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Monday October 24

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The iPod turns 15: a visual history of Apple’s...

The iPod turned 15 yesterday. The Verge takes you on a visual tour of all of them, from the FireWire port, rotating click wheel first version through the so-called sixth generation with the A8 chip and 8MP iSight camera you can still buy today.

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∞ Siri versus Google Assistant

Marques Brownlee put together the video below, taking Siri and Google Assistant, side by side, through their paces. The set of questions Marques chose were wide in range, but not necessarily definitive. They poked at the boundary of what each assistant did well and poorly, without digging further to find the cliff for each.

There’s a lot to learn watching this. First, it’s clear that Siri holds her own against Google Assistant, despite all the naysaying out there. Neither is perfect, both are useful.

My sense is that both assistants are tree driven, able to answer questions that are within their tree of knowledge. But one cliff for both assistants is context. For example, Marques asked Siri:

Who is the President of the United States?

[Read the main post for the video and thoughts on both]

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Apple Watch Nike+ races onto the scene this Friday

Apple and Nike have announced that the Apple Watch Nike+ will be available on Friday, Oct. 28. It combines all the features of Apple Watch Series 2 with the new Nike+ Run Club app for motivation to go for a run, guidance from the world’s best coaches and athletes and coaching plans that adapt to your schedule and progress. 

The Apple Watch Nike+ also features exclusive Nike Sport Bands and unique watch faces inspired by Nike’s iconic style that can be personalized with apps like Activity Rings, Heart Rate, Stopwatch and Weather. Like all Apple Watch Series 2 models, it features built-in GPS to track your pace, distance, and route — even if you don’t have your iPhone with you. With the brightest display Apple has ever made, metrics are easy to read, and if you decide to take a post-run dip in the pool, Apple Watch Nike+ is water resistant 50 meters, says Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer.

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Shimo VPN Client for Mac: $19

We have a deal for you today on Shimo, VPN management software for the Mac. You can manage and connect all of your VPN accounts through Shimo. It supports all the major VPN protocols, and you can establish multiple connections at the same time. It’s $19 through our deal.

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Apple is still the top smartwatch vendor though...

Apple remains the top global smartphone vendor despite a steep decline in sales. In fact, the worldwide smartwatch market saw a year-over-year decline in shipment volumes. 

According to data from the International Data Corporation, (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker, total smartwatch volumes reached 2.7 million units shipped in 3Q16, a decrease of 51.6% from the 5.6 million units shipped in 3Q15. Although the decline is significant, it is worth noting that the third quarter of 2015 (3Q15) was the first time Apple's Watch had widespread retail availability after a limited online launch. Meanwhile, the second generation Apple Watch was only available in the last two weeks of 3Q16.

"The sharp decline in smartwatch shipment volumes reflects the way platforms and vendors are realigning," says Ramon Llamas, research manager for IDC's Wearables team. "...

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News: Daily Deal: Shimo VPN Client for Mac

Today in iLounge Deals, you can pick up the Shimo VPN Client for Mac for only $19 — that’s 65% off the regular price. Supporting every major VPN protocol currently available, Shimo can be used to make all of your VPN connections manageable, with the highest security standards including AES-256 encryption, SHA-2 cryptographic hash functions, and top Extended Authentication methods. Shimo sits up in the macOS menu bar so you can access it quickly…

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T-Mobile quarterly earnings increase attributed to...

Wireless provider T-Mobile has posted its quarterly earnings, seeing a double-digit increase in earnings, a 165% increase in net income, and improved customer retention on the strength of the iPhone 7 release in September.

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Analysts predicting Q4 Mac sales will be down 11%...

An analyst round-up by Philip Elmer-DeWitt shows clear expectations of the fourth quarterly year-on-year decline in a row of Mac sales. Most of the estimates are very strongly clustered around the 5M mark, with the average suggesting a 10.79% fall from last year’s 5.7M to 5.1M this year.

The sales estimates among the 19 analysts surveyed ranged from 4.65M at the low end to 5.8M at the top end – but it’s notable that just two companies are predicting sales growth …


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The zen-like design challenge

Adrian Hanft, writing for Medium:

A design education begins with a zen-like challenge: place two black squares on a white background.

The professor explains that some arrangements will be dull and lifeless. Those assignments will fail. Other submissions will be dynamic and interesting. Those assignments will pass.

As you set yourself to the seemingly simple task you realize the complexity of the challenge. There are an infinite amount of ways to arrange the squares and you have no crutches because all the other elements of design have been forbidden.

No gradients.

No variation of line weight.

You can’t use the manipulative properties of color.

No shades of gray.

No room for your unique style and personality.

Having never gone to design school, not sure if this challenge is typical, but I definitely found it interesting. Take a look at some of the examples. Some of them are clearly “click” more than others. Why?


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External Link: AT&T Aims to Buy Time Warner for...

Ma Bell is back and bigger than ever! Telecom giant AT&T has made a bid to acquire Time Warner Inc. for $85.4 billion in cash and stock. Note that while this deal would give AT&T ownership of HBO, Turner Broadcasting, and Warner Brothers, it doesn’t include Time Warner Cable, which is a separate business from Time Warner Inc. AT&T is likely trying to place itself on an even content footing with Comcast, which purchased NBCUniversal in 2011. However, with U.S. politicians from both sides of the aisle speaking out against the merger, it’s unclear if federal regulators will approve the deal.


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Rumor: Apple’s October 27th media event to see new...

The rumor mill regarding Apple’s October 27th media event has gotten a bit more specific.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released a new research report outlining his expectations for next Thursday’s “Hello Again” event where Apple is expected to make a number of Mac-related announcements.

Kuo’s note states that Apple will release the next-gen MacBook Pro in both 13-inch and 15-inch sizes. The new notebooks will include an OLED touch bar and Touch ID sensor, USB-C, Thunderbolt 3, and the same butterfly keyboard design introduced on the MacBook in 2015.

Kuo added the following new tidbits to the rumor mix:

Our new predictions also include: (1) Intel’s (US) Skylake processor; (2) the same...

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$85 billion AT&T, Time Warner deal under...

The plan by AT&T to acquire Time Warner for US$85.4 billion has come under the microscope of U.S. politicians and public interest groups that are concerned about the antitrust implications of the mega-deal.

On Saturday, Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO, said the deal would let it combine premium content with the networks to deliver it to every screen, including mobile displays.

But many politicians including Democratic party presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her Republican rival Donald Trump are concerned about the implications of the deal.

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How to Fix Apple Watch Contact Syncing Problems

Some people are experiencing problems with Contacts on their Apple Watch, or with initiating phone calls with Siri on your Apple Watch. The problem may be that your Contacts aren’t properly syncing, and Mac Geek Gab listener Bill wrote in (MGG 626) with the skinny on resetting it.

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Officials look into Friday’s Mirai-based DDoS, cite...

Following up on the large-scale distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on Friday that temporarily took down large chunks of the Internet, it looks like Apple’s controversial “walled garden” approach to its HomeKit devices may have worked out.

As detailed in recent reports, the attack, which also targeted unprotected “Internet of Things” (IoT) devices, focused on Dyn, an internet management company that provides DNS services to many major web entities.

A series of repeated attacks caused websites including The Verge, Imgur and Reddit, as well as services like HBO Now, and PayPal, to see slowdowns and extended downtimes. Follow-up waves played havoc with The New York Times, CNN, Netflix, Twitter and the PlayStation Network, among many others.

Though Dyn was initially unable to nail down a source, subsequent...

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This iPhone case does (kinda) grow on trees — but...

Toast, a company that creates laser-cut tech covers from real wood veneers, has launched their cover for the iPhone 7 line. I recently tried one with my iPhone 7 Plus, and it’s pretty cool — though I have one major reservation. 

Each Toast cover is laser-cut, hand finished and then paired with 3M adhesive that adheres directly to the device. Therein lies the rub, but more on that in a moment. All Toast covers are customizable and you can get text, logos, designs and original artwork laser-engraved. The one I tried was the unadorned, $34 model for the iPhone 7 Plus.

The veneer case certainly adds a unique “earthy” look to an iPhone. I’m a big fan of the Grovemade line of wooden Apple accessories, so enjoyed having a “wooden” case on my 7 Plus. However, being veneer, the cases are very thin, so don’t offer a lot of protection for the smartphone if it’s dropped or banged around.

However, that’s not my big...

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Be Careful When Buying Apple Accessories on Amazon

If you’re looking for genuine Apple accessories, you may want to steer clear of Amazon due to the prevalence of counterfeit products. Thankfully, Apple is taking action.


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Could a new 3D Apple logo debut with new Macs?

A couple of years ago DigiTimes said that Apple planned to upgrade the technologies used for printing its logo onto devices and would use laser cutting and unique embedded technologies to make the logo 3D-like and shine at the edges. That never happened. Could it be introduced with new Macs that will launch at this week’s “hello, again” event?

Probably not, but that would be sorta cool. The DigiTimes report said that all Apple's products would feature the new logo in 2015, starting with the Retina display iMac that's debuted last year. Again, I’m skeptical but — who knows? — 2016 could be the year for a 3D Apple logo. 

However, come back Thursday morning, and I’ll tell you what I think Apple will unveil at the “hello, again” event.


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The Morning After: Monday October 24th 2016

Happy Monday. Over the weekend, we sampled smart-refrigerated wine, looked back on 15 years of iPod, and asked Amazon's AI to fact-check politicians for us. Coming up this week: Apple's MacBook event, some news from Microsoft, and a lot of companies...

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Linux exploit gives any user full access in five...

If you need another reason to be paranoid about network security, a serious exploit that attacks a nine-year-old Linux kernel flaw is now in the wild. The researcher who found it, Phil Oester, told V3 that the attack is "trivial to execute, never fai...

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Microsoft to raise some UK prices by up to 22...

Like it or not, the outcome of the Brexit vote has caused a lot of financial uncertainty in the UK. The government has yet to decide which course to take when it invokes Article 50, effectively triggering an exit from the European Union, but some maj...

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Sunday October 23

UK games retailer charges for its PSVR demos

Still not sold on VR? Got a PS4? But still not sure? Then you should probably test it out before laying down the hundreds of dollars (or pounds) the peripheral costs. But you probably shouldn't have to pay to do so. But that's exactly what UK retaile...

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Adult Swim's latest game embraces cassette...

Does something look slightly off with picture you see above? Don't worry, that's on purpose. Adult Swim Games and Fire Face are launching the surreal puzzler Small Radios Big Televisions on November 8th for PC and PS4, and its hook is a time-travel...

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UK spies paid a New Zealand firm to help tap key...

It's no longer a secret that the UK's GCHQ was expanding its mass surveillance in the years before Edward Snowden's leaks. However, it hasn't really been clear as to who was helping it upgrade its spying campaign... until today. The Intercept and T...

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Elon Musk's Mars colony would have a horde of...

If it wasn't already clear that Elon Musk has considered virtually every aspect of what it would take to colonize Mars, it is now. As part of his Reddit AMA session, the SpaceX founder has revealed that his vision of a permanent colony would entail a...

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Samsung's hurried Galaxy Note 7 recall doomed...

You knew it was just a matter of time before some of the drama behind the death of the Galaxy Note 7 came to light, and what we're seeing isn't all that pretty. Wall Street Journal sources claim that Samsung's mobile chief DJ Koh thought there was e...

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iPod marks its 15th birthday in a changed world

If you're a gadget fan of a certain age (cough), you're about to feel ancient: Apple's iPod just turned 15 years old. Steve Jobs unveiled the first version of the media player at an event on Apple's campus on October 23rd, 2001. To say that it had a...

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Amazon Echo now fact-checks politicians

You've probably heard politicians make more than a few outlandish claims, and not just in the run-up to the US presidential election. Do you really want to swing by a fact-checking website every time a candidate stretches credibility? As of now, yo...

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Review: Neato Botvac Connected uses iPhone, Apple...

With autonomous cleaning modes built in, and the ability to use iPhone and Apple Watch as a controller, the Neato Botvac Connected proves we are finally living in the future.

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Sweden effectively bans camera drone flights

Don't bring a drone with you to document your trip to Sweden -- you could find yourself in legal trouble. The country's Supreme Administrative Court has effectively banned camera drone flights through a ruling. Camera-equipped drones are surveillan...

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The iPod is now 15 years old

Younger readers may not realize just how insanely cool the iPod was.

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Enough with the 10-year anniversary stuff

Daring Fireball:

Let me add here a note about something that’s been bothering me for months: the notion that Apple is going to do something “special” next year to commemorate the iPhone’s 10th anniversary. I would wager heavily that they won’t. Apple under Tim Cook is a little bit more prone to retrospection than it was under Steve Jobs, who was almost obsessively forward-thinking, but only slightly. They made a 40-years-in-40-seconds video to commemorate the company’s 40th anniversary this year, for example, but it was only 40 seconds long. Blink and you missed it.

Apple is not going to make a special edition of any product — let alone the iPhone, their most important product — just to mark an anniversary. Don’t tell me about the 20th Anniversary Macintosh — that was a product from the old Apple that was heading toward bankruptcy, and a perfect example of why they shouldn’t do something special to mark something as arbitrary as an anniversary.

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Here’s what you can buy at Apple’s special campus...

Whenever I went to San Francisco for Macworld Expo, I always tried to arrange a trip to the Apple Employee Store to get t-shirts or knick-knacks you can’t find anywhere else.

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Elon Musk answers your SpaceX questions on Reddit at...

SpaceX has raised more questions than it has answered as of late. Just how will it finance its plan to colonize Mars? Can it improve the reliability of its rockets? And exactly when will it reuse a rocket? You might just get some answers. Company fou...

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Ben Heck's PlayStation 4 Slim teardown

Voiding warranties is what we do best here on The Ben Heck Show, and a new game console gives us the perfect opportunity. Join Ben as he tears down the Sony PlayStation 4 Slim to find out what makes it tick, and how it compares to Microsoft's Xbox...

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MGG 628: Cool Stuff Found and The DNS Achilles Heel

Cool Stuff Found includes how to keep Safari from opening iTunes automatically, a new USB circuit tester, bluetooth stereo speaker, a better way to backup your iPhone and more. Then it’s on to your questions, including a segment on managing your iPhone from the new Console app in macOS Sierra. Plus, your two favorite geeks talk through this week’s DNS outage and how they got around it. Download today and enjoy!

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After Math: Let's get nasty

It's been quite the week for everything going to hell in a handbasket. This viscous election cycle is seriously stressing out half of Americans. Videogame voice actors are on strike, the cops are growing their facial recognition databases of US citiz...

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Tesla's self-driving future, and more in the...

Tesla is making several big announcements this month, and Elon Musk just delivered the first: From now on, all new Tesla cars will be self-driving. The electric automaker also teamed up with Panasonic to build solar panels for its Powerwall home batt...

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Cisco says it can cut live pirate video streams

It's relatively easy for content providers to take down pirated videos when they're uploaded to the web, but stopping live streams is another matter. Just ask anyone who has watched a bootleg stream for a pay-per-view boxing match or the Super Bowl...

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Saturday October 22

Doctors relax rules on letting babies watch screens

Ever since 1999, many pediatricians have clung to one main recommendation about kids and gadgets: you shouldn't show screens to any child under 2 years old. However, they've just loosened that once-firm policy. The American Academy of Pediatrics has...

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AT&T will acquire Time Warner for $85.4B in...

AT&T said it will acquire Time Warner for US$85.4 billion, reflecting a continuing trend for the consolidation of communications and media companies.

The deal aims to combine content from Time Warner, which has a film studio and a vast library of entertainment, with AT&T’s distribution network of mobile services, broadband and TV in the U.S., Mexico and Latin America, AT&T said late Saturday.

Under the part cash, part stock deal, Time Warner shareholders will receive $107.50 per share under the terms of the merger, consisting of $53.75 per share in cash and $53.75 per share in AT&T stock.

The transaction is expected to close by the end of 2017, and is subject to approval by Time Warner shareholders and review by the U.S. Department of Justice, AT&T said. Review from the Federal Communications Commission may also be required to the extent that FCC licenses may have to be transferred to AT&T under the deal.


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White House initiative pushes for more tiny...

Miniature satellites are increasingly a big deal, and for good reasons: they're not only less expensive and easier to deploy than the giant satellites of old, but can cover wider areas. And the White House wants to give them a helping hand. It's la...

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Facebook censored a cartoon breast cancer awareness...

Facebook still has a thing or two to learn about what's considered acceptable in your timeline. The social network is catching flak after it briefly took down an ad for Cancerfonden's breast cancer awareness campaign that included cartoon representa...

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Apple to co-sponsor 2017 Met Gala without co-chair...

New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced plans for the 2017 Met Gala, where Apple will be a sponsor for the second year in a row.

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Apple might debut 'MagSafe-like' USB-C...

According to well-informed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple might launch a USB-C adapter with MagSafe functionality to return easy-on, easy-off functionality to a fully upgraded MacBook lineup, which is expected for unveiling at next week's "Hello Again" media event.

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AT&T to buy Time Warner for $85.4 billion

After no small amount of anticipation, it's official: AT&T has announced that it's acquiring Time Warner for the equivalent of $85.4 billion in cash and stock. The move gives one of the US' largest telecoms control over some of the biggest names...

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Facebook's Messenger app for Windows 10 now...

Facebook has quietly upgraded its Messenger app for Windows 10 with the ability to make voice and video calls, VentureBeat has discovered. No more leaving the app to ring up a friend through a browser. If that new-but-familiar phone or camera icon th...

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Research team develops portable iPhone-powered lab...

It’s no secret that Apple has ambitious plans for iPhone and Apple Watch in the health industry, but it’s not the only company looking for ways to integrate smartphones in the medical field. Recently, a research team from Washington State University, under the leadership of assistant professor Lei Li, developed a portable laboratory that’s powered by a smartphone and capable of detecting cancer nearly instantly…


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Apple continues its focus on fashion, will again...

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced its annual Costume Institute exhibition and gala and Apple again will be one of the sponsors for the event, according to Vogue. The 2017 Met Gala theme will be “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons.” For those unfamiliar, Res Kawakubo is a prominent fashion design, while Comme des Garçons is her label.


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Apple's October 27th event is reportedly all...

We hope you weren't expecting a new iMac or Mac Pro at Apple's "Hello Again" event... you might be disappointed. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (who has a mostly good track record for Apple rumors) now expects that the October 27th media gatheri...

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AT&T to buy Time Warner for $80B, deal...

AT&T has reportedly agreed to buy Time Warner for $80 billion, in a deal which could potentially be announced later on Saturday.

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Six futuristic designs that will change public...

By Cat DiStasio

As the world's urban centers grow, getting around them becomes increasingly difficult. In some cities, traffic is congested all day long and rush hour can last for several hours. Fortunately, there are a number of innovations in publ...

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WSJ: AT&T agrees to acquire Time Warner for...

After a few days of deliberations, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that the deal is done. AT&T has agreed to buy Time Warner for more than $80 billion. This values Time Warner shares at around $105 each, a significant premium over the closing price of $89 on Friday. The deal will entrench the carrier further into the entertainment business; AT&T and Time Warner are expected to announce the acquisition as soon as later today.


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The bottom line: Our quick verdict on the Lenovo...

There's nothing quite like the Lenovo Yoga Book. It's a small, lightweight clamshell device running your choice of Android or Windows 10 as an OS. Take a tour of the hardware and you'll find a 360-degree hinge, a screen and, uh, no keyboard. That's r...

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KGI: Apple to release new 13 inch MacBook &...

Reliable Apple analyst KGI has published a report on Saturday outlining their predictions for Apple’s Mac roadmap ahead of the media event on October 27th. The report says that Apple will launch three new MacBooks at the event, a new 13 inch MacBook, a new 13 inch MacBook Pro and a new 15 inch MacBook Pro.

It goes on to say that new iMacs and the Apple external display will not be shipping this year; those should be expected in the first half of 2017.


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DDoS Attack Causes Waves of Internet Outages

Hundreds of websites -- including those of biggies such as Netflix, Twitter and Spotify -- on Friday fell prey to massive DDoS attacks that cut off access to Internet users on the East Coast and elsewhere across the United States. Three attacks were launched over a period of hours against Internet performance management company Dyn, which provides support to eight of the top 10 Internet service and retail companies and six of the top 10 entertainment companies listed in the Fortune 500.

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Plum is a smart but expensive gadget for the wine-...

Wine has a culture all of its own, steeped in tradition and practices passed down over the years. But wine experts will tell you it's also a science, with precise measurements and conditions required to make that perfect bottle. The new Plum wine fri...

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This week’s top stories: What to expect at Apple’s...

In this week’s top stories: What to expect at Apple’s Oct. 27 ‘Hello Again’ Mac event, the latest iOS 10 betas, Jeff gives iOS users 10 handy Safari tips, and much more.  more…

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Razer's Blade Stealth and 'Core' add...

For as long as I can remember, I've dreamed of a computer that didn't exist: something that could get me through the work day but also transform into a gaming powerhouse at home. It's taken decades, but that old fantasy is finally starting to coalesc...

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ICYMI: Wearable robots will walk all over you

Today on In Case You Missed It: MIT and Stanford researchers created tiny robots that can grab onto clothes and walk on your shirt, with the goal of them one day, forming a swarm to create a temporary video screen and then marching back into a...

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Siri compared to new Google Assistant in extensive...

With the release of Google Assistant, supplanting Google Now on the new Pixel with Android 7.1, Google’s speech recognition/AI engine is supposed to be more personable and less robotic. At the same time, Apple has been improving the accuracy and intelligence of Siri, which has until now been a distant second in the assistant space when it comes to accuracy. With the below video comparing iPhone 7 Plus and the the Pixel XL, YouTuber...

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The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Letter from the Editor

Welcome to the very first edition of The Morning After, Engadget's revamped newsletter. First, I'd like to congratulate you for subscribing to what is undoubtedly the greatest newsletter you'll ever read. Thanks are also in...

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Google Pixel XL's modular components can be...

iFixit gave Google's Pixel XL a middling repairability score of 6 out of 10 partly because its display was poorly assembled. Still, the team found a lot of modular components that can be easily replaced when they cracked Mountain View's new flagship...

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This week on AI: Oct. 27 Mac event, new future for...

Apple invited the press to an Oct. 27 media event, where the company is expected to showcase a new MacBook Pro with an OLED touch bar. That was hardly the end of this week's news, however, one juicy tidbit being a new course for Apple's electric car project.

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The Week in Apple News: Apple Oct. 27 event, Apple...

Apple headlines for the week ending Oct. 21, 2016

Circle this Thursday on your calendar for an Apple event. Maybe we’ll get new laptops, and it’d be nice if the desktop Macs were updated, too. However, while you’re waiting for Thursday, check out this slideshow of the top Apple-related headlines from the past week. Click on the link to get more information.

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Friday October 21

Mirai-based DDoS attack highlights benefits of Apple...

A distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that on Friday severely impacted internet access for many U.S. web denizens was found to be in part enabled by a botnet targeting unprotected "Internet of Things" devices. For Apple, the revelation vindicates a controversial walled garden approach to IoT borne out through the HomeKit protocol.

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Nintendo Switch won't play Wii U discs and 3DS...

Nintendo might have crushed some fans' dreams with its Famitsu interview. The company told the popular Japanese gaming magazine that its upcoming hybrid console won't be able to play Wii U discs or 3DS cartridges. It's unclear if the Switch won't be...

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Mactracker 7.6

Adds detailed information about all recent hardware and operating system releases, including iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, macOS 10.12 Sierra, and iOS 10. (Free, 81.7 MB)


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'The Last Guardian' is finally ready

Hold tight Fumito Ueda fans, your wait is almost over. Despite that long quiet period and even a recent six-week delay, tonight Sony Interactive exec Shuhei Yoshida tweeted that The Last Guardian has gone gold. That should put it on track for release...

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Apple Pay Used to Buy $1M Aston Martin DB5 Luxury Car

Turns out you can buy more than groceries and iPhone accessories with Apple Pay—like a crazy expensive car, for example. British car auctioneer Coys of Kensington just sold a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 for £825,000, which is a little over US$1 million. That’s the single largest Apple Pay transaction to date.

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Google's redefined privacy policy lets ads...

In 2007, Google bought online advertising network Doubleclick with the assurance that they would prioritize user privacy as they developed new ad products. They've kept that promise, dividing their massive database of web browsing data from the perso...

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Perpetrator of Friday’s Internet Outage Comes Clean

OMG…gasp…can’t stop…gasp…omg…the laughter…


— birdsrightsactivist (@ProBirdRights) October 21, 2016

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Instagram is testing Live videos

A Russian publication has spotted an experimental Instagram feature it obviously got its from parent corporation's repertoire: live videos. One of T Journal's readers sent in screenshots and a video of a curious icon lined up with Instagram Stories o...

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macOS Sierra: Disable Auto-Logout if Sierra Enabled...

Some people have reported weird rebooting/logging out problems on their Macs after upgrading to macOS Sierra. Mac Geek Gab listener Ken was one of those folks, and he traced it to an auto-logout preference Sierra appears to have changed for him. Fortunately, resetting it is an easy fix. Bryan Chaffin shows you how.

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The Week in iOS Apps: "Crap, I'm Broke...

Darn! I'm out of money!

This week’s roundup includes a game that helps you experience the fun of living on the edge of economic calamity. Fun, right? Read on.

Crap! I'm Broke

Here’s a game that might be a little too on-the-nose for some of us: Crap! I’m Broke ($2) is a “hectic life management game”—think a cubist version of The Sims, maybe—in which you do odd jobs in order to keep starvation at bay. But it’s not all drudge work: You can be a “Good Samaritan” and collect karma points.

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Reebok Liquid Speed shoes use 3D drawing for a...

We've seen a number of limited release shoes built using 3D printing, but now Reebok is coming in with its own attempt to rethink the traditional molding process. Reebok's Liquid Factory draws the frame of these shoes in three dimensions, using a spe...

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Linux Foundation Spurs JavaScript Development

The Linux Foundation earlier this week announced the addition of the JS Foundation as a Linux Foundation project. The move is an effort to inject new energy into the JavaScript developer community. By rebranding the former JQuery foundation as the JS Foundation and bringing it under the Linux umbrella, officials hope to create some stability and build critical mass. The goal is to spark greater interest in pursuing open source collaboration by intermingling some promising new players with some venerable stalwarts.

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Friday 5: Fantastical’s awesome calendar widget, an...

After being disappointed with the implementation of widgets in earlier versions of iOS, I wasn’t sure how useful I’d find iOS 10-centric widgets. But after using iOS 10 for the last few months, I can say for sure that widgets are now more useful than they’ve ever been. Here’s a brief look at five widget-bearing apps worth considering this weekend.

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Facebook employees argued to ban Trump's posts...

Some Facebook employees fought to remove posts from Donald Trump in which the Republican presidential candidate called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States, arguing that the comments violated the website's rules on hate speech, The Wall St...

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Major DDoS attack on Dyn DNS knocks Spotify, Twitter...

Update 5: At 6:18 P.M. Eastern Dyn said the DDoS attacks have been resolved. Fingers crossed another wave doesn't occur, as happened earlier today. You can find Dyn's incident report here.

Update 4: Dyn is being hit by a third wave of DDoS attacks Friday afternoon. The attacks are “well planned and executed, coming from tens of millions of IP addresses at the same time,” the company told CNBC.

Update 3: A heat map purportedly showing backbone internet provider Level 3’s East Coast outages was removed from this piece at 2:50 p.m. Eastern, as a Level 3 spokesperson says its network “was operating normally this morning, and [the company] did not see an East Coast outage.” See the informative Periscope from its CSO embedded...

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Why Apple is monitoring the AT&T and Time Warner...

After Apple reportedly looked into acquiring Time Warner, it may be AT&T walking away with the media property. But Cupertino still has its eye on the price.

AT&T is in “advanced talks” to acquire Time Warner with a deal reportedly being finalized as early as this weekend. According to The Wall Street Journal, however, Apple is now closely monitoring the merger to see if any other bids surface or if other media properties suddenly become highly desirable. The AT&T and Time Warner deal could spark further consolidations of media companies with tech and telecom giants.

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Apple Regent Street Opening Photo Gallery

Keith Burton was at last weekend’s Apple Regent Street opening. He took some great photos—including a shot of Apple retail head Angela Ahrendts—of the event and was kind enough to let us publish them.

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PDFpen and PDFpenPro 8.2.1

Fixes a small sampling of bugs in the PDF editing apps. ($74.95/$124.95 new, free update, 70.4/71 MB)


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Apple and Facebook fare best among tech companies...

Apple and Facebook fare best in a new Amnesty International report ranking 11 tech companies that offer messaging services. Snapchat and Microsoft (Skype) are near the bottom.

“If you think instant messaging services are private, you are in for a big surprise,” Sherif Elsayed-Ali, head of Amnesty International’s Technology and Human Rights Team, said in a statement to The Denver Post. “The reality is that our communications are under constant threat from cybercriminals and spying by state authorities. Young people, the most prolific sharers of personal details and photos over apps like Snapchat, are especially at risk.”

Amnesty International rankings take into account the companies’ encryption practices and whether the companies disclose government requests for user data.

Facebook, which owns Messenger and WhatsApp, scored 73 out of 100. The two...

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Apple is ‘monitoring’ AT&T’s interest in...

AT&T’s interest in acquiring Time Warner has progressed quickly from "had talks" to "advanced talks" and now a deal could be set by Monday -- which Bloomberg says is due to a sped-up timetable caused by Bloomberg's initial report.

That's because AT&T is said to be concerned that the publicity could allow other interested suitors like Apple or Google/Alphabet to jump in. And Apple is said to be monitoring the deal talks, after it made its own approach to Time Warner a few months...

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Apple and IBM Partnership: Macs, iOS and Watson Are...

IBM and Apple have been partnering with each other for some time now. The action continues with Macs finding great favor within IBM. Also, education initiatives continue. Finally, IBM’s Watson has to be giving Apple some big ideas. This has the signs of becoming one of the most productive partnerships ever, amongst former rivals, in the tech industry.

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Why the Internet fell apart today

If you were on the internet on Friday morning, congrats! You were one of a lucky few who maintained their connectivity in the face of a massive, nationwide DDoS attack against part of the Domain Name System (DNS), a crucial piece of digital infrastru...

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Watch Samsung VR's first scripted series this...

Assuming you still have a phone to slot into your Gear VR, you'll have something new to watch this weekend. Invisible is the first scripted series on the Samsung VR platform, and is helmed by Edge of Tomorrow and The Bourne Identity director, Doug Li...

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Apple monitoring AT&T's potential merger...

As rumors fly over a potential tie-up between AT&T and Time Warner, a report on Friday claims Apple approached the media company about a potential merger months ago, though talks failed to progress past a preliminary stage.

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External Link: T-Mobile Fined $48 Million for Data...

In an agreement with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, T-Mobile will pay a total of $48 million in customer benefits, educational donations, and fines because of throttling connection speeds for its largest data users without advance notice. Impacted customers will receive a 20 percent discount on accessories and will be eligible for an additional 4 GB of data per month. T-Mobile CEO John Legere responded in his typically bombastic fashion, tweeting that T-Mobile believes more information is good for customers. Though, apparently, it takes an FCC settlement to make that happen.


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External Link: Remembering David Bunnell

David Bunnell, the founder of PC Magazine, PC World, and Macworld, as well as Macworld Expo, has passed away. Fast Company’s Harry McCracken profiles Bunnell’s life and career, including his background as a social activist.


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The looming specter of cyberwar with Russia

In the world of cyber (as in security), the question of the week seems to be, "Are we going to cyberwar with Russia?"

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest thinks so. A week after President Obama singled out Russia as being responsible for cybera...

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Teens Steal $13,000 in iPhones from Natick...

A group of teenagers wearing hoodies and hats stormed the Apple Natick Collection Store, making off with US$13,000 worth of iPhones. The teens spent less than a minute in the store, and the iPhones they stole were attached to security cables.

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Blame the Internet of Things for today's web...

Today's nation-wide internet outage was enabled thanks to a Mirai botnet that hacked into connected home devices, according to security intelligence company Flashpoint. The distributed denial of service attack targeted Dyn, a large domain name server...

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Apple Teacher program

We designed the Apple Teacher program to help you build skills and stay inspired. You’ll discover new ways to enhance creativity and productivity by unlocking the magic of iPad, Mac, and built-in apps. You’ll get news and fresh ideas, featuring real stories, product tips, and great educational apps. And after completing online quizzes, you’ll receive an official Apple Teacher logo that you can share with the world.

Apple has always cared about education, kids, and teachers.

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Rez Infinite Rocks Worlds

Rez Infinite, one of the first virtual reality games for Sony's new PlaystationVR, this week earned praise from early reviewers for its graphics and immersing qualities. Sony announced the game -- an update of a remake -- last year. Featuring support for 1080p resolution graphics, along with 3D audio sound, Rez Infinite is designed for the PSVR, but it's also compatible with the regular PlayStation 4. Sega introduced the original Rez for the Dreamcast in 2001 and the PlayStation 2 a year later. It was a huge hit.

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WSJ: Apple has approached Time Warner in recent...

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple isn’t totally ruling out a Time Warner acquisition as talks between the network and AT&T appear to be moving forward. Yesterday it was reported that AT&T is looking at the possibility of a merger with Time Warner, then today it was separately reported that the talks could be much further along than previously reported. Now the WSJ is adding that Apple is once again monitoring the situation closely and has even approached the company in the last few months…


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Introducing 'The Morning After'

Look, we get it. Sometimes it's hard to keep up on all the latest happenings in the world of tech. That's why Engadget has a newsletter that delivers the top stories of the day directly to your inbox. Sure, it's functional, but honestly, it doesn't l...

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Apps: App Diary: A New Life, NHL, Sago Mini Planes,...

Bigosaur’s A New Life ($1) is a text and graphic based life simulation game. Within 10 or 15 minutes, you’ll be able to lead a new person from birth to death, with choices made along the way presumably affecting your path. The concept was undeniably intriguing to me, and the game is interesting, too, in one particular way — it is both frustrating and strangely addictive (I don’t get it, either). Each year of your “life”…

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New York passes law making it illegal to list short-...

New York governor Andrew Cuomo just signed a bill into law that will make it much harder for Airbnb to operate in the state. New York already prohibits rentals of less than 30 days in a multi-unit building if the tenant is not present -- a situation...

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Run Printopia on your Mac to share its printers to any capable iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Printopia will also add virtual printers, allowing you to save print-outs to your Mac and send to apps.... Read more
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