Tesla unveiled a brand new Roadster, it noted that the vaunted 1.9-second 0-60MPH time was present in the base model -- implying that there might be headroom for even higher performance. But is there? Apparently, yes. Elon Musk has clarified tha...

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12:30
The best GPS trackers for cats and dogs

By Nick Guy

This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter, reviews for the real world. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read the full article...

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12:26
The ‘hidden’ iPhone update that changes the rules...

While I understand QR is popular in many places, it hasn’t really seemed to catch on outside of Asia. Holmes is a CEO who is looking at it from a marketing POV but I look at it from a trust and security POV and don’t like QR codes at all.

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12:18
∞ Would you buy a used 1996 Honda Accord? CarMax did!

I usually hate when companies horn in on these things with their own marketing but kuddos to CarMax for doing it well.

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12:10
AC/DC’s Malcolm Young dies

Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young.

I’m just so sad about Malcolm. He was the greatest rhythm guitarist of all time and wrote some of the most recognizable riffs in Rock. You will be missed, Malcolm.

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10:59
Tech incubator Y Combinator severs ties with Peter...

It's safe to say that Peter Thiel's relationship with the tech industry has been... contentious. His wealth and willingness to invest have made him highly influential, but his eagerness to stifle media criticism and (at least for a time) support Pres...

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10:27
Apple Watch Thanksgiving Activity Challenge returns...

Just like last year, Apple is once again hosting an Apple Watch Activity Challenge on Thanksgiving Day. This year, Apple Watch owners need to record a 5K workout on Thursday, 23rd November to earn the 2017 Thanksgiving Activity badge and iMessage sticker. Thanks to Kyle for the heads up.

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09:30
How NASA will defend the Earth against plagues from...

In the summer of 1957, the Earth stood witness as a meteorite cratered in rural Pennsylvania, bringing with it a people-eating plague never seen: an alien amoeba with the taste for human flesh. While we had Steve McQueen around for the first invasion...

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09:00
August offers its Smart Lock Pro + Connect HomeKit...

August offers 9to5 readers $30 off its Smart Lock Pro + Connect bundle, getting you the best deal yet on one of the best HomeKit lock options around ahead of Black Friday.

Get August Smart Lock Pro + Connect for $30 off ($249 Reg $279)

If you’ve decided to upgrade your front door into a smart door, the discounted August Smart Lock Pro + Connect offers a great system and full Wi-Fi connectivity is included with the bundled August Connect. It’s simple to install: it attaches to a standard deadbolt, allowing you to add HomeKit support to an existing door in about 10 minutes. An Auto-Unlock feature detects your arrival and unlocks the door automatically, and you can alternatively lock and unlock your door from anywhere using the company’s iPhone and Apple Watch apps.

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08:52
Microsoft Office 2016 15.40

Maintenance release focused on security updates. ($149.99 new, free update)

 

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08:05
Review: Sonnet’s Fusion Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Flash...

If you’re looking for the fastest bus-powered portable external drive, then look no further than the Sonnet Fusion Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Flash Drive with 1TB of storage. Capable of theoretical data transfer rates up to 2600 MB/s, it’s perfect for 4K workflows and beyond.

The most remarkable thing about this drive is how utterly compact it is, and how with just a single Thunderbolt 3 connection, it allows for blistering-fast data transfer rates that can compete with the real world performance of a 2017 MacBook Pro’s built-in NVMe SSD.

In this hands-on video walkthrough, we explore what Sonnet has labeled as the world’s fastest bus-powered portable storage device. Does it live up to the hype? more…

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08:00
After Math: On the road again

Tesla had quite the week. Not only did the upstart carmaker get to show off its new semi and roadster, it also unveiled its multi-station Supercharger rest stop and managed to get itself onto the receiving end of a class-action lawsuit alleging perva...

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07:15
Owning a dog makes you live longer, says science

If you are so inclined, You can read the full study here but, seriously, who doesn’t believe or already know owning a dog is better for you? But I wonder if owning a cat shortens your life?

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07:06
Apple Fixes the iPhone X 'Unresponsive When It...

An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica:
Apple released iOS 11.1.2 for iPhones and iPads Thursday afternoon. It's a minor, bug-fix update that benefits iPhone X users who encountered issues after acquiring the new phone just under two weeks ago... The update fixes just two problems. The first is "an issue where the iPhone X screen becomes temporarily unresponsive to touch after a rapid temperature drop." Last week, some iPhone X owners began reporting on Reddit and elsewhere that their touchscreens became temporarily unresponsive when going outside into the cold... The update also "addresses an issue that could cause distortion in Live Photos and videos captured with iPhone X."

The article notes that the previous update "fixed a strange and widely mocked autocorrect bug that turned the letter 'i' into strange characters."

"To date, iOS 11's updates have largely been bug fixes."

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06:53
'Hey Siri' may come to iMac Pro with...




The iMac Pro may have an A10 Fusion processor running it's own iOS, called BridgeOS, to handle some functions -- notably 'Hey Siri'.

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06:14
Apple served with warrant to unlock the Texas...

Apple has officially been served with a search warrant for access to the iPhone SE used by the man responsible for the Sutherland Springs, Texas shooting. The move comes after an earlier fumble that saw the Texas Rangers and FBI fail to act within 48 hours to unlock the device in question with Touch ID…

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05:49
Hands On: Cardhop by Flexibits attempts to rein in...




Just as Fantastical does some excellent things over and above the default Calendars application, Flexibits Cardhop delights with some new tricks beyond what Contacts can do.

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05:30
Ben Heck's Xbox One X teardown

There's no greater feeling than tearing into the latest and greatest games console, cracking open the case, breaking the warranty and staring at its spinning, sparkly, electronic innards. This week, Ben takes apart the Xbox One X, comparing it to...

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00:36
UK budget will clear the way for self-driving cars

The UK doesn't want to sit by the wayside while the US, Japan and other countries streamline the adoption of self-driving cars. The country's finance ministry has revealed that its upcoming budget (due on November 22nd) will include measures intended...

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Saturday November 18

20:29
One of Tesla's first Semi truck buyers is a...

Tesla only just unveiled its Semi electric truck, but it's already lining up honest-to-goodness customers -- and we don't just mean for testing, either. Canadian grocery chain Loblaws has pre-ordered 25 of the giant EVs to haul food to its stores acr...

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18:55
Pentagon left public intelligence gathering data on...

Even intelligence gatherers aren't immune to making mistakes that leave data wide open. Researchers at UpGuard have revealed that the US military's Central Command and Pacific Command left "at least" 1.8 billion collected internet posts exposed on a...

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17:22
Apple's iMac Pro may have hands-free Siri voice...

Those rumors of Apple using custom ARM chips for more features inside Macs? They're true... and you might not have to wait long to witness it in action. Jonathan Levin has combed through BridgeOS code that should accompany the iMac Pro, and it looks...

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15:51
Google Lens comes to Assistant on Pixel phones

You no longer have to fire up Google Photos if you want to use Lens to glean information from the world around you. Users have noticed that Lens is now available in Google Assistant on both original Pixel and Pixel 2 phones. Tap a camera button while...

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14:20
Xiaomi's latest US-ready devices include an...

Xiaomi has chosen to focus its efforts on dozens of markets outside the US that very few of its products ever make it stateside. It has slowly been bringing its offerings into the country, though, and has started selling four new products on Amazon (...

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12:50
Giant 'Minecraft' graphics upgrade delayed...

The Minecraft team had a bunch of news at their MineCon Earth convention, but the biggest news may be what's not happening. Mojang and Microsoft have delayed the launches of both the Super Duper Graphics Pack and cross-platform Switch multiplayer to...

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11:10
NASA satellite launch promises accurate week-long...

NASA and NOAA know that multi-day weather forecasts can be crucial to tracking hurricanes and their aftermath, and they're about to significantly boost the reliability of those forecasts. They just launched JPSS-1 (Joint Polar Satellite System-1), t...

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09:30
Recommended Reading: The church of AI

Inside the First Church of Artificial Intelligence
Mark Harris,
Wired

You may know Anthony Levandowski from being at the center of Waymo's lawsuit against Uber, but he's also the "Dean" or leader of a new religion of artificial intelligence. Wired...

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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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07:37
iPhone Apps: IMDb, New Words With Friends, Duolingo
06:52
LA schools' iPad program flawed from beginning...

The Los Angeles Unified School District's failed iPad deployment was botched early on, according to a review by the US Education Department. The federal agency says that it first of all put too hard an emphasis on using Apple hardware and software, ignoring cheaper options that could have saved money for the District and taxpayers. In July the USD said it was shifting to a strategy involving Chromebooks and Windows devices, such as the Microsoft Surface....



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04:33
Hands On: Learn Spanish - Brainscape (iOS)

It's a fact that Spanish is the world's fourth most spoken language, with over 350 million native speakers across 21 countries. It's also a fact that people who are bilingual tend to do better in both academic pursuits as well as their career. If you've ever been curious about learning another language, Learn Spanish by Brainscape offers a solution for those who are trying to learn Spanish on the go....



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03:49
Hands On: PhotoWatermark (OS X)

It's a different world. You might be the sort who would never take photo from a website and use it in your own book, but today if an image is online, it's as if the world sees it as fair game. Maybe that's a peek into our base immorality and the ultimate cataclysmic self-destruction of humanity, or maybe it's just that cut and paste is easy. Whatever it is, though, it's happening and you cannot stop it – not even with an application like this: but if PhotoWatermark can't prevent the copying of images, it can help photographers and artists considerably by adding identifying text to your image...



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01:11
Flickr: iPhones surpass Nikon, claim second most-...

Flickr has updated statistics for 2014 in its "Most Popular Camera" and "Most Popular Mobile Camera" categories, with the combined models of iPhone taking second place in the general "camera" category -- beating out DSLR maker Nikon and popular point-and-shoot maker Sony for second place. While Canon remains the most popular overall camera, the built-in cameras on smartphones from Apple and Samsung have -- despite inherent limitations -- steadily risen in popularity....



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Monday January 12

23:03
Viawear announces Tyia 'smart bracelet'...

This week, Viawear has launched pre-orders for a gold or rhodium-plated edition of the new Tyia "smart bracelet." The bracelet serves as a fitness tracker, with an RGB LED notification light embedded behind quartz and mother-of-pearl accent. As with fitness bands, the Tyia is marketing as letting users put away smartphones without missing an important call, text, or social-media notification -- and offers some basic fitness tracking compatible with Apple's HealthKit....



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19:58
Multiple reports point to record-breaking Apple...

While the idea that Apple probably had another record-breaking holiday quarter (what the company calls fiscal 2015 Q1) is unsurprising to all but selected pundits, a spate of reports released on Monday may be painting a general portrait of not just significant improvement, but more importantly growth in key areas of importance both to investors and analysis as well as to the health of the company. Sales of Macs look to be way up, iOS devices are selling much better in a key foreign market, and Apple's suppliers are flourishing -- all signs that point to better-than-expected quarter....



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15:42
Apple Stores debut self-demoing Smart Cover window...

A good magic trick, even in the 21st century, will still get people to stop and watch and try to figure out how it is done. Over the weekend, Apple retail stores around the US debuted a new window display showcasing the company's iPad line and Smart Cover accessory on a thin tabletop that features a line of the products, with the Smart Cover opening and closing itself to demonstrate the magnetic latch feature that wakes or sleeps the machine automatically....



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13:59
Details emerge on specs for third-party Lightning...

New information has been revealed on the specifications Apple has in mind for its planned licensing of the female Lightning port for third-party accessories. Manufacturers have reportedly been briefed on details and objectives, which include spreading Lightning to as many different accessories as possible in place of micro-USB. Possibilities include not just things like docks and headphones, but battery cases, gamepads, and Bluetooth speakers....



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11:20
Fourth iOS 8.2 beta seeds to developers

Apple is now seeding a fourth beta of iOS 8.2 via the company's developer portal, and as an over-the-air update for existing beta users. The build is listed as 12D5461b, and follows a little less than a month after beta 3, which was issued December 18. That build was 12D5452a. Accompanying the beta is a new version of WatchKit, the SDK and framework needed to build Apple Watch support into iOS apps....



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10:53
Hands On: Word of the Rings (iOS)

Word games are fairly numerous at this point. You've got your Boggle-style games, your Scrabble-style games, your crosswords and word searches. There are a lot of duplicates out there -- so when we find a fresh, new game, we tend to get pretty excited. One such app is Word of the Rings, by James Porter, a game that quite literally puts an interesting twist on the genre....



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10:11
Spotify hits 15M subscribers, majority of streams on...

Spotify is continuing to enjoy rising user numbers, with the popular music streaming service announcing it has reached a total of 15 million subscribers. At the same time, reports claim that the majority of Spotify streams stem from mobile listeners, with 52 percent of listening taking place on smartphones and tablets rather than desktops....



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09:50
Marsh, inMarket partner on first Apple Watch-...

Marsh Supermarkets and inMarket have announced a new iBeacon platform, the first to emphasize the Apple Watch. The plan is to use iBeacons at Marsh's 75 locations to push ads, shopping lists, and other content to both Watches and iPhones. Initially, the platform will support the official Marsh app and inMarket's List Ease, but other apps should follow as long as they support inMarket's Proximity SDK. All apps will have to update with Watch support, but the platform itself is Watch-ready....



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08:20
Chevy Volt will support CarPlay, 2016 demo model...

The 2016 model of the Chevy Volt will support Apple's CarPlay, at least if an early demonstration version is accurate. The car is on display at this week's North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and its dash system shows options for both CarPlay and MirrorLink connections. Google's Android Auto is notably absent, but since the 2016 Volt isn't due to go on sale until mid-2015, there may be time to implement it....



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07:18
HomeKit requires Apple TV hub for remote Siri...

People wanting to control HomeKit-enabled devices remotely through Apple's Siri must have an Apple TV at home to serve as a hub, according to Verge sources, including two launch partners and a person said to be "close to HomeKit's development." Siri controls will always work while an iPhone or iPad is on the same network as a HomeKit device, but until now it wasn't fully clear how remote operation might work. The Apple TV must also be a third-generation model running at least v7.0 firmware or newer. Notably, remote operation without Siri -- using the vendor app for a HomeKit product directly -...



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06:58
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01:06
Hands On: Weather Wall (OS X)

You could just look out of your window, of course, but Weather Wall aims to set your wallpaper to an image that's right for the weather where you are. But if you ever had views like these from your office window, you would not stay sitting at your desk. These wallpaper shots are simply beautiful....



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Sunday January 11

23:53
Apple opens Games For Kids section of App Store over...

Over the weekend, Apple launched a new subsection of the App Store called Games for Kids, following the opening of the dedicated Kids category in September 2013. The Games for Kids section breaks out groups of games for various age groups, mirroring the other actions that offer more educational apps for children divided by age. Interestingly, most of the featured games avoid in-app purchases....



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22:28
AT&T files to dismiss FTC lawsuit using Title II

In order to nullify a lawsuit brought by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over charges that the carrier was still throttling users on unlimited plans even when there was no network congestion, AT&T is claiming for the purposes of the lawsuit that it qualifies as a Title II "common carrier." This is the opposite of what it has told the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with regards to possible actual Title II regulation of broadband....



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18:28
Spotify will not support Google Cast, Spotify...

Spotify will not include support for Google Cast any time in the near future, the company has revealed. Rather than allow for its apps to connect to the audio streaming technology Google Cast, Spotify will instead reportedly continue to work on its own competing Spotify Connect audio system, one which allows users to stream music to a number of networked speakers and audio equipment....



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15:09
Weekly Game Replay: New Baldur's Gate game,...

Every Sunday at Electronista and MacNN, we offer a one-stop look at a few of the significant events that occurred in the video game industry during the previous week. In this week's look back in the Weekly Game Replay, we discuss a new game in the Baldur's Gate series from Beamdog, the closure of Zombie Studios, Hellblade coming to PC, the lawsuit over EA using retired NFL player likenesses in Madden NFL moving forward, and Sony delaying the release of the PlayStation 4 in China....



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