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Monday January 23

16:22
Qualcomm to continue supplying Apple with chips...




Qualcomm is expected to continue supplying modems and other components to Apple despite facing a $1 billion lawsuit over patent royalties and a related U.S. Federal Trade Commission action involving the Cupertino tech giant, according to a report on Monday,

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16:07
Robotics expert Yoky Matsuoka returns to Nest Labs...

Yoky Matsuoka, an expert in the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence, has returned to Alphabet's Nest Labs after serving less than nine months on the job at Apple, reports Bloomberg. She’ll serve as chief technology officer at Nest Labs.

Matsuoka joined Apple in May to help run the iPhone maker's health technology initiatives, but she left toward the end of 2016, notes Bloomberg. She was an early Nest executive when iPod creator Tony Fadell founded the startup with Matt Rogers in 2010, and she was there when Google bought the business for more than $3 billion in 2014. Matsuoka left the company in 2015 to lead a health data startup called Quanttus. 

In 2007, Matsuoka won a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant for her work in neurorobotics, using technology to help disabled people and stroke victims regain...

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16:06
Apple releases iTunes 12.5.5 for macOS

Apple has released iTunes 12.5.5 for macOS. According to the company, it’s a “minor update” with “performance enhancements.

It’s a 116MB. iTunes 12.5.5 is a free upgrade at the Mac App Store.

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16:05
Apple Investigating Issue With AirPods Randomly...

According to MacRumors, Apple is investigating multiple reports from iPhone owners of AirPods randomly disconnecting and reconnecting during calls. While the issue doesn't appear to be widespread, it appears to be a big enough problem to attract Apple's attention. One of the main reasons why the AirPods were so late to the market was because Apple needed more time to ensure the earpieces had reliable connectivity. Specifically, they were delayed to ensure both earpieces receive audio at the same time. MacRumors reports: A MacRumors forum thread and a long thread on Apple's Support Communities website have been generated by AirPods users who are regularly experiencing Bluetooth connection dropouts during phone calls, despite the fact that the wireless earphones almost never lose their connection when used to listen to music or anything else. MacRumors forum member protobiont wrote: "I've had this happen on two phone calls today. I am talking and suddenly the audio switches to the...

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15:27
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative acquires Meta's...

In September, Facebook CEO and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan promised to spend a whopping $3 billion of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative's extensive capital over the next 10 years, as it works towards its lofty goal of curing, preventing or managing all...

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15:06
Apple releases iTunes 12.5.5 with minor performance...




Continuing Apple's big day of software releases, the company on Monday issued a minor iTunes update that delivers bug fixes and performance improvements to Mac and Windows users.

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14:47
Xbox One gets its first taste of Creators Update...

You don't have to wait long to try some of the big Xbox One upgrades that Microsoft has been promising lately. The company is trotting out an Xbox Insider preview update that includes a few of the bigger improvements that will come alongside the Cre...

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14:45
Apple Senior Director of Design for Mac leaves for...

Chris Lattner isn’t the only high profile Apple executive who departed for Tesla over the past month, rather than sticking around to work on Titan. 9to5mac has learned that Matt Casebolt, a high profile Senior Director of Design for Apple’s Mac lineup left the company last month for a role at Tesla as Sr. Director Engineering, Closures & Mechanisms. A job meant for a man named Casebolt …

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14:29
FY 17 First quarter results

As usual, Apple will announce they’ve made metric buttloads of money.

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14:26
Samsung Explains Note7 Failure, Promises to Do Better


Samsung Electronics on Monday announced that it has developed new quality assurance protocols to ensure that it won't have a repeat of the catastrophic issues that plagued its Galaxy Note7 handsets. The company last fall issued a universal recall after several of the devices caught fire or exploded. In one incident, a Southwest Airlines flight had to be evacuated in Louisville, Kentucky, after a Samsung Galaxy Note7 caught fire and produced thick smoke on an aircraft.

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14:26
'Final Fantasy XV' kicks off a limited-...

It's not just multiplayer games that can host limited-time events. Square Enix is launching the Moogle Chocobo Carnival, a time-sensitive Final Fantasy XV feature, today (January 23rd) at 8PM Eastern. So long as you have the Holiday Pack add-on (fr...

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14:21
Notable apps and app updates for Jan. 23, 2017

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

Gebo Kano has unleashed Endangered Animals - Practise statistics 1.0 for the iPad. It’s a $2.99 educational game for kids to practice and study statistical concepts and charts. The theme is endangered animals and real world examples are used.

Idle Game Studio has introduced Geeks vs Gangsters 1.0.1. The free game combines classic clicker game features with an offline progression with features like a big talent system, two factions to join, multiple managers for different play styles and monthly competitions.

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14:19
AWT News Update: January 23, 2017

Photo from Instagram user emfedor83

  • This Monday turned out to be rather eventful, with updates to all of Apple's operating systems, word of a mysterious Bluetooth/NFC device going through the FCC certification process, and news about an iPhone 7 Plus that went for a long swim in a very cold river and lived!
  • The watchOS 3.1.3 update might be the first update a lot of Watch owners have successfully installed since watchOS 3 first arrived
  • What could a mysterious Apple device with model number A1846 be? We think we have an idea
  • That iPhone 7 Plus of yours is probably much more waterproof than you think it is, with an unplanned test in a frozen-over Russian river showing just how hardy it is

The text version of the podcast can be viewed below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below. Note to Apple News readers: you’ll need to visit Apple World Today in order to listen to the podcast.

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14:17
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 23...

Notable software releases this week include Final Cut Pro X 10.3.2, Compressor 4.3.1, and Motion 5.3.1, BusyCal 3.1.4 and BusyContacts 1.1.6, Mailplane 3.6.9, Boom 2 v1.5.2, Logic Pro X 10.3, and Security Update 2016-007 (Yosemite) and 2016-003 Supplemental (El Capitan).

 

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14:17
ExtraBITS for 23 January 2017

In ExtraBITS this week, Apple pulls reviews for the LG UltraFine 5K Display after a slew of negative comments, JetBlue starts offering free in-flight Wi-Fi, and a new piece of Mac malware turns out to rely on very old code.

 

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14:16
If Apple is working on in-house wireless charging,...

Apple is reportedly working on long-range charging that allows multiple devices to charge anywhere within range of around 20 feet. One report had the company teaming up with Energous to use its WattUp system for its plans. However, an investor's note from Copperfield Research says this isn’t so, and that Apple plans to use its own in-house-developed wireless charging tech.

The research group notes that Apple has filed more than 16 patent applications covering aspects of inductive charging, which is the magnetic coil based wireless charging used in Samsung phones and Apple Watches (WATT’s technology uses RF waves.) The Apple patent portfolio covers both the design and manufacturing of coils, as well as transmitters and receivers. What’s more, Apple’s engineering focus in its patent filings explicitly incorporates inductive charging into handsets. In December Apple filed...

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14:12
Short-term Apple executive Yoky Matsuoka returns to...




Yoky Matsuoka, a leading expert in the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence, is returning to Alphabet's Nest Labs after serving less than nine months on the job at Apple, where she was in charge of various health-related projects including aspects of Apple Watch.

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14:03
[Sponsor] Smartling: Translate Mobile Apps in an...

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14:03
Ajit Pai confirmed as new head of the FCC

Just as expected, Ajit Pai has been named as the new chairman of the FCC, replacing the outgoing Tom Wheeler. Pai has worked at the FCC since May of 2012, when he was nominated by President Obama as the senior Republican party commissioner. In his ti...

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13:52
DirecTV Now breaks 200,000 subscribers in...




AT&T's DirecTV has successfully managed to acquire more than 200,000 paying subscribers within one month of its launch on November 30, but despite the growth, customers of the Internet TV provider are continuing to endure issues with the service.

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13:37
Ex-Apple director Lattner striving to make cars an...




Now heading up Autopilot development at Tesla, former Apple director Chris Lattner says that he's hoping to "accelerate the path to cars being appliances that solve people's problems," rather than machines that require constant maintenance.

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13:35
Right to Repair bills introduced in five states

Anyone with a cracked iPhone screen knows what a pain it is to go through Apple to get it repaired. You have to make a Genius Bar appointment, which may or may not still require you to wait around for a service technician. Then it could be hours befo...

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13:31
Mac sales declined nearly 10% last year as Lenovo,...

It’s not surprising that Mac sales dropped for Apple in 2016 as they experienced their first year over year sales decline since 2001. What is interesting, however, is that as Mac sales dropped roughly 10% and personal computers overall dropped 5.7% for the year, the top four leaders in the market all saw growth as Apple was pushed to number five.

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13:20
Foxconn Considers $7 Billion Screen Factory In US,...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Foxconn, the Taiwanese contract manufacturing company best known for its partnership with Apple, has said that it is mulling a $7 billion investment in U.S. manufacturing that could create between 30,000 and 50,000 jobs. According to The Wall Street Journal, Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou says the company is talking with the state of Pennsylvania among others about getting the land and electricity subsidies it would need to build a factory. "If U.S. state governments are willing to provide these terms, and we calculate and it is cheaper than shipping from China or Japan, then why wouldn't Sharp build a factory in the U.S.?" said Gou. The factory would build flat-panel screens under the Sharp name -- Foxconn bought Sharp around this time last year for $5.1 billion. Sharp President Tai Jeng-wu hinted in October of 2016 that U.S. manufacturing could be a possibility for Sharp, and he also indicated that Apple could begin using OLED...

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13:10
Yelp's redesigned homepage puts photos front...

Yelpers everywhere will soon be greeted with a new homepage. Earlier today, Yelp announced it's rolling out a redesign that focuses on showcasing imagery from users, as well as content from different local services (think: not only restaurants). Yelp...

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12:58
∞ Watch a frozen engine warm up with a thermal camera

This video was way more interesting than it had any right to be.

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12:46
The scam that fooled Sherlock’s creator

I’ve read various versions of this story for years. It’s always fascinating and an instructive lesson that everyone can be fooled if they want to be.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:45
Humanoid beer-and-pizza-fetching robot is charmingly...

Delivery robots are starting to hit the streets, but few do it with as much joie de vivre as a new device called the Fundroid. The gender-neutral beer-and-pizza-fetching robot, lovingly nicknamed Funnie, debuted at the Software For Artists event Sund...

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12:24
Apple Watch, Apple TV also get the update love today

To go along with the fresh iOS 10.2.1 and macOS Sierra 10.12.3 updates today, Apple also rolled out updates for tvOS and watchOS. watchOS 3.1.3 is the first update since 3.1.1 hit the streets back in December -- I could never personally get watchOS 3.1.1 to install on my Watch, so it will be interesting to see if the update I'm doing right now succeeds. 

The watchOS update can only be installed through the Watch app on the iPhone, and is found by tapping on General > Software Update. You'll need to have your iPhone nearby throughout the update, and the Watch must be plugged into a charger and have at least 50% battery life remaining.

tvOS 10.1.1 looks like it's a maintenance update with few differences from 10.1, which was released in December. If you don't have your fourth-generation Apple TV set up to do automatic updates, you'll need to go into Settings > System > Software Update to download and install the new tvOS.

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12:18
Logic Pros: Syncing sessions to GarageBand for iOS...

Last week Apple released Logic Pro X 10.3 with a ton of new features for pros and a refreshed user interface. In today’s Logic Pros, we give you the rundown on the update’s new iCloud syncing feature that lets you easily send your session to GarageBand for iOS.

With the new feature, you now have a one-tap method to send a reference of what you’re working on in Logic over to Garageband, allowing you to continue working on it outside of the studio anywhere you might have an iPhone or iPad. Any tracks and edits you make automatically get synced back to Logic for when you return to the studio.

Here’s how it works:

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12:14
The White House's Spanish-language website is...

Under both George W. Bush and Barack Obama, the White House maintained a Spanish-language version of its official website, while the Obama administration also updated its companion Twitter account, @LaCasaBlanca. Since noon on Friday, just after Pres...

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12:11
FCC filing reveals Apple still working on Apple TV-...




A new listing on the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's regulatory database reveals Apple is still working on an unannounced product equipped with near-field technology that first surfaced in September of 2016.

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12:08
Got a new Mac? Protect it with AppleCare and save up...




If you received a new Mac for the holidays or bought a 2016 12" MacBook on release day, now is the time to purchase an AppleCare extended protection plan before the one-year warranty expires. Adorama is slashing prices on standalone AppleCare purchases by as much as $90 -- and all plans comes with free shipping and no tax outside NY and NJ.

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12:03
Apple latest to settle lawsuit with e-Watch over...




Apple has reached a settlement with a San Antonio, Tex.-based firm called e-Watch, which claimed that the company was violating two U.S. patents related to cellphone cameras.

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11:55
White House adds four 'Skype seats' for...

Starting this week, the White House will open up four so-called Skype seats to reporters outside of Washington, DC. Press secretary Sean Spicer announced the move in a briefing today, one that he says will "open up the briefing room to journalists wh...

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11:48
macOS 10.12.3 fixes graphics switching problems with...

Enlarge / The new 15-inch MacBook Pro. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

In addition to minor updates for iOS, watchOS, and tvOS, Apple has released version 10.12.3 of macOS Sierra to the public today. The update is available through the Mac App Store and will be available later today on Apple's Downloads page; new copies of the Sierra installer downloaded after today should also include the update.

Compared to 10.12.2, today's update is pretty limited in scope. Apple is still making some fixes specific to the new MacBook Pros, particularly to the graphics switching mechanism of the 15-inch model (though we have no...

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11:40
MacOS Sierra 10.12.3 update fixes the Safari bug...

Let’s start the week with a macOS Sierra update, shall we? On Monday, Apple released macOS Sierra 10.12.3, which includes a number of updates for all Mac users, as well as updates that owners of the new MacBook Pro will need.

While not specifically noted in the release notes, this update should fix the Safari bug that plagued the MacBook Pro during testing by Consumer Reports. During its initial review, Consumer Reports had wildly varying results with battery life, prompting the publication to withhold a recommendation of the laptop. A follow-up with Apple resulted in the discovery of a bug in Safari that affected battery life. Consumer Reports said that Apple implemented the fix...

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11:35
AT&T adds an international roaming day pass with...

AT&T subscribers haven't had the greatest international roaming options. The carrier's Passport plans give you a tiny amount of data even at the highest tier, which could make it cheaper to unlock your phone and use a travel-friendly SIM card. At...

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11:08
X-Doria Revel case: Eye-catching design for iPhone 7

We see a lot of iPhone cases here at Apple World Today, so it really takes a different case to turn our heads. For example, we recently reviewed several leather cases (see here and here) that are incredibly beautiful and functional. But what about the good old generic polycarbonate iPhone cases? Occasionally one will stick out from the crowd, and that's the situation with the X-Doria Revel case (US$29.95, or use this affiliate link to help support Apple World Today and get the Revel for as little as $17.95).

X-Doria Revel...

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11:06
Google Voice modernized with cleaner appearance,...




Google has relaunched Google Voice, refreshing the VoIP service with an updated web experience and modernized iOS and Android apps, among other new features, in the cross-platform calling service's first significant update in over five years.

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10:57
Google Voice updated w/ redesigned web & iOS...

Back in 2009, Google launched an ambitious voice-forwarding service that allowed users to maintain one number across multiple devices. Today, Google Voice received its first major update in years that sees a redesigned web interface, iOS app, and the promise of continued updates.

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10:49
macOS Sierra 10.12.3 is here with MacBook Pro, PDF...

Apple has updated macOS Sierra to version 10.12.3, recommending the update for all users. Owners of the October, 2016 MacBook Pros will find that the update provides some fixes for their devices.

The update also provides a fix for a bug that prevented the searching of scanned PDF documents in Preview. Whether this resolves all of the many issues that we've seen with PDFs and Preview remains to be seen, and we'll update this post as we find out.

The update can be found in the Mac App Store under Updates. 

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10:49
iOS 10.2.1 is all about fixing bugs and patching...

Enlarge (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

After several weeks of beta testing, Apple has released iOS 10.2.1 to the public today. The update is fairly minor, and includes no major improvements to core iOS apps or features; the release notes say only that it fixes bugs and includes security improvements. The security page for the update lists a number of vulnerabilities in the kernel, WebKit, and the Contacts app that have all been fixed, as has a bug that could allow attackers to briefly access the home screen on an Activation Locked iPad that had been reset.

The update is available for everything that...

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10:45
Apple issues watchOS 3.1.3 and tvOS 10.1.1...




Adding to the bevy of updates, Apple on Monday released watchOS 3.1.3 and tvOS 10.1.1, the former being Apple's first Watch update since the botched 3.1.1 code from December.

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10:35
China just made VPNs illegal

Chinese authorities block access to big-name websites such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and numerous others, and to thwart these restrictions, many residents on the mainland use virtual private networks. Starting this week, that could be a crime. Us...

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10:34
New macOS 10.12.3 update implements MacBook Pro GPU...




In conjunction with iOS, tvOS, and watchOS updates, Apple has also released the 10.12.3 update to macOS Sierra, bringing GPU driver updates to the 2016 MacBook Pro, and a fix for PDF corruption.

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10:18
iOS 10.2.1 arrives, bringing security updates and...

A bit more than a month after iOS 10.2 was released, Apple has just pushed iOS 10.2.1 to users or iPhone and iPad. The new version is rather small in size (67.4MB for the iPhone 7 Plus), and seems to be primarily targeted at squashing bugs that appeared in 10.2 as well as providing additional security features.

As of the time of publication of this post, Apple had not updated its support website with information on the security content of the 10.2.1 update.

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10:15
Apple releases finished iOS 10.2.1 update bringing...




Wrapping up weeks of beta testing, Apple on Monday released the completed version of iOS 10.2.1, a minor update for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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10:13
∞ Apple releases macOS Sierra 10.12.3

The update is available by going to the Mac App Store and clicking on the Updates tab.

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10:12
Apple releases watchOS 3.1.3 software update for...

Apple has released the watchOS 3.1.3 software update for all Apple Watch users. The release notes confirm that the update is focused on bug fixes and performance improvements as suggested by the version number.

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10:11
How to use offline mode in Google Maps with your...




One of the continuing advantages of Google Maps over Apple's native iOS Maps app is better support for going offline -- something particularly important when going on vacation, traveling through rural areas, or otherwise passing through regions with weak internet access. Here's how to take advantage of those offline functions on your iPhone or iPad.

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10:10
The US Press Corps vs. Trump: A Teachable Moment


Life is about negotiation. We negotiate our relationships -- including marriage, which is a contract that many don't take seriously. We negotiate our jobs, and we negotiate our interactions with our families. Those who are good at this tend to have relatively happy lives. While they don't get everything they might want, they get more than most. When things go badly, they degrade into wars, and both sides lose. That is what was in the front of my mind last week, when I read the idiotic open letter to President Trump from the U.S. Press Corps.

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10:10
Snapchat fights clickbait in Discover stories

Clickbait headlines and fake news aren't limited to the web and social networks. They're also problems in mobile services, and Snapchat wants to do something about it. The company is instituting rules that prevent Discover publishers from misleadin...

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10:09
Google Voice gets updated

The first thing you’ll notice about the updated Google Voice apps is a cleaner, more intuitive design that keeps everything organized. Your inbox now has separate tabs for text messages, calls and voicemails.

It’s been updated for iOS, Android and the web.

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10:07
macOS 10.12.3 software update hits the Mac App Store

Apple has officially released macOS 10.12.3 for Mac users. New features haven’t been discovered in macOS 10.12.3 betas, suggesting the software update is focused on bug fixes and performance improvements. We’ll update with any notable changes below:

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10:07
Reports: Apple, Foxconn considering a $7 billion...

Apple is reportedly considering moving some of its iPhone production to the United States. Taiwanese iPhone producer Foxconn is considering a $7 billion joint investment in a display production facility, the company’s chairman told reporters.

According to the Nikkei Asian Review, Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou said “Apple is willing to invest in the facility together” because it needs display panels for its products. The plant could create 30,000 to 50,000 jobs.

But Gou said U.S.-made iPhones would likely cost more than those produced at Foxconn’s Zhengzhou, China facility, which churns out more than 100 million iPhones per year.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment,...

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10:04
Apple releases tvOS 10.1.1 software update for Apple...

Apple has released the tvOS 10.1.1 software update for Apple TV. tvOS 10.1.1 is likely a software update focused on bug fixes and performance improvements. tvOS 10.1 was a feature update that included the new TV app for the first time.

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10:00
Apple releases iOS 10.2.1 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod...

Apple has officially released iOS 10.2.1 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. iOS 10.2.1 is likely a bug fix and performance improvement release. The initial beta was released on December 14 with a second beta issued before the holiday break. We’ll test the official version and highlight any changes discovered below.

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09:51
Sprint acquires 33% of Tidal music service

As part of the partnership, Sprint will acquire 33 percent of TIDAL. JAY Z and the artist-owners will continue to run TIDAL’s artist-centric service as it pioneers and grows the direct relationship between artists and fans. The formidable pairing of Sprint and TIDAL will grow customers on both platforms by offering exclusive access for customers who subscribe to TIDAL. Sprint’s chief executive officer, Marcelo Claure, will also join TIDAL’s Board of Directors.

Everyone wants in on music streaming, so this makes sense for Sprint—it’s an extra it can offer its customers. It also makes sense for Tidal because things haven’t been going well for them. Even Kanye West was begging Apple to buy Tidal.

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09:42
Self driving cars are not “five years away”

The optimism for self-driving cars is great. It will drive innovation and excitement. But it must be tempered with reality.

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09:42
Google Voice gets a long-overdue visual refresh

Google Voice is undoubtably useful, but it has also been neglected for a long time. Fortunately, the rumors were true: Google just released a pretty major visual overhaul of Voice, and there are a handful of new features on board as well. Most obviou...

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09:39
Do you prefer desktop Macs, laptop MacBooks, or both...

Deciding between desktop Macs and laptop MacBooks can be challenging — you typically get more computer for your money with desktops, but notebooks aren’t anchored down to one location. Managing two Macs is getting easier with features like automatic software updates and iCloud Drive syncing Desktop and Documents folders across machines, but using one Mac is often easier to manage and more affordable.

My own setup has shifted over the years from laptop only to both desktop and laptop to desktop only. I’ve found that I’m most productive and comfortable when using a desktop with a large display and a dedicated mouse and keyboard, but I also benefit from being able to take my work out of the office.

Given the current Mac lineup and my own needs, I’m settling on a MacBook Pro with external display, mouse, and keyboard to balance portability and ergonomics. What’s your ideal setup? Desktops...

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09:31
Apple Releases macOS Sierra 10.12.3, iOS 10.2.1,...

Apple has updated all of its operating systems, with the macOS Sierra 10.12.3 update addressing the serious bug introduced in 10.12.2 that caused Preview to delete OCR text layers in PDF files.

 

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iTunes Extras HD Movie Sale $5...

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09:28
Gazelle offering $20 discount on iPads, iPhone 6/6s

We're an affiliate of Gazelle, a huge buyer/seller of used Apple gear. The company takes top-quality devices that it buys from users who are usually trading up to new gear, then runs them through a refurbishment and certification program before making them available to the public at a discount. The company announced today that through February 2nd, it's taking an additional $20 off the price tag on any certified used iPhone 6, iPhone 6s or iPad.

So what are the prices like? How about a 12.9-inch iPad Pro 128GB (Wi-Fi) for $669? That's $230 less than what you'd pay at an Apple Store. An iPhone 6s Plus (AT&T, 128GB) for $518 -- that's $201 less than Apple's price.

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09:19
Samsung will keep using the Galaxy Note brand

Now that Samsung has pinpointed the suspected causes of the Galaxy Note 7's battery fires, there's one question on many people's minds: will the Galaxy Note brand carry on, or is it tarnished forever? If you're a fan, you can relax. The company's D...

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09:15
∞ Kemper Profiler Delays

The Kemper Profiler is quite an interesting machine. I haven’t talked to anyone that doesn’t like it and at NAMM they released some new delays, along with other software. Delays in the hands of an expert, like in this video, sound incredible.

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09:06
Foxconn wants “bargain rates” on land and power...

Foxconn, the Taiwanese contract manufacturing company best known for its partnership with Apple, has said that it is mulling a $7 billion investment in US manufacturing that could create between 30,000 and 50,000 jobs. According to The Wall Street Journal, Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou says the company is talking with the state of Pennsylvania among others about getting the land and electricity subsidies it would need to build a factory.

“If US state governments are willing to provide these terms, and we calculate and it is cheaper than shipping from China or Japan, then why wouldn’t Sharp build a factory in the US?" said Gou.

The factory would build flat-panel screens under the Sharp name—Foxconn bought Sharp around this time last year for $5.1 billion. Sharp President Tai Jeng-wu...

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09:01
Qualcomm financials under the gun if Apple postpones...




Apple chip supplier Qualcomm could take a major financial hit if the former decides to withhold royalties until its $1 billion lawsuit is finished, an analyst noted on Monday.

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09:00
ZTE is learning crowdfunding requires a crowd

A few days ago, ZTE's Jeff Yee posted a mea culpa on a company forum, explaining that his team had made a mistake. He was referring to Hawkeye, the culmination of the CSX project to design a smartphone with suggestions from the community. It was much...

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08:54
Pro Tools 12.7

From powerful new loop-based music creation and trying ideas via Revision History, to timesaving workflows that simplify editing and post production, Pro Tools enables you to create at the speed of your imagination—without limits.

The new version of Pro Tools looks impressive. I watch a couple of demos at NAMM last weekend and was impressed with what I saw—I’ll be getting the update.

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08:49
Samsung may delay launch of Galaxy S8

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd indicated on Monday that its latest flagship Galaxy S smartphone could be delayed as it pledged to enhance product safety following an investigation into the cause of fires in its premium Note 7 devices.

Good idea. Let’s not endanger the public again.

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08:45
Ice fisher's iPhone 7 Plus survives 13-hour...




An ice fishing accident has led to an unexpected demonstration of the iPhone 7's water resistance capabilities, after an iPhone 7 Plus was retrieved in from the bottom of a frozen-over river, and found to be in perfect working order.

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08:37
Deals: $250 off 15" MacBook Pros; $300 off 13...




Kicking off the week, readers can snap up a Late 2016 15" MacBook Pro for $2,149. Or opt for a 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and AppleCare for $1,748.99 with promo code. B&H is also taking $300 off the DJI Phantom 3 4K drone today only with no tax outside NY.

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08:35
'Star Wars: Episode VIII' is called '...

Holster those blasters. Turn off your lightsaber. Something important has just happened. The powers that be at Disney and Lucasfilm have decided to reveal the full name for Star Wars: Episode VIII today, which graces movie theaters on December 15th,...

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08:27
Cassette sales actually went up in 2016

We're barely a month into the new year, but it's already clear some of us still want to live in the past. Case in point: US cassette tape sales actually grew in 2016, with a whopping 129,000 copies sold. That might not be as many as the number of vin...

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08:12
Sprint takes a 33 percent stake in Tidal

Mobile phone service provider Sprint announced this morning that it has taken a 33 percent stake in Tidal, one of the few music-streaming services to offer high-resolution audio streams. As part of the deal, Sprint says its customers will get exclusive access to certain content. Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure will also join Tidal’s board of directors.

“Sprint shares our view of revolutionizing the creative industry to allow artists to connect directly with their fans and reach their fullest, shared potential,” Tidal owner Jay Z (née Shawn Carter) said in a press release. “Marcelo understood our goal right away and together we are excited to bring Sprint’s 45 million customers an unmatched entertainment experience.”

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07:36
Reports of stuck keys on 12-inch MacBooks, some...

An Apple Support Communities thread has multiple reports of stuck keys on the 12-inch MacBook. Some users report that they were able to resolve the issue themselves by cleaning out debris, while others have had machines replaced by Apple under warranty …

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07:29
Samsung Galaxy S8 to miss Mobile World Congress...




Owing to precautions set up in the wake of the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung's next rival to the Apple iPhone -- the Galaxy S8 -- won't be revealed at late February's Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona, the company's mobile head revealed on Monday.

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07:05
Apple Watch pop-up store in Galeries Lafayette...




Apple has shut down a second dedicated Apple Watch gallery, with the closure of the boutique store in the Galeries Lafayette shopping center in Paris taking place weeks after a similar Apple Watch pop-up shop in London closed.

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06:55
How to set the time ahead on your Apple Watch

There are people (I’m looking at you, my dear wife) who love to set their clocks and watches ahead a few minutes to make sure they won’t be late.

Well, there must be enough of these people, since Apple has baked that capability into the Apple Watch settings. If this appeals to you, or you know someone with that particular bent, read the post for the details.

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06:54
Analyst: Apple will replace Touch ID tech with...

In a note to clients — as noted by AppleInsider — KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says Apple will replace existing Touch ID technology with optical fingerprint readers, a change that could arrive as soon as this year, as Apple is expected introduce a full-screen OLED iPhone model this fall.

What’s more, he says Apple is developing advanced biometric security technologies, including facial recognition. Kuo predicts that Apple will turn to optical type fingerprint sensing technology capable of accepting readings through OLED panels without need for capacitive charge components. These "under panel" systems allow for a completely uniform screen surface, an aesthetic toward which the smartphone industry is trending, notes AppleInsider

Chances that this will happen (IMHO): 80%. Apple has filed patents for...

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06:50
Game review: Yuri

I have become a big fan of John Voorhees’ game reviews for MacStories. If John points out an iOS game, I’ll inevitably end up loving it.

This one, Yuri, looks like another winner. Thanks, John.

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06:47
Apple Inc: A pre-mortem

The linked article is a detailed criticism of Apple, and ends with this quote from Phil Schiller, from his appearance on John Gruber’s WWDC Talk Show, back in June of 2015:

We don’t need to be told how great we are, and how big we are. It’s not about that, and we don’t want it to become about that. It’s not about P/Es, and it’s not about market value. I mean, sure, the finance team has to worry about that. But for the rest of us, it’s about: Are we making the best product? Do people love what we do? Is it changing lives? And if it isn’t, then beat us up until it is.

Take some time to read the whole piece. There are some common themes (notably, the way Apple approaches UX and content discovery), and the sense is that the author is truly trying to help spot problems, rather than (as the title suggests), point to Apple’s inevitable doom.

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06:45
Wistron reportedly to be first choice for...

Apple has chosen Wistron to be the first original equipment manufacturer (OEM)  in India for this year’s iPhones, while Foxconn Electronics and other makers will become second OEMs if demand increases, reports DigiTimes. 

Wistron has purportedly expanded smartphone production capacity in Kunshan, eastern China, and in India. Foxconn is the world’s largest electronics contractor manufacturer and is based in Taiwan. Wistron, also based in Ttaiwan, is an original design manufacturer.

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06:39
Foxconn won’t be primary iPhone assembler in India,...

As Apple gears up to begin manufacturing iPhones in India as part of a deal to open retail stores in the country, it’s being reported that its main assembler – Foxconn – will not be the lead supplier. Instead, a company with existing smartphone manufacturing facilities in the country, Wistron, is said to have been selected by Apple as its primary supplier in India.

It’s not the first time we’ve heard iPhone-related rumors about Wistron …

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06:36
Apple, Foxconn reportedly considering a $7 billion U...

Taiwan-based Apple supplier, Foxconn, is reportedly considering a joint investment with Apple for more than$7 billion for an automated display facility in the United States. The production site would eventually create 30,000 to 50,000 jobs, CEO Terry Gou told the press, according to Nikkei.

While American manufacturing is typically more expensive, he claimed that growing demand for larger display panels made U.S. production a better option than importing parts from China. In addition to the proposed display facility, Gou said Foxconn plans a new molding facility in the U.S., with the state of Pennsylvania a possible site following investment discussions with local officials.

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06:32
Qualcomm’s official comment on Apple’s $1B lawsuit

On Friday, we reported on Apple’s billion dollar Qualcomm lawsuit.

Qualcomm has since released this official comment:

“While we are still in the process of reviewing the complaint in detail, it is quite clear that Apple’s claims are baseless. Apple has intentionally mischaracterized our agreements and negotiations, as well as the enormity and value of the technology we have invented, contributed and shared with all mobile device makers through our licensing program. Apple has been actively encouraging regulatory attacks on Qualcomm’s business in various jurisdictions around the world, as reflected in the recent KFTC decision and FTC complaint, by misrepresenting facts and withholding information. We welcome...

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06:28
Wistron set to help produce Apple's 2017...




Apple has indeed picked Wistron to be its first iPhone manufacturer in India, with plans to get the company working phones launching later this year, a report claimed on Monday -- despite Apple having not yet secured a deal to set up Indian manufacturing.

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06:26
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey explains @POTUS account snafu

There was a bit of a snafu on Friday, as people found themselves following both the @POTUS account (the official account of the President of the United States) and the @POTUS44 account (the account specific to the 44th administration).

This would typically not be that big a deal, just unfollow the account you don’t want to follow, but clearly these are not normal times, and this issue rose to the CEO level.

Regardless of how you feel about the story notability, the thread Jack Dorsey started is an interesting read, for the comments on this specific situation and the details on @POTUS transition.

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06:20
Some users finding AirPods drop phone call audio...




Apple is looking into claims by a number of AirPods owners that the audio accessories have connectivity issues, with the Bluetooth connection temporarily dropping during phone calls, yet not during music playback.

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06:18
Foxconn considers $7bn US display facility with Apple

Debbie Wu, Nikkei Asian Review:

Key iPhone assembler Hon Hai Precision Industry is mulling a joint investment with Apple topping $7 billion for a highly automated display facility in the U.S., Chairman Terry Gou said Sunday.

Note that Hon Hai Precision Industry, Ltd, trades as Foxconn. They are one and the same.

And:

“Apple is willing to invest in the facility together because they need the [panels] as well,” Gou told reporters after the company’s annual year-end party in the Nankang district of Taipei. The U.S. production site eventually would create 30,000 to 50,000 jobs, the Taiwanese tycoon said.

And:

In addition to the proposed display facility, Gou said Foxconn plans a new molding facility in the U.S., with the state of Pennsylvania a possible site following investment discussions with local officials...

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06:09
Macs remain the most reliable computers with less...

Apple’s Macs are more expensive to buy than PCs but IBM says they come with less problems according to RESCUECOM's Annual 2017 Computer Reliability Report.

"Every Mac we buy is in fact continuing to make and save IBM money," says Fletcher Previn, vice president of Workplace as a Service at IBM.

Apple's high reliability may be due to the durability of its components, providing a lower computer repair rate, and the complimentary tech support that comes with most products. The annual RESCUECOM 2017 Computer Reliability Report shows that Apple is leading the pack for computer reliability, while continuing to hold a large U.S. market share.

Samsung remains high for reliability, receiving little impact from the exploding Galaxy smartphones debacle, according to RESCUECom, a computer repair and tech support company. Lenovo products take the number four spot for computer reliability. 

In the last quarter of 2016, Microsoft launched the Surface Studio, touting...

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06:04
Sprint buys 33 percent of Tidal, pair teaming to...




Sprint has announced that it has forged a deal for 33 percent ownership of music streaming service Tidal, and as part of the deal, Sprint customers will receive "exclusive artist content" not available anywhere else.

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05:51
A look inside Apple’s temporary replacement for its...

We learned earlier this month that Apple would be temporarily relocating its iconic glass cube store on New York’s Fifth Avenue in order to carry out refurbishments. The temporary store is now open, and we’ve now be able to see what the interior looks like.

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05:40
Sprint acquires 33% stake in TIDAL music streaming...

Sprint today announced that it’s acquiring a large 33% stake in the Jay-Z owned streaming music service TIDAL, which debuted ahead of competitor Apple Music back in 2015. Jay-Z and crew will continue to run the service, according to the company’s announcement, but the deal will give Sprint customers access to exclusive content through the service:

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05:15
Rumor: iPhone 8 to receive OLED display, updated 3D...

The current rumors are in and according to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the new OLED iPhone will use a flexible display panel, which will likely allow it to curve around the sides of the main chassis. However, this makes it incompatible with the existing 3D Touch pressure sensors seen in the iPhone 6s and iPhone 7.

As a result, the next-gen iPhone will switch from a ‘FBCB sensor to a film sensor’, offering higher sensitivity and a wider range of 3D Touch pressure levels.

While OLED panels tend to be more fragile than LCD displays, Apple is said to be reinforcing the 3D Touch sensor with a metal structural part to offer additional support. The recently-published KGI note doesn’t state whether the support would be externally visible and it’s that that this will be an internal component.

Apple’s new flagship iPhone, currently being dubbed the ‘iPhone 8’, is expected to launch in the fall. Many sources indicate the device will be a major upgrade from the iPhone 7...

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05:12
Apple settles patent infringement lawsuit with e-...

Apple has reached a settlement ending E-Watch’s claims that the company is infringing two patents related to cellphone camera technology, according to a document filed in Texas federal court on Friday.

In a three-page joint motion to dismiss, E-Watch and Apple told U.S. Magistrate Judge Roy S. Payne that they have reached a settlement ending San Antonio-based e-Watch’s claims, reports Law360. E-Watch filed several identical infringement complaints against some of the biggest names in electronics in December 2013, including Apple, Nokia, and Sony. It claimed their camera phones, including Apple’s iPhone 4S, violated its patented system, which does things such as capture and transmit images via camera phones.

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05:00
Meitu selfie app apparently collecting, transmitting...

The good news is that the Meitu app adds some cool selfie editing tools, allowing you to pretty much transform your selfie pictures into nifty anime characters.

The bad news is that the app is apparently sending back as much private information as it can to a Chinese source.

The MeituPic app, launched in 2013, soared to the top of the Chinese app charts. It was rebranded as “Meitu” in 2016 and works by taking a selfie, smoothing a person’s skin, adding virtual makeup and a number of other effects.

Meitu then asks for your phone’s location, Wi-Fi connection information, time zone, local IP address, SIM card number, whether a phone is jailbroken, and, on Android devices, the unique identity number (IMEI). This data is seemingly being sent back to China.

“Meitu’s sole purpose for collecting the data is to optimise app performance, its effects and features and to better understand our consumer engagement with in-app advertisements,” a statement from the...

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05:00
Find your car in seconds with the Zus Smart Car...

The Apple World Today Deals Shop has some great deals on accessories, and you're going to want this one. Winner of the IF 2016 Design Award and a 2016 Red Dot Design Award, the Zus Smart Car Charger and Locator ($29.99 - 40% off regular price!) not only charges phone and tablet batteries at up to twice the speed of other car chargers, but also works as a homing device to help you find your parked car.

Just install the free iPhone app and get pointed in the right direction to find your car. That's not all Zus will do for you; it also captures miles driven, perfect for keeping tax mileage records or reporting mileage expenses. And since it's plugged...

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