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Tuesday January 17

08:32
Mac: Yuri Fingerlab

In Fingerlab’s new game Yuri, the titular character awakes in his bed in the middle of a dark and strange forest, filled with fantastical plants and mysterious beasts. Players navigate Yuri through this odd world, rolling along on the casters of his bed to cross rivers, find secret passages and explore all the way to the center of the Earth. The side-scrolling platformer has 10 hand-drawn levels with no menus or counters to distract with the noir feel and the fast-paced gameplay. Original music and sound effects add to the unique artwork, immersing the user in an experience reminiscent of the adventure comics that inspired the game’s creators. Yuri is available for Mac or iOS for $3.
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08:30
2017 iPhone Photography Awards call for entries

Since 2007, the iPhone has become the world's most popular camera, so it's not surprising that out of the billions of photos captured each year there are some that are visually stunning. Since 2008, the IPPAWARDS (iPhone Photography Awards) have been a showcase for the best of the best in iPhone photography. The IPPAWARDS have just opened for entries, and you have until March 31, 2017 to get your best iPhone photos into the competition.

This year is the tenth anniversary of the IPPAWARDS and there's a new category for entries: The America I Know. Two winners in this category will receive a trip to the 13th annual Aspen Ideas Festival this summer, while winners in the rest of the competition will not only get the recognition they deserve for their photographic abilities, but some amazing prizes as well.

The only restriction on entries is that they need to have been taken with an iPhone or iPad....

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07:56
A Mac Pro 2 concept design

Hope this isn’t the closest we come to the real thing.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:52
How to enable Read Receipts per contact in Messages

Note that you can do this in both iOS and macOS. On macOS, tap the Details button (upper right corner) on an individual thread to reveal the Send Read Receipts checkbox.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:49
Twitter's Vine dies today, so download your...

It’s the end of the Vine. On Tuesday, January 17, Twitter’s video-sharing platform is morphing from the popular social network spin-off to an integrated part of Twitter.

As part of the changeover, the Vine app will become Vine Camera. With the new app you’ll be able to record and edit six-second videos, and then save them to your phone’s camera roll or upload them to Twitter.

The impact on you at home: January 17 is the last day you’ll be able to download your Vines via the mobile app or the vine.co website. After Tuesday, Vine.co will become an archival site where you’ll be able to view Vines, but the downloading feature will be turned off. If you...

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07:46
See the actual strength of the iPhone’s cellular...

This is an old tip, but a worthy post. I’ve switched my iPhone over to the actual signal strength display. I find it much more useful.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:41
The Nintendo Switch rollout

[VIDEO] The video (embedded in the main Loop post) is Nintendo’s public presentation of their new console, the Nintendo Switch. If time is limited, jump to about 38 minutes in, where the real stuff starts.

And read the linked Washington Post piece, which does a good job highlighting the important features.

Hoping the Switch is better than the WiiU.

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07:38
Apple denies imminent iPhone 6 battery exchange...




After rumors circulated claiming that the iPhone 6 family will be the next recipient of a battery exchange program, AppleInsider has been told that the report is incorrect, as there is apparently no justification for a wide program to fix issues.

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07:26
Download those Vine videos before it's too late...

Today the Vine video service shuts down, but there's still a bit of time left where you can grab your Vines that aren't already saved to your camera roll. Here's how to do it:

In the Vine app, open the Profile page and select Save Videos. You can either save the Vines directly to your iPhone or get a download link. The download link method preserves data on Likes and Re-vines. 

You can also go to Giphy (that wonderful place that stores the world's supply of GIFs) and convert your entire Vine library into GIFs. You'll need to have a Giphy account and know your Vine account info, of course. The dedicated page for converting those Vines can be found here. You'll get an email when all of your newly-minted GIFs are ready (see image at top of post). 

So what's replacing Vine? A new app that lets you shoot looping 6...

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07:06
PowerColor's Thunderbolt 3 Devil Box is the...




New third-party hardware releases make the external GPU situation for macOS both less expensive, and slightly less "hacky" to install. AppleInsider examines the PowerColor Devil Box -- so far the best way to get your MacBook Pro to Mac Pro tower GPU speeds and even give older hardware a significant boost without doling out the cash for a new computer.

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07:05
Jean-Louis Gassée: The iPhone’s unsung sine qua non

Jean-Louis Gassée, Monday Note:

Much has been said about the original iPhone’s success factors: an innovative multi-touch interface, a never-seen-before combination of cell phone, iPod and Internet “navigator”. All good, but missing one crucial element: removing the carrier’s control on the iPhone’s features and content.

Steve Jobs did what only he could do, get AT&T to give up control:

Before the iPhone, handsets received the same treatment as containers of yogurt in a supermarket chain. The central purchasing office told the yogurt makers which flavors to ship, when, where, at what price, with payment at some point in the future after we’re sure there are no more returns. And don’t forget to send your people to make sure the labels line up on the shelves.

And:

This was anathema to Jobs, himself notoriously control-hungry. He wasn’t going to allow mere carriers to control what the iPhone did and contained.

Read the post. As usual, Jean...

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06:59
Brexit Drives Up UK App Store Prices 25%

Apple’s App Store is about to get more expensive for U.K. shoppers. App prices are going up by 25% because the pound has been dropping in the wake of the Brexit vote.


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06:55
Big rise in UK App Store prices following Brexit...

Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac:

Apple is rising the prices for apps and in-app purchases in a few countries following changes to exchange rates and taxation policy, with customers in India, Turkey and the United Kingdom to see price increases.

In the United Kingdom, one of Apple’s largest markets, app prices are rising up more than 25% following the weak pound exchange rate after the Brexit vote. An app sold for $0.99 in the US will now cost £0.99 in the UK, up from £0.79.

That is an increase of about 25% and similar rises will be seen at every price tier when the changes hit the App Store in the coming days. A Tier 2 priced app now costs £1.99 in the UK up from £1.49. An In-App Purchase that previously cost £7.99 will now be priced at £9.99, like the ‘All Worlds’ upgrade for Super Mario Run.

Interesting post. Read the comments. This obviously runs much deeper than an App Store price rise.

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06:43
Worldwide App Downloads Grew 15% and Revenue Soared...

Downloads, revenue, and time spent in apps all grew by double digits during 2016, according to a report by market researcher App Annie. From a report on VentureBeat: Time spent in apps grew more than 20 percent to nearly 900 billion hours in 2016, according to the year-end report. That's just one sign that the global app economy saw healthy growth during the past year. In its year-end retrospective, App Annie said U.S. time spent in apps grew more than 25 percent. Worldwide, downloads increased 15 percent by more than 13 billion across both iOS and Google Play. The platform owners paid out nearly $89 billion in revenues to publishers from in-app ads and app store revenue, up 40 percent from the year before. That means apps generated $127 billion in revenues overall, as platform owners take about 30 percent of the revenue.

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06:40
AirPods have 26% of the wireless headphone market...

Well, this just makes you wonder about the the old cliche that 99% of all statistics are made up. Earlier this month Slice Intelligence said that Apple’s AirPods captured a 26% share of the wireless headphone market within a short time of going on sale. Together with a Beats share of around 15%, that put Apple at a combined total of 40%.

Now the NPD Group — as noted by CNET — says that, in December, the AirPods had 2% share of unit sales and 3% share of dollar sales. Beats had a 25 percent share (unit sales) and a 46 percent share (dollar sales), according to the research group.

"Apple being able to capture 2% of the market in units and 3% in dollars with one product...

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06:40
News: Apple raising UK App Store prices by more than...

Apple is raising App Store prices in the UK by more than 25 percent in response to the country’s sharp currency devaluation after the Brexit vote, the BBC reports. Apple raised the prices of iPhones and iPads in the country by a similar margin in September, then upped the price of Macs in October. UK customers will now pay 99 pence for apps that cost 99 cents in the United States, an increase from the 79 pence the same apps cost previously.…

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06:38
Apple App Store prices increase 25% in UK, as result...




Apple will be raising the prices of apps and in-app purchases from the App Store for customers in the United Kingdom, among price changes affecting other regional stores, with currency fluctuations the main cause of the changes.

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06:22
PSA: Now is your last chance to download your Vine...

The Vine video service officially closes today, so if you have any Vine videos online that aren’t safely stored in your camera roll, you only have a few hours to save them.

The Vine app allows you to download your stored videos (Profile page → Save Videos), which you can do either directly to your phone or get a download link which also preserves the Like and Re-vine data. Alternatively, Giphy has a free service that automatically converts each of your Vine videos into animated GIFs …

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06:04
Apple App Store Prices Rise in UK, India and Turkey

Apple is to put up the price it charges for apps in the UK, India and Turkey. From a report on BBC: UK costs will numerically match those of the US, meaning that a program that costs $0.99 will now be 99p. That represents a 25% rise over the previous currency conversion, which was 79p. "Price tiers on the App Store are set internationally on the basis of several factors, including currency exchange rates, business practices, taxes, and the cost of doing business," it said. "These factors vary from region to region and over time." The rise will also affect in-app purchases but not subscription charges. The cost of a $0.99 app will become 80 rupees in India, representing a 33% rise from the previous price of 60 rupees.


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06:00
Future iOS devices may have virtual knob controls

Future iOS devices such as iPhone and iPads may have knobs on their screens. Not physical knobs, but virtual ones. Apple has been granted a patent (number 9547,428) for a “system and method for touchscreen knob control.”

In the patent filing, Apple notes that with the popularity of capacitive touch screens and other touch-sensitive technology on devices such as smartphones, tablet computers, and desktop computers, software and hardware developers have focused on adapting user interfaces to take more effective advantage of unique features of this technology. While some user interface elements, such as a button, map very easily to a touch-based interface, other user interface elements, such as a scroll bar on an edge of a scrollable region, can be replaced completely. 

However, certain user interface elements, such as a knob, are not typical to traditional graphical user interfaces and can present problems in training new users, according to Apple. New or inexperienced...

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06:00
Kinkoo 3-Outlet Surge Protecting Smart Power Strip

You folks probably know how much I love clever devices—we have a deal on one called Kinkoo 3-Outlet Surge Protecting Smart Power Strip. It’s a power strip with three AC outlets, but it also has four USB charging ports. That’s three standard USB charging ports and one USB-C charging port, making it good for new and legacy USB charging. It’s $24.99 through us.


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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Next FlipBook Maker Pro for Mac

In our iLounge Deal for today, you can get the Next FlipBook Maker Pro for Mac for only $39.99 — that’s 86% off the regular price. This handy tool lets you quickly transform PDFs and images into interactive flipbooks that you can easily share online, as Flash files for desktop users or HTML5 for mobile users. Add templates, scenes, and music to your Flipbook, put in your logo, and add links to your website, and then publish it at a unique…

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05:49
Some countries see price hike for Apple’s online app...

Apple is rising the prices for apps and in-app purchases at its app stores in some countries following changes to exchange rates and taxation policy. 9to5Mac reports that customers in India, Turkey and the United Kingdom will see price increases.

In the United Kingdom, Apple is raising the prices for apps and in-app purchases by around 25%, in light of the weak pound exchange rate. In India, a service tax of 14% as well as levies of 0.5% were introduced by the government on Dec. 1, 2016. In Romania, the tax rate has increased from 19% to 20%. In Russia, a value added tax (VAT) rate of 18% has been introduced. Apple will submit the collected revenue to authorities on developers' behalf. 

Apple is notifying developers with specific reference to the iOS and Mac app stores but it is likely that the same increases will also...

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05:49
AirPods’ reported 26% market share more like 2-3%,...

Slice Intelligence made headlines when it suggested that Apple’s AirPods captured a 26% share of the wireless headphone market within a short time of going on sale. Together with a Beats share of around 15%, that put Apple at a combined total of 40%.

Today, however, NPD says those numbers paint a misleading picture, and the true market share captured by AirPods is more like 2% by volume and 3% by value. There is, it says, a simple explanation for the huge apparent discrepancy …

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05:41
Apple predicted to sell 15 million Mac laptops in...

Yesterday KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that Apple will offer a high-end MacBook Pro model this year with up to 32GB of —potentially desktop-class —RAM, while bumping 12-inch MacBook to 16GB of RAM. Now analysts from the supply chain are predicting that sales of Mac laptops will exceed 15 million in 2017.

According to the Chinese language Economic Daily News — as noted by AppleInsider — year-over-year sales of the MacBook and MacBook Pro will grow 10%. The publication is also expecting to see a decrease in the price of the 13-inch MacBook Pro without Touch Bar, and predicts that it will replace...

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05:16
Unconfirmed rumor says iPhone 6s battery replacement...

When Apple launched a free battery replacement program for iPhone 6s units experiencing unexpected shutdowns, some iPhone 6 owners reported that they had experienced the same symptoms. Now an unconfirmed report from Japanese site Macotakara suggests that Apple may be preparing a similar program for the iPhone 6 …

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05:15
Samsung completes internal investigation, finds...

Samsung has completed its internal investigation and has noted that the battery- and not any faults in software or other hardware – was to blame for the fires that led to the recall and ultimate cancellation of the Galaxy Note 7.

The company was able to successfully reproduce the fires during the course of its investigation and ruled out other causes. It’s unknown as to whether Samsung is blaming defective parts, or as is sometimes suspected, that there was simply too little space allocated for the battery.

An anonymous source has statutes that Samsung is likely to announce the results of its investigation on January 23rd, exactly one day before it releases its fourth quarter results.

The source also stated that Samsung is expected to detail plans to prevent future catastrophes —something critical if it wants healthy sales of its upcoming flagship handset, the Galaxy S8.

The investigation was originally launched in October, when Samsung halted Note 7...

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05:13
Supply chain predicts 2017 MacBook sales will top...




Analysts from the supply chain are predicting that sales of Apple's portable MacBook and MacBook Pro lines will exceed 15 million in 2017, on the strength of sales of the 2016 MacBook Pro, and improvements to the line with the Kaby Lake processor and possibly 32GB of RAM later in the year.

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05:00
Rumor: Apple to update MacBook Pro lineup with Kaby...

As far as rumors go, this is pretty cool.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities released a new investors note today, stating that the current MacBook Pro lineup for 2017 will offer Intel’s latest Kaby Lake chipset along a new 32GB RAM option for the 15-inch model.

Intel just announced its 7th generation Kaby Lake processors at CES and Kuo predicts that the first model that will see the upgraded chip will be the 12-inch MacBook. Mass production of that new machine will begin in Q2 of this year, according to Kuo, while a 16GB memory option will also be added to the device.

It’s also been stated that the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro notebooks with Kaby Lake processors will enter production in Q3 of 2017.

In terms of supply chain and shipping performance, Kuo predicts that Mac shipments will grow in 2017 and cites production delays as the main reason for the slow performance in 2017 as demand for the new Touch Bar MacBook Pro is apparently “better...

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04:43
For the first time, streaming music services have...

Music industry analysts Midia recently noted that streaming music services had a combined 100.4M paying subscribers by the end of last year – a long-awaited milestone. Music Business Worldwide notes that this number exceeds the total number of Netflix subscribers the company is expected to announce tomorrow.

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04:30
Stellar Data Recovery's SpeedUp Mac will, well...

By Aaron Lee

Stellar Data Recovery's SpeedUp Mac is a recommended performance optimization tool for macOS 10.11 and higher.

The software scans your machine and helps you remove unwanted files safely that are responsible for sluggish performance of your Mac. Most Mac users experience sluggish system performance over a period of time. Stellar SpeedUp Mac has been developed specifically to address this and speed up slow systems. 

The tool keeps Mac performance at optimum levels by removing unused duplicate files, large files, cache and universal binaries. You can remove unwanted plugins, widgets and applications and free up gigabytes of disk space which improves system performance. You can scan your boot volume and all other volumes with SpeedUp Mac and perform the "SpeedUp" function.

A demo version of SpeedUp Mac is available. This version can remove...

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04:30
How to open folders in new Finder tabs or windows in...

When you open a folder in the Finder (the default application for browsing your Mac’s files), the folder’s contents usually replace the current contents of the window. However, you can open a folder in a new tab or window, if you wish. To set folders to open in tabs or windows:

  • Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Dock.
  • Click the “Prefer tabs when opening documents” pop-up menu, then choose an option: Always, In Full Screen Only, or Manually.

By default, documents open in tabs only when an app is full screen.

You can also select what happens when you press and hold the Command key and double-click a folder. In the Finder, choose Finder > Preferences, then click General. Select “Open folders in tabs instead of new windows” to have folders open in tabs; deselect it to have folders open in windows.

To open folders in tabs or windows, press the Command key while you double-click the folder. The folder opens in a new tab or...

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04:13
Comment: Apple isn’t price-gouging Brits – its post-...

There will be a lot of people complaining about price rises Apple just announced for apps and in-app purchases in the UK (along with India and Turkey). Once the price rises kick in over the next week, App Store prices will be literally pound for dollar.

But while some are complaining that Apple is price-gouging Brits, this isn’t actually the case …

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01:51
The Telegraph Slams EU’s Campaign Against Apple and...

The Daily Telegraph of London published a scathing condemnation of the European Union’s accusation that Ireland is giving Apple illegal state aid. The editorial breaks down the case against Ireland and Apple, characterizing the legal principles to be in violation of the EU’s own principles. Bryan Chaffin explains the whats and whos.


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00:56
App Store app prices to rise in the UK by >25%...

Apple is rising the prices for apps and in-app purchases in a few countries following changes to exchange rates and taxation policy, with customers in India, Turkey and the United Kingdom to see price increases.

In the United Kingdom, one of Apple’s largest markets, app prices are rising up more than 25% following the weak pound exchange rate after the Brexit vote. An app sold for $0.99 in the US will now cost £0.99 in the UK, up from £0.79.

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Monday January 16

20:52
What history teaches about Apple's windows of...




If you listen to groupthink critics on Apple, you'll hear that the company is deeply troubled by too much reliance on iPhone sales, aging Mac Pro and Mini offerings that haven't been updated in years and a stagnating market for iPads that has fallen precipitously since Peak iPad occured in 2014. They're wrong, here's why.

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18:40
For #&%@’s Sake, Make Your Passwords Stronger

Hey, guess what? Your passwords probably suck. Most of our passwords suck, as shown in an analysis of 10 million passwords released in security breaches from 2016. Bryan Chaffin has some basic tips for improving your password security, and stern words for those who slack on this!


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18:00
Apple To Offer 32GB of Desktop RAM, Kaby Lake In Top...

AppleInsider has obtained a note to investors from KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo that says Apple's 2017 laptop line will focus on internal component updates, including the platform-wide adoption of Intel's Kaby Lake architecture. What's more is that Apple is expected to manufacture a 15-inch MacBook Pro with up to 32GB of RAM in the fourth quarter of 2017. AppleInsider reports: Apple took flak in releasing its latest MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models with a hard memory cap of 16GB, an minimal allotment viewed as a negative for imaging and video professionals. Responding to customer criticism, Apple said the move was made in a bid to maximize battery life. Essentially, the Intel Skylake CPUs used in Apple's MacBook Pro only support up to 16GB of LPDDR3 RAM at 2133MHz. Though Intel does make processors capable of addressing more than 16GB of memory, those particular chipsets rely on less efficient DDR4 RAM and are usually deployed in desktops with access to dedicated mains power. In order...

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16:01
Poll: What Apple product category should the company...

In terms of major product refreshes, 2016 was rather light in the grand scheme of things. The MacBook Pro saw its first major refresh towards the end of the year, and 2017 will likely see the same treatment towards the rest of the Mac lineup, the iPhone the iPad, and maybe more.

Looking towards 2017 and beyond, what product line should Apple update next? Or should its next move be a new product category altogether?

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15:44
Wheeler’s Final Plea for an Open Internet

Once Donald Trump takes the presidential oath on January 20th Federal Communication Commission chairman Tom Wheeler is out of a job, and the prospect of maintaining Net Neutrality may leave with him. Mr. Wheeler has been a strong proponent of an open internet so he’s making a final plea to Republican lawmakers to back down on their plan to strip away FCC regulations preventing ISPs from blocking network data from competitors.


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15:26
Analyst: Apple will product a MacBook Pro with 32GB...

In a note to clients — as noted by AppleInsider — KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that Apple will offer a high-end MacBook Pro model this year with up to 32GB of —potentially desktop-class —RAM, while bumping 12-inch MacBook to 16GB of RAM.

He thinks Apple will begin manufacturing the 15-inch MacBook Pro with double the memory allotment of current top-of-the-line models in the fourth quarter of the year. Kuo thinks will be forced to adopt desktop RAM due to restrictions of current memory system designs. 

The analyst thinks the 2017 12-inch MacBook — with a 16GB memory option — will enter production in the second quarter.

Chances Kuo is right (IMHO): 100%. Unless Apple has lost their minds, they’ll address the biggest complaint that pros have with the 2016 laptops. And they’ll also be introducing overdue...

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15:25
Samson QH4 Headphone Amp: 4 Headphones for Desktop...

Samson announced Monday the QH4 4-Channel Headphone Amplifier. It’s built to support four headphones at the same time, each with its own volume control. Desktop musicians and bands recording in a practice space or a garage should check it out because it offers a compact way for four musicians to monitor themselves. It also has a master volume and can flip between stereo and mono. It’s powered by an included power supply, and has two 1/4” balanced and one stereo 1/8” unbalanced input. The QH4 is priced at $69.99 and is available now.


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15:16
KGI: Apple planning Kaby Lake processor updates for...

Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities is out today with a new investor note, offering up some more information about what’s in store for the Mac lineup in 2017. Kuo claims that all MacBook models will be upgraded in 2017 with Intel’s latest Kaby Lake chipset, while there will also be a new 32GB RAM option for the 15-inch model.

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15:15
E-waste levels are surging in Asia

If you thought our throwaway gadget culture was already having a nasty effect on the environment, watch out... it's getting considerably worse. A United Nations University study has revealed that the volume of e-waste in East and Southeast Asia surg...

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14:49
ISIS has converted commercial drones into bombers

As Iraqi Security Forces attempt to drive ISIS out of Mosul, a large city in Northern Iraq that the terrorist organization has occupied since 2014, it's facing an arsenal of improvised, experimental weapons. One of ISIS' newest hand-made weapons is t...

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14:48
The Mother of All Demos on Video

You may have heard of the Mother of All Demos, especially if you’ve studied, or even read up on, computing history. But have you seen it? There is a video of this legendary event (via Reviewed.com), and I personally find it fascinating. Here’s why this is a thing. The demo was given by Doug Engelbart in 1968, when punch cards were how you interfaced with a computer. But in this demo, the world was shown (list via Wikipedia) windows, hypertext, graphics, efficient navigation and command input, video conferencing, the computer mouse, word processing, dynamic file linking, revision control, and a collaborative real-time editor. None of these things existed outside the circle of people involved in the demo. It was huge. No, it was enormous. And many of the people in the demo went on to be...

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14:48
Apple to offer 32GB of desktop RAM in top-end 2017...




Answering the call of professional users, Apple is predicted to offer a high-end MacBook Pro model in 2017 with up to 32 gigabytes of -- potentially desktop-class -- RAM, while bumping 12-inch MacBook to 16GB of RAM.

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14:30
A Broad, Consensus Critique of Apple in 2016

At sixcolors, Jason Snell writes: “As we close the door on 2016, I thought it would be useful to look back at the year gone by and ask a panel of my peers who pay attention to Apple and related markets to take a moment and reflect on Apple’s performance in the past year.”  What’s interesting about this report is that these are some of the most knowledgeable and enthusiastic writers covering Apple. And the consensus grades, except for the iPhone and Apple Watch, aren’t all that great. Check it out on page 2 of Particle Debris.


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14:30
AWT News Update: January 16, 2017

Samsung heir Lee Jae-Yong.

After missing the publication of last Friday's Apple World Today News Update, we're back with three stories from the world of Apple:

  • The latest beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.3 adds a feature to save battery power on MacBooks with a new setting in the battery menu
  • Samsung's woes continue; this time, the person next in line to be head of the conglomerate is to be arrested on suspicion of involvement in a government corruption scandal
  • The Eastern Texas patent trolls are on a roll again, this time accusing Apple's iMessage of infringing on a 2002 patent for part of a point-of-sale system

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

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14:05
Smart bullets will help warships fend off drone...

Navies already have a lot to worry about between rival warships and aircraft, but it's only going to get worse when drone swarms of all kinds threaten to overwhelm their defenses. The US Navy might not have that problem, though: DARPA just tapped Ray...

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13:52
Run Ookla Speedtest from Your Menu Bar

For a quick test of your Internet connection’s performance, try Ookla’s Speedtest app for the Mac, which lets you perform ad-free speed tests with just a couple of clicks.

 

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13:28
Intel wants sensors to help you with your shopping

As quickly as technology is reinventing your shopping experience, Intel doesn't think it's moving quickly enough. The chip giant is launching a Responsive Retail Platform that creates a common set of sensors, software kits and other components for i...

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13:15
TMO Background Mode: Interview with Innovation...

Dr. Chris Soghoian is an expert on the technology and politics of privacy. Most recently he’s been the Principal Technologist with the ACLU. In 2017, he’s one of three Innovation Fellows for the TechCongress where he’ll assist in federal policymaking. Chris earned his Ph.D. with a research focus on the role internet and telephone companies play in enabling government surveillance, and he’s also known for his work with the FTC and the Do Not Track initiative. Chris started life as a tech geek, and computers were always a part of his life. That led to an undergraduate degree in computer science. Then he interned at Apple and IBM. But a significant event changed his direction in life, and he gained a newfound appreciation for attorneys. Chris makes some interesting observations about today’s assaults on our privacy.


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13:00
Inateck Tempered Glass Screen Protector: Inexpensive...

On Planet Earth, gravity is a force to be reckoned with. Fumble your expensive smartphone, and it's going to accelerate towards the Earth's center at 32.17 feet/second/second (9.8 m/s/s). If it hits face down and on an uneven surface, chances are good that the screen of your iPhone is going to scratched or shattered. Inateck's PG5001/PG6001 Tempered Glass Screen Protectors (affiliate link) not only provide an extra layer of protection to your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus screen, but are less costly at just US$9.99 ($8.99 for the iPhone 7 version) than many competitors.

Design

As with most screen protectors, the PG5001 (iPhone 7) and PG6001 (iPhone 7 Plus) protectors can match the screen they're being applied to as they come in black and white finishes. That being said, if you have a silver iPhone and don't like the white bezel, installing a black screen protector can give you the...

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13:00
The heart of Nintendo's new console isn't...

I spent half of last Friday tearing my way through games at Nintendo's big Switch launch event. More than any particular title, the highlight was the hardware itself: a $300 console-handheld hybrid that's harder to describe than the latest Xbox or Pl...

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12:32
NASA astronaut Gene Cernan passes away at age 82

NASA has continued its exploration of the moon since Apollo 17, but it has been over 40 years since one of its astronauts stepped on the surface. Gene Cernan was the second American to walk in space and the last set foot on the moon during that missi...

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12:01
Ambulances can interrupt your music in emergencies

When people tell you not to play music at full blast in your car, they're not necessarily raining on your parade -- there's a real concern that you might not hear an emergency vehicle until the last moment. You might not have to worry quite so much i...

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12:00
Changing the default search engine in iOS Safari

Most iOS users are blissfully unaware of the fact that they can easily change the default search engine that's used by the Safari browser on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. While the default engine is still Google, it's also possible to change to Bing, Yahoo, or even DuckDuckGo. Here's how to do it.

1 - Launch the Settings app

2 - Scroll down to Safari (it's near the bottom of the list of Apple pre-installed apps), tap on it, and the top item on the screen that's displayed is Search Engine (see image below)

Settings > Safari

3 - Tap on the search engine you'd like to make your default (see image below). Now when you enter search text into the search/address field at the top of the Safari screen, the results that are returned are from the new search engine.

The four search engines available in iOS (U.S.)

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11:44
Apple's fourth beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.3...




In a bid to extend battery life, the latest beta of macOS Sierra introduces a new option to the Mac's battery menu that will reduce the brightness of the display if it is above 75 percent.

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11:20
Apple Exec Jimmy Iovine Confirms Company's...

Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple is working to bring in veteran producers to help create original content, including TV series and movies. Apple Music head Jimmy Iovine has all but confirmed the report and company's intentions to expand. From a report: "We're going to do whatever hits popular cultural smack on the nose," Iovine said when asked about Apple's reported expansion. Days after The Wall Street Journal's report that Apple plans to expand into original TV series and movies, Apple executive Jimmy Iovine hinted at what that might look like. "At Apple Music, what we're trying to create is an entire cultural, pop cultural experience, and that happens to include audio and video," he told reporters at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour. "If South Park walks into my office, I am not going to say you're not musicians, you know?" Iovine continued when pressed about the report. "We're going to do whatever hits popular culture smack on the...

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11:03
How to efficiently free up space and recover lost...

As our devices continually improve at capturing rich content like 4K video and bursts of high quality photos in a few seconds, and applications become increasingly powerful (and larger), our Macs often fill up faster than we expect.

There is always the option to offload your data to external drives or to iCloud Drive (or other cloud services), but it is often convenient or just preferred to have your information stored locally. After the break we’ll look at the most efficient ways to free up space on your Mac.

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11:03
Samsung Galaxy S8 could get updated S Health app to...




Samsung's next flagship phone, the Galaxy S8, could include a new S Health app with features above and beyond Apple's HealthKit and CareKit -- including the ability to schedule online consultations with doctors, or even pay medical fees.

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11:00
Apple’s ‘Practically Magic’ Commercials Take Dancing...

Apple has new spots out with the tagline “practically magic.” The spots focus on a young dancer taking a Stroll through a city scape using AirPods to enjoy “Down” by Marian Hill. There are four spots in the series, the longer one below and three short ones. Two of the short ones focus on Siri and Pairing, while the third one is called Notes, and uses AirPods to represent notes on a staff. Stroll takes a whimsical look at the power of music by showing the dancer defy gravity. I think the imagery is compelling and the message simple and straightforward. Check it out.

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11:00
Element Case Brand introduces limited series of...

Element Case has debuted Katana, an iPhone case that’s the latest addition to the company’s Machine Series of cases that are precision-machined and hand-finished.

Katana features a MERC X chassis that is CNC machined from stainless steel and G10 composite. As mentioned, each case is hand polished; the Rose Gold edition features an added Tough-Luxe PVD coating for wear and corrosion-resistance. The proprietary SLS Screw Lock System features eight steel screws that securely attach the front bezel to the G10 chassis (an EC Hex Tool is included). The 2-Cush liner system provides shock absorbing TPU corner supports that are used to suspend and cushion an iPhone. The Katana’s drop-protection meet military specification requirements, according to the folks at Element Case.

Only a limited number of cases will be produced for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. You can place an order here. Prices range from US$349 to $379.

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10:58
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 16...

Notable software releases this week include Fantastical 2.3.3, HoudahGeo 5.1.5, and Typinator 7.1.

 

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10:58
ExtraBITS for 16 January 2017

In ExtraBITS this week, Jason Snell and a panel of Apple experts judge the company’s performance in 2016, developer Greg Raiz offers a better take on the iOS Activity sheet, former Apple automation guru Sal Soghoian explains why app extensions can’t replace existing Mac automation tools, collaboration tool Trello gets a new owner, and Apple veteran Chuq Von Rospach reviews Apple’s 2016.

 

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10:44
macOS 10.12.3 beta includes new Display Brightness...

Apple appears to be further optimizing macOS Sierra for battery performance after controversy over MacBook Pro battery life issues. macOS 10.12.3 beta 4 includes a new Display Brightness item under the Battery status indicator on the menu bar when checking which apps and features are using significant energy.

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10:32
Did BuzzFeed Just Commit Suicide?


Remember the old song, "You Don't Mess Around With Jim"? The chorus goes like this: "You don't tug on superman's cape, You don't spit into the wind, You don't pull the mask off that old lone ranger, And you don't mess around with Jim." One of the lessons we learned last year is that what goes for "Jim" likely also goes for Peter Thiel, who put Gawker out of business and is one of President-elect Donald Trump's leading supporters. BuzzFeed decided to publish a controversial dossier about Trump that includes some disgusting material.

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10:30
Lotus Sit-Stand Workstation lets you sit or stand...

Fellowes Brands has introduced the Lotus Sit-Stand Workstation, featuring Smooth Lift Technology designed to keep your workstation stable and make it easy to change positions from sitting to standing effortless. 

Studies have shown that sitting for prolonged periods of time is harmful to your health. Lotus is designed to provide a solution to alternate between sitting and standing. There’s even a built-in device charging slot for your phone or tablet, with a standing angle for optimal viewing at a glance while you work. The desk holds up to 35 pounds. That should accommodate most Mac users; for example, the 27-inch iMac weights 21 pounds.

The Lotus arrives fully assembled. The folks at Fellowes Brands say there are no complicated instructions or mounting; you just unpack and set up on your desk. Available in black...

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10:22
iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7 are the top two performing...

The benchmark specialists at AnTuTu have compiled a chart — as noted by Cult of Mac — that highlights 2016’s top performing smartphones. The iPhone 7 Plus and the iPhone 7 take the number one and two spots.

Others in the top 10 list are the OnePlus 3T, LeEco Le Pro3, MotoZ, OnePlus3, Xiaomi Mi 5s, ASUS Zenfone3, Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus, and ZTE AXON 7. No Samsung devices made the top 10.

In AnTuTu benchmark tests, the iPhone 7 Plus achieves a score of 181,316, while iPhone 7 clocks in at 172,001. In comparison, the fastest Android-powered handset, the OnePlus 3T, achieves a score of 163,013, while the fourth-placed LeEco Le Pro3 scores 159,911.

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10:15
Sponsorships available on The Loop

The new year is underway and we’ve opened up sponsorships for the first couple of months. If you want to get your product or service in front of The Loop readers, this is the only way to do it. Weekly sponsorships are exclusive, so you’ll be the only sponsor on the site. We have some great pricing to kick off the new year as well, so check it out.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 13-inch MacBook Air 256GB $975...

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09:06
Apple's 'iPhone 8' prompts rival...




Worried that Apple will monopolize OLED supply capacity for this year's "iPhone 8," a number of smartphone vendors are said to be racing to secure some that capacity for their own OLED products.

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08:39
Deals: 15" MacBook Pro for $1,959; up to $175...




Shoppers can save $140 this week on Apple's 2015 2.5GHz 15" MacBook Pro with no tax outside NY. Or pick up a 13" MacBook Pro at $75-$175 off with exclusive promo code savings. Apple's upgraded 2015 12" MacBooks are also up to $250 off with special financing offers.

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08:38
Lawsuit accuses Apple's iMessages of violating...




A new patent infringement lawsuit accuses Apple and its iMessage service of violating a 15-year-old patent -- one related to the recording and playback of voice messages over a network.

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08:23
External Link: Apple in 2016: The Six Colors Report...

Jason Snell of Six Colors has issued his report card on Apple’s 2016 efforts, relying once again on a panel of 37 industry watchers, including many TidBITS and Take Control staffers and authors (Adam Engst, Tonya Engst, Josh Centers, Jeff Carlson, Kirk McElhearn, and Rich Mogull). The consensus was that Apple had a rough year compared to 2015, with lower scores for the Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and hardware reliability categories. On the positive side, the panel felt that Apple improved in a few areas, including the Apple Watch, cloud services, home automation, and developer relations. See if you agree with the panel’s ratings!

 

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08:16
Iovine: Apple Music to be "An Entire Pop...

Apple execs Jimmy Iovine (left) and Dr. Dre (right). Image via heavy.com

A recent report by the Wall Street Journal indicated that Apple is planning to begin expanding into original TV shows in 2017. Apple Music executive Jimmy Iovine talked to reporters at the Television Critics Association winter press tour this weekend and explained why the company's plans include TV as part of its streaming music service.

Iovine noted that Apple has concerns that Apple Music would become just another basic music service competing against Spotify and Pandora, both of which offer free tiers for users who are willing to listen to advertising. By adding TV, Apple hopes to build "an entire pop cultural experience." 

Iovine was quoted as saying that "If...

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08:11
∞ Shortest path to getting AirPods

Click through to the main Loop post for details on some experience with Best Buy shipping AirPods in only 3 days from order. Your mileage may vary.

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07:47
Stanford researchers create fire/explosion proof...

A Samsung Galaxy Note 7 that caught fire

Last year's issue with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 fires and explosions was due to the lithium-ion batteries inside the smartphone undergoing a thermal runaway. The result? A total recall of the phones at a huge cost to the Korean electronics manufacturer. Researchers at Stanford University believe that they have a solution: lithium-ion batteries with a built-in "fire extinguisher". 

Li-ion batteries have plastic fibers that keep negative and positive electrodes in the batteries separated. In a thermal runaway, this material tends to catch fire and exacerbate the situation. What the researchers did was add a compound called triphenyl phosphate to those fibers. The chemical is often used as a flame retardant for electronics, and in this situation, if a battery's internal temperature reaches 150°C the plastic fibers would melt and release the chemical...

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07:22
Samsung testing confirms battery problems to blame...




Internally, Samsung has concluded that the battery -- and not any faults in software, or other hardware -- was reportedly to blame for the fires that led to the recall and ultimate cancellation of the Galaxy Note 7.

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07:20
China Orders App Stores To Join Register

China's internet regulator has ordered mobile app stores to register themselves with it immediately. The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said the move would help "promote the healthy and orderly development of the mobile internet." From a report on BBC: Most smartphones in the country run Android, but Google does not operate its Play Store locally, meaning users go elsewhere to add software. A report last year linked this to the spread of malware. Cheetah Mobile Security -- a Beijing-based firm -- reported that more than 1.4 million Chinese users' mobile devices had been struck by infections as of January 2016, making it the worst afflicted nation. India and Indonesia were in second and third place. This follows previous efforts to censor what appears online, including a recent demand that Apple remove the New York Times from the Chinese version of its iOS App Store. The US newspaper was the first to report the watchdog's move outside of China itself. Because of the Play...

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06:53
Apple Music Wants to be Pop Culture Central with...

Apple Music front man Jimmy Iovine all but confirmed last week’s report that Apple is on the hunt for original scripted TV shows for the subscription service. He said Apple is looking for ways to set the streaming music service apart from Spotify, and that Apple Music is going to be a big part of the pop culture experience.


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06:48
News: Iovine fuels speculation about Apple’s...

Jimmy Iovine seems to be lending credibility to last week’s report that Apple is looking to bring scripted TV series to Apple Music, telling The Hollywood Reporter what the company is “trying to create is an entire cultural, pop cultural experience, and that happens to include audio and video.” Iovine told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour that in a battle for users with free music services…

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06:44
Apple partner Pegatron could boost US manufacturing...




The chairman of Apple supplier Pegatron has revealed that his company could expand its operations in the U.S. by three to five times, should it be necessary -- but even that won't make much of a dent in Apple's iPhone and Mac production needs.

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06:36
∞ How the inventor of Mario, Nintendo’s Shigeru...

[VIDEO] If you are at all a fan of Mario, Zelda, Donkey Kong, etc., this is time well spent. I love the fact that you get to see Shigeru at his desk, pen in hand, drawing out genius. Video in main Loop post.

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06:29
Jimmy Iovine on Apple Music and original TV and...

For background, start with this post from last Thursday, which digs in to a Wall Street Journal report that Apple has big plans for original TV and movie content.

Jimmy Iovine added more, speaking to reporters. From the Hollywood Reporter:

“If South Park walks into my office, I am not going to say you’re not musicians, you know?” Iovine continued when pressed about the report. “We’re going to do whatever hits popular culture smack on the nose. We’re going to try.”

And:

Iovine said the hope for Apple is that it will be better able to compete with streaming music competitors like Spotify and Pandora, which are largely free for users: “We’re fighting ‘free.’ So a simple utility where, ‘here’s...

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06:12
Apple commemorates Martin Luther King Jr Day by...

Apple is commemorating Martin Luther King Jr Day by devoting its homepage to a full-page photo and quote.

Commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights. You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in.

Tim Cook also tweeted in honor of Dr King, who led the non-violent civil disobedience protests that played a crucial role in advancing civil rights in the USA …

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06:03
Jimmy Iovine says Apple Music creating 'pop...




Responding to reports that Apple Music content will expand further into full-length movies and TV shows, a key executive with the service -- Jimmy Iovine -- said over the weekend that Apple is willing to do "whatever hits popular culture smack on the nose" in order to differentiate itself.

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06:03
A Prairie HomeKit Companion: Controlling Accessories

In this installment of A Prairie HomeKit Companion, Josh Centers moves past setup and explains how to manipulate your HomeKit Accessories. He also tells you how to set up Scenes to save time.

 

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06:02
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Warns Against '...

Microsoft and its competitors should eschew artificial intelligence systems that replace people instead of maximizing their time, CEO Satya Nadella said in an interview on Monday. From the report: "The fundamental need of every person is to be able to use their time more effectively, not to say, 'let us replace you'," Nadella said in an interview at the DLD conference in Munich. "This year and the next will be the key to democratizing AI. The most exciting thing to me is not just our own promise of AI as exhibited by these products, but to take that capability and put it in the hands of every developer and every organization. [...] There's a thin line between hubris and confidence," Nadella said. "Always there is risk of hubris coming back, missing trends. The only long-term indicator of success is, âhow good is your internal culture?'" "What I've learned if anything in three years as CEO is, it's not about celebrating one product," he said. "That, to me, is the sign of a company...

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06:00
Next FlipBook Maker Pro for Mac: $39.99

We have a deal today on Next Flipbook Maker Pro for Mac. This software helps you make PDFs and images into HTML5 flipbooks. It does Flash, too, but seriously, HTML5. You can embed YouTube, local video, music, images, buttons, charts, and hyperlinks, and it has batch conversion abilities, too. It’s priced at $39.99, which is 86% off retail. Check out the details on the deal listing.


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06:00
Lightning Cable 3-Pack for $22: Our most popular...

The old saying goes "You can never be too rich or too good-looking", and we'll add a third adage to it: "You can never have enough Lightning cables." That seems to be the thought of a lot of Apple World Today readers, as our deal on a 3-pack of 10-foot MFi (Made For iPhone) certified Lightning cables for just $22 is a perennial favorite.

Sure, you could pop on over to your local Apple Store and spend $19 for a measly 3-foot cable, or for $3 more you could get three ultra-long 10-foot cables. What's the better deal? You make the call.

Order 'em today and have cables on hand for the next time you lose or break one! And remember, if you refer a friend to the Apple World Today Deals Shop, you can get $10 off and make...

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Kinkoo 3-Outlet Surge Protecting...

In our iLounge Deal for today, we’re offering the Kinkoo 3-Outlet Surge Protecting Smart Power Strip for only $24.95 — that’s 28% off the regular price. This travel-friendly power strip has three standard AC outlets, three USB ports and one USB-C port so that you can charge a wide range of devices, and at only eight inches long, it’s portable enough to pack up with you and take it on the road. Get the Kinkoo 3-Outlet Surge Protecting…

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05:50
Apple posts full page tribute to Dr. Martin Luther...

Apple has honored Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a full-page tribute on its website. It has a photo of the civil rights leader and the following quote:

“Commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights. You will make a greater person of yourself and a greater nation of your country, and a finder world to live in.”

Martin Luther King Jr. today is today. It’s an American federal holiday marking the birthday of the main spokesman for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement. The day is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around King's birthday (Jan. 15).

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05:43
Apple commemorates Martin Luther King Jr. Day with...




Acknowledging the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Apple on Monday updated the front page of its website with a photo of and quote from the legendary civil rights leader, calling on people to fight for equality.

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05:00
Rumor: iPhone 8 to see improved waterproofing...

It arrives sometime this fall and may be the iPhone upgrade you’re waiting for.

The iPhone 8 is presently rumored to feature a glass chassis redesign, bezel-less screen and might also best the iPhone 7 with even higher resistance to water and dust.

The Korea Herald reports that the iPhone 8 will tout an IP68 rating for water resistance and dust. This means it can withstand submersion for up to 30 minutes in about a metre deep water.

As of now, the iPhone 7 features an IP67 rating, meaning it is technically resistant to splashes and short periods of underwater exposure. IP68 is a substantial improvement but would still mean that swimming is off limits for the iPhone unlike the Apple Watch Series 2; Apple’s wearable far exceeds the IP68 standards.

The iPhone 7, through testing, has been found to exceed its waterproofing rating in most synthetic tests, although an officially-rated higher standard will only improve upon the waterproofing feature.

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04:56
A Prairie HomeKit Companion: Setting Up Accessories...

In this second installment of our HomeKit home automation series, Josh Centers walks you through setting up HomeKit Accessories and how to divide your Home into Rooms.

 

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04:47
Latest absurd patent troll claim suggests Messages...

Apple has been the subject of some pretty absurd patent troll claims over the years, and a new one seems determined to push the boundaries still further. Seatoun Media is claiming that Apple’s Messages app infringes a 2002 patent regarding a point-of-sale system, reports Patently Apple.

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04:00
Jimmy Iovine says music not enough, confirms Apple’s...

Apple exec Jimmy Iovine has lent weight to a WSJ report that Apple planned to offer scripted TV shows to Apple Music subscribers by the end of the year. The Hollywood Reporter reports Iovine telling TV critics that the company’s streaming music service needed to go beyond songs in order to grow.

The hope for Apple is that it will be better able to compete with streaming music competitors like Spotify and Pandora, which are largely free for users: “We’re fighting ‘free.’ So a simple utility where, ‘here’s all the songs, here’s all the music, give me $10 and we’re cool,’ is not going to scale.”

Iovine specifically confirmed that video content offered...

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03:30
Apple sued for patent infringement involving its...

Another day, another lawsuit. Apple is being sued for, as usual, patent infringement by a company called Seatoun Media. In a lawsuit filed in the lawsuit-friendly Texas Eastern District Court, the company claims Apple’s iMessage service/app violates a 15-year-old patent for recording and playing back voice messages over a network, reports AppleInsider.

It involves patent number 6,356,626 for “point to point voice message processor, method and recording/playback device.” Here’s the summary of the patent: “A voice message processor is disclosed for producing remote voice recordings in a decentralized, non-networked environment. Connections are provided for a communication link capable of transmitting and receiving calls over a public communication network, for a telephone set, and for a recordable voice message recording/playback...

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12-inch 1.2GHz Space Gray Retina MacBook on s...
Amazon has the 2016 12″ 1.2GHz/512GB Space Gray Retina MacBook (Apple model #MLH82LL/A) on sale for $1299.99 including free shipping. Their price is $300 off MSRP. Read more
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Inspired by the laid-back luxury of burnished leather boots and crafted in rich tones of taupe, herb and marsala, RelaxedLeather cases deliver smart, easy protection for the iPhone 7. Each genuine... Read more
Week’s Best Deal: New 2016 13-inch 2.0GHz Mac...
Amazon has the new 2016 13″ 2.0GHz non-Touch Bar MacBook Pros on sale for a limited time for $225 off MSRP including free shipping: - 13″ 2.0GHz MacBook Pro, Space Gray (MLL42LL/A): $1274.99 $225 off... Read more
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Apple has Certified Refurbished Mac minis available starting at $419. Apple’s one-year warranty is included with each mini, and shipping is free: - 1.4GHz Mac mini: $419 $80 off MSRP - 2.6GHz Mac... Read more
Apple Ranked ‘Most Intimate Brand’
The top ranked ‘”intimate” brands continued to outperform the S&P and Fortune 500 indices in revenue and profit over the past 10 years, according to MBLM’s Brand Intimacy 2017 Report, the largest... Read more
B-Eng introduces SSD Health Check for Mac OS
Fehraltorf, Switzerland based independant Swiss company- B-Eng has announced the release and immediate availability of SSD Health Check 1.0, the company’s new hard drive utility for Mac OS X. As the... Read more
Apple’s Education discount saves up to $300 o...
Purchase a new Mac or iPad using Apple’s Education Store and take up to $300 off MSRP. All teachers, students, and staff of any educational institution qualify for the discount. Shipping is free: -... Read more
4-core 3.7GHz Mac Pro on sale for $2290, save...
Guitar Center has the 3.7GHz 4-core Mac Pro (MD253LL/A) on sale for $2289.97 including free shipping or free local store pickup (if available). Their price is a $710 savings over standard MSRP for... Read more
128GB Apple iPad Air 2, refurbished, availabl...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 128GB iPad Air 2s WiFis available for $419 including free shipping. That’s an $80 savings over standard MSRP for this model. A standard Apple one-year warranty is... Read more
13-inch 2.7GHz Retina MacBook Pro on sale for...
B&H Photo has the 2015 13″ 2.7GHz/128GB Retina Apple MacBook Pro on sale for $100 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY tax only: - 13″ 2.7GHz/128GB Retina MacBook Pro (MF839LL/A): $... Read more

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