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Wednesday November 30

Wielding Their Windows Phones, Microsoft...

At a meeting with shareholders Wednesday, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was asked numerous times what the company is doing about Windows Phones, and why do they keep hearing that Microsoft is abandoning smartphone manufacturer business. The stakeholders also asked why the company is seemingly focusing more on Android and iOS rival platforms instead of its own. From a report on GeekWire: Microsoft shareholder Dana Vance, owner of a Windows Phone and a Microsoft Band, said he received an email about the Microsoft Pix app but was surprised to learn that it was available for iPhone and Android but not Windows Phone. Ditto for Microsoft Outlook. He also alluded to reports that Microsoft has put the Band on the back burner. Given this, he asked Nadella to explain the company's vision for its consumer devices. As part of his response, Nadella said Microsoft's Windows camera and mail apps will include the same features as in Microsoft's apps for other platforms. "When we control things...

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The Gate one-ups other smart locks with a built-in...

Smart door locks and deadbolts allow you to let anyone in your house from anywhere with an internet connection, but how many enable you to ensure the identity of the person entering? Some smart locks, such as the August, offer add-on cameras and micr...

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Apple continues fight against AIDS with (RED)...

Apple’s decade-long support of the (RED) campaign, which raises money for the Global Fund’s fight against AIDS, continues this week with proceeds from sales of games, devices, and even exclusive albums going toward prevention and treatment of the disease.

Some of the most popular games in the App Store are offering (RED)-themed in-app purchases and donating all the proceeds to the Global Fund. Angry Birds, Farm Heroes Saga, Plants vs. Zombies Heroes, Candy Crush Jelly Saga, and 16 other genre-spanning iOS games are participating this year. Apple is showcasing all (RED) game offerings in the Featured section of the App Store, so just open the app and go wild.

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Readdle's popular iOS email client Spark...

Previously available for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch, Readdle's hit email client Spark launched on macOS on Wednesday, and is now available as a free download from the Mac App Store.

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EPA could lock in emissions rules before Trump takes...

The EPA and the Obama administration set lofty goals for lowering vehicle greenhouse gas emissions back in 2012. Under those terms, US automakers would have until 2025 to double fuel efficiency to 54.5 MPG which would lead to well over $1 trillion is...

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Emails between Apple and FDA hint at future plans

It’s common knowledge that Apple has been very interested in developing hardware and software (likely associated with the Apple Watch) for various aspects of the healthcare industry. The problem is, as Cook said a year ago, Apple isn’t crazy about having to put the Apple Watch through the FDA process.

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Apple will refund you for your iMac hinge repair...

If you had to replace your iMac display hinge because the screen kept tilting forward, Apple is ready to give you a refund.

According to a new internal service document, Apple will be offering refunds to customers who paid to repair or replace a faulty iMac hinge. In the service document, Apple admits that some 27-inch iMac models shipped between December 2012 and July 2014 may have been affected by an issue with the display hinge. It would not be able to support the weight of the screen, making it impossible to adjust because it just kept tilting forward. Apple sent the internal service document to Apple Authorized Service Providers, and it was then obtained by MacRumors.


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Apple now accepting Apple Watch on trade-in site,...

Earlier today Apple updated its website where customers can send in an old device for recycling to include the Apple Watch. That means that customers can now send their old Apple Watch to be responsibly recycled through the company’s Apple Renew program free of charge, but it’s not offering customers a gift card or any credit in exchange like it does with iPhones, iPads, and Macs.


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Plex Media Player goes free for all users, as Plex...

The team behind the media management service Plex, has announced that their Plex Media Player app has now gone free for all users alongside the official first release of Plex for Kodi. The latter announcement might pique the interest of those building custom home theater configurations that still want the freedom of control offered by Kodi.


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Tim Cook tells iPhone 7 customer to expect AirPods...

Responding to a customer's email, Apple CEO Tim Cook noted that the long-awaited AirPods are "finalizing" and expected to ship in the "next few weeks," in time for the holiday season.

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The Internet Archive is building a Canadian copy to...

To be clear, Canada isn’t a paragon of free speech virtue but, like your own backups, it’s always better to have more than one.

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TMO Daily Observations 2016-11-30: Offline Netflix...

Netflix is now beginning to allow offline viewing for some content and Tim Cook suggests that he anticipates AirPods will ship in the next few weeks. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Dave Hamilton today to chat through all this… and more, including a few recommendations for AirPods alternatives that you can buy today.

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Apple TV gains fourth beta of tvOS 10.1 with support...

Apple on Wednesday supplied developers with a fourth pre-release beta of tvOS 10.1, a forthcoming update that will bring a new universal "TV" app, as well as single sign-on support for TV providers, to the company's streaming set-top box.

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Here's Looking at You, Alexa

Amazon is developing a premium version of its Alexa-powered Echo speaker, which will have a 7-inch touchscreen, in a bid to stave off competition from Google and other companies developing rival offerings, Bloomberg reported Tuesday. Designed for use in the kitchen, the new device would have an upward-tilting touchscreen that would permit a user to swipe controls from a standing position. The development would mark an important moment for integrating artificial intelligence with automated home devices.

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tvOS 10.1 developer beta 4 is now available for...

Apple has released the fourth tvOS 10.1 developer beta for the fourth generation Apple TV. The upcoming software update so far has included early hooks for Apple’s new single sign-on feature which lets you authenticate with your cable provider to unlock all compatible paid video apps. tvOS 10.1 will also include Apple’s new TV app when it launches in December.


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Apple ranks highest in overall satisfaction among...

Yes – there are “better” (cheaper, faster) wireless routers available but, when it comes to ease of use, set up and what I recommend to non-techies, it has always been Apple wireless routers. Which makes the reports of them being discontinued even more disheartening.

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News: Tim Cook allegedly tells customer AirPods to...

In an email reply to a frustrated customer, Tim Cook has given a hint to when Apple’s AirPods will ship, MacRumors reports. In response to the customer complaint that he can’t charge his iPhone while listening to music, Cook allegedly wrote in regards to AirPods, “Sorry for the delay—-we are finalizing them and I anticipate we will begin to ship over the next few weeks.” MacRumors seems to believe the email is legit,…

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AirPods expected to ship in next few weeks according...

After delaying the release of its new cord-free wireless headphones called AirPods, Apple has today reportedly confirmed the product is expected to ship over the next few weeks. The confirmation comes via an alleged email from CEO Tim Cook to a customer (via Macrumors), but Apple has yet to make an official announcement or comment.


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9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPhone 7 128GB $710, Sony NC...

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1st big discount! iPhone 7 128GB in Gold and Silver Qualcomm LTE:...

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Cook talks Apple's social activism in interview...

In an interview published on Wednesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook touted the company's World AIDS Day charity initiatives, while insisting that he and the company are acting beyond selfish interests.

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Apple ad blitz: four hits and a cringe

I always like Segall’s take on Apple’s ads.

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IK Multimedia’s Modo Bass

You see, traditional virtual instruments are sample-based, meaning that sound is produced by triggering recorded samples of instruments. MODO BASS isn’t a sample-based instrument, but rather a completely new technology where sound is generated by recreating the physical properties of a real instrument — everything that makes an instrument create sound is physically modeled and sound is synthesized in real time.

I’m looking forward to seeing this at NAMM in January.

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Apple updates Boot Camp audio driver that was...

Apple has issued an update to Boot Camp drivers within Windows, preventing the random, loud pops from over-ranging and damaging the new MacBook Pro's speakers. However, the driver doesn't fix speakers already damaged by the problem.

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08:24 Simple, fast, free photo galleries

I’ve used several times in my photography classes. While it has some minor annoyances, it’s a quick and easy way to get a bunch of images up on a web site for others to see.

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Canadian cops to punish drunk drivers with...

“When we catch you, and we will catch you,” the department added, “on top of a hefty fine, a criminal charge and a years driving suspension we will also provide you with a bonus gift of playing the offices copy of Nickelback in the cruiser on the way to jail.”

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Apple Airport Extreme claims top marks in consumer-...

A recent customer satisfaction survey of home router technologies places Apple comfortably on top of the heap, despite recent reports of the division closing down, and engineers re-assigned to other projects.

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Apple offering refunds to customers who paid for...

Unlike the iPhone battery replacement program, Apple isn’t publicizing this one. So, if you’ve had and paid for this issue, make sure you contact Apple to get your refund.

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You can finally watch Netflix offline

This is great news and hopefully, we’ll see it expanded to include even more content.

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News: Apple Pay reportedly launching in Spain...

Sources at Banco Santander are claiming that Apple Pay will launch in Spain tomorrow, Spanish site Applesfera reports. Santander customers in the UK can already use the mobile payment service, and barring any unforeseen difficulties, sources at the bank said a public announcement about the launch in Spain will be made tomorrow morning. Apple Pay had a rocky start during its recent launch in Japan and is still not available in Germany despite rumors…

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Apple schedules annual iTunes Connect holiday...

Not news per se (Apple has done this for many years) but it serves as a reminder for those of us who can’t figure out why there aren’t any app updates during the week between Christmas and New Years. The whole company functionally shuts down.

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Apple turns (RED)

In honor of World AIDS Day, Apple is offering more ways than ever for customers to join (RED) in its mission to create an AIDS-free generation. Apple is the world’s largest corporate contributor to the Global Fund, and this year marks its 10th anniversary of supporting (RED) in the fight to end AIDS.

Apple is really turning up the support this year. Respect.

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Apple macOS “Color Burst” wallpapers

From the Imgur web site, these are extracted from the latest macOS Sierra 10.12.2 Beta 4 and they are gorgeous. I’d love to know the story behind how they were shot.

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Apple Pay to launch in Spain on Thursday with just...

Making good on an earlier promise, Apple will finally launch Apple Pay in Spain this Thursday, Dec. 1, a new report reveals.

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How to check if your iPhone 6s is eligible for Apple...

If you have an iPhone 6s, it doesn’t hurt to check to see if you’re eligible for a replacement.

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Oh the irony: Apple ranks highest in overall...

Here’s some irony for you: now that Apple is apparently abandoning the AirPort Express, the AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Time Capsule, the company ranks highest in overall satisfaction among wireless router manufacturers in a new study by J.P. Power.

The report finds that overall satisfaction with wireless routers has increased by a full 24 points from 2015, and is now 847 (on a 1,000-point scale). Apple ranks highest with a score of 876, followed by ASUS (860), D-Link (856) and TP-Link (854).

While satisfaction has improved in all 10 factors, the largest increase is 30 points in ease of use (which includes the installation process). Another area related to ease of use with the product is restoration of service with minimal effort, in...

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Netflix introduces an offline mode for iOS and...

Netflix confirmed in a tweet — as noted by USA Today — that subscribers can download some of their favorite programs instead of just streaming ‘em via a broadband connection.

"Airplane mode. Road trip mode. Stuck-in-the-subway-for-20-minutes mode. Your favorite stories are now available for download any time," reads a tweet.

The feature is available now for download on iOS and Android. Eddy Wu, Netflix's director of product innovation told USA Today that the download feature is available on all plans.

On the iOS app, users can visit the menu and discover a section of content "available for download." The selection includes a mix of original programs such as House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, as well as older movies and TV shows from networks such as Parks and Recreation. More shows and movies...

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Netflix Finally Introduces Offline Viewing for iOS...

Want to binge on your favorite Netflix shows but can’t spare the mobile bandwidth? Netflix today finally introduced offline viewing for iOS and Android, letting users download select TV shows and movies for viewing anywhere, regardless of connectivity.

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News: Netflix enables offline viewing for some shows...

Netflix is now allowing customers to download certain content through their iOS app for offline viewing. Not everything is available for download—with even the Netflix original season of “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” not making the cut yet—but fan favorites like “Stranger Things,” “Narcos,” and “Orange Is the New Black” are among the early offerings, along with a number of films. Movies…

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Infographic: iPhone 7 vs. Pixel; which is better?

Inside the App, a site designed to help you find the best apps online, has created a cool infographic that shows the main differences between the iPhone 7 and Google Pixel. 

Check it out below. You can view a larger version and read more here.

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Netflix enables downloads of select content for...

Netflix has deployed the ability to download select TV shows and movies from its catalog, with most of the initial offerings coming from the company's unique programming.

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You can finally watch Netflix offline now

Netflix wants to make your trip back home this holiday season a little merrier. The company announced on Wednesday that select TV shows and movies were available for download on Android and iOS. In other words, Netflix now enables offline viewing.

It’s not for everything, though. Most of Netflix’s original programming will be covered by the new feature, but some titles may not be due to licensing restrictions.

Netflix's new "Available for Download" section in the app's menu.

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MacBook Pro Diary: Real-life use reveals a few minor...

Having got my maxed-out 15-inch 2016 MacBook Pro set up yesterday, I’ve now been using it for a total of around 12 hours – so I’m calling this one my first real-life usage impressions.

Impressions of the form factor will obviously vary depending on whether you’re coming from a pre-Retina machine – as I was – or a later one. The new machine is smaller, slimmer and sleeker either way, but the difference is of course much more dramatic from a pre-2012 model. And in my case, I’m also moving from a 17-inch machine to a 15-inch one.

For me, then, the form factor is in a completely different league. The base unit is much thinner, and the lid is almost unbelievably so. It’s also significantly lighter. I said...

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News: Apple adds four new items to (PRODUCT)RED...

Apple has announced it is taking part in the (RED) charity fundraiser to combat AIDS for the 10th straight year. Apple is adding four new products to its (PRODUCT)RED lineup, offering an iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case, iPhone SE Case, Beats Solo 3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones and Beats Pill+ Portable Speaker. All of the new products are available starting today. Apple is also donating a dollar to the cause for every purchase made with Apple Pay at the…

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Watch Nature Rage and Man Sprawl with Google Earth...

Google Earth Timelapse is “a global, zoomable video that lets you see how the Earth has changed over the past 32 years.” It’s not exactly new, but the project was just updated this week with new data and improved historical images. Head over to the Timelapse website, zoom into your favorite location, and watch the path of rivers change, glaciers melt, and cities spread from 1984 through 2016. It’s an incredible way to view the immense library of Google Earth’s satellite imagery.

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Netflix bringing offline playback to video service...

Netflix is bringing offline playback to its streaming video service for the first time starting today. This means you won’t need an active Internet connection to watch movies and TV shows which is ideal for travel or other low-connection situations.


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DatChat launches self-destructing and screenshot...

DatChat has introduced DatChat for iMessage. It allows iMessage users the ability to easily send or receive self-destructing and screenshot protected messages without ever leaving the iMessage app.  

All messages are encrypted and can be un-sent at any time after sending. Additionally, DatChat provides privacy and confidentiality for your messaging without sacrificing the ability to see the entire message at once, according to Darin Myman, co-founder and CEO of DatChat. 

Senders can set a message to automatically self-destruct after the exact number of views or time that they choose.  At any time a sender can un-send a message by simply pressing the Destruct button.  Additionally, users can enable screenshot protection on pictures and texts to further protect their privacy.  DatChat for iMessage is available Free on the iMessage App Store for iOS 10 iPhones and iPads. 


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Apple offers new Beats & iPhone accessories,...

Apple on Wednesday announced a host of (RED) charity efforts to mark World AIDS Day -- Dec. 1 -- with varying proceeds going to the Global Fund, which as part of its anti-AIDS efforts funds initiatives like testing, prevention, and medication.

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Apple Schedules Annual iTunes Connect Holiday...

Developers take note! iTunes Connect, the developer portal for all of Apple’s digital platforms, has scheduled its annual holiday shutdown. Get your app submissions and holiday sales data scheduled now!

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IDC: global personal computer market forecast...

Worldwide personal computer (PC) shipments are forecast to decline by 6.4% year over year in 2016, according to an updated forecast from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. That doesn’t sound good, but it’s an improvement over August's projection for a decline of 7.2% in 2016. 

While IDC's outlook for 2017 remains at -2.1% year-over-year growth, the absolute volumes are slightly higher based on stronger 2016 shipments. The third quarter of 2016 (3Q16) saw a year-over-year decline in shipments of 4.6%, more than 2 percentage points ahead of expectations. 

Although factors such as the transition to Windows 10 played a role, the 3Q16 gains came largely as a result of stronger momentum in the U.S., Western Europe, and Japan, and were driven by channel build up in anticipation of component shortages in areas such as display panels...

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Kaby Lake suitable for MacBook Pro said to debut at...

According to reports out of the Chinese supply chain, Intel is gearing up to announce and release the H-series Kaby Lake processor, suitable for use in laptops like the MacBook Pro.

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Apple again turns (RED) to assist in the fight...

In honor of World AIDS Day, Apple is offering more ways for customers to join (RED) in its mission to create an AIDS-free generation. This is the company’s 10th year supporting the effort.

(RED)’s work addresses the disparity in access to life-saving medication in sub-Saharan Africa, which has the highest prevalence of AIDS on the planet. The money raised by (RED) funds programs that offer counseling, testing, prevention and, most crucially, the life-saving ARV medication that prevents the transmission of HIV from mothers to their unborn babies.

“The gift of life is the most important gift that anyone can give,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook in a press release. “Thanks to the vision and dedication of (RED), an AIDS-free generation is within our reach. We want to leave the world better than we found it, and that’s why our longtime partnership with (RED) remains so important to us.” 

This year, Apple customers can support the fight while playing the games they love,...

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News: Daily Deal: Mbeat PowerTone Mini Bluetooth...

For Wednesday’s iLounge Deal, we’re offering the Mbeat PowerTone Mini Bluetooth Earpiece and Dual-Port Car Charger for only $29.99 — that’s 24% off the regular price. This smart earpiece and car charger combo lets you place and receive calls in handsfree privacy even if your car doesn’t have Bluetooth capabilities, while the handy dual-port charger keeps your iPhone juiced up while you’re on the road. The earphone even…

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Readdle launching Spark for Mac, a free email app...

Note: The new app is rolling out now; stay tuned for availability shortly.

Today Readdle is officially launching Spark for Mac, a free and customizable email client from the makers of popular productivity apps like PDF Expert and Scanner Pro. Spark coming to macOS completes the email client suite after previously launching on iPhone, Apple Watch, and iPad.


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Apple Celebrates 10 Years of (PRODUCT)RED With...

To mark the 10th anniversary of (PRODUCT)RED, Apple is expanding its support for the HIV/AIDS initiative. In addition to new (RED) accessories, Apple has teamed up with popular app developers to offer (RED)-exclusive games and in-app content.

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Apple’s Music Student Membership deal expands to...

Apple is now offering Apple Music Student Memberships in 25 more countries. The discounts provided to students vary based on country. In the U.S., the service is US$4.99 a month instead of the regular $9.99 per month fee.

Apple Music Student Membership plans appear to be available as of today in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Chile, Colombia, Finland, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Switzerland, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates. 

The student discounts launched on May 6 in the U.S., the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia and other countries. To qualify, students must be currently attending an eligible university or college and gain the discount for up to four years. Existing Apple Music subscribers can migrate to the cheaper student tier if they qualify.


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Apple once again supports (RED) for World AIDS Day:...

As it has done for a decade now, Apple is once more supporting the (RED) campaign to support the fight against HIV/AIDS. Each year, the company turns the store logos red, offers a number of special-edition (RED) products and donates money to the cause.

Apple said that this year offers more opportunities than ever for customers to participate, with 20 of the most popular games in the App Store offering exclusive (RED) in-app purchases, the proceeds of which all go to the campaign’s Global Fund. Apple has also announced the addition of four new special edition products to its (RED) line-up …


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Rumor: Apple to see its best iPhone sales in 2017,...

A new report from analytical firm KGI has Apple as having its biggest iPhone sales ever come 2017. The new estimates, which cover three anticipated new models, will empower Apple growth with ‘unprecedented’ demand. KGI expects the new phones may sell between 120-150 million units in the second half of next year, eclipsing the previous sales record set by iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

The firm believes that the new form-factor premium OLED iPhone model will encourage high-end customers to upgrades their devices while the low-end 4.7-inch model will feature wireless charging, a glass chassis and attract the lower-end of the market.

KGI reiterates what the firm has said before, in that Apple will debut three new...

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Stop Safari From Launching iTunes and the App Store...

When you visit an iTunes or App Store website link in Safari, those apps automatically launch. While this makes it easy to find and download content, many users don’t want apps popping up all over their Mac. Here’s a free Safari extension that can solve this problem.

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Apple published a new Press Release
Apple extending iMac repair program to help cover...

If your 27-inch iMac hinge has been wonky, Apple is stepping in to cover it in some cases.

A new report has stated that ome 27-inch iMacs shipped between Dec. 2012 and July 2014 may stop adjusting properly and simply tilt forward,. People who paid to get their hinge fixed may have ended up spending $100 or more.

The affected hinges have apparently made cracking or popping sounds upon breaking. That would support a theory that plastic washers in spring mechanisms are suddenly giving way, unable to cope with the weight of the attached computer.

A repair program that covers the 2012 and 2013 model iMacs has been extended from three to five years from the original date of purchase. Users with a faulty iMac should be able to get their hinge...

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The Week in iOS Accessories: Kings of crowdfunding

New accessories of the week

This week’s roundup includes some cool new accessories that got their start on Kickstarter. Read on!


The Accessport ($19 pledge on Kickstarter) is a “hi-res audio amplifier” for the iPhone 7—an audio accessory for the post-headphone-jack age. It takes the 24-bit audio signal from the phone, decodes it through a digital-to-analog converter, then amplifies and delivers the resulting high-resolution audio to your headphones. The product has already doubled its production goal on Kickstarter; delivery is scheduled for March.

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UBS analyst who questioned Cook on strategy...

In the earnings call following Apple’s Q4 2016 financial results, UBS managing director Steven Milunovich asked CEO Tim Cook a rather pointed question: ‘Does Apple has a grand strategy for what it wants to do over next 3-5 years? Or does it react to the market then decide?’

Cook was widely felt to be uncomfortable with the question, and Milunovich has now explained why he asked it, and how well prepared he thinks Apple is for the future …


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New MacBook Pro’s lack of legacy ports got you down...

If you have one of the new MacBook Pros with Touch Bar and are frustrated that all legacy ports were replaced by unified Thunderbolt 3/USB-C connectors, consider adding the $249.95 IOGEAR USB-C Docking Station with Power Delivery to your Christmas wish list.

Through a single USB-C connection, it lets you connect monitors, a full-sized keyboard and mouse, external hard drives, printers, webcams, and more. Easy to set up, the all-in-one dock serves up a total of 10 ports.

What sort of ports? USB 3.0, HDMI, audio, microphone/speaker, Ethernet and more. The IOGEAR product works flawlessly and its well designed. A USB 3.0 fast-charging port is located on the front, which means you can charge an iPhone or iPad while working with your laptop. 

IOGEAR says you can connect additional displays with HDMI and DisplayPort Multi-Stream Transport in single, mirror, or extend mode. However, though the...

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Daily Deal: Kinkoo Surge Protecting Power Strip With...

Three surge-protect plus, three USB ports, and one USB Type-C port! 

When you're traveling the world like I am right now, you quickly become aware of just how handy extra power outlets -- both the regular type and USB power ports -- can be. Our Apple World Today Deals Shop has a great bargain today on a Kinkoo Surge Protecting Power Strip complete with 3 plug-in outlets and 4 USB power ports (one of which is USB Type-C) for just $24.99.

It's perfect for plugging in a MacBook or two while charging a pair of iPhones and a...

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Why a web browser is the wrong place to save your...

By Jeff Graber

For the average Internet user, security of passwords is often a secondary consideration, right after convenience. Most of us belong to so many different websites requiring passwords that we could never name them all, even if a gun were placed to our heads. 

Clicking that little “yes” button when our web browsers automatically ask us if we want to save our password is almost an automatic reflex reaction for some of us. But this practice is actually the worst possible method for keeping your passwords safe. Using a password management system provides infinitely more protection.

Who else has access to your computer?

All that it takes to gain access to all of your passwords is a few seconds in front of your desktop or laptop computer. If you’re in the office and walk away for a quick meeting with the boss, a colleague in the next cubicle can simply slip into our seat and access all of your secret information,...

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Apple Pay reportedly coming to Spain tomorrow for...

Apple announced at WWDC in June that Apple Pay would be coming to Spain at some point this year, and Spanish site Applesfera is reporting that the service will launch tomorrow for Banco Santander customers.

The mobile payment system Apple Pay will definitely come to Spain this Thursday, December 1, for Banco Santander customers. Several sources have confirmed to Applesfera that – barring any last-minute changes – the rollout date will be tomorrow … 


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The 10 Mac games you need to play from November 2016

November's Mac games

The holiday shopping season is in full swing, but while you’re considering gifts for friends and family, you should also treat yourself—to new Mac games. November brought another sweet stack of fresh releases, and we’ve picked out the 10 biggest and brightest games worth checking out. 

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Students in 25 More Countries Can Now Save 50% on...

Is your college pen pal jealous of your Apple Music student discount? Well, there’s now a good chance that they, too, can get in on the money saving action. Apple this week expanded the availability of its Apple Music student pricing to 25 additional countries.

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Grab the New iOS-Inspired 5K Color Burst Wallpapers...

Do you love those colorful iOS 10 wallpapers? It looks like they’ll soon be available in the next update to macOS Sierra, but here’s how you can download them now in full 5K resolution.

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How to Check if Your iPhone 6s is Eligible for Apple...

Is your iPhone 6s unexpectedly shutting down, even when you have plenty of battery charge left? If so, your device may be suffering from a known battery issue, and Apple is now willing to repair affected devices for free. Here’s how to check if your iPhone 6s is eligible.

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Tuesday November 29

Apple Music marketing exec Bozoma Saint John talks...

Bozoma Saint John, global marketing executive for Apple Music and iTunes, took part in a brief interview as part of Fortune's Most Powerful Women Next Gen conference on Tuesday, offering those in attendance a lesson in self-confidence she learned as a teenager.

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Yahoo Answers gets its own standalone iOS app

Debuted clandestinely on the iOS App Store earlier this year under another name, Yahoo Answers this week launched as a standalone app providing users native access to the popular, if not entirely accurate, Q&A site.

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Apple Music exec Bozoma Saint John interviewed at...

Apple Music exec Bozoma Saint John was in attendance Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit this evening. Saint John, who joined Apple through the Beats Music acquisition, has become one of the more vocal members of the Apple Music team and earlier this year, a “power lunch” with her was auctioned off for $10,500.


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Yahoo quietly launches new app for Yahoo Answers on...

To very little fanfare, Yahoo today released a new mobile application for its Yahoo Answers Q&A service. Yahoo had quietly been testing the service under a different name, Yahoo Hive, but it has since rebranded the app to Yahoo Answers Now and made it fall more inline with the web version (via TechCrunch).


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Apple Music student memberships now available in...

Apple on Tuesday expanded Apple Music student membership eligibility to include more than 30 markets, with the latest round of additions extending the subscription tier to countries like Canada, China, India and more.

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British MP urges schools to confiscate iPads, says...

A British Conservative Party politician is calling on educators to prohibit the use of, and if necessary confiscate, iPads during daily lessons in a bid to keep students focused on academic pursuits.

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Apple Music student pricing comes to over 20 new...

Apple today rolled out the student discount tier of Apple Music to over 20 new countries around the globe. As noted by The Financial Post, Apple Music’s student discount offering is now available in Canada, Italy, Japan, and 22 other countries. With today’s new additions, the tier is available in over 30 countries in total.


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Apple updates Final Cut Pro X with minor bug fixes

Apple on Tuesday pushed out a minor update for its premiere video editing tool Final Cut Pro X, addressing library and Paste Attributes issues, among other feature fixes.

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Mirai botnet targets Deutsche Telekom routers in...

The German Office for Information Security confirmed on Tuesday that not only had nearly a million routers on the Deutsche Telekom (DT) network been recently attacked but that the assault was part of a larger campaign stretching across the world.

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Canopy, a Case Specifically for Your Apple Magic...

Check out Canopy from Neat Studio, a case specifically for Apple’s Magic Keyboard. In addition to being a case, it can also serve as a stand that holds your iPad Pro (or other device) up while you’re typing. It has a synthetic canvas cover and a microfiber interior. The strap that holds it shut is leather, and it holds your Magic Keyboard using micro-suction pads. I haven’t tested it out, but if I was going to haul a Magic Keyboard around, putting it in a case makes a lot of sense. Canopy is available for pre-order for $40. The company said it’s trying to deliver before Christmas, but can’t guarantee it.

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Philips Hue app adds iPad support, 3D Touch widgets...

Philips on Tuesday pushed out an update for its Hue connected lightbulb and accessories controller app, adding iPad support and new home screen widgets for iPhone users running iOS 10.

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iPhone 8 Dreaming in Full Swing

Apple's latest iPhone was barely out of the gate when rumors began percolating about the company's next new phone. Although the iPhone 7 garnered mostly tepid reviews, initial inventories sold out quickly, and the company had to scramble to meet demand. That demand may have peaked, though, which may be why chasers of the next big thing are looking down the road. "Next year being the 10th anniversary of the original iPhone, Apple will come out with something special," said tech analyst Wayne Lam.

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Apple lures Wired’s creative director into its fold

Billy Sorrentino, Wired magazine’s creative director, has announced his departure. A Wired rep says Sorrentino will be joining Apple’s design team, but wouldn’t offer more detail, reports recode.

Sorrentino’s official title at Wired since 2013 was Head of Creative. His bio at the magazine says his job put him in charge of “the brand’s four creative departments — design, photo, video, and production, and is responsible for cross-channel brand presence, including print, web, digital editions, mobile, social media, retail, and live events.”

Before Wired, Sorrentino was the design director at Condé Nast’s Editorial Development Group, a development-focused editorial skunkworks tasked with leading the company’s digital publishing strategy. In less than two years, Sorrentino and team partnered with the leaders of Vogue, GQ, Vanity Fair...

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Apple hires Wired magazine creative director to...

Apple is adding a new member to its design team, as Billy Sorrentino, Wired magazine's Head of Creative, on Tuesday announced he will depart the publication to take on an undisclosed role at the Cupertino tech giant.

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Notable apps and app updates for Nov. 29, 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.

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Ergonis Software’s Typinator 7, a new version of their text expander for the Mac,, boasts a long list of compelling new features and slick enhancements. It offers interactive forms with multi-line text fields, alternatives, and options, assistants for creating complex snippets, publishing and subscribing of sets, and more.

Typinator 7 requires macOS 10.6 or later. It can be purchased on the Ergonis Software website. The upgrade to Typinator 7.0 is free for anyone who purchased a license for Typinator 6.x on or after Jan. 1, 2016. Upgrade paths are available for owners of older licenses. For information about purchases, including enterprise licenses, volume...

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The Apple Daily Report for Nov. 29, 2016

The AWT News Update is on hiatus while my compadre, Steve, takes a road trip. In its place, I’ll offer a text-only (no podcast) summary of breaking stories with a tip o’ my hat to my former website, Apple Daily Report.

Apple has internally announced it will issue a refund to customers who previously paid for an iMac display hinge replacement or repair, according to a recently updated service document obtained by MacRumors. These repairs could often cost upwards of $100, according to reports from affected users. 

A recent Freedom of Information Act filing has revealed that Apple's ambitions still extend into cardiac monitoring technologies, with meetings scheduled between the Apple Watch maker and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration over...

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Apple taps Wired Magazine’s creative director to...

According to a new report from Recode, Apple has recently hired one of the top editors from Wired to join its design team. Billy Sorrentino is Wired’s creative director and while the publication confirmed that he will be joining Apple’s design team, it couldn’t offer more details or specifics at this point.


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Apple releases Final Cut Pro X 10.3.1 with bug fixes

Apple has issued a minor update for Final Cut Pro X 10.3 to squash several bugs. The 197MB update, which comes shortly after the major 10.3 release, fixes issues related to updating libraries, and more. more…

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New developer solution aims to help companies bring...

HomeKit-connected accessories have gradually become more affordable and plentiful since the technology was first introduced, but there’s still room for improvement. Looking to remedy some of the problems with Apple’s connected home platform, Silicon Labs is today announcing a new initiative that it hopes will make it both cheaper and easier for developers to create HomeKit accessories.


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Facebook launches Instant Games on Messenger for iOS...

Facebook on Tuesday launched Instant Games, a series of titles that can be played in the Messenger iOS and Android apps, or through the company's website.

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Tip of the Day: Tracking Your Sleep in iOS 10

Although the iPhone’s Clock app doesn’t often see many changes, Apple snuck an interesting new feature into iOS 10 that allows your iPhone to perform basic sleep tracking without any additional accessories. In the app, you’ll find a new Bedtime section that lets you set up bedtime reminders and wakeup alarms that work separately from the normal clock alarms....

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Review: IK Multimedia iLoud Micro Monitor

IK Multimedia's new iLoud Micro Monitor is the company's second foray into the speaker market, building on its impressive 2013 iLoud in the form of a pair of monitors which can be used with a variety of sources, ranging from Bluetooth to traditional wired inputs, with a design that remains focused for use in a small home or project studio environment. Much like IK Multimedia's original iLoud, the new iLoud Micro Monitor is engineered to provide unblemished, sonically accurate reference sound with no coloration — the kind of transparency that serious musicians and audio engineers are looking for.{/exp:char_limit}

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Hands-on: Monowear stainless steel, leather, nylon,...

If you took advantage of one of the many recent Apple Watch deals over at 9to5Toys, then you may find yourself in the market for a new band or two. There are many third-party band options available for the Apple Watch, but I’ve always enjoyed some of the offerings from Monowear.

If you’re looking for a stylish third-party Apple Watch band option, then check out our hands-on video featuring Monowear’s metal, leather, nylon active, and ceramic bands. more…

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That Time Apple Patched 3 Zero Day Exploits in Just...

Vanity Fair has a great piece about zero day exploits, the black market for selling them (to mostly governments, including repressive regimes), how they’re used to spy, and how the whole thing came to be. The story, which is quite long, is built around a particular piece of sophisticated spyware discovered by a couple of researchers, and Apple’s “engineering feat” that patched against the exploits in just ten days.

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Apple to refund iMac hinge repairs as Belgium &...

Apple will issue refunds to some iMac owners who had to pay for recent hinge repairs, a report said on Tuesday. In Belgium and Norway, meanwhile, the company has added carrier billing as option for iTunes and App Store purchases.

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Using the Universal Audio API 2500 Bus Compressor

I love a great compressor in my mixes. Universal Audio has the best audio plug-ins on the market and the new API 2500 Bus Compressor is no exception. There is a video on the page, as well as audio examples.

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Supply chain data suggests Apple slightly cutting...

A new supply chain report suggest that Apple may be reigning in build orders for iPhone 7 family of devices, potentially putting some year-over-year growth projections in danger.

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Facebook Denies Ransomware Infiltration

Facebook has denied that its network and Messenger app were being used to spread ransomware to its users, contradicting the claims of Check Point researchers Roman Ziakin and Dikla Barda.
The two researchers last week reported they had discovered a new method for delivering malicious code to machines, which they dubbed "ImageGate." Threat actors had found a way to embed malicious code into an image, they said. Due to a flaw in the social media infrastructure, infected images are downloaded to a user's machine, Ziakin and Barda explained.

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Uber defends its business model in Europe

The ride-hailing app, which expanded into Europe five years ago, has come under attack from established taxi companies and some EU countries because it is not bound by strict local licensing and safety rules which apply to some of its competitors.

Uber’s dispute with Barcelona’s main taxi operator, which in 2014 accused it of running an illegal taxi service via its UberPOP service, is seen as a landmark case which could lead the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) to label it a transport company rather than a digital service.

That is the crux of the argument—is Uber a transport or digital company? Arguments can be made for both sides. I haven’t used a taxi since Uber and Lyft started offering their service. All the legal arguments aside, the app-based services are much better, friendlier, and professional than any taxi service I’ve ever used.


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Cyber Monday sales biggest online shopping day in U....

Shoppers spent $3.45 billion on Cyber Monday on Samsung 4K TVs, PlayStation 4s and Barbie dolls among other products, marking the largest online sales day in U.S. history.

Top-selling electronics by units on the day include Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox gaming consoles as well as Samsung 4K TVs, Apple iPhones and Amazon’s Fire tablets.

Wow, that is a lot of money. I find it interesting that many of the electronic items are in the high-end category, but yet Amazon’s Fire tablet made the list. It makes me wonder how consumers view the tablet category.

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