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Sunday November 27

03:54
Malware uses Facebook and LinkedIn images to hijack...

Malware doesn't always have to attack your computer through browser- or OS-based exploits. Sometimes, it's the social networks themselves that can be the problem. Researchers at Check Point have discovered that a variant of known ransomware, Locky, i...

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Saturday November 26

22:07
Review: Master & Dynamic MW60 Wireless Over-Ear...




Master & Dynamic's top-of-the-line Bluetooth headphones deliver on style, build, and sound quality, but are almost certainly overkill -- especially if you intend to take them outside.

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22:02
Mars hides a gigantic ice sheet that may help...

As a rule, the truly large deposits of ice on Mars are at the poles... right? No. Researchers using the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's ground-penetrating radar have discovered that the planet's Utopia Planitia basin is hiding a thick (260 to 560 fee...

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19:24
First 'Titanfall 2' DLC includes a no-...

Respawn made it a point with Titanfall 2 to ditch some of the more annoying business models of modern games (such as charging for important add-ons), and you're about to find out how well that works in practice. The studio has revealed that its first...

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17:35
'Deus Ex Go' is now ready for your puzzle...

If you've ever wanted to create puzzles for mobile games rather than playing whatever the developer gives you, you're about to have a field day. Square Enix has released a promised Puzzle Maker update for Deus Ex Go that lets you craft your own chall...

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15:32
CERN introduces Large Hadron Collider's robotic...

Since the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) needs to be in tip-top shape to discover new particles, it has two inspectors making sure everything's in working order. The two of them are called TIM, short not for Timothy, but for Train Inspection Monorail. T...

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14:02
Mobile shopping reaches an all-time high on Black...

Did you get some of your holiday gift shopping done on your phone, instead of your PC? You're far from alone. Adobe has determined that mobile shopping (both phone and tablet) was responsible for $1.2 billion in US online sales on Black Friday -- the...

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12:31
'Cards Against Humanity' hole is a...

The Cards Against Humanity crew is no stranger to backing projects that are alternately very helpful and utterly pointless, and its latest is squarely in the latter camp. It's crowdfunding the Holiday Hole, which is... a hole in the ground. That's...

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11:00
AV Linux Update: Good but Not Better


AV Linux could be a music and video lover's dream come true. AV Linux is a specialty distribution that can turn a new or old PC, or an Intel-powered Mac box, into a workstation for audio/graphics/video enthusiasts. Version 2016.8.30 was released this summer. AV Linux is one of the few available fully functional Linux distros to give audio and video enthusiasts a professional level collection of tools to enhance their handling of audio-visual files. This is especially significant now that the Musix distro has gone dormant.

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10:58
'Star Wars' smartphone caters to your...

How much do you like Star Wars? Enough that you'd buy a phone that revolves around it? If so, we have good news... at least, if you're living in Japan. Sharp is marking the imminent arrival of Rogue One with a SoftBank-exclusive Star Wars smartphone...

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10:03
Review: Apple's 13" MacBook Pro with Touch...




Apple's new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar embraces the future, delivering it in a super light, portable, attractive and expensive package. But are users ready to embrace that future? And does the 13-inch model have enough horsepower and connectivity? Find out in AppleInsider's full review.

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10:00
Marty’s Holiday Wish List Letter to Apple

At this time of year it’s not uncommon to see letters from children to Santa expressing wishes for some gifts they would like to receive. I thought this year I would pen a letter to Apple with a list of my holiday wishes and some things I would like to see under the iOS tree.

I use Apple products heavily, but not exclusively. I mostly use the cloud services of Google, especially the Photos service. I use an Android phone and tablet as well as an iPhone, two iPads and an Apple Watch. I have a PC and Mac sitting next to each other, and have a Windows 10 tablet as well. In using all these other products, I’ve come to wish that iOS had some features offered by other platforms. I still think iOS is by far the best mobile platform for numerous reasons but in the following “letter” to Apple, I would like to present my Christmas wishlist.

 

Dear Apple,

The time of year has come for me to express some gift wishes for the upcoming holiday season....

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09:30
The best deals for Cyber Monday

Did you miss out on Black Friday bargains, or decide that packed stores and overwhelmed websites were too much? Not to worry. We're collecting some of the best gadget bargains you'll find on and around Cyber Monday, the online-centric shopping event...

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09:25
This week’s top stories: Wireless charging for ‘all-...

In this week’s top stories: More hands-on time with the MacBook Pro, we show you Apple’s special tool to recover data from the device’s soldered down SSD, reports of wireless charging for iPhone 8, the best Black Friday deals, and much more.

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08:00
Hit Z Road injects shambling corpses with dose of...

Enlarge / Zomeeples! (credit: Owen Duffy)

Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games. Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com.

Nearly half a century has passed since director George A. Romero popularized the concept of the zombie apocalypse with Night of the Living Dead. Over the decades, the genre’s ravenous ghouls have lurched relentlessly from the big screen to comics, novels, and television.

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08:00
Six unexpected sources of renewable energy

By Cat DiStasio

When it comes to discussions about renewable energy, solar and wind power often take center stage. To a lesser degree, other forms like geothermal energy and hydropower also get some attention. But many people may not be aware that t...

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07:34
Has The 'Hour of Code' Turned Into a Giant...

It happens every December. During "Computer Science Education Week," schools around the world dedicate a special hour towards getting kids excited about programming. But theodp writes: With Microsoft, Apple, and Google vying for the opportunity to put their products in front of tens of millions of K-12 students, The Register's Andrew Orlowski opines that the Hour of Code is turning into a giant corporate infomercial for kids. "Parents, such as the late Steve Jobs, tend to ration their children's use of technology," notes Orlowski. "But would Jobs, who consistently praised the value of broad liberal arts, approve of an hour of [Microsoft] Minecraft? It's doubtful." Google, he adds, is keen on dishing out its VR headsets to students and, not to be undone, Apple is also muscling in with an hour of code [and offering free workshops at Apple Stores].
This year Microsoft is even introducing a special online 'Hour of Code' edition" of Minecraft, according to the article, which...

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06:49
It’s not too late! Grab 20+% off Pad & Quill...

Pad & Quill make some of our absolute favorite Apple accessories fit for the most special people in our lives.  Luckily, the company’s 15% off Black Friday Sale on all products site-wide is going on all weekend. Even better, we’re able to add coupon code“BF2016” to bring the total discount to 20% sitewide. Additionally, new customers will see a $5 off pop-up to sign up for their newsletter.


The full grain leather...

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06:30
VLC media player now supports 360-degree videos

VLC, the app that lets you play basically any video format on practically any platform, is about to add support for a whole new medium. The company just unveiled a technical preview that enables its desktop app to play 360-degree videos, so folks can...

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05:25
Latest Apple Campus 2 stunning drone flyover video...

In our latest installment of Apple Campus 2 flyovers, we see that Apple is nearing completion for its 2017 opening. The main structures are almost complete from the outside and trees and fountains and other landscaping are going in. Drone video and high definition stills are below… more…

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03:00
The Week in Apple News: Apple drops routers, battery...

Apple headlines for the week ending Nov. 25, 2016

Having you recovered from your Thanksgiving feast yet? Or maybe you’re worn out from Black Friday shopping? Take a break and check out the important Apple headlines from the past week in this slideshow. Click on the link to get more information.

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02:52
Sphero's Force Band can now control your home...

Sphero's motion-tracking Force Band can now control more than a tiny (and utterly adorable) BB-8 droid. The company has teamed up with If This Then That (IFTT) to integrate the "force" with countless apps and smart home devices. IFTTT, if you need a...

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02:00
Apple Is Working With LG On Next-Gen 3D Camera For...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from 9to5Mac: A brief report in The Korea Economic Daily claims that Apple is working with LG on a new dual camera module "which enables 3D photographing." LG already supplies the dual-camera module used in the iPhone 7 Plus. The LG Innotek system is said to be destined for one or more of next year's iPhone models, but the report is unclear what 3D applications Apple might have in mind. Apple has patents for 3D object and gesture recognition going back many years. However, it is likely nothing more than the next generation of Portrait Mode, which uses parallax effect to create a 3D model of a scene in order to identify foreground and background in what is captured by the twin cameras. Apple may be aiming to bring Portrait Mode to all iPhone models next year, which would require a more compact dual-camera module.

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Friday November 25

23:15
Japan wants the world's fastest supercomputer...

Our world is in transition, with automation and digitization edging-out more humane forms of industrial labor. Some countries are actively pushing against that, but others, like Japan, are running head-first towards the future. The nation is believed...

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20:02
GoPro has a voice-controlled remote for its voice-...

One of the reasons we gave both of GoPro's new cameras -- the Hero5 Black and Hero Session -- good scores is that they both allow you to use voice control to do things like start and stop recording, take photo bursts, set a highlight tag, shoot pictu...

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16:58
Amazon will spend $1 billion to conquer the Middle...

Amazon is one of the world's largest retail destinations, but it doesn't have much traction in the Middle East. That's why rumors that it's looking to buy Souq.com, the Amazon of the Middle East, make so much sense. Bloomberg is reporting that Jeff B...

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15:45
Shure MV88: a solid Lightning-enabled microphone for...

If you want to record audio via your iPhone while on the go, you basically have two choices: you can use your iPhone’s on-board microphone, or you can use an external microphone. For anyone who’s compared the difference in sound quality, the decision is a no brainer. You’ll get significantly better sound quality by opting for an external microphone like the Shure MV88 ($150 on Amazon). Check out our video walkthrough for a brief look at some of the details. more…

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15:14
The Best Black Friday iOS & Mac App/Game Sales:...

We have seen loads of discounts on the most popular games and apps on the App Store over the last few days for Black Friday. While you will see some titles already covered this week on 9to5Toys, we have decided to bring together the best deals into one handy breakdown. Down below we have some great prices on BADLAND 2, Deus Ex Go and Final Fantasy games along with freebies like Heads Up and Cut the Buttons. It’s not all fun and games though, we have some solid prices on productivity apps like Fantastical 2, Calendars, MacID, Pixelmator and much more: more…

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14:02
'No Man's Sky' will get base building...

There's some good news for No Man's Sky fans this Black Friday: The game is soon to get its first major update, according to a post from the developer, Hello Games. The bad news: Hello Games won't reveal much about the patch, except to say that it's...

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13:00
Six gifts for your paranoid friends and family

It pays to be paranoid in a time of rampant breaches, social media account extortion, identity theft, fake security products, ransomware, and hack attacks on all. That's why we've put together a gift guide for those among us who don't want to find ou...

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12:14
Review: Honeywell Lyric T5 brings HomeKit and...

Honeywell Lyric T5 is the company’s second take at a Wi-Fi thermostat with support for Apple’s HomeKit framework for smart homes. The latest member of Honeywell’s Lyric family of smart thermostats introduces a new design that now includes a touchscreen.

Priced at $149.99, Lyric T5 is currently $50 cheaper than Honeywell’s Lyric Round HomeKit thermostat and $20 under ecobee’s budget version of its HomeKit thermostat. Read on for our full review of Honeywell’s new Lyric T5...

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11:55
Apps: App Diary: Asphalt Xtreme, Battlestar...

Asphalt Xtreme (free) — Gameloft’s Asphalt 8: Airborne remains one of our favorite iOS racing games to this day, so needless to say my interest was piqued by the company’s latest entry in the franchise, Asphalt Xtreme — a version that maintains the core aspects that Asphalt fans have come to know and love while taking the game into an entirely new environment: Off-road racing. Instead of sleek Ferraris and Lambourghinis, Asphalt Xtreme…

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11:30
Bragi's 'Headphone' takes on Apple...

Almost three years ago, Bragi left an indelible mark on the headphone universe. The then-unknown company launched a pair of "truly" wireless headphones on Kickstarter that not only cut every wire, but boasted a slew of fitness-tracking features, all...

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11:06
Rocket: Launch Dock apps and recent apps from the...

Earlier this week we showcased a new MacBook Pro Touch Bar app called TouchSwitcher that allowed users to easily switch between running apps via shortcuts in the Touch Bar. Another recently launched app, called Rocket, employs a similar method for fast app switching, but features a few key differences. more…

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10:53
How Apple helped democratize typography in the ’90s

I remember the first demos of this system when it came out and being blown away by the possibilities it opened up to those of us in desktop publishing.

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10:42
Preventing spam iCloud calendar invites

I’m seeing a lot of reports of this. Hopefully, this can put an end to it.

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10:16
Buyers' guide: Choosing the right Apple Watch...




The Apple Watch is one of the most popular wearables out there, but as of this fall Apple has a variety of options, even putting aside cosmetic touches. Which one you should go with depends on your intended use -- and of course, your budget.

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10:16
Buyers' guide: Choosing the right Apple Watch...




The Apple Watch is one of the most popular wearables out there, but as of this fall Apple has a variety of options, even putting aside cosmetic touches. Which one you should go with depends on your intended use -- and of course, your budget.

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10:13
Black Friday: The best iPhone, iPad, Mac & Apple...

As always, our team over at 9to5Toys is tracking all of the best Black Friday deals today including some notable 5K iMac and MacBook Air price drops, discounts on iTunes gift cards, app and software deals, and much more.

While Apple continues to offer gift cards on older hardware only, you can at least get some big savings on all of the accessories you’ll need for your iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and other Apple products. That includes...

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10:01
Give the Gift of Good Sleep

MY thanks to Hullo for sponsoring The Loop this week.

This Holiday season, give the gift of good sleep with Hullo buckwheat pillow. Hullo is a unique and thoughtful gift that even the most discerning sleeper can appreciate.

Hullo buckwheat pillow:

  • allows air to move freely through the pillow’s buckwheat hull fill, preventing uncomfortable heat build up.
  • is manufactured in the USA with organic and all-natural materials.
  • is biodegradable.
  • has a high level of customer satisfaction.

Avoid the Black Friday crowds and save money—every Hullo order ships fast and free. Order today at hullopillow.com.

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10:00
The best $200 in-ear headphones

By Lauren Dragan

This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. When readers choose to buy The Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work...

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09:56
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Belkin WeMo Smart Switches...

Well, the day has finally arrived. Just about all of the most notable Black Friday deals are now live. Head below for the best deals of the year on Apple products, TVs, media streamers, displays, games, accessories and much more: more…

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09:33
VLC media player preview brings 360-degree video...

You can now experience 360-degree video playback easily on your Mac with the popular VLC Media Player app. VideoLAN has released the first preview version of VLC 3.0 which includes support for watching immersive spherical videos on macOS.

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09:10
VLC Media Player Previews 360-degree Video Support

VideoLAN has released a technical preview of VLC Media Player 3.0 with 360-degree video support. The new build handles videos following the Spatial Video format, and photos and panoramas following the Spherical spec (the official test page has sample files). From an article on SoftwareCrew:The files play back just like any other video, but you can now left-click and drag within the screen or use the numeric keypad arrows to look around. VideoLAN says there are multiple display modes -- Zoom, Little Planet and Reverse Little Planet -- although we couldn't immediately see how they were activated. This initial release is only available for Windows and Mac, but eventually 360-degree support will arrive for Android, iOS and Xbox One, with VR headset support likely to arrive in 2017.


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09:03
Maserati's electric Alfieri two-seater coming...

Maserati recently said it would sell its first electric car by 2020, and now we know exactly what it will look like. The company told Just Auto that it would build an EV version of its Alfieri, a two seat concept car that it first unveiled at the Gen...

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09:00
$5 PoisonTap Tool Easily Breaks Into Locked PCs


Proving once again that you can do a lot of damage with a little investment and a lot of ingenuity, security researcher Samy Kamkar recently managed to take down a locked, password-protected computer armed with only a $5 Raspberry Pi. The low-tech cookie-siphoning intrusion is one of Kamkar's simplest hacks ever. He previously has unlocked car doors, garages, wireless remote cameras and other devices, with MacGyver-like precision. Kamkar's latest hack, PoisonTap, uses a Raspberry Pi Zero, a micro SD card, and a micro USB cable.

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08:18
How to make an iPhone speakerphone call using only...




One of the advantages of modern iPhones is the ability to go hands-free more often thanks to Siri -- but something people may not know is that it's possible to go straight into speakerphone mode when voice dialing.

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08:00
Black Friday / Cyber Monday Deals from Olloclip

Accessory lenses for your iPhone can be the perfect gift for that special person on your holiday gift list, and nobody does them better than Olloclip. The company has some amazing deals that will be available from Black Friday through Cyber Monday: 

  • iPhone 6 – Free Studio case with Purchase of Lens Set
  • iPhone 4/5/6 – Free Quick-Flip or ollo Case with Purchase of Lens Set
  • iPhone 6 Ultimate Bundle – 20% off 4-in-1, Active & Macro Pro Lens Sets + Free ollo Case when purchased together
  • Free Shipping on orders over $150 / 150 GBP / 175 euros / C$175

The Studio case is probably the best part of this pack of deals -- it makes it possible to turn an iPhone 6 into a powerful tripod-mounted studio camera complete with external lights and microphone (accessories not included).

Remember, you can also pre-order the new Olloclip Core lenses for iPhone 7 or 7 Plus. They're available...

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08:00
The first smart mirror you can actually buy focuses...

Staring lovingly at your reflection in the mirror gets old, especially if it's not a magical one that tells you you're the fairest of them all. But what if all that time you already spend in front of a mirror could actually make you the most beautifu...

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07:55
Your Best Black Friday MacBook Pro w/TouchBar...

9to5Toys has been scouring the net for the best Black Friday Apple deals and the best deals for holiday shoppers. As far as Apple’s Touch Bar 2016 MacBook Pros, we’ve not found any better deals than Expercom who are offering up to $260 off the price of configured Touch Bar MacBook Pros including:

13-inch...

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07:52
Samsung’s Gear VR is the perfect companion to Galaxy...

[Ed. Note: This is a Samsung sponsored post]

Virtual reality is here to stay, and it’s only going to be more popular as we move forward. Popular options including the Vive or Oculus Rift are nothing short of amazing, but they’re also incredibly expensive. There’s got to be a better way, right? With a Samsung Galaxy smartphone and the Gear VR, you can get an immersive experience with Oculus content for a fraction of the cost. And today, you can get a FREE Samsung Gear VR, gift pack, plus a $250 Samsung.com Rewards eCertificate with the purchase of a Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge… more…

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07:24
2 Hour Deal: Apple's 9.7-inch iPad Pro (32GB,...




For the next two hours only, or when supplies run out, Apple authorized reseller B&H Photo is offering the lowest price we've ever seen on Apple's brand new 9.7" iPad Pro (32GB, Wi-Fi + 4G LTE, Rose Gold) at $529 with free shipping an no sales tax outside NY.

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06:56
Rumor: 10.5" iPad Pro with 'A10X' CPU...




A fourth screen size is coming to Apple's iPad lineup in early 2017, supply chain rumors continue to reiterate, with the latest report claiming it will run a faster version of the A10 chip found in the iPhone 7.

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06:38
Video: Early owners report various GPU glitches in...

If there’s anything more annoying than waiting impatiently for your new MacBook Pro to arrive, it’s finding that it isn’t working properly when you receive it. This is the experience being reported by a number of early recipients of the latest machines.

9to5Mac‘s Jordan started noticing some ‘tearing’ on his machine, where the desktop background starting showing through foreground windows across all apps. Others are reporting a variety of different issues, ranging...

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06:30
ICYMI: Genetically-modified mosquitoes are coming

Today on In Case You Missed It: Voters in the Florida Keys may have passed a measure to use bioengineered mosquitoes to combat the Zika virus and Dengue fever, but it's still a battle to get a community to accept the insects. The FDA has approved u...

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06:00
News: Black Friday Deals from iLounge

Black Friday is here, and so are today’s Black Friday iLounge Deals! For today only, you can get an additional 15% off almost anything in the iLounge Deals store simply by using the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY15. We’re still offering our usual great deals on cool products like the G-TUBE Adventure Ready Bluetooth Speaker ($31.99), three-packs of 6.5-Ft MFi-Certified Lightning Cables ($21.99), the Acesori 5 Piece Smartphone Camera Lens Kit…

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06:00
News: Apple Black Friday deals kick off in U.S. and...

As expected, Apple has launched its Black Friday promotions in U.S. and Canadian Apple Stores, once again offering gift cards in place of discounts, as the company has done over the past few years. Apple is including a $150 gift card for customers purchasing a Mac, $100 for the iPad Pro, $50 for the iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone SE, and $25 Apple Watch Series 1, and fourth-generation Apple TV. Notably, Apple’s…

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06:00
RunGunJumpGun is intensely tough, yet immensely...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.

While playing RunGunJumpGun on my iPhone, I have scoffed loudly on multiple occasions, yelled “Are you serious?” at least a couple times, and may have elbowed a pillow or two. You might take these reactions for disgust or irritation, but quite the opposite is true: I’m crazy about the game, and I am deeply invested.

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05:57
Apple launches its Black Friday specials

Apple's has launched its Black Friday specials in the United States and Canada, offering customers free Apple Store gift cards worth up to US$150 when you buy selected products. The deal is good for today (Nov. 25) only.

You get a $150 gift card if you purchase a Mac — excluding the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. You get a $100 gift card for buying an iPad Pro and a $50 card with an iPad Air 2 and iPad mini. Purchasing an iPhone 6s and 6s Plus gets you a $50 gift card, an iPhone SE a $25 card, an Apple Watch Series 1 a $25 card, and an Apple TV a $25 card. Alas, the iPhone 7/7 Plus and Apple Watch Series 2 aren’t included in the promotion.

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05:54
15-inch MacBook Pro mystery connector connects to...




Apple's tool for migrating data from a new 15-inch MacBook Pro's SSD soldered to the motherboard has been spotted, and utilizes the unused connector discovered in tear-downs of the hardware.

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05:40
Review: Iconic, the poor(er) man’s version of the...

Apple’s publication of a $199/$299 design book raised quite a few eyebrows, some questioning the price, others considering it self-indulgent (especially given all the promo activity), yet others wondering whether this might be Jony Ive’s swansong.

We got a hands-on look at the book in a recent video, and I had my own look in the Regent Street Apple Store. My own view is that it’s beautifully produced, but much as I like it, I’m not going to...

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05:19
AppleInsider podcast talks 5K activity challenges,...




This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor and Dan discuss the Apple Watch 5K challenge, the end of Air{ort, and what it means for the Mac.

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05:02
SpaceX to launch ocean-monitoring NASA satellite in...

Elon Musk's SpaceX has been awarded a new contract to launch a NASA satellite in 2021. The Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission will begin at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, using a Falcon 9 rocket to take the research hardw...

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05:00
Black Friday Round Up: Where to go for Mac savings...

Thanksgiving is over and the Black Friday deals are about to begin at both online and back and mortar outfits. Assorted retail stores like Target, Best Buy and Walmart began opening their doors last night and the following list of deals can be found for assorted Apple devices:

Where there iPad Pro is concerned, Target is offering the best deals, dropping the price by $150.99. With the discount, the entry-level 32GB Wi-Fi only iPad Pro model is available for $449.

For the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, MacMall is offering the following prices:

– Wi-Fi + Cellular/128GB/Silver for $887, down from $,1029 ($142 off)
– Wi-Fi + Cellular/128GB/Space Gray for $887, down from $1,029 ($142 off)
– Wi-Fi/32GB/Space Gray for $675, down from $799 ($124 off)
– Wi-Fi/128GB/...

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04:55
Rumor: Apple developing a 10.5-inch iPad for release...

There may be quite a bit happening to the iPad come 2017.

Apple is now rumored to be developing products in the form of a 7.9-inch iPad mini, a 9.7-inch iPad Air and iPad Pro, and a 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

The 10.5-inch would apparently slot in between those tiers targeting enterprise, education and other sectors. iPad updates are ‘due’ with all models being more than a year old by next March.

The new 10.5-inch iPad is thought to begin production as soon as December. This means new iPads could be officially unveiled as soon as January although a March event is probably more likely given Apple’s typical product launch patterns.

It’s also thought that the 2017 iPad Pro updates would incorporate an Apple A10X CPU, which is a faster iteration of the processor found...

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03:49
Apple’s Black Friday page now live in USA: offers...

Apple’s Black Friday page went live yesterday on the Australian and New Zealand websites as time-zone differences always put them at the head of the queue, and exactly the same deals have now gone live in the USA and elsewhere.

It was clear from the Australian dollar values what the U.S. deals were going to be, and our converted values have now been confirmed.

After checking them out below, you’ll want to check our roundup of the Best Apple Black Friday Deals and up-to-the-second Black Friday deals at 9to5toys.com (rss, Twitter/Facebook) as you can do much better … 

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03:30
PSA: Apple’s holiday return policy takes the risk...

If you’re planning on buying an Apple product for someone as a gift – or want to have an extended test-drive yourself before deciding whether or not to keep something – you can safely do so knowing that Apple’s extended Holiday Return Policy is now in effect.

Instead of the usual 14-day window to return unwanted items, you can now return them for a full refund anytime up to 8th January.

Items purchased at the Apple Online Store that are received between November 10, 2016 and December 25, 2016, may be returned through January 8, 2017. Please note that all other terms and conditions provided in the Apple Online Store Sales and Refunds Policy are still applicable with respect to such items purchased. All purchases made after December 25, 2016 are subject to the Standard Return Policy.

There are a few exceptions …

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03:08
Faraday Future delays EV production plant in Nevada

Construction on Faraday Future's Nevada EV manufacturing plant has stopped, putting projected electric car delivery dates at risk, according to the Financial Times. The Chinese company, backed by electronic giant LeEco, is overdue on millions of doll...

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01:30
Blu's Vivo 6 comes to the UK for £185 on Black...

US phone maker Blu (Bold Like Us) has produced a number of feature-rich yet affordable Android handsets over the years, but the company hasn't really made a name for itself in Europe. Now it's looking to do something about it. With Motorola and Wiley...

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01:13
NASA says the ISS' inflatable module is doing...

It's been almost six months since the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) was attached to the ISS, and NASA now has some early data to share. According to BEAM Manager Steve Munday, it's been doing well and performing as expected after the inst...

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01:00
Black Friday's here, and we have deals you...

Black Friday -- the day when everything is on sale for pre-holiday shopping. Of course, in the world of the Internet we also have Cyber Monday...but that's three days away. So what do we have for you in the Apple World Today Deals Shop? How about an outstanding deal on the Acesori 5-piece iPhone Camera Lens Kit! Normally retailing for $49.99, we usually sell it for $14.99. Today only, you can get it for just $9.99.

Three lenses are included - fisheye, wide angle and macro...

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Thursday November 24

23:04
HitFilm's VFX software now supports 8K and 360-...

Earlier this year, we brought you the story of FXHome, a British software company that builds VFX software for the YouTube generation. Now, the outfit is updating its paid-for tier, HitFilm Pro, for 2017 with a new series of tools, including support...

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20:59
Killer Deals: 38mm Apple Watch for $170, 42mm Apple...




One more Apple Black Friday deal has just landed, offering a handful of Apple Watch Series 1 models for under $200 with no tax outside NY, includeing 38mm Apple Watch Sport models for $169.95 and 42mm Apple Watch Sport models for $189.95. Additionally, save between $220 and $550 on the more premium stainless steel family of Apple Watches with prices starting at just $329.

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20:59
Exotic bird inspires cheaper light-based camouflage...

Colors usually come from pigments or dyes, but are also created when light is refracted and reflected by microscopic structures. Those iridescent hues, known as "structural coloration," are often seen in nature on bird or butterfly wings. While durab...

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19:49
Apple doles out gift cards for Black Friday sales...




Marking Apple's return to Black Friday sales bonanza festivities, the company has chosen to dole out gift cards alongside eligible product purchases, offering customers in Australia Apple Gift Cards worth up to A$200.

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18:46
Pixel-rich VR display eliminates the 'screen...

The problem with using smartphones to power VR headsets is simply that their screens weren't made for displaying virtual reality. Smartphone displays, although often high-resolution, just don't have the refresh rate that VR demands, leading to "scree...

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17:09
Mars probe crashed because it misjudged where the...

The European Space Agency believes that it knows what caused its Schiaparelli lander to crash on the surface of Mars. It turns out that the spacecraft was hurtling towards the ground perfectly well until it, uh, forgot where the ground actually was....

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14:56
Plex's machine learning tech auto-tags photos...

Plex has made it easier for premium users to organize their photos and to unearth specific snapshots from their massive collections. The service now auto-tags photos based on what its new machine learning technology sees. If the tech detects a dog in...

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14:47
Behind Apple’s new “Frankenstein” holiday ad

The pedant in me wants to remind everyone that “Frankenstein” was the creator’s name. The monster didn’t have a name. Don’t worry – I’ll see myself out.

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13:15
Lowest Price Ever: LG 34-inch 21:9 UltraWide IPS...




While they last, AppleInsider readers can use an exclusive coupon to grab the lowest price ever on LG's 34-inch 21:9 UltraWide IPS Monitor with Thunderbolt (model 34UM95-P) from B&H Photo at $549.00 with no sales tax when shipped outside NY.

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13:14
Tip of the Day: Showing Holiday Memories in iOS 10...

If you’ve got a few years of photos available on your iPhone, the new Memories feature in the iOS 10 Photos app can be a great way to go back and relive significant events from past years. Photos will go back and automatically scan through your photo collection for groupings of photos by people and places and put them in collections, and Apple has even put the intelligence in place to figure out holidays — based on your home country — and…

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13:13
∞ Flight of the starlings

I love watching these videos and would love to see this in person.

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13:12
Reddit CEO confesses to editing comments that...

Like a lot of forums, the moderators at Reddit have the freedom to ban or allow whatever post or account they deem unsuitable. But Reddit CEO Steve Huffman went a step beyond that recently when he directly meddled with comments that were critical of...

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12:49
Revealed: The MacBook Pro 2016's soldered-on...

There’s some help for the MacBook Pro’s non-removable, non-upgradable, soldered-on SSD. According to a report from 9to5Mac, Apple has a tool for pulling data off the drive in case of emergency.

The 2016 MacBook Pro is even harder to repair than its predecessor. An iFixIt teardown revealed that the SSD is soldered onto the laptop’s logic board, along with the RAM and the CPU. Even the battery is glued on.

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12:05
The Navy's $4 billion stealth destroyer has...

The US Navy hasn't exactly been having the best of luck with its pricey new ship. Only weeks after it was officially commissioned the USS Zumwalt, the Navy's new $4.4 billion destroyer has already been put out of action.

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11:02
Apple Releases macOS 10.12 Sierra Open Source Darwin...

An anonymous reader writes:Apple has released the open source Darwin code for macOS 10.12 Sierra. The code, located on Apple's open source website, can be accessed via direct link now, although it doesn't yet appear on the site's home page. The release builds on a long-standing library of open source code that dates all the way back to OS X 10.0. There, you'll also find the Open Source Reference Library, developer tools, along with iOS and OS X Server resources. The lowest layers of macOS, including the kernel, BSD portions, and drivers are based mainly on open source technologies, collectively called Darwin. As such, Apple provides download links to the latest versions of these technologies for the open source community to learn and to use.


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10:58
Apple has a special tool to help customers recover...

The non-removable nature of the SSDs in the new MBPs is a huge pain for tinkerers and those who have issues but it’s good Apple is at least looking for ways to make it a bit less so.

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10:49
Five handy MacBook Pro (Late 2016) accessories that...

2016 USB-C MacBook Pro accessories may be few and far between at this early stage in the game, but there are a few gems out there that can make your life easier. Here’s a look at five different MacBook Pro accessories that I’m currently enjoying. more…

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10:00
Target offering 15 percent off all Apple products......

Planning to buy some Apple gear during the next week? Don't blow all of your hard-earned money at another store on Black Friday -- instead, wait until Sunday (November 27) and Cyber Monday (November 28) and head to either your local Target store or Target.com. The retailer has announced a special 15 percent discount on all Apple products during those two days, including the iPhone and Apple Watch. 

There's no need to clip a coupon or memorize a promo code; the 15 percent discount will be taken off of your bill automatically at checkout. Target has also announced similar savings on other tech gear, including Samsung SmartTVs and the Xbox One. Check out the company's press release for details on what's available and when. 

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10:00
The hydrogen-powered generator that was almost a...

Joy, last year's film about QVC and Home Shopping Network inventor Joy Mangano, may not have been the best collaboration between superstar Jennifer Lawrence and director David O. Russell. But the fact that Mangano inspired a major movie -- as well as...

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09:50
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 9.7″ iPad Pro from $449,...

Well, the day has finally arrived. Just about all of the most notable Black Friday deals are now live. Head below for the best deals of the year on Apple products, TVs, media streamers, displays, games, accessories and much more: more…

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09:35
Apple releases macOS 10.12 Sierra open source Darwin...

As it has done in the past, Apple has released the open source Darwin code for macOS 10.12 Sierra. The code, located on Apple’s open source website, can be accessed via direct link now, although it doesn’t yet appear on the site’s home page.

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09:07
Gastro-Disasters: spectacularly appalling food...

Caution: Some of these are so awful, it may put you off your Thanksgiving turkey.

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09:00
Everything you should watch over the holidays

It's the perfect time of the year to gather your family, consider what you're grateful for and watch way too much TV. Even if you're already a television connoisseur, there's a good chance you haven't been able to keep up with all of the great viewin...

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08:02
[Sponsor] Introducing Doxie Q — Go Seriously...

Just launched: Doxie Q is the smart new rechargeable document and receipt scanner that flips open to scan stacks of paper automatically — anywhere, with a rechargeable battery, built-in Wi-Fi, and no computer required. Get all the power of a big desktop scanner with the flexibility of being able to scan anywhere. You’ve never seen anything like it.

Best off, Doxie’s lightweight design and elegant Mac and iOS apps make it easy to go paperless. Doxie handles any workflow — save scans to your desktop, share with your favorite apps, or send to cloud services like iCloud Drive, Evernote, or Dropbox.

Check out the new Doxie Q here — and, for the next few days, every Daring Fireball reader gets a super secret discount — $60 off...

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08:00
Engadget giveaway: Win a Foodsniffer to check the...

Many lucky people across the US today will be presented with more food than they can handle, and that means... leftovers. Whether you're an overstocked host or a guest who's lucky enough to get the tupperware treatment, there's a chance those extra e...

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07:05
AAPL no longer disclosing ad costs, may want to hide...

A Wells Fargo analyst has noted that Apple has ceased to disclose its advertising spend in its latest 10-K annual report, instead bundling it into a more general category of ‘selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses.’ Apple has in the past always specifically disclosed its ad spend, notes Business Insider.

Apple last year increased its ad spend by a massive 50% to a record $1.8B. While the 10-K suggests that this year’s spend is lower by one measure, Wells Fargo suggests that might not be telling the whole story …

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06:59
This is Apple’s special tool to help customers...

When the first teardown of Apple’s new 2016 MacBook Pro was published earlier this month, a couple notable changes were spotted related to the machine’s SSD. Components for the SSD are now soldered onto the logic board, which likely allows for some design and thinness enhancements, but hurts overall repairability. On top of not being upgradeable, some speculated that meant that if the logic board fails, your data is gone with it. Not necessarily… 

Also present is a new mystery connector on the logic board that repair guide site iFixit noted in its teardown wasn’t connected to anything. It turns out that the mystery connector is actually there BECAUSE of the soldered down SSD, giving Apple a way to access data on a dead MacBook...

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06:54
∞ Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Hope your travels are safe, you end up someplace warm, and your day is filled with peace, love, and plenty to eat.

Thanks for your support and for making the Loop a part of your lives.

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06:30
Google's AI can translate language pairs it has...

Google's AI is not just better at grasping languages like Mandarin, but can now translate between two languages it hasn't even trained on. In a research paper, Google reveals how it uses its own "interlingua" to internally represent phrases, regardle...

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