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Thursday February 16

16:09
Why modern cars turn off one of their lights when...

I’d noticed this a while ago and thought it was odd and a little annoying. Now that I know the reason, it’s just annoying.

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16:08
Billboard’s iPhone 7 Plus cover photo

The latest issue of Billboard features Camila Cabello on the cover in a stunning photo shot outside a rental home in Beverly Hills — with an iPhone 7 Plus using the new Portrait mode.

That is really remarkable. I love using Portrait Mode on my iPhone 7 Plus—even though I’m not a great photographer, Apple helps give my photos depth and polish that I wouldn’t be able to achieve otherwise.

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16:03
AT&T expands access to unlimited plan

AT&T Inc said on Thursday it would make its unlimited data plan available to all wireless customers who pay a monthly bill, days after rival Verizon Communications Inc announced an unlimited option.

I really dislike the fact that we have to wait for a price war in order to get access to something like an unlimited plan. I don’t trust any wireless company.

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16:02
Microsoft Office for Mac gets Touch Bar support

Owners of the Macbook Pro with Touch Bar will be pleased to hear that Microsoft Office now works with the LCD strip Apple introduced with its latest laptop. Support for Touch Bar was announced alongside the new MacBook Pro at an Apple event last Octo...

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15:34
Some poor soul has a Nintendo Switch, but no games

Today is a bittersweet day for NeoGAF user hiphoptherobot. His Nintendo Switch pre-order arrived on his doorstep two weeks ahead of schedule, but he has absolutely nothing to play on it. "I have no games at all," he told the popular gaming forum. "Al...

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15:14
Zuckerberg's vague new mission for Facebook

Facebook had already run into rocky territory over the past year, stumbling over censoring historically-significant content and wrestling with its own role in the election, before Trump came to office. Amid an 'America First' administration raising u...

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14:58
Google needs your help building better video...

You probably haven't heard of YouTube-8M, but it's a big deal for anyone working in the field of machine learning. In short, it's a large database of labeled video content that programmers can use to test out their algorithms. Today, Google announced...

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14:54
Skype beta on iOS and Android adds in-call and...

Microsoft today announced that it’s bringing a few new features to users enrolled in the Skype Insider program on iOS and Android. In a blog post, Microsoft previewed new features including a built-in camera, in-call reactions, messaging reactions, and more.

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14:44
Notable apps and app updates for Feb. 16, 2017

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.

iOS Apps/Updates

Full Fat has introduced Blocky Snowboarding 1.0. It’s a free snowboarding game in which players carve, grind, jump and grab big air with tricks and stunts. Blocky Snowboarding provides tap controls, collectible snowboards and themed slopes.

Conceptis has launched Conceptis MultiSudoku 1.0 for the iPad. The free game offers four multi-grid Sudoku variations in a single app.

macOS Apps/Updates

Reggie Ashworth has announced AppDelete 4.3.2, an update to his application deletion utility for macOS. Via drag and drop...

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14:30
AWT News Update: February 16, 2017

An AM/FM/Cassette Sony Walkman. Find out what this has to do with today's podcast!

Today we have a wide spectrum of Apple and industry-related news items for your listening pleasure:

  • The chairman of the FCC wants the FM radio receivers in most smartphones enabled
  • Facebook may soon become THE place to look for and apply for jobs
  • Touch ID is passé - here comes 3D laser scanning for facial recognition

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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Text Version

This is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and you’re listening to the AWT News Update for February 16, 2017....

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14:29
Skype Mobile tests in-call reactions and retooled...

With the wide variety messaging apps adding video calls, Microsoft has been steadily rolling out improvements to Skype to keep up with the competition. Starting today, Skype users can help test a few new beta features that should make video calling a...

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14:21
AT&T expands unlimited plan to all customers,...




In a bid to stay current amid recently increased competition, AT&T on Thursday said it will make a new AT&T Unlimited Data Plan available to all post-paid customers on Friday, with tiers starting at $100 for single user.

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14:16
Microsoft Office 2016 15.31

Adds support for the Touch Bar on the 2016 MacBook Pro to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. ($149.99 new, free update)

 

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14:03
AT&T is expanding its unlimited data plan to...

Following in the footsteps of Verizon and T-Mobile, AT&T today announced a new unlimited data plan available to all of its customers. While AT&T brought back an unlimited data plan last year, it was limited to DirecTV and U-Verse subscribers. Today’s plan, however, is open to anyone…

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14:02
The Wirecutter's best deals: Save $30 on a UE...

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, they may earn affiliate commissions that support their work. Read their c...

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13:53
News: Rumor: iPhone 8 to eliminate Touch ID in favor...

Apple may be planning to phase out Touch ID in favour of a new facial recognition technology, according to a new research note by JPMorgan analyst Rob Hall, reported by MacRumors. Hall indicates that the rumoured 5.8-inch iPhone with edge-to-edge OLED display would phase out Touch ID due to Apple’s removal of the home button to accommodate the new display, replacing it instead with a front-facing 3D laser scanner. His research note also suggests…

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13:46
Korean court approves arrest warrant for Samsung...




South Korea's Central District Court has approved an arrest warrant for the acting head of the Samsung Group, Jay Y. Lee, a report indicated on Thursday.

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13:27
Samsung's South Korean leader has been arrested...

That took a little longer than expected. Samsung's vice chairman Lee Jae-yong (better known as Jay Y. Lee) has been arrested over charges of bribery, according to Bloomberg. In early January a court had yet to approve the warrant.

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13:23
AT&T will offer unlimited data for all customers...

Well that didn't take long. Just a few days after Verizon announced it would start offering an unlimited data plan after years of selling capped data packages, AT&T will be doing the same. As of tomorrow, AT&T will let any current or potentia...

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13:22
Where Cards Fall: New game trailer from Snowman...

Last August, Snowman (the game house behind the mega-hit Alto's Adventure) and The Game Band teased us with a trailer for a new game called Where Cards Fall. The game was first teased in an email in March of 2016, and the only word we got was that Where Cards Fall would be shipping in 2017. Today, a new trailer arrived, showing some of the actual game play:

We now know that the debut of the new game will be "Fall 2017", but the exciting news is the list of platforms that are supported. For Apple fans, you'll be thrilled to know that the game will be available for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Mac. Oh, and there will be a PC version if you swing that way...

Below, you'll find excerpts from an interview about Where Cards Fall:

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12:54
Head to head: Comparing AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile...




All four of the big U.S. wireless providers once again have unlimited plans available to smartphone users. AppleInsider looks into the four, and gives you the data you need to make the best choice possible if you're in the market.

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12:50
President Trump plans to order a new travel ban next...

President Donald Trump said he will sign an executive order next week that updates his contentious January 27th ban on travelers and refugees from seven majority-Muslim countries. Last week, a federal appeals court ruled to keep a stay on the preside...

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12:50
Office for Mac gets Touch Bar support with Outlook...

MacBook Pro users can now insert a hyperlink in their Word document using the Touch Bar.

On Thursday, Microsoft released Touch Bar support to all Office for Mac users. This gives the Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps new contextual capabilities on the new MacBook Pro. Microsoft first announced Touch Bar support in October, and a preview was released to members of the Office Insider program earlier this month. MacBook Pro users can access these features by going to Help > Check for updates in any of their Office for Mac apps.

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12:40
Casting Oscar: Foundry creates each statuette as...

I didn’t realize there was a nameplate created for each nominee.

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12:30
Apple airs two new ads showcasing Portrait mode on...




Continuing an aggressive campaign, Apple on Thursday released two new iPhone 7 Plus ads through its YouTube channel, once again concentrating on the phone's unique Portrait mode.

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12:29
Google opens massive virtual collection of US...

If you're an American history buff, you're in luck. To celebrate President's Day, Google arts and culture team has just kicked off a monumental historical project focusing on our country's top office with the American Democracy program.

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12:14
Office for Mac gets Touch Bar support

Microsoft has upgraded Office for Mac, adding Touch Bar support for some models of the 2016 MacBook Pros. Word, Excel, and PowerPoint will add “the most relevant commands to what you're working on are at your fingertips” via the Touch Bar.

Microsoft Office 365 subscriptions start at $69.99 per year for a one-user personal license, or $5 per month per user for businesses. Updates are available from Microsoft AutoUpdate (MAU). To use MAU, start an Office application, such as Word, and then choose Help > Check for Updates. If you're an admin and want to update the computers in your organization with your existing software deployment tools, you can download and deploy the update packages for each application.

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12:11
NASA crowdsources better ways to poop in spacesuits

Back in December, NASA and X Prize competition website HeroX announced the Space Poop Challenge to find a hands-free human waste solution that would work for six days in spacesuit. The winning entry was designed by Air Force Colonel Thatcher R. Cardo...

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11:47
Play a piano duet with Google's AI partner

When Google tries to educate public about its AI research, it often releases tools that playfully explain the grittier, technical corners of artificial intelligence. Like, say, neural network software that looks at objects through your device's camer...

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11:31
Apple shares two new ads w/ focus on iPhone 7 Plus...

Apple today shared two new ads on its official YouTube channel, both of which highlight the “Portrait Mode” feature available exclusively on the iPhone 7 Plus.

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11:30
Microsoft rolls out MacBook Pro Touch Bar support to...




Following after a brief beta preview, Microsoft is rolling out support for the MacBook Pro Touch Bar to all users of Office for Mac, with the update providing quick access to functions from the new dynamic display panel.

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11:28
A version of the pre-Trump EPA website is online

Longing for a time when the White House didn't actively deny the effects humans were having on climate change? You aren't alone. Following the sweeping changes made on Inauguration Day this year, at least three Freedom of Information Act requests wer...

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11:06
MacBook Pro Touch Bar support now available for...

Microsoft has released a new update today for Office 2016 for Mac that includes Touch Bar support. These features were originally announced during Apple’s October event last year. We reported last week that members of the Office Insider beta program got a chance to try out the new update first. Now, the update with Touch Bar functionality is available to all users.

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11:06
'Alto's Adventure' studio will launch...

Indie game developer Snowman has built up quite a reputation based mostly on one game: Alto's Adventure. But we now finally know when we'll get to see the studio's next creation. Where Cards Fall, a game the company has been teasing for a few years n...

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11:04
Cord cutting advice using the Apple TV

This is a good article by Abdel Ibrahim that takes you through some apps and hardware you’ll need if you want to watch TV using the Apple TV. I still wish it was easier than what it is.

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11:01
New Billboard cover features photo shot with Apple...




The cover of the latest issue of Billboard Magazine -- showing Fifth Harmony singer Camila Cabello -- was shot on an iPhone 7 Plus at the request of the magazine, a report said on Thursday.

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10:43
Lenovo is being dragged down by its mobile business

Lenovo is accustomed to good financial news, but even it's not immune to the tepid smartphone market. The company's mobile division lost $112 million as sales took a 23 percent nosedive, including both Moto and Lenovo handsets. Not long ago, Lenovo w...

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10:37
Up next for Apple TV: 4K streaming reportedly in the...

The Apple TV is a solid product, but it doesn’t do a whole lot more than rival streaming set-top boxes on the market. But there were big plans for the device, according to a new Bloomberg report. Some of those plans are still on the roadmap, like an upgraded device that can stream 4K content. Others, like a skinny bundle of TV networks that could replace a cable subscription, seem like a lost cause.

Apple just hired former Amazon Fire TV chief Timothy Twerdahl to take over Apple TV marketing, freeing former marketing head Pete Distad to make content deals for the device. This move is a promising one, indicating that Apple knows the TV needs some work.

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10:22
Tinder just bought a Snapchat-like video app

With Tinder's acquisition of collaborative video messaging app Wheel, the swiping app of choice may soon offer more than photos of available people in your area. Tinder expanded beyond dating last July with the introduction of Tinder Social, which co...

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10:01
Apple considered buying Imagine Entertainment

Apple once considered buying Imagine Entertainment (Ron Howard’s production company), according to The Financial Times. It didn’t pan out (obviously).

“The talks were serious enough to involve Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive, and Eddy Cue, its senior vice-president of internet software and services,” says the Times. “The talks included a possible ‘first look’ distribution deal of Imagine movies and television shows, as well as an investment by Apple — or even a full purchase. But, as with many other potential deals involving Apple, the discussions fizzled out.”

Pictured are Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, co-founders of Imagine Entertainment

For example, Apple had reportedly held negotiations with Chris Rock before the comedian signed a $40 million deal with...

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10:00
Hasbro's cute new robo-dog teaches coding on...

Toy makers are coming up with more and more ways to encourage children to learn STEM skills, and Hasbro is trying to do that in a somewhat futuristic way. The company is releasing a $120 robotic dog toy called Proto Max as part of its FurReal Friends...

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09:42
Google Assistant now helps with your shopping on...

Amazon's Echo and its Alexa virtual assistant had a big head start before Google debuted Home, but the company has regularly announced new features to try and make up ground. Today, Google revealed a big addition and will it close to home for Amazon:...

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09:37
Apple CEO Tim Cook, SVP Eddy Cue attempted Imagine...




Apple could have bolstered its video content strategy significantly with an acquisition of a production company, a report claims, with discussions allegedly involving Apple CEO Tim Cook and SVP Eddy Cue said to have potentially led to a purchase of Imagine Entertainment.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: $275 off 13″ MacBook Air,...

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09:18
WWDC 2017 Moves Back to San Jose on June 5th through...

Apple has announced dates for its Worldwide Developers Conference sooner than expected, and with another surprise: it’s moving back to San Jose after years in San Francisco.

 

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09:12
Hands-on: Twelve South BookArc with the 2016 MacBook...

As an owner of the LG UltraFine 5K Display, I often find myself using my 2016 MacBook Pro in closed-display (clamshell) mode with a keyboard attached to the display’s USB-C port. This allows me to enjoy the best of both worlds — a portable machine for when I’m on the go, and a 5K desktop setup for when I’m stationed at my desk.

Anyone who uses closed-display mode on a regular basis knows that having your MacBook Pro sitting flat on your desk takes can take up a significant amount of prime real estate on the desk top. It’s why vertical stands like Twelve South’s BookArc have been so popular with MacBook users over the years.

In this brief hands-on video, we take a look at the recently-updated BookArc, which includes a new rubber insert that’s specially designed to make the vertical stand play nice with the 2016 MacBook Pro....

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08:48
Apple at peak of Fortune 'Most Admired...




Racking up a 10-year streak, Apple on Thursday claimed the top spot on Fortune's "World's Most Admired Companies" list for 2017, based on the opinions of 3,800 executives, directors, analysts, and experts.

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08:48
News: Report: Apple working on 4K for next-...

Apple is planning to release a new Apple TV sometime this year which will include ultra-high-definition 4K support, Bloomberg reports. According to people familiar with the plans, the Apple TV is internally codenamed “J105” and will also feature more vivid colors, but little else is known about the new device. Sources suspect that it may not include any other significant new features beyond the processor upgrade necessary to support the…

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08:45
Watson Joins Cybersecurity Warriors' Ranks


IBM this week announced Watson for Cyber Security, a powerful new ally for organizations that want to protect their data from Net marauders. The new offering bolsters the ability of information security pros to analyze the flood of information from the roughly 200,000 events that pour into their Security Operations Centers, or SOCs, every day. About 20 percent of that flood is comprised of structured data that can be analyzed with database tools, but as much as 80 percent of it is unstructured data.

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08:35
Report: Apple held talks w/ Ron Howard’s Imagine...

Apple reportedly held negotiations with Ron Howard’s production company Imagine Entertainment regarding an original content distribution deal or possible acquisition, according to a new report from The Financial Times.

While the report claims the talks were far along enough to include CEO Tim Cook and other high-level executives, including the company’s senior vice-president of internet software and services Eddy Cue, the negotiations reportedly “fizzled out”:

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08:32
Patent used by Sportbrain in Apple Watch...




The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has agreed to review the validity of a patent owned by Sportbrain Holdings relating to how wearable devices operate, shortly after the company sued Apple by alleging the Apple Watch infringes the patent.

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08:23
Apple is Fortune's 2017 World's Most...

Fortune

Every year, Fortune puts together a survey of corporate reputations called The World's Most Admired Companies. This year, Apple leads the list as one of the "Top 10 All-Stars", considered the most admired corporation in the world.

The complete list can be found here. Apple was followed this year by some very familiar names:

1. Apple
2. Amazon
3. Starbucks
4. Berkshire Hathaway
5. Walt Disney
6. Alphabet (Google)
7. General Electric
8. Southwest Airlines
*9. Facebook  
*9. Microsoft

(Facebook and Microsoft tied for 9th place)

One of the big losers since 2016 is Samsung Electronics, which fell from the top 50 from last year due to the issues with the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone and the way the company handled that problem. 

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08:19
Heroic driver sacrifices his Tesla to save...

Jalopnik:

Near Munich, Germany, a man in a Tesla Model S saw a Volkswagen Passat swerving erratically on the Autobahn, slamming against a guardrail multiple times. When he noticed that the person behind the wheel was unconscious, the Tesla driver sprang into action.

Muenchner Merkur reports that this “action” involved the 41 year-old driver in the Tesla calling the fire department, and then pulling his Model S in front of the out-of-control Passat.

He then tapped the brakes so the Passat was contacting his rear bumper, and slowly, the two cars came to a halt. Shortly thereafter, the fire department came to assist the unconscious driver, who, the German daily newspaper says, likely suffered a stroke.

Great, selfless action.

Elon Musk got wind of the story and tweeted:

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08:15
CSS reference

Yesterday, we posted a link to this HTML reference. Here’s a CSS reference from the same folks. Good stuff. Pass it along.

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08:12
Gruber on Bloomberg’s “Apple struggles to make big...

Yesterday, we posted a link to a Bloomberg article with the title, Apple Struggles to Make Big Deals, Hampering Strategy Shifts.

John Gruber took Bloomberg to the woodshed in his post. A perfect take, well worth the read.

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08:08
Apple vowed to revolutionize television. An inside...

Mark Gurman, Bloomberg:

Earlier this month, Apple Inc. poached the chief of Amazon’s Fire TV unit to run its television operations. Timothy D. Twerdhal brings hardware and content experience to his new gig, and his hiring suggests a renewed focus on the Apple TV set-top box.

Twerdhal’s arrival comes as the company tests a new, fifth-generation Apple TV that it may release as soon as this year. Internally codenamed “J105,” the new box will be capable of streaming ultra-high-definition 4K and more vivid colors, according to people familiar with the plans.

A bit of a doom and gloom take, but worth the read. Apple is clearly feeling their way here.

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08:02
Latest report suggests iPhone 8 screen features...

Last night, reliable Apple analyst KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo posted his latest assessment of the iPhone 8 detailing the addition of a virtual function area replacing the physical Home button. However, the report also included screen resolution specs which help draw some additional insight.

KGI’s numbers imply that the iPhone 8 will have a pixel density around 521 PPI, far higher than the existing iPhone lineup (iPhone 7 PPI is ~320). It also seems likely that Apple will use Retina assets at 3x scale, packing Plus features into a body the same size as the 4.7 inch phones …

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08:00
The Week in iOS Cases and Accessories: New smart...

No-fail scales

Image by Rob Schultz/Macworld

This week’s roundup includes smart scales that take comprehensive measures of your health and sync that information to your iPhone. Read on!

B&O Play by Bang & Olufsen

Image by Beoplay

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07:59
Twitter starts putting abusive users in the corner...

Twitter recently introduced a new weapon to combat trolls on its network: the timeout.

Last week, the social network rolled out a new feature that tries to detect abusive behavior from user accounts, as first reported by BuzzFeed. When abuse is suspected, Twitter reduces the number of people who can see that person’s tweets for a pre-determined period of time. 

Ian Pau/PCWorld

A Twitter search result showing users reacting to temporary limits on their account.

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07:45
Ticketmaster for iOS adds Apple Music integration...

Chance Miller, 9to5Mac:

Ticketmaster for iOS was today updated with Apple Music integration, allowing users to more easily find upcoming concerts based on what’s in their Apple Music library.

The update pushes the app 1.10.2 and makes it significantly easier to quickly know when an artist you love is touring.

A terrific idea. I wish that Apple Music had a tour date interface built in, the ability to send me notifications when a band I specify announces tour dates. They could no doubt sell tickets to the concerts from within the notification. This exist?

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07:42
Apple's WWDC 2017 art borrows design concept...




The colorful artwork Apple is using for its 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference is based on a poster for a Spanish film festival from 2010, both of which were created by the same artist (updated).

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07:39
Apple tops Fortune’s most admired companies as...

Fortune has announced its annual list of the world’s most admired companies, and for the 10th year in a row Apple has taken first place.

Arch-rival Samsung dropped out of the top 50 this year, Fortune explaining that its exploding batteries caused too much damage to both its sales and reputation.

The method used to calculate rankings is nothing if not thorough …

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07:31
Future iPhones might notify users when their...

Mikey Campbell, Apple Insider:

Display damage due to drops, impacts and other sudden shocks is the bane of many a smartphone user. Apple is working on technology to help users determine when a device is cracked and perhaps prevent such events from occurring in the first place.

Described in Apple’s filing for “Coverglass fracture detection,” the proposed system utilizes a comprehensive network of sensors and software to detect the formation of cracks, or potential cracks, in a protective display cover.

What I find most fascinating is the idea of crowdsourcing crack detection. When a crack is detected, the theory goes, Apple could contact the user to verify. The user would verify the crack (perhaps tracing it on the screen) and Apple could follow up to learn what type of impact caused the crack. Pretty cool idea.

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07:30
Apple’s 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference starts...

Enlarge / Apple's WWDC announcement. (credit: Apple)

Apple's 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference is happening between June 5 and June 9 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California, according to both the WWDC site and e-mails sent out to registered developers this morning.

Previous WWDCs have usually been at the Moscone West Convention Center in downtown San Francisco, but the conference has been outgrowing that venue for years, and last year Apple had the opening-day keynote at the nearby Bill Graham Civic Auditorium just to make sure everyone could get a seat. The new location does offer...

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07:24
J.P. Morgan: Next iPhone may have facial recognition...

CNBC:

Apple may replace its fingerprint scanner with a face scanner on the next iPhone, according to JPMorgan analyst Rod Hall.

A front-facing 3-D scanner could replace the home button, which could be phased out if Apple goes with a full-glass front this year, Hall wrote in a research note this week. Biometric facial scanning would be more secure for Apple Pay and could work better in “wet conditions” if the iPhones are more water resistant, JPMorgan wrote.

Don’t have a link to the original research note. If anyone has it, please tweet it at me, I’d like to read the original text. And I’ll add it here as an update.

UPDATE: Johannes Schaller points out that the Surface Pro 4 ships with...

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07:10
Facebook 'Trending' fights fake news on...




In an effort to fight the fake news epidemic, changes to Facebook's Trending section have now rolled out to all users, adding an original, trusted source of the material and brief summary of the story.

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07:04
Review: The Soundcast VG1 packs a lot of punch into...

Bluetooth speakers are so ubiquitous that, to be honest, my eyes have a tendency to glaze over at the mention of yet another one. The Soundcast VG1, however, caught my attention because its earlier – and more expensive – Melody speaker got rave reviews.

The VG1 looked, on paper, to be the holy grail of highly-portable outdoor speakers, claiming good sound quality, decent volume, long battery-life and true IP67 waterproofing at a relatively affordable $150. The question was: could it deliver in practice … ?

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06:57
WWDC dates announced: Apple is moving its annual...

In a departure from the norm, Apple just announced the dates and location of its annual Worldwide Developers Conference. This year, the event will be at San Jose’s McEnery Convention Center instead of San Francisco’s Moscone Center, though Apple is keeping its usual June time slot.

Apple unveiled the dates and venue change in a Thursday press release. The company typically holds off on revealing WWDC details until much closer to the event, but Apple execs wanted to give developers plenty of time to make travel arrangements, according to The Loop.

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06:47
McDonald's parodies Jony Ive Apple design...




In a bid to sell its upcoming St. Patrick's-themed Chocolate Shamrock Shake, McDonald's has revealed "the STRAW," an accompanying product the fast food chain is marketing with a clip that pokes fun at Apple marketing videos, which frequently star chief design officer Jony Ive.

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06:40
Apple Announces WWDC 2017, To Be Held in San Jose On...

Apple said today it will kick off this year's Worldwide Developers Conference on June 5. Much like every year, the developer conference is the place where we can expect to see what's coming to iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS later this year. This year, the event is being held in a different venue: the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, the original home of WWDC. John Gruber, writing for DaringFireball: First, announcing early really helps people who have to travel long distances to attend, particularly those from outside the U.S. The San Jose Convention Center is the original home of WWDC -- that's where it was held from 1988 through 2002. (WWDC 2002 was the year Steve Jobs held a funeral for Mac OS 9 during the keynote.) San Jose is way closer to Apple headquarters. San Francisco is about an hour drive from 1 Infinite Loop. The San Jose Convention Center is only five minutes away from Apple's new campus. Schiller emphasized to me that this is a big deal: more Apple employees...

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06:26
News: Apple announces WWDC 2017

Apple has announced details for this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, which is scheduled to be held from Jun. 5 - 9 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. Registration is scheduled to open Mar. 27 at 10:00 a.m. PDT, with the opportunity to purchase tickets being offered by random selection. Only those who are members of the Apple Developer Program as of the release of today’s announcement will be eligible to register…

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06:11
2017 Apple WWDC to be held June 5-9 in San Jose

Apple says the 28th annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) will be held at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. The conference will run June 5-9 and will focus on the latest versions of macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS.

WWDC allows developers from around the world to learn about Apple's platform technologies ranging from programming languages like Swift to developer APIs [application programming interfaces] like SiriKit, HomeKit, HealthKit and CarPlay. Developers will access to more than 1,000 Apple engineers with opportunities to meet and engage with them throughout the conference.

In addition to the keynote address, get-togethers, sessions and labs for developers, Apple is working with the city of San Jose and local businesses to celebrate the return of WWDC with very special experiences around San Jose throughout the week.

Developers will have the opportunity to apply for tickets this spring. Registration will once again be a lottery...

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06:00
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It’s your last chance to pick up a lifetime subscription to MailButler Professional for only $34.99 — that’s 97% off the regular price. This highly-rated plug-in for Apple Mail lets you turn it into a full-featured personal assistant to increase your productivity. You can mark your e-mail messages as to-do items to ensure you never forget about important tasks, snooze emails to get back to later, track outgoing messages to see if they…

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05:59
Analyst: ‘iPhone 8’ will save some screen space for...

In a note to clients — as noted by MacRumors — KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that the “iPhone 8” will feature a 5.8-inch display with 5.15 inches of usable screen space with some onscreen real estate reserved for virtual buttons. 

He predicts that the smartphone’s display will take up the entire front panel of the iPhone, effectively eliminating bezels. This means “goodbye” to the Home button Touch ID fingerprint recognition. These functions will be built into the screen itself.

Due to the design changes, battery improvements, new biometric features, and an OLED screen, Kuo expects the high-end iPhone 8 to cost in excess of $1,000. Along with the 5.8-inch OLED iPhone, the analyst feels Apple will offer standard 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch LCD smartphones.

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05:50
Patent report: windable Apple watch, iOS devices...

A windable Apple watch? iPhones and iPads that tell you when their screens are cracked? A new docking station? These are some of the products that Apple is at least considering.

The company has been granted a patent (number 20170047767) for a “connector-free magnetic charger/winder.” For a long time, wrist watches were powered by a knob on the side that you wound several times a day to keep the timepiece running. We might see an Apple Watch with such a feature.

It’s possible (but unlikely, in my opinion) that Apple might extend this technology to Macs and iOS devices. In the patent summary, Apple notes that electronic devices (phones, audio devices, laptops, calculators, etc.) and some mechanical devices (watches, windup toys, etc.) require cyclical charging or winding. Winding a mechanical device generally requires winding a dial on an outer peripheral portion of the mechanical device. 

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05:46
Fifth generation of Apple TV to bring 4K...




A report declares that a new 4K Apple TV, codenamed "J105" is in testing, with a debut coming as soon as this year -- but nothing new may be added to the platform besides the bump in resolution.

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05:44
Apple Moves WWDC Back to San Jose

Here’s an announcement from Apple that I wouldn’t have guessed in a hundred tries: they’re moving WWDC back to the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose.

The dates for WWDC 2017 are June 5–12. But the ticketing process isn’t until March 27. Like in previous years, it’ll be a lottery-type application system.

I had the chance to speak with Phil Schiller about this yesterday. The call was scheduled a few days in advance, but as usual with Apple, I didn’t know the topic. I spent the intervening days trying to guess. Moving WWDC back to San Jose truly didn’t even enter my mind. But now that I’ve had a day to think about it, I can see the logic.

First, announcing early really helps people who have to travel long distances to attend, particularly those from outside the U.S. In recent years, Apple has announced WWDC dates in April — as...

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05:39
Apple's WWDC 2017 returns to San Jose June 5-9...




After spending the last 13 years in San Francisco, Apple's annual Worldwide Developer Conference will return to San Jose this June, moving it closer to the company's corporate campus in Cupertino.

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05:36
Apple announces WWDC 2017: June 5th – 9th, held at...

Apple has announced it is holding WWDC 2017 from June 5th to June 9th, with a big change from previous years: the conference will be held in San Jose, at the McEnery Convention Center.

At WWDC, Apple unveils the next major versions of its software operating systems. This year, expect the announcement of including iOS 11, macOS 10.13 as well as updates to tvOS and watchOS.

The 2017 conference marks a big shift in location — Apple typically holds WWDC in San Francisco — but it seems the logistics of the conference will otherwise be the same. Registration for tickets will start on March 27.

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05:30
Rumor: next gen Apple TV to support 4K

Well, it’s about time. According to Bloomberg, the next generation of the Apple TV will support 4K streaming.

Earlier this month, Apple hired Timothy D. Twerdhal, the chief of Amazon's Fire TV unit, to run its television operations. His arrival comes as the company tests a new set-top that it may release as soon as this year. Internally codenamed "J105," the new box will be capable of streaming ultra-high-definition 4K and more vivid colors, according to Bloomberg, quoting unnamed “people familiar with the plans.”

The Apple TV could use a jump start. According to a January eMarketer report, Apple’s set-top is at...

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05:30
∞ Apple brings WWDC back to San Jose in 2017

Apple on Thursday will announce that it’s bringing its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) back to San Jose, Calif. This will be the first time WWDC will be in San Jose since 2002— the conference moved to San Francisco in 2003. I spoke to Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing about the move.

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05:15
Security researchers at Bitdefender find evidence of...

The malware that may have swung the U.S. presidential election could be on its way to a Mac near you.

Security researchers have discovered a macOS malware program that’s likely part of the arsenal used by the Russian cyberespionage group blamed for hacking into the U.S. Democratic National Committee last year.

The group, known under such names as “Fancy Bear”, “Pawn Storm” and “APT28”, has been active for almost a decade and is believed to be the sole user and likely developer of a Trojan program called Sofacy or X-Agent.

X-Agent variants for Windows, Linux, Android, and iOS have been found in the wild in the past, but researchers from Bitdefender have now come across what appears to be the first macOS version of the Trojan.

It’s currently unknown as to how the malware is being distributed, as Bitdefender researchers have only obtained the malware sample and not the full attack change.

Still, it’s that that a macOS malware downloader known as “...

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05:00
Yahoo sale price discounted by $250 million in wake...

You pay less if the item you’re buying has a couple of dings on it.

Verizon is apparently close to purchasing Yahoo’s Internet properties for roughly $4.8 billion, a price that includes a $250 million discount after the revelation of security breaches at the web company.

Sources close to the store cited the discounted price as well as Yahoo’s possibly being renamed “Altaba Inc.”. An announcement of the new agreement could come in a matter of days or weeks, said the sources. The revised agreement isn’t final and could still change.

Yahoo said in December that cyberthieves in 2013 siphoned information including users’ e-mail addresses, scrambled account passwords and dates of birth. The stolen data may allow criminals to go after more sensitive personal information elsewhere online. The announcement followed news in September of a 2014 breach that affected at least 500 million customer accounts.

Representatives for Yahoo, Verizon and Verizon’s AOL unit...

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05:00
Apple's iPhone 8 To Replace Touch ID Home...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Apple Insider: Apple will ditch the home button when it debuts a new 'iPhone 8' model later this year, and will dedicate the extra screen real estate to an area for virtual buttons, according to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Adding detail to his previous predictions regarding the next-generation handset, Kuo in a note to investors obtained by AppleInsider said the full-screen design will allow Apple to integrate a "function" area never seen in an iPhone. The device is expected to adopt a 5.8-inch OLED panel in a form factor similar to the current 4.7-inch iPhone 7. Despite having extended screen real estate as compared to current iPhone models, the actual active display area on "iPhone 8" will be closer to 5.15 inches on the diagonal, with the remaining bottom portion dedicated to system functions like virtual buttons. While Kuo failed to elaborate on an exact implementation, the note suggests Apple plans to hardcode a set of always-on, static...

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04:37
Apple reportedly testing a new Apple TV with 4K...

Apple is testing a new version of the Apple TV set-top box for release ‘as soon as this year’, according to Bloomberg. The box is apparently codenamed ‘J105’ and would be an incremental upgrade over the current fourth-generation box with new internals to support output at ultra-high definition 4K resolution.

The report also details many of Apple’s internal attempts to revolutionize the living room, which are yet to see the light of day. Bloomberg says Apple considered building an MFI game controller with the Apple TV, for example …

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04:32
Apple patents describe auto-detecting cracked...

If there’s one thing worse than damaging your iPhone or iPad by dropping it, it’s when that damage is a cracked screen. While you might be able to ignore a scuff to the casing, you’re going to see cracks in the screen every time you use the device.

Apple appears to be aiming to make screens more resistant to cracking by exploring a method of automatically detecting cracks, asking users to confirm them and then sending diagnostic data to the company to help it understand the type of impacts that cause them …

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04:30
How to view Apple Music lyrics on a Mac, iOS device...

With iOS 10, iTunes 12.5, and tvOS 10, you can read lyrics while listening to songs in the Music app or in iTunes. When lyrics are available (and they’re not for all songs), you can read them in the Music app on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch; in iTunes on your Mac or PC; or in the Music app on your Apple TV.

You can't view lyrics in Airplane Mode or when you're not connected to the Internet. And, if you have explicit content turned off, lyrics might not be visible to you if they contain explicit words. Before you can view lyrics, you need to update your iOS software, get the latest version of iTunes, and update the software on your Apple TV.

To view lyrics on an iOS device, while listening to a song, tap or swipe up on the player at the bottom of the screen to open Now Playing. To the right of Lyrics, tap Show.

To view lyrics on a Mac (or PC), while listening to a song, click the following icon at the top of iTunes, then click Lyrics. 

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04:00
Need to convert streaming audio/video for personal...

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Applian Technologies' Jaksta for macOS lets you download and convert online streaming audio and video for personal use. It supports just about all streaming formats and protocols (including FLV, HTTP, RTMP, IceCast, WMV, ASF, MP3, MP4, SWF, etc.), which means it can capture video from thousands of web sites including YouTube and Facebook. 

What's more, because of Jaksta’s powerful audio-capturing capabilities, customers can download streaming audio from their favorite music and radio sites. In addition to allowing Mac users to save their favorite videos, songs, and radio programs, the tool can automatically convert the downloaded files to a variety of devices. For example, you can save files in QuickTime for the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV, as well as import 'em into iTunes. A drop-down menu lets you choose the conversion method you want.

Jaksta can automatically convert captured media files to other formats. The default setting is...

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03:57
Now Facebook allows you to find and apply for jobs...

Facebook is rolling out a new Jobs feature that allows you to search for jobs and even apply for them within the app or website. To make the application process as quick and easy as possible, applications will be pre-populated with information from your Facebook profile – though you’ll be able to edit it before sending.

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01:44
Future iPhones might notify users of cracks in...




An Apple patent application published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday details a method of detecting and notifying users of cracks in a device coverglass, even if the break is a hairline fracture.

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Wednesday February 15

23:40
Apple investigating manual winding Apple Watch,...




According to an Apple patent application published on Thursday, the company is investigating device charging mechanisms capable of generating electricity through winding, as well as wearables powered by constant spring tension, like a traditional wristwatch.

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21:36
Apple regains smartphone market lead from Samsung in...




It took eight quarters, but Apple has recovered its spot at the top of the worldwide smartphone market from Android device maker Samsung, according to the latest numbers from research firm Gartner.

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20:48
Analyst rumor: iPhone 8 'function area' to...

While we're still months away from finding out exactly what's what with any new iPhone, the rumor mill is already running at full tilt. Following up on earlier reports of a 5.8-inch edgeless OLED screened device arriving as the "iPhone 8," well-conne...

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19:54
Ticketmaster for iOS adds Apple Music integration...

Ticketmaster for iOS was today updated with Apple Music integration, allowing users to more easily find upcoming concerts based on what’s in their Apple Music library.

The update pushes the app 1.10.2 and makes it significantly easier to quickly know when an artist you love is touring.

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18:56
Winner of the AirPods giveaway announced [Joe M.]




AppleInsider would like to congratulate the winner of our latest giveaway, Joe M., who will receive a pair of Apple's brand-new AirPods.

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18:55
How to save Netflix videos for offline viewing on an...




A feature you're bound to see more of in streaming video apps is support for offline caching -- that is, the ability to temporarily download a show or movie so you can watch it later without internet access. Here's how to do it for Netflix, one of the most popular video services on iPhone and iPad.

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18:16
Latest Gartner data shows Apple edge out Samsung in...

Gartner today is out with its latest report concerning the smartphone industry during the fourth quarter of 2016. According to the data, global sales of smartphones to users totaled 432 million units during the quarter, an increase of 7 percent compared to the year before.

Perhaps most notably, Q4 2016 saw Apple leapfrog Samsung to become the number 1 global smartphone vendor….

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18:07
Investment Bankers Urge Apple to Spend Money Hiring...

I cannot believe that Bloomberg published this story by Alex Webb and Alex Sherman, “Apple Struggles to Make Big Deals, Hampering Strategy Shifts”. The entire story consists of quotes from investment bankers arguing that Apple should hire investment bankers to make more large acquisitions. Really, that’s it.

But Apple has struggled for years to pull off bigger deals because
of a series of quirks: an aversion to risk, reluctance to work
with external advisers like investment banks and inexperience in
closing and integrating large takeovers, said people who have
worked on acquisitions with the company. They asked not to be
identified speaking about private merger and acquisition
deliberations.

The only proof offered that Apple has struggled in any way to make any acquisitions is that they haven’t made more...

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15:59
Munich City Government to Dump Linux Desktop


Munich city officials turned lots of heads 10 years ago, when they voted to swap out Microsoft Windows with LiMux -- a custom desktop version of the Linux operating system, based on Ubuntu Linux. The current municipal government wants to dump LiMux and replace its 15,000 computers with Windows 10. The city's general council this week voted to investigate how much time and money it will take to build a Windows 10 client for use by the city's employees. The city spent millions of euros over the last decade on the Windows replacement project.

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15:41
AWT News Update: February 15, 2017

Security camera footage from a Madrid Apple Store showing a thief in action

Today's Apple news comes from all over the map, literally and figuratively:

  • Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway bet big on Apple in the last quarter of 2016, a bet that has already paid off
  • Members of a Madrid, Spain gang with sharp teeth made off with some iPhones before getting caught
  • Comcast announces a new app that will turn your Apple devices into more TVs on which you can watch most of Comcast's content at no extra cost

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