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Monday January 15

12:57
Apple offers ways to ‘Serve Your Community’ along...

In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Apple has shared a few editorials on the iOS App Store in addition to featuring a homepage photo and quote on its website. The top billed story is Serve Your Community, which looks to help users give back by highlighting several apps and services.

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12:51
Apple under fire from U.S.-based class action suit...




Apple has become the target for another class action suit over the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities found in Intel and ARM-based processors, as a suit filed in the California U.S. district court is going after the company for designing the A-series processors bearing these same defects.

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12:37
BlackBerry's 'Jarvis' finds security...

As cars become more reliant on software, it's critical for automakers to make sure their code is as secure as possible. It's somewhat surprising, though, for a company like BlackBerry to come out with a potential solution. At a keynote during the Nor...

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12:32
Tencent restoring WeChat tipping to creators after...

Apple and Tencent have reportedly reached an agreement that will allow customers in China to once again “tip” content creators using WeChat, according to The Wall Street Journal. Apple effectively blocked the feature last year when it demanded 30% of the revenue from donations.

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12:09
Review: Shinola Canfield Over-Ear Headphones

A few weeks ago, we reviewed the Shinola Canfield On-Ear Headphones and were extremely impressed with the company's high-quality debut into the headphone market. However, if you're like us, and prefer over-ear headphones to on-ear, you couldn't help but feel a little reservation. As luck would have it, Shinola sent us a sample of their Canfield Over-Ear fast enough that we can compare them side-by-side. We're happy to report that the Over-Ear has everything we liked about the On-Ear, just bigger: bigger pads, bigger drivers, bigger cushioning. {/exp:char_limit}

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12:08
App Store Revenue to Outpace Global Movie Industry...

If the App Store keeps growing like this, by 2019 the total iOS economy will be worth US$500 billion dollars.


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12:00
Algorithms transform Chicago scenes into trippy...

Office lobbies are prime spots for corporations to make statements about their values and taste, yet "lobby art" is usually a shorthand way of saying "insipid crap." However, an art installation studio called ESI Designs has given a Chicago office bu...

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11:32
Celebrate Martin Luther King Day With Civil Rights...

It’s the perfect time to get involved with your community, like volunteering, local events, or even peacefully protesting.


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11:31
US will reveal revised autonomous car guidelines...

We'll see the latest revised set of guidelines for autonomous vehicles this summer, US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has revealed at the annual Detroit auto show. According to Chao, her agency has been preparing for the arrival of autonomous v...

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11:28
Hyper’s combo 8-in-1 USB-C Hub + 7.5W Qi wireless...

First announced during CES, Hyper’s new combo 8-in-1 USB-C Hub for Mac with a built-in 7.5W Qi Wireless charger and stand for iPhone officially goes up for preorder today on Kickstarter.

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11:27
How to Find Your Art Doppelgänger with the Google...

Here’s how to use the Google Arts & Culture app to find your museum portrait doppelgänger.


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11:21
MacBook Pro Refresh Expectations, iPad Pro in...

Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at what may be in store for the MacBook Pro in 2018, plus they talk about Apple’s target audience for the iPad Pro and the tablet’s place in the educational market.


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11:08
∞ Jimmy Page tells the story of “Kashmir”

One of the best music documentaries I’ve ever seen is “It Might Get Loud” – Jimmy Page, Jack White, and The Edge just sitting around, talking about playing guitar – and this segment of Page talking about one of the most distinctive riffs in music is a great example of it.

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10:37
Toyota caves to pressure and adds CarPlay to new...

Many car manufacturers have joined the modern era by adopting Android Auto, Apple CarPlay or both, but not Toyota. It insisted on going its own way, and that has usually meant skipping its cars entirely if you cared about smartphone integration. Than...

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10:35
Apple honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This is the quote on Apple’s homepage:

“The time is always right to do what is right.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:35
iOS Deal: Today-Only Get OfficeSuite PRO for Free

MobiSystems, Inc. is offering their productivity app OfficeSuite PRO for free, but it’s a one-day deal. It has a file manager, document editor, spreadsheet editor, presentation editor and a PDF editor all in one app. You can use iCloud Drive, or connect to another cloud service like Google Drive, OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, or Box. The app recently offered support for iXpand drives, so you can take your documents on the go with you. OfficeSuite PRO is normally a US$14.99 app. Even if you use another productivity suite, it’s such a good deal that you can download and delete it so it will be in your purchased apps. Download it here.

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10:31
∞ Apple Park 2018 drone footage

Apple Park is just incredible.

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10:28
Apple’s iOS Security Guide

The updated document from Apple includes info on Face ID, apps, networks, Apple Pay, and much more.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:19
How to stop accidentally calling 911 and emergency...

When my phone is in my pocket, I tend to hold it like a gadget security blanket, and I sometimes end up squeezing the side buttons. This was never a problem until I got the iPhone X, which has some new features tied to those side buttons. More specifically, if you press and hold both the power button and a volume button for a few seconds, your phone will call 911 and/or your designated emergency contacts.

I’ve never done this, but a friend of mine had an iPhone X in a car phone mount and it slid down during the drive, pushing both buttons, and automatically called 911.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:11
Deals: 27" iMac 5K (512GB SSD) for $2,004; 13...




Mid-January deals have arrived with instant and coupon savings of up to $450 off iMacs and MacBook Pros. Pick up an upgraded 27" iMac 5K for $2,004 with coupon or snap up a 13" MacBook Pro for $1,199 with free expedited shipping and no tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ. Apple's 10.5" iPad Pro is also $50 off.

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10:08
Inside one of America’s last pencil factories

Pencils are one of those things few of us give any thought to – or, for that matter, use much any more – but this glorious photo essay will definitely get you thinking about the “lowly” pencil.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:05
Apple Pay Progress: Gas pumps, ATMs, person-to-...

Apple Pay in the United States has gradually become more of a wallet replacement now more than ever. My experience with Apple’s mobile payment service has dramatically improved in the last year thanks to new features and greater adoption…

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10:00
Make-up brand taps AR to help you find the perfect...

Benefit Cosmetics is throwing people all over the world a high-tech lifeline before they drown in desperation over failing to find the right brows for their face shape. The make-up company has teamed up with digital makeover veteran Modiface to creat...

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09:56
What to Do If Your iPad Gets Disabled Through Too...

A built-in security feature can turn your iOS device into a paperweight if someone enters an incorrect passcode too many times. Here’s how to recover from that situation.

 

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09:40
New malware targets macOS DNS settings

A researcher has discovered a strain of malware in the wild that targets macOS users, reports ZDNet. The malware, dubbed MaMi, was first spotted by security researcher Patrick Wardle.

The researcher spotted a forum post on Malwarebytes in which a user said a colleague "accidentally installed something" and this led to DNS hijacking. Despite the user removing the DNS entries, the address changes, 82.163.143.172 and 82.163.142.174, remained persistent.

In a blog post, Wardle said that while infection methods remain a mystery, the malware is hosted on a number of domains. The researcher found it to be a "trivial" affair to decrypt the malware's configuration data and discovered MaMi also installs a certificate through the Keychain Access app, which would allow for Man-in-The-Middle...

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09:40
Utility that allows favicons in Safari’s tab bar...

Daniel Alm’s Faviconographer utility, a handy Safari-centric tool that allows favicons in the browser’s tab bar, has received its first update. Version 1.1 of Faviconographer brings several improvements and bug fixes to the table. more…

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09:39
News: Apple took meeting with AR component suppliers...

In another small move adding fuel to speculation about Apple’s augmented reality glasses project, the tech giant met with suppliers that produce the underlying technology to power the devices during CES, Bloomberg reports. Apple was among several larger tech companies that had discussions with suppliers, according to people familiar with the meetings. Apple is reportedly aiming to have the technology ready by 2019 ahead of a 2020 product release,…

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09:35
Vikings-Saints NFL game caused Apple Watch elevated...

Last night’s post season Vikings vs. Saints game was so thrilling and intense, many Apple Watch users received warnings about abnormally high heart rates, a potential precursor to a heart attack.

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09:35
Almost complete: Duncan Sinfield posts new drone...

Image by Duncan Sinfield

Since August 2015, Duncan Sinfield has been posting gorgeous drone video of Apple Park. From a pile of dirt to the completion of the gleaming circular headquarters building, Sinfield has done a wonderful job of documenting the construction of Apple Park. Over the weekend, Sinfield posted another upgrade of the nearly complete facility, and in this video it's apparent that most of the major construction equipment is now gone and that the work is just about done.

I have to admit that the Apple Park footage provided by both Sinfield and Matthew Roberts was the impetus for me to become a drone photographer/videographer. Thanks, guys!

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09:34
Apple reportedly frustrated with the delay in...

Apple has raised concerns about the delay in Ireland’s planning process in correspondence relating to the application for a data center in Athenry, Ireland, according to the Connacht Tribune. The tech giant has been seeking planning permission for an 850 million euro data center development in Athenry for almost three years.

Connacht Tribune says that briefing materials from September 2017 reveals that Apple had expressed concern about the “indeterminable nature” of the Irish planning process. Since the Cupertino, California-based company's application, an interdepartmental working group has been set up to examine the government’s approach to data centre developments.

Apple planned to start building the data center on a 500-acre site before the end of 2015. However, it was delayed when unhappy Irish citizens lodged formal...

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09:28
9to5Toys Lunch Break: AirPods + $30 Gift Card $159,...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications. more…

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09:15
This Qi Wireless Charger Looks Like a Camera Lens: $...

Check out the Power Lens Qi Charging Pad. It’s designed in the shape of a short-barrelled camera lens for camera enthusiasts, and delivers 10 watts of wireless charging to your iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X. We have a deal on it for $29.99.


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09:15
Contraceptive app under fire for causing unwanted...

A contraceptive app used by more than 500,000 women has come under fire after reportedly causing 37 unwanted pregnancies. Stockholm's Södersjukhuset hospital has now reported the Natural Cycles app to the Swedish Medical Products Agency (the gov...

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09:05
News: India relaxes 30-percent local sourcing rules...

India has relaxed the rules that have been keeping Apple from opening Apple Stores, clearing the way for the company to expand into the country, The New York Times reports. Indian law requires that companies opening retail locations source at least 30 perfect of the materials in the product’s construction from within India, which poses a big problem for Apple since the company sources materials and assembles its products mainly from China. The…

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08:44
Solve Bufferbloat Problems with a DOCSIS 3.1 Modem

DOCSIS 3.1 modems bring more than just possible gigabit speeds, they also bring a solution to the Bufferbloat problem. Dave Hamilton answers Phil’s question about this and explains how and why.


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08:35
News: Apple mistakenly notifies US users of Chinese...

Apple sent an email notification to several users outside of China mistakenly informing them their iCloud data was being moved to a Chinese company’s servers, TechCrunch reports. Apple had previously announced its move to migrate user data in China to government-run servers to comply with local laws, but some US users reported receiving an email telling them their data was being moved to the Chinese data centers as well. Apple sent a followup…

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08:31
Nissan's Xmotion concept swaps key fobs for...

Infiniti's eye toward the future has manifested itself with the Xmotion (pronounced "Crossmotion;" it's a crossover SUV). The suicide-door clad ride boasts hand and eye motion and gesture sensors for the generous door-to-door digital dashboard, clima...

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08:20
Acura puts its 'True Touchpad' Android UI...

In 2016 Acura showed off its "Precision Cockpit" concept that included a touchpad with 1:1 mapping to a central display. It's supposed to improve on both touchscreens, which can require an awkward reach from the driver to somewhere out of their line...

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08:13
Apple's iPhone 7 Plus was second most-popular...




Analysis into the Chinese smartphone market reveals Apple continues to be a major force in the region, with both the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus appearing in a list of the top ten mobile devices sold in the country in 2017 alongside locally-produced rivals.

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08:00
News: Daily Deal: Power Lens Qi Charging Pad

Today in iLounge Deals, you can get the Power Lens Qi Charging Pad for only $29.99 — that’s 25% off the regular price. This wireless charging pad goes beyond the usual plain “coaster-style” look with a nice design twist for photography enthusiasts; it’s made in the shape of a short-barrelled camera lens, so it will look right at home among your photography gear. It packs in ten-watt charging capabilities for maximum-speed…

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08:00
The totally normal, completely unsurprising lack of...

There's a spot on the corner of Paradise Road and Sahara Avenue in Las Vegas where you can stand, facing the convention center, and see ads for Huawei, Hisense, Bosch and naked women. The tech-branded tents and billboards have now disappeared, soon r...

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07:59
News: Gracenote shows off app that integrates AM/FM...

Gracenote has showcased a potential solution to remedy Apple’s lack of CarPlay support for local radio that also makes stations from around the US available, CNET reports. Known for creating tagging information for digital music, Gracenote has now created an app that combines local AM/FM broadcast stations alongside radio streaming options, all of which can be accessed from within CarPlay instead of leaving Apple’s user interface to manage…

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07:57
Deal of the Day: Get an EmailThis Premium Lifetime...

Today's deal is perfect for those of you who love reading content on the web. But do you often find a fun post, bookmark it to future reading, then find it won't load correctly on another device? EmailThis is the answer, and we have a lifetime subscription to it for $29.99 -- that's 84% off the regular price.

Now when you find an article or web page that you want to read later, you can use EmailThis to turn those pages from any platform and any browser into PDF, DOCX, PPT or Excel files and send them to your email address for future reading. 

EmailThis strips out ads and anything that can cause issues with the formatting of a page on smartphones and tablets. All you see is clear...

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07:48
Apple, ARM & Intel facing potential Israeli...




Israeli plaintiffs are seeking to file a class action lawsuit against Apple, ARM, and Intel over the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities recently uncovered in Intel and ARM-based processors.

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07:35
Apple Notes Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Web Home...

Apple is honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Day on its website with a photo of the Civil Rights Movement hero, along with a quote of his, “The time is always right to do what is right.”


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07:32
India loosens 30 percent sourcing requirement on...




The India government has loosened up -- but not eliminated -- a 30 percent rule that was putting a damper on Apple's plans to open up retails stores in the country.

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07:32
Why Uber Can Find You but 911 Can't

Accurate location data is on smartphones, so why don't more wireless carriers use it to locate emergency callers? From a report, shared by a reader: Software on Apple's iPhones and Google's Android smartphones help mobile apps like Uber and Facebook to pinpoint a user's location, making it possible to order a car, check in at a local restaurant or receive targeted advertising. But 911, with a far more pressing purpose, is stuck in the past. U.S. regulators estimate as many as 10,000 lives could be saved each year if the 911 emergency dispatching system were able to get to callers one minute faster. Better technology would be especially helpful, regulators say, when a caller can't speak or identify his or her location. After years of pressure, wireless carriers and Silicon Valley companies are finally starting to work together to solve the problem. But progress has been slow. Roughly 80% of the 240 million calls to 911 each year are made using cellphones, according to a trade group...

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07:30
The best mobile photo-editing apps

There's no shortage of photo-editing apps for mobile devices. But if you want to graduate beyond Instagram filters, the sheer number of listings on the App Store or Google Play can be overwhelming. We've sifted through dozens to find the ones worth y...

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07:17
Toyota concedes, reveals plans to launch first cars...




Perhaps the longest major CarPlay holdout, Toyota on Monday announced that it will be bringing the platform to the 2019 Avalon, as well as other vehicles in the 2019 model year -- including some from its luxury Lexus brand.

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07:07
News: Class-action lawsuit targets Apple, others...

A class-action lawsuit against Apple and Intel has been filed by a group of Israelis angry over recently revealed security vulnerabilities in Intel processors, Hamodia reports. While the lawsuit appears to focus on privacy concerns, the overblown language in the filing is more sensationalism than substance, at one point claiming, “Our worst nightmares have come to pass, and a giant tech bubble has burst. That this is an earthquake is an understatement.…

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07:07
Lexus LF-1 concept looks toward an electrified,...

A few months ago Toyota and Lexus announced that by 2025, all of their car models would either be electric or have an electric powertrain option. Today at the NAIAS event, Lexus showed off a slick concept crossover that could be a part of that future...

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06:54
BMW's latest hybrid is the i8 Coupe

BMW's newest hybrid i8 Coupe is the 2+2 answer to your "What if I don't want a convertible?" question. Like its Roadster sibling that debuted at the LA Auto Show last November, the Coupe hits 369 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque thanks to the...

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06:51
Foxconn Getting More MacBook Pro Orders, No Redesign...

Apple’s MacBook Pro has some good news and bad news in store for 2018: Foxconn gets the good news because Apple is sending it more laptop production, and the bad news is for users who were hoping for a major laptop redesign this year.


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06:48
Apple's App Store revenues poised to beat...




Barring a sudden drop in demand, revenues from the App Store are likely to eclipse worldwide box office revenues sometime this year, according to one analyst.

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06:40
Starting with 2019 Avalon, Toyota finally bringing...

After initially planning to support CarPlay, and then later backtracking on those plans, Toyota has had an interesting relationship with Apple’s in-car interface.

Today, however, marks a notable change in the Japanese automaker’s stance. During the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Toyota officially announced that CarPlay will appear in its upcoming 2019 Avalon sedans. more…

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06:32
Boeing shows its vision for a hypersonic spy aircraft

Lockheed isn't the only one hoping to make a hypersonic spy aircraft. Boeing has provided early details on its own design for a hypersonic tech demonstrator that would lead to a spiritual successor to the SR-71 Blackbird. In some ways, it's a logical...

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06:24
Apple celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day with...

Apple is celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a full-page photo and a quote on its homepage.

The time is always right to do what is right.

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06:20
Apple apparently shifting more MacBook orders to...




In a report from DigiTimes alleging Apple is sending more of its MacBook Pro orders to assembly partner Foxconn, it is also suggests Apple is not planning a major update to the notebook line in 2018 at all, though the claim does not completely discount potential changes to the line altogether.

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06:16
The iPhone 7 Plus gained 2.8% of all smartphone...

The iPhone 7 Plus gained 2.8% of all smartphone sales in China, according to Counterpoint Research — as noted by CNBC. The tech giant was the only foreign brand to have a smartphone model in the top 10 best-selling handsets in China in 2017.

The iPhone 7 did well in the first half of 2017, then benefited in the second half thanks to a price cut in China, Counterpoint analyst James Yan said in a blog post. He added that the iPhone 7 Plus with the 128GB hard drive saw its price slashed around 16%. The smaller-screen iPhone 7 was the fifth best-selling device in China with 2.4 percent market share.

"iPhone 7 Plus performed better than iPhone 7, demonstrating that currently in China market price may not be the only concern among consumers. Apple users may value more on better specs ... than extra budget," Yan...

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06:10
Class action lawsuit in Israel planned against Apple...

A group of Israelis has filed a request with the Haifa District Court of Israel to file a class-action lawsuit against Apple, Intel, and ARM because of the "Spectre" and "Meltdown" processor exploits. The six District Courts in Israel serve both as the appellate courts and also as the court of first instance for some cases (e.g. real estate or IP). 

According to a Hamodia report, the plaintiffs are represented by attorney Rimon Zinati, and include users of computers and smartphones that include processors made by the companies.In the complaint, Zinati writes:

Something new has appeared on the tech landscape. Our worst nightmares have come to pass, and a giant tech bubble has burst. That this is an earthquake is an...

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06:04
Apple CEO Tim Cook, Apple homepage honors Dr. Martin...




Not only does Apple's homepage have a full-page tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., but a Tweet from Apple CEO Tim Cook commemorates the holiday celebrating the civil rights leader.

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06:04
Google freezes addiction center ads after word of...

Google rarely stops advertising for an entire category, but it's making that exception to halt some serious abuses. The search firm has temporarily stopped running addiction center ads worldwide after a report revealed that sketchy referral services...

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06:00
Rumor: MacBook Pro won’t see any major updates this...

Apple has no plans to make any “major upgrades” to its MacBook Pro lineup in 2018, though the company expects to sell lots of laptops, according to DigiTimes

Quoting unnamed “upstream supply chain” sources, the article says the tech giant will shift a major portion of its Mac laptop orders to Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) instead of giving most of the orders to Quanta Computer, as usual.

Despite the fact that Foxconn will see a major increase in MacBook orders in 2018, Quanta is expected to remain the largest MacBook supplier to Apple in the year. Digitimes Research says its figures show that the upstream supply chain has shipped around 15 million MacBooks a year to Apple with the shipment ratio for Quanta and Foxconn at around 8:2 for the past five years. In 2017, Quanta had a 79.5% share and Foxconn 20.5%.

Chances the rumor is true, according to the...

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05:53
Apple honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on its...

Apple is honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a full-page tribute on its website. There’s a black-and-white picture of the civil rights leader. It also lists one of his many famous quotes: “The time is always right to do what’s right.”

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, an American federal holiday marking the birthday of the civil rights giant. It’s observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is close to — or as, today, on — King’s birthday (Jan. 15).

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05:51
Comment: As app-based ‘Open Banking’ hits UK, USA is...

One of the biggest shake-ups to the way that consumers manage their finances launched in the UK this weekend. Known as Open Banking, it means that you’ll no longer be limited to using whatever apps your bank chooses to make available, but can instead manage your accounts from a wide variety of third-party apps.

It’s been possible for some time to use third-party apps to analyse your spending, and even perform some financial transactions, but right now in the USA, anything with access to your accounts relies on partnerships agreed by your bank. You can use the apps your bank wants you to, but not others. For example, Chase partners with Intuit and Wells Fargo with Xero and Finicity, but the choice of app is up to your bank, rather than you.

That’s what Open Banking changes …

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05:38
Quicken 4.6.8

Adds a new message warning when a sync hasn’t completed when trying to quit Quicken. ($74.99 new, free update from Quicken 2017)

 

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05:03
Nearly all new US electricity capacity was renewable...

Renewable energy played an important role in the US last year... although you might not want to cheer too loudly. Data from both the Rhodium Group and the Energy Information Administration shows that solar and wind power represented 94.7 percent of t...

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05:00
WaterField's Bolt Briefcase can fill a variety...

By Aaron Lee

WaterField Designs' Bolt Briefcase is designed to meet the evolving needs of tech professionals and business travelers. Such folks carry a range of gadgets, each requiring different degrees of accessibility and protection. 

The Bolt's organizational design directly addresses those needs. Its classic lines and materials age beautifully and shift easily from work casual to professional business settings, making it an essential accessory for the modern workplace.

Two easy-access pockets hold frequently-needed items like wallet and phone and stay closed with invisible magnets. Above that, a hidden, horizontal pocket secures with a waterproof zipper to hold intermediate-access items like tablets and boarding passes. The main compartment includes a padded laptop slot to keep this key item well-protected; two additional open-topped pockets to organize pens,...

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04:59
A decade without discs: The original MacBook Air...

The first new product Steve Jobs announced after taking the stage for the Macworld 2008 keynote was Time Capsule, a router and wireless backup solution designed to work with Time Machine, Apple’s then new backup software. Jobs would talk about another kind of time machine before the keynote was over: the MacBook Air.

Announced on January 15th, 2008 – 10 years ago today – the original MacBook Air gave us a glimpse into the future of Apple’s plans and ambitions across all of their product lines. A decade later, we’re taking a look at how the MacBook Air set the tempo for today’s modern devices, redefining the Mac and informing the direction of the iPhone and iPad as well.

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04:35
Apple included in planned class action suit against...

After Apple’s confirmation that all Mac and iOS devices are affected by the Spectre & Meltdown vulnerabilities, it was only a matter of time before the company was hit by a class action lawsuit …

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04:10
iOS App Store will be bigger than entire worldwide...

Following Apple’s announcement of record-breaking app sales in the holiday shopping season, Asymco’s Horace Dediu did some number-crunching, and came up with some surprising facts.

Not least among them is the clear pointer that iOS app sales will be worth more than the entire worldwide movie industry at some point this year …

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04:02
Google's museum app finds your fine art...

If you've ever wondered if there's a museum portrait somewhere that looks like you and you're ready to have your ego crushed, there's now an app for that. Google Arts & Culture's latest update now lets you take a selfie, and using image recogniti...

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03:00
Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day from O’Grady’s...

Ladies and gentlemen, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, the staff of O’Grady’s PowerPage will be taking the day off to rest, recuperate and get ready for the rest of the week.

Swing back Tuesday and we’ll have up to the minute Mac and mobile news, features and everything else we can get our mitts on. The news you’re hankering for shall return.

In the meantime, enjoy the holiday, catch up with some friends and family and we’ll see you tomorrow.

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02:56
Digitimes reports no major MacBook Pro update...

Digitimes today reports that Apple is reallocating MacBook Pro orders from Quanta to Foxconn in order to lower costs and reduce risks. The company is willing to shift production this year reportedly because Apple does not have a major hardware update for MacBook Pro in the pipeline for this year.

This means that supply of 2017 MacBook Pro will remain strong even if Foxconn encounters yield and quality control problems whilst it ramps up. Apple first launched the modern MacBook Pro design in 2016.

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02:44
iPhone 7 Plus was 2nd best-selling phone in China in...

A new research note from Counterpoint shows that whilst Apple’s dominance in China is not as high as its peak, it is the only foreign smartphone brand that matters in the region. iPhone 7 Plus was the no.2 best selling handset across all of 2017, and the smaller iPhone 7 took fifth place (via CNBC).

China’s propensity towards larger-screened phones is shown by the Plus’ popularity compared to the regular iPhone 7. Apple was the only foreign brand to feature in the top 10 phone models, with 5.2% total marketshare from both iPhone 7 models.

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01:38
EagleFiler 1.8.2

Allows tag names to contain spaces for improved interoperability with Finder tags. ($40 new, free update, 20.0 MB)

 

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Sunday January 14

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20:32
NBC brings two Winter Olympics preview shows to...

You won't have to stay glued to NBC to watch all of its Winter Olympics coverage -- although it won't necessarily be the coverage you want. The network is offering a two-part PyeongChang preview series, Go For the Gold and Meet Team USA, that will b...

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19:25
Mercedes CEO: 'Stay tuned' for an electric...

Mercedes-Benz's G-Class Wagon isn't changing for the future in the ways you might expect. Yet. From a preview event at Detroit's crumbling, historic Michigan Theater for the North American International Auto Show, chairman Dieter Zetche was joined on...

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19:00
Retro-bit brought brand-new Sega accessories to CES

While Nintendo's 'classic' consoles have soaked up much of the retro love lately, Sega fans do have something to look forward to. The last booth I stopped by at CES 2018 was one of my favorites, as Retro-bit showed off new officially-licensed accesso...

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18:05
Drone footage shows Apple Park entering 2018 still...




A new drone video published on Sunday shows that while construction and landscaping is winding down at Apple Park, it remains in progress -- and may continue through the facility's first anniversary.

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18:02
One in six Americans owns a smart speaker, according...

There's no doubt that smart speakers are selling like hotcakes, but how many people own them, exactly? Quite a few, according to NPR and Edison Research. They've published findings of a study which estimates that one in six Americans (16 percent) o...

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17:01
SCOTUS will hear a case on internet sales tax

One of the benefits of internet shopping for many consumers is not having to pay sales tax. But the Supreme Court has just agreed to hear South Dakota v. Wayfair, which may reverse the 1992 ruling that prevents state and local governments from requir...

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16:37
Latest Apple Park drone footage shows landscaping...

As we head into 2018, Apple is continuing final touches on its new Apple Park headquarters. Today, new drone footage from Duncan Sinefield shows the work Apple has completed over recent months, as well as areas where work continues…

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16:00
Fox Innovation Lab showcases Wes Anderson VR and...

During CES, a Fox Innovation Lab event focused on tech it's pushing this year like HDR10+, but the most important parts were a slick VR experience tied to Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs and discussion of the recently-launched Movies Anywhere. While VR e...

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15:01
Hulu is now the exclusive streaming home for '...

If you grew up watching American TV, there's a good chance you've seen at least a little bit of the hospital drama ER. But if you've wanted to watch it online, your legal options have been limited unless you've been willing to buy it from services l...

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14:39
Ford teases 'Mach 1' electric performance...

At its NAIAS 2018 preview event, Ford just dropped a few details about an electric vehicle it plans to release in 2020. The "Mach 1" (cribbing its name from the famous Mustang model) is an all-electric performance SUV under development by Team Edison...

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14:00
Meltdown and Spectre flaws loomed large over CES

The Meltdown and Spectre CPU vulnerabilities hung like a shadow over the festivities of CES. What's typically a celebration of consumer electronics was instead a stark reminder of just how far-reaching these issues are. And that's especially the case...

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13:02
Japan's latest sensation is a cryptocurrency...

If you're starting a pop group in Japan, where giant rosters and virtual superstars are par for the course, how do you stand out? By tying yourself to something trendy -- and in 2018, that means cryptocurrency. Meet Kasotsuka Shojo (Virtual Currenc...

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12:00
Assistive hearing is the next big thing for wireless...

The number of companies that sell true wireless earbuds has exploded in the last year. B&O, Bose, Sony and Samsung all joined the craze Bragi started back in 2014. Thanks to a bill signed into law last year, some hearing aids and assistive audio...

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11:20
Logic Pros: What’s new in iOS & Mac music...

This is the place to catch up on all the biggest product announcements, hardware, apps, synths, Logic/GarageBand instruments and so much more in the world of iOS and Mac music production. Ahead of NAMM 2018, we are starting to see more hardware products announced/come available. Moog’s new semi-modular DFAM, Waldorf’s string/vocoder synth, another clone from Behringer, new iOS/Mac instruments and much more are making news this week. more…

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10:59
FCC investigates Hawaii's false missile alert

It's not just state officials who are investigating Hawaii's false alarm over a (thankfully non-existent) missile attack. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has confirmed that the regulator's investigation into the error is "well underway." While Pai shied away...

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10:00
Nissan shares its vision for our autonomous EV...

Not surprisingly, autonomy and electrification dominated transportation news at CES 2018. Toyota introduced its e-Palette concept mobility solution (which proceeded to dominate Engadget's Best of CES awards), while Silicon Valley startup Robomart unv...

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06:38
As HomePod release looms, new study shows smart...

As Apple fans eagerly await the launch of the HomePod this year, the smart speaker market as a whole is booming. According to new research from NPR and Edison Research, one in six Americans now own some sort of smart speaker – up 128 percent compared to January 2017…

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Saturday January 13

20:31
Ressence made a mechanical watch that pairs with...

Many hybrid watches only resemble classic timepieces on a superficial level. If you want a watch with a true mechanical movement, you have to forego modern conveniences. Ressence wants to fix that with its newly unveiled Type 2 e-Crown Concept. Th...

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19:02
NASA is investigating X-Ray navigation in space

X-rays aren't just for investigating artworks or photographing black holes. NASA scientists just used them to demonstrate a new technique: Navigating the stars. In an experiment, equipment mounted on the International Space Station measured radiation...

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17:38
Apple's new iPad Pro ads tout augmented reality...




Apple on Saturday released a pair of video ads for the iPad Pro, concentrating on some of the possibilities brought with September's iOS 11.

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17:31
Google's Project Fi international data service...

We hope you weren't depending on Project Fi to stay in touch while abroad this weekend. Subscribers to Google's wireless carrier have reported that international data hasn't been working in many places around the world, including Canada, Germany, Hon...

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16:00
The TVs that mattered at CES

As usual, CES 2018 provided a bonanza of big screens, loaded up with every piece of tech you can create a buzzword for. But figuring out which TVs will matter to you next year is about a little more than just pixels and apps. While there could be onl...

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15:10
The new 'Cosmos' returns for second season...

You won't have to wait nearly as long for the second season of the new Cosmos as you did for the first. Fox has announced that Cosmos: Possible Worlds will premiere worldwide in spring 2019, with Fox itself airing the show in the US and National Geog...

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