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Monday January 16

Apple commemorates Martin Luther King Jr Day by...

Apple is commemorating Martin Luther King Jr Day by devoting its homepage to a full-page photo and quote.

Commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights. You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in.

Tim Cook also tweeted in honor of Dr King, who led the non-violent civil disobedience protests that played a crucial role in advancing civil rights in the USA …


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Jimmy Iovine says Apple Music creating 'pop...

Responding to reports that Apple Music content will expand further into full-length movies and TV shows, a key executive with the service -- Jimmy Iovine -- said over the weekend that Apple is willing to do "whatever hits popular culture smack on the nose" in order to differentiate itself.

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A Prairie HomeKit Companion: Controlling Accessories

In this installment of A Prairie HomeKit Companion, Josh Centers moves past setup and explains how to manipulate your HomeKit Accessories. He also tells you how to set up Scenes to save time.


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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Warns Against '...

Microsoft and its competitors should eschew artificial intelligence systems that replace people instead of maximizing their time, CEO Satya Nadella said in an interview on Monday. From the report: "The fundamental need of every person is to be able to use their time more effectively, not to say, 'let us replace you'," Nadella said in an interview at the DLD conference in Munich. "This year and the next will be the key to democratizing AI. The most exciting thing to me is not just our own promise of AI as exhibited by these products, but to take that capability and put it in the hands of every developer and every organization. [...] There's a thin line between hubris and confidence," Nadella said. "Always there is risk of hubris coming back, missing trends. The only long-term indicator of success is, âhow good is your internal culture?'" "What I've learned if anything in three years as CEO is, it's not about celebrating one product," he said. "That, to me, is the sign of a company...

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Next FlipBook Maker Pro for Mac: $39.99

We have a deal today on Next Flipbook Maker Pro for Mac. This software helps you make PDFs and images into HTML5 flipbooks. It does Flash, too, but seriously, HTML5. You can embed YouTube, local video, music, images, buttons, charts, and hyperlinks, and it has batch conversion abilities, too. It’s priced at $39.99, which is 86% off retail. Check out the details on the deal listing.

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Lightning Cable 3-Pack for $22: Our most popular...

The old saying goes "You can never be too rich or too good-looking", and we'll add a third adage to it: "You can never have enough Lightning cables." That seems to be the thought of a lot of Apple World Today readers, as our deal on a 3-pack of 10-foot MFi (Made For iPhone) certified Lightning cables for just $22 is a perennial favorite.

Sure, you could pop on over to your local Apple Store and spend $19 for a measly 3-foot cable, or for $3 more you could get three ultra-long 10-foot cables. What's the better deal? You make the call.

Order 'em today and have cables on hand for the next time you lose or break one! And remember, if you refer a friend to the Apple World Today Deals Shop, you can get $10 off and make...

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News: Daily Deal: Kinkoo 3-Outlet Surge Protecting...

In our iLounge Deal for today, we’re offering the Kinkoo 3-Outlet Surge Protecting Smart Power Strip for only $24.95 — that’s 28% off the regular price. This travel-friendly power strip has three standard AC outlets, three USB ports and one USB-C port so that you can charge a wide range of devices, and at only eight inches long, it’s portable enough to pack up with you and take it on the road. Get the Kinkoo 3-Outlet Surge Protecting…

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Apple posts full page tribute to Dr. Martin Luther...

Apple has honored Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a full-page tribute on its website. It has a photo of the civil rights leader and the following quote:

“Commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights. You will make a greater person of yourself and a greater nation of your country, and a finder world to live in.”

Martin Luther King Jr. today is today. It’s an American federal holiday marking the birthday of the main spokesman for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement. The day is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around King's birthday (Jan. 15).

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Apple commemorates Martin Luther King Jr. Day with...

Acknowledging the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Apple on Monday updated the front page of its website with a photo of and quote from the legendary civil rights leader, calling on people to fight for equality.

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Rumor: iPhone 8 to see improved waterproofing...

It arrives sometime this fall and may be the iPhone upgrade you’re waiting for.

The iPhone 8 is presently rumored to feature a glass chassis redesign, bezel-less screen and might also best the iPhone 7 with even higher resistance to water and dust.

The Korea Herald reports that the iPhone 8 will tout an IP68 rating for water resistance and dust. This means it can withstand submersion for up to 30 minutes in about a metre deep water.

As of now, the iPhone 7 features an IP67 rating, meaning it is technically resistant to splashes and short periods of underwater exposure. IP68 is a substantial improvement but would still mean that swimming is off limits for the iPhone unlike the Apple Watch Series 2; Apple’s wearable far exceeds the IP68 standards.

The iPhone 7, through testing, has been found to exceed its waterproofing rating in most synthetic tests, although an officially-rated higher standard will only improve upon the waterproofing feature.


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A Prairie HomeKit Companion: Setting Up Accessories...

In this second installment of our HomeKit home automation series, Josh Centers walks you through setting up HomeKit Accessories and how to divide your Home into Rooms.


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Latest absurd patent troll claim suggests Messages...

Apple has been the subject of some pretty absurd patent troll claims over the years, and a new one seems determined to push the boundaries still further. Seatoun Media is claiming that Apple’s Messages app infringes a 2002 patent regarding a point-of-sale system, reports Patently Apple.


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Jimmy Iovine says music not enough, confirms Apple’s...

Apple exec Jimmy Iovine has lent weight to a WSJ report that Apple planned to offer scripted TV shows to Apple Music subscribers by the end of the year. The Hollywood Reporter reports Iovine telling TV critics that the company’s streaming music service needed to go beyond songs in order to grow.

The hope for Apple is that it will be better able to compete with streaming music competitors like Spotify and Pandora, which are largely free for users: “We’re fighting ‘free.’ So a simple utility where, ‘here’s all the songs, here’s all the music, give me $10 and we’re cool,’ is not going to scale.”

Iovine specifically confirmed that video content offered...

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Apple sued for patent infringement involving its...

Another day, another lawsuit. Apple is being sued for, as usual, patent infringement by a company called Seatoun Media. In a lawsuit filed in the lawsuit-friendly Texas Eastern District Court, the company claims Apple’s iMessage service/app violates a 15-year-old patent for recording and playing back voice messages over a network, reports AppleInsider.

It involves patent number 6,356,626 for “point to point voice message processor, method and recording/playback device.” Here’s the summary of the patent: “A voice message processor is disclosed for producing remote voice recordings in a decentralized, non-networked environment. Connections are provided for a communication link capable of transmitting and receiving calls over a public communication network, for a telephone set, and for a recordable voice message recording/playback...

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Samsung chief's arrest sought in South Korean...

An arrest warrant for heir apparent to Samsung's throne, Lee Jae-yong, was issued Monday for his suspected involvement in an insidious corruption scandal that led to the impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye.

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Eat, pray, shoot: Our favorite gear and apps for...

Some photos turn out great, but most are merely okay. As anyone who has picked up a camera will tell you, everyone shoots both kinds. But let’s be honest: the majority of the photos we capture on vacation fall into the just-okay category. Thumbs make their way into shots. People and objects show up that we failed to notice when composing the shot. The sun can wash your photos out or cast harsh shadows. Not enough sun can turn what should be a beautiful moment into a grainy mess.

The good news is that, with the right hardware and software, most of these issues can either be improved upon or avoided altogether. To help you up your photographic game before your next adventure, I present a two-part travel photography special. In this first installment, I’ll cover the best hardware and software to use, and next time, I’ll focus on putting those tools to use.


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Sunday January 15

Fantastical 2.3.3

Enables copying Day or Week as text and makes links in an event’s location clickable. ($49.99 new, free update, 13.9 MB)


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Hands on with Airmail 1.5, managing Apple Mail,...

Users can connect a series of Airmail functions to speed up your work, and weed out important emails from the less-so. AppleInsider shows you how, and when, to use the app.

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Apple/Samsung Patent Case Returns To Court To...

An anonymous reader quotes MacRumors:
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Thursday reopened a longstanding patent lawsuit related to Samsung copying the design of the iPhone nearly six years ago...according to court documents filed electronically this week... Apple's damages were calculated based on Samsung's entire profit from the sale of its infringing Galaxy smartphones, but the Supreme Court ruled it did not have enough info to say whether the amount should be based on the total device, or rather individual components such as the front bezel or the screen. It will now be up to the appeals court to decide.

Apple last month said the lawsuit, ongoing since 2011, has always been about Samsung's "blatant copying" of its ideas, adding that it remains optimistic that the U.S. Court of Appeals will "again send a powerful signal that stealing isn't right."


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China tells app stores to register with the...

China sees mobile app stores as an untamed frontier with too much free expression and rampant malware, and it's determined to put a stop to both. As of January 16th, the Cyberspace Administration of China will require that all app stores register wi...

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Facebook tests fake news filtering outside of the US

Facebook's tools for fighting fake news are about to get their first test run outside of the US... and they might just prove vital. The company has confirmed to the Financial Times that it'll trial its new filtering tools in Germany in the "coming w...

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Apple in Trumpland: How the new administration could...

Enlarge / Tim Cook (right) looks engaged and enthusiastic sitting next to President-elect Donald Trump and Peter Thiel at Trump's tech summit in New York City last month. (credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Apple has a busy 2017 ahead of it. Most credible rumors say the company is launching a revamped iPad lineup in the early part of the year, as well as long-anticipated desktop Mac refreshes. We can always expect a new iPhone in September, and you can bet that Apple will continue making the case for newer platforms like the Apple Watch and the Apple TV, too.

Most importantly, the company needs to return to year-over-year financial growth after a disappointing 2016. Last year...

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Volkswagen's modern Microbus remake, and more...

The Volkswagen microbus is one of the most iconic vehicles of all time, and now the automaker is set to revive the classic for the modern era. Meet the I.D. Buzz: VW's all-electric, self-driving microbus of the future. In other auto news, Nissan debu...

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∞ Apple’s new ads focus on the AirPod

Apple: “Feel the magic of AirPods on iPhone 7”

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The Ringling Bros. circus is shutting down after 146...

This makes the kid in me very sad (I still remember the first circus I ever saw as a little kid in Nova Scotia) but the adult is happy the animals will no longer be forced to perform.

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Tour the White House with Obama in VR

I watched some of this yesterday and it’s very cool.

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Ben Heck's Xbox One S laptop

Since the teardown of the Xbox One S, Ben has been designing a laptop using the console's innards. Building a hardware enclosure can be tricky, as Ben has to make sure the specifications are exact. He gets precise measurements with the help o...

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A visual history of gadgets that have burst into...

Samsung had a rough 2016. Last year, the company had to recall its Galaxy Note 7 after units were catching fire, followed by millions of washing machines that were exploding in people's homes. But Samsung isn't the only company that's struggled recen...

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3D zebrafish can replace real animals in the lab

A few years ago, zebrafish became the new lab rat because of their genetic similarity to humans. So, when a team of researchers from the NYU Tandon School of Engineering decided to develop a virtual alternative for lab animals, they chose the tropica...

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Saturday January 14

France isn't ready to ban cyclists from...

The pro cycling world may be cracking down on the use of hidden motors to cheat in races, but it doesn't look like governments are ready to make it a criminal offense. The French government has shot down a proposed law that would have made this "tec...

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Next 'Titanfall 2' update mostly ignores...

You'd think that any big Titanfall 2 update would revolve around the game's namesake robots, but no -- Respawn wants on-foot action to be the focus next time around. It's preparing a free upgrade whose centerpiece is Live Fire, a six-on-six pilot-onl...

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Amazon asks the FCC for permission to run secret...

Amazon has a mysterious experimental project that it wants to start testing, based on the application it sent to the FCC that Business Insider found. The e-commerce giant has requested for permission to test a wireless communication technology for fi...

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Nintendo Switch ditches StreetPass and Miiverse

You'll have to say goodbye to your StreetPass collection if you decide to completely abandon the 3DS in favor of Nintendo's hybrid console. David Young, assistant manager of PR at Nintendo of America, told VentureBeat that the Switch won't have acces...

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Windows 10 is about to get a high-performance Game...

Microsoft made a big fuss out of the Windows 10 Creators Update's gaming features, and it's nearly ready to start delivering on them... including some that have remained mysterious. The company has revealed that it'll start trotting out a largely unk...

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HoudahGeo 5.1.5

Fixes several bugs for the photo geotagging app. ($39 new, free update, 21.7 MB)


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Six futuristic off-road vehicles

By Cat DiStasio

"Where we're going, we don't need roads." When Doc Brown said it, he was driving a flying time machine, of course. But not all vehicles need to become airborne to travel off the grid. This capability is especially important in rural...

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Logic Pros: Give your low-end some Substance with...

It’s 2017 and Logic Pros is back! We’re continuing down the ever-expanding rabbit hole of music creation on Mac and iOS this year with product reviews, tutorials, tips/tricks for Logic users, and much more. That includes a weekly installment (starting with this one!), and an upcoming Logic Pro X 101 guide for beginners. 

Virtual instrument maker Output has been on a roll lately releasing hit after hit for Logic Pro X producers. Its vocal-synth engine, Exhale, is fantastic (more on that down the road), not to mention the rest of company’s innovative and easy-to-use products like Movement, Signal and REV. But today, it’s all about that bass…...

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M&D's wireless MW50 headphones aren't...

Master & Dynamic has dabbled in wireless sound before, but big cans like the MW60s aren't always the most convenient to lug around. People's needs change when it's time to pack up our gear and venture out into the world, and that's why the compan...

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Apple debuts first AirPods TV commercials, Apple...

Apple on Saturday shared its first AirPods TV commercials, a series of four spots lumped into the company's "practically magic" iPhone campaign, as well as an Apple Watch Series 2 ad focusing on keeping active.

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Jets and mannequin heads: Just another day at Dyson...

Ever since my teenage years, I've been fascinated by the story of how a clogged-up Hoover led Sir James Dyson on a five-year journey in which he built 5,127 prototypes and almost went bankrupt before finally coming up with the world's first bagless v...

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This week’s top stories: 10 year iPhone anniversary...

In this week’s top stories: Apple commemorates the 10 year iPhone anniversary, iOS 10.2.1 betas arrive, we give you the rundown on the best HomeKit accessories coming this year, more reports of an incoming iPad refresh, and much more.


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Nintendo Banks on Switch Hit

Nintendo on Thursday announced the Nintendo Switch handheld gaming console, its long-awaited successor to the poorly received Wii 2. The $300 Switch will hit the streets March 3. Purchasers will get the console, two Joy-Con controllers, a Joy-Con Grip, a set of Joy-Con wrist straps, a Nintendo Switch dock, an HDMI cable and an AC adapter. The Switch has a 6.2-inch capacitive multitouch screen and a kickstand. The Switch can be used as an independent handheld player. Battery life ranges from 2.5 to 6 hours.

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Apple shares there new AirPods ads highlighting W1...

Update: Apple shared two more ads, one for AirPods called “Notes” and another for Apple Watch focused on Activity. View them below.

Apple today has shared two new advertisements for its truly wireless AirPods. The new videos mark the first advertisements for the AirPods from Apple and come in at 15 seconds each, with the first highlighting the pairing process and the second highlighting Siri support.


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iPhone 8 rumored to feature better waterproofing...

The iPhone 8 is being fabled by all sides as a major upgrade, following three years of the same chassis design for the iPhone. One of the flagship iPhone 7 features was the addition of waterproofing.

Along with a glass chassis redesign and bezel-less screen, The Korea Herald reports that the new iPhone will also best the iPhone 7 with even higher resistance to water and dust.


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SpaceX's comeback launch was a success

2016 was a fairly good year for SpaceX, with Elon Musk's spaceflight company inching closer to developing a reusable rocket for missions. At least up until September, when a Falcon 9 rocket exploded during a pre-launch test on the pad at Cape Canaver...

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Recommended Reading: The Wii U wasn't for...

The Wii U Was Great,
Just Not For Me
Luke Plunkett,

Before Nintendo revealed all the details about its upcoming Switch console, a lot of us took a moment to reflect on its predecessor: the Wii U. While the console offered compelling gamine...

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Sony's new PlayStation headset is premium in...

There's no shortage of gaming headsets on the market, and in an effort to distinguish themselves, manufacturers are turning to gimmicks to stand out from the competition. Sony, for example, has several PlayStation-branded pairs, and now it's adding a...

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15 Apple TV games you should absolutely play

Game on!

It has been more than a year since the current-gen Apple TV launched, bringing with it the ability to download and play games on your television—like a tiny, Apple-made game console. With millions of the little boxes in people’s homes now, we’ve seen a steady stream of top games make the leap from iOS and dedicated consoles over to the Apple TV.

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12 iPhone reviews in 3 minutes for its 10th...

The iPhone turned 10 on Monday, forever changing the course of smartphone history. But even game-changing devices, like humans, have good years and bad years. Remember antenna-gate? What about all of those dongles? And that time Apple tried to make t...

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The Week in iOS Accessories: More accessories seen...

New gear for your iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch

Image by IDG

This week’s roundup is full of more iOS-compatible devices seen at last week’s Consumer Electronics Show. Read on! 


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Become Tech Savvy: Transforming limiting beliefs and...

First time checking out this series? You’ll get the most value by starting with the first article. Also, here is the table of contents and overview.

Note for the already tech savvy, IT professionals, and our regular readers: this is designed as a resource as you help others or for those looking to become tech savvy on their own.

Transforming limiting beliefs and setting stakes
Background, Expectations, & Best Practices |

Now that you’ve got the hang of operating in the positive state of a growth mindset, let’s look at how the stories we repeat shape us.

Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,

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Sqoop lists most invention companies of 2016 based...

Sqoop, a “news discovery network,” has released a list of the “most inventive companies of 2016 based on patent activity.” Apple places 11th on the list. 

This year’s list of top grant recipients is similar to last years, with some notable changes:

  • Amazon, which has seen significant media activity around some of its patents, including what has been nicknamed a flying blimp fulfillment center, was perhaps the biggest mover in the top 40, ascending from 26 to 14, and Intel moved up five 
  • Xerox, Blackberry, Broadcom, and Ericsson dropped off the list from 2015 to 2016.
  • New to the list for 2016 are GlobalFoundries, Huawei, Hyundai, Texas Instruments, and Boe Technology Group.
  • Roughly half of the patents are granted to companies headquartered outside the United States.

Sqoop reports that Apple was granted 2,115 patents in 2016. The top 10 (and their number of granted patents...

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SteamWorld Heist's tactical action might steal...

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. 

While your iPhone might seem most ideal for quick-hit games, it’s also a pretty great vessel for richer and lengthier experiences like those seen on consoles. Classics like the old Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest games are available on the App Store, as is Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, while newer games like...

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The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Letter from the Editor

Most tech companies shoot their proverbial wads at CES, showing off their finest wares for the coming year and beyond. Usually, this means that the second week in January is a peaceful time, meant for reflection upon the tec...

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Analyst: Apple’s entry into the auto market will...

Apple is secretive about Project Titan, its alleged car project. However, considering the recent hiring spree of automotive experts, patent publications related to connected car technology, and the $10 billion spent on research and development, Apple is expected to offer connected, autonomous and shared mobility solution, opines Frost & Sullivan's, a research group.

"Apple has a long way ahead before its autonomous vehicle becomes a reality. With automotive and technology companies working together to build autonomous cars, Apple is expected to face fierce competition when it launches its product(s)/service(s)," says Frost & Sullivan Mobility Research Analyst Ajay Natteri.

In addition, growth could be hindered in initial years by customer fear of fully autonomous vehicles, existing laws for autonomous car use and accident liability issues.

"Apple's entry into the automotive industry will help it...

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2017 Technology Price Index reviews the cost of...

Rocket Internet Venture and the largest online retailer for Latin America, Linio, observing that the price for the same tech items varied significantly from country to country, even in neighboring states, conducted the 2017 Tech Price Index in order to better understand this worldwide phenomenon. 

The research took into account the various aspects which alter the cost. They presented their findings, including the wide-ranging costs for iPhone products, in the 2017 Tech Price Index. In the case of the iPhone, Linio looked at various iPhone models without the cost of phone service, in all online providers for the country, as well as at least four biggest retailers in the country's five largest cities. The same process was followed for all items in the Price Index study.


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The Week in Apple News: iPhone 10th anniversary,...

Apple headlines for the week ending Jan. 13, 2017

Image by Apple

The Apple-related headlines were slow to roll out at the beginning of this year, but going into the second week of 2017, the news picked up. Check out the important Apple headlines from the past week in this slideshow. Just click on the link to get more information.

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This week on AI: iPhone's 10th anniversary,...

As Apple marked the iPhone's 10th anniversary, rumors emerged on more of the company's plans for 2017 and 2018, including the "iPhone 8," a trio of new iPads, and other possibilities like augmented reality glasses and Netflix-like original video on Apple Music.

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Open Whisper Systems defends Whatsapp against '...

Last spring, Whatsapp announced that every message on its service is delivered with end-to-end encryption, meaning no one, not even Whatsapp, can tell what's inside. Now, a report by The Guardian cites a security researcher claiming that its implemen...

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Friday January 13

Lucasfilm says it has 'no plans' for a...

Given the recent release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story featuring an actor who died in 1994, and the recent passing of actress Carrie Fisher, perhaps it was inevitable there would be rumors she would get the same treatment. Lucasfilm has responded t...

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Install an inexpensive USB-C PCI-E card in a Mac Pro...

An inexpensive card available from Amazon allows users of Apple's Mac Pro tower with PCI-E slots to get some of the benefits of the new USB-C connector -- and faster USB 3.1 speeds. AppleInsider tells you what you need.

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Watch the first SpaceX launch since September's...

SpaceX is busy preparing for its first Falcon 9 launch since its rocket exploded in September. The Iridium-1 mission will take off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California tomorrow, January 14th, and you can watch it all happen live after the bre...

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Headphone Users Rejoice: Samsung Reportedly Not...

An anonymous reader writes: Contrary to previous reports, Samsung's upcoming flagship Galaxy S8 smartphone will come with a headphone jack, unlike the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus and several other Android smartphones. The news comes from both Sammobile and Android Police. The Next Web reports: "Both Sammobile and Android Police are today reporting that Samsung is not actually killing the headphone jack. Sammobile, appears to be retracting its own report last month suggesting the jack would be dropped thanks to recent case renders, while Android Police has independently confirmed that the S8 will maintain the 3.5mm jack through its own source. In related news, Samsung's display unit may have also just given us our first good look at the S8. While there's a good chance the phone in the video is a generic model (it appears to be a render, rather than a physical object), as CNET points out, it looks an awful lot like the leaks we've seen from the S8 so far. There are also a few curious...

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Hands On: SuperDuper! 2.9.1 backup tool updated for...

AppleInsider continues its ongoing backup tool examination series, and examines long-standing utility SuperDuper! that promises to protect your data with speed and ease of use.

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The Nintendo Switch will have Neo Geo games (updated)

The Nintendo Switch will support a handful of new games, of course, but it's also going to feature some fan-favorite classics from the Neo Geo era, Famitsu says. The Arcade Archive collection from Japanese video game publisher Hamster Corporation wil...

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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler defends net neutrality in...

FCC Chairman and net neutrality champion Tom Wheeler will be stepping down next week when the Trump administration takes office. Wheeler's Open Internet Order, which passed in 2015, was instrumental in keeping the internet a level playing field, but...

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ROME: Total War – Barbarian Invasion Coming to iPad...

Feral Interactive announced Friday that ROME: Total War – Barbarian Invasion would be coming to iPad in March! This was originally an expansion for ROME: Total War on Mac and PC—Feral ported that game to iPad late last year. I’ve played ROME: Total War on iPad, and it’s an amazing conversion to a touch interface. Feral and its developers did a remarkable job. Barbarian Invasion was a terrific expansion of the original game, too, and I can’t wait for the iPad launch to suck ever more hours out of my life.

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Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton is stepping...

Michael Lynton is moving on from Sony, to focus on being the chairman of Snap, Inc., the parent company of Snapchat. Lynton has been at the top of Sony Pictures for 13 years, a span which included the massive 2014 hacking incident that saw unreleased...

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Chris Lattner Refutes Claim He Left Apple Over ‘...

Chris Lattner, Apple’s outgoing head of developer tools, has refuted claims published by BusinessInsider that he left the company because of Apple’s focus on secrecy and closed systems. Mr. Lattner left Apple, where he was credited with heading development of Swift, for Tesla, where he will be working on self-driving cars.

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Typinator 7.1

Improves the interactive input forms that were introduced in version 7.0. (€24.99 new, free update, 8.0 MB)


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Nintendo's HD Rumble will be the best unused...

If I had to describe Nintendo in just three words, I'd steal the shared city slogan of Austin, Santa Cruz and Portland: "Keep Nintendo Weird." The Japanese game giant delights in its own unique character, and has made a habit of defying convention. N...

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Apple’s Underappreciated Technical Evolution

Apple periodically comes out with The Next Big Thing. Along the way, however, the company makes incremental changes that also make our lives better. How those many advancements accumulate to positively affect our lives depends on how often we upgrade. Meanwhile, the punctuation of big product events keeps us coming back for more. It’s all in a delicate balance, perceived in our flow of time.

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How to turn on Siri for third-party apps in iOS 10

Apple made a big deal of third-party Siri integration when it introduced iOS 10 last year, but you may have noticed that you can't order your favorite apps around by default -- here's how to make it work.

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DONKEY.APP for iPhone and Apple Watch Recreates Bill...

Can you kick it old school enough to remember DONKEY.BAS? It was one of the first racing games on DOS, and it was coded by a young tech exec named Bill Gates. Maybe you’ve heard of him. In any event, XVision has recreated this game on iPhone and Apple Watch, and they call it DONKEY.APP. It’s a, “super simple but frustratingly hard retro arcade game, inspired by Bill Gates’ one-and-only DOS game.” The player is a old-fashioned race car, only there are beasts of burden standing on the road. The player taps to change lanes to avoid the beasts, making it a game all about precise timing. It’s not particularly easy, either. Retro gaming is all the rage, and you can revisit this slice of tech history for US$0.99. I’d love to know your thoughts.


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Weekend Deals: 32GB Apple TV for $129; $150 off 2016...

Shoppers this weekend can save $20 on 32GB and 64GB Apple TVs or $150 on Apple's latest 13-inch MacBook Pro without Touch Bar thanks to exclusive savings. Or snap up an upgraded 27" iMac 5K (3.2GHz, 32GB, 1TB, M380) at $200 off with free shipping and no tax collected outside NY and NJ.

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Nintendo will have a Switch app to help with...

Nintendo dropped all the official details on its new Switch console that's set to arrive in March while most of us were sleeping. Along with a truckload of hardware and software info, the company also has an app for Android and iOS to help parents ke...

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The Week in iOS Apps: Games galore

This week's new apps (and games!)

When the dog days of winter have set in, what to do? How about distract yourself with a good iOS game. This week’s roundup is chock full of them. Read on!

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Control Your Devices with Screens 3 for Mac: $12.99

We have a deal today on Screens 3 for Mac, a virtual network client (VNC) that lets you control all of your computers from your Mac. You can connect to a Mac, Windows or Linux PC from anywhere in the world. Run apps on any of your computers’ displays, send and receive content, and get work done while traveling light. You can get this software through us for $12.99, more than half off retail.

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WatchPlayer: Play podcast episodes directly from the...

WatchPlayer is a free app that allows you to transfer full podcast episodes to the Apple Watch for offline playback. That means you can leave the house without your iPhone and listen to your favorite shows while on-the-go.

The app isn’t the prettiest from a design perspective and podcast file transfers to the Apple Watch are slow, but it’s one of the easiest ways to play podcast episodes on the Apple Watch without an iPhone. The app even affords the ability to listen to your favorite episodes directly from the Apple Watch speaker — no headphones required. Have a look at our hands-on video walkthrough inside for more details. more…

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Android creator Andy Rubin plans AI-equipped...

The man behind Google's Android platform, Andy Rubin, is preparing to reveal a company that will field a high-end smartphone with a bezel-free screen, ceramic back, and a heavy focus on AI -- posing yet another challenge to Apple's iPhone, a report said on Friday.

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FTC vs D-Link: All bark, no bite

Most routers are bad. Bad to their little router bones. But they were made that way. And when you get one of the bad ones in your home, they sit there like little privacy and security time bombs, just waiting to become conduits of evil in your house....

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Cellebrite Hacked, Reaffirming Apple’s iOS No-...

A year ago the FBI was pushing to force Apple into making a hackable version of iOS for a terrorist investigation while claiming the code would stay secure. Now Cellebrite—the company the FBI reportedly hired to break through the iPhone’s encryption—has been hacked, validating Apple’s concerns the tools would eventually leak.

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Android creator Andy Rubin is building a high-end...

It turns out the rumors were true: Android creator Andy Rubin is returning to phones with his latest company Essential Products Inc. According to a report from Bloomberg, Essential aims to bring together several mobile and smart home products under o...

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Panasonic's delivery robot will sling drinks...

Panasonic's relationship with robots is pretty well established at this point. Now the company is taking it one step further with the HOSPI(R) Autonomous Delivery Robot. From January 14th to the 18th, it'll inhabit the ANA Crowne Plaza Narita in Japa...

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Revenue from Apple's App Store grows 60% to $5....

An end-of-year report into non-gaming app revenues reveals a considerable yearly increase, with streaming media apps including Spotify, Netflix, and Pandora contributing heavily to the higher revenue levels seen by Apple's App Store.

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Review: Joli’s handmade leather sleeve is a pricey...

I first discovered Joli and their handmade leather sleeves a little over a year ago. Back then, I reviewed the company’s sleeves for the iPhone, iPad Pro, and 12-inch MacBook. Now, I’ve moved on from the 12-inch MacBook to the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.

Wanting to protect my pricey investment, I immediately set out to get a Joli leather sleeve for the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and have been using it for about a week now…


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Nintendo's Switch Pro controller is refined,...

Nintendo's Joy-Con controllers for the Switch are wonderfully unique, but they might not be ideal for every situation. That's why the $70 Switch Pro Controller exists — it's meant for gamers who need a more traditional-feeling gamepad for title...

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Smartwatches can tell you're about to get sick...

If you're still on the fence about just how useful a smartwatch can be, a group of researchers at Stanford University have some news for you. The scientists discovered that using algorithms to monitor a combination of vital signs gathered by the Basi...

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Snapchat just got way easier to use thanks to a new...

Snapchat is confusing to use. That’s part of what makes it fun, because it’s sort of like knowing a secret language not everyone can understand. But it can also be annoying, like when you’re looking for something specific and don’t want to tap or swipe a million times to find it. So Snapchat’s latest update, rolling out soon to both iOS and Android users, adds a universal search bar you can access from anywhere in the app.


Finding stuff in Snapchat just got waaaay easier.

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The Public Access Weekly: Switch lanes

Friday again already?! Well, okay then. Let's get on with it!

For all you Public Access members: Just FYI, if you're actively in an article, we cannot be -- which means if you submit an article and then go in to make changes or edits we have to wai...

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Nothing immerses you in 'Resident Evil 7'...

4D experiences are typically only found in theme parks and fancy theaters, but soon you'll be able to trick your senses at home with the launch of the "official Resident Evil 4D candle." Yes, a candle. Created by Capcom and merchandise merchant Numsk...

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Creator of Android Andy Rubin Nears His Comeback,...

From a report on Bloomberg: Rubin, creator of the Android operating system, is planning to marry his background in software with artificial intelligence in a risky business: consumer hardware. Armed with about a 40-person team, filled with recruits from Apple. and Google, Rubin is preparing to announce a new company called Essential and serve as its Chief Executive Officer, according to people familiar with the matter. A platform company designed to tie multiple devices together, Essential is working on a suite of consumer hardware products, including ones for the mobile and smart home markets, one of the people said. The centerpiece of the system is a high-end smartphone with a large edge-to-edge screen that lacks a surrounding bezel. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in early January, Rubin discussed the smartphone with mobile carrier executives, including some from Sprint Corp., people familiar with the talks said. The smartphone, according to the report, would go on...

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Apple TV app changes pave the way for better gaming

Apple has drastically increased the size of apps that developers can submit to its Apple TV App Store, paving the way for more media-heavy apps, especially games. Up until now the limit was 200 MB, but apps can now be as large 4GB, the same as for iO...

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Consumer Reports Loves the Mac Again, Bigger Apple...

Consumer Reports changed its tune and now recommends Apple’s new Touch Bar MacBook Pro. John Martellaro joins Jeff Gamet to debate whether or not we should trust Consumer Reports computer reviews, plus they share their thoughts on the big app size increase for Apple TV.

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Run the Jewels include AR extras with 'RTJ3...

Killer Mike and El-P may have dropped the digital version of their highly-anticipated Run the Jewels 3 on Christmas Eve, but the duo is releasing the physical versions of the album today in the US (globally next week). As part of this second wave rel...

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The Headrush guitar pedalboard powered by Eleven HD

I really liked Avid’s Eleven guitar software, but it seems they didn’t do much with it for the past couple of years. Now they have—A new version of Eleven powers the Headrush pedalboard. I can’t wait to see this at NAMM.

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Muscle Shoals studio to reopen thanks to Beats

In the list of iconic recording studios, Music Shoals Sound Studio is right up there with the most famous. During its heyday of the 70s, the studio hosted a wide array of artists that produced dozens of hit records, including Aretha Franklin, Cher, Boz Scaggs, The Rolling Stones, the Staple Singers, Bob Seger, Traffic, Willie Nelson, Rod Stewart, Paul Simon, Leon Russell and Lynyrd Skynyrd. The studio closed in 1978, but thanks to a grant from Beats By Dr. Dre, the studio is set to reopen once again.

I am so incredibly happy to hear this—Muscle Shoals was part of some amazing music.

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New Swift project head Ted Kremenek said to be...

Apple senior manager Ted Kremenek has been named as the new lead of the Swift development project, and has apparently been operating in that capacity for some time behind the scenes, according to outgoing head Chris Lattner.

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Rumor: the iPhone 8 will have ‘highest level of dust...

Apple’s “iPhone 8” will feature “the highest level of dust and water resistance,” reports the Korea Herald, quoting unnamed “multiple sources.” The upcoming smartphone will purportedly sport an IP68 rating, the highest level of weather protection that can handle submersion for 30 minutes in 1.5 meters of water. 

Regarding other iPhone 8 speculation, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said that Apple will launch an all-new iPhone with a 5.8-inch OLED panel in 2017, but that he smartphone's actual active area will be a smaller 5.1 to 5.2 inches. He also thinks the iPhone 8 will sport a glass casing with wireless charging.

Other rumors about the iPhone 8 — which could be dubbed the “iPhone 10” since 2017 is the Apple smartphone’s 10th anniversary— say it will come with a curved OLED screen, wireless charging, a faster A11 processor, and no Home button. The Home button function, as...

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The never-ending Apple-Samsung legal brouhaha...

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has reopened the never-ending Apple lawsuit accusing Samsung of copying the iPhone's design, according to Law360. This comes just over a month after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Samsung may not have to pay all its profits from the smartphones found to infringe Apple’s design patents.

In a one-paragraph order, the appeals court reinstated Samsung’s appeal and vacated a 2015 Federal Circuit decision that the Korean company owed Apple $399 million for infringing patents that cover parts of the iPhone design. In December, the Supreme Court tossed out an appeals court ruling that said the South Korean company had to pay a $399 million penalty to its American rival for copying key iPhone designs.

The justices in their 8-0 ruling sent the case back to the lower court for further proceedings. The court held that a patent violator doesn’t always have to hand over its entire...

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