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Sunday October 16

Apple To Obsolete iPhone 4 and Late 2010 MacBook Air...

Apple will make all iPhone 4 models, the late 2010 13-inch MacBook Air, third-generation AirPort Extreme, and mid-2009 AirPort Time Capsule obsolete come October 31, MacRumor claims, citing a different report. From the report: Apple products on the vintage and obsolete list are no longer eligible for hardware service, beyond a few exceptions. Apple defines vintage products as those that have not been manufactured for more than five years but less than seven years ago, while obsolete products are those that were discontinued more than seven years ago. Each of the products added were released between 2009 and 2010. The report specifically pertains to Apple's vintage and obsolete products list in Japan, but the new additions will more than likely extend to the United States, Australia, Canada, and the rest of the Asia-Pacific and Europe regions.


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The Prius Prime's efficiency, and more in the...

What does Tesla have up its sleeve? The automaker is planning to unveil a mysterious new product on Monday, and speculation so far ranges from the finalized Model 3 to a major Autopilot update. Meanwhile, the Toyota Prius Prime received a spectacular...

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Miyamoto came up with 'Donkey Kong' ideas...

In an interview posted on Nintendo's Japanese website, Shigeru Miyamoto reminisced about the time he spent developing the classic arcade title Donkey Kong. According to Wired writer Chris Kohler, who translated the whole thing, Miyamoto dropped some...

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No One Wants To Buy Twitter

At one point, it seemed that many were interested in purchasing the micro-blogging social platform (which now calls itself a news service) Twitter, but its fate is quickly drying up. Salesforce (which couldn't buy LinkedIn) showed the most interest in Twitter, but this week its CEO Marc Benioff said his company has "walked away" from making a bid to buy it. The Verge sums up the situation: If you're keeping track, that's now... pretty much everyone who's said they're not interested in buying Twitter. Neither Google nor Disney plan to bid on Twitter, despite reports saying both were interested. Recode says that Apple is likely also out of the picture. And Verizon immediately dismissed speculation that it was considering a bid. Facebook is also said to be uninterested, according to CNBC. And while Microsoft's name has been tossed around, no one seems to think the acquisition would make any sense for an increasingly enterprise-focused company.The situation is so bad that as soon as...

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Saturday October 15

Samsung gives the Galaxy S7 a taste of the Note 7...

Like it or not, the Galaxy Note 7 is gone for good. However, you're getting a small treat if you switched from the Note 7 to another Samsung phone. Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge owners report that they're receiving an update which brings many of the Note's...

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iPhone 7 offers virtual home button in case of...

As a backup if its non-mechanical home button fails, the iPhone 7 can offer a software button akin to some versions of Android, owners have discovered.

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Here's Apple's workaround when your iPhone...

The iPhone 7's non-moving home button may feel odd at first, but it has its perks... especially if it ever stops working. MacRumors forum goer iwayne has shown that the new iPhone will give you an on-screen home button (along with a warning that you...

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CIA reportedly plans to launch a cyberattack against...

The United States is preparing to launch an unprecedented cyber attack against Russia, according to NBC News. Sources told the publication that the White House asked the CIA to present it with several "clandestine" cyber operation tactics that the ad...

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'Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare'...

Did you pre-order Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare with multiplayer gaming in mind? If so, you now have a way to find out whether or not your faith (and your cash) is well-placed. As promised, the Infinite Warfare beta is live for PlayStation 4 custome...

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Watch Orbital's Antares rocket fly for the...

Orbital ATK's new and improved Antares rocket is ready for lift off two years after the company's unfortunate accident. Back in 2014, its older version blew up merely six seconds after launch, taking the space station's supplies with it. Since then,...

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Apple Watch Nike+ arrives on October 28th

If you've been holding off on getting an Apple Watch Series 2 in hopes of scoring the running-oriented Nike+ edition, you only have a few more days to wait. Apple has updated its product page to reveal that Apple Watch Nike+ will be available on Oct...

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Blue's Raspberry mic is small, but delivers...

It's no secret that Blue's line of USB microphones are a go-to choice for podcasters and anyone else who wants a simple, easy-to-use recording device. The company's Snowball and Yeti mics may be the most popular, but its last few products have focuse...

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Samsung's leaked Chromebook is a pen-toting...

Samsung's Chromebook strategy has so far focused on the budget-conscious crowd, but it's about to change in a big, big way. Chrome Unboxed tipsters have uncovered store listings (and briefly, a landing page) for a Chromebook Pro that would cater to...

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Fake News Taints Facebook's Trending Topics

Facebook's Trending Topics section recently has carried a number of trending stories that were either "indisputably fake" or "profoundly inaccurate," according to a report this week. The news feed six weeks ago ran a false story claiming Fox News had fired anchor Megyn Kelly for being a closet liberal who supported Hillary Clinton. Facebook removed the story, apologized, and promised to do better. It appears that despite that commitment, the Trending Topics section is not yet problem free.

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Podcast 529: Fire and brimstone

We are halfway through October and there is still no sign of new Macs. Apple's lawyers are heading to the Supreme Court in the (final?) stages of the Samsung patent case that is really hard to keep caring about now after all these years—they're still arguing about who owns the concept of a rounded rectangle. Also on the legal front, the FBI wants to crack another iPhone, although it remains to be seen if they'll ask Apple for help. Meanwhile, Samsung has its own problems: FLAMING PHONES.

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Recommended Reading: President Obama on science and...

Barack Obama:
Now Is the Greatest
Time to Be Alive
President Barack Obama,

The White House Frontiers Conference took place this week to "explore the future of innovation here and around the world." President Obama is also guest editor for th...

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Get some of the best super-thin iPhone 7 & 7...

The new iPhone 7/7 Plus, and all the previous models for that matter, were designed to be as thin as possible without sacrificing functionality, and that’s why we’re picky when it comes to a case that feels great in the hand.

This week’s sponsor, Southern California based startup totallee, offers exactly that: thin, protective iPhone cases at a great price. Its collection consists of 3 models that offer some of the best options around for super thin cases. That includes a completely clear case that is perfect for the new jet black iPhone 7. All are available today for $19. 

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This week’s top stories: Apple Watch Nike+ hands-on...

In this week’s top stories: The latest iOS 10, watchOS, and tvOS beta releases,  Apple Watch Nike+ goes on sale Oct. 28 and we go hands-on, Ben shows you how to get bokeh in photos taken with older iPhones, and much more.


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Six energy-harvesting gadgets powered by people

By Cat DiStasio

People power is perhaps one of the world's greatest untapped sources of renewable energy. Smart devices that harness kinetic energy from everyday human activities help the environment in more ways than one. By turning motion into use...

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iOS 10 warns you when iPhone 7’s Home button fails,...

iPhone 7’s new solid state Home button has been met with mixed reactions thus far. While the switch to a non-mechchancial implantation means there’s one less moving part to fail, it also comes with its own fair share of pitfalls. Apple, however, appears to have built in a new safeguard in the event the Home button does fail…


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ATTO debuts new Thunderbolt 3 devices

ATTO Technology has announced new ThunderLink 3401 and 3402 devices, allowing 40GbE connectivity from new Thunderbolt 3-enabled platforms to networks and storage while also providing backwards compatibility to Thunderbolt 2 devices and 10GbE infrastructures. 

With single- and dual-output options and speeds doubling that of Thunderbolt 2, the new ThunderLink devices provide bandwidth for 4K video workflows via a single cable. ATTO’s Thunderbolt 3 devices enable higher performance and permit large bandwidth-intensive transfers via all major Ethernet protocols, says Tim Klein, CEO of ATTO Technology.

ATTO’s ThunderLink devices feature proprietary Advanced Data Streaming (ADS) technology for the smoothest data transfers, eliminating dropped frames and providing the most consistent time-to-data for high-performance applications or mobile...

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ICYMI: The alcohol creating energy and removing...

Today on In Case You Missed It: The University of Colorado, Boulder is diving into a beer project with a surprising twist: Researchers have managed to use beer brewing runoff to grow a species of fungus that not only cleans the water but can also...

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Rain Design introduces new mStand new series for the...

Rain Design’s mStand series now includes stands for the iPad. It’s available as the mStand tablet, mStand tablet plus and mStand tablet pro in pricing ranging from $29.90 to $69.90, depending on the size you need.

mStands are made of a single solid piece of aluminum with matching iPad sand-blasted and anodized finish. The tablet pro version features an adjustable viewing angle (0 to 45 degrees) and height (2.5 to 5.5 inches) with a simple slide 'n lock mechanism for personalized comfort and flexibility. It can also be used as a second display when using an iPad with a MacBook.

Rain Design mStand tablet stands hold an iPad in landscape or portrait modes, and are available in silver, gold or space gray. They fit the iPad, iPad Air, and iPad Pro with or without a Smart Cover/Case. 


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Apple Pay is coming to Casper customers

Casper — a startup with a line of mattress, sheets, pillow, and dog bed products — is adding Apple Pay. 

"Casper's mission is built on a commitment to an effortless, customer-first approach," says Philip Krim, Casper co-founder and CEO. "We are so thrilled to integrate Apple Pay as a fast and secure way to provide the over-the-top customer service that we pride ourselves on, all while making the entire shopping experience more convenient.”

Apple Pay works with the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE and Apple Watch. When paying within apps, Apple Pay is compatible with the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 4 and iPad Pro. It’s also macOS Sierra compatible.

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OmniFocus 2.7.2

Reverts a change that made TaskPaper text the default pasteboard format. ($39.99 new, free update, 29.6 MB)


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FloSports launches apps on the Apple TV

FloSports — a subscription-based streaming network of 12 sites focused on niche sports like track and field, volleyball and even Brazilian jiu-jitsu — has announced new apps available on the Apple TV and Roku platforms that will give consumers direct access to its live events, documentaries, studio shows, highlights and other original video content across its network of sites. 

The FloSports apps are free to download and include both free and premium content. Existing FloPRO subscribers on any FloSports website can view premium content with their existing log-in information, while new users can purchase FloPRO subscriptions via in-app purchases. Yearly subscribers to any FloSports website have universal access to premium content network-wide.

Covering a range of sports from track & field to fastpitch softball, FloSports is adding 2-4 new sports to its network each quarter. Recent launches include FloKO, an...

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WD redesigns its My Passport and My Book hard drives

Western Digital has introduced modern redesigns of its My Passport, My Passport for Mac, and...

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Coen brothers are writing 'Dark Web,' the...

Heads up, Fargo fans: Fox is making a movie called Dark Web about Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht, and the studio enlisted the help of the Coen brothers. The siblings are on board to write the film's screenplay based on the Wired series that tells th...

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The Week in Apple News: Apple Watch Nike+ ship date...

Apple headlines for the week ending Oct. 14, 2016

Waiting for the new Apple Watch Nike+? You won’t have to wait much longer. However, while you’re waiting, check out this slideshow of the top Apple-related headlines from the past week. Click on the link to get more information.

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Video: 5 reasons to upgrade to iPhone 7

Apple spent a year packing a raft of improvements into iPhone 7; AppleInsider spent the past few weeks boiling down which of those matters most. Here are five reasons why you should consider upgrading.

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This week on AI: Apple at the Supreme Court,...

Product rumors took a backseat to the here-and-now this week, as Apple found itself on the defensive at the U.S. Supreme Court, announced plans for new international research and development centers, and coped with the aftermath of a lewd photo scandal in Australia.

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Kigali Amendment reached to cut use of planet-...

Today, more than 170 nations have settled on a plan to cut the use of hydrofluorocarbons (or HFCs), a refrigerant that causes warming in the Earth's atmosphere. Called the Kigali Amendment for the location of negotiations in Rwanda, it's the result o...

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Friday October 14

Deal: Grab Apple's 15" MacBook Pro (2.2GHz...

Apple authorized reseller MacMall is exclusively offering AppleInsider readers an additional 3% off Apple's current 15" MacBook Pro with 512GB of storage, bringing the discount to $166 off MSRP with free shipping.

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Tesla Model S is the best-selling US luxury sedan,...

Third-quarter sales of the Tesla Motors Model S electric sedan surged 59 percent from last year to 9,156 units, the company confirmed to Autoblog today. The sales are about five percent more than our previous third-quarter estimate, since that was a...

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Typinator 6.11

Maintenance release for the text expansion tool resolves several bugs. ($€24.99 new, free update, 8.0 MB)


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Samsung’s Note 7 Banned from all US Flights as...

Don’t worry about powering down your Samsung Galaxy Note 7 before getting on your flight because the Department of Transportation and Federal Aviation Administration just banned the smartphone from all flights. As of Friday afternoon, the fire-prone Note 7 is classified as “forbidden hazardous material,” and come Saturday can’t be transported in your carry-on or checked luggage.

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The FBI served Google with a secret subpoena

Tucked into Google's latest bi-annual transparency report, the search behemoth quietly revealed that it received a secret subpoena from the FBI sometime during the first half of 2015. While the subpoena itself wasn't necessarily out of the ordinary,...

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What Should be on the Next President's...

When the new president takes up residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., cybersecurity will be on the shortlist for action. What's a president to do? TechNewsWorld asked more than a dozen experts what should be at the top of the new leader of the free world's cyberagenda. Following are some of their responses. "The president has to set the tone early on cybersecurity -- within the first 100 days -- and say right off the bat that this matters," said Sam Curry, chief product officer at Cybereason.

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Xbox Elite controller opens up games to people with...

AbleGamers program director Craig Kaufman knows he's done his job when a kid comes running up to him on a busy convention show floor and screams, "I can stab people now!"

"And I'm like, you shouldn't yell that in public -- but it's exciting," Kaufma...

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Notable apps and app updates for Oct. 14, 2016

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

iOS Apps/Updates

Abson Developments has launched Ding Dong Delivery 1.0. In the free game, the paperboy (that’s you) is all grown up and has graduated to delivering hot slices of pizza around town. Players take control of a huge variety of over 25 vehicles — from tanks to boats, police cruisers and all in between. Drive through towns, army camps, farms and urban cities. The goal is to dodge traffic and deliver as much food as you possibly can.

Jeffrey Yim has introduced Hack the System 1.0. It’s a free hacking game in which players ack into the deepest...

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What Will We Do When Siri Picks Our Pocket?

A major problem with Artificial Intelligence (AI) development is that a time might come when AI’s are able to learn and teach themselves faster than humans can manage them. Recently, President Obama suggested AI’s that aren’t properly constrained and regulated could be unleashed on unsuspecting citizens and severely disadvantage them. Figuring out when to step in will be the great 21st century challenge for governments.

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Tencent to debut live-streaming WeChat drone at end...

Tencent, the Chinese tech giant that owns League of Legends, Supercell Games and WeChat, the most popular messaging app in China, announced on Friday that it will release a consumer quadcopter by the end of October.

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AWT News Update: October 14, 2016

Ending up the week with news of a product launch, Tim Cook on AR, and an Apple Store in the Herald Square flagship Macy's Store in New York:

  • The Apple Watch Nike+ edition will arrive at your local Apple Store on October 28, unless you live in NYC...
  • Tim Cook is bullish on augmented reality, not virtual reality
  • There's an Apple "store within a store" in an iconic Macy's store in NYC

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Were you drooling at one of the Apple Watch Nike+ versions when they were announced? You’ll only have to wait two more weeks, as...

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US government bans defunct Galaxy Note 7 from all...

On Friday several U.S. safety agencies banned the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 from flights, all but killing the usefulness of the smartphone for the few people willing to hold onto it in spite of fire risks.

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Forget holograms, here's a 'floating e-ink...

The amount of pixels in a display has been the source of forum flamewars since the advent of HDTV, which makes an experimental display technology from the University of Sussex so interesting. It's called JOLED and it measures a whopping 7 x 6 voxels...

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Samsung’s Note 7 Debacle Keeps Getting More Expensive

What’s the cost of designing and selling an smartphone that catches on fire? If you’re Samsung, it’s US$5.3 billion. The electronics maker is now estimating its losses for dealing with the Galaxy Note 7 debacle will climb well over its earlier projections and could go higher than its latest expectation.

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Macy's opens Apple store-within-a-store in New...

As scheduled, Apple's store-within-a-store at the Macy's Herald Square flagship location in New York opened for business on Friday, granting customers access to a selection of tech giant's most popular products.

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Amazon to stream Ghibli-produced 'Ronja, the...

Amazon's children's video offerings are expanding once again. This time it's with an animated version of Ronja, the Robber's Daughter. That name might sound familiar if you were assigned a book report in 5th grade for Astrid Lindgren month but didn't...

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Hands-on: Apple Watch Nike+ special features in...

Apple has teamed up with Nike to create the running-focused Apple Watch Nike+. The special version of the new Series 2 models includes extra benefits like unique band designs and colors, Nike watch faces, and integration with Nike’s specialized running app. The new models begin shipping on October 28, and 9to5Mac had the chance to check out some of the special features that make Apple Watch Nike+ unique.


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Don't panic: Spotify is having problems, but it...

As if this long, dark week couldn't get any worse, Spotify is dealing with some stability issues. Some people are still able to stream music, but plenty of people on Twitter are saying the service is totally down for them. On my end, I can get songs...

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Lawmakers demand answers from White House over Yahoo...

Four dozen members of the US House of Representatives, acting as a bipartisan bloc, have requested that the Obama Administration brief them on allegations that Yahoo improperly scanned user emails at the behest of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillanc...

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Review: Tech Armor FlexProtect and Shock Flex for...

Tech Armor's FlexProtect ($13) and Shock Flex ($18) are cases for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus that show just how far the market has come over the years. Both FlexProtect and Shock Flex are polycarbonate/TPU cases which offer proper cutouts and responsive button coverage. FlexProtect is a clear case, while Shock Flex has a frosted back with a honeycomb pattern — other than its back, the case also has slightly more cushion on its darker edges. But both cases are lightweight, and (unfortunately) both cases have the awkward rear cutout to show off the iPhone's Apple logo.{/exp:char_limit}

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How to Enable “Hey Siri” in macOS 10.12 Sierra

If you want to invoke Siri on your Sierra Mac with your voice — no need to click an icon or press a key — read on for instructions from Scholle McFarland’s “Sierra: A Take Control Crash Course” book.


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The Week in iOS Apps: That Dragon, Cancer

A game that will make you cry

An iOS game takes players on a four-year journey into the heart of illness.

That Dragon, Cancer

This might be the only game we’ve seen that makes us want to cry, just by reading the premise. That Dragon, Cancer ($5) is a game—yes—that takes you on Joel Green’s four-year fight against the disease. The makers say, “Using a mix of first-person and third-person perspective, and simple point-and-click interaction, we invite the player to slow down, look around, and immerse themselves in this deeply personal memoir.” The title debuted for the Mac earlier this year. 

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'Secure' apps in Google's Play Store...

Infosec Apple fanboys are not known for their empathy -- either for those who can't afford their holy high fetish of phone security (iPhone) or for those who simply can't stomach the ecosystem's mounting hypocrisies.

But there's one thing on their s...

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Apple's Redesigned London Store Has Untethered...

Apple is putting a lot of faith into its customers' hands. The company is stopping the practice of tethering iPhones to demo desks. (It's a common practice, and pretty much everyone does it for their top smartphones). From a CNET report, which describes Apple's redesigned London store: Perhaps the most interesting feature of the store is that when it opens to the public at the weekend the devices won't be tethered to the tables as they were previously, and are in other stores around the world. Apple says this is to allow people to hold them properly, try cases on them and even see how they feel in your pocket. It's a bold move, especially given the lack of visible security in the building. We couldn't spot a single CCTV camera, although any phone taken out of the store will set off an alarm. If not returned, the phones will also be rendered unusable.


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Friday 5: Focus peaking on the iPhone with Mavis...

Welcome to the first edition of Friday 5. This is a feature post that I plan on airing regularly to briefly highlight five apps each week. These don’t necessarily have to be new apps or popular apps, but are releases that contain at least one notable feature that I’d like to highlight.

In this week’s edition, you’ll find a video editing app that’s great for voiceovers, a filmmaking app that’s exceptional at focusing, and a Reddit app that features handy 3D Touch quick action shortcuts to your favorite subreddits. more…

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US bans Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on all flights

In the wake of Samsung's global recall of the Galaxy Note 7, the US has now banned the device on all aircraft, even if they're turned off. Previously, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) only issued a warning to have passengers keep the phones...

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Samsung introduces a gilded, more powerful Galaxy...

While your smartphone is headed back to meet its maker, Samsung is rolling out a flashier Gold Edition of its already svelte Galaxy TabPro S tablet. It's been less than a year since the PC replacement debuted, and Samsung is already jumping on the go...

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U.S. to ban all Samsung Note 7 phones on airline...

I suppose you could see this coming, but I still find the whole thing incredible. Will Apple reap this windfall? Will Google’s new Pixel phone?

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Germany urges Tesla owners to use extreme caution...

Tesla's "Autopilot" feature (a driver assistance tool rather than something that truly lets the car drive itself) has come under fire in recent months. Earlier this year, a car using Autopilot was involved in a fatal accident, causing a host of inves...

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Apps: App Diary: Batman - The Telltale Series, Oz:...

Batman — The Telltale Series ($5) — Telltale Games’ new Batman title got off to a slightly rocky start a few weeks ago, with many users reporting bugs, lags, and crashes uncharacteristic of the company’s normally solid titles. Fortunately, a couple of subsequent updates have rectified most of these, although you’re still going to need a fairly modern device to properly enjoy the game — the company recommends at least an iPhone…

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News: Tech Armor Protect Giveaway

iLounge and Tech Armor are giving away a 2-Protect Bundle to 200 lucky winners. Each winner will receive a Tech Armor Shock Flex Case in Frosted Black and Ballistic Glass Screen Protector. Protect Your iPhone 7 for Every Adventure The TECH ARMOR Way! Protect your iPhone 7 against bumps, drops, and everything we put our phones through. Precision lift ensures your iPhone 7 display doesn't scratch when face down. The Shock Flex Case snaps on easily,…

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The Public Access Weekly: Fix up look sharp

Admittedly, I am extremely late to the party here but we just started watching Mr.Robot and holy cow is that ever a great show! I'm not sure I've ever been so impressed by the USA Network. It more than makes up for the turn that Gotham has taken thi...

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White House encourages local governments to embrace...

The Obama Administration receives thousands of emails, phone calls and letters every day. And, since August, American citizens have been able to contact the president through Facebook as well, thanks the the White House's Messenger bot. Now, the admi...

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Apple adds iPhone 4, 2010 13" MacBook Air to...

All iPhone 4 models, the 2010 13-inch MacBook Air, third-generation AirPort Extreme, and mid-2009 AirPort Time Capsule will be added to Apple's vintage and discontinued list, as of Oct. 31.

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Note 7 debacle costs Samsung $5.3 billion

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Friday said it expected to take a hit to its operating profit of about $3 billion over the next two quarters due to the discontinuation of its fire-prone Galaxy Note 7 smartphone.

The outlook brings to about $5.3 billion the total losses the global smartphone leader has forecast as a result of the overheating issues, after it said on Wednesday it would suffer a $2.3 billion hit to third-quarter profit.

That’s just the hit you can see. There is no telling how much this will affect the sales of other products—if consumer confidence fades, this could get worse.

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Report: Salesforce, last remaining company in...

After reports that Google, Apple, and the Walt Disney Company have pulled out of the running bid to acquire Twitter, the company’s plans to conclude negotiations before their Q3 earnings have been looking a lot less likely to happen. Today that dream looks even more abysmal  as Salesforce’s CEO Marc Benioff told The Financial Times that they walked away from the bid citing that it “wasn’t the right fit for us”. Salesforce was the last company out of the originally reported bidders.


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Yahoo revived email forwarding so you can finally...

After Yahoo disabled automatic mail forwarding earlier this week, the internet company has flipped the feature back on for all users. The company told Engadget that the move was part of "previously planned maintenance to improve its functionality bet...

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FabFocus brings iPhone 7 camera Depth Effect to...

Using advanced facial recognition A.I., FabFocus detects people in the foreground and automatically blurs what it distinguishes as the background. It’s that easy to take an amazing portrait with a professional depth of field effect.

The app will be released next week. This is going to be very popular.

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Salesforce CEO says no to Twitter bid

It's official. Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff told Financial Times that it will not be bidding on Twitter. On news that the CRM company was pulling out of the running, the social network's stocks tumbled six percent.

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iCloud Family Sharing Users Can Remotely Wipe Each...

iCloud Family Sharing is great for letting your family share apps, videos, music, photos, and more without sharing an Apple ID. If you’re using Find My iPhone along with iCloud Family Sharing, however, there’s a chance someone could accidentally—or intentionally—remotely erase your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

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Sony pledges to launch over five iOS games by March...

Sony on Friday revealed that it's developing over five new games for iOS and Android, competing against Nintendo for a share of the increasingly important mobile gaming world.

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Google search results now include full localized...

Google has been putting election-related information right at its users' fingertips in recent months -- the company made it easier to register to vote, has state-specific details on how to vote right in search results and it now highlights fact-check...

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Kick back, relax and enjoy a master window...

This is amazing. Most of us have handwriting that is barely legible yet this guy is doing beautiful calligraphy, handheld, on a large scale.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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macOS Sierra: Resetting Your System Sound Effects...

Every macOS/OS X update has its own quirks, and those quirks can be amplified by whatever peculiarities existed on the Mac being upgraded. For instance, when I upgraded to Sierra, that setting got changed so that it was independent from my System Output. Fortunately, putting it back is easy.

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HP Debuts Flashy New Computers

Watch out, Apple. HP on Wednesday introduced a new generation of premium computer products that could generate the kind of excitement in the market that's usually the domain of the folks at One Infinite Loop. Among the new HP offerings are a new tablet-laptop convertable, a svelte laptop, an innovative all-in-one model, and a 4k display designed for dual screen setups. "HP has absolutely raised their bar in design, quality and performance," said Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst at Moor Insights and Strategy.

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Brain-fixing injectable wires will soon be tested on...

Last year, a team of Harvard University researchers revealed that they created a wire mesh doctors can inject into the brain to help treat Parkinson's and other neurological diseases. They already successfully tested it on live mice, but now that tec...

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TMO Daily Observations 2016-10-14: Nike+ Apple Watch...

Good news athletes, the Nike+ Apple Watch Series 2 will be available on October 28th. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to talk about why they might–or might not–want the special edition Apple Watch model, plus Bryan finds a way to use Google to keep track of who’s on this November’s ballot.

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The best webcams

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This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a list of the best technology to buy. Read the full article here.

If you need a webcam for video calls, streaming, or recording, we recommend the Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920....

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Apple's 2016 12" MacBooks are a popular choice for those seeking a highly portable computer -- and this week AI has teamed up with Apple's top authorized resellers to offer the lowest prices anywhere on a wide assortment of available configurations, including options with and without AppleCare protection.

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Drones are delivering blood to hospitals in Rwanda

In Rwanda, transporting critical medicine and blood can be difficult if the patient is in a remote location. Heavy downpours can wash out the roads, and local hospitals are often too small to stock everything their doctors might need. Now, the Rwanda...

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Billings Pro: Simple time-tracking and invoicing for...

Thanks to Marketcircle, makers of Billings Pro for sponsoring The Loop this week.

Tired of manually creating invoices and keeping track of your time slips with spreadsheets? Billings Pro is a simple time-tracking and invoicing app for the Mac, iPad, iPhone & Apple Watch. It’s used by lawyers, consultants, photographers, graphic designers & more all over the world.

Track time from any Apple device – whether you’re at the office, working at a coffee shop, or tracking time for an on-site client meeting. Whip up invoices lightening fast from your Mac, iPhone, or iPad. Choose from over 30 professional templates on the Mac or customize your own. Keep track of overdue invoices, set recurring invoices, and add client payments no matter where you are.

New in Billings Pro is the Mini Timer on the iPhone. Now you can start, pause, or resume a...

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Google Photos begins creating animations from videos...

Google is flexing more of its AI muscles in Google Photos, promising to do much of the work for you when it comes to fixing images, finding memories, or making cute animations you’ll want to share with friends and family.

In the latest Google Photos update, the app will begin to ping you about pictures that are sideways but need an adjustment. You’ll then be able to fix them all at once. 

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Google Photos will pull together images that it thinks you ought to rotate.

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Iron Man volunteers to voice Zuckerberg's...

Mark Zuckerberg famously set himself a New Year's goal to create an AI assistant to control his house, and now that it's almost ready, he needs a voice for it. Naturally, Zuck enlisted Facebook's billion-plus users, saying "it's time to give my AI JA...

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10 best mirrorless cameras in 2016

While I love my Nikon D600, I also enjoy using my mirrorless Olympus M1. Mirrorless cameras have their own pros and cons but they are getting better and better and many create images to rival their similarly priced “full sized” rigs.

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Anki's adorable Cozmo robot is hard not to love

As someone raised on science fiction and the dream of advanced artificially intelligent robots, I couldn't help but fall for Anki's Cozmo. But really, that's not much of a surprise. The tiny bot already won me over when I first saw it in action back...

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Google Offers Ballot Information Tailored to You

Google is adding U.S. ballot information to search results in the run up to the presidential election in November. It starts with the ability to search for “who’s on my ballot” in the main Google search engine. Users who do so will be asked to provide the street address where they’ll be voting (i.e. it will be added to Google’s profile on you if that was somehow missing). Google Maps users will be prompted to use their Home address. You’ll then be given all the candidates on your ballot, as well as quick access to information on how to vote in your state and where to vote in your district. In my opinion Google is performing a huge service to the country with this feature. Watch the video for more information.


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Even Windows 10 tablets get an Instagram app before...

Instagram brought its filter-driven social network to Windows 10 mobile back in the spring and now it's doing the same for PCs and tablets running Microsoft's OS. The photo and video app is now available for desktops and slates, meaning its now an op...

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Tim Cook's busy (and fun) trip to Japan

Apple CEO Tim Cook (left), translator, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (right).

Apple CEO Tim Cook gets around, and this past week he was visiting Japan. As head of the most valuable company in the world, Cook gets the diplomatic treatment, and spent part of his time with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The Prime Minister chronicled the visit on his official Facebook page, noting that it was Cook's first trip to Japan since becoming CEO and that Apple's new R&D center in Yokohama (Tsunashima Technical Development Center) will open in December of 2016.

Abe pointed out that iOS application development is a vital part of the country's economy, with the youngest developer in the island nation being just 8 years old.

Cook also took a ride on the JRE (Japan Railway East) Yamanote line, paying for the ride with Apple Pay. In a tweet, Cook mentioned that he "Can't wait for our...

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Sony finally set to jump into the mobile gaming...

Sony is set to jump into the iOS/Android mobile gaming space with the announcement five smartphone games slated to hit both platforms by mid 2018. The news comes on the heels of the success of Pokemon Go and Nintendo’s recent appearance at the 2016  Apple keynote with Mario Run. As console platforms drop to the third largest gaming market worldwide, it is clear the big Japanese companies are starting to take smartphone gaming seriously.


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Lost in Sierra: Five Missing Features

macOS 10.12 Sierra doesn’t just contain new features — it also removes some longstanding capabilities that Mac users have grown accustomed to over the years. Read on to discover what you won’t find in Sierra and how to work around those missing capabilities.


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Ken Bone learns about election cycle scrutiny the...

Ken Bone became an internet sensation literally overnight following last Sunday's presidential debate, and as such he's been making the media rounds in a big way (and trying to cash in on his celebrity). Doing the Reddit AMA is a big part of the cycl...

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KlikR Universal Remote Control: $19.99

Check out KlikR, a device that serves as a go-between between for your iPhone and any device with an infrared receiver. Put it onto or next to the receiver and you’ll be able to control it from the companion app on your iPhone or Android device. You can also use voice controls, designate rooms and multiple devices (if you have multiple KlikRs), and more. It’s the kind of device that helps bridge legacy electronics with the Internet of Things, and we have a deal on KlikR for $19.99.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook On Virtual Reality: There's...

As major tech companies ramp up their efforts to develop new technologies to make sense of virtual and augmented reality spaces, one company is noticeably off the game. We're talking about Apple. And it may have something to do with how it perceives these nascent technology spaces. From an article on CNBC:"There's no substitute for human contact," Apple CEO Tim Cook told BuzzFeed News. "And so you want the technology to encourage that." It's not the first time Cook has indicated that Apple might favor AR. "We are high on AR for the long run," Cook said during an earnings call this past summer. "I think AR can be huge." Huge, indeed -- one could look to the sudden and explosive success of Pokemon Go to see an immediate real-world example.


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Create and Burn Your Own DVDs & Blu-ray Discs...

For a company that prides itself on helping people easily create media, Apple has really dropped the ball when it comes to making and archiving video. In the past, it was fast and easy to edit video into excellent movies, then burn those to DVD or Blu-ray for distribution and safekeeping. Not any more! Fortunately, Roxio Toast 15 Titanium is bigger and better than before, and we have it available for Apple World Today readers for just $49 -- that's half-off the regular price. 

What can you do with Roxio Toast 15 Titanium? 

  • Capture video directly from your screen, portable devices, or the Web
  • Use simple video editing w/ Toast Slice to create the perfect project
  • Create DVD movies w/ titles, menus, chapters, & more
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Facebook adds Apple TV and Chromecast support as...

As more and more clips invade news feeds, it's becoming clear that Facebook isn't kidding about focusing on videos, and now the social network's making it easier to watch them on the big screen. Facebook recently announced that users can “cast” videos from iOS devices or a web browser to an Apple TV or any other AirPlay-enabled device, as well as the Chromecast and Google Cast-enabled devices.

Soon Android devices will also be able to cast videos to Chromecast. Facebook didn’t announce a specific date for when this feature will roll out to Google-powered phones and tablets.

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Samsung now projects $5.3B hit on profits from Note...

As a result of having to recall and eventually kill off the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung on Friday predicted a further $3 billion reduction in operating profits through March 2017, beyond the $2.3 billion it already announced.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook meets w/ Japanese Prime Minister...

Apple CEO Tim Cook met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on his trip to Japan this week as chronicled by the leader’s Facebook page (via Macotakara). In the meeting, the Japanese PM noted that without Japanese innovation, the iPhone couldn’t have been developed. Speaking of development… more…

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