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Wednesday October 19

Jacobs Medical Center implementing an industry-first...

As noted today at the Jamf Nation User Conference, Jacobs Medical Center at UC San Diego Health — working with Jamf IT management solutions— will open new month and deploy a first-of-its-kind (and only one of its kind, in fact) patent care solution using iPads and Apple TVs (connected to a 60-inch TV).

The implementation will transform the patient experience, said Marc Sylwestrzak of UC San Diego Health. The hospital will have Apple technology in all 245 of its patient rooms. 

Patients can use the iPad/Apple TV set-up to access their medical information, control their room environment (lighting, temperature, the television, etc.), even play Angry Birds if they wish. There’s an automated digital sterilization system so all patent info on iPads are wiped clean when patients are discharged. 

What’s more, no additional staff is required to implement this system, according to Eric Boyd of UC San Diego Health. If Apple promoted this solution to other hospitals, it...

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Meet Moov HR, the ultra-cheap heart-rate sensor you...

Heart-rate sensors are becoming de rigueur in fitness bands, because having that data leads to more accurate workout tracking. But while sensors on the wrist have improved in terms of accuracy, they’re still not quite up to the gold standard of consumer-grade heart-rate monitoring devices: chest straps. For some (picture me raising my hand here), chest straps aren’t exactly fun to wear. Now fitness band maker Moov is putting a sensor on a more comfortable spot: your head.

The new Moov HR can be tucked inside the HR Sweat headband or the HR Swim swim cap, each costing $60 or $100 for both, and measures your heart rate through your temples. I saw a demo video of the Moov HR sensor in action on a treadmill runner who was hooked up to an EKG machine, and the heart rate data was consistently spot on. (I haven’t yet tested the Moov HR for myself, so I’m...

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T-Mobile to pay $48 million in settlement over...

Call it the “Un-fine.” 

Perhaps that’s how T-Mobile, the self-described uncarrier, will spin Wednesday’s settlement with the FCC. The nation’s third-largest wireless network will pay $48 million total including customer benefits, education donations, and a fine as part of an agreement reached with the FCC.

Good settlement with FCC today. @TMobile believes more info is best for customers. #themoreyouknow

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IBM has over 90,000 Macs (and they’re three times...

At today’s Jamf Nation User Conference, Fletcher Previn, IBM vice president of Workplace as a Service, said that the company now has over 90,000 Macs deployed and that this number will pass 100,000 before the end of the year. (Last October the number was 30,000, so it’s obvious how quickly things are growing.)

“And we think that this is just the tip of the iceberg in the beginning of our deployment of Macs,” Previn said. “We add 1,300 new Macs per week.”

IBM has the largest Mac deployment in the world. And it’s resulting in cost savings and more employee engagement. When it comes to mobile devices, 66% use iOS gadgets. Counting iPhones and iPads 217,000 are in use at IBM. Ninety-one percent of IBM users are happy with their Apple devices. And less than 1% have returned their Mac and asked for a PC laptop instead. Seventy-three percent of IBM employees want their next computer to be a Mac.

Previn said that allowing IBM employees to use Macs (and iOS devices)...

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Final Cut Pro X trial page download link alludes to...

It’s been months since Apple’s pro video app Final Cut Pro X received an update, but if the trial version is anything to go by, then an update may be right around the corner. more…

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Facebook wants to replace Yelp with your friends...

Facebook just announced helpful new features that are rolling out in the U.S. starting today, and at top of the list is a new way to get dining, event, and business recommendations from your friends.

The new feature goes deeper than reading comments on a post when you’re looking for great local coffee—although that's a big part of it. Facebook will intelligently organize all your friends' recommendations into one spot, and put each recommendation on a map for you to peruse. There’s also a new recommendations section where you can ask a new question or add your recommendation for others.

Facebook says it’s rolling out the new feature since many people already turn to the social network for recommendations on an informal basis. “Whether traveling to a new place, looking for a hair salon, or searching for the perfect place to eat, people already turn to their friends, family, and local Groups on Facebook for...

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Smartphone camera shootout: Google Pixel takes on...

Another shootout between the three most popular camera phones. Interesting to compare the Verge’s opinions with those of the CNET article I linked to yesterday.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Apple stops signing iOS 9.3.5, halting any...

As of Wednesday Apple is no longer signing iOS 9.3.5, effectively preventing anyone already on iOS 10 from downgrading to iOS 9.

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Report: Apple is working on e-ink keyboard for...

Enlarge / Sonder Design's e-ink keyboard, currently available for pre-order. (credit: Sonder Design)

New Macs are right around the corner, but the rumor mill is already looking ahead. According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Apple is said to be working on a customizable e-ink keyboard for future MacBooks. E-ink keycaps could easily be used to switch between multiple languages or give users easier access to macros and special characters like emoji. Apple reportedly plans to ship the keyboards in its computers beginning in 2018.


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Google’s Gboard iOS keyboard now works with 3D Touch...

Google’s Gboard iOS keyboard has been one of the better received third-party keyboards yet. Today Google is releasing Gboard version 1.2 for iOS with a few highly requested features. New themes, additional emoji, and support for 3D Touch and the handy cursor placement trick are all included plus more.


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News: Apple patners with builders to include HomeKit...

As homebuilders are starting to include more smarthome devices in their new houses, Apple is looking to cash in by being the company providing the go-to devices for controlling them, Bloomberg reports. While homeowners may balk at paying $130 for two Phillips Hue lightbulbs or $229 for a Schlage smart deadbolt, Los Angeles-based KB Home is betting that new home buyers will be willing to pay a little extra for features like automated thermostats, lights,…

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Re/code: Apple to hold October 27 media event to...

MacBook Pro render by Martin Hajek

A month ago, Dennis speculated that Apple would hold an event on October 25 to announce new MacBooks. When Apple rescheduled its 4Q earnings call from October 25 to October 27, his guess moved to that date. Now that speculation appears to be gaining a grain of truth, with Re/code reporting that Apple will hold an event on that date "at or near" Apple's Cupertino, CA headquarters

Most recent rumors have pointed to a release of three new MacBooks: new 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros with a customizable "Control Strip" above the keyboard, as well as a new 13-inch MacBook Air. 

The 2016 MacBook Pros will most likely include Touch ID, have a new sleeker design, use Intel's "Skylake" processors for performance and efficiency, and USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 3...

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∞ Welcome to the Machine, cover by Danny Godinez

I love this cover of Pink Floyd’s classic, Welcome to the Machine. Give it a few minutes for him to get into the groove. Amazing that this is all done on an acoustic.

Be sure to stick around for the guitar change around 7:27 in.

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Your brilliant Kickstarter idea could be on sale in...


Yekutiel Sherman couldn’t believe his eyes.

The Israeli entrepreneur had spent one year designing the product that would make him rich—a smartphone case that unfolds into a selfie stick. He had drawn up prototypes, secured some minimal funds from his family, and launched a crowdfunding campaign.


One week after his product hit Kickstarter in December 2015, Sherman was shocked to see it for sale on AliExpress—Alibaba’s English-language wholesale site. Vendors across China were selling identical smartphone case selfie-sticks, using the same design Sherman came up with himself. Some of them were selling for as low as $10 a piece, well below Sherman’s expected retail price of £39 ($47.41). Amazingly, some of these vendors stole the name of Sherman’s product—Stikbox.

The perils of designing in public.


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ChronoSync 4.7 and ChronoAgent 1.6.1

Adds support for Amazon S3 and Google Cloud services to the ChronoSync synchronization and backup app. ($49.99 new for ChronoSync, $14.99 new for ChronoAgent; free updates; 40.9 MB, 12.7 MB)


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WSJ says E Ink keyboards will arrive on 2018 MacBooks

Sonder Keyboard

Last week's rumor that Apple was working with Australian startup Sonder Design to produce a totally customizable E Ink keyboard appears to have gained a bit of "truth" today, with the Wall Street Journal reporting that Apple is looking at adding the keyboards to MacBooks sometime in 2018. Those keyboards will be able to display multiple alphabet characters, emojis and commands on keys based on what app is currently in use.

The WSJ says that Apple CEO Tim Cook apparently discussed the plans with executives from manufacturing partner Foxconn and with Sonder on October while on a trip to China. None of the companies agreed to comment on the alleged meeting. 

While some sources believed that Apple was in talks to acquire Sonder, the company...

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Really Bad Chess is really great fun

Jason Snell wrote this review of an app called Really Bad Chess. In a nutshell, it’s you against an AI, but with the chess pieces replaced, seemingly at random. So you might end up with 6 queens and only 1 pawn. Turns out the chess piece assignment is part of the Really Bad Chess handicapping process.

I downloaded the game and started playing. It is terrific fun, no matter your chess level.

Read the review, then go get the game (free with $2.99 in-app purchase to turn off ads).


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That "genuine" Apple charger and cable...

Image via Patently Apple

Caveat Emptor -- buyer beware! Patently Apple reported yesterday that Apple filed a trademark infringement case against a company called Mobile Star LLC, which was producing counterfeit Apple chargers and cables for sale on Amazon. Not only was the company using the Apple trademark, but the chargers hadn't passed safety testing and could very well pose a risk to consumers. According to the report:

Apple recently purchased a number of Apple power adapters and charging and syncing cables (collectively “power products”) that were directly sold by – not a third party seller – and determined that they were counterfeit. informed Apple that Mobile Star was its source for the majority of these counterfeit Apple products […]


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Rumors of Apple team-up with e-ink keyboard maker...

Mike Wuerthele, writing for Apple Insider:

Rumors have been flying that Apple is considering teaming up with a company building customizable keyboards with individual E-ink keys, but the claims, including alleged “confirmations,” appear to spring from a single report that may be little more than self-promotion of an upcoming product.

This is in response to an article that appeared in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal.

It’s all rumors until Apple actually announces it. But this October 27th Apple Mac event, that’s got...

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Latest Facebook app update will automatically...

If you’ve ever asked your Facebook friends to recommend a restaurant, a new feature rolling out should make it much easier to check out the responses.

Facebook is using a combination of AI and simple keyword recognition to identify posts asking for recommendations, and will then prompt you to turn on the Recommendations feature. When you do, it will automatically add the restaurants’ Facebook pages to the thread, as well as populating a map with their locations.

Engadget reports that the new feature is intended for use not just with restaurants, but with a range of businesses …


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The Week in Mac Apps: Bring your note-taking skills...

New Mac apps of the week

This week’s roundup of new Mac apps includes NotePlan, a Markdown-based note-taking app with a suite of helpful features. Read on!

Affinity Designer 1.5.1

Serif’s $40 Affinity Designer (Mac App Store Link) is a suite of professional design tools, working primarily with vector graphics. It offers a full complement of editing tools that include a way to freehand and create geometric shapes, gradients, effects, and text. It’s compatible with numerous formats and color models used by professionals, meaning you can pair it with popular software like Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

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Jamf conference: IBM cutting costs w/ largest...

At the JAMF Nation User Conference (JNUC) this week, IBM’s Fletcher Previn delivered an update on the company’s rollout of Macs internally since it introduced Apple computers as an option for employees for the first time last year. In just over a year, IBM passed its original goal of deploying 50,000 Macs and is now at 90,000 internally. That makes it the largest enterprise Mac deployment anywhere, and Previn described how it’s helping the company cut costs.


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Apple partners with home builders to accelerate...

Looking to speed up adoption, Apple is partnering with various U.S. home builders to get HomeKit-ready technology installed in some homes from the start, a report said on Wednesday.

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Quick Look: ScotteVest OTG Jacket beats hand-baggage...

I’ve long been a fan of ScotteVest products: vests with a ridiculous number of pockets to hold all your technology; check out my detailed review of one of these for chapter-and-verse. The short version is that by putting all your tech into your clothing, you can get around the often-absurd limits some airlines impose on hand-baggage. Plus you can carry a lot of tech around town without the hassle of a bag.

The one drawback is that the vests aren’t exactly unobtrusive. You will always win any arguments with airline staff or security personnel, as there’s no limit to what you’re allowed to carry in your pockets, but it would be preferable to avoid such arguments in the first place. Scott’s latest product looks like it should achieve just that …


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News: Report about Apple Pay in Japan hints at Oct....

Local media in Japan is reporting an Oct. 25 launch date for Apple Pay in the country, leading to speculation that iOS 10.1 will also launch that day, according to the Ata Distance blog. Apple’s partners Docomo iD and JR East are both taking their systems down for “unscheduled system maintenance” on the morning of October 25, leading to the conclusion that the necessary software update will also come out that day. All iPhone 7, iPhone 7…

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∞ Wear and tear on the jet black iPhone 7

Some thoughts, and real-world images of the jet black iPhone 7 finish.

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macOS Sierra: How to Use Photos Memories

Within macOS Sierra’s Photos program, there’s a new “Memories” feature that’ll automatically group pictures together to remind you of important events in your life. In this Quick Tip, we’ll go over a few great tricks on how to use it!

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Apple wants to get inside your house before it’s...

Prashant Gopal, writing for Bloomberg:

Tap your phone, and AC/DC’s “Back in Black” blasts. Tap again, and the bath runs at a blissful 101 degrees. Sweet, right? Of course, your dad might view it as a bit over the top. All told, $30,000 worth of gadgets and gizmos were on display here, many run with Apple’s free HomeKit app.


Apple is teaming up with a handful of builders and using these kinds of test beds to inch its way into the market for Internet-connected home furnishings, a nascent field that has attracted rivals like Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Inc.

At the core of this article is Apple’s strategy to bring your home into the Apple ecosystem. If you buy a home “wired” for HomeKit, you are more likely to move to iOS, buy an iPhone to control it all.

If I go down this road, will my house be worth less if I sell to an Android buyer? When I am looking for a house, will Android vs Brillo (Google’s Internet of Things platform) be part...

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Rumors of Apple team-up with e-ink keyboard maker...

Rumors have been flying that Apple is considering teaming up with a company building customizable keyboards with individual E-ink keys, but the claims, including alleged "confirmations," appear to spring from a single report that may be little more than self-promotion of an upcoming product.

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iKlips Dual-Interface Drive 32GB: $55

We have a deal for you on the iKlips Dual-Interface Drive. It has a Lightning port on one end to connect to your iPhone and iPad, and a USB port on the other to connect to your Mac or PC. It’s MFi-Certified, and you can get a 32GB model for $55 through us. If you click the Type/Color links, you’ll find 64GB units for $71.

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News: Daily Deal: PDFpen Pro 8, All-Purpose PDF...

Today in iLounge Deals, we’re offering PDFpen Pro 8, the all-purpose PDF editor for Mac, for only $62 — that’s 50% off the regular price. This award-winning, feature-rich editor provides a great alternative to Adobe Acrobat Pro for Mac users, at a fraction of the cost, providing advanced features like interactive forms, table of content creation, powerful exporting capabilities, and more. Convert websites to multi-page PDFs, complete…

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Samsung now setting up Galaxy Note 7 exchange booths...

It’s the story that never ends.

Samsung has set up Galaxy Note 7 exchange booths in airports around the world, apparently in an effort to stop customers taking the dangerous device onto flights at the last minute. The first of these new “customer service points” appear to have been introduced in South Korean airports, but Samsung has confirmed the booths are opening in airports across Australia, with reports of the desks appearing in the US as well.

The exchange booths are located in “high-traffic terminals” that customers reach prior to security screening and allow users to swap their phone for an unspecified exchange device. Samsung employees are also on hand to help customers transfer their data onto a new phone.

Analysts estimate that more...

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WSJ: Apple to launch new Mac laptops with E-Ink...

Last week, it was reported that Sonder Design was in talks with Apple to license its futuristic keyboard technology, that replaces the normal printed keys with dynamic E-Ink displays. A new article from the WSJ today confirms that Apple does intend to use the technology and is aiming to ship new MacBooks including the special keyboards in 2018, citing anonymous sources. The keys can automatically adjust to show emojis, international characters, special command functions, as well as the standard QWERTY layout.

Apple will be making its first steps in this direction next week, when it unveils a new MacBook Pro with OLED function key row at a to-be-announced October 27 media event. However, the E-...

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Did You Get the (i)Message? Tapback, Digital Touch,...

When Dr. Mac sent his daughter an iMessage with iOS 10’s whizzy new stickers, full-screen effects, and animated GIFs, he was shocked when she replied: “Haha! I didn’t even know you could do all that.” He thinks it’s likely some of you in reader-land have yet to discover the joys of the iOS 10 Messages app. So in this week’s Dr. Mac’s Rants & Raves (Episode #197 if you’re counting) the good doctor offers up a short primer on the interesting new features in Messages.

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Rumor: Apple to release next-gen MacBooks this month...

Some interesting stuff has just come down the pipe about Apple’s next-gen MacBook Pro notebooks.

A new report which cites a “reliable Chinese supplier” states that Apple plans to both announce the new MacBook Pro this month, as well as to ship it to retailers. As rumored in the past, the new MacBook Pros are expected to feature support for USB-C and Thunderbolt 3. As for other ports, though, Apple is said to be ditching support for traditional USB ports, as well as for MagSafe and Thunderbolt 2.

The report also stated that Apple is looking to discontinue the 11-inch MacBook Air model, but will keep the 13-inch model. The fate of the 11-inch model has been in doubt since the introduction of the 12-inch MacBook. The 11-inch MacBook Air is...

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Assange Lives to Leak Another Day

The status of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange grew a bit murky on Tuesday after the group accused the U.S. State Department of pressuring Ecuadorian officials to block him from posting additional emails linked to presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. The Ecuadorian foreign ministry on Tuesday acknowledged placing temporary restrictions on Assange's access, saying in a statement that it did not wish to interfere in a foreign election. It also said that it was acting on its own and not in response to any outside pressures.

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More than 90% of ‘genuine’ Apple chargers &...

There’s no shortage of third-party chargers and cables sold for Apple equipment, some of them claiming to be the genuine article, but Apple has found that even Amazon has been selling counterfeit products labelled as the real thing. The products concerned were sold by Amazon directly, and not by a third-party Marketplace seller.

The items have now been removed from sale, and Apple is suing the company that made them …


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Poll: What new Apple products are you planning to...

As we suspected, the long-awaited Mac updates now appear to be scheduled for October 27. We provided a roundup of what we’re expecting to see, and now it’s time to find out what you all plan to buy if the rumors are correct …


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Daily Deal: Get The Mac Power Organizer Bundle Today!

Our bundles are some of the most popular items in the Apple World Today Deals Shop, and it's no wonder why -- you get a bunch of the best apps for Mac or iOS for an unbelievably low price. Today's AWT Deals Shop bargain is The Mac Power Organizer Bundle ($14.99), bringing you four powerful tools for quickly organizing your downloads, cloud services and local files.

So, let's untie this bundle and see what we have! 

Folx 5

Is your Downloads folder an unmanageable mess? Folx 5 (normally $19.95) from Eltima Software can tackle that mess and put downloads in their place: 

  • Download using Magnet links, allowing you to download discreetly w/o saving a separate file...
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SpamSieve 2.9.26

Ensures compatibility with Apple Mail in macOS 10.12.1 Sierra and improves filtering accuracy. ($30 new, free update, 13.4 MB)


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Tuesday October 18

Cops' facial recognition database has half of...

American law enforcement agencies have created a massive facial recognition database. If you're an adult in the US, you might already be in it. According to a comprehensive report by the Center for Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law, the law...

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Facebook would like you to endorse political...

You don't have to run a big media outlet to endorse a candidate this presidential election... or other elections, for that matter. Facebook has introduced an endorsement feature that lets you back a political candidate beyond tapping a "like" button,...

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1Password 6.3.4

Improves verification and authentication of 1Password browser extension. ($64.99 new, free update, 43.9 MB)


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Facebook isn't done trying to copy Snapchat

Facebook's Snapchat-alike Messenger Day app has expanded to a new test ground: The Land Down Under. "We know that people come to Messenger to share everyday moments with friends and family," a spokesperson told TechCrunch. "In Australia we are runnin...

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Huawei opens preorders for its Honor 6X phone in...

A month after Huawei started selling its Honor 8 in the US, the company has opened up preordering for its 6X phones in China and to ship out on October 25th. While there's no news about when that device will reach the rest of Asia, Europe or North Am...

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Nokia wires an apartment complex with 52Gbps fiber

It's one thing to wire a house with gigabit fiber, but it's another matter to outfit an entire apartment building -- you need a huge pipeline to accommodate everyone. Nokia, however, might have a solution. It just partnered with SK Broadband to wire...

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Vimeo's on-demand TV store is now available in...

Last month Vimeo, STARZ and Lionsgate Entertainment -- makers of such fine prestige TV as Orange is the New Black and Mad Men -- announced a new partnership to put all that programming online with an on-demand pricing scheme. While many of the shows...

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Apple executives awarded stock bonus worth up to $25M

Apple last week meted out restricted stock unit awards to its executive team, with the likes of SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue, SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller and others receiving up to 149,667 RSUs scheduled to vest through 2021.

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'Cultlike' Devotion: Apple Once Refused To...

mattydread23 writes: Great story about the Open Compute Project from Business Insider's Julie Bort here, including this fun tidbit: "'OCP has a cultlike following,' one person with knowledge of the situation told Business Insider. 'The whole industry, internet companies, vendors, and enterprises are monitoring OCP.' OCP aims to do for computer hardware what the Linux operating system did for software: make it 'open source' so anyone can take the designs for free and modify them, with contract manufacturers standing by to build them. In its six years, OCP has grown into a global entity, with board members from Facebook, Goldman Sachs, Intel, and Microsoft. In fact, there's a well-known story among OCP insiders that demonstrates this cultlike phenom. It involves Apple's networking team. This team was responsible for building a network at Apple that was so reliable, it never goes down. Not rarely -- never. Building a 100% reliable network to meet Apple's exacting standards was no easy...

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Scientists successfully bred baby mice from skin...

A team of scientists at Japan's Kyushu University has successfully turned the skin cells of a mouse into mature egg cells used to breed viable offspring. According to a new paper in the journal Nature, the process could eventually be used in human re...

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What to expect at Apple’s Mac event: All-new MacBook...

Apple is said to be introducing an entirely refreshed lineup of Macs later this month. The event is said to be on October 27th, which we first speculated earlier this month. The new Macs are expected to be available to consumers this month, as well.

As is often the case with Apple events, we already know a good portion of what the company has up its sleeve. Read on for a roundup of what to expect…


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Apple Pay to reportedly go live in Japan on Oct. 25...

Apple's iOS 10.1 could see release next Tuesday, as recent reports from Japan claim the company is set to activate Apple Pay -- thought to be part of the forthcoming software update -- in that country on Oct. 25.

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Hillary Clinton considered Tim Cook, Bill Gates for...

Apple CEO Tim Cook and Microsoft founder Bill Gates were both on a list of potential vice presidential candidates for Democrat Hillary Clinton, according to a leaked email published on Tuesday by Wikileaks.

The email, apparently sent by campaign chairman John Podesta on March 17, named the two tech titans alongside 37 other people as "a first cut of people to consider for VP."

Also on the list, published by WikiLeaks, was Gates' wife Melinda. She co-founded the charitable foundation that bears both their names.

Other business leaders that made the cut were General Motors CEO Mary Barra, Bloomberg News founder and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Xerox CEO Ursula Burns, Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent, Rockefeller Foundation president Judith Rodin, and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz.


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OneNote can now use Android's split-screen mode

As Windows Phone is not so much an ongoing concern anymore, Microsoft's software is decidedly cross-platform at this point. Today, the company's collaboration and note-taking software OneNote is getting some Android-specific updates. For starters, th...

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Ecuador confirms it cut Assange's internet for...

Last night Wikileaks confirmed Ecuador -- whose London embassy its founder has been holed up in since June 2012 -- was responsible for cutting off Julian Assange's internet access. Now the Ecuadorean government has explained why it changed the WiFi p...

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Amazon Channels may beat Apple to offering cable-...

Amazon's Channels program -- which allows Prime subscribers to sign up for otherwise separate video services through a single platform -- is proving surprisingly popular with streaming partners, and could evolve into a live TV service before Apple reaches that point, a report hinted on Tuesday.

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Bill Belichick is through with the NFL's...

You'd think Patriots coach Bill Belichick is feeling over the moon right now. After all, his golden boy Tom Brady is finally back from a four-game suspension, handed to him by the NFL for his role in a cheating scheme now widely known as "Deflategate...

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As some of you might know, Squarespace recently launched its own domains product. It’s called Squarespace Domains, and it turns the ugliest aspects of buying domains into a simple, modern experience. It’s also the first registrar to offer transparent pricing, flat rates, and free WHOIS privacy. Even better, if you’re not ready to build your website quite yet, Squarespace will park your domain with a beautiful, ad-free landing page. Register your domain. Use offer code DARING to save 10 percent.

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Thoughts About Apple’s Secret iPhone 7 Chip

An intriguing chip has been discovered in the teardown of the iPhone 7. We know that it’s a field-programmable gate array (FPGA), but we don’t know what it’s intended to do. Speculation abounds. John has a SWAG.

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Thoughts About Apple’s Secret iPhone 7 Chip

An intriguing chip has been discovered in the teardown of the iPhone 7. We know that it’s a field-programmable gate array (FPGA), but we don’t know what it’s intended to do. Speculation abounds. John has a SWAG.

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Apple Downshifts Driverless Vehicle Plans

Apple appears to be shifting its driverless car ambitions into a lower gear. Changes in the company's automotive strategy reportedly have resulted in hundreds of job cuts and the shelving of plans to build a car of its own. "Project Titan" -- Apple's internal name for the automotive initiative -- has a new focus. It will develop an autonomous driving system that will give the company the option of partnering with an established auto maker or producing a robo car of its own.

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Candy Crush is becoming a game show

Candy Crush, the once ubiquitous mobile game behemoth that's now played almost exclusively by my aunt, is getting its own game show. CBS announced on Tuesday that it is teaming up with King Games and Lionsgate to produce the hour-long series. Details...

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Report: Apple To Unveil New Macs At An October 27th...

According to Recode's sources, Apple's updated Macs will be unveiled at an event in Cupertino on October 27th. Recode reports: The move had been long expected, given that the company released MacOS Sierra last month but had yet to introduce any new computer models sporting the software. It also comes just in time for Apple to have the new products on sale for the full holiday season. Apple has gone a long time without making significant changes to any of its Mac models, with most experts encouraging customers to hold off all but essential new purchases until the lineup was updated. Tops among the rumors have been reports that Apple will introduce a new MacBook Pro sporting a row of customizable touchscreen keys. The Mac event is expected to take place at or near Apple's Cupertino campus rather than in San Francisco, where the company held many recent events, including the iPhone 7 announcement.


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AWT News Update: October 18, 2016

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belicheck, who will be tossing that Surface

More on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 debacle, a sunny outlook for iPhone sales, and an NFL coach who's punting the Microsoft Surface tablet:

  • Samsung is setting up stations at airports so travelers can exchange their Note 7s -- banned on flights in many countries -- before getting on flights
  • UBS Research analyst sees a sunny future for iPhone sales based on early orders for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
  • New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick goes on an epic rant and says he'll go back to binders after having nothing but problems with the Microsoft Surface tablets provided by the NFL

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Apple Will Reportedly Announce New Macs with October...

Apple will finally announce new Macs on October 27th, according to Re/code. Unnamed sources said the company will hold a media event in Cupertino. It’s not yet known which Macs will be refreshed.

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Apple reportedly unveils new Macs on October 27th

Even before Apple's September event, rumors swirled that the company would save any Mac-related updates for an October presentation. As the month has gone on, however, fans have wondered whether or not anything would happen. Isn't it a little late to...

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Apple to debut new Macs at Oct. 27 event, report says

A report on Tuesday puts a date to rumors regarding an impending Mac hardware refresh, saying Apple will announce all new computer models at an Oct. 27 media event.

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Science Finds Way to Turn CO2 Into Ethanol

Whoa, check this out: scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee have discovered a way to turn CO2 into ethanol. This could have huge implications for the fight against anthropogenic global warming, not to mention the entire energy sector. Mind you, this is a new discovery and it’s still in the lab, but if we can capture CO2 and convert it into a fuel, it could be a game changer. The video below talks about how the method was discovered, as well as some of its practical applications. In a world where a steady deluge of depressing news has become the new norm, this is a delightful breath of kick-butt. Popular Mechanics has an article on the subject, too.

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Misfit puts Fossil's analog fashion sense in...

Watchmaker Fossil bought fitness tech company Misfit a year ago, but the company’s influence hasn’t yet been seen in Misfit’s products, which are super-basic activity trackers designed to look like jewelry. But Misfit’s latest product, the Phase, marries the company’s activity-tracking tech with design cues from Fossil’s analog watches in an activity tracker that just might be Misfit’s best ever.

The $175 Misfit Phase’s most obvious rival is the Withings Activité, which will soon come equipped with a heart rate sensor. While the Phase isn’t quite that advanced, it does use the analog-style watch...

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Apple plans to launch new Macs at an October 27 event

Ina Fried, writing for Recode:

Apple is planning to introduce new Macs at an Oct. 27 event, sources confirmed to Recode.

The move had long been expected, given that the company released MacOS Sierra last month but had yet to introduce any new computer models sporting the software. It also comes just in time for Apple to have the new products on sale for the full holiday season.


The Mac event is expected to take place at or near Apple’s Cupertino campus rather than in San Francisco, where the company held many recent events, including the iPhone 7 announcement.

And, finally:

Apple declined to comment.

This was widely rumored, widely expected. It will be interesting to see if the new MacBook Pro ships without a headphone jack.

I suspect Apple will ship a lot of these.


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Microsoft's Premium gives you...

How much do you value control over your email? Enough that you're willing to pay for a custom experience, but not so much that you're willing to jump through hoops to do it? Microsoft might have your back: it just held a quiet launch of the public...

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Report: Apple to hold event to unveil new Macs on...

Following last night’s report that new Macs are still on track for this month, Recode now reports that Apple is planning to hold an event on October 27th to announce its latest lineup, meaning that we’re just over a week away from those long overdue updates…


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Patriots head coach punting Microsoft Surface from...

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has given up on the Microsoft Surface for game planning, and has emphasized the point with a five-minute diatribe on the failings of the NFL-mandated device and associated IT nightmares.

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How Apple Uses Rule 44(d) to Hide Trademark...

Quartz has a very interesting piece [Via 9to5Mac] on how Apple and other tech companies use a U.S. Patent & Trademark Office rule to register trademarks in semi-secrecy. The rule is designated 44(d), and the crux of the matter is that allows multinationals to more or less hide a trademark for 6 months. That rule gives a trademark filer 6 month-retroactive priority on a new trademark application to filers who can prove they already filed it somewhere else.  Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and Intel have all used this method to keep a trademark under wraps, but Apple is king of this method. Quartz cited legal experts who said only companies with enormous legal resources can afford to do it. Check out the full article for more.


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Clinton Campaign Considered Bill Gates, Tim Cook For...

WikiLeaks has been releasing thousands of emails over the past couple of weeks belonging to Hillary Clinton's campaign chair John Podesta. One of the more interesting tidbits revealed from the email dump was the list of potential running mates considered by Clinton's campaign. The Verge reports: Clinton's vice presidential candidates, while not altogether surprising, include some vaguely interesting choices like Bill and Melinda Gates, Apple CEO Tim Cook, and General Motors CEO Mary Barra. In the mail, Podesta says he has organized the list into "rough food groups," one of which includes all the people mentioned above. Xerox CEO Ursula Burns and Starbucks CEO Howard Shultz are also in this "food group," along with Michael Bloomberg. With just under 40 names on the list, it's not immediately obvious how close any of these people came to actually being asked to take on the role (Tim Kaine is on the list).


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Apple News Format gains HTML text formatting for...

Apple has sent out emails today to Apple News Publishers letting them know that they can now use HTML text formatting to more easily translate their web content into the Apple News Format. Instead of having to rely on Markdown formatting or other formatting types, the HTML support should make it easier for plugin developers and publishers to get their content onto Apple News even faster. Apple provided a list of newly supported HTML markup and tags in the email, and can be seen after the jump.


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Bryan Chaffin Will Discuss ‘Apple vs. Samsung’ in...

Bryan Chaffin will be doing a live webinar/discussion called “Samsung vs. Apple” on Thursday, October 20th, from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT. Moderated by patent attorney Gene Quinn, the discussion has a subheading of, “Is A Single Patent Infringement Worth all the Profit?” Robert S. Katz, an attorney with Banner & Witcoff, will also be participating.

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Pearl Jam and Tupac Shakur lead nominees for Rock...

I love these stories if only for the arguments they generate. I think Pearl Jam and Tupac should be in the Hall but would disagree that Journey, the J. Geils Band, and Joe Tex deserve entry. What about you? Who do you think, out of the 19 nominees this round, deserves to be in or not?

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Apple Pay picks up 24 more US banks & credit...

Apple on Tuesday added another 24 banks and credit unions to the list supporting Apple Pay in the U.S., filling in an increasingly small set of coverage gaps. British Airways, meanwhile, introduced limited support for the the platform in its iOS app.

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Tip of the Day: Duplicating a Photo in the iOS...

One of the smaller features that Apple quietly snuck into iOS 9.3 is the ability to create a duplicate of any given photo or set of photos in the iOS Photos app. This can be done by selecting the photo(s) you want to duplicate, bringing up the iOS Share Sheet to see the sharing options, and looking for the “Duplicate” option in the lower actions row. This creates an exact copy of the image, which can be useful if you want to apply edits…

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Apple’s retail chief: 95 stores to get redesign by...

Apple’s Senior Vice President of Retail Angela Ahrendts sat down for a 25-minute plus interview at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit last night and during the appearance shared some interesting upcoming retail news for the company.


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Opinion: After the iPhone 7 dropped the headphone...

Last night we received a report from Macotakara that the new MacBook Pros were still coming this month, despite a lack of any announcements from Apple. The reporting didn’t specify anything about the internal hardware specs, but did resurface the idea that MagSafe, Thunderbolt 2, and USB-A ports would be replaced.

The thing for me is this: Apple just dropped the headphone jack from the iPhone 7 and the reaction to that has been controversial to say the least. Apple explained that the move took courage and was needed to move from analog to digital, free up space in iPhones, and push wireless. There are no signs that this affected iPhone sales, but transitions are still hard.

Headphone jack aside, if new MacBook Pros fully replace USB-A with USB-C, are we in for the next episode in the same series? We’ve already seen this with the 12-inch Retina MacBook’s single...

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Composite photos of planes at airports around the...

I’ve seen some of this artist’s work before and it is incredible the amount of time and skill this takes.

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External Link: 49-Word Review of the $49 iPhone 7...

Apple’s tight-fitting iPhone 7 case features a luxurious leather exterior, a soft microfiber lining, and built-in volume and Sleep/Wake buttons. It provides decent protection without adding extraneous bulk, is easily removed, and doesn’t cover the iPhone’s stereo speakers. Best of all, it eliminates the camera bump.


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Mac: Ten One Design Blockhead

Ten One Design’s Blockhead is another solution to the MacBook’s sometimes unwieldy plug, which causes the power supply to jut out from the wall. Blockhead replaces the power adapter’s plug with its own removable plug, enabling the adapter to charge while flush to the wall. Blockhead works with MacBook power adapters, whether 29W, 60W, or 85W, and the little blue plug also works with the 12W iPad charger. One Blockhead goes for $20, and a two-pack costs $35.

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The Week in iOS Accessories: How to capture better...

Lots of lenses

This week’s roundup includes three different products meant to help you create professional-looking videos and pictures on your iPhone. Read on!


Olloclip offers its lenses for the latest-generation iPhone: The Core Lens Set for iPhone 7 ($100 MSRP) offers Fisheye, Super-Wide, and Macro 15x lenses “to offer a diverse range of options for capturing what you want, when you want.” 

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Seventh annual jamf Nation sees record attendance as...

jamf Nation, hosted by Jamf, is the largest Apple IT management community in the world, got underway today in the beautiful city of Minneapolis, Minnesota. At the keynote, company CEO Dean Hager unveiled new branding and a (slightly tweaked) logo (pictured) for the company.

Jamf’s Casper Suite is now dubbed jamf PRO, while its Bushel product has been renamed jamf NOW. The former is a EMM tool for IT pros and the users they support that provides unified endpoint management for Apple devices. The latter is a cloud-based MDM solution for the iPads, iPhones and Macs in a workplace and doesn’t require IT knowledge.

During the keynote at the Guthrie Theater, Hager (one of the best keynote presenters I’ve seen in a while) also talked about Jamf’s impressive growth. Among the stats:

  • Last year the company serviced 5,970 and managed five million Apple devices. This year those numbers are 9,100 and seven million, respectively.
  • Jamf, whose goal is to “help...
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New MacBook Pros reportedly going all in with USB-C

We’re halfway through October and there are still no new MacBooks in sight, despite pretty credible rumors that overhauled laptops were set to debut this month. Apple even rescheduled its quarterly earnings report, reportedly to accomodate a big announcement. While we’re getting a little antsy, a new report says new Pros are still on track for this month, and there’s one huge polarizing change: Pros are going full USB-C.

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24 more banks and credit unions now support Apple...

Apple's plans to dominate contactless payment through Apple Pay continue, as two dozen new banks and credit unions have been added to the US list of financial institutions supporting the service. 

The new banks are:

  • BankLiberty
  • CinFed Credit Union
  • Cumberland County Federal Credit Union
  • Denmark State Bank
  • Family Security Credit Union
  • Franklin Savings Bank
  • Gates Chili Federal Credit Union
  • Great River Federal Credit Union
  • Greenfield Banking Company
  • Heritage Community Credit Union
  • Labette Bank
  • Lake Trust Credit Union
  • Michigan Educational Credit Union
  • Natco Credit Union
  • Neches Federal Credit Union
  • Old Point National Bank
  • Peach State Bank & Trust
  • Pioneer Bank (both New Mexico and New York now)
  • River City Bank
  • Saco &...
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News: Apple Pay adds 20+ new U.S. banks and credit...

Apple has added support for more than 20 new banks and credit unions to Apple Pay, including BankLiberty, Franklin Savings Bank, Michigan Educational Credit Union, and more — a full list can be found on Apple’s site (via 9to5Mac). Meanwhile, iPhone in Canada reports that Apple Pay is not expected to launch for MBNA Canada — which represents a total of 64 themed MasterCards — until mid-2017, according to internal documents distributed to…

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Researchers expect 74 million iPhone sales in 2016...

New analyst research suggests that the iPhone 7 family of phones is selling better than that of the iPhone 6s, but numbers and financial impact for the third quarter are being kept low by early stock limitations on the sought-after iPhone 7 Plus.

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Apple is 'Intransigent, Closed and Controlling...

Apple is increasingly trying to get banks to implement its Apple Pay mobile payments solutions, but some banks are avoiding Cupertino giant's offer, saying that the company is "closed and controlling". From a report on Financial Review: Three of Australia's big four banks have described technology giant Apple as being "intransigent, closed and controlling" and accused it of attempting to freeload on their contactless payments infrastructure while slowing innovation in digital wallets. In an increasingly acrimonious dispute, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, National Australia Bank, Westpac Banking Corp and Bendigo and Adelaide Bank are arguing that the engineering of Apple iPhones prevent them from delivering mobile wallets to millions of customers. This is because Apple Pay is the only application that works with the iPhone's "near field communication" (NFC) antenna, which communicates with payment terminals. In their latest, 137-page submission filed with the competition regulator...

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Instagram adds recommended Stories to Explore tab as...

After launching Instagram Stories in August, today Instagram will start to promote Stories created from people you don’t follow within the Explore tab. That announcement comes as Facebook today started allowing at least some users to test its similar Snapchat-like functionality called ‘Messenger Day’. 


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Spotify not coming to Apple TV

And according to one of its customer representatives, the Swedish music streaming company is not keen on going beyond its AirPlay support for Apple TV and coming out with its own Apple TV app soon.

This certainly isn’t because of anything Apple is doing to prevent Spotify from making an app—Pandora is on Apple TV, so it’s possible. I wonder if Spotify is just being childish here.

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Google Pixel vs. iPhone 7 Plus: Which camera is...

This is an interesting comparison. The reviewer uses the phones and takes the shots that an “average” person would take. This is not a “Review by a Pro” and therefore, might be even more applicable to our readers. Given the shots the reviewer used, I really don’t have very much argument with their conclusions.

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Frank Zappa’s estate goes on the auction block

Up for bid will be a slew of speakers and speaker boxes, more than half a dozen recording and live sound consoles, various vintage effects, analog and digital tape machines, guitars, drums and more. The full auction, “Property from the Estate of Frank and Gail Zappa,” will be held by Julien’s Auctions on November 4; the company will hold a public exhibition of the items October 31 through November 3.

His house was sold to Lady Gaga. There’s a lot of history in these items.

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Apple Pay now supported by over 20 additional banks...

Apple Pay is now available from two dozen more banks and credit unions around the United States. Apple’s mobile payment service launched two years ago with hundreds of additional regional banks and credit unions added every few weeks. You can find the latest banks added below:


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TMO Daily Observations 2016-10-18: Siri Falls Behind...

Siri seems to be lagging behind in the voice interface game, or at least that’s what some analysts think. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about the current state of Siri and the limitations they’ve encountered. They also take a look at what may be holding up the release of new MacBook Pro models.

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Netflix investment on original programming paying off

Netflix Inc’s shares jumped as much as 20 percent on Tuesday, after the company added 50 percent more subscribers than expected in the third quarter.

I love Netflix and use it all the time. It’s original programming is among some of the best out there these days. The fact they are increasing the investment in content is a good sign for customers.

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Roll over Beyoncé: Chuck Berry announces a surprise...

Berry is one of the founders of Rock and Roll with a tumultuous history and relationship with music. It will be really interesting to hear this album and what kind of music he has chosen to release as his last.

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