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Monday November 14

05:30
10 million (or more) Android users could have moved...

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

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

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

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05:15
Microsoft’s Visual Studio developer environment...

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

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

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

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05:15
Rumor: AirPods could hit the shelves come December...

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

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

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

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

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05:07
MacBook Pro Review Roundup: mixed reviews on...

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

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

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

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05:03
NFL without cable: A cord cutter’s guide for the...

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

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05:02
Review: Apple's late-2016 15" MacBook Pro...

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

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05:00
1Password updated to 6.5, adds Touch Bar, Touch ID...

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

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

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

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

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

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05:00
The 2016 13- and 15-inch Touch Bar MacBook Pros...

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

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05:00
Apple stands to benefit the most from any U.S. tax...

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

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

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04:50
Google & Amazon increase pressure on Apple Music...

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

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

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04:30
MagicMount Wall Charger offers an attractive way to...

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

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

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

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

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04:00
How to reset the NVRAM on your Mac

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

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

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

  • Shut down your Mac.
  • Find Command (⌘), Option, P, and R on your keyboard.
  • Turn on your Mac.
  • Press and hold the Command-Option-P-R keys...
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03:57
China says iPhone sales ‘will suffer’ if Trump goes...

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

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

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

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

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03:30
Apple is among the most popular U.S. brands on...

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

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

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

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Sunday November 13

23:14
Las Vegas streetlights are powered by your footsteps

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

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21:50
Quicken 2017 for Mac 4.3

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

 

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20:55
One laptop can take down major internet servers

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

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18:31
VW says Audi software can distort emissions during...

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

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17:04
Secret's anonymous sharing is coming back as a...

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

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15:33
Kaspersky says Windows' security bundle is anti...

Windows 10's bundled Defender security tool can be helpful for basic antivirus protection, but what if you prefer third-party software? The operating system normally steps aside when you run other programs, but antivirus mainstay Eugene Kaspersky (ab...

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14:02
AdultFriendFinder hack puts 412 million accounts at...

There have been some massive data breaches in recent years, but the latest might just top them all. LeakedSource reports that a hack targeting Friend Finder Network has exposed over 412 million accounts, most of them (339 million) belonging to sex h...

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13:13
Quick, how might the alien spacecraft work?

An fun story about how Wolfram got involved in the movie and his efforts to make it as “accurate” as possible.

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12:35
Airfoil 5.5.1

Adds initial support for Chromecast Ultra. ($29 new, free update, 14.4 MB)

 

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12:31
Watch the first live-action 'Ghost in the Shell...

Want to see how Hollywood takes on Ghost in the Shell outside of a handful of tiny video clips? You just got your chance. Paramount has released a full-length trailer for its spin on the anime/manga classic, and it's at least interesting -- if not ne...

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11:00
Ben Heck's Atari junk keyboard, part 2

We're not so sure about Ben and Atari making beautiful music together, though the Ben Heck Show team certainly builds good circuits. Previously, they took apart a keyboard and made a manually activated switch matrix to read the piano keys. Now...

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09:27
Mark Zuckerberg: over 99 percent of Facebook content...

Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg is clearly riled by allegations that his social network skewed the election by allowing fake news to propagate, and he isn't having any of it. The CEO has posted a defense of Facebook in which he argues that the low...

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08:55
Gen. Chuck Yeager describes how he broke the sound...

It’s an often-told story but still fascinating. If you’re on Twitter, you really should follow the general. Really fun, interesting Twitter feed.

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08:00
After Math: The new normal

This week sure went sideways in a hurry. After Hillary Clinton's stunning election night collapse, the American people are now faced with four years of well, whatever sorts of fresh hell the President-elect's administration unleashes upon us. Gitmo i...

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07:00
Donald Trump's environmental plan and more in...

The Hyperloop keeps getting realer by the day. This week, architects unveiled detailed plans for a next-gen transportation system that will travel from Dubai to Abu Dhabi in just 12 minutes. Meanwhile, Elon Musk announced big plans to build a second...

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04:21
Review: Apple's Late-2016 MacBook Pro without...

Apple's new 13-inch MacBook Pro sans Touch Bar and Touch ID is in many ways an evolutionary update, offering would-be buyers a lightweight, relatively powerful portable rig with a beautiful Retina display and solid keyboard and trackpad. But is a major redesign and minor internal upgrades worth a starting price of $1,499?

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04:01
Watch the largest supermoon in 68 years

You're about to get one of the best views of the Moon in decades. When the celestial body reaches its closest point to the Earth in the early hours of November 14th (in the US, shortly after 6AM Eastern), it'll be the largest supermoon observed in o...

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Saturday November 12

22:47
Vudu's upgraded mobile app brings offline...

Unlike some big streaming video services, Vudu isn't sitting on the fence when it comes to offline playback. The Walmart-owned provider has revamped its Android and iOS apps with several big features, most notably an option to download your rentals...

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20:02
Space mining gets a boost through Luxembourg's...

American asteroid mining companies are allowed to keep their hauls, but what about European outfits? They should be set from now on. Luxembourg (which already has its own space mining tech) has adopted a draft law that gives private operations the...

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18:33
Cox brings its internet data caps to Florida and...

Like it or not, you're going to have a hard time escaping the clutches of landline internet data caps. Cox has expanded its trial 1TB data caps from Cleveland to include customers in Florida and Georgia. Once a two-bill grace period expires, you'll...

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18:08
First Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar orders...

Customers are getting shipment notifications for the new MacBook Pro 13- and 15-inch models with Touch Bar, with some shipment tracking data showing arrivals as soon as Monday morning.

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16:59
IMAX is raising $50 million to create high-quality VR

If IMAX is going to get serious about virtual reality, it's going to need some cash... thankfully, it's not having trouble on that front. The media mainstay has wrapped up the first phase of an effort to raise $50 million for creating "at least" 25...

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15:31
'Desert Bus' video game charity kicks off...

It's a big moment for video game charities: Desert Bus for Hope has launched its 10th annual campaign. As is their custom, the volunteer team will play the Desert Bus mini game from Penn & Teller's Smoke and Mirrors for as long as they can in th...

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13:58
Facebook Messenger public chats arrive in two...

Facebook's plan to revive its public group chat feature just became official. The social network tells the Courier Mail that it's rolling out a test version of Messenger Rooms on Android devices in Australia and Canada. As leaked code suggested, th...

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12:30
Six green designs powered by algae

By Cat DiStasio

It's easy to underestimate the awesome superpowers of the tiny plants we all know as algae. The photosynthetic organisms are minuscule powerhouses capable of generating light and energy while scrubbing greenhouse gas emissions from t...

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11:00
Nike's new store in New York City is loaded...

SoHo is one of the trendiest neighborhoods in New York City. It's home to hundreds of shops from some of the most popular brands, including Apple, Adidas and, as of last month, Google. Now you can add Nike to this list. The sportswear giant will soon...

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10:35
First Hyperloop Could Blaze a Trail Between Dubai...


Hyperloop One, which aims to fulfill the vision of high-speed transportation promoted by Elon Musk, has signed a deal to develop a line between Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The project reportedly will have several stations throughout Dubai connecting the hyperloop system to Abu Dhabi. Pods will carry passengers and cargo between the two. Dubai's government-backed port operator, DP World, reportedly also has signed an agreement with Hyperloop One to look into using the technology at its industrial Jebel Ali port.

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09:48
Capto 1.2.1

The screen capture utility adds compatibility with macOS 10.12 Sierra. ($29.99 new, free update, 25.3 MB)

 

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09:30
Recommended Reading: Trump's own polling models...

Trump's Big Data
Mind Explains How
He Knew Trump
Could Win
Izzie Lapowsky,
Wired

While it could take some time to uncover the finer points of why the polls were so far off in the 2016 presidential election, the head of President-elect Donald Trum...

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08:57
This week’s top stories: Early MacBook Pro reviews,...

In this week’s top stories: Early MacBook Pro reviews roll in as Apple starts shipping the device to customers, a possible AirPods release date emerges, iOS 10.2 beta 2, iPhone 8 rumors, and much more.

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08:00
Amazon Japan's manga-centric Kindle is all...

Japanese comics, called manga, are hugely popular. Although you probably knew that, you probably don't know the extent of it. In 2015, Japan's bestselling manga series, One Piece, sold more than 14 million copies. It helps that the format runs a huge...

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06:30
ICYMI: Snap Inc. knows people want its video...

Today on In Case You Missed It: Snap Inc. dropped a Spectacles vending machine in Southern California and the sunglasses were snapped up in no time. If you don't have the thousands of dollars handy that you'd need to pay for them on eBay, you can...

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06:05
The Internet Association, Whose Members Include...

The Internet Association -- a group of 40 top internet companies including Airbnb, Amazon, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Netflix, Twitter, Uber and Yahoo -- issued an open letter on Monday that congratulates Donald Trump on his victory and offers a long list of policy positions they hope he'll consider during his time as president. From a report on CNET:That list includes:Upholding Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act so internet companies can't get sued easily for things their users say or do online.Upholding Section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act so internet companies can't get easily sued if they quickly remove copyrighted content that users upload (such as infringing photos and YouTube videos). Reforming the 30-year-old Electronic Communications Privacy Act -- "Internet users must have the same protections for their inbox as they do for their mailbox," states the association.
Supporting strong encryption (Trump called for a boycott of Apple when it...

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06:00
Pyle unveils the iPhone compatible Portable Instant...

Pyle USA has introduced the $99.99 Pyle Portable Instant Photo Printer, a wireless digital picture printer for iPhone and Android devices that weighs just one pound and measures 6 x 3 inches. 

It features both Wi-Fi and Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. Using Pyle’s free proprietary PicKit app, users can print photos wirelessly.

The Portable Instant Printer prints JPEG and PNG images at a photo size of 2.1 by 3.4 inches. With built-in D2T2 Technology, the images have excellent color reproduction and no unsightly white border lines, according to the folks at Pyle USA. To prevent unwanted fingerprints and hassles with cleaning and maintenance, the portable printer has a 10-piece cartridge that can purportedly be changed in under a minute.

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05:30
Audioengine unveils the HD3 Wireless Music System

Audioengine has introduced the HD3 wireless music system with a variety of connection options: wireless or wired, digital or analog. 

Amplifiers are built inside the left speaker for an efficient mini stereo system. Audioengine has included connections for your phone, tablet, computer, and turntable - and you can even add a subwoofer. Wireless setup takes about a minute as there’s no software to install as there are no apps to download, and no Wi-Fi passwords to enter. If you’re using HD3 with your Mac, you can connect directly to your computer with a USB cable for a high-end listening experience. If you’re not keen on USB or wireless you can use one of the included audio cables.

HD3 also includes an audiophile-quality headphone amplifier. Audio performance is critical but speakers also need to look good, so Audioengine has included aluminum trim accents, detachable magnetic grills, and real wood veneers that blend with any decor.

HD3 has a retail price of $399...

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05:01
This week on AI: Refurb iPhones, Powerbeats3, first...

While Apple prepared its first shipments of Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pros, it meanwhile launched its first refurbished iPhone sales in years, and Beats' Powerbeats3 headphones, which AppleInsider gave a first look.

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05:00
Beholder game available at Steam for the Mac

Alawar and Warm Lamp Games have announced that their dystopia simulator Beholder is now available on Steam for Mac, Windows, and Linux systems. The game puts you in the shoes of Carl, a state-installed Landlord tasked by a totalitarian State to spy on his tenants. 

Here’s how the game is described: “As Carl, the landlord of an apartment house employed to serve the state, new tenants are moving in and out, and at first impression, your daily routine is simply to make the property attractive to its tenants. Little do they know that as a servant of the the state you have ulterior motives and will use any means available to observe, whether it's spying, eavesdropping or wiretapping as you build tenant profiles to report any illegal activities to the authorities.” 

“Inspired heavily by George Orwell’s groundbreaking 1984 the philosophical narrative of Beholder, opens up questions around issues of social...

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05:00
The Morning After Weekend Edition

Letter from the Editor

It's the end of an era. Obama's out (in two months), Trump's in, and uncertainty abounds as details about how, exactly, our president-elect is going to change things slowly emerge. Managing Editor Terrence O'Brien has been r...

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04:36
First MacBook Pro with Touch Bar orders ship,...

Apple has now started shipping the first new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar orders with the delivery notifications indicating that the laptops will arrive in people’s hands as soon as Monday, November 14.

Several 9to5Mac readers and others online report receiving shipping notifications from Apple and or UPS, as pictured above and below. All shipped orders we’ve seen so far are for 15-inch MacBook Pro models. Shipment alerts for the 13-inch units will likely follow soon.

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04:30
Smartphone VR will claim over half of VR device...

A new Juniper Research study has forecast that there will be nearly 60 million smartphone virtual reality (VR) headsets shipped in 2021, an increase of around 240% on an expected 16.8 million this year. However, the lower price of these devices means they will only account for 7% of hardware revenue.

While millions of consumers are already using VR on smartphone-based devices like Google Cardboard and Samsung Gear VR, developers need to go beyond the simple experience-based apps currently available and offer compelling content to keep users engaged, according to the research group.

The new research,...

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04:00
Apple patent is for ‘finger hover detective for...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,489,086) for “finger hover detection for improved typing” when using onscreen keyboards on devices such as iPhone and iPads.

According to the invention, typing on touchscreens is improved by “dynamically and automatically” positioning the desired home-row keys of an onscreen keyboard below the user's fingers while his/her fingers are hovering above the surface. Apple says that this reduces the need for the user to look at the onscreen keyboard while typing. 

The location of each of the user's fingers while hovering and/or resting is monitored. Correlation between the hover sensor data and touch sensor data increases the confidence level by which the system can determine which of the user's fingers were used to select a key, according to Apple. By determining which finger was used to make the selection, the system accurately disambiguates which letter the user intended to type.

The purpose of the invention? According to...

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03:48
Mellel 3.5.2

Fixes several crashes in the word processor designed for professional writers. ($39 new, free update, 128 MB)

 

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03:30
3D printing market to be worth $8.41 billion by 2020

Some folks think Apple will enter the 3D printer market. I'm dubious, but, whoever the vendors, someone's going to make money off the market if data from MarketsandMarkets is correct.

The research group predicts the 3D printing market will be worth US$8.41 billion by 2020. The elements behind the rapid upsurge in the market are the innovative and advanced technologies, customized products, governments funding, wide unexploited application market, rapid development of the products at a low cost, and less time-to-market, according to MarketsandMarkets

Europe is expected to surpass America in terms of the 3D Printing Market revenue by 2020. The foremost factors accountable for the expansion of 3D printing market include new and improved 3D printing technologies, wide range of materials (polymers, metals/alloys, sand, ceramics, living tissue), government funding, broad application scope, and increased...

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03:00
The Week in Apple News: Refurbished iPhones for sale...

Apple headlines for the week ending Nov. 11, 2016

It was a relatively quiet week on the Apple news front this week. There are few Apple headlines worth investigating, though. The important ones are in this slideshow. Click on the link to get more information.

From Macworld:

The 7 and 7 Plus are too new to be included in the refurb store, but you can pick up an iPhone 6s and 6s Plus for as low as $449—that’s for the 16GB 6s. The 16GB 6s Plus is $529, and the 64GB 6s Plus is $589.

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01:24
Audi Japan is selling one 'Final Fantasy XV...

Square Enix's long-awaited next entry in the 30-year-old Final Fantasy franchise arrives November 29th on PS4 and Xbox One, but first up is this promotional tie-in from Audi. In the run up to Final Fantasy XV , Sony Pictures released the all-CG rende...

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Friday November 11

21:46
Watch: Apple's 2016 13" MacBook Pro...

With the launch of its new 13-inch MacBook Pro without Touch Bar, and subsequent 11-inch MacBook Air discontinuation, Apple appears to be drawing down the thin-and-light series in favor of more affordable pro laptops. To see how this plays out in real life, AppleInsider pit the new entry-level MacBook Pro against last year's 13-inch MacBook Air.

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20:57
Amazon owes parents cash refunds for their kids in-...

Back in April, a judge found Amazon liable for in-app purchases made by children without their parent's permission, and now he's established a method for the retailer to pay them back. According to Reuters, Amazon will have to set up a notice-and-cla...

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20:38
Samsung: Please, somebody, make mobile apps for Tizen

Samsung is eager to get developers to build applications for its Tizen smartphones. In an effort to drive up interest, the company has created the Tizen Mobile App Incentive Program, which will offer $9 million in cash prizes from February through Oc...

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19:05
AT&T to throttle streaming video quality by...

AT&T on Friday announced Stream Saver, an upcoming "data-saving" feature that automatically reduces high-resolution streaming video content to standard definition DVD quality for mobile service subscribers, including those with unlimited data plans.

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18:46
First official 'Infinite Warfare'...

With Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare just now landing and Modern Warfare: Remastered reminding FPS fans of the franchise's glory days, Sony is ready to celebrate the Call of Duty New Year. It's that time of year when CoD players get their hands on a n...

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18:15
BusyCal 3.1.2 and BusyContacts 1.1.4

Fixes an Exchange syncing memory leak in both apps. ($49.99 new for each, free update, 11.3/5.6 MB)

 

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17:58
Microsoft co-founder's academic search engine...

Researchers, scientists and academics around the world publish roughly 2.5 million scientific papers each year, on top of a backlog of more than 50 million papers dating back to 1665. Plus, the rate at which researchers publish these academic papers...

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17:56
Apple ships first LG UltraFine 4K Display orders...

Apple on Friday began shipping the new LG UltraFine 4K Display to customers who placed orders in late October, with current estimates showing deliveries scheduled to arrive in the middle of next week.

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16:41
Your search history could be an early detector for...

"You may have lung cancer. Please consult a physician." That'd very likely be the worst alert you could ever see on your phone, right? In the future, though, it could be a reality. By looking at anonymous search history and cross-referencing it with...

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15:46
DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.9.7

Addresses further PDF issues related to macOS 10.12 Sierra. (All updates are free. DEVONthink Pro Office, $149.95 new; DEVONthink Professional, $79.95 new; DEVONthink Personal, $49.95 new; DEVONnote, $24.95 new)

 

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15:03
AWT News Update: November 11, 2016

On this Veteran's Day, 2016, we pause to remember all of those who have made sacrifices to serve the United States in the Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy and Coast Guard. Our stories for today:

  • Many thanks again to 4K Video Downloader for Mac, the sponsor of Apple World Today for the past week.
  • Craft sales platform Etsy now supports web-based Apple Pay transactions
  • Rumors from the Apple supply chain point to new iPad Pros in March of 2017
  • Production of the delayed AirPods may finally happen in December
  • Tim Cook tweets out his thanks to veterans who work at Apple HQ.

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14:55
Ender Dragon is coming for your Windows 10 '...

Microsoft is all about unified apps these days and that applies to its $2.5 billion baby Minecraft, too. The Pocket and Windows 10 versions of the blocky creation-and-survival game are almost at parity with the original Java version, developer Mojang...

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14:30
The consequences of the Trump presidency on...

Hacking and cybersecurity played a huge role in the presidential election. So much so that Donald Trump, America's new president-elect, was helped greatly by the acts of criminal hackers in his journey to the White House, and is now an outspoken Wiki...

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14:24
Rumor round-up: iPads, iPhones, and AirPods

There’s lots of rumors/speculation making the rounds today about future iPhones, iPads, and the release of the AirPods. Here’s a summary:

In a note to clients — as noted by AppleInsider and MacRumors — Barclays Research says next year’s "iPhone 8" (or perhaps it will be the “iPhone 10” since it’s the 10th anniversary of the smartphone’s debut) "didn't sound 100% locked down" but will shift to "a bezel-less design with screen sizes getting larger and curved edges in the original envelope."

Based on information gleaned from the trip by the analysts, and discussions with component suppliers, the 5.8-inch iPhone is said to feature OLED technology, with the 5-inch model having a LCD display. Barclays doesn’t think the discrete home button will be removed on the next version of...

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14:12
Notable apps and app updates for Nov. 11, 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

Air Craft Media has launched AC Sabre MIDI Instrument & Motion Controller 1.0.1. It’s a $12.99 music composition app targeted to electronic music producers, composers, performers and DJs.

macOS Apps/Updates

TunesKit Studio has unveiled TunesKit Audible Converter, a DRM cracker for Mac and Windows systems. It can remove DRM from any Audible audio book by converting AA, AAX files to unprotected formats without account authorization. 

TunesKit DRM Audible Converter also allows users to choose...

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14:10
iBooks StoryTime app narrates children's...

To encourage parents and kids to read together, Apple has debuted a new app for tvOS. The iBooks StoryTime app features "Read-Aloud" tool that narrates books and flips pages automatically. For the times when you'd rather read to your child yourself,...

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13:52
Penn students targeted in racist, violent GroupMe...

It's barely been 72 hours since Donald Trump was elected president and the racism that his campaign stoked over the last 15 months has already burst through its floodgates. Since the race was called, Twitter has been awash in stories of minority citi...

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13:25
AT&T will downgrade mobile video streams by...

We have officially entered a world in which carriers think they're doing us a favor by throttling video streams. AT&T today announced a new "feature" called Stream Saver that'll automatically downgrade whatever video you're streaming to standard...

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13:05
A Facebook bug killed off people before they were...

Well, this is awkward. Facebook incorrectly flagged some people's profile pages with a message saying that the person was deceased. And it looks like the glitch was pretty widespread: even founder Mark Zuckerberg had apparently ceased to be. A banner...

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12:43
Peter Thiel named to Trump's presidential...

Avid Trump supporter Peter Thiel, he of the infamous Gawker lawsuit, is being rewarded in the Donald's new empire. In a press release, Trump announced that Vice President-Elect Mike Pence will lead Trump's transition team; assisting Pence is a host o...

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12:30
Free The Vote: A game developer's journey to...

We all have a tipping point. There's a moment when we hear about one more act of violence or one more slight against people in our community, and all of the injustice we've witnessed in a particular situation suddenly coalesces into clear conviction....

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12:17
Craft sales platform Etsy adds support for Apple Pay...

Etsy on Friday launched support for web-based Apple Pay transactions, marking a small but significant expansion of the technology.

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12:08
Boom's supersonic jets will pick up where the...

Boom founder and CEO Blake Scholl wants passengers to break the sound barrier. Since the demise of the supersonic Concorde passenger jet, commercial airline's haven't offered a quicker alternative to fly from point A to point B.

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12:00
Pinball gets an endless spin in the dazzling and...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.

Swedish studio Mediocre has become one of my favorite mobile game makers thanks to a pair of seriously addictive original experiences: Smash Hit is a dazzling endless glass-shattering arcade affair, while Does Not Commute is an unexpectedly hilarious game about routing traffic through cities. Despite being very different games, both feature a very similar (and smart) free-to-play...

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11:45
Apple's iOS support app surfaces in the...

Reports of an Apple support app began making the rounds a year ago and now it looks like the company may be close to an official launch. The software is now available in the Dutch App Store, but our editors have confirmed the switch hasn't been flipp...

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11:40
The Public Access Weekly: Everybody knows

This week, in lieu of an opening paragraph we have some warm and fuzzy GIFs:

And now, as promised last week, on to the Public Access stats from last month!

455 posts went live on Public Access in October -- That handily beats Septembers numb...

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11:23
New emoji will include a woman with a headscarf

Unicode, the controlling group behind the emojis populating our phones and computers, has been working to make emoji more diverse in recent years. A whole host of skin colors have been added, and Google recently proposed adding more options for worki...

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11:20
The Week in iOS Apps: 1970s sounds in a 21st century...

New iOS apps of the week

This week’s roundup includes an app that reproduces the sounds of a famous 1970s synthesizer. Read on!

Arp Oddyssei

Arp Oddyssei ($20, iPhone and iPad) is an app built for a particular kind of music nerd. Love the sound of the 1972 ARP Odyssey analog synthesizer? (Here’s a demo on YouTube.) This app is a “complete recreation” of that machine and the groovy future sounds it made—plus a few new effects have been added, thanks to the miracle of 21st century technology.

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11:00
NES Classic Edition review: The best and worst of...

"I don't want to sit on the floor while I play video games," my buddy Josh told me. "I'm not 7 anymore." My friend was parked just 4 feet away from my 40-inch television, playing Ninja Gaiden on the NES Classic Edition -- a tiny re-creation of Ninten...

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10:39
1Password for Mac gets support for Touch Bar &...

AgileBits has updated its flagship password management app for the Mac, 1Password, with support for the Touch ID and Touch Bar features on 2016 MacBook Pros.

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10:36
Defeating Malware With Its Own DNA


It's widely known that human DNA evidence has had a major impact in the criminal justice system. Now another kind of DNA may have a similar impact in the fight to eradicate malicious software.
Malware DNA, also known as "malware provenance," is the art and science of attributing elements of one object to another object. The technique has applications outside information security -- for example, in genetics, or to test the authorship of student papers. One way malware writers avoid detection of their programs is to craft polymorphic attacks. They dynamically change the code in their malware just enough to confound antivirus programs.

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10:12
Apple begins hiring staff for new Campus 2 ahead of...

Apple has started hiring for positions needed at its new Campus 2 facility ahead of a move-in date expected for sometime early next year.

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10:05
iPad refresh rumored for March, featuring both iPad...

According to supply chain rumors, Apple is planning to update the 9.7- and 12.9-inch iPad Pro line, in conjunction with releasing a bezel-less 10.9-inch iPad in a March release event.

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09:51
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09:50
Purpose of Apple's 'Control Strip'...

A trademark application for the term "Control Strip" fueled speculation that it might be the name Apple would use to refer to what is now officially known as the Touch Bar on its new MacBook Pros. But Apple's developer guidelines reveal that the Control Strip is the official name for an essential portion of the Touch Bar.

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09:31
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Tivo Bolt 4K DVR $159, iPhone...

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09:27
1Password for macOS now supports Touch ID, Touch Bar...

1Password for macOS is already one of the best password management apps on the market, and the latest update includes features for new MacBook Pros before the new notebooks even hit stores.

1Password delivers Touch Bar support for interacting with the password manager using the new Retina OLED display that replaces the traditional function key row, and Touch ID support makes it possible to unlock 1Password using your fingerprint on new MacBook Pros.
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09:22
Analysts reaffirm rumors of curved 5- & 5.8-inch...

A new analyst report tells investors to expect both 5- and 5.8-inch curved, bezel-free iPhones in the future, after visiting production lines and suppliers in China.

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08:57
Leonard Cohen recites “In Flanders Fields”

In honour of both Leonard Cohen and Remembrance Day today, please listen to this reading from Canada’s “Voice of God”.

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08:38
iPhone 8 design reportedly ‘bezel-less’ with 5-inch...

Following on from previous rumors of a major redesign for the next iPhone, Barclays supply chain analysts are weighing in on their predictions for iPhone 8. They claim that the 2017 iPhone will feature a bezel-less design with the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus including 5-inch and 5.8-inch screens, respectively. This compares with the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch panels used in the iPhone 7.

The report also shines some light on the AirPods mystery, claiming that production of Apple’s truly-wireless earbuds will begin in December (via MacRumorsYahoo Finance).

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08:35
Pro video editor with hands-on time praises new...

A video editor who obtained early access to Apple's new Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro has posted a blog entry claiming the laptop is well-suited to video editing, while dismissing complaints about its ports forcing people to use adapters.

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