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macOS 10.12.1 mostly focuses on fixing Sierra’s bugs

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Apple released the final version of macOS 10.12.1 today, its first update to Sierra since the operating system was released last month. The list of fixes isn't as long as the one that accompanies iOS 10.1, but it ought to fix some of the new operating system's most pressing issues. The release notes are below:

  • Adds an automatic smart album in Photos for Depth Effect images taken on iPhone 7 Plus
  • Improves the compatibility of Microsoft Office when using iCloud Desktop and Documents
  • Fixes an issue that may prevent Mail from updating when using a Microsoft Exchange account
  • Fixes an issue that caused text to sometimes paste incorrectly when...
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Apple Releases watchOS 3.1 with Charging Fix,...

Apple released watchOS 3.1 Monday, an update with a mix of improvements and bug fixes. On the improve side if the ability to replay bubble and full-screen effects in Messages. On the bug-fix side, a charging issue for Apple Watch Series 2 was fixed, and more.

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Massive DDoS Attack Blocks Access to U.S. Web Sites

Jeff Porten explains just what the heck was going on with the Internet last Friday.


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The 2016 MacBook Event shows up on Apple TV,...

Just ahead of this week’s Apple ‘hello again’ event, the Apple Events channel has been updated with local time zone reminders of when to watch the announcements this week. The Events app refresh showcases the event invitation’s wispy and colorful Apple logo, with links to view previous events. You can even use the channel to see a reminder for when the keynote kicks off in your local timezone.


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Apple releases watchOS 3.1 update

Along with iOS 10.1, Apple on Monday released watchOS 3.1, an update to its operating system for the Apple Watch.

To install the update, your Apple Watch needs to be in proximity of your iPhone that has a Wi-Fi connection, and the Watch needs to have at least a 50 percent charge and be connected to your charger. Launch the Watch app on your iPhone. Then tap General > Software Update. Tap Download and Install when you’re ready for the installation.

According to Apple’s release notes, watchOS 3.1 includes the following:

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Apple Releases macOS Sierra 10.12.1 with Improved...

Apple released macOS Sierra 10.12.1 Monday (in addition to iOS 10.1). The first new feature that jumped out at me was “Improves reliability of Auto Unlock with Apple Watch,” a feature I love but is inconsistent. It also includes auto smart album of photos that use the newly unlocked Portrait Camera feature on iPhone 7 Plus, and some bug fixes.

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The original iPod: A re-review

On October 23, 2001, Apple unveiled its original iPod. Though MP3 players existed beforehand, the iPod safely brought this portable music format to the masses. Over the 15 years since, Ars has examined the evolution of this product's design, its inevitable death (three years before that time arrived), and its impact on the music industry at-large. So for the product's anniversary, we'll resurface this re-review of the original iPod from 2011.

Don't look now, but the iPod—yes, the original, less-space-than-a-Nomad iPod—just turned 10 years old. That...

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TMO Daily Observations 2016-10-24: DDOS Attacks,...

Last Friday we all learned first hand what happens when hackers decide to target DNS hosts with a distributed Denial of Service attack. Dave Hamilton and The Maccast’s Adam Christianson join Jeff Gamet to look at Friday’s attack and how the Internet of Things played a major role in the incident. They also talk about how HomeKit devices may also be susceptible to hackers.

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iOS 10.1 arrives with iPhone 7 Plus Portrait Mode...

Apple has just posted the final version of iOS 10.1, the first major update to iOS 10 since it was released a month and a half ago. The update's biggest addition is exclusive to the iPhone 7 Plus—it unlocks the "Portrait Mode" feature, which uses data from the main lens and telephoto lens to simulate the depth-of-field effect you often see used in professional photography.

Unlike last week's iOS 10.0.3 release, iOS 10.1 is available for everything that runs iOS 10: the iPhone 5 and newer, the fourth-generation iPad and newer, the iPad Mini 2 and newer, both iPad Pros, and the sixth-generation iPod Touch. The build number, 14B72 on older iDevices and 14B72c on the 7 and 7 Plus, is identical to the beta...

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Apple Watch Nike+ hits the ground running on Oct. 28

With Apple Watch Series 2, Apple really began pushing the health and fitness benefits of wearing the device. The company even announced a partnership with Nike at its iPhone event last month, but runners had to wait to snag the special edition of the Series 2. The Nike-branded Apple Watch Series 2 is finally arriving in stores this Friday, Oct. 28.

The Nike+ edition has a lot in common with the standard Series 2. This special edition version is water-resistant up to 50 meters and has GPS for accurate swim- and run-tracking. It also has the powerful processor and ultra-bright display that make the Series 2 a solid upgrade from the original Apple Watch. And it’s the same price as the Series 2: $369 for the 38mm model and $399...

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Portrait Camera now available for iPhone 7 as Apple...

Apple on Monday released iOS 10.1, the first major update to its operating system for the iPhone. The new iOS 10.1 has the much-publicized new Portrait Camera feature for the iPhone 7. Portrait Camera produces a depth effect on photos where the subject in the foreground is in focus, while the background is blurred.

Before installing the update, be sure to back up your iOS device. The iOS 10.1 update is available for installation directly on the iPhone. Launch the Settings app, the tap General > Software Update. You can also update your device by connecting it to your Mac and using the iTunes Mac app. The update is 203.7MB.

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Why Large Companies Can't Innovate

One of the things that has made Dell World very different is that at the end, one or more controversial speakers take the stage and provide an incredible amount of insight for the folks who haven't left early. All three of the last three speakers were fascinating, but it wasn't until I wove all three speeches together that it became clear to me why innovation seems to evaporate the larger a company becomes. I was drawn in particular to why Netscape failed and Google, outside of ad revenue, largely has been unsuccessful.

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Apple releases iOS 10.1 with Portrait shooting mode...

Apple has released a finished version of iOS 10.1, bringing a promised Portrait shooting mode to owners of the iPhone 7 Plus. It also provides various bug fixes.

Portrait mode is a software feature that uses the two lenses of the iPhone 7 Plus to create the look and feel of an image shot with portrait settings on a camera with a telephoto lens. You access portrait mode from within the Camera app simply by swiping left and right in the viewfinder.

Apple vice president of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller talks about portrait mode for the iPhone 7 Plus at this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference.

The update is a free download, available either through iTunes or over-the-air via the Settings > General > Software Update menu in iOS.

Apple has also posted tvOS 10.0.1 with bug fixes and security improvements. To update your Apple TV.

  • Launch the Settings app.
  • Go to System → Software Updates → Update Software.
  • Follow the...
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Apple updates macOS Sierra to 10.12.1 with Mail,...

After a month-long beta period, Apple has released the update to macOS Sierra 10.12.1 with iPhone 7 Photos compatibility fixes, Safari security enhancements, and more.

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∞ Apple releases iOS 10.1

A huge release from Apple, which includes the new Portrait mode for iPhone 7 Plus users (the feature that blurs the background in your photo), is now available. You can go to Settings > General > Software Update to get the download. If you don’t have an iPhone 7 Plus, you can use FabFocus to get a similar effect on an iPhone 5s or later.

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macOS 10.12.1 software update is now available...

Apple has officially released macOS 10.12.1 for all macOS Sierra users. The Mac software update is available through the Mac App Store after previously only being available in beta to developers and public beta testers.


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Apple Releases iOS 10.1 with Portrait Camera for...

Apple released iOS 10.1 to consumers on Monday. The update includes beta support for Portrait Camera on iPhone 7 Plus, as well as the ability to replay iMessage bubble and full-screen effects. There are also new features for Apple Watch, transit-related features in Maps, and other improvements to camera functionality and the Photos app.

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Apple releases final version of iOS 10.1 with...

Following several betas, Apple on Monday released the final version of iOS 10.1, bringing a promised Portrait shooting mode to owners of the iPhone 7 Plus, and various fixes for all compatible iOS devices.

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Apple releases watchOS 3.1 to the public with bug...

Apple has today released watchOS 3.1 to the public, the newest operating system release for Apple Watch. watchOS 3.0 introduced many new features for the wearable, but sadly watchOS 3.1 is a much more subdued affair. watchOS 3.1 includes some small changes for Messages — you can now replay bubble and screen effects — as well as several issues related to Timer, Activity and Force Touch. The full release notes are included below. Anecdotally, watchOS 3.1 includes some noticeable improvements to battery life as well as the usual slew of bug fixes.

The release includes a critical fix for Apple Watch Series 2 owners that may have prevented the watch from charging. The update is available for all Apple Watch Series 2, Apple Watch Series 1 and first-generation Apple Watch models.


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tvOS 10.0.1 software update for Apple TV is now...

After several beta versions, tvOS 10.0.1 is now available for all fourth-generation Apple TVs. The software update was previously only available to registered developers for testing.


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Apple releases iOS 10.1 with Portrait Mode for...

Apple has just released the official build of iOS 10.1 to the general public which includes the new Portrait Mode for the iPhone 7 Plus. After being available to developers and public beta testers for the past few weeks, iOS 10.1 is now available to users on compatible iOS devices. iOS 10.1 also includes a list of other changes for all iOS devices. Jump through to read the full release notes.


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News: Apple releases iOS 10.1, tvOS 10.0.1, watchOS...

Apple has released iOS 10.1 to the public today. The update contains the beta version of Portrait camera mode for iPhone 7 Plus users, transit support in Maps, new wheelchair tracking workout summary information in Activity for Apple Watch users, improved Bluetooth connectivity, and a series of bug fixes and other minor improvements. Apple has also released tvOS 10.0.1 which features bug fixes, and watchOS 3.1, which includes bug fixes and — like…

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Apple released a new iOS OTA Firmware

Apple just released OTA iOS (beta) (Build 14B5072) for:

  • iPad 4 (Wi-Fi) (iPad3,4)
  • iPad 4 (GSM) (iPad3,5)
  • iPad 4 (CDMA) (iPad3,6)
  • iPad Air (Wi-Fi) (iPad4,1)
  • iPad Air (Cellular) (iPad4,2)
  • iPad Air (China) (iPad4,3)
  • iPad mini 2 (Wi-Fi) (iPad4,4)
  • iPad mini 2 (Cellular) (iPad4,5)
  • iPad mini 2 (China) (iPad4,6)
  • iPad mini 3 (Wi-Fi) (iPad4,7)
  • iPad mini 3 (Cellular) (iPad4,8)
  • iPad mini 3 (China) (iPad4,9)
  • iPad mini 4 (Wi-Fi) (iPad5,1)
  • iPad mini 4 (Cellular) (iPad5,2)
  • iPad Air 2 (Wi-Fi) (iPad5,3)
  • iPad Air 2 (Cellular) (iPad5,4)
  • iPad Pro (9.7'', Wi-Fi) (iPad6,3)
  • iPad Pro (9.7'', Cellular) (iPad6,4)
  • iPad Pro (Wi-Fi) (iPad6,7)
  • iPad Pro (Cellular) (iPad6,8)
  • iPhone 5 (GSM) (iPhone5,1)
  • iPhone 5 (CDMA) (iPhone5,2)
  • iPhone 5c (GSM) (iPhone5,3)
  • iPhone 5c (CDMA) (iPhone5,4)
  • ...

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MacTech Conference 2016 to Be Keynoted by NASA Chief...

MacTech has now announced that Marshall Smith, NASA’s Chief Engineer of Human Exploration Systems, will be giving the keynote at MacTech Conference 2016. Smith will be talking about NASA’s plans for sending humans to Mars and what sort of collaborative efforts at the enterprise level are necessary to achieve such a goal.


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Don’t expect touchscreen Macs at this week’s ‘hello...

We may see touchscreen iMacs some day, but it won’t be at Apple’s “hello, again” event on Thursday — although Scott Tzu of Orange Peel Investments disagrees. 

In a Seeking Alpha article , he says the event “is going to be a full-scale reinvention of the Mac computer and we think this could be significantly important in driving consumer interest in the product line prior to the holiday.” Touch screen iMacs and MacBooks are the “first and foremost” items he’s expecting. 

“We expect to see Mac computers that you can also touch similar to the way you can with your iPad or iPhone. This development has been a long time coming. While most other major PC...

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iOS 10.1 Adds Portrait Mode for iPhone 7 Plus, Fixes...

iOS 10.1 adds the promised Portrait mode to the Camera app on iPhone 7 Plus, the option to replay Messages effects, a slew of improvements for Japanese mass transit users, and a host of miscellaneous fixes.


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9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPad mini 4/Air 2 Wi-Fi 32GB...

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Apple sells over 200,000 iPhone 7s in South Korea in...

Apple has sold over 200,000 iPhone 7 units in South Korea as of Monday, four days after starting sales there on Oct. 21, officials from local telcos SK Telecom and KT have told ZDNet.

The phones will likely sell over 300,000 units by the end of the month. Pre-orders for Apple's latest hit 300,000 since they began on Oct. 14.

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MyScript Nebo: The best note-taking app for iPad Pro...

I've typed over 3 million words while blogging over the years, but this is the first blog post that I've written by hand. That's thanks to MyScript Nebo, an app for iPad Pro and Apple Pencil that has the best handwriting recognition I've ever seen -- and I was a rabid Apple Newton user and developer. It's so good that it's been awarded as an Apple World Today Top Pick of 2016.

To get an idea of how Nebo works on your iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil, download the app -- it's currently free. Don't have an iPad Pro and Pencil? Watch this video and you may find yourself pulling out the credit card to buy them!

How good is the handwriting recognition? So good that it can understand my fastest scrawl close to 100% of the time with no delay at all. But most of the time when I'm typing a blog entry, I want to create headings (H1, H2), break the text into paragraphs, and make bullet lists. All are possible with very simple Pencil...

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The New York Times buys The Wirecutter

The New York Times is buying The Wirecutter, a five-year-old online consumer guide.

The Times will pay more than $30 million, including retention bonuses and other payouts, for the startup, according to people familiar with the transaction.

Wow, congrats to Brian Lam. He built a great business with The Wirecutter.

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Quick Look: the newly redesigned HDHomeRun Extend is...

We’ve covered the Channels app for Apple TV and iOS several times this year, and have come to the conclusion that it’s a great companion app for cord-cutters. But to take advantage of the greatness that is Channels, you’ll need a special hardware device from the folks over at SiliconDust. Enter the company’s newly redesigned HDHomeRun Extend.


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AT&T to Buy Time Warner in $85.4B Deal

AT&T is about to get a lot bigger because the communication company struck a deal to buy Time Warner for about US$85.4 billion. The two companies hope to close the deal by the end of 2017, but are already facing scrutiny over the impact a combined AT&T and Time Warner.

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Apple registers Russian trademarks for three new...

Russian trademark filings published on Monday indicate that Apple is preparing three new computers running macOS Sierra, just days ahead of a press event expected to showcase new MacBooks, including a OLED touchbar-equipped MacBook Pro.

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Deals: $100 off 2016 12" MacBooks; 32GB 9.7...

Leading up to Apple's "Hello Again" media event this Thursday, resellers are offering discounts of up to $100 off 2016 12" MacBooks. Plus, save $130 on Apple's 32GB 9.7" iPad Pro (Wi-Fi + Cellular) -- or pick up an unlocked iPhone 6s (128GB) for $629.99.

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News: New details about Apple Watch Nike+ exclusives...

The Apple Watch Nike+ model will be available at Macy’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods and ‘select Nike retail stores’ starting October 28, according to the company’s website. The watch will cost the same $369 for 38mm and $399 for 42mm as other Apple Watch Series 2 models, but is only available in space gray or silver. The watches come with a perforated sport band that’s exclusive to the Nike+ model and isn’t available…

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Apple Watch still holds top smartwatch sales spot,...

In a smartwatch market challenged by demand and new product release timing, Apple continues to hold the top spot for quarterly sales in the segment despite not shipping a new model until the last two weeks of the reporting period.

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Analyst: forget an ‘iPhone 8,’ next year’s ‘iPhone...

In a note to clients — as noted by Business Insider — Cowen Group analyst Timothy Arcuri says his team believes iPhone sales are set to explode when Apple introduces the successor to the iPhone 7, which they believe will be called "iPhone 10.”

"iPhone 7 is proving an effective 'bridge' to the iPhone 10 super-cycle in '17, where a powder keg of a dramatically aging installed base lurks just under the surface such that C17 Street revs/EPS are 10%+ too low. Raise target to $135, which even still seems too low,” he says.

Arcuri's theory is that, over the next few quarters, 43% of iPhone users will be using a device older than two years and will be ready for an upgrade. He posits thata weakness in sales for iPhone 7 [said “weakness” being questionable in my opinion] will actually end up helping next year's new smartphone, which is expected to feature “...

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Last chance to get PDF Expert 2 at 50% off

Readdle's PDF Expert 2 is the best editor around for Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) files. It's a perennial Apple Editors' Choice, was the 2015 App of the Year Runner-Up in the Mac App Store, and can usually be found near the top of the Top Paid Apps list in the Mac App Store. We have a very short-term deal on PDF Expert 2 for Mac -- it's just $29.99, 50% off the usual $59.99 price. 

If you ever need to mark up or edit PDF documents on a Mac, then you need PDF Expert 2 and this is the perfect time to get it. What can you do with the app? 

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News: Apple’s website hints at possible Apple Pay...

A few hints from Apple’s website unearthed by a Reddit user seem to suggest Apple Pay may be launching in Germany soon. In the updated Apple Pay coverage map released on October 10, Germany was shown in blue alongside the U.K., France, and Switzerland, the only European countries that already have Apple Pay up and running. The map has since been updated, but it sparked a search on Apple’s German website that turned up a link to an Apple…

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Pokemon Go schedules first in-game event for...

Popular mobile game Pokemon Go today scheduled what will be its first in-game event, offering players increased encounters with certain characters and more in-game Candy during Halloween week October 26 to November 1st.


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Apple Watch Nike+ availability: stores, countries...

A quiet update to Apple’s website earlier revealed that the Apple Watch Nike+ edition would go on sale this Friday, October 28 – and Apple has now further confirmed the date with some additional details.

You’ll naturally be able to buy the special edition Watch at Apple Stores and ‘select’ Nike retail stores, but it will also be available at a number of specialty and department stores. Macy’s is no surprise as the Apple Watch has seen availability there already, but Apple says you’ll also be able to pick up the new Watch at DICK’S Sporting Goods stores …


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Apple announces details of Oct. 28 Apple Watch Nike...

Following up on a quiet announcement earlier in October, Apple on Monday revealed more launch details for the Apple Watch Nike+, which will be released on Oct. 28 in 41 markets, with eight more added by the end of the month.

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The Week in iPhone and iPad cases: Hex's...

New iOS cases of the week

This week’s roundup of new iPhone and iPad cases brings us Hex’s Sneaker Backpack, a pack that can store all of your Apple gear and then some. Plus, leather picks, shiny aluminum, screen protectors, and folios. Read on!


The Tungsten Tough (iPhone 7; $40 MSRP, $20 on Amazon) features a brushed-metal plate combined with a reinforced bumper, providing solid protection from bumps and scratches.


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Three new Mac laptops appear in Russian regulatory...

In case there needed to be any more smoke to the fire, Russian trademark filings reveal that Apple is readying the release of three new Macs running macOS Sierra. The products have apparently passed the Russian registration, labelled as ‘portable personal computer models’ with model identifiers A1706, A1707 and A1708.

This all but confirms Apple plans to launch three new Mac laptops at its media event on Thursday, corroborating a KGI report from over the weekend. These product identifiers likely correspond to two new MacBook Pros and a new ultrathin 13-inch MacBook …


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Note 7 owners launch first of several class action...

Samsung is set to face multiple South Korean lawsuits over the Galaxy Note 7, amid reports that it's still looking to track down the cause of battery fires, and offering Koreans discounted upgrades to next year's flagship phones -- including the Note 8.

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∞ Blistering footage of a young AC/DC from 1978

This is phenomenal footage. The venue is a small hall at the University of Essex in Colchester, England, in October of 1978. Angus Young’s guitar-work truly is blistering. Hard to believe he’s only 23 here. Great to watch. Turn it up!

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Never mind tomorrow’s iPhone numbers, say analysts:...

While Apple’s guidance and industry forecasts alike point to the company reporting another quarter of year-on-year decline in iPhone sales, analysts seem increasingly optimistic about the prospects for next year’s iPhone.

Garter argued earlier this month that the radical new iPhone design expected next year will result in 3.5% growth in 2017, and now Cowen’s Timothy Arcuri is expecting ‘explosive’ growth next year, reports Business Insider


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Apple published a new Press Release
The iPod turns 15: a visual history of Apple’s...

The iPod turned 15 yesterday. The Verge takes you on a visual tour of all of them, from the FireWire port, rotating click wheel first version through the so-called sixth generation with the A8 chip and 8MP iSight camera you can still buy today.

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∞ Siri versus Google Assistant

Marques Brownlee put together the video below, taking Siri and Google Assistant, side by side, through their paces. The set of questions Marques chose were wide in range, but not necessarily definitive. They poked at the boundary of what each assistant did well and poorly, without digging further to find the cliff for each.

There’s a lot to learn watching this. First, it’s clear that Siri holds her own against Google Assistant, despite all the naysaying out there. Neither is perfect, both are useful.

My sense is that both assistants are tree driven, able to answer questions that are within their tree of knowledge. But one cliff for both assistants is context. For example, Marques asked Siri:

Who is the President of the United States?

[Read the main post for the video and thoughts on both]

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Apple Watch Nike+ races onto the scene this Friday

Apple and Nike have announced that the Apple Watch Nike+ will be available on Friday, Oct. 28. It combines all the features of Apple Watch Series 2 with the new Nike+ Run Club app for motivation to go for a run, guidance from the world’s best coaches and athletes and coaching plans that adapt to your schedule and progress. 

The Apple Watch Nike+ also features exclusive Nike Sport Bands and unique watch faces inspired by Nike’s iconic style that can be personalized with apps like Activity Rings, Heart Rate, Stopwatch and Weather. Like all Apple Watch Series 2 models, it features built-in GPS to track your pace, distance, and route — even if you don’t have your iPhone with you. With the brightest display Apple has ever made, metrics are easy to read, and if you decide to take a post-run dip in the pool, Apple Watch Nike+ is water resistant 50 meters, says Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer.

The Nike+ Run Club app is integrated into Apple Watch Nike+ and...

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Shimo VPN Client for Mac: $19

We have a deal for you today on Shimo, VPN management software for the Mac. You can manage and connect all of your VPN accounts through Shimo. It supports all the major VPN protocols, and you can establish multiple connections at the same time. It’s $19 through our deal.

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Apple is still the top smartwatch vendor though...

Apple remains the top global smartphone vendor despite a steep decline in sales. In fact, the worldwide smartwatch market saw a year-over-year decline in shipment volumes. 

According to data from the International Data Corporation, (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker, total smartwatch volumes reached 2.7 million units shipped in 3Q16, a decrease of 51.6% from the 5.6 million units shipped in 3Q15. Although the decline is significant, it is worth noting that the third quarter of 2015 (3Q15) was the first time Apple's Watch had widespread retail availability after a limited online launch. Meanwhile, the second generation Apple Watch was only available in the last two weeks of 3Q16.

"The sharp decline in smartwatch shipment volumes reflects the way platforms and vendors are realigning," says Ramon Llamas, research manager for IDC's Wearables team. "...

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News: Daily Deal: Shimo VPN Client for Mac

Today in iLounge Deals, you can pick up the Shimo VPN Client for Mac for only $19 — that’s 65% off the regular price. Supporting every major VPN protocol currently available, Shimo can be used to make all of your VPN connections manageable, with the highest security standards including AES-256 encryption, SHA-2 cryptographic hash functions, and top Extended Authentication methods. Shimo sits up in the macOS menu bar so you can access it quickly…

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T-Mobile quarterly earnings increase attributed to...

Wireless provider T-Mobile has posted its quarterly earnings, seeing a double-digit increase in earnings, a 165% increase in net income, and improved customer retention on the strength of the iPhone 7 release in September.

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Analysts predicting Q4 Mac sales will be down 11%...

An analyst round-up by Philip Elmer-DeWitt shows clear expectations of the fourth quarterly year-on-year decline in a row of Mac sales. Most of the estimates are very strongly clustered around the 5M mark, with the average suggesting a 10.79% fall from last year’s 5.7M to 5.1M this year.

The sales estimates among the 19 analysts surveyed ranged from 4.65M at the low end to 5.8M at the top end – but it’s notable that just two companies are predicting sales growth …


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The zen-like design challenge

Adrian Hanft, writing for Medium:

A design education begins with a zen-like challenge: place two black squares on a white background.

The professor explains that some arrangements will be dull and lifeless. Those assignments will fail. Other submissions will be dynamic and interesting. Those assignments will pass.

As you set yourself to the seemingly simple task you realize the complexity of the challenge. There are an infinite amount of ways to arrange the squares and you have no crutches because all the other elements of design have been forbidden.

No gradients.

No variation of line weight.

You can’t use the manipulative properties of color.

No shades of gray.

No room for your unique style and personality.

Having never gone to design school, not sure if this challenge is typical, but I definitely found it interesting. Take a look at some of the examples. Some of them are clearly “click” more than others. Why?


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External Link: AT&T Aims to Buy Time Warner for...

Ma Bell is back and bigger than ever! Telecom giant AT&T has made a bid to acquire Time Warner Inc. for $85.4 billion in cash and stock. Note that while this deal would give AT&T ownership of HBO, Turner Broadcasting, and Warner Brothers, it doesn’t include Time Warner Cable, which is a separate business from Time Warner Inc. AT&T is likely trying to place itself on an even content footing with Comcast, which purchased NBCUniversal in 2011. However, with U.S. politicians from both sides of the aisle speaking out against the merger, it’s unclear if federal regulators will approve the deal.


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Rumor: Apple’s October 27th media event to see new...

The rumor mill regarding Apple’s October 27th media event has gotten a bit more specific.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released a new research report outlining his expectations for next Thursday’s “Hello Again” event where Apple is expected to make a number of Mac-related announcements.

Kuo’s note states that Apple will release the next-gen MacBook Pro in both 13-inch and 15-inch sizes. The new notebooks will include an OLED touch bar and Touch ID sensor, USB-C, Thunderbolt 3, and the same butterfly keyboard design introduced on the MacBook in 2015.

Kuo added the following new tidbits to the rumor mix:

Our new predictions also include: (1) Intel’s (US) Skylake processor; (2) the same...

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$85 billion AT&T, Time Warner deal under...

The plan by AT&T to acquire Time Warner for US$85.4 billion has come under the microscope of U.S. politicians and public interest groups that are concerned about the antitrust implications of the mega-deal.

On Saturday, Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO, said the deal would let it combine premium content with the networks to deliver it to every screen, including mobile displays.

But many politicians including Democratic party presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her Republican rival Donald Trump are concerned about the implications of the deal.

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How to Fix Apple Watch Contact Syncing Problems

Some people are experiencing problems with Contacts on their Apple Watch, or with initiating phone calls with Siri on your Apple Watch. The problem may be that your Contacts aren’t properly syncing, and Mac Geek Gab listener Bill wrote in (MGG 626) with the skinny on resetting it.

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Officials look into Friday’s Mirai-based DDoS, cite...

Following up on the large-scale distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on Friday that temporarily took down large chunks of the Internet, it looks like Apple’s controversial “walled garden” approach to its HomeKit devices may have worked out.

As detailed in recent reports, the attack, which also targeted unprotected “Internet of Things” (IoT) devices, focused on Dyn, an internet management company that provides DNS services to many major web entities.

A series of repeated attacks caused websites including The Verge, Imgur and Reddit, as well as services like HBO Now, and PayPal, to see slowdowns and extended downtimes. Follow-up waves played havoc with The New York Times, CNN, Netflix, Twitter and the PlayStation Network, among many others.

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This iPhone case does (kinda) grow on trees — but...

Toast, a company that creates laser-cut tech covers from real wood veneers, has launched their cover for the iPhone 7 line. I recently tried one with my iPhone 7 Plus, and it’s pretty cool — though I have one major reservation. 

Each Toast cover is laser-cut, hand finished and then paired with 3M adhesive that adheres directly to the device. Therein lies the rub, but more on that in a moment. All Toast covers are customizable and you can get text, logos, designs and original artwork laser-engraved. The one I tried was the unadorned, $34 model for the iPhone 7 Plus.

The veneer case certainly adds a unique “earthy” look to an iPhone. I’m a big fan of the Grovemade line of wooden Apple accessories, so enjoyed having a “wooden” case on my 7 Plus. However, being veneer, the cases are very thin, so don’t offer a lot of protection for the smartphone if it’s dropped or banged around.

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Be Careful When Buying Apple Accessories on Amazon

If you’re looking for genuine Apple accessories, you may want to steer clear of Amazon due to the prevalence of counterfeit products. Thankfully, Apple is taking action.


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Could a new 3D Apple logo debut with new Macs?

A couple of years ago DigiTimes said that Apple planned to upgrade the technologies used for printing its logo onto devices and would use laser cutting and unique embedded technologies to make the logo 3D-like and shine at the edges. That never happened. Could it be introduced with new Macs that will launch at this week’s “hello, again” event?

Probably not, but that would be sorta cool. The DigiTimes report said that all Apple's products would feature the new logo in 2015, starting with the Retina display iMac that's debuted last year. Again, I’m skeptical but — who knows? — 2016 could be the year for a 3D Apple logo. 

However, come back Thursday morning, and I’ll tell you what I think Apple will unveil at the “hello, again” event.


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The Morning After: Monday October 24th 2016

Happy Monday. Over the weekend, we sampled smart-refrigerated wine, looked back on 15 years of iPod, and asked Amazon's AI to fact-check politicians for us. Coming up this week: Apple's MacBook event, some news from Microsoft, and a lot of companies...

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Linux exploit gives any user full access in five...

If you need another reason to be paranoid about network security, a serious exploit that attacks a nine-year-old Linux kernel flaw is now in the wild. The researcher who found it, Phil Oester, told V3 that the attack is "trivial to execute, never fai...

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Microsoft to raise some UK prices by up to 22...

Like it or not, the outcome of the Brexit vote has caused a lot of financial uncertainty in the UK. The government has yet to decide which course to take when it invokes Article 50, effectively triggering an exit from the European Union, but some maj...

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Sunday October 23

UK games retailer charges for its PSVR demos

Still not sold on VR? Got a PS4? But still not sure? Then you should probably test it out before laying down the hundreds of dollars (or pounds) the peripheral costs. But you probably shouldn't have to pay to do so. But that's exactly what UK retaile...

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Adult Swim's latest game embraces cassette...

Does something look slightly off with picture you see above? Don't worry, that's on purpose. Adult Swim Games and Fire Face are launching the surreal puzzler Small Radios Big Televisions on November 8th for PC and PS4, and its hook is a time-travel...

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UK spies paid a New Zealand firm to help tap key...

It's no longer a secret that the UK's GCHQ was expanding its mass surveillance in the years before Edward Snowden's leaks. However, it hasn't really been clear as to who was helping it upgrade its spying campaign... until today. The Intercept and T...

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Elon Musk's Mars colony would have a horde of...

If it wasn't already clear that Elon Musk has considered virtually every aspect of what it would take to colonize Mars, it is now. As part of his Reddit AMA session, the SpaceX founder has revealed that his vision of a permanent colony would entail a...

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Samsung's hurried Galaxy Note 7 recall doomed...

You knew it was just a matter of time before some of the drama behind the death of the Galaxy Note 7 came to light, and what we're seeing isn't all that pretty. Wall Street Journal sources claim that Samsung's mobile chief DJ Koh thought there was e...

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iPod marks its 15th birthday in a changed world

If you're a gadget fan of a certain age (cough), you're about to feel ancient: Apple's iPod just turned 15 years old. Steve Jobs unveiled the first version of the media player at an event on Apple's campus on October 23rd, 2001. To say that it had a...

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Amazon Echo now fact-checks politicians

You've probably heard politicians make more than a few outlandish claims, and not just in the run-up to the US presidential election. Do you really want to swing by a fact-checking website every time a candidate stretches credibility? As of now, yo...

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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.

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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...

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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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