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Friday January 13

10:01
The never-ending Apple-Samsung legal brouhaha...

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has reopened the never-ending Apple lawsuit accusing Samsung of copying the iPhone's design, according to Law360. This comes just over a month after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Samsung may not have to pay all its profits from the smartphones found to infringe Apple’s design patents.

In a one-paragraph order, the appeals court reinstated Samsung’s appeal and vacated a 2015 Federal Circuit decision that the Korean company owed Apple $399 million for infringing patents that cover parts of the iPhone design. In December, the Supreme Court tossed out an appeals court ruling that said the South Korean company had to pay a $399 million penalty to its American rival for copying key iPhone designs.

The justices in their 8-0 ruling sent the case back to the lower court for further proceedings. The court held that a patent violator doesn’t always have to hand over its entire...

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09:59
Daylite: Win more business & get more done

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09:35
US appeals court reopens Apple v. Samsung iPhone...




In the aftermath of a critical Supreme Court ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has reopened a long-standing Apple lawsuit accusing Samsung of copying the iPhone's design.

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09:18
Spigen’s Ultra Hybrid 2 for iPhone 7/7 Plus shows...

Spigen is launching an updated version of its Ultra Hybrid case for iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, this time around introducing a number of new features to improve what was already one of its most popular cases for the new iPhone models.

Spigen has kept all of the features that made the original popular, including the crystal clear TPU back that lets you show off the new black and jet black finishes particularly well, but it also has redesigned the case to be even more durable and with higher-end finishes for the Ultra Hybrid 2.

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09:14
WhatsApp backdoor defeats end-to-end encryption,...




The security of the Facebook-owned WhatsApp messaging service may not be as strong as previously believed, with a reported discovery of a backdoor that potentially allows Facebook see the contents of encrypted messages.

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09:10
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 13-inch MacBook Pro $1,300,...

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09:08
News: Report: ‘iPhone 8’ to include upgraded water...

A new report from The Korea Herald claims that Apple is planning to add the highest possible level of dust and water resistance to next year’s iPhone. Citing “multiple sources,” the report indicates that the “iPhone 8” will feature an IP68 rating similar to Samsung’s current Galaxy S7, allowing it to handle submersion in about 5 feet of water for up to 30 minutes. The iPhone 7 was certified with an IP67 rating,…

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08:59
Trump-proposed corporate tax reform predicted to...




Given current speculation on tax reform in the U.S., analysts predict that with all other factors unchanged Apple will see a negative impact on its cash hoard because of a repatriation tax, and an increase on taxes paid to import manufactured goods from China, but an overall slight uptick on earnings per share as a result of all factors.

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08:40
US Appeals Court Revives Antitrust Lawsuit Against...

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 App Store, leading to higher prices, a U.S. appeals court ruled. From a report on Reuters: The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling revives a long-simmering legal challenge originally filed in 2012 taking aim at Apple's practice of only allowing iPhones to run apps purchased from its own App Store. A group of iPhone users sued saying the Cupertino, California, company's practice was anticompetitive. Apple had argued that users did not 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.


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08:31
How to easily find and add missing location to...

Apple’s Photos app on macOS Sierra and iOS 10 lets you view photos on a map and search for images based on location, but your images won’t be included if they don’t have location data assigned. iPhones assign this data when shooting, but most standalone cameras can’t collect location by default. Fortunately, Photos lets you easily discover images in your library with missing location data so you can map out all your shots.

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08:27
Apple's 'iPhone 8' to gain tougher...




When it launches later this year, Apple is reportedly planning to make the water and dust resistance of the "iPhone 8" even better than the iPhone 7, upgrading it to an IP68 rating.

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08:23
Apple TV apps are about to get more compelling...

Not “potentially”. Definitely. It’s just a matter of when. I predict at/by WWDC 2017.

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07:49
Review: Dreampad, the Bluetooth pillow speaker with...

Just when you thought there wasn’t much left that hasn’t already been gadgetized, along comes the Bluetooth pillow …

Dreampad is a modern take on a very old idea: a speaker designed to be heard through a pillow, so you can listen without disturbing your partner. But it’s not just a Bluetooth speaker embedded in a pillow – it uses a form of direct-transmission sound known as intrasound. This is the technology used by bone-conduction devices sometimes used to allow profoundly deaf people to hear.

The use of intrasound technology is at once Dreampad’s greatest strength and biggest weakness, as we’ll see …

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07:45
Nintendo's new Switch console will allow remote...




In announcing its upcoming Switch console this week, Nintendo revealed that parents will have access to extensive controls on how their children play by way of a mobile app available for Apple's iOS.

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07:30
Sanho HyperDrive Thunderbolt 3 USB-C hub: A big hit...

Rather than buying a bucketful of dongles to give the 2016 MacBook Pro the same ports as the previous MacBook Pro models, almost 18,000 backers have pledged almost $1.6 million toward a Kickstarter campaign that does it all with one small hub. The HyperDrive from Sanho Corporation plugs into two Thunderbolt 3 ports on the new MacBook Pro and gives the user HDMI, USB 3.1 (two), microSD/SD, Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C ports in return.

There are three days left in this campaign, with just a handful of devices left at a $69 pre-order level. The HyperDrive is expected to ship in March, and will come in either silver or space gray to match your MacBook Pro. Even at the expected retail price of $99, the device is less expensive and certainly better looking than a tangle of dongles. Check out the specs:

Input Connectivity: 2 x...

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07:25
Google's adding native Chrome support for FLAC...

Google is adding a little treat for audiophiles in the next version of Chrome. Chrome 56, which is expected to roll out by the end of January, is coming with native support for FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) audio files meaning you can play the high-quality sound files directly in the browser, as first noticed by 9to5Google.

Chrome isn’t the only browser rolling native FLAC support into its feature set. Mozilla is also adding FLAC support to Firefox 51, which is scheduled for mainstream release around January 24.

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07:23
Korg’s powerful iOS Gadget music production app is...

Korg’s Gadget music production app combines an ever expanding collection of synthesizers and drum machines with “all-in-one” recording features. While there are some IAPs that get in the way of unlocking the complete collection, it is one of the more interesting and useful arsenals of sound sources on the App Store. Ahead of NAMM 2017, Korg has announced the once iOS only synth suite will soon be making its way to Mac.

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07:16
Security backdoor found in end-to-end encryption...

A security researcher has found a backdoor in the end-to-end encryption system used by the WhatsApp messaging service. The vulnerability would allow Facebook to read messages sent through the supposedly-secure system, as well as making it possible for the company to comply with court orders to make messages available to government bodies.

While end-to-end encryption would normally mean that not even the company operating the service can decrypt messages, only the intended recipient, the specific implementation used in WhatsApp includes a major security hole …

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07:11
Snapchat for iPhone adding universal search bar to...




Image and video sharing app Snapchat is making itself easier and quicker to navigate by username, via a soon-to-arrive update for iOS introducing a universal search bar that gives access to core functions.

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07:11
News: U.S. appeals court resurrects App Store...

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that iPhone users are free to sue Apple for its alleged App Store monopoly on iPhone apps, Reuters reports. This latest ruling resurrects a legal challenge that was originally filed back in 2012, which accused Apple of engaging in anticompetitive behavior by restricting iPhones to only run apps purchased from Apple’s own App Store, thereby artificially inflating the prices of apps by stifling market…

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07:08
WhatsApp vulnerability could expose messages to...

When Facebook’s WhatsApp turned on end-end-end encryption in its messaging service last year, it was a big deal. As all eyes were glued on Apple’s fight with the FBI over unlocking the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone, WhatsApp took a huge step toward protecting its users’ privacy by moving to encrypt all messages and calls being sent between its apps.

But a new report suggests it might not be as secure as users think. According to The Guardian, a serious vulnerability in WhatApp’s encryption could allow Facebook to intercept and read messages unbeknownst to the recipient, and only aware of by the sender if they have previously opted in to receive encryption warnings. The security flaw, which was discovered by...

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06:43
News: Apple increases maximum tvOS app size to 4GB

Apple has announced to developers that the size limit for tvOS app bundles has been significantly increased, with the new maximum size going up to 4GB from the prior 200MB limit. This change will allow developers to include more media content bundled in their app package so that it installs at the same time the user installs the app on their Apple TV, which should minimize the number of games and other apps that need to download additional content…

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06:26
Apple Music rival Pandora cuts 7% of US staff...




One of Apple's competitors in the music space, Pandora, has announced plans to lay off 7 percent of its U.S. workers -- excluding those at Ticketfly -- despite improvements in its paid subscriber base, and plans to launch on-demand streaming.

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06:26
News: Apple releases fourth iOS 10.2.1 beta

Apple quietly released a fourth beta of iOS 10.2.1 to registered developers late in the day on Thursday. The new beta features a build number of 14D27 and eliminates virtually all of the “known issues” in the release notes, suggesting that a public release is imminent. The single listed issue remaining simply notes that the Emergency SOS feature which debuted in iOS 10.2 continues to only be supported in India, which appears to be a test…

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06:09
Apple must face claims of monopoly in iPhone app...

An appeals court has ruled that Apple must face antitrust charges in a lawsuit that alleges that the company monopolized the market for iPhone apps.

The U.S. Court for Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed Thursday a decision by a lower court and ruled that the app buyers filing the lawsuit are direct purchasers of iPhone apps from Apple, rather than from app developers, and hence have standing to sue. Apple was a distributor of iPhone apps, selling them directly to buyers through its App Store, according to the court.

The proposed class-action lawsuit started in 2011 with the complaint changing several times.

The purchasers object to the 30 percent “surcharge” that they pay to Apple. The company collects 30 percent of the revenue of third-party apps on its store, with the balance going to the developer, in a closed system in which Apple controls which apps can run on an iPhone, according to court records.

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06:03
AppleInsider podcast talks 10 years of iPhone, CES,...




This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk about 10 years of iPhone, all the HomeKit things introduced at CES, and what's going on with Apple and transportation.

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06:01
tvOS app size restrictions upped from 200MB to 4GB

As noted by AppleInsider, Apple has changed its App Store policy, increasing the size limit of tvOS app bundles from 200MB to 4GB.

The size has been increased so you can include more media in your submission and provide a complete, rich user experience upon installation, Apple says in a post to its developer webpage. Also, tvOS apps can use On-Demand Resources to host up to 20 GB of additional content on the App Store.

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06:00
International Verify Your Backups Day

What better day than Friday the 13th to check that your backups are actually working by restoring some critical files?

 

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06:00
Get a great deal on FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic...

So you want the convenience of Bluetooth earbuds but Apple's AirPods are a bit out of your price range? For what it would cost you to buy one pair of AirPods, you can buy FIVE pairs of FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Earbuds ($29.95) and still have enough money left over for a Grande Mocha with whipped cream at Starbucks.  

Sure, the FRESHeBUDS don't have all of the bells & whistles of Apple AirPods, but here's what they do offer:

  • Designed to be sweat & water resistant 
  • Features unrivaled sound quality for compact size
  • Includes a battery that lasts for up to 10 hours of playtime
  • Fully charges up in just 90 minutes
  • Connects to your smartphone via...
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06:00
News: Daily Deal: VPNSecure, Lifetime Subscription

Today in iLounge Deals, we’re offering a lifetime subscription to VPNSecure for only $39 — that’s 91% off the regular price. This “Internet Safety Vest” will protect all of your online activity by wrapping it up in a fully encrypted tunnel while allowing you to bypass geographical restrictions with its Smart DNS component. VPNSecure hides your location and IP address, fully supports torrents, and uses its own “Stealth…

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05:51
Culture of secrecy key to Swift lead Chris Lattner...




According to colleagues, Swift developer Chris Lattner reportedly left Apple for a reason often cited by others who exit the company -- a stifling culture of secrecy surrounding work and projects.

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05:18
Apple suppliers Foxconn, Sharp, TSMC all weigh...




Three of Apple's key suppliers -- Foxconn and its subsidiary Sharp, as well as chipmaker TSMC --?have all expressed interest in taking advantage of business-friendly incentives proposed by incoming U.S. President Donald Trump, though no commitments have been made.

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05:15
Consumer Reports retests 2016 MacBook Pro, now...

Following a retest, Consumer Reports has given the 2016 MacBook Pro its recommendation.

The change comes after retests wherein the publication and Apple worked together. fter becoming aware of a Safari bug that may have impacted results, Consumer Reports recently started retesting on a newer build of macOS Sierra in which the bug was supposedly fixed.

Following the original tests, Consumer Reports cited that the notebook’s battery life was too varied to recommend the machines. Apple argued the point as well as the fact that the specific tests CR had run they uncovered an “obscure and intermittent” bug within Safari.

Today’s recommendation change is a result of a macOS Sierra software update. Consumer Reports found that the update did in fact fix the problems they incurred in earlier testing.

Consumer Reports offered the following comments:

With the updated software, the three MacBook Pros in our labs all performed well, with one model running...

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05:15
Nintendo Switch console details revealed: launch...

The Nintendo Switch will launch in March for a reasonable price, but it basically looks like a Nintendo console with Nintendo games.

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05:00
Apple Music to sponsor “Carpool Karaoke” episodes,...

Apple’s getting into the Carpool Karaoke business.

The company, via Apple Music will be sponsoring a series of episodes featuring Metallica, Ariana Grande, John Legend, Alicia Keys and Will Smith among other artists.

While the popular Late Late Show sketch sees host James Corden behind the wheel, the Apple Music series will feature a rotating crew of drivers.

In the case of Metallica, Billy Eichner will drive them around Hollywood, including a stop at a supermarket where the band serenaded the workers behind a deli meat counter.

It’s also been announced that John Legend and Alicia Keys will be paired together while Seth McFarlane will accompany Ariana Grande. Chelsea Handler and Blake Shelton will also carpool together.

“I’m still going to see my kid on the weekends,” Corden said of handing off driving duties for the Apple Music series. “This just became a wonderful platform to see these people in a such an intimate environment. I don’t feel it...

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04:32
Foxconn & Sharp considering plans to build an $...

iPhone assembler Foxconn and its recently-acquired display subsidiary Sharp are considering plans to build an LCD planet plant in the USA, according to a Sharp executive cited by Nikkei.

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04:30
How to disable LinkedIn birthdays in macOS Sierra...

I use iCloud Calendar. Some time ago, I added my LinkedIn account to macOS Sierra. Then I noticed that Calendar showed not only the birthdays from my contacts (which I want to happen), but also all the birthdays from my 600+ LinkedIn connections. Sorry, LinkedIn pals, but I don’t want this.

If you find yourself in the same situation, there's a "Birthdays" calendar under the "Other" category in macOS Calendar. Uncheck or delete that one, as it’s one LinkedIn uses. You should also disable LinkedIn in your Contacts’ Preferences > Accounts category.

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04:07
Apple’s culture of secrecy wore down Swift creator...

The surprise decision of Swift creator and long-time Xcode lead Chris Lattner to leave Apple was in large part driven by his frustration with the culture of secrecy at the company, say developer friends.

Lattner, who was Apple’s head of developer tools and widely respected as the voice of developers within the company, left the company after more than a decade to lead Tesla’s Autopilot software efforts …

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04:00
Macgo Blu-Ray Player, OWC drive lets you play Blu-...

Apple is never going to support Blu-ray playback on the Mac (the company wants you to buy/rent movies on iTunes), which is bad for those of us who are Blu-ray fans. 

There are various workarounds, but the simplest may be the combo of the US$48 Mac Blu-ray Player from Macgo and an US$130 Value Line Slim drive from OWC. Well, at least it's the simplest if you have a good Internet connection.

After inserting a Blu-ray disc and launching the Mac Blu-ray Player application, you'll be prompted to select your disc or a backed up .iso image. You have to be connected to the Internet for the application to decrypt the disc for watching -- which can be a bit inconvenient, but not a deal breaker. After the application scans the disc, it begins playback.

I tried the Mac Blu-ray Player and Value Line Slim combo on both a 27-inch iMac with 5K...

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03:12
This Macintosh-inspired $15 Apple Watch stand could...

9to5Toys spotted what could win the award for the cutest Apple Watch stand yet, the Elago W3. Just insert your own charging puck and slip your Watch into the slot to turn it into a miniature replica of the original Macintosh.

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Thursday January 12

19:59
Google Maps for iOS updated with new ride services...

Google today has announced an update to its Maps app on iOS that brings a few notable changes. The update improves ride sharing integration with Uber, while it also refreshes the ride sharing interface as a whole. The update is also coming to Android.

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16:20
Snapchat announces new universal search feature for...

Snapchat today has announced that it’s brining an entirely new search functionality to its iOS and Android apps. The feature will partially solve one of the long-standing complaints about Snapchat, with the company hoping that it will help users quickly find content to explore and new users to add as friends.

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15:57
Apple boosts tvOS app size limit to 4GB




Apple on Thursday announced a change in App Store policy that increases the size limit of tvOS app bundles from 200 megabytes to 4 gigabytes, a change which should provide a better end user experience upon initial installation.

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15:56
Apple increases app size restriction for tvOS apps...

While Apple TV apps were limited to 200MB in size when the device was first announced back in 2015, Apple has announced this evening that it is now accepting larger tvOS binaries. This means that developers can now submit apps as big as 4GB.

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15:30
AWT News Update: January 12, 2017

The world of Apple Inc was a bit more busy today, so we have some fascinating stories on today's podcast:

  • Go to YouTube.com with Safari and you'll no longer see an option to watch video in 4K resolution
  • Studio Neat's Dan Provost figures out that the rumored 10.5-inch iPad Pro could pack the same resolution as the 12.9-inch model with the higher pixel density of the iPad mini
  • Sometimes, the hackers get hacked...

The text version of the podcast can be viewed below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below.

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Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for January 12, 2017. It’s been quite a slow news day, so this will be a fast one.

Just yesterday, Apple World Today...

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15:20
Consumer Reports Now Recommends MacBook Pros

Consumer Reports has updated their report on the 2016 MacBook Pros, and is now recommending Apple's latest notebooks. MacRumors reports: 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." The 13-inch model without a Touch Bar had an average battery life of 18.75 hours, the 13-inch model with a Touch Bar lasted for 15.25 hours on average, and the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar had an average battery life of 17.25 hours. "Now that we've factored in the new battery-life measurements, the laptops' overall scores have risen, and all three machines now fall well within the recommended range in Consumer Reports ratings," reports Consumer Reports. Consumer Reports originally denied the 2016 MacBook Pro a purchase recommendation in late December due to extreme battery life variance that didn't match up with Apple's 10 hour battery life claim....

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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.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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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.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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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
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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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