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Thursday January 12

15:17
Consumer Reports updates its MacBook Pro review with...

Earlier this week, Consumer Reports and Apple revealed that a bug in Safari caused erratic battery life test results in Consumer Reports’ testing, which resulted in the first Apple laptop to not receive a recommendation from the publication. Consumer Reports has finished its retesting, and on Thursday announced that it has revised its review to reflect a recommendation for the new MacBook Pro.

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15:15
Consumer Reports retests and now recommends 2016...

Consumer Reports has released an updated report on the 2016 MacBook Pro, and is now recommending the laptop following retesting. In the new test, conducted running a beta version of macOS that fixes the Safari-related bug that caused erratic battery life in the original test, all three MacBook Pro models "performed well." 

As we reported last month, for the first time ever, Consumer Reports failed to recommend new models of Apple’s MacBook Pro line. The laptops did very well in measures of display quality and performance, but as far as battery life goes, models "varied dramatically" from one trial to the next. However, Apple says the battery tests were inaccurate, as the publication had enabled a hidden setting in its...

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15:02
US appeals court says public has right to sue Apple...




A U.S. federal appeals court ruled on Thursday that people do indeed have the right to sue Apple over limiting iOS devices to apps from the App Store, potentially paving the way for an open app marketplace in the future.

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15:00
Judge rules that iPhone users can sue Apple for...

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that iPhone app purchasers may sue Apple over allegations that the company monopolized the market for iPhone apps by not allowing users to purchase them outside the Apple App Store, leading to higher prices, reports Reuters

A group of iPhone users sued, saying the Cupertino, California-based company’s practice was anticompetitive. Apple argued that users didn’t have standing to sue it because they purchased apps from developers, with Apple simply renting out space to those developers. 

Developers pay a cut of their revenues to Apple in exchange for the right to sell in the App Store. Reuters notes that a lower court sided with Apple, but Judge William A. Fletcher ruled that iPhone users purchase apps directly from Apple, which gives them the right to bring a legal challenge against the company.

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14:52
U.S. Appeals Court says Apple can be sued for...

According to Reuters, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today ruled that users have the right to sue Apple over allegations that the company has created a monopoly in the app industry by only allowing iOS users to install applications from the first-party App Store.

The ruling is a reversal of the decision reached by a lower court in 2013, which sided with Apple.

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14:45
Twelve South releases its first shell case for the...

Twelve South has released the RelaxedLeather, its first shell case for iPhone 7. This leather case boasts hand burnishing along the edges and corners, while delivering protection for your Apple smartphone.

Inside, quilted microfiber lines a five-sided recessed shell. RelaxedLeather is available now in five colors, with our without pockets for US$39.99 (without pockets) and $49.99 (with pockets).

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14:43
Consumer Reports now recommends MacBook Pro after...




In a bit of backpedaling, Consumer Reports on Thursday said it can now recommend Apple's new MacBook Pro lineup after a software fix remedied battery life inconsistencies found in previous testing.

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14:41
Happy Hour Podcast 102 | Tesla poaches Swift creator...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss Swift creator Chris Lattner’s surprise exit and his new job at Tesla, the 10th anniversary of the original iPhone announcement, the first aftermarket Wireless CarPlay receiver from CES, and more. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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14:30
Matrox Maevex 6100 Quad Encoder Card now available

Matrox has announced availability of the next generation of Matrox’s H.264 AV-over-IP portfolio, the Matrox Maevex 6100 quad encoder card. Delivering quad 4K input capture, the Maevex 6100 also offers multiple encodes, variable bitrates, and a broad choice of protocols, allowing simultaneous streaming and recording of four or more channels. Contact Matrox for pricing.

The flexible communication and powerful reach offered by the Maevex 6100 card—and included Matrox PowerStream Plus network management software—make this cutting-edge technology ideal for use in enterprise, government, education, digital signage or anywhere AV-over-IP is required, says Ron Berty, business development manager, Matrox. 

The Matrox Maevex 6100 quad encoder card delivers 4K/UHD and Full HD multi-channel capture, encoding, streaming, and recording. Built on H.264, the world’s...

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14:25
Consumer Reports changes course and now recommends...

Consumer Reports has published new results for their MacBook Pro battery testing today after having previously given the system a Do Not Recommend rating. CR has officially changed their recommendations and can now recommend the new 2016 MacBook Pros. The new tests come after Apple and CR worked together to decide what went wrong during the original testing. After becoming aware of a Safari bug that may have impacted results, CR recently started retesting on a newer build of macOS Sierra in which the bug was supposedly fixed.

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14:23
Consumer Reports now recommends MacBook Pros

Consumer Reports is an irresponsible organization that rushed to publish its faulty MacBook Pro results before Christmas only to be caught and have to backtrack. I don’t trust a word these people say about anything.

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14:20
New Facebook Project Aims to Strengthen Journalism


Facebook on Tuesday unveiled the Journalism Project, which is designed to establish stronger ties with the journalism industry. Through the project, Facebook aims to bolster the quality of journalism on the network. Among other things, the project aims to tackle the fake news issue that flared during the U.S. presidential election and its aftermath. The project will foster collaboration with news organizations to develop products, including the creation of new story formats and business models to better suit their needs.

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14:15
Sonnet launches Thunderbolt 3-to-PCI Express Card...

Sonnet Technologies has launched its first Thunderbolt 3-to-PCIe card expansion systems, the Echo Express SEL — Thunderbolt 3 Edition and the Echo Express SE I — Thunderbolt 3 Edition. 

Like the other members of the Echo Express family, the SEL and SE I enable the use of a variety of PCI Express (PCIe) cards with computers equipped with Thunderbolt ports. Both the SEL and SE I are compact and lightweight single-slot Thunderbolt 3 expansion systems, differing only in size, that are designed for use in situations in which users only need to connect a single PCIe card. 

With the new interface, both systems enable users of computers equipped with 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports, such as the new MacBook Pro, to take advantage of Thunderbolt 3's 2,750 MB/s of PCI Express bandwidth to support the most demanding, highest performance adapter cards. Sonnet is also making available Thunderbolt 3 upgrade cards for...

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13:52
Google Maps gets ride services update

Today, we’re starting to roll out an updated ride services experience to make it even easier for you to book a ride directly from Google Maps, on both Android and iOS globally.

Having it take you out of Google Maps and into Uber or Lyft was really clumsy. This will work much better and offer a better solution. I did try the same feature in Apple Maps, but every time I used the feature, it crashed the app, so I just stopped.

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13:41
U.S. appeals court revives app antitrust lawsuit...

iPhone app purchasers may sue Apple Inc over allegations that the company monopolized the market for iPhone apps by not allowing users to purchase them outside the App Store, leading to higher prices, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Thursday.

Wait a minute. People want to sue Apple because they feel they could buy the apps cheaper if Apple didn’t have a monopoly on the App Store? This is absolutely insane. Apps cost under $1 in a lot of cases—how much do people think developers work is worth? The clear answer is nothing—they want it all for free.

What the protections Apple provides in the App Store? Specifically apps free from malware and other malicious code. The safety and sense of security purchasing from the App Store is very important.

This is ridiculous.

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13:32
Apple seeds iOS 10.2.1 beta 4 to developers and...




Just days after Apple seeded a third beta version of iOS 10.2.1 to developers, the company on Thursday issued a fourth iteration of the forthcoming operating system for testing.

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13:28
The epic story of “O.J.: Made in America”’s creation

I didn’t see the dramatized version of the O.J. story but I really enjoyed this documentary about it.

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13:14
9to5Toys: Does this Nike+ look-alike Apple Watch...

When Apple unveiled Apple Watch Nike+ last fall, many of us were instantly attracted to the neon band that shipped with this model. more…

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13:14
Suspected San Bernardino iPhone penetrators...




Cellebrite, the Israeli digital forensics firm thought to have provided the FBI with assistance to break the security of the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, has confirmed it has been the victim of a security breach of one of its servers.

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13:11
Apple releases iOS 10.2.1 beta 4 for developers

Apple has released the fourth iOS 10.2.1 beta for developer testing on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. iOS 10.2.1 is likely a bug fix and performance improvement release. The initial beta was released on December 14 with a second beta issued before the holiday break. A third beta version was released at the start of this week. We’ll update to the latest version and highlight any changes discovered below.

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13:03
A Tremolo primer from Fender

Tremolo systems first started appearing on guitars in the 1930s and have evolved multiple times in the ensuing decades.

Utilizing tremolo can be an integral aspect of your sound—see: Duane Eddy, Jimi Hendrix, David Gilmour, Jeff Beck and Eddie Van Halen—or add a splash of color to your style.

But what is a tremolo system, how does it work and what are the benefits of one system over another?

Some of my favorite guitarists used a tremolo a lot, but I never really used it that much in my own playing. Using it properly is definitely an art.

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12:45
Review: Revogi Smart Lightbulb, Smart Lightstrip,...

Although HomeKit continues to gain traction, not all home automation developers have bought into Apple's new home automation platform, preferring to develop their own proprietary solutions and apps. While it's hard to imagine iPhone and iPad users having much interest in non-HomeKit accessories at this point, some of these companies are selling their solutions for lower prices that might make them more appealing to the budget conscious consumer. And of course, users also gain cross-compatibility with platforms such as Android that naturally do not support HomeKit. Revogi's new lineup of lighting and outlet products seem clearly designed to appeal to this category of user, with its new Delite 2 Smart LED Lightbulb ($35), Smart Color Lightstrip ($60), Smart Color Lightstrip (USB Version) ($50), Smart Candle Light ($20), and Smart Meter Plug ($30) all coming in at lower prices than their HomeKit alternatives. The question, of course, is whether the cheaper price of...

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12:41
Google updates Maps on iOS with better ridesharing...




Google on Thursday updated its Maps apps for iOS and Android alike with a new, more in-depth ridesharing interface, including deeper integration with Uber that lets people hail a car without switching apps.

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12:39
Why we should care about the Consumer Reports...

I agree with Fleishman. When CR found its results to be so out of whack with what would be expected, they should have held off publishing their results until they figured out the issue.

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12:22
Now you can summon an Uber ride without leaving...

We all know Google Maps is a great tool for getting directions to just about anywhere, but with a new update rolling out to Android and iOS users, you’ll also be able to use it to tell someone else where you need to go. Thanks to a tighter integration with Uber, you’re now able to book, pay, and track your Uber rides without having to leave Google Maps.

The process is similar to the one that was launched last March. When you type in a destination, tap the taxi-hailing icon to get a list of times and prices from both Uber and Lyft. The difference is that now when you select one of the Uber options you’ll no longer be whisked away to the Uber app. Instead you’ll see a new Request button, which directs you to log into your account and complete the payment process right in Google Maps. Once booked, a tiny car icon will appear on the map to track the progress of your ride....

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12:16
Safari not able to play new 4K videos from YouTube...




What appears to be Google's shift to the VP9 codec for delivering 4K video on the YouTube homepage is preventing Safari users from watching videos uploaded to the service since early December in full 4K resolution, but not from viewing webpage-embedded videos in the same resolution.

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12:01
Gadget Ogling: The CES Spectacular Edition


Trust Razer to come up with something completely ridiculous that I need in my life immediately. Project Ariana is a projector that incorporates Razer's full-spectrum lighting system, Chroma. It uses a wide-angle lens to project images, but it seems there's no lengthy setup process required here. Ariana uses 3D depth-sensing cameras to detect objects in a room and adjusts for them accordingly so that it still projects a flat image. You can use Ariana as a regular 4K projector when you're not playing games. It looks incredible.

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12:00
Would you pay to get a new song texted to you every...

On the surface, every streaming music service offers the same thing: access to tens of millions of songs. That's more music than any human being can ever consume, so the big battle now centers around helping users find songs and albums they care abou...

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10:32
Fitbit attempted to acquire rival Jawbone last month...




Jawbone could have become the latest acquisition of main rival Fitbit, with a report alleging the two fitness wearable competitors discussed a possible sale of assets at the end of last year, talks that ultimately broke down over a low-ball offer.

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10:30
YouTube․com no longer supports 4K video playback in...

A recent discussion on Reddit has brought to light the news that YouTube no longer has the 4K video playback option when using Safari. The change may have come after a long ago announcement that YouTube began encoding uploaded videos into VP9. The change seems to affect recently uploaded videos, and thus so far only seen on the main YouTube site and not within embeds.

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10:26
Rumored 10.5-inch iPad may align with dimensions of...




Apple's rumored plans for a 10.5-inch iPad -- not much larger than 9.7-inch models -- may make more sense when considering the size of the iPad mini, and the resolution of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

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10:23
Apple issues fourth macOS Sierra beta, second update...




Apple on Thursday updated its beta macOS for the second time in a week, and has made the fourth beta of macOS Sierra available to developers for evaluation and testing.

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10:08
Apple releases macOS Sierra 10.12.3 beta 4 for...

Apple has released the fourth macOS 10.12.3 developer beta for testing, the second in a week. New features haven’t been discovered in previous macOS 10.12.3 betas, suggesting the software update is focused on bug fixes and performance improvements. We’ll update with any notable changes below:

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10:03
The new free-to-play PvP Star Wars Force Arena is...

Late last year, a new Star Wars game known as Force Arena went into pre-registration followed by a soft launch. And now the free-to-play PvP title is available worldwide on the App Store.

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09:50
Report: Apple to produce scripted TV, moving into...

Enlarge / "Apple TV" may be more than the name for a streaming box if its efforts come to fruition. (credit: Apple)

Apple is thinking about getting into the scripted TV business, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. Ever-mysterious "people familiar with the matter" tell the Journal the shows would be offered to Apple Music subscribers and the company is talking to both "veteran producers" and "experienced marketing executives" to create and promote those shows. These shows could be released by the end of this year.

The report also says Apple is looking into making movies, but it describes those efforts as "...

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker $...

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09:30
The complete guide to weather alerts on the iPhone

In the Northern Hemisphere we are in the depths of Winter and Spring will soon follow. At this time of the year, there are often severe thunderstorms and the possibility of tornadoes across the southern states or blizzards in the north. You can use your iPhone to gain advance warning and perhaps even life-saving information.

Years before smartphones and even cellphones, I went through training sessions held by the National Weather Service so I could be a severe weather spotter. In those days, we depended upon amateur radio in those days for communication. With the advent of smartphones, not only did the availability of information increase, but tools and data became available that before were only available to professionals — radar, advance weather charts, live lightning strike data, etc.

There are multiple ways to use your iPhone as an advance weather warning system. Many people choose a simple weather app, but there are other choices which provide an extra layer of...

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09:30
What Apple’s rumored original TV shows mean for...

We already knew Apple had plans to make original TV shows, like a reality series about app developers, a concept from Dr. Dre, and full-length episodes of James Corden’s popular “Carpool Karaoke” segment, but it turns out these aren’t one-off experiments. Apple is reportedly developing a full slate of shows and original films as a perk for Apple Music subscribers.

Following in the footsteps of Netflix, Amazon, and even Spotify, Apple is reportedly in talks with producers to buy original scripted shows, which will begin debuting on Apple Music by the end of the year. Unnamed sources told the...

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09:23
HTC's new U series phones follow Apple's...




In a surprise announcement, HTC on Thursday revealed two new flagship phones, the U Ultra and U Play -- both of which, like Apple's iPhone 7, abandon a headphone jack in favor of digital-only audio.

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09:07
Ecobee3 remote sensors now work as HomeKit motion...

I’ve tested a lot of HomeKit thermostats and Ecobee3 remains my top pick. It’s a Wi-Fi smart thermostat with remote sensors that detect both presence and temperature in individual rooms, and the latest firmware update to Ecobee3 officially adds HomeKit support to these sensors. Here’s how it works:

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08:26
Apple Deals: Save $169 to $369 on 27-inch iMac 5Ks...




Our exclusive deals keep rolling in: This week, save $169 to $369 on current-generation 27-inch iMac 5Ks (Late 2015) paired with AppleCare extended protection plans, or take $169 to $269 off 21.5-inch iMac 4Ks paired with AppleCare. Alteratively, pick up an iMac 5K by itself for $1,674 or an iMac 4K for $1,324 -- all with free shipping and no sales tax outside NY and NJ.

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08:11
With Verizon, Comcast, Spectrum customers still...




Apple has added cable company Cable One to its Single Sign-On feature for iOS and tvOS, while most cable subscribers in the U.S. still can't utilize the feature at all.

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08:05
Why We Should Care about the Consumer Reports...

Reviewers have a responsibility to understand how their testing differs from consumer use when problems arise because introducing confusion into the world reduces trust in technology journalism as a whole.

 

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08:04
Adobe concept demonstrates editing images on iPad...




Photographs may be edited by voice commands alone in the future, creative software producer Adobe hopes, showcasing a new proof-of-concept video that shows a Siri-like digital assistant on an iPad being used to make changes to an image.

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07:59
News: Apple looking to produce original TV content...

A new report in The Wall Street Journal has resurrected speculation from last year that Apple is still working on creating original television — and movie content — to offer as part of a subscription service. Citing people familiar with the matter, the WSJ report indicates that Apple is looking to “build a significant new business” in the area to make it a bigger player in Hollywood to offset slowing sales of its iPhone and iPad devices.…

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07:48
Apple’s Lisa Jackson named to U.S. DOT advisory...

Lisa Jackson — Apple’s Vice President of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives — has been named to a new advisory committee of the U.S. Department of Transportation to unify and regulate the introduction of automated vehicles to U.S. highways, reports AppleInsider.

According to the Department of Transportation, the main focus of the group is the "development and deployment of automated vehicles, and determining the needs of the Department as it continues with its relevant research, policy, and regulations.” In addition to Jackson, other board members include an avaiation attorney from Amazon, Lyft co-founder John Zimmer, Waymo CEO John Krafcik, and Hyperloop One Senior Vice President Henry Claypool.

Jackson previously left her...

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07:47
Apple joins U.S. Department of Transportation...

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced today that it’s forming a new Automation Committee to oversee self-driving transportation policy and one of its 25 members happens to be Apple’s Vice President of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives, Lisa Jackson.

According to the department’s press release, the newly formed committee will have its first meeting later this month on January 16 and the focus of the group will be to address “the development and deployment of automated vehicles, and determining the needs of the Department as it continues with its relevant research, policy, and regulations.”

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07:43
Opinion: Does Apple need to make an Amazon Echo/...

There has been speculation that Apple may be planning to build its own home speaker device to compete with the Amazon Echo and Google Home, with some expressing the view that Apple is already late to the party.

But does Apple need to compete in this space, when it arguably already has its own version of Echo or Home? The one that’s either on your wrist or in your pocket …

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07:31
Apple’s Single Sign-on feature for iPhone, iPad, and...

Apple has added an additional TV provider to its list of partners supporting its Single Sign-on feature for iOS 10 and tvOS 10. Cable ONE joins ten other providers that let customers authenticate once through the Settings app to access content in paid video apps.

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07:31
Amazon steps up video offerings with Anime Strike,...




Amazon on Thursday launched Anime Strike, its first self-branded option under the Amazon Channels subscription program -- with more coming soon, the company said.

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07:09
Apple SVP Lisa Jackson named as member of new US DOT...




In an effort to unify and regulate the introduction of automated vehicles to U.S. highways, the Department of Transportation has established a new advisory committee to steer the future of the department, including Apple Vice President Lisa Jackson.

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06:56
Synology launches Synology Router RT2600ac and VPN...

Synology has launched the RT2600ac, a high-speed, security-focused router designed for multiple users. In addition, VPN Plus has been released so users of the Synology router can implement an on-premises VPN solution.

The RT2600ac is powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core processor, and comes equipped with the latest 802.11ac Wave 2 certified radios featuring MU-MIMO support. Together with Smart Connect, RT2600ac can intelligently optimize connection quality and balance devices on both 2.4GHz and 5GHz radios for maximum wireless speed and range, according to Synology Product Manager Michael R Wang. Dual WAN with 2.0 Gbps combined bandwidth allows users to take advantage of two high speed fiber internet connections for load balancing plus failover, he adds.

The RT2600ac is powered by the Synology Router Manager (SRM) operating system. Application Layer QoS (Quality of Service) makes it possible to monitor...

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06:40
Apple Planning To Make Original TV Shows and Movies...

While investors seem to remain optimistic about the future of Apple, it's no secret that sales of its iconic hardware products have flatlined or fallen over the past year. From a report: We'll have to wait until January 31 to find out how the company performed over the critical holiday period. But for the moment, its most promising category of revenue has been "services," which includes things like Apple Music, and has been on a big winning streak over the past several quarters. Now it appears Apple is getting ready to make an even bigger bet in that category. According to a story just published by the Wall Street Journal, the company "has been in talks with veteran producers in recent months about buying rights to scripted television programs. It also has approached experienced marketing executives at studios and networks to discuss hiring them to promote its content." According to the story, the programming would be part of is Apple Music subscription ($6/month for an individual...

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06:38
After $34M in preorders, iOS-connected self-flying...




Citing production issues, the makers of Lily -- an autonomous, iOS-connected drone that aimed to simplify aerial photography --?have announced that their project has been completely canceled, and refunds will be issued to customers over the next 60 days.

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06:27
Future AirPods may serve as a sports monitoring...

Future AirPods might track your heart rate and more, then transmit the data to an Apple Watch or iPhone. Apple has been granted a patent (number 20170010858) for a “sports monitoring system for headphones, earbuds, and/or headsets.” 

According to the patent, the monitoring system can be used with headphones, earbuds or headsets. It can, for example, be used to monitor user activity, such as during exercise or sporting activities. The positioning of the monitoring system can also track biometric data such as temperature, perspiration and heart rate. The monitoring system can also be used to control a an electronic device. In one embodiment, the monitoring system facilitates user control of the electronic device using head gestures.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that, conventionally, pedometers have been worn (e.g., attached to a wrist or to a user's hip) to monitor and display a distance traveled by a user. More recently, accelerometers have been...

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06:10
Apple rivals Samsung & LG aiming for foldable...




Two of Apple's competitors in the smartphone space -- Samsung and LG -- may launch their first foldable phones towards the end of the year, potentially dampening the "wow" factor of a redesigned "iPhone 8."

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06:01
∞ Emulations of most every Mac OS, from System 2...

Click through to the main Loop post for an amazing graphic from Steve Troughton-Smith.

Steve used a variety of emulators to emulate a huge representative range of Mac OSes, from System 2 through System 7.6.1, then Mac OS 8.6, then on to Rhapsody developer release 1 and so forth, ending with Yosemite.

Incredible!

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: HyperDrive USB Type-C 5-in-1 Hub

In our iLounge Deal for today, you can get the HyperDrive USB Type-C 5-in-1 Hub for only $39.95 — that’s 20% off the regular price. This compact and portable hub lets you easily expand your new MacBook Pro’s USB-C ports, adding two standard USB 3.0 type-A ports, along with SDXC, microSDXC, and an extra USB-C port. Pass-through charging also means you can leave everything at your desk connected to the hub and easily “dock in”…

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05:54
Apple negotiating to expand scripted programming in...




In the wake of "Carpool Karaoke" and "Planet of the Apps," a new report suggests that Apple may be looking at expanding unique scripted content, to draw users to the iTunes and iPhone ecosystems, and boost Apple Music subscriptions

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05:54
Opera Neon is a funky new approach to a web browser...

Some companies settle for a video render when they come up with product concepts, but Opera has created a fully-fledged working app to illustrate what it describes as an ‘alternate reality’ for the browser, Opera Neon.

To bring our vision to life, we put together a team of talented developers and designers to work on a unique prototype browser. We created thousands of concepts, drawings, iterations, versions and interface designs.

Today, we can finally show you Opera Neon. It is a concept browser – an experimental browser that envisions the future of web browsers similar to the way concept cars predict the future of automobiles.

The approach looks radically different to a conventional browser, starting as a semi-transparent overlay of your speed-dial sites floating above your Mac desktop. Opera Neon also takes a kind of virtual reality approach to tabs …

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05:53
WSJ: Apple plans ‘significant’ business in original...

Apple plans to build a significant new business in original television shows and movies, the Wall Street Journal reports, in a move that could make it a bigger player in Hollywood and offset slowing sales of iPhones and iPads.

Programming would reportedly be available to subscribers of Apple Music, which already includes a limited number of documentary-style segments on musicians, but nothing like the premium programming the company is now seeking.

Could this be a hint that Apple’s long-rumored streaming service (which I’ve dubbed “Apple Web TV” might be closer to reality? Depends on Apple’s negotiations with network execs.

Last year, the Wall Street Journal said the company’s “hard nosed” bargaining...

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05:52
External Link: How to Fix the iOS Share Sheet

In a post on Medium, Greg Raiz, CEO of app development agency Raizlabs, explains how Apple could improve the Share sheet in iOS. He points out that the seldom-used AirDrop takes up far too much space, the app with which you want to share is often buried, and there are too many customization options. Raiz presents a cleaner and simpler Actions sheet (a more accurate name since the Share sheet frequently contains actions unrelated to sharing) that distinguishes between actions within the current app and sharing data with other apps. It also prioritizes app actions and orders share apps by frequency of use. We hope Apple redesigns the Share sheet along these lines for iOS 11.

 

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05:47
∞ Gruber: The right way to pop your Apple AirPods...

[VIDEO] This is the very first video on the Daring Fireball YouTube channel. For a first timer, John Gruber sure does have some chops. Nice job.

If you own, or plan on buying a pair of AirPods, check this out. Video on the main Loop post.

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05:41
Apple’s sets its sights on Hollywood with plans for...

Wall Street Journal:

Apple Inc. is planning to build a significant new business in original television shows and movies, according to people familiar with the matter, a move that could make it a bigger player in Hollywood and offset slowing sales of iPhones and iPads.

These people said the programming would be available to subscribers of Apple’s $10-a-month streaming-music service, which has struggled to catch up to the larger Spotify AB. Apple Music already includes a limited number of documentary-style segments on musicians, but nothing like the premium programming it is now seeking.

The technology giant has been in talks with veteran producers in recent months about buying rights to scripted television programs. It also has approached experienced marketing executives at studios and networks to discuss hiring them to promote its content, said people with knowledge of the discussions.

And:

In addition to TV, Apple indicated to these people that...

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05:40
iOS hardware ecosystem, services will generate $1...

Analyst Horace Dediu says in a blog post that Apple’s iOS hardware ecosystem and related services is on schedule to generate U.S.$1 trillion next year.

“In its first 10 years, the iPhone will have sold at least 1.2 billion units, making it the most successful product of all time," he writes. “The iPhone also enabled the iOS empire which includes the iPod touch, the iPad, the Apple Watch and Apple TV whose combined total unit sales will reach 1.75 billion units over 10 years. This total is likely to top 2 billion units by the end of 2018.”

The revenues from iOS product sales will reach $980 billion by middle of 2017, Dediu writes. In addition to hardware Apple also books iOS services revenues (including content) which have totaled more than $100 billion to date....

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05:32
Apple and fake news

Andy Ihnatko, writing about fake news:

I’ll use Apple as an example. They had a problem on their hands in the form of a deeply-negative Consumer Reports headline: “New MacBook Pros Fail to Earn Consumer Reports Recommendation.” CR had tested the new MacBook Pros and concluded that the battery life of all three models were insanely inconsistent.

Response Option 1: Apple calls the report “Fake News” and dismisses Consumer Reports as “failing, sad, and pathetic.” Next question.

Response Option 2: Apple disagrees with CR’s findings and tries to substantiate their results. An examination of CR’s testing methodology — done with the publication’s help — reveals no fudging, but identifies many quirks in the test protocol that probably contributed to a suspicious result.

Apple did exactly the right thing. If the original CR review was totally screwy, it shouldn’t be hard to demonstrate why, and Apple certainly has the resources to put in that kind of effort....

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05:30
Impractical concept imagines a next-generation Mac...

A German visual designer has come up with a concept for a next-generation Mac Pro that sees the trashcan design extended into a larger oval shape, sitting somewhere between the original and new Mac Pro in size.

Those arguing that Apple needs to offer both older and newer ports would have no complaints at this machine, which combines four USB 3 ports and the same number of Thunderbolt 2 ones with no fewer than 16 USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports …

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05:15
JetBlue announces Fly-Fi service availability for...

Wi-Fi is now available on every JetBlue flight and aircraft.

The budget airline announced the finished rollout of Fly-Fi, a free in-flight Wi-Fi service that claims to offer faster connections than some paid options like Gogo.

The service is now available on all flights while a number of airports in the U.S. and elsewhere are offering access as well, though in rare cases it may be paid —like Newburgh, N.Y. —or non-existent, as with places like Mexico City and Montego Bay.

Given ideal circumstances, travelers will be able to remain connected from gate to gate, even avoiding the need to reach cruising altitude once onboard a plane. In practice, Fly-Fi can only be active if a flight is over the U.S.

Data speeds should range from 12 to 15 megabits per second. While this is slower than LTE or many landline Internet connections, it should be sufficient for music and video streaming. JetBlue, from its own end, has added streaming partners such as Amazon,...

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05:14
∞ Apple Campus 2, January drone footage

[VIDEO] Lots of rain and water accumulation. Should help point out any leaks before all the finish work is done. Still a fair amount of work to do, but things are really taking shape. Video in the main Loop post.

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05:09
AirPods have quickly captured one quarter of new...

Mac Rumors:

In the U.S. last month, an estimated 75% of revenue from headphones sold online came from wireless models, up from 50% in December 2015, according to Slice Intelligence. Apple’s new AirPods led the way, capturing an estimated 26% share of online revenue in the wireless headphone market since launching on December 13.

And:

AirPods stole the top spot from Beats, which took an estimated 15.4% of online revenue in the wireless headphone market, down from 24.1% between the start of 2015 and December 13. Given it owns Beats, Apple appears to have actually taken nearly 40% of online revenue in the market since launching AirPods.

I regularly see Apple’s traditional white EarPods as well as Beats over ear headphones out in public. But I have yet to see a single pair of AirPods in the wild. I expect this is wave, still too far from shore to see. Could also be a sign that people tend to use AirPods in more private settings.

But given the huge...

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05:00
Apple’s market share grows in Q4 2016 following...

Apple apparently gained some market share in the fourth quarter of 2016 thanks to the refreshed MacBook Pro with the Touch Bar built in.

The latest data from research firms Gartner and IDC show Apple gaining ground in the PC industry, despite the market continuing to slow as a whole. IDC’s new data shows that 70.2 million PCs shipped in the fourth quarter of 2016, marking a 1.5 percent year-on-year decline, but showing a continued stabilization of the market.

For the year, IDC says that PC shipments hit 260 million, down 5.7 percent compared to 2015. Worldwide, Apple saw its marketshare rise from 7.4 percent in Q4 2015 to 7.5 percent, though overall shipments fell by .9 percent for the year as a whole. Overall, Apple ranks as the fourth largest PC vendor worldwide, with Lenovo coming in at the top, followed by HP and Dell.

The rise in Apple’s market share seems to have been boosted by the late 2016 MacBook Pro.

On the whole, 2016 represented a slow...

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04:58
Android’s emoji problem

Jeremy Burge, Emojipedia:

The Google design team were months ahead of Apple with new emoji in the past year. Support for the latest emojis came to Android in the major Nougat release in August of 2016.

Yet the vast majority of Android users still can’t see these new emojis.

What they see, instead, are empty rectangles. Why? Lack of timely Android updates.

New emojis are bundled with system updates for iOS and Android, as emoji fonts and relevant Unicode support is provided at an OS level1.

This system should work well, but the weak link is relying on manufacturers to provide updates in a timely manner.

Vlad Savov reported in September2: most phones at IFA (large tech show in Europe) were running a year-old version of Android.

And:

These aren’t old phones not getting updates: they’re brand new phones running an out of date OS. It’s not a good sign.

Great post from someone who really knows the emoji business. One takeaway...

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04:49
The first trillion dollars is always the hardest

Horace Dediu, Asymco:

In its first 10 years, the iPhone will have sold at least 1.2 billion units, making it the most successful product of all time. The iPhone also enabled the iOS empire which includes the iPod touch, the iPad, the Apple Watch and Apple TV whose combined total unit sales will reach 1.75 billion units over 10 years. This total is likely to top 2 billion units by the end of 2018.

And:

The revenues from iOS product sales will reach $980 billion by middle of this year. In addition to hardware Apple also books iOS services revenues (including content) which have totaled more than $100 billion to date.

This means that iOS will have generated over $1 trillion in revenues for Apple sometime this year.

Simply remarkable.

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04:39
Adobe shows concept video of voice-based photo...

Adobe has released a concept video showing how voice-based photo editing might work on an iPad. The video shows a user selecting voice control, cropping a photo to a square, flipping the image horizontally and posting to Facebook.

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04:30
LG UltraFine 5K is a great display for new MacBook...

In a previous review, I mentioned that I wasn’t overly impressed with the LG UltraFine 4K, one of the monitors LG co-developed with Apple for use with the 2016 MacBook Pros. Thankfully, the UltraFine 5K addresses some of its smaller siblings’ shortcomings (which it should since it’s more expensive).

For example, the 5K has a built-in camera/mic for FaceTime calls, which the 4K lacks. The bigger display also feels sturdier; the smaller monitor seemed a bit flimsy to me. That said, the LG display still looks boxy, clunky, and unsexy compared to the late Thunderbolt Display and that of the iMac.

The 27-inch display on the LG UltraFine 5K — which is 18.3 inches high, 24.6 inches wide, 9.4 inches deep, and weighs 18.7 pounds — is gorgeous. It boasts a 5120-by-2880 resolution, 14.7 million pixels,...

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04:02
Apple plans to offer original scripted TV shows by...

The ‘will it, won’t it’ speculation about Apple moving into original TV content in a significant way continues today with a WSJ report claiming that the company is planning to offer ‘original scripted TV content’ by the end of the year. Apple is also said to be ‘considering’ the idea of offering original movies, though these plans are said to be less advanced.

Apple is planning to build a significant new business in original television shows and movies, according to people familiar with the matter […] Executives at Apple have told people in Hollywood they hope to start offering original scripted content by the end of 2017.

While past speculation has focused on the idea of Apple offering subscription TV packages, today’s report suggests more of a continuation of the company’s approach to date …

...

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04:00
How to use the Path Bar in macOS Sierra

It’s easy to get lost and not know where you are or what directory you’re growing using the macOS Finder. There’s a little known feature called Path Bar that can make your life easier. 

It’s a narrow strip near the bottom of a Finder window. It’s disabled by default; here’s how to enable it.

  • Open a Finder window.
  • Select Show Path Bar from the Finder View menu. (You’ll find it in the top left side of your screen).
  • The Path Bar will now display in all of your Finder windows.

Double-clicking any of the folders in the Path Bar takes you to that folder. You can move files and folders to any item in the Path Bar via drag and drop.

You can copy items by holding down the Option key as you drag them. Or you can cate an alias to an item by holding down the Command + Option keys while you drag it.

You can even move folders around within the Path Bar. Drag a folder to the location in the path where you want it to be located. ...

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03:00
External Link: Is Apple Planning to Replace...

Sal Soghoian, the automation guru recently released by Apple, has penned a compelling editorial for MacStories explaining why app extensions are not a replacement for automation tools like AppleScript and Automator. He does an excellent job of explaining what app extensions are and how they compare to existing automation tools. The real story here is the concern that Apple could even be considering such a move. Soghoian hints that Apple might see it as a way to further merge iOS and macOS app development, but the reality is that dropping user automation tools in favor of app extensions would likely be the last straw for many professional Mac users.

 

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02:32
Apple was working on AirPods since at least 2015,...




In debuting AirPods, Apple also introduced a seamless, dead simple Bluetooth pairing method powered by its new W1 chip. A patent application published Thursday appears to detail exactly how the system functions.

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00:09
Apple revenues from iOS ecosystem should exceed $1...




According to independent analyst Horace Dediu, Apple's iOS hardware ecosystem and related services is on schedule to generate a cumulative $1 trillion sometime in 2017, a milestone for a consumer product.

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Wednesday January 11

17:16
Apple on track to hit $1 trillion in total revenue...

Last year, some analysts made the unlikely claim that Alphabet or Amazon might beat Apple to be the first trillion-dollar company. Asymco’s Horace Dediu, however, is out today with a new report predicting that Apple will cross the $1 trillion mark this year in terms of revenue generated by iOS, pushing it closer to a $1 trillion market cap.

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15:51
Mac sales stabilize in Q4 amid worldwide PC shipment...




After a steep slide last quarter, Apple's Mac saw a 2.4 percent sales increase over the three-month period ending in December as the wider PC market continued to suffer a now five year drought.

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15:45
Latest data from Gartner & IDC shows Mac sales...

The fourth quarter of 2016 was a big one for Apple as the company dramatically refresh its outdated MacBook Pro lineup with an all-new Touch Bar, updated specifications, and a refreshed design.

With the release of the new MacBook Pros, the latest data from research firms Gartner and IDC show Apple gaining ground in the PC industry, despite the market continuing to slow as a whole…

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15:32
The Right Way to Pop Your AirPods Out of the Case

Hey, I made a YouTube video:

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15:19
Apple is losing a lot of people

A spate of top engineers have left Apple for Tesla and other companies over the last few months. What’s going on?

The moves to Tesla are certainly interesting, but I wouldn’t read too much into the overall trend. Apple gains and loses people all the time and we never hear about it. It’s always been like this.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:13
Peter Thiel says 'age of Apple' at its end




Venture capitalist and Facebook board member Peter Thiel in an interview on Wednesday prognosticates the "age of Apple" is at its end, saying the evolution of the smartphone has reached a zenith.

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15:00
Notable apps and app updates for Jan. 11, 2017

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

macOS Apps/Updates

EnduraData has released a file sync and online backup software for macOS, Windows, Linux, Solaris and AIX platforms. It introduces an enhanced multi-pathing replication solution for faster throughput and to insure data is delivered even when one branch of the network fails, according to Mike Praus, vice president of EnduraData.

EDpCloud will also resend data (if all networks fail) when the connection is re-established. It EDpCloud leverages parallel disk and network I/O to transmit data at a much higher speeds over available connections. A free demo is available for download.

iMobie has announced AnyTrans 5.4, a feature update to their all-in-one iPhone manager.

It was created to...

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14:28
Tony Fadell explains early iPhone development process




Former Apple executive Tony Fadell discusses the genesis of what would become the iPhone, Steve Jobs' insistence about a rotary dial in software, and the evolution of the iPod in a new interview.

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14:22
IDC: Macs have 7.5% global computer market share in...

Worldwide shipments of traditional PCs (desktops, notebooks, and workstations) totaled 70.2 million units in the fourth quarter of 2016 (4Q16), posting a year-on-year decline of 1.5%, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker. The Mac pretty much stayed even in the global market for the quarter, but saw its market share dip when the entire year of 2016 is considered.

IDC says was boosted by...

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14:11
AWT News Update: January 11, 2017

It was a rather slow Apple news day today, so we spend some time in today's podcast telling you about some new products and a survey that compares the cost of an iPhone around the world:

  • A new tool for diabetic blood glucose monitoring is now available in the online Apple Store
  • The best drawing tablet for the Mac? An iPad Pro running Astropad
  • While the average iPhone is more expensive in the US than Japan or China, it's totally out of reach for Venezuelans

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Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for January 11, 2017. It’s been quite a slow news day, so this will be a fast one...

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14:08
Fitbit looks to challenge Apple Watch with new...




Fitbit recently made two big acquisitions that place the fitness wearable manufacturer in a good position to field true smartwatch products that challenge the Apple Watch.

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13:54
JetBlue completes fleet-wide rollout of high-speed...




U.S. budget airline JetBlue on Wednesday announced the finished rollout of Fly-Fi, a free in-flight Wi-Fi service that claims to offer faster connections than some paid options like Gogo.

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13:44
Tony Fadell tells us the story of the iPod-based...

We’ve all seen that video so it’s great to hear from someone involved as to the story behind it and the early iPhone development.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:31
Akitio previews quad Mini Thunderbolt 3 storage...

Akitio has announced the upcoming release of the US$329 Akitio Thunder3 Quad Mini. The company says it’s the first 4-bay, 2.5-inch, Thunderbolt 3 storage device designed for use with the new 2016 Apple MacBook Pro lineup (macOS), as well as Thunderbolt 3 Windows PCs.  

The Thunder3 Quad Mini — due in March — offers fast transfers with the added flexibility of a DisplayPort video output in a small and portable form factor, says Richard Wright, vice president of Sales & Marketing for Akitio.  

The Thunder3 Quad Mini can deliver transfer speeds of up to 1375 MB/s while simultaneously providing two 4K video streams to connected displays. It’s designed for consumers and professionals who desire high-speed external storage and/or video streams in one...

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13:29
“A Night for Sal”

I’ve known Sal for years and there is no better person in the Mac Community. I wish I could go to this event.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:25
The brilliant ‘special effects’ used by silent movies

Today, it seems like anything that can be imagined can be done through CGI but in the days of silent films, they had to use old school technology to create the “special” effects.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:20
Pad & Quill’s Cartella Slim cases disguise and...

Fans of the folio aesthetic may be excited to hear that Pad & Quill has released their Cartella Slim cases for the new 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pros. The Buckram Linen cover of the case gives your MacBook Pro a true book styling while keeping all ports, vents, and fans accessible.

more…

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13:19
One Drop launches Chrome Blood Glucose Monitoring...




One Drop on Wednesday launched the Chrome Blood Glucose Monitoring Kit on Apple's online store, offering a heavily iOS-based option for people suffering from diabetes.

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13:08
New Apple Campus 2 drone footage shows solid progress

It's 2017, and this is the year that Apple Campus 2 will be ready for employees to move in. We've been enjoying the videos from Matthew Roberts as the facility has gone from piles of dirt to almost complete, and today's video shows that solid progress is being made towards getting the facility open.

Recent rains have made a muddy mess of a lot of the site, but work continues on construction and landscaping. Roberts estimates that about 65% of the solar panel installation is completed at this point, and a shot of the "Spaceship" structure's atrium shows just how big that area will be. The drone footage shows the atrium doors open, dwarfing construction equipment nearby.

The huge mountain of dirt that dominated the site for so long is now down to a mere bump, and construction of walkways between the various structures on the site is underway. Trees are now being planted inside the "...

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13:03
New MacBook Pros stop Apple's skid in worldwide...

Apple's new MacBook Pros have put the brakes on a free-fall of Mac shipments globally, though they haven't provided the significant boost the company was looking for.

The company's Mac shipments totaled 5.3 million units during the fourth quarter of 2016, a decline of just 0.9 percent compared to the same quarter in 2015.

That compares favorably to overall Mac shipments in 2016, which totaled 18.4 million units, a decline of 9.8 percent compared to 2015, according to IDC. 

Apple launched the new MacBook Pros in late October, and it was considered a significant upgrade. Had the new MacBook Pros shipped for all three months, the quarterly growth may have jumped up to flat or positive territory.

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