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Sunday October 23

Review: Neato Botvac Connected uses iPhone, Apple...

With autonomous cleaning modes built in, and the ability to use iPhone and Apple Watch as a controller, the Neato Botvac Connected proves we are finally living in the future.

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Sweden effectively bans camera drone flights

Don't bring a drone with you to document your trip to Sweden -- you could find yourself in legal trouble. The country's Supreme Administrative Court has effectively banned camera drone flights through a ruling. Camera-equipped drones are surveillan...

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The iPod is now 15 years old

Younger readers may not realize just how insanely cool the iPod was.

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Enough with the 10-year anniversary stuff

Daring Fireball:

Let me add here a note about something that’s been bothering me for months: the notion that Apple is going to do something “special” next year to commemorate the iPhone’s 10th anniversary. I would wager heavily that they won’t. Apple under Tim Cook is a little bit more prone to retrospection than it was under Steve Jobs, who was almost obsessively forward-thinking, but only slightly. They made a 40-years-in-40-seconds video to commemorate the company’s 40th anniversary this year, for example, but it was only 40 seconds long. Blink and you missed it.

Apple is not going to make a special edition of any product — let alone the iPhone, their most important product — just to mark an anniversary. Don’t tell me about the 20th Anniversary Macintosh — that was a product from the old Apple that was heading toward bankruptcy, and a perfect example of why they shouldn’t do something special to mark something as arbitrary as an anniversary.

While I agree...

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Here’s what you can buy at Apple’s special campus...

Whenever I went to San Francisco for Macworld Expo, I always tried to arrange a trip to the Apple Employee Store to get t-shirts or knick-knacks you can’t find anywhere else.

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Elon Musk answers your SpaceX questions on Reddit at...

SpaceX has raised more questions than it has answered as of late. Just how will it finance its plan to colonize Mars? Can it improve the reliability of its rockets? And exactly when will it reuse a rocket? You might just get some answers. Company fou...

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Ben Heck's PlayStation 4 Slim teardown

Voiding warranties is what we do best here on The Ben Heck Show, and a new game console gives us the perfect opportunity. Join Ben as he tears down the Sony PlayStation 4 Slim to find out what makes it tick, and how it compares to Microsoft's Xbox...

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MGG 628: Cool Stuff Found and The DNS Achilles Heel

Cool Stuff Found includes how to keep Safari from opening iTunes automatically, a new USB circuit tester, bluetooth stereo speaker, a better way to backup your iPhone and more. Then it’s on to your questions, including a segment on managing your iPhone from the new Console app in macOS Sierra. Plus, your two favorite geeks talk through this week’s DNS outage and how they got around it. Download today and enjoy!

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After Math: Let's get nasty

It's been quite the week for everything going to hell in a handbasket. This viscous election cycle is seriously stressing out half of Americans. Videogame voice actors are on strike, the cops are growing their facial recognition databases of US citiz...

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Tesla's self-driving future, and more in the...

Tesla is making several big announcements this month, and Elon Musk just delivered the first: From now on, all new Tesla cars will be self-driving. The electric automaker also teamed up with Panasonic to build solar panels for its Powerwall home batt...

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Cisco says it can cut live pirate video streams

It's relatively easy for content providers to take down pirated videos when they're uploaded to the web, but stopping live streams is another matter. Just ask anyone who has watched a bootleg stream for a pay-per-view boxing match or the Super Bowl...

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Saturday October 22

Doctors relax rules on letting babies watch screens

Ever since 1999, many pediatricians have clung to one main recommendation about kids and gadgets: you shouldn't show screens to any child under 2 years old. However, they've just loosened that once-firm policy. The American Academy of Pediatrics has...

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AT&T will acquire Time Warner for $85.4B in...

AT&T said it will acquire Time Warner for US$85.4 billion, reflecting a continuing trend for the consolidation of communications and media companies.

The deal aims to combine content from Time Warner, which has a film studio and a vast library of entertainment, with AT&T’s distribution network of mobile services, broadband and TV in the U.S., Mexico and Latin America, AT&T said late Saturday.

Under the part cash, part stock deal, Time Warner shareholders will receive $107.50 per share under the terms of the merger, consisting of $53.75 per share in cash and $53.75 per share in AT&T stock.

The transaction is expected to close by the end of 2017, and is subject to approval by Time Warner shareholders and review by the U.S. Department of Justice, AT&T said. Review from the Federal Communications Commission may also be required to the extent that FCC licenses may have to be transferred to AT&T under the deal.


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White House initiative pushes for more tiny...

Miniature satellites are increasingly a big deal, and for good reasons: they're not only less expensive and easier to deploy than the giant satellites of old, but can cover wider areas. And the White House wants to give them a helping hand. It's la...

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Facebook censored a cartoon breast cancer awareness...

Facebook still has a thing or two to learn about what's considered acceptable in your timeline. The social network is catching flak after it briefly took down an ad for Cancerfonden's breast cancer awareness campaign that included cartoon representa...

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Apple to co-sponsor 2017 Met Gala without co-chair...

New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced plans for the 2017 Met Gala, where Apple will be a sponsor for the second year in a row.

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Apple might debut 'MagSafe-like' USB-C...

According to well-informed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple might launch a USB-C adapter with MagSafe functionality to return easy-on, easy-off functionality to a fully upgraded MacBook lineup, which is expected for unveiling at next week's "Hello Again" media event.

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AT&T to buy Time Warner for $85.4 billion

After no small amount of anticipation, it's official: AT&T has announced that it's acquiring Time Warner for the equivalent of $85.4 billion in cash and stock. The move gives one of the US' largest telecoms control over some of the biggest names...

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Facebook's Messenger app for Windows 10 now...

Facebook has quietly upgraded its Messenger app for Windows 10 with the ability to make voice and video calls, VentureBeat has discovered. No more leaving the app to ring up a friend through a browser. If that new-but-familiar phone or camera icon th...

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Research team develops portable iPhone-powered lab...

It’s no secret that Apple has ambitious plans for iPhone and Apple Watch in the health industry, but it’s not the only company looking for ways to integrate smartphones in the medical field. Recently, a research team from Washington State University, under the leadership of assistant professor Lei Li, developed a portable laboratory that’s powered by a smartphone and capable of detecting cancer nearly instantly…


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Apple continues its focus on fashion, will again...

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced its annual Costume Institute exhibition and gala and Apple again will be one of the sponsors for the event, according to Vogue. The 2017 Met Gala theme will be “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons.” For those unfamiliar, Res Kawakubo is a prominent fashion design, while Comme des Garçons is her label.


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Apple's October 27th event is reportedly all...

We hope you weren't expecting a new iMac or Mac Pro at Apple's "Hello Again" event... you might be disappointed. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (who has a mostly good track record for Apple rumors) now expects that the October 27th media gatheri...

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AT&T to buy Time Warner for $80B, deal...

AT&T has reportedly agreed to buy Time Warner for $80 billion, in a deal which could potentially be announced later on Saturday.

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Six futuristic designs that will change public...

By Cat DiStasio

As the world's urban centers grow, getting around them becomes increasingly difficult. In some cities, traffic is congested all day long and rush hour can last for several hours. Fortunately, there are a number of innovations in publ...

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WSJ: AT&T agrees to acquire Time Warner for...

After a few days of deliberations, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that the deal is done. AT&T has agreed to buy Time Warner for more than $80 billion. This values Time Warner shares at around $105 each, a significant premium over the closing price of $89 on Friday. The deal will entrench the carrier further into the entertainment business; AT&T and Time Warner are expected to announce the acquisition as soon as later today.


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The bottom line: Our quick verdict on the Lenovo...

There's nothing quite like the Lenovo Yoga Book. It's a small, lightweight clamshell device running your choice of Android or Windows 10 as an OS. Take a tour of the hardware and you'll find a 360-degree hinge, a screen and, uh, no keyboard. That's r...

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KGI: Apple to release new 13 inch MacBook &...

Reliable Apple analyst KGI has published a report on Saturday outlining their predictions for Apple’s Mac roadmap ahead of the media event on October 27th. The report says that Apple will launch three new MacBooks at the event, a new 13 inch MacBook, a new 13 inch MacBook Pro and a new 15 inch MacBook Pro.

It goes on to say that new iMacs and the Apple external display will not be shipping this year; those should be expected in the first half of 2017.


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DDoS Attack Causes Waves of Internet Outages

Hundreds of websites -- including those of biggies such as Netflix, Twitter and Spotify -- on Friday fell prey to massive DDoS attacks that cut off access to Internet users on the East Coast and elsewhere across the United States. Three attacks were launched over a period of hours against Internet performance management company Dyn, which provides support to eight of the top 10 Internet service and retail companies and six of the top 10 entertainment companies listed in the Fortune 500.

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Plum is a smart but expensive gadget for the wine-...

Wine has a culture all of its own, steeped in tradition and practices passed down over the years. But wine experts will tell you it's also a science, with precise measurements and conditions required to make that perfect bottle. The new Plum wine fri...

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This week’s top stories: What to expect at Apple’s...

In this week’s top stories: What to expect at Apple’s Oct. 27 ‘Hello Again’ Mac event, the latest iOS 10 betas, Jeff gives iOS users 10 handy Safari tips, and much more.  more…

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Razer's Blade Stealth and 'Core' add...

For as long as I can remember, I've dreamed of a computer that didn't exist: something that could get me through the work day but also transform into a gaming powerhouse at home. It's taken decades, but that old fantasy is finally starting to coalesc...

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ICYMI: Wearable robots will walk all over you

Today on In Case You Missed It: MIT and Stanford researchers created tiny robots that can grab onto clothes and walk on your shirt, with the goal of them one day, forming a swarm to create a temporary video screen and then marching back into a...

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Siri compared to new Google Assistant in extensive...

With the release of Google Assistant, supplanting Google Now on the new Pixel with Android 7.1, Google’s speech recognition/AI engine is supposed to be more personable and less robotic. At the same time, Apple has been improving the accuracy and intelligence of Siri, which has until now been a distant second in the assistant space when it comes to accuracy. With the below video comparing iPhone 7 Plus and the the Pixel XL, YouTuber...

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The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Letter from the Editor

Welcome to the very first edition of The Morning After, Engadget's revamped newsletter. First, I'd like to congratulate you for subscribing to what is undoubtedly the greatest newsletter you'll ever read. Thanks are also in...

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Google Pixel XL's modular components can be...

iFixit gave Google's Pixel XL a middling repairability score of 6 out of 10 partly because its display was poorly assembled. Still, the team found a lot of modular components that can be easily replaced when they cracked Mountain View's new flagship...

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This week on AI: Oct. 27 Mac event, new future for...

Apple invited the press to an Oct. 27 media event, where the company is expected to showcase a new MacBook Pro with an OLED touch bar. That was hardly the end of this week's news, however, one juicy tidbit being a new course for Apple's electric car project.

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The Week in Apple News: Apple Oct. 27 event, Apple...

Apple headlines for the week ending Oct. 21, 2016

Circle this Thursday on your calendar for an Apple event. Maybe we’ll get new laptops, and it’d be nice if the desktop Macs were updated, too. However, while you’re waiting for Thursday, 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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Friday October 21

Mirai-based DDoS attack highlights benefits of Apple...

A distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that on Friday severely impacted internet access for many U.S. web denizens was found to be in part enabled by a botnet targeting unprotected "Internet of Things" devices. For Apple, the revelation vindicates a controversial walled garden approach to IoT borne out through the HomeKit protocol.

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Nintendo Switch won't play Wii U discs and 3DS...

Nintendo might have crushed some fans' dreams with its Famitsu interview. The company told the popular Japanese gaming magazine that its upcoming hybrid console won't be able to play Wii U discs or 3DS cartridges. It's unclear if the Switch won't be...

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Mactracker 7.6

Adds detailed information about all recent hardware and operating system releases, including iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, macOS 10.12 Sierra, and iOS 10. (Free, 81.7 MB)


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'The Last Guardian' is finally ready

Hold tight Fumito Ueda fans, your wait is almost over. Despite that long quiet period and even a recent six-week delay, tonight Sony Interactive exec Shuhei Yoshida tweeted that The Last Guardian has gone gold. That should put it on track for release...

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Apple Pay Used to Buy $1M Aston Martin DB5 Luxury Car

Turns out you can buy more than groceries and iPhone accessories with Apple Pay—like a crazy expensive car, for example. British car auctioneer Coys of Kensington just sold a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 for £825,000, which is a little over US$1 million. That’s the single largest Apple Pay transaction to date.

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Google's redefined privacy policy lets ads...

In 2007, Google bought online advertising network Doubleclick with the assurance that they would prioritize user privacy as they developed new ad products. They've kept that promise, dividing their massive database of web browsing data from the perso...

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Perpetrator of Friday’s Internet Outage Comes Clean

OMG…gasp…can’t stop…gasp…omg…the laughter…


— birdsrightsactivist (@ProBirdRights) October 21, 2016

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Instagram is testing Live videos

A Russian publication has spotted an experimental Instagram feature it obviously got its from parent corporation's repertoire: live videos. One of T Journal's readers sent in screenshots and a video of a curious icon lined up with Instagram Stories o...

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macOS Sierra: Disable Auto-Logout if Sierra Enabled...

Some people have reported weird rebooting/logging out problems on their Macs after upgrading to macOS Sierra. Mac Geek Gab listener Ken was one of those folks, and he traced it to an auto-logout preference Sierra appears to have changed for him. Fortunately, resetting it is an easy fix. Bryan Chaffin shows you how.

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The Week in iOS Apps: "Crap, I'm Broke...

Darn! I'm out of money!

This week’s roundup includes a game that helps you experience the fun of living on the edge of economic calamity. Fun, right? Read on.

Crap! I'm Broke

Here’s a game that might be a little too on-the-nose for some of us: Crap! I’m Broke ($2) is a “hectic life management game”—think a cubist version of The Sims, maybe—in which you do odd jobs in order to keep starvation at bay. But it’s not all drudge work: You can be a “Good Samaritan” and collect karma points.

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Reebok Liquid Speed shoes use 3D drawing for a...

We've seen a number of limited release shoes built using 3D printing, but now Reebok is coming in with its own attempt to rethink the traditional molding process. Reebok's Liquid Factory draws the frame of these shoes in three dimensions, using a spe...

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Linux Foundation Spurs JavaScript Development

The Linux Foundation earlier this week announced the addition of the JS Foundation as a Linux Foundation project. The move is an effort to inject new energy into the JavaScript developer community. By rebranding the former JQuery foundation as the JS Foundation and bringing it under the Linux umbrella, officials hope to create some stability and build critical mass. The goal is to spark greater interest in pursuing open source collaboration by intermingling some promising new players with some venerable stalwarts.

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Friday 5: Fantastical’s awesome calendar widget, an...

After being disappointed with the implementation of widgets in earlier versions of iOS, I wasn’t sure how useful I’d find iOS 10-centric widgets. But after using iOS 10 for the last few months, I can say for sure that widgets are now more useful than they’ve ever been. Here’s a brief look at five widget-bearing apps worth considering this weekend.

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Facebook employees argued to ban Trump's posts...

Some Facebook employees fought to remove posts from Donald Trump in which the Republican presidential candidate called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States, arguing that the comments violated the website's rules on hate speech, The Wall St...

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Major DDoS attack on Dyn DNS knocks Spotify, Twitter...

Update 5: At 6:18 P.M. Eastern Dyn said the DDoS attacks have been resolved. Fingers crossed another wave doesn't occur, as happened earlier today. You can find Dyn's incident report here.

Update 4: Dyn is being hit by a third wave of DDoS attacks Friday afternoon. The attacks are “well planned and executed, coming from tens of millions of IP addresses at the same time,” the company told CNBC.

Update 3: A heat map purportedly showing backbone internet provider Level 3’s East Coast outages was removed from this piece at 2:50 p.m. Eastern, as a Level 3 spokesperson says its network “was operating normally this morning, and [the company] did not see an East Coast outage.” See the informative Periscope from its CSO embedded...

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Why Apple is monitoring the AT&T and Time Warner...

After Apple reportedly looked into acquiring Time Warner, it may be AT&T walking away with the media property. But Cupertino still has its eye on the price.

AT&T is in “advanced talks” to acquire Time Warner with a deal reportedly being finalized as early as this weekend. According to The Wall Street Journal, however, Apple is now closely monitoring the merger to see if any other bids surface or if other media properties suddenly become highly desirable. The AT&T and Time Warner deal could spark further consolidations of media companies with tech and telecom giants.

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Apple Regent Street Opening Photo Gallery

Keith Burton was at last weekend’s Apple Regent Street opening. He took some great photos—including a shot of Apple retail head Angela Ahrendts—of the event and was kind enough to let us publish them.

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PDFpen and PDFpenPro 8.2.1

Fixes a small sampling of bugs in the PDF editing apps. ($74.95/$124.95 new, free update, 70.4/71 MB)


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Apple and Facebook fare best among tech companies...

Apple and Facebook fare best in a new Amnesty International report ranking 11 tech companies that offer messaging services. Snapchat and Microsoft (Skype) are near the bottom.

“If you think instant messaging services are private, you are in for a big surprise,” Sherif Elsayed-Ali, head of Amnesty International’s Technology and Human Rights Team, said in a statement to The Denver Post. “The reality is that our communications are under constant threat from cybercriminals and spying by state authorities. Young people, the most prolific sharers of personal details and photos over apps like Snapchat, are especially at risk.”

Amnesty International rankings take into account the companies’ encryption practices and whether the companies disclose government requests for user data.

Facebook, which owns Messenger and WhatsApp, scored 73 out of 100. The two...

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Apple is ‘monitoring’ AT&T’s interest in...

AT&T’s interest in acquiring Time Warner has progressed quickly from "had talks" to "advanced talks" and now a deal could be set by Monday -- which Bloomberg says is due to a sped-up timetable caused by Bloomberg's initial report.

That's because AT&T is said to be concerned that the publicity could allow other interested suitors like Apple or Google/Alphabet to jump in. And Apple is said to be monitoring the deal talks, after it made its own approach to Time Warner a few months...

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Apple and IBM Partnership: Macs, iOS and Watson Are...

IBM and Apple have been partnering with each other for some time now. The action continues with Macs finding great favor within IBM. Also, education initiatives continue. Finally, IBM’s Watson has to be giving Apple some big ideas. This has the signs of becoming one of the most productive partnerships ever, amongst former rivals, in the tech industry.

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Why the Internet fell apart today

If you were on the internet on Friday morning, congrats! You were one of a lucky few who maintained their connectivity in the face of a massive, nationwide DDoS attack against part of the Domain Name System (DNS), a crucial piece of digital infrastru...

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Watch Samsung VR's first scripted series this...

Assuming you still have a phone to slot into your Gear VR, you'll have something new to watch this weekend. Invisible is the first scripted series on the Samsung VR platform, and is helmed by Edge of Tomorrow and The Bourne Identity director, Doug Li...

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Apple monitoring AT&T's potential merger...

As rumors fly over a potential tie-up between AT&T and Time Warner, a report on Friday claims Apple approached the media company about a potential merger months ago, though talks failed to progress past a preliminary stage.

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External Link: T-Mobile Fined $48 Million for Data...

In an agreement with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, T-Mobile will pay a total of $48 million in customer benefits, educational donations, and fines because of throttling connection speeds for its largest data users without advance notice. Impacted customers will receive a 20 percent discount on accessories and will be eligible for an additional 4 GB of data per month. T-Mobile CEO John Legere responded in his typically bombastic fashion, tweeting that T-Mobile believes more information is good for customers. Though, apparently, it takes an FCC settlement to make that happen.


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External Link: Remembering David Bunnell

David Bunnell, the founder of PC Magazine, PC World, and Macworld, as well as Macworld Expo, has passed away. Fast Company’s Harry McCracken profiles Bunnell’s life and career, including his background as a social activist.


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The looming specter of cyberwar with Russia

In the world of cyber (as in security), the question of the week seems to be, "Are we going to cyberwar with Russia?"

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest thinks so. A week after President Obama singled out Russia as being responsible for cybera...

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Teens Steal $13,000 in iPhones from Natick...

A group of teenagers wearing hoodies and hats stormed the Apple Natick Collection Store, making off with US$13,000 worth of iPhones. The teens spent less than a minute in the store, and the iPhones they stole were attached to security cables.

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Blame the Internet of Things for today's web...

Today's nation-wide internet outage was enabled thanks to a Mirai botnet that hacked into connected home devices, according to security intelligence company Flashpoint. The distributed denial of service attack targeted Dyn, a large domain name server...

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Apple Teacher program

We designed the Apple Teacher program to help you build skills and stay inspired. You’ll discover new ways to enhance creativity and productivity by unlocking the magic of iPad, Mac, and built-in apps. You’ll get news and fresh ideas, featuring real stories, product tips, and great educational apps. And after completing online quizzes, you’ll receive an official Apple Teacher logo that you can share with the world.

Apple has always cared about education, kids, and teachers.

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Rez Infinite Rocks Worlds

Rez Infinite, one of the first virtual reality games for Sony's new PlaystationVR, this week earned praise from early reviewers for its graphics and immersing qualities. Sony announced the game -- an update of a remake -- last year. Featuring support for 1080p resolution graphics, along with 3D audio sound, Rez Infinite is designed for the PSVR, but it's also compatible with the regular PlayStation 4. Sega introduced the original Rez for the Dreamcast in 2001 and the PlayStation 2 a year later. It was a huge hit.

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WSJ: Apple has approached Time Warner in recent...

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple isn’t totally ruling out a Time Warner acquisition as talks between the network and AT&T appear to be moving forward. Yesterday it was reported that AT&T is looking at the possibility of a merger with Time Warner, then today it was separately reported that the talks could be much further along than previously reported. Now the WSJ is adding that Apple is once again monitoring the situation closely and has even approached the company in the last few months…


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Introducing 'The Morning After'

Look, we get it. Sometimes it's hard to keep up on all the latest happenings in the world of tech. That's why Engadget has a newsletter that delivers the top stories of the day directly to your inbox. Sure, it's functional, but honestly, it doesn't l...

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Apps: App Diary: A New Life, NHL, Sago Mini Planes,...

Bigosaur’s A New Life ($1) is a text and graphic based life simulation game. Within 10 or 15 minutes, you’ll be able to lead a new person from birth to death, with choices made along the way presumably affecting your path. The concept was undeniably intriguing to me, and the game is interesting, too, in one particular way — it is both frustrating and strangely addictive (I don’t get it, either). Each year of your “life”…

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New York passes law making it illegal to list short-...

New York governor Andrew Cuomo just signed a bill into law that will make it much harder for Airbnb to operate in the state. New York already prohibits rentals of less than 30 days in a multi-unit building if the tenant is not present -- a situation...

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Evidence ties Russia to Podesta and Powell email...

Back in March, Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta received a frantic-sounding email about his account security and clicked a shortened link that appeared to be from Google. Instead, it redirected to a spoof page that gave hackers access...

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AWT News Update: October 21, 2016

It's Friday! Before you head to your favorite local watering hole or restaurant for some Friday Afternoon Club libations or a nice meal, get up to speed on the latest in Apple News:

  • The latest in a series of Apple Store heists happens in a mall in Natick, Massachusetts
  • Apple's pop-up Watch Edition store in the swanky Galeries Lafayette in Paris will close in January
  • Germany appears poised to be the latest country to get Apple Pay

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Speed up your web browsing in a few clicks: A brief...

After today’s outages, I thought a little primer on what DNS is might be appropriate.

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Big DDoS attacks underway are causing major Internet...

Earlier this morning, Apple World Today may have been unavailable to our readers. That's because a number of large websites and web hosting providers based on the East coast of the US -- including our host Squarespace -- have been hit with a series of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. The attacks are continuing, taking down such sites as the New York Times, CNN, Twitter, Netflix, HBO Now, PayPal, and Reddit. 

The attacks initially targeted DNS provider Dyn's servers at about 11 AM ET, and were mitigated by the company's countermeasures. At about 12:20 PM ET, the attacks continued and the outages are now expanding to California, Texas, Washington, and even the UK. 

The attacks are now being monitored by the United States Department of Homeland Security, and the agency is "investigating all potential causes" of the massive disruption. 

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Most 'Genuine' Apple Chargers and Cables...

Apple says it bought Apple chargers and cables labeled as genuine on and found that nearly 90 percent of them to be counterfeit. The revelation comes in a federal lawsuit the company filed against a New Jersey company over what Apple says are fake products that were sold on Amazon. Engadget reports: When Apple got in touch with Amazon about the issue, the website told the former that it got most of its chargers from Mobile Star LLC. The iPhone-maker stressed that since counterfeit cables and chargers don't go through consumer safety testing and could be poorly designed, they're prone to overheating and catching fire. They might even electrocute users. Tim Cook and co. are now asking the court to issue an injunction against the defendant. They also want the court to order the seizure and destruction of all the fake chargers in addition to asking for damage


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NASA finds likely crash site for ESA's ExoMars...

Just as we expected, NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has detected the potential crash site for the European Space Agency's missing ExoMars Schiaperelli probe. The MRO located a bright spot and dark patch on the Martian surface near the probe...

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The Public Access Weekly: Upgrade ya

So... since the entire Internet is apparently one big Fail meme today, let's just jump right in shall we? This week, we're rolling out some of the Public Access upgrades that we've been working on which is pretty exciting.

The first of these chan...

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China beats iOS App Store records in Sept. quarter...

China is now Apple's greatest source of revenue for the iOS App Store, after the country not only topped the U.S. in the third quarter but generated the highest-ever App Store revenue for any country.

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Review: Griffin’s iTrip Clip adapter gives your old...

iPhone 7’s lack of a headphone jack means more people than ever are considering an upgrade to new wireless, Bluetooth headphones. But if you don’t want to make the jump, or love your old headphones too much to part with them just yet, Griffin’s new iTrip Clip will let you add Bluetooth functionality to any set of 3.5mm headphones for $20.


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Don’t plan on using your autonomous Tesla to earn...

I find this fascinating. Is it even legal for Tesla to limit how you can use your own vehicle? I’ve been told it isn’t but that Tesla could, conceivably, void your warranty if you do. Regardless, how Tesla would or could detect the ride-sharing activity is interesting in and of itself.

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Podcast 530: Project Titan may not be an Apple Car

If a tree falls in the woods and no one's around, does it make a sound? And if an Apple Car is parked before it ever drives, was it even a car? Project Titan could be shifting gears, but in a world where artificial intelligence and augmented reality grow more and more important, maybe the car isn't the most interesting problem Apple can solve.

Oh, just a note: We recorded this on Tuesday, October 18, one day before Apple invited journalists to its October 27 "Hello Again" event (presumably to announce new Macs). So that's why we muse about how late the invitations are—they were!—but now the event is confirmed, and we'll unpack all the announcements for you next week, probably Friday but maybe late Thursday if we can get it done quickly. Talk to you then!

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Phone app helps save Seattle man

I love reading stories like this. Imagine how much further along technology will be in five years. The PulsePoint app can be downloaded here.

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Trade-in coupon: $20 cash bonus when you trade in...

With Apple's anticipated MacBook Pro and 13" MacBook Air refresh mere days away, now is the time to trade in your old device before values drop. Plus, earn a $20 cash bonus on top of industry leading trade-in values on electronics valued at $300 or more with an exclusive coupon code.

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External Link: Apple Reveals Its HomeKit Plans

Today you purchase and install HomeKit home automation devices in existing homes, but Apple wants to go beyond retrofits by building the technology into new homes. “We want to bring home automation to the mainstream,” Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of product marketing, told Bloomberg. “The best place to start is at the beginning, when a house is just being created.” According to a survey by real-estate firm Trulia, twice as many people prefer a newly built house to a pre-owned property, so perhaps the boost that home automation needs is to become standard in new construction.


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A series of denial of service attacks on a major DNS provider spanning all of Friday have caused major issues across the internet, with outages of some of the largest sites and services experienced across about half of the U.S. -- and now the Department of Homeland Security is getting involved.

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TMO Daily Observations 2016-10-21: iPhone 7 Fire,...

An iPhone 7 in Australia caught on fire in a car, and now the media is comparing the incident to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 debacle. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at what happened, and to sort out whether or not it’s appropriate to compare this iPhone 7 to the Note 7 fires. They also compare Microsoft Surface sales to the current state of the iPad.

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While AT&T and Time Warner were said to have previously held informal talks about a potential takeover, those discussions have apparently since turned serious, with a deal said to be now nearing completion.

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Here’s what you can buy at Apple’s special campus...

Apple is set to reveal new Macs on Thursday at what will likely be the last special event hosted at the company’s 1 Infinite Loop campus in Cupertino. Early next year Apple’s giant Campus 2 headquarters will open and include a dedicated theater for these types of events, so the surprise Mac event is one last hurrah for the current Apple HQ.

And even though it may be about to be replaced with something bigger and better, 1 Infinite Loop does have something fairly new of its own: a dedicated Apple Store that reopened last fall. Apple’s campus store has always sold exclusive collectables like T-shirts and pens, and the Jony Ive-designed retail store adds Apple products just like traditional Apple Stores.

The shirt styles and souvenirs offered change regularly,...

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Tesla tips more details of self-driving ridesharing...

Tesla has let slip some more information on its upcoming ridesharing program, which will eventually let the company's cars pick up fares while their owners stay at home or at work, cutting the cost of ownership.

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Macs End Up Costing 3 Times Less Than Windows PCs...

An anonymous reader shares a report on Yahoo (edited): Last year, Fletcher Previn became a cult figure of sorts in the world of enterprise IT. As IBM's VP of Workplace as a Service, Previn is the guy responsible for turning IBM (the company that invented the PC) into an Apple Mac house. Previn gave a great presentation at last year's Jamf tech conference where he said Macs were less expensive to support than Windows. Only 5% of IBM's Mac employees needed help desk support versus 40% of PC users. At that time, some 30,000 IBM employees were using Macs. Today 90,000 of them are, he said. And IBM ultimately plans to distribute 150,000 to 200,000 Macs to workers, meaning about half of IBM's approximately 370,000 employees will have Macs. Previn's team is responsible for all the company's PCs, not just the Macs. All told IBM's IT department supports about 604,000 laptops between employees and its 100,000+ contractors. Most of them are Windows machines -- 442,000 -- while 90,000 are Macs...

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Mac: Satechi Aluminum Wireless Keypad

Satechi’s popular Metallic Series lineup of accessories has a new addition in the form of the company’s Slim Aluminum Wireless Keypad ($40) — a rechargeable Bluetooth keypad designed to expand a user’s existing keyboard when crunching numbers — useful for working on Numbers or Excel spreadsheets, or in accounting applications. While the new keypad is compatible with both Macs and PCs, it’s clearly designed to fit right in with your Mac, and in addition to standard Apple silver, it’s even available in Gold and Space Grey colors to match up with Apple’s 12” MacBook.

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Most expensive in-app purchase ever: Apple Pay used...

In what is claimed to be the largest-ever transaction made with Apple Pay, a customer used their fingerprint to authorize the purchase of a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 priced at over $1 million.

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Beats 1 gets a Facebook page

Beats 1 is Apple's free and global Apple Music radio station, and now the station has a new presence on the web -- a dedicated Facebook page

The station is currently highlighting an interview by Beats 1 DJ Zane Lowe with Lady Gaga, complete with quotes and short video clips. The page itself isn't yet verified on Facebook, although the verified Apple Music account shared a post from the Beats 1 page.

That Apple Music Facebook page has over 2 million likes at this point, and up until now Apple has marketed Beats 1 on that page. In order to build up viewers for the Beats 1 page, the Apple Music account is now sharing its posts. Beats 1 has a very popular Twitter account, so it was odd that Apple didn't see fit to include the station on Facebook as well up until now.

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iPhone 7 cellular performance test: Qualcomm's...

With the iPhone 7, Apple diversified its modem supply for the first time. The company chose Intel and Qualcomm to provide baseband chipsets for two variations on the phone, the Intel version with GSM/WCDMA/LTE and Qualcomm’s with GSM/CDMA/WCDMA/TD-SCDMA/LTE support. Qualcomm’s modem powers the Verizon, Sprint, and SIM unlocked iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. If you have one of those versions, congrats! Your phone is capable of much better cellular reception than the Intel model, according to extensive testing from Cellular Insights.

You can check out the full test results, methodology, hardware details, and analysis here, and it’s definitely worth a read for the more technically minded. The bottom line is that the Intel variant of the iPhone 7 Plus consistently underperforms the Qualcomm version in LTE throughput. Intel’s chipset doesn’t support...

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iPhone 7 Blamed for Car Fire

An iPhone 7 is being blamed for causing a car fire, and it’s already being compared to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 burning phone disaster. While it’s possible Apple is about to face a wave of burning iPhones, it’s possible this was an isolated incident, or that the iPhone wasn’t the cause of the fire.

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Apple's website leaks hints of impending Apple...

Hints from its website suggest that Apple is on the verge of announcing Apple Pay for Germany, filling in one of several major gaps in its European coverage.

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