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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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15:15
E-waste levels are surging in Asia

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

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14:49
ISIS has converted commercial drones into bombers

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

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




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

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14:30
AWT News Update: January 16, 2017

Samsung heir Lee Jae-Yong.

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

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

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

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

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

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13:52
Run Ookla Speedtest from Your Menu Bar

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Design

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

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

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

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12:01
Ambulances can interrupt your music in emergencies

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

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12:00
Changing the default search engine in iOS Safari

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

1 - Launch the Settings app

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

Settings > Safari

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

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

Curious about DuckDuckGo? For those who are concerned about privacy, it's your best...

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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10:58
ExtraBITS for 16 January 2017

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

 

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

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

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10:32
Did BuzzFeed Just Commit Suicide?


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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10:15
Sponsorships available on The Loop

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

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

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

 

Best Buy offers the latest 13-inch 256GB MacBook Air for...

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




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

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




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

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




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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Iovine was quoted as saying that "If...

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08:11
∞ Shortest path to getting AirPods

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

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

A Samsung Galaxy Note 7 that caught fire

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

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

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




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

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07:20
China Orders App Stores To Join Register

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And:

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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06:03
A Prairie HomeKit Companion: Controlling Accessories

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Iovine specifically confirmed that video content offered...

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

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

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

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03:28
Samsung chief's arrest sought in South Korean...




An arrest warrant for heir apparent to Samsung's throne, Lee Jae-yong, was issued Monday for his suspected involvement in an insidious corruption scandal that led to the impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye.

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03:04
Eat, pray, shoot: Our favorite gear and apps for...

Some photos turn out great, but most are merely okay. As anyone who has picked up a camera will tell you, everyone shoots both kinds. But let’s be honest: the majority of the photos we capture on vacation fall into the just-okay category. Thumbs make their way into shots. People and objects show up that we failed to notice when composing the shot. The sun can wash your photos out or cast harsh shadows. Not enough sun can turn what should be a beautiful moment into a grainy mess.

The good news is that, with the right hardware and software, most of these issues can either be improved upon or avoided altogether. To help you up your photographic game before your next adventure, I present a two-part travel photography special. In this first installment, I’ll cover the best hardware and software to use, and next time, I’ll focus on putting those tools to use.

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Sunday January 15

14:38
Fantastical 2.3.3

Enables copying Day or Week as text and makes links in an event’s location clickable. ($49.99 new, free update, 13.9 MB)

 

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14:13
Hands on with Airmail 1.5, managing Apple Mail,...




Users can connect a series of Airmail functions to speed up your work, and weed out important emails from the less-so. AppleInsider shows you how, and when, to use the app.

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14:02
Apple/Samsung Patent Case Returns To Court To...

An anonymous reader quotes MacRumors:
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Thursday reopened a longstanding patent lawsuit related to Samsung copying the design of the iPhone nearly six years ago...according to court documents filed electronically this week... Apple's damages were calculated based on Samsung's entire profit from the sale of its infringing Galaxy smartphones, but the Supreme Court ruled it did not have enough info to say whether the amount should be based on the total device, or rather individual components such as the front bezel or the screen. It will now be up to the appeals court to decide.

Apple last month said the lawsuit, ongoing since 2011, has always been about Samsung's "blatant copying" of its ideas, adding that it remains optimistic that the U.S. Court of Appeals will "again send a powerful signal that stealing isn't right."

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13:59
China tells app stores to register with the...

China sees mobile app stores as an untamed frontier with too much free expression and rampant malware, and it's determined to put a stop to both. As of January 16th, the Cyberspace Administration of China will require that all app stores register wi...

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12:26
Facebook tests fake news filtering outside of the US

Facebook's tools for fighting fake news are about to get their first test run outside of the US... and they might just prove vital. The company has confirmed to the Financial Times that it'll trial its new filtering tools in Germany in the "coming w...

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12:00
Apple in Trumpland: How the new administration could...

Enlarge / Tim Cook (right) looks engaged and enthusiastic sitting next to President-elect Donald Trump and Peter Thiel at Trump's tech summit in New York City last month. (credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Apple has a busy 2017 ahead of it. Most credible rumors say the company is launching a revamped iPad lineup in the early part of the year, as well as long-anticipated desktop Mac refreshes. We can always expect a new iPhone in September, and you can bet that Apple will continue making the case for newer platforms like the Apple Watch and the Apple TV, too.

Most importantly, the company needs to return to year-over-year financial growth after a disappointing 2016. Last year...

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11:00
Volkswagen's modern Microbus remake, and more...

The Volkswagen microbus is one of the most iconic vehicles of all time, and now the automaker is set to revive the classic for the modern era. Meet the I.D. Buzz: VW's all-electric, self-driving microbus of the future. In other auto news, Nissan debu...

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10:06
∞ Apple’s new ads focus on the AirPod

Apple: “Feel the magic of AirPods on iPhone 7”

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10:01
The Ringling Bros. circus is shutting down after 146...

This makes the kid in me very sad (I still remember the first circus I ever saw as a little kid in Nova Scotia) but the adult is happy the animals will no longer be forced to perform.

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09:55
Tour the White House with Obama in VR

I watched some of this yesterday and it’s very cool.

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09:30
Ben Heck's Xbox One S laptop

Since the teardown of the Xbox One S, Ben has been designing a laptop using the console's innards. Building a hardware enclosure can be tricky, as Ben has to make sure the specifications are exact. He gets precise measurements with the help o...

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07:00
A visual history of gadgets that have burst into...

Samsung had a rough 2016. Last year, the company had to recall its Galaxy Note 7 after units were catching fire, followed by millions of washing machines that were exploding in people's homes. But Samsung isn't the only company that's struggled recen...

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04:06
3D zebrafish can replace real animals in the lab

A few years ago, zebrafish became the new lab rat because of their genetic similarity to humans. So, when a team of researchers from the NYU Tandon School of Engineering decided to develop a virtual alternative for lab animals, they chose the tropica...

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Saturday January 14

23:02
France isn't ready to ban cyclists from...

The pro cycling world may be cracking down on the use of hidden motors to cheat in races, but it doesn't look like governments are ready to make it a criminal offense. The French government has shot down a proposed law that would have made this "tec...

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20:02
Next 'Titanfall 2' update mostly ignores...

You'd think that any big Titanfall 2 update would revolve around the game's namesake robots, but no -- Respawn wants on-foot action to be the focus next time around. It's preparing a free upgrade whose centerpiece is Live Fire, a six-on-six pilot-onl...

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18:29
Amazon asks the FCC for permission to run secret...

Amazon has a mysterious experimental project that it wants to start testing, based on the application it sent to the FCC that Business Insider found. The e-commerce giant has requested for permission to test a wireless communication technology for fi...

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17:01
Nintendo Switch ditches StreetPass and Miiverse

You'll have to say goodbye to your StreetPass collection if you decide to completely abandon the 3DS in favor of Nintendo's hybrid console. David Young, assistant manager of PR at Nintendo of America, told VentureBeat that the Switch won't have acces...

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15:28
Windows 10 is about to get a high-performance Game...

Microsoft made a big fuss out of the Windows 10 Creators Update's gaming features, and it's nearly ready to start delivering on them... including some that have remained mysterious. The company has revealed that it'll start trotting out a largely unk...

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14:37
HoudahGeo 5.1.5

Fixes several bugs for the photo geotagging app. ($39 new, free update, 21.7 MB)

 

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14:00
Six futuristic off-road vehicles

By Cat DiStasio

"Where we're going, we don't need roads." When Doc Brown said it, he was driving a flying time machine, of course. But not all vehicles need to become airborne to travel off the grid. This capability is especially important in rural...

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12:44
Logic Pros: Give your low-end some Substance with...

It’s 2017 and Logic Pros is back! We’re continuing down the ever-expanding rabbit hole of music creation on Mac and iOS this year with product reviews, tutorials, tips/tricks for Logic users, and much more. That includes a weekly installment (starting with this one!), and an upcoming Logic Pro X 101 guide for beginners. 

Virtual instrument maker Output has been on a roll lately releasing hit after hit for Logic Pro X producers. Its vocal-synth engine, Exhale, is fantastic (more on that down the road), not to mention the rest of company’s innovative and easy-to-use products like Movement, Signal and REV. But today, it’s all about that bass…...

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12:30
M&D's wireless MW50 headphones aren't...

Master & Dynamic has dabbled in wireless sound before, but big cans like the MW60s aren't always the most convenient to lug around. People's needs change when it's time to pack up our gear and venture out into the world, and that's why the compan...

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12:12
Apple debuts first AirPods TV commercials, Apple...




Apple on Saturday shared its first AirPods TV commercials, a series of four spots lumped into the company's "practically magic" iPhone campaign, as well as an Apple Watch Series 2 ad focusing on keeping active.

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11:00
Jets and mannequin heads: Just another day at Dyson...

Ever since my teenage years, I've been fascinated by the story of how a clogged-up Hoover led Sir James Dyson on a five-year journey in which he built 5,127 prototypes and almost went bankrupt before finally coming up with the world's first bagless v...

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10:43
This week’s top stories: 10 year iPhone anniversary...

In this week’s top stories: Apple commemorates the 10 year iPhone anniversary, iOS 10.2.1 betas arrive, we give you the rundown on the best HomeKit accessories coming this year, more reports of an incoming iPad refresh, and much more.

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10:40
Nintendo Banks on Switch Hit


Nintendo on Thursday announced the Nintendo Switch handheld gaming console, its long-awaited successor to the poorly received Wii 2. The $300 Switch will hit the streets March 3. Purchasers will get the console, two Joy-Con controllers, a Joy-Con Grip, a set of Joy-Con wrist straps, a Nintendo Switch dock, an HDMI cable and an AC adapter. The Switch has a 6.2-inch capacitive multitouch screen and a kickstand. The Switch can be used as an independent handheld player. Battery life ranges from 2.5 to 6 hours.

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10:27
Apple shares there new AirPods ads highlighting W1...

Update: Apple shared two more ads, one for AirPods called “Notes” and another for Apple Watch focused on Activity. View them below.

Apple today has shared two new advertisements for its truly wireless AirPods. The new videos mark the first advertisements for the AirPods from Apple and come in at 15 seconds each, with the first highlighting the pairing process and the second highlighting Siri support.

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10:14
iPhone 8 rumored to feature better waterproofing...

The iPhone 8 is being fabled by all sides as a major upgrade, following three years of the same chassis design for the iPhone. One of the flagship iPhone 7 features was the addition of waterproofing.

Along with a glass chassis redesign and bezel-less screen, The Korea Herald reports that the new iPhone will also best the iPhone 7 with even higher resistance to water and dust.

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10:04
SpaceX's comeback launch was a success

2016 was a fairly good year for SpaceX, with Elon Musk's spaceflight company inching closer to developing a reusable rocket for missions. At least up until September, when a Falcon 9 rocket exploded during a pre-launch test on the pad at Cape Canaver...

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09:30
Recommended Reading: The Wii U wasn't for...

The Wii U Was Great,
Just Not For Me
Luke Plunkett,
Kotaku

Before Nintendo revealed all the details about its upcoming Switch console, a lot of us took a moment to reflect on its predecessor: the Wii U. While the console offered compelling gamine...

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08:00
Sony's new PlayStation headset is premium in...

There's no shortage of gaming headsets on the market, and in an effort to distinguish themselves, manufacturers are turning to gimmicks to stand out from the competition. Sony, for example, has several PlayStation-branded pairs, and now it's adding a...

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07:31
15 Apple TV games you should absolutely play

Game on!

It has been more than a year since the current-gen Apple TV launched, bringing with it the ability to download and play games on your television—like a tiny, Apple-made game console. With millions of the little boxes in people’s homes now, we’ve seen a steady stream of top games make the leap from iOS and dedicated consoles over to the Apple TV.

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06:30
12 iPhone reviews in 3 minutes for its 10th...

The iPhone turned 10 on Monday, forever changing the course of smartphone history. But even game-changing devices, like humans, have good years and bad years. Remember antenna-gate? What about all of those dongles? And that time Apple tried to make t...

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06:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: More accessories seen...

New gear for your iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch

Image by IDG

This week’s roundup is full of more iOS-compatible devices seen at last week’s Consumer Electronics Show. Read on! 

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05:10
Become Tech Savvy: Transforming limiting beliefs and...

First time checking out this series? You’ll get the most value by starting with the first article. Also, here is the table of contents and overview.

Note for the already tech savvy, IT professionals, and our regular readers: this is designed as a resource as you help others or for those looking to become tech savvy on their own.

Transforming limiting beliefs and setting stakes
Background, Expectations, & Best Practices |

Now that you’ve got the hang of operating in the positive state of a growth mindset, let’s look at how the stories we repeat shape us.

Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your...

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05:01
Sqoop lists most invention companies of 2016 based...

Sqoop, a “news discovery network,” has released a list of the “most inventive companies of 2016 based on patent activity.” Apple places 11th on the list. 

This year’s list of top grant recipients is similar to last years, with some notable changes:

  • Amazon, which has seen significant media activity around some of its patents, including what has been nicknamed a flying blimp fulfillment center, was perhaps the biggest mover in the top 40, ascending from 26 to 14, and Intel moved up five 
  • Xerox, Blackberry, Broadcom, and Ericsson dropped off the list from 2015 to 2016.
  • New to the list for 2016 are GlobalFoundries, Huawei, Hyundai, Texas Instruments, and Boe Technology Group.
  • Roughly half of the patents are granted to companies headquartered outside the United States.

Sqoop reports that Apple was granted 2,115 patents in 2016. The top 10 (and their number of granted patents...

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05:00
The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Letter from the Editor

Most tech companies shoot their proverbial wads at CES, showing off their finest wares for the coming year and beyond. Usually, this means that the second week in January is a peaceful time, meant for reflection upon the tec...

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05:00
SteamWorld Heist's tactical action might steal...

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 your iPhone might seem most ideal for quick-hit games, it’s also a pretty great vessel for richer and lengthier experiences like those seen on consoles. Classics like the old Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest games are available on the App Store, as is Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, while newer games like...

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04:30
Analyst: Apple’s entry into the auto market will...

Apple is secretive about Project Titan, its alleged car project. However, considering the recent hiring spree of automotive experts, patent publications related to connected car technology, and the $10 billion spent on research and development, Apple is expected to offer connected, autonomous and shared mobility solution, opines Frost & Sullivan's, a research group.

"Apple has a long way ahead before its autonomous vehicle becomes a reality. With automotive and technology companies working together to build autonomous cars, Apple is expected to face fierce competition when it launches its product(s)/service(s)," says Frost & Sullivan Mobility Research Analyst Ajay Natteri.

In addition, growth could be hindered in initial years by customer fear of fully autonomous vehicles, existing laws for autonomous car use and accident liability issues.

"Apple's entry into the automotive industry will help it...

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04:00
2017 Technology Price Index reviews the cost of...

Rocket Internet Venture and the largest online retailer for Latin America, Linio, observing that the price for the same tech items varied significantly from country to country, even in neighboring states, conducted the 2017 Tech Price Index in order to better understand this worldwide phenomenon. 

The research took into account the various aspects which alter the cost. They presented their findings, including the wide-ranging costs for iPhone products, in the 2017 Tech Price Index. In the case of the iPhone, Linio looked at various iPhone models without the cost of phone service, in all online providers for the country, as well as at least four biggest retailers in the country's five largest cities. The same process was followed for all items in the Price Index study.

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03:00
The Week in Apple News: iPhone 10th anniversary,...

Apple headlines for the week ending Jan. 13, 2017

Image by Apple

The Apple-related headlines were slow to roll out at the beginning of this year, but going into the second week of 2017, the news picked up. Check out the important Apple headlines from the past week in this slideshow. Just click on the link to get more information.

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01:40
This week on AI: iPhone's 10th anniversary,...




As Apple marked the iPhone's 10th anniversary, rumors emerged on more of the company's plans for 2017 and 2018, including the "iPhone 8," a trio of new iPads, and other possibilities like augmented reality glasses and Netflix-like original video on Apple Music.

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00:56
Open Whisper Systems defends Whatsapp against '...

Last spring, Whatsapp announced that every message on its service is delivered with end-to-end encryption, meaning no one, not even Whatsapp, can tell what's inside. Now, a report by The Guardian cites a security researcher claiming that its implemen...

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Friday January 13

20:29
Lucasfilm says it has 'no plans' for a...

Given the recent release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story featuring an actor who died in 1994, and the recent passing of actress Carrie Fisher, perhaps it was inevitable there would be rumors she would get the same treatment. Lucasfilm has responded t...

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