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Wednesday December 28

06:17
Chinese manufacturers not likely to follow Apple...




Despite some research by Foxconn with a slightly positive angle towards moving some efforts to the U.S., other Apple supply chain vendors are likely to not move, citing labor and operating costs.

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06:01
Qualcomm slapped with $854 million anti-trust fine...

Qualcomm might have to pay a hefty anti-trust fine in South Korea. The Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) has slapped Snapdragon's creator with a 1.03 trillion won ($854 million) fine for unfair patent licensing practices. According to Reuters, the K...

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06:00
2017: More Apple Security Flaws, Cyberattacks,...


More security vulnerabilities will appear in the software of Adobe and Apple than in Microsoft's, more attacks on the Internet's infrastructure will occur, and cybersecurity events will stoke international tensions. Those are a few of the predictions for 2017 that security experts have made. Users of Apple desktops and laptops for years have been relatively insulated from the kinds of malicious activity that has besieged those in the Windows world, but that's going to change next year, warned Trend Micro.

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06:00
Daily Deal: 5-pack of Smartphone Camera Lenses only...

Did you know that the iPhone (in all of its various incarnations) is the world's most popular camera? We're sure that you -- an Apple World Today reader -- probably take a lot of photos with your iPhone. If you've thought about getting one of those lens kits for your iPhone to play around with but just found the price tags to be a bit on the ridiculous side, we've got the deal for you -- a 5-pack of Clip & Snap Smartphone Camera Lenses for $23.99

What do you get?

  • Fit a whole landscape in your photo w/ the wide angle lens
  • Take crisp, clear pictures as close as 3cm w/ the macro closeup lens
  • Use the fish eye lens...
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05:50
Flurry: Apple had 44% of phone/tablet activations...

With the dates of Christmas and Chanukah synced this year, smartphones were once again predominate on everyone’s wish lists. The analytics firm of Flurry Insights took a look at the most gifted smartphones and tablets this holiday season, examining phone and app activation throughout the week leading up to Christmas day and the start of Chanukah.

This year, 44% of new phone and tablet activations were Apple devices with Samsung seeing 21%. While Samsung is slowly growing in popularity throughout the holiday season, up 1% from last year, Apple devices continue to be the gift to give. 

According to Flurry, phablets devices (those sized five to 6.9 inches) continue to eat away at medium phone (3.5 to 4.9 inches) market share. Although medium phones saw the most activations during the week leading up to the holidays, Phablets continue to increase their holiday share, at the detriment of the medium phone. 

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05:15
Rumor: Apple to debut 5-inch iPhone with dual-camera...

There’s word of a 5-inch next-gen going around.

Japanese rumor site Mac Otakara, which tends to have a pretty reliable track record, has reported, via a Taiwanese supplier, that a 5-inch iPhone 7 with the unique vertical dual-camera system may be introduced as the medium-sized lineup for the iPhone 7 models.

Earlier this month, Mac Okatara reported that the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus would retain the aluminum design of the iPhone 7. However, the report said the new phones would come in an all-new red color. Multiple reports have stated that there will be three new iPhone models in 2017, including updated 4.7- and 5.5-inch models with LCD screens and a premium model with an OLED display and glass casing.

The rumor corroborates an earlier report of a new 5-inch iPhone due in 2017. The previous report, published by Nikkei, alleges that all three iPhone models set to debut in 2017 will have glass-backed designs. Other rumors have also stated the 2017 handsets will...

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05:03
LG's next headset is a wearable surround sound...

Sometimes you want to listen to music without having something in or on your ears. That's the desire LG hopes its new Tone Studio wearable speaker will address. The new horseshoe-shaped unit features two full range speakers up up and a pair of vibrat...

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05:00
HandBrake hits 1.0, (mostly) leaves the beta stages...

It took 13 years, but one of the coolest free video conversion apps for the Mac has left the beta stage.

HandBrake, the free jack-of-all-trades video conversion tool, reached version 1.0 on December 24th.

The program allows for video transcoding, or translating video clips from one format for another.

The new version offers the following fixes and changes: audio and video syncing for difficult sources, adds new device presets, adds new MKV and JSON presets, improves performance Skylake-based Macs, and more.

Even so, according to some of its deeper documentation, the program hasn’t completely left beta and will still be worked on by the open source community.

If you’ve tried HandBrake 1.0 and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

Via The Mac Observer and handbrake....

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04:30
New MacBook Pro owners need a Syde order of his...

Owners of the new MacBook Pros need a way to protect the (very) expensive laptops. WaterField Designs has, yet again, delivered a solution in its US$159 Syde Case.

Combining the protection of a sleeve with the functionality of a minimalist bag, it can hold —and protect — much more than a laptop, though it does that extremely well. My 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar fit just perfectly — it was snug enough for protection, but still easily inserted and removed. The laptop sleeve — which comes in ballistic nylon or waxed canvas (I prefer the latter) — packs a full-grain leather, soft-lined compartment for laptop accessories and other goodies.

If you need to insert and remove your MacBook Pro during business meetings, the Syde compartment has a silent magnetic closure that works, well, silently. When it comes to transporting, you can carry the Syde over your shoulder thanks to its attachable...

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04:02
Scientists track gene parts controlling the embryo...

Techniques like CRISPR and even experimental methods like programmable bacteria can be used to edit genes, but knowing which genes to edit is crucial. Yale scientists have found a way to track the types of RNA that control embryonic development in li...

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04:00
What is clean room data recovery?

By Jeff Graber

When we clean our rooms, what is it we are trying to do? By removing all the pollutants out of the air and by giving ourselves clearer and cleaner workspaces, you are removing these factors from the air which can be a key component in fixing a computer. If the air in a room is too thick, too humid, or too warm then the hardware itself can really become affected.

In the 1960s, the aerospace industry exploded and clean rooms became a thing of the future – offering a way to keep your room clear of anything you don’t want in there like dust and germs, it seemed to be the perfect way to live. Today, this type of technology is heavily used in manufacturing and research centers as it provides a purified workplace for employing the type of work required without compromising the equipment itself.

Clean rooms offer a much better chance of successful repair and recovery of hardware. Without anything in the air to damage the equipment...

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Tuesday December 27

21:06
Killer Deals: $300 off Apple's 2016 15"...




While supplies last, Apple authorized reseller Adorama is slashing the price of two of Apple's popular Late 2016 MacBook Pro configurations by $300, bringing the base model down to $2,099 and the high-end system with 512GB of storage and Radeon 455 graphics to $2,499 with free shipping and no tax outside NY and NJ.

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20:58
VW's latest acquisition helps you pay for...

Volkswagen wants to turn itself into more of a mobility company than a pure automaker, and it just made an acquisition that should help make that a reality. It's snapping up PayByPhone, a Canadian company that lets you pay for parking through smartp...

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19:54
San Francisco restaurant now using iPads as plates...

In a rather bizarre move, a San Francisco restaurant is now serving food on iPads. No, you don’t order the food via the iPad; the food is literally served on the iPad. The restaurant, Quince, was awarded a third Michelin star earlier this year, but the new iPad dish is an effort to lure in a younger crowd.

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19:37
Deep learning could predict car trouble before you...

Trying to replicate the sounds your car is making to the mechanic you're talking to is equal parts frustrating and embarrassing. But neural networks could put your best "worn out wheel bearing" impression into retirement. Israeli company 3DSignals us...

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18:23
You won't be able to upgrade the Nintendo...

Apart from the odd leak, we still don't know a lot about Nintendo's next game console. We know it has NVIDIA graphics. We know it can convert from a traditional TV set-up to a more portable one. Unfortunately, that's about where our verifiable knowle...

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18:20
Apple Tops Holiday Sales With 44 Percent of All New...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Mac Rumors: Apple's iPhone and iPad were the most popular mobile devices gifted during the holidays this year, according to new data shared by Yahoo-owned mobile analytics firm Flurry. Flurry examined device activations by manufacturer between 12/19 and 12/25, finding Apple devices to be twice as popular as Samsung devices. 44 percent of all new phone activations were Apple iPhones, while Samsung smartphones accounted for 21 percent of activations. Huawei, LG, Amazon, Oppo, Xiaomi, and Motorola trailed behind with between two and three percent of activations each. Google's Pixel smartphone, which came out in October, did not make Flurry's list. Last year, Flurry released a similar report, and Apple devices made up 49.1 percent of all device activations, while Samsung devices came in at 19.8 percent. Phablets, or smartphones and tablets ranging in size from 5 inches to 6.9 inches, continued to grow in popularity. In 2016, the phablets...

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17:32
What's on TV: NYE, bowl games and '...

The last week of 2016 is light on videogames, but there are other options out there. Oliver Stone's Snowden movie has arrived on Blu-ray, while Netflix recently added its first Marvel flick under the new arrangement with Disney, Captain America: Civi...

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17:31
Rumored 'Jet White' iPhone 7 mockup shown...




A video posted to the web on Tuesday shows off glossy white iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus casing mockups, offering a sneak peek at what an official "Jet White" version of the flagship smartphone might resemble.

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16:26
Pre-orders open for the 'first internet-...

Das Keyboard is best known for its high-end mechanical keyboards, and now it's taking them online. Next month at CES the company will debut "the world's first cloud connected keyboard" that streams info from the web right to the input device. Rather...

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16:16
Mockup imagines what the rumored Jet White iPhone 7/...

Last month, a report claimed that Apple was considering adding a new Jet White color to the iPhone lineup following the success of Jet Black. The report claimed that it would feature the same glossy design as the black model and be introduced sometime before the major refresh next fall.

Now, a video has emerged showing an early hands-on with what appears to be a mockup Jet White iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus…

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15:59
Notable apps and app updates for Dec. 27, 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

AppYogi Software has launched Favourite Contacts Launcher 1.0. The US$4.99 utility (avaiablel for $0.99 for a limited time) displays the list of all your favorite contacts in widgets. You can call, text, FaceTime, etc., your favorite contacts directly from the screen.

ShEk Tech has introduced Shape Games and Activities for Kids 1.0. Available in three languages, the free app allows children ages 3 to 6 to practice counting, alphabets, colors, and objects. Shape Games and Activities for Kids consists of seven interactive educational...

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15:54
Nano-sized discs teach your body to fight cancer

In the future, getting customized cancer treatments might just be a matter of injecting virtually invisible discs into into your body. University of Michigan scientists have had early success testing 10nm "nanodiscs" that teach your body to kill canc...

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15:08
Apple no longer accepts money transfers in German...




Apple in a recent change to international retail policy eliminated money transfers, otherwise known as prepayment, as a purchase option on its online store in Germany.

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14:49
Here’s how to be notified the moment your local...

While AirPods availability is certainly improving, the completely wireless headphones are still hard to find in Apple retail locations around the world. If you’re on the hunt to get yourself a pair, a new website launched just a few days ago aims to notify you the second AirPods become available in your local Apple Store.

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14:45
Yi Technology's next action camera promises to...

Action cameras get more impressive with each generation, but 4K support has always been a bit shaky. So far, the best cameras on the market have only been able to shoot in UHD footage at 15-30 fps, forcing users to step down to 2.7K resolutions for a...

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14:10
Iran bans 'Clash of Clans' for encouraging...

The Iranian government has been censoring internet for years to keep its citizens from exposing themselves to content it deems inappropriate or radical. Now the people have been saved from another toxic scourge: The mobile game Clash of Clans. The co...

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13:41
Long-lasting sound waves in glass could lead to...

Sound lasts for a long time when traveling through glass (just hit a wine glass with your cutlery if you need proof), but controlling the lifetime of that sound? Not so easy. Yale scientists, however, have discovered a way to extend the lifespan of s...

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13:37
New holiday report shows Apple leading phone...

In a new report released today by Flurry Analytics, Apple has again once topped the charts this holiday season. Using a mix of phone and app activations, Flurry discovered that Apple saw more than double the number of smartphone activations as Samsung, and a noticeable increase in phablet device activations.

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13:10
How 'Rogue One' used CG to complete its...

Spoilers ahead for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Two weeks ago, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story debuted, a side tale devoted to bridging the gap between the prequels and original trilogy. But it also spent time with numerous nods to the latter, includi...

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13:00
No AWT News Update today

There are slow news days and then there are NO news days. It's so incredibly slow out there right now in the world of Apple that we're going to forgo today's AWT News Update podcast. Whether or not there will be one tomorrow depends on the level of activity during this "shutdown week", but we'll let you know.

 

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12:39
'Frog Fractions 2' found buried inside a...

Frog Fractions 2 is out now, but be warned that it's not a typical game. This is largely because its predecessor, Frog Fractions, was not a typical game, and series creator Jim Crawford is not a typical developer.

When Frog Fractions came out in 201...

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12:26
Apple saw twice as many mobile device activations...




Apple's iPhone and iPad trounced the competition this holiday, giving the company a 44 percent share of all device activations --?more than twice that of rival Samsung, new research suggests.

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12:08
Republicans propose banning livestreams on the House...

Remember when House Democrats staged a sit-in to insist on a vote for gun control legislation, and relied on livestreams and social networks to keep their message alive when TV cameras weren't running? Republicans weren't happy about that... and now,...

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12:06
NBC's cash-strapped 'Breaking News'...




NBC is pulling the plug on its Breaking News service that feeds the eponymous iOS app on Dec. 31, and is leaving 9.5 million followers on Twitter in the dark as well.

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11:41
Apple removes bank transfer payments from online...

In a small change to their online checkout system, Apple has removed the support for bank transfer payments (also known as prepayment) from their online store in Germany. It’s unclear if any other countries are currently affected in the online store change but the change today leaves German buyers with the choice of using a credit card, PayPal, or financing as payment options.

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11:39
"Ring In The New Year" Apple Watch...

Want a way to get "rewarded" for working off those extra holiday pounds? Apple has a "Ring In The New Year" activity challenge that sounds fun and will be great motivation to get moving. The challenge takes some work to achieve and will last all month long in case you accidentally backslide...

The "Ring In The New Year" badge at right, stickers at left. Now get moving!

According to Apple, "Earn this special achievement when you close all three Activity rings each day for any full week, Monday to Sunday, in January. You'll also earn special stickers in the Messages app."

Wow, so you get stickers AND one of those cool achievement pins! What do you need to do to get all three rings in a day? Standing and moving around at least 1 minute of 12 different hours each day, getting 30 minutes of exercise per day, and meeting your personal move goal for burning active calories. 

The alert for this challenge should appear after midnight local time on Wednesday,...

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11:37
Samsung's 2017 TVs will keep track of your...

CES is nothing if not a show about TVs -- every year, Samsung, Sony, LG and many more parade out incremental upgrades meant to get us to open our wallets and upgrade our screens. In advance of next week's show, Samsung is announcing a piece of its st...

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11:34
Carrie Fisher, gone

This is very difficult, a body blow. Of course I remember Princess Leia, but when I think of Carrie Fisher, I think of Wishful Drinking (book and HBO special) and her great arc on 30 Rock.

And then there’s this.

Damn.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:06
A South Korean robotics company just built a real...

We won't have to wait much longer for our Robotech future. South Korean robotics manufacturer Hankook Mirae Technology debuted its first prototype piloted mech over the weekend. Say hello to the Method-2.

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10:59
Absent an Apple Siri alternative, Alexa hardware...




Amazon has declared the holiday 2016 shopping season as "the best-ever season" for its voice-driven personal assistant Alexa, despite having problems keeping the sought-after devices in stock.

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10:34
Samsung's Galaxy S8 reportedly uses AI across...

Samsung has been eager to drum up attention for the Galaxy S8's AI assistant, but just how is it going to work, exactly? We still don't have the clearest picture, but some details might be coming to light. A SamMobile source claims that the Viv-based...

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10:10
Hulu will add about 50 Disney movies this year

For a lot of cord-cutters, Hulu is one of the best ways to stay on top of new TV episodes from major networks right after they air. But the service also has a fair share of movies, and that side of the business will keep growing thanks to a just-anno...

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09:52
Facebook Safety Check erroneously says a bomb...

Facebook's Safety Check program incorrectly said there was an explosion in Bangkok, Thailand, The Independent reported. For an hour beginning at 9PM local time on December 27th, anyone in Thailand's capital city saw reports of an explosion and a prom...

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple Leather/Silicone iPhone...

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Apple’s official Leather & Silicone iPhone 7/Plus Cases hit Amazon all-time lows starting from under $30 Prime shipped (Reg. up to $50)
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09:30
13 years later, HandBrake leaves beta

Anyone who has been around the world of Apple for any amount of time is familiar with HandBrake. It's a free open source video transcoder, meaning that it's the app you want to use when you need to rip a DVD into a format viewable on your Mac, iPhone or iPad. Sure, there are other commercially available packages, but HandBrake doesn't cost a dime and has a vibrant support community. After "just" 13 years of being in beta, HandBrake 1.0 was released on Christmas Eve.

What does version 1.0 bring to the table? Better performance on Skylake-based Macs, new MKV and JSON presets, new device presets, and improved audio/video syncing for "difficult sources". 

If you would love to grab all of those old DVDs and convert them to a digital format, there's no better app available for the task than HandBrake....

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09:00
Samsung's 2016 went up in smoke

Samsung's year started well, all things considered. The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge were bona fide hits. The company's financials looked great. Its position as the global leader in the smartphone market was assured. And then the Galaxy Note 7 happened. Aft...

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08:29
Handbrake's video conversion app update was 13...

In the fast-moving world of modern app development, users can often wait days or a small number of weeks for an update. However, if you're the team behind Handbrake -- one of the world's most popular video conversion apps -- years can pass before you...

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08:17
Sylvania announces Bluetooth-connected Apple HomeKit...




Early next year, Sylvania will release a new multicolor HomeKit-enabled Bluetooth lightbulb, allowing users to control the lights in their home without the need for a separate hub.

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07:58
Police seek Amazon Echo data in murder case (updated)

Amazon's Echo devices and its virtual assistant are meant to help find answers by listening for your voice commands. However, police in Arkansas want to know if one of the gadgets overheard something that can help with a murder case. According to The...

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07:51
Opinion: My end-of-year report card for Apple’s 2016...

Apple had rather a controversial year in terms of product launches. Its two new flagship products – the iPhone 7 and the new MacBook Pro – got most attention not for what they included, but rather what they left out.

Most of the press coverage of the iPhone 7 focused on the company’s decision to omit the 3.5mm headphone socket. This was despite the fact that the move had been so long rumored that I suspect Apple deliberately leaked its plans in order to give everyone time to get used to the idea.

With the year’s MacBook Pro, the headline new feature of the Touch Bar was largely over-shadowed by the company’s decision to go all-in on the relatively new USB-C standard, omitting all other ports bar (ironically) the headphone socket …

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07:49
Upcoming Sylvania Bluetooth Multicolor bulb will...

The new Sylvania Smart Multicolor A19 bulb announced today will be one of the first Bluetooth light bulb products we’ve seen that will communicate with Apple’s HomeKit platform without the need for a separate Wi-Fi hub product. That means you’ll simply screw in the lightbulb and connect it via Bluetooth to enable control using Apple’s Home app and Siri voice commands.

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07:35
Apple promoting fitness in January with month-long ‘...

Last month Apple introduced the first Activity Challenge for Apple Watch users on Thanksgiving Day, and now it appears a ‘Ring In the New Year’ challenge will be the next Activity Challenge. The next Apple Watch Activity Challenge has slightly different rules than the first…

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07:34
The LG Levitating Portable Speaker plans to go...

This is so CES. The Consumer Electronics Show, which kicks off next week in Las Vegas, is ground zero for absurd, oftentimes pointless technologica, and today LG proved that it can get weird with the best of them. Meet the LG Levitating Portable Speaker, a 360-degree omnidirectional speaker that can hover over its “Levitation Station” for 10 hours before descending for a recharge.

Otherwise known as Model PJ9 (did we miss PJ8?), the Levitating Portable Speaker features dual passive radiator technology for mid-range and high tones, and there’s a subwoofer embedded in the base station. LG describes the sound as “deep,” “flush” and “crisp,” because we’re talking about a speaker here, and no other adjectives will do.

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07:33
Cuba opens its first computer factory

Cuba is slowly opening up to technology, but it hasn't actually been making technology. Its exports are dominated by natural products like nickel, sugar and tobacco. The nation is about to diversify, however: it just inaugurated its first computer fa...

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07:09
Sell your old device to BuyBackWorld and lock in a $...




Looking to put a little cash back into your wallet? If you received a new device for the holidays or simply have an old iPhone, iPad or MacBook that's collecting dust, now is the time to lock in a price with a $20 cash bonus at BuyBackWorld. All devices with a trade-in value of $200 or more qualify for the bonus with promo code -- and you have 30 days in which to mail your trade.

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07:02
'Dark Souls' publisher bets on AI for...

Bandai Namco, the games company behind Tekken, Dark Souls and a whole bunch of Dragonball games, has invested in an artificial intelligence startup. The team at Heroz have an algorithm for shogi (Japanese chess) that's bested several professional hum...

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07:00
Accessible Apple: The 12 Requests of Christmas - Day...

A Perkins Brailler

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

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

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

2. 6-Key Braille Input for macOS

On iOS, there has long been a feature that allows users who are familiar with Braille (the reading and writing code used by many blind and partially sighted people around the world) to type by tapping out sequences of Braille dots on-screen instead of using iOS's on-screen keyboard. The experience is similar to that of playing an on-screen piano.

In Braille, there are symbols that represent the letters of the alphabet, punctuation and other special indicators. There are also symbols called contractions, where either a single symbol or sequence...

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06:45
SYLVANIA Smart Home introduces HomeKit-enabled Hub...

LEDVANCE has announced the HomeKit-enabled SYLVANIA Smart Multicolor A19 bulb, which can be easily controlled via Siri and Apple’s Home app without a separate hub. The Home app allows users to control all HomeKit accessories in one place, including lights, temperature, locks, garage doors, scenes and more.

For those times when you are away from home, Apple has also made it possible to control HomeKit-enabled products like the SYLVANIA Smart Multicolor A19 bulb using an Apple TV or iPad running iOS 10 as a home hub. You can also set lighting scenes and combine activities with other HomeKit-enabled devices to create custom experiences through the Home app. For example, turning on the lights, unlocking the front door and turning on the heat can be accomplished simply by speaking voice commands to Siri such as, “I’m on my way home.”

The HomeKit-enabled SYLVANIA Smart Multicolor A19 bulb will be available on...

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06:30
Pros and cons: Our quick verdict on the LeEco Le Pro3

The Le Pro3 is the first phone available in the US from LeEco -- a company already well-known in its native China for its mobile devices and TVs (among many other things). Similar to Motorola and OnePlus, LeEco is competing on price, with the Le Pro3...

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06:28
Patent report: stain proof Smart Keyboard,...

The Smart Keyboard for the iPad Pro is already pretty durable, but Apple wants to make it even more appealing. The company has been granted a patent (number 9,527,263) for a “stain proof textured fabric.” 

The stain resistant layer can be formed from a non-conventional anti-stain resistant resin that can conform to varying texturing geometries. In one embodiment, the stain resistant layer can be formed against a sheet of release paper having a texturing surface configured to form a textured surface on the stain resistant layer. Apple’s goal is to “add a stain proof resin layer to a plastic cosmetic surface without adversely affecting a cosmetic look and feel of the surface.”

Apple has also been granted a patent (number 9,529,391) for “button retention, assembly, and water sealing,” which indicates it’s looking toward waterproof, as opposed to water resistant, iPhones. 

According to the patent, a sealed physical button for use...

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06:07
Rumor: Apple to introduce 5-inch ‘iPhone 7s’

The Japanese site, Mac Otakara, (as noted by AppleInsider) says Apple will add a third form factor to its iPhone lineup in 2017, specifically a mid-sized 5-inch handset said to share internal components next year's 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch "s" cycle offerings. 

The supposed 5-inch iteration is also rumored to feature a dual-lens camera array with iSight modules arranged vertically rather than the horizontal configuration introduced with iPhone 6s Plus. Whether the design change extends to the "iPhone 7s Plus" —and potentially "iPhone 7s" —is unclear, notes AppleInsider.

Chances the rumor is true (IMHO): 90%. This makes sense; an “iPhone 7s” could be the successor to the iPhone SE.

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05:30
Turkey says it's investigating 10,000 social...

Turkey has been cracking down on internet activity at a frenetic pace ever since an attempted military coup in the summer, and it's now clear that there are a lot of people caught in the dragnet. The country's interior ministry has revealed that off...

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05:16
Apple engineer briefly discusses early iPhone work,...




Ex-Apple engineer Terry Lambert responsible for a large portion of the OS X kernel took to Quora to answer a question about the genesis of the iPhone, and surrounding secrecy.

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05:15
Two additional Campus 2 aerial construction videos...

Apple’s Campus 2 project continues and a pair of killer new 4K drone videos show that the project itself is coming close to completion.

The videos, both shot on Christmas Day, show an empty work site for the holiday, but offer spiffy new clues such as the majority of solar installation complete and a lot of work continuing at the auditorium where future Apple events will be held while the second video takes us on a Christmas morning tour around Apple Campus 2 as it exists today.

The Campus 2 project should be wrapped up this time next year, with Apple looking to wrap up construction in the first quarter and landscaping scheduled to be completed over the summer.

Come this time next year, Apple should be moved in to the new headquarters with construction set to wrap up in the first quarter of next year and landscaping scheduled to be completed over the summer.

Via...

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05:00
Apple says it will work with Consumer Reports to...

Following up on Consumer Reports refusal for the first time to recommend the 2016 MacBook Pro due to inconsistent battery life, it looks like Apple will be working with the publication to try to sort out potential issues with the battery.

“Working with [Consumer Reports] to understand their battery tests,” Apple Vice President of Worldwide Marking Phil Schiller tweeted. “Results do not match our extensive lab tests or field data.” Apple claims its internal testing has seen the new MacBook Pro providing up to 10 hours of battery life when watching iTunes movies or browsing the web.

Consumer Reports’ test has come under scrutiny since publication of the non-recommendation. The tests were conducted by opening a series of 10 web pages sequentially on Safari. This tests’ inconsistency had the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar registering 16 hours, 12.75 hours and 3.75 hours of battery life. A 15-inch MacBook Pro ranged from 18.5 hours to 8 hours of battery life.

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04:45
New version of CarbonCopyCloner fully Sierra...




The new version of long and storied app CarbonCopyCloner adds full macOS Sierra support, plus implements features aimed to make using it easier and faster for everybody to use -- AppleInsider delves into the latest version.

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04:34
Samsung's 'creative' CES ideas:...

Last year, Samsung brought a boatload of projects from its Creative Lab to CES. C-Lab projects it considered for business opportunities included a motion controller, a smart belt and a smart band for watches. The WELT fitness tracking belt eventually...

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04:31
Engineer who wrote 6% of OS X kernel shares a few...

Terry Lambert, a former senior software engineer who claims he wrote about 6% of the OS X kernel, has shared a few snippets about the secrecy surrounding the original iPhone project, codenamed Project Purple. Writing in a Quora post last month, Lambert says he was brought into the project to help debug the kernel.

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04:30
Some features that would make Siri a better digital...

There's an app for the Android platform — called, appropriately Android: Cal, that has a "Headsup" that I'd love to see implemented in iOS and macOS.

Before, during, and after your meeting, Android: Cal prompts you with tools and shortcuts to help you prepare, get there, take notes or video, and wrap up when it's done. As noted by lifehacker, before your meeting, Headsup will prompt you with a reminder in enough time to get there on time, shortcuts to get directions or find a cab or car, a button to review the meeting attendees, and quick buttons to help you notify the organizer that you'll be late if you're running behind. 

During the meeting, Headsup displays buttons to shoot video or record audio of what's going on, take a photo (so you can snap pictures of a whiteboard or presentation), a shortcut to mute your phone, a shortcut to add any to-dos to your list, and a button to send a summary email of what...

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04:04
HandBrake, the ultimate video format converter,...

It’s common practice for apps to launch first in beta-test format for a few weeks or months, to allow early users to provide feedback before the official release. Video conversion utility HandBrake must, though, have set a new record: after 13 years in beta, the app has finally officially launched as version 1.0.0…

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04:00
Libratone’s Q Adapt On-Ear is an excellent, flexible...

Libratone's first on-ear wireless headphones, the Q Adapt On-Ear, is one of the best audio products I’ve used. It’s flexible, comfortable and has fantastic sound quality. Whether you’re listening to music or watching movies on your Mac, iPad, or iPhone at home, in the office, or on-the-go, this is a fine device.

The headphones have four built-in microphones and full phone connectivity capabilities. Tapping the touch (yep, touch) interface with two or more fingers answers or ends a call. (I found that light taps work better than “hard” ones.)

The Q Adapt connects to the iPhone 7/7 Plus via a Lightning connector, which alleviates the problem (if it is a problem for you) of the lack of a headphone jack on the latest smartphones. The headphones features Libratone’s signature (and cool) Hush function, which silences audio with a wave of the hand over the ear cups, which means there’s no need to take them off to hear...

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Monday December 26

22:58
Trent Reznor talks about the iPod, vinyl records,...

Reznor fascinates me and I’ve always enjoyed his thoughts on just about any subject.

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22:42
HandBrake 1.0.0 Released

Back in the day, Handbrake was an indispensable tool for ripping CDs. Now, I use it regularly to re-encode videos for the Apple TV.

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21:41
Report: Apple planning new 5-inch iPhone model with...

2017 is expected to be a big year for the iPhone and a new report from Japanese outlet Macotakara this evening claims that Apple is planning the addition of yet another iPhone model. According to the report, Apple plans to introduce a 5-inch iPhone with the refresh next fall…

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21:18
Apple rumored to introduce 5" 'iPhone 7s...




A rumor out of East Asia on Tuesday claims Apple will add a third form factor to its iPhone lineup in 2017, specifically a mid-sized 5-inch handset said to share internal components next year's 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch "s" cycle offerings.

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19:38
Tesla's next-generation Superchargers should be...

Tesla's Superchargers are certainly faster than most public EV stations, but they're still far slower than you might hope for. When it can take about 40 minutes to get an 80 percent charge, you can't exactly grab and go like you would at a gas pump....

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18:20
Dark matter scientist Vera Rubin dies at 88

It's a sad time for the astrophysics world. Vera Rubin, who was instrumental to confirming the existence of dark matter, has died of dementia at the age of 88. While the concept of dark matter had been proposed by Fritz Zwicky back in 1933, it was Ru...

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18:00
Apple Publishes Its First AI Research Paper

When Apple said it would publish its artificial intelligence research, it raised at least a couple of big questions. When would we see the first paper? And would the public data be important, or would the company keep potential trade secrets close to the vest? At last, we have answers. Apple researchers have published their first AI paper, and the findings could clearly be useful for computer vision technology. From a report on Engadget: The paper tackles the problem of teaching AI to recognize objects using simulated images, which are easier to use than photos (since you don't need a human to tag items) but poor for adapting to real-world situations. The trick, Apple says, is to use the increasingly popular technique of pitting neural networks against each other: one network trains itself to improve the realism of simulated images (in this case, using photo examples) until they're good enough to fool a rival "discriminator" network. Ideally, this pre-training would save massive...

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16:59
Fake news starts an Israel-Pakistan Twitter dispute

There's no question that fake online news can have dire consequences, but it's now clear that this is true even on an international scale. After a false story claimed that Israel was threatening to nuke Pakistan if it sent troops into Syria, Pakistan...

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15:25
Samsung's Gear VR browser gets improved WebVR...

One of the best reasons to (still) consider a Galaxy S7 smartphone is the Gear VR headset support, and with Google's Daydream a looming rival, Samsung wants to keep things that way. As such, Samsung recently updated its Internet for Gear VR browser u...

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14:00
The best thermometer for kids and adults

By Caroline Weinberg

This post was done in partnership with The Sweethome, a buyer's guide to the best homewares. When readers choose to buy The Sweethome's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its wor...

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12:28
Apple publishes its first AI research paper

When Apple said it would publish its artificial intelligence research, it raised at least a couple of big questions. When would we see the first paper? And would the public data be important, or would the company keep potential trade secrets close...

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10:30
Pros and cons: Our quick verdict on the Oculus Touch

The Oculus Rift VR headset went on sale back in March, but it was only this month that the optional motion controllers arrived. Better late than never, though. In fact, if you already own the Rift, you're going to want to spend an extra $199 on the O...

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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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