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Monday November 28

07:08
∞ Amazon’s Fire TV Stick 2, a hole in Apple’s TV...

From Joe Steel’s review of Amazon’s Fire TV Stick 2:

Amazon currently has the 2nd generation Fire TV Stick on sale for $29.99, that’s $10 off the normal price, and an unbeatable bargain.

Read the main Loop post to learn more and see why this is a real hole in the Apple TV product line.

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07:00
AI can create videos of the future

Loads of devices can preserve moments on camera, but what if you could capture situations that were about to happen? It's not as far-fetched as you might think. MIT CSAIL researchers have crafted a deep learning algorithm that can create videos showi...

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06:58
WaterField Designs unveils Staad Attache for new...

WaterField Designs’ Staad Attache for the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is now available.

"The Staad Attache for tablets and laptops is designed for professionals who want a bag more formal than a messenger but more edgy than a briefcase," says WaterField Designs oowner Gary Waterfield. 

A customized internal pocket protects the 15-inch MacBook Pro with dense foam on all sides and is covered by a scratch-free liner. Two interior pockets keep accessories within reach. The Staad's slim main compartment features a gold liner enabling users to quickly spot individual contents. A large front pocket opens on two sides with sleek waterproof zippers and includes a scratch-free interior pocket for the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus.

A black ballistic or waxed canvas base sports a full-grain, distressed leather flap. A clip developed by the military — once used to instantly access ammunition — opens the bag with a "quick flick." A...

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06:56
CNN buys Casey Neistat's Beme video-sharing app...




CNN has reportedly acquired Beme, the video-sharing app co-founded by YouTube celebrity Casey Neistat -- with plans to turn it into a much bigger project.

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06:56
How to check if your iPhone 6s is eligible for Apple...

When Apple announced an iPhone 6s battery replacement program last week, identifying select models that might be eligible for a free repair due to unexpected shutdowns, it only specified manufacturing dates for potentially affected devices. It recommended customers take a trip to an Apple store or authorized reseller if they are experiencing issues to check if they are eligible for a repair. But there’s a quick and easy way to check if your device is eligible at home, using the same process that Apple repair staff will be using in stores…

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06:49
Apple prototyping hi-res curved-screen model as...

A report in the WSJ backs an earlier suggestion that Apple may be planning a hi-res curved-screen iPhone next year, possibly as a new top tier handset known as an iPhone Pro. The company is said to have gotten as far as prototyping the new device.

We’ve been hearing rumors for some time now of a third iPhone tier next year. The majority of these reports suggest that the top-tier model will be distinguished by an OLED screen while the two other models remain for now on IPS LCD – but we have heard one previous credible report of a curved-screen model …

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06:49
New bezel-less 10.9-inch iPad said to be same...




New reports circulating about an iPad refresh in 2016 point to a 3m thicker 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and bezel-less 10.9-inch iPad with the same thickness as last generation's 9.7-inch model, eschewing Apple's normal drive for thinner products as they evolve.

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06:49
CNN snaps up Casey Neistat's video sharing app...

In the hopes of bringing in a younger audience, CNN has acquired the social video sharing app Beme, which was most notably the brainchild of YouTube star Casey Neistat. Beme, which let you quickly shoot and upload four-second videos, will be shut dow...

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06:38
News: Rumor: iPad Pro to ditch bezels, making 10.9”...

Apple’s next iPad Pro release will feature a mostly bezel-less 10.9” model that’s the same size as the current 9.7” version, according to Macotakara. An “informed source in Taiwan” said that bezel will remain in the top portion of the device—where the FaceTime camera is located—but will be eliminated along the sides and the bottom, displacing the home button entirely. The source said the new tablet will…

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06:36
Apple’s iPad maintains its tablet leadership in...

According to figures published by International Data Corporation (IDC), 8.2 million tablets were shipped into Western Europe in the third quarter of 2016 (3Q16), for a 6.7% decline year-over-year (YoY). The main trends in the quarter were the ongoing expansion of detachables (IDC considers the iPad Pro a detachable) and the penetration of tablets in the commercial segment.

Detachables posted a solid 48.4% increase YoY, while the commercial segment grew 13.1% YoY. Detachable devices, especially those targeting the commercial segment, are normally positioned at higher price bands, due to the specification requirements in the space. As a result, the number of devices in the over-€600 price band in Western Europe grew 66.7% YoY, accounting for 10.6% of the total tablet market in 3Q16. The total value of the market grew 4.8% YoY to €2.5 billion, despite the overall market unit decrease.

"The increasing penetration of detachables, particularly in the commercial space, is...

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06:28
Uber's app no longer works in China

Uber has parted ways with its Chinese subsidiary, which is going to prove problematic for tourists looking to hail a ride in the Middle Kingdom. As part of the deal that saw Uber China merge with Didi Chuxing, the global Uber app has been disentangle...

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06:21
iPads and MacBook Airs among the most popular items...

Adobe reports that the most popular items sold online during Black Friday (Nov. 25) included iPads, MacBook Airs, Lego A/S building sets, Razor electric scooters, flying drones, Mattel Barbie dolls, and Samsung 4K television sets. U.S. consumers spent a record US$3.3 billion online the day after Thanksgiving.

The five top selling electronic products on Black Friday were iPads, Samsung 4k TVs, MacBook Airs, LG TVs and Microsoft Xbox. Mobile is driving the majority of visits to retail websites on Black Friday at 55% (45 percent coming from smartphones, 10% from tablets), while accounting for 36% of sales (25% smartphones, 11% tablets). The average order value (AOV) on iOS smartphones ($142) was higher compared to Android smartphones ($130). 

Adobe’s Black Friday report is based on aggregated and anonymous data from 22.6...

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06:20
Jason Snell: All the Ways I Automate

Jason Snell, writing for iMore:

Scripting and automation have been in the conversation lately, owing to Apple’s reported disbanding of the macOS team responsible for them and the departure of scripting advocate Sal Soghoian from the company last month.

They sounds like arcane, abstract concepts. And to be sure, scripting and automation are the sort of feature that’s used by more like 5% of users rather than 50%. But in pondering Apple’s possible shift in automation strategy, I began to consider all the ways I use it in my working life.

It’s amazing how many opportunities there are to add automation to your day-to-day workflow. I use Keyboard Maestro for most of my automation, typically creating a hot key that launches an application, or wrapping a specific sequence of clicks/drags/typing into a macro I can launch with a single hot key.

Read the article, even if you don’t think about automation. The post is well written, relatively short, and does a great...

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06:14
Apple asks OLED suppliers to increase output in...




Apple is said to be exploring more than 10 potential prototype models in anticipation of next year's 10th anniversary of the iPhone, with the company eyeing an OLED-display curved "iPhone 8" for launch in 2017.

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06:12
WiFi Mesh Systems

Dave Hamilton, writing for The Mac Observer, explains the basics of WiFi Mesh Systems and compares three popular solutions.

If you manage a network (even a home network) with a lot of devices, this is worth reading.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:09
Rumor: the iPhone 8 will have a camera capable of 3D...

Apple and LG are reportedly working on a camera capable of 3D imaging (think 3D photography) for the iPhone 8 series, according to the International Business Times. The article adds that Apple has “roped in” LinX, which it acquired in April 2015 for camera development for about US$20 million.

In 2014, LinX said it had "successfully developed" miniature multi-aperture cameras designed for mobile devices. The camera modules are nearly half the height of a standard mobile camera and are capable of "creating stunning color images and high accuracy depth maps," the company claimed.

The LinX cameras are purportedly artifact-free, even when objects appear at very short range. During the registration process between the images, the LinX software extracts depth information for each pixel and creates a depth map. The software...

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06:05
iOS 10.1.1 Is Causing Battery Issues For Many iPhone...

An anonymous reader writes: A recent iOS update to 10.1.1 fix Apple's Health application has had unintended consequences for many users -- shutdown at 30% battery remaining and lack of audio using Apple Earpods. Users on an Apple forum report that the battery indicator jumps from 30% to 1% (dubbed the 30% bug) and a reboot is required where the phone then runs for a few more hours. Some have taken the iPhone back to receive a replacement only to find the same thing happens. Apple has not responded to the 11 pages of forum complaints but apparently, Genius Bar staff have identified unusual discharging of the battery -- which does not make sense if a reboot temporarily fixes the issue and returns the battery indicator to 30%. It also appears to affect all versions of iPhone that support iOS 10.x.


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06:04
Indonesian minister details potential Jakarta Apple...




Supplementing its efforts in Indonesia, Apple appears to be on the cusp of setting up a research and development center in Jakarta, with plans and locations said to be finalized before the end of 2017.

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06:03
San Francisco’s Muni Metro hacked, free rides for...

San Francisco Examiner:

Computer systems at San Francisco’s transit system, Muni, have been restored following a malware attack on Friday afternoon.

Payment systems across the agency’s subways read “OUT OF ORDER” in large red digital letters at Powell Station, Embarcadero Station and other stations across The City following the attack.

On Friday and Saturday, computers in station agents’ booths across the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency displayed “You Hacked, ALL Data Encrypted. Contact For Key(cryptom27@yandex.com)ID:681 ,Enter.”

Sidebar: We are on the cusp of quantum computing, which will potentially make computers capable of easily solving sophisticated problems used as the basis of today’s encryption. And that will mean more hacking, but could also...

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06:00
Apple will open a research and development center in...

Apple plans to open a research and development center in Jakarta, Indonesia, next year, according to a Tempo report. Communication and Information Minister Rudiantara said that the preparation of the project development has progressed to the final stage.

“It’s more important. “By late December, they will commence the execution for the location” he added. “So, in 2017, they will start building structures and recruiting employees.”

Jakarta is the capital and most populous city of the Republic of Indonesia. Located on the northwest coast of the world's most populous island of Java, it’s country's economic, cultural and political center, with a population of 10,075,310 as of 2014. Indonesia is the world’s fourth most populous country after China, India and the U.S, with a population of more than 260 million.

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06:00
News: iLounge Cyber Monday Deals

It’s Cyber Monday, and in addition to the usual great iLounge Deals, today you can save an additional 15% to 25% with our special Cyber Monday coupon codes (some exclusions apply). In VPNs, you can get a lifetime subscription to VPN Unlimited for only $29 — that’s 94% off the regular price — and save an additional 25% off of this or any of the other VPN deals in our Cyber Monday collection by using the coupon code CYBER25. We also…

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05:57
Report: New micro-bezel 10.9-inch iPad to have same...

A report from often-reliable Japanese site Makotakara says that a new 10.9-inch iPad rumored for release early next year will have the same footprint as the current 9.7-inch iPad Pro, despite the larger screen size.

Citing an ‘informed’ supply-chain source in Taiwan, the site says that the larger screen size will be offset by smaller bezels. The top bezel containing the FaceTime camera is said to remain, while the Home button will be removed and side bezels reduced …

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05:54
Marcus Conge, digital artist

I’ve long been a fan of Marcus Conge’s work. Now he’s embedded some of his best stuff in a web site. Check it out.

And if you’ve got the need, he’s currently taking on work (see the Hire Me section at the bottom left).

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:20
9to5Mac unscientific poll shows significant numbers...

A poll of 9to5Mac readers show that significant numbers of owners of the latest MacBook Pro models have experienced the GPU glitches reported last week. Problems were reported with all of the new models, ranging from 40% of owners of the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Radeon Pro 460, down to 11% of those with the mid-tier 455 variant …

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05:05
New magnetic field theory gets us closer to nuclear...

Researchers from the US Department of Energy (DoE) and Princeton University have developed a new theory on plasma that could help scientists figure out solar flares and fusion power. Most fusion research is focused on "magnetic confinement" reactors...

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05:00
Trump pushes for Apple to manufacture products in...

The idiot has expressed his desires where Apple is concerned.

President-elect and orange Jabba the Hutt clone Donald Trump, following up on a campaign promise that he would “get Apple to start making their computers and their iPhones on our land, not in China” – and he has now said the same thing directly to Apple CEO Tim Cook.

In a recent interview with the New York Times, Trump offered the following:

I got a call from Tim Cook at Apple, and I said, ‘Tim, you know one of the things that will be a real achievement for me is when I get Apple to build a big plant in the United States, or many big plants in the United States, where instead of going to China, and going to Vietnam, and going to the places that you go to, you’re making your product...

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05:00
The Xtand Vent is an iPhone holder that clips — for...

Just Mobile’s Xtand Vent is a simple, inexpensive (US$24.95), solution that doesn’t one job and does it reasonably well, though it’s not a good solution for everyone. It’s a smartphone holder that clips onto your car’s air vent.

The goal is to keep your iPhone in sight at eye level for safe driving. I won’t get into the discussion whether using a smartphone at all while driving is a good idea. Let me just say that using a product like the Vent is smarter than fiddling with an iPhone on the passenger seat — or trying to fish it out of your pocket or purse while you’re behind the wheel.

With a firm, rubberized grip, it will hold any smartphone as wide as 3.6-inches; it worked just fine with my iPhone 7 Plus, which was decked out in a Mujjo Leather Case. The Xtand Vent’s aluminum ball-joint swivel and tightener mechanism let you adjust the placement of your iPhone; you can select from...

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04:42
After India & China, Apple said to be setting up...

With the asian market a large and growing one for Apple, the company appears to be focusing on expanding its R&D efforts in the region. Following the announcement of multiple development centers in India and China, Indonesian site Tempo reports that Apple is to setup an R&D center in Jakarta sometime next year …

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04:30
The Synology DiskStation DS416j is a great basis for...

Synology is well known for their NAS (Network Attached Storage) devices. Over the past week I’ve had the chance to review a NAS that Synology is going to be selling packaged with two IP cameras. The Synology DS416j will be packaged with two Amcrest Pro/HD cameras and four Seagate Ironwolf hard drives. They are packaging and promoting this as an entry level home security camera system.  

 

The hardware

The main box itself is a cube shaped computer about eight inches on all sides. My first impression when opening the box was how well built and attractive the device is. I’ve reviewed Synology products in the past. They were white and plastic and worked wonderfuly, but the deep black of this unit was striking. Not only did I find the black quite attractive, but the unit is metal. This lends to the strength of the DiskStation as well as the ability to dissipate heat which...

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04:00
Building iPhones in the U.S. may not be such a crazy...

President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to bring Apple manufacturing of iPhones back to the U.S. Some pundits have said that will never happen as it would make the cost of the smartphone skyrocket, but that might not be the case. 

"Making iPhones in the US means the cost will more than double," a source told Nikkei. And a Phone Arena article says that such a move would raise the price Apple pays for the manufacturing of an iPhone from about $225 per-unit to about $300. 

However, entrepreneur Vivek Wadhwa says in aWashington Post column that the thought of Apple building iPhones in the U.S. isn’t that...

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03:57
Google’s Pixel turning its nose up at screengrabs...

Google’s new Pixel smartphone is apparently failing to properly display screengrabs sent from the iPhone 7 Plus. Screengrabs sent from within an app on the iPhone arrive with both dimensions and colors distorted.

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03:01
Sony made a Walkman for 'Final Fantasy XV...

Final Fantasy XV is about to make it's long, long anticipated debut tomorrow, so get ready for the hype (and merchandising). We've already seen a FF XV branded Audi A8, of all things, and Sony has now revealed a limited edition Final Fantasy XV Walkm...

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01:01
Hospital to get first dedicated 3D tissue-printing...

You still can't get a 3D-printed liver transplant made from your own cells, but an Australian hospital is trying to push the tech into the mainstream. The Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane is building a dedicated "biofabrication"...

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00:43
Flash Deals: Apple's 12.9" iPad Pro 256GB...




While supplies last this Cyber Monday, pick up a 13" MacBook Air (1.6GHz, 8GB, 128GB) on eBay for $786.99 with free shipping (a discount of $212 off MSRP). Or opt for a refurbished 256GB 12.9" iPad Pro (Wi-Fi Only) for $649.99 with free shipping and no tax outside FL.

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Sunday November 27

23:06
Apple Cyber Monday Roundup: Find the best deals...




Black Friday may have come and gone, but the deals are still going strong this Cyber Monday. From instant cash discounts to exclusive coupon savings, shoppers can save hundreds of dollars on new Apple hardware. Plus, many retailers do not collect sales tax in most states with free shipping to boot.

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22:01
Tesla's upgraded Autopilot will start rolling...

Should you happen to be one of the first drivers to buy a Model S or Model X with Enhanced Autopilot support, you're probably wondering when you'll actually start getting those features. Well, the mystery's over. Elon Musk informs a new Model S own...

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20:53
Test can show if the speed of light has changed

Modern science assumes that the speed of light has always been the same. Researchers have suggested that this seeming constant might have changed over time, however, and they now have a way to find out whether or not that's true. Professors Jo&atilde...

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18:52
San Francisco transit stations fall victim to a hack

San Franciscans just got an all-too-real demonstration of what it's like when hackers attack urban infrastructure. The city's Municipal Transportation Agency has confirmed that the Muni station computer system was hacked, leading officials to open fa...

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16:55
Massive galaxy cluster found 'hiding'...

You would think that it would be easy to spot a cosmic structure as enormous as a supercluster holding legions of galaxies, but not so -- the Milky Way can hide all kinds of objects, usually due to dust and stars obscuring the view. If you need proof...

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15:35
How to reopen tabs in Safari for iOS 10 and macOS...




Whether you closed one by accident or simply remembered something else you wanted to look at, reopening a closed tab is an essential task in any modern Web browser. Here's how to do it in Safari for iOS 10 and macOS Sierra.

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14:49
German draft law would limit your data privacy rights

Germany has generally been protective of privacy as of late, but it might take a step backward. The country's union for data protection has revealed that an interior ministry draft law would seriously curtail data privacy rights. You wouldn't have...

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12:51
BMW reportedly unveils an i3 redesign in 2017

BMW might not be waiting for the distant future to step up its electric car plans. Welt sources claim that the automaker plans the 2017 launch of a redesigned i3 that promises both practical and cosmetic improvements. You should see a new battery tha...

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11:00
Ben Heck's Virtual Boy, part 1

Ben's seeing double this week with a retro virtual reality console that was ahead of its time: Nintendo's Virtual Boy (codename "VUE"). Though the technology was advanced in many ways, it didn't prevent the sort of dizziness that still plagues...

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10:19
∞ 38 Saint Bernards walking through the woods

If this video doesn’t make you smile, then you’re having an incredibly bad day.

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09:28
Major 'No Man's Sky' update arrives...

That promised Foundation Update for No Man's Sky? It's already here for both PC and PS4... and it includes much, much more than Hello Games hinted at just a couple of days ago. The centerpiece remains base building, which turns out to be simple but h...

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09:07
In Stock: Save $50 on Apple's 15" MacBook...




While they last, Apple authorized reseller B&H Photo has limited stock of Apple's new 15-inch MacBook Pro (2.6GHz 16GB 256GB Radeon 450) in both Space Gray and Silver, the latter of which is also marked down $50 to $2,349 -- the lowest price we've seen for this configuration when in-stock and ready-to-ship.

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08:00
After Math: Let's get lost in space

It's been a stellar week for our space-faring future. NASA unveiled its theoretical EM Drive, UCSF researchers successfully placed mouse embryos into suspended animation, a team from the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research stumbled upon th...

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07:00
The world's fastest electric car, and more in...

Tesla finally sealed the deal on its acquisition of SolarCity this week, and the merger is already producing incredible results. The two companies just completed a project to power an entire island on solar power. In other energy news, researchers in...

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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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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

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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.

more…

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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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