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Tuesday October 25

Japanese Apple Pay launch not going well as transit...

Apple Pay’s Japanese launch doesn’t appear to be getting off to the best of starts. Bloomberg reports that commuters have been struggling to register their FeliCa train passes – which double as payment cards – into the system.


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New York Times in 2001: “Apple introduces what it...

Matt Richtel, writing for the New York Times when the original iPod was announced:

Apple Computer introduced a portable music player today and declared that the new gadget, called the iPod, was so much easier to use that it would broaden a nascent market in the way the Macintosh once helped make the personal computer accessible to a more general audience.


But while industry analysts said the device appeared to be as consumer friendly as the company said it was, they also pointed to its relatively limited potential audience, around seven million owners of the latest Macintosh computers. Apple said it had not yet decided whether to introduce a version of the music player for computers with the Windows operating system, which is used by more than 90 percent of personal computer users.


Steven P. Jobs, Apple’s chief executive, disputed the concern that the market was limited, and said the company might have trouble meeting holiday demand. He...

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Long-awaited Sid Meier title 'Civilization VI...

Just three days after launching on Windows, the latest installment of the long-running "Civilization" strategy series, "Civilization VI," has come to macOS after three years of development.

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Apple releases iOS 10.1 update

If you were waiting for a hefty update to Apple’s recently-released iOS 10 operating system, it’s here.

On Monday, Apple released iOS 10.1, a new update which weighs in as a 300 megabyte download and incorporates the following extensive set of fixes and changes:

Camera and Photos:
Introduces Portrait Camera for iPhone 7 Plus that creates a depth effect that keeps your subject sharp while creating a beautifully blurred background (beta)

People names in the Photos app are saved in iCloud backups

Improved the display of wide color gamut photos in the grid views of the Photos app

Fixes an issue where opening the Camera app would show a blurred or flashing screen for some users

Fixes an issue that caused Photos to quit for some users when turning on iCloud Photo Library...

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Apple releases macOS 10.12.1 Sierra update

On Monday, Apple released macOS 10.12.1, the first major update to its recently-released macOS 10.12 Sierra operating system.

The update, which weighs in around 584 megabytes, includes the following fixes and changes:

Adds an automatic smart album in Photos for Depth Effect images taken on iPhone 7 Plus.

Improves the compatibility of Microsoft Office when using iCloud Desktop and Documents.

Fixes an issue that may prevent Mail from updating when using a Microsoft Exchange account.

Fixes an issue that caused text to sometimes paste incorrectly when using Universal Clipboard.

Improves reliability of Auto Unlock with Apple Watch.

Improves security and stability in Safari.

Fixes an issue that may cause Mail to display unnecessary password...

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The 20 CDs Steve Jobs Gave Journalists with the...

Remember the first iPod? It was a thing. It held 5GB of music and was the size of a deck of playing cards. And there was no iTunes Store. The music industry was angry at Apple, worried that Steve Jobs wanted everyone to pirate CDs so he could sell us hardware. It was a whole big thing, but journalist Nobuyuki Hayashi reminded us of a tidbit I’d completely forgotten about. Apple sent out iPods to many journalists. Those iPods had music on them—20 albums worth chosen specifically and deliberately by Steve Jobs and the iPod team. And in an effort to show the music industry Apple was their ally, each of those iPods came with those 20 albums on CD. Mr. Hayashi recently found his bundle of CDs. He wrote an interesting post about it, including a list of all 20 albums. Spoiler, there’s a Dylan album, two Beatles albums, Nirvana, Bob Marley, Yo-Yo Ma, the Dave Brubek Quartet, a soundtrack, and more. It’s a fun snapshot look at an age...

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Driving while connected with the Navdy heads up...

Not everyone can afford to replace their current whip just to get the latest automotive smart features. The aftermarket world has got your back if you want to upgrade your stereo, but if you're looking for an HUD (Heads up Display) there aren't a lot...

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BlackBerry's third Android phone packs a...

BlackBerry has announced the DTEK60, the second in its range of Android smartphones manufactured by a third party. Like the DTEK50, the actual device has been put together by TCL, leaving BlackBerry with the job of making sure that it's secure enough...

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New MacBook Will Headline Apple's Thursday Show

A refresh of Apple's flagship laptop, the MacBook Pro, likely will be the highlight of an event scheduled for this Thursday at the company's headquarters in Cupertino, California. The update to its flagship MacBook line couldn't come at a more critical time. "Apple has been under increasing pressure from Dell, Lenovo and others in this space and needs to up its game considerably lest it be accused of neglecting notebook users and customers," said Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT.

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Apple expected to report first decline in full year-...

Apple is due to announce its fiscal Q4 (calendar Q3) earnings today at 2pm PT/5pm ET, and the news isn’t expected to be good.

The company’s own guidance calls for a third consecutive quarter of year-on-year declining revenue. That would mean total revenue for its 2016 fiscal year of around $215B, 8% down on the previous year – making it the company’s first year-on-year decline since 2001 …


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Xiaomi's curved Note 2 has a striking yet...

It was only last month when Xiaomi launched the Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus, but the Chinese company is already back with yet another flagship model. What we have here is the Mi Note 2 which, as you can tell by the name, is all about its large 5.7-inch 1080...

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The SVALT D2 is a cool (literally) Mac laptop...

I’m not sure how “hot” (in the literal sense) the next MacBook Pro — certain to be unveiled this Thursday — will be. However, when running high-demand apps (such as Final Cut Pro X), a laptop’s built-in cooling system can get a bit toasty, leading to processor throttling and slower performance. 

If you’ve experienced this — or simply don’t want to take a chance that you will — the $295 SVALT D2 is worth the $295 investment. It’s designed to transform your laptop into a desktop workstation via its built-in cooling system, temperature sensor and automatic speed control. The SVALT D2 also provides a Turbo mode so you can manually implement a blast of cool air. Also, there are a number of advanced, customizable, user-determined cooling modes.

Overall, the SVALT D2 runs quietly (well, expect for Turbo mode) thanks to its Silence Adapter. However, you can also turn off the fan if you wish and still see benefits....

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Apple Pay goes live in Japan, one of the most...

Alongside the introduction of iOS 10.1 and watchOS 3.1, Apple has switched on support for Apple Pay in Japan. This makes the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2 compatible with the FeliCa contactless payment system used by almost two million payment terminals in the country.

Supporting Apple Pay in Japan was not a trivial undertaking for Apple. Although FeliCa is an NFC-based contactless payment system, it’s not compatible with the systems used in most other...

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Google buys eye-tracking startup to boost its VR...

Google's mission to bring VR to the masses has resulted in the development of the Daydream View and Cardboard, but the company isn't stopping there. In July, we brought you news that the search giant is secretly working on a new high-end standalone h...

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How to use Power Reserve on your Apple Watch

Although the Apple Watch Series 2 offers better battery life than the first generation smartwatch, sometimes you may still find yourself running out of juice. In that case, you’ll want to switch to Power Reserve mode.

Power Reserve lets you see the time on your Apple Watch while preserving your battery life. In Power Reserve, press the side button to show the current time in a 24-hour format. While your Apple smartwatch is in Power Reserve, it won’t communication with your iPhone. Nor can you access other watch features.

When your battery charge drops to 10 percent, your Apple Watch alerts you and asks if you want to use Power Reserve. When the battery gets too low, your watch automatically enters Power Reserve, and a red lightning bolt icon appears next to the time. To turn on Power Reserve:

  • Swipe up on the watch face to open Control Center.
  • Tap the battery percentage, then tap Power Reserve > Proceed.

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Apple invention uses ferrofluids to enhance...

As part of continued research into efficient wireless chargers -- perhaps powerful enough to rival Lightning -- Apple on Tuesday received a patent for an induction charging method that uses ferrofluids to reduce or negate energy loss typical of such systems.

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The Morning After: Tuesday October 25th 2016

While you were sleeping, we found out where you can still buy a Galaxy Note 7 (don't), Apple added Portrait mode to its flagship iPhone 7 Plus, and we're thinking about what Microsoft has planned for later this week.

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Apple patents crowd-sourced lost-and-found...

Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent covering a lost-and-found system that enlists the help of other user devices to locate and track items to which low-power electronic tags are affixed.

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MTV to add fan livestreams to music programming in...

To entice millennial viewers, MTV is experimenting with a hybrid TV format that combines traditional programming and user-created livestreams. Back in June, MTV Music tested a slot that allowed fans to broadcast their dance moves on national TV. A sp...

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Opera's latest browser can cope with your...

Many web browser creators like to boast about performance in ideal conditions, where there's only one tab and the app is already open. But that's not how it works in real life -- many people launch their browsers with numerous tabs left over from the...

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Alexa gives voice control to Logitech's Harmony...

Alexa now (officially) works with Logitech's Harmony Hub, meaning it's a lot easier to get voice control over your home entertainment and automation devices. After you enable the Alexa skill on an Amazon Echo, Dot or other supported device, you'll be...

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Logitech to release an Alexa skill for its Harmony...

Own an Echo and a Logitech Harmony Hub-based universal remote? You can now control your entertainment system with voice commands.

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Monday October 24

Netflix CEO jokes that the future of entertainment...

Netflix is one of the most successful entertainment companies in the world, and it did so by constantly looking for ways to reach people. CEO Reed Hastings said in an WSJD Live interview that in the early days, they licked envelopes for DVD-by-mail,...

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Japan Apple Pay launch marred by apparent system...

Less than one day after launch and Apple Pay is already facing difficulties in Japan. A number of Japanese users on Tuesday complained of issues with Suica transit cards, a major regional benefit for the payments solution, while Apple itself reported ongoing problems lasting more than five hours.

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Microsoft CEO says mixed reality is the '...

Microsoft is set to unveil several new products at its fall event on Wednesday, but that hasn't stopped CEO Satya Nadella from dropping by Laguna Beach, California this Monday. At a WSJD Live interview with Wall Street Journal editor-in-chief Gerard...

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Global smartphone sales up by 6.6 percent in 2016

While smartphone sales have slowed in recent years as most markets become saturated, the industry is still managing to post positive figures. Market research firm GfK has released a report today showing phone sales increased 6.6% from 2015 thanks to...

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On iMessage’s Stickiness

Lauren Goode, writing for The Verge a few weeks ago, “iMessage Is the Glue That Keeps Me Stuck to the iPhone”:

As someone who vacillates between iOS and Android fairly often,
but who considers a lightly cracked iPhone 6S her daily driver,
I’m also considering whether the Pixel phone is the next phone to
buy. All of the software I use now is available on Android: all of
my top email, calendar, music, fitness, photography, task-based,
work collaboration, and social networking apps are there.

But one app is not, and that’s iMessage.

There is a lot of truth here, especially for people who are largely in the Google ecosystem for email, calendaring, photos, etc. A lot of them use iPhones with Google apps, not Android phones. I know several people who think iPhones are better client devices for Google’s ecosystem than...

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Civilization VI comes to the Mac just three days...

There’s a certain stigma that surrounds Mac gaming, but Aspyr today is proving that stigma wrong. The company announced this evening that Civilization VI is now available for the Mac, just three days after its release on the PC. Civilization VI is the latest installment in Sid Meier’s popular Civilization series and builds upon the improvements in Civilization V and its expansions.


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Henrik Fisker reveals the face of his upcoming...

Henrik Fisker, once again, took to Twitter to release another image of his new company's, Fisker Inc., 400-mile electric vehicle. This time, the Tweet revealed the front end of the upcoming car.

The picture, which has the patina of old video game CG...

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3D printed 'heart on a chip' is an...

3D printing's potential to create custom objects, parts and tools has enormous potential for the medical field, where bespoke organs could be created on demand, saving lives that wouldn't survive waiting for donors. This year has already had standout...

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Google Maps gets food delivery, plus code...

Google on Monday updated its flagship mapping app for iOS with a few new features, including integration with food delivery services like Seamless and Grubhub, as well as the ability to generate plus codes by dropping a pin.

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NHTSA advice aims to keep connected cars safe from...

Following a smattering of recent high-profile attacks, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is taking a hard look at vehicular cybersecurity. In a 22-page document (PDF), the NHTSA outlines its voluntary best practices for automakers go...

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Apple replaces Support Profile web tool with '...

In a move that increases security at the potential cost of usability, Apple recently changed its online technical support and service coverage monitoring tool to display information relating only to those products for which a user is registered through Apple ID.

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Bloomberg: Twitter plans to lay off several hundred...

Last year when Jack Dorsey returned as CEO of Twitter, the company let go of more than 300 people, and a Bloomberg report indicates history will repeat itself this year. Citing anonymous sources, the outlet reports that while planning is fluid, a sim...

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Report: Twitter planning ‘hundreds’ of job cuts as...

Twitter’s fate has been up in the air for weeks now as the company has been the center of rumors concerning a possible acquisition. Now, Bloomberg reports that Twitter is planning “widespread” job cuts to be announced as soon as this week.


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DARPA tests parasailing radar with its robotic boat

If you want a vision of what naval battles could look like in the near future, you just got it. DARPA has tested a parasailing radar array (part of its Towed Airborne Lift of Naval Systems project, or TALONS) using its robotic ACTUV boat as a nest....

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Google Maps for iOS updated with food delivery...

Google today is rolling out an update to Google Maps on iOS that bumps the app to version 4.24 and brings a few useful new features for users. Now, users can more quickly order food from their favorite restaurants, as well as easily add photos of places from directly within the app and find plus codes for locations around the world.


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Get a look at the lost Super NES 'Rayman'...

When he isn't busy cryptically teasing Beyond Good & Evil 2, game developer Michel Ancel laments (above) past projects lost to the sands of time. Like the Super NES version of Rayman that was scrapped in favor of iterations for the Atari Jaguar a...

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Trump campaign launches streaming Facebook show

We've seen Donald Trump alternatively use social media to issue everything from an "apology" to an almost unfathomable number of insults, and now it's an avenue for video broadcasts. After a debate night livestream that some considered a pilot for a...

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Apple Fixes Two-Factor Authentication Setup Bug

HomeKit in iOS 10 requires Two-Factor authentication if you plan to remotely control or monitor your smarthome devices. That isn’t a big deal, unless you’re one of the unlucky few who were blocked from switchting to Apple’s more secure password authentication system. The good news is that Apple finally fixed the issue, so HomeKit can be more that your in-home personal assistant again.

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Anticipation and Joy: Abusing Autonomous Cars For Fun

We tend to think of robots and AI agents as potentially threatening. But when they’re specifically charged with protecting the human passengers in autonomous cars, there could be some serious shenanigans by aggressive drivers. Even abuse. What if one of those autonomous cars, in turn, does something unexpected? John looks at a mind-numbing scenario.

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∞ macOS Sierra, tvOS, watchOS updated

It’s a big day for Apple OS updates. Earlier today iOS 10.1 was updated, and now macOS Sierra, tvOS, watchOS have all received major updates. You can update each of the OSes on their respective devices—except the watchOS, that has to be downloaded from the iPhone app before updating.

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PSA: iOS 10.1 fixes Android Wear issues on the...

About one month ago we reported on a serious pairing issue iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus users were having with multiple Android Wear devices. In the month since, it seems that the issue has been resolved.


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Dyn DDoS Attack Shows IoT’s Inherent Security...

Parts of the internet ground to a halt on Friday, October 21, when a group of hackers targeted Dyn with a distributed Denial of Service attack. The attack temporarily broke the path to many websites, including Twitter, and blocking similar attacks in the future will be a monumental task because the hackers used the internet-connected devices already in our homes.

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FTC complaint blasts Disney, Google over child...

It's sketchy enough when companies send free products to YouTube stars in return for positive coverage, but it's worse when those videos are explicitly aimed at kids. How is a young child supposed to tell the difference between genuine enthusiasm an...

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Seth's Blog: Hardware is Sexy, But It's...

American author and entrepreneur Seth Godin argues that though hardware is nice and dandy, it is the software that matters. And not just software that runs on a computer, "but the metaphorical idea of rules and algorithms designed to solve problems and connect people," he writes. Godin has used the piece to note how Apple has increasingly grown focused on hardware, and as a result, it's not putting much effort to fixing its software. He writes, "Automator, a buggy piece of software with no support, and because it's free, no competitors. Keynote, a presentation program that hasn't been improved in years. iOS 10, which replaces useful with pretty. iTunes, which is now years behind useful tools like Roon. No significant steps forward in word processing, spreadsheets, video editing, file sharing, internet tools, conferencing, etc. Apple contributed mightily to a software revolution a decade ago, but they've stopped. Think about how many leaps forward Slack, Dropbox, Zapier and others...

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Get fake rich making fake videos in the really...

Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it’s difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into. With Freemium Field Test, we’ll take a recent free-to-play iOS game, put it through its paces, and let you know if it’s really worth your time (and money).

Of all the YouTube personalities to strike gold with their social video channels, none has been bigger than Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg. The 26-year-old Swedish phenom began back in 2010, sharing videos of himself playing (and reacting to) video games and sharing other comedic clips, and his success has grown exponentially to encompass 13.5 billion video views, 48 million subscribers, and tens of millions of dollars in income.


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Video: Watch this 3 minute time-lapse of turned twenty-years old just a few days ago, neatly encompassing what is now referred to as “modern Apple”, after Steve Jobs returned to the company in 1997. This video highlights every major event in Apple’s timeline as a time lapse of its homepages from when the website began in 1996 to the present day.


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AWT News Update: October 24, 2016

Today was a "kinda slow" news day to start off what should be a rather exciting week of Apple news. Tomorrow's the Q4 2016 Earnings Call, while Thursday Apple is holding its "hello again" Mac event. So what happened on this slow Monday?

  • Some readers reported having issues connecting to Apple's iCloud Music Library today
  • The Apple Watch Nike+ will be available on Friday, October 28
  • T-Mobile says the iPhone 7 was partially responsible for better-than-expected quarterly earnings
  • Mac sales are expected to be down yet again for the quarter that ended on September 30, but Thursday's event will hopefully provide a much needed boost to the Mac line's bottom line. 

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[Sponsor] Pearl RearVision

Upgrade your car with Pearl RearVision, the wireless backup camera and alert system that works with your smartphone. Developed by former Apple engineers, it installs on your car in minutes with no costly professionals or dealers required. See around corners with the 2 HD cameras which also provide super-wide views of what’s behind you, and the ability to pan 180 degrees in any direction. RearVision also features obstacle detection, giving you visual and audible alerts before your parallel parking job turns into an insurance claim.

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What's on TV: World Series, 'Titanfall 2...

Assuming the new season of Black Mirror hasn't scared you into unplugging everything, there's plenty to watch this week. While Westworld has finally started to show a few hints of where we're going in this fantastical experience, The Walking Dead cam...

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 24...

Notable software releases this week include Mactracker 7.6, PDFpen and PDFpenPro 8.2.1, ChronoSync 4.7 and ChronoAgent 1.6.1, SpamSieve 2.9.26, 1Password 6.3.5, BusyCal 3.1.1, and Audio Hijack 3.3.2.


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Apple Releases iOS 10.1 With New Portrait Mode For...

Apple has released iOS 10.1 to the public today for all iOS 10 users, and with it comes several new features, a long list of bug fixes, and various other under-the-hood improvements. One of the biggest new features introduced is a new "Portrait" mode, which uses the dual cameras in the iPhone 7 Plus to create shallow depth of field portrait photos with plenty of background bokeh. MacRumors reports: To achieve the blurred look, the image signal processor in the device uses the wide-angle camera to create a depth map while the telephoto captures an image, dissecting the different layers of the photo to decide what to blur with an artful "bokeh" effect. It works on people, pets, and objects, but it does require good lighting to achieve the proper results. The update also [...] brings Transit directions to Japan for the first time. There have been some tweets to the Messages app. It's now possible to play Bubble and Screen effects in Messages with Reduce Motion enabled, something that...

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To iPod on its 15th birthday: Thanks for...

In 2001, Apple unveiled a singular product that launched the company out of the niche PC market and started an evolution that morphed the company into the world-dominating presence we know now. That device was iPod.

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ExtraBITS for 24 October 2016

In ExtraBITS this week, AT&T seeks to purchase Time Warner, T-Mobile pays a heavy price for data throttling, we say goodbye to Macworld founder David Bunnell, Apple reveals plans to build home automation into newly built homes, and we review Apple’s $49 iPhone 7 Plus case in 49 words.


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AI-powered security cameras recognize small details...

San Mateo-based Movidius may still be in the process of getting bought up by Intel, but the company's latest deal will put its low-power AI and computer vision platform into more than just DJI drones and Google VR headsets. The company announced toda...

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Notable apps and app updates for Oct. 24, 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.

macOS Apps/Updates

Andrei Doubrovski has released Elements+ 9.0, an update of his enhancement patch for Adobe Photoshop Elements. Featuring hundreds of tools, including missing adjustments, smart filters, vector masks, and more, it is an add-on that unlocks the undocumented advanced functions in Photoshop Elements+ featured in the latest versions of Photoshop. 

The kit includes some extra adjustments, smart filters, vector masks, and other advanced tools normally hidden under the hood. Version 9 adds:

  • The ability to re-edit Curves, Color Balance, and other unlocked adjustments;
  • The ability to re-edit Camera RAW photos in ACR converter; 
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Smartwatch shipments dropped ahead of new models

The smartwatch market isn't quite as red-hot as it looked in recent months. IDC estimates that smartwatch shipments fell by just shy of 52 percent year-over-year in the third quarter of 2016, with the biggest names often being the hardest hit. Apple...

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Review: Bowers & Wilkins P3 Series 2 Headphones

Last week, we reviewed Bowers & Wilkins' flagship headphone, the large, circumaural, excellent P9 Signature. Today we look at at the opposite end of B&W's headphone offerings with the small, on-ear P3 Series 2 ($110). (We reviewed the original P3 back in 2012.) Though the P3 S2 sports most of the attention to detail and quality that we saw on the P9 and P5 Series 1, we experienced some flaws with this headphone that hold back our full recommendation.{/exp:char_limit}

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Apple’s iCloud Music Library ‘unable to connect’ for...

A growing number of users report issues with connecting to Apple’s iCloud Music Library service following the release of iOS and macOS updates earlier today. Users encountering the problem are faced with an error message in iTunes on macOS that reads: “Unable to connect to iCloud music library”.


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Uranus might have two more moons 

NASA launched its two Voyager probes almost 40 years ago, sending the first on a more direct route out of the solar system. Voyager 2 took a longer route to survey Neptune and Uranus in 1986, becoming the first and only spacecraft to fly by the ice g...

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eMarketer: iPhone shares to remain static in 2016,...

Apple’s share of smartphone users in the US is expected to remain static in 2016, accounting for a 43.5% share, from 43.3% in 2015, according to new data from eMarketer. Android, by comparison, will see its share of US smartphone users rise slightly to 52.0%, up from 51.7% the previous year, adds the research firm. 

Although the number of overall iPad users continues to increase, Apple has been losing share in the U.S. tablet market.  After falling below 50% for the first time in 2015, Apple's share of the tablet market is expected to drop to 47.8% in 2016, per eMarketer’s estimates. By 2020, eMarketer estimates that 44% of tablet users in the US will be using an iPad. This year, eMarketer estimates that 51.4% of Americans will use a tablet once a month, totaling 168.2 million. 

In the UK, Apple is expected to account for a 31.8% share of smartphone users this year, a slight increase from 31.6% last year....

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Apple Pay arrives in Japan

Apple Pay has launched in Japan, making its the 11th country to support Apple’s mobile payment service. In addition to Suica cards, Apple is also supporting credit and debit cards from the likes of American Express, JCB, MasterCard, Aeon, Orico, Credit Saison, SoftBank, d Card, View Card, and MUFG Card.

Apple Pay is available in the U.S., UK, Canada, Australia, China, Japan, Russia, Singapore, Switzerland, France and Hong Kong. Brazil also expected to add Apple Pay support in the near future.

Apple Pay works with the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE and Apple Watch. When paying within apps, Apple Pay is compatible with the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 4 and iPad Pro. It’s also macOS Sierra compatible.


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Apple serves up watchOS 3.1

Apple has released watchOS 3.1. You can update your Apple Watch via the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. According to Apple, watch OS 3.1 provides:


  • A new option to replay bubble and full screen effects in Messages;
  • Messages effects can play with Reduce Motion enabled;
  • Fixes an issue that could cause the notification for Timer complete to be delivered twice;
  • Resolves an issue that could prevent Apple Watch Series 2 from charging;
  • Resolves an issue where Activity rings may disappear from the watch face; 
  • Fixes an issue that prevented Force Touch options from appearing in some third-party apps.



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TMO Background Mode: Interview with Author and...

David Sparks is a business attorney, Macworld author, podcaster and all around Apple product expert. He’s one of those people who started on one path—an aerospace engineering student—then changed gears to become a law student at Pepperdine University. David tells the story of his law school years and how people often think of law school as more onerous than it really is. His original plan was to be a prosecutor, but then he found that business law for small companies was much more satisfying. We chatted about his interest in all things Mac and the dawn of his Mac Power Users podcast with Katie Floyd in 2009. Today, David is a popular speaker and a fixture in the Mac Community with 346 podcasts and several books. Come take a career journey with me and David.

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Pyle USA shipping new Pyle HD Pan & Tilt...

Pyle USA has been making moves in the home automation and security market recently, and today the company announced the new Pyle HD Pan & Tilt Security Camera ($56). At that low price tag, the device offers HD viewing of homes or offices for security purposes, with the ability to remotely control the camera via the free Pyle app

The Pan & Tilt camera records and saves 720p HD video and 1280 x 720 HD photos directly to an iPhone or iPad via the app, with control -- 270° horizontal and 120° vertical motion -- making it easy to see what's happening all around a room. A built-in SD card slot makes it possible...

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McDSP releases the AE600 Active EQ

The AE600 is the next generation of active equalization. New and unique EQ modes, independent control of fixed and active EQ bands, and an ultra low latency algorithm make the AE600 the perfect solution for any audio production.

McDSP makes some quality software.

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Apple turns on Apple Pay in Japan with debut of iOS...

In tandem with Monday's iOS and watchOS updates, Apple has activated Apple Pay in Japan, potentially one of the platform's most important markets.

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macOS 10.12.1 Sierra, watchOS 3.1, and tvOS 10.0.1...

Apple has released its first set of updates for macOS 10.12, watchOS 3, and tvOS 10 to address a variety of bugs. If you have already updated to the major releases, these updates are worth installing soon, but if not, hold off for another week or so to make sure they haven’t introduced some new problem.


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Still ticking: The improbable survival of the luxury...

I don’t know how improbable it is. After all, rich people have and will always want rich people products, won’t they?

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 Apple updates macOS Sierra to 10.12.1

Apple has released macOS Sierra 10.12.1. It can be downloaded from the Software Update function in the Mac App Store. According to Apple, macOS Sierra 10.1.2:

  • Adds an automatic smart album in Photos for Depth Effect images taken on iPhone 7 Plus ;
  • Improves the compatibility of Microsoft Office when using iCloud Desktop and Documents;
  • Fixes an issue that may prevent Mail from updating when using a Microsoft Exchange account ;
  • Fixes an issue that caused text to sometimes paste incorrectly when using Universal Clipboard ;
  • Improves reliability of Auto Unlock with Apple Watch;
  •  Improves security and stability in Safari.

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Apple issues macOS Sierra 10.12.1 update

Apple on Monday released an update to macOS Sierra. Version 10.12.1 is now available for Mac users for download through the App Store app. (It’s a good idea to back up you Mac before installing the update.) The update is 1.25GB.

According to Apple’s release notes, the update includes the following:

  • Adds an automatic smart album in Photos for Depth Effect images taken on iPhone 7 Plus.
  • Improves the compatibility of Microsoft Office when using iCloud Desktop and Documents.
  • Fixes an issue that may prevent Mail from updating when using a Microsoft Exchange account.
  • Fixes an issue that caused text to sometimes paste incorrectly when using Universal Clipboard.
  • Improves reliability of Auto Unlock with Apple Watch.
  • Improves security and stability in Safari.
  • Fixes an issue that may cause Mail to display...
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WatchOS 3.1 update is now available for Apple Watch...

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Along with the release of iOS 10.1 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch today, Apple released the newest version of watchOS for Apple Watch. The WatchOS 3.1 update brings small changes to the device, mostly focusing on fixing bugs.

Of note are updates to Messages and a fix for a potential battery issue. With the update, you'll be able to replay full-screen effects in Messages and play effects when Reduce Motion is enabled. The update should also fix any problems Apple Watch Series 2 models may have had that prevented some from charging fully. The update goes on to provide fixes to the Timer, Activity interface, and Force...

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Comment: This is the year to pay attention to new...

Apple’s ‘hello again’ tagline for its special event this Thursday suggests an evolution of the Mac line, not just an iterative update. That’s because the world was introduced to the Macintosh in 1984 with a ‘hello’, then to the iMac in 1998 with a ‘hello (again)’, both key points in the Mac’s history. Now in 2016 it appears to be the MacBook Pro’s turn.

This will hardly be the first MacBook Pro, but we expect a slimmer design with beefed up internals and a new input method: an OLED touch panel above the keyboard that dynamically changes based on context. Apple will likely want to frame the ‘Magic Toolbar‘ (or whatever it calls it) as an important evolution in input methods like the iPod’s Click Wheel, the iPhone’s Multi-Touch, and the Apple Watch’s...

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macOS 10.12.1 mostly focuses on fixing Sierra’s bugs

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Apple released the final version of macOS 10.12.1 today, its first update to Sierra since the operating system was released last month. The list of fixes isn't as long as the one that accompanies iOS 10.1, but it ought to fix some of the new operating system's most pressing issues. The release notes are below:

  • Adds an automatic smart album in Photos for Depth Effect images taken on iPhone 7 Plus
  • Improves the compatibility of Microsoft Office when using iCloud Desktop and Documents
  • Fixes an issue that may prevent Mail from updating when using a Microsoft Exchange account
  • Fixes an issue that caused text to sometimes paste incorrectly when...
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Apple Releases watchOS 3.1 with Charging Fix,...

Apple released watchOS 3.1 Monday, an update with a mix of improvements and bug fixes. On the improve side if the ability to replay bubble and full-screen effects in Messages. On the bug-fix side, a charging issue for Apple Watch Series 2 was fixed, and more.

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Massive DDoS Attack Blocks Access to U.S. Web Sites

Jeff Porten explains just what the heck was going on with the Internet last Friday.


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The 2016 MacBook Event shows up on Apple TV,...

Just ahead of this week’s Apple ‘hello again’ event, the Apple Events channel has been updated with local time zone reminders of when to watch the announcements this week. The Events app refresh showcases the event invitation’s wispy and colorful Apple logo, with links to view previous events. You can even use the channel to see a reminder for when the keynote kicks off in your local timezone.


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Apple releases watchOS 3.1 update

Along with iOS 10.1, Apple on Monday released watchOS 3.1, an update to its operating system for the Apple Watch.

To install the update, your Apple Watch needs to be in proximity of your iPhone that has a Wi-Fi connection, and the Watch needs to have at least a 50 percent charge and be connected to your charger. Launch the Watch app on your iPhone. Then tap General > Software Update. Tap Download and Install when you’re ready for the installation.

According to Apple’s release notes, watchOS 3.1 includes the following:

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Apple Releases macOS Sierra 10.12.1 with Improved...

Apple released macOS Sierra 10.12.1 Monday (in addition to iOS 10.1). The first new feature that jumped out at me was “Improves reliability of Auto Unlock with Apple Watch,” a feature I love but is inconsistent. It also includes auto smart album of photos that use the newly unlocked Portrait Camera feature on iPhone 7 Plus, and some bug fixes.

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The original iPod: A re-review

On October 23, 2001, Apple unveiled its original iPod. Though MP3 players existed beforehand, the iPod safely brought this portable music format to the masses. Over the 15 years since, Ars has examined the evolution of this product's design, its inevitable death (three years before that time arrived), and its impact on the music industry at-large. So for the product's anniversary, we'll resurface this re-review of the original iPod from 2011.

Don't look now, but the iPod—yes, the original, less-space-than-a-Nomad iPod—just turned 10 years old. That...

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TMO Daily Observations 2016-10-24: DDOS Attacks,...

Last Friday we all learned first hand what happens when hackers decide to target DNS hosts with a distributed Denial of Service attack. Dave Hamilton and The Maccast’s Adam Christianson join Jeff Gamet to look at Friday’s attack and how the Internet of Things played a major role in the incident. They also talk about how HomeKit devices may also be susceptible to hackers.

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iOS 10.1 arrives with iPhone 7 Plus Portrait Mode...

Apple has just posted the final version of iOS 10.1, the first major update to iOS 10 since it was released a month and a half ago. The update's biggest addition is exclusive to the iPhone 7 Plus—it unlocks the "Portrait Mode" feature, which uses data from the main lens and telephoto lens to simulate the depth-of-field effect you often see used in professional photography.

Unlike last week's iOS 10.0.3 release, iOS 10.1 is available for everything that runs iOS 10: the iPhone 5 and newer, the fourth-generation iPad and newer, the iPad Mini 2 and newer, both iPad Pros, and the sixth-generation iPod Touch. The build number, 14B72 on older iDevices and 14B72c on the 7 and 7 Plus, is identical to the beta...

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Apple Watch Nike+ hits the ground running on Oct. 28

With Apple Watch Series 2, Apple really began pushing the health and fitness benefits of wearing the device. The company even announced a partnership with Nike at its iPhone event last month, but runners had to wait to snag the special edition of the Series 2. The Nike-branded Apple Watch Series 2 is finally arriving in stores this Friday, Oct. 28.

The Nike+ edition has a lot in common with the standard Series 2. This special edition version is water-resistant up to 50 meters and has GPS for accurate swim- and run-tracking. It also has the powerful processor and ultra-bright display that make the Series 2 a solid upgrade from the original Apple Watch. And it’s the same price as the Series 2: $369 for the 38mm model and $399...

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Portrait Camera now available for iPhone 7 as Apple...

Apple on Monday released iOS 10.1, the first major update to its operating system for the iPhone. The new iOS 10.1 has the much-publicized new Portrait Camera feature for the iPhone 7. Portrait Camera produces a depth effect on photos where the subject in the foreground is in focus, while the background is blurred.

Before installing the update, be sure to back up your iOS device. The iOS 10.1 update is available for installation directly on the iPhone. Launch the Settings app, the tap General > Software Update. You can also update your device by connecting it to your Mac and using the iTunes Mac app. The update is 203.7MB.

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Why Large Companies Can't Innovate

One of the things that has made Dell World very different is that at the end, one or more controversial speakers take the stage and provide an incredible amount of insight for the folks who haven't left early. All three of the last three speakers were fascinating, but it wasn't until I wove all three speeches together that it became clear to me why innovation seems to evaporate the larger a company becomes. I was drawn in particular to why Netscape failed and Google, outside of ad revenue, largely has been unsuccessful.

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Apple releases iOS 10.1 with Portrait shooting mode...

Apple has released a finished version of iOS 10.1, bringing a promised Portrait shooting mode to owners of the iPhone 7 Plus. It also provides various bug fixes.

Portrait mode is a software feature that uses the two lenses of the iPhone 7 Plus to create the look and feel of an image shot with portrait settings on a camera with a telephoto lens. You access portrait mode from within the Camera app simply by swiping left and right in the viewfinder.

Apple vice president of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller talks about portrait mode for the iPhone 7 Plus at this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference.

The update is a free download, available either through iTunes or over-the-air via the Settings > General > Software Update menu in iOS.

Apple has also posted tvOS 10.0.1 with bug fixes and security improvements. To update your Apple TV.

  • Launch the Settings app.
  • Go to System → Software Updates → Update Software.
  • Follow the...
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Apple updates macOS Sierra to 10.12.1 with Mail,...

After a month-long beta period, Apple has released the update to macOS Sierra 10.12.1 with iPhone 7 Photos compatibility fixes, Safari security enhancements, and more.

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∞ Apple releases iOS 10.1

A huge release from Apple, which includes the new Portrait mode for iPhone 7 Plus users (the feature that blurs the background in your photo), is now available. You can go to Settings > General > Software Update to get the download. If you don’t have an iPhone 7 Plus, you can use FabFocus to get a similar effect on an iPhone 5s or later.

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macOS 10.12.1 software update is now available...

Apple has officially released macOS 10.12.1 for all macOS Sierra users. The Mac software update is available through the Mac App Store after previously only being available in beta to developers and public beta testers.


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Apple Releases iOS 10.1 with Portrait Camera for...

Apple released iOS 10.1 to consumers on Monday. The update includes beta support for Portrait Camera on iPhone 7 Plus, as well as the ability to replay iMessage bubble and full-screen effects. There are also new features for Apple Watch, transit-related features in Maps, and other improvements to camera functionality and the Photos app.

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Apple releases final version of iOS 10.1 with...

Following several betas, Apple on Monday released the final version of iOS 10.1, bringing a promised Portrait shooting mode to owners of the iPhone 7 Plus, and various fixes for all compatible iOS devices.

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Apple releases watchOS 3.1 to the public with bug...

Apple has today released watchOS 3.1 to the public, the newest operating system release for Apple Watch. watchOS 3.0 introduced many new features for the wearable, but sadly watchOS 3.1 is a much more subdued affair. watchOS 3.1 includes some small changes for Messages — you can now replay bubble and screen effects — as well as several issues related to Timer, Activity and Force Touch. The full release notes are included below. Anecdotally, watchOS 3.1 includes some noticeable improvements to battery life as well as the usual slew of bug fixes.

The release includes a critical fix for Apple Watch Series 2 owners that may have prevented the watch from charging. The update is available for all Apple Watch Series 2, Apple Watch Series 1 and first-generation Apple Watch models.


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tvOS 10.0.1 software update for Apple TV is now...

After several beta versions, tvOS 10.0.1 is now available for all fourth-generation Apple TVs. The software update was previously only available to registered developers for testing.


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Apple releases iOS 10.1 with Portrait Mode for...

Apple has just released the official build of iOS 10.1 to the general public which includes the new Portrait Mode for the iPhone 7 Plus. After being available to developers and public beta testers for the past few weeks, iOS 10.1 is now available to users on compatible iOS devices. iOS 10.1 also includes a list of other changes for all iOS devices. Jump through to read the full release notes.


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News: Apple releases iOS 10.1, tvOS 10.0.1, watchOS...

Apple has released iOS 10.1 to the public today. The update contains the beta version of Portrait camera mode for iPhone 7 Plus users, transit support in Maps, new wheelchair tracking workout summary information in Activity for Apple Watch users, improved Bluetooth connectivity, and a series of bug fixes and other minor improvements. Apple has also released tvOS 10.0.1 which features bug fixes, and watchOS 3.1, which includes bug fixes and — like…

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Apple released a new iOS OTA Firmware

Apple just released OTA iOS (beta) (Build 14B5072) for:

  • iPad 4 (Wi-Fi) (iPad3,4)
  • iPad 4 (GSM) (iPad3,5)
  • iPad 4 (CDMA) (iPad3,6)
  • iPad Air (Wi-Fi) (iPad4,1)
  • iPad Air (Cellular) (iPad4,2)
  • iPad Air (China) (iPad4,3)
  • iPad mini 2 (Wi-Fi) (iPad4,4)
  • iPad mini 2 (Cellular) (iPad4,5)
  • iPad mini 2 (China) (iPad4,6)
  • iPad mini 3 (Wi-Fi) (iPad4,7)
  • iPad mini 3 (Cellular) (iPad4,8)
  • iPad mini 3 (China) (iPad4,9)
  • iPad mini 4 (Wi-Fi) (iPad5,1)
  • iPad mini 4 (Cellular) (iPad5,2)
  • iPad Air 2 (Wi-Fi) (iPad5,3)
  • iPad Air 2 (Cellular) (iPad5,4)
  • iPad Pro (9.7'', Wi-Fi) (iPad6,3)
  • iPad Pro (9.7'', Cellular) (iPad6,4)
  • iPad Pro (Wi-Fi) (iPad6,7)
  • iPad Pro (Cellular) (iPad6,8)
  • iPhone 5 (GSM) (iPhone5,1)
  • iPhone 5 (CDMA) (iPhone5,2)
  • iPhone 5c (GSM) (iPhone5,3)
  • iPhone 5c (CDMA) (iPhone5,4)
  • ...

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MacTech Conference 2016 to Be Keynoted by NASA Chief...

MacTech has now announced that Marshall Smith, NASA’s Chief Engineer of Human Exploration Systems, will be giving the keynote at MacTech Conference 2016. Smith will be talking about NASA’s plans for sending humans to Mars and what sort of collaborative efforts at the enterprise level are necessary to achieve such a goal.


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Don’t expect touchscreen Macs at this week’s ‘hello...

We may see touchscreen iMacs some day, but it won’t be at Apple’s “hello, again” event on Thursday — although Scott Tzu of Orange Peel Investments disagrees. 

In a Seeking Alpha article , he says the event “is going to be a full-scale reinvention of the Mac computer and we think this could be significantly important in driving consumer interest in the product line prior to the holiday.” Touch screen iMacs and MacBooks are the “first and foremost” items he’s expecting. 

“We expect to see Mac computers that you can also touch similar to the way you can with your iPad or iPhone. This development has been a long time coming. While most other major PC...

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iOS 10.1 Adds Portrait Mode for iPhone 7 Plus, Fixes...

iOS 10.1 adds the promised Portrait mode to the Camera app on iPhone 7 Plus, the option to replay Messages effects, a slew of improvements for Japanese mass transit users, and a host of miscellaneous fixes.


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