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Tuesday December 6

06:00
Apple, Which Doesn't Reveal Watch Sales Data,...

Though several companies are struggling to sell their smartwatches, Apple CEO Tim Cook says sales of Apple Watch set a record during the first week of holiday shopping. Cook added that the current quarter is on track to be the best ever for the product. The only problem: The company, which loves to numbers do all the talking, won't disclose how many Apple Watch units were shipped or sold. From a report on Mashable: "During the first week of holiday shopping, our sell-through of Apple Watch was greater than any week in the product's history. And as we expected, we're on track for the best quarter ever for Apple Watch," Cook told Reuters in an email. This is not surprising: The company has never revealed any sales data for the Watch, bundling it with the "other products" category in its earnings reports. There have been quite a few attempts to extrapolate what this means in numbers, but the truth is that any of those attempts could be a few million units wrong either way.

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: True Key by Intel Security

In our iLounge Deal for today, we’re offering a one-year license for True Key by Intel Security for only $15.99 — that’s 20% off the regular price. This futuristic password management solution lets you access all of your accounts without having to remember any passwords at all — with True Key, you are the password. Unique features like your face, fingerprint, or personal devices are used to unlock apps and websites, and all of your…

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05:55
Review: A Made-for-iPhone 7 battery case w/...

This iPhone case launching on Indiegogo today is one of the first Apple certified, made-for-iPhone cases that adds a 3.5mm headphone jack back to your iPhone 7. It’s a battery case that connects to your device with a built-in Lightning connector, and it also has a female Lightning port to charge the battery using your iPhone’s charging cable. On top of being one of the first cases to offer audio over Apple’s Lightning connector to facilitate the 3.5mm headphone jack, the model I reviewed also included Qi-wireless charging.

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05:47
iPhones may not be the only Apple devices that get...

It’s widely believed that the 2017 iPhone will have a curved, possibly flexible, display. A new patent filing (number 9,516,743) by Apple hints that iPads and even Mac laptops could benefit from such technology.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that it can be challenging to form displays for electronic devices such as smartphones and laptops. The inactive border region in a display contains support circuitry such as signal lines and thin-film transistor circuitry but doesn’t contain active pixels for producing images for a user. 

To reduce the apparent size of the inactive border region, it’s possible to use a flexible substrate in forming the display. This allows portions of the inactive border region to be bent out of sight, reducing the size of the visible inactive display border and enhancing the appearance of the display. Active display regions may also be bent. For example, an active display region may be bent so that a display conforms to the curved shape of a...

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05:46
Gift Guide: Ben’s top picks for the gadget lovers in...

Yep, that time is approaching again, and I’ve rounded up some of my recommendations for the technology lovers in your life. There’s of course a strong Apple focus, but much of the kit can be used with other ecosystems or, indeed, on its own. And if you’re wondering about the absence of any audio kit, I’ll be pulling together a separate premium audio guide later this week.

I’ve aimed to include both a variety of tech – from the purely fun to the more functional – as well as a range of price points, from primary gift for a partner or someone else close to you down to stocking-fillers. It encompasses everything from drones down to USB-C cables …

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05:34
Tim Cook denies that Apple Watch sales are tanking

Apple CEO Tim Cook refutes the data from the IDC research group that says Apple Watch sales dipped 71% year-over-year from 3.9 million units in the this quarter of 2015 to 1.1 million units in the third quarter of 2016.

In an email to Reuters, he said that said the gadget's sell-through — a measure of how many units are sold to consumers, rather than simply stocked on retailers' shelves — reached a new high in quarter three of 2016.

"Our data shows that Apple Watch is doing great and looks to be one of the most popular holiday gifts this year," Cook wrote."Sales growth is off the charts. In fact, during the first week of holiday shopping, our sell-through of Apple Watch was greater than any week in the product’s history. And as we expected, we’re on track for the...

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05:27
Netflix has the top-grossing app at the Apple App...

After making it possible for subscribers with iPhones or Android phones to download some of their favorite programs instead of just streaming ‘em via a broadband connection, Netflix’s app now tops the list of top-grossing apps at the Apple App Store, as noted by Variety. 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

Netflix’s app is free to download in the Apple App Store. However, the company started to offer users the ability to pay for their monthly subscription fees via in-app subscription fees a little over a year ago.

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05:26
Steve Jobs showing off the same features in NeXTSTEP...

[VIDEO]: I love this video. Fascinating to see the original version of each of these features, watch each evolve. Nice find by Stephen Hackett.

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05:21
Use your Apple Watch to find your iPhone in the dark

I knew that you could use your Apple Watch to make your iPhone ping. Did not know about making it fire its flash. Good to know.

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05:18
How to create holiday cards in Photos for Mac

Apple has been offering a path to custom greeting cards for a long time. Memory serves, Apple’s original iCard service disappeared back in 2013, finding a new home in iPhoto and then Photos.

In the linked article, Lesa Snider, writing for Macworld, walks you through the process. Pass this along.

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05:15
Some users report disappointing battery life on 2016...

A number of users who shelled out for the new 2016 MacBook Pro with a Touch Bar are finding battery run times far short of Apple’s claimed up to 10 hours of usage.

Granted, there are a wide number of variables that can affect overall battery performance, but a number of users have reported the issue at hand.

For example, one user going by the handle “Aioriya” stated that the fully loaded 13-inch model and claims that with just light use – web browsing mainly – the battery is only lasting around five or six hours or so.

Aioriya followed up with notes as to how they went about trying to save on battery life, including “recalibrating” the battery and observed only six to eight hours of run time with moderate use.

Aioriya says that most of the...

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05:11
Some 2016 MacBook Pros suffering USB drive problems

Jeff Porten, TidBITS:

If you’re using or considering buying one of the new MacBook Pro models with the Touch Bar (see “New MacBook Pros Add Context-sensitive Touch Bar,” 27 October 2016), be aware that some people are seeing their machines shut down repeatedly and unexpectedly. The problem might be with external hard drives connected via Thunderbolt 3’s USB-C ports, which is, of course, the only way to connect them.

I began researching this after I was unable to copy a large number of files from one external USB drive to another using my new MacBook Pro. The copy was going to take a long time regardless, but when I came back to check on its status, my laptop was powered off and I had to start it up again manually. Restarting the copy additional times resulted in similar shutdowns.

In my case, I was presented with an error message telling me about the shutdown, with the messages “CPU Machine Check Architecture Error Dump” and “CATERR detected! No MCA data found...

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05:00
Apple links iPhone 6s battery/unexpected shutdown...

Apple has apparently figured out what the cause of its iPhone 6s battery flaws and unexpected shutdowns was.

The company released a short note linking the issues to mistakes made during the manufacturing process:

“We found that a small number of iPhone 6s devices made in September and October 2015 contained a battery component that was exposed to controlled ambient air longer than it should have been before being assembled into battery packs,” Apple wrote on its Chinese website. “As a result, these batteries degrade faster than a normal battery and cause unexpected shutdowns to occur.”

Apple has insisted that “this is not a safety issue,” perhaps deflecting potential concerns related to the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and its...

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05:00
AI Platforms Welcome Devs With Open Arms


Two leaders in the field of artificial intelligence have announced that they're open-sourcing their AI platforms. After investing in building rich simulated environments to serve as laboratories for AI research, Google's DeepMind Lab on Saturday said it would open the platform for the broader research community's use. DeepMind has been using its AI lab for some time, and it has "only barely scratched the surface of what is possible" in it, noted team members Charlie Beattie, Joel Leibo, Stig Petersen and Shane Legg in an online post.

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04:43
The Wirecutter: The Best USB-C Adapters, Cables, and...

Give this invaluable list a read, then bookmark it and pass it along.

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04:39
Netflix becomes the Top Grossing iPhone app for the...

Sarah Perez, Tech Crunch:

Netflix’s decision to introduce an in-app subscription option in its iOS app over a year ago has helped the streaming service steadily gain more subscribers, and surge up the Top Grossing charts in the Apple App Store. Back in November of last year, the app hit the Top Grossing chart for the first time, reaching the No. 9 position. Today, Netflix has reached another milestone, as the app has earned the No. 1 Top Grossing spot on the U.S. iPhone App Store.

Interesting that after all this time, and after two different pivots (from mailing discs to streaming and original content), no other company has been able to duplicate their formula for success. Netflix has the mojo.

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04:34
∞ Apple’s Romeo and Juliet iPhone 7 ad

[VIDEO]: A solid ad, with the taglines:

your movies look like movies on iPhone 7

And:

practically magic

Note that the only capital letter to be found in the ad is the “P” in “iPhone”. This a new part of Apple’s advertising style guide?

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04:30
Elgato’s Avea Flare is a fun, but novelty, portable...

Elgato’s Avea Flare is a novelty item, but a fun novelty item. Whether it’s US$99.95 worth of fun, only you can decide. 

The Flare is a portable mood lamp that looks like an ostrich egg (it’s 8.7 inches tall, six inches in diameter, and weighs just over a pound). Made of thick white plastic with a matte finish, its bottom is a flat base designed for placing on the floor, a counter, or any other flat surface. On the bottom of the Flare are a circular series of tiny rubber pads for grip, a metal induction ring for charging, and two rubber buttons. The Power button turns the light on and off, while the Mode button cycles through different brightness settings. 

About that induction ring: the Flare doesn't have to be plugged into a power outlet after it’s been charged charged by placing it atop the circular induction base. Of courser, the base itself must be plugged into an outlet. The Flare uses a built-in...

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04:07
Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and YouTube will share...

Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and Google’s YouTube have agreed to share with one another identifying digital information of violent terror content that they find on their platforms.

When they remove “violent terrorist imagery or terrorist recruitment videos or images” from their platforms, the companies will include in a shared industry database the hashes, or unique digital fingerprints, of the content.

Other participants can use the shared hashes to help identify matching content on their hosted consumer platforms, review against their respective policies and definitions, and remove the content when appropriate, according to a statement by the companies on Monday.

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04:01
Apple says more iPhone 6s models may be affected by...

Apple has said that the random shutdowns plaguing some iPhone 6s models may be more widespread than it first believed.

Apple initially said that it found that battery components in a particular batch of iPhones were exposed to the air for too long before assembly, causing the batteries to cut out. It has now updated its statement to say that some customers with phones from outside this batch have also experienced shutdowns, and that it will be issuing an iOS update to help track down the cause …

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04:00
Would you like a Mac/iPad/Apple Watch update program?

Apple has an annual subscription program that allows you to update to the latest and greatest version of the smartphone. What if you could do the same with your Mac, iPad, and Apple Watch? As an Apple journalist that would be very cool and convenient. I can’t see it happening, but CCS Insights predicts the Cupertino, California-based company will introduce a combined subscription model for its hardware and services in 2018.

“The concept of ‘Apple as a service’ builds on the success of Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program,” the research group said. 

Of course, the success of such a program depends on what it would cost. Needless to say, it wouldn’t be inexpensive. And while I’d love to be able to easily keep all my Apple equipment up to date, I’m dubious this will happen. However, this isn’t the only prediction CCS made. The analysts also predict:

  • Apple will extend its apps and services to other platforms by 2018;
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03:24
Tim Cook: Apple Watch sales growth is ‘off the...

Rebutting an IDC analyst report that intimated Apple Watch sales were down more than 70% year-over-year, Tim Cook has announced that the Apple Watch is in fact seeing “off the chart” sales growth (via Reuters).

Although Apple refuses to announce exact numbers for units sold, Cook said that during the first week of holiday shopping, Apple Watch sell-through was higher than any other week in the product’s history. Apple expects the product to be one of the top holiday gifts this year, boosted by the introduction of the Apple Watch Series 2.

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03:11
Behold the Electro Mechanical Voice Inscriber from...

Oh my goodness…check out this film about EMVI, the Electro Mechanical Voice Inscriber. This device was invented by a 16 year old kid named Victor Shineman in what looks to be the mid 1950s. Using analog electronic gear, EMVI used a microphone to “convert [spoken] letters into low voltage current. Electrical impulse would type out the spoken letter” on a typewriter. It’s primitive, and it appears to have only done one letter at a time, and maybe even only one letter (“a”). But come on, in the 1950s? Using analog gear? That’s nothing short of magic. This video was shot for the “21st School Science Fair,” put on in New York City by The American Institute of the City of New York. It’s utterly fascinating.


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02:45
iKlip Grip Pro: Adjustable, Tripod, Selfie Stick,...

IK Multimedia announced Tuesday that iKlip Grip Pro has shipped. This clever device serves as a desktop tripod, an above-the-crowd extender (or selfie stick), or a handheld camera grip. It features a pivoting ball-joint attachment for 90 degree angle adjustments and 360 degree rotation. It also comes with a detachable Bluetooth button you can use to trigger your camera app or camera. It will mount a smartphone, GoPro, or DSLR camera, too. I’ve been thinking about tripods recently, and while there are a ton of good ones on the market, this device seems super flexible. I plan on checking it out. It’s US$59.99/€59.99, and it’s available now. The video below offers a solid look at the iKlip Grip Pro.


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02:13
Apple’s Computing Future Could Be the Reverse...

Jean-Louis Gassée has an excellent piece on the future of desktop and mobile operating systems. It includes some lore—including that time Apple tried to buy a a code dump of BeOS from Palm—and some interesting speculation on the future. Both are well worth your time, and it got me thinking about an old interview of Steve Jobs from the mid-1990s. Think: the Reverse ToasterFridge.


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01:17
Amazon Go: a Retail Store with No Checkout Lines (...

Amazon has taken a page from Apple’s book and maybe one-upped it, or at least brought it closer to home. The company announced Amazon Go, a combination retail store and app that allows you to walk in, scan a code, and walk out without doing going through any form of checkout line. Apple’s been doing something similar for years.


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00:45
New Apple Spot: ‘iPhone 7 – Romeo and Juliet’

“Your movies look like movies on iPhone 7.” That’s the tag line to Apple’s newest commercial, iPhone 7 – Romeo and Juliet. It features a performance from Shakespeare’s play of the same name with children in the starring role. The piece looks like a movie at first, but then you see the kids on a stage and a proud parent filming his daughter (Juliet) with his iPhone 7. It’s touching, It’s cute. I suspect it will tug all the right strings for parents with younger kids. I also think it’s a powerful message that paints a solid picture of how good iPhone 7’s camera is without it being a ‘splainy commercial.


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Monday December 5

21:31
Apple Watch sales to consumers set record in holiday...

While Apple may be straying into Amazon territory here (Amazon famously reports “amazing” sales of the Kindle without actually saying how many they’ve sold), it’s still good news that Apple is very happy with the sales figures of the Apple Watch,

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21:24
Flash Deal: 2015 13" MacBook Pro for $1,124...




For two days only, Apple authorized reseller Adorama is taking $175 off Apple's Early 2015 13" MacBook Pro (2.7GHz, 8GB, 128GB) thanks to instant cash savings and a promo code discount. What's more, the MacBook Pro ships for free and Adorama will not collect sales tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

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21:19
Tim Cook refutes negative IDC Apple Watch report,...




Responding to a recent IDC report claiming less than rosy Apple Watch sales for the third quarter of 2016, Apple CEO Tim Cook late Monday said the wearable device's performance actually set a new record during the first week of holiday shopping on the way to what could be its best quarter ever.

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21:10
After adding offline playback, Netflix becomes top...

Netflix has long been one of the most popular iOS apps, but over recent months, the company has seen its revenue from the mobile increase exponentially. As noted in the latest data from analytics firm SensorTower, Netflix recently cracked the number spot on the Top Grossing charts in the United States for the first time ever.

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21:01
Internet-connected toys accused of spying on kids

Smart toys can certainly inject some life into playtime, but they raise big privacy concerns when an internet connection is involved... and if you believe some critics, at least a few toys have crossed the line. Over 18 privacy groups are filing com...

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20:58
Facebook is asking users' help to ID misleading...

The latest addition to Facebook's never-ending parade of experimental features looks like it's all about fake news. Chris Krewson, an editor for Philadelphia publication Billy Penn, has spotted a survey module right underneath a post by the Philadelp...

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20:39
TiVo appears to be testing cloud DVR recording

While a few companies have tried on network/cloud DVR features, TiVo has always been associated with storage that's sitting right in your living room. Previous leaks pointed to a new TiVo box, codenamed Mantis, that might do network recording of OTA...

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20:10
Netflix updated its video encoding to make downloads...

From time to time, Netflix updates the technology it's using to convert and compress each of the digital copies of movies it streams to customers. Because people watch from so many different platforms, in so many different situations, it has to be re...

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18:37
Honda's NeuV concept fires up its 'emotion...

Enthusiasts frequently talk about cars as though they have personalities and feelings, despite that not being the case. However, Honda's latest concept aims to change that. It's called the NeuV, and Honda describes it as an "automated EV commuter veh...

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18:01
Apple's 'Romeo and Juliet' ad puts...




Apple on Monday released its latest iPhone ad, a touching 30-second short highlighting the dual-camera system introduced with iPhone 7 Plus.

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17:57
'Pizzagate' and the real danger of fake...

The internet has always had its fair share of fake news and hoaxes, but it wasn't until recently that it's become an issue of national importance. One of the more vexing questions is whether or not fake news could have influenced the outcome of the e...

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17:17
Tech giants band together to fight terrorist content...

Some of the biggest names in tech have concocted a plan to combat the spread of terrorist content online together. Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and Alphabet-owned YouTube are creating a shared database of "hashes" for any terror-related content they...

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17:16
Netflix top grossing iPhone app after enabling...




Less than a week after enabling downloads of select TV shows and movies for offline viewing, Netflix on Monday beat out popular games and rival streaming services to become the top-grossing iPhone title for the first time ever.

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17:13
Apple’s latest iPhone ad is called ‘Romeo and Juliet...

As we head into the holiday season, Apple is continuing to push its latest iPhone 7 lineup. This evening, the company shared a new advertisement highlighting the dual-camera capabilities of the iPhone 7 Plus and its real-world applications.

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16:23
Using the Universal Audio Fairchild compressor

The Fairchild 670 and 660 are the most coveted vintage compressor/limiters in the world, with good reason. These 20-tube tone titans — which now fetch upwards of $50,000 — impart an unmistakable silky warmth heard on hundreds of hit records from the Beatles and Pink Floyd to countless Motown classics.

I love the sound of the Fairchild. The UA emulation of this classic compressor is amazing.

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16:13
What's on TV: 'Mad Max' Black &...

After a long wait, Team Ico's next release is finally upon us. The Last Guardian arrives on PS4 this week, while Xbox One and PC gamers can experience Dead Rising 4, as well as the game preview release of new MOBA Gigantic. For movie fans, it's time...

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16:07
Despite being an early holdout, CBS boss says the...

One of the hottest stories of the past few weeks has been AT&T’s new DirecTV Now streaming service. We went hands-on with the service last week and noted of one major holdout in terms of channel availability: CBS. Now, however, CBS chairman and CEO Les Moonves has hinted that the two companies are in talks…

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15:51
Cloud accounting firm Xero adds Apple Pay invoice...




Starting Monday, subscribers of cloud-based accounting software firm Xero can offer their customers the option to view and pay off invoices using Apple Pay, streamlining and securing the often cumbersome payment resolution and reconciliation process.

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15:35
The Apple Daily Report for Dec. 5, 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 is readying some upgrades to its iCloud Photos web app found on iCloud.com, according to MacMagazine. The Photos web app allows users to access their iCloud Photo Library through a web browser, across Mac and Windows computers.

Games developers say they have detected significant abuse of Apple’s refund policy on apps, and are being forced to take their own steps to hit back after Apple refused to help. At least four developers cited in The Korea Times say that the problem is that people are...

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14:58
Book lovers: this hotel in a 700-year-old city needs...

This place looks really cool. I hope to lead a “Beginner Photography Tour and Workshop” in Portugal next May and, if we go, this hotel will definitely be on our list of places to check out if not actually stay at.

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14:50
Top 25 news photos of 2016

As to be expected, these are powerful images but beware, some of them may be disturbing for their graphic nature.

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14:35
Demand for wearable tech is growing (but not for...

If you were hoping the smartwatch market would bounce back from its recent slump when a slew of new models hit the market, you're about to be disappointed. IDC estimates that wearable device shipments grew ever so slightly (3.1 percent) in the third...

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14:20
Apple iCloud account sign-in, web apps suffer hours-...




Apple's iCloud was hit with an hours-long downtime on Monday, leaving an unknown number of subscribers without access to account sign-in services and certain web apps normally available through iCloud.com.

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14:08
Design your dream drone with MIT's program

Most of today's commercially available drones have four rotors and more or less look the same (other than that one that's foldable). So if you wanted to own a drone that had, say, five copters or a completely different design altogether, you'd probab...

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14:00
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 5...

Notable software releases this week include DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.9.8, Live Home 3D 3.1, Mailplane 3.6.8, 1Password 6.5.2, Fantastical 2.3.1, and Typinator 7.0.

 

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13:50
iCloud Web Apps and account sign-in experiencing...

According to Apple’s own System Status page, it looks as though some of iCloud’s services are currently down. ‘iCloud Account and Sign In’ and ‘iCloud Web Apps’ are currently noted as being down as far back as 11 AM PST. Our editors and readers alike have confirmed to be running into similar issues. The outage appears to have come just a few short hours after we noted that Apple was also improving iCloud.com’s Photos app.

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13:47
The fascinating history of one of the most popular...

I’ve never been a huge fan of this car (although I did like the earliest versions) but the story of its origins and development is really interesting.

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13:40
AT&T starts testing 5G wireless with Intel in...

Verizon may have beat AT&T to the punch, but no matter -- the second-biggest US carrier has started testing 5G wireless technology that promises to bring gigabit bandwidth to our mobile devices in the coming years. In a blog post, AT&T says t...

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13:34
Notable apps and app updates for Dec. 5, 2016

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.

iOS Apps/Updates

IcySpark has introduced LinkWords. It’s a free word search game. All words on each level are linked together by a common theme. Swipe your finger across each letter: up, down, left, right or diagonally to form the correct word. Puzzles range from 2x2 grids up to 8x8 grids of 64 letters.

macOS Apps/Updates

Zevrix Solutions has announced PDF Checkpoint 1.7.17, a compatibility update to company's PDF preflight and conversion solution. 

The utility automatically preflights, exports as images, splits and optimizes Adobe PDF files. PDF Checkpoint can also convert the color of PDF documents to a specific ICC...

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13:21
Facebook’s Affordable Housing Efforts

Om Malik:

I applaud that Facebook has taken the first step. However, I have doubts that the $20 million it is contributing toward affordable housing in East Palo Alto and Menlo Park is the answer. It is a perfect example of short-term thinking and trying to assuage your internal guilt with a check to charity.

I don’t know what the answer is here, but I do know how real the problem is in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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13:10
Xero now integrates Apple Pay through Stripe

Xero has announced the integration of Apple Pay through Stripe. Xero is online accounting software for small businesses.

Its 862,000 subscribers can now offer their customers the ability to view and pay an invoice using Apple Pay through Stripe, a technology company, operating in over 25 countries, that allows both private individuals and businesses to accept payments over the Internet.

Invoices paid with a payment service get paid almost 80% faster than invoices that don’t offer a payment service, says Craig Walker, Xero’s chief technology officer. 

Currently businesses that want to pay an invoice via credit card need to enter their credit card details to complete the payment. 

Credit card payments via Stripe mean that customers can confirm...

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13:10
Al Gore Meets with Donald Trump: 4 Things They Might...

Politics and technology may have intersected yet again on Monday, as former U.S. Vice President and current Apple board member Al Gore met with President-Elect Donald Trump. Mr. Gore acknowledged the meeting outside of Trump Tower, but here are four topics most likely to have been on the agenda.


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13:02
TMO Background Mode: Interview with Co-Founder of...

Brydge Technologies makes outstanding aluminum, color matched keyboards for most iPads. Co-founder Nicholas Smith took over the original, failing company founded on Kickstarter and breathed new life into it. That was in the form of an outstanding customer relationship and order fulfillment systems. In this episode I chat with Nick about how he turned the product around, moved his company, with 15 people, from SIngapore to Park City, Utah (more consumer focus), decided not to use Apple’s Smart Connector and flourished in a market that now embraces iPads with keyboards. Nick also talks about what prepared him for this kind of venture, his turn-around artistry, and his vision for keyboards on our beloved iPads. He also provides a glimpse of his next new keyboard project. Bonus: we talk about skiing.


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12:58
Facebook Videos Explain AI in a Nutshell


Facebook last week released six videos to educate people about artificial intelligence. AI will bring major changes to society, and will be the backbone of many of the most innovative apps and services of the future, but it remains mysterious, noted Yann LeCun, Facebook's director of AI research, and Joaquin Candela, the company's director of applied machine learning in an online post. The videos are "simple and short introductions" that will "help everyone understand how this complex field of computer science works," they said.

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12:55
Microsoft's second try at social chat bots...

Microsoft's first foray into social chat bots didn't go so well given that propensity for racist diatribes. It's giving the concept another try, however, and this time it promises to be more successful. Twitter user Tom Hounsell has noticed the exist...

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12:34
Apple releases new betas of macOS Sierra 10.12.2,...

Developers on Monday were greeted with new iOS 10.2, macOS Sierra 10.12.2, and watchOS 3.1.1 betas from Apple. Users in the public beta program are also able to install the new iOS and macOS Sierra betas.

Apple has been ramping up the beta development lately. Just last Friday, Apple released beta 5 of iOS 10.2. Four days before that, iOS beta 4 was released, as well as betas for macOS Sierra and watch OS.

The developer notes for the new betas state that the new software are maintenance updates.

Developers in Apple developer program and participants Apple Beta Software Program can install the updates now. If you are a user and are interested in the betas, you can join the Beta Software Program, but keep in mind that you’ll be using software isn’t finalized and could affect your Mac’s performance.

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12:27
Disney can digitally recreate your teeth

Digital models of humans can be uncannily accurate these days, but there's at least one area where they fall short: teeth. Unless you're willing to scan the inside of someone's mouth, you aren't going to get a very faithful representation of someone...

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12:11
Procreate for iPad updates with major layer...




Savage on Monday released a major update to Procreate -- its professional-level illustration app for the iPad -- building in several new options for handling layers, the ability to import PSD files from Adobe Photoshop, and other upgrades.

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12:05
Android 7.1.1 is rolling out now

Google's excellent Pixel phones launched with Android 7.1, a minor update to Nougat that nevertheless included a few handy features. Now, Google has announced that Android 7.1.1 has started rolling out to other Android phones and provide a lot of tho...

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11:36
Plume's WiFi extending pods are now available

If you're having WiFi issues in certain rooms and range extenders or powerline plugs aren't doing the trick, there's another option on the market. Plume's mesh-based "pod" WiFi system is now on sale following a pre-order campaign earlier this year. L...

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11:27
Amazon's new Amazon Go convenience store will...

Amazon.com is still figuring out how to use robots to fill store shelves, but it's about done with clerks. Next year, the company will open a convenience store in Seattle where shoppers can walk in, take what they want -- and leave.

The Amazon Go store is on the corner of 7th Avenue and Blanchard Street in Seattle, in the heart of Amazon's new campus development and a few blocks from the company's headquarters.

Amazon wants people to walk in to the store and then just walk out with what they want.

It's not giving the goods away, though.

To figure out who to charge, and how much, Amazon will identify shoppers by scanning QR codes on their phones as they walk in, and use sensors and computer vision technology to determine which items they take.

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11:19
Apple’s Brisk Moves to the Future Could Damage...

Apple’s Mac business alone amounts to $23 billion annually. Jean-Louis Gassée reminds us that’s as much as the annual revenues of the Northrop Grumman Corp. That’s not something to take lightly. Also, a defocus from Apple branded displays and routers could simply drive customers into the arms of the competition in other closely related product areas. Even computers. Rene Ritche calls it the “Horn Effect.” Page 2 of Friday’s Particle Debris has the conversation.


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11:16
Increase Efficiency with Daylite, The Business...

Feel like you’re always struggling to keep up with your work and never getting ahead? Overwhelmed by of all your tasks, projects, and new business opportunities? Are things slipping through the cracks?

Daylite helps small businesses increase efficiency so you you can handle more projects and clients, without needing more resources. Daylite is used by wedding photographers, lawyers, real estate agents, consulting firms, and design agencies all over the world. Daylite helps small businesses grow by organizing all your clients, projects, tasks, emails, new business opportunities, and schedule – all in one app.

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11:13
Prius plug-in drivers in Japan can earn real-world...

Because saving money on gas just wasn't incentive enough.Buyers of new plug-in Prius models in Japan (known as the Prius Prime in the US) will have another incentive, besides using less gas, to drive in EV mode as much as possible. Toyota has formed...

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11:07
CBS CEO Les Moonves 'not unreasonable,'...




Speaking at a telecommunications and media conference, CBS chairman and CEO Les Moonves hinted that DirecTV Now will be able to add his network's programming to the slate, eventually.

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10:59
New iOS, macOS and watchOS betas available

Apple has introduced a sixth beta version of iOS 10.2, and fifth beta of macOS 10.12.2 Sierra to developers and public beta tester. A fourth watchOS 3.1.1 developer beta has also been seeded.

All of the updates include unspecified bug fixes and performance improvements. Developers can download the beta through the Apple Developer Center or the Software Update mechanism in the App Store. If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do sign up here. The public beta program is free, but remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.

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10:52
VW's new company aims for on-demand self-...

Like other automakers, Volkswagen sees the writing on the wall: it knows that there won't be as much of a reason to own a car in the future between ridesharing (like that of its partner, Gett) and self-driving cars. Accordingly, it's creating a comp...

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10:41
The Black Friday Mac Bundle 2.0: $19.99 Today

We have a slightly different deal for you today. It’s called the Black Friday Mac Bundle 2.0, a collection of 9 Mac productivity apps. The bundle itself isn’t new, but it’s back for a limited time at $19.99. What’s new is that the price is going to go up a dollar every day until the end of this week. That means buy early if you’re interested. Check out the list of apps in the deal description.


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10:36
Apple issues new public & developer iOS 10.2,...




Apple on Monday issued a sixth iOS 10.2 beta and a fifth macOS 10.12.2 beta to developers and public beta testers, as well as a fourth watchOS 3.1.1 developer beta, all of which include unspecified bug fixes and performance improvements.

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10:32
Deals: 32GB iPad Air 2 for $379; 13" MacBook...




Holiday shoppers can save $20-$80 on iPads this week at B&H with free expedited shipping and no tax outside NY. Or snap up a 13" MacBook Air while select models are $100 off. MacBook Pro discounts are also heating up with savings of up to $245 off 2015 models.

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10:31
Runkeeper uses Apple Watch GPS to keep track of your...

Apple Watch Series 2 arrived with two notable updates: waterproofing and built-in GPS. Even though the popular jogging app has been letting users run without their iPhone since last fall, Runkeeper now tasks the wearable's own GPS for better tracking...

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10:28
Fake News and Snatched iPhones – TMO Daily...

The UK police got unlocked access to a suspect’s iPhone but, unlike the FBI earlier this year, they didn’t have to ask Apple to hack it. Interestingly, though, the FBI did something very similar to the UK police a few years ago. Listen to hear more. Then it’s on to how Apple might just be our last hope to save the integrity of the internet. John Martellaro explains!


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10:21
Isn't Fake News Propaganda?


A few years back, when it was one company, HP made a huge mistake that cost a number of people their jobs and forced the replacement of many of its board members. The company suffered through some nasty litigation and several top executives almost landed in jail. The mistake was tied back to something the board authorized, which at the time was called "pretexting." It also went by the more common term "identity theft." It is my belief that the board wouldn't have authorized the effort if it had known what the teams planned to do.

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10:19
Some 2016 MacBook Pros Suffering USB Drive Problems

Some early adopters of Apple’s just-released MacBook Pros are seeing their machines shut down repeatedly and unexpectedly. The problem appears to stem from moving lots of data over multiple hard drives connected via Thunderbolt 3’s USB-C ports, which is, of course, the only way to connect them.

 

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10:11
Apple Watch Gift Guide: best docks, bands, and...

Now is a good time to buy the Apple Watch. A new version with GPS called Series 2 came out in September, and the original model was updated with a speed boost and a new name: Series 1. Both models fix issues that made the original Apple Watch fine for early adopters but harder to recommend to the masses.

There’s also an ecosystem of Apple Watch accessories that we’ve tested and can recommend. Read on for my hand-picked Apple Watch gift guide choices including some out-of-the-box suggestions.

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10:09
BMW remotely locks a thief inside a car

Here's an unexpected perk of owning a tech-savvy car: it can serve as an impromptu jail. When a Seattle-area BMW 550i owner's car was stolen from a parking garage, police got BMW to remotely lock the luxury sedan while the thief was sleeping inside...

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10:04
App Store highlights titles with support for single...




Perhaps hinting at the update's imminent launch, people using the iOS 10.2 beta can now find a section on the App Store dedicated to apps which support single sign-on for their cable, satellite, or internet TV streaming services.

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10:03
Apple releases fifth watchOS 3.1.1 developer beta...

Apple has released the fifth watchOS 3.1.1 beta for developers testing the pre-release software update for Apple Watch. watchOS 3.1.1 includes support for new Unicode 9.0 emoji as well as the ability to change skin tones when picking certain emoji characters.

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10:00
Apple releases iOS 10.2 beta 6 for developer +...

Apple has released the sixth developer and public beta version of iOS 10.2 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. iOS 10.2 includes several upcoming features like new Unicode 9.0 emoji, three new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus wallpapers, a new TV app, additional camera features, new Messages screen effects, and more.

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10:00
News: Apple releases sixth beta of iOS 10.2 to...

Apple has released a sixth beta of iOS 10.2 to developers today, along with the fifth beta of watchOS 3.1.1. Some were hoping for a full public release of iOS 10.2 today, but it appears that’ll have to wait at least a little while longer. We’ll update with any notable findings....

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10:00
Apple Says It Is Working On Self-Driving Cars

For the first time, Apple has said that it is indeed working on technology to develop self-driving cars. The company confirmed late last week its previously secret initiative in a statement to the U.S. highway regulator. From a report on The Guardian: "The company is investing heavily in the study of machine learning and automation, and is excited about the potential of automated systems in many areas, including transportation," said the letter from Steve Kenner, Apple's director of product integrity, to the head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The letter offered no details of the project, instead highlighting the "significant societal benefits of automated vehicles," which it described as a life-saving technology, potentially preventing millions of car crashes and thousands of fatalities each year.In a statement to Financial Times (might be paywalled), a spokesperson for Apple said, "We've provided comments to NHTSA because Apple is investing heavily...

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09:58
Apple releases macOS 10.12.2 beta 5 for developers

Apple has released macOS 10.12.2 beta 5 for Mac. The new update follows the initial macOS 10.12.2 beta at the end of October and multiple additional builds since. Today’s build is 16C60b compared to 16C53a and is available from the Mac App Store.

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09:54
Minneapolis - St. Paul area transit information...




Apple on Monday continued its Transit information expansion and added the public transportation system for Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area to the Maps application.

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09:48
OWC launches redesigned Mercury Elite Pro Dual

OWC has introduced the OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual with Thunderbolt 2 Technology. Designed in Austin, Texas, by the OWC new product development team, it offers speeds up to 474 MB/s, capacities up to 20TB, and RAID modes 0 and 1. 

A newly engineered aluminum enclosure features a larger, quieter fan and an advanced airflow design for drive health and longevity, says OWC CEO Larry O‘Connor. For professionals who need the additional performance of RAID 0 (two disks working together to create one very fast volume), or the peace of mind provided by RAID 1 (two disks mirrored to create instant redundancy), the “Mercury Elite Pro Dual with Thunderbolt 2 Technology packs serious connectivity in a versatile package,” he adds.

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09:47
Former Samsung engineers build a smart umbrella

Wouldn't it be great if your umbrella told you if it was going to rain before you left the house each morning? That's the idea behind the Opus One, a(nother) smart brolly that's been designed by a team of former Samsung engineers. The device (for it...

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09:39
HSBC trialling app that automates your savings

While all the major banks have pretty good online facilities, there's a whole breed of nimble startups using mobile apps and bank account data to create new, more personalised money management services. Hoping to learn some new tricks, HSBC announced...

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09:30
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09:30
The 11 best tech gifts for workaholics

We're not saying you want to enable them (OK, maybe we are), but you definitely know someone who works too much. They chip away at their to-do lists on weekends. They are probably even going to slip away at some point during the holidays to check wor...

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09:13
Computer vision may help the blind see the world

The world is getting better at combining machine learning and computer vision, but it's not just cars and drones that benefit from that. For instance, the same technology could be used to dramatically improve the lives of people with visual impairmen...

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09:00
The best Christmas lights

By Doug Mahoney

This post was done in partnership with The Sweethome, a buyer's guide to the best homewares. When readers choose to buy The Sweethome's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Re...

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08:55
Apple Watch market share falling amongst fitness...




The most recent data examining the wearable technology market shows a growing overall presence, with fitness bands claiming 85% of the third quarter's sales in 2016 and little impact demonstrated from the late-quarter Apple Watch refresh in its short availability in the measuring period.

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08:51
Now you can use Runkeeper without your iPhone thanks...

The best reason to buy an Apple Watch Series 2 is so you can track workouts without carrying on iPhone. The watch’s native Workout app logs runs, swims, and bike rides with help from built-in GPS, but if you’ve been tracking exercise with a third-party app for years, switching is a pain. Runkeeper just updated its watch app with support for the Series 2 so you can log your runs, no iPhone required.

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08:49
Chrome 55 pushes Flash into the background

Chrome version 55 rolled out late last week and drove another nail in the coffin for Flash on the web. Google announced in August that Chrome 55 would default to HTML5 video instead of Flash, effectively blocking Adobe’s web plugin from running on most sites. The company has yet to confirm that Chrome 55 did in fact roll out defaulting to HTML5. We have asked Google for comment and will update this story should the company respond.

Part of the original plan, which actually reaches all the way back to May, was that Flash would be click-to-play on sites that were still exclusively using Flash, although a select number of sites would be “...

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