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Sunday November 13

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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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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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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Airfoil 5.5.1

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


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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.

By downloading Pyle’s free PicKit...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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

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TiVo’s Bolt 4K DVR and Streaming Media Player has hit its Amazon all-time low:...

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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.

Filed under: Apple...

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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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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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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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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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Tim Cook celebrates Veterans Day with picture of ex-...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has taken to Twitter to commemorate Veterans Day, with a photo featuring some of the veterans that work at the company's Cupertino campus.

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∞ Nintendo NES Classic Edition goes on sale today,...

Nintendo’s NES Classic Edition is, basically, an emulator in a box, emulating the original Nintendo Entertainment System, with 30 of the original games, including favorites like the original Metroid and Legend of Zelda. The retail price is US$59.95.

The system goes on sale today but, at the moment, is only available in stores in limited quantity. It’s not yet clear if it will ever be available online. If you want one, I’d suggest heading over to your local Target, Best Buy, Walmart, etc. today.

Here’s a review of the unit and games.

And here’s an article talking about...

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Safari running under macOS Sierra hacked at PWNFEST...

Security conference organizer Vangelis has tweeted that a joint team of Pangu and JH hackers have successfully claimed the maximum $100,000 prize on offer at the PWNFEST event for finding a Safari exploit that gave them root access on macOS Sierra …


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Podcast 533: The Mac of today, the Mac of tomorrow

The new MacBook Pro has been reviewed. Oh wait, that's the kind-of-new MacBook Pro, the 13-inch model with two Thunderbolt ports and no Touch Bar. So you'll forgive Susie if she's not champing at the bit to spend $1500 on it, not when the more exciting Touch Bar models will be reviewed very soon.

Until then, there's plenty else to talk about, like the confusion over what is supported by the new Macs' Thunderbolt 3 ports. Glenn did a wonderful explainer for TidBITS, linked to below, so he's the man to set everyone straight. Be sure to double-check compatibility when you're shopping for cables and adapters, and buy from trusted sellers with good return policies.

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Zuckerberg says fake news on Facebook didn’t tilt...

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg responded to recent criticism about his company’s role in the election results, calling it a “crazy idea” that fake news on its news feed had tilted the vote in the U.S. presidential election in favor of Donald Trump.

“Personally I think the idea that fake news on Facebook, which is a very small amount of the content, influenced the election in any way—I think is a pretty crazy idea. Voters make decisions based on their lived experience,” Zuckerberg said in an interview at the Techonomy 2016 conference in Half Moon Bay, California.

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∞ MacBook Pro Touch Bar sliders in action

Thomas Grove Carter, the video editor whose review of the MacBook Pro was highlighted in this previous post, tweeted this animated GIF showing off the Touch Bar sliders interacting with Final Cut Pro X.

The video first shows a volume slider, so make sure your sound is on. The second half shows the insertion of key frames in a video sequence. As you watch that part, keep in mind that his left hand is on the track pad, moving the mouse cursor, while he uses his right hand on the Touch Bar slider to adjust the key frame.

As Carter said in his review,...

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Video editor’s hands-on review of new 15″ Touch Bar...

Thomas Grove Carter, video editor at Trim Editing in London:

On the 27th October Apple unveiled their new line of MacBook Pros. Since then half of what I read online seems to be “Professionals” (those guys), telling me it’s not Pro at all, not Pro enough or not the right kind of Pro. How many of these people have even touched the new devices?

Very few.

I’ve been using the new 15” MacBook Pro (with Touch Bar) for the last week or so for actual work, so here’s my “Professional” opinion.


First off, It’s really fast. I’ve been using the MacBook Pro with the new version of FCP X and cutting 5k ProRes material all week, it’s buttery smooth. No matter what you think the specs say, the fact is the software and hardware are so well integrated it tears strips off “superior spec’d” Windows counterparts in the real world.


The version I’ve been using is powerful enough on the graphics front to power two 5K displays, which is an insane...

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Spotify promises fix for Mac glitch causing...

Spotify is currently rolling out a patch for a major bug, which can -- at least in some cases -- cause its desktop apps to write tens or hundreds of gigabytes to a hard disk or SSD in the space of an hour, according to an official spokesperson.

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Tim Cook honors Veterans Day with photo of some of...

Tim Cook has tweeted in honor of Veterans Day, with a photo of some of the veterans who work at Apple.


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First Touch Bar MacBook Pro orders now “Preparing...

Juli Clover, MacRumors:

The first 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pro models equipped with a Touch Bar will soon be making it into the hands of customers, as initial MacBook Pro orders have shifted into the “Preparing for Shipment” stage.

Customers who ordered a MacBook Pro right when it became available for purchase on October 27 received shipping estimates ranging from November 17 to November 25, and with orders ready to go, it appears customers will begin receiving their machines next week.

Here they come. Looking forward to a wave of video reviews, getting to see what Touch Bar can do in real life.


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Review: Snapchat Spectacles — early impressions of...

Snapchat has sold branded beach towels and ghost backpacks for a while now, but their first real foray into the hardware space launched yesterday: Snapchat Spectacles. As seemingly hipster spy glasses, this device aims to keep you in the moment while allowing you to capture video of whatever you’re viewing to share with friends and family later on.

Yesterday, we managed to grab a pair of Snapchat Spectacles from their only point-of-sale in Venice, CA…


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Apple is hiring Siri engineers in Cambridge to help...

Sam Shead, writing for Business Insider:

Apple is looking to increase the size of its Siri team in Cambridge, according to sources with knowledge of the matter.

In a bid to make Siri that bit more useful to iPhone, iPad and Mac owners, Apple intends to hire at least half a dozen software engineers in Cambridge in the coming months.


Apple’s Cambridge office is home to many of the employees from VocalIQ — a voice recognition startup that was spun out from the university and acquired by Apple in 2015 for up to $100 million (£80 million).

Notably, one of Apple’s open job requisitions is for a...

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Ars Technica: Spotify writing massive amounts of...

Dan Goodwin, writing for Ars Technica:

For almost five months—possibly longer—the Spotify music streaming app has been assaulting users’ storage devices with enough data to potentially take years off their expected lifespans. Reports of tens or in some cases hundreds of gigabytes being written in an hour aren’t uncommon, and occasionally the recorded amounts are measured in terabytes. The overload happens even when Spotify is idle and isn’t storing any songs locally.


Spotify officials hadn’t responded to Ars questions more than two days after they were sent. According to comments left in the Spotify forum in the past 24 hours, the bug has been fixed in version 1.0.42, which is in the process of being rolled out. The update remains unavailable to many users, this reporter included. And that means Spotify’s drive-assaulting behavior continues unabated for many.

Sounds like, if you use Spotify, get the update or disable it.


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NewerTech announces NuPower 60W USB-C Power Adapter

NewerTech has introduced the NuPower 60W USB-C Power Adapter, featuring two USB charging ports. It’s targeted to users who must manage multiple power adapters for their computer and mobile devices.

The NuPower 60W USB-C Power Adapter was designed with travelers in mind, providing power to charge a USB-C laptop and an additional USB mobile device simultaneously. With it, NewerTech has built a solution that conveniently consolidates USB-C and USB Type-A power adapters into a single charger at a time when computer ports are at a premium,” says Larry O’Connor, president, NewerTech. 

The NuPower 60W USB-C Power Adapter, priced at $59.99, is now available.

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With MacBook Pro shipments imminent, Mac App Store...

With new MacBook Pro orders set to arrive soon, Apple has started approving third-party apps on the App Store that utilize the new Touch Bar for input, and authenticate with Touch ID.

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Instagram confirms live video functionality coming,...

With live video streaming now a standard feature on platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, it was only a matter of time before Instagram joined in. CEO Kevin Systrom has now told the Financial Times (via Engadget) that it will be adding live streaming to the app.

Live is really exciting for us. I think it can enhance what we’re doing. If I’m trying to strengthen relationships with someone I love, them streaming video to me live would be an amazing way to be closer to them.

The feature first leaked on Russian site T Journal...

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One Day Only: The Black Friday Mac Bundle 2.0 -- 2...

November brings us Thanksgiving, snow (in some places), and the inevitable start of the holiday shopping season on Black Friday. We're getting an early start on Black Friday today with The Black Friday Mac Bundle 2.0 for just $19.99. The bundle is available today only, so buy it NOW.

What's in this powerful bundle of nine popular Mac apps? Almost $377 worth of apps and utilities, yours for just $19.99:

Readdle PDF Expert 2.0 for Mac

sually a $59.99 purchase on its own, PDF Expert 2.0 is the best-known way for Mac users to edit PDF text, images, links and outlines. For anyone who works with PDF files -- and who doesn't? -- PDF Expert is an essential piece of software to have on your Mac. 


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Apple releases iBooks StoryTime for tvOS 3

Apple has released iBooks StoryTime for the fourth generation Apple TV. It’s a free tvOS app that offers curated children's books with Read-Aloud navigation and illustrations.

iBooks StoryTime, as you might guess from the title, ties into the iBooks app and iBookStore. When Read-Aloud narration is turned on, book pages flip automatically as readers progress through a title. With the feature turned off, parents and kids can flip through the book using Siri Remote.

To promote the app, Apple is offering users a free download of Dora’s Big Buddy Race Read-Along Storybook. Other titles (but they’re not free) include Green Eggs and Ham, The Little Red Hen, Goodnight Moon, Big Brother Daniel, and more.

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AppleInsider podcast talks MacBook Pro with Touch...

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor and Dan discuss MacBook Pros, what makes a Pro machine 'Pro', and the latest in iPhone news and rumors.

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